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Comcast Cable Accepting Proposals for Two New African American Owned Independent Networks 

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(Black PR Wire) PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Comcast Cable announced the company is now accepting proposals for two substantially African American owned, independent networks that it will launch in select Comcast markets by January 2019.

The announcement is part of the company’s commitment to launch independently owned and operated networks as part of a series of public interest commitments made by Comcast in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction completed in 2011. Since the NBCUniversal transaction, Comcast has successfully launched over 20 independent networks, doubling the number of independent networks launches that it committed to as part of the transaction. Four of those networks were launched as a result of a public request for channels that satisfied the criteria established in several agreements between Comcast and leading diversity organizations: two African American majority owned networks (ASPiRE and REVOLT) and two Hispanic American operated networks (Baby First Americas and El Rey). Additionally, two substantially Hispanic American owned networks, Kids Central and Primo TV, will launch on Comcast Cable systems beginning in January 2017.

“We are looking forward to receiving another round of great proposals as we begin the process to launch two more African American majority owned networks,” said Justin Smith, Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition for Comcast Cable.

Criteria for selecting the next two substantially African American owned networks that Comcast will launch include: the content of the network; whether the network is fully financed; whether the network’s ownership and/or management group(s) are well established, have relevant experience, and are substantially owned by African Americans; whether the network is already launched and has existing or potential multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) distribution; price; and whether the network and its potential carriage provide value to Comcast and its customers. Comcast will accept proposals for every major genre, including general entertainment, movies, music, kids, news, and sports.

Applicants may visit http://corporate.comcast.com/diverseprogramming to submit a proposal and learn about the terms and conditions. Proposals are due by March 15, 2017, and the two networks will be selected in the coming months.

 


Terrence Jenkins Heads To The White House!

16825fa7-5a8b-421b-9575-7c1a17862686Former E! NEWS co-anchor, film/TV actor and acclaimed author Terrence Jenkins is headed to the White House.  Jenkins will host the first ever LIVE State of the Union pre-show broadcast straight from the theater of the Executive Office building today, Tuesday, January 12th at 8:00pm ET.  Jenkins is no stranger to the White House, recently moderating a panel discussion for the Champions of Change program which they recognize faculty and staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  
Tonight's live pre-show broadcast can be viewed LIVE at www.WH.gov/live starting at 8:00pm ET.
 
Jenkins has quickly become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood; first as co-host of BET's hit show 106 & Park and more recently as the co-anchor of E! NEWS with Giuliana Rancic. Up next, Jenkins will STAR opposite Paula Patton in THE PERFECT MATCH, in theaters nationwide on March 11th. 
 
Originally a New York native, Jenkins' philanthropic efforts include being a spokesperson for Ronald McDonald's House Charities Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign, a mentor for Steve Harvey's "Disney Dreamers Academy" and an avid supporter of the Newark, New Jersey, Boys and Girls Club.

‘OITNB’ Star Uzo Aduba: State Of U.S. Race Relations Creates ‘Opportunity To Stand On The Right Side Of History’

Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba, also known as her character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, joined HuffPost Live and commented on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

Aduba: “We’re living in a time right now where the challenging and the hard conversation needs to be had. We’re watching the country, the face of this country and the ideas of this country, change and move into a place where we have the opportunity to stand on the right side of history. And I think people are wanting to be made part of the conversation that is our American history. And I feel that it is our responsibility as human beings and members of the human family to use our voice to ignite that change. I do think that is important. I think we are living in a very fragile time where we have the opportunity to be the people we say we are. Not just stand by and watch anything and everything happen in ways that will be disastrous for our future.”

 

 

 


'Match Made In Heaven' Contestant Mercedes Young Addresses Jimmy Kimmel Joking About Her Be a #BornAgainVirgin


Los Angeles, California _ Mercedes Young is responding to late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel talking about her revealing that she is a born again virgin on the WEtv show ‘Match Made in Heaven’. The show aired on Thursday, February 12, 2015.




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Young, a 23 year-old entrepreneur from Miami was featured on the show with another contestant, telling the bachelor Shawn Bullard they were virgins.

