“Stand By Me” singer Ben E King Passes Away

Ben E King, famed and renowned singer of “Stand By Me,” passed away this morning at the age of 76. “Stand By Me” hit the US Top 5 in 1961 and returned to the charts in the 1980s. The record is timeless and is used around the world to inspire collaboration and solidarity. Emmanuel Weyi started his Stand by Me humanitarian campaign largely because of King’s song. The title was certainly inspiration for our own name and we aim to continue Ben E King’s message and...

Weyi, 2016 Congo Candidate, Projects Hope in Land of Vast Crises

Black Star News published a powerful editorial about the current climate in the Congo as well as candidate Weyi’s vision and capability for change. The article highlighted the Western hemispheres need to be active in bringing in new leadership for the Congolese people. “Seventy million Congolese citizens need someone to stand by them. Will it be...

Stand by Me Campaign Seeks Amazing Interns

Do you want to be part of a campaign that’s going to transform the 3rd world? Do you want to be able to say that you changed the lives of 70 million people in Africa, while meeting entrepreneurs, politicians, and even celebrities along the way? Are you tired of donating to charities and seeing nothing change in poor countries? Well, we’re right there with you. We represent the Stand by Me campaign, and we’ve launched a movement to galvanize and unite the entire world community on issues of humans rights and empowerment — from education to women’s entrepreneurship — in Congo. And we’ve partnered with many incredible organizations to bring Lasting and Positive change to Congo And we need *YOUR* help. So how can you help? *We are seeking interns in these areas: –research –public relations –design/programming –photography/videography –social media –communications –event planning/execution A lot people will read this and say: “Congo is too far away. I don’t know how I can make a difference.” But you can. That computer or phone you’re reading this on right now runs on precious metals from the Congo. The gold or diamond jewelry you own likely came from the Congo. And women, children, and poor communities are being exploited without the knowledge of good people like you. The fact is: The Congo is all around us. And you will have a champion in your corner all along the way named Emmanuel Weyi. Emmanuel Weyi is an entrepreneur who has lived in the US, splitting his time 50/50 between the US and Congo for 2 decades, and he is committed to bringing justice, innovation and peace to...

#WhatCanYouBalance? Begins Humanitarian Campaign ‘Stand By Me’

We have been working vigorously to get Emmanuel Weyi elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and believe wholeheartedly in his power to reshape the Congo’s government. But at the end of the day, it’s not about politics: it’s about transforming the lives of a people with incredibly great potential. So now, we’re preparing to launch a humanitarian side of things with a campaign called “Stand by Me.” And we’re raising awareness for a couple amazing Women’s Entrepreneurship and Empowerment programs that we’ll be implementing in Congo. We’re doing so by launching a viral campaign called #whatcanyoubalance? Everyone knows that African women are amazing at balancing incredible things on their heads. So to raise awareness and solidarity, we want to have photos of people all over the world seeing what they can balance on their own. For more information, visit: http://emmanuelweyi.com/what-can-you-balance. I’d love to know…#whatcanyoubalance? Who will be the worldwide What Can You Balance...

Capoeira Facilitates Peace-Building Among Refugees in DR Congo

In the Mole Refugee Camp in the Congo, refugees were introduced to Capoeira by a local aid group, ADSSE (Association pour le Developpement Social et la Sauvergarde de l’Environnement). Reporter Celine Schmitt documented the rise of the art form in the refugee camp. “The Brazilian martial art includes elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and it is keeping people occupied and fit as well as helping ease tension between different groups of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in this camp of more than 13,000 people in the far north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Capoeira has served as peaceful activity, an exercise that infuses rhythm and music and a way to release tension during an extremely difficult time of displacement. Twenty eight-year-old Armand Kouissi explained, “I also see it as a tool to promote peace. At the beginning, we had some tensions, but thanks to capoeira we now get on well. Sports unite people,” he says, adding: “We think that capoeira is a tool that can be used to promote peaceful cohabitation in the camp. When we talk to people watching us during our training, we convey messages of peace.” People of all ages and backgrounds have engaged in the martial art form and it has become an activity that everyone looks forward to. The facilitators involved believe that the peace that is promoted in the art form/sport, will translate into peace in the nation....