On the gray rainy Monday evening of June 22, 2009, The Future’s Greet the Press event was held in Greenwich Village at the Brecht Forum. Moderated by both Nathan Seven Scott and Cornelius Jones, Jr. and produced by Richard E. Pelzer II and Dwight Allen O’Neal, the turnout was a MEGA success! The purpose of this event was to generate a dialogue about the media and to discuss the lack of Black Gay Media outlets and its impact on the community. The theme of the evening was communication while forging a network to stay connected. The quote of the night… “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own it” by A.J. Liebling of the New Yorker expressed by print media panelist Marcia Cole of Ambermag.com.
With the boom in social networking, Greet the Press aimed to celebrate the modern media personalities in the New York community and the room full of talented and creative trendsetters taking advantage of the new medium.
The Print, Online & Multi-Media panelists included: Ra-Fael Blanco, Publicist of 2R's Entertainment & BLEU Magazine; Kirk Shannon-Butts, Fashion Editor of HX and Glamour Magazine; Teneille Craig, Editor-in-Chief of BoysandClothes.com; Antoine B. Craigwell, Editor of GBMNews.com; Marcia Cole, Founder & Editorial Director of Ambermag.com; George Kevin Jordan, Author, Journalist & Editorial Director of EssentiallyMajor.com; Toyce Francis, CEO of ClubVIPlister.com; Karanja Gacuca, Political & Cultural Affairs Editor of GBMNews.com; Rod Patrick Risbrook (aka BIG ROD); DJ Baker, Host of The Doo Dirty Show; Derrick L. Briggs & Ryan Drake, Hosts of OnlyADTV.com; Laurence E. Pinckney, Co-Producer of NubianDreams.com; DexStar G, | The Peoples Photographer and Comedienne, Tammy Peay kicked off the evening. The Future was proud to have exclusive media partners on hand to document the night: Maurice Runea & Sekiya Dorsett of The Rainbow Collective; Eric J. Parker & Giovanni Centurione of NYC Socialites; Dane Joseph of Drama Queenz TV; Derron Cook of Motionphics.com and The Future's Social Media Director, Nando of Nandoism.com.The communication and connection continues on Saturday, June 27th at 3:00pm when Dwight Allen O’Neal will host Dishin’ It with Dwight at a trendy downtown locale -- 310 Lounge, 310 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10012. Dwight’s Social Media Networking party in association with The Future and its exclusive media partners will be attended by bloggers, podcasters, Youtube VJ’s and online journalists from across the country who will be in The Big Apple for the New York City Pride celebration of the 40th year of Stonewall Riots. Come meet and greet, drink and communicate with your favorite modern media personalities. Special invited celebrity guests will be in attendance. Tickets are only $10.00 at the door. All are welcome!