Category Archives: In The News

"I Just Made Shit Up!" Kathryn Stockett and The Story Behind ‘The Help’

The day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Kathryn Stockett found herself sitting in her downtown New York City apartment, reflective, lonely and terribly homesick. “I was thinking about my family and thinking about this woman named Demetrie,” said Stockett. “She was the African-American woman that worked for our family for 32 years and for the first time in my life, I started to ask myself ‘what was she thinking all of those years?’ I had totally taken it for granted. I was so naive as a child. She knew everything about us and I didn’t know anything about her. So I started

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RECAP: My NABJ 2011 Experience

I attended my very first (and certainly not my last) National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Philadelphia last week. The Philadelphia Convention Center was the nerve center for everything NABJ: Ceremonies, panels, receptions, parties, film screenings, celebrity performances and a huge career fair. Although I was in reporter mode covering the event for VIBE magazine, I still managed to attend several panels, a couple of receptions and one lively film screening. THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 The convention began on Wednesday, August 3, but I arrived in Philly on Thursday just in time for the opening ceremony. The

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The Co-Founder of The Red Pump Project Talks Shoes and HIV/AIDS Awareness

The moment you visit The Red Pump Project website, you’re hit with a sobering fact: Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV.   It’s startling statistics like that, which makes The Red Pump Project – a three-year-old collective dedicated to starting conversations and raising funds to impact HIV/AIDS awareness for women – absolutely necessary. The red pump is used as a symbol of empowerment, strength and courage for women both directly and indirectly affected by the disease. With today being National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I felt it only fitting to chat with one of the co-founders of The

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