Slideshow: Everything You Missed at the American Black Film Festival 2018 Including Future, Kofi, and Coogler

If you were seeking to break into the film industry or you love black movies and television shows, the only place to be on this planet was the 22nd Annual Black Film Festival. Held in Miami, the event was sold out—and for good reason.

ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday created the film festival more than two decades ago as the premier professional development and networking platform for African American filmmakers, artists, and industry influencers. This year, filmmakers, producers, and actors sought to elevate themselves within the industry by gaining essential training through a series of master classes taught by seasoned pros, which included “Becoming A Showrunner;” “Film Financing;” and “Nailing Your Audition.” Others gained the inside track through “Business of Entertainment” seminars sessions that demystified film distribution deals; evaluated television writers’ rooms; and shared how Netflix Original Films seeks to diversify talent in front of and behind the camera, among other topics.

Attendees also gained access to premier entertainment and interviews. For instance, HBO, which has been an ABFF partner for 21 years, sponsored the side-splitting Comedy Wings Competition as well as diverse, powerful slate of indies featured as part of its short film competition. Moreover, filmmakers and film lovers alike packed Miami’s New World Center to view an exclusive interview with ABFF alum and filmmaker of the moment: Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler.

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Here Is A Listing of Black Banks in the United States

If ever there was a time for community-building and cultivation, that time is right now. Though the need to strengthen our communities is apparent, many are left wondering exactly what can be done or what role a single person can play to ultimately generate a lasting impact. Here’s a start: housing your hard-earned money in black banks.

Black-owned banks have perhaps never before been in so bright a spotlight, nor have they drummed up so much excitement in the African American community until recently. The revived interest is considered to have been sparked by the words of rapper Killer Mike during a widely viewed Town Hall meeting held by MTV and BET. “We can’t go out in the street and start bombing, shooting, and killing. I encourage none of us to engage in acts of violence. I encourage to take our warfare to financial institutions,” he said during the event.

Killer Mike went on to propose that 1 million people should open $ 100 accounts with black-owned banks. And people did. In fact, OneUnited Bank thanked Killer Mike personally for giving rise to the #BankBlack movement. OneUnited Bank, which is the nation’s largest black-owned bank, posted on its site that 12 months after Mike’s economic call-to-arms, over $ 50 million in deposits had been made to black-owned banks.

Black banks, in turn, have been trying to modernize, and woo black millennials. Mechanics and Farmers (M&F Bank), the North Carolina financial institution founded in 1908, created a Millennial Advisory Board, to understand the banking needs of the younger generation.

The following is a listing of the headquarters of African American banks, according to the National Bankers Association:

ALABAMA
Commonwealth National Bank
2214 St. Stephens Rd.
Mobile, AL 36601

CALIFORNIA
Broadway Financial Corp. (Broadway Federal Bank)
5055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 500
Los Angeles, CA 90036

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Industrial Bank
4812 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

GEORGIA
Citizens Bancshares Corp. (Citizens Trust Bank)
75 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

ILLINOIS
Illinois Service Federal (ISF Bank)
4619 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

LOUISIANA
Liberty Bank & Trust Company
P. O. Box 60131
New Orleans, LA, 70160

MARYLAND
(Harbor Bancshares Corp.) The Harbor Bank of Maryland
25 West Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

MASSACHUSETTS
OneUnited Bank
100 Franklin St., Ste. 600
Boston, MA 02110

MICHIGAN
First Independence Bank
7310 Woodward Ave., Ste. 101
Detroit, MI 48202

NEW JERSEY
City National Bank of New Jersey
900 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102

NEW YORK
Carver Federal Savings Bank
75 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027

NORTH CAROLINA
M&F Bancorp Inc. (Mechanics & Farmers Bank)
2634 Durham Chapel Hill
Durham, NC 27707

TENNESSEE
Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Co.
1917 Heiman St.
Nashville, TN 37208

Tri-State Bank of Memphis
4606 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

TEXAS
Unity National Bank
2602 Blodgett St.
Houston, TX 77004

 

 

 

-Editor’s Note: The BE articles cited were originally published in July 2016 and May/June 2017

 

 

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Search for a ‘Black Widow’ Director Narrows to Three; Here’s Everything We Know

Search for a 'Black Widow' Director Narrows to Three; Here's Everything We Know

Fans have been begging Marvel for a Black Widow movie for almost a decade and now the dream is finally coming alive. The presumably titled Black Widow will likely feature Scarlett Johansson in the title role, which she's portrayed already in six installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including this year's Avengers: Infinity War. 

The latest status update on the project is that Marvel is still trying to decide on a director best suited for the spin-off. The…

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Nas Isn’t Upset with Jay-Z for Dropping ‘Everything Is Love’ the Day After His Album, Happy for ‘Black Excellence’

Jay-Z and Beyonce dropping their surprise album the day after Nas released his may have been shade on Jay’s part, but Nas sources say it’s all love on his.

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Sources close to Nas tell us the Queensbridge rapper isn’t fuming about “Everything Is Love” being released on Saturday, and doesn’t think the Carters will steal any thunder from his new album, “Nasir.” We’re told Nas fully appreciates the fact Jay and Bey are hip-hop royalty at this point, and actually really likes their new record.

If you don’t know, and you should, Nas and Jay had a huge feud going in the late ’90s and early 2000s. They went at each other in songs and interviews for years before burying the whole thing in 2005.

They’ve been friends ever since, and we’re told Nas is more interested in “black excellence” these days … rather than drama.

That’s a relief. We can’t handle any more rap feuds at this moment.

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LeToya Luckett and Mack Wilds Kick Off ABFF With ‘Black Hollywood Now’ Luncheon, Presented By Cadillac

Cadillac – which returned as a partner of ABFF for the eighth consecutive year – held an exclusive luncheon Wednesday, where actors LeToya Luckett and Tristan “Mack” Wilds spoke about the importance of the event.
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Don Cheadle, Regina Hall Comedy ‘Black Monday’ Headed To Showtime

Showtime has given a series order to the comedy “Black Monday,” which stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, and Regina Hall, reports Variety.

The show, which was ordered to pilot under the name “Ball Street,” goes back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street.

The film tells the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling.

Showtime has ordered a 10-episode first season and is slated for a 2019 debut.

Cheadle, also an executive producer on the series, returns to Showtime after he starred for five seasons on the premium cabler’s series “House of Lies.”

The cast also includes Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott, and Eugene Cordero. Casey Wilson will appear in a recurring guest star role with Ken Marino and Kurt Braunohler guest starring.

“’Black Monday’ is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms.”

The series was created by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, who will serve as executive producers and showrunners. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who will also executive produce, directed the pilot. “Black Monday” is a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television Studios.

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Message to Black Board Members: Speak Out and Make a Difference

John Rogers and James Bell not only represent two of America’s most powerful corporate directors but the unwavering, outspoken advocates for diversity and inclusion among board members. Rogers, chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments L.L.C. (No. 1 on the be asset managers list with $ 11 billion in assets under management), serves on the boards of S&P 500 companies McDonald’s and Exelon and is co-founder of the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference, which brings together scores of African American corporate directors to grapple with such issues. Bell, the retired EVP, Corporate President, and CFO of Boeing and corporate director on the boards of JPMorgan Chase, Dow Chemical, and Apple, has been vocal about the underrepresentation of African Americans within major corporations and as part of public forums.

Black Board Members and Business Leaders Need to Take Stand and Demand Parity in Corporate America

BE recently had the opportunity to hold an in-depth discussion with these two on effective corporate governance. In their Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, they reviewed everything from continued imbalance in the boardroom to the need for African Americans—from seasoned corporate directors to individual investors—to take a stand and demand parity in corporate America.

Black Enterprise: In developing this year’s list of the Most Powerful Black Corporate Directors, we reviewed the entire universe of the S&P 500 and found 40% did not have black board members. When we evaluated the S&P 300 last year, the percentage was 30%. From your vantage point, why is there such a great disparity?

John Rogers: When you go from 300 companies to the entire S&P 500, part of the issue is that smaller companies don’t feel the same pressure to diversify their boards. I spent 34 years investing in small and mid-sized companies, and when I talk to those management teams about the lack of diversity on their management team or boards, they’ll say, “No one’s ever challenged me on this issue.” The larger companies are used to being challenged.
be: So how do you diversify the boards of those companies?

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James Bell: The smaller companies just don’t think it’s a priority. Maybe it’s a lack of awareness. Maybe they don’t feel their customer base demands it because they’re B2B. Those companies are suppliers to big companies where diversity is a priority. We have to put pressure on the larger companies to look at their supply base to make sure that their diversity initiatives flow down to them. If you’re on the board, you have a great opportunity to do that.

BE: So you’re making the case that suppliers should embrace the same policy as their corporate customers as it relates to diversity, including having African American corporate directors.

Bell: Exactly. I think it’s fair to ask that your whole supply base value diversity, and then you should hold them accountable.

Rogers: When James was the CFO and interim CEO of Boeing, he made sure those suppliers were working with minority businesses and putting pressure on them. I’ve also seen that happen with [former McDonald’s CEO] Don Thompson, who would often meet with local suppliers throughout the United States. If he saw that their workforce and boards were not diverse, he reminded them that McDonald’s was an important customer, and the next time he came to visit he was expecting to see a diverse workforce and leadership group.

Lack of Black Board Members in Silicon Valley

BE: We have had a huge focus on tech. When we started our list, Apple did not have an African American board member. Now, James is on the board. Google/Alphabet didn’t have an African American board member. TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson is now a corporate director. But still there’s no African Americans on the boards of Amazon, Netflix, and Intel. Given today’s environment, why do we still see such resistance in that sector to African American board representation?

Bell: Either their customer base hasn’t made it a priority or they don’t understand the value of diversity in the organization. If your market is global, most of the people around the world are people of color. All of those companies sell products in the black community so I would think they would want to look like the markets they serve from top to bottom.

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James A. Bell

BE: John, each year, you hold the Black Corporate Directors Conference. One approach shared has been for directors to meet with CEOs and nominating committee heads to push for more black board members among their peer groups. What has been the outcome?

Rogers: I’ve been involved with boards with robust diversity programs, wonderful spending programs, minority professional services companies … just great history. Then you wonder whether those folks on that board are exporting it to other institutions.

You don’t see enough CEOs who are leading organizations that are doing the right things; taking those practices and then pressuring, pushing, nudging, and encouraging other CEOs to do exactly the same thing.

BE: Both of you have made diversity a priority on the boards in which you serve. Do you believe all black board members should have that mandate as part of their board service?

Rogers: We started the Black Corporate Directors Conference 15 years ago to exactly address this issue. We were getting more African Americans on corporate boards but we weren’t fighting for the civil rights agenda once in the boardroom. Too often, we were just happy to be there. We were uncomfortable making the white leadership uncomfortable. So we sort of sat there and, in effect, gave cover for the status quo to stay the same.

“We Have a Responsibility to Fight for Our Community…”

What we do every year is bring in what we call the “Conscience of the Conference,” someone [like Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Jesse Jackson] to remind those of us who have been fortunate to be on a corporate board that we have a responsibility to fight for our community once we’re in the boardroom. If we don’t speak out nothing will change, because the traditional leadership has other agendas. They’re worried about profit margins, growth rates, and all the rest. They’re not thinking about us unless we remind them of how important it is, and hold them accountable for the commitment and promises they’ve made about diversity and inclusion. If I’m on a board, I’m helping management teams do their job by reminding them to live up to those values and commitments.

Bell: John has also had current board members speak to this topic at the conference, and specifically me last year. I really thought it was interesting, some of the questions I got about when is a good time to bring up diversity in the boardroom. And I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ Anytime. When you’re talking about the strategic plan, when you’re talking about a big debt deal, when you’re talking about any aspect of strategy, we should be thinking about inclusion. We should think about how we can keep differentiating ourselves from our competition. It should be part of the discussion just like the return on investment.

BE: I am struck by a recurring theme at the conference of courage. It surprised me since it is an assemblage of some of the most powerful people in global business, black or white.

Rogers: I was fortunate in my career to get to know Maynard Jackson very, very well. The late mayor of Atlanta made such an impact throughout his career around diversity and inclusion. Right before he passed away, he was talking on diversity and inclusion issues and the fact that he felt too many of us who were getting on boards had a chance to make a difference but weren’t doing it. He said they had this “scared Negro disease.” He talked about that so thoughtfully. And one of the directors got up at the end of the conference and said, “I think I was afflicted with that disease.”

We remind people that it does take courage to speak out to make a difference. It’s so much easier to make people comfortable, accept the check and be there. But we have a responsibility.

So when we’re on governance committees or nominating committees making decisions about prospective board members—whether it’s a nonprofit or corporate board—we must make sure that individual has a history of fighting for our community. It’s not enough that they come from a big company, had a nice career path, and got the right title. They need to be vetted on what they’ve done to make a difference in our community before I’m going to suggest that person go on the board. That’s really something that we just don’t do enough.

“Only 60% of the S&P 500 have African Americans on Boards”

Bell: That’s so important. You mentioned that only 60% of the S&P 500 have African Americans on boards. For most of those companies, only one. In some cases, you may have two. So when you get down to it, it has to be the right one. On average, boards have 10 to 12 people. So if you don’t have one of color that’s speaking up on the right things then you don’t have anybody that’s leading that charge. John says it’s a responsibility; I believe it’s an obligation. It’s not about us just saying, “Well, I don’t want to carry the weight. I don’t think I should be the one that stands up.” It’s about having an obligation to make sure this subject is talked about in an objective and sensitive way. But it’s not just a moral application of it; it does make good business sense.

BE: So what roles should investors and asset management firms play?

Rogers: Lay investors often invest directly in mutual fund companies or sit on investment committees of their church, university, or 401(k) plan at work. So they can ask all those people buying asset management services to demand that those asset managers be more progressive. They do it when it comes to socially responsible investing. Individual investors pushed their asset managers to divest from South Africa, which was something that was very important 40 years ago, or not to invest in tobacco stocks, or [to focus on] the environment. They know how to push on those issues and asset managers listen and companies respond. So we can do the same thing when it comes to race and diversity and inclusion.

If we as asset managers demand that our companies look like America and live up to the values they say they care about, they will change. Unfortunately, most money managers are not asking those questions. They talk about profit margins and growth, and what’s happening with the stock price and valuation, but not pressing that management team on those issues.

That’s something that’s very distinctive about Ariel. We push hard on the companies we invest in to be diverse, and we’ve had a lot of success with getting African Americans on boards and into leadership roles by pushing companies to do the right thing.

Why African American Board Representation Matters

BE: That begs another question. Why should the average consumer or employee, who is far removed from the boardroom, care about African American board representation? How does it have a direct impact on their lives?

Bell: A lot of those average consumers are people of color, and people like them should have opportunities in these companies. As John said earlier, we’re not asking for something special or a disproportionate share. We just want these companies to look like the rest of America. They do business with these communities and people that buy their products ought to get some benefit. I mean, why should you go to a store every week and spend a substantial amount of your money, and not look around to see if people of color work there? And if they don’t, why wouldn’t you ask yourself should I still support this store, or ask management “Why don’t you have people of color working here?”

BE: Are there other access points to diversify the pipeline?

Rogers: Private equity now is so dominant in today’s economy. These giant companies literally control hundreds of companies and have 500,000 or a million employees. And often their customers are the biggest public pension funds, biggest college endowments, hiring firms like Blackstone and KKR. No one has been asking those private equity companies, until recently, about lack of diversity in their management teams and boards of the companies they control. The private equity firms determine who will be the first eight to 10 board members on those companies before they go public.

African Americans are often in charge of public pension funds. If we demand that the private equity firms not only be diverse but diversify the boards and management teams of companies they control, we can make a difference.

Bell: Diversity programs within large companies are so important. You have to make sure that we’re getting enough people that would have the fundamental requirements to compete to be on these boards or to be considered for them. You’re going to always have a gap on these big company boards because we don’t have enough senior executives coming from the large companies. That’s a problem we’ve got to fix.

Rogers: We have to ask these questions, not only pushing for stronger minority businesses but stronger minority leadership in majority companies, particularly professional services. We can create a whole opportunity set for people of color to join boards in the next generation.

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Meet the Black Woman Behind the Video That Led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson

You may not know the name Topeka Sam as well as you know Kim Kardashian, but you should. Sam, a prison reform activist, facilitated the viral Mic video that moved Kardashian to take a meeting with President Donald Trump to plead the case of Alice Johnson, a black woman who was granted clemency June 6 after serving 21 years for a nonviolent, drug-related crime. Though Kardashian helped put a worldwide spotlight on Johnson’s case, Sam was a major leader in a community of activists, legal professionals, and entrepreneurs who worked on her behalf for years before the day she was finally freed.

Sam, a formerly incarcerated woman herself, has advocated for female inmates’ rights, prison reform, and empowerment for women through spiritual renewal, education, and entrepreneurship since her own 2015 release. “My parents were franchise business owners for the first 20 years of my life,” Sam says. “They owned a Carvel franchise in Brooklyn, N.Y., and after that, they ran their own restaurant in Harlem until they retired. I’ve always been exposed to what [owning a business looked like]. I think it was just in my DNA, that I was going to be a business owner at some point.”

The founder of The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House NYC, was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug in her youth, and she has since promoted the freedom and power of entrepreneurship as a viable and sustainable option for formerly incarcerated individuals.

“Prior to going to prison, I’d launched several small businesses, [from] a concierge service to throwing parties. I started a customized mobile-phone case boutique for brands with a friend of mine, who’s still an entrepreneur,” Sam recalls. “When I was inside, God gave me the name The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House. I had a business plan and everything. …I wrote out what my ideas were, like the Bible says, ‘Write it down and make it clear, and at the appointed time, it will come to pass and will not tarry.’  That’s exactly what I did.”

In launching Hope House NYC, Sam has combined entrepreneurial knowledge with her personal experience of prison life for women, and she also uses knowledge she’s gained while serving as a Columbia University Beyond the Bars fellow, a Justice in Education Scholar, and director of dignity for the Van Jones-helmed Cut50 initiative to keep the Bronx-based facility going. At the home, women and girls affected by incarceration can get educational, vocational, spiritual, and entrepreneurial resources and housing, and find a safe space of support from other women.

“It’s everyday work, not only because you’re a social entrepreneur or systems entrepreneur, [but because] you have people’s lives in your hands,” Sam says. “You have to make sure the bills are paid so that women can remain safe [at Hope House NYC] and they can thrive in their lives. I have to make sure the resources we are providing are viable.”

She takes pride in the impact she can make through starting something she is in charge of, and knows how entrepreneurship or launching your own platform can have a positive effect on lives beyond that of the business owner.

“With entrepreneurship, it allows you to hire people who have been impacted by incarceration and give opportunities to people so that when they come home, they don’t have to worry about applying for a job and being told they’re being terminated because of a prison conviction,” Sam says. “When you think about entrepreneurship, it doesn’t mean you have to build an organization. Speaking about your experience, you get paid to speak, that’s a business. …I speak across the country. … Whatever you’re good at, you can make a business out of it. Every time a woman comes through my organization, the question I ask them is, ‘what do you want to be [moving forward]?”

Building a foundation of business smarts and tenacity helped Sam balance her process of transitioning into life after prison, sharing her story through panels and speaking engagements and fulfilling a vision to help others. She knew she had to strengthen herself through research and education in order to accomplish the freedom of running her own show.

“I think because I had the understanding of what it took to start a business, because of my past, I knew [I had to do my due diligence]. … We’re creating an entrepreneurial course and partnering with a large corporation to do it. I believe education is extremely important for people to change their lives. …Skills education leads to business, and business leads to entrepreneurship. [Through entrepreneurship], I have the freedom to do this as I want to, and I don’t have to worry about people putting [limitations] on me [as a formerly incarcerated woman.]”

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Video of Johnson’s release:



 

 

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South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment Law To Earn Black Investors $1.3 Billion

Vodacom Group, Africa’s second largest mobile communications company, will pay out approximately $ 1.3 billion to its black investors as part of the company’s participation in the black economic empowerment (BEE) effort, enforced by South African law.

