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AT&T AUDIENCE Network Launches 'Big Man Back on Campus' Produced by ESPN

Documentary chronicles four former college football stars as they head back to campus ahead of the college football playoff.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network (No. 3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has a new, exclusive documentary, "Big Man Back on Campus," premiering Friday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


The documentary, produced by ESPN, follows one former football star from each school that has advanced to the semifinals of this year's College Football Playoff (CFP).  Garrison Hearst of the University of Georgia, Jason White of the University of Oklahoma, Tajh Boyd of Clemson University and Greg McElroy of the University of Alabama are featured in the project.

"Big Man Back on Campus" will give viewers an inside look at the CFP semifinalist teams as they strive to make it to the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T1 in Atlanta. Viewers will experience the journey through the eyes of the four stars as they return to the campuses and practice fields, where they reached the pinnacle of college football.

Here's background on each of the featured legends:

  • Garrison Hearst, running back, UGA: 1992 All-American1992 SEC Player of the Year and 1992 Heisman Trophy finalist.
  • Jason White, quarterback, Oklahoma: 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, 2001 BCS National Champion and 2003 All-American.
  • Tajh Boyd, quarterback, Clemson: 2012 All-American and 2012 ACC Player of the Year.
  • Greg McElroy, quarterback, Alabama: 2009 SEC Champion and BCS National Champion.

"Each of these four incredible athletes established themselves as campus legends during their remarkable college careers," said John Ward, SVP – Content Operations. "We're excited to give viewers a window into these unique journeys where each former player gets a chance to not only support their alma mater's team, but also to reminisce about their time in the college football spotlight."

The documentary will air on DIRECTV and U-verse platforms and DIRECTV NOW. AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T will air live on ESPN Monday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. ET.

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

AT&T: Distracted Driving on Two Wheels: A New Reality

Break the habit and take the pledge to end distracted driving in and out of the car at ItCanWait.com.

Originally Published by AT&T.

By Ryan Luckey, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Brand Marketing

The roads can be a scary place. Drivers are taking their eyes off the road to look at their latest like, text or email.

And with the introduction of shared e-scooters, the latest in transportation innovation, it's more important than ever for riders and drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

One hand on the handlebar, another on the phone, then bam. You hit a pothole.

Tens of thousands of injuries – and hundreds of deaths – occur every year due to smartphone distracted driving. This is the unfortunate reality our AT&T It Can Wait program continues to address since 2010.

And now it's becoming clear smartphone distractions are no longer just a problem in the car.

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AT&T's First-Ever Untold Stories Film 'Nigerian Prince' Debuted in Theaters and On Demand Everywhere

The first film funded and distributed by ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Program from AT&T and Tribeca.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is proud to bring the program's first-ever film – NIGERIAN PRINCE – to audiences nationwide on Friday, October, 19. Untold Stories is a film initiative created by AT&T and Tribeca to ensure diverse voices in storytelling are heard and seen in theaters and living rooms across the country. Written and directed by newcomer Faraday Okoro, and filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, the film is a heist thriller about a Nigerian-American teenager sent to visit relatives in Nigeria against his will, later to join forces with his internet scammer cousin in an attempt to return to the United States on his own.

Kicking off the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Okoro was one of five aspiring directors who participated in a live pitch to a panel of celebrity and industry judges that included AT&T's chief brand officer Fiona Carter to win $1 million to make their film utilizing the Untold Stories program grant, mentorship and distribution commitments. Okoro's film, NIGERIAN PRINCE, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and packed theaters in New York City. Now, delivering on the program's promise to ensure that underserved artists' work is not only created but seen, NIGERIAN PRINCE will be available to millions of movie enthusiasts in select theaters across the country as well as on DIRECTV, U-Verse and a range of on-demand platforms.

"Programs like Untold Stories have the incredible power to introduce audiences to new storytellers and new ways of seeing the world," said Jane Rosenthal, ceo and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises/Tribeca Film Festival. "We're proud to support Faraday Okoro's globe-trotting, culture-crossing film NIGERIAN PRINCE as the first recipient of the Untold Stories grant, and we are eager to champion other emerging filmmakers as we continue to get untold stories heard with our friends at AT&T."

NIGERIAN PRINCE follows two characters: Eze, a stubborn, first generation Nigerian-American teenager and his cousin, Pius, who is a desperate Nigerian Prince scammer. After Eze's mother sends him to Nigeria against his will, Eze retaliates by teaming up with Pius to scam unsuspecting foreigners in order to earn money for a return ticket back to America. Executive produced by Spike Lee, the film stars Chinaza Uche and Antonio Bell.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca was launched in 2017 to ensure that diverse storytellers always have a screen on which to shine. AT&T will provide funding up to $1 million for one talented filmmaker to create his or her film each year, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T will distribute the winning film across its video platforms. This film initiative is an alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with Tribeca Film Institute and debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

NIGERIAN PRINCE is the first film produced under the program. In April of 2018, AT&T awarded its second $1 million to Untold Stories winners Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng for their film, LUCKY GRANDMA. Like NIGERIAN PRINCE, it will also have its world premiere screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival next April. Submissions are now open for Year 3 – and aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to submit scripts between now and Nov. 24, 2018, for their chance to compete for a $1 million grant to make their film as part of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories.

