WHERE: Private Location, NY

WHEN: March 25, 2017

11am until 4pm

WHAT: Black Women In Media is a non-profit organization catered to the upliftment and empowerment of women in Media related fields. The organization focuses on bridging a gap between future media mavens as well as current pioneers and influencers. Through an online and social platform, as  well as a series of events, BWIM hopes to honor those who have paved the way, recognize those who are dominating in their respective fields, and create strong partnerships and relationships.

On March 25, 2017, BWIM will conduct an awards ceremony which will honor and recognize women who are brilliantly utilizing their platforms and have undeniably represented Black women in the media industry. Be it Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications, and Print, BWIM plans to highlight women in all of those areas.


11:00-12:00pm Press Pass |Networking | Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

12:00-3:00pm  Awards Ceremony | Entertainment | 3-Course Brunch

3:00-Until Q&A | Networking

Mistress  of Ceremonies


Lyndsay Christian– Media Personality & Producer


Meet Our Honorees

Sheryl Lee Ralph– Actress & History Making Broadway Performer

Valeisha Butterfield Jones– Head of Black Community Engagement for GOOGLE


Deja Vu– Radio Personality for 107.5 WBLS | Author | Life-Coach

Lauren Lake– Judge on Paternity Court TV & Centric TV’s “Queen Boss”

Jasmine Crowe– Founder of Black Celebrity Giving

Kela Walker– 5x Emmy Nominated TV Host & Producer

Nneka Onuorah– Producer & Director

Demetria Lucas D’Oyley– Media Personaily | Author | Relationship Expert


Lauren Maillian– Serial Entrepreneur | Co-Star of Oxygen’s “Quit Your Day Job”


Marie Antoinette “FREE” Wright– Media Personality | Producer | Philanthropist


Stefanie Brown James– Foudner of Brown Girls Lead | Strategist | Speaker

Miko Branch– Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s | Author


Patrice Covington– Singer & Actress in The Color Purple

Lucinda Cross– Media Personality | Motivational Speaker | Best-Selling Author

Nicole Johnson– Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Taylor Rooks– SportsNet New York Anchor & Reporter

Antoinette Clark– Vice President of Branded Entertainment & Media Innovation at CBS

Quan Lateef Hill– Producer & Filmmaker

Alison Desir– Founder of Harlem Run

Sponsors & Partners

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.


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



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!


Register for Event



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





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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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Luvvie Ajayi

Humor Writer. Digital StrategistRed Pump Rocker. Techie.

I am: Wacky Wordsmith. Pop Culture PrimaDonna. Titan of Trifling Truths. Renowned Roaster. Superb Side-eye Artist. Grand Goon. Bodacious Blogger. Witch of Wit. Dynamic Digerati with a Superior Shoe Game. Admirer of Alliteration.

But you can also call me Luvvie. My loves include blazers, patterns of all sorts (pinstripes, argyle, houndstooth), rice, traveling, everything red velvet and fierce shoes! Oh and I’m addicted to Scandal.

I think the day the Lawd was giving out sense, I missed it because I fell asleep after I went back for a second bowl of rice.

I’ve been blogging for 10 years, since MySpace was still cool and Geocities didn’t make us cackle.

This blog is where I talk about all things pop culture, from entertainment, life’s random adventures and whatever is in my little shadeful heart at the moment. I thoroughly enjoy doling out side-eyes and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge. Trust me. I’m the person who says what you’re thinking but might be afraid to. I also use a lot of made up words and slangs because sometimes, what exists doesn’t quite cut it. Myglossary of terms is proof.

It seems that I’m addicted to blogging because I’m also the head, a site that compiles the stupidity that happens on Twitter (which is apparently a lot. It’s actually bottomless).

I’m also a digital strategist, helping folks figure out how to use the web to further their missions. I’ve been called the Olivia Pope of social media, because I help folks fix their eLives. You can check out my professional website and see how I can help ya! Hire me!

My passion for social justice and my love of shoes resulted in me founding The Red Pump Project along with Karyn of The Fabulous Giver. It’s a nonprofit organization to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. It’s my heart (and my key into Heaven, to negate all the foolishness of this blog. That’s what I tell myself anyway).

But really and truly, I just want to laugh, travel, eat red velvet everything and save the world in fierce shoes.

Truly (sometimes) and Always (except for when I’m lazy) Yours (only if you’re HOT),

I am… Awesomely Luvvie

P.S. I can’t wink in real life, so I made my avatar do it for me. When I try to wink, I look like there’s something stuck in my eye. Not sexy.




Demetria Lucas


Affectionately known as “Belle”, Demetria L. Lucas is the author of  A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria); the creator of the award-winning personal blog; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy relationships. Demetria is also a contributing editor for The Root, where she pens a a weekly dating and relationship advice column, “Ask Demetria”, and is a contributing writer for the websites of The Grio, XO Jane, Essence, Clutch, Vibe Vixen andUptown.

Demetria was named one of “the Blogosphere’s Best” by Black Enterprise Magazine, selected among “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, picked as one of’s “40 Fierce & Fab Under 40”, and featured as “The Best of Brooklyn” by Brooklyn News 12. Additionally her debut book, A Belle in Brooklyn, was nominated for “Best Self Help” at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards, and her blog was awarded Best Personal Blog in the 2010 Black Weblog Awards.

