This is the time of year where most people are in the giving mood. It’s the holidays. While most people are enjoying spending time with loved ones, there are countless others who use this time to give-back. From donating clothing to the Salvation Army to buying bicycles for underpriviledged kids, the act of being able to help someone in need is what make life that much more fulfilling.
Around the world, there are thousands of legitimate organizations. On the flipside, however, there are just as many fictitious ones.
Bogus charities are often seen during times of catastrophic natural disasters. The scam artists, that create and operate these fake causes, use various tactics to receive money or private information from their victims. They begin to hound victims with an influx of sketchy phone calls or send unwanted emails. Most of the time, these bogus groups get away with crime is because of the urgency of the natural disaster and our need to help victims of it.
But natural disaster-related charities aren’t the only ones who are known to trick innocent people out of money. As mentioned, it’s the holiday season. So, organizations are hosting fundraiser events to help raise funds in order to feed the homeless, donate Christmas toys to kids, etc. Unfortunately, these type of groups too can be managed under the disguise of a scammer.
To prevent yourself from becoming their next victim, here are a couple tips to avoid donating money to these bogus charities:
1. Only Donate to Recognizable Charities (or charities that has had a history of doing exactly what they preach)
2. Conduct prior research on that charity.
3. Check the IRS.gov website (EO Select Check) for the legitimacy of the charity’s name; scammers often use names or web addresses similiar to other popular charities.
4. Never give out your credit card info, Social Security number, etc to someone soliciting money from you.
5. Never make a donation using cash. Always use a credit card or check instead. This will allow you to have a receipt of the donation in case of security problems or to file for tax purposes.
As much as we want to help the less fortunate or victims of natural disasters, we have to take precautions. Everyone is out to make a buck. The best way to make sure your money is going to the right place is to conduct a background check first. This will prevent a lot of heartache in the end.
Last week, we mentioned that Tameka Raymond was honoring the life of her son in a special way.
Well, many people came out to support Tameka Raymond on Saturday. Despite the cold weather, those who wished to show their support (and get a little fitness time in) joined in on the beautiful occasion. Several known celebrities were in attendance to get their 5K run/walk on: Syleena Johnson (singer/”R&B Divas”), Monifa (“R&B Divas”), Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5FM) and many others.
In case you missed out on the fun, here are a few photos from the walk:
For more information on the upcoming events or ways to donate, visit www.KilesWorldFoundation.org.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions, for the exclusive photos!
It is always a pleasure to see people, especially young Black men, doing their part in the community. We often times hear about their shortcomings or issues in the media. But, we hardly ever see any press announcements about the good that they do.
This Thanksgiving, several of our favorite rappers went back to where it all started to show a little gratitude. In Atlanta, T.I. handed out turkeys (and other food items) to the city’s Westside community. The “give back” event was held at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Not too far from the Harris clan, Jeezy took a different approach this year for Thanksgiving. Normally he would load a truck up full of turkeys and head over to the 4th ward area to hand them out to the less fortunate. But, this year he teamed up with Shanti Das over at the Atlanta Mission, and prepared meals for the people at the shelter.
Meek Mill took the opportunity to show his homeland of Philadelphia some major love. This was his first annual ‘Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving’. The event turn out was great and Meek was elated to know that he could do a small part for one of Philly’s areas (North Philly).
“I show love back for the support they’ve given me, but you know this is like one of the easiest things we do during the day like turkeys and food and nothing involved. When it’s big, it’s about showing the kids you can come from nothing and become something, they can be in my position and help give back to the community anytime,” Mill said.
Big Sean and Mike Epps joined forces to give their hometown citizens. Since Big Sean’s start in the rap game, he’s always shown his appreciation to Detriot with free concerts, holiday give-backs, etc. So, he’s no stranger to it. The essence of being a stand-up guy lies definitely inside of Big Sean.
Countless other celebrities made the most of their holiday time this year. Kudos to everyone that acted unselfishly by supporting a cause or being the driving force behind your own “give-back” initiative.
via press release…
Tameka Raymond encourages the community, particularly young people, to get active and give thanks with Kile’s World’s Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk. “It’s been proven that physical activity is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health,” said Tameka Raymond, founder and chairman of Kile’s World Foundation. “So we are excited about families joining us as we get activity and stay healthy.”
R&B artist Syleena johnson and fitness expert Donna Richardson Joyner will be joining Kile’s World for this initiative. “It’s really great that even in Kile’s passing, lives will be saved,” said Richardson Joyner.
Proceeds from the Give Thanks 5k Run/Walk will go to support Kile’s World’s art initiatives and its upcoming camps. “The arts were extremely important to my son, Kile, so as we kickoff the holiday season. I’m inviting everyone to give back while burning off those extra Thanksgiving calories,” said Raymond. “In the process, you will be making a camper’s dream come true.”
Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk is an opportunity for families, veteran and novice runners and walkers to get active and give back.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
9am. – 12p.m.
