LL Cool J and Ice Cube aim to buy sports channels & Young Kim makes history
LL Cool J and Ice Cube aim to buy sports channels & Young Kim makes history
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November 08, 2018
Hakeem Jeffries Announces Run, Jim Acosta Banned From White House, and GOP Likely Losing Only Black Woman
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BREAKING NEWS... Get used to this banner across cable news networks. It may never go away. ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING... At least 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, CA -- about 40 miles west of LA. The gunman is also dead. NOTORIOUS RBG… Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after fracturing three ribs in a fall at the Court. FINE, I’LL LEAVE... At the president’s request, AG Jeff Sessions has resigned. Now, Matthew Whitaker, who has criticized the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, will oversee it as Acting AG. OFF TO THE RACES... Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to be Speaker of the House again, and so far, she has no challengers. However, she already has one vocal supporter: Donald Trump. WILL A BLUE WAVE WASH AWAY THE BORDER WALL? Democrats will officially seize control of the House in January. Part of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, runs out of funding on December 7th, providing the most leverage the GOP will have before Dems control the purse strings to build a wall on the border with Mexico. How far will they go? Stay tuned. INSANE ASYLUM POLICY... The president is expected to sign an executive order this week that would revamp U.S. policy on asylum seekers by requiring them to go to ports of entry to apply for asylum. BEST SNL SKIT EVER... Wait, that was real? Wednesday’s post-midterm press conference by the president was beyond comprehension. Trump poked fun at members of his own party who lost their re-election bids and beefed with numerous reporters. We break it down below. GIRLS V. BOYS... The Girl Scouts of America filed a federal trademark lawsuit seeking to block the boys’ group from rebranding its flagship program simply as “Scouts.” GREENER PASTURES... Voters in Michigan have opted to make their state the next to legalize recreational marijuana. Anybody else craving ice cream?? TOGETHER, PECAN RESIST... It’s the newest flavor from Ben & Jerry’s. THE COLOR PURPLE... First it was a book, later a hit movie, and finally a Broadway musical. Now Oprah, Quincy Jones, and Steven Spielberg are teaming up again to produce a big-screen version of the musical. YOU TOLD HARPO TO READ THE BEAT! Tomorrow is Friday, and on Monday, the federal government will observe Veterans Day. We thank those who have served. Now, we get to sleep in after the insanity of the news week! Praise! In the words of Miss Sophia, “I know’d dey is a God.” The Beat will be back on Tuesday. Be sure to thank a vet for their service this weekend! We’re kicking off your Thursday with this...
  • Newly elected Latina makes history in New Mexico.
  • Stacey Abrams dismisses opponent's declaration of victory.
  • President appoints Indian American to the National Science Board.
  • LL Cool J and Ice Cube team up to buy 22 sports channels.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) tells Trump to save the receipts on Jeff Sessions.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Deputy Chief of Staff departs.
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC today at 2P live with Katy Tur, on Saturday at 10A on AM Joy with Joy-Ann Reid, and on Sunday at 9A on Up with David Gura.
Democratic strategists Donna Brazile and Cornell Belcher on-set at MSNBC in NYC on Sunday to discuss the midterm elections. 
 A fan with CBS’ Alex Wagner on Monday in North Andover, MA.
Hakeem Jeffries Jumps Into Race for Dem Caucus Chair
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
announced this morning that he will run to be the new Democratic Caucus Chair. In his letter to colleagues, Jeffries touts his role as one of the Co-Chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee during the 115th Congress as part of his credentials. His bid is complicated by the already announced bids of fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Hispanic Caucus member and current Caucus Vice Chair Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA). “The values I bring to the House Democratic Caucus Chair position are anchored in my upbringing in a working-class, union household in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood,” Jeffries wrote in a letter to colleagues. The previous Caucus Chair was NY Congressman Joe Crowley, who was unseated in the primary by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jeffries said in his letter that in order for Dems to stay in charge, “we must act aggressively on a bold legislative agenda and consistently message to the American people what we are doing to improve their quality of life.” He goes on to say, “If we fail to adequately communicate, our legislative efforts will fall victim to the type of mischaracterizations that took place when Barack Obama was President during the 111th Congress.  We cannot allow that to happen again.” He says it will be critical for House Democrats to keep “pressing our case as the tip of the spear against the right-wing onslaught in this country.” “He writes, “We want to move the country forward. They want to turn back the clock. We want to bring people together. They are trying to tear us apart. We stand for the people. They stand for the privileged few.” Read the full letter here.

