Houston rapper El Deadend Redd gives back through sneaker giveaway

Houston rapper El Deadend Redd gives back through sneaker giveaway

El Deadend Redd — one of Houston’s most prominent new rappers — has used his creative style of music to build a legacy and show the younger generation of artists that it’s possible to achieve their dreams. Born Arthur Haller, Redd began his career writing hooks to songs for his late cousin Marcus “Allmighty Joe” […]

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs pledging $1 million to this cause

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs pledging $1 million to this cause

Sean “Diddy” Combs is pledging $1 million toward this cause. The 48-year-old rapper has revealed he’s set to donate the whopping sum to the Capital Preparatory Schools network in order to help underserved communities, who will put the cash toward a high quality and competitive curriculum. In a statement obtained by People magazine, the “Last […]

Meet Detroit’s rising philanthropic leader, Clarinda Barnett-Harrison

Meet Detroit’s rising philanthropic leader, Clarinda Barnett-Harrison

Clarinda Barnett-Harrison is a rising leader in Detroit’s philanthropic community. Recently, Barnett-Harrison was appointed a dual role of director of economic prosperity and executive director of the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund within the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In this position, Barnett-Harrison is developing the strategic path-forward to strengthen United Way’s positioning on efforts related to financial stability, wealth building and workforce development by […]

The MusicianShip is changing lives through music

The Musicianship changes lives through music

The MusicianShip’s mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for people who need it most. The Musicianship reaches students throughout the Washington D.C. area through its after school and summer programs, and the Washington Youth Choir. Recently, the MusicianShip launched an apparel Initiative which seeks to further engage music enthusiasts and […]

Tux & Chucks founders explain why they raise money for charity

Tux & Chucks founders explain why they raise money for charity

Cool Smart Inc. founders and Detroit natives Jason Appling and Byron Suggs held their sixth annual fundraising charity event, Tux & Chucks, Thanksgiving weekend at the Soundboard located in the MotorCity Casino Hotel in the heart of downtown Detroit. This event gives elite professionals, socialites and philanthropists the opportunity to network, dress in their finest […]

Is Yara Shahidi the most evolved teen on TV?

Is Yara Shahidi the most evolved teen on TV?

Yara Shahidi doesn’t view school as a fallback plan or a chore to squeeze in between filming. Unlike many child stars, she’s open about prioritizing education above her acting career. Likely inspired by her reported fashion icon, Kerry Washington, Shahidi was recently featured in New York Magazine‘s fall fashion issue. “I feel like my love […]

Kenya Parham elevates civic engagement with ‘Vote It Loud’ initiative

Kenya Parham elevates civic engagement with 'Vote It Loud' initiative

Political strategist and self-proclaimed “thought leader” Kenya Parham has made it her life’s work to advocate for civic engagement and social activism through her unique perspective as a millennial. The Orange County, California, native currently serves as the West Coast ambassador for the nonpartisan organization “Vote it Loud,” a platform used to mobilize, educate and empower people […]

Tux & Chucks founders bring out Detroit’s finest couples

Tux & Chucks founders bring out Detroit's finest couples

The founders of Cool Smart, Inc. did it again. On Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, Detroit natives Byron Suggs and Jason Appling hosted their 5th Annual Tux & Chucks charitable fundraising event presented by MGM Grand Casino Detroit, and it was definitely an event to remember. Hundreds of Detroit’s socialites and influencers converged upon the MGM Grand […]

Black Celebrity Giving’s Jasmine Crowe talks importance of mammograms, affordable health care

Black Celebrity Giving's Jasmine Crowe talks importance of mammograms, affordable health care

Founder and chief visionary Jasmine Crowe has created a groundbreaking platform to highlight the charitable efforts of Black celebrities in the Atlanta area and nationwide. After Crowe noticed a lack of media coverage on their positive impact in the community, she created Black Celebrity Giving in 2011, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing news, videos […]

Arrested Development’s Eshe encourages women to get mammograms, talks artist development

Arrested Development's Eshe encourages women to get mammograms, talks artist development

Talented singer-songwriter Eshe has been dominating the music industry since the early ’90s. You may recognize her from the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development. Their conscious lyrical storytelling left a lasting impression on the music industry. Since leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Eshe has been working in artist development and management […]

Comedian Rodney Perry puts all jokes aside to discuss breast cancer awareness

Comedian Rodney Perry puts all jokes aside to discuss breast cancer awareness

Comedic actor Rodney Perry has made millions laugh through his boisterous and uninhibited on-screen performances. You might recognize him from his work as co-host of “Who’s Got Jokes” or BET’s “Mo’Nique Show,” to his starring role as Harold in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. Perry got his start when opening up for the likes […]

The Alma G. Davis Foundation recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Alma G. Davis Foundation recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

World-renowned entrepreneur and motivational speaker Alma. G Davis is the visionary behind the Alma G. Davis Foundation, which serves to provide year-round programming helping domestic violence survivors attain employment and work maturity skills, financial security, and gain the necessary resources to transition to lives of independence. During adolescence, Davis was a victim of abuse. She set out […]

Lucinda Cross talks annual Activate Conference, professional development for women

Lucinda Cross talks annual Activate Conference, professional development for women

As a best-selling author and founder of the popular Activate Your Life Today brand, a leadership firm that provides personal and professional development programs, Lucinda Cross juggles countless responsibilities. Whether it’s heading business seminars and workshops or traveling internationally for speaking engagements, Cross is always on the move. Cross is gearing up for the third annual Activate […]

Byron Suggs and Cool Smart Inc. raising funds for Detroit nonprofits

Byron Suggs and Cool Smart Inc. raising funds for Detroit nonprofits

Rolling out spoke with Byron Suggs, the co-founder of Cool Smart Inc., about the organization’s philanthropic endeavors in the Detroit metropolitan area. Read on to find out what Cool Smart Inc. is doing now. What is the vision for the nonprofit? To educate youth and young professionals on the importance of philanthropy and to also […]

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks 25 years of HIV/AIDS advocacy

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks 25 years of HIV/AIDS advocacy

Renowned actress and political activist Sheryl Lee Ralph has spent over two decades advocating for HIV and AIDS awareness through her DIVA Foundation. The original Broadway “Dreamgirl” took it upon herself to raise awareness about the “mystery” disease that caused her friends to die prematurely 30 years ago. Today, the world calls the illness AIDS and it affects […]

The role of philanthropy at HBCUs

The Koch Brothers have contributed to many Republican causes.  It is also true that they have donated millions of dollars to cancer research, education, entrepreneurship, arts, science, and various other interests. Historically, various wealthy families have supported the research of educational leaders like Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charles Hamilton Houston, and many others. In fact, many major historically […]

Swizz Beatz dedicates his original artwork to NY hospital

Hip-hop superproducer Swizz Beatz has been Global Ambassador for New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) since 2012, and the star/philanthropist was in East Harlem this week to dedicate an original piece of artwork to the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility. Entitled “Victory,” Swizz said that he wanted to inspire the staff and patients at the facility, who in turn, should serve as inspiration for everyone.