The company said on Monday that it had “entered into an agreement of up to R17.5 billion with its existing black economic empowerment (BEE) partners and a newly formed staff scheme” that will see the partners swap their current holdings in Vodacom South Africa for shares in its parent company, Vodacom Group.

Vodacom Group has agreed terms with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), Thebe Investment Corporation (Thebe), YeboYethu (existing BEE partners) and a newly formed staff scheme, whose combined interests will be consolidated into a new YeboYethu BEE structure that will own shares in Vodacom Group,” the company said in a news release.

In the approximately $ 1.3 billion agreement, BEE partners will exchange their current holdings in Vodacom South Africa for a shareholding of between 5.8% and 6.25% in Vodacom Group, the company said.

WHAT EXACTLY IS BEE?:

After its transition from Apartheid in 1994, South Africa’s African National Congress government decided to address the inequalities of Apartheid by redistributing assets and opportunities to South African blacks, Coloreds and Indian citizens, not available to them under White rule.

From South Africa’s own Treasury:

It is an integrated and coherent socio-economic process. It is located within the context of the country’s national transformation programme, namely the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme). It is aimed at redressing the imbalances of the past by seeking to substantially and equitably transfer and confer the ownership, management and control of South Africa’s financial and economic resources to the majority of the citizens. It seeks to ensure broader and meaningful participation in the economy by black people to achieve sustainable development and prosperity.”

In essence, BEE attempts to “create a degree of economic equality which would not itself be a natural market outcome” of the newly created political and socio-economic climate in the country. In plain English, the affirmative program is meant to level the playing field and spread the wealth to the historically oppressed people during Apartheid.  

VODACOM’S SHARE EXCHANGE:

Vodacom Group Limited, solely known as Vodacom, is a South African telecommunications company which provides voice, messaging and data services to over 55 million customers operating in over 40 African countries. The company is wholly owned by Vodafone Group plc, a British multinational telecommunications conglomerate.

In 2007, South Africa instituted the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment. The goal is to spread the wealth across a broad spectrum of disadvantaged South Africans, which is in contrast to the original BEE which was narrow-based and focused only on equity ownership and management representation. The new law ensured that black employees and citizens were able to purchase shares in privately held and public corporations.

The three investment groups named in the $ 1.3 billion share swap: Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), Thebe Investment Corporation (Thebe), YeboYethu (existing BEE partners) are all community, South African and black-controlled investment groups. Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), for example is a community investment company, entrusted with the unique responsibility of preserving and growing the financial capital of the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN), an ethnic homeland of the Bafokeng people. Although Thebe Investment Corporation’s ownership structure has changed over the years, the ANC still has a controlling stake in the empowerment group (investment firm) through Batho Batho Trust, founded in 1992 as an ANC investment company, ensuring that black wealth is passed down to generations of black South Africans.

The third investment group, YeboYethu Limited, a publicly traded company, was formed in 2008 as an employee stock ownership plan to buy and hold Vodacom SA shares for the benefit of its shareholders. When Vodacom formed the company in 2008, it issued 14.4 million YeboYethu ordinary shares at R25 each ($ 1.88 in 2018 USD) and as a result a public offer, more than 102,000 qualifying black investors bought a stake in Vodacom SA.

WHAT BLACK INVESTORS GET:

When October comes around, Vodacom will unwind the empowerment transaction it initiated in 2008 and there will be R3 billion ($ 226 million) dividends for participants to share. At R67.28 per share, that represents a return of 2.7 times on their original investment, Vodacom said. Also, investors will now have shares in Vodacom International group rather than Vodacom SA.

  • YeboYethu will remain listed on the BEE segment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
    5.8% – 6.25% deal that consolidates the BEE shareholding, through YeboYethu, at Vodacom Group level
  • Transaction delivers R7.5Bn of value to existing BEE shareholders, 6.7 times the original capital investment
  • R3.0bn special dividend to current BEE shareholders, representing 2.7 times their original equity contribution
  • Will increase Vodacom Group’s effective BEE ownership to 20%

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Little Known Black History Fact: Richard Allen

Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. Church, was a hero to many and a bust erected in his honor in 1876 is thought to be first of its kind created by and for African-Americans. The monument was unveiled in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park during the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, the first official “World’s Fair.”

Allen was born into slavery on February 14, 1760, and though details of his place of birth have been heavily debated, some saying Delaware is his birth state. After hearing a white Methodist preacher rail against slavery, Allen converted to Methodism at 17, and was later able to buy his freedom for $ 2,000 to relocate to Philadelphia.

In 1799, Allen became the first Black ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1816, with the help of other Black Methodist churches, founded the African Methodist Episcopal church. Bishop Allen was a vocal opponent of slavery who inspired enslaved and free Black people who shared his passion to see all people free.

The bust of Allen was on display at the exposition but later ended up in the hands of Wilberforce University in Ohio into where it sat, neglected and in storage. In 2010, Wilberforce loaned the bust out for a ceremony marking Allen’s 250th birthday at the First District A.M.E. headquarters.

 

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This is HANDS DOWN my favorite thing I’ve made so far this summer. I could face plant right into a bowl of this and die happy. It’s a perfect combo of flavor and texture and couldn’t be prettier — a perfect compliment to any grilled meat OR a meal in and of itself.

Grilling the corn first (vs. opening a can and dumping it in) takes a few extra minutes but is the difference between okay and freakin’ phenomenal so grill the corn, mmmkay? It also looks prettier.

This salad will keep in the fridge for a few hours because of the lime juice (avocados, I’m lookin’ at you) so go ahead and make it a little early. The flavor actually gets better after an hour or two when all the lemon, lime, garlic and salt have had time to cozy up with the corn, black beans and avocado.

Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salad

3-4 ears yellow corn
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 large avocados, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt

To make grilled corn:
Heat the grill to medium.

Pull the outer husks down the ear to the base. Strip away the silk from each ear of corn by hand. Fold husks back into place, and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.

Remove corn from water and shake off excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender when pierced with a paring knife. Remove the husks and use a knife to remove the kernels.

Assemble the salad:
Combine grilled corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Stir together to combine.

In separate small bowl, combine olive oil, lime & lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Stir with a
fork and pour over the salad. Stir together until combined. Let sit in fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

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NABJ Aims to Take Control of Black Male Images in Media

“No one is coming to save you,” said Access correspondent Scott Evans. There was some real candor during the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Images of Black Men in Media” panel this past weekend.

“No one is coming to show you, you,” Evans continued. “It’s your responsibility to show us, you. If you have an Instagram page, if you have a YouTube Channel, you can craft stories with our perspective and reach people who need to hear it. You don’t have to wait until you’re on Netflix, on NBC, in an Oscar-winning film or on a trailblazing news magazine format show to do it.”

NABJ’s nationwide Black Male Media Project, which aims to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society, hosted a diverse panel of entertainment and media personalities including, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan. The panel was moderated by NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill.

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“Images of Black Men in Media” Panel, NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Scott Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan (Image: Instagram)

 

“The great thing now is we are putting ourselves in positions to executive produce, star in and write and tell our own stories,” said comedian Lil’ Rel. “Before I did my show on Fox, I was on The Carmichael Show and I was impressed by the way Jerrod [Carmichael] really worked every level of it. He wasn’t just taking the credits, he was actually doing the work, same thing with Issa [Rae], same thing with Donald [Glover]. They inspire me. From this point on, there is no reason why I shouldn’t run my show. I should be able to tell my story and be able to sit in the writer’s room with the other writers and create these stories.”

This event was a part of a bigger conversation that took place at various chapters nationwide. The organization hosted multiple NABJ affiliate chapter conversations in several cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, simultaneously. The initiative is designed to inspire, support, and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in or aspiring to work in journalism and media.

“It’s important that we have a part in the crafting of the images we see of ourselves in media because of the way they influence us, the way they impact what we believe about ourselves and what others believe about us,” said Hill.

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Drake Can’t be Black in His Music but Mixed in the Real World [Opinion]

In a recent rap battle with fellow rapper Pusha T, Drake was exposed for wearing blackface in photos that he took in 2008. The Canadian-born rapper’s reasoning for these photos was that he was trying to shed light on the lack of opportunities that black actors faced when trying to get roles in movies and television. I understand his message and what he was trying to say, I just believe this wasn’t the right way to go about it.

Blackface, predominantly used during the 19th century, represented a time when black people were portrayed as the butlers, the maids, the drivers, and the servants. It also contributed to many racial stereotypes that still exist today, so it baffles me that Drake can take these pictures thinking it was a good idea. As I stated, I understand his interpretation/idea, but when you are a public figure (which he was at the time as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation) you have a responsibility to not be insensitive about how people perceive your actions and words.

Drake’s claim was that he was an advocate for black actors 10 years ago, but why hasn’t he been an advocate for black people in the last 10 years? Why have we never seen Drake at any rallies for issues affecting African Americans? Why has he never spoken on police brutality, racism, prison reform, etc.? Drake is arguably the biggest rapper that we have in the genre, which means he has one of the biggest platforms, and you mean to tell me he can’t even retweet topics concerning blacks? In a nutshell, Drake wants to be accepted by black culture and be able to say the n-word in his lyrics, but when it is time to speak for us he is silent. He is not above reproach just because he’s one of the biggest-selling artists of all time; we must hold him accountable for his actions or lack thereof.

Rappers like J.Cole, T.I., Jay-Z, and Nipsey Hussle, just to name a few, have all at one point been advocates for black social issues. They don’t think that just because they are millionaires they no longer have a responsibility to their culture and community. Why has Drake never used his voice in the past?

Drake has this clean-cut image that would be affected if he said anything controversial or made people nervous.  He has to protect his sponsorship from companies like Apple, Sprite and Adidas.  Drake can’t be black in his music but mixed in the real world. That is not how it works.

 

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Black Woman Amputee On Overcoming Adversity, and ‘Joy’ Versus ‘Happiness”

Donna Hopkins underwent surgery to remove fibroids but experienced a blood clot, and other surgical complications, which caused doctors to amputate her left leg. But despite the personal tragedy, the athlete and two-time breast cancer survivor found the courage to set goals from her hospital bed. Relying on her faith in God, family, friends and new found love for rowing, Hopkins turned her life-changing experience into a book about overcoming adversity, Getting to the Other Side of Victory. The autobiography is a story of hope and action to teach people how to hit the reset button, tap into their hidden strengths, and rebuild their lives after crisis and loss.

Today, the active competitor in track and field also runs Hopkins Breast Cancer Inc., an organization that financially helps people battling breast cancer in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and she works with prosthetic companies to help test new prosthetics for the amputation community. Hopkins spoke with Black Enterprise about her journey.

Let’s go back to that moment at the hospital when you learned doctors had to amputate your left leg.  What self-limiting beliefs, vulnerabilities, or insecurities did you have about your future?

When I was finally able to understand what happened, so many things were running through my head. I thought about what it would mean for me as an athlete to just work out. I thought about relationships, how people would see me, and mainly how men would look at me, and thinking what man would want me now with part of my left gone. I was anxious, worried, nervous in every aspect of my life, what this all meant looking forward. I thought about getting older with the amputation and concern arose, but through it all, even if I didn’t see the rainbow in my life as I looked to the future, God saw it for me.

When taking off my clothing, I saw my life’s battle scars, but the most revealing was the internal scars that weren’t showing on the surface. The first step was learning to love me all over again and accepting that person. I didn’t want other people treating me any differently, or looking at me any differently, yet I was doing just that. Despite what I looked like, I had to remember that I was still the same person, and a friend reminded me of it. He said that he wasn’t going to treat me any differently despite my amputation because I hadn’t changed behind all that had happened. Little did he know how much those words made me feel good; they did more than any natural medicine could do. It was healing to my spirit and soul.

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Photo: Donna Hopkins

How long did it take you to bring joy back into your life after the tragedy?

When I was in the hospital, I was already setting a goal on how to get back up on my feet and move forward. In my book Getting to the Other Side of Victory, I talk about happiness and joy and the differences between the two. Happiness comes and goes, you can be happy one minute and sad the next, but if you have joy it’s always there, it will leap up at the most needed moment. So, the joy was never taken from my life; it is the thing that kept me going with every tragedy.

Despite the fact that you’re an amputee, you used rowing to aid in your recovery—yet you don’t know how to swim. What mindset shifts helped you to work through your fears and embrace your new reality?

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Photo: Donna Hopkins

I was at a turning point in my life. I wasn’t going to allow people to put me in a box anymore and make me think or act like they thought I should after coming through 2010. The only opinion that mattered at this point was God’s.

It was also the competitive person in me. Despite not knowing how to swim, don’t tell me I can’t do something I will prove you wrong. Rowing was good because I didn’t have anything to measure it by. It became a source of therapy, treatment, and renewal to rebuilding. It took me to a place of victory in some areas that I needed.

I went back to what I knew, track and field, and I just missed out on making the Paralympic trials in the 100 by .33 seconds. However, it was a win for me still in so many ways. The amputation didn’t stop me. In fact, it allowed me to look at life and how we waste so many precious hours that we can never get back again by not just living life versus just existing.

I believe, no matter what happens to you, you can find something that inspires you to keep going. It is OK to cry about your circumstances, the devastation, destruction, and adversity, but don’t drown in your tears. Don’t allow them to be the anchor that keeps you from coming up again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outfit Formula: Summer Column of Black

Black is traditionally a heavy, Winter colour, but here are three ways to wear a column of black in Summer and still look Summery. First, showcase skin to break up the expanse of black clothing on the body. Second, choose non-black footwear and accessories. Third, choose lightweight, sheer and dainty fabrics. 

Here are some combinations to get you started. If black is not your thing, feel free to substitute it with ink blue, navy or charcoal grey.

1. Tunic, Crops & Metallic

A tunic is more of a concept, than a length. A long top that is worn over pants or jeans is a tunic. Tunic lengths vary from mid-thigh to well below the knee. Longer tunics like the one shown here look elegant and fresh to my eye. Tunics with diagonal hems create structure and are extra flattering. Wearing a dress as a tunic is very effective.

Combine a sleeveless or short-sleeved black tunic/dress with black cropped straights or flares. The skin comes through by sporting a sleeveless tunic and cropped pants. Finish off the look with metallic footwear, bag and jewellery.

Rachel Rachel Roy Sleeveless Cascade Tunic Dress

2. Black-Lite

Combine a black top with dark blue bottoms. Finish off the outfit with white footwear. Or swap things around with a dark blue top and black bottoms. Make sure the sleeves are short or sleeveless, and showcase some leg. I like the fashion-forward voluminous proportions shown here, although it’s not conventionally flattering.

COS Merino Top with Raised Neck

3. Casual Dress & Flats

This is the easiest of the lot. Choose a casual black frock, and some sort of jersey knit is a good way to go. Make sure you show skin on the arms and legs. Finish of the look with white flats like slides or mules and a bag to match. Feel free to throw in cognac or red footwear and bag instead of white.

JAMES PERSE Ruched Stretch-cotton Midi Jersey Dress

4. Shorts, Silk & Straw

Last, combine black shorts with a silky black top. Black harem pants are another way to go. Scrunch the sleeves to showcase skin if the sleeves are long. Finish off the vibe with tan footwear and bag, or a straw bag. Blush shoes and bag work well too.

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The black in my wardrobe is minimal, which is just the way I want it since I favour other neutrals and non-neutrals. That said, I enjoy a smattering of black in very specific wardrobe items. My versions of this outfit formula are threefold.

  1. I combine a casual black Summer dress with a micro polka dot with a red or white support act.
  2. I combine black cropped flares with an embroidered black silk dress that I sport as a tunic. I finish off the vibe with a white support act.
  3. I wear silk black harem pants with a cropped black lace top. Black lace is another effective way to break up the expanse of black.

Here are the exact items from my wardrobe. White pearls accompany every outfit.

Over to you. Do you like to wear black-on-black in warm and hot weather?

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Little Known Black History Fact: Sojourner Truth

On this day in 1843 at the age of 52, Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth and devoted the next 40 years of her life into liberating her people and spreading the gospel.

Born in New York State presumably around 1797 as Isabella Baumfree, she was bought and sold for much of her young life. In 1815, she met and fell in love with a slave from another farm, Robert, and had a daughter, Diana. The pair would never see each other again, and Baumfree was forced to marry another slave, Thomas. The pair eventually had three children.

New York was close to passing a law to abolish slavery in 1826 when Baumfree’s owner denied her the freedom he’d promised. She escaped with her daughter that year. Her five-year-old son, Peter, was illegally sold to a man in Alabama and Baumfree successfully sued to gain her son’s freedom, one of the first instances of such success.

Baumfree converted to Christianity and moved to New York City with her son in 1829. She did domestic work for a church and alleged cult leader, enduring hardships and accusations that she poisoned a popular rival church leader. Truth successfully sued the couple who brought the false claims. After losing her son a second time in 1842 when he took a job on a whaling ship, she began life as Sojourner Truth in 1843.

Embracing the ideals of Methodism and the abolition of slavery, Truth joined an abolitionist society and connected with great minds of the movement such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.  At the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, Truth delivered her famous “Ain’t I A Woman” speech which cemented her as a leader in the women’s rights movement.

Truth worked tirelessly into her old age to continue to help liberate free or escaped slaves while focusing on prison reform, women’s suffrage and other causes.

Sojourner Truth passed in 1833 at the age of 92.

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‘Black Ops 4’ vs ‘Battlefield V’: Co-Op, Campaigns, and Competitive

It’s shaping up to be an interesting year for FPS. There aren’t many shooters aiming for the “normal FPS” crowd right now, but this is the era of the battle royale, and the Battlefield V vs Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 battle will be framed around how they respond to the progression of FPS.

It seems these two franchises have switched places. Once upon a time, it was unheard of for a Battlefield game to have singleplayer component. Now it seems to have wrested that role away from Call of Duty, which won’t have a campaign at all in Black Op 4.

But while Battlefield games are DICE’s domain, development of Call of Duty is split between three studios. We’ve been told the decision to eschew singleplayer is limited to Treyarch and not a franchise-wide trend.

There’s a strong focus on your squad, or your “company” in Battlefield V. It’s a progression and customisation system that you’ll take into multiplayer, though every mode will add to it.


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There won't be a singleplayer campaign in Black Ops 4.

BFV vs BO4 — Co-Op and Campaigns

The Battlefield V developers see its singleplayer campaign as a necessary element to set the tone for the game.

Say what you want about its “new setting” being World War 2 – again – but the fact that we’ll be exploring African, Norwegian, and Dutch locales might benefit from some setting up in a campaign.

Battlefield V will continue the last instalment’s popular War Stories mode, highlighting lesser known tales of battlefield heroism in playable form.

On the campaign front, the Battlefield V vs Black Ops 4 battle is a default victory — Black Ops 4 having ceded that territory to Battlefield V.

But co-op is more complicated.


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Much of Battlefield V feeds back into your customisable company.

Treyarch has teased a somewhat co-op sounding mode in Black Ops 4 to get to know its “specialists.” These are characters taking the form of classes, much like the previous game, and much like Rainbow Six Siege before it. Some are better for team communication, some for fortifications, some for explosives, etc.

As we noted in our multiplayer hands-on, it’s unlikely this will be anything resembling a campaign. It could just be a way to learn the ins and outs of each specialist. But if they find a clever way to do it in co-op form, that can only be a plus. It could also just be objectives and pieces of story within multiplayer missions, as it has been said this aspect will live in the “multiplayer setting.”

Treyarch’s goal with this is to tell the story of each specialist, give players a “deeper connection” to them, and flesh out why they’re working together. It’ll also provide some bridges between the stories of Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3.


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We'll get pieces of playable story for each Black Ops 4 specialist.

Last but not least, zombies mode will also be returning in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Battlefield V will have a four-player co-operative mode called Combined Arms. From descriptions, it sounds like there will be an element of risk/reward to this — pushing your luck as far as it’ll go against randomly generated objectives before choosing to extract. The rewards will benefit your company and carry over into competitive multiplayer.

We’ll wait to hear more about Black Ops 4‘s mysterious co-op mode, but until then, this section of the Battlefield V vs Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 battle goes the way of Battlefield V.

