The Covid 19 pandemic has definitely changed the way we share information. Local author and NAACP Image Award winner Christine Kendall, has written several critically acclaimed books for young readers. She's celebrating her latest middle grade book, “The True Definition of Neva Beane,” with a virtual launch via Children's Book World this past Wednesday.
She was joined by Newbery Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Meg Medina and Lori L. Tharps, assistant professor of journalism at Temple.
“The True Definition of Neva Beane” is the story of a 12-year-old Philadelphia girl's political awakening as she comes to grips with her changing pre-adolescent body and reclaims the confidence she had as a younger child.
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I have got all the hot news for you this week so fasten your seat belts and get ready for the ride. Hot off the press, it was announced that the star of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Garcelle Beauvaiss will be joining the cast of the daytime talk show “The Real” for season 7 as a co-host. Garcelle joins cohosts Jeannie Mai, Loni Love and Adrienne Houghton for the new season premiere on September 21.
Garcelle's newly found role on the show follows the recent departure of co-hosts Amanda Seales and Tamera Mowry-Housley. Garcelle explained 'I am thrilled to be joining the dynamic, bold and diverse women on the award-winning talk show “The Real.”
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, September 22, 2020, page 9
If you are a Mighty Writer here is your opportunity to win some money through the September Writing Contest. According to Tim Whitaker, Executive Director, “As you're starting down a new and very different school year, we have a great opportunity to engage your students in writing, and they can win a hundred bucks!” As for teaching kids to write, we wouldn't dare let our once-and-forever mission slip.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, September 15, 2020, page 9
You probably heard that Patty Jackson of WDAS recently posted a message on her Instagram announcing that Warmdaddy’s on Delaware Ave. is now closed for good due to the pandemic. Patty who has hosted Warmdaddy’s happy hours for the last 14 years added that the owners, Robert and Benjamin Jr. Bynum were looking to continue the legacy of Warmdaddy’s in the future at another location yet to be announced.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, September 11, 2020, page 9
People speculated that his weight loss was in preparation for a new role he was going to embark on. The frail looking Chadwick Boseman had several projects in the works so it was possible he was just in character for an upcoming movie. Well those speculations were wrong about Chadwick of “Black Panther” and the first African American superhero in a Marvel pictures which brought the King of Wakanda alive.
It was recently announced that Chadwick had passed from colorectal cancer and had suffered silently with the life threatening disease for 4 years. He was 43 years old. Quickly net works scrambled to pay tribute to the American hero we had fallen in love with. Not only did Chadwick play a superhero he also exemplified the qualities of a real hero.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, September 8, 2020, page 9
Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated trailer for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” starring Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton and Lakeith Stanfield as FBI informant William O’Neal.
The historical drama depicts the betrayal and assassination of 21-year-old Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who was fatally shot in 1969 by the FBI in its attempt to silence the movement for Black liberation.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, August 28, 2020, page 9
It’s about time to come out and enjoy a concert...in a different way and WDAS, Live Nation, Budweiser Zero and Charlie Mac are about to make that happen with the special event – LIVEINDRIVEIN.
LIVEINDRIVEIN is Philly’s very own drive-in concert series with artists performing live on stage at the parking lot at Citizens Bank Park.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, August 25, 2020, page 9
Well I put myself at risk last week as I ventured out with my mask, hand sanitizers and gloves to the beach in Atlantic City and to Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pa., the hot spot for the Covid 19.
Recently I went to the beach with a few friends early one Sunday morning and much to my surprise there was not a lot of people out. Of course as the day progressed more people seemed to venture more on the boardwalk than on the beach. Six feet distancing and mask was definitely the rule on the sand. I tried not to venture into the boardwalk and went right back to the car when it was time to go on home.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, August 18, 2020, page 11
Academy Award® winner Halle Berry has closed a deal to star in the female lead role for director/screen writer/producer Roland Emmerich’s forthcoming science fiction epic, “Moonfall.”
In the movie, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, August 4, 2020, page 10
After all the buzz about the upcoming Aretha Franklin movie...the production is complete and the movie will hit the big screens soon. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is starring as the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the new biopic Respect, due in theaters on December 25.
The film, which will cover Franklin’s childhood, rise to stardom, and impact on the civil rights movement, co-stars Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, and Titus Burgess.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, July 31, 2020, page 13
Basketball nets were removed at 57th and Haverford Avenue to prevent kids from playing on the court in an attempt to practice social distancing.
In a blink of an eye, folks were coming out to skate at the once basketball court. The vacant space was going to be used. Fascinating right. Well it came as a surprise when Cohen Thompson started Skate University. Thompson skates at West Philadelphia’s Granahan Playground. The playground became Thompson’s go-to spot after many other roller rinks closed. While the city facility at 6500 Callowhill was open, it was far from ideal.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, July 28, 2020, page 10
It was announced on Monday (July 13) that Tamera Mowry-Housley is stepping away from her hosting gig on The Real after six seasons. Mowry-Housley, who has been at the table since the show first aired in the summer of 2013, took to social media to announce her departure.
“For seven years, my home and heart has been at The Real. The friendships that I’ve made there will last a lifetime, and the people that I’ve had the blessing to interview have changed my life for the better,” she wrote.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, July 24, 2020, page 13
Hot off the press --Nick Cannon, the actor, TV show host and musician has been fired from his long-running comedy improv show Wild 'N Out. It comes after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast and YouTube show, Cannon's Class. Wild 'N Out's parent company ViacomCBS, released a statement saying, 'We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.'
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, July 21, 2020, page 10
The coronavirus looks like it's going to be around for a while. The number of folks contacting the virus since the cities have opened is on a rise so we have to ensure we are practicing social distancing at all times and wearing masks. No one is untouchable as you will see with the list of Entertainers that we have lost due to the virus as well as those who contacted the virus and survived.
These artists will be missed: Philly’s own Bootsie Barnes, a tenor saxophonist and bandleader who set a rigorous standard for hard bop, presiding as a master and mentor in his hometown of Philadelphia, died on April 22, 2020 at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. He was 82.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, June 19, 2020, page 11
Join in the celebration and reflection at the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Festival! 2020 marks Pennsylvania’s first “official” statewide observance of Juneteenth, the African American holiday which originated in 1865 when the news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. This Juneteenth the African American Museum will Celebrate the Diaspora by showcasing performances, fun activities, and public dialogues for all ages that highlight current and historic Diasporic connections across the globe. Artists, scholars and activists will discuss the 15th and 19th Amendments and the evolution of the Black Vote, Immigrant Heritage Month, and the immense contributions members of the African Diaspora make to Philadelphia and the worldwide cultural landscape.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, June 16, 2020, page 10
People were honking their horns, residents were applauding in joy and folks were dancings in their seats on Friday at the Pay It Forward Facebook Live Concert held for Hero workers at the Bala Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4001 W. Ford Rd.
Spearheaded by Valray of Valray Productions the event was a way to show the residents and Hero workers they are appreciated. Employees were treated to an outdoor performance with artists: Valray, Sherry Butler, Tanqueray Howard, Michal Beckham accompanied by Rich Budesa, on piano and Lucky Thompson, on drums.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, June 12, 2020, page 11
As I mourn the lost of a friend, I am also mourning the lost of our City as a result of massive looting throughout the city. As we walked through the neighborhoods, I could not believe the devastation and the fact that Philadelphians would destroy their own city like this. It is our own neighborhoods and stores we frequent for supplies I am sure this is the work of outsiders. Put the violence to rest and seek change by using your voice to vote.
