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On March 29th, 2014 at Le Skyroom at the FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française 22 East 60 St, New York, New York 10022, BWIM will debut their first annual panel and awards ceremony in NYC! This platform was created to honor Black women who are pillars and have undoubtedly represented greatness in their respective fields. This event will allow our guest to witness the brilliance firsthand. And if our guest chooses so, a one-on-one experience with our honorees!


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11:00am-12:15pm Cocktail Networking Portion
12:15-12:30pm Greetings by Mistresses of Ceremony & Founder
12:30pm-1:15pm Pioneer Panel
1:15pm-2:00pm Health/Wellness & Beauty Panel
2:00pm-3:00pm Awards Ceremony
3:00pm-4:00pm VIP Portion
4:00pm-4:45pm Mass Communications Panel
4:45pm-5:30pm TV & Lifestyle Panel
5:30pm-6:00pm Q&A
6:00pm Closing Remarks



Mistresses of Ceremony

Ashlei N. Stevens   Africa Miranda

Ashlei N. Stevens | Africa Miranda


Cheryl WillsRachel Noerdlinger   Esther A1 Bershanheadshot    Sabrina Thompson

Shante Beacon  Demetria Lucas Brandi Richard  Julia Jovone   Geneva Thomas  

                  Anowa Adjah  Tiphani Montgomery  Neffi Walker  Yoli Ouiya

Cheryl Wills Rachel Noerdlinger | Sabrina Thompson | Shante Bacon | Demetria Lucas | Brandi Richards | Julia Jovone | Geneva Thomas | Dominga Martin | Anowa Adjah | Tiphani Montgomery





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NEW YORK, New York- March 1st, 2014– Black Women In Media is an organization created to celebrating and recognizing the pioneers and trailblazers in all facets of the Media.On March 29th, 2014, BWIM will do just that and debut its first awards ceremony entitled: Celebrating the Pioneers. The event will be held Le Skyroom at the FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française, 22 East 60 St, New York, New York 10022 from 11am until 6pm.

The event will begin with an elaborate cocktail hour sponsored by Trust In Us Catering, Birthday Cake Wines, & Sweets by Alize, allowing guests to network and build sustaining and beneficial relationships. Following the cocktail brunch, the event will continue with introductory remarks made by our Mistress of Ceremonies. After introductions, the panel will quickly begin followed by the awards ceremony. Panelist will discuss topics such as: (but not limited to)

  •        Mass Communications & Media
  •        Beauty & Lifestyle
  •        Journalism & Writing
  •        TV & Film
  •        Image of the Black Woman

There will be four panel discussions separated by an intermission in which “VIP” guests will have a personal experience with panelists and honorees in a secluded area in which hors d’oeuvres & beverages will also be provided. Other partners and sponsors include NABJ, Doris New York, Events Etc., Worldcast Inc., & NYULYP. There will be a performance by the beautiful and talented singer, Esnavi​.


Our Panelists are:

Ashlei N. Stevens– Mistress of Ceremonies (Host of UPTOWN Magazine’s UPTOWN Unplugged)

Africa Miranda– Mistress of Ceremonies (Bravo’s The New Atlanta Co-Star)

Cheryl Wills– Honoree (NY 1 News Anchor | Reporter | Author of Die Free)

Rachel Noerdlinger– Honoree (First Lady of NY Chief of Staff | Celebrity Publicist)

Esther Armah– Honoree (MSNBC Political Commentator)

Bershan Shaw– Honoree (OWN’s Love In the City Co-Star)

Sabrina Thompson– Honoree (CBS’ SURVIVOR Runner Up | Producer | Teacher)

Shante Bacon– Honoree (Co-Founder of 135th Street Agency Celebrity Firm)

Demetria Lucas– Honoree (Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels Co-Star | A Belle in Brooklyn)

Brandi Richard– Honoree (President of the National Urban League Young Professionals)

Julia Jovone– Honoree (Emmy Award Winning Make-Up Artist) 

Geneva S. Thomas– Honoree (Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels Co-Star | Managing Director of 1530 Agency)

Anowa Adjah– Honoree (Creator of the First Full Figured Phenomenon)

Tiphani Montgomery– Honoree (7x’s Essence Magazine Bestseller)

Neffi Walker– Honoree (Lifestyle Expert | Writer for | Owner & CEO of Kennedi Price Baby)

Yoli Ouiya– Honoree (Health & Sustainable Living Expert | Chief Eco Officer of Yoli’s Green Living)


Black Women In Media is a platform created to recognize women of color who are innovators within the media realm. This initiative was also created as a platform for other Black women currently in the media industry to receive a wealth of information from those who have attained renowned success in their respective fields.


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“Masterchef” Josh Marks Dies at 26

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On Friday October 11, 2013, Joshua Marks well-known from season 3 reality cooking series  ‘MasterChef’ was pronounced dead after a self-afflicted gunshot wound according to Chicago Police. Reports have said that Marks was diagnosed with mental illnesses prior to taking his own life Friday night.

