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11 Outstanding Black Women to be Honored at Harlem Business Gala

Posted by Admin On April - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

36th annual Harlem Business Alliance Fundraising Awards Gala celebrates ‘Black Women Did That’ – honoring the brains, grace & power of black women

Saluting: Sylvia Rhone, Jeanne Wardford, Vera Moore, Dyana Williams, Glynda C. Carr, Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Jodie Patterson, Dr. Aletha Maybank and La-Verna J. Fountain


Event Sponsors: Airbnb, Harlem Community Development Corporation, City National Bank and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly


May 3, 2017, 6:30-10:00pm at Mist Harlem


Harlem Business Alliance Fundraising Awards Honorees

Harlem, NY (BlackNews.com) – For the past 36 years, the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) has honored black brilliance with their annual awards gala. This annual must attend celebration is the pinnacle fundraising event for the non profit. This year’s theme, ‘Black Women Did That’ shines the spotlight on excellence – honoring nine outstanding women, a first for the organization, which traditionally honors both women and men. Saluting the magic, brains, grace and determination of black women, the organization will acknowledge them in the following categories: business, communications, government, community service and newly added science technology engineering, art and math (STEAM). The 36th Annual Harlem Business Alliance Awards Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30-10:00pm at Mist Harlem (46 West 116th Street). Tickets can be purchased at: https://blackwomendidthat.splashthat.com. Sponsors for the event include: Airbnb, Harlem Community Development Corporation, City National Bank and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly.

This year’s honorees are: Sylvia Rhone (Business Person of the Year, Music Executive Icon) Jeanne Wardford (Chairman’s Award, W.K. Kellogg Foundation), Vera Moore (Entrepreneurship Award, CEO, Vera Moore Cosmetics), Dyana Williams (Percy Sutton Award, Entertainment powerhouse and CEO, Influencer Entertainment), Glynda C. Carr (Government Service Award, Advocate and Political Strategist), Kimberly Peeler-Allen (Government Service Award, Political Fundraiser and Event Planner), Jodie Patterson (Community Service Award, Entrepreneur and Activist), Dr. Aletha Maybank (STEAM Award, Deputy Commissioner for New York City Department of Health) and La-Verna J. Fountain (Woman of Action Award, VP for Strategic Communications & Construction Business Initiatives at Columbia University).

Past honorees include: Marcus Samuelsson (Chef & Restaurateur), Lisa Price (Founder, Carol’s Daughter) and Rhys Powell (President and Founder of Red Rabbit).

Growing up surrounded by strong, intelligent Black women, running thriving businesses and organizations throughout Harlem – Black Girl Magic was always the rule. Not the exception” says Regina Smith, Executive Director of HBA. This year’s theme ‘Black Women Did That’ recognizes the silent power of countless black women who fueled numerous movements from the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights, and to innovations in space, science, arts and entrepreneurship. In recognition of the success and inspiration they have brought to world, the HBA celebrates Black women for all that they do and will continue to do.

The Harlem Business Alliance has pledged its service as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem’s business community for over 36 years. Programs include, but are not limited to: Harlem’s first co-working space; first adult stem program; 10,000 entrepreneurs served through programs and services; 2,000 entrepreneurs received one-on-one counseling and over 1,200 workshops. With HBA’s guidance, their client’s small businesses bloomed from concept to tangible product, street vendor to store owner and food enthusiast to food artisan. Disrupt Harlem Code Squad was launched in Fall 2015, the first hyper focused program to connect young adults with entrepreneurship options via technology. Lastly, the HBA acknowledges when you educate a woman, you educate a generation; this inspired the groundbreaking Lillian Project, a tailored entrepreneur incubator for native born African American women.

Share in the magic as we salute ‘Black Women Did That’ at the 36th Annual Harlem Business Alliance Awards Gala, scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30-10:00|PM at Mist Harlem (46 West 116th Street). Tickets can be purchased at: https://blackwomendidthat.splashthat.com. Tweet and follow the event live at #BlackWomenDidThat.

Event Hashtag: #BlackWomenDidThat

About the Harlem Business Alliance
The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA), was founded in 1980 by a group of prominent Harlem business leaders who recognized the void that had resulted from years of disinvestment and abandonment in Harlem and the critical need to mobilize the existing businesses and organizations to come together as a collective voice. Incorporated in 1990 as a class 402 501(c)(3) corporation, HBA has worked diligently to establish Harlem as an economically self-sustaining community. For more information, visit www.hbany.org.

