Harlem HIV / AIDS Faith Walk 2013: The End To Stop The Disease

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By Ryan Ngala
[Harlem, New York] – What a gorgeous sunny day it was in the heart of the Harlem community many people gathered at the Fred Samuel playground located on 140th Street at Malcolm X Boulevard. I saw many of them wearing tee-shirts, both in black and white, that read “Faith Walk Twenty Thirteen: Promoting Awareness in communities of color,” both in black and white as they registered online at EventBrite.com; their names were added to the list as they signed in.
People were representing their churches and organizations in the neighborhood including Abyssinian Baptist Church, Abyssinian Development Corporation, African-American Muslim Commission On HIV / AIDS, Bethany Baptist Church, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Church of the Intercession, Coalition On Positive Health Empowerment [Cope Health], Community Health and Awareness Ministry, Inc., Convent Avenue Baptist Church, East Ward Missionary Baptist Church, First AME Bethel Church, First Corinthian Baptist Church, FOY HIV / AIDS Ministry [Mt. Calvary Baptist Church], Iris House – A Center For Women Living With HIV / AIDS, Inc., Love Alive International Foundation, Inc., Masjid Sabur Worship, Educational and Referral, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, New Hope Community Church, New Testament Baptist Church, Paradise Baptist Church, Rivers of Living Faith Ministries, St. John’s Baptist Church, and St. Luke’s AME Church and Survivors Fountain of Hope Wellness Initiative.
When they were about to leave the park, many people were holding up their banners and signs with slogans such as, “Get Yourself Tested”, “Engage, Educate, Prevent” and “Twenty Thirteen Harlem HIV / AIDS Faith Walk.” The marchers also got wristbands with the words, “Know Your Status.” This march was a major event being sponsored by The Harlem Hospital Center, NYC Council Faith Based Initiative, The National Black Leadership Commission Aids, Inc., and many more.
When the march began the participants walked throughout the streets chanting “HIV, Get Tested!!!” and “Wake Up Harlem.” They also sang a couple of gospel songs along the way.  I joined the marchers as they started to walk towards 125th Street to go to the Harlem State Office Building where the health fair was being held. We walked the red carpet to where there was a worship service with special guest speaker Bill Thompson sending a strong message that the disease of HIV / AIDS must come to an end!  He raised awareness about young people in our communities getting the disease and not even knowing, If they are positive.
There are so many ways to get the disease: sexual contact, drug use, occupational contact with the virus. It is so important that young people should: Get Educated, Get Tested, and Get Involved.  Many people decided to go to HIV Testing and get started with their National HIV Testing Day Health and Resource Fair Passport 2013, which they carried with them to each table to have to get the names and signatures of people who want more information on Diabetes, Hepatitis C, as well as information about the FDNY Application and Iris House. Those who were able to collect a total up to twelve signatures or more received a special gift. Refreshments including hot dogs, ice cream and bottled water were provided.

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Figure Skating In Harlem presents It’s 16th Annual Ice Show “A Salute To Great Women In Music”

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By Ryan Ngala

[Riverbank State Park, New York] Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) kicks off its 16th annual ice show at Riverbank State Park in Harlem on (Sat. March 23rd and Sun. March 24th at both 7 and 3pm); many people had waited in line with their tickets in their hands just to get in. It was a long line; as I got there the show was about to start. Things were running smoothly. Some ticket holders started to go upstairs to the upper balcony while some people wanted seats in the middle of the lower area; when everyone was settled the ice show began.

The host of the show was none other than Tamara Tunie of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” She started things off by introducing the Harlem Ice Beginner 3 Synchronized Skating Team; they skated to three Whitney Houston songs, “My Love Is Your Love,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “How will I know?.” The team danced and skated so swiftly that they wowed the crowd with a stunning performance; “La Conga Blicoti” by Josephine Baker. The event was an outstanding Sunday skating performance featuring FSH students, Kaylia Allen, Nya Davis, Kortney DeBride, Ava Grace Gardner, Isis Glover, Andrea Heredia, Zoe Littles-Ward, Narju Nawar, Eden Pichardo, Ashley Prentice and Jalynn Satterthwaite. Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good” was performed by FSH students Tanay Davis, Taharie Murga, Thalyia Thompson, and Zenzile Tonge; the quartet of performers skated with all their strength as they spun and twirled until the very end.

