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Men in Communications Minute: Earl Harvey

harveyPublisher, Black Professionals News

Earl Harvey has been working in the field of marketing communications for over 25 years. He started Creative Source modeling agency in 1985 for ethnic models, one of only three minority owned modeling agencies in the country, and became an advocate for diversity in marketing and advertising. He employed 50 models nationwide and provided talent to the top marketing firms for promotions, advertising and fashion runway.
Earl was invited to join The National Alliance of Market Developers (NAMD), an organization of diverse consumer market professionals in 1995. They introduced the concept of diversity in consumer markets and are responsible for the introduction of ethnic advertising into the mainstream and the proliferation of black media. From there, Earl was President of the Philadelphia Chapter from 1996-2000 and served as National President from 2001-2004.

Under his leadership, the chapter quickly grew to the largest in the country, and was named Chapter of the Year for five consecutive years. Earl initiated a series of networking business card exchanges that became a catalyst for minority business development. He established the chapter’s “Buy Black Holiday Shopping Expo” in 2000, which has become an annual event for holiday shoppers encouraged by NAMD to support black-owned businesses during the holiday shopping season.

In 2001, Earl founded The Black Professionals Newspaper, which provides marketing and advertising assistance to the small business community and identify minority business supplier opportunities. The paper is an affordable way for small businesses and non-profit organizations to reach new consumers. The newspaper is the only minority-owned media outlet in Atlantic City and is distributed in Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. He is also launching The Atlantic City Times newspaper and, a website to showcase the history, culture and contributions of the African American community in Atlantic City.

Earl is the CEO of the Earl Harvey Media Group, a multimedia communications firm that promotes diversity in media, entertainment and marketing. The company produces multicultural programming and content for diverse consumers and advocates for the equitable distribution of corporate advertising and purchasing dollars to support minority vendors.

A native Philadelphian currently residing in Atlantic City, Earl’s family members have been in Atlantic City N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa. for almost 100 years. A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Communications, Earl is a member of the Temple University Black Alumni Alliance and serves on the board of NAMD, The Marian Anderson Historical Society and The Public Relations Council of Atlantic City. Active in many social and professional organizations, he has received community service awards from numerous local and national organizations and was recognized as one of the region’s most influential people by The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper.


Join us tonight as Earl Harvey moderates our info-packed panel of the most knowledgeable male communication pros in the area, at our annual Men in PR and Communications event from 6pm to 8pm at Clear Channel Radio, 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. For more information, visit

Men in Communications Minute: Ryan Dennis

ryandennisRyan J. Dennis will offer his PR and multimedia expertise at our annual Men in PR and Communications event, happening tomorrow! This year’s theme, “How to Communicate Your Brand Through Entertainment and Social Events” will attract the who’s who in the Communications industry; you don’t want to miss it!

Interactive Content Manager, Skai Blue Media
Ryan J. Dennis is the manager of interactive content at Skai Blue Media, a multimedia public relations agency specializing in lifestyle, technology and fashion sectors. While studying broadcast journalism and digital media at Point Park University, Dennis received an apprenticeship and produced content for WBGN-TV. His production skills have led him to a successful career working in major media outlets including NBC, CBS, FOX, CW and the Pittsburgh Tribune.
From assigning stories during breaking news to producing live streams and web content, Ryan brings his passion for storytelling in the media industry. At Skai Blue Media, Ryan enhances client services and develops multimedia content. As the interactive content producer, Ryan promotes client events, creates videos, produces photo shoots, conducts media training and tackles the growing demands of social media.

Why Ryan was chosen as a Men in PR panelist:

Ryan brings a multimedia approach to event planning due to his extensive background in social media, photography, and video production.

Join Ryan and the rest of the panelists at our annual Men in PR and Communications event on Wednesday, May 22 from 6pm to 8pm at Clear Channel Radio, 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. For more information, visit

Clear Channel’s Loraine Ballard Morrill receives the first Karin A. Phillips Excellence Award

PBPRS was proud to present the first Karin A. Phillips Excellence (K.A.P.E.) Award to a hard-working and deserving woman, Loraine Ballard Morrill. Currently the News Director and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel Radio’s six Philadelphia stations: Power 99 FM, WDAS FM, Radio 104.5 FM., My 106.1, Rumba 1480 and Q102, Morrill has contributed to community news and Philadelphia media in awe-inspiring ways. While News and Public Affairs Director at Power 99 Fm. (WUSL-FM) Morrill created numerous award- winning Community Service Campaigns, in which a series of radio messages encouraging racial harmony won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence.  Morrill has received countless local and national awards and has been recognized for making a difference in the community on numerous occasions.

