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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!   

  • 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.”

  • August 26, 2012 8:58 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Blazing with style, connectivity and technique, the executives speaking at this seminar represent a "hot-mix" of Atlanta's thinkers and doers! Excelling on the entertainment playing field from radio to TV, film to fashion, music publishing to entertainment law, these women are masters of the game!  Plan now to join us at Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, 1745 Peachtree Road in Atlanta on Monday, August 27th at 6:30 PM.  

    Speakers are Press Reset's Shanti Das, SESAC's Peniece LaGall, Morehouse's Dr. Sephanie Dunn, Centric TV's Dana Lyons and Leslie Leland... they are Atlanta's Entertainment Executives on Fire!
  • August 17, 2012 2:18 PM | Deleted user

    Hello Everyone,

    I just wanted to introduce myself. I have attended events and wanted to join in 2005 and finally pushed through. I recently release my first book of poetry called Through the Fire. I self published it through Author House Publishing. It has been a challenge getting it out there into everyone's hand. I am on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Trying to get into the retail stores as well.  

    I recently sent 500 press releases out and the waiting period is quiet so now I am in the process of following up.

    What one piece of advice can you give me?



  • August 11, 2012 3:00 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Connect with the Smart Women of NABFEME Philly and enjoy a relaxing “Girls Night In” at Showroom 77!! We'll discuss our NABFEME rollout for Philly, its benefits and what being a member can mean to you! Our “Girls Night In” soirée will relax you with flavorful, refreshing wines! We've planned a one hour workshop on make-up & skincare for you, a private shopping excursion, plus many other special surprises. This event is designed to refresh and relax our colleagues while building a stronger NABFEME network with the professional women of Philadelphia. Visit for more info.
  • June 12, 2012 1:57 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    Introducing ... WOMEN WHO JAM Radio!  This radio show is all about women in music.  The music we play is by female artists or groups that are fronted by female singers.  WOMEN WHO JAM Radio! is Real women... Real Music!  Our format is laced with power vocals, groovy melodies, tight harmony and the musicianship that terrestrial radio is missing.  This ground breaking radio show defies the myth that music is a man’s world! 

    Some of the artists you'll hear featured on the show are classic hit makers, some are new and just beginning to impact the industry and others are unknown but have created a sound that is worthy of radio exposure and a spot on our show! 

    Listen to WOMEN WHO JAM Radio! "LIVE" on and Friday afternoons at 2:00 PM CDT.  Let us know what you think!  Email Us at

  • May 10, 2012 4:17 PM | Deleted user

    Hi everyone, my name is Sharon and I'm from the Bronx, NY. I graduated from SUNY Old Westbury in 2003 with a B.A. in Media & Communications. I also completed my Paralegal Studies Certificate at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus in 2011. What I'm trying to do now is apply to graduate school at New York University (NYU) in hopes to complete an M.S. in Sports Business with a concentration in Sports Law followed by an M.A. in Music Business. The best part is, both of these masters programs do not require you to take the GRE. I'm so happy about that because I wanted to avoid taking that exam.

    Aside from that, I'm an aspiring singer/songwriter whose genre is R&B/Hip Hop/Urban. This has been my life long dream for so long, you know? In high school and college, there were talent shows happening sometimes and I've participated in many of them. After I graduated from Old Westbury, I was one of the people selected to perform at the New York Music Festival in November 2004. As a result, I was the winner of the R&B category where I won the Best Female R&B Solo award (I sang cover songs since I didn't have original material at the time). It was a big deal because I never won an award before. My entire family was so proud of me. I feel blessed knowing that all of these experiences helped me be confident and comfortable on stage. Last year, I attended the ASCAP NY Sessions event where I reconnected with a music producer I worked with in the past, and we've been in touch ever since. It's nice to come across someone who knows and is familiar with your talent. It helps a lot. I found a few other good studios in NYC as well. Hopefully, I'll be in the studio to work on my music soon.

    I'm so excited to be a NABFEME member again. I missed NABFEME so much. So many times, I would bug Johnnie Walker asking her when the website will be up and running again. When she gave me an update on that the other day, I immediately spread the word to my fellow NABFEME members. I truly love this organization because speaking from past experiences, the NABFEME staff and other NABFEME members have shown me so much love, support, and encouragement. That alone means so much to me because it can be hard to pursue your dreams when you're not backed up with a support system. Therefore, I look forward to reconnecting with old NABFEME members and linking up with new NABFEME members. :)



  • May 02, 2012 11:47 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    Hello Ms Walker,

    THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!!  What you brought to us tonight at the Webster University event was so valuable to the women of St. Louis and to me.
    I had a very difficult day and difficult year as a whole. You know, one of those days where it's just one thing after another!! I pressed on thru and I am so glad that I came! I wish that I could have stayed longer, however, I am very thankful for the time that I was able to be there.  I always have creative ideas brewing, but after I left tonight it was like when I was a kid!  It was like when we would light a bundle of firecrackers and they would go off individually for a while and then just go BOOM! I really needed the uplift tonight.  I had mentioned to my brother that I needed something positive right now.  He was right on about you being a positive force!
    What a beautiful organization! Please let me know how I can help you with information technology, graphic, and web design!

    Victoria Wayne
    St. Louis, MO
  • 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
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