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Delivery challenges and changes

I have been told that one thing is certain: Change will come whether you want it or not. And, for Scoop, change has definitely come and it is not by choice, but  a necessity.

I am sure many of you have read my monthly updates and are aware of the struggles that I have had trying to communicate the value of BlackMedia and the value of the people who read Scoop every week.  There has been some success, and people are starting to recognize the Scoop as an important media source for the Community. But it is still a slow and steady progression. There many times that I find myself juggling, more than I did as a single parent, to make ends meet. Often with no staff and/or a skeleton staff.  And, I definitely have bills that I didn’t have this time last year.  But I have chalked all this up to a learning experience and the nuts and bolts of owning your own business. While there are definitely some challenges, there are also Win/Wins.  


Read more Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018

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TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH....

Over the past seven months, I have tried to write a column at least once a month to share my journey with you, my supporters and Scoop family, as I try to fill the void that was left by Sonny Driver... 

To say the least, I knew when this started, that I would never fill his shoes but I would definitely try to do my best to ensure that Scoop flourished.  

For the many of you who have read my story, you know that I have been running this paper, on a midnight schedule, working my lifetime, full time job during the day, and at night and on weekends I’m here at Scoop.  Well, I am finally understanding the value of giving 100% and I have learned that I definitely cannot give the community my full attention, if I am at work somewhere else... So, my latest lesson has been understanding and accepting the fact, that I need to take a Leap of Faith, and let go, and let God.  “Trust and Faith”


Read more in  of this weeks latest news, and check out ou columnists on Scoop USA Newspaper, June 1, 2018


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400 Years

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2019, The 400th Anniversary Year of 1619, Part I

by Ron Brown Founder President CEO (PAJC) Pennsylvania Juneteenth Coalition

NW Regional Director (NJOF) National Juneteenth Observance Foundation 


How should people of the African Diaspora celebrate the 400th anniversary of 1619? I will use the Ghanaian metaphor, Sankofa, which translates, "Go back and get it, to return,” to answer this question. I will take you back to the beginning, so that you will collectively emerge from the experience with knowledge of the enslavement history. I will proceed with providing the ancestral ways of thy culture, healing medicine of how they are to incorporate the 400th anniversary of 1619 in 2019. It is not wrong to go back for that which one have forgotten, or do not know; before transitioning forward to build a bright successful future. 


Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019. 

2019, the 400th Anniversary Year of 1619, Part II

If God made Africans in His likeness, a free spirit moving freely on the face of the water, ruler of the earth, how did the African fall from God’s grace, fall from being rulers of the world? How did Africans find themselves one day, slaves? The Book of Geneses Chapter 3, Verse 14 to Verse 17 helps us to understand these questions.  They reveal to us how Lord God cursed Adam and Eve for disobeying God’s commandment not to eat the forbidden fruit in the midst of the garden.  Chapter 3, Verse 3 God hath said unto the women, “Ye shall not eat the fruit or touch it least ye die.” Verses 16 - 17, specified Adam and Eve’s punishment for disobeying God’s commandment; “unto the women I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shall bring forth children:” and unto Adam he said, “because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying. 

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 11, 2019

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2019, the 400th Anniversary of 1619, Part III

Approximately twenty million enslaved Africans were shuttered through the painful spirit puncturing Dungeons of No Return to the America’s. Parents snatched from their children, children ripped from their mother’s umbilical cord; children ripped from their father’s arms and conveyed with their hands and feet bound in fetters, shuttered aboard slave ships. Africans were forced to endure physical shackles around their neck and ankles; mental shackles around their mind; emotional shackles and turmoil deep in their spirit. African Tribes men, women and children were thrust in crowds into the holds of slave ships, many perishing from the want of air. In the holds of slave ships, Africans were forced to watch rats eating the flesh off of someone’s son or daughter’s body. Shackled African men women and children were forced to urinate and pass feces on themselves; the enslaved African was forced to observe rats nibbling on dead African’s bodies. Many tribes men and women leapt into the ocean to seek early retreat from their impending misery.

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

2019, the 400th Anniversary Year of 1619, Part IIII

Now that we have a clearer understanding of slavery’s biblical and historical roots; I feel the need to again ask the question, how and why should one acknowledge and commemorate the 400th anniversary of 1619? John Henry Clark states “Africans focus should be the liberation and maintenance of African people, and to restore themselves to the status they lost in the world. Africans gave the world its first humanity, and now we have the opportunity to give the world its next humanity. Africans mission of liberation should be to put strong families back together.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

2019, the 400th Anniversary Year of 1619 (Part V)

The 400th anniversary year, the 50th Jubilee year, Juneteenth, Thanksgivings, Watch Night Service/Freedom Eve, 2019, is the light that cometh in the world to liberate the African and put strong families back together. John Chapter 3: 19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of the light, because their deeds were evil. Every one who does evil hates the light, and will not come to the light for fear their deeds will be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.” Descendants of Adam, Eve, and Abraham come out of the darkness in 2019 and achieve great substance. The 400th anniversary year and the 50th Jubilee year is the prophesize symbol aligned by God and the Ancestors to manifest in the lives of descendants of enslaved African Ancestors in 2019 to induce them to join, thy God in thy high place, and put their strong families back together again.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

BLACK BUSINESS REVIEW (MARILYN KAI JEWETT)

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African and Carribbean Business Council: Building economic development partnerships in the Diaspora

by Marian Kai Jewett

Economic development strategies in Africa and building partnerships between African people throughout the Diaspora has been the subject of discussion for some time.  It continued at the 9th Annual African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) Winter Conference.  With the theme of “Building Capacity for African and Caribbean Economic Development,” much of the discussion was on building infrastructure, forming partnerships with African-American businesses and China’s involvement in the economic development of the continent. 

Among the 2018 “Top 10 fastest growing economies in the world,” according to the World Bank, six of them are in Africa – Ghana, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Senegal and Tanzania.  International business experts know this – African-Americans don’t.  China’s not alone in investing heavily in Africa. Russia and India are also investing big on the continent.

Read more on Scoop USA Media, November 23, 2018.

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Business trends and opportunities in 2019 that can change your life

Next year will be a crucial year for global African business entrepreneurs throughout the Diaspora. We have the talent to succeed, now we have to put it to collective use. Starting and growing Black-owned businesses has been a hot topic for the past few years.  I’m born into a family of business owners on my mother’s side. Although some of them worked for white folks, they had their own businesses–hotels, real estate, variety stores, funeral parlor, plumbing, landscaping and laundry businesses. They even managed to found an AME Church that’s now 107 years-old. Quite a feat for African-Americans in the early 20th Century in South Florida. I followed in their footsteps and my first business was creating paper dolls/clothing for my classmates in elementary school. After graduating from Howard University, I immediately began a consulting business although I was employed by others.  My ancestor’s example taught me that even if you work for someone else, it’s always good to have a side hustle than can morph into a full blown business should you be “downsized” or retire.  “Know how to do more than one thing and work for yourself” is my motto. 

Read more.. check out the December 7th edition of Scoop USA Media. 

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Fair Housing: 50 and still Fighting!

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 – one of the greatest legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Era – is 50 years old.  Whether some realize it or not, housing is big business and keeping certain people out can mean more revenue for those planning, developing and building communities. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, appraisal, advertising and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin or gender.  Fair housing was one of the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. lobbied for and was one of the foundations of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.  

Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 21, 2018. 

