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Tubi Fans: 10 Reasons why you should attend the Meet & Greet Weekend in Virginia Beach

hosted by Kaamel Hasaun, NuNu Thurman, DeJuan Ford, & Jacole Tierra

Meet Your Favorite Actors: Get up close and personal with the stars you admire, engage in conversations, and maybe even snag an autograph or selfie!

Forge Lasting Relationships: Build meaningful connections with your favorite entertainers, forming bonds that can extend beyond the weekend event.

Exclusive Access: Gain access to behind-the-scenes insights and exclusive content that only attendees of the meet and greet weekend can enjoy.

✅ Memorable Experiences: Create unforgettable memories as you interact with celebrities and participate in fan-focused activities tailored just for you.

Exclusive Meet and Greet Activities: Planned activities for you and your family to interact directly with your beloved stars.

Explore Virginia Beach: Take breaks from the event to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and vibrant atmosphere of Virginia Beach, adding a touch of relaxation to your trip.

Fan Photo Ops: Capture the moment with epic photo opportunities alongside your favorite actors, perfect for framing and displaying proudly at home.

Girls' Trip: Enjoy quality time with friends on a fun-filled girls' trip, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Stay Updated: Be the first to find out what your favorite actor has coming up in the industry through discussions and events tailored just for you.

✅ Fan Empowerment: Feel empowered and appreciated as a fan, knowing that your support contributes to the success and longevity of your favorite actors and favorite films.

Film-makers, Actors, Writers:10 reasons why you should attend the Meet & Greet weekend in Virginia Beach? 

✅ Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow actors, industry professionals, & entertainment enthusiasts to expand your professional network & foster potential collaborations.

✅ Industry Insights: Gain valuable insights & insider knowledge from experienced professionals through exclusive networking events.

✅ Meet and Greet with Industry Professionals: Interact with actors, actresses, & other industry professionals in a more intimate setting, fostering deeper connections & appreciation for your work.

✅ Gain Insider Insights: Hear firsthand experiences & advice from seasoned professionals, offering invaluable insights into the industry.

✅ Collaboration Potential: Explore potential collaborations with other actors, filmmakers, & creatives, sparking new ideas & projects.

✅ Exclusive Access: Gain access to behind-the-scenes insights & exclusive content that only meet-and-greet weekend attendees can enjoy.

✅ Visibility and Promotion: Increase your visibility & promote your projects to a dedicated audience of fans & industry insiders.

Explore Virginia Beach: Take breaks from the event to enjoy the beautiful surroundings & vibrant atmosphere of Virginia Beach, adding a touch of relaxation to your trip.

✅ Inspiration and Motivation: Draw inspiration & motivation from fellow industry professionals, hearing their stories & experiences firsthand.

✅ Investment in Your Career: Treat the meet-and-greet weekend as an investment in your career, seizing opportunities for growth, advancement, & recognition in the entertainment industry.

Meet Actor Dejuan Ford in person Friday July 12, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Come out to Virginia's legendary palace of fun to join and a few of his celebrity friends for an evening of exciting games and tournaments.  Get a chance to chat about his current projects like "the Dirty D" and "Undying Love" which are both currently featured on Tubi. The tournament kicks off at 8:30pm in the APEX Entertainment of Virginia Beach. To join the games and meet DeJuan, click the link for more info and purchase your tickets to Come Play!

Meet Actor Kaamel Hasaun in person Sat July 13, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kaamal will be ready to chat about his current projects like "the Dirty D" which is currently featured on Tubi. Don't miss this opportunity to meet him in person. Breakfast starts at 9:30am Saturday July 13th, 2024. Click the link for more info!

Find Summer Youth Activities in your City:

Click on your city's portal below to find various summer activities that will help you and your children stay active throughout the summer.  Some of these selections may also include afterschool programs for school age children as well.  Most of the listed events and activities are free. Registration has been opened to the public so don't wait too long, register today!  Simply enter the portal of your choice, view your city's activity list, and click the red 'Free Registration" button under your selection.

Summer fun awaits!

