Zeta Phi Beta Stompfest & GNEP Sista 2 Sista Youth Summit events in Brooklyn This Weekend!

The weather is finally starting to heat up, so this is a great time to go to events in your ‘hood.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. presents Stompfest 2011
The Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Kappa Zeta Chapter (Brooklyn, NY) have joined forces with its teen group, The Archonette Club, to give high school teams a chance to showcase their best step moves at Stompfest 2011. The Archonette Club is a group for teen girls to participate in community service projects, prepare for college and demonstrate sisterhood.

Event Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Step Show Time: Doors open at 2:30 PM, event starts at 3:00 PM

After Party Time: 6:00-9:00 PM

Location: Brooklyn Community Arts & Media School, 300 Willoughby Ave.

Admission: $8 (step show only); $12 (stepshow and after party) No tickets for the after party will sold at the door

Age for after party: Teens 18 years and younger

To purchase tickets, email Archonette chair or co-chair, Keisha Alleyne or Letitia Smith sigmakappazeta@onebox.com

Voicemail: 866.841.9139 ext.1674

Visit their website to see pics of Archonette activities: www.zphibskz.org

GNEP (Gye Nyame Empowerment Program) Sista 2 Sista Youth Summit
This is a great way to spend a Saturday. You’ll leave feeling like President Obama during his presidential campaign, “Fired up and ready to go!” You’ll also meet lots of teens, who love to have fun, but are serious about their hustle for college, careers or starting a business. There may be celebrity sightings, too. Past celebs include D. Woods (formerly of Danity Kane) and Malik Yoba (Why Did I Get Married, Too?) Over 125 girls gather each year to discuss health, self-esteem, careers and portrayal of women in the media. I’ve been a speaker in past workshops and it demonstrates there are many confident girls out there making their way in the world.

Visit their site, there may be a few spots left. You must register to attend. Click here to register: www.empowermegnep.org/2011s2sRegistration.aspx

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Location: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Admission: Free (you must register to be admitted to the event)

For more info about GNEP and its Sista 2 Sista Youth Summit visit: www.empowermegnep.org

 Talk 2 u later,




I cannot let today pass without giving homage to hip-hop legend, Christopher Wallace a.k.a. Biggie. Unfortunately for all his fans, he died 14 years ago after being shot by a still unknown assailant. His songs made people in the ‘hood and the ‘burbs unite in lyrics and beats, whether you did or didn’t have the experiences he rapped about in his songs. He was one of the greatest lyricists in hip-hop history.

Nicknames: Biggie, Big Poppa, Biggie Smalls, Frank White

Some of my fav lyrics:

“Lyrically, I’m supposed to represent. I’m not only a client, I’m the player president.”
-One More Chance

“Remember Rappin’ Duke duh-ha duh-ha. You never thought that hip-hop would take us this far.”

“Timbs for my hooligans in Brooklyn. . .Poppa been smooth since the days of Underroos.”

Click on this word: Juicy to view his first video. It was my first intro to Biggie. You are definitely missed in the hip-hop game. RIP.



CFES-College for Every Student Video Contest

CFES (College for Every Student) helps encourage middle and high school students to attend college. They provide programs like college visits, mentoring programs, as well as inviting professionals to speak to students. I had the opportunity to speak to students at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, NY a few months ago about my college experiences at Ohio University and New York University and how college was helpful to my magazine career. It was sooo much fun and I will definitely do it again.

Now CFES is giving students a chance to showcase their video skillz by teaming up with MTV and Getschooled.com with the “Scholars Inspiring Scholars” video contest. So check out the videos on this Facebook link, CFES Facebook Page and “like” the video you love.

High School semi-finalists:

  • Franklin County High School (FL)
  • A. Philip Randolph (NYC)
  • Willsboro Central School (NY)
K-8 School semi-finalists:
  • Cedaredge Middle School (CO)
  • Wilson Middle School (PA)
  • Blanche Pope Elementary School (HI)

Voting Ends March 21st!

NEW Jill Scott Album in 2011 & Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum

Jill Scott, photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records

New Jill Scott Album Coming in 2011
Jill Scott has sold over 4 million records and fans (myself included) are anticipating her fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, which will be released later this year on Warner Bros. Records.  Jill Scott’s music is not just for “grown folks,” but for anyone looking for positive and powerful messages in music.
Hear the album trailer for Light of the Sun, click here.

“I’ve always looked to empower my fans through my message of love, independence and strength, comments Jill, “This album is very revealing, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.” 

Since releasing her first album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, Jill Scott has not limited herself to music. She has was the lead character on the HBO/BBC mini series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Lifetime Movie Network’s Sins of the Mother, which was the second most-watched premiere in the network’s history. She also played the character Sheila, alongside Janet Jackson, in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married and Why Did I Get Married Too? In addition, Jill has published books of poetry, developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a non-profit for minority college students.

Her success among different entertainment industries makes the partnership with Warner Bros. a great match.

Todd Moscowitz, CEO of Warner Bros. Records explains, “Jill Scott is a masterful performer with a proven artistry across film, TV and music. We are thrilled at the prospects with this partnership.”

Jill Scott has been successful in music, film, and TV. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next! Don’t worry, if you missed her during her sold-out tour with Maxwell, you can see her as she headlines the Essence Music Festival this July with Kanye West and Mary J. Blige.

Visit Jill’s website for up-to-date with upcoming projects.

Target First Saturdays!! 
Now you know how we like “free” at Double Dutch Magazine! There’s an event that happens the first Saturday every month, “Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.” This is a great event for everyone in your fam and you don’t need to pay anything. It includes movies, performances and activities. 

