Dear HRBMP Members:


I’d like to take a moment to update you on some of the wonderful projects Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals have undertaken in the past few weeks.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Black Male Media Project on June 6th at 4p.  As many of you know, this is NABJ’s national initiative to uplift and empower our young Black Men. There will be programs taking place all over the country that day. Ours is titled “Black Males Matter: 2020 and Beyond” and will be moderated by former HRBMP President and WIS Chief Meteorologist, Dominic Brown. This year we’re targeting young men between the ages of 11 and 30.  We will be tackling topics both light and heavy from learning to tie a tie to basic survival. Our esteemed group of panelists include; apparel shop owner, Exum Lee, who will teach our young men how to tie a tie; Dr. Tyrone Davis, a training and professional counselor who will tackle the importance of knowing “Soft Skills,” and finally, Grove Church Youth Pastor Omar Burton, who will address the emotional toll of being a Black Male in America, coping with stress and depression and surviving this period of voluntary isolation!  

This conversation will take place via Zoom. Please share this information with any young man you feel could benefit from the session.

 HRBMP has also launched “Crystal Table Talk.”  These conversations will showcase how our organization has helped members find jobs. It also offers an up close look at what these careers entail!  The most recent posts are on our YouTube Channel and our Facebook page!

 A huge thank you to former NABJ and HRBMP President Barbara Ciara for her generous donation of $2500 to establish an educational scholarship in memory of former HRBMP President Byron Burney. Each year for the next five years a worthy recipient will receive $500 to help with their education.

 As the saying goes ‘all work and no play’….   so HRBMP is planning our first virtual social hour this Friday, May 29th.  It’s all about Music and Mixology so you won’t want to miss the festivities!  Plus, it’s a wonderful opportunity to see and spend a little time virtually with folks who you haven’t had an opportunity to connect with in while!

As always, if you have yet to select a committee to serve on, please do so.  Below are the Committees and their Chairs.

Special Events – Charles Cheek, Chair 
Education and Scholarship – Larry Rubama, Chair 
Fundraising – Grace Douglas, Chair
Communications – Kanitra Hatton, Chair
Membership – Kara Dixon, Chair 
Professional Development – Marie Bullock, Chair

You can reach us at:  Please include in your email, the name of the committee you’re interested in, your email address, phone number and the best time to contact you.

Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for May 28th at 7p  Zoom.

Thank you for your dedication to and support of HRBMP!

Lisa Godley
HRBMP President