*New York, NY – Today, on Giving Tuesday, The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) and The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) announced their partnership to provide support to essential workers, first responders, health care providers, doctors, individuals, families and youth who are navigating stressful situations, learning how to cope with major lifestyle changes, battling mental-health conditions while in isolation, and/or struggling with substance abuse, during this pandemic. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and unity and is an emergency response to the unprecedented need for therapy for mental-health that cause stress/trauma due to COVID-19.
The partnership consists of a Matching Gift campaign to support free access to Mental Health Therapy in response to the COVID-19 crisis. All funds, up to $25,000, raised by TASF on Giving Tuesday will be matched and donated to BLHF. Supporters can text SHAKUR to 44321 to donate.
Immediately after Giving Tuesday, TASF will launch a fundraising campaign for Phase I of the Healing Tank, an ongoing mental-health wellness program that will allow individuals an opportunity to receive services designed to address mental health needs; i.e. depression, anxiety, substance abuse etc. and to help with long-term trauma and triggers caused by COVID-19. The campaign will remain active until Tupac Shakur’s birthday, June 16, 2020. For more information, visit TASF.org.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation recognizes that during this difficult time, affording the cost of mental health services can be a barrier in the African American community. In an effort to aid in providing resources during this pandemic, BLHF launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in their network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to COVID-19 will have the cost for up to five individual sessions defrayed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.
“No one should suffer in silence. Our vision is to change the perception of mental health in the black community. Together, we will make a difference. This is our legacy.” – Taraji P. Henson
“It is my belief that in order to honor our ancestors and ourselves, we must look inwards; identify and interrogate the root causes of our traumas. What we as an organization wish to offer are observable steps to reach these goals and we are happy to partner with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to make a difference within the mental health community. I believe we are worth the effort” – Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur
By joining the Giving Tuesday movement, your gift will provide free emergency virtual therapy sessions with a trained therapist(s) to address specific needs that will help cope with stress and address trauma due to Covid-19. For more information and/or to donate, please visit The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation or The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. To stay updated on additional information regarding TASF, please visit TupacShakurFoundation.org, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Lukevision, Underground Hits, Twelve27 Heads to Speak at ‘ULMII’ Entertainment Conference
*On Saturday, November 7, 2020 between 1-3pmPT at the 21st annual Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference via Zoom video conferencing the heads of two record labels, two management companies and a music producer to speak on the Professional Panel. The conference offers a “Q and A Session” with the panelists, a “professional talent showcase,” and a “national talent competition.” One winner from each category – singer, songwriter, dance or acting – in the competition will be selected by the panel to receive the 2020 ‘ULMII Best Artist” Award and over $15,000 valued in prizes.
Lukevision Enterprises was founded in 2001 by Will Luke and is a management company and record label with a current roster that includes Netherland Hip-Hop/Pop singer/songwriter Odillia (pictured bottom right) and five year-old Los Angeles singing prodigy Lil’ Matick. Odillia is currently promoting her new single “End of the World” featuring rapper Lil’ Keed, a nice club single of eternal love and is produced by Robert Watson (Twelve27 Production). Odillia relocated to Los Angeles from her home in the Netherlands after winning Holland’s “Got Talent” reality competition, and immediately signed with Lukevision. Her single “End of the World” is accompanied by a music video. Lil’ Matick is currently promoting his debut single “I Love Hugs!.” Written by the young singer, “I Love Hugs!” is also accompanied by a music video that is certainly made for kids his age. His father is Will Luke, a 20 year music industry executive from Ohio, now living in Los Angeles. Luke has worked with Snoop Dogg, Jodeci, Nipsey Hussel, Don Omar and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Odillia will perform Saturday, November 7th at the Los Angeles 21st annual “ULMII” Entertainment Conference during the “Professional Talent Showcase” via Zoom between 1-3pmPT.
Underground Hits Production, founded and headed by D. Baldwin (www.UGHIts.com) is a management company, record label and marketing group. Its roster consist of managing R&B singing sensation Eli (pictured bottom left), rapper Y.F.R.S., and Hip-Hop singer, songwriter, rapper and model Gxlden Doll aka Gene$i$ (pictured top). It also includes handling marketing for Motor Sports’ Richard Petty and NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace. The 19 year-old Kansas City native, Gxlden Doll, has garnered four nominations from Kansas City’s “People’s Choice Awards” – “Best Female Vocalist,” “Best Female Rapper,” “Best Make-Up Artist,” and “Best Model.” Both Gxlden Doll and Eli will perform Saturday, November 7th at the Los Angeles “ULMII” Entertainment Conference between 1-3pmPT during the “Professional Talent Showcase” via Zoom.
Will Luke (Lukevision Enterprise), Robert Watson (Twelve27 Productions), and D. Baldwin (Underground Hits Production), are sponsors of the “Professional Talent Showcase.” The three veteran industry executives will serve on the “professional panel” along with Digital Publisher Lee Bailey (www.EURweb.com); Television Personality and Model Melody Trice, host of “The Melody Trice Show” (www.MelodyTrice.com); Consul Paul Gardner, II, founder and general manager of The Gardner Law Group (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); Artist Manager Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, who is also a film producer at Imagination Lunchbox, LLC (www.Anthony-Michael.com); Rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Lukas Rossi, winner of the CBS “Rock Star: Supernova” reality competition (www.LukasRossi.com), and multi-award winning Actor (PBS, DreamWorks)/Filmmaker (One Nation, Naga Pixie) Anthony Michael Hobbs, also founder of the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival” and the “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Filmmaking Workshops for Youth” (www.ImaginationLunchbox.com).
You can log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information, and for Zoom video conferencing access link/number.
