NABFEME News & Updates

NABFEME Member News & Updates reflect what happening in our membership community, who we are ... both personal and professional. It represents the NABFEME network of women performing in various capacities of entertainment and other workplace categories.  News & Events is a collection of your thoughts and what's going on in your world!

So... what's happening in your inner circle?  NABFEME event, a new book, new job... promotion, maybe its a NABFEME reflection,,, you're planning something fabulous, or you have an opinion about some of today's currents events and topics ... so, share it! Post your thoughts, comments, experiences... tell us what's going on.   Respond to another member's comments!  This section is private... it's just us, be respectful and feel free speak out!  Some commentary may reveal shared opinions regarding success and equality for women in the workplace.  While others may just reflect being a woman ... balancing lifestyles both personal and professional.  

Tell us about your business and what we can look forward to.  Got a question??? Ask it!   Someone is sure to have an answer!  This is your community  and your speak space!   

  • January 19, 2014 2:41 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    Hello Everyone!

    For every venture, every success and everything that you are currently engaged in or working on...  please allow me to congratulate each of you with a Happy Prosperous 2014!  Much success to you and there is greater in store for us in 2014! I look forward to the organization’s continued growth and adding value to our membership by presenting to you more programs, events and professional development seminars.

    While our local networks initiate the majority of our events and activities, we are a body of inspired and very active women.  Our 2013 initiatives would not have enjoyed success without the input, involvement and support of our members and the local leadership. Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas that you would like to share; if you have an interest in being a part of a committee or workgroup, or if you would like to participate in a specific project or event.  When we work together... amazing things happen! Contact the Network leader nearest you, or contact our national office at (901) 236-8439 and

    Brand WOMEN WHO JAM! experienced a boost and tremendous growth in 2013  with increased outlets airing the radio program, thus increasing the number of opportunities for women making music to be heard.  For a list of stations that air our program, visit  SESAC, the fastest growing performance rights organization in the US, joined our operations by hosting 7 dedicated Women Who Jam! showcases in their Atlanta showroom!  Stage 72 in New York joined us as a showcase partner; and Philadelphia picked up steam by adding a Women Who Jam! showcase in the market every first Tuesday in the month at the Mezzanine Super Club.   The next partner to join our efforts to promote women in music was KISS-104 FM in Atlanta.  Through a 6-week campaign that featured live performances and social media voting, we delivered the opening acts for the station’s annual Family-Fest concert in the park, headlined by the legendary all girl band, KLYMAXX!  Implemented through a partnership with Victory in Christ Christian Church, Women Who Jam for Christ was introduced.   This faith-based showcase featuring performances by Gospel and Inspirational artists was extremely successful.  It opened the door for the creation of a radio program by the same name featured on the LMB Network.

    2013 saw various meetings with the leadership of the organization to plan goals and objectives.  Overall we decided to

    • Continue to promote the value of the organization
    • Implement programs and events to stimulate membership
    • Review the potential return of the Women’s Leadership Summit
    • Review the By-Laws to promote good governance
    • Improve our outreach via new technology & social media
    • Continue to provide quality programs & events for our members

    In 2013 we implemented NABFEME Connect, an “open” monthly conference call as a means of communicating with the membership and those considering membership.  We believe that initiative did not deliver the desired results because it was open.  NABFEME Connect was delayed with a planned return in 2014, but utilized as a planning tool for the local leadership.  Open calls will be presented only at the discretion of the local leadership.

    In 2013 NABFEME Headquarters also engaged in the development or re-development of new or established regional networks, We believe this will increase our strength and overall presence in the marketplace. This action included markets like Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto, Canada.

    Greater in 2014 ...  I look forward to seeing you or meeting you at our coming events.  I look forward to your continued involvement and encourage you to invite others to become a part of our mission to empower women of color in music and entertainment!

    Yours in Success,

    Johnnie Walker, CEO  (Chief Empowerment Officer)

  • December 30, 2013 5:52 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)

    WHAT: The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is seeking participants for the “Help Desk” series featuring spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant!
    WHEN: Sunday January 12th, 2014 (specific time TBA)
    WHERE: WASHINGTON DC area (specific location TBA).

