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BWIM: Panel & Awards Ceremony Recap

 

 

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On March 29th, 2014 Black Women In Media held its inaugural Panel & Awards Ceremony at Le Skyroom located in the French Alliance Institute Francaise in NYC. Black Women In Media, an organization catered to creating a platform in celebrating Black women in all facets of the media realm, boldly and successfully created a thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening experience this past Saturday.

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The event began with a networking portion sponsored by Birthday Cake Wines, Sweets by Alize, & Trust In Us Catering.The who’s who of black women in media joined BWIM and engaged in building beneficial and sustaining relationships. As guests enjoyed neo soul classics, built beneficial relationships, as our caterers passed Hors D’ouevres and wine.

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Our Mistresses of Ceremony, Africa Miranda of Bravo’s The New Atlanta, and host of Uptown Magazine’s Uptown Unplugged: Uptown Studios, Ashlei Stevens began the event in high spirits by greeting guests and welcoming them to their inaugural panel and awards ceremony created by BWIM. Shortly after, they introduced the CEO & Founder Judith Jacques. A young woman who has many other powerful entities under her brand such as Black Culinary Expo, Black Celebration Awards, and BLACK STREET to name a few. Judith quickly greeted her guests and gave a short overview as to why she decided to create Black Women In Media among her other brands, stating,

 

 

 

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“I would hear others murmur about the imperfections within our community while idly watching.  Although I never stated those exact words, but the thoughts did come across my mind. I had to ask myself– What am I doing to change my community for the better?”

Hence, the creation of the powerful organization which is receiving much and deserved attention today, BWIM.

 

Following her greetings, the event delved right into the first panel, Mass Communications which entailed moderator Africa Miranda, MSNBC Political Commentator Esther Armah, NULYP President Brandi Richard, Fixer & Co-Founder of 135th Street Agency Shante Bacon, and Ashlei Stevens. The discussion for the panel included perfecting ones craft, building your network and how Shante Bacon so eloquently put it,

 

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The next panel presented was the Beauty/Health & Wellness Panel. The panelist included moderator Africa Miranda, OWN’s Love In the City Co-Star Bershan Shaw, Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist Julia Jovone, Creator of the First Full Figured Fitness Phenomenon Anowa Adjah, Health & Sustainable Living Expert Yoli Ouiya, and Stylist & Style Blogger Joy Adaeze. Each woman provided healthy and proper alternatives to attaining the best you possible while living a healthier lifestyle.

In between panels, BWIM awarded each participating panelist including the mistresses of ceremony. Each received a note worthy introduction and were presented with an engraved crystal award.

 

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The event went into an intermission sponsored by MYX Moscato, entitled: MYX & Mingle. “VIP” ticket holders had the opportunity to mingle and converse with honorees, panelists and other phenomenal and elite women who joined BWIM on Saturday. During the intermission, guests enjoyed once again Hors D’ouevres prepared by Trust In Us Catering, chocolate covered strawberries by Sweets by Alize, and drinks by Myx Moscato, and Birthday Cake Wines.

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During the MYX & Mingle portion, the beautiful and talented ESNAVI gave a breathtaking and phenomenal performance for our guests. Right after the performance, the Mistresses of Ceremony encourages all guests to find their seats as the panels continue.

The next panel to go up was the Pioneer Panel with moderator Africa Miranda, MSNBC commentator Esther Armah, legendary Journalist Flo Anthony, New York 1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills, & OWN’s Love In the City Co-Star Bershan Shaw held a dynamic discussion at staying relevant, not overlooking up and coming entrepreneurs, and the meaning and sacrifice of being one. Cheryl Wills stated,

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“Never overlook up and coming entrepreneurs” and “The same bridge that brought you up can bring you down.”

 

Flo Anthony also stated, “Entrepreneur= Entre-Poor-Neur” the real meaning to entrepreneurship; its struggle to attain a desired level of success.

 

Finally, the last panel TV & Lifestyle with moderator Ashlei Stevens, Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels Geneva S. Thomas, CBS Survivor Runner Up Sabrina Thompson, Bravo’s The New Atlanta Africa Miranda, 7x’s Essence Magazine Bestseller Tiphani Montgomery, and Lifestyle Expert Neffi Walker. This panel contained a heated debate as to whether women who are public figures should represent all Black women. Guests, and panelists/honorees, all participated in the topic of Black women, their responsibility to represent Black women as a whole, and their current lifestyle.

Throughout the entirety of the event, audience members as well as viewers from home viewing via Live-Stream; powered by WorldCast Inc., asked the panelist and honorees a series of questions. In return, each panelist provided a wealth of information in response to each question.

To conclude, Founder, Judith Jacques gave her final remarks, thanked everyone who participated and encouraged them to look forward to future events. BWIM accomplished putting together a dynamic and rewarding experience for their guests and all of its participants. Everyone walked away feeling encouraged, enlightened, and eager to venture off to their new projects. It is safe to say that Black Women In Media is rapidly becoming the source of new inspiration to all Black women!

Celebrity Painter & 3D Artist S. Whittaker debuted some of her pieces including pieces from her new line: DSC_3785WOMAN at the Black Women In Media panel & Awards Ceremony.  The pieces were absolutely breathtaking. Other partners and sponsors included NABJ, NULYP, Dynamic Endeavors, Wild Spirit Hair Products, & Doris New York Hair Products.

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Feature: Terri J. Vaughn

Terri J Vaughn

Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for more than ten years. First, she stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, she made her way to Will Smith’s executive produced, “All of Us,” as school teacher Jonell, and now she brings Renee, a sexy, sassy and hilarious nurse, to life on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. But, before Terri ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. Today, this woman is hell-bent on creating positive, inspirational experiences for other young women growing up in the projects. Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Terri started Take Wings Foundation. “We motivate, uplift and inspire young girls, 13 to 18 years old, growing up in at risk communities and foster care, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to be positive, productive and successful.”

From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz” to her first sitcom role on the hit show “Living Single,” to a memorable turn as a single mother wrongly accused of abusing her child on “ER,” this San Francisco native has proven herself to be a talent to be reckoned with. Terri has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show” and was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Soulfood,” as Eva Holly, a lesbian, who shocked Showtime viewers by passionately kissing Byrd (Malinda Williams), during her multi-episode guest arc on the groundbreaking series.

Included on Terri’s resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” where she gets to flex her acting chops as the bitchy Brenda, playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. She can also be seen in the independent dramedy, “Dirty Laundry,” starring opposite Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine and “3 Can Play That Game,” where Terri is hilarious. Along with starring in several other independent projects and conducting her Atlanta based acting school at The Green Room, Terri adds to her list of can-do’s, by producing multiple projects under her and producing partner, Cas Siger’s production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment.

In 2011, Terri opened The Green Room, a lounge and one of a kind specialty bookstore dedicated to theatrical arts, in the swanky Buckhead area in Atlanta, GA. The networking, classes, performance events and just all around soothing atmosphere, make The Green Room the perfect place to hang out and wind down, whether one is in the entertainment business or not.

Always smiling, unless she’s crying tears of happiness, Terri’s a girl from humble beginnings who tells everyone to “take wings.” Her infectious positive energy and altruistic spirit embodies her life, her family and everyone who meets her.

 

 

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Feature: Ashley Garner

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“There’s no place like home”, says Pearl, MS native, Ashley Garner, as she remains excited about fulfilling her dream of delivering news in her home state.

Ashley is a graduate of Pearl High School where she was a member of the award winning Pearl “Pirate” band.  In 2001 she moved to the Crescent City to attend Xavier University of Louisiana, where she graduated with a degree in mass communication. While at XU, she worked as an anchor and reporter for the campus news show, “XTV News”.

Ashley joined the WLBT news team in 2007 as an Associate Producer.  In 2011, she stepped from behind the camera and into the field as a multi-media journalist

When she is not in the field chasing stories, Ashley loves spending time with loved ones, volunteering, reading, traveling and eating.

 

 

 

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