On Thursday, Feb. 27th, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou welcomed a sold out (and diverse) crowd to the first ‘InterSessions: Art x Hip Hop Dialogue‘ event held at the High Museum of Arts. The sit-down conversation about the ways in which hip-hop and art intertwines included Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr and High Museum’s curator, Michael Rooks. The ArtxHip Hop series kick-off was created to coincide with Art Papers Magazine’s “Art x Hip Hop” issue, in which Pecou was its guest editor.
The candid conversation between the three gentlemen began with the acknowledgement of arts close relationship with hip hop. Since hip hop’s inception, from graffiti to fashion, art has had an undeniable impact on the culture. Pecou navigated the evening by asking his guests questions regarding their entry into their perspective industries, how art transcends into their world, the future of artxhiphop and society’s acceptance, and other insightful things. Both Pecou and T.I. shared a similar story on how they both made the decision to pursue art and rap as a career. T.I. explained how it was LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” that intrigued him enough to want to learn to rap. Pecou, on the other hand, mentioned Goodie Mob’s first album Soul Food as his inspiration to want to learn more about hip hop. Their love of the music is what both pinpointed as the common factor for which they owe their appreciation.
Michael Rooks, the official curator for the museum, understands too the relation of both worlds. The audience members learned more about his position within ArtxHipHop. And that is, the next piece of the puzzle that holds the two together. Rooks job is to manage and maintain the integrity and authenticity of historical artifacts.
Throughout the evening, Pecou, T.I., and Rooks opened the minds of most of the audience members who may not have known anything about their lives and careers. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to see the three worlds collide, understand one another, and accept each of their individual existences.
Here are a few photos from the ArtxHipHop event:
To find out when is the next ArtxHipHop event, follow the series on Instagram @ArtxHipHop!
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One of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the company will be teaming up with American Girl to present “Truly Talented You,” an event for girls ages 8 and up, in all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores from March 8-15. Through activities, journaling and crafts, this free workshop will help girls learn to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate their own special talents with the help of American Girl’s newest Girl of the Year®, Isabelle Palmer. Isabelle is a dynamic, talented girl who loves dance and fashion design. When Isabelle doubts her skill as a dancer, she uses her love of design to remind herself that everyone’s talents are unique, and a person shouldn’t compare herself to others. Participants will also receive an American Girl poster of Isabelle.
American Girl, a leader in providing top advice books for girls, developed the events using content from the Isabelle book series by award-winning author Laurence Yep and several of their advice and activities books, which have been hugely popular with girls and parents at Barnes & Noble.
“American Girl is dedicated to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12 with fantastic resources,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We’re thrilled to partner with American Girl on a nationwide event that will encourage girls to develop and celebrate their own special talents—and dream, grow, aspire, create and imagine.”
Space and free promotional items are limited at this event. Parents and girls interested in participating may contact their local store for details on how to sign up. Visit www.bn.com/storelocator for store locations and additional details. Events are free and open to the public. No purchase is required to participate.
Visitors to www.BN.com can also explore the other titles in the American Girl family of insightful books and age-appropriate and educational products, many also available as NOOK Books®.
As previously posted on February 11, the 4th Annual Legendary Awards went underway at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. This special event honored local and national individuals who has impacted their careers, industry, and the people around them. This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian Rodney Perry and actress Kendra C. Johnson. Those honored were Joe Louis Reliford (World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player), Jonathan Babineaux (ATL Falcons player), Sugar Shane Mosely (boxer), Cameo (music group), Elisabeth Omilami (actress/activist), Shanti Das (entrepreneur), Madeline Nelson (Sony Music VP). The Lifetime Achievement Award (and most special awardee for the night) was presented to Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills Quarterback.
Due to this ocassion being titled the “Legendary Awards”, STACKS Magazine took to the meet-and-greet area to find out exactly what being “legendary” truly is. Our on-site media reporter, Bianca Hawkins, had the opportunity to learn first hand the definition of being “legendary” from Q. Parker (group 112), Sharlinda Parker (entrepreneur/reality star), Sabrina Rowe (entrepreneur), B Angie B (singer), Sonia Booker (wealth expert), Reigndrop Lopes (artist), Case (artist), and Karyn Greer (11 Alive News anchor and recipient of the Media Icon Award).
PHOTOS: Tameka “Tiny” Harris & Mother, Dianne Pope Hosts ’10,000 Coins 4 A Change’ Alzheimer’s Charity Event
On Saturday (March 1), a special event took place at Nancy’s Pizza-Buckhead in support of those who lives are affected by Alzheimer’s. The For The Love of Our Fathers foundation hosted the 10,000 Coins 4 A Change charity event, which VH1′s “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” star Tameka “Tiny” Harris was in attendance. Tiny, along with her mother Dianne Pope, Shekinah Anderson, and King Harris were on-site to greet the crowd and show their gratitude for their support of Alzheimer’s research and caregiver’s assistance.
Many of those affected with Alzheimer’s are not only stricken with the disease, but also placed in unfortunate situations when there’s no one available to care for them. FTLOOF continues to spearhead efforts to financially support these caregivers. This is a cause Mrs. Pope is all too familiar with. Her husband fell ill to the disease and later passed away. This charity event, along with past events, are Mrs. Pope and Tiny’s opportunity to continue the charge of seeing that caregivers are supported and provided the facilities and/or supplies needed to care for their Alzheimer’s patients.
If you would like more information on FTLOOF and/or donate to the foundation, please visit www.fortheloveofourfathers.org.
Check out a few photos from the event:
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE!
PHOTOS: @BobbiV @Dondria, @IamLaTavia @MarlonWayans Support Hair Product Line @ Bronner Bros. Hair Show
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Various celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby Valentino, So So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.
For information on the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System, visit www.beautifultextures.com.
Photo Credit: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency!
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As part of its ‘Re-Fun Your Refund’ program, GameStop announced today that it is offering customers a chance to get more with their IRS tax refund check than ever before. Starting today, through March 23rd, customers can get great deals on new and pre-owned video gaming systems, tablets, game titles, and accessories.
PowerUp Rewards members, 18 years or older, who spend at least $75 will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Toyota of their choice, MeMO Pad HD 7ASUS tablets, a next-generation Turtle Beach headset, one of thousands of PlayStation® Plus memberships and Xbox Live gift cards, and more.
