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The Greenlight Project has a Father’s Day Conversation

A father-daughter relationship is like none other.  For many years the lack of fatherly love has become an epidemic in our society.  Mothers are taking on the role of being both parents, but there is no comparison to the male influence.  Author Alicia Michelle Morgan expresses her thoughts and personal feelings about the relationship with her father in their book, Father and Daughter Time: Conversations from the Heart.

Alicia Michelle Morgan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. This Louisiana native is as unique in substance as the flavorful combinations in a pot of gumbo.  Alicia may be somewhat quiet in demeanor but no one will argue that a little sassiness is a subtle part of this Southern girl’s darling personality.

A graduate of Tuskegee University and New Mexico State University with degrees in engineering it’s hard to imagine at first glance an introspective and outside the box thinker lies beneath. The birth of the pen name A.M. Morgan is the outer extension of an inner voice taking on a new world where an appreciation for the creative and performing arts takes center stage.

A multi-faceted woman on a mission to turn literary passions into a fulfilling career A.M. Morgan will not stop until the ambitions of this writer with a little business savvy is the foundation of the successful brand 3 Morgan Publishing. 3 Morgan Publishing is the birth of a family dream in which the extraordinary gift of writing will provide insightful words to spark engaging conversations.

D. Lester Morgan, co-author of the book, Father and Daughter Time: Conversations from the Heart, is the father of author A.M. Morgan. With one of his favorite quotes being, “It’s not how long you live but the quality of life that you have while you are here,” you have to acknowledge the fact that this individual lives everyday to the fullest! The intellectual level of Mr. Morgan and his daughter A.M. Morgan is truly impactful to followers of their work.

D. Lester Morgan is a Slidell Louisiana native who is a country boy at heart who enjoys living the simple life.  He believes that in order to develop holistically one has to be mentally and physically fit. As part of that development he reads regularly and runs 5-10 miles daily. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a History Minor from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This is only the beginning of a story that starts on an unpaved road with an unyielding faith and commitment to reach its final destination. It is with great pleasure and joy to see the manifestation of lifelong dreams becoming a reality through the voices of A.M. Morgan, D. Lester Morgan and JL Morgan.

The time to praise and truly appreciate our fathers is coming soon, June 20th, so in order to hear the voices and conversations amongst A.M. Morgan and her father D. Lester Morgan, listen to The Greenlight Project on tomorrow, Friday June 17th at 11am EST.  I can assure you that you will want to miss this. In addition to tuning in, you should pick up her book at the nearest bookstore, Amazon.com or at her site www.ammorgan.net : Father and Daughter Time: Conversations from the Heart.

Diverse Moves in Media: Rochelle Valsaint

Marketers, Agencies Seek on-the-Ground Support in Fast-Growing Ghana, Nigeria and Angola

Posted by Rupal Parekh on 06.14.10NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — When WPP’s Ogilvy & Mather struck a deal in late April with global communications group Scangroup Limited, it was a clear sign that the world’s-largest holding company has officially set its sights on advertising’s last frontier: Africa.

“Increasingly, Africa is the continent of opportunity, rather than war, disease and poverty,” the company, which has spent the last two decades conquering Asian markets, wrote in its last annual report. Indeed, Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, said that with many African countries developing middle classes, “they are assuming the characteristics of Latin America and Asia as they were 20 years ago.”

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Weekly Dish

  • Diddy’s Questionable Parenting Skills – Tamika believes it’s irresponsible, Rochelle believes it’s his money to use how he’s pleased in the lives of his children.  What do you think?
  • An article in The Atlanta Post, in celebration of African football – Talks about the Top 8 Highest Paid Black or African-Heritage Soccer Stars At The World Cup whose drive and dedication to the sport have made the 2010 World Cup in South Africa possible. Tamika says it’s some pretty pieces of beautiful chocolate ‘foreign’ eye candy, take a look!
  • The President addressed the oil spill from the Oval Office earlier this week.  He called it the ‘Worst Environmental Disaster’ U.S. Has Ever Faced. Our friends over at The Root.com shared this article . Take a read and tell us if you agree with The President’s mandate to have BP finance a 3rd party required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness. And this fund will not be controlled by BP. The Greenlight Project gives Mr. President 2 green thumps up, do you agree?

Thank you for listening and tune in next week!  Happy Father’s Day Father’s & Have a Great Weekend!

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Funny Man Owen Smith on The Greenlight Project

By: K. Denise Richardson

The Greenlight Project is so excited to have funny man and comedian Owen Smith on the show tomorrow June 11th at 11am EST.

