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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

Men in Communications Minute: Rashad Atkinson

Men in PRRashadRashad Atkinson will join the panel for our upcoming annual Men in PR and Communications event! One of the leading men in marketing and events, Rashad definitely has a lot to contribute to our theme “How to Communicate Your Brand Through Entertainment and Social Events.” Hear more from Rashad and the rest of our panelists on May 22!

CEO of Starpower Marketing and Co-Owner of Aura Nightclub

Rashad Atkinson has quickly evolved as a leading marketing consultant and manager for Philadelphia’s entertainment and nightlife scene. He is the co-owner of Aura RBL in Northern Liberties and co-owner of the leading edge Starpower Marketing Group. Rashad studied marketing and management at Delaware State University. Prior to expanding the capacities of Starpower Marketing group, Rashad was the marketing manager at Vault Nightclub in Old City.
Some of Rashad’s portfolio highlights include marketing specialist for Harrah’s Entertainment and All Star Weekend 2011, in Los Angeles. His celebrity roster for events include Jamie Foxx, Boris Kodjoe, cast members of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Lance Gross, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles and more. Rashad enjoys traveling and attending sports events in his spare time.

Why Rashad was chosen as a Men in PR Panelist:

Aura Nightclub has emerged as one of Philadelphia’s hottest nightlife venues. Rashad’s work has helped Aura become the premier location for exclusive product launches and celebrity meet-and-greets. 

See Rashad and the rest of our 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

Men in Communications Minute: Brandon Pankey

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Brandon Pankey will be a panelist at our upcoming Men in PR event! This year’s theme is “The Scene: How to Communicate Your Brand Through Entertainment and Social Events,” and Brandon’s work in the entertainment industry is a fine example of this. Learn a little bit about Brandon below and join us on May 22!

Account Manager, Sports and Entertainment Financial Group

Starting as an assistant to the Sports and Entertainment Financial Group president, Brandon Pankey has become one of the firm’s most valuable players. Pankey, 27, manages tours and finances for artists like Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Jill Scott and Drake.

Pankey and his partners have started Destined to Achieve Successful Heights, an initiative that aims to develop an entertainment industry charter school. “Too many young people want to be rappers, actors or athletes, not realizing there are so many opportunities behind the scenes,” Pankey says. “I push myself every day to grow and become someone remembered, in a positive way.”

Why Brandon was chosen as a Men in PR panelist:

As Philadelphia is on the rise as the go-to city for some of the hottest summer festivals, Brandon will play an integral role in planning the Roots Picnic and Philadelphia branding in local events that attract attendees from across the world.

See Brandon and the rest of our 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

Scandalous! Our State of the Industry Event will feature Crisis Manager Pro and muse of ABC’s hit series “Scandal,” Judy Smith!

The second annual PR State of the Industry event, presented by PBPRS, PPRA and PRSA, is right around the corner and we are bursting with excitment! Taking place September 25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this year’s theme is “Reputation Management: Its Importance and Impact.”

Nationally known crisis manager Judy Smith will be the keynote speaker. Author of “Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets”and the inspiration and subject of ABC’s hit show “Scandal,” Judy will share her insights and experiences that has gained her notoriety and landed her clients such as Monica Lewinsky, the Chandra Levy family and Michael Vick, to name a few.

And just when we thought we were overwhelmed with excitement to have Judy as the keynote, a few PBPRS gems will join the event as panelists for the various breakout panels! The event schedule is as follows:

7:30-8:00 a.m. – Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m. – Corporate Philanthropy & Brand Management Breakouts

9:30-10:15 a.m. – Political Affairs & Non-profit Breakouts

10:30 a.m. – Noon – Keynote Speaker and Book Signing

Our very own Bruce Crawley will be a panelist in the Brand Management session, Dawn Roberts in the Non-profit session, Mellanie Lassiter in the Corporate Philanthropy session and Anita Lewis in Political Affairs. Confirmed moderators include Daily News Editor Mike Days, ABC Anchor Nydia Han, Philadelphia Business Journal Editor Craig Ey and Skai Blue Media President Rakia Reynolds.

Local media and PR pros, advice from a nationally sought-after crisis communications pro and awesome networking opportunities… Register for State of the Industry now!  Copies of Smith’s book will also be available for purchase at the event.

Like our Facebook page for a chance to win a ticket to the event or a signed copy of “Good Self, Bad Self.” Also, follow us on Twitter for updates, prizes and live tweeting at the event!

Health Partners Event, Created by PBPRS Members, Wins National Award

Health Partners recently received a Cultural Competency Award from the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Center’s for Best Practices for its annual Crazy Praise Dance Showcase and Health Fair. The annual event was created by Health Partners’ Senior Community Relations Specialist Tasyhra Ayers and Communications and Public Affairs Supervisor Felicia Phillips, both PBPRS members.

The Crazy Praise Dance Showcase and Health Fair is a faith-based event that was developed as a creative way to educate Health Partners members while utilizing the opportunity to promote healthy living through dance. The free event attracts thousands of people annually and is comprised of a pre-showcase health fair and performances by praise dancers from local churches in the Greater Philadelphia region and some of the top artists in the gospel industry.

Health Partners, a not-for-profit health plan, received the Cultural Competency award at the MHPA Best Practices Awards Forum in Washington, D.C. MHPA is a policy and advocacy national trade organization which supports the needs of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO) across the country. The MHPA Center for Best Practices is a subsidiary which highlights the member MCO’s that creatively control costs, as well as improves access and delivery of quality health care for its members. This national award recognizing outstanding cross-cultural programs was among several categories presented by MHPA for innovative best practices that improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries.

