• Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire National Attention and Urgent Action

    Contributors to Black Women\’s Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014 stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk; Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women\’s Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network; Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

    Washington, DC – A report released recently by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action.  The report was released during a legislative briefing at the historic headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The event kicks off the BWR National Summit taking place over the next three days. ”This report is a quick glimpse at where we are. We use this document as a road map during our BWR summit,” says Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO National Coalition and convener, BWR. “Black women are a powerful force and we plan to demonstrate that power by working collaboratively and intentionally across issues to usher in a new set of progressive polices and leaders to champion our cause. In the coming days, we will unveil specific details about the implementation of the Power of the Sister Vote!”

    “We look at the tragedies and the triumphs surrounding Black Women’s lives across a variety of different indicators and areas of inquiry,” Adds Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited and editor of the report.  ”Black women have made progress since key historical markers such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Brown v. Board of Education, and the onset of the War on Poverty, but many areas remain that need urgent action.”

    The following are some of the key findings from Black Women in the U.S., 2014:
    Black Women’s Health Still in Need of Dire Attention

  • For Black women, having a baby can be deadly. The maternal mortality rate for Black women is fully three times that of white women and is on par with several developing nations.
  • Sixty Years Post-Brown, Education Still Separate, Still Unequal, Yet Black Women Still Excel

  • While much recent attention has been focused on the degree to which Black boys are impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline. Black girls experience an out-of school suspension rate fully 6 times that of white girls.
  • In spite of these challenges, over the past five decades, the high school graduation rates of Black women have jumped 63%, virtually eliminating the gap with Asian women (down to 2%), and significantly narrowing the gap with white women (7%).
  • Black Women Work, but Lag Behind in Pay

  • As they have from the beginning of their experience in America, Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates. Even as mothers of small children, Black women are overwhelmingly likely to work.
  • Yet, despite their strong work ethic, Black women remain behind economically largely due to a doubly disadvantaged wage gap and over-representation in low-wage fields.
  • No Golden Years for Black Women

  • Largely due to years of pay disadvantages, decreased access to employer-sponsored pension plans, and a stunning lack of overall wealth accumulation, Black women over 65 have the lowest household income of any demographic group in America.
  • Still, Black women are especially reliant on Social Security in their retirement years. In fact, if it were not for social security, the poverty rate for Black women would more than double.
  • Labor Unions Make a Difference in the Working Lives of Black Women

  • Even though Unions have been under attack in recent years, Black women have maintained a higher rate of unionization than other groups.
  • Black women who are covered under collective bargaining agreements make higher wages and have greater access to benefits than women of all races or ethnicities who are non-unionized.
  • Black Women Vulnerable to Violence and the Criminal Justice System

  • Black women are especially likely to be a victim of violence in America. In fact, no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. And no woman is more likely to be beaten, either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts than a Black woman.
  • Though it is true that Black women remain more likely than any other group of women in America today to go to prison, the incarceration rates of Black women have declined tremendously in recent years. In fact, Black women’s incarceration rate has fallen from six times that of white women, to now, three times that of white women.
  • Black Women Mean Business

  • Black women are the fastest growing segment of the women owned business market, yet Black women-owned firms trail all other women when it comes revenue generation. Black women receive only 6% of the revenue generated by all women-owned businesses. That compares to 29% received by white women.
  • Though data is largely unavailable broken down by both race and gender, we can impute that if Black women were to receive merely 6% of the 5% government target for awards to all women, then Black women business owners would receive a stunningly low .3% of all federal contracts.
  • Black Women and Politics, Still Unbought and Unbossed

  • Black women make up the most dynamic segment of the Rising American Electorate. In the past two Presidential elections, Black women led all demographic groups in voter turnout.
  • And even without President Obama on the ballot, in the recent pivotal Virginia gubernatorial election, Black women once again, exceeded all other groups in turning out on Election Day. As such, Black women were a key factor in turning Virginia Blue heading into the 2014 mid-term elections.
  • While Black women vote at dynamic rates, Black women remain woefully underrepresented in elected office. Black women hold only 3 % of state legislative seats, and less than 3% of seats in Congress. And 2014 makes the 15th consecutive year that no Black woman has held a seat in the United States Senate.
  • Black Women Trailing in the Technology Race

