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Kodak Black Honors and Donates Big To Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Kodak shows his generous side again and donates to survivors of breast cancer.

On Tuesday, Kodak, whose real name is Bill Kapri, says he wanted these ladies to feel special since some of them are still fighting cancer.

The Florida rapper spent the day honoring the women who battled breast cancer with gifts and celebrated their never ending fight.

Kodak told WPLG, “I know they’ll appreciate it. Show these women they’re queens, they’re strong, and they’re going to get through it. Pray with them, we’re going to get through it together.”

According to NBC Miami, Kapri teamed with local radio host Supa Cindy to hand out wigs, cash, a personal journal and a note from Kodak himself to more than 20 women.

The gesture was well-received by the women in attendance, with many suggesting it encourages them to keep fighting.

Taressa Hall is a three-year breast cancer survivor and says she appreciates the attention survivors and fighters receive during the month of October.

“It makes me continue to fight it encourages me to go through this journey. Continue this journey, and it encourages me to be a witness to other people. We all can survive and we all we get this together.” Hall shared.

Check out a clip from the event below.

Supa Cindy shared on Instagram, “Today was such a BLESSING!! Kodak’s heart is SO HUGE and to help women who are such fighters felt INCREDIBLE.”

The “Before I Go” rapper recently made news for his donation of $20K to the child of a police officer, who died of COVID-19.

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Charlamagne Tha God, Reginae Carter & Romeo Miller Team Up with AT&T to Give Back to HBCU Students

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Urban One and AT&T called on Charlamagne Tha God, Reginae Carter and Romeo Miller to highlight the accomplishments of three HBCU students. The series AT&T Dream In Black: Rising Future Makers” series.

Charlamagne Tha God received his honorary doctorate degree from South Carolina State University after delivering the 2020 commencement speech.

The 3-part weekly series features Raymond Graham of Prairie View A&M University, Joshua Hughes of Howard University and Zoe Mitchell of Florida A&M University. The series runs across TV One and iOne Digital. Although only three will be highlighted during the series, more students are allowed to take advantage of the program as well.

AT&T Director of Marketing & Special Experiences, Angela Burgin speaks on the importance of the program.

“Through this program we get to celebrate 25 outstanding individuals, along with sharing their stories as they endeavor to make a difference in their communities.”

Romeo can attest to this as well. His father is well-renowned music legend and entrepreneur, Master P. The No Limit CEO was adamant about Romeo’s younger brother, Hercy, going to any HBCU for college.

“If you know anything about my family, The Miller Gang, from my pops Master P to my brother Hercy Miller deciding to go to Tennessee State,” said Romeo.

“We’re all about putting that spotlight on HBCUs and their students. It’s only the beginning.”

On the other hand, Reginae Carter helped a FAMU student, Zoe Mitchell, appreciate her melanated skin. While Mitchell grew up in a predominately white neighborhood, she was intentional in attending an HBCU. She became a sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during her freshman year and a FAMU cheerleader. After her cheerleading photo went viral, she realized that every complexion is beautiful.

The program is open for HBCU students to apply. 25 winners will win $5,000 to pursue their dream.

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Urban One and AT&T Charlamagne Tha God

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Jay-Z’s Team Roc Raises $1 Million To Investigate Wrongful Convictions In Kansas City

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According to a report from the Kansas City Star out of Kansas City, Kansas, Team Roc has been going hard at the Kansas City Police Department, claiming abuse of authority, false witness statements, planted evidence and even solicited sexual favors from victims and witnesses.

Team Roc, Jay-Z’s arm of criminal justice reform, have been requesting personnel records and the release of investigative files to support their claims of abuse of power, violation of civil rights and several other allegations of police corruption.

Team Roc also made a $1million donation to support the Midwest Innocence Project, the local innocence project that assists to investigate wrongful convictions in Wyandotte County. Tricia Rojo Bushnell, Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, talked about about the million dollar donation, stating, “It’s a huge investment. The ability to look at these cases … is really going to continue to shine a light on what we need to do to actually provide a just criminal legal system in Wyandotte County.”