140 West Wieuca Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
Who: Focusing on performance, fine and applied arts, Kile’s World Foundation offers comprehensive art education to children ages 10-17. The foundation offers artbased camps with multiple workshops including acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media instruction. The foundation wishes to cultivate an environment where developing artists can explore their artistic interests with the guidance and support of mentors. For more information, visit http://kilesworldfoundation.org.
Why: Proceeds raised from the Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk will fund Kile’s World Foundation art camps. Students age 10-17 will be given the opportunity to explore various elements of the arts, including acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media.
For more information on Kile Glover and Kiles World, visit http://kilesworldfoundation.org/about/.
Atlanta-based beverage company, Coca-Cola, will donate a couple million dollars this year to help push more after school programs and recreational activities.
The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded several organizations across the U.S. and excess of $2.7 million in grant money. In exchange, these organizations will provide educational and recreational programs that will promote healthy living and life balance.
EDUCATION IS THE FOUNDATION
A grant to the Posse Foundation’s Pre-College Training Program will help 300 high school students develop their college skills through team-building, cross-cultural communication, leadership and academic experiences. Support to the Apollo Theater Academy will provide arts and entertainment career development programs to more than 2,000 New York City high school students.
Additional education-based grants will help expand the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program to the Culinary Institute of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program supports students who are the first in their families to attend college.
INSPIRING PEOPLE, FAMILIES TO STAY ACTIVE
Through this quarter’s grants, nearly 25,000 youth and families will have access to healthy living and nutrition education programs. Organizations like Youthplaces, Houston Bike Share and Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas will all benefit.
Youth-places will provide after-school healthy living programming throughout Pittsburgh. Houston Bike Share will give local residents and visitors access to bicycles for trips throughout downtown. Bikes are equipped to track miles traveled, calories burned and carbon emissions avoided. The Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas received support for its Triple Play – Healthy Habits for High Achievers program. This program, which stems from the national Boys & Girls Club of America Triple Play program, focuses on balanced eating, fitness and healthy relationships.
“Our Foundation work is not with just one partner or through just one model,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. “It is only when we come together with different partners and organizations that we can make a meaningful impact on each communities’ particular needs and priorities.”
Other organizations receiving Foundation support include:
National Academy Foundation, New York City, NY, $50,000
The Idea Village, Inc., New Orleans, LA, $50,000
San Francisco Park Alliance, San Francisco, CA, $100,000
One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, New York City, NY, $25,000
The Nature Conservancy, Atlanta, GA, $200,000
Portland After-School Tennis & Education, Portland, OR, $25,000
Girls, Inc. of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, $50,000
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Arlington, VA, $50,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Redlands, Redlands, CA, $25,000
Santa Maria Valley YMCA, Santa Maria, CA, $25,000
National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD, $50,000
If your organization would like to learn more about this initiative, please visit www.comingtogether.com.
The United Way of Greater Atlanta is now offering an innovative way to help people become financially fit. The new mobile app called the “Money Game” is an unique way to keep users engaged about a subject (money) that is otherwise considered a bit drab. The app selects financially-driven trivia questions for users and offers small prizes. This new innovative educational tool provide users with the necessary information to become financially independent – in the present and future. To help users maintain a positive outlook on money, United Way offers free mentors to each user.
The Money Game is available on Apple and Android smartphones. For more information or to download the app, visit www.UnitedWayAtlanta.org/MoneyGame/ .
Bullying is becoming more and more frequent among today’s youth in locations like school and online, according to recent bullying statistics. Unfortunately, recent bullying statistics show that bullying is on the rise among young adults, teens and children. 46 percent of males followed by 26 percent of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
Many bullying studies revealed that students who are part of a minority group of students based on their gender, race, socioeconomic status as well as sexual preference are reasons other students use to harass. Victims of bullying at school, and bullies themselves, are more likely to experience psychiatric problems in childhood, studies have shown. Now researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.
Atlanta based Independent Pop Soul artist JStavo, Stop Your Bullying (Anti-Bullying Organization) and the Youth Empowerment & Stability, Inc. (Y.E.S Inc.), collectively sought to raise awareness and funds around anti-bullying and empowering our youth.
On November 9, 2013 this team will host the 1st Annual “iHeart U” Anti-Bullying Basketball Charity Event & Concert in efforts to raise funds and awareness to support anti-bullying for youth. A portion of the proceeds collected from funds raised will help support sponsor efforts to continue to develop and implement programs and events for our youth.
EXCLUSIVE: Ebony Steele Spreads Message Of Hope Through #STEELESurviving Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Ebony Steele, co-host on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and FOX TV’s “Dish Nation”, has embarked on a nationwide crusade to assist women in coping with breast cancer. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ebony knows this is the perfect time to use her own stories of strength to encourage other women who are battling the disease.
