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Why I Don’t Use The Term “Brand”

April 10, 2011

Words are not simple. Maya Angelou said they are things. They are absorbed by people, they fill up rooms, they settle on furniture. Maybe. Like dust. Further, I believe that words carry spirits and intentions. They are magic in that they have the ability to transform, be it for creative or destructive purposes. So as …

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I’m Speaking Here > “Remixed and Remastered: Defining and Distributing the Black Image in the Era of Globalization”

April 4, 2011

This Saturday (April 9, 2011), I will be speaking at the Remixed and Remastered: Defining and Distributing The Black Image in the Era of Globalization conference at the New School in New York City. The panel I’m on is entitled “Developing Brand Identity and Audience with Social Media.” It’s from 2:30-4pm. A glance at just …

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Rev. Al Sharpton and April R. Silver Endorse Rhymefest for Alderman

March 29, 2011

“We are asking them to get involved and give back.  Che is doing that. I am here today because I support Che “Rhymefest” Smith. If he was a negative force, I would not be here today.”  ~ Rev. Al Sharpton “Hip hop culture at its best teaches us love of self, love of family, and love …

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I Host a Screening of “I Will Follow” THIS SATURDAY

March 18, 2011

I am happy to make this special announcement about the film “I Will Follow” and the fact that I’m hosting a screening THIS SATURDAY in New York City at 6pm (all details below). Shout out to ImageNation for doing great work and for helping to market the hell out of this indie film 🙂 — …

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Walter Mosley, A Discussion, Reanding & Book Signing (Free in Brooklyn)

March 12, 2011

An Afternoon with Walter Mosley Discussion, Reading and Book Signing Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:30 p.m. Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11228 FREE & OPEN to the public. Best-selling author Walter Mosley, creator of the Easy Rawlins mystery series, and the novels Walkin’ the Dog; Always Outnumbered, …

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April R. Silver Waives Speaking Fees

March 10, 2011

Social Entrepreneur • Activist • Writer/Editor APRIL R. SILVER Waives Honorarium through April 3, 2011 * For Women’s History Month and beyond, social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor April R. Silver announces that she will waive her speaking fee for select engagements, regardless of location, through April 3, 2011. Silver is a respected entrepreneur and activist …

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Technology/Facebook at its Worst!

March 2, 2011

I missed this one folks. Here’s yet another example of why you should use social media sites, like Facebook, as your back up presence on the Internet. If being recognized in the public arena is an objective of yours, then invest your resources into developing and growing your own email list. Check this from The …

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Imhotep Gary Byrd Honored as Black Media Legend

February 28, 2011

From Put On BLAST During the final hours of Black History Month, I send you this wonderful announcement about Imhotep Gary Byrd. I’m thrilled to share the news that he was honored earlier this month by McDonald’s. I’m even more excited to share a few things about this legendary person that you just might not …

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4 Deaths, 11 Days: In Memoriam…

February 6, 2011

In memoriam: I’m praying for the souls of my cousin Bubba (from Mattie Mabry’s side of my family); of the grandmother of Lumumba Bandele, of the mother of Wm. Jelani Cobb, and of the grandmother of Marcella Runell Hall…all who passed between January 23 and Feb. 2, 2011 (an 11 day stretch). That’s alot. Something …

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Quote of the Week: Rumi

January 27, 2011

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi Thanks to Mo Beasley for introducing me to Rumi.

My Trip to Cannes with Sonnyboy (Part 4)

January 26, 2011

My Trip to Cannes with Sonnyboy (Part 3)

January 24, 2011

My Trip to Cannes with Sonnyboy (Part 2)

January 23, 2011

My Trip to Cannes with Sonnyboy (Part 1)

January 23, 2011

Quote of the Week (from The Wiz)

January 21, 2011

“…and the world has got no shame…”

Quote of the Week: Immortalize Yourself

January 12, 2011

“We only live once. Since we are given the gift of life it should be our persistent endeavor to immortalize ourselves. No matter what field of endeavor we choose.” ~ Michael Jackson.

When Spirit Leads…

January 11, 2011

Right after the Haiti earthquakes, Kevin Powell and I organized several Help Haiti events and this one in particular was early April 2010. As a co-organizer of the community forum, I was supposed to arrive early to help set up. I was running late and wasn’t very happy about that. I hustled from the train …

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My Stuff on Trial (Or: The Joy of Letting Go)

January 8, 2011

What I learned coming into 2011: I have separation anxiety about everything! Last month, my brother and sister-in-law visited for a weekend, right before Christmas. Omar barely took two steps into my apartment (which he hasn’t been in since 2004) and said, “Yeah, you have to get rid of some of this stuff. You’re a …

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Quote of the Week: Sekou Sundiata

January 5, 2011

“Good things come to those who wait. Better things comes to those who don’t.” ~  Sekou Sundiata

Just Answer the Question

December 16, 2010

If someone asks you “How long will it take for you to get here?” and your reply is “Well, I have to stop by the store and then go pick up something from Karima’s house, so I should be to you by 6 or later,” then this article is for you. If the request is …

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