WEEK IN WOMEN: Crain’s NY Recognizes Cheryl Duncan & Leslie Fields-Cruz – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Crain’s New York Business, the premier publication covering New York City’s business community, has unveiled its Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for 2021. The list highlights Black businessmen and women working within the New York City metropolitan area who have impacted and helped the city in significant ways through their professional, civic and philanthropic work, according to a news release. This year’s list includes Leslie Fields-Cruz, executive director of Black Public Media (BPM), and PR powerhouse Cheryl L. Duncan, the founder and CEO of Cheryl Duncan and Company Inc.

Leslie Fields-Cruz has worked at the nexus of media and diversity for decades. She is the head of BPM, a Harlem-based nonprofit dedicated to developing, funding and producing content by and about people throughout the African diaspora.

Cheryl Duncan was selected for the Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for her positive impact on New York City and her work over the years in ensuring — through multifaceted, dedicated and creative public relations work — that #BlackStoriesMatter. The current tribute comes on the heels of her being designated as one of Observer’s PR Power 50 in December. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.