Broadway Joe Talk Show – July 14, 2016 & Previous

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July 14, 2016

– Cheryl Wiedmaier, Associate Director of Career and Technical Education, Adrienne Robinson, Chief of Field Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services a product of the Arkansas Department of Career Education (ACE) and Angela Mattison-Shaw of Cumulus Media for the 5th Annual Career Expo. If you are looking to move from a job to a career, or better employment situation, then this expo is for you! Dress to impress and bring several copies of your resume, Tuesday, August 16th from 10am-4pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  The Arkansas Dept. of Career Education is one of the sponsors.  Their mission is to prepare a job-ready, career bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas Employers.  Another sponsor will be Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and their mission is to prepare Arkansans with disabilities to work and lead productive and independent lives. This event is free for job seekers.  You will have the opportunity to meet top employers and interview for several positions during the course of the day. For more information, call 501-401-0200.

– Stacy Dantzler of SLD, LLC. (Strength*Leadership*Determination) and S. Juain Young of Building Communities Anti-Bullying Clinic for the Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Charity Event.  This event will take place, Saturday, July 16th from 1pm-5pm at the Barton Coliseum | 2600 Howard Street in LR.  Some of the biggest athletes and entertainers will join together to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against bullying and wounded warriors. Attendees will get a chance to meet Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton, Ryan Mallett with special guests Mr. Walk It Out himself, DJ Unk and others.  Kids 12 & under get in free.  For ticket information & to learn more about SLD, LLC., call 501-744-1440. To learn more about Building Communities Anti-Bullying Clinic, call 501-247-6858 or email [email protected].

– Jacqueline Watkins & 7-year-old son Trelin for their book “Bobby’s Bully.”  Inspired by her 7-year-old son Trelin, Watkins brings awareness about bullying and how it affects a child emotionally and physically in her children’s book.  Her first published book follows two main characters: Bobby and Tully.  Bobby is the new kid at school trying to make new friends. Tully makes it hard for Bobby to enjoy this new environment.  Bobby  gets anxious as recess comes because he knows Tully will mistreat him.  Tully fails to realize the emotional effect his behavior has on Bobby and others.  “This book will allow children to see they are not alone and that there are those out there who care about them,” Watkins says.  To get your copy, and for more information, visit Bobby’s Bully is also available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

July 07, 2016

– Patricia Holloway for Hemlock Courts Day 2016.  The 2nd Annual Hemlock Courts Day will be Saturday, July 16th from 11am-5pm on the grounds of Sherman Park, 624 North Beach Street in North Little Rock.  The festival invites all past and present residents and visitors to reunite and celebrate.  The goal is to recognize Hemlock Court, which is in the NLR community, and preserve and protect its history.  The celebration will include swimming, entertainment, games, food and more!  For more information, call 501-765-6993.

– Kevin Hunt, Sr. for Overcoming Obstacles in Life.  Adversity did not hold Kevin Hunt, Sr. back!  The downward spiral of his life began after he dropped out of school after the 8th grade and joined a gang shortly afterwards.  In 1990, he and some friends were charged with a felony and convicted a year later.  After serving 3 years, he was later released. Kevin could have kept spiraling downward, but he chose not to.  He went on to pursue his GED at Shorter College through their GED Program, earned a college degree from Philander Smith College in business and graduated with honors.  He joined a church and became very involved, and later earned his master’s degree at Webster’s University.  Kevin spent 8 years working in the office of former Governor Mike Beebe with 5 of those years working as the Minority Affairs Liaison.  He puts in countless hours of hard work and dedication for the betterment of his community by serving as a mentor and volunteer. Kevin is focused at building his 501(c)3 nonprofit mentoring program, I.O.P. (Inspiring Other People).  His motto is “Leading By Example.”  To contact Kevin Hunt, Sr. for speaking engagements or his mentoring program, call 501-993-6354 or email [email protected].

June 30, 2016

– Dr. Nate Smith, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health & State Health Officer for “Let’s Talk Zika.”  Zika virus is a disease that has spread to over 35 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is spread through mosquito bites and through sexual transmission from a man to his sexual partner.  There are types of mosquitoes here in Arkansas that could spread the virus, so people are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites when they travel, and for at least 21 days after returning to Arkansas from a place where Zika is being actively transmitted, such as Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.

Ways to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Use air conditioning or window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • When at home in AR:  Reduce the number of mosquitoes inside and outside your home by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.  Mosquitoes can breed in as little amount of water as a bottle cap

For more information on the Zika Virus, visit the latest travel notice, visit

Maria Hoskins, Author for her new book “Down Home in Arkansas.”  The writer’s recalls how fun, exciting and entertaining her family is during the bi-annual family reunion holiday.  Maria hopes each reader will enjoy her family reunion story and draw on the commonality readers will experience as they associate their family reunion with the writer’s family reunion story.  Also included with the story are  group activities and an ancestry resource guide to utilize at your next family reunion. To keep up with the author, visit or email [email protected].

– Rochelle Burton, City of Little Rock & Parks & Recreation for the 40 Year Anniversary of the Men’s Basketball Summer League 1976-2016.  Games will be held Mondays-Thursdays through July 28th at the Dunbar Community Center, 1001 West 16th Street in Little Rock beginning at 6pm nightly.  The tournament games will be held August 1st-4th at 6pm and conclude with the Legends and Championship game. The games are free to attend.  For more information, call 501-376-7084.

June 23, 2016

– Leon Chitman, Sr., Jimmy Smith, and Deon Aaron of the Pi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the Qnique Gentlemen & Sundresses.  The men of Pi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Qnique Gentlemen & Sundresses, Saturday, June 25th from 8pm-12am at War Memorial Stadium in the Letterman Club (Gate 7: Floor 2).  Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships for deserving students.  The event is geared for 21 & up.  For tickets and more information, call 501-912-3263 or 501-259-8320. To learn more in the Pi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. visit them on Facebook!

– Tomekia Moore, Event Coordinator for the 4th Annual HYPE Summer Palooza & Youth Crime Prevention Summit. This annual event will be held, Saturday, June 25th from 10am-2pm at College Heights Church of Christ, 1313 N. Magnolia in Pine Bluff. The summit will include a panel discussion featuring the Honorable Judge Earnest Brown, local county and city officials.  The goal is to foster an informative and relaxed environment in which youth and parents can freely express questions concerning public safety initiatives throughout the city and county.  Additional activities will be a community fair, a 40 feet slide, mobile aquarium, basketball & kickball tournament, informational booths, and more! For more info, call 870-872-2229 or visit the College Heights Church of Christ on Facebook!

– “Red” for the 2016 Pine Bluff / Altheimer Blues Festival.  This annual festival will be held Sat., June 25th at  | gates open at 12pm | show starts at 4pm with featured artists Sir Charles, Lenny Williams, Bishop Bullwinkle, Terry Wright, J-Wonn, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Mean Green, the On Call Band, and the Platinum Hitz Band.  The event will be hosted by Broadway Joe and Comedian Keith Glason.  Tickets are available at Ugly Mike’s, Uncle T’s Food Mart, Butler Furniture, Record Rack in Pine Bluff, and Kibb’s BBQ in P.B./Stuttgart.  For more information, call 501-413-7683.

June 16, 2016

– Michael B. White for the Union Rescue Mission presents Maze & Frankie Beverly. The Union Rescue Mission presents Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Saturday, June 18th at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.  Gates open at 4pm and the show starts at 6:45pm.  Also performing live will be Mary Mary, Amber Bullock, Tamela Mann, and Kris Allen.  General Admission $40 and $75 at the door. VIP tickets are available online at  Ticket outlets:  NLR:  Lindsey’s BBQ and Ce Ce ‘s Chicken & Waffles; LR:  Ugly Mike’s, Uncle T’s Food Mart, & the Union Rescue Mission of LR; Pine Bluff:  Record Rack; and Conway: Sandstone Real Estate Company. For more information, call 501-749-8388 or visit

Jonathan Hart and Chris Ware for the “Save Our Dads” Community Health Fair.  Rose City Community Church of Christ and the North Little Rock School District presents the “Save Our Dads” Community Health Fair, Saturday, June 18th from 11am-2pm at the North Little Rock Academy, 5500 Lynch Drive in NLR.  Learn about health programs and resources to improve your health, free screenings:  Pneumococcal & shingles vaccine (voucher given), PSA-Colon Cancer, Blood Pressure, Cholesteral, Diabetes, and HIV/STD; raffle giveaways, free food, chair massages, and more!  For more information, call 501-422-1477 or 501-960-7310.

– Serecia Cole and Jennelle Primm of Philander Smith College (PSC) for Philander being selected for the school of the month of June 2016 by the Tom Joyner Foundation.   As one of only 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) selected for the designation each year, Philander Smith will partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation to raise scholarship dollars throughout the entire month.  In addition to fundraising support, the Tom Joyner Foundation will also award five scholarships to PSC students throughout the month.   The Hercules Scholarship, names in honor of Joyner’s deceased father, will be awarded to male students who have made significant academic accomplishments and contribution on their community.  To make a donation during the month of June 2016, visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.orgMobile giving is also available by texting PSC1877 to 80888.  For more information on Philander Smith College, visit

– Dr. Rhonda Mattox and Camille Hart for the 2nd Annual Community-Campus Partnership Conference and the National Conversation on Women’s Heart Health.

The 2nd Annual Community-Campus Partnership Conference will be held, Friday, June 17th from 9:30am-6pm at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential in Little Rock.  Keynote speaker is Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.   Registration is free and open to the public.  UAMS & community leaders will discuss the health status of Arkansas, address health disparities and tell what needs to be done.  Register at

The National Conversation on Women’s Heart Health will be held, Thursday, June 30th from 4:30pm-5pm Reception | 5pm-6pm Town Hall at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive in LR in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium – Room 1207.  Conducted in partnership with the University of Florida, the event is designed to engage the public – especially medically under-served communities – in conversations about important health and research topics.  Dr. Rhonda Mattox will serve as moderator of a panel of experts that include Dr. Jean McSweeney, Associate Dean for Research, UAMS; Dr. Christina Pettey, Assistant Professor, UAMS; and Kimberly Moore, Community Member. To RSVP and learn more information, call 501-526-6629 or email [email protected].

June 9, 2016

– Chief Greg Summers and Chief Joe Gray of the Little Rock Fire Department for the 6th Annual Firefighters All White Affair.  F.I.R.E.S., Inc. presents the 6th Annual Firefighters All White Affair, Saturday, June 11th at 7pm with featured artist R&B Group H-Town, along with Hip Hop Violinist Michael Ward, and Little Rock’s own Dell Smith Experience.  Event hosts will be Broadway Joe and Donna Terrell.  For tickets and more information, call 501-952-0841 or 501-240-5900.

– Sheriff Gerald Robinson of Jefferson County for the 10th Annual Sheriff’s Fun Day.  This free event will be held Saturday, June 11th from 9am-2pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Rhinehart Road in Pine Bluff.  Enjoy free food, games, bounce houses,  amusement rides, a live petting zoo, horseback rides, dozens of giveaways and more!  A fishing derby will begin at 9am. For more information, call 870-692-3376 or email

– Dr. Billy Thomas of AMDPA (Arkansas Medical, Dental & Pharmaceutical Association) for AMDPA’s 123rd Annual Scientific Session.  The conference will be held Fri.-Sat., June 10th-11th at the Hot Springs Embassy Suites Hotel, 400 Convention Blvd.  The theme is “Healthy People 2020: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.”  Keynote speaker will be former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders.  The conference will include talks covering health care topics, access to health care, Medicaid expansion, pain management, obesity and diabetes, HIV and Aids, and breast colorectal and prostate cancer.  In addition, a Student Health Symposium targeting high school and college students will feature talks by specialist in multiple medical fields.  For registration information, visit or call 501-265-0756.

– Brian Rodgers, Public Information Officer at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for Juneteenth.  MTCC hosts Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Saturday, June 18th from 11am-5pm at 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock.  The celebration is free and open to the public.  This annual commemoration of the end of slavery will have family-friendly activities and attractions, the Kinsey Collection exhibit, food trucks, live music from various performers and featured artists Algebra and Anthony David.  For more information, visit or call 501-683-3636.

MTCC Additional Events:

Thurs., June 16th | 6:30pm: African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection Closing

Fri., June 17th | 11:30am: It’s in the Bag Lunch ‘n Learn Series “A Conversation with the Kinsey’s” (Must RSVP)

Fri., June 17th | 6:30pm:  Hip Hop Panel Discussion and Mix DJ Battle

June 2, 2016

– Dr. Derek Lewis, Dr. Lanita White, Pastor Glenn Hersey, Phanie’ Wicks, and Aeiress Lewis for the annual Health & Wellness Community Expo.  The Derek Lewis Foundation presents the 2016 Health & Wellness Community Expo, Saturday, June 4th from 8am-1pm at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock. Provided will be Health Screenings, Fitness Demos, Health Vendors, School Physicals, Bike Safety Training, Oral Health Info, CPR Training, Chair Massage, Nutrition Demos, Ask the Doctor Panel, Live Entertainment, and much more!  This event is free and open to the public.  For vendor and information, call 501-207-0711 or email [email protected].

– Connie Curry and Fox 16’s Donna Terrell of the Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc. for the 9th Jazzy Jeans & Jewels.  The Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc. presents the 9th Annual Jazzy Jeans & Jewels: “Jeans Around the World,” Saturday, June 4th from 7pm-12 midnight at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  Featured will be the culinary skills of Connecting Links and Heir-O-Links.  All proceeds from Jazzy Jeans and Jewels events are given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Arkansas on a rotating basis.  This year’s recipient is Shorter College.  For tickets and more information, call 501-804-3212 or email [email protected].

– LaKisha Johnson, Executive Director of Sickle Cell Support Services; Kimberly Lee, SCSS Board Member; and Jodie T. Carter, member of the Pro Duffers of Little Rock for the 24th Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic. Sickle Cell Support Services & Pro Duffers of Little Rock presents the 24th Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic, Friday-Sunday, June 10th-12th with a 9am Shotgun Start at Greystone Country Club of Cabot Arkansas.  The event includes 36 Holes Media Play (Individual), Championship Flight, Senior 60 to 69, Super Seniors 70 & up and much more.  Lunch will be provided both days, carts and green fee are included in the $165 fee.  Hole Sponsorships begin at $250.  Hospitality and Pairing Reception for the event will be held, Friday, June 10th from 7pm-11pm and Saturday, June 11th after play at the Little Rock Airport Holiday Inn.  Proceeds from the Golf Classic will benefit the organization’s supportive services and the enrichment camp for kids living with sickle cell disease.  For more information on the Golf Classic, call 501-680-3632.  For more information on the Little Rock Pro Duffers, visit www.littlerockproduffers.comFor more information on Sickle Cell Support Services, visit

May 19, 2016

– Pastor William Robinson; Louise Scott, Event Chair; and Dr. Rod Romes, Pharmacist for First Baptist Church-S.A. Jones’ 6th Annual Linking the Community to Health Services.  This annual community health event will be held, Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am-2pm on the grounds of First Baptist Church, 811 Scipio A. Jones in North Little Rock. Some of the most trusted health service providers in Central Arkansas will offer free health screenings, health information, door prizes, refreshments, fun activities, like horseback riding, track & field races, farmers market, hair cuts, and so much more! A special ‘Ask the Doctors’ session will include Dr. Rod Romes, Dr. Alonzo Williams, Dr. Morris Kelley, Dr. Marvin Ashford, and Dr. Manuel Kelley. The NLR Community Band will provide entertainment.  For more information, call 501-374-9394.

– Evangeline Parker-Guest, Founder & Executive Director and Mariah Brown, Lady Miss Teen Promise 2015 for the 19th Annual Miss Teen Promise.  Teen Promise, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation that teaches females how to become more positive, poised, productive, professional and polished ladies and provide scholarship funds for higher education. The organization has served over 275 females and awarded over $90,000 in scholarships, training and prizes. Applications are being accepted through May 31st for Miss Teen Promise Female Preparatory & Scholarship program.  The 15-week program is for females ages 3-25.  Register at or call 501-353-0009.

 – Rebecca Tennille for the Clinton Center for the 2nd Annual Bridge to the Future Community Festival.  This free community festival encourages students to read throughout the summer break.  It includes activities, literacy, health and safety resources for parents. Activities will include, free books from the Reading is Fundamental “AR Kids Read” program, crafts and coloring activities, appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, Cookie Mouse and Curious George, puppet shows, face painting and more!  Bridge to the Future Community Festival will be held, Saturday, May 21st from 10am-2pm at the Clinton Center in downtown Little Rock.  For more information, visit  

– Hugh Leavell, Community Outreach Director and Christopher Williams of the Arkansas National Guard for their Youth Challenge Program.  Youth Challenge is a free military style structured program for youth ages 16-18 that have dropped out or on the verge of dropping out of high school.  The behavior modification program has a residential phase of 5 1/2 months., then graduates of the program are followed up with for 1 year.  Students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and upon graduation they have to go to work, continue their education, or join the military.  Scholarships are given to those who want to pursue a higher education. The next class starts in July 2016.  Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is June 15th.  For more information, call 1-800-814-8453 or visit  


May 12, 2016

– Stephanie Wilcox, Festival’s Charities Chair and Chrissy Chatham of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas for the 32nd Annual International Greek Food Festival.  The festival will take place Friday-Sunday, May 20th-22nd at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Napa Valley Drive in Little Rock. It will be a family-friendly weekend filled with food, fun, and fundraising for local charities.  Admission, parking and trolley service are free!  Festival hours will be Friday & Saturday, May 20th-21st from 11am-9pm and Sunday, May 22nd from 11am-3pm.  Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Community Connections, Easter Seals Arkansas, Harmony Health Clinic, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, Wolfe Street Foundation and Youth Home, Inc. For more information on entertainment, the Old World Market and Grocery, kid’s activities and church tours visit

Jerrell Hardnett, PR Specialist at the Arkansas Aids Foundation for the Arkansas Aids Walk 2016: “Bridging the Gap.”  This fun-filled event will be held, Saturday, May 14th from 7:30am-11:30am at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave. in downtown Little Rock.  The Aids Walk will provide a unique way to raise community awareness and support for growing epidemic of  HIV/Aids.  Proceeds will benefit and help sustain the Arkansas Aids Foundation in continuing to provide support services to Arkansans.  About 500 are expected to participate in this year’s walk.  For more information, call 501-374-2898 or visit

– Lara Blume McGhee, Founder of ALS in Wonderland Foundation for the 3rd Annual ALS in Wonderland presents Neverland: “Imagine a World Without ALS.”  This fundraiser will be Saturday, May 14th with a Mixer at 7pm featuring Rodney Block and an 8:15pm start time at Albert Pike Masonic Center, 712 Scott Street in Little Rock. Renowned ALS Research Specialist Dr. Richard Bedlack of Duke ALS Clinic will be the featured guest and PALS Rickie Joe Bauer will be honored.  Other special guests include ALS Warrior Advocate Anthony Carbajal and former NBA Star Stephen Howard.  The night will be one of intrigue, fantasy and inspiration.  The Peter Pan themed event is inspired by cirque arts and couture fashion.  For more information, visit or call 501-492-6955.

– Frank “Penny” Edwards of the Real Cowboy Association for the 6th Annual Little Rock Black Rodeo.  The Real Cowboy Association presents the 6th Annual Little Rock Black Rodeo, Saturday, May 14th at the Barton Coliseum, 2600 Howard Street in Little Rock with a Tailgate Party at 3pm and Showtime at 7pm. Known as the Baddest Show on Dirt, this event will feature Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding Steer Wrestling, Live Entertainment and more! Parking is free for the Rodeo and Tailgate with ticket purchase.  Tickets are available at Ugly Mike’s, Uncle T’s, Cavender’s, Arkansas State Fairgrounds, and online at  For more information on the Real Cowboy Association, visit

May 05, 2016

– Joyce Raynor, Executive Director of the Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits for 2016 Pampered Ladies Luncheon & Wellness Expo.  The Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits and ACTS Church invite you to join them for the 2016 Pampered Ladies Luncheon & Wellness Expo, Saturday, May 7th at ACTS Church from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Women will receive a day of pampering.  Provided will be Educational Booths, Health Screenings, Zumba, Massages, Manicures, Tobacco Prevention Bingo, and much more!  Hear from the experts, Dr. Rhonda Mattox, Dr. Kim Eason, Senator Joyce Elliott, and others on women health issues. Seating is limited to the first 150 women.  This event is free, but your must register at or call 501-372-3800.

– Lott Rolfe, Little Rock Attorney; Dr. Glenn Hersey, Outreach Pastor at St. Mark Baptist Church for the Criminal Record Expungement Seminar.  The Outreach Ministry of St. Mark Baptist Church in partnership with the W. Harold Flowers Law Society & the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation will host a Criminal  Expungement Seminar, Saturday, May 7th from 9am-11am at St. Mark Family Life Center, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Little Rock District Court Judge Vic Fleming will conduct a one-hour information session, detailing Arkansas law and the expungement process. Volunteer attorneys will assist those present in obtaining the needed documents to begin the process. The seminar is free and open to the public.  Arkansas is one of many states that permits expunging, or sealing of criminal records.  A sealed record allows a person to legally state he or she has never been charged nor convicted of a crime in situations such as: Applying for employment, leasing or renting an apartment or home, and obtaining higher education.  For more information, call 501-663-3955 or visit

– Tamela Tennpenny-Lewis, Co-Founder of he Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC) for the 10th Annual “Memorial in May” Cemetery Preservation Conference.  St. John Missionary Baptist Church in El Dorado and the Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC) will host the 10th Annual “Memorial in May” Cemetery Preservation Conference, Friday-Saturday, May 6th-7th at 9am at St. John Family Life Center, 1016 East Wilson Street in El Dorado. The 2-day conference will offer workshop with various speakers discussing the issues concerning the difficulties individuals and communities face restoring and preserving neglected cemeteries. Attendees will learn the proper techniques in documenting, preserving, restoring, protecting and maintaining cemeteries and gravesites.  For more information, call 501-425-5578 or email [email protected].

April 28, 2016

– Lecole White, Program Manager of Arkansas Creating Connections for Children (ARCCC) for Children with Arkansas Department of Human Services, a Division of Children and Family Services for Donate the BASICS for Children in Foster Care.  ARCCC, a part of the Department of Human Service/Division of Children and Family Services is having a Donation Drive for Children in Foster Care, “Donate the BASICS,” Monday, May 2nd from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.  Items needed are backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases/luggage, pajamas, underwear (2T and up), socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, soap, baby shampoo, lice shampoo, body wash, pacifiers, baby bottles, sippy cups, diapers, wipes, and snacks that are kid-friendly, pre-packaged, and non-perishable.  In the event that you cannot make the Kick-off event, donations will be accepted through the entire month of May at any of the 85 DHS county offices.  For more information, call 501-682-8759 or visit

– Chelle Luper Wilson, Regional Director of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. South Central Region for the 84th South Central Regional Conference.  Over 3,000 AKA’s from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas will take over the city!  The theme is “Diamond Dimensions of Sisterhood and Service.”  The 4-day event will be held Thursday-Sunday, April 28th-May 1st at the Statehouse Convention Center and the Little Rock Marriott Hotel. Events are planned through out Little Rock.

Thurs., April 28th | 8pm | Statehouse Convention Ctr. in Governor’s Hall – Public Meeting which will recognize and celebrate  a list of notable honorees for their outstanding achievements and service to Arkansas and the nation. (Honorees: Colette D. Honorable, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC), The Clinton Foundation and Thelma Mothershed Weir of the Little Rock Nine. Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will deliver the charge.

  • Fri., April 29th | 7am | Legacy Breakfast (Ticketed event)
  • Sat., April 30th | 8:45am | Leadership Breakfast (Ticketed event)

12:30pm | Statehouse Conv. Ctr. – Luncheon featuring  keynote speaker and  Arkansas native, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, Miss America 1990. (Ticketed event)

8pm | Statehouse Conv. Ctr. – The Diamond Experience “Naturally Flawless” Closing Gala

  • Sun., May 1st | Statehouse Conv. Ctr | Ecumenical Service “New Dimensions of Faith”

11am | Little Rock Marriott Hotel | Gospel Brunch (Ticketed event)

For more information, call 479-685-0193 or visit or Like ’em on Facebook “AKA South Central Region.”

– Nicole Freeman and Tabitha Cooke of the Continental Society of Little Rock and Leon Chitman and Ray Sturgis of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for Spring Into Health Colgate Dental Check-Up.  The Little Rock Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. and Pi Omicron Chapter and Omicron Lamda Lamda of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Spring Into Health Colgate Dental Check-Up, Saturday, April 30th from 10am-2pm at Holy Temple COGIC, 1322 South Pulaski Street in LR.  Provided will be Free Child Dental Check Ups for kids 12 & under, Physical Fitness, Hand Washing Booth, Food, Demonstration/Education, MEMS and Little Rock Fire Department, Accident Prevention Display, Safety Belt and Child Safety Demonstrations, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Booth.  For more information, call 501-291-3445 or call 501-680-3149.

April 21, 2016

– Angeletta Giles, Parent Advocate with Project PAAK (Parent Advocate For Awesome Kids) and daughter 8-year-old Londyn Giles for “A Parent’s Perspective…Understanding Autism.”  Londyn was diagnosed with autism in 2012.  Due to her parents finding the necessary resources and taking advantage of the early intervention programs ranging in physical, speech and occupational therapies, Londyn is thriving.  She is active in activities at church, dance and cheerleading.  Dr. Maya Lopez, an autism specialist and UAMS Associate Professor of Pediatrics who sees patients on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital campus says, “Autism is a condition where the treatment goes beyond the walls of a clinic or hospital.  It involves the entire community around Londyn.  For Londyn to break out of her shell and have better social awareness, she needs opportunities to be with other children.”

Project PAAK is designed to inform and mentor parents on the prevention and intervention of child development issues.  The purpose of the project is to create a support system that dill demystify the evaluation process and emphasize the critical importance of early interventions to families who have concerns related to their child’s development, including autism spectrum disorder. For more information, call (901) 734-7314 or email [email protected].

– Dr. John Miller, Sr., President of 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock for the 3rd Annual “Mentoring Across A Lifetime” Leadership Conference.  100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock hosts this free event with the theme “Mentoring and Community,” Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-1pm at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  The conference is about understanding what mentoring is all about. Attendees will learn how to be more effective leaders and mentors, and also learn about the importance of being mentored.  There will be morning sessions, a community luncheon and 2 recipients of the “100 Scholars” Scholarship will be recognized. For more information and to RSVP, visit

– Odessa Darrough, Event Chair of the 13th Annual Minority Health Fair.  This free event will be held, Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-2pm at Central High School in the Quigley Cox Stadium, 15400 South Park in Little Rock.  The day filled with family fun, entertainment, health screenings, physical fitness activities, games, prizes, and so much more.  Attendees can receive health information and screenings on cancer, nutrition & obesity, oral health, alcoholism, eye disease, heart disease & stroke and a list of others.  A vacation trip and gift certificates will be awarded in prizes.  For more information, call 501-960-2569.

– Red Wilson, Event Producer for the 2016 Blues on the River.  The 2-day music festival, 2016 Blues on the River will be Friday & Saturday, April 22nd-23rd at the North Shore River Walk.  This is the 17th anniversary of the festival which attracts music enthusiasts from across the United States.  It is best known for its entertainment and tradition of Southern soul which is better known for the sound of the south.  Featured artists will be:

Friday, April 22 (gates open at 4:30pm) 6pm showtime – Big John Miller Band, Clarence Carter, Latimore, and Millie Jackson.  Also performances by D-Train and Comedian Silky Slimm.

Saturday, April 23rd (gates open at 2pm) 3pm showtime  – Big John, J-Won, Terry Wright, Jeff Floyd, Mr. Pokey, Malcolm Allen, Bishop Bullwinkle, and the On Call Band.

For tickets and more information, call 501-779-4676 or visit

April 14, 2016

– Donna Terrell, Fox 16 News Anchor for Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer.  Donna’s daughter Queah found strength and comfort in yoga while she battled colon cancer before passing away in March 2011.  She is considered to be the first Yoga Warrior.  The mission of the Warriors is to let you know you’re never too young to get colon cancer and raise awareness for early detection of colon and other cancers.  They also promote the benefits of yoga in helping relieve some of the stress and symptoms of cancer and its associated treatments. They help survivors currently in treatment with financial assistance for some of their liquid nutritional needs.  This free yoga event will be, Saturday, April 16th at 10am at the Doubletree Hotel, 424 West Markham St. in LR.  Be sure to take your yoga mat.  For more information or to make a donation to CARTI, visit

Dr. Fitz Hill, President of Arkansas Baptist College for the 7th Annual Supper & Soul 2016.  This annual fundraiser gala is a celebration of the accomplishments of the college and its 132 year history.  The Gala will be held, Thursday, April 21st with a reception and silent auction at 6:30pm and dinner with live entertainment at 7pm featuring An Evening with Lakeside and The Bar-Kays.  Barry & Andrea Griffith and Anthony & Sheila Brooks will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event.  Sponsorships and individual tickets are available.  For more information, call 501-420-1206 or email [email protected].

– Micheal Stone, Executive Director of Student & Equity Services for the North Little Rock School District for School Choice.  The North Little Rock School District is currently registering student during its School Choice through May 1st, 2016.  Students outside of the NLR School District, excluding those in Pulaski County School District are eligible for School Choice. NLRSD has 5 new elementary schools, 4 completely renovated elementary schools, 1 new high school, 1 completely renovated Pre-K, and 1 middle school that is currently under construction.  For more information on School Choice and the NLRSD, visit or call 501-771-8000.

April 7, 2016

– Bernard Kinsey, Owner and Bryan Rodgers, Public Information Officer for Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) opening of the exhibit the Kinsey Collection.  The Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center announce the opening of the Kinsey Collection, Friday, April 8 and running through July 2nd at MTCC, 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock.  Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm.   The renowned exhibit includes authentic and rare art, original artifacts, books, documents, etc., that tell a more complete story of the black experience in America.  The collection received national acclaim and has been featured at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the American Pavilion of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The exhibit is names for its creators, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who began collecting art and artifacts as they explored their own ancestral heritage.  The collection includes thousands of pieces, acquired from around the globe.  For more information on the exhibit, visit or call 501-683-3593.  For more information on the Kinsey Collection, visit

– Marisha DiCarlo, President of the Junior League of Little Rock for Little Readers Rock.  The Little Rock Chapter of the Junior League hosts their annual event Little Readers Rock.  Children will get a chance to hear from storytellers and puppeteers, create their own book, take a tour of the library’s greenhouse, and make crafts.  Refreshments will be provided.  This event is open to the public and free books will be distributed to children while supplies last.  Little Readers Rock will be held, Saturday, April 9th from 9am-1pm at the Hiliary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street in Little Rock.  For more information, visit or call 501-375-5557.

Dee Boles, Author of “God’s Got A Man For You” for a Book Signing and the “Love Like You Mean It” Free Seminar.  Dee Boles is a native of North Little Rock who wrote her first book, “God’s Got A Man For You” the Spiritual Side of Relationships, Why We Do What We Do.  The book is written very candidly and humorously about her own life, trials, relationships, and pitfalls in an effort to encourage others to trust God in every area of their life.  Boles is also a motivational speaker and has delivered messages to inspire people to live better lives.  She is in town from California to hold two events this weekend, Love Like You Mean It Free Seminar and a Book Signing.

