ABOUT IMAGES OF CULTURE
Images of Culture was born out of a desire to instill self-confidence and self-appreciation in young children of color. The introductory, one-of-a-kind educational product line is a series of spiral-bound notebooks that feature athletically-inspired graphics that are colorful, motivational and beneficial for children. Unlike other educational supply products that utilize cartoons and mascots, Images of Culture integrates realistic and identifiable images that inspire children of color to develop healthy personal and family identities. Visit us at www.imagesofculture.com and join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/imagesofculture and Twitter at www.twitter.com/imagesofculture. For general press inquiries, contact Pam Richardson.
"Since I’m not a trust-fund baby, I know that I have to work! It took many years for me to realize which areas of “my working space” where I performed exceptionally well and enjoyed thoroughly. None of my previous corporate jobs incorporated everything that I liked or did well, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing “the perfect job”.
Dumisai and the Covenant of the Ancestors is the story of an African boy that is born in America and who learns that he has been chosen to wield an extraordinary power that will allow him to communicate with animals and manipulate supernatural energies. His attempts to come to grips with what the power represents and how it must be used becomes the setting for him to learn the intricacies and dynamics of life-lessons which must be applied in the real world.My goal of writing Dumisai and the Covenant of the Ancestors was to provide a hero that African and African-American children can identify with and embrace. Dumisai represents a paradigm shift to the image of the Black male that is often portrayed in the media. He is the type of character that I looked for while growing up but could never find.
A major source of inspiration for this story has been the Disney animated movie franchise. Disney has presented several animated features with a focus on characters from different cultures around the world, but until recently with the release of The Princess and the Frog, there were no African or African-American characters to speak of except for The Lion King which did not even use actual people to portray the characters (and the main character [Simba] did not even project as a Black African). I became convinced that if our story was to be told that we would have to tell it ourselves. This is still true today, even after the release of The Princess and the Frog. We need many stories to convey our vast cultural experiences and to educate the people of the world to who we are and what we have to contribute. We have some of the most rich and colorful cultures of any people in the world and they must be told as part of our effort to rescue, reconnect and reconstruct our communities. These stories are one way to help reclaim our children and instill some sense of self-respect. It is my sincere hope that Dumisai and the Covenant of the Ancestors will be the first of several stories to answer that call and provide real inspiration to educate and entertain generations to come.
Excerpt from www.wisw.net
"There’s No Place Like Home
It is long overdue for home and school to change their relationship. It has been a shaky union. Home and school must intentionally become sensitive to each other. They must decide to actively support one another’s goals and purpose for the good of “their children.”
There was a time a note from the teacher was enough to summon a parent/guardian immediately to school. And there once was a time a teacher knew the family and the family’s functioning level enough to offer authentic support. In recent times both scenarios have dissolved – a bad union.
The times have changed enough that major life altering events are happening to children and neither home nor school can be counted on by the child. Children are experiencing crisis and chaos at home. They go from home to a school system that is broken.
Bottom of the Bucket
It is now imperative for education stakeholders to gain what is called the “new literacy.” This “new literacy” is being aware enough to be comfortable navigating the layers that is the global economy. Up until now the public discourse is stuck on teacher’s compensation as it relates to local budgets. The “new literacy” goes beyond local municipalities and beyond conflict with unions and state. These have been arguably more political than purely economic.
Keep in mind the goals within education include readying students for gainful employment. Without an enlarged understanding of economics, education is at a loss being out-of-step with what, where and how prospective employment is to be found.
Reflections on Student Sampling
“Start from scratch, lose the idea that education will be a benefit to big government, and ask the true parties involved what they want and deliver it!”
P.B.S. Publishers, Tampa Bay Florida
"Writing this book has allowed me to give children, who have been hurt by parental neglect, comfort in unfortunate circumstances that they wont understand. single parenting has become an epidemic in our communities and shows no racial bias. to spread the message to these kids that they are deserving of unconditional love has become a priority for me. children are innocent and arent given choices when parents choose to abandon them. its painful for them. i want to assist in putting an end to their pain with the message conveyed in my book, "always remember, you are loved."
always remember, you are loved: a child’s curiosity about the absentee parent by angel d. washington, is a childrens book that is passionate, heartfelt and necessary for those children that need kind and loving parental reassurance. inspired by personal events, as well as the universally common occurrence in many homes today, this book is an endearing story and a true lesson in love.
as parents, we often find that we must take the higher road when explaining the behavior of an absent parent to a child who is too young to understand adult situations. when a parent lies, a child knows. when a parent fails to keep their promise, a child hurts. having to explain the actions of the absent parent to a child is a difficult task. no matter the answer given, we must provide the answer with love, avoiding the harsh realities of an adult relationship gone bad. many times, an angry parent will share inappropriate information with a child(ren). this book focuses on reassuring a child that he/she is loved unconditionally, while hoping to ensure that a child has great confidence and a sense of self worth.
always remember, you are loved: a child’s curiosity about the absentee parent allows single parents to turn a negative situation into a positive one, because its the best reaction to another’s lack of action. angel d. washington hopes that you too, will find that this book offers an abundance of love and a great message. additionally, that it is a great tool that many families can utilize when explaining or experiencing difficult circumstances that are beyond ones control.
always remember, you are loved is available at www.amazon.com or by emailing angel directly at email@example.com.
