Sunday, November 6, 2016
South Carolina High Schooler Tae Moore buys Air Jordans for classmate "Easy E" who was getting bullied.

And a grateful "Easy E" had something to say about it.

This guy's name is Tay, he goes to greenwood high school. Yesterday when I walked into the gym to get ready for lunch Tay asked me what size shoe I wear and I said "9, why", and he said "alright tomorrow I want you to show up at this exact spot, ok", and I said "alright man". Today when I went into the gym there was a small crowd of students around Tay who had a footlocker bag, when he saw me come in he pulled out a Jordan shoe box and he opened it and it had retro 1 jordans, and then he handed them to me saying "here you go man these are yours", at first I didn't know what he was talking about, but then he told his friends to put my book bag somewhere, while he laced my shoes, when they were on I asked him "I don't understand why are you giving me these", when he said "I heard people have been bullying you, so I wanted to get you these to make you feel better", and when he said that I hugged him and I almost cried, and I cannot thank him enough, and then he said "and if anybody bullying you, you let me know alright", and I said "thank you so much". #thereareawesomepeopleintheworld
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Video Credit: Tae Moore

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sprinkles Strawberry Shortcake

There's a lot of people in the world that would consider themselves a cupcake connoisseur... and well, I'm here to announce that.. ahem... 
I am not one. 
I think the name cupcake connoisseur is quite the prestigious title to give oneself and well, I like to keep humble, you know? I do, however, like cupcakes! 
Like, a lot. A LOT. A LOT. 

and I can honestly say I've had my fair share. I know there are many critics in the cupcake world but I'll stick to my guns and say Sprinkles is one of my favorites. 

There's very few things that brighten my day more than a brown box of assorted cupcakes...there just isn't, and for the month of August Sprinkles is sweetening the deal with their Strawberry Shortcake cupcake. This special cupcake is made of a yellow cake filled with strawberry curd and topped with a burt marshmallow frosting, and on top of being delicious, this cupcake is helping change the face of foster care for the Los Angeles area.

Sprinkles in partnership with Drew Barrymore and United Friends of the Children have made this life changing cupcake in support of educating children of foster care.

More about United Friends of the Children
Los Angeles houses the largest concentration of foster youth in our nation. With approximately 30,000 individuals, the challenges these foster youths face range anywhere from homelessness, incarceration, lack of education, and decline of physical, and emotional health.
Through the help of United Friends of the Children, the organization empowers current and former foster youth by teaching them skills for self-sufficiency.

Their guiding principles include: 
1. Building meaningful, Lasting Relationships
2. Providing Resources for a Successful Transition to Adulthood
3. Changing Current Educational Outcomes

Since 1979, this incredible organization has help foster youth achieve their academic through college readiness, college sponsorships, stable housing and employment.

So remember when you're on your way to your local Sprinkles remember you're doing a good thing. Buy a dozen... you're a good person after all.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Peace for Paris, Peace for the World

It's not the fear or the hatred that defines the aftermath of terrorism,  it's the love we see afterwards It's the love we see from our next door neighbors and from our  neighbors across the world. Terrorism is defined by humanities ability to explain to a child what is good and what is bad. It's in the comfort of knowing that flowers  and candles  can be redefined as protectors. And it's in ability to recognize what's most important in life like family, love, education, resilience, and home.

To all those suffering, may France always feel like home.

Beacoup d'amour,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

SEQUENCE JEWELRY: Disrupting the Sequence of Violence

As someone who was raised in the Silicon Valley I absolutely love when technology meets global good and fashion.

SEQUENCE is a collection of beautifully crafted knotted jewelry designed with the powerful message of nonviolence.
SEQUENCE was founded by designer Ariela Suster beginning in her homeland of El Salvador. Experiencing firsthand how violence affected lives, Ariela made it her life goal to create a brand that not only fulfilled her passion, but also created positive change for her country, and her country's people.

With help from two artisans from the local village of Tepecoyo, Oscar Bautista and Natali Orellana, the SEQUENCE family continued to grow through discovering, designing and producing their signature knotted bracelets.

Through their bracelets SEQUENCE is able to create impactful change in El Salvador by creating jobs, cultivating professional development, and improving the livelihood of individuals in a country challenged by violence.

Through a collaboration with Microsoft, SEQUENCE has crafted special edition bracelets that combine both fashion and technology.

The collection includes 3 new bracelets designed with an NFC chip that, when tapped against a smartphone, (Windows, Android, or Blackberry) the phone will play a short video clip of how the bracelet you're wearing was made.

This initiative was created to provide an innovative way to communicate powerful messages through socially conscious fashion brands.

The message is simple, yet powerful:
"SEQUENCE is set out to disrupt the sequence of violence that limits at risk youth"

#Selfless: A Social Media Movement

Wether we like it or not, we're a very self-centered society. We're obsessed with ourselves, and who can blame us? Self promotion can open doors for individuals in this day and age. Sometimes it generates income, but mostly it cultivates validation in a world longing for it. But...what if... what if we flipped the script? What if instead of the focus being on us the focus is on the selflessness of others?

In an article written for the Huffington Post Impact, SydneyAnne Stone proposes a new movement entitled the #Selfless. 

Stone writes: "The #Selfless is simple. You take a picture of someone (other than yourself) doing something selfless for someone else and post it on social media with the hashtag selfless."

It's genius! How many times do you see good deeds happen on a daily basis? The kind of good deeds that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? A lot, no? So why not share the warm and fuzzies? Gimme those warm and fuzzies!

So, with one simple hashtag lets start this movement of sharing the beauty of humanity, and capturing what we typically don't see when our lenses aren't too fixated on us. 

See something uplifting, share something uplifting, and use #Selfless.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Emma Watson Interviews Malala Yousafzai

UN Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai discuss the biographical account of Malala's life and aspirations through the documentary He Named Me Malala.