Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Author Debuts Afro-Futuristic Novel Series

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AFRICAN AMERICAN DEBUT NOVELIST AGNES GOMILLION CONFRONTS RACISM IN VISCERAL AND THRILLING NEAR-FUTURE DYSTOPIA - THE RECORD KEEPER


Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, London, UK  Agnes Gomillion's debut, The Record Keeper [Titan Books, June 18, 2019] is the first of a series of Afro-futuristic novels that trace and illuminate an African-American family's journey from slavery to relative freedom in the American South. The book speaks to the modern and future civil rights movement. It's an epic adventure that physically takes place in Georgia 200 years from now.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Successful Black Inventor Launches Tour to Help Aspiring Business Owners

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BLACK INVENTOR LAUNCHES “PICK MY BRAIN” FLASH CARDS & TOUR TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS


Greensboro, NC  Starting on June 22, 2019, Dreams Inspire Reality Consulting will take their "Pick My Brain" flash cards on a national tour. The tour is inspired by Tara Darnley, a Black inventor and entrepreneur.

Tara comments, "When I had our first idea over 4 years ago, I remember having no one to turn to. I reached out to a local organization in my neighborhood for assistance in 2014 and I received a call back last year in 2018 asking me what my inquiry was about. The person on the other line was simply retrieving the calls! I thought, 'Wow, what if I had not had the perseverance and drive to launch what is now a global 7 figure brand? How many other creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs had missed their opportunity because they lack the resource or no how?'"

Black Father, Children's Book on Divorce and Separation

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FATHER PUBLISHES BOOK THAT HELPS CHILDREN SURVIVE DIVORCE AND SEPARATION

Nationwide -- The statistics are alarming. Divorce rates have climbed across the globe over the past few decades. It's estimated that 48 percent of American and British children live in divorced single-parent homes by age 16.

In addition, research has found that kids struggle the most during the first year or two after the divorce. Although divorce creates great distress to the entire family, younger children can be impacted the most. Amy Morin, LCSW, writes in her article, "The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children: Take steps to help kids bounce back faster" (Amy Morin, 2019) that young children often struggle to understand why they must go between two homes. They may worry that if their parents can stop loving one another that someday, their parents may stop loving them.


Monday, June 17, 2019

"Central Park Five" Opera/ Stageplay Debuts

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AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT TO DEBUT "THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE" OPERA PERFORMANCE

Nationwide -- The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis explores the interrogation and coerced confessions of five teenagers wrongly convicted of a crime in New York City in the 1980's, along with the profound effect the unjust prison sentences had on their young lives. Composer Anthony Davis says: "I have devoted myself to the creation of works that bring to light issues of political and social significance - with a focus on the issues of race and justice." The opera, with a libretto by award winning playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley is a passionate story about an issue that continues to create headlines.

The Central Park Five case as both a crime and a trial is one that remains talked about today even more than three decades after the initial events occurred. In 1990, The New York Times reported that the case was one of the most highly covered crimes of the 1980's. On April 20, 1989, Five African American and Latino teenagers were in the wrong place at the wrong time, resulting in their wrongful conviction of a violent crime that took place in Central Park.

The case transfixed a racially polarized New York City, and the teens were labeled a "wolf pack" by the news media. Op-ed pieces generalized the alleged spread of "wilding" among powerless men around the country, while ads and articles in the newspapers and tabloids exacerbated racial division and acrimony.

Twin Siblings Co-Author Book on Love

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TWIN BROTHER AND SISTER CO-AUTHOR BOOK ON LOVE

Nationwide -- Best selling author Michelle Caple Taylor and her twin brother Michael Caple announce the release of BitterSweet Love Chronicles Men's Edition: The Good, Bad and uhm of Love. This is a follow-up version of the women's version, BitterSweet Love Chronicles, which featured twenty eight women and one male.

In the book, there are thirteen male authors and one female author who give an account of their experiences with love or either their perspective on love. It begins with Dr. Michelle Caple interviewing Nekos Brown, the son of the legendary Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown. In the interview, they discuss everything from love and relationships to life's purpose. The interview is followed by each author's contribution and it is a very interesting and compelling read.


Michael's contribution asks us to consider if we are too broken to love. He goes on to give us insightful and thought provoking examples of how we as people of color have faced extreme challenges and how those challenges very well may have influenced our abilities to love and and connect with one another.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Real Men Cook, Black Father's Day Charity Event Celebrates 30 Years

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REAL MEN COOK TO CELEBRATE 30-YEAR FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION OF SPOTLIGHTING BLACK MEN

Nationwide -- Real Men Cook, Chicago's premiere urban Father's Day charity event, marks its 30-year milestone this year. The food-tasting event's purpose is to uplift families, promote wellness and highlight positive Black male engagement.

This year's celebration is being held on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16 from 3pm to 6pm at Hales Franciscan, an all-male high school located at 4930 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago's Bronzeville community.

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father's Day celebration of its kind. It provides a platform where "real men" from all walks of life give up Father's Day pampering to work and be celebrated for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their families and to their communities.

Through Real Men Charities, the presenting non-profit, Real Men Cook has become a national model that has influenced the way Father's Day is celebrated in the U.S. and beyond.

