New York Urban League Names Music Executive, Mike Muse as their First “Mr. Classic”


Mike Muse, an accomplished political fundraiser, music executive, radio host on SiriusXM Shade 45, and CEO of Muse Recordings, has been named as The New York Urban League’s first-ever, “Mr. Classic.” Muse will work to further advance the mission of the NYUL as the organization prepares for its 42nd Annual Football Classic between Howard University (HU) and Morgan State University (MSU) taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.

“Mike Muse has carved out a modern intersection of politics and pop culture connecting youth and millennials through his work with President Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor De Blasio among others,” says Arva R. Rice, NYUL President & CEO. “He is the perfect person to represent Mr. Classic and communicate the heritage, traditions and importance of the Classic between generations.”

Mike Muse developed Civil Rights 2.0 as a platform to engage young people in the political process. He will lead the NYUL’s fresh take on youth activism, further confirming its relevance as a much needed and modern civil rights organization. Read The Rest


On Saturday, July 26th, Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation hosted the 15th Annual Art for Life benefit raising more than $1.3 million to date. Held at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, NY, Soledad O’Brien emceed the evening that honored Michael R. Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons and Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems for their career achievements and philanthropic work.  Guests included Gayle King, Star Jones, Rick Ross, Angela Simmons, Nicky Hilton, DJ Kiss, Kim Porter, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bevy Smith.

The evening was full of big moments one of which included the announcement of a gift from Kimora Lee Simmons.  In addition to the $1.3 million raised, a $1 million gift from Kimora will help provide scholarships for Rush students going to college.

15th Annual Art For Life Gala Hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons - ArrivalsThe inaugural class of recipients were recognized at the benefit.  Kimora’s children – Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons and Kenzo Lee Hounsou – welcomed the scholarship recipients at the event and accepted the honor on their mother’s behalf. More information about the scholarship will be announced later this year.

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Ailey Announces 2014-15 Five-Week Holiday Season with Series of Premieres

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized as a vital “American Cultural Ambassador” to the world and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, will return to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015.  The Company will present 39 performances during an exciting annual season that has become a joyous holiday tradition.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Akua Noni Parker, Sarah Daley and Jacqueline Green. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Akua Noni Parker, Sarah Daley and Jacqueline Green. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Artistic Director Robert Battle continues the expansion of the Company’s diverse repertory with premieres from a variety of choreographers and performances of over two dozen ballets that give Ailey’s extraordinary dancers many opportunities to inspire audiences. Read The Rest

5th Annual Smaltz Foundation Summer Fundraiser (PICS)

KASSRF-2434On Saturday, July 29th, the 5th Annual Smaltz Foundation Summer Fundraiser was held in Long Island, NY.  Better known as Ken’s Backyard BBQ Bash, the annual event was held to raise funds in support for people with dementia.  As is customary for this event, folks came dressed in their “backyard best” to dance to the sounds of PhearNone (Violin/DJ) and take advantage of fabulous live and silent auction items.  Leonard E. Burnett Jr. of Uptown magazine served as the co-chair for the event that was hosted by Toni Belafonte.

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Young Black Philanthropists Gather for Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit

More than thirty African American millennials convened for the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit at the United Way of the National Capital Area.  Presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the event is hosted by Friends of Ebonie, LLC, the social impact organization dedicated to young black philanthropy.  The Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit, socially known as #CFP14, brought together young black professionals between 25 - 40 years old to strengthen giving behaviors and develop strategic action plans for civic leadership.

Today’s Nelson Mandela International Day

NMF-MandelaDay-Logo-SA-Slogan-ColourToday, July 18th, is Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela International Day (Mandela Day) was launched in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July as a core initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It was inspired by a call that the late Nelson Mandela made year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said “it is in your hands now”. During 2009, the UN General Assembly unanimously declared 18 July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”. No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mr. Mandela did every day.

She’s the Boss: Tiffany R. Warren

tiffanyrwarren_1396371732_77In 2005, while at Arnold NYC, Tiffany founded ADCOLOR® which has launched The ADCOLOR® Awards, The ADCOLOR® Industry Conference and ADCOLOR® University. Before joining Arnold where she served as VP, Director of Multicultural Programs and Community Outreach, Ms. Warren, at the age of 25, became the youngest Manager of Diversity Programs at the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York City. For six years, she oversaw all AAAA diversity initiatives, which included the Operation Jumpstart I & II scholarship program and the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) founded in 1973.

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Sandals Resorts Partners with Delta Sigma Theta to Educate Teen Mothers

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, and The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the local chapter of an organization that is 350,000 women strong worldwide, today announced their partnership in support of the P.A.C.E. Program, (Providing Access to Continued Education) a community-based outreach initiative designed to provide education and support to teenage mothers and promote awareness to help reduce teen pregnancy among young adults. 983013019 Read The Rest

5th Annual Smaltz Foundation Summer Fundraiser Backyard Bash

What began as a gathering of friends and family in the backyard of founder Ken Smaltz’s home, has become the core fundraiser for The Kenneth A. Smaltz, Sr. Foundation. The ANNUAL SUMMER BACKYARD BBQ BASH is an opportunity to raise money to gift families who cannot afford adult day care at local centers, increase awareness about Alzheimer’s care, and honor the families and recipients of the foundation’s gifts.


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