Since being dubbed “the Black Carrie Bradshaw” in a Washington Post profile, Demetria has become a sought after media personality and speaker. She’s appeared on The Today Show,The Anderson Cooper Show, The Dr. Drew Show on Headline News, Access Hollywood,Good Day New York, Issues with Jane Velez on Headline Newsand the Oprah Radio Show. She’s also been a guest speaker at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Howard, NYU, and Spelman College; and a hostess at the Essence Music Festival, the Fort Greene Music Festival, Circle of Sisters, For Sisters only and many more. Demetria was also featured in the 2012 photo exhibition Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora. 

Demetria is the former Relationships Editor and dating columnist at Essence magazine, and has been a freelance writer for The New York Times, The GuardianPeople, VIBE, XXL, Black Enterprise and ESPN the Magazine. She’s blogged about her dating experiences and been a book editor for Harlequin and BET Books, where she edited national bestselling and award-winning romance authors.

She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, then earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from New York University.  She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second book, Don’t Waste Your Pretty.



Dominga Martin


Dominga Martin, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, attended Clark Atlanta University where she studied Radio, TV, Film and Journalism. To describe Dominga is to understand her voracious passion for creating art and purveying culture, as these intrinsic elements define her. She is both visionary and perceptive in her quest to leave an indelible imprint with all she pursues in life. Further exploration reveals a rich legacy of artists and activists in Dominga’s bloodline, which includes a 120 year old collection donated to the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, circa 1883. In addition, her mother, is an activist on human rights/poverty issues and recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award.

A journalist by trade, Dominga’s diverse talents span the worlds of film, fashion, and music. Her 15+ years in the entertainment industry began as a production assistant/director assistant for various film and music videos. As a former VJ for Atlanta’s premiere video show “In the Mixx”, she mingled with and interviewed today’s most talented entertainers, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Ludacris, to name a few.

In 2001, Dominga branched out to other creative endeavors and formed House of Ming, a boutique motion picture company that has developed two short films; bum in 2001 and Yellow in 2005, both of which she is writer/director. bum received acclaim at the Roxbury Film Festival (2001). Yellow was featured in the 9th Annual Reel Sisters Film Festival (2006), the Hollywood Black Film Festival (2006), BET’s The Best Shorts (October, 2006) and a host of other festivals from NYC to LA. Additionally, the film was the winner of the “Best Short Narrative” category at the 5th Annual Hip Hop Odyssey International Film Festival (2007). Yellow screened at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY in their “Creatively Speaking Series” (May, 2008). Yellow will soon be released on Urban Slam Vol. 2, a DVD compilation with several acclaimed shorts.

House of Ming also produced and directed Fiche d’Identite, a documentary which follows the first President of Senegal’s – Leopold Sedhar Senghor – grand-daughter and her friends on their journey through the American immigration system, while portraying their life in the entertainment industry.

Dominga’s journalism career has flourished over the years. She worked with entertainment publication Rolling Out, Atlanta, and, in turn, launched Rolling Out, New York. She has also freelanced for VIBE, UPSCALE and ESSENCE magazines, Men’s Fitness online, and While Editor-in-Chief of a start up publication, she met Gladymir Leveille, and the two subsequently launched Crème Magazine in 2004. Crème Magazine was established as a publishing platform that caters to an older, more sophisticated and intellectual crowd that still wants to be up to date on the hottest trends and news in entertainment, fashion, culture, arts, and politics.

Dominga’s latest video production “Forever” (The Floacist & Musiq Soulchild) has been featured on MTV Music, VH-1 and BET, and has surpassed the 1⁄2 million-viewer mark on You Tube. It premiered to over 1 Million viewers.

Dominga was also featured in The Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora Photo Exhibit featuring 35 portraits of some of today’s most compelling writers, literary and performance giants. Dominga stands alongside award-winning Haitian novelist and essayist Edwidge Danticat; President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, Elizabeth Alexander; Grammy award recipient, Esperanza Spalding and poet Sonia Sanchez. The photo exhibit curated/photographed by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn ran from December 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012 at the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn.  The exhibit is now on display at New York University until September 30, 2012.

Dominga is currently in development of her first feature film which is being produced by Monty Ross who produced Spike Lee’s first 7 films including: School Daze, Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

Photo Credit: Frank Ishman:




Of course our very first feature would be the First Lady of the United States of America! She is the epitome of brilliance. She has in so many ways represented Black women all over the world. Not Just the United States. We take for granted here in this free country the platform that is given to us. This is why we began this organization; to applaud those who have responsibly and boldly taken the reigns to represent Black women today. Many people say they aren’t attempting to be role models, once you take ANY media related role… that’s exactly what you’ll be… good or bad.

I digress…

Michelle Obama is not twiddling her thumbs at the white house and basking in the “Madame President” title. Contrary, she has aggressively and steadily made changes in our country to date. A chicago native, and a product of Public Schooling, Michelle Obama studied Sociology and African American studies at Princeton University. She later on received a law degree from Harvard University. She then joined Chicago law firm Sidely & Austin where she met our now President, Barack Obama.

This woman is SO impressive and admirable! Here is a list of some of her most notable work until now!

  1. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall
  2. The  founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies
  3. Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago
  4. Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center
  5. In 2010 launched Let’s Move! Campaign

  6. FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden together launched the Joining Forces initiative.

We know this list doesn’t do her justice, however worth mentioning. Michelle has worked diligently to end obesity in children and the importance of Higher Education. As if she wasn’t cool enough, she is radiant in her fashionable taste! She also can bust a move! I LOVE IT.

Michelle is our #1 Black Woman In Media!