If You Blinked Woman Crush | Lupita’s Homecoming

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Lupita Nyong’o made the sojourn to her homeland of Kenya this week. All in the name of preserving the real-life “Dumbo’s” of her country from poaching. The Academy-Award winner was named the global ambassador for the Wild Aid org that protects against endangered animals.

Elephants (sadly) are on that list because of their ivory tusks. Poachers kill the gentle giants, illegally I might add, to strip them of their ivory then sell them to the highest bidder.

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Lupita is using her newfound fame to put a stop to elephants extinction, any creative way (the pic above is an #elfiselfie) she can.

During a press conference, Lupita described the time spent studying the animal’s habits and their value. She shared, elephants would likely live 65 to 75 years if not for being poached and their economic networth is set at $1 million tourism dollars.

Hear Lupita’s full press conference statement 

“I learned, currently, an elephant is being poached every 15 minutes. 15 Minutes. Every 15 minutes another dollar is lost. That’s $96 million dollars a day.”

Now that we know the scale of the problem the “12 Years a Slave” star recommends supporting local elephant advocacy orgs that campaign against poaching. And influence govt officials–mainly in Asia and the US where ivory tusks are sold–to do more to protect elephants.

“Join me in putting your love for this beautiful, gentle animal into sustainable action.”

If Lupita’s words don’t convince you maybe the hilarious elephant compilation video below will.

Elephants lives matter, y’all.

GOLDEN CAUSES: Halle Berry, Neyo, Kelly Rowland Hit Post-Oscar Parties to Support Charities

Image Credit: Kimberly Reynolds

Image Credit: Kimberly Reynolds

The envelopes have been opened. The congratulatory champagne uncorked and gowns have been celebrated and widely panned. Award season is officially a wrap. Yayyyyy!!! As happy as I am to see its entrance every year, I’m even more ecstatic to see its exit. Despite the Oscar revelry (more so than ever this year) I can’t help but compare it to a circus in town. Instead of lions, tigers and elephants emerging from their cages to entertain, we’ve got celebs climbing out their limos, some more carelessly than other’s (yes, I’m looking at you J Law), to stand under the Big Top  Big Tent to give us a 360° view of their stylists creations. 

Before you label me a cynic or Debbie-the-downer, I must admit I love award season. I live for award season. My mother and I nearly circle the dates on the calendar in anticipation. And this year was no different. We were both certainly apart of the Lupita Nyong’o ever-growing fan club. And I jumped off my couch when she joined the small ranks of Black women clutching lil Oscar (for those counting she makes 8). She is a shining example of class and grace to young girls around the world. I look forward to her next human condition contribution.

We won’t have to wait long for some celeb’s charitable deeds. Elton John’s 22nd Annual Fundraising Oscar viewing party raised $5.1 million dollars towards HIV/AIDS prevention. The cause attracted the likes of Kelly Rowland, Russell Simmons and Mel. B as attendees.

Kelly Rowland Arriving at Elton John AIDS foundation Oscar night. Image Courtesy of: ejaf.org

Kelly Rowland Arriving at Elton John AIDS foundation Oscar night.
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Elton John alongside Russell Simmons at his AIDS Foundation on Oscar night. Image Courtesy: ejaf.org

Elton John alongside Russell Simmons at his AIDS Foundation on Oscar night.
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Mel B striking a pose at Elton John's AIDS Foundation party Oscar night. Image Courtesy: DailyMail

Mel B striking a pose at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party Oscar night.
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Meanwhile in Beverly Hills, Halle Berry made a rare appearance (where you been hiding, girl?) at the Fame and Philanthropy party that attempted to raise $1 million dollars each to two charities: Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach project that educates African youth on AIDS/HIV and The Community Inspiring Today’s Youth, a LA-based non-profit that guides students on entrepreneurship.

Halle Berry looking super gorg at the Fame & Philanthropy party in Beverly Hills.  Image Courtesy: Daily Mail

Halle Berry looking super gorg at the Fame & Philanthropy party in Beverly Hills.
Image Courtesy: Daily Mail

Neyo cheesin at the Fame & Philanthropy party. Image Credit: Zimbio

Neyo cheesin at the Fame & Philanthropy party.
Image Credit: Zimbio

Neyo performed at the inaugural event and raised awareness for his Compound Foundation.

Fun times, had by all.