Midwife Assisted Births -The Calm, Natural, Mom-Lead Delivery Option

While home, water, and birth center delivery is slowly rising amongst childbearing women, midwife assisted births are still a somewhat taboo subject. Deciding on the best prenatal and delivery method is a decision that all expecting mothers are faced with. Educating yourself on the steps involved in the various methods of bringing a new person into the world will ensure that you make the best decision for you and your baby. LaQuita Brazile shares her journey to midwifery, and defines their roles and capabilities.
Brazile comes from a family of educators -three generations of educators, to include her sibling, who was also an educator at sometime. She too became an educator, but something changed for her after stepping in to support a good friend throughout a pregnancy and childbirth. Shortly after the experience Brazile came to the realization that being just an educator was not the purpose she was meant to serve.
“I started really thinking about it and doing my research with the first birth that I did. But after the second birth, I started contemplating and was like, ‘This is it. I’m good. I’m not going back to teaching after this year.’ I decided to resign after my fifth year of teaching and just went for it,” she said.
A midwife is a licensed healthcare professional who takes care of the clinical aspect of prenatal care, labor, delivery, and after-birth care for healthy women. They may deliver babies at birthing centers or at home, but most can also deliver babies at a hospital. Midwives have assisted women with childbirth since the beginning of time. However, unlike physicians and doctors, there are no medical school and residency requirements necessary to become a midwife. But there are requirements; in the state of Texas, a person has to complete written and clinical requirements within a five year period to attain a license in midwifery.
Brazile completed her academic and clinical requirements in March of 2018 and attained her license in November of that year. And explained that she has primarily been a home birth midwife and is now a staff midwife at The Nest Birthing Center, located in Mansfield,Texas. She enjoys assisting her sister midwives in which she has developed a supportive and trusting relationships with.
“I hold my interviews there to give them an idea of what a birth center looks like -it’s a mutual place to meet if they don’t really know where they want to birth. They get to tour it, so they can have options; and if they want to have a birth center birth, this will be the place that they will have their baby if they decide to have me as their healthcare provider,” she said.
The natural progression of childbirth has been met with mainstream technology and practices, skyrocketing the number of (C-Section) cesarean section births in the U.S. (United States). CDC (Center of Disease Control) reports show that the percentage of C-Sections for first-time expecting mothers in the U.S. has risen from 20.8% in 1998 to a staggering 32% in 2018. And the number of low-risk pregnancies ending with C-Sections in the U.S. rose from 18.4% to 26% in the same twenty year time span.
Society’s push to “get the epidural” for painless deliveries, or to pick your baby’s birthday and  “schedule that C-Section” is enticing and seemingly effortless for new moms, with overly busy lifestyles. But how many of those C-Sections are absolutely necessary? Unfortunately, many women lack the knowledge and are afraid to ask the questions necessary to fully understand the process of natural childbirth, and find themselves being fast-talked into the operating room.
“You have to trust in your health care provider and your health care provider has to trust in you. And you -in your body, as in, letting you know that your body can do this. I allow the person to be who they are. I have no judgment, whatever you prefer to do -as long as it’s within normal limits of your pregnancies. There is no judgment in your situation, your choice, your religion, your lifestyle. My concern is your whole well-being and baby’s well-being. If you’re going to have an out of hospital birth, you have to be low risk.”
A licensed midwife is trained to recognize the variations of the normal progress of labor, and understand how to deal with deviations from normal. They may intervene in high risk situations such as breech births, twin births, and births where the baby is in a posterior position, using non-invasive techniques.
Often times, the role of a midwife is confused with that of a doula, so Brazile explained, “A midwife and a doula. A midwife pretty much does the clinical side of things. Our job is to monitor the birthing persons pregnancy throughout, and, as well as, the labor and the delivery and the postpartum. So, instead of going to an OB (obstetrician) -go to your midwife,” she said.
“You will see your midwife just as often as you would see an OB. From early pregnancy to 28 weeks you’d go to your midwife every month, once a month. Then, when you hit 28 weeks to 36 weeks you see your midwife every other week. And then from 36 weeks to birth you see them every week; and we do the blood work.
Now a doula is pretty much your friend, your coach, your advocate and who helps you with your nutrition. They help coach you throughout labor -labor sit, and help you with different positions. They also get you and dad, if there’s a dad or partner in the picture, to understand the needs of the birthing person. Just, pretty much try to get the flow and the relationship going, and understanding of the process of birth. Some doulas only do labor and postpartum. Some doulas only do labor. You have doulas that do prenatal labor and postpartum. You may just have a postpartum doula. Bereavement doulas, abortion doulas. There are a lot of different doulas,” explained Brazile.
When a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwife’s scope of practice, they are referred to an obstetrician, or primatologist -medical specialists in complications related to pregnancy and birth, including surgical and instrumental deliveries.
“So as I mentioned before, like a midwife, if you are seeking midwifery care outside of the hospital, you have to be low risk. But, if something does arise throughout the prenatal care and it can still be monitored and you can still have your baby outside of the hospital, but you still need an OB’s expertise in it, it will be like your co-caring with the doctor. If you don’t necessarily need an OB just stick with your midwife,” she said. “Now, OB is for high-risk. You know, say for instance if you have gestational diabetes that you need insulin or have preeclampsia or you have certain situations that will keep you from having a baby outside of the hospital. If you know that you may need a caesarian, your best bet is to be in the hospital. I’m not against hospitals at all because midwifery is not my last stop,” she said.
“So I would like to be a women’s health or family nurse practitioner someday as well as keeping my licensure as a midwife. I desire to serve underserved persons and families, especially pregnant incarcerated persons someday,” she said in closing. For more information about services and care options, Brazile can be reached via email at midwifelaquitabrazile@gmail.com
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TEXAS LIVE! DEBUTS INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL “ WORLD OF ART” JUNE 29TH

