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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Life is so funny… My favorite Soror Huff told me the other day she doesn’t think I can look at anything I do without seeing the negative aspect in it. And she is so right…

It took getting in a quiet space at 4am this morning and going through my photos from this past weekend of events to see I had a successful event, in my hometown, I have folks who love and support me and I may have had more fun in college than I give myself credit.

You see, “Murphy’s Law” was in full swing this past week, on all fronts… From the
“Good Morning America” adventure with Hillhouse students to Sisters of Today & Tomorrow’s “Cocktails & Couture” Fashion Fundraiser. I could make you laugh and cry in describing all the things that took place between Wednesday and Friday evening, however I’m not ready to relive it through my writings, so if you can wait until the book is done, this will be a chapter that will give you a good laugh and possibly a long sigh.

Those who know me well understand that “Carla Morrison”, takes pride in being on point, especially when it comes to her businesses. And because I take pride in what I do, as fate would have it, I was shown you can only do your best and leave the rest up to the man upstairs.

You see, I put a lot into what I do in every way, from planning out an event or program for a client or my organization to supporting and helping others, I only do what I believe in and passionate about…

After reviewing my photos this morning, I’m seeing,
1.) I made a major difference in a number of young people’s lives by taking them and exposing them to NYC and Good Morning America. 2.) I had a wonderful intimate reception/fundraiser for Sisters of Today & Tomorrow in my hometown, where I saw the results of my labor through my SOT girls that spoke and presented well. 3.) I will always have at least one Zeta supporting me, in any endeavor I take on. (As I look back that has always been the case, from Cynthia Georges driving me all the way from Connecticut to DC for a Communications Career Expo in the early 90’s to Vivian flying across country with me on my aspiration trips to be the greatest Publicist/Writer/Community Activist in the world, to Huff popping up on the scene at any given time to show love and support or even back tracking from South Carolina to Atlanta to pick me up and bring me home to Veronica helping me with the first of many SOT fundraisers in Connecticut and then us road tripping to BSU homecoming, which is just what I needed.)

Things weren’t as bad as they seemed because this weekend ended up being full of all the things I love and stand proud on… My nonprofit, my sorors, a good old fashion road trip and the Communications Department of Bowie State University… And as I continue to become more centered, I will make a conscious decision to only acknowledge the good or great in all that I do, as I’ve always done when speaking of others.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I’ve been on a mission for the past two weeks to establish a few partnerships and get funding for Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT)… And when I think about all the things I go through reaching out to folks and traveling up & down the East Coast, I have to giggle, because I don’t know anybody who does what I do, the way I do it. If you only knew… One day I will share my testimony in its fullness.

It started out Labor Day Weekend, my DC BFF Vivian and her entire family came to pick me up after going on a family trip to MS, GA and South Carolina. We made it back to DC in record time, 10 hours, due to her fast driving FiancĂ©. Once in DC, I took some time to get my game plan together and the next day, I was out pounding the pavement, meeting with Founder Tracy; Dropping off mentoring paper work to DC’s own Oprah Winfrey of radio Triscina Grey (New Haven, CT.’s home girl); Going to the Regan Building and connecting with every DC Politician I could think of from Councilmen Marian Berry, Vince Gray & Kwame to current DC Mayor Fenty. A sista is working to get SOT established in DC, the goal is to be worldwide and you can’t do that without having a chapter in the United States capital… And to keep it 100, as the big “4.0.” draws near, I’m thinking about being closer to home, if not home; so I have develop a stronger northern network.

From DC, I traveled to Connecticut, to meet with a dynamic Sista, Gwen Samuel, Founder, State of Black CT. The following week I met with that ‘new principal with a new vision’, Kermit Carolina, where we went through detailed plans on SOT’s partnership with James Hillhouse High School. It’s official “Sisters of Today & Tomorrow” and “James Hillhouse High School” are partners through SOT’s mentoring program. We’ve signed up quite a few mentors, however we need 35 more. Is there anyone out there, who is willing to save a young person (men & women are welcome)? We are doing online, one on one and group mentoring, connect with me, if you are serious. (

From CT, I went to NY to connect with my NY BFF Traci, as well as former colleagues and then back to DC for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where I was in the mix of every black political figure you could think of, even the President of the United States. The first day, of the Caucus, I thought I was going to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who was present, but I wasn’t on that list, so my day at the Caucus was short lived. Maybe next time I will be on “the list”. However, days to follow I was blessed to be amongst all these great black women politicians, from Georgia’s own Alisha Thomas-Morgan to Congresswomen Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, Yvette D. Clarke, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee as well as Shirley Sherrod and many others whose topic of discussion was mentoring young girls and developing an inter-generational relationship.

