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Nick Cannon Named As Anti-Bullying Ambassador

STOMP Out Bullying is excited to announce its newest Global Ambassador, Nick Cannon.

Nick recently took some time out to shed light on the important subject of Bullying and those affected by it. His new video “Die Young” was introduced on BET’s 106 & Park last week and it’s already a big hit. Both the video and the song are deeply personal to Nick and the track addresses real issues that so many people deal with each day. You can watch the video here.

Ross Ellis founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said “we are thrilled that Nick has taken on this issue and produced such a compelling video which speaks to kids and teens and those who use suicide as an alternative to end their pain.”

Some people think that bullying is “just a fact of life” or “a rite of passage” and they don’t take it seriously … until someone they know is hurt by bullying – or worse because they’ve taken their lives. Here are the real facts:

  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied
  • 9% To 35% of young people say they have been the victim of digital aggression
  • 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school
  • Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high
  • Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them
  • It can mess up a kid’s future. Bullies are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink alcohol, get into fights and be arrested at some point in their life. 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24.
  • As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of their bullies and/or they just can’t take the pain anymore

Last June STOMP Out Bullying launched its HelpChat Line which to date has helped over 2,900 students and saved 52 lives. Nick Cannon’s video will no doubt raise public awareness for the issue of bullying and hopefully inspire many to take action and spread the message of tolerance and compassion.

Nick is the newest Global Ambassador for Stomp out Bullying. He joins other ambassadors such as Lance Bass, JoJo, Taye Diggs, Brittany Snow, Bella Thorne and many more.

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.

3rd Annual Common Ground Foundation Awards Gala 2013

2013 Gala

Rapper Common hosts the third annual Common Ground Foundation Awards Gala and Fundraiser, his nonprofit organization’s signature event, at the Four Seasons (6 pm). The event raises funds to support the group’s mission of exposing youth to get opportunities and experiences through creative arts. 120 E. Delaware Pl., 773-295-1915;