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June 4, 2019

TEXAS LIVE! DEBUTS INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL “ WORLD OF ART” JUNE 29TH

World of Art makes its debut to DFW featuring 100+ artists, vendors and performers representing various cultures from all over the world!

(DALLAS, TX – MAY; source: Creative Currency) – Arlington’s newest entertainment mecca, TEXAS LIVE! debuts , World of Art, a festival of cultures featuring 100+ artists of different mediums. The event encompasses the experience of traveling the world all in one day and features various forms of art including visual artists, fashion designers, music, dance, food and more! The event takes place Saturday, June 29th from 3pm-11pm at Texas Live’s outdoor concert venue Arlington Backyard. World of Art will be hosted this year by Alanna Sarabia, host of Good Morning Texas.

The first event of its kind to enter DFW, conveniently located in Arlington, a perfect centered location between Dallas and Ft Worth, World of Art, guarantees to create an experience that DFW has never experienced before. Guests don’t have to board a plane to see the world; rather, they can enter the brand new World of Art, festival of cultures.

World of Art is curated by Creative Currency, a local PR and Brand Management agency who has specialized in hosting multi -art showcases in the metroplex for over 6+ years. Producing 25+ large scale showcases and festivals featuring over 1000+ artists, Creative Currency is excited to produce its first ever festival to focus predominantly on world cultures. Featuring a plethora of local artists hailing from all over the world, this new breed of festival creates the perfect platform for global performances, allowing for guests to experience a worldwide cultural explosion. The event includes musical acts, visual artists,performing artists, fashion shows, and even international food and drink vendors to allow for a fully curated global experience.

The festivals mission is to showcase how diverse in culture DFW is as a metropolitan area. As an immigrant to America from the Philippines, World of Art’s Director Sarah Badran, found solace in migrating to Dallas, TX where she discovered that Dallas is a multicultural epicenter. “This festival is special because it allows guests to discover just how diverse Dallas is as a city all in one event. We are excited to curate an experience that celebrates inclusion and highlights new up and coming talent and small businesses throughout the city. We are all coming together to celebrate the world and the city,” Badran said.

As one of America’s fastest growing cities, DFW boasts several hubs of culture throughout the metroplex. The festival makes its premiere at Texas Live, a dynamic $250 million world-class facility in the Arlington Entertainment District nearly 200,000 square feet inside of the 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion.

Tickets are currently on sale and range from $20 GA to $60 for a 4-pack: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-art-festival-tickets-58755775105. World of Art is still currently taking submissions to be a featured artist.To apply to be a featured artist/vendor, see a full list of featured artists and find out more information/updates about World of Art please visit www.worldofartdfw.com.

Event Info:

WORLD OF ART :June 29th 3pm-11pm

Texas Live/Arlington Backyard

1650 E Randol Mill Rd Ste 120, Arlington, TX 76011

FREE Parking

**Located 15 min from Downtown Dallas & Ft Worth

Dana Harper Talks New Music In Live Interview With SheBatty

Most of us were introduced to the angelic voice of Dana Harper in 2016 during Season 11 of NBC’s hit show The Voice, but Dana tells me that she’s been singing for as long as she can remember. Which means that most of us got the short end of the stick and have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, Dana has been in the studio working on an album and dropped her first single Friday, April 5th 2019.

The Interview

I caught up with her shortly before the single dropped at a local event where she gave up some tea on the new single and what to expect from the album. Click here to see my interview with Dana Harper

Her new single ‘Ice Cream’ can be found on all streaming platforms.

 

 

Does Your Love Language Influence Your Valentine’s Day Expectations?

Do our Valentine’s Day expectations fall in line line with our love language, or do they have more to do with the seriousness of our relationship and how long we’ve been in that relationship?

To help with finding the answer to my initial question,  I gathered the opinions of seven individuals from different backgrounds and lifestyles, and these were the results.

Acts of Service –The 5 Love Languages describes this love language as doing anything you can do to ease the burden of responsibilities

My husband I have been married for a decade (that sounds like a long time) and as I think back through the years, my idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift has changed on a pretty steady rate. My love language is acts of service, so on the occasions that I ask for gifts I’m specific about what I want. I don’t put a lot of pressure on my husband on Valentine’s Day, cause I’m a Daddy’s Girl. I like for my husband to be our girls’ Valentine, because I expect to be my dad’s.

Words of Affirmation –The 5 Love Languages describes this love language as Doing something for your spouse that you know they would
like.

#1 Interviewee  -this male lover of affirmations has been married for a little over ten years, and even though on a normal basis Valentine gifts aren’t really a big deal for him, there are situationally motivated one-offs that prompt him to ask for something specific, yet simple. He usually buys practical, useful gifts.

#2 Interviewee -my second interviewee likes to be affirmed as well. This single male explained that gifts aren’t really a big deal, he’s always associated Valentine’s Day as a day for women. However, he pays attention to what his lady talks about and usually buys gifts that knock it out of park.

Quality Time –The 5 Love Languages describes this love language as giving your spouse undivided attention. Talking and listening.

#3 Interviewee -Married for three years, this male interviewee likes undivided attention. He’s not particular about the gifts he receives, and  feels that it’s the thought that counts. He appreciates whatever he’s given. He loves to plan romantic date nights for him and his boo.

#4 Interviewee -Valentine’s Day is still a really big deal for this recently engaged bride-to-be. Since her love language is quality time, she totally expects something romantic that’s geared for couples. Gifts aren’t necessary for her when time can be spent and memories can be made.

#5 Interviewee-Eight years of marriage and two children later, this working mom looks forward to a nice evening of quiet time with her man. Even though she loves quality time, on Valentine’s Day she is always over the moon to receive Valentine candy.

Gifts –The 5 Love Languages describes this love language as a gift says, “He was thinking about me. Look what he got for me.”

#6 Interviewee -After twenty-two years of marriage, all she wants is for her husband to buy something that costs more then “$199.99”. She explained that yes, she does like receiving gifts, but around the fifteenth year, she longed for something that wasn’t purchased from a cheesy valentine day jewelry commercial.

#7 Interviewee -With a little more than two years of marriage under her belt, this interviewee said, and I quote. “He better give me something, and I’m not talking about one long-stemmed rose either.”