Before the rioting, people were talking about the video Nick Cannon released called, “I Can’Breathe.” Yes, Nick Cannon has had enough. He is utilizing his platform to speak out against police brutality after the tragic death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was pinned down at the neck by a white police officer. After protesting in Minneapolis on Saturday (May 30), the actor, producer and rapper released a spoken word video on social media on (May 31).
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'Bringing together friends, collaborators, and those who I admire around food is something I love to do. When I can bring people together around a cause that I care deeply about, it's even more meaningful,' said Questlove. 'America's Food Fund is supporting several organizations including Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, and No Kid Hungry, that are tackling one of the biggest issues many of our neighbors are facing, access to food. I hope everyone will join me and my friends, for a night of food, drink, and laughter in supporting this incredible organization, and having some fun while we're at it!'
With an exciting array of invited guests, this entirely remotely- shot production will bring friends together as they virtually share their favorite foods and drinks that are bringing them and their families joy while sheltering at home. The candid conversations and cooking moments will offer something for everyone to sample-personal recipes, favorite cocktails, and the simple pleasures and the comfort food brings to all those joining the potluck. Find out more about the celebrities joining Questlove's Potluck at Food-Network.com/QuestlovesPotluck.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, May 22, 2020, page 13
Set in the dazzling world of the L.A. music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace's overworked personal assistant who's stuck running errands but still aspires to her dream of becoming a music producer. Things come to a head when Grace's long-time manager (Ice Cube) presents the singer with a choice that could alter the course of her career, and Grace must choose between playing it safe or listening to her heart in a decision that could change her life forever.
The film is a comedy directed by Nisha Ganatra ('Late Night') from a script by Flora Greeson. It is produced by Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The film's executive producers are Nathan Kelly and Alexandra Loewy. The cast includes Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, June Diane, Raphael, Bill Pullman, and Diplo.
The High Note will be available on May 29th on demand for a 48-hour rental period for $19.99. For more information go to WatchTheHighNote.com and visit @GraceDavis-Daily
Warm weather brings out bad behavior. I am amazed at the number of people coming outdoors not wearing masks and not practicing social distancing. Okay the stores have got the policy on lock down. Walking from the parking lot of Walmart to the entrance of the store I just stopped and let the image I saw penetrate for a while. I watched as everyone approaching wore masks of all types. Some wore blue or pink hospital masks and some used scarves, while others used their creativity with special handmade masks. Watching this felt unreal, just to think this might be the norm for us is frightening.
But what is even more frightening is seeing people in the streets, in the parks and having gatherings and Not wearing masks. I am afraid there will be a second wave of this death threatening coronavirus; and now that the stay-at -home order may be lifted in Pennsylvania.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, May 8, 2020, page 13
Everyone is talking about the Nexflix series, 'Self Made.' It is a fictionalized depiction of the untold story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcame hostility in turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, marriages, and more to become America's first Black, self-made female millionaire.
The series stars Octavia Spencer as Madam C. J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as Lelia, Carmen Ejogo as Addie, Garrett Morris as Cleophus Walker, and Blair Underwood as Charles Joseph Walker.
I remember Blaire from my college years at Duquesne University and going to parties at the University of Pittsburgh, where most of the guys from Carnegie Mellon would frequent...which meant hopefully running into Blaire.
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Kids around the world are isolated at home, but soon, they'll be able to spend their 'Mondays with Michelle.' Former First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting virtual a read-along every Monday for the next four weeks. Each Monday, Mrs. Obama will choose a different children's book to read live at 12:00 p.m. on the PBS KIDS and Penguin Random House social media pages.
Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children's Books, and PBS KIDS announced the special story time the same day Mrs. Obama will kick off the series. Her first book is 'The Gruffalo,' written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. She is also set to read 'There's a Dragon in Your Book,' 'Miss Maple's Seeds,' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' in the coming weeks.
'As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere,' Mrs. Obama said in the press release.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, April 24, 2020, page 13
Each week the Mighty Writers provides weekly support materials and writing workshops for contest participants who want to share their writing. For the week of April 13-17 the theme for the week is Storytellers' Poetry. All contest entries are due by 5pm on Friday, April 17, 2020.
The winner of last week's contest (theme: Empowerment Poetry) is Jadia Chandler, 7th grader from Morton McMichael Elementary School Empower the World by Jadia Chandler
Empower the stars to guide the way, Empower the birds to find their way, Empower the students to stand up strong, Empower the teachers to teach them where they belong, Empower people to hope and believe That we will make it through this With all that we need.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, April 17, 2020, page 13
As we continue to be quarantined, the Kimmel Center has found new ways to entertain you. This is the message I have received:
“We at Kimmel center believe that the arts build strong communities and are essential to enhance the human experience. Our job as a dynamic cultural campus is to bring our diverse communities together for experiences that teach us how deep our roots run and how they intertwine. The City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love is creative and resilient. We’ve seen you, because you’ve come to see us. We’ve brought you together, and we will do it again soon.”
“In the meantime, we pledge to continue to bring you hope, inspiration, and togetherness…concerts to your couch, opera to your home office, ballet to your front porch, and dance parties to your virtual playdates. This is intermission for our theaters, but you don’t need a ticket for us to bring you happiness, inspiration,or escape. We’ll have so much to celebrate when our curtains rise again, but until then, here is a ticket to togetherness. Because together is our favorite place to be.
Join The Kimmel Center’s “spread the healing power of the arts” by sharing a video of yourself singing, dancing, playing an instrument, rapping, reading poetry, or doing whatever artistic thing you want to do athome. Because art doesn’t just
happen in our city’s beautiful concert halls. It happens in our kitchens, our living rooms, and our backyard. Share your video and it may be posted on their website.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, April 10, 2020, page 10
Unfortunately, every week I have talked about the coronavirus because it's affecting the entertainment industry and community at large. If you want to jump on something quick here's an opportunity. The Eagles are reaching out. The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to support non-profits in the Greater Philadelphia area through year-round Community Relations efforts. Core to that work is the Eagles Care initiative built on their belief that strong non-profits build strong communities. Through these season-long strategic partnerships, they can jointly increase the positive impact on the community. They have been proud to work with 3-5 Eagles Care partners annually and enjoyed helping them grow and flourish through these capacity-building efforts. The application to become an Eagles Care partner for the 2020-2021 season is now open! If your organization would like to be considered, please submit your application no later than Thursday, April 16th, 2020. You can visit https://fanpages.philadelphiaeagles.com/eagles-care-partner.html for a list of frequently asked questions and an application.
