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Meet The Root’s Media & Culture Critic, Natalie Hopkinson on The Greenlight Project!

The Greenlight Project is back from our little vacation!! On this show, Friday, July 23, 2010 we will be talking to The Root’s own, Natalie Hopkinson.  Natalie holds the title of the Media and Culture Critic there and is also a member of the adjunct journalism faculty at the Prestigious Georgetown University and co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press, 2006).

Graduating from one of the top HBCUs’, Howard University, as a Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science and also earning a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland-College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  Her late 1990s master’s thesis analyzed the first generation of Web-only general audience journalistic publications, including Salon and Slate.

With striving for greatness she later joined the Washington Post-owned Slate Group as a founding editor of the pioneering web journal of politics and culture, The Root. Her doctoral work showed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere at work in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music culture.  (Side bar) My friends from Maryland LOVE “go-go” music!!!!   The work of this young lady has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times.com, NPR, WJLA and the BBC.

Not only has Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson mastered her career, but she is also a loving mother of two, married and will be attempting her first triathlon in the upcoming year!  Good luck to you Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson.  I would love some tips on the triathlon because I am still trying to make it through a mile!!! J

Tune into The Greenlight Project, Friday, July 23, 2010 to hear from Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson at 11am EST!!!!  Join us online or dial (646) 727-3906.

We also discussed the following in Rochelle’s Diverse Moves in Media:

Desiree Rogers, former white house social secretary talks what was in the white house and what’s next for her

http://clutchmagonline.com/newsgossipinfo/desiree-rogers-talks-white-house-ebony-why-its-wasnt-about-her/

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers interviewed recently with Fox News Chicago.

On whether the American people will ever have a fair view on her accomplishments during her appointment after the White House crashers incident, Rogers set a record for producing 370 events in one year’s time.

Clutch Magazine Founder builds a team and Launches Coco and Creme

http://cocoandcreme.com/2010/07/welcome-to-coco-creme-thank-you/

A sister site to CLUTCH, Coco & Crème is a new and exciting online editorial experience focusing exclusively on urban fashion and beauty. Filling the void for up-to-the-minute style dishes from the street to the red carpet, Coco & Crème offers the fashion obsessed an user-friendly interface with visually stunning layouts, and some of the Web’s dopest styling, and photography!

Coco & Crème promises daily fashion and beauty news, product reviews, designer and model profiles, weekly plus-size features, video how-tos, and more!

The Coco & Crème Team:
Deanna “Dede” J. Sutton
Geneva S. Thomas
Audra E. Lord
Chelsea Smith
Teneille Craig
Nikki J. Duckworth

Living on the Grid: Your Digital Paper Trail

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/20/living-on-the-grid-your-digital-paper-trail/

While technology provides many conveniences, privacy advocates are concerned that individuals are leaving an unprecedented amount of personal information about themselves stored on public and private servers.

Let’s look at a typical day of a person who uses common technologies.  Under each time slot, I note the places her information is stored. 5:50a-8:00p

While most of this information is aggregated and made anonymous by online service providers, there is no guarantee that this information can not be subpoenaed by a court order or a divorce attorney.  While few of us can avoid using credit cards, much of the information we provide is done on a voluntary basis.  Furthermore, as smartphones become more powerful and consolidate our online lives, they become single points of failure for protecting our personal information.  The digital age’s freedom has to be weighed against the cost to our privacy.

Angela Benton to Receive MMTC Award, All Five FCC Commissioners to Attend Conference

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/19/angela-benton-to-receive-mmtc-award-all-five-fcc-commissioners-to-attend-conference/

Black Web Media Founder/CEO Angela Benton will be inducted into the Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame, in recognition to her contributions to diversity and inclusion in media.

Black Web Media is the parent company that publishes Black Web 2.0Politic365 and Young Black Professional Guide, among other properties. Benton has built the media brand from the ground up, with Black Web 2.0 as the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media. She is also one of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and was named as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150.

And in Tamika’s ‘Da Scoop’ we dished on:

USDA reconsiders firing of Ga. official over speech on race

You all know about the political fallout started by a republican blogger that caught wind of a taped NAACP rally that Department of Agriculture’s regional director Shirley Sherrod served as a keynote.  Simply sharing her story of how helping a white farmer transformed and ignited her hidden racism, Sherrod was hoping to shed light on race relations by admitting her erroneous thinking and how facing the pain of what put the racisim there in the first place (her father was killed by a white farmer I believe when she was a child), by helping this man save his farm (the white man), she began to see NOT color, but people and that all poor people suffer no matter what color they are.  Well Mr. Conservative took that sound bite and ran with it all the way to Washington and within a matter of minutes of arriving, The NAACP, Roland S. Martin and The White House was beating down Mrs. Sherrod’s door to charge her as guilty and when they couldn’t reach her, they called her and thanks to good ole technology she was asked to PULL OVER on the side of the road and TEXT her resignation!  How ‘bout that! Can you imagine what that was like?  I’m not sure she even understood what was happening fully at the time.  And now the USDA reconsiders her firing with all kinds of public and private apologies and wanna give her a new job, look at that!  Wow, right?

