Wednesday, March 24, 2010

THANK YOU! (and more news from MESSAGE MEDIA ED)


On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Message Media Ed, we would like to thank you for your continued support for our growing program, The Digital Elder Project.

We are so delighted to welcome 16 MORE DIGITAL ELDER GRADUATES into the world to begin mending the global village of the Digital Age! The Digital Elder Project this past weekend was another transformative experience for all involved, including myself and the Digital Elder team.

Here are some QUOTES from our new Digital Elders:

"I have access to much more information than I realized."

"My life was transformed this weekend with my fellow digital elders at this amazing and uplifting experience. I have profound gratitude for the Digital Elder Project and the transformative work of Shani B, Kiera L, Mprvs J, Ayana C, Joanne G.,Robin C. and the amazing village they made into a home for us all."

"Before I became a Digital Elder, I was unaware of the media history as it relates to the African American community, and now that I am a Digital Elder, I am technologically savvy, gained literacy in media knowledge, and I have a responsibility to myself, my community and our youth."

As you know, it takes a village to produce this work, so we'd like to thank the following individuals and organizations:

THE DIGITAL ELDER PROJECT TEAM: Jason "MPRVS" Johnson, Kiera Lewellyn, Joanne Griffith-Poplar, our special guest artist, Ayana Cahrr

SPONSORS: Village Health Foundation, Conscious Flowz, Key Insights, Hobo International, Jane Hannah Media, True Blaq Entertainment & our Youth/Adult Sponsors: Diane Lang, Khalif "Ras Kalif" Williams and Ngozi RA

SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Angela Scott-Hill, Director of Los Angeles Urban League West Adams/Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center for providing the space we need to do this work; Mrs. Robin M. Caldwell, Executive Editor of BlackWeb2.0 for sharing your wisdom as our special guest speaker; and Black Women for Wellness for partnering with us to provide free follow-up trainings in technology education. (See announcement for Tea N Technology below)

For VIDEO of the culminating Digital Elder Pledge and their video messages to our community and other videos from Message Media Ed's service to our community, visit

We will also post PHOTOS on FB and our blog this afternoon, so always check and share the Digital Elder group at and

Also, beginning this week, Friday, March 26, 2pm @ the offices of Black Women for Wellness, TEA N TECHNOLOGY will provide FREE follow-up trainings for Digital Elders and other members of our community to learn about internet navigation, email, social media, gadgetry operation, online advocacy and more!

Visit for more info! (you'll need to scroll down for the Tea N Technology announcement)




We'd like to welcome our new EXECUTIVE INTERN to Message Media Ed, Ms. Weintana Leah Abraha. Weintana is a media studies major at Vassar College in New York. She's on leave for the Spring and during this time she will contribute the skills she gained from school and previous internships at the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Black Women United for Action, Grassroots Campaigns Inc. and Voice of America. She looks forward to learning more about non-profit development, management & marketing and applying theoretical and historical insights from her African studies classes. Welcome Weintana!


Message Media Ed presents...

A Family Film Screening and Discussion Series

This is an interactive workshop. We will screen portions of the film, "Eating" and use it to guide a participatory discussion about resolving critical health issues in the nationwide Black community, while simultaneously healing Mother Earth.

$5 donation - Refreshments provided - Call to RSVP and for private location info at 323-708-2526, by Friday, April 16th.



Please feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, sponsorship and enthusiasm you may have at 323-708-2526. To join our email and snail mailing list, call or email me at

PAMOJA! (Swahili: Together in Unity)

In service,

Shani Byard-Ngunjiri
Founder/Executive Director
Message Media Ed - Innovators Uncovered
Producing Black Leadership for the Digital Age

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