Monday, November 2, 2015

Justin von Bujdoss and Jessica Pimentel: Working for the Incarcerated

With the aim of bringing peace of mind to incarcerated persons, Buddhist teacher Justin von Bujdoss and Orange is the New Black actress Jessica Pimentel talk about their efforts.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Diablo Rose for Little Princess Trust

Name:  Diablo Rose

What is your job?
I'm the Creative Director at Le Keux Vintage Salon and Le Keux Cosmetics.  I do all the branding, design and packaging for the business and am the manager or our Leeds salon where I am also a vintage hair and make-up stylist.

What social causes are most important to you?
I want to try to encourage empowerment and self confidence in women, the confidence to live your life by your own rules and to always be yourself. It's so easy to get pigeon holed, or made to feel you need to look/act/present yourself in a certain way in order to fit in or be treated in the right way. I want to help people find that self belief, that they can do whatever they put their mind to, whether that's something 'small' by putting a little streak or colour through their hair all the way up to becoming their own boss! I get so many women tell me they wish they had the confidence to do this or that and I always say that if they love it, then go for it, do what makes you happy. We all deserve to be ourselves, in all our quirks and differences!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Ike Foundation: Take A Kid Fishing

Name: Mike Iaconelli  
Describe your profession: I fish professionally. When I say that, most people think of commercial fishing like what you see on Nat Geo. But I’m a bass tournament angler. My job really has two parts. The first is actually competing in bass tournaments all across the country. Like golf or tennis, I have to compete against other top-ranked professionals in the world. The second part of my job is representing and promoting various brands and the products they produce.

What social causes are most important to you?
I have a few, but youth fishing and fishing awareness are my top two.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Moniece Slaughter for ALFALIT

Moniece Slaughter
What is your job? Currently, I co-star on Vh1's "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood" -- Season 2 premieres Aug 31st. This season, I will be dropping a new music video and EP.

What social causes are most important to you? I'm all in for equal rights for women which will still do not have in the United States -- the Equal Rights Ammendment is needed to protect women from sex discrimination.

What charity do you support?Alfalit, it offers programs in literacy, basic education, preschool, health, nutrition, and community development to the poorest  in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Portugal, and the United States.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular? Is there a personal tie?As a mother, I am hands-on in my son's education, and teaching him how to read and write. Illiteracy is a global epidemic that results in so many other serious socio-economic issues.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? Absolutely. Visit and support their programs.

Quick list of your tattoos?  Floral half sleeve. My son's bday in Roman Numerals. Supreme on my rib cage. My son's name. Butterfly on my hip. Dragon on my back. Dollar sign behind my ear.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jesse Sarvinski for Red Eye

Name: Jesse Sarvinski

What is your job? I am a songwriter, vocalist and producer but I also like to include visual artist because one of my favorite things is to see a song come to life through the medium of music video. I love to collaborate with other artists and see their interpretation of the song. 
What social causes are most important to you? I’m really big on health and nutrition. I believe in the power of the human body, mind, and diet and I live by the words “Let Thy food be Thy medicine” so I try and spread the word that you really and truly can feel better based on what you put into your body. Don’t get me wrong I can definitely slam down a pizza from time to time but in general I like to eat clean; fruits and nuts, vegetables, lean meats and food that comes from the Earth and has not been tainted or processed. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Accomplished Amy Purdy: Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All

©Doug Pensinger via Getty Images
Introduce yourself?
Amy Purdy, I am a professional athlete, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling Author, actor and model.

What social causes are most important to you? Inclusion of people with all abilities, animal and environmental causes.
What charities do you support – and how?

The charity I co-founded Adaptive Action Sports WWW.ADACS.Org and many other "adaptive sport" organizations. I am currently looking for an animal and environmental organization that matches my values.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chris Grosso Quotes Ghostface Killah: "Love, lift us up. Take us higher, like every ghetto flower.”

