They Deserve Better: Celebrities And Their Less-Than-Perfect Kids

Celebrities are no different than all the normal parents of the world; they’re just trying to keep their kids safe and happy. Of course, that isn’t always so easy when your are living your life in the spotlight. Unfortunately, celebrities often lead wild lifestyles that can have a negative effect on their children. Some of them may end up following in their parents footsteps while others distance themselves from their celeb moms and dads, but one thing is for sure: being the kid of a celebrity is a crazy life! Explore a list of celebrities highlighting their kids and all their issues.

Nicolas Cage’s Metal Head

Nicolas Cage’s Metal Head

Nicolas Cage is Hollywood royalty. A member of the famous Coppola clan, Nicolas Cage is part of a legacy of notable actors, directors, and other showmen. The actor is known for having a bit of an eccentric personality and his son, Weston Cage, proves that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Weston Cage formerly was in a black metal band and often sported his long black hair hanging in his face with black eyeliner applied around his eyes. This wasn’t just a rebellious phase, though. While some kids mellow and mature as they get older, Weston Cage chose not to straighten out his life until he got into some more trouble.

Weston Cage’s Bottle Problems

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Weston Cage has also experienced trouble with the law, and was arrested for domestic violence of his wife Nikki in 2011. Fortunately, Nikki had enough of Weston and eventually ended up leaving him. That same year, footage of Weston Cage in a street fight was released to the media. Weston has a son, who was born in 2014 while his father was in rehab fighting a battle with alcoholism.

It wasn’t until then that Weston Cage started to grow up a little bit; it sounds like he was able to clean up his act, and his dad is likely ecstatic to have a healthy son again.

The Golden Couple’s Wild Child

The Golden Couple’s Wild Child

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s son is a rapper who goes by the name Chet Haze. He has also adopted a pseudo “blaccent” where he uses pejoratives and slang commonly used by African Americans in urban communities. He made headlines for speaking about his love for black women, and also got chastised for using the pejorative word that begins with an “n.”

Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with appreciating the cultures of other groups of people, but Chet Haze took it way too far by trying to appropriate African American culture. Also, using the “n” word is never okay. Chet should have known better!

Tom Hanks: Where Did He Go Wrong?

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In 2014, Chet Haze landed himself in rehab for drugs. It turned out that the troubled youth was addicted to crack and cocaine. Chet said that he has battled substance abuse since he was just sixteen years old and struggled with addiction for years.

Drug addiction is not the only problem that Chet Haze has had in his life. He has also continuously ranted on social media against the likes of Howard Stern, who he threatened to assault. His social media presence is less than commendable and is indicative of Chet’s downward spiral. Poor Tom Hanks; what did he ever do to deserve this?

Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father

Robert Downey Jr. has very famously battled his addiction to drugs, ultimately becoming successful and finding his way back into the Hollywood limelight. Unfortunately, his drug affinity seems to have been passed on to his son. Downey’s son, Indio Downey, followed in his father’s footsteps, entering the world of showbiz as a musician.

Sadly, those were not the only footsteps of his father that Indio followed. In 2014, Indio was arrested. The charges were later dismissed and RDJ praised his son on Facebook for dealing with addiction and pleasing the court. Sounds like things are on the upswing for this family!

Hugh Hefner’s Son Arrest for Abuse

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Hugh Hefner, who many would find has a less than respectful relationship with women, may have created a son who is even worse. The guy behind Playboy, not to mention the Playboy Mansion, is definitely the kind of person people imagine when they think of a womanizer.

Hugh Hefner’s son Marston Hefner was arrested in 2012 for allegedly beating his Playboy Playmate girlfriend Claire Sinclair. While Hugh certainly likes a certain type of woman he has also never been reported to be abusive with the many girlfriends he has had and there is no doubt he was disappointed with his son.