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ICYMI: Common Offers Music Production Program At Stateville Correctional Center

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Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois is launching a new music production program for inmates with the help of Grammy Award winning rapper Common.

Chicago native Common’s non-profit organization Imagine Justice, helped to fund the initiative. On Tuesday, a special ceremony was held at the Stateville Correctional Center to unveil the program.

Common shared his excitement of the launch in a statement to Chicago news outlets.

“Coming back home to be a part of this opportunity for the people of Stateville is my honor. I know personally how music can heal and allow the human spirit to be free regardless of your environment. I wanted to offer a world class studio experience to support these residents as they are committed to changing their lives. And this is just the beginning.”

The new state-of-the-art studio that was built at the facility features musical instruments, mixing boards, sound panels and other equipment. The non profit organization is also providing funds for a professional musician to teach the class. According to reports, this program is the first of its kind at IDOC.

There are nine students in the initial class that will last 12 weeks. They will learn about music production, song writing and audio engineering. The individuals who wanted to be considered for the music program had to apply and take part in an interview. Each participant who completes the course will earn time off their sentence at Stateville Correctional Center.

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Common Launches Music Production Program At Stateville Correctional Center

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Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois is launching a new music production program for inmates with the help of Grammy Award winning rapper Common.

Chicago native Common’s non-profit organization Imagine Justice, helped to fund the initiative. On Tuesday, a special ceremony was held at the Stateville Correctional Center to unveil the program.

Common shared his excitement of the launch in a statement to Chicago news outlets.

“Coming back home to be a part of this opportunity for the people of Stateville is my honor. I know personally how music can heal and allow the human spirit to be free regardless of your environment. I wanted to offer a world class studio experience to support these residents as they are committed to changing their lives. And this is just the beginning.”

The new state-of-the-art studio that was built at the facility features musical instruments, mixing boards, sound panels and other equipment. The non profit organization is also providing funds for a professional musician to teach the class. According to reports, this program is the first of its kind at IDOC.

There are nine students in the initial class that will last 12 weeks. They will learn about music production, song writing and audio engineering. The individuals who wanted to be considered for the music program had to apply and take part in an interview. Each participant who completes the course will earn time off their sentence at Stateville Correctional Center.

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Jack Harlow Donates To Civil Rights & Other Organizations In Kentucky

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Jack Harlow is giving back to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, in a major way. People reported Monday that Jack is donating to a number of organizations spanning civil rights and support for domestic violence victims including AMPED, Center for Women and Families, Grace James Academy and more.

In a statement, the “What’s Poppin’” rapper said he wants to provide the right example and shine a light on Louisville. He said it was impossible for him to choose just one organization. They all resonated with the Louisville native.

“It means everything. It’s my foundation. It’s part of my DNA. People joke about how often I reference my home, but it’s a huge part of my identity and I want you to think of Louisville when you think of me,” Harlow shared. “My career feels like a mission that’s bigger than me.”

This isn’t the first time Jack Harlow has given back to his hometown. Earlier this year, he donated new uniforms and softball equipment to a local Special Olympics team in Louisville.

Earlier this summer Harlow, Live Nation, and Rolling Loud announced the Creme De La Creme tour. The tour is set to start on September 8 in Orlando and wrap on November 19.

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Gunna Gives Back To Former Middle School Partners With Goodr To Open Free Grocery and Clothing Store

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McNair Middle School celebrated their grand opening of ‘Gunna’s Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store.’

Former alumnus Gunna surprised students at Ronald McNair Middle School in College Park with a visit and much more. The Grammy-nominated rapper and Goodr founder and CEO Jasmine Crowe partnered up to give back in a major way.

