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Creative Con and the King of Reads

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Creative Con is powered by literary enthusiasts and bridges the gaps between black literary creatives and opportunities that will advance their careers.

Our very own, Justin James, will be presenting the Tech Talk: Creating Digital Media and Audio Content. Registration is FREE. For more information and to register, visit: thecreativecon.com

The AAMBC Literary Awards is the largest gathering for black literary creatives to celebrate their stories and those who create them. With one of the largest networks in the country for lovers of African American fiction, AAMBC has led the way for ten years in exposing black writers and their books.

Marking its Tenth year anniversary, the AAMBC is proud to present as a vital part of Black Writers Weekend the inaugural edition of CreativeCon. This premier event is formulated to be an all inclusive branding experience for the modern writer. CreativeCon is geared to equip authors, screenwriters, and in influencers, with the contemporary tools they need to succeed in today’s competitive market.

Today’s industry requires a full package from all genres of writing, and without the proper introduction to necessities, young influencers find themselves behind their competition. Our goal is to not only enhance a writer’s drive but teach them to be well versed in all forms of media, secure relevance, explore new forms of expression and stay pro table.

Attendees can expect a memorable experience including workshops, mentoring sessions and screenings from filmmakers that are partnered through BET Digital. Notable filmmakers and entrepreneurs include Zane from “Addicted”, J.D. Myall, journalist from Black Voices, Actress and Producer Khalimah Gaston, Web Designer, Chanel Smith, Publicist Sarah Busby, filmmaker Rhavynn Drummer, WEtv producer Tamra Simmons, and Celebrity Stylist Julian Lark. Creative Con is expected to have 2 key events that will surely assist with the writers challenges and help tighten up current strengths.

How Bad Do You Want It?

CreativeCon wants to brand new and upcoming writers in today’s competitive market and build them in the most visible way possible. What other way can you do that? Do you have a script?

Access to Hollywood

Access to Hollywood allows writers to pitch their projects to leading executives and professionals in Hollywood for their chance to take their career to the next level.

Headshot Party

Writers must always put their best foot forward when presenting themselves
to professionals in the industry. We are preparing writers and allowing them to have professional headshots to include in their portfolio to send with their projects in the future. There will also be a chance to create a 30 second commercial for their personal social media presence to better brand their new material.

AAMBC formally known as African American on the Move Book Club,  is the premiere Black Writers Weekend. AAMBC offers African American literary creatives the opportunity to be honored and celebrated for their prestigious work.

The CreativeCon Conference will host several workshops, mentor sessions, pitch sessions and screenings presented by black filmmakers that are partnered through BET shows. We are inviting literary creatives to learn about full-service branding techniques and creatives tools that will promote their brands in the best way possible. In addition to the workshops, CreativeCon is offering sessions for creatives scripts to be noticed by film industry leaders.

Registration is FREE. For more information and to register, visit: thecreativecon.com

 

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LeBron James Opened an $8 Million School?!

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LeBron James just opened an $8 million public school called I Promise, where kids will have access to free bikes, free meals, free uniforms, free transportation within 2 miles, and much more! The school is for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio who are usually overlooked.

Twitter loved this news. A few even called for LeBron to replace Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education.

While many celebrated the opening of this school, many also rightfully noted that no one person should have access to that much money or be in control of the lives of that many students. This led to many discussing socialism and what this type of school could look like if not funded by a private citizen.

 

What are your thoughts on the school? This is overall a great thing, but do you think celebrities, or any rich person, should be able to hoard enough money to do this on their own?

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Huffington Post’s ‘Black Voices’ Gets Called Out For Having White Writers

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Lara Witt—editor of the feminist publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine—pointed out on Twitter that majority of the writers for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices editorial are…white.

The editor for Black Voices, Taryn Finley, is a Black woman, a Delta, and a Howard University graduate. How is it that the company felt comfortable enough hiring what seems like a token Black person to run the site, but did not feel the need to pay other Black writers to be a contributor? Black Voices claims to be sharing “our news” and “our voices,” but this cannot be true when it is non-Black people who are writing the stories. No matter how much Taryn edits for them, the stories are still not ours.

We have seen time and time again how white people will slap the word “Black” on a source of entertainment and feel justified in keeping their voices centered in that space. We’ve seen it with Viacom through BET and now we see it through Black Voices, which is owned and, apparently, operated by white people. If Huffington Post wants to fix this, they need to hire Black writers. There is nothing else to it.

 

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A Black President Before A Black Photographer: Vogue, This Ain’t It

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126 years and Vogue has never had a black cover photographer… The United States of America and all of its racism elected a Black president before Vogue allowed a Black photographer to shoot for their cover.

I’m not sure if this is even something we should celebrate. Congratulations to Beyoncé for getting on the cover of the September issue of US Vogue and reportedly having “unprecedented access” to create whatever she wants apparently. But had it not been for this, when would Vogue have decided it was time for a Black photographer?

The United States of America and all of its racism elected a black president before Vogue allowed a black photographer for their cover. Click To Tweet

Come to find out this may be Anna Wintour’s last cover as CEO, according to Huffington Post. Beyoncé has hired Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, GA. He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history. The photographer and filmmaker has worked with several known brands from Mercedes Benz to Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. This is an amazing opportunity for Mitchell and I’m confident that he will shake the f*ck out of the table in September.

To learn that he will be the first is a proud and sad moment for me. When first hearing the news and the details, I was ecstatic and wanted to know what Bey would be cooking up for the girls this fall, but then I sat in my bed and read some of the titles again and “first Black” and “126 years” kept coming up. I sent a quick text to Taryn Myers—an editor and writer for KingofReads.com—and told her how I felt. It didn’t come to her at first, but the wheels started to turn and she shared something important: “Vogue has been one of the primary messengers about what beauty, wealth, fashion and culture is right?” So to know that they’ve been pushing what is beauty for many years, even in this supposedly “progressive” state we’re in now, and we’re just now getting a Black photographer cover in 2018 speaks volumes.

“The First Black” I expect when we’re talking about government, since America has been ran and founded by white men. I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the publications are ran by those who are for Black and Brown people when capitalism calls them to it. These companies don’t truly care about us because and I don’t think they all of the sudden got it or it hit them. The beautiful Beverly Ann Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974 and even she probably wasn’t allowed to hire a Black photographer.

Nonetheless, Beyoncé and Tyler will create some Black magic for the September cover and Vogue will think that they have done something “progressive” to help them sleep in their white sheets at night not realizing that given tardiness is about as damaging as white sheets with two holes in it.

 

 

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