    WHO: Iyanla Vanzant is the host of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Number 1 reality show “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” in which she helps individuals in crisis whose relationships and lives have broken down. Iyanla is a frequent “Oprah’s Lifeclass” guest teacher and is a regular columnist in O, The Oprah Magazine. Iyanla is the author of 16 books, including an astounding 5 New York Times’ best sellers, With her no-nonsense approach and underlying message of, “live better by loving yourself,” Iyanla has ignited a universal spark of self-discovery. Iyanla’s new release, FORGIVENESS: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything (SmileyBooks), is on sale now.

    Iyanla is an acclaimed spiritual life coach, empowerment orator, minister, Emmy award winner and New York Times best-selling author whose focus on faith, personal development and loving relationships has captivated and inspired audiences around the world.

    Description: Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned self-help experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives. Although the event is public, we are looking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to sit down with Iyanla.

    What we are looking for: We need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance. Below are a few examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

    • Divorce or breakup
    • Loss of a family member or friend
    • Coping with job loss
    • Overcoming addiction
    • Issues revolving around sexual identity
    • Overcoming specific anxieties or fears
    • Difficulty with weight loss/eating disorders/body image
    • Parenting issues
    • Issues surrounding financial hardship
    • Sex and relationship issues
    • Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

    1. Applicants should be available during the day on Sunday January 12, 2014 in the Washington DC area. Specific time and location TBA.
    2. Provide simple description of yourself (age, profession, relationships status) and contact information (email and phone number).
    3. Photo of yourself
    4. Single paragraph description of the specific life circumstance that you need advice to overcome.
    5. Specific question (s) you would like to ask Iyanla.
    6. If selected, applicants will need to sign an Appearance Release

    Send email with answers to the above questions to:
  • November 02, 2013 5:18 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    We added a new page to the site called "The Birthday Club." On this page we will list "Happy Birthday" wishes to our members and remind everyone else to greet members on their special day.

    I noticed some of you did not indicate a birthdate on your profile (can this be just a girl thing??)... please update this (and ... you don't have to give us a year :-).  Once you update the profile we can add your special day to the page and salute you on the date God blessed us with your arrival!  We will check the page periodically. 

    "The Birthday Club" will be updated weekly, however, our volunteer staff is limited, so if we miss yours ... feel free to remind us!" :-) Jump in... if you have some ideas you'd like to share that will make the Birthday Club extra special... let us know!

  • August 19, 2013 3:39 PM | Patricia A. Saunders
    So I am reflecting on life and not sweating the little things. I was talking with my sister on the fear of getting older and life balance. 

    I said I noticed that we are the backbone to the household. We take care of everyone and the last person is always ourselves. 

    She retired 3 years ago and had problems breathing. Being persistent with her doctor who kept dismissing it they found that she had lung cancer. She had surgery and a portion of her lung was removed. She thought it was cut out, gone, that's it. Her frustration over being tested, going for follow up appointments finally hit home that you're not clear yet. 

    It made me think that we all should take better care of ourselves, get all preventive care, and to lean on each other for support. Also be persistent with your doctors for testing. 

    I wrote a poem for my sister called "C" I Hate You and published in my book "Loving Me" . I read it to her while she was in the hospital and again when she recovered. She smiled at her little sister and a tear ran down her cheek. 

    Be Blessed

    Patricia A. Saunders
  • August 16, 2013 3:24 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    We are excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Ms Sharon Frederick! Sharon joins NABFEME as our National Membership Director! In her new position, Sharon will be available as a direct link between the national office and the membership body.  She is your voice and is available to address your questions and concerns regarding NABFEME Membership.

    Well versed in many areas of corporate business, Sharon Frederick has performed in professional capacities for over a decade in positions at music giants such as PolyGram, Island Def Jam Music Group, DreamWorks Records, EMI and the Universal Music Group.  In addition, as an entrepreneur, Sharon currently provides business consultant services, project management and legal administrative expertise to a variety small businesses and production companies.

  • July 21, 2013 1:59 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The NABFEME expansion continues! We are excited to welcome our newest team leader, Ms Victoria "Vicki" Wayne.  Vicki joins us as our WebMistress managing all internet related details and interests.

