Sunday, November 20, 2011

NV Awards 2011 Highlights [VIDEO]

Pictured above at NV Awards 2011:       Kelly Williams (Associate Producer "What's Up With Downes?"), Daymond John (NV Awards Host / CEO of FUBU, President of Shark Branding) Robin Downes (Producer / Host "What's Up With Downes?", Founder of Yoga Flava)

Check out this episode of "What's Up With Downes?" for my video highlights of the Salute To Urban Professionals, the 2011 NV Awards:

On Saturday, October 29th the illustrious Alvin Ailey Dance Theater was buzzing with sweet sounds of honor and music. An amazing audience came together to honor a select few shining stars in business.

About NV Magazine:
New Vision in business is designed to embody the thoughts, vision and intellect of today's urban professional and create pathways of success for the people that strive to be like them. For the past twelve years, NV Magazine has celebrated urban professionals who have made outstanding contributions worldwide. Once a year, a special evening and an issue of NV Magazine is dedicated to inspire an audience mixed with celebrities and business luminaries who demonstrate the epitome of hard work.

Related Article: Video: Entrepreneurial Spirit - Daymond John of Fubu / Shark Tank (NV Awards 2010)

The NV Awards 2011 was a night of great prestige in the urban professional
community; the black tie affair brought together professionals and entrepreneurs from all areas in
business, entertainment and the arts. Host Daymond John (ABC's Shark Tank), and Kemberly
Richardson (ABC's Eyewitness News) were the perfect team with their witty banter and
influential stories to present the honorees with their awards in the intimate setting of the theater.
The ceremony opened with the poised Alvin Ailey dancers and closed with the angelic voice of
the young Pop/Opera singer, Charisse Mills. Guests were in great spirits despite the early winter
weather, they sipped creative cocktails from sponsor, Grey Goose, enjoyed delicious hord'ourves
from a private caterer and desserts by Tonnie's minis. Post reception is where the fun began and
everyone let loose on the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Jon Quick. Overall, the night was one
filled of inspiration and surely one that will be unforgettable to those who attended.

Related Article:  A.C.T. in ACTION (NV Awards segment 2009)

Congratulations to the 2011 NV Awardees: Technology Awardee - Michael Robinson, Microsoft: Fashion Awardee - Penelope Guerrero Perez, Timberland; Diversity Awardee - Debra Nelson, MGM Resorts (Read about it in MGM Resorts momentum): Sports Awardee - Jarvis Green, Former NFL Player, First Millennium Construction; Woman in Business Awardee - Lisa Pickrum, RLJ Companies; Corporate Awardee - Frank Cooper III, Pepsi; and Community/Civic Awardee - Tamika Mallory, The National Action Network. Thank you for sharing your vision with the world.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Set November Goals For A Prosperous Year End.

Some people wait until the new year to set new goals.  When we should be monitoring our goals on a monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly basis.

Do You Know Where Your Going and Why?

With the holiday season upon us.  It is time to get serious about our year end plans with a jump start on your 2012 game plan.

Why Do You Want Prosperity?

1.  Time to set your budget for holiday gifts and trips.

2. Prosperity is not just money.  Plan for prosperity in health, relationships and time management.

How Will You Achieve Your Financial Goals:

1.  Secure A seasonal temporary extra job for an additional revenue stream.

2.  Start a new home based business.  Holiday gatherings are a great time to nurture your relationships, casually introduce your new business and products.

What are your tips and goals for November?  Please share your comments below.

Related Article:

Prosperity Consciousness During Financial Fear

Monday, October 10, 2011

Comedian T.K. Kirland Puts The Game Into Perspective [VIDEO]

I had the opportunity to catch up with Comedian, T. K. Kirkland, who always keeps it movin - - -

He was performing in NYC for a Comedy Night at the 420 Lounge on the upper west side.

T.K.'s comedy style reflects male and female relationships with humor as he says he "Put's the game in perspective". 

Check out this episode of "What's Up with Downes" for a little taste of his comedy style as I visit with him before, during and after his performance:


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Friday, September 2, 2011

Dermatologist Dr. Susan Evans Is A "Lifechanger"!

