Monday, August 15, 2022

Be There As The Queens Underground Showcases "Poetry In The Park" In Jamaica, Southeast Queens

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The Queens Underground To Get King Manor Museum Lit With "Poetry In The Park" Showcase - Saturday, August 20th, 2022

Poetry In The Park, hosted by Queens Underground Poets as a free-for-the-community event will showcase more than 7  featured poets along with a variety of open mic performers. This historic outdoor showcase will also highlight local vendors, artists, and book authors.

The festival takes place on August 20th, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, outdoors at King Manor Museum in downtown Jamaica, Queens, NYFree Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Click Here To Reserve Your Free Tickets 
 
Since 2017, Queens Underground Poets has hosted Poetry Showcases/Slams, Open Mic Nights, Jazz and R&B Nights and with its first outdoor Showcase, attendees will experience feature Poets such as:
  • Mr. Orange Live, Poet, Host, Book Author, and award-winning filmmaker
  • M. A. Dennis, the original host of the Poetry Showcases is also a book author- Mistaken Identity Crisis (NYSAI Press). Articles written about him were published by the New York Times and  Daily News
  • Anyrah Shavéh, a remarkably enigmatic author and poet has performed with All Def Poetry in many cities across the country
  • Sabreen Speaks, Poet and Author travels the world as a feature, sharing her love of art, spoken word, and visualization. A first-place winner at the legendary Apollo Theater Amateur Night in Harlem, NYC, she was also selected as a residential artist for the Chateau d’Orquevaux French Residency in Orquevaux, France
  • Bro Earl, Host of his own weekly Poetry Night in Harlem, NYC is an Author who also works with At-Risk Youth teaching Expressive Arts Therapy in after-school programs, family shelters, foster care facilities, juvenile detention centers, and Rikers Island. He has toured around the world and independently released several albums, published in Yale University's Peabody Museum Anthology.
  • Poet and acclaimed photographer, The Verbal Artisan is still a local favorite and published author.  Verbal is a passionate poet who shares relatable stories of abuse and resilience. Verbal also hosts her own Poetry Showcases around the Boro’s.
  • Oscar Bruce, best known for his TedTalks on healthcare, is a poet, author, and filmmaker with animated versions of his phenomenally insightful poetry.

    Both Oscar and Mr. Orange Live dare to take poetry to another level on the big screen and their projects have also been screened at the Queens Underground International Film Festival.

Friday, August 5, 2022

See How Top African Artists Thrill Fans as Laurie Fonhoue Wins African Most Beautiful USA Pageant 2022

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Fameye, Akwaboah, Others Thrill Fans as Cameroon’s Laurie Fonhoue Wins African Most Beautiful USA 2022 Crown

The Second edition of the much anticipated African Most Beautiful USA pageant www.ambusa.org sponsored by the Abofem Area Foundation, Inc. www.abofremareafoundation.org came off July 23rd in New York City, USA.

The event happened on the plush Cornucopia Majesty Yacht with beautiful display of rich African culture among contestants and exciting performances from top Artistes.

Musicians Fameye, Akwaboah, Taylor Jaye, Jay Hover and more took center stage to thrill audience with back to back hit songs with DJ RBNice on the turntables throughout the night as the contestants battled it out for the ultimate crown.

This year’s edition of African Most Beautiful USA pageant saw contestants from several African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, among others competing for the ultimate crown, car and cash.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

New Insights And Tools To Empower Black Economic Growth

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Systemic Financial Racism Requires Greater Insights And Smart Tools To Build Black Wealth
Photo Credit Christina at Upsplash

By Kamau Austin, Publisher Scoop Publications

In June, 2022 a compelling meme circulated on Facebook alluding to the 400-year head start whites have over Blacks in the US economic system.  It was ironic in that it was being shared in a Black group on a social media platform with a leaning towards conservative "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" types.  Even Black conservatives, like others in the society, too often regurgitate the usual ole tropes about Blacks.

This Meme On Social Media ignited negative tropes about Black people. 

