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Common Performs at Aids Health Care for HIV Prevention Concert








On August 6th, 2015 Common blessed the stage at the Aids Health Care “Vote 2 End HIV” event at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  The event was sponsored by Reed for Hope Foundation, LoveHealthy.Org and AID Atlanta and served as not just a concert but a rally that will build on the successful “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” national public awareness campaign created by AHF in 2014.  That campaign brought together Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, local churches and community groups to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Its purpose is to foster dialogue on ending HIV and sexual stigma within black families, and encourage community-wide testing and treatment.

For more information about the cause and additional footage from the event, log onto:

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Lebron James will send 1100 Kids to College on Him!


Lebron College of Education OhioThe deep ties LeBron James shares with his hometown of Akron, Ohio, aren’t news to anyone. It’s as much a part of the LeBron brand as the player’s moves on the court.

Well, King James is taking the love one step further, announcing that he will fund over 1,000 kids’ educations with a scholarship to the University of Akron, ESPN reported.

Through a partnership between the school and his LeBron James Family Foundation, the 1,100 children currently in his “I Promise” program will receive a fully sponsored scholarship. “I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of,” James said.

He continued, “This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African-American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you.”


Kendrick Lamar Visits New Jersey’s High Tech High – #HipHopEd in Action









So it’s Monday afternoon at High Tech High and its the beginning of another regular school week, right?  Not quite, because this Monday the reigning King of Hip Hop is visiting your classroom thanks to your teacher, Mr.Brian Mooney and his utilization of “To Pimp A Butterfly” to teach you about Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”, you have a special guest of none other than Kendrick Lamar!


Village Effect Foundation & Baddies Doing Good Present “Ride or Die Bike Drive”

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On May 9th, Village Effect Foundation put on their 1st Annual “Ride or Die” Bike drive. The Atlanta based non-profit organization were successful in donating over 30 bikes to deserving children in the Metro-Atlanta Area at a local YMCA and The Boys and Girls Club. The bikes were donated to gear kids up for the summer and get them excited about being active so that we can help tackle childhood obesity.

Check the vid below for the full recap of the successful event below and be sure to follow Village Effect Foundation for their upcoming charitable events and how you can get involved.

Baddies Doing Good is the militia behind Village Effect Foundation. We make doing good, look good. We strive to provide a fun, unique, and fresh outlook to giving back. We are always looking to collaborate with other organizations and are always accepting new members.

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Freddie Gibbs Gives Back with School Supply Drive











Freddie Gibbs, the midwest reality rhyme-spitter has created a GoFundMe drive to raise $3000 for school’s in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.  The campaign which began on May 25th has already raised $2,600 of the $3,000 goal for school supplies.


Here in his own words, Gibbs describes why he created the fund.  Link to donate to the GoFundMe Contribute and help provide supplies for the kids of Gary.  #Salute to Freddie Gibbs for creating and pushing this important cause.

Pic Courtesy of Tommy Williams (@Tom_Ahawk_)

Kanye West Donates $133,000 to Chicago Based Non-Profit Donda’s House

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Acclaimed musician Kanye West donated a portion of his proceeds from his recent Louis Vuitton Foundation concert series to the Chicago community organization named in honor of his late mother, Dr. Donda West. The donation of $133,000 is a record for Donda’s House, whose mission is to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform the lives of youth.

Donnie Smith, the Executive Director of Donda’s House, expressed her gratitude saying, “Kanye’s generosity is greatly appreciated and will improve our capacity with new staff as we deliver the high-quality arts programming that our participants deserve.”

An iconic musician, Mr. West is also noted for his design work in the fashion industry, including his relationship with the Louis Vuitton Fashion House and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. To close Paris Fashion Week, Mr. West performed four stunning concerts on March 7-10, 2015 on the outskirts of Paris in the Bois de Boulogne and quickly announced his donation to Donda’s House.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith, the Creative Director of Donda’s House & longtime friend & collaborator of Mr. West said, “I really cannot thank Kanye enough for this incredible contribution. His leadership has enabled Donda’s House to grow quickly and impact the lives of over 160 of Chicago’s young people already in our short history. This is a great honor and a true tribute to his mother’s legacy, who did so much for young artists.”

For more Info on Donda’s House and how to get involved/volunteer visit.

Akon Aims to Help Light Up Africa









LONDON, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent.

The institution, scheduled to open this summer in Bamako, Mali’s capital, will try to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power. European experts will help supply training equipment and programs.

The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, “which are really taking off in rural Africa,” Akon Lighting Africa said.

Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year, the organization said in a statement, so harnessing solar energy is an ideal way to enable those without electricity to get it.

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

Seventy percent of Africans are under 35, and creating sustainable jobs is vital, the group said, so investing in solar power for the future can help in more ways than one.

“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”

The group announced the launch of the academy at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York (Reporting By Joseph D’Urso; Editing by Tim Pearce)

SunN.Y. & Sucka Free Athletics present “The Giveback” Shoedrive & Documentary












This school year SunN.Y. and SuckaFree Athletics donated their time and efforts to the kids of North Metro GNETS, located in the AUC area in Atlanta, through their Health in Hip Hop Campaign.  Every first and last Wednesdays of each month they provided a PE class at North Metro GNETS at a school which due to budget cutbacks did not have a physical education program at all.

Killer Mike on Bill Maher Holds Court on True History of Violence and Birth of Hip Hop









This past week activist, rapper, entrepreneur, Killer Mike appeared on HBO’s Bill Maher talk show and proceeded to provide truth to power of the origins of the Hip Hop culture as well as the truth behind violence in America.. All in less than 5 minutes.  This is why the people say #KillerMikeForPresident!



Waka Flocka Cancels Upcoming Show At University Of Oklahoma


On March 9, 2015 rapper Waka Flocka Flame canceled his upcoming performance next month at the University of Oklahoma, because of a video that was released showing the school’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (SAE) singing a racist chant. SAE members are seen in the video chanting”There will never be a ni**in S-A-E!”

The Atlanta rapper was disgusted by the video and posted this statement on his Instagram page:

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He captioned that post with the following:

“SMFH.. I know for a fact the whole school and SAE don’t agree with those kids actions so know that I’m not madd at the whole #SAE just those disgusting kids!!!!!! #WFF We can’t change history but we damn sure can create our own future #DeathToRacism”

According to Hip Hop DX, the University of Oklahoma released this statement in response to the SAE fraternity’s video:

“We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way. Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

This type of racist behavior will not be tolerated and is not consistent with the values and morals of our fraternity. We have more than 15,000 collegiate members across the nation, and this incident should not reflect on other brothers because this type of hateful action is not what Sigma Alpha Epsilon stands for. This is absolutely not who we are.”