Black Press of America Awards Courageous Leaders

The 2019 honorees are the Honorable Karen Bass, U.S. Representative (D-CA); the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Representative (D-MD); the Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. Representative (D-VA); the Honorable Bennie Thompson, U.S. Representative (D-MS); Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture (UAW); Shani W. Hosten, Vice President Multicultural Leadership, AARP; Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley, Clinical Director of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); and Crystal Windham, Director, Cadillac Interior Design, General Motors.

The Tamron Hall Show Debuts

“One of the ways Hall is shaping her show is by insisting the makeup of the crew reflect her audience. Despite having veteran executive producer Bill Geddie at the helm, Hall insisted that more women be hired because she wants to empower people like her – a self-described country girl from Luling, Texas who has made it to the upper echelons of television and news.”

Los Angeles County Residents Win Black Public Media’s PitchBLACK

Los Angeles County residents Alton Glass and David Heredia have each had their projects selected as winners of PitchBLACK, an interactive pitching session held on Friday in New York City. The event culminated Black Public Media’s 13-week 360 Incubator+ for broadcast programs, web series and virtual reality projects. The national incubator and talent development program, designed to identify and pipeline quality Black content while honing the skills of brilliant makers, awarded a total of $320,000 in funding. 

African American Designer Shines at Toyota

Rob McConnell, the manager for body engineering at the Toyota Technical Center, said that he often draws inspiration from the fashion industry. “A little secret, hopefully no one is recording, but me and my wife sit and watch ‘Project Runway,’” McConnell told a small group of Black journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “Yeah, I’ll admit it.” McConnell said that, in a lot of ways, fashion designers are engineers. “It’s all connected. You gotta pull from a lot of different places to get your inspiration, your ideas,” he said. “You gotta come up with something new.

The YWCA Greater Los Angeles Host 14th Annual Rhapsody Gala Honors: BET’s Debra L. Lee, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Toyota’s Tracey Underwood

On November 13, 2015, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA-GLA) hosted their 14th annual Rhapsody Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Rhapsody Gala, the organization’s main fundraising event, provides assistance to the area’s most at-risk population; emancipated foster youth, and other underserved individuals in the YWCA GLA’s program areas: Workforce/Youth Development, Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Child Development, and Senior Services. This year, the YWCA-GLA celebrated the extraordinary achievements of Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks recipient of the Media Visionary Award, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as Man of the Year, and