Speaking Truth to Power
Friday, March 23
Tribute begins at 7 p.m.
Reception begins at 6 p.m.
(refreshments will be served)

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
5301 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20011

Featured guest speakers include:
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam
Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church
Patricia Pego Guerra, First Secretary, Cuban Interests Section, Republic of Cuba
Katea Stitt, WPFW Music & Cultural Affairs Coordinator
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
Eugene Puryear, student organizer against mass incarceration
Nisa Muhammad, journalist
Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition

Sponsored by the Askia Muhammad Tribute Committee

Askia Muhammad, currently the news director of Pacifica’s WPFW, and host of Spectrum and the Tuesday Morning Jazz Show on WPFW, will be honored at a special tribute on Friday, March 23 in recognition of his life and work as an independent journalist.

Fiercely independent, Askia Muhammad has devoted his life to covering the stories and issues that are largely missed or misreported in the corporate-owned media. His objective and insightful coverage of war, racism, colonialism, poverty and inequality from a global perspective have provided an invaluable counterpoint for the people of Washington, D.C., and the country.

His work as an independent journalist spans more than four decades. Askia’s esteemed career in journalism includes editing and reporting for a host of media outlets, including WPFW, The Final Call, The Washington Informer, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Soundprint Radio, Chicago Defender, The Washington Post “Outlook” Section and The Baltimore Sun. The former editor of Muhammad Speaks newpaper and a Washington correspondent since 1977, his reports date back to Soledad Prison Brother George Jackson, the trial of Angela Davis and the second inauguration of Richard Nixon, and span the terms of eight U.S. presidents.

Join us in this special tribute and show your support for Brother Askia Muhammad and the critical contribution of independent journalism at WPFW. As we honor and pay tribute to one individual we do so in the recognition of all those at WPFW and other independent media.

For more information contact askiatribute@yahoo.com or call 202-265-1949.

 American Women in Radio & Television Present Gracie Award® to Soundprint

Grand Awards Presented at Annual Awards Gala With the Biggest Names in Broadcasting and Cable

February 27, 2007 (McLean, VA) — American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce the 2007 winners of the annual Gracie Awards®. National award winners will be presented at a black-tie Gala in the Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, June 18, 2007.
The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The Gracie Allen Awards encourages the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features, and other programs.
Each year, the Gracies Gala attracts the best and the brightest in radio, television, cable, and new media.
This year’s national winners, including NBC/30 Rock’s Tina Fey, CNN’s Anchor Soledad O’Brien, CBS’ Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, XM Radio’s Oprah & Friends Jean Chatzky Show, Oxygen’s Campus Ladies, HBO’s Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired, ABC Radio Network’s Satellite Sisters, and Lifetime Television’s Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, and My World: At Home on Cape Cod/Officer Candidate School, Outstanding Portrait/Biography Show by Soundprint Media, Inc. represent a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, anchors, and programs (see attached for complete list of winners). Some of this year’s local and public winners include WMJX’s Exceptional Women, WFUV’s Fairy Tales, and Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman.
“The Gracies’ recognition of exemplary programming inspires excellence in all facets of electronic media. This year’s list of winners is a reflection of the depth of the growing talent serving our industry,” stated 2007 Chair of AWRT, Mary Bennett, Executive Vice President, Marketing Division of the Radio Advertising Bureau.
Added AWRT President Maria Efantis Brennan, “We are thrilled with the quality of programming — the bar continues to be raised, particularly this year with a record number of Gracies entries. We’re also thrilled to have Dove and the Campaign for Real Beauty return as the 2007 title sponsor.”
The Gracies are presented by the Foundation of AWRT, the philanthropic arm of AWRT that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns, and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media, and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable, and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary, and sports.

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