Not all beautiful art belongs within the cold, confined walls of a museum.
As nice as it can be to take some personal time to go and get deeply invested in a rare collection or favorite artistic legend within the educational and enriching spaces committed to it, it’s a luxury that most of us can’t afford when and where we need it – if we can afford it at all. Museums can be quite costly! Because of this, more art should exist out in the real world, where it can be therapeutic, surprising, and have more of a positive effect on everyday life.
That’s exactly what Teresa Parod was thinking when she decided to paint a mural on a garage door in one Evanston, Illinois alleyway. The point of her art is to turn the ugly and ordinary into something beautiful. Her colors transform an otherwise banal surface serving a banal purpose into a canvas for beauty, imagination, and appreciating how each moment has the potential for something special.
The mural art goes far beyond being enjoyable to the eye; it helps people reimagine new potential for things they’ve gotten used to being a certain way for too long. The creativity is palpable, and although no one can copy her, Parod hopes that others will be inspired to think of and create new ideas of their own.
Her mission has certainly been successful – after painting the first one, it wasn’t long before many others in the area wanted theirs painted, too. Although most of the supplies are provided by Parod, entire communities have gotten involved to make these largescale projects reach even further.
Today, 2300 alleys feature mural art by Parod between Thayer/Isabella and Thayer/Park.
Visitors can drive through and are encouraged to take photos and post with the hashtag #TeresaParodPublicArt.
Celebrities You Wouldn’t Know Were Grandparents
For most of us, it is unlikely that we will ever watch our grandparents rock it out on stage, or fight fictional crime on the big screen like the grandchildren of celebrities. You would probably never even know these celebrities had grandchildren, but you may wish you were their grandchild!
Having played Indiana Jones, as well as starred in the hugely popular franchise, Star Wars, Harrison Ford has to be one of the coolest grandpas out there. Ford has been married three times, has five children, and four grandchildren. At 75, the legendary Hollywood actor will certainly have many stories to share with his grandkids, and we’re not just talking wise words of wisdom either. He can give the behind-the-scenes scoop on what really goes on on some of Hollywood’s most famous sets.
She started her career as the girl from the 1960s hit TV show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and Goldie Hawn went on to become an Academy Award-winning actress. Meanwhile, Goldie is the mother of Oliver Hudson, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell, and a grandmother of five, and soon to become six. Speaking to World Entertainment News Network, Hawn said, “I love being a grandmother. When I was pregnant, I knew the exact right thing to do, having a baby, and I feel exactly the same about being a grandmother.”
Brosnan first became a grandfather when his daughter, Charlotte, gave birth in 1998. Not everyone can say their grandfather was James Bond, but his three grandchildren certainly can.
Donny Osmond may be famous for his good looks and singing talents, but it is well-known that he comes from a big family. Away from performing with his seven siblings, Donny married and became a father to five sons. It is no surprise then that the Osmond family are continuing to grow, and Donny is already a grandfather of ten – nine boys and one girl! He first became a grandpa in 2005, and we can only imagine the sweet sounding lullabies he has graced all his grandchildren with.
The Osbourne’s popularity grew after the release of their own reality show, which showed a lot of cursing and content of an adult nature. We now hope that is a thing of the past since the Prince of Darkness and his ever so vibrant wife, Sharon, are now grandparents to Pearl and Andy from their son Jack Osbourne. Ozzy is already a grandpa to four children from a previous marriage, so we can imagine things get a little crazy when the grandkids come to stay.
Whoopi Goldberg is an award-winning actress, known for featuring in many films and being a true Hollywood treasure. However, Goldberg is a grandmother and has been for over twenty years. Having had her daughter, Alexandrea when she was 18-years-old, Alexandrea had her own daughter when she was just 16. That means that Whoopi has been a grandmother since she was 34-years-old. Now a grandmother of three, one of Alexandrea’s daughters had a child of her own, making Whoopi a great-grandmother.
When Kid Rock’s son, Robert Ritchie, Jr. welcomed a baby girl in 2015 on Christmas Day, he made his rock star father a grandfather at the age of 44. Kid Rock had raised his son as a single father and was overjoyed to welcome a granddaughter. The Detroit hip-hop artist turned Southern roots-rocker spoke of what the young girl would grow up to call him. He said “‘I’m going Southern all the way,” and decided on Paw Paw.
Martha Stewart has done it all; she has written several cooking books, hosted her very own television show, and even served a prison sentence. However, what has brought her the most joy in life is her family, and her daughter Alexis made her a grandmother for the first time in 2011, with her second grandchild born exactly a year later. Jude and Truman are the young tots that Martha loves to spend time with, and they would often visit her on the set of her cooking programs.
