Kandee Lewis Receives 2017 ‘Woman of the Year’ Award for Education


Kandee Lewis, Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation is the recipient of the 32nd Annual ‘Women of the Year’ Award for Education by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commission for Women.
LOS ANGELESMarch 26, 2017PRLog — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commision for Women has chosen Kandee Lewis, Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation, as a winner of the 2017 “Women of the Year in Education” Award, an annual tribute to women who have worked to bring about social and economical change, served as outstanding role models for women, worked on behalf of women’s issues or demonstrated outstanding performances within their professions to further advocate women’s rights.

Honorees were recognized at the 32nd Annual Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 13, 2017.  The annual Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women in Los Angeles County.

Event proceeds provide funding to promote vital outreach throughout Los Angeles County in fulfilling the Commission’s goals of “Educating, Motivating and Inspiring Women,” as well as, to fund critical education scholarships. As is the tradition, the Supervisors and the Commission President select their designated Awardees and then there are six award categories for at-large nominations.

Mrs. Lewis was selected for her dilgent work through The Positive Results Corporation, an organization that addresses bullying, interpersonal violence and sexual assault in youth and communities of color.  She advocated and established Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in several cities, created Stop The Pain Teen Summits  among other programs.

She also partners with K-12 schools, colleges, cities, governmental and private organizations, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies and utility companies.  She has received numerous awards, including 2014 Woman of Distinction, 2015 Woman of the Year Award, 2016 Humanitarian Award.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Woman of the Year Award in Education from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission for Women,” stated Kandee.

“Thank you Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Janice Hahn for supporting me and the work The Positive Results Corporation has done in the community for 26 years! Thank you Tony Newsom for having the Vision to begin The PRC. Thank you Eulanda Lynn Matthews and Ora Watkins-Buck for nominating me for this award! Thanks to my Mother, Daisy Newsom for being an amazing Mother, my #1 Supporter and for loving me unconditionally!”, an excited Kandee stated.

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Kandee & Mother, Daisy Newsom with Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas & Janice Hahn

“Unfortunately, Violence & Abuse is the biggest threat to women, children & families. It begins in the womb & is more wide spread than any pandemic. Dare I say every person in this room has been impacted,” stated Kandee in her acceptance speech.

“Most people will never speak of the abuse for fear or shame. But it is in the silence that allows the violence to continue to grow.”

A Los Angeles native, Kandee has been married for 34 years and has three adult children and a pit bull.  She contributes her success to the love and support received from her family.

About The Positive Results Corporation

The PRC changes lives by addressing Dating Violence, while enhancing skills and internal resources by building & supporting positive self-image & healthy relationships to promote & develop thriving, safer communities and productive citizens. They advocate for Policy & Legislation for Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness. Learn more at http://prc123.org/



Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, to Give Free, Public Talk


Rutgers University–Camden will host Marley Dias, the 11-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, for a free, public presentation from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The engaging talk will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, located in the Campus Center at 326 Penn Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Following the presentation, Dias will answer questions from the audience. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Marley, a West Orange native who is also the creator of Marley Mag for Elle.com, started #1000BlackGirlBooks in order to draw attention to more children’s books featuring black main characters and make them readily available in classroom libraries. With an initial goal of collecting 1,000 books, Dias has gathered thousands more and is still counting.

The presentation is one of many African American Read-Ins hosted throughout the country in February as part of Black History Month. In addition, Rutgers–Camden faculty are infusing even more African American children’s literature into its innovative Ignite afterschool programs in North Camden schools.

To register, visit rcit.rutgers.edu/apps/payment/register.php?event_id=176. For more information, contact Nyeema Watson at 856-225-6738 or ncwatson@camden.rutgers.edu.

For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu/visit.



2017 Women At Sundance Brunch, Co-Hosted By Refinery29, DOVE Chocolate And The Sundance Institute

Kerry Washington, Samira Wiley, Lauren Morelli and 400 other industry insiders networked at the Women at Sundance brunch.


Kerry Washington, Samira Wiley, Marti Noxon and 400 industry insiders braved a blizzard for the Women at Sundance 2017 brunch on Monday at The Shop in Park City, Utah. Sponsored by Refinery 29 and the Sundance Institute, the event provided a chance for networking as well as eating; the spread included a bloody Mary bar, mimosas and Dove chocolate crepes.

Following remarks by the Sundance Institute’s Kati Putnam and Refinery29’s chief content officer Amy Emmerich (who is in charge of scripted, female-focused content at the digital-media company), Washington joined “Manchester by the Sea” producer Kimberly Steward for a conversation aimed to empower and inspire the group.