Credit: Sarit Photography

Name: Chris Grosso

What is your job? Author, Public Speaker, Musician

What social causes are most important to you? Addiction/Recovery

What non-profits do you support – and how? There are so many great non-profits out there like Reciprocity Foundation, The LoveMore Movement and so on, but the one I’m most aligned with is Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited in Hartford, CT.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Victims of ISIS: Two Men Extend a Hand

Alex Bradbeer and his friend Paul brought 500 toys to an Iraqi refugee camp, exhibiting the basic human kindnesses that can make the world more friendly.

"ISIS had attacked their village. They had fled on foot into the mountains where they walked for 8 days with no food. Most had lost family members. Their village is now gone, and the place they once called home will never be called such again. A city park is their new place of residence; underneath plastic that leaks when it rains. They have no money, which in turn means they have no food. They are given next to no support, and have no idea what to do. The peaceful lives that these people once lived have been destroyed." 

Read the full journal here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

You can’t complain about the dark if you aren’t lighting any candles.

Name: Jessica Gale

What is your job? I teach yoga and meditation at a well known destination resort/spa and at a local power yoga studio.

What social causes are most important to you? Child/Teen Health and reproductive rights.

What charity do you support – and how? Tu Nidito and their affiliation with Camp Erin. I volunteer my time.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? During my first semester in college, my dad died.  I was devastated. It was the greatest catastrophe of my life, I was frightened, lost and emotionally paralyzed. But I told everyone I was fine, and I acted fine.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Chelsie Wyse and Challenge Scholars

Name: Chelsie Wyse 

What is your job?
I am the Community Engagement Specialist with The Rapidian. It is my job to reach out to the Grand Rapids community and engage them with The Rapidian, a hyper-local, citizen journalism news source. I accomplish this by physically going out into the community by attending events, networking, or sitting down with someone over coffee. I also accomplish this connecting with the community through social media. Many of us are online and I want to make sure I’m meeting current and potential readers and reporters where they are. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Textile Recycling Helps Ontario's Hungry and Homeless

Name: Daniela

What is your job? Director of Business Development for

What social causes are most important to you? I have several from poverty eradication, resource economics, waste reduction, end of Prohibition, and police and citizen relations.

What charity do you support – and how? The Canadian Community Support Foundation.  I started with them by serving on the board of directors but then decided to take a job with the recycling company they use for their textile recycling fundraising, and devote most of my career to expanding on the ways that they can fundraise through textile recycling. I just recently spearheaded an expansion that provides multiunit residential properties like apartment buildings a free recycling service that benefits CCSF. I have also done a lot in the industry to raise operating standards.

Monday, February 2, 2015

True Rivals' Speak Out For MusicFeedsLA

Name: Kevin Besignano

What is your job? Guitarist and Vocals for True Rivals.

What social causes are most important to you? Keeping music education in our schools and helping to eradicate homelessness in large cities, such as the Los Angeles area. Growing up in NYC and then moving to Los Angeles about a decade ago, I’ve seen my fair share of various homeless youths and adults.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Red Dodge For The 501st -- Bad Guys Doing Good!

Name: Red Dodge

What is your job? I am a Makeup Artist. My clients include Disney, NBC, Fiat, GM, and an extensive list of celebrities.  You can view my work on I am also the manager of Garage Magazine and co-owner/executive editor of Tache Magazine.

What social causes are most important to you? Pediatric health and cancer treatment, animal rights, welfare and protection, human equality, violence against women and freedom from religion.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Dirk Vermin: Lending a Hand to NSPCA, Heaven Can Wait, and Ink 4 Autism

Name: Dirk Vermin

What is your job? Father, tattoo artist, business owner, musician, soon to be author, producer and TV Star. etc

What social causes are most important to you? Anything that helps children and animals or fights cancer!

What charities do you support – and how?
NSPCA, Heaven Can Wait (a no-kill animal shelter), Ink4Autism, and although its not an 'organization',  I tattoo breast cancer survivors both with "pink ribbons" and also reconstruct areolas with tattoos to make these women feel whole again. I NEVER charge a cancer survivor, ever. Tattooing is also an amazing way to cover scarring of all types which is important for all of us with self esteem.