Friday, November 4, 2011

Photos of the Day

WASHINGTON, DC - On October 26th, the USA Network and The Moth presented "A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power" at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event featured five storytellers, that included activist, artist and Academy Award-winning actor/director/producer Forest Whitaker, who shared their personal experiences with discrimination and bigotry. USA Network will continue to bring Characters Unite, its multi-platform public service campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination, into communities and schools across the country through a special partnership with The Moth, the renowned nonprofit storytelling organization, and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPD). For more information, visit the website at

NEW YORK, NY - On October 12th, the Sphinx Organization hosted its Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall in New York. More than just a traditional chamber orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi is a conductor-less ensemble of 20 accomplished soloists of color, each a virtuoso in his or her own right. Led by the principal players of the ensemble, Sphinx Virtuosi members have attended the top music schools in the country, including the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music among many others. The concert directly promotes Sphinx’s mission to build diversity in classical music on stage, in the audience, and through the performance of works by composers of color.

The event was chaired by actress and recording artist Vanessa Williams and presented by Bloomberg and the Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund. Williams stated, “I applaud the vision of the Sphinx Organization, and I am pleased to help them ensure that classical music not only reflects cultural diversity, but is a part of the daily lives of our young people. For the young audience members at Carnegie Hall, seeing professional artists of color perform will demonstrate that they can and will realize their goals.”

WASHINGTON, DC - On November 2nd, the Foundation for the National Archives presented its eighth annual Records of Achievement Award to philanthropist David M. Rubenstein at the Foundation’s annual black-tie gala. The Records of Achievement Award, the Foundation's highest honor, is the annual tribute to an individual whose work has cultivated a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of primary sources. Rubenstein was honored for his lending of a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to the White House, which is the executive order signed by President Abraham Lincoln that proclaimed the freedom of slaves; and for his loan of the 1297 Magna Carta as well as a rare Stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence to the National Archives for public display. 

His loans of these important original documents will be housed in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery in the National Archives, that will feature a newly re-encased Magna Carta and will tell much more of the American story by linking the document to the U.S. Charters of Freedom and to modern-day struggles to perfect democracy, focusing on the experiences of African Americans, women, and immigrants. (Photo: David M. Rubenstein with gala co-chairs Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg/credit:Alexander Morozov).

WASHINGTON, DC - On November 1st, President Obama established Fort Monroe as a National Monument, ensuring the long-term preservation of this little known but critically important piece of American history located in Virginia. National Trust president Stephanie Meeks applauded the Obama Administration’s action: “Fort Monroe stands as a testament to the personal courage of thousands of Americans, including the enslaved people who bravely took control of their destinies there during the Civil War, as well as the courage of the Union general who ensured their safety. Together, their heroic actions heralded the beginning of the end of slavery in America. By designating this iconic place as a National Monument, President Obama has ensured that future generations of Americans will have the opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, this vital piece of American history.” Read more at the White House blog HERE.

CHICAGO - Diggy Simmons & Jacob Latimore Lend Efforts To Snoop's Football League in Chicago: On October 28th, recording artist Diggy Simmons gave back to inner city youth in Chicago by making a surprise guest appearance at the Snoop Youth Football League's benefit skate party. The Chicago division of Snoop's league is in its inaugural year and was brought to the city by entertainment executive Tonja Styles in an effort to keep kids off the streets, after the Derrion Albert tragedy. The league is wrapping up its first season and is hosting a number of fundraisers to help pay for football equipment. For information on their upcoming fundraiser, visit

ATLANTA - Last month, Press Reset Entertainment held its monthly feed the homeless event. Founded by music industry veteran Shanti Das, Press Reset provides entertainment marketing/consulting, talent booking, special event planning and mentoring services. The event brought out over 300 people. Their next "Thanksgiving style" event will be held on November 20th, 1:30 pm at Courtland & Pine Street in Atlanta. For more information, contact and visit the website at