Other FSH students skated to the songs of many great women artists and songs including:

“Fantasy” By Mariah Carey

“I Got Rhythm” By Lena Horne

“New Attitude” By Patti LaBelle

“Unpretty” By TLC

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” By Selena

“Sweet Dreams” By Beyoncé

“No One” By Alicia Keys

“Respect” By Aretha Franklin

“Strong Enough” By Cher

“Colette Shows Him the Ropes / Infernal Galop” By Michael Giacchino & Jacques Offenbach

“Family Affair” By Mary J. Blige

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” By Lauryn Hill

“Step by Step” By Whitney Houston

“Brave” By Idina Menzel

“Palladio” By Escala and

“Midnight Train to Georgia” By Gladys Knight and The Pips.

Three FSH soloists then prepared to skate on the ice and strut their stuff; Sharendalle Murga was up first skating to Idina Menzel’s “Brave.” Executing her spins and going around in circles, skating so magnificently, her performance ended in even more memorable moves on the ice. Second was Jiordan Ali who danced to Leontyne Price’s “Summertime;” her skating was actually quite amazing and the crowd applauded for her so she continued to skate even harder; the more she skated, the better her skating became. Last but not least, there was the one and only Florence Ngala (my sister) who skated to Adele’s “Hometown Glory;” her performance was choreographed by Ali Blank. On hand to see Florence’s skating routine during FSH’s Saturday prorgram were Abel, Wendy, Auntie Doreen and Tina (Mom); her amazing performance was recorded on Auntie Doreen’s iPad by her sister Wendy. It was a marvelous performance as ever and the entire crowd gave Florence a standing ovation which was even louder than ever before. Because it was Florence’s last performance as an FSH student, her family and fans gave her an enthusiastic send off. It had been 11 years since she started skating at the age of six.

When Florence’s solo performance was over, Sharon Cohen, FSH founder and director, stepped into the ice rink and said a couple of words before the start of the skating finale. She asked the crowd “Are you guys having a good time?” The crowd went wild as the audience yelled “Yeah!!!”, I was shouting and screaming even more than the audience did.

Sharon then said “It really takes a village to run a fantastic organization.” She and Bernice had dreamt about an ice skating program in Harlem for years before FSH became a reality. Sharon then introduced the FSH staff members who made the performance possible by pushing the FSH students to be successful both on and off the ice.

Three FSH students who will be leaving the program–Florence, Sharendalle and Jiordan–received flowers; along with Bria Culpepper and Kayla Stewart also received flowers because they will be going to college soon. At that point Florence cried heartfelt tears of joy. Then all five FSH students stepped into the ice rink for a final bow.

The finale Performance was performed by all the FSH students who were introduced by Tamara Tunie, the FSH students skated to both Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” and Beyoncé’s “Run The World.”

The Harlem Ice Open Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team (Jiordan Ali and Sharendalle Murga were up along with Kolby Couch, Tanay Davis, Eliyah Mckayle, Taharie Murga, Florence Ngala, Zjana Ray, Nikaila Saunders, Kayla Stewart, Thaylia Thompson, Zenzile Tonge and Sandra Williams) skated to “Girl On Fire.” The two team captains skated so swiftly with spins and twirls to the audience’s delight; the crowd cheered with excitement. Next all of the FSH students skated to the right and left of the ice rink to Beyoncé’s “Run the world.” When the entire group of skaters entered during the ice rink the crowd went wild, screaming from the top of their lungs.

The FSH students from the youngest to oldest were the stars of the event. As their performance came to an end, the crowd gave them a loud round of applause and a standing ovation for their outstanding skating performance at the heart of Riverbank State Park.

True Sound Lounge Fashion Show

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By Ryan Ngala

[Bronx, NY] In a residential apartment building section of the Bronx, on a far-away, isolated, warehouse-lined street, located at 865 East 135th Street and Walnut Avenue, in a very quiet space just above the third floor, where the sound of the music was buzzing, signaling that something cool was taking place, there was a very special event going down at the True Sound Lounge last Saturday evening.

The exclusive event at True Sound Lounge was hosted by Getti Visions, Go Le Gare’s Studio 73, and True Sound Lounge. Many beautiful people were invited to a special fashion show event, many photographers were taking pictures of a big whiteboard which presented the logos of the different sponsoring companies: Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest, Getti Visions, Robibero Winery, DJ Madic, GoLe Gare’s Studio 73 and Juici Creations.

As the fashion show was about to start, many more people continued to come and they had to rush to take their seats. The hosts, George and Getti, said a few words before the show began; soon, as many as twelve models started to strut their stuff, rocking the DpiperTwins clothing line as they hit the runway looking so fabulous and stunning as ever. Danielle and Chantelle, the Dpiper twins were present and they did their “thang.” When the fashion show ended, the many photographers at the event started to take pictures of the 12 models who had walked the runway; the models, including the Dpiper twins, struck provocative poses and smiled for the camera.