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Marsai Martin, Isis King, Tobe Nwigwe & More Join ESSENCE Girls United Summit
*(New York, N.Y.) — ESSENCE Girls United, the premier destination for young Black women leaders and cultural disruptors – announces the first-ever ESSENCE Girls United Summit, sponsored by Ulta Beauty and McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement.
Led by young Black women for young Black women, this impactful summit will convene the next generation of scholars, activists, leaders and creators to empower young Black women on topics that matter to them. The ESSENCE Girls United summit will take place virtually on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. ET on ESSENCE.com and ESSENCE Studios.
Amidst the multigenerational struggle for racial justice, equal rights and social and political change in America today, the summit answers the urgent need to amplify, connect, inspire and empower Black women and girls. In alignment with this year’s International Day of the Girl, the ESSENCE Girls United Summit takes on the United Nation’s 2020 theme for the day: “My voice, our equal future.”
With robust programming, the virtual summit will feature panels, workshops and masterclasses with artists, celebrities, influencers and entrepreneurs about a range of topics, including self-empowerment, self-care, finances, voting, and standing up for LGBTQIA+ rights. The summit will culminate with special evening virtual performances, featuring Tobe Nwigwe, Donmonique, Tina Queen, Cuppy and G.L.A.M.
Distinguished speakers for the summit include:
- Marsai Martin, Actress, Producer, and Entrepreneur
- Leyna Bloom, Actress, Model, Dancer, and Activist
- Isis King, Model, Actress and Activist
- Reginae Carter, Actress/Reality Star
- Kash Doll, Artist
- Renae Bluitt, Film Producer, She Did
- Jasmine Luv, Actress and Content Creator
- Ashlee Haze, Poet and Spoken Word Artist
As part of an ongoing partnership between ESSENCE and Ulta Beauty, the summit will also feature the next class of the Girls United: Beautiful Possibilities mentorship program in a panel titled, “Young Black and Bossed Up: Inside the Life of Gen Z Beauty Entrepreneurs.” This exciting initiative, launched in 2018, helps young entrepreneurial women break into the beauty industry. In addition to mentorship by ESSENCE and Ulta Beauty brand leaders, six young women have the opportunity to create a limited-edition capsule collection for Ulta Beauty to be sold in Ulta Beauty stores and on ulta.com early next year. To learn more about the initiative, please visit essence.com/beautifulpossibilities.
Additionally, in partnership with McDonald’s, through its Black & Positively Golden movement, ESSENCE will host the “Making Moves Now” Pitch Competition for Black women-owned businesses and founders between the ages of 18-25 during the summit. McDonald’s will award two enterprising women each with a $10,000 cash prize. Applications are open now through September 27th. The winners will be announced during the summit. To apply for the pitch competition, visit www.essence.com/girlsunitedsummit.
“For generations, ESSENCE has put Black women and the issues they care about at the forefront of everything that we do since our inception 50 years ago. That promise has never wavered,” said Caroline Wanga, Interim Chief Executive officer, ESSENCE Communications, Inc. “The ESSENCE Girls United Summit further exemplifies this commitment by continuing to empower the next generation of Black women for years to come.”
Launched in October 2018, ESSENCE Girls United demonstrates the iconic brand’s mission to serve its multigenerational audience globally across its platforms through content, culture and community. With its focus on inspiring young Black women leaders and cultural disruptors, the multi-content platform features year-round video, digital and social content centered on self-love, community and leadership through the platform’s core pillars: Beauty, Fashion, Politics, Identity and Career Development.
The ESSENCE Girls United Summit is sponsored by Ulta Beauty and McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement.
About Essence Communications Inc.
Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 31 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, consumer technology company merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.
Aisha Becker-Burrowes, ESSENCE
Sheila Harris, ESSENCE
RAY J Opens Up About Relationship with Estranged Wife Princess Love on New Single ‘Hurt You’ [LISTEN]
*Following news that Ray J is moving forward with the divorce from his estranged wife Princess Love, the singer has dropped a new single titled “Hurt You,” which you can listen to via the YouTube player above.
According to the press release, “Hurt You” precedes Ray J’sfifth studio album, RAYDIATION X, due Fall 2020 via Knockout Entertainment and Create Music Group. The project is the follow-up to his third studio album, 2005’s RAYDIATION.
In the lyrics for “Hurt You,” Ray J opens up about his widely publicized relationship with Princess Love.
EURweb previously reported, two months after Love made a request to dismiss her filing to legally end their marriage, the singer made his own filing this week to proceed with the divorce.
Ray J is also asking for joint custody of the couple’s two children: 9-month-old son Epik Ray, and daughter Melody Love, 2, according to The Blast.
Back in May, Love, 35, filed papers in LA County Superior Court, TMZ reported. She and Ray J had already been living separately after their epic Las Vegas meltdown last year, in which Love accused him of abandoning her and their daughter following a blow up the BET Awards. She was pregnant with their son at the time.
Following the incident, Love said she had no desire to continue the marriage and Ray J was photo’d out without his wedding band.
A rep for the couple told PEOPLE at the time, “It’s a very difficult time for both Princess and Ray J and we are asking that we just let them have their privacy as they work through and deal with this very trying situation.”
Weeks after Princess filed for divorce, Ray J noted in a virtual press conference that he was happy to be “back with the kids.” He also gushed about being reunited with his family to celebrate Melody’s birthday in May.
Meanwhile, Create Music Group said of Ray’s new album, “We’re extremely thrilled to be partnering with Ray J and Knockout Ent. for the release of his new project, ‘Hurt You’. Ray has been an icon in the space for years, and we’re excited to help tell the newest chapter in his story.”
The single “Hurt You” is available now via all major digital retail and steaming services.
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