Ryan Lewis and Family Start “The 30/30 Project”

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Ryan Lewis might be known as “that guy that stands next to Macklemore,” but the producer who is now a Grammy-winner along with his friend, is beginning to make a name for himself. Though the legacy he is trying to start might not be completely music related, it is related to something that is close to Lewis; a charity to help raise money to build health centers around the world to benefit people living with HIV.

Lewis revealed on Tuesday through his website, the one he shares with Macklemore, that his mother, Julie Lewis, has been living with the deadly disease for 30 years. In honor of her survival, Lewis and his family have begun to raise money for a project called “The 30/30 Project.”

The video begins with Lewis outlining the last couple of years that led to his international success after “Thrift Shop” made him and Macklemore a household name. After the typical, often told success story, the video shifts to the untold, behind-the-scenes story no one has ever heard before.

That’s where he begins to tell the untold story of what helped motivate him and about the strongest woman he knows; his mother. The narration continues with Lewis’ two sisters, his mother and his father speaking about how lucky she was not to fall victim of the disease unlike those who sadly passed away. After giving birth to her oldest daughter, Lewis’ mother was given a blood transfusion that was HIV positive at a time that blood was not being tested beforehand. Though her two youngest children (Ryan’s other sister and himself) had a 25% chance of getting the disease, they were lucky as well.

The project’s final goal is to reach $100,000 for the first health care center in Malawi and for those wanting to donate, an IndieGoGo campaign has already been started in an attempt to help achieve Julie Lewis’ goal to help out big. As of now, the fundraiser has received over $30,000 with 29 days still to go.

‘Shine Bright Like a….’ Herpes?

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Just when you think you have heard it all, let’s just add another crazy story in the world of pop music.

In today’s edition, a Harlem woman is claiming that she got herpes thanks in part to Rihanna’s lipstick.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday at the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, Starkeema Greenidge is claiming she visited a pop-up M.A.C. cosmetics tent at Rihanna’s show on May 7th at Barclays Center when a representative went up to her and applied some ‘RiRi Woo’ lipstick which is endorsed by the “Umbrella” star.

According to Greenidge, the lipstick had previously been used by others at the concert and that one of them had herpes, eventually being spread to her.

The suit claims that “the defendant’s employee/agent applied the lipstick directly to plaintiff’s upper lip and instructed plaintiff to press her lips together and spread the lipstick around,” and that the lipstick used “was not a fresh tube of new lipstick but rather one that had been used by other patrons.”

Greenidge told The Daily News that a cold sore appeared two days after the initial application and that she went to the doctor where it was confirmed that it was in fact herpes.

“I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Greenidge told the paper. “This is going to happen over and over again if nothing is done.”

As of yesterday, she is suing M.A.C. for unspecified damages, but the lawsuit currently just has “mental anguish and emotional distress” as what she has suffered thanks in part to the whole ordeal. Rihanna,on the other hand, has not been named in the suit.