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Play Like A Girl Offers 2018 Spring Break Camp

Camp Based Program Includes Sports Activities, STEM, and Computer Coding

Nashville, Tenn. – Play Like a Girl (PLAG) is hosting a Spring Break Camp starting on Monday, April 2 through Friday April 6, 2018 at Oliver Middle School.Staffed by certified teachers, corporate professionals, athletes and volunteers, the week-long program will focus on a variety of activities specially designed to motivate girls both mentally and physically.

Each day campers will participate in sports, games and physical activities. They also will have the opportunity to benefit from STEM education and financial literacy delivered by Wells Fargo employees, as well as engage in a variety of arts and crafts and esteem-building exercises structured around PLAG’s 10 Girl-Powered Principles. The camp experience is intended to help participating girls find their spark for athletic, creative and developmental opportunities.

PLAG President/CEO Dr. Kimberly Clay set out to deliver a program that encompasses a wide variety of activities that will allow campers to learn and grow in a group setting. “It is important for girls to attend a Spring Break program like ours because this camp is a good connector for young people,” explained Dr. Clay. “Girls will have the opportunity to bond together through sports and education in a way that is unique to the Play Like a Girl camp experience.”

Because the PLAG community believes that ‘Giving is a team sport’, for every paid registration they have donated one camp registration to a student from an underserved community. This is a continued part of PLAG’s commitment to level the playing field for all girls in Nashville.  

More details about the 2018 Play Like a Girl Spring Break Camp can be found at You can follow the campers activities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @iplaylikeagirl (#IPLAYLIKEAGIRL).

Citizens Bank Elects New Chairman of the Board

Healthcare Executive and Attorney Richard Manson to Succeed Dr. T. B. Boyd III

Nashville, TN – Citizens Savings Bank & Trust has appointed Healthcare Executive and Attorney Richard Manson as Chairman of the Board following the retirement of esteemed Chairman Dr. T.B. Boyd III. The Chairman of the Board provides leadership for the effective governance of the bank and provides guidance for the accountability to shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders.

Attorney Richard Manson

Attorney Manson has an abundance of international experience, and a wealth of knowledge in understanding the markets and cultures throughout North America, Asia and Africa. “I have been a member of this board for a number years and I’m honored to have been selected to serve as chairman,” explained Attorney Manson. “I am succeeding Dr. T B Boyd who served for over 40 years and I look forward to making sure that the vision for the bank continues from its original founders.”

Dr. T. B. Boyd III is now Chairman Emeritus.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Attorney Manson is a corporate leader who builds and brokers relationships to create profitable, lasting and mutually beneficial business partnerships. He earned his B.A. degree in History from Fisk University and was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellow to study abroad. Attorney Manson holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

For nearly 25 years Attorney Manson has served on the board for Citizens Bank, establishing himself as an important part of the organization. “I am extremely pleased to have a person of Attorney Manson’s caliber to serve as Chairman of Citizens Bank. Chairman Manson became a member of the Board in 1994 and has a true commitment to the Bank,” said Bank President Dr. Deborah A. Cole. “Manson brings his legal knowledge, experience as a Board member, commitment to the community and a vast degree of management expertise to the position and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him in this capacity.”

As Nashville continues to celebrate Black History Month the new Chairman of the Board believes it is important to recognize the history of this financial institution. Founded in 1904 as the One Cent Savings Bank, now Citizens Savings Bank & Trust, became the first minority-owned bank in Tennessee. “Citizens Bank has served the Nashville community in many ways and is now positioning itself to embrace its role as one of the original community bank.” Attorney Manson continued, “while the banking industry is expanding here we will continue to provide our unique services to a unique demographic. This new commitment to Nashville is needed now more than ever.”

The Academy Nashville Gives Small Business Owners Guidance, Support, and Opportunities to Learn from Business Leaders

Nashville, Tenn. – Once again aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to turn their ideas into something sustainable and thriving, as Corner To Corner announces March 6th, 2018 as the date for The Academy Nashville’s spring cohorts. The Academy Nashville is a ten-week program that equips its participants with the guidance, entrepreneurial support, and the means needed to take action and turn their passion into a business.

