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Exclusive Interview with John F. Robinson, President & CEO of NMBC at the 40th Anniversary and 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon – New York, 2012

John F. Robinson is the Founder, President and CEO of The National Minority Business Council (NMBC), a non-profit organization that has been instrumental in fostering small businesses by providing educational opportunities, business seminars and a wide array of professional services to small businesses and women and minority business owners.
Through the help of corporate supporters, and with the hands-on leadership of Robinson, the NMBC has continued to expand its scope to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in procurement opportunities, global expansion, business development, and the technical training necessary to keep competitive in the world market. In recent years, the group has become more vocal with regards to local, state and federal government policies impacting its members.
For his four decades of leadership, Robinson was recently honored with the “2011 Neighborhood Achievement Award for Minority and Women-owned Enterprise Advocacy,” presented by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Speaking on Early Child Marriage Issues

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and chair of the Elders, a group of independent global leaders working for human rights, was in Washington on Wednesday to promote his latest campaign: ending child marriage in the developing world. In 2011, the Elders created “Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage,” which now has 200 members in 38 countries.

“We are really pushing this campaign for ending child marriage by 2030. It’s prevalent all over what you might call the developing world. It’s in virtually every African country, said Tutu. “I was actually surprised. I used to think it was something that happened only in Asia. My eyes were opened by the fact that the highest incidence is actually in Africa.”
It is a tradition where the family recognizes that they will benefit economically from dowries and things of that kind, and also having one less mouth to feed. They also think they are concerned for the girl’s virtue, that she might end up maybe being raped. It’s economic, too. For a new family [that the woman is married into], you have one extra pair of hands.

But it is a very debilitating practice. The girl child is not physically, let alone emotionally, ready to bear a child. The statistics are that girls who give birth when they are under 15 are five times more likely to die giving birth than girls of 19 and over. Their children are 60 times more likely to die before their first birthday.
The World Liberty TV Team was on hand at The CGI 2012, where we had the pleasure of hearing Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on the topic of Early Marriage.

Guyanese–American Business and Professional Council’s 5th Annual Business Awards Gala — 2012

The Guyanese American Business and Professional Council (GABPC) was pleased to invite attendees to celebrate the Fifth Annual Business Awards Dinner Gala 2012. The theme this year was Embracing Diversity, Honoring Excellence. This spectacular black-tie affair recognized individuals in the private and the public sectors for their exceptional business and professional achievements, outstanding leadership and devotion to philanthropic work.
It was definitely an event to ‘Put yourself out there’. It is the perfect opportunity to meet new business contacts.

Exclusive Interview with Lynda Ireland, NY& NJ Minority Supplier Development Council, President and CEO, at the Annual Expo 2012

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (The Council), established in 1973 is a vital link between major corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs). Each year, member corporations have reported billions of dollars spent with Council-certified Minority Business Enterprises. Serving the New York and New Jersey region, The Council is one of the 36 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC).
The Council encourages its membership of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and educational institutions, to include MBEs as their regular suppliers of products, goods and services. Through its MBE certification program, The Council links a myriad of businesses for local and global impact. The Council is committed to advancing supplier diversity initiatives to a world-class level.
World Liberty TV had the pleasure of speaking to Lynda Ireland, President of the NY and NJ Minority Supplier Development Council. See what she had to say.

Live Performance by Legendary R&B Sensation Ray, Goodman, & Brown – 2012

Ray, Goodman, & Brown is an American R&B vocal group. The group originated as The Moments, who formed in the mid-1960s and whose greatest successes came in the 1970s with hits including “Love on a Two-Way Street”, “Sexy Mama” and “Look at Me (I’m in Love)”.
In 1979, for contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman, & Brown and had further hits, including “Special Lady.” A lineup of The Moments (featuring original member Mark Greene) also tours.

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Day and 2012 Business Awards Luncheon – 2012

HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, more days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.
Now in its 39th year, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.
The World Liberty TV Team was on hand to cover the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Day and 2012 Business Awards Luncheon.

Susan L. Taylor Essence Magazine’s Former Chief Editor & Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement

For more than thirty years, Susan L. Taylor has been the tour de force behind Essence magazine’s success as one of the nation’s leading lifestyle magazines for African American women. She joined Essence in 1971 as a young freelancer in fashion and beauty, and by 1981, her ascension through the Essence organization’s ranks culminated with the position of editor and chief. Under her dynamic headship, the magazine’s circulation went from 600,000 to over 1 million and presently boasts a readership of more than 8 million persons across the United States and worldwide. Since leaving the editor’s post to become editorial director in 2000.