“We know our customers work hard for their money and we look forward to offering them fun ways to put their tax refunds to good use,” said Ashley Sheetz, chief marketing officer for GameStop. “With ‘Re-Fun Your Refund,’ we want our customers’ refunds to go further by offering them a chance to win exciting prizes and great deals on the video game products and accessories they want.”
GameStop is partnering with Toyota to offer one lucky grand prize winner the chance to take home a 2014 Toyota vehicle of his or her choice between a Sienna LE, Highlander, RAV4, Camry, Prius, or Corolla. To enter the sweepstakes, PowerUp Rewards members, who are legal residents of the United States, Guam or Puerto Rico, who are at least 18 years old, must make a purchase of $75 or greater at any GameStop store, or at www.GameStop.com/refunyourrefund between February 17 and March 23.
“We have a strong relationship with GameStop because of their sponsorship of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. We are happy to extend this partnership beyond the racing program to other opportunities such as the Re-Fun Your Refund campaign,” said Paul Doleshal, motorsports marketing manager for Toyota.
Trade-in to Help Trade Up
To help customers make the transition to a next-generation console this tax season, GameStop is also offering a 50% extra in-store credit when customers trade-in any video game systems toward the purchase of a new Sony PlayStation® 4, Microsoft Xbox One, or Nintendo Wii U. Customers can also receive 30% extra in-store credit when they trade any items toward the pre-order or purchase of some of the hottest next-generation games coming in March such as Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
For more information on GameStop’s “Re-Fun Your Refund” program and all the great exclusive deals and sweepstake prizes, visit a local GameStop store, or go to www.GameStop.com/refunyourrefund.
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Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2014) - Divas Unlimited Inc. presented the 4th Annual Legendary Awards created to honor the accomplishments of citizens who have left an impact within their professional field of practice. The celebration took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The Annual Legendary Awards was hosted by Rodney Perry, a Host of Bounce TV’s show Off The Chain and Kendra C. Johnson, an Actress on OWN Network hit show Love Thy Neighbor’s.
This year’s honorees were:
• Jim Kelly – NFL Hall of Famer, Buffalo Bills Quarterback - Lifetime Achievement Award
• Joe Louis Reliford – World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player – History Maker Award
• Jonathan Babineaux – Atlanta Falcons NFL Player – Community Award
• Sugar Shane Mosley – American Professional Boxer – Trailblazer Award
• Karyn Greer – 11Alive News Anchor – Media Icon Award
• Cameo – American Soul-Influenced Funk Group – Legendary Award
• Elisabeth Omilami – Award-Winning Actress - Humanitarian Award
• Legendary Awards Ambassador Teddy Riley Highlight Honorees: Shanti Das – CEO of Press Reset Entertainment and Madeline Nelson – VP of A&R, Artist and Label Relations at Sony Music
Celebrity guests, honorees, executives, elected officials and others were in attendance for the red carpet Big Rich Atlanta Sharlinda Parker, VH1 Couple’s Therapy Kelsey Nykole, Own TV For Better or Worse Actor Brad James, Co-Star of Bravo’s Kandi Factory Don Vito, Dekalb Chairman Robert Pitts, Cumulus Vice-President of Operations Colby Bruell, Vice-President of Franco Industries Steve Franco and others.
Rhonda Wilkins, Chair and CEO of the Legendary Awards Foundation, Creator and Executive Producer of the Legendary Awards and John Wilkins CEO of Divas Unlimited Inc., presented the Legendary Awards to a deserving and achieved group of honorees for its fourth year celebration. The Legendary Awards Foundation Board Member Dora Din-Durant announced its first winter initiative with Side by Side Brain Injury Center.
Performers included Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning group members Rasa Don and Headliner of Arrested Development who emerged back on the scene with a breaking performance, Germany hit singer Wolfgang Hildebrandt who did a heart wrenching tribute to Nelson Mandela and others, Case, Q Parker of 112, and Jase of Soul 4 Real followed with a tribute to Cameo, B Angie B and the Legendary Awards Choir who raised the roof.
Presenters included R&B Divas Creator Nicci Gilbert, Have and Have Nots Actor Palmer Williams, Host of HGTV’s Property Virgins Egypt Sherod, Former Atlanta Falcons Player turned Pro Boxer Ray Edwards, Editor-in-Chief of Viva Magazine Katherine Phelps, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, WXIA Producer Evelyn Mims, Licensed Professional Card Trader Jim Pasco and 20-year veteran of V103 House Announcer Joyce Littel.
Presenting Sponsors included Divas Unlimited Inc., a full service marketing and event production company, The Creations Group doing social impact commercial investments in Downtown Atlanta including the M. Rich Center and 34 Peachtree and Anushka Healthcare, owner of multiple hospital rehabilitation centers.
Stay up-to-date with The Legendary Awards online at www.legendaryawards.com and on Twitter and Instagram (@legendaryawards).
Here are several photos from the red carpet:
To see additional red carpet photos, please click HERE!
Stay tuned for additional highlights from the 4th Annual Legendary Awards.
In 2011, the IRS entered into new territory with the launch of their very own smartphone app. The IRS2Go app gives taxpayers (or users of the app) the ability to stay updated on tax-related information, refunds, and more. Of course, however, there’s always room for improvement with any app. Therefore, earlier this month, the IRS announced that the IRS2Go Version 4.0 app had undergone a makeover of some sort. According to the IRS.gov website, some cool updates have been added. Check out what’s new below:
- Refund Status. Taxpayers can check the status of their federal tax refund through IRS2Go. People simply enter their Social Security number, which will be masked and encrypted for security purposes, then select their filing status and enter the amount of their anticipated refund for their 2013 tax return. A new refund status tracker has been added so that taxpayers can follow their tax return throughout the process. Users can check their refund status 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return. The IRS reminds taxpayers the tool is updated just once a day, usually overnight, so there is no reason to check more than once a day.
- Free Tax Prep Providers. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. This brand new tool on IRS2Go will help taxpayers find the nearest VITA site to their home by simply entering their zip code and selecting a mileage range. By clicking on the directions button within the results, the maps application on the device will load with the address, making it easy to navigate to your desired location.
