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Megan Thee Stallion’s Foundation Launches Emergency Power Program with Bread of Life Inc.

Megan Thee Stallion’s Foundation Launches Emergency Power Program with Bread of Life Inc.

Today, Megan Thee Stallion’s Pete and Thomas Foundation announced a partnership with Bread of Life Inc. (BOL) to launch an Emergency Power Program. This initiative aims to provide generators to senior citizens across Houston, ensuring they have access to electricity during natural disasters.

The need for reliable backup power has become critical, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, which left millions without power for several days. Thousands still suffer without electricity amid the sweltering heat. Given the increasing frequency of severe weather events, the Pete and Thomas Foundation and BOL established the program to support senior citizens in the short term and provide long-term protection from future emergencies and power outages.

“It’s been painful to watch the elderly population in Houston suffer without electricity during these devastating storms,” said Megan, a Houston native. “That’s why we wanted to partner with Bread of Life to take a strategic approach to this problem and secure generators to help protect our senior citizens. We need to do our part to provide our elders with the best resources possible to withstand future emergencies.”

This collaboration underscores Megan Thee Stallion’s commitment to making a positive impact in her hometown. She established the Pete and Thomas Foundation in February 2022 to uplift and assist women, children, senior citizens, and other underserved communities.

“We want to expand our support of the most vulnerable people in the city, and Hurricane Beryl, the derecho, and other storms have highlighted that our seniors are in dire need of assistance,” said Rudy Rasmus, Executive Director and Founder of Bread of Life, Inc. “Through our partnership with Megan Thee Stallion and her Pete and Thomas Foundation, we hope to provide generators to senior personal care homes this hurricane season. Our goal is to provide generators to our most vulnerable seniors ahead of storms or other events that knock out power so there is no interruption in service.”

For more information about the Emergency Power Program or to support this initiative, visit Bread of Life Inc.

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Anderson .Paak Announces 6th Annual “.Paak House In The Park”

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8x GRAMMY Award-winning producer, songwriter, artist & director, Anderson .Paak announces the return of his .Paak House in the Park, in partnership with his non-profit Brandon Anderson Foundation, on October 26th.

The 6th annual iteration of the event, .Paak House Festival returns to Ventura County this year bringing together the region’s finest artists, performers, bands, chefs, corporate partners, and community organizations. Last year’s sold-out event brought in an audience of over 10K attendees, with performances by Mario, Smokey Robinson, Ron Isley, and of course Anderson .Paak.

The Brandon Anderson Foundation is a unique 501c3 non-profit organization that believes any person has the ability to tap into their greatest potential with the right exposure. We aim to support and create initiatives that uplift, engage and support the community through access to the arts, supplemental education and unique experiences to expand the imagination.

With the first initiative, .Paak House, the foundation seeks to create a “safe-haven” for the next generation, while cultivating alliances with like-minded non-profit organizations to generate a greater impact — TOGETHER. This safe-haven is generated through community outreach, sponsored events, summer programs, & after-school programs, all leading to establishing an actual .Paak House building, in an impacted community.

More info to come regarding tickets and performances – stay up to date by visiting https://paakhouse.org/.

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Mustard Produced “Not Like Us” in 30 Minutes and Says He First Heard Song With Everyone Else 

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Mustard just revealed details about his involvement in Kendrick Lamar’s diss track “Not Like Us,” which unless you were under a rock, targeted Drake during the biggest rap beef the game has seen in years. Mustard, known for his distinctive production tag, clarified in an interview with Billboard that he did not sample Nas’ “Ether” for the track, despite fan speculation. “I definitely saw someone say that,” he noted.

Now get this, Mustard shared that he first heard the completed song along with the public. “I never heard it before. I wasn’t in the studio with him,” he explained. Reflecting on his creative process, he said, “When I was making it, in the back of my head, I was thinking, ‘What would Dr. Dre do if Lil Jon was in the studio and they were collabing on a beat?’” What ya’ll think? Cap or nah?

