Media Portrayals: Looking Back, Moving Forward

So many events and programs took place in Richmond, Va. this past weekend and I am happy to have directed one such event and participated in a second. Thrilled that both events allowed me to be surrounded by numerous friendships, support and love. Thanks again to everyone who came out yesterday to support my BND Institute of Media and Culture symposium “Media Portrayals of African-American Women in Popular Culture and Reality TV.”IMG_1021

The program was at Virginia Union University’s Belgian Theater, and thanks to VUU journalism department chair Heidi Wilson and adjunct professor Jasmine Snead, a dozen VUU students and two UR students defied stereotypes by rising on a rainy Saturday morning to attend the session led by two seasoned journalists, academics and media industry professionals –Patrick L. Riley, a best-selling author and a former field producer for “Oprah,” (including the renewed 2005 Legends Ball),  and Dr. Sherri Williams, a frequent commentator on cable news whose day job is spreading knowledge and empowering students at American University as a professor of race and media studies.

Both of my guest lecturers are and were brilliant, and while everyone gained insight from the message shared, I KNOW that Patrick’s and Dr. Sherri’s words will resonate with the VUU students and Karla Peters’ University of Richmond mentees for decades to come. Truly, we could have spent the entire day listening to these two experts. So, what did Patrick and Sherri say? While I can easily write about the valuable lessons and industry insights shared, I won’t. Nor will I post videos or podcasts of the symposium. Months of work went into this program and tickets were reasonably priced. As the adage goes, “you snooze you lose.” However, I am available to consult with anyone who is interested in bringing this symposium to a university near you.

Shout out to my tribe for your part in making my Sunday night brainstorm three months ago a success: Karla E. Peters, Otesa Middleton Miles, Jazz “Senate Page” Miles, Renee Walston Johnson, LaTika Johnson Lee, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Chinae Massenberg, Charles Robinson, Heidi Wilson, Vanessa Coombs, Linda Conway, Marylinn Minor, Patrick L. Riley, Sherri Williams, Erin Stanley, Michael Harvey and Vinara Mosby, Tammie Smith, Cathy Gant Hill and Lynda Sharp Anderson. A special shout out to Teshana Gipson and Robin Farmer, who couldn’t participate, but were with us in spirit!
Part 2: Kym Marten: What can I say! You did it again, Soror! I’m so impressed by your KLM Foundation philanthropy and truly enjoyed your party with a purpose last night at the Richmond Convention Center. I was dead tired, but came out to support you because I admire the hard work executed by you and your team. Can’t wait until next year! Congrats!!
Next UP! BND SUMMER MEDIA CAMPS IN THREE LOCATIONS JUNE AND JULY 2019. DETAILS SOON!! DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media Portrayals of Black Women in Popular Culture and Reality TV

Media images of African American women have evolved from subservient stereotypes of the last century, but some experts question whether contemporary images oversimplify depictions of black women as either virtuous or villainous.

“Media Portrayals of African-American Women in Popular Culture and Reality TV” will explore why and if the perceptions about such notable women as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles, Meghan Markle, Cardi B, NeNe Leakes, Stacey Abrams, Nicki Minaj, Omarosa Manigault, and others are skewed by broad categorizations.

The discussion is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 6 at the Belgian Theater at Virginia Union University, 1500 N. Lombardy St.  The program is sponsored by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc. and the Department of Mass Communications at Virginia Union University.

“Our perspectives, perceptions and behaviors often are influenced by the images, stories and narratives we hear, watch and consume on television or social media,” says Bonnie Newman Davis, principal of the BND Media Institute. “Such narratives lead us to consciously or unconsciously accept stereotypes and misconceptions that fuel racial, gender and identity tensions in communities of color.”

On hand to debunk, analyze and clarify over-simplifications are two well-known authors, scholars and media professionals, Dr. Sherri Williams and Patrick L. Riley. Williams is an assistant professor of race, media and communication at American University, with expertise in how black people’s use of social media is changing social justice and the entertainment industry. Her powerful voice and commentary have been featured in national media outlets including CNN, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Smithsonian Magazine. Williams earned a Ph.D. mass communications and a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in journalism at Jackson State University.