- Tax Records. Taxpayers can request their tax account or tax return transcript from IRS2Go. The transcript will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service to their address of record.
- Stay Connected. Taxpayers can interact with the IRS by following the IRS on Twitter, @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol, watching helpful videos on YouTube, signing up for email updates or by using the Contact Us feature.
Pretty cool stuff! Since the app launched, there’s been over 3 million to download the app. If you think you may need some assistance this tax season, take advantage of its convenience by downloading IRS2Go Ver. 4.0 on your smartphone, iPad, and other compatible device(s) today.
Are you searching for a job but in dire need of making sure it is the “right” one for you? As millions of people seek employment, not all are focusing only on the check. In fact, there are thousands who would rather have a profession that fits their personality, than one that merely pays well.
If this is you, prior to filling out applications, we recommend that you take a personality test. A personality test can help determine what’s your character like, what type of work is good, and what industry you’d be best suited for. After you’ve taken the test and figured your personality type, then you can streamline your search efforts and focus on the jobs that match.
CareerBuilder.com offers a list of industries/careers for certain personality types. The online job search site also goes as far as to show jobseekers what the pay salary is for each position. Here’s what Career Builder suggests:
PERSONALITY TYPES, JOBS & THEIR ESTIMATED SALARIES (MEDIAN)
Artistic - Editor ($47,811), Graphic Designer ($48,891), High School Drama Teacher ($52,856), Landscape Architect ($53,241), Perfumer ($21,791), and/or Producer ($79,310)
Conventional - Accountant ($46,171), Actuary ($95,354), Building Inspector ($47,735), Cost Estimator ($53,413), Financial Planner ($63,837), and/or Technical Writer ($55,747)
Enterprising - Advertising Sales Agent ($39,103), Financial Officer ($77,019), Management Analysis ($63,610), Program Director ($48,382), Sales Representative ($44,784), and/or Sales Manager ($85,091)
Investigative - Computer Systems Analyst ($61,549), Librarian ($48, 025), Optometrist ($95,058), Science Professor ($73,532), Software Engineer ($75,850), and/or Statistician ($59,830)
Realistic – Medical Sonographer ($56,603), Electrician ($35,158), Highway Patrol Pilot ($69,098), Locksmith ($34,148), Nuclear Engineer ($84,044), and/or Orthodontist ($271,373)
Social – Family Practitioner ($160,264), Personal Coach ($64,523), Personal Trainer ($24,881), School Psychologist ($49,622), Student Affairs Director ($71,093), and/or Teacher ($44,137)
For those in search of the perfect job for their personality, use Career Builder’s advice and tap into those careers mentioned above. We would like for all of our readers to enjoy what they are doing in life. If you can be happy and get paid for it, then why not take time to find the right job. Good luck!
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Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association.
The goal is to connect the institutions and organizations that provide financial education and information to the people who need it. The committee is in search of organizations that would like to partner with the campaign, and include your educational workshops and activities in this effort. If you don’t have an event going on during the campaign week and would like to host one or collaborate with another organization, please let us know so that we may assist in connecting you with our partners. If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Venus R. Lockett
Money Smart Week® – Greater Atlanta Chair
Money Smart essay contests offer financially savvy students a chance to win $2,000
In support of Money Smart Week® 2014, scheduled April 5-12, the Money Smart Week-Greater Atlanta planning team and sponsor COUNTRY Financial are presenting the Money Smart Kid and Money Smart Teen Contests.
To enter, eligible students in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) can go to www.moneysmartweek.org/ms_kids_contest to complete the application and 300 word essay by Feb. 28 (at 5PM).
The winner and runner-up of each age group will be selected to attend the Money Smart Kick-Off luncheon on April 7th hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner and a $500 scholarship to the runner-up of each age group.
The winners will be named this year’s Money Smart Kid and Money Smart Teen, and have the chance to spend the year as a Greater Atlanta financial literacy ambassador.
For updates as we build our Greater Atlanta campaign, please visit: www.GetMoneySmartAtlanta.info.
Follow the campaign on social media: www.facebook.com/GetMoneySmartAtlanta , Twitter @MoneySmartATL, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube: Get Money Smart Atlanta .
A recent study revealed that there are over 190,000 cars in the U.S. with odometers that were rolled back. As more used car dealers find themselves in court regarding odometer fraud, analysts believe that there are many Americans were victims – dishing out thousands in unnecessary dollars for these cars.
According to the study, New York, California, Texas, and Georgia are the top four states most negligent of odometer fraud. In Georgia alone, there are 40,000 cars that has been affected. The Dept of Justice says that the average person lose at least $4,000 in car repairs and/or over-payment for the car.
One Georgia dealer was recently investigated for fraud. A private appraiser revealed that the dealer sold a 2001 Toyota Avalon – with 163,000 miles listed on the odometer – for $4,900. After pulling a Carfax report, documents showed that the Avalon sold a year before carrying 237,000 miles. So, the car was actually worth approximately $1,600. (Source: AJC)
Marc Plotnick, former owner of Plotty’s Discount Motors in Stuart, Florida was facing a potential sentence of 140 years of jail time on odometer fraud and other felony charges. What Plotnick got from the court was a slap on the wrist by comparison. The former used car dealer received an 8 month jail sentence, a year of house arrest and three years of probation. Prosecutors in Plotnick’s case had made a sentence recommendation of 14 months in prison as part of his plea agreement, but Judge Steve Levin thought otherwise. As a special condition to Plotnick’s sentence, the Court ordered that Plotnick was “not permitted to participate in any car business of any type – no sales to any customer” according the docket entries reported on the Martin County’s Clerk’s office. (Source: MannersLaw)
In the state of Georgia, odometer fraud carries a misdemeanor charge. Although it is recognized as a state and federal crime, the penalties in most states have been less desirable for the victims. Even though Plotnick served 8 months in jail, he eventually slipped through a loophole and started back selling cars. So, if there aren’t any strict regulations at these dealerships, it is imperative that consumers protect themselves.
Before purchasing an used car, first conduct a Vehicle Identity Number (VIN) search and obtain a CarFax Vehicle History Report. The CarFax report allows the customer to find out any prior repairs or previous rollbacks. Obtaining a report prior to purchasing a car will allow you to save up to 80% in future repair costs.
