Friday, October 3, 2008

::Community Events & Resources::

NEW YORK: Spreading Rhythm Around: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Luther Henderson - Benefit concert for the Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund. Director GEORGE C. WOLFE (of current movie "Nights In Rodanthe” fame) directs this star-studded concert with performers SAVION GLOVER, LESLIE UGGAMS, NANCY WILSON, the CANADIAN BRASS QUINTET, HANK JONES and other great artists.

WHEN: October 6, 2008, 7:30 PM

WHERE: Juilliard School's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

Benefit concert will endow The Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund at The Juilliard School. See previous post here and visit the website here for tickets.

Nancy Wilson Tribute Gala: On Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 5:30 pm, African Voices, the premier Black literary arts magazine, will honor song stylist/storyteller Nancy Wilson. Ms. Wilson will be the recipient of the organization's Ellie Charles Artist Award.

The reception begins at 5:30 pm and awards ceremony starts at 7:00 pm at Schomburg Center, 515 Lenox Ave (corner 135th St.). Tickets are $100 and $150 (includes private reception). For tickets call (212) 865-2982 or visit

Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education: The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies inaugurates its new ‘Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education’ on Monday October 6, 2008 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., NYU’s Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, 1st Floor, 100 Washington Square East, NYC. Jack Rosenthal, president of The New York Times Company Foundation, and Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, will be speaking about philanthropy from the different perspectives of a funder (NY Times Foundation) and of a non-profit service provider (Safe Horizon). The new Academy provides a full-range of non-credit courses, seminars and intensive programs for grantmakers, foundation executives and philanthropists.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND: MEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY. From The Black Star Project: Prince George's County Maryland Public Schools has established October 13, 2008 as "Men Make A Difference Day (MMDD)." On October 13, 2008, we are requesting all fathers, male guardians, and other significant male role models to visit their child's or family member's classroom for as little as 20 minutes to view the daily routines, interactive instructional strategies, and the excitement of the teaching and learning process.

In addition to the Men Make A Difference Day, The Division of Student Services and the Department of Family and Community Outreach have developed the Men Make A Difference Academy (MMDA). MMDA is intended to enhance male involvement in Prince George's County Public Schools in an effort to increase the academic success of all students.

MMDA courses will be offered two times a year at various locations throughout the County and will be free to any male parent, father figure or member of the community. For more information contact Dr. Mike Robinson from the Department of Family and Community Outreach at 301-925-2530 or

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: The Emmitt Till Legacy Fund presents the women's conference 'Loving From the Inside Out', October 11, 2008. For more information visit

BALTIMORE, MD: Join Concerned Black Men and this Nation's leading educators, politicians, community stakeholders, philanthropic celebrities and others for the upcoming National Mentoring Conference, October 30th through November 1st.

This important event will focus on examining and developing "best practices" in mentoring programs. Come and learn from the experts about what you must do to create a model mentoring program, or take your program to the next level!

Workshop sessions include: Using Mentoring to Combat Gang and Crew Membership, National Black Male Initiatives, Strategies to Get and Keep More Black Males in College, and Mentoring Girls and Children with Incarcerated Parents.

For more information and to register, visit here.

CHICAGO, IL: Mundy Films Youth Film Program is looking for youth ages 12-19 of age who are first-time filmmakers to bring their ideas to the big screen!

As a service to our community's children, Mundy Films has developed a Youth Film Initiative that teaches children all aspects of film-making including producing, screenwriting, directing, editing, and audio mixing. MFYFP is a six week program that provides first-time filmmakers the opportunity to learn the basics of film-making while creating their own films. For more information call 773-21-MUNDY (216-8639), or email

SEATTLE, WA & THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Join UNCF’s Pacific Northwest All Star "Campaign for Education" to raise funds for minority students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): This year it is critical that as a community we do what we can to support minority education. Time after time we hear from students who are accepted into college but do not have the financial resources to attend.

The Pacific NW Office of UNCF is launching a local effort to raise $50,000 to support deserving students. By visiting here, you will have direct access to the Pacific NW All Star "Campaign for Education" web page. You can then decide if you would like to form a team, donate directly or join an existing team. You will also have the option of donating anonymously.

DALLAS, TX: Left Behind: The Story of the New Orleans Public Schools

On Tuesday, November 11, 2008 beginning at 6 p.m., the 95-minute documentary, Left Behind: the Story of the New Orleans Public Schools, will be screened and discussed by a panel of New Orleans and Dallas educators and students at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The documentary follows three high school seniors through the 2004 and 2005 school years in the worst public school system in the United States. In the poorest city in America. In the most violent city in the industrialized world.

Detailed interviews with school board members, superintendents, teachers, principals, community activists, and more paint a picture of confusion, corruption, greed, politics, and despair that challenge the students at every turn. Actor/ Rapper Ice T, Professor Noam Chomsky, and author Michael Eric Dyson accent the film's biting commentary.

Representatives of New Leaders for New Schools in New Orleans will be on hand to answer questions about their program. Teachers and administrators with 3 or more years of experience are invited to learn more about the 2009 cohort to serve as principals. A reception will occur prior to the screening. The South Dallas Cultural Center is located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh in Dallas.

Space is limited. To RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact Froswa' Booker-Drew at or 214-500-4608 or Lauren Rachel at or 504-274-3672.