Once, Twice, Three Times Arrested

Once, Twice, Three Times Arrested

Nicole Richie is one of the first “reality socialites,” who got famous just for being famous a la the Kardashians. She is also the daughter of Lionel Richie who was quite famous in heyday of the 1980s.

She may have turned being rich and famous into a lifestyle, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of lifestyle that anyone should be living and resulted in the young celeb getting into more than a little bit of trouble. In 2002, Nicole was arrested following a brawl in a New York City nightclub. In 2003, she was arrested for driving with a license and possession of heroin.

Nicole Richie Turns Herself Around

Nicole Richie Turns Herself Around

After the first two incidents, Nicole Richie checked into a rehabilitation center, but her rehabilitation was short lived. A few years later, in 2006, Richie was arrested for driving under the influence; she admitted to using marijuana and Vicodin.

In 2007, she was sentenced to four days in jail but only served about 82 minutes of the sentence. This seemed to have been the last straw for her and Nicole seemed determined after this to truly turn her life around. Since then, she has stayed out of trouble and started a family of her own; surely her father couldn’t be happier.

Will Smith’s Daughter

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Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith have given their kids a lot of freedom that many other parents, not to mention celebrity parents, would not allow. That backfired a few years ago when the power couple was placed under investigation by child protective services after their teenage daughter Willow was seen in a picture lying on a bed with her friend, actor Moises Arias.

Willow’s mother said there was nothing inappropriate about the image, but the image of the 20-year-old Moises posing shirtless in a bed with the 13-year-old Willow alarmed a lot of people.

A Family Tragedy

A Family Tragedy

One of the saddest accounts on this list is the story of Bobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina was the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown who, like her parents, famously struggled with drug addiction. Whitney Houston’s battle with drug addiction proved to be a fatal one when she was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel bathtub.

Tragically, Bobbi Kristina passed away in the same way as her mother. Several years after Whitney Houston’s sad demise, Bobbi Kristina also passed away from a drug overdose. It’s a tragic tale all around, and one that highlights the dangers of drug addiction.

The Old Hollywood Murder

The Old Hollywood Murder

Marlon Brando is one of the most famous Hollywood stars of all time. Known for playing a bad boy on screen, in real life Brando was a staunch activist for many causes including the Civil Rights Movement. Brando also had a bit of a wild side, however, and had at least sixteen known children from several wives and partners.

While most of them led stable lives, this wasn’t always the case. In 1990, Marlon’s son with actress Anna Kashfi, Christian Brando fatally shot Dag Drollet, the fiancé of his half-sister Cheyenne Brando who was reportedly being abused by Drollet.

Brando’s Sad Family History

Brando’s Sad Family History

This twisted turn of events was highly publicized during the trial. He was ultimately convicted of manslaughter. Allegedly, Cheyenne had told her brother that her fiancé was abusive towards her. Cheyenne was eight months pregnant at the time. Christian drunkenly confronted Drollet and shot him one time, claiming he was trying to scare him.

Later it was revealed that Cheyenne suffered from schizophrenia and the abuse may have never happened. Brando was later given probation after abusing his wife, Deborah. This is the kind of drama you write for the silver screen but don’t want to see played out in your own family living room.

The Wrestler’s Son

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Nick Bollea is the son of famous (or should we say infamous) wrestler Hulk Hogan. In 2007, Bollea was involved in a near-fatal car accident in Clearwater, Florida. Bollea (who had previously been pursuing a racing career) was driving one of his father’s cars, a yellow Toyota Supra.

Nick, who allegedly may have been speeding, lost control of the Supra which then crashed into the median strip and into a palm tree. While it is true that accidents happen it is believed that Nick Bollea was acting negligently when he crashed his father’s car, making him responsible for the incident.

Hulk Hogan Wrestles with Son’s Arrest

Hulk Hogan Wrestles with Son’s Arrest

The car was totally destroyed after crashing into the palm tree. To make matters even worse, Nick Bollea was not alone in the car but had a passenger with him. In the car with Bollea was John Graziano, a U.S. Marine. Both Bollea and Graziano were airlifted to a hospital following the accident.