For instance the following are some stereotypical tropes perpetuated by Black conservatives or financial coaches about the lack of Black financial success:
  • Blacks can't achieve financial literacy because we're trying to achieve acceptance with consumerism.
  • Blacks don't achieve wealth because we don't understand investments and buy real estate.
  • Blacks aren't knowledgeable or disciplined in terms of credit. 
These tropes, while having some truthful claims about some Blacks, puts the onus of the present inequality in wealth concentration between whites and Blacks squarely on clueless or undisciplined African Americans.  These stereotypes side step the fact Blacks, in the past and presently, are fighting systemic economic racism, marginalized business ownership, and industry isolation.

It should be obvious individuals can't beat systems by themselves so financial literacy should evolve beyond just having insights on getting a mortgage, Debt to Income (DTI) ratios, and investing in stocks and bonds.  Financial literacy for Blacks should also extend to new technical tools, political, social, and economic advocacy to gain more economic empowerment and collective wealth creation.

Timothy Griggs, a Black real estate investor and mortgage broker is extremely concerned about Blacks and other financially marginalized people getting access to wealth building knowledge and systems.  He's been inspired to help people have technical access to manage their credit and finances.

Griggs, an African American, is a pioneer among a growing number of techno-preneurs looking to harness the communication prowess of digital media and platforms to help put Blacks and wealth seekers on the road to affluence.  He has developed The Good Stewart (TGS) financial system to help those seeking more control and also to understand the ways to improve their credit score and overall wealth.

Timothy Griggs Developed The TGS financial App To Help Manage Credit

His tech innovation is a timely tool for those looking to drive insightfully on the road to financial success. But why is credit, wealth creation, and financial disparities such an important focus for entrepreneurs like Timothy Griggs?

Let's review a small synopsis of systemic racism in the past and moreover - present times that contributes to the lack of Black wealth. Let's touch on some solutions beyond the typical ones floated to develop more Black economic development...


Monday, July 25, 2022

Andrea Bocelli

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Andrea Bocelli is coming to the UBS Arena at Belmont Park December 13th! Tickets are on sale now, get yours today!

Andrea Bocelli
December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Andrea Bocelli is coming to the UBS Arena at Belmont Park December 13th! Tickets are on sale now, get yours today!
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ABJ’s Family Movies in the Park – “Journal for Jordan” (PG-13)

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Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.




ABJ’s Family Movies in the Park – “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (PG-13)

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ABJ’s Family Movies in the Park – “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (PG-13)


From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

New: Watch The Rising Reign Of Gospel Royalty Keyondra Lockett As She Drops New Music Release On The Devil - Liar!

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Billboard Award-Winning
Gospel Artist & Songwriter
Keyondra Lockett
Releases Highly Anticipated
New Single, "Liar"
Watch the Live Video!

The Wait is Over.....Now Available on All Streaming
Digital Platforms!

The wait is over!

Returning from the success of Made A Way Remix from Bella Dawn Music's Billboard award-winning gospel artist and songwriter, Keyondra Lockett releases her much-anticipated new single, Liar, now available across all digital outlets.

Liar produced by hitmaker Jeshua "Tedy P" Williams and written by BMI Award winning songwriter Keyondra Lockett delivers an infectious smooth groove with powerful lyrics and a 'must-have' in your playlist.

When asked to share about the back story of Liar, Keyondra says, "the devil is tricky and a schemer. You've got to have the Holy Ghost to carry you in all situations." 

When Peter tried to stop Christ from going to the cross, he told Peter, "Satan get thee behind me," (Matthew 16:23), she adds. "He knew that was the devil talking through Peter and that's exactly what we've got to do when we're tested by the devil."

The multiple chart-topping independent recording artist is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and one of the great voices of our time.
 
Keyondra is a soulful inspirational artist with a fervor for Kingdom building. She is one of the original members of gospel group Zie’l and shares the accomplishment of two-time Stellar Award Nominee. 

She has shared the stage with artists such as Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, Livre, Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, The Walls Group, Alexis Spight and many more.

Watch Keyondra Lockett's "Liar Video Below...

Follow Keyondra on all social media platforms @KeyondraLockett