“I’m such a huge fan of Kimberly,” said Washington, who, by design, hadn’t met Steward prior to taking the stage. “She had this amazing, beautiful profile in the New York Times and she was talking about women she admired in the business. I was so honored to be named. I said, ‘I want to be in a room with that woman — a woman who shouts out other women.’”

After producing HBO’s “Confirmation” last year, Washington said she was eager to play a larger role behind the camera. “I’ve been lucky because it is not often that you get to be mentored in the way that I’ve been mentored. Because of the success of ‘Scandal’ on ABC, I was able to have a producing deal there. That’s not something that can happen easily.”

She then put the spotlight back on Steward and the audience. “I want to hear more about being a financier and what you’re looking for,” Washington insisted. “I feel like we all would want to hear what it is that financiers need to hear in order to pick us.”

Earlier that morning, “Orange is the New Black” producer Lauren Morelli and her fiancée Wiley, sipped coffee while discussing the state of the industry. “Having conversations with women all morning has been such a lovely way to start the day,” Morelli said. “I concur. Being here fosters an environment of inspiration,” Wiley added.

“At the Women’s March on Saturday, there was a man wearing a button that said, ‘Seven percent of directors are female,’” Morelli continued. “You know those numbers, but there was something about seeing it so plainly in the middle of something so inspirational. You think, ‘Is it going to get better?’ But I feel like all I can do is put different work into the world and make sure that work represents the world as I see it.”




SPMG Media- Today in History: 1920 – 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes


Baseball was originally played by men in rival athletic clubs for recreation. After the Civil War in 1865, baseball’s popularity increased dramatically. At this early time it was still an amateur sport that attracted all races. There were all-white and all-black teams as well as some integrated teams. The integrated teams were abolished when, on December 11, 1868, black ballplayers were barred from participation by the National Association of Baseball Players. The association’s governing body voted unanimously to forbid any club which was composed of one or more people of color from participating.
When baseball achieved professional status the next season, professional teams were not restricted by the amateur association’s ruling and thus allowed integrated teams. By the 1890s African Americans were increasingly excluded from the professional teams, and by the start of the 20th century no black players were in professional baseball. In spite of their exclusion, black baseball players formed and played in all-black teams.
The first black professional team was the Cuban Giants, formed in 1885. The newly formed black teams played as independent ball clubs until the organization of the first black league in 1920. That year Rube Foster, known as the father of black baseball, founded the Negro National League. In 1923, Ed Bolden formed the Eastern Colored League. These two leagues thrived for several years, but eventually declined because of financial difficulties. In 1933, a new Negro National League was formed and the Negro American League was chartered in 1937. These two leagues prospered until the color line was broken. At their height the Negro Baseball Leagues held World Series and all-star games. They were especially successful in World War II when black urbanites, flush with cash from well-paid defense jobs, crowded into stadiums across the nation. The Negro Baseball Leagues provided African Americans their own American pastime.
The end of Negro League Baseball came quickly after World War II. In 1947 the reintegration of the baseball leagues started with the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers (New York). Robinson became the first 20th Century black baseball player allowed in the all-white professional leagues. After that signing, this was soon followed by the signing of other leading Negro League players, the Negro Baseball Leagues quickly and quietly folded.
Donn Rogosin, Invisible Men: Life in Baseball’s Negro Leagues (New York : Athenaeum, 1983) Pat McKissack and Frederick McKissack, Jr., Black Diamond : The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (New York: Scholastic, 1994) Bill L. Weaver, “The Black Press and the Assault on Professional Baseball’s ‘Color Line,’ October, 1945-April, 1947.” Phylon 40.4 (1979): 303-317


As we come together with our friends and family this holiday season, it is more necessary than ever before to find ways to inspire one another to push forward and strive for next levels.

One of the essential strategies for reaching the next level is to leverage the power of our networks while embracing the secret power of sisterhood. Now is the time for us to come together with the women in our lives who inspire us to be our best selves. Grab your circle of sisters and meet Black Enterprise, March 9–12, at the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you’re at all familiar with the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit you know this is the premier event for powerful executives, decision-makers, influencers, and leaders to gather for three days of networking, uplifting, supporting, sharing, developing and bonding.

This year will be no different. This year we will leverage the secret power of sisterhood as we host conversations and workshops geared toward embracing our networks as a means to build the careers and lives we aspire for.

Thus far, we have confirmed true women of power who will be in attendance including founder and president of ColorComm, Lauren Wesley Wilson; president and COO of Function(x) Inc. Birame Sock; managing director, RSR Partners, Matrice Ellis-Kirk; former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, Ann Fudge; founder and CEO, Blaze Mobile, Michelle Fisher; and Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp., Ursula Burns, who will be honored as a legacy award recipient.