While Nick wore a seat belt and did not suffer any major injuries, his passenger was not so lucky. John Graziano was not wearing a seat belt and suffered massive head injuries. To this day, Graziano must receive full-time care and is expected to for the rest of his life.

The Martial Artist’s Son

The Martial Artist’s Son

Jackie Chan is one of the most famous and celebrated martial artists of the silver screen. His son, Jaycee, has followed in his father’s footsteps and was pursuing a career in the entertainment world as a musician. Unfortunately, the young man was arrested in 2014 for having more than three ounces of marijuana.

While such a crime in the United States would likely result in a plea deal or probation, the charge is much worse in China where the crime occurred. Jaycee was arrested in Beijing where possession of drugs can lead to life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

Jackie Chan’s Son Clashes with Anti-Drug Reputation

Jackie Chan’s Son Clashes with Anti-Drug Reputation

To make matters even worse, Jackie Chan had been named China’s anti-drug goodwill ambassador since 2009. Ouch! That one must have stung for Jackie. Not only was his son arrested for drug possession, but the arrest negatively impacted his father’s public image. China’s drug offense charges and punishments may be a bit over the top, but Jaycee should have known to follow the law.

Fortunately, Jaycee Chan did not suffer any harsh penalties for his youthful indiscretion. Jaycee was ultimately released from police custody and made public apologies to his parents for getting mixed up with drugs. It could have been a lot worse; let’s hope he learned his lesson!

The Conspiracy

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It seems that drug addiction is a common battle for not just celebrities but also their children. One of actor Michael Douglas’ sons, Cameron Douglas, has had a seemingly long struggle with drug addiction. Cameron Douglas not only battled substance abuse but he also ended up being arrested multiple times for drug related offenses.

Ultimately, he was charged with intent to distribute after he was found in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine which was seized by the authorities. Cameron Douglas was eventually found guilty of not only drug possession but also of conspiracy to distribute drugs; it seems the large stash wasn’t just for him.

Michael Douglas Accepts Blame

Michael Douglas Accepts Blame

Cameron Douglas’ problems with drugs ended up making headlines after his girlfriend got involved. She reportedly put heroin into an electric toothbrush, cleverly concealing the drug and delivering it to Cameron while he was under house arrest.

They got caught and Cameron was in even bigger trouble for attempting to do drugs while under house arrest. He ultimately had to serve several years in prison for his drug related problems. Cameron’s father Michael Douglas, felt guilty for the entire incident and his son’s ordeal. The actor publicly assumed blame by stating that this happened because of him “being a bad father.”

Cameron Douglas’ Recovery

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Fortunately, things didn’t up as badly as they could have. Cameron Douglas may have gotten into trouble with the law, but at least he was able to receive help for his addiction. Michael Douglas said that without prison, Cameron “was going to be dead or somebody was gonna kill him. I think he has a chance to start a new life, and he knows that.”

It seems that prison may have been exactly what was needed for Cameron to get his life back on track. Let’s hope that Cameron proves his dad’s words true and turns his life around which would undoubtedly make his father proud.

Hollywood Royalty

Hollywood Royalty

Twenty-three year old Tallulah Willis is the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. In 2016, she celebrated her two years of sobriety after seeking help for her battles with substance addiction. The young woman has also reportedly battled mental illnesses including body dysmorphic disorder and depression. She ultimately entered a treatment center in 2014 at the urging of her parents. She has been quite open about her struggles.

It seems like this young woman is actually a great example for other young people suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism. Tallulah is an example of why it is important to seek help and that there is no shame in doing so. Good for her!

Her Father’s Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

This one doesn’t come as too much of a shock, since Ozzy Osbourne and his family have long been known for the crazy antics and shenanigans. Kelly Osbourne, daughter of crazy rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Osbourne, has been in the spotlight for many years of her life, way back since their reality show aired on television.