My family and I went last Saturday and the theme was Native American culture. It was great!! We saw a performance by the Thunderbird Native American Dancers and went inside a tipi and saw an exhibit of artifacts from the 1800s and costumes from recent tribal events. It’s a great way to learn more about a dynamic culture that was way ahead of time, regarding the environment and treatment of animals. So put on your favorite turquoise piece and go to the museum. You’ll be surprised at what you may learn.

Check the site to see next month’s theme.

Where? Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway

When? First Saturday of every month

Time? 5-10 PM

New Boyz

The New Boyz are doing it big again! They’re back with a new electronic sound with the song, “Backseat,” which will premiere on MTV on Monday. They’ve grown since their days of the skinny jeanz  and the jerkin movement. Now 18, they don’t way to stay stagnant. They continue to push themselves and their music in new directions. 

We still support the movement, but we wanted to show our creativity without being tied to jerkin’,” Legacy said. “Too Cool to Care is about how we’ve always gotten criticism from those who want to hate on our fashion or our style. But we’ve always done our thing. The album has crazy pop tracks, rock songs, and electronic songs. We’re testing our boundaries.”

Their second album, to be released on May 10, 2011 by Shotty/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records, includes songs from different music styles like electro, alternative rock and R&B and a DJ Khalil produced track, “Tough Kids.” Plus, I just heard a sneak peak of the title song for their album, “Too Cool to Care,” and it’s a cool, rock joint for inner headbanger in you. The New Boyz burst onto the music scene at age 16 with their own style and will continue to create music style on their own terms. Reminder: This is the same duo the racked up 60 million views on YouTube. Nuff said.

Learn the words to the song, “Backseat” from the official lyric video so you can sing along with the MTV premiere on Monday.

Want more New Boyz? See the Double Dutch magazine interview with the New Boyz.

Hot Teen Programs for the Summer!

Looking for scholarships, jobs and summer programs? There are a bunch of teen programs out there and Double Dutch will continue to bring you up-to-date info on great programs. Some programs can be hard to find, but we’ve made it easy for you. Check out these hot programs!

Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship Awards
Potential scholarship amount $5,000-$20,000.
What you need to apply: College acceptance letter.
Open to: high school seniors or current college students.
Website:  Beyond the Boroughs Website
Deadline: March 15, 2011

Brooklyn Summer H.E.A.T. (Help Employ Ambitious Teens) program
This programs helps teens find summer jobs by encouraging Brooklyn businesses to invest in youth in the community.
Age: Must be 16-18 by July 5, 2011 to be eligible.
Open to: teens that live or got to school in Brooklyn, NY.
What you need to apply: application and resume.
Website: Brooklyn Summer HEAT Website
Deadline: March 15, 2011

Grammy Camp
The Grammy Foundation (yes, the same one that produces the Grammy Awards) is providing a week-ling program for high school students to learn about various areas in the music industry.
Program Dates: Grammy Camp L.A. (July 9-18), Grammy Camp N.Y. (Aug. 2-8)
What you need to apply: online application and video essay.

Financial aid is available (70% of participants who’ve applied for aid have received financial assistance.)

Website: Grammy in the Schools Website
Deadline: March 31, 2011

Have a good one and see u tomorrow!




Today is our Jumpstart post. We highlight a talent that someone has worked on over several years to achieve a goal. For example, Oprah Winfrey’s “jumpstart” or gift was public speaking, which later led her to radio broadcasting, beauty pageants, a TV talk show and her own media company and broadcast network.

Here’s our post. . .

You may not have heard of Esperanza Spalding, but you’ll continue to hear her name. If you caught the last year’s BET Awards, she was the sister rockin’ the ‘fro while playing bass; she performed her version of Prince’s “If I Was Your Girlfriend” during his tribute.

Esperanza Spalding is a dynamic singer and bass player that hails from Portland, Oregon. She first picked up a violin at age four and later fell in love with the bass instrument. She’s been “on her grind” refining her vocals and string skills and has accomplished a lot at the young age of 25. She is the first jazz artist in Grammy History to win “Best New Artist,” but she’s had many achievements before the Grammy. She excelled in music programs at Portland State University and Berklee College of Music, where she later became the youngest faculty member in its history at age 20. She’s also been a guest for various TV programs like The View, The Tavis Smiley Show, Jimmie Kimmel Live and has performed at the White House two times.

Esperanza’s Jumpstart?
Passion for music. Embracing that as an artist, she had a different way of learning, which helped her create her own path.

Learn more about this talented musician:
Esperanza Spalding’s Website

Hope you enjoyed the post!


Our First Blog!

Hey it’s Jen, publisher of Double Dutch Magazine!

We have launched our first blog. It’s important for us to be all the places where teens are so look for us to have more presence on the web (social media, blogs, etc). We will have a blog posting everyday (open for biz Monday-Friday), unless there are some juicy news or celeb stories that absolutely cannot wait until Monday. We’re new to this, so we’ll see how it works as we go along.

The thought of blogging that many times a week will be a HUGE task. I’m holding myself to a different standard in 2011–facing my fears–by doing something that is such a big change that it feels uncomfortable. I recently cut my hair, the shortest it’s ever been, so I can remind myself of the that I need to make this year. See before and after pics, here . . .

And, so you can hear other voices, we will also have contributors to our blog, so stay tuned for that announcement.

Mmmm, so what will be in this blog and why should I care?
Well, it will include all the things that teens girls love: fashion, music and topics that teens want to discuss (boys, friends, celebs, tv, etc). It’s going to be crazy fun. It will also include stories to inspire girls to live out their dreams by learning from other girls and women or making their own path.

And speaking of women, today marks the first day of women’s history month, so learn from Madam C.J. Walker, who became a wealthy female entrepreneur during a time when it seemed nearly impossible. Check out this profile of Madam C.J. in Double Dutch Magazine.



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