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


Feature: Issa Rae

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With her unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series ” The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”, Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams , Tracey Edmonds  and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half hour comedy, “Insecure” for HBO. Rae is also the New York Times Best Selling author of “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” released by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2015.



Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

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Comedy comes to this year’s Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit thanks to the “Hey Ladies” comedy show. After first appearing at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and performing in its Comedy Wings Competition, funny ladies Amberia Allen, Zainab Johnson, and Hadiyah Robinson are ready to hit the stage at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa on March 4. Preparing to bring each of their unique, hilarious, smart takes on life to the final day of the Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise introduces you to comedy’s up and coming game changers.

Read more here and register  here



Missy Elliott’s Emotional Super Bowl Return

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Missy Elliott had an emotional reaction to her Super Bowl halftime performance with Katy Perry. After Sunday’s game, the award-winning rapper wrote on Twitter, “I cried because I’ve been thru so much but I’m still here & thru the grace of God & u the fans believing in me I love y’all.”

She also thanked her “peers” for their outpouring of support and re-tweeted congratulatory messages from Busta Rhymes, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Lil’ Kim, Demi Lovato and Timabaland, among others.

Missy Elliott performed a medley of three of her hit songs, “Get Your Freak On,” “Lose Control” and “Work It” during Sunday’s performance.



Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

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 Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit is quickly approaching, and of all the empowering events you’ve ever attended, you’ve never experienced anything like this one. Heavyweights like Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley, and Judy Smith, the real life “fixer” who inspired Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, will be delivering addresses sure to leave you amped and more equipped to be your best self. In a BE Twitter chat with Lisa Nichols, another keynote speaker, one of our editors Courtney Connley asked what attendees could expect from her at the event. Nichols assured, “to hold back nothing. to play full out. if you come empty, i’ll come full. i’ll leave you on fire for 2015!!! #BEWPS2015.” And anyone who follows Lisa Nichols knows that she always delivers. In case you need a little extra convincing, however, check out these additional six reasons you just have to be at Women of Power Summit 2015.


Click here for registration link



Show ‘Em Who’s Boss: Rihanna Wins TOPSHOP Lawsuit

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After months of court appearances, rebuttals and appeals, British Retailer, TOPSHOP is left to bite the BadGal’s bullet.

Back in July of 2013 Rihanna sued TOPSHOP’s parent company, Arcadia, after outputting a sleeveless t-shit with her image printed on it. The image was taken by a free-lance photographer while she was one set for a video she was filming in Northern Ireland back in 2011.

Even though the image was not licensed to the celebrity, courts ruled in her favor and decided that it was unlawfully to use her image on their merchandise. Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled that a “substantial number” Rihanna fans and loyalist were more than likely deceived into buying the T-shirt because of a “false belief” it had been approved and licensed by the singer. Judges ruling in the case claimed that the retailer was, “an act of passing off,” insinuating intentional wrong doing.

Rihanna’s team also strategically argued the conflicting competition this t-shirt brought to her own clothing line, River Island, which launched the Spring before the lawsuit dropped. WELL PLAYED RIH -RIH.

Time and time again, Rihanna shows us that she is not one to play with.





Congratulations to Alexandra Shipp on her upcoming role as Storm for ‘X-MEN Apocalypse’

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Congratulations to Alexandra Shipp! She did such a great job on her role on the Aaliyah movie that she was cast as Storm for the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. The director Bryan Singer announced the cast had been chosen on his twitter account, on Thursday. We look forward to seeing the upcoming movie.