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TRAYVON MARTIN  – THE EMMITT TILL OF 2012 By Hermene Hartman, Today’s Transmedia Woman

The murder of Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot in Sanford Florida by a
keystone cop type is the Emmett Till case of 2012.  A teen Black male is in
danger on American streets, in his neighborhood, in the suburbs and on urban
streets.   A young Black Male Walking   (BMW) should be very careful.    His
mere walking is a danger sign. Walking in jeans and sweats and a hoodie
could   be a death sentence.  The reason –  because you are Black and only
because you are Black.

America has a problem –  the perception of the Black Male.  Even with a
Black male occupying The White House, the fear factor and the disrespect
looms.   The President of the Untied States said, if I had a son, he might
look like Trayvon Martin.  The resemblance is clearly there  –   clean cut,
bright shinning face.   He could have also said, maybe if I weren¹t in the
White House, I too would be under the same threat, minus secret service.  Or
he could have also said, when I was his age, it could have been me.

A Washington Post reporter said we are living in a post racial society. The
comment was stimulated, I am sure, because President Barrack Obama is in
office and some might think  race issues have vanished.    Wrong and we knew
it was wrong when she said it.  Try walking the streets as a young black man
and you find out quickly the state of American racism.  The police are
afraid of the children. The children are afraid of the police. Both are
quick on the draw.

Trayvon was walking in his housing complex in Florida. He was walking in a
gated  guarded community.  He went to the store.  He had candy in one hand
and tea in the other.  He was talking on his cell phone.  He had on  the
clothes of youth, a hoodie that is a sweatshirt with a hood.  Did it cost
him his life?    Front-page story in the Chicago Tribune is  ³What black
parents are telling their sons² as they navigate from teenage to adult hood
as they travel the streets in normal life.    This is a Black problem, it is
not a class problem or an education problem,  it is a defined race problem.
It is a problem that whites may not understand, however, it is real.    It
is not new that  Black parents  provide their sons social instructions on a
special code of conduct for Black men.  The Black men of the south,
yesteryear  were told to get off the sidewalk if approaching a white male.
They were also told never to look a white man in the eye and to drop their
heads while talking.

Today, parents tell their children to walk in twos or threes.  They
prepare them for the police stop.  Instructions are stay  in the car, keep
your hands on the wheel. Do not argue.  Get out of the car with your hands
up and  in front of you.  For no reason at all put your hands in your
pocket, it does not matter  that you don¹t have anything  in your pocket, it
matters only what the police officer thinks.  He thinks you have a weapon.

Black Male Tales that are True
I know a Black male who was the top officer of his company working in a
major downtown establishment.  He forget his brief case, filled with work
for the weekend.  He did not go back in the building after hours, because
the guards did not know he was coming. He is never without suit, shirt and
tie, always looking like a fashion plate.    He did not go back in the
building because he is a Black male, and he didn¹t want the guard, the white
guard, to get confused and mistakenly consider him a burglar and shoot him
accidentally in the dark.    He left his briefcase and drove back into the
city the next day and went to his office.

I know another Black man, whose teen child wanted to visit the mall with his
buddies for his birthday, without parents. They wanted to just hang by
themselves.  His father gave him and his buddies instructions.  He drove
them to the mall and they agreed where they would be picked up with specific
time.  He made sure they were nicely dressed. He told them to be polite and
for no reason loud.  He told them to go into the stores only where they
wanted to purchase an item and to make it clear that they were there to buy.
He told them not to laugh too loud.  This was their first venture without
parents.  He was scared to death, explaining to me, you have no idea what
could happen over  absolutely nothing.  He was on pins and needles often
with phone calls to his sons  cell to check on their safety and whereabouts.

I know another Black male who for no reason will not  wear a jockeying suit
or jeans and t-shirt.  He is suited at all times.  His complexion is dark.
He is a successful business owner and works odd hours and is always low key
and polite, no matter what.  He says a screaming black man, a black man with
the wrong hat, the wrong suit of clothing, can cause upset and death.

I have a white neighbor, who was alarmed when she saw  a Black male in the
hallway.   She went and told another white neighbor that a Black man was in
the building.    She was correct.  He was a United States Congressman.  I
had to tell her she would probably see other Black men in my home and that
she could not call the police as though she was in danger when  she saw
someone  walking through the halls.

The young black male in American society is threatened and is a threat all
in one package.    It is ridiculous, yet Black people understand it and live
it.   Women understand it and men understand it most of all and adjust their
style to accommodate.

A maniac, George Zimmerman,  killed Trayvon for no reason other than his own
prejudices.  He has yet to be arrested. This is the tragedy of the tragedy.
America at large is up in arms for the murder and  rightfully are filling
the  streets in protest.  Trayvon could have been anybody¹s child and any
black boy in America.