Joaquín Castro Cries Foul Over New Considerations of Family Separation Policy
In a letter sent on behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to ICE’s Assistant Director of Policy, Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) voiced opposition to a proposed rule that would allow the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to detain immigrant children with their families indefinitely. Proposed changes to the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) -- which created certain standards of care for immigrant children in detention and limits the amount of time they can be detained -- would allow the Trump administration to indefinitely incarcerate immigrant families. The letter also urged the administration to withdraw the proposed changes due to the lasting harm indefinite detention has on children. The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. One option under consideration is for the government to detain asylum-seeking families together for up to 20 days, then give parents a choice -- stay in family detention with their child for months or years as their immigration case proceeds, or allow children to be taken to a government shelter so other relatives or guardians can seek custody. “From a medical and mental health perspective, the changes proposed by DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to replace the standards of the Flores Settlement Agreement are neither safe nor humane. Legalizing prolonged and indefinite detention of families and eliminating the state licensing requirement will further compromise the treatment of migrant families,” Castro wrote. “The main purpose of the proposed change to the Flores Settlement would allow for the indefinite detention of children with their families. Although separation of children from their parents is inherently harmful, so is child detention.” Many asylum-seeking mothers and children who flee to the U.S. have survived domestic violence, child abuse, rape, sexual slavery, or human trafficking. More than 60 migrant children remain in U.S. custody after being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to the latest update from the government. The parents of 50 of those children are no longer in the U.S. and one child is younger than 5 years old. Read Castro’s full letter here.

Jim Clyburn Announces Leadership Run
After Democrats declared victory in their effort to seize control of the House of Representatives, Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced he will run for the number three slot in the new House Democratic majority -- his current position. The announcement cooled speculation that he could seek one of the top two House leadership jobs. “The primary goal of our new majority is to make America’s greatness apply fairly and equitably to all Americans. With this singular goal in mind, I am declaring my candidacy for Majority Whip and asking for your support,” he wrote in a letter to colleagues. The 78-year-old is currently Assistant Democratic Leader and the highest-ranking Black member of Congress. He and his allies in the Congressional Black Caucus have stoked rumors for the past few months that he might try to run for Speaker if Dems retake the House. But he reiterated Wednesday morning he never planned to challenge Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Speaker or Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for Majority Leader. “The men and women of the 116th Congress will be the most diverse ever, with more women, people of color and LGBTQ colleagues taking the oath of office than ever before. The talents and life experiences that you bring to the House of Representatives will build a representative government that is of the people, by the people and for the people,” he wrote. “I am prepared to work with every corner of our diverse Caucus to shape policies that allow us to achieve consensus.” So far, he has one challenger: Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). Read the full letter here.

