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            CWR Nation Newsletter
                      March 2018 

A Message From Our CEO

Donell Edwards, CEO
Greetings CWR Nation,

In keeping with a tradition that we started while publishing the online student empowerment magazine, The College World Reporter, this month we continue our celebration of American diversity with our tribute to Women's History Month.

You will find a number of features in this months edition of our CWR Nation Newsletter dedicated to the contributions of women throughout our history.  We will also be featuring audio vignettes of important figures and events in the history of women on our programs on The CWR Talk Network.  We hope you enjoy them.

We strongly encourage you to become involved with our programs and call the hosts and share your comments, and ask questions, to add to the many ongoing conversations that begin right here on The CWR Talk Network, and we hope will continue in your homes and communities.  Your input, concerns, interests, and suggestions are very important to us.  So, don't be shy, talk with us, and let us know your concerns.  Call 917-889-8078 during any program to ask a question or to make a comment.

We continue to expand the many ways that you may listen to all of the programs on The CWR Talk Network.  In last month's newsletter we announced that you may now listen to our programs on iTunes and Stitcher.  We are prod to announce in this newsletter that we are now also on Google Play.  You may access our programs by downloading the iTunesStitcher or Google Play apps on your smartphone or tablet, if you do not already have those apps, or you may listen on your computer through the links below:


We would appreciate it if you would subscribe to The CWR Talk Network on the platform of your choice, iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play, and if you would like to leave a review that would be awesome.

Keep reading this newsletter and listening to our network for information about more ways we will be making our programming available to you.

Thank you again for your loyalty and support, and support Women's History Month.

Thank you,

Donell Edwards
President and CEO
The CWR Talk Network

In this issue:
  • Corporate Citizen Of the Month
  • Saluting Amazing Women In History
  • Women's History Timeline
  • More Amazing Women In History
  • Know Your History Contest Update
  • SPOTLIGHT On Demand: Breaking Our Silence
  • More Noteworthy News
  • At The Movies:  The CWR Talk Network Movie Of the Month
  • Black History News:  The Wyoming Black 14
  • In The News
  • March Program Schedule
  • Special Financial Literacy Month Programming In April
  • Special Live Town Hall Meetings for 2018


The CWR Talk Network
Corporate Citizen of The Month
Dick's Sporting Goods

T he CWR Talk Network salutes Dick's Sporting Goods for their stance in support of making our schools and neighborhoods safer by discontinuing the sale of all assault style rifles in their stores, including high capacity magazines, and that it will not sell any guns to anyone under the age of 21, regardless of local laws.

Dick's is calling on elected officials to enact what it called "common sense gun reform'' by passing laws to raise the minimum age to purchase guns to 21, to ban assault-type weapons and so-called bump stocks, and to conduct broader universal background checks that include mental-health information and previous interactions with law enforcement. (Source: The New York Times)

The CWR Talk Network feels this is a step in the right direction by a major corporation, that has taken this exceptional action with full knowledge that there will be backlash from opposers of stricter gun control.  We salute Dick's Sporting Goods and we are proud to recognize this outstanding company as the recipient of our first The CWR Talk Network  Corporate Citizen of the Month Award.  Thank you, for doing the right thing.

Women's History Month
Saluting Amazing Women In History
Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie Lena Walker
Teacher, Businesswoman, and
First African American Bank President

Maggie Lena Walker was born on July 15, 1864, in Richmond, Virginia. She became grand secretary of the Independent Order of St. Luke, an organization dedicated to the social and financial advancement of African Americans. When Maggie Walker assumed control of the Order of St. Luke, the organization was on the verge of bankruptcy. In a speech she gave in 1901, she outlined her plans to save it, and in the coming years, she would follow through on each item she had described. In 1902, Walker founded the St. Luke Herald to carry news of the Order of St. Luke to local chapters and to help with its educational work. The following year, she opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank (of which she would remain president until 1929). In 1905, she opened the St. Luke Emporium, a department store that offered African-American women opportunities for work and gave the black community access to cheaper goods. By 1924, under Maggie Walker's continued leadership, the bank served a membership of more than 50,000 in 1,500 local chapters. Additionally, she managed to keep the bank alive during the Great Depression, despite the fact that many were failing, by merging it with two other banks in 1929. For the last few years of her life, Maggie Walker was confined to a wheelchair and continued to suffer from her diabetic condition, and on December 15, 1934, at age 70, she died from complications of the disease. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond. In 1979, her home on East Leigh Street, in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, known as the "Harlem of the South," was purchased by the National Parks Service and became a National Historic Site. Source:

