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.
To Greg Worrell, literacy is invaluable. As President of
Classroom and Community Group for Scholastic, the largest book retailer
in the nation, Worrell is making it his mission to promote literacy in
every avenue possible.