Young People make moves!

This is my post dedicated to the young people I know making huge impacts in the world. I am extremely blessed to know quite a few young people who are doing big things in the world today, and we’re all equally dedicated to working to pull each other up. So without further delay, I will give shout outs to my own “Under 30 movers and shakers” and I encourage you to check them out, and pass this along. 

The Young and Powerful Group

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The Young & Powerful Group (slogan: Be Seen Be Heard Be Powerful) is a grassroots organization that got it’s start February 2007 playing a pivotal role in the primary and general elections. Through Y&P thousands of voters across the nation were registered to vote, and over $150,000 from over 2500 individual donors was raised for the Obama campaign. Please visit their website and click on your city to see how you can get involved. They are in over 11 cities spread across the United States, but even if you aren’t in one listed, you can still join the movement and get involved by signing up for their mailing list. A friend of mine here in ATL is over the Atlanta chapter, and I encourage those of you in Atlanta to get involved ASAP! Justin Tanner is the Atlanta Chair, and you can also check him out and the other men of The J3 Group.  If you live in the Atlanta area and want to run in the best social circles and attend only the hottest ATL events for the young, professional, and sexy, I suggest you see where J3 is partying. 

 

Adversity-One Club

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From their Facebook Fan Page: “Adversity, founded in late 2007, is a non-profit organization established to promote multiculturalism and diversity in creative media industries through the educational development and support of aspiring creatives. In 2008, The One Club shared the vision and joined forces to achieve this goal. Thus, we have the birth of The One Club | Adversity Program – a joint initiative to promote diversity within our creative community.” 

Adversity was founding by one of my closest friends Julius Dunn, II and it was inspired by the struggles with cancer that his younger brother and dear friend of mine David Cummings experienced. I encourage you ALL to visit his website, and become a fan on facebook. If you or someone you know is interested in advertising, please direct them all to his website above. 

 

Live Liberty, LLC

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Live Liberty, LLC is an online community for us young people who are driven to learn more about politics and how we can all impact social change. It’s an interactive community and young people are encouraged to get online and blog or post their own news stories. From their website: “We believe the need existed for a political website that catered to the “Average Joe” with a neutral perspective on politics and issues in the United States and globally. The site is structured to promote the input of the community.”  Please visit their website, log on, and contribute. I write there as well under “JGRunsTheCity”.  

LiveLiberty.com was put together by a group of some of my very close friends and I am abundantly proud of them. I am so pleased and honored to be working with them that I almost don’t know what to do with myself. I want to give special shout outs to Marcus Finley and Ahmad Abuznaid and I pray for our continued success. When I’m at Georgetown, and Ahmad is a lawyer in D.C., they won’t know what to do with us, so Mr. Finley, please get them ready. 🙂 

 

Polished Cleveland Magazine

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From their website: “Polished Cleveland was developed by Cleveland, Ohio natives, Robin Thomas and Christine Taylor in response to the growing needs of urban professionals in Northeast Ohio… [It is] is a web-based urban lifestyle magazine for young professionals in the Northeast Ohio area. This publication serves as a go-to guide for those in search of local entertainment and cultural experiences that caters to an audience with youthful energy and mature tastes.” I am very pleased to share this site with you because it is a great idea, and I hope to see this project spread across the country and even internationally! Please check it out, and share with your Cleveland friends. 

 

B&M Photography and Design  

B&M Photography and Design established in 2006. Tonei Smith, a Photographer/Graphic Designer located in Atlanta, Georgia. More and willing to shoot anything from Fashion/Glamour to Special Events. Not necessarily “known” yet, but undoubtedly has too much not to be. Check out his work at www.myspace.com/biskitz349  

Services provided are as followed:

  • Candids
  • Portraits
  • Photo Edits
  • Posters
  • Fliers (Flyers…LOL)
  • Photo Retouching

Tonei “Biskitz” Smith at toneismith@gmail.com  or 810.835.3376

Of course check him out! I also support young business owners doing their thing. We are the future so we have to get our future businesses in a good position for when the economy shifts back to prosperity! Let’s do it! 

Of course I see myself as a mover and a shaker, and I have projects of my own that are in the works, but you are currently looking at one of them so we’ll just stay focused on one at a time! Please continue to support this site, and I PROMISE the PayPal link will be up shortly for those of you itching to donate money to the Congo. Also, training is still going on, so check back often for funny stories/video blogs. Also, I have a lot on the horizon with this project, new runners, our next cause, and I can’t wait to see it all come to fruition. 

Remember: The whole point of this post is to get the word out and about these organizations. Please check them each out and do your part in promoting them! 

Always!

JG*

Guest Blog: Issues with Diversity in Advertising

This is a blog from a friend of mine and I’m trying to do what I can to get his voice heard. It’s not directly related to this blog, but it’s an issue that he feels passionately about and I support passion, change, and action.  There’s a lot of info, but take some time out. As the climate in our country begins to change, we should be a part of that change.  Also, I encourage you to become of Fan of Adversity on Facebook. So here goes! 