Women's History Timeline
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More Amazing Women In History

Top - Left to right: Susan B. Anthony, Katherine Johnson, Harriett Tubman
  Middle - Left to right: Madam C.J. Walker, Dolores Huerta, Alice Paul
Bottom - Left to right: Shirley Jackson, LaDonna Harris, Sojourner Truth

Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement in the United States and president (1892-1900) of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Her work helped pave the way for the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. (Source:

Katherine Johnson
Katherine G. Johnson made the most of limited educational opportunities for African Americans, graduating from college at age 18. She began working in aeronautics as a "computer" in 1952, and after the formation of NASA, she performed the calculations that sent astronauts into orbit in the early 1960s and to the moon in 1969. Johnson was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, and saw her story brought to light through a book and a feature film the following year, 'Hidden Figures'. (Source:

Harriett Tubman
This abolitionist was born a slave. She eventually became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad - a system developed by a secret group of free blacks and sympathetic whites to help runaway slaves get to free northern states. Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom.  (Source:

Madam C.J. Walker
After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products, and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.  (Source:

Dolores Huerta
A spokesperson for the rights of workers, Dolores Huerta helped create the National Farm Workers Association. Among other issues, she has fought for the right to a minimum wage, unemployment insurance, paid holidays, and retirement benefits for farm workers.  (Source:

Alice Paul
After two years with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), Alice Paul co-founded the Congressional Union and then formed the National Woman's party in 1916. Drawing on her experience, Paul led demonstrations and was subjected to imprisonment as she sought a voting amendment, but her actions helped bring about the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (Source:

Shirley Jackson
Jackson is the former head of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she reaffirmed the agency's commitment to public health and safety. She is the first female African American to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jackson's outstanding leadership in education, science, and public policy demonstrates the capability of women to be leaders in the field of science and technology. 

LaDonna Harris
Harris is the President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, a national multitribal organization devoted to developing the economic opportunities and resources of Indians. Raised by her grandparents with traditional Comanche values, Harris has been politically active all her life. She has crusaded for the rights of children and women and for the elimination of poverty and discrimination.

Sojourner Truth
Truth was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She devoted her life to the abolitionist cause and helped to recruit black troops for the Union Army. Although Truth began her career as an abolitionist, the reform causes she sponsored were broad and varied, including prison reform, property rights and universal suffrage. 

Know Your History Contest

We have extended the deadline to submit entries in our Black History Month Know Your History contest until midnight, March 18th.  We have provided the names of the Black history makers in our photo collage below.  All entries must be submitted using the entry form on the homepage at our website,, and must include all of the names listed, and the entrant's contact information.  All correct entries will be entered into our drawing for our $100 grand prize.  The winner will be announced on 
he Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show
, on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM CST.  Submit your entry today!

Sponsored by Bass, Edwards & Associates Virtual Services Corporation

 Top, left to right:  Bass Reeves, Emily J.T. Perez, Benjamin Banneker
Center, left to right: Bessie Coleman, Frederick Douglas, Elizabeth Eckford
Bottom, left to right: Reginald F. Lewis, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, Matthew A. Henson

Breaking Our Silence
Host: Lupe Moreno

SPOTLIGHT:  The CWR Talk Network On-Demand
Breaking Our Silence
Originally aired on February 15, 2018

Jessica Janniere
On this episode, Lupe Moreno and her guest, Jessica Janniere, discuss the efffects of domestic abuse when witnessed by children. How it affects their lives as children and into their adult years. Jessica shares part of her life story, how witnessing abuse affected her, and how she turned that around to overcome her own adversity and now helps others overcome theirs.

Jessica is the author of "My Colored World" and the founder of Look Up and Beyond Inc. As a child abuse and rape survivor, Jessica is on a mission to help people to realize that negative past experiences do not equal a negative future regardless of the level of trauma they've faced.

Jessica is widely recognized as an expert in helping people (especially women and youth) overcome adversity. The New York State Assembly and Senate has recognized Jessica for raising awareness about, and improving the prevention of, suicide from individuals struggling with depression and emotional pain.

The New York City Council called Jessica a "Woman Who Makes a Difference."

Jessica has spoken to audiences ranging from 3 to 3,000 people. Jessica's work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the inspirational international magazine, Hope For Women. She has also been invited to appear as a guest expert on a variety of television shows to discuss overcoming past trauma.

Listen this powerful and enlightening edition of Breaking Our Silence, on-demand NOW at .
More Noteworthy News
Meet The First Black Woman to Own A NASCAR Team

Melissa Harville-Lebron

Reprinted from

Diversity in sports racing is lacking as only a few people of color are part of racing organizations such as the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).  
But Melissa Harville-Lebron is a Black American woman that owns a NASCAR team franchise.  Continue Reading

At The Movies
A Wrinkle In Time

DuVernay wasn't exactly expecting the call from Disney. "Women directors, we're not getting people just saying, 'Hey, let's talk about this $100 million sci-fi epic,'" she says.  Source:  Time Magazine 

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Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis and more on A Wrinkle in Time

This weekend, we got a chance to attend the press conference for the Disney film  A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by  Madeleine L'Engle. Attending were writer Jennifer Lee, director  Ava DuVernay and actors Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Rowan Blanchard, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe.

"We're living in a chaotic time as adults, so imagine if you have only been on the Earth for a few years or 11 years or 12 years, the tension that you feel," DuVernay told the crowd. "[The film] gives a little breather and to say, 'Who you are is enough and this is how you're going to make it through, by finding something in yourself,' because we all have that little voice inside of us and, a lot of time, we don't listen to it."

During the press conference, Galifianakis got choked up, talking about meeting with DuVernay and spoke about how it was important for boys to see  A Wrinkle in Time and not feel wrong about following a girl. Later, we spoke to him one-on-one. "I don't know what it is about this project. The couple of times I talked to Ava, I've gotten chocked up. When I first met her... when I talked to her about the movie a week or so ago. There is something about her eyes. Also, the fact that the film it's in this moment. It's good. I also think that it's just really about balance. I can sit here and I say I'm a feminist and stuff, but just step back from it. People should be represented. It's real simple. It has nothing to do with 'women want to take over the world.' They just need to be heard. Period. It's mathematical. And that's the frustrating thing about the times we live in now. The lack of common sense that we're living in. The timing of this is good."

Pine spoke about his character: "...what I enjoy about this character is just his brain is just hungry... and explorative. Obviously his mission to do great things propels him forward... but unfortunately the shadow side of ambition is disconnection with what is important in his life."

"I loved science fiction and fantasy growing up," said Kaling, "but it was a genre that largely did not love me back. I never saw any representation of a dark-skinned Indian woman, Indian girl in anything that I saw. It's a really peculiar thing when you grow up loving something that shows you no love back. It's such a pure love, because you're not getting anything from it."

She continued, "To be part of this, to be on a green screen stage in harnesses because you're doing a science fiction/fantasy movie, it's so fun because I finally feel love with open arms from something that has ignored me completely. And so that is so profound, and if that can be something that the miniature version of me could watch and be excited by, I think that's such a huge thing."

Witherspoon spoke about the timeliness of the film and its influence on young people. "What would we impart to a young woman today? Right now. I discussed that with Ava. I discussed that with Storm. It was extraordinary."

DuVernay referenced Oprah Winfrey being asked to run for President. "A friend of mine had a tremendous, tremendous episode of peer pressure of gigantic proportions that I've never experienced or seen just a couple weeks ago when the whole country, or a lot of the country, was saying, 'You should run for president...She said, 'The voice inside of me says, I am not your president. I can do good in the world in a different way.'"

Winfrey said, "Oh, yeah. For sure. I think the darkness is there to help bring out the light in all of us... If we turn out all the lights in this room and one person just held a candle, we would start to dissipate the darkness. Look at how much darkness it would take to actually envelope all the light that every candle we're holding in this room. It just takes a little bit of light... If everyone can get that message, that's how we have hope in the world. We're looking for warriors who can bring out that."