Living in the limelight is difficult for any kid, and Kelly is no different Kelly has said that she struggled with opiate addiction, taking nearly 50 pills a day. She has also regularly made news for putting her foot in her mouth on a variety of topics.

The Mouthy Osbournes

The Mouthy Osbournes

Not too long ago, Kelly Osbourne made a comment which offended many on social media due to its racially insensitive nature; while co-hosting The View, she responded to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance on illegal Mexican immigration. Kelly said, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

While she may have been trying to make a point about immigration, she inadvertently ended up insulting people of Latino decent by implying that they all work as janitors. People were less than impressed with the offensive comment Kelly made.

Kelly’s Racial Faux Pas

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Fortunately, The View Co-host Rosie Perez (who is herself of Latino descent) responded quickly by saying, “There’s more jobs than that in the country for Latinos, and Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets.” Osbourne attempted to explain herself but the damage had already been done.

Critics on social media had a field day and tore apart Kelly Osbourne’s racist comment. This is one case in which her dad Ozzy was probably not too upset as he’s said and done many things to bring negative attention himself. It is likely that he understands that sometimes people just say things without really thinking them through.

Rolling Stone Daughter

Rolling Stone Daughter

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is probably one of the best known rock stars to have ever lived. He is far from a stranger to the partying lifestyle, and his daughter Theodora Richards is no different. In 2011, Theodora was arrested for spray painting graffiti on a convent wall in New York City.

She was stopped by the police, who witnessed her actions. The police searched her and Theodora was found to have marijuana in addition to another controlled substance in her possession. Theodora Richards allegedly said at the time, “I hope I don’t get into trouble for this.”

The Mayoral Shoplifter

The Mayoral Shoplifter

In 2011, Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was arrested for shoplifting. She was apparently caught on camera shoplifting over $100 in cosmetics. Giuliani was charged with petty larceny. In 2007, Caroline also made headlines when she listed herself as a member of Barack Obama’s Facebook group, “Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack),” while her father was campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

Talk about a scandal! It’s hard to say how much of an impact Caroline’s impact had on her father’s campaign, but he did not end up receiving the Republican presidential nomination.

Family Issues

Family Issues

Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett’s son Redmond has made headlines a number of times for his issues with the law. Almost all of his legal issues stem from his long standing addictions to heavy drugs.

His battle with substance abuse has lasted for quite a while. Even Redmond’s half-sister, who has herself dealt with drug addiction, stated that she has never seen a scarier side of addiction than that of her brother. Hopefully, Redmond can overcome his demons and find sobriety before it gets him into any more trouble with the law or ends in illness or an overdose.

A Famous Family’s Strife

A Famous Family’s Strife

Redmond’s family seems to have more than their fair share of issues with substance abuse and addiction. Ryan O’Neal’s older daughter also found herself a slot on this list due to her longstanding issue with drugs. Tatum O’Neal is the youngest person ever to win the Academy Award, although in recent years she hasn’t been doing much acting.

Most recently, she was arrested in 2008 for buying crack cocaine outside of her apartment in New York City. The life of child stars can often be a difficult one with many of them having problems with drugs and alcohol later in life.

The O’Neals Plagued by Drugs

The O’Neals Plagued by Drugs

It is difficult enough to be a child star, but imagine how much worse it is when you are a child star and the daughter of a celebrity. Talk about a double whammy! Tatum alleges her father abused drugs and put her around many unsavory people in her youth which caused many of her issues as she grew up.

She famously wrote in her autobiography A Paper Life that her father’s drug dealer molested her when she was twelve years old. If this is true, then Tatum O’Neal’s battle with drug addiction is even more devastating. Hopefully, this family can get some help!

