Bruno Mars to Donate $1 Million to Flint Water Crisis

Bruno Mars is making a huge donation towards the Flint water crisis!

The singer said at his Detroit show on Aug. 12 that he would be donating $1 million from the concert to aid those affected by Flint. Along with tour promoter Live Nation, the funds will go directly to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,” Bruno said in a statement. “Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.”

It’s so terrible that this crisis continues in Flint even years later, but good that people have still not forgotten about this city and its people. Kudos to Bruno for making this donation to continue to assist them!

 

Rihanna Collabs with Bike Sharing Program Ofo to Give Bikes, Scholarships to Malawi

Rihanna is big on the importance of education, even meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron recently to discuss the subject. Now the singer, collaborating with bike-sharing program Ofo through her own Clara Lionel Foundation, has created a five-year partnership to provide bikes and scholarships to students in Malawi!

The scholarships will help to pay for schooling beyond high school. The bikes will assist on cutting down on the long walks these students, especially the young ladies, have to make just to get to school. Some students, and teachers as well, have already been provided with some bikes to help get to class on time.

As a global ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, Rihanna went to Malawi this year, where advancement in school is very low (only 8% of kids go on to secondary school). So it’s clear that she has a heart for these people, and wants to see them have more opportunities, especially the children. 

In addition to helping Malawi, Ofo is working with the CLF to give scholarships to students in China, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Rihanna’s own native land, Barbados, who have been accepted to colleges in the States.

It’s really cool to me just how much Rihanna has been able to do charity wise since starting the CLF in 2012. Her foundation has done quite a bit specifically in education and healthcare, causes near and dear to her, and I love reading about it. I look forward to what else she and her team contributes to making this world a better place!

George and Amal Clooney Commit To Helping Syrian Refugee Kids Get Their Education

George and Amal Clooney have committed to helping Syrian refugee children get their education in Lebanon!

The couple’s foundation, The Clooney Foundation for Justice , is collaborating with Google and HP to support UNICEF, and the Lebanese ministry of education to open seven “second shift” schools for these kids (afternoon classes). With a collective $3.25 million donation from the three organizations, this project will help to pay for transportation, school supplies, computers, content, curriculum and teacher training for 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students! These classes will be exclusive to Syrian kids to help them not only get up to speed with the other Lebanese children, but also to help them deal with their internal turmoil from their trauma.syrian refugee children

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk — the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that,” George and Amal said in a statement. “That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Currently, over 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. This program will thankfully help a small portion of them, but hopefully more is done to help these children pursue education from other organizations and companies. Kudos to George, Amal and their foundation for lending a hand!

 

Why Kehlani Is A Prime Example of Walking Confidently in Your Purpose

I had no intention on writing this post today, especially because my body is still sore from this show last night, but I had to write it. Inspiration literally strikes everywhere when it comes to this site, and I had to share!

I remember hearing Kehlani‘s song, “You Should Be Here,” for the first time on the radio, and immediately fell in love with this girl. I flocked to get her mixtape of the same title, and found out that this was her second. She was out for a little while, but I could tell this girl was going to rise pretty quickly.

Kehlani has been through so much already in her life before hand, but a lot also since she became the star she is—good, bad and ugly, but, from what I saw, a lot of good. Until her tragic suicide attempt last year stemming ugly rumors and comments surround her relationships with Kyrie Irving and Partynextdoor. Not even going to go into detail about all of that, but she had to have been broken to try to end her life.

Last night, though, seeing this girl for the first time live, I saw a woman who knows who she is and what’s she’s made for, and is walking confidently in it.  Kehlani truly is made for the stage AND SHE KNOWS IT. Beyond just her great vocals and dancing, you could see it in her eyes that she’s living in her purpose. Using her platform, music, and life story, Kehlani is able to make a positive imprint on others. She sang and danced with passion, but also spoke encouragement to her fans. Through whatever processes it took over this past year, she seems to have found her way back up, and is helping others do the same. I truly did watch her in awe. I shudder to imagine if she had really left this world in that way. She’s not just a singer and a dancer or celebrity. She’s a living person, and EVERY living person has a purpose, whether he or she knows it or not.

Watch some of Kehlani’s performances tonight (***Warning: some explicit language***)

One powerful word Kehlani gave towards the end of the show was to give yourself credit for who you are and the things you’re doing (reiterating what I JUST wrote about last week in being proud of yourself), to trust God, and to never doubt yourself.  You can tell now that’s exactly where she is in her own life and career. She probably went through her own times of self doubt and walking around discouraged (and maybe she still does at times), but look at where she is now. She’s walking confidently in who she is and what’s she’s made for, and is using her gift to impact others on a positive tip.

Even though it was just a lit show to many, it was an inspiring moment for me to watch Kehlani. Her performance and words encouraged me to continue to walk in my own purpose with this writing thing of mine. And hell, be a sweet sexy savage myself! Things get tough, and sometimes, I really do want to just settle in and live a life of mediocrity. But God ain’t make me for that! My family and community didn’t build me up for that.

You aren’t made for that either. I’m a firm believer that we aren’t meant to be average people. We settle into mediocrity at times, but that’s not what we were made for. Once you find your purpose, that thing that sets your soul on fire that you couldn’t stop doing even if you tried, you have to walk confidently in that direction. It could literally be anything. And, who knows, that gift may just help somebody else along the way.

Whatever it is, go after it wholeheartedly, no matter what comes your way. If you stumble or fall, dust yourself off, and keep going! 

Imperfectly,

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Words of Wisdom: “Curate Your Own Life”-Lady Gaga

Back in 2015, Lady Gaga spoke to students at Yale at the Emotion Revolution Summit. While vulnerably opening up about her own depression in the midst of her success, and how she now chooses to look after her own well-being and “curate her own life,” rather than just following what other people think.

Watch Gaga speak below!

It was a powerful video to watch because, for one, Gaga has overcome a lot in her life, so to watch her speak about all of this was great. Two, so often, we let other people’s opinions sway us into doing things we really don’t want to do, especially the youth. I know I did when I was younger! I’m all for accepting advice (from people I actually trust enough to listen to…which is a VERY short list, let me tell you). However, it’s up to each individual to choose what it is that they do or don’t do.

Don’t blindly just follow other people’s opinions out of fear or wanting to go along just to get along or whatever other reason.  If you want to go after that goal, but people in your life don’t think it’s possible, go after it anyway. If you need time away from others to regroup and get your own life back on track, do so. If you want to stay in instead of going out all of the time, do that then. You only get one life, so why waste it by letting other people run it? Curate your own life, and make it the best it can possibly be for YOU.

 

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