SBI Agency welcomes Shaun Robinson !!!

Emmy Award-winning journalist and recipient of DOVE’s prestigious Real Beauty Award, Shaun Robinson is a true role model. As an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and television personality, she has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily viewers.
Book her TODAY for your next women’s event, conference, banquet , brunch and expo !! Call 818-571-0998 or rkdmusic.com

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Obama’s family tree connection to first African American slave!

Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave

 

His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in revolutionary America.

Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world’s largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama’s mother.

“We have two of the most significant Africans in our country’s history being directly related to each other,” Joseph Shumway, an Ancestry.com genealogist, told CNN.

Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama’s family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in revolutionary Virginia.

The Ancestry.com researchers found the new connection to the president’s African roots through an unlikely link, that of Obama’s Caucasian mother.  President Obama’s African American roots had previously been tied to his father’s Kenyan birth. But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors, they found a connection to the Bunch family which had recently published DNA evidence that they had roots in sub-Saharan Africa. (see documents here)

This was the “spark” that piqued the team’s interest in tracing Obama’s roots in the revolutionary-era African American community.

Yet the greatest obstacle was the volume of records that had been lost or destroyed over the last three hundred plus years.  The researchers had to use clues to cobble together some of the facts.  For instance, when trying to determine the age of a particular descendent, a researcher might use land records together with the knowledge that in order to purchase land in revolutionary America a man must have been at least 21 years old. Through these deductions genealogists were able to trace the president’s lineage to a Caucasian family in revolutionary Virginia named Bunch.

But the question remained: were any sub-Saharan Africans also members of the Bunch family?

Shumway said the team “gleaned” every possible clue and came to the conclusion the Caucasian Bunch family was indeed related to African American John Punch.

“[A]ll of the surviving evidence we studied very strongly points to conclusion John Bunch is the son of John Punch,” said Shumway.

For instance, in 1640 population counts show there were only 150 Africans living in revolutionary Virginia.  Shumway points to other clues such as the phonetic similarities between Bunch and John Punch’s name.  He says that in colonial times spellings were not standardized and genealogists routinely find the same surname spelled quite differently.  In addition Shumway found evidence that the family that owned the slave John Punch married and lived for generations with members of the Bunch family.

“[A] lot of pieces of circumstantial evidence pointed at John Punch as the only logical candidate who could fit as this African American ancestor,” of the Bunch family said Shumway.

Ancestry.com has been researching Obama’s genealogy since he became a candidate for president in 2008.

“We felt this was an incredibly significant discovery,” Shumway said.

Praise In The Park with Darlene McCoy Check It out!

Praise in the Park 2012 is just days away! Join Praise 102.5, host Yolanda Adams, performers James Fortune, Vashawn Mitchell, Anita Wilson and many others on August 4 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

Here is the official line up of Praise in the Park 2012:

****PERFORMANCE TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE****

Gospel Talent Showcase 12 NOON
Luke G 12:30PM
Earl Bynum 1:00PM
Lowell Pye 1:30PM
Anita Wilson 2:00PM
Patrick Dopson 2:30PM
Jason Nelson 3:00PM
Zacardi 3:30PM
Troy Sneed 4:10PM
Lexi 4:40PM
Darlene McCoy 5:05PM
Regina Belle 5:35PM
Vashawn Mitchell 6:05PM
Pastor Charles Jenkins 6:35PM
Forever Jones 7:00PM
James Fortune 7:35PM

Black Image Is Everything — What Will You Project?

There have been leading African American men who have achieved fame and prominence — Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier, Laz Alonso, Harry Belafonte, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart have all taken to the stage and created an image of African American men that provided the inspiration for so many men to follow. And so many young actors in Hollywood distinguish themselves in such a manner that it  begs the question, “Why wouldn’t you always put your best face forward? Why would we want to sag and look bad on a regular basis?” Hoodlum and thug personifications that disgrace the race cannot be so easily explained away.

Those images captured on the screen are permanent manipulations on film, that some think are distinctive of the culture, and others see as comic relief. But now, after nearly 150 years of freedom, we seem to be slaves to silly ideas and buffoonery in epic proportions. These conflicted depictions of the black male are also a statement about the black female. The paradox can be seen in how frequently we refer to each other with disdain. We went from “preacher,” “doctor,” “cousin” and “brother” to “dog” “b—-,” “whore” and “homey.” The names that we call each other are a reflection of the esteem — or lack of it — in which we hold each other.

What would we have thought of Sidney Poitier had he not uttered that classic line “They call me Mr. Tibbs”? What if he had allowed those who mocked and demeaned him to call him “boy” or anything other than his proper and given name? Would it have made the same impact as watching this proud man working to distinguish himself in a racist environment and commanding the respect of those who addressed him?

