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.


An Internship’s Other Purpose

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Internships serve many purposes: to expose you to potential careers, to give you work experience, to help you build professional skills, for network purposed, and to help you decide exactly what you want to do … right?

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Well, internships also serve another purpose—to show you what you don’t want to do. There is a difference between hating your internship and dreading coming to work, and simply realizing this is not the type of work you want to do for the rest of your life. My only advice for those who are offered a job they can’t stand is to be thankful for the opportunity, graciously rescind the offer, and be proactive in securing opportunities that better suit you.

Realizing early on that the internship’s requirements and assignments do not align with your goals and passions is beneficial. Understand that most internships will involve busy work and menial tasks, but it is up to the intern to be ambitious in acquiring meaningful work. When you are given assignments with substance and still aren’t stimulated, that internship may not best suit your potential. This realization helps you ‘X’ out what you are not interested in. Again, this is beneficial. Unless you are the person who’s set on what you want to do, there are so many options.

If you want to go into business, there is entrepreneurialism, marketing, management consulting, trade, and law. Internships you don’t connect with can help you narrow down your potential career path. For example, an internship at a medium-sized, somewhat well-known company may have you working on a little bit of everything: marketing, management consulting, and communications. But you’ve discovered that you’re most engaged when working on marketing assignments. Wonderful! You are finding your passion and showing your supervisor and the other executives that this is an area where you blossom, and this is why they need your marketing skills to propel the company.

It is imperative to still fulfill the requirements of the whole internship, but allow yourself the opportunity to share ideas with your supervisor. There’s nothing worse than having an intern that does not do what is expected of them. If you are working in the editorial department with a current degree track in advertising, take it upon yourself to construct an advertising project of new ideas and ways the company can excel in advertising. Remember, even if you are not fond of the internship, that should be all the more reason to create something you do like that will also help the company.

Also, go to a meeting you think you have no interest in. (It could become interesting!) Talk to people, research something, ask your supervisor about other work/internship opportunities. They might just know someone with your same interests. This will disguise your dispassion for your current work, and the higher-ups will notice you and appreciate your thought process and ability.

Overall, the best way to avoid an internship that doesn’t fully engage you is to be proactive in searching for internship that does. Every media major’s dream is to intern with Viacom, or Goldman Sachs if you’re a business major. But these programs are highly competitive so having a solid Plan B is critical. After all, an internship is meant to give you a taste of a particular career, to teach you things about yourself and help you make smart career decisions. Knowing that you aren’t very happy where you are opens your mind to other careers you might be better suited for.






PhaShunta Hubert Talks Becoming a Celebrity Host and Running Her Own Media Company


Ms. PhaShunta Hubert, creator of, launched her site on October 2013 to showcase her love for communication, media, and entertainment. At the young age of 19, Hubert built her own website, learned how to market herself, and worked as a cosmetologist; all while building her brand. is a digital destination to read and watch the latest in celebrity news and gossip.  As a current communications student at Eastern Michigan University, Hubert wears many hats, including blogger, media correspondent, business owner (MissPhaShunta LLC) and mother.

Hubert began her career by interviewing local radio personalities, and landed interviews with popular music stars, such as Atlanta Hip-Hop trio Migos, and R&B star Melanie Fiona.  Since then, Hubert has expanded her reach, enabling her to  interview several celebrity and reality TV stars, including: Mona Scott Young, Anthony Anderson, Patti LaBelle, Tyrese, Keke Palmer, Diggy Simmons, Tinashe, Sevyn Streeter, Erica Campbell, and more. Hubert has also worked with BET Networks and Centric Television covering major events, such as the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, 2014 Soul Train Awards, 2014 BET Experience, and the 2015 UNCF: An Evening of Stars Awards.

“I would like for people to know that it is very possible to achieve your dreams while you’re still in school, have a child, or when obstacles are in your way. I was told, so many times, ‘no’ when I reached out to celebrity managements when I started my company. I basically had no material, so I created my own  broadcast on YouTube and social media. I tried again and again and eventually I got my first big interview. You have to stay focused and know what you want,” Hubert explained.

Hubert attributes much of her success to her family. “They help me keep the balance in my life. My father and sister travel with me; making sure I’m okay. My mother is my personal assistant. My significant other, and the father of our 2-year-old child, is my camera operator, along with my 13-year-old sister,” says Hubert.

You can learn more about PhaShunta by visiting her website, or by following her on social media @missphashunta.