Contact Name: angel d. washington
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author Elizabeth Isley Barkley unveils a unique tale that will touch and inspire you. In One Isley Brother’s Daughter, she shares of a personal journey and of one daughter’s experience growing up in a famous rock n’ roll family called the Isley Brothers.
Here, Barkley talks about what it was like going to her father’s and uncle’s concerts; the excitement, as well as the pressures of being a daughter and living the dream. And she is writing for all the fans, to try and soothe their obsessions about ‘stars’ in general—to let them see that the limelight isn’t always bright but could be a dark place. A place where you might not want to go.
Mailing Address: Grace Pentecostal Worship Center
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“A World Without Chores” further promotes responsibility and recycling.The siblings are currently hard at work on their next book, “A World Without Plants.” To purchase “A World Without Chores,” or to schedule a book signing with your organization or school, visit www.ChorePals.com.
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As I begin each work day, I can look at the photographs that hang above my desk and see generations of wisdom in the face of the enslaved African, the stern, watchful eyes of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass' imposing dignity, that moment of connection forged by a single handshake between Malcolm and Martin, the quiet, yet resolute defiance of Rosa Parks and Jesus with the elders (all of whom look like me), sitting at the table for the last supper.
These defining images (and others) occupy an almost spiritual atmosphere from which I draw inspiration and focus on a daily basis. I'm compelled to make proud, my African and Black American ancestors. I'm infused with their spirit and humbled by the legacy of greatness they have bequeathed to me.
As Black Americans we stand upon the shoulders of men and women whose experience in this country was unlike that any other ethnic group. They were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved, tortured, terrorized and murdered -- all in the name of White supremacy. Yet, the strength and power of the Black spirit endured and prevailed.
It is because of my profound admiration for OUR TRIUMPHS and GENUINE LOVE for OUR HISTORY and THE PEOPLE IT PRODUCED, I created the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES RESOURCE ONLINE CENTER --- adding the mantra: "Celebrating Who We Are By Honoring Who We Were."
I strongly believe that Black people have a responsibility and obligation to continue the legacy of greatness we've inherited. We do that by creating positive, unique stories within our own lives. I say everyday that In order for Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It -- that's the message we need to give our children.
Please use this website as a source of information and inspiration. It is my sincere hope that this will be a useful tool that will help anyone interested in promoting and teaching Black History and Culture, more effectively. Encourage your family, friends and associates to visit, too. I've tried to create a virtual forum that will get you EXCITED ABOUT BLACK HISTORY and enable you to Channel That Excitement Into Positive Action That Will Enhance Your Life.
In the words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself."
Again, THANK YOU for your interest in BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES. We value your patronage and look forward to hearing from and serving you.
Peace & Blessings,
We are aiding them to employ a socially responsible, holistic and positive approach, which will help empower, enrich and uplift these families, through a unique blend of Mentoring, Education and Technology.
Who are We?
We are You.
We are an organization that is dedicated to Being of Service to Those who Expend Themselves in the Service of Others.
We do so Freely, so that more of those who need their services might be reached.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2010) - Jamaal Brown once believed that the only thing African Americans could be were athletes, drug-dealers, gang members or entertainers. He eventually put all of his eggs in the athletics basket; however, he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and forced to have heart surgery while still in high school.No longer spending time on the court, Brown began cataloguing what he considered to be the most inspiring and uplifting facts in Black history, along with the dates they occurred. Little did he know then, that his actions would be inspiring, uplifting and encouraging thousands of people across the country in the form of a 365 Days of Black Facts Calendar, found at www.Black365.US
Brown, became his high school’s first-ever African American valedictorian, was accepted to eight universities and received nearly $50,000 in scholarships. He credits the inspiration he received from the information in the 365 Days of Black Facts Calendar found at www.Black365.US as “being miraculous for me, and helping me succeed both inside and outside the classroom.”Many others feel the energy from this 365 Days of Black Facts Calendar. Principals throughout the Palmdale School District in California read the Black fact of the day featured in the BLACK365.US Calendar over the loud speaker during the morning announcements. The district’s superintendent knows the information within the BLACK365.US Calendar is contributing to the growing success of his students.
Black Fathers Radio, Black Teen Empowerment Radio, Black Home Schools Magazine, and a large number of organizations throughout the country have all endorsed the BLACK365.US Calendar.
The calendar is also a great fundraising opportunity for youth organizations,churches, non-profits, and even individuals to earn extra income. A portion of the proceeds from the calendar support a scholarship for deserving high school and college students.
For more information visit www.Black365.USJamaal Brown
Can We Regain Our Trust in “Buying Black”?
by Aishah Jeffries-El
Over the years, I’ve noticed that interest among African Americans in supporting Black owned businesses has not significantly improved. Many of the same complaints continue to surface as to why we are still apprehensive in supporting one another, so I would like to share the major ones with you in hopes of reducing those concerns.
Poor customer service is the number one complaint that we have about one another (i.e., when you enter into a Black owned establishment and the owner is on the telephone or assisting another customer, they don't acknowledge you to let you know that they see you and will be with you shortly. You are made to feel like they are doing you a favor by waiting on you).
Cost of products or services can be more expensive than other businesses (based on an individual’s priorities they may not feel the product or the service is worth the price).