For additional information about UNTOLD STORIES, please visit: http://about.att.com/sites/entertainment/untold_stories

Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.

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Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

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On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Related Story: Taraji P Henson on Mental Health: We're Demonized for Expressing Rage for Traumas We've Been Through

Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

AT&T Foundry Launches Innovation Space for Vertical Industries

Enterprise Customers Get Venue to Co-Create Innovative Technologies to Solve Industry-Specific Challenges.

Originally Published by AT&T.

Revolutionary technology breakthroughs in business don't happen by accident. That's why AT&T* is launching a vertical industry-focused space at the AT&T Foundry in Plano to showcase our edge-to-edge network capabilities and develop transformative technologies.

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AT&T Announces Largest Deployment of Free Aira Service

AT&T, Aira Use Groundbreaking Technology to Bring Retail Experience to Blind & Low- Vision Shoppers at Over 5,300 AT&T Retail Locations.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and Aira continue to expand their relationship to bring new experiences to the blind and those with low vision. This time, it's the customer experience. All AT&T company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now Aira Access Locations. That means that any member of the blind and low-vision community with a smartphone can become an Aira Guest and can get free use of Aira's service at over 5,300 AT&T retail locations across the U.S.

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AT&T: FirstNet Momentum: More Than 2,500 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

The FirstNet Network Platform Has Been Reliably Supporting First Responders Battling Wildfires and Other Emergencies Nationwide.

Originally Published by AT&T.

More than 2,500 public safety agencies across the country have joined FirstNet. This is nearly double the number of agencies since the last update in July.

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AT&T: 6 Lessons I Learned Along My Journey to the C-Suite

Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own.

Originally Published by Linkedin.com.

By David Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President - Chief Compliance Officer

I had the honor of addressing the incoming class of full-time MBA candidates at SMU, my alma mater. After sharing how the continuous reinvention of my career parallels that of AT&T's, I provided 6 lessons I've learned along the way. At the encouragement of others, I'm sharing them with you. Regardless of your industry, profession, personal background or career aspirations, I hope you find value in them.

#1 Seek out and identify mentors and sponsors – No matter where your career path takes you, you'll always need the assistance of others, whether that's sponsors or mentors. To realize your fullest potential, you must seek out people who can help you throughout your journey. Some will be mentors: people willing to lend advice and help you find your way. Others will be sponsors: people that won't simply mentor you, but advocate on your behalf and champion your efforts. Having both will help you reach the career aspirations you've set for yourself.

#2 Persevere – Never give up. At times, you'll experience what you may see as roadblocks. They're not. They're simply speedbumps that require more introspection to help determine the right path forward. You must have the resolve to persevere. Struggle leads to progress. Just think, what would happen if Steve Jobs had stopped the first time he was fired from his own company. We probably wouldn't have the iPhone and Apple probably wouldn't be the first publicly traded trillion-dollar company. Instead, he persevered, stayed true and reached his goals.

#3 Be flexible and embrace change – Greek philosopher Heraclitus is cited as the source of the saying "change is the only constant in life." Joining AT&T as a junior lawyer almost 25 years ago, I expected to practice corporate law through retirement. That wasn't the case. I've spent roughly half of my AT&T career in the Legal department, the other half in operations. And while I'm not a practicing attorney today, I still lean on my legal background on a daily basis. Bringing a foundation in the law to an operations role has only increased my value. So, if change is constant, you must be able to embrace it. If you can't, you'll limit your career options.

#4 Stay relevant and be proactive – Always be learning. You can't stay relevant if you keep your head down. Identify your strengths and continuously develop them. If you have an interest in something, but lack the knowledge, do the work. Always be learning. Whether that's reading, attending training or going back to school, the only way you'll stay relevant is by knowing the latest trends. If you don't remain relevant, then the tools you possess will dull and your value will fall.

#5 Compete the right way – Who doesn't like competition? Healthy competition makes us better. It's when we compete by cutting corners, cheating or sabotaging others that we lose, even while "winning." Because those that you undercut will always remember. They may forgive you, but they'll never forget. And you never know who you might work with, or work for, in the future.

#6 Exercise humility – Admit that you don't have all the answers. The best leaders surround themselves with the best people, so they know who to go to when they don't know the answers. Every great leader also has great people behind them. No one gets to where they are on their own. The sooner you recognize this, the more effective you'll lead. And, one last thing, boldly recognize the great work of others. Give credit where credit is due. Who doesn't want recognition from time to time. This accomplishes two things. It shows your humility, endearing others to you. And it shows others you value their contributions and they're deserving of praise.

The Wrap Up

The last thing I left the MBA candidates with was the importance of character. You can do all the things I've shared above to help position you for success, but character is key. Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own. If you haven't started to really focus on it, you must. And while you do, keep integrity at the center.

After all, how do you want to be remembered?

Montgomery County Transforms 911 Communications With AT&T

AT&T ESInet Boosts 911 Reliability and Enhances Emergency Communications.

Originally Published by AT&T.

Montgomery County is transforming its 911 communications with AT&T* ESInet™. The county recently joined others in the National Capital Region and selected the service from AT&T. The solution gives 911 call takers enhanced tools to speed their responsiveness and boost reliability to those in emergencies.

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