Five weird things that Beyonce Knowles and Ziggy Marley have in common
By Janet Simons
Beyoncé Knowles and Ziggy Marley are two completely different performers who actually share more than you might imagine.
Unconvinced? Consider these five strange-but-true facts:
1. Both can be identified by only their first names.
Unlike Charo and Björk, they actually have pronounceable last names. But if you overhear someone talking about an upcoming Beyoncé or Ziggy concert, you probably know who’s going to perform.
2. Both are entrepreneurs.
Knowles has a fashion line, the House of Deréon. Marley has created a line of organic foods, Ziggy Marley Organics, which includes four flavors of organic cold-pressed coconut oil and three flavors of organic hempseeds.
3. Both are activists and humanitarians.
Marley and Knowles both give generously to a variety of causes. Marley founded Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE), which works to help impoverished children in Jamaica and Ethiopia, and he’s an honorary member of the board of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools.
After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, Knowles joined a group of celebrities in the “Demand a Plan” video campaign to promote new gun-control laws.
Knowles and Marley also have one thing in common that no other performers can claim. They’re the only performers who have contributed the official theme for World Humanitarian Day on Aug. 19.
Here are the YouTube links to Marley’s 2011 performance of “If I Could Change” and to Beyoncé’s 2012 performance of “I Was Here.”
4. Both are involved in the book business through their families.
In 2002, when Knowles was still a member of Destiny’s Child, her mother wrote Destiny’s Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets from Destiny’s Child.
In January, Marley released I Love You, Too on NOOK. In the press release for the book Marley said he based it on a song from his children’s album, Family Time.
“This book is close to my heart because it was a spontaneous exchange between me and my then-3-year-old daughter, Judah. It expresses something so true (that) it should be repeated as often as possible,” Marley said in the release.
5. They both have their photos on food labels.