Who would have thought that in 2016 we would still be fighting against racism, classicism and the continued disregard for the talents and contributions of black people to the world. In fact, the fight for equality seems just as prevalent in 2016 as it was in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Yesterday was a day to honor him. It was a day to refocus on his dream and what needs to be done to keep it alive. It was a day where entertainers including comedian Chris Rock, actors Harry Belafonte, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, musical artists India Arie, J. Cole, Jussie Smollett and numerous others joined hundreds of people to pay tribute to Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. The event touted as “#MLKNOW” was sponsored by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and was held last night at the Riverside Church in Manhattan where Dr. King delivered his historical sermon opposing the Vietnam War in 1967.
Last month we gave you the inside scoop on new the book, “MISS JESSIE’S: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch — Naturally“, detailing the journey of sisters Titi and Miko Branch from Brooklyn, New York to founding a salon and the infamous Miss Jessie’s hair care line that catapulted the natural hair movement. We were able to attend the DC stop of the Miss Jessie’s book tour earlier this week and hear first hand from Miko Branch how Miss Jessie’s became one of the first and most iconic natural hair line of the millennium. But if you thought the book would be solely about natural hair and products, you are mistaken. The novel shares the story of the sisters growing up in a strict home raised by a strict African American father, Japanese American mother and wise grandmother, realizing their gifts while enduring growing pains and mistakes TOGETHER.
Every year the Congressional Black Caucus takes over DC during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. From receptions to social mixers, CBC Week is filled with so many events that it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. This year I kept it a bit low key, popping into a few mixers and networking events. But there was one event that I couldn’t miss. The Inaugural Congressional Black Caucus Closing Brunch presented by Let’s Do Brunch NYC, Digital Divas and DC’s Akil Waite at the ever so chic Barcode Restaurant & bar in downtown DC was a must-go.
I was honored when asked by Denise Moss, owner of up and coming brand management company D. Moss Inc., to host the red carpet at the 1st Annual DMV Brand Experience which took place this past Friday, July 11, 2014. This was Denise’s baby and to be a part of new and fresh ideas is something I relish in. But what the event was meant to be or intended to do, I didn’t quite understand yet? What was the “DMV Brand Experience”? When speaking with Denise she described her vision as creating something that we’re missing in the DC area (the DMV), an all inclusive branding event to enjoy and support area
To support a cause that helps others is gratifying, but imagine how gratifying it must be to get behind a cause that directly affected your life. That’s exactly what Robert Jackson did. The seasoned production veteran combined his decades of experience with his personal challenges and triumphs to create B-Roll Media & Arts, a non-profit organization geared towards addressing the educational deficiencies of children with learning disabilities. Find out why Robert started B-Roll, how his connections are helping him help his students and all about B-Roll’s upcoming media expo.
Chattertainment was given the honor of serving as media consultants at SheROCKS 2014 this past weekend. SheROCKS, a celebration of women in the arts, was created by Timea Gaines, CEO of Love Life Media, LLC. After the tremendous success of the first ever SheROCKS in 2013, the community all but begged for Timea to make it an annual event. She answered the call with enormous dedication and creativity, once again bringing together women of all walks to celebrate the arts and each other.
Hosted by comedienne Tea Love, SheROCKS kept us entertained with musical performances including IhsAn Bilal, Ayana Songstress and Doretha Allen, as well as spoken word and poetry from Kezia and Shaina Lynn among others. There was never a dull moment