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DANCE FITNESS, Health & Wellness



2012 BALL

OCTOBER 27, 2012

Fitness Portion of the Ball starts @ 11am (in COSTUME)

Crunch Lafayette (Mrs. Tina's Diesel class)

Then Ball starts @8PM ...Location TBA!






More to COME! 
RETRO 80/()'s- 2nd place ALEXANDRA PRASSAS
CATWALK MIRANDA-4th place Caroline J. "POWER PUFF"









      Asaf Ganot in the center and Pierre Antoine Oury

      Defyance turn up at Cain.This past Wednesday night we were treated to a tantalizing event at Cain that featured the introduction of Defyance, a fashion forward fashion line and the stunning Tina Thompson who helped choreograph the dance routine that showcased the label’s durability, sleekness and it’s cutting fit.

      Founded by former athlete Asaf Ganot, Defyance is a menswear line that utilizes innovative performance textiles to create fashionable, everyday clothing. The brand describes itself as “John Varvatos meets Nike.” The result is clothing that answers to common problems urbanites encounter, especially in unpredictable weather – sweat marks, the need for bulky and unflattering layers, unexpected rain, and general discomfort from constantly being on-the-go. In addition to functionality, the brand focuses on comfort, fit and style. The inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2010 line is Brazil. Some of the pieces in the line reflect the colors of the flag (blue, yellow, green) and also incorporate detailing and graphics that draw from the São Paolo art scene.




      While the event didn’t include a fashion show, the line’s Sweat-DefyTM properties were showcased via a pre-recorded video of dancers wearing the line. The dancers, who were choreographed by Tina Thomspon of Skin Dance Company, had previously performed multiple 90 second pieces to popular hip hop songs in the middle of Times Square during the course of the day earlier. The clothing seemed to hold up, and after several performances, the clothing did not show signs of sweat.

      In attendance was Richard Vorisek of Housing Works who got to tell me about his up-coming charity “Fashion for Action.” Running on its sixth year, the four-day gala’s opening benefit on November 19th will be hosted by Derek Lam. The benefit will be followed up by a designer sample sale (from 50-70% off) featuring over a million dollars of fashion apparel and beauty merchandise and experiences. Those already lined up to donate include Diane von Furstenberg , Diesel, Hugo Boss and DKNY. Defyance will also be making a contribution to the cause.

      A special note of thanks to Elena, Benjamin and Pierre of Arsenic9   who helped make this all possible…

      Go to Scallywag’s Photo Gallery.


      Richard Vorisek and Pierre Antoine Oury.






    02/21/2009 - 8:00pm
    Theater: Williamson Theatre
    Running Time: 2 hours, including intermission
    Council of Arts and Humanities of Staten Island (COAHSI)
    Think the Emmy’s…think Staten Island. Who knows, maybe there will even be a red carpet and paparazzi. The CFA partners with COAHSI on this first-ever award’s night to celebrate Staten Island artists working in the visual, performing, and literary disciplines, as well as partnership projects in the schools and community.
    Meet this year’s winners amongst them being Tina Thompson (2009 Choreographic Award in Dance for ROBE) and enjoy living art by alumni and more. We know that Staten Island is ARTsi!  
           27th Annual National Fitness Trade Show
    Tina & The Ms. Fitness USA & World Competitors
    (Ekaterina Meishvilli & Friend)
     The Health Lift Team DIVAS & Bill Kazmaier (2009 Life Time Achievement Award)
     Tina & Bill Pearl
    Tina & Christine Huang (2009 Ms. Fitness USA Competitor)
    Tina & Bill Kazmaier
    Health Lift Team
                   Tina, Linda Okwar and Dr.Venus Ramos                                                   Tina, Vanda Hadarean (Ms. Fitness World) & Tiffany Yee



    Dana Eaves, Tina Thompson and Diana Lee in essence.

    Tina Thompson & Terace Jones (International /Broadway star) take it to the floor!

     *More to come...



    Tina Thompson Dance Theater's Cheryl Olivencio and Yuen Deng take a trip to TRINIDAD's carnival Feb 3- 12 2008!  





    The Tina Thompson Dance Company honored
    Sean McLeod as the special guest artist at the famed
    AILEY CITIGROUP THEATER, and will have him as a special guest on June 21, 2008 in NYC

    The award winning choreography of Sean McLeod will be featured in New York City by the Tina Thompson Dance Company at the SYMPHONY SPACE PETER JAY SHARP THEATER on June 21st, 2008.  Tina Thompson's Featured works include the celebrated THRU and Black Satin (New World premiere) along with Sean McLeods “Comfortable within my skin” and the critically acclaimed “Rite of Passage” plus more guest artists such as Terrace Jones from the BEJART BALLET …


    Ms Fitness USA 2007, Top Five

    The 2007 Ms Fitness USA and World was held in the Rio in Las Vegas on September 8th and 9th.  The competition will aire on cable tv on Fox Sports Net in January of 2007 and we will update you with the exact time and date once it is announced.  The show proved that these are the fittest women in the world and a role model for any person wanting to lose weight, tone up, or fit for life. 

    The women of Ms Fitness represent grace, strength, flexilibility, and health.  Because the competitors achieve their fitness through natural means, we can model our workouts to achieve better abs, thighs, arms, and less body fat.  Ask your LIVE online personal trainer how to incorporate training like the Ms Fitness Women. 

    The final round of competition is the routines.  Below are the top 5 women in the Ms Fitness USA 2007 program.  Notice the strength, power, grace, flexibility, and beauty of the fittest women in America.  They are true role models of health and beauty.

                                                                       Cara Kokenes, Winner of Ms Fitness USA 2007

    Cara Kokenes demonstrated her strength and beauty with a amazing routine.  Notice the feminine physique achieved by proper diet and exercise.





                                                              Heidi Malono, Runner Up Ms Fitness USA 2007

    Heidi Malona amazed the crowd with exceptional strength and gymnastic moves.  Heidi represents natural beauty and strong lean muscles.





                                                     Nikki Crawford, 3rd Ms Fitness USA 2007


    Nikki Crawford had hands down one of the best and most fun routines.  Her performance was full of energy and showed off Nikki's amazing strength, balance, and gymnastics.




                                          Karen Elliott, 4th Ms Fitness USA 2007


    Karen Elliott graced the floor with amazing skill and balance.  Karen's high fitness level was in full display.




                                                                        Tina Thompson-Pope, 5th Ms Fitness USA 2007

    Tina Thompson-Pope amazed the audience with each move.  Each movement showed off her exceptional strength, flexibility, and showmanship.  She was a true joy to watch.





    Ms Fitness women achieve their great levels of fitness completely all natural.  They demonstrate what is possible with a committment to living a healthy and fit lifestyle.  Proper diet and exercise is the key to achieving weight loss, athletic performance, and tone lean muscles.  Live Lean Today hopes that these women are an inspiration.

    2007 Ms Fitness USA Result

    1st Cara Kokenes-  Illinois
    2nd Heidi Malano-  Colorado
    3rd Nikki Crawford-  Oregon
    4th Karen Elliott-   Colorado
    5th Tina Thompson-Pope-  New York


    By: Bodybuilding Contests


    August 12, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

    Ms. Fitness Eastern USA

    Ms. Fitness Eastern USA was held in the Nation's Capitol serving as a stepping-stone to Ms. Fitness USA, the national championships, taking place 4 weeks after.

    New York's Tina Thompson-Pope's flexibility is about the best out there. Her range and balance during moves like the heel stretch and straddle press on elbows never ceases to amaze onlookers. She's also an artful performer using her ballet and dance talents and uses costumes to lend a dramatic effect. She performed a unique variation of a plange seldom seen that appeared like human art itself.


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    Tina Thompson-Pope.


    Florida's Angela Glenn performed in a sexy outfit using a Cat Woman theme.


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    Angela Glenn.


    Maryland's Kate Grevey was strongest in the swimsuit round. She showed a lean, toned physique, nice abs, and had a golden tan to set it all off nicely.


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    Kate Grevey.


    Maryland's Patti Franklin show sculpted abs with deep lines that set her physique off. She displayed perfect split leaps and L-holds during her Scooby Doo themed routine, which included backflips as well.


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    Patti Franklin.


    Maryland's Christine Woods showed off excellent flexibility during her performance.


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    Christine Woods.


    Virginia's Cheri Clarke gave good demonstrations of high kicks, split leaps and the toe stretch move.


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    Cheri Clarke.


    August 12, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

    OCB Presidential Cup Bodybuilding & First Lady Figure and Fitness Model Championships

    Seventy-two competitors were greeted by a packed audience at the fifth annual Presidential Cup event. The new OCB Fitness Model division made its debut at this event and April Marie DelGuidice's appearance was a great example of what it was meant to be like. Her stylish stances, poses and movements were reminiscent of a runway model.


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    April Marie DelGuidice.


