This past Thursday, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) played host to the Future Leaders of Tomorrow event at Bronxwood Prep Academy (Bronx, NY) featuring some of the city’s top influencers hailing from fashion, publishing, education, activism and entertainment. Hosted by veteran gospel singer and producer Sheila Carpenter, the speakers included:
- Author and life coach, Fila Antwine
- Fashion designer, Alicia Appleton
- Producer, Alonzo Brown
- Sports analyst, Stephen A. Smith
- Educator and activist, Aiesha Turman
- Actor and former athlete, Otis Winston
Students gleaned tips on how to break into their favorite industries as well as what it takes to be successful.
Brooklyn’s Aiesha Turman and the Black Girl Project are celebrating today with news that they have been nominated for a Ujima Award
The Ujima Awards are given to an individual, group, or organization who has made significant contributions above and beyond to the empowering and advancement of the community.
Congratulations to the Black Girl Project!
(Courtesy of NYJTL)
New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) will host the inaugural “Leaders of Tomorrow” panel featuring sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith, who will address the students in the NYJTL 21st Century learning after-school program at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy on April 3, 3:00-6:00 pm.
In addition to Smith, the panel will include author Fila Antwine, educator and artist Aiesha Turman, actors Orlando Brown and Otis Winston, and fashion designer Alicia Appleton. The panelists will speak about their professional experiences and will answer questions from the students.
“This panel is a new special event for the students to have exposure to various professions,” said Tawana Butler, NYJTL Site Director at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy. We are looking forward to organizing additional panels to engage the students.
The NYJTL 21st Century Learning program operates weekdays during the school year at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy serving 185 youth, ages 13-18.
The 21st Century Learning program provides free year-round tennis instructions and after-school activities to underserved New York City school children offering academic enrichment, including daily homework help, and teaching valuable life skills integrating healthy living and wellness education to promote the benefits of physical fitness.
For more than 40 years, NYJTL has offered comprehensive school and community-based programs throughout New York City serving more than 45,000 youth from ages 6-18. NYJTL is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the United States. NYJTL also hosts the Mayors Cup All-Scholastic Championships, which is the largest interscholastic tennis tournament in the United States.
If you are interested in attending the “Leaders of Tomorrow” panel, please contact Scott Luftig ator firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Based Handbag Architect, SK WILBUR, Launches Crowd Funding Initiative
NEW YORK CITY—MARCH 11TH, 2014 – SK WILBUR, the newly launched accessories line from New York, is celebrating the premiere of its Spring 2014 tote collection, “Happy” with the launch of its very first crowd funding initiative via www.beforethelabel.com. Debuting this week, the initiative gives the fashion savvy consumer the opportunity to purchase the line’s signature tote a month before it is available in stores.
Inspired by the designer’s love of music (particularly Judy Garland’s Get Happy) and his passion for color, Each piece of the SK WILBUR collection is handcrafted showcasing the commitment, attention detail and passion for his craft that “handbag architect,” Wilbur Pack, Jr. puts into every piece. His classically designed and decidedly fun pieces are manufactured in New York —an homage to the great tradition of style and design that the city is known for.
The HAPPY Collection is based on Wilbur’s firm belief that “everybody is a star.” With that mindset, he has made it his mission to create beautiful accessories for today’s woman. Simple yet meaningful, the collection marries a bold modern look with a clean, classic style. The complete line features four silhouettes made of cotton canvas and leather (the tote, the cross-body, the clutch and the mini)—each one perfectly suited to fit the lifestyle of a fashion maven on the go—all at an affordable price (from $15 for the mini to $250 for the signature tote).
“With times being so challenging right now, the tote is a great way of bringing a little bit of’ happiness ‘into one’s life without breaking the bank,” said the designer, Wilbur Pack.
SK WILBUR is offering an exclusive opportunity to share in the brand’s happiness through this campaign before the signature HAPPY Tote hits stores. The totes will retail for $250 in store, but this month the fashion savvy will be able to get one exclusively for $150 plus shipping—a 40% savings. Each tote measures 15” tall, 19”across, 7”deep with a cotton lining and has handles that are 23” long. Also, each bag has an inside pocket perfect for easy access to your phone, wallet, mints or anything that you might need in a hurry. It is available in four different color combinations (Black/Cream, Red/Navy, Lemon/Tangerine, and Tan/ Mint). The tote bags will be produced within 4-6 weeks after the campaign ends.
It is Pack’s hope that people will embrace and support this endeavor as the monies raised via the Before the Label initiative will be used to expand the line. Until then, New York’s stylish women will be able to get their “purse on” with the limited edition HAPPY collection which will be available a select few boutiques around the city. The campaign ends March 28th.
To back SK WILBUR’s campaign on Before the Rack, visit: http://beforethelabel.com/campaigns/sk-wilbur-get-happy-fashion-crowdfunding-tote-bags/
ABOUT SK WILBUR
Wilbur Pack, Jr. is no stranger to the New York fashion scene. Originally an apparel designer, Pack recently transitioned exclusively into the accessories market with the launch of his handbag collection in 2013. He has been profiled in industry “Bible” WWD and included in numerous daily newspapers, websites and fashion blogs across the country from The Los Angeles Times to New York Post. Wilbur has been spotlighted on E! Entertainment Television’s Fashion File was a featured competitor on the fashion design reality series 24 Hour Catwalk airing on Lifetime. SK WILBUR counts R&B music legend Patti LaBelle and actress/entertainer Lonette McKee among the celebrities clamoring for his distinctive designs.