The Business of Slavery

During Black History Month the African Holocaust aka the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is usually discussed in terms of its horrors and its cumulative effect on us as a people. The business practices that evolved from slavery are rarely if ever discussed. The Jamestown Colony in Virginia is considered by some as the beginning of the United States--but so is slavery as its economic foundation.  The impact of the slave trade had a profound effect on  the economic growth of this nation and the New World as a whole. 

Read more, Scoop USA Media , February 1, 2019

The Beech Companies: A model of community rebuilding through social enterprise

On Cecil B. Moore Avenue, in the heart of North Philadelphia, is a small company that’s successfully using the concept of social enterprise to reimagine and revitalize disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia. What is social enterprise? Quite simply, social enterprise is when an organization uses business principles and strategies to solve social problems with the ultimate goal of empowerment and self-sustainability. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

The 2019 Philadelphia Black Biz Directory – now available

People who say they want to support Black businesses, but don’t know where they are now have no excuse. In an effort to support and promote Black businesses in the community, Beech Community Services has published the 2019 Philadelphia Black Biz Directory which will be inserted in next week’s SCOOP. The directory includes over 400 African-American, African and Caribbean businesses in Philadelphia.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

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ACBC’s new leadership team steps up: March 29 Women’s Entrepreneur Symposium

The African & Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia recently introduced its new leadership team at its first monthly membership mixer. ACBC is the only business organization in the Philadelphia region that specifically focuses on trade with African and Caribbean nations, and is connected to the fast growing markets in Africa and the Caribbean through its partners and membership.

ACBC’s executive leadership team led by its new president Victoria Senome, has taken the reins of the organization with vision and passion. Senome, who has a background in risk management, business development, international trade and strategic planning, is committed to efforts that would help Africa claim its rightful place as a major economic player in the global market. Since January, this group of dynamic, young entrepreneurs has stepped up ACBC’s marketing strategy with a new, informative newsletter and brochure, monthly membership mixers and a calendar of events. I always say, if you want something done correctly, get a Black woman to do it!

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Help is available for Black women entrepreneurs

Black women throughout the Diaspora are moving towards entrepreneurship versus working for others by following the tradition of their African Ancestors. In ancient Africa, women traders ran the marketplace on all levels. That same tradition exists today. The marketplace was/is organized on several management levels – retail, wholesale and import/export. Publicly-recognized wealthy women traders in local markets are called market queens, while large wholesalers who trade across markets and abroad, are call merchant queens. We are the descendants of the ancient market and merchant queens and the sisters of the present queens. Running businesses is in our blood and no-one can do it better than a Black woman. Women-owned businesses in the U.S. are increasing more each year. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019

Cecil B. Moore historical panels unveiled at SEPTA station

There was an old-time block party at Broad & Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The band was pumpin’, the singer sang “Disco Inferno,” while the crowd joined in with “burn, baby burn!” The people were feeling the spirit as old-heads Alfie Pollit, the “Philly Bop King” and Dr. Walt Palmer, advisor to us young activists back in the day, grabbed some sisters and started bopping. It was a joyous occasion and a great celebration as SEPTA and the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters unveiled two historical panels on the outside of the Cecil B. Moore Subway Station, on the day that would have been his 104th birthday. You could feel his presence in the midst of a party he would have certainly enjoyed. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

The business of gentrification Part 4: Temple’s Trojan horse

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As we say in the hood, same sh_t, different day.

The spectre of gentrification continues to spread in North Philadelphia with Temple University continuing its arrogant encroachment west of Broad Street with the launching of a North Central Special Services District. A deceptive media advisory with a headline declaring “North Philadelphia Neighbors, Temple University partner to launch special services district” was circulated in an attempt to give the impression that this was the community’s idea. Far from the truth.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 12, 2019

Fair Housing Rights

Anyone paying attention to the news knows that fair housing is a big issue in the Philadelphia area and across the nation. Housing is big business with landlords and developers fueling gentrification and displacement in search of a larger profit. Like it or not, for businesses large and small, gaining a bigger profit is the bottom line.

“Redlining, Gentrification, and Displacement: Why Protected Classes Should Hold Government and Private Sectors Accountable for Causing Civil and Human Rights Crises” is the subject of a community meeting being sponsored by the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeast Pennsylvania from 6 to 9pm, Monday, April 29 at Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond Streets. The meeting is being held in recognition of Fair Housing Month and the 51st anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, to raise public awareness and knowledge of the law. The FHRC also will unveil their “We Must Dismantle Redlining Project” and a special report on redlining, gen- trification and displacement in Philadelphia. A 27 year-old nonprofit civil rights organization, the mission of FHRC is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all. Even though the economy has improved for some, Black people have seen a decline in home ownership close to the levels of the 1960s Jim Crow era.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019

CHILD WATCH (Marian Wright Edelman)

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We must protect our children America!

Six years ago today, December 14 started off like an ordinary morning in classrooms across our country. Children rushed in to school bundled against the cold, chatting and laughing and trying to contain all of their extra energy and excitement from the bright holiday season. Concerts were scheduled, classroom parties were planned, and teachers were squeezing in their last few lessons before winter break. It was the same in Newtown, Connecticut—but that was the unforgettably horrible day 20 first graders and six adults walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and never walked back out.

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A new moral and human low

by Marian Wright Edelman


It has come to this: tear-gassing toddlers. Heartbreaking images of the American government’s attacks on asylum-seekers at the border have emerged over the past several days. In one photo a barefoot child in a diaper sobs, clutching her mother with one hand and a plastic ball—a lone prized possession—with the other. Her mother, who was pictured in a second photo desperately trying to flee from the tear gas with her two young children, told an interviewer: “I felt sad, I was scared. I wanted to cry. That’s when I grabbed my daughters and ran. I thought my kids were going to die with me because of the gas we inhaled.”


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Prayers for the holiday season

All during the Christmas season, as millions celebrate a poor, homeless child Christians call Savior, I think about the irony of some political leaders proposing (and citizens permitting) policies that would result in millions more children becoming destitute, homeless, and hungry and being detained and cruelly separated from their parents at our borders. There are 12.8 million children living in poverty in our nation. Children are the poorest Americans and the younger they are the poorer they are. Nearly one in five children live in families who don’t always have enough to eat. Children are being tear gassed at our border and dying in U.S. custody, like seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, the little girl from Guatemala who died on December 8 while being held by Border Patrol in New Mexico. Herod is riding rampant across our land again. Lord help us.

Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018

A Call to Conscience

January 15th would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. How should we honor him today? Earlier this month Dr. King’s personal attorney and friend Clarence Jones convened an intergenerational, interracial, interfaith group for the launch of the Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice to try to answer that question and issued “A Call to Conscience.” It opens:

“Today, as we remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we watch in anguish as many achievements toward a more just and equal society we believed were secure are being eviscerated in front of our eyes.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

Moving Forward to Prevent Gun Violence

When 26-year-old Stockton, California councilmember Michael Tubbs was elected in 2016 as Stockton’s first Black mayor, its youngest mayor ever, and the youngest mayor in U.S. history of a city with a population of at least 100,000, he had a mission to make positive change in his hometown. Last year the city made progress towards a key goal: reducing gun violence. Stockton police reported 40 percent fewer homicides and 31 percent fewer shootings between 2017 and 2018 and said increased police resources and community involvement are making a difference. Mayor Tubbs shared his thanks in a social media post: “The murder of my cousin is what brought me back to Stockton after college and I’ve spent the last 6 years as an elected official focused on reducing shootings and homicides and making our community safer…I want to thank Stockton Police Department, the Office of Violence Prevention and community partners like Friends Outside, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and Advance Peace for the amazing work they did in 2018.” He added: “Let’s continue in 2019.”

