Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Village Has Spoken!

Greetings Family!

First, we must give thanks for our village members' contributions! Thank you for answering my call to match our Digital Elder's $300 contribution toward purchasing 2 more laptops for the remaining Digital Lyricist finalists!

Special thanks to...
Veronica Castro Sabbaghi
Jeffrey Jenkins
Keisa Davis
Arts Culture Entertainment (ACE), LLC on behalf of the Masked Minister for the Arts
Jane Hannah Media
...and our anonymous village members!

We raised $380 last week!  This, with our Digital Elder's contribution, will allow us to purchase two more laptops, covering shipping and credit card fees!

THANK YOU!!! Asante sana!  We will keep you posted and share photos of the recipients soon!

Also, we have video and photos to share with you! :)))

When Message Media Ed graduates Digital Elders, they produce videos like these

When Message Media Ed conducts most workshops, we have discussions like these

If you missed Sankofa Digi-Family Day, photos are uploaded in the 'About' section of

Lastly, please share our two leadership trainings with your associates, family and friends, and join us for a unique, culturally conscious, media-rich, learning experience, designed to realize the vision, brilliance and leadership capacity within African American youth :) ...

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!

I've also attached the registration packets for these critical leadership trainings as well.

In service,


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Digital Elder Grads Produce Video Podcasts for the African American Community!

After completing a two-day professional development retreat (receiving training in email, texting, facebook & more), within an African centered framework, newly skilled Digital Elders work together to express their voice to the cyber world of the Digital Age! For more information on The Digital Elder Project - 2-day Empowerment Retreat (a traveling professional development workshop from Message Media Ed), please visit or call 323-708-2526. Pamoja!

feat. Caren C., Anita P. & Clint R.

feat. Miriam C., Margart G., Kristin P. & George V.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Message Media Ed presents... REAL TALK

Scholars call it critical discourse, the youth of today call it Real Talk. This video highlights recent discussions and media messages produced during, The Digital Elder Project, Diversity Leaders, and Sankofa Digi-Family Day. Message Media Ed is an African/African American Centered organization, dedicated to closing the digital divide and increasing innovation and leadership in the Black community. Our mission is to produce Black leadership for the Digital Age: Culturally Conscious Role Models and Meaningful Participants in the Digital Landscape. In order for our mission to be realized, we engage in REAL TALK, to heal, teach each other, and identify essential issues that need to be addressed and transformed, both digitally and in the real world, as a skilled, united community. For more info and a complete calendar of our upcoming workshops and events, please visit - Join us!

On-the-Go Media Message from Shani

A brief greeting and update from Executive Director of Message Media Ed, Shani Byard-Ngunjiri. As mentioned, please visit http://MessageMediaEd.orgfor more info on our upcoming events, Diversity Leaders Boot Camp on Saturday, March 26th & Diversity Leaders 6-day Spring Retreat, April 18-23rd, during spring break. PLEASE WATCH our most recent video, "Message Media Ed presents... REAL TALK", right here on YouTube!

You can also access the Message Media Ed facebook group & the Black Family Love Movement facebook fan page, via the website as well. Lastly, stay tuned for new video podcasts from our most recent Digital Elder graduates!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

... and the WINNERS ARE...!!!

Message Media Ed presents Digital Lyricist Black History Month Contest 2011, highlighting young visionaries from South Los Angeles. Out of 12 applicants, 4 finalists were chosen to work with Founding Board Member of Message Media Ed, Brother J of X Clan, to prepare for their final performance at Sankofa Digi-Family Day, February 27, 2011 @ Earlez Grille in Los Angeles. 2 Winners were chosen to receive a laptop and scholarship to Message Media Ed's Diversity Leaders 6-Day Spring Retreat in April! For more information on Message Media Ed's mission and programs, please visit, call 323-708-2526 or email

Digital Lyricist Contest WINNER: Krys Bragg, age 18

Digital Lyricist Contest WINNER: Kyli Cole, age 13

Digital Lyricist Contest FINALIST: Demontae Thompson, age 18

Digital Lyricist Contest FINALIST: Montel Givens, age 13