STEELE Surviving – Ebony Steele Tackles Breast Cancer Month is a campaign launched to promote the use of social media as a platform for women who are dealing with breast cancer. Ebony kicked off the campaign with an official launch on October 4 at Dr. Heavenly University and will continue on throughout the end of the month.
The use of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (with hash-tag #STEELESurviving) allows Ebony and women all across the U.S. to communicate daily, in which most cases is needed. These women are then able to keep an open dialogue filled with uplifting words and educational information.
So much has to be said for the courage and tenacity of women that have gone through breast cancer. No two breast cancers are alike. Everybody’s journey and everybody’s story is different. So what I wanted to do is take an opportunity to recognize some of those women that may have gone through breast cancer. Not even that, maybe people that haven’t gone through it but are pushing towards ending breast cancer and helping women to live longer and survive. Hence the name (my last name), STEELE Surviving and we just decided to launch that this year. We talked about it over the past couple of years. But, we just felt like the time was right.
Ebony’s own fight started right around the time she became a host on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. In 2007, she received the news from doctors that a lump was found in her breast. As anyone could imagine, life for Ebony instantly changed. But, she says that she’s thankful that her darkest moments were short lived.
I think the darkest moment is something that happens repetitively. It’s when you think of…say if your life may be compromised or something may happen. The darkest moment for me is thinking about my family. I think in the beginning when I was first diagnosed, it was a pity party. But, it ended up with us turning it into an “okay, we got to do this” because of my mom, my dad, my sister, my family. I never looked at it as “this way it’s me fighting for them.” So, I think “each one teaches one,” and at the same time, it’s something that I’m going through too. I don’t want other women to have those darker moments – or at least dark because they will come – but just so that people can have that little grain of hope and light to know that the work that they’ve done and pushing through it, is definitely something that should be rewarded.
For many women that battle breast cancer, trying to figure out how to mentally deal with everyday life is challenging. Some women fall into deep depression and/or become anti-social. Some find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook, especially if they have no true support team. Luckily, Ebony contributes constant prayer and the “listening” ear of her family as two factors that helped her cope with cancer.
First of all, just pray. Constantly stay in prayer it is a must. Then [what I said the support team that I had around me] just consistently being that support for that person who is going through it, for example, and listening to them. Everybody’s support is going to be different. In my experience, a lot of times people assume you’re going through breast cancer. I had to tell my mom at one point [and we still laugh about it] when she would do this baby talk, “Hey, how are you?” I said, “Momma, don’t treat me like I’m sick. I know it’s a process, my hair done fell back. I know I look like your baby again…literally a newborn. But, don’t do the baby talk.” So, I think listening to the person that’s going through it and seeing where they need it because some people want to be left alone. Some people want to be treated normal. Some people want to take short disability. Whatever “support” that person needs, just have those ears wide open to listen.
According to statistics, there will be an estimated 230,000+ new cases of women with breast cancer in 2013. Many of these women will need not only mental support, but also financial support as well. With the Affordable Care Act being a hot topic, it is confirmed that breast cancer patients will obtain some coverage. But there will be others who will not be financially able to afford insurance. In those instances, Ebony suggests that they reach out to various organizations (local or national) to find assistance.
From the standpoint of medical costs (I can only speak for myself), I am someone who is truly blessed. I happen to be working. I happen to have a good job that provided insurance. Also, know that some women that go to the emergency room for their prenatal care when their pregnant just because. Hopefully, with the Affordable Care Act and everything that Obama is doing with ObamaCare, they will try to make it easier for everybody. I do know that chemotherapy is covered and that if people would like to go under that or radiation. I think everybody is still figuring out all the nicks and knots with that whole thing. But, I think that there are organizations (i.e. non-profits). This [STEELE Surviving] is regional so it’ll be different for everybody else. But, I think that for those who do have insurance that they should get their mammograms. Don’t take that for granted even if it covers it. For those that don’t have it, find the means through some of the local organizations; some of the sister organizations and Hairfinity 50K (that’s a group that’s doing stuff), Susan G. Komen of course, but just to find some of those that can help people.
No matter the obstacles encountered while suffering from breast cancer, it is important to stay uplifted. This is why Ebony stresses the importance of having a support system. It is the personal stories shared by these women that fuels Ebony’s spirit and willingness to push on for breast cancer. Knowing first-hand the level of commitment it takes, the STEELE Surviving campaign is just her way to keep the cause at the forefront of our minds and celebrate the people that make every road travel all worth it.
Well, I definitely don’t want to forget about the strides that we’ve taken in breast cancer. I see, like, the future is bright. In any way that people can put their commitment to (as small as women doing their self-breast exams to the husbands, the fathers, the sons that love the women in their lives), their mothers, your daughters, your sisters, encourage them to do that. Men should do it as well too. It’s definitely a low number of incidents. But a little over a thousand men will get breast cancer every year and will be diagnosed with it, which lets you know that we’re definitely making strides. So we got to keep looking forward not forgetting about what we’ve done in the past. I think they say, “When you’re driving, there’s a reason why the front windshield is bigger than the one behind you.” I think that where we’re going is much bigger and better and hopefully with all of the push with everybody wearing pink in October. I love to see the NFL and even the little league football teams are wearing the pink. It lets me know that people here understand us and let’s not give up hope.
