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Shefik to Speak at 2018 Conference for National African American Drug Policy Coalition

Conference presenters will raise and discuss eliminating implicit bias and unwarranted assumptions.
Shefik to Speak at 2018 Conference for National African American Drug Policy Coalition

DALLAS — Media personality Shefik (http://shefik.info) will serve as a guest speaker at a joint conference co-hosted by the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) with the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) and affiliates, comprised of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, the National Association of Native American Studies, and the International Association of Asian Studies. As a nationally syndicated radio host and producer of an internationally syndicated video series, titled "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co), Shefik has interviewed a wide array of guests, across a spectrum of thought-provoking subject matter. At the joint conference, he will reflect on relevant experiences, while echoing the sentiment of those he has interviewed for his show.

The NAADPC's component of the joint conference will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria, 4099 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (Dallas County), on Monday, February 12, 2018 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST), and Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST). On February 13th, Shefik is scheduled to speak from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CST. Tickets can be obtained by emailing your request to Mercedes Hawkins at mercedes.hawkins@naadpc.org. Fees are $195 for regular registration; $150 for veterans of the military services; and $100 for professional school, law, and college students. Attendees of the NAADPC's component of the joint conference may attend (without cost) workshops and educational sessions of other joint conference organizations occurring during the week. However, separate payments must be made for the luncheons and receptions.

The NAADPC's conference program will focus on the impact of the opioid epidemic in the United States, with specific comment on African-Americans and other minorities in the United States:

  • The impact of marijuana decriminalization or legalization on our youth in states where it has occurred;
  • Establishing effective youth programs to prevent illegal drug sage and abuse of prescription drugs by implementing a strong self-determination program, encouraging academic excellence and establishing counselor-mentor and apprentice internship programs;
  • Establishing priorities for objectives of the NAADPC, to reduce the adverse impact of school discipline decisions on youth and promote educational achievement, and in the process reducing crime and violence and increasing greatly the number of productive adult citizens needed for the future of this nation as to its workforce and security.

"We must sustain a harmonious tone, while striking a resounding chord, to vocalize the importance of delivering future generations into a world that truly cares for one another," declares Shefik.

Join Shefik and various renowned speakers for vital discussions and insights. Other speakers and panel moderators include Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. (Retired Judge, Vice President of Administration and National Executive Director at National African American Drug Policy Coalition); Dr. Winston Price, M.D. (President at National African American Drug Policy Coalition); Honorable Morris Overstreet (Retired Judge at Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, Former Judicial Council Chair and Candidate for President-Elect at National Bar Association); Dr. Edwin Chapman, M.D. (National Medical Association Doctor of the Year 2016 and Addiction Medicine Specialist); Dr. Ronald Beavers, Ph.D. (Addiction Medicine Specialist); Dr. William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., DLFAPA (Assistant to the Dean for Behavioral Health Disparities and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pharmacology at Dell Medical School, The University of Texas in Austin); Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Member at United States Congress, 18th Congressional District of Texas); Honorable Carolyn Wright (Chief Justice at 5th District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas); Judge Veronica Morgan-Price (Former Chair at Judges' Component of the Children's Defense Fund); Will Jones (Special Assistant, Communications and Outreach at Smart Approaches to Marijuana); Aisha Davis (Educator, Representative of Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, and Member at National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)); Dale D. Quigley (Deputy Coordinator at HIDTA National Marijuana Initiative); Lance Sumpter (Director at HIDTA, Texoma); Andre Turner (Probation Officer at Dallas Area Courts, Member of Board of Directors and National Assistant Treasurer at National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice); Sam Allen (Community Service Officer at City of Balch Springs, Texas and Democrat Candidate for Dallas County Constable Precinct 4); Ricardo Richardson (Consultant and Advisor in programs and grants for endeavors for at-risk and high-risk youth to prevent juvenile delinquency); Dr. Michael Lindsey, J.D., Ph.D. (President at Nestor Consultants and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University); Robert Pitre (President at Skyline Ranch/Life Guide for America and works with Texas Courts with juvenile offenders); Victor Cheatham (Director of Prevention at Greater Dallas Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse); Sam O. Okpaku, M.D., Ph.D. (President at Black Psychiatrist of America, President and Founder at Center for Health, Culture and Society in Nashville, Tennessee); and Reverend Richard Henderson (Project Director at East Baltimore Drug Prevention Program in Maryland).

Conference presenters will raise and discuss eliminating implicit bias and unwarranted assumptions about youth living in poverty, racial and national origin differences, questionable religious groups, and in poor neighborhoods. Speakers will comment on the need for sufficient funding to treat addiction and mental health issues both at the federal and state level, and how to resolve conflicts between insurance carriers as to coverage and the extent and duration of treatment in the judgment of medical professionals. This two-day conference will thus present the views and expert knowledge on these most pressing issues facing the United States at this time.

About Shefik

Currently celebrating over 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik (http://shefik.info) is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine (where he also served as Technical Producer), The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co), which is broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally syndicated video series of the same name, via Amazon and other notable outlets.

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About 'Shefik presents Invocation'

Aptly titled Shefik presents Invocation, the nationally-syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 22 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.