"Mine is a little different," Mercedes told Bullard after the revelation. "She’s a pure virgin, I’m a born again virgin."

"I don’t know if that’s how virginity works!" Kimmel told his laughing audience after referring to the show as an "all Black version of ‘The Bachelor’".

"That’s like eating a salad and calling yourself a born again vegetarian," he laughed. "It’s like ‘I’m a virgin, these are my children, Caroline and Samantha."

Young has released the following statement through her publicist:

"When I signed up to be a part of WEtv’s ‘Match Made in Heaven’, I knew that I was signing away my privacy and that what you put out there to the world you can’t take back. I just didn’t realize that talking about my celibacy was one of the things that was something that would end up as a part of an intro for Mr. Jimmy Kimmel on his late night talk show.

I was very flattered to have him show my clip on his show because I’m a fan and have been for years. I’d be even more flattered to one day appear on his show and really explain to him what a #BornAgainVirgin is.

Anyway, after the show aired, I got a ton of people calling me offended that he was making fun of my celibacy. Honestly, when I saw the show I actually laughed because I realized that the term "born again virgin" is not one that a lot of people have heard.

I actually had planned to launch my #BornAgainVirgin campaign, tee shirt line and purity jewelry line later on this year but Mr. Jimmy Kimmel has unintentionally forced me into talking about it a little earlier than I intended to.

#BornAgainVirgin focuses on the fact that there is no shame in preserving yourself.

Since Jimmy Kimmel took the time to mention me, I must now make the time to continue my mission of encouraging people to realize there is nothing wrong with being a #BornAgainVirgin.

God Bless!

Mercedes

 

 



WINNERS OF THE ‘46th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS’ ANNOUNCED ON TV ONE


 

Spike Lee, Clive Davis and Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr. Received Special Honors

 


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – The winners of the "46th NAACP Image Awards" were announced last night during the live broadcast from Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One (9-11 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed). The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson. There was a one-hour live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson.


NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award to Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., NAACP President Cornell William Brooks presented the NAACP President’s Award to Spike Lee and Russell Simmons presented the NAACP Vanguard Award to Clive Davis.


Some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including Will Smith, Common, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Larenz Tate, Sharon Leal, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Octavia Spencer, Keegan Michael-Key, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Shemar Moore, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Russell Simmons, John Gaskins III, Valeska Guittierez, Nicole Beharie, Mehcad Brooks, Lamorne Morris, Taye Diggs, Quvenzhané Wallis, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, and Henry Simmons. In addition, cast Members from Orange is the New Black, Belle, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and more.


Lance Reddick was the in-show announcer. Affion Crockett was the backstage Social Media Commentator. The NAACP Image Awards production team included Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Tony McCuin was the Director, Byron Phillips was Producer, and Robin Reinhardt was Talent Producer.

The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.


Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards are determined by the number of entries received by the deadline. To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. For the 2014 voting period, over 1,200 submissions were received by the artists, managers, publicists, production companies, record labels, studios, networks and/or publishers. From those entries, a nominating committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country select five nominees in each of the 54 categories, excluding Entertainer of the Year. Those results were announced at a press conference. To determine the winners, the members of the NAACP vote via a secured online site. The results are tabulated by the Image Awards auditors, Bert Smith & Co., and the results are confidential until the envelope is opened LIVE on stage during the NBC telecast on Friday, February 6, 2015.


The 46TH NAACP Image Awards were sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Hyundai Motor America, Southwest Airlines, UAW-Chrysler, and Wells Fargo.