Web sites don’t have contact information or the links don't work (i.e. I found a Black owned restaurant on the Internet and when I went to their Web site they didn't have a telephone number, address or e-mail information anywhere on the site. Fortunately, I was able to get their telephone number by “Googling,” so I called, didn't get an answer, left a message and one week later no one had returned my call.
Black hair salons — There was an article a few months back about how Black women are increasingly going to Dominican salons to get their hair done. I personally know a few people who are doing that and their reasons aren't necessarily because they feel Dominicans do a better job. They cited things like they are cheaper, better organized and they get you out fast.
We don't know any Black owned businesses in our neighborhood. This is a big reason why Black owned businesses don't get supported, because we simply don't know they exist. Outside of beauty salons, barbershops, restaurants and daycare, how many other Black owned businesses in your neighborhood can you name? A large number of small businesses don't have big budgets for marketing and advertising to help get the word out.
Because of the “trust issues” that we have with each other as a community, African American business owners have no choice but to work harder than other ethnic groups to win the support of Black people, so here are some solutions:
Provide EXCELLENT customer service – go “above and beyond” to make the customer feel that you are grateful to have them in your place of business (when a customer enters your place of business, greet them with a smile, ask them what they need and if you cannot help them, try to refer them to someone who can).
Make sure your Web site has ample information about your products, your service and location (if you have a traditional brick and mortar store).
If you operate a restaurant, why not have several clear photos of the exterior and interior of your establishment and photos of some of the dishes on your menu to help entice people to come visit your store?
Don’t be afraid to include prices so that customers know right away if they can afford your product or service.
If your only contact information is via e-mail, make sure to check your e-mails frequently and respond ASAP.
Presentation of store and/or Web site should be visually appealing:
Store should be clean and organized with nicely painted walls and polished floors.
If your store hours say that you are open at 9 a.m. then you should be in the store before 9 a.m. (I remember at one company that I used to work for, the supervisor told us that if your shift starts at 5:30 p.m., that does not mean come in the door at 5:30 p.m. It means be at your desk and ready to work by 5:30 p.m.)
A Web site is a necessity these days because it's the fastest and simplest way to locate a business.
Unfortunately, we tend to remember our negative experiences more than we recall the positive ones. Therefore, we, as Black business owners will have to work harder and more creatively in order to persuade people in our community to overcome their reservations and regain their confidence in BUYING BLACK.
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"Some of the pictures are pictures of some of our trips to the country to play other clubs. David and many others volunteer their time. Trainings are from M-Fridays. The kids are from as young as preschool age to those in their 20's. Since the fiasco, some of the kids have not come back which has been sad. Most of the kids come on their own and do not have their immediate parents to take care of them as some are in situations where they are still looking for their parents in their home countries so most will be living with aunts of uncles and grandparents..."
"Australia from what I know so far does not have any humanitarian policies set in place.
I also know the statistics from Indigenous kids and kids of various ethnic backgrounds entering any sports is so low. Last I know is that David Yohan told me that the La Trobe University did some research ont his and apparently the stats are so poor. There is so much talent but alot of the time financal circumstances will not allow this kids to pursue a sporting career let alone the sporting body that governs who goes or not. As you can see majority of a sporting athelets from Australia are white Australians. Kathy Freeman our Olympian is one of a very minute % of ethnic and indigenous kids making it...."
"The site that people can have a look at is PAWES.com.au It has information on our organization which is a community base and non profit organization. The founder of the group is David Yohan, his story in itself is a so interesting. I became a involved with the group from the beginning. We recently sat through a hearing and all we got was nothing but everyone avoiding the issue of discrimination. No one wanted to touch on the topic of discrimination and skirted around the main issue. We await the outcome of the last hearing in two weeks.
"We the minister for multi cultural affairs and our local MP coming hope to see more including teams from other clubs who will be coming for the day. "
We get our support from govt. grants and donations. All those involved are basically volunteers...
This weekend is our community Basketball day and we will give a shout out to your Blog. I'm known as Aunty Irene to the kids and to David. My letter to the tribunal about institutionalized racism was miscontrude by the media and so the team copped alot from the media. There is also an australian white supremist site that has called the kids monkeys and all. We have faced so much here since we were banned from Brisbane Basketball Inc who are also in with Brisbane Basketball Australia."
Thank you again,
I appreciate your support in giving these children a fair go..
I liked this book because the book shows you how to be kind to other people. The book also shows how to play nice, share and apologize. I really liked the ending because you always say thank you to anybody that visits you.
Gabriel, age 9
I like the book and would love to read it to my two and half year old twin brothers!
Tacianna, 9 yrs.old
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Ifayomi Grant is a writer, management consultant and public speaker.
He is the author of six books:
Niggers, Negroes, Black People and Afrikans – The Human Dimension of Building Effective Organisations: An Afrikan-Centred Perspective
Blue Skies for Afrikans – Life and Death Choices for Afrikan Liberation
Saving Our Sons – Strategies and Advice for the Parents of Afrikan Teenage Sons
Sankofa The Wise Man and his Amazing Friends
Why Willie Lynch Must Die
Buy Now Pay Later – How Debt is used to create Financial Slavery
He has also published a booklet ‘Let’s All Pull Together – Ifowosowopo Economics’
Ifayomi has lectured, run workshops and seminars in the UK and overseas on a variety of topics related to the condition of Black people in the UK and around the world. He has been interviewed on a number of radio programmes in the UK and US.
