It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.
I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.
Who doesn’t love giving back, while having a little fun in the process? Here's your chance: The Hillman Homecoming is taking place March 19th from 6pm-11pm, at the one and only Haus. Take a trip to lower Manhattan for an evening of celebratory partying with some of your fellow HBCU grads. Alumni are getting together to network, drink, dance, mingle, and of course, raise money for a charitable cause.
A portion of the proceeds from the Hillman Homecoming event will be dedicated to the Puissance Scholarship, a scholarship for Outstanding New York City area students bound for Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the Fall. For those who have attended an HBCU, you know the undeniable experience you gain from one, and the unmatchable history you are a part of. Giving someone the opportunity to have this experience for themselves is a great way to give back. And did we mention there’s an open bar?
Ford Fitness, the company of trainer Glenn Ford, will hold a fitness boot camp Sunday, January 18th at Concrete Fitness on Avenue P to benefit the Gonzalez family. Rick, Luz, and their 1-year-old daughter had their home severely damaged by a fire on December 28th. The bootcamp, which will feature music from Brooklyn DJ iLova, will cost $20 with all proceeds going directly to the Gonzalez family. Come out and get a great workout for a great cause.
This Wednesday and Thursday the Empire Hotel was packed to the brim with adorable puppies and the humans who love them. Animal Care and Control, NYC’s largest pet shelter, hosted a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for their work taking in and adopting out dogs.
Photographer Jamie McCarthy was in attendance and the walls were decorated with his snapshots of some of the handsome pooches at the rescue. There were also plenty of furry friends in the flesh, including McCarthy’s own French bulldog and a host of other rescued cuties.
Supporting arts education for local youth, Bai Bubbles is hosting FutureArt 2015, an art show featuring five of New York's up-and-coming artists to present their brand new work and compete for a prize package. This show is a platform for these artists to collaborate with fellow creative minds to produce art that pushes themselves, as well as the spectators, emotionally and intellectually out of their standard expectations. Over a six week time frame the artists will have the opportunity to present their work through music, dance, spoken word, film, painting, and other forms of fine art at FutureArt 2015. They will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges alongside the event's audiences for a chance to win a one-year public relations contract with NY-based corporate communications firm Lawrence Blake Group Int'l., and a special performance tour sponsored by Flavorpill!
Christmasis a time for good cheer, spreading smiles, and helping those in need. Earlier this month, Prince Harry embraced the essence of Christmas as he set out for Lesotho, South Africa on behalf of his charity, Sentebale. Co-founded by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Prince Harry, the charity aims to provide aid and educational means to disadvantaged children; those with disabilities and those who are orphans. Sentebale supports these organizations by providing funding, training and development support.
The Prince of the British Royal Family flew down to Lesotho on December 5th, in hopes to spend some quality time with these kids. And quality time was definitely had! The 30-year old royalty donned his Santa hat and was all smiles while catching up with children, visiting the construction site of Sentebale's newest care center, Mamohato Children's Centre in Thaba Bosiu. This is their newest addition to Sentebale's list of successful facilities providing support to AIDS-stricken children. During his visit, Prince Harry hosted and attended an array of workshops that included educational activities such as a cooking class, sitting in on school lessons, lending a helping hand at the construction site with sandstone cladding and so on!
The Mamohato Children's Centre is due to open in 2015 and we can't wait to see how the seeds of Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho's time and efforts bloom!
Today Carnage, aka Diante Blackmon, launched the Children Learning Center in Villa Japon, Nicaragua. (Villa Japón is a rural community of about 3,000 people in the municipality of Tipitapa. The majority of the people in the community work on large farms owned by national and foreign companies or in nearby free trade zones.) The hip-hop beatsmith has joined forces with Seeds of Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America.
The first annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes (HOH) was held last night in effort to raise awareness about the serious mental issues that affect veterans, such as the staggering cases of those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). One such case of which affected the founders, Everett Weston and Patrick Bolchoz, when a close mutual friend of theirs suffering from PTS took his own life.
The event was held at Haus in Tribeca, raising money for Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give an Hour and one of TIME's Most Influential People in 2012, spoke about the work being done by Give an Hour and highlighted her involvement in the documentary, The Runner & The Therapist, directed by multi Emmy award winning film producer, Charlie Stuart. After the film’s trailer played, America's Got Talent finalist and Sony Music recording artist, Emily West, performed a soulful rendition of Sia's "Chandelier" and concluded with an a cappella performance of "God Bless the U.S.A" in which the packed crowd joined her in singing.
Christmas time is all about spreading joy, love, and cheer. While we can think of a ton of different ways to do that, doing a little charity work is always at the top of our list, which is why we are more than happy to spread the word about Big Brooklyn's 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive celebration this week. The toy drive has been going on since November 14th, and will continue on through Monday, December 15th at the numerous drop-off locations spread throughout Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO. As of December 1st, a few local bars and restaurants that have partnered with Big Brooklyn's Holiday Toy Drive have been offering free drinks to anyone and everyone who brings in a toy to donate, and on Thursday, December 11th, Big Brooklyn is hosting a celebratory party at Verboten with an open bar, appetizers, music, and raffle prizes for all donating patrons in attendance.
On Tuesday, December 2nd Actress Rosario Dawson joined one hundred holiday elves to kick off NESCAFE Dolce Gusto’s Operation “Give With Gusto,” advocating holiday giving.
Held in Bryant Park, the kick-off event saw Dawson performing various acts of goodwill—from hailing taxi cabs for strangers in need to helping carry bags. Eventually, the helpful elves dispersed across the city, continuing the “pay if forward” message to all New Yorkers.
For some single parents, giving their child(ren) a good holiday experience whilst baring the responsibilities of paying bills and keeping food on the table can be unnerving. Well, Chinx is here to lend a helping hand in providing children from such underprivileged households with Family Fun Day.
Starting yesterday, December 1st, the Coke Boys rapper has been accepting video submissions and letters from poor single-parent families demonstrating their need for help to win a day of family fun with him. In a press statement released by Team Legion Media Group on Monday, Chinx explained his reason for helping. Chinx said: