*Ray Leonard Jr. needs little introduction.
He will forever be remembered appearing with his famous father, hall of fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1970’s iconic 7 Up commercial capturing the hearts of millions.
Ray Leonard Jr, now all-grown-up, is a former two-sport division one collegiate athlete and former sports agent for some of the biggest names in sports credits his work ethic to his parents.
“They both supported, encouraged, and ignited in me the desire to work hard,” Ray Leonard Jr said of his mother and father.
Ray himself is a husband and father of four wonderful children and believes “young people need a strong sense of their strengths, abilities, interests, and values,” he says.
He has dedicated his life to helping others through his commitment to being better every day. As an active supporter of many causes and a youth coach and mentor, Ray brings energy, excitement and insight to any setting.
Known to always light a room when he walks in, Ray is a top motivational keynote speaker, radio host, actor and award-winning business executive.
He is the co-founder of Launch Team Consulting, Inc., which focuses on diversity, leadership and corporate culture training.
Ray is also the co-owner of Universal Media Group, a media conglomerate whose corporate focus is on the implementation of celebrity-based programming, social media and interactive TV. The company is known for its cutting-edge technology in media through music, with sports and empowering the millennial generation.
Ray has an uncanny ability to connect with his audience, as a powerful motivational speaker. Instilling the virtues of leadership, discipline, awareness and control, Ray is a sought-after speaker who has traveled extensively, giving talks to various businesses, organizations and the military.
A recognizable and trusted figure whose name packs a powerful punch, Ray has been an endorser for major brands such as 7 Up.
He will release his passion project, Ray Leonard Jr’s Life Success Playbook, a dynamic book of heartfelt inspiration, life lessons and practical strategies to drive change for young people in the fall of 2020.
The Maryland native resides in California and is a graduate of Ohio University with a BS in Sports Management and a BA in Business Administration.
Ray Leonard Jr, for sure – the total package!
Tune in to all things Ray Leonard Jr. @rayleonardjr
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Disney Dreamers Academy to Host Virtual Event for 2020 Participants
*LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The immersive, transformational Disney Dreamers Academy will take place virtually this fall and, for the first time in its history, offer career shadow externships for all 100 members of the class.
Just like past Disney Dreamers Academy events, the virtual experience will deliver life lessons and tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies. This version of the program will do so with self-paced workshops, interactive video-conferencing sessions, networking opportunities and more, led by top speakers and industry professionals.
Following the virtual experience, all 100 students will be placed into career shadowing externships based on their dream professions so they can receive personal insight and advice from mentors.
The announcement of this new Disney Dreamers Academy experience was made Aug. 5, 2020, at the virtual NABJ/NAHJ convention by Tracey D. Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. The original, in-person 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy program was shortened earlier this year due to the temporary closure of Walt Disney World Resort.
“We were disappointed to have to cut this year’s event short due to the pandemic, and we knew we had to create something extra special for this outstanding group of high school students,” said Powell. “We expect to deliver an immersive, informative and inspirational experience that will impact these Disney Dreamers just as the traditional program has done for more than a decade.”
The program, now in its 13th year, is a part of Walt Disney World’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is “Be100,” encouraging teens to be positive, to be “all in” and to carry what they learn back with them so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.
For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.
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Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs to Speak on the ‘ULMII’ Entertainment Conference Panel November 7, 2020
*Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, artist manager of a multi-award winning actor/filmmaker, to speak on the entertainment industry panel at the 21st annual Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 1-3pmPT via Zoom Video Conferencing. Dr. Hobbs has successfully managed the career of her prodigy son, Anthony Michael Hobbs, from the age of four garnering him a role in projects for such heavy-weights as PBS and Dreamworks to the age of 15 as a multi-award winning filmmaker and founder of a very popular international film festival.
A prodigy child herself as a model/actress from a very young age to her early 20s, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs credits included runway work for Paul Mitchell Products, fashion show producer Glynn Jackson, and the Bay Lady Cruise’s Extravaganza. She acquired small roles for Pepsi-Cola (commercial), Macy Grey and Common (music video) and Ruff Endz (music video). She was crowned Miss Fitness at the Miss Teen USA pageant and did print work for John Casablanca Productions and Money Magazine (Urban Youth Edition, 1996).