Will Acuff of Corner To Corner

This spring will see The Academy Nashville run three simultaneous cohorts at local community centers throughout the city. All three will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 PM for 10 weeks. The course cost a total of $100 to cover the cost of material and students can now reserve their spot for only $25 by visiting

During the program, students will develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining each part and determining their next steps through real-time feedback from experienced entrepreneur facilitators. In addition to exploring their own growth as business owners, participants will experience weekly guest speakers who will enrich the conversation by teaching from their own entrepreneurship experiences.

The Academy Nashville was launched in 2016 as collaborative and action-driven way to help small businesses grow. “We know what it feels like to have a dream without a clear path, and a desire for a community of support to get your back,” explained Corner To Corner Cofounder Will Acuff. “Our goal is to give those in the community the tools and support needed to launch a business by learning from each other.”

Students who enroll will be side by side with other entrepreneurs who have the drive and commitment to turn their dream into a business reality. Participants will learn:

· How to sharpen their product to meet the needs of their customers

· How to start small in order to start NOW

· How to choose what kind of legal structure they should have – LLC, S-Corp, etc.

· How to find their bottom line to start making profit

· How to market their business – even without a marketing budget

· And More!

At the end of the program, students are poised to walk away with a plan to see real growth in their business. The 10-week course concludes with a community graduation party where three lucky winners will have the chance to present their business idea for prizes in front of the entire Corner To Corner community.

To show that you have the passion, creativity and hustle to start your own business visit the today.


About Corner To Corner

Corner to Corner is a Christian nonprofit that exists to extend hope to every corner of our community. We do this by attacking the cycle of despair often caused by high-rates of incarceration, in a model we call “Connect, Invest, Grow.” Programs include Literacy Tutoring, Baking Classes, Offender Job Readiness, and The Academy Nashville. To learn more visit

WAKO Team USA and Team Canada Kickboxing Comes to Nashville

On Saturday September 30th the organization American K-1 Kickboxing promotions hosted a World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Patrons enjoyed an international competition in Nashville, TN. The event packed them in and drew even more productive, positive light to the city and Mid-State. The United States National K-1 Kickboxing Team battled the Canadian National K-1 Kickboxing team at Tennessee State University’s Kean Hall.

The event got even better as one of the Music City’s own took center stage, representing the sport here in his hometown. The main event of the evening featured Nashville’s own, TSU graduate Omari Boyd (aka “The Body Snatcher”) and the undefeated Canadian kickboxing champion Adam Weber.

Boyd recently made history and became the first American kick boxer to medal at the World Games by securing the Bronze for the United States this July in Poland. This event featured 12 bouts, 5 main card with 7 undercard bouts including the highly-anticipated match-up between Pan-American kickboxing champion Royelle Gogins (out of Memphis, TN) as well as the Mixed Martial Arts National Champion Brittney Cloudy from St. Louis, MO.

This matchup of the top female athletes was one bout that stole the show! Various top athletes from six different local martial arts schools were on display competing.” I am very proud of the athletes that will be competing”, stated Rob Zbilski, President WAKO USA.

The Live Pay Per View (PPV) stream for the event was provided by Developed Over Coffee Productions (DOCP) and with United Fighting Alliance it will be broadcasted to over 110 million homes. OPACO International is the event’s main sponsor. The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations or WAKO is the largest international organization of kickboxing, and the governing body of Amateur kickboxing sport certified by SportAccord.

It was formed of two organizations: WAKO for amateur sports and WAKO PRO for professional sports. Besides holding world championships, WAKO sanctions the champions of kickboxing in six rule styles. WAKO holds a world championship every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adult categories (18–45) and on separate years only national teams are accepted.

Each member country can present only one competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champion of their weight class in that particular kickboxing style. Many are officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports. WAKO is leading the effort for kickboxing to receive International Olympic recognition.

WAKO National promoter Kevin Walker added “Nashville is the perfect home for Team USA Kickboxing events. It’s a great location and we have the best fans. We also have the top kick boxer in America, the Titans, and the Predators.

We have the Sounds and Music City USA and we considered to be the it city.” WAKO Team USA online platforms are on various Social Media outlets to follow or check out the official website:

Nashville NAACP Membership Luncheon was a phenomenal success

Recently, the Nashville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) solidified their effort, to show unity across multiple generations and backgrounds. This was done by hosting the ‘Coming Together…Unity in Action’ Life Membership Luncheon at the Cal Turner Family Center at Meharry Medical College. During the event, local leaders were recognized for their significant commitment to unifying the Nashville community.

