Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Actors Hill Harper and Nate Parker have partnered to host the 5th annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive. Originally created by Harper’s nonprofit foundation of the same name, the charity event will be held in conjunction with the USMC Toys for Tots Program on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood. Last year, the Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive yielded the most donations of any event of its kind in Southern California. More than 1,000 toys were collected; a record the foundation is determined to break this holiday season. This year’s event will feature a celebrity host committee, including Gabrielle Union, Isaiah Washington and Nicole Scherzinger, along with food, beverages, entertainment, toys and guest gift bags made possible by CBS, Ogo Sport, Miss Jessie’s, Popchips, Chambord Black Raspberry Flavored Vodka, 1iota, Cupcake Cuties Cupcakery, Diabolo Beverages, DJ B. Hen and GoodWoodNYC. Harper and Parker’s intentions are to utilize the toy drive as a vehicle to raise awareness for less fortunate youth in Los Angeles.
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The U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will announce the 2012 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week award winners. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding contributions of 12 private sector, nonprofit entities and leaders in the categories of lifetime achievement, leadership, access to capital, exporting and manufacturing that have had a major impact on the growth of minority business enterprises. The winners will be honored during the 30th Anniversary MED Week Conference. “Through effective advocacy, entrepreneurial success and economic impact, the individuals and firms selected for these honors have shown exemplary commitment to the minority business sector,” said David A. Hinson, MBDA national director. “They are pillars in their communities who help to create jobs and keep our nation competitive in the global economy. MBDA and the U.S. Department of Commerce are pleased to pay tribute to these outstanding leaders and firms and the entrepreneurial spirit they embody and promote.”