Monday, February 28, 2011

Copacabana at Bowling Green State University

Hey! I hope everyone is doing okay! So last night I had the pleasure of attending the Copacabana Bowling Green State University! The Copacabana was a showcase of impersonation of influential African American entertainers from different eras that diligently paved the way for our generations and many to come. Etta James was in the building! The Temptations were in the building! Ella Fitzgerald was in the

building and lets not forget Luther! He was there too! Everyone did a wonderful job and I was very honored to have performed the National Black Anthem! Thanks to the hard work of the Black Student Union and the direction of Dean Bryson and Ashley Brown the event was a success! Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a good day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Evolution of the Black Woman at Ohio State University

 Holaaaaaaa!! Last evening I had the pleasure of sittng on the panel of the forum for The Evolution of the Black Woman! I would like to thank Habiba for the warm invitation and all of those that made the event possible. Fire was sparked in the room! The discussion was focused on the four archetypes of the black women in the media which are the Mammy, the Jezebel, the Mulatto, and the Sapphire. We began by watching a perfomance by members of the organization. They took on the roles of the four arcetypes meantioned above through a monologue presentation. Afterwards, we the panel, were aksed questions such as how have these stereotpyes of black women evolved overtime, who has the responsibility once they are in the public eye, and how can we change the way we as women are viewed not only in the media but all across the world. The discussion was open for all comments and a passion for mentorship was born in the room that night. It ultimatley boiled down to yes, we must accept our past so we can change our future. This is not the time to point fingers and find a scapegoat but this is a time to produce change and creators of change. It was strongly emphasied that the change started with the people on that room. The change starts with you! Once you do something and you affect others in a way that makes them just as passionate as you are about mentorship and about being a role model and setting an example for our children today so that they may live and lead exuberant lives tomorrow is what this life is all about! They want to know how we can change the media? We ARE the media and the things we do portrays who we are and what we do forever leaves an imprint upon impressionable hearts that look to us for what is right and what is wrong. That is why it is imperative that we set good examples for our children because the are watching us 24/7 whether we know it or not. The things we do and say will be the very things they will do and say and it will be the mark that they leave. So, I ask you, what will YOUR mark be?

Brandon and I sitting on the panel

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Still Standing at Purcell Marian High School

Hello again! For Black History Month Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio held a program called Still Standing. This program was so nicely pieced together and many came to support the Black Student Union, which is the student group that organized the event with Briana Graham as president. There were performances by the Highsteppers Drill Team, Destiny Griffith beautifully sang "Joyful, Joyful", The Black Male Movement Institute Step Team, So Fly Dance Team, Dunamis Mime Ministry, Jay White a self published author and film producer and an insightful man of many talents, performed several original pieces, and I performed as well. I recited an original poem entitled "Caged Concrete." The entire concept of the program was a very creative way to remember what paved the way for us today all the while embracing the essence of now; remembering our history all the while preparing for the future. Be blessed.

Author, J. White, and I

Girls Scout Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal

I was so excited to meet the girls today! They are going to do a fashion show at the Woodlawn Elementary School on February 28th! They are show casing the four seasons and they are ready! I asked them if they were nervous at all and many of them just shook their heads no with excitement for the 28th! While I was at the practice, they got down to business! The girls were modeling and loving it! The three tips i gave them were to smile, put one foot in front of the other, and play with their clothes! I can't wait for the 28th!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

African American Forum at the GE Aviation Plant

Hello everyone! Just wanted to tell you about the opportunity I was blessed with to sing at the African American Forum at the GE Aviation Plant in Cincinnati, Ohio today. The African American Forum is a program at GE Aviation to celebrate and remember black history during February. The room was not only filled with African Americans, but with people of other nationalities as well. It was pleasant to see the unity and support of everyone gathering for one common cause. I was also blessed to meet Faith Daniels, the host of the event and radio personality, and her husband Kent. It was such a pleasure meeting her. When you listen to her speak you can really feel a sense of genuine sincerity in her spirit. It is said that life and death is in the power of the tongue. When Faith speaks, it is invigorating and you literally feel the life radiating from her words, sprouting growth into your life. In the beginning of the event I sang an acapella version of the National Black Anthem. Later I sang "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly. There was also a Freedom Center Reenactment in the form of a monologue, a profound poet, and a presentation by the Bi-Okoto West African Dance group. Unfortunately, pictures were prohibited this time but maybe I can get a copy of the showcase for you on video! Woop, woop! Thank you Ms. Briana Graham for inviting me and as always, thank you DeMarcus Banks! On my way back home I got lost, even with GPS!  Mr. Banks I don't know what I would have done without you! Until next time, Britt Britt.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Encouragement on President's Day

