Jonathan Baptiste & The Urban Intellectuals
Jonathan Baptiste is a senior at the University of North Florida by day, but outside of the classroom he is so much more. A teacher, creator, a man influence. He is all that we envision the walking art of Jazz to be. With multiple awards and recognition, this Orlando native has impacted the music world in more ways than we can count. Jonathan Baptiste gave Emerging Black the exclusive on his connection with music and community. Here is what the young, gifted musician had to say.
L I V E M U S I C A T T H E J A X J A Z Z F E S T
You can see Jonathan Baptiste & The Urban Intellectuals LIVE at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival this Saturday on May 26, 2018 at 3pm on the Breezy Stage on Main Street. The Jazz Fest will be going all weekend long in your downtown area. Bring your lawn chair, a nice cold beverage, and your favorite snacks and indulge in music galore! Until then, check out this awesome video, which is just a little taste of the weekend to come!
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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month,
The African American Mental Health Initiative (AMMHI) will be hosting their 4th Annual Mental Health Walk. This family, fun-filled event will take place at the Bob Hayes Track Field from 9-1p. Come and kick off the morning with a few laps around the field. Enjoy sack races, Double Dutch contest, and face painting, bouncing houses, Village Talk, music and more.
If you want more information on health and wellness, healthcare professionals will be onsite to answer your questions and concerns. There will be blood pressure screenings and massage therapists, just to name a few. Also, you can come and hangout with vendors in the area to learn more about what Jacksonville has to offer.
The Founder, Ann Marlow and staff will see you there. Bring your children, friends, families and neighbors because this will be a good time. Remember, “It TAKES a village to raise a Child.”
For more information about the event, please click on the link below.
Ashley’s World, a new web series, debuted online in February 2018. This series follows the journey of Ashley, a single Mother from the Bronx, who struggles to pursue her lifelong dream as an actress. With a rebellious teenage daughter and an overbearing Mother, Ashley must find a way to navigate through the day’s challenges.
Taking place in the New York City Projects, these bite-sized webisodes explore themes of parenthood, racism, dating and the recreational use of marijuana. Ashley’s daily routines lands in her in the path of some interesting characters including a snobby Actress named Katelyn and her daughter’s mischievous boyfriend Andre, to name a few.
Ashley, like most single Mothers, wants to provide for her family but she faces the choice to either chase her destiny or remain stuck in reality. Janelle Stein, who plays the role of Ashley herself, and Domingo Martin, wanted to create an authentic series that pays homage to resilient women of color and artists.
“This is an important story that showcases a modern family unlike any other web series or television show”, says executive producer Janelle Stein. “Though the story is fictional, it is inspired by real circumstances in my life. It is reflective of many individuals in the urban community, the performing arts realm and young single mothers. Though we don’t often see some of these stories and characters, they do exist. We want to make sure they have a voice.”
Season 1 is just not enough. Stein says that season two of Ashley’s World is currently in pre-production which will give more depth, layers and drama. If you'd like to watch Season 1 of Ashley’s World, click on www.AshleysWorldTheSeries.com
If you just can't get enough of the series, follow the cast on social media.
Mother's Day is HERE...
As we are rapidly approaching Mother’s Day, consider showing honor and respect to not only your mothers, but to women everywhere. Mother’s Day was not just intended to celebrate our natural Mothers. There are different types of Mothers including Stepmothers, Foster Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers, Surrogate Mothers, and even women who have stepped in and fulfilled the role as a Mother.
So next time you reach out to your friend or wife or co-worker to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day, reach out to the young single woman in the grocery store, because she may bear a child one day. Wish your elderly neighbor a Happy Mother’s Day because she may have lost her child a few years back.
Honor YOUR Mother...
Lastly, honor your Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Grandparents, and all women with daily phone calls and quality time. Tell her that you love, appreciate and value her for who she is in your life. As a very intelligent individual once said, “give them their flowers while they’re alive.”
TO ALL WOMEN, MOTHERS, SISTERS, GRANDPARENTS, STUDENTS, LEADERS AND WORLD-CHANGERS,
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY,
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