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Ludacris Speaks at Leadership Workshop to Over 200 Atlanta Youth!‏

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Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation spent the day giving back to a group of high school students at the historic Carrie Steele Pitts Life Learning Center in Atlanta Georgia. Through the use of his foundation the prolific superstar shared tips on how to be an effective leader and the power of giving back.

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The homie Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges spent the day working and inspiring a group of high school students from Banneker High School and Westlake High School. The purposeful event was all about inspiring a group of over 200 kids to take on the the mantle of leadership and understand the imporatnce of community service and giving back. The event entitled as “Leading From Within … Leadership and Building Your Brand” was an awesome occasion for the young men and women who was in attendance.

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The event was powered by The Ludacris Foundation and supported by his team and the good people over at Camp New Look. The kids had the opportunity to connect with Luda, his beautiful wife Eudoxiee Bridges, his lovely mother Mama Bridges, and the homie DC Young Fly. The kids were able to ask questions and get real answers. This event will help the kids to embrace leadership and a wonderful memory that will stick with them forever.

 

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The message Ludacris wants the public to understand is as follows,

“We at the Ludacris Foundation realize that not every youth can visualize success. Not every young person believes that tomorrow can be better than today. I believe that every young person should have an opportunity to be the best that they can be. Our communities are hurting. Our systems need fixing. We can’t wait on the government, institutions, social programs and policies alone to meet community needs.

We have to look within; it is in our hands, said Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges. That is why we do what we do at The Ludacris Foundation! Over the last 5 years 96,000 students in GA have dropped out of school. GA analytics show 70% of inmates are high school dropouts. That is evidence that student dropouts immediately become the incubator that feeds the prison system. A game changer is needed!! My foundation, The Ludacris Foundation, is launching a Leadership Development Program targeted at middle and high school students. Our initial focus is with 4 middle and high schools in GA. As we design implement a proven successful business model we will expand our efforts.”

The event was truly a wonderful time and I thank The Ludacris Foundation for the opportunity to capture photos and glean a little inspiration!

Check out the photos and learn more about the foundation by visiting here: http://wp.me/pinY

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Story courtesy of http://www.freddyo.com

 

Rick Ross Makes Surprise Visit to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

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“Anything that I can do, I want to do it.”

Such was the tone of the Maybach Music aficionado after a visit to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) in Fayetteville, GA this past weekend. Ross popped in for a surprise visit wanting to get involved in the county in which he resides. SCHFH works to provide opportunities for low-income families. Homeowner education and financial literacy are just a few of the tools that SCHFH equips their families with.

Ross, also being involved with charitable organizations in Miami, Memphis,  and New Orleans, has now expanded his work to South Atlanta. 40 unknowing volunteers were joined by the Teflon Don as he grabbed a paint brush and got his hands dirty with volunteers. The home he worked on was for a Fayetteville resident and U.S Veteran. Rozay even took some time to snap a few pics at the close of the day. We truly have to commend his charitable contributions in an era where “throwing money at the problem” has become the norm. Although Ross is not an Atlanta native, it is refreshing to see him take such a hands on approach to his new home and give back to the community.

For more information on how you can get involved with Southern Crescent Habitat visit www.schabitat.org.

 

Filmmakers’ Benefit #JusticeForFlint Raises $145K During Oscars

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“Jazmine [Sullivan] got more runs than cheap pantyhose. Whew! #JusticeForFlint” @karsh (Thank you, @Karsh. You changed the tide of this article)

@Karsh demonstrates the resilient and unbreakable spirit of the African American people and their uncanny ability to turn what some view as misfortune into, well, a star studded concert spirited enough to rival any “oversights” or “accidents”.

For the Black community, the attention was not on Sunday night’s Oscar “celebration” but rather focused on the culmination of efforts of our own modern day superheroes, filmmakers, actors, and artists coming together to bring relief, awareness, and support to the people of Flint, Michigan.  With no paid promotion, the benefit raised over $140,000 and featured acts such as Janelle Monae, Jazmine Sullivan (see above), and a surprise last minute performance by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

The tone of Flint changed, if only for one night, to one of hope, inspiration, and togetherness, a stark contrast to the lack of diversity and inclusion at the 2016 Academy Awards. Rather than bring attention to the Oscars’ thoughtlessness, Black filmmakers such as Creed‘s Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, along with Blackout for Human Rights gained support from the music and entertainment industry, some of whom even tweeted pledges from the Oscar ceremony. Revolt TV live streamed the concert hosted by comedian Hannibal Burress. Young poets and families gave their account of the damage the water poisoning had on them while artists were sure to be candid about their message: This would have never happened had this been an affluent, White neighborhood.

 

Watch the Full Replay Here: #JusticeForFlint 

 

ATL puts on for #FillTheTruckForFlint Water Drive for Flint, MI

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#FILLTHETRUCKFORFLINT #HHGB #ATL 120,000 Water bottles heading to Flint!!! Words cannot express the love we have for our people!! Our ability to come together to assist those in need is remarkable!

