Category Archives: Politics

Tavis Smiley, 100 Black Men of America and More

NAACP Celebrated their Centennial in New York at the HiltonI had the opportunity to attend the 100 Black Men of America Conference in NY this past weekend. I learned more about the organization and was pleasantly impressed there were more than 350 mentees who also attended the conference. These children were very well behaved and clearly disciplined. I guess men CAN control children better (smile). They have several educational and mentoring programs that suit children of all ages. I am only familiar with one – The Eagle Academy. The 100 Black Men of America report more than 10000 members. In attendance were: Former Gov. Douglas Wilder (D-VA), Musician Maxwell, Governor Patterson )NY), Congressman Kendrick Meeks (NY), Actress Vivica A. Fox and more. Wow.

Tavis Smiley ACCOUNTABLE Tour

Tavis Smiley opened the “America I Am” traveling exhibit in Atlanta on Thursday night and I joined him on his Accountable Tour in Washington DC, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance the week prior. The Nationwide Insurance information sessions were truly informative. I attended several before I had to rush off to Philadelphia.  The “American I AM,” sponsored by Wal-Mart is interesting and should be coming soon to a city near you . Ciao ~

First Lady Michelle Obama Unveils Sojourner Truth Bust at United States Capitol

Ivy Pendleton produced the Sojourner Truth Unveiling with Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and MoreAlas, our task is accomplished.Truth is in the Capitol” as NCBW National Chair, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. often says. On April 28, 2009, abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth became the the first Black Woman memorialized in the United States Capitol. The initiative garnered national and international media attention. Who better to unveil the bust other than the first Black First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

After nearly a ten year effort, the National Congress of Black Women  (NCBW) cited victory as their effort to have a Bill passed to have Sojourner Truth added to the United States Capitol was signed into Law. The event was an astounding success as A-Listers, Top Government officials and U.S. citizens witnessed the historical event. Most importantly the program was sponsored by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and NCBW. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid and others.

Unveiling of Sojourner Truth at U.S. Capitol
Unveiling of Sojourner Truth at U.S. Capitol

An incredible special presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman,” by esteemed Actress Cicely Tyson and a musical performance by Lomax Spaulding Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clarke Cole left the audience speechless. It was indeed a historical day. I was grateful to be a part of history.

Ivy K. Pendleton, Publicist
Ivy K. Pendleton, Publicist

We would also like to give Kudos to our modest Vice President, Ivy K. Pendleton who performed all of the Marketing, Publicity and event production for the effort. JOB WELL DONE IVY!!!!! Kamaria Salau, Publicist at Couture managed the Sojourner Truth Donors Luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC. She was instrumental in working with VIPs such as Sheila Jackson Lee, Cathy Hughes, Cicely Tyson, Dorinda Clarke Cole, Diane Watson and many others. If you want to follow what Ivy K. Pendleton, Kamaria Salau and the rest of the Couture Agency Publicists are doing, you can follow us on our social networking sites: www.twitter.com/coutureagency and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Publicity-and-Marketing/135358565696?ref=nf