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Kendall Ficklin, Founder of MenXchange and Author of Rise and Grind opens up about his battle with Sarcoidosis.

Beyonce Joins Gucci to Chime for a Change; Champions Women’s Rights!

ChimeForChange_V_28Feb13_pr_b_1080x720_zpsb091079fSinger Beyonce Knowles, actress Salma Hayek and Gucci creative director, Frida Giannini, arrived at the intersection of looking good and doing good Thursday, armed with a stylish new Facebook page and a two-and-a-half minute video spot announcing their new female empowerment campaign, Chime for Change.

“The initiative aims to raise funds and awareness in support of projects for girls and women around the world, through sharing ‘powerful stories’ about inspiring females,” wrote Vogue.com’s Sarah Karmali, who noted that further details of the campaign were slated to be announced by Hayek at the TEDxWomen luncheon at Bryn Mawr College Thursday.

The project — thought up by Hayek and Giannini, according to Vogue — features a series of ten short films, narrated by Hayek and set to new music by Knowles, and tell the inspirational stories of women across the globe.  Beyonce joins in with a ton of  top female celebrities including: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jada Pinkett Smith, Francois-Henri Pinault, Gordon, Sarah Brown and Arianna Huffington.

According to Vogue, Gucci has been supporting women’s rights movements for years, including a seven-year partnership with UNICEF in support of girls’ education, while Hayek has taken on causes ranging from maternal and neonatal tetanus to human trafficking.

Beyonce“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women… It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world,” Beyonce told Vogue of her latest good deed.

Through its partner Catapult, Chime for Change encourages people throughout the world to support girls’ and women’s projects in a personalized, individual way. The company enables citizen philanthropy and is the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.

Catapult connects Chime for Change community members directly to organizations and projects focused on the causes that matter most to them, and currently represents over 50 organizations in 38 countries

NBA Stars Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Host “Catalyst Brunch” During All Star Weekend

HOUSTON, TX – NBA players, celebrities and their fans look forward to the excitement every year that is the NBA All Star Weekend, best known for its many events and festivities leading up to the All Star game. But two NBA All Stars hosted a different kind of event. Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony joined forces along with the Admiral Center to host a discussion on strategies to improve life outcomes for black men and boys before they took to the basketball court later that day.

On Sunday, February 17th, nonprofit, philanthropy, corporate and community leaders gathered for the Catalyst Brunch, an invitation only breakfast at Hotel Zaza to discuss what is working in the field of black male achievement and how everyone can meaningfully engage in tangible strategies that work.

Among the guests were Ben Hecht, President of Living Cities; Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation; Susan Taylor Batten, President of Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE); Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations; Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation; James Anderson, Linebacker for Carolina Panthers; Chris Broussard, ESPN Analyst; Dr. Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania; Leon Rose, CAA Agent; Diann Valentine, wedding and event planner and husband Damon Hayley; Dale Allen, Brand Jordan; Anthony Dicosmo, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks; Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families; Marcus Paul & Brennan Rabb, The Sartorial Collective and  Lincoln Stephens, Marcus Graham Project.

Nick Cannon and 50 Cent Speak Out Against Hunger for For Hunger Action Month!

Several members of the Feeding America Entertainment Council are stepping up and speaking out against hunger by taking part in a video call-to-action. The celebrities include multifaceted entertainer Nick Cannon, television personality Samantha Harris, registered dietitian and Cooking Channel host Ellie Krieger, Food Network and talk show starRachael Ray, actress and television host Alison Sweeney, and music mogul and entrepreneur 50 Cent.

These six hunger-relief advocates recorded a montage video which joins their words into one unified message: together, we can speak out against hunger.

The video is part of Feeding America’s efforts to promote Hunger Action Month which began September 1. Advocates from across the country have joined Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to Speak Out Against Hunger™ this September. As recently reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million people in the United States, or 14.9% of Americans, are struggling with hunger.

There are several ways to help raise awareness this month to help shine a light on the 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger:

  • Watch the celebrity montage video and share it in your social spaces, like Facebook and Twitter
  • Like your local food bank and Feeding America on Facebook
  • Donate your Facebook status to hunger
  • Go Orange and update your Facebook and Twitter avatar to show your support of hunger-relief
  • Share a hunger fact with your friends
  • Send a postcard to your local elected official and speak up for national nutrition programs
  • Volunteer at your local food bank

To learn more about Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.

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