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Troy Ave Creates Scholarship in Honor of Late Friend

Over a month ago, tragedy struck the Irving Plaza in Manhattan at a T.I. concert, leaving three people injured and one man killed. Sadly, the victim who was shot and killed was New York rapper, Troy Ave’s longtime friend and bodyguard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. In wake of the shooting in New York, Troy Ave has turned personal tragedy into triumph in creating a scholarship fund honoring Ronald entitled the Ronald McPhatter award. The award will promise $2000 each year for the next five years to student athletes graduating from New Utrecht High School, the Brooklyn high school where Troy Ave and McPhatter attended and played football. The high school football program will select the chosen recipients.

“When my son suggested [the scholarship] from jail I thought it was brilliant,” Tracey Collins, Troy’s mother, told DNA Info. “Edgar (McPhatter’s nickname) would love it, it’s such a good way to represent him.”

The first recipient of the 2016 Ronald McPhatter award was granted to senior defensive end Gianni Penso, who plans on attending New York City’s Pace University in the fall to play as an outside linebacker.

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Jay Z & Beyonce’ Make BIG Statements this Black History Month; $1.5 Million Donation & More!

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Jay Z and Beyonce’ have had a week full of politically charged statements, charitable donations, and public backlash. This is in stark contrast to what many criticized as silence and seeming disinterest from hip hop’s first couple. Jay Z, however, has been making quite a few moves behind the scenes dating all the way back to Tidal’s first concert in October 2015.

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.

50 Cent Gives Back By Serving Thanksgiving Meals To Hurricane Sandy Victims. Speaks On His Turkey Day Plans

50 Cent teamed with the Food Bank for New York City, SMS Audio, the Food Network and Feeding America to host a special Thanksgiving dinner for victims of Hurricane Sandy and those in need at the “Our Table Is Yours” event at Cipriani Restaurant in downtown Manhattan, New York on Wednesday November 21st.

The G-Unit boss spoke with MTV News at the event.

 

I’m able to provide meals for victims of Sandy or other people in New York City that don’t actually have food,” he told MTV News. “[Hunger,] it’s a world issue, it’s not a third-world issue. One in six Americans are actually going hungry. You got kids that’s surviving based on their school lunch and more than one out of five kids are experiencing hunger.”

 

Fabolous’ 3 Kings Coat Drive Effort Helps Collect 100,000 Coats

Fabolous Fabolous attends the 2011 3 Kings Coat Drive at Dr. Jay's on November 1, 2011 in New York City. wrapped his inaugural 3 Kings Coat Drive with New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

Through his A Fabolous Way Foundation, Fab’s month long-five borough Coat Drive helped receive and disseminate over 40 bags of donated winter apparel.

Through the participants’ connects, the program received contributions from the likes of DMC of Run-DMC fame, Trey Songz, Ne-yo, Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez.

Fab’s participation in the program helped New York Cares garner 100,000 coats this winter.

New York Cares will continue to collect donations until December 31st. 

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