October 2018

2202 S. Figueroa Street Suite 654 
Los Angeles, CA 90007



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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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Monthly Motivation

BPRS-LA 20th Anniversary Celebration

Member Spotlight
Meet BPRS-LA Member: Danielle Matthews

Current position/company or field? 
I'm currently the Communications Coordinator for FilmL.A., Inc. the film office for the Los Angeles region. My position is responsible for public & media relations, social media, community outreach & events, volunteerism and event planning.


Where were you born and raised? 
I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area.

Which college do you attend and what is your major?  
I attended undergrad at Dillard University located in New Orleans Louisiana. I double majored in Speech Communications and Theatrics.

What do you love most about PR? 
Public Relations is one of the few professions that truly touches most every industry. I love meeting new people, making connections and learning about what others in PR are doing professionally

What kind of work are you most passionate about?  
Social Media has become a powerhouse of a tool for all PR pros. Social is now the primary mode of communication for end-users, so it must be a company's primary outreach tool A well thought out social strategy can be an amazing asset to a company's communications plan. Skills in social media have made me a great help to my church, family and friends who have small businesses.

First job in the business? 
I started out as a Communications Specialist with the same company. I have been with FilmL.A. for just under 8 years and I have been blessed with opportunities to move around within the organization.

Why did you join BPRS-LA? 
I joined BPRS-LA to connect with and celebrate other Comms professionals of color

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale.

Starring:   Mackenzie Foy, Kiera Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Misty Copeland, and Morgan Freeman.

Release Date:   November 2

Love Me More Designs
Love Me More Designs is a design company based on love, starting with self first. When you have love for yourself, you can share love with others thus making love a movement. Our company displays love through our designs, fabrics and the way our products are constructed. When you feel good, you look good in Love Me More Designs.

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