Author: Cassandra Ledger

A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Credit: Rolling Stone On August 16, 2018, the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time. Aretha Franklin is a prolific artist whose career spanned over 50 years. Some of her most popular hits include “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Think.” Since the early 2010’s, the renowned musician had been periodically canceling concerts due to undisclosed medical reasons. It is believed that these instances were a result of a silent battle with pancreatic cancer. The country mourns the loss of an inspiring woman, while simultaneously celebrating the gifts she left us with like never before. In spite...

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Exclusive Interview: Daan Roosegaarde, Combining Art and Clean Air

Credit: TED Editor’s Note: Daan Roosegaarde is an innovative and inspiring man whose career has tacked the titles of artist, sculptor, inventor, and environmentalist to his name. But Mr. Roosegaarde does not concern himself with labels– what he cares about is his work. With the Dutch artist’s place of work, Studio Roosegaarde, Mr. Roosegaarde has produced a number of sustainable projects, such as Gates of Light, which works to protect water, energy, and Dutch culture, Waterlicht, which was designed to raise awareness of rising sea levels, and his most famous work, the Smog Free Tower. In this exclusive interview,...

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Why “Wasting Time” is Not a Waste

Professionals, and even students, know that in this day and age, there is not a moment to spare. First thing in the morning, many roll over and check their phones for emails and texts. We get ourselves ready for the day, scarf down a breakfast (though whether or not this part happens is variable), and we dive in head-first. The morning routine is a strong indicator of the pace of the rest of our day: it is always on the move. Our “free time” is never that— if we have an extra few minutes, we can’t just sit with...

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LeBron James’ Public School Opens its Doors

Credit: Money Inc When one thinks of LeBron James, his prominent role as a basketball player immediately comes to mind. He is not only one of the most famous players in his sport in the United States, but arguably one of the most famous athletes in the world. Perhaps they are unfamiliar with his merchandise and few movie roles, but everyone knows his name. But when one digs a little deeper, it is evident that he is more than an international, superstar athlete. LeBron James is a man who gives back—especially to the community in which he grew up, Akron,...

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Power Philanthropist Profiile: Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

California’s Bay Area is known for its history, its nature, and its booming high-tech industry. These factors are enough to bring in any number of travelers hoping to sneak a peek at the luxurious California lifestyle, but moreover, these culturally rich areas attract celebrities and business people to come and stay—such as the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Michelle Pfeiffer. An area so rich in wealth is quick to become an area rich in those determined to give back to their communities. Among those, is Laura Arrilliga-Andreessen. Philanthropy in her Blood Laura Arrilliga-Andreessen grew up with a knack for...

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