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MISLED: EPISODE 2: MENTAL HEALTH

Check out “Misled”, Episode 2 on Mental Health.

On this episode of Misled, Stephanie Harris shares her  story of living with Bipolar Disorder. We also talk to Radio Host and Celebrity Coach Dyana Williams who tells us about her personal journey dealing with family members who suffer from the disease. And later, we sit down with  mental health experts, Barry Adams and Debbie Mikola who explain the clinical aspect of mental health. Watch Now!!!!


MISLED: EPISODE 2 SNEAK PEEK

We’re back! We know it’s been a long time coming, but “Misled” is back with a new episode! Episode 2 of Misled focuses on Mental Health in the African American community. We wanted to shed light on the issue of mental health by discussing the stigma that is associated with many mental health disorders. We hope to educate people about mental health disorders in an effort to negate the negative perception associated with them to reach a broader level of understanding and compassion.

Check out a sneak peek of the episode below!


VIDEO: 50th anniversary: March On Washington

Mic Check 1-Two!’s Lana Adams was in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 covering the 50th anniversary of the historic March On Washington. Click below to view the coverage which includes exclusive interviews with event organizers, television host, A.J. Calloway, the sixth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and more!


EVENT: BOLD, BROWN & BEAUTIFUL

Come out to support this great event!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – PLEASE JUST RSVP to ashley@writelaughdream.com.

This is an evening to explore the stories of brown women not only in the African-American community but across the board. With the recent airing of “Dark Girls” on OWN TV, it’s evident
many women, light, dark and in between still struggle with self esteem. But there is victory in our journey as women.

Join us as we view an extended clip of the documentary followed by a panel
discussion featuring:

Lenny Daniels (Director, Actress)
Stephanie “Rhythm” Keene (UN & Co. apparel)
Darcel Laurie (Makeup by Dar/Beauty Advisor)
Shaleah L. Sutton (President, UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, INC)

Moderated by Ashley Coleman of WriteLaughDream.com.
Vendors will include: Duafe Holistic Hair Care, Motives by Lala, Shanina Dionna (Art &Photography)

RSVP with your name to ashley@writelaughdream.com.

Tuesday, August 20
6-8 PM
Blues Babe Foundation
2233 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

 

 

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VIDEO: FRUITVALE STATION SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION

On July 22, Friends for Justice Philly, in conjunction with Landmark Theaters, Blues Babe Foundation, and Councilman David Oh’s Black Film Advisory Committee, hosted a special screening of Fruitvale Station followed by a brief, in-theater panel discussion with some of the Delaware Valley’s most prominent and dedicated community activists.

Check out the recap video for our special screening of Fruitvale Station below

Friends for Justice Philly is a group of young activists dedicated toward providing real solutions for many of today’s pressing issues that disproportionately affect the black community. Check out the Friends for Justice Philly website for more information regarding the organizations and young people involved and to keep up with our upcoming events. We believe that it is time to stop talking about the problems and start doing. Collectively we will create, develop and execute programs that will help to educate, inform, and progress our community.

We are currently working on #nextsteps to inform our community of legal rights and legislation that can have an impact on their lives. Stay tuned for the “Know Your Rights Series.

Remember to Like “Friends For Justice Philly” on Facebook.


SPECIAL SCREENING: FRUITVALE STATION

***OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ***
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

In conjunction with Landmark Theaters, Blues Babe Foundation, and Councilman David Oh’s Black Film Advisory Committee, Tabb Management & FRIENDS will host a special screening of Fruitvale Station on Monday, July 22 at 6:35pm followed by a brief, in-theater panel discussion with some of the Delaware Valley’s most prominent and dedicated community activists:

Michael Coard – Attorney
Conrad Moore – Anti-Oppression Lecturer

Wanda Darden – Program Coordinator
The purpose of the panel is to urge the community to rally together at this critical socio-historic moment around issues the movie raises. The brief discussion will include Fruitvale Station’s implications, impact and opportunity as a springboard for community partnerships and positive change.

chronicles the true story of the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life – a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California.

In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 on the platform of the Fruitvale BART Station, Grant was lying down, handcuffed and unarmed at the time of the shooting. Grant’s case sparked outrage in the community and raised questions of police brutality and racial profiling.


