JACK AND JILL REALITY SHOW
Jack and Jill of America in Washington, D.C. is not too happy with Bravo television network’s plan to produce a new “docu-series” about six local chapter members.
Tammy King, the organization’s national president, urged members in a recent letter “to review our stated code because as mothers, we all agreed to abide by these rules as a condition of our membership.”
The show’s tentative title is “Potomac Ensemble” and has some members concerned the organization may be depicted in a “caddy and negative light.”
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NBMBAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The National Black MBA Association will hold its 37th annual conference and exposition from September 22 through the 26th in Orlando, Florida.
This year’s theme is “The Building Blocks of Leadership: Relevance, Drive, Effect. The annual gathering traditionally attracts more than 9,000 attendees and is considered one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events in the nation.
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Denise Rolark Barnes was elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Rolark Barnes, a Howard University graduate, is the publisher of the Washington Informer and a second-generation publisher. The NNPA represents more than 200 African American newspapers.
Dr. Shirley Lee, retired Bethune-Cookman University Vice President and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has died. An endowed scholarship was established in her name at the university. Lee was 96.
Civil rights advocate James Mapp of Tennessee passed away. Known throughout Chattanooga, Mapp was among parents who filed a federal desegregation lawsuit against Chattanooga’s Board of Education in 1960 and fought for equal educational opportunities for African Americans. Mapp served as NAACP president for more than 20 years.
Renowned educator and activist Marva Collins died at age 78 in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Collins was nationally recognized for starting her own school and successfully educating public school school students from impoverished communities throughout Chicago. In 1981, her story became a TV movie, “The Marva Collins Story,” featuring Cicely Tyson as Collins. She was a graduate of Clark College, now called Clark Atlanta University.
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