Angela Simmons and a Ton of Celebs Attend This Year’s Art for Life Benefit (PICS)

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) raised $1.25 million at its annual ART FOR LIFE Benefit on July 16th at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, NY. Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which have directly served tens of thousands of inner-city youth over the past 20 years. This year’s theme was “Back to the Future.” Read The Rest

Eve Passion About Girls’ School in Congo

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 1.07.25 PMPhilly rapper, Eve, was recently on Fox 5’s Good Day New York and mentioned her commitment to girl power and her involvement with the Malaika School – a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo educating more than 230 girls.  She was so genuinely passionate that I had to learn more.  It’s truly beautiful.

Carmelo, LeBron, Dwayne and CP3 Put Their Money Where their Mouths Are

Last night’s 2016 ESPY Awards opened with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James addressed the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the 5 Dallas police officers.  They urged their fellow athletes to follow in the footsteps of great athletes like, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe who served as a model for what athletes should stand for.  Lebron also encouraged them to “speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence and, most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better.”

Let’s take a look at what each of these phenomenal players is doing within their respective communities.

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It’s #MalalaDay! Learn About the Amazing Young Woman Who Stands for Education of Girls Around the World

Every time I see or read about Malala Yousafzai, I am overcome with emotion.  The hairs on my arms stand up and there’s an indescribable electrical current that travels beneath my skin and releases itself in the form of tears.  I marvel at how amazing, strong and determined she was and is at such a young age.  I cry because she has endured levels of pain and adversity that I can not even begin to image.  Not to mention she was shot in the head, nearly died, recovered and stood up for the very thing they tried to silence her permanently for. Something that here in the States many people take for granted.  A basic education.

They say that things happen for a reason…  And, as crazy as it sounds, it was her getting shot that magnified her propulsion to an even greater international platform.  Today, Malala turns 19.  Read The Rest

We Are America ft. John Cena | Love Has No Labels

To love America is to love all Americans. John Cena takes a break between dropping body slams to drop some truth – that patriotism is more than pride of country, it’s love beyond labels.

While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see – whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our implicit, or unconscious, bias and work to stop it in ourselves, our families, our friends, and our colleagues. Rethink your bias at www.lovehasnolabels.com.

Share your support for love and inclusion by creating your own #WeAreAmerica gif at www.lovehasnolabels.com.

She’s the Boss: Eudoxie Bridges, Unspoken Angels

biopicEudoxie Bridges, a native of the villages of Gabon in West Central Africa, came from humble beginnings and knows what it means to struggle. She was reared in impoverished circumstances, sometimes not even having enough to eat. Enduring various forms of verbal, mental and sexual abuses, Eudoxie prayed to be delivered from the environment that had become common place in the African culture. She was brought to America, only speaking three English words, yet managed to succeed in our educational systems. Read The Rest

The 2nd Annual Iconoclast Dinner Experience (PICS)

Photo Credit: Ken Goodman

Photo Credit: Ken Goodman

Eight food, wine and spirits trailblazers came together at the legendary James Beard House in New York City for the 2nd Annual Iconoclast Dinner Experience.  It was an intimate evening that celebrated the life and legacy of the late James Beard Award winning chef, Patrick Clark and honored an impressive roster of experts of color while guests took part in a gastronomic experience curated by the honorees.

The event also honored trailblazers in the culinary, wine and spirits fields while raising scholarship funds to benefit the Spelman College students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries. Read The Rest

Beyond the Boroughs 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner (PICS)

Beyond the Boroughs 399On Monday, June 13, the Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund hosted their second Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner at the Dream Downtown hotel honoring Chef Richard Ingraham and Malik Yoba. 100 supporters attended the event to raise money for the scholarship fund. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner while listening to speeches from the honorees, members of the organization and student scholars.  Read The Rest

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