Thursday, February 28, 2013

Amar’e Stoudemire launches a children’s book series

NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is set to release a new book series for middle-school-aged children.

The books are to be published by Scholastic in a series called STAT: Standing Tall and Talented.

Co-written by Stoudemire with the Scholastic team, the New York Knicks captain’s first book of the series, Home Court, is about his life as a 6’11″ middle school student who plays basketball, baseball and football with his friends in Lake Wales, the small Florida city where he grew up.

According to a Scholastic spokesperson, the series is likely to be ongoing, although just three books have been commissioned to date.

Eleven-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad’s landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends—but just for fun. When a group of older kids start disrespecting his boys on their neighborhood basketball court, there is only one solution. Amar’e must step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day. This experience leads Amar’e to realize that basketball is his true passion.

STAT is based on the life of All-Star NBA sensation Amar’e Stoudemire, who overcame many obstacles to become one of the most popular figures in sports today.

“Kids need to enjoy reading and not see it as a chore,” said Stoudemire, a “proud father of three” who says he didn’t read enough as a child and is now “always” reading to his kids (ages 7, 5 and 4). He said he wrote STAT to give kids more opportunities to read books for fun.

The books are just part of Stoudemire’s efforts to promote child literacy. The Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation works to “creatively inspire young people to avoid poverty through education.”

“It gives a lot of messages about the responsibility of working and doing homework and learning to be leaders with my friends and be a positive influence,” said Stoudemire.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside

Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside -- Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside

Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside -- Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside

Latipha Cross Truly Inspiring Story, She Overcame Homelessness And Two Bouts Of Cancer To Earn a Full Track And Field Scholarship!!-- Video Inside


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ninety Days to Start Gaining Wealth

Who wants to be rich? Is it possible to gain wealth in these times of economic turmoil, where uncertainty and disillusionment prevail?

For Veronica, a person worthy to be placed in every success story book, what you need is a head start. In every page of her book to financial freedom, she provided the secrets of becoming a millionaire or even a billionaire in a step-by-step procedure that starts in the first ninety days of seriously pursuing your financial goals.

About the Author
A native of Albuquerque, NM, Mrs. Veronica Brooks was appointed in the Department of Defense in 2000 and appointed in Acquisition field in 2005 through the NAVFAC Professional Development Center (PDC) program. She completed an Associate Arts Degree in Political Science from Florida State College, Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and Dual Masters Degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management. Presently, she is serving as the Supervisory Contracting Officer at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan.

Her previous assignments include: Fleet Industrial Supply Command(FISC) Naval Regional Contracting Center in Manama, Bahrain that consist of contacts that are essential to meet Central Command (CENTCOM) requirements throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia, East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Department of Defense (DoD) activities in the United States. Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) and Integrated Product Team (IPT) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL, Secretary for Naval Air Depot Jacksonville, FL and Department of Dependent Schools (DoDDs) Office Automation Assistant in Zama American High Schools, in Japan.

Veronica M. Brooks is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified. Member of National Contract Management Association (NCMA), African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA), Voluntary Leader of non-profit organizations that is gear toward mentoring women, children, and families. Her personal decorations include the Presidental/Congressional Recognition Award for Business Woman of the Year from 03-07 Published in the Wall Street Journal for Businesswomen of the year Award 01-07 Published in the Wall Street Journal for Outstanding Leadership Award of Business Advisory Council 11-06. Special Act Award of outstanding performance (6 Awards).

She is married to AMEC Glen E. Brooks (retired USN), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has three young men Joe, Eugene and Quintail.

Hobbies: Having fun with the family; Horseback Riding, Creating Wealth, and Traveling.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Great Black Speakers


Great Black Speakers was founded in January 2007 by Lawrence Watkins, a 28 year old, successful entrepreneur. Great Black speaker’s bureau is committed to providing excellence, reliability, and an elevated measure of integrity on a daily basis. Check out this quick video that explains how we can help you and your organization:

Great Black Speakers Bureau is a speakers’ bureau that helps Universities, Corporations, and High Schools find high quality, African-American speakers for different events.

We currently have over 200 speakers that are a part of our bureau and have worked with various colleges and universities around the nation. A great benefit of Great Black Speakers is that we have speakers that fit all price ranges. We work very closely with our speakers and clients to ensure that they receive the best experience possible. The speakers we represent are very well trained in their craft and are able to provide keynote speeches, workshops and seminars, panel discussions, as well as conferences.

Great Black Speakers is devoted in helping you find the right speaker that will convey an unforgettable message to your organization. We take pride in our work and will guarantee great service by providing you with speakers who are reliable and devoted to our company’s mission.

