Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm at the National Press Club
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Leveraging the power of social media through Facebook and Twitter, Educate Black America is an important Internet site for opportunity and prosperity. Everyone with access to a computer can be included by liking and sharing Educate Black America on Facebook, following Educate Black America on Twitter, by joining the ABC Club from the Educate Black America web site at www.am-blk-coll.com, and emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporters linked to the Educate Black America Network can now receive immediate notification of scholarship awards and availability, as well as employment and intern opportunities. Their mission is to strengthen Black America by raising the bar on educational attainment on all levels, provide a significant new source of funding for scholarships and provide a foundation for individual and collective economic prosperity. The Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the web site provide full details.
Their success will depend on supporters using their online purchases from the Educate Black America Shopping site, www.am-blk-coll.com, to generate millions of dollars in scholarships for Black Higher Education. Leveraging the economic power of Black spending overcame racial discrimination in the South in the 50s. That same determination and focus plus the support of other can revolutionize and strengthen the ability of deserving students to achieve their educational dreams. These scholarship funds come from the money people spend while contributions to the United Negro College fund and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund come from charitable donations. Educate Black America funds are a new source of education funding separate and independent of these two fine philanthropic organizations.
Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, noted human and civil rights advocate, said, as national spokesperson for Educate Black America, that, “Educating Black America is something we must do, can do, and should do.” Since 1988, Educate Black America (formerly known as America’s Black Collegians) has generated millions of dollars in financial support of Black Higher Education.
If everybody does their part and their share, the TRILLION DOLLARS spent by consumers and businesses in Black America and other supporters of Black Higher Education can generate a $100 Million fund. The funds will be available to underwrite scholarships that include K-12, college, post secondary trade and career, distance learning, as well as management and professional studies.
“The goal will be met if a penny out of every $100 spent can be leveraged through the Educate Black America initiative”, according to Alvin J. Lee, founder and former Fortune 500 executive. “With a user base that includes over 10 million households, more than 750,000 businesses, and 50 million people, the $100 million annual goal is achievable when people take action and leverage their buying power through the Educate Black America Shopping site.”
To begin 2014, Educate Black America has created a $100,000 Challenge Award grant to be awarded in January based on online purchases between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To make that happen people need to:
1. Join the Educate Black America Network through Facebook, Twitter, email or ABC Club
2. Shop from the Educate Black America Shopping page
3. Spread the word to all friends, family, and associates
“It’s all about the money and how it flows. When shoppers buy directly from retailers, the stores can maximize their profits as opposed to revenue sharing through partner marketing programs such as Educate Black America. In both cases, shoppers receive the same products, services, and prices. Educate Black America shoppers can choose from top American retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, Walmart, Advance Auto and many more. Educate Black America Shopping has products and services for you, your house, your car, your family, your pets and your business.” For travel spending, Enterprise Car Rental, Expedia and Hotwire are part of EBA Travel. Full details are on the web site under EBA Travel.
For 2014, the program has been expanded with Appleseed offering an opportunity for people to participate and share in the scholarship awards and expansion of Educate Black America across the country. Appleseed is an exciting and innovative self-help development program that makes it possible for people, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to earn cash and scholarship awards. ABC Ventures will be hiring marketing coordinators in local markets across the country to promote and support Educate Black America.
$100 Million in scholarships and hundreds of jobs in marketing and promotion are there and the stage has been set. The next step is up to everybody who feels education is the path to opportunity and prosperity.
About ABC Ventures
ABC Ventures, a Baltimore, MD corporate development group, is the management company for America’s Black Colleges Fund, Inc. The company, staffed by former Fortune 500 executives and managers, specializes in cause marketing initiatives that build corporate bottom line results and generate significant financial support of important social causes.
SOCIAL MEDIA IGNITES THE NATURAL HAIR MOVEMENT
The Naturalistas Behind NATURAL SPLENDOR: (left to right) Robin Rogers, co-founder; her daughter Naoj Andrews, social media director, and her sister Dawn Shaffer, co-founder
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Natural hair is not just about the hair, it’s the new fashion statement and social media is connecting the natural hair community on a global scale. Once not considered glamorous or acceptable in every arena, it’s now the sought after hair from main stream advertisers. The appearance of Viola Davis on the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards in her natural hair was a social media bonanza for naturalistas who shared the picture via Facebook, twitter and Instagram. Fashionable textured- hair women are moving away from harsh chemical relaxers, extensions, wigs and other means of altering the texture of their hair and sharing their journeys via social media. Images of natural hair style Icons like Solange Knowles are very popular in the social media world and Oprah Winfrey has featured natural hair on the cover of O magazine for the second time. There is a global return to natural hair and social media is igniting the movement.
Oakland, California based NATURAL SPLENDOR launched October 12, 2013 at The World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in Atlanta, used social media to connect to the natural hair community while they were formulating their products. The company enters the market with their Curl Conditioning Creams in two formulas; Lightly Coiled and Tightly Coiled, a premium hair product designed to moisturize and condition natural hair. Educating the consumer, to know their own hair, to have a better experience with its products is a high priority for the new company. According to Dawn Shaffer, Co-founder of NATURAL SPLENDOR, “Natural hair is the only fashion movement that uses social media to educate the community about how to care and wear our natural hair.”
