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Swizz Beatz And Music Unites To Inspire And Empower Youth Performers in the Bronx!

Swizz Beatz is steadily creeping up our list of celebs that give back the most! Music students from The Bronx Charter School for the Arts (BxA), Women’s Academy of Excellence (WAE) and Music Unites Ambassadors are getting the chance to showcase their talents and participate in a once-in-a-lifetime discussion with Grammy Award Winning producer and recording artist Swizz Beatz during the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s latest Power of One speaker series, Music-Versity: Bronx Edition. On January 17th, Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in inner city school systems, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Swizz Beatz will host over 100 students for an educational workshop geared to inspire, empower and unite middle and high school students through the power of the arts. The kick-off event to this series will comprise of a round table discussion hosted by Swizz Beatz and Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde, which will allow students to ask intimate questions about the music industry. Students will perform a selection of pieces that showcase their musical prowess, and a Music Unites video documenting an in-studio session with Swizz Beatz will demonstrate the empowerment and necessity of music programs in schools.

“We need to remind the public of the importance of music—its relevance and ubiquity in the world of children—and how it can cater to the future success of young generations,” explains Michelle Edgar, founder of Music Unites. “We like to say the ’sky’s not the limit, it’s just the view,’ and we hope this series will instill that type of drive into the participants.” The Power of One Series Music-Versity: Bronx Edition will take place on January 17th from 10am-12pm. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Howard Lutnick Theater will host this special event with combined efforts and support from Music Unites, Swizz Beatz, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Women’s Academy of Excellence and Girl Up.

Keshia Knight Pulliam teams up with Allstate to annouce the African America Give Back Day Heroes

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam partners with Allstate to announce the 2013 class of Give Back Day Heroes.For the fifth consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through Allstate Give Back Day, a program that encourages individuals across the country to volunteer. As part of the program, Allstate is recognizing four selfless African American heroes who dedicate their time and efforts to making a positive impact in their communities, not only on MLK Day, but throughout the year.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who founded Kamp Kizzy in Atlanta to help empower the spirits of young girls, has partnered with Allstate to help launch this year’s program and announce the 2013 class of Give Back Day Heroes. This year’s heroes, who were nominated for recognition by their peers, include: Freedom Wright, from Atlanta; Jackie Lomax, from Chicago; Joseph Cole, from Nashville; and Margaret Dixon, from Oakland, Calif. Pulliam and the Give Back Day Heroes will join Allstate employees and agency owners to participate in service projects in their home cities on MLK Day, Jan. 21, 2013.

“Allstate places a high value on volunteerism, which is why the Give Back Day program has been so near and dear to our hearts the past five years,” said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility for Allstate. “Our agency owners and employees across the country know the importance of giving back to the communities we call home. This year’s Allstate Give Back Day heroes have inspiring stories that reflect the values and causes important to Allstate and we hope this program continues to encourage individuals to make a difference in their own communities on MLK Day and throughout the year.”

These remarkable heroes help to create positive, sustainable change in their communities with a focus on addressing important causes such as education, diversity advocacy, disadvantaged youth, and teens in foster care. On behalf of the Give Back Day Heroes, Allstate is making a donation of $2,500 to a charity of each hero’s choice. As part of their award, the heroes will also attend The King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” Awards gala in Atlanta on Jan. 19, 2013. The ceremony serves as a special celebration to honor both Dr. King and the outstanding individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a commitment to service and leadership.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to be aligned with this group of outstanding men and women who have put so much time and energy into making a difference in their communities,” said Pulliam. “It is truly an honor to be part of a program like Allstate Give Back Day that keeps Dr. King’s legacy alive and at work every day. Volunteering in my community has always been an important pillar in my life and I am excited to partner with Allstate for the Give Back Day program.”

Individuals interested in participating in Allstate Give Back Day 2013 in their own communities can visit www.allstate.com/GiveBackDay to find local volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch, an online search engine which promotes volunteerism and civic engagement by matching volunteers with charitable organizations and non-profits. The website also hosts the profiles of each of the Give Back Day Heroes, including exclusive video interviews with each hero on their community involvement and the driving forces behind their dedication to service.

NBA All-Star Chris Paul Hosts 5th Annual Chris Paul PBA All-Stars Invitational Benefiting the CP3 Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA – On January 7th, LA Clippers star point guard and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul hosted the Fifth Annual Chris Paul PBA All-Stars Invitational to benefit his CP3 Foundation.  Established in 2005, the foundation provides funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for children in under served communities.

Celebrities and PBA Tour stars joined Paul for the event at Lucky Strike LA Live to compete in doubles elimination competition.   Participants included actors Jesse Williams, Kevin Hart and Quinton Aaron, athletes Blake Griffin, LaMarr Woodley, Terrell Owens, Jalen Rose, and Chris Hardwick, along with PBA stars Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Missy Parkin and more.

The All-Stars Invitational began five years ago in Paul’s native Winston-Salem, N.C.  This marked the second year it was held in Los Angeles, with the previous two events held in New Orleans.

