“On the Shoulders of Giants” introduces African American history to young adults
Jun27

“On the Shoulders of Giants” introduces African American history to young adults

Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) — Using a blend of compelling characters and events, On the Shoulders of Giants by Orey Brockington, III (Brockington Enterprise, June 2013), is a must read for young adults interested in learning about the dramatic events and heroes of African-American history, and a superb choice for social studies teachers and school libraries. Brockington’s rich but concise narrative recalls both tragic and heroic events in African-American history from the 1600’s to the present. Additionally, the book offers young adults and middle-school students of African-American heritage an invaluable lesson about self-love. “In light of the violence, poverty, and all too often failing schools pervasive in African-American communities,” says Brockington, “On the Shoulders of Giants will enlighten some and remind others of the pivotal events in the history of the struggles and sacrifices African-Americans have made to advance civil rights.” Brockington’s poignant – but straightforward narrative – relates the stories of the heroes who selflessly fought for freedom, civil rights, and a life of opportunity for their children. The author never succumbs to sentimentality, which makes the book ever more powerful. Inspired by “growing suicide rates, depression, and an education system that is failing our children,” explains Brockington, his book is intended to help readers to apply the lessons of the past to help them overcome problems and to be inspired and empowered about their own futures. On the Shoulders of Giants serves as an invaluable resource for educators in an educational environment that overwhelmingly glosses over, or ignores, African-American history. About the Book: On the Shoulders of Giants by Orey Brockington, III Published by: Brockington Enterprises ISBN: 978-0-9895019-0-3 Pages: 80 Price: $19.99 Pub Date: June 2013 COURTESY OF BLACK...

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Empowered Flower Girl holds first community Chica Chat Workshop
Jun24

Empowered Flower Girl holds first community Chica Chat Workshop

It’s no secret that being a female in today’s society can be tough for all ages. But, there are numerous organizations aiming to help young girls and Empowered Flower Girl is one of them. Founded in 2010, the organization is a social enterprise that promotes self-motivation, empowerment, and positive relationships among young girls and women. Rasheda Williams, the founder and chief empowering officer for Empowered Flower Girl LLC,  has always been passionate about mentoring young girls as well as giving back to her community. The organization’s signature “Chica Chat” workshops are a way for Williams to bridge her two passions.  The workshop is designed for girls and young women ages 11 to 18 and focuses on issues such as bullying, peer pressure, career planning and building sisterly bonds. “Chica Chat is all about promoting sisterhood while empowering girls’ self expression, uniqueness and personal power,” said Kamaria, “The cyberbullying, drama and cliques are just the side effect of a bigger issue – the lack of communication skills and tools.”  On June 13, EFG hosted their first community “Chica Chat” workshop. The workshop took place at the Detroit Parent Network in Detroit, MI, and was filled with welcoming people, ready and eager to help the young girls. There were 25 participants at the workshop and when each girl entered the workshop they were given their own personal pink journal and pen.  Williams started the workshop off by having the girls pick partners that they had never met before and they were told to learn a few unique things about them. What the girls did not know was that they would be sharing what they learned about each girl to the rest of the girls in the workshop. Throughout the workshop, the girls could anonymously submit questions in a box that were answered at the end of the session.  Although Williams was there to help answer the questions, the girls ended up answering each other’s questions. The workshop also contained numerous activities meant to get all the girls to interact with each other. The smiles in the room were abundant when the girls learned that the way they felt about certain issues was normal and there were girls with questions just like theirs. On Aug. 17, Williams will hold a mini Chica Chat as part of the “I Feel Good: Mind, Body & Soul” women’s conference. For more information about the event, please visit www.superwomanproductions.com and to learn more about Empowered Flower Girl’s programs, visit their website www.empoweredflowergirl.com. By Jade Gonzalez Images Courtesy of Bontisha Rose Photography...