Hello again! I am just sitting here at work (yes on a holiday) just thinking about life and things. I know I should probably be working but we are not busy at all so there is not too much to do! I just wanted to share with everyone where I am in the process for this year. Google has been my best friend when it comes to searching for different events in Ohio that I can represent. Terron Austin and Demarcus Banks are also certified life savers! Without them, things would be unimaginably difficult. My sister Kaira Walton is the greatest at taking photos. I have contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers. I might even make an appearance this Friday if I can move around my work schedule!!! Let's hope for the best! There are also different events throughout the state of Ohio that I am really looking forward to. On another note, I also haven't been feeling the best lately. I've been feeling kind of down and out but the devil is a liar! I just have to remember that when I am feeling discouraged and disheartened that God always has and always will be on my side. I just want to encourage you and by doing so, I am encouraging myself at the same time. Nobody told me the road would be easy, but I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me. So keep your heads up, smile and stay positive! Remember, your blessing is on the way. God bless you. Love Britt :-)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Radio One Book Fair "Princess Program"

Hey guys! Today I went to the Radio One Book Fair in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event was put together thanks to the hard work of Jeri Tolliver! Terron Austin and many more worked so diligently to make this event a dream come true. While visiting, I got the opportunity to lead the Princess Program. The girls came up on stage and showed off all of their princess attire and waved at the crowd of people! Once they were done, they all paraded off stage and won prizes like princess socks, candy, games, and knick-knacks. Terron Austin also facilitated the "How To Blog" workshop and the "Jumpstart Your Writing" workshop. While there, I met Karen Allen, the newly published author of the book "Ties That Bind." Everyone came to support everyone and it was truly a wonderful event. I wish everyone the best in all their endeavors and may God bless you! Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Terron Austin

The Me I See Self Esteem Workshp 2

Signing autographs

Preparing for the talents and strengths interviews

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Keys to Life" at Purcell Marian High School

Mr. Key and I
My sister Kaira and my mommy Sharon
The “Keys to Life” showcase was great! The thing I enjoyed most about it was the concept. There were artists from Cincinnati like Big Steve and M-40 and others that brought a positive message to the youth through music. There were also speakers from organizations like National College, Step Higher, and You Give to encourage youth to do community service. It was nice to see the youth come and support one another. I also enjoyed the fact that adults were standing in the gap to encourage the youth to stay out of the streets and to stay in school instead. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and I feel that it is a necessity not only at Purcell Marian, but also at every high school nationwide.  To check out the rest of the videos and pictures visit my youtube and facebook! Tootles!

Reciting an original called "Caged Concrete"

Friday, February 11, 2011

10th Annual Black Women Striving Forward Fashion Show at Wright State University

Well, I learned something new. Always record at a fashion show! I missed much of the action in the beginning because I was trying to take pictures! It’s okay though because I finally figured out I should record, but I did catch some great clips of the show! Congratulations to the winners and the runner ups! Everyone had a really creative and unique style to them and the presentations were wild! Thank you to the Black Women Striving forward for inviting me to be a judge at the show. Thank you to Cherelle Todd for mentioning the annual fashion show to me. I enjoyed myself and I cannot wait to link back up with the beautiful ladies of Wright State University in the future! God bless with all your endeavors ladies! I hope you enjoy the clips, and don’t worry; I’ll record much more at the next fashion show! Love, Britt Britt

The left: Model Danni

The winners!

The left: Cherelle Todd
The right: Kaneesha