Rogers, Journalist, Fashion Stylist, Interior Decorator
& Adjunct Professor is one of the 28 honorees who received
the 2007 New Jersey C.O.L.A. Award on Saturday, October
27th at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street.
freely with no expectations value who you are be of service
to others and make a difference. These are the simple treasures
that award wining journalist, published author (Beyond Publishing),
educator and community activist, Gilda Rogers, has chosen
to live by, along with irrefutable style. Maya Angelou calls
it “The Art of Living.” The fountain of happiness
that inspires Gilda Rogers to be a change-agent working
on behalf of humanity is her gift to the world that she
than accepting life at face value, Gilda creates the life
she so desires, while having survived all the complexities
that go into being. A Renaissance woman, Gilda is the CEO
of The Beyond Group, a public relations firm, “taking
you and your ideas above and beyond”. We invite you
to celebrate the launch of Beyond Publishing in fall ’07,
with an upcoming book release reception for “Arrested
Development: The State of Black Achievement and Education
in Hip-Hop America,” her soon to be released work.
Gilda speaks passionately and critically about her community.
She feels a strong responsibility to the community to tell
it like it is, with the good intention of raising awareness
about the deteriorating plight of Black America and the
state of education.
an adjunct professor of African American History at Brookdale
Community College, in Lincroft, New Jersey, Gilda brings
a passion to teaching that challenges her students to answer
these two important questions: “Am I part of the problem,”
or “Am I part of the solution?” Mediocrity is
unacceptable because Black America did not advance in America
by being mediocre. It is much more fulfilling to define
oneself through the measurement of excellence as the ancestors
over 30 years combined experience in the fashion and journalism
industry, Gilda expresses herself as a work of art and proves
her fearlessness through the written word. Starting her
journalism career as a sports writer and columnist with
the Asbury Park Press, Gilda is a contributing writer for
Odyssey Couleur Magazine . . . “Travel in color.”
A reputable fashion stylist and interior decorator, she
takes pride in enhancing the beauty she sees and all the
endless possibilities, for her clients.
by such people as, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Elie Wiesel,
Fannie Lou Hamer, B. Smith, and the late golfer, Payne Stewart,
W.E.B. DuBois, German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, Rosa Parks,
Jill Scott and the poetic Goddess, Nikki Giovanni and Musiq
Soulchild and Oprah Winfrey, Gilda’s diverse flavor
for people is broad and fuels her creativity.
Gilda holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from
Kean University and a Master’s degree in history from
Monmouth University. She is an administrator at Red Bank
Regional High School and is passionate about redirecting
and reconnecting Black youth to their cultural history.
the CEO and Founder of C.O.L.A., says, “Rogers’
commitment to mankind as a whole, exemplifies the spirit
and mission of C.O.L.A. We are dedicated to empowering and
educating our heroes who are making a difference in their
communities across the Globe.”
this year’s C.O.L.A. honorees are Bishop Donald Hilliard
Jr., Senior Pastor of the Cathedral International Church,
located in Perth Amboy, Asbury Park and Plainfield, NJ;
Rita Owens, mother of actress – rapper Queen Latifah
and Art Teacher at the Frank H. Morrell High School in Irvington,
This event will be hosted by Caryl Lucas, a 2006 C.O.L.A.
recipient, journalist and motivational speaker; formerly
a news reporter with the Star-Ledger, and Communications
Director for the Department of State.
in 2004, C.O.L.A. Inc. has a very clear vision of becoming
a national movement that encourages and inspires people
to live their best lives now. “We publicly recognize
phenomenal women, men, and children who give so much of
themselves to lead and help others," said Missouri,
a Somerset resident.
portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards C.O.L.A.’s
Teen Life-Style Enrichment Program; C.O.L.A. Foundation
(project scholarships), and various non-profit organizations
such as: Lupus Foundation of America, Sister Network of
Central NJ, and others.
2007 C.O.L.A. honorees were nominated in seven categories
including: Leaders in the Community, Outstanding Achievements,
Academic Expansion, Acts of Kindness, Amazing Faith, Starting
Over and Talent-In-Action, then selected by the Honoree
Committee after careful review.
the event’s sponsors are: Cablevision, NUVO for Her,
JTE Spirit, National Staffing Association, Peerless Beverages,
Mercer County Economic Opportunity, Cathedral International,
Vision System Technology, Inc., Executive Wardrobes, and
Image by Missouri.