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Blogging is the new…..Me?!

Intern Tia Tia!

June 22, 2010 was my first blog that I uploaded, “Appreciating the Sound of Music.” I was instructed to write a blog on Electric Violinist, Ken Ford’s foundation.  Walking into it I was extremely nervous because I had NEVER wrote a blog before.  When writing a press release, setting up a website, or a press packet I have a little experience, but when it came to blogging I was hesitant.

So I wrote my version of my blog and sent it over to Tamika Morrison, my Public Relations Advisor.  She wanted to edit it before I uploaded, which I appreciated, but once it was uploaded I could see many things were changed.  With this being my first blog Ms. Tamika told me I did a great job, but there were a few errors.  After that blog came two more, I still hadn’t mastered blogging so each time I would submit my copy of the blog it would be revised.

When blogging you think of it to be your own online personal diary, but you also have to remember to be professional.  Each blog that I submitted was revised by Tamika, and then uploaded.  I was a little down because I was so eager to master blogging, but after speaking with Ms. Tamika I was Ok.

“Portia, even some of the best writers have to get their papers edited over and over, so don’t take don’t take it personal,” ensured Tamika.  When she told me that I felt a lot better, I know that I am not one of the best writers so that means I just have to keep practicing.  Which is why I am so thankful to Tamika Morrison and Rochelle Valsaint, they are truly providing me with the tools and techniques to be successful.  On a personal level I even look up to these ladies; here are two African-American young beautiful women loving their jobs that they have personally made into their OWN!!! True entrepreneurs and for that I say thank you to Tamika, Rochelle and the other intern Keri!!!!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

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Leaving a Legacy Worth Passing On

By: Tamika L. Morrison

This has been a tough week for me – a mix of high’s and lows. My grandmother passed away a week ago and although it wasn’t shocking as she’d been sickly for a while.  It’s just never easy to receive the news that a loved one has passed on, especially a grandmother. It was jolting to realize at that very moment, the torch my grandmother courageously carried, had been officially passed on to the next generation.

I was leaving a prestigious birthday celebration when I got the news.  TWS was onboard to help a partner agency handle media check-ins for Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman emeritus of the board of 100 Black Men of America, a man who’d lived his life leading the way for others.  The event itself was inspiring and it made me quite proud to see Black people arrive in style with their heads held high, their accomplishments easy to see not only by name recognition, but also by the way they moved and mingled in the crowd with such poise and grace.  They were stepping high and proud but they also showed off humbleness through warm smiles and handshakes.  It was a complete honor to meet such dignitaries as Susan Taylor of National CARES Mentoring (Essence Magazine), Roland Martin, Emmanuel Lewis, Andrew Young and his wife, Frank Ski and his wife Tanya, April Woodard, Dawn Lewis and to work alongside those who ‘know’ folks like Jeff Johnson, Mike Phillips, Xernona Clayton and Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton.  As I observed and embraced this moment that was mine, I had to wonder what had I gotten ‘right’ that put me in this place at this time?  And then I began to contemplate the careful planning these great people must have done in order to do and be these things.  Then I began to ponder what could be the driving factor behind their ambition when this word ‘legacy’ seemed to permanently imprint itself in my mind.

To observe this ‘highfalutin’ crowd, it’s easy to see the legacy being built for all of these named folks as well as all the ‘unnamed’ folks.  You see, for me to be placed in the very center of ‘all that glory’ meant that my own glory was evident too and that I am doing something worth being repeated and recalled in my own family. Legacy is a word that has been in my family – on both sides – for several years now.  My great cousin, Mary Anna Neal Bradley, a wise counselor, retired teacher and now author, penned her first book, “A Legacy of Inspiration” nearly two years after her retirement from the school system in which she gave over 30 years of service to.  She chose me – all wet behind the ears and eager to put my latent talents to test, as her publicist to get her book published and marketed.  It was thrilling and scary at the same time, but from taking on that first challenge and absorbing every iota of her book project, not fully realizing the divine nature of it all, I launched my public relations firm shortly afterwards that has now morphed into a wonderful partnership in TWS.  Even if I couldn’t quite understand or articulate what that experience meant – the influence and the irony of that moment shaped my heart and mind for legacy building.