Mustard added, “It took me approximately 30 minutes to make that beat, and I didn’t know he was going to gas that beat like that.”

Here’s what’s next for Mustard. In addition to his work on “Not Like Us,” Mustard is gearing up to release his fourth studio album, *Faith of a Mustard Seed*, set to drop on July 26. The album will feature the track “Parking Lot” with Travis Scott, who recently previewed a snippet. Scott raps, “I’m high as a motherf**kin’ Scott, the rock/ I give her good d**k, the type it’s hard to stop/ The mashup sound make the artist drop.” This song will be released on June 21.

Mustard’s previous album, *Perfect Ten*, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and included collaborations with artists like Young Thug, Ty Dolla Sign, Ella Mai, Playboi Carti, and the late Nipsey Hussle. The album produced popular tracks such as “Pure Water” and “On GOD.”

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Nipsey Hussle Business Grant: The Marathon x Earn Your Leisure Announce $100,000 Invest Fest Pitch Competition

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Invest Fest returns with a bang! This year, brace yourselves for the inaugural Nipsey Hussle Business Grant: $100,000 Invest Fest Pitch Competition. Along the journey, they have encountered remarkable entrepreneurs charting their course with unwavering purpose and commitment to excellence. Now, through their partnership with Microsoft and The Marathon were primed to award $100,000 to one outstanding entrepreneur to fuel their business ambitions. The top four finalists will grace the Invest Fest 2024 main stage to compete for the grand prize.

The Neighborhood Nip Foundation was created in 2019 with a mission to extend Nipsey Hussle’s legacy and mission to inspire the community through initiatives that will benefit underprivileged youth. Most recently the foundation was an official charity partner for the 2024 LA Marathon with over 65 participants finishing the 26.2 miles marathon. All funds raised went towards the rebirth of the Nipsey Hussle Plaza, home to the headquarters of The Neighborhood Nip Foundation, located at 3420 W. Slauson Ave., the original location of The Marathon Store in Los Angeles, CA.

Following Hussle’s passion for creating a program that aids and encourages youth to reach their highest potential, the renovated site will serve as a massive community center for elementary through high school level students. Led by staff members of the foundation and additional volunteers from the community, programming will range from academic studies to music and studio-specific access. Additionally, the plaza will offer exclusive access to The Marathon Store, which will not be open to the public, as well as free haircuts at Steve’s Barbershop named after Hussle’s childhood friend & business partner, Stephen “Fatts” Donaldson. Hussle’s estate plans to open the doors of The Neighborhood Nip Foundation in 2024.

All applications will be reviewed after the posted deadline. Successful applicants will be notified via email by August 16th, 2024.

Notification is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth herein. Link to the rules of the competition here

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[WATCH] Lil Durk Says It’s His “Number One Goal” To End Gun Violence In Chicago

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In a recent interview with the Big Facts Podcast, Chicago rap star Lil Durk said he supports ending gun violence in his hometown.

Big Facts co-host Big Bank asked him what he would do if he could “clean the streets of Chicago up” and Durk responded, “That’s the number one goal, to stop it,” he said. “But, the number one priority for us in the streets and politician-wise, is to stop the violence and slow it down as much as possible. It starts with everybody just coming together.”

The “All My Life” rapper admits that the task is easier said than done.,

“But, like I said, it’s hard because you probably got him other here thinking he that, but his young n****s don’t even respect him,” Durk said. “So, even if he be like, ‘Come on. Let’s come together.’ They’d look at him like, ‘Get the fuck on.’”

Earlier this year, Durk announced on social media that he would be organizing his Smurkchella concert, which would be aimed at combating gun violence.

“I’ma do a Smurkchella next year at the bears stadium in Chicago,” he wrote. “it’s gone be a stop the violence event and we gone split half the money with different non profits from big to small. I need help I need every artist who locked in with me to help save these kids.”

He then tagged his own non-profit organization and added, “@neighborhoodheroesfoundation will help put it together let’s go this my way of giving back without saying it to look cool.”

