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Community Corner…#RockTheREDPump Event

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Know. Act. Rock.

Today, we are excited to kickoff Women’s History Month by launching our 9th Annual Rock the Red Pump® campaign. Since the beginning, supporters like you have tweeted, posted, and shared photos and information to help us educate the women in our lives and fight the stigma that continues to surround HIV. And, many of you have done so while rocking some fabulous red shoes.
However, #RocktheRedPump has always been more than a fashion statement. It is a call-to-action for women and girls to know the facts about HIV, take the appropriate steps (act), and own the decisions that we make regarding our bodies and our health (rock).
Know. Act. Rock.
It’s that simple. From now until National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), we will be mobilizing our networks to stand fiercely in the face of stigma, judgement, and shame and counter those forces with facts, support and sisterhood. And, we want you to join us! After all, the more, the powerful.
Here are some things that you can do to show your support. Others are listed here.

  • If you’re a blogger, sign up for the 2017 #RocktheRedPump Campaign!
  • Register your house of worship to participate in Red Pump Sunday on March 12.
  • Post educational statistics to your networks about HIV. (Need some starters? We have you covered.)
  • Download the square button below and post on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter), including the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.



Cupcakes, Condoms, and You?

This month, Cupcakes & Condoms® will roll into Charlotte, Fayetteville (NC), Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Women and teen girls are invited to join us for a FREE event packed with female condom demonstrations, dialogue about ways to foster healthy intimate relationships, and delicious desserts. To get additional details about each event, visit the respective pages below.

Is your city not on the list? Drop us a note to suggest where we should go next.

Rock the Red is BACK in a New Venue!

Our signature fashion show and fundraiser, Rock the RED, will is back for the 8th year in a row and will be taking place in Chicago on Saturday, March 18 at Chez (247 E. Ontario, Chicago).
Tickets are on sale now and we hope that you will join us for an evening of style and awareness.
Thank you to our sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chez, and Michael Stars.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email for additional information.

Our financial support is key to ensuring that The Red Pump Project can maintain its efforts to bring important conversations about HIV to the forefront for women and girls in our communities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today via our fundraising page.
Donate Now

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥
P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.


Community Corner…Employment Opportunity

29th Annual WTHR-TV13 Employment Opportunity Fair
Register online today for the 29th Annual WTHR-TV13 Employment Opportunity Fair (EOF). This year’s EOF will take place on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center.
All Employers will receive a 8×10 booth space, 8ft skirted table, identification sign, (2) chairs, and (2)  complimentary boxed lunches with their booth purchase.  This event is open to the public.  Please note last year the EOF event SOLD OUT, don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of the largest career fairs in this area!
CLICK HERE to purchase your EOF Exhibit Space!

Early Bird Exhibitor Application
deadline is March 17th!
Be sure to mark your calendars and save the dates for this year’s exhibition hall – Friday, July 14th , Saturday July 15th, Sunday July 16th. Take advantage of Early Bird rates today.  Standard Exhibit Booths start at $500 for a 10×10 exhibit space a $200 SAVINGS! Corner Booths are $550 and an Island Booth is $650 while they last.  All that is required to secure your space at our EARLY BIRD rate is a 50% deposit before Friday, March 17, 2017.
Thanks again for all you do to make Summer Celebration a success!

Indiana Black Expo | 3145 N. Meridian St. | Indianapolis, IN 46208 | (317) 925-2702|
Indiana Black Expo, 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Community Corner…Message From Bernie Sanders


From: Bernie Sanders

Subject: Join us for an event in Indianapolis to fight for our health care

We can and will bring about the change we need in our country.

These are tough times. The future of our country and planet are at stake. Our job: Fight Back.

Donald Trump and his Republican friends thought it was going to be easy. They would get to Washington and ram through their agenda, taking health care away from 30 million Americans, privatizing Medicare, and defunding Planned Parenthood while giving huge tax cuts to their millionaire and billionaire friends.

Their plans have begun to unravel, but only because of the tremendous levels of grassroots actions we’ve witnessed — town halls overflowing with constituents, rallies across the country, and of course the unprecedented outpouring of activism during the Women’s March.