Cee Lo Green
If you’re starting to think Cee Lo Green may be a lot older than you originally thought, then no need. Green is, in fact, 43, and the Gnarls Barkley star became a grandfather when he was just 35. For many, this is the time just to start having kids of your own, let alone grandchildren. However, Green’s stepdaughter gave birth to a little boy when she was 20-years-old, making Cee Lo a young grandfather. It will probably be a while till the young boy hears his grandfathers hit single.
While playing Jack Bauer on 24, Kiefer was not just learning to fight terrorists. He was taking on his favorite role at the same time when his stepdaughter Michelle welcomed a son in 2005, making Kiefer a grandpa. Speaking of his grandson, the actor said, “His name is Hamish Adam Kiefer Sinclair, he’s four-and-a-half and he’s a train wreck. He already looks like a failed boxer. He falls down a lot and he gets cut up and he’s just beautiful.”
Jim Carrey has embarked on many roles during his acting career, and there proves never to be a dull moment in the comedian’s life. In 2010, he took on the biggest role of all, however, when his daughter welcomed a baby boy and made Carrey a grandfather. Speaking to Access Reporter following the young tot’s birth, he said, “I love being granddaddy, granddaddy Jim,” he continued. “I just get a lot of joy, a lot of joy from that little boy.”
It must be cool to say your grandmother once performed with Beyonce, but then again it must be pretty cool to say your grandma is actually Tina Turner who Beyonce performed with. Even at 78-years-old, Turner is envied for her toned legs and can still rock a stage when she is set to perform. Not many grandmothers can say they can do the same as Turner, but the legendary singer has two grandchildren from her son, and they certainly have a superstar grandmother.
Billy Crystal must have been proud to show off his work to his grandkids once they were old enough to understand what he did for a living and see him in films. Having confessed that he does ‘enjoy being around the kids,’ when speaking of his grandchildren, he mentioned, “When they understood that I was Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc, I had to talk like him for six months. It drove me crazy. Then they saw The Princess Bride, and I had to be Miracle Max for six months.”
Having made a name for herself from the trashy, yet heavily popular, TV show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, June Shannon is featured alongside her young daughter on the reality hit. However, June has another daughter, Anna Shannon who gave birth to a baby girl in 2013 named Kaitlyn. Both girls were featured on the reality show, and June would call the baby “Gigi’s baby” for some reason. Anna has since gone onto have another daughter named Kylee, making June a grandma for the second time.
Tony Danza won the hearts of many when he starred as Tony Banta in the show Taxi from the late 70’s. However, becoming a grandfather in 2005 is what stole Danza’s heart. The father of four became a grandpa while in his mid-50’s, and he admitted that he felt very special when he got this new role. Speaking about the newfound role, Danza expressed, “I want to be the guy who takes my grandson fishing and the guy he wants to go fishing with.”
Nicolas Cage became a grandpa when his 25-year-old son, Weston Cage welcomed a son with his wife, Danielle Cage. The couple welcomed a “happy, healthy little boy” in 2014 who they named Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage. The name Lucian means “light” in Latin, and we’re sure the new bundle of joy was a shining light in the Cage family. Weston and Danielle then welcomed their second son in 2016, named Sorin, making the Leaving Las Vegas star a proud grandfather of two.
Sir Mick Jagger
Sir Mick Jagger has been a grandfather since 1992, and the same year he welcomed his fourth grandchild, he also welcomed his first great-grandchild. In 2014, the babies were born within four weeks of each other, and it was a bittersweet year since it also marked the death of Jagger’s lover, L’Wren Scott. With many people being a fan of Sir Mick, we’re sure his grandkids will have no problem looking up to their legendary and rockstar grandpa.
During the same time Brett Favre was playing in the NFL for the Vikings, his daughter had given birth to a son in 2010. At the time, the NFL pointed out that there were no other current players who could say they held the same grandparent status. Just like Brett was used to doing, the former NFL player meets philanthropist set the record once again by taking on this new role. Now aged 48, Brett is the proud grandfather of three grandsons, and he hopes they chose a ‘safer’ sport than football.
When Michael Bolton spoke to People about becoming a grandfather in 2010, he mentioned how he was excited but also slightly nervous about welcoming the new addition. Speaking of adopting his new found title of grandpa, he admitted, “It’s so weird, I’m going to figure out how to own that.” Michael has had no problem when it comes to performing out on stage, that we’re sure he took on the role of a rockstar grandpa and had a new number one fan.
Ron Howards’s daughter followed in her father’s footsteps by having a career in the entertainment world. While they have both secured successful roles on-screen, she gave her father a new role to play off-screen when she gave birth to her first child in 2007. The American actor became a grandfather to Bryce Howard’s son, Theodore and, undoubtedly, the Academy Award-winning director excelled at this role. He was blessed with another grandchild in 2012, a girl named Beatrice.
