National Black Public Relations Society to Outline Strategies on How the Industry Can Improve Diversity


National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. Also to Promote Professional Development and Develop Partnership Opportunities

Survey results will be discussed at high-level industry summit in Washington, D.C.

(Los Angeles – Sept. 22) The National Black Public Relations Society Inc. (NBPRS), the foremost organization for image makers and brand strategists, run by professionals for professionals, will outline strategies on how the industry can improve diversity, promote professional development and develop partnership opportunities at a daylong summit designed to jumpstart the public relations industry’s diversity efforts.

kpowellonMIC-100dpiThis one-day, invitation-only summit, to be held on Friday, October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., will be an off-the-record discussion to help set the direction for the future state of the organization – and the industry. Representatives from major corporations, organizations and agencies, including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, GolinHarris, Mitchell Communications Group, MSL Group, Edelman and the PR Council, are participating. They, along with NBPRS board members, will discuss and develop specific actionable solutions to help increase diversity, focusing on mid-career practitioners across the industry and agencies. They also will look to create strategies to strengthen competencies and increase opportunities for black-owned businesses.

“This year, we decided to focus our efforts on convening the best minds in HR and talent management, technology and innovation, the global workplace, and small business development for a highly strategic and task-oriented summit,” said Richelle Payne, president, NBPRS, Inc. “We are setting out on a course that is designed to hold the industry accountable for its diversity efforts and position NBPRS as a critical partner in transforming agencies and corporations, and empowering black-owned businesses for the global opportunities of the future.”

An industry white paper, authored by Drs. Rochelle L. Ford, Professor and Chair, Newhouse School, Syracuse University and Clarke L. Caywood, Full Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, will offer several insights into the data gathered from an industry-wide survey conducted earlier this year.

An exciting and defining element of the Summit is the opening session with Kevin Powell, one of the nation’s most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices and author of the highly-anticipated memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

Sponsors for this year’s Summit are: Coca-Cola, GolinHarris, Edelman and Safeway.

About the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc.

Since its founding in 1997, the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. has served as an advocate for black professionals in the public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.

Atlanta Artist Unveils New Painting as Tribute to the Birmingham Church Bombings

Nationally acclaimed Atlanta artist Aaron Henderson has unveiled a poignant painting to recognize the 50th anniversary of the bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Henderson’s painting, The Corner – Birmingham, 1963”, draws off his persoThe Corner -Birmingham, 1963 - Aaron Hendersonnal life as a child growing up in Birmingham where he was classmates of two of the four girls – Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robinson – murdered in the bombing.  Henderson said it was men like his father, Riley, an ex-Marine who tried to protect him and other children from the racial prejudice that was so prevalent.

The painting will be part of an exhibit, Birmingham 2013: The Movement that Changed the World, that will run from Nov. 5 to December 30th at the Birmingham Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Ala.

“The murder of the four little girls heightened the rage in men like my father who had fought America’s wars only to return home the fight America’s apartheid,” writes Henderson, a retired engineer who has become one of the nation’s most profound narrative artists whose work has been on display in exhibits around the world.  “These men found themselves in a corner unable to protect their families from the unrelenting racism and the threat of death from these terrorists who were supported by the white power structure of Birmingham.”

The painting depicts a bearded and moustached African-American man wearing a fedora backed into a corner against one red, one white wall punctuated with the words “Freedom Now”.  With a clenched fist, furled brow and forehead and an open tie draped around his neck, he stares at four dolls, representing the children he is trying to protect.

Henderson has distinguished himself with his Spiritual Series, which is a series of more than 50 pieces over the past 5 years based on his student work-study job as the audio recorder for the world-renowned choir of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.  He is always working on a series, which encompass a range of images, including pieces dedicated to the legend of Ganga Zumbi, Afrolantica, which provides a view into his interpretation of paradise. Another series, Music, includes his depiction of the Jazz influence on our culture.  The Deacons for Defense and Justice series, highlights the little-known bands of armed self-defense African-American males who protected their communities against violence from the Ku Klux Klan during the Civil Rights Movement.\

Henderson’s sons, Onaje and Omari, run Zucot Gallery, one of Atlanta’s most successful African-American owned galleries, featuring the works of established and many up and coming artists.  Henderson and his sons travel the country hosting their trademarked “Art Tastings” for corporations such as Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, organizations such as the NAACP and the Executive Leadership Council and private art collectors.  Their seminar help educate art enthusiasts and new buyers on the history of art and how to start or expand their art collections.