Photo Caption: (left to right) Jeanne Wardford, Dyana Williams, and Jodie Patterson are just three of nine outstanding women that will be honored.



Real Men Cook’s 2017 Father’s Day Celebration to Build on 2016 Success by Continuing With Multiple Locations

Posted by Admin On April - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Real Men Cook – Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event – will build on the success of the 2016 multiple-location format by hosting the event at the same citywide and suburban sites this year and by adding more venues. These individual celebrations are hosted by agencies and entities committed to the Real Men Charities, Inc. mission, to build healthy families and communities. Now in its 28th year, Real Men Cook will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18 from 3PM to 6PM.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, executive director of Real Men Cook, the presenting nonprofit, stated that pivoting from the original concept of hosting the celebration at one site and expanding it in 2016 was a platform they were unsure the public would accept.  However, the reception to hosting Real Men Cook at various sites in diverse neighborhoods was so overwhelmingly positive that every site will return in 2017 to host. Inspired by this success, other outlets/organizations have requested to be included.  Once vetted to see if their missions support Real Men Cook, they expect more sites to be added to the roster.

“We are delighted that the new format was embraced. We will build on the success, thanks to the positive responses,” Rael Jackson, long-time Real Men Cook director, declared.

Jackson added that the multi-location celebration allowed Real Men Cook to involve many more men from different communities, thereby broadening the message, reaching and involving more men while maintaining the Father’s Day tradition.  At the same time, each hosting location incorporates their own style and traditions into their celebrations. They will also determine entry fees.

Explained Cartman, “All my life these men of Real Men Cook have devoted countless volunteer hours and resources to cook their favorite dishes and serve. This new format allows them to serve the community most dear to them. The overarching goal is to influence young men to serve and grow their families and communities throughout the year.”

Cartman revealed that a popular feature will be added to this year’s celebrations.  “As an organization, we’ve only recognized one Father of the Year and that was our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. This year each site will honor a Father or Father/Son team who live up to the spirit of Real Men Cook, and incorporate the administration’s Fatherhood Pledge in the recognition.”

The events will continue an added Real Men Charities, Inc. tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children. Accordingly, in addition to traditional celebration dishes to sample, each locale will offer men serving healthy foods, and broadcasting the message that every day food selections can help to prevent disease.

Cartman believes the newly-revamped event represents the continuation of a broader Movement.  “Life is about change,” he declared, “and localizing and expanding the event’s reach is a way of keeping the healthy families, good men Movement vibrant and engaging every segment of our community. We are encouraged and humbled that there was such an outpouring of love to the new format and are heartened that the same locations will return. This is proof of the success and growing success of this model, and the response from young dads and new men interested in being among our volunteer cooks has been more than encouraging.”

Celebrities, media personalities, ministers, politicians, entertainers, athletes, local community leaders, chefs and everyday hard-working fathers will participate as part of their resolve to uplift the family and defy the negative images often depicted in the media.

The expanded format will be held at sites citywide, in suburban Chicago and Gary, Indiana. In these individual sites, men serve in churches, fraternity houses, homeless shelters, their blocks, backyards, homes and parks. At each location, they will demonstrate that Real Men Cook, Love, Work and Care.

Among the organizations that participated in 2016 and will return this year include:

BBF Family Services on Chicago’s west side, D.A.D.D.Y – (

Developing A Dedicated Driven Youth), Endeleo Institute – Men of Trinity Church, Fathers and Blessings, which brings together several Chicago south suburban towns, Mosque Maryam, Regal Theater, Hales Franciscan High School, and Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, Indiana.

Many private Real Men Cook events are also held on Father’s Day throughout the city, but are not open to the public.

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind. It provides a platform where “real men” from all walks of life give up Father’s Day pampering to work and be celebrated for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their families and to their communities. In keeping with Real Men Cook’s core mission.

Some of the high-profile men who have donned a chef’s hat and participated in the past include U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Congressmen Danny Davis, Congressman John Conyers, and John Lewis. Senate President Emil Jones and his son Senator Emil Jones and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson. Most recently two-time Grammy Winner, Che “Rhymefest” Smith and actors Mel Jackson, Anthony Anderson have also joined in the celebrations.

