Monthly Archives: May 2015





11:00A.M. TO 1:30 P.M.



6729 W




Featured Speaker

Dr. Lauren Dungy Poythress

Physician / Educator


 Mistress of Ceremonies: Kelly Vaughn

Host of Inside Indy

⫷⫸WHMB – TV 40


Live music provided by: Ware’s Mobile DJ Service

 Fun and Fellowship

 Silent

For more information, please contact:

Regina Majors, Section President / Chair – 317-590-3952

Stacia Gray, Co-Chair – 317-835-5890



Community News….”TURNING POINTS” Summer Transition Institute








Summer Transition Institute

Avondale Meadows YMCA


Any student entering middle school in Fall 2015


June 10-June 26

8:30 am-4:00 pm


Avondale Meadows Academy 3980 Meadows Dr.


This institute is designed to help students make a smooth transition from Elementary School to Middle School. We will discuss the logistics of academic success and social life. Activities will include but are not limited to the following: academic enrichment, field trips, student panel discussion, team building exercises, middle school tour, college tour, swimming, and much more!


To begin Middle School with renewed confidence and knowledge, to make friends, and to have a great time!


Register now! Space is limited to the first 30 paid registrants! Registration forms are available through the Avondale Meadows YMCA: 3908 Meadows Dr. Indianapolis IN 46205 Program Fee is only $25 and includes ALL weeks, field trips, materials, and lunches.

Parent Meeting: Tuesday, June 9th 6:00 PM at the Avondale Meadows YMCA


Jamie Rhodman at (317) 549-9622 ext. 271 or


Community News…IBE 2015 Volunteer Opportunity




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The 45th Annual Summer Celebration is right around the corner and we need YOUR help!






Volunteering with IBE has become SO much easier…we’ve gone digital!

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Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 Volunteer Program is open. We have more than 100 different volunteer opportunities with nearly 500 slots waiting to be filled, so there’s sure to be enough opportunities for everyone.


To get started, please visit the Indiana Black Expo, Inc. online volunteer registration site, by clicking here:


Summer Celebration – Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm


Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity

3135 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208


Summer Celebration – Volunteer Walk Thru

Tuesday, July 14th from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm


Indiana Convention Center

100 S. Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225





Indiana Black Expo Music Heritage Festival Line Up



Community News….Goods That Give!

Upon this hiatus of community service, I thought I would share a few products of Goods That Give Back. Indulge in shopping addition guilt free with cool items that support a worthy cause.

People Stylwatch May 2015

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Make a fashion statment against poaching with this little bag.

30% of each pouch sold will be donated to Rhinos Without Borders, a conservation program committed to the relocation of 100 at-risk rhinos.

Natural canvas digitally-printed zip pouch featuring a rhinoceros under gold heart on front and baby rhino on back. Includes waterproof lining and attached purple tassel accent at zipper.

To learn more about AndBeyond and Rhinos Without Borders click here.

Prevent Violence Against Women, buy this statement ring and 50% of the salesprice is dinated to The United Nations Trust Fund to end violence against women. Through its sales, the collection serves as a reminder of the hardships that women have endured. “When you wear a piece from this collection, you are acknowledging every woman and girl who has ever experienced any kind of violence in her life,” Lee says. “We are honoring their stories of strength, power, and dignity. We are also contributing, in a meaningful way, to making a tangible difference in their lives.”

Learn more about the fund at, and shop the collection at

Save The Whales…this dress is cute as a beach coverup for girls night out. On top of that , 25 % of its profits aid The Australian Whale Conservation Society’s fighting to end Whaling..Lisa Blue “Athena Kaftan” in silk… $199

Help African Villages…25% of the purchase price goes to Innovation Africa, which brings medical care, clean water and other necessities to underprivlaged areas… “The Mini Nikki Necklace” $90


Aid Children In Need….channel Marilyn Monroe when you nab these glam shades 100% of the proceeds are given to Hollygrove, a family support agency and former orphanage where Monroe spent part of her childhood… “The Marilyn Sunglasses” in Swarovski Crystal detail $495

Support Grassroots Charities….Pick up this super creamy lotion to soften your skin and 100% of the cost will be donated to varies Human Rights and Concervation “Lush New Charity Pot Body Lotion” $26




Community News…Red Nose Day!!!


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Red Nose Day is all about having fun, raising money and changing lives. Money raised through Red Nose Day will help transform the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S and overseas. For more great ways to get involved visit


Tune in May 21 8/7c for a special three-hour fundraiser featuring superstar talent.