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ColorBlind’s top 10 places to hang out this summer
Jun21

ColorBlind’s top 10 places to hang out this summer

Summer is officially here! Plans to head out to the beach have already been made, but what about the other treasures around us that we tend to forget about? Since summer is one the best times to relax and have a good time, we’ve gathered some of the coolest places to check out in Detroit and surrounding areas. Comerica Park The summer wouldn’t be right if you don’t show support for Detroit’s favorite team. Checking out a game is a great way to experience the spirit of Detroit while hanging out with family and friends. Even if you don’t know much about the sport, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Tickets start at $12. For more info, visit tigers.mlb.com. Detroit Zoo If you thought the zoo was just for kids, you thought wrong. The Detroit Zoo offers a unique experience including the opportunity to feed the giraffes or walk among breathtaking peacocks. The Detroit Zoo has so many cool exhibits, it’s impossible to not have a fun time. Be sure to check out the Artic Ring of Life, Amphibville and African Grasslands, just to name a few. Adult tickets start at $14. Check out detroitzoo.org for more info. Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk Not only does this place have our favorite restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, but there’s so many things to do here, the options seem limitless. You can head to Lucky Strike for a cool game of bowling or head downstairs to plays games at the arcade. There are also a few places to eat like the mouth-watering Rojo and a new pub, The Tilted Kilt. One of the most popular attractions is the Emagine Theatre for luxurious viewing pleasure. There’s also a new frozen yogurt shop that worth giving a try. Fountain Walk simply has it all. Ford Drive In What better way to spend a summer night than under the stars watching the latest movies? The Ford Drive In gives moviegoers a different way to view the big screen. They have great concessions and you can see two features for the price of one. This is a great place for a date night or a great time with your friends. For ticket prices and movie times, visit forddrivein.com Chene Park Summer concerts at Chene Park are unrivaled. It’s an awesome outdoor venue off the Detroit River and has an intimate appeal. For those of us on a budget, you can purchase lawn tickets that allow you to enjoy your favorite artists in the comfort of your own personal chair.  Upcoming concerts will feature Anthony Hamilton, Tyrese, Blackstreet and many more.  For ticket prices and...

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Pink Bowtie Society hosts launch party to promote their organization
Jun20

Pink Bowtie Society hosts launch party to promote their organization

Today the ladies of the Pink Bowtie Society will be making their debut. The Pink Bowtie Society is a collection of successful business minded women who set the standard as models of elegance.  “We aim to create a culture that embraces, empowers and educates other women through our unique and innovative programs and events,’ said Desirae Tolbert, a member of the organization. Detroit native Cheyenne Bracy, who serves as the CEO, founded the organization. The pink represents  femininity, grace and happiness. The BowTie represents the members’ formal, professional and business qualities. This evening, the  Pink Bowtie Society will be holding a launch party to further promote their burgeoning organization. Not only will this event allow people to meet the members of the Pink Bowtie Society, but the members will be introducing their first program from their philanthropic arm, which will be an inner city charm school program for young girls. “At the end of the day, our goal is to introduce, network and prosper using events and programs focused on women’s needs” said Tolbert. “We understand that there is a great need for women to come together and support one another. Furthermore, when we look at the media and the image of women, we also understand the need for more local and tangible models of success.” The launch event will be held at UDetroit Cafe from 8 p. m. to 12 a.m. and will be hosted by Rachel Simone of the  Rachel Simone Show. The event is free and open to the public. “There will be food, fun and a lot of pink!” said Tolbert. The local band, Late Nights Early Morning, led by Bracy’s husband Chioke Bracy will also be performing during the event. There will be a pink carpet, photographers and a large backdrop to cherish the event in photos. The ladies have even created their own signature drink, “the Pink Bowtie,” which will be sold at the bar. The event is being sponsored by various  metro-Detroit boutiques. For more information about the Pink Bowtie Society, check out their Facebook page. By Ashley...

