African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative

 

Thank you  for your interest, participation and support of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI) now in its 13th year. Founded by Mr. John Gregory of the National Center for Urban Solutions, this effort to bring awareness to health disparities affecting African American men in Ohio has become a NATIONAL INITIATIVE, spreading rapidly across the country.

The AAMWWI has provided thousands of free health screenings across the state of Ohio, resulting in recognition from President Barack Obama, and August being declared as ‘African American Male Wellness Month’ by Governor John Kasich of Ohio. In 2016 the momentum spread to include 9 events, involving 10 cities. The overall health and wellness of the community is dependent on the health of our men. African American males are dying from preventable diseases at nearly 10 times the rate of other men, and it is this fact that drives the mission of the AAMWWI. It is our responsibility to raise awareness, educate, and guide our men to avenues of better health. HEALTHY MEN MAKE HEALTHY FAMILIES!!!

 

The Automotive Lifestyle of Navdy Head-Up Display

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Today’s society is infused with an inordinate amount of digital technology, cloud-based connectivity, advanced telematics, and mobile apps to help reduce the clutter of confusion in both your social life and the workplace. Yet, it is often challenging and most often confusing narrowing down the choice of devices and innovations that will align with your specific, behavioral needs. From meeting friends at obscure locations or navigating your vehicle through intense traffic on unknown roads there is always a need for simplification. Well, welcome to the world of Navdy, a portable Head-up Display and corresponding smartphone app to keep you on point! [Read more…]

The 2017 Online Auction Baltimore Center Stage Opens for Bidding March 26

The 2017 Online Auction for Baltimore Center Stage will be open for bidding March 26 through April 2. Items can be previewed March 24-25.

Now in its 40th year, the auction has raised more than $5 million for Baltimore Center Stage’s artistic, education and community programs.

More than 500 items have been donated this year, including vacations, restaurant certificates, sporting events, home décor, clothing, jewelry and more. The auction features donations from The Classic Catering People, Amtrak, Alex Cooper Gallery of Rugs, The Smile Design Center of Dr. Myron Kellner, Snowbird Ski Resort, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Mt. Washington Mill DYE House, Jones Lighting Specialists, Kramer Portraits, PNC Bank, Ella Pritsker Couture, WYPR, Holland America, Elite Island Resorts, Madonna Seafood, The Puptrait Studio, Iron Bridge Wine Company, Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille and others.

Registration with Bidding for Good is required in order to participate. For more information, visit centerstage.org/auction or email Auction Coordinator Sydney Wilner at swilner@centerstage.org.

The 2017 Baltimore Sun Online Auction for Center Stage is sponsored byThe Baltimore Sun.

About Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage is a professional, nonprofit institution committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching audiences through bold, innovative and thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater.

Named the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage has steadily grown as a leader in the national regional theater scene. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE and Managing Director Michael Ross, Baltimore Center Stage is committed to creating and presenting a diverse array of world premieres and exhilarating interpretations of established works.

Baltimore Center Stage believes in access for all—creating a welcoming environment for everyone who enters its theater doors and, at the same time, striving to meet audiences where they are. In addition to its Mainstage, Off Center and Family Series productions in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations among a global audience through digital initiatives, which explore how technology and the arts intersect. The theater also nurtures the next generation of artists and theater-goers through the Young Playwrights Festival, Student Matinee Series and many other educational programs for students, families and professionals.

Baltimore Center Stage Presents Twisted Melodies

Photo by Dean Alexander

 Baltimore Center Stage is pleased to present, in association with Congo Square Theatre Company, Twisted Melodies. This powerful one-man show is based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, perhaps best known for his duets with Roberta Flack, “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where is the Love?” Twisted Melodiesis an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston Jr. [Read more…]

Good Morning America’s Top Diets for 2017

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To begin I would like show my gratitude, love and respect to Good Morning America and U.S. News and World Report for featuring Fit Fathers in their 2017 Best Diets segment this morning. The timing couldn’t have been any better as millions of people are heading into the new year attempting to alter their lifestyle with changes that will lead to better health, daily exercise and mindful choices. Of course I was representing the vegan and plant-based world of nutrition and continue to advocate the life enhancing benefits of this natural path for those looking to positively alter their eating habits. So continue to eat clean, stay active and energize your life!

View the video at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/us-news-world-reports-best-diets-44537289

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Nationally Recognized Fitness Expert

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Goodshop Introduces Goodshop Give, the First Shopfunding Platform  

activate-coupons-and-donationGoodshop Give Allows Users to Create Campaigns and Earn Money for Causes – Charitable or Personal – By Shopping

Just in time for Black Friday, Goodshop – the company known for its “coupons for good” shopping website – has launched the world’s first “shopfunding” site. Called Goodshop Give, the website allows consumers to leverage their online holiday purchases as a way to raise money for a cause they care about – whether charitable or personal. People can even enlist supporters to help their cause. Users simply create a campaign as they might with other crowdfunding sites; but instead of soliciting donations, money is earned as purchases are made.  [Read more…]

The Art of Double Dutch with the Greenbelt Sity Stars Jump Rope Team

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jump roping is a conditioning exercise to be reckoned with, and when you install the lost art form of double dutch then best believe your child’s skillsets will be elevated beyond normalcy which allows for better technique in his or her other sports. Enter the Greenbelt Sity Stars Jump Rope Team who recently hosted a performance fundraiser in Greenbelt, MD. The boys and girls on the squad are dedicated, focused, super fit and coordinated.

