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Ludacris Relaunches Children’s Educational Website with the Help of His Daughter!

Philanthropist, rapper, father, grammy award winning artist, actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges gets kids in gear as they head back to school with a little help from his ten year old daughter. The website has all new songs and artwork. The website originally launched in December of 2011 and earned much notoriety. Mr. Bridges announced the re-launching of the website right in time for the back to school rush to get kids back in the learning spirit; the site is sure to be a big help. teaches children from grades 1 to 3 and 4 to 6 academic lessons about math, science and geography, as well as ethical and social issues like manners, honesty and kindness, through original songs, games and stories. The lesson plans were created with the help of teaching professionals.

The story wouldn’t be complete if I hadn’t visited the website and its pretty neat. It starts off with an introduction and goes into a song about Karma with a seamless transition into learning about the United States and the seven continents. The website was Ludacris’s  daughter, Karma’s idea; be sure to check it out with your kids today!

About Karma’s World The result is Karma’s World, which upholds the standards that Chris set. It is a site that encourages children like Karma to learn in an atmosphere of fun, offering academic lessons as well as ethical ones. It teaches the Golden Rule: how to treat others the way you would want to be treated. It teaches an understanding of karma: how doing good deeds can bring good into your life. It shows the importance of manners and the rewards of hard work. It reflects Chris’ belief that the habit of working joyously from the heart opens the door to children for a lifetime of meaningful success.

About Karma

Karma Bridges is a third grader who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves singing and dancing and is an advocate for recycling and keeping it green. She and her daddy have a dog named Castor, who is as smart as Smartacus. More than anything, she wants everyone who visits this site to feel welcome and join in the fun!



50 Gives

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Hip Hop Legend and Pioneer, DJ Afrika Bambaataa Appointed Visiting Scholar at Cornell University

Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection is honored to announce the appointment of DJ Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for a three-year term.

Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, NY for several days each year to meet with classes, talk to student and community groups, and perform.

This is the first faculty appointment for a hip hop pioneer and legend at a major university.

Cornell University Library is the home of the largest national archive on hip hop culture, documenting its birth and growth by preserving thousands of recordings, flyers, photographs, and other artifacts.

Details and updates, such as schedules, photos, and events will be posted on this space.

Empowerment Through Self Investment

Understanding that the investment in education is the most important investment a young person can make.

The greatest investment you can make in yourself is an education; of all the things we can acquire in life, knowledge is one of those things that can never be taken away from us. Education helps us progress individually and collectively, it equips individuals with the confidence, tools and skills that will prepare them physically, mentally and socially for work and life. Education catapults societies and enables them to be more competitive and economically advanced.  Higher education helps to maintain a healthy society mainly in that educated individuals that make up a society tend to be more confident, educated people are qualified for more competitive jobs and obtain a wide range of personal, financial, and other life long benefits making for a better life for themselves and their families.

The price tag on college is often a major deciding factor for individuals and families, according to recent studies the cost of college is on the rise, often times putting college students in debt and deterring potential candidates from committing to the investment. While this is a reality that must be faced, an end goal should be kept in sight. Higher levels of education are most times a prerequisite for a comfortable life-style. Two major factors that outweigh costs is the confidence and self-fulfillment that education provides and the ability for it to add a competitive edge to your career and personal development:

Education provides confidence and self-fulfillment

Educated people tend to be more confident in themselves and their ability to succeed. When a person makes the decision to go to college it’s a huge step in life, they will master a particular subject, meet knew and often times like-minded individuals to help them progress personally and professionally, they will have the ability to intern and gain real life experiences. Upon completing their degree they will be qualified for jobs that individuals without a college education would not qualify for.

Students invest a large amount of time, energy and dollars into their future through education it’s imperative that it is taken seriously and a degree is chosen that maximizes the students interest, taking career assessments provides young people with a blueprint. When students and professionals take career assessments they uncover their specific motivational career and vocational interest. It helps them listen to their own inner voices, and not only listen to these inner voices but also apply them to how you live your life.