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Celebrating Fathers Everywhere: Dad’s Club Inc. hosts annual Father-daughter dance
Jun15

Celebrating Fathers Everywhere: Dad’s Club Inc. hosts annual Father-daughter dance

For some of us, our fathers were the first men we learned to love. For others it may have been our grandfathers, uncles and other father figures who stepped up and took on the role of dad. No matter what their role is, their relationship plays an important role in a woman’s life. Today, Dad’s Club Inc. presents their 5th annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance, which will take place in Southfield, MI.  “Mothers are like air, they’re always there. We wanted to show that there are Black men who are great fathers and that they are doing something positive in our community,” said Charles Harris, co-founder of the Dad’s Club Inc. Dad’s Club Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in the mid-1990s by seven fathers who had children attending Cornerstone Schools. “When our kids grew up and went their separate ways, we still wanted to keep the organization together,” said Harris. Dad’s Club Inc. volunteered at Cornerstone Schools doing whatever they could whether it was tutoring students or keeping the schools clean. The organization went on to create the Father Daughter Dinner Dance, which has been a huge success for the past few years. There are guests who have been attending the dance since the beginning and each year the dance has a substantial amount of new guests. “Usually we have 300 to 500 guests come out and they have a great time,” said Harris. The previous dances have been held at venues including the Renaissance, the Roostertail and Anthenium. This year is the first time the dance will be held in Southfield and it’s also the first national Father Daughter Dance. This dance will also be taking place the same day in cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and DC. Special guests of the dance in Michigan include the mayor of Southfield, Brenda Lawrence as well as Harvey Hollis II, the director of Urban Economic Development Programs for the state of Michigan. “This may seem like a small event, but there’s a lot of planning that goes into it,” said Harris. Families look forward to the dance and the cool thing about this is that all ages are welcome. “Older women are just as excited about the dance as the little girls. Last year, we had an 80-year old father with his two daughters and they had a ball.” The dance will be held at the PI Banquet Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information visit dadsclubinc.net. Also, check out our article on father daughter relationships in the Winter Issue of ColorBlind. By Ashley White photo courtesy of Dad’s Club Inc website...

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Stay Active & Have Fun
Jun12

Stay Active & Have Fun

If you are looking for an entertaining way to get healthy, have a blast, and support a great cause, joining a marathon is the answer. Recently, marathons having been spicing up their events with creative themes and allowing people of all ages to participate. Marathons are becoming one of the most popular activities this summer and ColorBlind is here to inform you on some in the Detroit Metro area so you can join the fun. The Color Run Perhaps one of the most vibrant runs, The Color Run is a 5k for all ages. Also known as “the happiest 5k on earth,” it’s an un-timed race where thousands of participants are doused in different colors at each kilometer or checkpoint. The best part is after you finish the race you get to enjoy the “Color Festival.” Each participant gets your own color pack to throw at the Color Festival while listening to great music and shop for you very own Color Run gear! For more information visit www.thecolorrun.com The Warrior Dash If you are looking for a more challenging marathon, this would be the one for you. This race is for the more experienced and is full of intense obstacles. You’ll be doing everything from running through mud swamps, climbing over barricades and even jumping over fire! At the end of the race you are greeted with a complimentary beer, medal and also great music. For more information visit www.warriordash.com   The Neon Vibe Similar to The Color Run, this run is full of glowing color. This is an un-timed 5k that takes place after dark. Each course is designed to light up the night and the runners with several UV black light “glow-zones.” Costumes are encouraged and as stated on their website, “the more ridiculous the better!” Also the money raised through the race is always given to a local charity that is announced at each race. For more information visit www.theneonvibe.com   The Legend If you are looking for a more classic marathon, The Legend is just that. It takes place at the beautiful Sleepy Hollow State Park, giving its runners beautiful scenery such as hardwood forest, prairie grasslands and the 410 acre Lake Ovid. There is a half marathon course, 5-mile course, and a 10-mile course, so runners of all kinds can join in on the fun. For more information visit www.runlegend.com   Critical Mass For the people that rather ride then run, this is the perfect event for you. Critical Mass is a huge ride through downtown Detroit that takes place on the last Friday of every month. An interesting element about this event is that...

