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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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: 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

Bid On VIP Tickets To Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend”

Here’s your chance to share in Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. September 19-20, 2014 with 2 VIP tickets.

A new celebrity charity auction is giving you the chance to bid on VIP tickets that will ensure you’re seated in the first forward-facing rows, so close to the action that the experience unfolds right before you. Your VIP credentials includes a VIP Gift Bag, an Event Program, and a VIP Experience which includes an opportunity to have your photo taken with Oprah. Lunch will be provided as part of your Experience, as well.

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Angelina Jolie Supports the Malala Fund

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Malala_Yousafzai_on_NEWSWEEK-In her BBC diary blog, 11-year-old Malala Yousafzai wrote, “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to the market. I have the right to speak. I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.”

Actor and human rights advocate Angelina Jolie recited those words at the Women in the World Conference in New York earlier this month, and then described what happened six months ago to the now 15-year-old Pakistani girl, when Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus: “They shot her at point blank range in the head, and made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder and she more resolute, calling on the entire world to ensure the right for every girl and boy to an education.”

Together with Vital Voices and Women in the World, Jolie has created Malala Fund to support the girl’s cause; Malala Yousafzai will be in charge of it. On video at the conference, Malala said that it was the happiest moment of her life to announce that she will use money from the fund to enable 40 girls between age five and twelve to attend school in her homeland. By providing the girls’ families with a monthly stipend, the girls need not be forced into domestic labor positions. “I invite all of you to support Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls,” she said.

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FACE Africa Annual Clean Water Gala Raises $75k to Build 15-20 Water Systems in Liberia (EVENT PICS)

FACE Africa, the clean water non-profit founded by Liberian-born Saran Kaba Jones held its 4th Annual Benefit Gala at Espace on Saturday, March 23rd. The event attracted close to 350 guests and raised $73,000, enough to build 15 – 20 clean water systems in RiverCess County, one of Liberia’s most marginalized and under-served counties. 

The 3-hour event included a cocktail reception, premium hosted bar and an art auction with pieces donated by Aroza Arts. Among the guests attending to support the clean water benefit were supermodel Oluchi Orlandi, actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, former Miss World Agbani Darego, and Ms. Lisa Lovatt-Smith, FACE Africa’s 2012 Honoree and founder of OrphanAid Africa.

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Matt Damon and 5 Nonprofits Bringing Clean Water to the World

According to a Huffington Post article, there are 783 million people without access to clean water and 37 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to toilets.  3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness and women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.  As the need will only increase as a result of climate change and the growing world population, world leaders are calling for new solutions to this global problem.  That’s why this year’s theme for World Water Day is “cooperation”.  

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