She is the center of drama on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Nene Leakes likes to get her voice across. She perhaps would have had to watch her voice levels, however, when her son had a baby girl in 2012 named Bri’Asia. Any trip to grandma’s house is sure going to be interesting since NeNe is known to enjoy pole dancing or a dinner party with her equally dramatic group of friends. Let’s just hope the number of cuss words has been reduced at least.
Trying to imagine Snoop Dogg as a grandfather may be a hard thing to do. However, it’s time to believe it because the rapper is, in fact, a proud grandfather to his grandson, Zion. At 20-years-old, Snoop’s eldest son Corde Broadus welcomed a baby boy into this world. Just as Snoop Dogg is not afraid to hide what goes on in his life, he was sure not shy when it came to introducing the world to little, baby Zion.
Before the use of the word “tweet” came along from Twitter, there was Tweet, the singer. For those who remember Tweet, she was part of Timbaland and Missy Elliot’s clan and is now a grandmother. Speaking of her grandson, she expressed, “It’s the best thing in the world. I never knew love like that. I said that before but I never knew what it meant. I can feel what it means now. I can have a terrible day, and that little boy will walk in the room. Everything is lifted.”
The My Wife and Kids actor is officially a grandfather after his son Mike Wayans welcomed a baby girl named Ava Marie in 2014. Mike shares his daughter with Vanessa Simmons who is Rev Run’s eldest daughter. Therefore, the Run D.M.C. rapper, along with Damon Wayans, is also a grandfather. This is the first grandchild for both famous men, and that child has certainly been born into a huge family from both sides. Ava Marie has also been blessed by not one, but two, super cool grandfathers.
Cedric the Entertainer
He is best known to the public as Cedric the Entertainer, but for one little girl, he is known as “GrandCeddy.” Cedric became a grandfather when his first granddaughter Kylo Faith was born in 2016. While he is “GrandCeddy” to her, she is “Doll” for him, probably because of how tiny she was when she was born. The Barbershop star is certainly someone who is going to spoil his young granddaughter and provide her with a huge amount of entertainment; we are sure this is one great grandpa to have.
David and Tamela Mann
The gospel singing couple has been married for 30 years and welcomed four children together. While they have achieved great success in the entertainment world, they have remained devout Christians and shown how important family is to them. Along with their four children, they also raised Tamela’s niece and, in 2015, they signed for a reality show which was all about their family titled, It’s A Mann’s World. Now, David and Tamela Mann are proud grandparents to an impressive eight grandchildren!
Rapper, famous Public Enemy hype man, and VH1 reality television superstar Flavor Flav has a total of seven children- Karen, Kwan, Designa, William, Kayla, Karma, and Shaniq. With so many kids of his own, it was only a matter of time before Flavor Flav became a grandfather. Back in 2012, Flav announced via a Twitter photo that he is a proud grandfather to four beautiful children- Michael, Eric, Matew, and Brianna. These kids might just have the coolest grandpa on the block!
Because Terrence Howard has been raising a family for numerous years, he is now in the unique circumstance where some of his children are younger than his grandchildren. The actor, now in his late-40s, has five children and two grandchildren. In 2016, Howard explained in an interview, “I’ve got a 4-year-old granddaughter and I’ve got a 2-year-old grandson, and they call Hero (Terrence’s youngest) and Qirin (born in 2015) ‘baby uncles.’” There will undoubtedly be an interesting family dynamic as these kids grow up!
The former wife of Elvis Presley is 73-year-old Priscilla Presley. The age-defying American actress is also mother to Lisa Marie Presley and Navarone Garibaldi, who have made her a grandmother of four. Lisa Marie has been married four times, including to Michael Jackson and Nicholas Cage, but welcomed two children with her first husband, Chicago-born musician Danny Keough. In 2006, Keough served as best man to her fourth wedding to Michael Lockwood, and the couple has since welcomed twin girls.
Naomi Judd, the one half of the hugely successful band “The Judds,” is a grandmother of two thanks to her daughter, and fellow band member, Wynonna. The pair has sold over 20 million records together and had 15 of their hits become number ones. However, the Grammy Award winners have not had the easiest time following the demise of their band. Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which forced her into early retirement, and Wynonna’s daughter has been jailed for selling illicit substances.
Just before John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, where Sarah Palin served as the vice presidential running mate, she was at the forefront of a political firestorm. At this time, the traditional marriage advocate’s unmarried, 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, fell pregnant with Levi Johnston’s child. Regardless of her mother’s views, or the rest of the world’s for that matter, Bristol chose to go to full term with her pregnancy and she welcomed a son named Tripp. Bristol has since welcomed two more children, two daughters named Sailor Grace Palin and Atlee Bay.
