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Usher’s philanthropy draws Freedom Award

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Usher’s New Look Foundation often goes looking for trouble, things to fix and people in need of inspiration – all with the idea of making life better for those dealing with such situations. Usher’s New Look Foundation often goes looking for trouble, things to fix and people in need of inspiration – all with the idea of making life better for those dealing with such situations.

 
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The consistency of such moves has caught the eye of the National Civil Rights Museum, which has decided to present its 2011 Philanthropy Freedom Award to the foundation’s name sake, Usher Raymond, widely known simply as Usher.

Usher’s musical achievements constitute Hall of Fame credentials. He one of the best selling music artists of all time, having won seven Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and twenty-two Billboard Music Awards. In 1999, he established the New Look Foundation, which certifies young people in four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service – to ensure their success as leaders throughout the world.

Since 1991 the Freedom Awards has recognized individuals who demonstrate national and global work for justice, equality, philanthropy, civil and human rights and humanitarian work. This year’s awards event is Nov. 12, with Usher joining fellow honorees Cicely Tyson, Susan L. Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Dr. Bill Frist, Kirk Whalum, Hill Harper, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The NAACP, Marva Collins and icons of the American Civil Rights Movement.

The core programs managed by Usher’s foundation include the New Look Leadership Academy, Moguls In Training, Powered By Service and the World Leadership Conference. New Look has also made impacts internationally in Kenya, Haiti and Manila. There are five chapters of the foundation: Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York and Detroit.

Some of the work by the foundation includes:

September 2005 – In response to Hurricane Katrina, Project Restart Concert raises financial resources to provide 1000 youth & families from New Orleans with rent and utility assistance;

November 2008 – 1000 youth served through youth conference sponsored by Casey Family of Programs;

2010 New Look Issues a Call to Action for Haiti Relief to youth internationally; receiving responses from youth in 17 countries;

August 2010 – First Annual World Leadership Conference and Awards held with 2700 guests, including President Clinton.

This year’s sponsors of the Freedom Awards are NIKE, FedEx, International Paper, Ford Motor Company, The Hyde Family Foundation, ExxonMobil and the First Tennessee Foundation.

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