I think I'm finally back into my groove since returning from Saviours' Day 2010 - or almost. It usually takes about a week to get back on track but this year it took longer. I just unpacked my travel bags.
What's up with Sis Charlene Muhammad - in no particular order:
1 Today I'm participating on the New America Media ethnic media panel on children's healthcare. Heads up to reporters and any child advocates or folk interested in numbers and trends on children - www.kidsdata.org can help make your search a lot easier. (I'm pictured here; right next to me is my good friend/colleague, Kathy Williamson (Contributing Editor/LA Sentinel) and standing is Andy Krackov, Assistant V.P. Programs/Partnerships for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, who sponsored today's panel).
2 Just before leaving for Chicago, I resigned as associate producer of the Front Page @ KJLH Radio, 102.3 FM to recapture some time to dig deeper into my work as National Correspondent for the Final Call. The show is from 4:30 to 6:00 am, however, daily, I clocked anywhere from 4-5 hours each morning, just in terms of preparing at 3 am (if I woke up on time), to about 7 or 8, if I didn't leave at 6 or 6:30, and then getting home, or to court, or wherever the next stop on my professional journey was that day. I'd do a lot of writing at night. I enjoyed the ride but I'm savoring more time with my husband and children, and getting back into the community in the afternoons, too. I'd cut out evening assignments to be able to take care of my family and prep for the next morning.
3 I just wrapped the Stimulus Watch fellowship for New America Media (check out the stories at www.finalcall.com or www.newamericamedia.com). That was very, very interesting and insightful. A period of growth for me in many ways! Look for more out of this project.
4 On April 3, at 11:00 a.m., tune in to 90.7 FM/KPFK for Some of Us Are Brave. It's the Black women's radio program that some of us in So. Cal. created to help bring more Black women's voices to radio. SOUAB's new date is Saturday (from Thursday). In commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I'll be speaking with Attorney Judith Brown-Dianis of the Advancement Project, about her work around the school to prison pipeline, among other things, and what she believes has been his impact and influence on Black women. She will also discuss some of her life's work. The second segment will feature myself and L.A. journalists, Cheryl Brown, The Black Voice News, and Darlene Donloe, on the state of children's health care and our projects for the NAM children's healthcare fellowship. Listen live on line also at www.kpfk.org.
5 Want to increase your web presence - whether an entrepreneur, non-profit, new blogger, whatever your mission, look for more details on the Final Call (West's) digital training workshop, set for April 24th, featuring our own digital marketing wizard Bro Jesse Muhammad, and L.A.-based podcaster, Isidra Person-Lynn. No worries, the workshop may be national - keep you posted!
6 There's more but can't get it all in here. Last but certainly not least, my family is doing very well. They appreciate me being home more. They travel with me on Final Call assignments, but that's been the case since I started writing for the paper in early 1998. My daughter, oldest, Ra'eesah, was in the womb when I was on the convention floor in the McCormick Center for SD '98. She was born that May. I think one of the greatest things for me has been being able to be a better help-meet to my husband, Ali (Maurice to some). He's working on a major project that shall remain nameless for now, but it will bless us ALL, Inshallah.
Just checking in. Peace, SCM!