According to John Maribelli, spokesman for Chicago Police witnesses are being questioned and security cameras are being reviewed in the Chicago south side area where Marks body was found.

Upon his sudden death, Marks had recorded a public service message highlighting his mental illness for the program Make a Sound Project. Friend and founder Mike Castaneda have reacted throughout media outlets replying “I will miss Josh more than anyone will know” said Castaneda.

In addition, the foundation recently released a statement saying “he had a great heart and wanted to do what he could to help kids who struggled with thoughts of suicide or depression. He was the most kind…

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NYC African Restaurant Week!!!








We are happy to announce that Panla and A Taste of Africa USA are hosting their first annual NY African Restaurant Week from Sunday, October 13th to Sunday, October 20th, 2013. We would like to invite you to participate in this exciting and unique opportunity which celebrates the best of African cuisine and culture. 

Contact us at for more info!!!!

Please feel free to ask your friends and colleagues to support the participating restaurants and be part of the first ever NYC African Restaurant Week.

The African Restaurant & Food Week (Oct13 – 20) is a cultural event that celebrates the best of the African Cuisine, wine, chefs, artisans, restaurant owners in both African and non-African restaurants across the city.

Madiba Restaurant BUKA Nigerian Restaurant, BrooklynPonty Bistro, Jollof , Tolani , Queen of Sheba, Le Souk Harem, Les Ambassades, Shrine ,La CAYE ,Toast 105

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2nd Annual “BLACK CELEBRATION” Awards 2013

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Come Join BLACK STREET at Their 2nd Annual Black Tie Awards Ceremony


On September 21st,  2013, BLACK STREET, for its second year, will conduct an awards ceremony like none other in the Black community.  BLACK STREET will choose two finalists from 25 categories to go on the awards ceremony. The award recipients, with the highest amount of votes within each category and has proven credibility within each respective field, will be named at the ceremony.  We will also honor prominent and renown individuals who have utilized their platforms to cater to our community! The evening will consist of an elaborate cocktail hour, entertainment, our awards ceremony, and a VIP dinner during the awards ceremony for our elite and celebrity guests! The event will take place at The Alvin Ailey Studios on 405 W 55th Street (At the corner of 55th & 9th Ave). Doors will open at 5:30pm. The Attire is Black Tie! The event will be streamed live!!!



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  • Michael Skolnik (Political Director for Russell Simmons | Co-President of
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  • Michaela Angela Davis (BET Commentator | Celebrity Image Activist | Conversationalist)




View Black Celebration 2012 Here:

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Our current and past nominees have worked for and/or with notable brands such as BET, CNN, MSNBC, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, NY TIMES, Essence Magazine, BRAVO TV, Food Network, Black Enterprise, New York Urban League, NBC, renowned television show: SMASH, Mike Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, and many more!

BLACK STREET wants to continue honoring individuals just as those honored in the past such as:

  • Actor, Humanitarian, Author- Isaiah Washington
  • Essence Magazine Editor-At-Large- Mikki Taylor
  • Black Girls Rock Founder- Beverly Bond
  • CBS Personality & WEEN Co-Founder- Sabrina Thompson
  • TV Legal Analyst- Midwin Charles
  • New York State Senator- Kevin Parker

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This event will be filled with past featured individuals, the tri-state areas most prominent personages, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful entertainment from live bands, prominent and elite individuals and speakers, and an awards ceremony awarding top tier individuals. This year, we’ll also honor five individuals who will receive honors such as the “Lifetime of Greatness” and “Empowerment Honoree”. Stay tuned to find out our much deserved Honorees. Visit to submit nominations and view our current nominees. For Sponsorship Inquiries, Contact: .

We have wonderful sponsorship opportunities as well as Ad Space in our event journals. We are also accepting prominent individuals as well as businesses within our Event Board/Committee. Please contact us at for more information and details.

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BLACK STREET is an online publication catered to showcasing greatness within the Black community. Although there are many outlets catered to the Black community, not many showcase individuals the way shown on the website. With an extensive mission, they plan to cater to their community through many facets. Be it mentorship programs, fundraisers for non-profits, panel discussions, and various other empowering and uplifting projects. Not merely a website, BLACK STREET is well on it’s way to becoming a movement.


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Zuma Asks South Africa To Pray For Nelson Mandela, Who Remains In Critical Condition


Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, has been hospitalized for almost three weeks with a respiratory infection. He is now in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria after his health deteriorated over the weekend. 

The office of South African President Jacob Zuma said that he and ruling African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela, 94, on Sunday evening and that doctors informed them that Mandela’s condition had turned critical in the past 24 hours.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable,” Zuma said in an e-mailed statement, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “He is in good hands.”

For the past 17 days, Mandela has been receiving care at a medical facility in Pretoria, the South African capital — the fourth time he has been hospitalized since December. But there was little indication that his condition had become critical. As of Saturday, the South African government had characterized his condition as “serious but stable.”

