The Alexander Hamilton Challenge RAP INTO HISTORY


Alexander Hamilton, Rap Contest, #Hamilkids, "Rap Into History" Challenge, Cobblestone Magazine


Taking a Page from the Broadway Smash Hamilton: An American Musical, Cobblestone Invites Kids of All Ages to Submit an Original Rap about Their Favorite Person in U.S. History in This Challenge Judged by Showbiz Luminaries


Alexander Hamilton, Rap Contest, #Hamilkids, "Rap Into History" Challenge, Cobblestone Magazine Thanks to a musical biography with irresistible hip hop music and snappy lyrics, Alexander Hamilton is a Broadway star — two centuries after his death.  The hottest musical in the country has spawned a best-selling cast soundtrack, a national tour and even #Hamilkids, a passionate group of young fans who’ve overtaken social media.  This October, Cobblestone, the award-winning magazine for aspiring historians, focuses on the “ten dollar Founding Father.”  To celebrate this exciting new issue, the editors are wondering which other U.S. historical leaders might inspire future Broadway songwriters.  So, 
Cobblestone is proud to launch the Rap Into History” Challenge.


Aimed at kids ages 9-14, the Cobblestone magazine “Rap Into History” Challenge invites junior historians and music lovers alike to drop some cool rhymes about a person in U.S history who intrigues, excites, or challenges them.  The entrants’ original songs will be judged by a panel of  accomplished Broadway producers including six-time Tony® Award winner Frederick Zollo (Once), two-time Tony® Award winner Jim Kierstead (Waitress, Kinky Boots), founder of Broadway for All, Osh Ghanimah, filmmaker Leah Natasha Thomas, producer of 3 ½ Minutes, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards and COBBLESTONE™ editor Meg Cholian. The winning raps will be featured online on the “Rap Into History” mini-site, as well as in the pages of COBBLESTONE™ magazine, perhaps discovering the next Lin Manuel Miranda.  Cobblestone readers may now upload their audio or video entries on the “Rap Into History” mini-site at The challenge closes on October 25, and winners will be announced onNovember 18. 


Along with the challenge entry form, the “Rap Into History” mini-site includes bonus Hamilton content: “Hamilton On Stage” by Kathiann M. Kowalski, which features an interview with Miguel Cervantes, who has been part of the Broadway cast and is now starring as Hamilton in the Chicago production; and, “COBBLESTONE™ Goes to Broadway” in which Kathiann recounts her exciting and inspiring experiences seeing the show in person.


The October issue of Cobblestone is devoted to Hamilton, a Revolutionary War veteran who argued passionately for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and helped shape the country’s financial system as its first secretary of the Treasury.  Inside its pages, readers will learn of Hamilton’s early years in the article “Young Ambition”, his wartime heroics in “Military Glory” and, in the most tragic chapter of his life, young historians will learn of Hamilton’s demise in “An Infamous Duel”.  


In conjunction with the “Rap Into History” Challenge, Cobblestone will also be offering a limited-time one-year subscription rate of $21.95 (normally $33.95) Aside from the special rate, which covers 9 ad-free issues per year, new subscribers will also receive the Alexander Hamilton issue for free. Subscription information is available here.


Metiers Gala Presents: The Golden ‘20s, Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, August 21


Date: August 21, 2015Metiers-Gala

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at a unique networking event for art and fashion professionals with the goal of helping children with special needs.

Metiers Gala 2015 will raise funds for Florida Hospital for Children, a foundation that supports families of hospitalized kids.

You will be immersed into one of a kind setting with fashion show, art exhibition, live performances and much more! Be a part of Central Florida community!

Event Format

Cocktail: 6:30 pm
Fashion Show: 7:00 pm
After Party: 8:30 pm (kicked off by performers, artists, and designers along with Dawn Branch Works Ballet)

Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center
1050 W Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 599-3341



About Metiers Gala

MG is a non-profit organization with the goal of encouraging network among industry professional and bringing attention to local charities.

For more information, visit

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission To Meet in Wilmington, NC


Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission To Meet in Wilmington, NC


Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, culture, workshops, meeting highlightsThe four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its third quarterly business meeting for 2015 on Friday, August 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at New Hanover Fire & Rescue Station 19 Training Room, 9815 River Road, Wilmington, NC.


This meeting will continue the Commission’s emphasis on interpretation and preservation of Gullah Geechee culture. Through concurrent workshops, there will be discussions on community organization, community development, land preservation, farming/agriculture, education, and elevation of Gullah Geechee culture.  Other subjects may be included as appropriate.


Additional meeting highlights will include updates on the role of the Commission as advocates in support of heritage areas throughout the country. As one of 49 heritage areas, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor has been able to

provide leadership in garnering public support in recognizing what heritage areas can bring to local communities.


The general public as well as local organizations are cordially invited to participate in what the Commission hopes will be a robust and productive discussion.


To learn more about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the public is invited to visit its web site:


Yappy Hour at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, July 22


Date: July 22, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a get together and fundraiser at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando in Maitland! We’ll have food, drinks, music, available dogs, and a raffle too so make sure to join us!!

