• Aeriform Arts Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Open House, Recital and Party

    Left to right: Pole artist Lena Fumi and owner of Aeriform Arts, Lea Walker Photo Credit: George Grigorian

    North Hollywood, CA – It’s been one year since busy television executive Lea Walker took the leap and opened her own pole and aerial arts studio. The space, Aeriform Arts, is steadily gaining momentum as the “go to” spot for vertical movement, housing ten aerial yoga hammocks, a lyra, hanging silks and five brass dance poles. Walker celebrates the exercise and dance center’s anniversary with an open house, recital and party on Saturday, November 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Aeriform Arts is located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

    “Pole exercise and aerial yoga were an instrumental part of my healing process when I was experiencing some major health issues a few years ago. I loved both poling and aerial movement but remember tiring from running back and forth between various studios. I am thrilled that the community appreciates the fact that Aeriform Arts offers everything under one roof and in a co-ed environment. This is just the beginning of a dream and mission for me!”

    Aeriform Arts houses an distinct roster of some of Los Angeles’ best fitness instructors including Leigh Acosta, specializing in pole, lyra and aerial cirque; Amber Porter for aerial cirque; Lacy McGarry for pole & floor; Kristina Serna for BUTI ™ and Saharah Ali and Victoria Platt for aerial yoga.

    The studio will offer a special Nail It Deep Series, taught by Niki Saccareccia and Jennifer Netherby, consisting of a Back Bends workshop, Sunday, November 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; a Handstands workshop, Sunday, December 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and a Splits and Straddles workshop on Sunday, December 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    Aeriform Arts is open daily. Soar with Aeriform Arts at http://aeriformarts.com/ or by calling 818-980-AERI (2374).

    To RSVP for the anniversary party, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/422523367795896/.

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  • FIRED UP & # VOTEREADY: Black Youth Vote! Prepares Young People to VOTE in 14 States

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    Jamaal Rose, Florida Black Youth Vote! coordinator with FAMU students Kim Wilson (middle) and Sharon Davis encouraging students to vote early or on Nov. 6.

    Washington, DC – Determined to keep the swagger going among their peers, Black Youth Vote! (BYV!), the youth program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), is hustling hard as they transition their iThink 2012 Campaign efforts from voter registration to voter education and mobilization for the last days of the 2012 Presidential Election cycle.

    BYV! national field coordinator, Jessica Brown, believes that the young adults won’t be easily deterred during this election. “Regardless of what is often reflected in the music and the culture, we are concerned about issues that impact us and we pay attention.”

    Virginia BYV! coordinator, Tiara Davis adds, “Because of the voter suppression laws passed to reduce the number of people who can vote, we are getting the message out to vote early and if someone tries to block you from voting, Stand Your Ground and VOTE.”

    Active in 14 states and DC, BYV! is making tremendous waves at the grassroots level. The young leaders are dorm knocking, staging vote raids, working with the fraternities and sororities to get their members to the polls, and collecting voter pledge cards. Florida BYV! organizers Lucas Melton and Jamaal Rose even convinced their college president, Florida A&M University (FAMU) interim president Larry Robinson, to sign a BYV! pledge card and cancel classes for a few hours so FAMU students could participate in a march to the polls on the first day of early voting!

    “We’re out here on a daily basis getting young people fired up about this election,” said Melton. “In addition to making sure they understand the voter ID requirements, we are reminding them that this election is beyond selecting a president, there are state and local races and referendums that will impact our daily lives.”

    Other tactics BYV is using to empower the hip hop nation are debate watch parties; town hall meetings; a digital hit squad getting the message out via social media; and the recruitment of radio DJ’s to play the BYV! theme song, “Vote4Justice”, by Andre “Champ” Hobson. Jeremy Triblett, Wisconsin BYV! , is one of several club DJ’s around the country playing the theme song and urging people to vote while in the nightclubs.

    “A major part of our voter registration campaign was to register and educate ex-offenders, so now we’re contacting them to help them identify their poll location and offering rides to the polls to make sure they vote,” adds Portia Tyson, Alabama BYV!.