I thought the runway was pretty awesome with all the sparkling lights that change colors perpetually. Anyway I liked the show and the setting very much. Soon many ladies and gents started to dance and enjoy themselves. There were also singing performances and a DJ Madic cranking up the music. All in all this event was something very special that everybody could enjoy.

Apple to release the newest version of iOS 6 tomorrow

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By Ryan Ngala

Along with the latest Apple products bringing to the next level for the 5th generation iPod Touch, The new iPad and the iPhone 5, brings us to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, that is so fun and more enjoyable to play with, making it more reliable, and with many Apple customers just willing to get their hands on, and with two hundred features to choose from, there are ten features that will just surprise customers and that it just gets even better.

Along with the new iPhone 5, being released anytime soon the new version of the next iOS mobile operating system has gone full throttle, with the new redesigned of iTunes, AppStore and the iBookstore. According to Apple officials the newly improve redesigned iTunes has better improved performance, preview while browsing, improved search results and share instantly on facebook and twitter for the latest music, movies and tv shows you like and tweet, the same redesigned software for Mac OS X mountain Lion.

With the next release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, coming to the Apple Store near you, here are some of the ten of the two hundred features being introduced hands on as you update the latest software of iOS 6 on to the PC or Mac computer or to purchase an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, here’s one of the ten new features on iOS six, sources from the Apple website gives us details about just you need for the upcoming mobile software.

1. Maps: The new and updated version of Maps is so much fun and better than ever, it re-imagined how you see the whole map and the state of 50 continents, and explore cities with flyover you can search on any type of city like “Sydney, Australia”, and you can see the detail image of the building that is being seen in 3D as you zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate around the city and its landmarks. Turn by Turn directions gives you an insight look on route and a voiceover to know where you are going to, just type in your address and choose your route and follow the locations as you follow along but as you see traffic conditions coming your way, Maps offers alternative routes. Alternate side in parking effect with traffic signals you can see accidents, alerts and under construction, on your iOS device and also with standard, satellite and hybrid view as you see 3D buildings through your very eyes.

2. Siri: One of my favorite components to the iOS operating system, that has both dictation and can ask you for everything you ask for, for sports, restaurants and movies, apps, locations you name it, you can ask questions like for example “How did the 49ers do last weekend?”, “Play Angry Birds”, Call a name for a stock and so much more, and for facebook and twitter integration
ask siri to post something on your wall or tweet something for you, that you can always listen to your ears, Siri is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).

3. Facebook: The world’s largest social networking platform, combine with the great iOS operating system, that allows you to share your favorite websites, like apps and songs from the appstore and iTunes, seeing contacts for people who have facebook and their birthdays coming up and other events to the calendar.

4. Shared Photo Streams: On the photos app, you can share the photos you want select the photos you want to share and name the photo of your album, as you can see the photos on Apple TV, or a Mac that is running on Mountain Lion, you can comment on other people shared photos as they get notified of someone liking their photos, and with a touch of a button you can see your photos on the iCloud website.

5. Passbook: Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Wake your iPhone or iPod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place — like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon. And if your gate changes after you’ve checked in for your flight, Passbook will even alert you to make sure you’re not relaxing in the wrong terminal.

6. Facetime: With facetime in the palm of your hands, you can make video calls to someone like your friends, grandparents and so many others, but anyway since that facetime runs on Wi-Fi, it also runs on cellular wireless as well, so you can talk to your people anywhere around the world.

7. Phone: With some of the features, being portrait as you use iPhone, the phone app allows you to make phone calls, iOS 6 adds new calling features on the lock screen as you slide to answer there will also be a Decline and the Answer button, but there are six new options such as: Reply with Message, Remind Me Later, Can’t talk right now…, I’ll call you later, I’m on my way, What’s up, or you can custom what you want to say, you can also text messages and all the above.

8. Mail: There’s a new feature for Mail, and that is VIP you can put a star on your friends email, to see the messages your friends mail to, whether is your Mom or anybody, you can also put photos and video and send them easily and quickly, it animates the way it makes the e-mail receive new messages, and actually send them again and again.

9. Safari: The greatest enhancements on the number one iOS mobile web browsing, it’s actually the coolest web app that i’ve ever seen, with some awesome features on the safari app you can click the arrow on the right, and put the site now in full screen mode, iCloud tabs so that you can see websites coming to your Macbook Air, iPhone and many other Apple products that you’ve already open, offline reading list, and also browsing the most popular sites on the web.