Lil Durk launched his Neighborhood Heroes non-profit organization in 2020 and has been steadily giving back to his community in the years that followed.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJi4hdQVBCA

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[WATCH] Fat Joe Awarded Honorary Doctorate From Lehman College

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With so many high school and college graduates walking across the stage this May/June, however, one graduate that Hip Hop cannot overlook is Fat Joe, who was recently awarded a honorary doctorate degree from Lehman College in the Bronx.

Yesterday(May 30), Dr. Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, which is the standard certification for celebs with outstanding philanthropic contributions to society.

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Joe took to the podium to share the secrets of success with the graduates, magnifying the fact that age should not be a deterrent.

Congrats to Fat Joe on his scholarly accomplishment, proving that anyone can improve their life through education.

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‘Dear Fathers’ Podcast Goes To Houston With First Live Episode Featuring Icon Master P

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Dear Fathers, a leading hub at the intersection of fatherhood and culture, is excited to announce the expansion of their popular celebrity fatherhood podcast with their first live episode. This momentous event will feature Hip Hop mogul and entrepreneur Master P and his son Mercy Miller. The special episode will take place in Downtown Houston on June 3, 2024.

The Dear Fathers Podcast serves as a safe space for Black men to have authentic conversations about navigating the complexities of fatherhood. With over 5 million social media impressions monthly, the platform has become a vital resource for Black fathers seeking community and support.

This live event offers a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with other fathers as they explore themes of fatherhood, manhood, mental health, generational wealth, and more. Master P and Mercy’s participation will allow Dear Fathers to provide their engaging and relatable content to a broader audience.

Previous notable interviews on the Dear Fathers Podcast include NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal, Rapper Pusha T, NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, Comedian Cedric the Entertainer, Actor Kel Mitchell, Comedian Chico Bean, Actor Isaiah John, and many more!

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Metro Boomin, Rung for Women, and Amazon Access Donate $100,000 to St. Louis Nonprofits

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Globally renowned artist and music producer Leland Tyler Wayne, known professionally as Metro Boomin, along with leaders from Rung for Women and Amazon Access, presented checks totaling $100,000 to five local nonprofits yesterday. The funds aim to support these organizations’ ongoing work in improving the lives of women and children in the St. Louis area.

“I’ve seen firsthand the work that goes into being a single mother. Mine was my inspiration and my hero,” said Metro. “It’s very important to me to pay it forward, because I see the same resilience and dedication in the women these organizations work with.” 

The recipients receiving $20,000 include Almost Home, Diamond Diva Empowerment Foundation, The Haven of Grace, The Little Bit Foundation, and Parents as Teachers. These grants will directly aid individual women by reducing debt and covering essential expenses such as childcare, rent, and utilities.

“We are excited to partner with Metro Boomin in his work to lift up single mothers in St. Louis,” said Leslie Gill, President of Rung. “Inspired by the remarkable love he has for his late mother, he is demonstrating a commitment to women and to our community.”

The funds were raised during the Leslie Joanne Soirée holiday event hosted by Metro Boomin at Rung in December and presented by Amazon Access. Additionally, Metro hosted ‘Metro Boomin Night’ during the May 20th Cardinals game, where he played a pre-game outdoor music set and threw the first pitch, contributing to a 6-3 win for the home team. Metro also brought 45 kids from the Sankofa House to join in the celebration and give back.

Fans who purchased a special Theme Ticket received an exclusive Metro Boomin bobblehead. A portion of each ticket sold was donated to Rung for Women, which offers comprehensive support services for women in St. Louis. Rung is acting as a fiduciary agent as Metro establishes his independent nonprofit foundation.

For more information, visit Rung for Women.

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Tee Grizzley Makes Surprise Donation to Detroit’s Coalition of Temporary Shelter for Mother’s Day

Tee Grizzley Makes Surprise Donation to Detroit’s Coalition of Temporary Shelter for Mother's Day

In a heartwarming gesture ahead of Mother’s Day, Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley visited COTS’ Peggy’s Place yesterday, generously covering the security deposits for three families moving out of the emergency shelter. The donation also included funds for these mothers to purchase essential household items for their new homes.

