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.
One Kings Lane, a leading online destination for the home, will sell 150 props from the set of Disney’s live-action epic Maleficent and all the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The sale will offer one-of-a-kind items, including embroidered and lush cushions, ornate trunks, and pewter serveware from the film set. This marks the first time Walt Disney Studios has sold film set pieces from a new release. The online sale begins May 30 at 11 A.M. EDT/8 A.M. PDT exclusively on www.OneKingsLane.com.
“Fans of the film and its exquisite interiors are in for a treat with these rare pieces, and we’re delighted to be the only retailer to offer them,” said Susan Feldman, One Kings Lane chief merchandising officer and co-founder. “The array of beautiful product truly captures the fantasy and marvel that is Maleficent.” Read The Rest
CPNYC presents DODGE FOR A CAUSE 2, a charity event that gives adults an opportunity to channel their own inner champion-dodgeball player. 100 % of all funds raised will go to support CPNYC’s various programs. Light refreshments and cocktails will be served at the event.
Firstly, the organization will target major private corporations about their employment, procurement, and inclusion practices at board levels. According to Rev. Sharpton: “the reason that Black unemployment has remained high is that the public sector jobs are being cut while the private sector has increased jobs but lowered its commitment to inclusion and hiring and doing business in our community. NAN intends to go at major industries that sell their goods in our community but do no good with our community.” Rev. Al Sharpton is sending letters this week seeking meetings with ten CEO’s of major corporations and will publicly release findings relating to business and hiring practices in communities of color.
Secondly, NAN started an “Alert Watch” since the Supreme Court is deciding on Affirmative Action and Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act–both of which Rev. Sharpton attended the oral arguments for at the Supreme Court—and NAN has issued an alert that will go into action in the event that the Supreme Court overturns either of the aforementioned policies. NAN will mobilize activists to urge Congressional action and to put pressure on the academic and corporate community if Affirmative Action is lost.
Lastly, he called on NAN delegates to put pressure on their Senators to vote on stronger Gun legislation that could come up for debate in the Senate this week.
Other highlights of the national convention included the Measuring the Movement forum on the final day that brought together three generations of civil rights leaders to discuss strategies on what can be done to sustain civil rights and the social justice movement regardless of what the court’s decisions may be. The forum featured civil rights leaders and a review by some of the legends of the civil rights movement regarding the progress made and mistakes made in the fifty years since the “March in Washington.” The Forum included civil rights icons Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, Otis Moss, Jr., and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., among others.
Several officials from the Obama Administration attended the NAN convention including
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as leading members of Congress and activists such as Martin Luther King, III, National Urban League President Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice President Kerry Kennedy, and many others. Both the family of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was fatally shot a week after performing with her high school band at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the family of Trayvon Martin were in attendance.
A key highlight took place on the actual date of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4th as NAN hosted its 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards. The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. In 2011, President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards. Among the honorees this year were: Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) & (ULTCW) United Long Term Care; Bishop T. D. Jakes, Global Humanitarian and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House of Dallas; Spike Lee, Award-Winning Filmmaker & Director; Tanya Leah Lombard, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs AT&T; Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; Dennis Mehiel, Managing Member, Four M Investments, LLC; and Rosie Perez, Award-Winning Actress & Activist. Lori Stokes, anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 7 WABC-TV New York. The evening featured special remarks by Martin Luther King, III the eldest son of Dr. King.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is releasing new public service announcements featuring the national mentoring organization’s spokesman, Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-winner Jamie Foxx, and other celebrity supporters. The PSAs, aimed at increasing donations, volunteerism and alumni re-engagement, will air nationally on cable TV stations as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ national partnership with Comcast Corporation.
From April 3-6, 2013, National Action Network (NAN) will host its annual national convention in New York City honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forty-five years after Dr. King’s assassination and fifty-years after the March on Washington. The convention will bring together influential national leaders in civil rights, government, labor, the church, business, politics, media and activism, to assess where we are today. Some of the topics that will be addressed at the 2013 NAN national convention will include issues of civil rights, education, gun-violence, immigration, jobs, health-care, women’s rights and much more.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Must Pre-Register at www.nationalactionnetwork.net/convention-2013)
Jordin Sparks, B.o.B and hip hop pioneers DMC, Doug E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 46th National Keystone Conference In ATL
More than 1,800 teens will descend on Atlanta March 21-24 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 46th National Keystone Conference, sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.
The annual conference is one of the largest, most established youth leadership conferences in the country, and the most anticipated among Boys & Girls Club teens.
Themed “ATL—All Teens Lead,” the National Keystone Conference will take place as teen leadership is needed now more than ever in the U.S. Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school each year; 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese; and the teen unemployment rate is at a record high. To address these and other challenges, Keystone Conference participants will discuss solutions and develop action plans for addressing the most pressing issues facing youth in their local Clubs and communities.
During the action-packed conference, teens will hear from a wide array of motivational speakers and entertainers, including musical performances by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; hip hop recording artist B.o.B; and pop group OMG Girlz. Motivational sessions will feature rap and hip hop pioneers Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Doug. E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa; professional skateboarder Preston Pollard; and WWE wrestler and actress Eve Torres. Read The Rest
Suit Dreams will present its annual “Follow-Suit” event on April 5th from 6-11 at Greenhouse in New York City. This year, they’re partnering with the women of Pynkberri’s Project-Royalty Prom Drive. During the event, Pynkberri will be accepting Prom dresses for high school seniors from Baltimore, MD and New York City; while Suit Dreams will be collecting suits and tuxedos for young men in New York City.
Many high school students, living in an urban community don’t have access to the appropriate attire for Prom, Interviews, Internships and/or graduation. The reality is that the financial challenges that have plagued our nation do not allow many parents to provide their son or daughter with these essential items. The goal of this initiative is to leverage the resources of NYC’s leading young professionals to collect suit donations for this year’s Suit Dreams and Pynkberri’s students. Read The Rest