If you suspect that you’ve been a victim or odometer fraud, ask for assistance with your State Attorney’s General office, Dept of Motor Vehicle (DMV), Dept of Transportation, and any agency that handle vehicle fraud claims.
Beginning in Spring 2014, the RoomSync app will use Facebook (online and via mobile) as a tool to help students choose who they want to be roommates with.
RoomSync is partnering with Campus Apartments LLC, the largest student housing company in the nation, to offer this unique experience to college students attending school in the U.S.. This innovative way of picking a roommate will cut out the middleman [the school] and give the student a personal opportunity to choose who is the best fit for them.
Through this partnership, Campus Apartments’ residents will be able to browse potential roommates through the RoomSync app based on a variety of topics, including interests, mutual friends and academic majors. This specially-designed tool empowers students to choose a roommate whom they feel best fits their living environment, rather than relying on the traditional process of site staff manually assigning roommates based on questionnaires. Once a resident selects a compatible roommate on RoomSync, the property’s leasing office receives a full roommate report, eliminating the paper process entirely. The matching service will be available to Campus Apartments’ owned properties and a portion of third party managed communities. Each property will have a Campus Apartments-branded app with complete RoomSync functionality and support.
Not only will this help students gain a better living experience overall, but it will also “lower percentages of room transfer requests, improve student academic outcomes and decrease the severity of roommate conflicts,” says Robert Castellucci, co-founder and president of RoomSync.
To learn more about the app’s latest feature, visit www.RoomSync.com.
About Campus Apartments
Campus Apartments, LLC, the oldest and one of the largest privately held student housing companies in the nation, is a leader in the development and management of university-affiliated real estate. The company has more than $2 billion worth of assets under management with more than 34,500 beds in 25 states. For more information on Campus Apartments, please visit www.campusapts.com.
RoomSync provides roommate matching software to more than 150 student housing communities, on-campus housing departments, internship programs and conferences. RoomSync empowers residents to find roommates by mutual Facebook friends, common interests, lifestyle questions, academic majors and more. RoomSync also offers whitelabeling services, which allow clients to have a custom-branded environment with all the same RoomSync functionality. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Gainesville, Florida. For more information, please visit www.RoomSync.com.
Fashion designer, Marc Jacobs, will feature an unique aspect to his brand during the upcoming Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
News outlets are reporting that Jacobs debut a socially interactive pop-up shop, ‘Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop’. The shop will feature the Daisy fragrances, accessories, lounge, photo booth, and offer drinks to it’s customers. But, here’s the twist. The patrons will have to do a little social media work before acquiring these great giveaways.
Using the #MJDaisyChain hashtag on your Instagram and Twitter posts will be rewarded with freebies, and Marc Jacobs accessories will be given away throughout the day. It’s not yet clear how much your tweets will be worth, or whether they’ll be more valuable for the number of subsequent re-tweets you manage to generate.
Pretty dope idea!
What kids really need in to today’s society are role models. They need someone to be there for them, when or if their parents aren’t. They need someone to show them what’s right from what’s wrong. Some of kids now days, are so used to seeing things doing wrong; they don’t know what’s right. Role model generally means any “person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others.” So many of us can be role models, if we choose to do so.
Who can be a Role Model?
Deborah Burrow, executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, in South Bend, said it’s a great feeling knowing you can make a difference in someone’s life. Burrow said isn’t a hard thing, to do, but you must be a present in a child’s life. A role model can be a sibling, parent, coach, teacher, nurse, doctor, athlete, artist, writer or hard worker. In order for someone to be a role model, they must be a person that inspires the child. He or She needs to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. The role model must also be a responsible individual who can teaches a child the negatives and positives in life. Preferable the person should be a confident leader rather than a follower. Role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have and those who have affected us in a way that makes us want to be better people. We often don’t recognize our true role models until we have noticed our own personal growth and progress. A lot of celebrities wouldn’t be the best role models because several of them have a lot of negativity on their name. Emma Watson from Harry Potter is a good role model, she was named the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but instead of letting the fame go to her head, Watson decided to use some of that money to pursue an education at Brown University.
Why is it important for kids to have Role Models?
It’s important for a child to have a role model, because they will always need someone to be there for them. It’s better if a child has a role model who can relate to them, someone who lived in their shoes, under the same circumstances but survived. They need someone to show them that anything is possible, and also another side of life which they aren’t immune to.
What shouldn’t a role model do?
A role model shouldn’t do anything negative around a child. They should present themselves well, and never show any public indecency. In the film “Role Model,” from 2008 they have perfect examples of how a role model shouldn’t act. In the film they make several attempts to encourage kids to stay off drugs. One of the characters in the film becomes a big brother, and does everything he’s supposed to do. He lets the kid drink, and let him listen to inappropriate music such as; KISS’ love gun. He displays crude and rude humor in the film. This is how a role model shouldn’t behave. Although it is a very good movie, it’s not the way society views a role model.
What can you do to help?
There is so much that can be done to help out. You can become a tutor, Young Life mentor and/or leader, a BIG; at the Big Brothers, big sisters Club, or you can work at the Boys and Girls Club. There several other things you can help out, and become a role model.
How to get involved?
An interested person can get involved by contacting the following places; who have agencies worldwide.
Boys & Girls Club
Big Brothers, Big Sister
On Sunday (Jan 19), Detroit-native Mario Johnson celebrated the one year anniversary of his restaurant, MOJO’s Motown Eatery. The event brought out several local celebrities, socialites, media, family and friends. In the building were Sharlinda and Sabrina Rowe, Khadijia Rowe, Yung L.A., Nicci Gilbert, Devin Michaels, and Jasijah just to name a few. Mario poured on the hospitality with never-ending food tastings. The drinks were flowing as well (courtesy of Exclusiv Vodka) along with ATL Camera Man to keep the atmosphere festive. Additional sponsors included: Lush Cakes, PZI Jeans, Jay Productions, Reinchild PR, and Cupcake Sweet.
If you haven’t heard of MOJO’s, the quaint eatery is snuggled in the West End (a largely Black populated area within the Atlanta city limits). The West End area is pretty historical. It is home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s alma mater, Morehouse College. The all-female institution, Spelman, Clark-Atlanta University, and the now defunct Morris Brown College, are too, close in proximity. With the heavy student population and warmth of other mom-and-pop businesses nearby, MOJO’s Motown Eatery’s appreciation for history and culture has proved to be a great investment for the entrepreneur.