ESPN will air the event on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) at 4 p.m. EST just prior to the Super Bowl telecast.

About The CP3 Foundation

In 2005, Paul established the CP3 Foundation in honor of his late grandfather to provide scholarships for youth to attend Wake Forest University.  The foundation strives to impact the communities it serves by using its resources and passion for philanthropy to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families.  Paul’s emphasis on community involvement has won the CP3 Foundation the NBA’s Community Assist Award three times.  The foundation’s initiatives include partnerships with Feed The Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and LA’s Best.  The foundation also sponsors and supports literacy initiatives, youth basketball clinics and court refurbishments.  In 2010 Chris partnered with Chase Bank to launch the CP3 Afterschool Zone in New Orleans, to provide an enriching afterschool environment for youth. To learn more about the CP3 Foundation, visit www.cp3foundation.org.

 

The Kevin Liles Challenge

The Kevin Liles Challenge is devoted to encouraging dedicated people to pursue valuable higher education and the lucrative, fulfilling careers that come as a result.  KWL Enterprises Founder and CEO Kevin Liles is joining forces with CareerMotivations.com to deliver one million free educational assessments to Americans in search of success, empowerment, and bright futures.

Kevin Liles and CareerMotivations.com understand that the path to greatness, empowerment, and personal satisfaction is paved by an intimate knowledge of oneself. The ability to identify personal goals and internal drives contributes a great deal to a sustainable career and an overall high quality of life. To help promising young Americans achieve that crucial knowledge, the Kevin Liles Challenge is extending a priceless opportunity for one million hopefuls to engage in the CareerMotivations.com educational assessment.

Normally priced at $129 per assessment, the Career Motivations Assessment provides participants with the chance to discover their true motivations. The assessment unlocks the answers to key questions: what are my greatest skills? What are my strengths? How do I achieve true happiness and personal fulfillment? How can I channel my strongest motivational forces into earning a quality education and a satisfying career?

Equipped with this keen insight, individuals can blaze the trail best suited to their personalities, skills, and ambitions. The Career Motivations Assessment provides this by identifying the deep-rooted motivations within a person that, when acted on, lead to the highest level of success.

Committed to empowering Americans everywhere to set high standards for themselves, achieve their goals and dreams, and create a positive and lasting impact on their own lives and communities, the Kevin Liles Challenge promises the opportunity for growth and success to one million individuals with great potential and ambition.

Mike Vick And Wife Kijafa Host Charity Event for Team Vick Foundation

Last summer NFL Quarterback Mick Vick announced the expansion of his Team Vick Foundation. Vick  founded Team Vick Foundation, a non-profit, 501c3 charity to provide second chances and support to individuals and communities who need it most. Last night Vick and his wife Kijafa joined Team Vick supporters for 777 Cocktails at Tashan restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. The event was the brainchild of Kijafa Vick to help raise money for her husband’s foundation.

Called into existence to respond to the real and immediate needs of underserved young people, aging adults and families. Team Vick Foundation, its partners, supporters, initiatives, programs and events, bridge the gaps between donors and communities to promote hope and enhance the quality of life for those that reside in socially and economically under-represented neighborhoods.

Team Vick Foundation is committed to being a constant, ever-present voice and support system for people in need.

Respect the Youth and Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. Launch “We Have a Name” Homeless Advocacy Campaign

Young community advocates unite to change social attitudes and provide relief for Washington, D.C. homeless residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Jan. 3, 2013 – Youth advocacy organization, Respect the Youth, and hunger advocacy organization, Will Rap 4 Food, Inc., will campaign and solicit donations of food and supplies for the homeless leading up to distribution at local shelters on Saturday, January 12, 2013.The two organizations, led by young entrepreneurs and activists, will partner to raise awareness and donations in the “We Have a Name” homeless advocacy campaign.

“I strongly believe in the idea that everyone was made to be heard and acknowledged. Every day I see the disenfranchised, the hurting, and the homeless get passed by as if they don’t exist. Somehow we have learned to celebrate the affluent and forget the destitute despite the same red blood that courses through the veins of both parties. This biased social point of view has to change,” said Andre Hinds, Will Rap 4 Food, Inc.’s Director of Community Outreach.

According to weather forecasters, mid-to-late January historically averages as the coldest time of the year in Washington, D.C., and for the reported average of 6,500 homeless residents on any given night, it can also be one of the most difficult times. The District is reported to have one of the highest homeless rates in the country.

On the premise of the campaign, Respect the Youth leader Mohamed Leonce stated, “In order to gain respect, one must first earn respect. To earn respect one must do something that is deemed respectable. Helping the less fortunate is not only respectable but noble, and it serves as a statement saying that the younger generation has noticed our societal problems and are working on a way to solve them to the best of our abilities.”

Donations will be solicited and provided to local homeless shelters with the support of the Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Homeless Ministry Team.

