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Vote! Make Sure Your Voices Are Heard in Today’s Election

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine

As the Publisher & CEO of CopyLine Magazine, I urge all voters to make sure that their voices are heard in this election and in all elections in the spirit of our forefathers who went through some difficult and abusive times to get the right to vote in this country.

It is important that we exercise our right to vote and choose those persons that will work toward the best interests of all people. We must always remain vigilant when it comes to participating in the democratic process – both locally and nationally.

Moreover, we should always make certain that democracy is provided to every American citizen/voter. No one should be disenfranchised from having that right.

Our forefathers fought every step of the way – valiant and forthright – in their efforts to overthrow bigotry and racism, and open up the ballot box to blacks. And they never thought about surrendering to those injustices being heaped upon them. And neither should you! Our efforts must be penetrating and remain intact.

If you didn’t vote during Early Voting, today is your last chance to go to the polls and vote in this February 24th election. Please make a special effort to do so. Go to the polls today and vote so that your voices can be heard and make for a more democratic process.

When we vote we have a voice; a voice far from being silenced. And we must fight tooth and nail, every step of the way, to extinguish efforts by some who would try to disenfranchise voters’ constitutional right to the ballot box.

It is important that citizens exercise their right to vote, inasmuch as it not only gives them the opportunity to elect representatives that will work in their best interest, but ensure them a stake in the legislative process. The ballot is a powerful weapon to effect change and low voter turnout allows the minority to make decisions for the majority.

You cannot be apathetic or systematically turned off from going to the poll and casting your ballot. Don’t abandon the ballot box; and cast your vote with prudent tenacity.

Voting gives power to the people who use it.

There’re some things you can never stop fighting for, and exercising your right to vote is one of them.

Take heed: Know those candidates’ backgrounds that are running for elective office and know them by their deeds. But most importantly, always be aware of the messenger and the message he/she brings.

Think about it! Your vote is vital to keeping the Democratic process intact.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Don’t Believe Media Polls: The Verdict of Who Will be the Next Mayor Lies in the Hands of Black, Southside Chicagoans

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

By Chinta Strausberg

Polls published by newspapers that endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel cannot be believed. There is a conflict of interest voters cannot overlook. The reality is answer who will be Chicago’s next mayor literally lies in the hands of South Side black voters. The verdict will begin to come in after 7 p.m. today.

You, voters, are the TRUE polls; so what are you going to do today, “D-DAY,” Tuesday, February 24, 2015? Will you make history by coming out in record numbers or will you think your vote doesn’t count or feel you don’t have a dog in this race.

If the latter is your thinking, you are WRONG!!!

Your vote DOES count, and yes YOU DO HAVE A ‘DOG’ in this race—it’s call YOUR FUTURE for the results will impact YOUR life whether you vote or not.

Some of my friends are endorsing Mayor Emanuel. They’ve been promised a lot of things. That’s their choice, but I always tell people to look at the RECORDS of all mayoral candidates.

1.  Has the candidate spoke out on the closing of the 50 schools when it was happening or was he a Johnny-come-lately aka election time before taking a position on this controversial issue?

2.  Do you go along with the red light issue and/or the speed traps under this administration and if so do you forgive the mayor and want to give him another chance?

3.  Did President Obama’s endorsement of the mayor sway your support of the mayor?

4.  Are you satisfied with the single digits African Americans are getting in contracts vs. the double digits by Hispanics and whites?

5.  Are you satisfied with the transparency or non-transparency of this administration?

6.  Are you satisfied with the Taxing Increment Financing (TIF) program where tax dollars are supposed to go towards improving blighted areas but too often are given away to billion dollar companies like Target, Jewels, and Loyola University for non-blighted projects?

7.  Are you satisfied with the number of blacks in this administration?

8.  Are you basing your support for the mayor or any other mayoral candidate on media polls?

9.  Are you satisfied with the level of crime in the city for the past four-years?

10.  Are you satisfied with the potholes and the snow removal over the past four-years?

11.  Are you satisfied with your alderman?

12.  Are you comfortable with the mayor’s tight control over the aldermen and his supporters?

According to a poll conducted by mayoral hopeful Willie Wilson, pollster Rod McCulloch, who said he had never met Wilson before last week’s press conference, concluded that of 806 likely voters Tuesday would be “bad news” for Mayor Emanuel.  Of the 806 people polled, 41.3% voted for Emanuel, 9.8% for Fioretti, 15.8% for Garcia, 14.6% for Wilson and 17.1% undecided. In the black community of 322 voters, 32.3% voted for Emanuel, 7.5% for Fioretti, 5.3% for Garcia, 31.4% for Wilson, 2.2% for Bill Walls with 21.4% undecided.

But, if there is a run-off between Emanuel and Fioretti, the pols showed 46.0% voted for Emanuel, 21.2% for Fioretti and 32.8% undecided

If the run-off were between Emanuel and Garcia, the mayor received 45.7% to Garcia’s 32.6% with 21.7% undecided.

And, if the run-off were between Emanuel and Dr. Wilson, the mayor received 47.3% to Wilson’s 34.1% with 18.6% undecided.

McCulloch said, “It is bad news for a well known incumbent to get below 50%. It often happens in run-offs, if an incumbent is forced into a run-off, all the votes of the candidates will go to the runner up because they were not for the incumbent in the first place.” Of the 806 people polled, 41.3% voted for Emanuel, 9.8% for Fioretti, 15.8% for Garcia, 14.6% for Wilson and 17.1% undecided. In the black community of 322 voters, 32.3% voted for Emanuel, 7.5% for Fioretti, 5.3% for Garcia, 31.4% for Wilson, 2.2% for Bill Walls with 21.4% undecided.

But, if there is a run-off between Emanuel and Fioretti, the pols showed 46.0% voted for Emanuel, 21.2% for Fioretti and 32.8% undecided

If the run-off were between Emanuel and Garcia, the mayor received 45.7% to Garcia’s 32.6% with 21.7% undecided.

And, if the run-off were between Emanuel and Dr. Wilson, the mayor received 47.3% to Wilson’s 34.1% with 18.6% undecided.

McCulloch said, “It is bad news for a well known incumbent to get below 50%. It often happens in run-offs, if an incumbent is forced into a run-off, all the votes of the candidates will go to the runner up because they were not for the incumbent in the first place.” McCulloch said the area of the city that has the largest number of undecided voters and “where the mayor has the lowest amount of support are the African American South Side wards.  In those wards, Mayor Emanuel has 31.4% and undecided 29.7 percent.” “This is the area that can decide the race,” he told this reporter. “These are the voters Mayor Emanuel is hoping” to win over by bringing in President Obama who came Wednesday to declare Pullman a national monument.

So, the question becomes, will the South Side African Americans give Mayor Rahm Emanuel a second chance and re-elect him and if so will they also give his ‘Rubber Stamp’ alderman a second chance as well?

Voter turnout is the key to this election. According to WGN-TV’s Chicago Weather Center—Skillings’ forecast—Tuesday, February 24th, will see 28 degrees, mostly cloudy with some light snow likely in the afternoon and evening; so VOTE EARLY. There will be “strong, gusty southwest winds gusting well over 30 miles an hour. It will be around 10 degrees tomorrow night. This is why voting early is so important, but at this point, that issue is over and off the table.

So, what am I saying? VOTE EARLY today. VOTE with your HEAD and not your HEART. VOTE based on a candidate’s TRUE and PROVEN track record and his compassion for people, not corporations and certainly not linking themselves to our first black mayor, Harold Washington. Examine their CURRENT contributions to the African American community and their many causes like the lack of diversity in contracts and jobs especially on the lack of blacks on public works projects all over this city but especially in the black community where black men stand on corners watching other ethnic groups fix their streets.

BE SMART with your vote because who ever is elected will probably be in office as long as the previous mayor.

So, is the time for change now? Or, will this mayor be forgiven and given a second chance to redeem himself with the black community—black voters who literally hold his fate in their hands?

Today, the verdict will be in when the polls close at 7 p.m., and I do hope there will be monitors so that this election will NOT BE STOLEN.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Black History is American History: Remembering Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
By Marc Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League

As former mayor of New Orleans (and son of the city’s first Black mayor – Ernest “Dutch” Morial), I personally know the challenges that were overcome and the history that was made by our nation’s first generation of Black mayors – their significant contributions and their legacies of leadership.