BFV vs BO4 — Competitive Modes

Battlefield V is specifically targeting high action periods punctuated with lulls in its gameplay. A lower ammo count will make players more cautious — two or three kills and you’ll be out of bullets, though you can replenish some from enemy bodies. Fortifying capture points will replenish ammo as well.

We’ll see the return of Conquest mode, as well as a new multi-day event mode called Grand Operations.

This will be played over multiple days, modes, and maps. The developers have described a Rotterdam map which degrades as the city is bombed. What happens on one day will affect the scenario the next day.


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Firebreak is a Black Ops 4 specialist with lots of area denial.

Paratroopers might jump out of a plane in a fashion similar to a battle royale game, choosing which area to target. Once they’ve secured some territory, the next day might involve the usual Battlefield system of respawn tickets as you try to secure the foothold. Depending on how the scenario goes, you might be pushed into additional days in which both sides are tired. In these situations, there will be no respawns and only one magazine per player.

It very much sounds like existing modes will be strung together to make a narrative, using new maps that are separate but thematically connected.

Call of Duty usually likes to include something a bit different in its mix of modes. Last year’s WWII had Gridiron mode, a low-tech version of Uplink. It also had War Mode, and we don’t care how shamelessly it stole it from Battlefield. It was fun.

We’ve heard less about the different modes that’ll be in Black Ops 4, but it would be uncharacteristic of the franchise to have nothing new to offer. War Mode might be limited to WWII/Sledgehammer, but we sincerely hope not. We were also big fans of the Hammer Cam, and we hope Black Ops 4 continues this trend of make FPS esports more spectator-friendly.


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Tanks can now tow guns that would normally be stationary.

BFV vs BO4 — New Features

Both Battlefield V and Black Ops 4 have opted for static recoil patterns this year. This is the Counter-Strike philosophy of bullet spray, in which every time you hold the trigger, your bullets will deviate in the same shape. It effectively gives a higher skill ceiling to each weapon, allowing players to learn and specialise in specific patterns.

Battlefield V has brought some level reconstruction to go along with its destructive elements. Each player will have a building tool which can be used to make sandbags, repair structures, and build fortifications that replenish ammo and other things.


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Battlefield V will let you fire while on your back.

Towing AA guns will also be allowed, and the oft-quoted example is using a tank to tow an AA gun behind it. This may rid the tank of its weakness to air somewhat. It could perhaps even change the meta so controlling the air isn’t on a higher tier than controlling armour.

Both games have revamped healing. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now requires you to dedicate a few seconds to injecting yourself with magical FPS healing fluid — an eternity when waiting around a corner, also trying to reload. It has a cooldown of around 13 seconds. Battlefield V will let anyone heal a squadmate now, to a limited degree. Medics will heal much faster and for a much higher amount.

Standard Black Ops 4 play is brought to 5v5 now, which Treyarch felt gave its mix of specialists more emphasis. We also noted a few intriguing systems in our hands-on that’ll improve positional awareness. Muzzle flare (and its reflections) is noticeable now, and you’ll be able to determine the direction of bullets when you can’t see the shooter. Stealthy players should enjoy both features.

DLC and Extra Content

Another important point here is that Battlefield V has committed to not splitting its community. It won’t be selling map packs. All additions to the game will be free. Because everything EA does needs to be branded – even the absence of doing something – this new system is being called Tides of War.

There will, however, be three different release dates for Battlefield V depending on if you’ve preordered and if you’re subscribed to Origin Access.

Though we can’t be sure yet, it looks like Black Ops 4 might be following suit. After the big global reveal, there’s no mention of a Season Pass or Deluxe Edition. No pages for these items exist on retailer websites.

We won’t know for sure until Activision confirms it, but we’re daring to dream.


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Blackout mode will be a combination of popular Black Ops 4 maps

Black Ops 4‘s Royale Flush

Surprise, surprise, Call of Duty is throwing its helmet into the battle royale arena. Black Ops 4’s new Blackout mode is promised to be “more PUBG than Fortnite,” sporting a map 1000 times larger than Nuketown. The play space will be who’s who of popular Call of Duty maps rolled into one Frankenmap.

While Battlefield V has no battle royale mode in the game currently, it would be fairly easy to add one. The developers have even said as much recently. The franchise has always featured large maps, and it would be a good fit. Whether it’s announced before or after release, a new battle royale mode in Battlefield V would not be a shocking turn of events.

We’re still of the opinion that this is too close to call. In the Black Ops 4 vs Battlefield V battle, this round is currently going to Black Ops 4. But this story is still unfolding.

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Black Soldier Found Dead In Maryland’s Deadly Flash Flood After Helping Stranger

The body of a Black National Guardsman who disappeared during treacherous floods in Maryland on Sunday was found in the Patapsco River Tuesday afternoon, Howard County police confirmed to Baltimore’s WBAL.

Local emergency crews used swift water rescue, truck, and ATVs in their search for Eddison Hermond, 39, an Air Force veteran and active-duty member of the Maryland Army National Guard, on Monday. Hermond, wearing a White t-shirt and Black shorts, was pulled underneath the water after he helped rescue a woman and her cat during devastating flooding in Ellicott City on Sunday afternoon, The Baltimore Sun reported. “He stepped over the ledge to try to get to me, and he was washed away,” Kate Bowman, who was helped by Hermond, said.

But what led Hermond to Bowman before his tragic disappearance and death? Here is what else we know about Hermond:

Hermond, who was 6 feet tall with an athletic build, had been visiting a local bar with friends when his day took a turn for the worse, Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said. The historic downpour ravaged homes and streets, with the water tragically carrying Hermond away seconds after he helped Bowman. Witnesses last saw the soldier being carried by the current toward the Patapsco River, Bonnie Hoppa, Hermond’s friend wrote on Facebook.

One of the soldier’s friends filed a missing person report with Howard County Police Department after his disappearance.

A “Hope altar” was erected for Hermond, with friends being encouraged to gather around it on Tuesday. Hoppa’s Facebook post was updated after learning about Hermond’s body being recovered, saying that she was waiting for confirmation on his death from official sources after Hermond’s family and next-of-kin had been notified.

There were no other reported deaths from the flood, making Hermond the only fatality as of Tuesday.

 

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The Conservative War on Hip-Hop: White Scapegoating and Black Respectability

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There has always been an uneasy, often-exploitative relationship between black creativity and white consumption. That conflict is most obviously crystallized in contemporary culture via hip-hop, an art form born of the triumph and tragedy of black experience and expression. So often, when black art presents black humanity unashamedly—that is, flaws and all—that presentation is used to justify the dehumanizing of black folks. Rappers say bad words and rap about bad things, so it justifies black people being viewed badly—that’s the general argument for most who blame rappers for racism.

And that argument has sadly been prominent among the more elitist corners of black culture. “Pull your pants up and the cops won’t shoot you.” But that position has always been inherently racist, and it’s long past time for the upwardly mobile black folks to stop co-signing the racism.

White pundits have made hip-hop the “problem” with black culture for years, and they’ve had lots of help. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, for what seems like the 100th time, recently reiterated his disdain for hip-hop. The crotchety Pulitzer Prize winner has been railing against the rappity rap music for years, and in a recent appearance on The Washington Post’s podcast Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart, he talked about hip-hop, the recent removal of Confederate monuments and what he feels is damaging to race relations in America.

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The Conservative War on Hip-Hop: White Scapegoating and Black Respectability

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There has always been an uneasy, often-exploitative relationship between black creativity and white consumption. That conflict is most obviously crystallized in contemporary culture via hip-hop, an art form born of the triumph and tragedy of black experience and expression. So often, when black art presents black humanity unashamedly—that is, flaws and all—that presentation is used to justify the dehumanizing of black folks. Rappers say bad words and rap about bad things, so it justifies black people being viewed badly—that’s the general argument for most who blame rappers for racism.

And that argument has sadly been prominent among the more elitist corners of black culture. “Pull your pants up and the cops won’t shoot you.” But that position has always been inherently racist, and it’s long past time for the upwardly mobile black folks to stop co-signing the racism.

White pundits have made hip-hop the “problem” with black culture for years, and they’ve had lots of help. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, for what seems like the 100th time, recently reiterated his disdain for hip-hop. The crotchety Pulitzer Prize winner has been railing against the rappity rap music for years, and in a recent appearance on The Washington Post’s podcast Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart, he talked about hip-hop, the recent removal of Confederate monuments and what he feels is damaging to race relations in America.

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Nurse Alice: Study Shows Black Doctors Have More Positive Attitudes Toward Patients

In a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study it was found that black doctors generally had more positive attitudes toward the patient. Additionally, the study affirms what some other studies have already shown, specifically that black doctors and African American clinicians have more positive attitudes toward patients with sickle cell disease, an illness only found among African Americans.

The study’s results demonstrate that healthcare workforce diversity and more culturally sensitive training is needed in the healthcare industry. Just like social injustice, ignorance and inequalities that have taken center stage publicly around other issues, unfortunately parallel issues exist in healthcare and are reflected in how patients are medically treated.

Another recommendation that results from reviewing this study: physicians who use stigmatizing language in their patients’ medical records may affect the care those patients get for years to come. The study found that physicians-in-training who read charts with stigmatizing patient chart notes were significantly more likely to have a negative attitude toward the patient than those who read charts containing more neutral language.

How You Can Protect Yourself as a Patient 

Everyone should review their medical record and know what is being documented about them. These findings are not new and will continue until those doing it are held responsible. And, unless something went wrong, there aren’t medical record police that are reviewing charts for stigmatizing language. But as consumers of health, you can check your healthcare provider.

In addition, the clinical information in medical records should never be of surprise to patients but unfortunately this happens at times. Cases have come up in which patients have been blindsided. One example is of a person who was complaining of chest pain and came to the hospital for a heart attack work-up. The patient was told by a doctor he didn’t have a heart attack, however, in the medical documentation it listed subendocardial infarction as a patient problem, which is medical lingo for heart attack.

Be aware that in some cases, it’s not always done in malice. As many doctors are overworked, overwhelmed with many patients, and underpaid for all their responsibilities, they tend to focus on the top problem that brought you in. Sometimes, something else that may be of a brewing or future concern but isn’t currently causing you issues can be overlooked. So, Ask! Ask! Ask! The doctor and healthcare team work for you. You have every right to know about potential issues and to fully understand what’s being documented in your medical record.

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Tony Awards 2018: The Best Black Actress You Never Heard Of Is Up for a Tony

Seconds after this year’s Tony Award nominations were announced, director Kenny Leon’s phone started blowing up. Lauren Ridloff, the star of Broadway’s revival of Children of a Lesser God, was officially in the race for Best Lead Actress in a Play.

While the announcement may have come as a surprise to some—including Ridloff herself—it only validated what the play’s Tony Award-winning director knew all along.

“I am over the moon excited about it,” Leon said in a phone interview the next day, recalling that the texts flew between them for an hour and a half. “She was surprised! I wasn’t surprised, because she gave one of the most vivid and unforgettable performances on Broadway I’ve ever seen.”

The backstory of Ridloff’s road to the most coveted nomination a stage actor can get is great fodder for its own fairytale script with Leon, who won a Tony for directing the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun, playing a leading role.

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Begin with the fact that Ridloff is 40 years old, deaf since birth and, when Leon discovered her, she wasn’t an actress at all. She was an at-home mom and former kindergarten teacher whom he hired to tutor him in American Sign Language (ASL). As Leon mulled the idea of reviving the 1979 play about a deaf woman who refused to read lips or speak, he was soon intent on hiring Ridloff in a broader role, as a consultant if the play launched. She would be able to keep the story true to the deaf experience. Ultimately, he asked her to star in the show.

Ridloff was game from the start. Although she has rarely even seen a play (stage productions rarely accommodate the needs of deaf people), she identified with the the script’s main character, Sarah Norman.

Like Sarah, Ridloff decided at age 13 that she would not speak. Through an interpreter, Ridloff told The Interval, a theater website, that it was an act of self-preservation.

Small, bookish, biracial, and mainstreamed in a school where almost everyone else could hear, “I felt there was enough oddness about me,” she recalled. “I didn’t want to face any bullying. I didn’t want to face strange gazes from other people. I didn’t want to be judged based on my voice because that was not a reflection of my intelligence or my personality or who I was.”

It is a testament to Leon’s vision and courage that he cast Ridloff, a woman of color, in a role that had previously only been played by white women (remember Marlee Matlin in the 1986 film?). “I thought it was a given that Sarah was a white deaf woman,” Ridloff told Variety magazine. “So, it was a big surprise to find out that Sarah is now a woman of color, and I’m so proud to present that new Sarah to the world.”

It is a testament to Ridloff’s talent and courage that she agreed to take it on, all the way to the big lights (and brutal critics) of Broadway. The risks have paid off.

“She keeps saying I opened the door, but it’s not about me,” says Leon, arguably one of today’s most sought after and respected directors. “She is a fierce, courageous woman who wants to change what people think about deaf people. She is a gifted artist who wants to be a part of changing the world. With this performance, she’s already doing that.” The Tony Awards will air June 10 on CBS.

Full disclosure: I saw this play on opening night, and could not take my eyes off of Ridloff—not only because she signs throughout the entire play, but because she is one of the most expressive people I’ve ever seen. Physically small, she has massive presence as she literally embodies her role, communicating with her eyes, her face, her posture and entire being in a way that rings clear and true.

In an age when much is made of the need for women to raise their voices and speak their truths, in opting to withhold her spoken voice as a teenager, Ridloff found her true one, and in Children of a Lesser God , everyone hears her, loud and clear.

 

 

 

 

 

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Minnesota Student Beats Black Teacher But Walks Free

A Minnesota student who viciously beat a Black teacher was released without bail Thursday after a court hearing.

Corey David Burfield, 18, of St. Paul, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in the violent beating of school aide Mohammed Dukuly on Tuesday (May 22) at Harrison Education Center, an alternative high school in Minneapolis.

District Judge William Koch determined that Burfield, who is white, was not a flight risk during the student’s appearance in Hennepin County District Court. Burfield was allowed to walk, only having to submit to electronic home monitoring and keeping away from Dukuly. The student also is required to meet with a mental health professional, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Burfield’s case mirrors that of several white males who get slaps on the wrist for violent crimes because they are seen as “lone wolves” or mentally unstable individuals. Verdicts such as Koch’s are often offered as examples of White males using privilege to get leniency.

Though Dukuly made a miraculous recovery, the fact stands that he was still brutally assaulted. The decision to release Burfield without bail didn’t sit well with the teacher’s family.

“Quite frankly, we are disappointed,” Imam Mohammed Dukuly, the victim’s uncle, said. “For a serious case like this, I think he should’ve been on bail.”

The scary incident involving Burfield and Dukuly also sheds light on a turbulent and disturbing history of assault at Harrison. Several violent events between students and administrators have occurred as community members have complained that special needs children’s issues have gone unaddressed, the Star Tribune said.

Dukuly’s assault may also further conversations about special education, with stronger efforts for improvement across the nation.

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Five Prominent But Lesser-Known Black Dignitaries At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and now, Meghan Markle, Dutchess of Sussex, had the world’s attention over the weekend. For about 15 minutes, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry’s impassioned speech on love captivated hearts, too. Even more talked about were some of the black celebrities in attendance, such as Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, and Serena Williams.

Also in attendance were some high-ranking black notables who work in different sectors of British and American societies:  

Rose Hudson-Wilkin

For years, Hudson-Wilkin had been tipped to be in the first cohort of women to become bishops in the Church of England. Since 2014, the 64-year-old priest has been Priest-in-Charge of St Mary-at-Hill, City of London. She also holds the roles of Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey, and the first black female chaplain to the queen. She was previously vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Dalston and All Saints Church in Haggerston.


Colleen Harris

Harris held a senior communications position in the Prime Minister’s Office before being appointed Press Secretary to the Prince of Wales. She handled the media for the prince during some of the most turbulent years, and also media-managed the emergence of Princes William and Harry into the public eye. Her career has included senior posts in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office, as well as in non-departmental public bodies. She has worked in Britain and abroad as a consultant with private companies, non-profit organizations and U.N agencies, including the World Health Organization.

Bishop Michael Curry

Michael Curry made history in 2015 after his installation as the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop over its 1.8 million members—becoming the denomination’s first African American spiritual leader. Having been on the job for less than a year, Curry took a public stance supporting gay marriage, a move that earned the Episcopal Church a three-year sanction by the Anglican Communion. Anglican leaders then stripped the Episcopal Church of any role in deciding doctrine or determining how the Anglican Communion operates for three years. Curry was born in 1953 in Chicago to Dorothy Curry and Rev. Kenneth Curry, who was a Baptist before becoming an Episcopalian priest. He said his father became part of the church after he and his mother had been allowed to drink from the same chalice being passed among white parishioners in racially segregated Ohio. Bishop Curry became the talk of social media with his heartfelt sermon at the royal wedding. 



Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Along with an orchestra made up of instrumentalists from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sheku Kanneh-Mason played three songs during the couple’s Signing of the Register. At just 19, Kanneh-Mason is the first black cellist or musician to ever win BBC’s Young Musician of the Year award in its 38-year history. He reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, and he was a member of the Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe that is made up of mainly musicians of color. His sister Isata, and brother Braimah are also members.  


Tessy Ojo 

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Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Diana Awards, the only charity that bears the name of the late Princess Diana of Wales. Established in 1999 to recognize young people for extraordinary work in their local communities, the charity benefits from the support of The Royal Highness, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the UK Prime Minister. Ojo is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institute of Directors. She was awarded The Precious Award, Inspiring Leader in 2015, Women in Business Rising Star, and Excellence Award from Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation. Prior to joining the Diana Award, Ojo worked in the corporate sector for over 10 years and helped implement the operational planning systems for IBM UK and Borders UK. Along with her role at Diana Awards, Ojo is on the boards of two charities and sits on the governing board of a chain of academies in London.

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The Broke Black Girl: How a Facebook Group Became A Financial Movement for African American Women

Dasha Kennedy was a wife and mother with a corporate job in her 20s but she was still broke. Broken not just financially, but emotionally.

After a short marriage, Kennedy and her husband divorced in 2015 over irreconcilable differences—mostly financial—and she began raising her two sons as a single mother. At the time, she was struggling to provide for herself and her family, living paycheck to paycheck, and depended on bonuses from her job to sustain them. Kennedy reached a turning point, however, when she broke her foot and realized how unprepared she was for a financial emergency.

Determined to make a change, she learned how to balance her finances and began documenting her journey toward economic freedom on social media. That led her to create a Facebook group in November 2017 called The Broke Black Girl where she shared tools and resources for fiscal success with other black women. The group ballooned into an active platform where African American women around the country would share their own financial trials, tribulations, and tips. Members also encourage one another and hold each other accountable. Within six months, the group had 30,000 members. Today, Kennedy says The Broke Black Girl boasts around 40,000 members from over 32 states and 68 countries and has generated over $ 10,000 in revenue.

“What was birthed from hardship evolved into the key to financial freedom for black women everywhere. A brand built on faith and social responsibility, The Broke Black Girl aims to equip every black girl, young and old, with the means necessary to live their best life, mentally, physically, and financially,” writes Kennedy on the Facebook page.

In addition to being the force behind the growing Facebook group, Kennedy works full time as an accountant for an insurance company and as a default counselor, assisting clients that have defaulted on their loans due to financial hardships. In an interview with Black Enterprise, the St. Louis native opened up about the mission of The Broke Black Girl, how she monetized the group, and the impact that it is having on black women.

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Dasha Kennedy, founder of The Broke Black Girl

BE: What is the mission of The Broke Black Girl?

The mission of the group is to provide financial literacy and basic money management skills to African American women across the world all while building positive friendships with each other. The group provides a safe and supportive space for women to openly discuss their financial hardships and seek free assistance from the professionals in the group, such as myself, with credit restoration, budgeting, money management, and wealth building.

 

BE: What tips would you share with other black women about maintaining financial stability?