    Monica Maines made an excellent selection for the fitness apparel round. Her stylish garb both complimented her physique, skin tone and hair color and showed her great abs. Sherilee Newton appeared natural and confident on stage and made a nice choice of fitness apparel, using a red sports bra for contrast against her dark skin color and spandex shorts, which paired with the top made for a nice ensemble of the imagined "fitness model" look.


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    Monica Maines.



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    Sherilee Newton.


    At the top of a strong inaugural field however, Yenny Polanco emerged as the Fitness Model division winner. She looked stunning in a fashionable fitness outfit and brought an ideal sense of style to the swimwear round, donning shades and sporting trendy swimwear. The look was suggestive of a tropical beach setting that made for a nice contrast against her skin, hair and body type.

    Polanco's confidence was enhanced with sexy stances and movements, conveying a very photogenic and marketable package. She rounded out that package with a stunningly fit, toned body and is an ideal representative of what the OCB Fitness Model division was envisioning when created.

    In the Figure category, Qawnana Crockett came in at her all-time best to clinch first place in both the novice and open classes in which she entered. Her polished look was highlighted by fine upper body conditioning and she had the bronzed, satiny skin coloring desired in fitness competitions. She made noticeable improvements with her presentation as well and looked stunning in her side poses.


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    Qawnana Crockett.


    Jenifer Wellman showed up with an impressively dry and defined upper body that her abs set off nicely. Stacy Marsh looked stunning with her golden tan, toned and balanced physique and shapely curves. The blonde Marsh's striking "Figure" look captured first in her class in the Novice division.


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    Jenifer Wellman & Stacy Marsh.


    Other notables were Cher Weal who displayed well-rounded muscle shape and curves highlighted by eye-catching abs. Lisa Daly may have had the hardest physique among the figure competitors, while Joy Fenton's abs jumped out among her nicely sculpted upper body. Sherilee Newton's physique was almost as stunning as her stage presence, which was spectacular.


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    Cher Weal, Lisa Daly & Joy Fenton.


    She's a natural in the public eye and has the physique to match her presence. She showed soft, pleasing curves, excellent symmetry and beautifully shaped muscle. The one to rise to the top and claim the Open overall title, however, was Tiffany Moore. She showed all-around firmness, appealing lines of definition, an impressive v-taper and hourglass symmetry.


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    Tiffany Moore.


    Next on the venue was women's bodybuilding. Petite yet sleek Kelsey Doucette took the Female Best Poser award for the second time in as many outings this year. She also claimed the award at the April Richmond, Va. show. This time she came in with even more detail and shape carved out. Her presentation belied her 19 years and she has a promising future in the sport.


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    Kelsey Doucette.


    Celeste McKeefery was a standout in the women's bodybuilding. Her hardness couldn't be touched. She claimed the overall title and became eligible for IFPA pro competition in the process.


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    Celeste McKeefery.


    In men's bodybuilding Frank Barnes showed a thick, solid and ripped upper body to take the Novice title. Peter Conduragis performed a routine that ended with the audience screaming their lungs out wanting more. One of his routine's highlights was a backwards bend around an arch, complete with gunfire sounds reminiscent of the famous Matrix movie scene.


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    Frank Barnes & Peter Conduragis.


    Neal Grossman appeared back on the circuit after overcoming surgery. Grossman picked up where he left off, collecting first place titles in the Masters 55+ divisions.


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    Neal Grossman.


    The Masters 35+ and third Open Class brought about a unique set of events. The top four placements in the Masters division were all within one point of each other in scoring. The top two ended in a tie while third and fourth were also tied and only a point behind. After the dust settled and ties were broken the order was Keenan Wilburn first, Dave Grogan second and David Moore third.


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    Keenan Wilburn, Dave Grogan & David Moore.


    By the time the Open class rolled around, Grogan seemed to be a tad bit harder, Wilburn's muscles didn't seem as full as they did earlier in the day and Moore showed noticeably more hardness. The result this time for the three ended with Moore on top followed by Grogan, and then Wilburn.


    Ken Brumfield showed up looking more cut and harder than ever before to take first in his Open class. Anthony Primola was next thanks to a rock-hard upper body and striking symmetry.


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    Ken Brumfield & Anthony Primola.


    Massive David Neil, Jr. took third in his class. Frank Barnes' ripped upper body got past Neil, but it was Garrett Rhodes who ended on top. Rhodes is becoming known as "The Shredder," a name he lives up to every outing. He showed deeply carved muscle separation throughout, as well as fully pumped muscles. It was all set off by striated glutes, one of the best indicators of extreme conditioning.