You will leave the 2017 Women of Power Summit with the critical tools you need to strengthen your finances, build your brand, manage transitions, take risks, connect, and win.

Register NOW using code CYBER for a special discounted rate until Cyber Monday, Nov. 28! See you at the 2017 Women of Power Summit, March 9 – March 12, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix.


Investigation Discovery Presents the World Premiere of ‘Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence’ Narrated by Martin Sheen


–Six-Part Docu-Series Airs for Three Consecutive Nights Beginning Sunday, January 15 at 9/8c–

–Interactive After-Show Hosted by Journalist and Cultural Critic Touré Features Panel of Experts Following Each Episode on IDGO–

(Silver Spring, Md.) – It was the trial that defined a generation. This January, Investigation Discovery (ID) in association with Objective Media Group challenges everything you think you know about the trial of O.J. Simpson in a riveting new six-part docu-series IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor and activist Martin Sheen, and featuring exclusive new interviews with the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the series follows investigators as they re-open the case that captivated the world, exposing the facts that were overlooked by authorities and questioning and dissecting each pivotal move in the original investigation. From the infamous Bronco chase to updated forensics and DNA data to the examination of a potential murder weapon, each hour-long episode explores new possibilities and theories about what might have really happened on that fateful summer evening more than 20 years ago. IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE, the world premiere three night event, kicks off on ID on Sunday, January 15 with back-to-back premieres starting at 9/8c. Following the U.S. premiere, IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE will roll out in more than 130 countries and territories on Investigation Discovery and other Discovery networks, beginning in Denmark and Sweden on Sunday, January 22.

“The prosecution of O.J. Simpson is interwoven into the fundamental cultural fabric that defines the 20thcentury, representing a watershed moment in our nation’s system of justice. Therefore, it may be hard for many of us to accept new theories that challenge common beliefs and perceptions held in this country,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “Indeed, it is imperative to remember, however, that no one has ever been convicted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in a court of criminal law – and, accordingly, with unprecedented access and evidence never before investigated, we offer, today, a new take on the case everyone thought they knew.”

IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE follows LAPD forensic psychologist Dr. Kris Mohandie and Rhode Island police sergeant Derrick Levasseur as they join forces with Dallas-based private investigator William C. Dear, who has devoted 21 years of his life to gathering critical new evidence about who may be behind this crime. They scrutinize the O.J. Simpson case from beginning to end, revealing compelling new information and investigating new theories in the murders of Simpson and Goldman.

The team re-examines several integral pieces of content from the original investigation, including canvassing the infamous Bronco and recreating the blood spatter from the murder scene. IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE features interviews with Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic scientist who reviewed evidence at the crime scene, as well as other key players who have devoted their lives to seeing that justice be served, including Kato Kaelin, a key witness in the trial. The series also features a never-before-seen interview with a potential eyewitness to the crime. After taking viewers through the new theories, the team sits down for an intimate conversation with the victims’ families, including exclusive interviews with Fred Goldman and Tanya Brown, to hear their take on where things stand today.

Audiences are invited to continue the conversation with after show O.J. After The Evidence available to stream via IDGO, OnDemand, and on ID’s Facebook. This digital interactive series, also produced by Objective Media, is hosted by journalist and cultural critic Touré, joined by a cast of expert panelists including legal analyst Eboni Williams (Fox News, “Crimewatch Daily with Chris Hansen”), Georgia Hardstark (co-creator and host of “My Favorite Murder” podcast), forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie, Rhode Island Police Sgt. Derrick Levasseur and special guest: America’s favorite house guest, Kato Kaelin. Through the lens of race, culture and the American legal system, the panel will discuss the bombshells revealed in each episode, take a closer look at new evidence and address alternate theories that have kept people buzzing for decades about the trial of the century. 

Full episode descriptions for IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE include:

NEW EVIDENCE: Premieres Sunday, January 15 at 9/8c

The team of investigators re-examines the iconic O.J. Simpson trial to explore the highly debated jury verdict finding O.J. not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The team inspects a knife that could be the murder weapon, and sits down with family members Fred Goldman and Tanya Brown to get their personal insights into what they believe happened that fateful day.

FOLLOW THE BLOOD: Premieres Sunday, January 15 at 10/9c

After examining evidence both old and new, the team questions O.J.’s role in the crimes. Was he involved in these murders… or was another person was responsible? Dr. Henry Lee, a forensics expert from the original investigation, discusses the confounding details and problems with the preliminary evidence collection from the crime scene, and what impact that may have had on the trial.

