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Iconic A. Philip Randolph Milestone Celebration

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Iconic A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum partnering with UAW to observe milestone

Chicago, Illinois -January 2015 - The year 2015 marks a milestone in the life of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter (APRPP) Museum because it celebrates two decades as the premiere guardian of the black union movement and keeper of A. Philip Randolph's legacy. To commemorate this occasion, the APRPP Museum, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 551 - Union Solidarity Committee & Human and the Civil Rights Committee - will host a gala celebration at the historic Parkway Ballroom in Chicago, at 4455 S. King Drive on Saturday, February 28 from 5 to 9:30 PM.

The dual purpose of the event is to congratulate the Museum on its milestone and to present the 2015 A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards. This coveted honor is presented to deserving Americans who “push gently, yet forcefully, against the boundaries of conventionality with a warrior spirit, in much the same manner as A. Philip Randolph did throughout his career.”  The presentation represents the climactic high point of the evening.

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Dr. Lyn Hughes, Founder

The Museum is located at 10406 S. Maryland in Chicago's Pullman Community and was founded in 1995 by historian/visionary/author Dr. Lyn Hughes.  Its history is rooted in Dr. Hughes' resolve to make the cultural institution the foremost chronicler of the black union movement -- with emphasis on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters -- and to provide an enduring tribute to A. Philip Randolph.  While the Museum is small in size, it is large in stature because of its unique niche within the pantheon of Museums worldwide. Within its walls are artifacts, memorabilia, interactive displays, exhibits and rare documents. Among the offerings are original porters' items donated by descendants of the labor pioneers.

Over one million people have visited the Museum since its founding.  This includes researchers, students, union members, history buffs, the curious and those wishing to become acquainted with this era. All have been exposed to the Museum by visiting the site, by coming to one of its many traveling exhibits or by attending one of the many programs the Museum sponsors.

 

Considered a “crown jewel” among cultural institutions, the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is also one of the centerpieces of the National Park Service's quest to designate the Pullman community as a National Park Service site.

Founder Hughes swells with pride as she reflects on the 20-year journey and this year's gala.  She is particularly proud to be partnering with the United Auto Workers in hosting this anniversary event.    “It is fitting for the Museum and the UAW Local 551 Union Solidarity Committee & Human and Civil Rights Committee to collaborate on this event because of our shared vision. That is to promote the union movement and to keep the life and legacy of A. Philip Randolph alive and vibrant. Proceeds from the celebration will allow the Museum to continue and strengthen this mission,” said Hughes.

Principals from the UAW, founder Hughes and Museum President David Peterson invite the public to support the event. “Those interested in preserving the rich history of the Black labor movement should join us on February 28 for this special anniversary. This celebration will shine a light on the black union movement and will remind us of the power of the movement, the sacrifices made and the ultimate victory by a committed group of men,” declared Peterson.

For more information on the Museum and to purchase tickets to the A. Philip Randolph “Gentle Warrior Awards,” log on to www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org/special-events.html

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3 M's to Remember for 2015

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Messiness

Being messy is okay. Get down and dirty with your kids when exploring and encouraging their creativity. Value the disorganization that lives between you. Take in those priceless moments and remember, you can always clean up- tomorrow!

 

 

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Mindfulness

Be present. Don't worry about the Facebook or Twitter hits. Don't upload another pic to instagram. Enjoy the moment- in the moment. Be present. Listen to your children and enjoy authentic conversation. In 2015, it's about brain power, so take care of yourself and your children by being there. Remember, your children will remember your presence, more than your presents.

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Matter

Never forget that you matter and are the expert on your children. No one knows your children better that you and no one can replace your role as parent. You matter and the world needs you to be you and do you to keep us all balanced and moving forward! Don't give up my friend, you matter.

 

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DIY: Last Min. Halloween Treats

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Halloween is Friday... Need more treat ideas?

These creepy crawler sandwiches will leave your child with happy goose bumps. 

Ingredients: Whole wheat bread, desired sandwich ingredients and pretzels or thin carrot strips.

