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Street Soldiers TV: Male Grooming Boom

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It’s been a quiet revolution but make no mistake about it—male grooming and body makeovers have exploded: from the barber shop to Botox, body sculpting to surgery, and mani-pedis to waxing. But are some men going too far?

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams says he keeps his youthful looks by “Exfoliating like a madman.” That’s a facial treatment that requires more than the hot towel you get at the local barber shop.

For a growing number of stars and regular guys of diverse ethnic, racial and generational groups, spa visits are key.

Sean Steele, the manager of the luxurious Living Fresh Men’s Spa, says they do massage, manicure, pedicure, facials, hair removal, and even laser procedures.

Some stars like Ryan Seacrest are capitalizing on the trend. He has his own men’s skincare line called Polish.

Cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery are on the rise for men, too—up 80 percent over the last 10 years, according to Dr. David Shafer, a plastic surgeon.

“Some men might come in because they want liposuction for their belly, they might want liposuction for their chest, a little liposuction under their chin,” Dr. Shafer says. “And while they’re here they say, ‘Do you do that Botox?'”

In October, the FDA approved the use of Botox for forehead lines. That opened the door for a celebrity pitch to a new group of potential users. Deion Sanders, the NFL hall of famer, does commercials for Botox.

We took our camera into men’s night at Dr. Shafer’s office. M.J., a business executive, allowed us to show you his treatment of a filler called Vollure and Botox.

Some men do take body makeovers to the extreme, like the man known as the Human Ken Doll. But in hip hop, super-buff super stars like 50 Cent and LL Cool J do it the old-fashioned way—by working out.

If you do choose treatments or surgery, Dr. Shafer says safety is key.

“Do your research. You want to make sure you’re going to a board-certified plastic surgeon, and you want it to be from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,” Dr. Shafer says. “You don’t want to have somebody who’s calling themselves a ‘cosmetic specialist’ or ‘aesthetic specialist.'”

Now men are finding out what women have known for a long time: that all that maintenance comes at a price. Spa mani-pedis can go for $100 or more and Botox and fillers can run from the hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Do you think men are going too far? If so, are we creating the new double standard? Hear what our panel has to say on the topic. –

-LISA EVERS

FEATURED CAST:
LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers http://www.hot97.com/lisaevers

ROLLING STONE P, Hip Hop Artist https://www.instagram.com/rollingstonep/

JENBKLYN LE, HOT 97 Host and CEO of Next Jeneration https://www.instagram.com/jenfrombk/ http://www.hot97.com/blogs/air/jenbklyn

PLEM LAWSON, Fitness Coach and Adjunct Professor https://www.instagram.com/brolicplem/

GREG DAVIS JR., a.k.a. KLARITY, Actor, Comedian and Social Media Influencer https://www.instagram.com/klarity/

DAVID SHAFER, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon http://www.shaferplasticsurgery.com

SEAN STEELE, Manager, Living Fresh Men’s Spa http://www.lfmensspa.com

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Street Soldiers TV: Social Media vs Social Mayhem

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Social media has never been hotter. Forget White House briefings—more national news is being generated on Twitter by President Trump than from the Oval Office. He has even brought a new demographic to the platform.

For everyone else, the several hours a day spent on social media can be a constant reminder of what they don’t have and will never be.

At its worst, it is a showcase for bullying and a forum for hate, with some groups more vulnerable than others, according to Bailey Parnell, founder and CEO of SkillsCamp. Women get it worse than men, she says, and women of color get it even worse.

In her TED Talks, Parnell urges people to become more aware of the impact on their lives and to understand that social media amplifies both positive and negative emotions.

Social media campaigns, like the hashtag #metoo referring to sexual harassment, raise awareness. Creative content like the Instagram accounts of comedian and actor TravQue and rapper and MTV personality Justina Valentine are propelling them to new levels of success.

Motivational prodigy King Nahh is only 12. He uses his social media to inspire people around the world. He has advice for parents: educate your child about cyberbullying and its consequences.

From Instagram antics to viral videos, the influence just keeps getting bigger and bigger. So how do we cope? This episode’s panel weighed in on that question.

–LISA EVERS

FEATURED CAST: LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers

BAILEY PARNELL, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp https://twitter.com/BaileyParnell https://twitter.com/SkillsCampHQ

TRAVQUE, Actor, Comedian, and Social Media Influencer https://twitter.com/TravQue

JUSTINA VALENTINE, Singer-Songwriter, Rapper, MTV Personality https://twitter.com/JustinaMusic

LUCKY CHURCH, Entertainment Consultant and Public Relations Expert https://twitter.com/LuckyChurch

NYEEM “KING NAHH” HUDSON, Motivational Speaker https://twitter.com/KING_NAHH

KELLY GROGLIO, Creative Director, Mungo Creative Group https://twitter.com/KGroglio

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Street Soldiers TV: Hollywood, Hip Hop and the Casting Couch

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The Harvey Weinstein scandal ignited the public debate about the sexual abuse of women and encouraged many who’d suffered in silence to speak out. But will all the talk lead to real change?

Jesse Reyes’ haunting song “Gatekeeper” details the pervasive casting couch culture in the entertainment industry, a sad pattern experienced by Hollywood A-listers who say it has happened to too many women.

The many allegations against Weinstein are just that, unproven accusations, and they underscore a more widespread problem, according to civil rights attorney Eric Sanders.

“There’s no system in place to really protect people so they’re not taken advantage of,” Sanders said. “And that means both sides.” It just can’t be a conversation among women, said Andrea-Rachel Parker, who plays Destiny on the hit Starz series “Power.”

