Friday, January 29, 2021

R&B Superstar Will Downing Releases New Album 'Song Garden'

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Will Downing Releases
New Album ‘Song Garden’

R&B Superstar’s Twenty-Fourth Album is a
'Must Have'

Now Available!


January 29, 2021 - Will Downing has done it again!

The moment Will Downing fans have been waiting for is finally here: The legendary R&B superstar has released his hotly anticipated album "Song Garden."

Consistently releasing music with fresh melodies and lush arrangements that can satisfy all musical palates, Will Downing continues to serve his fan base through his own Sophisticated Soul Record label.

One of the first singles from the Grammy-nominated singer’s highly-anticipated latest album, The Song Garden was an up-tempo call for love entitled, “Right Where You Are," released in July 2020, which rose to the top of the UK Soul Charts, along with his critically acclaimed single, “So Many Good Die Young," – (highlighted as one of the most poignant soundtracks to the emotions we feel behind how many people we have lost too soon.) 

The timely and inspiring song, “Stand Up" chronicles themes of "hope, overcoming obstacles and kindness for others."

$2.4M in Funding For Atlanta Nonprofits

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ATLANTA REGION RECEIVES OVER $2.48M IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BLACK ARTS, EDUCATION, AND MORE

Today, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, announces $2,481,250 in grants to more than 60 nonprofits in the metro Atlanta region.

In 2020, the Community Foundation spent much of the year engaged in raising and distributing emergency COVID-19 response funding. While the grants announced today are provided through other funding programs, they were influenced by community knowledge and issues arising from the continued economic, educational, and health impacts of the pandemic.

“2020 was a difficult year for so many in the Atlanta region, especially our communities of color, but the systems that primed them to be hit hardest are not new. Inequity is no stranger in Atlanta – unfortunately, we know it well. While these grants address some of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are engineered to address the underlying issues that left so many of our neighbors vulnerable to the pandemic’s brutal impact,” said Patrice Greer, community committee co-chair for the Foundation.

Chicago Single Mom Gifted New Car

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR GIFTS NEW VEHICLE TO SINGLE MOM OF 4 AFTER HER CAR WAS STOLEN

Early Walker, the owner of a Black-owned tow truck company in Chicago called W&W Towing, recently joined Bishop Larry Trotter, lawyers from the Vrdolyak Law Group, and other volunteers to present a 40-year old single mother of four children with a new vehicle.

Walker, who is a well-known philanthropist, received a letter on January 23rd from Lashiskala Sims of Chicago’s Westside. Sims mentioned in her letter that less than a year ago her car was stolen from her place of employment. At that time she had just learned that she was pregnant carrying her fifth child. However, just days later, she miscarried the child. Doctors confirmed to her that stress played a significant role in her misfortune. Sims attributes the stress to the horrifying challenges of not having transportation.

Highly Respected Black Dad-Daughter Attorneys Make History

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BLACK FATHER-DAUGHTER LEGAL DUO RECOGNIZED FOR LEADING ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST BLACK-OWNED LAW FIRMS
Attorneys Whitney Ali (left) and her Dad Zulu Ali (Right)

Attorney Whitney Ali has been inducted into the prestigious Marquis Who’s Who registry of notable professionals for her role as a management level partner in the Law Offices of Zulu Ali & Associates, LLP, the largest Black-owned law firm in California’s Inland Empire. Since 1898, Marquis Who’s Who has recognized accomplished and prominent professionals in its biographical publications. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Attorney Whitney Ali joins her father, Attorney Zulu Ali, who was inducted earlier this year as a biographee in Marquis Who’s Who registry for Excellence in Law and Activism; and Marquis’ America’s Top Lawyer registry (https://marquistoplawyers.com/2020/10/02/zulu-ali/).

Attorney Whitney Ali earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and a Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University College of Law. She began her legal career assisting with the firm’s criminal case management in 2015 under the mentorship of her father, Attorney Zulu Ali, who is the firm’s founder and principal attorney. Earlier this year, she was named a management level partner, making the Law Offices of Zulu Ali & Associates, LLP one of the largest Black family-owned law firms in California; and the largest Black-owned in the Inland Empire, which comprises the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.

