House Catches Fire on Irving Street in Elmont

Source : Long Island Herald, Elmont Fire Department House fire on Irving in North Valley Stream within the Elmont Fire District. At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Monday, Sept 28, Nassau Firecom alerted the Elmont Fire Department for a reported house fire on Irving Street in the North Valley Stream section of the Elmont Fire District. … Continue reading House Catches Fire on Irving Street in Elmont

Elmont Welcomes Its Newest Teachers

Source: Long Island Herald The Elmont Union Free School District’s newest educators were welcomed to the district with a new-teacher orientation, a two-day program comprising workshops, meetings and motivational lessons led by building principals. The orientation, which featured an inspirational speech by Superintendent of Schools Al Harper, was designed to encourage the new teachers to … Continue reading Elmont Welcomes Its Newest Teachers

Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship: #CreateGoals

Part 1: #CreateGoals Right from the start Christopher’s passion for barbering was apparent. Before even reaching the back room he stopped me to admire a small framed black and white photo on the wall. “This picture here is the first ever Barbershop School. 1893 in Chicago,” he told me with pride in his eyes, “First … Continue reading Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship: #CreateGoals

Elmont Native, Goldie Harrison, Shines at SUNY New Paltz

Source: Her Campus SUNY New Paltz Elmont native, Goldie Harrison, was featured as a "Campus Celebrity" in a recent interview with Her Campus of SUNY New Paltz. "This school has really changed my life in and outside of the classroom,” Harrison said. Aptly nicknamed, "Goldie the Goal-Getter," Harrison wears many hats. She is captain of … Continue reading Elmont Native, Goldie Harrison, Shines at SUNY New Paltz

College Board Names 87 Elmont Students AP Scholars

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District The College Board has named 87 former and current Elmont Memorial High School students as Advanced Placement Scholars for the 2014-15 school year following their successful performance on AP exams. Principal Kevin Dougherty and the entire Elmont Memorial school community congratulated the following students: Class of 2015 National AP … Continue reading College Board Names 87 Elmont Students AP Scholars

@uzoaduba wins another Emmy 

She yelled out, with tears “I love you mostly because you let me be me.” Congrats to @uzoaduba on winning her second career Emmy tonight for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. For her role as Crazy Eyes on the Netflix original, Orange Is The New Black. Photos below

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Viola Davis’s Emmy Acceptance Speech (Unapologetically) Centers Black Womanhood

“In my mind I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.”

Black Millennials

Viola Davis won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She’s the first Black women to win in over 67 years. Her speech was chilling in its Black Love. She was bold, unapologetic, and loving — traits that are hard to come by in the white cookie cutter paradigm that is Hollywood. Kerry Washington shed some tears. Tara P.  Henson showed love passionately. Quoting Harriet Tubman, Viola Davis shined bright in the light of ancestry.

Required watching for the human race.

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Arielle Newton, Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillennials.

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The Rise and Fall of Iggy Azalea

Warning: This article contains colorful and expressive language.
-The Elmont Excelsior

Black Millennials

T.I. has finally parted ways with his breakout star. What took him so long?

In 2011, when radio and television personality Charlamagne Tha God said that Iggy Azalea — then fresh off the success of “Pussy” — was gonna be a star, I scoffed. Where he saw potential, I saw an explicit marketing ploy with little sustainability or long term success.

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.33.40 PM Iggy Azalea featured on the venerable XXL Freshman cover (2012)

I saw the gentrification of hip hop where white artists with some edge would be pushed before audiences before the audience pushed back. I saw cultural appropriation and cooptation, inauthenticity, and an obvious — if not desperate — attempt to turn a quick profit.

While I was clear in my interpretation of the Australian born rapper, others were not.

“Fancy,” her record breaking single, dominated airwaves in 2014. Clear Channel, the biggest radio outlet in the country, included her in their…

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Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship: Elite Barber Parlor

We're super duper excited to feature Elite Barber Parlor, it's talented barbers and innovative products as part of our new, cutting-edge, 4-week series entitled, "Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship," highlighting young adult business ownership in the Elmont community. There are many aspiring entrepreneurs in the Elmont community and our goal throughout this series is to share … Continue reading Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship: Elite Barber Parlor

Elmont Family Fun Day: Thank You

The First Annual Elmont Family Fun Day is in the books! We are grateful firstly for fair enough weather to kick off our show and to everyone who participated even when it rained. Thanks to our fellow members of the planning team -- Cheryl Lee, Tammie Williams, Joyce Stowe and Tamar Paoli -- for believing … Continue reading Elmont Family Fun Day: Thank You