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

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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Naomi Campbell to Chair Event Honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proceeds to Benefit Boys & Girls Harbor

Boys & Girls Harbor announced that Naomi Campbell will join Keith Clinkscales and Lyor Cohen as an event chair for the organization’s Salute to Achievement on Monday, September 26th at Lincoln Center, David Koch Theater located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City.  The event will honor Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and will feature a special performance by Audra Day.

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DAILY SHOW’S ROY WOOD, JR. HEADS COMEDY SHOW TO BENEFIT NATIONAL URBAN FELLOWS PROGRAM

On August 9th, 2016 at the New York Chapter of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) hosted a one-night fundraiser at the famous Gotham Comedy Club. The event featured Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. and five up-and-rising NYC based comedians: Vince Chang, Kerry Coddett, Vince August, David Suarez, Michelle Felice Hartley and Alex Barnett. The comedic all-star line up took a break from their day – for Mr. Wood Jr., his ‘night job’ at the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to head the First Annual NUF Fundraiser and Comedy Show at Gotham Comedy Club. The show benefited the incoming cohort of 16 students enrolled in the 2016-2017 National Urban Fellows program. Read The Rest

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

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

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