  • Though proficiency in the STEM fields is widely acknowledged as a key for the workplace of the future, Black women lag far behind. Today, Black women only make up 2% of practicing scientists and engineers in the workforce.
  • Many Black women in college studying STEM disciplines report feelings of isolation and experience toxic environments. Black female STEM students report being excluded from study groups, having difficulty finding study partners, and being assigned fewer tasks than other group members based on assumptions of incompetence.
  • BWR, an intergenerational women’s policy network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.  For more information or a copy of the report visit www.ncbcp.org.
    The Economy – Channel Hardy, J.D., National Urban League Policy Institute

    Education – Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Incite Unlimited

    Politics — Elsie Scott, Ph.D., Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University, Waikinya Clanton, NOBEL-Women

    Business  – Felicia Davis, Building Green Network. Women Flying High

    The Labor Movement — Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families,Robin Williams, UFCW

    STEM — Joycelyn Tate, J.D., Telecom Talk  Exposure to

    Violence & the Criminal Justice – Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD,Incite Unlimited

    Health & Wellness — Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited andDr.L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare

    The Retirement Years — Edna Kane-Williams, AARP

    What’s At Stake: A BWR Public Policy Agenda for 2014 & Beyond Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Makani Themba, The Praxis Project, Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D., Skinner Leadership Institute

    BWR Civic Engagement and Empowerment Strategy (2014-2020)-Melanie Campbell, NCBCP, Letetia Daniels Jackson, Tandeka LLC, Groundswell Fund.

    BWR, an intergenerational women’s policy network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.  For more information or a copy of the report visit www.ncbcp.org.

     

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  • Black Women’s Roundtable to Release Report on the Status of Black Women During BWR Women of Power Summit

    Washington, DC – Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), the women’s initiative of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will release a report reviewing the overall status of Black women during the third annual BWR Women of Power Summit taking place March 27-29 in Washington, DC.

    The report will be released on Capitol Hill the first day of the summit – Public Policy Day. Following the release of the report BWR delegates will visit legislators on Capitol Hill and attend a briefing with representatives from Congress. Confirmed speakers include Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; Congresswoman Donna Edwards; Susan L. Taylor, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; and Dee Marshall, Raising the Bar LLC, among others.

    On Friday the women will assemble for a day of organizing and training at The Hilton Crystal City. Day three of the BWR Women of Power summit is dedicated to education and cultural enrichment allowing the intergenerational group of women and girls to tour major landmarks in the nation’s capital.

    “We are excited about hosting our network of women in DC and releasing a report on the status of the women who out-voted every demographic in the last election,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, NCBCP and convener, BWR. “Our delegates will visit their representatives to let them know the needs in their local communities. We will have also have sessions and workshops on economic opportunities, financial literacy, equal pay issues, quality public education, STEM, voting rights, and sustainability, among other issues.”

    The BWR Report, The Status of Black Women in the US in 2014: 50 Years After the War on Poverty, Brown v. Board of Education & Civil Rights Act of 1964, will be the first in an annual series of reports that will utilize data from a wide range of government and private sources to provide a broad view of the lives of Black Women in America at this critical juncture. With Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever of Incite Unlimited serving as lead researcher, members of the BWR will examine the following issues:

    The Economy — Channel Hardy, National Urban League Policy Institute
    Education — Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
    Politics — Elsie Scott, Howard University, Waikinya Clanton, NOBEL-Women
    Business — Felicia Davis, Building Green Network,
    The Labor Movement — Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families, Robin Williams, UFCW
    Law — Tanya Clay House, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    Technology — Jocelyn Tate, Telecom Talk
    Criminal Justice — Avis Jones-DeWeever
    Health & Wellness — Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
    The Retirement Years — Edna Kane-Williams, AARP
    A Black Women’s Agenda for 2014 and Beyond – Melanie Campbell, Makani Themba, The Praxis Project
    A Black Women’s 2014-2020 Civic Engagement and Empowerment Strategy – Melanie Campbell, Letetia Daniels Jackson, Tandeka, LLC

    BWR, an intergenerational women’s policy network of the NCBCP, stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

    Sponsors of the 2014 BWR Summit include Verizon Foundation, The Moriah Fund, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, American Federation of Government Employees and American Postal Workers Union, among others. To register ($40 women; $20 girls & teens 12 – 17) or for more information visit www.ncbcp.org, email bwrunity@ncbcp.org or call (202) 659-4929.

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  • Female Rapper Amber Glass Reaches for “Rap Goddess” Throne with Eminem’s “My Name Is” Video Remake


    Oklahoma City – When rapper Eminem made his 1999 debut with the ground breaking hit “My Name Is” from his “The Slim Shady LP” project, he turned the music scene upside down and positioned himself as the “Rap God” he is today. Fifteen years later, female rapper Amber Glass is vying for the “Rap Goddess” throne. Spitting fierce lyrical fury with feminine flow, the new artist, from Power Moves Media, pays tribute to the rap legend with a bold, unapologetic remake of his “My Name Is” single via a vibrantly viscious video release. With a brilliant display of in-your-face imagery, twisted flavor and seductive finesse, the video and the song mimic the original track but with a wild woman twist !

    An Oklahoma native, Amber Glass is the discovery of Power Moves Media CEO Nitro (The Amber Glass Project video). A potent mix of sass, sex and sizzle, Glass spews unrepentant verses that roll raw and punch with dominion. Take female rapper Iggy Azalea, add steroids, and Amber Glass emerges !

    Influenced by Eminem, Tupac and Nas, Amber started rapping at the age of 17. Working her way around the local hip hop scene in Oklohoma City, Power Moves Media artist Young Star initially took note of her skills and convinced Nitro to sign her.

    “Amber Glass is indicative of what Power Moves Media is all about. She shatters your perceptions of her when she opens her mouth to rhyme. Her verses knock out the competition. She is spearheading our roster of releases, paving the path for the power moves we have planned,” notes Nitro.

    “My Name Is” was shot in Phoenix, Arizona and directed by Carlos Berber. The video is a scene by scene reenactment of the original “My Name Is” video, with Amber swapping out Eminem’s moniker for her own and tweaking the lyrics with her own risqué rants. “My Name Is” pops with the same zany antics as the original release but resonates with 2014 sensibility.

    “For me as a white girl, Eminem was a powerful reflection growing up. He showed me what I had the potential to do. He kicked down walls and built up new ones. I’m not trying to be a female Eminem though, I just wanted to pay homage to him for making a way for artists like me. If is sees “My Name Is,” project I hope it makes him proud because he was a great inspiration to me.”

    Check out Power Moves Media at powermovesweb.com .

    Peep the “My Name Is” remake video and take note: her name is, her name is, her name is …. Amber Glass !
    Clean version: \"My Name Is\" clean version

    Dirty Version: \"My Name Is\" dirty version

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  • Women Play Integral Role in Civil Rights Meeting with President Obama

    President Obama meets with African American civil rights leaders to discuss criminal justice reform, income inequality and the Affordable Care Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Washington, DC – Earlier this week President Barack Obama; Attorney General Eric Holder; senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz; met with Black leaders of civil rights organizations at The White House to discuss jobs, income inequality, voter suppression, criminal justice reform and other issues that impact the Black community. Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, participated in the meeting and issued the following comments about the conversation:

    “My first observation when walking in the room was there were four women and three men representing the civil rights community and several women of the Obama Administration. It was a great way to close out Black History Month and gear up for Women’s History Month by engaging a substantive dialogue with President Obama and his Administration on issues that are important to the black community.

    “I was honored to join our sister leaders in the meeting including Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Lorraine Miller, interim president, NAACP; Patricia Rosier, president, National Bar Association, alongside our colleagues Reverend Al Sharpton, president and founder, National Action Network; Marc Morial, president, National Urban League; and Wade Henderson, president, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.”

    “After hearing President Obama’s agenda priorities, the group had the opportunity to present the 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, a document created by Black leadership in 2013 detailing their priorities on economic opportunity, voting rights, education, healthcare and other issues.

    “I had an opportunity to commend President Obama on behalf of Black Women’s Roundtable, for his strong emphasis on the gender-wage gap in his State of the Union Address and for his statement, ‘when women succeed, America succeeds.’ I urged President Obama to continue to encourage Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act and to also use his executive powers to address the gender-wage gap.

    “The racial disparities in the criminal justice system have had an extremely destructive effect on Black and Latino families and communities across the country, so it was encouraging to hear President Obama and Attorney General Holder discuss their commitment to ending inequities in the criminal justice system.

    “It was very clear that our 21st Century Agenda aligns with the president’s agenda in several areas that impact the African American community. The meeting was extremely productive and, as sister Lorraine Miller, said, ‘a great moment for the civil rights movement.’”

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  • Music Icon Teddy Riley Receives Black History Month Salute on “The Producer’s Corner with Spud Too Tight”


    Music Production Expert Spud Too Tight
    Talks with Riley’s Former A&R Consultant Tiger Da Writer
    in Video Tribute Interview

    Minneapolis -”The Producer’s Corner with Spud Too Tight,” a renowned celebrity music production and tech talk show since 2009, paid special homage to legendary icon Teddy Riley with a special in-depth interview with singer, songwriter Darryl Easterling ask Tiger Da Writer during the show’s most recent installment. Tiger Da Writer recaps his career as Riley’s former A&R consultant during the 30-minute video production with host Spud Too Tight, with both acknowledging Riley’s vast musical contributions and unwavering support for their professional pursuits.

    Tiger Da Writer shares how Riley opened up his home to him in 2008 and soon after offered him an opportunity to serve as an A&R consultant. The position served as impetus for a list of esteemed accomplishments throughout his career. “Teddy Riley advised me to never rush your music, let it come, keep it simple but never erase a track as it is like throwing away millions,” disclosed Tiger Da Writer.

    Tiger Da Writer was signed early on to producer Easy Mo Bee as a recording artist, and has worked with Montel Jordan and Mario and wrote “Highway To Love.” In 2009 he worked with producer Sir Jinx and wrote and performed the hook to Ice Cube’s “Life in California” on the “I AM The West” album. The album was released in 2010. He has since launched his own company, M&T A&R Consulting LLC.

    Music producer and composer Spud Too Tight details how the King of New Jack Swing changed
    his life musically and technically by providing him a new blue print of how to run studio. Spud Too Tight converted from MAC to PC based on Riley’s mentoring and advice. “After several personal conversations, Riley gained an understanding of me as a producer and tech guru. He then amazingly gifted me with a music library of every sound unimaginable! I could never put a price tag on what he did for me and I will be forever grateful,” reveals Spud Too Tight.

    Spud Too Tight and Tiger Da Writer explore the true definition of New Jack Swing and examine how contrasting music worlds were merged to birth this new genre of music in the late 80′s. They review the legacy and impact of the creation today. Both men agree that the Grammy award-winning Riley is a true music scientist who has nurtured the success of R&B, urban, hip hop and even pop music with a legacy that will reign forever. They conclude in the conversational tribute that there can be no real discussion about music without acknowledging and attributing Teddy Riley.

    “Grammy Platinum Icon Teddy Riley has respectfully earned the title ‘The King of New Jack Swing.’ There is an innovative and technical driving force that continues to flow within this musical genius architect, bringing only the most prolific legendary signature sound to the multi-genre masses, historically and in today’s music market place,” cites Monica Anders, PR Strategist for Teddy Riley. From composing and producing R&B, hip hop and pop and as the first African American producer to bring K-Pop to the USA, his schedule remains non-stop in the studio as he continues to perform sellout concerts worldwide with his new group BS2 which include members Lenny Harold, Tony Tyler, J-Stylz and Dave Hollister.

    As a tech genius, he has conducted technical education demonstrations for several years at NAMM for companies such as PreSonus and AKAI among others. He has more than 1000 credits to his name since 1987, producing, writing and performing on countless No.1 hits such as Keith Sweat’s “Make it Last,” Bobby Brown’s, “My Prerogative,” Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Michael Jackson’s multi-Grammy award winning LP “Dangerous.” “Dangerous” sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and has been listed as the most successful “New Jack Swing” album of all time.

    View the video interview salute to music master Teddy Riley at Teddy Riley tribute.

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  • Pioneer Prison Consultant, John “Doc” Fuller, Pens “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison”


    New York, NY – While NetFlix’s runaway television hit, “Orange is the New Black” vividly details the escapades of a first time offender thrown amidst the toxic environment of the prison system, John “Doc” Fuller, a prisoner consultant, motivational speaker and the CEO and president of Prison Coach Speaking & Consulting LLC, is a real life expert with first hand knowledge of such situations. In fact, he has played a key role in developing the modern face of the prison consulting industry, providing a variety of unique services for the first-time inmates, preparing celebrities, professional athletes, veterans, politicians and high profile white collar criminals as they get ready to do their time behind bars.

    With his new book release, “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” Fuller provides a concise, no-nonsense guide detailing the top, most important “unwritten rules” that are typically and detrimentally taken for granted by most. Though less than 100 pages, the book is an essential must read, as without this information, one might find themselves, not only behind bars, but in a life or death situation with little recourse once there!

