5 April Moments I Loved
Festival season kicks off and other highlights
Spring and summer are always busy times for the AT&T Bridge team. We’re planning for Black Music Month, prepping for Essence Festival 2017 and the BET Experience, plus keeping our eyes out for up-and-coming artists, innovators and creators to feature on the site. April, with its various festivals, was the unofficial kick off of all this activity. Plus, it’s Arab American Heritage Month, National Volunteer Month, and National Poetry Month. Truly, so much happens in April that choosing only five moments to highlight seemed almost unfair.
1. Funk Fest Tour Kicks Off
The spring leg of the 2017 Funk Fest tour kicked off in Orlando in April with classic hip-hop and R&B/soul favorites such as Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Erykah Badu, Doug E. Fresh and more. As a certified music fan, I am proud that AT&T supports this annual concert series. As my colleague, AT&T Sr. Marketing Manager-Diversity Gardenia Montalvo-Jivanjee, said " … our goal at AT&T is to help customers live life on their own terms. Supporting a heritage event like Funk Fest is just one way we are living up to that promise." If you haven't already, grab your tickets for the tour today! Or follow us on @ATT on social to keep up with Funk Fest–related news and events.
2. Celebrating a Million-Dollar Prince
Because I love seeing people’s dreams come true, I really enjoyed following the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories film initiative. The program debuted for the first time in April during the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. Five filmmakers competed for a $1-million grant and a chance to be mentored by film greats. Each presented story ideas and scripts to a committee of top Hollywood decision-makers and film experts. As the child of African immigrants, I was especially tickled that Nigerian-American Faraday Okoro took home the win. I can’t wait to see “Nigerian Prince” on the big screen! Okoro’s story of a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager who plots with internet scammers to return to the States is sure to be entertaining.
3. Calling Out Another Way #BlackGirlsRock
Limited representation and inclusion of women—especially women of color—in STEM is still a thing so it’s important to me that we continually highlight those stepping up to remind everyone that we are here, too. In our Who's Got Next: Spring 2017 feature we highlighted three dynamic female tech stars making their mark on Silicon Valley and beyond. These sisters are doing it for themselves and future generations! I was really inspired by the conversations sparked by Alona King and her Three Unicorns podcast co-hosts and how Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is helping young startups in Africa connect to funding and investors. I was also particularly moved by Slack engineer Erica Joy Baker’s commitment to doing her part to bring youth of color into STEM through her Senior Engineer role at Slack Technologies Inc.
4. Cheering on “Running with a Vision:
One of the coolest parts of my gig is getting to see firsthand how technology enables people to live life on their own terms. The story of blind runner Erich Manser partnering with AT&T technology and our network to finish the Boston Marathon is a perfect example of that. For a guaranteed pick me up, take five minutes and watch our “Running with a Vision” mini-doc, which covers Manser’s journey.
5. Remembering the Perks
All the focus on music and entertainment, reminded me that if you’re an AT&T wireless DIRECTV U-verse TV or AT&T Internet customers, you can access priority pre-sale tickets to some of your favorite shows. Stay updated on the tickets you can get before everyone else on our Front the Line site. Pre-sale tickets are first come, first serve so be sure to check back often.
I know, I know … it’s supposed to be five moments, but this month I couldn’t resist adding a sixth: Marvy Moore, AT&T vice president and general manager for the Georgia/South Carolina Market, was chosen to be a part of the Atlanta Tribune’s Super Women issue along with 10 other dynamic women of color. A big congrats to each woman featured! It’s always great to see hard work and good leadership recognized.
So that’s my list. What got you excited in April? Let me know on Twitter with #TheBridgeATT.