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December 2010
Table of Contents
1. Double Dutch Magazine Teen Conference
2. Double Dutch Magazine T-Shirt
3. Something About Faith
4. Kandi Burress
5. Brooklyn Open
Double Dutch Links
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Happy Holidays  ,

If there were any doubt in your mind that it's December, the recent snowstorms and frigid temperatures are a huge sign that winter is here! It's beyond our control, but it does give us time to spend more time with family and reasons to drink hot chocolate.

As I'm working to finish this newsletter, I am typing in a Apple Store location in New York City and thinking about how much technology has changed and how grateful I am to have a free computer to use. Some of you may know that our family computer died a few months ago. So with the help of the Brooklyn Public Library, I've been able to use free internet over the past few months, which helped me to plan the teen conference as well as create documents for volunteer work. 

So my Christmas or holiday message is this: Be thankful for the resources you have around you. Sometimes we are challenged by not having a computer, enough money or whatever. Let's continue to move forward and not let anything block our goals or the visions we have for ourselves. You can do it, girl!

Have a "funtastic" holiday!


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Teen Conference

We held our first Double Dutch magazine "Celebrate Hip-Hop Girls" Teen Conference in the fall of this year. I had so much fun at the event and look forward to many more ways of empowering teen girls! 

 Our free event included breakfast, lunch and dynamic speakers to aid the girls in developing leadership skills, improving their health and much more. Some of the workshops for the day included:

  • Hip-Hop Fitness warmup with Kyaisha Murray from the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA
  • Nutrition with Jamila Hoy-Rojas
  • Sexual health with Rita Felton of the Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center
  • Savings and Finance Tips with Gamal Laborde of Citibank, Brooklyn, NY
  • Social Media Safety with Tomasina Sams-Riddick, founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care
  • The Portrayal of Women in Hip-Hop with DJ Chocolatte, Tachelle Shamash Wilkes (author of teen novel, "Amanda's Ray), and Jen Threat (publisher of Double Dutch Magazine)
The girls were not only educated, but they were also entertained, too. DJ Chocolatte, a talented female dj kept the fun, party atmosphere going with high-energy music for teens and adults. Local Brooklyn, R&B group, The SideTrack Boyz performed current hits from Usher and some of their own, too. You can find more info on the group on YouTube and Twitter. Evenmore, Hot 97 (WQHT), the largest hip-hop station on the planet, provided giveaways like t-shirts, sneakers and commentary on females in the hip-hop industry.


Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors of the event. In addition, I have to give an extra-special shout out to the the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. cadette program leaders and teens for coming out in full-force to the event.

Breakfast Sponsor: SuperFoodtown

Lunch Sponsor: Citibank

Financial Contributor: Angelie Rasbury

In-Kind Sponsors:

  • Hot 97 
  • The Brooklyn Public Library
  • The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA
  • The Sister Accord
  • The Brooklyn Borough President's Office
  • Carol's Daughter
  • The Child Support Department of New York City
  • Urban Word NYC
  • L.Y. Marlow, Author of "Color Me Butterfly" and founder of organization to to help women in domestic violence situations, Saving Promise


  • Ashley Ferguson
  • Wanda Moore
  • Feona Huff
  • Leah Coleman
  • Kevin Threat

Photographer: Mike Brown

Check out pics from the event by clicking on the link below:

Double Dutch Teen Conference Pics

-Jen Threat

Double Dutch Magazine T-shirts

Please support libraries, schools and other organizations that provide information and resources you enjoy, like Double Dutch Magazine! (hint, hint). Buy something special for that teen on your list or celebrate your "inner teen." Proceeds from t-shirts will be used provide programs and support teen non-profits. This year we held our first teen conference and look forward to providing more programs and services in 2011.

Click here to have one of our t-shirts delivered to your doorstep for the holidays!!


Something about Faith

There's Bey, there's Keri, there's Ci-Ci, and Rhi-Rhi but we hope you haven't forgotten about Faith. After a brief hiatus, Faith Evans is bringing back the heat with her sixth studio album Something About Faith (Prolific Music Group, eOne Music).  Faith, who is now an independent artist, has already appeared on the charts with her new single Gone Already. And, in addition to Faith's one-of-a-kind soprano specialty we love (remember "Love Like This Before") she features Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Raekwon, Keyshia Cole, Redman, Kelly Price, Jessica Reedy and Lil Mo on the album, too. Look for Faith's new album currently in stores and on iTunes.

-Ashley Ferguson

This Season's Kandi Koated Album


There's so many reasons to love Kandi. For one, she's the most likable character on The Real Housewives of Atlanta; secondly, she was the lead singer of the 90s group Xscape who brought us the timeless Just Kickin It. Lest we forget, she is a Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter; most famous for writing the record-breaking hit by TLC, No Scrubs.

This December she's given music lovers everywhere a specially wrapped package of good music to enjoy in her latest solo album Kandi Koated. "The album is about love and relationships. It's meeting someone. Falling for them. Falling out with them. Breaking up with them. Thinking about them. Getting back together. Moving on. It's all there," Kandi says about the album. The album features songs produced by hit makers like Jazze Pha, and The Justice League, as well as Ne-Yo. It is described as her most heartfelt album to date.

Check out Kandi online here. Look for Kandi's album currently in stores and on iTunes.

-Ashley Ferguson

Open Mic!
Urban Word NYC and Brooklyn Public Library joined forces to host a monthly open mic series for teens at the Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center.

This event began on November 3, 2010 and provides a safe space for teens to showcase their powerful messages as poets, spoken word artist, emcess, scholars and activists. These events are organized by teens. Each month, the youth board invites one elder poet to share words and wisdom.

Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm FREE!

Dates in 2011: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6
May 4, June 1, July 6

Visit Urban Word NYC for more info or to participate.

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Editing by Ashley Ferguson and DuShon.
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Jennifer Threat
Editor & Publisher
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