Both of the ladies explained that when it comes to flowers, yes they are nice, but there is no need to spend an excessive amount of money on them. They’d much rather prefer a more bang for your buck bouquet. After all, flowers die after a week.


Physical Touch –The 5 Love Languages includes holding hands, hugging, kissing, sexual intercourse, are all expressions of love.

No one fell into this category, or maybe they were just too shy to share.

What is your love language and how do it correlate to your expectations on Valentine’s Day? Please share in the comments section.

ACTOR AND COMEDIAN BILL POSLEY READY TO IMPRESS WITH “THE DAY I BECAME BLACK,” A HILARIOUSLY CHARMING COMEDY SPECIAL ABOUT BIRACIAL IDENTITY IN AMERICA

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – In the modern day conversation about race, this is a perspective that never gets talked about: what it means to be biracial and grow up in a white world. Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both black and white. But at ten years old he learns the world does in fact judge a book by its color, and even though he’s half white he’s labeled as 100% black. Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness, to be the color he’s “supposed” to be? Being biracial means that your identity “is on trial.” You don’t look like either side of your family so you wind up feeling like you are on an island all your own. Black people want you to claim being black and white people, well, they just want to touch your hair. You think you have to choose, but society has already chosen for you.

The Day I Became Black, written, produced, and performed by biracial comedian Bill Posley, tackles themes in society, not just through a Black lens, but through a Biracial one as well. The number of multiracial people is growing three times faster than the population as a whole, not to mention people who come from different religious/political backgrounds and people who have gender identity issues. We’ve all been forced to identify at one time or another, or worse, feel like a fraud trying to identify with more than one group. This show finds the comedy in the struggle of trying to fit in and trying to just be yourself.

ABOUT BILL

Bill Posley – Bill served as a soldier in the United States Army. Shortly after high school, he was activated and sent to Iraq. After serving 15 months overseas, he accumulated all the footage he had taken during his tour and made a short documentary that got him into film school. As a comedian, he is an alumni from UCB, I.O. and Second City. He was in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, was a 2017 JFL New Face of Comedy: and just got off this Season of MacGyver and this season of Fox’s 911. He will be in the new Season of Glow on Netflix.

The Day I Became Black

Written by: Bill Posley

Performed by: Bill Posley

Directed by: Bente Engelstoft

Produced by: Brittany Belland and Kristen Boule’

FEATURING: Bill Posley

PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT: August 25th, 8pm

LOCATION: The Los Angeles Theater, 2cents Theater, 514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

 Nominated for Best of Fest in the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Day I Became Black tackles themes in society, not just through a Black lens, but through a Biracial one as well. Multi-racial people are growing three times faster than the population as a whole, not to mention people who come from different religious/political backgrounds and people who have gender identity issues. We’ve all been forced to identify at one time or another, or worse, feel like a fraud trying to identify with more than one group. This show finds the comedy in the struggle of trying to fit in and trying to just be yourself.

TICKETS available at https://dayibecameblack.brownpapertickets.com/

 

 

 

North Texas Black Restaurant Week Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Celebrate North Texas Black Restaurant Week June 16 – 23, 2018

Black Restaurant Week

DALLAS – May 14, 2018 – PRLog — North Texas Black Restaurant Week is back showcasing black restaurants, scratch kitchens, caterers, bakeries, and food trucks throughout Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin Counties, June 16 – 23, 2018. Presented by DFW Black Bloggers and Achieve PR, the one-week foodie experience will feature vegan, soul food, BBQ and gluten-free options during the Dallas Black Restaurant Week Kick-Off event held at Southwest Center Mall (3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd Dallas, TX 75237), June 16th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This year will be hosted by Starving on A Budget – (http://starvingonabudget.com/) Food Writer, Dalila Thomas (http://cw33.com/author/dalila-thomas/), Black (http://www.blackenterprise.com/chef-elle-publishes-cookbook-get-holidays-ease/) Enterprise (http://www.blackenterprise.com/chef-elle-publishes-cookbook-get-holidays-ease/) Featured Chef and Author, Gabrielle McBay (https://gabriellemcbay.com/) owner of Ellements Cuisine and Pastry Concepts, and Clyde Greenhouse owner of Kessler Baking Studio (http://www.kesslercookies.com/). North Texas Black Restaurant Week Founder Denita Quinn states, “We keep this event free for all participants to help small business owners focus on increasing revenue, generate marketing exposure, and add a customer base. Customers can buy directly from the participants during the week of Juneteenth at their locations throughout North Texas.” Attendees will be able to sample dishes, purchase entrees, view cooking demonstrations, meet featured chefs and support black businesses.

