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It’s not often that you see someone, especially a celebrity, taking time to give back to a city they’re not even from. But then again, not every celebrity is a member of the legendary Roots crew.
Black Thought, emcee of The Roots and co-founder of GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), joined forces with OkayPlayer and allhiphop.com to raise money for young ladies in Newark, New Jersey. On Saturday night, they held Power Forward, a fundraiser and concert, at Newark Museum. The event, which was attended by various policymakers, business owners and residents of Newark, was hosted by entertainment personality Amanda Seales and there were performances by Malene Younglao, Maya Azucena and Nneka Best. Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia (Thought’s hometown) and The Roots were also confirmed to attend.
Thought, whose real name is Tariq Trotter, explained his reasons for focusing his attention on New Jersey:
“I now live in Jersey, and I am relying local hip-hop artists, community members, leaders, and friends in New Jersey to come together and show that they care about what happens to our women and girls.”
He and fellow co-founder Janice Johnson Dias adopted Georgia King Village in Newark last year as a community of strategic priority and together, they’ve been working hard on educational resources and healthy living choices for the residents. The goal is that GCF will motivate the people of Newark to get fit, especially the children.
While keeping a relatively low profile, GCF is an organization that is geared to helping to preserve the well-being of disadvantaged neighborhoods. They purposely seek out community based organizations that serve women and girls because they believe those groups have “significant potential for creating sustainable change.” In short, women make the world go round!
It’s always good to see people working towards change and not looking to be photographed or necessarily talked about. These are exactly the things we need to talk about. Hopefully, we hear more about GCF and other organizations like it and maybe they will inspire residents of any city or town to do better.
Ahhh, the entertainment industry. The place where the hook-ups, shake-ups, breakups, and makeups are enough to give us pause sometimes. You can never put anything past celebrity hook-ups and we usually don’t think they’ll last but these couple, so far, seem to have some special brews going that make them work. Check it out…
It’s not officially summer until you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some good fun in the sun music. If you’re lucky enough, many of you will find yourselves literally in that summer sun inches away from some of your favorite musical artists hearing some great live music. Maybe you’ll find yourself traveling to Toronto to see Drake’s OVO Fest in July or maybe you’ll catch Beyoncé at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert series on July 1. Either way, it means a day of great music and possibly minor battles with the elements unless you’re prepared. If you want your best memories to be of the performances and not of your frustration, you might want to take along a few of the items below: