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For All My ATL Youth Gamers!!

Calling all my youth gamers and esports fans in the ATL!! Check out this awesome 2-day FREE conference!! Free.99… you cannot beat that!! I am always about supporting friends and family and the good folks over at Pharoah’s Conclave definitely fall into that category!!

See more details below:

Greater Atlanta Residents, REGISTER TODAY

Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference is a FREE 2-day eSports conference for K-12 students.

JUNE 24TH & 25TH 10AM- 4PM

Atlanta Metropolitan State College’s Pavilion-1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Overview: YEL National Championship & Conference

Youth eSports League National Championships & Conference is a free 2-day eSports conference that exposes the entry points to eSports careers. It features team and individual tournament play, hands-on workshops and panels with eSports and video gaming professionals, an expo the DoorDash Game Design Challenge, and so much more! Check out a recap of last year’s event below.

About PCX Go!

PCX GO! builds on PCX’s mission of preparing youth for eSports careers through capacity building around eSports career pathways, providing the ecosystem with the infrastructure needed to support all key stakeholders in building skills and capabilities that apply to the eSports industry to:

Inform – Identifying entry points into the industry

Instruct – Explaining the necessary steps it takes to navigate career pathways within the eSports industry through skill and capability development

Educate – Providing opportunities to apply instruction in real-world contexts to promote learning and develop eSports professionals

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email info@pharaohsconclave.com

Don’t wait another minute….REGISTER NOW!!

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Hello Summer!!

Friends and Family!! Today is the first official day of summer!! The heat is on in more ways than one!! While this season may come with blazing hot temperatures it is still one of my favorite times of the year. Partly cause I’m a summer baby (August 16th), also this is a time to get a little bit of consistent R&R, there are tons of festivals, and I get some extra leisure reading time! Ahh it’s nothing like the summer!!

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Soooooo…..What plans to do you have for the summer??!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

I’m Back!! I know missed you all a couple of weeks, had to take a little vacay, but I’m ready to drop some goodies for you!! Don’t you just love that we can get some film and television newness with the snap of a finger! Well let’s see what we got this week for you!!

Check them out below:

Loot (Streaming on Apple TV+ June 24th)

Season 4-Westworld (Streaming on HBO Max June 26th)

Season 2-Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu June 28th)

Black Bird (Streaming on Apple TV+ July 8th)

Persuasion (Streaming on Netflix July 15th)

Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Streaming on STARZ August 14th)

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-June 2022

Happy Summer!! As we prepare to enter into sweltering heats, take vacations on the beach, spend time with loved ones and friends, let me make sure I get you ready for some summer reading! Summer is always an exciting time for me, and a time to take advantage of some leisure reading!

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This month, just like every month before….I GOT YOU!! Nice mix of stories from all different directions and perspectives!!

  • If They Come For Us ~Fatimah Asghar
  • My Monticello ~Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic ~Kenya Hunt
  • The After Party ~A.C. Arthur
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom ~Angela Johnson
  • A First Time of Everything: A Story of a Black Woman Public Servant ~Sallie Peake
  • Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy ~Natalie Baszile

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” ~Michelle Obama

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Check out Dr. G as a Featured Contributor for VCU News!

On this past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to be a featured contributor for a Juneteenth Reading List on VCU News!! I am always excited when I get to share a some resources and good reads/finds!!

The recommended reading list consists of various faculty on the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus. The list is meant to inform and celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. As noted by Elinor Frisa,

VCU News asked faculty, as well as staff from VCU Libraries, to suggest books that help readers understand and celebrate Juneteenth and all that it represents.

For my featured selection, I chose ‘We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy’ by Natalie Baszile.

Readers also get the opportunity to see the ways in which Black farmers use the land to discuss race relations, create identities, showcase the harvest as a healing tool and explain how it passed down through generations. I recommend this book as it is filled with rich history (past and present), it speaks to the importance of land ownership for Black Americans and it does not rely on one type of farming story. “We Are Each Other’s Harvest” is an inspiring book that informs, encourages and serves as a guide to the future legacy of Black American farmers.  

To see the full feature and article, click here!!

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Plans for Juneteenth?? Let Me Offer a Few Things for you!!

As we prepare to celebrate the now federal holiday, Juneteenth, it is important that is not simply a day-off but a day of remembrance and liberation. And to get you in the spirit, I have compiled a few things to get you started!

Check it out below:

Film & Television/Podcasts

  • A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson (Streaming on Paramount+ and PlutoTV)
  • ‘Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration’ (ABC/Hulu) Friday-June 17th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Something in the Water Festival’ (Amazon Prime Video and Twitch) Friday-Sunday 3 pm/ET
  • ‘After Jackie’ (History Channel) Saturday-June 18 at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Juneteenth: A Global Celebration’ (CNN) Sunday-June 19th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Omitted : The Black Cowboy’ (ESPN 2) Sunday-June 19th at 2 pm/ET
  • Emergency (2022) [Amazon Prime Video]
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America- Episode #4-“Freedom” (2021) [Netflix]
  • Miss Juneteenth (2020)
  • Juneteenth Jamboree: A Place For Families (2016) [PBS]
  • Juneteenth: Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters [Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-Auburn Avenue Research Library]
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Cookbooks

  • Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health ~Gregory Gourdet
  • Vibration Cooking ~Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
  • Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking ~Albert Lukas, Jessica B. Harris, Jerome Grant, NMAAHC
  • Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine ~Norma Jean and Carole Darden
  • The Cooking Gene ~Michael Twitty
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Resource Guides

President Joe Biden talks with Opal Lee after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Bill, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)