Today’s Transmedia Women Showcase’s “LOVE MOODS” A Book of Poems by Hermene Hartman


Hermene Hartman 20 Plus Years of Publishing Excellence N’DIGO

About Hermene Hartman

Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF THE HEART, appears on Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15.

N’DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. N’DIGO is a weekly lifestyle publication for progressive readers. In 1995, N’DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine.

Ms. Hartman is founder and president of N’DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995. It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational pursuits.

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2.Put On Your Favorite Music

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Today’s Transmedia Woman highlights the long list of accomplishments of Ms. Helen Greer of the Greer Entertainment Agency International


Today’s Transmedia Woman highlights the long list of accomplishments of Ms. Helen Greer of the Greer Entertainment Agency who for more than 50 years has served the Music Industry.  This Music Legend was brought to WCNTV’s  attention by International Goodwill Ambassador Oscar J. Webb Vice Chairman of World Colours Network Television.   50 Years of working with some of the top talent in the African American Community we celebrate the accomplishments of this Today’s Transemdia Woman, Ms. Helen Greer.  we look forward to working with you and supporting the continued longevity of your business success.

Helen Greer Agency

Greer Entertainment Agency International

1725 S. Rainbow Boulevard  *  Suite 2 – #160

Las Vegas, Nevada  89146

Office: 702.368.7654   *   Fax: 702.253.5796   *   Email: hgreer369@cox.net

Celebrating 51 Years of Booking the Best in the Business !  

(Bonded Licensed Entertainment Booking Agent since 1961



‘Booking Entertainment Queen’

Helen Greer with one of her many clients ‘Cab Calloway Look-Alike’ Jesse’

‘The Real Royalty in Booking Agents’
Founder / CEO & President
‘a  true Legendary Pioneer in Entertainment’


Helen Greer’s

Greer Entertainment Agency Int’l


‘Celebrating 47 Years of Booking the Best in the Business’ 

(Bonded Licensed Entertainment Agent since 1961)



  • Music Concerts Tours
  • Music Festivals & Fairs
  • Night Clubs & Theatres
  • Special VIP  Private Events
  • Casino Site Appearances
  • College Homecomings
  • Television Appearances
  • Sports Celebrity Appearances
  • Lectures from Celebrities
  • Celebrities for Churches
  • Celebrities for Red Carpet Events
  • Artists for Work Shops & Tradeshows


Brief Profile & History of Icon Helen Greer:

In 1960, Helen Greer opened her first talent agency in the City of San Francisco, and in doing so, became the first African-American Female to be licensed and bonded by the State of California.

In 1964, Helen Greer expanded her business by opening up a branch office in Seattle Washington, and again made a bit of history by becoming the first American-American Female to be licensed by the State of Washington as a talent agent.

In 1971, Helen Greer opened her office in Atlanta, Georgia, again challenging the status quo by becoming the first African-American Female to be licensed as a talent agent in the State of Georgia.

During this time, she booked many, many music stars, and worked exclusively with the late great Brook Benton from 1972 until his death in 1986.

In 1980, Helen Greer founded and produced the ‘Top Star Awards’ (compared to a Music Academy Awards style of Show). The show honored local artist throughout the Six Major Cities including Atlanta.  Now, President of the Academy Awards, Richard Green worked on Helen Greer’s production team on the original ‘Top Show Awards’. Some say that today’s Academy Awards is of similar style and format of Helen Greer’s one time production.

In 1982, Helen Greer was appointed by Lt. Governor Zell Miller of Georgia to serve as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Council of the Music Industry Committee in the Georgia Senate, representing the State of Georgia.

In 1995, Helen Greer was awarded a ‘Pioneer Award’ by the Anheuser Busch and COPE (Club Owners Promoters & Entertainers Organization).

Helen Greer is busy with many daily bookings of entertainers, acts from the Temptations, Jeffrey Osburne, Midnight Star, Pattie LaBelle, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, requests recently have come for Rock ‘n’ Roll American Music Award Artist of the Year Kid Rock, from Gospel, R & B, Rock & Blues, and so many more.

In 1996, Helen Greer filed and was granted the exclusive US rights to the Trade Name, the Trademark, and the US Copyright name, Helen recently formed the Delaware Corporation, ‘Cotton Club Revue’. In 2000, Mr. Leonard Reed, 95 years old, and the original and only Producer of the famous Harlem and Broadway Cotton Club Revue joined Helen Greer as her key consultant to the upcoming 2004, Las Vegas Broadway Musical Play, ‘Helen Greer’s Cotton Club Revue’.

In 2003,  Ms. Greer licensed the rights to her Helen Greer’s Cotton Club Revue’ to Celebrity Icon Slots, Inc. to create an exciting Slot Machine which pays a tribute to the likeness and sounds of some of the former legends of the Cotton Club Revue. Including, Mr. Leonard Reed, the ‘Shim Sham’ Man. The Helen Greer’s Cotton Club Revue Slot Machine made it debut in at the 2003 Las Vegas Convention Centre Gaming Expo Show in Sept. Her slot machine is expected to be release in 2006/07.