To learn more, you can contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications,, 214.448.3765 or visit the Zucot Gallery, 100 Centennial Olympic Park Drive S, Atlanta, GA 30313  (for GPS use 330 Chapel Street). You can contact the gallery at 404.380.1040 or emailing


Premier Art, based in Atlanta, GA, was formed in 1993 by artist Aaron F. Henderson with the express purpose of informing, educating, and inspiring future collectors of original African-American artwork.  The company, now managed and operated by Mr. Henderson’s sons, Onaje and Omari, specializes in comprehensive art consulting services dedicated to supporting internationally acclaimed seasoned African-American artists and the promotion of the visual arts.  The company has been featured in various media formats including HGTV’s Ground Breakers and Loft Life Magazine and works by the artists can be seen in galleries and in the permanent collections of museums around the country.  Premier Art is comprised of a diverse group of professionals whose experience boasts more than 75 years of combined experience.  For additional information or to book an ‘Art Tasting’™ by Premier Art, contact us at the number above or visit


Foote Contributor to Book on Race, Gender, Media

Neil Foote wrote two chapters in Race, Gender, Class and Media: Studying Mass Communication and Multiculturalism, written by Sharon Bramlett-Solomon and Meta Delgado Carstarphen, a new textbook that examines issues pertaining to media representation of race, gender, and class and how the American mass media shapes the world in which we live.

This book explains why it is essential to understand ways in which media representation of race, gender, and class promotes certain meanings and interpretations that adhere to dominant American ideology. Media roles, functions, and impact on society are explored and opened for student discussion. How stereotypes are conveyed, maintained, and reproduced in media messages are examined. Researched and wrote Chapter 16, “Multiculturalism and Online Voices” and Chapter 17, “Social Media in Political Communication and Social Activitism.”


Tom Joyner to Celebrate MLK Day, Tuskegee Airmen

(DALLAS – January 13) Tom Joyner, the top rated nationally syndicated morning radio show, is presenting the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation at his alma mater, Tuskegee University, at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 16 as part of a weekend long celebration of the release of “Red Tails,” the epic George Lucas movie on the famed World War II airmen.

As part of the Monday’s festivities, Joyner also will host a special screening and panel discussion of “Red Tails”, George Lucas’ new movie based on the legendary accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen. Joyner’s dad, Hercules, was part of the Tuskegee Airmen program, and his mother worked in the airmen’s office.

The schedule will feature Joyner’s speech at 12:30 p.m., a screening of the movie and afterwards, a panel discussion with some former airmen and actors, including and Anthony Hemingway, the movie’s director, Terrence Howard as Col. A.J. Bullard, Nate Parker as Marty ‘Easy’ Julian, David Oyelowo as Joe ‘Lightning’ Little, Tristan Wilds as Ray ‘Ray Gun’ Gannon, Elijah Kelley as Samuel ‘Joker’ George.

“I’m proud to go back home to speak at my university’s MLK Day celebration,” Joyner said. “It’s particularly special because we’ll also be viewing and discussing the movie about the famed Tuskegee Airmen who played a huge role in Tuskegee’s and this country’s history.”

Red Tails is an action drama based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American World War II U.S. service members who faced segregation during the war. They were called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. As the war in Europe continued to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass moved forward with the development of untried and untested African-American pilots in the experimental Tuskegee training program. Against all the odds, the intrepid young airmen took to the skies to fight for their country. The movie stars Academy Award winner, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, NeYo and others. The official release date for the movie is Friday, January 20, 2012.

To interview Mr. Joyner or learn more about the event, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, and 214.448.3765.