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Friday, October 14, 2016

Women supporting Trump are willing to give up voting rights for a win

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The latest reaction to the Trump hot mic controversy could set the nation back nearly a century in gender relations.


Using the hashtag #repealthe19th, some female Trump supporters say they would be willing to give up their right to vote so he can win the election further widening the gender gap that Hillary Clinton and other women legislators and activists have diligently fought to close.

In 1920 women's suffrage or the right to vote was realized through the ratification of the 19th Amendment (The Nineteenth). Due to discriminatory Jim Crow practices, The Nineteenth was not applied equally under the law to all women, leaving Black women in some Southern states in particular out of the election process. Black women fully won the right to vote under the Voting Rights Act in the 1965. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, indicating growing anti-women sentiment within the GOP, the hashtag #repealthe19th began trending on Twitter in reaction to promising projections for Trump. The day before a group called FiveThirtyEight had posted a map projecting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump would win if only men voted. They also produced a separate map that showed his opponent, Hillary Clinton would win by an enormous landslide if only women voted on Nov. 8.

While a woman can prospectively run the country and in the immediate aftermath of Trump being exposed for boasting about sexually assaulting women, the timing and message of this reaction runs counter to the progress we have made as a nation. Is the 2016 election forcing the hands of time to turn backwards?







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Thursday, October 13, 2016

FIRST-ROUND GRAMMY® BALLOTS TO BE MAILED TO RECORDING ACADEMY® VOTERS OCT. 14

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More Than 21,000 Entries Were Submitted To The Recording Academy® For 59th GRAMMY Awards® Consideration; Nominations To Be Announced Dec. 6
 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016) — The Awards process for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® is well underway with  21,719 entries received by The Recording Academy® for GRAMMY® consideration. This total marks an increase from last year's 21,564 submissions. All entries were due Aug. 24 and have since undergone a vetting process to verify eligibility in preparation for first-round ballots, which will be mailed to Academy Voting members on Oct. 14. As part of that process, The Recording Academy convened 350 artists and experts to listen to and organize the thousands of entries into one of The Academy's 84 Awards categories in 30 Fields.
 
Earlier this year, The Recording Academy announced amendments to the rules governing the GRAMMY Awards. Key changes included refinements to the guidelines around Best New Artist, Blues, and Rap categories, a move to make streaming-only releases eligible for GRAMMY Award consideration, and limits to the number of categories in which Recording Academy members may vote. Detailed information regarding this year's changes can be foundhere. For more information, including an infographic on the entire GRAMMY Awards process, visit www.grammy101.com.
 
The eligibility period for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016. Below are additional key dates and deadlines:
 
Oct. 14, 2016:         First-round ballots sent out to Voting members
Nov. 4, 2016:           First-round ballots due
Nov. 15, 2016:         Last day for Voting members to join and receive the final ballot
Dec. 6, 2016:           59th GRAMMY nominations announcement
Dec. 14, 2016:         Final ballots sent out to Voting members
Jan. 13, 2017:         Final ballots due
Feb. 12, 2017:         59th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Soul Train Award nominees announced, Erykah Badu returns as host

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NEW YORK – CENTRIC today announced the everlasting godmother of soul, Erykah Badu,will return to host the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016. The four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter will once again take over the Vegas stage with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in Soul and R&B from returning legends to the next generation. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.

CENTRIC also announced the all-star nominees they will honor at the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 across 12 different categories. Drake leads the pack with 12 total nominations including two nominations for the highly coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature on Rihanna’s single “Work” and this year’s mega hit “Hotline Bling.” Beyoncé follows with 8 nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for her groundbreaking album “Lemonade,” and multiple honors for lead single “Formation” including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. RihannaKanye West, DJ Khaled and Usher also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Bryson Tiller,Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year.)
Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, musician and technology expert Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley, also known as the creator and king of New Jack Swing, is set to receive the coveted Legend Award. His major accolade was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous LP” which sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Riley produced number one hits for countless icons which have governed the airways for decades.  As a founding member of the multi-platinum Grammy winning group Blackstreet and a member of the group Guy, which became a multi-platinum group, Riley's New Jack Swing sound was the epic lifeline that forever changed the design for R&B and Hip-Hop music. He is the first African-American producer to bring Korean Pop (K-Pop) music to the USA and has been producing number one hits on Billboard charts for nearly a decade.
The 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to singer-songwriter and actressBrandy. The platinum selling artist and actress has sold over 40 million records and received numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Last year’s inaugural Lady of Soul Award went to R&B torchbearer Jill Scott. Both Brandy and Teddy Riley are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exhilarating lineup of memorable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today. 

