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​A Global Movement, The Mic: Africa

October 27, 2020 | AMP Global Technologies

This December, Derrick Ashong’s two-time Emmy finalist digital series, “The World Cup of Hip Hop,” will evolve into the first-ever multi-platform TV format born on the African Continent. Appropriately named, The Mic: Africa is a music competition and docu-series that connects African music, arts and culture with a new generation of fans worldwide.  The show will air in early December with a finale on January 3rd. Today, fans have used the Take Back the Mic app to select 18 semi-finalists among young artists from RwandaGhanaKenyaSouth AfricaNigeria, and Mauritius

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Powerful Women in Love: Eroding Cynicism: Love Isn’t Just in Fairytales

June 07, 2010 | HuffPost

Early on, I was one of those women who didn’t believe that “powerful, successful women” could find a partner, so I was content with the idea of working most days and nights and dating intermittently. At the same time, I didn’t have too much faith in relationships. As a product of a divorced home, I thought love meant you showed vulnerability and that vulnerability was met with pain and betrayal. So, for me, vulnerability equaled weakness.

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Desiree Peterkin Bell, Founder of DPBell & Associates

November 10, 2020 | Surprisingly Free

Desiree Peterkin Bell is driven by Purpose, not Position. Desiree raised by a single mother, who didn’t always have the monetary resources for her children, as a community activist, raised her children to work hard and make education a priority. Desiree believes she drinks deeply from wells she did not dig and advocates for marginalized communities today. She is a passionate advocate for justice and always for fighting for those our broken system has traditionally written off as powerless. 

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Desiree Peterkin Bell: The Power of Purpose

March 01, 2018 | Color Magazine

There are countless ways to be a leader and impact those around you. Discourse on leadership styles has drawn attention to the ‘mindful leader’ and “value-driven leader.’ Desiree Peterkin Bell ascribes her leadership style to her personal mantra: “Purpose, not position.” The founder and CEO of Public Affairs Firm, DPBell & Associates, defines her mantra as “placing your purpose, which is ultimately your passion, above your position.”

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Response to Kamala Harris as Vice President

September 08, 2020 | Thrive Global

As we have drawn closer to the date of the presidential election, many democrats discussed whether or not Democratic candidate Joe Biden should choose a black woman to run with him as vice president. Over the last few months, however, we’ve seen that conversation shift from “if” he should pick a black woman to “how could he not?” 

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Technologies Can Also Be Manipulated

December 04, 2017 | BW Smart Cities

Globally, smart cities are the latest buzzword. With growing urbanisation, governments are looking at the way in which they make their cities efficient, sustainable and more comfortable for the citizens. Even when there is no standard definition of smart cities , for me it is not just about technology. It is about creating self sustaining communities which can use it’s own resource to work together. It is about creating safe city that’s ensures public safety, safe public spaces, safe transportation and safe workplaces. It is also about creating right infrastructure.

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Brands Are Getting Involved in the Black Lives Matter Movement

July 16, 2020 | Morning Consult

“One of the best ways to show the authenticity to the consumer is to tie the words with the actions,” said Desiree Bell, a brand strategist who runs the public affairs firm DPBell & Associates and serves as an executive consultant for digital marketing company H Code. “Silence is not an option. Silence knows complicity.”

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For(bes) The Culture Newsletter: These Black And Brown Leaders Are Stepping Up To Normalize Mental Health Conversations

May 4, 2021 | Forbes

“Last week, Big Sean announced the launch of a new mental health-focused video series, in partnership with his mother and in time for Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s the latest example of the work Black and Brown leaders are doing to destigmatize mental health conversations in their communities.”

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AMP Global Is Re-centering Africa as a Global Hub for Technology and Entertainment

February 24, 2021 | BusinessWire

“Three-time Emmy-nominated producer and host Derrick N. Ashong founded AMP Global Technologies, the company behind the Take Back the Mic (TBTM) app, and The Mic: Africa, the first interactive TV format born on the continent.”

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Marc Byers, Former General Manager of Motown Records Joins Technology Company, AMP Global, As Strategic Advisor

April 8, 2021 | APNews

“Founded by Derrick N. Ashong, AMP Global Technologies, the company behind the Take Back the Mic (TBTM) app, and The Mic: Africa, the first interactive TV format born on the continent, welcomes former Motown General Manager Marc Byers as a strategic advisor focusing on innovation and business development.”

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Award-Winning Music Competition and Docuseries, The Mic Africa is launching a search for Hosts around the World

September 7, 2021 | EINPresswire

“Founder and CEO of AMP Global Technologies, Derrick N. Ashong (“DNA”), built and launched the TBTM app in 2020 to reward consumers with ad-supported mobile data for discovering and amplifying the hottest new content. Derrick also created and hosted The Mic: Africa, which he based on his two-time Emmy finalist digital series, “The World Cup of Hip Hop.”

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Award-Winning Take Back The Mic Team Launches The TBTM Interactive Festival in November

October 25, 2021 | PRNewswire

TBTM Studios, the award-winning team behind The Mic: Africa, led by Derrick Ashong (DNA)will present the first annual TBTM Interactive Festival on November 5-7, 2021, with some of the world’s top creators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.” 

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