Hello!!! Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is in the house… I’m learning to be more tactful in my approach, so I sat back and took detailed notes. I’m following up this week, in addition to inviting all these ladies to SOT’s fundraising events & programs during the month of October, 2010. They don’t know Carla Morrison and how I operate. Alisha knows and is already on board, as she is a long time supporter of SOT, however Congresswomen Kilpatrick, Clarke, both Lee’s and others, have no clue; I will write you a letter and quote you in a minute and do it to a point that whether you meant what you said or not, you will feel compelled to do something towards lifting up SOT.

In addition to the Inter-generational Workshop, I attended “Our Girls-Our Promise”, hosted by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and moderated by my Bowie State University classmate Comedian MESHELLE, who spoke truth to power in a funny and direct way. The panelists included: Malaak Compton-Rock, Rovenia M. Brock aka Dr. Ro, Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux, Jazsmin Watson-Booth, Dr. Melva Green, Adrienne Watson Carver, Rev. Debra Hickman, Lorna K. Hanley. Susan Taylor brought greetings and the keynote was Senior Advisory to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett, who I did meet, took a photo with and will be providing her with detailed information on Sisters of Today & Tomorrow, this week. Although I didn’t meet the First Lady, I did meet the next best person, as Ms. Jarrett oversees the “Women’s & Girls” division at the White House. Thank you Lord, She is exactly who I needed to meet. Mark my words you will see SOT doing something with or in the Whitehouse before 2012. Everything takes time and I’m strategically buying mine.

Shout out to my Atlanta BFF Paul Debnam of the Debnam Group, Ron Highsmith, Petrice Holloway & Benzy Thomas, all who showed me a good time while in DC; Fancy restaurants, parties, great conversations and more… I truly enjoyed myself and the night life in DC, during the CBC.

“Living with Purpose” is what I am doing and the name of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height’s latest book. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) & National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) hosted “Living the Legacy: A True Tribute to Dr. Dorothy I. Height”, Saturday morning and it was so touching… When I say Dr. Height lived with purpose, I really mean it. Based on the young ladies and seasoned women who spoke, during the tribute, Dr. Height took a serious interest in developing our women and girls into leaders, from Alexis M. Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor to Congresswoman Donna Edwards, and countless others. I’m sure Dr. Height can rest easy knowing she has empowered many generations to come through her tireless efforts to mentor women across the nation as well as secure the rights of women.

To top off my CBC experience, I attended the Coca Cola/Georgia Congressional Reception. I was one of the first people to walk in and see Ms. Ingrid Saunders-Jones, who was standing in the center of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in her deep purple suit, all made up, with open arms, ready to greet us as the music began to play. It was like an angelic experience. (I don’t know if I take for-granted the people of power, who live in Atlanta, that I see on a regular basis or the fact that I haven’t figured out a strategic plan on developing a solid relationship passed the “hi how you doing?”. But when I see the people of power that I know, standing in it (power) I’m always in awe and excited for some reason.) Back to the event, the food was laid out from crab cakes, ham, turkey and greens, to an array of desserts and all the drinks you could in-take, of course a brand of Coke, mixed with any liquor of your choice. Now that was the bomb.

I’m now back in the ATL, up early and ready to pound the pavement to ensure SOT’s “Cocktails & Couture” Fashion Fundraiser has a great turnout, Friday, October 1, 2010, 6pm-8pm at the Havana Club, 3112 Piedmont Rd., Buckhead-Atlanta, Georgia. Co-Host(s): Tyler Perry Studios Executive Vice President Roger Bobb & BET’s Mo’Nique Show Producer Denise Hendricks. $50-donation.

I hope to see you there. We are fundraising to keep the legacies alive of all the women mentioned in this entry, by teaching girls how to become self assured, polite, productive, goal oriented, health conscious, community driven, well rounded business savvy young leaders/ladies and women through Sisters of Today & Tomorrow’s programs.
See you next week. And if you can’t make it, we are accepting donations to: Sisters of Today & Tomorrow, PO Box 54066, Atlanta, Georgia. 30308. (404) 319-2130.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


For the past couple of weeks I’ve been so happy and upbeat. I walk into a spot and something off the wall is going down, it doesn’t even affect me in the manner things would normally. I’m guessing because I am really and truly understanding my purpose here on this earth and walking in it…

