Planting Seeds: The Importance Of Giving Back and Being #RidiculousGood by Lainney Dizon

Guess what? Life is not about you. Life is about impact and legacy. Life is about how you can use your talents to be a blessing to others around you and how deeply of an impact you can make in your community. Dizon Dreams recently attended Ridiculous Good, a new wave of social-good movements that scale good through action, and we were inspired by how simple it is to do good, give back, and build a community through love. 

You can be a blessing to someone today. Right now. You don't need to wait. There's people around you who are waiting for someone like you to be the light in their day.

Last weekend we headed to DTLA to give food to the homeless. Did you know: Los Angeles has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation? From the tall skyscraper million-dollar businesses and buildings in DTLA to the individual just across the street with no roof over their head, it's shocking how accustomed we've become to poverty next to us with our Starbucks cup in our hand. The good news is you can make a difference. Thanks to all who participated in Ridiculous Good, and the founder, Nick Suell for creating a movement centered in love. 

Put your "Do Good" cape on and help out in your community. Here are our favorite local charities in Los Angeles you should definitely be supporting: 

  • Ridiculous Good - We do good together. The next event will be a toy drive this December. Follow Ridiculous Good on Facebook here for the latest events and see how you can help. 
  • #HashtagLunchbag - Living through giving. #HashtagLunchbag is a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving. #HashtagLunchbag create and use bagged lunches, complete with love messages, as a vessel to spread this love and share our experiences to inspire others.that presents the opportunity to feed local communities. RSVP for the next event December 15 here
  • LA Food Bank - Fighting hunger. Giving hope. The LA Food Bank fill 320,000 plates of food for hungry children, families and seniors in Los Angeles. Volunteer, start your own virtual food drink or donate. Every $1 donated provides enough food for 4 meals. 

If you have any other organizations you'd like to recommend, please comment below!

With love, 

Dizon Dreams 

Dizon Dreams HQ at Hollywood Blvd! by Lainney Dizon

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."

The closest thing to magic: turning a dream into reality. Happy to announce Dizon Dreams had our first day WeWork on Hollywood Blvd. Getting situated in our new office and looking forward to to this new chapter ahead. Lesson: Excuses are meaningless, execution is everything. 

This is only the beginning. Stay tuned!

Black Mamba Takes His Final Shot by Lainney Dizon

If you've ever lived in Los Angeles, you know the legacy runs deep. Tonight, 20 years came to a close with Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Known as the Black Mamba, Kobe says that he gave himself the nickname after he watched "Kill Bill" movies and saw an assassin given the same nickname. Bryant liked the name because the black mamba snake is aggressive and agile, and this is how Bryant sees himself on the court.

Watch the video below to see Kendrick Lamar highlight the legacy of one of the greatest legends in NBA. 

Kanye West HEADLINES Manila's Paradise INTERNATIONAL MUSIC Festival 2016 by Lainney Dizon

"You have to know who are before you can become it." Kanye admits. You gotta believe in yourself the way Kanye believed in Kanye before he was Kanye. 

In celebration of the release of his album "Life of Pablo", Kanye West performed in Manila April 9th for the Paradise International Music Festival. Kuya Kanye decided to create some new merch for his show in Manila. With old English font featuring the festival's date and headliner, the hoodies were a kaibigan-must. 

To get ourselves pumped for Kanye in our hometown, we have the Dizon Dreams HQ bumpin' that vintage Kanye:

The Pharcyde European Tour Dates by Lainney Dizon

Get ready Europe, The Pharcyde is coming to your town! Here's the full list of the upcoming April 2016 European Tour Dates. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday 07 April 2016
The Rocking Chair
Vevey, Switzerland, EU
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Friday 08 April 2016
Festival Chorus 2016
Paris, France, EU
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Saturday 09 April 2016
La Sirens
La Rochelle, France, EU
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Sunday 10 April 2016
Q-factory
Amsterdam, Netherlands, EU
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Michelle Obama's SXSW Keynote Speech Featuring Missy Elliott & Diane Warren by Lainney Dizon

First Lady Michelle Obama graced the SXSW Keynote stage March 15th with a star-studded panel including rapper Missy Elliott, songwriter Diane Warren and actress Sophia Bush. Moderated by Queen Latifah, the powerhouse of women discussed the importance of finding one's passion, empowering the movement of girls' education globally, and the need of diversity in power position roles.

Here are some gems discussed by the powerhouse panel:

"When you don't include women in the dialogue you're lacking." - Missy Elliott  

"What can I do as a male to empower and support the women in my life?" One attendee asked. Michelle recommended that there's so many ways to support the women in your life including following the movement #62milliongirls and taking action with your community to support the movement. FLOTUS also mentioned that if you're a male with a voice at the table, "Look around you. Is there diversity?" When you don't include women in the dialogue, you're lacking. There's so much diverse opinions and voices that need to be part of the discussion. You don't need to be president to make a different in your community, there's action you can take today. 

"We can do so much more together." - Queen Latifah

"There's so much that men can do, that women can't do. There's so much women can do that men can't do, but we can do so much more together." Queen Latifah said, mentioning that her business partner is a male who listened to her opinions and encouraged her to be real. 

The ladies also had a discussing talking about their musical influences. From Missy Elliott citing Queen Latifah and Salt N' Pepa as influential females who inspired her to create music to Michelle Obama highlighting Stevie Wonder as her all-time favorite artist, both of them discussed how music that shares messages of love and real-life experiences are timeless. 

To support the initiative of female empowerment, Obama organized the creation of a new single "This Is For My Girls", written by Diane Warren and featuring Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, 100% of the proceeds will go towards Let Girls Learn. Support the movement by buying the track on iTunes here. Missed the panel? Join the discussion by watching the SXSW Livestream here