Thursday, July 31, 2008
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Dr. Mourey received a M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
In addition to serving as President and CEO at the foundation, she also makes time to practice medicine at a community health clinic in New Jersey.
Dennis Nishi of the Wall Street Journal.com recently met with Dr. Mourey to talk about her career path, what skills you need to work in philanthropy and why its important for the medical profession to bring back house calls. Snippets from the article:
"Skills you need: Foundations need collaborators, strategic thinkers, problem solvers and innovative leaders, she says. "Collaboration is essential for a leader in philanthropy. Our role is often to serve as a convener working with both businesses and the government to affect change," says Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey. A leader in philanthropy also needs to be strategic, she adds.
Where you should start: Most executives in philanthropy start and develop expertise in another field and then bring that expertise to philanthropy. "I encourage people to follow their passion and along the way become a student of social change," she says."
During medical school, Dr. Mourey's specialty area was geriatrics. She shared a story about an older patient and why doctors need to bring back house calls:
"One situation that gave me real insight into how the environment we live in affects our health in profound ways was a house call to an older patient. It was around holiday time and I was making frequent visits to make sure she was doing well. Older patients who live alone can become depressed. I noticed she was losing weight and there wasn't a good reason. She was getting Meals on Wheels but they only come once a day and don't provide any extras that you may need to keep your weight up. When I asked her about it, she didn't have a good reason why she was losing weight. So I asked to look in her refrigerator and saw it was empty. This woman had to rely on the system, she had no family to help her do things like go shopping. These are things we take for granted."
Read article here.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
While in Atlanta last week, I along with BGB contributor Cecilia attended the Show Me the Way Foundation’s Runway Red Celebrity Kids Fashion Show, hosted by Chili from the pop group TLC and her son Tron. Held on July 26th at the America's Mart in downtown Atlanta, the event featured child models and their celebrity parents, which benefited youth living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS.
I snapped this picture of actresses Halle and Chloe Bailey at the event. These talented sisters have an impressive resume, appearing in films such as Last Holiday with Queen Latifah and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. They opened the fashion show with an amazing performance, which featured the children of Q from the R&B group "112", Big Boi from the hip hop group Outkast and Atlanta's own, Ryan Cameron.
SUSAN TAYLOR ENGAGES HONEY SHINE GIRLS OF SOUTH FLORIDA MENTORING PROGRAM IN POSITIVE DIALOGUE
Successful African-American Mentor and Philanthropist Joins Young Girls of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Overtown Youth Center in Miami
Via press release: A select group of young girls in South Florida had the opportunity of a lifetime last week, when Susan Taylor, former editorial director of ESSENCE magazine and active leader of numerous charitable and political organizations across the nation, took time out of her busy schedule to share life lessons and words of encouragement. One hundred girls from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Overtown Youth Center gathered to hear Taylor speak on Friday, July 25th, 2008 at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami, Florida.
Taylor enlightened the young girls by sharing her life lessons in hopes that they would be able to incorporate her teachings into their own lives. She reiterated the importance of being an individual and the power of being in charge of your own destiny. Taylor reinforced the need for mentors to help them along the way. As a mentor herself to girls across the country, Taylor encouraged each to be resourceful. Mentors can be found anywhere - a teacher, coach, minister, parents, relatives, and especially within the Honey Shine Mentoring Program family.
“This was an amazing opportunity for our girls to interact with a leader in the African-American community whose initiatives are aligned with the core of what we do,” said Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. “Honey Shine strives to continuously deliver positive reinforcements, such as Susan and her uplifting speech, which are tools the girls can use to make the right decisions in life.”
Monday, July 28, 2008
The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is a year round celebration of dance, music, art, theater, film and visual and literary arts of African American and African culture. This year, the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in Atlanta, July 18-27th, that featured film and theater performances, workshops, education and family programs, literary events and many more fun and enriching activities. In the photo above are best friends Katrina R. Chambers and Tamara "Taj" Johnson George, authors of the book "Player hateHER".
Tamara is best known as one third of the 90's multiplatinum group SWV - Sisters With Voices. The book shows women why they hate on one another, and, most important, how they can stop. They state its a much-needed lesson in respecting one another and respecting yourself.
