• Vivica A. Fox and Demetria McKinney Inspire Young Women at Black Women’s Roundtable Empowerment Tour

    Women’s rights leader, Rita Jackson Samuels, and Riverdale Mayor, Dr. Evelyn Wynn Dixon, were honored as champions for women’s equality
    Atlanta, GA – After honoring women’s rights leader, Rita Jackson Samuels, and Riverdale Mayor, Dr. Evelyn Wynn Dixon, actress/singer, Demetria McKinney, and actress/producer/businesswoman, Vivica A. Fox shared inspirational stories about overcoming obstacles like single parenthood and joblessness with women and girls attending the recent Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Healthy, Wealthy and Wise National Empowerment Tour.

    Accepting an award for her civil and woman’s rights work, Samuels told the young people “Don’t ever give up on your dream.” Samuels grew up poor in Forsyth Georgia but went on to work alongside Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., served at the White House under President Jimmy Carter, and founded Georgia Coalition for Black Women.

    Mayor Dixon shared a riveting story of growing up in segregated Atlanta, a bitter divorce, eviction and surviving homeless as a single parent of five kids. “When my husband left me I became homeless and even suicidal. But at the lowest point in my life I found the courage to pick myself up and refused to let adversity hold me back,” said Dixon who started community college at 35-years-old and earned a PhD at 50.

    Energizing the audience with her knack for keeping it real, Fox, the co-star of “Kill Bill” and “Kingdom Come”, urged the women to take charge of their own life and addressed ageism against women in Hollywood. “My agents told me there aren’t roles for Black women over 40 in Hollywood. I asked, have you forgotten I had Independence Day with Will Smith? Have you forgot I set it off with Queen Latifa and Jada Pinkett? Or that I played the game with Morris Chestnut? Fox continued, “I regrouped and took hold of the ‘business’ side of ‘show business’ and began producing films, stage plays and TV shows. I even have my own hair line Vivica A. Fox Wigs. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t do.”

    McKinney, who plays Janine Payne on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and recently released her debut CD, “Get Yo Ish”, kept the down-to-earth tone as she outlined her rocky road to success. The single mother told the audience she had to drop out of college to raise her son. “I got a job waiting tables and moved to the projects but I never gave up. African American women are called and have to be the backbone for a lot. That doesn’t mean there won’t be obstacles. But remember, the situation doesn’t make you,” said McKinney, who was accompanied by the former EVP of Tyler Perry Studio’s and CEO of Bobbcat Films, Roger Bobb.

    A 19-year-old single mother attending with her two-year-old daughter in tow, Jazamin McCurdy, was excited to interact one-on-one with the speakers. “I feel so motivated to make positive changes in my life. The panel discussions helped me understand what I need to do and the stories from the speakers helped realize that I can do it.”

    In addition to the Sista-2-Sister Talk, there was a mini-expo, panels on domestic violence, economic health, politics, technology access and a fitness session led by Eshe of Arrested Development. Physicians from the Centers for Disease Control addressed health issues and pharmacists from Walgreens Pharmacy administered flu shots and donated vouchers for free flu shots.

    Opening night of the three-day-event included a BWR Listening session hosted by Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud, the first African American female fire chief in the country. On Sunday the women attended services at Olivet Baptist Church in Fayetteville where they held a special tribute to BWR members Ruby Campbell-Pulliam and Adrienne Dennis.

    “The Listening Session allowed women and girls to have a candid discussion about issues that impact their lives,” said Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, the local coordinating partner for the event. “Issues ranged from no job, food or housing, to violence in their home and community. I am happy that we were able to provide valuable resources to the women.”

    According to Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable, “The goal of this national tour is to personally connect with women and girls in underserved communities. We decided to host the event on the south side of Atlanta because many women that are struggling to maintain can’t make it into downtown Atlanta.”

    The BWR Tour traveled to ten cities featuring inspirational women like actress/singer/activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Susan L. Taylor, Cares Mentoring, and Clayola Brown, A. Philip Randolph Institute, and will culminate with a national event in Washington, DC. The tour is made possible by the W.F. Kellogg Foundation. BWR Atlanta sponsors include: AT&T, Verizon Foundation and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

    Convened by Dr. Joseph E Lowery, the Atlanta-based Coalition for the Peoples Agenda works throughout Georgia to support and establish coalitions in the Southeast states. Black Women’s Roundtable is an intergenerational women’s network of The National Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities. For more information on The National Coalition log on to www.ncbcp.org.

