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Joy Jeanette Gives Back Bringing Joy to Prison Inmates

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Joy Jeanette will be singing her freedom song “I’m Free” for prison inmates as a way of providing hope and inspiration.  The singer songwriter hopes to inspire the inmates by sharing her own story of being abused, fighting back, being incarcerated for fighting back and then learning how to find internal freedom through the process as she cleared her name this weekend at the Metro Transition Center for Women in Atlanta. Her journey and battle battle to continue to lead a productive life and never look back will hopefully serve as fuel people can use as they return to society!

Source: http://www.makinitmag.com/updates/joyjeanette/2016/05/joy-jeanette-share-her-story-prison-inmates-64#sthash.AqHHlWWH.dpuf

The Game Gives Back in Groceries

California rapper, The Game, has brought Christmas in July this year to deserving single mother of eight, Yvette Hicks. In light of recent acts of violence during this month, The Game has partnered with Partners in Kynd and Single Moms Club star, Zulay Henao, to create the positive campaign, “Yo Mama My Mama.”

TMZ was able to catch up with the rap star, getting the details behind the campaign’s name and the thought process that went into it.

“I figure with all this tragedy, and all the brothers killing each other, cops killing brothers, brothers killing cops, the one thing that people care about the most around the world is their mothers,” he says. “So if we can pay it forward and make my mama your mama and you look at somebody, you’re like, yo, man, you helped somebody’s mom across the street. Or you ask her how her day is going or you just do anything for someone else’s mother as if it was your own, the guy whose mother that is might not be inclined to do something to you based on your mother.”

The Game took to Instagram to announce the motherly love contest where he provided his followers and the public a set of instructions on how to enter. The winner, Yvette Hicks, was named inaugural “Mother of the Day” and was rewarded for her hard work with $1,000 in groceries, enough to last her and her family an entire month.

As The Game documented his philanthropic efforts at Ralph’s grocery store on Instagram, he stated within his last post, “In the midst of all the negativity & tragedy the world has witnessed over the past 10 days… I wake up on a mission to try to spread as much positivity as possible in hopes of shifting the negativity & creating a more peaceful vibe amongst us all,”.

To enter your deserving mother in the next contest, follow The Game and Partners in Kynd on Instagram.

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The Game and Snoop Dogg Unite In a Peaceful March to LAPD Headquarters

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 marked another sad day in America, especially within the black community. Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, was shot and killed during an altercation with Baton Rouge police in Louisiana. The senseless murder was graphically documented on camera by locals and was quickly shared online via social media. Less than 24 hours after the death of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile was shot and killed on Wednesday by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where his girlfriend live streamed the tragic incident on Facebook. Following the deaths caused by police brutality within the past two days, many Black Lives Matter groups across the country took to the streets to peacefully protest on Thursday night. During Dallas’ rally, shootings targeting police officers broke out, fatally killing five officers. Friday morning, California rapper, The Game, took to social media to announce operation H.U.N.T., a call to action in unification with Snoop Dogg for all men of color to come together through a peaceful march to inform the Californian government and it’s law branches that “from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us!!!”. About 50 men joined both California native rappers in their walk to LAPD headquarters where a LAPD recruit graduation was taking place. After the graduation ceremony had ended, the police led marchers into the department’s headquarters where The Game and Snoop were able to have a private meeting with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and other top police officials. Garcetti described the 45-minute meeting as “extraordinarily powerful,” where they had a conversation about the recent race crimes in America. The Game continued his efforts in Operation H.U.N.T by creating and selling H.U.N.T t-shirts to advance the awareness of his movement among communities outside of L.A. 100% of the proceeds from the t-shirts will go through his charity, TheRobinHoodProject, and will be donated to the city of Los Angeles’ summer youth programs in keeping children active and off the streets.

To join The Game within his movement, visit www.calilifestyleshirts.com

To read more about TheRobinHoodProject, visit their Instagram @therobinhoodproject or TheRobinHoodProject on Facebook

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Vince Staples Funds Youth Program in Long Beach

For native “norfside” Long Beach rapper, Vince Staples, teaming up with the YMCA and local Long Beach, California officials to launch a youth program in his community is no surprise. One of the central themes within his latest album, Summertime 06, expresses the fatal consequences of the lack of opportunity for the impoverished youth. Vince announced the project alongside Councilman Rex Richardson within his home neighborhood of Ramona Park. Within the program entitled, Youth Institute, twenty local students from grades eighth and ninth will be able to learn various forms of art, including filmmaking, 3D printing, product design, music production, and graphic design. Staples conveys the importance for cities to develop relationships with the youth, creating environments for them to flourish.

“I think the most important thing is opportunities,” Staples said. “What I can say is, living over here my entire life, I’ve never had an opportunity given to me from the area, only examples of how to mess up, and what I didn’t want to do.”

Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson and Def Jam Recording Artist Vince Staples talk after they announce their support for and launch of the Youth Institute in North Long Beach, a program of the Greater Long Beach YMCA in Long Beach CA. Tuesday, June 14, 2016. YI is a program that uses technology as an integral mechanism for promoting positive youth development and developing pathways to post-secondary education and career readiness of urban youth. (Thomas R. Cordova/Southern California News Group)

Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson and Def Jam Recording Artist Vince Staples talk after they announce their support for and launch of the Youth Institute in North Long Beach

Big Sean Donates $25K To Fight College Homelessness

As one man, Big Sean is doing it BIG in changing the world. The Detroit native rapper has always been dedicated in giving back to his hometown, creating various initiatives to help the youth within the Detroit area. Recently, Big Sean donated $25,000 through his Sean Anderson Foundation to Wayne State University, the third largest university in Michigan. The contribution will be granted to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, which helps financially stressed students at the university reach their goal in graduating. The program ensures their mission by providing various resources including housing support, textbooks, school supplies, clothing, transportation, and child-care assistance. The endowment Big Sean and his foundation presented to the program will specifically be used for short-term support to Wayne State University students experiencing homelessness.

