Thursday, August 30, 2018

See Why Rev. Donna James Is A Living Testament On Health

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Preaching That's Fit For Healthy Living


Interview With Kamau Austin And Rev. Donna James

Rev. Donna James is a multifaceted minister.  She is a devote woman of faith, who is also proud of her African heritage, social justice, and fitness.

She does over 15 fitness classes a week looking to increase health in Southeast Queens.  I was able to get the busy fitness advocate and minister of the gospel to share with me her unique perspective on her call to get us in shape.. 


Kamau Austin: Can you tell us a little about your background and life growing up in Southeast Queens or your hometown?  Can you also tell us more about your early life?

Rev. Donna James: I was born in Brooklyn but raised in St. Albans, Queens. I’m from a large family (9 children and the middle, or 5th child).  I was Raised by both parents who are currently deceased.

Although being the middle child, I have always operated as the eldest (smile). I attended St. Catherine of Sienna, elementary school and then went on to Fashion Industry HS. 

Kamau Austin: What inspired you to go into your present fitness profession or business?

Rev. Donna James: I was what you would call a "Big Girl" for a good part of my life,  but I've always loved dancing and at times working out. While living overseas, in South Africa, for three years, I really got serious about my weight and fitness, but unfortunately upon returning home I put the weight back on.

Again, I got into the gym and this time I started taking a variety of fitness classes at the Y and I guess you can say that I found my passion. Having been overweight and then being able to lose it, I wanted to help others who were going through the same things that I did. I knew the struggle first hand. 

Kamau Austin: What is the name of your company and services you offer in your fitness service business?

Rev. Donna James: HisTemple (1 Corinthians 6:19) I offer fitness instruction from Senior Chair exercises to Boot Camp for the intermediate/advanced clients, and everything in between. My current formats are: Sr Chair; Low Inpact, Cardio Kickboxing, Boot Camp, SPIN, and Total Body Explosion. Currently I'm studying for my Personal Trainer certification and will also be getting certified in ZUMBA Gold, Kettle bells to name a few.

I will also be training with the Diabetes Prevention Program to be one of their Lifestyle Coaches which will greatly enhance what I'm doing in the fitness area.


Checkout This New Black Panther-Inspired Theme Park In The Works

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Black Panther's Wakanda Helps Inspire Amusement Park

Nationwide  -- The movie Black Panther made history and shattered records across the world. In fact, Black Panther became the highest-grossing MCU film of all time in it's first week. The New York Times has called it a defining moment for Black America.

That defining moment has for a long time been the motivation for Heritage City - The African Kingdoms and Empires Theme Park Project pioneered by a group of Africans and African-Americans under the umbrella of the Heritage City Group, which funded a business plan and conceptual designs for the project in 2004.

Interwoven with the overall design of the theme park are rides and attractions that feature the ancient African Kingdoms and Empires such as Songhai-Mali, Benin, Ghana, Kush and Egypt.


From the Projects to Flying a $30 Million Dollar Aircraft

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Jacksonville, FL  -- The first African American to become Director of Undergraduate Skills Lab at a private university seeks to give back to communities.
 
 Our youth are crying out for help! Many of them are at a disadvantage due to single parenting; poor educational systems; and role models who are not giving back to their communities. 
 
 Usually children emulate what they observe but if they don't see a positive role model in their local community, it's difficult for our youth to believe that they can achieve success.
 
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New Music From Beyonce's First Male Backup Singer

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Los Angeles, CA -- R&B artist J Rome, releases his new single and music video "4 U" which is available on all digital platforms now. The silky soul vocalist is best known for winning ABC’s singing talent show "Duets", singing viral YouTube videos, and for currently being one of Beyoncé's background vocalists, "4 U" is a haunting ballad which J Rome co-wrote with two other songwriters, during what he describes as, "one of the most difficult periods of my life."
 
 

New Children's Books Encourage Reading By Featuring Black and Latino Characters

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Publisher Looks To Engage Children Of Color With Books Reflecting Them


Chicago, IL  -- Millions of Black and Latino children head back to the classroom this fall, but they will be hard pressed to find schoolbooks that include children who look like them. It’s a repeating cycle that can limit students' engagement as they learn to read.

"For a black child learning to read, part of the excitement is imagining themselves in the story," according to Donna Beasley, founder and publisher at KaZoom Kids Books. "That is hard to do if no Black or Latino children appear in their books."

KaZoom has partnered with multicultural authors and artists to create e-books that engage multicultural children by including people who look like them in the stories. The KaZoom Kids iStorybooks reading app provides a library of interactive, read-along books on a subscription basis, available on both Android and Apple devices.


Atlanta's Biggest Gathering For Black Authors Promises to Deliver

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Atlanta, GA  -- Whether you're an aspiring author with only a creative idea for a book, or you have 20+ books published and you're ready to take it to the next level, The Red Ink Conference: The Premier Conference for Authors & Editors is for you!
 
 

Michael Jackson's 60th Birthday, King of Pop-Up Exhibit in DC

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Washington, DC ( -- The King of Pop-Up Exhibit will take place at Studio 52 in Washington, D.C. on August 31st, on what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday. The exhibit will feature 20 portraits recreating the King of Pop's most notorious images created by D.C. native photographer, Tyler Palmer.



Herbal Product Used By Black Men With E.D. Returns

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Natural Herbal Formula That Fights ED In Men Reemerges To Fill A Void

This product is a popular choice because it has shown no side effects (unlike PD5 inhibitors), is budget-friendly, and is owned and distributed by and African American family business.

