KIRKUS REVIEW Love Double Dutch Thirteen-year-old African-American Bed-Stuy native and double Dutch fiend MaKayla has one goal this summer: to make it to the National Jump-off at Madison Square Garden. After her team, the Double Dutch Jets, qualifies for regionals, MaKayla is sure that this will be her chance to win. But her bickering [...]
About Lejoi ReeseLejoi Reese is a multi-talented, professionally accomplished, self-motivated, passionate designer dedicated to creating objects that promote the harmony of beauty and function. Lejoi is also the co-founder, creative director and head designer for Brave Chick. After attaining a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Lejoi rose quickly in the professional industry of design in New York City. By the age of 35, Lejoi obtained the coveted title of Design Director at a $250 million textile company with the duties of designing, merchandising and marketing high-end custom textiles to distribute worldwide. With the invaluable skills gained from manufacturing custom products abroad, Lejoi evolved into creating her own products which include textiles and have broadened to apparel and jewelry. Her captivating and artisanal creations are inﬂuenced by the Eastern philosophy of wabi–sabi (imperfect, impermanent and incomplete beauty). Lejoi’s personal mission is to influence every person whom encounters her designs to be compelled to practice introspection with the end result of self-awareness.
We met Drea online where she expressed her support for what Brave Chick stands for -- which automatically made her a Brave Chick! Then we found out about Drea's many talents and diligent work to pave the hard road to success for women in the sports casting industry. She is also blazing a path for [...]
After browsing most fashion magazines already on newsstands, we realize that we do not identify with all of them. On one hand, popular magazines sorely lack diversity. On the other hand, Africa-centric magazines are rare gems. After these few observations FASHIZBLACK was born, halfway between these two currents. From street wear to red carpet, recommendations [...]
Yuri Kochiyama met the African-American activist Malcolm X, at the time a prominent member of the Nation of Islam, in October 1963 during a protest against the arrest of about 600 minority construction workers in Brooklyn, who had been protesting for jobs. Kochiyama joined his pan-Africanist Organization of Afro-American Unity. She was present at his assassination on [...]
Gloria Malone presenting Claudette Colvin Gloria Malone is the founder of the Teen Mom NYC blog, which seeks to "provide accurate, reliable, inspiring information and advice to teen mothers," according to its mission statement. "In 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks became famous, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, [...]
Baseball Saviors: The high school baseball team that lifted a car to save a life On May 8, 2013 in the parking lot of Sacramento's Valley High School, a student's mom was picking her daughter up when she hit a car in front of her. Panicked, she quickly reversed, not realizing her daughter was directly [...]
Fighting a robber...while in a wheelchair! On the evening of November 6th, 2010, Larry Skopnik was shopping in the relatively empty Commercial Drive Food Stop store. A nervous-looking man in a black shirt was at the counter, wanting to buy cigarettes. He handed the store owner, Cindy Grewal, a $50 bill. She immediately recognized it [...]
It was a cold January night in 2013 in the town of Shepherd, Michigan. James Persyn was watching TV while his two younger siblings were playing in the living room. Their father, Angus Persyn Jr., had just left the house to pick up his fiance' who was working nearby. What an exciting few moments those turned [...]
I am turning to Zen principles for powerful guidance which can lead to inner peace.