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Reading Rainbow Fans Break Kickstarter Record

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Thanks to the generosity of the fans, LeVar Burton‘s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter is up to almost five million dollars in pledges.

98,153 backers have pledged the amount, which is a new record for Kickstarter backers.

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Trek Stars Join Reading Rainbow Event

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Some new perks for the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter were added recently, and will surely be of interest to Trek fans.

The perks include several live storytime events called Reading Rainbow Live! which feature Star Trek actors.

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Burton Wants To Expand Reading Rainbow Access

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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After the success of the initial Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton wants to go further.

The original goal of one million dollars was reached in less than a day, and the amount now stands at three-and-a-half million dollars with twenty-six days to go.

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Burton In Funny Or Die

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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A new Funny or Die clip featuring LeVar Burton explores the power of reading.

In the clip, Burton finds out that there are unexpected consequences from that power.

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Burton Kickstarter Funded In Twelve Hours

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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LeVar Burton‘s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign made its target one million dollars in less than a day.

The campaign, reported here by TrekToday, only began yesterday.

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Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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LeVar Burton has announced an ambitious project to bring Reading Rainbow into more homes and classrooms.

The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise $1,000,000 and already almost a fifth of that has been pledged in the first day.

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Burton Promotes Free Comic Book Day

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Free Comic Book Day is fast approaching and Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton is helping to get the word out about the event.

Burton can be seen in a new video promoting Free Comic Book Day.

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Win A Lunch With LeVar Burton

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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A new contest by We-Care.com offers a chance to win a lunch with LeVar Burton.

We-Care allows those shopping online to have a percentage of their purchase given to a charity of their choice. There is no extra cost involved with using We-Care.

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Burton’s NASA Maven PSA

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton has done a NASA YouTube public service announcement explaining the MAVEN mission.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will “explore Mars’ climate history and gather clues about the question scientists have been asking for decades.”

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Burton To Return To Community

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton will be returning in a guest spot on NBC’s Community.

Community is a comedy that follows the exploits of a “tight-knit study group at Greendale Community College.”

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Burton Disturbed By Trek Comments

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton is not happy with what he has heard lately from some working with J.J. Abrams.

The actor feels that the comments are disrespectful of Star Trek that came before Abrams’s two Trek movies.

Star Trek (2009) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek,” said Burton. “But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek – which would discount everything before he got there.

“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek‘s timeline). But there’s also honoring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.”

Burton highlighted achievements in real life that mirror Star Trek technology, and which may have been inspired by Star Trek. “I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on technology towards building a holodeck,” said Burton. “That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when J.J. Abrams says, ‘there should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bullshit, J.J.”

Burton: Anniversaries

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

For Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton, 2012 and 2013 are years of anniversaries.

2012 is of course the 25th anniversary of The Next Generation. Due to the anniversary, the cast of The Next Generation have done some joint appearances and plan on doing more of them. “The TNG Reunion Tour,” said Burton, “otherwise known as Geezers Unite.

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Engage!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A typical Star Trek: The Next Generation convention cast photo op turned out to be anything but typical when a Trek fan unexpectedly popped the question to his girlfriend.

During the Austin Wizard World Convention, which took place at the end of October, Wil Wheaton was present and described what happened. “I had the flu,” he said, “and almost missed this photo session…I sat there and smiled for everyone as best I could.”

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Burton NoH8 Rainbow

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton has submitted another photo to the NoH8 campaign.

NoH8 is a campaign to raise awareness and to raise funds for gay rights causes, which includes the campaign to end California’s Proposition 8, a ban against gay marriage.

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Burton Joins AIDS Research Alliance

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton has joined the AIDS Research Alliance Board of Directors.

Burton will “play a key role in shaping AIDS Research Alliance’s programming and fundraising.”

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