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NETWORK NEWS shares announcements and any breaking-news pertinent to our Networks, mission and membership body.  Visit this page often for bulletins as well as a constant view of what's happening in the NABFEME membership community. 

As a member, you can add a post or tell us and we'll add it for you! Let us know what's happening in your world!  New promotion? An event, book release, new job... maybe you're planning something fabulous, or you have an opinion about some of today's currents events and topics ... share it! Post your thoughts, comments, experiences... tell us what's going on.   Respond to another member's comments!  This section is private... it's just us, be respectful and feel free speak out!  Some commentary may reveal shared opinions regarding success and equality for women in the workplace, while others may reflect just being a woman ... balancing lifestyles both personal and professional.  

Tell us about you, your business and what we can look forward to.  Got a question??? Ask it!   Someone is sure to have an answer!  This is your community  and your NABFEME speak space!   

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  • May 02, 2012 11:00 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    “Trolley Night” fans in Memphis got a triple treat this past Friday (April 27) at K’PreSha Boutique on South Main. The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME) hosted a champagne filled business networking Soirée at the boutique..   Dubbed Rhythm, Reading & The Runway, the event was overflowing with talent and professional smarts and was designed to attract consumers while creating a marketing vacuum for local businesswomen and their products. Members and supporters of NABFEME were delighted to participate in this fun filled, motivational occasion.

    Sprinkled with a variety of entertainment and showmanship, the event drew crowds from Arkansas, Mississippi and all over Memphis.  A talented kiddie dance group called “The Edge” quickly stole the hearts of the Main Street shopping crowds and the musical performances by Jina Govan and Tanisha Ward were on-the-spot crowd pleasers!  According to NABFEME Founder Ms Johnnie Walker, the gathering was a smashing success.  “We recently launched a new program called BEEP, “Black Entertainment Entrepreneur Power, said Walker.  The purpose of the program is to connect different businesses and show them the crossover potential of their products and services, while they compliment each other and share customers.  Our Rhythm, Reading & The Runway concept brought singers, dancers, authors and models under one roof to accomplish a two goals, build consumer awareness and increase sales. We invited the ladies to the boutique so that they could network, be entertained and shop at the same time!” 

    Memphis based authors Megan Mottley (Glamour Girl), Gwen Harmon (Love Songs), Shayna Rattler (Higher: 5 Power Principles for Entrepreneurs), Jae Henderson (Someday Too) and Eve Alexander (10 Commandants of Love) presented their books and shared their self-publishing business models with attendees.

    Local Walgreen’s Pharmacist, Rhonda Boutte who owns her own cosmetics company, Pouts and Wink, treated attendees to mini-makeovers.  The evening concluded with a dazzling fashion display on the catwalk featuring the latest spring and summer fashions by K'PreSha Boutique. 

  • May 02, 2012 10:43 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    "Many Thanks to Johnnie Walker and NABFEME for featuring me, my books "Someday" and "Someday Too" at the Rhythm, Reading & The Runway event.   I had a fabulous time, met so many good people and future customers!  I even sold a few books. (-:"  Thanks again ladies!! 

    Author, Jae Henderson
  • April 25, 2012 1:44 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)


    In preparation for our SMART Women St. Louis Meet Up, the ladies in The Lou wanted answers to a couple of questions prior to my arrival. They sent questions, I answered.  I want to share the Q&A with you!

    Q. What can you tell women about working and attaining leadership roles  in today's job market?  

    A.  It all boils down to how you think.  The way you think determines the choices you make and the choices you make determine how you act and the way you act often determines your outcome.  The old saying, your attitude determines your altitude can certainly be applied women regarding working and attaining leadership roles in today's job market. 


    Q. What advice do you give young women today about being women in the music and entertainment business?  

    A.  Four things.  1) Be innovative, you gotta think out of the box!  2)Be optimistic... sometimes blindly optimistic, believe in yourself and stay positive attitude!  3) Be tenacious... determined, never give up and 4) be opportunistic... you gotta strike while the iron is hot!


    Q. What are your thoughts about the industry when you see reality shows like Love & Hip-Hop?  

    A.  First of all these are TV shows and TV shows are created to entertain audiences.  For viewers that find these type of shows entertaining its a winner for the network and the producer. Shows like Love & Hip Hop  do no create defining moments for me regarding the industry, therefore I don't have any real thoughts about them.  On the other hand, I realize people love seeing and connecting with lifestyles that aren't necessarily theirs, so again, entertainment that wins.  I applaud the opportunities that these shows have given to Black women behind and in front of the camera.


