Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, announced today that GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum artist, Ashanti, with her Harlem style is the official celebrity ambassador of the 2012 Read for the Record campaign. Continue reading
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When I began brainstorming for what I consider, will be the perfect novel to reach the desired audience (everybody), I didn’t know that TATTOOED TEARS would come pouring out of my state-issued pen, and onto state-issued writing paper. I didn’t know if I would have the motivation and drive needed to put it together. Now that it’s done, I can honestly say that, I didn’t know I had the stomach to do something like this.
The reason: being that our youth, children, younger generation, or whatever else you choose to call our leaders of tomorrow, mean so much to me. So much in fact, I didn’t want to do them an injustice by not telling it like it is, for our kids.
Our children go through so much at such a young age, I myself sometimes wonder, how it is that some are capable of making a future for themselves; a future without gangs, a future without violence, a future without hate and ignorance, a future that doesn’t involve dealing directly with the hypocrisies, of this system of so-called justice we live under in America. Continue reading
We are doing our best to hold on to those few summer days left but its inevitable that many will be immersed in the Back-to-School craze that looms ahead. As we continue to think of ways to improve the quality of our homes and neighborhoods in-and-out of Harlem, its important that community members hold schools and districts responsible for providing safe and healthy environments for students, teachers and staff members of the school system.
Inspiring parents around the nation to treat their children to a healthier way of life, ChowMama’s Michelle Chrisman and Stacie Billis aim to challenge the tastebuds of little tykes everywhere. With an upcoming line of savory organic baby food called ChowBaby and their blog full of creative recipes and tips launched last February, the pair make for a go-to resource for how to improve the diets of kids—and the parents who raise them.
Michael Jackson often concealed his image with surgical masks and veils, and later did the same with his three children. It’s been reported that Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s ex-wife, with whom he was believed to have fathered two of his kids, Michael Jr. and Paris are not his or her biological children.
According to TMZ.com, multiple sources familiar with the history of Jackson’s children said the three children were all conceived in vitro, meaning outside the womb. Sources said that Rowe was paid very well to be a surrogate for the two older children she bore without the use of her eggs or Jackson’s sperm.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, New York City enrolled foster children in experimental drug trials — at times, without the permission of parents. The issue emerged five years ago, provoking a storm of controversy, including allegations that black and Latino children (Harlem and other NY city kids) were being taken from parents and used as research ‘Guinea pigs.’ A new report obtained by WNYC says that the city, foster child agencies, and hospitals behaved largely in good faith — but also that they were sloppy in how they handled the delicate balance between getting children necessary medical care . . . and safeguarding their rights. Reporter Fred Mogul has more.
REPORTER: As AIDS spread through her community, Debra Fraser-Howze frequently visited Harlem Hospital as a volunteer. The long-time activist and advocate often comforted infants who were abandoned there.
FRASER-HOWZE: These were children who were left in hospitals, very often by their parents who found out they had AIDS by the birth of their children and decided the best and safest place for these children was to leave them in hospitals. Continue reading