The STEELE Surviving campaign tour continues with the Women of Atlanta Charity Fashion Show (Thursday, October 24) and the Classic Soiree & ‘The Classic Afterparty’ during the Magic City Classic weekend in Birmingham, Alabama (Oct. 25-27).
To stay updated on this campaign and other future initiatives, follow Ebony on Twitter @EbonySteele. Feel free to leave comments or encouraging words of support by using the official hashtag #STEELESurviving. Her website is www.EbonySteele.com. Please visit the website for information on upcoming dates and venues.
Special thanks to Ebony Steele, Brandsway Creative, and AW Media Group!
2 Chainz & Fiance’ NaKesha Ward “Strike Out for Domestic Violence” @ T.R.U. Foundation Charity Event [PHOTOS]
On Sunday evening, T.R.U. Foundation, Inc. hosted their charity bowling event “Striking Against Domestic Violence” at Metro Lanes and Games in Atlanta. Georgia. The event was held in honor of Atlanta area victims and families affected by domestic abuse. Several local celebrities, radio hosts, and friends came out in support of the cause. Striking out a few pins were Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Hot 107.9′s Mz Shyneka, Zaytoven, Cap 1, Hot 107.9′s E.T., Coco Kiss, and Lil Chuckee just to name a few.
T.R.U. Foundation founder, NaKesha Ward and her fiance celebrity rap star 2 Chainz was onsite to fellowship with the attendees and give more insight on the organization. Back in 2011, a close cousin of Ward’s topped the headlines after suffering a tragic death due to domestic violence. Korean Bowden lost her life to an abuser after receiving multiple stab wounds. Her abuser also committed heinous acts towards Bowden’s three daughters (ages 12, 9, and 2) which included rape and kidnapping. The devastating blow that was dealt to Ward’s family was one of the main reasons she established the T.R.U. Foundation.
“After this tragedy, I felt my calling from God was to reach out to people in the community and make a difference in the lives of others.”
In addition to the organization’s commitment to help victims of domestic violence, poverty and dismal education are other mission-driven areas the T.R.U. Foundation focuses on. To assist individuals in learning the necessary tools to create a better life, the T.R.U. Foundation provides career and money management related programs. If you are interested in learning more about the foundation or to make a donation, please send inquiries to the following:
T.R.U. Foundation, Inc
P.O. Box 1233
Fairburn, GA 30213
Below are a few more pictures from the bowling event:
To view more photos from the “Striking Against Domestic Violence” event, visit www.FREDDYO.com.
Looks like every had a fun time. It’s good to see fellow Alabama State University alums doing great things for the community. Way to go NaKesha and 2 Chainz!
Good Deeds: Boston Market Offers Free Meals to Federal Employees & Military Personnel Affected By Government Shutdown
Boston Market has announced that from October 6 to October 13, all federal employees and military personnel with a valid government ID will receive a whole chicken for free with the purchase of a family meal. The offer will be valid in more than 460 Boston Market restaurant locations nationwide.
“Government employees and our servicemen and women have been some of our best customers over the years, and we appreciate all that they do for our country,” said George Michel, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Market. “Extending this offer to them is a little something we can do to give them a break during a stressful time.”
Family meals at Boston Market consist of chicken, meatloaf, turkey or St. Louis Style BBQ ribs, as well as an array of sides and cornbread.
Furloughed federal employees and military personnel can receive their free chicken with their family meal, or they can ask for a coupon that can be redeemed at a later date.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.bostonmarket.com. For the latest news and deals, follow @bostonmarket on Twitter or join us on Facebook.
See, these are the kind of things celebrities (especially rappers) should do with their money instead of blowing it on frivolous nonsense.
According to TMZ, rapper The Game and Drake recently put up $10,000 each to cover funeral costs for family of 5 who lost their lives in a tragic house fire.
Drake and The Game are teaming up to help cover funeral costs for 6 people — including 5 young siblings — who died in a tragic house fire in Ohio … even though the rappers didn’t know the victims.
The Game got the ball rolling after learning about Anna Angel — who was working her shift at Burger King when a fire consumed her home while her 5 young children and her boyfriend were trapped inside. There were no survivors.
Game Instagram’d about the tragedy … saying, “I can deal with a lot of things but people losing their children is something that kills me every time.”
The Game — who recently pledged to donate $1 million dollars to people in need as part of his Robin Hood project — says he was on the phone with Drake when he read about the woman’s loss … and they each agreed to donate $10,000 to help Anna cover the burial costs.
Drake later posted about the situation … saying, “What [The Game] is doing will never be forgotten. Honored to be able to help people along side my brother.”
