One night in early November 2012, Rev. Jorge L. Vega stood outside of Full Gospel Tabernacle church on Beach Channel Drive and 41st St. in Far Rockaway. It was cold and the street lights were not on. He had been waiting for hours with his wife and a handful of church members to receive a truck that was coming with donated goods for the community. It was days after Hurricane Sandy had struck the area and his church, which had suffered significant damage, had become a distribution center seemingly overnight. He rejected the opportunity to stay with family outside of Rockaway and instead he opened the church every day to serve his neighbors.
“His concern was the Rockaways,” his wife Eva reflects. “He couldn’t leave his congregation while he’d stay in comfort.”
His devotion and love for the Rockaways began after he and his family moved to the neighborhood in 1978. At the time, Vega was a computer engineer and worked as a consultant to the U.S. Navy designing navigation programs for submarines. He loved his job and quickly became a leader among his coworkers.
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by Keisha Katz (originally published on NBC News.com)
Chris Chalk has been making his mark in the entertainment industry, landing roles ranging from HBO’s “The Newsroom,” to Showtime’s award-winning drama, “Homeland,” to playing a free black man taken captive in the Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave.”
His latest character, Darius, on USA’s edgy new drama “Complications,” has him commanding the streets of Atlanta as a part of a gang called Vine City Crew. Created by Matt Nix, the writer and producer known for the acclaimed series “Burn Notice,” the series follows Dr. John Ellison (Jason O’Mara) after he makes the life-changing decision to save a young boy injured in a drive-by shooting, who just happens to be the son of incarcerated gang leader named EZ Tyler. While EZ is calling the shots from behind bars, Darius is making sure Dr. Ellison keeps the young boy alive at all costs.
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by Keisha Katz (Originally published on NBCNews.com)
“The Big Payoff NYC” event held at Madiba Harlem was Verizon’s grand finale of sorts, to show appreciation to customers who have attended their recent City Sessions panels, all a part of Verizon’s nationwide 2015 Potential of Us campaign. The event included a panel discussion with tech and media creatives to discuss how technology can be used in the entertainment industry as well as a live performance by Melanie Fiona.
The campaign, which launched in February in connection with Black History Month, celebrates not only past accomplishments within the African American community, but also looks ahead at what is yet to come and promotes utilizing technology to pursue various passions.
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by Keisha Katz (Originally published on SharpHeels.com)
Tablets and Smartwatches and Media Players, Oh My!
The season of giving has arrived, and finding the perfect gift for that tech-savvy person in your life can be a challenge.
So to kick-start your search efforts, below are five gadgets that come highly recommended this year and stand out within their respective categories.
Streaming Media Players
The Roku 3 can be expected to be on many wishlists for this holiday season.
Having sold ten million streaming media players in the United States since 2008, the company contends that they have more streaming options than their competition. (Similar streaming devices like Google Chromecast, which sells for less than half the price of the Roku 3, and Apple TV, have failed in comparison to the Roku in sales, according to market researchers.)
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