Beyonce and Jay Z Are On The Run for Charity

Image Courtesy: Beyonce Facebook

Image Courtesy: Beyonce Facebook

Unless you live under a rock on Mars, you know the “never tired” first couple of hip hop and R&B (Jay & Bey) will be making their way back to a stage near you this summer.

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What you probably don’t know is that proceeds from the “On The Run: Beyonce and Jay Z” tour in association with #BeyGOOD, will go towards the power duo’s respected charities. Every ticket purchased for the North American concert, a $1 will be donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation that provides college scholarships to low-income students.

And that’s not all. For the high rollers snagging Chase Lounge VIP Ticket packages, you should know a portion of the money will also go to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

DYNAMIC DUO: Beyonce and Boots, Singer/Producer Create Soulful Duet Ballad for Charity

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Image Courtesy:
Consequencesof Sound.net

I know one name didn’t look familiar to you above. Well, let me pour some tea in your cup. Boots aka Jordy Asher is a producer/singer signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Boots (unknowingly) helped make our holiday season all the more brighter by contributing to “Drunk in Love” and “85% of Beyonce album.” For that, we thank you. And we may need to throw another gracias his way after hearing his duet with Beyonce called “Dreams.”

This haunting ballad is the cherry on top of Boot’s mixtape he’s been teasing us with piecemeal tracks on Facebook for two months. Well, you tell me if it was worth the wait by tapping your feet to King Bey and Boots’ “Dreams” beat below:

Tots worth the wait, amirite? Not only that but it’s also worth the $1 download because every bit of it will go towards an org spreading awareness for teen dating violence. Boots released a statement about the non-profit and why he wanted to donate money to them:

A while back I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help others, or give back in some way, I would seize it. A friend recently told me about a non-profit organization called “Day One” here in NYC. In their words, “Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence.” I feel that protecting women from these horrible and unthinkable acts should take precedence in our society. I feel passionate about this because if more women knew that safe places existed from the turmoil they experience, it could possibly prevent these situations from occurring or reoccurring. Every cent made from this song will go directly to http://dayoneny.org

So refreshing to see famous artists get behind a cause that largely goes unnoticed. It’s beyond me how people can turn a blind eye to Gabriella or Alisa’s survivor stories. Thank God, for those that don’t.

Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD Campaign Raises £85 for Prince’s Trust in UK

Image Courtesy: beyonce.com/beygood

Image Courtesy: beyonce.com/beygood

The Mrs Carter World Tour may be over, but the busiest Bey on the planet is still bringing in the honey money. Beyonce’s BeyGOOD campaign–enforcing kindness and generosity to others–has raised £85,000 (roughly translates to over $142k in US dollars) for the Prince’s Trust with her UK leg of MCWT.

Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust, Martina Milburn couldn’t help but bow down to Beyonce’s influence in helping other.

“Thanks to Beyoncé and the #BeyGOOD campaign, disadvantaged young people across the UK will have the chance of a better future, despite facing challenges such as poverty, homelessness and mental health issues. We cannot thank both Beyoncé and all those who donated enough for their generous support.”

The XO singer urged concertgoers to text donations, make an online donation or at the venue where she was no doubt slaying the stage. The funds will be used to help young people with disadvantaged backgrounds (homelessness, mental issues) find jobs.

The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 to reach out to young people (13-to-30-year-olds) struggling with unemployment or school. The program is an attempt by the Prince of Wales to prevent them from falling through the cracks of an economy in which 1 and 5 is out of work.

It’s not to late to make a BeyGOOD contribution, click here for more info.

Which Celebs Were Most Charitable in 2013?

The annual list has been rolled out. No, not nominees for the Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes…am I missing any? Oh, of course The Oscars. Sheesh, there sure are a lot of award shows…anyhoo I’m referring to an honor that doesn’t come with a pretty accolade to hang on a mantle. But highlights generosity and love for community. It’s the annual Celebs Gone Good list by DoSomething.org

And the most charitable are….

Photo Credit: consequenceofsound.net

Photo Credit: consequenceofsound.net

Rapper Kendrick Lamar lands the 19th spot on the list for putting action behind his socially conscious lyrics by raising thousands for Hurricane Sandy victims and donating the funds to the Red Cross.

Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports

Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports

Oklahoma Thunder baller Kevin Durant follows  with his volunteer efforts and $1 million contribution to the Red Cross in helping to rebuild the city effected by those devastating tornadoes.

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Photo Credit: theriothouse.tumblr.com

Alicia Keys slides into the 12th spot by headlining the Global Citizens Festival that brings awareness for poverty. In addition to her continuous efforts to combat HIV/AIDS with her Keep A Child Alive non-profit.

Photo Credit: The Washingtonian

Photo Credit: The Washingtonian

It’s not Scandalous that Kerry Washington makes the list with her work helping to keep arts education alive in impoverished neighborhoods. She serves on President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and had major fun with FLOTUS Michelle and kiddos at the White House this past summer.

Photo Credit: The Idolator

Photo Credit: The Idolator

And the number 3 spot goes to Queen Bey for her #BeyGood charitable campaign that partnered with Goodwill in donating clothes and other gently used items to help low-income workers land on their feet. And do we really need to mention how she slayed the stage for the charity concert Chime for Change in London this past summer? Nope, didn’t think so.