Riley, a graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, has helped produce two much-lauded television specials, “Oprah’s Legends Ball” and “Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.” He also was a freelance, senior producer on Winfrey’s daytime talk show for 13 years. Riley’s book, “That’s What Friends Are For: On the Women Who Inspired Me,” is a paean to women activists, athletes and celebrities he’s met and worked with, including Winfrey, Diana Ross and Tina Turner – some of whose artistry brought solace to his boyhood struggle and sexual identity.

The program is $15 general admission (EventBrite) or at the door) and free for college and high school students. A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

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Speaker Bios

Sherri Williams, Ph.D.

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Dr. Sherri Williams

At the intersection of social media, social justice, reality television, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these mediums is where you’ll find Dr. Sherri Williams, an assistant professor in race, media and communication at American University. Williams has a particular interest in how black people’s use of social media is changing social justice and the entertainment industry, especially television. She is also interested in and studies how marginalized people, especially black women, are represented in the media. National media outlets including CNN, USA Today, Smithsonian Magazine, Viceand theAtlanta Journal Constitution interviewed Williams for her social media expertise. She was also named one of  NBC BLK’S fierce black feminists you should know.

Williams is a media studies scholar who examines the impact of media representations through a black feminist lens and their connections to power and oppression. She probes ways in which images and narratives serve to uphold traditional heteropatriarchal and classist dominant ideologies and maintain the status quo of power. Moreover, she illuminates how news and entertainment media’s stories about people of color are connected to centuries-old ideas used to justify oppression, especially women of color. Williams is also interested in the ways in which telling our stories can liberate us. Before she entered the academy she was a print journalist for a decade and traveled to unfamiliar places to deliver stories that matter. Whether she stood in the middle of a Ku Klux Klan rally in Mississippi, a hostage situation at a hotel, the rural countryside of South Africa or the streets of Cuba – Williams transported readers to new places and introduced them to interesting people. Her career as a print journalist started in 1999 at the Associated Press’ Jackson, Mississippi. bureau. She still produces stories about social justice, media representations, health disparities and issues related to the rights of women, the working class and LGBT people.

Gender, race and class all play a significant role in people’s lives and Williams recognizes that. She also writes and speaks about those issues and sometimes uses her own life experiences as examples of how forces of oppression affect people daily. From class issues within families and the unique experience of first-generation college students to the real danger of the strong black woman stereotype to the black mental healthcrisis, Williams strives to illuminate the human impact of marginalization.

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Patrick L. Riley

Patrick Riley is best known for his work as a freelance, senior field producer at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for over 13 years – including ABC network credits on “Oprah’s Legends Ball” and “Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy”. That opportunity provided moments for the Tokyo-born, Savannah, GA-reared Patrick to interview Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as many of his own idols – including Diana Ross, Mary Tyler Moore, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Dr. Maya Angelou, and many more.

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Since “OPRAH” wrapped in 2011, on-camera and event hosting opportunities have folded prominently into the Morehouse College graduate’s schedule – including return on-camera appearances with Daily Blast Live; TV-ONE’s “Life After”; COZI-TV; BET; The Advocate; Wells Fargo; and Arise Entertainment 360. Spring 2019 will showcase Riley as a co-host on digital talk show “The Happy Hour” on Facebook & YouTube. He has received a number of industry nods for his work, including the 2014 Momentum Education’s “Pillar of Empowerment” Award at Momentum Honors in New York City as well as several awards from the National, Atlanta, and New York Associations of Black Journalists, and others.

Patrick’s hardcover book, “That’s What Friends Are For: On the Women Who Inspired Me,” is published by Dorpie Books. NABJ deemed it “Outstanding Literary Work” as the NYC Pride organization awarded him its 2018 Trailblazer Award honor in Harlem at The Schomburg Center of Culture & Research.