It’s so funny because normally, when things aren’t going right with Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) or Chit Chat Communications, I’m straight up hurt and angry, ready to let someone have it :D), but I haven’t been feeling that way lately. I’ve been taking things in stride, “just a minor bump in the road, nothing major, because when it’s GOD ordained, nothing can stop it… Just like Mr. Barack Hussein Obama becoming 44th President of The United States of America, nothing stopped that and no one can touch him in his space, even with all this Tea Party / Republican crap. That’s GOD," I tell myself and others.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I met SoSo Def Recording artist Dondria at the Bronner Brothers Hair Show and now she is going to be apart of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow’s anniversary festivities during the month of October. How exciting for us to have this new artist who had a dream and in the midst of working her fast food job, would sing a verse of something/anything on myspace for her followers/friends, before work each day, was discovered by famed Producer/Music Exe. Jermaine Dupri. Her story is one for the SOT girls, if you do what you are suppose to do and be creative in crafting an audience/niche for yourself, the sky is the limit. And I’m so glad we were able to secure her as her momanager said Dondria’s schedule is booking up fast. I guess so… She is currently on tour with Monica and Trey Songz.

And then there’s Roger Bobb… Executive Vice President for Tyler Perry Studios (TPS). I’ve been at this brother for 3 or 4 years, since he moved to Atlanta. I believe I was one of the first socialites-Publicist/Community organizers in town to not only meet him, but his parents as well. We always had a cool-surface relationship, but I could never lock him down to participate in any of my programs. Year by year, I have watched him participate in everybody’s stuff (well not everybody, but some key people in the city, and you know I think I’m key as well), but never mine. Timing was always a factor, either one of TPS movies were premiering or he was in production. Sisters of Today & Tomorrow finally has him locked in as the Co-Chair of SOT’s “Cocktails & Couture” Fashion Show Fundraiser and Networking Event, Friday, October 1, 2010, 6pm-8pm at an undisclosed location and we are so excited!

Sisters of Today & Tomorrow not only secured Roger Bobb, we also secured, Denise Hendricks, Producer of The Mo’Nique Show (former Producer for Oprah Show), as a Co-Chair. When I say God is working, he is truly working it out and I am so grateful… With these two on board, I’m sure we are going to be able to raise a lot of money and awareness for Sisters of Today & Tomorrow. THANK YOU GOD!

Next week, I go back to Charlotte for a second meeting with my Program Managers, Sabrina Mack & Angela Bunting, (both New Haven natives and Hillhouse Alumni) and our Advisory Board. SOT is ready to make an impact in the Queen City! I have my “Who’s Who in Black Charlotte” Book, along with some key players in the City on my team and we are going to make this happen. Shout out to singer Anthony Hamilton and his wife, we are definitely looking forward to teaming up with you and the H.E.L.P. (Healing Every Little Problem) organization.

I’m continuing to work it out, and accepting all that happens as a blessing and learning experience. It’s amazing when you let go and let GOD work…

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's been two weeks since I last posted and 1 week since my staycation that turned into a vacation, (thank to the Black Youth Leadership Development Institute -BYLDI). I'm just still trying to get back into work mode because once I do, it's on from now until December 20, 2010. I'll get a 10 day break and then back on until August 1, 2011. I swear, I work way to hard for pennies, but when you love what you do, it's not about the money... However, as a serious business woman, I have to continuously look at that bottom line. Potential sponsors, something must change in the new year.

Shout out to BYLDI and Alvin Dollar. Alvin and I connect every 5-7 years. I first met him when I got to Atlanta (back in 1995-96) and landed my first major client NFL star Cornelius Bennett, who hired my company, Chit Chat Communications (which is my other baby, now 17 years old, Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is my 2nd baby, which is only 2 years old come Oct. 1) to handle all his public / community relations efforts.

If you are serious about working in the community in Atlanta, you have to know Alvin Dollar. Thus our relationship with the City of Atlanta and the Dunbar Center began. Who would have known, that 14 years later, Alvin & I would connect on facebook, I would have a nonprofit, Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT), empowering girls through self esteem, education, health & fitness and entrepreneurship as well as personal development and Alvin had this beautiful jewel on the coast of Georgia, that directly works with building black youth leaders with Dr. Mildred McClain and the Harambee House.

Well, Alvin and I connected, he came out to the Sisters of Tomorrow Conference, and invited the girls and I to the BYLDI at St. Simon's Island. At least two of the girls planned to go, however that didn't happen, so I thought I wouldn't be able to go, because the conference is for youth, not adults. But I called Alvin and told him my interest in still attending and he shared this with his son Abdul, (who came up in the program and is now the Youth Director). Abdul called and said I was still welcome to attend and I offered my presentation services to discuss either entrepreneurship, public relations and/or self esteem. Abdul accepted my offer to present.

