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“Camera, lights, action, echoes as make-up artist and stylist fall backstage behind marked territory. Music cues, five... four... three... two.....one. Maxine makes one final adjustment before announcing “Welcome to the Maxine Tulloch Show.

As Oprah Winfrey sets to bow out of the talk show genre, to focus on the development of her forthcoming cable channel, OWN, due to premier in January, 2011, more doors are opening for rising starts such as Maxine Tulloch. It has been three years since the Maxine Tulloch Show (MTS) made its debut on COMCAST Cable and then IslandTV in North Miami Beach, Florida; reaching over 1.5 million household subscribers. Since March 2009 MTS has been the anchor talk show for FlowTV Channel 100, Jamaica.

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Many events have occurred this year that have the potential to transform the course of lives. One such event was the first annual Women's Empowerment Conference held recently in Atlanta. This conference brought together diverse women in their 30's through 80's who are alumnae of two high schools in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

evy-mahlabaAt a reception held at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, South African Tourism CEOThandiwe January-McLeanpaid tribute to their public relations agency of record, the Portfolio Marketing Group, for their work in publicizing the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

In keeping with the spirit of South Africa's inimitable mark on the global tournament, CEO January-McLean presented Portfolio Marketing Groups President Noel Mignott and Vice President Alison Ross with a hand-made, beaded Vuvuzela in the agencys colors, which was commissioned to commemorate the agencys role in promoting the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the U.S. market.

The MTTG design/build joint venture team comprised of McKissack & McKissack, Turner Construction Company and its subsidiary Tompkins Builders and the Gilford Corporation, have announced construction is progressing with significant participation of minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) firms on the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial located on the National Mall.

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. and the project's design/build team made inclusion and a spirit of diversity on the project a top priority to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The project has achieved a significant milestone of 56 percent minority MWBE participation on the construction of the project.