Blogging in Brooklyn!! @bpl_infocommons, @blazine14, @ariah772

Thanks to some of the girls that joined me today for blogging. We will be posting some of their blog writing soon. We have 3 more sessions, so spread the word to teen girls and boys that you know. Once again, it is free AND the Brooklyn Public Library has new Macs and PCs for teens to use.:) Jen


Double Dutch Magazine Writing Workshops Started Today!



Today is the first day of my writing workshops for teens! Yay!! The Brooklyn Public Library Info Commons is the perfect location for the workshops. The room is great and the equipment is already here. They have new Mac and PC laptops with Wifi. The computers also include design programs. So I have to do is bring my papers and I’m done. I’ll post one of the teen blogs soon.

Hope to see you next week!


Link to Writing Workshops


Double Dutch Magazine to Host Writing Workshops at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch

Double Dutch Magazine to Host Writing Workshops at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch

Join Double Dutch Magazine in the Info Commons area of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch for writing workshops. The workshops are every Saturday from July 13th-August 10th.

Suspect #2 of Boston Marathon Bombing Has Been Caught

Suspect #2 of Boston Marathon Bombing Has Been Caught

It has been a tough week for people in Boston. Lives have been lost and others’ lives will be changed forever. Police believe they have suspect #2 (Dzhokar Tsarnaev) in custody after hours of searching that left the city of Boston “on lock down.” All residents were told to stay home while they searched for the suspect, who is alleged to have set bombs at the Boston Marathon. After exchanging bullets with police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was killed last night. This is the end of manhunt, but the beginning of questions to determine how such a unbelievable act began with a plot by two brothers.



Kat Dahlia, photo from

Kat Dahlia, photo from

I want to share the music of this new, Cuban-singer who hails from Miami, FL named Kat Dahlia. See her video, “Gangsta” for yourself: Gangsta Video Also, see this clip of Kat Dahlia on BET’s website. Who new she was such a big fan of blues pioneer, B.B. King? Kat’s unique voice is raspy and soulful. Her syncopated singing style is almost like she’s rhyming on a hip-hop verse. Love it! This song is crazy-hot. Plus her music is so dynamic, it will be released by legendary music industry executive, Sylvia Rhone. The new label is called “Vested in Culture (VIC) and is a joint venture with Epic Records. With such a pop-filled music, the music industry can definitely use some edge.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

There are times in our history when human beings can justify participating in unspeakable, evil acts against others because of perceived differences. The Holocaust is one of those moments. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. This time in history is part of all of our American History. To learn more about the Holocaust and the courage of many of its survivors, please visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage website. The museum will be free for all visitors today.

Have You Been Catfished?

The story of Manti Te’o, a Notre Dame football player and Heisman trophy finalist, has been all over the press. He met  a girl named Lennay on Faebook, who he thought could be the love of his life. “She” turned out to be a “he.” Te’o had been “catfished.”

Catfish is a term coined by Nev Schulman. Along with his brother and friend, he created the movie, “Catfish” to document him meeting a beautiful women he had been speaking with online. It turns out that she misrepresented herself online. The movie is now a MTV program called, “Catfish: The TV Show.” Nev, a camera man and an MTV follows people as they meet their online loves. For many, their princess or prince charmings are really nothing but frogs.

In the case of Manti Te’o,  a man named, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo created a hoax to get attention and feel loved. He created a fake profile on Facebook and the relationship with Te’o ended with the death of his alter-ego, Lennay. Tuiasosopo shared his story last week on the Dr. Phil show and explained his actions. Unfortunately, due to the deception of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the future football career of Manti Te’o has been damaged. Te’o’s  value in the NFL Draft has sharply decreased. Some believe that if he could not sniff out a fake girlfriend, how could he possibly be a leader on a NFL team?

But, “catfishing” happens to people everyday, because there are people willing to prey on the feelings of others. Also, some see social media as a place where they become someone else and live out their fantasies because they are unfufilled in their normal lives.

If you are talking to others online, here are some ways to NOT get catfished:

  • If he sounds too good to be true, he probably is. If your online boyfriend is a model, millionaire and Olympic athelete, then it’s probably not true, especially if he still works at Walmart to stay humble.
  • Sometimes people will fake illnesses if you try to see them online via Skype or in-person. If your online crush suddenly develops cancer, blindness and paralysis–all at the same time–the person is probably misrepresenting themselves.
  • I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. IF you decide to meet with someone in person, take someone with you and meet in a public place. It is very likely that your online boo is not telling the truth and could be an older man trying to prey on young girls.
  • Do not give out your address. There are ways for people to find out where you live and you could get an unexpected surprise at your door.

So please stay safe out there on and offline.



Get Pumped for Beyonce at Halftime!

Beyonce will definitely be doing lots of body poppin. If you want to get your body ready for dancing for halftime, get warmed up with her “Let’s Move Campaign” video, an initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama. Let’s go Bey!  #superbowl47

Emeli Sande Drops Her New Album, Our Version of Events!

Emile Sande
Emile Sande

The British are coming! The British are coming! I have as much excitement as Paul Revere with the British, but in a positive way, of course. Over the past few years, there have been many soul singers imported to the U.S. from Britain like Amy Winehouse (until her untimely death), Adele and now Emeli Sande. I first learned about Emeli Sande on BET’s show, “106 and Park.” I saw her video last year and knew she was on the path to be a hit singer. Read my previous post about Emile Sande. She even has fans among the music industry’s glittertati like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The music industry is super competitive and it’s mad cool when fellow artists can give each other love.

Fast forward to 2013 and Emeli has won four Brit Awards (the British version of the Grammys), her video has over 25 million views on YouTube and she just performed  the song, “My Kind of Love” on NBC’s Kathie Lee and Hoda show yesterday. She also performed her mega hit and my fave on the Today Show, “Next to Me.” I’m looking forward to hearing all the songs from Emile’s U.S. release of her album, “Our Version of Events (Capitol Records).” If her album is anything like the songs that I’ve heard, they will be my soundtrack for Spring and Summer.



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