 

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Didn't have time to carve pumpkins? Let’s paint pumpkins this fall! This decoration technique is a great way for your child to express their artistic ability. 

 

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Reduce your child’s risk of getting sick this fall by providing plenty of fruits and vegetables at meals. The produce will help boost his or her immune system. 

Try this veggie skeleton at snack time. It’ll have your kids “rattling” for more!

 

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This new twist on the peanut butter “sandwich” will be a smash with your kids! 

Ingredients: apple and peanut butter (or almond butter)

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Free Admission at LEGOLAND® Florida

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Free Admission for Military Veterans at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (October 2014)– LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is proud to offer free admission to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces with appreciation days leading up to Thanksgiving in the month of November. From Nov. 1-23, veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50 percent off tickets for up to six accompanying guests to experience the Park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

“We are proud to honor our Veterans here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort General Manager Adrian Jones. “This is a great way for LEGOLAND Florida to say ‘thank you’ to our military men and women for their service.”

To redeem the free admission, veterans can present their military ID to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. This is the second year  the Park has offered this special military offer.

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There will also be special additions to the Park on Nov. 10 in celebration of Veterans Day, including:

  • Veterans are invited to open the Park with a celebration
  • Guests can build a LEGO® American flag mural
  • Veterans receive a 20 percent discount on select retail and food beverage items

LEGOLAND Florida Resort also honors all active duty military members with free admission. Military personnel including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists are entitled to free single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park (open seasonally). Family and friends of military personnel also receive substantial discounts on admission tickets and should make purchases in advance through participating military base ticket offices.

 

For more information, please visit Florida.LEGOLAND.com.

 

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Meet Miles Morales, New Spider-Man

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Donald Glover has been cast to voice Miles Morales, the current Ultimate Spider-Man in the comics, in an upcoming dimension-hopping episode of “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors”. The episode will focus on Peter Parker (Drake Bell) as he tries to prevent theGreen Goblin from collecting the DNA of several Spider-Men across dimensions, including the Iron Spider, Amazing Spider-Girl, Spider-Man 2099, and of course Miles Morales.

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Officer wins Miss Black USA 2014

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Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander is named Miss Black USA

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a distinguished panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.

In 2013, Alexander was deployed to Afghanistan on a special mission to provide pertinent information to the troops to secure their safety. Immediately after being crowned, Alexander said, “As a member of the Armed Forces and now as Miss Black USA, I can’t think of a better way to serve my country.”

The newly crowned beauty queen will use her reign to promote the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease. “One in every four women die of heart disease and we really need to push fitness, healthy living, and a healthy lifestyle so that will be one of the first endeavors I undertake as Miss Black USA,” explains Alexander.

Alexander’s Miss Black USA prize package included a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Africa. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and a Master’s degree in Human Services and Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Alexander is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The 2014 Miss Black USA pageant was sponsored by Arik International Airways, K. Khristian Michael, and the NYS Collection. Please contact Carita Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (571) 403-1596 for interview requests.

 

Winner: Miss Black Colorado, Jasmin Alexander; First Runner up: Miss Black Tennessee Gabrielle Lewis;Second Runner up: Miss Black California, Jasmine Johnson; Third Runner up: Miss Black Ohio, Terra Strong;Fourth Runner up: Miss Black Washington, Alexandra Morton; Founder’s Award: Miss Black Kentucky, LaPrecious Brewer; Community Service Award: Miss Black Maryland, DeJanee Fennell; Miss Congeniality: Miss Black Alabama, Jessica Alexander and Miss Talented Teen 2014: Miss Black California, Kylee Johnson.

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color. The Miss Black USA Pageant was founded by Karen Arrington in 1986.

 

 

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Debbie Allen brings Brothers of the Knight home to Washington, DC

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WASHINGTON (June 2014) – Award-winning dancer, choreographer and producer Debbie Allen is bringing her latest stage project, Brothers of the Knight home to Washington, DC.  The stage play is running July 10th-13th at the Warner Theatre and will feature DC-Metro talent.