Great Black Speakers also assist African American speakers with the opportunity to increase their exposure. We offer services to help speakers advance, promote and manage their speaking career to achieve future success.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Beyoncé Knowles Charity Work, Events and Causes

Beyoncé Knowles – the 26-year-old soulstress from Destiny’s Child – is not only one of the great survivors of the music industry, but also someone who cares deeply about people.

The list of charities she supports is both long and varied, but perhaps the greatest contribution she has made is the Survivor Foundation, an organization she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments are many, including the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival that enabled over 300 low-income households to enjoy a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and free toys from the toy giveaway. The singer also held a series of food drives before her concerts in 2006 to collect the food that was so desperately needed by victims.

Beyoncé was also an Ambassador for the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” the anthem for the event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes.

Beyoncé donated a handbag to an auction benefitting Women's Fund for Scotland. But her concern for people is sometimes more discreet, as was shown when she visited two people who were injured during a fireworks accident at one of her concerts, arriving at the hospital shortly after the concert ended. Head nurse Darryl Williams said, “She was just very concerned about the people injured in the audience. It was unannounced and we kept it very low-key so that she could spend time with them.”

Beyoncé Knowles has supported the following charities:

American Foundation for AIDS Research
Artists for Peace and Justice
Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes
Candie's Foundation
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Clothes Off Our Back
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Feeding America
Food Bank For New York City
Kids Wish Network
Love Our Children USA
Miami Children's Hospital Foundation
Music Rising
Phoenix House
Save The Music Foundation
Stand Up To Cancer
Survivor Foundation
The Lunchbox Fund
The Samburu Project
Women's Fund for Scotland

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Zora Ball, First Grader, Becomes Youngest Person To Develop Mobile Game App (PHOTO)

At 7 years old, Zora Ball has become the youngest person to create a mobile video game.

The app was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania's Bootstrap Expo last month, the Philadelphia Tribune reports.

Ball developed the game using programming language Bootstrap, which is usually taught to students between the ages of 12 and 16, to help them learn concepts of algebra via video game development.

According to Mashable, Ball also successfully reconfigured the app when asked to do so at the Expo, silencing anyone who may have thought that her older brother -- a STEM scholar of the year -- helped her program the game.

Staff at Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, where Ball attends first grade and an after-school program, anticipate she'll do great things.

"I am proud of all my students," Tariq Al-Nasir, who heads the STEMnasium Learning Academy, told the Courier. "Their dedication to this program is phenomenal, and they come to class every Saturday, including holiday breaks."

Last year, the Huffington Post wrote about Kelvin Doe, a 13-year-old from Sierra Leone who created batteries and generators using materials he picked up around the house. Three years later, he became the youngest person to be invited to MIT's Visiting Practitioner's Program.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wally Amos: Famous Amos Cookies

Today, his name is a household word. Wally Amos’ most recent venture is Chip & Cookie, a unique cookie boutique in Waikiki and Kailua, Hawaii, and an e-commerce business, Chip & Cookie features 5 flavors of cookies from Wally’s original recipe and the Chip& Cookie characters, originally created by Christine Harris-Amos and the venture’s mascots for literacy. Wally & Christine created the Read It Loud! Foundation in 2005 ( In 2008, a three-year public-private partnership with The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was formed to stimulate 5 million parents nationwide to read to their children every day. Wally also co-founded the Uncle Wally’s Muffin Company which produces a full line of muffins.

As founder of Famous Amos Cookies in 1975 and father of the gourmet chocolate chip cookie industry, he has used his fame to support educational causes.  Wally was National Spokesman for Literacy Volunteers of America from 1979 until 2002 when they merged with Laubach Literacy Council to create ProLiteracy Worldwide.  He now refers to himself as a Literacy Advocate.  He serves as a Board Member of the National Center for Family Literacy and Communities in Schools.  In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Chip & Cookie Read It Loud! Foundation.

Wally Amos has received many honors and awards.  He gave the shirt off his back and his battered Panama hat to the Smithsonian Institution’s Business Americana Collection.  He has been inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and he received the Horatio Alger Award, The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and The National Literacy Honors Award.

Wally is also an author who has written eight books; his autobiography, The Famous Amos Story: The Face That Launched A Thousand Chips, The Power In You: Ten Secret Ingredients To Inner Strength, Man With No Name: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade, Watermelon Magic: Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life, The Cookie Never Crumbles: Inspirational Recipes for Every Day Living, Be Positive, Be Positive!: Insights Into How To Live A Joy-filled and Inspiring Life, The Power In Self-Esteem: How To Discover And Fulfill Your Life Dreams and Live An Inspiring Life: Ten Secret Ingredients for Inner Strength.