  • April 20, 2012 2:35 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    I have always been a firm believer in the power of networking.  You meet people who often morph into friends, colleagues, mentors and even clients!  Networking is a core characteristic  of NABFEME and it is just one of the ways you can get the most out of your membership.

    Here are some things to consider, or some things you can do to help increase your visibility amongst our membership and professional community:

    1.  Complete your member profile!  Upload your logo or your photo!  Complete the short bio!  Tell us how wonderful you are and what you do!  Give other members a reason to connect with you!

    2.  Attend meetings, educational programs, mixers and networking events!  Get out and meet people, learn about new industry trends and find opportunities to work together.  Some of the best deals are made away from the office! 

    3.  Join a committee, a task force or team effort!  I know everyone is busy with hectic schedules... but the best way to grab some new business is to be a part of something.  When you volunteer, you often meet other great women who may need you and your professional services.

    4.  Sponsor an event, meeting or gathering!  Don't run and hide your purse... there are a variety of ways to do this whether its a physical meeting, event or a virtual concept.  Your sponsorship can come in the way of support and participation, be creative.  And the best part will be seeing your company get the exposure in front of your colleagues and industry peers.

    5.  Think outside YOUR box!  Just because you are an entertainment lawyer doesn't mean every client has to be a musician or athlete. Expand your thinking, look for opportunities to connect in other industries like fashion, publishing, culinary arts, health & fitness, finance, etc.... take a chance on a different kind of opportunity that may give you growth in a "new" market.
  • April 13, 2012 10:45 AM | Deleted user
    Stay tuned for the great things that will be happening in EUP Management Group in Music, Entertainment, Film, and Multi-Media arenas.  Great partnerships are being formed, National locations have been identified, and yes, my NABFEME sistas are needed to help bring this vision to reality!  Stay Tuned.
    Ms. Rosa Holmes Turner
  • March 15, 2012 1:05 PM | Deleted user
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  • January 02, 2012 1:49 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The 2011 SMART Women Meet Ups presented successful networking opportunities for NABFEME members in some of our most influential markets.  We met in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, DC, Memphis, Raleigh, Ft. Lauderdale and Toronto, Canada!  Amazing travels ... amazing, accomplished women!

    The SMART Women Meet Ups return in 2012 and we'll kick off the series in the City of Brotherly Love... Philadelphia, PA! Rochelle Davis of Girlfriends Spa and Angela Starkey are our hosts for the Philly Meet Up.  The "NABFEME Smart Women Philly Meet Up" is Jan 7th at Waterview Lounge, 1020 Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 3 - 6 PM!!  

    Our next stop is LA!!  Tenaya Jackson is your host for the "NABFEME Los Angeles Meet Up!"   This meeting will be held January 23rd at 6:00 PM at  Phillippe Chow, 8284 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA

     ** SAVE THE DATES ** Join NABFEME as we kick off the New Year with professional gatherings that target the savvy, business women of Philadelphia and Los Angeles! Whether your work involves music & entertainment directly or indirectly.. our meetings provide the perfect opportunity for you to meet, greet, exchange ideas and collaborate with other smart women. 

    Coming Soon: SMART Women Meet Ups in Jackson, MS, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis and Charlotte, NC!
  • December 23, 2011 1:45 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    I couldn’t help but read the varying Facebook and Twitter posts about the TV One lawsuit against Matthew Knowles and the subsequent mandate to pull all of Music World’s music and artists, etc from the libraries of the Radio One radio stations.  I read “Cathy Hughes is dead wrong,” and I read “what a shame, two Black businesses beating each other down” …  “she’s penalizing the artists” and yak, yak and more yak!

    Having spent a major portion of my life on both sides of the fence … my view maybe different and probably won’t be shared by many, but its “my 2-cents” so I'm gonna jump in, dance with the stars and share my thoughts.

    First of all take the “Black” out of it.   This is a "green" matter!  They are two adult business people who made adult business decisions and they both have to deal with the consequences of those decisions regardless of what they are.  Matthew Knowles knew exactly what he was doing when he violated Ms Hughes’ exclusivity contract.  He knew what the risks were; however, he chose to follow his instincts or the advice of someone paid very well to give advice, and went for what appeared to be a bigger slice of the media pie.  His decision.  Cathy Hughes files a lawsuit and subsequently pulls any music affiliated with Mr. Knowles from her radio outlets.  She knew exactly what ramifications or competitive risks her radio stations might face by pulling popular songs and artists from her playlists and/or libraries.  Her decision. 

