Jonna Burgess, 6 years old, doesn’t let her physical disability take away from enjoying life

Rockaway Beach, NY- Life sometimes throws us curveballs and we have to be ready to handle them.  On July 11, 2012 twin brother and sister Derek and Jonna were born to parents Donna Cornett and John Burgess.

Jonna was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease, and later developed cerebral palsy along with other health issues.

This little pride and joy have gone through so many things and at one point the doctors didn’t think she would make it.  But through love and prayer, strong parents and support system Jonna is living life although her life isn’t our normal it’s hers.

Jonna is a happy little girl that loves to feel the air blow in her face, smiles at the touch of the family cats when her brother Derek brings them to her.

Jonna Burgess living her best life

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Samaya Clark-Gabriel is Taking Basketball to a New Level

Brooklyn, New York – Samaya Clark-Gabriel a nine-year-old athletic phenom who can dribble two basketballs and do a full split while blindfolded.  Most adults can’t even dribble two basketballs at the same time.

Samaya is a fun, loving and humble little girl who loves helping people.  Aside from her athletic ability, acing her academics in school, Samaya gives back to her community as well as donates her time to raising funds for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Samaya’s ultimate goal is to one day become a nurse or a doctor because she wants to help cure children with cancer.

Samaya’s dad, Wayne Gabriel stated, “Samaya always says when she gets older, if it’s not sports, she wants to be a doctor.”

Ultimately, Samaya has some time before choosing her path but right now she is doing many things and the public is excited to see what else she has in store.

You can catch Samaya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Spoken Word Artist, Distinguish, Helps to Educate Youth

Jamaica, NY –  Sometimes in life you look for the influence of superstars, but in reality, you can look right in your own backyard.  Henry Gray known as Distinguish is an entrepreneur, writer, poet, and advocate for today’s youth.

Henry Gray takes a lot of pride by showcasing an upcoming artist who might not get noticed but gives them a platform to perform.  Henry helps out with both young people as well as the mature.

Henry Gray’s company Disnetwork Inc. is a brand-building company.  It contributes to the showcasing of new talent and seasoned people who might not get the recognition they deserve.

The various brands that are a part of Disnetwork Inc are Tea Time with Distinguish, Bars N the Barbershop, and Dad Hats & Bowties.  These are some of the brands that Henry is the owner of, but it doesn’t stop there.

Currently, the Bars N the Barbershop are going on tour.  They’ve already been through New York, they just got back from Atlanta and the next stop is Miami.  This tour is a showcase for poetic rap artist looking to spread their knowledge on life.

Tea Time with Distinguish is about to go into the fourth season and this time they are going into a different type of audience.  The culture and diversity of the new show will soon be revealed, and the public will be waiting for it.

Henry Gray had this to say, “Let’s just say that, ah, that path is not over yet!”

“We got some stuff in the works, ah so stay tuned!” said Henry Gray.

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**YouTube clip inside the video (https://youtu.be/6gIkazqmG3E)

**Credit to Brianna Abdullah from ABlast Films

Coach Stroud takes Erasmus HS football players to Maryland Football Camp

Brooklyn, NY – When you meet Keith Stroud, you meet a friendly coach who is all about mentoring young athletes to better themselves.

Keith Stroud, offensive coordinator for Erasmus Hall HS took some of his skilled position players to a football camp at the University of Maryland this weekend, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  It was strong competition with 43 teams from all over.  Erasmus made it to the second round of the finals after winning 5 games in a row.

Stroud takes a lot of pride when coaching and mentoring student athletes.

Stroud’s background in football is very diverse due to the fact he has been playing since youth league days.  His resume list Fort Hamilton HS with two championship wins, along with being recruited by Rutgers Scarlet Knights football and then later on transferring to Bethune-Cookman finishing out his last two seasons of football.  In 2013 Stroud was signed to the NY Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Stroud decided to take his love for the game and his craft and give back to student-athletes.  If you are ready to work and want to advance Stroud is there to support and push, you to the finish line.

Stroud also known as Coach KJ has helped to get nine students recruited for Division I schools and plans to help more this coming season.  He’s been coaching HS students for the last six years.  Stroud started out coaching at Grand Street Campus in Bushwick, Brooklyn and then took the offensive coordinator position at Erasmus Hall HS in 2017.

The athletes look up to Coach KJ Stroud because he is very upfront with them about life, school, and sports.  Stroud looks to his athletes to work hard and understand what it takes to win as a team but to also handle when they lose.

Coach Stroud stated, “The team that makes the most small wins, will be the team that wins.”

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Cuisine by Claudette opens up second location during Memorial Day Weekend.