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Gunna at Ronald McNair Middle School

Crowe teamed up with Atlanta native Gunna, a former student of the middle school, to help finance the store. The store also provides clothing and sneakers for free. That was all Gunna’s touch, Crowe said.

According to reports, the store was organized to meet the needs of children affected by the tough times Covid-19 brought. She shared her non profit organization is devoted to stopping food waste and hunger.

“These are things I said I was gonna do when I got in a position to do it so I just gotta follow that,” Gunna shared.

Parents can also place order requests through Goodr’s website, and then their children can pick the items up when they’re at school and bring them home. If they don’t have internet access, parents can register at the school instead.

They hope the association with the “Ski” rapper will help eradicate any shame or stigma that students might associate with taking the free items home. Each student was provided with a reusable grocery bag to use when they are shopping at the store.

“Our hope was that now if you see a kid with that bag, you just don’t know what’s in it, because you got one as well,” Crowe shared.

Crowe said she’d love to open more stores in schools and she’s already brainstorming how to make it happen.

Gunna also gave credit to the amazing work that Goodr does to combat food insecurity.

“This is not just me. It’s me and my team, who always help me and make sure all my giveaways are run right and that everyone gets what they need,” he said.

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Gabrielle Union Details ‘Terrifying’ Racist Incident In Croatia

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As most Black and Brown people have noticed, the “post-racial America” that is touted worldwide doesn’t really exist. In her People Magazine interview, actress Gabrielle Union gave a detailed example of how those same sentiments are common worldwide.

While promoting her new memoir You Got Anything Stronger?, Mrs. Dwayne Wade described a situation in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2019 in her book that showed her the ignorant, international arms of racism.

“I’ve never experienced that level of hatred and the threat of physical violence,” she told People. “It was such a jolt. And the fear and adrenaline of what happened left us all numb.”

“To go through every instance is to take you through every day of my life,” she continued. “There are microaggressions, and there are all-out assaults. That’s what it is to be a person of color in this country. We think we post-racial, but we’re not. And that is beyond disappointing. I don’t think people understand the violence that comes with racism, whether it’s if you’re being chased or you’re having to watch someone wear blackface to collect a paycheck. It’s violent.”

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Tory Lanez Spends $50K At Target On Clothes For Baltimore Children And Single Moms In Need

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This past weekend, Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Tory Lanez dropped by Target in Baltimore, Maryland and spent $50,000 on clothes where he in turn held a giveback event at Steaurt Hill Academy and passed out the merchandise to children and single mothers in need.

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Tory, who has voiced his passion to use his platform as a means to help others, partnered with non-profit organization Diamonds on the Rise where attendees enjoyed an afternoon of moon bouncing, 360 cameras, refreshments and most importantly clothing care packages. 

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Kodak Black Donates $20K to Fort Lauderdale Child

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The “Feelin’ Peachy” rapper always seems to show his big heart, despite the hothead we can see on social media. Kodak Black is donating $20K to the child of a police officer, who succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 virus.

As the pandemic reaches its second wave of cases, states like Florida and California have seen a large increase in COVID cases. The CDC recently made a report, stating that Florida alone has at least 20K COVID-19 cases. Our hearts go out to the families of those affected by COVID-19, including the family of officer Jennifer Sepot.

The For Lauderdale police officer reportedly passed away following complications with the deadly virus, Sepot would leave behind her 2-year-old daughter. Once the story reached the news, Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen shared with TMZ that the rapper felt the desire to step in and help.

“Make sure that kid is straight. Pay for her college fund,” Cohen stated Kodak told him. It is believed that Kodak was moved by the story of Sepot because he also contracted COVID-19 last year.

In a statement issued by the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police, they mention that they are “grateful to everyone who has donated to the Sepot family in memory of Jennifer. Her loss has had an immeasurable and lasting impact on our officers. The generosity by supporters has offered a degree of hope during a time in which support for law enforcement feels to be a waning movement.”

Rest In Peace to officer Jennifer Sepot.

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