Rhonda Walker: Metro Detroit’s Azaria and DeAndre are juniors in high school and members of the Detroit Youth Choir preparing for their next performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent with that million dollar prize in their sights. They visited the Local 4 studio with their artistic director Anthony White this week before they fly off to Los Angeles for the next round of competition.
The kids told me this experience has been unreal, humbling, mind blowing and they never expected this to happen. They also shared how it taught them that just because they are young and people may look down on them because they are just kids, that they can do amazing things and even bring people to tears with their talent.
The Detroit Youth Choir of kids 8–18 years and their accomplishments on the national stage of AGT is a testament to what hard work, determination and never setting limits can accomplish. They are realizing life changing achievements beyond their biggest dreams.
This weekend I am preparing to host my 17th annual Rhonda Walker Foundation Camp I Can self esteem, team and confidence building summer camp for Detroit teen girls. It’s an empowering weekend of building our sisterhood, leadership and problem solving skills while enjoying outdoor field challenges, archery, wall climbing, zip lining, canoeing, camp fires and more.
All kids have endless potential as long as we nurture, expose, encourage and support them, whether they are our own kids or kids you take time to mentor. So whether it’s the Rhonda Walker Foundation, Detroit Youth Choir or another great non profit organization in metro Detroit that empowers the lives of our youth, please consider giving back and let’s make a difference in their lives together because ultimately in doing so, we also make our entire communities BETTER!
Don’t miss the Detroit Youth Choir performing live on America’s Got Talents Tuesday, August 27th at 8p on Local 4.
Watch beginning at 4:30 a.m.
Here's what's coming up Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.
All Morning -- Hot & Humid Weather
Partly cloudy and continued hot and humid on Wednesday, but this is the last day of the steamy stuff.
An approaching cold front is the front edge of our relief, but also the trigger for scattered shower and thunderstorms by mid-to-late afternoon. At this point, severe storms do NOT appear likely on Wednesday. Highs in the mid to upper 80s, with the humidity making it feel like low 90s.
Any scattered storms in the area Wednesday evening should end pretty quickly, and then cooler, drier air begins working into the area behind that cold front. Lows by Thursday morning should be near 60 degrees.
- Get the full forecast here
As summer wraps up, the construction projects continue across Metro Detroit. We've got you covered. Kim DeGiulio will also be tracking traffic conditions.
- Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here.
All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book
Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?
Submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.
5:45 a.m. -- Back-to-School: Bullying Warning Signs
It's one of the things we all wish went away from schools, but it happens everywhere. We're talking about bullying. The experts have the warning signs to watch out for in your kids, plus the questions to ask to uncover what the bullying situation is like at your child's school.
6:45 a.m. - Wellness Wednesday: Pros and Cons of School Sports
Back-to-school also means back to activities. But, are they really wortth all the hassle and the money? Dr. McGeorge will show us the subtle and not so subtle benefits of being involved, plus how to know when your kids are doing too much.
- Safety tool allows schools, parents to monitor students' online activity
- AGT: Watch and vote for Detroit Youth Choir
- Gamescom: Huge video game conference highlights new products
- The 5 best spots to score sandwiches in Detroit
Today's Trivia Retake
Every morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.
- Tuesday Question: It's National Radio Day! Name the Detroit disc-jockey who portrayed Count Scary here on Local 4 back in the 80s and early 90s?
- Answer: Tom Ryan
- Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.
National Days: August 21st
- National Brazilian Blowout Day
- National Spumoni Day
- National Senior Citizens Day
- Congressional Startup Day
History Highl ights: August 21st
- In 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to a group of officials atop the Campanile in Venice.
- In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.
- In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.)
- In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America named its first Eagle Scout, Arthur Rose Eldred of Troop 1 in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
- In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.
Celebrity Birthdays: August 21st
Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 5 a.m. show.
Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --
- Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 87.
- Singer Kenny Rogers is 81.
- Newsman Harry Smith is 68.
- Actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) is 63.
- Actress Alicia Witt (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” ”Cybill”) is 44.
- TV personality Brody Jenner (“The Hills”) is 36.
- Comedian Brooks Wheelan (“Saturday Night Live”) is 33.
- Country singer Kacey Musgraves is 31.
- Actress Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville,” ”Heroes”) is 30.
- Actor RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”) is 27.