Youth Essay Contest


There’s a chance to snag a $100 reward and have your work reveiwed by professional writers, check it out:

“The Sound of Young America”
ESSAY CONTEST Sponsored by
Invites 10- to 18-year-olds to write essays on their American experience. is inviting youth aged 10 to 18 to share their ideas in a summer essay contest to be featured on their on-line magazine when it launches this Fall. Submissions will be judged by professional writers from the DC Metropolitan Area including journalists for the Washington Post and Black Entertainment Television (BET). Three winners will have their essays published on in September, and receive a $100 award.

Expand this post for details on the essay contest and also how you can have an article featured on their site.

Teens and tweens, ages 10 to 18, are invited to answer one of the following four questions:
• What would you like the next American President to understand about your life, or the lives of people your age, when making decisions or taking actions that affect you?
• Describe what “Black Power” means to you?
• Do ethnic minorities face any additional challenges in the United States because of their race? Explain.
• What do you think its like to be Black in America?
Entries must be typed, double-spaced and between 500 – 750 words. Video essays also accepted. Entries must include the entrant’s name, age, grade, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable). Entries will not be returned and become property of and may be used in a future issue.
Email entries (if applicable) to: Mail entries to: 4200 Wisconsin Avenue N.W #106-338 Washington, D.C. 20016 fax: 202-332-7763
Deadline: Entries must be received no later than September 29. 2008 The winners will be announced October 10, 2008. Questions? Email: or call (202) 549-4441

If you would like to write for the new daily online magazine here’s how:

In addition to the Essay Contest, will be in constant search to
feature articles by young writers re: news, politics, entertainment, race,
sexuality and additional issues impacting the community. Authors of the
featured articles will receive monetary compensation for their work. contact for more details.

Anything IS Possible..And Karina Wants to Know How!


I blogged about Karina before when her 16 at War video premiered. I loved the song and when I found out how talented this young lady more I loved her even more. Her album releases next week Tuesday and it should be good.

She’s currently launching the “Anything is Possible” contest in conjunction with Girl Scouts of America asking girls to submit essays explaining what “Anything is Possible” means to them. Submissions can explain how you overcame a difficult obstacle in life, how you are working towards making the impossible possible or how you have been inspired by Karina’s music. The contest ends September 30th and the winner gets to meet Karina at the 2008 Girl Scout National Convention in Indianapolis.

To enter visit:

Expand this post to read more about what else Karina has coming up and her upcoming concerts…if you have a problem with the “show full post” button just click HERE.

Karina has just begun a vigorous touring schedule. She is currently performing with Lupe Fiasco on the Coca-Cola Teen Concert Tour, one of the most hotly-promoted and visible events in Coke’s annual calendar. The tour, which began in Los Angles is attracting 1,500 to 3,000 teens at each VIP show. The tour then continues to Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago and finally New York. At the same time she is participating on the Russ Parr Russ Bus Tour where new and emerging artists get a chance to showcase their talents in front of Russ Parr’s vast listening audience. The Russ Parr Russ Bus Tour is visting Detroit, Wilmington, Cleveland, Louisville, Indianapolis, Fayetteville and Raleigh.

(info via Def Jam press release)

HarlemLIVE mentioned on the Today show


I am an alumni of this media program. They start speaking about it around 4:45 so you can skip to that part.

For more info on HarlemLIVE visit

Shout to Naiquan I see you!! lol

Fame’s Allure


Harlem Live Alumni Event


(I stole this video from their blog! thanks HL)
The media program that I was in for a year HarlemLIVE, recently formed an alumni association. They had an event last week to bring all the alums up to speed on what was going on with the organization. It’s a non-profit organization so you know that means tight budgeting, but this year they re-organized the board of directors and recently gained about $125,000 in funding! It was amazing news and it was great re-connecting with everyone. I gained so much valuable experience in that program– I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to go into media.

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bonus video:

Free Screening: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (7/29/08)


Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

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