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NABJ President Dorothy Tucker (Photo Courtesy of Dorothy Tucker)

by Christy Hicks

Dorothy Tucker assumed the presidency of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in August 2019. She took office just months before the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor would roil the nation, sending thousands of people into the streets to demand police accountability and reform, racial justice, and equity. At the same time, the world was gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which put a spotlight on healthcare disparities and inadequacies and changed the way we live, work, travel, entertain ourselves and connect with our families. In addition, the country was caught up in the drama of the presidential election. The confluence of these events and the impact they have had on every segment of society are unparalleled in modern history, and African American journalists are playing a crucial role in telling the stories, providing context, debunking false narratives, and making sure that the stories stay in front of the American public and newsrooms across the nation and are being fairly reported. …


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Wynona Redmond (Photo Courtesy of Wyn-Win Communications)

by Christy DeBoe Hicks

Public relations boss Wynona Redmond has a “see the silver lining,” “light a candle in the darkness” kind of vibe that is almost impossible to resist, even in the most challenging situations. In her professional work as president of her company Wyn-Win Communications, her advocacy for public relations professionals as president emeritus of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), and her community leadership, this Chicago-native and networking enthusiast is clear-eyed about the problems faced by African American public relations professionals and their communities. …


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Karen Taylor Bass (Photo Courtesy of TaylorMade Media)

by Gwendolyn Quinn

In addition to her esteemed career as a seasoned public relations expert and media coach, Karen Taylor Bass is also a successful certified yoga instructor and meditation coach who is building a unique global brand around wellness. Living on purpose, Karen Taylor Bass has rediscovered herself and her passion.


by Gwendolyn Quinn

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Creative. Spirited. Imaginative. Ambitious. Bold. Energetic. Resourceful. These are just a few of the words that describe Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire, a successful serial entrepreneur, who is a licensed and ordained pastor, a naturopathy doctor, master herbalist, a playwright, a television and radio host, a bestselling author, and a college professor. But for most people who know LaJoyce Brookshire, they also know that her most important role in life is that of a wife and mother.

She was born LaJoyce Hunter on Chicago’s South Side to Duke and Joana Hunter; her stepfather, Bo Baker, also helped raise her. LaJoyce has always been surrounded by loving members of her immediate family and her church family. As a young girl growing up in the Windy City in the 1960s, LaJoyce was a bystander to a unique set of experiences in Black culture and Black politics, which had a profound impact on her growth and development and ultimately informed many of her life and career decisions. During the era of Chicago’s Civil Rights Movement, she was an eyewitness to the Chicago Freedom Movement; the Black Panther Party of Chicago; Operation Breadbasket (which later became Operation PUSH); and the historic election of Harold Washington, who became the first African American Mayor of Chicago in 1983, a year before she moved to New York City. …


by Christy DeBoe Hicks

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Robin Kheperah Kearse (Photo Courtesy of Robin Kheperah Kearse)

Duality — The quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements

At first glance, Robin “Kheperah” Kearse appears to be the definition of duality. She has two resumes that read as if they belong to two different people. Kearse has been a successful marketing and brand development executive who has worked in a broad range of industries, including hip-hop music, luxury publications, and jewelry. She also has been dedicated to working in youth and community development, wellness, and well-being. Kearse has even created a program to help young people, parents, advocates, and government agencies address these issues. She has somehow managed to provide leadership in both areas at once throughout her career. The common denominator between these two life stories is their protagonist, Kheperah Kearse. She has approached every new venture with the same passion, determination, creativity, a little audacity, and a commitment to excellence. …


by Christy DeBoe Hicks

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Evolyn Brooks (Photo Courtesy of Evolyn Brooks)

The bright lights in the studio of a television program she is producing or the soft glow of a candle from her Intention Candle collection: Both are symbols of Evolyn Brooks’ journey to self-discovery and healing. Hers is a story of struggle, success, friendship, and family, with unexpected twists along the way. And she is intentional about using her creative design, production, event management, and social media skills to share that journey with others and to guide them in finding and following their own paths.

An award-winning TV showrunner and executive producer as well as an experiential events producer, Evolyn Brooks is the founder of In My Solitude LA, an online wellbeing platform and community, and Evolyn Brooks Company (EBC), a media company that produces television, digital content, podcasts, and virtual and experiential events. Brooks, who also is a journalist and author, is the creator and host of the podcast Built By a Boss.


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Arielle Chambers (Photo Courtesy of Arielle Chambers)

A rising star of sports journalism, Arielle Chambers is the Talent and Social Media Manager at Bleacher Report. Chambers covers the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Chambers’ interest in sports started when she was four years old in her native Raleigh, North Carolina. As an athlete, Chambers was a competitive cheerleader, who competed in championships annually in The Cheerleading Worlds, under the United States All Star Federation (USASF) and the International All Star Federation. Chambers says many people don’t understand the competitive side of cheerleading.

“I did competition cheer. We didn’t say any cheers,” explains the twentysomething sports reporter. “It was stunting, jumping, tumbling, and dancing, and we would compete every weekend. It’s a huge thing that many people aren’t aware of. In The Cheerleading Worlds, we have international championships. More people attend The Cheerleading Worlds than they do the Super Bowl, and that’s a fact. I have been a competitive cheerleader for most of my life. I also played volleyball; I was a middle hitter.” …


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Michael Vick (Photo Courtesy of FOX Sports)

Sports legend Michael Vick has plenty to be grateful for these days. The former NFL star quarterback partnered with LeBron James’ More Than A Vote campaign and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) to restore his right to vote and to lend his voice and support to other citizens returning from incarceration. Vick, who was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison in a highly-publicized case for his involvement in a dogfighting ring, lost his right to vote in 2007. Now Vick says he looks forward to exercising that right in the upcoming election season. …


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Latonya Story (Photo Courtesy of LPS Consulting PR)

Ever since she can remember, LaTonya Story has been a sports fan. So, it’s no surprise that her passion for sports led to a career representing some of the best pro athletes and clients in three of the major sporting franchises: The National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the National Football League (NFL).

Story is the founder and CEO of LPS Consulting PR, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in community relations, corporate brands, and non-profit organizations, based in Atlanta, Georgia. This year marks Story’s 20th anniversary in business.

Story was raised in Norfolk, Virginia, as a Dallas Cowboys fan, which was her first introduction to football. She loved the team so much that when she was a young girl, she dressed up as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for a Halloween party. During her junior and high school years, Story was a cheerleader. As the captain of the team, she led the squad through the school’s football and basketball seasons. …


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Nikita Stewart (Photo Credit: Earl Wilson)

Reporter Nikita Stewart, who currently covers social services at The New York Times, is also part of the award-winning team of journalists on “The 1619 Project,” an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a friend and colleague who created “The 1619 Project” and received a Pulitzer Prize for her essay, invited Stewart to participate in the series examining the long-term consequences of slavery on America today. …

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