PERSON OF INTEREST: Premieres Monday, January 16 at 9/8c

Dallas-based private investigator Bill Dear has collected evidence for the past 21 years suggesting a new possibility in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  The team sits down with Dear to take a closer look at this ‘person of interest’ and his checkered past.

ABOUT THE ALIBI: Premieres Monday, January 16 at 10/9c

LAPD forensic psychologist Dr. Kris Mohandie, and Rhode Island police sergeant Derrick Levasseur raise questions about the validity of the potential person of interest’s alibi from the night of the murders – was the truth being told? And if not, did this individual play a role in committing the crimes? The team examines bizarre behavior after the murders, and looks closely into his present-day life to gain a greater understanding.

THE CHARLIE THEORY: Premieres Tuesday, January 17 at 9/8c

O.J. Simpson has claimed that “if” he committed the murders, he couldn’t have done it alone. The team asks famed witness Kato Kaelin and other key participants in the original trial for their opinions about whether anyone else could have been involved. Then, a new potential eyewitness comes forward to the team with a shocking revelation that could blow the investigation wide open.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: Premieres Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c

After coming forth with new information about the night of the murder, a possible eyewitness takes a polygraph test, and the DNA results from a potential murder weapon are in.  The team of investigators sits down with Fred Goldman, Ron’s father, and Tanya Brown, Nicole’s sister, and gets a shocking update. Dr. Kris Mohandie and Sergeant Derrick Levasseur reveal their final conclusions about what they believe really happened to Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. 

IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE docu-series and after show is produced for Investigation Discovery and IDGO by Objective Media Group America/All3Media America with Jimmy Fox, Greg Lipstone, Layla Smith and Star Price as executive producers.. William C. Dear is also executive producer.  For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.


OBJECTIVE MEDIA GROUP is a London based production company founded in 1991 where it has rapidly become one of the UK’s most influential content creators.  OBJECTIVE MEDIA GROUP’S US operation (part of the All3Media America group of companies) is based in Los Angeles and overseen by EVP Jimmy Fox who joined the company in February, 2014. OBJECTIVE currently produces the CNN series “United Shades of America” hosted by W. Kamau Bell, “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” for CNBC, “Hollywood Darlings” for POP, “It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards” for SPIKE, as well as drama series “The Arrangement” for E!  OBJECTIVE MEDIA GROUP is owned by global production and distribution company ALL3MEDIA.All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.


Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories,” the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 86 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.


Brotherhood Crusade Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Honoring Chris Paul



Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For Tickets – CLICK HERE

On Friday, December 9th, Brotherhood Crusade will honor NBA great Chris Paul with their pioneer of African American Achievement Award

Chris Paul is an American professional basketball player, best known as a marquee point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers franchise in the NBA.

Born on May 6, 1985, in Lewisville, North Carolina, Chris Paul grew up in a tight-knit family. Although as a child he played football, Paul later took his older brother’s lead and became a basketball standout. Following a high school stint as a star, he was recruited to Wake Forest University, where he became a key part of the team’s effort to rebuild. Paul was drafted into the National Basketball Association in 2005, by the New Orleans Hornets, where he played for six seasons before becoming a key part of another rebuilding effort, with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Paul and his wife, Jada, whom he met at Wake Forest, have two children: a daughter, Cameron Alexis; and a son, Christopher Emmanuel II. Paul’s family nicknamed him CP3 because he, his father and brother all share the same C.P. initials. He is an avid bowler and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association league.

Brotherhood Crusade is a 48-year old grassroots organization with a vision of improving quality of life and meeting the unmet needs of low-income, underserved, under-represented and disenfranchised individuals. They envision a South Los Angeles devoid of health disparities, disenfranchisement and poverty-associated adverse public health conditions. They believe South Los Angeles can be a safe, thriving, culturally relevant and inclusive community that provides all residents equitable access to human & social services and continually improves their quality of life.

Take a look at last years event

Behind the Lens with Leroy Hamilton – 2015 Brotherhood Crusade Gala


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California African American Museum opening celebration!


Come one come all to California African American Museum opening celebration! Can’t Stop/Won’t Stop

DJ Rashida
DJ Lynnee Denise
Good art, people & food
RSVP by October 14: rsvp@caamuseum.org
All ages/family friendly!

Celebrating the openings of:
The Ease of Fiction
Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses
Politics, Race, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics, Berlin 1936
Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space
Taking Place: Selections from the Permanent Collection

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