Queen Helen Greer’s Clients served are much to many to list, but her Star Galaxy of Excellence in Booking have included:


* Lou Rawls                   Blue Magic           Al Jarreau            The Commodores

* Marlena Shaw   The Whipers        The Temptations  The Impressions

* Arthur Prysock Redd Fox             J. Guitar Watson  The Ohio Players

* B.B. King          The Manhattans   Harold Mevin       Lakeside

* Midnight Star    The O’Jays           Natalie Cole              Frankie Beverly & Maze

* Lloyd Price        * Jerry Butler       * Gene Chandler   * Ben E. King

* Bootsy Collins  …..and many more


Helen Greer is also an equity partner with the United for the World Evens Group, Inc.

Queen Helen Greer’s Awards and Achievements have been many, to extensive to name them all, however, a few include:


* The Distinguished Contribution Award for Outstanding Promotions of Black Music & Black Musicians National Association of Negro Musicians.

* “The Key to the City” from the Mayor of Las Vegas honoring Queen Helen as the first African-American Female to open a talent agency that is licensed and bonded in the State of Nevada.

*  Award from the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.

*  Award of Excellence Las Vegas Music Industry Entrepreneur Award

*  ‘Celebrity Roast Award’ in Atlanta / Entertainment USA Magazine

*  Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation / Outstanding Contributions to the Entertainment Industry / City of Los Angeles / Major Richard J. Riordan

*  Alliance of Black Technicians Outstanding Achievement Award / State of California Recognition / Diane E. Watson, 26th Senatorial District.

*  County of Los Angeles / Outstanding Achievements in Promotions of Black Music & Black Musicians / Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke, Chairwoman.

Important Statement from ‘Queen’ Helen Greer:


“ Customer service is not a department, it is an attitude.  In business there is only one Boss, and that is the customers.  They can decide to fire everyone in the company, from the CEO& President on down, by spending their money somewhere else.  Our solid foundations of excellence remain, ‘Quality, Service, and Teamwork’.  The Greer Entertainment Agency Int’l. real Success over the past 47 years of serving my clients and customers have been truly realized by helping to make others Successful.”


For Further Information:

Contact:  William ‘Dollar-Bill’ Waller

                 Email: dbagent@cox.net   

                 Director of Business Affairs & Marketing

                 Helen Greer and The Greer Entertainment Agency Int’l


Chief Field Agent:  Ms. Rose Lewis


Contact:   Ms. Helen Greer, CEO & President

Phone:     702.368.7654                   Fax:  702.253.5796



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It may be time for a Reality Check.  Another Black Eye for Herman Cain.  Kind of feel sorry for him, more so his wife.  Using the it wasn’t me defense is getting tired, over used and trite.


So we have another woman ready to risk everything just to do what stop you running in a race you cannot possibly win.  Its time for a Come to Jesus Meeting with your wife and Pastor and a well needed vacation.  Just do it sooner rather than later.


I am reminded often in our quest for success not to embarrass your family and the generations before you.  You wonder if he heard his attorney at all prior to going on CNNLynn Wood is a brilliant attorney who crafted a great response that Cain completely ignored.   First everyone knows that a man is about as faithful as his options.


Herman Cain - Caricature


Now 5 Women are lying about him.  Each of which understands the Media will Rip their lives apart.  Bro I expect to see you back on Wolf saying BLITZ,  I resign.   His campaign is now Radioactive and he has no one to blame but himself.

Let’s try to ignore the allegations for a moment and listen to his policies.




Judge Penny Brown Reynolds – Todays Transemdia Woman Keynote Address to Women of Color

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WCNTV Commentary: This incredible message from Judge Penny Brown Reynolds is just as important today as it was when delivered at the Women of Color Conference in 2009.  Judge Penny is on fire and I dedicate this Keynote to my Mother, Sisters, Aunts and Daughters.  Today’s Transmedia Women a publication dedicated to the women in media who make a difference.  Today’s Transmedia Woman is Judge Penny Brown Reynolds and we pray that her voice would increase and be heard around thw world. Jay O’Conner Chairman & CEO WCNTV.   The Honorable Penny Brown Reynolds Bringing an authentic voice to daytime television, and an inspiring new perspective, the honorable Penny Brown Reynolds presides over the court series, Family Court with Judge Penny, drawing on her legal and personal background to address the conflicts faced by families in America.   This Emmy nominated executive producer and television personality, judge, author, entrepreneur, ordained minister, preacher, scholar, and theologian provides a straight forward and relevant message and is America’s newest provocative intellectual on issues including politics, justice, religion, as well as pop culture.   Full Bio will appears on the WCNTV WordPress Blog.   http://wcntransmedia.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/judge-penny-brown-reynolds-todays-transemdia-woman-keynote-address-to-women-of-color/
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