Friday, January 25, 2019

70 Years of Black Cinema History Celebrated

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FROM SILENT FILM TO BLAXPLOITATION: THE FILM DETECTIVE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH 70 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA HISTORY

Witness 28 films in cinematic history that led to the iconic Oscar-winners and blockbusters we see today.

Rockport, MA -- The Film Detective, a classic film and television company that restores and distributes vintage films for today's cord cutters, announces a lineup of prominent African-American films in honor of Black History Month.

Beginning February 1st, the Featured category on the company's app will refresh daily, providing a range of films from the 1920's to the 1990's to highlight the achievements in African-American cinema during the last century.

Dominating the lineup are four Oscar Micheaux films including Within Our Gates, Micheaux's 1920 film, considered to be the earliest known surviving film directed by someone of African-American decent. Other Micheaux titles are Murder in Harlem (1935), Lying Lips (1939) starring Edna Mae Harris, and God's Stepchildren (1938), at once praised as a masterpiece and denounced as racially stereotypical. For those who want to learn more about the ground-breaking director, The Film Detective has produced an original tribute available on the app that provides a short history of Micheaux's career.

CEO of Kaiser Permanente to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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BERNARD J. TYSON TO RECEIVE THE NATIONAL MINORITY QUALITY FORUM’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente

Washington, DC -- The National Minority Quality Forum's (NMQF) Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes achievement in ensuring that members of this country's marginalized populations receive optimal health care. NMQF is pleased to announce the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bernard J. Tyson.

Tyson currently serves as Kaiser Permanente's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and has been lauded as one of the world's most influential leaders in health care by Modern Healthcare. In this role, he leads the nation's leading health care providers, with operating revenues of nearly $73 billion, while finding innovative ways to disrupt health care for the betterment of people's health and well-being. He has remained committed to eliminating health disparities and building sustainable healthy communities by delivering affordable, accessible, and high-quality care to millions nationwide.

In announcing the 2019 awardee, Gary Puckrein, PhD, President and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum, stated, "We are truly excited to honor Bernard J. Tyson. With over three decades of work in the health care industry, he has vigorously worked to better health outcomes for everyone, especially our most marginalized populations. His efforts are an exemplification of NMQF's mission to improve the quality and safety of health care."

Author Says Volunteering Heals Broken Communities

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BLACK AUTHOR SAYS BROKEN COMMUNITIES CAN BE NURTURED BACK TO HEALTH THROUGH VOLUNTEERING
Manifesting your light is the greatest gift you can give to the world.

Nationwide -- Venchele Saint Dic, author of the chapter "Journey to Redemption and Faith" in the bestselling book Passport to Self Discovery Volume 2,highlights her volunteer service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. As the daughter of an immigrant, she knows firsthand the challenges of finding your identity in an environment different from your own. Her chapter stands as a testament to how resiliency and commitment to a mission can help you discover your own gifts through global community service.

Venchele Saint Dic has also committed to connect communities in vulnerable positions to health resources during life changing events through the project MESFAMI Care Inc. The project facilitates community institutions by voluntarily supporting families with the knowledge, skills and services required to survive in changing social, and economic environments. Readers of her book have expressed great enthusiasm for the project and marshaled invaluable resources on the platform MESFAMI Care Inc to raise awareness on building health equity and mental health.

"Dedicated and focused is an understatement! She shares her travel story and experience in Haiti. Not only will her story tug on your heart strings but she will take you on a journey of what A Peace Corps Volunteer position consist of. Dive into her story in Volume 2 of Passport to Self-Discovery." -- Denita Austin Publishing Company

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Black Writers on Tour Conference in LA

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23RD ANNUAL BLACK WRITERS ON TOUR CONFERENCE & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLACK BUSINESS EXPO TO BE HELD UNDER ONE ROOF

Nationwide --  Dr. Rosie Milligan brings the largest Black cultural event for Southern California - the Black Writers On Tour Conference & Southern California Black Business Expo under one roof in Carson, California, a Los Angeles neighboring city.

