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Friday, January 30th, 2009


by A.man.I

Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright who gained notoriety during the 2008 Presidential race for his well publicized comments about America made a stop at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta on Friday to receive an award at the 2nd Annual H.O.T.E.P Lecture Series.

After he was presented with his award he sat down for about fifteen minutes to speak to local media. We were instructed not to ask him any questions about his relationship with President Obama. It seems a local newspaper reporter got a little aggressive with the questions earlier in the day and he almost decided to nix the rest of the interviews.

WXIA-TV, WAGA-TV, The Atlanta Voice, and a Morehouse student reporter all respected the request, but we did ask him questions about the bailout, the Blagojevich situation and Senator Burris. As a reporter, when you’re asked not to ask a question, you have to find ways to ask around the question, so when I got my chance I asked if he thinks America is really on the cusp of change.

Note to PR folks: If time is running out on an interviewee’s time, please let us know in between questions, not in the middle of a response… Why ruin a good sound bite with, “That was the last question”?

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009


by A.man.I

STARZ in Black is featuring a short film called “The Day of Change,” that revisits the historic election of President Barack Obama. 25 celebrities share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

The 20 minute documentary airs Feb 1st at 7.30pm ET/PT, and throughout the rest of the Black History Month.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009


from e-release

H.O.T.E.P. (Healing Ourselves through Excellence and Preparation) will hold its 2nd Annual Breakthrough Lecture Series and Conference on Friday, January 30, 2009 at Clark Atlanta University. H.O.T.E.P is a nonprofit organization which focuses on creating program models that can influence how urban and rural educators, the church, and community organizations coalesce for the betterment of their communities. H.O.T.E.P. provides forums for professionals in the disciplines of Religion, Education and Psychology, in effort to create regular dialogue, synergize ideas and create change.

This year’s conference theme is “Sankofa: Restoring the Greatness of the African-American Family, Church and Academic Village,” and will feature renowned minister, The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Queen Quet , Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as guest speakers. An awards ceremony during the luncheon recognizing Dr. Wright and Queen Quet for their service and dedication to the community. Five undergraduate students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored in part by NASA, for their outstanding scholarly essays on this year’s conference topic.

Friday, January 30, 2009
Media Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Libation: 9:00 a.m.
Lectures and Open Forum: 10:00 a.m.
Awards Luncheon: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
** TSU Video Conference 9:00 a.m. CST

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


by A.man.I

Socon ’09 is coming. The event is in its third year and brings the brightest social media minds in the Southeast together.

If you haven’t done so, register now. I’ll see you there.



Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


by A.man.I

Four Minutes

4 Minutes Trailer B from relleks on Vimeo.

Homicidez by Filmstress by Nicholle LaVann

Homicidez Trailer

Dogs of Chinatown – All Aces Media

DOGS of CHINATOWN internet trailer 1 from All Aces Media on Vimeo

26 Words for Obama
by Emily Troutman

President Obama: Words for How We Feel Now from Emily Troutman on Vimeo.

Monday, January 26th, 2009


by A.man.I

On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin held her first ethnic press briefing at City Hall.

Here are some quotes from the briefing that stood out.

“The position of Mayor is not for the faint hearted of thin skinned… The good news is I do what I believe in. The bad news is I do what I believe in, and let the chips fall where they may.”

“I believe we have to look seriously at Casino gambling.” (referring to building a casino at Underground Atlanta).

“No city can be successful unless it is safe. No city can be successful with out clean air and water. No city can be successful without quality eduction.”

“What I continue to hear is that the recession is going to get worse before it gets better.”

“We can only hire the folks we can pay for… I am determined that I will not leave the city financially crippled as I found it in ’92.”

“I am proud of the fact that we (City of Atlanta) have a balanced budget… and I hear that the state of Goergia has a reserve fund, but if you don’t fund education, transportation or mental health do you have a reserve fund or money in the bank”?

“How can we say we are a great state if we can’t provide basic services, like health care services”?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


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Producer: Trey Thomas
Editor: Trey Thomas
Host: Amani Channel
Guest: Chip Dizard, Independent Producer
Inauguration Video: Courtesy C-SPAN
Music: United States Air Force Marching Band – Hail to the Chief

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009


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