The Fashion Heir Arrest

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Tommy Hilfiger may be a brilliant clothing designer, but that doesn’t mean he has any control over his children. His son, Richard Hilfiger, was arrested for battery in Miami after he allegedly punched a bouncer in the face. Richard is also a rapper who goes by the name Ricky Hil.

Ultimately, the young rapper was arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct as well as drug possession as he was found carrying less than 20 grams of marijuana. Surely his father cannot be happy about his son’s trouble as it does nothing but damage the public image of the Hilfiger family.

The Matrix Star’s Daughter

The Matrix Star’s Daughter

Laurence Fishburne’s daughter followed in her actor father’s footsteps…sort of. Rather than entering the performance industry by auditioning for television pilots and small roles in films, young Montana Fishburne took a different path. In 2010, Montana Fishburne was 18 years old and decided to star and release in a adult film.

Allegedly, Laurence attempted to stop his daughter’s “love” tape from being released and even got his friends to pitch in to attempt to buy all the videos for $1 million before anyone else had the chance to, but it was too late and the racy film was released to the public.

Larry Fishburne’s Relief

Larry Fishburne’s Relief

Everyone makes mistakes when they are young, but Montana Fishburne’s status as a celebrity’s daughter means that her mistake will likely haunt her longer than it would anyone else. Montana has spoken out since the release of the adult film, saying that she regrets ever having filmed it.

She has also spoken out about the pitfalls of the pornographic film industry. She is reportedly now trying to pursue a more traditional acting career, to truly follow in her father’s footsteps. Hopefully, Montana Fishburne’s x-rated past will not be held against her as she tries to make her way in the entertainment industry.

Civil Rights Daughter: A Time to Kill

Civil Rights Daughter: A Time to Kill

Malcolm X, one of the biggest advocates for African American rights was a Muslim minister and a human rights activist. Regarded as one of the most influential African Americans in history, his legacy is substantial. Malcolm was assassinated in 1965 by the Nation of Islam, leaving his daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, without a father.

His death had a bigger impact on his family other than leaving them distraught. Shabazz grew up obsessed with her father’s murder and, determined to seek justice, took matters into her own hands. Quibilah Shabazz was arrested in 1995 for plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam.

Malcolm X’s Namesake Kills Matriarch

Malcolm X’s Namesake Kills Matriarch

Quibilah Shabazz and her mother Betty believed that Louis Farrakhan was responsible for the assassination of her father. She began obsessing over Farrakhan which culminated in plotting to have him killed. She ended up taking a plea deal. Years later, Qubilah Shabazz’s son Malcolm, named after her father, started a fire in his grandmother Betty Shabazz’s apartment.

The fire left Betty with burns over her entire body which she later died from. A juvenile at the time, young Malcolm ended up pleading guilty to arson and manslaughter and was sentenced 18 months in juvenile hall for killing his grandmother.

’80s Rocker Daughter Overdose

’80s Rocker Daughter Overdose

Jon Bon Jovi may be known for his rock and roll lifestyle, but that does not mean that he wants his kids to follow in his footsteps. His daughter Stephanie was young when she started experimenting with drugs. When she was just nineteen years old, she suffered from a heroin overdose in her college dorm.

Bon Jovi was devastated by the incident and has said that Stephanie’s overdose was his worst moment as a father. Stephanie has since recovered and returned to school to continue her studies. Hopefully, she remains on the education route and stays away from the drugs.

An Actress’ Heartbreak

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Actress, singer, and model Cybill Shepherd is no stranger to the limelight, but her son Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim has brought her some unwanted attention over the years. Cyrus has faced a number of tumultuous instances throughout his life.

Not only has Cyrus had some trouble with the law, but he has also struggled for some time with both drug and alcohol addiction. He allegedly has issues with abusing prescription medication as well as alcohol. In 2015, Cybill’s son was living in a half-way house in order to deal with his addictions and to try to turn his life around.

