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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.

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“My Life, My Vibe” October 2016

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This Is The Season For All Things New…Enjoy the Season

Fall is not one of my favorite season because I know shortly after comes my winter blues, however it’s something about crisp air that awakens my spirit. When you feel that first crisp breeze, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air. Every season has its upside; however, autumn has a particular beauty to it. Lovers of the season revel in its unique ability to turn the world into one big canvas with nature’s paintbrush.

From warm apple cider to camping trips, there are so many reasons to enjoy fall. Here are few things about the season that will bring out the autumn lover in you…and me!

  1. Appreciate what you have in your life on a daily basis….
  2. Express more vulnerability….
  3. Feel more comfortable in your skin. …
  4. Reconnect with people in your life. …
  5. Switch up your day-to-day grind. …
  6. Learn something new….
  7. Stop feeling like a grown up…

 My Business Improves Lives:  Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS


Monthly Affirmation: Resilience!

#Goals:  * Career Goals * Bod Goals * Squad Goals * Happiness Goals

We look forward to being of continued service to you and I hope you will enjoy the benefits of our new co-op networking community. Please let us know what you are doing in your business and community, your feedback is very important to us! ’til our next chit-chat,

#Positive Mind…#Positive Vibe…#Positive Life!


 “Join The Movement”

Crystal Dixon

CEO/Event Director Evolution Events, LLC

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Walk For Down Syndrome….

Buddy Walk®

presented by Down Syndrome Indiana

 Register Today – Buddy Walk® Indianapolis

Saturday, October 8, 2016 Celebration Plaza at White River State Park

New Walk Start Time – Walk Begins at 10:30am

Join us for festivities following the walk, including our information/resource tent, team awards, entertainment, lunch and much more!

Down Syndrome Indiana is excited for the 19th Annual Buddy Walk® Indianapolis. Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is the largest fundraising and awareness event for Down Syndrome Indiana. Buddy Walk® is a family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters.

As a direct result of event sponsorships, team fundraising and generous public donations, Down Syndrome Indiana is able to continue providing educational resources, informational programs, parent support networks, and social events for individuals with Down syndrome.

Buddy Walk® is a no-fee, non-competitive event for families, however Down Syndrome Indiana does encourage friendly competition in fundraising. For more information about hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Buddy Walk®, please contact the Down Syndrome Indiana office at 317-925-7617. You can also use a donation form to track offline donations made to your team!

As the largest  annual event for Down Syndrome Indiana, the Buddy Walk® would not be a successful event without the time and talents of many volunteers. If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer at the Buddy Walk®, please contact Song Ly at

 Why Walk?

Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) as an event to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This event is officially licensed by the National Down Syndrome Society to support groups and organizations across the country to positively influence on a local level the awareness of the Down syndrome community. Walks usually occur in October in observance of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is currently the largest fundraising event for Down Syndrome Indiana, with this year’s goal set at $213,000 for corporate and team sponsorships.
The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals:
  • To promote acceptance & inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs
  • To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice
Proceeds from Buddy Walk® help fund Down Syndrome Indiana programs and services that help individuals with Down syndrome and their families. These programs and services include, but are not limited to:
  • New Parent Information & Resource Packets
  • Educators’ Resources
  • Social Activities
  • Support for Research and Advocacy
  • Informational and Educational Conferences

That Men Might Live Campaign…

“THAT MEN MIGHT LIVE”, the Annual Rev. Charles R. Williams Prostate Cancer Awareness Run/Walk will be held this September during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Save the Date! On Saturday, September 18, 2016, friends and supporters of the Rev. Charles Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit and Hoosiers who stand in belief that prostate cancer should end, will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana at Fort Harrison State Park to put a foot down in the right direction of prevention, early detection, education and treatment of the disease.
Previously known as “Running For the Boys”, this 5K Run/Walk returns to raise funds for the mobile unit and to bring awareness to a disease that affects thousands of men and impacts their families across Indiana. Fort Harrison is located at 6000 North Post Road, less than 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis.
“The Rev. Charles Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit plays a significant role in the health and wellness of men across the state of Indiana,” said Kathy Jordan, an organizer of the “That Men Might Live” event and sister of the late-Rev. Charles Williams for whom the mobile unit is named.  “This mobile unit provides a unique service partnering with various entities to provide critical early detection and other services for prostate cancer to get all men into treatment and care earlier with a critical focus on minority.
That Men Might Live 5K is a chip-timed, competitive, sanctioned 5k run on paved park trails. This course is considered somewhat-hilly, by “Indiana standards”. All athletes will start at the same time, competing for individual age group awards for the following age groups: Youth (17 and younger), Male/Female (18-39 year old), Male/Female Masters (40-59 year old), Male/Female Super Masters (60 and older). All pre-registered athletes (by 9/11/16) will receive an event t-shirt and custom finisher’s medal.
Registration Schedule:
5K Competitive Run (all ages) Adult 2.5K Fun Run/Walk Youth 2.5K Competitive Race
6/1/2016-6/19/2016 $20 $15
6/20/2015-9/11/2016 $25 $20
9/12/2016-Close $30
Deadline to register to guarantee a T-Shirt is 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 11th.