Rockaway Beach, NY – During the Memorial Day Weekend Far Rockaway’s local cafe is opening its doors to a second location; Cuisine by Claudette on 167-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Cuisine by Claudette was opened since 2012 in the Rockaways.

This café is a health-conscious type of food with a family-friendly environment.  You can enjoy a smoothie or eat a full course meal.

Claudette Flatow owner of Cuisine by Claudette is the woman behind all the quality food dishes that she herself prepares personally every day.  Claudette has been known for teaching cooking classes in the Rockaways before she moved on to opening her own establishment on Beach 116th Street.

With Claudette behind the food her sons, John and Yarden Flatow, being the General Managers and handling the daily operations of the family business the expansion of Cuisine by Claudette has begun.

During the opening of the summer months, they also have a pilot store on the beach, Bay 9 Riis Park Beach Bazaar.

Now with everyone looking forward to the new location because it has been publicized in the news as well as social media its doors have finally opened.

Rockaway Beach community welcomes Cuisine by Claudette.

“We came in for Memorial Day Weekend because we heard about Claudette from the NY Times article and seeing that, we’re happy, we’ve been coming out for a long time.”

“It’s really good to see healthier food options for surfers and their families and it’s just a good place to chill,” says Simon from Harlem, New York.

So, if you are in Rockaway Beach, NY and you are interested in grabbing a smoothie, great coffee, or a healthier bite to eat, don’t hesitate to check out Cuisine by Claudette.

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High School Football Athletes and the Coaches that Mentor them

Brooklyn, NY – Student-athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the field at various football combines.  On May 19, 2019, the Future Phenom Showcase was back at the Erasmus High School Football Field.

The purpose of this showcase is to gather all the talented young high school football athletes to give them the opportunity to be recruited by colleges.

The man behind the showcase, Coach Mouse the DB coordinator for Erasmus High School football decided to create a platform for student-athletes who are the best all-around to get exposure in their recruiting process.

Coach Mouse and 30 of his coaches along with high school football media analyst come together to teach the boys, coach the boys and mentor them so they can perform not only on the field but in their academic studies.

All the coaches play a part in the development of these amazing students.  They come from various backgrounds and all over the states.  Coaches from Florida, New Jersey, Long Island, Ohio, you name it came out to help elevate the boys.

Coach Mouse stated,  “2011 we started with 67 kids, some of who are now in the NFL and others who became NCAA All-Americans”.

“This year we have grown to 170 participants, 30 coaches and a list of media that we are so privileged to have,” said Coach Mouse.

The coaches are hard on the athletes but only to help build their self-esteem up with what they practice every day.

The talent is handpicked by Coach Mouse and that is why it is by invite only.

Coach Mouse stated, “these are D1 students who have already received offers from colleges and if they all didn’t receive yet will be noticed by the end of this showcase due to the media analyst that was there”.

For more details about the Future Phenom Showcase, you reach them on Twitter @futurephenomNYC

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NYC are you ready for the H.Y.P.E. Combine?

Bronx, NY – On May 11, 2019, three organizations; Harlem Jets, About UNYC and IMPCT solutions came together to for H.Y.P.E 2019 NYC HBCU Combine Football. HYPE is the acronym for Honing Your Potential and Excellence.  The HYPE was founded by Walter Brock and Courtney Morgan.

The philosophy of HYPE is to show young athletes how to use their learned skills and use them with their academic studies.  HYPE teaches the athletes what it takes to showcase themselves in a professional matter and social standing.

HYPE is the leading principal in showing the student-athletes how to use their skills on the field and in the classroom.

Due to the mission and purposes of all the organizations, they decided to come together and create a combine for NYC high school football talent.  Harlem Jets is a youth football and cheer league that is located in Harlem, NY.  About U NYC collaborates with student-athletes and their parents to teach the fundamentals of being a scholar and athlete at the same time.  IMPCT solutions are behind the HYPE name.

The registration process started at 8 am and closed at 10:30 am at Randall’s Island Park field 70 and 75.  Before the start of the event, the organizers mingled and spoked with some of the parents.  As the players were parting from the parents, Coach Alex who was one of the founders of this event, talked to the parents about the process of their student-athletes when it comes to preparing them for college.  It was explained how the NCAA paperwork must be completed and filed in order for their sons to be qualified.

The purpose of this combine was to showcase talented high school football athletes in NYC while incorporating drills, position skill training, and a 7-7 competition; offensive line vs defensive line on passing and rushing techniques.

There were light refreshments and music in the background as the players moved throughout the training.  At the end of the session athletes that were top performers went home with a trophy.

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