We cannot stop. On Saturday, February 25th, volunteer-led rallies will be held outside of elected representative offices across the U.S. It is up to YOU to ensure that your Representatives and Senators know the American people won’t sit idly by as Congress sells out working class America. We fully expect our elected officials to do their jobs and represent the needs of the people they were elected to serve, not just the billionaire class.

Please join me and thousands of Americans this Saturday to say “enough is enough” by attending a rally to defend healthcare as a right in your community.

Hands off our Healthcare, Town Hall without Todd Young: Saturday, February 25ᵗʰ in Indianapolis, IN 12:00 pm EST


All across the country, people are speaking out not only to keep the Affordable Care Act, but to expand it. At a time when millions of Americans do not have health care, we should be working to expand coverage and move towards a Medicare for All system, not throw millions off of the health insurance they currently have. The Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be devastating – 30 million Americans thrown off health insurance, with many more denied care for pre-existing conditions and unable to afford their premiums and prescription drugs. In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we must understand that health care is a right, not a privilege.

Make your voice heard. Attend a rally on Saturday and let your elected representatives know you expect them to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and health care as a right.

We’re in this fight together, and it’s only through a mass movement that we’re going to be able to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and 30 million Americans losing lifesaving coverage. Thank you for being a part of the political revolution.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders
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Community Corner..Birth of a Movement



Subject: WATCH: Birth of a Movement

Marjorie, One hundred years ago, blackface and other offensive media representations of African Americans were not only common, but celebrated. Few cultural moments encapsulate this more fully than D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” (1915), a notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly reimagining of history. Birth of a Movement,” a new film now streaming on PBS, tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, an African-American newspaper editor and activist, who, along with the then newly-formed NAACP, waged a battle against the film. Together, we unleashed a conflict that still rages today about race relations, representation, and the power of Hollywood.

Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring interviews from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Spike Lee, “Birth of a Movement” captures the backdrop to this clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape. Despite the progress we’ve made as a country, these issue are still very much relevant today. Please gather with your family and friends to view this new film, now streaming free on PBS until March 5. After you’ve viewed the film together, use this guide to start a meaningful conversation about the themes, issues, and feelings the film brings to light. Yours in the movement, Cornell William Brooks President and CEO NAACP P.S. Are you a member of the NAACP? If not, please take a moment to join right now: mbership

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Community Corner….Save Our Cities Campaign



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It’s that time again – start planning for the National Urban League Conference!

SAVE THE DATE for four power-packed days in St. Louis, MO, July 26-29, 2017.

As a past attendee, you know what to expect from the premier multicultural gathering of the summer: networking, entertainment, and career and personal advancement opportunities. This year’s Conference promises to deliver all of this and so much more.

Act now to save money! REGISTER to take advantage of early bird pricing and BOOK YOUR HOTEL at a special rate.Stay tuned for exciting announcements and updates about speakers, sessions, and events! And feel free to share your Conference-related ideas and suggestions on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.

In the meantime, reminiscence on last year’s fun and empowering Conference in Baltimore with photos below.

See you in the Gateway City!

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Community Corner….”Matters of the Heart” Campaign

“Matters of the Heart” Campaign Continuing with Your Help
DID YOU KNOW? Each year, more than 72,000 African Americans are diagnosed with a tobacco-related cancer. Tragically, more than 39,000 die from those diseases.
“Matters of the Heart” – a tobacco cessation campaign from Indiana Black Expo – shares the stories of Indiana African American families whose lives were devastated by tobacco use.
This heartfelt campaign is again being launched statewide and we invite you to share this important health message with your family, friends, co-workers and everyone in your community. 
To learn more, I invite you to visit our Facebook page to check out our latest posts and new videos. What’s more, you are welcome to share these messages and videos on your social media pages.
If you or someone you love is trying to quit using tobacco, go to Or, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline today at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  The Quitline is a free service for anyone in Indiana who is 18 years and older. A trained “quit coach” will work with tobacco users on a strategy to break the addiction with tobacco.
We’ll soon be visiting Anderson, Kokomo and South Bend to share the Matters of the Heart stories with the community. The purpose of these meetings is to generate awareness and recognition – at a local level within each of these communities – as part of a state-funded grant initiative for the “Matters of the Heart” campaign.
In doing so, we want to encourage everyone to understand the devastating impact caused by tobacco use.
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Community Corner…A Mother’s Day Celebration


