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Erin Bernhardt
Erin is an award-winning advocate journalist. Her production and outreach experience ranges from ABC and CNN to the Peace Corps and non-profits around the world.

At CNN, Erin worked closely on the 2008 election coverage; found a niche in covering Africa, musical activism, the changing face of homelessness and became an abolitionist through her coverage of human trafficking. She also worked on the following CNN Presents documentaries: Songs of Hope, Black in America, Latino in America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby, Rescued: Haiti’s Earthquake, Muslim Youth and Taliban.

Most recently, Erin worked as the Community & Social Media Manager as well as the Filmmaker at Better World Books, an online social enterprise bookstore.

Erin is now working full-time on the African Children’s Choir Film, her first documentary feature. She is also a freelance writer for the Huffington Post and Paste Magazine and a social media and outreach guru for small businesses and non-profits hoping to share their work and passion with clients, fans and donors.

Entries by Erin Bernhardt

The Art Farm

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:45 PM

I wish you could close your eyes to imagine what I'm about to write as you read it. But alas, that would not be possible. Instead, read this run on sentence and then close your eyes to soak it in:

Rolling hills with a vast array of various types...

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The Slow Music Movement

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:27 PM

"We originally came into music a bridge builder, as a way to have something to offer as we were traveling," says Leah Song of the band Rising Appalachia. Song, her sister Chloe Smith, their guitar player and percussionist make up the four-piece band. Together, they just released their new album,...

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Wish Granted: Rock Star for a Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 11:34 AM

In 2010, Nicolas Duncan was nine-years-old and dreamt about becoming a rock star. In 2011, he was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Nicolas and his family began a long journey of aggressive treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, two hours from their home. Life was difficult and barely...

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A Memorable Melody Through the Proverbs

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Singing helps many of us learn and remember lessons. Think about how we all stored the ABC's in our minds -- with a song. Acclaimed children's music group Slugs & Bugs is taking that approach with their new CD.

The songs are literally taken word-for-word right out...

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Good News from Israel

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:17 PM

The negative news out of the Middle East seems to get worse every day. As someone determined to find and share positive, hope-filled stories of dignity and resilience, I took the challenge to uncover a diamond in the rough.

This story is not meant to underplay the heartbreaking violence....

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The Arts Are Still Moving the Movement

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:50 PM

"Culture is about eliminating boundaries," explains Tony Award winning playwright and director, George C. Wolfe. Wolfe's latest artistic venture was actually off the stage. He served as the Chief Creative Officer for the civil rights gallery at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center is celebrating...

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The Girl Whose Smile Is Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Her name is Ileana. She was born and raised in a trash dump community in Managua, Nicaragua. Literally, a trash dump. Colorful garbage aflame and smoky. That was her playground. Her front yard. Along with her family and a couple hundred other children and parents, Ileana grew up scavenging through...

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Thank You Google: How a Glee Club in Maine Fixed My Burnout

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Have you ever gotten an email that made you smile? Made you realize that all your work might actually be worth it? I really hope you have. It's like a little spark that can reignite your world-changing fire.

Late last year I was at the very end of a...

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How to Make a Video Go Viral

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Last week I made a little video. I wanted it to go viral. YouTube says that 100 hours of video are uploaded to their site every minute. So what are the chances of my video, or your video, actually going viral? Slim to none. But this is a good news...

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Saving the Planet One Car Wash at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Today is World Water Day. When I think about water, I wish the first thing that came to mind was slick yellow rain coats and water parks, but what I actually think of first is the lack of clean drinking water that is available around the world.

The facts...

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Weaving Together Women on Two Continents

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM

It was the summer of 2004 and Brittany Merrill Underwood, then a sophomore in college, had planned on spending the summer in Europe with friends. Instead, a teaching position opened up in East Africa and she found herself in a rural Ugandan village with no running water or electricity. Two...

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St. Frank: Sharing the Beauty in Social, and the Dignity in Enterprise

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:58 PM

"The product comes first to us," says St. Frank Founder and CEO, Cristina Bryant. That's easy to believe when I see the incredible, handcrafted beauty in every piece. But much harder to find true when I look at the vast positive impact Bryant's young company is having on the world....

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The Real Story of Black Hawk Down

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:01 AM

You have likely seen the Oscar-winning Hollywood version of Black Hawk Down but what you may not know is that the 2001 film starring Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor is actually based on a very real and true story.

The film and book (of the same title) are based...

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Lalabu: How One Woman in Burkina Faso Is Changing the Face of Mommy-Wear in America

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Lalabu: It's a hip new baby carrier brand inspired by the African style of holding and transporting babies on the mother's back. Lalabu is also a person. She is the woman in Burkina Faso that American couple Brian and Keri Fosse met on a mission trip. Lalabu had newborn baby...

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A Game-changing Fun Run for Schools

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:10 AM

I believe our education system in America can be better. Right now I am making a film that addresses the education crisis globally. In war-torn places like Uganda, where it looks like there should be no hope, groups are rising to the challenge. I also do not want to miss...

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How an Excessive Lifestyle Can Actually Be a Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:24 AM

I woke up extra early this morning to write a great article about a new book that one of my mentors has coming out on Friday. Almost two hours later, viola, the "perfect" blog post for HuffPo. However, I was in a huge hurry to get to the airport and...

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Rise Up Against Rape This Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 12:11 PM

February 14, also known as Valentine's Day, is a Christian and commercial holiday. The story goes that back in the late 100s AD, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing illegal weddings for those persecuted by the Roman Empire. It was not until the 15th century that people in love celebrated...

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National Freedom Day: 148 Years After Lincoln, Obama Is Still Trying to Abolish Slavery Once and For All

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:15 PM

I remember being 13-years-old in eighth grade Georgia History class and learning about slavery in antebellum America. It broke my heart to think that girls my age a hundred years earlier were treated as cattle instead of as people. Little did I know that slavery was still alive, let alone...

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Homemade: Commercial Work Turned Documentary Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:54 PM

42-year-old Jason Maris has made a living and a career as a commercial photographer for the United States Marine Corps. Over the 15 years he has been photographing recruitment materials for the Corps, Maris has developed a unique rapport with many Marines.



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Unlikely Peace Soldiers

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Stephanie Jolluck had just landed back home in Atlanta after a typical trip to Guatemala where she runs a social enterprise, Coleccion Luna. She rushed right to a dinner party to meet one of her heroes -- the war child turned peace soldier, Emmanuel Jal.

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