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June 2024

Remembering Marian Sheilds Robinson - Michelle Obamas Mother

Marian Shields Robinson: A Guiding Light and First Grandma

     Marian Lois Shields Robinson (1937–2024) was more than just the mother of Michelle Obama; she was an extraordinary woman who played a crucial role in the lives of her family and the nation. Born on Chicago’s South Side, Marian grew up in a modest home with seven siblings. She married Fraser Robinson III, and together they had two children: Craig and Michelle.

     Marian’s unwavering commitment to education shaped her children’s futures. Despite financial challenges, she and Fraser ensured that Craig and Michelle attended some of the best schools in the country. Their sacrifices paid off—both children graduated from Ivy League universities.

     When Michelle became the First Lady of the United States, Marian moved into the White House, becoming affectionately known as the “first grandma.” She brought normalcy to the lives of her granddaughters, Malia and Sasha. Barack Obama once praised her steadiness and perspective, saying, “A wisecrack from her reverberates around the room.”

On May 31, 2024, Marian Shields Robinson passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Her legacy endures—a remarkable woman who forever impacted the lives of those around her. Her privacy allowed her to live relatively freely in the White House, even as the president’s mother-in-law. Marian’s passing leaves a void, but her love, strength, and wisdom continue to inspire generations. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Obama's, Robinson's, and any other close friends and family of Mrs. Marian Sheilds Robinson.

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O.J. Simpson pictured with his first with Marguerite and their two children

May 2024

O. J. Simpson Dies of Cancer at 76: "The Juice" and His Legacy

     O.J. Simpson, the former 2-time unanimous All-American football running back and actor, has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer.  Born as Orenthal James Simpson in San Francisco, he won the Heisman Trophy at USC, then set records while playing professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills.  Simpson also ventured into acting, appearing in films such as "The Klansman," "Roots," "The Cassandra Crossing," and "The Towering Inferno" while still in the NFL.  After retiring from football, Simpson pursued a career in film and television.  He starred in three "Naked Gun" movies and the comedy "Back to the Beach." In later years, O.J. was diagnosed and received chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, known as the most common form of cancer. 

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Multiple Grammy Award Winning Kirk Franklin Set To Visit Norfolk State University 

April 11. 2024

by Maisha J. Harris

Norfolk State University will get a treat Thursday evening, as the campus expects a visit from multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Franklin. The 31-time Grammy Award nominee, known for his groundbreaking music and unwavering commitment to social change, will appear at Norfolk State University on Thursday, April 11, 2024. He will be part of the Courageous Conversation: Black Fatherhood in America event at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. The conversation will be led by Norfolk State University's Jalein Livatt of WNSB Hot 91.1.

Franklin's unique energy and insight will contribute to the discussion about the importance and challenges of Black fatherhood in America. As a pioneer in gospel music, he has had a successful career spanning over 30 years, during which he created a new genre by incorporating R&B and hip-hop sounds into traditional gospel music. His hits include songs like "Melodies from Heaven," "Lean on Me," "Revolution," "Stomp," "I Smile," and "Imagine Me," among others.


  • Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): He was a revolutionary, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activities. He became the first democratically elected president of South Africa and led the country’s transition from white minority rule to a multiracial democracy.


  • Haile Selassie (1930 – 1974): He was the emperor of Ethiopia and a symbol of African independence and unity. He resisted the Italian invasion of his country during World War II and helped establish the Organization of African Unity. He is also revered as a messianic figure by the Rastafari movement.
  • Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972) A Ghanaian politician and revolutionary, who led the Gold Coast’s independence from Britain in 1957 and became the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana. He was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and a champion of Pan-Africanism.


  • Alice Coachman (1923-2014) An American athlete, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in 1948. She competed in the high jump event and set a new Olympic record. She also broke many barriers and records in track and field at the national level.


  • Malcolm X (1925-1965) An American Muslim minister and human rights activist, who was a vocal critic of racism and oppression in the United States. He was a prominent figure in the Nation of Islam and later embraced Sunni Islam. He advocated for black self-determination, self-defense, and internationalism.


