(pictured above; Lomax Campbell (left) and Hélène Biandudi (right) will be the Black Media Brunch speakers).
After officially gaining 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) will host its first fundraiser bringing together media professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs from around the region! The Black Media Brunch will be held at ButaPub, 315 Gregory Street, on Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The Black Media Brunch is an engaging networking fundraiser where multimedia professionals from around the region join local business owners and entrepreneurs to help RABJ raise money for workshops and programs and to address ways media professionals can help tell the stories of black and minority-owned businesses.
Hélène Biandudi Hofer is an award-winning journalist and host of WXXI’s Need to Know. She is also the founder and host of The Empty Hanger, a multimedia project that investigates the stories “behind the seams” of particular clothing items, trends and movements. As keynote speaker, Hélène will talk about how she has been able to use her voice and various media platforms to generate buzz about inspiring stories that are uncommon and rarely told. Hélène will address the value of communication professionals identifying alternative media channels to address issues, promote positivity and uplift communities of color.
Lomax Campbell is cofounder of Black-Owned Business Rochester (BOB Rochester), an online resource that provides sustained support for Black enterprises, service organizations and affinity groups by helping improve effectiveness, generate revenue and create opportunities for growth and expansion. Lomax will follow the keynote address by presenting a call-to-action where he will encourage media professionals to consider telling the stories often untold about black-owned businesses, the owners and the communities they serve.
“RABJ recognizes the impact that we can potentially have on the local economy by being a partner of black and minority- owned businesses,” said Richard McCullough, RABJ President and veteran multimedia professional. “To celebrate our new status as a recognized Not for Profit, we are bringing together multimedia professionals from around the region along with local business owners and entrepreneurs to determine ways we can work together and form new alliances to boost the local economy by helping spotlight the accomplishments of black and minority owned businesses.”
Tickets for the Black Media Brunch are limited and can be purchased by searching “RABJ Black Media Brunch” on www.eventbrite.com. The cost is $38 and includes a brunch combo option, 2 flutes of mimosas and one complimentary professional headshot. RABJ will raffle prizes and provide discount coupons and vouchers to local eateries and grooming services for guests that participate in various engagement activities.
About Rochester Association of Black Journalists: RABJ is an affiliate of the NationalAssociation of Black Journalists, a national organization of more than 4,000 journalists, students and media professionals that advocates for diversity in newsrooms and news content. For more information about RABJ visit www.rabjournalists.org.