Most Black cultural events are no longer in existence due to the lack of corporate (white) sponsorship. Self-determination has been resurrected, and this year's conference is unprecedented - sponsored by Black-owned corporations - MyEcon Inc., from Atlanta, GA, and Pasadena/San Gabriel Journal Newspaper. This powerful one-day event will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9am to 6pm at the Congresswoman JMM Community Center, 801 E. Carson Street, Carson, California 90746.


This year's theme is, "Literacy is Everybody's Business - Businesses Thriving Versus Surviving." This conference will be more dynamic than ever, more than 100 Black authors, and 50 plus Black businesses showcasing their products and services under one roof. Businesses today are facing new technology and global driven business competition, and so Black businesses must be prepared to meet the challenge.

See How This New Historic Natural African Skin Care Line Naturally Enhances Black Beauty

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ZIMBABWE NATIVE, BASED IN DALLAS TEXAS, IS THE LATEST ENTREPRENEUR TO LAUNCH A BLACK-OWNED ALL-NATURAL SKIN CARE LINE

Nationwide --  Zimbabwean born and Dallas-based entrepreneur Sipho Gumbo has created an all-natural skincare line for women of color. Yangu Beauty means 'my beauty' in the Shona language of Zimbabwe and in KiSwahili. The name is fitting, as one of the oils used in her skincare line is Yangu Oil.

Yangu Beauty is a luxurious skin care line designed for women of color. While there are thousands of skin care lines on the market, few are made particularly for women of color who are often more prone to issues such as inflammation and hyperpigmentation than women of other skin types.


Zimbabwean born Sipho Gumbo knew all too well the struggle and skincare challenges faced specifically by women with darker skin tones that she took the challenge to create a recipe of herbs that originated from her grandmother’s kitchen. Combining simple, effective, traditional ingredients from the heart of Africa with the latest in scientific advancements to deliver targeted results, Yangu Beauty has fast grown into a familiar litany of life changers and skin savers that promises products so powerful that they transform our very skin. 

Book, "My Afrikah Hair," is a Masterpiece For Black Girls Everywhere

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NEW BOOK, "MY AFRIKAH HAIR," IS A MASTERPIECE FOR BLACK GIRLS EVERYWHERE

Nationwide --  Alabaster Box Media Group, a boutique multimedia publishing house, announces the release of My Afrikah Hair, masterfully written for black girls everywhere. Using hair as a metaphor and model for self-esteem, Melanie L. Houston weaves a journey and a movement from Africa to America, from infancy to elderhood.

The elegant art of internationally renowned Bahamian artist Philece Roberts perfects Alabaster Box Media Group's mission to marry art and literature. Each page displays poetry, exquisite watercolor, and teastained images that evoke childhood memories, and proudly proclaims the heritage and culture of Africans/ African-Americans. The book is polished with a soft touch hardback cover with embossed gold foil and a gold ribbon.

Have Fun Learning Black History With The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book

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500-PAGE BOOK FEATURES 2,000 BLACK HISTORY TRIVIA QUESTIONS & ANSWERS -- JUST IN TIME FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Nationwide --  The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book by Curtis Claytor is a 578-page book with two thousand multiple choice questions and answers in four categories: History; Music; Sports; Television, Arts & Literature! Most of us learn in school about Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver. But who was the woman who refused to sit in the Jim Crow section of a train in 1883 or the name of the Black man who invented the gas mask and the three-signal stoplight? Not only will one learn about inventors and the heroes of the black struggle; one will learn about the horrific racial violence that is seldom mentioned in history books.

Do you know about the race riot that resulted in the murder of over 200 blacks and the destruction of more than eleven hundred black businesses and homes? What about the race riot that began when a black youth who ventured into the "white section" of a lake drowned after angry whites pelted him with rocks?

Black trivia enthusiasts will learn the answers to a variety of questions like who scored 101 points in the first half of a high school basketball game, Fred Sanford’s middle initial, and when the freaks come out according to the Whodini song.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

MUSC Makes Forbes List of Best Diversity Employers

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MUSC RANKS NO. 13 ON FORBES LIST OF AMERICA'S BEST EMPLOYERS FOR DIVERSITY
Charleston, SC The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been ranked No. 13 out of 500 organizations on the Forbes 2019 list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. In addition, MUSC ranked No. 3 among the 30 institutions listed in the education category.