The winners are as follows -

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Taraji P. Henson - "No Good Deed" (Screen Gems)


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson - "black-ish" (ABC)


Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds" (CBS)


Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis - "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC)


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross - "black-ish" (ABC)


Outstanding Comedy Series

"black-ish" (ABC)


Outstanding Drama Series

"How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC)


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo - "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)


Outstanding Motion Picture

"Selma" (Paramount Pictures)


Entertainer of the Year

Taraji P. Henson


The Winners From Last Night's Non-Televised Categories Are As Follows

LITERATURE:

Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction

"A Wanted Woman" – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author

"Forty Acres" – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography

"Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine" – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional

"Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life" – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry

"Citizen: An American Lyric" – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Children

"Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Not-So Happily Ever After" – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

"Brown Girl Dreaming" – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

RECORDING:

Outstanding New Artist

3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Outstanding Male Artist

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

"Stay With Me" – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album

"My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke" – Al Jarreau (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

"Where My Heart Belongs" – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video

"You and I (Nobody in the World)" – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song

"We Are Here" – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

"Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)

ANIMATED OR COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGE (CGI):

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Loretta Devine - "Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior)

TELEVISION:

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Sara Hess - "Orange is the New Black" – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Erika Green Swafford - "How to Get Away With Murder" – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie

Shernold Edwards - "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Ken Whittingham - "Parks and Recreation" – Prom (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Carl Franklin - "House of Cards" – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

Reggie Bythewood - "Gun Hill" (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Laurence Fishburne - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Yara Shahidi - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton - "Scandal" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Khandi Alexander - "Scandal" (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

"The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Blair Underwood- "The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Cicely Tyson- "The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

"Unsung" (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

"Steve Harvey" (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series

"Iyanla: Fix My Life" (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

"Oprah’s Master Class" (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program

"Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/ Children’s Program (Series or Special)

Fatima Ptacek- "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/Information, or Variety Series

Steve Harvey- "Steve Harvey" (Syndicated)

DOCUMENTARY:

Outstanding Documentary - (Film)

"Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Documentary - (Television)

"Bad Boys" (ESPN)

MOTION PICTURE:

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Misan Sagay - "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/DJ Films)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Antoine Fuqua - "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Common- "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Carmen Ejogo - "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

"Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/DJ Films)


For all information and latest news, and complete list of winners, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

FB: /naacpimageaward • Twitter: @naacpimageaward


 

 



BGLOs and supporters unite to boot Sorority Sisters show from VH1

 

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VH1 has not officially announced the cancellation of their reality show Sorority Sisters but their actions and news reports indicate it has.

On December 15, 2014, VH1 premiered a new reality show called Sorority Sisters. A petition, that had gained over 40,000 signatures protesting the show was not enough to prevent the show’s airing. The backlash grew into a digital protest largely headed by Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Rather than direct the protest solely to VH1, the army of protestors targeted the show’s sponsors. Quickly, most of the sponsors pulled their advertising dollars. The first sign of defeat on the part of VH1 was the airing of a episode called “Sorority Sisters: The Dialogue” in which cast members shared their feelings about their participation on the show and the backlash. There were tearful moments and reports of death threats. Such episodes are typically reserved for reality show reunions.

Subsequent to the airing of The Dialogue episode, two of the cast members, my sorority sisters, April McRae and Rwanda “Joy” Hammond were suspended from Alpha Kappa Alpha until July 2016. Reasonably, one would expect other members of the cast to be suspended for violating their sorority’s policies.

Sorority Sisters continued to lose viewers and advertisers. VH1 surrendered by airing the final three episodes of the show during its graveyard hours last night and the show is history. Perhaps. Hulu, the online video will be offering episodes to its subscribers. Stay tuned for another boycott. 

Depending on one’s perspective, the backlash from Sorority Sisters was either very good or very bad. While the situation showed what folks can do when they galvanize, strategize and execute a plan of action, it also rehashed longstanding animosity between college-educated Blacks and non-college educated Blacks. There were also allegations of hypocrisy about targeting Sorority sisters and not other reality television shows. Rather than allowing the focus of the campaign to be shifted via distractions, the Boycott Sorority movement sisters has grown to The Conscious Movement and other shows such as Love & Hip Hop are in their crosshairs. 

One lesson learned from Sorority Sisters is that black folk can effect change. A celebrity is not needed to be the face of a movement. Mega dollars are not required to fund a media campaign. A protest march is not required. Everyday folks with knowledge and access to the internet can make things happen.  

