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Nas Collaborates With General Assembly To Launch Tech Scholarships For African-American and Latino Students

Posted On: August 27, 2015

Nasir Jones also known as Nas is joining forces with General Assembly to launch a scholarship program for African-American and Latino students, who are studying in the fields of technology.

This is not the first time Nas participated in education research, he sat on several panels with different themes from slavery, Hip Hop culture and its affect on society, the process of creating his songs and albums; and more. In 2013, Nas took the philanthropic route when Harvard University administered a scholarship program in his honor named after him called, the Nasir Jones Fellowship. The scholarship program was purposed to cultivate the power of education. Fast forward to 2015, Nas is spreading his philanthropist wing again to foster diversity in technology education and tech studies. 

General Assembly is a school for programmers and engineers in all fields of technology from: computer applications, industrial science, analyzing the mechanics and automation of cars, electronic robotics and more. Nas and General Assembly are working together to bring more African-American and Latino students into technology education. Nas' partnership involves Google, Hirepurpose and Microsoft who are all part of different scholarship programs, with various demographics and population.

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Roc Nation and Kevin Durant Join President Obama's Education Intiative, The Roc to Donate 30,000 Backpacks

Posted On: June 14, 2016

Roc Nation formed an allegiance and parternership with STATE Bags which is a a buy one, give one backpack brand benefit program from Brooklyn to participate in President Barack Obama's Education Intiative. Roc Nation also partnered up with My Brother's Keeper Alliance which provides resources to improve the social narratives for Black boys and young Black men. 

Combining these two partnerships, Roc Nation is set to donate 30,000 backpacks as past of the The White House and the U.S. Department of Education's MBK Success Mentors Initiative, according to published documents. 

Kevin Durant was in attendance at the White House along with STATE Bags' Co-Founder, Scot Tatelman for a My Brother's Keeper Success Mentor initiative gathering (Summer of State), to raise awareness about the importance of mentorship, and how it guides youth in both their school and home life.  Durant issued a call of action for community leaders and mentors to ensure that the youth are attending school and partcipating in their studies.


STATE Bags and Roc Nation will continue with an ongoing partnership to get athletes like Kevin Durant invloved and other artists involved, in taking part of raising awareness about the importance of young people's attendance in school. Roc Nation and STATE bags will host signature bag drop rallies across the nation in six select cities such as: DallasLos AngelesMiamiNew York CityPhiladelphia, and Seattle.

Jacqueline Tatelman who is the STATE Co-Founder/Creative Director, made a statement about the purpose and goal of their partnership with Roc Nation. 

"This partnership and initiative with Roc Nation not only provides a tremendous platform to equip thousands of students across the U.S. with the proper tools for success, but will go beyond simply a material donation through our motivational bag drop donation events in select cities. It's an absolute dream come true for us, and exactly why we started the company!"

And the intiative of the bag drops to motivate children to conquer the odds against them. Also, to be role models that are shaping a better tomorrow for them. 

"Our approach at bag drop events is to simply ignite a fire within these children, motivating them to beat the odds often stacked against them. The inspirational team of STATE PackMen/Women - child development specialists that have successfully risen from at-risk neighborhoods themselves - serve as role model figures to the children served. Layering on idolized artists and athletes from Roc Nation? Just incredible!"

 

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Boss Don Billionaire, Robert F. Smith Pledges $50 Million to Cornell Engineering School

Posted On: February 09, 2016

When it comes to making moves like a don, Robert F. Smith pedals like a brinks truck in financial affairs and business investments. Smith made history in 2015 when he became the wealthiest Black men in America with $2.5 billion in assets and joined the list of other Black billionaires across the world, with Aliko Dangote being the kings of all kings in assets of $15.7 billion.

Robert F. Smith begin his billionaire journey when he made an investment towards his education and acquired knowledge in computer science. Confidence being a key for him, led to Smith's ability to open doors of resources and network in founding his own corporation when Smith went into capital investments, and became the CEO and chairman of Vista Equity Partners. Smith's company manage to generate $14 billion in cumulative assets of capital investments and is one of the most successful investment corporations in the world.

In addition to all of his success, Robert F. Smith is gracious in being a philanthropist and recently pledged $50 million to Cornell University’s School Of Engineering. A school that smith attended, earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1985 and is an alma mater. Reciprocating Smith's philanthropic funding, the school is honoring him by changing their name to Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell. 

During a press conference, Lance Collins who is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Cornell Engineering made the following statements in expressing gratitude for Smith's pledge.

