Life Camp INC. Launches The 1st Annual “Gaming 4 Peace” NBA 2K Tournament

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GAMING 4 PEACE IS A CREATIVE RESPONSE, A COMMUNITY GATHERING & A
CALL TO ACTION. Here, gamers, activists, parents, teachers, students, frontline violence
interrupters, organizers, and young people from across the country alike come together to
use gaming to confront violence, mental health, lack of opportunity and investment in
communities of color, and celebrate those working together to find solutions and create
access points to creative pathways. Our mission & objective is to re-imagine gaming,
e-sports & entertainment as a tool for healing, education, anti-violence and therapy, all the
while creating opportunities for the at-risk, low income, system-impacted young people we
serve.

LIFE Camp Inc., a beacon in America’s fight against violence, has revolutionized how
communities confront and heal from trauma since its inception in 2002. Spearheading the
New York City Crisis Management System and launching transformative initiatives like Peace
Week, LIFE Camp Inc. has set a national standard for community-led peace efforts.

Gaming 4 Peace is a day-long symposium that will take place at York College in Queens
as a part of the larger Game Changers Weekend taking place on April 6-7.

Erica Ford, co-founder and CEO of LIFE Camp Inc., shares “I turned to gaming as a platform
for peace because I see its incredible potential to reach and engage young people. Gaming
isn’t just entertainment; it’s a way of life for many, offering us a unique opportunity to weave in messages of peace-building and conflict resolution. By embedding these crucial skills and values into games, we can guide our youth towards empathy, cooperation, and a deeper understanding of community harmony. It’s about connecting with them in their world, through the games they love, to steer them towards a more peaceful path.”

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Future’s Freewishes Foundation Starts S.T.E.A.M Programming for Students

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The foundation has started programming for marginalized students interested in S.T.E.A.M 

Last year, Grammy award-winning entertainer Future and his Freewishes Foundation opened a sleek S.T.E.A.M lab in Atlanta. The lab was just the beginning of the foundation’s  S.T.E.A.M initiative.  At the time, Future stated, “It’s important that all students receive access to S.T.E.A.M education regardless of their background.”

The goal of the Freewishes Foundation is to eradicate the educational gap in tech and science amongst marginalized communities and extend the opportunity for all students to excel in S.T.E.A.M through quality education.

Freewishes has started programming for students in S.T.E.A.M. through a groundbreaking collaboration with Intel.  The collaboration is entitled Intel Future Skills Day.  It was held on  February 26th and February  28th at the Freewishes S.T.E.A.M lab at  Bessie Branham Recreation Center in Kirkwood, where Future grew up.  It is the beginning of more programming for students interested in S.T.E.A.M education. Atlanta students interested in upcoming workshops and programming are encouraged to go to Freewishes.org. 

As a company, Intel’s goal is to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person.  In 2016, they made the Intel® Future Skills platform to ensure that the next generation can access the framework needed for a lifetime of problem-solving and discovery through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning.

Tia Wilburn, Executive Director of Freewishes, is delighted about the collaboration and how this program will impact students throughout Atlanta.

“We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Intel to further one of our main objectives of S.T.E.A.M education. Our overall objective is to encourage students to become innovators by emphasizing students’ expressions and creativity when solving technical or science-related problems. We want our students to be more than just consumers and assemblers of technology. We want them to be devisers, catalysts for change, and the driving force behind innovation” – Tia Wilburn (Co-founder/Executive Director of FreeWishes Foundation).

Uriah Horne of the Atlanta Network of Intel African Ancestry (NIA) Co-Chair stated the following.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the esteemed FreeWishes Foundation.  Together, we unite our forces to inspire and empower local Atlanta youth through our innovative S.T.E.A.M. project. Intel Future Skills Day represents a pivotal moment for us as we come together to spark curiosity, creativity, and a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics among the young minds in our community. We are excited to further lay the foundation for a future where every child can access the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive in the digital age. Intel is proud to be at the forefront of this transformative journey. We eagerly anticipate the positive impact this collaboration will have, not just on the participants, but on the broader community, as we aspire to light the spark of possibility in the hearts and minds of the next generation.” -Uriah Horne

Kristade Swain (Atlanta Network of Intel African Ancestry (NIA) Co-Chair said,  “We launched this S.T.E.A.M workshop day with the FreeWishes Foundation specifically for students across metro Atlanta as a way to equip them with the vital digital skills needed and to guarantee equitable access to technological opportunities within our community. We strive to emphasize the importance of representation within the tech industry. Who better to spearhead this movement towards greater inclusivity in tech than those who exemplify the richness of diversity we strive to see? Through this initiative, we’re not just teaching skills but hoping to inspire a new generation to see themselves as integral parts of the technological landscape.”   –

The Freewishes Foundation looks forward to creating more programming with Intel as a resource to prepare the future generation in S.T.E.A.M.