  • Watch the live special on NBC May 21 at 8/7c.
  • Wear your Red Nose and share your #RedNose fun on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.
  • Support the cause by purchasing select products for your viewing party.
    See donation details ›




Community News…..Nigerian Family & The North Pole

Family Become First Nigerians to Reach Geographic North Pole

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CAMP BARNEO, North Pole – Following in the footsteps of great explorers and adventurers, the Amazu Family

reached the Geographic North Pole to launch their philanthropic foundation Challenge 100 and remember

the abducted girls of Chibok, Nigeria. In doing so they also became the first Nigerians to reach the North Pole.

Og and Joy Amazu, along with their young daughters Aimee and Monica, travelled to the Geographic North

Pole from Barneo today, where the parents skydived from 10,000 feet onto the ice, with Og then diving under

the icecap to walk upside down on the actual site of the Geographic North Pole.

Founded by Og and Joy Amazu, Challenge 100 is a foundation set up by the family, based on the three pillars

of entrepreneurialism, philanthropy and family, with the aim of inspiring charitable acts in others.

“We are delighted to reach the North Pole and become the first Nigerians to do so. Raising awareness of

Challenge 100 and launching the Foundation is our goal today and this really is the first step on our journey.

However it is poignant that we achieve this a year since the tragic events in Chibok and we remember all those

that are still effected by that tragedy,” said Og Amazu.

“We have spent the last few years doing our due diligence on Challenge 100 and laying the foundations. The

Trip to the Arctic is really our official launch of Challenge 100.”

It was previously thought that Tee Morgan was the first Nigerian to reach the North Pole. However she had only

visited the North Pole Ice Camp, a distance of 25 miles from the actual North Pole, electing not to travel with

the rest of the marathon runners to complete the journey to the Geographic North Pole. The Amazu family

however travelled the extra 25 miles and are delighted to be the first Nigerians to achieve the accolade of

reaching the North Pole.


For more information about Challenge 100 visit, SOURCE Challenge 100


“Thing I’m Lovin Lately” (May)

Since I’m out on a hiatus this month, I thought I would still share with you the importance of having a basic routine  in the midst of the chaos. It’s important to stay hydrated with your skin care (men & women) while keepin it simple. So here we are what I’m lovin lately, keepin it simple while serving in the community (care)….ENJOY!

   cranberry almond 




Need a quick snack on the go…this is my go to favorite…Hippie Chic Granola is good and wholesome and to die for….Cranberry Almond is my fav’s

antipodes_grapeseed_butter_cleanserantipodes_grapeseed_butter_cleanser3Ok, so this little number does wonders on my skin, especially since it’s sensitive to alot of products and i’m wearing little to no make up during my field work…this definately does the trick, both men & women can use this product.  http://www.antipodesnature.comNiveaFinally, one must always protect the lips from sun damage, with the Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey, is soft subtle and has a very light honey scent that goes on like a dream and it’s clear so men can use it as well. revlon

But when I want a little color, this is my go to thang Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm.


So What Are you “Lovin Lately”?

Community News….Global Empowerment Project

Global Empowerment Project

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I know I haven’t written an In “His” Shoes piece in a while, but I would be remiss not to share this awesome project with you! What happens when a medical doctor, a youth leadership executive and a renowned international photographer team up to make a difference in the world? The GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT is born.

As the world focuses attention on social ills, a group of Brooklyn-based activists and philanthropists have launched a new “socially relevant” television series. Producers are actively raising funds to complete the series pilot, currently in production. Each episode will combine international travel adventure with philanthropic service — a mixture rarely experienced in mainstream media. Another strong focus of the show content is promoting volunteerism, philanthropy and community empowerment through health and wellness activities.

The GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT will be shot on location throughout parts of Haiti, a country still riddled with socio-economic challenges following the 5-anniversary of the earthquake that hit the region in 2010. The partners and co-producers, Dr. Robert Gore (emergency medicine physician, global health advocate and KAVI- Kings Against Violence Initiative founder), Brian “Deka” Paupaw (artist, film-maker, Hoods to Woods founder) and Marc Baptiste (philanthropist, celebrity and fashion photographer) teamed up to help pool their talents and love for the local & global community, to inspire a global movement of change. The theme of giving back and enjoying the environment, will run throughout the series, which they hope to shoot in disparate communities in the United States and abroad over the next several months.

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(L-R) Brian “Deka” Paupaw, Dr. Robert Gore & Marc Baptiste

Rob and children

Kickin’ it with Dr. Gore! 

“We are excited about this project, not only because we are adventurers but because we care about the plight of youth and families in impoverished communities throughout the world. Through this project, we want to highlight how change is happening, ways that people can support, and the physical beauty and national resources that many of these countries have to offer. We capture that imagery on tape with amazing photography and interviews, with hopes that people will see the rewards of giving back to those in need and literally take action. It’s where culture meets cause, and that’s makes it interesting and unique for us.”


