(l-r) Kenneth J. Cooper, photographer Don West, and Abika Abaka, discuss the history of Portraits of Purpose
On Tuesday, February 24th, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen (DCBK) hosted a celebration of black leadership attended by over 100, with a two part presentation and discussion as part of its annual Black History Month series. The first part showcased photographer Don West’s 20 year dream, his book - Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership wordsmithed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper. The Author’s Talk was moderated by artist and playwright Abika Abaka. Part Two was a lively and informative panel discussion featuring community leaders: former state transportation chief Richard Taylor, who heads The Taylor Smith Group and Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate, Robert Lewis, Jr. founder and CEO of The BASE, Malia Lazu, Co-founder and executive director of Future Boston Alliance, and former state Senator Dianne Wilkerson, now president of EverRox Corporation, and moderated by media and political strategist, Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling.
Darryl Settles Addresses Audience at the DCBK sponsored BHM Politicel Panel
The stage of Black Tech Week.
Black Tech Week is a week long series of events in Miami, Florida celebrating innovators of color during the last week of Black History Month. Hosted at Miami Dade College. Black Tech Week was established in 2014 by Code Fever to provide more impactful programming around Black History Month. In addition to celebrating innovators of color, the entire week of events aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology that stretches the trajectory of our community. Local entrepreneur, Melissa James who founded Tech Connections, attended the event and said “The event was truly inspiring. I was over joyed to see the number of underrepresented people who are as passionate about tech as I am. I really enjoyed hearing the enthusiasm and dedication of the attendees of Black Tech Week.”
Clockwise from top left- Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV; Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, James Pierre Director of JNR Productions, Derick Pearson, Co-Founder of CodeFever and Feverish Pops; Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, and Melissa James, CEO of The Tech Connection; Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, James Pierre Director of JNR Productions, Delane Parnell, Associate, IncWell Venture Capital; Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, James Pierre Director of JNR Productions, Dr. Pandwe Gibson, PHD, CEO of Ecotech Vision; Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, Kevin V. Michael serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of Invizio, LLC
Chanel Nicole White, of MDCTV, James Pierre Director of JNR Productions, and Melissa James, CEO of The Tech Connection
(l-r) (sitting) Christopher McDavid, Robert Johnson, Doreen Rachal, Stephanie S. Lovell, Sherry Williams, Damian Wilmot, Winston S. Kirton, (standing) Scott Mays, Jermaine Kidd, Bruce Jackson, John Shasanmi, Dominic Blue
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (“MBLA”) hosted the third series of its Rainmakers’ Roundtable Program entitled, “In the Room: How to Successfully Bid on New Business.” The program was developed based on the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference Blueprint Program held in July 2014, which was attended by Doreen M. Rachal, President of the MBLA and Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and Jermaine Kidd, Co-Chair of the MBLA Programs and Professional Development Committee and an Associate at Morgan, Brown, & Joy, LLP. The program was held in the Boston office of Jones Day, the program sponsor, and featured a distinguished group of in-house counsel from across the United States. The program panel included the following: Photo credits Tony Irving.
Scott Mays, Walter B. Prince, Doreen M. Rachal, Jermaine Kidd
Bruce Jackson, Dominic Blue, Christopher McDavid, Tarae Howell, Jamie Frank, Khimmara Greer