The party doesn’t stop there; visitors can also look forward to the entire SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND November 3-6. Kicking off Thursday, and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill ScottTyrese,MonicaAnthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down withCedric 'The Entertainer,’ D.L. HughleyGeorge LopezEddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy.
Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages are available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. VIP and four day package and amenities and pricing can be found at Soultrainweekend.com.
Want to cover the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 red carpet? Head to www.betpressroom.com now and complete the application!

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016. To apply for media credentials to cover the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 red carpet, please visit: www.betpressroom.com

The complete list of nominees for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are:

Best New Artist
ANDERSON .PAAK
ANDRA DAY
BRYSON TILLER
CHANCE THE RAPPER
RO JAMES
TORY LANEZ

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
ANTHONY HAMILTON
BRYSON TILLER
MAXWELL
THE WEEKND
USHER

Centric Certified Award
AFTER 7
ANDERSON .PAAK
BILAL
LALAH HATHAWAY
MUSIQ SOULCHILD

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
BEYONCÉ - SORRY
DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING
KANYE WEST - FADE
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Song
DONNIE MCCLURKIN - I NEED YOU
HEZEKIAH WALKER - BETTER
KIRK FRANKLIN - 123 VICTORY
TAMELA MANN - GOD PROVIDES
TRAVIS GREENE - MADE A WAY

Album/Mixtape of the Year
BEYONCÉ - LEMONADE
BRYSON TILLER - T R A P S O U L
DJ KHALED - MAJOR KEY
DRAKE - VIEWS
KANYE WEST - THE LIFE OF PABLO
RIHANNA - ANTI

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. LIL WAYNE & 2 CHAINZ - NO PROBLEM
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - FOR FREE
DRAKE - CONTROLLA
DRAKE FT. WIZKID & KYLA - ONE DANCE
FAT JOE & REMY MA FT. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
ALICIA KEYS
BEYONCÉ
FANTASIA
JILL SCOTT
RIHANNA

Song of the Year
ADELE - HELLO
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER - DON’T
DRAKE - CONTROLLA
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
HELLO – WRITTEN BY: ADELE LAURIE BLUE ADKINS, GREGORY ALLEN KURSTIN (ADELE)
RISE UP – WRITTEN BY: ANDRA DAY, JENNIFER DECILVEO (ANDRA DAY)
FORMATION – WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS II, BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, KHALIF BROWN, AAQUIL BROWN, ASHETON HOGAN, (BEYONCÉ)
DON’T – WRITTEN BY: JOHNTÁ M. AUSTIN, MARIAH CAREY, BRYAN-MICHAEL COX, JERMAINE DUPRI, TAVORIS JAVON HOLLINS, ISOM BRANDON STEWART, BRYSON DEJUAN TILLER (BRYSON TILLER)
NEEDED ME – WRITTEN BY: NICHOLAS VALENTINO AUDINO, RACHEL DERRUS, ADAM KING FEENEY, ROBYN R. FENTY, BRITTANY TALIA HAZZARD, CHARLES HINSHAW JR., LEWIS BERESFORD HUGHES, DIJON ISAIAH MCFARLANE, KHALED ROHAIM, TE WHITI TE RANGITEPAIA MATAA WARBICK (RIHANNA)

Best Dance Performance
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING
KANYE WEST (DANCE PERFORMANCE FT. TEYANA TAYLOR) - FADE
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
USHER FT. YOUNG THUG - NO LIMIT

Best Collaboration 
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR - FREEDOM
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. LIL WAYNE & 2 CHAINZ - NO PROBLEM
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - FOR FREE
FAT JOE & REMY MA FT. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
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Howard University School of Communications to be Named in Honor of Cathy Hughes

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SILVER SPRING, MD. - October 12, 2016- Radio One, Inc., the largest Black-owned multi-media company congratulates its founder and chairperson, Ms. Cathy Hughes, as the new namesake for Howard University's School of Communications. In honor of her lifetime commitment to excellence in the media industry, the university will officially rename the school,Cathy Hughes School of Communications during its unveiling ceremony and celebratory brunch on Sunday, October 23. Leading up to the celebration, Radio One, Inc. is saluting Ms. Hughes with an integrated, cross-platform congratulatory promotion consisting of on-air and online announcements and special programming across its 56 Radio One stations, national television network, TV One, 10 nationally syndicated Reach Media radio programs and its six Interactive One branded websites.

