Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)

Christina Caron, The New York Times
August 28, 2017

A large and complicated rescue operation is underway in Houston as floodwaters continue to rise, fed by unrelenting rain.

So far, there’s no end in sight.

Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to produce 7 to 13 more inches of rain through Friday over the upper Texas coast, where some areas — including the Houston metropolitan area — may see accumulations of up to 50 inches.

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A temporary shelter set up at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Here are options to help.

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3rd Annual New York Urban League Black & White Brunch

3rd Annual Black & White Champagne Brunch

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
11:00 am-2:00 pm

at La Marina NYC
On the Hudson River
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Attire: Black and White, Brunch Chic

Click Here for Tickets

NYUL B&W Brunch Invite - 2017

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Clara Lionel Foundation Founded by Rihanna Accepting Applications for 2017/2018 School Year

The CLF Global Scholarship Program is now accepting applicants for the 2017/2018 school year!
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The scholarship program was established in 2015 to help talented students from Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica with tuition and fees as they attend four-year colleges or universities in the United States.
If you know of students who might be a good fit for this program please encourage them to apply! The guidelines and application are available here: https://www.scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn/ and applications are due August 1.
The @claralionelfdn 2017/2018 global scholarship program application is open! Applications are due August 1. Check out the guidelines and application here: https://www.scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn/

Rihanna Named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard Foundation

Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday (Feb. 28).

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director. Read The Rest

Dita Von Teese Strips Down for Charity

by Julie Gordon, Page Six

dita-perform-color2Dita Von Teese brought some sex appeal to the Hamptons charity circuit over the weekend.
Stripping down to little more than lace and feathers, she closed out Saturday’s Labor of Love event — which benefitted Housing Works — with a sexy burlesque performance.

A spy tells us the crowd was “surprised and delighted” as the seductress “ultimately went fully topless and danced off the stage covered only by beautiful burlesque feather fans.”

Three hundred people attended the soiree, held at “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly’s private Hamptons residence. The event is estimated to have raised over $40,000.

Black Lives Matter Partners with Charity in a Sign of Growth 

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

Black Lives Matter, which two years ago grew out of street protests and a social-media hashtag, has quietly established a legal partnership with a California charity in a sign of the movement’s growth and expanding ambition, the Associated Press has learned.

The formal relationship between the national Black Lives Matter network and the San Francisco-based International Development Exchange represents another side of the loosely knit group that many Americans recognize for its sometimes-disruptive demonstrations against police shootings of unarmed black men.

In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of the International Development Exchange, also known as IDEX, poses at her office in San Francisco. Black Lives Matter has quietly established a legal partnership with the California charity in a sign of the movement's growth and expanding ambition. The nonprofit charity also known as IDEX has been acting since November as a mostly unseen financial arm of Black Lives Matter, which two years ago grew out of street protests and a hashtag. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director of the International Development Exchange (IDEX) in San Francisco(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Since November, the nonprofit charity also known as IDEX has been acting as a mostly unseen financial arm of Black Lives Matter, with the ability to receive grants and tax-deductible donations on the group’s behalf. More recently, the relationship evolved into a contractual partnership that will run through at least mid-2017.

IDEX is managing the group’s financial affairs, allowing Black Lives Matter to focus on its mission, including building local chapters and experimenting with its organizational structure.

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Tai Beauchamp and Wilson Cruz to host 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards

Ahead of the organization’s annual award conference and awards, ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, is proud to announce that they have secured actor Wilson Cruz and style influencer Tai Beauchamp as co-hosts of the event.

“We are honored to have Wilson Cruz and Tai Beauchamp host our 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards,” said ADCOLOR Founder and President Tiffany R. Warren. “In their careers and lives they have used their celebrity to challenge the status quo so that people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community can see themselves as TV stars, fashion editors and icons. We could not be prouder to have these two points of light helping us to usher in our 10th year!” Read The Rest

MTV & Make-A-Wish Partner to Give 4 Teens a VMAs to Remember – Beyonce, Alicia, Britney, KimYe and more (PICS)

For the third year in a row, MTV granted four incredible wishes for four very special girls on Sunday at the VMA. Grace Fulcher, Madison “Madi” Haggard, Sierra Mason (all 16) and Samantha Savioe (14) — spent four magical days behind the scenes of the awards show thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for kids living with serious medical conditions.
“In a very short amount of time, we were able to create an incredible four-day experience for these incredible girls, who are all going through tremendously difficult and uncertain times in their young lives,” said Matt McDonough, Senior Director, MTV Digital Strategy & Fan Engagement. These were wishes 18 through 22 for Matt says he’s been lucky enough to be a part of at MTV.

LeBron James Speaks Giving Back on The Daily Show

School’s back in session and LeBron James is doing some great things within the Cleveland community through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Watch him as he talks education, building community, giving back and more on the Daily Show with Host, Trevor Noah. Including a great way he’s found to inspire kids in his education programs – he sends recorded messages to encourage them to go to school.  Check it out!

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