Thursday, July 30, 2015

Racial & Diversity Panel / Swag the Runway / The Red, Black & Green /Ebony Magazine

Building Generational Leaders TBTNEWS HEADLINE Ebony Has Your Back, Do You Have Ours? Special Correspondents: Desiree Rogers and Kierna Mayo We're
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TBTNEWS HEADLINEEbony Has Your Back, Do You Have Ours?
Special Correspondents: Desiree Rogers and Kierna Mayo
We're the oldest Black magazine in the world, but we know better than to solely rely on the past to keep modern, intelligent African-Americans hooked. For some, these are so-called "post racial" times, but we know there is still such a thing as the Black perspective—and EBONY delivers it clear and uncut. With the cacophony of media noise out there, we're stepping up our game with bolder covers and provocative, urgent content you can't turn away from. We know Black people consume lots of information—fast.
The August issue already has Black social media aflame. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook stopped in its tracks—everyone agrees that the politically charged cover line "outs" the secret sentiment so many African-Americans share: "America Loves Black People Culture."
We are in the throes of the Black Live Matters movement and we take reporting on our fate seriously. However, we can't remain in the trenches without support. Not only is EBONY doing the work, but we are staying brave and keeping it gorgeous and exciting. We need Black people to continue to "have our back." It's not just a cliche. Without Black dollars, EBONY can not survive. It's that simple.
So please subscribe to EBONY and tell everyone you love to do the same! For only $5.99 you can have Black America's perspective for an entire year on your iPad. Click for more info!
Kierna Mayo
Kierna Mayo has been named editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine. She is the former Editorial Director of, where she developed a cutting-edge, online women’s magazine for Tyra Banks’ Bankable Enterprises. She is also former online editor at
Kierna has written about culture and lifestyle for over 20 years. Her critically acclaimed writings have appeared in major national magazines including Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe and Uptown among others.
Most notably, Kierna is also the co-founder and founding Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine. Recognized for its visionary editorial direction, Honey became the first of a new genre in American magazine publishing--a young, female demographic influenced by an emerging hip-hop culture.
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ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity Panel
Join award winning television news anchor and journalist Soledad O’Brien as she moderates a discussion with top national experts on voting rights in America, a fundamental issue which remains at the forefront of our national discourse and debate. O’Brien is also Special Advisor, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities.
This panel takes place on Saturday, August 1, between 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Chicago. You can register for the program through ABA Annual Registration at Visit the Commission at Panelists include:
Hon. Maxine Waters, Thirteen term Congresswoman representing the 43rd Congressional District of California, and advocate for civil rights and social justice.
Hans A Von Spakovsky, Manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow in its Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. The Heritage Foundation is one of the nation’s leading conservative educational institutions.
Thomas A. Saenz is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney who serves as President and General Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF – one of the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organizations. He is also a member of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, and a recipient of the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award_.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed against the backdrop of violence against voting rights activists, and the need to break the grip of discriminatory election practices. - Compass Public Affairs
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The Red, Black & Green: Fly The Flag and Fight For the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey.
August 17 will mark the 128th birthday of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the visionary Jamaican-born leader who built the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) into the largest mass movement for liberation in the history of Africans in America and perhaps the world! As such, I have long advocated that August 17th, his birthday, be celebrated as Universal African Flag Day.
An unapologetic Pan-Africanist, Garvey believed that Black people should unite and fight to liberate Africa, the motherland, from the brutal clutches of European colonialism – Africa should be the base for global Black Power! Hence he said, “I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.”
At a time when people of African descent were besieged, belittled, marginalized, exploited and oppressed everywhere, Garvey sought to instill a sense of pride in the history and heritage of a great people, noting that: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” He declared that“ God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be… Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”
Garvey was determined to rally a beleaguered people and mold them into a formidable force committed to self-reliance, self-determination and nationhood. The UNIA was organized like a nation in-waiting with military, economic/commercial, educational, health, religious and administrative divisions. He also created literature, music, images and symbols, designed to promote pride and unity. For example, the Universal Ethiopian Anthem was adopted as the official song of the organization.
But, the most powerful and lasting symbol of unity that Garvey presented and bequeathed to African people was a Flag, the Red, Black and Green. Garvey was keenly aware of the psycho-cultural value of symbols to an oppressed/battered people. The Red, Black and Green was officially ratified as the Flag for African people at the 1920 UNIA Convention – which led Garvey to proclaim: “Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride. Aye! In song and mimicry they have said, ‘Every race has a flag but the coon.’ How true! Aye! But that was said of us four years ago. They can’t say it now….”
In the era of the 60’s when Black Power, Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism reemerged as a dominant force in the Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S., the Red, Black and Green was frequently in full flourish at rallies and demonstrations. And, it was common to see sisters and brothers with buttons, hats, scarves and clothing with the colors of the Flag in the design.
I shall never forget the hundreds of Flags waving in the breeze on African Liberation Day in 1972 where some 25,000 gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand the liberation of the last colonies in Africa. It was a glorious site, one Garvey must have been pleased with from his ascendant perch with the ancestors!
(Dr. Daniels is President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Distinguished Lecturer at York College City University of New York. His articles and essays also appear on and
TBTNEWS UPDATESwag the Runway 2015
Dreamz Youth Foundation presents the 6th Annual Swag the Runway Swag/ Fashion event where Swag the Runway Academy models showcase their talents through the mediums of music, acting, dance and swag with the production entitled Young, Talented and Driven on Saturday, August 1st.
Doors open at 3:00pm and Swag Time is 4:00pm at King High School, 4445 South Drexel Blvd., Chicago, hosted by Dreamz Youth Foundation and comedian Kaliph Hasaan with designs by Double Stitch Twins & Queen Designs. Music provided by Spike Rebel and DJ 8 Ball, with special performances by Whitney Young Pom Pon Team and Iona Calhoun Ballet.
Originally created and developed over time by the mother and daughter team Executive Producer Sa’Rah Valentine (Former model, mentor, tour manager) current entrepreneur and Queen Mitchell, a former model and retired CPS teacher of 32 years. Dreamz Youth Foundation provides it’s students with opportunities in fashion, modeling, performing, design, production and more.
For more details, contact Angela Hubbard at or 312-566-1674. Also contact Aisha Murff at or 312.221.8782. Free street parking and limited free parking in the northeast parking lot.
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Chicago Networking Event Series
Keith Harris and Bonnie Ott, CEO of Studio B Entertainment, creator of Studio B Event Series
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Studio B Entertainment launched the first event in the STUDIO B Event Series. Over 150 musicians, songwriters, producers, event planners, brand agency marketers, creatives and executives all came together to network and hear directly from one of the best in the music industry, 2x Grammy and Juno Award winner Keith Harris. The evening kicked off with a live performance by artists in Keith's music agency - TGMA - performing Keith's hits American Boy by Estelle and Be Okay by Chrisette Michele.
Keith shared his story of growing up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and getting his start playing the drums in Church, launching his career as the touring drummer with Black Eyed Peas and Fergie, and how he moved through the music industry ranks writing, producing and playing music with legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and even "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown.
The evening inspired creativity, empowered guests to pursue their passions, and provided a fun, unique way to meet new people and grow their network for future collaborations. Here are also a few quotes from the evening with Keith:
• "Your network of people is invaluable"
• "You just have to be faithful to what it is you're called to do at that particular time because you never know what that is going to lead to"

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