Over 30,000 people globally have died from the Coronavirus. 50,000 people in New York have contacted the virus; in New Jersey over 13,000 people; and in Philadelphia over 4,000 people have contracted the virus. The numbers are growing every day. In the United States, there are 137,000 or more cases. We can't stress enough the need for social distancing and staying at home. Yet, people are finding creative ways to communicate.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, April 3, 2020, page 11
Do I have your attention.....this has been a crazy few weeks and gets crazier and crazier as the days go by surrounding the coronavirus. The city is on a lock down and if you're following the rules you should be home unless you have and essential job. City officials announced new restrictions on commercial activity, and a halt to all non-essential City government operations, in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. In case you're not sure what is essential here is a list for essential goods to be accessible to the public for essential goods to be accessible to the public,
• Supermarkets and grocery stores
• Big box stores
• Discount stores, mini-markets, and non-specialized food stores
• Daycare centers
• Hardware stores
• Gas stations
• Post Offices
• Laundromats and dry cleaners
• Veterinary clinics for domestic pets and pet stores
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, March 27, 2020, page 11
As I hear the sirens roar throughout the streets and anticipate the national guards arriving in New Jersey, I try to think of some fun things to keep my spirit up. I feel like we are all in a movie...but we are not. This is real. Speaking of movies, I'm sure you've heard all movie productions have ceased. Movie releases are not happening , movie theaters are closing and the anticipated movie "Fast and Furious 9" will not be released until after this epidemic ends.
Now remember all the hoopla and crying that Tyrese did over the movie "Hobbs and Shaw", and Dwayne Johnson getting his own spin-off. Well, if you saw the spin off, it wasn't even worth the hype, sorry Dwayne Johnson, we love you Rock but Hobbs and Shaw did not do what they thought it would do. So instead we are eager to see the next saga to "Fast and Furious"....9. As you know, all the movie screenings have been cancelled but the last movie I had an opportunity to see was "The Invisible Man" and it was a good one. Very suspenseful and it kept viewers on the edge of their seats.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, March 20, 2020, page 9
As we enter Women’s History Month, we must remember all those women who made a difference.
One unforgotten leader was Harriet Tubman, who led slaves to freedom. Tubman was to be commemorated by appearing on the $20 bill in a design that would have been unveiled this year, but the treasury secretary said in May that plans for the bill would be delayed until after President Trump left office.
Then OneUnited Bank, which this month revealed it was honoring the abolitionist in its own way — by featuring her on a debit card.The backlash was almost instant, and it was difficult to pinpoint what offended people more: Was it her crossed arms that resembled the “Wakanda Forever” salute from the movie “Black Panther?” or Was it the combination of a gold chip above her right shoulder and the Visa logo on the left? Maybe it was the whole thing.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, March 13, 2020, page 11
When you think of Philadelphia you think of Philly cheese steaks, pretzels, the Liberty Bell, Boathouse Row, the Rocky Statue and of course the City of Brotherly Love. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this major milestone, Philadelphia has passed a resolution to be known as The City of Sisterly Love for the duration of 2020. Philadelphia Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore-Richardson introduced the resolution, which was passed on January 30, 2020.
The move is also a joint effort with tourism agency Visit Philadelphia to get people to explore the city and the contributions of its women. “Philadelphia is proud to join the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. “Women are the backbone of our families, our communities, and our society. This ceremonial changing of our nickname, and accompanying tourism campaign from Visit Philadelphia, are among the many ways Philadelphia will mark this milestone.”
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment,” Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson said. That’s when women were given the right to vote, of course. This change in the city’s identity was sponsored by Gilmore Richardson. “This is not about excluding anyone,” she said. “It’s about uplifting women.” It’s also about having those women spend more money in the City of Sisterly Love. “We are working in partnership with Visit Philadelphia on that new campaign, the City of Sisterly Love to encourage women and women groups to travel together.” Independence Visitor’s Center Executive Vice President Jennifer Nagel said.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 13
This past weekend students from the Neighborhood Education Network, had the opportunity to go see the sneak preview of the movie, Sonic: The Hedgehog and the kids enjoyed the lesson and was compassionate and loving as the game player explored the real world with the help of Tika Sumpter, of "The Nomads" and James Paul Marsden, of "Hairspray." Rounding out the cast was the villain "Jim Carrey.” Some 30 students and their parents were invited for the screening on Saturday morning. But they all said it was worth getting up early for the occasion.
On Sunday, February 9, 2020, It was a Mike Reed Day in Atlantic City, as a bus load of supporters came up to Atlantic City with the host Ray Fester, Mike Reed's partner, to the Tropicana in honor of Mike Reed, Sr., who spent years raising awareness about gun and gang vinolence and working to bring the community together. This past trip Mike's wife Janice and son Mike Reed, Jr., came out to celebrate his memory.
Pictured: Top photo left, Ray Feaster, wearing his Mike Reed t-shirt, below left, Delores Bowie, Janice Reed (Mike's wife) Joyce Aldridge and Mike Reed, Jr., top right,Almeta Curry, Marvin Brown, Charmela Curry, Crystal Tann Roberts, Marlo Prophet and our bus riders enjoyed their Sunday at the casinos and outlets.
To read more "Philly Beat" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 14, 2020, page 13
It’s February. That means it’s Black History Month and there is plenty happening around town. This past weekend, the October Gallery held two (2) free screening of the movie, “Harriet” to kick off their celebration of Black History Month. The movie stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Joe Alywn and more. In keeping with that theme on Saturday, February 8, at 2pm at the October Gallery, 6353 Green Street, they will be screening “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira and so many more. But the October Gallery was a step ahead of the theaters.
I just found out that Focus Features and Regal have partnered to offer free screenings of HARRIET in 50 theatres around the United States on Tuesday, February 11. The film depicts the life of one of history’s most courageous African American heroes, Harriet Tubman, bringing her story to the big screen for the very first time. For her work as the titular role of Harriet, Cynthia Erivo has been nominated for two Academy Awards®, for Best Actress and Best Original Song for “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell.
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The world is mourning the lost of basketball legend Kobe Bryant who died Sunday along with his thirteen-year-old daughter Giana after the helicopter he was riding in crashed. The NBA star who was drafted straight out of Lower Merion high school, made a name for himself as one of the best basketball layers of all time. After retirement, Kobe wrote several children's book and received the Academy Award for the short film "Dear Basketball" which he created, narrated and directed. The word is he was actually in the middle of writing several additional children's books and was putting together a rap album according to sources. Kobe was a multi-talented and will be missed by all on and off the court
The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) partnered with Philadanco recently which brought the 32nd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance to Philadelphia, PA in January 2020.
During this conference, emerging, established, and legendary Black Dance companies from all over America convened in the City of Brotherly Love for Then Now Next, a one of a kind festival where dance lovers experienced over forty diverse companies and styles from January 15-18, 2020. This four-day conference and festival celebrated the brilliance of Black Dance companies while enhancing the audiences’ understanding of Black Dance history and technique.
Audiences had the chance to see world renowned, legendary companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, PHILADANCO! and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Along with performances from longstanding and established companies Collage Dance Collective, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Eleone Dance Theatre, Elisa Monte Dance and more. The festival also featured trendsetting companies that push the limits of every dance genre, along with an opening night performance that honored dance companies with Philadelphia roots. (Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble pictured left)
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It was another successful day of service on Monday, January 20, 2020 as the country celebrated the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands gathered Monday morning in the armory of Girard College in North Philly for the city’s annual Martin Luther King Day event. There was lots happening on the grounds and it was apparent by the overwhelming number of people who came out to Girard College, for several projects and a job fair.