In addition to complimentary marketing services for restaurant week, participants will also receive information from the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center (http://www.dallasmetropolitansbdc.com/) to help them grow and sustain their business including a free business adviser and orientation. A printed directory of restaurants and participants will be published in the Dallas Weekly, The Dallas Examiner, and www.DFWBlackBloggers.com website.

North Texas Black Restaurant Week is sponsored by Redmond & Eiland, PLLC, The Dallas Weekly, Bid Opps, The Dallas Examiner, The Golden Circle, Be Great Magazine, HBS Media, Sival Group, LLC.

To learn more about North Texas Restaurant Week and to see a list of participants, visit https://ntxblackrestaurantweek.weebly.com/. For sponsorship opportunities, please email info@ntxblackrestaurantweek.com.

North Texas Black Restaurant Week, Dallas Black Restaurant Week and Ft. Worth Black Restaurant are registered by Achieve PR, LLC.

DALLAS CEO, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, FEATURED ON LIFETIME TELEVISION’S NEWEST REALITY SHOW!

Nothing tests a budding relationship like travel, and the new series Love at First Flight takes it a step further, matching new couples to embark on a romantic (and stressful) journey across North America — with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight lands.

Meeting for the first time in New York, the couples criss-cross the country towards Los Angeles, as their compatibility is tested not only by the unpredictable pressures of travel, but also by a series of uniquely crafted travel-based challenges. Tune in fo the premiere of Love at First Flight, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime!

Love At First Flight Season 1 Preview

ABOUT STEPHANIE JOHNSON

Stephanie Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Dallas’ Singles & The City – an exclusive member based community for single professionals willing to become the person they seek to attract.

“At Singles & The City, our main tagline is, ‘There is more to being single than dating.’ We are a self empowerment community for single dating professionals mid-twenties to forties. We are a totally different spin off of what the entire world is doing right now.

Everyone is dating, and what not —hooking up. I’m trying to help you get to your bottom line. I partner with a lot of therapists, group counselors; people that can really help you change your mindset and how you see yourself, and why you’re single. And if you don’t want to be single, what are the things that make you unattractive,” Stephanie explains.

After a corporate layoff in 2015 – Stephanie took her then passion of hosting events and turned it into profit, having expanded her company to 5 cities in less than 4 years. Singles & The City has active chapters and hosts’ monthly events in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

Although watching her from afar looks seamless, she’s the first to be transparent about being a full-time Entrepreneur. Stephanie nearly lost everything in 2016 – sleeping on friend’s sofas and Lyfting to her own events.

“I was in East Lansing and moved here [to Dallas] in 2010. I worked in corporate,  in the restaurant industry. I did telemarketing and I loved my job. I also did concierge work, and then did restaurant work again, but prior to my lay-off I’d started Single & The City like a yeary prior —just as a volunteer, community type thing,” she says.

“I fully did not expect all that happened to happen. And when I got laid off I started going through my savings and everything just kind of hit the fan and that’s how the whole homeless thing started, and that’s when I was like, ‘Ok, it’s time to turn this into an actual company and get some income coming in, so I just kind-of need to bite the bullet and become a professional business owner.’ And that’s how it happened.”

Despite the loss, she managed to open 2 new chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago. When asked about how she determines which cities are picked to hosts Single & The City she explains, “I go where the demand is.”

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT

Filming Love At First Flight was an amazing experience and Stephanie is very excited to share her life with the viewers.

