Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bittersweet news...

Greetings Family!

Your response and enthusiasm for our Digital Lyricist Finalists and Sankofa Digi-Family Day, Sunday, February 27th @ Earlez Grille, is truly humbling! We are filled to capacity and cannot accept any more RSVP's at this time. Our guest list for Sankofa Family Day is now closed. :( :) :/

However... those of you who did not make our RSVP deadline, don't worry because we have other upcoming events to share with you!

Upcoming Events from Message Media Ed:

Saturday, February 26th: I am a presenter at LA Media Reform Summit @ Occidental College! Please attend my workshop,"Media Literacy for Social Justice: Producing Black Leadership for the Digital Age", 3:30-4:40pm, and learn about our researched-based, cutting-edge, hybrid formula for empowering youth, adults and seniors of African descent to utilize human, cultural, and technological resources for innovation and community advancement. Click here for summit details and registrationand I look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 12th & 13th: Message Media Ed presents, The Digital Elder Project - 2-day Empowerment Retreat @ LA Urban League West Adams/Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center! Enhance your Texting, Email, Facebook, Podcasting Skills, and more!  Increase your awareness of African American social, economic and educational accomplishments and challenges! Enhance youth/adult communication! **Special guest speaker: Robin M. Caldwell, Huffington Post Technology Blogger & Executive Editor of Black Web 2.0! Produce video podcasts! Registration deadline: Friday, March 4thClick here for retreat details and to register today!

Saturday, March 26th: Message Media Ed presents, Diversity Leaders Boot Camp @ Village Health Foundation! A 4-hour leadership intensive, designed for youth/youth adults, ages 13-25, and their parents/guardians/mentors, to enhance youth/adult communication; identify youth challenges & strengthen youth support systems; clarify career goals and leadership roles as young African Americans; practice critical tools for analyzing negative media stereotypes that strongly impact self-images and self-esteem! Youth produce video podcasts sharing their vision for their community! Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 23rd. Click here for boot camp details and to register today!

Mon-Sat., April 18th-23rd: Message Media Ed presents, Diversity Leaders 6-day Spring Retreat @ Village Health Foundation! Designed for youth/young adults, ages 13-25, this leadership retreat sets the standard for all spring break experiences. Participants will graduate having enhanced their skill-sets in computer operation, internet research, resume writing, public speaking, critical thinking, peer mentoring, journaling, and self-reflection! All youth produce an online portfolio (blog), a professional representation of their talent, voice and passions, useful for college and job applications! Registration is now open, participation is limited to 20, and first come first serve. Registration deadline is Friday, April 8th, but we may reach capacity before then. Click here for retreat details and to register today!

Can't make any of our events, but you still want to support our mission of closing the digital divide and increasing innovation and leadership in the African American community? We got you covered! :)

Please support our Black History Month Fundraiser... Buy professional and supporting our mission! Only $20 for our unique Mini-Executive Notebooks! Click here to check them out and to purchase today!

Lol! Is that enough for you? Thank you for taking the time to read our news. We appreciate you :). Don't sleep family... join us!

In service,


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Drum Roll please... Announcing our Digital Lyricist Contest Finalists!!!

Congratulations to all of our applicants! This was a hard decision because all of the submissions were excellent...

Announcing the Digital Lyricist Contest Finalists:

Demontae Thompson, age 18 (Cal State Northridge)
"I dose off with one thing on my mind/the reconstruction of South LA/ I envisioned a more dynamic place/Where tear drops on a gangster's face are not from killing someone/But from mentoring those who can uplift his race."

Krys Bragg, age 18 (Mount San Antonio College)
"I wish that dreams could filter their way back into the acoustic screams that haunt us/Plant reasons to live again/Reincarnating a city that was made for greatness/But killed prematurely/Because dreams aren't so conscious"

Kylie Cole, age 13 (Accelerated School)
"They toss me the 'N' word/I clench it in my hand/Because nothing can compare to being a slave for the white man/We broke the chains and became free/One of the greatest achievements in Black history"

Montel Givens, age 13 (F.A.M.L.I. After-School Program @ Audubon Middle School)
"If speaking the truth will get you shot in the head/ I guess I better shush up because no one will hear me if I'm dead. Of course I'm talking about King. Even beyond the grave, I bet he still believes."

All applicants are invited to attend the final performance, Sankofa Digi-Family Day on Sunday, February 27th, 3-6pm at Earlez Grille, and will receive a special gift from us! 

Finalists will perform on that day and we will select 2 winners! Both winners will receive a laptop and a scholarship to our Diversity Leaders 6-day Spring Retreat in April! 

We are so proud and excited to celebrate with everyone! 
Join us on the 27th for Sankofa Digi-Family Day

Monday, February 7, 2011

SANKOFA Digi-Family Day - Message Media Ed's Mission Comes Alive!


Special guest performance by Brother J of X Clan! 
Youth performances by the Digital Lyricist Contest Finalists! 
It get's no betta' :) 
Oh wait... it does because you will be joining the Message Media Ed family to experience the goodness... Priceless!

Please read all PROGRAM DETAILS and RSVP here 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Digital Elder Early Bird Registration Ends - Friday, 2/11/11!

Join the rest of our Digital Elder graduates, and become a Digital Elder in 2011! 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH!  The next Digital Elder 2-day Empowerment Retreat takes place on Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13 @ the LA Urban League West Adams/Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center!

Catch the early bird for only $45 & register today at  Full & partial scholarships available to participants in need as well!

Using the role of the traditional African elder as a guide, a Digital Elder is a role model who utilizes modern tools of communication, to listen, nurture, guide, acknowledge, share wisdom and affirm. 

The Digital Elder Project is funded in part by the California Consumer Protection Foundation.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Buy Professional for our Black History Month Fundraiser & Support Black Leadership for the Digital Age!


Message Media Ed            
Mini-Executive Notebook!

For only $20...

This notebook makes you professional & organized at your biz meetings, school or just when you are jotting down your brilliant thoughts...

And you are supporting our cause to produce Black leadership for the Digital Age!!

(Size 8.75" x 6.5")

About us and our logo:
Message Media Ed provides traveling professional development workshops, for youth, adults and seniors, designed to close digital, socioeconomic, cultural and academic divides in the African American community.  The overarching principle guiding our work stems from a contemporary interpretation of the West African concept of Sankofa (also symbolized as the Sankofa Bird in our logo): To cultivate knowledge of self and our past, in order to skillfully advance, and diversify our future.  Therefore, we target potential participants for our workshops who are from predominantly African American communities, whose ancestors were displaced from Africa and brought to America through the transatlantic slave trade, and have been historically marginalized; socioeconomically disadvantaged; and harshly media stereotyped.  We reconnect participants to African principles, language and heritage, and empower them to use human and technological resources to counter and thrive in a media saturated, predominantly Euro-American society and educational system.

Our mission is to produce African American leadership for the Digital Age: culturally conscious role models and meaningful participants in the digital landscape. We do this by providing supportive, creative learning environments for cultural healing, leadership development, and skill building in critical media literacy, social media and information technology.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Legacy, Nat'l Council of Negro Women & Message Media Ed - Join Us!

You are invited to join the National Council of Negro Women for their Black History Celebration!

Film screening and panel discussion of...

Legacy: Black and White in AmericaFebruary 5, 2011, @12pm
 Watch the trailer here!

Shani Byard-Ngunjiri, Founder/Executive Director of Message Media Ed, will be joining other featured panelists, to discuss how far we've come and the path ahead. 

This is a FREE event for ALL AGES
National Council of Negro Women House
(3720 West 54th St. Los Angeles, Ca. 90047)

Refreshments will be served immediately after the program
Please call Anita @ 310-351-5833 or Yolanda @ 323-779-7934 for more info.