This year the initiative was about getting the Census count completed, so as part of the largest MLK Day of Service event in the country, local politicians, lawmakers and other officials teamed up to assemble wooden boxes for a “Commit to Count” initiative. Once finished, these small wooden boxes will be placed in libraries, public buildings and nonprofits to collect commitment cards from Philadelphia residents.
The city has already has a low response to census jobs, and they are trying get a better response because the 2010 Census had very low participation rate. Volunteers at the MLK hub sent personalized letters to residents in some of the city’s lowest turnout tracts, and encouraged them to take part in the count this year.
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Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen.
Early this week, I attended a special screening of the movie, “Just Mercy” and people are talking about the powerful and thought-provoking true story.
“Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson).
One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
The main cast also includes Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question; Rafe Spall as Tommy Chapman, the DA who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton” and Ice Cube’s son) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (“The Hate U Give”) as Walter’s wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.
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It’s that time of year. As we say goodbye to the year 2019 and welcome 2020, we can’t go without looking back on the year and mentioning the most memorable moments of 2019. So what I do throughout December is ask people I encounter “What stands out to them when you think of the year 2019?” These are the answers in the order of most mentioned:
The first thing that comes to mind for me it the devastation of the Bahamas brought on by Hurricane Dorian. The September 2019 storm Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to have hit the Bahamas — and one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record.
The storm caused extensive flooding that damaged homes and infrastructure on the northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as widespread power outages.The death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 53 people. It's expected to rise further — more than 1,000 people are missing. More than 2,000 people need lifesaving assistance.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, January 3, 2020, page 11
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I must say congratulations to those Carters. That's right my family, my niece and her daughter are kicking butt with their creativity. I am so excited to announce that my niece Naomi Carter won first place in the youth division of the City of Philadelphia 20th Annual City Employee Art Contest and Exhibit. Some 50 winners were announced on Wednesday and their artwork will be on display throughout City Hall for the next few weeks. HATS OFF TO YOU NAOMI.
What's so fascinating about this Naomi not only is she a great painter, she also designed her own jacket and has been working alongside her mother, Stephanie Carter who is the hair stylist. Not only does she do hair for all those who want their hair done in different fashions, she also specializes in doing caps for cancer victims. In addition to that Stephanie has customized bags of chips. That’s right, you will love them. The designs are customized for your needs for organizations such as fraternities, sororities, businesses, foundations and to say congratulations, for birthday parties and more.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, December 27, 2019, page 11
I don't know if you been tuning into WURD 96.1 FM Sundays from 8 pm to 11 pm for the New World View with David Barnes, Yanina Carter and Que Rainey, if you have not you need to start. This past Sunday, the third Sunday of the month on the Yanina Carter's Philly Beat, I had an awesome show with several guests. Kicking off the show was Dayna Spencer from Dayna iCare Foundation (DIF).
Dayna is a friend of mine and I am so proud of her for the work she's doing abroad. Dayna's iCare Foundation is committed to combatting childhood poverty.They provide food, clothes and shelter assistance for under privileged children, locally and abroad. The foundation's current project Homes 4 Hope Project DIF Homes.
"As a foundation it was our desire to help families in the Bahamas who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Dorian. We came up with a unique and resourceful way for displaced victims to quickly rebuild and return home and begin rebuilding their community.” Dayna explained, "We collaborated with experts who worked diligently through the details and now we have high-quality hurricane-resistant three-bedroom homes that will be shipped to Marsh Harbour to be assembled on existing foundations. The homes consist of a living room, dining room, kitchen, bath and three bedrooms." Funded through various sponsors, these homes are pre-built and shipped to the Bahamas at cost. DIF will provide donated homes to a selected number of families with children as funding becomes available, however they are encouraging families to seek financing to get a home much quicker .The foundation believes these quality homes will ignite hope for bigger, better and brighter Bahamas.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, December 20, 2019, page 11
Congratulations to my niece Naomi Carter whose artwork was selected for a prize in the 20th National arts program exhibit for Philadelphia city employees and their families. Naomi who attends Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, Maryland is in 5th grade and has been drawing for some time. Her grandmother Stephanie Carter, is employed with the city of Philadelphia.
The city of Philadelphia Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy and the National Arts Program Foundation will host the reception for the 20th exhibit on Wednesday, December 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, December 13, 2019, page 11
If you love the music of the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Temptations, Stevie Wonder and more you will want to mark your calendar because tomorrow (Nov. 30th) Valray Productions presents An Annual showcase for Toys and a New York Musical by Roz Nixon’s “Get Ready: A Motown Revue,” at the Venice Theater, 7 Lock Street, in Manayunk off Main Street. Show time begins at 7 p.m.
Stemming from a theatrical background, it was fitting that Valray would grace Philly with her talent on stage in a musical, about musicians we all love. “I always had a love for the theater so I am going back to my roots and bringing something different to my audience.” Get Ready: A Motown Revue is the treat she is bringing to Philadelphia.
Roz Nixon, the creator of the play has produced several shows for 25 years. She is not new to this game. Roz is a Writer and Director of four critically acclaimed plays. Her love of music is what led her to celebrate Jazz legends. In the 90’s she wrote “Nothin’ But the Blues” and in 2000 Ms. Nixon presented “Dedicated to Louis Armstrong,” a salute to the greatest trumpeter of all times. The show traveled with the Bel Atlantic Jazz Festival and starred Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Bernard Purdy and Jazz master John Hicks. “Dedicated to Louis Armstrong” was the first theatrical musical to ever be featured in a major Jazz Festival. Ms. Nixon also wrote ‘BILLIE’ a show that featured the key performances of the torch singer Billie Holiday and in 2011 she presented “SS Nirvana,” a story of Jazz & Love on the high seas.
Now as Motown celebrates its 60 anniversary, Nixon and Valray thought this New York play would be a great way to celebrate the music record company that started the career of many legends and would be a real pleasure to Philadelphia audience. Though the play consists of several New Yorkers, it also includes local artists like Valray who will be playing Mary Wells, Raiena Graham as Tammi Terrel and Dwight Smith as Marvin Gaye. Joining the cast are: Monifa White as Diana Ross, Matinez Little as Stevie Wonder, Priceless as Gladys Knight and Get Ready Cast as The Temptations.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, November 29, 2019, page 10
A message from Yanina
Eighteen years ago, Bobbie Carter, the mother of 9-children, (I was the youngest), passed from complications associated with diabetes. That is what I have learned to say over the years. We, helplessly watched our mother suffer with the crippling disease: First, losing her eye sight which was devastating since she was a reading aide at Heston School, 54th and Lansdowne, for well over 28 years. Then she had ulcers on her feet with the doctor’s request for amputation, but surgery was impossible because she had four (4) heart attacks and three (3) strokes. Watching her go from the pill, to insulin, then on dialysis 3-times a week, was heartbreaking. We watched her go through all the complications associated with diabetes: blurred vision/ blindness, heart attacks/strokes, Kidney issues and nerve problems causing amputations.
Diabetes has stricken my family leaving only two members without diabetes… my seven other siblings were diabetics. Did you know that if you have diabetes in your family, you could also eventually be diagnosed as a diabetic. So, who is at risk of getting diabetes:
If it runs in your family/heredity, kids, people over weight, people who don’t exercise, people who don’t eat lots of fruits and vegetables, people who are pregnant (gestational diabetes), people who are African American, Latinos, Asian, and Native American.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 13
Not a word was spoken as they watched in amazement the courage, strength and the story of a legendary woman, Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman who stopped at nothing to free over 300 slaves when there was no hope. A special screening of "Harriet" was held earlier this week and through a special giveaway, guests from Scoop were invited to see the movie in advance. And according to the response of the crowd, they were amazed and fascinated by movie.