    “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” is not just for first time and non-violent, white collar offenders however. It is an essential tool for anyone considering a life of crime as well as a deterrent for individuals, young and old, who might be contemplating any kind of illegal activity. As Fuller is prone to state, “It is important to know the consequences of your actions. If you are caught, and more than likely you will be,” he forewarns, “you should be clear about what is in store for you on the other side.”

    With over 11 years of experience behind bars, Fuller brings first hand knowledge about which he speaks. He spent a year and a half behind bars in the state penitentiary and ten years on federal lockdown. Now a reformed businessman and one of the most requested prison consultants in his industry, he travels the nation consulting soon-to-be convicts by assisting with organizing their personal affairs before their final surrender and adjusting them to their new life by comprehending the rules, written an unwritten that will impact them psychologically.

    When he is not consulting, he is engaging audiences with his transformational messages of upliftment, conducting anti-bullying workshops in schools and encouraging students to stay out of trouble’s course. “The prison experience can be overwhelming and daunting, from attending admissions and orientation once inside, to being strip searched and witnessing prison violence. A long-term incarcerated individual is typically designated to a prison far away from their family and home. With limited freedom and access, even issues like being required to budget 300 minutes per month on the inmate telephone system are stressful details to be gravely considered.” notes Fuller.

    “By writing ‘The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,’ he adds, “it was my intention to address some life saving techniques necessary for survival while being locked up. Not everyone can afford a private consultant, so this book is for them. Numerous sectors in our culture tend to glamorize the lifestyle, but let me be clear, there is absolutely zero about prison culture to glorify.”

    “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” provides an insightful view into the prison system while also achieving its goal of ‘scaring straight’ any misgivings one may have about time served behind bars. With “The Ten Prison Commandents,” John “Doc” Fuller makes it clear, one’s life mission needs to be about long term results and not long term sentences.

    John “Doc” Fuller is available for private consultations and speaking engagements. His book, “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” is available on Amazon.com and online bookstores. For more information, go to www.PrisonCoachSpeaking.com. View the book trailer at http://youtu.be/GiASTy5YOeQ . Check out John “Doc Fuller here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGxSkSUKMeU&feature=youtu.be .

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  • R&B/Hip Hop Artist Erika Kayne Discusses Being Locked Behind Bars in New PSA “Think Before You Act”

    Cleveland, OH – Although the incarceration of celebrities like Lil Kim, Da Brat, DMX, Lindsay Lohan, and a host of others, have made “serving time” acceptable in today’s culture, formerly incarcerated R&B/Hip Hop songstress, Erika Kayne, is determined to make sure young people know the real deal about the conditions in prison and don’t get caught up in the hype.

    Kayne, a second-generation offender who did a one-year bid for weapons charges, today released a public service announcement (PSA), “Think Before You Act,” expressing the shame and humiliation associated with being locked away in hopes of inspiring young people to make better life decisions.

    “My biological father has been incarcerated since I was an infant. Then, the bad choices I made caused me to hurt the person who means the most to me – my grandmother. I was so ashamed for her to visit me behind the glass,” said Kayne. “Most of us don’t have it like Martha Stewart or Wesley Snipes, so it’s not easy to get back on track once you have a criminal record. It’s important to think before you act and not make hasty decisions that can change your life forever and possibly create a vicious cycle for your children,” the Cleveland, Ohio native adds.

    Produced and directed by Talkeye Jackson, for Vyrus Films,a division of Vyrus Entertainment, “Think Before You Act” was released via social media in an effort to generate a viral campaign promoting positive choices. The gritty visuals show a real jail which helps dispel the absurd notion that prison is somehow glamorous.

    Charles Farrar, president of Vyrus Entertainment and two-time Grammy Award winning producer known for hits like Tyrese’s “Sweet Lady,” and Boyz II Men’s “Cooley High Harmony,” comments, “Erika’s life experiences enable her to connect with young people who are at that fork-in-the-road where one bad choice can determine the rest of their life.”

    Farrar continues, “Her struggle epitomizes the concept of redemption; just because you took the wrong road initially, doesn’t mean you can’t get back on the right path. Erika’s authenticity comes through in her work with young people as well as her music.”

    Kayne’s current single, “Heart for Sale”, is an empowering love song with a mid-tempo track that tells a story of a young lady who gave her lying man several chances but he still broke her heart. She eventually kicks him to the curb and moves on. Men and women alike can relate to the songs catchy and realistic lyrics: “I’m putting your ass back out on the market….It’s a wrap now baby, you can drop the act now baby, go and pack now… I got a heart for sale….”

