Fresh New Spoken Word Competition “LIFT EVERY VOICE” Call For Entries by Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice 2021

Lift Every Voice 2021

Lead by the vibrant younger BHERC members, this new “Signature” program elevates the voices of extraordinary writers and spoken word artists around the globe.

Spoken word artists, poets, and creative writers bring words to life with poetic agility, visual acuity, and agitated vocal percussion; The voice of the people. We are looking for those voices.”

— Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President & Founder BHERC

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, March 31, 2021 / — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) along with the capable hands of its NextGen members, with pride and great excitement, announces a Call For Entries for the inaugural BHERC “Lift Every Voice” (LEV) program. This fresh and new Written and Spoken Word Competition introduces a modern pathway for expressions of the “Spoken Word” artistic medium to increase its visibility on the world stage. Beginning April 2, 2021, thru April 23, 2021, 11 PM PDT, anyone who is age 16 and above is eligible to submit. Spoken word artists, poets, creative writers, and all who desires to share their ability to tell stories; to analyze the world or situations decisively and creatively with their words; those who want to offer that knowledge in a way that is available to large and diverse audiences are encouraged to apply at www.BHERC.TV.

About the Competition
An original creation of BHERC, “Lift Every Voice” (LEV) is managed by member Robert McCune and is an important opportunity to create recognition for poets and spoken word artists, especially the younger generation. With the intent to tap into the power of words and ideas, and to engage and nurture a younger generation, LEV intends to create a bridge to understanding the issues — both legacy and contemporary — that many people face today. “‘Lift Every Voice’ is an opportunity for writers and performers to speak for themselves, their families, and the world they live in. Considering the impact of the current climate of the world, and how it has proven to be debilitating, frustrating, resulting in tragedy for so many, this show provides a platform highlighting an area of artistry that is often overlooked.” stated Robert McCune, LEV Program Director. This program also allows BHERC LEV to call out across the globe in search of talented spoken word artists who are ready to let their words be heard. BHERC wants them to be seen and heard and all forms of prose are accepted. However, what makes this program “fresh” and “next level” is the addition of the online, character-driven, multi-episode competition.

What is Different About This Competition
• Character-driven, this multi-episode competition
• (10) Finalist selected to compete for cash prizes
• Finalists/creative writers meet several challenges each week
• Finalists are asked to provide new original works with each challenge.
• They must perform original works for all challenges.
• Eliminations will take place weekly

• Contestants must be age 16 and up, (minors will need parental permission)
• 3 original or newly written works, (different subject and style)

Judging Criteria
• Contestants will be judged for the following: Originality, Creativity, Performance, Presence and

• April 23rd application deadline for 1st phase (100 contestants will be chosen)
• April 30th phase 2 contestants Announced (submit a 60-second video performing a submitted work)
• May 14th Final (10) contestants announced

About the Program Director
Robert McCune is a Spoken Word Artist who believes that having such a gift is equivalent to having a “superpower”. He is a passionate believer that your voice, your thoughts, and your ideas can and do help people. Most of all, he believes that writers are needed to create narratives for the world in ways where love always wins. Born and raised in Pittsburg California, Robert now resides in Oakland, California. He attended Holy Names University, where I received a degree in behavioral psychology. He is a proud husband, father, writer, critical thinker, and basketball coach.

The competition will span ten weeks, in which finalists will compete in different writing and performance challenges each week. Eliminations will take place weekly, where only the top-scoring will move on towards the cash prizes.

During the competition, contestants will be judged on their written works, the performance of those works, and how well their works encompassed their challenges for that week. “‘Lift Every Voice’ puts the voicings of many stories of joy and sadness, survival, healing, and triumph across the globe front and center. No one can tell these stories with more poetic agility, visual acuity, and agitated vocal percussion than spoken word artists, poets, and creative writers. They are the voice of the people. The voice of humanity!” elated Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President and Founder of BHERC. Each week Judges will mentor the contestants and go through their creative process, share a bit about the finalists and how they are handling the competition. Contestants will be expected to give testimonials, embrace competition contrary to their fellow writers, and try to gain as much exposure as possible.

BHERC believes in the promise and power of youth and young people and has invested in their power to bring about change thru the support of programs that include the Youth Diversity Film Festival, Fight Back with Film, the Artistry in Motion animation program, and mentoring workshops and panels with entertainment industry executives. BHERC also provides scholarships and grants assistance to college students and emerging artists. “Lift Every Voice” is a natural and evolutionary addition to the family of programs that serve to empower the youth of today.

The BHERC “Lift Every Voice” Call For Entries, opens Friday, April 2, thru Friday, April 23rd, 2021 11 PM (PDT) at www.BHERC.TV. Apply today! For additional information about all BHERC programs log on to or call 310 284-3170


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Remembering Wild Horse Annie

Photo of Wild Horse Annie, Velma Bronn Johnston

Velma Bronn Johnston

Closing Women’s History Month 2021 With a Tribute to Velma Bronn Johnston

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2021 / — March 31st marks the final day of Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress shares the following on the website women’ “Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.”