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

Child-Watch Dangerous steps backwards on Discriminatory School Discipline

In January 2014, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice jointly released a ‘guidance package’ on school discipline to help schools and districts meet their responsibilities under federal civil rights law to use nondiscriminatory discipline practices. Years of data have shown children of color and children with disabilities are disproportionately punished by school discipline practices and suspended and expelled from school. Many schools and school districts have finally begun reforming their policies to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students and eliminate harsh and exclusionary discipline practices that push students out of school. 


Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

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“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo”

“If the justice system does not change incarceration will continue to be as arbitrary as a game of eeny, meeny, miny, mo, with black kids and black men hoping to avoid being ‘IT.’”

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo is the title of this series of paintings by Nashville native Omari Booker, a visual artist who has spent a lot of time thinking about race and mass incarceration in America. He explains that many people may not realize the familiar children’s rhyme the title is based on (eeny, meeny, miny, mo, catch a tiger by the toe, if he hollers let him go…) has racially charged origins: traditional 19th– and early 20th-century American versions use the word n*gger instead of tiger. Booker’s art shows hauntingly how America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline™ is catching Black boys. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

I will never forget that day

Washington, DC-“ I was in my 4th period Holocaust history class. We were presenting our projects on hate groups found on college campuses…As we sat at our desks working on our computers after presenting our projects, we began to hear loud pops…I thought I was going to die. As I laid there, I begged God to please make it fast… “My classmates pulled me behind a filing cabinet where I called my mom and my dad and said what I thought would be my last goodbyes. I told them how much I loved them, and asked that they please tell my brothers the same. I was so petrified that I began hyperventilating. My classmates had to cover my face so the shooter wouldn’t hear my cries and come back. I will never forget that day. What I saw. What I did. What I experienced. What happened to my classmates.” 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Honoring the Trailblazing Judge Patricia Wald

When President Barack Obama awarded Judge Patricia Wald the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, he summed up her career this way: “Patricia McGowan Wald made history as the first woman appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rising to Chief Judge of the Court, she always strove to better understand the law and fairly apply it. After leaving federal service, Judge Wald helped institute standards for justice and the rule of law at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Hailed as a model judge, she laid a foundation for countless women within the legal profession and helped unveil the humanity within the law.” This gives a brief sense of what made my friend Judge Wald, who passed away last month at age 90, a trailblazing champion for justice for children and all of us. Early on Judge Wald was an example of the importance of giving every child an equal chance to succeed—girls as well as boys, wealthy and working class.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Jean Fairfax raised the bar

“Someone had to break the pattern, and very often the civil rights revolution was initiated by the most vulnerable Black persons. Many of them were women and many of them were children—tough, resilient, hopeful, beautiful children. The greatest experience of my life was standing with them as they took the risks.”

These words from Jean Fairfax were highlighted in the recent remembrance by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) for their beloved colleague, who passed away in February at age 98. Jean was the founder and director of LDF’s Division of Legal Information and Community Services and served at LDF for twenty years before retiring in 1984. In that role she made a quiet but profound difference. As LDF explained: “Over the course of her 40-year career, Jean Fairfax was a pioneering organizer, a professor, a religious scholar, a missionary, and an unparalleled strategist and policy advocate. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

We are still turning our backs on Puerto Rico’s hungry children

Puerto Rico right now.

Unless Congress acts immediately before its recess, 1.4 million people in Puerto Rico, including more than 300,000 children, are at risk of losing some or all of their nutrition assistance in March. As many as 230,000 participants could lose their eligibility entirely. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Allowing these Americans to go hungry is a shameful slap in the face as they continue to recover from an overwhelming As a future agenda, steps must be taken to offer children, families and others in Puerto Rico the same access to SNAP provided to other U.S. states and territories. Immediate disaster nutrition relief is critical and can help identify people who were in need but unserved before the disasters struck. In Puerto Rico it shined a glaring spotlight on the shortcomings of the existing nutrition assistance program. Children and families lose out when Puerto Rico receives Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children

Once again children and families are under attack. After failing in past efforts to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), the Trump administration is taking a new approach to crippling the program millions of families in the United States depend on to survive and alleviate their hunger pangs. Recently the administration proposed regulations to tighten restrictions on access to SNAP benefits for unemployed and underemployed people who can’t document sufficient weekly work hours. This rule would take food assistance away from an estimated 755,000 people who cannot find work. It is also a callous response to the bipartisan Farm Bill which passed in the fall and rejected harmful cuts to SNAP. If this rule goes forward, it’s not just unemployed and underemployed adults who will go hungry—poor children suffer when adults in their household lose access to food assistance. But it’s not too late to protect these children if you make your voice heard immediately and tell the Department of Agriculture not to take food away from needy families.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019

I.C.A.R.E. ACADEMY

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Akeelah and the B

by by Akilah Cherri Roberts


We all need healing, especially if we continuously give of ourselves. I say this as a  young Holistic Healer whose mission is to heal and teach others how to heal themselves. There are so many ways to invite healing into your daily life. 


Have you ever heard of sound therapy? 

MindBodyGreen.com perfectly explains the benefits of this therapy. “Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brain wave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brain waves by providing a stable frequency which the brain waves can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brain waves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).”


To read more go to the Scoop USA Media digital center and review the November 30, 2018 edition of Scoop. 

A Living Legend

The Students of I.C.A .R.E. Academy had the pleasure to sit with the one and only Dr. Charles Blockson on his birthday December 19, 2018. He turned 85 years old.  They had the opportunity to learn so much about their history as he encouraged them to create and document their own future. Blockson himself has been collecting artifacts and preserving black culture since the young age of ten. 

 In 1977 he published his first age of book, Black Genealogy. In 1984 Blockson donated his private book collection to the Special Collection Department of Temple University Libraries. The collection is the home of over 700,000 items including books, photographs, drawings, sheet music, posters, and broadsides, that were once housed in Blockson's basement.

Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 21, 2018. 

At Home With Simone

By MyRee Ford


The students of I.C.A.R.E. Academy had the pleasure of enjoying Carol Riddick’s Tribute to Nina Simone with The Gerald Veasley Band live at SOUTH Jazz Club in Spring Garden. Carol Riddick with The Gerald Veasley Band was a very powerful combination of Jazz and Soul. Songs like “Strange Fruit” and “I Put A Spell On You” had the audience infatuated and intrigued. I.C.A.R.E. also had the opportunity of interviewing Ms.Riddick and Mr.Veasley afterwards, praising their performance. 

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

A Living Legend

By Jay P. King


Win $100. That was the incentive to bring out some of Philly’s finest singers in Chaka Payne’s return to the area. Chaka and his team presented the first installment of “So you think you can sing.”  This was an open mic challenge for singers in the tri-state area. The atmosphere was chic and uplifting and the food was amazing.  Providing the live music for the night as the house band, was and will be the legendary Side By Sol, which included Azel Dixon on keys, Chris Odom on guitar, Frank Lester on drums and the one and only Brett Jolly on lead bass. A collection of all-stars to say the least.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

W.E.B. DuBois Day

On his birthday, February 23, 2019, The Artists United’s ICARE Academy “Alliance of the Lions” salutes the life and mission of the late W.E.B. DuBois. Sponsored by the 400 Years Coalition and Scoop USA Media.

