Nov 30

by Kim Anthony

Barbara Perkins
Sisters at the Well

I am thrilled to share about our Urban Angel of the Day: Barbara Perkins, Founder of Sisters at the Well! Barbara founded Sisters at the Well, Inc. because of her personal desire to be in the company of inspiring women and her commitment to building upon the solid foundation of sisterhood, left by generations of strong black women. Her idea and name was taken directly from the Bible. Barbara believed then and now that when women gather at the metaphoric Well, together they would find answers to questions and solutions to problems.

Barbara Perkins has traveled around the world for over 22 years and shares her positive message of hope and ideas about the collective power of women. She has a unique and extraordinary ability to engage communities, understand issues and manage information. Her reputation as a strategic thinker has gained her access to all levels of government, prestigious boards, policy committees and community groups.

After a 17 year career with American Airlines, the American born, but Caribbean raised woman began her new career as a social entrepreneur. Her journey began with six years of training; undergraduate studies and completing her graduate work at Pacific Oaks College, in Pasadena, California where she is now on faculty.

Currently, Barbara is a sought after Inspirational Speaker, Political Advisor, Life Coach and Author of three books.

As President of Sisters At The Well, Inc. and Friends of Sisters At The Well, Barbara continues to ensure opportunities for women to gather regularly to discuss topics deemed critical to the success of the black family and black community as a whole.

She is also available for speaking engagements, training sessions and retreats.

For more information about Sisters at the Well visit:

Nov 29

Urban Angel Profiles highlight individuals, celebrities and unsung heroes alike, who are using their time, talent and treasure to make a positive difference in urban communities.  If you would like to nominate an Urban Angel to be featured please email their name, organization/cause, attached or linked photo, bio and website and Facebook Profile Page to:  or…send the above-requested information via Facebook Inbox Message to:

Kim Anthony is a recognized expert in personal and organizational leadership and brings more than 20 + years of experience in grassroots business and community development to her role as President and CEO of the Urban Leadership Dynamics, a social enterprise that is dedicated to developing exceptional leaders in urban communities.

Prior to her current position, Kim served for ten years as the director of entrepreneurial training and development for the Black Business Association (BBA), headquartered in Los Angeles. Currently serving as a consultant to the BBA, she has since parlayed her experience into publishing the monthly the Urban Business Journal and for two years was the producer and host of ‘ KTYM 1460 AM’s weekly business talk show,” The Radio Boardroom with Kim Anthony and Marc Hamilton.

Her newest media ventures include Urban Philanthropy Magazine: Highlighting Civic Engagement in Urban Communities and her new radio talk show, “In Our Community with Kim Anthony: Celebrating Individuals and Organizations Making the Difference in Urban Communities.”

This USC Marshall School Certificate in Business Management grad is a passionate social enterprise advocate and gifted fundraiser, who has sourced more than $10 million in funding for worthy causes and social innovation projects. To share her techniques and experience with others who are ready to develop their own fundraising skills, she has recently developed a fundraising workshop for grassroots leaders entitled “The Aladdin Factor: How to Ask For and Receive Support for Your Cause, Creative or Social Enterprise.”

Kim is also the author of the book, “Live Your Legacy: Tapping Into Your Greatness Through Giving” and as a transformational training facilitator and coach, she works with people who are committed to creating the life of their dreams while “Doing Well by Doing Good.”

She is the recipient of more than 50 political commendations and community/civic engagement awards and was twice selected to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.

A product of the foster care system, Kim is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker and used her Ms. California 2001 reign to motivate at-risk-youth and young adults to achieve their highest possibilities.

Kim continues to provide training and consulting services to social businesses and non-profit organizations worldwide. She makes her home in Santa Monica, California.

Nov 27

by Katryna Starks

I stayed away from the Antoine Dodson circus until someone posted the video on my Facebook page.  People have said that reporters chose this man to speak to because he is stereotypical, that he exploited himself by speaking into the camera, that the song was a mockery and that his BET Awards performance only furthered it.  In essence, Antoine Dodson is seen as a negative portrayal of black men.

Now that I’ve familiarized myself with the story, I think people are letting their own stereotypes get in the way of what actually happened.  In the process, they are missing several points.

The Interview: As someone with a degree in Communications, i don’t think he was ill-chosen at all.  In cases involving sex crimes, reporters usually don’t put the actual victim on camera.  In this case, the woman wasn’t actually raped but the reporter may still have hesitated to identify her.  The person in the home who was closest to her and was also an eyewitness was the brother who ran the would-be rapist out of the house.  That was Antoine.  He wasn’t interviewed for or despite his demeanor and appearance, but because of his actual relevance to the story.  With that understanding, there was no foolishness in the initial choice for him as an interviewee.

The Camera: As for him speaking directly into the camera to the criminal, parents of kidnapping victims often do the same thing.  They are often pleading for the safe return of family members.  Antoine chose to issue a threat instead.  Either way, his addressing the camera in order to send a message to the criminal is not new or even unusual.

The Look: As Maurice Dolberry said in this story, Dobson did not seek fame and fortune on his own.  His family was the victim of an attempted crime and he was interviewed about it. Right after it happened.  Was he supposed to be articulate and well-dressed?  Are all crime victims that way?  If someone broke into your house and attempted to rape you or your loved one, was chased off and then reporters came to investigate – would you be camera-ready?  Would you be concerned about that?  Neither was Antoine.

The Song: Again, Antoine did not seek fame. He did not make a song out of his threat. Someone else did.  It doesn’t matter why they did. The point is that it went viral and Antoine used the opportunity to move his family out of a dangerous neighborhood.  Whether the song is likable or not, he didn’t make it so he can’t be blamed for it.  He did, however, make sure that he benefited from someone else swiping his image and using it for their own gain – and that is commendable.

The BET Awards: Let’s face it.  What happens every year on the BET awards is that people spend 2-3 hours celebrating some of the most misogynistic music that has ever been created.  Music with lyrics that celebrate he sexual prowess of the artist, often referring to women as bitches in the process.  Narcissistic music that celebrates the artist’s fame.  Self-protective music that threatens the artists rival artists because of some perceived act of disrespect.  In the midst of that, Antoine’s song was an oasis.  His song celebrated the dignity of women in that they aren’t to be intruded upon and raped.  His song was protective of women, suggesting that they were to be hidden away from such intruders.  His song was not a narcissistic celebration of himself but a threat to those who would harm others.

Antoine Dodson is not a stereotype that perpetuates a negative image of black men, he is a human being who acted bravely and stood up for others.  Seeing him as anything else only reveals the bias of the observer.  It doesn’t make or change what Antoine really is.  Antoine Dodson is a hero.