    With the alarming talk of voter suppression efforts and protesters looking to block African-Americans from voting, the organization is working with Common Cause and others to recruit volunteers, called Foot Soldiers for Democracy, to train to work as poll monitors and poll workers. Poll monitors will work outside the polls on Election Day reporting problems via text, mobile apps, and by calling the 1 – 866- OUR VOTE hotline to report problems to lawyers.

    Black Youth Vote! iThink2012 partners include, Generational Alliance, BET VOTE 2012, Hip Hop Caucus, Black Men Vote, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the Cost of Freedom Project.

    “Young people have always been the catalyst behind any movement. They are impacted by issues such as student loans, military enlistment and unemployment,” cites Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of NCBCP and co-founder of BYV!. “That’s why Black Youth Vote is such an integral component in our Unity 12 Voter Empowerment Campaign. BYV! also has a special voter empowerment focus on young black males because so many of them are hurt by the unjust voter suppression laws and those who were formerly incarcerated have problems getting their right to vote restored.”

    Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) is a national grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic engagement among black youth and young adults between the ages of 18-35. The iThink2012 Campaign is made possible with support from the Open Society Foundations, Workers Voices, Boule Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Youth Engagement Fund and Tides Foundation-BCEF. Co-convened by NCBCP and A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Unity ’12 Campaign is a national non-partisan effort to turn out Black voters. For more information visit www.ncbcp.org or www.unityvoterempowermentcampaign.org.

    NOTE TO MEDIA: Black Youth Vote! will host a post-election media briefing Wed. Nov. 14, 12 – 3 PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. National coordinators of Black Youth Vote! are available for interview to discuss their campaign. Contact jazzmynepr@gmail.com or edmedia@dogonvillage.com.

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  • “She Likes” A.M.X. – Pop/R&B Recording Artist Drops Third Single !


    Hollywood, CA – After informing us, alongside Snoop Dogg, that “You Made Me Change My Number,” then letting us know that “We Can Do Whatever,” pop/R&B recording artist A.M.X. is turning the heat up to high and proving that he will always be the one that “She Likes.” “She Likes,” the artist’s third single, is a lush, steamy, seductive testimony to A.M.X.’s arrival.

    Accompanied by a torrid video, the single is a prelude to A.M.X.’s upcoming remix of his original mixtape, “Broken Halo.” Where the original mixtape reflected a more hard core hip hop edge, and featured Sean Brown, Shorty Mack and Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the remix of “Broken Halo” allows A.M.X. to explore his vast musical roots with broad chord arrangements, live instrumentals and more pop appeal.

    Directed by Sean Alexander, “She Likes” the video serves to seal the deal with A.M.X.’s female demographics. Showing his more sensual side, A.M.X. swoons and croons with passion and sensitivity.

    “As a new artist,” expresses A.M.X. “I am dedicated to my listeners. But as a man, I sing to women because I love women. I want them to feel and know this through my music, my lyrics and my soul. If “She Likes,” then I like!”

    A.M.X. pounced on the music scene with a determination to have his voice heard. His monster single “We Can Do Whatever,” produced by Brian “Chazz” Padilla, is a dance club hit. His debut effort was the Snoop Dogg laced, “You Made Me Change My Number,” produced by the Grammy Award nominated Da Internz. A.M.X’s mixtape, “Broken Halo,” was downloaded over 90,000 times on Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes. A.M.X. has been touring internationally and nationally in support of his career, opening for Boyz II Men, Joe, Ginuwine, SWV, Dru Hill and most recently R. Kelly.

    Find out why “She Likes” A.M.X. on iTunes at
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/she-likes-single/id569628781. Visit A.M.X. online at http://www.whoisamx.com/index.html and watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVzSa7iEJX0.

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  • Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio Swings Around Halloween with a Pole and Burlesque Halloween Show

    North Hollywood, CA – Dance maven Heather West and her luscious team of instructors and students plan to swing around Halloween with a Luscious Maven Dance Studio Pole and Burlesque Halloween Show, Friday, October 20 at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Doors open at 6:00 pm for dinner seating. Entertainment starts at 7:00 p.m. featuring stunning pole technique and titillating burlesque dance routines. The evening will heat up further at 10:30 pm with an open dance floor party. The Federal Bar is located at 5303 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

    “Halloween is the perfect holiday for the exploration of pole and burlesque dance. The combination of exotic costuming with unleashed dance performances will make for an unforgettable affair,” notes West.