It provides students with an internal knowledge of what they like, their strengths, weaknesses, leadership style, and learning style. It’s all about knowledge and empowerment. If you know yourself, if you know what your goal is and you know the path in front of you—the only thing between you and that goal is hard work.

Educated people are qualified for more competitive jobs

According to the US Census Bureau, over their working lives, college graduates typically earn about 73 percent more than typical high school graduates, and those with advanced degrees earn two to three times as much as high school graduates. By the age of 33, the typical college graduate who enrolled at age 18 has earned enough to compensate for both tuition and fees at the average public four-year institution and earnings forgone during the college years.

Most of the benefits of investing in education are individualistic, benefiting students and their families. It is important, while evaluating these benefits to remember the benefits that higher education accrues to society.

For society, the benefits of citizens obtaining higher education prove to be beneficial. According to the US Census Bureau higher levels of education correspond to lower rate of unemployment and poverty. College graduates tend to have a lower smoking rate, lower incarceration rates, and a more positive perception of personal health than those who do not invest in college. Additionally, higher levels of education are correlated with higher levels of civic participation, including volunteer work, voting and blood donation.

Although incurring debt is something that is often met with much vigilance, in the case of investing in higher education the benefits of investment in college outweighs the precautions of debt, overbearingly.

Rick Ross Brings Swizz Beats and Reebok to Give Back To Miami Carol City Senior High

Rick Ross Brings Swizz Beats and Reebok to Give Back To Miami Carol City Senior HighRick Ross Gives Back to Carol City Senior High School & Swizz Beats Make Special Appearance. Students at Carol City Senior High School was in for a major surprise this morning after Rick Ross made a special appearance at his high school alma mater to donate iPads to the CAP Program. The Principal, Mr. Dunn explained, “We commend Rick Ross for giving back to Miami Carol City Senior High School. By doing so, he is setting a wonderful example for our students and community”. Most of the iPads donated by Rick Ross will be used for students to complete their college applications.IMG1484-M

Rick Ross was also joined by Swizz Beats and together they distributed many pairs of Reebok. The shoes are going to be used as an incentive for students who pass the college placement test administered at Carol City Senior High School and to members of the state competing boys and girls track team.

Ms. White, the school’s CAP Advisor explained, “Rick Ross made history coming back to his high school; many celebrities and politicians have graduated from Carol City Senior High School but he’s the first to come back and connect with the new students”.

Hip-Hop Health- Trick Daddy(Lupus)

Back in 2009, The Miami-bred rapper appeared on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show today (March 23) to promote his autobiography Magic City: Trials of a Native Son. During the interview, he made the shocking revelation that he suffers from Lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease, which makes the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue.

Hip-Hop Awareness

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

No gene or group of genes has been proven to cause lupus. Lupus does, however, appear in certain families, and when one of two identical twins has lupus, there is an increased chance that the other twin will also develop the disease. These findings, as well as others, strongly suggest that genes are involved in the development of lupus. Although lupus can develop in people with no family history of lupus, there are likely to be other autoimmune diseases in some family members. Certain ethnic groups (people of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island descent) have a greater risk of developing lupus, which may be related to genes they have in common.

Waka Flocka Launch #WakaNewYear Anti Bullying Campaign

Fabolous’ 3 Kings Coat Drive Effort Helps Collect 100,000 Coats

Fabolous Fabolous attends the 2011 3 Kings Coat Drive at Dr. Jay's on November 1, 2011 in New York City. wrapped his inaugural 3 Kings Coat Drive with New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

Through his A Fabolous Way Foundation, Fab’s month long-five borough Coat Drive helped receive and disseminate over 40 bags of donated winter apparel.

Through the participants’ connects, the program received contributions from the likes of DMC of Run-DMC fame, Trey Songz, Ne-yo, Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez.

Fab’s participation in the program helped New York Cares garner 100,000 coats this winter.