It’s important to note when a person moves forward with legacy in mind, miracles happen.  So as I gathered with my family this past weekend to say our final goodbyes to this strong and magnificent woman who influenced us in one way or the other and looked around in awe of the beauty, strength, boldness, flair, style, Grace (her name), proud-ness filled my heart, as I inhaled my grandparents and their legacy.  It was simply miraculous to me to realize that two people made a decision to partner in marriage and from their union 29 grand children and 25 great grand children were conceived – WOW! We all are these different expressions of my grandparents in all their glory.  We have a right and the responsibility to carry out, in grandeur style, the legacy that has already been laid forth.  The entrepreneurs, the artists, the chefs, the storytellers, the fashion icons, the business professionals – we all have such great talent and so much to give to our communities and the global world around us.  My hope is that we embrace the fullness of what this word legacy means – no matter what color we are – and continue building upon it and proudly pass on a worthy legacy to the next generations.

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Was I the Only One Clueless to the Brilliance of SXSW?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

On Friday’s broadcast of the Greenlight Project, our radio show, my co-host, Rochelle brought up the happenings of SXSW taking place March 12th – March 21st.  Prior to that, she’d mentioned it a few months back and it was the first time I’d ever heard of such an event.  SXSW is apparently one of the largest interactive music, film, computer and innovative technology conferences in the United States.  Celebrating it’s 23rd year, it first began in 1987 and is centered in downtown Austin every spring.  This year, media entrepreneurs, techno-geeks and the worlds most innovative minds descend upon Austin, Texas for nearly 10 days of information, music and film previews, making deals, partying and discovering the next Google and Twitter empires.  23 years?  Where the hell have I been?  Am I the only one that has been clueless to the brilliance of SXSW?

In 1994, SXSW added film and interactive conferences making way for brands like Kodak and AT&T to use it as a branding platform while attracting a strong following among web creators and entrepreneurs like Twitter, WordPress, and FoursquareFoursquare took to the conference this year by bringing to life its virtual city and offering the experience in 3-D, how cool is that?  With its popularity growing by leaps and bounds (I recently asked my intern to get on the horn ASAP to inform us what in the devil is this thing called Foursquare), it’s becoming the new Twitter and I’d predict, with this showiness at SXSW, it’s bound to have the Twitter-world all a-buzz about its brand, thereby increasing its value 10xs over.  With its focus on emerging technology, SXSW has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies.  For instance Twitter launched at SXSW in 2007 and has completely revolutionized the way we communicate online as well as has redefined the term “relationship building”.  Twitter has since birthed Twilebrities we follow such as: @skydiver, @keyinfluencer, @corvida, @prsarahevans, @journchat, @ashong, @digitalsista, just to name a few, who if not all, were definitely representing and getting their ‘Brand-game’ on at SWSX.

2009 marked a significant milestone for SXSW as it brought in an estimated $110 million in 2008 to the Austin economy and broke record attendance numbers, going from 700 registrants to nearly 12,000 registrants.  The film division of SXSW 2009 screened 250 films including 54 world premieres.  Among the highlights are the Oscar award-winning film The Hurt Locker directed by the first woman to receive the award, Kathryn Bigelow for Best Picture and the Spike Lee directed Passing Strange among others.  2010 will surely mark for another one in history as social media mavens of diverse cultures make their mark such as Blacks In Tech, Blogging While Black, Digital Urbanites, Black Blogging Rockstars and Africa 3.0.  All this hubbub will surely add to the talk of our own March Madness as many of these names will be upcoming guests on our radio show, so don’t miss out!

Although I’m a little late to this party, I plan to stay abreast and connected because I surely don’t want to be left out on the future of innovation, cutting edge technology and new business development through the connectedness of SXSW.  As a buzzing business unchanging the way agencies work and play (the UnAgency), we can’t afford to be clueless to this brilliance.

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