A Black Man’s Quilt: Success!!

I took a course for small business owners last fall and, in explaining to my classmates that I had yet to attract many men to my media institute programs in nearly three years, someone asked why was that the case.

I shrugged. “Probably because they’re watching football,” I replied.

Well, I’m happy to say that a whole lot of men defied my sexist response and showed up last night for my first BND Institute of Media and Culture program of the year, “A Black Man’s Quilt.” The standing-room only event featured Robert L. Dortch, Jr., a minister, philanthropist, executive coach, poet, photographer, fraternity brother, father and more. Some might even call him a Renaissance Man.

During his one-hour presentation, Robert led us on an intimate journey of his life, art, journaling and family. He explored concepts of love and masculinity. He went there with his own failings and feelings. He described his son’s anguished cry the night of the Trayvon Martin verdict. He gave his take on Kobe, Gayle and Snoop. He left many of us pondering our own capacities and humaneness. He gave us ….hope.

Author and motivational speaker Stacy Hawkins Adams, a powerhouse in her own right, did an excellent job interviewing Robert, wielding questions that kept the audience engaged and feasting on his every word. Kym Grinnage, truly a blessing of a friend, provided introductions that only he can deliver with aplomb and panache. Head cheerleader and program sponsor Teshana Gipson rallied moms and dads by encouraging them to send their offspring to my summer media camp June 15-26 at Virginia Union University. Mr.  Michael Harvey“Debonair” Harvey, who always supports my programs with a check and a smile, was there as usual, quietly saying “I got you.” Please know that none of this would have been possible without the work and support of Kimberly Wilson, whose very presence reassured me that I no longer have to toil alone as I work to present unique programming honoring African Americans in Richmond. What an honor to work with this woman who, like me (and Stacy Hawkins Adams), has a string of job titles and manages to seamlessly balance them all. I am forever grateful to her. A huge shout out and thank you to Renee Johnson for bringing members of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill to serve as hosts and hostesses, and for her amazing graphic design skills. My other brother, Darrel Johnson of TidBit catering, is to be commended for delivering a delicious menu when I called him just a few days in advance. Thanks also to Adele Johnson, Faithe M. Norrell and Mary Lauderdale at Richmond’s Black History Museum of History and Culture. Bravo, ladies! And a special salute to all the brothers who proved me wrong. Thanks for showing up and showing out. All, please remember to check out Robert’s photography at Urban Hang Suite through mid-March.

Bonnie Newman Davis

POSTPONED: Black Girl Magic with Tasha Chambers

Dear Friends,

As the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) increasingly begins to be felt in the local region, we felt it was important to share with you some of the precautions that we are taking to keep you and our community safe and healthy.

Because we’ve always been committed to serving our customers in a safe and healthy environment, we will postpone all scheduled BND Institute of Median and Culture Programs that currently are scheduled for March 15 – April 15, 2020. New dates for planned events will be communicated as soon as we believe it is safe to do so.

Thank you kindly and please be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Newman Davis

Executive Director

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Nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our employees and our customers and we want you to know that we are confident in our ability to operate in a safe manner. We will continue to take guidance from the CDC and local health authorities and revise our practices as recommended.

Thank you for your trust in us, and for being a loyal customer.

 Tasha Chambers and some of the innovative Richmond, Va. women featured in her new book of essays, “Women’s Work.” In addition to learning more about Tasha, you’ll also hear from some of Richmond’s most dynamic change agents — women who are getting it done by making things happen! You know their names — Angela PattonAdrienne Cole JohnsonChristy Coleman,  Kelli Lemon,Courtney Glenn and Gill Robinson Hickman. Not only will the evening be filled with delicious dialogue, but lots of laughs and libations, too. 

The event takes place on March 31, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 1717 Innovation Center, 1717 E Cary StRichmond, VA 23223.

Click this link to register.

Interested sponsors may contact:

Bonnie Newman Davis, Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc. @ bonnienewmandavis@gmail.com, or 804 683-7203

About Tasha

Tasha Chambers is an award-winning communications professional. For more than 15 years, she has created innovative programming and communications campaigns for diverse brands. She is a passionate speaker on gender & equality issues, openly sharing her experience navigating through corporate and nonprofit environments. She has spent countless hours researching workplace and entrepreneurial trends for people of color. With a niche in tourism and nonprofit communications, she has been able to elevate local brands to the national stage. She enjoys listening, which has enabled her to pitch amazing news stories that clients sometimes overlook. You can find her clients in The New York Times, Inc.com, The Huffington Post, CNN and more. 

