Friday, July 29, 2011

We Made the News!

Happy Friday Fam!

Click and view below!

Please review attached event calendar including our Digital Scholars After School Program to turn our youth intoteen published authors! Also, please parents and youth should join us for our Monthly Lecture Series to learn how tonavigate predominantly White and Latino K-12 & higher ed schools in Los Angeles!  

Enjoy our work and enjoy your weekend!

In service,


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Need A Computer?

Greetings Family!

Need a desktop computer??? We Just got a bunch of 3 yr old Dell desktops (monitor, mouse, keyboard & power cord) donated from my alma mater, Harvard Westlake School! We have many to spare! They all have anti-virus & microsoft office suite! They are in GREAT CONDITION! Pick one up from us today for ONLY $50 and support Message Media Ed as we fundraise to repair and beautify our new space! If you don't need one, please spread the word!!! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!! 

Call 323-708-2526 to schedule a pick up! THANK YOU HARVARD WESTLAKE!

Thank you all for supporting us!!!

In service,

The Team @ Message Media Ed

Thursday, July 21, 2011

End of Summer/Back-2-School Events @ Message Media Ed!

Greetings Family!

Please note the following BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS @ Message Media Ed School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age! If you have questions, or would like to schedule an orientation, RSVP, sponsor an event, please call us at 323-708-2526 or email

Okay! Here we go!

5 Bucks for Black Beauty!
A Building Repair & Beautification Global Fundraiser
Featuring and exclusive performance by... Brother J of X Clan and Surprise Guests! MAKE A DONATION BEFORE JULY 29TH TO HELP US REACH OUR GOAL! All details here

Summer Mixer for Digital Elder and Diversity Leader Grads (only)
Sunday, July 24, 3-5pm @ MME 

Digital Lyricist XChange (DLX) - Teen voice, open mic style and podcast online
Every Other Friday, Beginning August 5th, 6-11pm @MME
Co-Facilitators: Brother J of X Clan, DJ A-Ski, Mark Anthony Benson, Jason MPRVS Johnson, Sebastien Elkouby & Shani Byard
Ages 13-18, $5 (includes snacks) *Parents need to download and submit permission slip for youth under 18

Walking In Rhythm - creative music and writing workshop!
Two Saturdays, August 6th & 20th, 10am-1pm, @MME
Instructor: DJ A-Ski (yay!)
Ages 13-18, $20 total for two sessions (includes snacks & materials)
Participants, write and create a song or poetry addressing issues in our community, and the 2-day workshop series culminates in presentation for families!
*Call us to sign-up your teen!

MME Monthly Lecture Series: Navigating Predominantly White and Latino K-12 & Higher Ed Schools
Thursday, August 25th, 6-8:30pm, @MME
Guest Panelists include:
Miranda Raoof, Principal, John Muir Middle School
Darin Earley, Founder, Bridge Builders Network
Adriane Peralta, Special Ed Coordinator/Summer School Principal, Green Dot Schools
Jade Smith, Asst. Dean of Students, Loyola Marymount University
Moderator: Shani Byard, Founder/Executive Director, Message Media Ed
All ages! $5 (non-members), Free (members), Light Refreshments served
*Call 323-708-2526 to RSVP

The Digital Elder Project - 2-day Empowerment Retreat! Empower Online & in the African American Community!
Sat., Aug 27th (9am-6pm) & Sun., Aug. 28th (1-7pm) @MME
Enhance your texting, email, facebook & twitter marketing skills! Create a podcast designed to empower the community! Learn the language our young people speak so we can support their growth appropriately!
Ages 13-100, $60 (includes all meals and materials), $45 Early Bird until Aug. 5th
Scholarships Available for those in financial need!
All info here Registration is online and via mail.
**Please share!

SAVE THE DATEMME Grand Opening Village Festival!
Saturday, September 17th, 3-8pm @ MME
*Guest List Only 
***Vendor/Sponsor Deadline: Aug. 5th


Peace and much love to you! Hope to see you soon!

In service,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

5 BUCKS for Black Beauty?

HAAAAA!!! So exciting! This is a global fundraising event, Obama style... DONATE 5 BUCKS FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THIS WORLD THIS WEEK to support our work to empower the African American community in South Los Angeles, through media literacy, cultural awareness and leadership development! :-)

That's correct family! We are raising $7,000 to repair and beautify the new home of Message Media Ed and we need each one of you to donate 5 bucks to help us reach our goal! Can you help us? CAN U SHARE, RE-POST, RETWEET & FORWARD AS WELL?

Please click on the link to make an online donation TODAY and for more details on this global fundraiser! 

