The multiple forums streamed live on the BHN virtual platform during Black History Month are available on demand, right now
By Black Headline News
This year, the Black History Month kickoff for AMPTV's Black Headline News (BHN) was celebrated virtually thru the, 2023 Black History Month Virtual Reality Experience ...
VR technology, summarized from the online Oxford dictionary, is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person. This can be done using external apparatuses or via computer simulated 3D VR simulations for easy-eye viewing—no equipment needed.
AMPTV launched the BHN Virtual Event Center, February 3, 2023 and will be featuring several other online VR events throughout the year using the same platform. Online audiences will be able to interact with the VR BHN event center 24/7; they can visit the rooms freely on their own--there is no charge. People will be asked to login with their emails to also be able to engage in the live chat feature.
From February thru March, all the live forums featured first in the virtual Town Hall room, with rebroadcast in the Newsroom and then on the Black Headline News platform for the general online viewing public.
Below is a recap of those forums featured in the BHN Virtual Event Center.
Friday, Feb 3, 2023
Black Headline News Cohort members, Rina Risper, publisher of The New Citizens Press and Dana James, publisher of Black Iowa News, welcomed the “virtual reality” (VR) experience as they talked about the "Black Press Experience" with featured guest publishers, Charlene Rhinehart of Chicago Southsider and Kenneth Miles of the Trenton Journal.
Friday, Feb 10, 2023
The second live forum featured BHN Cohort publishers, Julia Dudley Najieb and Rina Risper talking about African-Americans and clean energy--how they are being omitted out of the most important parts of the conversation as the nation is seeking to go electric by 2030 or earlier.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
During the third week of February, BHN news anchor host Carol Angela Davis started interviewed speakers, Keon Davis, who is a business owner (Smooth N' Groove,) and certified financial planner expert, Kenneth Chavis. Viewers got more insight on what it takes to keep a successful business going, as well as financial advice on how to manage one's income.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023
The very next day, BHN news anchor host, Brigitte Jones, interviewed successful innovator, Majida La Luz, owner of Calle Play, who started a new concept to reinvigorate happiness in adults. Her conversation stemmed from the inner being of a person's emotions, and how to form it into happy moments. This fourth forum would be the precursor to the fifth, the NBEW 2023 experience, the following week.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023
On February 22, 2023, The National Black Estheticians' Week (NBEW) featured skincare experts who answered questions from the public regarding skin maintenance. The forum that was supposed to be no more than 90 minutes went over two hours long due to the many questions being asked in the live chatroom from the engaged audience.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023
The following night, The International Truth and Justice Tribunal (ITJT) streamed the ‘ITJT Preview and Press Event’ live to promote its inaugural conference event, The International Belgium-Congo Tribunal, to be hosted at Emory University in October. The live forum, hosted by Julia Dudley Najieb, lead with a candid 26-minute film, ("Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth") on how the African indigenous people located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been treated for centuries.
The historical narrative of the constant pillaging of valuable resources from other countries also came from testimonials of the residents residing there now. Appearing live on zoom, each presenter spoke about the studies they will present in October.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2023
NBEW held its second forum featuring the 2023 Luminaries. The purpose of the live broadcast hosted by NBEW founder, Tiffany Medois was to showcase top Black estheticians throughout the Unites States doing great work for their clients and local communities.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Dr. Thema Bryant and Dr. Kevin Cokley talk candid about Black mental health with live forum host, Ken McCoy
To close out Black History Month, BHN featured a final live forum concerning mental health in the Black community Tuesday, February 28, 2023. BHN anchor and show host, Ken McCoy, spoke with Dr. Thema Bryant who is the 2023 president of the American Psychological Association, and with University of Michigan psychology professor, Dr. Kevin Cokley. It was a beginning part 1 discussion, first touching on the topic of mental health, which will be followed by a longer part 2 discussion during Juneteenth on mental illness in the Black community and its affects.
About Black History Month
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and that of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.
Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State a year later, from January 2 to February 28, 1970.
Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
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