Buy Nothing New This Christmas

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On a site that focuses on environmentalism I’m not going to encourage you to be a baller this holiday season. Over-consumption is a major problem in our society, as we learned in “Story Of Stuff” and in the end it doesn’t make people love you more anyway. I will tell you if you buy something this holiday season you should do it as eco-consciously as possible. Or you can just buy nothing!

A few things to remember or try: Continue reading

VIDEO: Do It For The Kids- Nelly Furtado Donates $1 Million To Charity

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“I believe in children, I believe in youth, and I believe in empowering girls…At the end of the day this is about girls empowerment and about sustainability…I’m giving this gift because I was inspired by my visit to Kenya. I left a part of my heart in Kenya and I can’t wait to go back.” -Nelly Furtado

Grammy award-winner and new Free The Children ambassador Nelly Furtado announced at We Day Toronto that she will be donating $1,000,000 to Free The Children to build a second girls secondary school in Kenya. This isn’t just some feel good story for you to sit back and read and think to yourself “Hmm, that’s nice.” Nelly Furtado wants you to get involved. Continue reading

Jay-Z Wants To Invite You To A Carnival If You Have $1,000 Lying Around

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Jay-Z is throwing a carnival themed charity event for his Shawn Carter Foundation on September 29th. The money raised will go to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund to help students pay for higher education. There will be classic carnival rides but don’t expect the usual carnival food. The event will be catered by former pork fanatic chef David Chang’s Momofuku Milk Bar and the eco-conscious restaurant Jay-Z partly owns, Spotted Pig. Here’s your invitation

Also, don’t expect the usual carnival prizes. Reportedly there will be Continue reading

The Nation Of Islam Delivers Purified Water To Haiti

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Photo: MHAVE Minister Edwin Paraison, Ezili Danto

The Nation of Islam has partnered with an organization called the Ezili Danto’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and the Haitian army to donate a 3o,000 gallon-per-day water purification system to aid in Haiti’s recent cholera outbreak. According to Defend Haiti the first of 2 purification units were Continue reading

PHOTOS: Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival/Fundraiser 2011

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All Photos by Madam Toussaint

Here are some photos from the Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival 2011 held at the College Park Community Garden in the Bronx, NY. There was live painting, Japanese Hip Hop dancers, vendors, Hip Hop performances and more. The event was a fundraiser for the victims of Japan recent earthquake with proceeds going to the Japan Society. You can donate and stay informed with Continue reading