Archive | July, 2012

Henry Buhl’s 20-Year Help to Homeless Celebrated at Sotheby’s

New York, N.Y.  Twenty years ago, a man begged Henry Buhl for $20 on the streets of New York. Henry recognized the man as a former street sweeper who had worked near his office. Henry discovered the man had been fired for sleeping on the job and decided to look into the situation. Local stores [...]

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Interview: Founder of Saudi ‘Women’s Right to Drive’ Movement

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Blazing new territory in women’s rights is fraught with danger and peer pressure.  Manal Al-Sharif, the 33-year old Saudi woman who sparked a nationwide demonstration over the right of women to drive in Saudi Arabia last June, has unwittingly become the face of the women’s driving movement. She was arrested and jailed, [...]

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Leopard Haiti Fund to Invest in Haiti’s Private Sector

New York, N.Y.  Good news for Haiti: Leopard Capital has announced the successful initial closing of Leopard Haiti Fund (LHF).  LHF is the world’s first private equity fund to operate and focus exclusively on Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.  The fund seeks to raise USD 40 to 75 million to invest in businesses in Haiti.  [...]

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Hip Hop Saves Lives’ Wan-Luv Summer Music Series in NYC

New York, N.Y. Summer in New York City is a special time with heat, rain – and outdoor festivals!  On July 26, the Wan-Luv 2012 Summer Music Series will present a “Pre Carnival des Fleurs” celebration at The Ritz Plaza Park on Times Square.  Sponsored by Stonehenge Properties and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives, the festival will highlight Haitian music, [...]

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Joan Rivers Supports Healing Center in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA. I spoke this week with Sallie Ann Glassman who told me how proud the New Orleans Healing Center (NOHC) is to present an “Evening with Joan Rivers” next month in their facility.  “Uncensored.  Unscripted.  Unpredictable.”  How could I imagine anything else?  “This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ benefit performance for us and [...]

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Eyewitness: Haitian Households Caught in Cycle of Debt

New York, N.Y.  I was born and raised in Haiti. I moved to the U.S. to further my studies. Haiti’s educational system is very poor; many fortunate students like me tend to move overseas once they obtained their high school diploma. When I first went to college, I was enrolled into a nursing program mainly [...]

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My Visit: One Year of S. Sudan Independence

Juba, South Sudan.  Twelve months ago, to the date, I landed in South Sudan not knowing much about the country’s history. Throughout my journey, I was given the honor of getting to know the South Sudanese people and understand the hardship they had to endure. During the civil war, the northern Sudanese invaded South Sudanese [...]

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DeCosta Headley – Good Will Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, N.Y.  Few figures in Brooklyn’s business, political and philanthropic communities can bring a diverse group of professionals together for a worthy cause, year after year. DeCosta Headley Sr. is one of those rare, powerful individuals who never cease to amaze me. Possibly the next mayor of New York Bill Thompson with DeCosta Headley and [...]

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