    “The truth is, I’ve done wrong and got caught up, and I’ve been hurt in my personal relationships,” Kayne said. “But, I worked hard to turn my life around and I’m determined to end this vicious cycle for my family and anyone I can touch. As for my love life, I’m moving on and have a Heart for Sale.”


    Erika Kane \"Think Before You Act\" PSA

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    NOTE TO MEDIA: Erika Kayne and Charles Farrar are available for interviews. Contact Edrea edmedia@dogonvillage.com or 770.961.6200/818.613.9521.

    ERIKA KAYNE ONLINE
    YOUTUBE PSA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7rCUFVC-sQ&feature=youtu.be
    TWITTER: http://twitter.com/ErikaKayne
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Only1ErikaKayne/174044458864
    INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/Only1ErikaKayne
    SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/only-one-erika-kayne-1

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  • Celebrity Talent Amber Montana, Imani Hakim, Carlon Jeffrey and Robert Zapata to Cheer the Holidays with Toy Drive Event


    Canoga Park, CA – Invinceable, a hip hop artist and the publisher of Phat Inc. Magazine, is once again determined to bring happiness to the children of Hands for Hope charity and the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Community. For the second year in a row, he is pooling his resources along with Charming Kids Talent Management to present the Annual Magic Carpet Toys 4 Kids event on Sunday, December 15.

    Hosted by comedian Robert Zapata, with the attendance and support of Nickelodeon’s Amber Montana, Disney’s Carlon Jeffery and “Everybody Hates Chris’” Imani Hakim, the occasion will present a VIP Red Carpet from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm followed by entertainment including a raffle, silent auction, performances, refreshments and a bar. There will also be an adult comedy show with babysitting provided. The Magic Carpet Toys 4 Kids will take place at the Knights of Columbus, located at 21433 Strathern St., in Canoga Park, CA.

    Bring a toy and join the fun! Celebrity and industry guest can rsvp at 2013toys4kids@gmail.com.

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  • Burbank Author A.A. Jones’ Recognized with Readers’ Favorite Award for Erotic Memoir “Tilt Diary”

    Author A.A.Jones celebrates Readers' Favorite Award alongside "ER" actor Eriq La Salle, also a Readers' Favorite winner.

    Burbank, CA – Burbank’s own self-confessed housewife by day and stripper by night author, A. A. Jones was recently acknowledged as a 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the “Relationships” category for her memoir, “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper.” The award ceremony was held in Miami, FL.

    A corporate fitness instructor and dog behaviorist, A.A. Jones enthralled readers with the literary reveal detailing her moonlighting nightlife escapades. More than just a day-to-day account of a housewife thrown into the underground world of exotic dance, sex and drama, “Tilt Diary” emerged as an intimate, soul-bearing memoir of a woman making her way in a man’s world and owning her power. As demonstrated by Readers’ Favorite, “Tilt” fueled the imaginations of readers around the world and also empowered and liberated its audience.

    “As a new author, I am honored to be acknowledged by Readers’ Favorite,” says Jones. “It is an incredible accomplishment and has fueled my determination to deliver the sequel to ‘Tilt.’ I’m also planning to eventually take the ‘Tilt’ to the big screen.”

    Founded by Debra Gaynor, Readers’ Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. Over the years Readers’ Favorite has earned the respect of such industry giants as Random House, Penguin, and Harper Collins.

    Tilt with Jones at http://tiltdiary.wordpress.com/.

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  • Federal Criminal Attorney Jeremy Gordon Puts a New Face on Legal Defense with Compassionate Counsel and Resourceful Representation


    Attorney Jeremy Gordon’s web portal, non-profit work and inmate scholarship program serves to change the public’s perception of prisoners

    Waxahachie, TX – With the broad appeal of the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” the release of celebrated actor/author Hill Harper’s new book, “Letters To An Incarcerated Brother,” and television’s Judge Greg Mathis’ launch of his own Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER) Initiative, the public perception of America’s prison system and its prisoners is rapidly evolving. Discriminatory drug laws, the high rate of black incarceration and unjust over-sentencing procedures have become major societal concerns now that the U.S. incarceration population outranks any in the entire world. Even mainstream media’s focus on the prison industrial complex has intensified with daily coverage highlighting the many atrocities.