"There's love in every frame of this movie," said DuVernay. "There's love in everything that I do. I don't have children. I won't have children, by choice. These films are my children; they're what I leave behind. They have my name on them. They have my blood in them. And so I'm proud of that. And, from there, you offer it up to the world and hope they can see our intention."


Black History News:  Wyoming Black 14

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Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Wyoming's "Black 14," who paid a hefty price for speaking out. It's a sobering reminder that many in this nation have never supported people of color openly demanding equality and fairness. They've made it about method when the real truth is, they've never believed in the message. - From former ESPN SportCenter co-host Jemele Hill's Facebook page

In The News:  Black Excellence At All Time High

March CWR Talk Network 
Program Schedule

Coming This Spring Exclusively on
The CWR Talk Network
No Sleep - For Everyone Interested In the Millennial Experience

All times shown are central standard time   

8:00 PM
Breaking Our Silence
Overcoming Abuse: The Healing Process
Host: Lupe Moreno
6:30 PM
Donell Edwards: VIEWPOINTS
Changing the Parenting Paradigm: Shifting from "Rules," to "Tools"
7:30 PM
The Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show
C ouples and Money, Part 1
8:30 PM
Eating Out:  Making Wise Food Choices Without Sacrificing Taste
Host: Dr. Monica Y. Jackson, Ph.D.
6:30 PM
Donell Edwards: VIEWPOINTS
Expose of America's Prison Industrial Complex
8:00 PM
Breaking Our Silence
D o Churches Provide Needed Support?
Host: Lupe Moreno
6:30 PM
Donell Edwards: VIEWPOINTS
How to Enjoy Eating Normally: The Truth About Dieting and Health
7:30 PM
The Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show
Couples and Money, Part 2
8:30 PM
Rid Toxins and Stressors: Cookware, Gadgets, and People!
Host: Dr. Monica Y. Jackson, Ph.D.
6:30 PM
Donell Edwards: VIEWPOINTS
The Secrets to Safety, In the Workplace, School, and Home
7:30 PM
The Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show
Acquiring the Skills for Personal Achievement and Organizational Success

Special Financial Literacy Month Programming
During April

One of the causes dear to our heart here at The CWR Talk Network is financial literacy and wealth building.  That is why we have a program dedicated to helping our listeners learn effective money-management strategies, The Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show, where listeners may learn practical lessons about the many ways money affects our lives, and how to avoid making money decisions that may result in very bad consequences.

  We also fully support Financial Literacy Month, and we have devoted all of our programming on Donell Edwards: VIEWPOINTS for the entire month of April to financial literacy.  We are proud to present our lineup of financial literacy guests below.  So, plan to listen and tell your friends and relatives to be sure to tune in for these insightful programs.

Our host, Mr. Lionel Shipman will also have special guests on his program to help us celebrate Financial Literacy Month.  So be sure to join us.

Monday - April 2, 2018  -  Everything You Need to Know to Save On Your Taxes
Guest:  Mr. Dean Michael, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tax Help MD

Thursday - April 5, 2018 - Medicare and Healthcare and Your Finances
Guest:  Ms. Danielle Kunkle, Medicare insurance expert and founding partner at Boomer Benefits

Monday - April 9, 2018 - How to Maintain or Take Control Of Your Finances
Guest: Ms. Shannon Ryan, Certified Financial Planner, Founder of The Heavy Purse

Monday - April 16, 2018 - Successfully Overcoming Life's Setbacks & Boldly Facing Fears
Guest:  Ms. Betsy Pake, Author, Speaker, and Success Coach

Thursday - April 19, 2018 - Understanding Banking, Credit, Lending, Foreclosure, and How to Get Help
Guest:  Mr. Alan Spivey, CEO & Founder at Social and Sustainable Community Development Fund

Monday - April 23, 2018 - What is Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency?  Should You Invest?
Guest:  Mr. Andy LaPointe, Former Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)

Thursday - April 26, 2018 - An Introduction to Investing:  What You Need to Know to Become A Successful Investor 
Guest:  Mr. Anmol Singh, Trading & Investing Consultant

The CWR Talk Network Host
Lionel Shipman 
Releases New Book
Sacred Vows: The Knot or Not

Listen to The Lionel SHIPman $hape Your Finances Show
Every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM CST / 8:30 PM EST