In addition to their $20K … the producers of Game’sTV show, “Marrying the Game” also pitched in $2,500.
God bless these two dudes, seriously. Sometimes you have to go with your instinct and just help others unselfishly.
via press release:
RushCard– a prepaid Visa card co-founded by Russell Simmons in order to provide financial freedom and access long denied to an underserved population– and CrowdRise, the crowdfunding site founded by Edward Norton– today announced the #RiseToThrive Charity Challenge. The crowdfunding challenge will raise money and awareness for non-profits dedicated to building prosperous futures for people in American neighborhoods RushCard serves. Through highly engaged, incentivized fundraising, the #RiseToThrive Challenge will reward the charities who best fundraise for their cause, and offer prizes to those who donate.
The #RiseToThrive Challenge takes place September 10, 2013 through October 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Challenge is open to the public, and all are encouraged to choose organizations to support with donations and fundraising throughout the campaign. Visit www.crowdrise.com/risetothrive to join the challenge and fundraise or donate for your favorite causes. To view a special message from Russell Simmons and Edward Norton please visit: http://www.youtube.com/rushcard.
“RushCard is proud to have created this Challenge to further reach the people we serve. RushCard’s $50K contribution is merely seed money to jumpstart the giving we need to help our neighbors and communities,” said Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard. “When we rise together to help each other, our neighborhoods thrive.”
“CrowdRise is committed to helping non-profit organizations strengthen their crowdfunding capacity because we believe that network-based, peer-to-peer grassroots movements will define social activism in the next century,” said actor and CrowdRise Co-founder Edward Norton. “We’re excited to provide these inspiring organizations with a platform to help them raise money and awareness, and inspire others to support their innovative work.”
RushCard will award a total of $52,500 in prize money to the #RiseToThrive charities with the most dollars raised. The non-profit that raises the most money will receive $25k, the runner-up will receive $10k, and the third place fundraiser will receive $5k. The remaining $12,500 in prize money will be used to fund weekly charity incentives. All participating non-profits will keep funds raised, regardless of grand prize eligibility.
RushCard will also be offering prizes to donors, including apparel from Russell Simmons’ new yoga line, Tantris, signed copies of Russell Simmons’ book “Super Rich,” a shopping spree to Kimora Lee Simmons’ JustFab shoe retailer, and more.
Gocha Hawkins, celebrity stylist and owner of Gocha Salon, hosted very special “night out on the town” recently at bar One Tapas Lounge in Atlanta.
On July 19th, Gocha and her staff presented their 2nd annual “Pretty In Pink – 2013 Makeover” event. The event is held each year to honor those in the Atlanta community who has survived their battle against cancer. This year, three women were selected to receive a full day of beauty and VIP treatment.
Starting off, Fleesa, Quinetta, and Tiffany received full hair and makeup makeovers courtesy of Gocha Salon staff. Afterwards, the ladies got jazzy and paparazzi ready for their very own photo shoots with one of Atlanta’s top photographers. For the finale, the women were chauffeured to bar One for a private social mixer where the ladies two-stepped to the sounds of a live DJ. VIP guests were also treated to alcoholic beverages and tapas.
Gocha Salon presented each of the ladies a special gift and flowers in honor of their strength and positive spirits.
Other attendees at the event were Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Jamie Foster-Brown (Sister 2 Sister Magazine), Carlton Morton (assistant to RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey), Gloria Hankerson, DJ M, Lisa Cunningham (producer), Crystal Renee’, Kayla Freeman (celebrity photographer), Ms. Bels (STACKS Magazine), and many more.
Photo Credit: D. Divine Photography & Kaylathrualenz Photography
On Saturday, STACKS Magazine had the pleasure of attending the “Back-2-School Fun Fest” event held by The Center for Working Families. The outdoor/indoor event, located at Dunbar Recreation Center, was put on for the local children living in the Mechanicsville area in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the TCWFI’s second year putting together this event for the community. Over 400 people attended along with various businesses, media, and local politicians such as Mayor Kasim Reed.
The kids were treated to free school supplies, games, free haircuts, and much more. The vendors, staff, and volunteers all were nice and had a great time at the event.
STACKS Magazine was one of the event sponsors who donated monies toward book bags and school supplies. Bels, of STACKS Mag, was on hand to give out special gifts (gift cards) to two lucky winners for use on other items he or she may need for school. As a financially-inspired web-based magazine, it was important to educate the kids as well. Therefore, the team equipped the kids with some great money tips that will help them throughout their adolescent growth.
