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Stevie Wonder And Kai Milla Host Star-Studded All It Takes Hoop-Life Fundraiser

Sep 01, 2016 01:30 pm

Stevie Wonder: Profile

All It Takes held their 4th Annual Hoop-Life star studded charity basketball tournament this past Sunday, hosted by Stevie Wonder, Kai Milla along with their son Kailand Obasi Morris, Youth Ambassador for All It Takes, at USC’s Galen Center.

The annual youth basketball tournament was MC’d by actor/comedian Affion Crockett with featured guests such as retired NBA pro’s John Salley, Cuttino Mobley, Mitch Richmond; actors Quinton Aaron, Dale Godboldo, Benjamin Onyango, Brely Evans, Kelly Perine, Paige Hurd, a fun half-time exchange between Black-ish actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and Stevie Wonder, followed by a surprise performance by Stevie Wonder with featured guest from R&B/Soul songstress Goapele and an inspiring presentation by acclaimed actress Shailene Woodley.

The unique fan-favorite tournament remains one of AIT’s most anticipated events, talented athletes were coached by Pro-Players during a four-team basketball tournament. From beginning to end, guests experienced a fun-filled family day with music by DJ Mal-ski, giveaways, and half time performances by Empire actress/singer V. Bozeman and dance phenomena WillldaBeast Adams’ ImmaBeast Dance Crew. Shailene Woodley presented the All It Takes Hoop-Life Inspiration Award to Pop Rock Band, R5, and 7 extraordinary youth who have made life-changing contributions since participating in All It Takes programs. This year, AIT is set to serve over 6,000 youth with over 60% from underserved populations.

All It Takes (AIT), co-founded in 2010 by Lori and Shailene Woodley, is a non-profit organization created to teach youth at a critical life stage to practice honor, acceptance, compassion and respect such that they become the solution to many of the risk factors they face. “Our youth are our future and they deserve to be safe and free to pursue any and all dreams they have. It is our job to set them up to do this for them while looking out for others and our planet. All It Takes teaches our youth to ‘look out for each other rather than go after each other.’ When this happens love and inclusion grows, and our schools and communities are safer and more connected.” says founder Lori Woodley.

Partners: Stevie Wonder and Kai Milla, Iris and Michael Smith, Global Green, WG&S, Torches Design Studio, HeilBrice and ProTrending.

 

Stars Wish ASPCA A Happy 150th Birthday

Sep 01, 2016 12:30 pm
A bunch of stars have sent the ASPCA 150th birthday greetings.

Video: Happy 150th Birthday ASPCA

The celebrities – including Cindy Crawford, Alec Baldwin, Christian Siriano, Jason Schwartzman, Irina Shayk, Lance Bass, Jennifer Coolidge, Martha Stewart, Edie Falco, and many more – have sent videos to the organization in recognition of the milestone.

As part of the ASPCA’s 150th birthday, the organization is running the 150 Days of Rescue campaign, a nationwide initiative in which animal lovers are encouraged to visitwww.ASPCA150.org and pledge their time to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days (the 150 Days began on April 10 and ends soon on September 7).

Ways to participate include volunteering at a local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, etc. Animal lovers who log their good deed are given the opportunity to nominate their favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!

Find out more here.

 

Joe Biden Joins Line Up For Social Good Summit

Sep 01, 2016 10:30 am

Joe Biden: Profile

The annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world, today announced a slate of new speakers headlined by a talk from Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.

Vice President Biden will deliver remarks on the importance of global collaboration in the fight against cancer, in conjunction with his efforts leading the White House Cancer Moonshot, which was established earlier this year at the President’s State of the Union address.

The Vice President joins the Social Good Summit this year alongside a unique mix of speakers who will share their visions for the future including Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives and Ambassador Samantha Power.

The Summit is an annual event that takes place as world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the Social Good Summit to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world.

This year’s theme – #2030NOW: Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow – challenges speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology, digital media and collaboration across borders can be leveraged to address the world’s most important and longstanding issues, benefiting people everywhere and helping to build a better future for all.

Last year, the Social Good Summit in New York connected people throughout the world with live streams in seven different languages, and in-person or online meetings organized by people in their own communities in over 100 countries. Connected through video and social media, Summit events used the common hashtag #2030Now to share innovative ideas for the future of our world, generating 1.6 billion impressions.

The goal of the Social Good Summit is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week.

For more information on the Social Good Summit go to SocialGoodSummit.com.