56-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County star, Vicki Gunvalson, is a grandmother of two. The reality starlet, and mother of two, is the proud grandmother of boys Troy and Owen from her daughter, Briana Culberson. Earlier this year, however, the boys’ father, Ryan Culberson, called out the RHOC grandmother on Instagram for ignoring her grandson’s calls, creating a public feud. Meanwhile, Vicki has since posted more photos of her grandsons after visiting them over Memorial Day weekend, suggesting it is all water under the bridge.
She first played the Bond Girl in Roger Moore’s first Bond movie, Live and Let Die, but these days, Jane Seymour is a mother of four and the doting grandmother of three. While she played as one of the most beautiful Bond girls, she says becoming a grandmother is her favorite role yet. Speaking of her grandchildren, who call her “Oma,” she said, “I love having my grandchildren over. I think playing with the grandchildren keeps me young. They have endless energy, and it’s so much fun.”
Speaking of her family, Jessica Lange said, “You are no longer the center of the universe. It opened my heart, made me a different person. Every move you make is with someone else in mind. I loved being a mother more than anything else in the world, and being a grandmother is even more fun. There’s the chance to do it again. It’s in the perfect order of nature: You raise your children, and then the next generation comes along. They are the redemptive force in nature. Plus, it’s easier!”
Kirstie Alley got her big break when she starred as Lieutenant JG Saavik in the science fiction film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in 1982 and has since starred in the television hits, Cheers and Veronica’s Closet. Meanwhile, Alley married Parker Stevenson in 1983, whom she divorced in 1997, and the couple welcomed two children together – William True and Lillie Price. In 2016, the actress announced she had become a grandmother when her 23-year-old son became a father to Waylon Tripp Parker.
Sally Field is an Academy Award-winning actress and mother to three sons. The Brothers and Sisters lead star is also a proud grandmother of five, with her two eldest sons both welcoming children of their own. While her sons live in Los Angeles with their children, Sally decided to relocate East and now spends her time going back and forth from her home in New York to LA to visit her family. She flies back to watch her grandchildren in a school recital or look after them for an evening.
If you’re one to keep up with the Kardashians, than you may already know that momager and mother-of-six, Kris Jenner, is a grandmother. However, at the age of 62, she has become a grandmother of nine in just ten years! Her eldest grandchild, Mason Disick, was born when Kris was just 52-years-old, and all of her children, except one, have since gone on to have a baby of their own. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about her growing family, she said, “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
While Blythe Danner was married to producer and director Bruce Paltrow, she gave birth to two children- Gwyneth Paltrow, who went on to become a famous actress, and Jake Paltrow, who followed in his late father’s footsteps and became a director. In 2003, Danner’s daughter, Gwyneth, married Chris Martin, frontman of the popular rock band Coldplay. By 2006, the Hollywood power couple had two children together- daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin and son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin. This made Blythe a proud grandmother!
In 1976, while Ice-T was still in high school, he and his girlfriend welcomed a baby girl named LeTesha. He later welcomed a son in 1992 named Ice Tracy Marrow with his girlfriend at the time, Darlene Ortiz. That same year Ice-T welcomed his first son and became a father for the second time, his daughter welcomed a son of her own named Elyjah Marrow, making Ice-T a grandfather at the time. His grandson can be seen in past episodes of Ice-T’s reality show, Ice Loves Coco.
Mike Epps and his ex-wife had two daughters with each other, but Mike is a father of four girls. While he admits he misses the fact he never had a boy, he certainly didn’t seem to mind when his daughter welcomed yet another girl into their family. The Uncle Buck actor has often shown his admiration and affection for his granddaughter Skylar and taken on the joys of being a grandfather. He has admitted he feels ‘blessed’ for his four girls, so another girl is another blessing.
The WWE star and Guardians of The Galaxy actor is a grandfather, and his grandsons got front row seats to the premiere of the film, making them the coolest kids in school. Bautista’s daughter Keilani has two sons of her own – Aiden and Jacob – which made Dave a grandfather before he was even 40-years-old. Since Dave plays the muscle-clad hero in the film, it gives his young grandsons every right to say their grandfather is a superhero.
While having a celebrity grandparent may not be the most convenient to begin with, having Charlie Sheen as your grandfather certainly differs from the rest. Sheen became a grandfather in 2013 when his eldest daughter Cassandra Estevez welcomed her first child. Charlie gave the announcement of the birth on Twitter when he wrote, “Hey Luna, welcome to my planet!” Sheen has another four children from two different marriages, and his twin sons, who are Luna’s uncles, were born just four years before in 2009.
He is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood and continues to rock the big screen; however, Tom Hanks himself would even admit that after welcoming his first grandchild in 2011, he can see that spending time with his granddaughter is “better than television.” Speaking to David Letterman following the birth of his granddaughter, the actor said, “It’s magnificent! There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than having that little kid on my knee or in my arms.” That kid is going to be one proud grandchild!