Since I wanted to attend my 3rd grade BFF's 40th birthday party, I didn't get to St. Simon's Island on the day it began, I ended up getting there mid-week, which was right on time...

I took the Greyhound Bus (it wasn't bad at all. If you sit at the front of the bus and mind your business, you will be fine) to Brunswick, where Alvin picked me up and as soon as we got to the resort, I met the esteemed Dr. Mildred McClain, Executive Director & Founder of Harambee House, Inc. and Abdul Dollar, Adult Coordinator BYLDI; We ate breakfast and met some great people. I even met a man that sung at my other BFF's grandmother's funeral in Savannah earlier this year. When I say this world is small, it truly is. Who would have thought I would meet a man that sung at my BFF from New Haven, grandmother's funeral. Weird but funny and true. (stuff like that always happens to me though). I called J-Ru right away. (that's the BFF, I'm talking about)

Side Conversation: By the way, still no call from Oprah, (see the Plight blog), but I did talk to Malaak Rock via email about going on the South Africa trip with her and her youth in NY. I don't think that is going to happen, but at least we are back in contact.

Well, I thought once I ate breakfast, I would go shower, chill and then connect with the youth etc. That didn't happen, right after breakfast, we went into the workshops... It was so interesting though. That particular morning the question was "What are the issues most pressing to black youth". They listed everything from crime to peer pressure, eviction, abortion, obesity, teen pregnancy and more. I was just like "WOW"! I know some of the issue, but not all that they named. Ya'll we have alot of work to do, so if you are reading this blog, OUR YOUTH NEED YOU.

After that workshop, it was my turn to present and after I was introduced and gave the kids background information on myself, I asked them what their interest were and what they wanted to be when they grew up. From there we created vision boards, so they could see what it is they say they want to be. I had my magazines and glue. BYLDI provided they scissors and poster boards and we got busy. Once we finished, I had them to present their board to the best of their ability. We had everything from Social Workers, a General Contractor, Fashion Designers, a Pediatrician, Custom Auto Body Shop, Professional Softball player and more. When I say our youth are creative, they are beyond creative...

After our presentation and that of other groups it was lunch time... Now anybody who knows me, knows, this is sounding like big fun for Carla, cause I love to eat... Forreal it was 3 square meals a day as much as you can eat, kinda college style, however the cooks put they foot in every meal. It was seasoned and everything.

After an additional session, I finally was brought to my room, where I jumped in the shower, getting refreshed and took a nap, only to wake up to my cousin Marcy, who lives in the area calling. (I told you I know someone in every major city on the east coast. Even the not so major cities, I know somebody and my networking self will call you if I'm close by. That's just how I do). Well, Marcy and her family came by to see me and ended up having dinner with us, which was a treat.

After dinner there was the talent show, which was AWESOME! Extremely talented is this group of young people. Shout out to Mami Chula and Augusta G., representing' for Cabin 1B. These kids rapped, sung, oratorical presentation and more. Raw talent.

Day 2

It was all about me... I got up early in the morning with the girls to do Tai Chi (doesn't that sound cool?) Dr. McClain and staff believe it is important that you start the morning with a sound body and mind and exercising can help with that. I got my exercise on, went to breakfast, changed into my bathing suit, soaked in the sun (I have an extremely nice tan. My black skin is so even and smooth. I got compliments all day at the Bronner Brothers Hair Show) and swam a few laps in the pool, all by 10:30am. It was all good. Thanks BYDLI.

I'm not going to go through the entire trip, because that would be an additional 10 paragraphs, but the highlights from this point include: A trip to Savannah to see actor Lou Gossett, where we also visited the Savannah pier, passed by Paula Dean's restaurant, 1st African Baptist Church and Savannah State University. I even got a Zeta paddle from the plot. It is know amongst soror and frat, if you leave your stuff, it just might get got. And that's what happened. :)

The end of the BYLDI was a ceremonial session which included us dressing in all white and walking out to the edge of the Atlantic Coast where we held hands and prayed. Many years ago, our ancestors had locked arms and walked into the water drowning themselves because they no longer wanted to be enslaved at a location near where we were. We prayed in remembrance of them as well as for the sisters and brothers at war for our freedom currently.

I went on this trip not knowing anyone but Alvin. I had only spoken to his son on the telephone, however, by the time the trip was over, I had developed another family that can only add to my Sisters of Today & Tomorrow family. The true highlight for me was Dr. McClain singing her own made up song about Abdul Dollar coming into the BYLDI program 21 years ago, his transition into manhood, his experience in Africa and him now becoming the leader of the BYLDI. That touched me, to the point that I was boo hooing all over the place. Just to think if I could touch one kid like that, my life experiences (good, bad & ugly) will be worth it all. Thinking about it now leaves me all choked up.

Thank you Dr. McClain, Alvin Dollar & Abdul Dollar. I look forward to many years of working with the BYLDI. Mark your calendars, Saturday, February 12, 2011, Alvin Dollar, BYLDI & SOT Black History Program in Decatur, GA.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SOT's 4th Quarter Countdown and Plans

July 28, 2010

The Month of July has been a month of growth for Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT)! We made our national debut on “Good Morning America” (we go back for a 2nd time, Monday, Oct. 18th) and two weeks later hosted an international “Sisters of Tomorrow” Conference, that was a major success!

SOT is doing it and we won’t stop!

As we take the month of August to prepare for the fourth quarter of 2010, we look forward to establishing SOT chapters in both Charlotte, North Carolina and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as participate in CRG’s Labor Day weekend Festivities where SOT gets to showcase the organization.

In addition, we are planning an outstanding anniversary month long celebration, that includes a Spades Tournament (tentative: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, 5pm - 9pm); Anniversary/birthday brunch fundraiser (Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, 2pm - 4pm) with a special guest; A networking fashion show reception “Cocktails & Couture”, to include a book signing with Shanti Das of “The Hip Hop Professional” featuring some of BET’s personalities & executives; A Sisters of Today & Tomorrow book launch in both New Haven, Connecticut & Atlanta, Georgia; The announcement of SOT’s new Board of Directors and the winners of the SOT’s public service announcement (PSA) on & facebook.

Tickets for all events can be purchased on starting September 1, 2010 for all events/programs/tour. We welcome any corporate and media sponsors/partners.
In November Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) along with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push and The Stewart Foundation will host our annual youth empowerment conference Sat. Nov. 13,, 2010, SOT’s Education Specialist will conduct a college tour to an HBCU in the Southern Region. And right before Thanksgiving, SOT will join Foundation F.O.C.U.S. in a community service project distributing turkeys.

December will culminate the year with a Holiday Soiree in both New Haven and Atlanta. If you are near during the holidays or our anniversary month, in either city, please join us, we always have a good time during our holiday parties as well as our programs/events.

Continue to check our website:; blog: facebook: Sisters of Today & Tomorrow;
C Morrison SOT; Carla Morrison. Twitter: SistersofToday, CarlaMorrison. and Ning: .

For sponsorship/partnership information, contact: or .

Cast your vote for your favorite SOT Public Service Announcement
SOT Group 1
Check out SOT's group 1 psa, produced by Zina Brown of Life Dreams Entertainment, Britney, Halle & Nia of SOT. And if you are in need of video production to market your dream/business contact: Zina Brown at .
SOT Group 2
Check out SOT's group 2 public service announcement, produced by Zina Brown of Life Dreams Entertainment, Kela, Chloe, Kelsey & Jamallah of SOT.
SOT Group 3
Check out SOT's group 3 public service announcement, produced by Zina Brown of Life Dreams Entertainment, Courtney B, Courtney J, Donja & Marquitta of SOT.

Mission: Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) mission is to raise the consciousness of women and children through innovative programs that focus on self esteem, education, health & fitness and careers/entrepreneurship.

Platinum Sponsor
Chit Chat Communications.
YOUR Company.

Friends of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow Sponsor
APEX Museum.
Big Bethel Village.
James Hillhouse High School.

Life Time Supporters of SOT
Traci Humphrey.
Vivian Hughes.

Media Partners
Inner City Newspaper.
Westside Gazette.

Product Sponsors
Best Buy (WOLF Program).
GG Resource Consultant.
Pepsi Company. .

Video & Photography coverage provided by:
Life Dreams Entertainment. .
Prime Phocus, .


Monday, July 26, 2010

SOT Commercial Group 2a.mp4

Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is running a contest among the girls to see which SOT public service announcement can get the most votes. Hook up your friend, sister, cousin, daughter, neice by voting for her SOT video so she can win the big prize, during SOT's anniversary/birthday brunch, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, 2-4pm in Atlanta, Georgia. Location: TBA.

SOT Commercial GROUP 3.mp4

Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is running a contest amongst the SOT members on the best SOT public service announcement. Which one do you like best? Vote on Facebook: Sisters of Today & Tomorrow . Roger that!

