Positive Images for Inner City Youth

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A good friend of mine, Dr. Jaseon Outlaw, is on a mission…to actively change the way inner city youth are often times portrayed in the (mainstream) media, and instead highlight, present and focus on the positive images in the community! I commend his effort and action to create an organization designed to lift, enlighten and create change for the benefit of inner city youth…in his hometown of Oakland, CA!

Positive Images for Inner City Youth is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.  Seeking 501(c)(3) non-profit organization status,  Positive Images seeks to promote and expose inner city youth to realistic and positive images of those representative of the community.  This is a direct response to the mainstream media’s decision to focus on inner city violence and the psychological implications that reality television has on defining the identities of inner city youth.

The vision for Positive Images is to expand the realm of career and lifestyle choices for inner city youth, by providing a barrage of positive imagery in the areas of career, education, arts, healthy living, and family.

Since “Positive Images” is a brand new endeavor, they need your help to grow the organization and spread the message of positive images! So, if you can, please strongly consider donating a few dollars to the organization http://positiveimagesoakland.org/

And — If you have not already mentored a young person in your community, please do so…

 

Time is Illmatic

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary film that explores Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic. The film is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16 and will hit theaters shortly after. This documentary was Directed and Produced by a friend of mine, One9, and pretty much since I made his acquaintance he has spoken about this project.

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As a hip hop fan (the 90’s was my era), I can’t wait to watch the film and for my friend, I am thrilled and excited for him to finally get to share his hard work, dedication and passion for “Time Is Illmatic” with the world! Watch the trailer below…

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.

Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

Time is Illmatic tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Nas—with the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones—overcame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era.

With support from Ford Foundation & Tribeca Film Insitute.

UNFILTERED – A DOCUMENTARY

UNFILTERED – A DOCUMENTARY premiered in March 2014 at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sunkissed London presents Unfiltered, a mini-documentary that captures the distinct views of a group of globally-influenced women as they craft a life for themselves in the UK. Watch as the women speak openly about the highlights and challenges of leaving their homeland to create a life anew in London.

Filmed modestly in natural light to allow the genuine authenticity of each woman to shine through, Unfiltered will leave viewers with thought-provoking insight from a global community of women living and learning in London.

Executive Produced by: Kelliann McDonald, Gabriel McKenzie, Rachel Hart; Filmed by: Ejovi Agarin; Directed by: Kelliann McDonald; Edited by: Kelliann McDonald.

Click HERE to view the premiere photo album for Unfiltered.

Kudos to Kelliann who I’m sure worked tirelessly to get this project filmed and completed, GREAT JOB!

PhilanthroFest

Philanthrofest has made a huge impact on the South Florida community. The event, now in its third year, connects 1000’s of South Florida residents to valuable resources and services in the areas of Business & Economic Development, City/County Services, Civic Engagement/Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Cultural/Arts/Humanities, Educational, Environmental, Health/Human Services/Disease Prevention, Poverty/Welfare, Animal Related, Food/Agriculture/Nutrition, Recreation & Sports, and Youth Development & Services.The PhilanthroFest Community Engagement Festival features more than 100 South Florida non-profits and community agencies, art, music and dance entertainment, a kid’s zone, a community stage, healthy living section, and other family friendly attractions.

PhilanthroFest is FREE and open to the public with the goal of connecting volunteers and donors to not-for-profit organizations while creating an environment that promotes civic engagement, deepens community connections and sparks the philanthropic spirit of South Florida.

3 ways YOU can support PhilanthroFest TODAY:

GIVE

Donate to support the PhilanthroFest 2014 Festival and we will include your name on our donor recognition page and donor activation at the festival. DONATE VIA EVENTBRITE!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philanthrofest-2014-tickets-10897953071

VOTE

Cast your vote for PhilanthroFest in the KIND “Do The KIND Thing” Challenge: VOTE NOW! http://projects.kindsnacks.com/project/philanthrofest-2014-civic-engagement-festival/

SHARE

Share your #PhilanthroSMILE with us and be featured in our social media campaign: SHARE YOUR #PHILANTHROSMILE
http://www.philanthrofest.com/philanthrosmile

On Set with Comcast Newsmakers

I want to share some of my latest interviews as a Host for Comcast Newsmakers in Florida. The segments are great because I have the opportunity to talk with a diverse group of Public Servants, Lawmakers, Community Leaders and other “newsmakers” about a variety of topics that affect so many of us…. You can see all the current newsmakers segments online at www.comcastnewsmakers.com

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Below you can just press play to see some of my most recent on set interviews!