My Music Mind

Music, Arts & Entertainment

the Tiny Desk @NPRMusic

     Formally known as National Public Radio Inc., NPR formed a physical presence on the East and West Coast as the syndicator of more than 1,000 public radio stations that reached 27.3 million weekly listeners. (Kuypers, 2012 p.1) National Public Radio has served the community as a member-supported entity with its operation centers located in Washington D.C. and Culver City California. (Kuypers, 2012 p.1) By 2023, NPR, the public radio network of the United States, reached an audience of approximately 44 million supporters by way of their app, website, radio, social media, podcasts, and live events. (NPR, n.d. p.1) The “Full NPR Strategic Plan” documented that NPR was originally founded in 1970 by ninety determined public radio stations that served their communities with the content of each of their markets in mind. (National Public Radio, n.d. p.1) Bill Siemering, one of the founders, believed that the above-mentioned approach celebrated “…the human experience as infinitely varied, rather than vacuous and banal…” (National Public Radio, n.d. p.1)

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A New Ensemble: Nu Deco Ensemble

by Maisha Harris

      If you are anything like me, you have a love for music of all types. But you particularly have a place in your heart for true instrumental musicianship and hip hop. You also know that the two entities intertwine beautifully in a perfect world, and I have a great recommendation for you that I stumbled upon recently. It’s an Orchestra Reimagined out of Miami, Florida called the Nu Deco Ensemble.

     With over 174,000 followers, this orchestra is making its presence known in Miami and across the country.  Truthfully, I’m sure their vision is making a profound statement around the world.  This February, the orchestra will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop by covering artists like Dr. Dre and Wyclef, plus classics like Hey Ya from Outkast. They call this style, hashtag classical fusion. 

Photo by Maisha Harris

     Now let's be clear, they are by no means the first, and I doubt they will be the last orchestral unit to bring the sound of Hip Hop to life with the embodiment of class and musical integrity. I mean if you have ever had the pleasure of playing with an orchestra or been a supporter in the crowd of an urban high school game or college sports halftime at an HBCU, then it’s highly possible that this is something you have been exposed to at some point in your life. Or if you happened to indulge in an evening of an open mic night that features a live band in your city or town, then you may understand the vibe. Just imagine that experience being slightly heightened by the style of a professional orchestra. It’s the element of surprise for me! Nevertheless, the group caught my attention enough to write an article and recommend my readers give them a follow their Insta Page @NuDecoEnsemble or take a trip and catch a live show.


When: SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2024 | 10 AM

A Day to Celebrate the Remarkable Contributions of Women in Maritime!

Visit Nauticus for a day of engaging presentations, workshops, immersive experiences, and hands-on programming from the women who do this important work each day, like fearless sailors and skilled navigators to astute marine scientists and skilled shipbuilders.  

Women in Maritime Day will be on Saturday, March 16th and Nauticus will be offering $12 admission! Don’t forget members always visit the museum for FREE! Want to become a member? Click here.


     Look at some events happening in the Hampton Roads community. These events are great options for children of all ages. They will allow you to create positive memories and reflect on old and new holiday traditions.


Thursday December 28

When I say Ago? You say Ame! Kwanzaa Story Adventures

(Norfolk) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Thursday December 28

Kwanzaa Celebration at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

(Newport News) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Saturday December 30

Kwanzaa Celebration

(Chesapeake) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Thursday January 04

Happy Holidays Family Storytime

(Virginia Beach) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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37th Annual Grand Illumination Parade 2023

A Hampton Roads Holiday Tradition

Photo Captured by Maisha Harris

Written By Maisha Harris 

Published Saturday 10:30 PM 18 Nov 2023

Edited 9:14 PM 19 December 2023

     On Saturday evening, Hampton Roads came out to enjoy a night full of excitement at the 37th Annual Grand Illumination Parade in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Traffic was definitely heavy, bumper to bumper. The streets were filled with families and spectators, from near and far, enjoying the night in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season! 

     The city was lit up with a magical experience, just a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Local businesses, food vendors, schools, local bands, dance teams, church organizations, floats and a special appearance from Santa himself, all made the night extremely special for the city. Even the Grinch came out to see the public, and he didn't dare spoil the beautiful evening! Instead, he greeted the locals with handshakes and waves.

