Alamo Drafthouse is Donating to Nonprofits in The Name of King T’Challa

Seeing so many people jump on and do the #BlackPantherChallenge is amazing. I brought my tickets a month ago and can’t wait to see the movie!

In honor of this challenge, Alamo Drafthouse locations across the country are teaming up with local community groups who work with the underprivileged to give back and raise money to benefit the leaders of tomorrow (including Black Panther screenings in some markets).

Starting this week, they’ve added an optional charity ticket add-on to the checkout process for all films. Funds raised will go directly to helping a local community group/organization in your area (they’ll also be contributing in each market).

Here’s what that ticket add-on looks like:

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Check the list below for more information on who they’re working with:

Austin, TX | Boys & Girls Club of Austin
Ashburn, VA | Loudoun County NAACP
Brooklyn, NY | NAACP and Girls, Incorporated
Charlottesville, VA | Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
Corpus Christi | SRG Force Sports
Dallas, TX | Boys & Girls Club of Dallas
Denver, CO | Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver
El Paso, TX | TBA
Houston, TX | TBA
Kansas City, MO | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
Laredo, TX | SRG Force Sports
Lubbock, TX
New Braunfels, TX | SRG Force Sports
Omaha, NE | House of Afros, Capes and Curls
Phoenix, AZ | ICAN Arizona
San Antonio, TX | SRG Force Sports
San Francisco, CA | Bayview Magic
Springfield, MO | Springfield Dream Center
Winchester, VA | NAACP chapter of Winchester Virginia
Yonkers, NY | Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle

“The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.” – King T’Chaka.

 

Google Donates $1 Million to Chance The Rapper’s SocialWorks

Today, Grammy-winning Chance The Rapper stood among executives of Google’s charitable arm to announce a $1.5 million donation to both Chicago Public Schools and Chance’s nonprofit, SocialWorks.

“Our grant with Google.org helps SocialWorks provide programming that sheds light on another pathway to success for young Chicagoans,” Justin Cunningham, executive director of SocialWorks, said in a press release. “While every student doesn’t need to become a computer scientist, understanding the basics empowers them to understand the world they live in. The opportunity to help kids code to share their music, artwork and distinct point of view is at the core of our mission and an experience we look forward to providing in classrooms across the city.”

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SocialWorks is co-founded by Chance and aims to empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement, while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago, according to its website.

With $500,000 going to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative and $1 million to SocialWorks, Google.org Principal Justin Steele said in a press release that the grant will help teachers implement computer science and arts curriculum in their classrooms, giving the chance for students underrepresented in computer science to explore the field.

“We’re honored to support SocialWorks’ mission to help underrepresented students in Chicago reach their full potential, as well as Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to turn computer science into a pathway for creative expression,” Steele said.

“There’s so much talent and creativity in the communities that these schools serve—and Chance The Rapper embodies what can happen when that creativity is unleashed. With exposure to computer science, students can use technology to turn their creative passions into something bigger.”

ModCloth Breaks Up With Black Friday

ModCloth, the online retailer known for its quirky clothing, gifts and décor is breaking up with Black Friday. This year, the brand is inviting its shoppers and employees to spend the holiday as it should be spent, with family, friends and leftover pie.

ModCloth is shutting down its site on Black Friday and giving its employees a day off, so its workers and shoppers can focus on things that make them feel good – namely donating to charity.

 

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 “It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and we wanted to do something different and remind our community that this time of year is about friends, family and helping others in need,” explained Nicole HaaseModCloth’s vice president and general merchandising manager.

Instead of posts from ModCloth’s social media about all the deals and steals – this week, the brand wants to see what gives YOU the feels.

How to Participate:

Support the spirit of giving and #BlackFridayBreakup by nominating someone you know who is giving back to their community and deserve the recognition. Participants could win $4500 to support their cause or project.