They participated in the NBAF Market and Literary salon that showcased authors and independent African and African American artists. This event allowed budding art collectors such as myself to meet the artists and gain an understanding of their inspiration and their process for creating art. Let's take a look at some of the artists who caught my eye:
Rhonda Henry is an artist based in High Point, NC and her paintings are inspired by the music of African American jazz artist John Coltrane. She remembers the day when she first heard John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" album. She says, "It was like all of John's spirituality and verve were speaking directly to my soul, and when he played his music, I saw images, shapes and colors. It was one of the most singularly profound moments of my life." Visit Rhonda's website here.
Monique Luck is a self taught artist who uses color to connect with each piece that she creates, and she says that each piece is deeply personal to her. Monique shares, "Each piece defines a moment and a memory. Each piece represents another step in my life. Sometimes my favorite pieces are those created during the hardest personal times. I create my art to help me get through, and somehow, it always does." In addition to creating original art, murals and commissions, Monique gives back to her community. In 2006, she was honored by the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh for her mural work with schools and businesses. Monique is now based in Charlotte, NC.
Monique's artwork is stunning, my photos do not capture the intricate detail that she puts into each piece. On one painting that I particularly liked, Monique used little pieces of paper and sprinkles of glitter! For more information on Monique's art, and to view photos of her murals, visit her website here.
As I stood near Nnamdi Okonkwo's booth admiring this monumental sculpture, he smiled and said, "Come on up and touch it! It's solid brass!" Based in Fayetteville, GA, Nnamdi is inspired by womanhood, which was prevalent in most of his sculptures on display. He says, "I am captivated by the noble characteristics which include: empathy, love, resilience, strength, etc., that are embodied in womanhood. The women that are closest to me, my wife and my mother, have influenced me greatly and are exemplars of these noble attributes."
Visit Nnamdi's website here.
During the Literary Salon, media consultant Candace Sandy, and literary agent Dawn Marie Daniels, presented a great and informative panel discussion providing tips for new and emerging authors. They are authors of the book, Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories and Heal Their Spirits. The book, which has been on Essence magazine's best seller list, encourages women to do soul searching as black women have one of the highest rates of depression in the country. Be on the lookout for an upcoming book giveaway from these two dynamic women! Visit their website here.
In all, it was a great event and it really helped me to understand the process of purchasing orginal art. Be sure to check out their websites!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Celebrate Life Foundation is pleased to announce their 4th Annual Survivor Pageant, celebrating women who have survived cancer. Come out and celebrate the sisterhood and strength of these courageous women. This pageant will represent the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Celebrate Life Foundation was founded by Michelle Hannah, a cancer survivor who has dedicated her life to educating and informing the public, particularly underserved communities, about HPV and its relation to cervical cancer. Read Michelle's story here.
For more information on the Foundation, visit the website here.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Charity Events: 9th Annual Art for Life Gala & VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Summer of Soul Concert
The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation held its 9th annual Art for Life Benefit Gala on July 19th in East Hampton, NY. Hosted by Soledad O' Brien, the evening featured live and silent auctions of unique art and luxury items, benefiting youth arts programs in New York City.
Supermodel, humanitarian and gala honoree Christy Turlington eyes a photograph for auction of hip hop artists Nas and Jay-Z.
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with Rush Philanthropic founder Russell Simmons
BET's Stephen Hill, and television personalities Julissa Bermudez and AJ Calloway
New York Governor David Paterson
Honorary chairs Tamia and Grant Hill
VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Summer of Soul Concert
The Save the Music Foundation has taken the lead in restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as a part of every child’s complete education. To date, the foundation has provided more than $40 million in new musical instruments, affecting the lives of more than 1 million children.
Photos: Nunez and Kempin/Wireimage
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From CNN: Forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., CNN launches a sweeping on-air and digital initiative, CNN Presents: Black in America. These documentaries, "The Black Woman and Family" and "The Black Man," focus on fresh analysis from new voices about the real lives behind the stereotypes, statistics and identity politics that frequently frame the national dialogue about Black America.
The Black Woman & Family: Soledad O'Brien explores the varied experiences of black women and families and investigates the reasons behind the disturbing statistics on single parenthood, disparities between black and white students in schools, and the devastating toll of HIV/AIDS. Premieres July 23, 2008 at 9 pm EST.
