|America’s Black Superhero, the Real Life Urban Superhero,DangerMan, is known for his many heroic feats, and inspiring and motivating kids is one of them. Beginning May 5, 2019 through to May 10, DangerMan will be embarking on his “Books Not Bullets” national school tour, visiting schools in Detroit, Toledo and Chicago! Delivering a message of hope and |
aspirations for success, the “Books Not Bullets” tour will serve to
empower children to choose books, reading and life, over guns, bullets and violence! The tour is generously sponsored by U.S. Bank. DangerMan was created by actor, producer, recording artist, mentor and philanthropist
Roger I. Tinsley, the founder of the DangerMan Urban Superhero brand and CEO/President of the DangerMan Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The action hero recently celebrated a 20-year anniversary and has steadily evolved into the fastest growing superhero brand in the world, giving back with many philanthropic activities, all
centered around helping to make the world a better place. “While most Superheroes are fighting monsters from other planets, DangerMan is fighting the villains right here in our community, who victimize and prey on
the children and seniors in our cities daily,” cites Tinsley. “DangerMan
encourages children to live their best life through education and by living a healthy lifestyle, staying in school, working hard, dreaming bigger and never giving up! DangerMan is excited to spread his message nationally
and is particularly looking forward to visiting Detroit, his hometown.”
Tinsley first introduced DangerMan to America in 1998 after being emotionally impacted by the death of a four-year-old. The young toddler was riding in the car with her parents to a birthday party in her new blue dress, when a stray bullet from a gang member gun crashed through back window. Tinsley felt compelled to create a real-life super hero who could
serve as a role model for school age children in underserved communities while addressing issues that specifically affected them. Using his own money and resources he created DangerMan, the Urban Superhero. The “Books Not Bullets” tour includes the following stops:
Detroit, MIMay 6 / Girl Scout Troop Southfield Library
Greenfield Union Elementary & Middle School
May 7 / Focus Hope – Center for Children
Jefferson Elementary School
Detroit Innovation Academy
May 8 / Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys
May 10 / St. Sabina Academy
DangerMan can be hired for speaking opportunities
atwww.dangermanheroawards.com. Also DangerMan’s new single, “I’m DangerMan, the Black Superhero Man” can be live streamed on every
Written By Aysha Chaudhry
Lil Jon has been expanding his philanthropic efforts outside of the U.S. for some time now. His most recent venture was breaking ground on what will shortly be his second school in Ghana.
The rapper partnered with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education to children.
His first Ghanaian school opened in 2017, and was dedicated to his late mother. However, the rapper stated his goal was always to fund two schools, not just one. The plan was to get the first one up and running before turning his attention to the second.
“Rappers blow so much money on frivolous things sometimes and I think we can take some of that [otherwise thrown away money], and use it for some good in communities,” he said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hopefully others will follow Lil Jon’s example in using their wealth to make a positive impact!
Written By Aysha Chaudhry
Instagram sets its sights on Generation Z with a new feature meant to help college students meet up and connect with their fellow school peers. Considering Facebook was founded on the principle of connecting universities and owns Instagram, it makes sense that IG is looking to create student communities. Basically since 2005, Facebook had cornered this market but the company has to adapt, especially since it’s reported that only 9% of Gen Z use Facebook.
While this university community feature is still in the testing phase, it’s probable this will be rolled out soon enough. This is not the first time the photo-based app implemented new features and huge changes in order to attract a younger audience, most notably when it copied important features like “Stories” from the teen-friendly competitor Snapchat and integrated them rather quickly.
Written By Aysha Chaudhry
There is no stopping Bey and Jay nowadays! The On The Run II Tour has officially surpassed $150 million in revenue, and there is still almost half of the tour to go. If they earn another $100 million, which looks easily feasible, the hip-hop power couple will have the highest-grossing tour worldwide so far this year.
In addition to that, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have pledged $1.1 million in total in scholarships to split among 11 senior high school students, each picked from a city from the OTR tour. This is not the first donation these two have given, and certainly not even the first scholarship donation. After her historic Coachella performance in April, Beyoncé donated $25,000 each to 4 students at HBCUs, totalling over $100k in scholarship money.
The Carters have not only solidified a place in the history books for themselves and their family as one of the richest and most powerful families ever, but they continue to provide others with the tools and resources they need to succeed as well.
Written By Aysha Chaudhry
Beyoncé didn’t even let the dust settle from her historical Coachella performance before announcing she will be giving $100,000 to four black colleges.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Beyoncé made history as being the first black woman to headline Coachella. During her two hour-long set, she brought out her sister Solange, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to perform hits from the Destiny’s Child years, and even Jay-Z. She also honored HBCU culture and step culture with some of her acts, but she didn’t stop at just paying homage through performances.