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My Life, My Vibe September 2016


Finishing The Summer Strong…..

The carefree days and warm nights of summer come to close, so does the freedom of time spent outdoors playing with your little ones and friends. Changes in the season (cooling temps, falling leaves and dwindling sunlight and structured routines) create a more somber attitude which can spark some melancholy and depression. Here I’ve decided to share how to get over the oh so dreadful summer blues and ease transition into the season of Fall and beyond 🙂

Plan a “film fest” weekend. Gather the family (maybe even a few friends), pick up a couple of DVD rentals, pop a huge batch of popcorn and launch your very own film fest weekend.

Capture summer memories. Relive the family vacation, reminisce over memories from summers gone by, or just have a blast creating and capturing new memories on film.

Take a “staycation.” If you’ve decided to forgo a full-fledged vacation or road trip this summer, that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors – you might be surprised to discover lots of fun activities and things to see within just an hour or two’s drive from your home.

Throw a pool party. Before school starts back up and the weather begins to cool down, why not throw one last pool party for friends and neighbors?

Keep the fun times going. Just because school will soon be back in session, that doesn’t mean      the fun has to end.

Exercise! Staying active always gets those endorphins going and puts you in a positive mindset. Find something you love to do, try out a new class, take a long walk or exercise outside. The weather is so beautiful in the fall, so make outdoor workouts a must. Depending on where you live, the summer heat can be brutal, so use this new season as an opportunity to start taking your sweat sessions outdoors!

The cutest fall clothes are already out, so start stocking up! New clothing always puts a pep in our step. Grab some cute riding boots and booties, a new cozy sweater, distressed black or gray jeans or a fun trendy jacket to get your fall style on point!

Start a fall bucket list. Write down some fun fall activities you love doing each season or maybe some activities you haven’t done yet, but want to do. Some ideas to help you get your list started are apple picking, visiting a pumpkin patch, attending a wine-tasting, having cider and donuts at an apple orchard, attending football games or planning a fall dinner party. Planning activities will help get you excited for all the fun that’s to come this fall!

My Business Improves Lives:  Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS

Monthly Affirmation: Finishing The Summer Strong!

#Goals:  * Career Goals * Bod Goals * Squad Goals * Happiness Goals

We look forward to being of continued service to you and I hope you will enjoy the benefits of our new co-op networking community. Please let us know what you are doing in your business and community, your feedback is very important to us! ’til our next chit-chat,

#Positive Mind…#Positive Vibe…#Positive Life!


 “Join The Movement”

Crystal Dixon

CEO/Event Director Evolution Events, LLC

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My Sista’s Business…Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd knows the business world must be more innovative and more exciting! At the same time, it is more crowded, more competitive and more perilous. She thrives on maintaining an edge, expanding into new markets and offering valued clients new services as part of a precision business plan.

Today, the ACT•1 Group thrives through several verticals that add value to each other to support an overall business plan. Driven by Bryant Howroyd’s personal mantra, “Keep the humanity in human resources,” a team of diverse, entrepreneurial professionals manages one of America’s most highly respected and experienced staffs in the industry.

Janice Bryant Howroyd’s personality, perseverance and drive, coupled with – as she points out – her “extraordinary team” is what ensures ACT•1’s continuous growth in a global market.

Motivated by the supportive environments of her own youth, Janice Bryant Howroyd believes that people perform best when their personal strengths are developed and challenged. Her theory is proven true by the nearly three decades she has driven a highly successful business. “It is a core value of how I do business today,” says the CEO. “It has never been just about making a match to make some money.”

“Empowering people is a blessing and a responsibility.”

Staying true to these beliefs supports ACT•1, Janice Bryant Howroyd and the communities they service. She and the company contribute well to education, entrepreneurship and economic development. She says, “Growing a global business is all about doing something good for the world.”

Click here for the latest news about Janice and ACT•1.

Wellness Wednesday 8/24

Words from Ellen and Lana!

“Studies have shown working out lifts your spirt.  Why not make exercising a stress-reliever.  Find the perfect hour of the day and dedicate the whole hour to getting back on track to a healthier lifesyle.   ” – Ellen and Lana

Red Pump Project: Cupcakes & Condoms

Have You Heard the News?

One of the most common questions asked of us is, “When will Red Pump host an event in my city?” We heard you and decided to take our signature educational program,Cupcakes and Condoms, on the road. This fall, we are hosting the free event in ten cities that we have never been to before.

