Tuesday, June 26, 2007

::Event: Make It Happen Foundation & ING Power Brunch::

Warner Records executive Kevin Liles hosted the Make It Happen Foundation's power brunch in Hollywood on Sunday. The brunch honored Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete's charitable efforts with their HollyRod Foundation.

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Rodney Peete, Rhonda Mims, Holly Robinson Peete, Kevin Liles, Tamsin Smith
 
The HollyRod Foundation was established in 1997 by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete in honor of Holly's father, Matthew Robinson, Jr. who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the young age of 46. Prior to his diagnosis, he was a successful television writer and producer for such shows as the Cosby show and was the original Gordon on Sesame Street. He succumbed to the disease in 2002.
 
While caring for Holly's father, Holly and Rodney encountered many patients that did not have access to expensive medications, services and treatments. Inspired by these patients and Holly's father, the HollyRod Foundation was created to help Parkinson's Disease patients around the country.
In 2002, HollyRod partnered with the Center for Parkinson's Research and Movement Disorders at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and established the HollyRod Compassionate Care Program. Through this program, HollyRod is able to provide patients with financial and medical assistance.
 
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HollyRod holds various fundraisers, such as the DesignCure, a night of music and fashion as well as an annual pre-Super Bowl party.
 
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Shawn Robinson, Kevin Liles, Debra Lee, Sandye Lomax
 
Kevin Liles began his career in 1991 as an unpaid intern at Def Jam records and rose to his current position as Executive Vice President of the Warner Music Group. A native of Baltimore, he released his first book, Make It Happen: The Hip Hop Guide to Success, and in 2004, launched the Kevin Liles Foundation, a trust that invests in youth through sports, education and community organizations. He was recently recognized as an "Urban Hero" for his philanthropic work throughout the country.
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Nick Cannon and BET CEO Debra Lee
 
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Bad Boy Records Harve Pierre with Mike Kyser
 
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Donda West (Kanye's mom)
 
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BJ Coleman, Brandy, Adir Curtis
 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Conscious Jewelry

Want to look fashionable while supporting a good cause? Try charity bracelets which have become popular in recent years. Hip hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons and the jewelry house of Cartier have created bracelets that support charity.

A fact-finding trip to Botswana and South Africa inspired Russell Simmons to create the Green Initiative Jewelry collection along with the Diamond Empowerment Fund. The Green Initiative collection (pictured at left) of the Simmons Jewelry Company, features hip hop inspired jewelry in stainless steel, rubber and conflict free diamonds.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) is an international, non-profit organization, with a mission to raise money for educational programs to uplift the people and communities of Africa. The Green Initiative’s mission is to raise funds for this fund. Twenty-five percent of the net profits of the Green Initiative jewelry collection will go to the D.E.F.

The Green bracelet is the Green Initiative's first piece to be sold at retailers nationwide. The bracelet is made from native African materials - genuine green malachite beads and a rough African conflict free diamond. The bracelet embodies the natural beauty of Africa and celebrates the resources this rich continent has to offer.

With the purchase of the Green Bracelet, which will sell at retail for $125, fifty percent of the net profits go back into Africa to support educational programs where diamonds are a natural resource.

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Venus Williams, Russell Simmons and Eva Marcelle

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Rosario Dawson

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Russell and Beyonce
 
Another company that is using jewelry for a good cause is Cartier. Last year, the company donated more than 1.2 million to various global charities from sales of its Love Charity bracelet.

The bracelet is a knotted silk cord with a small 18k white gold miniature love bracelet at its front. The bracelet comes in various colors, each color representing a different cause sponsored by a celebrity. The bracelet costs $475 with $100 from each sale donated to the celebrity's charity of choice.

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Usher's Love Charity bracelet supports his New Look Foundation

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Rihanna's mint-green bracelet supports her charity, Believe

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Spike Lee's charity of choice is the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television/Tisch School of the Arts/NYU

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Actor Djimon Honsou's brown bracelet supports the SOS Children's Villages

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Rosario Dawson with Frederic de Narp of Cartier. Rosario's red bracelet supports Youth AIDS


The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation has created the Band Together to Build the Dream wristband, which can be yours with a minimum donation of $5.00. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.
Donate today.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Event: African Union Summit

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Left to right: Judge Greg Mathis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Herbie Hancock, Isaiah Washington, Ozwald Boateng and Mos Def

On June 15th in Beverly Hills, the African Union Summit held a panel and discussion on promoting African American interest in Africa.

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Chris Tucker with men's designer Oswald Boateng

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Oswald, Chris & Isaiah



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Mos Def & Jamie Foxx

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Herbie Hancock, Mos Def & Jamie Foxx

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah Team With NBA Cares to Promote HIV Testing

Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah have partnered with NBA Cares to promote HIV testing in the U.S. and abroad to coincide with National HIV Testing Day on June 27.

Public service announcements (PSAs) on television and radio will begin airing on Game 5 of the NBA finals. Doug E. Fresh provided the original music for the ads.

The PSAs aim to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and direct U.S. viewers to http://www.testing411.org/, a comprehensive online resource developed especially for the campaign that includes basic information about HIV and testing options. The site also includes easy access to information about local HIV testing centers by zip code provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This unique campaign has been developed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), HBO, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The PSAs will be shown in arenas during NBA games throughout the 2007-2008 regular season. MTV and BET have also committed to airing the PSAs in the U.S. as part of their longstanding public education partnerships, thinkHIV and Rap-It-Up respectively.
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This isn’t the first time that Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah have worked together on a project that aims to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS. They co-produced the HBO movie Life Support, which depicted the true story of Ana, a former drug addict who turned her life around to help others living with HIV and AIDS. Queen Latifah played the role in Ana in the movie.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

::Event: Apollo Theater Foundation Spring Benefit::

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Dance Theater of Harlem

The 3rd annual Apollo Theater Foundation spring benefit was held on June 11 in New York. The Foundation, established in 1992, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the Apollo Theater which is a historic landmark. The theater provides activities in the Harlem community, such as health fairs, free monthly movies for kids and talent showcase competitions for children and seniors.

The benefit was hosted by comedian and actor Chris Tucker, with performances by hip hop artist Mos Def, Maceo Parker and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

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Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete

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Ruby Dee

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Terry McMillan

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Yolanda Ferrell Brown, Jonelle Procope & Alicia Bythewood

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Maurice & Andrea DuBois

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Chris Tucker

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Chris Tucker & Wyclef Jean

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Star Jones

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Board Member Dick Parsons, Chris Tucker & Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Arts Humanitarian Award honorees Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

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