The best way to secure a child’s future is to start learning early – how to make, save, invest, and value money. Here are three basic stages to stack cash and save:
STAGE ONE – TODDLERS-TO-TWEENS
- Go shopping with parents
- Pay attention at how mom or dad pay for food, clothing, etc
- Find out what a dollar bill looks like, what a quarter is, etc
- Teach your kids the difference between “wanting” and “needing” something
- Teach them basics on how to earn money – by working or completing a household chore
- Teach kids how to “share” with other people or donate items to charity
STAGE TWO – TWEENS-TO-TEENS
- Start saving your allowance; stash cash at home or ask parents to open up a Savings Account in your name at the bank
- Do odd jobs around the house or your neighborhood to learn the concept of “having a job”
- Ask parents about how credit cards work
- Become your won boss/entrepreneur; start a small business by cutting grass, washing cars, selling candy, etc
- Learn how to budget your money
STAGE THREE – TEENS-TO-ADULT
- Continue working and saving money
- Learn how to invest small amounts of money in stocks, CDs, etc
- Decide where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years; set a goal and map out a plan
Check out a few of the photos from the event:
Special thanks to Roydonna Kevinezz and Dameon Daniels, of TCWFI, Inc for the invite!!
In times of great need, there are some people who waste no time with their generosity.
This week, a deadly tornado touched down in city of Moore, Oklahoma killing over 20 people and destroying most of the town. Well in less than 24 hours after the devastation, Oklahoma City Thunder power player Kevin Durant made a huge donation to the city of Moore. Durant’s $1 million donation was given to the Red Cross in efforts to assist those affected by the EF-4 tornado. This incident is especially close to Durant in that the city of Moore is where he calls home. The entire area is feeling much grief for which an elementary school, entire neighborhoods, and families were destroyed.
Other donations are steady coming in from individuals and corporations. Lowe’s stores, for instance, announced that they will donate $1 million to go towards recovery and rebuilding efforts. Their donation will help communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and other affected areas throughout the Midwest.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the families who’ve lost loved ones and experienced the devastation of the recent tornadoes, including members of our Lowe’s family,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “We’ll be there every step of the way to help these communities and families recover, from the search and rescue efforts until these neighborhoods are rebuilt.”
If you would like to donate, Lowe’s will be accepting donations at stores across the U.S. and via www.Lowes.com. Through their partnership with Red Cross, your donations will help provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance to those impacted by the tornadoes.
While fans packed the Atlanta streets for the annual NCAA Championship games, one NBA player took time out to give back to the kids of Atlanta.
As part of the Hampton Hotels’ “Hands-On Hamptonality” Community Service Program, the kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America-Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) were in for a treat this past weekend. The girls and boys all participated in the “Hampton Hoops Classic” tournament which help raises funds for the renovation of the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club gymnasium. In addition, donations also helped 24 Clubs in the Atlanta area in receiving new gym equipment.
One hundred kids were surprised when Atlanta Hawks player Al Horford arrived. Horford was on hand to annouce the starting line-ups, spend time with the kids, take photos with the kids and sign autograph basketballs. Hampton Hotel, too, used the opportunity to unveil a huge donation to BGCMA of $125,000. The monies will be used to help start the renovations, lay down a new rubberized playing surface, lighting, and to upgrade their locker rooms.
Here’s a few photos from the event:
For more information about “Hands-On Hamptonality” or to see more photos, go to www.facebook.com/hampton.
Depsite the turmoil of her public relationship with singer Usher and the untimely death of her child, Tameka Raymond is moving on with her life and has plans to keep her son’s spirit alive. This Friday (Good Friday), Tamkea Raymond will have the official launch event for the new Kile’s World Foundation. The foundation, named after her son Kile Glover, will honor his life through providing Fine and Performing Arts enrichment to kids ages 10 to 17. The foundation will give children access to programs including, fine arts, theatre, dance, music, production, and digital media. These programs are all reflections of and things Kile were passionate about.
It is currently unknown if the event is open to the public or not.
Kile Glover passed away in 2012, at age 11, after a tragic jet ski accident at Lake Lanier in Georgia. The incident led to the indictment of family friend Jeffrey Simon Hubbard, earlier this month.
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys continues to be a ‘Girl on Fire’ not only with just her careers but also when it comes to the lives and well-being of others especially when it comes to women.
Teaming up with the Greater Than Aids organization, Keys has launched a new information campaign called EMPOWERED. The campaign will focus on to increasing the women in United States’ awareness and education about HIV/AIDS.
“When I became aware that women accounted for one in five new HIV infections occurring in the U.S. each year, it shook me to the core and I realized this is an issue we ALL need to pay attention to. Whether HIV positive or negative, we all have the opportunity to educate ourselves and make a difference,” said Keys about her motivation behind launching the campaign.
Check out Alicia Keys’ touching PSA for the EMPOWERED campaign below. For more information about the campaign, visit GreaterThan.org.
Some stories you come across can truly pull your heart strings…
A western Ohio woman, Reba Williams, will finally be awarded her highschool diploma after all these years. After hearing about her story, a retired teacher at Mt Vernon High School (where Reba attended) decided to contact the school board. Reba hadn’t received her diploma because she refused to read a final book her teacher assigned. She said she read the book once and didn’t want to read it again.
