Life's most persistent and urgent question is, Why is the impeachment process taking so long? Joking, not really but just for one night we forgot about the real world and we had a moment of Crackin’ up for a Good Cause. The real question is: What are you doing for others? Too often we underestimate the power of a laugh, a smile, or giving someone your time. That’s exactly what the collective group of comedians, entertainers and friends did; they offered their time and talent to add a little Merry to those that need it most during the Christmas season. It is easy to give to someone who has the resources to give back to you, but what about the lives of those who are in need on a daily basis. We can’t solve homelessness or world hunger at one time, but together we can help one family at a time.
Saron Travels, Rodney Ford along with me and the Single On A Saturday, Urban X-pressions team (Antoinette Lee, Monie on da Scene, David Scott,) hosted the 1st Crackin’ up for a Good Cause Comedy & Karaoke Show at the TGI Fridays on Ben Franklin Parkway. The comedic lineup included; JMonet Just Laugh, Comedian Bikini Body’d, Rich Owens, Josh Kosh and a special performance by Ambition the Poet. The evening started with a round of Karaoke songs with music by DJ Smoove.
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Philadelphia based Artist Management Agency; Noveee Records LLC & Top 5 Entertainment takes The Top 5 Showcase on Tour, calling it The Crown Me Tour. After the success of the Philadelphia Top 5 Showcase, Noveee Records and Top 5 Entertainment are taking the head to head competition on tour. The first stop was New York City’s 4th Floor Studios. I will be updating you monthly to support our Philadelphia artist as they compete.
The Top 5 Showcase was hosted by Reese Banga, CEO of Banga Productions. Reese Banga served as one of the judges for the Philadelphia showcase and now is on tour as the host. Round 2 of the Competition took place at 4th Floor Studios in Brooklyn, NY on November 23, 2019 with a packed house, including artist from Philadelphia (60 %) and New York City (40%.) The Philadelphia 1st Place winners, MDE 215 had a chance to compete in NYC along with Da Profit @Bmb247365, Medusa @MedusaPhil215, Deuce Wellington @DeuceWellington and Nee Nee @NeeNeeGotbarz just to name a few.
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“I attended the 2019 Bigger and Better Business Awards Breakfast” said Bigger & Better Business Chairman, William Streeter, III. He encouraged all the attendees to remember this line to tell everyone on Monday, if they ask. However, by Monday I’m sure most of us forgot the exact words; I know I did. But why wait until Monday; we were too excited so we posted on social media right away.
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, Brothers of Pi Gamma Sigma Chapter held the 2019 Business Awards Breakfast at the North Hills Country Club in Glenside, PA. The event honored individuals and businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The keynote speaker for the program was Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia. Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as well. Rev. Waller preached on the title “Where do we go from here,” reminding us that our living shall not be in vain. One phrase that stood out was “The Blessed of us must go out and help the rest of us,” said Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller. Author, columnist and radio host Solomon Jones stopped through to show his support for the organization and the sponsors. He took a quick flick with vendor Elethia and Vernon Smith.
The 2019 Bigger and Better Business Awards celebrated and recognized the best in our community! The nomination process was hosted online throughout the months of September and October. Pi Gamma Sigma received tons of nominations, but they had to narrow it down to 15.
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All Hail the Monarchs, Camden’s first basketball franchise made its debut Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the KROC Center in Camden, NJ. As I entered the parking lot of the Kroc Center; I could see a parking lot filled with vehicles and people walking up to the door with excitement. The Camden Monarch’s season opener is a success, with people in line waiting to purchase tickets, seats filled and the team waiting with eager anticipation for the game to begin.
The Camden Monarchs are the newest American Basketball Association Expansion team and for the season opener, they played against the San Diego Guardians. The Kroc Center was transformed into the official Camden Monarch’s headquarters with Gold & Purple everywhere. The VIP seats were covered in custom Camden Monarch covers, walls adorned Monarch banners and at the entrance was a purple and gold balloon arch. Mascot Louie The Lion, greeted everyone by shaking hands, taking pictures and the dance team prepared to wow the crowd.
Owner Giovonni, used her superb marketing skills to fill the seats and add the flair, star power and entertainment to make this, one of the best game openers.
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Philadelphia based Artist Management Agency, Noveee Records LLC & Top 5 Entertainment presented The Top 5 Showcase.