10. Accessibility: iOS 6 comes with great features supports with many people who has autism, disabilities like Guided Access, Voice Over, and AssistiveTouch. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, Assistive Touch, and Zoom.

iOS 6 supports many of the iOS devices

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
The new iPad
iPad 2
iPod touch (4th & 5th generation)

iPhone 5 will be release on Friday, iPod Touch 5th Generation will be release this fall despite all the rumors about whether the new iPod Touch (5th Generation) will be coming out, but I think that this mobile software will be so much better than iOS 5, and with a lot of competition of so many operating software, this could be one of the best mobile operating system yet all over the world.

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New Pressure on Zuckerberg After Stock Sinks To Record Low

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By Ryan Ngala

 

Facebook stock prices have fallen steadily since the company’s much anticipated public debut three months ago. Now some are asking whether Mark Zuckerberg is the best person to lead the company. Last week, Facebook hit a new trading low, and now some are wondering if founder Mr. Zuckerberg is in over his hoodie and if it’s time for him to step aside as CEO.

 

Facebook made few friends on Wall Street last week, Friday, when its stock price fell below twenty dollars for the second day in a row. This was the latest blow in what some are calling one of the most disastrous initial public offerings in a decade, “Just ninety days since the IPO in May, the stock has fallen by half its value. So the drop has not just been dramatic in terms of size it’s been so rapid”, said Sam Hamadeh, CEO of Privco.

 

Facebook, the social media giant boasts approximately nine hundred million users worldwide, when news broke of the impending IPO, there was much anticipation globally. “So let’s do this” said Mark Zuckerberg, when the company went public on Friday May 18th. Many investors have clamored for Facebook shares, including many private investors like San Diego sandwich shop owner, Herman Hitachi, “I got two hundred and fifty shares at forty dollars” he said. Now Hitachi patiently waits for better days, “We will go through up’s and downs, no question about it” he added.

 

A recent NBC Today Show podcast revealed that the Facebook trading deal might be problematic “The Facebook IPO was plagued with problems from the very beginning. Technical glitches delayed the opening and led to trading confusion. Investor’s lawsuit follow and the stock price started falling from an opening high of $38.23 to Friday’s low of $19.05, now some wonder if it’s time for founder Mark Zuckerberg to step aside as ceo, questioning his readiness for the job. The 28year old upset many on Wall Street by showing up to his first investor meeting this spring wearing sneakers and a hoodie.”

 

Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management stated, “His company; he’s not doing the right things to have this company make money. What I would tell Mark Zuckerberg is: ‘You’re a smart guy, you’ve created this great product called Facebook, but now the game has changed.” The other significant development at Facebook recently is that a group of Facebook investors has filed a class action suit against the company and the investors that underwrote the initial public offering.

 

News of the lawsuit has led some to ask the question, “Is Morgan Stanley really to blame for the Facebook IPO scam?” Morgan Stanley, along with other leading banks, underwrote the Facebook IPO. The plaintiffs alleged that Morgan Stanley hid vital information from the public that would have reveal that the stock was overpriced. Sources cited in an online article on the Gawker’s webpage described the anger of some facebook investors. “They’re pissed over reports that Facebook hid worrying financial numbers from the public before the IPO, while working with banks to tip off preferred investors.”

 

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HCZ 18th Annual Peace March 2012

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By Ryan Ngala

[Harlem, New York]– With the overall students and staff members in this community based program at the Harlem Children’s Zone, they were ready to prepare themselves in this movement event that can stop the end of violence not only in the streets of New York but also in our homes, but at this event could end the violence of many loved ones whose lives have been lost forever and hopefully that it’s send a message to many New Yorkers that violence must be stop once and for all.

It was a gorgeous sunny day, as me and the CSO (College Success Office) group had left the building at 3:45, to wait for further instructions as we headed out and off we went to go to 134th Street the CSO group was walking their way there throughout park avenue, Madison avenue, and 5th Avenue at 135th street as soon as they got to their destination on 134th Street and 7th Avenue between the site building of HCZ’s Truancy Prevention and Project Class and Learn to Earn program site.

We was the last group on the line behind Learn to Earn, ETC (Employment and Technology Center) and many other HCZ site group who were above us, when the peace march rally had started to begin some young teens were on the sidewalk so I thought that this was not what the CSO group had in mind, they were supposed to be marching in the street, but not on the sidewalk so they wanted to start all over as they have them to do it all over again, so when the march rally was about to start, we started to walk.

