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Advertising week event: Terra Session

My mentor Liz Sarachek Blacker eho is the CRO of Terra is having a session for advertising week, I would be a bad mentee if I didn’t pass the information along. My mentor and her co-host did a Q&A to let you know about the event, you can read it below

Answered By: Soizic Sacrez and Liz Sarachek Blacker

Q./When is your event and Where is it located?

A./ On Thursday, Oct. 4th at 9:00-9:45 AM Liberty Theater, 234 West 42nd St (between 7th and 8th Aves — may enter on 41st across from Times Center)

Q./ What topic will this particular event be covering?

A./ Our panel is part of the Multicultural sessions of Advertising Week on Thursday morning 10/04 at the Liberty Theater. The topic of this 9am panel is about Hispanics and Multi-Screen with the session title being “A Multicultural View in a Multi-screen World: A Deep Dive into Hispanic Marketing, Mobile and Digital Strategies”

Q./ In your opinion, why is it important for people in the industry to attend Advertising Week?

A./ To learn about the latest trends, to meet other advertising executives from the industry and to step back in order to look at the big picture.

Q./ What is the main take-a-way you want for people who attend your event to hold on to?

A./ Attendees to our multicultural sessions will learn more about Hispanics and mobile/tablet usage as well as other connected devices. We will discuss how online Hispanics are fast adopters of new technologies and leading some of the digital trends. This panel takes a deep dive into the digital world from the multicultural consumer to the marketer’s point of view – taking a look at how Hispanics are connecting and using their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in their daily lives.

Q./ How will this event positively effect the multicultural audience who attends?

A./ This will be a lively discussion offering a 360 degree view multi-screen world that multicultural consumers live in with top marketers, agency and industry executives will provide a 360° view of the.

Q./ Will there be networking opportunities before and after the event?

A./ Yes, there is a breakfast session prior and there are always some networking opportunities at the break between sessions.

To Learn More About This and Other Events During Advertising Week,

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The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) Present “Haiti Investment and Education”

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) has partnered with the Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation (JDT Foundation) and New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni to host a one-day symposium entitled “Haiti Investment and Education” on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Newark Museum (Billy Johnson Auditorium) in New Jersey from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The event is free to the public
“The Haitian Diaspora represents an untapped resource for investment in Haiti so far. Amcham Haiti is the gateway to investments into Haiti, finding local partners, and meeting key government officials,” said Philippe Saint-Cyr, MBA, the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti. “Amcham Haiti hopes to facilitate investments from the Diaspora that can represent millions in capital to fund current and new companies and provide thousands of jobs, especially outside of the Port-au-Prince area,” he concluded.
Over 200 professionals from the tri-state area and abroad, who represent leaders in their industries, are expected to attend the conference and discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in the redevelopment of Haiti.
“The Haitian Diaspora represents tremendous opportunities for Haiti. Its combined intellectual and economic strengths offer the best chance to provide continued support and growth for the country,” stated Dr. Marjorie P. Brennan, MD, the founder and executive director of the Joseph Dennis Thomas Foundation. “We plan to engage this large pool of passionate and committed individuals to help support education and investment in Haiti,” said Brennan.
Topics will range from education and business to clean energy and agriculture. Featured speakers include: Philippe Saint-Cyr, MBA, the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti; Nathalie Liautaud, MA, the diaspora and investment outreach manager of the Pan American Development Foundation; Conor Bohan, the founder and executive director of Haiti Education Leadership Program (HELP); and Dr. Francois Pierre-Louis, City University of New York.
“Lack of access to education, from primary school to university, is one of the greatest obstacles to long-term social and economic development in Haiti. Conversely, there is overwhelming evidence that investment in education yields extremely high returns, both socially and economically,” said Bohan. “This year’s NAHP conference is an important platform for connecting Haitian diaspora and friends of Haiti to promising investment opportunities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors,”
National Association of Haitian Professionals, (NAHP)
The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) was created in 2011 as a non-profit organization with the vision of becoming the premier organization dedicated to preparing Haitian professionals in the Diaspora for leadership positions throughout the U.S. The NAHP develops partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth within the Haitian community while creating mentoring opportunities between Haitian professionals and high school or college age students to assist in growing the talent pipeline of professionals in various industries. We remain committed to making a difference in the United States by providing the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce, and abroad by building a strong network of Haitian professionals and like-minded organizations to help rebuild Haiti.
Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation
The Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation is dedicated to entrusting the Haitian people to reverse the economic, environmental, health and social effects of deforestation, loss of agriculture, and lack of water system management. Through higher education opportunities, and with strong partnerships and collaboration, the Foundation works towards increased engagement in the development and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the community.
New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni
The New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni Chapter’s purpose is to bring together the collective resources of NJHSA alumni in order to promote education and other services within the community; to maintain a liaison between the alumni; to maintain a continuing supportive relationship with NJHSA, its members, programs and events. The mission of the Alumni Chapter is to foster alumni loyalty, involvement and support.
If you would like additional information on the NAHP or to schedule an interview or cover the upcoming please contact Windia Dieudonne via email at or call at 877-627-6247.