One of the main reasons the restaurant is going into their 2nd year of business is because of its signature burgers and hot wings. Johnson moved to Atlanta 3 years ago from the Motor City bringing his special recipes with him. In Detroit, he owned a carry-out location that garnered a lot of business. So, why not bring that Detroit flavor down south?! For starters, MOJO’s signature burgers offers quite a surprise when you take a bite.
“The specialty is the burger that you all had. It’s a stuffed cheeseburger. It has mushrooms, bacon, and cheese cooked on the inside of the burger. You can get it in beef or turkey. Also, we have catfish and then the wings. Honey Lemon Pepper and Hot Honey Lemon Pepper…those are our signature flavors. You now Atlanta is a hot wing city. So…,” said Mario Johnson, Owner.
And that’s accurate. When you cook hot wings in Atlanta, they better be good! Mario understands wholeheartedly and that’s why MOJO’s wings are said to be some of the best the West End has to offer.
Luckily, other areas of the city may soon get their chance to taste his great food. Mario says he plans to open a second location soon. He is also planning to franchise the business. So, be on the look out for a MOJO’s Motown Eatery near you.
Here are a few photos from the event:
To view the full gallery, CLICK HERE!
If you’re in the Atlanta area, visit MOJO’s Motown Eatery at 530 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, open Monday – Saturday 8:00AM to 8:00PM.
On Thursday (Jan. 16), Janet Jackson, founder of Boss Chix & Jackson Events & Entertainment and Meme, owner of House of PR hosted a charity event in honor of those suffering or has died of AIDS.
The “Bossed Up In Red” Celebrity Charity Dinner was held at Suite Lounge (located in the heart of Atlanta). The purpose of the event was to raise money for AIDS awareness and treatment. Many celebrities and local business owners attended the event. Several included comedian Rodney Perry, Case (singer), Michael Keith (singer, group 112), Kelsey Nykole (“Couples Therapy”), Melinda Santiago (The Santiago Firm), Zee Mullen (Savvy Affa!rs), Nikki Nicole Dillard (Be100 radio & Kandi Koated Nights), and a host of others.
Here are a few photos from the event:
Donations collected at the event will be given to the AID Atlanta Foundation. For more information and updates on any upcoming events, follow Boss Cix, Janet Jackson on Twitter and Instagram @BossChixATL.
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Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Partners w/ Coca-Cola to Offer Exclusive Apprenticeships (Nominations Deadline, March 15)
Media mogul and philanthropist, Steve Harvey, has partnered up with Coca-Cola to offer a once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship opportunity. The apprenticeship(s) will be awarded to two lucky individuals as part of Coke’s Pay It Forward program. This will mark the third year of the program.
The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation will take the lead in choosing the two winners. Because of Harvey’s ongoing commitment to the development of African-American youth, Coca-Cola entrusts the talk show host will provide the necessary mentoring programs and educational enrichment.
“The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program demonstrates our commitment to education. Now in its third year, it provides an exciting way to bring people and communities together to support our youth,” said Lauventria Robinson, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Our partner this year, Steve Harvey, exemplifies how dreams can come true with a vision, plan and a lot of hard work. Together we will work to pay it forward and potentially change the lives of two exceptional young people.”
From now until March 15, nominations will be accepted at www.coke.com/payitforward. The contest is open to young adults ages 16-21 and can be nominated by friends, family members, even themselves. Winners will be announced at the end of April. They will receive a 5-day summer apprenticeship and a $5,000 scholarship.
“The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program and the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation have a common goal. We want to improve, enrich, uplift and inspire young people. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about,” said Steve Harvey. “Working together, we can change far more lives than we ever could imagine doing on our own.”
On January 11, creative minds who are working towards a career in fashion and entertainment filled up The Hookah Spot, in Columbia, South Carolina. The event was designed and hosted by celebrity stylist, Zoe Dupree. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn the proper ways to handle business in in the fashion industry. The Style School, also, taught ways to network and what to expect in the industry. STACKS Magazine’s South Carolina ambassador/contributor, Jeffery Young (@Kiid_Fro), was onsite to catch all the happenings.
Zoe Dupree twisted things up with a surprise photo shoot for participants who no nothing about a photograph studio. Other special guests in attendance were T. Shanell (celebrity stylist), Tyrike Britt (celebrity hair stylist), and Sergio Hudson (winner of Rihanna’s “Styled to Rock”).
Here are a few photos from the event:
Zoe Dupree will continue his Style School event next in Las Vegas and then Charlotte, NC.
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Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen (@Myia_Byia)
On Saturday, January 11, 2014 elegance united at the GA World Congress Center for the Second Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala. The event shines the spotlight on talented individuals working in the state of Georgia’s entertainment industry. The Black Tie event included a raging 20s theme, red carpet, and an awards ceremony. Many were honored for their outstanding work in film, television and the music industry. Guests were treated to live entertainment and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and more.
What is the Georgia Entertainment Gala? Who’s benefiting from the proceeds? Well, according to their website…
The Georgia Entertainment Gala has garnered the support of a number of community leaders, brands, and organizations thus providing a unique opportunity for sponsors to take part in an unparalleled celebration. With an explosive year under our belt this highly anticipated event will continue to embrace and celebrate the Georgia entertainment industry of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Benefiting the Art program of Bethune Elementary School and Corporate Code Atlanta. Bethune Elementary is a Title-One school located in “Vine City,” a community in Atlanta’s down town area. It is a predominately African-American school, which encourages students to strive for academic excellence. The Art Program uses a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) that enriches student’s learning by connecting art concepts to core subjects that incorporate history, aesthetics, art criticism and production. Corporate Code is a nonprofit program designed to assist displaced men reentering the work force by providing them with interview appropriate attire and career counseling. With the growing number of men in need of assistance in transitioning from unemployed to gainfully employment, Corporate Code provides the a much needed Code to a Second Chance!
