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Monday, September 27th, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long says he’s going to fight

by Amani Channel

Bishop Eddie Long broke his silence Sunday during services at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

People are looking for answers after four men came out last week accusing the megachurch leader of sexual misconduct, and questionable pictures surfaced.

Long spoke about painful situations on Sunday, then said that he’s not going to fight the allegations in the media. He said he’s not perfect, but he’s going to fight his accusers, and feels like David battling Goliath.

What he didn’t say was that he’s innocent, that he didn’t do it, or that his accusers are lying.

You can listen to his entire address here.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

How can a traditional journalist start a new media career?

by Amani Channel

Social media why do I love thee?

Because anyone can participate, have a voice, and share information.

Sure, getting booked on CNN is great, but believe me, in some cases mainstream news isn’t anymore credible than the average Joe with a blog.

About a week ago I was contacted by Pam Perry. She’s a publicist/PR coach/social media strategist, and she will be the first to tell you that she comes from the “old school.”

Well, Pam has a new school approach to media, and she’s all over the place. I’ve been following her on Twitter for a good while, and we’re connected on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

When she asked me to be a guest on her show to share some tips about video, I couldn’t resist.

Check out our thirty minute conversation on BlogTalkRadio.

I drop some media jewels about how I started MyUrbanReport; how I transitioned from traditional to new media, and how my online presence helped me find my current job at KEF Media (they actually found me).

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

No Wedding No Womb – A digital rally to promote family

by Amani Channel


No wedding no womb, in other words, fellas put a ring on it before you start making babies.

On the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, writers across the blogosphere are joining a grassroots movement to promote marriage and family in the Black community.

Why? Because the baby mama situation has reached epidemic proportions.

Charles Kochakian
recently examined some of the staggering statistics surrounding the issue.

Just 35 percent of black children live with two parents, which partly explains why 59 percent of black eighth-graders watch four or more hours of television on an average day, while 24 percent of their white peers do. The latter waste their time on new social media, computers and fancy phones.

Black children also are disproportionately handicapped by class disparity: By age 4, the average child in a professional family hears about 20 million more words than the average child in a working-class family.

Professional athletes have recently become the poster players for the problem. You’ve heard about Antonio Cromartie? Dude has a gang of kids, and can’t hardly keep track of them all.

Studies over the years point to many factors such as low unemployment rates for black males, and changes in attitudes regarding sexual behavior.

Whatever the reason, blogger Christelyn Karazin wants to shed some light on the situation. She’s a single mother, and can speak from her personal experiences. Now she’s saying, “enough is enough.”

Thus was born, “No Wedding No Womb” day. The movement even has its own theme song.

No Wedding No Womb Theme Song! by LJpress

So what are my thoughts? People…. we have to do better. I like to think beyond color lines, but the problem is undeniable. The streets are raising too many of our young kings, and without a strong family unit the numerous problems that plague black communities (high drop out rates, high incarceration rates, etc.) will persist.

But perhaps instead of saying “no wedding no womb,”, my sistas should be whispering, “no condom, no puddy cat.”

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

When the storm hits

by Amani Channel

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cover a storm? The year was 2008 and I was a freelance correspondent with HDNews.

My sidekick photographer Mario Page and I stayed busy that summer covering stories all over the Southeast.

This was one of the wetter adventures.

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Learn from video Jedi

by Amani Channel

Use a tripod. Shoot wide, medium and tight shots, and record for at least 10 to 15 seconds.

Those are just some of the rules I follow when I’m shooting video.

How did I learn? From professional news photographers.

If you want a lesson from some of the best in the business, I would highly suggest you check out the Poynter Institute’s Video Storytelling Webinar.

This is your opportunity to learn from veteran journalists who are successful at handling new technology and adapting to new reporting practices, all while staying creative.

This class isn’t for rookies, but I think that anyone interested in production will walk away with some practical advice that will improve your skills.


Friday, September 10th, 2010

Should the law regulate the sag?

by Amani Channel

Where’s the ACLU when you need it? I can’t say that I like to see saggin’ pants, but why are people trying to make it a legal issue?

from JJEI

Dublin, Ga. Juvenile Court Judge William Tribble, Sr. says he has plenty of work to keep him busy on the bench. Now’s he’s concerned that a new ordinance signed into law Tuesday banning saggy pants in the middle Georgia city might end up overloading an already jam-packed court docket.

I’m not a fan of the style, but this is more of a parenting issue than a legal one. Parents: stop letting rappers and the streets raise your kids, and the pants should come up just a little.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Check Deez

by Amani Channel

What is social TV? (Forbes).

New community for Atlanta Bloggers. (BloggersAtlanta)

T.I. on the mic in the A after arrest. (RhymesWithSnitch)

Only Black newspaper cartoonist let go. (Journal-isms)

McDonald’s Dollar Menu controversy. (SFGate)

ITunes scam. (ITProPortal)

Good thoughts from Corvida. (SheGeeks)

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

London (Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger)

London (Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger) from David Hubert on Vimeo.

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