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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.

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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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ARTS UNITED FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019

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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.” 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

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.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

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.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019

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.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 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 (JANUARY - MARCH 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

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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Rest in Power Nipsey Hussle

by Brandon Laws

The world lost a hip hop legend, father, husband and community activist.

On March 31, 2019, rapper Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in front of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. This sudden news sent a shockwave throughout the hip hop community, leading to an outpour of tributes and condolences from his peers and supporters. Prior to his death, Nipsey Hussle had just come off the best year of his long career. His 2018 debut studio album Victory Lap received critical acclaim, resulting in a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys. Although he was just beginning to gain the mainstream recognition he deserved, he spent his whole rap career telling the truths about growing up in the hood and how to make it out.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

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"Verbosity “The Verbs”

by Ibn Faruq

A Hip-hop/R& b trio based out of Philadelphia uniquely fusing rapping and singing into a musical collage of intellectual lyrics with an urban twist.

Verbosity are three childhood sister friends merging together for a common good – “Music.” Individually, they are Macky Monea, Niyah Iman and Breezii Lashayee. In the beginning, there was no exact plan of action, just three sisters with similar desires to be a part of and make a difference in today’s music.

Influenced by their parents to make education a priority in whatever direction they chose to go in. Verbosity equally shared the thought of rapping and singing about subjects that would impact their public in positive and thought-provoking ways. Verbosity has performed throughout Philadelphia and in the Tri-State area, taking pride in being able to connect with audiences of various age demographics.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019


PRLM CHLD

by Ibn Faruq

PRLM CHLD [prob-luh m chahyld]: What does it mean to be a “PRLM CHLD?” A “PRLM CHLD” is a child who is considered difficult. The term is also used as a metaphor for a persistently trying or demanding person, thing, or responsibility.

Three members hailing from similar backgrounds and equipped with a multitude of diverse talents, powerhouse group, PRLM CHLD is destined for a music industry takeover. Performing music since a child, Pride Zu is the definition of a warrior. Enduring the divorce of his parents, adolescent bad behavior directed him to music. His grandmother brought him a keyboard and his music interests begin developing. Pride Zu joined NSL, a rap group at 17.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019

Smithsonian

Born and bred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Isaiah Smithsonian is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, composer, producer, actor, and model. His sultry soulful voice is reminiscent of the legendary artists who have inspired him. The stylistic influence of pioneers like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, James Brown, and Chuck Berry all play a role in his uniquely crafted sound. Isaiah vocally favors the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Babyface, Maxwell, Usher, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Khalid, and Chris Brown.

Growing up in house constantly filled with music, it was hard for Isaiah not to be emerged in the industry. At the age of eleven, Isaiah began to define his sound as well as receive formal training on the guitar and piano and later attended Harcum College. As Isaiah continued honing his vocal dexterity, he stepped away from practice and onto the stage. He began performing before audiences and garnering media buzz and devoted fans.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019

Meet Tonya Williams

Tanya Williams (Miss T.) is a songwriter and radio personality (as Tahari London on The London Lockdown - The Right Mix of New & Old School R&B on Jungle773.com) whose music is only limited by her imagination as she is not married to any specific genre.  Her writing licks the foundations of contemporary and classic R&B, rock, pop, jazz, gospel, blues and so much more.  Tanya was born into and influenced by a rich musical family legacy of singers, drummers, trumpeters, and a pianist who entertained the troops in World War II.  She was also inspired by her father’s lush collection of legendary greats – Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Queen, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Earth, Wind & Fire, KISS, and many more.

