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Charles Barkley’s New Partnership Inspires Students to Learn the Importance of African-American History and Civic...

[caption id="attachment_189856" align="alignnone" width="290"]rfocus.org Hall of Fame basketball player, Emmy Award winning studio analyst, and author Charles Barkley (PRNewsfoto/EVERFI, Inc.)[/caption] Charles Barkley Announces New Partnership with EVERFI Inspiring Students to Learn the Importance of African-American History and Civic Engagement Barkley and EVERFI to Redefine How Thousands of Students Learn About African-American History and Achievement
 Hall of Fame basketball player, Emmy Award-winning studio analyst, and author Charles Barkley, along with leading education technology provider EVERFI, Inc., today announced a partnership to power a new African-American history initiative for high school students throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi.
The course will engage tens of thousands of students in the Mississippi Delta region, which includes Barkley's hometown of Leeds, Alabama, all at no cost to students, their schools or school districts.  Additionally, as part of this new partnership, Charles's production company Round Mound Media will create short-form filmed documentary content for the 306 course, in conjunction with Los Angeles-based creative and production agency Wondros, designed for students to further explore key moments and topics in specific to their states, beginning with Alabama. "I was born and raised in rural Alabama at the dawn of the Civil Rights era, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to American heroes like Medgar Evers, John Lewis, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ," said Charles Barkley. "Every child in my home state should have the keys to knowledge of their history so they can achieve great things in their own lives.  This initiative helps accomplish that." The 306: African-American History digital course  immerses students in a journey in which they learn about the incredible contributions that African-Americans have made in every fabric of American life including public service, the sciences, academia, and the world of the arts, music, and sports. The course is framed to teach the importance of civic engagement so that students develop into future community leaders. EVERFI administered survey questions to students across 28 states who took EVERFI's 306—African-American History™ course and discovered the students who think learning about African-American history is important are also more likely to say they intend to vote. "Even in today's advanced technological world, it's rare that teachers have the adequate tools to bring to life the stories of pride, perseverance, and leadership that are so prevalent throughout African-American history," said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. "We're incredibly excited to work with Charles to offer this digital initiative that makes African-American history readily accessible and allows students in the Mississippi Delta to reimagine how they see themselves through the lens of history." Since it's development, EVERFI's 306 -African American History course has already reached nearly 100,000 students across the country, including over 17,000 in Alabama and Mississippi. The online course is filled with stories of inspirational civic leaders that overcame adversity to make contributions to society both then and now.  These inspirational stories, shared through influential primary texts and compelling vignettes, build shared values and teach youth the importance of active citizenship. EVERFI, Inc. EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning including topics like Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Social and Emotional Learning, Character Education, and Health and Wellness. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 18 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com

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“Telling Our Stories” In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Los Angeles

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Urban LA (NAMI Urban LA) Presents Jazz & R&B Recording Artists to Headline its Free Event
“Music. Community Conversation. Telling Our Stories”
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Los Angeles, September 29
rfocus.org- The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Urban LA (NAMI Urban LA) presents jazz and pop recording artists Natalie Cadet and Marguerite Alexis, as this year's headline performers at its debut event raising care and awareness for mental health in the Black community. "Music. Community Conversation. Telling Our Story" is a free event of music, talk, and refreshments - open to the public on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 6-8:00 p.m. at Community Build Garden, 4305 South Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles.
Taking Suicide Prevention Month as an opportunity to highlight the walk-in services and ongoing programs available to people in Los Angeles, NAMI director, Harold Turner, noted, "You're not your diagnosis. You are not alone." This sentiment is underscored by the songwriter and performers, Natalie Cadet and Marguerite Alexis, both artists having experience in maintaining and establishing mental health.
Natalie Cadet, an accomplished jazz vocalist, arranger and college music professor has used her musical platform to illuminate her past bout of mental depression. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Oakwood University and a Master's degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, Natalie transformed her angelic vocal artistry and songwriting skills into ingenious jazz-pop compositions sprinkled with a little R&B flavor.
In her current single, "Dear Depression" and she takes listeners and viewers on a jazzy/blues-inflected journey into the world as seen through her previous state of mind.
After meeting with musician Marguerite Alexis, who is also a NAMI staff member, both artists found a kindred opportunity to use their musical platform to discuss mental health, social justice, and change.“You are not alone." says Marguerite. "We are not alone. Come celebrate a night of song, community, and sharing our stories. Together we are stronger, and with support and faith, we can move mountains and heal together.”
NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA) was founded in 2003 and is the Black affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to educating, advocating, supporting, and building better lives for the millions of individuals & families affected by mental illness.
NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA) provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses in communities of color. It also seeks to educate the public about the myths of mental illness to eradicate stigma. NULA seeks to be a beacon of hope in the community it serves.  Providing such programs and courses as Family-To-Family, a series of courses for family, caregivers, friends of individuals with mental illness; Peer-To-Peer, for those maintaining and establishing their wellness and recovery; and their latest courses which are focused on foster care youth between the ages 16 and 24 years old.
One of the latest innovate programs offered, NAMI Urban Los Angeles offers goal planning, supported education, supported employment, health and wellness classes, peer mentoring and social activities for transition Age Youth (TAY). TAY are young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four who are in transition from state custody or foster care and are at-risk. TAY is just one of the initiatives that seek to meet the challenge established by of one of NAMI's  illustrious founders: New York Times bestseller author, the late, Bebe Moore Campbell. 
Mrs. Campbell's last adult book, "72 Hour Hold," published in June 2005, was also the subject of the last major crusade she took on before her death -- advocating for mental health, especially in the minority community, said her friend and publicist, Linda Wharton-Boyd, of New York.  Her interest in mental health was motivated by a loved one in her family who is struggling with mental illness. It also was a catalyst for her first children's book, "Sometimes Mommy Gets Angry" (2003). "She wanted people to get help that was necessary rather than hide it under a rug," Ms. Wharton-Boyd said
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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: ASPiRE announces the world premiere of its first original weekly talk series, "exhale" (@exhaleTV). Hosted by five dynamic, successful African-American...