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30 YEARS: POPULAR RADIO HOST HEADED TO PRISON

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rest In Peace Mr. Don Cornelius





Today we are mourning the loss of a talented visionary. Mr. Don Cornelius made us all come together and was instrumental in highlighting many talented artists via The Soul Train. He encouraged us all to get on board! We will miss you Don and may your soul train never stop! Here are some good programs airing on BET and Centric in his memory:

BET Programming Lineup
Wednesday, Feb. 1
5 p.m.: "106 & PARK" Special Episode
7 p.m.: "SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA"

Thursday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.: "SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011"

CENTRIC Programming Lineup
Wednesday, Feb. 1
9 p.m.: "SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA"
11 p.m.: 24-hour "SOUL TRAIN" marathon

Thursday, Feb. 2
24-hour "SOUL TRAIN" marathon continues.

Friday, Feb. 3
8 p.m.: "SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011"

Saturday, Feb. 4
9 a.m.: 12-hour "SOUL TRAIN" marathon
9 p.m.: "SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2010"

Sunday, Feb. 5
8 a.m.: 12-hour "SOUL TRAIN" marathon

The network have more on Don Cornelius at www.bet.com and www.centrictv.com. All times above are Central.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Spike Lee Hosts Obama; The White House Screening Room Needs an Upgrade - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire


Spike Lee Hosts Obama; The White House Screening Room Needs an Upgrade - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire

Obama was introduced by Lee's wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, and the president rattled off all his accomplishments, then joked about about whether attendees might want to watch the GOP debate, which everyone in attendance found to be quite amusing. Mariah Carey, Nick Canon, and former New York Knicks guard Allen Houston were among the bold-faced names to appear at the event. Also, the pool report by Jackie Calmes of The New York Times had some nice details about the interior design scheme at Lee's house, which includes walls that are "crowded with iconic photos of African-Americans through history, including Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, art with African or African-American themes and artifacts including a clapper board from The Godfather and purple boxing shorts monogrammed 'JL' in a shadow-box frame (you can guess the likely former owner as well as pool can)." (Joe Louis.) [Politico]

Red Tails director Anthony Hemingway is dishing about the state of the White House screening room, following a screening of his Tuskegee Airmen film for President Obama last week. Hemingway says the snack offerings were first-rate. "There was a whole table of refreshments, including cookies shaped like Red Tail fighter planes," he recalls. "They also had popcorn and drinks laid out for us to take into the theater, but none of those little M&M boxes with the White House seal. I was looking for something like that to take as a souvenir." Also, the popcorn had "just the right amount of salt and butter." Inside the theater, Hemingway was alarmed to discover there weren't any cupholder "which made me nervous because I was afraid of spilling my drink." In fact, the entire layout of the theater was underwhelming. "The theater isn't set up that well," Hemingway explains. "The sound could be better. The projector needs to be upgraded. It needs a Hollywood pro to go in there and redesign it." And bring a cupholder guy, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]

I really liked this article and thought you would too. Good to know that they get to some things to unwind. I will definitely be going to see "Red Tails" this Saturday morning and letting everyone about it afterwards. Stay tune!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Future of Media



This post was written by Valerie Lopez, Director of Media Research for Cision US.


Paid, owned, earned media isn’t a new concept to those in PR and marketing. What is new is the blending of the three in today’s media landscape. Organizations are breaking down interdepartmental walls and the siloed POEM media model will soon be a thing of the past. We’re seeing more and more advertising, marketing and PR teams working together to create one cohesive campaign.

The Importance of a Social Hub

I conducted a test, unscientific, but still yielded interesting results. I sat down and watched an hour of television. Within that hour, I noticed that ninety percent of the paid TV spots referenced owned media properties. Open any magazine today and you’ll see paid ads directing readers to corporate sites and social media pages. Paid and owned media are working together and for both to be successful, quality content is key.
Owned media properties can influence a consumer’s purchasing decision. Unfortunately, many organizations aren’t using this to their advantage and have failed when it comes to their own social hub. Many are static, hard to navigate and just plain boring. Creating a social hub can serve many purposes and can ultimately lead to the highly sought after earned media. Your social hub should serve as a one-stop shop for basically anyone with access to the Web. It’s here that you can promote and raise awareness of your brand, product and services and at the same time connect with end-users.