Over the years, Wally Amos has acted in a number of network sitcoms and appeared on hundreds of interview shows, news programs, educational programs and commercials.  On the lecture circuit, he addresses audiences at corporations, industry associations and universities with his inspiring “do it” positive attitude.

Over 150 million Americans know Wally Amos.  His fame is grounded in quality, substance and a positive attitude.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Henry Sampson (inventor)

Henry T. Thomas Sampson, Jr. (born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1934) is an African-American inventor.
He graduated from high school in 1951 from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. He then attended Morehouse College for a couple of years before transferring to Purdue University where he became a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He received a Bachelor's degree in science from Purdue University in 1956. He graduated with an MS degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961. Sampson also received his MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1965, and his PhD in 1967.

He is the first African American to earn a Nuclear Engineering in the United States. Some of his accomplishments include being a member of the United States Navy between the years 1962 and 1964 and earning an Atomic Energy Commission honor between 1964 and 1967. Later he was awarded the Black Image Award from Aerospace Corporation in 1982. He was awarded the Blacks in Engineering, Applied Science Award, and prize for education, by the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers in 1983. In June 2007, Sampson was married to Laura Howzell Young in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Young-Sampson is a professor in the College of Education at California State University San Bernardino.

Sampson was employed as a research chemical engineer at the U.S. Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California, in the area of high energy solid propellants and case bonding materials for solid rocket motors. Sampson also served as the Director of Mission Development and Operations of the Space Test Program at the Aeropace Corporation in El Segundo, California. His patents included a binder system for propellants and explosives and a cse bonding system for cast composite propellants. Both inventions are related to solid rocket motors.

On July 6, 1971 he was awarded a patent, with George H. Miley, for a gamma-electrical cell, a device that produces a high voltage from radiation sources, primarily gamma radiation, with proposed goals of generating auxiliary power from the shielding of a nuclear reactor. Additionally, the patent cites the cell's function as a detector with self power and construction cost advantages over previous detectors.

Sampson is a writer and film historian. He wrote the book "Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films," which examines often overlooked African American film makers and entertainers from the first half of the 20th Century. In addition he authored "The Ghost Walks: A Chronological History of Blacks in Show Business, 1865-1910." Sampson produces documentary films on African American film makers. In 2005 he published "Singin' on the Ether Waves: a Chronological History of African Americans in Radio and Television Programming, 1925-1955" (two vols, 1270 pages), Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, and Oxford, UK, 2005.

Sampson is associated with the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation, as well as a technical consultant to the Historical Black Colleges and Universities Program.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

African American Women Chemists

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly received her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1947. Although she was hardly the first of her race and gender to engage in the field, she was the first African American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States. In this book, Jeannette Brown, an African American woman chemist herself, will present a wide-ranging historical introduction to the relatively new presence of African American women in the field of chemistry. It will detail their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African American men, much less African American women.

The book contains sketches of the lives of African America women chemists from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960's when the Civil Rights Acts were passed and greater career opportunities began to emerge. In each sketch, Brown will explore women's motivation to study the field and detail their often quite significant accomplishments. Chapters focus on chemists in academia, industry, and government, as well as chemical engineers, whose career path is very different from that of the tradition chemist. The book concludes with a chapter on the future of African American women chemists, which will be of interest to all women interested in science.

About The Author:

Ms. Jeannette E. Brown is a former Faculty Associate in the department of Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She previously held the position of Research Chemist and worked at Merck & Co. Inc for twenty-five years in that capacity. She started her industrial career at CIBA Pharmaceutical Co. as a junior chemist and worked there for eleven years. She has a research MS degree from the University of Minnesota and a BS degree in the Field of Chemistry from Hunter College. She was elected to the Hunter College Hall of Fame for her work as a mentor for young students . She is the 2004 Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She also received the Ullyott Fellowship from the Chemical Heritage Foundation to work on her book. She studied the History of African American women chemist and has lectured and written this book about her work. This fellowship was from May to July 2009.

She is a member of the first class of American Chemical Society Fellows 2009.

She is a member of the Oral History Association and will collect oral histories of contemporary African American women chemists to be included in a future book.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet

Dr. Ian K. Smith's Shred is the answer to every dieter's biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working? Here, Smith has created a weight loss program that uses all he knows about strategic dieting in one plan--like putting all the best players on the field at once to create a can't lose combination. Shred combines a low GI diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. Those who follow Shred will constantly be eating (every three and a half hours!), four meals or meal replacements (soups, smoothies, shakes) and 3 snacks a day, over a six week program. Shred also introduces Dr. Ian's concept of "Diet Confusion". Diet Confusion, like muscle confusion, tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism.

