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.


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,





“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,





“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.

Photos courtesy of Kissing Lions Public Relations


‘Castle’ Star Tamala Jones Launches Brain Aneurysm Survivor Model Search

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Actress Tamala Jones of ABC’s Castle has teamed up with the Joe Niekro Foundation and luxury hat maker Canada Bliss in a unique model search for brain aneurysms survivors.

According to research, the sudden and fatal illness is believed to claim more than 500,000 lives annually and has a greater chance of occurring in African American women.

After, recovering from the burst of a swollen blood vessel at the young age of 23, Jones decided to go public with her health issue back in 2011, and recounted her experience to BlackEnterprise.com.

“[I woke] up one morning with a massive headache; feeling like I had to use the bathroom, like I had to urinate really bad,” she said in a previous interview. “When I got out of bed I had no balance. I was walking on my toes and I was stomping. When I got to the bathroom, I plopped down on the toilet. I had no control over my body weight. And when I couldn’t go I was like, Oh, my God, I just had to pee really bad and now I don’t have to. Then, I got up because my head was hurting, and I looked in the mirror and I’m telling you two seconds after I looked in that mirror I dropped and hit the floor.”

Now a longtime supporter of the cause, Jones has sparked the model search as part of her early-detection aneurysm campaign and survivor self esteem initiative, to help educate others  and make them aware of the warning signs. It’s also designed to encourage survivors to share their personal experiences.

“This is more than a model search, it a message to survivors that by sharing our stories we help save lives,” Jones said in a statement. “For a long time I did not discuss my brain aneurysm out of fear, so I understand the silence of survivors but now we are giving them not only a voice but faces too.”

Canada Bliss collaborated with Jones to create the signature line Tamala By Canada Bliss to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms.  The company is now taking its efforts a step further by placing survivors chosen via the model search in advertising for the brand.

The model search is currently taking place through June 5th and Jones’ is seeking survivors age 18 and over to come on board with the ad campaign. To enter participants must submit a 500-word essay along with two photos to BASurvivorModelSearch@gmail.com.

Proceeds from the sales of Tamala By Canada Bliss, according to the news release, benefit brain aneurysm awareness and research.






Feature: Jamilah Lemieux

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Jamilah Lemieux is the News & Lifestyle Editor for EBONY.com. In 2005, she created the award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler, where for more than six years, she published meditations on race and relationships. Jamilah has contributed to a host of publications including Essence, JET, Clutch, The Loop, Madame Noire, Black Enterprise Online, and Jezebel. She has appeared on a number of radio programs, including NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” WBAI’s “The Spin,” and “Al B. In The Afternoon” on Philadelphia’s 900AM WURD. Jamilah is a Chicago native and graduate of Howard University.






Feature: Aisha Tyler

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aisha tyler is an actor, comedian, director, author and activist. she is currently co-host of the hit cbs daytime talker the talk. aisha joined  in season two, for which the show was nominated for three emmy awards. the talk is the fastest growing show in daytime television and launched its fourth season to record ratings, garnering five emmy nominations and three wins. it was recently renewed for a fifth season.

aisha also voices superspy lana kane on f/x’s edgy hit comedy archer, which recently won back to back television critics’ choice awards for best animated show. critics consistently hail it as one of the best animated shows on television. archer is a comedy juggernaut for f/x — its fifth season debuted January 2014, and it was recently renewed for a sixth and seventh seasons.

in the summer of 2013 aisha joined the CW reboot of the improv classic whose line is it anyway, taking over for drew carey. wayne brady, colin mochrie and ryan stiles are all back, joined by a rotating ‘fourth chair’ of killer improvisational performers. the show was the highest unscripted debut for the CW in five years and an instant hit. a new double season of the show debuted march 21 2014, giving the CW the highest numbers in it’s new friday time slot in three years.

aisha is also the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast girl on guy with aisha tyler. “a show about stuff guys love brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl,” girl on guy is an iTunes and webby award honoree, and recently passed the ten million download mark. Now in its third season, the show was syndicated on the I Heart Radio platform in february 2014, reaching more than 30 million listeners.

as an actress her work is varied and includes television shows such as modern family, hawaii 5-0, friends, csi:crime scene investigation, 24, ghost whisperer, nip/tuck, e! entertainment’s talk soup, and many others. aisha has had prime roles in several movies, including adam sandler’s bedtime stories, the thriller death sentence with kevin bacon, the comedy balls of fury with christopher walken, black water transit with laurence fishburne and karl urban, .45 opposite milla jovovich, the santa clauses 2 and 3 with tim allen, and the comedy babymakers  from broken lizard’s jay chandrasekhar, opposite olivia munn and paul schneider.

aisha’s second book, self-inflicted wounds, named for the wildly popular segment of her podcast, debuted on the new york times bestseller list in july 2013. it is available now in hardcover, ebook and audiobook, and was recently optioned by cbs studios for development into a television series.

aisha is also the author of swerve: reckless observations of a post-modern girl, a collection of hilarious essays on pop culture, and a contributor to wired, entertainment weekly, glamour, and oprah magazines. aisha’s razor wit has made her a favorite on the tonight show, late night with david letterman, the late show with jimmy fallon, the late late show with craig ferguson, the today show, chelsea lately, jimmy kimmel live, cnn and many more. aisha performs standup comedy nationwide year-round and is at work on a second one-hour special.

aisha is deeply dedicated to charity and volunteerism, serving on the board of planned parenthooddirecting a film to benefit returning wounded warriors, acting as spokesperson for the american red cross, consulting with the trust for public land’s parks for people project, and fund-raising for doctors without bordersfutures without violence, and the international rescue committee.

aisha is an avid video game player. for the past two years she has fronted the ubisoft press conference at the annual E3 expo, the only woman to ever do so. she has provided voice work in several video games, including halo:reach, gears of war, and the forthcoming watch dogs, due from ubisoft in may 2014. she’s also a reigning celebrity jeopardy champ.

critical acclaim for aisha is effusive. esquire called aisha “sweetly wicked,” designating her one of its “women we love”. US Weekly called her “swiss watch perfect.” maxim anointed her one of its “hot 100” two years in a row. the hollywood reporter calls her “wonderful” and MSN called her “smart, sexy and effortlessly funny.” she is far too modest to agree.

a san francisco native, aisha graduated from dartmouth college with a degree in government and environmental policy. she loves french food, action movies, video games, snowboarding, zombie lore, and korean pop. and, on occasion, a nice old bourbon, neat.




Destiny’s Child Reunited for 30th Stellar Annual Awards

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Destiny’s child came together for last night’s 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas to perform Michelle Williams’ “Say Yes”

According to TMZ, Williams picked up the award for Music Video of the Year for the song. Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Kelly Rowland joined her on stage to treat fans to a special reunion.

The ladies proved they haven’t missed a beat when it comes to harmony as they opened the performance with a moving rendition of “Alpha & Omega” before transitioning to the upbeat “Say Yes.”

The performance is the first time the trio has put on a live show together since the 2013 Super Bowl, in which Kelly and Michelle helped Beyonce rock the crowd with “Independent Women: Part ” and “Single Ladies”.