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How Hurricane Sandy Gave This Gen-Xer Amnesia

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
By: Kathy Iandoli --- Having lived in the Northeast for my entire life, I can safely say that I’ve never witnessed a storm of Hurricane Sandy’s magnitude. There have been hurricanes here, but the devastation experienced across State lines up and down the East Coast this time is something I can’t remember ever seeing in my 30+ years on Earth. Millions of people were without power, and s...

Is it Safe to be an NJ Italian Again? Saying Goodbye to the Pain of Jersey Shore

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
By: Kathy Iandoli --- Is it safe now? Can we emerge from the stock cans of marinara sauce and bottles of olive oil in our New Jersey homes? Since December 3, 2009, it felt as though there was nothing we could do, as Italians from New Jersey wouldn’t somehow end up with a reference to “GTL” or “grenades” from that point on. MTV’s Jersey Shore changed the face of reality television...

YOLO, Ma’am. Am I Too Old for Hip Hop?

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
By: Kathy Iandoli --- If you’re a grown woman, then you know the first time you were called the female four-letter word: ma’am. Okay maybe you don’t remember the first first time, but you can pinpoint your exact emotions. It’s horror, it’s sadness, it’s the feeling that you’re…old. I don’t really recall the first time I was called ma’am in life, but I do remember the f...

Has the Commercialization of Hip Hop Made Racism Trendy?

Friday, July 13th, 2012
By: Kathy Iandoli --- Is racism ever in style? Your response is more than likely an emphatic “NO!” but ask your teenage daughter or your younger brother that question, and their answer might be different. We’re living in a skewed society, where our President is Black but our greatest rapper is white. For most of us, the aforementioned existed in reverse for as long as we can remember...

Giving Back: Ted Lucas Helps Students Raise the Bar! Community Motivation, Career Gems and More!

Monday, April 9th, 2012
By: Dove --- As the CEO of one of the most established independent music companies of our day, Ted Lucas rarely gets a moment to breathe anything but business. Lucas founded Slip-n-Slide Records in 1994 in Miami, Florida, and has since sold over 16 million records through the label. From his first signee Trick Daddy to his most recent success with Rick Ross, Lucas has set a definitive pace f...

Did Crack Change an Entire Community? Playwright Radha Blank Talks Seed, Harlem, Hip Hop and More!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
By: Isha "Ice" Cole --- The crack epidemic in America erupted in the 1980’s, causing destruction in many of the nation’s big cities. Children were born from mothers addicted to the drug, fathers were in jail, and people were being killed. Under the The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, the government implemented harsh penalties for suppliers of crack cocaine. African-Americans made up more tha...

Giving Back: Musiq Soulchild Joins Fight for Breast Cancer as Susan G. Komen for The Cure Ambassador!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
By: Dove --- As a leader in the original neo-Soul movement, Philadelphia native Musiq Soulchild has won the hearts of fans all over the world in the past decade. On the business end of things, the ever-busy Soulchild recently released his sixth studio album via Atlantic Records, and on the personal side, he's decided to make a worthy cause a part of his life. Over the Summer, Musiq beca...

War Games: The Issue of Realism – Should Video Games Mirror History?

Friday, June 24th, 2011
By: David Geeson Courtesy of The Gamer Studio --- War is hell! Ask a veteran and they'd agree. These days, though, you don't have to ask a veteran, you can simply watch the latest TV series. Better yet, just turn on your console and jump head first into a battleground yourself. For such a gruesome and evil thing, war gets paid a lot of attention, and the optimist in me wants to bel...

Sierra Leone Celebrates 50 Years of Independence with Green, White and Blue Ball!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011
By: Isha "Ice" Cole --- The Historical Society of Washington was the place to be on April 9, 2011 in celebration of Sierra Leone 's 50th independence day! The third annual Green, White, And Blue (GWB) Ball was sponsored by Abstracts Event Management/ Design Firm and the GWB Commission, and brought hundreds of people from around the world to Washington, DC. There were tons of fancy la...

Luther Campbell for Mayor?! Would You Vote for Him?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
**UPDATE, April 14, 2011** Luther Campbell has officially announced his bid for Mayor of Miami-Dade County! Earlier this week, Campbell was among several candidates who filed proper paperwork to be placed on the ballot for May 24, 2011. Per his PR reps at TreMedia, here are a few key points he will address during his campaign: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT We will revitalize the small business e...

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