Recognitions included four President’s Awards to recipients;  Nancy Nichols, Don Majors, Dr. Blondell Strong Kimbrough and Gordon Larkins. As well as four Legacy Awards, those recipients included; Rosetta Miller Petty, Walter Searcy, Ben Rechter and Isaac Addae .  Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough received the Medal of Honor to Judge Richard Dinkins.

Ludye Wallace

Each award given represented the highest honor and esteem granted for the recipients’ tireless work within the community and beyond.  The President’s Award is presented to a member of the Nashville Branch who has gone above and beyond to support and perpetuate the work of the organization, in the past year.

Legacy Awards are given to an individual who creates positive, impactful change and a measurable difference within the greater Nashville community.  This individual should exemplify the tenets of the NAACP. To ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough Medal of Honor is presented to an individual who has an established history of dedication to the protection, advancement and/or promotion of all people, while exhibiting leadership and providing inspiration to those around them, within a specific organization or the community at-large.

The program included performances by Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s Praise Team, Mr. Miles Slay and Ms. Tyler Samuel. The event garnered significant support from various areas of the community. Sponsors included Belmont University, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Meharry Medical College, Doctors. James & Phyllis Hildreth, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Vice Mayor David Briley, Giarratana Nashville, duGard Communications, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, Nashville General Hospital, DVL Seigenthaler, Bill Freeman, Citizens Bank, Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP)  and American Baptist College.

Ludye Wallace, President of the Nashville NAACP Branch sated: “Seeing everyone, today, demonstrated that Nashville has the heart and desire to be a unified city. With multiple generations represented, we heard how important it is that we speak truth to one another and that we encourage our youth to continue the fight for the advancement of all people.  We stood together, today, in what is the first of several actionable steps towards a unified Nashville.


In its second year, the luncheon included panelists and entrepreneurs from multiple industries.

Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 13, 2017) – Nashville nonprofit organization Legacy Makers held its second “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon at Belmont University’s Inman Conference Center on Thursday, March 9. More than 100 women entrepreneurs and businesswomen were in attendance.

“We think that this year’s event was even better than last year’s inaugural WE Luncheon!” said Shawntaz Crawford, Executive Director of Legacy Makers. “This year, we crafted a panel-style discussion as the main feature in order to enhance engagement and the experience for our guests. We felt that this created an organic networking experience to be enjoyed by all who attended.”

In alignment with Women’s History Month, celebrated nationally each March, the luncheon offered guests the chance to hear from a panel of some of Nashville’s most esteemed business leaders including Dr. Katherine Y. BrownMarcela Gomez, and Kim Sasser Hayden. The panel was moderated by Krystal Bonner (CEO of Phoenix Forrester Events).

Dr. Katherine Brown has led her company Learn CPR America, LLC for more than 10 years,  providing CPR training to more than 200,000 people. The organization’s roots began on the southside of Chicago, expanded to Israel and is now, reaching thousands in Nashville.

Marcela Gomez serves as the president of Hispanic Marketing Group, a company that provides marketing and public relations strategies that relate appropriate and compelling messages to Hispanic consumer markets. Additionally, Gomez serves as chairman of the board and president of the Tennessee Latin America Chamber of Commerce (TLACC).

Kim Sasser-Hayden serves as senior manager of external affairs for Nashville’s Comcast corporate headquarters. The veteran strategist and thought leader has nearly 10 years of experience in project management and executing marketing efforts for corporate clients, non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and political campaigns.

The panel-style discussion allowed attendees to hear advice from seasoned professionals who shared personal experiences, learning and growth opportunities, as well as tips on how to get ahead. Guests left feeling inspired and empowered after hearing from three remarkable women.

The luncheon garnered much support from the community. It was sponsored by Belmont University, Advance Financial, duGard Communications, The Maynard Group, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Goodwin Construction, Bill Freeman, The Don Hardin Group, STAYONTHEGO Magazine and Foundation Nashville.

“This event strikes a personal chord with our team, because it celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women in business right here in Nashville,” said Crawford. “Collectively representing more than 45 years of combined experience in business and entrepreneurship.”



As we move past the half way mark for the year 2017, there is already a lot to savor for the months gone by. Summer NAMM 2017 enjoyed a successful wrap up and infused a myriad of greatness into Music City USA, once again.

Summer NAMM took center stage in Nashville again and packed the Music City Center Convention Center. NAMM is an invaluable resource and credit to the music industry as a whole. The city known to the world as Music City USA, lived up to the expectations of vendors, conference attendees, media and entertainment industry professionals.