The Georgia Entertainment Gala brought out industry executives, talent, and a host of other notables in film, television, and music. Celebrity guests included Ramona Debreaux (V-103), Carl Payne (“For Better or Worse”), Bryan Michael-Cox (producer), Demetria McKinney (“Meet The Browns”), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5), Ebony Steele (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Jacob Lattimore (“Black Nativity”), Erica Mena (“Love & Hip Hop NY”), and many more.
Take a look at a few photos from the red carpet:
Educators, here’s something special from Barnes & Noble for you and your classroom.
The nations largest bookseller announced that it will show appreciation to educators during Educator Appreciation Days, January 11 – 19, 2014. Over 700 of their stores will participate in the celebration by hosting informative events customized for local educators on digital education. In addition, educators will be treated to a 25% store wide discount on classroom related and personal purchases plus more.
Here’s a full list of goodies educators can expect to receive:
- 25% discount on personal and classroom purchases (also applies to CDs, DVDs and electronics)
- A chance to win either a NOOK Tablet® or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card (one educator per region)
- Other discounts on products marked down for post-holiday clearance
Special events will be customized based on the needs of educators in their local communities. Librarians are also invited. Some of the classes will focus on key products and topics affecting educators. For instance, there will be grant-writing workshops, as well as, an “appy hour” which will highlight Common Core and test prep books.
“Educators were so excited about the first-ever 25% discount on music, movies and electronics items at our December Educator Holiday Shopping Event that we decided to offer this special discount again at January Educator Appreciation Days,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “The discount applies to classroom and personal purchases, so we know a lot of teachers appreciated being able to purchase movies, headphones and music to augment classroom learning — and also find something fun for themselves.” (Businesswire)
Even students will have an opportunity to join in on the fun! Barnes & Nobles will kick-off their 2014 My Favorite Teacher Contest during the January events. Middle and high school students will be able to submit essays, poems, or letters expressing how much they appreciate their teacher(s). Each winner will be recognized at a follow-up event held in the spring. Then, local winners will be entered into a regional contest, where five winners receive a NOOK® and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. The bookseller will also name their National Teacher of the Year, in which that person will receive $5,000 plus an extra $5,000 donation made to their school.
For further details, contact any Barnes & Noble store.
Last week, we mentioned that Tameka Raymond was honoring the life of her son in a special way.
Well, many people came out to support Tameka Raymond on Saturday. Despite the cold weather, those who wished to show their support (and get a little fitness time in) joined in on the beautiful occasion. Several known celebrities were in attendance to get their 5K run/walk on: Syleena Johnson (singer/”R&B Divas”), Monifa (“R&B Divas”), Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5FM) and many others.
In case you missed out on the fun, here are a few photos from the walk:
For more information on the upcoming events or ways to donate, visit www.KilesWorldFoundation.org.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions, for the exclusive photos!
via press release…
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3pm, Future Vision (1212 Fowler St, NW, Atlanta) will host a 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show for four (4) talented and diverse designers. Peachie Pi is a vibrant and colorful patterned children’s clothing line created by 11 year old designer, Imani Alsobrook. With a combination of animal print and tie-dye, Peachie Pi is ideal for little fashionistas ranging in ages from 4-17.
Manufactured Products is a custom-made and ready-to-wear men’s clothing line out of Ohio, created and designed by Damien Sheppard. Manufactured Products is a fusion of casual and semi –formal wear with an urban flair that embodies the entire manufacturing process. Manufactured Products 2014 Spring Collection consists of floral, denim and colored zebra printed jackets complimented with matching slacks. In addition, Mr. Sheppard will introduce his sweatshirt brand CREAM (Clothes Rule Everything Around Me) to the Atlanta market.
Sir Algernon is a high-end couture women and men’s clothing line created and designed by Algernon Johnson. The Sir Algernon 2014 Spring Collection, which debuted in the 2013 New York Fashion Week, consists of the signature black and white designs with bold pops of color. Sir Algernon continues to celebrate the woman’s silhouette with form fitting floral dresses to long gowns and satin tops with strategic revealing splits. Sir Algernon designs are all topped with a custom-made neck and shoulder design. Sir Algernon’s celebrity clients include Mary Mary (Gospel Artists), Vonnie Lopez (Gospel Artist), Momma Dee (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta) and more.
Sacred Heart Collections is a sassy, flirty line of women’s clothing created and designed by Brandi Russell. Ms. Russell has affectionately named each of her designs and during the 2013 New York Fashion Week she introduced three (3) new designs: Anabelle, Claire and Madysen. As an alum of Spelman College and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Ms. Russell has created a line of collegiate wear that represents the spirit and tradition of historical black colleges and universities. Sacred Heart Collections celebrity clients include Meagan Good (Actress), Tiny Harris (Singer/TV Personality), Olivia Culpo (2012 Miss Universe) and many more. Sacred Heart Collections can be seen worn by actresses Lauren London and Lashontae Heckard on BET’s “The Game”. Sacred Heart Collections designs can be seen in magazines including the cover of Today’s Black Woman Style Report worn by Claudette Ortiz (Singer/TV Personality) and most recently the December 2013 issue of British Vogue.
Designs from the 2014 Spring Collections will be available for purchase and order immediately following the fashion show.
The “Fall Into Spring” fashion show is hosted by Jonna Johnson (Model/Actress/Acting Coach). Special model appearances by Haina Rios (Miss Teen Georgia Latina), Nicole Salas (Miss Pre-Teen Georgia Latina), Naritzi Rodriguez (Miss Teen Congeniality Georgia Latina), Shaquita Smith (Miss Buckhead Georgia), Aja Thomas and Samantha Cedillo (Child Model Magazine) and Jai Lee (Little Miss Renaissance/Bailey Agency).
Performances by Franc West (R&B/NeoSoul), Stylez Music (Reggae/Hip Hop) and Blue Amerika (Rapper). Special music video presentation of “Cougar Girl” by artists TMI and Chris Notez featuring designs by Sacred Heart Collections. Sponsors: Future Vision, Hannon Entertainment, SJS Management, JT Creations, The Actor’s Scene, The Lyngale Agency and Lavish Casting.
Tickets available on Eventbrite at https://falln2spring.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the designers visit:
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Sacred Heart Collections
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For media inquiries and invitation to the private fashion show, please contact Shoni Hymes at email@example.com.
