Muhammad (MJ) Abdullah received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies in 1984, where he majored in Radio and Television Broadcasting and Journalism, with minors in Business Management and Political Science, from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Clark County Community College. He is a published Journalist and writer, and was contracted as a "front-cover story", Free Lance Investigative Reporter from 1989-1993, for The Las Vegas Sentinel Voice News, a weekly newspaper, which was at the time, the largest circulated African-American newspaper in the State of Nevada. Among those interviewed by him was President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Angela Davis, nationally syndicated talk-show host, Rabbi Dennis Prager, Percy Sutton and former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder. As an educator, he has worked over seven years, as a Substitute Teacher in Grades K-12, where he specialized in "at risk” students, and "accelerated" student assignments, and was regularly on call for "repeat requests" and "long-term" assignments. He has worked in hundreds of schools in the States of Nevada, Maryland, and Georgia and also in the District of Columbia.
Jamal ( Lyric ) Craft, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to his parents, John and La Ruth Craft. He attended Malcolm X College, Chicago Technical College and graduated from Allied Institute of Technology in 1979. He was employed by Montgomery Ward, Illinois Switch Corporation. He then relocated to Michigan where he worked for Van Buren County Road Commission. He later secured a contract with Palisades Nuclear Power Plant and National Motors in South Haven. Jamal moved to Georgia in the 1980's, where I married my wife Joyce in 1984. Out of this Union came three daughters. In Atlanta, he worked 26 years at Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l airport for Alamo, National and Enterprise car rental companies. He has always had a passion of service in his communities such as the NAACP, the Black Panther Party and the community of Al Islam for over 40 years. He is an active member of Interfaith communities in Atlanta and many states nationally.
TARA CLINE is a year Navy Veteran. She is a wife and a mother of 3 children. She has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Post Baccalaureate in Psychology Organizational and Development. Tara Cline worked for the State of Florida for a total of 10 years. She begin working as a Juvenile Detention Officer for almost a year. Then she moved on to work as a Correctional Officer for 5 years and a Child Protection Investigator for 4 years. She has a passion for working with troubled youth.
Kathy Skipper is currently serving On the Spot Edutainment as Treasurer. Her background includes 31 years of service with the federal government where, among other assignments, she led communications for one of the CDC centers, was the assistant director of public affairs at Ft Meade, MD, and ran creative services for the Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service. Kathy posses an MBA from Southwestern University and an MA in journalism from the University of Maryland. She is accredited in public relations and is a Public Relations Society Fellow. Kathy has served on two other boards: Medical Research Charities and St. Jude’s Treatment Center in Atlanta.
DR. E. VICTORIA WILLIAMS
Dr. E. Victoria Williams is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and grew up on “Dynamite Hill” in Birmingham, an area where bombings occurred regularly, due to the changing demographic and racial make-up of the neighborhood.
Due to Victoria’s interest in social and contemporary issues, she studied Sociology at Spelman College. Her interest in Sociology continued while at Indiana University, as she continued to pursue Sociology as a Minor, while doing her graduate studies in Higher Education Administration. Victoria later studied at Harvard University in the area of Management Development for College and University Administrators.
Victoria is a former university administrator, teacher and development officer. Victoria’s work was consistently impressive, as the work she created in programs was widely recognized. She was also highly regarded and received special favor from her students over the years where she taught in both disciplines of Sociology and Education, at the level of Assistant Professor.
Victoria worked in the corporate sector with AT&T for three years, and achieved Outstanding Sales and Customer Service records.
She is a former Equal Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, a former Executive Assistant and Special Assistant to two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her work on Capitol Hill, Victoria’s work in creating a Congressional Internship program was recognized and cited in the Roll Call Magazine, a local publication for congressional employees.
After leaving Washington, DC, Victoria returned to Birmingham to care for two ailing parents. She worked at Miles College as Director, Annual Fund & Special Projects, while also serving as Assistant Professor of Sociology. As a fundraiser, she often excelled on those goals that were set for the Capital Campaign, and raised the highest amount of monies for the college’s Annual Fund, the most raised in the college’s then 96 year history!
At the passing of her parents, within 6 months apart in 2003 and 2004, Victoria returned to reside at her primary domicile in College Park, Georgia. More recently, Victoria served as Director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program, whereupon she supervised 13 employees; and she studied court proceedings and providing assistance to victims affected by violence. Victoria’s work accomplishments are clearly documented in the manuals she helped to create on Policies and Procedures, and are available upon request.
Victoria returned to College Park to manage a small business that was once managed by her mother prior to her passing. She is now interested in returning to work in higher education, should an opportunity become available, as she enjoys the campus atmosphere and students seem to enjoy her personality and level of interest in their well-being
I am Karim Holiday, the CEO of KS Holiday LLC, a trucking company based in Snellville Georgia. I am the husband of a loving wife Shatanya Holiday, we have 7 amazing children and one on the way. As a young man who was in the New Jersey foster care system for about 6 years of my young life. I was able to witness the abuse, neglect, and the overall disregard for foster children that myself and all of the other foster care brothers and sisters endured. The mere fact that I was able to come out with a sound mind and heart unlike some of the others, I found it helpful to give back. I strongly believe in and will forever support OTSE. Together, we are on a mission to bring great progress to humanity, I have always had a passion for helping at risk youth, standing against oppression and helping people in various communities.
