Independent Publisher Flame Lily Publishing and Author NP Katedza Announce the Launch of the Kickstarter Campaign for the documentary “Raging Silence: My Journey…”

 British Columbia-based author N.P. Katedza, and Independent publisher Flame Lily Publishing, announce the launch of a crowdsourcing campaign for the making of the documentary Raging Silence: My Journey to Zimbabwe and back.

“Zimbabwe is a country constantly in flux that has undergone many transitions since its independence in 1980. The resilient peoples of Zimbabwe have weathered the numerous storms of this beautiful, but often tragic, journey of self governance. I believe the story of Zimbabwe must be told through the lens of the Zimbabwean peoples,” said N.P. Katedza.

The Crowdsourcing campaign will allow funders to follow along on N.P. Katedza’s journey through weekly blog posts and updates. There are also various Zimbabwe-related products on offer for the various funding levels.

“The goal is for the funders to feel a part of the making of the documentary; as well as take the return journey with a prodigal daughter,” said N.P.Katedza

The crowdsourcing campaign will run under the Kickstarter platform, a well-respected crowdsourcing platform that has helped to fund thousands of independent projects, including documentaries.

The crowd-sourcing campaign for the documentary Raging Silence: My Journey to Zimbabwe and back, is a trademark of campaign for the documentary in Canada, the United States and/or other countries.

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Nyasha Katedza




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Independent Operational Fiduciary Launches Its First Pooled Employer Plan

 Group Plan Systems, LLC (GPS), an independent operational fiduciary for employer-sponsored retirement plans, has signed an agreement with JULY Business Services (JULY) to serve as recordkeeper and third-party administrator to a Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) for which GPS will serve as the Pooled Plan Provider (PPP).

“After nearly 18 months of due diligence, we are eager to launch our first PEP with JULY,” said Pete Swisher, a Managing Partner of GPS. “We are confident that their compliance infrastructure and operations are well-designed and will provide a solid foundation from which GPS can oversee plan operations in a prudent manner.”

While GPS’ first PEP is constructed to focus on serving start-up and small plans, “We have a lot of interest from banks, broker-dealers and investment advisers that are developing group solutions for all clients – large and small,” according to Jason C. Roberts, ERISA attorney and co-founder of GPS. “Consequently, this is the first of many PEPs we will be sponsoring, but a key differentiator with all of them is that employers retain the exclusive right to hire investment professionals of their choosing,” says Roberts. “We have no interest in hiring or firing 3(38) managers, so we have carefully engineered the plan documents to put that duty solely in the hands of each employer, which is consistent with the letter and spirit of the SECURE Act,” he adds.

GPS, officially formed in August 2021, is a partnership between Pension Resource Institute (PRI) and Waypoint Fiduciary (Waypoint), founded by Messrs. Roberts and Swisher, respectively. “After working with JULY on our group plan solution, I came away extremely impressed by their process, technology, knowledge, and most importantly, the people,” Swisher said. “They are highly committed to delivering for the plan participants and employers they serve.”

About GPS:

GPS provides independent fiduciary oversight that allows recordkeepers, TPAs, and financial institutions to serve retirement plans with confidence and at scale. For more information, please visit our website, or contact us via email at

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  • Banking & Financial Services

Independent Global Film Movement Tackles Diversity Issues At The 75th Festival De Cannes

Diversity In Cannes Logo

Diversity In Cannes Logo

LOS ANGELESMay 20, 2022PRLog — Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Diversity in Cannes, the independent global film movement promoting inclusion at the Cannes Film Festival, is pleased to announce her return to the Croisette, for the 13th year, with Diversity Days, May 23 & 25, 2022.

Presented with support from Julius Tennon and Academy Award Winner Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions, Cheryl Magazine, Williamson Media Group, Joshua Griffin of Film TV Diversity and Cultured Focus Magazine, this year kicks off with the launch of Brinkley’s Dear Cannes digital social media campaign, encouraging the Festival to dismantle the patriarchy. It continues with a series of short film screenings, panel discussions and cocktail receptions. To culminate, Diversity in Cannes, will devote Wednesday, May 25, 2022 to the celebration of black women in film.