The Top 5 Showcase was hosted by Deuce Wellington with music by the legendary DJ Too Tuff of Tuff Crew “Philly’s first Rap Supergroup” known for the hit “My Part of Town.”
The Top 5 Showcase welcomed 14 recording artist, performing to win the Top 5 spots and receive the Gold Crown. I had the pleasure of co-judging with Reese Banga, Host, Artist, Actor, Songwriter and CEO of Banga Productions. As the artist took the stage they gave their all. It was so difficult to narrow it down so the second round included the top 7 battling it out for the Top 5.
And the Winner is……
Everyone waited in anticipation to see who would be crowned the Top 5 and who would be number 1. Deuce Wellington and Resse Banga took the stage to announce the Top 5.
Taking the #1 Spot was MDE 215 (Mask Down Entertainment) featuring Dre Mugga & Lyrikal, receiving the Gold Crown and studio time. The winners are as follows; 5th place "Sah Million," 4th Place "Bizzy Bazz," 3rd Place "Authentic Bars," and 2nd Place "Jah Peeks."
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Philadelphia gathered at the Landmark Ritz Movie Theater to watch the TV series “Godfather of Harlem” on the big screen. We are super proud of Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan who played Mary Wells. It was a Philly family reunion at the theater. Charlie Mack and Epix team gathered everyone together K. Foxx from the Quincy Harris morning show along with Jimmy Da Saint, Wiz Gamb, Gary O, Tiona Brown with her sisters and so many more.
There is a new Godfather in Harlem and his name is Bumpy Johnson. Throughout the years I’ve heard of “Bumpy Johnson” and his story however seeing it come to life in the Epix original series; was a real history lesson. It has altered my perspective of a crime boss; the intelligence and strategic moves it takes to be able to run the streets; I liken it to the corporate world. His business skills were mind blowing.
About Godfather of Harlem
Created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, with music by Executive Music Producer Swizz Beatz, and starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Godfather of Harlem tells the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. As part of the Original Series Soundtrack for the EPIX series Godfather of Harlem, superstars Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, & DMX released the music video for “Just In Case” The cinematic visual plunges viewers into the heart of the show’s world.
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Life is full of experiences and when you surround yourself with incredible people; God's favor can position you in places that allow you to see life from different perspectives.
Dr. Deshawnda “Dee” Williams was chosen out of several speakers to be a featured speaker at The Leadership Experience Tour featuring Shawn Fair and the Chosen 12. Shawn Fair, an internationally renowned self-development and leadership expert, created The Leadership Experience for individuals and leaders who are looking to become a better version of themselves. It was an intensive, interactive session designed to change the trajectory of your life and leadership journey. The Leadership Experience took place at the Emagine Theater, Novi, Michigan.
You might ask, what does this have to do with Philadelphia? Good question, Dr. Deshawnda Williams born and reared in Philadelphia, decided that she would share her experiences with eight (8) of her family members and friends. And that’s what happened, eight of us from Philadelphia traveled to Novi, Michigan as Dr. Dee spoke on having a “Healthy Leadership Mindset.” She provided the strategies and interventions on understanding the importance of balancing your mental health and personal life as a Leader.
While in Michigan, Dr. Dee planned a trip to visit the youth from the Covenant House in Detroit Michigan. The Covenant house is a faith based homeless shelter that offers both sanctuary and a support system for homeless and trafficked youth. It is a well run, newly renovated facility with an awesome staff.
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Whew! August was a busy month and September is shaping up to be just as exciting! So many things happening; that I have to fit it all in one to catch up. If you enjoy reading the Scoop make sure you tell a friend to subscribe, purchase and support ScoopUSAMedia.com
I have to thank Charlie Mack for his continued contributions to the community. On August 16, 2019, Charlie Mack Alston took over 100 people to the movies to see 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows the diving adventure of four teenage girls (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne Tju). Two of the teenage girls have famous fathers, Corinee Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx and Foxx’s co-star Sistine Stallone, father Sylvester Stallone. The two young women made their film debut in the summer shark thriller.
Read More Word on the Street, ScoopUSA Media, September 13, page 10
Urban X-pressions Re-Launches with Urban X-pressions the Next Generation Kids Fashion Show on the Rooftop of TGI Fridays on Ben Franklin Parkway. Thanks to the donations from Big Bloc Entertainments founder Walt Reeder, Jr. and MeMe Natural You natural hair care line the kids shined bright like diamonds!
