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My Urban Report http://myurbanreport.​com Another Shade of Information Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:04:12 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Martell Iconic Blueprints: Celebrates Emerging Icon Derek Blanks http://myurbanreport.​com/2014/11/martell-iconic-blueprints-celebrates-emerging-icon-derek-blanks/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2014/11/martell-iconic-blueprints-celebrates-emerging-icon-derek-blanks/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:17 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2175

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.

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My Urban Thanksgiving from Devin and Amani http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/11/my-urban-thanksgiving-from-devin-and-amani/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/11/my-urban-thanksgiving-from-devin-and-amani/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:53:22 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2148

This is really where it all started for me as far as social media goes.

If you’re ever read a post, or watched a video, I want to truly say, “Thank you.”

It is really incredible watching how the community has grown over the years.

Video has blown up.

Hopefully you’re aware that I’m now teaching at the University of West Georgia, and work in PR.

I can’t share as many media adventures because of the clients that I’m working with.

I have been making more family videos since Devin is now four, and a character.

Here is a video message that we recorded for you.

Have a safe, happy day with your family!


Amani Channel

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Some political stories from my archive.

Obama’s first Georgia rally in 2007. How time flies.

Chip Dizard covers an Obama rally in Maryland.

In 2008, minor kinks didn’t stop voters.

Make sure you VOTE today!

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#Sandy aftermath: Horrific Storms http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/11/sandy-aftermath-horrific-storms/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/11/sandy-aftermath-horrific-storms/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:29:50 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2133

HorrificStorms shares a glimpse of life after Sandy.

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New Leaders Council Atlanta Wants Progressive Leaders http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/10/new-leaders-council-atlanta-wants-progressive-leaders/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/10/new-leaders-council-atlanta-wants-progressive-leaders/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:00:33 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2116

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow your network, and develop leadership, civic and political skills, then check out New Leaders Council.

Since 2010, New Leaders Council has been training Atlanta progressives in the business of political and nonprofit work.

NLC calls it political entrepreneurship, and each year, 15-20 Fellows are selected for a mini MBA styled program that focuses on leadership development, fundraising, campaign management, social media and communications.

To get accepted, you have to apply. The NLC is interested in progressive professionals from all industries.

On Wednesday, October 17, the New Leaders Council Atlanta chapter is hosting a Meet the Fellows mixer meet NLC Atlanta alumni, board members, and its founders.

I hope to see you there!

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Zimmerman Charged with Murder http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/04/zimmerman-charged-with-murder/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/04/zimmerman-charged-with-murder/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:36:04 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2110


After weeks of waiting, I honestly had lost hope that Zimmerman would be charged with anything.

These are my personal thoughts. A George Zimmerman charged rant if you will.

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My George Zimmerman Rant http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/my-george-zimmerman-rant/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/my-george-zimmerman-rant/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:36:51 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2096


Surveillance footage appears to indicate that Zimmerman didn’t suffer any visible injuries.

***UPDATE***The rant below was recorded before I saw the video that shows Zimmerman being led in handcuffs for questioning. It doesn’t look like Zimmerman sustained any serious injuries.

These thoughts are my own, and forgive me for speculating or for providing any information that is less than accurate.

Fox 35 (Orlando), has an exclusive interview with George Zimmerman’s father, Robert who says that Trayvon swung first, and threatened to kill George Zimmerman (you have to watch the story though, because Trayvon apparently said that after Zimmerman pulled out his gun).

I wasn’t there and honestly only God, Trayvon (RIP), and admitted shooter – George Zimmerman knows what happened.

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March for Babies update (the backstory) http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/team-rico-jordan-march-of-dimes-fundraiser/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/team-rico-jordan-march-of-dimes-fundraiser/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:00:00 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2059

(cc: @marchofdimes)

I just recorded my first podcast in support our March of Dimes’ campaign.

I haven’t shared this particular part of the story with many people, but I think it helps explain why we March for Babies.

Our goal hasn’t changed.
We’re raising $5,000 this year, and I know we will get it.
Thanks to all of you that shared our story over the years, or donated.
It warms our hearts to have friends and associates who are so giving.
Please donate to Team Rico and Jordan now. :)

You can always donate to the twins’ memorial band through the March of Dimes. Either way, we appreciate all that you do.


Amani Channel and MushyMamma Daphne

P.S. This is really important to our family and I won’t stop talking about it, or sharing our story.

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I only ask for your help once a year http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/i-only-ask-for-your-help-once-a-year/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/03/i-only-ask-for-your-help-once-a-year/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:45:03 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2051

I just made $50.00 donation to the March of Dimes to Team Rico and Jordan, and hope you’ll join my wife and me as we raise money on behalf of our twin boys.

If you want to know and haven’t seen this short documentary called, “My Boys,” please you watch it now.

If you’d like to join me and made a donation now, please follow the link, or you can keep reading. www.marchforbabies.org/amanichannel

It’s been almost six years since our first born sons Rico and Jordan were born prematurely at 20 weeks. We think about our little angels every day.

Of course, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate. We’ve been blessed with an adorable three-year-old boy, Devin. As we watch him grow and learn, we often think what our lives would be like if his two brothers were still with us.

Each year we ask for our friends and family to help us support a cause that is near and and dear to our hearts, and each year you answer by generously giving to Team Rico and Jordan. In fact, we are among one of the top fundraising teams in the Atlanta metro area .

The March of Dimes March for Babies is approaching, and as we’ve done for the past five years or so, we’re asking for your generous help.

This year, my personal goal is to raise $1,500.00 dollars, and with your support, I know that I’ll get it.

I want to keep this short, but if you have $5, $10, $25 or even $100 dollars, please take a moment to make a donation.


The March of Dimes is a great nonprofit working diligently to insure that all babies get the chance to live healthy lives, and I thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please donate now.

With kind regards,

Amani Channel

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I’m back in the classroom – teaching video production http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/02/im-back-in-the-classroom-teaching-video-production/ http://myurbanreport.​com/2012/02/im-back-in-the-classroom-teaching-video-production/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:49:32 +0000 theurbanreporter http://www.myurbanreport.com/?p=2046

I have the honor and pleasure to teach a fine group of students at the University of West Georgia the ins and outs of video production.

Aside from video production, I have a passion for education and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge.

Stay tuned.

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