    Enter attorney Jeremy Gordon. The only African-American lawyer in the small town of Waxahachie, Texas, Gordon is emerging as a champion force and astute advocate determined to bring more awareness to the plight of prisoners and effect much needed reform within the legal system. His private law practice, the Law Office of Jeremy Gordon, boasts an instructive web portal at GordonDefense.com; a non profit organization, Prisology; and a quarterly “Commitment to Change” college inmate scholarship, all of which serve to highlight his determined stance to educate the masses while providing compassionate legal defense and representation.

    Gordon opened his offices 18 months ago with the concept of instilling social change versus profit as his motive. With a mission to bring enlightenment to a broken criminal justice system, Gordon and his staff operate with the goal of humanizing society’s perception of inmates while working diligently to amend discriminatory policies and outdated laws. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent call for revisions with crack cocaine sentencing has fueled Gordon’s drive and direction. Even Holder noted that, “As the so-called ‘war on drugs’ enters its fifth decade, we need to ask whether it, and the approaches that comprise it, have been truly effective. Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.”

    Gordon’s new web portal, www.gordondefense.com is unparalleled with the information, insight and resources it provides to persons facing prison time and the families that support them. In addition to updated statistics about prison population, the site offer tools and information covering a wide range of topics and questions, including Going to Prison, Food in Prison, Transfers, Drug Programs, Jobs and Education and even Religious concerns. Links to criminal justice groups, the Innocence Projects, as well as support organizations for families can also be found on the site.

    Explains Gordon, “Many of our clients are individuals who have already been sentenced and have exhausted their initial appeals. They feel jaded by the system and we acknowledge this. We also recognize that many of the individuals who are in prison are there because they simply made a mistake. That mistake does not have to define them, though. Compassion and respect are proven rehabilitators. Personally, I hope to change the hearts and minds of the public, one person at a time. The only way true, systemic criminal justice reform will be effectuated in this country is when society embraces it first.”

    Gordon serves as the General Counsel of Prisology, a non-profit organization that unabashedly tackles criminal justice issues. Headed alongside executive director, Brandon Sample, one of Prisology’s first projects is a website called www.bopsucks.com. The site features actual first hand accounts from federal prisoners about how the Bureau of Prison really operates. The stories and revelations are presented to impact greater public awareness of the appalling issues and conditions within the Bureau of Prisons system.

    Gordon’s most compassionate offering aside from his legal services is the “Commitment to Change” college inmate scholarship project. Offered four times a year, an inmate is selected to receive free tuition and books covering one, three-credit semester college course from an accredited institution. Incarcerated participants are selected via contest entries, which have included art, poetry and writing submissions.

    Gordon actually began his career as a prosecutor. He changed his focus after personally witnessing the special needs of federal prisoners. His first hand accounts of racially motivated and unjust crack cocaine penalties and the subsequent devastation upon urban communities compelled him to become part of the solution and not the problem.

    Though located in a small Texas town, the impact and outreach of the law office of Jeremy Gordon is resonating on a national scale. Jeremy Gordon is determined to make society remember that prisoners are people too.

    About Jeremy Gordon

    Jeremy Gordon graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, Gordon worked as a prosecutor in Houston, Texas, serving as the chief prosecutor in one court. In 2010, Gordon became a prosecutor in Ellis County, Texas, and remained there for two years until going into private practice in 2012.

    Gordon’s private practice focuses on federal criminal defense. Jeremy has tried over 30 cases in his legal career, worked on appeals, and handled numerous post-conviction challenges.

    Support the effort at www.gordondefense.com. For more information about Prisology visit www.prisology.org and www.bopsucks.com.

    Connect with the Law Offices of Jeremy Gordon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GordonDefense .

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  • Theodore Myles’ Christmas Angel Network Delivers Door-to-Door Trees, Fundraising Opportunity and Charity for the Holiday Season


    Los Angeles – Christmastime brings the warm waft of evergreens in the air. But for anyone who has ever stacked a six-foot Fraser Fir on the roof of a car, sometimes the transporting of that wondrous pine scent can be more than challenging. With the establishment of the Christmas Angel Network (CAN), entrepreneur Theodore Myles has not only effectively tackled the transportation issue, but he has also created a method to provide holiday fundraising for charities and organizations in the process.

    The Christmas Angel Network offers cost effective delivery of holiday trees door-to-door anywhere in the country. In addition, organizations, churches and charities can make use of the Christmas Angel Network Fundraiser Program by utilizing their own special Christmas Angel Network discount code on all their sales referrals and receive a percentage of the proceeds on every order.

