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    (BPRW) Business Wire and Black PR Wire to host a Best Practices Webinar on Social Media Trends for 2017

    Free Online session takes place on February 21 at 1pm ET

    (Black PR Wire) In recognition of Black History Month and in celebration of their continued partnership, Business Wire and Black PR Wire will host a best practices webinar for business professionals. The session is entitled Social Media: Trends to Watch. The webinar takes place Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET. The session features a distinguished panel of accomplished social media professionals, marketers and digital influencers. The panelists will share insights and tips on social media trends to watch in 2017.

    “This joint webinar represents our ongoing commitment to creating professional development opportunities, and highlighting the experiences and insights of top African American communicators,” says Raschanda Hall, director of Global Media Relations for Business Wire, and the session’s moderator. “It will be an engaging and informative discussion.”

    VIP Guest Presenters include: ALFRED EDMOND JR. - Senior Vice President/ Executive Editor-at-Large, Black Enterprise; LASHANDA HENRY - Founder, SistaSense; MELISSA KIMBLE - Founder, My Creative Connection, Senior Social Media Manager, Ebony; STEPHANIE TAVARES-RANCE – Director, Digital Marketing and PR, Boston Market; and DR. ERICA TAYLOR SOUTHERLAND - Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications, Howard University.

    About the VIP Guest Presenters
    Alfred Edmond Jr., Senior Vice President/Executive Editor-at-Large – Black Enterprise

    Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise, responsible for providing brand, marketing and content leadership as a member of the multimedia company’s senior management team.

    Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

    Prior to accepting his current position, Edmond was SVP/Chief Content Officer of Black Enterprise, responsible for overseeing marketing for all of the major franchises of Black Enterprise, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events, and content for the company’s broadcast and digital properties. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of Black Enterprise from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of Black Enterprise magazine.

    LaShanda Henry, Founder – SistaSense

    LaShanda Henry is the Founder of SistaSense, an online training and mentorship community for women entrepreneurs. She has been developing websites for over 10 years and owns over 15 web properties.

    LaShanda Henry

    Ms. Henry graduated from Columbia University and received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2002. As both a web designer and internet marketing coach, LaShanda has been featured in magazines such as Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, and As a blogger, she has worked with brands including Disney, General Mills, TNT, Walmart, and many others. LaShanda is truly on a mission to use technology as a tool to affect positive change within the black community online and at home. She presently lives in North Carolina with her son and his loving father.

    Melissa Kimble, Founder – My Creative Connection;
    Senior Social Media Manager – Ebony

    Melissa Kimble is a social media expert and the founder of My Creative Connection, a platform for Black creative millennials that provides community, resources, tools and strategies to help them create the lives that they envision for themselves.

    Melissa Kimble

    It is also the home of the monthly #BlkCreatives twitter chat. Melissa also serves as Senior Social Media Manager for Ebony. In her experience, Melissa has worked with small businesses, major brands, mission driven startups, entrepreneurs, and Creatives to share their brands through social media campaigns and consultations, handling social media for live events, brand ambassador and influencer programs and more.

    Stephanie Tavares-Rance, Director, Digital Marketing, PR and Social Media – Boston Market

    Stephanie Tavares-Rance is the Director of Digital Marketing, PR and Social Media for Boston Market. In her role, she leads strategy and execution of all digital and social media platforms.

    Stephanie Tavares-Rance

    She is also responsible for pushing forward innovative tactics which elevate engagement among influencers and fans. Before joining the Boston Market team, Stephanie worked as the Digital Marketing, Social Media and PR Manager for Family Dollar. She has also served as PR, Marketing and Client Service Director for Executive Sellers Realty and Social Media Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement. Stephanie earned a BFA in Fashion Merchandising from Pratt Institute and is a member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and NARAS.

    Dr. Erica Taylor Southerland, Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications – Howard University

    Dr. Erica Taylor Southerland is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University.

    Dr. Erica Taylor Southerland

    She also serves as public relations manager for the National Urban League Young Professionals. Dr. Southerland has worked professionally as a public relations practitioner in a variety of industries including non-profit, higher education, government and healthcare. Her social media experience includes working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana in developing and implementing their first social media plan in 2009 and, working as a digital engagement specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. Dr. Southerland’s primary research interests include communicating unique issues in African American public affairs. She is also interested in developing social media theory and best practices using social media in strategic communication. She earned a bachelor’s in public relations from Hampton University; a master’s in English with a concentration in professional writing from Old Dominion University; and a Ph.D. in media and public affairs from Louisiana State University.