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Princess Love and Ray J File for Divorce for a Fourth Time

Princess Love and Ray J File for Divorce for a Fourth Time

Princess Love and Ray J may finally be done….or are they? Monday marks the couple’s fourth divorce attempt as records show that Love filed for divorce Monday in L.A. County.

Love also shared a lengthy statement with her Instagram followers:

Dear friends and family,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of our decision to divorce.

After much reflection, discussion, and counseling, we have come to the difficult realization that our paths have diverged, and it is in the best interest of both of us to part ways.

We want to reassure you that this decision was made thoughtfully and with mutual respect and consideration for each other’s well-being. While our relationship as spouses may be coming to an end, we remain committed to co-parenting our children and maintaining a positive and supportive family dynamic.

We ask for your understanding, support, and respect for our privacy during this challenging time. We are grateful for the love and friendship we have received from each of you throughout our marriage, and we hope to continue nurturing those relationships in the future.

Though this chapter of our lives may be closing, we look forward to embracing the opportunities for growth, healing, and new beginnings that lie ahead. We are confident that with time, understanding, and the support of our loved ones, we will navigate this transition with grace and resilience.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

While most divorce filings are final, that has historically not been the case for this couple. Records show that Ray J filed for divorce in the spring of 2020 only to withdraw, Love filed in the fall of 2020 only to withdraw, and Ray J filed in 2021, once again only to withdraw.

The couple was married in 2016 and have two children: a daughter, Melody Love, and a son, Epik Ray.

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NIKE Marks Milestone Fourth Year of Black Community Commitment

NIKE Marks Milestone Fourth Year of Black Community Commitment

NIKE, Inc. marked a significant milestone this week as it commemorated the fourth year of its Black Community Commitment (BCC), a decade-long, $140 million investment to advance racial equity and combat systemic racism. The company, including Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand, initially announced the BCC in June 2020, reaffirming its longstanding dedication to supporting the Black community and nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the fight for racial equity.

To celebrate the impactful work of BCC’s grantee organizations, NIKE, Inc. hosted a series of events as part of its “Path to Progress” programming in Washington, D.C. The programming included panel discussions featuring Nike leaders and BCC grantees, a special National Museum of African American History and Culture tour, and a marquee conversation among Nike leaders, athletes, and grantee leaders held at the Anacostia Arts Center.

The event’s highlight was unveiling the Nike Social & Community Impact Grantmaking Guide, an open-source playbook designed to empower other companies and funders to engage in community-centered grantmaking rooted in respect and trust. The guide offers insights into Nike’s approach to grantee selection, onboarding, investment management, and transition, emphasizing the importance of collaborative relationship-building in creating systemic change.

Vanessa Garcia-Brito, VP and Chief Social & Community Impact Officer at NIKE, Inc., underscored the pivotal role of authentic relationships in the BCC’s success over the past four years.

“We focused on supporting our grantees in ways that allowed them the space to drive impact where they and the communities they serve needed it most,” Garcia-Brito says. “This philosophy of participatory philanthropy — which leads with collaborative and community-centered giving — has been critical to the success of the BCC and is now central to how we support community organizations overall.”

Through the BCC, NIKE, Inc. has already committed $8.6 million in fiscal year 2024 to support national and local organizations across seven key U.S. cities. Looking ahead, the company remains dedicated to advancing social justice through sport at the local level, believing that increased sports participation can foster inclusive communities and drive progress in all aspects of life.

“I’m proud of the work and commitment Nike has made these past four years,” says John Donahoe, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc. “But without the passion, dedication and hard work of our more than 125 grantees, our investments simply would not drive the impact we jointly aspire to have.”

Over the next six years, Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand will continue supporting Black-led organizations focused on economic justice, education, social justice, and narrative change through the BCC, furthering NIKE, Inc.’s commitment to fostering racial equity and empowerment in communities nationwide.

Learn about the FY24 BCC Grantees here and see images from the event in D.C. below.

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Today In Black History: Civil Rights Icon Malcolm X Is Assassinated 59 Years Ago

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59 years ago today, February 21, 1965, the civil rights activist and leader, Malcolm X, was murdered at 39 years of age. Three men from the Nation of Islam, Thomas Hagan, Norman Butler and Thomas Johnson, were all charged with the Malcolm’s death, yet only Hagan confessed while the other two maintained their innocence. He was killed as he began speaking during the Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem right in front of his wife and children.