  • “Love Like You Mean It” Free Seminar will be held Saturday, April 9th from 9:30am-12pm in the Shorter College Student Center, 604 North Locust Street in North Little Rock.  The event is geared to enlighten, inspire and empower attendees to keep their faith and more. // The first 50 ladies will get a free gift and can enter the drawing for the grand prize. (Men are encouraged to attend.)
  • Book Signing will be held Saturday, April 9th from 2pm-4pm at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, 1001 Wright Ave. in Little Rock where she will discuss and sign copies of her book.

For more information about the events, call 501-240-5243.  For more information on Dee Boles, visit

March 31, 2016

– Crystal Barker, President of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for “Delta Presents.”  The LR Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Presents Outreach Foundation presents the 43rd Annual “Delta Presents 2016,”  Sunday, April 3rd from 5pm-8pm at UALR Theatre of Performing Arts, 2801 South University Ave.  The theme is “Black Men Emerging.”  This Annual event will honor 44 high school young men in the Central Arkansas area on their accomplishments in academic, talent, athletic achievements and community involvement. Over $25,000 will be awarded in college scholarships.

*The Delta Presents program was designed to encourage and aide college-bound male seniors to achieve higher educational success.  Events leading up to the recognition program include a parent host hour, personal developmental workshops to expose the honorees to successful men in the community, and a mother’s brunch.  For ticket information, visit or call 501-831-8893.

– Steven Mills, Director of the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club for “Great Futures Gala.”  The Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club of America hosts their inaugural “Great Futures Gala” with keynote speaker NFL and Baseball Legend Bo Jackson, Friday, April 8th from 7pm-9pm at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Horner Hall. The mission of “Great Futures Gala” is to inspire and enable all youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  Proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club of America.  For VIP seating and Corporate sponsorships (including meet and greet, signed football, and an individual picture with Bo Jackson), contact Steven Mills at [email protected].  For tickets to “Great Futures Gala” and more information, visit

– Clinton McDonald (defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Pep Levingston (defensive end with Canadian Football League), Demetrius Harris (tight end with Kansas City Chiefs), and Michael Johnson (defensive end with the Cincinnati Bengals) for Family Fun Day and the 4th Annual Iron Sharpens Iron Football & Cheer Camp.

  • Meet and Greet Clinton McDonald and NFL Friends, Thursday, March 31st from 8pm-10pm at Bar Louie, 11525 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. Present the football/cheer camp flyer (obtained online at or on Facebook at “Macc-lid”) and 20% of your purchase goes toward MACCLID organization.  This fundraiser will allow attendees to meet and greet, Michael Johnson – Cincinnati Begals, William Gholston-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dequan Bowers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pep Levingston,BC Lions (Canadian Football League), Demetrius Harris-Kansas City Chiefs, Red Bryant-Arizona Cardinals, and others!
  • NFL Great Clinton McDonald & MACCLID (McDonald Association Collective Collaboration) presents the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day, Friday, April 1st from 5pm-9pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane.  The evening will be filled with fun, food and family fellowship.  Meet and Greet NFL Players & Guests.  Donations of unopened household items, can foods, individual wrapped snacks, laundry supplies, and gift cards. Donations will benefit the Watershed and the Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas.
  • Clinton McDonald & Friends hosts the 4th Annual “Iron Sharpens Iron” Football & Cheer Camp, Saturday, April 2nd from 9am-3pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane. Youth ages 6-17 will have the opportunity to be mentored and taught the fundamentals of football and cheer leading.  The price: $30 Cheerleaders | $40 Football.  To register, visit www.macclid.orgTo obtain more information, call 501-773-0917.

*MACCLID (McDonald & Associates Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness) is a distinguished athletic organization based on serving and assisting the betterment and uplifting the underprivileged communities and communities across the country by using the spirit of the Lord to be a light unto our darken paths.  By using the fundamentals ion sports and real life testimonies, they aid in introducing principles that will impact and remain with individuals within the community for a lifetime.

March 24, 2016

– Miriam Karanja, Director of Programs at the Arkansas Cancer Coalition for the 17th Annual Cancer Summit.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition will host the 17th Annual Cancer Coalition “Navigating the Cancer Continuum:  Prevention to Survivorship,” Tuesday, March 29th from 7:30am-3:45pm at the Benton Event Center, 17322 Interstate 30.  The summit is open to the public and will be a day of learning for all advocates, public health practitioners and all Arkansans interested in improving the ability to fight colorectal cancer and improving the survival rate. Some of the topics include how we reduce tobacco use rates in our state; how we can work together to develop a measureable plan for fighting cancer, and more.  Cancer survivors can attend the summit free of charge.  To register or obtain more information, visit or call 501-404-2363.

 – Senator Linda Chesterfield and Judy Smith, Director of Transition for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS).  Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of Career Education, provides opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities to lead productive and independent lives. Arkansas is one of 8 states with a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center in the country: the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) provides 11 programs accredited by the Council on Occupational Employment (COE); ranging from Cosmetology to Welding.  The largest component of ARS is the Field Program which has 93 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions in 19 offices across the state, serving all 75 Arkansas Counties.  ARS has programs for young people with disabilities, too.  A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is assigned to serve all high schools providing special programs and developing additional Pre-Employment Training Services.  For more information on ARS, call 1-800-330-0632 or visit

– Patrick Oliver, Arkansas Native and Literary Activist to serve as Moderator for “Beyond November with Scholar and Author Bakari Kitwana.”  Patrick Oliver returns to Little Rock to discuss voter participation, youth activism and community engagement with scholar and author Bakari Kitwana.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 2010 Daisy Bates Drive and is free and open to the public.  Oliver’s recent book On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People encourages young people to have an active part in their personal growth which includes civic engagement.  Kitwana is author of The Hip Hop Generation which combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies.  For more information on the event, call 501-374-1957.  To obtain Oliver’s book, visit or call 501-952-6169.

March 17, 2016

– Sammie Holmes, Board Member and Johnny Hasan of Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery, Inc. for the Dinner Theatre “Precious Memories.”  The 4th Annual Dinner Theatre “Precious Memories” hosted by the Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery, Inc. will be held, Friday, March 25th at 6pm at the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled (AEDD), 105 East Roosevelt Road in Little Rock.  Tickets are $50 and Tables are $500.  This year “Precious Memories” will focus on communities and highlight 4 individuals.  Proceeds from this event will help restore and preserve the history.  Haven of Rest, 7102 West 12th Street in Little Rock is the largest African American cemetery in the state of Arkansas (with over 7,500 burials).  It became the final resting place of prominent Arkansas such as Daisy L. Bates, Scipio A. Jones, Dr. Joseph A. Booker, the first president of Arkansas Baptist College. For more information or to purchase your ticket, call 501-613-5439 or visit or email [email protected].

– Latina Sheard, Branch Manager of the Sue Cowan Williams Library for Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Preserving the History of Sue Cowan Williams.  The late Sue Cowan Williams made a difference to African American teachers in the Little Rock School District by requesting equal pay for all teachers. Although she won her case, she lost her teaching job at Dunbar High School during that time.  Very little is recorded about Mrs. Williams’ life, and the CALS is working to create a set of taped interview, an oral history, that highlights her life and the relationships she had in the community.  The oral history will be archived in the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and will be available for any resident, scholar, or researcher to hear.  The Sue Cowan Williams Library will conduct interviews with the community members who knew Mrs. Williams’ to preserve the history of her life.  Interview will be conducted Monday-Saturday, March 14th-19th at the Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street in Little Rock (right next to Dunbar Middle School). Former students, sorority sisters (Deltas), educators, church members, and those in the community who knew Sue Cowan Williams are asked to contact Latina Sheard at 501-376-4282 to schedule an appointment and help make this a complete success.  To learn more about the Central Arkansas Library System, visit

– Vivian Flowers, State Representative of District 17 for The Importance of Voting in Jefferson County.  Your vote is your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect the community. Jefferson County is currently having a run-off election which will continue through Monday, March 21st from 8:3-am-5pm.  Election day will be Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:30am-7:30pm.  The following races will be decided:

  •  County Judge:  The candidates are Dutch King (I) or Henry “Hank” Wilkins, IV.
  • Mayor:  The candidates are Debe Hollingsworth (I) or Shirley Washington
  • Ward 2 Alderman: The candidates are Lloyd Franklin II or Win Trafford

All registered voters can vote for these candidates in this run-off contest, except voters who voted in the Republican Primary on March 1st.  A couple of these races could result in African American firsts.  Wilkins would be the first African American elected as County Judge in the state of Arkansas since Reconstruction in the late 1800’s. Also, Shirley Washington will be the first African American woman ever elected as mayor of Pine Bluff.  For more information, contact the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office at 870-541-5322. 

March 10, 2016

– LaKisha Johnson, Executive Director for Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) and Kimberly Lee, Board Member for the Walk Out Sickle Cell 3K Walk.  Fire Chief Officers and Sickle Cell Support Services presents this event, Saturday, March 19th at 8am starting at 16th and Rice Street and ending at 7th and Chester Street in Little Rock.  Proceeds from the Walk will benefit SCSS by raising awareness and funds to provide supportive services and resources.  Registration: $35  To register online, visit or call 501-650-0764.

*Approximately 70,000-10,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia, the most common form of an inherited blood disorder that causes the production of abnormal hemoglobin, a protein that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to all parts of the body. Sickle cell trait affects approximately 8 percent of African-Americans.

– Reggie Jackson, Pi Lambda Chapter President; Kalven Trice, Chair; and Dustin Barnes, Publicity Chair for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s 70th Annual Southwestern Regional Convention.  The world’s oldest intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity founded by African American men, will hold its 70th Annual Southwestern Regional Convention during the week of March 17-20, 2016 in Arkansas’ capital city.  The southwestern region is made up of fraternity brothers who reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Events are planned throughout the city, many of them are open and free to the public.  The Alphas will have community service projects at Habitat Humanity, Arkansas Food Bank, VIPS, and United Way,

Thurs., March 17 at 7pm | Marriott Hotel Public Program (“Black Lives Matter:  Policing & Criminal Justice Reform) | FREE

Fri., March 18 at 8pm | Marriott HotelMiss Black & Gold Pageant; 10pm Step Show to be held at the Statehouse Convention Center

Sat., March 19 from 9am-4:30pm | Marriott Hotel Medical Fair and Career Fair | FREE

For more information, visit them on Facebook “Alpha Phi Alpha Southwest Regional Convention,” or email [email protected] or call 501-952-9076.

– Dr. I. J. Routen, Coordinator of Elementary Fine Arts at the Little Rock School District for “Artistry in the Rock.”  The Little Rock School District hosts the 6th Annual Artistry in the Rock, a celebration and showcase of LRSD student talent in the performing and visual arts, Monday-Wednesday, March 14th-16th from 9am-2pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in LR.  This event is free and open to the public.  An Art Gallery will be open daily from 9am-2pm with student artwork from Pre-K thru 12th grade on display.  27 musical performance will take place daily beginning at 9:30am.  Evening performances will be held Wednesday from 6pm-8:30pm and a silent auction of student and faculty artwork along with community donations to benefit the Dr. Morris Holmes Artistry in the Rock Scholarship Fund for graduation seniors planning to major in the arts or arts education.  For more information, visit

March 03, 2016

– Ken Wade, Executive Director and Sherman Tate, Board Chairman for the Urban League of Arkansas. The Urban League has established a new Arkansas chapter of the civil-rights organization.  A a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that as Arkansas tackles challenges such as job creation, job skill training, academic distress in Little Rock schools and prison overcrowding, he wants to make sure the Arkansas Urban League’s “voice is in the mix.”  The organization is structured to lead efforts in advancing and obtaining equal opportunities for all citizens with a concerted focus on the areas of Health, Education, Jobs and Housing.  As an affiliate of the National Urban League, Arkansas will sustain the mission of the Urban League movement by conducting its business consistent with the requirements, policies, and standards of the National Urban League.  To learn more about the Urban League of Arkansas, visit or email [email protected].

– Ken Kautious, Independent Filmmaker; Cast & Crew:  Levell Lake, Valerie Childs, Shawn Williams, Courtney Ray, and Terrance Dumas for the film premiere of “Broken Glass.”  Ken Kautious grew up in Little Rock and overcame many obstacles such as gang life, drug infested neighborhood, and his greatest achievement, fighting for full custody of his daughter, which he won.  “Broken Glass” is based off of true event using local non-actors in the movie which was shot in the Little Rock and Hot Springs area.  Synopsis: Everyone has a purpose in life, but not everyone that has sight, has vision.  This is the story of one man’s vision to find his purpose, and the obstacles that almost leads him to his fate in the process.  The movie premiere will be held, Thursday, March 10th at 8pm at Chenal 9 IMAX Theater in the Promenade at Chenal Shopping Center, 17825 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.  For more information, email [email protected] or call 501-291-2880.

– Debra Myton for the Prince of Pan Afrikanism: Dr Umar Johnson to Speak at Philander Smith College for From Little Rock Nine to No Child Left Behind: 60 Years of Academic Apartheid.  Dr. Umar Johnson is a prominent Psychologist and world renowned speaker known for his writing “Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys.”  Dr. Johnson will be discussing Special Education to the Prison Pipeline, the ADHD Hoax, the Ritalin Conspiracy, High Stakes Testing, Learning Disability Hustle, Racism in the Foster & Adoption Care industry, Dangers of Immunizations, Police Genocide, President Obama’s Last Year in Office, Post-Traumatic Slavery Disease (PTSD), and Black Male-Female Relationships and much more!  The event will be held Friday, March 4th from 6pm-9pm in the M.L. Harris Auditorium at Philander Smith College, 900 Daisy Bates Drive in Little Rock. Purchase your tickets at For more information, call 501-779-8627 or email [email protected].

February 25, 2016

– Theresa Timmons-Shamberger, Timmons Arts Foundation; Beneal Smith, Praise Dancer; Dr. Nancy Collins, and Dr. Michael Preston for the 12th Annual MidSouth Black Expo.  This free event will be held Saturday, February 27th from 8:30am-3pm at The Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  There will be hourly giveaways, health screenings, shopping, and stage entertainment.  Some of the entertainment will be provided by the Mablevale Drumline, Chris James of the House of Poetry, St. Mark Gospel Choir, Praise Dancer Beneal Smith, Rodney Block and a list of others.  For more information call 501-804-0669 or email [email protected].

– Jason Irby, Author for the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month.  The Jason Irby Innovation Foundation presents the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, Saturday, February 27th at 3pm at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street in Little Rock.  Hear amazing stories of many unknown African-Americans with Arkansas ties who made major contributions to the world.  Presenters will be:  David Ware, Arkansas Capitol Historian; Judge Don Glover, Dermott; Ira Tillman, Sr. Family, Gould; Veatrice Barnes, Wabbaseka; Pat Johnson, Pocahontas; Media Wilkins, Little Rock; and Tatyana Oyinloye, Little Rock.

*The event is sponsored by the UALR Office of Campus Life and the UALR College of Social Sciences and Communication.  For more information, email [email protected].

