"If I don’t hear from you, by tomorrow… I hope you come back, and learn from your mistakes. Come back a man, tell your story to these black and brown kids in Compton. Let ‘em know you was just like them, but you still rose from that dark place of violence, becoming a positive person. But when you do make it, give back, with your words of encouragement, and that’s the best way to give back. To your city… And I love you Kendrick, if I don’t hear you knocking on the door you know where I usually leave the key. Alright? talk to you later, bye." #ASAP #Apr8 #commongroundfoundation #Mar29 #Take2
Apparently this brand strategy is still alive.Time Warner’s HBO, the premium cable channel that produces and airs “Game of Thrones,” has hired 10 hip-hop and Latin-music artists to rap about the TV series, which the network hopes will encourage more rap fans to watch the show.
ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications celebrated the new year with a networking reception on January 16. The event, held at the Embassy of Haiti, featured special guest speaker Karen Finney, the host of MSNBC’s Disrupt with Karen Finney. Paul Altidor, the ambassador of Haiti to the US, opened the reception with remarks encouraging guests and attendees to visit the embassy and learn more about Haiti.
Finney then went on to talk about the importance of women of color in politics. “It’s easy to forget that as women of color, that we have power,” she said. “Diversity is a conversation that needs to happen in politics and policy.”
Top photo: ColorComm executive director Whitney Stringer, ColorComm board member Marcia Dyson, Ambassador Altidor, Finney, and ColorComm founder Lauren Wesley Wilson
Former Facebook PR executive Brandee Barker is the subject of a recent New York Times article, "They want her on their side." Since leaving Facebook, Brandee has advised startups such as Uber, Airbnb, and Dropbox, and along with former PR heads from Twitter and Skype she’s the co-founder of boutique firm The Pramana Collective. Read more of her story here.
The holiday data breach at Target was part of an international hacking campaign against multiple retailers, according to federal and private investigators, who declined to name the other companies that were hit. Neiman Marcus also admitted last week it was the victim of a hack during the holiday shopping season, but it said there was no indication the breach was related to the Target incident.
Admission of wrong doings even if at no fault of your own, is at most times, the first public step in #CrisisCommunications. Neiman Marcus did so here.
Chris Christie allegedly used millions in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to to pay for TV ads starring himself.
MWW created the campaign after winning the $25 million contract last summer.
Mara Brock Akil
Screen writer, Producer
Mara Brock Akil (born May 27, 1970) is an American television writer and producer.
Muslim American born in Los Angeles, California, Brock Akil was raised primarily in Kansas City. She is a graduate of Raytown South High School in 1988. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central. In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons. In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series Girlfriends. She also created and executive produced the spin-off series The Game.
In June 2007, Brock Akil and her husband signed to The Weinstein Co. Their first project under the new pact will be a film about a woman who starts a business to investigate the mates of high-powered women after she herself is left at the altar. Mara Brock Akil will write the screenplay and Salim Akil will direct, reports Variety. The pair’s Happy Camper Productions banner will produce.
In 2009, Brock Akil became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town.
In 2012, Brock Akil became a producer and writer for BET’s Being Mary Jane.
She married television director Salim Akil in 1999. She and her husband are practicing Sufi Muslims. They have two sons; Yasin Brock Akil, born in 2007 and Nasir Brock Akil, born in November 2009 She is also sister to Kara Brock Bustos.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied knowing about a scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution. He’s being slammed for it. Crisis communicators weighed in. [Updated]
In the face of scandal, it is never surprising that the person or “staffer” with little to no voice, is the person who takes the blame or….gets thrown under the bus in the form of being fired, charged or blackballed.
#ChrisChristie #Scandal #PressConference #CrisisCommunications #BridgeScandal
42% of online adults use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the platform of choice: 71% of online adults now use Facebook, making it the most widely used social network.