Pops conceived a play about Mahalia Jackson. I wrote it and directed it. My wife made the songs sound good. The cast of the show made us all look good.
The homie Leigh Davenport put me onto this righteous expedition and I had to do the do with it. PLEASE take the time to read and pass this along!
As you may know, I am serving on the Host Committee of the NYC ACT-SO Opening Ceremony: Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser taking place on November 17, 2009 at Tillman’s NYC.
The NYC ACT-SO program has been one of the most accomplished in the nation with over 6,000 New York City high school participants since its inception. This year, the NYC ACT-SO Chapter expects to work with over 350 students in 15 separate workshops, beginning in January 2010. Famous ACT-SO alumni include John Singleton, Jada Pinkett, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Roy Hargrove and Anthony Anderson.
Please help us raise our $15,000 fundraising goal by purchasing a ticket to The Opening Ceremony. This event will bring over 200 professional and civic-minded people together to celebrate the ACT-SO program and launch the 2010 program year. Tickets are $40.00 and include a complimentary drink, light hors d’oeuvres, amazing raffle opportunities and gift bags. The event will also feature spectacular performances and awe-inspiring presentations by NYC ACT-SO’s national medal winners. Tickets are available at by visiting our event web page at http://theopeningceremony.eventbrite.com/.
If you cannot attend but still wish to make a donation to the program please visit the NYC ACT-SO blog at www.olympicsofthemind.org where you can make a donation by clicking the Donate button at the upper right side of the page; or you can go to directly to our paypal page by clicking the following link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8913156
In these trying economic times our schools are facing many cutbacks particularly the omissions of enrichment programs that give students the opportunities to nurture their talents. The ACT-SO program fills that void and gives students a chance to feel valued for their minds. Please support this years Olympics of the Mind and join us November 17, 2009 at Tillman’s NYC. We ask that purchases/donations be made in advance of the event so we may have an accurate headcount for the intimate affair.
ACT-SO is an acronym for Academic, Cultural, Technological – Scientific Olympics (Olympics of the Mind). This academic and cultural enrichment program provides high school students an opportunity to compete in over 26 categories in the Sciences, Humanities, Performing and Visual arts. Founded by award winning journalist and NAACP activist Vernon Jarrett in 1977, ACT-SO has helped to destroy the cycle of low expectations and low achievement that plagues minority youth by providing a rigorous schedule of workshops and academic programs.
As you may be aware, I tweet along with the rest of the web cool kids. In doing so with a shameful regularity, I caught the attention of Black Twitterati, who took a little time out to show the kid some love.
- Theory: NY fruit stand prices haven’t run the grocery stores out of the produce business because, by and large, people are afraid to trust the product safety of anything being sold on the street by a brown person who doesn’t speak English unless it’s delivered at a temperature hot enough to stave off infection.
- If a club isn’t playing music that you enjoy dancing to, if there are other clubs that are more likely to get your butt shaking in a way that you are comfortable and accustomed, feel free to go to that club and undulate there, rather than come to that other club and clog up the middle of the dance floor while you kind of sort of dance. Team Dominican Republic, I’m talking to you.
- Q-Tip: Thank you for putting on a great live show Saturday. Chester French, you weren’t too shabby either. This trend back toward having to actually be able to perform live in order to make a living is refreshing.
- Expenses + Loans + Possible Health Insurance = Yeah the Fuck Right
- The other day, a friend lamented the fact that there wasn’t a harder verb for Twitter than “tweeting.” I could only shake my head and feel sorry that “chirp” was wasted on Nextel’s Negro Horn.
- Two mirth smirks to the lady smoking a blunt the size of my index finger at the Q-Tip concert on Saturday. Twenty FAIL thumbs down for doing so while pushing a stroller.
- If anyone cared about what happens in Africa, Omar al-Bashir would be in some real trouble.
- I find ambulances doing the speed limit with their lights on peculiar. If the lights are on, shouldn’t it by flying by? Is the semi-casual speed supposed to tell other motorists “Listen, this is kind of an emergency, but this alleged heart attack is actually just indigestion, so we totally understand if you don’t want to move over”? I don’t get it.
- I bought three dvds from the bargain rack the other day. The only one that was good was the one I had already seen.
- As Sonia Sotomayor was wrapping up her participation in her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, I was hoping she would end by busting out a Puerto Rican flag, shout “Viva El BX!” and rockawaying out of the room to the ‘Lean Back’ remix featuring Tego Calderon. I’m holding out hope that this took place during the closed door portion of the proceedings.
- This week’s Ho Sit Down! award winner…Lindsey Graham!
- You have to make your love in the heart of the city.
- Hearing people talk about a dead person with your same name is spooky.
- Being given a cd in a club bathroom is odd.
- I wish I had enough G to have a fact checker.
- Bougie Black people are in my top five of least favorite people to be around. See #9.
- $12 drinks still make me blink.
- Sex is overrated; sexy underwear are not.
- One day, China’s gonna come looking for their money.
- I still miss Bernie Mac and Heath Ledger.
- In fact, their neck and neck with: light-skinned dudes, the far right, the far left, Princeton and Pol Pot.
- Skinny Girls: Like bougie Black people who went to Princeton, but less interesting.
Ten Things Y’all Need To Know
- I don’t know why a name like Smuckers means a jam has to be good.
- Dear PC: That a 4 1/2 year old Asian girl can take a picture AND e-mail it to her parents don’t prove to me your products are intuitive.
- Caucasia is a great read. Not a new book, but definitely worth it.
- Lacking clean drawers can throw a monkey wrench into your social agenda.
- I don’t think I have ever finished a game of Monopoly.
- It might be time for a referendum on Tyler Perry. See #10.
- Jay-Z is the black Michael Phelps. See #9.
- I think pregnant women are beautiful. Except the funny looking ones.
- Both are winners that need to go away for a little while.
- Skinny Girls: Slightly more useful the House of Payne, but not really.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Does something that’s socially-constructed mean it’s not real?