“We are a proud sponsor of Yolonda Brinkley and the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, as she continues her work of over a decade, creating an international platform for underrepresented filmmakers, where artists can be celebrated and seen. Congratulations to all the creators in this year’s showcase.” -Julius Tennon & Viola Davis, JuVee Productions

In her relentless pursuit to level the playing field and provide an intimate platform for diverse filmmakers telling stories specific to marginalized people globally, Yolonda Brinkley and the Diversity in Cannes team, have worked tirelessly to make their second semi-post pandemic appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. Despite the paradigm shift, the organization will present diversity programming for two days. May 23, 2022, 12-8 PM at Hotel Gray D’Albion, marks the return of Diversity Day, consisting of a short film showcase, a cocktail reception, filmmaker roundtable and the France premiere of BabyGirl. A thought-provoking short film exploring human sex trafficking in the black community, directed by Don B. Welch.

“We are looking forward to having our film BabyGirl spotlighted at the 2022 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. What an honor!” – Don B. Welch, Filmmaker

Expanding the inclusion efforts to the Palais des Festivals and International Village, Day 2, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, kicks off with a continental breakfast and will extend into the Marché du Film at Pavillon Afriques, for the world premiere of The Invitation, a short film commemorating 75 years of The Links, Incorporated, directed by Wendy Eley Jackson. Immediately following the screening, there will be a filmmaker Q&A as well as a black woman in film roundtable. The celebration concludes with a professional screening, spotlighting black women in film at 4PM in Palais Fand a cocktail reception at Pavillon Afriques.

In solidarity, black women attending the Celebration of Black Women in Film are invited to wear black, white and yellow attire, and are encouraged to upload their own videos in response to the realization that there’s only been one black woman selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in its 75 years. Hashtags #dearcannes #diversityincannes should be used when posting.

“At a time when worldwide representation of women, people of color and other marginalized groups, in film, is disproportionate to the general market, I am committed to the fight for diversity and inclusion, by any means necessary, at the Cannes Film Festival; especially since, after 75 years, diversity is still not a priority,” comments Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Diversity in Cannes

Filmmakers selected to participate and courageous enough to brave the pandemic in support of diversity and inclusion are listed below. For schedule and to RSVP visit Film Freeway

1.  The Fisherman by Zoey Martinson

2.  The German King by Adetokumboh M’Cormack

3.  I Won The Lottery by Jenn Shaw

4.  Spin by Lisa Marie Tedesco

5.  Game of Life – Italy by Valeria Costa

6.  An Island Drifts by Vivian IP

7.  Potluck by LaLa Halsema

8.  Don’t Let Go by Mel Orpen

9.  American Dream by Angela Garcia Comb

10.  Fuego by Christina Rodriquez

11. 7 Sharp by LaCora Stephens

12. The Best Time by Shaunic Stanford

13.  BabyGirl by Don B. Welch

14.  Bus Driver by Amar Singh Sethi

15. Dear Mama by Winter Dunn

16. Cuidate by Christian Nunez

17. A Poisonous Tree by Shawn Daffin

18. Aysha by Cenzig Akaygün

Short Film Corner Screening

1. Beyond the Blue by Tanya Randall

2. Cupids by Zoey Martinson

3. Fuego by Christine Rodriguez

4. The Best Time by Shaunic Stanford

5. 7 Sharp by LaCora Stevens

6. American Dream by Angela Garcia Combs

7. Potluck by LaLa Halsema

Independent Producer Karen Morris debuts The Rat Pack Music Alliance

Honoring Rat Pack Music

Honoring Rat Pack Music

NEW YORKMay 3, 2022PRLog — Karen Morris, an independent producer for over 25 years, and an ardent fan of the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., recently founded The Rat Pack Music Alliance (RPMA), an entity to honor those three legendary musical icon.

