Images In The Media: My First Keynote Address

I’m going to be honest emceeing and moderating events are more my speed. After all my days aren’t spent speaking to a crowd, but instead a camera and a photographer. So that’s why when my friend Erin (that’s Dr. Lynch-Alexander to you) sent me a text while I was at work a few weeks ago, I paused:

Erin: Sooooooooo would you be willing to serve as a keynote for my chapter’s scholarship luncheon March 28.
Me: I’m not an important person.

I mentioned it to my friend Faith, who is a producer at the station, as she passed by my desk a short time later. And she said without skipping a beat, “You better let the Lord use you!” And then she put some stank on it, “we are…what…stepping out of our… comfort zone. Isn’t that what you said?” (Or something like that.) She was referring to this blog that I posted a few weeks ago.

(Pause: You know you have real friends, really good friends, when they can put you in your place in a blink of an eye! No is not an option. No tiptoeing in my camp! No ma’am.)

She was right! So I got my phone to text Erin…

Me: I’ll call you on my way home.

(a little later she replied- in response to all of my texts)

Erin: Whatever!!!! Hahaha! You’re important to me! That’s all that matters.

So I agreed to give my first ever keynote address at the Zeta Phi Beta Scholarship Tea this past Saturday. I was asked to discuss images in the media and I could say whatever I wanted. So it started consuming me. (There are very few things I’m lukewarm about. Either I’m all in or all out.) I started thinking about what I wanted to say while cooking, brushing my teeth, driving to work, day in and day out.

The goal wasn’t to keep it cute, but to keep it real from my perspective.

So this is what I came up with:

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T.A.P Into Jazz

Some organizations thrive on being hidden gems because the exclusivity increases its allure and overall worth. Other organizations are just too good to be kept a secret. The Tennessee Aquatic Project (TAP) is part of the latter group that I can’t wait to tell everyone about!

Last month, I had the privilege of co-hosting the Tennessee Aquatic Project’s annual fundraiser, T.A.P Into Jazz, with the illustrious Sharon Kay of WFSK 88.1 FM. We had a GREAT time!

Sharon Kay and I

Sharon Kay and I

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