–  Charles Stewart, Chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Judge Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of the State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County for the Distinguished Laureate Lecture Series VII.  Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center presents this event, Thursday, February 25th at 6pm (doors open at 5pm) at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock featuring the Honorable Timothy C. Evans, a 2010 inductee of the AR Black Hall of Fame.  Judge Evans is the Chief Judge of one of the largest circuit court systems in the world.  He is the first African American to be elected to this position where he oversees 400 judges an dmore than 2,700 non-judicial employees.  He is the recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Evans is returning to share his experiences as Chief Judge and his insight on:

  • Social and racial Justice in America
  • Alternative sentencing for juveniles and nonviolent offenders
  • Criminal justice system reform
  • Interpretations of the laws governing Grand Jury decisions

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the series.  To RSVP, visit

February 18, 2016

– Tami East and Dr. Michelle Wright for The Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (MPCATA).  The MPCATA hosts “The Legacy Continues” Reception, Saturday, February 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Lafayette Building, 523 South Louisiana Street in Little Rock.  MPCATA is named after Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw, and original Tuskegee Airman who was one of the first African-Americans in the country and the first Arkansan to be trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. Founded in 2009, MPCATA mentors students in under-served and disadvantaged communities in order to provide access to educational opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industry.  For more information on The Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy, visit

– Lou Tobian and Odessa Darrough for AARP Arkansas.  For Black History Month, AARP Arkansas will host a Free Movie screening of the powerful movie “Selma,” Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm at the Riverdale 10 Cinema, 2600 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.  The screening is part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups, which strives to spotlight and celebrate movies with story lines, performances and film making that have distinct relevance to the 50+ population.  To reserve your spot, call 1-844-418-2281 or visit

– Christopher Smith, Program Coordinator for Special Programs and Sericia Cole, Associate Vice President of Advancement & External Relations for Philander Smith College.  Philander hosts African American Honors Ceremony, Sunday, February 28th at 2pm in the M.L.Harris Auditorium.  African American seniors from the big three school districts, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School will be honored for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Dr. Roderick Smothers, Sr., President of PSC will offer institutional scholarships at the ceremony.  This event is open to the public.  Visit to learn more about the college.

February 11, 2016

– Anitha Kobusingye, Author and Larry Bone, Co-Author for the book release “Born Anonymous.”  Former Arkansas Baptist College International Student, Anitha Kobusingye will have a Book Signing for the release of her new book, “Born Anonymous: One Story of Hope and Love in Rwanda.”  Kobusingye recounts her experiences growing up as an orphan in Uganda.  With the death of her parents, physical abuse by adopted family, running away at the age of 7, she describes in her book how she was able to overcome it all.  The book signing will be at 11am, Thursday, February 11th in the gymnasium of Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 MLK Drive in Little Rock.  For more information, call 501-420-1345.

– Melanie Hillard, President and Cassandra Davis, Event Co-Chair with the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for the 21st Annual Ivy Ball, “Pink, Pearls & Lace:  A Vintage Affair.”  This evening of elegance will include dinner & dancing, a silent auction, scholarships to deserving students, and music by Stagger Entertainment.  The Ivy Ball will be Saturday, February 13th at 7pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the Grand Ballroom, 11301 Financial Centre Pkwy in Little Rock.  For ticket information, call 501-837-7558 or visit

Sterling Ingram and Alma Williams of the Art Porter Music Education (APME) for the event For the Love of Art:  Mentors in Music with Minors in Music.  Musicians ages 13-70 will all pay tribute to the late Art Porter, Sr., Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm at Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.  Admission is free, but donations, on-site and online at are encouraged.  Proceeds will benefit APME scholarship program.  An additional event will be held Sunday, February 21st at 5pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1109 State Street.  For more information on these two events, visit the APME website.

– Shauwn Howell, Pine Bluff Fire Chief and Lieutenant Jerry Garganeous for the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services – Entry Level Firefighter Exam.  Applications are currently being accepted in the City of Pine Bluff for Fire and Emergency Services.  You must be age 21 and under age 35 with no felony convictions, able to pass a written exam and possess a valid driver’s license.  Must pass a physical agility test, have a good moral character, acceptable vision, live in Arkansas and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applications must be received by February 19 deadline   The exam will be Tuesday, February 23rd at 6pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza.  For more information, call 870-730-2048 or visit

February 4, 2016

– Valerie Nix, Youth & Family Services Program Manager and Heather Haywood, Vice President of Corporate Communications of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas came to discuss their new program benefitting youth.  Goodwill Industries of Arkansas offers an exciting Youth Program in partnership with the City of Little Rock to support youth and their families in zip codes 72204, 72206 and 72209.  The program is open to participants ages 12-17 and will be held at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock.  FREE transportation will be provided.  Youth can meet after school from 4pm-7pm and during the summer months, the program hours will be 7:30am-5:30pm.  The focus of the Youth Program will be on career exploration. Participants can explore career paths and visit colleges. Students learn about workplace skills training programs and college preparation.  The program includes tutoring, positive social development, job readiness and health and fitness activities and more. To learn more about the Goodwill Youth & Families Program, visit or call 501-372-5100 ext. 1177 or email [email protected].

– LaConda Watson, Event Chair; Daphne Gaulden, American Heart Association of Arkansas; Laura Walker, Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club; and Carla Townsend, Zumba Instructor for the 2nd Annual Code Red…Girls on Fire Fitness Extravaganza 2016.  This health and fitness event will be Saturday, February 6th with registration at 9:30am and the start of the event from 10am-12 Noon at the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club, 5 Municipal Drive in Jacksonville.  The purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association with a portion of the proceeds also supporting the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club of Arkansas.  THV 11’s Denise Middleton will be the mistress of ceremonies for 2 hours of fitness fun with some of the best Zumba and Fitness Instructors from across the state.  Local Merchants will be on site sharing their products and services.  Registration will include a Code Red t-shirt. To register for the 2nd Annual Code Red…Girls on Fire Fitness Extravaganza 2016, visit

– Carla Coleman, Chairman of the Black History Commission of Arkansas and Tatyana Oyinloye, African-American History Program Coordinator came to discuss an event hosted by The Black History Commission of Arkansas and Arkansas History Commission.  The “Little Rock School Desegregation: From Then to Now” symposium is Saturday, February 6th from 10am-3pm at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock. Featured speakers will be Dr. John Kirk, Dr. James Ross, Dr. Felicia Hobbs, and Judge Wendell Griffin.  The focus will be of various aspects surrounding the desegregation of Little Rock’s schools, including historical and legal perspectives, personal experiences from an administrative standpoint, and will end with an examination of where Little Rock school desegregation stands today. The seminar is FREE to attend.  Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Lunch will be provided to those who registered early.  For more information, email [email protected] or call 501-682-6900.

January 28, 2016

– Mallory Van Dover, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF) and Hannah Vogler, Event Chair for the 35th Annual Soup Sunday. Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families hosts this family friendly event, Sunday, January 31st from 4pm-7pm at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Guest will have the opportunity to sample soups, breads, and delicious desserts from over 35 local restaurants.  Executive Chef Tim Morton from 1620 Savoy’s will serve the VIP room.  Big John Miller Band will provide the music and the live auction will be led by Craig O’Neill.  For tickets, call 501-371-9678 Ext. 103 or visit

– Karen Buchanan, Program Director and Marva Davis, Esq., Board Member of Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Inc.  The Scholarship Connection Counseling Center of Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Inc. hosts their 3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting: “Starting Now For College,” Sunday, January 31st from 3pm-5pm at 7621 West 40th Street in Little Rock. Dr. Karama Neal, PhD. MA, Chief Operation Officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners will be the keynote speaker.  The mission of the Scholarship Connection Counseling Center is to empower families to help their children become well prepared to apply for scholarships to fund their education.  For more information, call 501-562-0923 or visit

– Melanie Barnes, Founder and Director and Shacora Cooper, member or H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Progress Effectively).  This organization mentors youth by encouraging them, helping build their confidence, teaching them to respect themselves and others, and supply resources and tools to help prepare them for success.  H.O.P.E. was formed in 2014 with the intention to fulfill provisional needs targeted towards families housed in shelters and the urban communities where many of the teenagers resided.  H.O.P.E. also provides scholarships to deserving students and more.  To learn more about H.O.P.E. or to sign up to become a volunteer or mentor, visit or call (901) 356-4783.

January 21, 2016

– Leta Anthony, Event Chair for the Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition (CARE) and its Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Luncheon.  This year, the Champion Awards will focus on the community and recognize the work of individuals, media, corporations, churches, and providers who assist returning citizens in making their re-entry efforts successful and sustainable.  The awards will also recognize the successful re-entry of two returning citizens.  The Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Luncheon will be held Friday, February 5th from 11:30am-1pm at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1221 Schiller Street in Little Rock.  The event is open to the public and free to attend. To RSVP, call 501-541-6038.  To learn more on Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition (CARE), visit

– Glenda Johnson and Kimora Randolph-Preston, Run Ambassadors for Black Girls RUN! Little Rock (BGR) and Kijana Royal, Sr. for Black Men Run Little Rock (BMR).  These two organizations  are on the move! Both encourage health and wellness by promoting running/jogging and more.

BGR!:  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of  African-American women are overweight.  BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. BGR! aspires to take a comprehensive and creative approach to improve the health statistics of women of color.  To join BGR! and learn more about them, visit or visit the Little Rock chapter Facebook page at

BMR: Black Men Run strive to promote increased fitness through a culture of running. The mission statement is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in “A Healthy Brotherhood.”  BMR ask that you: Take running seriously and set weekly goals for distance and pace. Also, download and install the Black Men Run app using the hashtag #blackmenrun. Start a Meetup in your city and encourage others to run in local races/events. To join BMR and learn more about them, visit

– Barbara Gilkey, Watershed Board Member and Austin Porter, Jr. of the Progressive League of College Station for Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Reverend Hezekiah D. Stewart, Jr.  You are invited to an event that honors a man who for almost four decades has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate.  Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Hezekiah D. Stewart, Jr. will be held, Thursday, January 28th at the Embassy Suites, 113301 Financial Center Pkwy in Little Rock. The reception will be at 5:45pm and the dinner and program will be at 7pm. Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker and there will be a special video presentation from former President Bill Clinton.  Proceeds will help to renovate the kitchen at the Watershed and build a ball field in College Station.  The Progressive League has been around since 1965.  A major sponsor for the event is Hugh McDonald, the CEO of Arkansas Entergy.  For ticket information or to RSVP, call 501-541-0656 or email [email protected].

January 14, 2016

– Walter Washington, Moniquea White, Emily Farris, and Ciarra Hopkins of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Melanie Hilliard, President and Stephanie Jackson of the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for Mega King Fest.  The 2016 A Day of Service – “A Day On, Not a Day Off’ Mega King Fest will be Monday, January 18th at the UALR Jack Stephens Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock. 

6 A.M. – 9 A.M. – The Broadway Joe Morning Show  Love broadcast of several guests

6:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. – Interfaith Unity Prayer Breakfast featuring Presiding Elder Jimmy J. Thompson of the Lakeland District and 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church with music provided by Gospel recording artist Melvin Williams. Co-partnered with the Beta Pi Omega Chapter is the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

9 A.M. – 11 A.M. – MLK Service featuring keynote speaker Arun Gandhi (grandson of the late Mohandas Gandhi) and emcee Eric Braeden, known from his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera “The Young & the Restless.”

12 P.M. – 3 P.M. – MLK Birthday Bash, Nonviolence Youth Summit, and Comedy Show featuring Marlon Wayans,

To RSVP or obtain more information, visit

– Phyllis Hodges (known as Ms. Phyl or Master Trainer Phyl), Owner & Operator of Carousel Fit-4-Life Wellness Center, 513 North Main Street in North Little Rock.  Ms. Phyl has over 30 years experience as a fitness and clergy educational trainer.  She has developed programs at various city facilities around Central Arkansas and has certifications in international fitness: Personal Training, Fitness Arthritis Instructor, Exercise Safety, National Dance, International Sports Science and Instructor “Get Healthy Stay Balanced (Nutrition).  The Carousel Fit-4-Life Wellness Center is one of a kind and is the only faith-based wellness center in the state of Arkansas.  It has a unique, intimate, hands-on-approach and provides services that help clients transform the way they think about health and wellness. (Take advantage of a “special” offer of the new year of 2016.  The first 16 people to contact Ms. Phyl will receive 6 weeks of training and nutrition for just $99.)  For more information and to take advantage of the “special,” call 501-372-3348.  Visit them on Facebook at

– Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in North Little Rock and O. Jerome Green, President of Shorter College for the MLK Holiday event: “An Evening Embracing the Dream.”  The National NAACP President and CEO, Cornell William Brooks will be the keynote speaker at this ecumenical event, Monday, January 18th at 4pm at 600 North Cedar Street in North Little Rock.  Hosted by Bethel AME the celebration is geared to bring communities together for a message on unity.  All are invited to this free event with Pamela Smith, Communications Director of the Little Rock School District as the mistress of ceremonies. Special guests include Senator Linda Chesterfield, State Rep. Eddie Armstrong, Psalmist Zetoria Johnson, Little Rock Central High Band Ensemble, students from Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy and elected leaders, civic organizations and social clubs.

Arkansas African-American Legislators, 1868-1893, a free traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission and Black History Commission of Arkansas, will be on display.  Co-sponsors of the event are Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. and the 12th District AME and Shorter College.  For more information, call 501-374-9948 or visit

December 17, 2015

– Connie Curry and Annette Fisher for the Tidwell Project, Inc.’s  13th Annual Fundraiser, “Celebrate the Moments of the Season.”  This event will take place, Sunday, December 20th from 6:30pm-10pm at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. The evening will include food, entertainment provided by R&B artist, Johnny Gill, The Tidwell dancers, Kemistri with Nicky Parrish and more.  Tidwell Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enables talented students to pursue their educational and personal growth goals. The fundraiser provides scholarships to students to help achieve in attendance. For tickets and more information, call 501-664-0478.  To learn more about the Tidwell Project, Inc., visit

– Gisele Hudson, Danny Fletcher, David Ashley and Dr. Dexter Booth for the “All School Reunion” for Little Rock Schools. An “All School reunion” for all of the High Schools in Little Rock, specifically for those students who attended Booker Jr. High, Dunbar Jr. High, and Westside Jr, High from 1967-1970, and anyone who attended Little Rock High Schools from 1962-1995.  The reunion will be held New Year’s Day, Thursday, December 31st from 6pm-12am inside the Razorback Letterman Club at War Memorial Stadium. For ticket information, visit

– Tongela Curry, Owner of the Diamond Salon and Angela McGraw, Executive Director and Sarah Pollack, Development Director of Women and Children First (WCF) for the 2015 Stuff the Purse Drive. The Diamond Salon in partnership with Women and Children First is having a Stuff the Purse Drive until January 31st.  Items needed include the basic toiletries (soap, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes & toothpaste, dental floss & mouthwash, toilet paper…etc…) combs & brushes, makeup, and hair care products.  The purpose is to spread some holiday cheer to the current residents of Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence, founded in 1976 as Advocates for Battered Women by a group of domestic violence in Little Rock.  The name changed to (WCF) in 1999 to better reflect the scope of service provided for clients. Donations can be dropped off at The Diamond Salon, 1308 South Bowman Road (across from AR Skatium) in Little RockFor more information, call 501-348-3480 or visit www.thediamondsalon.netFor more information on Women and Children First, visit or call 501-374-0944.

December 10, 2015

– Chief John Pflasterer,  Public Information Officer for the North Little Rock Fire Department came to talk about Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays.

  • Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Choose decorations and artificial trees that are flame resistant of flame retardant. Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.  Water real trees daily.
  • When selection your live tree, choose a fresh one with green needles.
  • Never leave a lighted tree unattended.
  • Remove the tree immediately after the holidays. Even a properly cared for live tree will eventually die. Take it to a recycle center or leave for your refuse collector.
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended.  Install smoke alarms.
  • If hanging stockings on the fireplace, do not use the fireplace for fires.
  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken or loose bulb connections.  Connect no more than 3 strands of mini light sets and the total number of bulbs to 50.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Be sure to use indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside.
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep your exits clear by keeping decorations away from windows or doors.
  • In addition to being shatterproof and shock resistant, LED lights produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire.
  • Make sure all electrical cords have no frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set! Throw it away and purchase a new replacement.