As black women, we face a stigma regarding our overwhelming “need” to be beautiful by another’s standards. We have to understand that the world’s definition of beauty does NOT define us. The group lives by the motto “priorities over prettiness.” What is the point of expensive acrylic nails, hair extensions, new clothes, and shoes when you are struggling to meet your basic necessities?

We have to take control of our finances by becoming conscious of our spending habits, setting a monthly household budget, and cutting back on expenses that ultimately leave us financially strapped. How can we enjoy a life of luxury when we’re struggling to pay our bills due to the expense of that luxury? The fight starts when we admit that we have made poor financial choices, decide that enough is enough and take control of our finances.

 

BE: What have you learned from managing the group? 

Watching the group grow from one member to more than 41,000 members, I have learned that we can do so much more together financially than we could ever do alone. I have witnessed women take the initiative to create budgets, update résumés, [and] donate clothes and furniture to women that have experienced fires and floods. Being in a group with so many powerful and educated women has [also] allowed me to witness black women in a light that has been dimmed for so many years.

I’ve also learned a lot about building and managing a community. We’ve established rules so that members know what is and isn’t allowed, and to ensure that conversations remain respectful. To keep members engaged, the group has a topic schedule that we stick to and the structure of the group allows continuous learning. I also use membership questions to make sure that the most relevant people who request to join the group are allowed to join so that the group remains a safe and supportive place.

I have witnessed the love between black women and their ability to educate and provide other women with a lifelong skill: money management. The group has taught me that we are all on different financial walks but we are equally capable and responsible for helping each other along the way.

 

BE: Have you monetized the group? How?

Yes, I have monetized the group and at this current time, I have earned a least $ 11,000. The largest part of the revenue comes from events such as meet and greets, speaking engagements, mass budget classes, and merchandise. The first event, [which] was held in February 2018, was a Pancake, Pajamas and Priorities-themed vision board party for 100 girls from the group.

Since then, I have worked with girls from the group one-on-one for a fee. Using my background in finances to prepare personal and business budgets, I have sold merchandise with the name of the group as well as received payments through paid partnerships. I partner with other women that offer a financial service that I do not in an attempt to create a team effort in wealth building.

By this summer, Kennedy says she hopes to become a full-time entrepreneur.

 

-Editor’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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Trump Grants a Posthumous Pardon to Jack Johnson, Boxing’s First Black Heavyweight Champ

President Donald Trump granted a rare and historic posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson on Thursday, clearing the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of a racially-motivated conviction.

“Today I’ve issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumously, to John Arthur ‘Jack’ Johnson,” said Trump during an Oval Office ceremony, reports CNN. “The first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, a truly great fighter. Had a tough life.”

Trump described the charges against Johnson, who was arrested in 1912 for traveling with his white girlfriend, as unjust. “Jack Johnson was not treated fairly, and we have corrected that, and I’m very honored to have done it,” said the president.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony included Johnson’s great-great niece Linda Bell Haywood, current heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and actor Sylvester Stallone, who nudged Trump to grant the pardon last month. Johnson’s pardon marks the third posthumous pardon granted in U.S. history.


Who Was Jack Johnson?

Johnson was born in 1878 to former slaves in Galveston, Texas. He began amateur boxing as a teenager before making his professional debut in 1898. Ten years later he was crowned as the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion after defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia, in 1908. He held the title until 1915.

In 1910, he faced off against boxer Jim Jeffries, who white fans referred to as the “great white hope” in anticipation that he would take Johnson’s heavyweight crown. Johnson, however, won the match dubbed the “fight of the century,” triggering riots from angry white mobs that sabotaged African American communities around the country. Twenty people were killed. Most of the victims were black, including one who was tied to a lamppost.

“This was white-on-black race riots in every corner of the United States, where groups of whites unhappy that Jeffries had lost went into black neighborhoods to kill African-Americans simply because of the color of their skin, simply because Jack Johnson was unforgivably black,” documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told CNN.

Johnson’s multiple relationships with white women also sparked controversy and even led to his arrest in 1912. After crossing state lines with his white girlfriend, he was charged with violating the Mann Act, a law that banned human trafficking and the transportation of women and girls for an “immoral purpose.” He was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury, but Johnson fled the U.S. and spent years in exile fighting overseas. In 1920, Johnson turned himself over to U.S. authorities and served 10 months in prison. He died in a car crash in 1946 at the age of 68.

Johnson is not the only black person deserving of a presidential pardon post-mortem. Social justice advocates have called for a pardon for Marcus Garvey, the legendary leader of the black nationalist movement who was convicted in 1923 on what his family called “politically motivated and bogus” charges of mail fraud. In addition, California lawmakers have called for the exoneration of 50 black sailors convicted of mutiny during World War II for refusing to load ammunition following two deadly explosions at the Port Chicago naval munitions base in 1944.

 

 

 

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The goals of the courageous “Freedom Riders,” a collective of Black and white civil rights activists who rode buses into the deep South to protest segregation on bus lines, faced major odds in the early ’60’s. On this day in 1961, 27 riders were arrested amid a warning from then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to consider another option.

The group of riders made their way from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi with measurable support despite efforts by law enforcement to break their ranks. The riders were arrested at the Jackson bus station and detained at Parchman, an infamous maximum-security prison in the city. According to reports, the judge in the matter famously turned his head as the riders offered their defense. Ultimately, the NAACP appealed the convictions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and had them all overturned.

Kennedy’s statement carried a sense of foreboding as protesters and counter-protesters alike gathered between Alabama and Mississippi. He noted that racial tensions were high and all of the media fervor about the protests would also attract unwanted attention from bystanders not partial to either cause. In his statement, Kennedy wrote “a mob asks no questions” in reference to the potential for violence that did occur.

Despite the best efforts of whites who resisted the Freedom Riders movement, the Interstate Commerce Commission, with broad support from the administration of President John F. Kennedy, prohibited the segregation of interstate transit terminals in the fall of that year.

 

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Liam Neeson is taking a break from his usual set of thrillers to join another sci-fi franchise. The actor, best known for his roles in the Star Wars, Dark Knight and Taken series, as well as his Oscar-nominated performance in Schindler's List, is in talks to join the Men In Black spin-off/reboot, possibly titled MIB, which is coming to theaters next year.

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As Democrats finalize their primary election picks on who will do battle against Republican candidates in November, friction between local and national political black leaders may jeopardize what was supposed to be a unified front in the fight for seats congressional seats come November. On Saturday, inside the brick-lined walls of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, Georgia’s Democratic Rep. John Lewis showed up to campaign for Rep. Michael E. Capuano, a white liberal Democrat, who is being challenged by Ayanna Pressley, a black progressive.

Pressley was the first woman of color to be elected to Boston’s City Council in its 108-year history. In fact, all members of the Congressional Caucus’ Political Action Committee endorsed Capuano over Pressley, according to The New York Times.

“People who have been around for awhile, they know their way around,” Lewis said. “They know where all the bodies are buried and they know how to get things done.”

Lewis’ case for Capuano: His experience, and seniority—which he said will be needed for Democrats’ fight against President Donald Trump, rather than the youthful energy of Pressley’s grassroots campaign. “It’s important to keep a leader, a fighter, and warrior like Mike Capuano around,” he said.

The Seventh Congressional District that is up for grabs stretches from Boston’s Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods to the communities of Cambridge and Somerville across the Charles River. It is the state’s only district where the majority of residents are not white and Mr. Capuano, who is white, has never faced a serious primary challenger in his 10-term tenure in Congress.

According to the New York Times, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), chairman of CBC’s political action committee said, “the group endorsed Mr. Capuano largely because of his longtime personal relationships with its members and his senior position on the House Financial Services Committee.” While he supports diversity in the House, Meeks said new candidates “should focus on unseating Republicans—not on defeating “a Democrat who has worked hard in the caucus.”

Local black politicians in Boston said they would have preferred the CBC follow Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey’s lead in staying neutral in the local race. Marie St. Fleur, a former state representative questioned the black caucus’s understanding of local issues. Bennie Wiley, a powerful civic leader in Massachusetts and supporter of Pressley said she was “disappointed, but not surprised.” Even Ministers at the Twelfth Baptist Church expressed concerns.

“For me, I kind of recoil and I know many leaders recoil at the idea that we’re supposed to sit back and wait our turn because someone else has voted within our interests,” Rev. Jeffrey Brown, an associate pastor who decided to skip the town hall, said.

Michael Capuano’s track record:

  • Introduced the most bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Capuano has introduced 22 bills and resolutions—the most bills compared to other legislators.
  • Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Capuano’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.
  • Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Capuano’s bills and resolutions had 88 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote
  • Got his bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capuano introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.
  • Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years: Capuano missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017
  • Ranked 95th most liberal compared to All Representatives
  • Powerful Cosponsors: 1 of Capuano’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.
  • Committee Positions: Capuano held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session.
  • Joining Bipartisan Bills: Capuano cosponsored 249 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals.
  • Government Transparency: GovTrack looked at whether Capuano supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Capuano 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.
  • Laws Enacted: Capuano introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.
  • Writing Bipartisan Bills: Capuano tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Capuano’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

 

All data is gathered from GovTrack.us, a website that tracks the United States Congress.

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The Black Tux Play at Nordstrom Sets Up Showroom Concept for Growth

The Black Tux chief executive officer and cofounder Andrew Blackmon is busy to say the least. The men’s brand is set to have 15 showroom concepts open total at Nordstrom by June following March’s raise of a $ 30 million series C.
The growth will bring the business, which began as a digital direct-to-consumer brand aimed at the new generation of grooms and groomsmen, to markets such as Austin, Baltimore and Philadelphia after the business’ most recent additions in Southern California in Nordstrom’s Glendale and Topanga stores.
“It’s going very well,” said Blackmon, who started the business in 2013 with Patrick Coyne, of the Nordstrom partnership. “We have strong conversion rates. Our goals are really to drive awareness. So people who aren’t comfortable renting online, giving them an option to do [purchasing] in-store and then also provide a point of differentiation where customers can have a really good experience.”
The showrooms are often overbooked on appointments, the ceo added.
All of this is being aided with the company’s recently raised capital, which helped to expand The Black Tux’s logistics capacity via the opening of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and dry-cleaning facility in Pennsylvania. The existing facility in Gardena, Calif., will continue to serve the company’s West

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Group Chats Won’t Be The Same After This Emoji App For Black Women Launches

 

Napturalista Moji is the “first and only 3D Emoji App that celebrates the melanin-rich skin tones and Afro-textured, natural hairstyles of Black Women.” With hopes of launching in the next few months, a Kickstarter campaign is launching tomorrow (May …

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Jellifin is a commission-free options trading platform that recently went to market and is already gaining traction. The company believes that investing should be straightforward without all the unnecessary steps, allowing users the opportunity to invest in stocks, ETFs, and options.

The upside, as compared to traditional platforms, is that the company will allow investors to diversify their portfolio without having to pay commissions or fees for each trade. The reason they can do this is that they have partnered with Third Party Trade L.L.C., a brokerage API service provider, and maintaining a low-cost overhead.

“Investing in the stock market is already complicated and pricey. Therefore, investors should have all the available tools and resources at their disposal to make an informed decision,” said Andre Norman, founder & CEO at Jellifin. “Simply offering low-cost trading with stripped away features is not the way to go. But at the same time offering an overly complicated service loaded with expensive fees adds to the core problem investors are currently facing.”

Jellifin’s wants to allow investors a suite of tools in a more user-friendly format allowing them to feel comfortable utilizing different investing strategies on the Jellifin platform. Some of the features include 1-Click Buy or Sell orders, triggers to fully automate the buying and selling of stocks and options using traditional coding IF/THEN statements, and making sure that the pricing is clear and concise, removing the guesswork while trading.

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According to a statement from the company, ETF assets globally reached the $ 4.6 trillion mark for the first time last year. With a steady inflow of money into the industry and intensifying competition between ETF providers, ETFs will continue to act as an attractive investment option for investors.

The hope is that with Jellifin’s user-friendly interface and new stocks and ETFs trading features, they will lower the barriers to entry for investors making it so your everyday person can get involved.

 

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Black Congressional Caucus Reveals ‘Marshall Plan for Black America’ Amid Racial Strife

Being deemed the “Marshall Plan for Black America,” the 1,334-page Jobs and Justice Act, introduced by the Congressional Black Caucus last Thursday, addresses a wide range of issues—from massive investments in infrastructure and workforce development training to promotion of economic empowerment, to comprehensive reform of the nation’s criminal justice system.

The legislation is a compilation of sorts of free-standing bills proposed by the 48-member caucus, and although it is highly unlikely to be passed in a Republican-controlled Congress, they told USA Today that they wanted to “lay out a blueprint of their priorities” for now in the hopes that Democrats win the majority in November.


DETAILS OF THE BILL:

The omnibus legislation is two-pronged: jobs and justice. Division A—the jobs division of the bill includes several provisions to advance economic opportunity in underserved communities including infrastructure investment, workforce development, and poverty alleviation measures. It also includes support for small businesses and economic development, housing and asset building provision, as well as investments in education.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While Dr. King is well known for his efforts to champion social justice issues, he and many other civil rights activists of the day fought for economic justice as well. In addition to voting rights and equal protections under the law, every man, woman, and child deserves equal access to economic opportunities. Sadly, Dr. King’s Dream was never fully realized. Major social justice advancements in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were followed by massive disinvestment in Black communities and a war on drugs that led to the mass incarceration of Black men and women — Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The bill’s Division B includes comprehensive criminal justice reform, from policing reform, marijuana decriminalization, sentencing reform, prison reform, and provisions to remove  the collateral consequences that make it difficult for the formerly incarcerated “to become productive members of society.” It also includes measures to protect access to the ballot.

Additionally, African Americans continue to seek equal protections under the law. In the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, Black voters have been targeted by voter suppression efforts with “almost surgical precision.” Moreover, Black families have been devastated by America’s scourge of mass incarceration. African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of Whites. In addition, although African Americans make up 13 percent of the national population, they make up 40 percent of the prison population. The criminal justice system traps low-income and minority families in a cycle of devastation, from broken bonds between police and the communities they serve, to overwhelming obstacles for those who have paid their debts to society — Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02).

“A lot of folks talk the talk when it comes to African American communities, but few walk the walk,” said Richmond. “This bill will give them the chance to walk that walk.”

The bill is a take on the original Marshall Plan—an aid package the United States provided to Western Europe after those countries’ economies were devastated by World War II. The plan was named after George C, Marshall, the Secretary of State at the time.

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Single Black Women Weren’t Allowed Into This Liberian Restaurant Until This Happened

Single black women unaccompanied by a male companion in Liberia had slim chances of getting into SAJJ restuarant, a Lebanese-owned and run entertainment spot—that is until the Liberian government stepped in. Late last week, after multitudes of complaints, the government immediately closed the restaurant’s doors—and fined the owners $ 3,000 for racial discrimination.

In a release posted on its Facebook on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) announced that it had restored the restaurant’s license “following the entity’s compliance with the punitive measures the ministry instituted.”





YEARS OF OF DISCRIMINATION:

For almost a decade, SAJJ was said to have implemented a discriminatory policy, which prohibited single black women from entering the entertainment spot without a male companion, but that it was not applied to non-black women.

Protests began in front of the restaurant last Friday after three women were denied entry because they were black and unaccompanied by a male. According to the Bush Chicken, the restaurant has had the policy in place for almost a decade.

MICAT, which is the regulatory body for tourism in the country, said it investigated the claims of the women protesters and found them substantiated. “The ministry’s investigation revealed that SAJJ did carry out such policy, which is discriminatory and against the law.”

As a result, MICAT suspended SAJJ’s tourism license until a set of actions were met, including paying a fine of U.S.$ 3000 into the government’s revenue, issuing a public apology to Liberian women, and instituting a corporate social responsibility project not less than U.S.$ 2500 to identify and support a local NGO that works with disadvantaged young women.

Denying single black women from entering and allowing single white women entrance, is not fair. You cannot be operating a business in my country with that kind of policy, so this is why I have come to shut down this business. I do not know when it will be opened,” said Princess Turkulon, assistant minister for MICAT.

Turkulon said SAJJ’s policy of denying unaccompanied single black women by their male counterparts was “spoiling the government’s name. You cannot own a business and discriminate against the women of Liberia.”

Ms. Facia Harris, a prominent female journalist, said:

I have the right to go out for a drink without being accompanied by a male because I have my own money. You cannot tell me not to enter an entertainment spot because I am a single black woman, but single white women are free to walk in unaccompanied. This has been going on for too long, and we have reached the breaking point, enough is enough. You cannot stop me from entering your entertainment area because I am not escorted by a man. Should I hijack a male to bring me to eat when I have my own money? You either change your policy or shut your business down.”

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Gems from Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Dapper Dan, and Other Black Leaders [VIDEO]

It was a night of celebration, inspiration, and black excellence at the New York Urban League’s annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner on Tuesday. This year, dozens of influencers, leaders, and luminaries applauded the astounding achievements of three esteemed African American trailblazers: Google executive Valeisha Butterfield Jones, fashion innovator Dapper Dan, and Next Management President Kyle Hagler. In addition, the ceremony serves as a fundraiser to support the organization’s mission to foster equality and change through scholarships, programs, and initiatives.

New York Urban League President Arva Rice said each honoree was chosen for paving a pathway of access and mobility for other people of color within their respective industries. “Looking at the influence that Dapper Dan has had, not only on his culture but fashion as a whole is so moving. Drawing inspiration from his resilience to pursue his dream and his recent resurgence we felt the history of this living legend had to be told,” said Rice in a statement. She added, “Kyle and Valeisha are amazing representations of how we as a people have evolved to break barriers and to achieve our highest capabilities.”

During their acceptance speeches, each honoree shared inspirational gems about their work and impact on society. Here are a few nuggets.

Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Kyle Hagler, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Arva Rice, and Dapper Dan at the NYUL’s 53rd Frederick Douglass Dinner (Twitter/ArvaRice)

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

As Google’s Global Head of Women and Black Community and Engagement, Butterfield-Jones advocates on behalf of minorities at the tech giant as well for diversity and inclusion in the industry at large. While accepting the Ann S. Kheel Award, she stressed the need to strive for progress when it comes to black women not only in the tech sphere but also in politics and entrepreneurship. Here are the stats she shared:

  • Black women generate over $ 1 trillion in this country every year, but “we’re still locked out of career opportunities for the companies that we helped build.”
  • Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., “yet we still don’t have access to capital to scale and grow our businesses.”
  • Black women are the most educated demographic in the U.S., yet they “still make 63 cents to the dollar of every white man.”
  • Black women have the highest voter turnout of any group in the U.S., “but yet, our priorities are not part of any administrations agenda.”


Dapper Dan

Dapper Dan was honored with the Icon Award for the mark that he has made on fashion. During his acceptance speech, he talked about the struggle he’s faced as a black man in fashion earlier on in his career. “When I tried to do something positive in my community, and I tried to open up a store, I couldn’t get businesses to sell to me because I was black.”

Rather than doing business with the influencer, high profile brands have been accused of appropriating Dan’s style. Gucci, for instance, featured a fur bomber jacket with puffy sleeves in its Resort 2018 collection last year that looked almost identical to a Louis Vuitton monogrammed jacket Dan created in the ’80s. After outraged social media users called Gucci out for stealing the style without giving Dan proper recognition, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele called the jacket “an homage” to Dan. Gucci also made amends by recently partnering with Dan to open a new store in Harlem, N.Y. and providing him with funding and support.


Kyle Hager

Hager, who was honored with the Frederick Douglass Medallion for Leadership and Service for his role in pushing for representation and guiding young people of color in the pursuits of their modeling dreams, paid tribute to Frederick Douglass, himself, and black women, who taught him that “self-actiulization and perseverance [is] the only path to true success.”


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27 Top Black YouTube Stars From Around the World You Need to Follow

When it comes to the most viewed and popular content, it doesn’t matter how many photos or clever memes you choose to share, video reigns supreme, and many love the options that video-streaming provides. Many of us like to see things live and in action, and the stats don’t lie: According to Google, black millennials “have more than doubled their mobile watch time on YouTube in the last two years,” and they watch “73% more YouTube on mobile per person than the general population of the same age.”

