Sunday, September 26, 2010

DIVERSITY LEADERS Boot Camp - September 2010: Manifestos

Supporting our mission to produce Black Leadership for the Digital Age: Culturally Conscious Role Models and Meaningful Participants in the Digital Landscape, Message Media Ed presents, Diversity Leaders Boot Camp. This is a 4-hour workshop intensive that combines the African American experience with media education and leadership development activities, as professional development tools. Upon completion, youth share their manifestos: a statement of their vision for their community and the role they commit to playing in achieving that vision. For more information, visit or call 323-708-2526

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Greetings Family!

We are extremely excited to announce the following upcoming events... Don't miss out on the goodness from Message Media Ed! Hope to see you soon!

In service,


Message Media Ed presents...

***DIVERSITY LEADERS Boot Camp - September 2010***
For youth, ages 13-17, and their role models on Sat. 9/25/10. More info here
Please share with your constituency and peers... Referrals are welcome! Only 7 slots remaining for youth/adult pairs. Thanks!


***The 'New' Networking: Social Media for Your Business***
Presented by Shani Byard-Ngunjiri of Message Media Ed, this seminar will provide information on the functions of social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and how to leverage them to boost your business’ visibility and sales. Held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Business Enterprise Center located at 6109 S. Western Ave., L.A. 90047, this free seminar is one in a monthly series sponsored by Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation and the LA Business Assistance Program. To RSVP, email or call 323.789.4515. 


***SAVE THE DATE: The DIGITAL ELDER Project - November 2010!***

Saturday & Sunday, November 6th & 7th! Details here 


***SBN Perspectives: Countdown to Graduation!***
Many of you may not know, but in addition to running Message Media Ed, I am also pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Loyola Marymount University and will graduate (God willing), May 2011!

Many of the reasons and passions behind the development of The Digital Elder Project, Rise Above the Noise, Diversity Leaders and other programs from Message Media Ed, have been explored throughout this educational journey as well. This last leg will be a ruthless one... I need your support :) Join me in counting down to becoming, DR. Shani Byard-Ngunjiri, Ed.D!...

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***In-Home Computer Tutoring Program***

That's right we will come to you AND provide a computer to practice on if you don't have one. Including: basic computer operation, social media, email, Microsoft Office, website building and much more... Serving youth, adults and seniors throughout South LA! Sessions start at $20/hr... Yup! That's all! Visit the PROGRAMS section of our website at download the flyer.


--- On behalf of Principal Carrie Allen, please join the faculty and staff of Crenshaw High School for the 4th Annual Back-To-School Community Welcome Day on Monday – September 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Once again, we are hoping for a strong showing of community love and support for our students. Please bring your smiles, your cheers and your words of encouragement. We look forward to your participation in helping us to get our children off to a great start for the 2010-2011 Academic Year. For more information or to R.S.V.P. call (323) 299-9660, Extension 220

--- Shaping Black Culture in the Diaspora: An Ark for the 21st Century - "We Are the Promise", Thursday, October 7th-Sunday, October 10th in Leimert Park, Los Angeles! More info visit

--- ICTC 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference, in Long Beach, CA, is just 5 weeks away. Register online now at All are welcome. A Gala and Award Ceremony Featuring Keynote Speaker Grammy Award Winner Erykah Badu! Our luncheon keynote speaker is public health administrator, pediatrician & neonatal/perinatal specialist, Reverend Dr.Ronald David, MD. There are so many amazing workshops for 4 days, including pathways to Midwifery, FGM, Mothering herbs, placenta awareness, gestational diabetes, water birth, and lots more.



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

SAVE THE DATES: Digital Elder Coming Soon...


Saturday & Sunday, November 6th & 7th, The Digital Elder Project
@ the LA Urban League West Adams/Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center!

$60 Investment (includes all food, materials and fun!)

Get registered TODAY to reserve your spot, by or call 323-708-2526 for more info and to request a registration packet! 

More info on becoming a Digital Elder here

In the meantime... 
(From a participant in a research study I conducted): "I like Lil Wayne, he makes me feel like a pimp!" Is the Media mentoring black youth in the 21st Century? Yup! Are African American youth largely contributing to the nationwide high school dropout rate? Yup!  
Let's change that...

Friday, September 3, 2010

DIVERSITY LEADERS Boot Camp - Sat. 9/25, 9:30am-1:30pm


In Los Angeles, 52% of African American youth who enter 9th grade DO NOT GRADUATE four years later. Let's solidify their support system today! 
Message Media Ed presents...
Where the Art of Media Education meets Black Culture and Leadership Development
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 9:30am-1:30pm (Sharp!)
@ Vegan Village Cafe - Upstairs
4067 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, 90019 - DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Wednesday, September 22nd
Facilitated by:
Shani Byard-Ngunjiri, M.S.
Executive Director, Message Media Ed
This is an African Centered, Media Education and Empowerment Workshop Intensive designed to introduce creative ways to enhance youth/adult communication, build healthy youth images, explore life goals, and develop a support network for leadership in the Digital Age. Also, come prepared to collaborate, produce media and have fun, in a supportive and creative space!
Registration information:
1. This workshop is designed for YOUTH (AGES 13-17). ALL YOUTH MUST HAVE AN ADULT SPONSOR (Parent, Mentor, Guardian, Family Member) AND THAT SPONSOR MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE FULL WORKSHOP AS WELL. 
2. To receive a Registration Packet, please call 323-708-2526 or email or register and pay online.
3. Investment: $40/pair (Youth and Sponsor) includes refreshments and workshop materials. Registration and payments can be made online at or checks & registration can be mailed to: Message Media Ed 2244 W. Adams Blvd. Ste 6 Los Angeles, CA 90018 (All payments are non-refundable)
4. Deadline to Register: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
About Message Media Ed:
Message Media Ed provides traveling professional development workshops for youth, adults and seniors aimed to close the digital, academic and socioeconomic divides in the African American community of South Los Angeles. The mission of Message Media Ed is to produce Black Leadership for the Digital Age by providing safe and supportive spaces for cultural healing, leadership development and skill building in media literacy, new media and technology education. Shani Byard-Ngunjiri, M.S., is the Executive Director of Message Media Ed, a proud native of Leimert Park, Los Angeles and is an Artist, Educator and Social Justice Advocate.  Find out more at, call 323-708-2526 or email