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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)

SunN.Y. & Sucka Free Athletics present “The Giveback” Shoedrive & Documentary

 

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This school year SunN.Y. and SuckaFree Athletics donated their time and efforts to the kids of North Metro GNETS, located in the AUC area in Atlanta, through their Health in Hip Hop Campaign.  Every first and last Wednesdays of each month they provided a PE class at North Metro GNETS at a school which due to budget cutbacks did not have a physical education program at all.

Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, and Others Join “#ImUnloading” Campaign

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On March 10, 2015 Hip Hop DX reported that an Anti-Gun Violence PSA was released that featured celebrities like Snoop Dogg, singer Jhene Aiko, NBA player Matt Barnes, NFL player Bobby Wagner, singer Aloe Blacc, and many others. Unload Your 401K and No Guns Allowed partnered up for the”#ImUnloading” campaign to raise awareness and take action against 401K plans that invest in the gun industry.
Each celebrity in the video shares their personal experiences with gun violence and their ultimate goals of a world without gun violence.
Check out the #ImUnloading PSA here:
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For more information on how to get involved in the #ImUnloading movement check out unloadyour401k.com!

Common’s ‘Glory’ Fundraiser

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Hip Hop artist/actor Common is having an “Evening of GLORY’ fundraiser which will benefit the students of his Common Ground Foundation.

San E and KRS-One Show Us That Hip Hop Is For The World

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On March 3, 2015, Korean hip hop artist, San E released a music video for “#HIPHOPISHIPHOP.” The song and music video features an international rap collective called Hip Hop For The World. San E told Billboard“‘#HIPHOPISHIPHOP’ is my high school dream…'” His goal was to let everyone know that Hip Hop is worldwide, and with this collaboration he has done just that. 

“Hip Hop, Philanthropy and Conscious Giving” The Soul of Philanthropy

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On Friday, February 20th at Johnson C. Smith University, the Soul of Philanthropy Exhibit hosted a series of panels intimately covering the current state of philanthropy and one panel presented specifically covering Hip Hop and Philanthropy.  The discussion centered on how hip-hop artists and entertainers give back to communities in various ways, offering a way for students to look at how their time, talent and treasure can impact their community right now and in the future.

The panelists included Albert M. Carter, M.Ed., Founder/Mentor/Teacher Hip Hop University, Preach Jacobs, Hip-Hop Artist, Journalist and Founder of Cola-Con, Konata Nicholson (DJ Knotts), Founder, Hip-Hop Gives Back and Yasmin Young, Morning Show Co-Host, WPEG Power 98 in Charlotte, NC.  The discussion was moderated by Kwain Bryant founder, program developer and training specialist with Empowerment Exchange. The discussion touched on issues such as Hip Hop’s responsibility to the community, past and current Hip Hop artists who gave and still give back, the importance of the perception when giving back, should Hip Hop artists feel responsible to give of their time and resources and more.

The panel was in-depth and definitely beneficial as remarked by those that attended at the conclusion of the panel.  One thing is for sure the conversation and continued action by those in the Hip Hop community in Philanthropy must continue and grow.

For more information on the panel and where the Soul of Philanthropy Art & Exhibit is heading to next visit. www.soulofphilanthropy.com

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Chance The Rapper Helps Raise $100,00 for Chicago Schools

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Chicago bred emcee and lead man for Social Experiment collective teamed up with Get Schooled To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognize the hard work of more than 3,000 students in the Get Schooled Get Connected Challenge, who partnered with Internet Essentials by Comcast, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago City of Learning, and several other community-based organizations.

Internet Essentials by Comcast (www.internetessentials.com) aims to bring the power of the Internet to students and families across the country for $9.95 per month.  They have teamed with Get Schooled (www.getschooled.com) and many of today’s Hip Hop stars to make this opportunity a reality.

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Images courtesy of www.fakeshoredrive.com

Talib Kweli Raises $100,000 for Ferguson Defense Fund

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Brooklyn native, artist, activist and Hip Hop luminary, Talib Kweli organized the Action Support Committee and launched the Ferguson Defense Fund back in October 2014.  The fund was established to support Ferguson activists who had been protesting for over 60 days in the face local and state police.  The original goal of the IndieGogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-defense-fund was to raise $25,000 but instead to date has raised over $112,000!

In a press release Kweli said  “These are young men and women who have put their lives on hold to stand up for all of our freedoms.  “The overly militarized police force in Ferguson has attempted to criminalize them by harassing and throwing them in jail for exercising their right to peaceful protest. We hope these funds help to empower.”

The funds raised are to be released in the form of grants in various forms which include and disperse funds to:

– A Revolutionary Reading Program,

– Tech Impact Initiative

– THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM

and more.

The full press release can be viewed on Talib’s Tumblr. http://talibkweli.tumblr.com/post/110837156912/action-support-committee-press-release-re

Hip Hop Gives Back salutes Talib Kweli and the entire Action Support Committee for coming together and taking the lead on organizing and assisting the Ferguson protestors on the front line.

ABOUT THE ACTION SUPPORT COMMITTEE
The Action Support Committee (ASC) is a committee of activists, organizers and artists established by musician Talib Kweli. ASC is committed to supporting the ongoing social justice work of individuals and community organizations based in Ferguson, Missouri and at large.

J Cole Makes Childhood Home Available to Single Mothers for FREE!

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J. Cole is at the center of the Hip Hop world thanks in part to his personal, introspective and chart-topping new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.  After selling 350,000 copies in the first week of his third studio album, Cole has stayed in the public eye with his views on Ferguson, Eric Garner and other current issues affecting the people.

Cole announced during an interview with The Combat Jack Show that he is working to make his childhood home at 2014 Forest Hills Drive in North Carolina available for single-mothers to live rent free for two years and then another family would move in after that.  In his own words,

“My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”

We salute J. Cole as he continues to give back to the community, creatively and keep pushing the culture forward.  Check the video below for a tour of J. Cole’s childhood from an interview he did with Complex magazine.

GAME returns with Robin Hood Project and Gives Back to Fans this Holiday Season

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Artist and founder of the #TheRobinHoodProject, Jayceon Taylor aka The Game, is teaming up with Paper Gold to give 12 fans $500 made of the Gold Paper to give back as their version of the 12 days of Christmas.

 

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DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS !!!! “I’m giving my fans a chance to win gold this holiday season. The Robin Hood Project is teaming up with PaperGold for 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway. PaperGold is giving away real gold with the #holidaygoldhunt. To enter, follow @theRobinHoodProject and @RealPaperGold and hashtag #RobinHoodPaperGoldGiveaway. Starting Sunday we’re picking winners each day until Christmas to win $500 in PaperGold. Check out PaperGold and the #holidaygoldhunt here: http://bit.ly/1sq9qkh. Happy Holidays #TheRobinHoodProject

 

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More info about “Paper Gold” from their website www.papergold.com

PaperGold is not a promissory note or a gold certificate. It is real, pure Gold in a new size, shape, and format. It’s sleek, cool, and unique. You can use it to invest in your future, or to give the perfect gift for any occasion. Gold has continued to grow in value over the long-term and PaperGold has the purity of a gold bar, now available in affordable, dollar-sized bills.

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