JR Scroggins founder of the company, which launched in 2012, sold his company Alpha RX Plus LLC. in 2017. Scroggins has since founded a new company, Live Natural, with his family, and decided to offer Alpha RX Plus to the market again.


African American Judge Tells His Inspirational Story in New Memoir

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Nationwide  -- Judge James V. Pierce is an acting Circuit Court Judge in the Unified Family Court Division for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida where he presides over cases involving juveniles, child abuse, adoptions, divorces, child custody and guardianships.
 
 

Successful Fundraising for Your Park or Garden

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Learn about the variety of fundraising opportunities coming this fall for your local park or green space and the key information to put you on the path to success!
 
 

Know Your Rights Workshop: Rights and Challenges Faced by Tenants Living in Apartments w/o Certificate of Occupancy.

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Know Your Rights Legal Workshops

 Legal Hand Jamaica and Queens Legal Services invite you to Know-Your-Rights Workshops on Wednesdays.

These workshops address pressing issues that our community residents face and are designed for them, community volunteers, service providers, and political office staff. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Butters or Jennie Kim at 646-741-6411 or legalhandjamaica@legalhand.org


Project Hope “Senior Pathway Coach” Position

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Project Hope is Hiring

Project Hope – The New Direction is hiring! They are specifically interested in hiring a Senior Pathway Coach.

Vacancy Position: Senior Pathway Coach (SPC) (Case manager)

Duties: To facilitate recreational activities & Youth Leadership training (Coping skills, Behavioral & Job readiness skills); conduct intake, counseling and case management; assist students with home-work; conduct student outreach and data collection; facilitate job placement & employer engagement; maintain relations with school and build partnerships with other organizations to enhance youth outcomes



Friends of Roslin Spigner Kick-Off Fundraiser

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
The Friends of Roslin Spigner are pleased to invite one and all to a kick-off fundraiser to re-elect Roslin Spigner — candidate for Democratic District Leader of the 33rd Assembly District/Part A Queens. Join them for light refreshments as they support Roslin.



Mayor’s Office Internship Program (Application Deadline: September 3rd)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

The Mayor’s Office Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop the capacity to solve New York City’s most pressing issues. 


Jamaica NAACP Free School Supply Giveaway

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

The Jamaica Branch of the NAACP, American Legion Auxiliary, and Lotus are pleased to present Back to School, Stay in School.
 
 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
The State of New York encourages you to learn more about the Citizen Preparedness Corps. Here is you chance to do so locally.




Social Justice Art Exhibit

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Council Member Rory I. Lancman — in conjunction with a cadre of other elected officials — is pleased to present a Social Justice Art Exhibit.






Movie Night Wednesdays @ Central – “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (2017, PG)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.



Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central – “Trees Lounge” (1997, R)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, “If only X then I could stop drinking”.



Project Hope Charities 9th Annual Back to School Giveaway & Community Outreach

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Project Hope Charities is pleased to presents its 9th Annual Back to School Giveaway & Community Outreach.
 
 





Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central – “An Education” (2009, PG-13)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.
 


Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central – “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982, PG)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.



Movie Night Wednesdays @ Central – “Isle of Dogs” (2018, PG-13)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.



Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Preparation

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

The New York City Office of Emergency Management is pleased to present Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) preparation. Be disaster aware and take action to prepare.



Movie Night Wednesdays @ Central – “A Fantastic Woman” (2017, R)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.



Movie Night Wednesdays @ Central – “Red Sparrow” (2018, R)

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon.




Sunday, August 26, 2018

Memoir Discusses ADHD in African American Families

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

 Nationwide -- Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir (available online at www.enabletables.com) offers a poignant look at the challenges encountered by both parents and children as they cope with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 
 
 
 

Teaching Africa Day to Hold Its 4th Annual Event

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

 Silver Spring, MD  -- As part of African Heritage Month in the Washington DC region, Teaching Africa Day (TAD) will hold its 4th annual event on Saturday September 1, 2018 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland.



First Ever Conference For Black Photographers

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
 Houston, TX  -- Tomayia Colvin Education (TCE), an online education platform for photographers, that features speakers of color and celebrates diversity is hosting its inaugural photography conference called The Cookout. The Cookout will be held in the city of Atlanta, Georgia on September 16-18, 2018.



Black Nonprofit Organizes Million Fathers March

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

 Atlanta, GA  -- Research shows when fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior.
 
 


Black-Owned Accounting Firm Wins $1 Million IRS Appeal Case

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

St. Louis, MO  -- Celebrity tax advisor Jayson Thornton, founder of Thornton Tax, announces winning his appeal case, representing a client served with a $957,553.20 tax deficiency notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
 


Book Celebrates the Power of Black Fatherhood & Challenges Contemporary Myths About Black Fathers

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Washington, DC  -- David Miller, a husband, father of three, writer, and social entrepreneur, has released Lessons We Learned from Our Fathers: Reflections from the Men In Our Lives. The book is a valuable edition to the books written about the life affirming power of Black fathers.



10-Year Old Black Violinist Plays Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------
Nationwide  -- Leah Flynn, a 10-year old violin extraordinaire, is going viral for her recent tribute performance of "Natural Woman" to the late Aretha Franklin (Watch the YouTube Video). Leah has largely captivated audiences around the world with her God-given musical talent and a pure heart of gold.




Funding For Underfunded Black Entrepreneurs

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
-------

 Nationwide  -- When Ella Rucker spent her first pregnancy on her friend's couch nine years ago, she didn't have any plans to change the lives of entrepreneurs. And now she's changing the economic climate for entrepreneurs.