Black Public Relations Society-New York (BPRS-NY) re-launches

This past  Wednesday I attended the  informational and networking meeting for the relaunch of  BPRS-NY. The meeting was held place at the offices of Burson-Marsteller.  I didn’t even know we had a local BPRS in NY.  That’s because the group had been inactive for the past three years.  The former Vice President Special Events and Diversity Officer Mike Millis decided to get together with some former members and try to bring back the local chapter.

At this relaunch meeting we had  a rep from Burson- Marsteller (Emily)  speak about the company and some other topics pertaining to Blacks within PR. Emily of who is part of the diversity and inclusion council  at Burson- Marsteller and seemed very eager to have BPNRS back and get involved. Emily mentioned (as must in the industry know) “PR is not that colorful.”  Which is a true statement. The question was asked “Why are blacks not being advertised too, is it because we will buy anyway?”

My take on that question is the advertising that is often geared towards black consumers is often a bit to stereotypical for my liking. i.e.  selling fast food with rapping consumers in a van. I don’t get it.

We also had the president (Deborah Hyman) of the National Black Public Relations Society speak, offering more insight on NBPRS as a whole and the expansion of other local chapters. There are talks to have a chapter in New Jersey. Which would be better for me, and we could pair we also had Patrice Tanaka, of CRT/tanaka,  talk about her new book, “Becoming Ginger Rogers.”

I think the first meeting went well.  There were some good ideas brought up and there really is an effort to make sure that this time around the chapter doesn’t go inactive.

For now I think the best way to stay connected to Black Public Relations Society is by joining the national  LinkedIn Group. Simply search for National Black Public Relations Society Inc.  An email list is  being set up  add your name to that to keep updated as well.

Are you excited that BPRS-NY is coming back? Is there a group that you used to belong to that you wish would come back?

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:

    • Dee
    • July 22nd, 2012

    Any updates, is it in existence? definitely interested …

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