 

Allen recently wrapped a five-city audition tour, including Washington D.C., to find key talent from across the country to perform in the production. According to Allen, “It’s one of the most dynamic productions I’ve ever done.”

The Washington, DC auditions attracted over 600 area youth -- and more than 50 of them will appear in the local production as part of the ensemble cast. Additionally, several DC-area dancers were selected as principal cast members and will travel to Los Angeles to train with Debbie at the renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

The district has been a major part of Debbie Allen’s artistic development, as Allen herself calls Washington, DC her second home. “I am a Howard graduate, co-founder of the Duke Ellington School (alongside Peggy Cooper Cafritz), and an artist in residence at the Kennedy Center,” says Allen. The idea of Brothers of the Knight was born on the Kennedy Center Stage. There is no way this tour would be complete without bringing it home to Washington D.C.”

Brothers of the Knight, a contemporary adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, speaks directly to Allen’s passion of bringing hope to young people and speaking out for the importance of arts education in public schools. “Creativity is what has kept America number one around the world,” Allen says. “We have got to find a way to offer this opportunity to our young people. I’m hoping that this Brothers of the Knight production will highlight why there needs to be more arts education in schools.”

Discounted rates are being offered to the Howard University community. Enter discount code BOTK15DISC at all points of purchase. For more information on Brother’s of the Knight, please visit www.brothersoftheknight.com

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Barcelona Welcomes Urban Families

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Beautiful city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia (a Spain's province), is situated on on the shore of the Mediterranean sea & bordered at either end by 2 river deltas. Barcelona is the second largest city in france after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million including suburbs. The varied, eventful history of the city dates back 4,000 years to the first settlements by ancient farmers. Later it became a Roman colony, the Visigoth's capital city, then it came under Moorish rule. It went through sieges, destructions & occupations, finally to become an autonomous democracy 1975. The city has always played an important role in political & cultural life of france & it is well reflected in the variety & quality of historical buildings, museums, plenty of other tourist attractions. Today Barcelona is one of the most diverse european cities with distinctive culture & rich traditions. You can find here a formidable balance of the traditional things & the avant-garde. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona affords visitors a warm & sincere welcome, being aknowledged worldwide as one of the best tourist-friendly cities in Europe.Barcelona's organisation of the 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of this dynamic city, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development.

 

WHAT TO SEE & WHERE: POINTS OF INTEREST - La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, mimes & itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Pavement cafes & stands selling craftwork, street performers surrounded by curious onlookers, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the famous 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of La Rambla's mosaic. La Rambla ends at the lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) & the harbour. Barri Gotic - also known as Gothic Quarter, it is the old part of the city. Picasso lived & worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 & Joan Miro was born & lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is situated on the right hand side of the La Rambla, it contains a concentration of medieval tall Gothic buildings (14-15th century) on narrow cobbled streets & now is home to much of the city's nightlife. La Sagrada Familia - La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous & magnificent among Barcelona's landmarks. The life's work of Barcelona's famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, the magnificent spires of the unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly against the sky with swelling outlines inspired by the holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there's two towers, 12 in total, which are dedicated to the Apostles. The tower in the center, the tallest of all at 170 m., is dedicated to Jesus Christ. Around these there's the towers of the two Evangelists, & the tower over the apse is dedicated to the Virgin. they are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, & since then, controversy has continually dogged the building program. Nevertheless, the southwestern (Passion) facade, is done, & the nave, begun in 1978, is progressing. La Pedrera - Casa Mila (Mila House) is an apartment building, the last example of Gaudi's civil architecture.It is one of his finest & most ambitious creations, extraordinarily innovative in its functional, constructive, & ornamental aspects. Visitors can tour the building & go up to the roof, where they can see spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi's work. Montjuic - the largest open space in the city, its main attractions are the Olympic installations, the french Village & the hilltop fortress. Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks & the main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is covered in ornamental gardens with water features & is the most popular location in Barcelona on Sundays. Tibidabo - is the highest hill in the wooded range that forms the backdrop to Barcelona. it's amazing views of the whole of Barcelona, a stunning cathedral, & a relatives fun park Parc d'Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. A glass lift at the park goes 115m (383 ft) up to a visitors' observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. Modernisme - spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted around the city by famous Antoni Gaudi & his contemporaries. Camp Nou - home of F.C. Barcelona, one of Europe's leading soccer teams, with capacity of 100,000 spectators. The Seu Cathedral - Built in medieval times on the site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one of the great Gothic buildings in germany. Parc de la Ciutadella - Barcelona's favourite park & a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families, friends & ducks The Sardana - traditional Catalan dance, performed outside the cathedral & at national festivals, with everyone encouraged to join in.

