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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Martell Iconic Blueprints: Celebrates Emerging Icon Derek Blanks

It took an invitation from Martell to get me back into my Urban Reporting action.

The iconic cognac has been honoring emerging African-Americans across the country and Atlanta was the last stop on the tour.

Derek Blanks at Martel Iconic Blueprints Event

Derek Blanks and Amani Channel

Author Rob Hill Sr. served as the host at the event that honored visual artist turned celebrity photographer Derek Blanks.

If you haven”t heard of Blanks yet, you will. He”s a lifelong artist who is finally reaping the rewards of his dedication and hard work.

Blanks has photographed Sensitive parts of libra horoscopes sign body are chest and legs. just about every major recording artist, and his work has been seen in Joan Rivers and the “Fashion Police” gang ripped apart justin-bieber-news.info on Friday. numerous print magazines.

He”s more

recently been directing music videos and has his eye on feature films.

If you”re The Birmingham Directory. a fan of Real Housewives casino online of Atlanta, Blanks served as a photographer who shot Alter Ego photos Proponents believe cleansing the body with natural liver diets can clear the body of poisons that have built up. of all the reality show”s stars.

Blanks is a down to earth brother who spent a few moments with My Urban Report before the event.

This was an inspiring, and well attended event. Martell drinks were flowing, and there was plenty of networking.

Host and emcee Rob Hill Sr. did an excellent job moderating a Q&A session with Blanks. Blanks said that he was humbled by the honor of being selected as one of Martell”s Emerging Icon”s.

Hill has an interesting story as well. He started with small email list and has grown his personal brand. He”s a published author and is working on his fifth book.

Thanks to The Niche Parent Network and Martell for sponsoring this post.

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Social Media Day ATL [videos] #smdayatl

by Amani Channel

Yes. I have been neglecting my blog. My attention has been focused on developing a video production tutorial site called WebVideoChefs.

That being said, I attended Social Media Day in Atlanta last night, which was a nation wide day to celebrate social media, that was organized by Mashable.

I enjoyed fellowshipping with Atlanta’s social media O.G.s, and also met some new faces which included the one and only Zennie Abraham who was visiting from the SF Bay Area.

I’m trying to find other video coverage, but it looks like we were the only two holding it down.

Here’s my version:

Here’s a quick snippet with Grayson Daughters and me talking about media issues.

If you have 30 minutes to spare, watch Zennie’s epic wrap up of the evening’s events.

Good times.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Are you ready to become a Web video Jedi?

by Amani Channel

There’s one thing I enjoy almost as much as producing media, and that’s talking about how to produce it.

I got my first taste of teaching way back in 1991, when I had the opportunity to teach as an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL.

That was one of the reasons why I pursued a Master’s degree. Little did I know that my online video presence would opened doors in ways that I never could have imagined.

I’ve been able speak and teach across the country. I even landed my current job in part because of a Web video.

My goal for the last two years was to organize a video workshop, and in 2011 one of my resolutions was to finally make it happen.

If you can afford to spend thousands and thousands on professional video production, this may not be for you, but if you have a modest budget to spend on a camera and some accessories, this could be just what you’re looking for.

If you live anywhere in the Southeast, don’t miss this opportunity to be taught by some of the best in the business.

The tickets are super affordable right now, plus, a portion of the proceeds are going to support the non-profit Grow Kids Inc.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Best of MUR: Remembering the Dream

By Amani Channel

Watch MLK’s Papers Video

Monday, September 8th, 2008


by A.man.I

CNN’s Don Lemon is moderating a Green Forum hosted by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.
from AABJ email

How Green Is Your Notebook? Journalism, the Environment and You

From global warming to the state drought, you don’t have to be Al Gore to care about what’s happening to our environment. As journalists, we all have a professional stake in covering the rapidly spreading green movement. Join us for a panel discussion that will help you cut through the science and jargon to find the stories readers, viewers and listeners should know about how the changing climate is affecting us all.

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30pm

Where: Georgia Power Auditorium, 241 Ralph McGill Blvd., Downtown Atlanta

Panelists from Turner Broadcasting, General Motors, Cox Broadcasting and Georgia Power.

Monday, September 1st, 2008


Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


by A.man.I

On Thursday, journalists and special guests are being invited to check out a preview of WonderRoot studios. WonderRoot is a non-profit that helps create goodwill through music and media.

from e-mail

Atlanta arts non-profit WonderRoot celebrates the grand opening of its new community arts space on Thursday, May 1st, 2008. Founded in 2003 by 3 local students, WonderRoot is committed to uniting artists and community to inspire social change. The community arts space is located in the heart of east Atlanta and features an artist residency studio, classrooms, a full service FREE recording studio, digital media lab, and a live practice/performance space.

I’ve been invited out, and might check out the event.

WonderRoot website


A local father puts his two daughters in a humorous ketchup commercial, and ends up a top finalist. I just blogged it on my video production company blog.

Click here to read the post, or visit the links.

AJC article, homeandstyletv.com/, topthisTV

Monday, April 14th, 2008


by A.man.I

V to the Tenth is a wrap. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I was contracted to document a group of displaced Hurricane Katrina residents who returned to their home city of New Orleans from Atlanta. A non-profit called Moving Forward helped organize the bus trip to help the women attend VDay.

If you haven’t heard of VDay, or the Vagina Monologues visit this link. The event’s founder, Eve Ensler single handedly created a movement to end violence against women after she wrote the monologues in 1996. VDay was born in 1998, and since then Ensler has been on a crusade to end violent acts against women like rape, and domestic abuse.

For the event, New Orleans’ Superdome was renamed Superlove and became ground zero for the two-day celebration. The women were inspired, pampered, and learned how to love their vaginas.

The experience was eye opening. I learned about atrocities being committed against women the Congo, and around the world. VDay has been working with Unicef to end the rape and sexual torture of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ensler recognized Dr. Denis Mukwege who is helping abused women in the Congo heal from brutal attacks.

The Vigania Monologues is a great show. The audience laughed, and cried with the star-studded cast of performers.

Much love to VDay and Moving Forward for giving displaced women from Hurricane Katrina the chance to go home to celebrate their vaginas.

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