It’s always a pleasure when there is something worthwhile taking place in your own backyard. This event is so timely in honoring Donald M. Payne Jr son of Rep Donald Payne who recently passed. Also being honored is Tiffany Aliche who is the client of one of my fellow NJ public relations buddies Dreena of Whit PR.

I’ve included the press release if you wanted additional information. Save the date and see you there.

Fashion For A Cure (FFAC) and Instilling My Ability to Naturally Embrace Excellence Inc. (IMANEE) Presents the Ujima Awards

Unsung heroes exist throughout the community committing noble acts of courage with little recognition or acknowledgement, Fashion For A Cure and IMANEE decided to change that. Collectively both organizations devoted time to form the Ujima Awards, a ceremony that honors the loyalty and dedication of change agents in our communities.

Titled after the third principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima, meaning collective work and responsibility, this ceremony will serve as a platform of celebration of individuals as well as organizations for their relentless and selfless service to build and maintain communities throughout New Jersey. The celebration will consist of community performances along with award recognitions of a combination of four individuals and organizations. Our awards and honorees include:

No community can reach its fullest potential without celebrating and encouraging respect of those who continue to make it a better place for the individuals who reside in it. So please come out and help us celebrate!

Date: April 7, 2012

Time: 1-5 pm

Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)


South Orange, NJ 07079

Read Across America |Lets get the children involved

Reading is fundamental so for Read Across America lets get the children involved.

New York, NY – AFA Gallery will present The Art of Dr. Seuss – A Retrospective to commemorate the 108th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and to kick off the National Education Association’s 16th annual Read Across America event. This sale and educational exhibition focuses on the artistic contributions made by Dr Seuss in the 20th century. 

Children of all ages are invited to view the exhibit on opening day, Friday, March 2nd from 10-7 PM. Throughout the day, actors from Seussical the Musical will read Dr. Seuss books, which have been donated by Random House, to groups of school children from the area. A collection of nearly 100 pieces of art and sculptures which will be on display through the month. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10-7 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM. AFA is located at 54 Greene Street at Broome in SoHo. 

11am Steve Brezzo

11:30 Damon Ellis

Noon: Shawna Doster

12:30 Kimberly De Oliveira

1pm Karin de la Penha

1:30 Elaine Del Valle

2pm Steve Brezzo 

2:30 Karin de la Penha

3pm Steve Hayes

3:30 Joey Shajlo

4pm Danielle Quisenberry

4:30 Kimberly De Oliveira

5pm Karin de la Penha

5:30 Laura Gusso

6pm Linda Jones

6:30 Miron Gusso

For more on the National Education Association you can visit their site

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. Tumblr:

Hope For Them Holiday Toy Drive for Haiti

Sharing some information about a worthy toy drive.


