Don’t worry, it’s not officially fall until you smell it in the air and the leaves on the trees turn to a golden orange and yellow. That, however, doesn’t stop the fall social calendar from gearing up after the long, hot summer.
Now is the time to run, don’t walk to the Magic Johnson Theatre to see “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” With continuous runs, the program features a guest speaker every night of the week after the 7:30 p.m. showing. The film couldn’t have come at a better time. If professional tennis player James Blake can be thrown to the ground by a cop, it could happen to any of us. I mean, now really, does he look like a thug or someone who would hurt anybody other than on the tennis court?
While Serena Williams tore the roof off the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open in the city, the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tour was held in Southampton, N.Y., raising more than $4 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This event consists of a round-robin tournament teaming 32 amateur tennis players with a current member of the ATP Tour or with one of the legends of tennis for two days of competition. The weekend event featured more than tennis, as the Saturday evening gala sported a performance by Natalie Cole and former “American Idol” winner Rueben Studdard. Former New York Gov. David Paterson was in attendance for that one, as was former New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre. All of the funds raised go to support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.
Former prima ballerina and now artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem Virginia Johnson was among the 80 guests, including Tiffany White, Tiffany Bowen and Samantha Boothe, who were graciously entertained at the pre-gala reception for Career Transitions for Dancers, hosted at the townhouse home of Ann and Bill Van Ness. The guest speaker was former New York City Ballet soloist/CTFD dancer-client Michael Byars. Byars spoke on how CTFD assisted him with his transition from ballet dance to lawyer and the importance of raising funds to assist other dancers in their transitions.
The New York International School is up and running at its new Upper East Side location after having formerly been located off the East Side Highway near 23rd Street. Providing a high standard academic education, along with a Spanish or Chinese immersion program, for pre-nursery to eighth grade, the school has an advanced and rigorous curriculum in a warm environment with a low student-teacher ration. The school’s mission is to enable children to become true global citizens.
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is hosting its ninth International Black Midwives and Healers Conference, “Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future,” in Portland, Ore., at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center Oct. 9-11. Shafia M. Monroe, ICTC president, said, “We are very excited about the gathering of international midwives and healers to create a think tank to improve birth outcomes and end the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the Black community.”
More than 200 attendees, comprising midwives, nurses, physicians, public health professionals, community health workers, lactation consultants, doulas, birth workers and students representing the African Diaspora are expected meet. Topics on the agenda will focus on ways to improve birth outcomes, diversify the midwifery and doula professions and increase civic engagement of the youth to increase the number of people of color who enter the midwifery field.
Monroe further stated, “Currently, there is a severe shortage of midwives and doulas of color to service pregnant women and new mothers, and who are needed to positively impact maternal and infant health in the Black community.” The conference is endorsed by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Travel Grant, Schools Without Borders and Groundswell Foundation. Conference sponsors include the Children’s Community Clinic and the Oregon Clinic.
Erykah Badu, a four-time Grammy Award winner and ICTC spokesperson, will speak on healing and birth, as she herself is a holistic healer. Also on the program is a documentary by Rhonda Haynes, “Bringin in Da Spirit,” which gives an account of the history of the African-American midwife. Grand Midwife UmSalaamah Zaimah Abdullah, who has delivered thousands of babies, and is the founder of Midwives on the Move, will speak on international midwifery and training.
Back to school? Where do your thoughts turn but to scholarships? Here are the top scholarships for Black and minority students in the 2015/16 school year:
No. 1. Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship—Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a historically Black college or university. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records.
No. 2. Ron Brown Scholar Program—Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential and actively performing in community-service activities.
No. 3. Coca-Cola Scholars Program—A very competitive program for high school seniors throughout the United States. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, the largest soft drink company in the world, the program awards millions every year in college funding.
No. 4. Apple HBCU Scholarship Program—Offered to eligible college students who are in their final year of college at an HBCU institution. Eligible students include those who are majoring in computer science, information science, technology, mathematics and/or engineering.
No. 5. Amazon Student Scholarship—Open to high school students who plan to attend college full time. Students must plan to enter college in the fall immediately after graduating from high school. This scholarship is based on merit, community service and leadership experience.
No. 6. Gates Millennium Scholars Program (the Bill Gates scholarship) for minority students—Awards scholarships each year to African-American, Native American/Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander-American or Hispanic-American students who plan to enroll full time in a two-year or four-year college or university program.
No. 7. CIA Graduate Scholarship Program—Open to graduate students who are in their first or second year of graduate studies. All eligible graduate students may apply, and minorities and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.
No. 8. Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship—Designed to help cultivate minority students for potential recruitment in the field of technology. The scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classification.
No. 9. United Negro College Fund Scholarships—Provides an extraordinary amount of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating historically Black colleges or universities, and other colleges as well.
No. 10. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program—Awarded to students who excel in the classroom and give back to their communities. Special consideration is given to students who are female, minorities, first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents.
Find hundreds of more 2015-2016 scholarships online at www.ScholarshipsOnline.org.
Until next week … kisses.