In his book, Riley celebrates women and his 30-year career in journalism. Inspiration for the book came from the celebrity women that Riley has had contact with throughout his decades-long career in the entertainment industry along with his publisher.

“This book has allowed me to unpack a narrative that further fleshes out my layers … and I think people will connect to that,” Riley said in a March 16, 2018 Wave interview. “I want kids to know that their childhood dreams, crushes, fantasies are not to be dismissed by society, our families or ourselves. My life’s testimonial proves that a little black boy who was different than other boys and wasn’t so sure he’d ever be ‘accepted’ for his true self in the world can.”

In each chapter, Riley shares his story, biographical information about the celebrities, as well as commentary about his experiences with them. Those featured are women whom he has a real admiration and appreciation for. Women spotlighted include Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Obama, Janet Jackson, Keke Wyatt and many more.

 

BND Summer Media Camp – 2019

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It’s that time again! The BND Institute of Media and Culture will present its second Summer Media Camp from July 15 to July 26 at St. Andrew’s School, 229 S. Cherry Street in Richmond, Va. The camp combines journalism and digital media  lessons for students in grades 8 through 12 to create and display their work via an online presence. In addition, students will build their confidence as they learn about media literacy and gain more awareness about their individual and collective communities. This program will tap into and explore students’ creativity, writing, editing and video skills. Students will work with professional media writers, editors, videographers and special guests who will lead them through various aspects of digital storytelling. The camp runs weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is designed for middle and high school students.  The cost is $120 for two weeks, and some scholarships are available for deserving students.

NBC12’s Karla Redditte captured last year’s media camp, which took place at Ephesus Academy on Midlothian Turnpike.

Applications for this year’s media camp will be posted on March 1, 2019. Meanwhile, feel free to contact Bonnie Newman Davis for further details or if you would like to be a camp volunteer or speaker!!

Email: bonnienewmandavis@gmail.com, or 804 683-7203.

DNA, Data, Deeds & Dust

Genealogy 101: Climbing Your Family Tree

Discovering your family’s unique story is like solving a puzzle. However, getting started can sometimes seem daunting. Join us on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Libbie Mill Library to learn more about your family’s history. The program is free and open to the public. This discussion, led by Bessida Cauthorne White, an author and genealogist, will provide tips and strategies for beginning family research. It will include an overview of basic genealogy terms and tools, the use of public and private records, internet sources, oral history, and DNA. Attention will be given to the challenges associated with researching African-American families. Libbie Mill Library is located 2100 Libbie Lake E. St. Richmond, Va. 23230.

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Bessida Cauthorne White (B.S., J.D.) has been a genealogist for nearly 40 years. She is the family historian for nine of her families and manages DNA results for more than thirty family members and friends. She is co-founder and president of Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society and a founder of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. In 2015, she chaired the National Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Held in Richmond, this is the only  national gathering of African-American genealogists to have been held in Virginia.

White is the editor of A Reunion of Recipes: The White Family Cookbook (1990), co-editor of Help Yourself! There’s a God’s Mighty Plenty: A Treasury of Recipes from the Cauthorne & Brooks Families (First Edition 2000 and Second Edition 2017), and co-editor of Gather at the Welcome Table: The Angel Visit Baptist Church Sesquicentennial Cookbook. She  has recently undertaken the task of identifying persons who were enslaved at Menokin and their present-day descendants. Menokin, located in Richmond County, Virginia, was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee,.a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
An activist, retired attorney, and lay historian, she is president of the board of the Rappahannock Industrial Academy Alumni Association and serves on the boards of the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Societyand the Library of Virginia Foundation. White is a member of the Menokin African American Advisory Work Group and serves as church historian and vice-chair of the trustee board at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, Virginia.

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Say ‘YES’ to 2019!

Jumpstart 2019 with Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes” during this exciting literary salon led by best-selling author and writing coach Stacy Hawkins Adams. Stacy will inspire your renewed sense of self. Ms Rhimes’ book will propel you to “Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person!”stacy flyer jan 6

In Year of Yes, (2015) the mega-talented creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” and executive producer of “How to Get Away With Murder” chronicles the powerful impact saying “yes” had on every aspect of her life—and how we can all change our lives with one little word. “YES.”