    “The holiday season is big business reaching up to 1.5 billion dollars with just fresh tree sales alone,” cites Ted. “My intention was to tap into that market and offer an effective fundraiser for charities, while at the same time providing a valuable service to the consumer. The Christmas Angel Network is able to deliver the most cost efficient and affordable door-to-door delivery service available while offering organizations and charities the opportunity to also tap into and benefit financially from the market as well!”

    The Christmas Angel Network Fundraiser Program is designed to boost charitable organizations nationwide with an annual, continual stream of revenue derived from sales from the site. A free discount code is provided to each agency which stores their accumulate sales activity. At the end of the season, the number of times the code was used will determine the amount to be paid to the organization.

    The Christmas Angel Network’s added benefit is that unlike most trees that are cut down in October and sit until sold, their trees are cut to order and arrive within a few days of being harvested. Therefore they have a stronger, fresher scent and last longer throughout the holiday season. The online network also offers wreaths, garlands, tree stands and decorative accessories. The vast selection of holiday décor is perfect for seasonal fundraiser opportunities.

    Ted’s love affair with trees began as a youth while working on Christmas lots during the holiday season. He learned to distinguish between the varied saplings including the Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, Balsam, and of course the Evergreen, all of which are sold via the Christmas Angel Network. The experience taught him that the right tree was just as important as the right price and led him to create the Christmas Angel Network.

    Placing an online order with the Christmas Angel Network is easy and fun. Selections include trees of all sizes and varied origins. Organizations can also sign up for their own fundraising discount code. A vast grove of delectable firs await at http://www.christmasangelnetwork.net/ .

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  • America’s First Black Female Impressionist, Sylvia Traymore Recalls Her Saturday Night Live Experience Over 30 Years Ago


    Washington, D.C. – When Sylvia Traymore watched acclaimed actress Kerry Washington impersonate several characters in a comedic sketch on a recent episode of Saturday Night Life (SNL), a deep sense of overwhelm overtook her. As the first black female impressionist to emerge on the entertainment scene back in the late ’70′s and early 80′s, she vividly recalls having high hopes of performing a similar scene over 30 years ago after she first met and was hired by the show’s creator/ producer, Lorne Michaels. SNL veteran Garrett Morris had been so impressed with Traymore when she hosted Muhummad Ali’s roast at the Apollo Theater that he personally arranged the meeting with Michaels for her. The year was 1979.

    As a result of that meeting, Traymore was offered a position as an associate writer at Saturday Night Live. She is one of only a very few African American women ever offered the position. With SNL currently under the media microscope for their lack of diversity per hiring women performers of color, Traymore was compelled to reflect on her SNL memories. Traymore takes us back down her SNL memory lane with the first entry of her new blog, “Saturdays with Sylvia.”

    One of the first solo artist to tour with and open for powerhouse Whitney Houston, Traymore’s career in Hollywood is legendary, even if not well known. The illustrious Redd Foxx recognized her talent early on and signed her to her first management deal. She has opened for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, The Temptations and Cher and amazingly impersonates Wendy Williams, Diana Ross, Mo’Nique, Whoopi Goldberg, Nicki Manaj and First Lady Michelle Obama, to name just a few.

    Traymore’s recently released memoirs, available on Amazon.com, “Almost There, Almost…The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison” vividly recaptures her escapades in the entertainment industry. She is slated to open her new one woman show, “Come See About Me…A Fan’s Diana Ross Story,” in her hometown, Washington, D.C., at the Naval Heritage Theater on November 21.

    As excepted from her blog, Traymore reminiscenses, “True to his word, Garrett and NBC sent a limousine to pick me up at my apartment and take me to the offices of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Garrett took me to Mr. Michae’s office and the three of us sat there to discuss my future with Saturday Night Live. The show was not yet the icon it is today, but was certainly on its way. I must admit I was a little nervous and excited at the same time. Other than the pageant and European television, I had not done a major TV show or even had a chance to do “Sanford & Son.” Mr. Michaels proceeded to tell me what my job would be like…”

    Read the rest at http://saturdayswithsylvia.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/this-black-womans-snl-experience/.

    Catch the performance art of Sylvia Traymore at www.sylviatraymore.com and for ticket information for “Come See About Me… A Fan’s Diana Ross Story,” go to http://comeseeaboutme.eventbrite.com/ . Her book ” “Almost There, Almost…The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison” is available in paperback and as an eBook.

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