September is a meaningful month for me because it’s Blood Cancer Awareness month. It’s no secret that I welcome any reason to engage in conversation about blood cancer and share information, especially Multiple Myeloma. With events like the North Texas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Blood Cancer Conference coming up on September 10th, and so much more, this month will be have me busy. There’s also the Meet Us at The Bar event I’m hosting to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of Off the Field. But as I get all fired up over those events, I have to admit that last month was remarkable too, quite to be honest.
August was the best kind of blur. I spent the start of last month jumping headfirst in to an event I’d always wanted to attend, but never had the opportunity to, the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) convention. This year it was a joint convention, they’re partnered up with the National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ) making Washington D.C. quite to hub for media folks for several days.
As a newbie, I game planned, wanted to be a sponge, put myself out there and take it all in. I came back to Dallas inspired and feeling invigorated…as well as preparing to hit the convention again in 2017 when it’s in New Orleans. The opportunity to learn from and meet some of my industry favorites let me immediately realize importance of attending the conference. I’d always wanted to, but life happened. The week my youngest was set to graduate from high school a tweet about the NABJ conference just happened to pop up on my timeline. I immediately went to the website, booked my trip and the rest is history. I call it in investment in myself, I trust me, won’t miss another one.
David Aldridge at the Lacy Pioneer Sports Awards
Teri Patterson Smith of the NFLPA accepting their award at the Lacy Pioneer Sports Award ceremony
Jarret Hill, the journalist responsible for discovering Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s speech.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressing the NABJ/NAHJ crowd
ED Gordon before hosting the Narrative Change in Entertainment and the Media panel