Elijah Cummings Tells Trump to Save the Receipts on Jeff Sessions
There is a lot at stake with the “resignation” of AG Jeff Sessions including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, DOJ’s immigration policies -- such as the “zero-tolerance policy -- the federal government’s stance on marijuana, and so much more. Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) want to ensure that Mueller’s investigation and any relevant documents aren’t thrown out with the trash. The lawmakers on Wednesday issued letters to key officials demanding that they preserve all relevant documents related to Sessions’ exit to make sure that the investigation and any evidence remains safe from improper interference or destruction. “There are many, many reasons to remove Attorney General Sessions—from his failure to disclose his communications with the Russians to his inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the border—but one reason that is not acceptable is to interfere with or obstruct the Mueller investigation.  President Trump waited until just hours after the midterm elections to make this move, which had been rumored for months. Congress must now investigate the real reason for this termination, confirm that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is recused from all aspects of the Special Counsel’s probe, and ensure that the Department of Justice safeguards the integrity of the Mueller investigation,” said Cummings. The letters were sent to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, W.H. Counsel Pat Cipollone, CIA Director Gina Haspel, U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and FBI Director Chris Wray. More here.
CNN’s Kyung Lah reporting at a Trump Rally in Elko, NV last month.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed posing for a ‘Women of San Francisco’ photo shoot over the weekend.
More Historic House Wins
Democrat Xochitl Torres Small declared victory Wednesday in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District after absentee ballots put her in the lead by about 3,000 votes. The win by Torres Small flips the GOP’s last seat in NM’s delegation and makes her the first Latina to represent the district. In California’s 49th Congressional District, Democrat Mike Levin on Wednesday was declared the winner. The grandson of Mexican immigrants will assume the House seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Republican Young Kim is poised to become the first Korean American elected to the House of Representatives. With all precincts reporting, Kim was leading Democrat Gil Cisneros by about 3,900 votes in the race for the open 39th Congressional District seat, which represents parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Kim, a 56-year-old South Korean immigrant, worked for 20 years for retiring Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) -- the member she will replace. After leaving Royce’s office, the 1981 University of Southern California grad won a seat in the California state Assembly, where she served a single term. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Lucy McBath has declared victory defeating Republican incumbent Karen Handel, who has yet to concede. According to the unofficial results, McBath has 159,268 votes and Handel has 156,396 with 100% of the precincts reporting. This matchup drew far less national attention than the last time the district was in play, when Handel fended off a star-studded challenge from political newcomer Jon Ossoff. McBath, a gun control advocate and former flight attendant, lost her teenage son Jordan Davis to gun violence in 2012 and is a breast cancer survivor. Gun control has been the central tenet of her campaign. More here.
House Republicans May Lose Only Black Woman, But Retains Only Black Man
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT)
, the only Black woman in Congress, appears to be losing her re-election bid to Salt Lake City Mayor Ben McAdams. Though the race has not officially been called, absentee ballots have widened the lead for McAdams -- he is now ahead 51.5% to 48.5%, a lead of 3 points and 5,414 votes. Love’s re-election campaign distanced itself from the Trump administration, and the president attributed that to her poor performance in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.” Love voted with Trump 95.7% of the time. Meanwhile, Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) was able to narrowly hold on to his seat fending off a challenge from Gina Ortiz Jones in the Lone Star State’s 23rd Congressional District. Ortiz Jones has yet to concede the race, with good reason. The narrow margin of victory in the state’s only true swing congressional district sets up the potential of a recount in one of the most contested races in Congress, which could take until the end of November to decide. Just a few hours after the state’s final unofficial returns declared him the winner by 689 votes. Ortiz Jones has until the end of the business day on the second day after counties in the district and the state have completed their reviews of provisional and late mail-in ballots to file her request for a recount. Meanwhile, the 41-year-old Congressman and former CIA agent is being called the first person in two decades to win three consecutive terms in a seat that is nearly evenly split between Democrat and Republican voters. “I’m proud to have won another tough re-election,” Hurd said in a statement. “This was a historic election with almost 210,000 people voting and a statewide Democratic candidate getting over 48 percent of the vote for the first time in decades.” More here.
Actress and Co-Founder of Latino Victory, Eva Longoria after voting on Tuesday.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer on-set congratulating the Guardian US' Sabrina Siddiqui on her recent engagement on Tuesday.
IL Elects First Black Woman Lt. Governor
Juliana Stratton 
was elected as the next Lt. Governor of Illinois -- making her the first Black woman to hold the post. The 53-year-old DePaul University Law School graduate ran alongside Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who defeated Governor Bruce Rauner. The South Side Chicago native has been the Director for the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago since July 2015. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director at Cook County Justice for Children and President of a mediation services company. She cited early childhood education, women's reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform as her priorities. Stratton hit the ground running as Chair of the transition team and has already named several key members of the team. She tapped Barack Obama's BFF Marty Nesbitt, Co-CEO of Chicago-based private equity firm The Vistria Group, to join her on the transition committee. More here.