For more information from the North Little Rock Fire Department, call 501-340-5377 or visit them online at hhtp:// or visit them on Facebook.

– Dr. John Miller, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock for their Christmas Gala.  This annual event will be held, Thursday, December 17th from 7pm-11pm at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown LR.  This year will feature the graduation of 30 African-American male youth ages 13-17 the 100 Academy Mentoring Program.  Local community leaders will be honored for their commitment to service, education, and mentoring. *100 Black Men of GLR is one of 110 chapters worldwide that specializes in mentoring, education, health, and wellness, and economic development by working closely with schools and other service organization to motivate youth.  For tickets and more information, visit or email [email protected].

– Joan Winston, (mother of Tupac Winston) and Kauwyana Yancy, Vice President of Pac World “Put the Guns Down” Organization and Alvin Crawford (father of Aaron Crawford), Alicia Steward, President, and Jacqueline Crawford-Dobbins, Vice President of The Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization. These two organizations, founded by families of victims, and concerned citizens urge action as the murder rate began to climb. Two young men lost their lives this past summer in an act of violence.  Tupac Winston was killed in a double homicide in August and another man, Aaron Crawford was fatally shot in July. These two organizations are named after these men and are on a mission to raise awareness about the violence that is plaguing our communities. By providing mentorship, educational resources, training, guidance, and hosting awareness projects, individuals will have a place to seek help and be mentored.  To learn more about, visit:

  • PAC World “Put the Guns Down” Organization | visit them at “TupacWorld” on Facebook or email [email protected].
  • Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization | visit them at “Team Tank” on Facebook or acantiviolence1 on Instagram and Twitter or email [email protected] or call 707-985-TANK (8265).

December 03, 2015

– Officer Michelle Hill from Public Affairs/Crime Prevention of the Little Rock Police Department for Holiday Safety Tips.  The holiday season is always a special time of year. Is tis also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Here are some safety tips:


    • Avoid driving alone or at night.
    • If you must stop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
    • Locate your keys prior to going to your car.
    • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
    • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
    • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
    • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
    • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

    • Choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
    • Protect you PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
    • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.


    • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
    • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
    • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
    • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Keep cash in your front pocket.
    • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
    • Keep a record of your credit numbers in a safe place at home.
    • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting your with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

If you spot any suspicious activity, call the Little Rock Police. For emergency calls, dial 911.  For non-emergency call, dial 501-371-4829.

– Susan Ornelas, Debrah Mitchell, and LaDonna Oatis of the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. for the 11th Annual Breakfast with Santa. The fundraiser will be held Saturday, December 5th from 9am-11am at King Elementary School, 905 State Capitol in Little Rock.  Children of all ages will have the opportunity to eat breakfast, take a picture with Santa and participate in arts and crafts.  A drawing will be held for various prizes.  Proceeds will benefit the Jack and Jill of American Foundation, the Tidwell Foundation, AR Commitment and Sickle Cell of Arkansas.  For ticket information, call 501-786-0663.

– Marilyn Clark of the American Heart Association and recording artist Charles King for the Power of Laughter Health & Wellness Comedy Luncheon & Workshop.  This free event, hosted by the American Heart Association, will be held Saturday, December 5th from 10am-2pm at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5615 Geyer Springs Road in Little Rock.  Provided will be blood pressure checks, catered lunch, prize drawings for a FitBit and a TV (must be present to win).  Entertainment will be provided by Comedian Cletus Kassady and recording artist Charles King.  To register, call 501-707-6596 or visit

– Tameka Lee of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for the 4th Annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest.”  The contest will be Sunday, December 6th from 2pm-5pm at 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock.  Admission is free to this annual family-friendly event, which is in conjunction with their Holiday Open House. Twelve to Sixteen participants will compete for bragging rights for the best sweet potato pie in Central Arkansas.  First and second place prizes will be awarded in both professional and amateur categories in addition to a people’s choice award.  There will also be a book signing by author Maria Hoskins for her new book “Christmas Night in the Farm.”  Registration is free, but participants must bring a toy to donate to Robert “Say” McIntosh’s “Black Santa” Toy Drive.  To register, visit

November 19, 2015

– Rosemary Holloway of the Little Rock Compassion Center and Rev. Hezekiah Stewart of the Watershed for Thanksgiving Meals. You are invited to enjoy a nice, cooked, hot meal, Thursday, November 26th on Thanksgiving day! 

Little Rock Compassion Center, 3618 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock will serve (6am) breakfast (12 noon) Thanksgiving meal (4:30pm) Supper. There will also be Morning Devotion held at 8:30am. For more information, call 501-296-9114.

The Watershed, 3701 Springer Blvd., Little Rock will serve a Thanksgiving meal from 10am-2pm.  Meals will also be delivered to those in need, but you must call in advance to sign up.  If you would like to volunteer to in the areas of cooking, be a delivery driver, or serve or to sign up to have a meal delivered, call 501-378-0176.  Donations are always welcomed.  Items needed are: turkeys, carry out containers, silverware, can goods, boxes for delivery, non-perishables items, & monetary donations.

– Enimini “Ranger E” Ekong, Chief of Education and Interpretation at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Johnny Hasan, Coordinator of Political Education Action Committee (PEACE) for the Civil War to Civil Rights – Social Conscience Gathering. You are invited to attend a 3-day event, the “Social Conscience Gathering,” Friday-Sunday, November 20th-22nd at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 11301 Financial Centre Pkwy in Little Rock. Speakers and leaders from across the nation will be presenters.  This events will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts.  Opening session speaker will be former congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor, Andrew Young.  Other presenters include, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Nee Gon Nway We Dung (Clyde Bellecourt), and Bakari Kitwana.  For more information and to register, visit or call 501-374-1957.

– Travis Harden, Little Rock Pres.; David Armstrong, LR V.P.; Anthony White, Memphis Pres.; Ladale Higgins, LR of Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity, Inc. and Kendra “Key” Norman, LR and Judy White, Memphis V.P. of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. for “LoCs in the Rock.”  The military now has a fraternity and sorority! Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity, Inc. is the first military Greek Letter Organization, the first of its kind. They cater exclusively to the men of the U.S. Armed Forces and was founded by veterans both active duty and retired. Most of the members have previously received their college and professional degrees at the time of acceptance into the fraternity.  “LoCs in the Rock” is Friday-Sunday, November 20th-22nd at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30 in Little Rock. Free to attend!

Fri., Nov. 20th  (7pm) Meet & Greet

Sat., Nov. 21st  (8am-11am) Community Service at the Watershed (7:30pm) Probate Show (8:30-12am) Night of Celebration with food and music

Sun., Nov. 22nd  (9am-12noon)  Breakfast at IHOP, 4225 Warden Road in NLR

For more information on the Lambda Chapter, visit or visit them, on Facebook “Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity, Inc. – Little Rock Lambda Chapter”

For more information on the Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, visit or visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

November 12, 2015

– Bettye Baxter, V.i,P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) for Jane Mendel Reading Day.  The Little Rock School District hosts V.i.P.S. Jane Mendel Reading Day, Tuesday, November 17th.  Volunteers will be assigned and placed in all 650 plus elementary classes.  This event is named after its founder, the late Jane Mendel. The purpose is to encourage reading for all ages and raise awareness of volunteer opportunities within the LRSD. Volunteers in Public Schools provide volunteer support to all of the Little Rock public schools. Last year volunteers served over 950,000 hours in the LRSD, valued at over 21 million dollars. If you would like to participate, register by calling 501-447-4450 or visit

– Chris Beard, Head Coach and Chasse Conque, Athletic Director of the University of Little Rock Basketball. The Little Rock Trojan Basketball season is set to begin, Saturday, November 14th at 3pm in the Jack Stephens Center.  This will also be Homecoming for the Trojans who will take on Central Baptist.  The re-branding of “UALR” basketball to “Little Rock” basketball is an effort to make this Little Rock’s Team.  To learn more about Little Rock Basketball and to see the season’s schedule, visit

– Brice Evans, Band Director and Betty Williams, Instructor at Little Rock Central High for “Battle of the Bands.” Central High has been invited to participate in a Pearl Harbor Memorial Concert in Hawaii on November 23, 2016.  The concert honors military hero’s, survivors, and veteran of Pearl Harbor and will mark the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  Central’s band will host a Battle of the Bands fundraiser, Sunday, November 15th at 12 noon at Quigley stadium, 1400 South Park in Little Rock..  Featured will be UAPB’s Musical Marching Machine of the Mid-South, along with invited bands from Memphis and Dallas areas.  Tickets are $10.  For more information or find out about additional fundraising activities, call 501-447-1478 or email [email protected].

– Cynthia Cornell, Sales Operations Manager for Qual Choice Advantage for Open Enrollment.  Medicare beneficiciaries can enroll into a Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug plan through December 7th.  $0 monthly premium with no deductibles.  $5 PCP Co-pays; No referral when seeing In Network Specialists. $15 Lab Co-pay per day. Many Annual Wellness at no charge – i.e. prostate cancer screening, pap tests, diabetes screenings, bone mass, hepatitis b vaccine and many more!  To learn more about the plan for seniors, call 18-844-822-7838 or visit

November 5, 2015

– Dr. Laverne Bell-Tolliver, UALR Associate Professor in Social Work and Sheryl Alexander, President of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers for “The Effect of Racism:  a Call for Reconciliation and Need to Build a More Inclusive Community.”  This free community forum, hosted by The Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers and the Arkansas Association of Black Psychology Professionals, takes place Saturday, November 7th from 8:30am-2pm at Philander Smith College, 900 West Daisy Bates Drive in the Kendall Center.  The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness of the psychological effect of racism in our community.  Pamela Smith will be the moderator to a panel of experts that include Dr. John Kirk, Dr. Patricia Newton, Dr. Robert L. Williams, Dr. Ruby Burgess, and Dr. Terrence Roberts.  Lunch will be provided to this open event.  To register or obtain more information, call 501-223-8883.

– Jamie Scott, Executive Director of Pulaski County Youth Services for the 2nd Champions of Youth Awards Dinner.  This event will be held, Thursday, November 12th from 6pm-8pm at Next Level Events, 1400 West Markham in Little Rock.  The evening will honor and recognize leaders in the community who are impacting youth.  The honorees include:  Representative Warwick Sabin, Executive Director of Arkansas Innovation Hub; Maria Touchtone, Director of Seis Puentes Hispanic Outreach; and Jeremy Owoh, Assistant Superintendent of Jacksonville with live music provided by Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers.  The lifetime achievement award will go to the Pi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  For tickets and more information, call 501-340-6688 or visit

– Dale Charles, Treasurer of Daisy Bates Museum Foundation for the 101st Birthday Celebration Banquet Fundraiser for Mrs. Daisy L. Bates.  This event will be held, Thursday, November 12th at 6:30pm at Philander Smith College, 900 West Daisy Bates Drive in the Kendall Center (Nugent Center).  The celebration will be an evening to honor the life and legacy of Daisy Bates, an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis in 1957. “The Daisy Bates House” became a National Historic Landmark in 2001 and stands as a symbol for those who fought to preserve the civil and constitutional rights of many.  Proceeds will go to the Daisy Bates Museum Foundation to help sustain daily operational costs.  Billy St. James of 102.5 Praise FM will be the emcee.  For tickets, call 501-258-4692.

– Kimberly Friedman, Director of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Education for the “Become an Arkansas Teacher” event.  Anyone with an interest in becoming a teacher in the state of Arkansas, returning to the classroom, or taking the non-traditional route can attend the event, Tuesday, November 10th from 3pm-7pm at the Benton Event Center, 17322 Interstate 30.  Information will be available, an overview will be discussed, and representatives from various colleges, universities, and programs.  For more information, visit

October 29, 2015

– Connie Curry, LaJuan Bedford, and Kristin Knox for the Standout Leadership Summit hosted by the Stand Foundation, Inc. This event will feature distinguished leaders from the worlds of business, media, politics, education and entertainment — each offering candid stories about experiences along the road to the top, as well as knowledge, innovative ideas, and principles for success.  Keynote speaker will be Judge Greg Mathis, nationally known for his award winning, syndicated television program, “The Judge Mathis Show.” Notable speakers and guests include Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Paul Vitale, founder of Vital Communications, Inc., Dr. Christopher Davis, assistant professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tenn. and others. The Standout Leadership Summit will be held, Friday, October 30th from 8:30am-3pm at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.  * Round Up, a pre-summit professional networking event, will be held Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm, also held at the Wyndham Hotel, featuring the On Call Band.  For tickets or to register, call 501-374-8788 or visit

– Gloria Love of the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Inc. for the 3rd Annual “Move Your Body” Community Forum Obesity in Children & Adolescents.  This event is designed to streamline the horrible statistics of 40-50% obesity incidences in our children. Arkansas is one of three states with the highest rates of obesity at greater than 35%.  The childhood obesity rate for Arkansas is 34% and the rates of some of our area schools approaches 47%.  “Move Your Body Community Forum” will teach good eating habits to approximately 300 students and parents from 18 local elementary and middle schools.  Attendees will learn exercise habits and learn ways to be more active. Healthy lunches, bikes, helmets, fitness hoops, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, and literature on decreasing obesity rates will be provided. The event will be held, Saturday, October 31st from 9am-1pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  For more information, visit

– Mike Williams and Ray Sturgis of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for National Achievement Week.  Two local chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will host a joint celebration of their National Achievement Week with a culminating luncheon providing scholarships to deserving students in Little Rock, Saturday, November 7th at 12 noon at the Airport Holiday Inn, 3201 Bankhead Drive in Little Rock.  Mary Louise Williams and the Art Porter Music Education, Inc. will receive recognition for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Citizen of the Year.  Keynote speaker will be Benjamin Crump, well-known attorney in the Trayvon Martin case. The luncheon is also a fundraiser for scholarships and other philanthropic activities supported annually by both chapters of the fraternity.  For tickets and more information, call 501-680-3415.

– Brenda Robinson, AEA (Arkansas Education Association) President for the Professional Development Conference Reach Teach & Inspire Every Child.  Educators from across Arkansas can attend the AEA Professional Development Conference and learn new ways to reach education standards, build leadership skills and learn the latest on the ever-changing education issues around Arkansas.  The purpose of the conference is to improve students outcome and build stronger educators.  The conference will be held Thursday-Friday, November 5th-6th at the Doubletree Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Downtown Little Rock.  To register, visit

– Eddie Pannell, Executive Director of the Harmony Clinic and Marc Verbos, Event Chair and President of the 5th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship. Over the last 4 events, over 20,000 people representing almost every county in Arkansas, as well as most of the United States, came together to show their love for cheese dip.  Over 70 years ago, cheese dip was created right here in Central Arkansas.  Both professionals and amateurs will be judged and everyone will have their chance to vote on the best cheese dip through the People’s Choice Awards.  A professional panel of cheesy experts will be prepared to crown the 5th World Cheese Dip Champion.  Proceeds will go to the Harmony Health Clinic.  The event will be held, Saturday, October 31st from 12noon-3pm at the Bernice Garden and South Main in Little Rock.  For tickets, visit  For more information, visit

October 24, 2015

– Angela McGraw, Executive Director of Women and Children First: The Center Against Family Violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  October is the observance for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence thrives when we are silent.  If we take a stand and work together, we can help put an end to it.  It is not just a physical violence.  It includes verbal, emotional, sexual, economical, religious, and more.  Domestic violence is about power and control. In July, 3 different laws were put into effect:

    1. Act 873 – Laura’s Card – Law Enforcement agencies responding to crime incidents are required to inform victims in writing of their victim’s rights.  Officer MUST inform victims if availability of services:  medical, housing, counseling, financial, social, legal, and emergency services.  In addition, officers MUST inform victims about how to obtain orders of protection, how to access public records related to the case, and about the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board (including the address and phone number.)
    2. Act 877 – Laura’s Law – The recently enacted “Laura’s Law” requires Arkansas officers responding to domestic violence incidents to ask victims a set of questions to evaluate their risk of being killed by abuse, such as whether the offender has ever used a weapon against the victim or controls most of the victim’s daily activities.  The assessment aims to help identify victims in severe danger needing intervention.  Police will also present victims with a “Laura’s Card,” a document listing their rights and contact information for local prosecutors and shelters.
    3. Act 952 – Dating Violence Awareness – Requires health-care courses taught in Arkansas public schools in grades 7-12 to include a unit each year on dating violence awareness.  Students must be provided with information on warning signs of abusive behavior and ways to stop or prevent it.

Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence (formerly Advocates for Battered Women) was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1978 and is the oldest and largest domestic violence shelter in Arkansas.  They have 54 beds, a shelter stay of 45 days, a 24-hour hotline, and more.  For more information, call 501-376-3219 or the hotline at 800-332-4443 or visit

– Chris Hancock, Event Co-Chair and Tameka Lee, Event Co-Chair of Publicity and Community Relations Director for Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for PopUp in the Rock – West 9th.  This free event will be held Saturday, October 24th from 11am-5pm on West 9th Street from Broadway to State Street. Pop Up in the Rock is an annual community revitalization effort that focuses on under development areas with hopes to enhance if by investing into it.  The goal is to make our city better, block by block.  There will be food trucks, PopUp Shops: Soulfood Catering, Brown Sugar Bake Shop, Goodfellas Barber Shop; Red’s Pool Hall for chess and checkers, a life size pool table, Art History, live music from Nisheeda Golden, the Arkansas Baptist College, Charles Woods, Lusious Spiller, Carl Mouton & Friends, Minors in Music from Art Porter Music Education, and TP and the Feel.  For more information, visit or PopUp in the Rock on Instagram, Twitter or email [email protected].

– Melissa Fetherston, WAGE Coordinator and Katina Harper, Diversion and Alternative Sentencing Program Coordinator with the Pulaski County Adult Education for the WAGE (Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy) Program.  The Wage Training Center began in the 90’s and is offered to Pulaski County residents 18 & older who can take advantage of the FREE program and learn Workplace Education, Computer Literacy and Job Readiness Skills; GED Instruction & Testing; College Remediation Classes: Math, Reading, Language, Social Studies, and more.  The Pulaski County Adult Education Wage Program is offered at various training centers located in North Little Rock, Rose City, Jacksonville, Little Rock, and Sherwood.  For more information, call 501-945-6055 or visit or

October 15, 2015

– Jane Gunter, Development Director of the Alzheimer’s Association for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Over 1,000 Arkansans are expected at this year’s event, which will be held, Saturday, October 17th at the Clinton Presidential Library in downtown Little Rock with a 9am check-in and 10am ceremony. In addition to the 2 mile walk, families can also enjoy live music, a kid’s zone, food and fun! The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. For more information, call 800-272-3900 or visit

– Dr. Lanita White, Director of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center for Flu Season.  It’s time to get vaccinated!  Influenza, commonly called flu, is a serious illness which causes thousands of deaths each year.  The illness is easily spread from person to person, but is also preventable with a vaccination.  Vaccination is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age as soon as the seasonal flu vaccine is available. Some people are especially at risk for severe flu and illness, such as the young, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illness- it is especially important that those who are in contact with them are vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease and illness.  For more information on the flu, visit For more information on the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, visit

– Sandra Wilson, Co-Chair of the Arkansas Homeless Coalition for Homeless Services Day.  The homeless in Central Arkansas will have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of services and giveaways, Saturday, October, 17th from 8am-2pm at the  North Little Rock Riverfront Park. (Event entrance will be inside the park, under the NLR Main St. bridge.) Some of the services will include Medical Care, Dental Care, Flu Shots, Addiction Prevention, Employment Resources, Haircuts, Showers, Legal Clinic, HIV Testing, Mental Health, Health Screening, Vision Exams, Veterinarian Services for Animals, Clothing Distribution, Food Items, and more!  Breakfast and Lunch will be served.  Transportation will be provided to and from shelters beginning at 7am from parking lots or front areas of Salvation Army, Global Mission, St. Francis, Abba House, Hoover, Compassion Center, Jericho Way, Union Rescue Mission, and Our House.  Parking will be available inside the NLR Riverfront Park through the Olive Street entrance.  For more details on this event and the Arkansas Homeless Coalition, visit or

October 8, 2015

 – Cory S. Anderson, Executive Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading on Attendance in the Schools.  The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s goal is that all children read on grade-level by the end of the third grade.  Third grade is the turning point when children move from learning to read to reading to learn.  Children learn more when they attend school regularly.  When they miss school, they miss out on critical reading and math instruction they’ll need to succeed in school and life. Research shows that 1- absences–or about 2 days a month–can impact a child’s success in school.  More than 1 in 10 Arkansas kindergarten and 1st grade students miss 10% or more of the school year.  You can help get children to school by setting a regular bed time and morning routine, laying out clothes and backpacks the night before, don’t let your child stay home unless they are sick, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session, and take the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pledge to make reading an essential part of your children’s lives.  Go to for more information.

– Bridgette Williams, Regional Communications Officer of the American Red Cross for National Fire Prevention Week and The Pillowcase Project.  The theme for National Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.”  You have less than 2 minutes to escape a home fire.  People think it’s 5 minutes! Most fires are reported between 11pm-7am.  Arkansas tops FEMA high fire fatality list.  The Red Cross has a preparedness education program for children in the 3rd-5th grades call the Pillowcase Project.  More than 200,000 kids trained nationally; more than 2,000 Arkansas students are already trained. This week, the Red Cross is training more than 1,000 students in the Little Rock School District. For more information, visit or www.facebook/americanredcrossarkansas. Fire Safety Day is Saturday, October 10th from 11am-3pm at the Presidential Clinton Library in downtown Little Rock.  The Red Cross has teamed up with the Little Rock Fire Department for a day of family fun and safety information. There will be food, entertainment, a blood drive, an antique fire truck, and safety information from the LRFD and more!

– Tenille Hunter, Director of Disability Programs at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Goodwill is a service org that has many free services developed based on the communities needs.  A new program for adults with autism is their HORIZONS program. This new job training program allows individuals to identify their strengths, learn new skills and prepare to find a productive niche in the workforce in their communities. Good will continues to be creative in addressing local needs and carving out occupational pathways, empowering individuals and giving adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy full and productive lives.  This year, over 17,000 individuals were served and over 4,700 were placed in jobs.  For hiring events and more information, visit or call 501-372-5100.

October 1, 2015

 – Curlethia Sykes-Swanigan for the 5th Annual Zumba Fitness Zumbathon – “Boogie for Boobies.”  10 Fitness, Dark Hollow Community Development Corporation, in association with ABC Financial Services is sponsoring the 5th Annual Zumba Fitness Zumbathon – “Boogie for Boobies,” Friday, October 8th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the 10 Fitness locations in Little Rock on Rodney Parham and University Ave; in Conway at Harkrider; and in Jonesboro on Caraway Road.  The 2 hour Zumbathon session will be held on the evening before Little Rock’s 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  100% of the participant fee will go to the Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention.  There will be several Central and Eastern Arkansas instructors, volunteers, prizes, free healthy snacks, and plenty of water. For more information, call 501-955-8277 or visit Boogie for Boobies on Facebook.

– Virgil Miller for 3 Miles of Men.  The 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has a group of supportive men called 3 Miles of Men who are comprised of fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, and friends who line the race course to show their support.  A Tailgate Party will be held, Thursday, October 1st at Diamond Bear Brewing Company, 600 North Broadway in North Little Rock from 5:30pm-8pm.  There will be free pizza from Larry’s Pizza, free beer and root beer, and lots of door prizes and a fishing trip raffle.  On the day of the race, there will be a Tailgate Breakfast, Saturday, October 10th provided by Capital Smokehouse and Grill.  The first 100 people to arrive at the 3 Miles of Men tent on the corner of Capital and Izard will get a free breakfast (parking lot next to Capitol Smokehouse and Grill). For more information, visit “Komen Arkansas – 3 Miles of Men” on Facebook or

– Gabe Holmstrom, Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership for the 5th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival.  Road Runner Stores is sponsoring the 5th Annual Mail Street Food Truck Festival with over 45 food trucks along with craft vendors and buskers, Saturday, October 3rd from 11am-4pm on Main Street from 3rd to 8th Streets.  Entrance to the festival is free.  Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day for great items including a locally made PK Grill.  Last year over 10,000 people attended the event to eat at the food trucks. This is one of the top ten “Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States.” For more information, call 501-375-0121 or visit or Main Street Food Truck Festival on Facebook.

– Lonza Hardy, Athletic Director and Ronnie Johnson, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Sports Information Director for the UAPB vs. Alcorn State Football Game.  The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Athletics returns to War Memorial Stadium, Saturday, October 3rd (4pm) contest against the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions Alcorn State University.  This will be the second meeting between UAPB and Alcorn State in Little Rock.  Tickets can be purchased at the War Memorial box office and the UAPB box office.  UAPB will also host Legends and Legacies: A Night with NFL Stars, a football fundraiser, Thursday, October 1st at the Clinton Presidential Center with a silent auction at 6:30pm and a 7:15pm dinner. For tickets to Legend and Legacies, call 870-575-8701 or visit

September 24, 2015

 – Reverend William Robinson Jr,, Executive Director and Ashley Young, Health Coordinator of the Better Community Development (BCD), Inc. for the 11th Recovery Jam.  This annual event will be Monday, September 28th from 4pm-8pm at the Downtown Rivermarket.  Its purpose is to raise awareness about mental disorders, substance abuse, treatment and recovery.  Recovery Jam highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are in long-term recovery. There will be live entertainment, a talent showcase, food, door prizes and more!  For more information, call 501-663-7221 or email [email protected].

– Daphnne Goldsmith and Reverend McErvin Bagby for Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Youth Department’s Annual Second Chance Program & Health Fair.  This event will be Saturday, September 26th from 10am-1pm at Mt. Olive MBC, 8523 Princeton Pike in Pine Bluff.  Guest speaker will be Eric Walden, Training Supervisor for the Sixth Division Circuit Court, Juvenile Division.  There will be free health screenings, informational booths, food, prizes and more!  The Second Chance Program targets youth and promotes success and achievement by empowering the youth to live a life of excellence. For more information on the Second Chance Program & Health Fair or the organization, call 870-536-5805. 

– Akissi-Naomi, Founder & CEO of Ambitious Girls and Jasmine Rucker for the 2015 Ambitious Girls EmpowHERment Day.  This free event is the 7th annual for girls 11-16 years old geared to empower, educate, and motivated them to G.R.O.W. “Get Ready to Lead the World”.  The theme is “Who’s That Girl?  The Selfie Project” with guest speaker Author and Beauty Entrepreneur Ephiphany Kendall.  It takes place, Saturday, September 26th from 9am-4pm at Henderson Middle School, 401 John Barrow Road in LR.  Lunch, t-shirts and backpacks will be provided to the first 300 girls.  Workshop topics include: Healthy Lifestyles, Leadership Development, Self-Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, Self-Worth, Goal Setting, HIV/AIDS and Teen Domestic Violence.  For more information, call 501-960-7313.

–  Amy Stivers, of the Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Sgt. Willie Davis of the Little Rock Police Department and the O.K. Program for the Arkansas Day of Remembrance.  Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children  partnered with the O.K. Program, Arkansas Stop the Violence, MADD, and Families Against Violent Crime invite you to this event, taking place Saturday, September 26th from 10am-11am on the steps of the State Capitol.  Attendees are requested to bring framed pictures of loved ones to line them along the capitol stairs,  Day of Remembrance is to bring awareness to the community, as well as, honor those who have been lost by homicide, vehicular homicide, and suicide. Keynote speaker will be Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.  For more information on the event, call 501-351-7662 or visit

September 17, 2015

 – Billy St. James from Praise FM 102.5 for Praise Fest 2015.  The Arkansas Inspiration Station, Praise FM 102.5 FM, Power 92 Jams, and the Legendary 102.1 KOKY present Praise Fest 2015 with featured artist Mary Mary’s own Tina Campbell, The Rance Allen Group, Earnest Pugh, and Little Rock’s Bishop Kenneth Robinson and Chosen. The concert will be held, Sunday, September 20th at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. Advance tickets are $25 | $35 Day of Show.  Group rates are available for $20 per ticket for groups of 10. Tickets can be purchased at Uncle T’s, Ugly Mike’s, Norris Furniture, The Record Rack, Lindsey’s Hospitality House, and the Record Rack in Pine Bluff.  Call 501-401-0321 for group rates.   

– Vince Maniace of the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI).  This non-profit blood center has volunteer donors who provide every drop of blood needed in patients in 18 hospitals including St. Vincent’s in Little Rock.  Blood is being delivered from this location to  hospitals in the area.  That blood is from donors at local blood drives and other donors in the region.  It’s a natural extension of the service they have been providing for years to hospitals in Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and other Arkansas cities.  Healthy adults are encouraged to give blood.  Giving blood only takes an hour. Donor centers are located in  Fort Smith at 5300 South Union Street and Little Rock at 101 South Shackleford, Suite 2.  For more information, visit or call 1-877-340-8777.

– Key Fletcher of PromiseLand Church Ministries for their Community Day.  This is the 3rd Annual Community Day for PromiseLand and it takes place, Saturday, September 19th from 10am-2pm at 4520 South University Ave. in Little Rock. The family faith event is free and open to the public and will include a Red Cross Blood Drive, Health and Dental Screenings, Children’s Fun Zone and Bounce Houses, Little Rock Police K-9 Unit, food and more!  For more information, call 318-332-8040.

– Sylvia Smith, Event Chair and Phyllis Brown, Committee Member for the Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival.  Friends of the Dunbar Neighborhood will celebrate the naming of the Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District by hosting the 1st Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival, Friday & Saturday, September 18th-19th at various places of establishment in the Chester and Wright Avenue area.

Friday, Sept. 18th – 5:30pm – Unveiling of the new Dunbar Neighborhood Community Market followed by a Community Reception | 7pm “Yesterday’s Poets Meet Today’s Poets” Poetry Slam.  Admission is free and open to the public. | A Motown Ole Skool Social will be held from 7:30pm-11pm in the Dunbar Community Center at 1001 West 16th in LR.  Tickets for this event are $15 and are available at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing.

Saturday, Sept. 19th from 8am-4pm – activities include Healthy Soul Food, a Kid’s Zone, local vendors and entertainment, Tax Credit Seminars for Home Improvement, Health Screenings, Authors, Build Communities Not Bullies, and more!

 For more information call 501-291-3599 or visit

September 10, 2015

 – Dr. Beverly Divers-White, Chairman and Bronwyn Criner, Coordinator of the Arkansas Cradle to the Prison Pipeline Initiative in partnership with the City of Little Rock Community Programs for the Little Rock Parent Summit.  Parents and Community Coaching Academic Super Stars Summit will be Friday-Saturday, September 11th-12th at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1215 South Schiller in Little Rock.  The free summit is open to both youth and adults of all ages.  Keynote speakers will be Kareem Moody, Director at The Network for Student Success; Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and H. Baker Kurrus, Superintendent of the Little Rock School District.  Various workshop sessions and performances from youth enrolled in the City of Little Rock, Neighborhood based programs will take place. To register call, 501-722-9480.  To find out more information, visit

– John Tynan, Director of Central Arkansas Water for the new bill launch.  Central Arkansas Water introduces their new paperless billing options and a new bill design.  Customers can now gauge their water usage on the added water consumption history graphs.  The monthly billing summary now gives you the basic information in a simple format.  The online billing option will allow you to view your account history, make payments and more.  Visit to sign up or find out more information.