“Giving back and making time for those who are less fortunate is something Capitol Hill SDA Homeless Ministries has been doing for decades. It’s great to share the love of God with the homeless community and encourage their faith,” said Q-Exclusive, ministry team member.

How to Get Involved

Individuals and organizations can sign up to participate and donate athttp://www.wehaveaname.splashthat.com. The following donations are requested:

• Restaurant and grocery store gift cards

• Non-perishable food

• New, unused hygiene and toiletry items

• New or gently used, clean coats, hats, and gloves

Contact willrap4food@willrap4food.org or (571) 268-9693 to coordinate donations.

About Respect the Youth

The mission of Respect the Youth is to empower disadvantaged youth to be self-advocates and independent members of society through structured counseling, voter registrations drives, health and education advocacy, and community engagement.

http://www.twitter.com/respecttheyouth

About Will Rap 4 Food, Inc.

The mission of Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. is to educate, empower, and mobilize the hip hop community to be agents of change in the global eradication of hunger through awareness, unity, and the powerful influence of art.

http://www.willrap4food.org

Campaign Tags: #WeHaveaName #RespecttheYouth #TeamWR4F

Trae Tha Truth Gives Gifts to Homeless in Texas [Video]

Minnesota Vikings Star Running Back Supports Veteran Service Organization Team Rubicon with Major Cash Gift

6f28b_nfl_adrian_africa_576Adrian Peterson, the star running back for the Minnesota Vikings and current leader in the NFL for rushing yards, opened his checkbook to donate $50,000 from his All Day Foundation to the disaster response veteran service organization, Team Rubicon.  One of the most valuable offensive players for the Minnesota Vikings since 2007, Peterson, also known as “AD,” first joined the team after an award-winning career at perennial college football powerhouse The University of Oklahoma.  Since playing for the Vikings, AP has risen to prominence as the league’s leading rusher, earning numerous accolades and setting both NFL and Vikings franchise records in the process.  Team Rubicon is an organization that empowers experienced military veterans to deploy rapid emergency response and relief teams to natural disaster sites and other crisis areas around the world.

“Military veterans choose to serve even after they take off the uniform because they want to dedicate themselves to a cause larger than their own,” said Adrian Peterson, running back for Minnesota Vikings. “Supporting organizations like Team Rubicon before, during, and after times of disaster allows them to continue their important missions in communities worldwide.”

Team Rubicon was created in 2010 and has already lead response and relief missions across both the nation and the globe, activating their veteran emergency response teams (VERTS) in countries such as Burma, Chile, Haiti, Pakistan and Sudan in addition to helping on the home front.  Team Rubicon focuses on the integration of veterans into their communities by empowering them to be civic leaders through the utilization of their military skills and experience in times of crisis. As a lead nonprofit partner for Got Your 6, the entertainment industry-backed campaign devoted to changing the conversation around military veterans in America, Team Rubicon has committed to engage veterans and military family members in 1.5 million hours of volunteer service under their Got Your 6 leadership pillar.

“When our country is in need, veterans respond,” said Jacob Wood, President and Co-Founder of Team Rubicon. “Adrian’s generous support of our mission will enable Team Rubicon to broaden and accelerate our response efforts in future crisis situations.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee Public Enemy

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King will all join the class of 2013, with Summer, who passed away this May, and King, who died in 1992, earning the honor posthumously. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
Public Enemy are only the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Grand master Flash and the Furious Five were inducted in 2007, Run-D.M.C. made it in in 2009 and the Beastie Boys received the honor last year.

Chris Paul ‘Blessed’ To Give Back During Holiday Season

cp1Chris Paul, 27-year-old Los Angeles Clippers’ guard, recently surprised kids at a Los Angeles, Calif., elementary school and called the experience a blessing from God.

Paul, an All-Star NBA player who just won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA, surprised children at La Salle Elementary School Thursday where he gave out gifts to the children at the after-school program. For Paul, a Baptist Christian, having the opportunity to give back to children is a blessing during the holiday season.

“From day one when I got to the NBA and realized I was so blessed that God gave me the opportunity to give back and help others,” Paul said in a Whittier Daily News report. “And I’ve always strived to do that.”

Paul, who was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers last year, explained that he and his older brother were both products of after-school programs like the one to which he donated his time and gifts.

“For us, it’s sort of where we were molded,” Paul said in the Whittier Daily News. “It’s where we learned values and did homework and arts and crafts.”

While the guard said the kids are always appreciative of his efforts, he admitted to having fun while giving back.

“A lot of times these kids get excited but it’s even more fun for me,” Paul said. “One of the kids was walking with a book bag on and basketball shorts and shoes and I told my wife ‘I remember when that was me.”‘

Paul has always been vocal about his Christian faith and even revealed a prayer that he says before games in a Los Angeles Times report last year.

“I say a prayer – and I’ve never told anyone this before – but this is how it goes: I begin by thanking God for bringing our team here safely; their team as well,” Paul revealed. “And I tell God, ‘I know you know already who the winner is, but I ask that you will let it be us.'”

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