Attorneys General Races Called in Connecticut and Nevada
William Tong
has claimed victory in the race for Connecticut’s Attorney General. The 45-year-old University of Chicago Law School graduate becomes the state’s first Asian American AG and only the second elected Asian American AG in the history of the nation. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee and a civil litigation lawyer. He vowed to fight many of the Trump administration's policies including those on immigration, and he labeled Hatfield a strong supporter of Trump. “I’m ready to protect and defend Connecticut families and to be your fireball and I could not be more grateful for your confidence and support,” he said during his victory speech. In Nevada, Aaron Ford has emerged as the apparent winner in the state’s Attorney General race. The 45-year-old Ohio State graduate is a former educator who had been serving as a State Senator since 2012. Prior to that, Ford served four and a half years as a judge advocate for the Air Force after graduating law school. He's currently a major in the Air Force Reserves. He had been endorsed by former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder. “I am so humbled and grateful to be Nevada’s next attorney general,” Ford said in a statement. “You want a champion in your corner, and I’m so honored that you’ve elected me to be that champion.” More here.
Stacey Abrams Pursuing Runoff Despite Opponent Declaring Victory
Stacey Abrams
says she plans to pursue a December 4th runoff election despite her Republican opponent Brian Kemp declaring victory. Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and steward of its elections, refused to recuse himself from overseeing his own race, a clear conflict of interest. Abrams and the Libertarian candidate on the ticket would need to gain at least 25,000 votes more than Kemp to bring his share of the vote below 50% and trigger a runoff. Election Day in Georgia was marred by long lines and technical difficulties. In largely Black areas especially, lines to vote stretched for hours. Only three machines were sent initially to the precinct at Atlanta’s Pittman Park Recreation Center, causing waits so long that Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up to implore people not to leave, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Voters waited for hours to cast ballots at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility polling location in Atlanta due to a “power cord issue.” At Anderson-Livsey Elementary School in Snellville, machines ran out of power after 45 minutes because poll workers had not plugged them in, forcing them to run on batteries until they died. And at Anniston Elementary School, about four miles away, some voters waited more than four hours to vote because machines were not working. Fulton and Gwinnett counties -- where all four precincts were located -- are the state’s two most populous. Kemp on Wednesday took the unusual, if not unprecedented step of posting the personal details of 291,164 absentee voters online for anyone to download. Abrams edged ever closer to Kemp on Wednesday as absentee votes and other ballots were counted. In the morning, Kemp had 50.5% of the vote. Early in the afternoon, his percentage dropped to 50.4 -- and then to 50.36 and, by the end of the day, to 50.33. Kemp needs just 50% plus one vote to avoid a runoff, and he remained 13,071 votes ahead of that mark. More here.