New York Cares will continue to collect donations until December 31st. 

Nicki Minaj and Mattel partner to auction one-of-a-kind Barbie

Nicki Minaj and Mattel partner to auction one-of-a-kind Barbie

After proclaiming her love for all things Barbie since her early career, Nicki Minaj and Mattelhave finally entered into a formal agreement for the toymaker to create a licensed likeness of the pop star.

Starting Wednesday, December 7, Mattel will offer a one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll up for auction on Starting at $1000, all proceeds from the auction will benefit Project Angel Food, an LA based nonprofit that provides daily meals for men, woman and children homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

“Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan,” says Stefani Yocky, a Barbie spokeswoman. “It’s really exciting for us that she’s been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause.”

Mattel has not yet confirmed if the agreement with Nicki will stretch into 2012, however, if Nicki’s prior business deals are any indication, it will.

According to John Demsey, group president of The Estee Lauder Companies, Minaj’s Pink Friday lipstick for MAC was originally planned for only a limited supply of 2,500 pieces, but after an email blast to MAC customers, a viral press launch and Nicki tweeting directly to her fans, the company quickly had to up its order to 30,000 in order to deal with demand. As a result of the overwhelming success of the launch, MAC decided to sign the rapper as its 2012 Viva Glam spokeswoman.

The auction for this first ever Nicki Minaj Barbie will only last until December 19, so if you are interested head on over to next Wednesday and place your bid! In the meantime you can check out some of the other Hollywood pop stars who have been immortalized as plastic collector’s items in the slideshow to your left.

Lil Wayne Endorses Fee-Heavy Prepaid Debit Card

Rapper Lil Wayne’s music recording label Young Money Entertainment made sure it was offering a credible product long before it officially launched a cobranded Discover-branded reloadable prepaid debit card Nov. 10, according to an executive from the company helping to manage the program.

“That was absolutely in the forefront of everyone’s mind,” says Tim Clark, CEO of Accent InterMedia Inc. “This product had to have credible legs and value cardholders could actually use and feel good being a part of.”

Young Money’s card is adhering to the recent trend of prepaid card providers adding extensive features to create customer retention.

The card features online bill pay from Billeo Inc., direct deposit, a spend analyzer that helps cardholders budget funds, prescription drug discounts and shopping discounts in the form of cash back that are meant to offset card fees. The Young Money card’s purchase price is $6.95 with a $3.95 monthly maintenance fee. An ATM withdrawal costs $2. The reload fee is $4.95.

Discover Financial Services issues the card. Fidelity National Information Services, or FIS, processes the transactions.

A portion of every card sold will benefit nonprofit organizations such as Lil Wayne’s One Family Foundation.

Clark declined to reveal the card’s sales since a social media marketing campaign for the product began Sept. 27, but he believes the card is doing better than expected.

“When you look at the demographic for the Young Money audience, you are hitting the ideal demographic for a prepaid card,” Clark says. “I think everything that we thought going in was true-that the brand following is enormous and the need for a prepaid [card] is significant.”

Whether celebrity endorsements create market success is debatable, notes Ben Jackson, senior analyst at Mercator Advisory Group.

“[Success] is going to depend on the target market, the particular endorsement and the real level of involvement from the celebrities,” he says.

Celebrity-endorsed cards are common, and few, if any, have reached widespread use with their intended consumers, Jackson notes.

Young Money’s card and other celebrity-endorsed products also will face scrutiny from consumers and the media in light of what happened with the Kardashian Kard, Jackson adds.

The charge for the Kardashian Kard was $59.95 for six months or $99.95 for a year, and the price included the card’s $7.95 monthly fee and an initial load fee of $5. Though the card’s monthly fee structure was somewhat similar to other offerings, the initial fee caused sticker shock among many watching the industry.

Despite the potential pitfalls surrounding a celebrity-endorsed card, such partnerships do bring more awareness to a market that continues to grow annually, Jackson believes.