    I read about the lawsuit a while back, however I could have missed it … but I don’t recall reading or hearing anyone say,  “shame on Mathew Knowles, he’s dead wrong for violating TV One’s exclusivity contract!”  Or maybe for some folks, this is big business and it’s just how the “big boys” roll!  Don’t get in the water if you can’t swim with the sharks baby!  … Whatever!

    And to the poor artists who will suffer from the hideous actions of these two gigantic music and media moguls  … wake up!  If radio airplay is your only avenue to success… better check and see if McDonald’s is hiring!   While radio is still the best avenue for recorded music exposure, in today’s fragmented marketplace, artists and labels that depend solely on radio airplay for success are probably living in a pipe dream anyway.

    Regardless of what happens, I don’t see any real winners here.  These types of occurrences usually leave more scars than home runs.  We’ve lost Black radio (as I know it); Black music divisions are almost passé, so what’s next?  A Bravo reality show called Music Mogul Factor!  Let’s see what the moguls will do to eliminate each other!  And the grand prize is….  

  • September 23, 2011 1:10 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    Ladies, please join me in taking a power trip!  Let's begin by embracing our influential status and never playing it down.  Some of us, regardless of what we have achieved are still reluctant to embrace power… let alone let it be known we desire power.   Whether its power to change policy or power to make "big bucks," or power to have people listen when we speak… for some power is a dirty word.  What is worse, we often don’t support other women in their attempts to gain influence and power.  It might be because our culture identifies it as a masculine trait… or at least an unfeminine one.  Calling a man “power hungry” often means he is ambitious in a good way.  Calling a woman power hungry often means she’s selfish and shows no mercy in her climb to the top.  And she almost always gets the "B-word" attached to her. 

     

    As a woman of power … I make sure I remind my children, my family and my colleagues that Black Women have always been powerful.  Before Xena Warrior Princess, we had Pam Grier and Foxy Brown!  Way before the power of Venus and Serena Williams … we had a young girl from the ghetto who served her way to the top of the tennis circuit, Ms. Althea Gibson.   Born in

    Tennessee, struck with polio at age 4, Wilma Rudolf was known as “The Fastest Woman on Earth” and became the first American woman ever to win triple gold in a single Olympics!!

    Black Women Have Always Been Powerful … we've just had to fight harder, fight longer and fight a little better!   From the first lady of civil rights, Mama Rosa Parks who was just not giving up her seat that day…. to Shirley Chisolm who became the first Black woman to be elected to the United States Congress to Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first Black woman elected to the House of Representatives, to our first self made Black millionaire, Madame CJ Walker!

     

    Black Women Have Always Been Powerful … From Billy Holiday who struggled throughout her career and paid the ultimate price for the ill treatment she received as a woman who just wanted to be taken seriously for her music… to Tina Turner, who turned the tables on an abusive husband and came back to the top of the music charts, a powerful, timeless, R&B goddess!!  For years Phil Donahue reined “King Supreme” on the Chicago and national talk show circuit.  In 1984 he was hit by a thunderstorm from

    Mississippinamed Oprah Winfrey who took her half hour local morning show to the highest rated television talk show in history!! 

    Black Women Have Always Been Powerful …  For many years it was a struggle getting Black music on the radio and an even bigger struggle getting black announcers on the air.  Today, is it any wonder, a young woman went from being an overnight announcer, where she and her son sometimes slept on the floor, to not only owning that station, but to become the chairperson of the largest African American owned radio group in the country… Radio One-Superwoman, Cathy Hughes!

    Yes, Black Women Have Always Been Powerful! Remember, obstacles are always a part of the picture.  If you find a path with no obstacles… then it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.  Don’t be afraid to think big.  Set your goals high.  Imagine the results you want, then go for it!  Never wait on the “big opportunity” … that once in a lifetime chance.  Prepare, create your own opportunities!  And, the next time you see a woman taking control, instead of saying … “Who does she think she is??   Try saying, MORE POWER TO HER!

    Johnnie Walker, CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) 

  • September 23, 2011 1:02 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    Welcome to our Blog … HERstory-HISworld.  Here we’ll post our thoughts, emotions, ideas and commentary about being a successful woman in a male dominated world or business.  Even as this level of domination hangs over us … women continue to be beacons of success.  Women are and have always been powerful!  Our natural ability to nurture and communicate only in the way that a woman can emanates POWER!  Like minded women working together, collaborating on ideas, executing opportunities constitutes a POWER that intimidates many.  Well, more later … we hope you’ll like the Blog and we hope you share your stories.  It maybe his world, but we know it’s her story that’s making it happen!

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