Meet Me in The Lobby: Let’s Talk About The “N” Word, The Apollo Theater and Million Hoodies

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Here’s the current buzz in Lobby!
How appropriate that we start in the lobby of Harlem’s Apollo Theater. The historic NY landmark is trying to track down dozens of missing items. Watch this video to learn more.

And coming in February, the 23rd annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will be held. It just announced that director Stanley Nelson’s documentary look at the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, “The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution,” will make its West Coast premiere as the Opening Night film selection.
The two largest minority journalism groups – NABJ and NAHJ – made it official and will co-host a joint convention in Washington, DC in Augusts 2016. It’s an organizational reunion of sorts as the Black and Latino journalism organizations  were former founding members of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, but both groups split from Unity in recent years. In other NABJ news, longtime member Roland Martin’s morning program on TV One is a hit with Black cable viewers.
“Selma” has quickly become a must-see movie. While the film focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts in organizing the Selma marches, there were many other activists and politicians connected to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee who also contributed. Here are some of the key players in the film and their roles in history.
History repeating itself? While the NAACP office bombing investigation in Colorado continues, it’s not the first time the NAACP has come under attack.
Million Hoodies vs The National Urban League? Is the debate over Net Neutrality pitting new and old school Black civil imgresrights groups against each other? “In all due respect, the legacy civil rights organizations have been strong on a lot of issues, but on this one they’re a little bit behind, and part of it is the corporate interests that are in play,” says Dante Barry, director of Million Hoodies.
Speaking of the Urban League, it recently joined with the National Bar Association in Florida to conduct a workshop for youth called  “Know Your Rights” workshop when interacting with law enforcement.

It’s a family affair!

Curtis and Jonathan Moody (Columbus CEO)

Curtis and Jonathan Moody
(Columbus CEO)

Curtis Moody, CEO of the country’s largest African-American owned architectural firm in the nation and his son Jonathan discuss in an interview how father will transition the business to the son. The elder Moody has won multiple awards from National Organization of Minority Architects.
The National Black Nurses Association is moving its headquarters. New digs will include a public gallery.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity given kudos for pushing for the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.
A legal decision on whether to go to trial should come in February regarding hazing accusations against four members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity at Saginaw Valley State University.
Watch Video. High school basketball coach Ken Smith bans the use of the “N” Word on the court.

Comings and goings….
The National Baptist Convention, USA inaugurates Dr. Jerry Young as its new president.
Dr. Carrie Brown has been chosen as the new president of the National Dental Association.
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) announced its hired Lauren Yost as its new CEO.
CT State Representative Bruce Morris, an Executive Board member of the National Caucus of Black State Legislators, was elected as chairman of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus.
The National Medical Association names Martin Hamlette as its new Executive Director.
Rosemary R. Cloud, who made history when she became the first African American female Fire Chief in the United States

The Online News Association has promoted Irving Washington to Deputy Director from Operations Director.
In Memory
Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen, Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey  — the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II — died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91.

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