I’ve been wanting to start a section in which I cover community empowerment related events for a while now. I couldn’t have thought of a better event to cover than that of Motivos magazine and Tremendos Dancers 7th year gala.
A little information on both programs:
Motivos magazine is a quarterly educational and motivational magazine founded in Philadelphia with 75,000 readers hailing from 24 states, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Colombia. It’s sections on Culture, Life, College, and Careers empower young adults with stories of courage and resources to develop purpose-driven action plans for their future. The content is written in English and Spanish and youth participants are mentored in the very making of the magazine. In addition to producing the print magazine, Motivos conducts summer media institutes for school districts and youth-serving organizations as well as international cultural exchanges. Motivos youth participants have gone on to work for NBC Peacock Studios in NYC and Hearst Publications in Shanghai China.
classes for all ages, regardless of experience or ability. The mission of
Tremendos is to keep youth involved and
engaged after school while helping them develop poise and self-confidence and explore their cultural roots through dance. The group enjoys traveling to perform at quinceñeras, weddings, birthday parties and conferences.
Maria del Pilar from La Mega radio station was the emcee and there was live music along with dance performances throughout the night. Just looking around and seeing that sparkle in all the youths eyes that took part of this event was fulfilling in itself. I have nothing but admiration for both founders, Jenee and Luis for the change and contribution they’ve added to their surrounding communities.
These programs are offered to any youth in the community and through regular meetings, local and national workshops, presentations and performances – these programs EMPOWERS youth by giving them a VOICE and SPOTLIGHT to do what they love and to gain real world experience along the way. I am not only inspired by but also look up to the positive work and mentor like programs these two organizations have done for the youths within our city. I only hope I can change as many lives as they have since they’ve first launched their programs.
|Jenée A. Chizick – Founder & Publisher Motivos Magazine|
“Many magazines encourage youth to dream about materialistic things and be overly-concerned with appearances. Not Motivos. It celebrates diversity among cultures and shows us we are special for who we are.” ~Morgan Hugo, former Motivos magazine intern.
Along with the performances, the night recognized various leaders within the Philadelphia community by sharing their stories (surprised and honored they included me in their itinerary!) and giving them an award to congratulate them in their contributions to the community.
I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Motivos and Tremendos dancers and to be able to witness both youth and staff to continue to flourish in life.
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Many Unite for R&B Holiday Benefit Concert To Raise Funds for Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House
On Thursday, December 20th, several local R&B artists joined forces for the inaugural R&B Holiday Benefit Concert. This year’s showcase, held at Philadelphia’s historic Trocadero Theatre, benefited families being supported by Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
This Holiday Benefit Concert was a labor of brotherly love, with every single event organizer and performing artist involved having direct Philly ties. Attendees were serenaded with hits from each emerging artist as well as several of their favorite holiday classics such as “Joy to the World,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and more. This year’s concert lineup included:
- Julian King – contemporary R&B artist fresh off a concert tour in China
- Star Castillo – Trenton native with the ability to fuse R&B, Pop and Soul into her renditions
- Judaea – previous America’s Got Talent contestant and rising R&B star
- Good Girl – R&B quartet from Philly striving to revive and lead the next girl group era
- Audrey Jackson – internet darling, R&B songstress and head of It’s All Music, The Movement LLC
- M!SHEL – Armenian and Jewish singer / songwriter powerhouse heralding from the suburbs of Philadelphia
“We could not be more excited to be able to come up with such a fun and engaging way to give back to our community,” says event organizer and host Delilah Dee of Delilah & Co. “Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important during the holiday season so I’m grateful that I, alongside Revli Management, AB Media Group and Kelsi with an Eye, were able to rally together to organize this showcase benefitting the families of Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
All those involved decided a month before show date they wanted to team up to give back to a local organization while also providing a platform for local talent. In less than a month, a venue was secured, non-profit organization was selected, artist line up and vendors were finalized for the concert. Not sure how the turn out would be since the team only had a short amount of time to put together this event, it is safe to say all involved felt a deep sense of gratitude to see that the community supported the initiative – the concert ended up being a sold out event.
What a great way to close out 2018.
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Poet, Michael Phillips, Breaks Down in Front of Students at his Alma Mater
Michael Phillips agreed to speak to students at his alma mater, Community Academy of Philadelphia, CS (CAP) about Black History and being Black in America. Little did he know, this would be an emotional full circle moment for him.
Phillips has been doing spoken word for quite a few years now. Although he’s performed around the East Coast, he mainly takes to his social media to speak about race and love issues in a poetic way. He speaks highly of a creative writing teacher at CAP, who is the sole purpose behind his love for poetry.
“Ms. Vázquez is the reason why I’ve been able to do what I love since high school. She really made me appreciate poetry as a creative outlet to release any and all pain I’ve felt internally. I’m thankful for her”
Phillips confidently went into various classrooms from grades 5-8, along with some high school classrooms to perform his spoken word pieces. It wasn’t until he entered Ms. Vázquez’s room, the very person who inspired him to do poetry in the first place, that he sort of – broke down. It was a full circle moment for him, in that he saw himself as a student who too once sat in those same seats, without a clue as to what it would mean being a Black man growing up in America after high school.
He hopes that through his words, he is able to inspire the minority community to come together and appreciate themselves from within. Phillips wants the youth to know they have the power to change the world, to start thinking about what they can do presently that can essentially positively impact future generations to come.
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