Monday, October 22, 2018

Black Filmmakers Garner Special Recognition at 2018 MPAC Film Festival

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BLACK FILMMAKERS GARNER SPECIAL RECOGNITION AT 2018 MPAC FILM FESTIVAL 



 Houston, TX The independent film David, a suspense/thriller dealing with addiction by Lakisha Lemons of LL Productions, Inc., won Best in Fest at the 2018 MPAC Film Festival. Independent filmmakers from around the world gathered for the Festival October 11-13, 2018 in Houston, Texas. The festival kicked off with Grammy-nominated award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist Marsha Ambrosius and the last day wrapped up with the multi-talented comedienne and actress Kiana Dancie who was a panelist and hosted the monologue competition.

MPAC is dedicated to performing artists and aspiring talent in Houston by bringing in established entertainment professionals to share their path to success and expertise. It's a unique educational and inspirational organization that positively contributes to the cultural fabric of our community." Rick Ferguson, Executive Director, Houston Film Commission


Black-Owned Wine Brand to Appear in New Tyler Perry Film

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BLACK-OWNED AWARD-WINNING WINE BRAND TO APPEAR IN NEW TYLER PERRY COMEDY MOVIE, NOBODY'S FOOL


 Magnolia, TX  Wines by Darjean Jones Wines, a small boutique wine company owned and operated by a Magnolia, Texas scientist, Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones, are set to appear in the new Tyler Perry Movie, Nobody's Fool (2018), which will be released on Friday, November 2.

Nobody's Fool stars Tiffany Haddish who is just released from prison and reunites with her sister (Tika Sumpter) only to find the man her sister has been dating online may not be what he seems. Bottles of Darjean Jones Wines can be seen in scenes of the movie as the wine of choice for its characters. The brand's inclusion is part of a continuing trend by movie producers to include wine as part of its characters' lifestyles, further making them relatable to audiences.

Black Entrepreneur's New App Records Police Encounters

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPS NEW HI-TAPO APP TO RECORD VIDEO DURING LAW ENFORCEMENT STOPS



Los Angeles, CA  The centuries-old criminal justice paradigm has just shifted. HI-TAPO, a new free mobile app for Android phones, which launched this week as a pilot program, could change everyday interaction between residents and law enforcement for the better.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPS NEW HI-TAPO APP TO RECORD VIDEO DURING LAW ENFORCEMENT STOPS  HI-TAPO also provides geo-mapping to identify the user’s location," said HI-TAPO CEO Martin Whitehead, the African-American entrepreneur who developed the app. (Visit www.HI-TAPO.com.)



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Checkout What Senator Sanders Had To Say About The Recent Proud Boys Attack

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NYS Senator James Sanders Sounds Off On Proud Boys' Hate Speech And Violence

From The Office Of NYS Senator James Sanders, Jr.

New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) said:

"I am disgusted by the recent outbreak of violence, which occurred on Friday near the GOP’s headquarters in New York City known as the Metropolitan Republican Club. It happened following an event, where the guest speaker was the leader of the Proud Boys, a violent, alt-right, pro-Trump group known for its racist, homophobic and misogynist behavior.

While the First Amendment right to free speech allows unsavory groups like the Proud Boys to spread their propaganda, the GOP did not have to give them a platform to convey their message. It was an extremely poor decision on their part, if the Republicans want to paint themselves as a mainstream organization that represents all people. However, some say the strategy of the GOP is to use dog whistles and racist fear-mongering to bring out their vote. If that’s the case, it would explain why the Proud Boys were invited to spew their venom.

Members of the Proud Boys were caught on video assaulting anti-fascist protesters after the event. At one point a dozen of them were kicking a man and shouting anti-gay slurs at him while he was curled up in a fetal position on the floor. The leader of the Proud Boys, who was reportedly present during the incident, seemed to justify the violence by stating that anti-fascists had created a “climate of fear” by vandalizing a GOP clubhouse.

New Documentary, Life of Blues Legend Frank Bey

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NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM, "ASK ME HOW I FEEL," TELLS THE LIFE STORY OF BLUES SINGER FRANK BEY





 Nationwide  The vision for "Ask Me How I Feel" was born in Philadelphia, PA in February 2016 when filmmakers Marie Hinson and Thomas Daniel Dwyer met Frank Bey and decided to follow him to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis where he was nominated for two awards that year. Over the next two years the filmmakers followed Bey around the world, capturing moments from Bey's shows and life off the stage. During this time, Bey went to Nashville for the first time in his career to make an album about his life, "Back in Business", with Grammy award-winning producer Tom Hambridge. "Ask Me How I Feel" culminates with this creative and emotional high-point of the 72-year-old singer's life. The official documentary trailer can be viewed here.


Voice Your Concerns To The Police Department In This Town Hall

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Talk With The Police Department At This Town Hall



From The Office of Tricia Ramcharit, 
Outreach Coordinator
Civilian Complaint Review Board

Hello!

I would like to cordially invite you and fellow members of the community to join us for our Queens Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm located at Saint Clare Catholic Academy, 137-25 Brookville Blvd. Rosedale, NY 11422.

This town hall style meeting is intended to open a dialogue with community leaders and residents of Queens in order to better understand police-community relations in the borough. It is a forum for the community to voice their concerns, offer insights, and share experiences with policing and police-community relations in the neighborhood. Members from the community are allowed to make a comment during the public session or sign-up
upon arrival to speak.

Elected officials, members of law enforcement, community leaders, residents, and media are expected to attend, including Council Member Donovan Richards.  You are encouraged to extend the invitation to your various networks and share the flyer on social media, as all are welcome. Here is a link to RSVP to the event, although it is not required for
entry.  Contact: (212) 912-7229 tramcharit@ccrb.nyc.gov


Black Author Shares Secrets to Entrepreneurship

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AWARD-WINNING BLACK BUSINESS OWNER RELEASES NEW BOOK REVEALING THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Nationwide -- "Everybody has what it takes to become a success in business." That's the message from Curtis Martin, founder and CEO of family-run company Nitram Industries LLC, as he reveals the secrets wealthy entrepreneurs and business leaders know in his new book entitled 10 Strategies To Take Action, Learn The Secrets Successful Entrepreneurs Know.

With a background in coaching people from all backgrounds to ditch their 9 to 5 routines and build a business doing something that they love instead, Curtis is keen to share concepts and strategies that turn business ideas into money-making reality.

Curtis comments, "I'm excited to help everyday people get started on their entrepreneurial journey to replace their 9 to 5 income. I've helped people start part-time and full-time businesses, and I'm here to help you as well. My approach is to work hard and lead by example."