 

Moby Teams Up With ADI To Back The Macaque

Sep 01, 2016 09:00 am

Moby: Profile

Ahead of International Primate Day on September 1st 2016,Moby has teamed up with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to help the Barbary macaque, Europe’s only native primate species.

Greater protection is being sought for the endangered primate to save the species from illegal traders who tout individuals as pets and photo props.

Moby said: “I refuse to stand by and do nothing as these endangered monkeys are snatched from the wild and their families for photo props and the pet trade. Barbary macaques need our urgent help and I hope governments will join ADI and ‘back the macaque’ and grant them the greater protection they need”.

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “The illegal trade is pushing Barbary macaques to the brink and action must be taken before it is too late. Like so many wild animals, these little monkeys are paying the price for unscrupulous traders bartering with their lives.”

Once widespread throughout Northern Africa, Barbary macaques now have only isolated populations in the mountains of Algeria and Morocco, as well as Gibraltar where the monkeys were introduced. The only primates native to Europe, the Barbary macaque’s overall population has plummeted 50% over three generations (24 years), with numbers crashing to as low as 6,500 individuals. In the central Middle Atlas region of Morocco, the global stronghold of the species, average population density has declined by a shocking 50-80% over the last 30 years.

Highly intelligent, emotional and sensitive, Barbary macaques live up to 22 years of age, in social groups comprising as many as 80 individuals, with males playing a primary role in caring for their young. They prefer high altitude cedar forests, but can also be found in oak forests, coastal scrub, and rocky slopes, feeding on fruits, tree leaves, and plants.

Despite their endangered status under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Barbary macaques are often taken illegally from the wild for the pet trade or to be used as photo props for tourists. Barbary macaques are in fact the most seized CITES mammal in the EU, accounting for 25% of official seizures of live mammals.

ADI is supporting a proposal to grant Barbary macaques CITES Appendix I status, the highest level of protection, at next month’s Johannesburg meeting of the 182 CITESmember countries. Members of the public are urged to support the campaign for the monkeys by sharing the news on social media, go to the ADI website to take action and they can ask their MP to call on the government to back the proposal to give our only European monkey the most protected status.

Having campaigned for over 20 years to educate the public about the use of primates for entertainment, research, and as pets, exposing the huge numbers of animals taken from the wild each year and the suffering of the animals during captivity and transport, the plight of the Barbary macaque is a cause close to ADI’s heart.

Last year, ADI rescued more than 30 illegally traded monkeys in Peru during an 18-month mission against wildlife trafficking and to enforce a ban on wild animals in circuses. Over 100 animals were saved during the operation. Having nursed the monkeys back to health, ADI relocated new family groups from six different primate species to sanctuaries in their native Amazon habitats where ADI continues to fund their care for life.

ADI previously rescued two Hamadryas baboons – one from a Bolivian circus and the other from the pet trade in Cyprus. They now live happily together at the Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary in the UK, where ADI funds their care for life, along with three macaques born at the notorious and now closed Israeli monkey breeder Mazor Farm. Born to wild-caught parents, Baloo, Betty and Boo were sold to a European research laboratory and used in neurology experiments. When the monkeys were no longer required, ADI stepped in to save them from being killed.

 

Michelle Obama And Nick Offerman Accelerate America’s Journey To Living Healthy

Sep 01, 2016 07:30 am

Michelle Obama: Profile

Today, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Funny Or Die, and SS+K launched a new video encouraging Americans to be healthy and active starring First Lady Michelle Obama and Comedic Actor Nick Offerman.

The History of Exercise video showcases Nick Offerman humorously engaging in various fitness trends that have shaped the last six decades, with special encouragement from the First Lady and his wife, actress Megan Mullally. The video underscores the fact that while fitness routines may have changed over the years – and that some earlier trends have rightfully not stood the test of time – the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle has remained the same.

“The habits that we’ve been emphasizing the past six years through the Let’s Move! initiative -habits like eating healthy and staying active – are what the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition is all about,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “And when it comes to exercising, the trick is to find an activity that you enjoy. If you can have a little fun with it, like Nick and I did in making this video, then you’ll incorporate physical activity into your life on a regular basis.”

The History of Exercise video will also be featured on the new #0to60 App and mobile-ready website (0to60fitness.org) that was also launched today by the Foundation to celebrate the President’s Council’s 60th Anniversary. These new tools provide Americans with simple and fun physical activity and nutrition tips to jump start healthy habits as well as resources and programs for families, communities, and schools designed to support individuals on their journey to living a healthier lifestyle. The #0to60 App is available for free download from the App Store for all iOS devices. The website can be accessed on any desktop, laptop, or mobile-ready device.