Jazz Vocalist, New Romantic Ballad, "So Much Joy"

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JAZZ VOCALIST ELLEN COOPER RELEASES BEAUTIFUL ROMANTIC BALLAD, "SO MUCH JOY"

Los Angeles, CA There is nothing sweeter than an artist and a debut song that's time has come. Now, after years of building fervent followings in the U.S., Asia, the U.K. and other exotic spaces abroad, seasoned singer/songwriter Ellen Cooper is marking her studio recording launch with her delicious debut "So Much Joy" via The Sound of Los Angeles Records (in stores now).

Very much in the tradition of artists such as Anita Baker, Randy Crawford and Angela Bofill, Ellen Cooper is in possession of an expressive alto vocal instrument that can caress a song and chase the clouds away as it brings hearts closer together. Effortlessly and naturally rapturous, Cooper's performance on this beautifully produced piano ballad (featuring Gail Jhonson massaging the ivories) spiced with tasty saxophone ad libs will certainly find homes at adults-targeted radio formats, lite jazz and even some of the more daring AC stations.

The song and her vocal are just that winning and convincing.

Black Author Dedicates Novel to Murdered Son

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      BLACK AUTHOR RE-DEDICATES SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL TO HIS SON WHO WAS MURDERED
 
Miami, FL -- The captivating science-fiction novel White Heat Beast, authored by Steven Jennings, has been re-edited, re-released and the book has been re-dedicated to his son. It's a new beginning for the novel, as a result of recommendations the author's son Alex made, months before he was murdered.

In 2015, at the age of 22, Alex was a victim of senseless gun violence, shot multiple times by a convicted felon. He was murdered in Lee County Florida.

But because the murder weapon was never found, the convicted murderer is scheduled to be freed in 2020. The killer will be freed, despite having a surviving witness whom gave testimony, and whom was also shot and paralyzed by the murderer during the same attack.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

See How Exceptional "Men of Color" Were Gathered in DC for Their 2nd Conference

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CORPORATE COUNSEL MEN OF COLOR RETURNS FOR 2ND MEN OF COLOR LIFE, STRATEGIES AND POWER NETWORKING CONFERENCE

The gathering, held on June 6th and June 7th at the Marriott Marquis Convention Center in Washington, DC, brought together men of color from multiple industries, including STEM, Law, Finance, Medical, Real Estate, Law Enforcement, and Government, for Progress in Diversity and Career Development.

Washington, DC -- Corporate Counsel Men of Color® ("CCMC"), a subsidiary of Corporate Counsel Women of Color and a support network for men of color, returned for its 2nd annual Men of Color Career and Life Strategies and Power Networking Conference on June 7, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 600 people attended from multiple industries, including STEM, law, and finance, just to name a few. In addition to an itinerary filled with informative sessions, workshops, and headlining speakers, CCMC also hosted a Hole-in-One Golf Networking Tournament the day prior, on June 6, 2019, at the TPC Potomac in Potomac, Maryland. Also, attendees with tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture and visit Dunbar High School for Community and Mentorship Day.

CCMC gained national headlines two years ago when it launched the groundbreaking Men of Color survey, which measured and assessed the experiences of men of color in the workplace. Uniquely, the survey was open to men of color in all industries and measured seven key components: (1) Career Goals, (2) Feedback and Relationships, (3) Diversity and Initiatives Within the Company, (4) Company Culture, (5) Sponsorship, (6) Employee Engagement, and (7) Future Plans to Stay or Leave Their Current Company.

Based on feedback from our conference survey, this year's conference covered: Strategic Partnerships, Empowerment, Motivation, Mental Health & Wellness, Leadership, Career, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Management.

Largest Black-Owned Hair Co. Launches Hair Install Service

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LARGEST BLACK-OWNED HAIR COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICE THAT CHANGES THE WAY YOU BUY AND INSTALL HAIR

Nationwide --  Mayvenn is more than a hair company. It's a movement. Mayvenn Install is the latest development in the company's dedication to helping hairstylists develop entrepreneurial talents and grow their own businesses, while making beauty accessible and affordable for all.

With the launch of Mayvenn Install, this program allows customers to buy hair directly from the company online. Then, Mayvenn matches customers with a local stylist within their network who will install the hair for free - all for the cost of the hair itself. It is essentially hair + service (shampoo, condition, braid down, sew-in, and style) for the price of one.

Teaching Black Women How to Turn Their Purpose into Their Paycheck

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TEACHING BLACK WOMEN HOW TO TURN THEIR   PURPOSE INTO THEIR PAYCHECK


Nationwide -- The June issue of Speakers Magazine is online and extra printed copies will be distributed at the Best The Answer Event in Boston, MA hosted by Nicole Roberts Jones.
When she isn't traveling speaking and consulting with Black women entrepreneurs, Nicole Roberts Jones can be found, hosting her podcast "Fierce Files" or doing media interviews on how to take your Brilliance To The Bank (TM).

"I teach women on how to get clarity on where they are on their pathway toward living in their purpose and getting paid for it," said Roberts Jones. Her Fierce Factor Formula program is an eight-week program with steps designed to have professionals understand their uniqueness.