So often you think you know things and in a minute you find, they are not true... that was the case for me and many moviegoers agreed. “I was not here during that time period and neither were you,” said Trudy Haynes who joined me at the screening. “Just to see her overcome those obstacles was exceptional and amazing,” she added.
Congrats goes to Cynthia Erivo who plays the fearless leader and is surely gunning the Oscars.
From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told. Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
To read more Philly Beat visit SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 10
I don’t know if you are aware that after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and caused major destruction and lost lives, crime was at a high and police corruption was on the rise. Like all over the world, stories of police brutality, corruption and those killed by the hands of cops were headlining the daily news. “With the implementation of the body cam (camera) things have begun to change,” said Deon Taylor, director of the controversial film, “Black and Blue,” in theaters this weekend.
The film takes place in New Orleans, the crime shown here is the same as the crime we see every day on the news.” Deon explained, “I am really going crazy about this movie, to have an African American female hero in a movie. It is a big deal as a director to shoot this.”
“We never would have thought that almost 10 months ago this movie would be released at this time. It is pretty special and for you to be able to turn on television and see folks wearing body cameras, or the use of cellphones just blew our minds,” Deon explained. The movie speaks the truth. He said he is shouting to everyone that Naomi should be recommended for all awards, for what she did in “Black and Blue.” It was different, being the first African American female hero. “Here you see an action movie that basically says look at the film and have a good time and in between the story and the ride you are getting a power message. It takes a lot to do that and Naomi delivers it.
“Black and Blue” is the story of a rookie police officer in New Orleans who has to balance her identity as a black woman with her role as a police officer, when she witnesses other police officers committing murder.
Just how did Deon prepare for directing this movie? Deon said, “I am from a violent place - Gary, Indiana - which is the murder capitol. So I have witnessed police brutality and corruption. I have dealt with stuff like this in real life, having my own run- ins with police, knowing the fear of a cop pulling up behind you. If I hadn’t been part of the culture, I would not have been able to do the movie. So to prepare for this film I went to New Orleans and I stayed for two months before shooting the movie. I rode with the police and saw a new regime in New Orleans, people who are working towards change.”
See more Philly Beat SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 10
Movies are overwhelming movie critics and lovers as Philly presents special screening with some highly anticipated African American films. To start off, Scoop is giving you a chance to go see “Harriet” during a special promotion. See movie pass giveaway (in next week’s newspaper) for the long awaited story of, “Harriet” which is the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s life. Harriet’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. The film stars the exceptional performance of Cynthia Erivo and cast Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles.
Make sure you pick up your Scoop next week and Get your passes fast. The screening is October 28th.
Director Deon Taylor of “Black and Blue” will be in town next week to promote the movie. This week there was a reception and screening of the movie in preparation for his Philadelphia visit. In “Black and Blue,” a rookie Detroit cop stumbles upon corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer, an incident captured by her body cam. They pursue her through the night in an attempt to destroy the footage, and to make matters worse, they've tipped off a criminal gang that she's responsible for the dealer's death. The film stars Tyrese Gibson and Alicia West.
The talk all week is about the Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx movie, “Just Mercy” which shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.
Read more Scoop USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 10
It may be a little early but I am excited for November to arrive as the Bobbie Carter Foundation hosts its Annual Diabetes Games Night, on Friday, November 8, 6-9 p.m. at the elegant Divinity Hall, 6011 Market Street, for National Diabetes Month. All year long I have heard the cries of my friends who asked, “When is the games night?” The question was endless since last year we didn’t have this special fun night because I was the victim of a bad car accident that left me with many limitations. But before I embark on the necessary surgery I must have, the Games night is happening--thanks to the help of some good friends, members, volunteers and supporters.
Jerry Carr, CEO of Home Health Care Plus and the Divinity Hall, who has donated the hall to foundation for this special occasion, was so supportive hearing that the Foundation has been educating the public for the past 18 years about Diabetes through special events, workshops and the media, he too wanted to help with of the cause. In addition, Robin Brunson, of the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement, is sponsoring the catering for the event. Robin also felt committed to supporting the cause. So many of us have someone we know who has been infected with diabetes and this is a different way to getting the word out about this silent killer.
So what is “Diabetes Games Night” it is a night of Price Is Right and Diabetes Family Feud. Guests will receive numbers and are called to be participants in the games. Prizes are donated from various organizations and companies including Bynum Brothers restaurants, Eagles, art museums, radio stations, art galleries and more. There will be door prizes every half an hour, a consolation table for those who don’t win, full dinner, wine sampling, a cash bar and special vendors... all while being educated about diabetes. For tickets or more information call 856-228-5040. More on this event to come as we hopefully acquire more sponsors, I will keep you informed.
Read more Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 10
The Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market brought in a lot of celebrities this past week. Most know that Idris Elba was in town and was spotted riding a horse in North Philly, Strawberry Mansion and more while in production for his new film, “Concrete Cowboys.” The film, which costars Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin, is inspired by a real-life black urban horsemanship community in the City of Brotherly Love.
As a special feature this year’s Film festival, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member Nakia Dillard, who was the dialect coach for Idris Elba in production of “Concrete Cowboys,” stopped thru for the SAG Seminar where those interested in the business was able to ask questions and get direction in the business. He is joined in the photo with Filmmakers Robert X. Golphin and Rel Dowdell.
Robert, provided a series of clips educating viewers about the life and times of Marian Anderson, a famous American vocalist whose home, which is now a museum, should be visited by all.
Read more Scoop USA Media, October 4, 2019, page 10
Did you see “Hustlers” this past weekend? What were your thoughts? Well last week, there was a special screening for the film and I must say there was a mixed audience response. I thought the guys would love the sexy women, who pranced around in skimpy dresses, or not much of a dress at all. But much to my surprise that didn’t captivate men enough. I think they were mad at the con these girls played on unexpecting men. But what really ruffled their feathers was this was a true story. … no one could phantom how these women got over on these guys. So many ran to see the movie, but all weren’t loving it.
Last night, celebrities and influencers gathered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the Special Screening of “Godfather of Harlem”, starring Forest Whitaker (Bumpy Johnson), Nigel Thatch (Malcolm X) Giancarlo Esposito (Adam Clayton Powell Jr.) and Ilfenesh Hadera (Mayme Johnson). The event concluded with a concert featuring Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross. Other celebrities in attendance included Dave East, Lil Mama, June Ambrose, Cuba Gooding Jr. and much more.
Read more Scoop USA Media, September 27, 2019, page 11
If you did not make it to Earl Harvey, Publisher of The Black Professionals News (BPN) Annual Black Professionals Holiday Gala, then you missed a good time.
Philly’s finest came dressed to impress in the beautiful ambiance of The African American Museum of Philadelphia, 7th and Arch Streets, for a night of fine dining and delicious cuisine served by Philly's premier black owned restaurants and caterers. The event featured vendors, swag bags, local celebrities, special guests, elected officials and performances by local musicians.