As some may know Urban X-pressions is Philadelphia’s longest running music video show and a staple in the community; originally aired on broadcast television from 1992-2013 and it now lives on via the web and in the hearts of many. After the move to a web base show, the original cast and producers began to focus on other projects, which left a void for those still missing the Urban X-pressions brand. The show was very popular, reaching almost 3 million viewers weekly, every Saturday night from 11pm-1am. Throughout the years I’ve continued to serve, train and participate in community outreach. This year I decided to create a new series, featuring the next generation, the children of the original cast; embarking on the mission of Building a Legacy. To launch Urban X-pressions, The Next Generation; we produced a Back-to-School Fashion & Talent Show, hosted by the youth. This event will kick off the on-going activities we will provide for the youth throughout the year and the re-launch of our Urban X-pressions – Media Training Program.
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Kangol Kid from UTFO (Roxanne Roxanne) hip hop producer, songwriter, break dancer, and emcee is best known as a member of the old school hip hop group, UTFO. Kangol Kid was the first hip-hop artist to endorse a product through his official sponsorship with Kangol headwear. His signature hat has been inducted into the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kangol Kid is considered to be one of the "pioneers of hip-hop".
The Music and Entertainment Panel included Classic Hip Hop artist Kangol Kid, Industry Veterans and Music Executives; Rob Schwartz, Dell P, Monica “Yvette Money” Kitt, and Snook Chaos; who spoke about their experiences in the industry and how to navigate the music industry. It’s only right to have a pioneer come to Philadelphia and speak on the music industry at #motivationmonday. Kangol’s goal for hosting the Music panel was to share his knowledge as a gift to others for his birthday. We teamed up to produce this event as part of our monthly business networking event; Motivation Monday every 3rd Monday and the topic was “Music and Entertainment.
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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.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018.
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.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018.
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.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 21, 2018.
Are You Prepared for Marriage;
In Sickness and
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.
Read more Word on the Street Shelly Williams Scoop USA Media,Entertainment News, December 28, 2018
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
Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019
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.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 25, 2019
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.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, February 1, 2019
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!
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.
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.
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.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019
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
I remember when fashion for the plus size woman had no fashionable details; no shape and everything had the same color or print, with the price tag being triple the cost of missies or juniors. I have been plus size from childhood (with the exception of the quick diets where the weight loss lasted …about a minute.) I look back at the pictures from my clothing options back in the day and geesh, I’m so glad that designers are now Lov’n my curves and women like Dr. Marquita Williams creating platforms to highlight Plus Size Designers. As I arrived there was already a huge line outside of proud supporters anxiously waiting to enter the 2300 Arena when the doors opened at 2pm. The venue was decorated with white and gold sparkle and VIP catering by Chef Rashaun Scudder of On the Marc Catering (by the way, I said forget the diet, I have to enjoy this delicious food.) The Lov’n my Curves fashion show was hosted by Ya Big Girl Dezzie who opened the show with some crowd participation; she asked the audience Are You Lov’n My Curves? And the audience responds Yeah Yeah!! As the show began the crowd cheered in anticipation as they announced the first designer “Ashley Stewart.” As each model graced the runway with fashions fit for the curvy women.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019
Oh what a night! The 4th Annual Gala held on March 16, 2019 at the American Jewish Museum was an incredible evening filled with love, laughter and amazing African American men and women. Can you say sold out, that’s right the 4th Annual Gala was sold out and that was real! If you were one of those last minute responders, you missed it and you missed being in a room filled with genuinely kind, humble and loving people, not to mention the OPEN BAR and CATERED MEAL! The Theme for the Gala was 'Building a Legacy' and I thank Dorothy E. Brunson Foundation, the first African American women to own a TV station, for allowing us the opportunity to carry on her legacy. Had it not been for her contributions to media I would not have been able to be the Executive Producer of Urban X-pressions along with her son Edward Brunson. I’m honored and grateful to be the receipient of the Media Mogul Award presented by The Founders. To God Be the Glory!! Receiving honors and awards for the work you love is incredible and I am grateful to those who thought of me. I appreciate you! Thank you to the Founders and HEAT 100 Radio’s, Simply Monica! I personally would like to thank Monica Mason for all of her love and support. She is a powerhouse in the media industry and the owner of Heat 100 Radio station. She was a sponsor and women of purpose alumni who was one of the presenters at this year’s Black Gala Awards. I could go on and on about this event, but I’d rather you hear from the Founders and some of the award recipients.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019
