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Hip-hop superstar Kardinal Offishall breaks stereotypes, inspires youth


If you believe some of the music videos, a rapper’s life is all rocking cars, gold chains and glamorous parties with cash flying all over the place.

In real life, we’ve found that some of hip hop’s biggest personalities have big hearts to match — and Kardinal Offishall is a perfect example. Sure, the platinum-selling artist from Toronto has the bling and the swagger, but the parties he throws when the cameras turn off are most often fundraisers, where the money flies to charity.

He collaborates with hip-hop giants like Busta Rhymes and Timbaland, but he’s also known for dropping in to perform surprise concerts for youth groups.

And he may travel the world in style performing high-energy shows, but he’s also traded his mic for a hard hat and work gloves the past few summers to help build schools in East Africa. This year he sponsored nine youth, all from low-income neighbourhoods in his Toronto hometown, to join him.

Kardi (as everyone calls him) grew up with teachers and mentors — including his mom — who instilled in him the value of community and service. He was also raised on reggae, and by age eight was writing and performing the Jamaican-inspired rap that would become his hallmark. At 12, he performed live for Nelson Mandela at an event honouring the recently freed icon. That moment fused Kardi’s dual passions for art and justice, and he’s been trying to find the greater purpose in his career ever since.

His sense of purpose has led Kardi to become a role model for young Canadians — encouraging a global perspective and commitment to community service. With his wife Tashi he runs 30 Elephants, an organization that co-ordinates international travel experiences for teens. The couple fundraised relentlessly over the last year — including hosting Kardi’s annual celebrity-packed Christmas party in downtown Toronto — to bring those nine inner-city kids with them to Kenya this summer.

Giving back to your community might not make for a standard rap video. But it does make for a great role model.

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger founded the educational partner and international charity Free The Children and the youth empowerment movement We Day.


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Beyonce Donates $7 Million to Homeless in Houston

According to the Huffington Post, over the past few years Beyonce has donated a total of $7 million in her hometown of Houston, TX at the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. This all began in 2007, a couple of years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The apartments have space to house 43 homeless individuals. This facility provides meals, job training, HIV/AIDS testing, and case management services. Their goal is to help residents reach full self-sufficiency. Houston has definitely progressed in its efforts against homelessness and it looks like Beyonce has done her part to chip in!


Trae Da Truth Presents 6th Annual “Trae Day” in Houston

On July 22nd, 2014, Grand Hustle recording artist and Houston’s own Trae Da Truth presented “Trae Day”.  Now in its 6th year, the annual free family block party, back to school preparation event and concert took place at NRG Park, in Houston, TX.  Jam packed from the start with young people, kids and parents alike, the event drew record numbers as Trae Day grows in popularity every year.  This year Trae brought along many of his label mates and Hip Hop counterparts including T.I., B.o.B., T-Pain and artists from Trae’s ABN imprint.  Trae also received a proclamation from the city of Houston for his give back efforts and dedication to the community.  Check out some of the pictures from the event below.  Hip Hop Gives Back salutes Trae Da Truth and all those who participated in making 2014’s Trae Day a memorable and rewarding one.

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#HHGB ATL 2 Chainz and T.R.U. Foundation 2nd Annual Back to School Day

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This Sunday, August 3rd the 2 Chainz and his T.R.U. Foundation will be hosting their 2nd annual Back to School Day at Central Park in Atlanta.  There will be backpack, school supply giveaways AND their sending the kids back to school sharp by providing haircuts and Hairdos for the kids.  In conjunction with AEBL Summer Basketball League, these Hip Hop community members are sending the kids back to the classroom with class.  The events kicks off at 3 PM this Sunday! #Truuu


T.I. and Jeezy Give Back for Christmas

T.I. and Jeezy presented “Tis the Season for Giving” which they provided Christmas gifts for over 1600 underprivileged kids in Atlanta.

T.I. & Young Jeezy ‘Tis the Season for Giving’

Presented by the Music Education Group in partnership with Fulton County Human Services, this great event continues the legacy of giving back to the community by both T.I. and Jeezy, respectively.

– @Konata_J

Hip-Hop Health- Kendall Ficklin-MenXchange(Sarcoidosis)


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’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

Principal Nicki

 Minaj  took time out of her busy schedules to give back to the nation’s educational system at two different high schools. Nicki Minaj joined The Get Schooled Foundation and surprised students at Collins Academy In Chicago. Nicki Minaj acted as the “Principal for the Day” to the more than 400 eager students.  Then she presented three exemplary students with $10,000 college scholarships from Comcast.  And if that wasn’t a full day’s work, she also helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV’s Sway Callowayin an all-school assembly to celebrate the students’ and teachers’ accomplishments.