On Monday, the singer announced she will donate six figures in scholarships through her Homecoming Scholars Awards Program. The four lucky HBCUs are Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman.
A portion of the press release from the singer’s website stated:
“One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.
The Formation Scholars Awards Program, a merit scholarship program was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album. The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.”
Written by Misha Stefanuk
Probably the first and most beneficial effect of playing piano is the ability to enjoy music we love. Listening to mp3 or watching tv or YouTube is great, but besides singing along or dancing, we are just passive recipients, instead of being an active participant. In many ways, it is similar to watching other people eat some wonderful food, instead of eating it yourself.
There are many things that get affected while you play piano. It is really great training for the entire body motion system, it employs many different interfaces, visual, audio, motor, including the all popular hand to eye coordination.
It also allows the performer to learn about what music is portraying, and how the composer felt about the particular subject. And interpret music in a way that is personal and contemporary.
Our kids do not have that much of spiritual instruction in their lives, often it surprises them that Beethoven had feelings, and it’s nice for them to grow as emotional beings.
Can everyone play piano? Well, maybe not everyone can be a concert pianist, but frankly, we don’t need that many of those. More importantly, most people can play Disney tunes and Christmas songs and easy classics, and many other things their heart desires.
It is very beneficial to give piano a try, give your kid something personal that they can also share with others, and something they will take with them through their lives.
Music artist Rihanna has definitely gained a reputation for being a humanitarian. In her latest partnership with Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo, the Clara Lionel Foundation, which is named after her grandparents, has created a campaign called 1 Km Action. Through this campaign, they will raise funds that will go towards scholarships to help hundreds of girls attend secondary schools in Malawi.
Qualifying girls will also receive bikes to ensure they have transportation to and from school. Of the approximate 4.6 million students across Malawi, according to the foundation, only 8% of students complete secondary school due to poor transport links
“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education. “It will also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said.
Written by Misha V. Stefanuk
Most of us believe that success stories of self-made men are not applicable in 2017. We like the stories from the past about millionaires who came from poor families and magically succeeded in business, scientists who came from country folk with 7 grades of education, artists who ended up at the Met without much training and so on. I believe that these stories however will be with us as long as we as humans strive for success and excellence. Even though it seems the doors are seldom open, the truth is, they never have been that open, or at least not marked as such.
Here is one of my stories, hope it would inspire you to go ahead with something you always wanted to do!
One of my favorite things to do is playing jazz on the piano. It is an unusual activity, while we read and play music written out by others, and just try to keep up with the sheet music, jazz is a very free art form where you get to make your own music just about all the time. Also, many musicians like jazz, and can not approach it, since there is not enough notated music, and they do not improvise. Also, many jazz piano celebrities are not represented well in notated music, at least publications are hard to find. So I decided to write an album of music in styles of jazz greats that will work for pianists looking for a spicy recital closing, or just something to play for fun.
For some reason, the idea that no one knows anything about me did not stop me. I think part of it was that I had nothing to loose; just my time. So I went ahead and wrote it. Now, as for distribution…
I used to go to music stores a lot, and play all sorts of random instruments and hope some day there will be money to buy them. Same stores sell sheet music. So, my thinking was, I need a publisher that will have books in the stores just like this one. So, I went to a pretty small shelf containing piano books, and copied the publisher’s addresses.
Next step was to write an introduction letter to a publisher, copy music and send it all out. Then waiting. Now, honestly, this was not the only time I have done this. I have sent a lot of music out, hoping someone will like it. And, I used to have an entire drawer of rejection letters, some very nice! But, in our business, it comes with the territory.
- Expect some projects to suceed, and don’t sweat the ones that don’t
- Work with material you really care about
- Always go all the way with the production
And here is the reason I said all this: I also had doubts that this way of approaching large companies is somewhat unorthodox, and it worked for me, more than once. You can do it too!
By the way, here is the link to the book: http://www.melbay.com/
Written by Salina Jivani
You’re hunting for that perfect job, or maybe you’re just looking to brush up your resume as part of your spring cleaning routine (never a bad practice!) but you just don’t know how to make it better. It can be hard to create the perfect resume if the only one you’ve seen is your own. One thing however, you can do to help instantaneously boost your resume power is to replace the mundane “did” or similar verbs with more powerful, vibrant verbs.
For example, instead of saying “I did reports” you might say “I created reports.” However, finding the right verb to make your resume stronger can be difficult, and no one has time to browse through a dictionary, which is why we’ve put together this handy, dandy checklist of words to use in place of the boring, mundane “did.” Word of caution to the eager: Make sure you understand the meaning of each word and what context it’s best used in before you attempt to use it.
If you can’t find a word you’re looking for on this list, you might even try replacing a boring word with a more powerful one by exploring the thesaurus. But again, make sure you understand what you’re saying before you plop just any word in there!