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Monday’s Musings….

Happy Monday Folks!  It’s the start of another week – we have  fresh opportunities to create the life we desire to experience, don’t forget that!  This Monday we’re paying homage to news makers and creators that inspire us!  Enjoy and be intentional about creating the life you wish to experience!

Emmy Award-Winning AIDS Activist, Rae Lewis-Thornton As a Child

Monday Reflections – Never Could Have Made It (Rae Lewis-Thornton: A Diva Living With AIDS) After my granddaddy died all my protection died right along with him, so I believed. But looking back over it all I know that God was my protector all along. I know this one thing for sure, without Him, I never could have made it.

My journey of pain started early. Granddaddy took me from my parents who were both heroin addicts when I was a toddler. But Grandaddy died when I was six and his wife kept me. The lady I call Mama was my grandfather’s 3rd wife and 25 years his junior. From day one she instilled in me that nobody wanted me. She was all I had. It was all so overwhelming and seemed hopeless for my little self.

Mama drank Christian Brothers from the pantry and ruled with her mouth and the extension cord. Sometimes her mouth hurt worst than the whelps on my face and across my back.  Click here for the full article

Then we talked a lot about Dr. Laura’s slugging of the “N-word” on her show.  Our friends at The Black Snob gives more insight….

Dr. Laura Wants to Know Why She Can’t Use The N-Word…

Dr. Laura

So some woman with a syndicated radio show who I didn’t realize still had a radio show because she is that inconsequential to me said the “N-word” six times on the radio. She was frustrated because some poor woman looking for advice claimed that she was in an interracial marriage and wanted to know what she could do about her husband’s friends and family being racially insensitive. Apparently, they liked to use the N-word and such around her and Dr. Laura got all kinds of “get over it” because that’s just what you’re supposed to expect if you marry outside your race. You DESERVE all the racist hell relatives unleash on you (according to Dr. Laura). You’re asking for it and just like wearing a miniskirt is an invitation for rape: White people can’t help but be racist towards you. You’re black! (Per Dr. Laura) So why so serious? Why on Earth would she find a racially loaded pejorative so inflammatory? It was almost like she expected people to respect her as a human being.

Black people, I swear. What’s with this whole “demanding respect” thing? That is so racist. Why are you black people always pointing out that foot on your neck? It’s just trying to give you a massage! Ungrateful…click here to read full article.

Enjoy and start the conversation to talk back on these thought-provoking issues!

Fashion Meets Philanthropy at FashionGLAM!

By: Intern Tia Tia

I love talking about fashion – it’s my passion and one of the fashion icons I follow is Beyonce’Beyonce’, girl you better kill it! The number one thing that I love about Beyonce’ is that she is truly a triple threat!  She dances, gliding across the stage in 5’’ heels and hitting EVERY note while looking stunning is something many artists cannot do.  I will not name names, Keri Hilson LOL, but I digress..

From Beyonce’s amazing voice, to her clothing line, Dereon, to being one of the most sophisticated women in the industry; she in fact impacts the lives of many.  Looking at the Hip Hop world there aren’t many women artist who are really making an impact.  She’s conscious and charitable and is someone I can really respect and look up to and that’s why she’s one of the first people I think of when it comes to FashionGLAM, a celebration of fashion, creativity and philanthropy!  Led by the wonderful ladies at TWS Marketing Communications and Chocolate Pink Productions in Atlanta, FashionGLAM’s main purpose is to celebrate feeling good, looking good and being good as a whole.  One deserving woman will be getting a full makeover that includes clothes, hair, makeup and a photo shoot!  Talk about a nice “give back”, wow!  Can someone nominate me?? 🙂

This season’s benefiting organizations are All Grown Up Inc., a youth organization dedicated to helping young girls and maturing teens develop into womanhood and the Millennium Gate National Monuments Foundation. The Millennium Gate’s mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia history,  architecture, culture and philanthropic heritage as well as highlight Georgia’s historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world.  It’s a really beautiful place, so click the link to check it out!

