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19 Year Old Aaliyah Stewart, works to build youth Center in Gary



By Safiyyah Muhammad

Eighteen-year old Aaliyah Stewart, winner of the Young Entrepreneur 2019 Legacy Award and resident of Gary, Indiana has experienced a kaleidoscope of loss and triumph. Stewart who is a proud recipient of the Legacy Award and founder of the “I Am Them” movement wants everyone to continue to support the event because she believes the award foundation is doing some awesome things for young people.

By the time Ms. Stewart was just 15, two brothers, and another family member were lost to gun violence. She also endured the loss of 12 other people she knew who was tragically gunned down. Armed with determination, strength and resilience, Ms. Stewart turned her loses into a youth healing ministry called “I Am Them.”

 “With the death of my two brothers, my tests became my testimony. I started the “I Am Them” initiative when I was 14. ‘I am them. I am my youth,’ is an empowerment phrase I created to instill in our youth know that no matter what they go through, and where they come from, they have potential (for greatness).”

We often hear media rhetoric and shocking statistics about Black youth who are caught in gun violence, however, Ms. Stewart is a shining example of ‘let’s prove them wrong.” She’s out front as a young leader steering her peers in the right direction, stressing to her audience to be a positive example for each other.

“We are the future for tomorrow’s youth, and if a young person doesn’t stand up and demonstrate a positive way, how can we expect an older generation to believe in us?” Ms. Stewart said.

This year has been a year of extensive travel and triumph for Stewart. She crisscrossed the country with the “I Am Them,” movement, appearing on TV and radio talk such as Strahan, Sara & Ke Ke talk show, Good Morning America website, Good Morning La La Land, Faith Nation, WGN News, ABC News, Windy City Live.

She served as a motivational speaker during the I Am Sneaker Gala, Gun Violence Prevention Summit, Worthy Empowerment Tour, Stop the Violence Domestic Violence Awareness Month, among others. She spoke on-air regarding her movement with Power 92, WVON, WGCI and Truth Radio.

Stewart believes that more community-based organizations and activities for area youths would curb violent activities. A lack of focus towards life’s goal and life’s purpose is lacking in the lives of today’s youth she said.  “If a lot of young people knew who they were and connected their potential with their purpose, each of their lives would be different.”

Research shows that during the first second half of the year, the number of Gary shooting victims rose, while gang-related violence decreased, according to an online Northwest Indiana news service. 

“Gun violence is an epidemic that we try to patch up and act as if it doesn’t exist. We try to give it different names and look at this problem as if it’s not a serious issue. This problem is just as serious as someone dying of cancer,” Ms. Stewart said.

She juggles a full-time schedule as a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and mentor. “We give young people an opportunity to discover their unique talents and gifts. A lot of them want to become entrepreneurs and our job is to basically help them to reach their highest and greatest mission in life.”

Dedication and commitment have earned her many awarding including the Peace Activist of the Year Award, the G.L.O.W. (Girls Leading Our World) Award, the Project Strong Woman Award from Australia, City of Gary Youth Events Award and Rose Volunteer Award.

In June of 2020, the I Am Youth Center will open its doors to Gary’s youth. This unique multi-purpose center will host a simulated trauma center to train young people on how to care for gunshot wounds. The Center will also serve as a temporary residence and safe haven for teens seeking support.

Turning hate into hope, and anguish into an amazing life, Ms. Stewart’s “I Am Them” movement serves as a beacon of light for teens seeking to better themselves each and every day.

Aaliyah is the founder of the ASW Foundation, an organization she established to provide hope for Gary’s youth. She also manages a scholarship foundation in memory of her brother to help high school students entering college.  You may visit her website at You can find Aaliyah on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To book her as a motivational speaker please contact her at 219-730-7621.


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Obama shooting 3-pointer while campaigning for Biden goes viral



Former President Obama went viral on Saturday after shooting a 3-pointer while on the campaign trail for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Obama made the shot just before leaving a gymnasium in Flint, Mich. While he walked out the door, he told campaign staff, “That’s what I do!”

Celebrities and social media users quickly shared the clip, with some hoping the shot is a “good omen” for the former vice president ahead of the Tuesday election.

NBA star LeBron James, who previously partnered with former first lady Michelle Obama on voter initiatives, tweeted, “Now you just showing out now my friend!! That’s what you do huh??”

The clip was taken in the gymnasium of Flint’s Northwestern High School, Yahoo Sports reported. The former president and Biden campaigned together in Flint on Saturday at a drive-in rally, where Obama blasted President Trump’s “reality show” style of politics.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself or his friends or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show to give him the attention that he craves,” Obama said. “But unfortunately, the rest of us have to live with the consequences.”

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Black families affected by police violence gather to mobilize voters in Chicago

Several families affected by police violence including those of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole gathered to mobilize voters in Chicago. The event allowed many to turn their pain into political power, as they encouraged voting in not only presidential but local elections.



Several families affected by police violence including those of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole gathered to mobilize voters in Chicago. The event allowed many to turn their pain into political power, as they encouraged voting in not only presidential but local elections.

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Why Dancing is Good for Your Health



1) Great way to exercise and stay fit

Dance is a great way to stay in shape. If you don’t like the gym, dancing can bring fun back into the exercise.

2) Burn calories

Dancing is all about moving your body and moving your body is a great way to burn calories. How many will you burn depends on how vigorously you dance. In an one-hour session you can burn from 250 to 400 calories.

3) Improved health

Dance can effectively promote good health by improving cardiovascular fitness, strengthening the muscles, increasing circulation, decreasing blood pressure, lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, reducing stress, and many other positive benefits.

4) Greater Coordination

Great for improving control over your body, timing and coordination skills. You will learn how to move with grace and poise.

5) Good for bones and joints

Dance is a weight-bearing activity, meaning it’s great for your bones. Weight-bearing exercises has been proven to increase bone density and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

6) Build confidence

Dance builds confidence by giving you a sense of success and achievement when you master it.

7) Great way to meet new people

Dancing provides a natural icebreaker and is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

8) Lifts your mood

Any exercise can raise your spirits by raising the endorphins or so called feel good chemicals. This can lighten your mood and reduce the risk of depression.

9) Good for your Mind

Dancing will keep your mind active. It will improve circulation to the brain and help stimulate the memory by remembering all the steps. Great mental exercise.

10) Improved overall well-being

Dance has an outstanding positive effect on both physical and psychological well-being.

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