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Lebron James will send 1100 Kids to College on Him!

 

Lebron College of Education OhioThe deep ties LeBron James shares with his hometown of Akron, Ohio, aren’t news to anyone. It’s as much a part of the LeBron brand as the player’s moves on the court.

Well, King James is taking the love one step further, announcing that he will fund over 1,000 kids’ educations with a scholarship to the University of Akron, ESPN reported.

Through a partnership between the school and his LeBron James Family Foundation, the 1,100 children currently in his “I Promise” program will receive a fully sponsored scholarship. “I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of,” James said.

He continued, “This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African-American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you.”

 

Freddie Gibbs Gives Back with School Supply Drive

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Freddie Gibbs, the midwest reality rhyme-spitter has created a GoFundMe drive to raise $3000 for school’s in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.  The campaign which began on May 25th has already raised $2,600 of the $3,000 goal for school supplies.

 

Here in his own words, Gibbs describes why he created the fund.  Link to donate to the GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/twfhrs Contribute and help provide supplies for the kids of Gary.  #Salute to Freddie Gibbs for creating and pushing this important cause.

Pic Courtesy of Tommy Williams (@Tom_Ahawk_)

Kanye West Donates $133,000 to Chicago Based Non-Profit Donda’s House

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Acclaimed musician Kanye West donated a portion of his proceeds from his recent Louis Vuitton Foundation concert series to the Chicago community organization named in honor of his late mother, Dr. Donda West. The donation of $133,000 is a record for Donda’s House, whose mission is to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform the lives of youth.

Donnie Smith, the Executive Director of Donda’s House, expressed her gratitude saying, “Kanye’s generosity is greatly appreciated and will improve our capacity with new staff as we deliver the high-quality arts programming that our participants deserve.”

An iconic musician, Mr. West is also noted for his design work in the fashion industry, including his relationship with the Louis Vuitton Fashion House and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. To close Paris Fashion Week, Mr. West performed four stunning concerts on March 7-10, 2015 on the outskirts of Paris in the Bois de Boulogne and quickly announced his donation to Donda’s House.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith, the Creative Director of Donda’s House & longtime friend & collaborator of Mr. West said, “I really cannot thank Kanye enough for this incredible contribution. His leadership has enabled Donda’s House to grow quickly and impact the lives of over 160 of Chicago’s young people already in our short history. This is a great honor and a true tribute to his mother’s legacy, who did so much for young artists.”

For more Info on Donda’s House and how to get involved/volunteer visit.

http://www.dondashouseinc.org/

Akon Aims to Help Light Up Africa

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LONDON, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent.

The institution, scheduled to open this summer in Bamako, Mali’s capital, will try to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power. European experts will help supply training equipment and programs.

The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, “which are really taking off in rural Africa,” Akon Lighting Africa said.

Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year, the organization said in a statement, so harnessing solar energy is an ideal way to enable those without electricity to get it.

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

Seventy percent of Africans are under 35, and creating sustainable jobs is vital, the group said, so investing in solar power for the future can help in more ways than one.

“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”

The group announced the launch of the academy at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York (Reporting By Joseph D’Urso; Editing by Tim Pearce)

50 Cent Feeding America

Rapper, 50 Cent has supported domestic hunger-relief organization Feeding America since 2012. He is joined by other celebrities like that have joined the cause include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston. 50 Cent does his part by participating on the entertainment council that raises awareness about the serious issue of hunger in America through public support via media relations, cause-marketing programs, and public policy initiatives.

 

Check out pics of 50 Cent and other celebs supporting Feeding America here.

 

(Photo : Getty Images/Rick Diamond)

 

We Are Here Movement

Alicia Keys is baring it all — for a good cause.

The ‘Fallin’ singer took to Instagram over the weekend to share a professional shot of herself posing naked with a giant white peace sign painted on her baby bump. Of course, the pianist looked absolutely flawless — but more importantly, she was helping further a cause that she’s passionate about.

“It’s you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world,” Keys captioned the photo. “The #WeAreHere Movement begins today.”

The ‘We Are Here’ movement was started by Keys in order to unite people to raise awareness about worldwide issues, including poverty, gender discrimination, LGBTQ youth suicide, gun violence and more.

