Jada Pinkett Smith CNN Documentary on Child Trafficking


 


Atlanta Georgia: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith joins the list of celebrities such as Jasmine Guy, who are advocates against child trafficking.  Jada is currently shooting a documentary for CNN, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her post on facebook about her first day shooting has created much social media buzz. She attended Well Spring , where she met three dynamic woman. This encounter opened Jada’s  eyes on persecution.

Her encounter with one young lady who’s gateway to trafficking was a stripping. Atlanta , Georgia is infamous for it’s strip club culture, often glorified in hip-hop music videos. The young lady shared that she wanted to be an independent woman, much like the girls in the music videos and songs.

“That’s the messaging that could get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of”-Jada Pinkett Smith  

The sex trafficking industry is a 12 billion dollar industry. The average age of a girl sold into the sex trade industry is 12 years old.

“When we were coming up, stripping was the bottom” – Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada shared that she missed the messaging that young women were perceived independent and bold, by stripping for a living. In her  generation, stripping was not glorified and often look at as the bottom, often associated with drugs and other dysfunctional behavior.

Madd Factor: This is a major problem in the travel and sports industries, throughout the world. I commend all those who are supporting the efforts of Well spring and bringing to the forefront this social issue.

Bungi Garlin Invades Atlanta

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On March 27, Trends Concept in junction with DJ Kash (V103 Atlanta), held a ground breaking one on one discussion with Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin, at Thrive Lounge, downtown Atlanta. Garlin whose real name is Antonio Alvarez was accompanied with his wife Fay-Ann Lyons, both have been breaking music records in the Soca genre over the past decade.

The event was attended by over 200 invited guests from the Atlanta metro area. Garlin also performed a melody of his latest hits, after his Q&A segment, where he discussed a variety of topics, such as the future of Soca in the mainstream music industry. He commented on his recent success with his hit song “Differentology”, which was the first Soca song to win a Soul Train Award in 2013. Garlin also shared the importance of Caribbean community  purchasing his genres music. To date,I-Tunes, do not see the importance of hosting the Soca genre in its catalog, due to limited sales in the past.

Bungi Garlin and CMN associate Tameka Winchester
Bungi Garlin and CMN Associate Tameka Winchester
The atmosphere was welcoming and inviting, as guests enjoyed drinks, while mingling with friends and colleagues. Bunji Garlin and his wife, toke pictures with his fans and various media outlets. The couple was engaging to their Atlanta hosts, and also mentioned that they have never been to a sit down interview Soca event such as this one. The guests laughed as Bungi and Fay-Ann shared their personal commentary on past Trinidad Carnival Soca Monarch competitions, and their journey throughout their careers.
“I was surprise to see chairs, I thought someone was getting married- Joked Fay-Ann Lyons” 
The Atlanta Caribbean American community was excited to have Bunji and his wife in town for this special event. He will be back in town Memorial Day weekend, during the Atlanta Carnival, hosted at Underground Atlanta on May 24, 2014. The 10th Annual Jouvert will take place on May 23, 2014 at the Atrium, where Garlin and his wife Fay-ann, will be alongside reggae artist Beenie Man, hosted by Krushmore Entertainment.

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Cop Arrest Firefighter While On Duty

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What a foolish move for this California cop, especially towards a fellow civil servant! A California Highway Patrol officer put an on-duty Chula Vista firefighter in handcuffs for refusing to move his truck while tending to victims of a car crash.

As he was being handcuffed on the side of the 805 Freeway near Orange County, the firefighter, 12-year veteran Jacob Gregoire, told reporters who had gathered, “I just want to let you all know he’s arresting me.”

Later, according to CBS News 8, Gregoire told the arresting officer, whose name has not been released, “It’s unbelievable you guys have to treat us like this. We are trying to help you guys.”

The officer replied, “We asked you to clear the road, you said ‘No.’ You are being arrested for not moving.”

Gregoire was reportedly detained in the back of a highway patrol car for several minutes before being released. He was not charged.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told CBS, “To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous.”

In a statement, Hanneman praised the firefighters for doing what they were trained to do — protecting the scene of an accident with their trucks.

Hanneman told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “The CHP is going to investigate. I think a lot of this had to do with communication.”

The Union-Tribune reports the car accident resulted in two injuries. One person was hospitalized.