Most recently, Taylor gave up her duties as editor and chief of Essence to assume the role of editorial director in 2000. She continues to write her monthly “In The Spirit” column and remains executive producer of the Essence Awards and Essence Music Festival. However, the major shift means that Taylor will no longer be responsible for reading every single manuscript before it is accepted into the magazine’s pages, as she had done for the last nineteen years. Taylor’s new responsibilities include the oversight of ECI’s umbrella initiatives including Essence Entertainment, Essence Eyewear and Hosiery, Essence by Mail, Essence Licensing, and Essence Books.

“In January 2008, I left Essence magazine after 37 years to join with community leaders in mounting the largest mentoring movement in the history of the nation. Founded in 2006 as Essence CARES, the National CARES Mentoring Movement is today a fast-growing coalition of some of the nation’s most trusted organizations, concerned Black Americans and caring supporters,” says Taylor.

Exclusive Interview with H.E. Dr. Donatus St. Aimee, Ambassador of Saint Lucia to The United Nations – New York, 2012

Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.
The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.
The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries, with a surge in foreign direct investment in 2006, attributed to the construction of several tourism projects.

Although crops such as bananas, mangos, and avocados continue to be grown for export, tourism provides Saint Lucia’s main source of income and the industry is the island’s biggest employer. The tourism sector is likely to face declining revenues with the global economic downturn as US and European travel declines. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry.

House of Marley Products and Interview with Rohan Marley – 2011

Our goal is to create high-quality products in the most ethical and environmentally positive way. That means not cutting corners and doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
We’re holding ourselves to the toughest standards. Our products are made from the highest standard for wood and forest products. We also use recyclable aluminums and plastics. These kinds of standards are held for all of our products.
We not only believe in making our products in the right way. We believe in making our products right. Bob was a master at his craft and we’re aiming for the same peak of excellence in everything we make. We’re music lovers, too. So we’ve poured our hearts into each detail so the music we love is heard like it was intended to be heard.

Interview with Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana

Festus G. Mogae was president of Botswana from April 1, 1998 to April 1, 2008. He was born on August 21, 1939 at Serowe in the Central District of Botswana. He studied economics at the universities of Oxford and Sussex in the United Kingdom. He started his career as a public officer in 1968 as planning officer. He was Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning from 1975 to 1976.

President Mogae’s outstanding leadership has ensured Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people. Botswana is also considered a leader in Southern African politics, and earns praise for the stable example its sets for its neighbors.

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS 25th Annual Gala – New York, 2012

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), founded in November 1987, is the oldest and largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in the United States.

Their mission is to educate, organize, and empower Black leaders, including clergy, elected officials, medical practitioners, business professionals, social policy experts, and the media, to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities.
The NBLCA conducts policy, research and advocacy on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities to ensure effective participation of our leadership in all policy and resource allocation decisions impacting communities of African descent nationwide.
Calvin O. Butts III (born 1949), is the Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, and Chairman and founder of the Abyssinian Development Corporation – an engine for $500 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem.

He is also Chairman of the Board for the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. They hosted their 25th Annual “Choose Life Awards Hall of Hope and Remembrance” benefit reception on June 7th, 2012. World Liberty TV interviewed Calvin Butts about the causes and ethics of his great organization, and what he believes will help the world better tackle the issues of HIV/AIDS.
Also shown is footage from stage where the awards were given. Wendy Williams was the emcee, presenting honors for Dionne Warwick, Jonathan Larson, Duane Cramer, and Carla A. Harris.

17th Annual Men Cooking for Change Gala – 2012

Women In The Black New York Inc. is a Harlem based entrepreneurial organization created for the purpose of educating, training and supporting women business owners.
Women In The Black is committed to educating and equipping women with the skills and resources necessary to start, build, lead and grow successful small businesses in their communities, primarily in the New York metropolitan area.
The World Liberty TV team was on hand to Women In The Black New York Inc.’s 17th Annual Men Cooking for Change Gala where we had a chat with the president of the organization, Ms. Princess Jenkins as well as meeting the honoree’s vendors exhibiting many variety of foods, beverages, and desserts.

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