"Robert’s generosity will not only elevate our School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but it will ensure it becomes more accessible than ever."

"I believe an affordable educational path from engineering in Ithaca to Cornell Tech in New York City, for those who wouldn’t otherwise be offered such an opportunity, will produce some of the sharpest minds in engineering and technology. I’m thankful Robert shares this vision and is making it a reality."

Robert F. Smith's pledge will also fund the Robert Frederick Smith Tech Scholars Program and foster financial aid for mostly Black students to further their education.

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Motivation 101: He Turned $1 to $500 Million and You Can Too

Posted On: November 02, 2015

It's Monday and some people dislike Mondays and if you don't have goals and dreams, Mondays will always be a drag. If you are working at a job you hate, Mondays will always be a burden; and if you are not maximizing your potential then Mondays is not something you will look forward to.

If you're doing something you love, Mondays is a blessing.

Lets get into this article and inspire you!

It's international Motivation 101 from Africa.

First off, never, ever let anybody not even yourself limit you! The universe is limitless, God is limitless, imagination is limitless, creativity is limitless; and guess what? Yup! You are limitless! - Say it: "I am limitless." Believe it, let the words grasp to your soul and apply them. Now go out there and conquer your goals and dreams!

And here's something to empower the power in you (© 2015) to do so.

In the November Edition for Forbes Africa, Dr. Cosmas Maduka graces the cover with a very powerful story of trials and tribulations, surviving war and tragedy, being an overcomer, believing in himself with only a vision; and becoming one of the billionaires in Africa. The magazine features a biography of how Maduka took $1 (and a dream) and turned it into a $500 million dollar kingdom.

To read more of Dr. Cosmas Maduka story of triumphant succes, subscribe to ForbesAfrica.

Cosmas Maduka is featured on the list of Africa's most profitable men and billionaires as:

The President of Coscharis Group. Dr. Maduka is an industrialist and philanthropist of huge repute. The man is also an avid sports fan and has donated millions to develop sports and its teams in Nigeria. He is the president of Nigerian table Tennis Federation.  Dr. Maduka has held the position of Non-Executive Director of Access bank Nigeria in the past. 

For Cosmas Maduka it's not about the money but utilizing it as a resource to make a difference in alleviating Africa of its issues from: medicine to sports, social issues, investing in hospitals, day cares, entreprenuership, businesses and etc. By doing this, it has brought him tremendous success: internal as being fulfilled with purpose and also, reaping the fruits of his labor.

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Rick Ross Blesses Miami for The Holidays

Posted On: December 15, 2014

Maybach Music Group's boss, Rick Ross did some good deeds over the weekend and blessed the people of Miami by spreading love the MMG way. 

Rick Ross collaborated with Miami's 103.5, 'The Beat,' and held a charitable, giving event in Miami.

The event consisted of Rick Ross giving away free meals sponsored by 'Wingstop,' Christmas dinners, 'Reebok' sneakers, cash giveaways, shopping sprees to certain stores in Miami, free hair cuts and; just overall love to the people of Miami.

The event was held outside, Rick Ross provided inflatable bouncers and more for the children. It was an MMG Christmas indeed!


ExclusiveAccess.net was there to capture all the heart warming moments.

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Vince Staples Invest in a Summer Program from His Hometown, Sponsored by the YMCA

Posted On: June 17, 2016

Vince Staples recently made an investment into the future of tomorrow. Vince announced a summer program called Youth Institute which is sponsored by the YMCA, during a press conference. Assisting him with kicking off the project is Ninth District Councilman, Rex Richardson, who will be a part of the intiative to facilitate Youth Institute into Long Beach, California. 

The Youth Institute summer program will consist of various curriculum such as: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training, creative arts studies in music and film production, product development, graphic designs and 3D printing. The program will also work with its youth in confidence building and their social skills, to help them frame a solid foundation within themselves towards achieving their goals and dreams. 

Youth Institute will be held at Hamilton Middle School, providing resources to eighth and ninth graders. Twenty students will be chosen to participate in the program. Long Beach Unified board member, Megan Kerr stated the importance of supporting Long Beach's youth and its leaders unifying to make a difference in their lives. 

"It’s important that we work together to support and educate our young people on being good citizens, as well as providing a safe space for them to thrive,"

The first expense of the program will be for $10,000 from the North Long Beach Education Fund, which was founded by Rex Richardson and Kerr. Vince Staples expressed how the Youth Institute program is designed to create environments for young people to succeed.