Dermatologist Dr. Susan Evans Is A "Lifechanger"!

I am totally in love with Dr. Susan Evans and her line of products.  I learned about her about a year ago and have been hooked on her products and guidance ever since.  Now you can benefit from her guidance on Dr. Drew's New TV Show "LifeChangers".

Dr. Susan Evans is the Director of Dermatology at Cosmetic Physicians of Beverly Hills. This Lifechanger is known as the skin care doctor to the stars and has been featured in Harpers Bazaar, People and Star. Dr. Evans specializes not only in Cosmetic Dermatology, but acne, psoriasis and eczema. She's the President of the Skin Disease and Research Foundation and the creator of an innovative skin-care line that treats aging skin and acne.  (Read More)

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P.R. Spin From Mama Lynn:  Lynn Allen Jeter and Associates

Friday, August 5, 2011

Prosperity Consciousness During Financial Fear.

It is important during this time of financial fear to retain your prosperity consciousness.

US stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Friday following a traumatic day across global stock markets as investors sold off over fears the European debt crisis was spreading to Spain and Italy and economic data out of the US pointed to a slowdown in growth in the world’s largest economy.

The Financial Advice:

Don't make any rash moves.

Sit it out.

Check Out this CNBC Links for:

Countdown to the Jobs Report

The Prosperity Consciousness Advice:

You create your prosperity no matter what the economy.

Moving Forward:

With that said I will continue today to focus on my 12 month business plan.  I will focus on the best possible outcome.

With an attitude of gratitude - sending positive and prosperous vibes - - - Robin

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fatherhood: President Obama's Good Morning American Interview [VIDEO]

Good Morning America reporter Robin Roberts, interviewed President Obama. With Father's Day drawing near, the president answered questions about fatherhood submitted to him via video from members of the public.

Fatherhood Quotes From Black Celebrity Dads

The questions came from, among others, a Little League player, a father serving in the military in Afghanistan, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, 47, have two daughters, Sasha, 10, and Malia, 12.

Tyrees Gibson's Father's Day Poem: "Not Just Semen"

The president, 49, opened up about what it was like to become a father for the first time, describing a scene that he says unfolded like the "the classic comical father situation."(Read entire article here)

Samuel L. Jackson Reads "Go The F*** To Sleep" On Letterman [VIDEO]

Akashic Books and snagged the actor, Samuel L. Jackson, to read the hottest property in the publishing world at the moment: "Go the F--- to Sleep." On Thursday night, Jackson stopped by "The Late Show with David Letterman" and read an excerpt of the book and wow, no one can deliver a line quite like him.

Are Our Kids Thinly Disguised Monsters

Written by Rutgers professor Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cort├ęs, "Go the F--- to Sleep" is described as a "children's book for adults." During its marketing campaign where PDF copies were distributed via email, it became a viral sensation.

Is Social Networking Bad For Your Child

Originally scheduled for publication this October, the book hit No. 2 on's bestseller list by April and was quickly released.

Born out of a Facebook status update, Mansbach has said that when his daughter Vivien was an infant, it would often take hours for her to fall asleep. Exhausted and exasperated, Mansbach posted this as a note on Facebook: "Look out for my forthcoming children's book, Go the -- to Sleep."

Check out the video of Samuel L. Jackson reading "Go The F*** To Sleep" On The David Letterman Show.

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ABFF: Black Cinema’s Annual Retreat Returns To Miami, FL

The 2011 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place July 6-9th in Miami, FL on South Beach.  Four action packed days of films and events. There’s something for everyone: the latest independent films from around the world, industry workshops, thought-provoking discussions and exclusive parties. ABFF is a perfect blend of business and pleasure!

Nelson George: "The Filmmaker's View" [VIDEO]

Founded in 1997, the American Black Film Festival ( is dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. 

AAWIC Film Festival, Awards – Blake And Cortes [VIDEO]

Visit the American Black Film Festival ( site for all the details for registration and accomadations.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sat. Feb. 5th @2pm EST - Watch World Wide / Call In - Robin Downes on Sistah Talk TV - "Hot Topics"

Robin Downes Interviewed on Steve Harvey Morning Show 2004

Preparing for the next taping of Sistah Talk TV - airing Saturday,  Februatyr 5th!
 One of the topics is Steve Harvey's Ex-Wife YouTube blast.

