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The Black Man Can Awards

Often negative portrayals of black males make indelible impacts on how the people of the world view black men and boys. Media sources are saturated with such negative images, creating false perceptions in the minds of many. Minds from all races have absorbed many of these stereotypical images of  our black men and boys; it is time for change. These misconceptions still persist, thus great efforts to challenge the misperception of black men and boys are needed; the BlackManCan Awards will help aid in this effort. Born from the idea that positivity yields positivity, TheBlackManCan.org (BMC) and BlackCelebrityGiving.com (BCG) are excited to announce the Inaugural Black Man Can Awards! Recognizing accomplishments within the community and professional arenas, the awards will honor black men and boys in more than 10 categories who embody the definition of a positive black male!

We invite you to vote now in 12 categories and meet 60 fine men and boys who are the true example of a positive black male.

Winners of the 2012 BlackManCan (BMC) Awards will receive an official crystal award trophy, website badge, bragging rights for one year and other sponsored products.  Winners will be announced, Sunday June 17th, 2012, Father’s Day.

“The only way to provide the positive contradiction to the prevailing Black Male image of today is to counteract negative images with positives ones,” says Brandon Frame Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan.org.

Join in on the Conversation follow Black Celebrity Giving @BlkCelebGiving  and the Black Man Can @TheBlackManCan on Twitter. The Official Awards Hash-Tag: #BMCAwards

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Beyonce Joins Gucci to Chime for a Change; Champions Women’s Rights!

ChimeForChange_V_28Feb13_pr_b_1080x720_zpsb091079fSinger Beyonce Knowles, actress Salma Hayek and Gucci creative director, Frida Giannini, arrived at the intersection of looking good and doing good Thursday, armed with a stylish new Facebook page and a two-and-a-half minute video spot announcing their new female empowerment campaign, Chime for Change.

“The initiative aims to raise funds and awareness in support of projects for girls and women around the world, through sharing ‘powerful stories’ about inspiring females,” wrote Vogue.com’s Sarah Karmali, who noted that further details of the campaign were slated to be announced by Hayek at the TEDxWomen luncheon at Bryn Mawr College Thursday.

The project — thought up by Hayek and Giannini, according to Vogue — features a series of ten short films, narrated by Hayek and set to new music by Knowles, and tell the inspirational stories of women across the globe.  Beyonce joins in with a ton of  top female celebrities including: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jada Pinkett Smith, Francois-Henri Pinault, Gordon, Sarah Brown and Arianna Huffington.

According to Vogue, Gucci has been supporting women’s rights movements for years, including a seven-year partnership with UNICEF in support of girls’ education, while Hayek has taken on causes ranging from maternal and neonatal tetanus to human trafficking.

Beyonce“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women… It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world,” Beyonce told Vogue of her latest good deed.

Through its partner Catapult, Chime for Change encourages people throughout the world to support girls’ and women’s projects in a personalized, individual way. The company enables citizen philanthropy and is the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.

Catapult connects Chime for Change community members directly to organizations and projects focused on the causes that matter most to them, and currently represents over 50 organizations in 38 countries

The Zulu Nation Steps To Worldstar

Mr. O’Denat,

On behalf of the thousands of members of the Universal Zulu Nation, of which I am Minister Of Information, I write you this letter in peace and hope these words find you in the best of health and spirits. Brother, we at UZN have the utmost respect and love for all who choose to take our Culture to new heights, and we thank you for your part in creating new media that preserves our culture. It is with great sadness that we bring to your attention the obvious ills of your site, WorldStarHipHop.com. Mister O’Denat, you are well aware, or should be well aware that many are viewing your site’s content as very graphic and extremely violent. Before you brush this off as just another person’s opinion of your site and
the content you publish, please do not get it confused. This is not the case.

As I mentioned earlier, Mr. O’Denat, I am a representative of the Universal Zulu Nation, and we take our Culture quite serious. You are a Black man who has accomplished quite a lot without a formal education, and I’m quite sure when you dropped out of New York’s Grover Cleveland High School, you would never have imagined that you’d be as successful with your company, World Star, LLC. Doesn’t it bother you just a little that another Black man (that man being yourself), has “made it” out of the “ghetto”, only to display unnerving images and videos of young adults berating, belittling, and beating each other solely for the purpose of the enjoyment of who you are led to believe are “millions of Hip-Hoppers?”

Mr. O’Denat, the followers of your site are impressionable young men and women who “follow” you for a reason. As salacious as you may want your site to be, our youth are looking for answers and solutions to the many problems that plague our communities. The young people use your site as an outlet to escape the world they are living in, only to find that you place them right back at the starting point. Brother, you are well aware, or should be aware of the way Haitians are treated all over the world, including their own country. After all, Mr. O’Denat, you are Haitian, and you have even labeled yourself as a “Haitian Ghetto Nerd”, to gain God knows what kind of accolades. I am not Haitian, but I find it deplorable for a Haitian to associate such a dignified people with the “ghetto”, when Haitians come to this country to escape ghetto life.