#TBT

NM Democratic Governor-elect Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) as a toddler in the early 1960’s.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett when she was just a baby in the 1980’s.
President Beefs with Reporters and Then Bans Jim Acosta from White House
The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta after he and Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. "As you know, Mr. President, the caravan is not an invasion," Acosta said. "It's a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the US --" Trump, sarcastically, replied, "Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it." Acosta: "Why did you characterize it as such?" Trump: "Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion." After a few moments of back and forth, a visibly frustrated Trump said, "You know what? I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better." When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta. Attempting to call on another reporter, Trump pointed at Acosta and said, "You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN." He concluded the attack by saying, "You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. The way that you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way." White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a doctored video of Acosta from the far-right outlet Infowars. She used footage from the event to justify revoking Acosta's press pass. She said on Twitter that the White House would "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern." The entire press conference can only be described as very bizarre. The president snapped at the White House press corps and made a number of baseless claims about political polling. The president called PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor "racist" when she asked him about declaring himself a "nationalist." She asked, "On the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists. There are some people that say that now the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalism because of your rhetoric. What do you make of that?" Trump responded, "That's such a racist question... Honestly, I mean, I know you have it written down... it's a racist question. You know what the word is? I love our country. I do." By the way, Patrick Casey -- the leader of white supremacist group Identity Evropa -- visited the White House on Wednesday, claiming on Twitter that he stopped by in order to "pay [his] respects." His group participated in the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. April Ryan attempted to ask about voter suppression and was told to “sit down.” Watch the entire press conference here.

Detained Reporter Loses Immigration Appeal
An immigration board has rejected an appeal from detained Spanish-language reporter Manuel Durán. The Memphis-based reporter won a stay of deportation in May, but the board’s decision makes it more likely he will be deported. Durán could be deported to El Salvador by mid-November, but he is taking his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He came to the U.S. after receiving death threats for reporting on corruption in El Salvador. Regular Beat DC readers are familiar with his story: Durán was doing an internet broadcast of an immigration-related protest outside a criminal justice center on April 3rd when Memphis police arrested him. While Durán was initially charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a highway or passageway, prosecutors soon dropped the charges. However, ICE agents were waiting outside the jail to arrest and transport him to a detention center in Louisiana. The 42-year-old firmly believes that he was targeted by ICE and the Memphis Police Department for his reporting on local police shootings, police misconduct incidents, the local police department’s relationship with ICE, and other stories that have cast the entities in a negative light. More here.

LL Cool J and Ice Cube Look to Bid on Sports Channels
LL Cool J 
and Ice Cube are joining forces as part of a group hoping to bid on 22 regional sports channels that the Justice Department is forcing Disney to sell following their $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Officials have said that since Disney is the majority owner of ESPN, they probably shouldn't be permitted to control as many as 22 sports stations as they'll essentially have monopolized the whole market by that point. The two hip-hop artists and business moguls have teamed up with billionaire Carolyn Rafaelian, giving them a huge advantage other bidders -- Apollo Global Management and the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The group is looking to bid on the channels, which includes the New York-based YES Network, which is estimated to be valued at $5 to $6 billion. The deal for all 22 stations is expected to reach as low as $15 billion and as high as $25 billion. Initial bids are expected to take place as soon as today. More here.

IL Democratic Congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood on Tuesday at Capitano’s Deli & Sweets on her last round of campaign visits.
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) with future voters last month advocating for gun control and encouraging Muslim voters to vote in the midterm elections.
Hispanic Caucus’ Deputy Chief of Staff Heads to the Senate
Carlos Paz is bidding farewell to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for nearly two years. He’s heading to the Senate to assume the role of Director of Hispanic Media and Press Secretary for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The 2008 George Washington University graduate worked previously for Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) and also served as the Texas state lead for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. The bilingual communications expert, who is fluent in English and Spanish, also worked as a Regional Leadership Director for the National Hispanic Institute. He began his career working for Neighborhood Centers, Inc. before working on numerous state and local campaigns. He leaves his post as CHC Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) prepares to exit to become the first Democratic Latina Governor of New Mexico. Paz’s last day is Friday, and he starts in his new role on Tuesday. More about him here.

