Join us for an evening of real talk about black masculinity, vulnerability, love, intimacy and faith from two relevant and insightful voices.
Robert Dortch, an emerging photographer and prophetic voice, and Stacy Hawkins Adams, noted, multi-published author, will discuss Robert’s recent “Black Man’s Quilt” exhibit and what it takes for a black man to weave his way through life, faith, fatherhood and love in today’s world.
This important conversation will take place Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Free Admission.
What is the BND Institute Summer Media Camp at Virginia Union University?
The BND Institute of Media and Culture’s 2020 Summer Media Camp combines journalism and multi- platform media technology for Richmond, Va. -area students in grades 8 through 12 to create and display their work via an online presence. The camp, now in its third year, is led by Bonnie Newman Davis, M.A. Journalism, who has more than 35 years experience as a newspaper and online journalist and university professor. Working alongside Ms. Newman Davis are several local and national professionals who represent various news media. APPLY
During the two-week camp, 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 as they examine Richmond’s food deserts.
Besides the technical skills students develop, we include time for field trips to local media outlets and to Washington, D.C. Such outings enlighten our students about news media operations and enable them to meet professionals in an industry in which they one day may work. APPLY
Virginia Union University’s support of the BND 2020 Summer Media Camp is funded through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.The cost of the camp is $120 per student for two weeks, and students are encouraged to register no later than April 25, 2020. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, we will be able to offer limited scholarships to interested students. So don’t wait! Apply today!
The BND Institute of Media and Culture was founded in 2016 by Bonnie Newman Davis, a journalist, journalism educator and media consultant. The Institute, located in Richmond, Va., provides programs, services and training dedicated to educating and engaging diverse audiences about contemporary news media and its impact on African-American life and culture. The BND Institute of Media and Culture is a 501 (c) (3) charitable and nonprofit organization.
All of our panelists spoke candidly about the hard work that goes into their calling. Baskerville, who honed his craft while working in corporate settings, shared the newfound responsibility that comes with having to provide for his own family as well as his employees’ families.
For the past few years, Big Herm has been one of the only minority food vendors for the Washington Redskins’ training facility in Richmond. Well-known throughout Richmond, Baskerville proudly noted that his take-out and delivery restaurant has been in its current North Second Street location in Jackson Ward for seven years, longer than any of the other restaurants in the “food court’s” corridor.
Further proof of Baskerville’s culinary talents came after the discussion as attendees devoured slices of his mouth-watering fried turkey, macaroni and cheese and string beans.
Hall, who learned to cook under her grandmother’s watchful eye in a Philadelphia speakeasy, recalled how their cooking helped to sustain many in their neighborhood who were on food stamps or had limited resources.
“For me, food just always made sense, especially around the holidays,” Hall told the Kitchen Talk attendees. One of our biggest traditions was candied yams, and my grandmother made them with brown sugar, raisins, pineapples and melted marshmallows on top. So, when I made it for the first time, my husband was like, ‘What the heck are those brown things in the sweet potatoes?’ “
While Hall appreciates her past and the high-profile clients that she often caters to these days, she is careful to maintain boundaries, even to the extent of not posting photos of herself with celebrities. More often than not, “I am conducting business with managers, agents or other administrators,” said Hall, a former nurse and military veteran. “They’re the ones I’m likely to pose with.” In addition to their catering business, Tye and her husband, Reggie, own a budding hemp-based food company, Gourmet Hemp Foods.
Trey Owens opened Soul Taco two years ago with co-owners Nar Hovnanian and Ari Augenbaum. His restaurants, located in Richmond’s Jackson Ward and Shockoe Bottom, recently earned “Best Tacos in Virginia,” from MSN. Soon you’ll be able to catch him on an episode of celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” on the Food Network.
Like Hall, Owens also grew up cooking alongside his grandmother. Holiday meals in Richmond were abundant displays.
“For Thanksgiving, it’s the whole dinner –just everything is on the table,” said Owens. “It’s crazy. Growing up, a lot of times most of holidays were at my house… that was the tradition ….just go where all the kids were. For Christmas, we would do breakfast and a traditional thing was rocky mountain oysters. It wasn’t until I got older until I realized what they were and stopped eating them.”
Owens said that when he opened his first restaurant, he prayed that it would be a success. He also burned sage over equipment and other parts of the business, a ritual with Native American roots that is performed to cleanse a space or environment of negative energy and to generate wisdom, clarity and healing.
“It’s one thing to pray for success,” said Owens, “but you also must pray to be ‘ready’ for that success.”
What an amazing evening on Dec. 3, 2019 with authors Sadeqa Johnson and Trevy McDonald who discussed their books before an eager audience at the Libbie Mill Library. Communications strategist Marylinn Minor moderated the program.
Sadeqa, whose works include “Love In A Carry On Bag” and “And Then There Was Me,” has worked with JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes. Trevy isa prolific university professor contributed to numerous anthologies and publications and co-authored a reference book on starting your own publishing house.
After sharing excerpts from their books, the two authors provided tips about writing fiction and nonfiction works and how to find an editor or publisher. We appreciate Sadeqa and Trevy for joining us and look forward to their return for future BND Institute of Media and Culture “Book Club” events!
Meet two media mavens who also have mastered the art of fiction writing. Sadeqa Johnson, whose works include “Love In A Carry On Bag” and “And Then There Was Me,” has worked with JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes. Trevy McDonald’s books “Round ‘Bout Midnight” and “Time Will Tell” were written while the prolific university professor contributed to numerous anthologies and publications and co-authored a reference book on starting your own publishing house. Please join the BND Institute of Media and Culture on Dec. 3 at Richmond’s Libbie Mill Library for a riveting discussion with Sadeqa and Trevy, who will read excerpts from their books, discuss the writing process, give advice to aspiring writers and sign copies of their books. The program, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.
