Nyong’o pays for 600 kids to see ‘Black Panther’

The #BlackPantherChallenge all began as a fundraising initiative to bring children from Harlem to movie theaters to see the box office smash Black Panther. But one of the film’s stars just took that challenge to a whole new level.

According to Glamour, actor Lupita Nyong’o took to Instagram to announce that, along with her mom, joined the challenge and paid for 600 kids from her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya to watch the film. Urging others to join the movement, Glamour says Nyong’o explained why it’s so important that kids see the film.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” she wrote.

In one of the videos accompanying her post, Glamour reports that a girl who was able to watch the film because of Nyong’o’s kindness said that the film taught her about “being a good leader by never giving up in the face of challenges and ‘people coming together to work as a team, to achieve, and to build our nation.'”

 

Nicole’s Favorites: Graphic tees with a message

Graphic tees are a great way to share a cool print or a funny saying, but sometimes, screen printed T-shirts about more than just comfort and style. In fact, some tees can be as charitable as they are fashionable.

As someone who loves to shop with a purpose, I’ve been recently trying to find T-shirts and companies that donate to a worthy cause or organization with every purchase, and in that quest, I’ve landed on a few shops that are doing big things with simple tees. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Outrage

Called an “apparel brand for lovers of equality,” The Outrage fights inequities at every turn with T-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories. The best part is that every item for sale on their site gives back to organizations that fight such inequalities like Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Store favorite: The “Resist” scoop neck pocket T-shirt ($29). This simple style injects a bit of the resistance into your everyday attire, all while benefitting the ACLU.

Otherwild

This New York and Los Angeles-based shop highlights the work of individual artists and designers, acting as one-part retail space and one-part design space. While not all of their products directly benefit outside organizations, they do have a selection of items that delegate a portion of their proceeds to specific charities and institutions.

Store favorite: “The Future is Female” sweatshirt ($60). Modeled after the first “The Future is Female” T-shirt made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, this sweatshirt allows you to wear your feminism out loud. Twenty-five percent of the cost will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Feminist Apparel

An independently-owned “purpose-driven” apparel company based in Philadelphia, Penn., Feminist Apparel believes in “spreading feminism through inclusivity, positivity, and open dialogue.” Featuring a wide variety of designs that spans issues including rape culture, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights and Black Lives Matter issues, there is something for everyone at Feminist Apparel.

Store favorite: The “Cinnamon Scrolls, Not Gender Roles” T-shirt ($29.95). While this tee is certainly cute with its animated cinnamon roll on the front, its message is still powerful — especially since proceeds benefit The Equality Institute, which works to secure gender equality and eradicate violence against women.

So whatever causes you support or issues you care about, you can wear your heart on your sleeve, thanks to these fabulous shops.

Happy shopping!

XO,

Nicole

 

Bullock, Beyoncé support Houston relief efforts

As citizens of the world and citizens of the United States, offering a helping hand is woven into our fabric as a people. So when the Gulf Coast of Texas and the city of Houston were hit by Harvey, the former Category 4 hurricane and current tropical storm, some of the most well-known among us stepped up to facilitate relief efforts.

First to make headlines was Beyoncé, a Houston native, who told The Houston Chronicle that while her heart is always with her hometown, she will be making an extra effort to help those affected by the record flooding.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

But Beyoncé isn’t the only one to make headlines in helping Houston. According to People, Austin resident Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the Red Cross relief effort. While the storm comes in the midst of a polarized political climate, Bullock said relief efforts should mobilize people to support their fellow Americans.

“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said, according to People. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

Others who have donated thus far include Kevin Hart, the Kardashian family, Wendy Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, The Rock and Nicki Minaj, reports ELLE.

To find out how you can help, click here.

Lipstick company donates to Planned Parenthood

Sometimes, beauty products are about more than just adding a pop of color to our faces and a glow to our skin.

Take The Lipstick Lobby, for example. According to InStyle, the beauty-for-good brand is using their lipstick products in order to benefit women in the United States and around the world by having 100 percent of the net profits of one of their lipstick donated to Planned Parenthood.

Called “Kiss My Pink,” InStyle says the sale of this vibrant shade of hot pink lipstick will directly benefit the nonprofit. While purchasing the lipstick comes with some philanthropic benefits, the cosmetic itself also has some skin benefits; InStyle reports that the lip smacker delivers a healthy dose of vitamins C and E, so it will keep your pout perfectly smooth and soft.

This dual-purpose lipstick is beneficial all around, and for just $19, you get an eye-catching new shade to try out, all while supporting women’s health care in the U.S. and beyond.

Shop the shade here.