White House Appoints Suresh V. Garimella to the National Science Board
The president has appointed Suresh V. Garimella to the National Science Board. Garimella is a renowned expert in thermal management and heat transfer technology. He currently serves as the EVP for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University, where he is responsible for the development and execution of Purdue’s strategic research initiatives and partnerships, both within and outside the U.S. He’s also a professor in their School of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Cooling Technologies Research Center -- an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center of the National Science Foundation. Prior to his appointment as EVP, Garimella was Purdue's Chief Global Affairs Officer, and before that served as an Associate VP leading the Office of Engagement. He’s taught mechanical engineering at several academic institutions, including the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the University of New South Wales in Australia, Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. He is the co-author of more than 500 publications and 12 patents, and a former Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras graduate holds a Master’s from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Joining him in his appointment to the Board is Maureen Condic, Steven Leath, Geraldine Richmond, S. Alan Stern, Stephen Willard, and Maria Theresa Zuber. More here

Civil rights activist Rasha Mubarak with Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour getting out the vote on Sunday during a wedding.
Univisión's Jorge Ramos and Ilia Calderón on-set on Tuesday to host a midterm election special.
The Joint Center Announces New Staff
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a policy think tank, has appointed three new staff members. Jessica Fulton is the new Director of Economic Policy. Prior to joining the Joint Center, she served at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth as an External Relations Director, Senior Manager for Policy and Government Relations, and Policy and Government Relations Manager. Fulton has also worked as an Outreach Director at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Research Associate at the Chicago Urban League, and as an intern in the office of Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH). The 2008 University of Chicago graduate holds a Master’s from DePaul University. DeMarcus Freeman is the Joint Center’s new Development Manager. He has more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and development, including serving as the Associate Director for Development at the American Diabetes Association. Freeman is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is a graduate of George Mason University. Victoria Johnson joins the Joint Center team as the Digital Communications Specialist. She brings a variety of newspaper and magazine experience including reporting on policy and arts for New York Daily News, New York Amsterdam News, Mashable, Vulture, HuffPost, Rolling Out Magazine and more. The 2013 City College of New York graduate holds a Master's from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. More about them here
FOMO
Today, 4:30P: “After the People Speak, What's Next?” A conversation with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Power California’s Aparna Shah on the midterm results and California's future. The Raben Group, 601 S Figueroa Street, Suite 2775, Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more information
Tuesday, November 13th, 5:30P: NALEO hosts “What Do Elections Mean for Communities of Color?” a post-midterm elections debrief and what it means for communities of color. Verizon Technology and Policy Center, 1300 I Street NW, Suite 400 West, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, November 13th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Oprah Winfrey, in support of Obama's highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. United Center, 1901 W Madison, Chicago, IL. Click here for more information
Thursday, November 15th, 5P: Women's Congressional Staff Association diversity and inclusion mixer. 2261 Rayburn House Office Building, DC. Click here for more information
Thursday, November 15th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Tracee Ellis Ross, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA. Click here for more information
Thursday, November 15th - Friday, November 16th: Men of Color in Communications Business Summit, a two-day conference bringing together more than 300 men of color in marketing, advertising, media, PR, and the digital space. Speakers include Jeffrey Litvack, CEO, AdweekRodney Williams, CEO, Belvedere Vodka; Jana Fleishman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Roc Nation (JAY-Z's Publicist); and many more. Bloomberg Corporate Headquarters, 731 Lexington Avenue, NYC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, November 17th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Valerie Jarrett, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. Capital One Arena, 601 F Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Saturday, November 24th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Michele Norris, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA. Click here for more information.
Sunday, November 25th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Elizabeth Alexander, in support of Obama's highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. Capital One Arena, 601 F Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30P: Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino hosts the American Latino Influencer Awards, in recognition of Latino leaders and trailblazers in public service, arts and culture, business, and in the government. The InterContinental Wharf, 801 Wharf Street, S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 28th: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute convenes a tech summit. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 28th - Saturday, December 1st: National Black Caucus of State Legislators host their 42nd Annual Legislative Conference, “Rejecting Walls That Divide and Building Bridges That Bring Us Together.” New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY. Click here for more information.
Thursday, December 6th - Sunday, December 9th: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators host their 16th National Summit. Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA. Click here for more information.
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