Take a look at photos from Mic Check 1-Two!’s 3rd annual Prom Drive Tour. This year we visited Overbrook High School, Randolph High School and Delaware County Technical High School. These lovely young women and a few young men selected from gently-worn dresses for their special day. Much thanks to everyone who donated and volunteered to help these young queens! Click on the photos below to view the slideshow!
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!
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.
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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.
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.
Now that Prom Season is officially over and our Prom Dress Drive 2013 tour has come to an end, we want to thank all of you that helped donate, sponsor, and encourage us through such a busy and exciting time. We were able to help over 20 families and teens cut down on the expensive prom costs so that this night could truly be memorable! Special thanks to all of our hair salons and make-up artists who donated their services as well!
See some of the photos & student testimonials below! Click the images for full slide show!
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!
National Council of Negro Women – Temple Section will be accepting gently-worn formal dresses & suits for Greater Philadelphia area high school students attending Prom.
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
– United Communities Southeast Philadelphia; Front & Ellsworth
– Van-Bett Boutique; 1233 E. Luzerne st, Philadelphia PA 19124
PICK UP: contact us at creatingdialogue [a] gmail.com
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.
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 .
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S PROM DRESS DRIVE BELOW:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
“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.
The national #Ignite2012 civic engagement tour will be in Philadelphia on October 6th– a city that is reported to have a staggering 43 percent of registered voters without valid identification under Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law. On Tuesday, the breaking news of the strict law being postponed rocked the nation and gave many of youth activists a sense of victory.
With only one month left until Election Day, the #Ignite2012 tour aims to educate young people of color in Philadelphia about voter suppression and empowerment. In partnership with Philadelphia Youth Commission, the forum will also be used to discuss local gun violence and promote conflict resolution. Local leaders and the nation’s most dynamic celebrities, bloggers, and activists are teaming up to bring back the brotherly love to Philadelphia by hosting grassroots trainings, hip-hop cultural panels, and live musical performances by Dee-1 and Jasiri X.
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: