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Domestic Violence Black Cowboys Take the Lead

Anti-Violence Ventures Presents “Black Men & Boys Take A Lead” as Brand Ambassador, Award Winning Actor Obba Babatundé Host Virtual Event On Saturday, November 14th

Guest Panelist: Emmy Award Winner Glynn Turman, Award Winning Actor James Pickens Jr. and American Filmmaker & Actor Reginald T. Dorsey

On Saturday, November 14th at 12 PST, the Anti-Violence Ventures (AVV) will launch their first national conversation, “Black Cowboys Take the Lead: A Virtual Conversation With Black Cowboys.” The event will be hosted by award winning actor, Obba Babatundé and feature actors Glynn Turman, Reginald T. Dorsey and James Pickens, Jr as guest panelists, all of whom happen to be real Cowboys.

AVV’s “Black Men & Boys Take a Lead” is an innovative anti-violence social intervention. Anti-Violence Ventures is a prototype project designed as part of the Blue Shield of CA Foundation’s Reimagine Lab; an initiative focused on preventing cycles of violence now and into the future. Anti-Violence Ventures (AVV) centers around the intrinsic link between Black males and females in the three types of violence that are prevalent among Black couples, families, and in Black neighborhoods – domestic, family, and community violence.

“As a man who has witnessed the devastating effects of violence be it physical, mental or systemic, I believe strongly that we must begin to have a conversation to identify it in it’s different forms and as a collective come up with ideas and possible actions to fight against the continuance of violence.” – Obba Babatundé

In 2018, Blue Shield of California Foundation launched Reimagine Lab, a design lab intended to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn, reflect, and co-create promising ideas and solutions to break the multi-generational cycle of domestic violence. California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP) CEO, Sonya Young Aadam was selected as one of 16 fellows in the Reimagine Lab who came together around a vision for a better future and a desire to help make it a reality. AVV was developed and initially prototyped in late 2018.  An updated scope includes CBO’s, Black male owned or led businesses, organizations and agencies to support embedding an aspect of partner, family and community violence prevention into some aspect of their general business, activities or programming.  


Description automatically generated“It is assumed that Black men and boys are not always comfortable talking about personal and community violence or prevention.  We believe that with investments, incentives, support and encouragement, Black men and boys will engage in transformative dialogue and action around violence and violence prevention!” states AVV Founder and CEO of the California Black Women’s Health Project, Sonya Young Aadam

General DATA on Black Males:

20 million Black males in US 

26% live in poverty

6x higher homicide rate 

745,000 incarcerated 

AVV 2018-19 surveys reveal:

33% experience 10+ family violence incidents; 

60% witnessed 10+ community violence incidents

The AVV approach includes the co-laboring of Black males and females in naming the challenges and exploring solutions to the violence between and among them. 

“We move beyond traditional narratives of “women-centered domestic/sexual violence”, male-centered street violence”, and the relative silence on family violence – “what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors”.  We inspire new ways of thinking that bridge the chasms between the forms of violence that are prevalent in Black relationships, homes, and neighborhoods – domestic violence, family violence, and street violence,” states Aadam.

ANTI-VIOLENCE VENTURES will support the Black community in identifying the who, what, why, and how violence prevention is possible for us and by us.

In 2020, CABWHP teamed up with Margo Wade LaDrew, President of Wade & Associates Group– a boutique agency specializing in local, regional and national Special Events, Project Management, Marketing and Community Outreach. 

“We are so pleased to partner with CABWHP to develop innovative events to reach men of all walks of life and to meet them where they are.  Our goal is to amplify the voices of Black men and boys and work to expand the project reach nationally,” says Mrs. LaDrew. 

Margo is an expert when it comes to working and reaching Black Men as she was instrumental in both the development and launch of the first Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Her company managed the program and executed a 26 City Tour. In addition she represents and serves as the National Development Director for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo-The only Nationally recognized Black Rodeo Tour in the world for the past 26 years reaching thousands of Black men and boys across the U.S and abroad.

The “Black Men & Boys Take a Lead” Project will host podcasts, Virtual Events and Live Man Cave Conversations.” The focus is men talking, listening, and asking questions about various aspects of all forms of violence within the Black communities. While men can listen and ask questions as well as have some connection with other men expressing their thoughts, and their feelings; it is the live events where men can commune and fellowship around the same cause:  Black men dealing with violence and exploring ways to prevent it!

There will be several Covid -19 Social Distancing live events that will bring Black Barbers as well as Fraternities and other men organizations together to discuss their thoughts about how Black men deal violence and solutions though out Southern California.  

AVV “Black Men & Boys Take a Lead” programs and events are produced by Wade & Associates Group in partnership with the California Black Women Health Project (CBWHP).  Media Partners include KRPR Media, LLC and Connect Black LA (CBLA).

For more information on the project, get involved and/or to check out other upcoming events, please visit:

For Media Inquiries/Features:  KimiRhochelle of KRPR Media, llc / [email protected]


Joe Biden Kamala Harris WIN President & Vice President!

Joe Biden Kamala Harris WIN President & Vice President!

Harris, 56, the first woman and first woman of color to be elected vice president, was first to take the stage, savoring the solo moment in a suffragette-white pantsuit, waving to the crowd and smiling broadly as she approached the lectern.

