It's one thing for somebody to struggle with cancer. But it's a totally different experience when somebody is struggling with a fatal illness in the midst of adolescence. Talia Joy Castellano, a talented young makeup artist who became famous making a series of successful Youtube beauty tutorials, was one of those people.
She was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma when she was only seven years old. Although she was initially declared cancer-free after undergoing several types of treatment, she eventually relapsed two times in the following six years. In addition, she was later diagnosed with pre-leukemia in her bone marrow. Fighting both types of cancer was very tough, but as the popularity of her tutorials grew, Talia soon became a symbol of hope with her slogan, "Makeup is my wig." Eventually, Talia got the chance to collaborate with Urbana Chappa on a fashion line called, "That Bald Chick," appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and become an honorary face of Cover Girl. After four years of grueling treatment, she was unable to go on. Talia passed away on July 16, 2013 at the age of 13, but she didn't die in vain.
If you follow VH1's new series of public service ads where pop phenomenon Alicia Keys shares a conversation with different women each week, it may seem unlikely that people from such different backgrounds could have so much in common. On the surface, you have a graduate student from San Francisco, a Texan widow, and a mother from Portland among others. Yet underneath the veneer of their seemingly simple and unconnected lives, each woman is very similar in that they are all silently struggling with one of the world's deadliest epidemics: HIV.
In a partnership with the Greater Than AIDS Organization, Alicia Keys has filmed these adverts as a way to encourage women to get tested and live in spite of the hardships that HIV inflicts on people around the world. The name of this campaign is EMPOWERED and with the support of VH1, the message of this charitable cause will help reach millions of viewers. Conversations with the women featured in this campaign will help reveal how people struggling with the disease can empower others by showing how they carry on their lives. Today, which is National HIV Testing Day, people all around the country are not only encouraged to share EMPOWERED's message, but also to help prevent the disease by getting tested.
Quick, there's no time to think. You have one minute to decide. If you think too slowly, you may end up dead. If you think too fast, you may make the wrong decision. This is the kind of situation that may sound like fodder for a million Hollywood action flicks but in fact, this is the daily reality that millions of people face. In honor of World Refugee Day, the mPowering Action mobile app will let you know just how this feels by putting you in the shoes of somebody who encounters these kinds of decisions everyday.
Mixify has done it again, except this time it’s for a good cause. Tuesday, June 4th marks the day for the Mixify Digital Event to raise awareness and funds for Boston’s One Fund, presented by The Oxford Group. This event is being held in anticipation of The Benefit for Boston, a physical event being held in Boston on Thursday, June 6th that will also benefit The One Fund.
The June 4th event will be hosted exclusively on Mixify.com and will feature seven acts including: Candyland, Sound Remedy, Richard Fraioli (local Boston DJ), Party Ghost, Wax Motif, Topher Jones, and K Theory. This will be an all-day digital event allowing fans to contribute via the in-event “donation box” or by purchasing the VIP Package, for those wanting to attend the charity event in Boston. 100 percent of all proceeds will be donated to The One Fund, which is a victim relief fund for families of the victims killed or injured during the tragic events at the Boston Marathon in April.
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers felt solidarity, knowing that the whole country was standing by our sides. It is under the unfortunate circumstances of Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, appropriately held on Patriot’s Day that we once again witnessed the unwavering strength of the American people and the support offered, without a second thought, to our fellow citizens. The sense of unity felt by Americans is unique and transcends our differences in race, creed, and religion just as the Boston patriots intended.
In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Michael J. Fox Foundation has partnered with the world famous Magnolia Bakery to create a special one-of-kind Michael J. Fox Foundation cupcake. Currently being sold online and at Magnolia Bakery locations, a portion of the sale will benefit the foundation.
For the dessert lovers this delectable cupcake is topped with white vanilla butter cream frosting, orange sprinkles and a white chocolate disc with the foundation’s logo. Whether you like vanilla or chocolate cake, Magnolia Bakery has the customer covered. The cupcake sells for $3.75 with $1.75 of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The statistics for Autism are astounding, according to Autism Speaks 1 out of 88 children and 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with Autism. In America, it continues to be one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities. Marking Autism Awareness Month is the 6th Annual World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday April 2nd. Established in 2007 and adopted by the United Nations the goal of this day is to bring attention to Autism, and give the undiagnosed and misunderstood the much needed information.
Today 5001 Flavors, the Harlem-based fashion company, released their new eyewear collection. One of the pairs in the collection, The “Guy,” a limited edition men’s style with vibrant purple in the frames, will directly support Code Purple’s mission of ending malaria in Africa. For every pair of the purple-framed shades sold ten percent of the net profits will be donated to Code Purple starting April 1st and continuing on through Spring and Summer and ending on August 1st. The eyewear will be retailing for $295 online on the 5001 Flavors website. For those in the Harlem area, visit the Harlem Haberdashery boutique, owned by the creators of 5001 Flavors, Guy and Sharene Wood, to purchase the shades and check out their unique inventory of small batch clothing and accessories. The fashionable and philantrophic Guy and Sharene have created custom-made ensembles for Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jaime Foxx, Lebron James, Kim Kardashian, and countless other celebrities. 5001 Flavors will also be participating in the Second Annual Code Purple event on World Malaria Day (April 25) to help raise awareness and funds to support the end of malaria. The event, held at the USS Intrepid Air & Space Museum, will include a silent auction, runway show, and chances to donate and purchase the Mosketto Armor Hood-E, developed by ING Activewear, that is certified to act as mosquito repellent and offers protection from mosquitos that may be infected with the malaria-ridden parasite.
Vintage Twin, the vintage treasure hunters who rework items from the past right here in New York are setting up shop for a one day pop-up during brunch this Sunday, March 10th, downstairs in SoHo’s The Dalloway between noon and 5 pm. Come check out Vintage Twin’s wide array of one-of-a-kind vintage items for ladies, gents, and more! This Sunday Funday event is in honor of MS Awareness Week with 10% of the day’s proceeds going toward supporting The Pediatric MS Society. When you enjoy brunch upstairs at The Dalloway, we recommend their oysters and delicious bloodies, you will receive a $5 dollar coupon to shop downstairs at The Vintage Twin. If you want to build up your appetite, shop before you brunch. Show your Vintage Twin receipt and you’ll be given a brunch cocktail on the house.
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If you were lucky enough to score the last of the tickets to Village Voice’s 6th-Annual Choice Eats extravaganza yesterday you've instantly become the envy of all your foodie friends. This year’s event features over 50 restaurants and sweet treats handpicked by resident Village Voice food critics, Robert Sietsema and Tejal Rao. The participating restaurants represent the hidden gems of the dining scene that are scattered around the Metropolitan area. Choice Eats also highlights foods from over 35 countries that some diners may have otherwise not had the opportunity to sample with cuisines ranging from Uzbekistan to Tunisia. Restaurants and sweets in attendance at this year’s event include Dirt Candy, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Carlo’s Bakery, Del Pesto, and more.