Just one week prior to his assassination, attackers threw Molotov cocktails into his home in East Elmhurst, Queens and started a fire. He made a statement to the New York Daily News at the time of the attack:

“It could have been done by any one of many. I’m not surprised that it was done. It doesn’t frighten me…it doesn’t quiet me down in any way or shut me up.”

He received several death threats from the Nation of Islam, yet there are theories that there was more to his murder since it was known that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had ordered close surveillance watching Malcolm’s every move for quite some time.

As we commemorate the death of the influential leader Malcolm X, during this Black History Month, let us not forget what great strides have been taken and must continue to be made for the freedom of Black people in America.

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Machine Gun Kelly Gets Blackout Tattoo Over Upper Half of His Body

Machine Gun Kelly Gets Blackout Tattoo Over Upper Half of His Body

Machine Gun Kelly has always been known for his tattoos, but this week, he revealed what might be his most jaw-dropping one yet: a blackout tattoo that covers the vast majority of his upper body including his chest, torso, and arms.

The tattoo, which he shared with his followers on IG on Tuesday, is mostly solid black ink with a few small lines that allow his prior tattoo work to peek through. Two negative space lines up top merge with a vertical black line down the artist’s torso to give the appearance of a cross.

The IG post simply read “For spiritual purposes only” and then tagged his tattoo artist, @roxx__ who also shared another picture of MGK on their account. The tattoo artist appears to specialize in bold, black works that emphasize the use of heavy and dark lines to create stunning visuals.

As of Tuesday evening, all other photos on MGK’s IG account appear to have been deleted.

A before and after is shown below for reference:

Machine Gun Kelly Before and After
Machine Gun Kelly Before and After

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JERMAINE DUPRI AND SO SO DEF RECORDINGS INKS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH CREATE MUSIC GROUP

JERMAINE DUPRI AND SO SO DEF RECORDINGS INKS MULTI YEAR DEAL WITH CREATE MUSIC GROUP

Jermaine Dupri is making moves- and taking his talents with him. This week, So So Def Recordings, Inc. has inked a multi-year deal with Create Music Group. The newly minted partnership will bring the legendary label and all its recordings, publishing, as well as its historic So So Def Recordings back catalog to Create Music Group. In addition, the new collaboration will launch new music and new artists under the direction of Dupri, who will also serve as the new Creative Director for Create Music Group.

Furthermore, Dupri will transition from CEO of So So Def Recordings to Chairman & Founder, and has appointed Bryan Patrick Franklin as the new CEO and Joe Romulus Esq as Head of Legal Business Affairs.  As Creative Director, Dupri’s plans include focusing on expanding the company’s impact on the cross-section between music and culture. Regarding the new deal, the GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and hall of fame songwriter commented, “I have been looking for a home for the entire So So Def brand so I can continue to do what I started.”

“Jermaine has been one of the most successful and impactful forces in music for the last three decades,” said Jonathan Strauss, Founder and CEO of Create Music Group. “We are honored that he and his team have decided to partner with us for both his catalog and future output.”

Fans are the ones who will benefit the most from this new partnership as they plan to roll out tons of new music, while introducing new talent for the world to embrace, ushering in a “new day” at So So Def Recordings.

Established in 2015, Create Music Group is a data-driven media and technology company focused on empowering artists and creators. Named #2 on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growth Companies in America in 2020, its industry-leading platforms enable rights holders, distributors, artists and brands to identify and secure monetization opportunities and build new audiences, specifically on emerging social media platforms such as TikTok.

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Vic Mensa’s 93Boyz, Cast of ‘The Chi’ and The Delta Partner for Feed The Block Initiative in Chicago

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Global recording artist, actor, and community organizer Vic Mensa and 93Boyz and ‘The Delta’ extended their Feed The Block / Warm The Block initiative in Pilsen over the weekend (1.26). The collaborative effort aimed to assist the unhoused community by providing warm meals, toiletries, and cold-weather essentials.

Joining Mensa were cast members from Showtime’s The Chi, including Jason Weaver, Luke James, Jacob Latimore, and Hannaha Hall. The warm meals were generously supplied by a local black-owned restaurant, ‘The Delta.’ The Feed The Block / Warm The Block initiative, initiated by Mensa and Eldridge Williams, owner of ‘The Delta,’ emphasizes resource investment to support underserved and disenfranchised communities, embodying Mensa’s commitment to community service.

“Feed The Block is an initiative we’ve been doing through 93Boyz, my cannabis company, since the onset of winter in Chicago,” Vic Mensa says regarding Friday’s giveback. “The cold months in this city can be brutal, exacerbating the already dire circumstances that thousands of unhoused people face in Chicago every year. By partnering with a local Black-owned restaurant called The Delta, we’ve been able to serve countless meals to those in need as well as provide warm clothing and supplies such as sanitary products, toiletries, etc. A primary pillar of 93Boyz ethos has always been reinvestment into community; Feed The Block is one of our many ways of giving back.”

