Steph Curry Rallies for Women’s Equality

NBA superstar Steph Curry has been surrounded by “incredible and fiercely principled” women his whole life. Now, that he is the father to two daughters, Riley and Ryan, he fit it high time to speak out about women’s equality and closing the gender pay gap. On Sunday, The Players’ Tribune published “This Is Personal,” an essay written by the two-time MVP about wanting his daughters to grow up in a world that treats them fairly.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the idea of women’s equality has become a little more personal for me, lately, and a little more real,” Curry wrote. “I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can be placed on their futures, period. I want them to grow up in a world where their gender does not feel like a rulebook for what they should think, or be, or do. And I want them to grow up believing that they can dream big, and strive for careers where they’ll be treated fairly.

Curry’s essay comes on the heels of many prominent figures in the WNBA and NBA speaking about the growing gender pay gap between the two leagues. Former NBA star Jalen Rose spoke up about WNBA players being treated as “second-class citizens,” and Skylar Diggins-Smith blasted the low earnings female players receive for the same amount of work as NBA players.

The three-time NBA champion called for all people, “not just fathers of daughters,” to fight for equality. “I’m feeling more driven than ever — to help out women who are working toward progress, in any way that I can,” Curry wrote.

He continued, “Let’s work to close the opportunity gap. Let’s work to close the pay gap… I mean, ‘women deserve equality’ — that’s not politics, right?”

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Last week, Curry hosted his first all-girls basketball camp and vowed to help make a change for women across all platforms.

 

 

 

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Taraji P. Henson Wants To Change How We View Black Mental Health

Taraji P. Henson has revealed that she has launched a new foundation specifically geared to the minds of the black community.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father, will specifically fight to change the stigma of mental health within the black community. Her foundation—her best friend Tracie Jenkins will serve as the Executive Director—will offer scholarships to black students majoring in mental health, as well as provide mental health services for youth in urban schools.

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Her father was the inspiration for this undertaking. According to People, her father, a former veteran battling mental health issues, fought liver cancer up until his passing in 2006 at the age of 58. “I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” she said. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation officially launches on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles at her event, Taraji’s Boutique of Hope. Continue doing the work, Ms. Henson.

 

 

 

Charles Barkley Pledges $1M to Black Women in Tech

Charles Barkley was one of the most vocal and active supporters of Doug Jones in the race to defeat Roy Moore for a Senate seat in Alabama. Along with that, he showed his appreciation for the overwhelming turn-out of Black women at the polls in Alabama, by announcing that he will be making a hefty donation to fund the ambitions of Black women who wish to start up tech businesses.

“I’m announcing right now, I am pledging $1 million to black women in Alabama to start I.T. startups,” Barkley told the Inside the NBA panel while giving his reaction to the political developments in his native state.

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In the past, Barkley was criticized for taking stances that were contrary to popular opinion in the Black community, but many of his deeds have shown him to be a charitable man.

In the past, Barkley has supported such organizations as Ante Up For Africa, ENOUGH Project, Hillsides, LIVESTRONG, Not On Our Watch, Stand Up To Cancer, United Service Organization, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Back in 2016, he pledged his commitment to Black education by donating $3 million to four HBCUs (Clark Atlanta University, Alabama A&M University, Morehouse College and his alma mater Auburn University).

Jay-Z Pens Urges Fans to Fight For Social Justice

Jay-Z has published an essay addressing the importance of social justice titled “This Is Our Power.”

Written for The Hollywood Reporter, the essay begins with Jay-Z writing about Kalief Browder, the young black man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit and served at Rikers Island for three years.

“The post-traumatic stress disorder he came out with led him to suicide two years ago, but not before he had the chance to talk about what happened to him,” Jay-Z writes. “…He’s just one example in a system that is broken. We need to be the ones who fix it.”

The rapper and entrepreneur then talks about the documentary series he made on Browder, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and the importance of demanding change from the people we put into office.

“But social justice isn’t a political issue. It’s a human issue. It’s a story of empathy. When we are able to identify that we are all not perfect and have compassion for someone else, we can move forward as a society,” Jay-Z concludes. “Look around at what’s happening in your town and your city right now. Think small, and you can do much bigger things.”

Read more here.

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Rihanna Heads to Malawi

Rihanna keeps shining bright like a diamond.

What I love about Rih Rih is that she can go from good girl gone bad to bad girl gone good in a blink.

Recently the singer, along with former Australian Prime Minister and GPE Chairperson Julia Gillard and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, visited the Muzu Primary School just outside the capital of Malawi. The trio also spent time at the Lilongwe Girls Secondary School, where they sat in on math and biology classes, and watched a student debate on arranged marriage.

The footage is super sweet. Check it out:

Nicki Minaj Has Been Quietly Donating

A few weeks ago draws dropped when Nicki Minaj was promoting a fan contest, and a Twitter user asked for an unconventional prize: tuition assistance. Minaj agreed and promised funds to a host of high-achieving scholars who slid into her DMs. This isn’t the first time that Nicki has done good, though.

Recently, Nicki Minaj posted video and photos on IG from an unnamed village in India that she’s been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley. Minaj wrote that her donations have provided the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS.” She promised to reveal more about the charity work she’s been doing over the past few years in case anyone would like to join her. She’s also reportedly planning to set up a charity to help students pay off their loans.

Go ahead, girl! Here are the posts:

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Blue Ribbons at the Oscars

I won’t event go into the Best Picture snafu at the end of tonight’s Academy Awards. Instead, I will talk about what people wore; specifically, one particular accessory – a blue ribbon.

The best-attired stars were those signifying their support for the American Civil Liberties Union by adding a blue ribbon to their finery. Ruth Negga, early to the red carpet, pinned one to the bodice of her crimson lace Valentino frock—appropriately enough, considering the sizable role that the ACLU played in Negga’s film Loving.  Lin Manuel-Miranda and his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, staunch defenders of human rights, both pinned theirs onto their red-carpet attire, as did Karlie Kloss, who wore one low on the hip of her white Stella McCartney gown.

According to the ACLU, the group reached out to all major nominees to participate in the initiative to “Stand With the ACLU” and demonstrate their solidarity with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which has worked for nearly 100 years to defend and protect individual rights and liberties. The organization has been especially busy since Trump’s election, having established a Constitution Defense Fund that focuses on a seven-point action plan related to his administration’s agenda (including demanding government transparency, protecting the rights of immigrants, protecting reproductive rights, defending First Amendment rights, defending LGBTQ rights, defending core civil rights and liberties, and mobilizing the American people).

Consider it the newest—and most stylish—way to wear your heart on your sleeve.

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