Live2Lead coming to Jackson, MS



Get ready to lift your leadership lid! Live2Lead simulcast is coming to Jackson, Mississippi on October 7th.  Organizers describe it as a leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.  The half-day event features New York Times best-selling author, coach and leadership expert John C. Maxwell.  He will be joined by Liz Wiseman, president of the Wiseman Group, Dan Cathy, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, and Simon Sinek, author, speaker and optimist.  Continue reading “Live2Lead coming to Jackson, MS”

The Law of the Inner Circle

maxchatjohnmaxwell_picWhen it comes to success as a leader, your potential is determined by those closest to you.  If you’re on Twitter, join me today on the #MaxChat show at 12noon eastern.  I’ll be interviewed by the @JohnMaxwellTeam about the law of the inner circle.  This law is from the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,”  the book by leadership expert and best selling author John Maxwell.  A Twitter chat tool such as makes taking part in the conversation easy.  Simply log on to and put in the hashtag #MaxChat.  Then start chatting!  Here’s a short tutorial on how to use

Remember, you are what you tweet (a little bird told me)🙂



Hey Siri give us a hint about the new iPhone!

Just when you’re getting used to your new iPhone, here comes the new iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 7!  Today Apple is expected to make the big announcement in a few hours.  I tried asking Siri to give me a hint, but all she said was, “Everything you need to know about Apple products is at Apple’s website.”  Thanks a lot Siri!.  Meanwhile, the new iPhone is rumored to be thinner and “touchier.” In case you’re thinking about upgrading or buying the new iPhone, here’s what you can expect…

Siri not talking!
Siri not talking!



Madea’s Neighbor Chats with Upward Bound Students

UpwardBound2015My how time flies!  Wednesday was the last day of my six week broadcasting class with high school students in the Upward Bound program at Tougaloo College.  It ended on a high note.  Special thanks to actor/singer @DathanThigpen.  The Jackson State mass comm alum who now lives in Atlanta, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with my students via FaceTime.  The teens enjoyed the DVD of “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell” and were ready with questions.   Dathan played “Desi” and talked about how he got the role, what it was like working with executive producer/actor Tyler Perry/Madea, and he also gave career advice.

Here’s a look at the play’s trailer:

You may recall Dathan was a Sunday Best Season 3 finalist and he gave us an update.  So, that said, I’m looking forward to watching  the 7/19 #BETSundayBest All Stars Edition (season 8) this weekend  at 7pm cst to see who makes the top 10!! #SBAllStars.  Meantime…Here’s a look back at #SB Season 3….. Sanggg Dathan!!!!

Cheers,                                                                                                                     @SunnyFridge

Jackson State Campus Media win 19 times at Mississippi AP Broadcasters Awards

It was an evening of honors for students, faculty and staff of campus media at Jackson State University at the recent Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster’s Awards Banquet.

Middle Picture: (WJSU Issues & Images team: L.A. Warren, Dr. Sunny Fridge, Kourtney C. Paige). Bottom Picture (JSU mass comm winners Perrymon Wright, Courtni Wilson, Kris Campbell, DaShawna Wright, Regina Toney Gerald Harris).

It was an evening of honors for students, faculty and staff of campus media at Jackson State University at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster’s Awards Banquet.  The event, which was held April 18, 2015,  honored the best in professional and collegiate broadcasting across the state in 2014.

A total of 19 awards were won with WJSU 88.5FM, the public radio station at JSU, nabbing a first place award in the Professional Radio “Best Spot News Story” category.

Mass Communications students won in ten categories, including several 2nd and third place awards for TigerTV, the campus-run television channel, a third place award for WLEZ 98.1, a community radio station, and several awards for reporting for WJSU.   As a journalism educator, and director of programs for TigerTV and faculty host of JSU Connections on WLEZ, it was such a proud moment to see our students receive recognition for their hard work.

I served as host and segment producer for WJSU’s Issues & Images program.  This was my first ‘1st place’ award (last year I received a 2nd and 3rd place award), so needless to say I am so proud!  Kudos as well to WJSU news director and show producer  L.A. Warren; WJSU reporter Kourtney C. Paige; and WJSU engineer Dale Morris.  I&I won 1st place for the show’s coverage of the untimely death of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

AP Judge’s comments: In the wake of the sudden and unexpected death of a city’s mayor, this newscast includes some of the most important voices to hear from — family, the interim mayor, and those who had been close to him and his campaign. (best quote at approximately 5:22 — getting 90 percent of people to agree on something.)