In 2002 at the young age of 18, I started mentoring younger children in my community. With not much of my own, I found that my voice and presence was all that I needed. I started showing up at the places that the youth were and talking them about how important it is to stay out of trouble. In 2004 I started truck driving. It just so happened that my driver trainer liked me so much, that I became like family to him and his wife in Texas. Shortly after his death in 2005, I became a brother to his children and uncle to his only two nephews. As life and time took me to different places, I ended up in Georgia in 2009 where I began to volunteer time to train, coach, and promote physical activity for adolescents. From 2018 until today I have done my best to create job opportunities for people, act as a mentor for adolescent boys, provide financial assistance to struggling families, and each year my family and I participate in food drives for the homeless in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
Producer, Director, Actor, Playwright and Author of a nonfiction novel Survival of the Fittest...One Child's Life in the Foster Care System. She studied acting technique at the Theater School in Georgetown, Washington, DC; improvisation with Norman Charles in New York City. She has taken Commercial, Auditioning/Marketing and TV Sitcom classes with Robert Collier, also in New York. Lauretta has appeared in a number of films, plays and television commercials. Her first published book is one of poetry based upon her life as a single parent in the 1960s, "Songs To A Manchild," written for her son. After her last performance at the Rialto Center of the Arts, she decided to start her own theatrical production company. Lali Productions LLC produced her play The Delinquent Society in 2010. The company then completed their documentary film Bullying: A Shameful Dilemma in 2012. Her husband, Imam Muhammad J. Abdullah, is as passionate about addressing the issue of bullying as she is and they are excited about taking the company to its next level. Together they co-wrote and produced their play Come Alive Human Family in January 2016 and were hired, 2 months later, to open with the play in Selma, AL for the 51st Jubilee Celebration of the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing enactment. They were also the Co-Hosts of their own cable television show Tell Me Something Good produced at Taqwa Productions Inc.’s studio in Atlanta, GA. Lauretta is excited about the future of On The Spot Production Edutainment Corporation!
Stephanie Scott was born and raised in Georgia. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at The University of West Georgia located in Carrollton, GA. After graduating college, Stephanie proceeded to Marry her High School Sweetheart, Mr. Roderick Scott. They have two sons, Quintarian Scott and Bryson Scott.
Stephanie has been employed with a Fortune 500 company for over 15 years as a Project Manager. This position requires Stephanie to be very detailed and result driven. She is proficient in prioritizing and completing tasks in a timely manner. Stephanie is committed to quality and strives for excellence in every task.
•Stephanie currently serves as an Advisory Council Member for OTSE.
Qur’an Shakir has served as an Islamic educator for more than 25 years. She is a certified Jegna, master educator, guide and distinguished leader that serves as an educational consultant to local public and private school educators. Her experience includes serving as principal of the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta for four years, teacher for 25-plus years, and educational leader for 11 years. She has several times been named Teacher of the Year, STAR teacher for the State of Georgia, and listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers, and Who’s Who Among U.S. Executives. As a called-upon motivational speaker, Sis. Qur’an, affectionately called Madame Q, has presented at colleges, universities, conferences, workshops, masajid, churches, centers, radio and television programs, juvenile delinquent facilities, and served as a chaplain in a local women’s prison where she conducted weekly “Confronting Self” workshops. She has experience in public relations, media production, and coordinating conferences, workshops, and professional development courses. Her works have been published in several journals and publications, including having her own weekly column “Road to Nikkah” in Muslim Journal for nearly 10 years. She is founder of several organizations and initiatives, including Powerful Youth in Charge (PYIC), an organization for tweens and teens that teaches them the power of leadership and being their own best advocates; The Taalib-Din Company, which promotes learning Islam through games and competitions; Taqwa Productions Inc., an Islamic media production company; UISA (United Islamic Schools of Atlanta), an organization of Islamic school leaders; UMMA, a Muslims for Marriage organization. Sis. Qur’an is an active board member for the National Education Council (NEC) of Sister Clara Mohammed Schools; for the Interfaith Children’s Movement where she is committed to advocating for children and empowering them to advocate, lead and serve; for the national, award-winning Drug Rebound of DeKalb Juvenile Justice where she advises and supports the juvenile court in efforts to help adolescent participants learn to live drug free and crime-free, and for Masomo College Prep Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Atlanta and second generation Muslim in a family with at least four generations of Muslims, Madame Q is a graduate of Georgia State University and National University and a doctoral candidate with Fielding Graduate University.
Violinist, Musician and Percussionist
Roderick Scott was born and raised in GA. He is a Quality Auditor in Fairburn, GA. Mr. Scott has a BS in Manufacturing Management and an Associates in Computer Applications. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie for 23 years. They have 2 son's Bryson and Quint, who is the oldest. It was when Quint auditioned for the role of Jonathan Bosserman, family met Ms. Lauretta over 7 years ago. Mr. Scott Co-Directed Lali Productions first produced stage play in Atlanta, "The Delinquent Society" and Directed/Co-Produced the company's documentary film "Bullying: A Shameful Dilemma". He and Stephanie also sponsored and financed the movie. Mr. Scott enjoys traveling, music and all sports and has also been a Volunteer Coach and Basketball Official for over 23 years.