Kevin Hart Hosts Rally HealthFest in NYC

Rally Health, actor, comedian and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart, and E! News host Maria Menounos hosted a free outdoor health festival, Rally HealthFest, at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, lower Manhattan a couple of weeks ago.  They wanted to show New Yorkers how making simple lifestyle changes can be a lot of fun and help improve their overall health.

The New York Rally HealthFest featured fitness activities including boot camps, yoga classes, rock climbing and spin classes, as well as an interactive kids’ zone, all supported by Rally partner Asphalt Green, an NYC nonprofit. Attendees also had a chance to participate in a group workout with Ron “Boss” Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer; get nutritional tips from young celebrity chef Haile Thomas; and earn prizes for participating in activities. There were be plenty of healthy eats and beverages from Juice Press. Attendees also joined Rally partner DiamondBack to help build bicycles that will be donated to Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Read The Rest

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: Saran Kaba Jones, FaceAfrica (Time Mag Feature)

The following article by Aryn Baker was featured in Time.com on June 3rd, 2016…

Saran Kaba Jones is ensuring that water flows in her native country of Liberia

Saran Kaba Jones -Photo Credit: Peter Hapak for TIME When Saran Kaba Jones returned to her native Liberia in 2008, after spending nearly two decades abroad as an ambassador’s daughter, she was unprepared for the mayhem wreaked by years of civil war. “I had seen it on TV, but seeing kids on the street, selling snacks to support their families instead of going to school, that made it real,” she says. A 26-year-old investor with the Singapore Economic Development Board at the time, Kaba Jones thought she could spend a month in country, launch an educational scholarship fund and leave knowing she had done something for a nation that had nurtured her until she was 7. Read The Rest

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.

Young Professionals Unite for Mike Walrond

I’m on the host committee for a fundraiser to support Mike Walrond who is running for Congress in Congressional District 13.  The event will be tonight, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 6:30-10pm at The Cove Lounge in Harlem.  Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle with one another, meet Mike, register to vote and sign up to volunteer. The event will be very laid back with a DJ and Mike will speak briefly. Admission is $25. Register Today!

I have a great deal of respect for Mike. Not just because he’s a Morehouse man, but because he’s an inspirational leader and man of action who’s been a champion for Harlem residents.  He’s actively spoken out against Stop and Frisk, opened a Dream Center to encourage and reawaken the dreams of our community.  And, he has provided food and clothing to thousands of Harlemites in need – with dignity and respect. These are just a few of the things that I’ve seen him do first hand and I’ve been inspired and impressed by him.  I hope that you can make it out tomorrow night to meet him and see what I’m talking about!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
The Cove Lounge in Harlem
6:30pm-10:30pm

Please let me know if you’ll be attending.

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Akon Helps Launch Social Media Incubator at USC to Fight Energy Poverty

In a jam-packed classroom at the University of Southern California (USC) last week, five-time Grammy Award nominee Akon and ONE’s Director of Government Relations, Jay Heimbach, kicked off the first #PowerProject Campaign Lab, a student innovation incubator aimed at producing ONE’s next social media campaign to combat energy poverty.

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DesignCare 2013 Features NeYo Performance and Fashion by Rubin Singer

When you think of philanthropy in Hollywood the names Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete are some of the first to come to mind. Their HollyRod Foundation has been serving and advocating for families impacted by autism and Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. When the couple launched DesignCare back in 1999 the goal was to support these efforts through fundraising, and boy did they build a strong groundwork. Today it has morphed into one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the summer, featuring live and silent auctions, fashion shows, performances and a star-studded reception.

“Rodney and I are so grateful to our community of friends, family and supporters who keep coming back every year.  We are proud to host this special evening that recognizes incredible individuals and corporations for their work to create awareness for autism and Parkinson’s,” Holly Robinson Peete said in a release. “When people are willing to speak out and tell their personal stories, that’s when change happens.”

This year, the 15th annual DesignCare fundraiser will take place at a private estate in Malibu on Saturday, July 27th. Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and producer NeYo will perform, and the fashions of New York based designer Rubin Singer will be showcased on the runway. Also, five exceptional individuals who go to bat for these causes daily will be honored; Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin with the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year AwardJordan Pattillo, a young adult living with autism with the HollyRod4Kids Champion AwardJim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, with the theHollyRod Corporate Compassion AwardJohn Ball, author, advocate for Parkinson’s disease and philanthropist, with the Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage; and Michael Strautmanis, autism dad and advocate with the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award.

If you’ll be on the West Coast, grab a ticket for this perfect mix of fab and philanthropy. For more information contact designcare@mtaevents.com or (818) 906-0240. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mia Gorman, The Gorman Group at (310) 270-9464 ormgorman@gormanadvisory.com or go to www.hollyrod.org/designcare.

Jola House to Host its First Women’s Empowerment Benefit in NYC

Jola House, an organization located in Liberia that empowers women by providing them with gainful life and employment skills through training them how to design and sew bags and accessories; and produce creative home and interior décor amenities, will host its inaugural celebration to promote women’s empowerment on Saturday June 8, 2013 at 48 Lounge in New York.

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