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Oscar winner and South African-born actress, Charlize Theron, has been named United Nations messenger of peace as of Friday, with a special focus on ending violence against women. Theron joins 9 other messengers of peace who are also celebrities mainly from the fields of film, music, literature and sports who are charged with promoting U.N. activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.



Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally right around the corner and now is the season to do good onto others. Most people choose to volunteer at a homeless shelter or senior citizens home, or  help clean up a local park and using the time they have to benefit their community. If you want to contribute your time by doing community service but don’t know which organization to join or have trouble finding one that suits your needs, here a few suggestions (and websites).

Is there a cause that you are passionate about? For example, do you get frustrated and sad whenever you hear that a child has been abused by a relative, parent or guardian? Do you want to have a more positive influence on children who are emotionally and physically hurt? Become a tutor or mentor to a child. Child Advocates, is an organization that helps train people to be volunteers to children who have been victims of horrific abuse or neglect and are now in protective custody.

Or, if you don’t have a preference of where you want to volunteer, check out Community Service.org. By just typing your zip code, choosing how far you would like your organization to be, you will find a list of places to use your time to help others.

If you have a couple weeks off and are interested in providing aid to others who live outside North America, you can volunteer abroad. Volunteer Abroad, is a website that provides information for people who want to provide help internationally to people who are don’t have the benefit of having the simplest resources (clean water, healthy foods, and safe shelter) that we often take for granted.

If you don’t want to volunteer alone, bring along friends and family and volunteer as a group. Go over to the local hospital and spend some quality time with a few patients who need a little laugh and some company. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is always looking for new people to volunteer and bring cheer to patients who need it. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you volunteer by the end of this year, good deeds only bring good things.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington

50 Cent was joined by the Legendary Bette Milder Monday to celebrate the opening of The Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson Community Garden” in Queens, New York. Mrs. Midler said he had to nag 50 to come out, “I called and nagged him,” Midler said, describing how she got 50 Cent involved with the garden. “His G-Unity Foundation gives a million dollars away every year in grants to non profits all over the city … They’re just brilliant.”
The garden is Midler’s most recent endeavor for New York Restoration Project, which is located in Jamaica, Queens, where 50 grew up. The project will serve as a living classroom for neighborhood school children to learn about how food grows.

I wish I had this to come to when I was growing up around here,” 50 said. “The opportunity to create this garden for the youth and the community is a great one.”

50 said as a side noted, “When Bette calls, you don’t say ‘no.’ Not if you want your reputation to stay the way it is.”

50 Cent says he will work with Midler in the future, Midler went on to joke, “He’s producing my next record,” the star winks. “I will be rapping. He’s writing a song for me right now.



Thursday Jennifer Hudson’s family announced a new foundation for families of murder victims.

The Hudson-King Foundation is for Families of Slain Victims. The foundation is named in honor of the singer/actress’ mother Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King.

In a statement give by the family they said, “The specific purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime, this encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling.”

Donations to the Hudson-King Foundation can be sent:
c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Essence Magazine recently spoke to Gabrielle Union about her trip abroad to Ghana as part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission delegation trip. Union’s trip was designed to help reduce the rate of breast cancer among women in the country. Gabrielle also had the great opportunity to join Ghana’s President John Kufuor for a dedication ceremony at the new breast cancer diagnostic and treatment facility in Kumasi; HopeXchange Medical Center

ESSENCE.COM: What was this experience, traveling to Ghana as part of the Komen for the Cure delegation, like for you?

GABRIELLE UNION: Traveling to Africa as an African-American, or just as an American, on the more “privileged” side of things is always an eye-opening, life-changing experience. It always puts everything in perspective for me

ESSENCE.COM: Did you encounter any breast cancer survivors in Ghana? What was that encounter like?

GABRIELLE UNION: I met at least 50-60 survivors, which was important because in Ghana, there are so many myths and rumors floating around saying that if you get breast cancer, your life is basically over. So it is important for women to see these survivors. Also, there are a lot of consequences for women in Ghana who are diagnosed with breast cancer. For instance, these women may have their husband leave them, their daughters may not be able to get married off, and they consider it a curse on the family. It’s thought of as something you did wrong, so we always included survivors to show that if you do have breast cancer, you can beat it and you can live.

Check out Essence.com to read more about Gabrielle’s trip.

Percy Miller, Sr. aka Master P, made his mark on the music business with hits such as “Make Em Say Uhh”, winning 5 Grammy’s and having a successful record label, No Limit Records. Since then, he has hung up his over-sized basketball jersey’s and slipped on a well tailored suit. He is currently the founder and CEO for P. Miller Enterprises, an entertainment and financial conglomerate. His net worth, as of 2002, is said to be  $200 million. But fear not, he doesn’t intend on being stingy with his wealth. His new venture, Your Investment Travel, is an initiative that he says will allow for financial freedom in these troubled economic times:

Most people don’t know that out of all of the millionaires in the world, entertainers and professional athletes make up only 1% of that number. Network marketing and Investment travel is an untapped market with unlimited growth potential. It’s time to wake up and grow up. Build a profitable business without overhead and employees. All you need is $500 and a computer; you can make millions.

Network marketing has turned more people into millionaires than any other business industry in the past years. You can be successful, make millions, travel and live like a celebrity without the paparazzi following you around. If you can afford to buy Nike Air Jordan Collezion for $310 or True Religion Jeans for $250 during this financial slum, than you can invest $500 into your own business to secure your financial freedom.

If you would like to test drive, or become a part of Mr. Miller’s latest effort to educate and uplift his people through financial literacy, you can sign up here.

Rapper T.I. has recently teamed up with Crimestoppers Atlanta to help get criminals off the street:

Check out the report:

Rapper T.I. is teaming up with local Atlanta news station WSB-TV in a new campaign to help fight crime in metro Atlanta neighborhoods. T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., is stepping in front of the camera, as the face of a new public service announcement to encourage others to report tips about crimes through an anonymous hot line. “Hey, what’s happening y’all? Some people call me Tip, but this is about another kind of tip that could help our mothers, our sisters, our brothers and our fathers to help get the perpetrators who commit crimes against them off the streets ” T.I. says in the video. “All you gotta do is call Crimestoppers Atlanta. Tips can be anonymous and there’s even a reward.” The new campaign, Atlanta Crimestoppers, is the brain child of WSB-TV investigative reporter Mark Winne. “I think T.I.’s street cred is as powerful as anybody we could get to do it,” said Winne. “There is no telling how many lives this PSA may save,” Winne added.

Ever since the Atlanta rapper was arrested around this time last year on gun charges, T.I. has been heavily involved in charity work and reaching out to the youth. His organization, The K.I.N.G. Foundation, reaches out to under privileged youth in the Atlanta community, helping them to see their potential and also having  giveaways for the kids. THAT’S HIP-HOP.