Tuesday, November 6, 2007


In the news:
Rewriting Rap to Empower Teens: HOTGIRLS (Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations), is a program in Atlanta that uses the power of hip hop and popular music to help build self-esteem and counteract the negative portrayal of women in the media.

"Rewriting song lyrics helps girls critically analyze the messages they encounter in the media and in their daily lives,’’ said HOTGIRLS founder Carla E. Stokes. “Girls are using hip hop as a vehicle to reach their peers and raise awareness about issues that affect their lives.’’ Read on....

John Thompson III Launches Family Foundation: Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III and his wife Monica, have launched a family foundation in Washington, D.C. that will focus on education and health care. Proceeds from their first fundraiser, held this past September, benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Capital Breast Care Center, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, and Washington Jesuit Academy.

Monica Thompson, the foundation's Executive Director on giving back to the community:

"Some people do it by giving their time, money or physically taking on a child and tutoring, mentoring them," she said. "But everyone should give back to their community in some way. I think it's an obligation we all have as a society." Read on...

Photo: Carla Stokes/NYT

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