Wu-Tang Clan Founder RZA Gives Back For The Holidays Through Contemporary Menswear Line, 36 Chambers

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Wu-Tang Clan's founder RZA and creative Mustafa Shaikh are pleased to announce the 36 Chambers menswear limited-edition launch of the Quilted Denim Motorcycle Jacket. There are a total of 36 jackets made: 24 in black and 12 in white. 100% of the profits of the all white jacket will go to The Children’s Literacy Society. 36 Chambers, is a contemporary menswear line that fuses elements of hip-hop, Chinese culture and high fashion to carve its own niche within menswear. Find the jacket here for purchase @ www.36chambers.com. The jacket retails for $300.00.
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RZA says of the philanthropy aspect of 36 Chambers, "When starting this line it was very important for us to build a charitable aspect into our company starting with the first season. With it being the holiday season we hope to encourage others to get involved by giving to a great cause, while at the same time purchasing a great jacket to wear.”
RZA chose The Children’s Literacy Society as the first charity to give back to because as a father, and through his sister’s work, he sees the importance of educating and caring for children who are less fortunate. The Children’s Literacy Society, founded by RZA’s sister Sophia Diggs, provides funds and resources for afterschool programs in public schools - programs includes reading, writing, music and nutrition. The program creates initiatives that advocate for children’s issues and community-based organizations that assist children in need.
“When my sister left my company to work for New York Human Resources, she came across so many adults with low level literacy skills. These people occupy our homeless shelters, prisons and are in the lowest income bracket. Children's Literacy Society aims to bring awareness to this problem as well as offer some solutions by engaging children at a young age to discover the beauty and importance of reading and writing,” RZA explains.
“36 Chambers is inspired by the Wu philosophy: kung fu, mathematics, and Eastern philosophy and art," said RZA. "Using that as a foundation, we've blended together the rugged feel of streetwear with the quality craftsmanship of high fashion to create apparel with a classic look."
Renowned Chinese calligrapher, Mak Ming Chan, penned a poem for the collection, which details the story of the Golden Dragon. Written in Chinese calligraphy, the poem is featured on the back of the jacket. The jacket also has impressive embroidery of the 36 Chambers logo placed on the sleeves of the jacket.
“We put a lot of attention into the execution of every piece of the line to ensure that each limited piece told a story,” said Mustafa Shaikh. “Everything from the embroidery work to the liner to even the hang tag, were meticulously crafted in order to tell a cohesive narrative.”
Items from the collection include limited edition varsity jackets, suit jackets, shirts, bags, and accessories. A women’s varsity jacket will also soon be made available for purchase.
The full collection is available for purchase through 36chambers.com.
The following 36 Chambers retail pop-up events are happening in December: December 17th in NYC @ Extra Butter (125 Orchard St.) and in San Francisco @ True (1415 Haight St.)

HEALING INNER-CITY TRAUMA

TED RESIDENT DR. ROB GORE DELIVERS 
TED TALK: "HEALING INNER-CITY TRAUMA"

Brooklyn-based ER physician and founder of KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative) shares his passion for working to end homicide among African-American youth
Payback is a killer. The number 1 cause of death among African-American men 15 to 34 is homicide. Dr. Rob Gore, an emergency medicine physician who grew up in the Brooklyn, NY, community where he works, saw that if he could treat his patients' trauma, he could perhaps quell their impulse to seek retribution. Eight years ago, he founded KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), which works to empower youth and transform health care in marginalized populations.

Says Dr. Gore: "Given the state of emergency we are in with regards to human life and well being, it is important that we all become activists and change agents instead of assuming the problems affecting marginalized groups are going to fix themselves."

The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semi-annual competitive application. Those chosen as TED Residents spend four months at TED headquarters in New York City, working on their idea. Selection criteria include the strength of their idea, their character, and their ability to bring a fresh perspective and positive contribution to the diverse TED community.

Check out Dr. Gore's TED Talk here.

SMOKE DZA AND PETE ROCK "MILESTONE," FEATURING BJ THE CHICAGO KID, STYLES P, & JADAKISS NEW ALBUM DON'T SMOKE ROCK IN STORES DECEMBER 2




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Smoke DZA and Pete Rock release "Milestone," featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Styles P, and Jadakiss in support of the December 2nd release of Don't Smoke Rock.

“The duo met up years ago and began discussing recording together as a team. Smoke DZA remembers, "[Pete Rock] was driving through my block and he saw me and we was just chopping it up, just on some regular shit. Funk Flex was working on this mixtape and he sent me this beat that PR did, and I was like, ‘Yo, I need a verse on this. Pete Rock made the beat!?' and that started the working relationship. From there we did a cut on my album Dreams Don’t Achieve, called "Achieve." From there, PR was like, ‘Yo we just need to do a whole joint.’ You know, here we are.”

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Pete Continues, “I’m all for working with the younger generation. Smoke is a younger cat with an old soul, he made me realize that with the beats he picked. [Beats] I thought would go over his head, instead, he would get into some of that soulful stuff. I make beats. Whether you're young or of age or whatever. As long as you’re dope, you got me.”

Support Your Local Charity on Thursday, November 17th - Georgia Gives Day


In honor of Georgia Gives Day’s 2016 Like-A-Thon on Facebook, please pledge a monetary amount towards the Enchanted Closet’s mission of supporting our programs.  

How do you do this? All you have to do is make a pledge (of any amount you want; you don't even need to tell us), post a wonderful comment on your Facebook page about the Enchanted Closet, and then donate to the organization based on the amount of Likes your post gets. 