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    David Neil, Jr. & Garret Rhodes


    Nate Hagerty and Duke Bell battled for the top spot in the third Open class. Hagerty came in with his usual lean and hard conditioning, perfect coloring, and trademark massive traps. He showed noticeable size gain since his win at the OCB Blacksburg, Va. show 10 months prior. His appearance was near flawless, but the elder Bell brought ripped conditioning, a massive upper back and muscle thickness, which seemingly gave him the edge to claim the class title. He would eventually claim the division overall title and lay claim to the IFPA pro card that came with it.


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    Nate Hagerty & Duke Bell.


    August 12, 2006 - Washington, DC

    IFPA U.S. Capitol Women's Pro Bodybuilding Classic

    Women's natural pro bodybuilding was at the nation's capitol August 12, 2006 for the IFPA U.S. Capitol Pro Classic. Ten ladies took part in the inaugural IFPA event, which was paired with the fifth annual OCB Presidential Cup.

    Illinois' Sue Steele-Bergman competed in her first pro event. She's sure to rise in the ranks given her enthusiasm to be among the pros in the sport, and continued training will bring forth additional size that will make her more of a threat. She's an artful poser and had pleasing muscle shape.


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    Sue Steele-Bergman.


    Wisconsin's Normajean Harness' posing routines are always moving and full of emotion. Harness won an IFPA pro qualifier three month's earlier in Ann Arbor, MI but couldn't seem to nail her peak and display as chiseled of a look for this time.


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    Normajean Harness.


    Virginia's Cassondre Wilburn carries a lot of size and looks solid from head to toe. She showed some striations in her pecs but they weren't enough to move her up past 8th place.


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    Cassondre Wilburn.


    Maryland's Deb Samuels showed great upper body conditioning and hardness to take 7th place.


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    Deb Samuels.


    Georgia's Dana Easterling didn't carry as much size as some of the others, but her nice dry, hard look revealed the detail to land her in 6th place. The symmetrical shape and length of her thighs paired with her slim waist and high lat tie-ins give her a pleasing symmetrical appearance.


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    Dana Easterling.


    Massachusetts' Christy Resendes appeared to be carrying the most size among the impressive lineup and took 5th place. There were four others who showed up a little harder though, and were able to rise above Resendes' size. Virginia's Linda Carpenter was one of those competitors. She took 4th place. She looked most impressive when hitting her most muscular pose, which showed her great upper arm size, brought out crazy striations throughout her shoulders and chest, and had her thick traps bulging up off her upper back.


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    Christy Resendes & Linda Carpenter.


    Colorado's Leanne Allen took third in the show and the $500 cash prize that came with the placement. She displayed what was probably the most impressive upper body size when hitting her front lat spread and front double biceps poses, and the deep muscle bellies of her abdominals helped set off her appearance.


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    Leanne Allen.


    Maryland's Frances Parker made a statement at the pro level by finishing as runner up in her first pro show and claiming the $1,000 cash prize for doing so. Her skin looked bronzed, satiny and paper-thin and presented a nice polished look to her well-rounded, shapely and full biceps and shoulders. She treated the audience with an artful routine, complete with painted face for a more dramatic touch, and claimed an additional $100 cash prize for being named best poser of the show.


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    Frances Parker.


    Florida's Karen Taylor earned the overall title. She packed an impressive amount of muscle and showed crisp, rock-hard muscle and razor cuts to boot. Prominent vascularity showed in her legs and striations covered her pecs and shoulders. A $2,000 cash prize and custom IFPA Pro ring came with the victory.


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    Karen Taylor.


    All competitors had to pass a polygraph exam prior to the show as a means to screen for use of banned substances in the drug-tested event. The top four place winners had to provide specimens for urinalysis as well.

    Photos and video of the event are available. Ordering information can be found on the contest results page for the show on the IFPA website, . The promoters wish to send a special thanks to, Core Nutritional's and Fitness & Physique Magazine for their sponsorship of the event.   









    Whitney M. Young Center National Urban Leadership Development Conference
    • Collaborative Leadership:
      Using Influence to Empower Communities

      Rosen Shingle Creek Conference Center
      Orlando, Florida.
      November 15-19, 2006


      The National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Center for Urban Leadership (WMYCUL) is a nonprofit educational organization that exists to foster positive social and economic change through effective urban leadership development. The mission of the Center is to cultivate and enhance the leadership capabilities of individuals and organizations that serve disadvantaged communities. Our role is to convene and link those entities to practical leadership development tools and resources to help them address capacity issues and various leadership challenges. The philosophy is that through the enrichment and/or development of effective leaders, disadvantaged communities can be improved and empowered, thereby helping to create a society whereby all people have equal opportunity to be positive contributors.