The group is currently working to raise $25,000 as their fundraising goal to help with production and post-production costs of the series pilot. The goal is to complete the pilot this summer and continue their philanthropic efforts and use the show to raise awareness and spawn others into action. As of May 12, 2015, GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT has raised nearly $19,500 of their $25,000 goal. They’re almost at the home stretch but need YOU to help reach and exceed their goal. Click here to donate and make a difference TODAY!


Release                                                                       For More Information Contact

Friday, May 8, 2015                                                                           Robert Jackson 317.855.7316  









Indiana Black Expo and Conference Organizer Robert Jackson announced today that IBE will serve as the Platinum Sponsor of the No More Excuses Black Men Stand Up! 2015 ConferenceThe conference will take place on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Lawrence Central High School.  “Indiana Black Expo is committed to coming alongside our young men of color to help address and eliminate personal and external barriers to their success,” said IBE Tanya Bell, president & CEO.  “This conference is directly in line with the Your Life Matters® initiative and is a critical venue needed to empower and invest in our young men and help them deal with issues that may be hindering success.   IBE has worked with Robert Jackson for many years and we applaud his passion and expertise.  This is a great opportunity for IBE to speak to the very young men that are the subject of Your Life Matters® Plan of Action,” added Bell.


“It has been my experience in working with young men across this country that there is one common thread that often gets omitted in rearing them to be well-balance, and that is the understanding that pain leads to anger, anger leads to violence and violence leads to incarceration, abuse and death. A lot of men, young and old, carry deep rooted pain,” explained Robert Jackson, Conference Organizer.  “We are in a state of emergency and the major culprit is the unresolved pain. This is why we welcome the sponsorship and partnership of IBE and President & CEO Tanya Bell. We agree that all lives matter and intend to help begin the healing process the moment the doors open on Saturday, May 16th,” added Jackson.  Conference leaders are expecting 350 to 400 young and adult men.  Young men will discuss topics such as accountability, the value and importance of education, important steps to help decrease the violence in our communities, and the power of healing.  Conference speakers include:

 ·         Robert Jackson, National Speaker, Author and Conference Organizer

·         Congressman Andre’ Carson, Indiana’s 7th Congressional District

·         Tanya Bell, President & CEO, Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

·         Gary Bracket, Author & Former NFL Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts

·         Dr. Shawn Smith, Superintendent, MSD of Lawrence Township

·         Dr. Jeffry Woods, Regional Director of Expectations Project

·         Ontay Johnson, Executive Director, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis

·         Pastor James Anthony Jackson, New Beginnings Fellowship Church

·         J. Christopher Hull, Minister, Relationship Consultant

·         Alex Burton, City County Council of Evansville

·         Pastor John Ramsey, New Life Worship Center

 Conference registration is only $25.  To register, visit and click on conference 2015.   For additional information, call 317.855.7316.



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 Music Heritage Festival Outdoor Concert and Music Heritage Festival II.   


Community News….Women of Power Summit (Recap)

Lisa Nichols Offers Tips for Helping Women Channel Their Inner Power

Motivating the Masses CEO helps women face challenges holding them back



As CEO of Motivating the Masses, Lisa Nichols helps her clients, both young and old, succeed in their business and personal life.

Serving as the guest speaker for Women of Power “We’ve Got the Power!” panel hosted by State Farm, Nichols shared thought-provoking details and advice on how women can take their careers to the next level. Following remarks by Black Enterprise President and CEO, Earl Graves Jr., and State Farm Vice President of Operations Margie Southard, Nichols shared insights from her own success journey of going from a single mother on government assistance to the CEO of a company that has just gotten its ticket to become a publicly held company on Wall Street.

Coined “the breakthrough specialist,” by industry peers, Nichols opened up with having the room full of attendees shouting the mantra “Yes, Yes!”

“The first yes is to you. The second yes is to your God-given assignment,” the author of six books told he crowd.

She went on to define power and to motivate the women to hone in on their inner power.

“Power is in the surrender to your assignment,” Nichols said. “Power is in your willingness to love the unlovable.”

Going into detail about the need for women to stop diminishing their power in order to make the people around them feel comfortable, Nichols encouraged the ladies to walk with authority and assurance in their purpose no mater what storm they may face.

“True power is not trying to dodge the bullet,” said the Motivating the Masses CEO while explaining to the audience that your down moment is your moment to remember who you were born to be.

Stay tuned for more updates from Women of Power and head to to watch the live stream.