    “We invite all communications professionals, entrepreneurs and inspiring social influencers to join us for this discussion,” says Bernadette Morris, CEO of Black PR Wire. “These experts will share their experiences and expertise on all trends in social media. It will be something you won’t want to miss.”

    The webinar is free and open to the public. However, registration is required for all participants. To register for the session, please visit: Registered guests will also be able to follow along with our conversation and ask our panelists questions by tracking and including the #bwbprw hashtag on Twitter during the webinar. For more information on the Business wire/Black PR Wire Black History Month webinar, contact Bernadette Morris at 1-877-BLACKPR.

    About Business Wire (

    Business Wire, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is the global market leader in commercial news distribution. Thousands of member companies and organizations depend on Business Wire to transmit their full-text news releases, regulatory filings, photos and other multimedia content to journalists, financial professionals, investor services, regulatory authorities and the general public worldwide. Business Wire has the most comprehensive news and disclosure network in the world. Committed to originating hundreds of thousands of news announcements each year, Business Wire makes a dramatic impact on capital and commercial markets around the globe and in virtually every industry sector.

    About Black PR Wire (

    Black PR Wire is a powerful leader in effective news delivery services to the Black and Caribbean markets both nationally and internationally. With a comprehensive database and listing of over 1,500 Black (African American, Caribbean and Haitian) organizations and media, Black PR Wire is incomparable to any news distribution service targeting this market. Services of Black PR Wire include electronic distribution of news releases, electronic newsletters, audio and video clips and more. The company offers its services in both English and Creole.


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    Does Social Media Spell The End Of The Social Graces?

    "Social media is fast becoming an alarmingly anti-social method of communication,” ? Communication Expert and Author, Professor Leslie Shore

    Los Angeles, CA, January 12, 2017 - The 'social graces' are becoming a thing of the past as users tweet and post opinions and information in the virtual world that they would not likely share in their immediate social circles.

    Leslie Shore explores the causes and repercussions of poor social media etiquette and offers these 5 reminders for avoiding its pitfalls:

  1. Don't respond to a post or comment out of emotion. Take time to process what you have read or seen and allow yourself time to reflect on your thoughts before commenting out of anger or frustration. Remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

  2. Remember who your 'friends' are. Before sharing your thoughts on politics or religion, or posting something provocative or controversial, keep in mind who your audience is. Is it worth creating tension with your family, friends, coworkers, etc.?

  3. Keep your personal conversations personal. There is no need to take your private life public. Tweeting your boyfriend you love him or telling your sister how angry you are on Facebook will only open up dialogue to those who have no need for involvement.

  4. Stay truly connected to those who matter. Don't wish your family a happy birthday on Facebook; pick up the phone or make the trip to see them. Instead of sending invites, thank you's, and holiday cards online, send your loved ones something they can keep forever.

  5. Don't brag. No one likes a bragasaurus in person, so why would they 'like' one on social media. It's fine to tell folks what you're doing and share good news, but if it turns into a brag-fest, you will be un-liked, un-linked, and un-followed!

  6. National speaker, communication expert, professor, and author Leslie Shore is the one-stop shop for communication issues that affect the bedroom to the boardroom, family and team dynamics, and contemporary communication issues.

    Listen to Succeed

    Leslie is the owner of Listen to Succeed, a consultancy that focuses on using listening analytics to help clients achieve their highest level of effective communication. Her book Listen to Succeed is used in universities, businesses, and non-profits throughout the United States and Canada.

    Leslie's articles and expertise have been cited in several prestigious publications, including the Washington Post, Fast Company, Scientific American, Well Being Journal, and New Spirit Journal, and she is a regular on TV and talk radio nationwide.

    Learn more at

    Other sample topics:

    • What NOT to say during an argument
    • How to effectively communicate between generations
    • Listening: The key to business success and upward career mobility
    • How to open the lines of communication with your teenager or spouse
    • Deciphering nonverbal communication
    • The 8 major barriers to effective listening

    Available at fine bookstores and all online outlets
    Listen to Succeed
    By Leslie B. Shore
    ISBN: 1475282265


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    ® Site Allows Users to Monetize Their Daily Social Media Activities-

    -Users Have More Than 100 Ways to Earn “Sqeeqee Bucks” and Nine Ways to Monetize Their Profiles-, the first-of-its-kind money making social media network - Social Networthing® site - launches today, allowing users to monetize their daily social networking activities in unprecedented ways.