The trade convention style platform covers a myriad of information over the 3 ½ day period. It’s fun, upbeat and the vendors are experienced, well rounded in their product and services line. Many popular, local and national bands and musicians will play at various times throughout the event.

NAMM U is one of the best draws of the summer show, providing key and inside tip information through their course in: Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance and Industry Lessons. It’s suggested that attendee’s take in at least one of the power packed music industry sessions.

To venture deeper into “all things NAMM” take some time out to become familiar with the carefully tailored NAMM Foundation. It’s truly been a catalyst to support the younger crowd via academics and a staunch tie in to the music industry.

Notable Events form Summer NAMM 2017

  • Best in Show, Breakfast Session
  • The Future of Production in Nashville – A Masterclass in Contemporary Country: Sheryl Crow, TEC Tracks (held at Booth 263), Music City Center
  • NAMM Headliner: Charley Pride
  • World’s Fastest Drummer Finals
  • NAMM Foundation Announced New Board of Directors

NAMM Board Announced New Executive Committee Members

If Summer NAMM 2017 was such a big hit and packed daily, imagine what the larger NAMM show will be like in January, 2018. Known as The 2018 NAMM Show, that major event takes place annually in Los Angeles, California.

Like Summer NAMM 2017, The NAMM Show 2018 will have a great deal to offer (even more since it’s a larger event) some of the highlights of that show will include; NAMM and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), have announced an alliance between the two non-profit organizations that will offer event technology.

As well as, John Stadius to Receive Audio Innovator Honor at Parnelli Awards. The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that pro audio pioneer and DiGiCo technical director John Stadius will receive the 2018 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award.

Beauty Behind Bars Spotlight

Visionary, Founder/CEO Tiffany Love Harden enjoyed another Very successful, life changing “Beauty Behind Bars” ministry event.   Saturday August 12, 2017 will be remembered for some time to come as an un-disclosed number of pre-paid ticket holders once again filled the Vanderbilt Student Life Student Center.  The venue is centrally located at 310 25th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

Conference Host, Tiffany Love-Harden is also known as “The Spiritual Bail – Bondswoman.” This due in part to her successful reign with assisting others with freeing themselves from all types of earthly bondage and strife.

Tiffany kicked off the speaker line up with a very interactive teaching session on, “the JEANS You Wear, GENES You Share”.

Evangelist Danielle McCord, followed with her testimony sharing how before she became an anointed Woman of God, she endured many horrific events during her lifetime. Danielle’s anointed testimony is astounding!

This year’s Keynote (Nashville) Speaker was Dr. Juanita Bynum and she did not disappoint. Her mass use of God’s gifts and talents which are many, but include: Psalmist, Author, sought after Minister and Worship Leader, Life Coach and more.  Dr. Bynum preached God’s word and women were delivered from mental bondage.

The A-list style powerful Nashville speaker lineup that followed Dr. Bynum included; Mignon Francois, Donzaleigh Powell, Pastor Judy Johnson, Angela Mitchell, Sharon Edwards, Marley Richiez and Aignes Rogan.

Just when the conference interest level reached amazing point of no return anticipation, more was revealed. The award winning nationally renowned and recognized Tennessee Mass Choir will be on hand for special performances, ministering in Gospel music.   This Beauty Behind Bars event is for women of all ages in the Nashville, TN and surrounding, Tennessee cities. 

BBB helps women/girls break away from mental incarceration & self imprisonment of domestic violence, human trafficking, low self-esteem, doubt, depression, suicide, and dream killing.  The conference teaches accountability, how to pick up the pieces and press forward, how to accomplish dreams/goals, saying goodbye to negativity or bad relationships, and the importance of loving self from the inside out.

Tennessee was recently named as a state with an increase in domestic violence and quickly climbing the top 10 statistics in human trafficking.  Due to alarming and increasing domestic violence and human trafficking rates/statistics in the state of Tennessee we are hosting this conference to teach innovative methods of the importance of getting help, and how to identify when you are mentally incarcerated, self-imprisoned, or in unhealthy relationships/domestic violence situations.

“Time is of the utmost essence for all of us in life and no matter who you are your life revolves around time. Everyday has 86,400 seconds – how will you use yours? A made up bed is a made up mind”, stated Tiffany Love Harden.



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