A CELEBRATION OF CULTURE AND DIVERSITY

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Offer for Sandra Richard’s New Children’s Book, Rice & Rocks

 

Rice & Rocks by Sandra L Richards

New York, NY— First time author, Sandra L. Richards, teamed with “mommy” bloggers and children’s lit enthusiasts, Pragmatic Mom and Here Wee Read for the exclusive cover reveal of her highly anticipated debut children’s book, Rice & Rocks.

Published by Wise Ink, Rice & Rocks brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s literature as it celebrates tradition, culture and diversity. The book tells the story of Giovanni whose friends are coming over for Sunday dinner and he’s embarrassed that his grandmother is serving rice and beans. He does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat different versions of rice and rocks—reveling in the varied traditions of different culture while highlighting the delicious similarities that links us together.

The picture book will be released in print and eBook formats on August 16th, 2016 and a special pre-order offer for signed copies is now open on the author’s website. For every five books sold, Sandra will donate one to a children’s literacy organization.

The cover and the book in its entirety features the illustrations of recent Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) grad, Megan Sullivan. Rice & Rocks marks Megan’s first published work.

 

ABOUT SANDRA L. RICHARDS (AUTHOR)

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rock, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. Sandra, an American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Sandra is also Executive Director and Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Richards served as the Development Officer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Learn more about Sandra L. Richards by visiting her website.

 

ABOUT MEGAN SULLIVAN (ILLUSTRATOR)

Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at her website.

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EVENT: FASHION WORKSHOP- LEARN ABOUT CULTURE & DIVERSITY THROUGH FASHION

 

 

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Nailah Lymus backstage during a show at New York Fashion Week. (Image Courtesy of ABC News)

Style Maven, Nailah Lymus, To Lead Workshop at Children’s Museum of Manhattan As Part of New Exhibit on Muslim Culture

Visitors to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s newest exhibit, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far”, are in for a special treat this weekend. As part of the exhibition that opened last month designed to introduce children and their families to the diverse Muslim communities around the world and right here in New York, kids ages 5 and older will get to participate in two hands-on workshops where they will get to create a unique design and style a new look using paper models, fabric and gems with Brooklyn based fashion maven, Nailah Lymus. Children will explore different designs of head coverings called hijabs (head wraps and scarves worn by women) and kufis (brimless round caps worn by men) and learn about folding and draping fabrics. Nailah will walk the children through the basic design process and share her experiences as a Muslim fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Nailah Lymus, a well know fashion designer and stylist whose work has been seen on the runways ofNew York Fashion Week and Jakarta International Fashion Week as well as in the pages of such top tier publications as Elle Brazil and Time Magazine, launched Underwraps, the first Muslim and Modest modeling agency in 2011. Lymus’ fashion talents and Islamic cultural background were tapped by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for the American Home area of the exhibition where several hijabs she styled are on display. The America to Zanzibar exhibit will run through February 2017.

The workshops will take place on Sunday, March 20th. The workshops are included with museum admission. Visitors can sign up to participate upon arrival. For more information, visitwww.cmom.org/visit/calendar.

DATE:                        Sunday, March 20th, 2016

TIME:                         2:00pm and 3:00pm

VENUE:                     Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd Street, New York, NY

ADMISSION:          12 for adults and children over 12 months of age.

Seen on the Scene: E2 NORTHEAST MOTORSPORTS

In June, E2 Northeast Motorsports (the first multicultural competitive racing team in NASCAR) made an appearance at the BODY SCULPT of New York Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo held at Brooklyn’s Boys & Girls High School.

Kids (and adults alike) got a chance to get up close and personal with the young racing team and its owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron and got a chance to sit behind the wheel of a real race car!

From Left to Right: E2 Northeast Motorsports Team: Eric Lebron, Tyler Gallup, Enico Lebron and team owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron

From Left to Right: E2 Northeast Motorsports Team: Eric Lebron, Tyler Gallup, Enico Lebron and team owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron

EVENT ALERT: Hearts of Gold 18th Annual Gala

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Join hosts Soledad O’Brien, Rhonda Ross and Amy Carlson as they celebrate 20 years of fighting against homelessness at the 18th Annual Hearts of Gold Gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. Founded in 1994, the organization has helped more than 12,000 homeless mothers and children. Hearts of Gold helps families transition out of shelters and to thrive on their own.

Event highlights include:

• Cocktail reception and moveable feast

• Runway fashion show featuring designer’s Tracy Reese Fall Collection 2014

• Live and silent auctions, with special items including Business Class Tickets on Lufthansa, Fine Dining Packages,

Broadway package with backstage meet and greet

• Music by master DJ Johnny Dynell

For more information or for tickets visit: http://www.heartsofgold.org/20.html

Join Hearts of Gold at “Walk For Kids” Supporting NYC’s Homeless Families

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Click the logo to find out how you can participate.

 

NEW YORK CITY– Hearts of Gold (http://www.heartsofgold.org), a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children, invites the community to participate in the organization’s fourth annual “Walk for Kids” Fundraiser.
 
“This year, Hearts of Gold celebrates 20 years of bringing joy and confidence to homeless families. Register to walk with us, or donate to help improve the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and children, by visiting www.heartsofgold.org,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder & Executive Director of Hearts of Gold.
The one mile Walk will be held in New York’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Enter the Walk by visiting www.heartsofgold.org and clicking on the 2014 Walk logo, or enter on the morning of the Walk between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. ($10 youth; $25 adult). Check-in for pre-registered participants begins at 8:00 a.m. Entrance to the Park is at 83rd Street and Riverside Drive. Fundraisers along with moms and kids from the shelters the organization supports will walk along a one-mile path through the park. At the finish line, participants will celebrate with games, prizes and refreshments. Proceeds fund Hearts of Gold’s children’s programs at the organization’s adopted shelters, which include providing school supplies and clothing, after-school activities, tutoring, meals, summer camp scholarships and day trips to cultural attractions.
Celebrity participants in the Walk include Rhonda Ross, an Emmy Award nominated actress and singer/entertainer, who will be performing the National Anthem; and Amy Carlson, star of the CBS hit show Blue Bloods, who will assist in starting the race.
Founded in 1994, Hearts of Gold has raised more than $7 million to help homeless New York City families exit the city’s shelters and thrive on their own. The organization supports more than 1,000 mothers and children in residence annually in shelters operated by Nazareth Housing, Semiperm and Freedom House. To donate, or to learn more about Hearts of Gold, visit http://www.heartsofgold.org or call (212) 206-1461.
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ABOUT HEARTS OF GOLD (HoG)
Since 1994 through partnerships with Family Respite Center, Alexander Abraham Residence, Icahn House, Semiperm, Nazareth Housing and Barrier Free Living shelters coupled with unique Hearts of Gold programs, Hearts of Gold has impacted the lives of approximately 30,000 families in the greater New York City area. In 2001, Hearts of Gold was recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization. The Hearts of Gold Fresh Start University, the organization’s most recent initiative seeks to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency.
While many organizations that support homeless women focus solely on one element of support, such as housing or job search services, Hearts of Gold provides a holistic approach with an aim to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency. Through a unique Three-Pronged Approach, HoG has been able to create positive sustainable change in thousands of lives.
For more information, please visit http://www.heartsofgold.org