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Overview of His CBC Annual Legislative Conference Policy Forums


Forum Title: Africa and the Diaspora - From Slaveships to Partnerships
Thursday, September 16, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Washington Convention Center, Room 209-C

Forum Details: The panel will be composed of leading African experts from the private, public and non-profit sectors. The focus of this panel would be to increase awareness about Africa's growing importance in the global economy and its growing efforts to increase its trade presence with other economies such as those found in Brazil, Russia, India, China and other nations that are aggressively making efforts to gain access to African resources and advance their ties to their respective regions. This forum will also address the role the Diaspora can play in strengthening U.S.-Africa economic ties.


Hosted by: The Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Moderator: Darius Mans, President, Africare

Featured Speaker: Ambassador Ronald Kirk, United States Trade Representative

Ambassador Ali Salum Ali, African Union Mission Permanent Representative to U.S.
Mr. David Hinson, Director, Minority Business Development Agency
Mr. Richard Cambridge, Office of the VP of the World Bank, Director of the New Africa
Diaspora Initiative
Dr. Sharon T. Freeman, President and CEO AASBEA
Ms. Donna Sims Wilson, President, MR BEAL & COMPANY
Mr. Dipak Patel, Global Sector Head: International Development Group Standard Bank


Forum Title: African American Bloggers and Blogs--The New Voices on the Street
Thursday, September 16, 2010
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Washington Convention Center, Room 147-A

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Forum Details: This forum will explore the growing presence and influence of African American-owned and operated website properties, known as "blogs." The panel discussion will define important and sometimes unique challenges that these entities face, and offer suggestions to resolve these matters. Among the matters that will be discussed are recruiting talent, subsidizing overhead and generating profits, marketing and connecting with one's audience, complying with applicable federal regulations, ethical considerations and brand building. Many African American blogs cater to Internet users who want information on topics and to read stories and news accounts that are of particular interest to African Americans and their communities, including stories and accounts containing the opinions and perspectives of African American authors, journalists and commentators.


Hosted by: The Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Moderator: Natalie Hopkinson, Editor, The Root

Mr. John Fountain, True Vine, on Blog Management and Sustainable Growth
Ms. Natasha Eubanks, The, on Blog Management and Future Areas of Opportunity
Ms. Kristal High,, on Blog Management and Future Areas of Opportunity
Mr. Adam Conner,, on The Role and Power of Established and Emerging Social
Media Networks and Future Areas of Opportunity
Ms. Stacey Ferguson, Federal Trade Commission, on The FTC's Blogging Rules
Mr. Dave Stein, Burst Media, on Harnessing Technology and Its Role in Growing the
Mr. David Graff, Epic Media Group, on Sustainable Growth and Revenue Generation


Film Screening: Premiere Luncheon Screening of "India of K-Town," a film by
producer/director, Beverly Price
Friday, September 17, 2010
12 noon - 2 p.m.
National Cable and Telecommunications Association
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001
(Near Union Station - Phone: 202-222-2300)


Forum Title: Rescuing Our Youth from Chaos and Carnage: Effective Strategies to Address Youth Violence
Friday, September 17, 2010
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3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Washington Convention Center, Room 207-B

Forum Details: This forum will assemble a variety of stakeholders in a spirited discussion with a focus on concrete measures, and strategies, that individuals and organizations can implement to comprehensively address the symptoms of youth violence.

Hosted by: The Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Moderator: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, The Washington Informer

Ms. Diane Latiker, Founder, Kids Off the Block, on Community-Based Organizing
Mr. Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Dellinquency
Programs, on Federal Programs, Resources and Strategies
Mr. Derrick Brooks, Founder, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., on Private Investments,
Foundations and Charity Support
Mr. Ron Huberman, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, on School, Parental and Community
Mr. Isiah Thomas, Head Coach, Florida International University, on the Importance of

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