The apartheid regime imprisoned Mandela for 27 years, releasing him in 1990. He became the nation’s first black president following South Africa’s first multiracial elections in 1994, won by the African National Congress. Mandela has not been seen in public since the World Cup soccer tournament was held in South Africa in 2010.

Zuma said Monday that as doctors do what they can for Mandela, the rest of the country should pray for him:

“All of us in the country should accept the fact that Madiba is now old,” Zuma told reporters in Johannesburg, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “As he ages, his health will . . . trouble him, and I think what we need to do as a country is to pray for him.”

Zuma described the former South African president as being “asleep” when he visited him Sunday evening, accompanied by ruling African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mandela’s hospitalization, said Zuma, is not expected to affect an official visit on Friday by President Obama, who this week embarks on his first substantial presidential visit to Africa. In addition to South Africa, he will stop in Senegal and Tanzania.


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King On 34th™ Reality TV Show Casting


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Do you know how to create ready to wear, cutting edge masterpieces?

If so, we encourage you to apply to be a contestant on KING ON 34TH!

KING ON 34TH is a competition based reality show centered around fashion icon and business icon J. Alexander Martin and set in New York City on 34th street.

The show will be built around twelve designers who will work in groups of four to compete in spirited weekly challenges that will lead to dramatic eliminations.

King on 34th Winning Contestant Prize: Launch Your Brand! The winning contestant will be supported in launching their brand and creating their first collection through professional mentoring from J. Alexander Martin.

The runner up contestant will be rewarded with a six month mentorship program directly with J.Alexander Martin and will be welcomed into his company for an amazing “on-the-job” learning experience that will prepare them for their future goals as a designer and entrepreneur.



For all other questions please email

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Contestant Application Guidelines:

1. You must be 21 years of age or older.

2. You must be a legal resident and permitted to work in the country.

3. You must have a valid passport and be permitted to travel outside the country.

4. Your gross sales as a fashion designer must not have exceeded $100,000 per year.

5. You may not be in the running for or hold any public office and agree to not run for office within one year after the show airs

6. You must agree to medical and psychological testing should you be selected as a semi-finalist

7. You or your immediate family member may not be employed by Sapphire Blue Entertainment, Élan Entertainment.

8. You or any of your acquaintances may not have a personal relationship with Antonne Jones, Michael Gerald or any others associated with the program.

Video Submission Guidelines

1. Videos must be between three and five minutes in length.

2. Videos may be submitted in digital HD format.

3. Introduce yourself and give an overview of your life.

4. Explain your goals, achievements and why you want to be on the show.

5. Tell producers why you think appearing on King on 34th would be crucial to you reaching your goals.

6. Be creative but genuine.

7. Make sure you can be clearly seen and heard on the video.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

1. Gather your portfolio by getting together three to 10 photos of recent completed designs, images of detail work you’ve done, images of patterns if you use them and images of your sketches. 2. Take two recent photos of yourself, one a head shot and the second a full-length shot. 3. Upload your completed application, video, portfolio, photos and a copy of your ID

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Black Celebration 2012 Honoree on ABC 7- Dont Miss It!

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June 7, 2013 – BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The “ African-American man” in the eyes of recent news, and in the eyes of the community carries various stereotypes and generalizations of negativity; headlines and words such as; “ jobless”; “killer”; “prisoner; “drug dealer”, the list goes on. The perception of the “typical” black man must continue to change towards the positive. Together, we must strive to paint a brighter picture and shine the light on those who make a memorable impact that can change a community, and be a role model to the youth.

With his most recent project, and success of his first book, “Do Right, Do Good”, Jean Alerte has partnered with the founder of Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund; Tutan Reyes, to help administer scholarship awards of up to $2,000 per year, renewable over four years to deserving students currently in college or high school seniors. Beyond the Boroughs is a 501c3 public charity that awards “last dollars in” scholarships to students across the country.

Due to his tireless efforts to become that brighter picture, and his “Do Right, Do Good “ deeds, Jean will share his story with the world on June 9th at 12pm as a guest on the inspiring Ch. 7 ABC show, Here and Now with host, Sandra Bookman. Here and Now is dedicated to covering the latest issues, news stories and trends that are impacting the local black community.

With the accomplishments of Alerte, Carter & Associates, which Jean is CEO of; and owner of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s favorite frozen yogurt shop, Brooklyn Swirl; Jean’s fuel to aspire to rise to new heights continues to increase. His positive actions bring more blessings of further business ventures. The goal is to bring business owners, fellow entrepreneurs, and anyone who shares the passion to give back, to assist in what Jean calls the “Do Right, Do Good Movement.” Every individual shares in the role of being a role model for the next generation. What better way to enhance that stature, than by supporting this initiative, not just with the scholarship, or in business, but with each step a person takes in life?

Striving to escape mediocrity can only be accomplished by taking an educated risk; the risks that Jean Alerte has taken have been a blessing to him and those who surround him. Jean is a son, brother, entrepreneur, husband, author and philanthropist; at just 31 years old, a young man with a bright spirit and old soul just wishes to leave a legacy for his future children to remember and be proud of for years to come.


Jennifer Cadet