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.
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 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.
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.
Natasha Vaughn Tucker is an Atlanta native who has always been creative and loves to express herself in different ways. Her career path started out on a traditional route. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and proceeded to work in the medical field on the administration and management side. While this fed her passion to help others, it did not feed her creative side. After several years in the medical field, she decided to assist a friend in established her non-profit organization for disabled veterans. The latter is what eased her into the field of jewelry making. Her first pieces were beaded bracelets which she named Em-Bracelets ™. It was a project to raise money to provide services for disabled and homeless veterans. Each bracelet came with a card with a poem written on it. However, it wasn’t then that I decided to start Creation’s Best. This venture arose out of a desire to build a new life for herself and her family. As a Mom, home schooling her children, designing one of a kind jewelry sustained them. She started out making candles. Finally she returned to her passion of making jewelry and then added homemade soaps. Her jewelry career began with beading; which led to wire wrapping and weaving. Recently, her passion has grown into Metal Smithing, where she now designs using primarily copper, sterling silver, gemstones.
Anthony Vaughn was born and raised in Augusta, Ga. He joined the Air Force and served from 1996-1999 as a photographer. After his service he moved back to Georgia. He spent 7 years in the security field and then joined the Army in 2006 as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic. In 2013, he returned to Georgia and started school. He will soon receive 1 his bachelor's degree in digital filmmaking and video production. He is currently the Owner/Operator of Tave Media, a photography and videography company equipped with the know how to turn your dreams into a visual medium to share with the world. He is the dedicated father to 6 children who also reside in Georgia.
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.
Lauretta Ali-Abdullah is a
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.