Cory Monteith is best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee, but before he struck gold on the series, he has revealed that he spent a better part of his youth as a drug-addicted, alcoholic high school drop out…and all by the time he was 16!
And despite a stint in rehab, the only thing that helped him get his life together was an ultimatum from his family that they would press charges against him for stealing from them!
Check out this clip from Lady GaGa's new MTV special, called Inside The Outside, in which the pop star recalls a particularly painful instance when she was bullied as a teenager, and how it ultimately has affected the person that she is today (above)!
Sad and awful, but a true testament to her perseverance! Look how you've taken that horrible experience (and others like it) and created something that helps and inspires so many others!
And check out another clip of the singer being inspired by her favorite Bruce Springsteen song, Thunder Road…AFTER THE JUMP!
We're so proud of this young man's perseverance, but it makes us ill that things like this STILL continue to happen!
Check out (above) 11-year-old male cheerleader Tyler Wilson, who is making headlines for being bullied so badly by his classmates that they broke his arm!
His mother, Kristy Wilson, explains:
"The first thing I wanted to make sure of, when he said he was going to join cheerleading, that he understood the possibility was there that he would get teased and made fun of and he was ok dealing with it. I knew that some of the kids where teasing him, and we talked about ways to deal with that. His first reaction was the tell them to shut up and get verbally combative, and I told him you have to let them know it doesn't bother you… I didn't find out until we went to the school after he was injured that things were starting to get aggressive before that fight even occurred. When I went to the school, about two days after it happened to discuss Tyler's story, the principal said there was an incident Monday and the Friday before, that the boy who started the fight had jumped on Tyler's back and tried to start a fight. I really wish the school would have let me know a lot sooner, so I could have dealt with it sooner."
The boys responsible for breaking his arm have been charged with assault.
Completely unacceptable! Those kids - and their parents - should be absolutely ashamed of themselves!
And Tyler, you keep doing EXACTLY what you're doing!
We know how hard it must be right now, but we PROMISE that in a few years, you'll be surrounded by peers and friends who support you regardless of what kind of sports you want to be involved in!
You've got the right, mature attitude! Don't lose that just because of a few ignorant bullies!
Of course Jay Z's wife's new song Formationaddresses the movement, but her dancers definitely paid their respects by donning outfits, including berets like those worn by members of the Black Panthers.
Not only that but Queen Bey's Super Bowl crew was snapped a couple times with their fists in the air -- a tribute to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American track stars who made similar gestures during the 1968 Olympic medal ceremony (below):