For more info, click on the following link: Youth Institute or call 562-570-6137 and log on to www.pacific-gateway.org.

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Article Reference: Press Telegram 

 

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First Lady, Michelle Obama Visits and Surprised School in Washington, D.C.

Posted On: March 06, 2016

As part of her initiative of getting people to adapt towards a more healthy and nutritous eating regime, and energectic lifestyle with her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady, Michelle Obama visited and surprised two schools in Washington, D.C. 

In casual wear and with a bright smile, Michelle strolled into Watkins Elementary school and surprised their cooking class. The students learn how to make recipe and cook with the vegetables they grew in the school garden. During her interaction with the class, one of the students asked Michelle if she knew Joe Biden and while preparing tortillas, Mrs. Obama made a statement how she never cooked them that way before, and one of the children remarked he never seen her before. It's funny and comical. Michelle made the day and lesson extra special for those children who will remember the experience and for some, it will inspire them towards a goal and dream. 

During her second visit to Burroughs Elementary School, upon arrival to their classroom, one of the kids could not contain his excitement and joy of seeing Michelle Obama and he ran into her arms and gave her a hug. Which was really sweet and she had a motherly reaction to him. Watching those faces and seeing the reaction of those little Black girls, the twinkle in their eyes, it's like a beam of light for them and beacon of hope as in: "you can become the First Lady one day too." Little Black girls need to see more of that, more positive and nurturing role models and not negative images society have been portraying about Black women. You don't have to fight with one another, fight over men, lack in self respect and mannerism, low self-esteem, uneducated, lack in ambition, golddiggers, sisterwives nonsense (Michelle Obama is not sharing Barack Obama (he's not a pimp but a president) nor does he put her in a position to do so) and etc. like some of these reality show project about Black women. That's another topic and article to be covered. 

But anyhow, lets focus on this article. 

While at Burroughs elementary school, First Lady, Michelle Obama took part in the lesson of the class with its students and picked out earthworms with them.

"You guys have this amazing garden, and I’m so proud of you. And I want the world to see all the great things you are doing and all the great things you are learning so much from your garden and from your school," Mrs. Obama expressed.

Michelle was attentive to the children who were teaching her about composte, gardening and etc. 

 

It didn't stop there, Michelle surprised Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens at their home & family garden during an interview. Mrs. Obama complimented both of them for their roles as leaders, their efforts in motivating and teaching their community to garden and eat more fruits and vegetables. 


Michelle Obama will continue to visit and surprised schools and home gardens throughtout the spring season as part of her Let's Move campaign: Garden Tour Intitiative.  

 

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Bela Beyonce Comes Through With the Feugo in 'Mi Gente' Remix feat. J. Balvin & Willy William

Posted On: September 29, 2017

Let me find out Beyonce got some Latin blood in her! Because she is coming through with the feugo, speaking in tongues!

I like Spanish Bey, let's go!


Remixing 'Mi Gente' by J. Balvin and Willy William, the Queen Bee adds a royal touch to the Latin/Caribbean song. Beyonce is actually singing in Español and sounds great! Will we be hearing more of Bey with the Spanglish? Well, I hope so.

Beyonce's mix of Mi Gente is an act of altruism of utilizing music, to bring awareness to displaced people affected by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean islands.



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Bey's non-profit organization BeyGood, enlisted other organizations on their website that they are working with for people to join in and assist with relief efforts.

Beyonce stated, she will be donating proceeds from the song Mi Gente towards relief efforts as quoted below:

"I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands"

Mi Gente can be streamed on iTunes and purchased on Apple Music.

And also, viewed on YouTube below.





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You Go Girl: Munira Khalif Accepted To 8 Ivy League School

Posted On: April 22, 2015

No matter what stigmas society or the media has placed on the younger generation, there is faith that they will be the change we seek for.

Munira Khalif is another high school student who got accepted to eight Ivy League school. She is an activist in the making and wants to go into politics one day.

According to her high school Mounds Park Academy, Munira Khalif has been an avid voice in campaigning for equality education for girls across the nation and in East Africa. This has led her to develop and create an non-profit organization called Lighting the Way, which raises funds to assist and award scholarships to young girls like herself, with the ability to go to a private school or a collge of their choice. At just 17 years old, Munira is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Social Consciousness Club to help aid and alleviate domestic and social issues in America and in other countries.

Munira Khalif goes by a daily mantra that is an African proverb: “If you educate a boy, you educate an individual, but if you educate a girl, you educate a nation."