For members of our country’s equine protection community the work of Wild Horse Annie is remembered for her dedication to protecting wild horses. Velma Bronn Johnston was born on March 5, 1912 and later became known as Wild Horse Annie due to her efforts to protect America’s wild horses from mustangers who hunted the horses for commercial purposes.

She is also recognized for her grassroots work to stop the decimation of mustangs and free-roaming burros from public lands. She was able to generate public support for the horses and burros through public appearances and the help of school children through letter writing campaigns. Newspapers published articles about the exploitation of wild horses and burros and the school children wrote letters to the Congress and Senate. As noted by the Associated Press on July 15, 1959: "Seldom has an issue touched such a responsive chord."

Velma Johnston worked to fight for protection of the free-roaming horses throughout Nevada and across all the federal lands in the west and is remembered by today’s wild horse advocates who still continue her work on state and federal levels to protect America’s free-roaming wild horses and burros.

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Single Mother Evicted Twice In Six Months, Accuses Nevada Government of Racism & Corruption In New Book

“The ‘Real’ Criminals of Nevada”

Emerald Wilson-Bey vs. Vanessa Murphy, David Charn, KLAS, Nextstar Media Group

"I filed a lawsuit against a white man, charging him as Public Nuisance for coming into my apartment, afterwards I was evicted as a Nuisance, twice!"

"Aaron Ford might be the Attorney General, but he is not pulling the strings, have you noticed there is not a single African American Civil Rights attorney in Nevada? Not one lawyer to help? Why?”

— Emerald Wilson-Bey

LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2021 / — Businesswoman and part-time Author Emerald Wilson-Bey pens book number three, in an explosive account of Racial Discrimination and Corruption in her new book, "The 'Real' Criminals of Nevada". Available for pre-order now and due to go on sale at the end of this month, the author decided to put a microscope to the City of Las Vegas and State of Nevada government officials. With the help of private investigators, both "pro" and "amateur", she has been able to secure indisputable evidence of a full-blown conspiracy against her, and other things within the city she has outlined in the memoir. The book goes on to share her account of how she filed a lawsuit against a "white man" who worked at her Las Vegas apartment in 2018, she alleged he was entering when she was not home and other harassments. In the filing she charged him as being a "Public Nuisance" under NRS law, afterwards she moved away suddenly for family reasons. When she returned to Las Vegas, something the public figure announced to her social media, and likely indirectly announced to the city by registering her businesses with the state in August of 2020, she says the city conspired to retaliate against her for the 2018 lawsuit, and she immediately harassed and evicted twice in six months, and the charge was suspiciously, "Public Nuisance". Even after paying $30,000 upfront to move into the second apartment, and the retaliation continued there. With the help of private investigators, both "pro" and "amateur", she has been able to secure indisputable evidence of the conspiracy, and other things within the city and state employees for the sizzling manuscript. She even say's Las Vegas District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, FBI Las Vegas's Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse, Nevada's Governor Steve Sisolak, Elisa Cafferata, current head of the state’s Equal Rights Commission, the Nevada Bar Association, both Henderson and Las Vegas Justice Courts, Attorney General Aaron Ford, Judges Melissa Saragosa, Anne Zimmerman and David Brown are all involved.

In the book she discloses how she decided to contact reporters Vanessa Murphy, David Charn, Scott McGruder and Dana Gentry about the suspicious evictions, the not being able to use the amenities, and other discriminatory events that occurred. Reporter Vanessa Murphy emailed her back "we don't cover stuff like that", a direct contradiction according to Murphy's last discrimination story, the only difference is the woman was "white" Emerald shares in chapter five of the memoir. Unable to find representation in the state, Emerald has since filed small claims lawsuits against all the reporters who refused to help her. She also attempted similar pro se lawsuits against each government agency and in an blatant civil rights and constitutional rights violation, her suits were illegally deleted from the court system and the fees refunded back to her, for a total of nine times. An action she says was done to "keep what's going on quiet". In chapter ten she describes how she reached out to Tyler Technologies, the creators of the e-filing system and asked them to "enforce their terms of use", citing the deletions of her lawsuits by Las Vegas Justice Court to protect government officials were unconstitutional and the tech company refused to budge, so she sued them too for $25. In an effort to bring attention to the situation and help someone else that might be a victim of the city's corruption, she spent the last several months writing a diary and collecting evidence, that she has now converted to the infamous book, the book will include standard text, but also over 100 images of corroborative evidence to support each allegation, due out April 30th! Uniquely the foreword reads: "Pro Hac Vice" representation wanted, offering handsome pay!". Pre-order today!