Misled Exclusive Commentary on “Dark Girls” Film

DARK GIRLS RECAP

Check out our commentary on the film “Dark Girls”. The documentary premiered on Oprah’s OWN Network and focuses on colorism in the African American community. The films producers D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment) and Bill Duke (Duke Media) went into the community to talk to people about the effects of colorism and the stigma placed on darker complected women. Many people have had their opinions of the doc. Watch the video below to see what we thought! Feel free to comment or send your thoughts to creatingdialogue@gmail.com !

 


PROM DRIVE TOUR 2013 – STOPS 1 AND 2

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE PHOTOS FROM THE FIRST TWO STOPS ON OUR PROM DRIVE 2013 TOUR. OUR FIRST STOP WAS DARBY, PA AND THEN WE WERE OFF TO NORTH PHILADELPHIA.

-NEXT STOP, SATURDAY MAY 4, 2013 FROM 1-4PM WE WILL BE IN WILMINGTON DELAWARE AT CLARENCE FRAIM BOYS & GIRLS CLUB. DO YOU KNOW A TEEN IN NEED OF FORMAL WEAR FOR PROM? SEND THEM OVER!! CHECK OUT SOME OF THE LOVELY DRESSES WE HAVE BELOW! CLICK THE PHOTOS FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THE DRIVES!

 

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MIC CHECK 1-TWO! 2nd ANNUAL PROM DRIVE

WE ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR OUR PROM DRIVE!

SEE DETAILS BELOW ON HOW TO DONATE/RECEIVE  AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S DRIVE!

DONATION DROP BOX LOCATIONS:

DELAWARE COUNTY PA

– Darby Borough Community Center ; 1020 Ridge ave. Darby, PA 19023 (starting 11am daily)
– All Together Lovely Hair Salon; 670 Church Ln. Yeadon, PA

PHILADELPHIA

– United Communities Southeast Philadelphia; Front & Ellsworth
– Van-Bett Boutique; 1233 E. Luzerne st, Philadelphia PA 19124

DELAWARE

– Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club; 669 s. Union st. Wilmington, DE
– Department of Human Development & Family Studies; 111 Alison Hall West Newark, DE 19716

PICK UP: contact us at creatingdialogue [a] gmail.com

We upgraded!

For the 2013 Prom Drive we have partnered with the non-profit Rising Sons and community org Dreaming Beyond.

Help us create an opportunity for young women and men from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to have a memorable prom experience by giving them access to free gently-worn formal wear.

SUITS

FORMAL DRESSES

SHOES

ACCESSORIES

2013 Prom Drive

Darby Borough Community Center : APRIL 14th 1pm- 4pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center APRIL 19th 6pm-9pm

Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club MAY 4th 1pm-4pm

The REACT Co. is supporting the 2013 Prom Drive by donation a portion of their proceeds from their upcoming LIVE Music Series .

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CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S PROM DRESS DRIVE BELOW:


MISLED: EPISODE 1 PREMIERES: TUESDAY, MARCH 26

ARE YOU READY???

MISLED: EPISODE 1 PREMIERES:  MARCH 26, 2013 AT 12PM

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:00 noon the first episode of Misled  will be live on http://www.miccheck1two.com. The first episode will focus on colorism within the African American community.

Get excited! This show has been a long time coming and we are so excited to share with you all!

We are going to discuss where this notion of colorism came from and how it has affected the psyches of so many.

Episode 1 of Misled features interviews with Dr. Yaba Blay (CNN’S Black In America/ Founder: One Drop Project), West Philadelphia Rapper, Chill Moody, Temple University professor of Africana Studies, Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, and a panel of youth who share their own personal experiences in colorism.

We can’t wait to educate our people and we hope that this show will open eyes and open gates to conversation and change. Stay tuned!!!

Lana Adams Back

 


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2013 Prom Drive

DONATION DROP BOX LOCATIONS:

DELAWARE COUNTY PA

– Darby Borough Hall; 821 Summit St. Darby, PA 19023 (1pm-4pm)
– All Together Lovely Hair Salon; 670 Church Ln. Yeadon, PA

PHILADELPHIA

– United Communities Southeast Philadelphia; Front & Ellsworth
– Van-Bett Boutique; 1233 E. Luzerne st, Philadelphia PA 19124

DELAWARE

– Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club; 669 s. Union st. Wilmington, DE
– Department of Human Development & Family Studies; 111 Alison Hall West Newark, DE 19716

 

PICK UP: contact us at creatingdialogue [a] gmail.com

 

We upgraded!