Ifayomi is an active member of the Afrikan community in Nottingham and has been involved in a number of community groups, most notably:
Nubian Link a community education group established in 1995. This self-funded group has delivered a range of educational activities including, Kulture College, an annual summer school for Afrikan boys and girls aged 12-15, annual Kwanzaa celebrations, Afrikans in Science award for Afrikan young people aged 11-16. Nubian Link is self-financing with members tithing on a monthly basis. www.nubianlink.org.uk
ABDF Ltd (formerly Afrikan Business Development Fund) a community economic development company which he conceived and co-founded in November 1996. The ABDF Ltd became a limited company in 2001 and as of February 2010 had 118 Afrikan shareholders/investors making monthly investments to a collective pot. The group has bought two houses in Nottingham, invested in an Afrikan owned company Nubian Natural and formed a company in Ghana ABDF Ghana Ltd. Investors are now spread across England in the following towns and cities: Nottingham, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Manchester, Stafford, Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Kent, Bristol, High Wycombe and London. To find out more about the ABDF Ltd visit our website www.abdf.co.uk
Vice-Chair and co-founder (in 1998) of the Nottingham Black Families in Education Parent Support Group which provides educational advocacy and support. Ifayomi acts as a volunteer educational advocate and also trains the group’s Jenoch (Mentors). www.nbfe.co.uk
He was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Africa (FOSDAF) www.fosdaf.org , a Non-Profit Organization created in order to network African Diaspora and resident civil societies’ skills, as well as African development NGOs to empower Africa’s grass-roots communities for a sounder, self-sufficient and more sustainable development.
In February 2006 Ifayomi returned to self-employment and he works as a management consultant. He is married to Beverley and they have two children, Jawanza aged 13 and Abiba aged 9.
Dr. Jacqueline E. Wade is a scholar, educator, lecturer, trainer, program administrator, organizational manager, and consultant. She is founder and president of Wade Educational Programming and Consultation Services. Through this agency, Dr. Wade conducts Afrocentric/multicultural-centered training and development programs and related services for students, faculties, and staff in educational institutions, as well as for members of corporate bodies and community organizations. Dr. Wade also conducts highly-interactive presentations on issues of white supremacy, racism, sexism, heterosexism and other forms of human degradation, with an emphasis on ways and means of rooting out these social ills.
From 1996 to August 2003, she was the Director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and adjunct faculty in the African American Studies Program at Austin Peay State University. She organized and directed cultural programs that provided holistic knowledge about the historic and contemporary contributions, achievements, and social perspectives of African Americans and other people of African descent. She also taught courses focused on African American and African diasporic experiences. Dr. Wade is the former Executive Director of the National Council for Black Studies, Inc. She was cited for her consistent record of exemplary leadership in the development and implementation of some of the most dynamic and effective Afrocentric programs in the organization's history. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Wade has held successful faculty and/or administrative positions in various colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Bennett College, and Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Wade has a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in African American students' educational development and a Masters of Social Work degree, with an emphasis on educational equity and social justice. She earned both degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wade has an eminent, multi-leveled career that allows her to distinctively address issues that are commensurate with promoting "academic excellence and social responsibility." She has devoted her entire career to the socio-cultural, political and economic empowerment of African Americans and other people of color. Dr. Wade describes herself as a "scholar/activist . . . I am very committed to using my natural talents, intellectual attainments, and professional skills for salient and lasting social transformation."
Dr. Wade's writings have been published in several professional journals. Among her titles are:
:: The Spirit and Substance of African Heritage: Saving Our Children. (Forthcoming, 2007)
:: "Race and Raceness: A Theoretical Perspective of the Black American Experience"
:: "The Role and Significance of African American Studies: Revisiting the Miseducation of the Negro"
"I am a poet who loves to sing...Currently I coordinate a reading program for pre-school children in Tappahannock, Virginia. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and have lived in Millers Tavern, Virginia for the past 15 years. "
Dorothy Alves Holmes is a mother of two adult daughters, Roletha and Shelly, the grandmother of seven and the great-grandmother of three. She lives in Millers Tavern, Virginia, having moved there from Baltimore, Maryland several years ago. Prior to her move, Dorothy was a part of the Cultural Enrichment Program of the Baltimore City Schools, performing as a poet and storyteller. Dorothy held this position for six years.
Prior to her work in the schools, Dorothy was employed for twenty years as an award-winning District Sales Manager for Avon Products, Inc. Dorothy is in the Who's Who of Avon District Managers being a member of the Circle of Excellence which consists of the top ten percent in-sales increases.
Dorothy is currently the coordinator of a preschool reading program called 123READ. This unique program encourages reading readiness and language development.
Undertaking this project as a self-published author. Dorothy published her 4th book of published poetry, Let The Music Play, Her other books are People Talk, If Butterflies Are Free and Somebody Said, a coloring book of verse illustrated by David Crain. Somebody Said is a book dedicated to anyone who has had their feelings hurt because "someody said" something unkind to them or about them.
Dorothy has won several awards for her poetry, and in 1987 won the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Poetry Award. It has been said that Dorothy's poetry is important because it deals with real people and describes real situations with great warmth and sympathy.
Dorothy's books are available for sale for $14.99 plus S/H of $1.00 US $2.00 others and can be purchased through her webstore where you may pay by paypal or order directly by personal check mailed to
My book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is a true celebration of the south and things southern. Using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. I want to show a flip side of the coin.There is much to love about this much maligned and misunderstood part of our country. I would really love for you to get to KNOW Mississippi (and the south) in a different light and I want to introduce you. I invite you to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and the written word.