In 1895, W.E.B. DuBois became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Not long after, DuBois moved to Philadelphia, living off of 6th and South Streets where a historical marker now stands, he published his landmark study—the first case study of an African-American community; The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, marked the beginning of his expansive writing career. In the study, he coined the phrase 'the talented tenth,' a term that describes the likelihood of one in 10 black men becoming leaders of their race. The original first edition of The Philadelphia Negro, official documents and writings are archived at the Blockson Collection at Temple University. DuBois wrote extensively and was the best known spokesperson for African-American rights during the first half of the 20th century.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Cougar Sports

by B. Laws 

Last night, at the Sixers Foundation Gala, which honored Sixer legends Julius “Dr.J” Erving and Allen Iverson, former boxer and designer Simon 'Onepunch' Carr kicked off the new 2019 Julius “Dr.J” Erving signature line clothing brand through Cougar Sports. We got a chance to catch up with Onepunch Carr, and ask him about his thoughts on the brand. “I'm very excited about the brand new Dr.J brand,” says Onepunch. “Cougar Sports and Dr. J has entered into a great partnership, and my job is to make this brand as big as the Michael Jordan “Jumpman” brand or even bigger. And to get the approval of The Doc himself is definitely an honor. I grew up watching and looking up Julius Erving. There’s only two legends I ever respected and truly loved as a kid, and that was Dr.J and Allen Iverson. No disrespect to Michael Jordan, but Mike never took pictures with us, so I can't say I had a connection to him. Dr.J was different, and to find myself working side-byside with him and his brand is something like a fairy tale or dream coming true.”

Be sure to follow his new fitness, lifestyle and fashion brand on Instagram

@cougarsport.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

MIND OVER MATTER

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Limitations and deflations

A Wise man once said, “Your limitations can become a summation of your deflations!” We love this quote because it shows the direct correlation between a person’s flawed sense of security and their ultimate demise. 

Understand this folks, you constantly have to view this world through a lens of objectivity. If you don’t, you subject yourself to the perils of this world. There is nothing wrong with having a set of principles and foundation to guide you in this life. However, you still have to be objective enough to say those same principles might not always deliver you to prosperity. For example, you may have an example of the type of person you want in your life as a partner. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the core conviction can’t be subjective to just that principle. You have to be objective to give a person outside your core a chance as well, so long as they are not destructive to you core. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, November 30, 2018. 

Be careful what you ask for

A Wise man once said, “Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.” We love this quote because it symbolizes how a person’s eyes are bigger than their head!  

Understand this folks, you can wish for anything your heart and soul desire, but if you’re not mentally equipped for that desire, you still aren’t progressing in life. 

For example, you hear people wishing all the time for money, love, stardom, etc. However, when they get it, they don’t know how to handle it.  You see people win millions of dollars in the lottery and come up broke in no time at all. You see someone become famous and then spiral out of control to lose it all. You can find yourself a good partner and find a way to destroy the relationship. 

Live and Let Live

A wise man once said, “Live and let live!” We love this quote because it emphasizes how people place so much interest on how others live their lives and completely ignore their own. 

It’s funny, isn’t it, how a person can criticize another person without seeing their own faults? Moreover, sometimes they even have the nerve to criticize someone and they have the same issues.

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018. 

Don’t let the green grass fool ya!

A wise man once said, “Don’t let the green grass fool ya!” We love this quote because it emphasizes the drive to keep living despite your age.

Listen folks, you’re going to be older a lot longer than you will be younger. With that said, at any age especially older, why let the green grass grow under your feet until it eventually covers your whole body? There’s a lot of folks out there that put off living their best life for a multitude of reasons, but honestly there shouldn’t be anything that keeps you from living it up every day that you are alive. This goes for your kids, job, boss, family, health, money, and most importantly age. You should do at least one thing every day that makes you happy. It’s astonishing how so many people plan to live their life when they retire and how so many people who have retired just sit back and wait for the omen to come. Why folks, why?

Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 21, 2018. 

Your lowest point doesn’t define who you are!

A wise man once said, “Your lowest point doesn’t define who you are!” We love this quote because it explains how one changes the course of their life for the best. 

We’ve all had some embarrassing moments in our life and are probably going to have some in the future. Generally, folk who don’t want to be in an embarrassing situation again learn from that incident and implement whatever is necessary in their life to avoid it happening again. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

You are what the record says you are

A wise man once said, “You are what your record says you are!” We love this quote because it shows the relationship between “it is” and “what it is.” Look folks, the one thing about evidence is that on the merit of getting to the truth, it holds significant value. For example, there are a lot of women out there who allow a guy to sleep with them without any type of commitment to a relationship, but still call themselves wife material. Vice versa, there’s a lot of men out there married with kids cheating on their wife but still consider themselves a good husband! You know it’s astonishing how a lot of folks out there get treated accordingly, then cry when they feel as though they are not being treated up to the fraudulent justification their mind tells them they are. 

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019.

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Mind over matter

A Wise man once said, “There’s no such thing as a moral victory!” We love this quote because it stresses that you can’t put a Band-Aid on internal bleeding. It has to be fixed from within! Understand folks, the best solution to any problem is to get to the root cause of it and fix it inside to out. This is the only way you can ever grow and become a better version of yourself. The quote stresses that you should never settle for mediocrity because the underlying desire has not been met. Therefore, you will still be unfulfilled which can lead to further damage of your mind and subsequent actions. 

Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t

A Wise man once said, “Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t!” We love this quote because it stresses that no matter what you do, you’ll never be able to please everybody. With that said, why try!  Listen folk, it is of good faith and character to be caring and generous as much as you can but not to a detriment. There are some people out there who you just can’t please no matter what. We all know somebody like this I’m sure. However, we still in one way or another have to deal with these types of folk at one time or another. This is the time to give yourself a reality check and comprehend that your good faith approach isn’t going to work with an asshole! Point blank. Nevertheless, you still need to get what you desire out this asshole in order to obtain a goal. 

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

Mind over Matter The early bird gets the worm

A Wise man once said, “The early bird gets the worm!” We love this quote because it emphasizes how important it is to stay ahead of the game. There’s proven testimonials out there from many folk that prove you can live a better life by being proactive rather than reactive. For example, it is no secret that good exercise and a good diet can prevent many diseases. That is just a fact! This principle transcends every aspect of your life, not just health but also relationships, education, your house, everything! As simple as it sounds, it is very difficult due to the mental stamina necessary to carry out tasks that are proactive. Most people would rather deal with the reactive than the proactive because it is less expensive, less timely, takes up less mental capacity, etc.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

Give them an inch…

Wise man once said, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile!” We love this quote because it puts an emphasis on how people allow themselves to be taken advantage of. Look folk, there’s nothing wrong with being kind to those who appreciate it and more importantly reciprocate it. However, there’s a problem with shoving out all the time and getting nothing in return. You can’t allow a person to take a mile from your inch of kindness. You’ll simply put, end up getting used. Other than sex, there’s almost no other instance when a person is being used and the outcome is rewarding. Even sex doesn’t all the time end up a rewarding situation for opening yourself up (LOL). This is just the truth folks but it doesn’t have to be a continuous reality.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents

Wise man once said, “I’m trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents!” We love this quote because it shows the courage and forward vision necessary to make it financially.

You see folk, this is the difference between dying at the comfort of your own home or in a nursing home! When it comes to life in general, most folk just think so micro in scale that they end up on a hamster wheel for life. This is really prevalent in their financial situations. Folk will stick to the same paycheck and pay the same bills practically for life with total disregard for their future. Do you know why?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Mind over Matter There’s no such thing as luck

Wise man once said, “There’s no such thing as luck!” We love this quote because it shows one’s functionality in life as practical and actual. Ask yourself this folk, was it good luck you got hired or was it your actual skill set? Was it good luck you found a great partner or was it you found it practical to be with this person? Was it good luck your kids turned out to be good or was it your actual parenting skills that created this outcome?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

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BPN Annual Holiday Gala brings out the major players in Philadelphia

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

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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. 