Well, the Mt Vernon Board of Education has granted everyones wishes. Reba Williams will be receiving her diploma sometime this month.
Ms. Williams spent her years working as a cook at the Malabar Farm State Park. She currently lives with her daughter in Columbus, Ohio.
It’s holiday season and families are exchanging gifts and enjoying the moment. But for many people the holidays are not so joyous. Therefore it is always a good thing to see local citizens, and even celebrities, give back to the less fortunate within their communities. For instance, Young Jeezy, 2 Chainz, and Meek Mill all recorded footage of their day of giving back. Peep the videos below to see how each fella were a blessing to so many…
The King of the South seems to be on a consistent grind when it comes to moving past his legal troubles and showing his family and fans that he’s a changed man and this time truly on the road to redemption.
While the talk of T.I. as of late has primarily revolved around his reality show, ‘Family Hustle’, and the release of his highly anticipated album Troubleman, it seems as if the Grammy-Award winning rapper had another biggie brewing in the background.
T.I. recently held a press conference in which he announced the launch of his global humanitarian campaign, Give Like A King. Through the campaign, T.I will support various causes in an effort to “raise awareness and crucial funds to address leading issues around the world.”
The first initiative of the Give Like A King campaign will tackle the issues surrounding veteran homelessness in which T.I will support the Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia (VEO). Through their partnership he hopes to help the organization increase the availability of affordable housing and other assistance such as healthcare and jobs. In addition to the campaign’s various initiatives that will be implemented, T.I. will also conduct other projects under the campaign such as Keys from the King in which he’ll hand over keys to a car, home, etc. to a deserving recipient.
The King himself said “We have to have someone else’s back…not just our own,” and it looks like that’s exactly what he’s doing. Well done Tip!
Giving Back: Basketball Wives LA’s Gloria & Laura Govan, Matt Barnes, & Chris Paul Spread Love To LA Homeless
Despite the drama going on VH1′s Basketball Wives LA, two castmembers found the time to spread some joy this holiday season.
Sisters Gloria and Laura Govan, along with Matt Barnes and Chris & Jada Paul, hosted a toy drive this past weekend in Los Angeles. The toy drive benefited the women and children of The Good Shepherd Center for the Homeless. The event was a huge success garnering lots of toys for the kids. The Govan sisters and Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, hand delivered the items the very next day.
When asked why homelessness was the cause they chose to support, the sisters had this to say…
“It’s really a great institute and to be able to give back to the community especially right here in our own backyard is such an important cause to us. We would love to see every child go home this Christmas with a gift.” – Gloria Govan
“I try to touch so many bases but this time my biggest thing was single mothers and homelessness. Sometimes, I feel like a single mother. I have 4 kids and sometimes I’m by myself. I have a lot to deal with and it’s hard. People may think I have all of the resources in the world but no a lot of things I do on my own. So, I tough it out. I understand. It’s hard.” – Laura Govan
It’s always good to see celebrities use their fortunes to give back to the community. Kudos to you ladies!
With the holiday season in full effect, many celebs are in the “give back” mood. From passing out turkeys on Thanksgiving to hosting charitable events to raise money for the underprivileged, for many entertainers it is more to life than fast cars and bling.
Detroit’s Big Sean is now spreading his fortune in a positive way. At a recent concert in his hometown, he made a major announcement that he’s officially launched the Sean Anderson Foundation. Based out of his home state of Michigan, the non-profit organization will focus on key areas that are vital to the youth and Detroit’s upward growth.
“The mission of the Sean Anderson Foundation is to assist in the education, health, safety and well-being of Detroit area school-aged youth,” says Big Sean. “I want to use my awareness to improve the situations in our school systems in particular. Many schools in Detroit have been closing or are in danger of closing. My school played an integral part of making me the man I am today and without that education and extra care, I don’t know where I would be today. So, I just want to help support the well being of young people in anyway that I can.”
Sean’s mom, Myra Anderson, will serve as President and work alongside an appointed group of board members. To learn more about the foundation, check out www.seanandersonfoundation.org.
Photo Credit: GQ
Young Jizzle continued his philanthropic gestures this Thanksgiving. Always thinking of those less fortunate, the platinum rapper surprised citizens of Atlanta’s Decatur and 4th Ward neighborhoods with free turkeys. Check out the video coverage below:
It’s great to see celebrities pass on their blessings to others. Way to go Jeezy!
In other Jeezy news, the visuals behind the first single off of his upcoming album hit the net today. “Get Right” video features Jeezy and his squad parlaying in Macon, Georiga streets. It’s definitely a hard track that compliments his grimy flow. Hopefully, this is a sign of great music to come on the next album.
Peep the video:
You can now purchase “Get Right” on iTunes !
The queen of gossip news, Wendy Williams, has spent years building her empire dishing out teas of our favorite celebrities. This method has made her one of radio and television’s most notable personalities, whether some like it or not. Despite her tall stature, Wendy has been infamously known for her luxurious long manes and wigs. So, what better way to support a cause that’s only fitting for her.
