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Broadway Week Returns! Enjoy 2-For-1 Tickets To Some of Broadway's Best Shows 9/1-9/14

Tuesday, August 26, 2014







Broadway Week - one of our favorite times of the year over here  - returns with a a staggering 20+ Broadway shows offering 2 for 1 tickets. From Motown the Musical to Cinderella to Lion King  - many of the big names are included!
Here’s everyone’s big break into showbiz—two-for-one tickets to select Broadway productions from 9/1 through 9/14.
Tickets are on sale. Click here to purchase tickets online and see specific information on blackout dates and exceptions for each show.

On the ticket purchase page, enter the code: 
BWAYWK 

Enjoy !! Thank us later ;)

Event Recap : International Young Leaders Assembly at the United Nations on August 19, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014
















We had an amazing opportunity to attend the final day of International Young Leaders Assembly at the United Nations on August 19, 2014. On this final day of the 4th IYLA, almost 600 participants from nearly 80 nations attended.  Here, an inspiring panel of diplomats from the United Nations, including members from parliaments around the world, young entrepreneurs, and chairmen and CEOs from international organizations gathered to share their vision with the world.

With such an overwhelming outpouring of heart and sincerity, it is difficult to fully express every message that was delivered at the UN today under the theme of “Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service, and Entrepreneurship”.  That being said, I would like to share the words that struck me the most today. I leave these precious words for you, open to interpretation and inspiration.

“People who build people are heroes.  People who build things are engineers.” -Hon. Jacob L’Okori (Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Uganda)

“If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel with others.” -African Proverb

“Let a noble vision guide your steps.” -James P. Flynn (International President Global Peace Foundation)

“You are not future leaders. You are leaders of now.” - John Dickson (Chairman, Global Young Leaders Academy)

“Practice perseverance. Be bold. Be vulnerable. Be honest.” -Rachael Baxter (Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Conscious Magazine)

“When you go back home, make your dreams, then make it happen.” -Gugun Gumilar (Masters Program Student, Hartford Seminary, Aspiring Future Indonesian President)

“It’s not so much about leaving your comfort zone, but expanding your comfort zone.” -Kimihira Miyake (Director, Global Peace Youth)

“Always live and lead with heart.” -Magali Caceres (Executive Director IYLA Paraguay 2014)

“No matter how successful you become, never forget your roots...give back to your country, give back to the people...it’s your people who need you the most.” -Adriana Calderon (Deputy Executive Director, IYLA USA 2015)



We are blessed with unique opportunities, knowledge, and talents throughout our lives.  Once in a while we are lucky enough to attend programs like the International Young Leaders Assembly where we get to share all these gifts with people from around the world.  We inspire the best in each other because our vision is not about ourselves, but our whole extended worldwide family. As we say goodbye-for-now the challenge is to carry on this vision, to live for the betterment of today, never putting it off for “someday”.

My hope for these young leaders is that they will be able to recognize just how much potential they have and channel their greatness, their passion into creating a world that lives for a better tomorrow by changing today.

Look out, world. Here we come.



"Our World needs an army of Warriors that can achieve change and peace. We know more about war than we know about peace and we know more about killing than we know about living ." Amazing day at United Nations with The International Young Leaders Assembly as we discuss Change! God is Soooo good!! The World is a Girl's Runway inc . #twisagr #iyla2014 #iyla#unitednations #nonprofit




Check out  International Young Leaders Assembly- iyla.info

Event Recap : Rihanna, Chris Brown, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and many more Attended The Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game







Thursday night 8/21/2014 , CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano joined forces along with Roc Nation Sports to present the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center. All proceeds from the event served to benefit Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Cano’s RC22 Foundation equally while aiming to increase opportunities for underserved youth in the areas of education, wellness and fitness – the night successfully raised $1,040,000! Team Sabathia took on Team Cano with a competitive celebrity match-up led by master of ceremony Angie Martinez. Sabathia and Cano had some help coaching on the sidelines from NBA and MLB pros including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, JR Smith, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Some stellar player performances included Chris Brown with 18 points (who was rarely seen without the ball in his hands running up and down the court) and Terrell Owens with 23. The real “star” of the game was DJ Khaled - fans chanted for his return to the court every time he was benched for an unfortunate play. Ultimately, Team Cano secured the win by 2 points. The 8,500 spectators included some familiar faces – Rihanna sat courtside alongside girlfriends Melissa Forde, Skylar Diggins and Cara Delevingne sipping on D’USSE cocktails throughout the entire game.