The Gala took place on all 4 levels and included entertainment with a Jazz Band, Karaoke, DJ's and a record release party for Starlene Bey, local new artist discovered by music legend, writer, musician and music arranger Norman Connors, who also discovered Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofil and more. She gave a live performance of “Old Friend,” the first ever remake of Phyllis Hymans song of the same name, on her album, “Classy and Soulful.”
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018
Hundreds of gifts were collected at the Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 show at the Venice Island Theater of Performing Arts, in Manayunk, PA. during Valray Productions’ Triple “A”: All About Aretha Tribute at the Second Annual Showcasing for Toys Celebrations. The full house show, honored the works of Aretha Franklin through the voices of local and national jazz and R&B artists, while collecting donated toys for two local shelters, something Aretha was known to do in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 21, 2018.
There is no better way to celebrate the holiday then to enjoy some Christmas Carols, coco and a special visit from Santa Claus. Well Diva Nation Philly brought in the holiday with a Free Philly Holiday Festival at City Hall Court Yard, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd. this past Sunday. The Courtyard was packed with guest who enjoyed the Christmas Village and atmosphere of the holiday. Diva Nation is a group of jazz singers who spread joy throughout the yard, they included: Maya Belardo, Momma T. Curtis and Starlene Bey. Closing the show, Starlene brought Philly’s best known Santa to the stage Doug Paige who passed out treats to the children. It was a great way to kick off that Holiday week.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018.
It’s funny as we close a year and begin a new one, everyone wants to reflect on what happened in the past year. Not like we can’t forget some of the headlining events that took place.
Instead of dwelling on all the crazy things that happened, I asked folks the question over the past month, “ What Was the Most Memorable Moments in 2018 that stand out in your mind?” Well this is what I found out: Here are the 20 top issues my readers remembered:
1. The first thing mentioned was that Bill Cosby was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault in Norristown, PA and gets to 3-to-10 years in prison.
2. The highly anticipated Marvel movie “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, hit theaters
3. The 2018 Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where South and North Korea were both present.
4. The Question which made national headlines, “Would Oprah Winfrey run for President of the United States, against Donald Trump during the next Election?”.
5. Star Amandla Stenberg steals the hearts of many in the movie, “The Hate U Give”
Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019.
e is known as the Big Brother of Philadelphia, and if you know him you know that title fits him perfectly. Decades ago, Charlie Mac was known for his Celebrity Weekends, where he brought in some 30 or more celebrities to tour the city and youth detention centers, and to break bread with the community at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Ave. Following that he held the annual Celebrity Basketball Game and over the past few years he has created over 5 movies for Netflix. Now he has produced a movie that is currently in the theater and it is one that holds a lot of power with its message.
Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019
Okay you may have seen this already, but I didn’t so I am sharing it with you. Disney finally pulled back the curtain on their new movie, “Aladdin” which showed off Will Smith as the Genie. Fans were unhappy because he didn’t look like the animated movie Genie, but this is not animated so adjust.
However, Smith was quick to clarify matters when he confirmed that it was just his human disguise and the blue Genie would, of course, be making an appearance (courtesy of special effects).
Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019
As we celebrate Black History Month, we got to give props to the youngest female director, Marsai Martin, the youngest twin of the hit television sitcom, “Blackish” is showing she isn’t just crafty in front of the camera bust also behind the camera in the soon to be released film, “Little” which was written, directed and stars the young actress who also plays Jordan Sanders. The 14-year-old actress is gearing up to be the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood movie in history. The movie centers around a woman named Jordan Sanders (Hall), whose callous behavior causes her to become cursed by a little girl. Jordan then turns back into her 13-year-old self (Martin), who must relive her childhood. In an interview with The Root, Martin confirmed that the movie is inspired by Tom Hank's 1988 classic Big.
Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019
Congratulations goes out Que Rainey and the team at WRTI for presenting an outlet for local young men in North Philadelphia to come and spit lyrics and do a little freestyle rap. Last week I had the pleasure to be invited and to the first Free Style Friday at WRTI radio station on Cecil B. Moore Avenue and was impressed. According to Que Rainey, who opened his door on Fridays to his in-home basement studio to get young guys off the street and corners, the concept to open up WRTI studio was inspired by Que’s story. Rainey has been doing this for years which sparked the current documentary, “Quest”which has received rave reviews while on its tour around the world. “Quest” is an intimate documentary film in which director Jonathan Olshefski captures 10 years in the life of a family living in North Philadelphia. Synopsis: Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher 'Quest' Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a 'Ma Quest' raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Que’s daughter, PJ becomes a victim of gun violence and lost an eye from a stray bullet that came from a block away. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019
.In Honor of Women’s History Month, The Free Library of Philadelphia recently hosted a screening of ”Sisters in Freedom” a new documentary from History Making Productions that tells the story of the brave black and white women who banded together to fight slavery before abolition. If you missed the screening the filmmakers will bring the movie, discussion, and some history making lessons to Philadelphia’s neighborhood libraries throughout March. On Wednesday (Feb. 27th), during the last week of Black History Month, the Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th and Vine streets and History Making Productions opened this Women’s History Month series with a screening of the complete documentary followed by a panel discussion. Writer Nathaniel Popkin facilitated a panel which will include Dr. Emma Lapsansky-Werner (Haverford College) and Dr. Kate Oxx (St. Joseph’s University.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019
By now you know that Rami Malek, won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as legendary rock star, Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody.” The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Rami became the first Egyptian American to win an acting Oscar.
It wasn’t until after the Oscars I decided to see what all the hoopla was all about. I was familiar with Rami in numerous other roles in which he impressed me with is talent. But in “Bohemian Rhapsody” he transformed himself into the undeniable front man of the band Queen…like Diana Ross did with Billy Holiday in the blockbuster “Lady Sings the Blues” which she truly deserved an Oscar.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019
Hey Scoop family, I just got back from Atlanta and had a good vacation which was well over due. After two car accidents last year my health has not been good. So going away for some needed stress free time was great! But my journalist mode is always on and I will tell you about my experience. A few years ago I worked with this great program called Communities In Schools which is a special program in Philadelphia Schools, as I was going down the escalator in the airport, what did I see… several billboards promoting their Communities In Schools program. I was so excited to see such big advertisement promoting the program. We need that support for our program here in Philly. Now I have been to ATL several times and this was a first time seeing this. One of the things we got a chance to do was check out the Oak Comedy Lounge, formerly Rapper TI’s club, and thanks to Maurice Sims Productions, of ATL Comedy Jams, who invited me and my friends out for a night of comedy. And it was! My friend, Jerome Dorm who was a photographer for the New Observer, who now has the Atlanta market on a lock down joined me and my best friend Sherry Riddick for the fun.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019
Going to the special screening of the movie, “Us” written and directed by Jordan Peele, who also was responsible for bringing us, “Get Out.” Well, Peel does it again. A family's serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them. In order to get away from their busy lives, the Wilson family takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, California with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tyler family. On a day at the beach, their young son Jason almost wanders off, causing his mother Adelaide to become protective of her family. That night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide's childhood home where they're staying. The family is shocked to find out that the intruders look like and talk like them, only with grotesque appearances. “Us” comes out this weekend and you will find this one just as intriguing as his first hit, “Get Out.”
