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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.

Rise and Grind With MenXchange

Founded in 2005 by Kendall Ficklin, menXchange came to pass through the thoughts of one man who had a voice and decided to share it with others through his words of wisdom, writings, and his own life experiences. His target audience was initially undefined, both genders were equally interested in the message he would share.

​Since the need has been identified, the goal is to share the message through an offering of various mentoring and coaching programs for young men and adult males,

​menXchange began as a voice for those who felt they were often misunderstood, as an available ear and as a possible resource from a different perspective. Through conversations it became evident there was a need and overwhelming desire to help others see their own potential and grow.

menXchange is a MOVEMENT!  It is a mentor group dedicated to making a difference in the lives of other men and young males alike.
​The goal of this program is to educate, motivate and inspire young males, men, and the women who love them by building strong relationships.

​Assisting young males to develop strong connections with the other youths and young adults involved in the program will help the young males to develop socially along with determining their uniqueness and talents at the same time.

We do all of this by being humble, transparent and agreeing to share our life experiences with those in need of direction, motivation and inspiration.

Hip Hop Gives Back Launch Event (March 2, 2013)

Microsoft Store Lenox Square

3393 Peachtree Road NE

Suite 3007A

Atlanta, Ga 30326


Jamie Foxx-National Spokesperson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

A small group of teen and pre-teen boys and their mentors joined Oscar Award Winning Actor Jamie Foxx at a private party at his Los Angeles-area home to celebrate the actor’s newest and biggest role ever — national spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

The nation’s largest and most effective non-profit youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs screened adult volunteers with youth facing adversity in safe, professionally supported one-to-one long-term mentoring matches. The organization provides mentors, mentees and parents ongoing professional support and guidance to keep the mentoring matches going strong as long as possible. Children in the program are those of single, low-income and incarcerated parents or sons and daughters of military personnel. Studies find when enrolled in the program, they are more likely than their peers to improve in school and their behavior and their self-esteem.

As national spokesperson, Foxx will represent the organization at national and local Big Brothers Big Sisters events and work with other influencers and celebrities to help raise needed funding so that the organization can grow to serve more children. He will also promote the organization in Public Service Announcements and special appearances. More than 34,000 children across the U.S., primarily boys of color, are on Big Brothers Big Sisters “waiting to be matched” lists. The organization needs more volunteer mentors, particularly men of color, and additional financial support for sufficient staffing to match the kids in safe, long-term mentoring matches that yield the outcomes unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at

Big Sean Starts Foundation To Support Detroit Youth

Detroit, Michigan emcee and DXnext alum Big Sean has launched the Sean Anderson Foundation this past week. The G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records artist’s non-profit will focus on improving the lives of youth in his hometown. At an area show, at Auburn Hills’ The Palace, Sean performed a show joined by mentor Kanye West, Common and J. Cole, among others. An announcement regarding the foundation was made during the concert.

“The mission of the Sean Anderson Foundation is to assist in the education, health, safety and well-being of Detroit area school-aged youth,” Big Sean said in a statement. “I want to use my awareness to improve the situations in our school systems in particular. Many schools in Detroit have been closing or are in danger of closing. My school played an integral part of making me the man I am today and without that education and extra care, I don’t know where I would be today. So, I just want to help support the well being of young people in anyway that I can.”

The Sean Anderson Foundation’s offices will be located in Detroit, and activities are run by the organization’s officers and board of directors appointed by Sean and his mother Myra Anderson who serves as the President.