“We see the HIGH Program as an important component of ensuring success at Wayne State, and we are proud to help strengthen its mission,” Myra Anderson, president of the foundation and Sean’s mother, said in a press release, according to Daily Detroit. “We aim to boost graduation rates at the university by providing support to students facing hardship.”

By continuing the mission of assisting in the education, health, safety and well-being of the Detroit Area school aged youth through the Sean Anderson Foundation, Jacqueline Wilson, Wayne State’s first lady, stated, “with this gift, we will be able to help Wayne State students who are experiencing homelessness work toward a brighter future.”

To read more about Wayne State University’s HIGH Program click here.

If you would like to follow in Big Sean’s footsteps in becoming the one that changes the world within the HIGH Program, you can contact Jacqueline Wilson at jacquelinewilson@wayne.edu or the program office at wsuhighprogram@wayne.edu.

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Eminem Is Selling Bricks for Charity

All the real Slim Shady fans might feel the urge to stand up when hearing about Detroit rapper, Eminem’s latest sale. In celebration of the 16th anniversary of his iconic album, The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem will be selling pieces of his childhood home. The limited-edition collectable items from the emblematic home featured on the cover of the LP consist of the last remnants of bricks and wood from its recent demolition in 2013. To set yourself apart from all the other Slim Shady imitators, each of the 700 bricks will come with a certificate of authenticity with Eminem’s handwritten signature, a display stand with a enclosed plaque, and an re-released cassette tape of the album. The re-purposed wood created from Eminem’s home will be crafted in collaboration with Brooklyn-based mill Good Wood, turning the debris into Marshall Mathers dog tags. With the collectable brick package retailing at over $300 and the dog tags at $28, the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Marshall Mathers Foundation, providing funds for organizations working with at-risk youth in Michigan.

Unfortunately, these rare items reflecting a piece of Marshall Mathers himself are sold out, but to read more about the rescued remains, go to http://www.eminem.com.

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Image via Eminem.com

Kendrick Lamar featured on NOISEY: “Bompton”

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Vice/NOISEY sat down with him in the backyard of his friend’s mom’s house in Compton. When he showed up, he was immediately flanked by childhood friends like Lil L and G. Weed, who had come by to see him. You can see many of these guys in videos like “King Kunta” and in the album art on To Pimp a Butterfly, as well as in Noisey Bompton, the documentary we were there to film.

 

 

 

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Ludacris Speaks at Leadership Workshop to Over 200 Atlanta Youth!‏

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Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation spent the day giving back to a group of high school students at the historic Carrie Steele Pitts Life Learning Center in Atlanta Georgia. Through the use of his foundation the prolific superstar shared tips on how to be an effective leader and the power of giving back.

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The homie Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges spent the day working and inspiring a group of high school students from Banneker High School and Westlake High School. The purposeful event was all about inspiring a group of over 200 kids to take on the the mantle of leadership and understand the imporatnce of community service and giving back. The event entitled as “Leading From Within … Leadership and Building Your Brand” was an awesome occasion for the young men and women who was in attendance.

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The event was powered by The Ludacris Foundation and supported by his team and the good people over at Camp New Look. The kids had the opportunity to connect with Luda, his beautiful wife Eudoxiee Bridges, his lovely mother Mama Bridges, and the homie DC Young Fly. The kids were able to ask questions and get real answers. This event will help the kids to embrace leadership and a wonderful memory that will stick with them forever.

 

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The message Ludacris wants the public to understand is as follows,

“We at the Ludacris Foundation realize that not every youth can visualize success. Not every young person believes that tomorrow can be better than today. I believe that every young person should have an opportunity to be the best that they can be. Our communities are hurting. Our systems need fixing. We can’t wait on the government, institutions, social programs and policies alone to meet community needs.

We have to look within; it is in our hands, said Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges. That is why we do what we do at The Ludacris Foundation! Over the last 5 years 96,000 students in GA have dropped out of school. GA analytics show 70% of inmates are high school dropouts. That is evidence that student dropouts immediately become the incubator that feeds the prison system. A game changer is needed!! My foundation, The Ludacris Foundation, is launching a Leadership Development Program targeted at middle and high school students. Our initial focus is with 4 middle and high schools in GA. As we design implement a proven successful business model we will expand our efforts.”

The event was truly a wonderful time and I thank The Ludacris Foundation for the opportunity to capture photos and glean a little inspiration!

Check out the photos and learn more about the foundation by visiting here: http://wp.me/pinY

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Story courtesy of http://www.freddyo.com

 

Rapper Pusha T sends semi-trucks full of water to Flint

Image result for pusha tThe G.O.O.D Music president helped get 2,000 cases of water to the city on two semi-trucks to assistant with Flint residents being affected by the water crisis.

BAMN & Be First Class ENT “Warm The World”

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WARM THE WORLD With Be First Class Ent, Hosted by Fort Knox, is a benefit concert during which items are collected to benefit the homeless community through Music, Philanthropy, and Creatives!

Performances by BAMN, Naj Murph, Tate Dumonde, Jake Lambo & More!!!

 

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