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Monica Peters Hits New York City Public Schools

Monica Peters hit the NYC Public School System in Harlem to speak with high school students.

The day’s activities consisted of Peters speaking to students from 9th-12th grade including at risk youth about life choices and career options.

Peters three hours visit, of going to various classrooms was a memorable experience. She spoke in intimate settings with honor students as well as teens who have lost interest in graduating high school sharing her own personal experiences about challenges she had to overcome in life. Peters also discussed priorities in life and pressed the importance of graduating high school and charting their career path despite what they see in their neighborhood or obstacles they may be facing at home. Some students expressed their fear about entering the workforce or having a 9-5 job because they may not be able to live a comfortable lifestyle they wish. It is clear that these students are concerned about having a quality life in the future not just surviving.

Since many of the kids already were familiar with, it laid the groundwork for Peters to be very open. “I want them to know that success come from hard work, and to know the obstacles I had to overcome to be here today.” The principle also had Peters go over her website so students can read the daily post for the day and get insight on what it takes to run on a daily basis.

Peters also took the time to inform students not to believe the hype of the glitz and glamour they see on popular television mediums. “Many rappers you see on TV are flat broke or in debt to their record labels. They can’t even afford to buy a home.”

“I’m honored to have been invited, and viewed as someone who is relevant to our youth. Hopefully I changed lives and made a difference.”

Peters will be in New York for more upcoming speaking engagements. Details developing.


April 30, 2008 Posted by | monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Video Clips: Obama in Philadelphia, Supporters Take City Hall–Why Didn’t This Part Make The News?

by Monica Peters Medina

Barack Obama spoke in Philadelphia at his rally on April 18th a week after “the fixed?” debate that was moderated by Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos of ABC (who also served as the Communications Director for President Bill Clinton during his administration). Whether you support Hilary or Obama, the debate was poorly moderated, possibly one of the worst moderated televised presidential debates in history. A landmard 35,000 Barack Obama supporters merged on 5th & Market Sts. Independence Mall in Philadelphia to hear Obama speak. The amount of supporters filled the entire THREE PARK FIELDS ranging 2-3 city blocks. Will.i.Am performed and warmed the crowd up for Obama on the beautiful Friday evening that was perfect for enjoying the rally and nature. Barack charged the crowd to “declare it’s independence from the politics of Washington.” He gave a phenomenal 20 minute speech. The press came and broadcasted their chosen 15 second sound bite for the media to broadcast around the world.

However, what didn’t make the news is the historic event that took place afterwards. 20 minutes after the rally was over, Obama supporters took to the streets and marched to Philadelphia’s City Hall (appx. 10 city blocks). This was not a planned march. These voters of ALL ethnic and economic backgrounds wanted to let the world know they mean it when they say “WE WANT CHANGE.” Motorists, surprisingly were not upset, they were honking in support of Obama as the supporters kept chanting “O-ba-ma” and “We Want Change.” About 15 minutes into the March, police cars started flashing as supporters reached City Hall. The crowd thought the police were coming to stop the march from reaching City Hall. It was the police escorting Barack and his motorcade through the crowd. Supporters cheered for Obama as his motorcade swiftly drove by the crowd.

Check the video clips of Barack Obama supporters taking Philadelphia’s City Hall and the police helping Obama’s motorcade come through the crowd. Why didn’t this march make the news? (Big ups to ChicanaSkies and Feiwine for posting this great footage on youtube).

CLIP 1: Obama supporters take Philadelphia City Hall (footage by ChicanaSkies)

CLIP 2: This clip is of Obama waving as police clear the crowd for his motorcade to pass through (footage by feinwine)

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

India and Whoopi Hitting Broadway

By Monica Peters Medina

India Arie will be hitting Broadway this summer starring in Ntozake Strange‘s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” The revived production originally on Broadway back in 1976 will be produced by Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment.

The play is a collection of choreopoems that touches on the realities and hardships of being Black and female delving into topics such as rape, abandonment and abortion. The original Broadway version starred Lynn Whitfield, Alfre Woodard, Laurie Carlos and Sarita Allen. and Monica Peters Medina highly recommend you go see this play. In the meantime, the original version is available on DVD.

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April 10, 2008 Posted by | thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News: Controversial Oscar Winner Charlton Heston Passes

By Monica Peters Medina

Charlton Heston passed away Saturday night in his Beverly Hills home with his wife of 64 years Lydia at his side. Heston was 84 years-old. The actor announced in 2002 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He won an Oscar for his leading role in “Ben Hur” in 1959.

Heston was also a controversial figure as the President of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003. Although Heston marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement, he was perceived by many as a racist due to his controversial comments in Michael Moore’s documentary “Bowling for Columbine”, where he attributed America’s murder rate to “mixed ethnicities” in America.

Photo credit: Reuters

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April 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment