The Roots Black Thought Host Let’s Move Event In Philly

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( 4UMF NEWS ) The Roots Black Thought Supports The Ladies:

The Roots‘ own Black Thought is doing his part to help the young people from his hometown live an healthier and more active life. With over 900,000 young people in Philadelphia are overweight or obese, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation held its third annual health forum and Let’s Move It Philly! charity concert.

Building on First Lady Michelle Obama‘s initiative to promote physical and mental health, the health forum kicked off a day of education and entertainment. Guest speakers covered everything from eating a well-balanced meal to answering questions, dispelling myths and educating the audience on sexual activity. Over 150 people attended the event which included a speech from Mayor Michael Nutter and performance by spoken word artist Ursula Rucker. Black Thought was on hand for a special meet and greet.

Black Thought sat down for an exclusive interview with 4UMF. In addition to discussing his charity at length, the legendary rapper spoke about The Roots’ upcoming album. Tentatively titled & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the band’s 11th album will follow in the footsteps of “undun” and “How I Got Over” and is expected to hit the shelves in 2014.

“We’re painting a picture,” he explains. “Using each song as a separate piece of a larger puzzle. It’s going to be dense, it’s going to be graphic.”

The Philly native is also revealed he is exploring the possibility of releasing a solo album which will feature a singing Black Thought. Expect features with Raheem DeVaughn, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, New Orlean‘s Dr. John, Kenny Gamble and more.

“I’m working on a project,a solo effort where I do a lot more singing than writing.”

Check out the full interview with Black Thought and find out what people in the streets are saying about him:

 

Philly rapper Chill Moody and his five-piece band kicked things off right. Dice Raw and his violinist kept the enrgy, pace and rock moving. Family Soul surprised the crowd and gave a rousing performance. Philly’s own Freeway had the packed crowd rocking to his favorite hits. Black Thought headlined the event. Holding court on stage, the legendary rapper freestyled over every beat DJ Shorty Rock threw at him including Tyga’s ‘Rack City,’ A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fuckin Problems’ and Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Otis.’

Also preforming was a Philly favorite Freeway.

 

Founded by Black Thought and sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is a healthy advocacy organization that supports, develops and scales community-driven solutions to the health facing women and girls living in poverty. Proceeds from the Let’s Move It Philly! charity concert will benefit C.H.I.C.K.S. (Creating Healthy Informed Confident Knowledgeable Selves), an after school health program for female students at Philadelphia’s Harding Middle School.

“We are concerned about the next generation coming up after us and we are doing what we can to help these young people and their families live healthy, active, happy lives,” said Black Thought, “This charity concert is important because it brings awareness to an issue that’s affecting thousands of kids in this city and millions around the country.”

For more information or to donate to the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, please visit www.grass-rootsfoundation.org

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JAY-Z : CARNEGIE HALL IN FEBRUARY

JAY Z GETTING HIS GROWN MAN OWN AND LOOKING QUITE DAPPER IN A TWO PIECE GREY SUIT

Jay Z set to perform at Carnegie Hall  February 6th at 8 pm and February 7th at 9pm for two good causes, The Shawn Carter Foundation, and The United Way of New York. Jay-Z will be the first Hip Hop artist to perform at the Legendary Carnegie Hall. He is carrying the torch that was once held by Run DMC.

Jay Z states “Any time that I get a chance to expand and broaden the reach of hip-hop is a great thing for me on a personal level”. “It’s every artist’s dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall,” stated Jay-Z. “The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.”

Tickets range from $500 to $2500 for private sales starting December 12th.  Limited amount of tickets will be sold to the public on January 30th at 11am. Each time I see Jay Z  interviewing, or just in front of the camera with his PR hat on…. he let’s a little of his humor leak out reluctantly, besides the serious expression that’s always on his face he is quite funny.

This guy is honest and decent and you thought he was going to capitalize on Occupy streets with those T-shirts shame on you. He’s always looking to turn a negative into a positive and that’s why he is still on top.

Watch the press conference below and listen to the man with a plan NJOY

Most Entertainers Talk About Giving Back, Jay Z Puts It In Motion.

 

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ALICIA KEYS BLACK BALL FUNDRAISER

ALICIA KEYS WEARING A GOLD SHIMMERING CREME COLORED TUXEDO JACKET, AND BLACK GUCCI PANTS

Alicia Keys Keep A Child Alive 8Th Annual Black Ball raised 3 million dollars last night. The star-studded affair was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The funds will help Aids Treatment and Care in Africa and India. Alicia looked stunning in a gold shimmering Sheila Mc Cartney top cream tuxedo jacket and black Gucci pants. Hubby Swizz Beats donned a black Gucci tuxedo. 

