MEDIA ALERT: FAMED JAZZ GREAT Papo Vazquez Hosts Master Class and Concert Fundraiser for New York City School

Famed jazz musician, Angel “Papo” Vazquez, is teaming with the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts (www.clefclubofjazz.org) along with local business owner, Howard Feigenbaum to share the gift of music with the next generation. On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Papo Vazquez will be conducting a master class and \nconcert for the students of PS173

in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The music event will serve as a fundraiser for the elementary school’s music program.

“A couple of months ago, I responded to a need for help from a music teacher at. PS173, my alma mater, ” said Howard Feigenbaum. “I remember being in third grade and getting a recorder and just how special that was. Well, music is making a come back, but as we know, there isn’t a lot of funding. I reached out to, Papo, who does this [regularly] in inner-city schools and he agreed to hold a master class and concert for the kids at PS173.” The Papo Vazquez Workshop Fund (care of The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz) will be picking up half the cost for the event and Feigenbaum has guaranteed the other half. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the last day of the school year.

Those interested in donating to the cause can send a check to The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz 736-38 South Broad Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146, referencing Papo Vazquez workshop fund on the check.

For more information about the master class and concert, please contact Howard Feigenbaum at fdelicafe@aol.com. For press inquiries contact Tamara Walker at tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN: Broadening the Definition of Beauty in Fashion and the Media

On the heels of adding author to her list of titles with the release of her debut book, The Art of Dressing Curves, celebrity stylist Susan Moses is now adding the distinguished position of advocate to her resume with the launch of Empowering Women NYC, a platform to advocate for the equal representation of ALL women in fashion, beauty and the media. The groundbreaking organization officially launched on Monday, May 9th with the “Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit,” held in the most fitting of locations, the United Nations.

Susan gathered over 300 of fashion, beauty and the media’s top thought leaders and influencers to openly discuss how to be “agents of change,” and how to continue to democratize the industry that has slowly began changing its antiquated standards of what is deemed beautiful at the UN’s Prestigious Delegates Dining Room.

Guests of the inaugural Empowering Women NYC luncheon were first treated to the showing of the spring capsule collection of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection which was held out on the terrace. The models for the show included the who’s who of the Curvy Girl lexicon including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, bloggers GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, who served as the designer’s muse and closed the show.

Following the show, the afternoon’s epic agenda continued with the attendees listening to an eclectic mix of stellar speakers and panelists hailing from the fashion, beauty, creative and media worlds. Some of the diverse class of speakers included:

  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Jill Scott, three-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actress
  • Sherri Shepherd, Comedian, Actress and Host of The View
  • Emme, the first plus supermodel, Body Positive Activist
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer, Body Activist
  • Mikki Taylor, Author &  Editor at Large, Essence Magazine
  • Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Christian Siriano, CFDA Designer
  • Danielle Brooks, Actress and Star of Orange is the New Black and Broadway’s Color Purple

Lane Bryant served as the afternoon’s title sponsor with other notable brands including Bond NO 9, MSA Models, True Model Management, Beauty Blender, Mattel, Decade Citizen, Yandy.com (whose Chief Marketing Officer Charley Clemens was on hand to fete the launch of Empowering Women NYC), EMME, Glamour Magazine, Ashay Media and Kusmi Tea.

When asked about her vision for Empowering Women NYC, Founder Susan Moses responded, “It’s imperative that we continue to nurture the value of all women equally regardless of size, age and ethnicity in fashion, beauty and the media at large.”

For more about Empowering Women NYC, visit http://susanmoses.com/empowering-women-nyc/.

For more about the Art of Dressing Curves, visit: http://susanmoses.com/the-art-of-dressing-curves/.

ABOUT SUSAN MOSES

Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has styled for numerous magazines, television shows, films, and red carpet events. Her clients include Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Wynonna Judd, Jill Scott, and many others. She is a former stylist for Mode magazine, was named one of the “Six Plus Fashion Power Players on the Rise” in Ebony, and has appeared on HSN to help the network’s plus-size audience dress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about Susan Moses, visit her website, www.susanmoses.com.

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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.

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.

EVENT RECAP: NYJTL’s Future Leaders of Tomorrow Panel

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.

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman. 

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

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!

EVENT: NYJTL 21st Century Program To Host “Leaders of Tomorrow” Panel featuring Stephen A. Smith, Aiesha Turman & Alicia Appleton

(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 at 347-417-8157 or sluftig@nyjtl.org