I’m proud of her for immediately accepting interviews from major outlets like Good Morning America, CNN, etc. to get her story out and good for her for taking her time to THINK about what she desires to create for herself next.  This is a story we will continue to watch for sure!

http://www.ajc.com/news/usda-reconsiders-firing-of-574027.html

Vogue Africa, We Hardly Knew Ye

http://www.afrobella.com/2010/07/21/vogue-africa-we-hardly-knew-ye/

This story is courtesy of our sister station Afrobella’s Patrice Yursik on her blog www.afrobella.com. Cameroonian Photographer Mario Epanya had a wonderful idea of bringing Vogue to Africa and he set about creating that reality for himself.  Living in Paris as a beauty photographer and art director, Epanya shot a number of beautiful covers. His goal was to prove that Vogue Africa could be viable, vibrant, and admired. On July 16, Epanya announced on the Vogue Africa Facebook page that Conde Nast turned down the idea. Check out the article and weigh in!

Serena Williams, Big Butts and the Painful Path to Self-Love

http://www.theroot.com/views/defense-big-butts-and-smiles

This just in from The Root and written by TWS Media’s Afrobella host, Patrice Yursik who’s an amazing blogger/writer.  Yursik has a beautiful way of celebrating the differences of what make us women, human.  In this beautifully written article, she dissects Serena’s interview in Haper’s Baazar magazine where Williams talks about having a hard time learning to accept her curves but how finally doing so has empowered her to all possibilities.  A very empowering viewpoint!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

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TWS Media and Afrobella Radio Gets Up Close with Sam Fine, Makeup Extraordinaire and Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter

”He paints the soul of make-up, ” says Mikki Taylor of Essence Magazine. His client list includes Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson, comedienne Mo’Nique, everyone who is ANYONE has been blessed to have their face beat by the Master. Sam Fine, one of the  first African-American spokespersons for Revlon and CoverGirl cosmetics, has been featured on the cover pages of Essence, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire Magazines.

Mr. Fine is a Chicago native who is truly representing for the Midwest.  His mission is to make each and every women dazzle, by showing them how to “accentuate their unique beauty by using colors and shades that would best complement their complexions.”

For individuals like me who have a hard time with make-up,  his movie , The Beauty of Basics, will definitely be on my “Things I Need List.”  From smokey eyes, to shading in my eyebrows, to finding that right foundation Sam Fine takes it step-by-step in helping with techniques on applying make-up the right way and will be LIVE this Thursday, July 15th on TWS Media with host Patrice Yursik, who’s also a resident of Chicago.

Also featured on Thursday’s show will be Lisa Price, founder of  natural beauty products we’ve come to know and love as Carol’s Daughter. Carol’s Daughter was created by experimenting in the home of this Brooklyn’s native.   Instead of going out to buy gifts for family and friends Lisa took it upon herself to personalize each thing by making it herself.  These homemade trinkets treats soon spread throughout the area and EVERYONE wanted one.  With demand skyrocketing, Lisa created her own mail-order and web-based business and Carol’s Daughter was born!  This amazing brand exhibiting Beauty by Nature as a signature has grown to house the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Brad Pitt and Chaka Khan.

Carol’s Daughter first boutique was opened in 1999, in her home in Brooklyn New York, specifically in the Fort Greene Neighborhood.  With the many achievements, Carol’s Daughter has been showcased on The Today Show, The View and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tune in to Afrobella Radio this  Thursday 11AM EST/ 10AM CST  to hear these two dish on EXCLUSIVE beauty with host, Patrice Yursik, so set your reminders.  It’s going to be so Fine & Beautiful! ;o).

Running on Empty

By: Tamika L. Morrison

How many of you have experienced that burned out feeling when you’ve had too much to do and not enough time to get it all done?  At the end of over committing yourself – giving everything and everyone your mediocre best, you are drained and maybe even feeling dazed and confused – not a good look. And as my mother would say, “You can’t always be on everyone’s set.”  (So True!)

I feel like I’ve been running on empty since the beginning of this year!  With a new partnership and a growing agency, my responsibilities, accountabilities, to do’s, deadlines, meetings and overdue returned phone calls seem to overshadow the fact that I still have to clean my house, keep on top of my chores, find time for friends and family, find time to train for my first marathon and by golly, act as if I am in a relationship too – whew, that’s just too much!

I keep hearing about this thing called work/life balance and although I am hoping it exists, it somehow continues to elude me.  I think in order to get this ‘work/life’ thing, you have to be willing to let some things go, so to that end, I am officially on empty and will share with you a few links from some other  great bloggers I love to read and adore and they are also part of our growing TWS family!

Check out @afrobella and Ms. Renea Bluitt from In Her Shoes Blog:

http://www.afrobella.com/

http://www.inhershoesblog.com/

I’m going off to find that balance, so I’ll see ya’ll next week!

Ciao!

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