A Mother’s Day Celebration
MAY 12 AT 8:00PM
Upcoming Events:

Feb. 10 – Tyrese, Eric Benet, Dru Hill

Feb. 12 – The Fab Four

Feb. 13 – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Mar. 16 – 19 – Sesame Street Live

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Community Corner…Stacey Torres Studi

Hi, my exhibit actually opened on January 5, and runs through February 25, 2017 at The Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz, Kentucky. The Meet The Artist Reception was on  (Jan 21). This is my first solo exhibit, and I am exceedingly humbled and blessed to have this opportunity. If you need further information, please feel free to contact me. My Facebook Art Page is: Original Folk Art by Stacey Torres.

Thank You Again,

Stacey Torres

http://www.staceytorresartstud rofile/StaceyTorres



Community Corner…”Shipwrecked But Not Lost”


Melita Carter is a phenomenal poet, spoken word artist, social engineer, youth advocate, youth facilitator, and philanthropist. Melita has dedicated and committed her life to serving young people and and their families with her unique gifts and love. Melita is currently working with Peace Learning Center as a Youth Development Facilitator in IPS schools where as she teaches life-skills, conflict resolution skills, peer mediation and so much more. Melita has an extensive and superior resume of her work and community projects. Melita is a long time resident of the city’s far eastside. Melita has worked diligently in her neighborhood creating the far eastside clean-up project “Koinonia” coming together to propel our community forward. Within her first year Melita and all of public safety and community member collected over 500 bags of trash.

Melita has an eye for identify problems, creating a solution, and executing with precision and love. Melita also is an alumni of IPS herself and after 16 years of working in urban education with marginalized youth Melita has noticed a huge economic and education issue among her youth. Melita studied the statistics of her youth and noticed that 32% of the city’s Far Eastside lives below poverty lines and and 40% of those do not have an high school diploma. Also, 23 Hoosier teens become pregnant everyday and Indianapolis crime rate is 113% above the national average. Melita’s heart was broken and she did what she does best. She strategically created and planned a vision and master plan to combat those statistics. To add to her life’s mission  Melita is now the CEO/Founder of Royal Sno Young Entrepreneurship Program in Indianapolis, IN. Where her team will cultivate young entrepreneurs one Sno cone at a time. Melita needs our help raising the start up capital needed which totals to $70k.


Melita is beautifully executing a benefit show titled “Shipwrecked But Not Lost”

“In Shipwrecked But Not Lost, Melita Carter navigates her audience through the tumultuous journey of fatherlessness, suicidal thoughts, and the loss of her childhood innocence. Through poetry and prose, Melita breaks away each layer of shame, depression, and self-loathing and reveals her naked truth. This one-woman show will certainly be the lighthouse of inspiration. Begin to set sail; finally dock at the sea shore of liberation and healing. Are you you ready to confront the raging storms of the past?

There are several ways for you to obtain your tickets. You can purchase online at 63,  or Melita  will deliver your tickets to you, or you can purchase at the door. You DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW!  Lastly, please check out and purchase a perk from their campaign at rojects/royal-sno-cultivating- young-entrepreneurs-entreprene urship/a1c0/15761633



Thank You!  S.eed P.lanting Of E.ncouragement A.ffirmations and K.nowledge to L.iberate I.nternal F.ears E.veryday-SPEAK LIFE



Community Corner….2017 Circle City Classic® Scholarship

Circle City Classic®  Scholarships
Dear IBE Friends and Family,
Graduating Indiana high school seniors, and Hoosier undergraduate students already enrolled at the post-secondary level are invited to apply for a 2017 Circle City Classic® Scholarship presented by Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Successful applicants must exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship and community service. Priority consideration will be placed on financial need and first generation student status. Recipients may use the scholarship to attend the college or university of their choice.
Applications will be screened by a review committee. Scholarships are funded by the proceeds from the Circle City Classic® Football Game and are payable upon recipient’s full-time enrollment in a post-secondary institution. More than $4.1 million has been awarded to students since 1984.
This year the application deadline is March 1st. Students may submit their applications on line at: 2017 CCC Scholarship Application.  Additionally, questions may be directed to IBE Youth and Family Manager Dian Foreman at  or 317.923.3112.
Indiana Black Expo’s Youth and Family Programs

Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208