In this new format, guests choose the event location they prefer.  Those who opt to attend multiple celebrations will witness the different flavors and styles while seeing the same commitment to promoting fathers and family that has been at the heart of Real Men Cook.
For more information, visit

www.realmencook.com. Men interested in volunteering to star and cooks, donating their time and resources on Father’s Day, may contact Ayinde Cartman at AyindeCartman@gmail.com or Lafayette Ford at LafayetteFord@gmail.com or call 773-484-0624.

Omarosa Shocks, Angers Some NNPA Publishers as She Walks Out of ‘Black Press Week’ Breakfast

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


NNPA chair calls meeting a ‘lost opportunity’ for President Trump and ‘waste of time’ for NNPA

By Hazel Trice Edney


(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump’s director of communications for public liaison, walked out of a breakfast meeting she had requested to attend, hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Association last week after disputing the accuracy of a story written by this reporter in January.


The sudden move by the minister and reality star clearly shocked NNPA members and their guests in the March 23 meeting; especially since Manigault had called the chair of the historic group the night before and “asked to attend”, according to NNPA Chair Denise Rolark Barnes. Plus, during opening remarks, Manigault had praised Black journalists for historically asking “the tough questions”.


Manigault became agitated after this reporter asked a question following up on a story published under her byline for the Trice Edney News Wire Jan. 8. The story quoted civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine as stating that Manigault promised the “first interview” with Trump to NNPA President Benjamin Chavis during a Jan. 4 Trump transition team meeting with Black leaders.


Manigault doesn’t dispute having promised the interview. However, she was incensed because the story said she promised Chavis “the first” interview.

In context, the Jan. 8 story reports:


‘”Manigault’s promise of the interview was disclosed after a representative of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) stressed the importance of Black reporters interfacing with the president. Both Chavis and NABJ representatives participated in the closed door meeting held Jan. 4 at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in North West DC.

Trump aide Omarosa Manigault listens to question from reporter Hazel Trice Edney. Photo: Shevry Lassiter

‘”When NABJ said we need to make sure that somebody Black interviews the President first, [Omarosa] said, ‘Oh no.  Ben Chavis and I have already spoken and he’s going to be the first interview,'” recounted Arnwine, president/CEO of the Transformative Justice Coalition, in an interview. Arnwine said Chavis then “acknowledged that that was correct – that they had already been in touch with him about it.”‘


Hearing of Manigault’s denial this week, Arnwine seemed puzzled.  “It was to me a highlight. I had hoped that it really meant that African-American journalists were being repositioned into a higher priority for the incoming administration,” she said. “And I am surprised that this representation is unfortunately being dropped or not followed through. I was in the room and it was not said once. It was said twice.”


It is not clear whether the Trump staff recorded the meeting since it was off the record. Since the meeting, some have speculated that perhaps Manigault meant Chavis would be the first Black Press representative to interview Trump rather than the first journalist.


After seeing one White media reporter after another interview the President, this reporter, a former NNPA editor-in-chief invited to the breakfast by Barnes, followed up on the Jan. 8 story:


The first question pertains to “the promise that Ben Chavis would get the first interview with the president; then I have another question,” this reporter said after being acknowledged by Manigault.


Manigault strongly responded, “Ben Chavis was never promised the first interview. He was promised an interview, but not the first. And I was very surprised because we’ve always had a great working relationship, Hazel, that you wrote such a dishonest story about a closed off the record meeting that I invited NNPA to to make sure that we had a great relationship, that we started early. I was really surprised that you made that a press story because that was inaccurate. And moreover, you weren’t in the room.”


The publishers were in Washington observing NNPA’s annual Black Press Week, this year celebrating the 190th anniversary of the Black Press. The exchange, during a breakfast meeting at the Dupont Circle Hotel, quickly went downhill with both professionals clearly agitated.


“It was not inaccurate, and I have my sources right here. The question is when is the interview going to take place? That’s the question,” this reporter insisted.