Source: -cont- ABC News

Holly Mitchell Wins Over Herb Wesson

LA County Board Of Supervisors: Mitchell Wins, Securing 1st All-Woman Board

State Senator Holly Mitchell has defeated City Councilman Herb Wesson for a seat on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Mitchell was congratulated by the county’s acting CEO, Fesia Davenport, and Mitchell reportedly received a call from Wesson conceding the race.

Mitchell’s victory means the five-member Board of Supervisors will for the first time in history be comprised of women.

Source: -cont- TheAist

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers Win the 2020 World Series Championship

The Dodgers had the best regular-season record in baseball, and their 43-17 mark was on pace for a staggering 116-46 record over 162 games. They began the postseason with five consecutive wins and finished it with a 13-5 record. Because a best-of-three wild card series was used for the first time, the 13 postseason wins were the most in baseball history.

A series-by-series look at how the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988 this season.

Source: -cont- LA Times

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Win 2020 NBA Champions

The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA Champions for the 17th time.

The Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA title Sunday night with a dominant Game 6 victory over the Miami Heat. Here is a chronological summary of their unparalleled success as measured by numbers:

5: The number of championships the Minneapolis Lakers won in a 6-year period from 1949-54. They were led by center George Mikan, the league’s first superstar, along with forwards Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen and point guard Slater Martin and were coached by John Kundla.

7: The number of NBA Finals appearances by the LA Lakers in a 9-year period, 1962-70. The team featured the dynamic duo of Elgin Baylor and Jerry West and were joined by Wilt Chamberlain for the final three years.

But they could never quite capture the title, losing six times to the Celtics and once to the Knicks, although the series went a full 7 games four different times. They were coached first by Fred Schaus, then by Butch van Breda Kolff.

33: The number of consecutive games the team won in 1971-72, which is still the longest winning streak in any of the Big Four North American professional team sports. That team, led by West, Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich, and coached by Bill Sharman, went on to capture LA’s first NBA championship.

18: The number of years between Minneapolis’ last title and LA’s first, which represents the largest gap in Lakers history.

9: The number of Finals appearances by the Lakers during the Showtime Era, an 11-year period from 1980-90. That team won 5 titles, including two over the Celtics. Featured players included Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar along with Jamaal Wilkes at first and later James Worthy. Paul Westhead coached the team to its first title, then Pat Riley took over and won the other 4.

7: Once again, the number of Laker appearances in the Finals, this time in an 11-year period, 2000-2010. LA won a total of 5 titles, 3 with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and 2 others, including a third victory over the Celtics, behind Kobe, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. All of those teams were coached by Phil Jackson.

21: The number of games it took the 2020 Lakers to win the 16 games necessary to win this year’s NBA title. Their new dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the way. Frank Vogel became the sixth person to coach the Lakers to a championship.

32: The total number of times the Lakers have made the NBA Finals, by far the most in league history.

17: The number of NBA Championships won by the Lakers, tying them with the Celtics for the most ever. But Boston has won only 1 title in the last 34 seasons and just 4 in the last 44 years.

The Lakers, by contrast, have won 6 titles in the last 20 years and 11 in the past 40 seasons. And for some additional perspective, 17 is also the number of titles won by all other Western Conference teams combined.

Source: LakeShowLife

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s ‘When We All Vote’ Is Partnering With Watch The Yard To Reach Black College Students and Alumni

On Thursday, Watch The Yard signed an official partnership with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote in order to help reach the Black college students and alumni across the nation. 

When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched in 2018 by co-chair Michelle Obama, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections. The organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies.

“When We All Vote is proud to partner with Watch The Yard to mobilize, amplify, and support the mission of increasing voter registration and participation in 2020. Watch The Yard’s reach and multidimensional position within the Black college community makes it a perfect partner to help with our mission of making sure that as many people as possible get out to vote this year. As a leading destination for Black news, culture, and conversation online, Watch The Yard is uniquely positioned to be a powerful When We All Vote partner to help make sure the Black community is represented and that their voices are heard this election,” When We All Vote stated.

Through the partnership Watch The Yard will be creating content surrounding voter registration and highlighting important updates, information and messaging around voting in the 2020 election.  

“Watch The Yard is committed to helping When We All Vote get out the word about voting to our audience of Black college students and alumni across the nation,” Watch The Yard’s founder Jonathan Rabb stated. “Reaching over 11 million people a month across our platforms, we at Watch The Yard believe we will be able to greatly mobilize, amplify, and support the mission of increasing voter registration and participation in 2020. Our plan is to do it in an innovative and fun way that our audience can engage with.”


Kimora Lee & Daughters

Kimora Lee Simmons Launches Baby Phat Beauty With Daughters Ming and Aoki.

Kimora is expanding the Baby Phat brand among generations by partnering with her daughters.

Looks like the 90’s is continuing to make a strong comeback. Over the last year, we’ve seen a variety of beauty and fashion references to the classic era. From Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion’s hair and makeup in WAP, to the Monica and Brandy R&B Verzuz battle, you sort of had no choice but to pull out your black lip liner and iridescent lipstick.

Popular fashion brand Baby Phat recently revamped their line to appeal to the younger generation. On Tuesday, Kimora Lee Simmons took to Instagram to announce the launch of Baby Phat Beauty, in partnership with her daughters. Because Kimora has a daughter in her late teens and one in her early 20’s, their insight can push the success of the company to the next level.


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