Woman Launches Black-Owned TV Network

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THE NEWEST BLACK-OWNED STREAMING TV NETWORK TO BENEFIT THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Najiyyah Brooks, CEO, and Founder of Brooks Media, a native of Newark, NJ, has taken Houston by storm with an Over-the-Top TV media network by converting an 18,200 square foot commercial space to launch Black woman-owned businesses that are prospering amid a pandemic.

These businesses are being offered a streaming television network outlet,
 Promote Her TV(TM), available now and two new channels launching in Q1 2021 – Mecca Stream TV(TM) and Faith Broadcasting Network(TM). Despite a worldwide pandemic, where the economy is low and jobs are few, these women entrepreneurs have taken necessary steps to prosper because Brooks is also teaching them how to build their businesses, expand their brands and scale their profits by capturing in house audiences that are at home virtually steaming and watching TV 24/7.

Brooks started the OTT division of the business in June 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Brooks said, "The pandemic literally forced me to make a decision. Either risk everything I had built because of fear or risk what resources I had left to offer my membership an opportunity to expand their brands through Over-the-Top Television and still grow their businesses while practicing physical distancing." She took a scary and uncomfortable dive into the tech space and became a developer for the Big Distribution Apps (Roku, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, Google Play, iOS, Androids, etc).

New Black Radio App Empowers Listeners

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NEW APP EMPOWERS USERS WITH ACCESS TO 45 BLACK-OWNED, COMMUNITY-BASED RADIO STATIONS

Nationwide  A new unapologetic platform for empowerment through media, podcasts, and radio stations has been launched on Google Play and the App Store. It's called Umoja Radio App, and it's a joint effort created by the owners of five Black-owned radio stations - WUVS 103.7, WHPB 98.5, WUGM 106.1, WVBH 105.3, and WQID 105.3. The platform represents the latest chapter of excellence in Black media.

According to the creators of Umoja Radio App, iHeartRadio refused to allow their stations on its platform, so they decided to create their own. Unlike other media apps, the development of this app embodies African liberation from the limitation of traditional media, traditional media platforms, and traditional gatekeepers. Umoja stands for “unity,” and through this platform, they strive to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and the human race.

Learn How To Honor Your Speech History Towards Speaking More - Effectively

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“We Honor Your Speech History, Speak More” by HBCU Author, Clinical Researcher and Educator Dr. Charles L. Singleton

Dr. Charles L. Singleton, The Atlanta VA Health Care System at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Atlanta VA Medical Center: VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CVNR). He is the author of Annotated Clinical Journals (Research Participation Notes).

Singleton has actively participated in 65 Studies, or more, since 1993 (28 Years).  In 2015, Singleton successfully completed the CVNR Home Exercise Study Individualized Program and wrote Participant Perspective: Effects of Exercise Intervention on Aging Related Motor Decline.

His informative article, “Memory Stability Practices for an Aging Generation,” has been written about in various media publications.  Singleton is The Atlanta VA Health Care System Outstanding Research Volunteer of The Year.  --- Winter Newsletter 2020, Emory University Education Media.
 
HBCU Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Sports Hall of Fame inductee 1999, All-CIAA halfback, punter, sprinter, and ECSU Viking Football Team co-captain 1967, Singleton writes, “Speak More.”

Speaking historically and speaking more can help all of us, as we use the English language.  Absolutely, our day-to-day mastery of a few hundred words, quotes and phrases will certainly improve our means of communicating with others (speaking and writing).

Yes everyone, help is surely on the way! Patdro Harris’ Patdro's Players Media is here to confidently assist in improving your recitations, e. g., job interviews, impromptu speeches; extemporaneous speeches, and mastery of “The Three B’s of Public Speaking: be brief, be brilliantly correct, and be seated.”  --- Joel Muddamalle, Joel’s Travels.

Harris said, “I will share with you a word of wisdom, especially for professional athletes. If you can work hard on your game, along with perfecting your day-to-day speaking abilities and communication skills, ‘the afterlife of playing professional sports’ will certainly be more promising.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Vivica A. Fox, 5 New Films on Lifetime

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VIVICA A. FOX BRINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FIVE NEW "WRONG" MOVIES PREMIERING ON LMN


Nationwide  Vivica A. Fox left the year 2020 behind and has kicked off 2021 with five new thriller movies on LMN which started on January 1st and includes the premiere of The Wrong Valentine on February 11, the milestone 25th film of her successful Wrong movie franchise, produced by Hybrid and executive produced and starring Fox.