Cybill’s Son the Luggage Thief

Cybill’s Son the Luggage Thief

In the past, Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim has had some run-ins with law enforcement officials. He has been charged with theft and once got into trouble in an airport for stealing. Shepherd-Oppenheim ended up being arrested for stealing possessions out of a fellow passenger’s luggage when he was at an airport.

He allegedly, stole cash, a leather makeup case, and a digital camera from the victim’s luggage, leading to a charged of theft. Let’s hope he gets his act together and stays on the straight and narrow, if not for himself at least for the sake of his mom.

Has Chet Haze Cleaned Up His Act?

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On December 7, 2016, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s son Chet Haze announced that he’s a new father. He posted a video to Instagram in which he said, I want to share something today because it’s about to be shared anyway in the press, which is the fact that I have a daughter,” Hanks said in video posted to Instagram.

“I do have a daughter. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, she’s the reason I turned my life around, got sober. I’ve been sober today over a year-and-a-half from everything,” he continued.

Grandfather Hanks

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Chet’s trips to rehab seem to have turned his life around. He no longer goes by either of his rapper names (Chet Haze and Chet Hanx), preferring to use his real last name, Hanks, these days. The baby, a girl, was spotted out in public for the first time later that month. Mother Tiffany Miles was seen proudly carrying the infant, who bears a strong resemblance to her famous grandfather! Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have two granddaughters already: Olivia, five, and Charlotte, three.

One report from the Daily Mail indicates that Chet’s baby was born in April 2016 and that Hanks and Wilson have been helping to care for her as Chet recovers. A source quoted in the story says of Chet’s family: “They adore that baby and even spent Halloween with her. She will always be loved and taken care of by the Hanks family.”

Martin Sheen and His Kid Charlie

Martin Sheen and His Kid Charlie

A celebrity in his own right, Martin Sheen’s son Charlie Sheen is the ultimate “bad kid.” He has a prolific history with drugs, drinking, and womanizing. He regularly goes on insane tirades against his ex-wife Denise Richards, calling her many less-than-favorable names in the media.

This is hard to watch when we know that they share two daughters together. The actor also famously “accidentally” shot Kelly Preston. Talk about a less than wholesome lifestyle! Just imagine his poor kids witnessing their father’s meltdown on television and in tabloid magazines. Let’s just hope that they don’t repeat their father’s example.

Charlie’s Meltdown

Charlie’s Meltdown

Around 2011, Charlie Sheen also started appearing in the media talking about how he was a warlock who had tiger blood and “Adonis DNA.” The crazy celebrity also started using the phrase “winning,” which became his catchphrase.

He started touting around women to whom he referred as his “goddesses,” all of whom were actually young porn stars. It was rumored that he would have binge parties where the alcohol and cocaine was plentiful. Ultimately, his bad behavior cost him his health and he went public with his HIV diagnosis in 2016. Poor Martin; we have to imagine that it’s really difficult to watch your child self-destruct with a vengeance.

The Presidential Party Girls

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Partying it up as a celebrity’s kid is one thing, but you’d think that when your dad is the leader of the free world you might exercise a little more decorum, right? Wrong. During George W. Bush’s term as President, both Bush twins Jenna and Barbara were arrested on alcohol related charges.

It seems that the Secret Service didn’t keep a close enough eye on the first kids. Both girls attended the University of Texas at Austin, and were members of their mother’s sorority. In 2001, they made national headlines when they were both arrested for misdemeanor possession of alcohol under the age of 21.

Bush Family Embarrassment

Bush Family Embarrassment

Five weeks later, Jenna was charged with attempting to use a fake ID which had the name Barbara Pierce, her paternal grandmother’s maiden name, to buy alcohol. Scandalous for two daughters of the current United States President! The girls seem to live relatively normal lives since this and have stayed out of trouble, which surely the Bush family appreciates.

Jenna Bush is married and became a teacher, author, and journalist. She is an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine as well as a correspondent for NBC News. Barbara is a health care activist who co-founded and runs the nonprofit organization Global Health Corps.