Thank you for stopping by my site and showing an interest in my "little book of southern poems"
by Patricia Neely-Dorsey on 08/19/2010
She has 100 plus awards, plaques, certificates, and trophies honoring her humanitarian efforts.
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Florida-born Rene Rawls, who lives in the historic West Adams district of Los Angeles, wrote and produced “Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks,” an animated short that celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela in “making an imprint to change the world around them.”
The film is one of five entries chosen last year for a competition sponsored by 46664, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and New York’s Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, which awarded five $10,000 grants for short film concepts to mark the first annual Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award.
Taken from Mandela’s prison number, 46664 is an initiative to inspire individual and collective action towards an AIDS-free world.
The entries were uploaded to the Tribeca website Monday, a day after Mandela celebrated his 92nd birthday on July 18.
The short introduces Sule as a young Sherlock Holmes, a wise and brash African child who helps other kids solve their problems and learn life’s lessons through the meaning of proverbs.
Rawls, who has optioned a feature script, “Homecoming Queen,” slated to begin production this year, teamed up with twin animation directors, Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs, an Oakland-born duo who she met through the Organization of Black Screenwriters.
“We met up with Rene in October and she asked us if we would be interested in working on the project,” said Shawnee. “The story of this tiny little detective was such a cool idea. There are few stories set in Africa. It’s a really inspiring, positive message.”
She added: “After seeing our reels and bios, they approved us and we started gathering a team of artists to work on the character designs, storyboards and animation.
“We only had a few months to get it done, but we were blown away by the team’s work.”
Meanwhile, Rawls, a recipient of the renowned Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, has also traveled to various cities across the country teaching screenwriting and filmmaking to high school students.
“I found out about the competition this time last year and immediately knew I would submit something because I have so much love and respect for Nelson Mandela,” said Rawls, who has an English degree from Hampton University and a graduate degree in communications from Georgia State University.
“I used to teach high school English and one of my favorite books to teach was [Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s] ‘Things Fall Apart,’ a book full of proverbs. I’d talk to my students about proverbs and they would get the meanings. One student came to class one day and said, ‘Yeah, we’re proverb slayers.’ That stuck in my mind, and two or three years later I birthed this character Sule, a young proverb detective and initially did a picture book. Then, when I heard about the competition I knew he’d be right for the story.”
Taking to her laptop, Rawls wrote the script in an 11-hour writing session and then traveled to Florida to see her mother.
“I got an e-mail notification and instead of the ‘Thanks for entering your work,’ it said, ‘Congratulations, your script has been chosen,’” recalled Rawls.
“I was jumping up and down and screaming. But my mother was like, ‘Just give thanks to the Lord, baby.’”
To get the look and feel of an African village, Rawls drew on a trip she made to Ghana and also ran it by a Nigerian friend.
The creation of the Ivy Rose™ doll collection from The Sisterhood Boutique hopes to unify women who like creator and founder, Rochelle McAllister, desires a purpose driven lifestyle and a natural appreciation for fashion and style.
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|The Sisterhood Boutique welcomes back the Ivy Rose doll|
Submitted by Rochelle McAllister
Originally posted 7/21/2010
BLACK PR WIRE — The Sisterhood Boutique, an African-American web-based doll company, is elated to reintroduce its Ivy Rose™ Doll at a cost of $125 plus shipping and handling. First introduced in 2007, Ivy Rose is The Sisterhood Boutique’s inaugural and signature product.
Motivate yourself to achieve success in every area of your life - starting today! Success Strategies for Black People uses positive cultural reinforcement to help you to overcome your difficulties and achieve your goals. Success Strategies for Black People is the product of many years of research and practice. Some of the topics covered include: The Black Family - Connecting with the Ancestors - Help with Love/Romance - Family relationships and communication - Money and finances - Work and career - Radiant health
This book celebrates positive Black role models. It is a brilliant resource for people of African heritage, particularly parents, teachers and mentors. Black Success Stories covers: - how to be a positive role model for your child - how to support and inspire your child achieve in education - how to research your family history and much more. Those interviewed in this book are at the top of their fields in: politics education business and enterprise the media and health. What steps have successful African Caribbean people taken in order to achieve their goals? What problems and difficulties did they face, and how did they overcome them? What mistakes did they make along the way? What kind of future are we building for our young people?
Thanks so much for doing this, Joan.
All the best,
|Based in Baltimore and established in 1995, a'Kihoro SPIRITUAL CREATIONS is a creative arts ministry developed by Sharon Moore Stenhouse (aka) a'Kihoro. It is committed to community, faith-based organizations, and individuals seeking quality service to enhance their image. As a publisher, a'Kihoro SPIRITUAL CREATIONS looks to assist first-time authors get their work published. (see the publishing tab for details)|
God's Plentiful Gifts…
The term a’kihoro is derived from the African language, Kiswahili word a-kiroho, that translates to mean spiritual. Christian doctrine, faith and spirituality is the foundation of this Ministry.
God gives all of us special talents or “gifts” (Matt. 25:14-30), which when used for His glory become greater than we ever imagined. When by faith we multiply these talents and use the gifts to uplift and glorify His name, the Lord will bless us in even greater abundance. It is this “gift” from God that has become a’Kihoro SPIRITUAL CREATIONS.