She is currently featured on the single End Times (released 10/13/17) as a singer, one she co-wrote and helped produce.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 201

Let the Music Play on!

by Ibn Faruq

 This past weekend The Philadelphia Orchestra had an amazing performance at the Strawberry Mansion located in Fairmount park. They highlighted the youth of the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, which is headed by Kevin Upshur. He converted his family’s establishment which used to be a bar in North Philadelphia into a community center for the youth.The students had an opportunity to open the show on Saturday with an uplifting drum ensemble. The Philadel- phia Orchestra donated

instruments to the SMLC last summer for them to teach the youth musical presentation. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019

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What's The Scoop

Do you know “WHAT’s THE SCOOP?” if you want to know the Scoop! starting Thursday June 27, 2019, you can read my weekly column, where I will be bring you community news, information and resources.  “What’s the Scoop” will be an interactive column. You are welcome to share your ideas, suggestions, and information.  All information provided must be accurate and verifiable to be considered for inclusion in What’s the Scoop.  A large part of my discussion and yours, will be on the subject of WHAT’s GOING ON” in and around our City of “Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection.”  Looking forward to “What’s the Scoop and sharing your concerns and getting some solutions.  You will have the opportunity to email me your thoughts, ideas and concerns directly at  EweNique@scoopmediausa.com; or contact the ScoopUSA Media office  at 215-309-3139. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019

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A Lack of Trust in Dying Black Media

Atlanta, GA- The history of Black media has been rooted in the need for trust between the communicator and the reader. The Freedom’s Journal was a newspaper produced by free Black men, becoming a declaration against slavery. During this period, Black people were not only facing slavery but were also in search of a path forward after freedom. Distrust in the coverage of Black people by white-owned media during this period pushed two free Black men to create their own form of communication. Now, Black people are facing familiar and unique challenges via population shifts, climate change and workforce automation. Simultaneously, Black-owned and operated news platforms are becoming scarce. Where do our stories fit into these changing narratives? And who should we trust to tell these stories?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Rev. MICHAEL ROBINSON, MS JANUARY - MARCH 2019

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Formulating Workforce Solutions

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, over 250 people attended the 'Formulating Workforce Solutions: Incorporating Voices from the Community Conference' held at Temple University. Corporate, legislative, and non-profit leaders from the city and across the tri-state region were in attendance. The leaders gathered to develop strategic methods and plans for moving unemployed Philadelphians into sustainable wage earning employment.

Read More, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 25, 2019

Temple University receives Jazz Collection

Philadelphia, PA - On January 28, 2019, Temple University received a generous collection of original jazz albums and 45 records of famous African American artists, including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and many others. 

This treasure trove of coveted jazz music was a collection amassed from 1950s-1970s, by Ronald Agustus Davis, a retired Philadelphia Police Officer.

 Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

Why poor public schools will remain poor

As long as we continue to fund local school districts based on the tax base of those respective districts, poor school districts will ALWAYS remain poorly funded and under-performing, and hard pressed to attract top teachers.

A radical option, that's equitable, is to pool all state and federal taxes earmarked for public schools districts in one pot of money. Divide this designated line item by the total headcount of students attending specific school districts, this ensures that every district is funded equitably. It's a fair approach to leveling the playing field of educational funding. 

Currently, students attending school districts in very affluent communities receive greater resources and funding because they draw from a wealthy tax base of residents. The result is higher salaries for teachers, greater in-class resources for the teachers/students, and well maintained school facilities and buildings. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Unemployment sucks, Plight and Ethno-Centered impact!

The national employment landscape may seem like it’s churning, and by all reliable economic and labor bureau tracking indicators, America’s workforce is doing well (statistically). But hold the applause and the confetti, because we must also consider the flip side of the workforce coin - - the unemployed population. For the individual unemployed American, it’s a frustrating proposition to aggressively seek work to only be turned down repeatedly in a churning economy that seems repellent towards your specific talents and abilities.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

George Washington Carver Annual City Science Fair, a trendsetter in promoting STEM careers

The George Washington Carver Science Fair (GWCSF) is a juggernaut annual science competition that has showcased the science projects of thousands of young science enthusiasts from area Philadelphia public, parochial and private schools.  This year’s GWCSF was held on March 5, 2019 on Temple University’s campus.  The GWCSF founder, Mr. Thomas Anderson, Jr., has produced this annual student science showcase since its inception in 1979... for those counting, that’s 40 years, and a true legacy of Success! 

GWCSF’s founder Mr. Anderson is a well-connected civic leader and retired Director of Community Relations at Temple University. Anderson is also a longstanding member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity–the granddaddy of all the Black Greek Fraternity groups in America, founded at Cornell University in 1906. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019