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Southwest Philly Kickback 2015

Mont Brown and his crew showed up and showed out once again with their 3rd year of the Southwest Philly Kickback. When I say that 55th & Chester Ave was  jumpin’, I am so serious! Entrepreneur and artist, Mont Brown joined together with sponsors to put this kickback together on their block. The turn out was phenomenal and Mont was definitely grateful to see his vision, once again, come to fruition.

“I’m blessed. I was put here for a reason and this seems like this is it,” Mont mentioned with a humble tone. Mont explained that there are not a lot of million dollar corporations where he comes from, so he wanted to give people from all walks of life a platform to showcase different types of artistry. The kickback incorporated activities for the youth as well as lots of art, fashion and music. Amongst the performers and entrepreneurs, was his 13 year old daughter, Solis. This young lady is very talented! She plays the piano & guitar, she is a singer & songwriter and let me not forget that she even has her own clothing line-which was modeled at the kickback. “I love to perform,” said the excited, young entrepreneur. I must add that her daddy, Mont, is very proud of his baby, but he made sure to mention that he has instilled a “hard-work” ethic into his daughter. He smiled as he spoke about his “baby girl” and was happy to share this experience with her the day before father’s day.

Neither the few rain drops nor the extreme heat could stop everyone from coming out and having a good time. It was almost impossible for people to just stand around bored with nothing to do. There were ample vendors to checkout and support, bouncy houses to jump in and performances to rock with. Both Senator Anthony Hardy Williams and State Representative Jordan Harris were ecstatic to see so many young people come together for the kickback and negate behaviors that have been seen lately on the news. Even community leader Nehemiah Davis stopped by to share a few words of acknowledgement to the crowd. Nehemiah also agreed that hosting events such as the kickback are imperative to the community, “We gotta show unity and we gotta show support.Support is imperative for us to succeed.”

Overall, the “Southwest Philly Kickback” shut down the city and put out a message that could not be ignored. Between the extensive media coverage, social media outreach and the bumpin’ music, the event was definitely something to remember. To top off Mont Brown’s evening, BME Community manager of Philadelphia, Jeff Jones,  announced  Mont as one of the 2015 BME Leaders. Jeff explained, “[Mont] was acknowledged for being a community build and a community leader,” and by the looks of the success of Saturday, he deserved every bit of the acknowledgement.

-Phylicia D

This writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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WIM Philly Conference 2015

It’s very rare that you walk into a room full of women and witness nothing but encouragement, positivity and support. Well,“WIM Philly Conference 2015” was that rare exception as ‘Women In Media’ came together at the Impact Hub in North Philly, to gain more knowledge about the competitive industry. The empowering event was full of a series of advice and tips for the attendees to take back to their workplaces and every day lives.

This year’s conference brought a whole new energy through speeches from both Nedia Ralston and Loraine Ballard Morrill. Their stories were both intriguing and real. After their words of wisdom, Loraine Ballard Morrill was presented with the Arête of Media Award for all of her accomplishments as an amazing woman in media. She mentioned to DG that she was very honored to win the award and she really enjoyed her day with WIM.

After powerful words from those two ladies, it was interactive workshop time! We heard Live & Lead with C.A.R.E by Tiffany Tavarez, Monetize Thyself: Pitch Pray and Slay by Nicole Walters, GDIP: Intro to Web Concepts by Dominque Clark and Creating Compelling Multimedia Content by Denise James. I would tell you guys some of the advice that we were provided, but then I would be doing these ladies a huge disservice! You have to attend an WIM event to get the juice.

The entire event was empowering and every single woman that attended left feeling like a “Superstar.” We had a chance to hear from an awesome media panel with boss ladies Sabrina Vourvolias, the managing editor of Al Dia News, Bex, on air personality of 96.5 AMP Radio, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City of Philadelphia Representative and Mayor’s Director of Communications and Kristina Jenkins, Editor of Uwishunu. The panel discussion was moderated by WIM’s very own Sincerely Syreeta and the ladies shared their obstacles and triumphs  as women in their work places. As the ladies exited the stage, Breast Cancer survivor and entrepreneur, Kim Reed , was called to the stage to close us out with charges before we joined the IAM Networking session and cocktail hour. As she presented us with our charges, she also reminded us that we are SUPERSTARS!  The event was amazing and it was inspirational for women of all fields. Here are a few of the changes that we were left with–until next year:

#1. Know your Value

#2. Reflect on who you are and what you have to offer

#3. Accept nobody’s definition of your life-define yourself

#4. You’re going to fall more than you succeed

#5. Opportunities are connected to people-Your network is equal to your net worth.

-Phylicia D.

This event coverage writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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