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Sophia Jones is a senior studying journalism and art history at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! Sophia tries to live her life like the sun—burning to be brilliant and vowing to always rise up again. Writing is her love language. She is currently an editorial assistant for Alabama Alumni Magazine, and has written for publications such as, “The Crimson White,” Alabama Heritage magazine, Alpine Living magazine, the ”Tuscaloosa News,” Tusk205.com and Teton Home & Living Magazine. As a journalist, Sophia writes to inform. As a creative writer, Sophia strives to inspire. Overall, she hopes to captivate. Culture—food, language, people, music and art—is her kryptonite. Sophia has an unwavering belief in the power of a genuine smile, a home-cooked meal, and rock-n-roll.

Susan G. Komen Honors Lorraine Hutchinson, Deputy Chief Of San Diego Fire-Rescue

Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor Lorraine Hutchinson Uses her Experience to Educate and Inspire

Lorraine Hutchinson, left, is the 2014 Susan G. Komen San Diego Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor. (Photo Credit: Komensandiego.org)

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012, Lorraine Hutchinson was in shock. She did not have a family history of breast cancer, so she did not believe it was a risk, Hutchinson […]

RIO 2 Products At Kohl’s Support Children’s Health And Education Initiatives Via Kohl’s Cares

Kohl's Selling RIO 2 Products to Give Back to Children’s Health and Education Initiatives

Kohl’s Cares RIO 2 Products

Kohl’s Department Stores are offering exclusive RIO 2 merchandise for just $5. The store partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to give families a chance to bring the memory of the movie RIO 2, now in theaters, home this summer. Through the Kohl’s philanthropic platform Kohl’s Cares […]

Charity Spotlight: Smile Train

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Before and After Surgery

Smile Train provides free cleft repair surgeries to children in need, while helping to train local doctors. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. […]

Charity Meets: Chef Michelle Bernstein

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A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, Chef Michelle Bernstein’s vibrancy radiates from her culture, her food and her charity work. As the owner of several restaurants, a guest and victorious competitor on the Food Network, and the host of her own weekly PBS series Check, Please! South, Bernstein […]

Charity Meets: Sarah LaFave, Founder Of Lori’s Hands


Sarah LaFave traveled to Washington, D.C. in June 2011 to receive the Jefferson Award for Public Service. (Photo Credit: udel.edu)

As the Founder and Executive Director of Lori’s Hands, Inc., Sarah LaFave has accomplished a lot for someone who finished college just three years ago. LaFave graduated from the University of Delaware’s School […]

Bright Beginnings Annual 5k Race In Washington, DC


Last year’s race

Join Bright Beginnings for its 18th Annual 5K Race on Sunday, March 23, 2014. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Bright Beginnings, a DC-based non-profit which provides education, therapeutic and family-stabilizing services for about 30% of Washington’s homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families, to give […]

Review Of Dallas Buyers Club

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It’s a wonder why Dallas Buyers Club took more than two decades to get off the ground. Released in 2013 with Matthew McConaughey’s and Jared Leto’s best performances as actors yet, now the movie soars. Movie columnist and critic Steven Rea says,

“Dallas Buyers Club is a movie about an […]

Review Of Philomena


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Philomena is a British film based on the journey of a weary political journalist and a woman,

Philomena Lee, who is in search of her son, Anthony, that she was forcibly separated from decades ago. The movie, based a true story told journalist Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book The Lost Child […]

Charity Spotlight: Community Solutions


Belinda, a female veteran, and her son, Seven, in the housing secured for them by a NYC Veterans Affairs team participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Community Solutions’s mission is to help communities solve the complex problems that affect their most vulnerable, hardest hit members. The 100,000 Homes Campaign, an initiative of Community […]

Charity Meets: Anne Mahlum, Founder Of Back On My Feet

Anne Mahlum Helps Those Experiencing Homelessness Get Back on Their Feet

Anne Mahlum at a Back on My Feet running event in 2012 (Photo Credit: Steve Boyle)

Anne Mahlum is the owner and chief motivational officer at [solidcore] and founder and former CEO of Back on My Feet, a national organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness. BoMF’s goal is not to […]

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