On Monday, October 17, in honor of this significant occasion, Ms. Hughes will be a guest on many of her urban media company's nationally syndicated shows including,Russ Parr Morning Show, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, DL Hughley Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Ed Lover Show, and Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. Also throughout the week of October 17-22, Washington, D.C.'s WOL-AM will broadcast Ms. Hughes' classic radio shows in a marathon, "The Best of The Cathy Hughes Morning Show," from 12-2 p.m. ET and 12-2 a.m. ET.

Additionally, Ms. Hughes will sit down for an exclusive interview with Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now, the only daily television news program dedicated to Black viewers, for a one-hour primetime special premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET. In "Cathy Hughes One on One: A NewsOne Special," she will discuss the joys and challenges of building a media empire.  As the first African American woman to chair a publicly traded company, Ms. Hughes will walk Martin through her journey from teen mom to urban media maven in a live-to-tape interview from where it all began - Howard University.

On Wednesday, October 19, TV One will telecast a marathon of Ms. Hughes'best-known interviews during her days as host of the network's series, "One on One with Cathy Hughes." From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET, viewers can catch her conversations with Minister Louis Farrakhan (9-11 a.m. ET), Terrence Howard (11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET), Taraji P. Henson (12-1 p.m. ET), Jamie Foxx (Ray, 1-1:30 p.m.; Django Unchained, 1:30-2 p.m.), President Barack Obama (2-3 p.m. ET) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (3-4 p.m. ET).

Howard University will commemorate the renaming of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications with a private unveiling ceremony on Sunday, October 23 at 12 p.m. ET that will be live streamed via Facebook and on all of Radio One's local and national digital media platforms. Following the ceremony will be an exclusive, star-studded celebratory brunch and program at 1 p.m. ET to honor Ms. Hughes(attendance by invitation only).

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PSA: Singer JoJo Martin urges kidney donations

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Morton Records has partnered with Gift of Hope in servicing a Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring Urban Inspirational recording artist  JoJo Martin.  Martin suffers from kidney failure and has been an outspoken proponent of organ donation. “I have a genetic condition called FSGS which stands for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis,” he says. “My oldest brother had it and passed away at the age of twenty nine and left a wife and three sons behind. At the age of thirty one, I’m doing my best to stay ahead of this disease and be as healthy as possible.”

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization based in Itasca, IL that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on organ donations. "As one of 58 OPOs that make up the nation’s donation system, we work with 180 hospitals and serve 12 million people in our donation service area,” says the Manger of Community Affairs Marion Shuck. “I’ve never had a position where no matter how tough my day or job is, I know that I’m a part of doing good each and every day, as we help change those tragedies to triumphs. Stories such as JoJo’s need to be told so that people see stories of individuals who look like themselves to believe that we do participate in the process, we receive and we donate.”

“Organ donation is chance for someone to give of themselves,” Martin adds. “It’s a chance to help someone live their best life.”

Since 1986, Gift of Hope has helped save the lives of more than 23,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients through their efforts. For more information please visit www.giftofhope.org. Martin was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  The son of a church pastor, he is the youngest of five boys. With some direction from his mother, a trained vocal instructor, JoJo began to develop as a soloist and ended up as a finalist for the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Houston. He was a featured soloist on Joe Pace and The Colorado Mass Choir’s songs "Just Praise Him” and “So Good.” He has also shared stages with a host of singers such as Tyrese, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Maroon 5, PJ Morton, Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr., Mary Mary, Frank McComb, Tweet, Dave Hollister and others. For more information visit www.mortonrcrds.com and follow JoJo on Instagram and Twitter @jojosvoice. 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First Lady Obama's Op-Ed on the International Day of the Girl

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First Lady Michelle Obama: This issue is personal for me.

For me, education has never been simply a policy issue – it’s personal.  Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college.  But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in this country.  That education opened so many doors and gave me the confidence to pursue my ambitions and have a voice in the world.  For me, education was power.

And a few years ago, when I had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head just for trying to go to school, this issue got really personal for me.  I saw that the terrorists who nearly killed her were trying silence her voice, snuff out her ambitions, and take away her power.

That’s why I decided to work on global girls’ education as First Lady: because right now, there are tens of millions of girls like Malala in every corner of the globe who are not in school -- girls who are so bright, hardworking and hungry to learn.  And that’s really the mission of the Let Girls Learn initiative we launched last year – it’s a global effort to give these girls the education they need to fulfill their potential and lift up their families, communities and countries.   

Now, as First Lady, I have no budget of my own for programs, and I have no authority to make or pass laws.  That’s why, when we first launched Let Girls Learn, many folks doubted that we could make a real impact on this global issue. 

