July 2018

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Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) is one of the nation's foremost organizations for professional image-makers and communications strategists. 

Since its founding in 1998, National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) has served as an advocate for
African-American PR practitioners. 

As an affiliate chapter, BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting PR professionals throughout Southern California. 

We promote diversity of thought and talent, while providing support and education to help today's professional stay competitive in an 
ever-changing communications industry.


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Shawn Smith 

Ayanna Henderson

Whitney Patterson

Carlos Ray
Vice President of PR/ Marketing

Holly Baird
Director, PR/Marketing

Brandi Redick
Vice President Digital/Social

Whitley Yates
Director, Digital/Social

Nacilia McCarthy
Director, Digital/Social
Kenya Friend-Daniel
Vice President of Membership 

KaNetra King
Director of Membership

Melissa Mills
Vice President of Strategic Alliances 

Dr. Roslyn Satchel

Director, Strategic Alliances

Kenya Yarbrough
Director, Strategic Alliances

Rachael Golding
Vice President of Special Programs

Marilyn Dyson
Director of Special Programs
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Don't Miss This Amazing Summer Experience! 
The day will include a morning hike (optional), light lunch, wine tasting, networking, and words of inspiration from Life Coach Tan Lombard!  
Sony Pictures Hires Ellene Miles

Congratulations Ellene!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has brought on marketing vet  Ellene V. Miles  to join the Motion Picture Group's marketing team in the newly carved-out position of SVP Intersectional Marketing.

Member Spotlight
Meet BPRS-LA Member: Krystal Patrice Rhaburn

Current position/company or field? Student currently holding two paid internships - (1) Social Media Intern for the Los Robles Children's Choir and (2) Public Relations and Social Media Intern at David James Agency 

Where were you born and raised? Norwalk, CA

Which college do you attend and what is your major? Senior at California Lutheran University majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising and minoring in Spanish; 

What do you love most about PR? 
I love that PR offers the chance to build mutually beneficial relationships with other people and the level of human interaction and energy it encompasses.

What kind of work are you most passionate about?
Nonprofit organizations have my heart. I have volunteered with over 20 of them in the last seven years and have worked for a few as well. I aspire to be an executive at a nonprofit, such as the YMCA, which is my favorite. 

First job in the business? 
My first communication position was as an intern for a nonprofit organization. In the role I was heavily involved in outreach and grant acquiring efforts. 

Best advice you've ever received? 
Everything happens for a reason, and never give up and never stop striving to reach your goals.   

Why did you join BPRS-LA? 
I have actually had BPRS-LA's website bookmarked on my Google Chrome account for years because of how inspired I was to see so many people of color all a part of one organization and thriving in a field I have come to love. I am so happy to have finally joined and have the opportunity to be around so many professionals that I can learn from and build connections with, and just better myself overall. 

BPRS-LA Salutes Beverly White
Beverly White of KNBC-TV selected by NABJ to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2018) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Beverly White, general assignment reporter at NBC Southern California/KNBC, as the recipient of the 2018 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.
The annual honor is awarded to a journalist with at least 15 years of experience and a track record of extraordinary contributions to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture. It is named for Chuck Stone, late columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and former Tuskegee Airman, who died in 2014.
White said she was pleasantly surprised when NABJ President Sarah Glover telephoned her to tell her she'd won.
"I thought she got the number wrong," White said. "I've been coming to conventions forever and I know that's a big deal. I'm floored, flummoxed, flabbergasted and deeply honored, for real."
Glover explained why the organization picked the longtime broadcast journalist who also has served as a scholar-in-residence at Citrus College and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.
"Beverly White is simply a legend, a broadcasting mainstay," said the NABJ president, who is social media editor for NBC-owned television stations.  "For more than a quarter of a century, Beverly has been delivering strong news stories in the country's second-largest market. To say she has a powerful presence that resonates with her viewers would be an understatement."

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