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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009


by A.man.I

I’m the new Content Manager for LENSonAtlanta, a new social community that is designed to promote education, the arts, community activism, and civic discourse.

LENSonAtlanta is being developed by PBA (WPBA/WABE), Atlanta’s public broadcasting stations. The community is currently being fine tuned, and will launch this summer.

This will be a great opportunity for community organizations, and those who may not be engaged with social media to dive in.

I’ll be providing updates, and more information once I settle in.

Saturday, April 25th, 2009



This is a March from 2008. Daphne was pregnant with Devin and Marched for Team Rico&Jordan. She’s marching again today with her sister.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009


by A.man.I

Thanks to sister-in-law Kim Hearn for walking for babies.

Join Team Rico&Jordan or donate.


Click here to help me reach my goal!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


This is what you’ll never see on the news. RIP Bookie.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


Monday, April 20th, 2009


by A.man.I


If you keep up with me on Twitter or Facebook, then I’m sure you’re well aware of my family’s efforts to raise money for the March of Dimes on behalf of my twins who were born prematurely in 2006.

I’m proud to announce that my wife and I raised about $600.00 dollars during our three-day effort. We started the drive with about $550.00 dollars, and by late Sunday that number had doubled as you can see above.

We’ve asked friends and family to donate to Rico and Jordan’s “band” in the past, but this year I decided to step up my effort to raise money. This all came to me at the last moment, but I first decided to update the short documentary that I produced in 2007 to include the recent birth of our son Devin.

We uploaded the video to my wife’s Facebook account as well as my own, and tagged friends and family who we know personally to share the video with them. I also uploaded the video to my blip.tv account and placed in on my blog for my visitors to see. Additionally, Atlanta Daybook donated a press release about the fundraiser.

I don’t know how many people in total viewed the video but to date 74 saw the video via the blip.tv upload. If you know a way to view video metrics on Facebook, let me know. I received many comments from people in my Facebook network that they viewed the video and would thereafter support the cause.


Twitter seemed to be the most effective way to gain support during the effort. I Twittered about the fundraiser each day (Friday, Sat., and Sun.), giving updates about how much money was raised, and our overall goals. That generated a fair amount of conversations from people who both donated and wanted to help spread the word. It also seemed that donors would make contributions during my tweet-sprees.


Since my Twitter account is linked to FB, some of the conversations occurred there. One person made a donation after stating that they never thought to support the March of Dimes. It seems that most donors are friends of the family or people I’ve dealt with personally, and a few are casual associates, but they are people who I’ve met or communicated with in the past.

Another thing I tried to do is to ask some of my Twitter friends to re-tweet my messages. While most generally obliged, it didn’t seem that that method generated a significant amount of donations, however, it certainly helped raise awareness of our cause.

I’d like thank everyone who donated, and though my family suffered a big loss, we want you to think about supporting the March of Dimes rather than our personal situation. Over the years we’ve learned that many women, and families have experienced situations similar to ours, and premature birth really isn’t that rare.

We want you to support the March of Dimes because the organization is committed to helping babies live healthy lives. What is more important than that?

Again, we appreciate your continued support, and this won’t be the last time you hear me talk about my twins or the March of Dimes, because or goal is to raise $5000.00 this year.

We’ve only just begun.

If you haven’t done so yet, please make a donation now.


Amani Channel

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


by A.man.I

It’s hard to believe that on April 19, it will be three years since our firstborn twins were born and passed. This year I’m stepping up my efforts raise funds for the March of Dimes. So far we’ve raised $550.00 dollars on behalf of Rico and Jordan, but we’d like to raise $5,000.00. Is that too ambitious?

My wife and I will always support the March of Dimes, and we’re asking that you do the same. This year MyUrbanReport/ VisualEyeMedia received a sponsorship from Atlanta Daybook to help publicize our effort. I’ll also be Twittering, and I’ll reach out to my Facebook friends, and the greater digital community for support.

Please donate here, or you can click on the link on the sidebar. On behalf of my family, and my boys, thank you.

This is an opportunity for you to contribute to a good cause. Life is precious, and delicate. If you don’t understand, then watch our story.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


from e-release

Hello Community Partners and Friends:

During the past 30 days, we have worked hard to launch our campaign to keep community television alive here in Atlanta. No official decisions have been made as of yet; however, if we do not receive your support there is a great possibility by the end of the year we will be forced to close our doors and discontinue all of the valuable services we provide for the community. Most of you have worked with us at one point or another and can more than likely imagine what a great loss it would be if we didn’t have a community television center that promotes nonprofits for free, offers training for youth to become effective leaders and communicators, produces projects that document community history and development, provides affordable production courses for the public, and serves as a first amendment forum for Atlanta citizens.

Please join us as we make our voices heard to the City. We do not want to go away by the end of 2009!

Visit www.peopletv.org to find out more ways you can help further our cause. The first step you can take to help is signing our petition http://citizenspeak.org/node/1522. This petition is a request for the City to pass an ordinance that requires continued funding for community television in Atlanta. If the Mayor and City Council do not decide to preserve the monies currently designated for public access, the franchise fees that Comcast pays the City will be thrown into the general coffers and community television here will cease to exist after 2009.

To stay current on our status and upcoming advocacy events for People TV, please frequent our web site, become a fan of People TV on Facebook, befriend me on Facebook, or follow us on www.twitter.com/PeopleTV_ATL.

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