    The Social Networthing® site gives users more than 100 ways to earn “Sqeeqee Bucks” known as "$Q Bucks", nine unique monetization features, and the opportunity to invest, crowdfund, donate to charities, shop and more.

    “Sqeeqee is to Facebook as Facebook was to MySpace; the evolution of what social networking should be, which is Social Networthing®”, says Jenny Q. Ta, CEO and founder of “Sqeeqee combines the best features from the leading social media sites and takes the social networking phenomenon further by allowing users to earn money doing the things they would normally be doing under one roof.”

    Everyday actions such as adding buddies, online shopping, posting videos or photos, playing virtual games, or selling goods will earn users $Q Bucks. New users will also automatically start with 10,000 $Q Bucks to begin their exploration of the site. 10,000 $Q Bucks equals $1.

    $Q Bucks can be redeemed for real life rewards including cash as well as gift cards from world-class retailers such as Starbucks, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Target, Outback, Home Depot and many others. $Q Bucks can be used to make purchases in the Sqeeqee Shop, to help create an advertisement, can be donated to charity and much more.

    Sqeeqee offers nine ways for users to monetize their profiles, a few examples include a 50% split on advertisements created or sold for the lifetime of the advertisement. If an app or game is posted the developer would keep 70% of the revenue for the lifetime of the app. There is no charge for personal items sold on the site for under $5 and a flat $.99 fee for products sold for more. Please click this link explaining all nine ways to monetize.

    Sqeeqee is free, open to all users ages 13 and over and is an open network allowing users to grow their online network without restrictions.

    The site was created by Jenny Q. Ta., a financial entrepreneur who previously founded and sold two financial companies, Titan Securities and Vantage Investments. Ta grew up in Vietnam, came to the U.S. during the war, was raised on welfare and became a millionaire by 27.

    Virtually, every move you make on Sqeeqee will earn $Q Bucks, here are just a few of examples of the more than 100 ways: Registration earns 10,000, inviting friends through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will earn 10, create an ad will earn 5, logging in earns 1, and making a comment earns 1. A number of these activities can be done more than once per day and users can make more than 350 $Q Bucks per day.

    Below are some of the unique features on Sqeeqee:
    Shop: A wide-range of goods and services are available in the Sqeeqee shop such as books, toys, shoes, tech gadgets, gift cards, custom T-shirts, etc. Products available both new and used.

    Shark Bank: This is the feature for investors that are looking for projects to invest in. A “Shark” can initiate their interest and the innovators and entrepreneurs can pitch them ideas.

    Project Info: This feature allows entrepreneurs to seek crowdfunding for projects.

    Charity Bank: A fundraising feature for individuals, groups and organizations. Create a charity campaign today and start accepting donations for your cause.

    Deals and Coupons: Enables people to find coupons, or to offer coupons to help promote their own business. is available in eleven languages, including English, Russian, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, and Spanish.

    For more information please visit on Twitter and YouTube.


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  1. ..., an on-line magazine for and about African American Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964.We publish monthly, and include article on Art&Culture, Book Reviews, Careers, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health&Beauty, Lifestyles, Politics, Travel and Transitions. We also have Topic of the Day and Did you know.

  2. African ...
    A online community devoted to warm interaction, stimulating intellectual exchange, growth, and fun.

  3. African Americans in Texas ...
    Journey through the African American culture and heritage in Texas, and discover a long and proud legacy that has undeniably shaped today’s Lone Star State mystique.

  4. African American Webliography ...
    A large collection of African American resources covering many subjects.

  5. Afro American Syndicate ...
    Every great human achievement is preceded by extended periods of dedicated concentrated effort.Many black entertainment resources on this website.

  6. Afro Lounge ...
    The Afro Lounge provides a mixture of stories that appeal to the Black/African American communities, but are rarely broadcasted on national news outlets. The Afro Lounge was created to keep the Black/African American communities informed about what’s going on around them. In The Afro Lounge you will find black news, entertainment, opinions, culture history, casting calls, trends and more.

  7. ...
    Daily Urban Lifestyle.

  8. BET ...
    Resource news, career, entertainment, lifestyle information, African American community.

  9. Black America Web ...
    African American perspective on news, travel, entertainment, business, technology, and sports.

  10. Blackapolis ...
    On Blackapolis Online, you'll find news stories, event listings, free homepages, information on the ins and outs of several major U.S. cities, and much more.

  11. ...
    This site provides interesting facts and statistics about the Black or African American population nationwide as well as is individual metropolitan areas. This is your blueprint for Black America.