SOT Commercial group 1.mp4

Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is running a contest among the members to see which SOT public service announcement can get the most votes... Vote for your favorite psa on facebook: Sisters of Today & Tomorrow .

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SOT Conference Overview

I know it's been two weeks since I last posted something... After my outburst, God woke me up in the middle of the night and had me to write a letter. Those who know me from College, know I'm a letter writing fool, who gets results...
I did just that, I wrote a letter to my 10,000+ distribution list of contacts (I've met and/or spoke to everyone on my list at least one time, during my 20 year career in the music/communications/journalism/nonprofit business) asking them to donate $100.00. Just imagine if 10,000+ people donated $100.00 to Sisters of Today & Tomorrow, that would have been so awesome and we would and could do so many things to have a big successful conference as well as grow the organization. Well that wasn't the case... Not even 1 percent of the 10,000 people donated, however I did get a few calls and that was good enough, because "Sisters of Today & Tomorrow", out did themselves with the 2010 International "Sisters of Tomorrow" Conference.
We took lemons and made lemonade... Instead of having a catered lunch, SOT Volunteers and Moms made the sandwiches, complements of our lunch sponsor: Alfreda Johnson, a DC Educator. We bought our meats, bread, chips, fruit and granola bars from SAM'S Club, our drinks were donated by Pepsi Company (Crush Soda and Aquafina Water is so good).
And between the fundraising the 1st group of SOT members did earlier in the year (selling cupcakes), we were able to get our t-shirts and give new SOT members a SOT T-shirt. And that wasn't even the kicker...
Every presenter from Author Tracy Nicole to Videographer Zina Brown was dynamic with the girls over the 2-day conference, and just when we thought the conference was over, we were invited by the Atlanta City Mayor's Office of Constituent Affairs to tour City Hall on that Friday; So in a round about way, SOT had a 3-day conference, in spite of lack of funding. We made a day out of Friday's tour of City Hall. We ate lunch at the Underground Atlanta and experienced the National Black Arts Festival at Centennial Olympic Park and to top it off, my girl Angela Jones of CNN treated the girls to ice cream and soda pop. God is good... And he always provides me with the right people to support me and my mission, at the right time.
I'm learning, when you decide not to be mad, but think and think strategically, you can accomplish so much more. SOT recieved additional donations and from people and places I didn't even think about, like my twin/original "Dirty Bird" mom Eartha Whitfield-Jackson (Former Atlanta Falcons' Bob Whitfield's mom) and my high school mate Malik Beyah. Thanks ya'll. There were so many others who donated (see the list below), but those two are resources I have that I didn't even think of tapping into and when I recieved Eartha's check with a note telling me to keep up the great work, it just touched my heart.
Forreal, Sista Chit Chat isn't making a dime right now. I know we SOT looks good, however you have to remember, I'm a journalist and a publicist, so I can make anything look good. My journalistic and publicist resources has helped me to get all that we have gotten and the fact that some people just recognize my sincereity to do something positive for our young people.
God is Good!!!!
I have a praying mother; And she as well as my daddy instilled some things in me that keeps me motivated to keep on keeping on. So no matter what my post may say, good, bad or ugly; trust, Sista Chit Chat aka Carla Morrison aka Sisters of Today & Tomorrow is here to stay. Where else we going to go?
During the conference, we also, recruited 2 new members: Jamallah & Kelsy. Really nice girls. And did I tell you we had a sister from Japan there? Nia, who is our SOT Conference sista. This is her second year attending the conference. Shout out to her dad Anthony and WAOK 1380am, where her dad heard me talking about the conference last year.
Next year you should attend SOT Conference. You are guaranteed to be inspired, empowered, become self aware and have a whole lot of fun...
Shout out to performers: South Carolina's own teen sensation Amina Gaines and Sister Singing Duo Chloe & Halle Bailey who performed during SOT Conference. You all were great!
And thanks to all our presentsers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Struggle of the SOT Conference Plight

Earlier today, I was too emotional to get on and blog about SOT. I wasn't sure if I was hungry, (because I hadn't eaten all day, just griddin' it out all over town), tired or both or just plain angry because none of the big business folks I know are supporting our upcoming conference with a financial contribution and my bank keeps telling bold face lies on why they can't be a sponsor.

Well, I'm not emotional now, I've eaten, taken a nap and have been inspired by that young tenderoni R&B Singer Trey Songz and my former classmate Troy Taylor, Executive Producer for Trey Songz & CEO of Song Book Entertainment. "I've worked hard to get here and I'm going to continue to work hard to stay," said Trey Songz.

