A COMPILATION of VIRTUAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS IN JUNE 2021
Clint Smith, How the World Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, 2020 Emerson Fellow Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.
A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.
On June 22, 2021 at 12 noon, join the New America Fellows Program, Clint Smith, and Adam Harris, Class of 2021, for a conversation about the role memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be. Register Here.
High on the Hog with Steve Satterfield and Jamila Robinson
Netflix’s new limited series, High on the Hog, follows food writer Stephen Satterfield as he explores how African Americans in Philadelphia and other parts of the country transformed American cuisine.
On the next Inquirer LIVE – Thursday, June 10, at 5 p.m. – join Satterfield and Inquirer food editor Jamila Robinson for a conversation about High on the Hog, Philly’s robust food scene and culinary history, Juneteenth, and African American contributions to America’s kitchens. Register Here.
Rick Rojas, a reporter for The New York Times and alum of the Free Spirit and Chips Quinn Scholars programs, moderates a conversation with Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton and activist DeRay Mckesson sharing their life experiences and discussing the role of the media in civil rights movements. Donors are invited to watch this Free Spirit scholars program. Join here.
The BND Summer Media Camp teaches and trains 16 middle and high school students about the news industry to encourage them to pursue journalism as college majors and as careers. The first two-week camp in June 2018 was hosted in a cramped and overly warm church room located in Richmond, Virginia’s south side. A church van, that can best be described as “worn and torn,” was our transportation for field trips to an urban garden, a television station, a newspaper, and a major public relations and marketing firm.
Despite that first summer camp’s sometimes challenging facilities and equipment, students still tell us how much they enjoyed the two-week program in which they met numerous local and national news media professionals who taught them the value of reading, writing and news literacy. Students were even more proud to create articles, podcasts and photography that were uploaded to a website and local news. In addition, a local television news station stopped by to capture their efforts.
Since that first media camp, the BND Institute has hosted two additional camps in 2019 and a virtual camp (due to the COVID pandemic) in 2020. And one year ago, Mikayla, who was a participant in our first media camp, told us that upon graduation from a Chesterfield County, Virginia high school that she plans to study journalism at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia! That is so exciting and we could not be more proud of Mikayla who just completed her freshman year of college!! Yay, Mikayla!!
The BND Institute of Media and Culture’s Summer Media Camp has had an incredible journey over the past three years, and we look forward to continuing this important work in 2021 with a renewed focus on food deserts in Richmond and surrounding communities! Stay tuned for details about this year’s Summer Media Camp!
Contact Bonnie Newman Davis for more details! email@example.com
Journalist Wanda Lloyd and Author Tina McElroy Ansa discuss race, culture and community on Feb. 23
In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other African Americans, plus the worldwide protests that followed, editors Tina McElroy Ansa and Wanda Lloyd created a project to bring voices of African-American women together to honestly and transparently share how race and culture have affected them in ways related to their families, their careers and their communities. The book editors will share their journey and those of the book’s contributors during a Feb. 23, 2021 conversation on Zoom. The program, presented by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, begins at 6:30 p.m. The program is free of charge but registration is required. Click this link to join the program.
Journalist Wanda Lloyd and Author Tina McElroy Ansa discuss race, culture and community on Feb. 23
In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other African Americans, plus the worldwide protests that followed, editors Tina McElroy Ansa and Wanda Lloyd, created a project to bring voices of African-American women together to honestly and transparently share how race and culture have affected them in ways related to their families, their careers and their communities. The book editors will share their journey and those of the book’s contributors during a Feb. 23, 2021 conversation on Zoom. The program, presented by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program that is free. Click here for the program’s Zoom link.
The essays in Meeting at the Table: African American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community will not only enlighten readers, but offer paths into the vital conversations across racial, cultural and communal divides.
The editors have collected a diverse group of women whose stories will inform, enlighten and educate readers who have some knowledge about race and culture and other readers who are looking for well-written and instructive ways to engage in the path toward social justice.
Source and Text: African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com)
About the editors
Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.” She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world of her four novels, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With and You Know Better.
Wanda S. Lloyd is author of COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism, published in 2020 by NewSouth Books. The memoir is a self-reflective exploration of the author’s life growing up in the Deep South and becoming a successful newspaper editor. A retired newspaper editor and a former associate professor/former chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, Lloyd was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame in 2019. She served more than eight years as executive editor of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, a Gannett newspaper. In this role, she was responsible for all of the news content for the daily newspaper and several weekly newspapers, montgomeryadvertiser.com, the editorial page and the newsroom’s staff and resources.
What makes the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s holidays special in African-American households? Although end-of year celebrations that take place in our homes probably aren’t all that different from those experienced by other ethnicities and races, I like to think that African-Americans bring an extra layer of flavor to the holidays that go beyond roasting or frying turkeys, whipping up mouth-watering macaroni and cheese or debating who makes the best potato salad.
Whatever level of intensity or simplicity we bring to such celebrations – whether they are large, full-blown, five-course meals in homes or restaurants, a quiet dinner for two, or helping to feed neighbors in need — it is important that these seasonal displays of caring and sharing are passed on to younger generations, kindred spirits and even strangers.