Positive Multi-Genre Music
The Howards “Because We Care” CD is using a multi-genre approach to bring positive meaning back to music instead of sex, lack of respect for women, violence and self hatred.
Check us out if you would be so kind.
The Howard's consist of Father (William T. Howard Sr.), Son (William T. Howard Jr.), Daughter (Kenya Howard-Bell), Daughter (Kyrstalann Howard) and family relative (Ricky Ross) Papa Howard is a Minister of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ, Community Activist, Song Writer and Artist. William T. Howard Jr. has had a project out in the title of Six (He is a song writer and artist, writing and performing with Trick Trick), Kenya Howar-Bell is a song writer, outstanding vocalist, mother, and wife of one of the NBA's finest Mr. Charlie Bell, Krystalann Howard (Is a song writer, vocalist, and outstanding poetress) This is a one of a kind project presenting, Gospel, Social R&B (Positive Social Messages For All Ages), Reggae, Jazz, and Country.
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What is the world saying about our music and purpose?
1.young girl Nicaragua, San Jose- It's a pleasant surprise to find a sanctuary from all that modern inane garbage they call music.
2. Dear Elder Howard I love your music and I will support you forever love bro.- ear
3.Bernadette Watson- What a pleasure to meet you and have the opportunity to hear your positive message about solutions to many of the problems our communities face. Your presence and participation in the Cincinnati Health Department's Community Health Forum was much appreciated. May the Creator watch over you and yours. My husband sends Greeting! "Thanks for the acknowledgment of the correction"
5. Friends From Little Rock, AR- This is the most uplifting cd I have ever listened to. Especially the title cut "Listen to your parents." This song has really inspired me and my incorrigible son who was constantly getting in trouble. Once he heard that song, he has made a great effort to do better in school. Thank you so much Elder William T. Howard, we love you in Little Rock. Are you touring soon?? On your tour, pleassssssse consider coming to Little Rock. Bless You. We hope to see you soon. P.S. When are you coming out with your next cd? By the way, you sound a lot like Sam Cooke
6. Larry Jones-Souland Blues Report- First Time Ever Project That Is Right On Time
7. Admirer in the UK- Great Sound! Great Family! Great Product! I downloaded a few of the tracks on iTunes.
8. Ivy Rose- I like it. The songs are so positive and you don't get that too much these days. I love gospel. It seems like it is so much more respectful than the standard churches. This Is Ivy from La Quinta of Detroit-Southgate.
9. Rev Noah Jackson- Elder Howard has arrived! this is a delightful a truism in today's times! A much needed reality check, while being something to cling to!
10. John Telford: As an educator I'm finally glad to hear some music with great meaning and sound for the entire family.
11. Liking your style. Frazerman on My Space—United Kingdom
12. PAP Records
In my experience there is no Old School or New School. There is only school and no school. I’m blessed and honored to be touched by Elder Soul. New York, N.Y.
This is my effort to address the negative music that bombards our youth and the rest of society.This historical presentation is multi-genre.
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Elder William T. Howard (Brother Bill)
Sure that it is known that the African American high school dropout rate in too many urban communities exceeds 50%. This is identified by many individuals and organizations as being a crisis. Did you know that in 1860, only 10 out of 100 African Americans could read or write? Communities are seeing its children not graduating from FREE HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES? What can we DO TODAY to invest in the future...a future about which many of our ancestors could have only dreamed? HBCU kidz, Inc. believes that PREVENTION is our most POTENT weapon to win this battle of apathy.
If your company, family or organization has a commitment to or interest in enhancing awareness of the cultural and educational opportunities available at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and inspiring youth to treat education seriously, then we believe you will find our campaign to increase enrollments at HBCUs a perfect complement to your multi-cultural marketing initiatives.
HBCU Today, published by BEE Publishing Division, is the most comprehensive resource guide ever created on HBCUs. It is vital to youth considering post-secondary education, as well as those parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, and youth leaders who have chosen to be responsible for ensuring that our youth receive the information needed to intelligently evaluate educational choices.
This unique book is not sold through bookstores or retail outlets. Distribution of HBCU Today is solely through individuals, companies, and organizations that have chosen to support the future of minority youth and promote the importance of our HBCUs. HBCU kidz, Inc. is a proud distributor of this awesome resource guide.
The guide provides articles of information, stories about various aspects of life on the campuses of black colleges and universities, brief testimonials from students, faculty and alumni and brief profiles of each of the 100+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities all presented in a graphically appealing manner. The book is an 8 ½ x 11” format, approximately 320 pages and 2.5 lbs in weight.
As an additional distribution vehicle for HBCU Today, your company, family, fraternity, sorority or organization has a unique opportunity to play a significant role in increasing enrollment at HBCUs—and enhancing your corporate brand identity through association with the education of our minority youth. With the nationwide high school dropout rate for minority youth approaching 50 percent (and, sadly, higher in many urban communities), it is more important than ever to include our youth in corporate and organizational cause-related marketing. Product is easily and conveniently available 3 ways.
