Friday, October 23, 2009

New America Media Fellow

All Praise Is Due To Allah!  This week brought a lot of professional good news, some if being that I won a fellowship from New America Media (NAM), the largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations.  

I was selected with 13 out of 50 applicants from diverse publications across the country.  We will use the fellowships to document the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the ethnic communities served by our publications.  

More specifically, for the Final Call, I will investigate equity issues in the employment, education, and housing sections of the Recovery Act.
I've always considered it a privilege and a blessing from Allah to have a platform from which to produce news and information that educates, enlightens, informs, and uplifts our community.  I believe that winning this fellowship from New America Media will strongly enhance that work.  I am grateful to NAM for spearheading such an important project and for the opportunity to be a part of it. 

This is a time of struggle like our people have never experienced before.  Although the Stimulus Package doesn't hold all of the answers to the issues facing the Black community, it does hold some financial assistance and I look forward to finding out what that assistance is, how it has been used so far, and how it can be accessed.

As part of the fellowship, we will meet in Washington, D.C. next month for an extensive training on the stimulus. We'll meet national policy-makers, leading investigative and business journalists, policy advocates, and researchers.  NAM will disseminate the stories we produce to ethnic and mainstream media partners and non-profit collaborators through its news wire.

The other fellowship recipients are:  Linnie Bailey, Black Voice (Corona, CA), Marcony Almeida Barros, The Brazilian Journal (Boston, MA), Edwin Buggage, New Orleans Data News Weekly (New Orleans, LA), Maya Lolbe Corona, Rumbo (Houston, TX), Charles Ding, Sing Tao (Los Angeles, CA), Christina Fresquez-Pizzaro, El Seminario (Lakewood, CO), Khalil AlHajal, Arab American News (Dearborn, MI), Charles Hallman, The Spokesman-Recorder (Minneapolis, MN), Victor Merina, RezNet (Missoula, MT), Cristina Pastor, Philippine News (New York, NY), Eva Sanchis, El Dario/La Prensa (New York, NY), Mohsin Zaheer, Daily Khabrain (New York, NY). 

More about NAM's Stimulus Watch at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

At Day In L.A. at the Taste of Soul

Danny Bakewell, Sr., Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and Taste of Soul creator.

The Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper brought art, culture, business and family together again for the 4th Annual Taste of Soul 2009 Festival on October 17. Taste of Soul is considered the largest block party in L.A.

This year, finally, I was able to attend. Because it takes place usually on the same weekend I'm away for the commemoration of the Holy Day of Atonement, Million Man March.

It was scorching hot but that didn't keep people from coming out. What I liked best about Taste of Soul is seeing the joy on our people's faces. We know it's been rough! Home foreclosures, health issues, youth violence, this and that, but for one day in L.A. on Crenshaw Boulevard, people could forget their troubles and become one.

"A Taste of Soule is for you," said Danny Bakewell, Sr., Taste of Soul Creator and Executive Publisher of the LA Sentinel.