Holiday joy spread at City Hall Courtyard

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. 

A Look Back at Entertainment in 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. 

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Charlie Mack brings Canal Street to Philly

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

Get your perks for being a Scoop reader: Movie Screening

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

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Philly-Beatby Marsai Martin wows Hollywood with her new movie idea

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

WRTI opens doors for Free Style Friday

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

Phillys own Teddy Pendergrass documentary, Sisters in Freedom to tour local libraries

.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

Sun Ra's Space is The Place comes alive

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

PhillyBeat goes to Atlanta

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

Jordan Peele does it again with “Us”

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

POINT MAN FOR VETERANS

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The Art of The Deal: Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, No Solemnity

by Ari Merratazon


Recently, I drove past the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (PVVM). I stopped. It brought back memories when I visited it for the first time in 2013. Unlike my first visit to the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial (NVVM) in Washington, D.C. 46 years after returning home from the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, the power of solemnity is absent around the Philadelphia monument. Before recognizing the art of the memorial or the names of the Philadelphians who died, my eyes, could not see beyond the large obstruction of sponsor's names chiseled in granite stone at the entrances. 

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The Struggle for the Rights of 88,000 Veterans continues for another year

In the new year of 2019, Ari Merretazon, James Abram, and Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry will continue to lead the way to give more facts and supporting evidence to bring about the necessary independent investigation of the violations of state law by the city of Philadelphia. We will increase our public efforts to encourage the Veterans’ community in Philadelphia and throughout the state to step-up and stand-up for their members' rights. 

We recently received a gracious and significant in-kind donation from a Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran in honor of his father who is a Vietnam Veteran as James and I are. His contribution will allow us to do a weekly hour in-studio television program called POINTMAN FOR VETERANS. Our TV program will reach millions of viewers, foundations, and units of government at every level. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

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SOCIAL SECURITY (PATRICK ROBINSON)

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Social security benefits to increase in 2019

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).  

The CPI-W rises when prices increase for the things the average consumer buys. This means that when prices for goods and services we purchase become more expensive, on average, the COLA increases benefits and helps beneficiaries keep up with the changing cost of living. More than 67 million Americans will see a 2.8 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019.  January 2019 marks other changes based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax, as well as the retirement earnings test exempt amount, will change in 2019.  

Caring for children

During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of our beliefs, focus on the children we love. Children are our future—we share our knowledge and talent with them—we pass on our values to them knowing they will share those gifts.   Read more in the December 7th edition of Scoop USA Media. 


Top 10 sites of Social Security

At the end of the year, some of us like to take a tally of our top favorite things, such as movies and songs. At Social Security, we’re no different. 

Because we care a lot about making our services convenient and easy to access, we care a lot about our online services—from signing up for retirement benefits to calculating future payments. That said, here are our top ten websites of 2018: 

Our hub for Social Security news and updates is our blog: Social Security Matters at blog.socialsecurity.gov. You can use social media to easily share these informative articles with friends and family. We have an easy way to learn how to replace your Social Security card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. And in many states, you can get a replacement card online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. 

Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018. 

A fulfilling New Years Resolution: Retirement planning

It’s 2019, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you’re at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year’s resolution! 

Putting money in a high yield

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

Social security and small businesses

Running a small business isn’t just a fulltime job — it can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, and services, not to mention marketing, can be exhausting. 

Social Security can make your life easier with our suite of services that allows you to file W-2/W-2Cs online and verify your employees’ names and Social Security numbers against our records. If you run a business, make us your first stop for information on W-2s, electronic filing and verifying Social Security numbers at www.socialsecurity.gov/ employer to save time. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019. 

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Disagree with your disability decision? We will take another look

Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection for millions of people. This assistance allows people with severe disabilities and health conditions to take care of the necessities of living, such as food, shelter, and medications. It is imperative that we continue to protect the integrity of the disability program for everyone by ensuring we make the correct decision on each claim. However, if you do not agree with our decision, you can ask us to take another look by filing an appeal. Generally, there are four appeal levels: 1) Reconsideration, 2) Hearing, 3) Appeals Council Review, and 4) Federal Court Review. At the Reconsideration level, someone who did not make the first decision on your claim will conduct a review and accept any additional evidence.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

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Social security and Black History month

In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. 

For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools for people of countless backgrounds and ethnicities that make up our richly diverse country. One of our popular tools is the online Retirement Estimator. With it, you can plug in some basic information to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefits. Different life events or choices can alter the course of your future, so try out different scenarios such as higher and lower future earnings amounts and various retirement dates to get a good prediction of how it can change your future benefit amounts. You can access it at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement/estimator.html. If you find that helpful, we have a number of calculators to help you prepare for retirement at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/calculators.  

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

Your Social Security Get your Social Security benefit statement (SS-1099)

Tax season is approaching, and Social Security has made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement is also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you can get a copy of your 1099 anytime and anywhere you want using our online services.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

Understanding Social Security survivor’s benefits

Unfortunately, tragedy can strike without any warning. The loss of the family wage earner can be devastating both emotionally and financially. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. Some of the Social Security taxes you pay go toward survivors benefits for workers and their families. 

The value of the survivors benefits you have under Social Security may even be more than the value of your individual life insurance. When you die, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits. These include widows and widowers (and divorced widows and widowers), children, and dependent parents. Here are the people who can get survivors benefits based on your work: Your widow or widower may be able to get full benefits at full retirement age. The full retirement age for survivors is age 66 for people born in 1945-1956, with the full retirement age gradually increasing to age 67 for people born in 1962 or later. Your widow or widower can get reduced benefits as early as age 60. If your surviving spouse is disabled, benefits can begin as early as age 50.  Your widow or widower can get benefits at any age if they take care of your child younger than age 16 or disabled, who is receiving Social Security benefits.  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019


Social security and self employment Your Social Security

If you are not self-employed, Social Security taxes are typically taken out of your paycheck automatically. You and your employer each pay a 6.2 percent Social Security tax on up to $132,900 of your earnings and a 1.45 percent Medicare tax on all earnings in 2019. You don’t have to do anything extra for the coverage you will one day receive because your employers handle the deduction as well as matching that contribution. Then they send the taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and report your wages to Social Security.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Ask Mr. Robinson Your Social Security Question??

Question: My uncle states that he is considered to be 70 percent disabled through the VA. Does Social Security rate my disability on a percentage scale?

Answer: Social Security does not rate individuals on a percentage scale for disability benefits. For Social Security purposes, a disability is defined as: · A medical condition(s) that must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or ends in death; and · The condition must prevent you from performing substantial work.

For more information regarding disability benefits, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi.

Question: How does Social Security decide if I am disabled?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

As Tax day approaches, get your benefit statement online

Social Security is with you through life’s journey, putting you in control of your finances and future. With this in mind, we have made getting a replacement Social Security Benefit Statement even easier. Now you can instantly print or save a replacement any time you want. That’s control! 

The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form Social Security mails each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year, so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return.  