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  • Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Michael Baisden Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is Investing in Small Businesses With “Million Dollar Business Pitch” Campaign

    Dallas, TX – Radio personality, best-selling author, filmmaker, and leader of the successful civil rights march in Jena, LA, Michael Baisden not only talks the talk afternoons on his nationally syndicated “The Michael Baisden Show,” he also walks the walk. On Monday, October 24, Baisden announced his plans to give away a half-million dollars to small businesses and non-profits via a “Million Dollar Business Pitch” campaign. Listeners must tune into the radio show, Twitter, or FaceBook on November 28th for submission details.

    “It’s time for those of us who have done well because of the people, to give back to the people,” expresses Baisden. “While we relax in our comfortable homes driving our expensive cars, families are being destroyed. I understand that I can’t save the world, but I can reach back and help as many people as I can and hopefully inspire others to do the same! It’s time to pay it forward in a big way!”

    From author to radio personality, to filmmaker and now social and political activist, Michael Baisden is committed to advancing the global community to a better place. Baisden’s contribution for the campaign is not from corporate sponsors, but is coming directly from his wallet. “”You see that’s our problem, if we can’t make a profit off helping people, we don’t do it. While I welcome corporations and others to support us, I can’t wait for their budget cycles to make a decision,” he cites.

    Over the past eight years, the outspoken and sometimes controversial radio pioneer has advocated for civil rights issues, campaigned for voter registration, supported free health clinics, and promoted mentoring with a 70-city bus tour. Most recently Baisden took his microphone to Occupy Wall Street in New York, engaging his listeners up close and personal with protesters from the site.

    “As President Obama said, we can’t wait fourteen months; some of my listeners won’t survive another fourteen weeks. We have to do something now!”

    In addition to his Million Dollar Business Pitch campaign, he continues to break boundaries with the release of his new e-novel entitled, “Never Satisfied: Do Men Know What The Want?” on Baisden Publishing and his new film “Do Women Know What They Want?” on TimeLife slated for release later this year. Baisden’s other popular titles, “Men Cry in the Dark,” “The Maintenance Man,” and “God’s Gift to Women,” can be found on Amazon.com.

    To get more information on how you can win a share of his Million Dollar Business Pitch, follow The Michael Baisden Show on Facebook (on Baisdenlive) and Twitter (@BaisdenLive). Details on how to submit your business will be announced live on The Michael Baisden Show on November 28th between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. ET. Log onto www.Baisdenlive.com to listen to the live stream or download the TuneIn radio app and search Michael Baisden show.

    About The Michael Baisden ShowThe Michael Baisden Show is an entertaining four-hour afternoon drive radio program airing Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET and combines the best in music, comedy and social commentary to inspire real change across America. Heard in 22 of the top 25 Urban radio markets, The Michael Baisden Show reaches more than seven million listeners each week and is syndicated by Cumulus Media Networks. Baisden has been recognized as one of the most influential men in radio. He is also a TV talk show host, film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print. His “One Million Mentors: National Campaign To Save Our Kids,” implemented via his The Michael Baisden Foundation, lead to him being awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation “Keepers of The Dream” Award.

    NOTE TO MEDIA: Michael Baisden is available for interviews, contact jazzmynepr@gmail.com.

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  • Vivica A. Fox, Kellie Williams and Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud Promote Healthy Living at Black Women’s Roundtable Empowerment Tour

    Maintaining a healthy, wealthy and wise lifestyle will be the primary focus as celebrities, physicians, financial advisors, chefs, and women and girls from greater Atlanta assemble for The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Healthy Wealthy Wise National Empowerment Tour, Friday Oct. 21 thru Sunday Oct. 23. Created to empower Black women, veterans and girls, the 3-day public event is free and will take place in various locations in Riverdale, East Point and Fayetteville. For more information call 404 653-1199.

    So many organizations host their events inside the Atlanta city limits, we decided to take our healthy message to the underserved communities outside of I-285,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president & CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable. “The south side of town proved the perfect gathering place for our event.”

    Campbell continues, “The BWR Tour is traveling the country, bringing together black women from all professions to give love, information and inspiration to those who need it. It is important for us to go where we are needed, as opposed to where it is most convenient. This is about women making themselves accessible and available to each other.”

    Confirmed speakers include: Attorney, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra Parks; Melanie L. Campbell; East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud; Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Winn Dixon; Actress Kellie Williams (Family Matters); Recording Artists OMG; and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control.

    The Atlanta community is happy to partner with local and national organizations to address issues that impact underserved women and girls. We will have a lot of fun while providing tools that help them to live healthier, more productive lives,” adds Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for The Peoples Agenda, the local coordinating partner for the event. “Our schedule includes a Listening Session, Let’s Move Dance, a mini-expo, and healthy food demonstrations. We will also lift up Melanie L. Campbell’s sisters who helped develop BWR Tour, Ruby Campbell-Pulliam and Adrienne Dennis.”