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[WATCH] ‘Our America: In the Black’ – Bridging the Wealth Gap Through Technology and Financial Wellness

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Raising Awareness of Financial Health and Wellness in the Black Community

In an effort to shed light on the critical issue of financial health and wellness within the Black community, ABC Owned Television Stations are set to premiere a groundbreaking documentary series titled “Our America: In the Black.” This special aims to delve into the challenges faced by individuals and communities of color in achieving economic prosperity and offers insights into leveraging technology to bridge the wealth gap.

The series follows the journey of Darrell Booker, a specialist from Microsoft Philanthropies, as he embarks on a national quest to raise awareness about financial literacy and empowerment. Through engaging narratives and compelling stories, Booker explores how technology can serve as a catalyst for change, offering solutions to mitigate disparities and pave the way for economic mobility and generational wealth creation.

The documentary spotlights the experiences of three individuals, each representing a unique perspective on the journey toward financial empowerment:

1. “Hannah” – Viewers are introduced to Hannah, a young foster care youth in Los Angeles, who harbors dreams of attending Howard University and pursuing a career as a mechanical engineer. Through her story, the documentary highlights the importance of education and opportunity in breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving financial independence. Renowned actress and dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University, Phylicia Rashad, also makes an appearance, emphasizing the role of education in empowering young Black minds.

2. “Angel Mercedes” – From New York, the series showcases the nonprofit organization  RISE, dedicated to educating and empowering the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination and champion social justice. Through the lens of Angel Mercedes, viewers gain insight into the transformative power of community-driven initiatives in fostering social and economic equity.

3. “Meagan Naraine” – The documentary travels to Atlanta to highlight the work of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), which leverages the city’s vibrant ecosystem of Black enterprise and innovation. Meagan Naraine’s story exemplifies the potential of entrepreneurial endeavors in creating pathways to economic empowerment and dismantling systemic barriers to success.

“Our America: In the Black” is set to air on  Hulu’s Black Stories Always hub and across the ABC Owned Television Stations’ streaming and digital platforms, as well as linear television. Viewers can catch the premiere on Saturday, Feb. 3, with subsequent airings scheduled throughout the following weeks. The series aims to spark meaningful conversations about financial health and wellness within the Black community and inspire actionable steps towards building a more inclusive and equitable future.

Air Dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3
    • 12:30 a.m. EST – 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia
    • 3:00 p.m. PST – ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles
    • 8:30 p.m. PST – ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco
    • 11:30 p.m. CST – ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston
    • 10:00 p.m. PST – ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno
  • Sunday, Feb. 4
    • 12:30 a.m. EST – ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham
    • 11:00 p.m. CST – ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago
  • Monday, Feb. 5
    • 8:00 p.m. EST – ABC Localish
  • Saturday, Feb. 10
    • 5:00 a.m. EST – ABC7/WABC-TV New York
  • Monday, Feb. 12
    • 8:00 p.m. EST – ABC Localish

“Our America: In the Black” serves as a testament to the power of storytelling in driving social change and underscores the importance of collective action in addressing systemic inequities. Through these powerful narratives, viewers are invited to join the conversation and take proactive steps towards building a more prosperous and inclusive society for all.

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Chrisean Rock Tattoos Blueface’s Face on Her Face

Chrisean Rock Tattoos Blueface's Face on Her Face

Over the past few years, it is almost impossible to keep up with the relationship status of Blueface and his baby mama Chrisean Rock. While it had appeared that the two were finally over for good, Rock surprised her social media followers as she shared what appears to be a very permanent tribute to her love in the form of a face tattoo of the currently incarcerated rapper.

In a post shared on early Sunday morning, Rock (whose profile picture is currently a photo of Blueface) shared a video montage on her Instagram of the tattoo process from the initial stencil to the finished product with the caption “#freeblueface free my Daddy I love you papa @bluefasebabyy” all while playing Blueface’s hit song “Pop It.” 

The on-again, off-again couple had appeared to finally be over back in December when Rock claimed that Blue had punched her in his driveway. However, just last week, she posted that she had moved back into the “Thotiana” artist’s home.

As for Blueface, while it seemed unlikely that he would have a public comment any time soon as he is currently incarcerated until July for a probation violation, a post from his account also shared Rock’s tattoo process video.

His current relationship with his other baby mama, Jaidyn Alexis, remains unclear.

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