    West’s Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio is celebrating three years of offering the “Luscious Lifestyle” to women of all shapes and sizes via the art of pole, burlesque and exotic dance. The studio is hosting a series of events and workshops throughout October and November, including Showgirls HOLIDAY Burlesque Workshop with Alikat Rose; and a Level 2A and Level 2B Pole Dance Progressive Six Week Series taught by Heather West and Miss Selenia respectively

    Heather West’s Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio is located at 11135 Weddington St. #113 in North Hollywood, CA.
    For Halloween show ticket information go to http://www.lusciousmaven.com/Events.html.

    For workshop details go to http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=10543&stype=-8&sView=week

    Explore “The Luscious Lifestyle” and dance with West on the web at

    http://www.lusciousmaven.com/.

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  • PinkPoleParty.org Teams with LivingSocial for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Promote Pole Dancing for the Cure

    Los Angeles – Pole fitness instructor Selenia Scott is passionate about the subject of breast cancer. She has watched her best friend battle the disease for years. Her non-profit organization, PinkPoleParty.org is a vision born from her passion to help support finding a cure. A creative concept that combines the aspects of fitness, femininity and fun to benefit a good cause, 100% of the proceeds are donated to charities that support a cure for breast cancer. Scott is announcing a special LivingSocial deal for PinkPoleParty.org beginning October 11 for National Breast Cancer Awareness month that will run into November.

    PinkPoleParty.org will host exclusive events in Los Angeles for women with the intent to motivate, inspire and rekindle a women’s sensual spirit while raising money for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Campaign.” LivingSocial, a popular online business that offers daily deals and discounts, will feature PinkPoleParty.org packages as a local weekly deal throughout October and into November. The offer includes the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pole dancing, the art of flirty floor work and lap dance, with a complimentary pink champagne bar and chocolate covered strawberries during the social part of the mixer.

    “Over the last ten years, pole dancing’s perception has grown in leaps and bounds. It is a hugely popular dance and fitness routine that provides a unique form of exercise. Not only does it build physical strength, it also nurtures confidence and self esteem, the two qualities best used in the fight against breast cancer! PinkPoleParty.org is dedicated to inspiring women of all shapes and sizes to come together to dance for the cause so we can donate for the cure!” says Selenia Scott. “I am extremely grateful for the support from LivingSocial as well in this fund raising effort.”

    Adds Tracie Kimbrough, event chair for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in the San Fernando Valley, “Nothing can attack your self esteem like a cancer diagnosis. Many women feel less than the beautiful, vibrant, strong women they are. I know I did. Pole dancing empowers. It helps put you in touch with the woman within and it is a great exercise. When used to restore the self confidence and self esteem a cancer diagnosis can take away, it is an amazing and powerful tool. I am glad PinkPoleParty.org partnered with Making Strides and we look forward to teaming up again to dance for a cure.”

    PinkPoleParty.org is hoping to build relationships with pole fitness studios around the country in a continued effort to support the fight against breast cancer. To support this cause “LIKE” them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PinkPoleParty.org. For more information go to http://www.PinkPoleParty.org or email them directly at info@pinkpoleparty.com.

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  • NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable Gets “In The Spirit” at “Power of the Sister Vote” Policy Forum


    Washington, DC – A group of black women called on the spirits of the ancestors to empower them to fight against current efforts to suppress the Black vote during the fourth annual Power of the Sister Vote Intergenerational Policy Forum Series hosted by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. With artist Bernard Hoyes’ popular painting “In The Spirit” serving as a backdrop, the women urged the predominately female standing-room only crowd to get to work preparing their family and friends to vote early or on Nov. 6, 2012.

    “It’s time for us to lead the way because we voted in greater numbers than any other gender and race group last election, and we have to do the same this year,” said Elsie Scott, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

    “We’re confident that Black women are going to the polls,” Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable added. “Our charge to you is to go back into your communities and make sure our brothers, sons and daughters are registered and prepared with proper ID to vote. Urge them to vote early or absentee if possible. There are people who are focused on stopping minorities and the poor from voting but we’re going to Stand Our Ground and make sure our people vote.”