No matter how often or how unsuccessfully you've dieted before, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet will change your life. Shred has taken the internet by storm, and thousands have already joined Dr. Ian's Shredder Nation, losing an average of four inches, two sizes or twenty pounds in six weeks. Utilizing the detox from Fat Smash Diet, the intense cleanse of Extreme Fat Smash, and varying food of The 4 Day Diet, Shred is a six week plan to a new way of life!

About The Author:

IAN K. SMITH, M.D., is the number one bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash Diet, The 4 Day Diet, Happy, and The Truth About Men. He is a medical contributor on The Rachael Ray Show, host of nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch, and served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1's hit Celebrity Fit Club. He is also creator/founder of two national health initiatives: the 50 Million Pound Challenge and the Makeover Mile. A graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance." Also, by popular demand, we present the: NOT COOL, ROBERT FROST t-shirt:

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US$5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years.

To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:

Be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian).
Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation.
Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).
Demonstrate a passion for technology.
Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Require financial assistance to attend college.

How to Apply

To apply for a BAM Scholarship, print and fill out the application. Enclose it in an envelope with the following items:

Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters. (Letters must be on letterhead.)


Your résumé should include the following information:
—Extracurricular activities (school and community related)
—Honors and awards that you have received (if possible, include awards that are technology related)
—Work experience
Picture of yourself.
Transcript. Include an official "sealed" copy of your current academic transcript. (Unofficial copies will not be accepted.)

Two essays.
1. In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to engage in the technology industry in your future career. (If you have done exemplary work using technology during high school, please describe that also.)

2. In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.

Mail your completed application to the following address by March 1. You will receive a response by April 15.

Download Application

The Seattle Foundation 
c/o BAM Scholarship 
1200 5th Avenue, Ste. 1300
Seattle, WA 98101

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shonda Rhimes: Scandal, Private Practice

The driving creative force behind one of the most successful television medical dramas since ER, tireless multi-hyphenate Shonda Rhimes worked for years as a feature-film screenwriter before bringing Grey's Anatomy to the small screen in 2005. Of course, writing comes easy for the lifelong storyteller who was tape-recording stories for her parents to transcribe before she even learned to spell, yet entering into the world of show business proved a formidable task for the artist who wasn't used to the idea of dealing with network executives.

It was Rhimes' screenplay for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge that earned actress Halle Berry her first Emmy, and after the success of the Britney Spears road movie Crossroads and the well-received Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, it seemed that the emerging talent had a successful career writing features in her future. Yet all of that would change when Rhimes adopted a newborn child back in 2002. In the months after adopting the child, Rhimes found herself largely housebound and rediscovering her love of television. Realizing that she was just as capable of creating a successful weekly series as she was a stand-alone feature, the ambitious writer created a show concerning a group of sexy young war correspondents. As fate would have it, however, the war in Iraq would prompt Touchstone to cancel the series before it even went before the cameras, yet rumors persisted that the studio was searching for a quality medical drama. It didn't take long for the University Park, IL, native to grasp the inherent drama of being a medical intern, and in 2005, Grey's Anatomy debuted to critical and popular acclaim. It seemed that the writer who had once been accepted to USC on the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship had finally arrived, and that, despite some hard times getting there, Rhimes had finally hit her stride as a writer, while showing impressive growth as a producer as well.

With Grey's Anatomy still maintaining an impressive fan base three years after its debut, Rhimes continued telling the story of popular character Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh) in the spin-off series Private Practice in fall 2007. - Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Friday, February 1, 2013


Kyla McMullen isn’t merely graduating from the University at Michigan. She is actually the first African-American woman Ph.D. graduate in computer science at the university.

But McMullen isn’t fully celebrating. According to McMullen, the experience is “bittersweet” because of the low number of  women and minorities pursuing advanced degrees in computer science. In fact, out of the more than 1,400 Americans who received Ph.D.s in computer science from 2010 to 2011, less than a quarter were female, and a mere 1.2 percent – 16 people – were African-American, according to the latest Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey.

Intrigued by computer science as a young girl, McMullen was selected to participate in The University of Maryland, Baltimore County´s (UMBC) Meyerhoff Scholarship Program. After that, she thrived at The University of Michigan, where she was president of The Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists and the vice president of the Movement of Underrepresented Sisters in Engineering and Science.
McMullen should have many doors open for her. As we reported recently STEM  majors are greatly deserved on the job market, And there are few women in these fields. And according to a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, “the demand will far outstrip the supply for these coveted graduates;” reports The Washington Post.