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GrassROOTS Community Foundation Presents 3rd Annual ‘Give Thanks’ Fundraiser

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment


Annual charitable event to include VIPs Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Michellene Davis and more


(WEST ORANGE, NJ) – November 18, 2014 – The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF)- a non-profit committed to the health and well-being of women and girls – will hold its 3rd AnnualGive Thanks: Cocktail Fundraiser & Concert” on Saturday, November 22 at a private location in Short Hills, NJ.
Hosted by entertainment mogul and GrassROOTS board member Mona Scott-Young and sponsored by City National Bank and Bartenura Wines, the sold-out event features GCF co-founder and Grammy-winning recording artist TariqBlack ThoughtTrotter of the Roots, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Michellene Davis, Esq, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Barnabas Health. The Enoch Smith, Jr. Jazz Band will perform along with a special DJ set by Scotty Nevers. Additional special guests will include members of New Jersey State Legislature.

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Actress Angela Robinson to Serve as Veterans Day Event’s Keynote Speaker

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo angela-robinson-3rd-Annual-Women-Veterans-Women-in-the-Military-Veterans-Day-Extravaganza-the-industry-cosign_zpsa3baa4f1.jpgBest known as the “Ice Queen” ‘Veronica Harrington’ of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” (OWN TV), Actress Angela Robinson will serve as Keynote Speaker at the “3rd Annual Women Veterans & Women in the Military Veterans Day Extravaganza”.

Hosted by Women Veterans Interactive, the fundraising event, set to take place in Washington, DC., November 9-11, is expected to host its largest audience with ticket sales soaring! Attendees will include women in the military, women veterans and other celebrity supporters such as Tasha Smith, Renee Lawless, Kim Coles and many more! While fans of the show brace for a new season and more “Ice Queen antics” from Robinson’s character, attendees of the event will be treated to her words of inspiration and encouragement, geared to increasing the knowledge of and focus on overcoming the many challenges faced by women veterans. Read more…

The 5Ws: Mina “SayWhat” Llona

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo Mina-SayWhat-llona-the-industry-cosign_zps3f0665ee.jpgWho: Mina “SayWhat” Llona

What: Rise & Grind Morning Show (Philly’s Power 99)

Why: Mina “SayWhat” Llona is a renowned media personality currently on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary urban station WUSL-FM aka Power 99.  Mina is the founder, leader, and mentor of “The Power Squad” – an all-female dance team (ages 15-22). She is also the voice of the weather for 103.5 The Beat in Miami and is an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers community outreach program “Sixers Strong.

Where: Based in New Jersey & Philadelphia

When: Mina SayWhat is currently on air on Philly’s Power 99 and is a personality on the Rise & Grind Morning Show. Mina is also the Social Media Director for 2 urban stations (Power 99 & WDAS 105.3) and is celebrating her 10 year anniversary since first broadcasting on the radio at the age of 18. Read more…

Adenah Bayoh: ‘For me, Passion is a Key Ingredient for Success in Business’

August 4, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo Adenah-bayoh-ihop-the-industry-cosign_zps2fd602b4.jpgWhen you have survived and persevered as a child living through the Liberian Civil War, anything and everything is possible. We tend to use problematic situations as an excuse if we aren’t successful or if we don’t put forth the effort. This isn’t nor will it ever be the case with Adenah Bayoh.

This New Jersey resident has turned her life experience, banking opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit into a winning formula that, no doubt, will increase even more as she continues to build her empire. She was the youngest IHOP franchisee and made that into the fastest-growing IHOP in the northeast. Impressive for a first-time restaurant owner.

Bayoh talks to The Industry Cosign about her reason for getting into real estate, her obligation to own her businesses locally, and her next plan when it comes to revitalizing communities.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur as opposed to just getting a job and working for someone else? Read more…

BCT Partners Announces Merger with Lynx Technology Partners

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Randal Pinkett Makes Significant Inroads within Corporate Arena 
BCT Partners Announces Merger with
Lynx Technology Partners
BCT Partners LLC
Left to right: Aric Perminter, Jeffrey Robinson, Randal Pinkett, Dallas Grundy and Lawrence Hibbert

New York, NY – May 5, 2014… 

Dr. Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and CEO of the multimillion dollar management consulting and IT solutions firm, New Jersey-based BCT Partners, spearheaded a  winning Entrepreneurial Empowerment Session on Saturday, May 3, 2014  Rutgers University – Piscataway Campus.

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NJ Minority Teen Academy For Girls Seeks Applicants

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment


New York, NY ( – For the fourth straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy will be held on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The Academy is one of the only summer institutes for minority teen girls held on an Ivy League campus and the first to be held at Princeton University. The program is geared towards building leadership skills for minority girls entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. This year’s program is scheduled for July 27 – August 8, 2014 at The Friend Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544.