For the 2013 Prom Drive we have partnered with the non-profit Rising Sons and community org Dreaming Beyond.

Help us create an opportunity for young women and men from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to have a memorable prom experience by giving them access to free gently-worn formal wear.

SUITS

FORMAL DRESSES

SHOES

ACCESSORIES

2013 Prom Drive

Darby Borough Community Center : APRIL 14th 1pm- 4pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center APRIL 19th 6pm-9pm

Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club MAY 4th 1pm-4pm

The REACT Co. is supporting the 2013 Prom Drive by donation a portion of their proceeds from their upcoming LIVE Music Series .

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NATIONAL WOMEN & GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

This Saturday March 9, 2013, Mic Check 1-Two! will be out supporting Philadelphia Fight at their event in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The event is named “We Matter” in an effort to convey to women and girls that they matter the most and to emphasize the importance of knowing their status’ in order to keep themselves safe.

Philadelphia Fight will be hosting a day of incentivized testing and wellness activities on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 12:00 to 5:00 at John F. St. Community Center (1100 Poplar).

Come out, get tested, and bring a friend! There will group discussions
and prizes just for coming out & getting tested! One lucky winner will walk home with a new television!

Join us in supporting this great event!

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PHOTOS: 2012 INTER-COMMUNAL GIVEBACK FEAST & CONCERT

On December 21, 2012, Mic Check 1-Two! collaborated with Sporty Marketing LLC, and The Circle Ent. to bring The INTER-COMMUNAL GIVEBACK FEAST & CONCERT to the community of North Philadelphia. The event was held at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center and featured many local Philly artists to entertain the community as they selected from gently-used clothing and canned goods to take home for FREE!

We were thrilled to be able to host this event and help so many families in the North Philadelphia community. Our next Giveback event will move to a new community! Stay tuned to find out which community we will be serving next!

Thank you for your continued support of Mic Check 1-Two! Click the pictures below to view photos from The 2012 Intercommunal Giveback Feast & Concert.

 

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VIDEO: MISLED: EPISODE 1 PREVIEW

**CHECK OUT THE PROMO VIDEO FOR THE PREMIERE EPISODE OF MISLED**

The first episode of Misled will focus on colorism in the African American community. We’ll talk about the dark-skinned vs. light-skinned controversy by finding out where it came from and how it’s affecting society.

We’ve all heard some of the stereotypes in this video! It’s time to get to the bottom of them!

 

Stay tuned for Misled, coming March 2013.

DO YOU HAVE A TOPIC YOU’D LIKE TO SEE FEATURED ON MISLED? SEND AN EMAIL TO CREATINGDIALOGUE@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!


Misled: A New Webseries from Mic Check 1-Two!

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We are pleased to announce “Misled” a new webseries hosted by Lana Adams and Keona Gabbadon.

Misled is a show dedicated to informing the uninformed and the misinformed. We are living in a time where negativity sells and positive images are not always easily accessible or attractive. Our aim is to bring positive images into the media. Misled will focus on common misconceptions and stereotypes about African-Americans by exposing the truth behind them and offering solutions and alternatives to broaden perspectives and perceptions.

To find out more about the first episode of Misled, click here.


Checkin’ In – Year ONE in Review: Portia

A little over a year ago, I prayed and asked God to enlarge my territory.  Shortly after I became an official member of Mic Check 1-Two!   My adventure with Mic Check 1-Two has been just that, an adventure.

Lana and I first connected spirits when she interviewed my father for a documentary.   Coming into contact with young black women with similar visions is like finding a diamond in a rough.  We shared the vision of unlocking the truths about our community, and educating our community on those truths. We each had the innate desire to encourage, support, and help our communities to use their voice as an agent for change.  Needless to say, we connected instantaneously.

Through Lana, I was introduced to Latiaynna, and the same thing happened!  Our spirits linked and a beautiful friendship was born.

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Portia Fullard (left), Latiaynna Tabb (right), Representing Mic Check 1-Two! at Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Fundraiser

When they decided to put on the panel discussion on The Portrayal of the African American Woman in the Entertainment Industry, I was thrilled to support!  I mean how could I not support my friends in their endeavors to hold a discussion on something I too am extremely passionate about?