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Digital is the wave of the future and e-books are in. A growing number of our students are very “tech-savvy” especially when it comes to games, gadets and social networking. GREAT NEWS! HBCU Today is even available in an instant downloadable PDF that is available in bulk quantity (125 downloads for $489.00, or $3.91/copy)! This makes the book available immediately with complete search functions and live links to all of the colleges and universities featured. This is something we believe every school, organization, business (large or small) will be excited to offer as a resource. A small business or group could inspire 125 youth to consider an HBCU as an institution of choice by purchasing 125 downloads for only $489.00 and creatively distribute the free downloads via special gift cards to 125 young people in the community. In addition a bulk package of 100 CD books ($595.00) in a very nice gift folder.
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They often pretend that they are sleeping in their dorm rooms or getting ready for classes!" HBCU TODAY PARENT
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Whether you choose to purchase a book for your family, church or organization, we at HBCU kidz, Inc. look forward to our continued relationship in DOing good things for our FUTURE DREAMERS, LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS. We hope to speak with you further on your participation in and partnership with our HBCU Today Campaign, and discussing the co-branding opportunities that are available.
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Jennifer was a Delegate at the 2009 Global Summit on Financial Literacy. In 2008, she was one of only 100 people invited to participate in the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives Compass in Action Roundtable on Financial Literacy.
She has been a regular guest financial expert on WUSA TV9’s Mind Over Money consumer show in Washington, DC (a CBS affiliate station). Jennifer was a featured expert in the PBS documentary Facing the Mortgage Crisis in DC.
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Thank you for a fantastic presentation! Your Good Credit: Getting It and Keeping It
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how knowledgeable you are and how interesting you made the topic.
~ L .Rawlings, Program Director
You were great! Everyone loved you! Thanks again!
~ W. Kaufman, Founder and President
Glad you’re coming back. People here need your words of wisdom!
~ DS, Director of Marketing
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12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job shows readers how to convert 12 everyday expenses into 12 Money Opportunities. When the steps are repeated the money is added to your pocket every month, which adds up to thousands of dollars in extra cash every year!how to convert 12 everyday expenses into 12 Money Opportunities. When the steps are repeated the money is added to your pocket every month, which adds up to thousands of dollars in extra cash every year!
Using what I learned in this book, I was able to create more than $1,000 each month! I’m using half to pay down debt and putting the other half toward buying a home. Jennifer made it pretty easy and I don’t need a second job!
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Last year, Jennifer shared some of the principles in her book with me. I didn't think I could save $400 each month, but with Jennifer's help, I've actually been saving more than that for more than a year!
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The "We The People Education and Community Investment Project" is named for a poem (titled We The People) that has encouraged and warmed the hearts of many. It was written by our founder, Mozell Fleming, who although never had the financial help to receive higher education, has decided to dedicate his efforts to providing financial resources for our children, our schools and community.
A special edition of this poem is available on this site. In celebration of our national launch we are inviting you to become an exclusive partner and member of the project and help us -pay the price- by sowing into our children, our future. You can join us in our efforts by ordering directly from this site or by contacting us to order these 13x19 posters in bulk amounts as a fundraising tool for your specific needs ( minimum bulk orders start at $350.00 in price and 100 units in quantity).
Our participants are set to raise thousands of dollars by investing in these unique posters and selling them at their own retail value or you can simply display them as artwork in your home, office or institution. Not only will you be helping yourselves, but also you will be investing into the education of our young bright minds and the growth of our communities as we will develop a funding pool for scholarships and other community needs. Please contact us for more information about our project. Thank you for your consideration and participation!
EXCERPTS FROM THIS RIVETING TRUE STORY:
"Thus far in my (life) experience of cause and affect I’ve experienced far too many traumatic and dramatic episodes directly related to negative, or inappropriate, thought processes. No doubt we are, in essence, what we think, feel and therefore manifest into this so-called reality; an 'illusional matrix' perceived as ‘life.’ With deliberate intent to instantly transform a life cycle of preventable and UNWANTED self solicited, negative life threatening episodes from continuing, I must, at this time, tell what must to be told..." [page 9]
Through faith, Agnes was able to overcome fear, shame, and abuse that kept her buried in a valley so deep, all she could do was lay in bed day in and day out; scared for her life and of her life and her story serves as an inspiration to other individuals oppressed by society because of any disability.
Ever hear that God has the answer to all of life's questions? Well, He does and Agnes bears her soul to the world that God is real! “Cooling Well Water: A Collection of Work By An African-American Bi-Polar Woman” is all the proof you will need! Enjoy a few excerpts from “Cooling Well Water: A Collection of Work By An African-American Bi-Polar Woman” by clicking above and may God bless you and keep you free from your valley.
Bi-Polar affects over 2 million people in the United States. It is a stigmatized mental illness that cripples individuals simply on its namesake. Through education and self-determination, an individual can live a productive, compatible life with the illness. My testimony confirms this. It will encourage readers who are suffering from depression, oppression, and fear to not succumb to a life of pain. My story will encourage families and friends to approach the sufferer of a mental illness from a new angle. That is an angle of support and encouragement and not disrespect, stereo-typing, and stigmatizing.
This Collection will be targeted to mainstream America, but especially focusing on the African-American race group. I will be promoting this Collection to organizations specializing in mental wellness such as the National Association of Mental Illness, mental health support groups and organizations, empowerment workshop opportunities, Church groups and associations, organizations that seek to help women in oppressing abusive relationships (i.e., domestic violence), organizations primarily focused on substance users and abusers, and general genres (i.e., Christians, Poetry, Health & Mental Health, Non-Fiction) to name a few.