Community Education Center located at 3500 Lancaster Ave, is the home of PQRadio1.com however inside you will also find a charming performing arts theatre. This weekend; writer and director Sherod Lee-Smallman of IDNI Productions had a sold out crowd for the stage play “Leaving Still Here.” “Leaving Still Here” is a moving stage play that explores the difficulties, issues, and struggles of a family dealing with the realities of mental illness as well as the social stigmas associated with schizophrenia. Paranoid Schizophrenia is a battle thousands of families fight every day. However, in our communities it’s not a topic of common discussion. A lot of families think they have to secretly go through the fight in fear of being ridiculed or shunned. The main characters of this play Sean and Kay are a married couple who deal with mental illnesses within their family. Kay and her family has hidden her struggle with schizophrenia from her husband for years. When it comes to dating we seem to miss some of the red flags that arise because we are in love.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019
You want to be a comedian? There’s a College for that! Philadelphia Comedy College. People often ask us “What happened to Urban X-pressions? The answer is nothing happened we are all still here expressing ourselves in different forms and still coming together to do special projects for Urban X-pressions. You’ve seen KeithFromUpDaBlock on Dr. Phil, on stage with Jay Z and for many years he was the host and creative director of Urban X-pressions but now he is the founder of The Philadelphia Comedy College. Contributing writer Nathanial Lee had the opportunity to sit in on a few classes to get the full vision behind the Philadelphia Comedy College.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019
Monica Mason aka Simply Monica is Owner of Heat100radio, Radio and Reality TV Personality, Motivation Speaker, Artist Consultant; committed to setting and achieving what most think can never be achieved, through hard work and dedication; we can do anything as long as God comes FIRST.
Simply Monica is not only owner of Heat 100 Radio she is also the award winning host of the Morning Rush that airs daily on her station, Heat 100 Radio. Monica is one of the most supporter sista/friends one can have, and she is an absolute motivator. Today, I’m happy to celebrate Simply Monica’s sixth year in Media.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019
Where is the book? It’s sold out; yet again! As supporters entered the brand new office for Guideline Girls; everyone wanted to get a copy of the 2018/2019 Best Selling Book “He Can Be Faithful.” The books keep selling out according to Author Kel’li Sherrene. However, you can preorder them and they will be here next week. Congratulations Kel’li, what an awesome feeling to have books selling out!! I got my copy!!! The honors keep coming for Kel’li Sherrene, she received the 2019 Founders “The Community Cares” award and 2019 Women of Excellence Local Sheroes award by WDAS. Kel’li doesn’t want to keep all this “Black Girl Magic” to herself. Her motto, “We seek to produce a nation of informed leaders, build opportunities and cultivate legacies.”
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019
What’s going on Scoop family? It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the opportunity to share some of my adventures in the Word on the Street column. First, let me congratulate all of the winners in the 2019 Primary Elections as well as say Job Well Done to all that ran for office and campaigned; the victory is in journey. Let’s get into my adventures, featuring the people from our very own community. The Tri-state has so many amazing events and lots of activities to engage in; without having to travel far.
On May 16th many friends and supporters gathered at Bartrams’s Garden to attend the 1st NETWORKING FUNDRAISER EVENT for Empowered Community Development Corporation. Bartram's Garden is a National Historic Landmark located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Networking while fundraising is a great way to support a cause and build your network and that I did! Everyone was friendly and filed with great conversation; I met Vaughn Taylor who is the Director of Business Development at PIDC, who took time to support my event as well #motivationmonday. Effective networking works! #businesstip
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019
It is with deep sorrow that we regret to inform you of the passing of Our Beloved Shawn Marrow which occurred on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
We call her Phenomenal One and that she was! Every time I saw Shawn she encouraged me, believed in me and made sure everyone knew me. Rest in Peace. You will be extremely missed. Love you and I'm grateful for the moments we shared in this life. We attended several events together over the years, you supported my endeavors and you took lots of pictures.
We lost another one from the Scoop Family and her presence will be missed. Shawn was most known for her photography. I have no idea how many pictures she’s taken over the years but it seems like a million. Shawn aka Phenomenal 1, was at every event, taking pictures and being a wonderful light. She’s a mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, with her many roles in life, she never forgot to smile, even as she was going through one of the toughest battles.
