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National Black Public Relations Society Launches Regional New Jersey Chapter




National Black Public Relations Society Launches Regional New Jersey Chapter

9th Chapter to provide professional development and networking opportunities for PR/communications professionals and students


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The National Black Public Relations Society (, the foremost organization for professional image-makers and strategists, announced today the launch of a new chapter in New Jersey.


New Jersey Black Public Relations Society is officially here

The New Jersey Chapter Black Public Relations Society (NJBPRS) will provide career development, networking, mentoring and other benefits to professionals in public relations, media relations, government relations, marketing, social media and other communications specialties.


“We’re very excited to add New Jersey to our chapter roster,” said Deborah K. Hyman, president of the NBPRS. “We’re increasing our network around the country so that communications professionals have local and national networks to tap into for support.  Black communications professionals are making monumental contributions to organizations around the world; we want to ensure they have a strong network and career advancing opportunities.”


The leadership of NJBPRS includes Beverley Malcolm, senior communications consultant for Global Communications at Verizon, as president; Sandra Florent, president of Solo Dove public relations firm, as vice president; Natalie Thigpen, vice president of communications at Mountainside Hospital, as treasurer; and Cameka Crawford, public relations manager at Verizon Wireless, as secretary.


“Over the next few months, NJBPRS will launch a series of professional development programs and networking events to serve communications professionals and students,” said Malcolm. “We’re inviting all northern New Jersey communications professionals to join us and get involved. Our strength will be in our members, and together we’ll have a competitive advantage.”


To join NJBPRS, contact Interested professionals and students can connect with the organization via LinkedIn or on twitter @NJBPRS.


In addition to the new New Jersey chapter, there are Black Public Relations Society chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The organization’s members and supporters will convene in Washington, DC at Howard University for their annual conference and career fair on October 25-28, 2012. Go to for more information.


About the National Black Public Relations Society


The National Black Public Relations Society is the foremost organization for professional image-makers and strategists. We invite you to join our network of 500-plus members comprised of communications professionals in the fields of public relations, marketing and social media. With the strength of our affiliate chapters throughout the country, NBPRS strives to nurture, enlighten and inform its membership about new technologies and techniques. Our goal is to empower practitioners and entrepreneurs to network and succeed. Visit us at, follow us on Twitter @NBPRS and on Facebook at National Black Public Relations Society.


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.

Newly elected E-Board for New Jersey Black Public Relations Society

It’s official the newly formed New Jersey Black Public Relations Society (NJBPRS) has been formed and elected their executive board. Yours truly will be serving as vice president. There is much work to be done but I am excited for the challenge.

Let’s meet the executive board.

· Beverley Malcolm, president – senior communications consultant for Global Communications at Verizon
· Sandra Florent, vice president – president of Solo Dove Public Relations, a boutique public relations firm that specializes in entertainment, fashion and non-profit organizations
· Cameka Crawford, secretary – public relations manager at Verizon Wireless


Once again congratulations to the executive board we look forward to build a great chapter here in New Jersey.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

New Jersey Black Public Relations Society Meeting – May 8th

New Jersey Public Relations professionals there is another chance to attend a Black Public Relations society meeting. This one will be in central Jersey at the J&J headquarters in New Brunswick. I think its a smart move to have meetings in northern and central Jersey, its such to foster more community among New Jersey PR professionals. I attended inaugural meeting that happened about a month ago. That meeting was held at NJPAC a brought out a good crowd. I have the feeling this meeting will draw a crowd as well. Also the newly reactivated NY BPRS is having a meeting on the 8th as well. So two chances to mix and mingle.

I’ve attached a link to the flier below, feel free to share. Hope to see you all there.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~


PR News: NJ BPRS Kick-Off Meeting – Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 – 8 PM

For my New Jersey based public relations professionals this is a meeting you will want to attend.

Inaugural Regional Informational & Networking Kick-Off Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), One Center St., Newark, NJ

Light Refreshments; $2 Parking Voucher (Lots A, C, & Military Park)

Register no later than Friday, March 23:



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

The Beat of My Heart is Crying Z Phi B | Why I wanted to be a Zeta

Today marks the 92nd Founder’s Days [in my biased opinion] of the greatest sorority ever created Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. which was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. on this day in 1920.

I salute our Five Pearls

Most Honorable Founding Soror Arizona Leedonia Cleaver Stemons

Most Honorable Founding Soror Pearl Anna Neal

Most Honorable Founding Soror Fannie Pettie Watts

Most Honorable Founding Soror Myrtle Tyler Faithful

Most Honorable Founding Soror Viola Tyler Goings

I became a Zeta because their ideals spoke to me. Spoke to what I wanted to be. The ideals of finer womanhood, scholarship, sisterly love, and service are what Zeta Phi Beta stands for and what I wanted to embody. I studied Zeta like it was final exam because this was something not to be taken lightly. I would be a Zeta forever. From my days as an auxiliary member of the Zeta Archonettes we were always reminded by our advisor that “We didn’t spend all this time learning about Blue and White to go off to Pink and Green or Red And White ” [i.e. other sororities] I could have gone to another sorority upon entering college but I knew they weren’t for me. The Zetas that I met really seems to like each other, they did programs, they knew how to have fun, and they were down to earth. I knew I was making the right choice.

On March 13,2005 [6:12:24] I became a member of the Blazing Blazing Blazing Beta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. From then on I continued the work of Zeta. From being chapter president for 2 years, I was a chapter of ONE. Learned a great deal during that time. Through this I still prevailed winning awards, putting on programs, the works. A year later I was award the undergraduate of the year award. This was another proud moment in Zeta for me, my work was being recognized. I became a Zeta to help further the cause. In 2007 one of my good friends became a member of my chapter, followed by intake in Spring 08, Fall 10, and Spring 11. Each intake has continued to uphold the ideals of the sorority while keeping up the boldness that is Beta Nu.

Its a hard road searching for Phi Beta its a hard road to ZetaLand

My ultimate goal is to be a famous Zeta. I know it may sound crazy but that is something that I want and work towards. Just like Sorors who have accomplished so much before me I want to do something that will show Zeta Women get things done.

I had this shirt made. It is my favorite Zeta quote!

To all of my Sorors I wish you all a Happy Founders Day. Let us continue the work our 5 Pearls started!

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

A trip down memory lane Zeta Style

Strangers we entered, Friends we became, Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta we remain


Me and my SPECial (great minds think alike)

Beta Nu chapter representing. Founders Day 2009

In front of the plot at Howard

With my line sisters (Spring 05 is the year we became Zetas!!)

Beta Nu chapter representing

The chapter during my last year as an undergrad,(sp 05,sp07,& sp08)


Beta Nu Christmas 2010

Newest additions to Beta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (Fall 10)


Beta Nu Christmas 2011



Spring 11


Zeta Lean


❤ My Chapter

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