What compelled you to tryout for the cast of Love at First Flight?

“Honestly, I was getting a lot of feedback from my members, like, ‘oh my gosh, I met this guy, or this girl, and we’re getting married next week.’ and I’ve been to several weddings already that happened like within six weeks from Singles & The City, and I was like, ‘Am I missing something? What’s going on?’ So, the opportunity came up for the show and, of course, no one ever thinks you’re going to make the cast. So, it was about me getting into the brains of singles I talk to all the time that this has happened to, and then to have the opportunity to be matched by a “professional matchmaker” and possibly meeting the person of your dreams. I was like, ‘at least let me just try.”

Are you a hopeless romantic?

“I actually am a hopeless romantic. I’m always like, ‘maybe he’ll be at Barnes and Noble, or maybe I’ll run into him at Whole Foods —that would be great!”

What were your thoughts when you initially arrived to meet your partner?


“Oh my gosh, initial thoughts —I don’t want to tell you too much, but I was really really excited! I was excited about his ethnicity. He’s very attractive, so I thought, ‘ok! This is going to be good!’ I wanted to at least walk away with a new friend. My expectations were not high. I was not trying to fall in love. I’m like, ‘I’m going to into this with no fear. If I’m traveling, [then] I’m at least going to make a new friend.”

 
What was your biggest challenge during this experience?

“The biggest challenge during the experience —I would definitely say was just being alone in certain situations and then it being Reality TV on top of that. I’m a very structured person, so to wake up everyday and not know what your day holds. And then you’re going to see me do some stuff that you would never see me do in real life, activity wise. You’ve got kind-of like Amazing Race meets The Bachelor meets —I mean the show is just crazy awesome! But, there are so many different activities that you have to do with your partner. You have to trust them to get it done so,  for me, not being in control was like, ‘Oh My God— I’m [gonn]a do this today!”

What did you learn about yourself during this experience?


“I learned that I’m a lot more open than I thought and I shocked myself at how open I was, at love, and at trusting other people, and at, just kind-of, not being in control.  So, I was like, ‘look at me, growing!’ It was great! I’m much more self aware —it was just a beautiful process.”

How much can you really learn about a person on a travel adventure?

“That’s a good question, but I think the entire point was learning [that] for one, you can learn so much about someone when you’re back to back all the time. And then I would say that after 3 or 4 days of seeing someone 24 hours a day it’s like, ‘ok, I don’t have time to keep wearing makeup.’ You know what I’m saying —at some point you start to let your guard down and really be your true-true self and I think that the situation is what possibly made that happen a little faster. It’s like, ‘ok, today, you’re not getting lashes or heels. I just don’t care and I saw you yesterday, and I know you’re not going anywhere.’ So I mean, honestly, I learned a lot. I learned a lot really fast and it was good. It’s just an interesting way to date, you know —real interesting.”

Do You Believe That Is Possible To Find True Love At First Flight?

“I do believe it’s possible to find Love At First Flight, absolutely! Absolutely —I think you guys are going to love me and my partner and, you’ll be real excited to see the outcome for sure!

Tune in and find out how this local entrepreneur made the best out of uncertain situations and maybe even found the love of her life…all while traveling North America with a stranger.

Love at First Flight is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Pilgrim and Mike Nichols serve as executive producers for Pilgrim. Gena McCarthy executive produces for Lifetime. Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

Love at First Flight Premieres March 20 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. 

Follow Stephanie as she will be LIVE Tweeting during the premier on Twitter and be sure to LIKE her FACEBOOK Fan Page too! 

Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

HIGHLY PRAISED SCREENING OF ‘MANCHILD’ KICKED OFF ALL STAR WEEK WITH A BANG AT RALEIGH STUDIOS W/ CELEBRITY PANELISTS AND GUESTS

The screening of the inspiring story of the greatest pre-high school aged basketball player ever was an enormous success thanks to panelists Schea Cotton, Grammy nominated rapper Problem, and former NBA players Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton, w/ moderator WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter!