Hope For Them Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive

Uniting the Worlds of Art and Philanthropy

For the Children of Haiti

Dec. 17, 2011 from 7-11pm

Gallery 151 (132 W. 18th)

Hosted by Ines Ferre from CNN

Music by DJ Super Jaimie

Live Performance by Kate Nauta

Live Painting by Borbay & Ari Lankin

Cocktails by St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Wine by Evening Lands Vineyards

Hors D?oeuvres by Alison Eighteen Restaurant


$30 with a toy
$50 without a toy
(Toys must be unwrapped & valued under $25)

RSVP or Make a Donation at

For Press Pass, contact Jenny










MaMa Africa Program for Noire Chic-A Night of Elegance Benefit Fashion Show


Noire Chic~A Night of Elegance Benefit Fashion Show

December 3, 2011 7:00PM-9:00PM
(7-8 Cocktail Hour/8-9 Fashion Show)After Party TBA 11-1am
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street 7th Floor Brooklyn, NY

Tickets are $25 and will be available for purchase at:  and will be available to purchase online until Dec. 1, 2011.

Tickets sales will be $30 at the door. Ticket purchase includes entry to the cocktail hour, fashion show, and after party.  Plus complimentary gift bags, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks that will be served during the event.


The fashion show will help raise funds for the MaMa Africa Program’s next outreach trip to West Africa and help to continue their mission of working with the mothers and children. The Noire Chic Benefit Fashion Show for the MaMa Africa Program is being sponsored by BGNB Productions, LIVID Magazine, Just Plain Soap (JPS) , Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, HealthRight International, Soul Purpose, Miss Jessie’s, Statuesque Events, 3D Looks Make-Up, and Joloff Restaurant. Music provided by Africology.

The fashion show will feature designers: Farai Simoyi, Jason Troisi, Felix Anaman, Bavubuka Dynasty/Ras Kasozi, Mushana, Sarfo of Styles, VQ Fashions, Helena Coutinho, OCO Bags, and Chris Garner jewlery.




Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusist and hard core networker. Tumblr:

The AAWIC 14th Annual Film Festival | November 17-19, 2011

I attended the AAWIC Film Festival last year and had the opportunity to even interview the legendary Ntozake Shange. I know I received a reminder email about the event maybe a week ago but it sadly slipped my mind. But due to the “Power of Twitter” one of my PR friends tweeted about the event and it jogged my memory that I didn’t confirm to attend the 14th Annual event.  She sent me over the full information on this years event and I’m going to see which ones I can make it too.  My newest client will be in attendance as well so this should call for a good evening.

If you want to know how last year went here are the links from the 13th Annual AAWIC  Film Festival:

Here is the press release for this years event. Should you want to attend.

The AAWIC’s Best African American Women Films Premiere at the 14th Annual Film Festival This Weekend Gains Support From The Oscars and Other Industry Big Wigs

November 2011 New York, NY- The African American Women In Cinema’s 14th Annual film festival opens November 17, 2011 at The Lighthouse International located at 111 East 59th New York, NY 10022. To kick things off the AAWIC film festival’s red carpet will be hosted by Ameliaismoore at 6:30pm with a VIP Reception sponsored by The Lighthouse International.  Following the reception, at 7:45pm a Pioneer Honoree Presentation hosted by WBLS’s Liz Black will be given to producer Laurens Grant with a special film screening of her debut film Love Life Soul by Dedra Tate. Major industry executives such as Patrick Harrison, NY Program Director for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars),  will be in attendance to support this great event on its opening night.
The AAWIC 14th Annual Film Festival continues throughout the weekend with many exciting screenings by filmmakers from all over the country from November 17-19, 2011. On Friday, November 17th from 11:00am-10:00pm films will be screening with panel discussions hosted by Ameliaismore at DCTV 87 Lafayette Ave. Simultaneously, on Friday evening from 6:30-9:00pm there will be a young filmmakers showcase with screening of films from New York City teenagers at the Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society at 12 West 122nd Street. Saturday, November 19, screenings take place from 1:00-4:00pm  at the Showbiz Cafe at 19 West 21st New York. From 6:30-9:00pm the closing session and wrap reception will be at back at DCTV 87 Lafayette Street. Ticket prices range from $10-$105. To purchase tickets you may go to
For the past decade, the African-American Women In Cinema organization has served as a continuous support system for women filmmakers led by founder Terra Renee. AAWIC’s mission Renee states is “Thriving in their work to connect minority women filmmakers with professionals in the entertainment industry.” In the past, celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Nia Long, Ntozake Shange and Jada Pinkett Smith have showcased their work at the AAWIC.

