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Hot Topics shares announcements, quick views 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!   

  • October 14, 2012 3:30 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Awards, the world’s leading awards for independent soul artists recently announced their 2012 nominees and NABFEME Member Temika Moore was right in the mix! Nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year … this Diva is headed straight to the top of the charts! Power Congratulations!!

  • October 14, 2012 3:25 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    NABFEME Member Mrya Hamilton is an Attorney and General Counsel of Hamilton Entertainment Employment Law, LLC. She represents employees who allege they have been subjected to unlawful employment practices. Myra also represents a bevy of sports clients and she is producer/host of the radio show, “Success Swagger Power: Served Straight Up!" We congratulate Myra who was recently named a Top Woman To Watch by Memphis Magazine!

  • October 14, 2012 3:22 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    A 30-year Church musician… and charter member of the River City Links, B. J. Worthy is known all over the city as a Memphis Star! A Realtor Consultant for RE/MAX, she is a graduate of Booker T. Washington HIgh School, LeMoyne-Owen College and the University of Memphis. Recently named in Memphis Magazine as one of the City’s Top Women To Watch … B.J says she will always provide unparalleled professionalism, quality service and great communication! We congratulate NABFEME Member B. J. Worthy!

  • September 27, 2012 11:54 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Save The Twinz
    In an effort to increase awareness of Breast Cancer and stress the importance of early detection and prevention, NABFEME in Association with Next Weekend Productions ... presents the Women Who Jam! “Save the Twinz”: Live PINK! Benefit Concert. The concert will be held on Oct. 6th at 7:30 PM at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Proceeds will benefit the Lillian S. Wells Women's Health Center.

    With a powerhouse casting of female singers, musicians and entertainers, the event promises to be a cutting edge, vibrant and exciting affair. Intensified with plenty of great music ... tickets are on sale now for $30. Get your tickets now at the Broward Center’s Auto Nation Box Office at 954-462-0222, or online at
  • September 10, 2012 11:40 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The International Songwriting Competition, an annual song
    contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring
    and established song. A total of 68 winners will share in the cash &

    Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Con-
    temporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/
    Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/
    Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video,
    Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, World Music,
    and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish -
    in the same category or in multiple categories.

    In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a
    multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international
    exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements. 

    Deadline to enter is September 20, 2012

  • September 10, 2012 11:35 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects
    1,000 talented minority students to receive a good-through-graduation
    scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The
    program provides scholars with personal & professional development
    through leadership programs along with academic support through-
    out their college career. Administered by the UNCF, the program was
    initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
    Foundation. Since 1999, it has funded the education of more than
    16,000 students, awarding them more than $614M to pay for tuition,
    fees, books and housing.

    The program aims to reduce financial barriers for African American,
    American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and
    Hispanic American students with high academic & leadership promise
    who have significant financial need; increase the representation of
    these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education,
    engineering, library science, mathematics, public health & the sciences,
    where these groups are severely underrepresented; develop a diversi-
    fied cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful
    completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; and provide
    seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for
    students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target

    The deadline for submission is January 16, 2013.

    For More Info:
  • September 10, 2012 12:55 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    You made the decision!  You have joined NABFEME and now you have a few unanswered questions... let's get together and talk!! 

    We know the decision to join an organization is serious and significant and it is a decision that we do not take lightly! We believe you have questions and we want to provide as many answers as possible.  Therefore, we invite you to join us for NABFEME Connect, a monthly “LIVE” call-In session where you can get all of your questions answered and any concerns addressed. You’ll speak directly with NABFEME Founder and President, Ms Johnnie Walker, plus we will have other officers and special guests on the call that can share helpful dialogue and information with you.  Aside from this, NABFEME Connect is also a great way to meet other members, new people and future contacts!

    You do not have to sign up and there is no RSVP. If you have questions or just want to connect...  join the call. You can join NABFEME Connect from anywhere in the USA and Canada by calling (559) 726-1000. Access Code: 357302# NABFEME Connect is held ever 3rd Wednesday in the month at 8:00 PM CDT/9:00 PM EDT. For our colleagues on the West Coast, the call occurs at 6:00 PM PDT. 

    The next NABFEME Connect is Wednesday, September 19th. For more information call (901) 236-8439 or email us at

  • September 01, 2012 3:32 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    We get excited every time someone clicks the "JOIN NOW" button and completes the membership process on our website!!  That means our community is building, our voices are getting louder and our efforts are getting stronger!

    WELCOME TO NABFEME!!  Deborah Bradley, Chanelle Brown, Aleya James, Madelein Rodgers, Patricia Saunders, Angela Walker, Rana Walker and Phelicia Wright!  Check out these amazing women and the wonderful business skill-sets they bring to our community.  They come to us from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philly and the Bay Area.

    NABFEME Members have access to the Directory... so look them up and connect!  Do business together... grow together, this is one of the reasons why we exist!!  Welcome!!
  • September 01, 2012 2:59 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The NABFEME "Atlanta's Entertainment Executives on Fire" session was absolutely awesome!  Women and men were inspired by the mountains of information that was shared by our speakers.  Everyone walked away with a "YES I CAN DO THIS" attitude!

    Heartfelt THANK YOUs and much appreciation goes out to Press Reset CEO, Shanti Das who shared insight on the record business and being a self published author; SESAC's Peneice LaGall shared the importance of ownership, music licensing and publishing; Morehouse's Dr. Stephanie Dunn brought the power of education to the room and Centric TV Producers, Leslie Leland and Dana Lyons gave us the 411 on the power of teamwork, television production and artist management!  WOW-- What a session!! We have more planned, so stay tuned for the next exciting, educational and empowering session from NABFEME ... the world's strongest women in music & entertainment!
  • August 31, 2012 1:05 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The Hip-Hop community remains in shock as the death of Chris Lighty continues to stun the music industry.  Lightly died of an apparent gunshot wound on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at his home in the Bronx borough of New York, he was 44.  The founder of Violator Management, Chris Lighty was found dead in what several news sources are calling an apparent suicide. According to the NY Daily News, cops found Lighty in his Bronx NY apartment around 11:30 a.m.

    Chris literally had a hand in working with, crafting, or influencing the sound that is played on radios today.  In 2008 he was profiled in Crain’s New York, 40 under 40. In the interview he credited his tough Bronx upbringing for making him hungry to succeed. He turned down a college scholarship in order to stay behind and help his family with bills. During the day, he would work as an electrician and at night he would tote album crates for Kool DJ Red Alert, the staunch business magazine reported.

    In the early 80’s Chris worked with Native Tongue affiliates Jungle Brothers where he described himself as everything from the manager to the garbage man, in an documentary. From there he started working at Rush Management having a hand in all projects from Big Daddy Kane to Brand Nubian. He later started Violator, a management company that would also branch into a music label. Lighty worked with such artist as, Mariah Carey, Q-tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas and more.

    In Crain’s 40 under 40 feature, which lauded the hip hop mogul as a true American success, he said: “When you’re growing up in the Reagan era, you really learn the value of a food stampundefinedand you never want to go back there.”

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