I&I also won third place in the “Best Newscast” category.   I&I’s Dwain Doty also won 2nd and third place awards. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Here’s a listen to our WJSU I&I show that won first place in Best Spot News Story:

AP Plaque WJSU

Winning was such a blessing and a wonderful way to end the semester!



JSU International Week 2015 ” | ” FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

Slide01Lights…cameras… action! Once again, I have the pleasure of coordinating the JSU International Week Film Festival at Jackson State University. Films will be shown Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th at the JSU Student Center Theater. All screenings are free and open to the public.  Two days of diversity and dialogue…culture and conversation.

This year’s film screenings range from immigrant rights to civil rights…. From lost boys of Sudan to “happy” people of Mississippi…. A little religion and rap… survival and triumph… We’ll take you to China…Africa and Cuba…from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the campus of JSU…and back to the Magnolia State….  We will show a few music videos that highlight the diversity of the Magnolia State.

We will give our audience several opportunities to celebrate diversity and engage in dialogues after the films.
For the first time this year (weather permitting), we will have “Popcorn & a Movie” outside on the plaza on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. “The Good Lie” is inspired by a true story of young victims of the civil war in Sudan who became orphans after their villages were destroyed and their parents were killed. Thanks to a humanitarian effort more than 3500 lost boys and girls received the chance to settle in America.  The film stars academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon… who plays a Kansas woman who opens her home to several lost boys of Sudan and follows their transition to a new life.

And on Thursday, March 26th check out “Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi,” a documentary about the U.S. civil rights movement as witnessed by the farmers in Mississippi. It’s the untold story of how black landowners became the secret weapon in the fight for civil rights and equality. Directed and Produced by David Shulman.

For more information you may call 601 979-3601 or log onto



Check out the film trailers: (the film times are below)

Slide01 Slide02 Slide03 Slide04 Slide05 Slide06 Slide07 Slide08 Slide09 Slide10 Slide11

Censorship, Cover-Ups & Corporate Control, Oh My!

Shadows of Liberty ScreeningThis Friday, Mississippi Center for Social Justice, Mississippi NAACP, the Computer Co-Op and DocFactory will bring the internationally acclaimed ‘Shadows of Liberty’ documentary to Jackson, Mississippi.

I have the pleasure of being part of a panel discussion after the film.  The event is free and open to the public so bundle up, and come join the conversation…

Here are the details from the press release:

Date: FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

Time: 7:30 PM at the Rainbow Plaza

                                       2807 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39216

Shadows of Liberty will make its Jackson debut with a FREE film screening.

The documentary film Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics including DANNY GLOVER, JULIAN ASSANGE, DAN RATHER, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID SIMON, NORMAN SOLOMON, BOB BEAR, ROBERTA BASKIN, JOHN MACARTHUR, ROBERT McCHESNEY, DANIEL ELLSBERG, JANINE JACKSON, CHRIS HEDGES, KRISTINA BORJESSON and JOHN NICHOLS give insider accounts of a broken media system.

Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.Shadows of Liberty is dedicated to the journalists and information freedom fighters, the heroes of our time, who dedicate their lives to our right to freedom of information – the central pillar of a free society. Shadows of Liberty provides a platform for voices that have been silenced and in doing so, attempts to inspire change and accountability. This film champions the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, not the exception.

The Mississippi Center for Justice is pleased to co-sponsor the screening in Jackson. A non-profit law firm devoted to racial and economic justice in Mississippi, MCJ has offices in Biloxi, Indianola and Jackson. Beth Orlansky, advocacy director for MCJ, said the screening is a great opportunity to promote thought on the ideas explored in the documentary.  “We all naturally are skeptical from time to time about where our information comes from, even in the democratized internet age,” Orlansky said. “We hope thoughtful folks in the Jackson area will come to the Shadows of Liberty screening with open minds. A robust dialogue on this subject is something we all can benefit from.”

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Dierdre Payne with the League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area, Donna Ladd Editor-In-Chief of the Jackson Free Press, Robert Shaffer President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi AFL-CIO and Dr. Sunny Fridge, a former producer, reporter and anchor in her 14th year of university teaching in the department of Mass Communications at Jackson State University.

The panel will be moderated by Beth Orlansky, Advocacy Director for the Mississippi Center for Social Justice.

Facebook Page :

For more information: (702) 917-4900