I met Shawn, I believe in 2010, when she was promoting her former company “Curvation Nation” an agency dedicated to promoting the beauty of the plus size women. She explained to me how she began to call herself “Phenomenal One” and I wish I could remember all the details but one of the most important was “if you believe you are Phenomenal everyone will.” There was more to the explanation however I remember the lesson, to have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019
Are you one of the people that Talk back to the TV? I do at times, but let me tell you; I was talking back to some of the characters on stage at SECRETS LIES & BETRAYAL. The Rick Watson Production had everything from drama, comedy, suspense, thriller to murder mystery; all in one play. I was so mad at the character Victoria, played by SiSi Dash, I yelled oh no you didn’t, as she proceeded to sleep with her sister’s husband Jerome, played by John Canada Terrell. Now I know it was a play, but as Rick Watson writes; the characters come to life. Here’s the synopsis; so you can see what I’m talking about.
Jerome (played by John Canada Terrell) and Jasmine Phillips (played by Sunn Byrd) have been married for six years, when they got married; Jerome was an aspiring executive, climbing high, as one of wall street’s most successful African-Americans in history. His wife Jasmine was his biggest supporter, while dating in college, she put her career on hold to support Jerome by becoming everything he couldn't afford; like secretary, researcher, etc. All the efforts she put forth for her now husband, paid off in a big way, as Jerome is now a mogul. As Jerome's power grew his extravagant taste in everything grew, he had to have the best of everything, including beautiful women, there was not any lines he wouldn't cross to get what he wanted, his betrayal was so abroad, that even in-laws were caught in his web of deceit. Things for their marriage get more complicated when their nanny that used to work for them winds up dead and detectives investigate Jerome about the killing.
Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital June 28, 2019
Mont Brown, Fashion Designer, Humanitarian, and Creative Director who always reps South West Philly, everywhere he goes. He is unapologetically himself; whether in the boardroom closing deals to get the next rising star from Philly signed or taking time out to empower the community.
Mont Brown understands the “Recipe for Success” as he took part in a panel discussion presented by Kel’li Sherrene, CEO of Guideline Girls and Keynote Speaker. Mont said, he goes into meetings with sneakers, his gear and all his tattoo’s and handles business like a true leader. Mont and his team recently celebrated the signing of @simxsantana to Columbia Records.
Other powerhouse speakers on the panel for The “Recipe for Success” panel included; Andria Mayberry, CEO of Cozi Essentials and Author of Before Empire; Stacie Wong, Fashion Designer; Lavon Howard, CEO of Path to Greatness; Shanett Mcneill, Certified Life & Health Coach; Chekesha Ellis, Founder of Chase No More Foundation; and, Nadira Gray, Serial Entrepreneur. Each panelist, successful and leaders in their industry, left us with the understanding, that it takes confidence and belief in your abilities to succeed. God gave you the ingredients for Success, but you must follow the Recipe.
Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019
SIB Founder, Aisha Taylor Issah has done it again! Not only did over 1000 women gather together but they were some of the kindest, supportive and powerful women and a sprinkle of men. That’s right, men, founder Aisha Taylor Issah was surprised by CEO of Bronner Bros. Bernard Bronner and also publisher of Upscale Magazine, event sponsor. I experienced nothing but positive vibes from the sistahs that attended the SIB Expo.
"Thank you to everyone who came out, our partners, and sponsors who made the 2nd Annual Sistahs in Business Expo in Philly a HUGE success! The energy and love in the room was indescribable and we can't wait to return next year!" Team SIB Expo
After an amazing launch in 2018, the Sistahs in Business Expo came back to Philly, bigger, better and even more life-changing. The Sistahs in Business Expo was created to celebrate and showcase entrepreneurial women of color across the country. The SIB Expo was hosted by Quincy Harris morning show host, K. Foxx who served as the morning host and the afternoon host was BRITTNEY SHIPP, who returned for the 2nd year, she is a Author & Emmy-Nominated Meteorologist, NBC-10 Philly. This year's expo featured over 100 diverse vendors displaying both products and services; dynamic Keynote speakers Tamika Mallory, Social Justice Leader, Advocate, Activist; and Yandy Smith, Activist, Entrepreneur (Yelle Skincare) and Television Personality Star of the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop, New York.
