Thursday, October 30, 2008
I thought it was worthy of sharing. For all of you independent artists out there trying to find your way, do some research. There is nothing more frustrating then answering questions about the state of the business and then they decide they want to buck the system...FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!
Get in first, learn the game, do the research understand that when you pick up the phone to dial my # you are getting a professional opinion, it's not personal! Whew.....just had to get that out. :-)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As seen in the South Florida Times:
Photo: Lillie McCain, left, and her husband, Jack Vickers, right, pose with Joe McCain, center, during this year’s family reunion.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The National Alliance of Market Developers is an organization of professionals engaged in marketing, sales, sales promotion, advertising and public relations who are focused on the delivery of goods and services to the minority and urban consumer markets.
What is NAMD?
Established in 1953 as black marketing specialists networked to search out new ways to cope with the challenges in cultivating the "Black Market," the National Alliance of Market Developers is committed to being a catalyst for positive and progressive change for African-Americans.
To accomplish our goals we create local networking opportunities, provide professional development and form alliances within strategic market segments and the general market. NAMD also provides research data that helps educate consumers and marketers, allowing both audiences to make better market decisions.
Market development is essential and the NAMD represents one of the nation's finest marketing and networking organizations. We assist our members in capitalizing on the inherent opportunities and successfully addressing the challenges of navigating this market.
Check out the website http://www.namd-nyc.org/ and make sure that you stop by our member of the month Rochelle Hill. Here is what she has to say about NAMD.
"Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I want to encourage my smart, gifted, intelligent mover/shaker friends and colleagues who live and/or work, in the NY area, to join the National Alliance of Market Developers.....
If you are in the marketing communications field from 9a to 5p, or after 5p and on the weekends as a good hustle, you should join. If you are not in the marketing communications field but marketers use your products or services then, you should join. This is a chance to be associated with the some of the best movers of the marketing industry and an opportunity to further hone your craft within the strategic planning, public speaking, event planning/marketing, sponsorships, public relations, and strategic alliances disciplines (just to name a few) by joining, as there are committees being formed as we speak--to work on some fantastic projects!"
"The NYC chapter is poised to be the strongest chapter in the nation and I know you are like me--you want to be ahead of the curve and up on what is next--well, this is it."
"I forwarded the first fall NAMD-NYC chapter Marketing Mondays information to you and if you did not attend well, you definitely missed out. For only $10., the panel of experts shared a plethora of information on financing your business, what not to put in a marketing plan, how your web site can bring money to you, and other tools beneficial for starting a new business or to make you shine in your current job. A few of the panelists, even agreed to accept emails form those in the audience who wanted to forward their business plan for free feedback. But, you will never get that information now because you did not attend. Oh yeah, and there were great snacks, as well! So, again, do not miss out on your next opportunity to participate.
Be sure to check out this link http://www.namd-nyc.org/events.html for the upcoming events in November. Thanks and let me know if you would like to chat and learn more or ask any questions. I look forward to seeing you as a MEMBER, at our next event. Thanks in advance.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Just like the Seinfeld episode where George wanted everyone to call him T-Bone, Beyonce Knowles would like to be known by a bold new name. The R&B singer has christened herself Sasha Fierce for her new double album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, due in US stores on November 18, and has released a lengthy justification for the comical moniker.
She insists Sasha Fierce is who she really is, and is more fun, sensual, aggressive, outspoken and glamorous.
Beyonce has forged a hugely successful solo singing career after the girl group Destiny's Child (which she headlined) parted ways and has also had small roles in feature films, most notably as Foxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers Goldmember.
She married hip hop producer Jay-Z in a private ceremony in New York this year after dating for several years.
Singers have in the past changed their name after enjoying great success, most famously of course is Prince, who became an unpronounceable symbol and Puff Daddy, who became P Diddy.
As seen as on http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411423/2227394.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Many accomplished entrepreneurs gave generously of their time and wisdom when I was just starting out. I could never have gotten where I am today without them. That’s why I help other entrepreneurs when ever I can. I pay it forward, giving my time and advice. Once you’re successful it’s all too easy to forget those uncertain early days and the people who helped you through them. Don’t fall into this trap. What goes around comes around."
Gail Goodman, Constant Contact.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Birth of Barack
By Dominga Martin
On November 4th, Barack will do more than “Make History” he will give birth to a million more Baracks. As I reflect on the monumental leaps in this election, it made me think about a documentary I just produced called “fiche di identite” a term which means “request for ID” used in by police officers in France when people seem suspicious. The doc is a story of 7 friends from Paris and Africa. One of the main characters (Olivia Senghor) is the granddaughter of the First President of Senegal (Leopold Sedhar Senghor); another Mariama, the daughter of a former New Guinea Governor.
Although they are royalty in their own country, they come here to fight for the rights we all should have. Rights black men and women fought for, not so long ago. Mariama said something so profound when we were filming; “We are not criminals, we come here to build the economy, why make us go through so much for a piece of paper?” Isn’t that ironic? How everything boils down to a piece of green paper; whether money or a validation card?
I supported Olivia and her friend’s story because I also come from a long legacy of artists and activists. My family has a 120 year old family collection opening at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in a few years; consisting of an uncle who was the founder of Boston’s First Victorian Orchestra, who traveled from Paris to France in the late 1800’s to encourage race relations in music. A cousin who trained to be a Tuskegee Airman and an Uncle who’s a WWI Hero–and no he wasn’t captured! He blocked a fellow soldier, taking 11 bullets and survived. He received a Purple Heart and later went to work for President Franklin Roosevelt.
