Superstars Help NNPA Conclude Informative Midwinter Training Conference

On Friday, Jan. 29th, the NNPA saluted the community leader and dedicated Publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint. (courtesy photo)

Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Superstars Stephanie Mills, Doug E. Fresh, Cupid, and Miki Howard put an exclamation mark on a successful, inspiring, and informative National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Midwinter Training Conference.

The virtual event concluded Friday evening, Jan. 29th, with NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards, and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., honoring San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Publisher, Dr. John Warren, with the NNPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I am deeply humbled with this award and what it represents coming from those I have grown to love and respect over these decades,” Dr. Warren stated. “I see the Black Press as a sacred trust, and I am glad to be both a part of its 194-year history and future now being made.”

For more than five decades, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint has faithfully reported on news from an African American perspective and the Black communities of San Diego County, from small church gatherings to major political campaigns.

With the theme: “Black Press of America: Challenges, Responsibilities, and Opportunities Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic,” the conference was backed by NNPA partners and sponsors including: General Motors, Pfizer Rare Disease, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Reynolds American (RAI). Conference sponsors included AARP, Wells Fargo, American Petroleum Institute (API), Facebook, Zillow, Nissan, UAW and Zenger News.

Open to the public at no charge, the two-day virtual event kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 28th, with greetings from NNPA Chair and Houston Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards.

Terry Jones, the publisher of Data News Weekly in New Orleans and the NNPA Convention Planning Committee Chair, followed Carter Richards with remarks.

Wells Fargo presented a dynamic and informative session on “How to Adapt and Rebuild Your Small Business During COVID-19.”

With Covid-19 still raging, conference attendees heard a vital message from Dr. Leandris Liburd, the associated director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).,
“The CDC is working hard to address increasing Covid-19 health disparities,” Dr. Liburd proclaimed.

“The population health impact of Covid-19 has exposed decades, if not centuries, of inequities that have undermined the physical, social, material and emotional health of the racial minority population.”

She added that long-standing systemic health and social inequities had put many from racial and ethnic minority groups at risk of dying from the coronavirus.

“Comprehensive interventions are needed that are tailored to address the unique circumstances of those at high risk,” Dr. Liburd stated during a session titled “COVID-19 Pandemic and Black America.”

The conference featured dynamic performances, including Doug E. Fresh, who performed an array of hits including
“The Show,” and Cupid, who rocked out to “The Cupid Shuffle.”

Hitmaker and songstress Stephanie Mills performed “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” “The Power of Love,” and “I Feel Good (All Over),” while Miki Howard closed out the entertainment with hits like “Love Under New Management,” and “Come Share My Love.”

View the conference at www.virtualnnpa2021.com.

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