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‘608 in da’ 404’ amplifies the voices of Madison artists in Atlanta
By Anaré V. Holmes 

The Ujaama Business Network and the organizers of the EOTO Culturally Rooted project turned the spotlight on homegrown talent in Atlanta during the 2nd Annual InvestFest conference in August.  Billed as a first of its kind, in-person experience to combine investing, entrepreneurship, pop culture, and entertainment in a festival setting, the event is the brainchild of financial advisor Rashad Bilal and educator Troy Millings who host and produce the viral “Earn Your Leisure” podcast.  

Madison’s own Tara Wilhelmi of the Ujaama Business Network and Breyon “1ofmani” Somerville, a colleague from LessWork Local Lifestyle attended the joint last year.  “We were so activated by the experience we knew we needed to bring others from Madison back the following year,” says Wilhelmi. The duo gave birth to an artist showcase they named: ‘608 in da’ 404.’  Wilhelmi pulled herself away from planning and logistical meetings associated with the 3rd Annual For Da’Culture music festival Ujaama produces in McPike Park to give Umoja readers the 411 on why it’s important to provide a platform for Madison’s Black creative community.  

UMOJA: What made you select Atlanta as the inaugural market to launch this innovative idea?   

Wilhelmi: UJAMAA has focused on supporting artists and performers to view themselves as entrepreneurs and manage their brands and bookings as a business. The idea of creating an opportunity to perform in a music and creation mecca like Atlanta felt exciting.   The decision to combine art with the networking, learning and InvestFest’s general vibe of Black Excellence felt invigorating. It is important to note that EOTO is moving in a national direction and we view these types of events as a key to our efforts to grow the brand, programs, and services across the US.  

UMOJA: What are a few lessons from this first event that will inform how EOTO and UJAMAA Business Network move forward to improve future programming?   

Wilhelmi:  We are very pleased to see our that our idea for the showcase actually came to fruition. For that we have to pop our collars! Some of the lessons learned were logistical…things like a recommendation to send a team ahead to manage lodging and transportation needs. We learned it may be beneficial to bring a separate promotion team made up of other Black youth to act as a Street Team to engage Atlanta residents and InvestFest participants.  

UMOJA: What’s next? What are you most looking forward to in the immediate future?  

Wilhelmi: EOTO’s fall and winter programming focuses primarily on our Man2Man and BYAYA! Groups (Black youth and young adults)—so we’ll actively host youth internships, Black men wellness and fatherhood groups, and Black maternal and family health community discussions.   Our UJAMAA Business Network will move into individual business consulting to support our members as they prepare for a busy and productive holiday shopping season. Stay tuned for our annual UJAMAA Holiday Markets starting in November.  

Shining a Light on Mental Health During Suicide Awareness Month

Meet Brandon Johnson, Branch Chief at the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Black PR Wire) Miami, FL – In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, BPRW’s Thrivin’ in Color podcast is dedicating its episode 19 to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. This episode features an insightful conversation with Brandon Johnson, the Branch Chief of the Suicide Prevention Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the leading agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for advancing the nation’s behavioral health. Brandon engages in a powerful dialogue with host Camry Brown about the stigmas surrounding mental health within the Black community and suicide prevention resources. “We never know what people are going through,” said Camry. “The vital information shared in this episode is something listeners everywhere will find helpful. I encourage everyone to tune in into this episode.” Black PR Wire’s Thrivin’ in Color podcast gives Black and Brown mental health professionals a platform through which they may support and uplift our community. Tune in to Thrivin’ in Color on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8- 8. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. 

Phanord & Associates P.A. Observes National Gum Care Month 

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Miami, FL – September was National Gum Care Month, and Phanord & Associates, P.A. is proud to join other dental practices and organizations across the nation to shine a light on the importance of maintaining healthy gums.

Healthy gums are essential for a beautiful smile and overall well-being. Neglecting gum health can lead to periodontal disease, also called gum disease. In its early-stage, periodontal disease is called gingivitis. In a more severe form, it’s called periodontitis. In this stage, the bone may be lost, the gums may pull away from the tooth, and the teeth may become loose or even fall off. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. 

“Simple daily habits like brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups can go a long way in preserving your gum health,” said Dr. Kevin Phanord. “Getting into the habit of taking good care of your gums and 

teeth is the best way to prevent gum disease,” added Dr. Kyle Phanord. Drs. Phanord shared some warning signs of gum disease: 

  • Bad breath (Halitosis) 
  • Red or swollen gums 
  • Tender or bleeding gums Painful chewing 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Sensitive teeth 
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth 

For more information about Phanord & Associates, P.A. and its services or to schedule a dental exam, please call (305) 685-7863.