In this third iteration of “Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking 2020-Part 1,” geneaologist and author Bessida Cauthorne White and media personality Mikki Spencer serve up memories that feed the soul and warm hearts. Please enjoy! The BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.(bndimc.org) acknowledges these sponsors and supporters: John Rich, Program Sponsor; Michael Harvey of MLH Assets Management, Program Sponsor; Fateema Blackwell, multimedia editor; and Dexter Johnson, videographer.
Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.
“Not only is Celine a Martian, but she is also the only child to ever inhabit Mars’ first human colony. After her father was lost in a great sand storm, her world was turned upside down. Not to mention, Celine’s annual Brain Booster is no longer making her smarter; it’s turning her into something alien! If only her mother believed her.”
So reads Jackie Hunter’s debut novel, “Lost in the Red Hills of Mars,” which the educator-turned author published in 2017. The book signaled a remarkable “next chapter” for Hunter, who began writing short stories and poems at age 12. After retiring from Henrico County Public Schools in 2005, the former science teacher and school administrator returned to her first love of the written word.
“Lost in the Red Hills of Mars,” is about a 12-year-old girl who lives in the first human colony on Mars. Hunter says she wrote the book because she remembered how excited her students were when they were asked to design a human colony for Mars.
While still enjoying the success of her book, Hunter added another chapter to her life story in the spring of 2020 when she moved from her home in Richmond, Virginia to the bright lights of Las Vegas. The BND Institute of Media and Culture recently caught up with Jackie to learn more about her “pandemic pivot” and how she is adjusting.
BND:You’re a Richmonder who had a long, distinguished career in education. Briefly tell us about your own background and education, why you went into education, the challenges and highlights of being an educator, and the date that you retired.
Hunter:Yes, I worked in Henrico County for over 30 years.
I have what I call a “teacher personality,” “born to teach” kind of personality! When I was 19 years old, I was a Den Mother for a group of cub scouts! I got into a teacher program in my second year at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this program, students would receive monies to pay for tuition in exchange for a promise to teach in public schools. It was an excellent way to get more needed teachers into public schools. Later as a teacher, I obtained my master’s in education, focused on School Administration, from VCU. I became the assistant principal at Lakeside Elementary School and summer school principal at Highland Springs Elementary, both in Henrico County. I did that for only five years and went back to teaching middle school science, which I love, at Brookland Middle School in the latter part of my career, retiring in 2005. Hard to believe it has been so long! Following my retirement, I tutored algebra at Fairfield Middle School for seven years.
BND:Did you begin writing your book immediately upon retirement
Hunter:No, I sold real estate at a Coldwell Banker and then at Ricks and Associates for a while. When the real estate market changed I started a Class A general contractor’s business with a friend and fellow teacher. Lots of houses were being foreclosed, so we would make repairs, renovations and maintained the houses for the banks until they were resold. My partner passed away in 2011 and I kept the business going for about a year after his death.
I then had lots of free time and began oil painting and singing in my church choir.
Then my daughter and son-in-law took five teen age boys into their home to give them an opportunity to get into college. So, I paid one of my former employees to maintain my house, while I moved to Atlanta to help my daughter with the boys. I did this for two years with just a few months at my home between those years.
BND:How and why did you decide to write your book?
Hunter:When I returned home to stay, I began writing short stories, but decided I needed more of a challenge and writing that novel was the challenge I needed. I began taking classes in writing. Also, I joined several writers’ clubs, but I highly recommend Agile Writers’ Club. I think it is one of the best writers’ clubs in Richmond. In Agile Writers’ one will learn the foundation of telling a good story.
BND:What was the process of writing like for you?
Hunter:It was a real pleasure. I went to my writers’ club meeting once a week. We were always learning something new and we expected to have written at least 10 pages toward completing our novels. We also worked in teams of three to proofread and edit each other’s work. I finished my first manuscript in about six months, but I edited and rewrote my book several times before publishing it.
BND:When was your book published? What was your reaction in first seeing your book?
Hunter:My book was published in November 2017. I had my book launching party at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Over 100 family members and friends, from all over the country helped me celebrate my accomplishment! It was one of my proudest moments!
BND:What has the reception been to your book?
Hunter:It sold well in the first three months and I am sure it was family members and friends giving me support. Those who read the entire book have really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the sequel. I still have sales, but not enough to live off. I have learned that it is not enough to write a great novel, but one must have a great marketing plan!
So now, I am taking classes in marketing and am planning to do a better job in that area. I have not given up on my novel becoming a financial success!
BND:With the success of your book and a busy and active social life here in Richmond, what led to your decision to move to Las Vegas?
Hunter:Richmond and Atlanta have been good to me! I will continue to maintain the friendships and relationships that I have made! Before Corona, my friends were only a plane flight away! I love flying, but will probably not do any this year. I am working on my second novel and would love to be the local author of Vegas. There might be some opportunities here in Vegas that could not be found in Richmond.
