The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant
Laila Ali and Meagan Good to Host Annual Event,
Dawnn Lewis is Mistress of Ceremonies
|Los Angeles – The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) comes of age this year with its 21-year anniversary celebration on August 10, 2014 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Actresses Laila Ali and Meagan Good will co-host, joining Dawnn Lewis, the mistress of ceremonies, as a bevy of little beauties, ages six to 12, make their way on stage to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin notes that this year’s event will also celebrate past contestants who have grown up and gone on to accomplish wonderful feats!
In an effort to inform and transform urban youth into cognizant leaders of tomorrow through distinct travel, cultural service, and international experiences, PYNK Magazine and PYNK Girls Care have partnered with non-profit organization, TWIYO (The World Is Your Oyster) to provide the opportunity for students from underprivileged areas to travel to Martha’s Vineyard over the July 4th holiday weekend.
On July 2nd, the students will travel from East New York Brooklyn to Martha’s Vineyard. The students will go on a tour of Martha’s Vineyard TV studios, as well as participate in other activities to expand their horizons.
“Meeka Claxton and I as well as the other board members of PYNK Girls Care felt it was important to partner with TWIYO to give these children the opportunity to see something outside of their neighborhood. We had a chance to meet many of the students involved and they honestly all deserve this trip and so much more. We are honored to be a part of this cause and ask that you support this very deserving organization and initiative as we work together to make these children aware that their possibilities are endless and that the world is truly their oyster.”- Mecca Moore (Founder/Publisher, PYNK Magazine) Read more…
Strategic Media Books Releases “Tarnished Heels” an Investigation into the University of North Carolina’s Tarheel Scandal
Strategic Media Books Releases
into the University of North Carolina’s Tarheel Scandal
NICKELODEON, FRENCH EMBASSY
HONORED AT ‘MY DREAM SPEAKS’
Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor for France in the United States poses with the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer,” Fatima Ptacek and Angela Jackson, Founder of the Global Language Project
Jo is currently on the road performing the entire Comfortable EP as the opening act on Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life Tour. The tour spans over 30 cities in the United States and concludes in New Orleans, LA on May 24. See full schedule below.
Jo’s Comfortable spans pop, hip hop, EDM and dancehall influences while showcasing his deft vocals, clever songwriting and flourishing production skiills. Each of the EP’s riddims (except for “Bogus” which was produced by his uncle Damian Marley) were created by Jo, working alongside his father’s keyboard player Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, with Stephen Marley handling the final productions. Many of the EP’s songs focus on Jo’s personal experience with women and their complex relationships. On the sleek electro-dancehall hybrid title track, which is also accompanied with a video, he cleverly rhymes about a budding relationship contrasted by his sweetly sung hook. On “Bogus,” he addresses a lack of sincerity in some women, while club-friendly tunes like “Bad So,” All To Me” and “Perfect 10” ft. Jemere Morgan deliver romance with a rude boy twist. On the EP’s first single “Sunshine,” Jo nimbly rhymes over a bubbling dancehall rhythm embellished by gentle guitar strands. Jo came up with “Sunshine’s” melodic hook while singing to his baby sister and is one of the EP’s most intimate songs.
Feel free to post/listen to Jo Mersa’s new single now:
Damien Sneed Presents The Levites’ Gathering June 5- 7 in Detroit
The Inaugural Conference is a Forum for Music Ministers, Musicians, Psalmists, Praise and Worship Leaders and More
Special Guests Include Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze
(New York, NY –May 8, 2014) – Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The Levites’ Gathering, a forum for spiritual refreshing, prophetic impartation and strategic empowerment in the areas of the Levitical priesthood: music ministers, musicians, psalmists, prophetic minstrels, praise and worship leaders, sound engineers and more. The conference theme is “The Season of Synchronization,” and will feature guest speakers Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze. Musical guests include James Ziegler, Judy Ray Tucker, Damien Sneed & The Levites and more. The conference will be held Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7, at the Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries in Southfield, MI, where Bishop Iona E. Locke, serves as a senior pastor and host of this year’s conference.