The video, app and website release kicks off the fall activities of the #0to60 Campaign, a national public health initiative to inspire every American to participate in regular physical activity and good nutrition. Through the #0to60 Campaign, the President’s Council and Foundation, along with partners across the country, are focused on providing Americans with the information, resources, and inspiration needed to build a healthier, more productive nation.

“The #0to60 Campaign is about you. It is about making healthier choices – both big and small – every day,” said Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Whether it is adopting a new healthy habit or being more physically active, it’s about starting your journey because the fastest way to living healthy starts right now. We are excited to have First Lady Michelle Obama and Nick Offerman help us kick off #0to60, and we also want to thank our partners who have joined the campaign to help Americans be active and healthy.”

The congressionally chartered Foundation teamed-up with some of the nation’s health and fitness leaders to launch the video and app, including the American Heart Association (AHA), as the lead partner for the video, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), as the expert fitness content provider for the app and supporting partner for the video, and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a supporting partner of the video. SS+K provided the Foundation creative oversite for the development and execution of the #0to60 Campaign and History of Exercise video.

“The Foundation is committed to using innovative partnerships & programs to build on the 60-year legacy of the President’s Council,” said Chris Watts, Executive Director, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “We are excited to work with the creative teams from Funny Or Die & SS+K as well as industry leaders like the American Heart Association, the American Council on Exercise, and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association to inspire the country through the #0to60 Campaign.”

 

Black Eyed Peas Reunite To Launch Appeal To Stop Shootings And Violence

Sep 01, 2016 06:00 am

Black Eyed Peas: Profile

After a five year hiatus, the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to help communities in crisis via a transformation of their 2003 #1 breakthrough hit “Where’s The Love?” into “#WHERESTHELOVE”.

Credited as The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World, the song and accompanying video campaign calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost in Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Ferguson, Orlando, St. Paul, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, and sadly the list goes on.

“The World” in The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World features a wealth of talent joiningwill.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie on “#WHERESTHELOVE” including performers Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Andra Day, The Game, Tori Kelly, V. Boseman, Jessie J, French Montana, Justin Timberlake, DJ Khaled, Usher,Nicole Scherzinger, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and a 40-member children’s choir.

The campaign kicks off with the “#WHERESTHELOVE” music video available exclusively on Apple Music at AppleMusic.com/blackeyedpeas, and song available for download exclusively on iTunes at iTunes.com/blackeyedpeas. After the 24 hour iTunes exclusive global premiere period, the song will be going wide to all digital retailers. The Black Eyed Peas, Interscope Records and iTunes will donate all of their respective proceeds from the purchase of the song in the United States to i.am.angel foundation, a non-profit foundation that is transforming lives through education, inspiration and opportunity created by Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am.

In tandem with the launch of the campaign, the i.am.angel Foundation, and foundation education partner and leading geospatial company Esri revealed a Story Map that maps all U.S. neighborhoods and draws attention to those that are struggling due to low spending on education, high unemployment, high poverty and murder rates.

Esri assembled maps using data from the Sentencing Project, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Association of State Budget Officers, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Esri’s Living Atlas of the World. These maps provide context about communities in crisis, including those plagued by police killing unarmed civilians, civilians killing police officers, and civilians killing each other based upon hate and intolerance around race, gender and religious beliefs. Communities such as: Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; New York City and Sanford/Orlando, Florida are included. The maps are available for any city, town or rural area in the U.S.

will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas, and the i.am.angel Foundation are change agents for communities with the work they do focused on youth and advancing STEM education,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri.

To learn more about the Black Eyed Peas call-to-action campaign and the importance of investing in education to break the cycle of poverty and violence, watch an ATTN: interview with Black Eyed Peas band members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

“ATTN: is thrilled to be working with the Black Eyes Peas to highlight pressing social issues that warrant community activism. Together we will continue to share informative and empowering content on ATTN: to further the message of Where’s The Love?,” commented Matthew Segal, ATTN: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.

The i.am.angel Foundation collaborates with organizations including College Track andFIRST Robotics to offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focused educational programs for K-12 students in underserved communities, including Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and Ferguson, Missouri.

The Black Eyed Peas wish to thank hundreds of concerned citizens who volunteered their time and talent to perform/appear within the video, write and perform the music, film and edit the music video and behind-the-scenes elements, create the communityGIS mapping project, develop social media assets, and provide significant marketing, promotion, legal and non-profit advisory services.

See www.wheresthelove.com for the full list of credits, volunteer contributors and officially aligned charities.