An SSA-1042S is for a non citizen who lives outside the United States and received or repaid Social Security benefits last year. If you currently live in the United States and you need a replacement form SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S, simply go online and get an instant, printable replacement form with a my Social Security account at www∙socialsecurity∙gov/myaccount. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

THE ARTISTS UNITED

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Spirits Sweet, Soulful Strut

by Ibn Faruq 

The Founders of I.C.A.R.E. Academy got a opportunity to visit the annual event Sweet Spirits III, Soulful Strut produced by Canada Brown. This is a continuing 18-year series of fundraisers to help the art community. This years event, Soulful Strut, was to benefit Ms. Lone Nash who is affectionately known as, “The Queen of Culture.“ Ms. Nash, a Philadelphia treasure, is an esteemed performer and a taskmaster of instruction in the discipline of African dance. She proudly turned 95 in October and continues to teach at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown. 

Soulful Strut brings to the stage renowned vocalist T.C III, Marc Johnson and the band Just Talk, the comedy of Erma Holmes, Hope Eagle in monologue and tap dancer extraordinaire, Jo Turner. Hosted by Ms. Carmen Butler this event was uplifting and inspiring. Canada Brown continues to preserve arts and culture in our community. She is a pioneer and a true advocate for the arts.

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018. 

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Reasons

I got a moment to speak with the up and coming female filmmaker Yvette Pabon 29. A native to North Philadelphia. 

She  takes us back to the 1950’s to Savannah Georgia with the compelling short film, ‘Reasons.’ The story follows a young single mother as she struggles to overcome her inner conflicts and break through the social barriers that come with being a single mother during a time when separation in the household wasn’t considered a viable alternative . 

Being a single mother and survivor of domestic abuse both in her childhood and adulthood, Yvette was inspired to use her story to touch the lives of her viewers. When asked why she picked this particular era to base her film in, her response was that she wanted to emphasize a time when women had very little say over their own lives and show how even today those issues are still relevant. “We’ve come a long way as women but there are some social barriers that I feel will always be present to some extent and as long as there is an oppressor and a fight for power in this world, then there will always be a battle to be won, but what’s most important, is that we stick together in solidarity and do our best to alter the misconceptions that are placed on.

Read more in the December 21, 2018 edition of Scoop USA Media. 

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“Vintage Souls” by TEN

It's a New era. A new sound is brewing from the streets of Chicago to Atlanta Called “Vintage Soul.” It blends love, pain, and consciousness from one of the new voices of soul. She goes by the name “ TEN.”nShe  is growing her brand through her company “Ettenet Music Group LLC.”  She moves with a groovy 70’s soul sista, superwoman inspired style. She is a singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. TEN’s vocal style is fluid and ever-evolving. Her musical roots run deeply into blues, gospel, soul, and funk. She sings from the heart, and has been inspired by artists such as the late Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Whitney Houston, just to name a few!  

She just recently returned to her hometown to do a commanding performance at the Live Radio “ Business and Music showcase” which the Rolling Out Magazine honored Sandy Reed from “ The VOICE NBC” for Music excellence in the community. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

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ÅThe Blaqq Out

Kareem Schofield A.K.A Budda Blaqq was Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia/Upper Darby area. 

He started singing at the tender age of 7. His first performance was in church 

Budda has always loved listening to R&B growing up, some of his influences were Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Tank, Tyrese and many more.

Budda was recently a part of a group from Philly that started out as “5pm” than later transitioned to Mprynt…these boys were under the direction of Gooooo Music  and Star Island. These four guys got together and blew the industry away.  They ended up getting signed to Universal Motown and the group had a great run, but everyone’s vision wasn’t  the same and unfortunately over time they grew apart. 

Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019

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Project 2ONE5

by Ibn Faruq

In an industry where music is only half the battle, four young men from completely different walks of life, in the same city, came together to bring back something the industry has been missing for a very long time- a young boy group that embodies brotherhood, amazing work ethic and undeniable talent.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

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I am Limitless

by: Ibn Faruq

As an entertainer, songwriter, and vocal coach Jakeya has twenty five years of successful music experience. Jakeya has blown audiences away time after time with her pristine voice and dynamic stage presence. As a Philadelphia native, Jakeya was always surrounded by music.

Today, as an Alternative Soul Indie artist, Jakeya is pushing boundaries and enjoys the freedom in music and performance. She has the ability to connect to any audience, as she presents love, and a musical freedom that is limitless. Jakeya has graced audiences from around the world including the United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Europe, just to name a few. You can find Jakeya performing at various venues in Philadelphia on a monthly basis. 


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Reject my Love

by Ibn Faruq

At an early age, Jeremy Isaac graced the stage and performed for many music professionals such as: The Philadelphia Boys Choir, R& B soulful songstress Angie Stone, the legendary Charlie Wilson, music and Broadway star Stephanie Mills and worldwide International Superstar Celine Dion. He's worked with producers Maurice Starr, Quincy Patrick and Marcus Devine.

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All Hail the Prince

by Ibn Faruq

Prince Naz Rapper/singer/songwriter performing artist, beginning at five years of age Prince Naz knew his destiny would be based in Entertainment.Showcasing his talent for family friends andschoolmates he would not be content with that alone. As he grew older he expected more from his self, and through his passion his mother was more than willingto accommodate his desire. She Supported him withrecording equipment and musical instruments. WithHis insatiable desire to create his own music, he developed a personal style that his peers and young adults accepted and appreciated.

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2 Chainz Hits a Game-Winner with Rap or Go to the League

by Ibn Faruq


Rapper, TV show host, Entrepreneur. At this stage in 2 Chainz’s life, it feels like he cannot lose. His career is comparable to a fine wine. The artist formerly known as Tity Boi has found some sort of fountain of youth, as he continues to get better and better with each project. This rings true once again, as he dropped his fifth studio album, Rap or Go to the League. The follow-up to Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’s central theme is battling the notion that a young black person’s only way to be successful is to either become a rapper or an athlete. It received a huge marketing boost when it was revealed that the album would be executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James. Having these two dominant forces in two similar, yet so different fields, is the embodiment of the old saying “Rappers wanna be ball players, and ball players wanna be rappers.” 

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Unhuman

by Ibn Faruq

Jamai started his own singing telegram business at just 16 years old. He sing for birthdays, anniversaries and all sorts of occasions . Jamai's grandmother was his biggest supporter in music and in life is his. She raised him after his mother's tragic death. Jamai won his high school talent show and used the prize money to record a demo. Since that talent show, he has released four singles and music videos. He has also toured in China, performing at 75 nightclubs around Shanghai.

He recently stole the crowd bringing them to their feet during the intermission of the Millennium Tour in Atlantic City featuring B2
K, Mario, Bobby V, and Chingy.

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The Meek Movement

by Ibn Faruq

A year ago, Meek Mill was incarcerated, facing 2 to 4 years for a minor parole violation. After being released in April 2018, he became a symbol for criminal justice reform, using his platform to fight the injustices that plague him, and many others. And now, his hometown has decided to honor him for his efforts. On March 14, 2019, Philadelphia’s City Council officially declared March 15-17 'Meek Mill Weekend.' The North Philly native was honored for his many philanthropic efforts, such as donating tens of thousands of bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, and various toy and food drives in the city of Philadelphia. “When I came home I was focused on really trying to give young kids like me a fair shot coming up in the system,” said Meek.

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Sweet Savage

by Ibn Faruq

Sweet Savage, a new, emerging, Philly based girl group is all about fun, sexiness and lots of womens’ empowerment. The singer-songwriter-engineering trio are reminiscent to the likes of TLC with a slight bit of Destiny’s Child. You can expect crazy, sexy, cool vibes paired with very personal and relatable lyrics.

Kachina, also known as “ExtraKach” is the groups lead vocalist. With a powerhouse sound and a free spirited persona to match, she is surely a crowd pleaser.