The same for me. I've been doing my thing in entertainment, communications and community relations for a long time. I've developed too many relationships across the globe as a journalist, publicist, community activist and entrepreneur, to give up because it appears no one is biting on sponosoring Sisters of Today & Tomorrow and all of our wonderful programs to empower women & girls, including this upcoming "Sisters of Tomorrow" Conference, next week. As Troy said, it's when you are at your lowest, just know God is working on something great for you. And I believe that, Jack! I'm not at my lowest, but I do feel bad when I continue to get rejected from people who decision making power, know me and know my mission to do good.

So what I'm doing, is continuing to keep it real with myself and this upcoming conference.

I made an executive decision today. The SOT Conference has been cut down to two days instead of 3 days. I have to be smart about a not so smart decision to still have a conference when the funding is just not there. Yo Mayor Reed, where you at!? Tharon? But if you know Carla Morrison, you know she can't let anything go with out a fight to the end. Meaning if I come up with an idea and begin to implement it, I can't let it go, when all signs say "STOP".

For some unbalanced reason I have to keep going. But as I grow, I'm learning to let go little by little. And as a business person move on to the next profitable thing. However I'm a woman, so I'm born emotional and as the person God created, anything I'm involved in is always about a greater cause than money, because I'm driven by meaning and purpose, not money.

I know, that's noble, but not good in business. So I'm learning to become more...

So, for now, the struggle continues and SOT will have its 3rd Annual SOT Conference next week and it will be awesome and meaningful as always. The funny thing about me blogging and if I keep it real with my readers, although this entry blog sounds sad and things may not be going right today, next week I'll be telling you how Oprah called and wants me to travel with her, Gayle and Malaak Compton-Rock (Chis Rock's wife) to South Africa to visit her school and come on her show to talk about my work with the Sisters of Today & Tomorrow.

That sounds far fetch, but if you've experienced the things I've experienced, or know me well, you know it's bound to happen. Or something close to it. Did I tell you we've been invited back to Good Morning America during SOT's anniversary month? See crazy stuff like that happens all the time, but getting funding is my struggle, not publicity, because that's what I do. And in the words of DJ Khaled, "we/I'm the best". ;)

I'll keep you posted and let you know what happens next week. Have a good one. CM

Monday, July 5, 2010

SOT Adventures: SOT's GMA Experience and SOT Conference

SOT Adventures: SOT's GMA Experience and SOT Conference: "I've been back in Atlanta for 2 days, since Sisters of Today & Tomorrow's (SOT) Good Morning America debut, catching up on some much needed ..."

SOT's GMA Experience and SOT Conference

I've been back in Atlanta for 2 days, since Sisters of Today & Tomorrow's (SOT) Good Morning America debut, catching up on some much needed rest. I'm almost there, but my mind keeps me up thinking about next week's Sisters of Tomorrow National Conference, featuring some of the baddest sistas on the planet.

I swear this nonprofit world is definitely a different kind of beast. You are always looking and asking for money to fund this and that. So, although we are one week and a day away from the best of the best SOT Conference, I still have to get out here and pound this pavement for funds. Shout out to DC Educator Alfreda Johnson who is sending in $100.00 to go towards the girls lunch. Thanks Freda!

At this point, I'm going to do my follow up with the people and businesses I've already planted seed with and leave the rest up to GOD! Doing a 3-day conference on a wing and a prayer can become stressful if you don't know when to cancel or say, "it's in your hands GOD". I really never knew when to say it, or cancel, because I've always had some bit of hope and at times I still don't know, but today, I've made the decision, I not only have to say it, but believe it and act it out. And that's what I'm doing. "The conference is still on and I'm leaving it in your hands, GOD".

Now that GMA experience..., I just have to say "You did that GOD". Forreal! everything went off without a hitch and the girls were so happy, which made me happy. Shout out to: Traci Humphrey, New Haven's Girl Empowerment Group, and ofcourse the parents and members of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT). You too Ramonia Highsmith who rounded up the troops in New Haven and my cousin Taunya Brogden who has been promoting SOT on the DL (I didn't even know until your girl and her daughters joined us). Thanks so much for the love.

And to top it off, SOT has been invited back for a 2nd time during our anniversary month, October 18, 2010. This time, we are going to have SOT polo shirts and/or SOT hoodies. If there is a corporation that is interested in sponsoring this trip, and our shirts for 50 women and girls, hit me up, (404) 319-2130, or .