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Checkin’ In – Year ONE in Review: Lana

I have been sitting here at the computer for at least twenty minutes before I could begin this post. A review of Mic Check 1-Two!’s first year in operation sounded like a rather daunting task considering all that we’ve been blessed to do this year. I have to give thanks to God for making ALL things possible!

As Latiaynna mentioned in her personal review, we had only started out to host one panel discussion. We were fed up with how black women were being portrayed in the media and we wanted to gather people together to TALK about it– not tweet about, or text about it, but to TALK about it. Sounds simple enough, right? My testimony is proof that when God is up to something, it’s best that you just sit back and stay out of His way.

We began planning our first panel discussion: The Portrayal of the African American Woman in the Entertainment Industry, in August of 2011. It was also during this time that my grandfather and best friend became gravely ill. His condition worsened between fall and the end of the year and he passed away on November 30, 2011. His funeral was one day before our event. This was a very difficult time for me because although I wanted to be with family and continue grieving, I didn’t want to let anyone down that had helped us with or had been looking forward to our event. I had planned on rescheduling the event but my family encouraged me not to do so. They knew that my grandfather would never want me to postpone anything on his account. He was a man of great character and believed that helping people and remaining humble were key principles. With that, we decided to go forward and get ready for the event.

Our event was a success! People were energized and support was coming to us in every direction. We received countless emails and comments from different people in anticipation of our next event.

Although establishing a community organization was not our original intent, Latiaynna and I were excited about what God had in store for us so we accepted the blessing, and the challenge and began planning.

We began planning a Prom Dress Drive for young girls which quickly turned into TWO prom dress drives and a Royal Prom Treatment contest for a lucky girl. We received so much support for our Prom Dress Drives including donated space from the Good Folks at : American Dreaming Magazine and videography from Lucky Brand Productions.

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DONATE Online: 2ND ANNUAL INTERCOMMUNAL GIVEBACK Feast & Concert

DONATE TO THE 2ND ANNUAL INTERCOMMUNAL GIVEBACK!

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The organizers (R. Lambert, L.Tabb, P. Fullard, & L. Adams) of The InterCommunal Giveback Feast & Concert needs YOUR help to purchase food, print materials, and equipment for a community feast and clothing drive that they are bringing to the Allegheny-West community. The InterCommunal Giveback Feast & Concert is an annual year-end free event that travels each year to different under-served Philadelphia communities, offering a hot meal, gently-used clothing, non-perishable food items, and an evening of entertainment for community members.

Don’t have any used clothes to donate? Fresh out of canned food to give? That’s okay! You can make a tax-deductible donation to our 2012 Intercommunal Giveback Event by clicking the link below!

Your donation will help to make this event special for all of our guests by providing them with food and resources for healthy living.

Thank You for your continued support of Mic Check 1-Two!

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Checkin’ In – Year ONE in Review: Latiaynna

A couple of weeks ago I wrote down everything I have done (outside of paid employment and graduate school) in the last year – between December 2011 and November 2012 and I must say: I have been busy.  (The record just came to an abrupt halt. I had to stop myself right here. As soon as I wrote busy, I reminded myself that I may have fallen victim to The Busy Trap .) Let me rephrase this:

Mic Check 1-Two! has been doing good work. We have been productive.

Myself with two beautiful women that I am grateful to call my friends – one was a tough sell, but she’ll tell you about that in a couple weeks haha – have been organizing and planning meaningful events, creating dialogue, and opportunities for people to become vessels of change for practically one year. Our “first quarter” was a beautiful struggle: 3 Panel Discussions, 2 Prom Dress Drives, and 1 Workshop, all in four months!

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New Donation Dropbox Locations Added

Thank you! We asked people to suggest additional Donation Dropbox locations and they did! We doubled the locations that we began with, talk about impact.

Here are the final Donation Dropbox locations by neighborhood/section of the city:

West Philadelphia | Wynnefield
Boys Latin School – 5501 Cedar ave.
John C. Anderson Cultural Center – 5301 Overbrook ave.
Perfect Smile Dental – 37 s. 52nd st.
Settlement Music School – 4910 Wynnefield ave.
Katie Jackson Homes (PHA) – 400 n. 50th st.

