PEP Talk! TV
We now have 7 pepisodes up and have another 6 to go in Season 1.
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"Peppy, you are an amazing host and have an uncanny way of bringing out the best in those you interview. You are doing a great job and should keep following your dream. You rock!"
WILLIAM FOSTER, ATL
Our latest pepisode is now available for your viewing pleasure.
CLICK HERE to watch it and see why Oji Ashebre Jaja is one of the most sought after culinary artists in Jamaica.
Be careful, this pepisode WILL make you hungry!
PEP Talk! pepisode #7 with Oji Jaja
PEP Talk! RADIO
Join us on the air tonight, Thursday, March 3 and every Thursday from 9pm to 10pm EST at www.harambeeradio.com.
When you enter the site, click on the "LISTEN LIVE" button and hear us spread some love to everyone out there!
Our guests this evening will be Gyad Imhotep (an up and coming reggae artist out of Jamaica), Donna Heslop (entrepreneur) and Queen Majeeda (recording artist/poet/activist).
Queen Majeeda was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica. She started writing songs at the age of 15 and has since written poems, short stories and plays. Her work covers global political issues. The name Majeeda is West African and means "noble" or "glorious." She attended Merl Grove High School and the University of the West Indies where she pursued courses in Small Business Management, Article Writing and Creative Writing.
Queen Majeeda released her first CD Conscious through the Massachusetts based company Heartbeat Records. She has performed her poetry in Jamaica and the United States of America, and was a nominee for the Jamaica Music Industry (JAMI) Award. Performing events include Reggae Sunsplash, Jamaica; Jamaica Council for Human Rights Concert, Jamaica; SOBs, New York; Nuyorican Poet's Café, New York; Lotus Music Festival, Bloomington, IN; Indiana University, IN, and Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL. Her poems are included in the anthologies Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub (Sister Vision Press), and Voices, a poetry and fiction volume published by York College's Literary Forum.
Majeeda holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations (2008) from City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her thesis is titled The Caribbean Court of Justice: How Important Is It to the Success of the CARICOM Single Market Economy? She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Journalism, and minors in French and Spanish (2004) from York College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
She entered and won second place in the York College Foreign Language Poetry Contest in 2003 when she performed French poet and singer, Boris Vian's Le Déserteur (The Deserter), an anti-war and anti-militarist song.
READ MORE HERE and listen tonight at www.harambeeradio.com to hear directly from Queen Majeeda.
"March is Social Work month and I am honored to be a Social Worker. My calling to the helping profession came at a very young age while I was a freshman in high school.
Growing up in a Haitian community I witnessed first-hand how discrimination, stereotyping, lack of resources, denial of basic health and social services can deeply impact families. My desire and passion to advocate for those less fortunate than myself and those who didn't have a voice, lead me to purse a Bachelors in Social Work and later a Masters of Social Work from Howard University. Since I became a Social Worker 20 years ago, I continue to stand firm on my commitment to advocate for the less fortunate. I love my profession as it affords me the opportunity to touch so many lives and truly make a difference in society. Most recently, I have expanded my practice to educate families, individuals and communities on the importance of self- care, health, nutrition and obesity. My torch to demonstrate change, awareness, education and empowerment lives daily in my work as a committed and dedicated Social Worker."
Ange Anglade, MSW
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I am not open to refighting the battles of the last two years. But I am willing to work with anyone...to make this law even better."
President Obama on his Health Care Law
Women celebrating the launch of PEP Talk! 01/01/2011
March is Women's History Month! If you have been sticking with me through the years, you should know that like previous years, we will be celebrating ALL THINGS WOMEN each day in March, and sharing interesting female personalities with you each week in March!
I am truly blessed to have always had very positive female influences in my life. When choosing female friends, I am extremely picky because I want them to be the kind of personalities that I want to grow old with, and that is very hard to find (maybe as challenging as finding a good man these days) -- no kidding. My ultimate wish is for the women I know to honor and respect themselves so much that they are empowered, and set the stage for others to honor and respect them. I want to be surrounded by women who exude self confidence, and are even more beautiful on the inside than their outward appearances. I love to be around women who are in control of their lives and are fearless. I insist on being friends to the end with women who are walking tall and letting their light shine for all to see. If you qualify, hit me up; if not we can be email buddies.
On the serious tip, I do not need to be a friend to a woman to share good advice, because I love and respect women and am cordial to all. In fact, even if I do not want to be close to a woman, I will listen to sound advice that she has, shower her with compliments, and speak highly of her if she deserves it. I learned a long time ago to not compare myself to anyone because we are all beautiful, talented, unique, and special in our own way. Even though we come in different sizes, shapes, looks and colors; we women are so much alike in more ways that we would like to admit at times. Case in point -- I am that observant to notice that most of us (women) are so busy moving and shaking, and caring and loving, and helping and nurturing others that we lose out on time to take care of ourselves. I am guilty of that pattern of behavior so this is not just second-hand information. When we take care of ourselves first, we have more superwoman powers and can take care of others in our lives. When we neglect ourselves, sadly what oftentimes follow is self-deprecation, low self-esteem and a lack of self-worth. We are strong and built to withstand many things, but we really need to more actively take care of SELF so we can continue to rule the world. Can I get an AMEN?
Ladies, please take some time this month to reconnect with yourself and get some much deserved "me" time. Also take the time to reconnect with those positive female influences in your life and let them know how much you care about them. On my way to work this morning, I thought of my dear friend of almost 20 years, Camille, and I just had to call her to tell her that I love her. We are miles apart from each other (she in China and me in MD), but that connection alone was enough to keep me smiling all the way to the gym today, and she could not stop smiling when we spoke. Men, get in touch with your feminine side this month and go that extra mile to honor the special women in your life. Stop talking about how much you love your woman and SHOW her!
Speaking of men, I would be remiss if I did not big up one of my male friends for not only saying it, but showing how much he loves, respects, and believes in me. Thanks for closing out February nicely and bringing in March in a great way, Leon - love you loads.
Happy birthday greetings to two women who are also very good friends of PEP and great friends to each other -- Denakay Brown and Roxan Tomlinson.
This month, I invite you to join me in celebrating some wonderful women who are walking tall among us. Each week, at least one woman who is doing great work in the community will be featured in the Newsletter. We will close out March with my annual Women's event on Saturday, March 26 entitled "Women Walking Tall."
Stay beautiful both inside and out and enjoy the poem below which is from a combination of authors.
Welcome to March, ladies -- this month is all about YOU!
Rosie "Peppy" Parke
Peppy Entertainment & Promotions
The Beauty of a Woman
The beauty of a woman
isn't in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman
must be seen from in her eyes;
Because that's the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman
isn't in a facial mole;
But true beauty in a woman,
is reflected by her soul.
It's the caring that she cares to give,
the passion that she shows;
And the beauty of a woman
with passing years only grows.
with Elizabeth Brooks
Make a plan for your regular workouts but don't forget that if you miss a workout or just have a jam packed day ahead 10 minutes of exercises can be a great booster for the entire day. Try my "in-door" stair workout posted on the Washingtonian.com link or just do some jumping jacks and push ups for 10 minutes. Remember the idea is that you get in some exercise every day. The minutes add up and you don't have to go to bed at night feeling guilty about not working out that day.
FIVE CARIBBEAN NATIONALS RECEIVE AWARDS AT BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
(Norman Brissett, Loughton Sargeant, Finiana Joseph, and Von Martin)
On Sunday, February 27, the Jamaican Nationals Association (JNA) hosted their annual Black History Month Reception in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a beautiful day and scores of people came out to join the association in honoring and recognizing five individuals: Norman Brissett (Jamaica), Finiana Joseph (St. Lucia), Dermot Hussey (Jamaica), Von Martin (Trinidad & Tobago), and Loughton Sargeant (Nevis) who are making significant contributions in the Washington, DC community and beyond. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Claire Nelson, the founder of the Institute of Caribbean Studies who had the audience actively engaged during her speech on the ongoing relevance of Black History month, and specifically how the contributions of persons such as Harriett Tubman, John Brown Russwurm and Marcus Garvey laid the foundation for us to build our future.
The event was hosted by Rosie "Peppy" Parke who is the public relations officer of JNA and the host of her own talk show, PEP Talk! Ms. Parke started off the evening by welcoming everyone who had decided to spend their evening with the JNA and requested that they applaud themselves for deciding to celebrate Black history. True to form, Ms. Parke opened the program by giving the audience a pep talk --"this evening is not about me or the JNA; it is about all of us who are present and what Black History means to us."
With the exception of Dermott Hussey, all the honorees were present and expressed gratitude for being selected. Norman Brissett who migrated from Jamaica to the US in 1968 is a police officer who has received numerous awards and honors over the course of his career. He was visibly emotional about being recognized by "my own people" and thanked the association for taking the time to notice the work of hardworking individuals in the area. Ms. Finiana Joseph who is of St. Lucian heritage and the co-founder of the Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), thanked the association for the award and shared why community service is important to her. A firm believer in being all-inclusive to all Caribbean islanders, she shared various sayings from many islands and reiterated her passion to serve the Caribbean community. A communications veteran for over 35 years, Von Martin was "very happy that JNA has honored me." He thanked the association for honoring his wife, Brenda Martin many years ago and encouraged those who had been around for a long time to work closely with the younger generation to effect positive changes and strengthen the inter-generational communication. Loughton Sargeant who is the executive director of DC Caribbean Carnival and the band leader for the Image Band had high praises for the organization and thanked them for hosting the event and recognizing individuals who were making significant contributions in the Washington DC area.
Dr. Nelson's closing words were fitting to close off the evening and it is a great reminder for us to continue to celebrate Black History every day -- "in the spirit of Sankofa, we must look back at the footprints of the past so we can build a better future."