Brother, I am sure you heard God speaking to you when the earthquakes in Haiti destroyed so many lives, and many of us di a fair share of work to help those in need. The repair for the damage done physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially will be an ongoing process that will take decades. But one of the brilliant brothers of Haitian decent is instead showering the world with what you call “the CNN of the Ghetto”. Brother, you are sadly mistaken if you would like the world to believe that hype. If you understand journalism 101, news is reported with two sides. Your excerpts of ghetto life, your lack of morality when accepting uploaded material, and your drive to maintain a site for the sole intent to destroy our Culture’s standing in these Americas is both uncouth and unacceptable by all of us at UZN. We are hereby separating ourselves and our followers from your site and what it supposedly stands for. Brother, if you were in fact the “CNN of the ghetto”, then you, as a former resident of Queens, NY should already know who Zulu is and what real Hip-Hop Culture is. Mr. O’Denat, there are many real Hip-Hoppers from Queens who laid the brick in the wall that you are trying to tear down.

You should already know about Run-DMC, Larry Smith, Salt-N-Pepa, Nas, MC Shan, LL Cool J and the founders of FUBU Clothing, to name a new. These men and women purposed to create a platform of expression for our Culture, and through the years, they have maintained and preserved that Culture. Mr. O’Denat, you are a Haitian, so you should know how serious Haitians are about their Culture. We are just as serious.

This is a new year, and the Universal Zulu Nation has begun a movement against anyone who is against us. Mr. O’Denat, either you are for Hip-Hop Culture, or you are not. There is no in-between, and no matter how many people have hyped you to believe that WorldStarHipHop is anything close to what this Culture is, they told you a lie. Mr. O’Denat, Hip-Hop Culture is FOUNDED on four spiritual principles. In case you haven’t already been schooled on what those principles are, they are: Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun. Mr. O’Denat, I pray that you do become a “CNN of the ghetto”, and that you someday get a camera and go to the ghetto yourself to record both sides of our neighborhoods. We still do have neighborhoods, brother.

Mr. O’Denat, can you imagine how much more hits WorldStarHipHop would have if you were intuitive enough to record rising Black political stars and activists, and some of the issues they discuss when trying to fix our problems nationwide? Or videos of Black political superstars like Barack and Michelle Obama. I would have loved to see the behind-the-scenes footage of the President at home with the wife and kids – on your website. I invite you to meet me in The Bronx, Boston, Virginia, The Carolinas, Chicago, DC, Maryland, Detroit, or any place that you feel more comfortable, so we may discuss the realities of “the ghetto” and how you can be better involved.

Mr. O’Denat, in closing I am asking you to remove the footage of the young man being forced to strip naked outside while people look on and another young man beats him with a belt while the camera man pours water on his fully naked body.

This is the link in question, Mr, O’Denat:

Click here.
This is not the first time you have posted content that has been of this nature, and from the looks of it, this is probably Child Pornography. Therefore, I will forward the link and the video to the proper authorities to be sure that these young people are in fact of age and in full consent of being on your site in such a demeaning fashion. I’m unsure if this will bring about any charges, as there is a huge rumor on the streets that you are in fact working for the feds and are using your site as a cover up. But who knows? Mr. O’Denat, I again ask that you look into the fact that you and your site have misused our Culture’s name, committed fraud and falsely advertised your site as “Hip-Hop”. You have forced the hand of the Universal Zulu Nation to take further action should you continue to promote your “CNN of the ghetto” as “Hip-Hop”, and we are asking with all due respect that you include a disclaimer at the bottom of the front page of your website concerning your company and Hip-Hop Culture. A great

footnote on your site should be:

“World Star Hip-Hop is in no way affiliated with real Hip-Hop Culture or its’ founders or the Universal Zulu Nation. This site solely for entertainment purposes, and does not promote Hip-Hop Culture”

Mr. O’Denat, you are free to use the above language, or you may use any language you see fit that parallels the language above. Please contact me at your earliest convenience, should you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at quadeershakurmedia@gmail.com or 617-297-7423.

Respectfully,

Quadeer “M.C. Spice” Shakur
Minister of Information
Universal Zulu Nation

 

Waka Joined By Maino, Swizz Beatz, & Wyclef In NYC For Sandy Benefit

IFWT_WakaFlockaWaka Flocka and BB Kings teamed together to put on a concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. While performing, Waka was joined by Maino, Swizz Beatz, and Wyclef Jean. During the show, Maino presented Waka with triple platinum plaque and performed “Mobbin,” Wyclef spit an acapella  freestyle, and a fan got in Waka’s face on stage. Watch a recap of the show below.

 

 

 

 

 

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NBA Stars Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Host “Catalyst Brunch” During All Star Weekend

HOUSTON, TX – NBA players, celebrities and their fans look forward to the excitement every year that is the NBA All Star Weekend, best known for its many events and festivities leading up to the All Star game. But two NBA All Stars hosted a different kind of event. Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony joined forces along with the Admiral Center to host a discussion on strategies to improve life outcomes for black men and boys before they took to the basketball court later that day.

On Sunday, February 17th, nonprofit, philanthropy, corporate and community leaders gathered for the Catalyst Brunch, an invitation only breakfast at Hotel Zaza to discuss what is working in the field of black male achievement and how everyone can meaningfully engage in tangible strategies that work.