The Academy offers dynamic speakers, standardized test-taking strategies, math, critical reading courses, college essay writing classes, tutoring, interactive studies, group activities, and field trips. Each year, special guest speakers provide dynamic presentations. In 2013, actor Jasmine Guy offered an unforgettable address. Ms. Guy notes, “It is very important for us to reach out to these young girls.” Other noted speakers have included Brandi and Karli Harvey along with actor Brian White. Read more…

Philly’s Mogul In the Making, Jimmy Da Saint, Goes Hard for the Holidays

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment



New “Black Scarface 4” Book & “The Commission: Back To The Streets” 

Mixtape Vol. 1 Set for Black Friday Release

[Philadelphia, PA] If you interact with the Urban Music industry in Philly (and in a lot of other places, too), you already know Jimmy Da Saint. It’s hard to negotiate much of anything in the city’s Hip-Hop and R&B circles without crossing his path or needing his co-sign. And his dominating hustle doesn’t stop at just music. He also has a Kung Fu grip on the magazine and book-publishing worlds, too, boasting the current title as the city’s number one selling author – of any genre.

That’s what you call a boss.


Jimmy Da Saint is a VP at Ruffhouse Records under legendary record exec, Chris Schwartz, where he is helping to carve out new paths for artists like Lauryn Hill and Glenn Lewis, along with a new host of prospects, such as his own protégées, ICH Gang, and sugar-sweet singing sensation, Sunny Edwards. He scouts new talent and books Live Nation concerts constantly, making him a mainstay at local and regional music events.


That’s just his day job.

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With Food Stamp Cuts Looming, Remembering The Government Cheese

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

by — Oct 29, 2013

Government Cheese

Editor’s Note: I penned this piece in January 2010, when analysts were exploring the expansion of the federal food stamp program. The running consensus  then was that more and more, Americans of all ages, races and backgrounds were increasingly depending on public assistance to feed their families. Now, three years later, that expansion is going away, leaving children vulnerable to hunger here, in one of the richest countries in the world. So I figured I’d dust this story off. It is still relevant, if not more, as rhetoric over the food stamp program reaches fever pitch.

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It’s the cheese I remember—a congealed, yellowy-orange block in non-descript paper, with, I think, blue writing. You needed the might of Solomon to cut through it, it was so thick. All I could manage were chunks—never firm slices. Read more…

Whoopi Goldberg & Venus Williams Team Up with NJ Based Online Company

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

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Fortune Girls Gain Celebrity Support and Build Momentum for Kickstarter

30-Day Campaign to Empower Tween Girls & Create Future Leaders


(New York, NY) – October 28, 2013, Fortune Girls (FG), Inc., a multi-cultural lifestyle brand dedicated to the empowerment of tween girls age 6-12, launched a 30-day kickstarter campaign on Oct 17th with recent supportive Tweets and Facebook posts from Tennis Icon Venus Williams who also donated autographed tennis racquets for the campaign and support from Legendary TV Host Whoopi Goldberg.

Fortune Girls is more than just pretty pictures! It is a brand that seeks to empower girls and create educated, well-rounded girls in three ways: Read more…

DanO Set to Perform One Mic One Night Talent Showcase

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Nigerian rapper, DanO, is scheduled to perform during the One Mic One Night Talent Showcase, on October 5th, at 7:00P.M.

The showcase, presented by Unheard Voices, will be held at the Bucky James Center, in Long Branch, NJ and also features performances by El Maroc Band, Jared, Stable, Tickey Boom Boom, Jason Rogers & A Levites Call, Mista Encore, A.R. Stlyez & Tigga.

DanO, better known by family and friends as Daniel Olukotun, or just simply Dan, is a hip-hop artist born and raised in Lagos City, Nigeria (The Kid from the Motherland).

In 2004, DanO moved to the United States and currently resides in southern New Jersey on the outskirts of Philadelphia – this is where his fan base began to develop and thanks to the internet, DanO is now becoming a recognizable new comer on the scene. Read more…

Mike Muse Birthday Party

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Several weeks ago, Mike Muse, New York City’s own purveyor of politics and pop culture, affectionately known as ‘Obama’s Million Dollar Baby’ celebrated his birthday at the lush Preserve 24.  It was a welcomed break from his political fundraising trail for New Jersey Senate hopeful, Cory Booker, the New York Mayoral race and media rounds breaking down the meaning behind Jay-z’s “Picasso Baby’ and the influence of hip hop and high society art.Image Hosted by