The Hair Business unisex salon – 1803 N. 54th street (54th & Montgomery) – West Philadelphia

Southwest Philadelphia
Paschalville Library – 70th & Woodland ave.

Center City | Rittenhouse
Greenfield Elementary School – 22nd & Chestnut

North Philadelphia
Youthbuild Philly 1231 n. Broad st. (O.I.C. Building) 3rd Floor

Logan | Olney
Providence of Grace Church – 1950 w. Rockland st.
Perfect Smile Dental – 5737 n. Broad st.
The Laundry Cafe – One Olney Plaza, Front & Olney

FYI

Some Pennsylvania polling places have changed since the last election. Check to see if yours was one of them:

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx


Ignite 2012 Event Coverage

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(left to right) Journalist Andreas Hale, Hip-Hop pioneer Paradise Gray, Rapper Jasiri-X, Tarik Ross (Stampede Management), Brandon Wyche (Hiphopsince1987.com), Kim Osorio (E.I.C., The SOURCE)

“Well, should Obama be the president of Black America?” –This question has been raised increasingly since the 2008 Presidential election, and it was now being posed to a group of writers, entertainment personalities and hip-hop artists on a breezy Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

This controversial topic was one of many during the first panel of the day for the final stop on the Ignite 2012 tour. Panelists included, hip-hop journalist Dream Hampton, former host of BET’s 106 & Park, Rocsi Diaz,  SOURCE Magazine, Editor-In-Chief, Kim Osorio and many other community leaders and activists.

“Could Obama do more?” —“Yes,” Rocsi Diaz interjected but, she’s happy with the work that the president has done for the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The president signed The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2010 which included a proposed $98 million increase to funding for HBCU’s. Diaz added that Governor Mitt Romney is very open about the demographic he represents and serves and that there is nothing wrong with the President supporting African Americans.

Panelist Deion Jordan, a seventeen-year-old young leader and member of The Philadelphia Youth Commission, entered the conversation claiming that Blacks in America need to see themselves not as “Black Americans” but as Americans.

“I consider myself an American. Race is philosophical nonsense,” Jordan added.

Continue Reading here

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(left to right) Rocsi Diaz (BET), Chuck Creekmur (Allhiphop.com), Malik Rhassan (Occupy The Hood), Biko Baker (League of Young Voters), Deion Jordan (Philadelphia Youth Commission), writer, Dream Hampton

View event photos here. 

THE MANel: MALE PERSPECTIVES ON LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT REEL

On March 2, 2012, Mic Check 1-Two! held a panel discussion: The MANel: Male Perspectives on Love & Relationships. The panel consisted of African American men from various backgrounds with different relationship statuses. View the highlight reel from The MANel and leave your comments and questions below! Check out the highlights from the discussion below!


PHOTOS: Standing Your Ground or Standing Around: The Trayvon Martin Murder & What We can Do About Violence, Injustice, and Race Relations In America

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Mic Check 1-Two partnered with Senator Anthony Williams and TheColorCurve.com to host  Standing Your Ground or Standing Around: The Trayvon Martin Murder & What We can Do About Violence, Injustice, and Race Relations In America

The discussion was held at Saint Joseph’s University

Check out the photos from this event below:

Panelists: (left to right) Senator Anthony Williams,Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Constituent Service Rep., Curtis Wilkerson, Asst. D.A. Kevin Harden Jr., Professor Maria Kefalas, State Representative Louise Williams Bishop

 


Prom Dress Drive Video Highlights

On MARCH 10, 2012, Mic Check 1-Two! held a Prom Dress Drive for young girls in their senior year of high school who weren’t financially able to buy a prom dress. We wanted to make sure these ladies knew that they were queens and deserved to be treated accordingly!

Check out the highlight video below from our Prom Dress Drive and view the information about our next drive below the cut.

OUR NEXT Prom Dress Drive is SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2012 (12-3pm) at The Dreaming Building, 618 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

IF YOU KNOW A YOUNG GIRL THAT MAY BE IN NEED OF A PROM DRESS, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO CREATINGDIALOGUE@GMAIL.COM TO REGISTER HER FOR THE PROM DRESS DRIVE.

PLEASE INCLUDE: HER NAME, SCHOOL, DRESS SIZE AND CONTACT INFORMATION (please specify the best way to reach her in this email)