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Inauguration|Brave New Words

Inauguration|Brave New Words

America’s conscience arrived at the nation’s Capitol wearing a vibrant red Crown, masquerading as a Prada satin headband, adorning an upsweep of gorgeous braids. She dressed in a Prada bright yellow double-breasted wool coat, a crisp white poplin shirt, black leather pencil skirt, and pumps. In her repertoire, a message of hope.

NEW BOSS IN TOWN

NEW BOSS IN TOWN

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT! With a new CEO at the helm EBONY/JET may be back to iconic status. UPDATE: EBONY/JET will not be headquartered in its former home of Chicago. Digital launch is March 1st!

Next on FOX SOUL … Joy and Pleasure with Thea Monyeé

Next on FOX SOUL … Joy and Pleasure with Thea Monyeé

“we are sexual beings and with sexual energy and we have to be taught how to work with that energy and how to use it to hold ourselves up and walk through this world with full power” ~Thea Monyee’, Psychotherapist

Black Lives Images – Going Once, Twice, Sold!

Black Lives Images – Going Once, Twice, Sold!

It’s an end of an era as Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic photo archive collection is expected to go on the auction block.  But if you head up to Boston’s Colby Museum, you may get a final glimpse of what could be the last time the 

Bylines and Headlines

Bylines and Headlines

The LeadStory founder and principals making headlines and bylines

Byline | EBONY Magazine

Byline | EBONY Magazine

Check out my two feature articles in EBONY Sept 2018 Fashion Issue. I had the pleasure to speak with the indefatigable Emmy Award-nominated lead actress and TV show creator, Issa Rae. I write about her experience with the Peabody award-winning HBO series “Insecure” and how 

Historic Beale Street

Historic Beale Street

Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for #MLK50, commemorating the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Be sure to visit the First Baptist Church on Beale Street. It’s billed as the first and largest “negro missionary church built after the Civil War.”

Rap*s New Generation

Rap*s New Generation

  The writing was on the wall. The New Generation arrived with a mic in one hand, a yes, yes, Y’all on their lips and two turntables and speakers set to spin. Hip Hop wasn’t just a music revolution; it was a political movement. It 

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired the papers of famed activist Angela Davis. Angela Davis, iconic activist, scholar and leading advocate for prison abolition, has found a new home for her life’s work. In 2016, Kenvi Phillips, Ph.D. (US History) the newly installed Curator for Race 

BlackGirlTravel.com Founder says No Connection to Bravo’s to Rome For Love

BlackGirlTravel.com Founder says No Connection to Bravo’s to Rome For Love

According to the news release from BlackGirlTravel, Bravo (U.S. Television Network) newest program To Rome for Love, which premiered on January 7, 2018, at 9/8 c, borrows heavily from Black Girl Travel’s signature tour Bella Italia. Fleacé Weaver, who founded Black Girl Travel dot com 

Blitter – An ISM-Free Social Network?

Blitter – An ISM-Free Social Network?

Blitter, a new social networking app created by Patrick Francis, made its debut on October 5, 2017. The Blitter profile listed in the iTunes Store indicates:         “Blitter is a social network built on love, passion, and empathy. Blitter does not condone 

National Action Network Goes Live!

National Action Network Goes Live!

National Action Network founded by Reverend Al Sharpton will go live across the nation on Saturday, June 10, 2017 as the newest addition to the growing scheduled line-up on Impact TV.  In a press release distributed through PR Newswire, the civil rights leader, Reverend Al Sharpton, is 

Technology Wunderkind Seeks to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Technology Wunderkind Seeks to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Women, and black women, in particular, have an uphill battle for funding no matter how innovative and successful they are, especially when proving black women-led Tech startups can secure substantial financing. Angel Rich helped generate more than $6 billion for her former employer, Prudential, as 

Black-Owned Major Film Studio

Black-Owned Major Film Studio

Question:  What is the name of a major film studio (production and film distribution) that has majority African-American/black ownership. Wikipedia defines major film studio is a production and film distributor  that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office  

12-year-old Activist Lands Book Publishing Deal

12-year-old Activist Lands Book Publishing Deal

Tired of the school’s reading list filled with white boy and dog protagonist, Marley Dias kicked off her own hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, last January, which featured Black girls as stars of their stories.    She achieved her goal of collecting and donating books with black girls as