Read More Word on the Street, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019, page 8
Laughter can sure make you forget your problems! Philadelphia is the home of some of the greatest comedians and thanks to Powerhouse Comedy Club and so many other spots, we can take in a comedy show on a Saturday Night.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the place is packed and all you can hear is this high pitched laugh, from a man that continued to laugh uncontrollably. His laugh alone added to the gut aching laughter. "POWERHOUSE COMEDY CLUB,” Is the place to be for Great Comedy & Spoken Word Showcases, Open Mic Nights & Group Fund Raisers. The comedy community is powerful and they definitely support each other. To cheer on Aja Major, comedians Bikini Body’d and J Monet came out to support.
The Powerhouse Comedy Team: WOW, what Another GREAT " SOLD OUT " Comedy Showcase @Powerhouse Comedy Club SPECIAL Shout Outs to All the Comedians that Set Our Stage on fire with the Funny from Start to Finish....@natetheland, @aja.major, @comediantopflight, @rey_gibbs and @1spunkyrobinson ....We the Powerhouse Comedy Club Family Thank You Once Again and Welcome You to the Family... visit ur website powerhousecomedyclub.com for more information@ Nick's Roast Beef, Cottman Ave.
Read More Word on the Street, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019, page 8
The office of Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker joined with Finley Recreation Center to bring the series of Sounds of Summer ’19 to Northwest Philadelphia. Cherelle L. Parker, proudly serves the Ninth Council District in Philadelphia, which stretches through northwest and northeast communities. The Sounds of Summer '19 Series kicked off at Fisher Park in July and on Saturday, August 3, 2019 the final installment of the four part series had a spectacular end for the 2019 season.
The show featured Monnette Sudler-Honesty, Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters & Carol Riddick. I had the pleasure of serving as a co-host along side Maya Simone. People grabbed their lawn chairs and grabbed front row seats to hear the sounds of each artist. One supporter traveled from New Jersey to enjoy the festival. Along with the music, the vendors were a big hit. “That water ice was so good I’m gonna get another” said several festival participants. Believe me I can’t I didn’t make it up. The water ice vendor was Dante’s Water Ice & Soft Pretzels. “Go get the Salmon Burger it is soooo good” said several festival participants and staff. The hit Salmon Burger vendor was Uptown Seafood Caterers located on Limekiln Pike. I concur on both statements…delicious!
While people ate their food they listened to the sounds of the extraordinarily talented musicians and singers. Opening act was Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters. Thank you to the entire band for remembering me from the Urban X-pressions days. We shared a moment and we took a pic with our X’s Up (something we do on Urban X-pressions at the close of the show.) Philadelphia-based poet, singer, educator and curator Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013) She performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters go to Yolandawisher.com to see more.
Word on The Street. ScoopUSA Media, August 9, 2019 page
Marlon Wayans gives us yet another reason to Netfilx & Chill; with the release of his new movie “Sextuplets” released on August 16, 2019, exclusively on Netflix! In the ever changing world of technology, Marlon Wayans understands the power of the streaming platforms and independent media; that embrace the comedic art form. Netflix is in 200 Million homes and countries (and that’s the one’s they are counting – not counting cousin Ray Ray that’s using your account..lol). We had the opportunity to sit down with Marlon Wayans and discuss the process and making of Sextuplets, where Marlon takes on not one, but all six or maybe seven characters in the movie. Playing multiple characters, you have to have an almost perfect memory to recall improv lines exactly how the character stated them so Marlon could respond or interact. I can definitely say, Marlon Wayans has a sharp memory. I met Marlon years ago in California but never thought he would remember, secretly hoped he would and the first thing he said was “you look familiar I’ve met you before” and that made my day.
Throughout the interview Marlon dropped some major life lessons. He’s been in the business with his family since age eight and as he speaks he teaches lessons about the business and family. Not only is he a comedian, I would have to say he’s a teacher/mentor. He’s not afraid to share his knowledge to help his family first but also those with creative aspirations like myself. He offered so many insightful points that I have to break it down in Marlon’s Major Keys.
Marlon shared a story about how he picked up piano and guitar as a lesson on work ethic for his children.
Marlon’s Major Keys: If you work at anything consistently you can become great.
After picking up the piano and guitar, although he is better at it, he still sucks but the biggest lesson was realizing that his kids are watching him build and really watching him get great at is; comedy; the thing he loves most, that comedy is his instrument. So his kids are now watching his work in the movie “Sextuplets” which is a representation of all of the work (standup comedy, writing, method acting, etc.) everything he’s been doing in the art of comedy, before and after they got here.
Read More Word on the Street, ScoopUSA Media, August 30, 2019, page 7