Alexander McQueen Dead at 40

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New York – Alexander McQueen, one of fashion’s great revolutionary designers, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, in his home in London. He was 40.

McQueen passed away in his recently renovated home, the former residence of PG Wodehouse’s, a Victorian house in Mayfair. He would have celebrated his 41st birthday on March 17, St Parick’s Day.

“On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home,” read a statement by his family, which used his familiar name, Lee McQueen.Continue Reading …

Autism Community of Africa Combats Autism Epidemic in Africa with Annual Gala

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The Autism Community of Africa (ACA) celebrated the launch of its annual gala last month in Washington DC. The gala was supported by Madame Adjaratou Koffi, wife of His Excellency Ambassador Charles Koffi of the Republic of Cote d’ Ivoire. Other attendees included members of the diplomatic corps, Mrs. Rosie Lee Bryant, former First Lady of Liberia, Julius Coles, President of AFRICARE, and a host of government officials and business owners.Continue Reading …

Telethon Raises More than $58 Million for Haiti

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(AFP) NEW YORK — A telethon led by actor George Clooney to help earthquake victims in Haiti has raised more than 58 million dollars, setting a new donation record by the general public, organizers announced.

“The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in — people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, web and text,” said Lisa Paulsen, president and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support to “Hope for Haiti Now.”

The event led by Clooney was broadcast by all major television networks in the United States.

It featured performances by Wyclef Jean, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Coldplay, Bono, Jay-Z, and Rihanna.Continue Reading …