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Interviewing Jasmine was a breath of fresh air for me! It was a delight to hear all of the great things she is doing and how she feels the need to highlight the positive things people are doing. Please support Black Celebrity Giving because they support you!
ChristieOhh: Black Celebrity Giving has Twitter and Facebook blowing up! What is Black Celebrity Giving all about?
Jasmine: It is a component of three things black nonprofits, black celebrities and black people giving. Our focus is on the black community, our nonprofits and celebrities doing positive things. We highlight and acknowledge all of the good things people are doing in their communities and more.
ChristieOhh: When did you establish your organization?
Jasmine: I actually started working on the organization in late January of last year and we officially launched in July 2011. I started the organization because I felt there was a need to feature black people doing positive things. It was so hard because I had never blogged before so it has truly been an amazing learning experience.
ChristieOhh: Why do you feel that it’s important to give recognition?
Jasmine: It’s critical because there’s a huge opportunity to create a paradigm shift in our communities when it comes to what really matters. It really dawned on me one day when I was reading an entertainment blog so many people do and I read the caption “Monica attends a charity event and shoes are to die for.” I thought to myself, yeah her shoes are nice, but I wanted to know what charity event she was at, what was the cause, how could I help? That’s the story that we never heard about and that’s why BCG is here. I wanted to find out the cause vs. the fashion and be able to bring awareness. I told myself, “If you care about charity and care about the positive things black people are doing, you have to do it and I created the blog.” There are always and will always be negative images of us in the media, sadly it’s a fact. BCG was a chance to have a site that will without a doubt, always showcase our community in a positive light!
I interviewed T.I. at an event for during the BET Hip Hop Awards and I learned so much about all he has done in the community. I want our youth to read an article like this and know that he feeds families and are helping others and they can too. So that children who look up to their favorite entertainers, celebrities, athletes can want to be like them and be a philanthropist, own a non profit and help others just like the people they look up to.
ChristieOhh: What most rewarding about your organization?
Jasmine: The fact that we really help and empower other nonprofits. We are committed to giving and in our short time through several contests, sponsorships and campaigns we have donated more than $10,000 since August. Through the site, not only are we highlighting nonprofits all over the word but we are providing funds to continue to give back. We are working with nonprofits out of Detroit, Oakland, LA, DC, NY, Atlanta … all over. I am 100% committed to Black Celebrity Giving and all that we can do in the community if we continue to grow.
ChristieOhh: What plans do you have for the future?
Jasmine: We are looking to partner with a lot of different partnership opportunities and it’s very exciting. If it’s positive and can create social change in our communities, BCG will be there. It would be my dream to have BCG become a household name when you think of something positive. If you want something positive go to BlackCelebrityGving.com. We are launching our mobile app this year, hosting events monthly across the country as well as our seed funding grant foundation, so lots of things happening !
ChristieOhh: You have an amazing organization and must needed! I’ve always wondered who is the person is behind BCG, who is Jasmine?
Jasmine: Well, If I’m not blogging, shopping or traveling, I love to read and write. I’m a world traveler I’ve been to over 4 countries within the last year! I am also a director of a scholarship pageant for black girls and young women ages 2-27; I have been doing this now for almost four years and more than 125 girls have gone through the system. We grant scholarships and savings bonds to our winners and to date have given more than $10,000! I am a big family person and love spending time with my family, I adore my little sister who’s a senior in high school so that’s been fun. My father and I are starting a nonprofit reading organization called Give Me 5 designed to get kids to commit to reading at least 5 minutes everyday.
I am very spiritual so I spend a lot of time mediating, thinking, praying and planning for what’s next. My weakness is being nice and doing so much for others, but it’s the best weakness to have. I love being kind to people and helping out. Sometimes people say I’m too nice but, I am who I am and I will always be there to help.
ChristieOhh: You give the best tips on Twitter and Facebook, what’s your background?
Jasmine: I’ve been in PR since I was 22 years old. I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities and athletes helping them set up foundations and host charity events. I also help nonprofits with applying for grants and funding. I’ve been doing this for nearly seven years and I spend my days consulting and holding diversity events, which I get grants for.
” I am very motivated to see social change and ask that everyone supports the nonprofits that we feature” Jasmine Crowe`