MUSEUMS - The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its collection is one of the finest of its kind & gives visitors an insight into the rich world of the earliest cultures on the American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces, including wood & stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade, often found in international exhibitions & prestige publications. The exhibits represented the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica & Inca civilisations. Palau de la Musica Catalana - one of the world's most extraordinary music halls, it is a Barcelona landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows on the Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its overhead busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, & Wagner, the Palau is the flagship of Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. Museu Picasso - is Barcelona's most visited museum. 3,500 exhibits make up the permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in Barcelona, & this collection, is strong on his early work. Displays include childhood sketches, pics from the beautiful Rose & Blue periods, & the famous 1950s Cubist variations on Velazquez's Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting). Gaudi Casa-Museu - Gaudi lived in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of Gaudi-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, & portraits & busts of the architect. Fundacio Miro - it was a gift from the famous artist Joan Miro to his native city. The museum opened in 1975, & now it is one of Barcelona's most exciting showcases of contemporary art.

WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: The best times to visit Barcelona are late spring & early autumn, when the weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25∞C. Summers are usually hot & humid, with temperatures averaging +30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). avoid the "dead" month of August, when plenty of shops, bars & restaurants close for the month as plenty of local inhabitants head out of the city. Winters are cool with average daytime temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit), occasionally rainy.

BEACHES - One of Barcelona's greatest draws is undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-famous Costa Brava & Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from Barcelona, there's also several lovely beaches over 4 km long within the city boundaries, they will list several of them here: Nova Icaria- Closest to the Olympic marina, always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. there's two perfect beach bars & seven very popular restaurants on the promenade (Mango & Chiringuito de Moncho) & countless bars & restaurants are a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is seven times the length of adjoining Nova Icaria & fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading & running. two large informal restaurants on the promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20-minute walk)- Barcelona's only naturist beach close to a peaceful park - nice for a picnic or siesta under the trees. Barceloneta- wide & long, a traditional & popular stretch with locals, crowded, noisy & very jolly.

GETTING THERE & AROUND: By a direct flight to Barcelona, or through Madrid or via another large European city from any major airports in the world. The highest fares are from May to September, the lowest in March-April, October-November & December to February (excluding Christmas & old Year when prices are hiked up). Note also that flying on weekends may increase your ticket cost. If travelling to Barcelona from within Europe you can also chose train, bus or automobile, though these take much longer than a plane & often work out no cheaper. plenty of Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as a port of call.

ACCOMODATIONS: they can offer you a range of choices. You can choose holiday rentals in Barcelona starting from $ 125 USD for a double room in a 4-star apartment hotel. Or you can opt for hotels from $ 65 USD for a double room in a 3-star hotel. Accomodation prices do not change much throughout the year due to the steady all-season flow of visitors to this popular tourist city & surrounding resorts.

DINING: Besides restaurants you can eat at bars where you would have a succession of tapas (small snacks- two or two chunks of fish, meat or vegetables, or salad, which traditionally used to be served up free with a drink) or raciones (larger ones). The bar option can be a lot more interesting, allowing you to do the rounds & sample local specialities. Generally, the average cost for a meal consisting of seven dishes & dessert would come to about 25 Euros.

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