Monday, July 4, 2011

Photos of the Day

NBA All-Star and New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul (center) hosted his first CP3K Walk for Kids presented by The Coca-Cola Company on June 30, 2011 at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event led over 300 youth for a 3K walk encouraging them to stay active and lead healthy lifestyles as one of his CP3 Foundation’s initiatives. A surprise performance was provided by Interscope Records recording artist Mindless Behavior, pictured with Chris above.

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Rob Jackson of McDonald’s USA presents a check for $40,000 to Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute (right), founders of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) during the 2011 McDonald’s 365Black Awards on July 1, 2011 in New Orleans. The annual awards event recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution to the African American community year round. Blige shared about her award: "My career has been about giving back. To be a philanthropist, it's been a dream of mine since I was a child. I’m happy and so blessed to be honored by McDonald’s for this particular award." The donation will support FFAWN's scholarships for women.  Also honored were Oscar nominated and Grammy Award winning actress Ruby Dee, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Jealous, and civil rights activist and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry “Hank” Thomas.

Here's a reader submitted photo from Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, NJ that celebrated its 11th year of inspiring and educating the youth of Newark.  The school recently held its 2011 “Fathers for our Children” event with proceeds benefiting the school's Foundation, that provides scholarships for eighth grade students moving on to private, tuition-based high schools, as well as alumni currently enrolled in private high schools, colleges and universities. Pictured are honoree Theo Killion, CEO of the Zale Corporation, Mohamed Mariko, the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Thomas Scholarship Recipient and Male Student of the Year; along with 2007 “Fathers for our Children” honoree Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The event was sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Levenson Group of Companies.