By including the hashtag #LikeGaGives in your post, the Enchanted Closet will also be entered into a drawing for an extra $250 donation. The winner will be announced on Georgia Gives Day, November 17, 2016.

TASHA COBBS MINISTRIES RAISES MONEY FOR HAITIAN FAMILIES IN NEED WITH FREE BENEFIT CONCERT IN ATLANTA



Tasha Cobbs Ministries (TCM) hosted an uplifting evening of worship at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Joining Tasha Cobbs for the night of worship included, special guest artists Kirk FranklinJames FortuneVaShawn MitchellIsaac CarreeAnthony BrownJonathan McReynoldsBishop William MurphyBishop Paul S. MortonJimi CravityTodd Galberth and DJ Dex.

VIP’s in attendance included Catherine Brewton (“BMI”), Damita ChandlerY’Anna Crawley (“BET Sunday Best”), Marlo Hampton(“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), 1K Phew and more. Sirius XM’s DJ Dex kept the spirit moving before and after the concert using his unique musical style on the turntables. Atlanta’s inspiration station PRAISE 102.5fm was on site to show support to for great cause. 100% of all donations were donated to Project Medishare.

ATL, SAVE THE DATE: CREATE ATL FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL AT THE WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER NOVEMBER 27

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The Woodruff Arts Center’s seventh Free Family Festival, takes place on November 27 from 1 – 4 PM as part of the CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative. This holiday-themed festival will feature family-oriented programming led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. Families will enjoy exclusive performances of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music and Atlanta Ballet Youth Ensemble dances from The Nutcracker, learn about multicultural holiday traditions through art-making and storytelling and even meet Santa’s reindeer!

A Christmas Carol is a can’t-miss event and although the family festival is a free event, please note that tickets are required for the stage play and will sell out before November 27! Register for free online at woodruffcreateATL.org. For those wishing to perform their own holiday favorites, actors of all ages and skill levels can participate in the Reindeer Games: Improv Games workshop where they will create spontaneous holiday scenes with family members. The Rich Theatre will also feature a one-time rendition of Atlanta favorite Courtenay Collins’ family-friendly version of her popular holiday cabaret show, Courtenay’s Cabaret: Family Holiday Vacation.

The holidays are a perfect time to experience the music and talent of the Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony OrchestraA Family Holiday Special is the quintessential holiday sing-along with Christmas classics for the whole family. Rumor has it that Santa will even make an appearance! Please note that this is a popular, ticketed event; pre-register for the Festival for free and get your tickets online at woodruffcreateATL.org. Outside Symphony Hall, families can enjoy Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet as they perform a mini-concert of holiday favorites in the Galleria. Future music-makers can also design, create and play their own instruments in the Instrument Making: Sleigh Bells workshop.

CREATE ATL activities do not include admission to the High Museum of Art, but with purchase of the new, lower-cost admission, families can explore both the whole museum and participate in several free activities! Bilingual Story Time is an event where engaging storytellers will bring favorite stories to life in English and Spanish at the High. The Get a Move On Art Making Workshop will allow artists of all ages to interact with High Museum teaching artists and create their own masterpieces. Families can also explore the High’s exhibits on their own with a Get a Move On Gallery Guide (best for ages 5+) and with a guide as a part of the Docent-Guided Family Tour. Tiovivo, the large-scale interactive installation built for kids of all ages, is free and open to the public on Sifly Piazza – be sure to stop by for its last day on November 27!

To register for the Free Family Festival, visit woodruffcreateATL.org.

NEW SEASON OF "WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE'S" RETURNS ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Soul food entrepreneur and matriarch Miss Robbie Montgomery, her son Tim Norman and their vibrant family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for another family drama-fueled season of the NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series, "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." Produced by Pilgrim Media Group, the series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through their highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire.  

On an all-new season, the family experiences a devastating tragedy when they learn of the senseless murder of Miss Robbie's grandson, Andre, forcing them to reflect on other dark moments from the family's past. Tim also revisits the prison where he was incarcerated for 10 years, and Miss Robbie joins him "behind the wall" to witness first-hand the shocking reality her son experienced at the young age of 17.

Meanwhile, as Miss Robbie and Tim continue to expand the Sweetie Pie's brand, they don't always see eye-to-eye on the best approach. And after 30 years, Miss Robbie revives her music career, this time doing it her way with exciting opportunities on the horizon. As always - amid personal tragedy, legal turmoil and new ventures - the Sweetie Pie's family manages to find strength, love and humor throughout their journey.

Children Book Inspires Black Boys To Be Brilliant

Children book “I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy!,” written by Joshua B. Drummond and Betty K. Bynum, inspires young black boys to be educated and successful.

“I would watch Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Every once in a while, there would be that one Black character within the friend group,” Drummond said in a press release according to the Huffington Post. “But for my age, there was never a whole group of just boys, like cool Black kids for the cartoons in particular.”

Drummond, as a co-writer, was motivated to be part of this despite the lack of Black cartoon characters on television. He also wants to bring some “light to the world” on the national conversation center around race and inequality. A lot of celebrities such as Samuel L JacksonVin Diesel and Denzel Washington endorse the book. Still people in today’s society need to understand the importance of black lives. Check out the video below in promoting the book, which is sold in stores starting at $19.95.

MR. CHURCH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL HD

Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson redefine family in this 
touching drama. Own it today! 

 Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
The Mr. Church home entertainment release bonus material includes interviews with the cast, a "Food on Film" featurette, and a look at the true story the film is based on. Mr. Church will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

PURCHASE "MR. CHURCH"
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