Monday, January 21, 2019

Kamau And nZinga Austin To Receive Outstanding Community Service Award For Publishing The Southeast Queens Scoop

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Co-Publishers Of The Southeast Queens Scoop To Receive The Outstanding Community Service Award
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By Kamau Austin

Wow I was both surprised and honored when a business person and artist Ms. Adrienne Whaley, founder of the Queens Center Of The Arts, told me we were selected for an  "Outstanding Community Service Award."  Actually I laughed in disbelief. I laughed under the incredulous irony of the moment.

See we started a local blog for our community to challenge the major media usually primarily covering our area with negative or sensational news stories. My daughter and I covered over 1,500 community events, Black businesses, and economic development stories before making a dime for our efforts.  

80% of the time we didn't even get a thank you. But we did it as an act of love. We made a little money from a few of my clients in the area, that I had before we did any serious publishing to make some income.


But we did it because we were tired of the negative major media coverage of the area. What was so disappointing was the Southeast Queens, NYC area is historic in a few ways.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Woman Says 4 Failed Marriages Saved Her Life

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IN NEW BOOK, AUTHOR SAYS THAT HER 4 FAILED MARRIAGES SAVED HER LIFE
Michelamonè, author of Rejection Saved My Life
Chicago, IL  -- "What if I told you that over the last 20 years, I have been married and divorced 4 times and the last one was designed to kill me emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically and yet, I still walk in forgiveness for it all?" says author Michelamonè.
Michelamonè, a life and relationship expert, is a true testament that life is not about what happens to you, but how you choose to respond to the trials, tribulations and challenges that it may bring. The ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur has been called to help women live in successful relationships and marriages after overcoming rejection, self-doubt and fear.

Her latest book, Rejection Saved My Life, is set to release February 24, 2019. Every woman, from birth to adulthood, has experienced rejection at some point in her life: parental rejection, rejection in marriage, childhood rejection, rejection in the workplace and so much more. Often, she is left wounded, lifting baggage that is too heavy to carry.

Black-Owned EdTech Startup Launches "Wakanda Now" Campaign

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MISSION-DRIVEN GIG ECONOMY JOBS TO BUILD WAKANDA NOW

Create social impact and make money too.

Maurice Womack, CEO of OASIS
Columbus, OH -- OASIS, a socially conscious EdTech startup that provides hands-on, video-led STEM learning for kids, announced that it is launching OASIS Live, a distribution model which leverages the "gig economy" to create social impact.  Using this new distribution strategy, OASIS hopes to accomplish its mission of delivering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning to youth everywhere, especially those in underserved and underrepresented communities.

OASIS is calling this campaign "Wakanda Now," a reference to the movie Black Panther and the fictional nation of Wakanda whose advances in science, medicine, and technology have allowed its citizens to live unbothered by the outside world. OASIS CEO Maurice Womack said, "We want to realize the idea of Wakanda now by exposing more youth to STEM subjects and skills that will equip them to be the innovators of tomorrow."

Of the new business model's goal, Womack said, "It's a win-win-win. We're (OASIS) able to reach more youth, communities get access to high-quality STEM learning, and coaches get to earn money, have a flexible work schedule, and create meaningful social impact."
He added, "By helping to eradicate STEM deserts OASIS Live coaches can contribute to a mission with purpose as opposed to simply driving Uber or charging Bird scooters for extra cash."

Black-Owned Day Trading Firm Shares Tips For Building Generational Wealth

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SUCCESSFUL BLACK-OWNED DAY TRADING FIRM SHARES TIPS FOR BUILDING GENERATIONAL WEALTH IN 2019


Have you made a P.L.A.N. for 2019 to work towards building generational wealth?