Two of the biggest challenges facing many people today are:  (1) finding a compatible mate with similar values and beliefs and (2) maintaining a healthy and loving marital relationship.  Sacred Vows: The Knot or Not is unique because it goes beyond giving you relationship advice.  It helps couples seeking to be married face the realities of marriage and family by taking them through a journey of real-life questions that opens the door of effective communication.  It also helps married couples with effective communication by revisiting problem areas of their relationship that they may be facing.  Sacred Vows: The Knot or Not causes you to answer the "tough" questions of your relationship.  Does it have all of the answers?  No.  Does it address every issue or problem?  No.  Will it determine the fate of your relationship?  No.  That's for you and your potential mate or spouse to decide.  Get your copy of Sacred Vows:  The Knot or Not today at,  and listen to the Lionel Shipman $hape Your Finances Show every Tuesday at 7:30 PM CST, exclusively on The CWR Talk Network.

Young Authors Showcase
LaTasha Burl
In support of providing resources for the Radio Show, Read, Read, Read, on The CWR Talk Network, providing book club materials and school supply resources for the reading programs supporting college students, mentoring youth in economically challenged communities.


"Here is a young poet who writes with energy and passion about friendships, love, dreams, and growing up.  LaTasha Burl is not afraid to step forward and say what is on her mind.  We are better for having a chance to listen." - Elizabeth C. Simon,
Children's Editor and Writer

To pre-order your copy of this book in support of the Read, Read, Read, Reading Program on The CWR Talk Network,please visit:

Books ordered by March 30, 2018, will be mailed to you by May 10, 2018.  Visit for more information.

Coming Spring 2018
Exclusively On The CWR Network
Read! Read! Read!

The CWR Talk Network is honored to be THE causes, issues, and life and health network.  One of the causes we have championed going back to the days when we published the student empowerment magazine, The College World Reporter (CWR), is reading literacy.
We are proud to announce a fun and exciting new monthly program promoting reading, reading comprehension, and improving reading skills and increasing vocabulary for people of all ages.  Read! Read! Read! will premier on The CWR Talk Network later this winter.
The program will include a book club, dynamic special guests, interactive activities, challenges, goals, rewards, and much more.
The program will be co-produced and hosted by Ms. JoAnn Burl.  
JoAnn Burl
Host & Co-Producer 
The CWR Talk Network is proud to welcome Ms. JoAnn Burl to the family, and we invite our listeners to become fans and supporters of our newest host and our Read! Read! Read! program.  Listen to The CWR Talk Network and visit our website, for more information. 

Coming This Spring To The CWR Talk Network

Special 2-Hour Live Online Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Race In America:  Where Do We Go From Here?
During this special 2 hour long virtual town hall meeting, host Donell Edwards will discuss with a racially diverse panel the current state of race relations in America, and how to encourage people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds to engage in constructive conversations about their feelings about race, and their fears, concerns, hopes, and thoughts in general.  Listeners in our nationwide town hall audience are encouraged to call in with your questions and comments.  Tuesday - June 19, 2018.
The CWR Talk Network Summit On Public Schools and  
Higher Education
Continuing our efforts to drive the conversation about the inequities in our public schools, The CWR Talk Network presents our first Summit On Public Schools and Higher Education.  This special 2 hour long virtual town hall meeting will feature a panel of some of the great thinkers and authorities on public schools and education in America.  Listeners in our nationwide town hall audience are encouraged to call in with your questions and comments.  Date and time to be determined.
The Stand Against Gun Violence
One of the major problems in America is the proliferation of gun violence in our communities, resulting in the needless loss of lives.  This is a great concern to The CWR Talk Network.  This special 2 hour long virtual town hall meeting will include a panel of experts on gun violence from government and law enforcement and victims and their families.  The goal is to explore what can be done as individuals and communities to take a stand against gun violence.  Listeners in our nationwide town hall audience are encouraged to call in with your questions and comments.  Date and time to be determined.
Attacking Homelessness
Homelessness is one of society's great social problems.  During this special 2 hour long virtual town hall meeting, we will hear from homeless people on the street and in shelters explaining how they became homeless, and what help they and other homeless people need.  We will also have a panel of guests with professional experience in working with the homeless.  Listeners in our nationwide town hall audience are encouraged to call in with your questions and comments.  November 2018.

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