Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Story Corps' A Family Man

Do you share family stories with your child?  Today after Carter Woodson, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks have left an imprint, many young African American still do not know their history. Sharing our stories with our children is a wonderful way to empower them and spark their interest in history. This month join Story Corps in the National Day of Listening.

Story Corps' mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.  They launched the first National Day of Listening in 2008 to encourage all Americans to record an interview with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving using equipment that is readily available in most homes—from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

A Family Man is a story that many of us growing up in urban America can relate to. In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look. The story is directed by The Rauch Brothers.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Alicia Keys Launches New App for Kids

As a new mother, singer Alicia Keys watched TV shows and DVDs for children with her two year old son, Egypt, and was inspired to launch a storytelling app for kids.  “I was just getting introduced to TV shows and the DVDs and all the things you start kind of introducing your kids to, and I thought how cool it would be to be a part of something that really allows them to hear music from different places, different cultures, different sounds. That’s what we’re able to do with this,” explained the star.

“Alicia Keys gives kids a snippet of her life to enjoy with her new app called “The Journals of of Mama Mae and Lee Lee.” The app is loosely based on Alicia’s experiences as a little girl living in New York City and having her grandmother as confidant. The interactive app is centered in LeeLee’s bedroom. It allows users to read books, play music and write in a journal. She has also produced the music for the new app.  “  The app has been released today for $3.99.

Keys is launching the app through her company AK Worldwide, and Bento Box Interactive.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LAGRANT Foundation to Award Quarter of a Million Dollars to Marketing, PR Students

Good News for students looking to go into advertising, marketing or public relations via Target Market News,

(October 15, 2012) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2013/2014 academic year for ethnic minorities pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing or public relations. Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2013 via

In honor of the 15th anniversary, TLF will award a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) to 36 exemplary students as they prepare to enter some of the most constantly evolving industries. Twenty-two undergraduate students will receive scholarships of $5,000 each and 14 graduate students will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be of African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or Hispanic/Latino descent pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing or public relations at an accredited college or university. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and graduate students must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA. 

Recipients must be available to attend all TLF scholarship events and make a commitment to maintain contact with the Foundation for assistance with professional development. These commitments are explained in depth on TLF's website, Additionally, scholarship recipients are expected to be future advocates of TLF, spreading information about various resources offered by the Foundation so that the next generation of students can also benefit.

Scholarship winners attending college east of Chicago will receive a trip to New York City while recipients attending college west of Chicago will receive a trip to Seattle to celebrate TLF's 15th Anniversary Scholarship Recognition Reception and Awards Program. The program in New York will be on May 20 and the program in Seattle will be on May 30. Recipients will participate in a daylong career development workshop and have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals. 

Continue reading story at Target Market News.