Antwone Fisher Pens Foreword-Inside Out: Entertainment Thru Non Profit Eyes

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Author, Screenwriter, Producer Antwone Fisher Pens Forword for "Inside Out: Entertainment Thru Non Profit Eyes." The book is Authored by Founder & Executive Director of It's Cool to Be Smart, Curtis J. Benjamin, and Co-authored by Vanessa Morman, Founder, Executive Director Houston Black Film Festival, (ICTBS, Board Member) and CEO of Sheba Media Group. Foreword Written by Author, Screenwriter, Producer, Speaker, Antwone Fisher Ph.D, (ICTBS Board Member).

This book goes far beyond a rudimentary look into the inner workings of dealing with non profits as taxes, IRS forms, obtaining 501(c) 3 status, but delves into experiences with celebrities, publicists, agents, managers, security, and other pertinent issues in association with non-profits. Readers will gain useful knowledge regarding mentoring, how to ask for help, how to receive it, how to reach, up, and reach back. Inspired by real life events that helped mold this organization into the industry insider it is today, "Inside Out" shares personal conversations and experiences about working with celebs. The book, which is intimately written, reveals some humorous behind the scene experiences celebs have had when dealing with non profits. It also shares the tumultuous moments; the ups, the downs.

Veteran Hollywood entertainer, actor Robert Guillaume (Benson, Soap) was left standing outside on the sidewalk for over an hour waiting for the driver of this very nonprofit to collect him. What words of wisdom did he share with the author today, and the answer to whether he stayed for the appearance back then are answered in "Inside Out: Entertainment Thru Nonprofit Eyes."

Including resources for celebs and others to start their own non profit, "Inside Out: Entertainment Thru Nonprofit Eyes" also has sections from experienced, professionally credited and highly credentialed, individuals such as author of the award-winning book, "For the Love of Money: The 411 to Taking Control of Your Taxes and Building Your Net Worth," "The Vault Guide to Tax Law Careers," and "Helping the Nonprofit Client," Shannon King Nash. Nash is a CPA, tax attorney, and owner of the Nash Management Group with clients such as Debbie Allen, Ne-Yo and others. Also, Florene Alexander Grant Writer for Urban League of Los Angeles. There's information on monitoring non profits from government contracted monitor, Mable Jones, and Mary Dean Harvey Director of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) on obtaining State funding.

Actress Camille Winbush (Bernie Mac Show) tells us her heart is close to teen dating abuse. She supports , while Courtnee Draper, (Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami gives her time to Actress Kimberlee Peterson, (NCIS, West Wing) supports S.A.F.E. Alternatives, an organization that helps people who suffer from the disease of self mutilation, also known as SI.

Co author Vanessa Morman expresses about the project, "The most interesting and equally exciting aspect of putting this book together is learning that these young people are earnest, passionate and quite astute about social ills. Their focus and commitment to their chosen outreach entity is absolute. It's moving. Also, having Dr. Antwone Fisher onboard is such an honor because he's so humane. He touches nothing devoid of compassion."

Judy Landis Landis-Simon Production and Talent Management- states, "I feel this book will be extremely helpful for celebrities and everyone. REMEMBER, the one who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones....A human being cannot be comfortable without his own approval....That's what its all about." (Producer, One On One).

"After (20+) years of working in entertainment media, I can honestly say that Inside Out: Entertainment Thru Non-Profit Eyes will be extremely helpful to community groups, media, and celebrities who are committed to outreach endeavors. Networking is so key in the entertainment industry. Knowing people who can open the doors, especially in dealing with celebrities and their publicists, agents, etc., is tantamount to having a successful media event. The book is sure to tap into some of the great minds in PR which have a lot to offer in regard to media strategies, planning and promotion. Kudos to you for creating such a media-savvy guide that can provide useful information as well as those all-important contacts." Shirley Henderson, Ebony Magazine, Associate Editor.

Radio One's V100's Community Service Director, Daniella Masterson, of Los Angeles offers regarding the book, "Celebrities are not just stars; they are opinion leaders. They influence fashion trends as much as lifestyle values. But the most beautiful thing is that it can be a symbiotic relationship. The stars grow from working with the true stars of the community."

"Inside out: Entertainment through non-profits eyes is an excellent approach to display philanthropy at its best. Celebrities often get overlooked when it comes to positive contributions in their communities. Nonetheless, this book provides an avenue to showcase how Celebrities are giving back." Hot 107.9 Atlanta-Rashan Ali - Radio Personality & Actress (The Gospel).

"While many celebrities are involved with this book project, the book certainly is not about celebs; but the work they lend themselves to in their everyday, ordinary lives in staying connected to, or reconnecting to their respective communities be it on a local scale, or globally." Curtis Benjamin, Author.

Additional participating celebrities providing quotes and in-depth interviews include the T. I. K.I.N.G. Foundation, Angie Stone, whose currently working with Jesse Jackson's RESPECT ME Campaign, Courtnee Draper, Ghost Whisperer CSI Miami, Kimberlee Peterson, Actress-West Wing, NCIS, Susan Taylor,( Essence Cares) Kimora Lee Simmons, (Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund & Hip Hop Action Network Spokesperson,) Exe Dir Hip Hop Action Network, Valeisha Butterfield, Founder of Women In Entertainment Empowerment Network-WEEN, Jeff Johnson, (BET Jeff Chronicles, Truth Is Power), Hill Harper, MANifest Your Destiny Foundation, , Mya, Kyla Pratt, Grammy Award winning songwriter, Sean Garrett, Lil Jon, Sydney Margetson-VP. Publicity of Atlantic Records, Ric Ross, Record Exec, Capitol Records, Carl Payne, (Mega Hit TV Show Martin), Michael Delorenza, (New York Undercover, Contradictions of the Heart) Angell Conwell, (Baby Boy, Soul Plane, That's So Raven) Micah Stampley, Gospel recording artist, Recording Artist, & Actor, actress, singer, Keke Palmer, Akeelah & the Bee, Bernnadette Stanis, (Thelma of Good Times) Omara Harris-Entertainment Attorney, Robert Guillaume, (Benson, Soap) Kerry Rhodes, NY Jets, Shawn Livingston LA Clippers, Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcons, 2008 Track Olympian Michael Walton & many others.

About It's Cool to Be Smart

It's Cool to be Smart" is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 by its executive director, Curtis Benjamin. One of the more successful community initiatives stemming from its partnership with the T.I. K.I.N.G. Foundation is the Single Parent Initiative. This enabled the once obscure and fledging organization to design programming for youth in the community, becoming the springboard for their highly acclaimed empowerment forums and internship programs for young ladies desiring a future in entertainment. Alumni from the program have advanced to permanent positions in several markets including Hot 97, NY as well as completing internships with industry firms from radio stations PR firms, to the music world.

Mission Statement
It's Cool to be Smart" strives to enrich the lives of underserved & underprivileged youth by providing access to role models, music artists, and positive messages that encourage success in education. "It's Cool to be Smart" has partnered with a number of national youth organizations to propel its message nationally.

About Sheba Media Group

Sheba Media Group is a full service agency representing authors, actors, filmmakers, producers and more. PR Literary Entertainment Talent.

For more information or to have your non profit organization listed in the online or comprehensive print directory inside the book, please contact Melanie Armstrong Weinstein in the Houston office at 713-331-0357.


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