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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)
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.
We sat down with model and artist India at The Light Body Movement
1) The Source: Where are you from? At what age did you come to NYC?India: I was born upstate. Lived in my grandparent’s farm for a bit then moved to the DMV. I’ve been in NYC for a while now, since I was 19.2) The Source: How did you get into the modeling industry?India: The modeling industry… came to me. When my mom would push me to model… I rejected it… many people… would tell me the same thing, so I left basketball and started to walk runway and take pictures. Then I started getting paid for it.3) The Source: How does modeling and the art world correlate, and how do they differ?Fashion and art go hand in hand. Fashion is art. Art is fashion. They live together. They are best friends. But fashion is that friend that sometimes gets on your nerves and talks too much.4) The Source: How did you come to choose Bene Rialto as the location for your event?India: Bene Rialto is a community of up and coming artists and they always have open arms to talent. I am very thankful for the space.5) The Source: You mentioned you sometimes can be a prophet – what is one prophecy you saw come true?India: Well, often I dream about the end times… things just getting out of control in this world. One reason why I’m vegan and meditate is to stay conscious. Often I just see manipulation through media and brain washing through food and water… simple pleasures turning ordeal. I want to be the change, I want to see in the world… facts.6) The Source: As a model, is art a source of letting others see your soul opposed to just aesthetic?India: Yes. Often I am judged or misrepresented because of my looks. But I’m not only a hanger, I am a light body. A model without chains or limitations. I want the world to see my soul, but it’s cool that I have a face people can get comfortable with to let me in… the real organic me.
7) The Source: Your outfit for the night was pretty legendary, who were your designers?
My outfit was from a wonderful designer from Paris (@letsgetflash) … Styled by the amazing Farruchii (@eatwatyoukill)
8) The Source: What I got from Light Body’s was – this was a world you created as a reflection of your lifestyle – how much of this is so – whats a day in the life of India like?My life can be pretty hectic. My days are never the same, except keeping the goal the same: get higher… and higher and higher – and not on drugs, but on life. With all the hustle and bustle in NYC, one must mediate and I do so through yoga (vinyasa/ hot yoga) and self reflection. Without this, I would be very unfocused and uncentered.
9) The Source: How has art actualized the India we see today?Art is recording my life. Press play!10) The Source: In your down time, how do you pass time?I love to play with my kitten. Yoga of course. Friends and food is fav. Traveling. Loving. Helping others. Did I say eating already?11) The Source: What did you learn about yourself when completing this series of art pieces? How much time do you dedicate to your art work?I’ve learned that you should expect the unexpected. At first I was going to gear my art more towards the wellness and yogi aspect, drawing gurus in praying stance and lotus flowers, but I wanted to also capture what you need meditation from and depict a darker center as well. Light is nothing without darkness. Not saying my pieces are dark, but they aren’t landscapes.12) The Source: What’s a piece of advice you would give others wanting to enter this sphere?Confidence is key. Do you boo! *flicks wrist*13) The Source: What were the names of those involved with meditation/yoga practice?India: PopUpYogaNYC, Newesha (@rockinyogi), Celeste (@thenaughtyyogini)14) The Source: What can we expect in the future? What are your future goals?India: Dropping more t shirts on the website… European/British tour this August with graffiti and pop up shop… Also SXSW this Feb. Keep watch!
photo credit: Vicky Good
India’s stylist: Farruchii & Miranda
Nothing’s worst than waking up with a zit the size of Mars on your face, especially on a big day!
Surprisingly, there are ways to get rid of those blackheads and prevent blemishes instead of heading straight to the dermatologist. Besides the obvious washing and cleansing in the morning and before bed, we have some DIY at home tips to clear skin. Like anything involving good health, it’s essential that you set aside some time (at least 10 minutes) to take care of your skin daily.
Hit the flip to check out skin care veteran Renee Rouleau’s steps to extract blackheads.
Mighty Healthy Collabs With Redman for 4/20 Capsule Collection
4/20 is three days away and who other better to collaborate with for the Mighty Healthy 4/20 collection than Mr. Redman himself. Mighty Health reveals “The High Standard” collection with Redman. The capsule celebrates the love for hip-hop and the weed future respectably since the capsule is called the ‘420’ collection. The capsule is featured within jerseys, T-shirts, snap bucket hats and snap backs. What re your thoughts on the capsule? Make sure to leave your comments on our Twitter or Facebook. The collection is currently available at Might Healthy’s webstore. Check out more images of Redman in the capsule below.
AJR is pushing for time. Follow her on Twitter @Iar4_!
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Last week we caught up with up and coming Strength & Conditioning Coach Sharieff “Doctor Workout” Fisher, who is also a student at Queens College and the Assistant Director of the Hip-Hop 4 Better Health Program. Throughout the years he has worked with many celebrities and will now be providing “WEEKLY TIPS” to help children, youth and young adults lose weight and stay in shape. Here is what he has to say.
“Staying in shape at a young age has become a priority in my life and I want to share my wisdom and experience with all those that are looking for answers because they are having a hard time losing weight. Today, about one in three US children and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. It is sad to say but childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the US, topping drug abuse and smoking. Childhood obesity is so severe in the US that in 2009, the government declared it a national epidemic. Let’s look at the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and others that I have researched to help you in your struggle to lose weight.”
From 2009-2012 there were 35.7% of Americans 20 to 74 years old who were diagnosed as obese. That’s up from 31.1% a decade earlier and 13.3% in 1960-1962. The CDC considers adults obese when their body mass index, which takes into account weight and height, is 30 or higher. We will show you at the end of this report how to find out about your “Body Mass”.
Obesity has hit some groups harder than others. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (49.5%) compared with Mexican Americans (40.4%), all Hispanics (39.1%) and Non-Hispanic whites (34.3%).
What’s the cause for being obese and/or overweight?
The causes of obesity include a variety of health and economic issues, but it is also important to note that family trends and environmental factors also play a role. Minority women are responsible for the health of their children. According to the CDC and Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
The fundamental cause of obesity and being overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Globally, there has been: an increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat; and an increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization.
Changes in dietary and physical activity patterns are often the result of environmental and societal changes associated with development and lack of supportive policies in sectors such as health, agriculture, transport, urban planning, environment, food processing, distribution, marketing and education.
How can you reduce being overweight and/or obese?
Overweight and obesity, as well as their related noncommunicable diseases, are largely preventable. Supportive environments and communities are fundamental in shaping people’s choices, making the healthier choice of foods and regular physical activity the easiest choice (accessible, available and affordable), and therefore preventing obesity.
At the individual level, people can:
Individual responsibility can only have its full effect where people have access to a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, at the societal level it is important to:
The food industry can play a significant role in promoting healthy diets by:
In conclusion, obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, strokes, asthma, high blood pressure, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, dyslipidemia, osteoarthritis, gynecological problems (abnormal menses and infertility) and depression. As if that weren’t enough, obesity may harm young people’s long-term college and career prospects.
I hope this knowledge has helped you in your personal “War on Obesity” and for you to better understand “Your Health is Your Wealth”, so stay tuned for the next report. If you want information on how to measure your Body Mass, OPERATION D.E.E.P (Diet, Exercise, Education & Prevention), or some hot new tips on losing weight so you can look your best for the summer months contact me at: Instagram @Coralreaf; Twitter @XReaf.
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