The Miami HEAT’s official DJ and founder of the Irie Foundation, DJ IRIE!

Estrellita Sibila of Philanthrofest

Discussing the topic of stroke with Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz

SunFest of Palm Beach County with Paul Jamieson

ANEIROS Vehicle Child Seat System

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My youngest son and I recently played the “starring” roles in a video created for a crowd funding campaign. The project seeking funding is a vehicle child safety seat called “ANEIROS.” All too often we hear about (preventable) tragedies where a child is mistakenly left behind in a hot car, and ends up losing their life as a result of vehicular heat stroke… Well, the ANIEROS is designed to save those children. It effectively integrates with a vehicles alarm and electrical wiring, giving it the capability to alert a parent or caretaker of a forgotten child, activating the cars alarm, triggering the air condition system to cool down an overheating child, and much more. The system can control and activate the car’s lights, ignition, air conditioner, alarm and door locks.

In the video, Isaiah and I “acted out” everyday scenes to show how the child seat system would work IF a parent or caregiver happened to forget a quiet or sleeping child in the car. It’s easy to think it would never happen to you…but I’m sure the families who have suffered this tragic fate, never imagined it happening to them either. The ANEIROS has a full US patent and its creator needs funding help, to further develop it and get it on the market, and start saving lives. So, I encourage you to please watch the video and visit the Indiegogo crowd funding page >> http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aneiros-vehicle-child-seat-system If anything, please help spread the word to your social networks about this unique child seat system, if it can save just one child’s life, then it’s worth having on the market! The ANEIROS Indiegogo campaign runs now through April 18, 2014.

Connect with ANEIROS:

Indiegogo – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aneiros-vehicle-child-seat-system
FB – https://www.facebook.com/aneirosllc
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AneirosSafety

Newsmakers This Week In Studio

I just finished another round of interviews for Comcast Newsmakers (Florida) and I thought I’d share some of my behind the scenes photos! Enjoy!

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Day 1, Look 1

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Shot of the monitor in the green room…

After wrapping up my chat with DJ Irie, discussing the Irie Foundation

Day 2, On Set “Selfie”

Interviewing PhilanthroFest Executive Director Estrella Sibila

Getting to wrap up a successful 2 days of in-studio interviews, pictured with my host counterpart, Phil Latzman

 

 

Too GOOD to be TRUE

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I always daydream about coming up on a large amount of money…you know some kind of rebate, award, lost payment I never received! Well, today when I was opening my mail, there was a check for more than $2500 looking me right in the face! An “official” check made out to ME, and I thought, what perfect timing (I just made a big purchase, so funds are on the lower side). My first thought was, I need to go to the bank and cash this ASAP…what time is it, is the bank still open??? Then, I thought, well even if it is a mistake, it has MY name on it! Then I noticed a letter attached to it, which said this is payment for the research study you agreed to participate in, etc… Now, I did sign up for one – I do those periodically when they apply to me and the “incentive money” is decent…BUT it has never been in the thousands!

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At any rate, once my (common) sense took over, I realized this is just not right, what’s the deal!?!? So, I did what any normal person does these days, I took it to google to search the company, etc… Well, I did find a “legit” website, but no posts of warnings or a notice of a scam or anything. However, as I continued to dig, there it was, a very similar story about a scam where people are sent (fake) checks in a large amount and told to wire a certain amount of the check, since it’s a research study involving a money transfer/wiring company. And then people do it, but the check never clears at the bank…it just bounces. Then by the time anyone catches on…it’s too late! So, I think it’s safe to say…it’s the same SCAM! Grrrr…. I even looked up the bank it said the check was from..and that bank does indeed seem to exist. The other “flags” I noticed when I took a closer look, is who it said the check was from, not the name the said research company, but an individual. Also, no address was listed for the issuing bank. Oh well, it was nice for a second to think I was up a few thousand bucks, but I’m definitely lucky enough to know when it’s too good to be true!