The Black Women Film Network is celebrating 15 years, and unveiling its A-list honorees for its annual Untold Stories Luncheon on March 9, 2012, at 11:30 AM at the Marriott Marquis Downtown Atlanta.
The luncheon will salute actresses Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) and Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry’s “For Better or for Worse), as well as television executive Traci Blackwell (VP Current Programming, CW Network), philanthropist Judy Mauldin (R&B Hip Hop 4 Humanity), and Saptosa Foster (Managing Partner, The 135th Street Agency).
Co-chaired by Kysha Cameron (Ryan Cameron Foundation) and Carolyn Young (Andrew Young Presents), the event will be hosted by Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films) and Karyn Greer (11Alive).
Supported by the tagline “Celebrating Those Who Tell Our Stories,” the event is meant to commemorate the achievements of women in the film, television and entertainment industries and to honor those that support expanding opportunities for women, as well as a fundraiser for Black Women Film Network Scholarships.
Although many teachers across our country are working hard to ensure their students receive the academic tools necessary to reach their full potential we still need more talented educators doing this vital work. In particular, in our low-income communities where a majority of students are African-American or Latino, we need more outstanding teachers from diverse backgrounds to serve as role models and classroom leaders. This is especially true when it comes to our black boys. Today, only two percent of teachers in this country are black men.
As an African-American male working at Teach For America and committed to ensuring educational excellence for our kids growing up in poverty, I frequently think back on my classroom experience. It was during my time as a teacher in Houston’s fifth ward that I first understood the scope of the educational inequity that exists between black boys and their wealthier white peers. From the moment I stepped in front of my kids, it was obvious-the gap had nothing to do with their ability or desire to learn. Instead, it was rooted in the extra challenges poverty was throwing in their path, coupled by a tragic lack of educational opportunity.
Melvin Childs Author of Never Would Have Made It – The Rise of Tyler Perry is a gripping memoir. Melvin Childs was there at the begining of Mr Perry rise and this is a very good read of what it took to make it. ( IT IS NOT AN TELL ALL BOOK OR NEGATIVE BOOK )
It’s gives you and upclose and personal snap shot of the struggle and determination of Mr. Perry and Mr. Childs
Atlanta please welcome Melvin Childs Thursday March 8th at one of his 3 BookSignings 1) Purple Door Salon noon-2pm High Tea – Book Reading & Conversation Hosted By Dwight Eubanks 321 Edgewood Ave - 2) Barnes & Noble Campcreek Parkway 4pm – 6pm 3) Bar One 7p – 9pm After Work Book Mixer complimentary appetizers valet parking plus a special surprise celebrity guest appearance
Attorney Travis Townsend of Atlanta based law firm Townsend and Lockett, LLC will be a panelist at Hair She Goes: State of Woman, a women’s business conference and entrepreneurship boot camp presented by DryerBuzz, a publication of Sistributions Media and Publishing. The conference, which will be held at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta on March 17, is a series of interactive workshops and speaking events designed to educate and empower female entrepreneurs and entrepreneur- hopefuls to reach their consumers, protect their businesses, and become leaders in their industries.
Townsend’s panel will cover business organization and structure, including formalizing business deals and protecting content and intellectual property.
“I’m a firm believer in educating entrepreneurs the best I can, and showing the community how to operate their businesses,” says Townsend. “I’m excited to be part of a forum of women coming together to educate and empower themselves.”
Townsend is no stranger to teaching on panels, having spoken at the Urban League Young Professionals boot camp. While he’s excited to teach woman important business skills, he also says he’s excited to learn from them.
“I’m seeing women doing much better in business and entrepreneurship. What I’m seeing now is that the businesses being started by women are doing well.”
The reason? Townsend says female business owners know how to target their audiences.
“They have a strong business intuition when it comes to consumers. They are the primary consumer, and because of that, they know what they want in products and services, so they know what to provide.”
Townsend says he’s seeing female entrepreneurs emerge in all industries, from marketing to software development. While this trend is increasing, Townsend says he’d like to see more female entrepreneurs acquire businesses as well as selling to consumers.
“Many entrepreneurs are focused on selling a product. I’d like to see more female entrepreneurs buy businesses, then turn them around and resell them.”