Unfortunately, the women who chose to be a part of Sorority Sisters will inextricably tied to the show forever. They could be very nice people who tried to use the show to advance their careers who were used instead. People who are not members of BGLOs (Black Greek-letter organizations) cannot truly understand the outrage behind the protest of Sorority Sisters but you want to know what? If you think the backlash was only abgout the Deltas, AKAs, SGRhos and Zetas, then you so don’t get the point. That show was demeaning to Black women in general. The negative depictions of Black women in the media become the reality for some little black girls when they grow up. 

As a black woman, it was painful to hear a Sorority Sisters cast member refer to another as a bitch. The seemingly scripted tension between the women was just too much. Sorority Sisters is a horrible show and it needed to be buried. Amen. 

 

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This is an actual picture from VH1 of cast member, Priyanka Banks, a member of Delta Sigma Theta. This is the actual caption: "Priyanka CRACKS US UP!!!! #SororitySisters" Really, VH1? Not cute. Not entertaining. Disrespectful.

 

 
 

High Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr. embarks on sacred journey for PBS documentary

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Miami's Osun's Village African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor continued its global influence as its executive director, Chief Nathaniel Styles was invited by PBC United Kingdom to take part in a television series documenting the Osun Village contribution to the preservation of inter-cultural programming and establishing the importance of the many diverse original people arriving on the river and ocean shores of Miami with culture and traditions that keeps them strong, proud, and unified.  

Sacred Journeys host Bruce Feiler travels to Nigeria with this group of African American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Osun as a way to reconnect with their cultural and spiritual roots. This indigenous African faith, sometimes called Orisa Devotion, was first carried to the Americas during the Transatlantic Slave Trade where it evolved and spread to become one of the ten largest religions in the world with upwards of 100 million practitioners. In its many forms it’s most widely practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil. In the US, after being forced underground during slavery, it is now growing in popularity across the country, especially in African American and Afro- Cuban neighborhoods.

In company with pilgrims from Miami, New York and Boston, Bruce Feiler visits the last remaining Yoruba sacred grove in Nigeria, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Osun Festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors from across Africa and around the world. As two young American pilgrims are initiated as priestesses to the goddess Osun, a Miami-based priest reveals that it’s music and dance that brings most African Americans back to a faith where culture, art and spirituality are inextricably mixed.

In Nigeria this indigenous African religion is under attack from Evangelical Christianity and fundamentalist Islam. But as the Osun Festival reaches its climax, Bruce sees that practitioners from the Yoruba Diaspora are reinvigorating the faith in its homeland while taking home a new sense of identity as African Americans. As a young priestess tells Bruce: “There is no power in not knowing who you are, where you come from. Coming here, I’m taking back that power; I’m taking back that identity.”

Chief Styles' journey to Nigeria on the pilgrimage that included multi-cultural influences will be broadcast on PBS on December 30, 2014 at 9PM ET. Viewers will learn more about the need for more inter-cultural experiences.  The annual festival of Osun-Osgobo in Nigeria, celebrates the goddess of fertility, Osun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove, with upwards of 100 million practitioners and supporters.

 

Photo: Gregory Reed


District 8 County Commission Candidates Square Off on This Week in South Florida

Miami-Dade County District 8 Commission candidates Lynda Bell (Incumbent) and Danielle Levine Cava came as close to engaging in a debate as two peopl possibly could on last Sunday's This Week in South florida with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg. This race has gotten nasty but whose really surprised by that? That's typical Miami politics.

Cava has momentum on her side with Bell having been in the news for some poor decisions that benefited her and family members. Cava also earned several key endorsements especially the prized endorsement from the Miami Herald. Both ladies are campaigning hard. If you live in that District, get out and vote.

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2014 ‘SCANDALICIOUS AFFAIR’ BOOK AND AUTHOR LUNCHEON PRESENTS SCANDAL CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CELEBRATED AUTHOR,​ ​JUDY SMITH

Miami, FL—On Saturday, March 29, Miami’s heat will sizzle when The Links, Incorporated, Greater Miami Chapter host its 2014 ‘Scandalicious Affair’ Book and Author Luncheon. The luncheon will feature acclaimed author and crisis management expert Judy Smith, who is best known for being co-executive producer and the inspiration behind the popular ABC television series Scandal.