But over the past year and a half, we’ve established partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and organizations that are committing money, resources and expertise.  We’re collaborating with countries like Canada, Mexico and the Nordic countries on girls’ education efforts.  Countries like Japan, South Korea, and the UK have collectively pledged nearly $600 million.  The United States is investing over a billion dollars through new and ongoing efforts and running Let Girls Learn programs in more than 50 countries.  The World Bank Group will be investing $2.5 billion over the next five years.  And through social media campaigns, Let Girls Learn has rallied people across America and across the globe to step up and be champions for girls worldwide. 

All of this is happening because time and again, whether it’s a head of state, a corporate CEO, or a 15-year-old girl here in the U.S., when people hear the stories of girls who aren’t in school, they want to help. 

That’s why CNN’s new film on global girls’ education, “We Will Rise,” airing for the first time this week, is so critically important – because it tells these girls’ stories.

This powerful film chronicles the lives of some of the girls I visited this past summer in Liberia and Morocco, two countries in Africa where many girls struggle to get an education.  I was joined in my travels by the actors and activists Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, who are also passionate about girls’ education, as well as CNN anchor Isha Sesay. 

Together, we sat down with girls in both countries to discuss the barriers they face and the dreams they hold for their futures.  Like so many girls around the world, many of these girls come from families struggling with poverty.  Some endure dangerous commutes to and from school each day.  Others face cultural pressures to drop out, marry young and start having children of their own.

But these girls have big plans for their lives.  They want to attend college and become doctors, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs; and day after day, they do whatever it takes to get the education they need to fulfill their dreams.  They get up before dawn, and spend hours harvesting crops, cooking for their families and tending to their younger siblings before heading to class.  After school, they work as maids and in factories, and they study for hours late into the night. 

I hope you will be as moved by their stories as I was – and I hope you’ll visit LetGirlsLearn.Gov to learn more about how you can take action to help girls like them worldwide go to school. 

Unlike so many girls around the world, we have a voice.  That’s why, particularly on this International Day of the Girl, I ask that you use yours to help these girls get the education they deserve.  They’re counting on us, and I have no intention of letting them down.  I plan to keep working on their behalf, not just for the rest of my time as First Lady, but for the rest of my life.  I hope you will join me.

FACT SHEET: NEW COMMITMENTS TO LET GIRLS LEARN ANNOUNCED BY FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

Since March 2015, Let Girls Learn has invested more than a billion dollars in new and ongoing government programming in more than 50 countries, and today announces more than five million dollars in new private commitments to girls’ education

Together with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and most recently the Department of Labor and the Department of Agriculture, Let Girls Learn includes more than a billion dollars in new and ongoing programming in more than 50 countries to address the range of challenges – both in and out of the classroom – girls around the world face in attaining the education they deserve. 
Today, in celebration of International Day of the Girl, Let Girls Learn announces the equivalent of more than five million dollars in new private sector commitments to help address the barriers that prevent adolescent girls from attaining an education.  Since the launch of Let Girls Learn, the White House has announced nearly 100 private sector commitments to adolescent girls’ education. By engaging governments around the world, the private sector, civil society and many others, Let Girls Learn is improving the future for millions of adolescent girls across the world.

More detail on all of the accomplishments Let Girls Learn has achieved can be found here.

New Announcements

RISE UP’s LET GIRLS LEAD is committing to deliver new programming worth $2.5 million to enable girls to finish school and delay early marriage in Malawi through its new ENGAGE Initiative. ENGAGE is an evidence-based program that addresses the complex needs of vulnerable adolescent girls by ensuring that they stay in school and avoid early marriage. Rise Up’s goal is to reach 300,000 marginalized girls in southern Malawi. Rise Up will also build public support for girls’ rights by investing in visionary Malawian leaders, providing them with leadership development and support to create innovative solutions that advance girls’ access to education. For more information, please contact Denise Dunning.

NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION, founded by Paul Newman, announces a $200,000 donation to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. An additional grant of $800,000 is being made to Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), which runs the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya, so girls may continue their educations through high school.  For more information, please contact Jan Schaefer.

ENDEAVOR ENERGY, an independent power development and generation company, is donating $400,000 over four years to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund to support volunteer-led education and empowerment projects in Africa.  A Power Africa partner, Endeavor continues to be a part of President Obama’s initiative to increase the number of people around the world who have access to power.  For more information, please contact Mike Gehrig.