Manigault responded, “We’ve been working for months because we have that kind of relationship…We had been working very closely to make sure that NNPA was on the front row and at the forefront of what happened. Your article did more damage to NNPA and their relationship with the White House because it’s not just me. So you attack me, they circle the wagons. So you can keep attacking me and they will continue to circle the wagons, but that does not advance the agenda of what NNPA is doing,” Manigault said. “I’m going to continue to work with Ben Chavis, who I adore, to make sure that we do what we said we were going to do. Interestingly enough, we were just talking about this privately over here. And so, if you want to make another headline or do another story about it, I think that is really not professional journalism.”


This reporter responded, “It’s professional journalism.”


Actually, the Jan. 8 story did not attack Manigault. In fact it quoted Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church as calling her a “great leader” and NAACP Vice President Hilary Shelton as saying, “I have a lot of respect for her.”


Chavis, in the Jan. 8 story, had made it clear that the meeting was off the record for him and the other dozens of organizational leaders in the room Jan. 4, including several non-working journalists.


This reporter and CNN’s Betsy Klein staked out the Jan. 4 meeting for more than three hours standing in winter weather outside the building on the sidewalk. Some organizational leaders spoke guardedly after the meeting that day while most, including Chavis, declined comment.


Neither Manigault – nor any of her colleagues – would speak on the record Jan. 4 and this reporter has not been able to reach Manigault for comment since. Also, until the March 23 breakfast, Manigault had said nothing to this reporter about disagreeing with the article.

At one point during the breakfast back and forth, Manigault turned to Chavis saying, “He’s right here. The source is here.”


This reporter said she would not divulge her sources; then asked Chavis to recount what he had “told me”. He repeated, “What I told you was it was an off the record meeting.” He told Manigault that she had promised him an interview. She stressed that she had not said “the first.”


This reporter’s question was not isolated as it pertained to Black Press access.


Stacy Brown, a reporter for the Washington Informer and NNPA contributor had actually asked the first question at the breakfast, noting Manigault’s opening words about the importance of Black Press coverage. “Just as important for us is access,” Brown stated, “What kind of access can we expect from this administration? When I say we, I’m talking about the Black Press,” Brown asked.


Manigault responded, “I know that [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer and the rest of the press team are working to make sure that the NNPA gets access so I think it is important that they stay engaged.”


Referring to President Trump’s March 22 meeting with Congressional Black Caucus leaders, Manigault said she believed the White House “had a historical number of African-American journalists covering it and given access to that particular event.”


But, Washington Informer photographer Shevry Lassiter, quickly responded, “Except us.” Lassiter said she was told that too many people had signed up for coverage, giving her the impression that “We were too late.”


When Manigault responded, “Your paper work has got to be right,” Lassiter clarified, “It was right. We got notice and sent it in; then couldn’t get in. She said they had too many,” Lassiter said, referring to a staffer.


“Are you bashing my young staffer?” Manigault asked. “I’m not going to let you do that. I’m not going to let you do that. I’m not going to let you do that.”


That exchange was just before this reporter’s question and the brouhaha that followed. When this reporter asked to move on to the second question, Manigault abruptly walked out with staffers in tow a little more than 10 minutes after arriving.


Publishers were aghast.


“Did she just walk out? Did she leave?” someone in the audience said quietly.


“How is she going to come in here and just walk out?” asked Chicago Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell, standing. The former NNPA president and NABJ Hall of Fame Inductee said, “And any other Black Press person ought to be insulted by what she did,” said Leavell. “It was totally disrespectful.”


A man’s voice called out, “We are insulted!”


“That’s how the Trump people act. This is Trumpism! This is Trumpism!” said another publisher.


The criticism was not just aimed at Manigault. Some in the room said this reporter was as much at fault in the way the question was posed.


GOP political commentator and consultant Paris Dennard, also present at the breakfast meeting, said in an interview that the question was adversarial.


“With all due respect to you Hazel, it came off as a bit confrontational,” Dennard said. “It came off as being a little bit on the attack.”


Dennard continued, “What I know is it was a priority for Omarosa to be here…I know that it was not her intention to come in and leave. No one gets up, comes to NNPA with people that she’s known and worked with to make a scene and leave. That wasn’t her intention.”


Barnes had given Manigault a glowing introduction, calling her a “top strategist” who helped get Trump elected.


“There’s so many things that I could say about Rev. Omarosa Manigault and I just want to say that some of us really do consider her a great friend. I know that she’s a supporter of NNPA. And that is why she asked to come to speak to us this morning.”


Chavis sought to calm the group after Manigault walked out, stating that he believes the interview is still on.


“Let’s collect ourselves,” he said. “It’s in our interest to have an interview with the President of the United States. And that’s what we’re trying to accomplish and I believe we will accomplish…If Omarosa can help us facilitate that engagement, I think it’s in our interest. But as journalists, I know you have to ask your questions.”


Barnes, clarifying that she was speaking momentarily as publisher of the Washington Informer instead of NNPA chair, concluded that Manigault’s conduct was unacceptable.  “That was totally unnecessarily. She doesn’t start a conversation saying ask the ‘tough questions’ and then run away from the tough questions…And so we’re going to have to bypass her. She’s not the only person in the White House if we want to deal with the White House.”


Later, in an interview speaking as NNPA chair, Barnes said: “To me, I almost feel as if we were baited…I expected a different presentation from her, which would have led us into asking a different set of questions about the issues she was going to raise and not get into this personal confrontation with a journalist. So, I’m disappointed that she didn’t – in my opinion – come in and speak on the President’s and on the administrations’ behalf about things that are important to this administration that the Black Press should be focusing on. That didn’t happen. It was a lost opportunity for the President. And it was definitely a waste of time for NNPA.”

Photo Caption: NNPA President Ben Chavis discusses prospective interview with Manigault during heated exchange.

PHOTO: Shevry Lassiter

“The Wendy Williams Show” is Hiring Interns for the Spring, Summer, and Fall

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Wendy Williams Show

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – The highly popular Wendy Williams Show is looking for qualified, organized and professional interns in the New York City area who want to gain experience in television production. All applicants must be at least 18-years-old, able to receive college credit for the internship and work at least 3 days a week.

Ideal candidates will be those pursuing careers in television production. This is a professional internship opportunity for qualified candidates. Applicants must have good communication and organizational skills and a desire to learn more about television production.

Interns may choose to work in either production, creative or wardrobe. Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall.

The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by Wendy Williams herself, premiered in 2008 as a six-week trial in select cities, but was shortly picked up for a full season and has gone on to be one of the most successful talk shows of all time.

For more details and/or to apply for the internship program, visit:

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Author-Wealth Coach Teaching Others How to Live Like a Millionaire on Any Budget – Says “Financial Success is Not a Gift; It’s a Habit”

Posted by Admin On March - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Teacherpreneur/ Money Magnet Timolin Langins holistic approach to wealth building underscores her workshops, her blogs, and her writings as the author of Mind Over Money, How to Live like a Millionaire on Any Budget and contributing writer to Hoarders star, Dorothy Breiningers book Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff. 
Timolin Langin, teacherpreneur, money magnet, and founder of New Fit World TV

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Author, veteran teacher, real estate investor, and world traveler Timolin Langins roots are in a small town in Mississippi. There, a generation of relatives with a mothers wit for financial success taught her how humble earnings could yield a fiscal life stable enough to support all her dreams, travels and interests. Her first lessons were given to her by her grandmother, great-grandmother (mothers side) and father. They were good stewards of money who passed on sensible spending habits and wealth building money management practices by example.

For Timolin, her financial success has been a logical progression, but after watching many smart people struggle with their finances, she realized that her money sense is an uncommon gift. She has decided to share her practical habits and easy to implement strategies that enables her to live like a millionaire on any budget by way of a modest teachers salary.

She proves that financial success is less about actual income or specific dollar amount, and more about effective money management, passion or purpose, and a zest for living. Whether you make $10,000 per year or $10,000,000 per year, there are similar philosophies and universal truths that are common to all who seek to grow wealth. If one is faithful with little, one will be faithful with much and only then will more be given is an adage Timolin lives by and believes essential to growing and maintaining wealth for generations. She strongly places emphasis on strategic use of the money tool; not the actual amount of money you have currently.

Timolin takes a holistic approach to wealth building that impacts every area of life. This belief underscores her workshops, her blogs, her book talks/writings as author of Mind Over Money, How to Live like a Millionaire on Any Budget and contributing writer to “Hoarders” star, Dorothy Breiningers book Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff. She focuses on the rarely discussed element and hindrance to wealth building called Emotional Spending/Overspending — a factor she explains in her debut book, in addition to specific tasks one can take to increase financial success, decrease debt through strategic spending and easy to implement saving techniques, plus investments, entrepreneurship and more so we can all live the life of our dreams. She has revealed financial success tips to her clients and followers via her website and You Tube channel. Timolin believes the wealth building message she teaches is universal and wants to share it with the world.

She closes all of her talks, blogs, and speaking engagements with these closing words: “Financial Success is not a gift; it is a habit!”

For more information, to get her book, visit Timolins website at www.NewFitWorldTV.com, call (213)453-3921, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TimolinRLangin/ and Twitter @Timmieteacher.

As a former producer, writer, and host of award winning cable shows, Timolin is planning to soon start streaming live.


Photo: Timolin Langin, teacherpreneur, money magnet, and founder of New Fit World TV


The Year of Race Based Trauma: What Happened to the Talk of a Post Racial America?

Posted by Admin On March - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy By Robert T. Carter

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – In the age of the Trump Effect, an increase in police brutality cases, workplace discrimination and racial profiling, the long term effects of this “new normal” can have a profound impact on the social and psychological health of the community. In response to the changing cultural landscape, Robert T. Carter and Associates (RTCA), a forensic and organizational consulting group of licensed psychologist and professors, offers training services to corporations, non-profits, human resource departments and community organizations providing strategies for preventive solutions and care of race based trauma.

RTCA has worked on a range of issues related to racial discrimination; hostile work environment and racial harassment, specializing in race based traumatic stress. Founder and Principal of RTCA, Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. is a professor, author and expert on race related issues. A professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University, Carter has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as authoring and editing seven books – including The Influence of Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy Toward a Racially Inclusive Model. Dr. Carter’s framework defines race based traumatic stress as an emotional/psychological response to racial experiences that results in functional impairments, making activities of daily living difficult.

This framework has laid the groundwork for RTCA to serve as an expert witness in race-related cases, lending his expertise in the area of stressful and traumatic effects of racial discrimination. He has served as an expert witness on more than fifty federal discrimination, harassment and racial profiling cases, presenting evidence of the impact of race based experiences on current and future experiences. Carter states, “Our work as expert witnesses, have involved the modification of school systems’ racial desegregation plans, biracial custody, racial discrimination and racial harassment in schools, the workplace and as consumer racial profiling.”

To learn more about RTCA or schedule an interview, please contact Malin PR at 240-264-7330 or askmalinpr@gmail.com

Robert T. Carter & Associates offers professional, objective and accurate empirical based research and training services. Headquartered in New York City with a satellite office in Dallas, RTCA has served as an expert witness for more than 20 years on a range of racial discrimination issues. RTCA opinions are supported by reports including research, evidence about the issues in the case, and the administering of race based traumatic stress evaluations to assess the occurrence of functional impairment. Learn more about RTCA at www.roberttcarterassociates.com

Photo: Bookcover


Where African Fashions Meet the Stylish Traveler

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Shangani Fashion’s debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name “Shoshangani” means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.
Creations by Shangani’s Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions.


The design duo collaborating on the aesthetics are Fashion Designers Elesia Peterman and Mary Moore. Moore is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and a world traveler.  “My inspirations are fusions of my cultural, travel experiences and my Zimbabwean heritage and styles. Shoppers will find divers influences from the Caribbean, European and Middle-Eastern expressions in my fashions. I enjoy mixing various African influences with a contemporary cut and shape for a modernized look. And the result is a ready-to-wear brand that is suitable for all occasions” explains Mary Moore.


My creative inspiration comes from a fusion of time, epoch periods and cultures, while remaining Afrocentric“. States Elesia Peterman. “I want our line to show that African print transcends. The looks can be worn strictly as traditional wear, but the looks can also be incorporated in business and everyday casual use. What makes our line unique is that it isn’t just an African meets Western cohesion. Our goal is to reach and inspire a much bigger market. Our line is an international fusion. Also, being a millennial, I feel I can relate with the style trends my peers are excited about.. I want to use clothing design as my voice and demonstration of creativity.


Shangani offers looks for both men and women, and intends to expand the menswear line for upcoming seasons. The garments are wearable for business casual or as formal wear. Depending on the type of garment design, the brand uses one-hundred percent cotton, applied with Dutch Wax print, Denim and other uniquely blended materials of the finest quality. Completing the Afro-inspired look, the Shangani brand also features handcrafted travel handbags and clutch bags. Accessories such as earrings, bracelets and shoes, add a hint of sophistication to an individual’s look.


2017 Wealth-Building Conference at Sea Featuring Media Maven Karen Civil

Posted by Admin On March - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SpreadLove(TM) Sets Sail With One Of Hip-Hops MVPs

Karen Civil, keynote speaker at Spreadlove Wealth-building Conference
Tampa, FL (BlackNews.com) – SpreadLove(TM) announced its inaugural event aimed at educating and informing participants about various streams of revenue that can be derived from: franchise ownership; real estate investing; stocks, mutual funds, and annuities; multi-level marketing; and entrepreneurship.The keynote speaker, Karen Civil, is the founder of LivingCivil.com and KarenCivil.com. This media maven has been compared to Oprah Winfrey for her influence in the rap industry. Civil won a 2009 Black Web Award from Essence Magazine. In 2010, MTV named Civil one of the year’s Hip-Hop MVPs. In 2012, Civil was named to the Ebony Power 100 list. On September 15, 2015, Civil was a guest speaker at the White House “Champions of Change” event honoring young women and their contributions to their communities.A recent study by Brandeis University and Demos found in African American and Latino communities:* Going to college does not close the racial wealth gap.
* Raising children in a two-parent household does not close the racial wealth gap.
* Working full time does not close the racial wealth gap.
* Spending less does not close the racial wealth gap.

A change in mindset is a prerequisite to a change in circumstances, said Esther Jeanbart, founder and CEO of SpreadLove(TM) . Our conference participants will engage with business leaders for 3 nights and 4 days in various business and social settings. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and financial freedom. These concepts are my driving force and I am excited to present this opportunity to make new connections, learn new business practices and strategies, invest in businesses and financial products, and form new habits that can lead to personal success.

The 2017 Wealth Building Conference At Sea will be held aboard the Carnival Liberty from October 26, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The conference will feature guest speakers, workshops, vendors, and parties with guest DJs. The ship sails from Orlando, FL to the Bahamas.

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Underground Railroad History Project to Host Liberty Con 2017 – “Americans@Risk: Race Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters”

Posted by Admin On March - 2 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Liberty Con 2017

Nationwide — Liberty Con 2017 – Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters, the 16th annual public history convention organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, is scheduled for March 24-25 at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY and on March 26 at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany, NY. Race relations, gender issues, immigration reform, white privilege, and religion play a role in the risks Americans face today. Designed for a multi-age, diverse audience, this three day convention will explore these and other civil rights issues, locate them in their relationship with American history, and dialogue about action responses through a series of workshops, roundtable conversations, and keynote speakers. Is history repeating itself?

Tim Wise, internationally known anti-racist speaker and author, will open the proceedings on Friday, March 24 at 7pm in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium of Schenectady County Community College on the theme of Racism, Denial, and Movement Building. Having graduated from Tulane University in 1990, he received his antiracism training from the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond (www.pisab.org) in New Orleans. Tim Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America. Among his ten published works are included Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (2009, City Lights Publishers) and White Lies Matter: Race, Crime, and the Politics of Fear in America (2017, City Lights Publishers). Wise has spoken at over 1,000 academic institutions, and to hundreds of professional and community groups around the country, in Canada, and in Bermuda. He has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. His considerable rhetorical skills, his fluid literary gifts and his relentless search for the truth make him a critical ally in the fight against racism and a true soldier in the war for social justice. His writing and thinking constitute a bulwark of common sense, and uncommon wisdom, on the subject of race, politics and culture. He is a national treasure. — Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor, Georgetown University, and best-selling author of nine books, including Race Rules, Holler if You Hear Me, and Between God and Gangsta Rap.

On Saturday, March 25 Liberty Con 2017 will host a keynote presentation, Cross Roads, given by CeLilliane Green (www.celilliannegreen.net), lawyer, poet, and playwright. Panel presentations, round tables, student poster displays, vendors, exhibitors, an art exhibition, web based games, a Solution Wall, and a Wheres Stevie search fill out the experience. Attendees are invited to come dressed in early to mid-19th century attire. Costumed re-enactors will bring historic abolitionists and freedom seekers to life. On Sunday, March 26th, an Open House will be hosted at the award-winning Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.

Full details for Liberty Con 2017 – Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters are available at www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/conference or by calling Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region at (518) 432-4432.

Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles, engaging in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society. More information about Underground Railroad History Project and Liberty Con 2017 is available at www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org or by calling (518) 432-4432.


StoryCorps in Chicago, Community Partners to Host Event “Dismantling Barriers to Life: A Speak Out on Mass Incarceration” on March 11th

Posted by Admin On February - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

StoryCorps Justice project partners with local community organizations to record stories about impact of mass incarceration in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – StoryCorps in Chicago is partnering with several Chicago community-based organizations for an upcoming event on March 11th, “Dismantling Barriers to Life: A speak out on mass incarceration”, to explore the impacts of mass incarceration within the Chicago community.

Co-hosts for the event include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Community Renewal Society, Growing Home, and Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. These organizations are among those in Illinois providing direct services to individuals and families impacted by mass incarceration. They have also partnered with StoryCorps in Chicago to record first-person accounts so that these experiences are preserved in this nation’s historical record. Some of these interviews have aired on WBEZ and are archived at StoryCorps, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Museum.

After forging these partnerships in which dozens of participants shared their intimate experiences with incarceration, partners gathered with StoryCorps to see if an event to showcase the stories and the work of these organizations could be possible. The event’s MCs are Colette Payne of Cabrini Legal Aid and Marlon Chamberlain Community Renewal Society.

“Behind every social injustice there is a personal story,” says Colette Payne. “I tell my story, because it will change the world.”

Produced audio stories will be interwoven with personal testimonies, facilitated circle discussions, tabling by advocacy organizations, and a panel discussion on barriers to life after re-entry. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is affiliated with the StoryCorps Justice Project (SCJP), Storycorps’ newest initiative, which aims to amplify and preserve the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mass incarceration and the justice system nationwide.

On February 17th, the Justice Project partnered with WBEZ to broadcast a conversation recorded at the Chicago StoryBooth with Darryl Cooke and Terry Baines. These two men sat down at the Chicago Cultural Center to reflect on their understanding of historical trauma, and how their brotherhood has supported them through the challenges of re-entry.

The StoryCorps Justice Project is a grant recipient of the Safety + Justice Challenge Network, an initiative of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Sat, March 11, 2017

1PM – 4:00 PM CST

Doors open at 12:30PM


First Baptist Congregational

1613 West Washington Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60607


To RSVP, please visit our eventbrite, dismantlingbarriers.eventbrite.com


#dismantlingbarriers #storycorps

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427167563961663/

Playlist of stories:


For accessibility needs please contact Chicago@StoryCorps.org.

About StoryCorps:

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given 350,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of the stories we record through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.

In 2014, StoryCorps in Chicago opened a permanent booth in the Chicago Cultural Center dedicated to recording stories from the public and expanding community engagement by partnering with organizations that serve diverse communities. Since 2014,  StoryCorps in Chicago has recorded and partnered with over 140 organizations and recorded over 3,000 interviews.

About Colette Payne:

Colette Payne is an organizer, leader, student, mother, and grandmother. Since 2014, Colette has acted as the head of the Visible Voices program for the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program and now serves as the Community Organizer for Cabrini Green Legal Aid. In 2015 Colette joined the delegation to assess women’s prisons in Illinois, becoming the first formerly-incarcerated woman to serve in this role in the entire United States. Colette was also selected as a 2016 Fellow for JustLeadershipUSA.

About Marlon Chamberlain:

Marlon Chamberlain was released from Federal Prison on May 29, 2012 after serving 10 years. Following his release, he began working with the F.O.R.C.E. Project (Fighting To Overcome Records & Create Equality), an initiative of the Community Renewal Society led by people with records, and currently serves as its Organizer. Marlon is also a student at Kennedy King College in pursuit of his Master’s degree in Social Work. He is a devoted family man, who continues to put his faith into action by building relationships with congregations and like-minded people to fight against racism, discrimination, and poverty.


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