“The conversation needs to start with men taking responsibility of their actions and then also becoming advocates for women’s safety,” Parker said.

She believes mistreatment of women extends far beyond the entertainment industry. “Sexual harassment isn’t a race thing, it’s not about class, it’s not about race it’s not about one specific work industry,” she said. “It’s all over for everyone.”

All the attention being paid to the accusations against a supremely powerful Hollywood figure does have a positive aspect, according to Dr. Elisa English, a clinical therapist.

“I think now it has given the power back to women,” she said. “They’re able to have this conversation. People believe them, people understand them, and now they’re learning to have empathy for their experiences.”

Many believe that breaking the silence is a step in the right direction.

–LISA EVERS #streetsoldiers #push4peace #metoo #sexualharassment #sexualassault

FEATURED CAST:
LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers
SOWMYA KRISHNAMURTHY, Music Journalist and Pop Culture Expert https://twitter.com/SowmyaK ERIC SANDERS, Civil Rights Attorney and Founder of The Sanders Firm, P.C. https://twitter.com/SandersFirmPC
ANDREA-RACHEL PARKER, Actress, Singer and Choreographer https://twitter.com/Power_STARZ
DR. ELISA ENGLISH, Clinical Therapist https://twitter.com/AskDrElisa

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Street Soldiers TV: Combating School Violence in New York City

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The New York City school year got off to a violent start with an increase in deadly weapons and the murder of a student in his school. Now some are calling for tighter security, but others are worried about criminalizing our children.

“When I go to school and I feel like I’m not safe,” Matthew, a middle school student, said. “I think I can speak for all people — it affects you spiritually, mentally and physically.”

Safety fears are a daily reality for a majority of students and teachers, according to the Department of Education’s own survey.

The number of weapons seized in schools is up by nearly 50 percent, with 328 for July 1 to October 1, 2017, compared to 222 for the same period last year. ”

The students have a sense they can do whatever they want in our schools, so they’re bringing in more weapons,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, the union representing school safety agents.

Abel Cedeno, 18, allegedly used a serrated switchblade to stab and kill Matthew McCree, 15, at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Management in the Bronx.

Brian Favors, an expert in urban education, said another layer of adult intervention would deescalate these situations before they turn violent.

“We need to really be intentional about looking at how do you create a village in the school,” Favors said. “That means training for teachers in cultural competence, and how to handle conflicts, because a lot of these conflicts could be resolved.”

The tragedy created an outcry for metal detectors, which were promptly installed in the school. Only about 6 percent of New York City middle and high schools have them. The concern by the administration is the undertone of criminalization.

“In addition to the permanent scanners that are in the schools, we have the ability to go to any given school on any given day and do scanning there,” said Assistant Chief Brian Conroy of the NYPD School Safety Division.

A growing number of community leaders and parents say kids should not have to face their fears on their own.

“When you’re trying to focus on school, you also have a whole lot of problems running through your mind, ‘Oh what if I run into this person this day or after school, what am I going to do?'” Matthew said. “That all affects your academics, which will affect the rest of your life, will affect your career. And that’s not good.” Some say school safety measures need to keep up with our changing times. –LISA EVERS

FEATURED CAST: LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers

BRIAN FAVORS, M.ED., M.S.ED., Educator, Breaking the Cycle Consulting https://www.culturallyresponsiveteach…

DARRIN PORCHER, PH.D., Criminal Justice Professor and Former NYPD Lieutenant https://twitter.com/DrDarrinPorcher

MATTHEW, Middle School Student

LINETTE TOWNSLEY, NAACP Youth Advisor

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Street Soldiers TV: Hip Hop Humanitarians – Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jay Z and the Bronx Stand Up for Puerto Rico

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What started out with a rapper from the Forrest Projects in the Bronx posting a plea on Instagram for people to help Puerto Rico has evolved into a massive humanitarian movement with hip hop leading the way.

Hip hop superstar Fat Joe’s from-the-heart message asking for help for the hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico was met with an overwhelming response.

In the Bronx, the five-hour donation drive organized by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with Fat Joe picking up the tab for shipping turned into a 24-hour affair.

“It showed the force and the strength of hip hop,” Diaz said. “I’m so proud and thankful to Fat Joe, Jay Z, to Remy Ma, and all those who were able to come together to help the people of Puerto Rico during this time of pain, suffering, and crisis.”

The turnout and the volume of supplies were overwhelming. Jay Z paid for a plane to take the donations to the island, but one wasn’t enough so he added four more. He got Tidal Music involved in a big way by sponsoring a major drive at the Javits Center. It brought volunteers, the music industry, and Army National Guard together for a good cause.

Recording artist Lumidee told me she spent every summer with family in Puerto Rico and that she is proud to see the surge of help and assistance, which now totals 3 million pounds from New York City. She believes Fat Joe’s involvement convinced many to get involved.

A plane full of supplies Joe collected with Pit Bull flew from Miami to Puerto Rico this week. Another plane will leave from New York this weekend. Tidal is putting on a huge benefit concert at Barclays Center later this month.

FEATURED CAST:
LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers

RUBEN DIAZ JR., Bronx Borough President https://twitter.com/rubendiazjr

REMY MA, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/RealRemyMa

LUMIDEE, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/thereallumidee

JOELL ORTIZ, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/JoellOrtiz

MELISSA QUESADA, Director of Latino Affairs for Gov. Andrew Cuomo https://www.instagram.com/mquesadaesq/

FAT JOE, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/fatjoe