There will be plenty of trends, trendsetters and lovers of fashion there to get their shop on.  And did I tell you that all you can drink sparkling wine from Pearly Bay – Opici Wines, their official sponsor and food is included in the admission that is only $35 for the “Glam Fashionista All-Inclusive” pass.  Don’t you love these names?

Anyhow, I’m so excited and look forward to all the vendors, retailers, boutiques and lovely sponsors that are coming on board daily.  Well, that’s my “Fashion & Philanthropy” report – I’ll be updating you often, so if you’re in Atlanta and want to be part of these awesome festivities and hear me tell you all the reasons why Beyonce’ is my favorite artist, then hit me up on email and we’ll get to chatting!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

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

Recap – The Essence Music Festival

By: Portia aka Intern Tia Tia

Beyonce' at Essence Festival

One word. Phenomenal!  That’s all I have to say about the production of this year’s Essence Music Festival, held in the musical and cultural city of New Orleans, as it’s held every year – did not disappoint.  TWS Media sleuths was on the pulse at the “One Night Only” event hosted by actress, Cynthia Garrett, ready to give a great recap of the happenings, partyin’, dancin’, jazzin’ and celebratin’ promised to take over the city.  Katrina’s imprint is still felt as evidenced by many of the physical areas around this city, but could not damage the spirits that sang and danced throughout it.

Beyonce’ Knowles, headlined the concert shouting, “Put your hands up!!”, and that was all she wrote!  Beyonce’ danced back and forth in her 4 inch heels, singing “Put a Ring on it.”  As the camera turned to the crowd you could see women putting their hands in guys face twisting it back and forth as Beyonce’ instructed them too. Too funny!  My only question is what kind of hair extensions does she have because it was just flowing and I didn’t see any braids for a sew in? Nice job Bey’s stylist!

It was so much talent and star power from old school to new school, a music lovers dream! EnVogue, Ne-Yo, Jazmine Sullivan, Salt-N-Pepa, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Al Green, Teena Marie and Robin Thicke all blessed the stage on this musical evening.  And speaking of EnVogue, the ladies came out in all black swaying back and forth while singing, one of their number one hits, “My Lovin” (You’re Never Gonna Get It).   Next they sang “Free your mind.”  This ensemble really took me back!

In other news, Alicia Keys was said to take a plunge…makes me recall that song she sings, “I Keep on Fallin’”….Okay, seriously, she took a fall, but apparently was so smooth with it that it looked as if it was all part of the performance.  And her reps say that her and baby are doing fine.

Trey Songz & T.I. shut down Carol’s Daughter’s “Toast to Women” event which brought out

Trey Songz & T.I. @ 2010 Essence Music Festival - Necole Bitchie

the likes of Tameka Raymond, Jada Pinkett-Smith and of course, the fabulous Mary J. Blige who debut her latest fragrance, “My Life”, which is a Carol’s Daughter collaboration. Go Mary!

Then came one of my favorites, John Legend, hello! “Let’s get lifted,” I wonder if he sang that for me? Now was he fly or what; we even share something in common, DIMPLES!!!!  When he sang, “Green Light,” a song that shares a special place in the heart of TWS Marketing Communications UnAgency!  Catch us live every Friday at 11 am EST to The Greenlight Project on Blog talk radio.

Overall this Annual, “One Night Only”, Essence Musical Festival was off the charts!  Hip Hop, R&B, Oldies, Old School and New School were in the building! Each and every artist truly did a great job!!! After watching a show like this it shows you that Hip Hop isn’t dead! All these genres of music are all similar in a certain extent so let’s keep jammin!  I cannot wait until the Annual Essence Musical Festival!  Great job Essence!!!

The Greenlight Project Discusses Literature from an Urban Perspective

Posted by: Portia Rice
“A life lived not in response to the doubts or fears or desires of others, but in pursuit of passions, hopes and dreams that are your very own.”

This quote hails from the mouth and hands of our next guest on The Greenlight Project, Whitney Teal.  You may have seen this name before in works such as: Essence magazine, Business Week, Heart & Soul and Sister 2 Sister.

In addition to these, she has been a featured writer for Clutch and Black Voices.  Ms. Whitney Teal founded her own book blog in 2008 for women titled, UptownLiterati.com, a site dedicated to sharing literature, culture, and creativity to all of her readers.

I can not wait to hear what she has to say on our show Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 am EST.  So make sure to tune in to The Greenlight Project to hear, editor/writer, Ms. Whitney Teal.

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!

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?




It’s ELECTRIC! The Greenlight Project Welcomes Ken Ford, Acclaimed Electric Violinist


Please join us on Friday, May 28th as we welcome Critically Acclaimed Electrifying Violinist, Ken Ford and Founder of The Ken Ford Foundation, a prestigious music and arts program kicking off in Atlanta this summer with a concert series free to children!

Ken Ford grew up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Born on November 14, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken lived in Detroit, Michigan with his Parents, before making their permanent home in Atlanta, Georgia. From The Jackson Five and Earth, Wind & Fire concerts to his father’s DJ gigs, Ken was immersed in music. Ken’s parents recognized a special gift in their only child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson! From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands and eventually led him to the stringed instruments, and at the impressionable age of nine, he settled on the violin.

Throughout school, Ken trained classically to play the violin, which led him to becoming a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra. He would also train himself how to play by ear by mocking the popular music heard on the radio. These experiences heightened his determination to continue his training to master the instrument. Always progressive with his music, Ken joined the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO) where he had the rare opportunity of performing background orchestral styling for the late, great Barry White. While a member of the AAPO, Ken had the honored privilege to work his way to, and hold the position of Concert Master.

Ken’s efforts pay him in many dividends. He now enjoys a solid and accomplished career, playing alongside some of contemporary jazz, soul and R&B greats such as Ledisi, Wayman Tisdale, Wyclef Jean, and Lalah Hathaway. The list goes on and on, and it continues to grow as audiences across the nation are introduced to this electrifying instrumentalist. With three successful CDs under his belt, his first release Burnt Toast, his sophomore release Chevelle Lane, and his third release Right Now, Ken continues to top the charts.

In addition to creating unique music and entertaining music lovers Worldwide, Ken aspires to give back to the community through The Ken Ford Foundation, a non-profit foundation to bring music back into the schools, with a focus on stringed instruments. Ken hopes to inspire young kids to think the word “cool” in association with these instruments, especially the violin. A Grammy-nominated laced celebration scheduled for June 25th at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, listeners of The Greenlight Project can tune in to have a chance to WIN tickets to experience this musical explosion!  For more info, please visit www.TheKenFordFoundation.org.

Please support this amazing endeavor by purchasing tickets at http://kenfordfoundationbenefit.eventbrite.com/.

This show and concert you WILL NOT want to miss!!

Celebrate Life ANYWAY!

By: Tamika L. Morrison

I swear, if I could get away with writing a repeat of last week’s Running on Empty, I sure would do it!  Life hasn’t changed much since my last post – I’m still wearing more than a few hats and now I have the audacity to try and get some celebrations in!

I can be tough on myself – I’m sure most of you can identify with that, but being hard on yourself doesn’t add to your growth and it certainly doesn’t add any length of days to your life.  Let’s face it – you’ll win some and you’ll lose some.  Have you ever heard the saying, “I may not be where I want to be, but I’ve definitely come a long way.” Stop right there, meditate on how far you’ve come and get to celebrating!

Life isn’t perfect, we aren’t perfect, but if we care enough about the lessons life teach us and put our best feet forward, you best believe, you’ll start to see more of what you want out of life.  And to that, I’m off to celebrate – and for more than one reason!

Reason #1SATC2 (Sex and the City 2) Premiere!  Charlotte, NC (my hometown), here I come!  I can’t wait to get all dressed up with my favorite girls.  We’ll giggle, sip, dish, make memories and pretend for just a moment, we really have all things GLAM just to feel a little like Carrie Bradshaw and her friends!

Tamika, Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Dionne Farris, Electric Violinist, Ken Ford & Annette Jackson, Exec. Dir. of The Ken Ford Foundation

Reason #2Critically Acclaimed Electric Violinist, Ken Ford will be on The Greenlight Project this Friday, May 28th @ 11am and we’re giving away TWO (2) tickets to see Ken Ford and Grammy-Nominated Vocalist, Dionne Farris, Grammy-Nominated singer/songwriter/producer I Am Daniel Moore and pop urban soul  sensation, Salakida perform LIVE in concert for the launch of The Ken Ford Foundation prestigious music and arts program in Atlanta on June 25th – the best part of this….children 5 – 18 are absolutely FREE!  Now that’s definitely a reason to start celebrating!

So, join me and celebrate!  Away from life’s ‘busyness’ and take it even further and send us an email to win those Ken Ford tickets!  If you’ve never seen him in person performing live, you’re in for a treat!

Until next time,

CIAO Baby!

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I Owe It All To You Ma!

by Rochelle Valsaint

I think my Facebook profile description does a really good job of summing up who I am.

Visionary. All American Woman. Wife.

Mommi. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Friend.

This Woman’s Work is never done!

And, I can say that my calendar and to-do list fully reflect all of these roles. I could also add to that description that with this full life, there is never a dull moment. And, that’s certainly been the case this Spring with juggling my leadership role as the Black Alumni of Notre Dame Chairwoman and the growth of TWS Marketing Communications and Media.

But, as I reflect this week, I think less about what I’m able to cram into my life and more and more about the blessings I have been able to enjoy in my life because of one of my greatest role models, Barbara, my mother.

To know who I am really is to know the amazing life story that she had as a foster child, turned guardian to 4 younger siblings at twenty-one years of age at the same time she began her journey in motherhood with her own young child (my older sister, Staci). She’s one of thirteen, and the backbone of our very matriarchal family. She was subjected to an abusive relationship before finding the love of her life, my Daddy, Johnny. And, once on the other side some very traumatic circumstances, she managed to put all the hurt of her past behind her and create the most, loving and wonderful environment for myself and my sisters.

She not only went on to create a great life for us, she is the one that showed me what entrepreneurship looked like. She launched a business, Barbara’s Hair Care and Nails in our home town of New Orleans, that would start as a contribution to my father’s income as a truck driver and eventually top his salary and sometimes be the breadwinner of the household. She helped take our family from a working class family in New Orleans to a middle class family. But, she never let her ego dominate or cause problems in the beautiful relationship she had with my father. And, while doing her work as a wife, mother, friend and oh so many other roles, she always made sure our door was open to all those she loved. That door open policy was the foundation of the Thursday-Sunday gatherings at our home most weekends, always a meal, libations, a place for the kids to play, somewhere to get your dance, laugh and eat on. She has become a big sister and mother figure to many.

Things have slowed down for her a bit since my father passed in 2003. But, the family that’s here in Atlanta as well as those that come in town to visit, all still know that Barbara’s house is where you go to get fed. And, I’m not just talking food. My mother feeds your mind, body and spirit in one visit. You leave full and satisfied. And, you look forward to the next visit.

So if anyone was wondering where I am on weekends, most of the time you’ll find me at her address, after I’ve finished my week of to-do’s and meetings, getting fed. At the same time, I am taking notes to make sure that I have what it takes to continue the tradition she has started by living her life so boldly and generously. I always say if I can be half the woman my mother is, I might actually be doing something!

Love you Ma!