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  • Miya Bailey: Trendiness in Ink & Culture

    Miya Bailey: Trendiness in Ink & Culture

    Miya Bailey is nationally renowned tattoo artist with City of Ink. He is a producer on the film, Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary. http://miyabailey.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/MiyaBailey

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  • Ameca Reali: Her Love for All Things New Orleans

    Ameca Reali: Her Love for All Things New Orleans

    Ameca Reali (BA, SUNY, Buffalo; JD, Loyola College of Law, New Orleans) was born and raised in a small town in Upstate, NY. She is one of three children raised by a single parent in public housing. From an early age her mother taught the principles of service to others and the community and advocacy through her work in the community. Ameca graduated Cum Laud with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University at Buffalo in 2006. She […]

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  • Thelma Harris French: Parental Involvement in Education

    Thelma Harris French: Parental Involvement in Education

    Thelma Harris French is the President and CEO of Total Community Action, Inc., a non-profit community based agency, dedicated to serving the needs of the disadvantaged. http://www.tca-nola.org/

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  • Niṣṭha Raj: Her Music Journey

    Niṣṭha Raj: Her Music Journey

    Nistha Raj’s initial training in music began with western classical violin at the age of nine, which she pursued seriously until graduation from college. She received a B.A. in music with honors from the University of Houston in 2003. Although born and raised in the U.S., because of her Indian heritage, she was exposed to the classical music of India from her childhood and had an intense desire to delve deeper into a study of the music. http://nistharaj.com/

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  • Leslie “Ezra” Smith: Favorite Book (Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch)

    Leslie “Ezra” Smith: Favorite Book (Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch)

    Leslie “Ezra” Smith is a Pittsburgh native who began acting in 1994 for A.R.C.H. Productions, performing in “Hitting Home”. His most recent performances include “Seven Guitars” as Canewell for Kuntu Repertory Theater (2005), “A Soldiers Play” as a Military Police officer and understudy for Henson for New Horizons Theater (2005),”Hidden in Harlem” as Charly and “Who’s Hero?” as The Soldier during The Theater Festival in Black in White for the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater (2005), “The Founder’s Play” as Tony during […]

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  • Profiles: David B. Mitchell, Reflections of a Borough (Wilkinsburg, PA)

    Profiles: David B. Mitchell, Reflections of a Borough (Wilkinsburg, PA)

    About Wilkinsburg, PA (From the Government site) The borough’s proximity to Pittsburgh and its location along main lines of transit from outlying areas were key to its founding and early development. The original village plan was drawn along both sides of the Great Road to Fort Pitt. Wilkinsburg truly began to flourish when the railroad came through in the 1850s, bringing access to jobs in other parts of the city. Nonetheless, Wilkinsburg values its independence. Wilkinsburg was annexed to the […]

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  • Anthony Nolen: The N-Word

    Anthony Nolen: The N-Word

    Anthony Nolen hails from NYC and currently lives in Washington, DC. http://www.anthonytalks.com

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  • Rafael Delgadillo: Education in New Orleans

    Rafael Delgadillo: Education in New Orleans

    Rafael Delgadillo is an outreach coordinator for Puentes New Orleans Inc. His family is from the Dominican Republic and he has lived in the New Orleans area for most of his life. Rafael is currently working on his Master’s in History at the University of New Orleans, where his research is focused on Hispanics in New Orleans in the late 19th century.

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  • Jessica Williams: Her Work

    Jessica Williams: Her Work

    Jessica is a staff writer at The Lens, a New Orleans area’s first nonprofit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom, dedicated to unique in-depth reporting projects, as well as exclusive daily stories. twitter.com/williamlensnola

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  • Josh: SUFEO! and the Issue of Being Pushed Out

    Josh: SUFEO! and the Issue of Being Pushed Out

    Josh works for SUFEO and is an advocate for reducing the” School to Prison Pipeline”. SUFEO! (Stand Up for Each Other!) represents youth from various schools in New Orleans who are being suspended or expelled.  When students are pushed out of school, they are more likely to be picked up by the criminal justice system.  This further imbeds the School to Prison Pipeline that national organizations, such as ACLU and NAACP, currently advocate against.  During the 2010-2011 school year, SUFEO saw […]

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