Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Photos of the Day

Alicia Keys @ Black Ball UK July 2008
Alicia Keys and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor host the Black Ball UK in aid of the Keep A Child Alive HIV/AIDS charity at St John's, Smith Square on July 10, 2008 in London, England.

HSAN Vote For It, July 2008
Valeisha Butterfield, Kevin Liles, music video director Little X and Russell Simmons attend the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and CPX Interactive VOTE FOR IT 08 launch party on July 9, 2008 in New York City.

Thisday Festival, July 2008
Model Oluchi and designer Ozwald Boateng attend the 3rd Thisday Africa Rising Festival at the Thisday Dome on July 11, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Prince Harry in Africa, July 2008
Prince Harry, son of the late Princess Diana, poses with children at the Lesotho Child Counseling Unit on July 9, 2008 in Maseru, Lesotho. The Prince's charity Sentebale works with the organization to provide a safe house for abused children.

Shaun Robinson
Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson poses at her birthday party held at Blu Beverly Hills on July 11, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

I Am An American
Singer Patti Labelle and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Award Winner Kenny Gamble tour the National Constitution Center July 10, 2008 in Philadelphia. Labelle and Gamble recently collaborated on the song "I Am An American" that is available on iTunes.

Usher @ Thisday Festival, July 2008
Grammy award winning entertainer Usher performs at the Thisday Africa Rising Festival, July 11, 2008 in Nigeria. In related news, Usher's New Look Foundation will welcome 126 underserved youth from throughout the country to the Atlanta area for this year's Camp New Look. The camp, which runs July 14-27, is a free two-week summer camp which empowers children and educates them about the business aspects of the sports and entertainment industries. Usher says, "I want to move beyond the exposure of Camp New Look and create a true career pipeline for underserved kids so that they can turn their experiences into careers in multi-billion dollar industries."

Benjamin Jealous @ NAACP Convention, July 2008
Benjamin Jealous, in his first address to the NAACP since becoming the organization's youngest president, speaks at the 99th annual NAACP convention in Cincinnati, July 14, 2008. He stated, "The most challenging thing is to get my generation energized. We have families, and we are out trying to chase the American dream. But really, the crux of the problem in our communities is while we are out chasing the American dream, we have forgotten that people made the ultimate sacrifice for us to have that opportunity." (Source: BSun)

Zo's Summer Groove Beach Ball, July 2008
Alonzo Mourning, Tracy Mourning and Dwyane Wade at the 12th annual Zo's Summer Groove Beach Ball event at Hotel Intercontinental, July 11, 2008 in Miami, Florida.

Now in its 12th year, Zo's Summer Groove brought out many celebrities and NBA superstars this past weekend to raise money for Alonzo Mourning Charities.

Alonzo spoke with passion to the Miami Herald about why this annual event is so important to him: ''You guys realize the dilemma we're facing, the epidemic here in South Florida and the state of Florida with kids not graduating from high school,'' Mourning said. "And that's unacceptable. (You tell 'em Alonzo!) He went on to say, "We need to do more to help our kids. We just can't leave it to the public school system. The reason being, they're continually cutting the budget. They're cutting over $200 million from the public school system. Where's the motivation for the teachers to continue to do their jobs?''

Zo's Summer Groove 2008
NBA stars Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James at Zo's Summer Groove All-Star basketball game, July 13, 2008 at American Airlines arena in Miami. (Photo: Miami Herald)
Photos: AP/Wireimage

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