Monday, September 10, 2018

Nia Franklin - Miss America 2019

This year's winner, Nia Franklin of New York was crowned Sunday night after a gruelling competition.  The pageant was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Nia began competing in pageants when her father had become ill and she needed to find a way to pay her way through college. She said that the pageants became more than just a way to get scholarship money. She found in the organization great sisterhood and mentorship and feels the leadership skills she learned has also helped her to enrich the lives of others. Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Franklin graduated from college at East Carolina University with a major in classical voice and continued her education to finish a Masters Degree in music competition from the University of North Carolina's School of Arts. Watch her inspiring victory interview below.

Held for the first time in 1921,  the Miss America pageant had always included a swimsuit competition.  In response to the widely changing views on the unacceptability of the objectification of women, it was dropped from the event this year, likely never to return. To see the requirements for competing visit:  http://missamerica.org/sign-up/


Friday, August 31, 2018

The Mirnavator - Breaking Stereotypes

Can a professional runner be fat? Why not?

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Black Restaurant Week

In its second year, Black Restaurant Week will again be show-casing black-owned restaurants, farms, caterers and food trucks in dozens of US cities through a series of special price menus, fun activities and educational events. If you own a food-related business there is still time to register. If you are a bartender you might even participate in a mixology competition being held in some cities! You can also volunteer as a brand ambassador and receive some perks for helping with organization and spreading awareness.  Otherwise get pictures of yourself eating a delicious meal at one of these great eateries while supporting a thriving community.  Hashtags #BRW17 and #SupportBlack, #blackrestaurantweek .  (Be sure to use more than one hashtag to weed out another event in January which unfortunately has a same hashtag.) Otherwise you can also use some of the hashtags listed in the schedule below.) But hey guys, no reason to eat there only one week out of the year. Black-owned eateries are serving up delicious meals year round! You can find some great links to many of these at thehungryblackman.com.

Black Restaurant Week was originally held in Memphis, Tennessee; organized by event planner Cynthia Daniels to help draw new business, provide marketing and move towards multicultural engagement for black and minority-owned restaurants. Follow Ms. Daniels on Instagram @cyndaniels09 .

2017 Schedule 
This list still being updated. Google to see if #BRW17 is being held in YOUR city! If not then participate on your own by dining at any of the excellent black-owned eateries in your town and posting about it on social media! 


Also Visit www.blackrestaurantweek.com for more information. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Body Shaming of Black Female Athletes

 From his start as a professional athlete in the 1960s and '70s and his challenging conversion to Islam during a time when he was being forced into the mold of  an American "poster boy" of racial equality. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a long trayectory of life in the spotlight.  Now a regular commentator on ESPN's "The Jump", Mr. Abdul-Jabbar has spent the latter portion of his career analyzing  and reporting on particular issues faced by black athletes in America.    He was awarded the Presidention Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November 2016.  In this Time Magazine article from 2015, he talks about the unrealistic beauty standards in our Western Culture and how it may affect female athletes' performance and success at obtaining endorsements from powerful corporate advertisers when beauty is held at a higher esteem than athletic performance. http://time.com/3964758/body-shaming-black-female-athletes/