When asked why she believed and stood by the mantra, Munira stated: “The sheer ripple effect of educating a girl is huge, especially in developing countries."

 Munira was accepted to Standford, University of Minnesota and Georgetown along with the eight Ivy League school. The school director for Mounds Park Academy, made a statement to news media that Khalif is on a journey to diversy the world through communication and education.

“She already is making a difference in communities across the globe, and I know she is ready to embrace the challenges that arise in our constantly changing world.

Munira is a spoken word poet who finds inspiration through published stories from the Civil Rights Movement. Her favorite book is “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois. She uses her poetry as a platform to bring awareness about social change, human rights, and issues affecting her parents' native land Somalia. Khalif credits poetry for playing a big role in her academic success. She hopes to inpsire young people like herself to think on a wider and broader scale, to challenge things because those are the attributes which goes into innovations and making a difference in the world.

Munira Khlaif has yet to make a decision on which school she is planning on going to and expressed how grateful she was towards God, for blessing her with the grace of fulfilling her dreams and goals. 

“This was truly a blessing from God. To me this news is reflective of the support and encouragement of my family, my school and my community.”

Congrats to the young thoroughbred and Godspeed mama!

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BET To Honor Akon With 2016 Global Good Award

Posted On: June 21, 2016

For their 16 annual award show, BET will honor Akon with the 2016 Global Good Award for his humanitarian and philanthropic work around the globe. 

The purpose of the Global Good Award is to commend and give recognition to individuals, who have made a positive mark in the world, in their efforts of creating a better world, in raising awareness for innovative change, in uplifting and providing services to benefit mankind; and basically, just spreading goodness and positive energy around the world.

Last year (2015), Akon was the title header for several news media and publications, when he provided electricity to over 600 millions Africans, constructed solar panels in over eleven countries in Africa; and created jobs by allowing the people of those communities to build their electricity systems. With that came the launch of Solar Academy in Mali, to help and provide education to engineers so they can develop and generate solar power in their communities. All of this was funded and possible by Akon's non-profit organization Akon Lighting Africa, which he founded himself. Expanding his humanitarian network, Akon formed alliances with government officials and community leaders in Latin American countries to provide electricity to cities and rural towns in need. 

Going beyond his talents in music, Akon became an entrepreneur and philanthropist in order to make a global impact. The Senegalese-American musician is a Grammy and BET nominated, two time multi-platinum artist. In 2007, honoring his cultured homeland, Akon founded Konfidence Foundation to provide resources in health care and education for the youth of Senegalese. 

Jidenna and Eva Marcille will presented Akon with BET's 2016 Global Good Award during the show. 

The 2016 BET Award will be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. With a Prince tribute performance by: Sheila E, The Roots, D'Angelo and Janelle Monae. Other performers include Maxwell, Usher, Alicia Keys, Future, Bryson Tiller and more. Presenters include Gabrielle Union, DJ Khaled, Nate Packer and more. 

On June 26th, BET will broadcast their 2016 16th Annual Award Show at 8PM eastern time and 7PM central time. 

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LeBron James Treats 5,000 Children With an Educational Theme Park Trip

Posted On: August 21, 2016

As part of his "I Promise" pledge and education initiative, LeBron James treated 5,000 children and their family to his second annual Cedar Point amusement park trip in Sandusky, Ohio. Being the role model that he is, King James brought his children with him for the trip, modeling and instilling in them the importance of being a philanthropist; and doing humanitarian work.

Philanthropy is something LeBron James has made a dedication to. He's been very active with the LeBron James Family Foundation, tailored to provide mentorship, services and resources to children, and their families across the nation. They range from: full scholarships for high school students, education in helping children develop interpersonal skills and leadership by participating in different programs and projects in their communities, such as cleaning up their neighborhoods, excelling themselves in schools and extra-curricular activities in sports and music; after school programs to enrich their paths towards success so they don't stray or fall prey to drugs, violence and etc.

Back in 2015, King James made a pledge towards his I Promise education initiative, in association with the University of Akron to provide full scholarships to over 1,000 students upon completion of its required program. In the same year, King James collaborated with Michelle Obama to sponsor and advocate social activism in education, and nurture a new program at the time, called Better Make Room, directed to help children nationwide achieve their educational goals and dreams.

LeBron James is the golden child when it comes to being role model, because it exceeds sportsmanship and being a team player with him. He goes above and beyond to utilize who he is as a prominent athlete, to make a difference and innovate change for the better.

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