Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

(WASHINGTON) – Rashema Melson is no stranger to adversity. The 23-year-old, who had lived for three years in a Washington, D.C. shelter, made headlines as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School’s Class of 2014 with a full scholarship to Georgetown University. On Saturday, Melson graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in justice and peace studies — the first person in her family to graduate … Continue reading Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

This is a worldwide problem and we got a long way to go. *This* is why its going to take all of us. ” Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s last words to her brother were an act of defiance. “The teacher touched me. I will fight this crime till my last breath,” she said to her brother as they rode in an ambulance to a local hospital … Continue reading Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

Elle Cast 2.7: Jovan Landry Part II

  Welcome back to Alert Aware, Mindful, This week’s episodes features the other half of the interview with the gloriously talented Jovan Landry. I will be posting more of her music on facebook and my blog site ellemadelyn.com Ms. Landry discusses her plans for Synergy dropping on March 15, 2019. She discussed the co-opting of black bodies and mass incarceration. Also discussed is how she … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.7: Jovan Landry Part II

Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Hello All, Welcome back to my podcast Alert, Aware, Mindful. This week we are speaking with Jovan Landry a rising black, female artist and organizer of Synergy an upcoming ALL FEMALE hip hop album, featuring local Chicago musicians and artists. This is the first of two parts. Jovan Landry PT 1 We talk about her Chicago connections and her roots. We bond like true Chicagoans … Continue reading Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Harriet Tubman performance at DuSable Museum 2.16.19

Audio clip from a live performance of Harriet Tubman on2/16/19 at DuSable. She talks about her decision to become the “Conductor” of the Underground Railroad and “Lady Moses.” She freed over 300 slaves. She was the original badass and insightful in knowing that until everyone is free—None of us are. Check my podcast page for more goodies. ellemadelyn.com/elle-casts   Continue reading Harriet Tubman performance at DuSable Museum 2.16.19

Synergy / Jovan Landry (featuring Various Artists)

  “Everyone can eat, just come and grab a plate.”   Wise words!! Hey, everyone, this week’s interview is going to be with breakthrough artist Jovan Landry. This WeWork grant recipient will talk more about her all female-powered project Synergy. Check out a sneak peek below, then come back this week and hear her in her own words talk about Chicago, Female inspiration, and how … Continue reading Synergy / Jovan Landry (featuring Various Artists)

“…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”

This episode of Alert, Aware, Mindful includes the story where Elle gets schooled and takes a hard look at the deterioration of intimacy through the culture of “busyness.” Featured is Rochelle Arms, who will be detailing her work with the Peace Institute in New York City and with Restorative Justice in communities, schools, and the criminal court systems. Our Call to action segment honors the … Continue reading “…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”