Those experiences enabled her to manage the career of her son very successfully acquiring him acting and modeling assignments, some of which are still being use today, that include Comcast Xfinity, Sprout Network, United Way and Claritin Kids Allergy. He has done voice-over work for VTech Toys and TBWA World Wide – the largest advertising holding company in the world. He went on to appear in a national classroom tutorial by KinderRhyme that was shown in 2600 schools. His acting roles include a co-starring role in a Dreamworks project and a PBS mini-series which received an Emmy Award that took them both to the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. His print work include national campaigns for Finish Line Athletics, Villa Sportswear, Charles River Apparels and USDA’s Healthy Kids campaign. As she did, she made sure her son Anthony gave back to the community volunteering his time at national events such as the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference to help inspire young artists and local events such the Joel Gamble’s Career Scholars Program. She went on to help him write, produce, direct and star in his own short films through his own company Imagination Lunchbox, LLC. He wrote, produced, directed and starred in One Nation and Naga Pixie, which garnered over 10 awards each nation wide. His company also co-produced a short called Agent Hollywood for his coach. By the age of 11 he decided to create his own community event to screen and award young filmmakers like himself, to fill a need he saw while screening his own films across the country. Working on its 4th year in 2021 the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest’ has screened films made by youth from all over the world, which include the U.S., Hungary, Australia, India, Taiwan, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Last year his company partnered with the Eubie Blake Center for him to host an annul filmmaking workshop for youth. The first short film made by the workshop was screened at his 2020 ILICFF event.
On Saturday November 7th between 1-3pmPT you will get a chance to talk to Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs during the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference’s “Industry Panel QandA Session.” The conference also offers a “Professional Talent Showcase,” just before the “National Talent Competition” ends the conference where a singer, songwriter, dancer or actor will be awarded the “ULMII Best Artist Award” and over $15,000 valued in prizes.
To perform in the talent competition log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com and register (mention this news release and get all registration fees waived). To gain access to the Zoom Video Conferencing Saturday November 7th email [email protected].
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Veteran Reporter DC Livers Launches First Black Woman Owned/Led Sports Network
*(BlackSportz.com) – In a much anticipated, long overdue effort, veteran sports reporter DC Livers has launched the nation’s first Black-Owned, Black-Women led sports network.
The Black Sportz Network™ (BlackSportz.com) will serve as the only news network that addresses the media blackout which often restricts Black-owned media from having equal access to professional sports.
“I must be crazy to do this but here I am launching a Black-owned sports network,” said Livers. “ESPN has a virtual sports monopoly. Although many Black-owned media attempt to gain media credentials or access but most of the times they are quickly shot down because there’s systematic and economic racism even in professional sports. [Black Sportz Network] is something I’ve been thinking about for years. I’m often the only Black woman covering a game that doesn’t work for ESPN or mainstream media. I never really get used to it. More than once I’ve had to go to the ladies room and have a good cry. Looking back now, I was just taking one for the team. It’s exciting to be able to help bring equality to sports,” said Livers, who started her professional sports career covering the Indiana Pacers.
“Thanks to a great man named Dean McDowell, I was working on a story about African Americans who worked for the Pacers when Jalen Rose walked in. I landed his first interview as a member of the Pacers. It was pretty surreal because I was moonlighting for my TV station job and had started publishing a tiny little community newspaper. It’s pretty unheard of to have that kind of opportunity but I’m so grateful that Dean understood the importance – years before it became trendy – of making sure that Black-owned media had equal access.”
Livers has already brought on a team of veteran and newbie sports writers but she’s keeping their names close to the vest for fear of talent poaching. In an industry that can turn one interview into millions of dollars, Black-owned media are often left feeling embarrassed because they can’t get equal access to African American players.
“To be frank, it’s terrible. I get so many calls from so many Black-owned media outlets asking me how they can get in. I tell them the truth: You can’t. There’s an invisible electric fence around media credentials for many professional sports leagues. It’s probably the biggest area that professional sports has to work on but I’m hopeful that when people see our collective body of work they’ll start to realize they missed out on some great talent,” said Livers, who is the longest working Black female reporter covering the NBA.
The Black Sportz Network™ is an omnimedia company featuring next level technology including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality as well as print magazines, blogs/podcasts, TV and radio, social and digital media and eventually an app all created by Black content creators or people who are committed to Livers’ vision of Media Equality. Livers has already locked in at least one advertiser.
“I don’t kid myself. This is not going to be easy. It’s just not. Players are used to going wherever their media person tells them to go so there’s going to have to be some give and take with the media managers. I remain hopeful that as the leagues are starting to embrace racial justice that we’ll find acceptance because in the end Black audiences deserve to have access to the athletes just as much as Bleacher Report, The Fumble or any other outlet,” she said.
Coverage is already underway as Livers and her editorial team have been busy providing LIVE and/or in-person sports coverage including opening Day for the MLB in Washington, DC, the NBA Bubble in Orlando, the WNBA Bubble in Bradenton, FL and the upcoming U.S. Open and Olympics.
Some of the magazines that are part of The Black Sportz Network™ are WHIPZ (a monthly hip hop focused car and gadgets publication (FlipMyWhipz.com), Black Sportz Magazine (monthly), Black Runners (Quarterly), Blacks In Tennis (Quarterly) among others.
“If we do our jobs right, 5 years from now people won’t believe there was ever a time when there wasn’t a Black-owned sports network,” Livers said.
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