Kitchen Talk: African American Holiday Cooking 2021!

Please join us Dec. 1, 2021 @ 7 pm on Zoom when three Richmond, Va.-based experts in food, wine and culture indulge us with some holiday cooking and ‘spirits’ trends. Helping to whet our palates will be Benita Johnson, a private wine sommelier and founder of the Vine Wine Club; Chef Emmanuel “Manny” Baiden, owner of Manny Eats and Catering; and Latika Lee, publicist and founder of The Lotus Literary Lounge. Please visit the Eventbrite link below for more details:

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*Please consider being a sponsor for this event in order to help provide honoraria to our hard-working entrepreneurs and speakers, to provide gift certificates-door prizes for two of our attendees, and to make a donation to an organization that is fighting hunger. Our announcements will be updated  to reflect your sponsorship support, and your name and business will be mentioned during our program.

Thank you to Michael L. Harvey of MLH Assets Management for sponsoring this event!

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Robin Farmer discusses her book, ‘Malcolm and Me’ with Hampton High’s Ashley Brown

The BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.

November 6, 2021

Robin Farmer’s debut novel, “Malcolm and Me”, was a 2019 winner of the She Writes Press and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing (STEP) Contest.  As a national award-winning journalist, Robin specialized in narrative nonfiction projects as part of the Special Projects/Investigative team for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her work led to a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. A freelance writer since 2009, her clients include corporations and universities.

Robin holds a degree in journalism from Marquette University. She is a recipient of residencies at the Rowland Writers Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Djerassi (Jer-ras-z) Resident Artists Program.

When not writing, Robin  volunteers with organizations empowering local writers and teen girls. A native of Philadelphia, she lives near Richmond with her husband and is working on her second book.

Joining us at the BND Institute of Media and Culture today is Ashley Brown, who interviews Robin about her book and career as a writer and journalist.

Ashley, 17, is a senior at Hampton High School where she is in the International Baccalaureate Program, vice president of Committees for the class of 2022, and a member of Hampton High’s volleyball team at Hampton High School. Ashley also is a volunteer for the YMCA where she plans meetings and is chaplain for the Leader’s Club, which operates out of the YMCA. In addition to Leader’s Club, Ashley is a representative in the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program. “My future interests include, studying philosophy, law, and journalism. My hobbies include volleyball, sewing, gardening/caring for houseplants, speech/debate, and art,” says Ashley.

Please click this link to enjoy this interesting and informative dialogue between Robin and Ashley!

Turning Teens’ Adventures into Books and More with Author and Journalist Robin Farmer

Award-winning author and journalist Robin Farmer will lead a creative writing workshop and discussion for middle and high school youth at 11 a.m. on November 6, 2021. The program will be based on her 2020 novel, “Malcolm and Me,” ” which explores themes of faith, racism and coming of age in the 1970s that are partly autobiographical. Farmer, who originally is from Philadelphia and now lives in Richmond, Virginia, has written articles for the Washington Post, Richmond Magazine, Hartford Courant and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. During her presentation, she will show middle and high school students how they, too, can take real-life incidents and turn them into essays, books and even movie or television scripts! Attendees may sign on to Zoom by using this link.

The BND Buzz Media Camp 2021 Newsletter

The BND Buzz features highlights from the BND Summer Media Camp 2021, which focused on food deserts and food insecurity in the Richmond, Virginia area. Please enjoy a glimpse of what our students learned and documented during the camp’s two weeks from July 12-July 23, 2021. And stay tuned for details about the virtual BND Fall Media and Creative Writing Academy that will take place each Saturday from 10 am to 12 Noon October 16 -November 20, 2021. Click here for the full BND Buzz media camp newsletter.

It’s a wrap! BND Summer Media Camp Iteration 5

It’s a wrap. The BND Summer Media Camp 2021 has ended. I can’t express my joy at seeing the growth in our eight campers in two short weeks. Their future success is ensured, thanks to our extraordinary guest presenters throughout the program. We kicked off our second week on Tuesday (July 20) with a session on drone reporting, led by the Richmond Mercury’s award-winning Ned Oliver. Prolific author, journalist and professor Wayne Dawkins joined us on Wednesday (July 21) to discuss journalism ethics, before we headed to the Virginia Museum to take in “The Dirty South” exhibit. The students loved it.

Today’s (July 22) session featured a powerhouse of media experts: Dr. Linnie S. Carter, Vice President of College Advancement, HAAC; Jeff Wilson, Vice President and Chief of Staff at Padilla; Santia Nance, Vice President and Associate Director at The Martin Agency; Leha Byrd, an amazing PR specialist, educator and entrepreneur; and Heidi Wilson, chairwoman, Department of Journalism at Virginia Union University. These experts schooled our students on how to prepare for college, job interviewing skills, positioning themselves for promotions, continuing education, salary negotiation, investing and savings, and entrepreneurship. (Important stuff that I didn’t learn until adulthood.)

As if that weren’t enough, several of my former VCU and NCA&T college students shared their journeys, too. I was blown away by the realization that these three young women, Myja Gary (Zoom), Mariya Moseley (ABC World News Tonight) and Chandelis Duster (CNN), now help deliver the news to audiences GLOBALLY.

Finally, a visit from Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams, recipient of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, further made our day! Mike shared with our campers several tips for becoming better writers, and encouraged them to read and practice their craft until it “becomes a concerto.”

A special thanks to Dr. Gary Banks of Ephesus SDA Church and Academy, Mrs. Saundra Rollins and all of our special guests, sponsors, volunteers and former BND campers Ellis Henderson II, Emani Henderson, Johari Edwards, Mikayla Compere and Dedrick Shorter. Mariya Moseley and Kimberly Fields, I could NOT have conducted this program without your dedicated, consistent and loyal assistance. Work produced by our students will soon be posted on this website, along with information about upcoming youth-centered programming!

The BND Summer Media Camp 2021

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The 2021 Media Camp Focus

“Food deserts are a chronic problem in the Richmond (Va.) region, one that threatens the overall well-being of its residents and can cause a slew of ill effects,” states a 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial. “According to the USDA, 60,545 Richmond residents lived in a food desert in 2015.”

Students participating in the BND Summer Media Camp 2020 will report, write, photograph and video stories that illustrate how the city’s lack of access to fresh food leads to poor emotional, physical and mental health. Such conditions often result in poor performance in school, poor social skills and, often, crime. While learning about initiatives to stem the tide of food insecurity, BND Media Camp students will present stories for digital audiences that will show how Richmond-area food banks, food kitchens, grocers and urban gardeners are working to curtail food deserts so that more children and adults can enjoy healthier lives and lifestyles. Students will meet each weekday from 9 am – 3 pm at Ephesus SDA Church, Richmond, Virginia. Snacks and beverages are included in this free program. Students participating in the program are required to be current on all vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccination.For more information please visit: orclick this link to complete an application.

Sponsors: Dominion Energy, NBC 12 News, MLH Assets Management, Bank of America, Johnson Inc., John Rich, Maxamus Insurance LLC, S.H. Adams, Sarah Brown, Debbie Burns, Nikki Nicholau, Dr. Linnie Carter and Charles Taylor.

Details: 804 683-7203