Leading up to this program,  presented by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, participants are encouraged to buy or borrow the “Year of Yes” to read now and between late January! As you read, you’ll want to keep a journal to note your thoughts and ideas.

Because this program is limited to 20 people, you’ll want to purchase your ticket as soon as possible. Tickets are $25 per person and lunch will be included in the ticket price.

Please contact bonnienewmandavis@gmail.com for additional information.

Location

Homewood Suites Richmond West

4100 Innslake Drive 

Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

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Luncheon Sponsor – MLH Assets Management

About Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author and journalist who loves to inform, entertain and inspire readers through the written word.

She has a gift for weaving tales in both the fiction and nonfiction genres, and in both faith-based and secular markets, that help readers thrive and grow confident in their own stories.

Stacy has penned 10 books – nine women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction faith-based devotional book. Her fiction features themes related to personal growth, self-esteem, matters of faith, forgiveness, friendships and family, and some of the books have been featured reading selections in high school and college courses. Her most recent novel, Finding Home, was released in March 2016.  It is the third novel in her Winds of Change series, but is a stand-alone title that does not have to be read in order. Other recent titles include Lead Me Home (recipient of a Publisher’s Weekly starred review); Coming Home (a 2012 Target stores Recommended Read); The Someday List (an Essence magazine bestseller), and Dreams That Won’t Let Go (a 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Award finalist). Her nonfiction book, Who Speaks To Your Heart? gives women practical tips and inspiration on how to connect more deeply with God.

 

Looking back, moving forward

The past several weeks have been busy!

November 2018 ushered in a visit to my alma mater, N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. From 2011 until 2015, I served as the Greensboro News & Record/Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor of Journalism at A&T. I later served as a visiting professor at in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill before returning to Richmond, Va., where I first moved to 1981.IMG_9424

During my visit to A&T on homecoming weekend, I enjoyed seeing several of my former students who’ve taken on the world, as ‘Aggies Do.’ They included Ashleigh Wilson, of the Arizona Republic; Kourtney Smith, Google; Ziris Savage; CBS News 2 Greensboro; Courtney Henderson, A&T public relations. Also, in addition to catching up with former classmates, I toured my alma mater’s new $90 million student center where the interior steps are painted Aggie gold. The new center replaces the university’s former student union, a place where I hung out as an undergrad commuter student.

After returning to Richmond, the BND Institute began preparing for the holidays by presenting the Nov. 13, 2018  program, “Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking. ”

This riveting program was inspired by the 2018 release of the book, “Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original.”  The book pays homage to Ms. Lewis, one of America’s beloved chefs who was born not far from Richmond in Freetown, (Orange County) Virginia.

9781469638553.jpgMs. Lewis, who died in 2006 at age 89, left a legacy and love of cooking that lives on in her seminal cookbooks that the New York Times says  “revived the nearly forgotten genre of Clarinex while offering a glimpse into African-American farm life in the early 20th century.” Her cookbooks include: The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972), The Taste of Country Cooking (1976) and In Pursuit of Flavor (1988).

The BND institute’s November program featured local and regional culinary experts who discussed why chefs such as Ms. Lewis continue to inspire legions of novice and experienced cooks. IMG_0783Mikki Spencer, host, the Virginia Lottery Draw Show and a legendary Richmond, Va. radio and media personality, was the evening’s moderator. Guest chefs and culinary experts included  Herman Baskerville, chef, owner of Big Herm’s Kitchen; Betty Thompson Morton, kitchen culinary consultant, cookbook author (formerly of Reynolds Kitchens);  Keva Miller, chef and owner of FEEDSHINE LLC. Jeremy Carry, of Sun Path Family Farm located in South Richmond, also discussed how he and his partner, Alia Chambers, are diligently working their urban gardening skills to help provide nutritious vegetable to Richmonders far and near.

