August 2013 archive

Mentor At Brooklyn Boxing Club Launches Program For At-Risk Youth

A pro boxer at a Brooklyn boxing gym is changing the game for youth in neighborhoods plagued by gun violence.

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Frank Galarza, the point person for the LUTA (Fight for Peace) program at Starrett City Boxing Club in Brooklyn, is determined to get the program going after the recent death of a 14-year-old in the Bronx, Shaaliver Douse. Douse was armed and firing at a group of men when he was fatally shot by cops.

Galarza is an ideal mentor for kids who may be slipping into drugs, violence and crime: He was once one of those kids.

Galarza’s father “was involved in the wrong things,” and died when Galarza was 7 years old of complications from a gunshot wound. His mother died just two years later from a drug overdose.

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Rock of Heltah Skeltah And W.A.R. Media Releases First Single From Forthcoming EP

In conjunction with W.A.R. Media, Big Rock aka Rock of Heltah Skeltah releases the first single, ‘F.O.H.’ produced by The Arcitype from the soon to be released EP ‘Half Man Halfa Monsta.’


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9.22 HonorSociety & AARON Camper reunite for Project Hygiene “A Night To Give Back” @HowardTheatre

Project Hygiene™ is an initiative developed to give a hand to underprivileged adolescents and teens, promoting health & wellness, as well as denouncing bullying. Every Project Hygiene event serves as a hygiene product drive and fundraiser with donations going to various 501(c) 3 organizations. Established in five (5) major US markets, Project Hygiene produces a series of programs that features live music, live performances, speakers and educators. The event was created as a unique opportunity to put a spotlight on the importance of good hygiene and how poor hygiene can affect young people, often resulting in bullying.

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Stacey Muhammad’s Drama Series ‘REDEMPTION, For Colored Boys’ Debuts

Stacey Muhammad is an award winning filmmaker and director. Her work includes the award winning “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak”, which was an official award winner at the HBO/Media that Matters Film Festival.  For Colored Boys is a series of short stories that follow the lives of African American men from various walks of life as they navigate and overcome challenges, face their fears and find their truth.

PictureThe show is produced in part by Cynical Smith, with music direction by General Steele and an acting debut made by Tekomin of Smif-n-Wessun.

The first season of For Colored Boys, subtitled REDEMPTION, follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. who upon release from prison seeks to reunite his family by rekindling his relationship with wife, “Lisa” and reassuming his role as father to his teenage daughter, Sidney and 20 year old son, “E”. A talented yet somewhat troubled young man, “E” has had to shoulder a tremendous amount of responsibility during his father’s incarceration.

WATCH BELOW – Season 1, Episode 1 Starring Julito McCullum and Rob Morgan. Tiye Phoenix, Roudy St. Fleur, Ryan Stephenson, Kai Muhammad and Danny Simmons

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Synopsis: Accustomed to assisting his mother with his 15-year-old sister, Sidney, he is pulled and persuaded by the temptations of his environment to make money and help provide for his family.  Returning home, Benjamin finds his son is no longer a boy, but a man unwilling to acknowledge or accept the presence of his father.  In order to mend a troubled and fragile relationship and rebuild his family, Benjamin must be careful not to overstep his bounds, yet still re-establish his presence as E’s father.  Finding his place in a world he’s been estranged from is more difficult task than he could have ever imaged and suffering from Post Incarceration Syndrome makes it seem nearly impossible.

Written and Directed by Stacey Muhammad.
Cinematography by J. Anders Urmacher.
Edited by Kathryn Hood Moore
Original Music by Chris Rob

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MAP: Where the #Subway Wi-Fi Is in NYC

Subway riders can now call their mothers and surf the Web from 30 more stations, ranging from 14th to 96th Streets in Manhattan. The MTA expanded its underground wireless service today to a total of 36 stations, which serve an annual average ridership of 7 million customers per station.

WNYC created a map of the connected stations. Check it out >>


Brooklyn Community Week Continues With Seminar on Navigating Your Local Government

Launching In 2013: Our Brooklyn CommunityAs part of Brooklyn Community Week 2013, there are a series of workshops on topics relevant to community-based work.

Navigating Your Local Government is an open community dialogue hosted by The 67th Precinct Clergy Council and various anti-violence organizations. Its objective is to reduce neighborhood tensions as well as the volume and magnitude of conflict and violence; reverse community decay and juvenile delinquency. It will also offer training in youth leadership and personal responsibility; effective crime prevention and counseling and supporting parents and families who lost children and other family members to gun violence.

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

To register email, or call 718-284-4375.

Mt. Zion Church of God,
203 E 37th St, Brooklyn, NY 11203

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How To Craft The Perfect Elevator Pitch To Land A Job

If you’re looking for a job, one of the first tasks on your to-do list should be crafting an ideal “elevator pitch.” It’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate.

You should be able to reel off your elevator pitch at any time, from a job interview to a cocktail party conversation with someone who might be able to help you land a position.

Sounds simple enough, right? But condensing 50+ years of your life accomplishments into a 30-second statement that packs a punch can feel as challenging as trying to stuff an elephant into a Volkswagen Beetle.

I get that. So to help you develop a knockout elevator pitch, I’ve broken the process down into nine steps:

1. Clarify your job target. As Yogi Berra famously said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

So when you begin putting an elevator pitch together, nail down the best way to describe your field and the type of job you’re pursuing. Until you can clearly explain the type of position you want, nobody can help you find it or hire you to do it.

2. Put it on paper. Write down everything you’d want a prospective employer to know about your skills, accomplishments and work experiences that are relevant to your target position. Then grab a red pen and mercilessly delete everything that’s not critical to your pitch.

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