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New Interview Series, ‘Black Joy Talks’ to Bring Healing to the Black Community



In honor of BIPOC mental health month, Lisa C. Williams, CMO of Smart Hustle Agency under her new initiative, Black People Forward, will host black joy talks with experts, professionals, and leaders to mitigate the effects racial, systemic, and vicarious trauma is having on BIPOC which has elevated stress levels and has caused compounding mental health challenges in the black community.

Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) said, “Our nation’s African American community is going through an extremely painful experience, pain that has been inflicted upon this community repeatedly throughout history and is magnified by mass media and repeated deaths. We stand with all the families, friends, and communities who have lost loved ones senselessly due to racism.”

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National (BIPOC) Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2021 theme is, Strength in Communities. The movement was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, adult African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites. Research has shown that both African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than whites, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

African Americans living below the poverty level are twice as likely to report psychological distress as those 2 times over the poverty level. African Americans of all ages are more likely to be victims of serious violent crime than are whites, making them more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Brighid Kleinman and Eric Russ shared in an article, “In recent days, black people have been repeatedly reminded of the risks involved when they interact with police, been repeatedly exposed to videos of black men and women being murdered and seen a military response to communities protesting these abuses. These experiences are piled onto the daily experiences of direct, indirect, and systemic racism. The cumulative effect of these experiences can have a seriously damaging impact on the mental and physical health of black people. Psychological scientists have come to describe this impact as racial trauma.”

“It is incredibly important to address the different types of traumas so our community can identify their feelings and get the proper help they need to begin to move forward and get back their ‘black joy’” Williams, said.

She added, “I am curating a team of black mental health experts, advocates, and leaders so that we have the best and the brightest voices who understand from a black perspective how the trauma our community is facing is impacting us, so more African Americans will be inclined to listen, take action and move forward!”

Dr. Walker, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and Researcher who works and speaks at the intersection of culture, spirituality, and mental health to address the impact of racial tension said, “What we don’t know is killing us—slowly, but it’s killing us.”  This is a timely interview series.

To inquire about being a guest, email [email protected].  The interviews can be found on Business Innovators Radio –   

About Black People Forward

The Black People Forward Project aims to expose, empower, and equip Black People in the areas of health and wealth and improve the quality of life in the black community. BPF will be a resource hub of experts, professionals, celebrities, leaders providing value to the black community. The nonprofit will provide support to help black people gain access and exposure to smarter hustles, create game plans to move forward financially, and improve black people’s overall wellbeing.  The heart of the project is to bring hope, healing, and help to BIPOC individuals through exposure and experiences that will be provided in an effort to create the #momentum that jumpstarts black people moving forward.

About Smart Hustle Agency

Smart Hustle Agency is a Business and Lifestyle Enhancement company. We exist to expose, equip and empower individuals & business owners to live better – work smarter – do good. The agency accomplishes this through its projects, partnerships, platforms & programs. We create Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns that help business owners, entrepreneurs and influencers elevate their brand while being part of the solution to make the world better for others.

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TOP 30 Finalist Moving to Phase II of The National Black Business Pitch Competition



The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a virtual competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

These thirty businesses have advanced to the final competition and the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. The final competition will consist of a 2-day live virtual event, August 17 & 18, 2021, where the business owner will Pitch his or her business to multiply corporations from across the United States.

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If your corporation desires to do business with Black-owned, founded, or controlled businesses throughout the United States, you too want to get in on the action. Become a sponsor today and join forces with other corporations like  The Walt Disney Company, Honda, AT&T, SRP, & Delta and support the NBBP. You may also register to view the live competition at

Follow us on Facebook and join WBEC-West LIVE on Facebook, August 30th to hear the winners of the NBBP (The National Black Business Pitch).  

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PROGRAM 15 Announces Collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics For New Balance Future Stars Series Amateur Player Development Events



PROGRAM 15 and New Balance Baseball continue their unwavering commitment to change the game of baseball, announcing their collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics.

In partnership with Southern Nevada Preps, the New Balance Future Stars Series will identify teams and players across the country to compete in fall tournaments throughout Las Vegas, Arizona, Southern California, Northern California, and the Northwest.

During the fall regional tournaments, elite players will be identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League Players, Coaches, and Scouts to participate in fall signature events this year. Teams from surrounding states will participate in 4 age groups (17/18U, 16U, 15U, 14U) with a 3-game minimum using NHSF Rules.

Southern Nevada Preps will operate tournament events in conjunction with the New Balance Future Stars Series brand in beginning with The Las Vegas Fall Super Regional, which kicks off September 10th with games played at college and high school fields located in the Henderson, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada area.

Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series said, “Robert and SNP are professionals. You can feel the energy from the minute he speaks and it’s contagious. We’re looking forward to the relationship and growing together for players on the West Coast for years to come.”

Since its inception in 2016, The New Balance Future Stars Series has impacted over 15,000 athletes all over the world. As the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, PROGRAM 15 is backed by decades of Pro Baseball Scouting experience. Their highly-skilled scouting staff provides amateur players in-depth and credible evaluations they can trust because they are the same credible evaluations that are trusted by Major League scouts and college coaches across the country.

For more information on The New Balance Future Stars Series Las Vegas Fall Super Regional as well as other events visit

Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics aims to bring quality baseball league play and tournaments to the Southern Nevada region. SN Preps events provide exceptional competition and positive exposure. To learn more visit

PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series, visit or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

New Balance Athletics, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for more than 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance MADE U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns and operates four factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 7,000 associates around the globe and in 2020 reported worldwide sales of $3.3 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit and for the latest press information please visit

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Resolute Media CEO Announces Brisbane THRIVE Initiative for Local Businesses



Resolute Media CEO, Brian Richards, has revealed a new initiative for local Brisbane, Queensland businesses, to be launched officially in the first week of September, 2021.

Called the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative, this project will seek to assist local South East Queensland businesses in Australia, especially those who are continuing to feel the impact of the pandemic.

“Business is a challenge for smaller operations at the best of times,” said Richards, “Given the additional hurdles continuing to be faced, we want to make the best traffic, training and tools we have available to interested Brisbane businesses.”

Richards has decades of experience in employing digital technologies to support business outcomes. He is keen to provide more immediate, practical, evidence-based support for the small business sector.

Resolute Media has already begun work on the infrastructure and systems needed to start rolling out the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative from early September through to the end of 2021 and potentially ongoing, depending on the feedback and outcomes experienced.

“We have always believed in leading with value,” Richards explained, “That has meant creating results in advance for clients wherever possible. We have now expanded and formalised that long-held business philosophy in our new credo of Proof Over Promises.”

Richards asserts that Proof Over Promises principles will underpin all aspects of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative. This means that local business owners will be afforded numerous weekly opportunities to test out for themselves a broad range of cutting edge marketing technologies, at no cost and with no obligations. A number of these resources are proprietary and exclusive to Resolute Media, who will fund the initial availability of these assets.

The marketing systems firm will also provide comprehensive training, tools and traffic options on a complimentary basis from September onwards. It is devoting August to setting up structures, preliminary testing and seeking feedback from interested parties.

Those parties will include local Brisbane charities and groups, who have also been severely impacted by the pandemic. Resolute Media will be looking for opportunities to support these non-profits in a number of projects under consideration for this year.

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] A dedicated website and social media presence are also being created to provide regular updates leading up to the launch of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative in early September, 2021.

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