Shalom Spotlight

Welcome to the Shalom Church Spotlight where we take a moment to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals, families and businesses that are a blessing to our congregation and community. 

Story By Jacqui Germain
Visuals By R.J. Hartbeck, Once Films

Arm-in-arm and perfectly in-sync, Mattaniah Foggy and her father Mathew Foggy glide down Skate King’s longest stretch together, floating across the slick wooden surface under the rink’s bright lights. The wheels of their roller skates give off a barely perceptible hum as the father-daughter pair lean slightly and drift through the furthest curve before skating back towards the rink’s corner entrance.

Mattaniah, who goes by Niah, is the manager of Skate King — another step in her increasing leadership role at the business her father launched 50 years ago. As founder and CEO of Skate King Corporation, Mathew opened Skate King’s first location in his hometown of East St. Louis in 1970. The city’s only skating rink had closed amid the racial unrest of the 1960’s, and opening Skate King—originally named the Martin Luther King Memorial Rink in honor of the legendary activist—established a family-friendly space for locals to gather for fellowship and strengthen the community.

Today, Niah operates and manages Skate King’s flagship location in Pine Lawn, putting her MBA to use as she dives into St. Louis’ thriving small business community with a strong entrepreneurial legacy already under her belt.

“I was born with skates on, let me just say that,” says Niah, chuckling lightly. “I’ve always tried to fill my dad’s shoes. I’ve always been on his heels, trying to walk in his footsteps. He’s been very influential in my life, and now as a businessperson, he’s continuing to be very influential from the skate floor to the board room.”

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Monica Butler

 Say Amen, Somebody,  a treasured gospel documentary has been restored and is on a limited run in theaters. And believe me, it is a must see. The 1982 release was directed by George T. Nierenberg (GTN Productions) and redone in 4k restored to visual glory by Milestone Films for our joy to experience in 2019. The one-hour plus documentary is a love letter to gospel music with all of its ups, downs, shameful sexism and soul saving properties. But all in all, it is heavenly to watch.

Filmed partly in St. Louis, Say Amen, Somebody recently played at the Film Lincoln Center. It’s run in St. Louis ends Thursday, September 19 at the Galleria 6 Cinemas. Check the theater for show times. There will be a red carpet screening of Say Amen, Somebody on the final day in St. Louis, this Thursday, at 6p.m. CT, presented by the Inspired Lives foundation, The Butler Group and C-Note Entertainment. Tickets for this are just $7.


Congratulations Mr. Dello Thedford


Track Star

Hi, my name is Aniyah Brown. I am 12 years old. In 2015 & 2016 I was the 1st place Gold Medalist winner in the 100m dash & Silver Medalist winner in the 200m dash at the National Championship AAU Jr. Olympics in Houston Texas.

In 2017 I was the Gold Medalist winner in both the 100m & 200m dash at the National Championship AAU Jr Olympics in Detroit, Michigan. To add the 4X100 Relay Team, which I am also apart of took 3rd place in the relay and brought home a Bronze Medal.

In 2018 I finished first in the 400m dash with a time of 58.39. Currently, I rank first in the country in the 100m, 200m.

Rachel Michele Clark

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