The first two events are taking place in St. Louis, MO (Saturday, August 20th) and inGulfport, MS (Saturday, August 27th). Additional cities include Houston, TX; Richmond, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Little Rock, AR; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Miami, FL. Details can be found on

If you’ve never been to Cupcakes and Condoms, here are five things to expect:

1. Desserts. Let’s just get this out of the way. Of course, there will be delicious cupcakes. We are true to our word!

2. Open dialogue about women’s health. Cupcakes and Condoms is a safe space and we want everyone attending to engage in the conversation. We will have a panel of experts talk about everything from HIV/STIs to the importance of testing and ways to overcome stigma.

3. Condom demonstrations. Since our first Cupcakes and Condoms in 2010, we have always opened the event with a female condom demonstration. It is important to us that women always understand and are knowledgeable about options to protect our health.

4. Swag. You won’t leave empty-handed! Whether it is educational information, safe sex kits, or goodie bags, we’ve got something for you to take back home with you.

5. Free HIV testing. Many locations will provide free on-site HIV testing. If not offered in your city, we will be sure to share information on where to find free or low-cost testing in your community. We are proud to champion the importance of #DoingIt.

As always, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information on all tour-related news.

Thank you to the many sponsors and partners who are supporting the Cupcakes and Condoms National Tour. Whether you would like to be involved with a city-specific event or the overall tour, there are plenty of opportunities.

For more information, please contact us at

Cupcakes and Condoms:2016 National Tour
Still wondering if you should attend Cupcakes and Condoms? This video might help!

Your 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.

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Wellness Wednesday 8/10


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Eight Fitness Tips to Get in Shape for Summer

Does the thought of slipping into shorts or a swimsuit leave you panicked? No sweat. With these easy fitness tips, there’s still time to get in summer-ready shape without going on a crash diet.

Taking small steps will put you in the right direction, says Heidi Powell, personal trainer, life coach and co-transformation specialist (with husband Chris Powell) on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Here are her eight best fitness tips to get you ready for the season:

  1. Make a Small Change — And Stick To It

“Make one goal to yourself at a time,” says Powell. “Maybe it’s removing soda from your lunch or moving for five minutes a day. Just make it attainable and commit to it.”

Once you master that first goal, you can add another to it, and so on. “When you do what you say you’re going to do, the scale will follow,” says Powell.

  1. Be Realistic

As much as we’d all love to drop 10 pounds in a week — especially as summer approaches — it’s not very doable without going to extreme measures.

“Instead, strive to lose one percent of your body weight a week,” says Powell. “That’s a healthy goal.”

  1. Watch Your Calories

Nutrition is more than half the battle in weight loss. And while you don’t have to obsess over every bite, you do need to be aware of how many calories you’re taking in. The average woman should aim for 1,500 calories a day.

  1. Eat Real Food

Forget the packaged diet dinners and low-fat snacks. “You can’t out-train bad food,” says Powell.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are higher in nutrients than processed meals — plus, they’re rich in fiber, which will keep you feeling fuller longer. Lean meats like turkey are high in protein and will help you burn more fat while building muscle mass. And yes, you can put some steak on the grill — just eat it in moderation. “The calorie count is higher in red meat, so opt for three-ounce portions instead of the four ounces you would eat of chicken or fish,” Powell says.

  1. Don’t Skip Carbs

“Chris and I both have wristbands that say I ❤ carbs!” says Powell. “Carbs fuel the body for weight loss.” Just remember that not all carbohydrates are created equal: White bread, rice and sweets are nutritionally poor, but sweet potatoes, brown rice, steel-cut oats and whole-grain bread are both delicious and healthy.

  1. Work Out at Home

You don’t have to commit to a gym to get your exercise. Powell, a busy mom of three, says she’s lucky if she goes to the gym once a month. Instead, she focuses on fat-blasting moves she can do from the comfort of her home…which is where her next two tips come in!

  1. Learn to Love the Burpee

“I have a love-hate relationship with burpees,” admits Powell. They’re tough, but “they hit nearly every muscle in the body and get your heart rate up.”

To perform this whole-body exercise, start by squatting with your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your legs back into a push-up position, jump back into the squat, and then jump to a standing position. You can modify the move by doing the push-up on your knees or going directly from the push-up to a standing position.

  1. Try Interval Training

For the optimal metabolism-boosting workout, sprint on a track or treadmill as fast as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 90 seconds, and then sprint again. Ten sets of sprints will give you a heart-thumping 20-minute workout — plus your body will continue to burn calories at a higher rate for the rest of the day. “You put your body in an oxygen debt, so the body has to overcompensate and work harder to oxygenate the body,” says Powell.

By making easy changes and following these fitness tips, you’ll be confident and beach-ready before