If you watch television, odds are you’ve seen this face.  Maybe from his numerous appearances on the Chris Rock hit, “Everybody Hates Chris”; or from his hilarious stint in the Ice Cube sitcom, “Are We There Yet?” on TBS. Or maybe you’ve seen one of his many commercials, from Fiber One, to McDonalds, to his HILARIOUS Nicorette ad where he goes toe to toe with a SHARK!

His name is OWEN SMITH, and all he wants to do is make you laugh. Watching Owen on stage is like watching a conductor command an orchestra.  His compelling 6’5” frame combined with his truthful, primal and unapologetic approach to his craft gives him license to lead his audiences on journeys they may not normally take with other comedians.  His fresh takes on race, politics, relationships, and society have critics using adjectives like: “witty”, “clever”, “brilliant”, and even “genius” to describe his performances.  Television and film star, Terry Crews (White Chicks, Everybody Hates Chris) says, “The future of comedy is here, and that future is Owen Smith!” And sitcom legend, Ernest Thomas (What’s Happening, Everybody Hates Chris) says, “I was there when Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, and Jim Carey all became superstars, and Owen Smith is in that league!”

So get somebody to watch your kids now, so you and that special someone can come out and laugh your you know what’s off at the hilariously funny OWEN SMITH!

Check out his demo reel http://bit.ly/9Zwjxh

For more on Owen Smith please visit: http://www.owensmithisfunny.com

Weekly Dish:

Greg Leakes, RHOA , NeNe Leakes Hubby Makes Public Apology

Reggie Bush Disqualified?

Could Alicia Keys really do the ‘Unthinkable’ to Another Woman?




Cancer Awareness and Identification within Women of Color

The show’s focus today on The Greenlight Project was the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and bringing awareness to the Lymphomathon Run and its mission to support the research of Lymphoma cancer.

Diverse Moves in Media and Business and the Community:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Twitter: Everyone is Watching

Apple’s Next iPhone Found In A Bar

The Mass Appeal Of Gang Starr

Canadian-Born R&B Star Melanie Fiona Sings Of Love, Pain

HBO Renews ‘Treme’ for Second Season

Benjamin Hooks (1925-2010).

Dorothy Height (1912-2010).

Featured Guests:

Dr. Beverly Yates, ND

Dr. Yates is an experienced clinician, with over 16 years in practice as a licensed Naturopathic doctor.   Her patient treatment areas focus on chronic illnesses, including heart health, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, diabetes, digestion and gut problems (IBS, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis), depression and mood disorders, weight loss, HCG Reset Your Metabolism Program, allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, sleep concerns and sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and stress relief. Dr. Yates is an experienced public speaker, and a national TV and radio personality.  She was recently featured on the PBS American Health Journal TV show on Naturopathic Medicine on the Heart Disease and Diabetes segment.  Dr. Yates has appeared on broadcast TV on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News, and been on the NPR Point of View, Sirius Satellite International Medicine and CNN Medicine and Health radio programs.

Dawn Kamara

Dawn Kamara is a native of Washington, DC and has been living in the Atlanta area for the past four years.  She is the oldest of four children, has a background in the legal profession, where she has held various Paralegal and Investigative positions.  She is a single parent of two daughters. One is a senior in high school and the other is a sophomore in college.  She left corporate America in November 2007 with a vision to do something that would have a positive impact on people lives.  While pursuing her endeavors she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell Lymphoma (Stage 3).  Her story is one that hasn’t been told.  Her struggles to fight for remission were not only to save her own life but the lives of her children.  They lost their Dad, December 2005, which initially prompted to the move to the south.  Dawn attended a Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) to educate herself about the disease and find additional resources for battling cancer.  The adjustments of this journey have challenged her in areas that should be shared with many.  Her goal is to keep fighting for remission and a quality of life with her family and friends.  Dawn believes that God has a plan for her life; therefore, she has decided to speak out on Lymphoma and help bring awareness to cure this disease.

Some helpful links to useful resources for cancer treatment and credible resources online:

http://www.cancercenter.com/
This is the website for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), where the oncologists work with naturopathic doctors to create an integrative, holistic treatment plan for patients with cancer at all stages of diagnosis.

To find licensed Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.) around the country (not all states license NDs):
http://www.Naturopathic.org/
http://www.NatureDoctor.org/

There are licensed NDs who specialize in cancer care, the website is
http://www.oncanp.org/

Credible resources can be found at:

http://www.pubmed.gov/

http://www.cdc.gov/

http://www.nih.gov/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/

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Advertising/Promotions of the Week:

TWS & Chocolate Pink Productions will host The FashionGlam Trunk Show, an exclusive fashion nirvana featuring Atlanta’s most distinguished trendsetters.  The FashionGlam Trunk will be an evening of fashion glitz and glamour fused with prizes and activities. Your tax-deductible admission is only $25 and includes 3 drink tickets, food, live entertainment and 5 hours of a shopping experience that’ll make your heart smile! You will have the opportunity to view designs from up-and-coming designers, as well as established brands, that will be available at sample sale prices. This amazing event will be held Saturday, May 15 at East Andrews in Buckhead, 56 E Andrews Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30305-1316. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lyphoma’s Team in Training. Please check out my training page for more information or to donate. http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/rnr10/tmorrishgq

Join us next week on The Greenlight Project as we’ll have our special blogger’s roundtable discussion where things will get quite interesting and debatable, so tune in! Be sure to check us out at our agency by visiting www.twstheunagency.com where we’re undoing things and making it better, until next time, let your perspectives be heard!

Loving Me. Establishing a truce as Ms. Good and Plenty

By: Rochelle Valsaint

Rochelle (third from left) and her sisters

There are five things that keep my attention  – my marriage, motherhood, my ambition (as it relates to financial security now and in leaving a legacy), my family and  my weight/my body image and how it makes me feel about my presentation to the world. Well, that last one, my weight, has been heavy on my mind over the last week. Starting with a mention I made of myself as Ms. Good and Plenty on our weekly  blog talk radio show, The Greenlight Project Vogue, I playfully referred to my plus-sized figure. Publicly I chuckled because I really liked the name and though myself clever just for coming up with it. Privately, I knew it was a small declaration of acceptance that while body image has been and is a life issue for me, it is ok to publicly acknowledge the beauty of all of me at whatever size.

You see, I had an aha! moment several years and Oprah sessions ago that my weight and body issues started at a young age. My body issues come from a combination of Momma issues, Daddy issues, generational issues, etc. And, although I have accepted that I will have to deal with these issues, whenever they arise throughout my life, I commit today to a few things that will help me keep a truce with myself regarding my body image. First, I am giving up on a few self-sabotaging things. Namely, (1) I will stop referring to myself as the ‘smart’ sibling in reference to my place amongst my Mama’s three girls. This is important to do because I know this a sly critique of myself – having always wanted to be ‘the fine one’ as I refer to my oldest sister, Staci; or referring to my youngest sister, Akia as ‘the pretty one.’ As of today, we are all each one of the descriptions and so much more if I’m the person telling the story. (2) I will stop avoiding full body mirrors and only seeing what I consider my flaws when I look at myself – my arms, my ample thighs and my stomach. And (3), I will stop encouraging people to take pictures of me from the face up!

The plan is to replace those bad habits with a few, self-affirming ones that will allow me to walk in the light to which I have been gifted. (1) I will continually invest in the wardrobe, shoes, accessories and beauty enhancing solutions that celebrate all of my beauty. For pointers, I will look to Afrobella, and Vogue Italia’s, Vogue Curvy to help me keep this commitment (See fellow Domer, Julie Henderson, a perfect role model). (2) I will work toward a photo shoot for me that captures the model I am when I am feelin’ my stylo. If any stylists and photographers or connections that want to help me achieve this goal, reach out to me. And (3), I will boldly put myself in the spotlight through the media channels we are creating with the TWS Media division. I will also celebrate those companies and media that get that it’s a thin line between working toward the healthy lifestyle while celebrating yourself and self-sabotaging with negative motivation, which never works as well.

Today I accept that I am ‘Perfect in My Imperfection!’

I am sure that I am not the only one who needs to make that truce with themselves today. If anyone else knows about this ; or wants to support my effort, let a sister know.

Food For Thought: The Ethnic Buying Power in the U.S.

By: Tamika L. Morrison

With the 2010 Census now in full swing, you’re starting to hear buzz words like: buying power, African-Americans spending is in the Trillions, Hispanics are leading, diversify your brand, etc. We’ve been talking about it on our radio show, The Greenlight Project and we talk about it with our clients who are intentionally looking to diversify their marketing budgets.

What’s all this talk about buying power and what does it mean to the now ‘ethnic majority’ in the United States? The growth of Ethnic minorities in America has been phenomenal.  Since 1980, the Asian American population has almost tripled, Hispanic American more than doubled, Native American increased 62%, and African-American increased 31%, while the non-ethnic population has remained almost the same.

This is a trend that is expected to continue.  The latest estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau predict that the minority population will comprise fully half the U.S. population by the year 2050.

Let’s illustrate this:
TV Basics: Ethnic Buying Power
Hispanic, African-American and Asian target markets have made substantial gains in buying power* over the last decade. As these groups increase in number and purchasing power, their growing shares of the U.S. consumer market are drawing attention from all types and classes of advertisers.
Buying Power (billions of dollars)
1990 2000 2008 2013
African-American 318.1 590.2 913.1 1,239.5
Hispanic 211.9 489.5 951.0 1,386.2
Asian American 116.5 268.9 509.1 752.3
Total 4,270.5 7,187.6 10,721.0 14,013.7
In 2013, African-Americans will account for 8.8% of all U.S. buying power, up from 7.4% in 1990.

Compared to the total U.S., African-Americans spend more on:

  • Telephone Services
  • Electricity
  • Groceries
  • Natural Gas

In 2013, Hispanics will account for 9.9% of all U.S. buying power, up from 5.0% in 1990.

Compared to the total U.S., Hispanics spend more on:

  • Groceries
  • Telephone Services
  • Housing
  • Clothing

In 2013, Asians will account for 5.4% of all U.S. buying power, up from 2.7% in 1990.

Compared to the average U.S. household, Asians spend more on:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Telecom Services
  • Education

Top States for African-American Buying Power

The ten largest African-American markets account for 61% of the African-American buying power.

Rank State Totals in Billions
of Dollars
1 New York 87.6
2 Texas 72.0
3 Florida 62.9
4 Georgia 62.6
5 California 61.8
6 Maryland 52.3
7 Illinois 44.0
8 North Carolina 40.9
9 Virginia 38.2
10 New Jersey 34.8

Top States for Hispanic Buying Power
The ten states with the largest Hispanic markets account for 80% of the Hispanic buying power.

Rank State Totals in Billions
of Dollars
1 California 249.0
2 Texas 171.1
3 Florida 101.3
4 New York 75.3
5 Illinois 41.0
6 New Jersey 35.6
7 Arizona 31.3
8 Colorado 21.0
9 New Mexico 17.9
10 Georgia 15.1

Top States for Asian Buying Power
The ten states with the largest Asian markets account for 75% of the Asian buying power.

Rank State Totals in Billions
of Dollars
1 California 162.8
2 New York 51.4
3 Texas 32.7
4 New Jersey 31.7
5 Illinois 22.5
6 Hawaii 21.9
7 Washington 16.3
8 Florida 15.8
9 Virginia 14.7
10 Massachusetts 12.9

How will you use this information to empower yourself to choose better how you spend your dollars and with whom?  Or as a marketer, how can you use this information to re-position your brand and align better with the spending power in the U.S.?  Sound off; let us know what you’re thinking.

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*Television Bureau of Advertising “2008 Media Comparisons Study” Retrieved March 20, 2010 from the website http://www.tvb.org/nav/build_frameset.aspx.

SXSW in Living Color

SXSW 2010

Tamika, my partner gave an introduction to SXSW in her blogpost yesterday to catch up those, like herself, who were in her words “clueless to the brilliance” of the annual Austin conference that connects, technology, film, and music.

I am continuing the SXSW conversation today bringing you a round-up of diverse people and happenings that took place last weekend. This also helps me feel like I was there. I have known about the conference for a year now. And, I commit to make it in person, maybe next year. But, in the meantime thanks for all those that have allowed me to live vicariously through ustream, video, audio and  blogposts.

Black Blogging Rock Stars and Adria Richards
Thanks Adria Richards of But You’re A Girl for you panel review of the Black Blogging Rock Stars and a bit about your panel on Sci-Fi and Tech’s similarities
 
Black in Tech Meetup
I was able to experience this lively discussion which included a Kanye moment as described by James Andrews’ blogpost.
 
Latinos in Tech Meetup
Inspired by Blacks in Tech, Latinos in Tech decided they would host their own event. See the pics.
 
Baratunde Thurston Tells Us How to be Black
And the ever Informing and Entertaining Baratunde Thurston grabs the SXSW audience according to Venture Beat.
 
Hopefully, I’ll be there next year standing next to these thought leaders reminding these influential new media leaders of their power to connect our buying power with image power on the big screen, small screen, computer screen and everything in between