If you'd like to mail us a donation, please address your check or money order to:

Message Media Ed
4923 W. Adams Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90016

**Also, if you are in Los Angeles, we are hosting an exclusive performance by the legendary hip hop messenger Brother J of X Clan, and LA's very own diva emcee, Medusa, and other awesome artists to raise funds! This will be a clean and fun family show! Click here for all details!

It takes place this Friday, 7-10pm, $5 admission, for all ages, to help us reach our target as well!

We are also raffling off 2 tickets to see an incredible play Quincy Jones describes as, "... a combination of soul and science" called, "The Word Begins" featuring Def Jam poets, Sekou tha Misfit and Steve Connell! (


Interested in getting a sneak peek of our new home??? Want to see our wish list as well?  Check out my video blog (aka VLOG) here :) And try not to laugh at me! lol

Lastly, PLEASE forward this email on to your social circle. We need our village to support us :-) Thank you!

In service,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vlogging about our new home for Message Media Ed lol! - part 1

Thank you for watching me go on and on lol! This was my first Vlog : -)

If you are interested in finding out what we need to help make our new home complete... here's our wish list:


3 tablets or laptops or desktop computers (wifi ready)

folding chairs (brown or black)

front lobby chairs (2)

book shelves (wooden)

6" tables

sound system (speakers, amp, microphone)

love seat (fun color)

cushy chair (fun color)

bean bags (fun colors)

coffee maker


projector screen


patio furniture: wooden benches, picnic table, end tables and lounge chairs, a tent, a table with fire pit inside (for smores! lol)

flowers for our flower beds

essentials to build an above-the-ground garden of fruits and vegetables

OR if you'd like to send us a donation, please do so to:

Message Media Ed
4923 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

OR 'send money' via PayPal to

For more info in Message Media Ed, please visit or call 323-708-2526.


MME Launches Community Bridge Initiative: A Vision for a Higher Ed, Media & Community Learning Circle

... Dedicated to the beauty in the struggle.

(click document below to enlarge)

What resources do you have to help this initiative manifest? 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Educators & Artists Say NO to the N-Word & Cursing for Teen Open Mic!

Digital Lyricist XChange Opens its Doors to South Los Angeles Youth Looking to Develop Their Talents in Hip Hop and Creative Writing

Los Angeles, July, 2011 – This summer, L.A. youth seeking a way to develop their talent will have a new place to call home.  The Digital Lyricist XChange, a Friday night open mic and talent search where teens between the ages of 13-18 can express themselves through rap, poetry, singing, and creative writing, will host its first session on Friday, August 5, 2011 from 6 to 11 pm. Located in South Los Angeles, where such a venue is sorely needed, this MONTHLY event will fill a void left by a crumbling state budget that doesn’t place the arts on their list of priorities.

Dr. Shani Byard, who has a history of community activism through her organization, Message Media EdSchool of Black Leadership in the Digital Age, is excited about this new venture.  “Digital Lyricist XChange will allow us to offer a healthy, creative space -- free from the negativity we are used to hearing and observing in the media -- for young people to build their voices related to social issues affecting them, their families and neighborhoods. No drugs, cursing or use of the n-word allowed. We look forward to coaching and developing their performance skills as well”, she says. 

With Hip Hop culture and music being the dominant voice in today’s youth culture, it made sense to use Hip Hop as the primary medium of expression.  To that aim, the facilitators chosen for the role of leading the sessions all have experience in Hip Hop and education: Brother J, Founder of the Legendary Hip Hop group X Clan and Board Member of Message Media Ed, Sebastien Elkouby, Hip Hop educator for Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program, A-Ski, DJ and producer, Mark Anthony Benson, Hip Hop historian, educator, and active mentor to foster youth, and Jason ‘MPRVS’ Johnson, musician, producer and educator.

Dr. Byard says, “Selecting the team of co-facilitators was extremely easy because we all strategically work toward transforming Hip Hop music and culture in some capacity. We have all worked in the record industry as well. We look forward to building media literate, young leaders, proud of their culture and heritage, ready to challenge the Hip Hop norm by bringing balance to such a powerful culture and lifestyle."

DIGITAL LYRICIST XCHANGE < - ADVANCE CREATIVITY - located at Message Media Ed, 4923 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.  It will take place FIRST Fridays starting on Friday, August 5, 2011 from 6 to 11 pm.  Parents of youth under 18 are encouraged to sign up their children in advance.  The investment is $5 and snacks are included.  For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook page at: or call 323-708-2526.

About Message Media Ed

Message Media Ed – School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age < - ADVANCE, is designed to close the digital divide and increase leadership and innovation in the African American community of South Los Angeles: culturally conscious role models and meaningful participants in the digital landscape. This is achieved by providing supportive, engaging learning environments for increasing cultural awareness, leadership development and skill building in media literacy, social media and information technology for youth, adults and seniors. For more info, visit

Media Contact:
Joanne Griffith-Poplar