If you're in NY, you can catch it on TV on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) at 2:00pm. Time Warner Cable TV CH 34, VERIZON TV CH 33, RCN Cable TV CH 82 2:00pm – 3:00pm. 

WATCH IT LIVE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD online live in real time at 

2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT, & 7:00pm in London, UK

Here is some of the research that I am doing to prepare for the hot topics.

Steve Harvey's Ex-Wife Blasts him on YouTube

Tom Joyner Morning Show wants to figure solutions:
Ex-Wife concern about Steve Harvey as a role model:
"Women that have been silenced by their husbands"
"13 year old son, can't call mother"
"Don't have lawsuit about money, this is about community"
Tom offered to help settle behind closed doors. It has effected her health.

Topic #2 - An Ethiopian woman blast Black Women - they took down the video
But other folks got very heated and responded on Youtube - if interested Google "Ethiopian Chick"

Topic#3 - What's going on in Egypt?

Topic #4 - The McCaskey East School -  segregation to help black studio with special mentoring.

Topic #5 - Is Black History month still important?  I think so, there is still so much that needs to be re-discovered.

Topic #6 - Black women still single because of the church? Here is a link to an article that I posted:

Let's talk about sex - Hey single ladies how important is sex in a relationship to you?

Ok, so check out the show and let me know what you think.

Sending positive vibes - Robin Downes

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Holly Robinson-Pete Supports Upcoming NYC Event "Genius Of Autism" [VIDEO]

Recently, I had the honor of learning more about autism from my Yoga student and friend, Michel Pierce Burns.  She shared with me her son's book "Dawson" (The Extraordianry Discovery of an Autistic Child's Innermost Thoughts and Feelings

 Danson was invited to the White House because President Obama got a copy of his book. After he and Michele got in through security, they had to wait a considerable amount of time until they could have a private audience and picture with the President and First Lady.  By that time, and given that large crowds and Danson don’t really mix, his senses were overwhelmed, and the Obamas walked in just as he was scratching Michele in the face. The Obamas were very calm and understanding as both Danson and Michele were weeping, and hugged them.

 (Pictured to the left - Michele Pierce Burns, Holly Robinson-Pete, Michael Burns at the National Autism Conference November 2010)

Actress, author, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete's son, RJ's autism was diagnosised 10 years ago and she has been consistant in bringing awareness to the public. 

Holly runs the nonprofit HollyRod Foundation, founded in 1996 during her father’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease, to help improve the quality of life of people plagued by a disease or disorder. After Holly’s son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism at age 3, hollyrod4kids was formed to focus on improving children's lives too. Holly has become an advocate and activist for autism education, outreach, and support.

Join her support and several other VIPs (Bill Cosby, Deepak Chopra, Susan L. Taylor)  for the event on January 10, at Carnegie Hall for the "Genius Of Autism"

Who: McCarton Foundation Presents 

What: GENIUS OF AUTISM honors 11 extraordinary young people

When: January 10, 2011

Where:  Carnegie Hall, New York City

Why:  Proceeds are for scholarships for families in need to attend McCarton programs (as well as SNACK, Only Make Believe, Strokes of Genius, Global Autism Project, and Music for Autism). We need McCarton Families to represent!

Please Contact: Suzanne Rubin for tickets and / or contributions

More information:
Laura Linney is the event's mistress of ceremony,
special tributes to the honorees will be made by:
Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. (Philanthropist and Entertainer),
Malaak Compton-Rock (Philanthropist, Founder Journey for Change and Chris Rock's lovely wife),
Susan L. Taylor (Writer, Editor Emeritus ESSENCE Magazine and Founder National Cares Mentoring Movement),
Holly Robinson-Peete (Actress, Talk Show Host and parent),
Opera Diva Leona Mitchell (original Carmen at the Met), (Actor Taye Digg's dance company)
Kelli O'Hara from South Pacific, Billy Porter Broadway performer and winner of Star Search and Deepak Chopra making cameo appearances!! And many more surprises.......
This is a night of music, laughter, and hope that you will never forget. Producers are McCarton Parent Daisy Chaplin and her dear friend Elizabeth Howell; Co-Chairs are McCarton Parents Roberta Lowenstein and Michele Pierce Burns and Parent Lou Toscano. Every performer and honoree is volunteering their time and all travel and hotel have been donated thanks to the tireless efforts of McCarton Development team and Co-Chair Lou Toscano. We hope this will be an annual event that will continue featuring the gifts of McCarton School students and young people on the spectrum worldwide. Proceeds are for scholarships for families in need to attend McCarton programs (as well as SNACK, Only Make Believe, Strokes of Genius, Global Autism Project, and Music for Autism). We need McCarton Families to represent! The 90-minute program is planned to be appropriate for ages 10 and up at your discretion. VIP Tickets are $500 and include prime seating and pre-performance cocktail reception with art exhibition from all honorees and meet and greet with performers. Regular tickets are $150. Please contact Suzanne Rubin TODAY for your tickets or use attached link! If you'd like to make a gift in someone's honor as a holiday present, we will promptly send a beautiful holiday card to them acknowledging your gift. PLEASE feel free to forward widely the invitation featuring the amazing art of GENIUS OF AUTISM honoree Stephen Wiltshire.
Justin Canha (age 21) Artist and Illustrator. Please see to see Justin's beautiful work featured in O Magazine. He is represented by Roger Ricco Gallery in Soho and is donating a special piece to McCarton Foundation.
Kyle Cousins (age 21) Rock Singer/Songwriter ( ) wrote the national theme song for Autism Speaks Walks "Everybody Wants to be Heard"
Emma Davis (age 10) and Noa Davis (age 12) Visual Artists and sisters from Queens, NY and have been featured on cover of Dr. Stanley Greenspan's ICDL Magazine and at galleries throughout NYC.
Amanda LeMunyon (age 15) Painter and Opera Singer ( ) has been invited to meet 2 United States Presidents after they purchased her art for the White House. She is also an accomplished Opera Singer studying with Leona Mitchell.
Joey Lowenstein (age 14) Double Black Diamond Snowboarder is at McCarton Upper School and has found his element on the mountain--he is fearless and inspiring!
Miracle Project's Fly Singers ( ) Special performance by 3 kids from "Autism the Musical" lead by their incredible teacher Coach E.
RJ Peete (age 13) wrote the song "Come Into My World" that he performs with his mom Holly Robinson-Peete (Produced by Babyface Edmonds--video is here:
Carly Ryan (age 24) Singer ( is one of Dr. McCarton's favorite new singers :)--she comes to us from Manchester, England and was featured on British show "Autistic Superstars"
Matt Savage (age 18) Jazz Pianist ( Many of us remember Matt's incredible performance at our 2009 McCarton Gala. At age 8 he was considered a jazz prodigy and has recorded several albums and played with many jazz greats. He is now a student at Berklee College of Music and balances classes, studies and concert gigs while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and achieving Dean's List status.
Scott Siegel (age 19) Front man "Arrest My Sister" (, this is an incredible alternative rock bank whose lead singer is on the spectrum.
Talina (age 11) Singer ( No one can forget Talina's BRILLIANT performance at McCarton Gala 2010--she has performed at huge venues everywhere from a float at Columbus Day Parade, Times Square on New Years, to many national autism conferences and special events.
Danson Mandela Wambua (age 11) Poet and Author of DANSON: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child's Innermost Thoughts and Feelings ( Danson is a student at McCarton Upper School who joins us fresh from his experience meeting President and First Lady Obama at a White House Holiday Party!
Stephen Wiltshire, Adult Artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes ( the GENIUS OF AUTISM invitation image was created by Stephen. He has been featured on countless television and newspaper stories--he has his own gallery in London and has very generously contributed 3 pieces to this event.

I am delighted about to be a part of promoting awareness of autism and will attend the upcoming event as press.  Let me know if you have any questions, in the comment box below. 

Sending positive vibes - Robin Downes

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