BAMN & Be First Class ENT “Warm The World”

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WARM THE WORLD With Be First Class Ent, Hosted by Fort Knox, is a benefit concert during which items are collected to benefit the homeless community through Music, Philanthropy, and Creatives!

Performances by BAMN, Naj Murph, Tate Dumonde, Jake Lambo & More!!!

 

Run The Jewels donates “Meow The Jewels” Kickstarter Cash to Charity

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After raising over $65,000 via their “Meow The Jewels” Kickstarter campaign.  The superstar rap duo for the people, comprising of Killer Mike and El-P posted the amazing outcome of the fundraiser and how the money will be dispersed.

via Meow The Jewels https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1957344648/meow-the-jewels/posts/1380871

Hip Hop Gives Back & Black Celebrity Giving Presents: The Art Of Giving

 

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Over the A3C/BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend, Black Celebrity Giving, Hip Hop Gives Back , Respect Magazine, The Resource Guild and Art on the Wall hosted the Official Art of Giving Art Exhibit Launch and Panel Discussion at Studio No.7.  “The Art of Giving – How Hip Hop Changed the World” series presented the perfect opportunity to artistically pay homage to Hip Hop Change Makers whose philanthropic accomplishments have positively shaped the world we live in today. A one-of-a-kind exhibit blending the love for art and the importance of social change, while shining a positive light on the hip hop community. The exhibit’s goal is to inspire, motivate, educate, entertain, and bring awareness to people of various backgrounds about Hip Hop’s positive impact globally, as well as shed light on various cultural issues. The panel discussion moderated by *Jasmine Crowe* (Black Celebrity Giving) and included panelist: Shanti Das (Press Reset Ent/The Hip Hop Professional), *Dubelyoo* (Visual Artist/Co-Creator of Art, Beats + Lyrics), *Ant Marshall *(Curator/Co-Creator of The Lyricist Lounge Show on MTV), *Richard Dunn* (The Muddy Water Group), *Konata “DJ Knotts” Nicholson* (Co-Founder Hip Hop Gives Back), *Adell Henderson* (Chief Editor – Respect Magazine) included a discussion spanning from how hip hop can give back more through the art form, to how art is influenced by music. Guest were immersed in a hip hop wonderland with eclectic vibes, musical performances by: *Sir Foster *(Atlanta Hawks Organist), *Gilles* (Rapper/Lawyer), *Phene*(Rapper) and *Broadway Miller* (Rapper), complimentary cocktails courtesy of Bombay Sapphire, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cupcake medley courtesy of Cakes by Tatyana.** Courtesy of The Resource Guild**

LUPE FIASCO STARTS NONPROFIT TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS IN BROOKLYN

 

 

 

 

Lupe Fiasco is stepping away from the mic (and social media) to give a big hand up to future entrepreneurs. The Chicago native will be launching a non-profit that will assist those with a dream.

Speaking of social media, Lu made his announcement via his favorite platform, Twitter.

Co-founded by Lupe and Di-Ann Eisnor, the Neighborhood Start Fund is a nonprofit organization designed to aid entrepreneurs from specific neighborhoods with their respective business. “We need more diverse entrepreneurs bringing fresh ideas and new innovations to life,” reads a statement from the site. “So, we’ve created a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from undeserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

Their first live pitch event will be November 13th 2015. To learn more about his foundation visit http://www.start.fund

Story Courtesy @Mehkhavelli – DJsDoingWork.com

 

Janelle Monae and Wondaland Protest Police Brutality

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The creative, progressive and uber talented collective and record label we know as Wondaland Records have been on a promotional tour showing off the amazing talent on the record label as well as joining in the front lines of protest against police brutality.  At several stops on the label’s tour promoting their collaborative project “Eephus”, which featured music from each of the labels artists’, the group took it to the streets and joined with the people in each city with marches and organized protests against police brutality.  Using their new track “Hell You Talmbout” as the battle and rallying anthem to bring attention to loved ones lost by those in attendance, who were killed unjustly by the hands of the police and/or other government departments.  See Hip Hip Gives Back’s footage below from the march and protest in Atlanta on August 31, 2015. #HYTB

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Common Performs at Aids Health Care for HIV Prevention Concert

 

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On August 6th, 2015 Common blessed the stage at the Aids Health Care “Vote 2 End HIV” event at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  The event was sponsored by Reed for Hope Foundation, LoveHealthy.Org and AID Atlanta and served as not just a concert but a rally that will build on the successful “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” national public awareness campaign created by AHF in 2014.  That campaign brought together Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, local churches and community groups to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Its purpose is to foster dialogue on ending HIV and sexual stigma within black families, and encourage community-wide testing and treatment.

For more information about the cause and additional footage from the event, log onto:

www.vote2endhiv.org

Contributor: @Iam10Zin

Photo: @RayCornelius

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