Follow Poodle and Pooch Rescue on Facebook at

Mercedes-Benz of Orlando
810 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL
(407) 680-0784



Destiny for Dogs, Keeping West Palm Beach’s Pets with Seniors


by Denise Carey-CostaDestiny for Dogs

For anyone who has ever owned a dog, we can attest to the fact that they enrich our lives, inspire us and make us better people.

For JoAnn Goodrich, her experience with a feisty, spirited little Cairn Terrier prompted her to form the group Destiny for Dogs to help all dogs in need.

It all started when her and her husband’s Cairn Terrier Benne gave birth to a litter of puppies in their bedroom. One of the puppies was stillborn but JoAnn’s husband performed CPR and gave the puppy life. When it came time to find homes for the puppies, he looked into the big brown eyes of the puppy he saved and just could not let her go. He knew they were destined to keep her and appropriately named her “Destiny”.

Destiny, like all dogs, got into some mishaps in her life that could have been life threatening but each time she pulled through She was a feisty little dog with the strong will to live. But even the most spirited dog or person can fall prey to Cancer and even their strong will to live is not enough to pull them through.

At 9 years old, Destiny was diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer which has no cure. The vet treated her medicinally and she led a pretty normal life until the night before JoAnn herself had to have a surgery. That was when Destiny started to limp. But she knew she had to hang in there to help her mama and stayed by JoAnn’s side while she was recovering as she had so many times before.

Right after JoAnn’s surgery, Destiny’s legs became paralyzed. JoAnn knew this was God’s way of telling them it was time to let her go. She and her husband provided Destiny with lots of love, treats and pain medicine. They wanted to care for and comfort her as she had cared and comforted JoAnn during her illnesses.

A few days later the vet came to the house and while JoAnn was lying on the bed with Destiny, they had her put to sleep in the room she was born in. Destiny’s mother Benne was still alive at the time. When Destiny was put to sleep, Benne let out a howl as if to say good bye to her baby girl.

JoAnn and her husband were blessed to have Destiny for 9 years. She inspired them with her spirit and loyalty, they could not let her be forgotten.

Today JoAnn runs Destiny for Dogs in West Palm Beach Fl, named after this amazing dog. One of the many things Destiny for Dogs does is assist seniors in keeping their beloved pets in their homes. This is done by providing them with donations of food, supplies and veterinary care, short term foster care in the event of an emergency, assistance with planning to ensure the pet will be cared for in the event the owner is no longer able.

But Destiny for Dogs’ work does not end here. They also rescue and place dogs in need. They have a small facility within their vet’s office, Dr. James Barton’s clinic in West Palm Beach, Fl. They also use the services of Rescue Destination to house dogs needing quarantine before going to their foster homes.

As with all rescues, Destiny for Dogs’ need is great. They are in constant need of donations, foster homes, and of course permanent homes for the rescue dogs in their care.

Visit their website at It also offers educational and medical advice for pet owners.

It all started with one little dog named Destiny whose destiny was to touch the lives of her owners and continue to touch and inspire lives long after her 9 short years.

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.”
– Martin Luther

This story was first published on and is reposted here with the author’s permission.

Gabby Recovering from Abuse, Hopes to Walk Again


by Demise Carey-Costa

Everywhere, around the world dogs and cats are subjected to horrible suffering, abuse and neglect. They live trapped in these atrocious situations wondering why won’t anyone come for me?Gabby

Gabby, a 5 year old German Shepherd spent the first five years of her life in miserable conditions. It is theorized that she spent most of her life in a small crate and was used as a breeding dog. When her owners tired of her she was taken to a high kill shelter in Miami Dade, Florida and disposed of like trash. She was going to be euthanized when a good Samaritan intervened and saved her. Sindi Parker of Almost Home Dog Rescue and Rehab in Montepelier, VT had Gabby transported to her rescue.

But dear Gabby was not out of the woods yet. Due to years of abuse and neglect and confinement to a small cage she cannot walk like most other dogs. She has hip dysplasio and her front legs/ankles are so deformed she has to walk on her ankles and legs. It is very difficult for her to stand and every step she takes is a challenge. Simple steps that are taken for granted are daunting for Gabby. When she sees other dogs playing and running she wants so much to be like them. She will not be able to without the assistance of a quad wheelchair which will help her get around and relieve her painful situation. Without this wheelchair, Gabby has no quality of life.

“Almost Home Dog Rescue and Rehab” is home to many special needs dogs (including seniors, disabled dogs, blind dogs and former bait dogs) where if they cannot be adopted, they are loved and cared for -for life! Currently, they are caring for thirty dogs with an array of medical and behavioural issues, so they really need funds. Your donation will directly go to fund Gabby’s quad wheelchair so she can live the life she deserves after all the suffering she endured.

Please visit their website at:

To keep up with Gabby, please visit and LIKE her Facebook page to show your support for this brave soul:…

Gabby may have had a rought start to her life but a lot of people love and support her. Won’t you be a hero for Gabby?

This story was first published on and is reposted here with the author’s permission.