The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson who advocated not for Black History Week, but for Black History Month, has seen an entire generation take the distinction away from their culture and through negligence, erase the recognition of our accomplishments. Instead of pushing for a 365-degree celebration of culture as McDonald’s does, these misguided members of our race minimize its importance as they sit in ivory towers and corporate boardrooms, and say there is no longer a need to celebrate black achievement. What is it that we do not understand about creating a culture that we can be proud of versus embracing mediocrity? If we are thought of in derogatory terms, then our contribution will stop at entertainer. It will not be the businessman.

It is true that knowledge has its place, but with dwindling numbers of high school and college graduates, we will not be referring to each other as “doctor,” — literally or colloquially. We call a Ph.D, a player hater’s degree. We say that we are part of a brand, and we don’t call ourselves geniuses or intellects or inventors. Instead, we tattoo ourselves and call it expression. Whether it’s a snow cone or a Mickey Mouse image, we are attempting to express, what? That we are pieces of meat to be sold in the marketplace?

I asked one young man who had — from the tips of his fingers up to the top of his neck — inked himself extensively. I asked how much it had cost him, and he replied “Over 5,000 dollars.” I asked if he had that much saved in the bank and he told me he didn’t. And to my chagrin and disappointment he did not understand the fact that if he could spend that type of money on his skin, he should have at least that much in the bank.

We look for those things that give us value long term, but we must begin to distinguish what that is with the images that we create. We must not berate and degrade our women, and we must not behave like buffoons for a few dollars. We must re-eductate ourselves to be and look like more distinguished and intelligent people.

Forge better communication among your peers to regulate and challenge the images that producers and media companies bandy about so readily. Question the reality shows depicting these less than flattering images of ourselves. Hats off to the Harry Belafontes, the Laz Alonsos, the T.D. Jakes and the Quincy Joneses of our world. We must engage in stronger conversations to fortify ourselves as a community. The images that we project will forever be there, so let them be pictures of distinction, rather than images of degradation.

The Power of a Familiar Face to Corporate Brands

In Corporate America, it’s all about the exchange of goods and services. Corporations spend millions of dollars annually to attract the next consumer to become loyal to their brand. Have you ever thought who among ethnicity groups have the most buying power? Well a hint, it’s not whites or latinos. The Black consumer market has increased and due to the excessive trillions of dollars that we already spend, more corporations are catering their target audience to……..Blacks. Yes, you said it right. Take a look at a few of our clients to see what corporate brands they are representing:

Tisha Campbell-Martin Partners with Yoplait

Togetherness in Black Women’s Health, Tisha partnered with Yoplait to launch an awareness campaign in the black community. The campaign was launched by Burrell Communications, an ad agency out of Chicago/Los Angeles, and stretched to digital marketing, print in magazines and hosting an outreach community event in Atlanta, Georgia. Tisha is also an advocate for Autism, several other causes and would be a great fit for empowerment.

Lance Gross is tapped by Toyota for Green Initiative

Tapped by Toyota to be the face of the Green Initiative, actor Lance Gross also currently serves as one of the McDonald’s “Men of McCafe” ambassadors. Lance is a great talent for modeling, fashion, sports, community events, concerts, summits, panels and more.


LeToya Luckett is the new face of AJ Crimson’s Makeup

Currently an ambassador for Luster’s Smooth Touch, this R&B songstress is the new face of AJ Crimson’s Makeup Line. LeToya Luckett is a phenomenal talent to represent fashion, hair, makeup and beauty products of all sorts.

The next time you watch television, read a magazine or just listen to the radio, take a closer look at who you recognize on many of these media platforms. Corporations do see value in advertising in our community but here is a fact. Did you know that annually $263 Billion is spent on advertising and only $1.9 Billion of that is spent for black advertising? Its called a “drop in the bucket” according the Pepper Miller, Author of Black Still Matters.

RKD Music & Talent Management is designed to share in that pot by bridging the gap and connecting our clients to the black community.

Written by Andrea Wilson, President

The “Fierce” Wendy Robinson Covers SHEEN Magazine!

Wendy Raquel Robinson (@IamWendyRaquel) also known as Tasha Mack from BET’s show “The Game”, graced the COVER of SHEEN Magazine with her beauty for the July/August 2012 issue. Check out one of our many amazing speakers and get a copy of the Magazine for yourself. In Stores Now!

Here is what http://www.blackthespian.com reported:

Here actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) is rockin the cover of the newest “green” issue of SHEEN Magazine where she dishes about the personal ways she relaxes and stays fit. She also talks her acting school for kids — Amazing Grace Conservatory.

Book Wendy Raquel Robinson for your next event by contacting Speakers Bureau Institute:

818-571-0998 or SBIspeakers@gmail.com