An honorable mention for her better half Jay Z (he’s not on the list) for earning over $1 million dollars for his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation from his holiday clothing collection at Barney’s. Considering the controversy, that’s pretty impressive, Mr. Carter.

To see the full list click here.

Kudos to all the givers of 2013, Please continue your generosity in 2014.

Barneys Releases the Shawn (Jay Z) Carter Holiday Collection

So, if you haven’t already heard Jay Z has decided to stick with Barneys, despite the uproar over racial allegations in the upscale boutique. Wanna see my surprise face?

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But, the rap mogul added one condition to the deal: He will serve on a “council” that will put him in a leadership role to discuss racial profiling. Hmph. Okay, the details are pretty vague, but we’ll see what will come of it. Jay also managed to wrangle an increase (originally 25%) of 75% of sales for his Sean Carter Foundation, along with 100% of sales from the collabo to the Foundation that grants underprivileged kids a college education.

As nasty as this debacle got, and it’s  still getting heated, we should give props to Jigga for making his charity a priority, which was the main impetus for the deal.

And for those who have $800 baseball caps and $33,000 watches on their Christmas list, take a peek below. Santa may be good to you. Well, you would have to be nearly a saint to get everything on that wishlist.  Santa, baby…

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BTW, the Barneys release party may have been canceled, but it didn’t stop Jay and Bey from visiting the luxe store to take a peek at the collection . Baddie Bey even held an impromptu photo shoot to support her hubby’s collection, well I guess we know what are her favorite things from hubby’s line.

Photo credit: Beyonce IG

Photo credit: Beyonce IG

Photo credit: Beyonce IG

Photo credit: Beyonce IG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyonce Paints Nails for Breast Cancer Awareness & Former 106 & Park VJ Hosts Cancer Free Walk

Happy October, Everyone!! It’s the season for orange and brown leaves decorating sidewalks and crisp breezes…SIKE!! It may be Fall but I think Mother Nature missed the memo because I’m writing this in 83 degree weather while wearing a tank top. If this Autumn weather is wrong, please mama nature don’t get it right.

Anywho, what has officially started is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And it has greater meaning for me this year because my Aunt had lumpectomy surgery last month. A huge scare for our whole family, but proves how tantamount it is to get regular mammograms and self exams. Sorry for preaching, but it’s necessary ladies. Please take note.

Photo credit: Beyonce Instagram

Photo credit: Beyonce Instagram

So to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, Queen  King Bey aka Beyoncé wants us girls to paint our nails. Not all of them. Come on, you know Beyoncé comes harder than that. She urges us to paint our pinky pink. Beyoncé is supporting Nails Inc. of London’s customized pinkie pink color to raise £50,000 ($81,000 US dollars) for UK’s largest breast cancer research foundation. To purchase pinkie pink click here.

Meanwhile…

 

Photo Credit: ACS website

    Photo Credit: ACS website

 

 

Photo Credit: ACS website

Photo Credit: ACS website

Remember former 106 & Park VJ Free? Well, she’s taking Breast Cancer Awareness a step further. Literally. Free has organized a  team for a cancer free walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event (whew, that was a mouthful) this Sunday.

Free writes on the ACS’s website that she chose to get involved for personal reasons.

My reason for walking in the Making Strides event is personal –just like every other walker’s story. We all walk because we’ve been affected by breast cancer in some way, and because the Making Strides event gives us the power to make a difference and fight back.

The Making Strides walk will be held this Sunday in Boston. To join Free’s team or donate to the cause click here.

 

 

Trayvon Martin’s Memory Marches On & Obama’s Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict

So, around this time last week I and millions of others had their eyes glued to their TV sets, anxiously waiting for the verdict in the Zimmerman trial to be announced. Once the “not guilty” verdict escaped the judge’s lips it was like a big stone thrown into a pond that reverberated around the world. One week later, people in support of the Martin family marched for Trayvon’s memory and shouted for justice. This afternoon, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized synchronized protests in 100 US cities.

Trayvon’s mom Sybrina Fulton decked out in a ” The Trayvon Martin Foundation” T-shirt, attended the rally in New York City that attracted hundreds of protesters. She stood alongside Al Sharpton and adamantly denounced critics painting her son as a menacing thug.

He was a child. Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s dad, sporting a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face and ‘I love you’ message at the bottom, attended a vigil in Miami and echoed Sybrina’s words.

I’d like the world to know that Trayvon was my son. He was a loved child. He did nothing wrong and we’re not going to let them persecute him the way that they have.

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped by the rally in New York to show their support.

Many celebs are doing more than standing shoulder to shoulder with the Martin family in this tragedy, but have vowed to withhold their entertaining talents in states that have Stand Your Ground Laws. So far on the list are music icon Stevie Wonder and gospel soul singers Mary Mary.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling more names will be added.

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In light of the anger and emotion behind the verdict, Obama addressed the issue at a surprise press briefing Friday, in which he said Trayvon could have been him 30 years ago. Check the full video below for his thoughts on race in this country.

 

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