CHARLI XCX, RICO LOVE, AMERICAN AUTHORS, HEZEKIAH WALKER, RICHARD GOTTEHRER, ANGELA HUNTE AND MORE TURN OUT TO CELEBRATE THE 18TH ANNUAL SESAC POP AWARDS
Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant
Announces Nationwide Registration
Reggae Sensation Hezron Delivers the Hits with Massive Debut Album, ‘The Life I Live(d)’ – Tad’s Record
HEZRON DELIVERS THE HITS
WITH MASSIVE DEBUT ALBUM,
THE LIFE I LIVE(D)
Tad’s Record Releases the Double-Disc Album
Worldwide on May 27, 2014
Bill Duke, Robert Townsend, NBC and SAGIndie Present Master Classes at The 18th American Black Film Festival in New York City!!!!
AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF 2014 ABFF UNIVERSITY MASTER CLASSES
Featuring Robert Townsend’s “The Ultimate Pitch” and Bill Duke’s “Actors Boot Camp,” Held at New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion
–Presented by Time Warner, in association with the ABFF Foundation–
Film Life, Inc. is proud to announce its lineup of the highly lauded ABFF University Master Class Series to be held during the 18th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in New York City on June 19-22, 2014.
Aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in intense workshops led by highly respected film industry leaders and experts such as actor, writer, director Robert Townsend (In the Hive) and actor, director, producer Bill Duke (Dark Girls).
This year’s Master Class lineup includes, “Bill Duke’s Actors Boot Camp,” one of the Festival’s most anticipated, is a 2-day scene study program where performance and the craft of acting is shaped through hands on direction and supportive critique from Mr. Duke. Session I is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and session II, Saturday, June 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Read more…
Black Women in the US:
Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire
National Attention and Urgent Action
Washington, DC – A report released today by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative briefing at the historic headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The event kicks off the BWR National Summit taking place over the next three days.
7 SUPER, ABSOLUTELY DO-NOT-FORGET, IMPORTANT DATES FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN MARCH AND APRIL 2014
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Spring time has finally arrived, and the summer months are closer than ever. But don’t start getting lazy yet! Below are the top seven dates that are crucial to African Americans during the months of March and April. They include scholarship deadlines, a business grant deadline, a healthcare deadline and as you already know – a tax deadline.
Here they are:
#1 – MARCH 24TH: Deadline For The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship
The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college and work towards a college degree. Two scholarships will be awarded to the students who write the most compelling essay on a topic pertaining to Negro League baseball. Read more…
If you have any interest in understanding how to raise brilliant and successful African-American children, particularly boys, you have to grab a copy of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.”
Written by married couple Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michele Stephenson—the filmmakers behind the masterful documentary “American Promise”—with the considerable assistance of writer Hilary Beard, this book is a profoundly important work presenting the latest research and innovations that can nearly guarantee improvement in the outcomes for Black children.
Thanks to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative—and, unfortunately due to the disturbing murders of Black boys like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis— the challenges surrounding Black boys in America have suddenly found a place on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers and websites. But as you know, it’s an issue that we’ve been writing about for years here at MyBrownBaby.
When I was working on my series for Ebony magazine on the state of Black boys in America, which Ebony called “Saving Our Sons,” one of the first people I turned to was my good friend, writer Hilary Beard. Hilary is a three-time New York Times bestselling author who is a master collaborator, working over the years with such big names as Venus and Serena Williams and Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance to bring their stories to life in books such as Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning and Friends: A Love Story. In other words, Hilary does the same thing that my wife Denene and I do—helping celebrities and other successful folk tell important stories that advance our understanding of the human condition, particularly that brand of the human condition lived by African Americans. Read more…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9–12, 2014
NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR
ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO
New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a ‘stand your ground’ rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year. Read more…
If You Do Say So Yourself…. – Daily Word February 24, 2014
7 FREE HELP LINES AVAILABLE TO HELP AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH MONEY TROUBLES
– As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. –
Waxhaw, NC (BlackNews.com) – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help.
Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key. “Although we are pleased that more people have learned about programs to ease their money troubles, the sad news is that the need for such help continues to grow.” The national rise in calls to the help lines has been especially strong from African-American regions. Read more…
THESE THREE BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL SOON BE HISTORY — IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY
– All Have Deadlines on February 28, 2014 –
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — There are only 28 days in Black History month, so the month does seem to go fast. As a part of their celebration of African American culture, many companies launched initiatives including special programming on TV, celebratory web sites and even scholarship funds. There are actually just three more major Black History month scholarship programs left, and all of them have a deadline to apply on February 28, 2014.
Here they are: Read more…
FAMED ARTIST AND WRITER ANDRE’ LEROY DAVIS BRINGS US THE LAST WORD: 17: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE VISUALIZED
WANT TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THIS SUMMER?
– African American Interns Wanted For 2014 Summer White House Internship Program; Deadline to Apply is March 15 –
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Until March 15, 2014, the program will be accepting applications for summer interns. Their responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Collecting and compiling research and data on African American education, institutions and communities; Performing data entry and managing the office database; Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; Participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative; Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more. Read more…
Who: Dexter Story
What: Life Force Trio Entertainment
Why: Life Force Trio Entertainment is a company dedicated to expanding what’s possible in music composition, recording, film composing and live music. Life Force Trio started as a collaborative recording project between Carlos Niño and Dexter Story and has grown into a full service creative entity. Upcoming projects include a an early 2014 East African soul album release entitled ‘Wondem’ produced by The Life Force Trio on Plug Research Records; a 1960’s protest song tribute concert entitled ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles; and an Ethiopian music-inspired score for ‘Eyes of Amhara,’ a documentary demonstrating the effects and cure of trachoma in East Africa. LFTE is based in Los Angeles.
Where: Based in Los Angeles Read more…
STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) ON ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATION AND UPKNYC
Oh, if a simple blog post about Black Santa can get Fox News’ Megyn Kelly all riled up, let me hip her to some African American family truth that’ll make her effing head explode: practically every African American family I know sticks not only to Black Santa, but brown people on any and every item that has a face on it.
If we give birthday cards, we’re reaching for the Hallmark Mahogany joints with the Black people on it. If my daughters wear shirts with people’s faces on their chests, you best believe those faces are brown—or the shirt will not get bought. Art that I spend my hard-earned money on? Black artists. Black faces. Same for pillows, wallpaper and magazines I display on the tables throughout my home.
Raise your hand if you went to a church that had a Black Jesus on the big stained-glass window behind the pulpit at your church. Bonus points if his hair mirrored scripture and looked like “lamb’s wool” and his feet were the color of “brass.” Triple that if you’ve ever purchased a card from a drug store that didn’t carry the Mahogany line, and colored in the faces/hands/feet and anything else that looked like skin with brown crayon/marker/anything that can make the characters look like you and the people you love.
What you know about the wrapping paper with the Black Santa on it?
Oh, it’s out there. I got some, please believe it. Read more…
As the mom of a teenage girl and another girlpie well on her way to becoming one, this news feels like the Fourth of July: the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says Black teen pregnancy rates fell 51 percent between 1990 and 2009.
Campaign CEO Sarah Brown says the massive drop is due to three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; teens are reporting fewer sexual partners, and; teens are using contraception more. “In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves,” said Brown.
Still, Brown took us adults to task for not giving our kids credit, noting that nearly half of Americans “incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has increased over the past two decades.”
This could be because at every turn, social conservatives—from the big-mouthed-but-clueless hypocrites in Congress to the loud-mouths-out-for-ratings TV and radio talking heads to your nutty neighbor next door—shout from the rooftops that American women, women of color specifically, are nothing more than promiscuous harlots sucking the system dry to support kids we can’t afford to raise. Those same mouthpieces are the ones who cheer on cuts to the federal food stamp program, welfare and Medicaid—programs that provide a safety net to our most vulnerable: children—all while spending their every waking moment trying to dismantle sexual health and reproduction programs and obliterate our lawful rights to reproductive choice.
The very face of those attacks is young Black women—teens included. So it makes sense that Americans are deluding themselves into thinking our daughters are promiscuous, fertile hookers just one hot-and-heavy sex session away from making a gang of babies. Read more…
Who: N!ni * Eternal Sol
What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS
(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)
Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos
Where: Based in New York
When: Established October, 2007
Federal Criminal Attorney Jeremy Gordon
Puts a New Face on Legal Defense
with Compassionate Counsel and Resourceful Representation
Attorney Jeremy Gordon’s web portal, non-profit work and inmate scholarship program serves to change the public’s perception of prisoners
Waxahachie, TX – With the broad appeal of the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” the release of celebrated actor/author Hill Harper’s new book, “Letters To An Incarcerated Brother,” and television’s Judge Greg Mathis‘ launch of his own Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER) Initiative, the public perception of America’s prison system and its prisoners is rapidly evolving. Discriminatory drug laws, the high rate of black incarceration and unjust over-sentencing procedures have become major societal concerns now that the U.S. incarceration population outranks any in the entire world. Even mainstream media’s focus on the prison industrial complex has intensified with daily coverage highlighting the many atrocities.