“As I prepare to give birth to my new child, I can’t help but think what world I’m bringing the baby into,” Keys said in a speech she made at New York City’s 92nd Street Y over the weekend (quote via PEOPLE). “We see the state of the world today and we can all feel the frustration and the desire to do something to make it better. We all want to do something but oftentimes we don’t feel empowered. That is why I created ‘We Are Here.’ Because it’s not about me. It’s about we.”

To learn more about the ‘We Are Here’ movement, click here.

Hip-hop superstar Kardinal Offishall breaks stereotypes, inspires youth

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If you believe some of the music videos, a rapper’s life is all rocking cars, gold chains and glamorous parties with cash flying all over the place.

In real life, we’ve found that some of hip hop’s biggest personalities have big hearts to match — and Kardinal Offishall is a perfect example. Sure, the platinum-selling artist from Toronto has the bling and the swagger, but the parties he throws when the cameras turn off are most often fundraisers, where the money flies to charity.

He collaborates with hip-hop giants like Busta Rhymes and Timbaland, but he’s also known for dropping in to perform surprise concerts for youth groups.

And he may travel the world in style performing high-energy shows, but he’s also traded his mic for a hard hat and work gloves the past few summers to help build schools in East Africa. This year he sponsored nine youth, all from low-income neighbourhoods in his Toronto hometown, to join him.

Kardi (as everyone calls him) grew up with teachers and mentors — including his mom — who instilled in him the value of community and service. He was also raised on reggae, and by age eight was writing and performing the Jamaican-inspired rap that would become his hallmark. At 12, he performed live for Nelson Mandela at an event honouring the recently freed icon. That moment fused Kardi’s dual passions for art and justice, and he’s been trying to find the greater purpose in his career ever since.

His sense of purpose has led Kardi to become a role model for young Canadians — encouraging a global perspective and commitment to community service. With his wife Tashi he runs 30 Elephants, an organization that co-ordinates international travel experiences for teens. The couple fundraised relentlessly over the last year — including hosting Kardi’s annual celebrity-packed Christmas party in downtown Toronto — to bring those nine inner-city kids with them to Kenya this summer.

Giving back to your community might not make for a standard rap video. But it does make for a great role model.

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger founded the educational partner and international charity Free The Children and the youth empowerment movement We Day.

 

Article from The Vancouver Sun

July Edition of ATL #HipHopTownHall – REAL Hip Hop [Video]

The #HipHopTownHall is a monthly event that brings together members of the Hip Hop community in Atlanta,GA to discuss various topics as they pertain to Hip Hop, the business, music, culture and more.  The monthly gathering takes place at +Omen Agency (299 Peters St.), hosted by Journalist, Renee Gardner (@ReneeTheG) and “HEAVYweight” Hip Hop host and brand ambassador, Fort Knox (@FORTKNOXLIVE).

This month’s debate and discussion centered around “What is REAL Hip-Hop” and what is its place and importance in 2014.  Check the insight and valuable conversations that took place and were recorded.  Thanks to DiRadiocast.com for streaming and uploading the event.

Drake Visits Cancer Patient

Back in April, classmates in Houston, TX rallied together to make 15-year old terminal brain cancer patient Kennedy Brown’s, biggest wish come true.  According to XXL Magazine, her classmate, Payton Campbell, went to her local TV station and requested, “We would ask all of your viewers to (tweet) #DrakeForKen so we can get him to come see her or send something for her because that would mean the world to her.” It did not take long before Toronto rapper, Drake saw the tweets and made Kennedy’s wish come true with a surprise visit, a few days later.
Sadly, Kennedy Brown lost her battle with brain cancer earlier this month on July 19th, according to ABC13 News. However, it was great that Drake was able to make her biggest wish come true before she passed.
Take a look at the pictures Drake posted of his visit with Kennedy on his Instagram page below.
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Common & Kanye West Partner to Create Jobs for Chicago Youth

In April, Black Youth Project reported that Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Kanye’s Donda’s House teamed up with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for teens in Chicago.

Common stated at a press conference, “Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”

This partnership will result in the launch of the AAHH! FEST, according to FUSE, that will take place this year in Chicago on September 20-21.

Looks like these two Chicagoans have not forgotten where they’ve come from and are doing their part to empower and inspire teens in Chicago.

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