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VOL. 23 NO. 10


OUR TIME PRESS 7-13 March, 2019

Noted Journalist Bonnie Newman Davis Shares Thoughts for Our Time Press this month This month observes Women’s History and Black Journalism For us, there’s no better example of someone who combines both  celebrations as Bonnie Newman Davis, a respected journalist, entrepreneur and community advocate who is making history. Ms. Davis has successfully combined her creative gifts with her passion to mentor, motivate and train succeeding generations.  Her educational-based business, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., has inspired and empowered dozens of young people to enter the media field. And she still finds time to write stories that matter for Richmond magazine and other leading publications in her community.  Our Time Press is excited to announce that Ms. Davis will share her thoughts on media and community in the paper throughout this month.  Following is a description of her BND Institute and background. (BG)

About Bonnie Newman Davis Bonnie Newman Davis is a journalist, media consultant and executive director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, a Richmond, Va. nonprofit organization that provides activities and programming focused on African-American media and culture. A graduate of North Carolina A&T University and the University of Michigan, Davis has more than 35 years of experience

in print and digital journalism as a reporter, copy editor and editor. Davis also has served as a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the Greensboro News & Record - Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at North Carolina A&T University. From 2004-2011, Davis was an associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Davis was the 2003 Visiting Professional in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Hampton University. From 1999-2002, Davis was director of university communications at Virginia Union University. Prior to academia, Davis spent nearly 20 years with The Richmond-Times Dispatch (Va.) and Richmond News Leader (Va.). She also worked for newspapers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan, and for digital news media outlets based in New York and Dallas, including and Davis, a past editor of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journal, continues to write articles for

the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Bonnie Newman Davis various news and industry publications. In addition to writing for Richmond magazine, her clients include news organizations, nonprofit associations, higher education and cultural institutions. In April 2011, Davis was named the Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. As a former board member and regional director for NABJ, Davis twice has founded Richmond chapters of the organization. Davis also serves on the advisory board for Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, is a founding member of the philanthropic Original Circle of Friends organization and is a member of

Now in its second year, Ms. Davis’s BND Institute of Media and Culture’s Summer Media Camp for middle and high school students combines journalism and multiplatform media technology for Richmond, Va.-area students.  Her BND scholars, grades 8-12, create and display their work via an online presence.  In addition, students build their confidence as they learn about media literacy and gain more awareness about their individual and collective communities. This two-week program taps into and explores students’ creativity, writing, editing and video skills. Students work with professional media writers, editors, videographers and special guests who will lead them through various aspects of digital storytelling.   “Besides developing students’ technical skills, we include time for field trips to local media outlets and to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Such outings enlighten our students to news media operations and enable them to meet professionals in an industry in which they one day may work.”

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in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. An ASL Interpreter will be present for event.


Nikki Giovanni

NYU Law School, D’Agostino Hall, 103 W. 3rd St., Manhattan, 6-8pm. FREE. Join writer/photographer Maaza Mengiste (author of forthcoming The Shadow King), vocalist/ songwriter Somi, and human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya  as they discuss their work, activism, the archives, ways of telling, sharing stories and why. Moderated by Deborah Willis, photographer of In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond. RSVP at 212-998-4222.

Thursday, March 14th WOMEN’S HERSTORY MONTH 2019: NYC WOMEN ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE” City Council Chambers, New York City Hall. (Doors open 5:30p). Email RSVP by March 13th: gov or calling (212) 482-6731.

IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN: ENTREPRENEURS AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD 63 Flushing Ave., (at Carlton), 5-7:30pm, $10. In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the entrepreneur’s journey with four Yardbased businesses. Among the panelists is Elizabeth Kennedy of EKLA, PLLC. Moderator: Toni Williams

Saturday, March 16th WOW TEEN SUMMIT Education at the Apollo Theater 253 W. 125th St., 12-1:30pm, FREE. This year’s Women of the World Teen Summit: No Shade explores the impact of colorism on a global scale and its influence on local communities. With performances and panel discussionsRSVP at Eventbrite.

artists and activists of the 60’s such as Barbara Ann Teer, Ella Baker and the young women of SNCC. This year’s event, directed by Jonathan McCrory for ➔➔ Continued on page 14

the National Black Theatre in partnership with the Weeksville Heritage Center, revisits the foremothers who laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movements through Black women art-ivists -- Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, and Staceyann Chin -- reimagining several seminal texts from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements.

Friday, March 22nd MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 8-10pm, FREE. See the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, poet, writer and activist, who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. The film traces her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, archival photos and videos, and her own words.

Saturday, March 23rd


Clementine Wamariya

Weeksville, 6:00-7:30, Presentation; 7:308:30, Talkback & Reception. Tickets $10. This event is a remounting of a two-part series for a 2018 citywide arts festival of commissioned works inspired by and in response to texts written by Black women

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church 85 S. Oxford St., Jarvie Room. 1-7pm., FREE. This second Diaspora Arts Collective event of the year at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church is a shopping party

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