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Hello friends, it’s Julius. I wanted to take this time to say Happy New Year, as we prepare for one the most prolific times in our country’s history. I would like to share a few things with you that I have been working on and if you’re interested I would be more than happy to provide more information.

Reading notes: Sanford Moore is the former (minority) ad professional that has partnered with NAACP, Merhi & Skallet law firm to file a civil lawsuit against the industry. He is also the same gentlemen that asked me to “sit down until I gain some experience”, at the NYC:HRC meeting in July, when I presented him with numerous organizations (like Adversity) that are trying to make a difference. 

When I asked the question “what have you done to help youth so they don’t have to struggle the same as you” he dismissed my question. That disrespect and other comments said during the meeting lead to the articles that surfaced in AdAge this summer by Ken Wheaton-AdAge Reporter and Tiffany R. Warren-Chief Diversity Officer for OmniCom ( http://adage.com/bigtent/post?article_id=128219 andhttp://adage.com/bigtent/post?article_id=129599 )

Now fueled with the idea of progress since the press release of the law suit his constant disregard for new diversity initiatives and it’s leaders, he continues to disrespect and dismiss us. When asked yet again at the Madison Avenue Project press conference about his involvement with new youth programs to promote diversity, we (youth) were dismissed and asked to sit down…. AGAIN.

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As America prepares for the inauguration of the first African American President and First Family, Radio One felt there was no better time for corporate America to ask what it knows – and thinks it knows – about Black America. Where as I think that’s a great question to ask, there are a few other questions we should answer as minority employees working within various facets of corporate America.

On January 13th, The One Club hosted a Radio One panel discussion titled Urban Legends: What Corporate America Still Misunderstands About Black People. This conversation was meant to serve as an important and provocative discussion about the realities of marketing to African Americans today. 

Panelists included Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of Radio One; Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation Consultation + Brand Imaging; Najoh Tita-Reid, former director of multi-cultural and African American marketing at Proctor & Gamble; and Julius Dunn, Founding Member of Adversity and Director of The One Club-Adversity Program. The panel moderated by Pepper Miller, president of The Hunter-Miller Group was an interesting debate that began with sparks as Mrs. Tito-Reid revealed that she just recently resigned from her position at P&G.

During and after this panel people continued to highlight how the study Radio One used to create the topic for this discussion was groundbreaking, because researchers sought after teenagers when compiling data about cultural trends. As someone who belongs to the generation they considered when gathering this information, I am happy to know they finally realized that our youth have voices, too. But wouldn’t you agree that seeking the opinion of everyone in the community when doing a study about the community should be best common practice? 

Why should we (youth) recognize that fact as groundbreaking when our opinions have been and still are, noticeably disregarded when compared to people who are presumably more important. 

This has been an ongoing problem and quite frankly I’m mad as hell at the lack of concern most have when given feedback from a younger perspective, especially when the topic of conversation is about diversifying the advertising industry. At what point will our elders see past finding immediate solutions to their personal problems, and collaborate with all who are affected to find a sustainable solution that benefit all involved?

I’m tired of the youth voice being overlooked and disrespected by people that pretend to value it., as we attempt to present new ideas that solve old problems. At what point will the Sanford Moore’s of our world see past their own bitterness, to listen to the feedback and opinions of our youth as it relates to diversifying OUR INDUSTRY so its no longer a perpetual cycle? Maybe they would see that it’s a perpetual cycle because they forgot to occasionally reach back while reaching up, when climbing the corporate ladder. But when the ladder breaks they want to yell, kick and scream all the way to the bottom with little regard for of those behind them. So although I respect the work Mr. Moore has done in making this an issue that is recognized by people outside of this industry, I do not respect how we’re asked to sit down when we stand up.

How can they continue referencing this industry as “youth driven”, but not recognize our opinions when expressing our concerns as it relates to this business? No, instead they look at us like we should be grateful for being given an opportunity to speak. Hmmm… I think that is interesting because I do recall hearing those same people complain about how they “were continuously made to feel grateful for being given opportunities that they had the rights to already”. 

As if there wasn’t enough adversity to go around the table ten times, do we (youth) who belong to that pool they conveniently add when quantifying data about discrimination cases, have to deal with the discrimination of our elders too? 

Maybe we should just shut up about inheriting this negative energy that has been displaced, out of respect for our scorned elders. I mean after all Newton’s law of physics states that energy never dies its merely passed from one host to the other. So maybe we (youth) should just sit back and respect that this is just a natural process rooted in a simple physics equation.

Or, maybe we should just use our own media channel(s) to combat their attempts to filter information about the progression of OUR industry.

-Julius L. Dunn, II
www.adversity-oneclub.org