Monday, June 27, 2016

BLACK IS BACK: The Incredible Story Behind the Relaunch of the First Parenting Magazine for Black Parents


Posted by Joyful Living Coaching on June 21, 2016 at 10:25am

 Successful Black Parenting magazine, originally founded in 1993 and launched in 1995 with 35,000 issues, debuted as the first national print magazine for African American parents. The founders closed the magazine in 1997. Twenty-one years later, they are bringing it back.
"The time is right to connect with issues being addressed by Black Lives Matter, like the way racism has resurfaced in our society, and to respond to the concerns and aspirations Black parents have about their children's future. There's also a vibrant spirit in our community that continues to work for a better world, so it's the perfect time to relaunch," said Janice Celeste, formerly Janice Robinson-Lopez, one of the founders and editor-in-chief of the magazine. "We started when my children were babies. Now, my three daughters are adults and successful in their career and family lives. I'm even a grandmother now." Success is key to everything Celeste does, right down to her own children. Her oldest daughter has her master's degree, another is a fashion designer and modeling agent, and her youngest daughter is supermodel, Sessilee Lopez, seen on Victoria's Secret runways and on the cover of Vogue. "All families need support. Black families are no different. Children also have to see positive images of themselves in the media," said Celeste, adding, "You cannot be what you cannot see."
"Recently, Janice and I have been saying, 'If we had had the resources we have today, the magazine would still be on newsstands,'" said Marta Sánchez, the magazine's co-founder and managing editor. Celeste agreed, "Today we have more connections, contacts and access to social media that can get the word out." Sánchez recalled, "This publication was our baby, we saw it walk, then run. At that time, we had just enough money to fail. We financed the venture with our money and donations from family and friends, but what we really needed was a million-dollar budget. We were like two fleas holding on to a bucking bull!"
Celeste and Sánchez have a big plan. The digital launch comes first with a crowdfunding campaign for research and development for print issues, which will launch in 2018. "Print is evolving," said Celeste. "It's definitely not dead. We have to cater to the needs of different readers, those who prefer digital and those who want to feel the quality of paper in their hands."
On the website, there is something for everyone. There are columns for single moms to grandparents.  "We are the voice of Black families," said Celeste, "Our magazine advocates for parents—all caregivers—and children. The magazine is just the start of much more to come."
For updates, sign-up on Successful Black Parenting's website atSuccessfulBlackParenting.com. The crowdfunding campaign is set to raise $20k for research and development. A second phase to raise $2m in venture capital is for the print publication. To contribute, visit Indiegogo.com or (http://bit.ly/SBPIndiegogo)
Contact: Janice Celeste
Email
(424) 272-6717
NAPLES, Fla.June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Education Expo - Cultivate the Black Genius in Your Children - Atlanta

Dr. Claud Anderson Addresses Black Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators on Rearing Black Children for Economic Power
On the weekend of July 15-17, one can experience Dr. Claud Anderson, one of the foremost sought-after speakers on entrepreneurship, author of Powernomics and president of The Harvest Institute, a nationally recognized think tank that does research, policy development, education and advocacy to increase the self-sufficiency of Black America. Dr. Anderson will do a first of its kind live web address to Black homeschoolers, parents, and educators on developing the economic empowerment of Black children at The 2016 5th Anniversary Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo in Atlanta taking place at The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center.
According to Queen Taese, the founder of The Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo, "The future of Black people depends on how we mentally groom our children surrounding money and wealth. We cannot only focus on our great African legacy that once was; our children must be equipped with the necessary mindset and skills, in order to be completely prepared to bring economic wealth and Black cultural prosperity to our communities."
According to Queen Taese, the founder of The Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo, "The future of Black people depends on how we mentally groom our children surrounding money and wealth. We cannot only focus on our great African legacy that once was; our children must be equipped with the necessary mindset and skills, in order to be completely prepared to bring economic wealth and Black cultural prosperity to our communities."
Dr. Claud Anderson will give this live web address, which will also be broadcasted internationally via internet, over a Sunday Brunch at The 5th Anniversary Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo, a proven Black economic hub of Empowerment for Black Businesses that services the educational needs of Black homeschoolers, parents, and educators. In addition, there will be some of the country's most prominent Black entrepreneurs and educators such as Delxino and Deborah Wilson de Briano of Tag Team Marketing, Chike Akua of Success Quest Bootcamp, Aunkh Aakhu of Better Marketing Mastery, Michael Imhotep of the African History Network, Samori Camara of The Warrior Start Up, and DJ Jordan from Us Lifting Us, all under one roof. The focus areas will be The Keys to Successful Entrepreneurship, Family Financial Abundance, and How to Rear Black Children into Conscious Millionaires.
The Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo provides all weekend training and workshops that focus on how to best cultivate Black children, as well as powerful networking, and a multitude of Black exhibitors with everything from Black books, curriculum materials, enrichment programs, and other resources that assist in "Cultivating the Genius in Black Children", which is the theme of this year's expo. For more information, one can visit http://www.liberatedmindsexpo.com/ or call 678-368- 8593.
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