– Martie North, Chairman of the Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for “An Evening with Dianne Reeves.” Friends of Mosaic serves as an independent nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.  This 5th annual signature event for the organization will feature “An Evening with Dianne Reeves,” Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock.  Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will be the opening act. General admission is $100. Premium balcony $75, and Side balcony $50.  For tickets, visit  To learn more about Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, visit

– LaKisha Aldridge-Johnson, CEO and Kimberly Lee, Board Member of Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) and Comedian Nate Williams for Sickle Cell Awareness.  September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Approximately 1 out of 400 African-Americans are born with this disease, which is a life long and life threatening condition.  Treatment includes antibiotics to help prevent infections in newborns; pain killers for the pain; and a blood transfusion to help increase normal blood cells.  Sickle Cell Support Services will hosts several events throughout the month of September to raise awareness and give you the opportunity to register to donate blood.

  • A Night of Love, Power & Soul hosted by Comedian Nate Williams with performances by TP & The Feel, Nicky Parrish, Neff, Tawanna Campbell, Keith Savage, Bijoux, Dee Dee Jones, Jeron Marshall, Friday, Sept. 11th from 8pm-10pm at Power Ultra Lounge, 220 W. 6th Street, Downtown LR -Donations only for entry.
  • SCSS Blood Drive, Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9am-3pm at Greater Friendship Church, 4640 Springer Blvd in the church Fellowship Hall in LR.  Donate blood in memory of SCSS Founder, Germaine Johnson.
  • Skating Party – Old School vs. New School, Saturday, Sept. 19th from, 6pm-10pm at 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off in LR.  Adults $7 | Children (5-12) $5 | Kids & Senior Citizens FREE! Proceeds go to SCSS.
  • Sickle Cell Family & Survivor’s PicnicSaturday, Sept. 26th from 11am-1pm at Boyle Park Pavilion #3 in Little Rock.

For more information on these events, call 501-650-0764 or visit

September 3, 2015

– Fred Allen, former Arkansas State Representative talks about Succeeding the Odds: His Battle with Prostate Cancer.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Eight years ago, Fred Allen received a prostate cancer screening, and the doctor told him four words that would change his life forever…”You have prostate cancer.”  After much prayer, extensive treatments, surgery, staying away from negative people, healthy diet and exercise, he beat the disease.  Years later he had a reoccurrence and made the decision to undergo tomotherapy.  This experience deepened his commitment to continue to be a voice for men stuggling with this disease.  I is a board member of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education, and has also served as a consumer reviewer for the DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP).

– Jerika Dameron, President and Shante Pittman, Outreach President of the S.A.Y. I’M M.A.D.E. organization for the 1st Annual “Say Something” Block Party.  This non-profit organization promotes nonviolence and peace.  Their mission is to bring the communities of Central Arkansas together and take a pledge to save our youth. In addition, they help convicted felons get the resources needed to survive after being released back into society.  The SAY Something Block Party will be Saturday, September 5th from 3pm-7pm at Wakefield Park, 7401 Woodson Road in Little Rock. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Benny Johnson of Stop The Violence.  There will be face painting, food, bounce house, and more!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call, 501-920-3219 or email [email protected].

– Beth Anne Rankin, Director of Gift AR 529 College Investment Plans.  The Gift AR 529 Plan is offered by the office of Arkansas Treasurer of State.  It helps you plan your college savings grow tax-deferred through an investment strategy tailored to your time horizon, risk tolerance and comfort level.  The plan offers:

  • the flexibility to use the funds at any eligible, accredited public or private college, university, or trade school worldwide
  • up to a $5,000 Arkansas tax deduction ($10,000 for married couples)2
  • tax-free withdrawals for qualified expenses
  • initial contributions as low as $25

Plus, you’ll maintain full control over your account assets at all times.

2Contributions to plan in a tax year are deductible from Arkansas state income tax, subject to recapture in subsequent years in which a non-qualified withdrawal or a rollover out to anther state’s 529 plan is made.

For more information about the GIFT College Investing Plan (the “GIFT PLAN”), call 1-800-587-7301 or visit

August 27, 2015

– Tara Shepard, Founder of “At Promise,” Kimberly Smith and Frances Trigleth for the 5th Annual “At Promise” Girls Empowerment Conference with this year’s theme “Girls & Violence Operation Safe Girl.” This free event is for girls ages 12-18 years old and will take place Saturday, August 29th from 8am-2pm at the UALR Donaghey Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock.  A panel discussion will be held with guest panelist State Representative Fred Love, Theresa Timmons of the Timmons Arts Foundation, Kharlissa Lovelace, “At Promise” Girl of the Year; DJ Raquel; and Keynote Speaker Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department. Online registration is now closed, however girls can still register onsite.  Attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, shirts, bags, and door prizes while supplies lastFor more information, call 501-838-8448 or visit or Like ’em on Facebook at At-Promise Girls Mentoring Program.

– Pastor Glen Hersey, Outreach Pastor, Jamille Rogers, Event Coordinator and Leana Godley, Owner of Goddess Products, Inc. for Saint Mark Small Business Expo.  The Business Development Network at Saint Mark Baptist Church is hosting this free event, Saturday, August 29th from 9am-12 noon in the Family Life Center of the church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Local businesses can showcase to the community what they have to offer and also learn about the various resources available to them.  The Expo is open to the public and will provide refreshments and door prizes.  One attendee will win an iPad from Goddess Products, Inc., a supporting sponsor of the Small Business Expo.  For more information, call 501-351-2208 or email [email protected].

St. Mark’s Save the Dates

Aug. 31 Small Business Planning Workshop

Sept. 14  Money Mondays:  Business Edition begins (thru Oct. 12)

– Sherman Steward for Bethel AME Church-Little Rock’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds will go to the church. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of two categories.  One category will be for 65 years and up.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The tournament will be Saturday, September 12th with a 7:30am Sign-In and 8:30am Shot Gun Start at the Country Club of Arkansas, #3 Country Club Circle in MaumelleRegistration deadline is September 9thTo register, call 818-422-0518 or email [email protected].

– Evangeline Parker-Guest, Founder of Miss Teen Promise for the 18th Annual Miss Teen Promise Preliminary Talent Showcase & Life Touchers Awards Gala.  This event will be held Tuesday, September 8th from 6:30am-9pm at UALR Donaghey Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock.  The evening will celebrate the 2015 Miss Teen Promise participants and cheer them on as they present their talent for an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. The evening will also pay tribute to several outstanding women and present them “Miss Teen Promise Life Touchers” awards.  Special entertainment by award-winning vocalist Rose Coleman and dancer Doris McFee Jackson.  For tickets, visit or call 501-353-0009.

August 20, 2015

– Dr. Mark Gotcher, Deputy Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education for their Bus Safety Campaign.  “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.” is the theme for this year’s school bus safety campaign.  The effort is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation, and concerned parents, educators and citizens across the state.  The campaign will be from August 10th-28th.  However, school bus safety is a priority the entire year.  6,000 school buses transport more than a quarter of a million Arkansas students to and from school-related activities.  As a result of Arkansas Act 2128 of 2005, known at Isaac’s Law, the fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were dramatically increased.  The legislation was passed in memory of Isaac Brian an elementary student in the Bryant School District who was killed when a driver illegally passed while students were getting off of the bus.  For a list of safety tips for parents and more information, visit or call 501-683-5945.

– Pastor Michael Smith of New Beginnings Church in Hot Springs and entertainers Lil Robb and Big Mike for the 15th Annual Back- to-School Bash.  This annual event will help usher in the new school year with entertainment, toys, prizes, a water slide, rock climbing wall, bounce houses and more!  The festivities will be held, Saturday, August 22nd from 10am-6pm at Wade Park, 300 Wade Street in Hot Springs.

– Erica Brooks and Felicia Tatum of Complete in Christ (CIC) formerly Singles For Christ at St. John Baptist Church for Singles Talking with Life Coach Tony Gaskins, Jr.  This event will feature the renowned Life Coach, Tony Gaskins, Jr., Saturday, August 22nd from 8:30am-1pm at 26th and Main Street in Little Rock. Gaskins has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, TBN’s 700 Club and has traveled the world speaking to groups of all ages.  He has authored several books, one being “Single is not a Curse,” which is the book CIC read and had interest in bringing Gaskins to Arkansas for the purpose of talking to the singles.  This event is open to the public.  For ticket information, visit or call 501-712-2020.   CIC (formerly Singles For Christ) at St. John Baptist Church is an open group and is not limited to just members of the church.  To attend Complete in Christ (CIC) meetings and events, call 501-712-2020 or visit

– Michal Harris of the Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for the LR Kappa League Guide Right Program’s 1st Annual School Supply Drive.  Parents, members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the community at large are invited to show their support by donating school supplies for grades K-4, Saturday, August 22nd from 4pm-5:30pm at Parkview High School, 2501 John Barrow Road in Little Rock.  All charitable donations will go to Arkansas Foster Family Services and benefit the children in foster care.  Pulaski County has over 600 children in foster care.  The supplies will be presented to the organization, Saturday, August 29th at 3pm at Parkview High during the Kappa League of LR’s Welcome Ceremony. For more information on the 1st Annual School Supply Drive or events involving the Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. or the LR Kappa League Guide Right Program, call 870-413-8571.  To become a foster parent and learn more on how you can help make a difference in a child’s life, attend an informative meeting, Tuesday, August 25th at 2:30pm at the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Recourse Center, 1813 Wright Avenue in Little Rock. For more details, call Michelle Hood at 501-371-1198 or email [email protected].

August 13, 2015

– Joyce Raynor, Executive Director Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits for the Back-to-School Block Party.  The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosts a Back-to- School Block Party, Sunday, August 16th from 2:30pm-5:30pm at  the Omega Psi Phi House, 2521 State Street in Little Rock.  This free event is open to the public and will provide school supplies, backpacks, food, entertainment, educational information on nutrition, tobacco prevention, underage drinking and more!  Parents must bring their children and will be limited to 2 backpacks per family.  Supplies will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  For more information, call 501-372-3800.

– Captain DeArthur Jordan and Firefighters Joe Howard and Monique Robinson Parker of H.O.T.T.A.R., Little Rock’s Chapter of the International Association of Black Fire Fighters (IABPFF) for Project Fresh Start.  This event is the annual school supply drive for the firefighters who will provide free school supplies while they last, Saturday, August 15th from 9am-until at Dunbar Recreation Center, 1001 West 16th Street in Little RockFor more information, call 501-256-7137.  * H.O.T.T.A.R. stands for Helping Others To Teach All Responsibly.

– Johnnie Brown of B.R.A.V.E., Pine Bluff’s Chapter of the International Association of Black Fire Fighters (IABPFF) for Project Fresh Start.  This event is the annual school supply drive for the firefighters who will provide free school supplies while they last, Saturday, August 15th from 9am-1pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, #1 Convention Center Plaza.  In addition to the free school supplies, there will be live entertainment, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, food, and more!  For more information, call 870-489-2325. * B.R.A.V.E stands for Banishing Racial Animosity Vigorously Everywhere.

– Betty Mitchell, Ida Hooks, and Lamar Matthews from Emmanuel Baptist Church for the EBC Annual Community Clothing Giveaway & More Event.  This event is open to the public and will take place, Saturday, August 15th from 10am-2pm at 3323 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Provided will be free clothes, school supplies, free haircuts for boys, voter registration, school physicals, fitness, financial wellness, blood pressure checks, games, and more!  For more information, call 501-666-6252.

– Pastor Christopher Fifer of Rose City Community Church of Christ for the End of the Summer Back to School Bash.  This annual event will be Saturday, August 15th from 10am-2pm at the North Little Rock Academy, 5500 Lynch Drive in North Little Rock.  Provided will be free food, school supplies while they last, free immunizations and physical (previous shot records required, beginning at 8:30am), free haircuts & styles (pre-cleaned hair only beginning at 8:30am) & more! Children must be present to receive supplies.  For more information, call 501-945-2277.

August 6, 2015

– Derek Cromwell for the Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church Annual Community Back 2 School Giveaway. This event will take place, Saturday, August 8th at 10am at 821 North Hickory Street in North Little Rock.  There will be a kids activity zone, free backbacks, school supplies, food, and more! For more information, call 501-247-1671 or visit

– Kenneth Martin, Pastor and Mrs. Laura Martin of Greater Archview Baptst Church for a Block Party.  The event will take place Saturday, August 8th from 11:30am-4pm at 1720 West 23rd Street in Little Rock and will provide FREE haircuts, school supplies, health screenings, voter registration, exercise, games, bounce houses, face painting, educational information, and more!  For more information, call 501-375-6673 or visit

– Coach Reginald Hayman for the Independent Youth Football League (IYFL) Jamboree.  48 Teams of youth ages 5-12 years old from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, and Pine Bluff will have a chance to test their skills during a series of mini practice games, Saturday, August 8th from 9am-4pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane in Jacksonville.  Kids 12 & under get in FREE.  Regular admission is $5.00.  For more information, visit or call 501-680-1765.

July 30, 2015

 – Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes, Owner and Operator with the Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes Education Center (EREC).  The EREC is non-profit agency with a mission to make the community, city, and state a better and more productive place to live while offering education and technical skills training by helping others be all they can be while reaching their highest God given potential.  EREC offers courses/programs in Basic Education ADE/GED Preparation, Certified Nursing Assistance, Home Health Aide, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Technicians.

There are also programs offered to students with minor felonies to help them obtain sustainable living. They are able to take courses in Heating & Air Conditioning/Refrigeration and Painting & Dry Wall Finishing. To obtain more information or to register, call 501-372-0277 or 501-372-0281; email [email protected]; or Like ’em on Facebook “Dr. Emma K. Rhodes Education Center – EREC”.

– Gerren Frazier, a Case Manager with YouthBuild Little Rock.  The YouthBuild program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 school year.  The program supports academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.  The target is low-income, young adults 18-24, who predominately do not have their high school diploma (even serves some who do have this credential).  Participants work full-time earning their GED or high school diploma, while also participating in occupational training in several different industries.  This is FREE TRAINING and participants will be compensated for their time.

Orientation Session:  Thursday, August 6th from 9am-12noon at the Arkansas Workforce Center at LR, 5401 South University Ave. To reserve your seat and obtain more information, call 501-320-1719. 

– Celia Anderson, Author and Co-Founder of Books and Balls Girls Basketball Camp.  The camp was founded by Anderson who formerly played professional basketball in Greece and Erica Taylor, former WNBA player and also an established author.  The two have a passion for the game of basketball and a love for writing.  Book and Balls will teach participants lifelong skills to use on and off of the court. Proceeds will benefit the CE Books and Ball Literacy Program.

Camp dates are set for Monday-Wednesday, August 3rd-5th from 8:30am at P.A.R.K., 6915 Geyer Springs Road in LR.  For registration information, visit or call 501-960-2011 and Like ’em at   

– Pastor LeAndrew Cranford, Children’s Pastor and Dana Bradley, PR Ministry at Second Baptist Church of LR for the 2nd to None “Back to School” Carnival.  The 2nd to None Children’s Ministry of Second Baptist Church, 1709 Barrow Road in LR, hosts this Back to School Carnival, Saturday, August 1st from 11am-3pm.  There will be games, food, music, bounce houses, a magic show by Tommy Terrific, the Fire Department, Ambulance, Police Officers, Face Painting, dental hygiene products and backpacks filled with school supplies.  For more information, call 501-209-3262.

