First Take was started more than 20 years ago by the New York
Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) to give high school students
hands-on experience in journalism. Students learn how to write news
stories that are uploaded to the Web, giving them valuable technical and
video editing experience. TNJ.com caught up with deputy co-director Malik Singleton to find out more about the program.
Vaneese Thomas is part of a musical legacy. Her father is Rhythm &
Blues pioneer Rufus Thomas and her sister is chart-topping singer Carla
Thomas. And she herself has carried on the legacy. Now, Thomas is
celebrating her new album, Blues For My Father.