The two sides have since made peace. In a joint statement, representatives from the police and fire departments announced this was an “isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal,” CBS Los Angeles reported.

Source Yahoo News

MADD FACTOR: What an idoit? WOW, How stupid can you be to arrest a fellow civil servant? ..Can we say SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY!

Alvin Ailey’s Triumphant Return to Atlanta

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Photo: Ailey II in Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Cuore Sott’Olio. Photo Eduardo Patino

There is a season for everything, and every winter between the month’s of  January and February, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company  visits the city of Atlanta. This year they will visit Atlanta from February 13th to 16th as part of a 23-city North American tour that marks the 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will grace the historic Fox Theatre stage for five inspiring performances with an exciting collection of premieres and new productions from a wide range of renowned choreographers.

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Photo: Ailey II’s Tyler Brown in Alvin Ailey’s Streams. Photo Eduardo Patino

 

“Ailey strives to find new ways to be a beacon of artistic excellence and light,” said Robert Battle. “My amazing dancers surpass boundaries, embodying the vision of great choreographers to create something extraordinary. I am excited to share this season’s cornucopia of treasures with our Atlanta audience, as we continue to build upon Ailey’s rich history of inspiring all through dance.”

It’s Showtime…..

Alvin Ailey’s must-see Revelations will also be back to inspire audiences at each performance. It has made its way around the world over the past 53 years as a poignant American masterpiece, marked by its ability to transcend all cultural barriers in a hopeful celebration of the human spirit. Ailey invites you to bring a loved one to the Valentine’s Day performance on Friday, February 14th at 8 p.m. or the whole family to the Saturday, February 15th 2 p.m. Family Matinee program, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Ailey’s acclaimed dancers and includes a buy one, get one at 50 percent off special offer.

In-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s world premiere LIFT is an exhilarating exchange with Ailey’s renowned dancers, who inspired the process, movement, and composition, as well as the original percussive score by musical partner Curtis Macdonald. With a collaborative stylistic approach that is constantly evolving like no other, Barton’s world premiere work celebrates and challenges the cast of 19 dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. Barton’s distinctive and award-winning choreographic achievements are gaining wide recognition and have been presented by a diverse group of notable national and international dance companies.

Modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones’s D-Man in the Waters (Part I) is a true modern dance classic and a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award-winning work. Set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op

Where to get tickets …

Tickets start at $25 for Ailey’s 2014 Atlanta engagement from February 13th to 16th and are currently available for purchase at The Fox Theatre box office, 660 Peachtree Street NE, www.alvinailey.org, www.foxatltix.com or by calling 855-ATL-TIXX. Groups of 10 or more can save by calling 404-881-2000.

Ailey’s 2014 Atlanta Engagement Performance dates and times:
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

 

 

Gay Dads Raise Social Media Debate Over Gay Parenting

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Social media is a buzz over two black gay men posted a picture on instagram about their lifestyle and the three kids that they are raising . Kordale and Kaleb, a gay black couple posted the photo on their Instagram page Tuesday with the caption,

“Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30am, making breakfast, getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30.” The photo was very popular with their followers, but the fathers were blasted with homophobic and racist comments.

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Huffington Post and Queerty.com reported that the pair received backlash for declaring themselves proud gay dads. Kordale and Kaleb sent this response to HuffPost Gay Voices:

 

“In regard to the negative, people fail to realize that we are people too with kids who love us. We do what is necessary for them to succeed in this ever-changing world but it’s sad that we’re discriminated against because of our sexuality and/or what we do behind closed doors — which is no one’s business. In the same breath, we take all of what’s been said in stride. The picture was put out on social media for an opinion so we can’t be mad when people give just that: an opinion. People tend to think that gay people cannot raise their children to be heterosexuals. Instead, they have derogatory thoughts of us ‘tainting’ our children or ‘confusing them’ with what society sees deems as wrong an unmanly because we’re gay. But this is all comical because people forget where a lot of gays come from: a heterosexual household.

 

“This is another prime example of where we are as a nation in 2014 — continuous discrimination against gays. Being gay is the new normal for a lot of people and judgement isn’t needed, just equality! We may be gay but this does not mean we are incapable of what a heterosexual couple is capable of! Us gays are just as educated and passionate about what we do and how we do it!”