For the month of October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Wendy Williams Show are giving viewers the chance to donate their own locks. If you are willing to go short in effort to help millions of women living with breast cancer, here’s a great opportunity to do so. Until the end of the month, the show will air live footage of women cutting it all off. If you live in the New York area, send an email to the producers of the show for consideration here.
In case you live outside of the NY area and just want to donate hair, find out more information at http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Details/beautiful-lengths-make-the-cut.aspx
When the recession hit, millions of Americans found themselves rationing everyday household purchases. From home foreclosures to loss jobs, the average middle-class family received a harsh-but-quick dose of reality. Without funds, things such as trips to the grocery store have become less and less.
Recently CNNMoney listed a few statistics on their website that proves that this increasing epidemic has caused greater economical impacts on millions of people.
More than 50 million Americans couldn’t afford to buy food at some point in 2011, according to federal data.
Children in some 3.9 million households suffered from food insecurity last year, with their families unable to provide them with adequate, nutritious food at times.
Nearly 17 million Americans suffered from “very low food security,” meaning they had to reduce the amount they ate, saying the food they bought did not last and they didn’t have the funds to buy more. They typically found themselves in this situation a few days a month for seven months of the year.
The number of people in this category shot up by more than 800,000 from 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. Women living alone, black households and the poor and near-poor were affected the most.
Overcoming this issue of lack of food may take some time. But in the meanwhile, the U.S. government need to do more to solidify employment for those who are not working. We’re sure their are plenty of jobs still being outsourced. So, if the government can mandate corporations to open up more jobs in America, household finances could escape from red. Therefore, allowing life necessesities such as food to become more abundant for the everyday family.
What do you think? Are there other ways in which the “lack of food” can be no longer an social issue?
The city of Atlanta got its shine on recently in honor of NFL hall of famer, Deion Sanders. The ’Red & Black Gala’ is the birthchild of Sanders who made a visit into town to introduce his TRUTH foundation. A plethra of celebrities shared in the moment and partied the night away. In tow and decked out in their fancy red and black drobes were the Trina Braxton, Terri Vaughn, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Chanita Foster, Neyo and his fiance Monyetta Shaw, Mimi Faust, and many more.
In case you were wondering ways to rock red and black, check out a few style options below:
Photo credit: FreddyO
The 4th Annual Mentoring weekend kicked off this week in Dallas, Texas. The four-day program is the brainchild of the Steve Harvey Foundation.
Each year, the foundation hosts 100 young men (without fathers) in different cities throughout the country. The selected participants are given the opportunity to be mentored and educated on what it means to be a man and fulfilling their dreams. Various workshops are scheduled which covers an array of topics: You Can Be Me (careers), Do-It-Yourself, Tied to Greatness and Suit challange, Dream Hall, proper grooming, and even a town hall meeting with Steve Harvey discussing the Roles and Responsibilities of Men.
To find out more about the mentoring program, go to www.steveharveymentoring.com.
Rashan Ali spent many years entertaining us via the radio. As a former radio personality, on both V-103 FM and Hot 107.9, it has been her love of sports that has fueled most things the Atlanta native participates in.
Growing up as a swimmer, she decided to start a non-profit organization that empowered African-American girls through various sports fields. Her organization is called Sporty Girls, Inc.
Recently, I caught up with Rashan at the Pretty Girls Rock event to find out little more about Sporty Girls. We chatted about their overall mission and 2012 calendar of events. She also expressed her feelings on women in the industry and the importance of coming together.
Sporty Girls Incorporated is my non-profit, in which we encourage African-American girls to swim, play golf, tennis and soccer. Coming up June 3-7, we have our tennis and golf camp. June 5-11, we have our swimming and soccer camp. We have 40 girls and we’re really excited about that. Throughout the rest of the year, we put out free clinics for girls who are interested in these sports as well. Our goal is to get these girls at a level so that they can go to college and receive collegiate scholarships, whether in sports or academics. I went to college on a swimming scholarship. So, that’s why I am so passionate about swimming and other sports and that when we do them we do them well. We just don’t do them a lot.
What type of benefit does this type of event gives women in this industry?
I think the main part about it is, that the growth that has happen from Pretty Girls Rock 1 to this year, has just been phenomenal. It shows you that women want to come together for a worthy cause. They want to come together to network. And want to come together just to have fun. You know what people say about women, we can’t do anything together. But, this shows otherwise. I’m just happy to see so many gorgeous women out here tonight just to see fashion, to see artists and see performances, and just to be amongst each other.
Since her departure from radio, all of her supporters wondered what it is that she’s doing now. Here’s what Rashan had to say about her current career moves:
Well, I am the social media correspondent for NBA TV. So check me out on NBA TV during the playoffs. And I’m really enjoying the television life.