BND:What was your family’s reaction to your plans to move?
Hunter:My family lives all over the country and in Canada. They are so excited that they will have another place to visit in Vegas!
BND:What was that journey getting to Vegas like? Did you purposely move during the pandemic? (lol)
Hunter:LOL! Absolutely not! My daughter and I had planned to fly to Vegas and find my home together. My home in Henrico, Virginia had been on the market since January 2020. When my Realtor brought me a contract for the sale of my home in April, I wanted to delay the sale, but the buyer did not. I could have taken the house off the market but, I did not want to pay commission ($16,000) and not have sold the house. So, I closed in April. I lived with my brother and his wife for six weeks until I realized that Corona was not going anywhere. I decided I would. Besides, mortgage interest rates were low and I wanted to find a nice home that I could afford in Vegas.
Flying was out of the question. I decided to ride cross country (2,600 miles) with a family friend who happens to drive 18- wheelers for a living. As we traveled for four days, three nights, stopping each evening after eight hours on the road, I posted photos and our experiences on Facebook! I wanted my family and friends to see that I was alive and well! If only they knew how nervous I was about the whole ordeal!
BND:Have you settled in and if so, how?
Hunter:Yes, I am working on it. Cautiously, checking out the malls and restaurants. There will be so much to do and see when Covid-19 is behind us! Living in Vegas will feel like a daily vacation!
Also, I am enjoying my lovely home in a planned community with lots of walking trails and parks!
BND:What’s next for Jackie Hunter?
Hunter:I do plan to finish my second book and continue “The Rippy Effect” television show. I am considering doing a blog about black inventors. I am opened to all kinds of opportunities; I do keep my eyes open. Already, I am on my HOA Board of Directors and the Neighborhood Advisory Committee here in my new community. Once Corona is behind us, all kinds of opportunities will be available. I plan to be ready!
The phrase “Living Your/My Best Life” may have been coined by Oprah and performed by a rapper, but Koshie France executes the words daily through her lifestyle brand that promotes self-care and well-being.
France’s CocoaPariis brand encourages her clients and social media followers to “give yourself whatever you need at that exact moment.” If that means, perhaps, a charcuterie box that you envision yourself sharing with Cardi B, Anthony Bourdain, Michelle Obama or Tracee Ellis Ross, well….. that’s what it means. Add a little sage (for positivity) into the vintage cigar boxes France uses to accent the sharp gruyere, Irish Cheddar, dried Wagyu beef, crackers and veggies and Voila! The IG account explodes!
France, a self-described food stylish, self-care advocate, body-mind designer and global citizen, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, but often traveled overseas with her Ghanaian-born parents. After graduating from Richmond’s Community High School and the University of Richmond, France’s interest in food, fashion and health merged with her savvy use of social media, which she used to build her brand. On her new website – cocoapariis.com– she rates her excitement about life as 8.92, describes herself in a hastag as “a vibe,” and says that she is most inspired right now by “black women.”
Burning candles, buying fresh flowers weekly, visiting new restaurants, reading and indulging in baths and massages further allow France to live her best life. Given what 2020 has given us, shouldn’t we all line up for a sentence, paragraph or page of Koshie France’s playbook?
Of all the hats that Barbara Anderson Bryan has worn – singer, musician, corporate employee, business owner – the one she’s most comfortable sporting these days is that of a chef. Her love for cooking developed when she was in high school and her home economics teacher noticed her culinary talents. The teacher enlisted Bryan to help her cater school-related events. The student excelled. Bryan picked up many of her cooking skills from her father, Herman Anderson, who ran a catering business in their hometown in Richmond, Virginia for many years. Yet, when Bryan attended Virginia Union University, she chose music, a passion shared by her mother and three brothers. Forced to leave VUU due to a lack of money to continue paying for her education at the private, historically black university, Bryan worked several years performing several jobs, the most recent at DuPont in Richmond’s southside. Ready for new challenges after spending five years at DuPont’s Spruance manufacturing plant on Jefferson Davis Highway, Bryan noticed an empty restaurant across the street. The rest is history. LBJ’s @Traditionz Smokehouse has been open a little less than two years and business is booming. Bryan keeps it that way by serving loyal customers crispy hot chicken wings, fish, pork chops and more with all the fixings. But she mainly prides herself on her signature egg rolls filled with surprising secrets designed to please any palate. Here’s her story.
“Big Herm” Baskerville is known as the “Mayor of Two Street” in Richmond, Virginia’s historic Jackson Ward community. Baskerville also is well known throughout central Virginia for his signature dishes, which include mouth-watering fried turkey, burgers, catfish dinners and more that either are sold at his “Big Herm’s Kitchen” take-out business or served through his thriving catering enterprise. Baskerville entered the food and restaurant business after learning how to cook while still in high school.
Honing his craft in corporate kitchens led to Baskerville’s first restaurant more than 10 years ago. He currently is located at 315 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA 23219. In this video the married father of two who lives in Hanover County talks about his path to success, staying viable in a pandemic, and plans for the 2020 holiday season.