Townsend says part of his panel is geared towards helping woman entrepreneurs excel in business acquisition, and he will focus on his favorite areas of business practice: equity funds, capital, and mergers and acquisition.
While women show a lot of strengths when starting their own businesses , such as effective use of social media, Townsend says quite a few female entrepreneurs face one problem in the business world: waiting in the background.
“Women may be hesitant to put their positions and businesses out there. There may be push back or interaction with possible partners not taking them as seriously as they should.”
If any women are hesitant about starting their own businesses before the conference, Townsend hopes they will feel bolder after his panel, especially since he plans to give attendees information they can use right away.
“If they come in to the conference over the weekend and say ‘Hey, I want to start a business on Monday,’ then we’ll give them information they can use to start on Monday.”
NBA Hall Of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson is set to launch ASPIRE, a new African-American network designed to entertain, inform and inspire through a diverse slate of original and acquired programming in the categories of movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts and faith and inspirational programs.
Johnson, Chairman of ASPIRE, was awarded one of the first four, new and minority owned and operated independent networks by Comcast. The network, partnered with GMC TV, is set to go live in June 2012 and will be headquartered in Atlanta, where it will undoubtedly be the next platform for aspiring African-American writers, directors, producers, actors and leaders.
“We are excited to be adding ASPIRE to our rich line-up of programming and look forward to its dynamic content designed to entertain and educate viewers,” said David Jensen, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Comcast. “Magic Johnson and GMC TV have brought together their impressive set of skills to create a network with an enduring focus on delivering quality programming that positively resonates with ethnically diverse communities.”
Johnson added, “ASPIRE will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams.
Amidst this year’s polarized political landscape characterized by presidential hopefuls flaunting their classism and ethnic biases as campaign platforms, rap artist Journey Brave seeks to bring a message of unity through his self-titled debut album “Journey Brave.” Aptly named to encourage listeners to travel bravely on their journey through life, Brave believes that an artist’s responsibility is to empower those with an open ear and mind. While so many other artists choose to stay silent regarding the current social climate, Journey Brave felt this to be a perfect time to speak up and decided to release his album during Black History Month.
“I’m releasing the album during Black History Month because I take pride in being a part of a people who have overcome so much. I also view the civil rights movement as a metaphor that represents the internal struggle for peace and equanimity in all mankind. This is what ‘Journey Brave’ is about,” says Journey. With an eleven-song offering covering themes such as determination, success, love, and the illusion of fame, Journey aims to speak to the best in all of us. While he’s aware that today’s average rap fan may not be accustomed to Hip Hop music with a message, he also refuses to insult them by assuming socially conscious rap is over their heads. While, sonically, Journey’s sound and delivery is steeped in the classic Hip Hop tradition of “beats and rhymes,” he’s confident that his message will appeal to the young and old, Black and white, rich and poor, rap fan or not, and everyone in between.
Miami officials said on Friday reports of an arrest warrant issued for R&B singer Chris Brown are inaccurate, although the singer is still a suspect in the alleged theft of a mobile phone earlier this week.
Brown, 22, who won a Grammy award earlier this month, is midway through a five-year probation after pleading guilty to criminal assault for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. If arrested again, Brown risks being jailed for probation violation.
In a report filed with Miami Beach Police Department on Sunday, 24-year-old Christal Spann, a resident of Miami, named Brown as a suspect in a “robbery by sudden snatching.”
The report cites Spann’s claim that Brown, who was in a black Bentley automobile, reached through an open window and snatched Spann’s iPhone out of her hand as she tried to snap a picture of him, saying “you ain’t going to put that on no website,” before driving off with the phone.
Bennett College for Women President Julianne Malveaux today announced her resignation from the college. Dr. Malveaux, a world renowned economist, journalist and advocate for social justice, says that new challenges have presented this as the right time to leave the school.
“Leading Bennett College has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my five years at the college, we have embraced Bennett’s historic commitment to create an oasis where women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st century leaders and global thinkers. As I reflect on my accomplishments and of the college’s growth and transformation during my tenure, I realize that it is time for Bennett, and for me, to embark on a new chapter. Five years is the longest time I’ve ever held a job in my life, and while I remain committed to HBCUs and the compelling cause of access in higher education, I will actualize that commitment, now, in other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will remain one of its most passionate advocates.”
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