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Going after her dreams: Rachel Simone turns idea into local show
Jun05

Going after her dreams: Rachel Simone turns idea into local show

“If you want something, go get it. Period.” That is the famous quote from the film, Pursuit of Happyness and those words couldn’t be truer for Detroit native Rachel Henry. Henry,25, who goes by Rachel Simone is an aspiring broadcast journalist who is already making waves in the local television field. Henry lived in Tennessee for eight months and moved back to Detroit in August 2012. After living in Nashville, a city known for its musical talent, Henry realized that there was so much talent in Detroit that wasn’t being exposed. “Big Sean made it and that’s all people focus on,” said Henry. She had an idea to shed light on entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and other local talent who weren’t getting the exposure they deserved. With help from her best friend and business partner, Alicia Price, The Rachel Simone Show was born. Henry utilized her experience with television production and editing to create the show. She originally wanted her project to be a blog, but it developed into a show. Henry launched the show in October 2012.  She went after the people she knew and asked them to be on the show. One of her first guests was Detroit rapper, Sayitainttone. Since then she’s interviewed a variety of people including Tommy Walker, creator of the Detroit vs. Everybody clothing line and  Jor’el Quinn of the former gospel group, 21:03. Soon, people came seeking Henry, asking to be a part of her show. “I love talking to people. You’ll be surprised to hear what people have been through or what they’re going through.” When watching her show, one would assume that she’s been hosting for a long time, but Henry continues to research those she looks up to such as broadcast journalist Katie Couric. “I watch a lot her interviews and I’ve read her books.” Although her show has become a success, things did not come easy for Henry. “I had people laugh in my face when I told them what I wanted to do. Now those same people are saying, ‘This is so wonderful,” said Henry. Even though there were people who doubted her, she’s always had the support of her family and friends. It also helps that she’s one fearless individual. “I’ve always done what I wanted to do,” said Henry. Henry works as a manager for a retailer and goes to Wayne State University where she is studying Broadcast Journalism.  While at work, she makes plans for upcoming interviews and films the interviews after work. In between interviews she does her homework and uploads content onto her website.  Henry and Price have traveled to New York and Vegas and will be traveling to...

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Black Girls Run encourages women of color to hit the track
Jun04

Black Girls Run encourages women of color to hit the track

Throwing on a pair of running shoes and heading out the door is one of the cheapest, simplest forms of exercise. But when two college friends took up running to burn off some of the freshman 15-pound weight gain, their families and friends couldn’t relate. “[They] would ask us what we were doing, and when we said ‘running,’ they would look baffled,” said Toni Carey. She started running shortly after graduating Middle Tennessee State University, inspired by watching her friend Ashley Hicks take up the sport. Both Carey and Hicks are African-American, and they say they also felt excluded at the races they attended. “We would be the only black people there,” Carey says, “and we never got a warm welcome. It was like, ‘are you guys in the right place?'” That’s likely because Carey and Hicks are, in fact, a rarity. The 2013 National Runner survey, an annual report by Running USA of nearly 25,000 American runners, showed that only 3.3 percent of African-Americans were classified as “core runners” — defined as those who compete in races and train year-round. That’s compared to 88.1 percent of runners who were white, 5.2 who were Hispanic and 4.1 who were Asian or Pacific Islander. (Respondents could select more than one ethnicity, so that’s why those numbers add up to more than 100 percent.) So Carey and Hicks decided to do something to encourage their community to join the activity they loved. They began by blogging about their races and training, and then, Carey says, “It took a life of its own.” That was 2009, and “it” became an online group called Black Girls RUN! Today, nearly 70 running groups exist across the United States, with about 61,000 members. The Black Girls RUN! Facebook page has over 70,000 “likes,” and theTwitter feed has almost 17,000 followers. — Courtestyof TODAY HEALTH CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY Check out the Black Girls Run website Click here to join the Detroit chapter of Black Girls...

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