Growing up in West Philadelphia, her childhood challenged her to overcome obstacles. Tension at home with her former stepfather caused an array of issues; forcing Kachina and her sister to move in with their father in a less than accommodating space. She found peace and escape in her school’s music programs, songwriting, beat making and live performances.

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TO BE EQUAL

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Congratulations to Rep. Karen Bass, Elected to Chair the Largest Congressional Black Caucus History

"More than building a career, what I have done throughout my life is followed my passion for activism… So the theme I've noticed in my life is that great success has come when I was simply doing the things I was passionate about to make whatever difference I could. That's the lesson I would have to offer to anyone and that's always lead with your passion. But I'm not done yet.” – U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, chair-elect, Congressional Black Caucus

In January, the most ethnically and culturally diverse Congress in United States history will be seated. Among the historic “firsts,” the Congressional Black Caucus will exceed 50 members for the first time in its 47-year history and Rep. Karen Bass has been elected its chair.

Rep. Bass, of California’s 32nd District, has a history of blazing trails for Black women. 

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Early voting and expanded absentee voting are key to Fair Elections


Marc H. Morial, President and CEO

National Urban League


“Georgia elections officials deployed a known strategy of voter suppression: closing and relocating polling places. Despite projections of record turnout, elections officials closed or moved approximately 305 locations, many in neighborhoods with numerous voters of color. Fewer polling places meant that the remaining locations strained to accommodate an influx of voters. Yet elections officials failed to supply sufficient, functioning voting machines and enough provisional ballots…


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Urban League Movement mourns Ntozake Shange, “One of the Original Conjurers of Black Girl Magic”

“Somebody/ anybody sing a black girl's song

bring her out to know herself

to know you but sing her rhythms

carin/ struggle/ hard times sing her song of life

she's been dead so long closed in silence so long

she doesn't know the sound of her own voice

her infinite beauty she's half-notes scattered

without rhythm/ no tune sing her sighs

sing the song of her possibilities 

sing a righteous gospel let her be born

let her be born & handled warmly.” 

― Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

The story of the civil rights movement in America is very much the story of Black women in America.  Yet their stories are seldom afforded the celebration they deserve. It was into this cultural shadow that Ntozake Shange‘s groundbreaking work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, flashed like a bolt of lightning in 1976.

The Urban League Movement mourns the loss of the poet and playwright, whåo passed away this week at the age of 70. 

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Does the Democratic takeover in the house mean the ACA is safe?

“I’m signing it for 11-year-old Marcelas Owens, who’s also here.  Marcelas lost his mom to an illness. And she didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford the care that she needed. So in her memory he has told her story across America so that no other children have to go through what his family has experienced… We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.  We are a nation that does what is hard.  What is necessary.  What is right.  Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny.  That is what we do.  That is who we are.  That is what makes us the United States of America.” President Barack Obama, March 23, 2010, on signing the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as “Obamacare,” is one of the most consequential acts of Congress in the 21st Century, especially for African Americans. The ACA slashed the Black uninsured rate by 40%. According to the National Urban League’s annual report on the social and economic status of African Americans, State of Black America, racial health disparities began to narrow as a result of the law.

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First step Act is the most important Federal Criminal Justice Reform in decades

“For too long, sentencing in our country has been overly severe and has disproportionately targeted communities of color – especially Black men. Reforming some of the most draconian federal sentencing laws, including unfair mandatory minimum sentences under two- and three-strikes laws, will make our system more just … However, to be clear, the FIRST STEP Act is very much just that – a First Step. It is a compromise of a compromise, and we ultimately need to make far greater reforms if we are to right the wrongs that exist in our criminal justice system.”  -- Senator Kamala Harris

The U. S. Senate this week took the most significant step toward federal criminal justice reform in decades with the passage of the First Step Act.  As the House previously had passed a nearly identical bill, and the President has committed to signing it, the First Step Act is virtually assured of becoming law.

The next Attorney General must enforce civil rights laws William Barr won’t

“The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things and bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.” – Eric Holder

This week I was proud to represent the Urban League Movement as I testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General of the United States. 


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Spike Lee's Best Director nomination is long overdue

“People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world … I do not think there is going to be any substantial movement until people of color get into those gatekeeper positions of people who have a green-light vote. That is what it comes down to. We do not have a vote, and we are not at that table when it is decided what gets made and what does not get made.” – Spike Lee


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Raise the Wage Act Is a Long-Overdue Dose of Economic Reality

To“In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By 'business' I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.” – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, upon signing the National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933 Nowhere in the entire country can a full-time worker earning the federal or state minimum wage afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent.

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Blackface is a flaunting of White privilege

“Blackface isn’t just another costume. It’s a mask of privilege, the kind of unchallenged power that comes through denying the experience of others.” – Justin Ellis

As a black student in overwhelmingly white schools in Louisiana, I faced my share of racial insults and slights.  But one of the more memorable incidents was not even a deliberate slight directed at me. The offenders probably didn’t even think of me. But when a group of my classmates contemptuously affected exaggerated accents mocking Black people, as part of a school production, I walked out.

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Vaping-more dangerous than once thought-is an epidemic among teens that We Must End

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League

'We must take aggressive steps to protect our children from these highly potent products that risk exposing a new generation of young people to nicotine. The bad news is that e-cigarette use has become an epidemic among our nation’s young people. However, the good news is that we know what works to effectively protect our kids from all forms of tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes. We must now apply these strategies to e-cigarettes, including USB flash drive shaped products such as JUUL. To achieve success, we must work together, aligning and coordinating efforts across both old and new partners at the national, state, and local levels. Everyone can play an important role in protecting our nation’s young people from the risks of e-cigarettes.' – U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams A decade after the introduction of vaping – the inhalation of nicotine vapor rather than smoke produced by a cigarette – a growing body of evidence shows the practice is far more dangerous than assumed, and is a major gateway for teens to become addicted to nicotine.

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Senate Must Pass Background Check Bill, Passed by House, Supported by 92% of Voters

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League

Washington- Defenders of the status quo - advocates of the gun industry and the politicians paid to defend it - will tell you that events like these are virtual acts of nature, products of mental illness or bad parenting, beyond our ability to control. This couldn't be further from the truth. Every day we fail to take action, we chose this fate. We tolerate politicians who fail to acknowledge this crisis and vote against our safety. We let our gun violence epidemic continue day after deadly day. – Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, responding to the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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College Admissions Scandal Highlights Rampant Inequality in Educational Access

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League

I have probable cause to believe that the defendants conspired with others known and unknown: (1) to bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams; (2) to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite universities to designate certain applicants as recruited athletes or as other favored candidates, thereby facilitating the applicants’ admission to those universities; and (3) to use the facade of a charitable organization to conceal the nature and source of the bribe payments.

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WORD ON THE STREET (SHELLY WILLIAMS)

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Jazz 25th Birthday and Who's nominated for the 8th Annual Philly Hip Hop Awards?

The Philly Hip Hop team hosted a nomination event to announce all of this year’s nominees.   There was nothing but pure energy and excitement as everyone waited to see “Who’s nominated for the 8th Annual Philly Hip Hop Awards on December 15, 6pm at the Trocadero Theatre. 

This year’s honorees were announced for the 2nd year for the Citizen of the Year Award presented by David Oh, he will be honoring Big Star and the Shelly Shell “Women of Excellence” Award honoring Purple Queen of PQRADIO1.  The Community Activist Award will be given to Showtime of Philly Fame TV.   