The platform has diversified since its inception in 2005, but the issue of diversity on the platform, as with other popular media, remains a challenge. According to the same Google statistics, users of color want more inclusive ads and want to see themselves represented, and more would like to see brands better represent diversity in their ads. Here’s a list of 27 black YouTube stars, some on the come-up and others already bankable.

27 Top Black YouTube Stars 

BEAUTY

Nyma Tang

Oftentimes you see beauty tutorials that feature lighter complexions for trying out the latest trends, but Ms. Tang changes the game for chocolate sistas who want to know how to use the latest products for their skin tone.



 

Petite-Sue TV

Sue-Ann Gordon is a down-to-earth Jamaican beauty who starts all her vlogs with the most passion-pumping motivational moments along with beauty and fashion looks to inspire young girls of the Caribbean. And you’ll love checking in to vlogs that offer peeks into family and yard life on the island that endear you to a more balanced view than the stereotypical news and entertainment blurbs.



Jackie Aina

A YouTube superstar, Aina had humble beginnings and continues to share her love and life experiences via keep-it-real beauty and conversational vlogs. She also incorporates her Nigerian heritage, one of which she is proud.



The Cut Life

If you’ve always loved short hair, this is the channel for you. From interviews with beauty industry leaders to celebrity features to how-to inspirations for your next new cut, you’ll love what these women have to offer.



Tiarra Monet

This young boss used to shoot videos on her phone before YouTube became the money-making platform it is today. Now she’s grown into a full brand, with more than 600,000 subscribers and an in-demand hair line and beauty salon. Her wigs look majorly realistic, so much so that she’s often booked months in advance, and she’s been a featured influencer on E! and with Revlon.



FASHION

Notorious KIA

She knows how to make a thrift-store find look chic, and has a simple, clean aesthetic. Her vlogs don’t bombard you with endorsements and trendy clichés, and her candid style when describing her fashion picks will make you think she’s your real-life shopping bestie.



KarenBritChick

It can be hard to find consistent, real-woman fashion content on YouTube if you’re not a baby, teen, or millennial. Karen Blanchard’s channel offers something for the woman of style who knows Fashion Nova or Forever 21 are not her cup of tea and likes to add designer and luxury finds to boost her wardrobe.



MsNerdyChica

Bright, bubbly, and explorative, this Haitian beauty loves to share her hair, fashion, and travel experiences with a wide smile and a sophisticated style inspired by her Caribbean roots.



Patricia Bright

A Nigerian Brit, she’s another young woman who went from smartphone YouTube faux pas in the early days to superstardom, with more than 2 million subscribers today, influencer deals with brands including Diet Coke, and she even landed the cover of British Glamour this year.



Chanel Ambrose

A curvy fashionista, Ambrose redefines what plus-sized fashion has to be. Her vlogs are positive, classy, and sleek, offering curvy sistas options to put together looks that slay.



TRAVEL

Oneika the Traveller

Oneika gives you a fun, diverse adventure in her vlogs. She’s traveled to almost 90 countries on six continents, according to her channel, and her vlogs don’t skimp on the tips, the details, and the advice for world treks. She includes content that informs while entertains, so you won’t find just landscapes, photo shoots and selfie videos set to music on this channel.



The Blog Abroad by Gloria Atanmo

A self-professed “adventure junkie,” Atanmo gives honest insights on traveling while black to countries including Germany and Bangkok, and she also offers budgeting tips for aspiring nomads and production tips for those who want to document their journeys on YouTube.



Kellee Edwards

This channel is run by a scuba diver and pilot who hosted her own travel segment on YouTube called “Kellee Set Go” and has now become a correspondent with the Travel Channel. She shares content from her latest adventures on the show and features travel tips for individuals and families.



Charly Cheer

She’s a full-time traveler and teacher who offers vlogs off the beaten path of the usual Caribbean, Middle Eastern, or African leisure locales common among African American vacationers. She gives a real look into life in Asia for a woman of color.



LIFESTYLE/FITNESS

Nia the Light

Once known for her larger-than-life natural curls, she recently took a major brand leap, doing a big chop and refocusing her efforts on self-exploration, spirituality, and travel. The name definitely fits the bill: Each breath-of-fresh-air vlog is filled with positivity and exploration.



Magda Civil Fitness

This channel, hosted by a personal trainer and coach, features workouts and honest conversations about women’s health issues, including miscarriage, fitness while pregnant, and weight loss.



Fit Men Cook

Operating on the adage that “Bodies are built in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym,” this channel offers yummy, healthy dishes and lifestyle content for women and men who want to live at their best. It also helps that the host is motivated by his own journey into living a healthy, fuller life.



Black Men’s Beard

For beard enthusiasts, this channel is like having your own personal barber. You can find tutorials, tips on products and men’s grooming, and even some style features.



At Home with Nikki

If you love interior decor or just need some ideas for your next home makeover, check out Nikki. She gives you Martha Stewart with a dash of Oprah-esque Black Girl Magic in offering tips on organization and design.



NEWS / POP CULTURE

Joulzey

This vlogger’s been offering her spunky and eloquent take on African American culture before it was popular on YouTube. She continues to inspire and make you think with her vlogs, offering fresh, fun, and smart prospectives.



Shameless Maya

She’s fun, energetic, and raw, giving viewers a sense that she’s the girl next door who everyone loves for her take on a variety of subjects from love to investing (bitcoin, anyone?), style, and everyday life hacks.



Desus and Mero

This duo, who had their own show on Vice and Complex TV, offers hilarious banter and engaging dialogue on the latest news in politics, sports, and entertainment.



Kat Blaque

Whether it’s explaining what modern-day anarchy is or the military ban on transgenders, this vlogger doesn’t pull any punches, offering opinions that will have you thinking or at least Googling to expand your understanding.



MONEY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Budgetnista

Tiffany Aliche provides doable tips and offers budget plans for anyone wanting to find financial freedom. Her receipts: She overcame a home foreclosure and an investment that cost her tens of thousands of dollars to boost her credit score and become an entrepreneur and home owner in her own right.



Roberto Blake

If you want to know how to become a creative entrepreneur or how to create content that will help your business progress, this is a great channel to tap into. Blake talks salesmanship, business plans, building a social media following, and much more.



Trials N Tresses

This channel’s “Millennial in Debt” series is entertaining and relatable. You can also find tips on how to pay off your student loan. (She’s done that to the tune of $ 85,000.)



His & Her Money

For all the married couples out there, get your financial fitness fix here. The chemistry between these two is undeniable and they share money tips that will make you want to invite them to the next marriage ministry potluck.



 

 

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Report: Black Youth Unemployment Rate Down In Chicago

A new report on youth unemployment in Illinois found that the alarmingly high rate of young black men and women in Chicago who are neither working nor in school has dropped.

Data collected from 2012 through 2016 under the Obama administration and published by the University of Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, found that there has been a decrease in out of work, and out of school rates for black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago in recent years, but that substantial racial and gender gaps still remain. And although the newly found statistics are encouraging, researchers found that nearly a third of black 20- to 24-year-olds and 37% of black 20 -to 24-year-old men are still out of work and not going to school.

Report Highlights:

  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates were comparatively worse in areas of south, west, and central Illinois compared to Cook County.
  • The highest jobless rates for 20- to 24-year-olds in Illinois were located outside of the Chicago Metro Area in south, west, and central Illinois.
  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates for the total population, black, white, and Hispanic or Latino 20- to 24-year-olds were higher in sections of southern, western, and central Illinois than in Cook County.
  • Five subsections of Illinois had an out-of-school and out-of-work rate for black 20- to 24-year-olds above 40% and one area had a rate of 63.6%

What Researchers Learned

  • Black 20-to 24-year-olds had large improvements in out-of-work figures: Black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and the U.S. had large decreases in out-of-work rates.
  • There were improvements in out-of-school and out-of-work rates for black 20- to 24-year olds in Chicago and worsening figures for Latinos from 2014 to 2016.
  • Teen employment in mid-sized cities and rural areas declined substantially: employment to population ratios for 16- to 19-year-olds in Illinois case study counties with mid-sized cities have decreased substantially since 1980.
  • Economies of mid-sized cities and rural economies are not incorporating young people into the workforce:
  • The mix of jobs in rural economies has changed in similar ways to Chicago, resulting in fewer opportunities for young people as older populations are increasingly employed in industries that young people have historically been employed in, such as retail.
  • Middle-class occupations are leaving medium-sized cities and rural areas as income inequalities grow: proportions of individuals in poverty and in high-income groups in Illinois case study counties are growing as middle-income groups are shrinking.

To Jack Wuest, executive director of the Alternative Schools Network, the data demonstrate an urgent need for more government-subsidized jobs so young people can gain basic work skills and become contributing members of the labor force. “Getting people on their feet, doing some work, out of the house, gives them a sense of dignity and power that they can spend money on what they like as well as take care of their family,” he said.

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Black Man Convicted of Murder at 14 Has Charges Against Him Dismissed

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A newly vindicated Brooklyn, New York man denounced a corrupt justice system that took 17 years of his life. John Bunn, 41, was convicted of murdering a correction officer, Rolando Neischer, in August 1991 after an ex-detective tainted evidence used against him. He was 14 years old at the time. An emotional Bunn was crying […]

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Life and Death Choices: Black Women and Childbirth

If the reason that black women and babies are dying at much higher rates is largely attributed to institutional racism and the stress that our bodies endure because of it, then how do we educate and inspire confidence in the women who are our country’s most vulnerable pregnant population? We can start by knowing we have options when it comes to black women and childbirth.

Within the past few months, the death of activist Erica Garner and the birth story of Serena Williams have sounded an alarm. They put a face to what decades of research have shown: black women aren’t being seen or heard in the same way that white women are in pregnancy. We can do better. Doulas and childbirth educators fit so well into this equation. We’re here and can help save lives.

Today I’m a doula, childbirth educator, and the co-founder of For Your Birth, a childbirth consultancy and doula agency based in Harlem. I’m also a black woman.

Before having kids, I began my professional career as a Teach for America corps member. I taught middle and high school in under-served communities for 10 years. The transition to birth-work, serving women during pregnancy—a grossly under-served population—felt like a natural progression.

A decade ago, I was pregnant with my first child and new to New York. I didn’t research OB-GYNs; I thought that the doctor who I saw for an annual exam was good enough. That all changed when, at 20 weeks pregnant, I asked him what he thought of the hospital’s birthing center. It sounded like a sensible option for me. I was having a low-risk and healthy pregnancy. He quickly responded, “Would you ask a stewardess to fly an airplane”?

The conversation ended there, and I knew that I would never see that doctor again. I was enraged. I felt unheard and unseen. So, I got curious about what happened in birthing centers and why this doctor would feel threatened by them and presumably the womenmany of them doctors and midwives, who deliver there.

My mother, who had given birth to me in a Brooklyn hospital 32 years prior, told me to watch the documentary The Business of Being Born. I did and was immediately intrigued and confused. Why hadn’t I been told, until that moment, that midwifery care was an option?

Within weeks, I changed my care to homebirth midwives. My midwives provided the most comprehensive, personalized, and affirming medical care I’d ever receive. All prenatal visits were done in my home, and I only went to clinics and labs for bloodwork and sonograms.

At 30 weeks pregnant, I heard the word doula for the first time while in a yoga class. Again, here was another amazing option for pregnant women and their partners that I didn’t know existed. Like the midwives, the doula came to my home for an interview and prenatal visit. She would be on-call to support and comfort me in labor for several weeks prior to and a couple weeks after my due date. I later learned that Dr. John Kennell, the late pediatrician and doula advocate, was known to have said, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

On Dec. 19, 2008, I gave birth safely with two midwives, my husband, and our doula in attendance. Two and a half years later, I gave birth to my second son, also at home with midwives and doula support.

What I didn’t know then was that my life had been changed by a doctor’s insult, a documentary, midwives, and a doula.


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Marvel’s Infinity War may have smashed almost every box office record in the books, but let’s face it: You’re still as obsessed with Black Panther as you were on the day you first saw it. 

From establishing its own box-office breaking status to shifting the paradigm of blockbuster films  led by actors of color, we still can’t ignore the fact that Black Panther remains a juggernaut in its own right. If you’re sick of watching it in the theaters (yes, it’s still in theaters), then it it’s time to bring the Wakandan experience home by pre-ordering Black Panther on Blu-ray at Walmart.

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Relive T’Challa’s quest as he assumes his duties as King of Wakanda — an isolated and technologically advanced African nation — while he and his loyal subjects become caught up in his late father’s past mistakes, battling enemies to the throne that threaten Wakanda’s way of life and the world at large.

The Blu-ray release includes tons of deleted scenes and gag reels, as well as bonus features such as a look into the actors behind Wakanda’s fighting force — the Dora Milaje — as well as an exploration of Wakanda’s vibranium technology. It also features a look at the past 10 years of MCU movies and an exclusive sneak peek at its upcoming Ant-man and The Wasp. Read more…

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This Org is Freeing Black Incarcerated Women for Mother’s Day

While many people plan to spend Mother’s Day honoring the women who’ve raised them and had a positive impact on their lives, millions of African American women will spend the day sitting behind bars—not because they’ve been convicted of a crime, but because they can’t afford to bail themselves out of jail as they await trial.

Each day, about 700,000 people are crammed into local jails across the country while the mass majority are held in custody simply because they don’t have the money to post bail. As a result, the U.S. jail system is overpopulated with mostly black, brown, and poor people who’ve committed low level, non-violent offenses. Of the 220,000 women currently locked up, 60% are being held in jail pretrial, 80% are mothers, and 60% are black. While spending time in jail can place a heavy burden on anyone who’s detained, it can be especially costly for mothers who risk losing their jobs, homes, and children.

To help remedy this epidemic, the National Bail Out Collective is raising money to reunite incarcerated mothers with their children for Mother’s Day. The organization, which consists of black organizers and lawyers, is also calling for an end to the cash bail system and mass incarceration altogether.

Freeing Black Mothers

On May 6, the group launched the #FreeBlackMommas campaign for a second consecutive year in partnership with grassroots orgs like Southerners on New Ground, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Dream Defenders. The National Bail Out Collective said the campaign echoes the efforts of African Americans who legally bought the freedom of their loved ones during slavery.

“The Mama’s Day action is rooted in the tradition of our enslaved ancestors who went to every length, including harnessing their collective resources, to purchase each other’s freedom and keep their families together,” the group told Colorlines.

Last year, the National Bail Out Collective raised enough money to release about 100 women who were in jail awaiting trial. The success of their efforts sparked additional fundraising campaigns for Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride. Altogether, about 200 people awaiting trial have been bailed out to return home to their families.

“Last year, we were incredibly motivated by the prospect of being able to move quickly to free our people without having to wait for all the things we’re accustomed to having to wait for—the legislation and litigation,” said Gina Clayton, the executive director of Essie Justice Group which partnered with National Bail Out, reports Fast Company. “The idea that we could go in and immediately raise money to get some of our people home was really compelling.”

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter supported the cash bail and mass incarceration reform movement earlier this year when his company, RocNation, invested in Promise, an app that provides clients with financial assistance with bail costs and other services to get people out of jail and keep them from going back. The Appolition app is another tool that allows everyday people to join the movement by donating spare change to help an incarcerated person pay their bond.

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Black Venture Capitalist Explains What She Looks for When Choosing Who to Invest in

Arlan Hamilton is known as a relentless, “anything is possible” investor in the tech space when it comes to making moves. So far her firm, Backstage Capital, has invested more than $ 4 million in over 80 companies led by underrepresented founders and she recently closed a $ 36 million fund to invest in black female founders, but it hasn’t always been easy. Recently, Hamilton spoke to Quartz’s Leah Fessler as part of Quartz’s How We’ll Win, a yearlong exploration of the fight for gender equality.

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Backstage Capital Founder Arlan Hamilton

According to a recent release from Quartz, here are some key takeaways from Hamilton explaining what she looks for in a founder and how they can win with her company.

She looks for people who remind her of herself.

“Would they have done what I did to get here?” she asks, referring to the perseverance it took while cold-calling Silicon Valley investors, sleeping on the San Francisco airport floor at night, and ceaselessly justifying her worth in the face of racism, sexism, and homophobia. “I just refuse to believe there’s any room that any of us do not deserve to be in,” she says.

She prioritizes people who can embrace constructive criticism.

“Taking constructive criticism is really essential, and usually you can evaluate that skill really quickly in a meeting or on a phone call,” she says while admitting it’s something she herself sometimes struggles with. “If someone  can’t handle a 15-minute call without getting super defensive, they’re not going to be able to handle seven years of that, so that’s a big indicator.”

She places a high value on founders who can answer questions intelligently and efficiently.

“I tend to ask a lot of questions if I’m interested in something because I want to learn more and usually I’m learning something for the first time. So, I need founders who can answer many questions without defensiveness,” she says.

Equally important is founders’ disposition toward asking her and her team many questions.

Investing is a long-term partnership, so founders who want to take money without investigating how their relationship with Backstage will function are unlikely to be a good match, she says.

“It’s truly about the founders to me—their passion, drive, and reasoning.”

While it’s fascinating to watch founders interact with their teams, who is on the team is not the most important factor. Hamilton interrogates founders about their motivation for creating the product or service they’re pitching. “Usually you can tell if someone is working on something that’s their own personal pain point, or if they’re working on something that they think they’ll be able to flip in two or three years,” she says. “Flipping is a great business model on its own, and one day I’ll probably have a fund that’s just flippers, but that’s not what [Backstage] is now.”

To hear more from Hamilton, check her out on the Gimlet Media Startup series.

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Say What Now? White Woman Calls the Cops on Black Yale Student Taking a Nap in Dorm Common Room [Video]

In today’s episode of ‘Living While Black,’ a white graduate student at Yale called the police on a Black student who fell asleep in the common area of their dorm.

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The white woman confronted Lolade Siyonbola, 34, after she fell asleep on the couch in the school’s Hall of Graduate Studies.

“I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room,” she said to Siyonbola.

When police arrived at the scene, they told Siyonbola “She called us [and] said there’s somebody who appeared they weren’t … where they were supposed to be.”  

The cops, who asked to see Siyonbola’s ID, proceeded to question her for more than 15 minutes before they confirmed she was a student at Yale.

They said the process was prolonged because her name was misspelled in a school database of student information.

During their interactions, Siyonbola unlocked the door to her dorm room to show them that she was a student and called the officers’ behavior “harassment.”

“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” she said.

“I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else. I’m not going to justify my existence here.”

More than 350,000 people watched Siyonbola’s Facebook videos, with some commenters expressing their support while others commended her for remaining calm.

Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences, sent an email to graduate students addressing the situation on Tuesday.

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” she wrote.

“I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment.”

You can watch video of this infuriating incident below. We commend Lolade for handling this unnecessary encounter so calmly.

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‘Riverdale’ Finally Revealed the Black Hood – or Did They?

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Riverdale episode “Chapter 34: Judgement Night.” Proceed with caution.

It’s taken all season, but the Black Hood finally revealed himself on Riverdale. The killer — the self-proclaimed purger of sinners — is none other than Hal Cooper. That’s right, Betty’s dad is the Black Hood. If that doesn’t sound quite right to you it doesn’t sound quite right to us either. Let’s jump into what happened this week and what it could mean about the true identity of the Black Hood.

Hal, Hal Cooper


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During “Chapter 34: Judgement Night,” Hal Cooper confessed to being the Black Hood. He showed Alice and Betty a “home movie” of his mother telling him to keep the Conway boy from telling the police that his father had actually killed the Conway family. It was a sickening reveal that left Betty and Alice pretty shook.

Hal said that his grandfather and father both had “dark sides,” dark sides that he and Betty both shared. Even though Betty was suspicious of her father, she didn’t seem convinced that he actually was a killer. Hal said that he was, but he didn’t go into any details besides calling people sinners.

Alice also didn’t believe him, especially when he sinned with Cheryl’s mom in her brothel. How can he be so convinced to take the lives of sinners when he was sinning? Betty and Alice did take him down though, with a fireplace shovel. Sheriff Keller returned to duty to arrest Hal and he was driven away.