After the discussion, delicious fried turkey, sweet potato casserole and green beens were served by Big Herm and Leanne Fletcher, while Keva served up a tasty garbanzo bean mash up.

A special thank you to our sponsors, John R. Rich, Michael L. Harvey, MLH Assets LP, NDUTIME Youth and Family Services, and Vinara Mosby, Maxamus Insurance.

We also appreciate these volunteers for helping to make our program a success: Meldon Jenkins-Jones, Law Librarian, Richmond Public Library; Dexter Johnson, multimedia journalist; Kendall Johnson, photographer; Latika Johnson, public relations; Renee Johnson, Rebekah Pierce, Alphonso “Matt” Mathis, Robin Walston and  Morgann Williams.

Enjoy these photos of the program. A video will soon be posted.

December To Do’s

After many of us shared the blessings of Thanksgiving meals, family, friends and loved ones, in came December accompanied by its usual hustle and bustle. For friends of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, the hustle was real as we prepared for a Dec. 5 discussion of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming.” Members of several Richmond, Va. -area book clubs met at Henrico’s Libbie Mill Library to discuss this mesmerizing book. IMG_9677What a perfect and timely gift for  young couples, young families, parents, siblings, African-American professionals, youth seeking to find their way (coming of age), close friends and grandparents. You heard it first from me: Virtually NO topic is left uncovered in “Becoming.”  This book is brutally honest, deeply personal and brilliantly executed. Thank you, Michelle Obama. (And Barry, too. 🙂 )

We enjoyed a fun, thought-provoking evening while discussing “Becoming.” Book club president and avid reader Renee Johnson led the discussion with questions that prompted attendees to share aspects of their lives similar to those detailed by Mrs. Obama about her own upbringing. One question we forgot to ponder: Will a movie of the book be made and if so, who should portray Michelle Obama. (Regina King MUST be somewhere in the lineup).

What’s next for the BND Institute of Media and Culture?

The institute is partnering with multi-published author Stacy Hawkins Adams to invite Richmond-area readers to read (or re-read) Shonda Rhimes’ memoir, “Year of Yes,” stacy adamsbetween December and early February, so that they can join Stacy on Feb. 9, 2019 for a reading and writing experience that involves the book. Attendees will discuss the themes in “Year of Yes,” then use their take-aways as prompts in a brief writing workshop led by Stacy.  Attendees will leave inspired and armed with a personally written manifesto to guide them through 2019.  The session is limited to 20 participants.

Date: Feb. 9, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Place: Homewood Suites, Richmond West,

 4100 Innslake Drive, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

Please register at Eventbrite.

 

 

 

Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking

When the holidays arrive,  families and foodies everywhere delight in mouth-watering home-cooked meals that feed mind, body and soul. Speaking of soul, that’s what you’ll find in the hearts and kitchens of many African-Americans who hold fast to holiday cooking traditions that have endured generations. Nowhere is this more evident than the 2018 release of the book, “Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original.” The book pays homage to Ms. Lewis, one of America’s beloved chefs who was born not far from Richmond in Freetown, (Orange County) Virginia.

9781469638553.jpgMs. Lewis, who died in 2006 at age 89, left a legacy and love of cooking that lives on in her seminal cookbooks that the New York Times says  “revived the nearly forgotten genre of Clarinex while offering a glimpse into African-American farm life in the early 20th century.” Her cookbooks include: The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972), The Taste of Country Cooking (1976) and In Pursuit of Flavor (1988).

Join us as local and regional food experts discuss why chefs such as Ms. Lewis continue to inspire legions of novice and experienced cooks. Our panel of food experts will include Herman Baskerville, chef, owner of Big Herm’s Kitchen; Betty Thompson Morton, kitchen culinary consultant, cookbook author (formerly of Reynolds Kitchens);  Keva Miller, chef and owner of FEEDSHINE LLC.

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Presents

Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking

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Inspired by the book: “Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original”

This program is free and open to the public.

CLICK HERE RSVP REQUIRED

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

6 p.m.