For more information and to reserve seats for the festival contact AAWIC festival publicist: Cordelia Donovan at

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Tumblr:

Verizon and National Domestic Violence Hotline Launch ‘Monsters,’ a Short Animated Video That Depicts Devastating View of Domestic Violence From a Child’s Perspective

Verizon and National Domestic Violence Hotline Launch ‘Monsters,’ a Short Animated Video That Depicts Devastating View of Domestic Violence From a Child’s Perspective

Video Aimed at Encouraging Public to Support Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts and to Call for Help

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – September 29, 2011 –

“Monsters,” a provocative new video, portrays the alarming impact of domestic violence on families and children, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.  Produced and funded by the Verizon Foundation and supported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the video encourages the public to get involved in domestic violence prevention and education efforts, and also emphasizes that help for victims and their families is just a phone call away: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).

Verizon Wireless customers can quickly reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline by dialing #HOPE.  The hotline offers confidential help 24/7.  To help support the hotline’s efforts, Verizon Wireless, through HopeLine, has donated $75,000. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and recycles or refurbishes them to support domestic violence victims and survivors.

The video, two minutes and 34 seconds long, graphically describes how domestic violence affects children.  The child’s voice states:

“A child who lives with domestic violence lives in darkness. … She struggles to separate her nightmares from reality because there’s very little difference.  The child who lives with domestic violence isn’t afraid of the dark.  She’s afraid of her dad because the monster doesn’t live in her closet – it’s just down the hall.”

Studies suggest that between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year.  And according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, witnessing violence between parents or caregivers is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.  The video notes that girls who witness abuse are more likely to be abused later in life, and boys are twice as likely to abuse their own partners – “because that’s the world they know.”

Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said: “To end this devastating cycle of violence, we must motivate silent bystanders to take action.   People need to understand that when they look the other way, they condone this deplorable behavior.  Verizon is committed to preventing domestic violence by educating our employees, customers and the public about the importance of stepping in to help someone in need.  We believe that this provocative video will help us accomplish this life-saving goal.”

According to some studies, less that 1 percent of domestic violence cases are reported to the police.

Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, said: “It takes an incredible amount of courage to come forward and ask for help. The more established domestic violence is in our national dialogue, the more likely victims will be able to seek help and make a lasting change.”

The video concludes with the child narrator making a poignant plea for the public to help:

“Maybe you don’t wake up every day shaking, or jump every time the phone rings.  But maybe you should look a little harder.  Maybe it’s a friend, a co-worker, or your neighbor. …Your help could make all the difference.  We need everyone to bring domestic violence into the light.”

Kirk said, “Please share the link to the “Monsters” video with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.  It’s a simple action that may have a huge impact.”

The “Monsters” video can be viewed at

About the National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress and is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization providing crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates, government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

About Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. Verizon has invested more than $28 million in domestic violence prevention.  For more information on the foundation, visit

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit


Media Contact:Ellen Yu, 908-559-2818
Elva Lima, 908-559-7530


Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Syleena Johnson launches national step competition

Wanted to share something that hit my inbox. Since I do enjoy the art of stepping and I do support the Boss Network and my Soror  Syleena Johnson I decided to share. Enjoy. I think it’s a good idea that Syleena is tapping into her Greek network.


Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Syleena Johnson launches national step competition

Chicago, IL-August 5, 2011-Attention all Greek letter organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC),Grammy-nominated recording artist, Syleena Johnson wants to know who’s boss. In a partnership with The BOSS Network and Progressive Greek Magazine, Syleena Johnson launches a promotional campaign and contest for NPHC members nationally.