Among the guests were Ben Hecht, President of Living Cities; Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation; Susan Taylor Batten, President of Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE); Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations; Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation; James Anderson, Linebacker for Carolina Panthers; Chris Broussard, ESPN Analyst; Dr. Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania; Leon Rose, CAA Agent; Diann Valentine, wedding and event planner and husband Damon Hayley; Dale Allen, Brand Jordan; Anthony Dicosmo, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks; Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families; Marcus Paul & Brennan Rabb, The Sartorial Collective and  Lincoln Stephens, Marcus Graham Project.

S.E.A- Student Emergency Assistance

MB2April 26, 2013

International Youth Empowerment Event 

Location: Tutu’s- Guy’s Campus: Macadam Building. Surrey St, Charing Cross WC2R 2NS. Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Catered event with UK celebrity model, author, & philanthropist Cynthia Chisom Umezulike as key note speaker. Live performances by members of Kings College London Society & former finalist from UK’s ExFactor. Award ceremony for innercity youth at disadvantaged schools in London, England and school supply give-a-ways.

For More info visit http://sea-of-love.org

 

DC Rap Battle for Charity

When: Sun, January 27, 7pm – Mon, January 28, 12am

Where: LIV Nightclub, 2001 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
Description: Each MC will choose a cause to support. A portion of the funds raised at this event will be donated to the cause the winning MC is supporting.
More Info: http://dcrapbattle.splashthat.com/
Tickets: www.dcrapbattle.eventbrite.com
CONFIRMED BATTLERS: Aaron Johnathon @mrdemarcosolar All Drae @Iam_alldrae AMOGetItDone @AMOGetItDone | Will Rap 4 Food Andari @ANDARINDIEME Banger Boyz @gmac999MrMac Bangman Bigalowe @bangmanbigalowe | Will Rap 4 Food Bar Cardy @barcardycoachk Brad Aarin @BradAarinTHC | Pro-Seeds Project Che Merk @CheMerk | Will Rap 4 Food Culture @TheCultureGod | Will Rap 4 Food Don Kou @donkoucc Dread Mighty @Dreadmighty Fresco Sounds @frescosounds | Will Rap 4 Food Juda Rose @JUDAROSE Mark Dubois @markduboisdavis Paperboy Prince of the Suburbs @PaperboyPrince | Will Rap 4 Food Phinaminon @4davatar ProducaP @PRODUCAP | Urban Artistry Rosavel @rrrwilson Russell The Prophasee @RusthePro | Uni-DMV Shalaam Kenobi @shalaamkenobi | Face Up 2 Cancer $urreal @WeAreSurreal Watusi Cultleader @watusicult Wise @wisetrapcity Young Una @Young_UnaMC | Urban Artistry Young Fame @Fly_BOY_TRON | Pro-Seeds Project Young Wood @sse_younginwood
CAUSES: Face Up 2 Cancer raises awareness and funds to eliminate cancer http://faceup2cancer.com/ + @faceup2cancer Pro-Seeds Project fights prostate cancer http://pro-seedsproject.blogspot.com/ + @Theproseedsproj Santa Cause helps the victims of child sexual abuse http://www.examiner.com/article/mo-betta + @betta_mo Uni-DMV advocates community service http://www.facebook.com/UnIDMV + @unidmv Urban Artistry promotes education in foundational movement and history http://urbanartistry.org/ + @urbanartistry Will Rap 4 Food mobilizes the Hip Hop community to fight child hunger http://www.willrap4food.org/ + @WillRap4FoodInc
20PRIZES: 3 bamboo/hemp One vs Many shirts Studio time at House Studio DC Inclusion on the first DC Rap mixtape Showcase at a future event Photoshoot + more TBA SPONSORS: One vs Many http://1vsM.com/ DC Rap http://dcRap.com/ House Studio DC http://HouseStudioDC.com/

Dilla Day Detroit 2013

#DILLADAYDETROIT 2013 SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013 @FillmoreDetroit Featuring Performances by @TalibKweli @Royceda59

Hip Hop is for the Children: A Benefit for Child Hunger

When: Wed, January 23, 9:30pm – Thu, January 24, 3:00am

Where: Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar, 15530 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 (map)
Description: “Hip Hop is for the Children” is a benefit concert raising funds for child hunger via Will Rap 4 Food. Proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will raise funds for area food banks.
The show is hosted by comedian Big Mo with performances by: ~Pro’Verb ~Hippie Life Krew ~Harmony Muzik ~High Command (Four-In, Mike B, City Slick, Lou Skang, John Wilkes Booth) ~Shadina Info & Tickets: www.hiphopisforthechildren.eventbrite.com Sponsors: – @WillRap4FoodInc – U-MC Follow updates on the show: – @MikeBHipHop – @Four_In Organizers: High Command Raw Records is a label made up of Four-In, Mike B, City Slick, Lou Skang, John Wilkes Booth, Alex Hong, and Ty Rithymz. The group produces records, plans events, and everything related to hip hop.

YOUR SHOPPING CART

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