In collaboration with Statista, Forbes surveyed 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 people within their U.S. operations. The goal was to have employees evaluate their employers on issues of diversity in the workplace.


The four criteria of the rankings were direct recommendations, indirect recommendations, diversity among top executives and board members, and diversity KPIs (key performance indicators). Diversity KPIs include topics such as the existence of a department or position responsible for diversity and proactive communication related to a diverse company culture.

18-Year Old Black Teen's Products Now in Target Stores

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18-YEAR OLD BLACK TEEN ENTREPRENEUR SIGNS MAJOR DEAL WITH TARGET STORES -- INTRODUCES PLANT-BASED SKINCARE GIFTBOX!

Nationwide --  Zandra, a leading plant-based social good company that educates and empowers girls and women across the globe via STEAM & Entrepreneurial education, partners with Target.

To mark the first time that Zandra products will be available in Target Stores, Zandra A. Cunningham the Teen-Founder, and CEO has curated a target exclusive Gift Box that will introduce Target shoppers to the brand.


"I am so excited to offer my unique brand of American made yuck free products in an exclusive gift box designed specifically for Target. This is yet another dream come true for me. I am working hard to pave the way for other indie brands with teen CEO's. My journey hasn't been easy but it will forever be worth it. I am on a mission to shatter the status quo, and with partners like Target, I am making that happen," said Zandra the 18-year old entrepreneur.

Black Woman Makes History With Award-Winning Tech Firm

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MEET THE BLACK WOMAN MAKING HISTORY AS THE FOUNDER OF AN AWARD-WINNING TECH FIRM THAT CUSTOM DESIGNS AND DEVELOPS WEB SITES, APPS, AND MORE

Nationwide -- Renee Wilson, founder of Edgy Design Group based in Charlotte, NC, is known for her innovative app development, custom web design, logo design, and business branding services. Despite their huge celebrity clientele; their main focus is providing affordable services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The company is comprised of certified coders, graphic designers, and developers who work closely with the client to understand their every requirement and deliver the best results.

They are also planning to spread their wings by providing online app development and web development coding classes in 2019. With this service, the individuals who are interested in building a career in app or web development will be able to take online courses with ease.

Renee comments, "The internet revolution has provided a lucrative opportunity for businesses to connect to a wide number of potential customers. This is why having a good-looking mobile-friendly and user-friendly website has become important for most businesses."

$1,000 in Funding Available to Baltimore Changemakers

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BALTIMORE ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES $1,000 "BLACK FUTURES MICRO-GRANT" AWARD TO GREATER BALTIMORE "CHANGEMAKERS"

Baltimore, MD --  Building Black Futures Together is their motto. CLLCTIVLY.org, a community-based organization in Baltimore, Maryland is spearheading an effort to show the tremendous impact Black lives are having throughout the Baltimore community. Each month, CLLCTIVLY.org will award a local individual or organization with a BLACK FUTURES MICRO-GRANT - a no-strings-attached $1,000 grant for changemakers serving Greater Baltimore. The deadline for the first submission period is January 31st, followed by a two-week, community-wide voting period. The Award and $1,000 check will be presented on February 22, 2019. For more details, visit BlackFuturesGrant.org.

"CLLCTIVLY.org is very excited to offer the Black Futures Micro-Grant. Baltimore has amazing, dedicated individuals and organizations in our community who are making a difference without a spotlight, and often under resourced. We want to show our appreciation and motivate others to also use their time, talent and resources to strengthen our communities," states Jamye Wooten, the founder of CLLCTIVLY.org.

Wooten hopes that CLLCTIVLY will help bring unity and foster collaboration among the many community organizations doing great work, but often working in silos. "Community-based organizations often work in silos. Silos lead to fragmentation and fragmentation leads to duplication and wasted resources - such as time, talent and treasure," says Wooten.
 

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.