“The Greater Miami Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is excited to welcome Ms. Smith to Miami as this year’s Book and Author Luncheon headliner,” said chapter president Rene Beal. “Guests will not only get to hear from a dynamic author, but they will also be supporting scholarships and educational, civic and inter-cultural programming.”

Smith is the founder and CEO of the crisis management firm, Smith & Company, makes a living by helping to fix the lives of high-powered individuals when personal disaster strikes. Some of Smith & Company’s most notable clients have included Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick. Her experiences with some of the stickiest situations faced by high-profile politicians and celebrities were the inspiration behind her phenomenally popular tv show, Scandal.

The luncheon will feature Smith reading excerpts from her latest book, Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis (2012), luncheon and raffle. Good Self, Bad Self promises to give readers insight into the mind of the ultimate “fixer” and help you learn how to manage personal crisis.

The 2014 ‘Scandalicious Affair’ begins at 11:30 a.m. at Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are $125 and include an autographed copy of the book. Tickets may be purchased online at www.greatermiamilinksinc.org. For additional information, contact Rene Beal, Greater Miami Chapter President, at 305-951-2749.



Miami native J'Tia Taylor on Survivor tonight at 8

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Cast of Survivor includes transplanted Miami native Dr. J'Tia Taylor, second row, second from left.

 

Be sure to watch tonight’s 2-hour Season 28 premier of Survivor at 8p EST on CBS. Among the contestants is Miami native, Dr. J’Tia Taylor, who I’ve had the pleasure of watching grow into the brilliant beautiful young woman she is today. J’Tia is a member of the Brains Tribe because, well, she is very much a brainiac. Most people look at her and have no clue that she is a scientist. As a matter of fact, she is a nuclear engineer.

J’Tia’s very wise parents, Edward and Persephone Taylor, live in Miami Gardens. Their children are critical thinkers and have grown up with an incredible thirst for knowledge. I recall conversations with J’Tia’s mother when it was decided that she would do early admission to college. She was fifteen years old when she entered Florida State University, her mother’s alma mater. After she successfully made it through her freshman year, I stopped worrying about her, well, just a little. When her post graduate studies took her to Chicago and Europe, I really stopped worrying about her.

Here’s J’Tia’s brief bio from the survivor website:

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Name: J’Tia Taylor (31)

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Nuclear Engineer

Personal Claim to Fame: Passing my dissertation defense, because I was the expert on the subject matter and held my own against my professors, and being the first black female to successfully defend and receive a PhD from the department.

Inspiration in Life: My mother who is 61 years old and still kicking, running marathons, traveling, and learning new things.

Hobbies: Watching movies, reading and playing strategic games.

Pet Peeves: Ignorant, close-minded people, being late/off schedule, and chunks in food/drinks (e.g. rocky road ice cream).

3 Words to Describe You: Intelligent, adaptable and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? My favorite “I Love Nerds” T-shirt, mint-flavored Mentos, and a really thick intricate novel that I could read repeatedly and find new meanings to.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Richard Hatch. He played the game authentically and originally since he had no precedence, and was true to who he was.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning a million dollars and beating everyone else, while on the adventure of a lifetime.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m very analytical so I’m good at breaking down/solving a problem and I’m also really good at getting people motivated and helping them achieve a goal.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have an irrepressible drive and tenacity.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I'm definitely easy on the eyes but I'm a true Brain at heart. I would say I'm 1/4 Beauty, 3/4 Brain. My answer, in which I give myself a narcissistic compliment and then use fractions, pretty much confirms this. Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Brains always win... "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." -Ghandi

Watch J'Tia's Cast Video!

Join me in cheering J’Tia Taylor on to victory. Regardless of the outcome of the show, she is an excellent example for girls interested in the STEM area. And she’s evidence that a girl can be smart and beautiful. Go J’Tia!

You can follow J’Tia on Twitter at JTiaPhd. Use the hashtag #TeamJTia.

Before I forget, Marlins president, Dave Sampson is also a contestant so the Season should be very interesting.

 

 

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