      Journey from good to great with a diverse group of professionals at the 2006 WMY National Urban Leadership Development Conference (NULDC), as people of influence explore the power of collaborative leadership. The NULDC is the largest, most diverse national gathering of community leaders and decision makers from across the country, including: nonprofit board members, chief executive officers, directors, managers, and department heads. Delegates represent social services and community-based organizations, authorities and alliances, grass-roots organizations, public health agencies, and educational institutions. As well, the conference draws delegates from government, education and research institutions, professional associations, consulting firms and industry.

      Discover how the nonprofit sector is increasing its impact and influence in communities across the country through collaborative leadership. In addition, learn how organizations are maximizing and capitalizing on social entrepreneurial endeavors as a means of responding to the ever-growing needs of the community and the changing trends in philanthropy and giving.

      We have developed an engaging series of plenary sessions, informative concurrent training forums, and numerous opportunities for networking. Key issues to be covered within the broad spectrum of leadership include: social entrepreneurship, economic development, health and quality of life, education and youth development, civic engagement, civil rights and social justice, best practices, knowledge-transfer, innovation, accountability, sustainability and evidence-based outcomes.

      Attendance at the conference is expected to range from 500-700 delegates from across the nation.

    Special Events


    Wednesday, November 15, 2006 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Urban Influencer's Networking Soiree featuring
    Ragan Whiteside and The Fam
    (A Business Casual All Black Affair)

    Note: Participants are encouraged to wear black

    Thursday-Sunday, November 16-19, 2006 (Every Morning 6am-7am)

    Wake Up & Get Fit With Tina!
    Tina Thompson, Ms. Fitness USA Competitor

    Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:00pm-11:00pm

    An R&B Concert Extravaganza
    Jive Recording Artist
    Donnell Jones

    Friday, November 17, 2006 8:00pm-10:00pm

    Whitney M. Young Awards Dinner & Ceremony
    (Black Tie Optional)

    Ms. Victoria Rowell
    Actress & Founder
    The Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP

    For a list of Honorees please click here

    Saturday, November 18, 2006 3:30pm-5:30pm

    Black & Brown Town Hall Meeting - Collaborative Leadership in the 21st Century hosted by Marc H. Morial

    Sunday, November 19, 2006 9:00am-11:00am

    Gospel Empowerment Breakfast featuring Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson








    12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Conference Registration

    November 15, 2006


    Hotel Check-In


    6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Urban Influence Networking Soiree featuring Ragan Whiteside & the Fam
    (An All Black Affair-Business Casual)


    6:00am - 7:00am

    Wake Up & Get Fit with Tina!

    November 16, 2006

    8:00am - 9:30am

    Empowerment Breakfast Plenary:
    Am I My Brother's Keeper: A Solution Driven Discussion on the Black Male Crisis In America
    (Moderated by Aaron A. Thomas, III)


    9:45am - 12:45pm

    Concurrent Sessions (Tracks 1 - 10)


    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Health Empowerment Luncheon Plenary featuring Pernessa Seale, President & Founder, Balm in Gilead
    HIV/AIDS in the Urban Community 25 Years Later


    2:45pm - 5:30pm

    Concurrent Sessions (Tracks 1 - 10)


    9:00pm - 11:00pm

    R&B Concert Extravaganza
    Scheduled to Appear-Jive Recording Artist Donnell Jones


    6:00am - 6:45am

    Wake Up & Get Fit with Tina!

    November 17, 2006

    8:00am - 9:00am

    Empowerment Breakfast Plenary: Social Entrepreneurship-A Vital Vehicle of Economic Empowerment for Nonprofit Sustainability


    9:15am - 12:15pm

    Concurrent Sessions (Tracks 1- 10)


    12:30pm - 2:15pm

    Economic Empowerment Luncheon Plenary: "The Future of Urban Poverty in America - A Socio-Economic Dilemma ( in conjunction with Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs


    2:30pm - 5:30pm

    Concurrent Sessions (Tracks 1 - 10)


    8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Whitney M. Young Awards Dinner &
    Ceremony (Black Tie Optional)


    6:00am - 7:00am

    Wake Up & Get Fit with Tina!

    November 18, 2006

    8:00am - 9:00am

    Civic Engagement Empowerment Breakfast Plenary featuring Civil Rights Attorney
    Thomas N. Todd