Black Lives Matter Partners with Charity in a Sign of Growth 

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

Black Lives Matter, which two years ago grew out of street protests and a social-media hashtag, has quietly established a legal partnership with a California charity in a sign of the movement’s growth and expanding ambition, the Associated Press has learned.

The formal relationship between the national Black Lives Matter network and the San Francisco-based International Development Exchange represents another side of the loosely knit group that many Americans recognize for its sometimes-disruptive demonstrations against police shootings of unarmed black men.

In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of the International Development Exchange, also known as IDEX, poses at her office in San Francisco. Black Lives Matter has quietly established a legal partnership with the California charity in a sign of the movement's growth and expanding ambition. The nonprofit charity also known as IDEX has been acting since November as a mostly unseen financial arm of Black Lives Matter, which two years ago grew out of street protests and a hashtag. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director of the International Development Exchange (IDEX) in San Francisco(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Since November, the nonprofit charity also known as IDEX has been acting as a mostly unseen financial arm of Black Lives Matter, with the ability to receive grants and tax-deductible donations on the group’s behalf. More recently, the relationship evolved into a contractual partnership that will run through at least mid-2017.

IDEX is managing the group’s financial affairs, allowing Black Lives Matter to focus on its mission, including building local chapters and experimenting with its organizational structure.

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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

Watch Out for Charity Scams After Orlando Shooting

Excerpt of USA Today article by Brooke Niemeyer,

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many want to help victims and their families by giving donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to take advantage of their kindness.

“Scammers depend on heightened emotion and often follow closely behind tragic events,” Holly Salmons, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central Florida, said in a press release.

In these situations, crowdfunding sites can be set up quickly to collect donations. Because these sites aren’t generally vetted, anyone may be able to set one up, including scammers, which we saw following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

If you are considering making a donation to the Orlando shooting victims, the Better Business Bureau encourages you to be safe online. Don’t click on links you aren’t familiar with, and be sure to check the URL for accuracy. Scammers often register a misspelled version of a popular website to lure people who hit the wrong key. (You can read more about how to spot an internet scam here.)

Here are a few other things you should be aware of:

Vague appeals: If the site doesn’t explain how they intend to use the funds being donated or say when they’ll be used, the Better Business Bureau says it’s a red flag.

Government registration: The majority of states require charities register with a state government agency before soliciting, so be sure you’re giving to a registered charity.

Family funds: Families may set up their own assistance fund, so it won’t be registered with the government, but the Better Business Bureau says to make sure the money is received and administered by a third party (like a bank, CPA or lawyer), as this will help ensure the funds are used appropriately.

Transparency: A charity should clearly account for the funds they receive and how they’re spent after they’re raised.

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New York Urban League Names Music Executive, Mike Muse as their First “Mr. Classic”


Mike Muse, an accomplished political fundraiser, music executive, radio host on SiriusXM Shade 45, and CEO of Muse Recordings, has been named as The New York Urban League’s first-ever, “Mr. Classic.” Muse will work to further advance the mission of the NYUL as the organization prepares for its 42nd Annual Football Classic between Howard University (HU) and Morgan State University (MSU) taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.

“Mike Muse has carved out a modern intersection of politics and pop culture connecting youth and millennials through his work with President Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor De Blasio among others,” says Arva R. Rice, NYUL President & CEO. “He is the perfect person to represent Mr. Classic and communicate the heritage, traditions and importance of the Classic between generations.”

Mike Muse developed Civil Rights 2.0 as a platform to engage young people in the political process. He will lead the NYUL’s fresh take on youth activism, further confirming its relevance as a much needed and modern civil rights organization. Read The Rest

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.


Eva Longoria Honored With YWCA Racial Justice Award

Actress and activist Eva Longoria was honored Friday night at the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Washington, DC, as part of the YWCA USA 2013 What Women Want Annual Conference.


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Power Players in Every Major Industry Converge on NYC for National Action Network 2013 Convention

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.

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Eva Longoria to Receive Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award at YWCA Gala

Actress and Activist Recognized by Iconic Women’s Organization for Her Contributions to Latina Empowerment

Eva Longoria, actress, advocate and philanthropist, will be awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala on Friday, June 7, 2013 in Washington D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

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This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Height’s contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial justice and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

“At a time when women are growing as a powerful force in American culture and politics, we are delighted to honor Eva Longoria for her activism, especially for her efforts to encourage all women to exercise their right to vote,” said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D.

She added, “Through her willingness and commitment to reach out and inspire women in diverse communities across the country to get involved in the political process and take on leadership roles, she exemplifies the life and work of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height. We are truly honored that Eva Longoria will join us at the 2013 YWCA Annual Conference in June.” Read The Rest