Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hip-Hop's Fight Against Cancer

Chuck Nice, Cat Greenleaf, Kangol Kid, Stacy London
“Made In Brooklyn”
4th Annual American Cancer Society Pink & Black Tie Gala
Brooklyn, NY – What’s Pink and Black, and returned to Brooklyn on May 17th. It’s the Pink & Black Tie Gala of course! The 4th Annual gala returned to Stage 6 Steiner Studios; where gorgeous views from the rooftop terrace set the mood for the fabulous “Pink and Black” night. The American Cancer Society honors outstanding leaders who have contributed to Brooklyn’s health care, cultural, and business communities. It was a night to celebrate those “Made in Brooklyn” and raise funds for the Society’s patient services and programs as well as national life-saving research.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, they fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. They save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Robin and Bow Legged Low from Full Force
This fashionable night was graced with its returning host and Brooklyn native, Stacy London. The evening started upon entrance as guests walked the pink carpet and greeted by the lovely, Cat Greenleaf; to find their way to the fabulous rooftop cocktail party with an auction of once-in-a-lifetime travel deals and glamorous fashion, conducted by comedian, Chuck Nice; who looked dapper in his black suit. The evening then flowed to a delicious dinner, award ceremony, then culminating with an amazing dance party with music by DJ Diamond and special performances by Hip Hop Royalty, Full Force and Sugar Hill Gang. It was a night of charity and fun.

I had the opportunity to interview Brooklyn native Kangol Kid, Hip Hop Legend and Founder of the Mama Luke Foundation is recognized for his efforts to bring Hip-Hop artists such as Will Smith, L.L. Cool J, Mark Wahlberg, Kid Rock, Ice T and Flava Flav together through the Mama Luke Movement as Hip-Hop’s first public financial contribution towards the fight against breast cancer. 
Check out the following video interview of Kangol Kid on this episode of
"What's Up With Downes?"

Robin and Mom
There is not one person who can’t say that they have not been touched in some way by the silent killer known as cancer.  It challenges its victim to a grueling battle that cannot be won unless awareness becomes a top priority and finding a cure is the American Cancer Society’s #1 mission.  My Mom lost her battle to Breast Cancer in 1998 at the age of 60 years old.

All proceeds from the event go to support the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and local patient service programs. For more information or to join in the fight, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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