What is HRBMP?
Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc. has been a highly respected non-profit presence in the community for nearly 35 years. The organization is comprised of TV reporters, print reporters, editors, news photographers, mass communications/journalism educators, graphic artists, public relations professionals, freelancers, marketing and advertising professionals, media managers, social media practitioners, digital journalists, internet content developers, students and corporate partners. Membership includes professionals and students throughout Hampton Roads, Richmond, VA and Northeastern, NC. Its expanded membership also includes alumni and affiliate members located throughout the U.S.
HRBMP, along with Grove Church and the National Urban League Young Professionals, sponsored a panel discussion that allowed the Generation Gap to get a little closer through dialogue which focused on Black men. Entitled Beyond the Media: Real Men, Real Talk, the forum consisted of two groups of five African-American men. One side represented Generation X and Baby Boomers while the other group was made up of Millennials. Over a hundred people turned out to listen to the views of Black men of both the younger and older generations as it relates to their race and gender -- specifically the killing of unarmed Black men by police, Black-on-Black crime, Driving while Black, high unemployment and fatherless homes. HRBMP member, award-winning journalist and public radio commentator Roger Chesley was a Generation X panel member.
Karen Wilson, Larry Rubama and Cathy Jackson participate in Norfolk State University's MCJR week 2015.
Former HRBMP, NABJ and UNITY President Barbara Ciara addresses a crowd of more than 100 students, faculty and staff at Regent University. For more, visit our Member Spotlight.
HRBMP president and NSU student talk about career preparation during MCJR 2015.
HRBMP meeting Tema, Ghana, delegation.
HRBMP Education Town Hall meeting, featuring HRBMP reporters (from left) Wil LaVeist, John Robinson, Cheryl Ross and David Squires.
HRBMP members at the Urban League Empowerment event.
HRBMP Team Media Professionals cycling members Barbara Ciara, Past President Cheryl Ross, and Carmen Moore after riding anywhere from 10 to 65 miles to raise money to fight diabetes.
Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc. (HRBMP) was founded in 1982 as Tidewater Media Professionals (TMP). James Wright, widely recognized as the organization’s founding father, was concerned by the continuous negative portrayal of Blacks in the media with little reported on the positive contributions of the Black community. What started out as conversations with a few peers including, Barbara Ciara, Marvin Leon Lake, Lou Paris, Don Roberts and Regina Willey quickly grew into a membership of 25 media professionals working in newspaper, television, radio, academia and public relations.
HRBMP has as its purpose:
• Serve as a liaison between the community and the media.
• Provide the community with professional insight into media coverage and operations.
• Support the career development of media professionals.
• Create and fund scholarships to be awarded annually to eligible minority students pursuing media-related degrees.
• Present and provide partnership opportunities to produce activities and events that support HRBMP’s people, priorities and programs.
Anchor, 13News Now Daybreak
Johnnie Maples II
Spectra at Ted Constant Convocation Center
Reporter, WTKR News 3
Media Brand Consultant/ Talent Producer
The Image Brand Company
Owner, HECK Productions
HRBMP Lifetime Members/Past Presidents
1982-84 Don Roberts
1984-86 Regina Mobley
1986-87 Byron Pitts
1987-88 Charlise Lyles
1988-90 Arthur Fennell
NABJ Chapter of the Year 1990
1990-94 Barbara Ciara
1994-95 Ted Heck
Arthur Fennell, NABJ President
1995-96 Barbara Hamm
1996-97 Beverly Williams
1997-98 Barbara Ciara
1998-99 Byron Burney
1999-00 Charles Taylor
2000-01 Karen Eure Wilson
2001-03 Marvin L. Lake
2003-05 Kafi Rouse
NABJ Chapter of the Year 2005
Herb Lowe, NABJ President
2005-07 Marquita Smith
2007-09 Katrice Hardy Franklin
Barbara Ciara, NABJ President
2009-11 Derrick Rose/Cheryl Ross
2011-13 Cheryl Ross
2014 Karen Eure Wilson
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