Daniel Nissen, provided by Published 11:59 am PDT, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Photo: REX/Shutterstock Photo: REX/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: REX/Shutterstock AFI, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Launch Second Young Women in Film Intensive 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The AFI Conservatory and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation have partnered to launch the second annual Young Women in Film Intensive. The AFI Campus in Los Angeles will host 45 high school girls for an eight-week filmmaking workshop, where students will receive mentorship from current fellows and working professional alumni of the AFI Conservatory. Participating girls come from … [Read more...] about AFI, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Launch Second Young Women in Film Intensive
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Derek Luke can't recall anyone teaching him to chase his dreams. "People talked to me about how to get a job. No one had ever talked to me about how to pursue my dream." That dream was a career in acting. More than 25 years after graduating from Snyder High School in Jersey City, Luke has turned that ambition into a career, with starring or prominent roles in "Friday Night Lights," "Antwone Fisher," and the hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Now, he wants to help kids in Jersey City and beyond achieve their dreams. Luke is launching the Derek Luke Foundation (DLF) aimed at supporting programs and initiatives for underserved urban communities, specifically focusing on issues that people of color face. DLF kicks off with four days worth of events in Jersey City, beginning today and wrapping up Sunday. It gets underway at David's Barbershop at 2160 Kennedy Blvd., where children ages 12 and under can receive free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies, and more from noon to 3 p.m. … [Read more...] about ’13 Reasons Why’ actor wants to help inner city kids chase their dreams
Sports Brandon Nunez opens the doors into the wrestling room at Columbia University’s Dodge Physical Fitness Center in Upper Manhattan. Everyone looks over. At 5-foot-3 and just shy of 125 lbs, he isn’t the biggest body, but he commands the room. The room erupts with shouts. Recommended Slideshows 76 In Pictures: the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams “Ayyy!” He’s got a classic, stocky, wrestler’s build. His well-defined trapezius muscles fill out his Rhode Island College wrestling t-shirt and his large calves are covered with a white athletic sleeve that runs down his left leg from underneath his orange gym shorts. He’s swarmed by the dozens of middle school and high school-age kids who are attending this week’s wrestling clinic. He exchanges a handful of high-fives, fist bumps and daps from old friends. See all of the best … [Read more...] about Beating The Streets: Inner-City Youth Beat The Odds On The Mat
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- For Curtis High School grads Kevin Thompson, Eric Garvin and Derek Alvez, what started as mid-1970s camaraderie on the track and field team grew into a life-long "brotherhood." These close friends share a common goal: To make a difference for others in an act of gratitude for the men and women who helped them through hardship. For 40 years, they all worked on independent projects post-graduation, until both Alvez and Garvin finally joined Thompson's 10-year-old Cross World Africa, Inc. (CWA). Thompson, Garvin and Alvez serve as founder/executive director, president and board member, respectively, of the non-profit organization dedicated to opportunity-based outreach in impoverished African villages and communities in Kenya. The trio says CWA has a "profound impact on disenfranchised urban and rural districts through a variety of entrepreneurial, educational, and aid programs for widowed mothers, elderly citizens, and students of all ages." So far, the … [Read more...] about Curtis alums make a big difference in Africa; is inner-city NYC next?
DALLAS — As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents did, rely on everything from walking and shared bikes to light-rail trains and ride-hailing apps to get around. The same dynamic has played out in other Texas cities as people with college degrees and higher incomes return to the inner city neighborhoods that previous generations abandoned for the suburbs. But car ownership is still a necessity in most of the state’s urban areas, which still trail other American metros in luring educated young professionals — who in turn help attract new businesses and sustain government coffers. That’s a conundrum for transportation planners like Kevin Feldt, who spends his workdays inside a nondescript Arlington office building trying to figure out how to build North Texas’ future transportation grid for a new generation while political and financial inertia still … [Read more...] about Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs?