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This summer was filled with moments that touched our hearts – whether they involved celebrities or everyday people going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.

We here at NewsOne have gathered some of the best stories of the summer that prove rising to the occasion in times of hardship will always be the new cool.

Jasmine Twitty Makes History, Becomes Youngest Judge Ever In Easley, SC

Jasmine Twitty, an alumna of the College of Charleston, was appointed the title of Associate Judge of the South Carolina Municipal Court earlier this month. The 25-year-old is the youngest judge in the city of Easley’s history. Twitty served as a member of the Urban League of Upstate and worked towards perfecting youth development, showing her work will always transcend beyond the gavel.

LeBron James To Send Over 1,000 Students To College With “I Promise” Program

The basketball star has done work outside of the court with his non-profit, The LeBron James Family Foundation, for years, but his latest move proves his dedication to education. This month, James announced that his new “I Promise” campaign will send over 1,000 students to the University of Akron for free. The students will begin the program in middle school and abide by requirements of good grades and a positive attendance record.

Tyrese Paying For Compton Student’s Morehouse Tuition

James isn’t the only star with a special place in his heart for education. Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson was so inspired by radio legend Tom Joyner’s philanthropy, he stepped up to pay for one fan’s tuition to Morehouse College. Gibson made the announcement on Instagram in early August.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Donates $4.7 Million To Benefit Young Men Of Color

Young men in the south are getting a chance for a free ride through college, thanks to The W.K Kellogg Foundation. In an effort to decrease the school-to-prison pipeline troubles in Mississippi and New Orleans, grants totaling $4.7 million will be dispersed to coalitions in those respected areas. Half of Mississippi’s young Black youth graduated in debt this year, a factor the foundation plans to turn around. The grants will also help the students of New Orleans on the road to recovery economically, physically, and mentally following Hurricane Katrina.

Barber Rewards Children Who Read To Him With Free Haircuts

Haircuts may not seem like a big deal, but one barber decided to use his talents to improve reading amongst Iowa youth with the promise of a free buzz. In a partnership with a local nonprofit, barber Courtney Holmes offered free haircuts to children who read him their favorite books. Some children decided to choose stories they’ve never read before, sharing the moment with Holmes and their parents. Why did Holmes lend his razor to the cause? Merely to emphasize the importance of reading.

What are some of your favorite stories of the summer? Let us know in the comments below.

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Getty 


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