Tufts Now is an example of a well-executed social hub. Prior to launching Tufts Now, the team behind the hub decided to audit their existing web properties and soon realized many Tufts University departments were maintaining their own sites. This not only made it difficult for students, prospective students and faculty to find university information, but it was also difficult for the staff members maintaining the sites. This was the catalyst that led them to create Tufts Now. Their goal was to create a single destination for all audiences, both internal and external. The collaboration of the different departments was integral in the success of Tufts Now.

The Convergence of E-commerce and Content

A newer trend I’ve seen is earned media’s role in direct marketing, aka paid media. In the past, traditional press releases were ultimately written with media outlets in mind, but now the direct-to-consumer nature of social media has changed that. We’re starting to see the convergence of e-commerce and content in social media releases, tweets and Facebook posts. Instead of relying on the media to cover a product, SMRs have “click here to buy” written directly into the release. End-users have unknowingly become direct marketers for brands with their “just bought” tweets and Facebook posts. With the advancement of mobile technology and increase in mobile usage, will this trend become more mainstream? What trends or changes have you seen to the paid, earned, owned media model?


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This post is part of the Future of Earned Media series.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Economic Woes - You Haven't Seen Anything Yet by Selena Spencer-Lipscomb




I am amazed that we are acting content in America about what is going on with our economy. Unless you live in a bubble, you are not immune to the disparity the poor and middle class are facing daily. Looks like the middle class is trying to maintain their worth and the poor are hoping to get a crumb from those who may live with an open heart. Our children can't focus on a well balanced meal, because they just want to calm the grumbling that is in their stomach right now.

When I am preparing for work in the morning, I am amazed at the superficial topics that are discussed like, what to where this fall, items to pack in your child's lunch or ways to invest your savings. I realize that many of these producers have no idea what is going on right around the corner from the production studio. I guess once the aftermath of this economic hot mess America is in, the world will see what is really going on.

You think things are bad now with our children, but imagine how bad it will be when these children no longer have a roof over their heads because their family's public assistance has ended. I don't think these children will care about what to wear, since the only clothes they'll own is on their backs already. These children won't care about what is in their lunch for school because they probably will just quit going to school altogether. Without a physical address, how can they register for school?

Let's get serious about the economy and start to create conversations that can bring about a solution to this economic crisis. We can look across the globe at other nations that are feeling the economic punch too, but to keep it local, just look outside.

So, what are you going to do about it?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Live from #BlogHer: PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi on the leadership principles that guide her


Written by Jessica Miller-Merrell on August 8, 2011 | Comments (15)

This post is by Jessica Miller-Merrell, a leadership blogger at Blogging4Jobs. She is a digital strategist with a passion for recruiting, human resources, training and social media and is the author of “Tweet This! Twitter for Business,” a how-to business guide for Twitter.

Female business leaders hold an advantage over their their male counterparts because they nurture and add humanity to the position, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said during her keynote address at BlogHer last week. “Women globally represent 70% of the buying decisions around the world,” Nooyi said. ”There’s a shift happening among women in the world.”

This shift Nooyi mentioned is happening across the board, and conferences such as BlogHer are an example. The importance of incorporating humanity into advertising, business and the executive role is something that has become extremely important since the recession. Nooyi told the audience that senior leaders must balance their IQ with their EQ, or emotional intelligence. This emotional intelligence provides female leaders a huge advantage to relate directly to their employees and consumers. “Employees perform better when they bring their whole selves to work,” Nooyi said.

The proportion of women in leadership positions at organizations has yet to reflect the shift Nooyi mentions. Only 12 women hold the CEO position at Fortune 500 companies.

Nooyi distills her leadership philosophy into “Five C’s,” which she shared with the audience.

  • Competency. Stand out from the pack and be a lifelong learner. Remain ahead and abreast in your field.
  • Courage and Confidence. Speak out. Establish your knowledge base and be confident in it as a leader.
  • Communication. Over-invest in written and oral communication. Leaders constantly have to motivate the troops.
  • Consistency. Remaining steady, reliable, and determined allows for credibility and a baseline to measure your successes and failures.
  • Compass. Integrity is critical in this job.

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