    BWR Tour highlights include:

    • Friday, October 21 – BWR Intergenerational Listening Session – Sister 2 Sister LOCATION: East Point Fire Station 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 2727 East Point Street, East Point, GA.
    • Saturday, October 22 – Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Let’s Move Dance, Mini-Expo, Healthy Food Demonstrations and Empowerment Roundtables Forums for Women and Girls. LOCATION: Riverdale Community Centre 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7200 Church Street, Riverdale, GA
    • Sunday, October 23 Sistas Workship and Special Tribute to Ruby Campbell-Pulliam and Adrienne Dennis. LOCATION: Olivet Baptist Church 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 877 Highway 314, Fayetteville, GA

    The BWR National Empowerment Tour is made possible by the W.F. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930 to support children, families and communities as they create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success. BWR Atlanta Tour sponsors include: AT&T, Verizon Foundation and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The BWR Tour has traveled to cities in LA, MS, AL, MI, PA and FL with a goal of reaching 10,000 women and girls over the course of the tour.

    Convened by Dr. Joseph E Lowery, the Atlanta-based Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, is active throughout the state of Georgia and works to support and establish state coalitions in the Southeast states.

    Black Women’s Roundtable is an intergenerational network of The National Coalition bringing together diverse women to motivate Black women to engage in all levels of civil society. The National Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities. Current initiatives of the organization include Black Youth Vote! and the Unity 2012 Voter Empowerment Campaign. For more information on The National Coalition log on to www.ncbcp.org.

    Atlanta BWR Empowerment Tour National & State-based Partners

    A. Philip Randolph Institute
    Black Youth Vote!
    Black Women’s Health Imperative
    Centers for Disease Control
    City of Riverdale
    Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    Dianne Frosh
    East Point Fire Department
    Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda
    Georgia Stand Up
    Green Opportunities for Urban Neighborhoods
    HMA Associates, Inc.
    Jazzmyne Public Relations
    National Center for Victims of Crime
    National Conference of Black Mayors
    National Council of Negro Women
    Operation Hope
    Olivet Baptist Church
    State Representative Roberta Abdul Salaam
    Suzanne Fuller Associates
    The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
    The Praxis Project
    The RED Panty Society
    The William Kellibrew Foundation
    United Negro College Fund
    Youth in Action

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  • Controversial Film “Ghetto Physics” is Poised to OCCUPY the Movement with DVD and Book Release

    Los Angeles – When filmmakers E. Raymond Brown and Williams Arntz first released the independent movie “Ghetto Physics” in late 2010, they knew the film was an early battle cry, a wakeup call to America and beyond. The cutting edge hybrid documentary explored the dynamics of the ‘powers that be’ in laymen terms that the ‘man on the street’ could easily relate to. Inflation, foreclosure, unemployment, healthcare issues, pollution, crime, recession and depression: one percent was benefiting – pimping; and somebody, the other 99 percent, were being played for the ho!

    Cut chase to the present, and the DVD release of “Ghetto Physics,” accompanied by the manual, “GhettoPhysics: Redefining the Game” finds itself smack dab in the middle of an OCCUPY movement which could have easily been a scene in the original film!

    Explosive, controversial, insightful and comedic, “Ghetto Physics” is the movie of the movement. It leaps from the screen with input from personalities and celebrities that include author, social activist and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West; MC and producer KRS-One; rapper/actor Ice T; economist, author and social activist John Perkins; Emmy Award-winning television producer and social activist Norman Lear; former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney; and Brother Ishmael Tetteh, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Etherean Mission in Ghana, West Africa, a trans-denominational metaphysical organization. A colorful contingent of ‘real life’ pimps also flavor the cast including street legends “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” Fillmore Slim, Hook da Crook, Mac Breed and Lo Da Show.

    “Ghetto Physics” a term which merges street science with the dynamics of metaphysics, deconstructs the nature, structure and “politricks” of power as they are played out in every corner of our society, and in every society around the world. According to Arntz, the brain behind box office success “What the BLEEP Do We Know!?,” “We see these power dynamics expressing in government, in business, in the military, in academia … in our families … everywhere. It’s a nonpartisan political film that exposes the root of all of the world’s dysfunctions – an imbalance in the dynamics of power.”