The K.A.P.E. award, presented to Morrill Tuesday evening at the annual PBPRS Milestones event, is given to a community “she-ro” who ensures that individuals and organizations who make positive contributions to the city continue to have a voice and a presence in the media.

“Having Karin in our world was something special, she filled our world with something that is missing now, because she’s not here,” said Loraine as she accepted the award. “Hopefully, in some small way, I can help continue to do the work that she so much represented, that ability to try to do the good for the community that hopefully helped lift us up, empower us all and move us forward as a people.”

The late Karin A. Phillips was the community-affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio and served as the moderator for last year’s 2011 Milestones celebration. She was known for reporting uplifting stories about organizations and individuals who made positive contributions to the community.

Loraine Ballard Morrill is the model communications professional that embodies all aspects of the K.A.P.E award and the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society applauds Morrill for her countless contributions to community news and Philadelphia media.


CBS Philly: The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society Names Award for Karin Phillips


Milestone Moment: President and CEO of AAMP Romona Riscoe Benson

PBPRS is proud to honor Romona Riscoe Benson at our upcoming annual Milestone event. President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Benson heightens the volume for African American culture and history in Philadelphia. Signing on as the leader of museum with a $600,000 deficit, Benson increased the museum’s visitor attendance by 19,000 people in her first full year as president and CEO and, in turn, paid off the museum’s debt. Benson then created a capital fundraising campaign, raising $4.5 million dollars and revamping the exhibits. With her optimistic spirit and innovative thinking, Benson revitalized the museum, creating the go-to place in Philadelphia for African-American history and artifacts.

PBPRS applauds Benson for her 25+ years of experience in non-profit, arts management and public sector work. She has served on several boards, including The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Arts & Business Council, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Park Service – President’s House Oversight Committee, The Mayor’s Commission on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Commission, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and the Center City District.

Benson’s hard work, persistence and creativity has earned her plenty of awards and recognition from publications such as the Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia Business Journal; organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Minority Business Enterprise Council and Women Making a Difference; State Representative Cherelle Parker, WDAS-FM Radio, and the Arts & Business Council award for Business and Arts Partnership in 2010, to name a few. Nationally, she has been recognized by the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, and the Meeting Professionals International.

Thank you, Romona, for your hard work as an African-American woman in communications and the cultural arts. We look forward to honoring you at our event, Milestones: Celebrating African American Women in the Media, Tuesday, March 27 at PECO!

To register for Milestones, click here:

The School of the Hard Knocks

By: Shalimar Blakely

As a Public Relations and communications professional, I find it easy to apply the lessons I learned from college to my daily practices. After all, most of the technical things that I may have forgotten are pretty much a Google search away. But what about the not-so-technical matters. What should I do if I say too much during a media interview that’s later taken out of context? And how exactly do you tell your boss those three little words: “That’s not newsworthy?”

All young professionals have been down this road. Whether it’s Public Relations or Public Accounting, somewhere between undergrad, finding a job and graduate school, we are introduced to the School of the Hard Knocks:  those real world situations that can only be resolved by real world experiences.

Side bar: If there is anyone reading this who has somehow managed to avoid the School of the Hard Knocks, I STRONGLY (notice the emphasis on strongly) encourage you to be the first to comment.

The good news:

Unlike that one person reading this who has never enrolled in this school, you are not alone.

Utilizing personal relationships that are built through professional organizations help the young and inexperienced discuss these professional faux pas, learn from it, laugh about it and move on. For example, my colleagues and I occasionally get together for what we call a PR Pow Wow. This casual conversation between PR and media professionals allows us to share information with each other that helps us develop into the PR dynamos we know we are capable of becoming. More importantly, we talk about what happened “at school.” After a few laughs, “oh no’s” and the occasional gasp, we get advice from more experienced professionals on properly handling the situation, should it happen again. During PR Pow Wows, we are not judged and, yes, the Vegas mantra does apply to all conversations.

So, as you register for Mistakes & Mishaps 101, remember that there are like-minded individuals in those professional organizations you joined who can help you navigate the halls of the School of the Hard Knocks. With an open-mind, a few bumps, and possibly some tears, you too will become that guru in your own right.

The bad news:

Because life experiences are on-going, you’ll never graduate.

As the President of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS), Shalimar Blakely is a regular contributor to the PBPRSays blog. She is also the President and founder of a peace of PR, a PR firm that has a genuine interest in not only helping communities grow, but making sure the world knows that good people and good organizations do exist. To learn more about Shalimar, please visit


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