3 camps in 3 locations for area youth to learn digital news delivery
Now in its second year, the BND Institute of Media and Culture’s 2019 Summer Media Camp combines journalism and multi- platform media technology for Richmond, Va.-area students in grades 6 through 12 to create and display their work via an online presence. The camp is led by Bonnie Newman Davis, who has more than 35 years experience as a newspaper and online journalist and university professor. This year, three camps will take place at three locations: Ephesus SDA School, St. Andrew’s School and Second Baptist Church on Idlewood Ave. The day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Here are the dates:
June 24 – 28, 2019
Ephesus SDA Academy, 3700 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, VA 23224. Cost: $60 per student; Register by June 10, 2019 (Some scholarships available; please inquire.)
During the camps, students will build their confidence as they learn about media literacy and gain more awareness about their individual and collective communities. The programs 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.
Besides the technical skills students develop, we include time for field trips to local media outlets and to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Such outings enlighten our students about news media operations and enable them to meet professionals in an industry in which they one day may work.
We are eternally grateful for this year’s media camp partners and sponsors:
Stacy Adams, Retired D.C. Police Lt. Henry Banks,
Christopher Noelle Boozer, Eric and Sarah James
JB Bryan Financial Group, Inc., The Home of AfroEconomics™
Debbie Burns, Dr. Linnie S. Carter, Gail A. Carter
Andrea King Collier, Dominion Energy, Wayne Dawkins
Edward Roddick, Sr., Teshana Gipson, Frank Green, Michael L. Harvey, MLH Assets Management
Chris Mahoney, Kym Marten, Vinara Mosby, Maxamus Insurance
NBC12-Richmond, Va., Sally L. Newman, Nikki Nicholau
John R. Rich, Kenneth S. Johnson, Johnson Inc., Linda Shockley
Sabrina Squire, Lydia Thompson, Charles Taylor, Amy Trainum
I’m excited about helping young people explore a career field that has provided me countless opportunities that continue to this day. For 40 years, journalism and news media have allowed me to report and edit at several news outlets located in various parts of the country. I have interviewed and met numerous public figures, business leaders, artists, authors, musicians and more. My journalism skills have enabled me to teach at several leading institutions of higher learning, and I have traveled to dozens of U.S. cities and states, as well as countries in Africa and the Caribbean. And when the full-time jobs weren’t always available or met my expectations, my journalistic skills have allowed and continue to allow me to run a consulting business for clients that include corporations, universities and sole proprietorships. In addition, I routinely mentor and tutor current and aspiring journalists pro bono.
My combined skills and passion for journalism are the result of veteran journalists taking an interest in me when I had no clue about my future. My first inkling of what life could be like after college was sparked by my North Carolina A&T professors such as Dr. Richard E. “Dick” Moore, Professor Loreno Marrow, Dr. Ethel Taylor, Dr. Sandra Alexander and Dr. Samuel Mosley. After taking my first newswriting class under Professor Marrow, she convinced me that my writing was strong enough for the local black weekly newspaper, The Carolina Peacemaker. (That newspaper’s iconic founder, Dr. John Marshall Kilimanjaro, died this year.) So I wrote about A&T’s homecoming celebrations, of course, and other campus-related activities. Dick Moore further sprinkled seeds of hope that I could become a journalist by serving as my cheerleader and bringing to A&T well-known journalists such as Pamela Johnson, the first African-American woman publisher of a daily newspaper; Jay T. Harris, who became publisher of the San Jose Mercury News; Samuel Adams (who also died recently), a veteran civil rights reporter and distinguished professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence; and Max Robinson, the first African-American to anchor a network news show who also happened to be from Richmond, Va. Drs. Taylor and Alexander were meticulously stylish women whose English courses furthered instilled in me a love for the written word. I pledged to one day to be like them. Meanwhile, Dr. Mosley was a young, brilliant political science professor who made figures such as Shirley Chisholm, Maynard Jackson, Coleman Young, Tom Bradley and Henry Marsh come to life in our cramped, drafty classroom.
After my first student internship in Wilmington, N.C. in 1978 and graduating from college in 1979, I attended the University of Michigan on a full fellowship. Before starting Michigan, I participated in the Dow Jones Newspapers Internship program, which came with a paid internship in Louisville, Ky. During that summer, as we trained to be copy editors in Bethlehem, Pa., I figured out where boxing champ Larry Holmes’ family was living in nearby Easton, Pa. and interviewed them. I also covered President Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign in Louisville. A year later, as a summer intern at the Ann Arbor News in Michigan, I interviewed Barbara Bush who was campaigning for husband George Herbert Walker Bush’s presidential bid. In between all the political reporting, I “freelanced” on the side by reviewing musical acts such as James Brown and Bootsy Collins, and got my first taste of reggae music at local nightclubs. Irie, mon! I arrived at the Richmond News Leader in Richmond, Va. in 1981. Since then, the girl whose mother loved to describe as “smart, but shy” has grown comfortable approaching people from all walks of life to explore, listen to and write their stories.
Yes, I’ve had a wonderful career and it is my intent and purpose to inform as many young people as possible that they, too, can enjoy the same career highs in journalism that allow them to tell stories, edit, shoot, speak and deliver the news in today’s ever changing 24-7 news environment. I hope that you will join me by supporting this very worthy endeavor.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
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.”
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!