    An official session of the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, the BWR Power of the Sister Vote Series presented intergenerational discussions addressing the strategies being used to thwart black voting power. In Pennsylvania, for instance, it’s estimated that 758,000 registered voters do not have a PennDOT ID, the most common form of identification.

    “While the legal challenges play out in the courts we must help voters get ready,” said Faye Anderson, project manager for the Cost of Freedom Project. “Millions of voters across the country will be in for a shock when they show up on Election Day and find out that for the first time, they must show a photo ID in order to vote.”

    The Power of the Sister Vote series also allowed NCBCP state coordinators to discuss their ongoing voter engagement initiatives and share successful tactics to mobilize and protect the Black vote.

    In Florida, in addition to hosting several Black Women’s Roundtable discussions across the state, Salandra Benton, convener of the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, is providing the elderly and shut-in with call lists so they can call to educate people about the voter ID laws, early voting dates and help people to verify their registration status.
    In Ohio Peete Talley, convener of Ohio Unity Coalition, dispatched a couple of vans filled with volunteers armed with iPads and laptops to travel the state going into low-income and underserved neighborhoods educating people on the voter ID requirements and helping them to verify their registration status. The vans are still touring the state and will offer rides to the polls when early voting starts.

    Jessica Brown, national Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) field coordinator said over 20 HBCU’s have signed up to participate in the BYV HBCU Challenge, a vehicle to help prepare students to vote.

    Actress, author and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph summed it up for the audience, ““We let this happen. We forgot the fight.” The Black Women’s Roundtable “Power of the Sister Vote Campaign” is a battle cry initiative to re-galvanize the Black community. The campaign is angled by the work of visual master Bernard Hoyes’ dramatic painting “In The Spirit.” Hoyes’ imagery speaks to and boldly upholds the determination of BWR to implement their mission. The “In The Spirit” image will be reprinted on church fans and flyers with “8 Things You Need to Know to Vote” on the back.

    BWR is an intergenerational women’s network of the NCBCP (www.ncbcp.org), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities. Get “in the spirit” with them at http://ncbcp.org/programs/bwr/policy/.

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  • National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Applauds Judge Simpson’s Postponement of Voter ID Requirement in PA


    Washington, DC – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) issued the following statement in response to Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson’s decision to postpone the state’s new voter identification requirement:

    Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable said, “I commend Judge Simpson for recognizing the fact that the rigorous Pennsylvania voter identification requirement will likely disenfranchise voters. It is clear that the recent voter ID laws passed across the country are blatant attempts to stop minorities and the poor from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Even though it is temporary, it’s a step in the right direction for this judge to make a decision to go forward, not back to the days of poll taxes and literacy tests.”

    “The Pennsylvania law was an obvious attempt to make the electorate less inclusive – eliminating minorities, elderly and poor people from voting,” adds Richard Womack, Jr. NCBCP Pennsylvania coordinator. “In our efforts to help eligible voters secure a state-issued photo ID we encountered long lines and a lot of confusion. deferment Judge Simpson’s decision will allow thousands of citizens to participate in this election.”

    “The ruling is a partial victory,” adds Faye Anderson, NCBCP PA co-coordinator and project manager for the Cost of Freedom Project. “While voters will be asked to show a photo ID, they will not be required to present an acceptable form of photo ID in order to cast a regular ballot. But in the run-up to Election Day, the Pennsylvania Department of State will be allowed to continue its “Show it” voter outreach campaign. To minimize voter confusion, DOS should shove the PR campaign and spend resources training poll workers on the new rules.”

    Since 1976 the NCBCP has served as an effective convener and facilitator to address the disenfranchisement of underserved and other marginalized communities through civic engagement. Current programs of the National Coalition include Black Youth Vote!, Black Women’s Roundtable and the Unity 2012 Voter Empowerment Campaign. With the 2012 theme “Stand Your Ground” the Unity 2012 campaign works nationally to ensure that black voters register to vote, secure proper ID, verify their voting status, and are allowed to cast a vote that counts on election day. For more visit www.ncbcp.org.

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