Feature photo: Gathering at Glassboro Orchid Club Scholarship Luncheon at Masso Crystal Manor on Saturday, May 7. Photo by AC JosepH Media
By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY – In a new feature column for FRNJ Extra, we introduce "The Wrap Up," a bi-weekly review of events, honors, etc. involving the Black and Latino communities in South Jersey.
This column will include community honors, review of events, scholarship winners and everything in between in an effort to bring you more of what is happening. Some of the items featured in this column will be developed into more detailed articles down the road.
If you have an event or honor you would like featured on "The Wrap Up," contact Clyde Hughes, editor of Front Runner New Jersey.com at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors and Events
On Friday (May 13),The New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board approved two contracts with The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc. and with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) to administer the Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program. This program will provide small businesses with training and surety bonding education through a series of workshops and strategic consulting sessions designed to increase small businesses’ bonding knowledge and capacity.
On Saturday, May 14
*Dozens of women gathered at the Cultural Collective Café and BrickNKulture Event Space in Woodbury for the annual Hey Girl Conference. The conference's founder, Cassandra Burnett, told Front Runner New Jersey she created the conference as "a space and opportunity for women to belong by providing a community of women who bare their most vulnerable thoughts and experiences. In sharing ourselves we cultivate healing from within and for others that provides the foundation for us to be our authentic selves."
Presenters included Nancy Andre, Tosca Blandfield Bynoe, Tara Cuff, Dr. Marjorie Gaskin, Vanessa Gaskin, Crystal Herring, Novisa Hunter, Marnee Jackson, Michelle McNair Pharm, Dr. Kimberly McGlonn, Tamika Otis, Shakur Rhodes, Brittnee Smith, Nova Smith, Keanya Horton and Youma Kabia Williams. Follow-up story coming soon.
*Dr. Thelma Witherspoon, Titessa D. Smith and Catrina Brown were honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's Xi Tau Zeta Chapter at the Atlantic City Claridge Hotel during their Finer Womenhood Luncheon.
Witherspoon, a pastor and radio show host, is running for Hamilton Township Committee. Smith, of Camden County, is the New Jersey State director of Zeta Phi Beta. Brown worked in Atlantic County government's Family & Community Development Department for 42 years. Kimberly Ross is the chapter president and Robinn Haynes is the scholarship committee chair.
*Lawnside Mayor Mary Ann Wardlow and Council President Dawn Wright McLeod hosted the annual "Standing On the Shoulders of Your Sistas Afternoon Tea" at the Wayne R. Bryant Senior Community Center in Lawnside.
"Volunteering with other men as servers at the Annual Lawnside "Afternoon Tea" event, celebrating and honoring sistas for their extraordinary acts of giving to others during this pandemic, while acknowledging that they stand on the shoulders of other sisters, hoping to inspire future sistas to be uplifted upon their shoulders,' said Ian Moseley,New Jersey Democratic State Committee member, on Facebook.
May 19: Business Networking Mixture at BrickNKulture Events Space, 65 North Broad Street in Woodbury. BrickNKulture along with Sage & Sakura Co. is partnering to bring an evening of networking and connecting with local business owners. The organizers said they want to create an evening to meet other business owners and get to know who and what they are all about. Event runs from 6-8 p.m. Find out more information here.
June 1: The Cape May County branch of the NAACP will host a free "Paint and Sip" from 6-8 p.m. at the Maverick Art Studio, 106 N. Main Street, in Cape May Court House. The featured artist will be Shakina Akers. For more information, call Quanette McNeal at 609-675-4995 or Necheala at 609-827-0212.
June 25: The inaugural "Youth-Preneur Extravaganza," celebrating youth entrepreneurship, will take place at the Camden High School Gymnasium, 1700 Park Boulevard, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Youth will set up booths to sell their products and meet with business experts. There will also be a fashion show by student designers. The event is being done in partnership with the Camden City School District, Dare Academy, From A Soul Of A Child and Camden City.
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