  12. Blacks In Vegas ...
    Blacks In Vegas was created to help unify our African American community. We are your source for business, advertising, entertainment and networking. Our site features the latest news, hotspots and resources for people of color.

  13. Black Market ...
    Variety website.

  14. Black Men In America ...
    Variety, with a little something for everybody. Huge website that's down to earth and full of content. Be prepared to stay awhile!

  15. ...
    An interactive forum with chat, games, email, events and contests.

  16. >Black Street ...
    This Blog Will Focus on Black Individuals, Businesses, & Organizations Doing The Great Things That They Do. If You Didn’t Know of Them… You Most Certainly Do Now! We Are BLACK STREET!

  17. ... is a free speech zone for blacks, covering subjects of interest to the black community. Member perks include Web Portal, News, Entertainment, Health, Music, Live Chat etc.

  18. Black Women Connect ... is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!

  19. ...
    The online hub for people of color in Massachusetts. We provide free job and business listings, event submissions, message boards, dating and artist showcase.

  20. Bruce George Media ...
    This is a social networking website where people of all persuasions can come together and work toward protecting their right to self-determination.

  21. ...
    Our mission is to be the premier destination portal for the young urban professional Christian community around the world.

  22. City-Alert ...
    Social information source for urban professionals. Offers city based guide to African American Resources.

  23. ... - Where we create and power our own communities.

  24. CWspeaks ...
    CWspeaks. The good things in life… to connect and speak on what we can do together. A positive lifestyle

  25. ... Your City. Your Life. Your Style!

  26. ...
    Washington, DC's online resource for African Americans.

  27. DFW Black Resources ...
    Designed for one stop surfing for blacks in Dallas or people moving to the area. It can be used as a quick reference or for the enjoyment of reading or education.

  28. emPower magazine ...
    Updated every Wednesday, emPower (knowledge. vision. power.) is an online magazine that offers commentary and articles on news, politics, social consciousness and culture for the African-American market. Its mission is to not only talk about issues, but also encourage readers to take action.

  29. Global Grind ...
    Collect Discover Share.

  30. Gospel City ...
    An internet music portal.

  31. InteractiveOne ...
    Your digital connection to Black America. Empowering, entertaining and connecting African Americans of all ages and interests.

  32. Juniques Multi Cultural Connections ...
    An online community, designed for positive minded, forward thinking, ethical,servant leader type, people. Providing life style enriching information.A venue to allow the development of Global Commerce Transactions, for online and offline multi cultural businesses.

  33. Mega Diversities ...
    Knowledge by any means necessary.

  34. Melanet ...
    Melanet is the platform for intellectual, economic and spiritual expression of people.

  35. Memphis Minority Online ...
    This website was designed to bring about positive interaction between communities in the Memphis Metropolitan Area and beyond.

  36. ... was established to provide Metro Atlanta an online resource which will positively promote African American businesses, organizations & events.

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    Minority Professional Network. Very informative website for those in the business world.

  38. MrAfrica Poetry Board ...
    Club for African-American poets to discuss their work. Poetic links, and chat room for board members.

  39. Multiple Shades of You Online ...
    MSOY for short is an eZine designed for young women of color ages 5-25, but all are welcome. The site features articles, links, images, clipart, and so much more.

  40. My Black Info ...
    Mission is to provide community with the information and resources to become better citizens, parents and community leaders.

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    Dedicated to providing information, education and entertainment resources for men.

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    An exciting place to experience black arts, history & culture. Sponsored by the New Jersey Black Cultural & Heritage Initiative Foundation.

  43. Sac Cultural Hub ...
    Sacramento's #1 Leading and Premiere Source of Black Urban Entertainment News.

  44.! ...! informational website, business and pleasure.

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    African American portal with articles, message boards, free email, chat, and events calendar.

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    Sista Talk will help you build a personal network that connects you to other esteemed and acclaimed professionals and entrepreneurs online.

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    Updated multiple times a day, offers a wide selection of content on music, culture, fashion, arts and more!

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    The "B-Life" is an urban lifestyle blog that's all about living each day to the fullest! Check out The Committee's reviews of carefully selected products, services, events, arts, entertainment, and more! If it's hot, it's here. B in the know...

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    Eclectic people from around the world, assembling in one place. Where diverse discourse, and offerings are always on tap— welcome to The People's Lounge.

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    A social forum for people looking to relax, have online fun, & meet new people. This site has many features such as Forums, Sports Challenges, Music, Games, & much more.

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    US Black.Com's mission is to showcase the postive aspects of the African-American Experience in the United States.

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    The site that never sleeps.


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