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019
Hey you guys! This week I am just giving you the gossip in the Entertainment business. There is so much going on I got to share and give you my input on the issues or my thoughts. Starting with Wendy Williams to whom I have met on several occasions during her stunt here on Power99FM. I have been in her presence, interviewed her, read her book and shared a moment with her and Patty Jackson at her book signing event here in Philly some years ago. Ten years ago when she acquired her own talk show, I was glad for her. The Oprah Winfrey Show was no longer being aired and it was a good time for new comers to try it as talk show hosts. It’s 10 years later and Wendy is still rolling strong. But the talk show host recently had a public meltdown and took a leave of absence from her highly successful show. Upon returning, Wendy revealed to her audience about her battle with addiction and relapsing. According to Wendy, each day she leaves the show and goes straight to a rehab facility which is her home for now. Well hats off to you Wendy for getting help! Unfortunately while doing so it was announced early this week that her husband Kevin Hunter’s mistress gave birth to his baby in Philadelphia. It is reported that he was dating this mistress for 10 years.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019
On Monday, May 13, 2019 Men of Baca Scholarship Golf Outting on the Links will have Who’s Who on the field in an effort to raise money for their Bronze Association for Cultural Advancement Scholarship Fund. This annual event will feature many other activities including a silent auction, longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-inone contest and team prizes. Non-golfers may register to join us for cocktail hour and dinner. This is a perfect way to entertain clients and network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere. A Brief History of … “MEN OF BACA” The Bronze Association for Cultural Advancement was founded in 1960.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 12, 2019
Have you seen the hilarious comedy “Little” which is just a start for Marasi Martin, the mind behind the movie, who plans to do more movies. But “Little” is drippin’ with Black Girl Magic! with the amazing stars Marasi Martin, Regina Hall and Issa Rae.
While Marasi stole the show, Issa Rae was a great counterpart for the little actress, together they had viewers rolling in their seats. I know Marasi was special, well she showed how special she was in this Universal Pictures production. If you haven’t seen it you must.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019
Congratulations to my dear friend of 48 years Kym Smith who was one of the models for the in the Bloomingdale Goes Red Fashion show on April 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bloomingdale ‘s King of Prussia. The event featured several women heart attack survivors who were able to strut their stuff down the runway for a good cause. The purpose of the event is to shop for the perfect red dress or accessories at the 16th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon while enjoying a runway presentation of this spring’s very best styles all modeled by survivors. Ten percent of all sales will go to the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women movement. The women looked fabulous and Kym shined with this funky one piece jumper. Hats Off to you all!
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019
I was saddened when I heard the Filmmaker John Singleton had passed at 51, following a stroke. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Singleton several times during his brilliant career. He made a point to stop in Philly to promote some of those awesome movies, particularly, “Boyz n the Hood”, and “Four Brothers.”
I remember him talking about how he wanted to write stories about the African American experience. And no one could really tell that story unless they were a part of the experience. Well, what he set out to do he accomplished with his powerful debut movie, ”Boyz n the Hood”, for which earned him a nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, at age 24, the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for that award. A native of South Los Angeles, Singleton continued to make statements with films, such as “Poetic Justice”, “Higher Learning,” and “Baby Boy”, as in addressed the implications of inner-city violence. He also directed the drama “Rosewood” and the action films “Shaft”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, and “Four Brothers.”
Read More Philly Beat Yanina Carter, Scoop USA Media, Entertainment News May 3, 2019
I am going to make this week’s piece short and sweet. Here are a few folks you need to keep a look out for because they are blowing up.
Well of course I have to start with Marsai Martin, the mastermind behind the sensational movie, “Little,” and the youngest executive producer in Hollywood. Girls Trip's Regina Hall and Black-ish's Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders - Hall as the take-no-prisoners leader, adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Issa Rae plays Jordan's long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. “Little” is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up - and glow up - right. Look out she has more projects under her belt, we will let you know what’s up her sleeves as we find out.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019
One of Philadelphia’s finest, Lillian Mildred Edmunds McCray spent her life helping others, was called home on Friday, April 26, 2019 and will be missed by all.
Lillian Mildred Edmunds McCray also known as Mommy, Lil, and GG (Great-Grandmom) to her family and Ms. Potato Salad and Miss Lil to her friends and co-workers. Lil was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 18, 1945. She was the second daughter and fourth oldest of eight children born to the late Gerald Ransome Edmunds, Sr. and Fannie Mae Edmunds.
Lil was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in December 1962. She also attended Peirce College and the American School of Banking in the late 1960’s. Lil married her childhood sweetheart, Donald Roy McCray and four children were born from this union; Lisa, Donna, Dionne and Donald II. She enjoyed and loved being with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and sister and many family and friends.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 17, 2019
Wow this past week was awesome! I still have a smile on my face. It’s so rewarding to help people and to see the pleasure on their faces from your outreach. For the past 18 years the Bobbie Carter Foundation has been committed to educating the public about diabetes. This effort is done though our community outreach programs that includes: Diabete Sundays, Diabetes Games Night, Jazzin for Diabetes, Diabetes Night at the Pearl Theater and Diabete Workshops at Heston School in West Philadelphia on the corner of 54th and Lansdowne and Lancaster Avenues.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019
Hope you got a chance to go to the movies over the holiday and to the beach… I did. Here is what you missed. Last week The Philly Beat gave out a few tickets to the screening of the movie, 'Ma' starring Octavia Spencer. She really has you fooled in this one. Ma, is a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Octavia shows a different side of her as a deranged woman who seeks friendship and attention from a group of kids who after several encounters finds herself to be very strange. Ma, will make you laugh while scaring you to death. A good one.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 7, 2019
Last week I had the pleasure of going to Atlantic City to the Tropicana Casino, thanks to Ray who has grabbed the rings after the passing of our leader, Mike Reed, Of Crisis Intervention Network. What is so wonderful about this group is they allow the Bobbie Carter Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded that educates the community about diabetes, to use their trips as a fundraiser. So, off we go, a bus load of supporters went out for a day of fun, food and shopping. While enroute to AC, I took the opportunity to educate the 46 riders about diabetes, the warning signs, who is at risk, and complications of diabetes. The information was followed by questions to the group and prizes were given out to those who answered them correctly. Special thanks to Allied Intergraded Marketing Group who have been a strong supporter of the Bobbie Carter Foundation since its inception in 2001. ********** Last Tuesday, I was invited to go to New York to see and review the Broadway Musical, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” at the Imperial Theatre at 249 W. 45th Street, on Broadway. The play was PERFECTLY Presented with its dazzling, electrifying spectacular portrayal of one of the world’s Greatest groups of all time.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019
Everyone keeps asking me who is getting a show of their own. That is what I teased some weeks ago, and I thought I answered that question. If you missed it here it goes… Zoey from the hit show, “Black-ish” is now headed to college and has her own spinoff called,
“Grown-ish.” We saw this happen with the “Cosby Show,” when Denise, went off to college and from that came, “Different World.” A spinoff of ABC's 'Blackish,' Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way. “Grown-ish”is contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17year-old daughter - as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019
Hope you enjoyed your Independence Day/Weekend celebration. There was a lot going on in and around the city, but when I woke up on the 4th of July, I turned on the news which I do every day, and once again the news was bombarded with negative headlines, making it a little hard to put a smile on your face.