     The 2-mile-long parade route started at St Paul and Main Street, then traveled along Freemason, Granby, and Boush Street. It finally ended in front of the Sheraton hotel on Waterside Drive. 

Breaking Barriers 

Image of the Douglas Wilder Center for Performing Arts

Photo Credits: Maisha Harris

Image of Maisha Harris at the event

Photo Credits: Rebecca Styles

 Breaking Barriers and Building Big Business

Written By Maisha Harris 

Edited by Kris Hooks and Yannel M. Celestrin

     On Thursday, October 19, 2023, Norfolk State University welcomed the highly acclaimed award-winning and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates to its campus. Taking place in the Douglas Wilder Center, this wall-to-wall packed event consisted of a personal sit-down with the author who sat center stage while being interviewed by one of our own students, Chloe Woolfolk.  Ta-Nehisi, who has won a plethora of awards over the past decade, described himself as a man “…obsessed with the mask and armor that black folk have to wear.”  Originally from the Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, Ta-Nehisi expressed that his mother, who was a teacher, always stressed to him that “…you have to grow up making some type of contribution to your community.”  His father, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was also an author and according to Ta-Nehisi, “…he had a ton of books (and music) in the house.” So, because of this, and the fact that his mother often made him read and write essays as a form of soft punishment, he grew to love reading.  Ta-Nehisi also listened to classic music artists from his parents’ stash such as Gil Scott-Heron.  He also admitted that his all-time favorite Hip-Hop was Nas, whose debut studio album Illmatic, Ta-Nehisi said is like hip-hop scripture because it was one of the first pieces of music that “…had a way of articulating exactly what he wanted to say…” as a youth.

     When asked about his youth, Ta-Nehisi said he would start his day with what he wanted to wear with the purpose of not wanting to “…dress too corny or too flashy…a book bag with one strap on and one strap off…(and) Air Max 1s…"  He also said that he “…had to have his posse” which included about 4-5 of his boys “…walking off the porch. “Growing up…”, Ta-Nehisi stressed that “…none of my male friends had a father in the house.” Ta-Nehisi says that even though he grew up during the crack epidemic, he had the privilege of having both his parents in the same home. His father was a founder of the publishing company, the Black Classic Press and his mother was a teacher, two careers that had a huge impact on his life and upbringing.

     As an author, Coates has written several works including The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, Black Panther, We Were Eight Years in Power, and The Water Dancer.  Let’s take a moment to get into the awards he has obtained thus far:

  • 2012: Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism
  • 2013: National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for "Fear of a Black President"
  • 2014: George Polk Award for Commentary for "The Case for Reparations"
  • 2015: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice for "The Case for Reparations"
  • 2015: American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
  • 2015: National Book Award for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me
  • 2015: Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • 2015: Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me
  • 2018: Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction for We Were Eight Years in Power
  • 2018: Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, for Black Panther: World of Wakanda (with Roxane Gay and Alitha E. Martinez)
  • 2020: British Fantasy Society Sydney J. Bounds Award for The Water Dancer

     According to the Hollywood reporter, “In total, Coates will have written or co-written 68 Black Panther related comic books by the end of his four-year tenure with the character, thanks to the addition of a number of spinoff titles to the main series during his run, each overseen by Coates himself” (Graeme McMillan, 2020).  However, as far as comics are concerned, that’s not all he has written.  Along with Black Panter, Ta-Nehisi has penned 31 Issues of Captain America as well (Coates, 2023).

     Overall, I was highly impressed by this interview.  By the time I left the Douglass Wilder Center, I was completely blown away by his mentioned achievements and even more impressed by his down to earth demeanor.  He is a man of great success but still has so much life to live and many more stories to tell. I learned more about him than I knew coming into the Douglass Wilder performing arts venue that afternoon. That intimate interview sparked conversation that many people try to avoid in public. I love the fact that this former Howard University student felt comfortable enough in his skin and on our Norfolk State University campus to bear it all! That says a lot about his genuine character. I hope you take some time to learn more about his journey and I wish him even more success than what he has already achieved. God speed!


(Coates, T. 2023) Ta-Nehisi Coates

(McMillan, G. 2020) Hollywood Reporter -

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