For example, my daughter has excelled at a rapid pace in her first season with the team. Thanks to the hard work ethic instilled by Coach Kim Bradshaw, Aya is now able to complete multiple, full routines succinctly. Jumping teaches coordination, adaption of new lessons and patterns and of course physical fitness and endurance. Aya is now quicker and stronger than ever which helps with her soccer, running and basketball.

It certainly doesn’t hurt to give your kid a shot at it. For more info on the team visit www.greenbeltsitystars.org.

Fit Fathers Kwick Kale

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Makes 4 servings

This is delicious with a simple bean dish and a grain dish.

1/2 cup water
1 bunch kale (any variety) (6-8 cups chopped)
2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar

Wash kale, remove stems and chop leaves into 1/2-inch strips. Heat water in large skillet with a lid. When boiling, add kale. Cover and cook over medium heat until greens are bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with vinegar and stir to heat. Serve warm.

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Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2 For A Healthy Life

apple-watche-series-2-watch-lifestyle-cyclingToday, Apple® introduced Apple Watch® Series 2, the next generation of the world’s most popular smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with incredible fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming,*  and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone®. Apple Watch Series 2 also features a dramatically brighter display and a powerful dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS® 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay®. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16.

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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T: Great Adventures

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Audi is on a role as they finally broke through 200,000 units last year and continue their streak of 67 consecutive months of records sales. In a segment that sees roughly 1.8 million premium vehicles sold annually, the German purveyor of finely engineered sports cars, sedans and SUVS is up in a market that is currently down, which says a lot for the brand and its hallmark products. One of the most important vehicles in the Audi fleet is the venerable Q7 utility that has undergone a complete 2nd generation makeover from design to interior accouterments.

During the week and weekend of my daughter’s 13th birthday I scheduled a Florett Silver Metallic Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic for the drive from Silver Spring, MD to Jackson, NJ so we could all enjoy Mika’s favorite theme park and end the magnetic summer in energetic fashion. The anticipation of Six Flags Great Adventure built up over a few weeks since the Rawlins Family treats road trips like first class Hawaii excursions. My wife Misa was especially ecstatic as she currently owns a 2012 Audi Q7 TDI and is thinking about upgrading to a fresher ride with the latest safety engineering and advanced driver technologies. The new Volvo XC90 is also in contention.

Sine we were bringing along my two daughter’s cousins, the vehicle’s three rows and seating for seven was essential. The third row now has power controls from both the rear of the SUV and a secondary set to the side of the second row seating for added convenience. The second row also slides and tilts for passengers that need enhanced comfort. But the most defining feature may be the three-zone automatic climate control with a cadre of vents that extend across the entire dashboard. This was essential because our journey would come during the region’s hottest few days of the summer. With sweltering temperatures reaching a 100-degree heat index, the Q7’s A/C had its hands full but kept us all cool as penguins throughout the 4-hour drive.

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Starting at $54,800 our Q7 was enhanced with an array of add-ons that tallied to $68,925. Notable upgrades included the 20” 10-spoke star themed rims wrapped in Goodyear 285/45R20 all-season run-flat rubber, the BOSE 3D Surround Sound audio system, the towing package which was perfect for loading up our bikes on the Thule rack, Audi MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi smartphone interface, WiFi for the kid’s gadgets, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Audi Active Lane Assist (AALA). The Panoramic sunroof and sunshade are standard. I must say this new Audi has some of the most impeccable drive traits out of any SUV on the road today. The first Gen was a bit rugged so Audi made its replacement more refined and technologically focused. For example, the latest air suspension setup also provides rear wheel steering for precise cornering and maneuvering and ACC uses cameras to monitor speed limit signs. However, I am no fan of AALA. The proactive safety system kept adjusting and correcting my steering inputs, which became annoying.

Misa was in love with everything featured within the premium cabin as well as its power and mileage capabilities. Currently she has the TDI diesel and averages 580 miles per fill-up. Audi hasn’t released a TDI for the 2017 model yet but the 3-liter TFSI V6 with 333-horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque is superb and the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission is fluid. We were highly impressed with its acceleration when the vehicle was weighted down with passengers and luggage.

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Visually, the new Q7 is the complete opposite of its predecessor. Gone is the rounded, bubbly design that gave the German SUV its pizzazz and definition. What you now get is the typical, angular motif that so many automakers roll with. Suffice it to say Misa wished Audi could have kept the original styling to go along with the elevated technologies which she is in enthralled by. I concur. On the return trip we kept eyeing 1st generation Q7s with allure but when we saw the new Q7 it did nothing to excite the senses. Even with the prominent, mammoth Audi grille, Alu-optic roof rails, tailgate spoiler, integrated dual exhausts tips and ability to outfit your ride with 21s, the Q7 still falls short of aesthetic authenticity.

But once you step back inside the opulent cabin and take the multifunction wheel you forget all about what’s outside and immediately focus on what’s inside. Conveniences include large door cup-holders, Apple CarPlay, soft touch ringed lights that illuminate with a slight swipe, key slot holder, the 8.3” TFT center display that retracts from the dash when the vehicle is ignited and the Audi Virtual Cockpit presented from the 12.3” TFT screen behind the steering wheel. The driver can select which view to take precedent such as full navigation.

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Overall the new Audi Q7 impressed when it was time to perform and the kids were satisfied which is essential during long drives. I can’t recall the last time either my wife or I called shotgun to drive home. That’s how great of a ride it is. The 2017 Q7 should definitely top your list of luxury SUVs alongside the BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz GLS.