 Richmond Public Library

101 East Franklin Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Enjoy samples of holiday dishes following the discussion

 

Program sponsors: John R. Rich, Senior Investments Manager; Michael L. Harvey, MLH Assets LP;  NDUTIME Youth and Family Services.

Pens Up, Fears Down with Sadeqa Johnson

 

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The BND Institute of Media and Culture Presents “Pens Up, Fears Down: Write Now!” led by award-winning author Sadeqa Johnson.In this class, we will massage the knots and unravel the tales traveling through your head. We will explore memory, character and story with writing exercises that will inspire you to put your fears down and get the writing onto the page. This class is for those who have a desire to write but need a gentle push and loving environment to get started, and for writers who need to dedicate some time to improving the craft of writing. All levels are welcome.

This class is limited to 10 people.

When: September 22, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Rolling Hills Subdivision (adjoining Chamberlayne Farms), Richmond, Va. 23227

Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch and beverages)

Register at Eventbrite by Sept. 15, 2018

Contact: Bonnie Newman Davis, bonnienewmandavis@gmail.com

 

 

About the Author and Instructor

 Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. She is the author of Love in a Carry-on BagSecond House From the Corner and And Then There Was Me. Her awards include, a Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction, Black Pearl Magazine Author of the Year, and the NBCC Author of the year for best fiction. She is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a Kimbilio Fellow, motivational speaker, half marathon runner, sometimes yogi, wife and mother of three wonderful children.

A Look Back: Summer Media Camp 2018

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Johari Edwards discusses his poetry with Johnathan Dyer for a podcast episode.

The BND Institute-Ephesus Summer Media Camp has ended and what a great two weeks we had! Each weekday, from July 16-27 , 2018, our 12 students in middle and high school learned about journalism basics while exploring multi-platform reporting and new media technology, enabling them to create work to be displayed via a digital presence.
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Mikayla Martin and Karina McClatchie discover the joys of urban gardening.

In addition, our students increased their confidence as they learned about media literacy and gained more awareness about their individual and collective communities.
In between writing, editing  and exploring their video skills with the assistance of media professionals, students visited Richmond media outlets such as NBC12-Richmond and Padilla, a global communications firm. Special treats included a visit to Sun Path Family Farm, an urban garden that is putting a dent in one of Richmond’s many food deserts, and a master class with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Jesse Vaughan. Students also enjoyed meeting Juan Conde of WRIC-TV8 Richmond, Clovia Lawrence of Radio One, Tammie Smith of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Kym Grinnage, general manager, NBC 12.
Our inaugural program would not have been successful without the support of so many friends, colleagues, supporters, parents and our students! We extend a special “Thank You” to sponsors John R. Rich, James A. Newman, Jr., Dr. Linnie S. Carter, Cheyenne Moss, Vinara Mosby, Michael Harvey and Linda Jackson Shaw.  We also appreciate the guidance and support provided by Dr. Gary Banks, senior minister, Ephesus SDA Church, Ms. Billie Webb,  and Mrs. Saundra Rollins, our lead volunteer. Thanks also to our instructors, Dr. Cathy M. Jackson of Norfolk State University, Dr. Randy Davis, Global Media LLC., and Dexter Johnson, a multimedia journalist who is a 2013 graduate of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism @ Hampton University. Also, kudos to our hard-working volunteers, freelance writer Morgann Williams and Jay Adams of Collegiate School.
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Campers learn how drones can help deliver news.

We TRULY appreciate Karla Redditte of NBC12 – Richmond for coming out to capture our camp for an amazing news segment that aired Aug. 3, 2018. Click here to view the video.

 

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NBC 12’s Karla Redditte captured the media camp. She’s pictured with Bonnie Newman Davis, executive director of The BND Institute of Media and Culture.

Finally, please enjoy this excellent video created by Dexter Johnson.  A website featuring our campers’ work is being updated and the link soon will be made available for interested audiences.

Reminder: We will begin accepting applications for next  year’s media camp in March 2019.
Again, thank you for your support.
Bonnie Newman Davis
Executive Director
BND Institute of Media and Culture
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