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While Hal seemed convinced that he was carrying on his father’s legacy in killing Ms. Grundy, Midge, and more, he couldn’t explain who the shooter was at the Carrie, the Musical. When Archie showed up at Betty’s house, he was shocked to learn that Hal confessed because a masked man had just shot his dad, again, just an hour before.

We smell another red herring! Riverdale served up a fake Black Hood during the winter finale — remember Joseph Svenson AKA Mr. Conway — the school janitor? He was shot and killed by Sheriff Keller for being the Black Hood. Now Hal is confessing to being the Black Hood but how could he be if he was home while Archie was wrestling with his dad’s shooter?

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Based on the very leggy takedown of Archie by the masked assailant, our money is on Hiram Lodge being the second Hood. Remember how Archie and Hiram wrestled early on in the season? What if this is a clue to Hood #2’s fighting style? Sure, it would be hard for Hiram to be paying off the Snake Charmer and assaulting Fred and Archie on the same evening, but based on his “October Surprise” it seems like he has the most motive to shoot Fred in the first place.

Also, the Black Hood showed up just as Hiram was getting released from prison. What if the Black Hood was a criminal character he invented and sent to Riverdale to cause chaos and bring forth the need for a prison? We know that Hiram has been paying Red Circle/Dark Circle boys to go to war with the Serpents. We also know that he brought Penny Peabody and the Ghoulies back to Riverdale to get the Serpents out. He is clearly the mastermind behind A LOT of nefarious plots this season, why not the serial killer too?

What do you think? Is Hal Cooper the real Black Hood? Or is he being paid to cover for someone, someone with a reputation and pockets as deep as Hiram Lodge’s?

Riverdale airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8PM in the US and on Netflix in most countries the next day.

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While the cultural impact and box-office success of Black Panther has proven that it is in movie studios’ best financial interests to fund and produce diverse films with diverse casts and perspectives, the general consensus at Black Public Media’s first Story Summit was that black, independent content creators still have a long way to go in getting their projects funded.

Within three months of DeShuna Spencer launching KweliTV in 2015, the interactive platform that exclusively steams independent films and web series curated from the African diaspora received nearly a thousand subscribers and 7,800 registered users. Since then, Spencer has attended, pitched, and won numerous competitions over the past three years but the venture capital she’d been looking to raise still hasn’t materialized. One of the white venture capitalists that had agreed to meet with her even pressed her on the need for her platform.

“Don’t you guys have BET?,” he asked.

Spencer wasn’t surprised at all. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, as a young girl she had been told she didn’t look like she was from Africa. As a teenager, she had seen ads on television asking for donations for black African children who looked like they’d been instructed to gaze into the camera with their suffering eyes and almost always had flies around them. If she had seen the ads, she was sure her schoolmates had seen them too, which is why she takes her mission of diversifying black stories very seriously.

Spencer, who is bullish about her work, said content creators need to show something different: “Keep pushing and when it’s [the film project’s] done, we’ll get it on KweliTV.”

I do take it personally when it comes to telling and curating our stories,””Spencer told a packed room at the Google offices in New York. City

The ultimate question posed to the panelists on Diversifying Blackness at Black Public Media’’ first Story Summit: how does the black community grow its selection of black stories about black people that studios are willing to take on?

For Shukree Tilghman, its about access and power.

The root of making influence is about having power. You really have to have full control. When you’re running your own show, you get to bring in your own people,” said Tilghman, who joined NBC’s critically acclaimed show This Is Us as a writer in 2017.

To go from an independent filmmaker to being funded, Tilghman, who has contributed to numerous film and television projects, said investors also need to find smart people whose projects have already been funded by organizations like Black Public Media (BPM).

Founded in 1979 to encourage the development of films and television programs about the black experience, Black Public Media has provided seed money for filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Stanley Nelson, Shola Lynch, and Byron Hurt early on in their careers.

Angela Tucker, a film producer and director in New Orleans, whose 2017 dramedy Intersection was funded by BPM, said creators just need to tell their own stories truthfully. “There are stories I’d like to tell that I won’t be able to, because of funding,” she said. Tucker, whose projects had never been funded as an individual said it not only helps filmmakers make their dreams come true, but that it also gives them confidence—to create more.

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Making money from YouTube has become a whole lot harder in the past few months, forcing some towards a black market trading in subscribers and accounts.

New rules around monetization, which were announced in January and came into force in February, require YouTube channels to have been watched for at least 4,000 hours in the last 12 months, and to have 1,000 or more subscribers, to be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program.

The Program allows users to monetize their YouTube channels by selling ads on their videos through Google’s AdSense brokerage scheme. In short, if you don’t reach the two thresholds, you’re not going to make any money from your burgeoning YouTube career.

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20 Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers On Living The Good Life

What does it mean to live a “good life”? Whether it’s traveling to an exotic destination, living debt-free, waking up at 5 a.m. to meditate, or simply having the freedom to plan your day—living the good life is all about your perspective. Here are 20 of the best motivational and inspirational quotes by black influencers, including some of our favorite writers, performers, entrepreneurs, and more.

20 of the Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes by Black Influencers

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Focus on solutions. Focus on gratitude and everything that you have working in your advantage. Understand that as a creative you are not limited to artistic expressions of creativity. Get creative with ways to generate more money. You can wallow in sorrow or get to creating solutions, both take energy and it’s up to you to decide which one you want to put your energy into.” Tonya Rapley, Millennial money expert and founder of My Fab Finance.

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” ―Iyanla Vanzant, Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” ―Rihanna, Singer and Philanthropist, on her new lingerie line

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to not really worry what people will say or think about what you wear. You have to wear what feels good on you, what you feel comfortable in. And I’ve just learned to not really care.” ―Dwyane Wade, NBA Champion

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“All the people in your life are truly doing the best they can with what they have. People can only love you to the capacity that they are able to love themselves. They can only forgive and embrace you to the capacity that they are able to forgive and embrace themselves. They can only give you what they have the capacity to give. You may think that you deserve more, and you may be correct. But that means nothing if a person simply doesn’t have the ability to give it to you.” ―Lisa Nichols, Author of “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “We Should All Be Feminists”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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Strength isn’t always shown by what you can hold on to, but sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.” ―Trent Shelton, Motivational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.” Kerry Washington, Actress
 

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Until we forgive ourselves, we will always see ourselves through the shattered pieces of the dreams we can no longer have. Nothing can be seen clearly through broken pieces: no future, no hope, no faith, no love is capable of being seen properly until we admit that we are driving on a flat tire. We have to stop believing that just because we are damaged we are irreparably broken.” ―Sarah Jakes, Author of “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Avoid being your own enemy.”  Eric Thomas, Motivational Speaker and Author

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I am not asking everyone to be activists. I am not asking everyone to march on the front lines. I am not asking every writer, public figure, or celebrity to lead social movements. I am not asking them to make speeches on how they have a dream. I am, however, challenging people not to stay silent as the world crumbles. You do not have to yell. Even a whisper of truth matters in an echo chamber of lies.” ―Luvvie Ajayi, Author of “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.” —G.G. Renee Hill, Coach, Author, and Blogger of “All the Many Layers”  

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” —Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Ordinary can’t possibly be extraordinary without taking risk. You have to learn to be uncomfortable with being comfortable to truly reach your highest potential.” Necole Kane, Founder of xoNecole 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“People always ask me how I did (do) it….you know what’s the strategy? My answer is pretty simple: I just do what feels good. Key word: DO. That’s just past ‘thinking about it’ and way past ‘asking others’ what I should do.” Myleik Teele, Founder of CurlBOX

 

 

 

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“There is no happiness without action. There is no love without passion. There is no success without vision.” —Rob Hill Sr., Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Philanthropist

 

 

 

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“Leadership reputations are made or lost in times of crisis.” —Former American Express CEO Ken Chenault 

 

 

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“I believe you can speak things into existence.” —Jay-Z, Entertainment Music Mogul

 

 

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“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” —Former First Lady Michelle Obama

 

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“I’ve never chased money. It’s always been about what I can do to motivate and inspire people.” —Tyler Perry, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer, and Author

 

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“Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.” —Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO of The ACT-1 Group

 

 

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Radio Personality Karen Hunter On Her Crusade to Energize Black Voter Turnout

With the 2018 midterm elections on the horizon, movements to register people to vote—particularly African Americans—have sprung up around the country. Karen Hunter’s “Urban View Vote” tour and “#10for2018” Challenge are examples of efforts to energize black voter turnout.

Urban View Vote is a multi-state tour, which began March 22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is focused on further engaging black millennials to get to the voting booths. The non-partisan movement uses the hashtag #10for2018 to challenge African Americans to get 10 of their friends to go vote as well. During a tour visit on April 27 in Baltimore at Morgan State University, Hunter reiterated the importance of voting in the black community.

“Voting’s probably the most important thing someone can do, and the fact that people don’t want us to vote tells me that it must be super important,” said Hunter. “If you work so hard to gerrymander, restrict people and [make] all these voter ID laws, you have to ask yourself why they don’t want you to do this.”

Hunter’s tour included visits to some Florida high schools—including Dillard High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman fatally shot 19 people and sparked mass protests over the issue of gun control.

“What I’m learning is that the issues that matter, matter all over the country, and they matter differently to us than to mainstream society,” said Hunter. “You talk to Parkland students, they want to get rid of guns. In Dillard, they don’t care about students killing them; they care about the cops mistreating them.”

The tour also places heavy emphasis on restoring the rights to vote to people who were formerly incarcerated. She credited a ballot initiative begun in Florida to do so as one of the main reasons she kicked off there.

“That’s important because they’ve paid their debt, they’re paying taxes and they’re citizens, but they can’t vote because they made a mistake?” Hunter said. “At some point, either people get forgiven for the crimes they’ve committed, or we permanently mark them with a scarlet letter, and I don’t think that’s American.”

Hunter says the goal is to get people civically engaged and to start conversations around issues important to them.

“Once you identify the problem, identify who you can go to,” Hunter said. “There are all kinds of issues, like potholes or school textbooks, that you can get involved with through voting.”

 

 

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Time’s Up for R. Kelly—Because It’s Long Past Time to Believe Black Survivors

Women of color within the Time’s Up campaign have joined forces with the activist-led #MuteRKelly protest co-founded by Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeyle, joining a community of black activists demanding accountability for the allegations of assault, exploitation and abuse against the entertainer spanning decades.

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Inspired by the recent guilty verdict of Bill Cosby, Time’s Up published an open letter calling on members to join the social media campaign. “As women of color within Time’s Up,” they wrote, “we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.”

R. Kelly is an influential R&B musician, producer and songwriter who, for over two decades, has also been a known sexual predator and assailant. In 1994, he secretly and unlawfully married musician Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old; just last year, reports broke that he was brainwashing, abusing and holding young women against their will. Despite consistent and persistent allegations of abuse, sexual misconduct with minors and even child pornography, Kelly has, for too long, evaded criminal charges, maintained a successful career and dismissed and silenced his accusers.

“Over the past 25 years, the man known publicly as R. Kelly has sold 60 million albums, toured the globe repeatedly and accumulated hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services,” the Time’s Up letter reads. “During this time, he also married a girl under 18 years of age; was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor; was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography; has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm.”

At long last, however, R. Kelly’s time is up.

In an interview with Glamour, Odeleye placed the Time’s Up letter and the growing interest in her campaign in context—crediting the #MeToo movement for a long overdue call for accountability for Kelly and other men who have abused and exploited women, and particularly women of color, with impunity. “When #MeToo broke, I knew it was an important conversation,” she told the magazine. “It’s an important step that women in power decided to take. They spoke out about their real experiences, and it emboldens the rest of us—if those women could do it, I can speak up, too. But the fact that it lacked representation of women of color in the beginning frustrated me, because it’s often women of color who experience this kind of stuff and don’t feel like there is a place to come out and talk about what’s happening to them.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, echoed those sentiments in an interview with NPR. “We have seen 24 years of allegations leveled against R. Kelly, and he has gone unscathed,” she told reporters. “So what the letter does is join the #MuteRKelly campaign, that was well on its way already, and joined the chorus of black women around the country who have been saying we want some accountability. Those things have to be interrogated. And I think at the very least we need to see corporations step away from them until we have satisfactory investigation into these allegations.”

As the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign both continue to create new spaces and conversations around sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation and violence, it is critical that we continue, as well, to ensure that nobody gets left behind. This is only the beginning, and we must continue to listen to and believe black women—and finally mute R. Kelly.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, lecturer, music critic and feminist writer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Media, LA Weekly and Village Voice and is bi-coastal by nature. She is the author of Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As.

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‘Black Panther’ Leads MTV Movie And TV Awards Nominations

Lupita Nyong’o, left, and Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” will get its first shot at some awards show love as the top nominee at next month’s MTV Movie & TV Awards .

The global smash hit garnered seven nominations including for stars Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright and Michael B. Jordan. The second leading nominee is Netflix’s series “Stranger Things,” which received six nominations including for best show.

The breezy award show’s best movie category is stuffed full of superheroes, with “Black Panther,” ”Avengers: Infinity War” and “Wonder Woman” competing against “Girls Trip” and “IT.”

The top show nominees include “13 Reasons Why,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”grown-ish” and Riverdale.

For the second year in a row, actors will compete in genderless categories. The show maintains its light touch, however, with awards presented for Most Frightened Performance, Best Fight and Best Kiss.

Tiffany Haddish will host the show, which will be presented on June 18 in Santa Monica, California.

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Restaurant Fined $10,000 For Asking Black Patron To Prepay for Meal

A Canadian restaurant has been slapped with a $ 10,000 fine by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for violating the civil rights of a patron dining while black

Emile Wickham, a 31-year old Afro-Caribbean male, and his three friends went to a popular Chinese restaurant on his birthday after classes in Toronto. Before they could order their meals, the group was informed by the staff at Hong Shing that they would have to pay upfront—a policy they were told applied to all patrons. Soon after they paid, one of the restaurant’s staff members took a picture of the group on a cell phone “as an exhibit.”

Although the group did pay for their meals upfront, Wickham, uncomfortable with their decision, asked at least three groups at other tables if they had to pre-pay for their meals. They all said no.

Learning that no other patrons had been asked to pre-pay for their meals, they confronted the waiter who confessed to the fact that they were the only ones who had been asked. Rather than offer any explanation for the pre-payment, the waiter simply asked them if they wanted their money back.

“I don’t think I could adequately describe leaving that restaurant … We were so dejected,” Wickham told The Guardian.

Adjudicator Esi Codjoe ruled that Hong Shing’s staff presumed Wickham “to be a potential thief in waiting despite any evidence to that effect.” His mere presence as a Black man in a restaurant was presumed to be sufficient evidence of his presumed propensity to engage in criminal behavior, Codjoe wrote in his ruling.

While Wickham’s ordeal may have occurred in May 2014, just last week, Samora Savage, a Youngstown State University student in Ohio, who had stopped at Royal Grill Buffet with her friends for an after-class celebration, had also been told she had to pay upfront because “people steal.”

“A lot of people steal from me. If I don’t know them, and they all pay together and they try to run, I can usually catch one person and make them pay the bill. But if they all pay separate and they run out, I can’t catch everyone,” the owner told local Ohio paper, Vindicator.

The ruling, published by the Canadian Legal Information Institute, comes just days after Randy Freeman, a black retired Air Force officer was told to leave a Cracker Barrel location or the cops would be called on him. It is also just a month after Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, two 23-year old entrepreneurs who were waiting for a business meeting, were arrested in a local Philadelphia Starbucks.

As it turns out, black people really can’t publicly eat in peace sometimes and the hashtag #DiningWhileBlack continues to trend on social media with many different stories of their own experience while eating out.

“To think that we’re in a post-racial society is pretty absurd. I’m hoping that Canadians start to realize that we’ve made progress, but we have such a long way to go,” Toronto lawyer Saron Gebresellassi told The Guardian.

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Motivational Speaker Says he was Kicked out of Restaurant Because he was Black (Video)

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A motivational speaker looking to enjoy dinner with his wife was asked to leave a restaurant after management wanted to give his table to a white person, WFAA ABC reports. Johnny Wimbrey said he was eating at Sambuca 340 in Plano, Texas when a manager approached him about giving up his table to one of […]

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Issa Rae Draws Backlash for Old Comments Telling Black Women to Date Asian Men

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Insecure creator Issa Rae is receiving backlash for comments she made three years ago explaining why educated Black women should date and procreate with Asian men. The Grapevine reports that Rae became a trending topic on Twitter on Monday (April 30) because of the statement. An excerpt from Rae’s 2015 best-selling memoir The Misadventures of […]

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Marvel Buzz: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breaks Its First Box Office Record; ‘Black Widow’ Seeks Female Director

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Happy Avengers: Infinity War release day! Here are some news bites about that movie and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we celebrate:

 

Avengers: Infinity War breaks a Thursday night record

Even before the official release date had begun, Infinity War made a whopping $ 39 million just from Thursday night preview screenings. And that's a new record for superhero movies, defeating The Dark Knight Rises' $ 30.6 million in 2012….

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The Inside World of Black Sports Agents

Black Enterprise partner site The Shadow League is launching a fascinating series that profiles some of the most successful black sports agents in the industry. The series looks at these agents’ career wins as they sign clients up for dream professional contracts; as well as the challenges that stem from being a person of color in some predominately white fields.

Recently, the series focused on Tory Dandy, a black sports agent representing some of the top athletes in the National Football League. Here is an excerpt:

Growing up in Woodruff, a town nestled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina with a population of less than 5,000, Tory Dandy could have never envisioned that he’d one day be negotiating contracts and representing some of the top players in the National Football League. 

In March, one of his clients who ranks among the league’s top receiving threats, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, inked a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs for three years and $ 48 million…

And on his beginning as a sports agent:

As a junior, he remembers coming across something online about the Black Sports Agents Association. He looked into it some more and found that they hosted a conference every year. As a senior, he was in attendance at their conference in Las Vegas and listened as athletes, agents and business executives talked about their experiences in the business of pro sports.

He was intrigued but still unsure of his career path despite having an interest in the business world. One of his former teammates was seen as an NFL prospect who’d begun getting recruited by agents.

“He didn’t know much about the process, didn’t have a lot of family support and he asked me to sit in on some of his agent meetings,” said Dandy. “I did and I found it very intriguing. But it was one of those things where the blind was leading the blind. He didn’t know much about it and neither did I.”

Read the rest of Dandy’s story and other great profiles of black sports agents here.

 

 

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Segregation Was Never Good For Black People. Not Even A Little Bit [Opinion]

Segregation was never good for black people. We were not better off during Jim Crow. Not even a little bit. Those who wax nostalgically about how we thrived during segregation and leveraged it to our economic advantage to support and sustain healthy, strong black communities are just straight-up wrong.
We need to stop romanticizing life for African Americans before integration. The overwhelming majority of black people were trapped in abject poverty (or at best, a fragile subsistence), locked out of nearly every profession or industry where they could gain access to significant income and wealth, regardless of their level of education or social-economic status. We were also excluded from Wall Street and other centers of capital and investment. (In fact, for much of America’s history prior to integration, not only could we not acquire stock and commodities—we were counted as livestock ourselves). As recently as the 1950s, the rare African American with a Ph.D. could hope for no better than a job as a teacher or minister.
And the great black entrepreneurs in the age of segregation operated with absolutely zero legal protection or civil rights, essentially deprived of any legal means of protecting their assets/wealth. Laws both civil and criminal were set up so that white people could take property, money, land, etc. from black people with impunity. And what they couldn’t take, they would destroy—the devastating 1921 race riot that destroyed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” is the best known, but far from the only example of this truth. Countless black people, including (maybe especially) the educated and relatively wealthy—including many WWI veterans who tasted freedom in Europe—were lynched (concurrent with the establishment and rise of the Ku Klux Klan) in order to eliminate them as a source of economic competition and as a way to use terror to keep blacks “in their place.”
The vast majority of people who talk today about how much better off black people were during segregation have lived most, if not all of their lives, in the post-segregation era. I’ve interviewed many people who actually lived through Jim Crow segregation (most are now in their 80s or 90s or older), including my late grandfather, who died at age 97 in 2008 less than six months before Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. presidency. I can’t remember any of them wishing to go back to the way things were during segregation. Today, we operate with unequal protection and access as black people; they operated with zero protection and access. If any of us black people born after 1960 were magically transported back to 1921, 1931 or even 1951, most of us wouldn’t last a month.
No matter how much we struggle with injustice and racism today, our better is in pushing forward, not going back to a nostalgic, selectively imagined, segregated past.
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How to Wear a Black Dress with a Non-Matching Blazer or Cardigan

how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer Dressing professionally — but fashionably — can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re just starting out. One of the biggest questions we’ve gotten over the years is this one: if you’re not supposed to wear non-matching suiting pieces together, what ARE you supposed to wear with a black dress? So today we’re rounding up our best tips on how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer or cardigan, all for reader A. Here’s her question:

Blazers with black dresses… I have so many black dresses but KNOW I’m not supposed to wear a non-matching black blazer. So, what to wear?

Great question — particularly as spring is in full swing and we head into summer — especially since we just rounded up classic sheath dresses for work that would be the ideal bottom layer here, if you’re on the hunt. Long ago I shared what I wear with black dresses to work, but it’s been a while, so let’s discuss. Here are some great things to pair with a black dress:

  • Go colorful! Wear a colorful blazer, sweater, or jardigan — but note the old fashion adage that suggests you should wear “color with color, and black with black.” So if your black dress is your base, you may want to consider adding at least two colors in the rest of your outfit. The easiest way to do this is to find a cardigan or blazer with a print on it that you like, but you can also go with a coordinating color (a royal blue and robin’s egg blue, or a purple and blue color scheme) or contrasting (colors opposite each other on the color wheel, like yellow and blue, red and green, and others). As we noted in our four-week work outfit challenge (still ongoing if you need it!), an unusual color scheme that looks really great is to wear red, blue, AND green, all in one look. This is a great time to bring in accessories like belts, necklaces, and scarves for additional colors!
  • Get shady. If all of that sounds like a lot of color, you can go with shades of black — different shades of gray (with silver accents) against a black base is often a sophisticated, sleek look.
  • Go for texture. If you’re going to wear black with black but worry about looking like you’re trying to “make” a suit out of nonmatching black fabrics, you want to make sure you’re wearing black with black with intention. One way to do this is by adding different textures — if your dress is a smooth suiting fabric like a seasonless wool, make your topper a summer fabric like linen, cotton pique, or jacquard (or in winter, think tweed, velvet, corduroy, or boucle). We regularly round up lightweight blazers for summer as well as winter-weight blazers; I usually try to note which ones come in black. Wearing a cardigan or jardigan with a dress often works for this reason, no matter what color — it’s clear that it isn’t part of a suiting set.

How about you, readers: What do you wear with a black dress? What do you consider to be “off-limits” with a black dress?

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Money Smart Week Helps Keep You in the Black

During Money Smart Week, April 21–April 28, more than 1,000 libraries across the country will host educational events that focus on financial issues such as the following:

  • first-time home buying
  • home renovation loans
  • personal spending plan (otherwise known as a budget!)
  • the property tax appeal process
  • financial aid packages and how to evaluate them
  • the right Medicare plan
  • the basics of wills and trusts
  • options for tax-free savings
  • charitable tax strategies, and more

“During Money Smart Week, libraries in rural, suburban, and urban communities are helping people examine their personal finances, whether that involves estate planning or budgeting for groceries,” says Felton Thomas Jr., executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library.

“Libraries will use fliers and books and displays, and provide programming that will help their specific community, by connecting patrons with experts and advisers,” he continued.

Library patrons—and you don’t need a library card unless you’re checking out materials—will meet with money experts, not librarians.

Partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland and the Veterans Administration, the Cleveland Public Library has designed its Money Smart Week to work with veterans.

“It will be like a fair,” says Thomas, who is also a past president of the Public Library Association. “We want to get them signed up for their VA benefits. There will be different educational institutions, reps from the VA, and OhioMeansJobs [an employment initiative in Ohio].”

In Chicago, the public library is focusing on those in the sharing economy, such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb, who are now figuring out tax questions.

“IRS Taxpayer Advocates will be on hand to help patrons in the sharing economy,” Thomas said. “Other libraries are focusing specifically on children 5–8 years of age learning money management.”

In Pickerington, Ohio, a library will have a grocery store providing tips on how to manage the food budget.

“Every library is doing what it thinks is important for their community,” Thomas says, noting that no one socioeconomic group is targeted. “Everyone can learn to budget their funds better.”

“Money Smart Week shines a light on what libraries do,” says Thomas. “Libraries do this kind of programming all the time.”

To learn about activities at your local library, visit the Money Smart Week website.

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She Will Be The First Black Woman to Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Movie With Episode IX

Director J.J. Abrams has selected African American filmmaker Victoria Mahoney to serve as second unit director on the next Star Wars movie, reports Indiewire.

Ava DuVernay first shared the news on her Twitter feed:


Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in 2019. Abrams is already in pre-production. According to Indiewire, Mahoney will work on directing scenes that are “mostly dedicated to shooting essential pieces like establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways.”

Mahoney made her directorial debut in 2011 with her film Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz. She had director’s credits for several TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Power, Claws, and Queen Sugar. Prior to her work as a director, she was an actress with bit roles in the film Legally Blonde and on the TV shows Seinfeld, Sliders, Brewster Place and others.


Despite a vast Star Wars universe featuring an array of aliens, robots, and humanoids of all different skin colors…the franchise has come under fire for a lack of diversity. Bustle.com recently wrote, “According to a study reported by Variety, 2015’s The Force Awakens, which stars Ridley and Fisher in leading roles, still only presented women speaking 27.8 percent of the dialogue. In that same film, white people spoke 62.5 percent of the dialogue, and there wasn’t nearly as much diversity as there was in Rogue One.”

Perhaps even more clamorous, are those protesting what they deem as Lucasfilm’s attempts to be “politically correct.” There was outrage over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Some of the Twitter tears of outrage then included:

#BoycottStarWarsVII because it will be ghetto garbage.

Star Wars is “White Culture” just as much as Jazz is “Black Culture.”

So why is there a black storm trooper in the new Star Wars movie? They’re supposed [sic] be all white. I’m tired of this political correctness [expletive].

The most recent Star Wars movie was also lambasted (likely by the same fringe group and members of the alt-right) for pushing a “feminist agenda.” Trolls flocked to movie review site Rotten Tomatoes’ forums to unleash their fury. The Telegraph reported at the time, “The comments are littered with one-star reviews that read, “Politically correct to the point of boredom”; “SJW propaganda” and “I’m frustrated that feminism and diversity have made their way into this film. This has ruined Star Wars for me as well as my kids. Keep liberalism out of it and stop ruining once good things.”

 

 

 

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How Westworld‘s William Evolved Into the Man in Black

In one of Westworld Season 1’s most highly anticipated twists, we find out that William (Jimmi Simpson) and the ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) are the same guy, separated by three decades.

And according to the Westworld Season 2 trailer, the Man in Black is determined to burn the theme park down. Whether or not he gets to fulfill his vacation dreams is anyone’s guess. But let’s pull back for a moment and remember how his character a white-hatted good guy as pure as they come went full black hat.

Before you dive into the Westworld Season 2 premiere on April 22, here’s a refresher on how William became the Man in Black.

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William the Newbie

When he first shows up at the park in the second episode of Season 1, William seems immune to the park’s amusements. He hops off the train as a reluctant first-timer on a business retreat of sorts. He’s traveled there with a returning visitor, Logan (Ben Barnes), his insufferable, rich brother-in-law to-be.

Recall that William did not care for Logan’s system of rating women based on their attractiveness, which Logan shared with him on the train ride in. He didn’t care for the way Logan stabbed an elderly host’s hand to the table because he interrupted their steak dinner. He turned down advances from female hosts like Angela (Talulah Riley) and Clementine (Angela Sarafyan), even though his fiancée enjoyed sex with hosts before. The guy even robbed people politely. He was different.

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Dolores the Draw

That all changed when William fell in love with the rancher’s daughter and the pair teamed up for an adventure into the less family-friendly danger zones of the park through Pariah and Ghost Nation. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) was so pure that she lassoed his heart. And William was so convinced that she could become conscious that he became her ally. They have train sex, and he’s hooked.

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The Major Turning Point

But then Dolores was captured by Confederate soldiers and, as far as we know, brutalized. We discover that William has a real knack for violence when Logan wakes up from an outdoor sleepover to discover that his future brother spent the evening butchering all the host soldiers. Logan is shocked by this. And William gets rid of Logan by sending him galloping away naked on a horse.

Montage Metamorphosis

We learn about William’s transformation in a montage toward the close of Season 1. It shows that he enjoys the rest of his first stay and his mission to find Dolores. William stops at nothing to find her, and when he finally does, in Sweetwater, she doesn’t even appear to remember him. He’s really pissed about that one.

As his Westworld gaming progresses, he turns into a brutal man fixated on getting to the core of the game, mowing down any hosts in his way. We learn that his fiancée Juliet became his wife, and later took her own life. It’s enough to lead him back to Westworld again and again. For 30 years.

His Transgressions

William is a repeat offender, and his rap sheet is long. But here’s a sampling: We learn that he is likely sexually assaulting Dolores in unseen barn scenes, and at one point, he stabs Maeve (Thandie Newton.) But perhaps most surprising of all, he kills Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) He’s the sidekick with whom the Man in Black has a complicated bromance. They have some laughs, but the Man in Black ends up hanging Lawrence once he is no longer useful to him. To him, everyone is just a pawn in this game.

Oh, and then we find out that he also owns Westworld, which helps explain his entitled attitude, and why he thinks it’s appropriate to call Dr. Ford by his first name.

His Endgame

If the Man in Black were a host, in Westworld terms, the deeper level of this game would be his “cornerstone.” It’s what drives him. He spends a good chunk of time trying to figure out what it all means. He firmly believes the deceased park co-creator Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) hid the real mystery of the park at “the center of the Maze.” He’s wrong. The maze is really an inward journey Arnold set up for the hosts. It doesn’t even apply to him, but he’s still relentlessly obsessed with getting there.

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The Real Stakes He Always Wanted

The last we see of him in Season 1 at the black tie affair massacre in the finale, he’s finding his first taste of fulfillment. The host Clementine Pennyfeather shoots him, and he actually gets injured, which thrills him to no end.

Stay tuned for his shenanigans when Season 2 of Westworld premieres on Sunday.


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Most Black Parents Begin Saving for College Before Their Child Is 10 Years Old

Saving for college is kind of like dieting—it’s something you should do, but it’s oh, so hard. Like many difficult tasks, saving for college may be best done with the advice of an expert.

Northwestern Mutual, the life insurance company, recently conducted a study of African American parents to learn how they save for college. The insurer learned that African American parents do the following:

  • Work side jobs to earn money that is earmarked for saving
  • Start relatively early—before their child is 10
  • Solicit savings help from grandparents and others

Unfortunately, fully 35% of black parents plan to rely on loans to fund some portion of their child’s college education costs.

I spoke with Francisca Brown, Northwestern Mutual director of African American market strategy, to learn more.

“Sixteen percent of African American parents were saving for college using a 529 plan,” Brown told me. “But, 13% were using money market accounts or certificates of deposit.”

Brown suggests that African American parents come out ahead if they work with a financial planner who can guide them to the best vehicles for saving.

“African American families don’t talk about money,” Brown says, echoing a sentiment I’ve heard before. So how can black parents effectively save when money is a taboo subject?

“You can do it right, structure a plan,” Brown says, by working with a financial planner. Northwestern Mutual financial planners do not charge a fee; they earn money by their commissions on the financial products they sell you.

But doesn’t that incentivize them to sell products that the client doesn’t need? Brown says no.

“It has to be about the client and the client’s needs.” Northwestern Mutual is a major life insurance company that would discipline advisers who didn’t act in the client’s best interests.

Some Northwestern Mutual financial advisers offer services in churches or through Jack and Jill, an African American family and social organization.

“We want to help African Americans learn about financial tools, the basics of saving, financial institutions and banking, and life insurance policies,” Brown says. “Our advisers meet the client where they are and grow with the client.”

Some steps advisers use to work with clients:

  1. Asking questions to see where clients are financially
  2. Helping them with legacy planning
  3. Developing a unique plan that suits the client’s needs
  4. Informing clients of their options
  5. Making sure clients are protected

“With the right plan in place,” Brown says, “it is possible to save for college and still meet other financial goals.”

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual, visit its website.

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5 Black Pulitzer Prize Winners Who Made History

On Monday, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 critically acclaimed album, DAMN, making him the first rapper to receive the honor. In addition to marking the first time that a music Pulitzer was given to a hip-hop album, this also sets a new precedent for an artist with such commercial appeal and success. Rather, the honor has traditionally been awarded to more obscure classical and jazz compositions.

Here are four other African American trailblazers who were recognized with the prestigious honor.

Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks became the first black person to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her book Annie Allen, which chronicles the evolution of a young Black girl into womanhood through poetry. Brooks, a literary giant who focused much of her work on documenting the lives and struggle of African Americans and migrants, was also the first black woman to serve as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.


Suzan-Lori Parks

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In 2012, Suzan-Lori Parks became the first black woman playwright to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog, a story of two African American brothers struggling with romantic relationships, poverty, addiction, and racism.


Lynn Nottage  

Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Playwright Lynn Nottage made history when she became the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Broadway play Sweat and her first Pulitzer in 2009 for Ruined, an off-Broadway.

“On some level, I’ve always been a writer,” the Brooklyn native told Black Enterprise. “When I was 5 years old, I began crafting stories in my living room for my parents, and whenever they would have guests over, I would create little drama productions to perform for them, and I would get my brother to be one of my performers.”

In addition to joining an elite group of black Pulitzer-winning writers, Nottage is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University.


George Walker

Black Pulitzer Prize Winners

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George Walker became the first African American to receive a coveted Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1996 for his work Lilacs. Walker, who is noted as one of the greatest composers of his time, was also the first African American to graduate from the Curtis Institute in 1954, receive a doctorate degree from Eastman School in 1956, and become a tenured faculty member at Smith College.

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Fox Anchors Call Black Student Accepted To 20 Colleges ‘Ridiculous’

Micheal Brown, a brilliant high school senior, is still waiting for a formal apology from Fox News – and he certainly deserves it.

Brown has been offered a full ride in scholarships to 20 different colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford – but his celebration was somewhat dampened after Fox anchors in Washington, D.C. called Brown “obnoxious” for applying to so many colleges.

Fox 5 D.C. co-anchor Holly Morris and contributor Sarah Fraser criticized Brown, who is African-American, and accused him of holding potential college slots hostage for other deserving students.

“It’s a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid,” Fraser said earlier this month.

“I think it’s a little obnoxious because you can only go to one,” Morris added. “You can only take one full ride and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”

Brown is simply asking for an apology. Why shouldn’t Brown apply to as many colleges as he chooses? He has worked hard in high school to earn his 4.68 GPA and the bright 17-year-old wants the best college education available to him. Shouldn’t Brown be praised for being accepted into America’s top colleges?

This is an uplifting story, a tale of inspiration. The video of Brown celebrating with friends went viral and many people, Black and white, enthusiastically supported Brown on Twitter.

Even former President Bill Clinton reached out to congratulate him.

“What an incredible accomplishment, Michael,” he wrote on Twitter. “Follow your heart and your head, your future is incredibly bright. I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

“If you want to talk about Georgetown,” Clinton wrote, “give me a call.”

Fox News commentators on national prime time shows have consistently railed against affirmative action policies for college students and they have criticized poor African-Americans.

Now, here’s Brown, a young man who has earned the right to apply to the colleges of his choosing and yet he is criticized for being smart, assertive and self-motivated.

Would Morris and Fraser take Brown to task if Brown was white? Morris said, through Twitter, that she would have scolded Brown even if he was white. We’ll never know. Fraser issued an apology to Brown on Twitter, but Morris has not  and neither has Fox DC 5.

The issue over the number of colleges that Brown applied to is not the story. The story is how this bright young man will enter one of America’s top colleges in the fall — for free— because of his academic acumen. Brown is a role model for other high schools around Houston and across the country.

For Fox anchors, criticizing Brown is shameful and undermines his incredible achievement.

“My disappointment was with the language used to describe me, a minor. To call someone obnoxious and annoying,” Brown told Newsweek. “I cannot change how someone thinks, but how someone presents their opinion is important and they just presented it poorly.”

Brown’s mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, told Newsweek she would also like to see her son get an apology over the incident.

“It would just be the right thing to do, period,” Rutledge-Brown said.

Brown has been accepted to the following universities: Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Williams College, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UC-Davis and UC-Irvine and Stanford University.

The brainy teen said Morris and Fraser should “maybe next time think a little bit more before you act or say something and just consider the person on the other side.”

Brown deserves an apology from Fox – but he doesn’t need it. He’ll do just fine.

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Marine Corps Promotes Lorna Mahlock To Become Its First Black Woman Brigadier General

On Tuesday, the Marine Corps’ Office of Public Affairs announced the nomination of Colonel Lorna Mahlock by President Donald Trump to serve as brigadier general in the United States military. If she is confirmed, Mahlock will move up to the rank of Lieutenant General, take over the assignment as director of the Marine Corps Staff, and become the first black woman to serve in that role.

Brigadier General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown was the first black woman general officer and the first black chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

The United States Marine Corps, which has long been dominated by white men, launched a marketing campaign in 2012 in an effort to diversify its ranks. They ran television ads during college and professional football games, placed ads in sports magazines, and uploaded a series of online videos, which senior officers told the New York Times would “resonate with young people in general, but women and blacks in particular.” 

Mahlock is currently the deputy director of operations, plans, policies and operations directorate at the Marine Corps’ headquarters in Washington, D.C.


She has previously served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG18) in Okinawa, Japan, overseeing 1,300 military and civilian personnel and was responsible for equipment and infrastructure worth $ 250 million. She also leads, maintains, and operates a unit with 400 marines, and $ 60 million in commercial network and satellite equipment in over 15 sovereign countries.

Mahlock also has experience working with lawmakers and private industry professionals. Before her stint with MACG 18, Mahlock worked with lawmakers as the Chief Information Officer of G6, engaging members in support of key Department of Defense legislation in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. She also coordinated with industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Simon Sinek on human capital and talent management strategies.

For a year, she worked at the Office of Legislative Affairs, managing the Marines’ manpower legislative portfolio for the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps. For three years, between 2010 and 2013, Mahlock served in the European Command in Germany, coordinating the activities of several arms of the military and Special Operations activities across 50 countries, including Turkey and Israel.

Mahlock earned a broadcast journalism degree from Marquette University in 1991 and a graduate degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. She also earned a master’s degree in Military Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2010, according to her LinkedIn page.

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Italy’s First Black Immigrant Senator Doesn’t Really Like Immigrants

Italy’s new parliament is now the most diverse it has ever been. It has more women. It is younger and for the first time ever, it will have a black face occupying one of its seats in its parliament. Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi made waves around the world last month after his electoral triumph made him the country’s first ever black senator.

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure. I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank his party leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members.

There’s just one issue: the new black immigrant senator’s election promise was to stop “the invasion of immigrants” in Italy.

FAR RIGHT WINGER:

Iwobi is a member of the far-right League, formerly the Northern League, whose regional policy “was succession from the rest of Italy.” According to the Local, the party has threatened to take Italy out of the euro and the European Union. Its leadership thinks Islam is incompatible with Italian values. It fiercely opposes immigration and has promised to expel thousands of illegal migrants in Italy.

In February, one of its far-right supporters shot and injured six immigrants of African descent in an attack that was deemed racially motivated. Yahoo News even went as far as to describe Iwobi as “the black face to Italy’s far-right” movement.