I grew up with a mother who’s the recipient of the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award; yet, lost a lot of male friends due to the injustices of this country and gang violence.
I often wondered when black men would get their hour…well, their hour is now! We have to support Barack and the future Baracks and stand beside our men. Support their dreams. Root for Michelle who represents the essence of a woman. We have to support the First Family that represents all of our families. We have to support each other. All of us who stand in the reflection of our fathers.
I encourage all of you to do your part in this election process no matter what happens on November 4th. We must stay active and continue to make our voices heard, because from November 5th on…life will be different!
Please pick up the current issue of Black Enterprise YES WE MUST! The Presidential Election Special. On Stands now!!!
Special THANKS to George Alexander (Editor-At-Large) for including me in the feature “What this Election Means to America.”
Thursday, October 9, 2008
From Victoria Colligan, Founder, Ladies Who Launch.
"Whenever I draft email communication I find that checking myself for any passive aggressive indications is essential to maintaining and building solid business relationships."
Here are three easy that I use to check myself:
1. Read each sentence and ask yourself: Am I saying exactly what I mean or am I intending for someone to figure out an alternative meaning that I have not explicitly stated here?
2. Is any part of my communication being driven by emotions that are outside of the scope of this business relationship. Try to develop an awareness of your emotions in every situation.
3. Is this communication better done in person or by phone even though I might feel uncomfortable? If the answer is yes, pick up the phone. Email often distorts meaning and can work against you in getting to your goal.
Ladies Who Launch is the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs. Women are launching businesses at twice the rate of men, and they are doing it primarily for lifestyle reasons–they want more freedom, flexibility, and creativity in their lives. The Ladies Who Launch mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to any woman with a project, dream or aspiration to start her own business and be successful. We have found a definitive link between launching a business and higher self-esteem and happiness; it is our hope that women will come to Ladies Who Launch and take advantage of our trusted community, tools, resources and success stories and live their dreams.
Friday, October 3, 2008
October is Breast Cancer Month!!
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This doesn't cost you a thing. Corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising. Spread the word, tell ten friends to tell ten more friends today.
Here's the web site! Breast Cancer Site
Please pass it along to 10 people you know or more Thank you!!!
***Stay Tuned For Bowling For Breast Cancer Details: Sat., October 25th, Harlem Lanes 6PM*****
Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 02:08:05 AM PDT
The reviews are in! The media consensus seems to be that Palin survived - exceeding her incredibly low expectations - but that Biden won by illustrating his superior command of the issues and relentlessly going after John McCain. Definitely not a game changer by any means, and any day that maintains the status quo is a bad day for McCain.
The even worse news for McCain? Today the economy is going to be front and center again, as the House votes on the bailout bill and the September unemployment numbers are announced, after the government announced yesterday that jobless claims are at a 7-year high.
Before we get to the debate reaction, I wanted to point out this quote from John McCain yesterday - given all the discussion recently about his anger problems. Heck,
even Krauthammer today is saying that Obama has the superior temperament to be President.
"When are you going to take the gloves off and just go at him?" a woman asked, to loud cheering from the audience.
"How about Tuesday night?" McCain answered to more applause, referring to his second debate between Obama next week.
But how does he do that without reinforcing this gathering perception that he is angry, hot-tempered, irritable, sarcastic, etc.?
But Ms. Palin never really got beyond her talking points in 90 minutes, mostly repeating clichés and tired attack lines and energetically refusing to answer far too many questions.
Senator Biden did well, avoiding one of his own infamous gaffes, while showing a clear grasp of the big picture and the details. He left Ms. Palin way behind on most issues, especially foreign policy and national security, where she just seemed lost. It was in those moments that her lack of experience — two terms as mayor of a tiny Anchorage suburb and less than two years as governor — was most painfully evident.
Not a person of thought. Hmmm. Using Noonan's logic, Palin does badly in interviews because they are "about thinking." I don't know about you, but I think that is a pretty important quality in the potential President of the United States.
Bottom line: Palin's biggest task is convincing undecided voters that she could lead should she have to, and it's hard to see whether her performance, as clean as it was, held enough substance to sway them.
But if the gauge is whether Palin could go toe-to-toe and present herself as genuine and an alternative, she clearly did her ticket a favor in this debate.
She wasn't present. She wasn't real. She was Sally Sound-byte. (hilarious)
This debate was more revealing than the Presidential one last week because it became very clear that she simply doesn't have the substance to be VP much less President which reflects badly on John McCain's judgment. Obama will crush McCain. Said that months ago. Truer than ever.
Sarah Palin exceeds expectations - and still loses:
Palin's response was ice cold: "People aren't looking for more of the same. They are looking for change. And John McCain has been the consummate maverick in the Senate over all these years."
It was at this moment in the debate when Biden showed real authenticity and Palin showed just how programmed she was. She clearly did not know how to react - because she hadn't prepared for it - so she launched back into the talking points.
On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney's vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.
Biden's ready for the job:
But that sets the bar very low indeed. So let's pay Palin the respect of treating her exactly as a male candidate would be treated. And that means saying this: She was simply nowhere near as good as Joe Biden
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