Team Cano

Kevin Durant – Honorary Team Captain
Felix Hernandez
Charlie Villanueva
DJ Khaled
Fernando Rodney
Kendrys Morales
Roenis Elias
Endy Chavez
Yoervis Medina
Jesus Sucre
Robert Christopher Riley

Team Sabathia

Carmelo Anthony – Honorary Team Captain
Derek Jeter
Rudy Gay
JR Smith
DJ Clue
Damaris Lewis
Ne-Yo
Robert Christopher Riley
Dellin Betances










                                       Photos by Joe Swift from Our World Media    www.ourworldmedia.com











DIY Homemade Healthy Lunchables

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As children, we loved lunchables. We were unaware on how unhealthy lunchables can be. The ingredients found in lunchables are extremely unhealthy for children.  Many foods are becoming more processed than ever.  Less ingredients the better.  Check out this entire article from 100daysofRealFood.com

Article by Lisa Leake
Homemade Healthy #Lunchables by 100 Days of #RealFood
The number one way to know what’s really in your food – and how highly processed it is – is to read the ingredient label. There are some products that you just know are total junk food without even seeing what’s inside like Doritos, Coca-Cola, and pretty much any Little Debbie Snack. Then there are others that I don’t think are so obvious (to the average shopper), for example… Cheese and crackers? Peanut butter and jelly with fruit? All white chicken strips with a smoothie? C’mon, you have to admit those combinations sound more innocent and not nearly as bad as a Swiss Cake Roll.
It’s no secret that these are some of the combinations packaged up and sold asLunchables. I can totally see the attraction to buying these “lunches” for your kids. There is no question that they are convenient for the adults and desired by (most) little ones. But, at what point do we stop letting the benefits of convenience outweigh the importance of our children’s health? I know we are all busy. Let’s face it though, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and it’s up to each individual to prioritize what is important in their own life. I don’t think one Lunchable is going to put anyone’s health over the edge, but please tell me that we can all agree this is not what we should be feeding our children on a weekly basis. Let’s take a look at what’s inside.

Lunchables Contain…

Ingredients you know are bad:
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Artificial Flavors
  • Mechanically Separated Chicken
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Sodium Nitrites
Ingredients you do not cook with at home:
  • Sodium Diacetate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
  • Monocalcium Phosphate
  • Thiamine Mononitrate
  • Monocalcium Phosphate
  • Calcium Propionate
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • BHA and BHT
Ingredients that are mysteriously evasive…probably for a reason:
  • Flavor
  • Natural Flavors
I also find it interesting that the ingredients for Lunchables used to be listed on their website – because I saw them there with my own eyes earlier this year – but when I went to “copy and paste” the ingredients for this blog post they had strangely disappeared. Clearly the Lunchables people don’t want us parents spending too much time thinking about this stuff. So I took the liberty to type them up for you (below) straight off the package.

Lunchable 1: Chicken Strips with Smoothie

Out of the three lunches highlighted here, this is the one that took me the longest to replicate. But (to make things more manageable) you could prepare the chicken nuggets and smoothies in big batches ahead of time and store them in the freezer. You can get the “knockoff” divided containers I used online or at Target or Walmart.
Homemade Healthy #Lunchables by 100 Days of #RealFood
Lunchable Brand Ingredients:
Fruit Smoothie – Water, Strawberry Puree, Banana Puree, Apple Juice Concentrate, Orange Juice Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Fruit & Vegetable Extract For Color.
Breaded White Chicken Strips – Chicken Strips – White Chicken, Water, Potassium Lactate, Modified Cornstarch, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphates, Carrageenan, Sodium Diacetate, Lemon Juice Solids, Flavor. Breading – Wheat Flour, Dextrose, Yellow Corn Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Wheat Gluten, Egg Whites, Whey [From Milk], Spices, Caramel Color, Salt, Paprika [Color], Onion Powder, Extractive of Paprika, Celery Seed Extract. Batter – Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Yellow Corn Flour, Dextrose, Flavor, Garlic Powder, Extractives of Paprika, Monosodium Glutamate, Caramel Color. Seasoning Blend – Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Egg Whites, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Spices, Natural Flavor, Browned In Soybean Oil.
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies – Sugar, Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, Riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, Folic Acid), High Oleic Canola And/Or Palm And/Or Canola Oil, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cornstarch, Leavening (baking Soda And/Or Calcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin – An Artificial Flavor, Chocolate.
Ketchup With Starch Added – Water, Tomato Paste, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Sucrose, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Dextrose, Onion Powder, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Spice, Natural Flavor.
Homemade Version Ingredients*:
Fruit Smoothie – Bananas, Peaches, Raspberries, Kale, Milk.
Chicken Strips – Chicken Breasts, Egg, Butter, Breadcrumbs (Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour, Malt Extract, Yeast, Sea Salt), Paprika, Garlic Powder, Parmesan Cheese (Pure Cow’s Milk, Salt, Rennet), Sea Salt.
Dark Chocolate – Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa, Raw Cane Sugar, Vanilla Extract.
Ketchup – Tomato Puree, Sugar, White Vinegar, Salt, Onion Powder, Spices.
*Organic ingredients were sourced when possible. Not all ingredients in the “Homemade Version” are technically 100 Days of Real Food approved, but are still far superior to the store bought version.
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Lunchable 2: Ham and American Cracker Stacks