July 23, 2015

 – Victoria Brown, Neighborhood Watch/Public Affairs Coordinator with the Little Rock Police Department came to talk about the Neighborhood Watch Programs. The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch is to prevent crime as a community by watching out for one another, being knowledgeable of crime that may be occurring in our communities, and to report it to law enforcement; so the LRPD can actively work to eliminate criminal activity in those neighborhoods.  Three programs offered by the LRPD are (1) O.K. Program and (2) Police Youth Camp which provides mentoring to raise awareness of issues faced in the community. (3) Coffee with Cops event (pending).

On July 28th, the LRPD will partner with the LRSD and Chik-fil-A (12500 W. Markham) to collect school supplies for LRSD students.  Every individual who brings at least 3 new school supply items will receive a free chicken sandwich.  For more information on any of the programs or find out how you get involved, call 501-918-5358 or visit or Like them on Facebook, @LRPD on Twitter, and @littlerockpolicedepartment on Instagram.

– Maria Hoskins, Community Outreach Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for Youth Programs.  The FBI Community Outreach Program coordinates events at local schools, supported by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.  It also encourages students to improve academically and avoid bad influences and fosters positive image of law enforcement in young students.  (1) FBI Teen Academy is for ages 13-17 and is a 1-day program in the summer that educates high school students about mission and work of the FBI.  Students can get a firsthand look of a career in law enforcement. (2) FBI Future Agents in Training is for ages 16-Sophmore in College.  The 2-day program held at LR Field Office or Resident Agency provides hands-on training in all area of the FBI mission: criminal, counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, and administrative.  For additional information and to learn about more programs, call 501-217-2639 or visit or find them on Facebook!

– Teresa Conner, System Manager and Wendy Byrd, RN & Certified Diabetic Educator at Baptist Health Community Outreach for the FREE 1 year program to be offered to qualified diabetics.  Participation requirements, among others, are being a diagnosed diabetic on medication and being required by a physician to monitor your glucose at home.  Some participants will receive free cell phones, wireless scales, Fitbit Zip Pedometer, and other technology to use with the program.  All participants will receive glucometers and testing supplies for the entire program.  For more information or to register, call 501-202-1540.  Space is limited.  Call soon.

– Sterling Ingram and Alma Williams APME (Art Porter Music Education) Board Members for the 5th Annual “A Work of Art” Jazz Week.  The star-studded week of events are to honor Art Porter, Sr. and Art Porter, Jr. and raise funding for deserving students to receive scholarships through APME.  “A Work of Art” Jazz Week kicks-off:

  • Mon., July, 27th – Kick-Off, Little Rock City Hall, 500 W. Markham, 12 noon (FREE)
  • Tues., July 28th – Jazz in the Plaza, Rivermarket Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 12 Noon (FREE)
  • Wed., July 29th – FingerPrints Band and Candy Williams, Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Rd., LR, 7pm & 9pm
  • Thurs., July 30th – Cynthia Scott, Club Sway, 412 Louisiana St, LR, 7pm & 9pm
  • Fri., July 31st – The Porter Players Jam Session, The Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., LR, 8pm (FREE)
  • Sat., August 1st – Gerald Albright, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, LR, 8pm

For more information or tickets, call 501-492-9120 or visit

July 15, 2015

– Michelle Rupp, External Communications Manager of the Red Cross for Blood Donations. The Red Cross encourages donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets in support of a diverse blood supply. Every blood donation is important.  The Red Cross is committed to maintaining a diverse blood supply to ensure the right blood product is available at the right time.  There is a demand for types O and B blood, but they are in need for all blood types.  Volunteer donors are needed now, especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative – and platelet donors. To make your appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-27677) or visit

– Patricia Holloway and LaDonna Walton, volunteers of the Hemlock Court Foundation, for the 1st Annual Hemlock Courts Day. The Festival invites all past and present residents and visitors to reunite and celebrate this 1st annual event.  The goal is to recognize Hemlock Court, which is located in the North Little Rock community, and preserve and protect its history. The free event will be held, Saturday, July 18th from 11am-6pm on the grounds of Redwood Early Childhood Center, 401 South Redwood in NLR.  The celebration will include entertainment, a raffle, kid’s zone, games, photo exhibits, and more!  For more information, call 501-765-6993.

– Red for the Stop the Violence Candlelight Vigil in held in memory of 18-year-old Aaron Crawford, a recent high school graduate who was shot and killed after being carjacked in the US Bank parking lot in North Little Rock. The peaceful gathering will take place, Friday, July 17th at 8pm at Conley Park, located on “C” Street and Sam Evans Drive, in the Dixie Addition of NLR.  You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and coolers to this gathering and demonstration.  There will be hot dogs, chips, and water on hand.  For more information, call 501-779-4676 or visit the Facebook page “Stop the Violence – NLR Community Rally in Memory of Aaron Crawford.”

July 09, 2015

– Rashad Ganaway, The WBC USNBC Lightweight Champion of the World. Little Rock native, Rashad Ganaway who formerly trained at the Rose City Boys & Girls Club recently out boxed Leon Spinks III to win the The World Boxing Council – United States National Boxing Council Lightweight (135lb) title and now holds the WBC belt! Growing up in LR, Ganaway was intrigued by the sport of boxing and took to it at the age of 8. He was trained and mentored at the Rose City Boys & Girls Club under the guidance of some great coaches. Ganaway’s amateur record is 140-15. with accomplishments that include the Bronze medalist in the National P.A.L. tournament, Bronze medalist in the National Golden Gloves, winner of the Legendary “Roy Rogers” Boxer of the Year award, 6 time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, 2 time St. Louis Black Expo champion, and 3 time U.S. Regional Champion.  Several people have attempted to sabotage his career, but Ganaway states he pulled through and came out on top.  He states what keeps him grounded is his faith in God and the love and support of his family.  He’s a humble man with a vision and a dream.  To keep up with Rashad Ganaway, follow him at

– Dr. Anika Whitfield, a Little Rock Podiatrist and activist in the forefront of the movement to rename the Little Rock street “Confederate Boulevard.” Residents have been working to collect signatures to petition the city to change the name due to it being a constant reminder of racism against people of color. Two major purposes served would be to dismantle the painful image of hatred, racism, division…etc…and to replace an historical symbol that breeds division with one that uplifts neighborly love and progressiveness. The new name request would be in honor of Rev. Horace Springer, who has provided the community with Spiritual hope and encouragement for freedom, educational freedom, and the liberty to forgive, reconcile, uphold justice, love, mercy and walk humbly with their God. To let your voice be heard and join in the efforts to rename the Little Rock street “Confederate Boulevard,” contact the Mayor of Little Rock, Mark Stodola at [email protected] or 501-371-4498; LR City Manager, Bruce Moore at [email protected] or 501-371-4510; or your local City Director at

June 25, 2015

Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, President of Philander Smith College for their S.T.A.R.T. Program. The S.T.A.R.T. (Student Tuition and Readiness Tracks” Program is an enrollment and preparation program designed to put students with an earned bachelor’s for Philander Smith College on 1 or 4 specific pathways to success. The program is for the “Serious Student” which is defined as one who may have an average or ACT/SAT Score but who has an urgent desire to take advantage of the benefits afforded by a college education. To learn more about the program or to apply to PSC, call 1.800.446.6772 or visit

Richard Torrence, Stage Play Producer & Writer and Ashford Sanders, Cast Member and BET’s Sunday’s Best Contestant for Richard Torrence’s “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right?” stage play. The inspirational musical stage play is currently on tour with a star studded cast that includes Ashford Sanders, Don “D.C.” Curry and more! The play will take place Sunday, June 28th at 6pm at the Statehouse Convention Center in Downtown Little Rock. Tickets are available at Uncle T’s, Ugly Mikes, Torrence Flower Shoppe, Butler Furniture, the Record Rack in Pine Bluff, and online at For more information, call 229-588-2323.

Willie Hicks for the Summer Camp Kick-off at Arkansas Baptist College. Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp Kick-Off Celebration will be held Thursday, July 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 Doctor MLK, Jr. Drive. The camp, offered at no cost to 65 participants, will provide introductory arts education in the area of visual art, vocal performance, instrumental music, dance and fashion design, as well as instruction in the art of healthy living through fitness and nutrition education. The camp runs daily from July 6th-July 31st and is presented in conjunction with the Derek Lewis Foundation, Timmons Arts Foundation, and Arkansas Baptist College, the First Tee of Central Arkansas and Bass Pro Shops. For more information, email [email protected].

 June 18, 2015

Sericia Cole, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) Director and Natalie Hairston, Arvest Bank Rep. for the Annual Juneteenth Celebration. MTCC hosts the 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Saturday, June 20th from 11am-5pm at 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock. The free, street-festival style event commemorates the end of slavery, while celebrating African-American achievement and culture. There will be food vendors and children’s activities, an aquarium, Corvette display, rock climbing wall and more. KOKY’s Sonta Jean will be the host. For more information, call 501.683.3593 or visit

Carla Johnson, Director/Owner of Johnson Montessori School for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. Johnson’s Montessori School’s Annual Golf Tournament will be Saturday, June 27th with a start time of 8am at Burns Park Golf Course, 30 Championship Drive in North Little Rock. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go towards enhancing the school’s science and technology curriculum through the purchase of a printer and laptops for the students in the kindergarten through fourth grade program, as well as other needed technological accessories. Registration is $75 per golfer ($300 per team). Catch Power 92’s Broadway Joe at the luncheon. To register or obtain more information, call 501-960-5895 or visit

Minister Frank Stewart, Pastor of ACTS Church for the Father Awareness March. A march celebrating fathers, comforting the fatherless, and coaching the father deficient will take place, Saturday, June 20th at 7:30am at the NLR Police Station, 200 West Pershing Blvd. The march is to bring an awareness to a problem that plagues our community and society. For more information, visit or call 501-765-7423.

 June 11, 2015

H. “Baker” Kurrus, newly appointed Superitendent of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus currently serves as an attorney and business consultant for H. Baker Kurrus, PLLC and was a member of the board of directors for the Little Rock School from September 1998 to August 2010. Kurrus says, “He is profoundly humble by this appointment and looks forward to serving the students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders of the Little Rock School District.” In an effort to promote transparency and to speak directly to LRSD stakeholders about the status and future of the district, Superintendent Kurrus has launched a weekly column called “Straight Talk” that can be found @ To email Baker Kurrus use [email protected].

Sheriff of Jefferson County, Gerald Robinson for the 9th Annual Sheriff’s Fun Day. The mission of this event is to work to encourage the quality of life and positive development of capable youth by promoting a drug free way of life through education and prevention activites. Fun Day will include; free food and drinks, a live petting zoo, horseback rides, dozens of prizes and give-a-ways, plus much more. There will also be a fishing derby sponsored by the Jefferson County Soil & Conservation District along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The Sheriff’s Fun Day will be Saturday, June 13, 9a.m.-2p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, on Rhinehart Rd., in Pine Bluff. For more information contact Sgt. Harper @ (870) 329-5651.

Ken Wade, Executive Director of ACADV for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Preview Night and Silent Auction at The Rep. ACADV in partnership with AKA Sorority, Inc., Beta Pi Omega Chapter, will present on of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in Broadway history: “August: Osage County” during Preview Night and Silent Auction. Join them Tuesday, June 16th, for an evening full of fun including a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, their “Shining the Light” signature drink, live music and a wonderful play. The mission of the ACADV is to eliminate domestic violence and promote healthy families. For more information visit or call (501) 907-5612.

June 4, 2015

Derek Lewis II for the Derek Lewis Foundation’s  2015 Community Health & Wellness Expo. This will be a day filled with fun and health education. The expo will offer free health screenings, fitness demos, nutrition demos, cpr training, youth school physicals, live entertainment and much more. The Expo will be Saturday, June 6, 8a.m.-1p.m., at St. John Baptist Church, 2501 S. Main St., in Little Rock. For more information contact Derek Lewis @ [email protected] or call (501) 207-0711.

Connie Curry and Gloria Love for 8th Annual Jazzy Jeans & Jewels Fundraiser, presented by the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Inc. Dress in your jazziest jeans and jewels to join The Links for a “Taste of Links” featuring the culinary skills of some of Little Rock’s most popular names who will be donning their famous chef’s hats and decorative aprons. All proceeds from Jazzy Jeans and Jewels events are given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Arkansas on a rotating basis. This year’s recipient is Philander Smith College. Jazzy Jeans and Jewels will be Saturday, June 6, 7p.m., at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd. Tickets may be purchased by calling Alicia Smith at (501) 664-0478.

LaKisha Johnson with Sickle Cell Support Services and Jody Carter with the ProDuffers of Little Rock for the 23rd Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic. The Classic will be June 12-14 at Greystone Country Club of Cabot Arkansas with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The Classic will feature a longest put contest, hole in one contest, free lunch sponsored by Sickle Cell Support Services and more. For more information and sponsorship opportunites, contact LaKisha Johnson at (501) 650-0764, [email protected] or

Tatyana Oyinloye and Joyce Gibson for The Roots of African American Foodways in Arkansas symposium presented by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission. This symposium will feature award-winning food and nutrition journalist, Toni Tipton-Martin; historian and author, Dr. Cindy Grisham; Executive Chef Evette Brady and Chef Tim Morton from 1620 Savoy and BHCA Commissioner Joyce Gibson. Topics will include The Jemima Code: a Modern Look into the Recipe Files of America’s Great Cooks, Organic, Wild Harvesting, Heirloom Vegetables and Meats: Trends or Tradition? and To Protect and Serve: an Apron Collection. Chefs Brady and Morton will use traditional African-American foods, incorporating Caribbean, Cuban and African and other ethnic influences on modern African-American Foodways, into a cooking demonstration that will bring all the research elements presented during the day into a tasty conclusion. This event will be June 6, 9a.m.-3p.m., at Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and H
ospitality Management Institute, 13000 Interstate 30, in Little Rock. Registration is required @ (501) 682-6900 or email [email protected].

May 28, 2015

Micah Johnson, Director of Coaching for the Central Arkansas Alliance for Summer Soccer Camp. The Central Arkansas Alliance Football Club presents Summer Soccer Camp, Monday-Thursday, June 8th-11th at Centennial Sports Complex, 2951 South 1st Street in Cabot. Registration for ages 4-7: 9am-10:30am | Early Registration $75 ($85 day of event). Ages 8 & up: 5:30pm-8:30pm | Early Registration $150 ($160 day of event). To register or obtain more information, visit or call 903.316.5129 or email [email protected]. You can also follow CAAFC online: or or

Katherine Donaldson, Executive Director at Coalition For A Tobacco Free Arkansas (CTFA) for World No Tobacco Day’s No Menthol Sunday. No Menthol Sunday is an extension of World No Tobacco Day, which is May 31st. CTFA is working with the National African-American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAAPTN). The goal of this National effort is to encourage you to say “No” to the sale of mentholated and candy-flavored tobacco products. Adding menthol to cigarettes makes smoking easier to start and harder to quit. According to NAAPTN, by adding menthol flavoring, tobacco companies have successfully recruited both youth and marginalizes populations. Studies show that placing a ban on menthol may save lives and prevent 9 million people from starting to smoke. For more information on how you can participate in No Menthol Sunday, call 501-687-0345 or visit

Aneesha Dawan and Daniel Robinson for the Dollars Making Sense Community Enrichment Program launched by Arvest Bank. Program components include the Economic Empowerment Workshop Series, a college scholarship for graduating high school seniors, as will as sponsorship opportunities for community based and nonprofit organizations. Arvest has also launched a new web portal, to connect individuals with information vital to building wealth and financial independence. Two upcoming workshops will be held: (1) Wed., June 4th at 6pm at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5616 Geyer Springs Road, LR; and (2) Sat., June 20th at 11:30am at the Juneteenth Celebration, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th Street, LR. For more information on Dollars Making Sense and more upcoming events, call Kyle Proctor 501.379.7637 or email [email protected].