You are now being logged in using your Facebook credentials
West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

Read More...
Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

Read More...
Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

Read More...
Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

Read More...
Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

Read More...
Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

Read More...
Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

Read More...
Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

Read More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2011 JoomlaWorks Ltd.

Fresh Grown: Student Hip-hop Video for Kids Says Eating Fruits, Veggies Is Cool

Written by University of Alabama at Birmingham on 03 June 2010.

“The Jefferson County Childhood Obesity Task Force (JCCOTF) wanted to put together a social marketing project that would have kids teaching With a funky beat and catchy lyrics, a hip-hop public service announcement video created by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) senior film student Anna Lloyd, 22, of Fairhope, is hitting the Internet with a message to kids: Eating healthy is cool.

The 60-second video “Fresh Grown,” online at www.uab.edu/dcs, features five local kids rapping and dancing at a local grocery store and at the Pepper Place Farmers’ Market in Birmingham. The children, surrounded by rows of carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and other produce, sing the lyrics “I like fresh grown fruits and vegetables.”

“The Jefferson County Childhood Obesity Task Force (JCCOTF) wanted to put together a social marketing project that would have kids teaching kids how to be healthy,” said Bree Garrett, a member of JCCOTF and the community nutrition coordinator for Jones Valley Urban Farm, a community-based nonprofit organization that grows organic produce and flowers on a three-acre vacant lot in downtown Birmingham.

So Garrett contacted Michele Forman, M.A., director of UAB Digital Community Studies, who recruited Lloyd for the project. For her research, Lloyd surveyed fourth-graders at Phillips Academy in downtown Birmingham to get the students’ opinions about nutrition, music and their favorite websites and television shows.

“I realized that the kids already knew what they should be eating, but they said it just wasn’t cool to eat healthy,” Lloyd said. “So, I wanted a video that would make healthy foods cool, and that’s where the idea for a hip-hop video came from.”

For the video, Lloyd enlisted the help of Winston Strickland, artistic director of the M.A.D. Skillz Dance Co. in Birmingham, who auditioned and selected dancers for the video. UAB senior Joel Brown, 25, of Dothan, a music technology student, wrote the rap lyrics, with suggestions from Lloyd, and recorded and mixed the song in UAB’s music technology laboratory.

“I've been involved in many projects similar to this one, but this is the first time I’ve ever recorded and produced a song for a commercial,” said Brown. “When asked to do this project, I was thrilled to be part of such a positive influence on today’s students. On the other hand, I wondered how I would write a hip-hop song about vegetables. But the kids from M.A.D. Skillz were a lot of fun to work with, and I think they did an amazing job.”

The video took almost the entire spring semester to complete, Lloyd said.

“I’m really happy with the video,” Lloyd said, “and I’m really proud of all of the people who put in the time to make this happen. The video focuses on nutrition, but it makes healthy eating look cool, and I hope that kids will see it and that it makes them think the same way about what to eat and what they want their parents to buy.”

About the UAB College of Arts and Sciences
UAB Digital Community Studies is housed in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, home to academic disciplines that include the arts, humanities, sciences and the School of Education. The college’s unique structure advances research and learning in both K-12 and higher education, and its courses are taught by a world-class faculty. Committed to the UAB spirit of independence and innovation, the college enables students to design their own majors, participate in undergraduate research or complete graduate degrees on a five-year fast track. Through productive partnerships, flexible curricula and a bold, interdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching, the college is preparing students for success in the ever-changing global marketplace of commerce and ideas.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a separate, independent institution from the University of Alabama, which is located in Tuscaloosa. Please use University of Alabama at Birmingham on first reference and UAB on all consecutive references.

VIDEO: www.youtube.com/uabnews TEXT: www.uab.edu/news TWEETS: www.twitter.com/uabnews

GDN Link Exchange