Rocking with DJ MOS were a bevy of wall street executives, restaurateurs and entertainment industry socialites, from Roc Nation and Universal Records including Filmmaker Dominga Martin, People Magazine writer, Carlos Greer, MTV’s Sway Calloway, celebrity publicist Tasha Stoute, entertainment journalist Big Ced, BMI’s Ian Holder, Icon Marketing’s Annette Davidson, Broadway/TV Producer, Randolph Sturrup, Playwright Dominque Morrisseu, TV Personality, Kwame Jackson, political strategist, Tara Dowdell and STEM University CEO, Andrea Peterson. Read more…

Cash Money Set to Release Latest Novel from Three-time NY Times Bestselling Author, Wahida Clark

April 8, 2013 2 comments

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usClark has gone from prison inmate  to author and multi-million dollar business owner

Her novels are fun, jaw dropping cautionary tales for the hip hop generation

THREE-time New York Times bestselling urban fiction author, Wahida Clark wrote her first novel while serving 9 ½ years in prison.  She inked a major publishing deal, wrote 7 novels AND hit the New York Times list, all while behind bars! Read more…

Sex After Birth: Majority Of New Moms Wait Longer Than Six Weeks. Duh.

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment

by Denene Millner

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Yet another “duh”-worthy study on women and pregnancy claims that a majority of new moms wait longer than the six-week doctor-ordered minimum to have sex after giving birth.

Researchers who periodically surveyed 1,507 first-time mothers living in Melbourne, Australia, about their sexual activity within the first year of childbirth found that overall, 41 percent of the moms resumed vaginal sex within six weeks after delivering their baby, 65 percent by eight weeks, 78 percent by 12 weeks and 94 percent by six months. Just over half the women said they engaged in some type of sexual activity by six weeks after childbirth, and those who had Caesarean sections, births assisted by forceps or incisions or tears in the perineum tended to wait longer to have sex, the study found.

Many doctors recommend delaying sex for four to six weeks after childbirth to allow the cervix to close, bleeding to stop and tears to heal, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Researcher Ellie McDonald, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, said her study provides “useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner.” Read more…

2013 Princeton Minority Youth Leadership Program – Accepting Applications

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment


New York, NY( — For the third straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy (ATW) will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. ATW is one of the only Ivy League summer institutes for minority teen girls in the country. The Academy is geared towards improving SAT test scores and leadership skills for minority girls in underserved communities entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. The 2013 program will be held on July 28-August 9, 2013 at The Friend Center. Each year, the Academy offer dynamic speakers, SAT preparatory courses, intense math and essay writing classes, tutoring, interactive studies, group activities, and field trips all on the beautiful campus of Princeton University. Read more…

EMCEE, H2, releases two new songs from his forthcoming Rap Heals All Wounds Mixtape

January 9, 2013 1 comment

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Election Day Excitement: In the Words of JET Magazine, Our President is LEGEND

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment


October 4, 2012 Leave a comment



NEWARK, NJ –Co-founder of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, (GCF) and lead MC of the Grammy-Award winning band The Roots, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, will partner with New Jersey policymakers and citizens on October 6th, at 7 pm for the Power Forward Cocktail Fundraiser & Concert at the Newark Museum at 49 Washington Street, in Newark, NJ. Read more…

Gloria Fisher Articulates “No Justice No Peace” with Rev. Al Sharpton

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment


Gloria Fisher Articulates “No Justice No Peace”

with Reverend Al Sharpton – National Action Network

HARLEM NY…Listen to Brandon Jackson’s mother, Gloria Fisher as she shares her ambitious fight for justice. Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of prosecutorial misconduct, legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifferences. This family has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the deep-south in the sixties.Brandon Jackson is a New Jersey native and is currently incarcerated in Jackson, New Jersey. In March of 2012, a jury consisting of 11 whites and one black female unjustly deemed him “guilty” – he is serving a 12-year consecutive sentence. This is a self-defense case that occurred in October 2006, which unfortunately became racial. Brandon was 21 years old and was attacked by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. Read more…

Racism Is Alive And Well in Jackson, NJ

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment


In this technologically advanced year of 2012, it is indeed sad that we still have a very long way to go with regard to basiBrandon C Jacksonc human justice FOR ALL (as our Pledge of Allegiance alludes too). Injustices continue to take place daily in our nation, and for people of color, they are, unfortunately, more frequent and often more blatant.

Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifference. A law-abiding young African-American man who had never been in any sort of trouble in his life, he is proof positive that the Land of Oz is not the only place where unbelievable things happen. A New Jersey native, he has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the Deep South in the 60’s.

To get to the point of this letter, Brandon Jackson has been incarcerated unjustly, for a 12-year term, after alarmingly lackadaisical legal representation by mainly “go-along to get-along” public defenders and private attorneys in Jackson, New Jersey. A series of other cover-ups regarding his case which, in a nutshell, involves his self-defense in a racial attack upon him in October 2006 (yes, this dragged on for five years), when he was 21 years old, by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. He was convicted, without any evidence, of the aggravated assault of two of his attackers, who testified against him at trial. Although the responding officer classified the incident as a racially-motivated attack/bias crime at trial, which took place during the height of the Zimmerman incident, the judge said such comments were not important in Ocean County, New Jersey, a predominantly white county. So, what do we tell our African-American and Latino sons — that they are an endangered species? Where is the basic American justice for Brandon Jackson and those like him? Read more…

Black Parents Want GOOD Teachers, Not Necessarily Black Ones

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

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A widely reported study out of the University of Houston, claiming that there is no added academic benefit for black students when they have black teachers, severely misses the point. As any black parent who has had a few years of experience in American schools can tell you, it’s the quality of the teacher, not the teacher’s skin color, that is the critical issue affecting student achievement. We all want GOOD teachers for our kids, not necessarily black teachers.

But there is a further point to be made here. I believe that when a black teacher is really good, which means she has the ability to get your child to see herself differently, to believe in herself, to start looking at the world in a different way, it can have an even deeper impact on a black child than with a white teacher who is equally good. It’s sort of like finding a love partner of a different race—of course a white woman can be just as good a partner to me as a black woman, but all things being equal, I don’t think a white woman will ever be able to understand me and all the cultural, historical, psychological and emotional issues that are lodged deep in my psyche, carried in my blood, the way a black woman would. I think the same is true of good teachers. Read more…

Qadree El-Amin To Release Star-Studded Biography

June 4, 2012 Leave a comment

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Qadree El-Amin, the man best known as the mastermind behind the career of Grammy Award winning artists Boyz II Men, will launch his long-anticipated star-studded biography, Qadree El-Amin: AMAN. Internationally recognized among trendsetters and tastemakers, El-Aminwill launch his glittering biography on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at events in his home state of New Jersey and in New York City. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. that day, El-Amin will appear at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan at the Book Expo America. Later that day, he will do a book signing in Irvington City Hall’s Rotunda, 1 Civic Square in Irvington, NJ from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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For Teenagers, a “Graduated” Driver’s License Saves Lives—and Saves Parents from a Nervous Breakdown

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

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The state of New Jersey is currently debating a bill that would create “graduated licenses” for teenagers, which add more safeguards and restrictions to the process of acquiring a license for 16-year-old drivers. While there is some opposition in New Jersey, these measures have been passed in many other states around the country, including Georgia, where I live, and let me tell you, they make a huge difference for parents. I am an unequivocal supporter of anything that makes teenagers more cautious and conscientious when they get behind the wheel.

First of all, you can’t argue with the statistics. A story in the New York Times, quoting numbers provided by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, says that with teenage drivers, a single passenger raises the risk of a crash by 50 percent and doubles the risk of a driver dying in a crash; three passengers increase the risk of a crash by 200 percent. Most graduated license laws, such as the one we have here in Georgia, prohibit 16-year-olds from driving with another teenager in the car for at least six months. In the second six months after they get the license, teens can’t have more than one other teen in the car. A year after the license, teens still aren’t supposed to have more than three other teens in the car. Read more…

{Let’s Talk About Sex} Tweens, Sex & the Essence Article That Scared the Crap Out Of Me

October 14, 2011 1 comment

Post image for {Let’s Talk About Sex} Tweens, Sex & the Essence Article That Scared the Crap Out Of MeBy Denene Millner
A few weeks ago, I dropped my Mari off for her first day of middle school and watched her trot up the long walkway to the junior high building, and then I promptly pulled my car around the corner and cried like a baby with a nasty head cold. An ugly, snotty cry.

I mean, I recognize that our job is to keep our babies from killing their fool selves as they march toward being grown up human beings and that we have to learn to let go a little, but on that day, as she pecked my cheek and bounced away from my car, it was very, very clear to me that, well, I ain’t ready for all that.

But in my quiet moments, when I really consider the kind of mother I am and especially the kind of mom I want to be to my babies, I recognize that I have to get ready. Especially for my Mari, who, at age 12, is hurtling head first into puberty and teenhood and all the stuff that comes with the two.

It’s the “stuff” that scares me—the stuff being the boys and the peer pressure and the self-consciousness and the sneaking and the rebellion and the false sense of maturity. I was a teenager once. I remember the mean girls. The cute boys and their sweet talk. The friends with the basements and the liquor cabinets and parents who turned a blind eye. How we all slathered on our war paint—our mom’s mascara and lipstick—and ran toward the fire, books and grades and what we learned at church on Sunday morning be damned. Read more…

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