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At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.
Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.
Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.
Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.
It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.
As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.
I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.
I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.
This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”
Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.
The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.
I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.
MEANING OF FAMILY DAY AT NYCHA
ABOUT THE MOYNIHAN REPORT AND BLACK FAMILY
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
Moynihan argued that the rise in single-mother families was not due to a lack of jobs but rather to a destructive vein in ghetto culture that could be traced back to slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. Though black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier had already introduced the idea in the 1930s, Moynihan’s argument defied conventional social-science wisdom. As he wrote later, “The work began in the most orthodox setting, the U.S. Department of Labor, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what ‘everyone knew’: that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so.”
LINK TO THE FULL REPORT: http://web.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe/Moynihan’s%20The%20Negro%20Family.pdf
Progression is Kerry Washington’s middle name and it shows in her newest cover!
The actress flexes her incredible physique on this cover of “Self” magazine. In nothing more than a sports bra and leotard the Scandal star defines what the “snapback” should really look like. Although, Washington was flawless before giving birth to her 1-year-old daughter Isabell, she claims that she’s not aiming for the pre-baby body. Kerry Washington has wowed in a new fitness and health spread for Self Magazine revealing how motherhood and her hectic set life as Olivia Pope, has set pushed to the next level.
“A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back.’ She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life,'” Kerry explains.
“I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now,” she adds. “My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”
You’d assume with a schedule like Kerry’s it’d be hard to stay dedicated to the gym. The actress explains that pilates is her thing, which she’s been doing two to six times a week for the past five years. She’s also a certified yoga instructor, and shares that her and her fellow Scandal actresses take regular hikes around Los Angeles as a group ritual. Washington tributes her dedication to her role on the ABC hit series Scandal –
“It makes my heart smile to think that maybe part of the reason I’m taking all this on is because of Olivia,” she says. “She truly believes that she can handle every situation, and I do feel that has bled into my life. I have more of a sense of my capacity to do anything.”
Well, sounds like Kerry Washington is a real life Gladiator to say the least.
By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)
Summer’s end may be nearing, but that doesn’t mean cutting back at the gym. If you’re at a gym low, not feeling motivated, then it’s time for you to get with the Deadlift Playlist. This week, we bring you the perfect gym playlist that parallels exercises to go with each activity. Check it out below!
Dumbbell Split Squat / Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex”
Get your “flex” on while performing dumbbell split squats. This exercise works out your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings. The only equipment it requires is two dumbbells!
Spiderman Pushups / Billy Chambers’ “Breakdown”
Spiderman pushups are a great way to target the upper body strength. This exercise is a bit challenging so stay motivated while you jam to Billy Chambers’ new jam “Breakdown.”
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Superwoman / Beyonce’s “Grown Woman”
The superwoman exercise is ideal for exercising your lower back. What better music to listen to than a female anthem while getting your “superwoman” on? While you stretch your lower back turn up the volume to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman.”
The Bicycle / Fetty Wap’s “679”
If you’re looking for the perfect abs, be sure to incorporate the bicycle into your workout. You don’t actually have to pull your bike out the shed and go for a ride. You can lie on the floor and do the bicycle-like motion. This exercise will have your abs on fleek in no time.
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Jumping Jacks / Meek Mill & Future’s “Jump Out The Face”
Jumping jacks are a classic exercise to help you get that cardio going. Cardio can be intense and tiring. Plug in a trap record that’ll put you in the zone. “Jump Out The Face,” a trap cut from Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money project, will keep you motivated as your heart rate is booming.
-Savannah Britt (@sav_britt)
We get it. Summer is right around the corner so what am I going to do to drop these last ten lbs.?
Growing up in my Hispanic culture, I’ve learned to run to any Mom, Mama (Grandmother), or Tia (Aunt) because they knew it all. From home-made remedies to good ole’ home style cooking these ladies had the secret to it all including tips for quick weight-loss and fast slimming right from home.
‘Oatmeal and Water’ – 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of water. Combine into a jar or any bottle with a top laying around at home. May be put in fridge, but better if left out. Prep this before bedtime. In the morning all the oatmeal should be at the bottom and water on top. Before having breakfast every morning first thing you want to do is simply just take your jar or bottle of oatmeal and water and DRINK JUST THE WATER. It’s that simple!
‘Warm to Medium Hot Water’ – Daily before eating breakfast take 30 minutes prior to boil 1 cup of water. Once that’s done pour into a mug along with 1/2 a lemon squeezed. Sip this slowly and feel the warm lemon water do good to the inside of your body. Thank me later when it gets your bowel movements going!
Last, but not least ‘8 glasses of water’ a day or more. Super annoying, but so worth it! You want to incorporate at least a minimum of 30 minutes of ‘exercise’ daily or at least 5 times a week. Consistent ‘green tea’ throughout the week is such a plus! Once or twice a day is perfect because too much gets rid of too many things your body may actually need. Also, if you don’t like green tea try YOGI Tea. It comes in several flavors along with great benefits. Find out more information on their website: www.yogiproducts.com
There you have it folks quick and easy. Make sure to stay tuned for more weight loss and quick body trim tips.
Now that the weather has officially warmed up, it’s time take off the layers, and get into cute summer wear. As women we all love a nice crop top, dresses, and shorts, so here are a few fitness tips you can try in the comfort of your own home to make sure your body is in great shape. Continue reading Her Source | Beach Body Ready
Briant K. Mitchell offers tips to a healthier lifestyle while giving hope to residents
Ferguson’s popular BKM Fitness Bootcamp almost didn’t survive the drama and violence that engulfed the quiet St. Louis suburb since the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. Located on S. Florissant Road where many of the protests and media were stationed, BKM was at the epicenter of a volatile environment that had become unpredictable. After the grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown Jr., BKM became a casualty of the “Ferguson Riots”, but was saved from being burned down by the pleas of concerned neighbors.
Sticking to his workout motto of “You’ll survive,” Mitchell promised to do just that! He quickly repaired the damages and refused to abandon Ferguson.
“I love my city and I have a responsibility to St. Louis. My focus is to keep my clients healthy and help them achieve their goals no matter what.”
Almost 125 people have lost over 50 pounds and 23 people lost over 100 pounds at BKM in one year. President of the Missouri Black Expo and BKM client Tom Bailey lost over 64 pounds. Bailey says, “the center is a place where people can maintain a sense of peace through exercise despite their surroundings while adopting a healthy lifestyle.”
Candice “CB” Brown, who lost 43 pounds in less than 3 months agrees. “Working out here is my therapy. It draws me away from the negativity and it becomes my happy place for one hour,” she explains.
Mitchell is excited about continuing to change lives and hopes people understand that Ferguson is more than what they saw on the news. “We are one family here at BKM. We’re diverse. We all love each other and we’re not going to be divided,” says Mitchell.
Here are Briant K. Mitchell’s five tips to better health!
1. Adequate sleep: 6-8 hours is the recommended amount each night.
2. Meal prep: preparing your meals ahead of time is everything! Make sure the meals are low in fat and refined carbs.
3. Cardio: 45 minutes to an hour of cardio 4-5 times a week.
4. Weight training: lose the weight, tone the muscles.
5. Support system: surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will support your journey. Avoid naysayers and all negativity. Live your best life!!