Nationwide -- The Profit Room, a Black-owned day trading firm, is sharing some valuable tips for African Americans who want to build generational wealth. Founders Latoya and Ernest created The Profit Room based on their individual success as investors and traders. Here's their advice to others:

P - Pay Yourself First.
When you earn a dollar the first person you should pay is you. Most people will pay everyone else first. Make it a habit to pay yourself, as in automatic payments from your check straight to your savings or investment accounts. The point in this matter is you can not spend what you do not have. By making the mental switch to paying yourself first into a necessity rather than a desire; then over time you would have saved a substantial amount money.

L - Learn and Change Your Mindset.
It's never too late to condition your mind and thoughts. Early in our lives we had certain perspectives that shaped our perception and views about money. We can change the way we think about money. Many people believe that it is difficult to become financially free. Although the process is a journey the information that is readily available is endless. It's just your willingness to accept positive changes in order to reprogram your subconscious mind.

Top Black Scholarship Programs For 2019

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TOP 12 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR BLACK/ AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN 2019

Nationwide -- The new year has settled in, and most students are already back to their normal school routine. Also, many are realizing that the summer is fast approaching and that its time to start thinking about applying for scholarships for the upcoming 2019/2020 college season.

Here are the top scholarships programs for African American students to apply for in 2019:

#1 - Spike Lee's Malcolm X Scholarship For Exceptional Courage: The Malcolm X Scholarship for "Exceptional Courage" is directed towards undergraduate students, who are enrolled at one of the UNCF Institutions. The scholarship was developed by Spike Lee to increase the awareness about the life and contributions of Malcolm X within society. Learn more at www.blackscholarships.org/2019/01/spike-lee-malcolm-x-scholarship-for-exceptional-courage.html

#2 - Derrick Rose Scholars Program: Passionate about embodying a legacy that will empower the next generation to pursue greatness; NBA star Derrick Rose has launched a scholarship program called the Rose Scholars. The program is open to high school sophomore, junior + senior students who are civically minded and have an instinct to lead. Learn more at www.blackscholarships.org/2018/09/nba-star-derrick-rose-scholarship-program.html

#3 - Scholarships From Beyonce's BeyGOOD Foundation and Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation: While on their OTR II Tour, Beyoncé and Jay-Z (through BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation) announced a new scholarship program to award exceptional senior high school students with financial needs. Each recipient will receive a scholarship award of $100K to put toward their college enrollment, and the award will serve as a dedicated university-based fund for each selected student throughout the duration of their enrollment. Learn more at www.blackscholarships.org/2018/09/scholarships-available-beyonce-beygood-jay-z-shawn-carter-foundation.html

Black Columnist Admonishes America to View James Baldwin's Beale Street With Different Optics

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AMERICA SHOULD VIEW JAMES BALDWIN’S BEALE STREET WITH DIFFERENT OPTICS
By Tolson Banner
Nationwide -- Beale Street is anywhere Black USA: rural or urban - where the 24/7 steady drumbeat of Black Lives Matter beat out justice against a pernicious rhythm of "implicit bias and unconscious discrimination". It is where Red, Black and Green fade into invisibility vis a' vis the landscape of Red and Blue United White States. It is where the pronouncements of white privilege and white entitlement emanate, as King puts it, "jangling discords of the nation."

This is where movies about race relations - streamed or projected, end the same - rendering spoiler alerts unnecessary. The black protagonist is always faced with insurmountable odds strategically placed by the white antagonist who denies at every turn their nefarious role in the arrested development of Black America.

The setting for the movie could very well be any Black USA community where the day is very much like yesterday: killings of unarmed blacks at the hands of noxious police, duplicated by staunch white racists; incarceration of innocent blacks by a rigged judicial system; profiling and arresting blacks for mundane acts of walking, driving, sitting, running, swimming, barbecuing; talking on the phone in a hotel lobby; asking to use the restroom; and simply BREATHING AIR. All charged to the same recurring theme of implicit bias.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Funding For Black-Owned Businesses

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NEW INITIATIVE HELPING BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES GET ACCESS TO FUNDING AND TREASURY SERVICES

Los Angeles, CA --  Historically, Black-owned businesses have had difficulty gaining access to adequate levels of working capital and other banking services. While there are several reasons for this disparity, a significant contributor has been limited knowledge of the client selection and onboarding processes banks practice to ensure they comply with all laws and regulations that govern client relationships. As banking regulations and disclosure requirements evolve, banks have increased their due diligence standards to stay ahead of regulatory changes, and to more clearly define their risk appetite.

One of the most important and major due diligence evolutions is Know Your Customer (KYC), which is the due diligence process that enables banks to fulfill their regulatory and legal obligations with respect to anti-money laundering and related financial crimes. Because of the serious threat to the US financial system and the impact money laundering and related crimes has on the US economy, banks are now required to gather much more information about their clients and how their products and services will be used before extending commercial credit, treasury management, merchant, and commercial credit card services.

It is critically important that Black-owned businesses are knowledgeable of the KYC process, and what documentation and information is expected of them when seeking banking services. In addition, understanding how information regarding ownership, operations, customers, vendors, and expected account transaction activity may impact the businesses risk profile is invaluable. This is particularly true for businesses considered to be high risk or that operate within high risk industries or geographies.

Helping Poor and Disadvantaged Kids Overcome Stuttering

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NEW FOUNDATION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HELP EMPOWER POOR AND DISADVANTAGED KIDS OVERCOME STUTTERING

Charleston, SC  In an effort to empower children from poor and disadvantaged families overcome stuttering, a Charleston woman has launched a new foundation that is setting out to transform these kids' lives, making them more confident and successful in life.

Sherrikka Myers, who grew up stuttering and later overcame it, says Every 1 Voice Matters, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is designed to initially assist children ages 5 to 10 gain to build self-esteem and confidence. She is partnering with local pathologists, schools and churches to offer children free and low-cost services. She plans on expanding the program to students in middle school and high school.


"I remember stuttering as a kid and it was so hard," said Myers, 43, who said her 8-year old grandson stutters. "I remember not being able to speak and being ashamed of who I was. I was bullied, teased and made fun of. It was really hurtful. So, I know what kids go through. And I want to help them live their best lives."

Black Author, How to Stop Picking Bad Men

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IN NEW BOOK, BLACK AUTHOR TEACHES WOMEN HOW TO STOP PICKING BAD MEN

 Albany, GA  --  Melissa Hudson, MA, author of an essential Christian relationship book entitled, Spells of Hell: Why We Keep Choosing the Wrong Men, describes why females are in endless relationships and marriages with men who do not value them as women. They get trapped and locked down in these situations like "caged animals" and can not get out or find a solution to the problem until it is sometimes too late.

Why do females continue to choose men as mates who they know will lead them down a dark road of destruction? The author answers this question and has amazing advice that encourages ladies to choose their mates wisely through the eyes of God. Domestic violence is on the rise because females are not picking their mates through God's eyes. Divorce rates are increasing, while the will to live for God is decreasing.

4th Annual Black Heritage Series in Portsmouth, Virginia

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"BLACK HISTORY NOW 2019 - CELEBRATING TODAY'S CHANGE MAKERS" PRESENTED BY THE PORTSMOUTH MUSEUMS AND THE PORTSMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY


Portsmouth, VA  The Portsmouth Museums and the Portsmouth Public Library will kick off 2019 in grand fashion with its fourth annual African-American Heritage Series, Black History Now - Celebrating Today's Change Makers. This year's series gets the green flag on Saturday, January 19th with S.T.E.M.-ulating Minds: Women at Work, when Norfolk State University graduate Brehanna Daniels, the first African-American woman on a NASCAR pit team, gives visitors at the Children's Museum of Virginia an up close and personal look at what it takes to work for a professional racing team. Visitors will be challenged with a tire changing simulation game, and have opportunities to take pictures behind the wheel of an actual race car.



Dr. King's Message is More Relevant Than Ever

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DR. KING'S MESSAGE IS MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER!

Nationwide -- The present turbulent social and political environment makes the message of Dr. Martin Luther King even more important. Rising recording star Olivia Harris a/k/a "Olivia K" is featured in the release of "A Warrior Has Fallen", a poetic tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. written by her father, Dr. Herbert Harris, author of The Twelve Universal Laws of Success.

The LifeSkill Institute is making copies of the poem, recording and video available at no cost for use as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration.

Master P Launches New Luxury Sneaker Line

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FOUNDED BY MASTER P, MONEYATTI LUXURY SNEAKERS HAS ALREADY EARNED STREET CRED FROM THE CULTURE OF SNEAKER HEADS
 

Nationwide -- MoneYatti luxury sneakers are handcrafted in Italy with the finest premium leathers, high quality kicks worth spending your money on. Founded by Percy Miller AKA Master P himself, MoneYatti has earned street cred from the culture of sneaker heads, celebrities and pro-athletes with their futuristic sportiness, color collaborations, contrast pops on the heel and toebox, creating a high-demand for the luxurious athletic fashion driven consumer.

A shoe experience like none other, no more standing in line, delivering high-end footwear from Italy directly to your door. Master P comments, "MoneYattis are quickly rising to the top in the high-end designer footwear market with online shopping being the most convenient way consumers are purchasing our merchandise."

400 Year Challenge Honors Anniversary of First Enslaved Africans' Arrival in the U.S.

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BLACK AGENCY LAUNCHES #400YEARCHALLENGE WITH 60-SECOND ANIMATION THAT HONORS THE 400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ENSLAVED AFRICANS’ ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.


Washington, DC  In the age of social media challenges that normally revolve around a dance, dangerous daredevil challenges, or pure fun, The Adinkra Group, an African cultural resource company based in Washington, DC has launched the #400YearChallenge - a creative awareness campaign to draw attention to the 400 year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans' arrival in the US in 1619, and the importance of people of African descent traveling to Africa.

The Adinkra Group has teamed up with the Creative Junkfood Arts Agency to create the #400YearChallenge, an interactive opportunity for people to apply their own creative spin to a 60-second animation depicting the story of African people over the past 400 years, and encouraging Black people to make a pilgrimage back to Africa - specifically Ghana.

The short film is accompanied only by marking sound effects, which provide a blank slate for creatives to develop their own 60-second audio score for the animation. A panel will review the submissions and two #400YearChallenge participants will be awarded a free trip with The Adinkra Group to Ghana for Afrochella in December 2019.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Program Invites Black Teen Males to Princeton University

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ACTORS DANNY GLOVER & DELROY LINDO RETURN TO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR BLACK TEEN MALES AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

New York, NY --  Personal development, empowerment, and accountability are primary focus areas of From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men, operated by At the Well Conferences, Inc., a provider of events for teens since 2009. The two-week boarding program is located at Princeton University and is tailored to minority male students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds who are currently high school freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. From the Fire seeks to cultivate scholars through leadership development, mentorship, and a rites of passage program.

Famed actor and director Delroy Lindo is the program chair. He has provided memorable performances in films such as The Cider House Rules, Heist, Clockers, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, and Ransom. Lindo's passion for the plight of minority boys is leading the actor to take an active role in the program's mission and development. Lindo stated, "My hope is that the experience of From the Fire will give students a boost to take the next steps in whatever goals they have planned for their lives. I want this program to stand as a profoundly encouraging dynamic for our young people."

This year's keynote speaker is Danny Glover, the acclaimed film, television, and theater actor and producer whose career has spanned more than 30 years. Some of his most notable works include The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Master Harold and The Boys. Glover is also well known and respected for his advocacy and philanthropic efforts in health care, education, and economic justice. Glover has supported United Nations campaigns focusing on poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Glover was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2004.

Black Student's Life Changed After Studying Abroad in London

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OVERCOMING TRAGEDY AND CELEBRATING LIFE AGAIN

By Peire Wilson LaGuardia Community College

Nationwide -- Born in Norfolk, Va., and raised by a single mother, I felt a special responsibility to go to college but, at first, I failed at it - quite literally. But I turned my life around and see a pathway to success. Studying in London as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow was instrumental in healing my wounds and making me whole again.

First enrolled as a college student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., I left school my freshman year because it wasn't a good fit for me. A year later, I transferred near home to a historically black college, Norfolk State University, but I abruptly left during my second semester when tragedy struck in a way that I could have never imagined. 

Celebrating 20 Black Students Who Studied Abroad

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CIEE LAUNCHES SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN CELEBRATING THE BRILLIANCE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS GLOBAL FELLOWS AND THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING ABROAD
 

Portland, ME  This week, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) launched a social media campaign - #CIEEmpower #MSInspirational #FrederickDouglassGlobalFellows - to share the personal reflections of 20 extraordinary students who have studied abroad in the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program, which is sponsored jointly by CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Each year, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship awards 10 students from the nation's 600-plus Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) full scholarships to a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural communication skills. Named in honor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and international statesman, the Fellowship was launched in 2017.


Life Story Revealed of Black Model From the 80's Who Defeated All Odds

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INSPIRATIONAL LIFE STORY REVEALED ABOUT AN INTERNATIONAL BLACK MODEL WHO GOT HER START IN PARIS IN THE 1980’S DESPITE INCREDIBLE ODDS

New York, NY --  Former High-Fashion Runway Model, Shailah Edmonds, reveals all in her captivating autobiography entitled Wild Child to Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story.

When we watch a model with her polished, to-die-for glamour walk the runway, it may not look to us like she's taking many steps. But for Shailah Edmonds, the runway she's walked in life to reach the heights of her profession might be measured this way: How far is it from Portland to Paris?

Her brave and often daring journey from her hometown of Portland, Oregon, and how against all odds, she went on to become a most sought-after couture model in Paris and around the world - it's all contained in her new book, Wild Child To Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story, now available in paperback and Kindle on Lyons Publishing.

Tyler Perry's Characters Use Black-Owned Wig Line

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MEET THE FOUNDER OF THE BLACK-OWNED WIG LINE THAT DESIGNS WIGS FOR TYLER PERRY'S CHARACTERS 
 
 





 Nationwide The Hair Genius behind the wig of Tyler Perry's portrayal of Collin Powell in the Annapurna Pictures film Vice, Charles Gregory aka 'The Renowned,' is set to launch his new wig line, 'The Renowned Wig Collection' by Charles Gregory in February 2019.

Mr Perry's look for Collin Powell was put together by a talented team: makeup artist Wes Wofford, Charles Gregory hairstylist/wig designer and Bob Kretchsmer, wig maker to the stars.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

CEO Says "Step Up Your Sales Superpowers"

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MEET THE BLACK WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR WHO IS SHOWING OTHER WOMEN HOW TO STEP UP THEIR SALES SUPERPOWERS

Erica Stepteau is the Cover Story of Speakers Magazine and Hosting Sales Training Workshops in Three Major Cities in 2019

Cleveland, OH - In order to grow your business, one must sell and do it well. Nothing moves in business without a sale. You can have a great product or service, but if you don’t learn to close the sale - you'll struggle and eventually become frustrated and want to quit.

That’s what happened to Erica Steteau. "I lost 55 pounds and was getting clients who wanted my insight and expertise, but I was practically giving away all that I learned," says Stepteau. "I was charging $100 for unlimited coaching and working 60 hours a week. It was a system for financial failure, and I discovered that I had a lot of mental blocks when it came to money. I wondered how many women were like me? I had a learned sales skill, but didn’t have the confidence or know how to price my own services when I started my company."

Stepteau has been a sales and HR leader for fifteen years, first as a professional sales trainer at both Wells Fargo and AmTrust Bank where she parlayed her training and knowledge into her own sales training business, Tenacious Queens Sales Academy. Her clients are leading service industry providers such as coaches, accountants, speakers, personal stylists, and creatives like graphic designers. Collectively, in 2018, her clients generated more than one million in revenue, and her online community is reaching other entrepreneurs who look to multiply their income.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

New Musical, Black Woman's Perspective on Social Issues

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"SISTAS ON FIRE! A NEWSICAL" -- A MUSICAL REVUE THAT EXAMINES PRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES FROM A BLACK WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE

New York, NY -- The personal becomes the political when passionately-opinionated African American women speak their minds on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Black Lives Matter, missing Black women and girls, Black-on-Black crime, and male/female relationships in a soul-stirring mix of song, dance, poetry, and prose. The interrelated dramatic monologues range from tragedy to comedy in a "newsical" revue that examines pressing social issues from an African-American female perspective. Sistas on Fire! A Newsical uses theatre to provoke thought, encourage social activism, and build bridges that cross race, class, gender and culture. In short, it's For Colored Girls for the new millennium.

The play opens at the East Village Playhouse from February 22nd to March 17th.
Sistas on Fire! A Newsical was written by Professor Marcia McNair and Professor Anissa D. Moore. Actress, singer and dancer Kwamara Thompson is the Producer. The music is by Marcia McNair, Natalie "Ne'Richa" Richmond, and Juson Williams.
About the Sistas on Fire! A Newsical Cast and Production Team:
Director

Marquis Smalls was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He went on to graduate from The Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African/African-American Studies and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduating from Penn State, he enrolled in New York University's Continuing Education Screenwriting program.
In 2005, he started Homegrown Productions. Since that time, he has written eleven feature screenplays, written, directed and produced 14 short films that have won various awards and have screened at over 50 film festivals including, the Cannes short film corner, American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld, Pan-African, IBFF Nashville, HBO NYLatino, Athena, Reel Sisters, Gene Siskel Black Harvest, BHERC in LA, Langston Hughes in Seattle, Run & Shoot Filmworks in Martha's Vineyard and internationally in Amsterdam, South Africa, London, Jamaica and Abu Dhabi.

As a 2013 New York Foundation of the Arts Screenwriting Fellowship recipient, Marquis won a grant for his screenplay Mommas Boy. In 2014 Marquis directed his first feature length “docu-tainment” film Hating Obama, which was released in May 2015 by Moguldom Studios and was available on the STARZ channel, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.

2nd Annual March Back to God Rally Highlights Black Poverty

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SECOND ANNUAL MARCH BACK TO GOD

Macon, GA -- In the wake of an explosion of crime, poverty and the change in morals among youth, specifically in the Black community, Attorney Roy Miller and a team of social activists have organized the second annual March Back to God on January 21st. "I am tired of our youth dying. If we make the effort, God will make the miracle," he said.

The group is therefore calling on organizations across the country to incorporate a March Back to God walk through visually poor and neglected communities on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Only God heals wounds and youth need to know that," Miller, said. His group hopes the March Back to God will spark a national movement and visually highlight the long-time misuse of Federal grants earmarked for the poorest areas. "Poverty is a friend of Crime," Miller stated.

Hear The Powerful Poetry and Insights Of The Veterans Voice

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Support A Night Of Suicide Prevention


David M. Stamps, in association with The Queens Center of the Arts, will be producing a poetry event entitled "The Veteran's Voice."   This poetry event will be held at 198-20 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, New York 11412.

The phone number is (917) 387- 8311 or (929) 393- 2398. Admission is $25. This will be a sober event with mock cocktails and dinner, a DJ and dancing.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Denton Black Film Festival to Launch New Institute for Filmmakers, Writers, Directors and Producers

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DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL TO LAUNCH NEW INSTITUTE TO EMPOWER FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS

Denton, TX -- The DBFF Institute is launching at the 5th annual Denton Black Film Festival with the mission to serve as a year-round clearinghouse for creatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Texas and the Southwest, nurturing, inspiring and fostering the development of current and future diverse storytellers.


The Institute will provide experienced and aspiring filmmakers information, educational and interactive workshops and seminars during the festival and throughout the year.

Documentary About the Black Immigrant Experience

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY EXAMINES THE BLACK IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

Nationwide What is coming to America like? That's the question filmmaker Roman Debotch wanted to answer when setting out to make her short documentary film, Coming to America, For Real. Especially, what is coming to America like for a black immigrant?

As an immigrant herself, Roman has always been fascinated by conversations about the trials and tribulations of coming to America, getting accustomed to the culture and language, and then chasing and living the American dream. For her documentary, she had this conversation with three other immigrants: Abdi Iftin of Somalia (Abdi was the subject of an episode of the popular podcast "This American Life"), Laura Silva of Colombia, and Justin Rayside of Barbados.

Coming to America, For Real is streaming now on YouTube. You can watch it here. You can read the article based on the documentary here.


"NBA Ignores San Francisco Racism" By Allen Jones

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Sponsored Op Ed: By Allen Jones

NBA Ignores San Francisco Racism, Rewards City with Oakland’s Championship Team
NBA Standout Stephen Curry (Photo Courtesy Keith Allison, Hanover, MD, USA)

In this era of heightened scrutiny of the political and social effects of corporate decisions, the NBA appears to be operating autonomously and without concern. For an organization that moved the 2017 All Star Game to New Orleans because of discriminatory bathroom laws in North Carolina, it is both odd and appalling that the NBA is seemingly turning a blind eye to San Francisco’s inherent racism in blessing the relocation of the Golden State Warriors out of neighboring (and diversity-friendly) Oakland. It is particularly upsetting for a league that is comprised of over 70% African-American players to support the move to an insidiously racist city like San Francisco.

The City of San Francisco lauds itself as a progressive and liberal city, which might be true in theory, but it’s hard to find in practice if you’re one of its black residents. The black community has been continuously bullied and eradicated by the City, and the population by the numbers is subsequently plummeting. Just as with the forced exodus of the Fillmore community, the City continues to pave over black history (like in Midtown) in favor of corporate millions and a veneer of broad-sweeping social concern. Though San Francisco has been largely supportive of its LGBTQIA community, it cannot be canonized and idealized because prejudice is still alive and well, as evidenced by the rampant mistreatment of the City’s black citizens.

Racist neglect and abuse of black San Franciscans can be found in every corner of the City, and often it’s at the hand of the City itself. This past October, the ACLU announced a suit against the San Francisco Police Department after observing evidence of clearly discriminatory arrests from 2013 to 2015. Officers were specifically targeting black San Franciscans while deliberately bypassing dealers of other races.

Black-Owned Publisher Takes Urban Literature in New Direction

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BLACK-OWNED PUBLISHER AIMS TO TAKE URBAN LITERATURE IN A NEW DIRECTION

Nationwide  -- At SoulFire Books, their mission is to elevate and to evolve African-American literature by being fundamentally committed to being at the forefront of a new direction in literary progression. At SoulFire Books, they acknowledge the awesome power of language simply because they understand how words shape and influence behavior. And with this in mind, they fully intend to explore and to exploit the richness of the English language in a determined attempt to breathe new life into the narrative of African-American literature.

At SoulFire Books, they will teach, they will heal, and they will be unapologetic about their mission to introduce and to acquaint you with some of the most progressive African-American literature of our times.


SoulFire Books, a vehemently strong advocate of social consciousness, is the direct outgrowth of a burning desire to reform African-American literature, and to that end, Soulfire Books is here to free urban literature of its rigid reliance on sexual gimmicks, predictable plots, and unrepentant repetitiveness. At SoulFire Books, they have built a strong body of work that will not only complement the work of the Harlem Renaissance, but will complete it.