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PHOTO CREDIT: Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition

Hundreds of patriotic people gathered in one place for one reason Thursday night: to honor and empower wounded warriors. Supporters and warriors came together at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® at Gotham Hall on May 16 to raise awareness and support for the latest generation of injured veterans.

The night was memorable for many, including wounded warrior Michael Carrasquillo. The Manhattan native was honored with the Courage Award, the pinnacle award of the night given to a warrior who best exemplifies bravery, courage, and strength. Carrasquillo, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, mentors veterans as a WWP Peer Support group leader and helps them in their transitions to civilian life. New York Giants defensive end B.J. Hill presented Carrasquillo – a life-long Giants fan – with the award.

The Service Award was presented to Craig Manske, Steve Grabowski, and Ed Lewandowski. The trio has been instrumental in generating support for WWP in the Chicago area for more than 10 years, specifically in connection with Soldier Ride® Chicago and the Chicago Air and Water Show.

Allcat Claims Service was honored with the Empowerment Award. They’ve raised nearly $1 million for WWP programs and services that empower, employ, and engage warriors in their communities.

“It’s the people that make the Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner special,” said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. “Michael Carrasquillo and our other honored awardees are perfect examples of warriors and supporters who understand our mission and have been selfless in their service to wounded veterans.”

Celebrities also made an impact on the evening. Extra host Mario Lopez hosted the event, and former America’s Got Talent contestant Johnny Manuel performed…

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Clever announces support for Gender X to make Edtech more inclusive
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Clever, the most widely-used single sign-on platform in K-12 education, today announced that its next API version will support a non-binary gender option (“Gender X”) alongside traditional male and female options. This means that Clever’s 9,000 school districts will be able to pass non-binary gender markers to learning providers…

International Day of Football and Friendship Celebrated in Schools Around the World
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More than 40,000 participants have taken part in more than 200 events within the International Day of Football and Friendship. The activities involved meetings, training, and friendly matches with participation of the Young Ambassadors and Coaches of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship, famous football players…

Michael Phelps Continues As Global Ambassador Of Colgate’s “Save Water” Conservation Effort With Behavior-Change Tips
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On Earth Day 2019, Colgate announced its continued partnership with one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, who serves as global ambassador for the brand’s ongoing “Save Water” initiative. The campaign message is simple: small acts like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can…

How Boarding Schools Prepare Young People for College
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One Woman’s Cancer Fight: A Case Study In Structural Racism
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Despite the growing body of evidence showing that social forces like income, housing and educational attainment have a greater bearing on health outcomes than behavior or genetics, healthcare leaders remain reluctant to identify racism as a root cause of racial health inequities. In an April 18 article in…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Michael R. Dekker. Singathon 2017
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NYCGMC Performs Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall50, Together with Over 500 Members from Peer Choruses Across the Country

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus(NYCGMC) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presenting the New York premiere of Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall50, a new choral suite written by a diverse group of LGBTQ composers, including Tony nominated singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, director of Broadway Inspirational Voices Michael McElroy, writer and producer on Golden Globe ®-nominated TV series Pose Our Lady J, musical theater composers Julian Hornik and Mike Shaieb, and Artistic Director of One Voice Chorus Jane Ramseyer Miller. The performance will directly coincide with when the Stonewall riots began, fifty years prior.

Quiet No More is co-commissioned by the NYCGMC and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and coincides with the first ever World Pride in New York City, in addition to the 40th anniversary of the NYCGMC.

Through choral singing and spoken word, Quiet No More examines the vast legacy and worldwide change towards more equitable rights for the LGBTQ population that resulted from the six days of the Stonewall riots in June 1969 in New York City’s West Village, giving listeners a nuanced portrayal of…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell being interviewed by 60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim
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Toronto-based international nonprofit helps LGBTQI people in danger find legal pathways to safety

Rainbow Railroad — an international nonprofit that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people in danger find legal pathways to safety — announced today that the organization’s life-saving work will be the subject of a profile on CBS’ iconic newsmagazine program, “60 Minutes.” The segment, which features exclusive interviews with Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell and survivors of anti-LGBTQI persecution in Jamaica, Chechnya and Egypt, will air this Sunday, May 19, at 7pm Eastern / 6 Central on CBS and CBS All Access.

