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LUPE FIASCO STARTS NONPROFIT TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS IN BROOKLYN

 

 

 

 

Lupe Fiasco is stepping away from the mic (and social media) to give a big hand up to future entrepreneurs. The Chicago native will be launching a non-profit that will assist those with a dream.

Speaking of social media, Lu made his announcement via his favorite platform, Twitter.

Co-founded by Lupe and Di-Ann Eisnor, the Neighborhood Start Fund is a nonprofit organization designed to aid entrepreneurs from specific neighborhoods with their respective business. “We need more diverse entrepreneurs bringing fresh ideas and new innovations to life,” reads a statement from the site. “So, we’ve created a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from undeserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

Their first live pitch event will be November 13th 2015. To learn more about his foundation visit http://www.start.fund

Story Courtesy @Mehkhavelli – DJsDoingWork.com

 

YG’s 4Hundred Waze Foundation’s Back-to-School Event

YG’s non-profit organization, 4Hundred Waze Foundation kicked off last school year with giving, at a back-to-school event held in the city of Gardena.

Nas to Sponsor Technology Scholarships for African Americans and Latinos

New York’s General Assembly is seeking to increase diversity in the technology field and with the help of Hip Hop legend, Nas and a few other corporations, soon they will be able to make that happen.
Nas will join Google, Microsoft, and Hirepurpose in sponsoring technology scholarships for students. General Assembly’s  “Opportunity Fund will offer scholarships to women, veterans, African-Americans, and Latinos, because these groups have systemically been denied access to the sciences. So, Google will provide scholarships for women, Microsoft and Hirepurpose will sponsor Latinos and veteran’s scholarships. Last, but certainly not least Nas’ QueensBridge Venture Partners will sponsor both African-American and Latino students.

Jalen Rose’s Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class

Sport’s analyst and Former NBA Star Jalen Rose’s charter school, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), held it’s inaugural graduation ceremony this year in Detroit, Michigan. Jalen Rose founded the academy in 2011 and still works very hard to provide private scholarship funds. The academy was able to raise and gift over $2.1 million in partial academic scholarships for the graduates.

Big Sean Opens Recording Studio At Old High School

Detroit Hip-Hop artist, Big Sean and his Sean Anderson foundation partnered with Adidas on something other than shoes in June 2015. He used his Adidas partnership to fulfill a promise to students at his alma mater, Cass Technical High School, in Detroit, MI.

Jeezy Hosts Neighborhood Clean Up in Atlanta

On July 25, 2015, Hip Hop artist, Jeezy partnered up with Young Generation Movement and their #PantsUpGunsDown movement, by leading a neighborhood clean up in Atlanta’s District 4. 

Common Performs at Aids Health Care for HIV Prevention Concert

 

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On August 6th, 2015 Common blessed the stage at the Aids Health Care “Vote 2 End HIV” event at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  The event was sponsored by Reed for Hope Foundation, LoveHealthy.Org and AID Atlanta and served as not just a concert but a rally that will build on the successful “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” national public awareness campaign created by AHF in 2014.  That campaign brought together Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, local churches and community groups to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Its purpose is to foster dialogue on ending HIV and sexual stigma within black families, and encourage community-wide testing and treatment.

For more information about the cause and additional footage from the event, log onto:

www.vote2endhiv.org

Contributor: @Iam10Zin

Photo: @RayCornelius

Lebron James will send 1100 Kids to College on Him!

 

Lebron College of Education OhioThe deep ties LeBron James shares with his hometown of Akron, Ohio, aren’t news to anyone. It’s as much a part of the LeBron brand as the player’s moves on the court.

Well, King James is taking the love one step further, announcing that he will fund over 1,000 kids’ educations with a scholarship to the University of Akron, ESPN reported.

Through a partnership between the school and his LeBron James Family Foundation, the 1,100 children currently in his “I Promise” program will receive a fully sponsored scholarship. “I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of,” James said.

He continued, “This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African-American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you.”

 

Meek Mill Writes Open Heart Letter to Son for Fathers Day

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As a father, now I get to give my son the life I never had. Being able to give him anything he wants is one of the best feelings in the world—but it’s also scary. When you see how much one person can trust you, look up to you, and depend on you, the last thing you want to do is disappoint them. The fact that no one can teach you how to be a father means you are always learning on the job. I love my son with all my heart, and I would do anything for him. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that I will help him become a great man.

With my career and my crazy schedule, sometimes it’s tough to be able to spend the amount of time with him that I want and that he deserves. After spending time away from him, one of my favorite things to do is get on my four wheeler with my little man in tow. Picture us riding around my neighborhood waving at all my neighbors. My son is fearless on his bike. Those are the moments I think about when I’m on the road.

Before I leave, I always explain to him that everything I do, I do for him. All the shows, all the nights in the studio, I do with my son in mind. It doesn’t make it any easier, but I’m blessed to be in the financial situation that I’m in. I’m grateful I don’t have to think twice about whether there is going to be food on his table. My son doesn’t have to worry about that the way that I did—nor does the rest of my family. I’m not just a father to my son, but a provider to my whole family. I provide for them not because I have to, but because I want to. They have all been there for me through my highs and lows. They’ve always made sure I was taken care of, and now it’s my turn to take care of them.

I never had a strong male figure in my life. I didn’t have that person to teach me things fathers teach their sons because my father was killed when I was young. It was just me, my mom, and my sister, so I had to be the man of the house. When I was younger, I remember being able to speak to my father and then in the blink of an eye, he was gone. My mom played the role of both mom and dad. We had nothing growing up, so my mom worked any job she could find to provide for me and my sister. I love her so much for that. But as much as I appreciated everything my mother did for me, she couldn’t fill the space that a father should hold in a child’s life.

I still miss my dad, and I always will. Growing up without a father made me realize just how special time is with my son and how much of an impact I can have on his life. There are so many single mothers out there struggling to fill both roles, raising their families all by themselves. They don’t get the credit they deserve. There’s not enough ways to really say thank you, but we celebrate them, too, for all they do. To all my family and friends who are celebrating Father’s Day with their children, we salute you for being role models for all the young fathers in our community.

 

Photos Courtesy of Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar Visits New Jersey’s High Tech High – #HipHopEd in Action

 

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So it’s Monday afternoon at High Tech High and its the beginning of another regular school week, right?  Not quite, because this Monday the reigning King of Hip Hop is visiting your classroom thanks to your teacher, Mr.Brian Mooney and his utilization of “To Pimp A Butterfly” to teach you about Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”, you have a special guest of none other than Kendrick Lamar!

 

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