Call me old fashioned, but (in an ideal world) I think everyone’s lunch should contain some sort of fresh fruit or vegetable. So I took the liberty of adding organic grapes to this one.
Homemade Healthy #Lunchables by 100 Days of #RealFood
Lunchable Brand Ingredients:
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies - Sugar, Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, Riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, Folic Acid), High Oleic Canola And/Or Palm And/Or Canola Oil, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cornstarch, Leavening (baking Soda And/Or Calcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin – An Artificial Flavor, Chocolate.
Cooked Ham – Water Added – Chopped and Formed – Smoke Flavor Added – Ham, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of Sodium Lactate, Potassium Chloride, Modified Cornstarch, Sugar, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Flavor, Sodium Nitrite, Smoke Flavor.
Pasteurized Prepared American Cheese Product – Milk, Water, Milkfat, Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey, Whey Protein Concentrate, Contains Less Than 2% Of Sodium Citrate, Salt, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid As A Preservative, Cheese Culture  Enzymes, Oleoresin Paprika (Color), Annatto (Color), With Starch Added For Slice Separation.
Crackers – Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil With TBHQ And Citric Acid Added To Help Flavor), Sugar, Leavenings (Baking Soda And/Or Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Whey (From Milk), Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Enzymes.
Homemade Version Ingredients*:
Dark Chocolate - Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa, Raw Cane Sugar, Vanilla Extract.
Organic Ham – Pork, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Honey, Cane Sugar, Celery Powder.
Cheddar Cheese - Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Cheese Culture, Rennet, Annatto Color.
TJs Whole-Wheat Wafer Crackers - Whole Wheat, High Oelic Safflower Oil and/or High Oelic Sunflower Oil, Salt.
Grapes – Grapes
*Organic ingredients were sourced when possible. Not all ingredients in the “Homemade Version” are technically 100 Days of Real Food approved, but are still far superior to the store bought version.
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Lunchable 3: Pizza with Pepperoni

A lot of people seem to think of pizza as “junk food,” but if it’s made with 100% whole-wheat crust, organic cheese and sauce, and accompanied by a “real” vegetable then what’s so bad about it? I say dig in and, if you are a pepperoni fan, treat yourself to an organic version (Applegate makes one) on occasion.
Homemade Healthy #Lunchables by 100 Days of #RealFood
Lunchable Brand Ingredients:
Pizza Crust – Wheat Flour (Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Whole Wheat Flour), Water Sugar, Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Yeast, Vital Wheat Gluten, Mono- & Diglycerides, Salt, Xantham Gum, Calcium Propionate, Sorbic Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Enzyme.
Pizza Sauce – Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Contains Less Than 2% Of Modified Food Starch, Garlic Powder, Salt, Onion Powder, Spice, Citric Acid, Dried Basil, Sea Salt, Potassium Sorbate Added As A Preservative, Xantham Gum, Natural Flavor.
Pepperoni Made WIth Pork, Chicken And Beef – BHA, BHT And Citric Acid Added To Help Protect Flavor – Pork, Mechanically Separated Chicken, Beef, Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of Pork Stock, Spices (Including Mustard), Dextrose, Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Oleoresin of Paprika, Flavoring, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite, BHA, BHT, Citric Acid.
Pasteurized Prepared Mozzarella Cheese Product – Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Water, Milk Protein Concentrate, Salt, Cheese Culture, Whey Protein Concentrate,  Sodium Citrate, Milkfat, Sorbic Acid As A Preservative, Enzymes, With Cellulose Powder To Prevent Caking.
Homemade Version Ingredients*:
TJs Whole-Wheat Pita – Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Honey, Yeast, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid.
Pizza Sauce – Tomato Puree, Oregano, Salt.
Pepperoni – Pork, Sea Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Dextrose, Celery Powder, Spices Paprika, Paprika Extract, Garlic, Lactic Acid Starter Culture.
Mozzarella Cheese – Cultured Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Salt, Enzymes.
Carrots – Carrots

*Organic ingredients were sourced when possible. Not all ingredients in the “Homemade Version” are technically 100 Days of Real Food approved, but are still far superior to the store bought version.

Full Disclosure:  I clearly had to purchase Lunchables in order to write this blog post. While taking the photographs and making the “knock off” versions I allowed my children to sample everything you see pictured here. I hope to raise children who don’t just avoid highly processed food “because mommy said so,” but instead because they realize it is far inferior. My older daughter didn’t really like most of what she tried (and now knows what this stuff tastes like!), but my younger daughter, on the other hand, would eat anything and everything I put in front of her…including these. That is why I don’t buy this stuff. If it’s not around it is rarely ever an issue. Always a work in progress around her


Summer Stage Gospel Explosion at Central Park NYC

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Stage Gospel Explosion at Central Park NYC


SummerStage is a program of city Parks Foundation, presents performance of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City.


Hosted by Liz Black.  Amazing performances by Anita Wilson, Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful,  Myron Butler,  Allen AME Youth Choir, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micah Stampley, Vashawn Mitchell, Paul Porter,  and Janice Gaines, 

Photos by  Rinko Wilkins




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