In 1974, Maynard Jackson made history as the first Black mayor of a major southern city – Atlanta, Georgia. This week’s Black History Month profile recognizes Mayor Jackson for utilizing his three terms in office to create meaningful change in opportunities and representation for people of color. A child prodigy, he finished high school at age 14 and completed a degree from Morehouse College at 18 – later earning a law degree and starting a career as a lawyer and politician.

Jackson advocated for African American entrepreneurs and small businesses by encouraging them to apply for municipal contracts. He successfully boosted the number of city contracts awarded to minority businesses from a dismal 1 percent to 35 percent. He also successfully reformed Atlanta Police Department’s record of racial profiling and mistreatment into a more accountable and just police force, with increased opportunities for African American police officers.

Jackson’s name is memorialized in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which he undertook as a special project to modernize and rebuild a new terminal, with the help of minority contractors. More than 5,000 people mourned his death in 2003 at the Atlanta Civic Center and many others paid their respects at city hall and his alma mater, Morehouse College.

As we remember him today, let’s continue to honor and build upon his legacy of representation, inclusion, and lasting change for tomorrow!

Read more about Maynard Jackson.

NAACP Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Baltimore, MD – Today marks the 50th  anniversary of the assassination of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) and the NAACP has released the following statement:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:
“Today marks the 50th year since the martyrdom of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X). Throughout his life, Mr. Shabazz worked to uplift, edify and advance the cause of African Americans in this country. Particularly after his pilgrimage, where Mr. Shabazz evolved to recognize a need for the collective international struggle of all people, he left an unrivaled imprint on the civil rights movement.  He also began to fight for civil and human rights around the world, becoming an international human rights advocate traveling throughout the continent of Africa to learn more about the struggles of people of color. He was a master teacher, seminal leader and rousing orator who changed the lives of many. In the wake of today’s social justice movement and the fight for human dignity, Mr. Shabazz’s legacy can inspire activists of all ages, hues and faiths to work collectively to secure every man and woman’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness until equality is achieved for all.”

FOX 32’s Dawn Hasbrouck and WVON’s Cliff Kelley to Co-Emcee Gentle Warrior Awards Gala

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Hasbrouck is a descendant of the Pullman Porter lineage

Chicago, Illinois – February 22, 2015 – Fox 32’s Dawn Hasbrouck and WVON’s Cliff Kelley — two of Chicago’s favorite media personalities  — will emcee the A Philip Randolph “Gentle Warrior” Awards Gala.” The celebration, which also will commemorate the Museum’s 20th anniversary, will be held Saturday, February 28 at the Historic Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive. The event begins at 5PM.

Hasbrouck’s participation in the event is particularly poignant because her great grandfather, Arthur Hasbrouck, was a Pullman Porter. In addition to her Pullman Porter pedigree, Hasbrouck has an impressive background in media – thereby enhancing her role as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Dawn is an award-winning journalist who co-anchors FOX 32 News at 9 p.m. weekdays from 9 to 10 p.m. Born and raised in the city of Chicago, she made an imprint in several media markets – Hartford, Connecticut, Savannah and Lexington, Kentucky before returning home to Chicago.  While serving as an anchor and reporter at WBZ-TV (CBS), for three years, she earned an Emmy.

Dawn is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and a certificate in Film and Video Production. She received her Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she was inducted into Northwestern University’s “Council of 100,” a group of the institution’s top female graduates. Dawn is also a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

Joining her as Master of Ceremonies is Cliff Kelley, of WVON, affectionately known as the “Governor of Talk Radio.”

For more than 30 years, Cliff Kelley has been a distinguished veteran talk show personality and is a respected thought leader on affairs throughout the nation. This has made him a prominent figure in the ever interesting and always-controversial arena of Chicago’s political stage. Kelley’s expertise was honed through 16 years as a member of the city council, including during Mayor Harold Washington’s administration. His courage, conviction and insight make him a much sought after commentator, speaker and analyst, on local, national and worldwide issue-oriented television and talk-radio programs.

His vast knowledge, his intellect, his wit and his reputation for telling a good joke make him a perfect Master of Ceremonies.

David Peterson, Jr., president and executive director of the Museum expressed delight that Dawn Hasbrouck and Cliff Kelley will be serving as Co-Emcees. He was particularly pleased that Dawn is a playing a role in the event because, he said, she is a member of the Pullman family by virtue of her great grandfather.

“The Gentle Warrior Awards gala is being emceed by the dynamic duo of Dawn Hasbrouck and Cliff Kelley. With these two playing a critical role at the gala, the celebration is bound to be a success.”

For more information on the gala, and to purchase tickets, log on to:aprpullmanportermuseum.org

New Report: The State of Sentencing 2014

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From The Sentencing Project

I am pleased to share two new reports from The Sentencing Project documenting changes in criminal justice policy in 2014 and successful advocacy campaign strategies in conservative state environments. The reforms highlighted in these reports represent approaches that lawmakers and advocates can consider to address sentencing policy and collateral consequences at the state level.

The State of Sentencing 2014 highlights policy changes in 30 states and the District of Columbia in both the adult and juvenile justice systems, including:

  • Scaling back sentences for low-level drug offenses
  • Reducing barriers to reentry, including employment restrictions and bans on public assistance
  • Eliminating juvenile life without parole

State Criminal Justice Advocacy in a Conservative Environment documents successful advocacy strategies employed in campaigns in
Indiana, Missouri, and Texas. In these states, advocates achieved the following reforms:

  • Reduced enhanced penalties in drug-free zones in Indiana by shrinking the limit of zones from 1,000 feet to 500 feet, and eliminating all zones except those around schools and parks
  • Modified Missouri’s federal lifetime ban on food stamp benefits for persons with felony drug convictions
  • Closed two Texas prison facilities: the Dawson State Jail and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility

I hope you find these publications useful in your work. Please feel free to contact Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy, at nporter@sentencingproject.org to discuss how we can support your efforts in the area of state policy reform.

Sincerely,

Marc Mauer

National Urban League Statement on $20 Billion Discrimination Claim

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Statement from Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, re: the Discrimination Lawsuit filed by National Association of African-American Owned Media & Entertainment Studios Network:


“It was brought to my attention today that the National Association of African-American Owned Media & Byron Allen-owned Entertainment Studios Network have filed a lawsuit naming the National Urban League as a co-defendant in a $20 billion discrimination claim against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others.  The National Urban League has not yet been served with any papers regarding this meritless lawsuit, but the sheer absurdity of the claims demand that we address the situation now.

The National Urban League has led the fight for civil rights and diversity and inclusion in America – especially Corporate America – since our revered former President, Whitney M. Young, successfully forged partnerships with CEOs like Henry Ford II and others around shared goals of providing more jobs and training for people of color in business.  Our heritage and history of encouraging and working with corporations across industries to recognize the value of and to foster a diverse workforce at all levels, as well as supplier and board diversity, speak for themselves.  We continue to work on behalf of more than two million Americans annually to help them chart a path to better futures and to help create a more equal and equitable nation – as we have for 105 years – around jobs, wages, education, health, housing and justice.

Unfortunately, these plaintiffs are working only on behalf of themselves, and this bogus lawsuit is nothing more than an exploitative sham based in greed and selfish personal gain.  It is deeply disappointing that they would resort to such disparaging, unfounded claims and smear tactics, but we will not be a party to their sensationalist efforts and will seek immediate dismissal of this frivolous lawsuit.  After all, we have more important work to do.”

ISBE’s PARCC Primer Events Help Districts Prepare Families for State’s New Assessment This Spring

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Family PARCC nights use sample test questions, practice tests and fun activities to familiarize parents with the new exam


SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Parent Teacher Association (PTA) teamed up to give families a firsthand glimpse of the state’s new assessment system for third through eighth graders and high school students. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), set to debut next month, is designed to demonstrate how well students are prepared for the next grade level and, ultimately, for success after high school.

ISBE staff developed all the resources necessary for schools to introduce families to the new assessment system during evening events called the “PARCC Primer.” and the “PARCC Primer: Technology and the Test.” The PARCC assessment aims to give families an earlier indication of college and career readiness, reversing the troubling trend of students across the United States landing in costly non-credit-bearing remedial classes once they get to college.

“The PARCC exam is the first statewide assessment that asks students to demonstrate their critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills rather than simply filling in the bubble for a correct answer,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “To prepare students and families for this shift, the PARCC Primer events help schools provide a relaxed, welcoming environment where parents can try their hand at sample questions themselves and get a feel for what is expected of their students.”

The PARCC assessment, which replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), measures how well students are achieving under Illinois’ new, more rigorous and internationally benchmarked learning standards in English language arts and math. The PARCC assessment focuses on the most important knowledge and skills that students need in these subjects and includes performance-based exercises and technology-enhanced features that better engage students and better measure their understanding, reasoning and ability to apply concepts. The assessment also includes writing – a critical skill for high school graduates, according to colleges, universities and employers. These features will ultimately produce more timely and meaningful data on whether students are on track for college and careers. The results will also help educators and parents monitor student progress and target instruction and appropriate interventions as needed.

This school year 75 percent of students will take the PARCC assessment online, with the ultimate goal of all Illinois students taking the test online within the next few years. The remaining students (25 percent) will take the same test in a paper-and-pencil format until they have the necessary technology and broadband infrastructure.

The PARCC Primer gives participants an opportunity to take computer-based sample test items, which offer a brief overview of the PARCC assessment and do not generate a score. Students and their families can not only see what the test questions will look like but also practice using the exam’s drag and drop, multiple select, calculator and text-highlighting features. Activities and videos are also provided to demonstrate current teaching and learning strategies in English language arts and math. The second format, “PARCC Primer: Technology and the Test,” provides more emphasis on giving families experience with the PARCC assessment’s technological features before having them take an actual practice test, which is lengthier than the sample items and provides test takers with a score.

More than 40 families attended a PARCC Primer event last month at Lindsay Elementary School in the Springfield School District 186.

“It was a great opportunity for the Lindsay parents to get a hands-on look at the PARCC sample assessment. By working with their student, parents also had a chance to see the critical thinking pieces as well as the computer formatting,” said Lindsay Principal Joby Crum “This first year will be a challenge for all of us as it will be a new large-scale assessment using a new format, but the PARCC Primer helped us better prepare both students and families for the transition.”

In order to make planning easy for schools, ISBE has made all of the necessary instructions and documents for hosting each PARCC Primer event available on its website. Documents for educators are provided for each event and include an invitation letter that can be tailored for their individual school communities. Handouts for parents are also provided in Spanish so as many families as possible have access to up-to-date information about the PARCC assessment.

Starting in March, students will take the PARCC summative assessment in two parts to allow enough time to complete the exam and to measure different kinds of knowledge and skills. The first part is the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA), which will be given when about 75 percent of instruction is completed. The PBA portion features more extended tasks and writing exercises. The second part is the End-of-Year (EOY) assessment, which is given when approximately 90 percent of instruction is completed. The EOY is shorter than the PBA and asks students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge by answering computer-based, machine-scorable questions. Together, these two parts emphasize rigor, depth and application of knowledge, not just rote memorization.

“In life, there are no multiple-choice answers. You must use your own knowledge and draw information from other sources to construct your own answers,” said Jeff Nellhaus, PARCC’s chief of assessment. “The PARCC assessment reflects this real-world experience for students and measures their ability to demonstrate these vital skills.”

The technology-enhanced questions and writing component of the PARCC assessment contribute to slightly more testing time for students than the ISAT and PSAE. Overall test times fluctuate depending on grade level, but the PARCC assessment allots an average of eight to 10 hours, extended over several days and two separate testing administrations, one in March and one in May. Most students finished earlier than the allotted time during the PARCC assessment field test in March 2014. Students are expected to spend nearly 8 hours on the PARCC exams, depending on grade level.  The PARCC exam will account for less than 1 percent of the average amount of instructional time this school year and is the only required assessment in Illinois.

The PARCC assessment combines the EOY results with the PBA results to produce a student’s summative assessment score. These results will be available to families this fall. This year’s results will provide a baseline in order to measure growth by students, schools and districts in the future. This first year of data will also be used to set cut scores that determine the performance levels at which students can be deemed “college and career ready.” Illinois students’ performance results can be compared directly with their peers across the nation.

Dancer Named Top 100 Black History Makers

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Amiya Alexander named one of the top 100 African-American History Makers by TheGRIO and NBC News

She is the founder of Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy – the only dance studio in the country on wheels.

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — Dancer and aspiring Obstetrician Amiya Alexander, is the owner of the only dance studio on wheels, Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy. She started her business as a 9 year old entrepreneur who provides dance training and community programs for all youth. Since the start of her business, Amiya has been featured on the Tyra Banks Show, Disney, CBS News, Fox 2, and The Doctors TV show, just to name a few. Her business has been a true accomplishment. Amiya’s positive attitude and elimination of “can’t in her vocabulary has contributed to her success. Amiya’s entrepreneurial spirit comes from her mother who is a Registered Nurse; she also owns businesses that help the community.

With her mother’s support, Amiya did not allow her age to limit her ability to do everything she set her mind to do. Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy’s mission “is to further the art of dance in an extended cultural community which will provide dance training and community programs for all youth. She targets under privileged youth, who may not have an opportunity to do what they love because of their circumstances. She encourages them to rise above all odds and pursue their dreams. As a role model, many of the participants look up to Amiya and would like to follow in her footsteps. Amiya’s response to her positive influence is, “building the kids self esteem makes me feel really good because it lets me know that I’m doing something right.

As a result of her doing things right, the doctors on The Doctors TV show donated a $25,000 scholarship and created a website so others can contribute to help Amiya as she strives to go to college to pursue her dreams of being an Obstetrician. Children and teens join Amiya, as she teaches dance in her personal dance studio on her pink dance bus. Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy travels to various communities to bring dance to its participants. The dance bus has festive décor that resembles a hip hop dance studio. Amiya teaches modern, African, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Jazz, Lyrical, and Salsa dance to her eager students. The variety of dance keeps her students intrigued and allows Amiya to reach many age groups and ethnicities.

Amiya has been dancing since the age of two and because it has been her passion for over a decade, she can relate to many of the participants of Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy. This allows the students to feel close to Amiya and creates an atmosphere that cannot be described. This atmosphere is boosted once the families are informed of Amiya’s non-profit company; Rising Stars Dance With Me Program. This program offers scholarships and garments to the underprivileged. It helps them with funds to receive dance lessons and provides leotards, tap shoes, and other gear to ensure the dancer’s success.

Through her dance academy, Amiya has created a fun way to eliminate a serious issue in our community. Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s. Between 16% and 33% of children and adolescents in America are considered obese. This means that about 1 out of 3 kids in America are overweight or obese, and the figures keep on growing! The annual cost to society for obesity related conditions is over $100 billion! Not only is obesity expensive but it is life threatening. Being obese or overweight puts many at risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, and other very life threatening costly conditions. Amiya chooses not to stand by and watch it continue. Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy is determined to get as many as possible in physical shape to defeat this epidemic.

At the young age of 16, Amiya is still working hard at maintaining above a 3.0 grade point average at Detroit Country Day School while passionately working to rid her community of obesity. This is an example of her “Academy Accomplishments, which states that “AMDA students are expected to achieve both artistically as well as academically. Not only does she set the goals, but she also meets the goals. As Amiya grows and travels through communities, she inspires children of all ages to be successful! Her genuine spirit and influence on children not only helps the obesity in the community, but also helps the next generation to set high goals and become the leaders of our future. Parents are very pleased with the effect that Amiya has on their children. One of the parents from a class taught by Amiya states, “AMDA has shown my daughter an effective way to spend her energy.  She has been dancing since birth and now has form and structure.  I trust she will pick up some of Amiya’s strengths, character and grace.”

As of today, Amiya is still traveling and effecting communities one by one. As Amiya continues to put God first, her prosperity will continue to increase. Don’t be surprised if Amiya rides by your community just join the fun!

For more details about Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy, visit www.amiyasdancebus.com

Photo Caption: Amiya Alexander


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