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Tameka Raymond encourages the community, particularly young people, to get active and give thanks with Kile’s World’s Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk. “It’s been proven that physical activity is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health,” said Tameka Raymond, founder and chairman of Kile’s World Foundation. “So we are excited about families joining us as we get activity and stay healthy.”
R&B artist Syleena johnson and fitness expert Donna Richardson Joyner will be joining Kile’s World for this initiative. “It’s really great that even in Kile’s passing, lives will be saved,” said Richardson Joyner.
Proceeds from the Give Thanks 5k Run/Walk will go to support Kile’s World’s art initiatives and its upcoming camps. “The arts were extremely important to my son, Kile, so as we kickoff the holiday season. I’m inviting everyone to give back while burning off those extra Thanksgiving calories,” said Raymond. “In the process, you will be making a camper’s dream come true.”
Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk is an opportunity for families, veteran and novice runners and walkers to get active and give back.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
9am. – 12p.m.
140 West Wieuca Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
Who: Focusing on performance, fine and applied arts, Kile’s World Foundation offers comprehensive art education to children ages 10-17. The foundation offers artbased camps with multiple workshops including acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media instruction. The foundation wishes to cultivate an environment where developing artists can explore their artistic interests with the guidance and support of mentors. For more information, visit http://kilesworldfoundation.org.
Why: Proceeds raised from the Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk will fund Kile’s World Foundation art camps. Students age 10-17 will be given the opportunity to explore various elements of the arts, including acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media.
For more information on Kile Glover and Kiles World, visit http://kilesworldfoundation.org/about/.
CountMeIn and Capital One Host National Conference to Help Women Veteran Business Owners (Nov.18 -19)
via press release…
Keeping that spirit alive throughout the month as the nation prepares to honor and show its appreciation for veterans, members of the armed forces, and military families on Veterans Day, Capital One Financial Corporation and Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, announced that they will bring together women business owners and business growth experts from across the country to participate in the second Women Veterans Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC) Conference, November 18-19, 2013, at the Capital One Conference Center in Plano, Texas.
WVEC, the result of an ongoing partnership between Capital One and Count Me In, is designed to help teach and inspire women veteran entrepreneurs to fuel the growth of their small businesses and create new jobs for veterans and civilians across the country. The conference is part of Capital One’s $800,000 commitment to support WVEC, a training and mentorship program designed to help established women small business owners who are veterans, spouses/domestic partners of veterans, or daughters of veterans conquer daily business challenges and plan ahead for future growth and success.
The conference provides an opportunity for the participants to meet and network with other women entrepreneurs and will feature a business pitch competition that will allow women business owners a chance to give a two-minute business pitch and receive real-time, expert feedback to help them hone their concepts. The winners of the competition will have an opportunity to join Count Me In’s celebrated Business Accelerator Program, a nine-month intensive business education program designed to help women grow their businesses significantly within 18 to 36 months. In addition, attendees will participate in a variety of panels and workshops, some of which will be led by established women veteran small business owners. Capital One professionals will also offer coaching and mentoring during the event.
At the WVEC Conference and Competition, participating women will:
- Learn growth strategies from nationally renowned small business experts.
- Meet women who have built their ideas into million-dollar successes through Count Me In programs, and who will offer advice and insights on how to think like a CEO, position a business for success, improve work-life balance, and more.
- Pitch their businesses for a chance to join Count Me In’s celebrated Business Accelerator Program.
- Connect with motivated women veteran entrepreneurs from across the country in a variety of business sectors – new clients, vendors and peers.
For more information about the conference, visit www.CountMeIn.org.
Source: Business Wire
DTLR and Converse has joined forces to present a once in a lifetime opportunity to aspiring rappers. DTLR locations surrounding the east coast are hosting freestyle battle competitions in search for the next hip hop star. The contestants will each battle for a chance to win a one-single recording session at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in New York. Battle MCs who are hungry for their big break are all welcome to showcase their talents (women and men).
The competition kicked off on October 25 at Security Square Mall in Baltimore, Maryland. Next stop was in Atlanta at DTLR’s Camp Creek location. It was there that STACKS Magazine was on deck to witness the artistry first hand. Over 50 young men and women attended the event. Hot 107.9 FM’s Beestroh and female DJ Sweetbox Jones hosted the battle competition. Each contestant got the opportunity spit their hottest 16 bars in hopes of moving on to the next round of the competition.
After several rounds, the Atlanta competition ended up with three final contestants. They all gave it their best shot but in the end there could only be one winner. An unknown rapper by the name of “Roy” killed the competition and is on his way to New York to compete against the other winners from the five participating cities.
Here are few photos from the event:
The next three stops on the freestyle battle train are Washington, DC (Nov. 8), Country Club Hills, IL (Nov. 15), and Richmond, VA (Nov. 22). For more information on how to sign up to compete, go to www.dtlr.com.
Video coverage of the final three freestyles can be found on our Instagram page @ STACKSMag!
Photo Credit: Jonathan Herring, Live & Direct Media
The Recording Academy and Hyundai Motors Corp are partnering again this year to honor unknown artists. The award is part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy U program, a college-oriented program that is implemented on campuses across the U.S. This is the fifth year of Grammy U and this year it’s getting a boost by awarding talented students on a grand scale.
Through the GrammyUAmplifier.com website, artists can submit their music for a chance to win a recording session and spot on an popular music tour or music festival. The contestants music will be judge by some of the today’s talented new stars. Judges confirmed are Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Robert Glasper, and Hunter Hayes. The panel will sort through all of the submissions and choose their top three contestants basing their decision on various criteria like quality of music and social media popularity.
Anyone over 13 years of age can enter into the contest. But, since this is an initiative to get students and universities to push for more music majors, Grammy and Hyundai prefer college students to apply.
In 2012, Grammy U awarded three talented artist/groups. Each where given three separate awards. Gentlemen Hall (major live performance opening spot), Phillip Magnus Hartley (studio session w/Grammy producer), and Barneby Saints (music video by a noted director). To view each of their projects, go to www.grammyuamplifier.com/app/winners .
The sad part is that the winner is not presented the awards during the actual Grammys show. However, the winner is televised several days before the awards show on January 26.
No matter what this is still a good look!
Bullying is becoming more and more frequent among today’s youth in locations like school and online, according to recent bullying statistics. Unfortunately, recent bullying statistics show that bullying is on the rise among young adults, teens and children. 46 percent of males followed by 26 percent of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
Many bullying studies revealed that students who are part of a minority group of students based on their gender, race, socioeconomic status as well as sexual preference are reasons other students use to harass. Victims of bullying at school, and bullies themselves, are more likely to experience psychiatric problems in childhood, studies have shown. Now researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.
Atlanta based Independent Pop Soul artist JStavo, Stop Your Bullying (Anti-Bullying Organization) and the Youth Empowerment & Stability, Inc. (Y.E.S Inc.), collectively sought to raise awareness and funds around anti-bullying and empowering our youth.
On November 9, 2013 this team will host the 1st Annual “iHeart U” Anti-Bullying Basketball Charity Event & Concert in efforts to raise funds and awareness to support anti-bullying for youth. A portion of the proceeds collected from funds raised will help support sponsor efforts to continue to develop and implement programs and events for our youth.
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund will host their 14th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference in Atlanta, November 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree Street, 30303. This year’s conference agenda focuses on financial literacy, business growth and development, job creation, civil rights enforcement and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The purpose of the conference is to promote fairness in contracting, hiring, retention and promotion, as well as fair terms and conditions in purchasing, lending and investment. The conference will also inspire youth and their parents to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve the highest potential.
Rainbow PUSH has worked with hundreds of families across the nation to avoid foreclosure and retain their homes. It also pushed progressive ideas such as the infrastructure bank, student debt forgiveness and principal reduction to spread the recovery throughout the economy beyond Washington and Wall Street.
The Conference also presents Financial Literacy, featuring Wells Fargo’s Hands On Banking Internet-based curriculum, to promote neighborhood stabilization and home retention. According to RPC Vice President Janice Mathis, “we are working on three fronts: we aim to improve public policy at the state and federal levels; promote urban and rural economic development and job creation and help families and congregations escape or avoid poverty by making sure they have as much knowledge as possible. Federal investment is designed to spur economic recovery, but without participation by unemployed persons and underutilized firms, the stimulus cannot achieve its purpose. According to Rev. Jackson, “we cannot just water the leaves, we must also stimulate the roots to revive the economy.”
Small business owners will get a bird’s eye view of how investments in critical infrastructure creates contracting and job opportunities from some of the largest public and private players including MARTA, Georgia Power Co. and the Coca-Cola Company. G.G. Dixon and Moanica Caston, two executives on the rise, will speak at the Business Breakfast on Friday morning.
A session on Voting Rights is being led by noted Birmingham lawyer Byron Perkins (Coca-Cola and John Deere) because the right to vote is under attack and defines the freedoms, obligations and rights enjoyed by all Americans.
Students will get a roadmap to “Life Beyond the Playing Field and the Stage” under the direction of Dextor Clinkscale, former safety for the Dallas Cowboys. RPC will recognize the contributions of Horace King (veteran of the Detroit Lions), Clarence Pope, Larry West, Richard Applebee, Chuck Kinnebrew, the class of African Americans who were the first scholarship athletes to play for the storied University of Georgia. Storied UGA Coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley will be on hand to tell the story of his 1971 recruits.
Also on Saturday, Axel Adams will facilitate the Youth Summit, as a new generation of leaders takes the stage to discuss solutions to issues that uniquely impact young people, including Hip-hop culture, violence and bullying. Emory University, Georgia Tech and other colleges and universities will participate in the annual College Fair.
On Friday, the Jesse Jackson Public Policy Institute will present a public policy roundtable, focused on state and local government. Participants include Charleston, South Carolina state representative Dave Mack, S.C. Black Caucus Chair Rep. Harold Mitchell, Georgia State Senator Gail P. Davenport and Louisiana Black Caucus Chair Patricia A. Smith. Racial profiling, voter id, gun control, financial aid, health care are all dictated to some degree by state legislation and local ordinances. Fairer government requires broad engagement. The session will take on the issue of the State of the Southern Rainbow. In the wake of recent conservative political gains and ubiquitous ALEC inspired legislation, regional leaders will discuss the fate and future of the progressive agenda.
The following persons will be honored for their contributions to civic and economic life during the conference Keep Hope Alive Gala: Dr. Joseph Leonard, Assistant Secretary of the USDA for Civil Rights and Tommy Dortch, founder of 100 Black Men.
The Wardlaw Brothers and the Jean Childs Young Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the Keep Hope Alive Gala which celebrates Rev. Jackson’s birthday and benefits the work of RPC, CEF and families facing economic insecurity.
If you would like to attend this conference, to purchase tickets click here.
For More Information, Contact Rob Woods at 404 525 5663 or visit www.rainbowpushatlanta.org.
As a child grows up, parents oftentimes think of what he or she will choose as a career choice. But, in order to become that doctor or lawyer, parents understand that the only way to get there is to attend college and/or graduate school. The downside of this thought, however, is the amount of money it is going to take to send their child to college. When money becomes involved, this is when parents seem to get stressed out.
Parents, stop worrying though. If you didn’t know, there are ways in which you can start now saving for your kids college future. For some folks, the way to do that is through a ESA (education savings account) or a 529 Plan (a qualified tuition program). Although either savings option is good, in this post we’re going to give you the basics on how a 529 Plan work.
- Earnings accumulate on a tax-deferred basis
- Distributions from a 529 Plan are tax and penalty free
- Parents or guardians can prepay college expenses at eligible education institutions
- Contributions made to a 529 Plan are higher than that of ESA
- 529 college savings plan allows parents to start saving immediately after a child is born
- No income restrictions
- Designated beneficiary (or child) can be changed by a qualified family member
- Maximum contribution amounts vary per state; but are limited to what is actually needed to fund the beneficiary’s education expenses
- Unused funds can be rolled over, transferred, and changed to a new designated beneficiary; but only by a qualified family member
- Tax deduction options vary per state
- Contributions can be invested in annuities or mutual funds
- “Qualified Education Expenses” includes: enrollment fees, tuition, book, supplies, equipment, academic tutoring, uniforms, room and board, transportation, and fees associated with a special needs student; contributions used for expenses may be subject to a 10% early distribution or income tax penalties
For more detail information on the 529 Plan, visit www.collegesavings.org.