Alicia Keys set off a night to remember honoring the late Beatles singer George Harrison, and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his concert for Bangladesh. Alicia Keys and Clark Jr performed one of George Harrison’s hits” While My Guitar Gently Weeps “. Usher and Will.i.am performed my favorite hype song OMG.

Alicia celebrity friends who came out for this worthy cause were Queen Latifah, Serena Williams,Tyra Banks,Common, Carmelo La La Anthony, Mekhi Phifer, Kerry Washington, Clive Davis, Richie Sambora amongst others. Check out the video and pics below NJOY


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OPRAH HOSTED AN EVENING WITH RALPH LAUREN

RALPH LAUREN AND OPRAH WINFREY DECKED OUT RL STYLE OPRAH HAS ON A BEAUTIFUL RED DRESS

An evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey presented at The Lincoln Center in New York City was a night to remember. Oprah stated that it took her 25 years to obtain an interview with Mr. Polo Man himself Ralph Lauren. Two inspiring people who have made slim pickings into orchards.

Did you know that Ralph Lauren was the youngest of 4 and had dreams of becoming a professional basketball player or an artist like his father. After the army he worked in sales at a neck wear company. Ralph Lauren, then started his own necktie line and thru strong will and determination it sold to Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

Ralph Lauren turned a necktie line into a Multi Billion Dollar Empire. The conversation was followed by a Gala Dinner to benefit the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem and Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts. The event was a Celebrity and Designer Heaven. The Best of the best was dressed to impress. Take a look below at the slide below and enjoy.

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MARY J BLIGE AND BOYZ II MEN SPOTTED AT PEREZ HILTON’S CONCERT

PEREZ HILTON AND MARY J BLIGE ROCK OUT IN A BLACK TIGHT FITTING OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS

Perez Hilton The Celebrity Gossip Blogger held his 2nd annual  ”One Night In NYC“ concert event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The Queen Of R&B Mary J Blige and Boys II Men performed along with Karmin ( the group that performed at The BET Awards Show) and  Female rapper Iggy Azalae. The night was presented by OpenSky and all proceeds are going to charity GLSEN 

BOYZ II MEN SPOTTED AT PEREZ HILTON CONCERT IN NYC STAYING TRUE TO THE GAME IN THEIR PREPPY WEAR

 

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LaLa KIM KARDASHIAN AND SEVERAL CELEBRITIES ATTENDED ANGEL BALL IN NEW YORK

L LA LA ANTHONY AND KIM KARDASHIAN BOTH LOOKING STUNNING LALA IN A PINK GOWN AND KIM IN A BLACK AND WHITE GOWN

The Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Hosts Angel Ball 2011 at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York City. The Annual Event was a success, and so many celebrities and people with good hearts were there to provide support to ensure that Gabrielle’s Dream Lives On.  The Foundation is dedicated to encourage the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma,and related cancers.

Since its inception Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has awarded over 16 million to 80 of the country’s leading research scientist. Naomi Campbell was one of the honorees. Eve, Solange Knowles, Tina Knowles, LaLa Anthony, Anthony Hamilton, and Kim Kardashian was there just to name a few. The Foundation were able to raise 3.3 million dollars for cancer research last night. The Men and Ladies were dressed to impress take a look at the gallery below.

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BEYONCE AND JAY Z RAISED A LARGE CHUNK OF CHANGE FOR THE SHAWN CARTER FOUNDATION

MR. & MRS. SHAWN CARTER MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE

The Carter’s 1,000 dollar Charity Event raised a million dollars for the Shawn Carter Foundation. The carnival themed event took place last week at the Hudson River Parks Pier 54 in NYC. The funds will be used to provide college scholarships for future scholars. Under privileged kids that have the desire to achieve and the grades, however lack funds will have an opportunity to shoot for the stars and become our next Obama or Oprah.

“I think it’s important to be prepared for this era and what’s to come, and I also think it’s important to give a person an opportunity,” he told Access Hollywood.

“lf you work hard and you’re ready to put in the work [but] you can’t further your education because of, you know, money for whatever reason… that’s sad.”

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It is a real joy to see our young affluent black entertainers, open their hearts and extend their hands to make the impossible possible.

UNITY IS THE KEY

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