The Black Man: Soledad O'Brien evaluates the state of black men in America and explores the controversial topics of black men and fatherhood; disparities between blacks and whites in educational, career and financial achievement; and factors leading to the dramatic rates of black male incarceration. Premieres July 24, 2008 at 9 pm EST.
CNN has created discussion guides for use with parents, youth and the community before and after viewing to facilitate discussion on these topics. Some questions before viewing are:
What is your impression of black culture in American society?View discussion guides here.
What accomplishments have blacks made in America since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination?
What challenges do you think exist for black men and women in American society today?
Has Barack Obama's candidacy impacted your view of black men and women in America? Explain.
Do you think that your family's history has affected your life? If so, how?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
::Community Event: No1s Done It Right Presents the Kid 'N Play Block Party Benefiting New Design High School::
No 1s Done It Right, in association with Network Edutainment Group, will host Kid ‘N’ Play: The Block Party, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Headlining musical acts, food vendors and an array of activities will unfold in a dazzling street festival catering to all ages. The neighborhood, best-known for its delicious restaurants, will come together in food and fun to celebrate its very own, New Design High School.
No1sDoneItRight (N1DIR) is comprised of a group of young adults that was formed out of a love for music and a desire to make substantial contributions to underprivileged children around the world. Since November 2007, the group has helped to raise funds for the Macheo Children's Centre in Thika, Kenya, with the funds going towards helping run the establishment, and providing care for the children living in the orphanage. N1DIR has redefined nightlife and the conventional charity event, with headlining parties and concerts as a platform for change, both locally and abroad. Since its launch last fall, N1DIR has garnered a steady following in New York City, and is currently expanding to cities around the world.
Half of the proceeds from this event will benefit New Design High School in New York, a public performing arts high school that focuses on the academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and artistic development for youth, keeping them off the streets and in creative learning environments. Due to state-wide budget cuts announced in early February, the school is forced to discontinue numerous programs.
Performances from NYC’s finest will light up the block, while DJ-favorite’s spin sets are guaranteed to keep the crowd moving. Universal/SRC recording artist Camp Lo, Network Edutainment Group's Loj, and Jade are set to perform along with Complex Magazine's DJ Treats, Kev Sakoda and Melo-x on the turntables.
WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 3pm to 7 pm
WHERE: Open Road Park, 439 E. 12th Street, New York, NY
For more information, contact Shyvonne at 914.438.6097, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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?''
(Photo: Miami Herald)
Monday, July 14, 2008
Mr. Morris says, "My mother had to change her identity and move in order to escape the abuse. No woman is immune to the risk of being abused, and no one should have to endure it. We must raise awareness of one of the greatest stains on our society."
Ray Charles Lockamy, also a D.C. area horseman who is completing the trail ride with Morris, are determined to complete the ride in order to put a stop to domestic violence.
"Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is beaten; yet there are only 1,500 shelters for battered women," says Linda Dunphy, Executive Director of Doorways for Women and Families.
Supporters can keep track of the riders' location using GPS technology, contact them via e-mail, or make a donation to the cause via http://www.saddleupforgood.com/. A $1 donation will provide membership to the cause, and keep the horses fed during the journey. (Be sure to read their blog, which has well wishes from people they met along their journey!)
In addition to supporting domestic violence, the horse ride will also benefit the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Scholarship Fund, which supports causes pertaining to youth outreach and prison reform.
here. Upcoming cities include Bakersfield, CA; Los Angeles; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and Las Vegas.
To learn more about Mr. Morris, visit http://www.dmvcowboy.com.
Source: Press release
Friday, July 11, 2008
San Antonio Spurs Guard and D.C. Native Roger Mason Jr. Hosts Charity Event to Benefit National Kidney Foundation
Roger Mason Jr., former Washington Wizards guard and D.C. native is no stranger to giving back to his community. While with the Wizards, he created 'Mason's Madness', a program that provided complimentary tickets to local school children. Now a guard with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Mason will return to D.C. to host his 1st Annual Ball for a Cause on July 29, 2008, featuring bowling at Lucky Strike located in Chinatown, D.C. Several of Roger's fellow NBA friends are coming out to support the cause, including Brendan Haywood, Etan Thomas and DeShawn Stevenson, as well as former and current NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Bobby Simmons, Robert Horry, Sean Singletary and Tony Massenburg. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA).
