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CONGRATULATIONS! BlackPlanet Members for

Volunteering more than 70 hours of your time. 

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Inspired to make a change? BlackPlanet Rising will inspire you with ways you can make a positive difference in your community, whether it's through donating your time, money, or expertise to a worthy cause. BlackPlanet Rising exists to provide you with the tools and resources you need to get involved in causes you care about and spread the word!

Why You Should Join The Movement To Make A Difference

  • Each person's contribution, no matter how large or small, has the ability to affect change in his or her community.
  • Working collectively with others in our respective communities results in greater impact and rapid progress for every cause.
  • Rallying your community is as rewarding for you as it is for the cause or individuals receiving your support.

BlackPlanet Rising aims to mobilize the BlackPlanet community by introducing and encouraging acts of service and social change. By connec ting members to various philanthropic opportunities and like-minded individuals, we empower individuals to champion a cause they believe in to make a positive change their community. By serving as a meeting point for social and civic engagement, we are dedicated to providing tools and resources that inform, inspire, and motivate action.

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Braylon Edwards was very popular in the headlines for all the wrong reasons not too long ago. His name could have easily been added to my earlier Celebrity Trouble Again? blog. This time hersquo;s being recognized for a good play off of the field. Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is a man of his word. And because he is, 100 students are going to college on his dime. In 2007, Edwards promised 100 Cleveland high school students that he would pay for their college tuitionmdash;a total value of 1... (continue reading)

Riser of the Month: Oni Joseph


Hailing from Gloucester, Ontario Canada, meet the latest BlackPlanet Riser. Oni Joseph, aka Nuage, is a nexus of activity with seemingly boundless energy. She has been seen on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television fundraising for Haitian disaster relief efforts, spotted in South Africa on the Mandela compound, and even briefly in New York City to see the BlackPlanet offices. I want to mend socioeconomic, cultural, and political divisions, and facilitate intergenerational dialogues by... (continue reading)

Riser of the Month: Ryan Mack


Ryan Mack, Brooklyn, NY President of Optimum Capital Management, Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a sustainable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. In addition to being a financial adviser working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to innercity communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy.... (continue reading)

BlackPlanet Rising... Higher


BlackPlanet Rising was first presented to the BP members in the middle of 2009. The goal then as it is now was to engage our members with a convenient process to volunteer and donate within various communities to address social issues instead of just discussing them. As with many new initiatives it was greeted with much fanfare which over time cooled down considerably as the daily activities of life and business began to mount. I am pleased to write to you today to inform you that our commitment... (continue reading)

BlackPlanet Rising


INTERACTIVE ONE LAUNCHES BLACKPLANET RISING, THE FIRST ONLINE PLATFORM EMPOWERING AFRICAN AMERICANS SEEKING TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Creates a Network of Volunteer and Educational Opportunities Allowing AfricanAmericans to ldquo;Champion a Cause and Change their Communityrdquo; New York, NY ndash; August 12, 2009 ndash; Interactive One, LLC The Digital Connection for Black America and the digital division of Radio One, Inc. NASDAQROIAK and ROIA, the largest African... (continue reading)

Radio One Celebrates 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving


WASHINGTON, Sept 09, 2010 PRNewswire via COMTEX Radio One, Inc. Nasdaq ROIAK and ROIA will celebrate 30 years of service to the community with 30 days of giving back in October 2010. Radio One is one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country and the largest that primarily targets AfricanAmericans. All 1,300 employees, at all 52 radio stations, in all 16 markets will roll up their sleeves to give back to the local communities that have embraced them for the last three decades, as they... (continue reading)

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