Ms. Morris has created a RPMA website as a Rat Pack collective, and has arranged a distinguished Advisory Board panel for creative guidance, including talented professionals: Sinatra Scholar, historian, and producer at Siriusly Sinatra, Sirius-XM, Charles “Chuck” Granata; NYU Professor of Cinema Studies, Dana Polan; Television Sitcom Director Howard Murray, son of comedian Jan Murray; Pianist who toured with Frank Sinatra, Russ Kassoff; President of the Dean Martin Association, Elliot Thorpe; Grandnephew of Jimmy Van Heusen and President of the Van Heusen music Corporation, Brook Babcock; Band Leader of The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Terry Myers; Producer of the TV show Criminal Minds and X-Files, Harry Bring (who sadly passed); Author of Sinatra in Hollywood, Tom Santopietro; Co-Author of the Tom Dreesen book, Still Standing, My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra, Darren Grubb; President and Marketing executive of ImageLink, Ralph Compagnone, and a special mention of Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, and Patsy’s Executive Chef Sal Scognamillo.

The RPMA mission (and website) focuses on sharing information about how performing artists, musicians, authors, broadcasters or other entertainment industry folks, were influenced by the music of The Rat Pack.

Excerpts from books, online articles and photos are also part of The Rat Pack Music Alliance website.

In addition, the swingin’ stories pages on the site are full of anecdotes from a variety of entertainment and sports figures who reveal personal moments or insights about The Rat Pack icons.

One swingin’ story is shared by comedian Tom Dreesen in his book Still Standing, My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra via co-author Darren Grubb, about a conversation he had with Frank Sinatra while on tour, revealing why Sinatra always wears a tuxedo; another, Michael Weintraub shared an article via Vanity Fair about legendary producer/manager/agent Jerry Weintraub; and musician Billy Paul kindly shared a story and some family photos of his Uncle, Buddy Lester, who had a main role in the movie Ocean’s 11, the original film with the Rat Pack.

Many Sinatra style vocalists from across the country contributed as well. A few of the singers who have been honoring Frank Sinatra by covering his classic songs for many years, and who have shared stories on the site are: Steven Maglio; Tom Stevens; Bob Anderson; Henry Prego; Rose Kingsley; Dave Damiani; Vaughn Suponatime and many more.

Ms. Morris will continue to collect and research stories about Frank, Dean and Sammy, and add those to the RPMA website.

The future goal of The Rat Pack Music Alliance is to continue honoring the marvelous music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., and produce musical events that educate, inform and entertain audiences who attend.

Visit The Rat Pack Music Alliance website at

For more information about Karen Morris visit

First-to-Market Independent Light Treatment Service Expands Footprint

 Kristen Miller, CEO of Array Skin Therapy has announced plans to franchise the concept, ten years after co-founding the company in 2011. Array Skin Therapy helps people overcome frustrating symptoms of skin conditions with narrowband UVB and excimer laser light treatment, resulting in improved self-confidence and regained control over one’s lifestyle. Narrowband UVB (NBUVB) is defined as light in the 308-312 nm range, identified as the optimal wavelength for treating autoimmune and inflammatory skin conditions. Kristen currently operates five Array Skin Therapy locations in Southern California with plans to expand access to light treatment across the nation.

In 2010, Kristen noticed patients faced many barriers to receiving light therapy while working as a nurse practitioner at a large medical center light treatment facility. Barriers to care included difficulty scheduling appointments, long wait times and expensive parking. Some patients in need of treatment were placed on a waitlist and never received a call.

Kristen recognized that an alternative model was needed in order to increase patient access to light treatment, thereby improving patient adherence and outcomes. In 2011 Kristen launched Array Skin Therapy, an independent light treatment service built with patient convenience in mind.

Array provides light treatment only. The specialized nature of the company allows for an efficient and highly supportive patient experience. Array clinics are conveniently located within the community and offer free parking. Appointments are flexible and easy to schedule due to Array’s team of dedicated front desk associates. Treatment is safe and effective, delivered by nurses, and overseen by nurse practitioners and collaborating physicians.

According to market research, the global light treatment industry was valued at US$765.9 million in the year 2020, and is projected to reach a revised size of US$943.5 million by 2026. With franchise expansion, Array Skin Therapy will offer franchisees the opportunity to invest in an expanding field, while making a difference in the lives of those living with skin conditions. Ideal candidates for franchise ownership are experienced, licensed nurse practitioners with entrepreneurial tendencies. Partnerships with non-healthcare providers may be permitted in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Array Skin Therapy

Bevens Goodman




  • Franchising