    While we love to call her Vicki, Victoria Wayne is an experienced Information Technology Specialist, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to NABFEME. Vicki specializes in web design, writing, research, digital imaging, digital photography, programming, and application development. Vicki holds a BA in Media Communications and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Educational Technology from Webster University. She has performed as a promotions and on-air assistant with several Clear Channel Communications radio stations in the St. Louis area, as well as served as the freelance director of photography and St. Louis Liason for Interscope, Gaffen, and Universal Records. Vicki also assists with projects for a media company based in Germany.

    Vicki has worked with Lunix, Mac, and Windows environments in higher education, public K-12 education and in businesses. She worked for 4 years at Washington University in the area of library and technology. In addition, our WebMistress Ms Vicki Wayne has worked for 7 years in Special Education and in K-12 education. Her current projects include authoring children's books and developing apps for children. 

    Victoria resides in the Mid-west with her Fire Captain husband and their son.  Welcome Vicki!!!
  • July 21, 2013 1:44 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Please join us in welcoming Gwendolyn D. McClain, MBA to NABFEME. Ms McClain joins the organization as our Operations Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms McClain brings extensive expertise in marketing, communications and community outreach to NABFEME. After spending more than 20 years working in the non-profit sector as well as corporate, Small Business and government agencies in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, the Virgin Islands and Tennessee ... Ms McClain started J. Haynes Enterprises. J. Haynes Enterprises provides personalized and innovative strategic consulting to organizations and individuals. The firm serves clients who require a strategic approach to reaching their internal and external communications, media relations, market research, social media, fundraising, marketing and community outreach goals.

    As NABFEME continues to expand, we believe a strong opportunity for growth exists in the Bay area.  In this new era, our goals extend farther than music and entertainment, and our outreach will target career oriented, ambitious and progressive women! We believe that regardless of the career choice, most women travel on a professional journey that crosses the paths of other women and NABFEME strives to be the leader in connecting those crossover paths. We have been developing several plans for the organization’s strategic growth; Ms McClain’s experience, knowledge, and keen understanding of the non-profit sector will help to fuel that growth.

    Feel free to give Gwendolyn a call to welcome her to NABFEME, or to utilize her services. Ms McClain can be reached at her office, 510-470-3515.

  • May 01, 2013 1:35 AM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    The NABFEME Team continues to grow and expand!  We're excited to welcome Attorney Charlotte Anderson-Bedford as our Operations Manager in New York!  Serving as General counsel for the Law Offices of Charlotte-Anderson Bedford, Charlotte leads the NABFEME charge in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and surrounding areas. Attorney Anderson-Bedford represents entertainment, individual and corporate and related clients. She handles contract negotiations, estate matters, other civil matters. Charlotte is also the Co-Founder of Three J Entertainment, managing the day to day operations of the clients signed to the company’s roster. You can contact the Law Office of Charlotte Anderson-Bedford at 315 Madison Avenue, Suite 901 in New York, or call (212) 537-6827.

  • April 30, 2013 10:56 PM | Johnnie Walker (Administrator)
    Legendary "All-Girl" band KLYMAXX will headline the 2013 Family SoulFest at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta and Women Who Jam! opens the show! 

    Through an exclusive partnership with Atlanta's R&B KISS-104 FM, Women Who Jam! will host the "Opening Act" portion of the stage. Artists who perform as a part of the opening act will be selected via two (2) Women Who Jam! Showcases held at Do At The View, 955 W. Marietta Street at Entrance #7 in downtown Atlanta. Showcase dates - May 2nd and May 16th. There is NO obligation and nothing to buy! To participate in either showcase, log onto and click SoulFest 2013, READ THE RULES, get ALL the details and sign up!

    MC: KISS 104's Cynthia Young

    Avery*Sunshine - R&B sensation, singer/songwriter/pianist
    Cappriccieo Scates - Executive General Manager, Arrow Records
    Peniece Le Gall - Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC Atlanta

    EVENT HOSTS: Zina Brown, Jennifer Nash and Janesa Brown

    For more information call: 678-591-3717
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