In 2016, Tasha earned a place on Richmond’s (Va.) Power List. She is a Top 40 Under 40 honoree; a proud graduate of Howard University (HU!), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism; and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

Together, she and her husband have three very unique children.

A Black Man’s Quilt

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.

A reception will follow the program. Register Here

A Black Man’s Quilt

February 19, 2020

 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

122 W. Leigh St.

Richmond, Va. 23220

 Details: (804) 780-9093

Presented by The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and the BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.

Sponsors include MLH Assets Management, LP and Teshana Gipson

Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking Traditions

Kitchen Talk Group PixIt was an honor and pleasure for the BND Institute of Media and Culture to host three of Richmond’s top culinary experts and entrepreneurs during the second iteration of “Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking Traditions” on Nov. 5 at 1717 Innovation Center. Our guests included Herman Baskerville of Big Herm’s Kitchen and Catering, Tye Hall of T&R Catering and Trey Owens of Soul Taco. The program was moderated by Richmond media personality and Virginia Lottery Draw Host Mikki Spencer.

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.”

Bonnie Newman Davis

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LOVE. FRIENDSHIP. HEARTACHE. BETRAYAL.

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 is a 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!

Love, Friendship, Heartache, Betrayal

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 anBook Club 2019d 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.

Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday Cooking

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The BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc. welcomes Richmond, Va. Media Personality and Virginia Lottery Draw Host Mikki Spencer as she interviews Chef Herman “Big Herm” Baskerville, Chef Tye Hall  and Chef Trey Owens of Soul Taco about their holiday cooking secrets shaped by soulful family traditions. Following the discussion, attendees will enjoy samples of holiday cuisine and select Virginia wines while mingling in one of Richmond’s newest and hottest venues, Capital One’s 1717 Innovation Center in Shockoe Bottom!

$10 per person

Visit Eventbrite for your ticket.

(Space is limited; Get your tickets today!)

Event Sponsors

MLH Assets Management  ~  Vinara Mosby, Maxamus Insurance   ~  Shoe Crazy Wine

*Proceeds benefit the BND Summer Media Camp 2020

Fading into Fall

BND Institute of Media and Culture Events!

Thanks again for all of your support! See you soon!

Nov. 5,  2019 – Kitchen Talk: African-American Holiday
Cooking Traditions—1717 Innovation Center, Richmond, Va.
Dec. 3, 2019 – Calling All Book Clubs w/ Sadeqa Johnson &
Trevy McDonald –Libbie Mill Library, Richmond, Va.
Feb. 20, 2020  –  An Evening with Robert Dortch
March 31, 2020 – Innovative Women of Richmond
June 2020 – BND Summer Media Camp

 

 

The BND Summer Media Camps 2019

3 camps in 3 locations for area youth to learn digital news delivery

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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:

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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.)

Ephesus Camp Overview

Ephesus Camp Application

Ephesus Camp Schedule

July 15-26, 2019 

St. Andrew’s School, 227 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA, 23220, Cost: $120 per student for two weeks; Register by June 30, 2019  (Some scholarships available, please inquire)

St. Andrew’s School BND Media Camp Overview

St. Andrew’s School BND Media Camp Application

Second Baptist Church, 1400 Idlewood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220; Cost: $50 for one week; Register by July 10, 2019; (Some scholarships available, please inquire.)

Second Baptist Camp Overview

Second Baptist Camp Application 

Second Baptist Camp Schedule

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

Susan Winiecki

Dow Jones News Fund’s 2019 Q&A Interview with Bonnie Newman Davis

 

 

Summer Media Camp  2018 NBC12 Video Link:

For more information, please contact Bonnie Newman Davis bonnienewmandavis@gmail.com, call 804 683-7203, or visit bndimc.org

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Why give to the BND Summer Media Camp?

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Why a Media Camp?

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.

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Bonnie

Bonnie Newman Davis

Journalist, Journalism Educator, Media Consultant

Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture Inc.

bndimc.org

804 683-7203

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