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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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
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?
This post is part of the Future of Earned Media series.
Monday, August 15, 2011
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
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.
Monday, August 8, 2011
just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting, two
young freshmen came by. One of the 2 boys wanted to 'talk' to my
friend (as in date). She asked him how old they were, and both of
the boys replied 18. My friend and I both laughed hysterically
because we are both 22 years old.
After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and
one wanted to know how he could gain her interest.
The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked
why, and then said he liked saggin ' his pants. I told him to come
over to my computer and spell the word saggin'. Then I told him to
write the word saggin ' backwards.
I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was
the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by
forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at
any other rigorous job. In addition, men in prison wore their pants
low when they were 'spoken for'. The other reason their pants looked
like that was they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners
were likely to try to commit suicide. And, saggin' pants prevents
you from running.
We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We
are dying. The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even
our brothers and sisters from Africa don't take us seriously.
Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your
head held high could make the biggest difference in the world's
perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to
It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what
reality to them is. We have to change not only the media's
perception of us, but we need to change our perception of ourselves.
Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black
Woman. All eyes are on your Black Child. People point the finger at
manifest loud, boisterous behavior, to spend our hard earned money
in their stores, buying goods we don't need, or really want. We have
allowed not only the media, but the government and the world to
portray us as a 'sub-culture. ' They have stripped our culture down
to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as
rappers, athletes, drug users, and consumers of junk food, expensive
tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not
investing in homes for our families.
We are so much more!!!!!!!
To all our Black Men : It's time to stand up. There are billions of
Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that
you walk on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have
your back, we want to love, support and cherish every ounce of your
being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the
head of our households. You have to prove yourselves worthy of our
submission. We need you to be hard working...Not a hustler. We need
you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality. We need you to
stand! And trust us; we will have your back. We know that it gets
hard. We know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is nothing
that a Black Man and a Black Woman can't handle with GOD on their
To all our Black Women : It is also time for you to stand up. It is
time for you to stop using our bodies as our primary form of
communication. It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs
spoke of. You cannot sit by the wayside while our men are dying by
the masses. You are the epitome of Black Love. It starts within you.
You need to speak with conviction to let not only our Black Men
know, but the world, that you are the Mothers of this world. You are
so powerful. You are so beautiful. You need to love and embrace
every blessing God has given us physically, emotionally and
For all our Black Children : We need to love them. We need to teach
them. We need to stand up for them. We need to protect them. We need
to show them that there are no 'get rich quick' schemes. We need to
tell them that they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of
crime and deceit. We need to teach our children that no one will
love them the way we can. And being a basketball player, a rapper,
or a drug dealer is not reality. It's not realistic and only a small
percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or professional
athlete. We need to teach our children that we can be more than
rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams. We
can be the CEO's of OUR fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in