After more than 2 years of research and consumer product testing, the NATURAL SPLENDOR line is formulated to work with multiple hair textures in a single- step process. Robin Rogers, another co-founder of NATURAL SPLENDOR said “Embracing our own natural hair is one of the most exciting things to evolve in years, and social media allows us to share our unique styles globally.” Naoj Andrews, Social Media Director for NATURAL SPLENDOR states that “Social Media has played an essential role in the resurgence of women returning to their natural texture. Like never before, information is being shared on a global level that allows our community to encourage, inspire and connect with one another within moments! It’s changed everything.” NATURAL SPLENDOR is a family owned and operated business and the team regularly connects with their local natural hair community by attending social media driven events around the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more details, visit www.NaturalSplendor.com
Tricia N. Newell
Director of Publicity
RCA INSPIRATION GARNERS TWO 2014 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
-- William Murphy and Deitrick Haddon Score Big With Nods in The Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song Categories --
New York, NY(BlackNews.com) -- RCA Inspiration gospel recording artists William Murphy and Deitrick Haddon were honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) on Friday with nominations for the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards. Murphy’s album “God Chaser (LIVE)” will compete in the Best Gospel Album Category and Haddon’s single “Have Your Way” will vie for Best Gospel Song.
“We are thrilled to be among this year’s GRAMMY Award nominations,” said Geo Bivins, General Manager, RCA Inspiration. “Congratulations to William and Deitrick for achieving this incredible honor.”
The 2014 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony airs live on CBS from the STAPLES CENTER in Los Angeles on January 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/ PT.
For more on William Murphy, Deitrick Haddon and RCA Inspiration, please visit www.rcainspiration.com
Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) -- All are all invited to enjoy great entertainment on January 25, 2014 with Coming To The Stage Live Productions and playwright/director Shywanee L. Manson as she debuts her newest stage production, “When You Cry, I Cry”. Showtime: 7:00 P.M. at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL - Advanced Tickets: $25.00 (www.ComingToTheStageLive.com).
Come on out and laugh, cry and sing with Gary “Lil G” Jenkins from the R&B Group, SILK, Edgar “Gemini” Porter from the R&B Group, Men at Large, and Comedian Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith. This stage play is dedicated to the sexy R&B love songs of the late 80’s and 90’s (i.e., Silk, Freddie Jackson, Tony Terry, Keith Washington, Dru Hill, R Kelly, Miki Howard, Anita Baker, After 7 and more) and will have you swaying in your seats.
In “When You Cry, I Cry”, handsome businessman, Bobby Jenkins, and his beautiful wife, Joyce, once had a marriage full of fire, high energy and tons of loving. However, after suffering a miscarriage, she finds it very difficult to cope with the loss of her child and covers her grief by injecting herself with heroin instead of turning to her loving husband who desperately wants to save their marriage.
Bobby, although still in love with his wife, is now feeling left out of the marriage. His wife ignores him, pushes him away and just doesn’t seem to care anymore, despite Bobby’s numerous attempts at rekindling the flames in their marriage. Bobby is now fed up and finds himself frequently hanging out at the local bar, where he meets Shantell, a beautiful young woman who appear to be in need of the same things of which he longs for - love and attention.
Bobby now has to decide if his craving for such love and attention is worth abandoning his family or if he should stay and fight for the love of his life.
"When You Cry, I Cry" is a tale of love, lies and revenge, mixed in with bunch of Old School Jams!
For Mature Adults Only
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Shywanee L. Manson, please visit www.ComingToTheStageLive.com or call (708) 252-Fox1
Sabir Muhammad, world-champion swimmer
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) -- World-champion swimmer Sabir Muhammad today announces his organization, the Atlanta Swim School, is providing triathlon training for the Black Tri-Divas, a national group of aspiring Black female triathletes. Muhammad and his team are preparing the triathletes for the Meek and Mighty Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. in April 2014.
“Swimming is the cornerstone of triathlon competition and is the weakest leg of the event for most competitors,” said Muhammad. “Our goal is to prepare our athletes by helping improve their fitness and developing their versatility in the water. We also provide nutritional support as well as weight management guidance. To prepare for the Meek and Mighty, we have developed a special training program to support African-American women getting ready for the triathlon, making our program one of the most unique triathlon programs in the country.”
“The group of African-American women training for the triathlon provide each other with incredible emotional and social support which is vital to the training process,” added Drellie Bashir, the group’s lead instructor, an experienced triathlete, and a certified USA Swimming coach. “The work is tough and the support they give each other improves everyone’s chance of success.”
To sign up for or learn more about the triathlon training visit www.atlantaswimschool.comor call 678-310-4261 or email email@example.com. Training sessions include swimming workouts, fitness and strength training, running and biking sessions. There are also optional nutrition sessions and a weight management program.
About Sabir Muhammad
Sabir Muhammad is a champion swimmer whose accomplishments include becoming a world championship medal winner, a U.S. Open Champion, a five-time World Cup swimming champion, a 10-time American record recipient, an NCAA Champion and an All-American at Stanford University. In 1998, Muhammad became the first African American to hold an individual American swimming record. Muhammad is also the author of Born to Swim, a children’s book about learning to swim.
About the Black Tri-Divas
Black Tri-Divas’ goal is to encourage the diversification of the sport of Triathlon and positively impact the health of African Americans by educating, training and serving as a resource to African American women, their families and all comers in swimming, cycling and running. The Black Tri Divas is in development as a nationwide organization. They partner with local organizations to encourage access to quality triathlon instruction for our target community.