    Expresses Brown, a genuine product of the hip hop generation, who incorporates elements of shamanism, quantum theory, and archetypal psychology into his approach, “The evolving Occupy Movement is an eloquent expression of what I have been identifying for years now. The people running the show (a.k.a. the Pimps) and the people putting up with it (a.k.a. the Ho’s) have been doing a lousy job taking care of the planet, the environment and each other. It’s time to say ‘Game Over’ and time to start a new one. It is not about right and wrong, good guys vs. bad guys. It is about awareness of ‘the game’ and letting people know it is up to them to choose the role they play in every situation. ‘Ghetto Physics’ exposes the powers that be and refuses to let those in control rule our lives anymore.”

    “Ghetto Physics” is available for purchase now on DVD at Amazon.com and wherever movies are sold online. The DVD includes Spanish subtitles and a music video from E. Raymond’s group, ‘Da Physics. The book “GhettoPhysics: Redefining the Game,” also available via Kindle on Amazon.com, is a resource rife with insight, methodology and a call to action for survival and success as a 99 percenter in society.

    Participants at the various OCCUPY centers around the country are also eligible for a free DVD per a special campaign at www.GhettoPhysics.com. The film will be available for online screening at GhettoPhysics.com on October 18 and via download on iTunes and Amazon.com at a later date.

    From the corner office to the street corner, the game is the same, notes ghettophysicians E. Raymond Brown and William Arntz. Peep the dynamics now by viewing the trailer at www.GhettoPhysics.com and help Occupy the movement for change!

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  • Black Women Unite to Protect the Village and Demand Respect for their Vote

    Susan Taylor & Melanie Campbell

    By Edrea Davis – “The village is burning,” exclaimed Susan L. Taylor speaking to over 200 diverse women attending the “Power of the Sister Vote Forum,” a 3-hour conversation focused on leveraging the Black female vote hosted by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (The National Coalition) Black Women’s Roundtable and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) in Washington, DC last week.

    “We have everything we need at our fingertips to do what God is calling us to do; and that is stand together on purpose, with purpose, and demand respect and justice for our children, our men, for our people,” continued Taylor, founder of Cares Mentoring and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine.

    Held during the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference, the forum brought together women leaders – from grassroots organizers to college presidents – to highlight the critical role Black women play in the election and unveil the policy priorities for women of the Black Diaspora going forward.

    “Black women are potentially the single most powerful voting block in the upcoming election,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition and convener of Black Women’s Roundtable. “Pew Research Center reported that among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, Black women had the highest voter turnout rate in the 2008 presidential election. Also, Black women have a strong influence on their children, parents and Black men. We are determined to leverage our collective political power in 2012 and beyond.”

    There were four separate panels during three-hour forum: jobs, justice, equality and political power. Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women and renowned economist, stopped by with her arsenal of statistics related to the unemployment rate.

    “When you look at the data of those who have not been counted, you’re talking 16% unemployment for everyone, 29% for African American’s, and 32 % for African American men. These are depression level unemployment rates,” Malveaux said. “The President’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction and he should be applauded for that. But it’s not enough.”

    AFL-CIO executive vice president, Arlene Holt-Baker, called for the women to mobilize to stop the attacks on union members by people who are determined to roll-back the progress made by unions. She urged the women not to back down on the fight for workers’ rights.

    Tonya Clay House, director of public policy for Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, displayed their compelling “Map of Shame,” an interactive map that illustrates states that are enacting suppressive legislation (like restrictive voter ID laws) that will disenfranchise many voters including minorities, low-income persons, senior citizens, voters with disabilities and students.

    Other panelists included: Dr. Elsie Scott, CBCF; Chanelle Hardy, National Urban League Policy Institute; Felicia Davis, UNCF Building Green Initiative; Tamika Mallory, National Action Network; Senator Catherine Pugh, NBCSL; Letetia Daniels Jackson, NCBCP Unity 2012; Dr. Claire Nelson, Institute of Caribbean Studies; Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, NCNW; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National Black Clergy Network; Monifa Bandele, Campaign Manager, MomsRising.org & Lead Trainer, NCBCP; Rene’ RedwoodRedwood Enterprise, LLC; Dee Marshall, , Girlfriends Pray; and Tracy Sturdivant, State Voices, among others. Makani Themba-Nixon, The Praxis Project, served as moderator.

    Black Women’s Roundtable is an intergenerational civic engagement network of The National Coalition bringing together women representing diverse views and interests within the Black and community around the theme of women’s advancement with a particular focus on motivating Black women to engage in all levels of civil society. The National Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities. Current initiatives of the organization include Black Youth Vote! and the Unity 2012 Voter Empowerment Campaign. For more information on The National Coalition log on to www.ncbcp.org.

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