Meet the organizers

This conference couldn't have happened if it weren't for

the hard work and support from PABJ and its members.

All members on this team believed in the mission of this event:

to educate the public on cannabis and underscore the

need for more stories and information

on how legalization could affect communities of

color and the communities who've been marginalized and

disenfranchised by its prohibition.

Manny Smith

President

The Philadelphia Association

of Black Journalists

Manuel “Manny” McDonnell Smith is president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, an organization focused on ensuring diversity in both coverage and staffing in the newsrooms of the Philadelphia region.

 

In January, he launched a new focus on increasing entrepreneurship opportunities for Black journalists & media creators with the launch of a two-year residency at Pipeline Philly - the city’s premier co-working space located directly across from City Hall.

He is a journalist with nearly 20 years of national and network-level experience, including field producing in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York City and planning global digital coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

 

Currently, he is a News Assignment Editor with NBC 10/Telemundo 62 in his hometown of Philadelphia.

 

Cherri Gregg

Community Affairs Reporter

KYW Newsradio 

Cherri Gregg covers social justice, civil rights, race and poverty issues. Cherri’s reports are featured on KYW Radio, CBS3-TV and KYWNewsradio.com. A licensed attorney, Cherri is producer and host of Flashpoint, an award-winning public affairs show that airs on 1060AM Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 am.

 

She also produces the Flashpoint Podcast with exclusive content. Cherri is a graduate of Boston University, Howard University School of Law and Temple Klein College of Media and Communication.  

 

She is a past president of Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Brandon Thompson

Events Specialist

Brandon is an experienced events manager with a demonstrated event curating history while working in the non-profit, collegiate, catering, and property management industries.

 

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Temple University and is skilled in project management, content creation, marketing, and public relations.

Daysha Screven

Multiplatform Producer/Creative Director

Nadaysha Screven is an active

member of the Philadelphia Association

of Black Journalists (PABJ), a Philadelphia native, she received her B.S degree

in Mass Communications at

Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

Nadaysha has worked in urban media her whole professional career as a multimedia platform producer at Radio-One, Philadelphia.

 

While producing different live radio

shows for different day parts, she also

wears many hats: from assisting the

marketing department with executing

station events in to being a community

affair coordinator in the programming

department. Her main goal and passion is

providing a platform for the community

to be informed and entertained.

 

Outside of radio, Nadaysha also hosts and

produces her own web series call

"The Chill Spot Philly" which focuses on art,

music and sports.  When she’s not

immersed in music and community

activities she’s advocating and

learning about the benefits of cannabis.

 

Hadiyah Weaver

Managing Editor

Templar

Hadiyah Weaver is a graduating senior at Temple University, and currently works for Sony Music Entertainment as a marketing representative. She is also the Managing Editor for Templar, Temple's award-winning Yearbook, and on campus, she serves as a resident assistant to fifty two freshmen.

 

The Memphis native has helped to coordinate events around criminal justice reform with RocNation and the Urban League NYC, in support to free rapper Meek Mill, and 4.7 million people across the country who undergo unfair prison cases.

 

Hadiyah is the past Programming Chair for Temple's Association of Black Journalists. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram

 

Tauhid Chappell

Secretary

Philadelphia Association

of Black Journalists

Tauhid Chappell is the secretary of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He's worked in both the broadcast and publishing industries over the course of his media career. 

 

Recently he worked as a social media producer at The Washington Post before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer as an engagement editor.

Tauhid has an invisible disability called Ulcerative Colitis, which is an autoimmune deficiency disorder. He's a qualified medical marijuana patient in Pennsylvania and uses cannabis to help manage his triggers and symptoms.

Ernest Owens

VP of Print

Philadelphia Association

of Black Journalists

Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and Vice President of Print for the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He is the Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. Ernest covers a variety of social issues regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. As an openly black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society.

 

At 27 years old, Ernest has already used his wide media platform to spread awareness on several important issues. He's a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied communication and public service. His work has been featured on NBC News, NPR, CNN, MTV News, BET, and other media outlets. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and ernestowens.com.

Niko Smith

Graphic Artist and Actress

Niko Smith

Graphic Artist and Actress

Philly has always been Niko's home. She is a model, actress, and graphic artist who absolutely loves her job and everything that comes with it.

 

She appreciates the people she meets, the places she goes, the hours she keeps, and the spontaneity in every shoot.  

 

She wants her fans to relate to her photos through recognition of and familiarity with the situations, the emotions, and the energy so much that they wonder if they are looking at a picture of someone they know.

Philly has always been Niko's home. She is a model, actress, and graphic artist who absolutely loves her job and everything that comes with it.

 

She appreciates the people she meets, the places she goes, the hours she keeps, and the spontaneity in every shoot.  

 

She wants her fans to relate to her photos through recognition of and familiarity with the situations, the emotions, and the energy so much that they wonder if they are looking at a picture of someone they know.

Vincent Thompson

VP of Broadcast

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Vincent Thompson is Vice President-Broadcast of PABJ who leads the Association’s efforts to secure the Greater Philadelphia Region’s important newsmakers at meetings and events. In 2019, Thompson was responsible for ensuring all three candidates in the city’s Democratic Mayoral Primary Election were among the first to address members in on-the-record sessions. He is also the interim PABJ membership coordinator. In 2018, he received PABJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, he was named Politics and Government Reporter of the Year by the Pen & Pencil Club of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest press club in daily operation.

 


Thompson is currently News Editor at WURD AM/FM Radio in Philadelphia and is Principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications.
pabjvpbroadcast@gmail.com

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