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It’s Aviance Album Release Party

Family, friends and supporters gathered at Nix & Nix Event Center to celebrate the album release of Aviance.  The show was hosted by Urban X-pressions own Keith from up da block who also served as the DJ aka DJ Buttons.  The evening was filled with non-stop live performances by today’s rising stars such as, Iyanna Upsher, Amari, Jada Fete and Mic Waters. 

Everyone waited in anticipation to see the ladies of the hour, the headliners “Aviance.”  Believe me the wait was so worth it.  Aviance, introduced a new look, new member D-Day Da Rappa and incredible new music.

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Hip Hop will Not Be Silenced! Philly Hip Hop Awards; Still Focused On the Goal

Hip Hop Hooray! Hip Hop will not be silenced!  

The Philly Hip Hop Awards started with a live chypher featuring some of Philly’s hottest artist.  The perfectly produced show moved on as scheduled with a performance by the “Road to The Philly Hip Hop Awards” winner; “Reese Bangem” representing Frankford, my part of town.  I was impressed by the amount of support he received from the audience, everyone was rapping along to his music.  

The Philly Hip Hop Awards show was hosted by Roc Star P and Stormy Pleasure and they made an explosive entrance with a dance performance by L’levate Dance Studio.  Big Star received The Man of the Year award presented by David Oh. All of the performances were outstanding and that’s how it’s been for the past 7 years.  

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Dr. Webb offers Singles Insight on Preparing for Marriage when Sickness Manifests

Are You Prepared for Marriage; 

In Sickness and 

In Health? 

Dr. Latisha Webb, wife of William Webb IV (nephew of our beloved Bruce Webb) co-hosted an episode of Single On A Saturday Night.  We had a deliberate dialogue that focused on preparing for and remaining married when sickness manifests on “All 6 Dimensions of the Authentic Self.”  As singles, we were able to gain a better understanding of what marriage looks like when sickness manifests. Of course, some of the other topics were about The Authentic Love Experience, marriage, relationships, ministry, mental health and therapy.

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Think Big for 2019! Obioma Martin Challenges us to write 100 Goals and Dee Lee Says #Figureitout

Let’s get motivated for 2019!  Each month I host #motivationmonday a networking mixer and empowerment session.  The lessons I’ve learned from my esteemed guests will motivate the masses for 2019.  

Comedic Motivational Speaker, Dee Lee flew in from Florida to keep his commitment.  If I had to sum this up as lesson one, do what you say you’re going to do, keep you commitments.  Dee Lee offered so many nuggets of information; he left us all with this one statement #figureitout 

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Legally Terri Talks Sickle Cell Life on A Moment with Purple

I had an opportunity to speak with Terri M. Booker while hosting my first show on PQRadio1.com. Terri spoke about mentioned her work with passing the Sickle Cell law. 

Terri M. Booker, Esquire, is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. However,  she is also a sickle cell patient who has knocked on death’s doors more than once but is still here to fight for Victory for Sickle Cell patients who cannot.  

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Stars of ‘What Men Want’ Richard Roundtree and Aldis Hodge

Have you ever wondered what your mate or boss was thinking?  What would you do if all of a sudden you developed a super power; what would you do with it?  Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts with her newfound power, in the latest comedy “What Men Want.” Sometimes knowing the thoughts of a person doesn’t mean you know the intent of the heart.  Ali Davis played by Taraji P. Henson looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

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Scoop USA Entertainment Over 15 Million followers combined to bring you a Social Media Movie

The Writer, Thomas “@Tizz_215” Ames and Executive Producer, Nidir “Status” Muhammad of “A Social Media Movie” visited the set of Single On A Saturday Night to discuss the topic: What would you do if you caught your mate in bed with someone else? The topic is serious, however when your guests are comedians, it takes away the sting and they have you cracking up with laughter. After questioning the room, the responses varied but all with the same theme, Hurt!


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The Founders believe in Building a Legacy

Have you ever thought of what it really means to build a legacy?  What does building a legacy mean to you?  This is just one of the questions asked during the Founders Gala meet and greet on Friday held at The Children of the Arts (COTA). 

The meet and greet was an opportunity for all honorees of the Founders Gala to meet and mingle, and bond over meaningful dialogue.  A group of powerful men and women sat to discuss live and future plans.  I sat with my sista/friend, Monica Mason aka Simply Monica who is a major supporter of the Founders and last years recipient, who was able to sell 7 ½ tables to support the mission.   I’ve been chosen by The Founders as a recipient of its 2019 Community Outstanding Leadership Award, which will be given at the 4th Annual Founder's Gala, March 16, 2019 at the American Jewish Museum in Philadelphia.  I am honored to be amongst such powerful men and women who are impacting the community.  As leaders we have the ability to build legacy’s that will make a difference long after we are gone, which is exactly what the Founders are doing. 

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Black History spotlight by David Mack “Proud We Stand”

As we celebrate Black History Month we spotlight African-American Entertainers who have made great strides, who have done a lot more than entertain! Today, I feature a piece by motivational speaker David Mack who recently spoke on Facebook about Black History. David Mack is the co-host on PQradio1.com and has joined the Big Brother Tour 2019. “Thank you Mr. David Mack for becoming a Big Brother for the 2019 Big Brother Tour !!!!!!!!! We appreciate you wanting to guide the youth” said Anthony Baker, Jr. H.T.H (Helping The Homeless) Changing, Lives Making, Others Smile was founded in 2015 by founder Anthony Baker, Jr. The H.T.H Big Brother Tour was bought into play last year, Where Big Brother mentors came out discuss various topics to the young men and Big Brother barbers came out to give free haircuts for young men. Along with these events were Tie In lessons: learning how to create a resume, Man to man greetings, business attire giveaways and so much more. David Mack was welcomed by the Big Brothers and offered this piece to celebrate Black History Month. Congratulations to David Mack and thank you for your dedication.

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Dat? Su Dat – Suzann Christine honors Super Fly Stars

R& B Singer/Songwriter Suzann Christine headlines and honors her 'FLY Star' students from her nonprofit organization SCH Creative & Performing Arts at Warmdaddy's Soul Food Restaurant February 24, 2019.

Who Dat? and the crowd yells Su Dat; a memorable chant that get’s the crowd participating during Suzann’s live show. This night was no different. Suzann Christine had the crowd singing her latest hit Single 'Falling Tears' which has over 40,000 streams on Spotify and has been getting radio play on Shade 45 played by the Heavy Hitters, Orlando, Muskegon Michigan, Austin Texas, Belize and Philly’s own WURD. Suzann also took time to recognize three (3) FLY stars that completed the SCH program.

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Legendary Force MD’s perform at Rob Schwartz Birthday Bash

Rob Schwartz, owner of Who? Mag Multimedia and multi-award winning director, editor, producer, and inspirational speaker hosted a star studded birthday bash at FORGOTTEN BOARDWALK in Cherry Hill, NJ.  

Rob brought together Old School and New School for a nostalgic walk through history.  The star studded turn out included; Gervace Peterson from Survivor, Josh Colin from MTV REAL world, Masta Ace and his wife Leschea, Pebbly Poo, former Miss America Suzette Charles, Judah Priest from Wu-Tang affiliate, Aviance, Kysha Woods and more.  

The Birthday bash included surprise performances by the legendary Force MD’s with the original member Stevie D along with newer members Khalil Lundy and ZiemeTheDream.  They did a video tribute to the members that are no longer with us.  The Force MDs sang their untouched harmonies on classic cuts like “Love is a House” and “Tender Love.” The Force MDs were one of the first groups to combine Hip- Hop and R&B.  Along with the classics they premiered their new song “Make U Happy” available now on all digital platforms.  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019