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After Kiesha Jackson tragically lost her younger brother Caleb to suicide, she wanted to ensure that no family felt the type of pain her family endured. She also wanted to help youth work through life’s challenges without turning to risky behaviors. Transforming her pain into power, Jackson founded Caleb’s Kids. Caleb’s Kids is a Detroit-based,…

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Girls of Excellence, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides support and mentoring services for girls ages 8-18  and grades three to 12. It was formed by now executive director and CEO Toya Russell-Phillips. GOE’s founding board members include Lena Sherman (vice president), Kathyrn Jones (second vice president), Leah Labitue (board secretary), Victoria Wiley, Lerae…

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The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Warnock is married to Oulèye Ndoye Warnock and the couple has two children. When did you know that God was calling you to be a messenger of the gospel? Honestly,…

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  City: Stone Mountain, Georgia House of Worship: Antioch A.M.E.  Church Religion: Christian Social media handles: @antioch_ame on Instagram; @AntiochAME on Facebook and Twitter A native of Tifton, Georgia, the Rev. Vandy C. Simmons has served as senior pastor for several churches across the state of Georgia where he implemented community outreach programs that focused on youth literacy…

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The African American Leadership Awards celebrated six years of recognizing Black excellence at the prestigious Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history in Detroit. The momentous occasion, held Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, began as a way to pull together African American community leaders, business leaders and elected officials from around the state of Michigan…

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Healthy living starts with healthy eating and the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.), is going to start the summer off helping overweight girls in the Atlanta metro area. Camp Diva is a weeklong summer camp for girls between the ages of 10-15 with a BMI (body mass index) of at least 25. Leading…

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As program manager, supplier diversity at Wells Fargo, Tonia Woodbury exemplifies the model of a successful businesswoman. True to herself and the Charlotte, North Carolina, community, she’s involved with several nonprofit organizations. Woodbury took time to speak with rolling out about the bank’s commitment to diversity and inclusion — particularly supplier diversity — as well as the importance of…

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You might not have heard of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, but the organization has been active since 1981. It is a voluntary Bar Association of the some of the most powerful Black female lawyers and judicial officials in the state. The group concentrates its activities on the issues of women and children…

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The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, known as GABWA, installed its new officers for 2016. The event was held at Spelman College and featured powerful Black women who are at the top of their profession.

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Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco announced over the weekend that he’s co-founded a new non-profit endeavor with the goal of helping young inner-city entrepreneurs “turn ideas into start-ups.” The project, announced by Fiasco via Twitter, is called the Neighborhood Start Fund and according to the project’s website its mission is to create “a neighborhood-specific fund to support…

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The knock on most entertainers (and especially rappers) is that they don’t do enough to give back to the communities that have made them famous. New York rapper A$AP Ferg is doing his part to make sure that he is not among that group of selfish entertainers. The “Hood Pope” rapper recently held his first annual…

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Lupe Fiasco’s charitable organization M.U.R.A.L. (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives) recently held its second annual IFTAR dinner and think-tank event in Chicago. The event featured a discussion of the organization’s “Food Justice” program, which hopes to improve the healthy food choices in impoverished neighborhoods and teach community members about healthy eating and diet-related health issues…

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Chance the Rapper has proven time and time again that he is passionate about reaching out and giving back to the youth of Chicago. Whether surprising students with an appearance by Kanye West at an open mic event for high school students or bringing Kendrick Lamar on stage to the amazement of the crowd at the…

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When Kanye West co-founded the organization Donda’s House, his intention was to honor his later mother, Dr. Donda West, and give back to his hometown of Chicago in a big way. With his latest donation of $133,000, the rapper known as “World Wide West” continues to make good on his intention. West used monies earned from…

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Chicago based emcee Chance The Rapper is putting together a free concert for teens at the city’s Northerly Island venue. The concert, being called the Teens In The Park fest, will take place Wednesday, June 24, 4-7 p.m. It features acts selected by the “Surf” rapper. The event is being sponsored by the City of…

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Sometimes it seems as though there are no stories of a good nature in the news about young black men. From repeated deadly encounters with law enforcement officials to the seemingly unjust rising imprisonment rates, black men are often perceived habitually problematic. Thankfully, there are some like Detroit businessman and former Marine Sid E. Taylor who see…

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