“Let’s go, CSO” said Kim, I was from behind many students so that I know where I was going and I won’t get lost, as we walk to the scene as we turn on 134th Street and 7th Avenue at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and as they walk to 136th Street they begin to chant with their big high voice as they possible could as they started to said “Were gonna shout it out, Peace is what it’s all about”, “We are the future, Don’t you agree?, Stop the violence on kids like me!!!”, “Money for Schools, not for jails.”, and “Marching through the zone to save our own!”.

They started to chant all the way as they were headed to the Harlem Armory as banners, and posters were being held up high and once they were waiting to be letting students inside of the armory, they must have their peace march t-shirt on or otherwise they can’t come in without having it to come off, so as they went inside the armory and up the steps they go as they climb through the stairs from the first floor waiting for many HCZ students and staff to get pass by until they were able to find a seat, as I spotted my site group from CSO and also Tina who put water bottles in a pack of ice so that it can stay cool, the ceremony was about to begin in 5 minutes and as everyone were about to sit down, the ceremony was about to begin.

In the auditorium, when people saw their program logos coming up on a big projector screen, they shouted out the name of their own site group among the different HCZ programs such as ETC (Employment & Technology Center), CSO (College Success Office), Countee Cullen Community Center, Truce Media, Truce Fitness, Learn To Earn, and many more. The shouting continued as audience members started to shout out the names of different HCZ programs represented by individuals who were starting to perform on the big stage.  Booker T. Washington reps were doing the salsa on stage and many flags were being waived by the staff members of Booker T., After their performance, the audience gave them a big round of applause. Some HCZ participants were busy taking great pictures including Will Weeks and me. The event was a great show with some great performers representing Learn to Earn, Truce Media, ETC (Employment & Technology Center) and many others.

But what really did struck me was a performance by the group from Countee Cullen: they performed a cover song to Eminem’s “I’m Not Afraid.” Their message was about decreasing violence and promoting world peace in this community; they mourned the victims who have lost their lives because of gun violence. Another impressive performance was by the group from the Learn to Earn site program; they did a cover up to a song of Meek Mill’s “Amen”, adding their own version of the lyrics that told of the violence that is going today. They also mentioned of the HCZ programs in their lyrics.

When the performances were completed, the winners among the students of each HCZ programs were announced. These were students who had participated in a 3 day event of the HCZ summer games. The winners were Promise Academy 1 and 2, Peacemakers North and South, Countee Cullen Community Center, A Cut Above and Booker T. Washington. Next it was the time for a moment of silence for the fallen victims who have lost their lives in the violence era; they are gone but not forgotten. Finally, HCZ President and CEO Geoffrey Canada spoke on behalf of the fallen victims including young ones like Scotty Scott and many others. HCZ staff members held up their candles high up in their hands for the victims who have been lost to violence. They are sorely missed; Many students at the rally wrote on a piece of paper the names of the fallen victims they missed the most.  When the HCZ peace march event was all over, every HCZ site group saw the names of each two fallen victims projected on the big screen.

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India Blackout

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9.5% including 670 million people are still without power

By Ryan Ngala          

It was by far the largest blackout in world history, as it peak today nearly 9.5% of the world’s population was without power it happen in India where just under six hundred and seventy million people and that’s twice the size of the U.S. population, found themselves plunge into darkness and grid lock and this involves something that is a bit of an issue in the U.S. an aging and often overwhelmed power grid.

Imagine being caught in a blackout the size of America, and then double it, traffic lights, hundreds of trains, and subways all grinding to a halt, in a written statement saying

“Due to power failure from northern grid Metro will be delay as per actual time. Sorry for inconvenience Caused.”

That’s the kind of chaos that people in India as many as six hundred and seventy million of them faced over the past two days, as half of the national power grid shut down.

So did an electric elevator in a mineshaft in West Bangkok trapping some two hundred coal miners for hours, and with summer temperatures breaking down 100 degrees, air conditioning even fans stop in many hospitals. “I pay for an x-ray” said the patient, “But because of the blackout, I can’t get it now”. Monday’s outage was bad enough but as switches tripped across the country of two thousand miles route from the border through China to Pakistan that was plunge into darkness.

Officials overwhelmed blame the state for using more power than they were allocated by the national government, but analysis say record blackout was bound to happen as an out dated grid just can’t keep up with the appetite of an emerging economic super power. Shereen Bahn of CNBC says “There’s going to be a lot of tough questions to answer, because this has been the worse that we actually seen in over a decade”.

India is used to blackouts most key faculties like airports and power plants have dedicated generators, but the added costs of fuels that run them hurt struggling Indians, “We need electricity, our machines don’t work and generators aren’t that helpful, everyone’s in trouble” one Indian resident said, tonight power has return to the capitol of New Delhi, but across the world’s second most popularize nation tens of millions remain in the dark.

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