PBPRS commends Felicia, Tashyra and Health Partners for their continuous success in promoting healthy lifestyles in minority communities. Congratulations on this national recognition!

The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society Announces New Leadership Team and Advisory Board

PHILADELPHIA, June 1, 2012 –The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS) has announced its new leadership team, who will serve a two-year term starting June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2014.

The new President, Darisha K. Miller, is the Director of Media Relations for Ross Associates, Inc. Miller has served as PBPRS vice-president for the past two years, along with the Immediate Past President, Shalimar Blakely. Blakely, president of A Peace of PR, will now serve as Chairperson of the PBPRS Advisory board. Miller has appointed Vincent Thompson, principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications, to serve as PBPRS Vice President.

“As a premier communications organization we are working to promote an innovative organization while ensuring our members receive support from the organization and the community,” states Darisha Miller. “I’m excited to work in this capacity and with community partners to provide a positive business environment and learning experience for all.”

PBPRS new Advisory Board will serve the same two-year term.

  • Board Chair and Immediate Past President, Shalimar Blakely
  • Immediate Past Chair, David Brown
  • Board Members 
  • Nichole Badger, Esq.
  • Anita T. Conner, CPA, MST, CFP
  • Bruce Crawley
  • Anita Lewis
  • Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
  • William R. Miller, IV
  • Jamila Patton
  • Dawn Angelique Roberts

PBPRS, who has recently entered into a partnership with the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), provides PR professionals with a venue for professional support and development. “It was important for us to put together a team that could continue to move PBPRS in the right direction,” states Shalimar Blakely. “The organization is now in a great position that will allow us to focus on building a strong and active membership base.”

The new team will be introduced during the PBPRS Annual Membership Celebration, taking place June 12, 2012 at the Kimmel Center. RSVP for this free event here:

About the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS):

The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society is committed to serving as an advocate, a resource and a venue for African-American public relations practitioners and professional communicators throughout the Philadelphia region. Please visit for additional information.

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Man in the Mirror: Curran J. Swint

Stylist, fashion blogger, event planner and entrepreneur, Curran J will be a panelist at our annual Men in PR event, themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media.”

No mere title can define Curran J.  Being a fashion stylist, event planner, vintage connoisseur, blogger, philanthropist, photographer, and fashion junkie- all wrapped into one, that’s who Curran J is.

Curran J is the creator of the clothing line and blog site Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.). From a daring young age, Curran J has embraced the fashion world, and the fashion world has embraced him.  Early on he acclimated himself to its history, its trends, and its forthcomings. In late 2010 Curran created the blog Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) as a means to showcase his various interests and bridge the gap between the everyday man and fashion aficionado. The term “King” was strategically incorporated into the name to encourage men to have more respect for each other, by referring to themselves as something more uplifting and admirable.

In 2011, Curran J launched the Kings Rule Together clothing line, encouraging Kings and Queens alike to embrace their inner excellence and prestige. Since its launch, K.R.T. has sold over 1500 pieces throughout the world, including in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. K.R.T. has been favored by hipsters and notable celebrities alike-including actor Jaden Smith and 106 & Park host Terrance J.

Aside from K.R.T. Curran J is well-respected for his personal style and fashion ideals. Curran has received numerous accolades from various leaders within the fashion industry including Complex Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, GQ Magazine, the New York Times, and The Source.  His eye for style has also landed him opportunities with both Philadelphia’s Fashion Week and the renowned Mercedes-Benz fashion week.

Whys PBPRS chose Curran to be a panelist at our Men in PR event:

Curran created a brand for himself and his clothing line through his passion for style. His presence in the style industry and online media has taken off in insurmountable ways and has grabbed international attention. The Kings Rule Together brand has become not only a reputable and sought after clothing line, but the go-to blog for men’s fashion and styling tips. Curran is a humble entrepreneur and jack of the finest trades in men’s fashion; doing it all in style.

For more information on Curran and Kings Rule Together, visit the Kings Rule Together website.

To hear Curran’s story along with our other great panelists, register to attend the Men in PR event, which takes place May 22nd at NBC 10! Show Studios.

Man in the Mirror: German Cuadrado

Founder of the Men in PR organization and PR Professional, German Cuadrado will be a panelist at our Men in PR event themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media”

German Cuadrado, founder of Men in PR, transitioned into the rapidly changing world of public relations in 2010. Since then, Cuadrado served as a PR consultant at nonprofit organizations and entertainment firms such as South Jersey AIDS Alliance, United Way of Gloucester County, 5290 Media Group, LLC and FBH The Agency, producer of Philadelphia Fashion Week. In these capacities, Cuadrado authored and executed strategic public relations plans, managed media relations, and coordinated red carpet charitable events among other tasks.

Cuadrado prides himself in establishing professional and profitable relationships, as a result of his enthusiastic and strategic approach to work, leadership and innovative skills, which are key ingredients to his success.

Cuadrado is currently working towards establishing a solid presence for Men in PR and P5PR Management, LLC – a boutique public relations firm for entertainment and nonprofit brands.

Why PBPRS chose German as a Men in PR panelist:

As the founder of a Men in PR organization, having German join the panel was inevitable. As a young professional, German is taking the entertainment PR field by storm, and doing it with style. For more info on Men in PR, visit

To see German at our Men in PR event, along with all of the other great panelists, register at


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