Since 2016, Vivica has created and starred in 25 ongoing Wrong movies. In each, she switches her starring roles and creates new avenues as an executive producer for seasoned and new up incoming talents to be seen. “I get to put on my creative hat and be involved behind and on the screen. In this chapter of my career, I’m truly living the dream,” said Fox.

The installments are linked by themes for each season, this one named Deadly Resolutions tethered to leaving the wrong year (2020) behind for the upcoming 2021 Wrong films: The Wrong Real Estate Agent, The Wrong FiancĂ©, The Wrong Mr. Right, The Wrong Prince Charming, and The Wrong Valentine. LMN’s 2019 Wrong Summer Vacation stunt was seen by 13.9 million total viewers and 2.8 million W25-54 in July 2019.

Black Tech Firm to Solve Clean Energy Problem

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BLACK MARKETING EXECUTIVE CREATES TECH COMPANY TO HELP SOLVE GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY CRISIS


Nationwide  From President Joe Biden’s Administration platform to organizations such as B Corporation to global enterprises; many have focused their attention on Clean Energy. Studies have already proven that urban areas account for more than 70% of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.

The key to stopping or slowing global warming may lie with cities—particularly large and wealthy ones. That was the major finding of an effort to map the carbon footprint of 13,000 cities—one of the first times researchers analyzed so many areas with a consistent methodology.

“A number of large and or affluent cities drive a significant share of national total emissions,” said an environmental economist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

$800K Black-Owned Salon Continues Despite Pandemic

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BLACK WOMAN BEATS THE ODDS, CONTINUES LAUNCH OF $800K MULTICULTURAL SALON IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT DESPITE DELAYS DUE TO COVID-19


Nationwide  Despite the pandemic, Katrina Wilson, founder of Creme Brulee has been proclaimed as "recession-proof" and is moving forward to develop her multicultural salon in downtown Detroit.

After receiving nearly $600k in funding including grants and loans to launch her multicultural salon, Creme Brulee, last year, she was eager to hit the ground running. That all came to a screeching halt when coronavirus hit the scene. Restrictions imposed by the government made it difficult to get things done.

However, Katrina is refusing to give up on her dream. She comments, “Creme Brulee has been a dream of mine for 10 years, and for the last 2 years, it has truly been a very challenging journey. I was told no 23 times before I received a yes. I was able to overcome every adversity faced through three simple words: prayer, preparation, and patience. God selected me for this role because I possess certain knowledge, skills, and character traits that will enable me to lead others on a journey of continuous improvement and success.”

Black Farmer's Products in Stores

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BLACK FARMER'S ANTIBIOTIC-FREE MEAT PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE IN GROCERY STORES AND ONLINE


Nationwide  Meet Ricky Dollison, a fourth-generation African American farmer who is the owner of Dollison Farms located in Poulan, Georgia. He is also the owner of a company called Warrior Creek Premium Meats that produces responsibly raised, antibiotic-free bacon, sausage, ground beef, ribeye steaks, pork tenderloins, and chicken leg quarters.

The family-owned and operated business also produces a multitude of leafy greens, peanuts, cotton, soybeans, and corn for their livestock. They also raise cattle and their signature swine, “The Georgia Dolli”, in which their premium sausage, country cut bacon, and ham are derived.

Their high-quality meats are Georgia born and raised, without added hormones, by-products, nitrates, or antibiotics. Warrior Creek Premium Meats can be found at various grocery stores throughout Southwest Georgia such as Towson Meats, Snipes, Publix, and Piggly Wiggly.

Black Woman Designs Hoodies That Heal

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HOUSTON BOUTIQUE OWNER DESIGNS AND SELLS HOODIES THAT HEAL AND HELP THE HOMELESS


Nationwide  RoseMary Tucker, founder of Blessties USA and the Hoodies4Healing Foundation, is hosting a Blanket Drive for the homeless for the month of January.

Blessties USA is a Christian apparel & accessories boutique located in Cypress, TX. Open since 2015, Tucker has been spreading her love by designing t-shirts and hoodies with powerful messages. Each design she creates has a story of encouragement, love, and positive thinking. You can find a wide range of fashion items in Tucker’s store from “Walk By Faith” or “I Am Healed” tees to jumpsuits to a wide array of face masks and much more!

After being successfully open for five years, Tucker decided to showcase other Black, women-owned brands that are in alignment with her mission of spreading love and positivity.