Kidney disease is something that hits home for Mason. When Roger was 11, his father Roger Mason Sr. passed away from kidney disease. According to Mason, "It has been a dream of mine to be a part of such a wonderful organization that shares my vision. National Kidney Foundation has helped many people live a healthier and happy life. I am proud to announce our inaugural event in July. I look forward to years of supporting the cause."
The event at Lucky Strike will showcase the bowling skills of some of today’s top athletes and entertainers. Lanes are available for purchase and each lane will have a celebrity and a young kidney patient. Bowling lanes are $3,500 and individual tickets to the event are $100, which includes complimentary food, drinks, gift bag, and the opportunity to mingle with athletes and other celebrities.
The Washington, DC area has the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the nation but the National Kidney Foundation is working hard in the community to combat that. Funds from this event will be used to support vital research, patient services, public and physician education, and organ donation programs. Proceeds will also support NKF/NCA’s flagship program, Knock Out Kidney Disease, a comprehensive screening and education program targeted at at-risk individuals.
For tickets or sponsorship, please contact Kevin Cannady at the National Kidney Foundation, email@example.com, 202-244-7900 ext. 11. Register online at http://www.kidneywdc.org/.
ETA: An after party will be held at The Shadow Room, 2131 K Street NW on July 29. Admission is $40 per person and tables are available for purchase. As with Ball for a Cause, all proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
For nearly ten years, I worked in high poverty, low-income communities and if I forgot to bring my lunch from home, I was short. My only options at that time were fast food restaurants, the Chinese carry out or a corner store. During that time, I worked as a Director of a teen parent center and GED program, where the parents would bring potato chips and huggies as snacks for their children. We had some work to do.
The Healthy Stores Project, an initiative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, states on their website the project's aim is to “improve health and prevent obesity and disease in low-income communities through culturally appropriate store-based interventions that increase the supply of healthy foods and promote their purchase.”
The Baltimore Sun has a great article on the project’s efforts so far. Snippets from the article by Stephen Kiehl:
“A Johns Hopkins University project to get better food into the stores - and, ultimately, improve the health of urban residents - is expanding this fall from 17 stores to 35, scattered across the city. Store owners who agree to stock the healthful foods receive promotional materials, shelf labels and posters. Hopkins researchers offer samples to customers and do cooking demonstrations to introduce new foods. They sometimes provide stores with bananas and whole wheat bread on a trial basis.
“If you have a lot of healthy foods available close by, either in corner stores or supermarkets, then people's diets are better and the rates of chronic disease are lower," said Joel Gittelsohn, director of the Hopkins Healthy Stores Project. "We see our role as priming the pump a little bit, to say to these stores: If you agree to stock this food, we will promote it. You provide the supply, and we'll work to provide the demand…You have this curious circle where people don't buy the [healthful] foods because they're not available, and the stores don't stock them because they think no one wants them," said Gittelsohn. His job is to break that circle.
One key is to provide healthful foods that are the same price as the unhealthful ones. That's a challenge. Whole-wheat bread is more expensive than white. Baked chips and Sun Chips don't come in the same 25-cent bags as Utz's high-fat Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips. And 100 percent fruit juice costs several times more than the small 35-cent plastic bottles of Hugs, the sweetened drinks that kids slurp down.
The expansion of the Healthy Stores Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will focus on stores near schools and recreation centers to target children 10 to 14. The project has identified the foods that provide the most fat, sugar and calories in children's diets, and will be promoting alternatives. That means flavored water instead of the sweetened Kool-Aid-type drinks, trail mix and granola bars instead of cakes, fruits instead of candy.”
Although not all store owners have agreed to participate, the article states that the project will expand and involve churches in its diabetes prevention efforts.
Visit the Healthy Stores Project website here.
Photo: Chiaki Kawajiri/B. Sun
Monday, July 7, 2008
The festival hosted three full days of free and open-to-the-public socio-political dialogue, spiritual inspiration and motivation led by dynamic speakers. This year, ESSENCE partnered with CNN for a special presentation themed "Reclaiming the Dream", led by CNN correspondents Roland S. Martin and Soledad O'Brien. For the festival's 15th anniversary next July, it was announced that Grammy award winning superstar Beyonce will headline the event.
In sports news, NY Giants Michael Strahan held his 2008 Strahan/Dreier charity golf tournament on June 30th: