On March 29th, 2014 at Le Skyroom at the FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française 22 East 60 St, New York, New York 10022, BWIM will debut their first annual panel and awards ceremony in NYC! This platform was created to honor Black women who are pillars and have undoubtedly represented greatness in their respective fields. This event will allow our guest to witness the brilliance firsthand. And if our guest chooses so, a one-on-one experience with our honorees!


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11:00am-12:15pm Cocktail Networking Portion
12:15-12:30pm Greetings by Mistresses of Ceremony & Founder
12:30pm-1:15pm Pioneer Panel
1:15pm-2:00pm Health/Wellness & Beauty Panel
2:00pm-3:00pm Awards Ceremony
3:00pm-4:00pm VIP Portion
4:00pm-4:45pm Mass Communications Panel
4:45pm-5:30pm TV & Lifestyle Panel
5:30pm-6:00pm Q&A
6:00pm Closing Remarks



Mistresses of Ceremony

                                 Ashlei N. Stevens   Africa Miranda

Ashlei N. Stevens | Africa Miranda


           Cheryl WillsRachel Noerdlinger   Esther A1 Bershanheadshot    Sabrina Thompson

Shante Beacon  Demetria Lucas Brandi Richard  Julia Jovone   Geneva Thomas  

                  Anowa Adjah  Tiphani Montgomery  Neffi Walker  Yoli Ouiya

Cheryl Wills Rachel Noerdlinger | Sabrina Thompson | Shante Bacon | Demetria Lucas | Brandi Richards | Julia Jovone | Geneva Thomas | Dominga Martin | Anowa Adjah | Tiphani Montgomery





Lexine Emille

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NEW YORK, New York- March 1st, 2014– Black Women In Media is an organization created to celebrating and recognizing the pioneers and trailblazers in all facets of the Media.On March 29th, 2014, BWIM will do just that and debut its first awards ceremony entitled: Celebrating the Pioneers. The event will be held Le Skyroom at the FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française, 22 East 60 St, New York, New York 10022 from 11am until 6pm.

The event will begin with an elaborate cocktail hour sponsored by Trust In Us Catering, Birthday Cake Wines, & Sweets by Alize, allowing guests to network and build sustaining and beneficial relationships. Following the cocktail brunch, the event will continue with introductory remarks made by our Mistress of Ceremonies. After introductions, the panel will quickly begin followed by the awards ceremony. Panelist will discuss topics such as: (but not limited to)

  •        Mass Communications & Media
  •        Beauty & Lifestyle
  •        Journalism & Writing
  •        TV & Film
  •        Image of the Black Woman

There will be four panel discussions separated by an intermission in which “VIP” guests will have a personal experience with panelists and honorees in a secluded area in which hors d’oeuvres & beverages will also be provided. Other partners and sponsors include NABJ, Doris New York, Events Etc., Worldcast Inc., & NYULYP. There will be a performance by the beautiful and talented singer, Esnavi​.


Our Panelists are:

Ashlei N. Stevens– Mistress of Ceremonies (Host of UPTOWN Magazine’s UPTOWN Unplugged)

Africa Miranda– Mistress of Ceremonies (Bravo’s The New Atlanta Co-Star)

Cheryl Wills– Honoree (NY 1 News Anchor | Reporter | Author of Die Free)

Rachel Noerdlinger– Honoree (First Lady of NY Chief of Staff | Celebrity Publicist)

Esther Armah– Honoree (MSNBC Political Commentator)

Bershan Shaw– Honoree (OWN’s Love In the City Co-Star)

Sabrina Thompson– Honoree (CBS’ SURVIVOR Runner Up | Producer | Teacher)

Shante Bacon– Honoree (Co-Founder of 135th Street Agency Celebrity Firm)

Demetria Lucas– Honoree (Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels Co-Star | A Belle in Brooklyn)

Brandi Richard– Honoree (President of the National Urban League Young Professionals)

Julia Jovone– Honoree (Emmy Award Winning Make-Up Artist) 

Geneva S. Thomas– Honoree (Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels Co-Star | Managing Director of 1530 Agency)

Anowa Adjah– Honoree (Creator of the First Full Figured Phenomenon)

Tiphani Montgomery– Honoree (7x’s Essence Magazine Bestseller)

Neffi Walker– Honoree (Lifestyle Expert | Writer for | Owner & CEO of Kennedi Price Baby)

Yoli Ouiya– Honoree (Health & Sustainable Living Expert | Chief Eco Officer of Yoli’s Green Living)


Black Women In Media is a platform created to recognize women of color who are innovators within the media realm. This initiative was also created as a platform for other Black women currently in the media industry to receive a wealth of information from those who have attained renowned success in their respective fields.


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FEATURE: Eleanor Holmes Norton


Eleanor Holmes Norton


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her twelfth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Before her congressional service, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to serve as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. Congresswoman Norton has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and one of the most powerful women in Washington in another. The Congresswoman’s work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.

Congresswoman Norton’s accomplishments in breaking barriers for her disempowered district are matched by her success in bringing home unique economic benefits to her constituents. Among them are senatorial courtesy to recommend federal judges, the U.S. Attorney, and other significant federal law enforcement positions for the District; up to $10,000 per year for all D.C. high school graduates to attend any public U.S. college or university and up to $2,500 per year to many private colleges and universities; a unique $5,000 D.C. homebuyer tax credit, which has sharply increased home ownership in the District and was a major factor in stabilizing the city’s population; and D.C. business tax incentives, including a significant wage credit for employing D.C. residents, which has maintained businesses and residents in the District.

Congresswoman Norton also has brought significant economic development to the District of Columbia throughout her service in Congress, creating and preserving jobs in D.C. The most significant are her work in bringing to D.C. the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters compound, now under construction, and is the largest federal construction project in the country; her bill that is developing the 55 acre-Southeast Federal Center, the first private development on federal land; her work that resulted in the relocation of 6,000 jobs to the Washington Navy Yard; and her successful efforts to bring to the District the new headquarters for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, along with an additional Metro station at New York Avenue, which has resulted in the development of the NOMA neighborhood.

Congresswoman Norton helped end the city’s most serious financial crisis in a century, in the 1990’s,by achieving a historic package that for the first time restructured the financial relationship between Congress and the District, by transferring $5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and billions more in state costs to the federal government.

The Congresswoman, who taught law full time before being elected, is a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University, teaching an upper-class seminar there every year. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio, she simultaneously earned her law degree and a master’s degree in American Studies from Yale University. Yale Law School has awarded her the Citation of Merit for outstanding alumni, and Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded her the Wilbur Cross Medal for outstanding alumni, the highest awards conferred by each on alumni. She is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.

Before being elected, Congresswoman Norton served as a trustee on a number of public service boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association, as well as, served on the boards of civil rights and other national organizations.

The Congresswoman is a third-generation Washingtonian, and is the mother of John Holmes Norton and Katherine Felicia Norton.




FEATURE: Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

Dr. Jemison’s remarkable life, in addition to being a doctor, engineer, academic, and entrepreneur includes six years with NASA as an astronaut during which she became the first woman of color in the world to go into space.

Jemison resigned from NASA in 1993 and founded The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology and consulting firm to consider socio-cultural impacts when designing technologies. As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College from 1995 through 2001, she taught courses on sustainable development and technology design. Prior to joining NASA in 1987, she served as the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa and a general practitioner in Los Angeles. As an astronaut, Jemison had assignments as a liaison between the astronaut corps and launch operations at Kennedy Space Center, served on the human research protocol board, tested the software that operates the shuttle and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour Spacelab Japan mission—the first joint mission with the Japanese Space Agency.

A strong, committed voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ for students 12-16 years old, a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. The foundation held Celebrating Women of Color in Flight™ to highlight that women are vitally involved in aviation and aerospace across the world, in all capacities—from astronauts to electricians to story tellers. Jemison is Bayer Corporation’s national science literacy advocate. In her book Find Where the Wind Goes, Jemison writes for teenagers about growing up on the south side of Chicago, cultivating her aspiration to be a scientist and professional dancer, her experiences as a medical student in Africa, and her history-making journey into space.

Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, an inductee of NationalWomen’s Hall of Fame and the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, and winner of the Kilby Science Award. Jemison was an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and is a board member of Kimberly Clark, Scholastic, and Valspar. Jemison is Chair of the Texas state Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force, member MorehouseCollege Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jemison graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and completed the requirements for an A.B. in African and Afro-American studies from Stanford University and earned her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.

Jemison hosted the television series “ World of Wonder” and has appeared in documentaries on space flight as well as her African-American roots. In 1993 Jemison was chosen one of People Magazine’s “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People”. A Star Trek fan in her youth, Jemison appeared in an episode the series’ popular sequel, Star Trek: The Next Generation.



FEATURE: Taraji Henson


Taraji P Henson


Taraji Henson was born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C. She landed her first professional acting gig on Smart Guy. In 2001, she got her big break in the film Baby Boy. Her performance led to the role of Shug in Hustle and Flow. In 2008 she earned an Oscar nomination for her part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson went to appear in such films as Think Like a Man (2012). She also starred in the television drama Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.

African-American actress Taraji Henson was born to a working-class family in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 1970. When Henson was 2 years old, her parents divorced. Henson has described both of her parents as loving and attentive. She has pointed to her father, Boris—a metal fabricator who was forced to live in his van after being laid off—as a main source of moral support during her upbringing.

As a teenager, Taraji Henson applied to a performing-arts high school but didn’t get in. Instead, she attended Oxon Hill High School, graduating in 1988.

Henson spent her first year in college studying electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. After failing pre-calculus, she transferred to Howard University, where she studied theater. At the same time, Henson was working two jobs—one as a secretary at the Pentagon and another as a cruise-ship entertainer. At Howard, she honed her singing, dancing and acting skills, proudly earning herself a “Triple Threat Scholarship.”

When Henson was in her junior year of college, she found out she was pregnant. Not only was she determined to keep her baby, but Henson refused to miss a beat when it came to her performance schedule. She asked her theater professors not to treat her any differently. “Don’t you bench me because I’m pregnant,” she insisted, and her teachers complied. Early in her pregnancy, Henson performed in a Greek tragedy. During her second trimester, she sang and danced in “Dreamgirls.” After she had her son, Marcell, Henson kept up her classroom attendance and performances—with her baby in tow. In 1995 she achieved her goal of graduating from Howard University with a degree in theater.

In 1996, Henson and her son moved to Los Angeles so she could pursue a professional acting career. She had just $700 in her bank account at the time. After two years of auditioning while also working an office job to make ends meet, Henson landed her first professional acting gig, a recurring role on the television show Smart Guy. The role led to a part on the sitcom Sister, Sister, starring teen twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. Early in her career, Henson also made appearances on TV’s Homicide: Life on the Streets and the popular medical drama ER.

In 2001, Henson got her big break with a starring role in John Singleton‘s film Baby Boy. Her performance led to another major role, as Shug in the 2004 movie Hustle and Flow.

In addition to acting in Hustle and Flow, Henson sang “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” on the film’s soundtrack. The track won a 2004 Academy Award for Best Song.

Henson went on to land main parts in Smokin’ Aces and Talk to Me. A challenging role in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button highlighted Henson’s flexibility and range as an actress,

earning her both Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations. Henson has worked increasingly frequently as a character actress ever since, including roles in a string of Tyler Perry movies. More recently, Henson appeared in the 2012 comedy film Think Like a Man and 2013’s No Good Deed. She was also on the television series Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.



FEATURE: Thandie Newton

 Thandie Newton.


Born Thandiwe Nashita Newton, Thandie Newton is an award-winning actress, and a smart one; she has a degree in social anthropology from Cambridge. She was born to a Zimbabwean mother and British father and lived in Zimbabwe until political unrest forced her family to flee to Cornwall, where she was raised from a young age. Since starring in her first film, Flirting, in 1991, she has racked up film credits that include Interview With The Vampire, Beloved, Mission Impossible: II, Crash (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA in 2006), The Pursuit Of Happyness, Norbit and Run Fat Boy Run. Thandie lives in London and has two daughters with her director husband Ol Parker: Ripley, who was named after Sigourney Weaver’s character in the Alien saga, and Nico, named after the singer of The Velvet Underground fame. In September 2013, she announced she was pregnant with her third child.



FEATURE: Sherrell Dorsey

Sherrell Dorsey
Organic Beauty Vixen is a blog created by beauty writer, speaker and over-all treehugger Sherrell Dorsey, that in 2009 started off with a few ramblings about her mission to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Sherrell soon realized that giving up her toxic ways wasn’t as easy as it sounded, especially when she didn’t want to lose her ultimate love for fashion and beauty.

While searching for resources, tools and advice on how to stay fierce while being eco-friendly, Sherrell realized that she and her brown sisters were being ignored in the green movement. Well that had to change.

Since it’s re-design in March of 2011, has grown into a movement with then intent to inspire, educate and encourage black women around the world to change their beauty, health and wellness routines to protect not only their long-term health but also their eco-fierceness.

With tips, tools, how-to’s, resources and access to natural and organic brands, Organic Beauty Vixen is a movement that gives aspiring eco-glam brown women an outlet to learn, grow and share.




FEATURE: Whitney Patterson and Alexandria Williams

Whitney Patterson and Alexandria Williams

An Expert to Essence and bloggers/vbloggers such as BeautifulBrownBabyDol, Fashionista and Black Girl Long Hair, Co-Founders Whitney Patterson and Alexandria Williams have been dubbed Hair and Fitness expert for “Today’s Active Black Women” as they host workout haircare workshops and speaking sessions for the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show, the Nzuri Natural Hair Festival, and many more fitness and hair events and conferences around the country.