The Recording Academy, along with Hyundai, have announced the launch of a new initiative entitled "Amplifier Center Stage" which will give aspiring musicians a chance to be heard and mentored by established figures in the music industry. For this initiative, huge stars have been recruited to curate the initiative. Reaching out to a multitude of genres, curators range from hip-hop's Kendrick Lamar, to pop sensation Ariana Grande, to Country star Hunter Hayes, as well as jazz pianist Robert Glasper.
Actress and singer Selena Gomez will be the halftime performer at this year’s Thanksgiving football game at the AT&T Stadium, which kicks off the start of The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. This will mark the 17th year that the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with the Salvation Army’s campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families in need and Christmas toys for millions of children during the holidays. The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-standing fundraiser of its kind. Last year alone they raised $148.7 million.
On November 7th, the famous Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg will be hosting over a dozen Japanese restaurants for Aki Matsuri, including the one that brought you the famous Ramen Burger. The theme is "Izakaya", or Japanese style pub fare. There will be two demonstrations: one will feature making Soba (buckwheat) noodles; the other is a Taiko drumming performance by Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. The auction's items are dinner for two or four at New York's finest restaurants at places such as the James Beard House and Gramercy Tavern. The event will be decorated by Ikebana National with their signature zen floral arrangements.
New York City is a place where people strive and continue on every day! More than 500 of New York’s most influential business and philanthropic community members joined The Doe Fund at Cipriani 42nd Street to celebrate the return to self-sufficiency by thousands of formerly homeless New Yorkers.
The Doe Fund serves 1,000 individuals each day by providing paid work, career development opportunities, social services, and classroom education. After twelve months, clients (or “trainees”) graduate from the Ready, Willing & Able program with homes of their own, jobs in the private sector, paying their child support and fully reintegrated into our communities. The event marked a renewed sense of urgency and a call to action for New Yorkers to support real opportunities for those who need them most.
The Doe Fund held their annual gala on October 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street to celebrate the fund and those who have found success through its Ready, Willing & Able program. The Doe Fund is a non-profit organization that helps men that were once incarcerated help better themselves through programs offered by the fund.
Who says rapper's don't do good things? Hip-hop icon, Lil Wayne, has launched an Indiegogo campaign in partnership with The Motivational Edge, a non-profit that works to expand cultural arts after-school programs in the inner-city. Looking to inspire the youth, Wayne has personally donated $30k to the crowdfunding effort, which has a target of $200,000, and he encourages people to follow his lead. As an incentive for donating to the effort, Wayne has curated a list of perks for each donor, ranging from having a track featured on Wayne's YoungMoney.com, to a signed lithograph from the superstar. For more details about Wayne's Indiegogo campaign, click here, and see below for the full list of perks for supporting the campaign.
This Friday, October 18, gather the family, or your young-at-heart friends, and head to a Regal Cinema nearby to enjoy the premeire of "The Stream", starring BGCA Alum and Advocate Mario Lopez (Extra!, X Factor), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, Super, Six Feet Under).
This unique coming-of-age comedy, set in 1981, will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with over 80% of producer proceeds going directly to the charity.
“The Stream” follows the story of five friends who embark on epic adventure. All they have to do is follow The Stream and back. With Mom gone for four-hours what could possibly go wrong? Encountering bullies, mystical creatures and a nasty storm, the friends will need the force of friendship to prevail.
In a world where news is constantly streaming into the public’s eyes and ears, it is difficult to make a strong impression—one that invokes the desire for action.
Coming up soon is World Food Day, a day that tries to raise awareness of the need for hunger relief and for food donations that are fresh and healthy. But how do we raise awareness? By making a friendly competition amongst NYC’s top chefs to create nutritious, delicious and affordable meals using only ingredients that are typically found in area food pantries!
Almost a year has passed since Hurricane Sandy ripped along the East Coast, taking hundreds of lives, destroying thousands of homes, and costing millions of dollars in damage. While many New Yorkers have moved on,the recovery process has been longer and more painful for those in more vulnurable communities. Such was the case for the residents of 22 Janet Lane in Breezy Point, New York.
Breezy Point made headlines when Hurricane Sandy reached New York--fires ravaged the area before floodwaters destroyed many homes, devastating the community. Fortunately, Breezy Point residents have not been without hope. Hub Home Improvements, a company with a reputation for excellent home repairs and refurbishments, and one of the largest home improvement companies in the Greater New York area, was already in Breezy Point performing repairs. When they recieved a distress call informing them that Janet Lane had sustained 4 feet of water damage, they promptly responded. They prioritized bringing the house back up to code while reinsulating it and replacing the damaged cabinetry. Three new windows were installed in addition to a new fireplace. The repairs were so thorough that it is possible that the value of the house may be even greater than it was before the storm.