ATTENTION: WASHINGTON, DC TOY & BOOK DRIVE 12/14/17 & 12/16/17

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Friday December 8, 2017
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NnenNa Carr
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                                                        Christmas Toy Drive 2017
                                                                  Washington DC

Washington DC (December 14th & 16th 2017) – Christmas Toy Drive 2017 is a one of kind 2 events created to help bring the holiday spirit to the Ward 8 Community of Southeast Washington, DC as well as raising awareness to the issues amongst the community and youths. Kween Kode Entertainment, Fly By Nature Foundation & the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington partnered together to have this Toy & Book drive for the kids. First will be the Toy collection Happy Hour on Thursday December 14th, 2017 at Exhale Bar & Lounge from 6-10PM. Second will be a Toy distribution & Community outreach event on Saturday December 16th, 2017 at the Boys & Girls of Greater Washington/The ARC from 2-6PM.

Many of our children suffer the effects of poverty every day, continuously going without, knowing that luxuries like new toys or clothes are simply not available to them in most communities in Washington DC which is why organizations as such come together to give back as much as they can to the community especially during the holiday season. The second event held on Saturday December 16th is all about the children and will feature moon bounce, face painting, dance off, and live performances from local artists, light refreshments, games, as well as special raffle prizes and simply showing all of them they are loved and people care about them. Also; the Boys & Girls of Greater Washington/ The ARC Branch Manager: Kerron Kalloo will be in attendance to help with the toy distributions, along with non-profit organization Fly By Nature Foundation founder: Victor Terry.

With over 200 children expected to be in attendance we look forward to building great relationships with the children, spreading holiday joy and educating on the importance of giving back to the community.

The event on December 14th at Exhale Bar & Lounge cover charge will be a Book or new unwrapped toy or $10 donation.

If you’re a media outlet or photographer interested in covering the Christmas Toy Drive distribution to the children please send your inquiry to NnenNa.Carr@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at December 14th, 2017 at Exhale Bar & Lounge and Saturday December 16th, 2017 at the Boys & Girls of Greater Washington/The ARC.

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Rihanna and other Celebrities Shine Bright at her 3rd annual “Diamond Ball”

She's arrived! Rihanna arrived at her 3rd Annual Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball in New York on Thursday in a dramatic black gown

Rihanna celebrated her third annual “Diamond Ball,” which benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation.  Dave Chapelle hosted the event and Kendric Lamar handled performing duties.  Other celebs in attendance included La La Anthony, Lil’ Kim, Beyonce and Jay Z, Future, and Jamie Foxx to name a few. Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. 

The foundation said at the event they were among the first responders to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and that they’re currently strategizing how best to support victims of Hurricane Irma. The organization has a scholarship program and an oncology and nuclear medicine center in Barbados.

Causing a stir: The Bajan beauty wore a Ralph & Russo Couture dress which was short at the front and featured a long train at the back

Hot metal: Lala Anthony accentuated her curves in a silver dress with delicate fringing and slit at the back

Blonde bombshell: Rapper Lil Kim squeezed herself into a metallic mini dress with thigh-high boots

Going all-out: Rapper Cardi B brought the drama in a pastel green ballgown 

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

Rest in Power, Dick Gregory, Dead at 84

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Rest in Power to Dick Gregory! His family confirmed the sad news on his instagram page last night.

Dick Gregory was a comedian and civil rights activist who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs. He often used segregation and racial injustice as material in his comedic acts. He definitely broke down barriers and was a active voice for the people. Condolences to his family and friends.

 

Chicago Students Pens Open Letter to Chance the Rapper

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Following Chance the Rapper’s  $1 million donation to the Chicago city’s public schools, three local students wrote an open letter to the Grammy-winning star.

The Lake View High School students, Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse  Betancourt, published their letter through Billboard thanking Chance for his philanthropic works.

“We as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools,” they wrote. “As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.”

“You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life,” they wrote. “You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.”

“We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids,” they added. “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”

Chance read the letter and responded with promises of more to come. “I appreciate you guys, and you’ll be happy to know the work has only just started,” he tweeted. “Huge things to come over the next 2weeks.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama even celebrated Chance:

“Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much,” she tweeted. “You are an example of the power of arts education.”

Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public School System

Chance the Rapper announced on Monday that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system.

Chicago Tribune reports that as the city’s funding crisis continues to threaten a shorter school year for some 400,000 students, Chance, who hails from Chicago, said he hopes his donation will be “a call to action” for others to help the troubled school system “for the interest of the children.”

“This check is a call to action,” he said at a press conference held at Westcott Elementary School. “I’m challenging major companies in Chicago and across the United States to donate and to take action. The students have spoken and would like corporations to invest in them as we have invested in their businesses.”

The generous donation, which draws from Chance’s ticket sales for his upcoming tour, has been applauded by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who called the rapper “an example of the power of arts education.”
More artists, entertianiners, and others alike should follow suit when it comes to making a difference in their respective communities.

Vic Mensa Taking a Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

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Vic Mensa  released a video on Facebook, explaining why he’s been protesting in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the wake of controversy surrounding a potential dangerous pipeline on Native American soil.

“An oil company wants to build the Dakota Access Pipeline and put it through their water source to potentially and most likely contaminate water that services millions of people,” said Mensa.

“Originally,” he added. “The pipeline was supposed to be over by Bismarck, in a different area that’s not Indian country and it’s a white area. What they said was, ‘That’s too risky for their water source so we’re gonna switch it to Indian country.’ We’re not having that. We can’t have that.”

“If you believe in the inalienable rights of people,” he wrote. “The right to clean drinking water, the right to food & shelter and the right to freedom then you have to support standing rock. Get on a plane, drive, take a bus do whatever you have to do.

“December 5th the Army Corps has set an ultimatum for the people camped at standing rock, saying that they will forcibly remove the water protectors,” he added. “When one of our freedom is on the line all of our freedom is on the line. Fight for freedom.”

Vic is using his celebrity to bring light to an issue that is barely being televised or reported on!!