“By putting a spotlight on the horrific violence and persecution that LGBTQI people face in far too many corners of the world, ’60 Minutes’ is helping to hold perpetrators of state-sanctioned hate accountable,” said Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell. “Already this year, Rainbow Railroad has helped dozens of LGBTQI people in danger find legal pathways to safety, and the huge platform that ’60 Minutes’ provides will bring much-needed attention to that life-saving work.”

To date, Rainbow Railroad has assisted more than 600 LGBTQI people facing danger escape to safe countries. Each case requires thousands of donation dollars to help just one person escape persecution.

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Getty Images Photojournalist John Moore Wins Photo of the Year at World Press Photo Awards
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The World Press Photo Foundation has awarded Getty Images Special Correspondent and Senior Photographer John Moore with the prestigious honor of Photo of the Year for his image of a Honduran girl crying while her mother is detained by U.S. Border Patrol.

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Leica Gallery Los Angeles Debuts “From Hell to Hollywood” by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Nick Ut
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Leica Gallery Los Angeles proudly presents From Hell to Hollywood by renowned photographer Nick Ut, from April 11 through June 3, 2019. An appropriate description of Ut’s five-decade-long photographic career, From Hell to Hollywood features some of his most iconic photographs, from “The Terror of War” – which depicts…

Superstar Pianist Lang Lang Makes History
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A New Look for the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
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The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) will open two brand new semi-permanent displays of its collection on 10 May 2019: Republic at Sea and Maps & Marvels. The Main Gallery, located in the north wing of the museum, will host Republic at Sea and acts as a…

Purina Donates More Than $31 Million to Help Pets and People in Need
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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company continued its commitment to supporting individuals, communities and our planet in 2018 through providing more than $31 million in funding, Purina pet food and Tidy Cats litter to nonprofit organizations across the country.

“At Purina, we’re guided by a core belief that people and pets are…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Canadian Museum of HistorySpecial Exhibition. Unceded – Voices Of The Land. May 3, 2019 To March 22, 2020
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year
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The Canadian Museum of History is proud to showcase Canada’s critically acclaimed entry in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. UNCEDED – Voices of the Land is an innovative, immersive audiovisual installation by an Indigenous design team, led by internationally renowned architect Douglas J. Cardinal. The unprecedented exhibition will run from May 3, 2019 to March 22, 2020.

“We are delighted to be the first venue in Canada to host UNCEDED – Voices of the Land, following its successful debut in Venice. We are especially proud to partner with Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc. to present this celebration of Indigenous architecture,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “This groundbreaking exhibition highlights the important contributions that Indigenous cultures have made to the world. It also underlines our commitment to promoting a greater understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history.”

Cardinal designed the stunning curvilinear form of the Canadian Museum of History and its new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall — a space driven by human stories and historical treasures. He also designed the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

UNCEDED, curated by David Fortin and Gerald McMaster, is a breathtaking multimedia installation that brings together the past, present and future of the Indigenous experience, as seen through the eyes and minds of 18 Indigenous architects and designers from across Turtle Island (North America).

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Bean. Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst wins the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., on Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Cheslie Kryst is a full-time attorney that is licensed to practice law in two states

Tonight, Cheslie Kryst from North Carolina was crowned the new Miss USA in front of a worldwide audience at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre in Reno Tahoe. The two-hour special programming event aired live on FOX.

Cheslie is a full time complex litigation attorney who is licensed to practice law in two states. She earned both her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. The 28-year-old is a former Division I athlete, having competed in the heptathlon, long jump and triple jump on South Carolina’s track and field team. The Charlotte native runs a fashion blog, “White Collar Glam,” that focuses on work wear fashion for women and is an active volunteer for Dress for Success.

The all-women selection committee panel was made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and former pageant titleholders. They oversaw both the preliminary and final rounds, a new format that has allowed the panel to better understand what each contestant wants to pursue both personally and professionally.

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Annie Lennox to be Honored at The Campaign for Female Education’s 25th Anniversary Gala in NYC

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The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), an international non-profit focused on girls’ education and women’s leadership, announced today that it will honor multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist Annie
World’s Largest Ethnofestival “Nomad Universe” Will Be Held in Riyadh
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New York City Ballet And The School of American Ballet Announce Next Generation Of Artistic Leadership
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Chevening Scholarships Programme: Photography Exhibition Celebrates UK’s History of Educating Global Changemakers
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