During his visit, Tee Grizzley spent quality time with the families and staff at COTS, engaging in conversations and taking photos. His presence and generosity brought joy and hope to the organization’s supporters.

COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter) is a Detroit-based private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing, and comprehensive support services for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Through strategic partnerships, COTS assists families in achieving their housing, economic, health, education, and career goals, aiming to break the cycle of poverty for future generations.

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COTS is notably the first organization certified in Mobility Mentoring®, an economic mobility coaching approach. This certification enhances their ability to support hundreds of families working towards economic self-sufficiency and creating stable environments for a lasting multi-generational impact.

Tee Grizzley’s contribution provides immediate relief for the three families. It underscores the critical support services that COTS offers to help families transition out of homelessness and towards a more secure and prosperous future. His involvement highlights the importance of community support and the positive impact that such contributions can have on the lives of those in need.

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Happy 91st Birthday The The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan!

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One of the last, real unapologetic voices of Black America that survived the COINTELPRO strategies of the 60s and 70s to become one of the most prolific figures of U.S. history, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, turns 91 years old today.

Born Louis Eugene Walcott in New York in 1933, Minister Farrakhan moved to Boston at a very young age , where he became a very accomplished violinist and later went to Winston-Salem Teachers College on a track scholarship. The Minister married a woman he met in college named Betsy Ross, who later became known as Khadijah Farrakhan. He dropped out of college to take care of his new family and pursued his career as a professional calypso.

When Farrakhan first joined the NOI, he was asked by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad to put aside his musical career as a calypso singer. On April 17, 1993, Farrakhan made his return concert debut with performances of the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn. Farrakhan intimated that his performance of a concerto by a Jewish composer was part of an effort to heal a rift between him and the Jewish community. The New York Times music critic Bernard Holland reported that Farrakhan’s performance was somewhat flawed due to years of neglect, but “nonetheless Mr. Farrakhan’s sound is that of the authentic player. It is wide, deep and full of the energy that makes the violin gleam.”

In July 1955, still known by the name Walcott, the Minister became a registered member of the Nation of Islam and took on the name Louis X, but was soon given the name Farrakhan by Mr. Muhammad, who told all musicians in the NOI they had to choose between music and the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan became the assistant minister at the Muhammad Mosque in Boston under Minister Malcolm X less than a year after becoming a member. Farrakhan was mentored by Malcolm X until he was assassinated in 1965. After Malcolm X’s death, Elijah Muhammad appointed Farrakhan to the two prominent positions that Malcolm held before being dismissed from the NOI.

In an interview with 60 Minutes in 2000, Farrakhan stated that some of the things he said may have led to the assassination of Malcolm X. “I may have been complicit in words that I spoke”, he said. “I acknowledge that and regret that any word that I have said caused the loss of life of a human being.”

After working under the leadership of Elijah’s son, Warith Deen Muhammad, from 1975 to 1978, Farrakhan founded a weekly newspaper entitled The Final Call, which was intended to be similar to the original Muhammad Speaks newspaper that Malcolm X claimed to have started. Farrakhan criticized Warith Deen for allegedly deviating from the teachings of his father, giving some white people X’s and he extended efforts at inter-religious cooperation and outreach to Christians and Jews.

From the early 80s until the present, the Minister is still one of the most prominent voices of reason and justice in the Black community in America. Farrakhan is named dropped by several Hip Hop giants including Public Enemy, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Gangstarr, Common, Flaor Unit’s Lakim Shabazz and numerous others. The Minister has also been known as the go-to elder to resolve a number of beefs in the Hip Hop community including the beefs between Wreckz-N-Effect and A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Ice Cube, and was even called to mediate the beef between Ja Rule and 50 Cent, but was unsuccessful in the latter.

The Minister will continued to be celebrated by the Hip Hop community and The Source Magazine/Northstar Group would like to wish the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan a happy born day today and wish him many more hereafter!

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