(Los Angeles – California) – ​On Monday February 12th​, Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, ​touched the hearts of hundreds at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. ​Manchild ​tells the story of now retired ball player, ​Schea Cotton,​ who was once regarded as the greatest pre-high school aged player ever, even better than LeBron James.

Thanks to celebrity VIP guests and an all star panelists including ​Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton​, this story of ​faith, integrity, and resilience​ e​mpowered the audience through mentoring, education & sports!

Amongst the screening of the film itself, star of the documentary and ​founder and CEO of the Manchild Elite Corp.​, shined light on his amazing organization dedicated to empowering youth through education, basketball, and leadership. In service of the nonprofit’s mission, Schea brought over a dozen of young men to the screening where they got a firsthand look at the inspiring story!

To support and donate to the ​Manchild Elite Corp​ please visit Manchild Elite Donation HERE.

Follow Manchild on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

(L-R) Rapper Problem, James Cotton, Casey Jacobsen, moderator Cappie Pondexter, Schea Cotton and members of the Manchild Elite Corp.

Schea Cotton on the red carpet.

Schea Cotton and Moderator, Cappie Pondexter, on the red carpet.

(L-R) Schea Cotton, James Cotton, Rapper Problem, and Casey Jacobsen on the Q&A panel.

Audience member asking a question to the panel

Kat Tat co-hosts 5TH ANNUAL “GIRLFRIENDS & CHAMPAGNE” February 16th -NBA All Star Weekend

This annual event, hosted by Shar Jackson, Cherie Johnson, VH1’s Kat Tat, Amina Buddafly and more, will also feature special performance by Mathew Knowles’ group “Blush” and “That 3”

Celebrity event director Helecia Choyce will kick off All Star weekend with her 5th annual​ “Girlfriends & Champagne!” ​The star studded event is set to take place on February 16th from 3-8pm at Castaway: ​1250 East Harvard St. Burbank, CA

This years hosts include: VH1’s ​Kat Tat Jackson,​ Actress ​Shar Jackson​, Singer songwriter Amina Buddafly, ​Actress ​Cherie Johnson​, Entrepreneur ​Helecia Choyce ​and special performances by: ​BLUSH

Adding a new spin on the popular red carpet event, this year boasts a​ ​Girlfriends and Champagne Self Worth​ ​themed mixer where guests will be able to enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvre.

Like past affairs, there will be vendor booths including ​Manly Handz massages, L & L Boutique, Queen of Massage Atl, Priscilla Psychic Reading, Cigar Rollers, Shoe Shiners, Photo Booth, Casino Tables​ and many more, ending​ with a raffle giveaway with some amazing gifts including an all expense paid vacation to Las Vegas!

 

 

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s Powerful Directorial Debut, “The Counter: 1960” Selected To Be Screened At Pan African Film And Arts Festival

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s “The Counter: 1960 illustrates underrepresented narratives and boldly sparks dialogue of racial equality.

After 27 years of working as casting director for famous music videos, TV, and films including Being Mary Jane, Fruitvale Station and Southside With You, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd releases her first film as a director and producer, The Counter: 1960.

The Counter: 1960 is a short film inspired by and motivated to bridge between all races, cultures and generations. Co-written and co-produced by Ashley Jackson and produced by Kimberly L. Ogletree, The Counter: 1960 hopes to create a change within the film industry by bringing light to such less represented narratives.

The film has been selected for screening in the 26th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, as well as the 10th Annual Jaipur International Film Festival in India. In addition, it has received Gold and Silver Awards at the LA Shorts Awards and the NYC Indie Film Awards in 2017.

About The Counter:1960

Based off of a true story, the film begins with three North Caroline University students, Joseph (Jerod Haynes), Diane (Ashley Jackson), and Franklin (Etienne Maurice), who are completely frustrated by a constant string of police killing of unarmed black youth. They decide to meet and think of what it is students like them can do to contribute to positive change. The film’s plotline unravels through a bridging between different temporal backgrounds and settings.

WHEN  & Where to go

Screenings:

Tuesday, February 13th @ 6:25PM

Thursday, February 15th @ 3:30 PM

WHERE:

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90008