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What it do with LUE: BJ, Founder of The Garage Dance Studio

BJ, founder of The Garage Dance Studio

BJ, founder of The Garage Dance Studio

Do you like to dance? Do you like to move? This week BJ, founder of The Garage Dance Studio, is What It Do! Living in an urban community with many talented youth, I am so happy that a positive individual like BJ is giving back. What a breath of fresh air for our youth. Not everyone sings, raps, or plays an instrument; some simply dance! With that being said here’s more about the choreographer they call BJ.

As a young child growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, BJ sat in front of his parent’s TV set constantly mimicking dance moves from artists such as Michael Jackson. He eventually received a chance to perform in front of crowds of people. From family parties, to dance competitions, and dance studios, the talented dancer impressed the public with his street choreography. Watching artists and dancers perform moves motivated him to dance and get better. By his teenage years, BJ realized that dancing could be something to pursue, so he kept going.

BJ was introduced to the dance world when he began touring doing background dancing for upcoming artists and other dance crews in need of extras. His first tour was back in 2000 and from there he has been addicted to the popularity.

He continued to push fourth and was added to a popular tour called “Scream tour” with artists that included as Bow Wow, B2K, and other big names. BJ soon began to make a name for myself in the Dance community when he was a part of the Dance show called “Dance 360,” which aired on UPN where he was called out to battle amongst five other people and won.

With his journey and experience in dance, BJ believes that if he ever had the opportunity to open his very own dance studio he would in a heartbeat and that is exactly what happened. This dude turned his mother’s garage into a mini dance studio and name it “The Garage Dance Studio.”

“Knowing that there is no source of entertainment or dance here in the Lost City a.k. Colton, California motivated me to open the dance studio,” BJ states.“For me being a dance lover, I wanted to open the facility to give youth the opportunity to come and learn dance. A lot of these kids don’t have the means to go to LA. I figured why not give it a shot and open something for them. With over seventeen years of professional experience under my belt, I provide lots of variety to students. My dance instruction involves a mixture of hip-hop, pop, and old-school dance styles.”

“All in all, I feel like I have lived up to my childhood dream by becoming a hardworking, successful dancer and I will continue to push fourth until I reach the top. There are lots of things that I have to still accomplish until I past that bridge. I will continue to bless others with my gift of dance.”

 Make sure you support this young man and his efforts. Remember to make the world your DANCE FLOOR. L’z!

 

Temple Baptist Church Celebrates 25 Years of Service for Senior Pastor Raymond W. Turner

Pastor and Cheryl 2016 (2)SAN BERNARDINO, CA-Temple M.B. Church invites you to join us as we celebrate our Senior Pastor Raymond W. Turner, for 25 years of service, and honor our First Lady, Cheryl Turner.  The service is Sunday, July 17, 2016, at 3:30pm. Our guest speaker is Pastor Sylvester Turner, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia.  T.M.B.C. is located at 1583 W. Union Street, San Bernardino.  For more information call (909) 880-2038, or visit our website at www.templemissionarybaptistchurch.org.

UC Riverside Professor to Develop Online Courses on African Literature

Anthonia Kalu

Anthonia Kalu

UC Riverside Professor Anthonia Kalu has received two awards from the UC Office of the President to develop, design and teach two online courses, called “Introduction to African Literature” and “Women in African Literature.”

The Innovative Learning Technology Initiative is a UC system-wide initiative that offers high quality online courses that satisfy degree requirements and help UC students graduate on time. Kalu, who joined the faculty in July 2015, has a strong record of program and curriculum building and has taught online classes before.

Kalu, who teaches in both the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, and the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, said she wants African literatures (oral and written) to become part of ongoing research and initiatives in the Digital Humanities. She said the idea started after a March workshop titled, “Rethinking the Classroom with Digital Strategies: An Interactive Panel Discussion” co-hosted by Computing and Communications and the UCR Library.

She spoke to Sheryl Hathaway, a senior instructional design analyst with UCR Computing & Communications, about the possibility of teaching African literatures online, using the Rienner Anthology of African Literature, edited by Kalu in 2007.

“From the beginning, Dr. Hathaway was excited about the idea of having African literature online and she put together a team to look at possibilities,” Kalu said. The team included computer specialists and copyright experts from the UCR Libraries. The project is funded for a three-year period, and each course has been funded for $110,000.

The courses will involve not only lectures, but also video interviews conducted by Professor Kalu with African authors and storytellers. They are expected to be ready for enrollment in Fall 2017.

“We are proud of Professor Kalu’s pioneering achievement, and we wish her all success in implementing these exciting courses,” said Tom Scanlon, chair of the Department of Comparative Literature.