  1. Post a pic or video to Twitter or Instagram (not Stories)
  2. Tell us why your community hero deserves to win
  3. Tag @ModCloth and include the hashtags #BlackFridayBreakup and #ModClothGivingContest in the caption

In return, ModCloth is donating a retail value of over $5MM in merchandise to their friends at Dress for Success, the organization aimed at helping women transitioning back into the workforce and give one deserving do-gooder consumer $4,500.

Shoppers who are eager to get their ModCloth shopping fix need not worry, the retailer will start its Cyber Monday promotions early. The site will be up and running a Cyber Weekend promotion starting on Sunday, November 26 with 30% off deals and free shipping through Tuesday, November 28th.

Support Victims Via Hand In Hand Now.

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The one-hour Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon airs live from Los Angeles, New York and Nashville Tuesday night (Sept. 12) at 8 p.m ET with a 8 p.m PT rebroadcast on the West Coast via ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CMT and more. You can watch it here.

The televised fundraiser — which will also air on BET, Bravo, E!, HBO, iHeart Media, MTV, Oxygen, SiriusXM, Univision and Westwood One — will be raising money for those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The telethon can also be streamed live online through AOL, Apple Music, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Beats 1 and Huffington Post.

Hand in Hand has already announced more than a hundred performers and celebrities set to make appearances throughout the show, including BeyonceJustin BieberTravis Scott, Leonardo DiCaprio and many, many more. Proceeds will benefit a wide array of charities such as the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Save the Children and DirectRelief.

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Anheuser Busch Holds the Beer, Sends Water to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Anheuser Busch is sending canned water to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The company already sent one truckload worth of the water to help the victims of the hurricane on Monday. It is now planning to send another two truckloads of canned water to provide further assistance. This will have it sending a total of 155,000 cans of water to help.

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Anheuser Busch says that the canned water comes from its brewery in Cartersville, Ga. This facility takes time throughout the year to stop production of beer and focus on producing cans of water. The water to be sent to Hurricane Harvey victims is some that the brewery already had ready for emergencies.

“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations” Bill Bradley, Vice President for Community Affairs at Anheuser Busch, said in a statement.

Anheuser Busch also provided an update on its employees in the path of Hurricane Harvey. It notes that there are 1,100 employees that work at its three facilities in the Houston area. The beer company says that all of its employees that work at these locations are safe.

Once Hurricane Harvey is finished in Texas, it will cause some issues for Americans that weren’t directly in its path. Gas prices in the U.S. are expected to spike once the hurricane is done.

Facebook TV Has Arrived

Facebook’s push into becoming a destination for original TV shows began today with the launch of its redesigned video tab.

The new tab is called, “Watch,” and will showcase a slew of shows from the likes of BuzzFeed, Tastemade, Condé Nast Entertainment, and ATTN, people familiar with the matter said.

Facebook officially confirmed the impending launch of Watch on Wednesday afternoon following the publication of this report. The company didn’t specify a date for the launch but said it would happen “soon.”

Facebook sees high-quality, scripted video as an important feature to retain users, particularly a younger demographic that is increasingly flocking to its rival Snapchat. It also views such video as a means to rake in brand advertising dollars traditionally reserved for conventional TV.

“We hope Watch will be home to a wide range of shows — from reality to comedy to live sports,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “Some will be made by professional creators, and others from regular people in our community.”

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Michelle Obama Teams Up With Spotify

Michelle Obama continues to show her love and support for the development of the youth in our country by attending the recent, Beating The Odds Summit. Partnering up with executives from Spotify, including Troy Carter, VP of Creator Services, and Danielle Lee, VP of Partner Solutions, Mrs. Obama gave an important address to the students of Washington, D.C.’s Dunbar High School.

Topics such as overcoming obstacles and learned lessons were shared by the powerful individuals to their student counterparts. 35 high school students spent a day long trip with the former First Lady as she inspired the college-bound students to consider majors or careers in the tech industry. College transition workshops, a panel where Spotify execs discussed the important role music plays, as well as a performance by R&B artist Kevin Ross all happened. The students definitely won the day by having the former First Lady invest in their future.

I don’t know about you, but I miss Michelle.

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