Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Vacations benefit everyone. Whether they’re modern-day Marco Polo trips traversing thousands of miles through unfamiliar lands, business people meeting face-to-face with important partners, or weekenders escaping to a lakeside or coastal retreats, travel reduces stress and enhances relationships. By seeing how others live, travel can open our minds, teach us how to adapt and help us understand the ways of the world. In short, travel makes us better people.
But travel is also good for businesses and governments dependent on visitor spending. Travel/tourism is one of America’s largest industries and biggest employers, according to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). In today’s economy, people can really make a difference by doing something as simple as taking a vacation. Not only will they prioritize time for themselves and the people they care about, they’ll also contribute to job creation and the economic well-being of the places they visit.
What could be more meaningful than helping the U.S. economy? Thinking beyond the front desk, the pool and Twitter, see yourself as an economic driver, not only a traveler marketer. It’s a powerful concept.
Best Actress winner and “The Help” star Octavia Spencer is in love with her little golden guy.
“I think he and I are gonna get married!” an ecstatic Octavia told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on Sunday night at the Governor’s Ball following her big win.
“I don’t even know I don’t know what I said, that’s what I’m worried about,” the actress said of her emotional acceptance speech.
“Actually, you said ‘Thank you world,’” Shaun reminded the star.
“Did I say, ‘Thank you world? I said, ‘Thank you world?’” she said with a laugh. “Thank you world!”
In addition to her love for her new golden statue, Octavia explained that she’s really enjoyed all the other non-golden men who helped shower her with awards over the past few weeks.
“I’ve gotten awards from Christian Bale, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Owen Wilson — I mean, it doesn’t get [better!],” she said.
And what does she plan on doing with her statue – something she affectionately refers to as “the hottest guy in the room” – when she gets home?
“I am going to never let this guy out of my sight for the next 48 hours,” she explained. “I’m gonna redecorate my house, so I can put him right smack dab in the middle of something.”
Octavia explained to Shaun that she’s honored to now have “Oscar winner” come before her name.
“I have to live up to it,” she said with a smile. “I have to live up to it.”
Also on Sunday night at the Governor’s Ball, Shaun spoke to Octavia’s “The Help” co-star, Viola Davis, who was overjoyed for her friend’s win.
“I just so proud. It means so much to Octavia,” Viola told Shun. “It’s like she said last year at this time, she didn’t know where her next job was coming, and now this. It’s just speaks to just how magical this business can be.”
Community Board 3
Economic Development Committee
Follow the Money
Leveraging Public Resources
to Grow Your Business & Have Record Sales
a MWBE Certification &
2012 Growth Strategies Workshop
1. Overview by Certifying Agencies
2. Differences & Commonalities in Opportunities & Services
3. High Growth Industries for 2012. What are they purchasing and why?
4. You Already Paid For: Free Public Resources & Fast Track Options to Grow Your Business (i.e. legal,training, accounting, etc.)
5. Advice from MWBE Businesses, a moderated Panel featuring successful local businesses from BedStuy and greater Brooklyn
6. Insider Tips on Following the Money: Identifying Contracting & Subcontracting Opportunities, Partnerships & Synergies
7. Ready, Set, Go: Synergy Match-up Session & 1-on-1 Mentoring
All business types are encouraged to attend: Concept, Start-up, Established
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Visualize your book. It’s okay to imagine what would happen if your book blew up and you were on the cover of a 1,000 magazines. Imagine you are now showing off your new book. See yourself selling a million copies.
Befriend a writer who has her first book. Before I knew real writers, the idea of writing a novel seemed so impossible to me. The key is to write about what you know or love.You need to love your novel unconditionally if you’re going to finish the whole book. Don't get off track, do not listen to negativity, don't cheat yourself, and never let yourself down. Remember, let your haters be your motivators.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
GMAD Kickoffs Black History at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture during the organizations 25th Year Celebration
GMAD & Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Presented:
GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images
L to R: Kevin Coleman, Bonnie Harrison, Reggie Shuford, George Bellinger Jr., Bishop Zachary Jones & Tokes Osubu
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, GMAD and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presented a jubilee exhibition entitled GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images. This exhibition celebrates 25 historic years of GMAD (Gay Men Of African Descent) and will be displayed until August 31, 2012 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY.
Photos courtesy of Alonzo Boldin Photography
With over 300 attendees, the overall theme of the evening was GMAD25 – the Evolution Continues. GMAD is working to improve quality of life within the New York City black gay community by effectively fighting the triple threat of AIDS, homophobia and racism through education, advocacy, health and wellness and social support. Tokes Osubu, GMAD Executive Director started the evenings panel discussion at the exhibition saluting GMAD's history, and announcing the re-launch of the GMAD Membership program. You can become a member of GMAD for $25 go to www.gmad.org and sign up for your card, he invited everyone to pledge and walk with Team GMAD # 2306 during the 27th Annual NY AIDS Walks on Sunday, May 20th and as a part of our Stay Connected Campaign the launch of the GMAD OUTSpoken blog coming mid-February headed up by journalist Akim Bryant.
L to R: Senator Bill Perkins, Tokes Osubu & Michael Henry Adams
The crème de la crème of the philanthropic, arts and entertainment industries were in attendance to support and honor these innovators and members of the LGBT community on this very special day. GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images was co-curated by Dr. Kevin McGruder, former Executive Director of GMAD and current Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center; and Steven G. Fullwood, Project Director for the Black Gay & Lesbian Archive at the Schomburg Center. Senator Bill Perkins presented a proclamation to GMAD along with Michael Henry Adams. Steven G. Fullwood moderated the panel discussion which included: Kevin McGruder, Kevin Coleman, Bonnie Harrison, Reggie Shuford, George Bellinger, Jr., Bishop Zachary Jones & Tokes Osubu.
L to R: Kevin Coleman, Bonnie Harrison, George Bellinger Jr., Bishop Zachary Jones, Reggie Shuford, Tokes Osubu, Kevin McGruder & Steven G. FullwoodInitial funding of the LGBT Initiative provided by Time Warner Inc., with additional support from M.A.C. AIDS Fund; Arcus Foundation; and Friends of the LGBT Initiative. Special Thanks to: Ann-Marie Nicholson, Editor at the Schomburg Center, Camille Evans of CME Group Inc., Richard E. Pelzer II of MEGA Personalities, Akim Bryant, Troy Longmire, Cordell Cleare, Ebony Scott & David Mayer.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
You will see articles written by me on a daily basis in this magazine. I will be writing features about our everyday lives, and also news and entertainment stories. My journalism skills are really going to be put to the test in this. There are some tasks given to me that is going to be really challenging, but I am all for it.
I really hope you guys will add this magazine to your daily newspapers and magazines. I am so proud to be a part of this project. Also, spread the word if you can about it. This magazine is for everyone. Male and female. Click on the picture to read the articles written by me along with many other talented writers.