CENTRAL ASIA INSTITUTE is committing $500,000 for educational services and programs that will benefit adolescent girls in some of Afghanistan’s most conflicted and disadvantaged communities. This includes construction of boundary walls and latrines, which are essential for the retention of female students. Girls who previously had no access to schooling will be prepared for a formal education in expedited Quick Learning Centers. Literacy and Vocational Centers will empower girls, teaching them how to read, write, and do basic math. Scholarship money will also be provided. Through this commitment, Central Asia Institute expects to reach 25,000-30,000 adolescent girls. For more information, please contact Hannah White.

WATER CHARITY, a California-based nonprofit, and the National Peace Corps Association announce a $200,000 donation to support water, sanitation, public health, and environmental projects implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers under the Let Girls Learn initiative.  Projects are implemented in rural villages to improve access to potable water, relieving girls of the burden of walking long distances to obtain water for their families each day.  Bathrooms are provided for adolescent girls at schools, ensuring that the facilities provide privacy and promote hygiene, thus helping create an environment that enables girls to remain in school. For more information, please contact Averill Strasser.

WORLD LEARNING AND THE WOMEN’S REFUGEE COMMISSION announce the “Pathways to Refugee Education” program, a new $250,000 collaboration aligned with the Let Girls Learn initiative.  “Pathways to Refugee Education” will help facilitate access to formal and informal education for adolescent girls in difficult circumstances with an initial focus on Lebanon.  The project will provide technical assistance and expert recommendations to governments, civil society, and international institutions that are designing, funding, and implementing assistance programs to address the unique circumstances and needs of adolescent girls. For more information, please contact Kimberly Abbott.

GIRL STARTER announces a $100,000 donation to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. Girl Starter is a new media company that seeks to use the intersection of entertainment and technology to help girls—at home and abroad—become entrepreneurs. In a reality television series set to air in 2017, young women who wish to start their own businesses will learn about fundraising fundamentals and develop strategies using the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn fund as a cause to raise money. For more information, please contact Jeannine Shao Collins.

THE BARNEYS NEW YORK FOUNDATION is making a commitment to support the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. The donation will support Peace Corps Volunteer-led projects aimed at helping break down the barriers to adolescent girls’ access to education. For more information, please contact Ashley Calandra.

CNN FILMS will premiere a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, titled We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World on October 11 and 12. The film includes contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. The Documentary Group, which produced CNN Films’ first co-production, ‘Girl Rising,’ also produced this special one-hour film. For more information, please contact Jennifer Dargan.

INSTYLE commissioned a limited-edition line of designer tote bags inspired by Let Girls Learn. For the each tote bag sold, InStyle will donate 100 percent of profits (a minimum of 30 percent of the purchase price) to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.  Each bag in the line was inspired by a different country where Let Girls Learn is creating lasting change. Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Tanya Taylor, and DKNY’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne provided exclusive designs for the collection. For more information, please contact Reid Myers.

MPA - THE ASSOCIATION OF MAGAZINE MEDIA has garnered commitments from the magazine media industry to donate advertising space for Let Girls Learn Public Service Announcements that are running in 65 print magazines in fall 2016 issues, with most hitting the newsstand and subscribers’ mailboxes to coincide with the International Day of the Girl. The ad campaign is expected to reach more than 60 percent of U.S. adults through the support of 11 companies: Active Interest Media, Bloomberg Media, Bonnier, Condé Nast, Dwell Media, Forbes Media, Hearst, Meredith, National Geographic, Rodale, and Time Inc. For more information, please contact Susan Russ.

PLAYBILL Inc., is supporting Let Girls Learn through a public service announcement set of ads in upcoming Playbill publications to raise awareness about global girls’ education. The campaign will reach theatregoers for select shows running in New York this November.  For more information, please contact Mark Peikert.

ALEX AND ANI announces the launch of a Daisy Charm Bangle to be released in March 2017 in continued support of the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.  Last year, ALEX AND ANI released the Kindred Cord Daisy bracelet as a commitment to Let Girls Learn, which has raised nearly $200,000 to support girls around the world who are out of school. For more information, please contact Keshia Holland.

NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION (NPCA) has committed to contribute its Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions in 2016 to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn fund to support volunteer community-led projects around the world. NPCA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, encompasses a network of over 220,000 individuals and more than 150 affiliate groups. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused and effective in providing all federal employees with the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. For more information, please contact Glenn Blumhorst.

THE WORLD BANK, which recently pledged $2.5 billion over five years in education projects targeting adolescent girls, announces that it has already invested $530 million since April 2016 towards this goal. These resources will help adolescent girls gain access to quality education in some of the world’s most challenging environments, such as Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon, in Pakistan, where few girls complete secondary school, and conflict-affected areas in northeast Nigeria. For more information, please contact Kavita Watsa.


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