First the news reported the Earthquake that hit California, with predictions that a big catastrophic earthquake was set to happen and expecting major damage. Well, I translated that to the famous words, “Get Out”… but unbeknownst to me there was no major warning of evacuations. Nonetheless the earthquakes have continued. United States has had: 46 earthquakes in the past 24 hours and 163 earthquakes in the past 7 days. Furthermore, the aftershocks have been horrible.
Right after that news, I heard about the Miami Dolphins football player, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, 22, suffered multiple injuries in a car accident early Thursday morning that required his left arm to be amputated at the scene. Norton's agent, Malki Kawa, confirmed on Twitter that his client suffered multiple injuries in the car accident, including losing his arm. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho said the Ford F250, Norton was driving crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned early last Thursday on State Road 836 near Miami. Norton was transported to Ryder Trauma Center with severe injuries to his arm, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Norton's girlfriend was also injured in the crash. She suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK, CBS Miami reported.
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I am happy to announce that the October Gallery is holding its Black Art Expo this week at Franklin Mills Building #3 Near Starbuck/Burlington at the Amaze Art Gallery, 1535 Franklin Mills Cir, Philadelphia, PA 19154. The free admission event showcases over thousands of art pieces and will run from Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 28. Show times are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Celebrating 34 years in the African American Art Industry the October Gallery has operated a physical art gallery in Philadelphia, PA since 1985. They are one of the oldest African American art galleries in the nation that has been connecting people with art for 34 years delivering magic and romance to the art experience.
Art will be provided by: Charles Bibbs, Ernie Barnes, Annie Lee, Bold Urge, Chet Highsmith, David Laurie Cooper, Leon McDuffie, Monica Key, Tyrone Frisby, and Marsha Sickles. The Philadelphia Art Expo was established in 1985 at 3805 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It operated from this location for nine years. During the 1990s October Gallery operated six locations: two in Philadelphia – Old City on 2nd Street and The Gallery Mall East on Market Street; one in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; one in Echelon, New Jersey; one in Burlington, New Jersey; and one in Washington, DC.
Today, October Gallery’s art gallery location is 6353 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. It also operates a number of small kiosk locations throughout the Philadelphia region. From the beginning they have received support from many celebrities including Billy Dee Williams, Tom Joyner, former President Bill Clinton, Ella Joyce, Clifton Davis, Ice T, Darrin Henson, Issac Haynes and more.
Read More Philly Beat, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019, page 9
Hey Fam, did you check me out on Facebook Live, on the New World View with David Barnes, Yanina Carter and Que Rainey. We had a great show that I want to share with you. It is a small world and I must acknowledge this regarding the Poetry and Jazz event on Saturday, July 27th. My High School (Lamberton) brother informed me about the event and wanted me to go, but I didn’t know my other Lamberton friends were also involved. Hosting the event will be Vanessa West, Board member Daryn West, Philly’s Glen Bryant to whom I am also a friend and former co worker along with Lambertonian Leroy Patterson who will also be jamming with Glen. But what makes this night so awesome is we are all coming together for a good cause.
Dayna ICare Foundation presents Poetry and Jazz on Saturday, July 27th at the German Society of Philadelphia, 611 Spring Garden, Phila., PA doors open at 6 p.m. and features, live bands, Geno Marritt & the Spirit of Jazz from the DC area., Vocalist LiveMonet Britt, Glen Bryant and Friends. An array of poets including author Terri Lyons and special tributes to Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou will also be presented.
But what makes the night so nice is the cause. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Ethiopia Project, according to Dayna, “We are a Christian, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides food, clothes, shelter, and pastoral care assistance to underprivileged children locally, and abroad, regardless of race, color, or religion or creed.”The foundation also has a local "GIFT A GARDEN." Dayna's iCare Foundation provides needy families with children, garden supplies, vegetable seeds, and reference material to grow gardens, both locally and nationally. Dayna's iCare Foundation took a team (with young adults) to Puerto Rico in May 2019, where garden supplies were distributed to needy families, as part of the foundation's national "Gift a Garden" program.
Read more Philly Beat, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019 page 8
On July 26, 2019, Philly’s loved photographer Robert Mendelsohn, passed at 61years old and he will be truly missed. Since the announcement condolences have been pouring out throughout the city from city officials, community organizations, newspapers, radio stations friends and family. Robert touched the lives of thousands and he travelled throughout the city to cover multiple events in one day, on the bus.
Like many, I had a special relationship with Robert as a photographer and friend. In my earlier years when I was hitting the club with my crew of friends, Robert was right there with us. He would dance with us and laugh at our shenanigans. As a photojournalist, he assisted me with multiple jobs and events doing what he does best, taking photos. When he saw I had dropped from the scene due to some health problems, he reached out to me to make sure I was okay. That was the kind of friend he was. My heart hurts for his lost, kind words and gentile soul. Robert Mendelsohn, you will never be replaced, but always remembered by all.
Read More PhillyBeat, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019 page 9
I would like to start by congratulating Dayna’s ICare Foundation for an exceptional Evening of Poetry and Jazz last week at the German Society, 611 Spring Garden Street. The purpose of the event was to raise money for child homelessness, hunger and nakedness locally and nationally. Locally they provide food, clothes, shelter and assistance to needy children. Nationally they provide supplies for gardens and other needed items for third world countries.
The night included vendors, poetry and jazz by Glenn Bryan and Friends and the Geno Marriott and Spirit Jazz from Washington D.C. The poetry was inspirational and the music was superb. The performance by singer LivMonet Britt, brought the audience to their feet. There was a raffle for Eagle paraphanella. Dayna and her board did an excellent job for their first jazz event. Hats off to you!!
Read more PhillyBeat, ScoopUSA Media, August 9, 2019
I recently had the pleasure of going to Cape May for a weekend, thanks to my friends at the Periwinkle Inn, 1039 Beach Ave. Not a big huge hotel overwhelmed with guests, the Periwinkle Inn Cape May’s original boutique hotel, is perfectly located across the street from the beach. The quaint hotel offers a wide range of amenities for every guest, from in-room kitchenette, wifi, clean and fancy décor which is welcoming, as well as a lovely staff. Known for its lush garden, sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the towns promenade, this is a family owned business that has provided over 45 years of serving its guests. With this being said, it comes as no surprise the Pagano Family, who owns the hotel is getting a little attention right now.
Jennifer Rose Pagano, daughter of the owners, will be receiving the Women of Empowerment Award, for her mentoring young adults in the field of hospitality by the organization P.O.W.E.R (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized. This 18,000 membership based organization which features celebrities, A-listers and everyday hardworking women from different backgrounds, cultures and who work in various industries and professions.
POWER will be acknowledging Jen for her hard work. Jen is the daughter of the owners and works the front desk, constantly interacting with the guest and jumping through hoops to make everyone happy. In addition to comforting the guests, Jen also makes jewelry in which Jacqueline Smith, of “Charlies Angels” is interested helping Jen to get more exposure. According to Jen the news came to her unexpectedly. “ I was informed that I was getting the Women of Empowerment Award from POWER and that Smith was going to interview me about the hotel’s longevity and my jewelry. Nicely displayed is the lobby are a variety of pieces that Jen has the pleasure of showcasing and selling.
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