"Briefly, I am currently an advocate, part-time teacher, and author. These accomplishments come in the aftermath of being diagnosed with Bi-Polar and being told by doctors that my diagnosis was so severe, that I should be institutionalized for the remainder of my life. However, when God gave me a vision for His purpose for me, I asked for the wisdom to realize that vision. When God turned that diagnosis around for me, I knew I would never, ever stop praising Him!"
NMP Information Services is very excited since changing our “Black Pages” name to “NMP Business Pages” which has enabled us to expand our market nationwide. In 2010 NMP will release our 10th Anniversary Commemorative issue “Remember The Time” which will not be a directory, but a memorable keepsake with highlights over years of businesses, articles, testimonials, past black page covers and so much more. In order to make this issue a success, we need your support by either placing an ad or by being a $10 individual patron or a $25 business patron and a copy will be mailed directory to you.Ken and Jacquelyn Payne are the owners of The NMP Information Services and have over 18,000 email club members nationwide with services to include: NMP Business Pages, an online directory which targets East Tennessee, West Atlanta, Nationwide, and Kid Entrepreneurs. NMP KIDS offers K.E.N.N.Y. (Kid Entrepreneurs Need Nurturing Young), P.A.C.I.N.O. (Placing All Children In New Opportunities) Project, S.O.B.B. (Save Our Black Babies) Intervention & Prevention Resources and S.O.B.B. (Save Our Beautiful Babies) Bookstore.
NMP Also offers financial services, a website posting Simply My Opinion articles and A Diary of a Mad Black Business Woman featured entries that offer a logical, yet humorous and spiritual solutions. For more NMP services visit www.nmpinfo.com or call 678.398.2092
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Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men takes a unique look at the day to day realities that must be faced before America can become “post racial.”
Focusing on the Black/White divide, it calls for a profound and dramatic transformation of consciousness on the part of both groups. It challenges them (and all of us) to examine what it calls “the practicality of spirituality” as the vehicle for such transformation.
Spirituality, as defined in this book, is not necessarily connected to a particular religious affiliation. It is an inner quality and depth of consciousness that realizes interconnectedness with all humanity. When drawn upon it impels us to act from our noble self. It also provides the strength to transform (not deny) the emotional pain and anger associated with race, into the motivation, will and strength to build unity and justice.
Too often we admire that ability in others, yet fail to choose it for ourselves.
The image of “heaven” is the very opposite of how Black men have been viewed historically. Therefore when (US) Americans expect to, want to and see heaven i.e.: dignity, honor, strength and beauty, in the face of Black men, a profound milestone will have been reached in this country’s journey toward racial unity and justice.
We need only recall the universal reaction, this nation’s election of a President of African descent had, to get a glimpse of the influence such a demonstrable transformation of consciousness and behavior can have on the entire world.
There’s still work to be done.
Read this book and let’s get on with it!
“Comin’ up as a nigga in the cash game, livin’ in the fast lane, I’m for real.” – Tupac Amaru Shakur
This site is for the urban Americans who are, have been, or might get, caught-up in the cash game, livin’ in the fast lane, and are looking for a level of success that, so far, has been hard to attain.
The cash game forces people to do work that they hate and to live miserable lives. It drives the drug trade and the pimp and prostitution professions in every state. It moves the unscrupulous to theft, burglary, robbery, and violence. It causes the old, the ill, and the infirm, to work when they should be resting.
It’s the sparkle in the bling, the glitter of the gold, the chrome on the rims, and the swagger in the stride. It’s sometimes the pride, and sometimes the wanna-be, but, it’s always a trap. And, it leads far too many urban Americans (especially those of color) to incarceration and a cycle of revolving prison terms, frustration and poor decisions.
The cash game is the illusion that money is more than a tool, that money is sustenance itself, “bread,” “cheese,” “cheddar,” etc.
It’s the addiction that plays on our fear of poverty, illness, and old age. It motivates us to trade the bulk of our time on earth (or at least the best years of our strength and vitality), the bulk of our thought and energy, and sometimes our right to be free, for food, shelter and the hope of security at some point in the future, or worse—and far too often—for the notoriety and feeling of power that cash can temporarily provide.
It’s the urgency that pulls the trigger or thrusts the knife. It’s the crimson stain on the floor in the projects, and on the corner down the block. It’s the grime on the blue collar, the anxiety inside the power suit, the premature gray hairs, the short meal breaks, the long hours and the lack of time off.
The urban American cash game is alive and well, and it’s being played out in every city in the country. It’s being played out in every home where there is more month than money, more debt than assets, where due bills must go unpaid, and fear governs spending.
This site is for all the urban Americans who hate the game, not the player, and are looking for a serious, nonthreatening, self-help path to success. If you are willing to reconsider what you have believed until now, how you think, why you do what you do, and what you are willing to pursue in order to have what you want, then this site may be for you.
As children we live and learn traits that are taught to us by those who have experienced life before we came to be. We learn the language that is spoken by those who make up the environment in which we most likely will grow up in. Today they are calling it culture and some cultures lead us to do things we don't understand nor do we want to exist. Life is full of challenges and we battle them not knowing what the outcome will be and most times death is the cure for our battles with the unknown...
WE CAN BATTLE EVIL AND LIVE AND THIS IS HOW...
Sunrise From The Waters Written by: Olafemi