Syleena is known for the distinctive vocals on Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” and for her own hits like “Guess What”, “Hypnotic” and “Another Relationship”. With four albums under her belt , Syleena’s back with a new hit single called “A Boss” from her fifth album “Chapter V: Underrated” set for release September 27th, 2011.

Since Syleena is a member of the NPHC (Zeta Phi Beta Inc.), she is looking for the best Greek letter Sorority and Fraternity step team to show her who’s boss. Each step team must submit a five to seven minute video showcasing their team’s performance, be from a Greek letter organization, and members of an Undergraduate or Graduate Chapter from the NPHC.

There can only be one team from each chapter and all team members must belong to the same chapter. Each team must use at least 60 seconds of Syleena’s song “A Boss” in their performance. The overall theme of your routine must be tied into the song. Judging will be based on how well you incorporate your own style and creativity into being “A Boss”.

The winning Sorority and Fraternity will each receive a $1,000 donation to their chapter and a special appearance from Syleena on their college campus (with school approval) or chapter sponsored event. Step up and show who’s boss. Must be at least age 18. All entries must be made via video response to Syleena Johnson’s Are You “A Boss” Step Competition announcement on YouTube @ .

This contest is sponsored by Progressive Greek ( and The BOSS Network ( Contest ends November 1, 2011. If you are a business or non-profit organization and want to partner with Syleena Johnson or make a donation for this contest, please contact Dr. Syleecia Thompson at


About Progressive Greek:

Provide Individual and organizational development opportunities Deliver relevant and timely news and information Develop strong and impactful relationships within our communities Host and promote quality events Redefine the stereotype of Greek life.



About The BOSS Network:

BOSS stands for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and its mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit in women. The BOSS Network is a community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking.


For more contest details and rules contact:

Kevin Davis at or

Melissa Jordan at

To enter the contest go to:



Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove ~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

*UPDATED* Billionaire Girls Club for Love & Labels Shop & Sip for Good Soiree

Sandra Florent
Solo Dove Public Relations

Billionaire Girls Club for Love & Labels
Shop & Sip for Good Soiree

Atlanta, GA,  — “Fashion’s Night Out” is back! For the third year in a row, VOGUE, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Company will team up to bring you one of the biggest shopping nights of the year. On September 8th, fashionista’s across the globe will mix and mingle amongst celebrities and designers, and take part in after-hours shopping and exclusive events. Celebrity designer and philanthropist, Victoria Paul, will participate in this years fashion festivities with Love & Labels Shop & Sip for Good Soiree, a celebratory pop-up shop tour that will take place later in July and conclude in September.

Lavish boutique venues in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta will hold host to women as they shop, sip, and tweet (#rockbgc) with fellow Billionaire Girls Club supporters who love their labels.

BGC for Love & Labels will hold its first pop-up shop in New York at the Honey Lounge, 243 West 14th Street, on Friday, July 29th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday, August 5th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The three month tour will conclude with the launch of the newest Love & Labels collection “Lipstick Jungle” on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at this years Fashion’s Night Out.


Shop & Sip for Good Soiree tour dates include:

7/29: New York, NY @ Honey Lounge NYC, 6-11 p.m. 
7/30: Brooklyn, NY @ The Wagon Boutique , 4-8, p.m. 
8/5: New York, NY @ Honey Lounge NYC, 6-11 p.m. 

* Further dates and locations will be announced.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit: and email us directly.

About Billionaire Girls Club and Love & Labels:

Billionaire Girls Club was founded by stylist, Victoria Paul, in Long Island, NY  in April 2006, as a knitwear and vintage tee clothing company. Love & Labels was later introduced to offer contemporary and couture closet staples to carry consumers from season to season. Think….the grunge, grime and glamour from 90s fashion brought back with vengeance. L & L’s faux-fur coats, battered boots, and shredded explicit T-Shirts have a more sophisticated edge. BGC for Love & Labels apparel can best be described as a modern lifestyle brand for the new generation.


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