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

Kelly Rowland, Holly Robinson Peete, Mama Tina & More Serve Fabulousness at the Ladylike Foundation Annual Fundraising Event (PICS)

Fab fem power converged on the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Ladylike Foundation’s Annual Women of Excellent Luncheon on Saturday, June 4th in Beverly Hills, California.  This event honors women in the community and in our world who are “Excellent” in their fields of occupation and philanthropy.  Among the stars who attended were Keke Palmer, Tina Knowles,  and Honorees Mel B and Kelly Rowland.  The event was emceed by Holly Robinson Peete who was a complete stunner in a hot pick knee-length sheath dress.  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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UNCF 3rd Annual “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit

On Saturday, August 23 at 6:00pm at the East Hampton Point Resort UNCF will host its Third Annual “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit. This special evening of waterfront cocktails, dinner and conversation is presented by the UNCF Leadership Council of New York, in addition to support from an esteemed group of Co-Chairs and Chairs, Michelle Paige Paterson, Former First Lady of New York State and Camille Clark. Proceeds from the evening will benefit UNCF’s educational initiatives and play a key role in making sure deserving low-income students of color get the education they need to get to and through college. Read The Rest

Brotherhood/Sister Sol Hosts “Voices 10” Benefit (PICS)

Nearly 500 guests attended The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s 10th Annual Voices benefit on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at New York City’s Edison Ballroom.  The event celebrated the organization, an impressive list of honorees, and the young people who inspire and empower their work.

VOICES is their signature annual benefit highlighting youth and life changing programming. The event provided an opportunity for supporters to celebrate BHSS’s commitment to helping youth develop into critical thinkers and community leaders.

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Kelly Rowland Helps Announce Historic Partnership at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

On April 8th, Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s largest teen-serving organization, announced a groundbreaking five-year partnership to support teens on their path to graduate from high school; ready for a successful future. As part of the new commitment, the Taco Bell Foundation expects to provide a $30 million, multi-year grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America -the largest gift in the organization’s 108-year history.  The partnership seeks to create a stronger generation of future leaders by providing critical resources that will inspire and enable teens to graduate from high school and unlock opportunities for college and jobs they may have only dreamed possible.

TB-00062_zpsbc839aefThe historic announcement by Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America made on Capital Hill in Washington, DC was attended by Grammy Award Winning Singer and Actress Kelly Rowland, John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-OH); Brian Niccol, President, Taco Bell U.S. and Chairman, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens; Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kiana Knolland, 2013-2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year.

According to Education Week’s Diplomas Count 2013 report, a projected 1 million students failed to graduate with their class in 2013 and one in four American students will not graduate on time. Research shows that those who earn a high school diploma are more likely than dropouts to find a job and less likely to live in poverty and suffer from poor health.

By 2018, the partnership will provide resources to nearly all 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, with a goal of helping more than half a million teens stay on track to graduate. This represents a 13 percent improvement over current national graduation trends and can produce approximately $14 billion in economic impact on our nation.

This new partnership will help rising eighth and ninth graders transition into high school with the tools and mindset needed to excel in high school, and beyond. Teens will have new opportunities to:

  • Participate in high school workshops and coaching programs;
  • Gain access to an online community for peer support;
  • Meet with mentors in their local area;
  • Learn about the college experience with visits to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country; and
  • Attend career preparation and course planning sessions.

Through the partnership, a unique college scholarship service for teen Club members will be established to reduce financial barriers by providing access to $83 million in scholarship and financial aid opportunities over the next five years.

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JHud, J. Cole, Selena Gomez and More Take A Silent Stand With Malala Yousafzai

On April 17, Malala Yousafzai and Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of The Malala Fund, will join international activist and Free The Children Co-Founder Craig Kielburger in taking a 24-hour ‘silent’ stand to raise awareness for the millions of girls around the world who have been denied the right to attend school.


5th Annual Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards (PICS)

Jon Quick isn’t just a DJ spinning your jam at a party or one of our favorite stations, WBLS 107.5.  He’s also a big man, Superhero to be exact, with the bigger picture in mind.  Each year, for the past 5th years, he has presented the ultimate party with a purpose, “Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards” Fundraising Event in honor of National Women’s History Month.  He honors women of color who are rising stars within their professions.  On March 24th, he hosted the 5th Annual “Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards” at Suite 36 emceed by Extra TV’s AJ Calloway.  Proceeds of the event benefited Hip Hop Loves Foundation and AJ Calloway’s Building the Bridge Foundation.
AJ Calloway, Dr. Meena Singh and DJ Jon Quick - photo credit NikWes Creative

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Susan Taylor to Serve as Keynote Speaker for ALP’s Annual Benefit Breakfast

Achieving Leadership’s Purpose, will be hosting their Annual Breakfast Benefit on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 recognizing the service of Serwah Asante’97, Steve Flax, Kweku Forstall, Esq.’78, Robert Gore, M.D., Ralph Johnson’94, Aletha Maybank, M.D., Homero Radway, Clifford Simmons, and Rev. Michael Walrond, Essence Magazine Editor, Susan Taylor, will be this year’s key note speaker.

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Oprah Makes a Powerful Cup of Tea

This is the stuff that I love to see!  This is what makes me warm and fuzzy about philanthropy! I may have been under a rock for the past couple of weeks. So, please forgive me if I’m wrong…  I haven’t really heard much buzz about the announcement of Oprah teaming up with Starbucks to create the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea.  Yes, I saw that Oprah’s sites and social media pages announced it, but outside of that I haven’t seen much.  I would think that it would be since it’s Oprah and since it’s such an easy way to give back to education and get something tasty in return. (Not that you do it for the return.   You’re doing it out of the goodness of your heart. But, being able to give back while buying something that you would get anyway is always a hit to me..)

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