The SOT/GMA Experience was a blast, the girls met Sunny Anderson (a sista Chef from the Food Network), and some of the hosts of GMA. They took photos with them all. The girls also filmed and took photos of Mary J. Blige, thanks to Best Buy, who provided us with video cameras. The girls were really happy to MJB and most of them felt like seeing MJB was like watching themselves in a mirror. It was really interesting to see their reactions to MJB. After the concert both the Girls Empowerment Group and SOT did lunch in NYC. I on the other hand took the first train smoking back to New Haven. Shout out to J-Ru Da Damager... She picked me up and we hung out up until it was time to head back to the ATL. Shout out to the Givan Family.

I also got the chance to see and spend time with the original Sister of Today & Tomorrow, mom dukes aka Bettye Morrison, who planted the seed in me at the tender age of 9, of empowering girls and women. Thanks mommy. What have you gotten me into? I don't know, but I believe this is my calling, so we straight. ;)

SOT GMA Experience
Sponsored by:
Best Buy (WOLF program).
Chit Chat Communications.

Friends of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow Sponsors:
James Hillhouse High School.
Traci Humphrey.
Vivian Hughes.

SOT Partner:
APEX Museum.

Media Sponsors:, Atlanta, GA.
Inner City Newspaper, New Haven, CT.
Westside Gazette, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Friday, July 2, 2010

SOT on Good Morning America Now!!!

In the words of Margaret Lopes an SOT CT Mom. "Everybody is on da train!" Good Morning America, here Sisters of Today & Tomorrow comes!!!! See you on TV. Make sure to watch or come join us. CM

Thursday, July 1, 2010

SOT 24 Hour Countdown to Good Morning America / NY Experience

Now we are down to 24 hours until Sisters of Today & Tomorrow's (SOT) GMA experience. I didn't forget to post at the 48 hour mark, but I was so busy reconnecting with my soror (ZPhiB), giving out the Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) T-Shirts and enjoying my dad, by the time I looked up, I was dead tired. However things are good. Enjoying the best pizza in the world which is any New Haven, Connecticut Pizza spot, however Pizza House, Whalley Pizza and Kimberly Ave Pizza are my favs.
Shout out to Kermit Carolina, and my alma-mater James Hillhouse High School and the Inner City Newspaper, all of whom are SOT, Supporters/Sponsors/Partners. They always show us love.
In a few hours I will be hooping back on Metro-North headed to Best Buy in NY to pick up our Flip Camera's compliments of Best Buy (WOLF). It's so good to have companies that invest in our youth. This GMA/NY experience is going to be awesome.
I'll try to hit you up right before the GMA appearance tomorrow. "Sisters of Today and Sisters of Tomorrow, you can be a leader, you don't have to follow... From C.T., to N.Y. Philly, D.C., A.T.L., Alabama, Florida and Cali, England, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Sisters of Today & Tomorrow, you know I gotcha." - 4Eva, #1 Rap artist in Connecticut (verses from Sisters of Today & Tomorrow's Anthem).

Sponsored by:
Best Buy (WOLF).
Chit Chat Communications.

Media Sponsors:
Inner City Newspaper, New Haven, CT., Atlanta, GA.
Westside Gazette, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

SOT Partner:
APEX Museum, Atlanta, GA.

Friends of SOT:
Traci Humphrey, New York, NY.
Vivian Hughes, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 :: Atlanta's Own "Sisters of Today & Tomorrow" To Appear On Good Morning America :: Atlanta's Own "Sisters of Today & Tomorrow" To Appear On Good Morning America

The New Haven Register Blogs: Elm City Express: GMA here they come!

The New Haven Register Blogs: Elm City Express: GMA here they come!

Start of SOT's 72 hour adventure to New York.

I'm getting ready for my trip to Connecticut and New York, and I'm excited! "Mr. Camera man, Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) is ready for its 'Good Morning America' closeup, Friday, July 2, 2010, 7am-9am." ;) I'm wondering, will this trip make the difference in "Sisters of Today & Tomorrow" taking things to the next level. We have all the components: A tight program, mentors, marketing and partners, now all we need is the right corporate partnership. And having Best Buy on our team says we are heading in the right direction... CM

Sponsored by:
Best Buy (WOLF).
Chit Chat Communications.

Media Sponsors:
Inner City Newspaper, New Haven, CT., Atlanta, GA.
Westside Gazette, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

SOT Partner:
APEX Museum, Atlanta, GA.

Friends of SOT:
Traci Humphrey, New York, NY.
Vivian Hughes, Washington, DC.