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Launches 17th Annual “Global Asbestos Awareness Week” April 1-7, 2021


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Launches 17th Annual “Global Asbestos Awareness Week” April 1-7, 2021

As COVID-19 puts asbestos-disease patients at a heightened risk, asbestos education is more important than ever.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent non-profit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating all asbestos-caused diseases, today announces the launch of the 17th Annual “Global Asbestos Awareness Week” April 1-7, 2021.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week is dedicated to education, awareness and prevention. Each day features educational resources from leading organizations and experts, videos, and asbestos victims’ stories. Most materials are translated into five different languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Hindi) to make the week a global education opportunity. The week culminates on April 7th with a virtual worldwide candlelight vigil.

Building on strength and collaboration between our partners, this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week will focus on:
Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos
Preventing asbestos exposure
Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulations
Strengthening international partnerships

“We are excited to bring our educational messages to a global audience. COVID-19 has made the world an even more dangerous place for those who suffer from an asbestos-caused disease, and it is more important than ever before that people understand the dangers of asbestos and how to prevent exposure in homes, schools, workplaces, and on consumer shelves,” said Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and ADAO co-founder.

“The simple truth is asbestos kills. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure. Nearly 70 countries have banned asbestos, yet the U.S. allows for imports and use to continue,” Reinstein explained.

During the 20th century, asbestos was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry. Though many nations have asbestos bans, the United States is not one of them. And without a complete ban on this carcinogen, asbestos remains legal and lethal in many countries around the world. Globally, over 200,000 people die each year from preventable asbestos-caused diseases.

For more information on the events of Global Asbestos Awareness Week visit


About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. that is dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Org
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SoapBoxSample Will Provide Critical Data for USC-LA County COVID Research Collaboration

LRW’s Access Division, SoapBoxSample will assist with antibody testing and behavioral surveys of LA residents to understand the impact of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — LRW, a Material company will join forces with the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to conduct the Los Angeles Pandemic Surveillance Cohort Study, which is designed to track changes in residents’ health and wellbeing as well as gauge behavioral effects of the pandemic within the region. The complex study of 3,000 county residents will involve multiple touch points – including COVID antibody testing and re-testing at timed intervals, along with surveys to measure residents’ behavioral patterns and test hypotheses significant to public health.

The collaborative project is an early initiative within the Population Health COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center (CPRC), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It brings together multi-disciplinary thought leaders from medical, health and public policy fields of academic research, LA County medical and public health officials and experts in sampling strategies, analysis and research design from LRW’s Access Divison – SoapBoxSample. Principle investigators of the Los Angeles Pandemic Surveillance Cohort Study include Professor Howard Hu, MD MPH ScD, of the Keck School of Medicine at USC; Professor Neeraj Sood, PhD, of the Price School of Policy at USC; Rani Kotha, JD MPH, of the Price School of Policy at USC; Paul Simon, MD MPH, of the LACDPH, and Will Nichols, MD MPH, of the LACDPH.

“Our partnership with USC and LA County began last year, when SoapBox was brought on as a partner for the first COVID antibody research in LA County. We will continue to provide critical insights as we strive toward restoring normalcy in LA County,” said Jacqueline Rosales, President of LRW’s Access Division. It’s the most challenging yet rewarding work for my 25+ year career in the data insights industry. ISA has been headquartered in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years, and our deep roots in the community make us uniquely suited for this groundbreaking research engagement.”
SoapBoxSample will recruit a representative sample of 3,000 LA County residents, including 2,000 adults and 1,000 children. Participants will be recruited from neighborhoods with high, medium and low population densities. By including a diverse cross-section of the LA community that represents multiple age groups, socioeconomic strata, genders, and the racial and ethnic makeup of the county, this study aims to shed light on the potentially inequitable impact of the pandemic. The overall goal is to generate data on the “true” prevalence of COVID-19 infections, as well as it’s progression over a defined period of time.

Thus far, SoapBoxSample has assisted with COVID-19 antibody testing for over 5,000 California residents. County-wide testing programs in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and Stanislaus County have leveraged SoapBoxSample to reach and test representative samples of their populations, empowering health officials to develop public health policies supported by critical data.

“Even as the vaccination campaign proceeds and continuing measures such as masking, social distancing and other guidelines are embraced, it is clear that this pandemic has a long way to go,” said Howard Hu, professor and the Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. “A rigorous understanding of the pandemic’s ongoing impact will be critical to devising the public health strategies to navigate this current situation and to allow us to return to some form of ‘normalcy’ as quickly and safely as possible.”

About SoapBoxSample, a Material Company
SoapBoxSample offers real-time access to consumers through quick turn, high impact, custom research solutions.
SoapBoxSample has emerged as an early leader in COVID research, providing county officials with critical public health data, and helping brands measure shifts in consumer behavior. Based on a multi-decade history of accessing under-represented populations, SoapBoxSample has helped academic and public policy institutions measure and analyze impactful societal changes, on a representative level.

About Material
Material is a modern marketing services company that seamlessly combines insights, consulting and activation into one integrated offering. The company is powered by sophisticated analytics, deep human understanding and design thinking to help B2B and B2C brands put insights into action and create work with impact. Material is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in 13 cities across the U.S. and the U.K.

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