Iwobi, who moved to Italy on a student visa in 1976 was born to a Roman Catholic family of 11 in Gusau, Nigeria, in 1955. He worked several odd jobs like plumbing, garbage collector, and in construction while earning a degree in accounting and computer science. He now runs an IT security and services company in Spirano, where he has lived for the majority of his 42 years in the country.

HIS TOUGH STANCE ON IMMIGRATION:

Just days after his election victory, one of Italy’s famous black footballer blasted the 63-year old on social media for his stance on immigration.

“Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” Mario Balotelli wrote of Iwobi on Instagram.

Balotelli, who is now 27 years old, was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants and was given to foster parents at the age of two. Because his foster family didn’t officially adopt him, Balotelli had to wait till he was 18 years old to be granted Italian citizenship.

”It’s an absurd law which needs to be changed. He was born and raised in Italy but had to suffer the humiliation and hardships of being considered a foreigner,” said Silvia Balotelli, his foster mother said.

Reforms proposed in the Senate in December to make the process easier was vehemently opposed by Iwobi.

“Why should the children of foreigners become Italian just like that? It’s not right,” Iwobi was quoted in Il Giornale, Italy’s right-wing newspaper.

Jean-Léonard Touadi, a Congolese-born journalist and politician with Italy’s center-to-left Democratic Party said Iwobi suffers from “Stockholm’s Syndrome”

“He acts as a mouthpiece for the anti-African proclamations of his own jailers,” Touadi said.

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Black Lightning & Black Panther, Leading the Way for Superhero Representation

At WonderCon, FANDOM caught up with the writers and executive producer of Black Lightning. Salim Akil, Lamont Magee, and Pat Charles all shared their thoughts on how Black Lightning is increasing black representation in the superhero genre. This lead to a discussion on how similarly Black Lightning & Black Panther are leading the charge for diversity in superhero representation on both television and film. Let’s jump into their comments.

Significance of Black Lightning



Showrunner and series co-creator Salim Akil praised the success of Black Panther, as well as the relevance of his own show: “It’s fantastic. What I find even more interesting is if you look at Black Panther and Black Lightning, how relevant they are to society today. I think that they are connecting because they are relevant.”

Writer Lamont Magee also shared that he has seen Black Panther six times. As for Black Lightning, “It is the best show for me to work on because I grew up in a bad neighborhood watching superhero shows and now I get to do it for the next generation of kids who are dreaming about better circumstances.”

Pat Charles echoed this sentiment, “He’s an African American superhero. I’ve always liked comic books, but there have been very few comic books where I could see myself… the opportunity to work on a superhero that reflected me is what attracted me to the show.”

Significance of Black Panther



Black Panther is currently getting all the credit for shifting the superhero landscape, especially since its a Marvel Studios film and a box office breakout. Interestingly, Black Lightning is achieving the same kind of impact — more so if you include the LGBTQ representation on the show — but its getting significantly less buzz because TV always has a smaller audience than film.

Still, its important for shows like Black Lightning to be included in superhero line ups like Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. While each of those shows have different levels of diversity, Black Lighting is the only superhero show to feature an all black cast.

Backed with a predominantly black writing and producing staff, as the gentlemen mentioned above, and The CW has a truly significant show on their hands. Thankfully Black Lightning has been renewed for a second season, which means we’ll get more relevant, diverse, and impactful black superhero stories in the future.

Black Lightning & Black Panther are both currently airing on The CW and in theaters, respectively.

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Dwayne Johnson Updates on the ‘Fast and the Furious’ Spin-Off, ‘Black Adam,’ ‘Doc Savage’ and ‘Jumanji 3’

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Dwayne Johnson has a new movie out this weekend — the video game adaptation Rampage — but while promoting that release he's also been talking about future projects. Find updates on four of his biggest forthcoming projects below.

 

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Are Black Women Engineers On the Brink of Extinction?

Amidst all the recent media hype about women of color having a moment and changing the world (all of which is true, by the way) comes alarming news about black women engineers.

Despite the fact that engineering jobs are well-paying and plentiful, and twice as many black women are enrolled in college as black men, black women receive fewer engineering degrees than almost any other group—just 1% in 2015, according to the American Society for Engineering Education—and that number has declined since 2011.

What’s worse? ‘”Women of Color in the Engineering Workplace” a joint research study just released by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), found that one in four black women leaves the profession within the first five years. Coupled with abysmal entry rates, these early exits can sound the death knell for diversity in the engineering profession if something isn’t done to prevent it.

SWE and NSBE conducted the study in an effort to identify strategies to diversify the engineering profession and ensure that the needs of this subpopulation of engineers are encouraged to stay in the workforce.

“With fewer than 5% of working engineers being women of color, more attention and support could help to increase diversity in the engineering profession,” said Roberta Rincon, manager of research at SWE.

Representation Matters, and More

Through one-on-one interviews with a critical but small sample of women, several clear patterns and major takeaways emerged:

  • a lack of role models
  • disillusionment with their potential to make meaningful impact
  • dissatisfaction with salary and benefits, and discovered gaps when compared with others
  • unfair or unhelpful performance evaluations
  • difficulty obtaining professional development
  • isolation caused by the relocation that engineering jobs often require
  • difficulties managing gender and racially biased treatment and stereotypes

More than 90% of the women interviewed are members of a professional engineering association and researchers were particularly interested in understanding how such networks can better support women of color to help increase their retention. Recommendations offered to help these organizations better support their members in those first critical years in the workforce, include:

  • helping women of color find mentors
  • better support of women after a job relocation
  • accommodation of women’s busy schedules and dispersed locations so they can maintain an active membership
  • increased age diversity of organizations’ leadership
  • diversifying events and workshop topics

Ideally, employers would incorporate these recommendations in the workplace as well.

“We conducted this study with SWE to gain a greater understanding of the experiences that discourage women of color from entering and staying in engineering careers,” said Karl W. Reid, NSBE executive director. “What we learned was both painful to hear and extraordinarily helpful in providing good direction to the cause of engineering diversity.”

 

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Beyoncé Performs Black National Anthem, Reunites Destiny’s Child & More At Coachella

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Beyoncé just may be the greatest entertainer all time. After performing the Black National Anthem, reuniting Destiny’s, having Jay-Z come through and much more during her show-stopping Coachella set last night (April 14), that’s becoming less debatable. 

Bey’s performance was unapologetically Black, and it was glorious. She didn’t have to come out to “Life Every Voice and Sing” or dish out the HBCU vibes, but she damn sure did.

To say that Bey’s performance was Internet breaking is an understatement.

If you weren’t there, or couldn’t get to a livestream, Twitter had you covered. See the reactions and clips below and on the flip.

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Starbucks Apologizes After Boycott Erupts Over Video of Black Men Arrested in Philadelphia Store

Starbucks has apologized after a boycott erupted over a video of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia store, which led to accusations of racism on social media.

As viral videos of the incident show, officers handcuffed the two men in a Starbucks location in Philadelphia’s downtown district on Thursday.

At one point in the video, a white man can be heard explaining that he was meeting with the men and describing the arrest situation with police officers as “ridiculous.”

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook video that employees at the coffee store called 911 to report two men who were trespassing. Ross explained that the officers were told the two men requested to use the restroom when they came into the store but were denied because they hadn’t made a purchase — a company policy. Ross said the men refused to leave, even when police asked them to depart the premises three times, and that the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

“As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing,” Ross said. “If a business calls and they say that ‘Someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business,’ [officers] now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties and they did just that.”

“We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest,” Starbucks said in a statement shared on Twitter Saturday. “We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores. We are reviewing our policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores.”

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Still, as of Saturday evening, #BoycottStarbucks remained a top trending topic on Twitter.

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Meet Sibling Creators of WakandaCon: A Black Panther Inspired Conference

David Barthwell has seen Black Panther five times. He needs to see the film one more time in order to catch up with Lisa Beasley, who is already planning on seeing it again. For both of them, the movie was more than just entertainment. Even greater than the scientific revelations and the social phenomenon it has become.

“I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I watched Star Trek and Lord of the Rings growing up and I’ll call myself a fan but watching Black Panther and finally seeing a place like Wakanda with all the joy and color and subversiveness really shook me,” Barthwell told Black Enterprise.

David Barthwell, 35, is the eldest of three siblings organizing the Wakanda Conference

His childhood fantasies were playing out on screen, right before his eyes.

“I finally realized what it meant; transporting myself to another place. I felt the sense of loss that I could not go there and the feeling of wanting to be there but I couldn’t,” Barthwell said.

The need to belong, to reach out “for a piece of that which espouses the values” portrayed in Black Panther is what motivated Barthwell to launch the Wakanda Conference.

To start, Barthwell had to make sure he was on the right path. He discussed his thoughts with his siblings. Alison, 29, who is a writer, director, and teacher, along with Matthew, 26, who had just completed a graduate social work degree, were both in on the idea.

David, 35, who has run Verge Graphics for 15 years knew he had to show a proof of concept. He built a website, created a landing page for it and posted the event on social media. The event went viral within a day of posting it, with almost 10,000 sign-ups.

“The response was overwhelming,” Barthwell said.

He said he has since been contacted by so many different people from news outlets to people just looking to vent. It was then he knew he had a viable event on his hands. In the meantime, Alison reached out to her longtime friend, Beasley and pitched her the idea.

“As soon as she said it, I knew what it was and I don’t care if it was three people or thousands, I want to be there. The movie changed my life,” Beasley said.

Lisa Beasley, 31, an actor and comedian based in Chicago is one of the organizers of WakandaCon

Beasley, who has worked for years in the Windy City as a comic, said the movie helped her realize her potential. It was the challenge scene between Killmonger and T’Challa that got her. Killmonger had traveled to Wakanda to face King T’Challa in a tribal fight-to-death challenge as all the Wakandan tribes watched on. One can almost hear the gasps and anticipation in the movie theatre as the fight went on for about a minute before T’Challa was stabbed and shoved off the edge of the waterfalls.

Beasley said seeing the men and women standing side by side helped her realize her confidence as an actor and business owner.

“I have been hiding myself from a lot,” Beasley said. “Seeing black women, in their own full power, standing side by side the men even when they disagreed changed my perception of walking in confidence.”

She now runs the convention’s media outreach. A writer, producer, and comedian originally from Gary, Indiana, Beasley has appeared on ABC, NBC, and has toured the country with 3Peat Comedy and is a writer for Cards Against Humanity. The siblings also brought on seasoned filmmaker and producer Taylor Witten, whose business background came in handy when negotiating contracts.

But first, Barthwell said he took a step back and put everything on hold. He said he consulted with his lawyers to make sure he wasn’t breaking any intellectual property laws with Marvel Studios.

“I wanted to make sure it was something that we could do,” he said.

With the OK from his lawyers, Barthwell and the team toured several venues in Chicago. They even reached out to the mayor of Wauconda, Illinois, but they settled for the Hilton Hotel on the West Side of Chicago. Although the team is keeping names of speakers under wraps, Beasley confirmed that a number of the Black Panther cast has reached out, first to confirm that the conference was real and to see how they could participate. There was even a conversation with Black Atlanta Tech Week.

The blockbuster movie continues to break box office records globally, sending the sales of African attire through the roof. It has incited conversations about Afro-futurism and diversity in Hollywood. Even the chief executive of Disney hinted at a theme park ride.


While the conference will not offer any rides, Beasley said anyone who is black should attend [but the event is open to everyone]. From politics, tech, social justice, innovation, to comic books, there are different topics that’ll interest different persons. A discounted $ 25 full weekend pass is already on sale. There’s a full weekend pass for $ 35 and at $ 56, you can get the premium Colonizer Full Weekend badge which proceeds will be donated to residents of Flint, Michigan. There’s also a $ 10 digital pass, which Barthwell said allows people who can’t travel to Chicago to stream online, a move he said will bring tech to underserved communities.

“This conference means different things to each one of us,” Beasley said. She hopes the event offers an opportunity to examine how the movie has brought together not only African Americans but Africans and black people in the diaspora for a common goal.

Barthwell wants to amplify the many different lessons in the movie. He especially relates to Killmonger’s anger as a black man and how they communicate.

“I have that side that relates to being angry,” he said. “But there’s also the part that says listen and respect black women and I’m interested to see how that plays into it.”

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Teen Pays Homage to Black Women in One of a Kind Prom Dress

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A 17-year old Tennessee teenager wanting her prom dress to honor her late great-grandmother had images of iconic African-American women printed on her dress. Skyler Branch of White Station High School in Memphis wanted to make a splash at her prom had a great idea to have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and others […]

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Outfit Formula : Business Casual & Black Mules

This outfit formula was inspired by looks I’ve been helping some clients put together for Spring business casual. Sandals are usually not part of the work dress code, but dressier mules are a fun and trendy way to do “sandals-lite”. Mules are generally okay with work dress codes because the toes are covered. 

Black mules come in a variety of silhouettes. Heeled, flat, casual, dressy, sueded, with hardware, and in all sorts of vamp lengths and toe shapes. Take your pick.

Black mules are a slam dunk for those who like to wear black bottoms and black footwear to work. The good news is that the two look great together, and are a good way to refresh your style for the office. The point is to show some ankle and leg when wearing mules. Covering up the back of the mule hides the main feature of the style. If you get the right shape and size for your feet, mules fit extremely well and feel secure and comfortable. They can look polished and pulled together if you choose a dressier version.

The outfit formula:

Black Bottoms + Business Casual Top + Business Casual Topper + Black Mules

Here are four renditions to get you started. I’ve chosen a black, white and grey palette with a pop of colour. Feel free to choose any colour palette, although the point here is to keep the bottoms and footwear black.

1. Cropped Pants, Mules & Blazer

Combine black cropped straights or flares with a layering top and non-black blazer. Cropped pants can hover between two to six inches above the ankle bone. Ankle pants that finish two to three inches above the ankle bone are usually best for the office. Finish off the look with black heeled or flat mules and a structured bag.

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2. Skirt, Mules & Jacket

Combine a black skirt with a layering top and a jacket that works with the length of the skirt. Tuck or semi-tuck the top. Or leave it out. A flared skirt is shown here, but a pencil skirt will work just fine. Finish off the look with black heeled or flat mules and a structured bag. You can absolutely wear flat mules with a skirt or dress, so please don’t think that you have to wear heels — that’s a dated style concept. Pointy toes will elongate the leg line, as will tucking or semi-tucking the top to showcase or hint at the waist.

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3. Slim Ankle Pants, Mules & Long Topper

Combine slim black ankle pants with a layering top and a solid or patterned long topper like a cocoon jacket, duster coat, long blazer or maxi cardigan. Leave it open in front to create an elongating vertical line down the centre front of the body. Finish off the look with black heeled or flat mules and a structured bag.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Octavian 35 Studded Fringed Patent-leather Mules

4. Roomy Pants, Mules & Statement Blouse

Combine black culottes, wide crops or cropped flares with a dressy statement top that looks professional and dressy without a jacket. It does not need to be tucked or semi-tucked unless you want to lengthen the leg line from the hips upwards. A wrap top is a great idea. Create a low contrast between the top and bottom if you don’t wont a horizontally cutting line across the body. Finish off the look with black heeled or flat mules and a structured bag. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

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Black Girls Run: They Lead The Way In Elections Nationwide

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

More than 500 African-American women across America are running for public offices in 2018, perhaps the largest number of Black women ever to compete for elected positions in one year.

Black women – Democrats and Republicans, incumbents and neophytes  – are vying for federal, state and local seats from coast to coast.

For years, African-American women have been underrepresented in politics and this unprecedented number of black female candidates is an inspirational addition to the 2018 political scene.

A new database, Black Women In Politics, lists 507 known black female candidates running for elected positions this year. https://blackwomeninpolitics.com

Here are just a few examples of the 2018 movement for black female political empowerment: Stacey Adams is running for Governor of Alabama and hoping to become the first African-American female governor in the country. Mina Davis is seeking a seat in the Nebraska state legislature.

Tamekia Fain-Lovett is running for a U.S. Congressional seat in Georgia. Coral Evans is trying to become Mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona. Monica Montgomery is hoping for a seat on the San Diego, California City Council. Gail Finney is running for a state legislature seat in Kansas. Veronika Fimbres is running for governor of California.

Many of these women could make political history. They are emulating the historic leadership of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman and African-American to run for president from a major political party.

Approaching the mid-term elections in November, these Black women could help shape the political landscape moving forward and help Democrats take the majority of seats in Congress.

“There are Black women running for political office all over the United States, and we need to know who they are,” according to the website. “It is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of Black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work. 2018 is especially important because midterm elections are coming up. We need all the information we can get.”

The website database was created by blogger Luvvie Ajayi, who said she decided to search for black female candidates after Democrat Doug Jones won his Senate seat in Alabama with 96 percent of the black female vote.

In addition to Ajayi’s website, a comprehensive report by the Higher Heights Leadership Fund, “Chisholm Effect: Black Women in America Politics 2018,” underscores the significance of black women getting involved in the political process.

“We should all be buoyed by the [Shirley] Chisholm effect, which spawned generations of Black women determined to and successful at breaking political glass ceilings,” U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote in a forward to the report. “There’s an opportunity in the coming months for Black women to build on these gains by taking decisive action to increase our political representation and provide America with leadership that is powerful, connected and lasting.”

She added: “The data demonstrate that, even with the gains Black women saw at some levels of office in 2016, there is more work to do to ensure that Black women’s representation in elected office reflects their presence in American society.”

We are witnessing an extraordinary movement of black women in politics and we’ll realize the scope of their empowerment when voters head to the polls in November.

What do you think?

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‘Black Panther’ Is Now The #3 All-Time Movie In U.S. Box Office History

While people knew that Black Panther was among 2018’s most highly-anticipated films and they knew the buzz on it was intense, every week that box office receipts come in must be a shocker for a least some Hollywood observers. Wakanda and King T’Challa have now surpassed the blockbuster Titanic at the box office to take the #3 all-time slot.

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Ryan Coogler’Black Panther is still making history nearly two months after it first opened in theaters.

The latest accomplishment: The Disney and Marvel superhero tentpole on Saturday passed 1997’s Titanic to rank as the third top-grossing title of all time at the North American box office behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($ 936.7 million) and 2009’s Avatar ($ 760.5 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Black Panther finished Friday with a domestic total of $ 659.3 million, just shy of the $ 659.5 million grossed by Titanic.

Globally, Black Panther has grossed $ 1.29 billion to date and currently ranks as the No. 10 top-grossing title of all time.

The film — unprecedented in being a big-budget studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast — stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

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What’s The Future Of Black People In The Democratic Party?

Underneath the surface, many Black folks are feeling dissatisfied with the Democratic Party. They are discontented because they’ve been loyal to a party that often makes them feel undervalued.

For many Black Florida Democrats, it felt like a slap in the face that it took Florida Democratic National Committee member John Parker months to apologize for using the phrase “colored people” after a Party meeting in January. Parker resigned his post on Wednesday, but only under pressure, Politico reported.

 

With the 2018 midterm elections looming, the massive Democratic victories expected could fizzle if the party continues to neglect Black voters. In another case that should alarm the party, Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is White, has come under heavy criticism back home from African-American constituents who are angry because they feel she’s taking them for granted.

Cynthia Nixon, the actress who is running as a Democrat for governor of New York, warned specifically about party leaders neglecting African-American women.

Black women “will stop showing up for the Democratic Party if the Democratic Party doesn’t start showing up for them,” said Nixon, who is White, Wednesday on the Wendy Williams Show.

Indeed, Black women were instrumental in sweeping Democrats into office in recent key elections in Alabama and Virginia. Exit polls showed that 98 percent of Black women who voted in the Alabama’s special Senate election cast their ballot for Doug Jones.

In 2017, a group of Black women activists, community leaders and elected officials warned Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez in an open letter that they should not be ignored.

“Black women have consistently shown up for Democrats as a loyal voting bloc, demonstrating time and again that we are crucial to the protection of progressive policies such as economic security, affordable healthcare and criminal justice reform,” the letter stated.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Black holes are hanging out at the center of our galaxy by the thousands, according to scientists who have detected a bunch of them in the neighborhood of a supermassive black hole already known to reside at the heart of the Milky Way.


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