Entries in black media (38)
Contributing Correspondent: CDW
Good morning on this wonderful Saturday. As you're reading these Works of Words, I'm hard at work in the T.V. studio recording five shows that will appear this week in TBTNews, as part of the online media company I'm building throughMG Media.
I've partnered with Rev. Leon Finney, as he's invested his money and energy to erect a full-fledge television, radio and music production house in the heart of Bronzeville. And his effort and commitment has been nothing short of remarkable. We welcome anyone who wants to visit the refurbished house on 41st and King Drive to see the craftsmanship and long planning put into bringing his vision and the vision of others to life.
Speak The TRUTH with Carl West will be a daily interview show, using the exact format as one of my favorite talk shows on PBS, Charlie Rose. The show will flow with the professionalism of Bryant Gumbel, and content similar to CBS's Sunday Morning. By combining these three elements, I'm certain that Speak The TRUTH will soon be must see mobile T.V.
And I'm exciting to have five dynamic young brothers I selected to help me launch this new online media outlet. First, my very good friend and attorney, Andre M. Grant will discuss the role of Black lawyers and their commitment to their communities. Then the youngest State Representative in Springfield, Illinois, representing the 26th District,Christian Mitchell will highlight his first year as an elected official and what's been his biggest surprises. Also my good pal and corporate powerhouse, Emmett Vaughn from ComEd/Exelon will discuss leadership and what good community and corporate partnerships look like. Rounding out the week, will first be my pastor, Alvin Richards, who'll help guide me through another journey filled with Faith. And in conclusion, co-founder of NGLC, lobbyist and political guru, Maze Jackson will outline his vision for Chicago and how politics continue to play a major role in his career aspirations.
This daily talk show will feature amazingly powerful guests, as well as emerging leaders. This show will lead up to the 1,000 edition of TBTNews, the online news and information media outlet that has delivered relevant content to its tens of thousands of readers the last three years. And its expected that those same readers will click on to watchSpeak The TRUTH, as the community rise up and progress through positive and powerful images profiling the best and brightest.
As tradition stands, each year during its African Festival of the Arts Chicago, Africa International House, Inc. recognizes distinguished persons who exemplify honor, passion, and a philanthropic spirit for the arts and culture of the African Diaspora. They are recognized as the Grand BaBa (male) and Grand Yeye (female); symbolic patriarch and matriarch. This year’s honorees are Richard Steele (Grand BaBa) and Dorothy Leavell (Grand YeYe) who will serve as official ambassadors.
An official crowning ceremony will be a part of the culminating AFA programming. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 1, 2013, on the Dee Parmer Woodtor main stage in Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL. 60637.
Both Steele and Leavell have led illustrious careers as trailblazers in their respective careers.
Steele began his distinguished career in broadcasting more than three decades ago with positions spanning from host to program director, including working for WVON, Chicago’s only African-American owned radio station. Today Steele remains a relevant icon in broadcasting. Currently he is an award-winning host and correspondent for WBEZ Chicago Public Media, where he contributes interviews and reports to Eight Forty-Eight,The Afternoon Shift, World View, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, wbez.org, vocalo.org and special programming. Steele staunchly supports the arts and devotes much of his air time exploring artists and their crafts.
Leavell is the mother of Black press. She has served as publisher and editor of the successful Crusader, which publishes both the Chicago and Gary Crusader. For more than 25 years, Leavell has served as president, assistant secretary and treasurer of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a black newspaper trade organization of which she is a lifetime member. Along with her numerous accolades for contributions in the publishing industry, Leavell’s most impactful legacy is perhaps the work she does as co-founder of Heroes in the Hood, a program that celebrates extraordinary accomplishments of young people who have gone unrecognized in the mainstream media.