The Uptick Returns

The Uptick, created and produced by Klein College students, shares the latest and most impactful news within the Temple and Philadelphia communities. The program explores how these communities are connected to significant global issues by conducting first-hand interviews with those serving the community.

(Recorded in Spring 2024) In this episode of The Uptick, hosts Rachel Williams, Jake Leonard, Meg Doyle, and Lauren Morris cover and discuss many hot-button issues in Philadelphia. Lauren and Meg sit down with featured guest Maleek Jackson, a South Philly native, boxing coach, and personal trainer. Together, they discuss his inspirational story of how he turned his life around after spending ten years in prison by creating a successful career in coaching and mentoring the city’s youth. Other stories in this episode include a family’s struggle to find justice after Chuckie Maude III lost his life to gun violence and an interview with members of the Philly Falcons, the city’s first LGBTQ+ soccer team.

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More about Maleek: Maleek Jackson was born in the heart of South Philadelphia and became involved in a life of crime during his teenage years. At 16, Maleek was sentenced to 8-16 years in prison. After spending ten years in prison, Maleek decided to start all over. He discovered his love for boxing and fitness in prison and made his dreams a reality. He is considered the top personal trainer in the Philadelphia area. He trains a plethora of city officials, professionals, athletes, and entrepreneurs. He created a sponsorship program called “A’zim Dukes Initiative,” “here he provides boxing sessions for inner-city youth in the Philadelphia area. Maleek is living proof that itit’sever too late to start over.