New York Urban League Names Music Executive, Mike Muse as their First “Mr. Classic”


Mike Muse, an accomplished political fundraiser, music executive, radio host on SiriusXM Shade 45, and CEO of Muse Recordings, has been named as The New York Urban League’s first-ever, “Mr. Classic.” Muse will work to further advance the mission of the NYUL as the organization prepares for its 42nd Annual Football Classic between Howard University (HU) and Morgan State University (MSU) taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.

“Mike Muse has carved out a modern intersection of politics and pop culture connecting youth and millennials through his work with President Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor De Blasio among others,” says Arva R. Rice, NYUL President & CEO. “He is the perfect person to represent Mr. Classic and communicate the heritage, traditions and importance of the Classic between generations.”

Mike Muse developed Civil Rights 2.0 as a platform to engage young people in the political process. He will lead the NYUL’s fresh take on youth activism, further confirming its relevance as a much needed and modern civil rights organization. Read The Rest

She’s the Boss: Tiffany R. Warren

tiffanyrwarren_1396371732_77In 2005, while at Arnold NYC, Tiffany founded ADCOLOR® which has launched The ADCOLOR® Awards, The ADCOLOR® Industry Conference and ADCOLOR® University. Before joining Arnold where she served as VP, Director of Multicultural Programs and Community Outreach, Ms. Warren, at the age of 25, became the youngest Manager of Diversity Programs at the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York City. For six years, she oversaw all AAAA diversity initiatives, which included the Operation Jumpstart I & II scholarship program and the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) founded in 1973.

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Eva Longoria Honored With YWCA Racial Justice Award

Actress and activist Eva Longoria was honored Friday night at the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Washington, DC, as part of the YWCA USA 2013 What Women Want Annual Conference.


Eva Longoria Honored By YWCA
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New York Needs You & ‘wichcraft Host “BBQ & You” Tues., June 18th at Bryant Park

New York Needs You (NYNY), a NYC-based nonprofit working with high-achieving, low-income college students, is pleased to announce its second annual BBQ & You fundraiser, in partnership with ‘wichcraft. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 18th, at the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park with ‘wichcraft serving as the event sponsor for a second straight year. Throughout the evening, guests will dine on barbecue and seasonal American fare from ‘wichcraft, craft beer from Peak Organic Brewing Company, wine from Apothic, all while enjoying live music provided by Talisman. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about NYNY’s programs and network with young professionals.

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Diversity Affluence Hosts Secret Supper Club

On May 30th, fifteen distinguished women gathered in New York City for the Diversity Affluence Secret Supper Club.


This gathering, in partnership with Amethyst Entertainment, was to help launch the inaugural Women with Purpose Global Summit taking place in St. Martin/St. Maarten from June 18th – 22nd. Read The Rest

Robert Reffkin and Ryan Mack to be Honored at ALP 45th Anniversary Event

Achieving Leadership’s Purpose, Inc. (“ALP”) is hosting its annual breakfast on Saturday, April 28th.  The event will honor eight men and women who are change agents New York’s most challenged neighborhoods.

  • Rev. Gregory Chisholm’70 – Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo
  • Maurice Coleman – SVP, Bank of America
  • Laurie Cumbo’93 – Founder, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art | Candidate, City Council 35th District
  • Stacie NC Grant’88 – CEO, CG Enterprises
  • Ryan Mack – President, Optimum Capital Management
  • Robert Reffkin – CEO, Urban Compass
  • Sig Shirodkar – Partner, KPMG
  • Anne Williams-Isom – COO, Harlem Children’s Zone


NAN Announces Major Action Plans at Largest Conference in Org History (PICS)

Thousands of people attended National Action Network’s (NAN) annual national convention April 3-6 in New York City including delegates from over sixty NAN chapters across the United States. The convention concluded with major announcement by Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of NAN, regarding action plans formulated during the convention.

D5A90F84-DED9-4081-BE5A-855B3CC30F05 (1)Firstly, the organization will target major private corporations about their employment, procurement, and inclusion practices at board levels. According to Rev. Sharpton: “the reason that Black unemployment has remained high is that the public sector jobs are being cut while the private sector has increased jobs but lowered its commitment to inclusion and hiring and doing business in our community. NAN intends to go at major industries that sell their goods in our community but do no good with our community.” Rev. Al Sharpton is sending letters this week seeking meetings with ten CEO’s of major corporations and will publicly release findings relating to business and hiring practices in communities of color.

Secondly, NAN started an “Alert Watch” since the Supreme Court is deciding on Affirmative Action and Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act–both of which Rev. Sharpton attended the oral arguments for at the Supreme Court—and NAN has issued an alert that will go into action in the event that the Supreme Court overturns either of the aforementioned policies. NAN will mobilize activists to urge Congressional action and to put pressure on the academic and corporate community if Affirmative Action is lost.

Lastly, he called on NAN delegates to put pressure on their Senators to vote on stronger Gun legislation that could come up for debate in the Senate this week.

Other highlights of the national convention included the Measuring the Movement forum on the final day that brought together three generations of civil rights leaders to discuss strategies on what can be done to sustain civil rights and the social justice movement regardless of what the court’s decisions may be. The forum featured civil rights leaders and a review by some of the legends of the civil rights movement regarding the progress made and mistakes made in the fifty years since the “March in Washington.” The Forum included civil rights icons Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, Otis Moss, Jr., and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., among others.

Several officials from the Obama Administration attended the NAN convention including

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as leading members of Congress and activists such as Martin Luther King, III, National Urban League President Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice President Kerry Kennedy, and many others. Both the family of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was fatally shot a week after performing with her high school band at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the family of Trayvon Martin were in attendance.

A key highlight took place on the actual date of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4th as NAN hosted its 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards. The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. In 2011, President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards. Among the honorees this year were:  Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) & (ULTCW) United Long Term Care; Bishop T. D. Jakes, Global Humanitarian and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House of Dallas; Spike Lee, Award-Winning Filmmaker & Director; Tanya Leah Lombard, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs AT&T; Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; Dennis Mehiel, Managing Member, Four M Investments, LLC; and Rosie Perez, Award-Winning Actress & Activist. Lori Stokes, anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 7 WABC-TV New York. The evening featured special remarks by Martin Luther King, III the eldest son of Dr. King.




Corporate and Entertainment Celebs Come Out for CUP 6th Annual Leadership Gala (PICS)

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) Leadership Gala was a star-studded event held on Tuesday, April 2nd. Entertainment celebrities and Hollywood Celebrities were there to recognize New York’s leading women and people of color in the private and non profit worlds.

Among the guests were Chef Roble Ali, Misty Copeland – Soloist, American Ballet Theatre, President and Chairman of Macy’s Inc. Terry Lundgren and Amex CEO, Ken Chenault.

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She’s the Boss: Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Friends of Ebonie

Ebonie Johonson CooperA witness to the impact of community leadership and a believer that giving happens at all levels, Ebonie Johnson Cooper’s mission to give back to her community has been a life-long passion. Inspired by her parents and the kind spirit of her family, Ebonie always knew helping those around her was a fundamental part of life. Read The Rest

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