Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it


Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it

On January 17th, pop star Ariana Grande dropped a video for her new single, “7 Rings,” a hip-hop-inspired joint about all of the joys of disposable income. Some of my Twitter timeline consisted of people candidly and comically talking about capitalism and how Grande’s wealth made them feel. Others continued stanning the singer as usual. But an overwhelming amount of Black women were not amused by Grande’s latest work. Rather, they were offended and taken aback by her use of Black culture to boost her sound.

The video, which is currently the #1 trending video on YouTube and has accumulated over 15 million views as of this article, starts off with a pink-tinted scene starring Grande and her pastel-obsessed, all-female ensemble. The crew dons their hardest, sexiest faces as Grande gives a rundown of her life to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound Of Music: The tragic events that crushed her, the luxurious adventures she has with “girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble.” But right before the minute mark, “7 Rings” takes a sharp, cringeworthy turn. The trap hi-hats come in, and Grande’s “Pretty Boy Swag” homage kicks off.

Soulja Boy is the mastermind behind “Pretty Boy Swag,” an equally opulent song that was legally sampled by Beyoncé on 2016’s “Hold Up”. Soulja, who is arguably the world’s first social media star, has been the subject of memes and articles galore this week for his interview with  The Breakfast Club, in which he accused Drake of stealing his lyrics and flow. Many have sided with Soulja Boy, saying that he has never received the appropriate accolades for his work, or even the basic respect he deserves for launching the career of one of pop’s biggest names.

For Grande to use his cadence with no credit is not only a slap in the face, but an especially bad business move as well. Soulja Boy is clearly very open when it comes to popping off about unauthorized uses of his material.

It looks like Grande took cues from 2 Chainz, too. His famous Pink Trap House in Atlanta was a safe space for Black people that he used as a free HIV-testing center and a family-friendly haunted house. Grande tried to recreate the energy he ushered in with this innovative space by incorporating a house of her own into “7 Rings,” but it came off as gimmicky. If you know what really happens in trap houses, then you know that they’re much more than party locations for champagne-inspired fantasies. Trap houses are often unfurnished spaces where drugs are produced and sold. Frankly, it is not within Ariana Grande’s range to change that narrative since she has no experience with that lifestyle.

Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” and Beyonce’s rap-singing (featured on “APESHIT,” “7/11,” and “Top Off”) also appear to have influenced Grande, as some folks online have pointed out.

New York rapper Princess Nokia also seems to be a victim of Grande’s apparently sticky fingers. In an Instagram video posted January 18th, the 26-year-old artist played “7 Rings” and “Mine,” a song from her 1992 Deluxe album released in 2017, side by side. Nokia then says, “Do that sound familiar to you? Because that sound familiar to me…Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair?”

Stans are choosing to cape for Grande, saying, “locals don’t even know [who Nokia is]” and “Sorry, who are you??” But if you listen closely to both songs, you can definitely hear similarities in the instrumental composition, the vocal tones of both performers, and even the lyrics. While Nokia talks about her hair by repeating the lyrics, “It’s mine, I bought it,” Grande repeats, “I want it, I got it” and “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it” in a very similar rhythm.

Ariana Grande has made it known that she works with Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx, two talented Black songwriters who only have a sliver of Grande’s visibility. Their heavy involvement in her career, plus cosigns from other Black celebrities like Pharrell, surely makes it seem that Grande’s ties to Blackness are legitimate. But the fact remains that she is a white woman who has studied AAVE, and she is now using trap house imagery and lifting from the works of lesser known Black rappers without giving them credit. (It’s important to note that, in addition to this appropriation of Black culture, people have criticized Grande’s recent and frequent use of Japanese characters and aesthetics in her promotional imagery.)

I talked with fellow writers Erin McLaughlin and Wanna Thompson about Grande’s lip locks with Blackness. When I asked if this disregard for Black innovation was shocking on Grande’s part, McLaughlin said, “Black American culture is the most popular phenomenon in the world to be honest, so everyone thinks it’s always up for grabs. It’s always been the norm to expect ANYTHING from Black people—whether it’s our time, labor, or creativity. [Grande] being white makes it even worse…How do you look as a white girl with a team full of Black people doing a video like this?”

Thompson was not shocked either. “Everyone knows that Blackness is what’s cool,” she said. “Various artists have experimented with this in the past, and it’s still a formula that white women continue to utilize. From Gwen Stefani to Fergie to Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea…the list goes on and on. This tactic will never die, as long as you have an industry supporting the BS.”

“We all know white women are afforded privilege…Ariana is able to hide behind her ‘cute, quirky’ image without much backlash because she’s still viewed as that innocent kid from Nickelodeon,” Thompson continued. “I have called [her] out various times via Twitter in the last few months, and I was met with backlash…”

McLaughlin has similar sentiments: “She’s white. She’s a cute, petite white girl with a clean track record as far as being problematic goes. But also, stan culture has prevented people from being able to separate the art from the artist.”

Ariana, if you’re reading, hear me out. It doesn’t have to be this way.

You don’t have to go down in history as another white girl who turned to rap and Black culture to add sauce to her career. You’re already talented—no one can take that away from you. People love you for how open you are about your life. These moments of appropriation are unnecessary, and Blackness isn’t an act. Detracting from the hard work of Black people won’t get you as far as you hope. And if it does, you better believe that it won’t keep you there. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.

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Iconic Broadway Star Dies, And Yes, Carol Channing Was Part Black

The show business world is mourning the loss of one of its most iconic theater stars. Carol Channing, known mostly for her role as clever matchmaker Dolly Levi in Broadway’s Hello Dolly! musical, passed away on Tuesday at age 97. Channing was part black and spoke often of the need “to pass” to achieve success.

The actress, singer, comedian, and dancer was a fixture on Broadway and on television, appearing in guest roles on shows including Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Love Boat, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and more.

In her autobiography, “Just Lucky I Guess,” published in 2002, Channing revealed that she was in fact, part African American. According to Wikipedia, Channing’s mother Adelaide Glaser was German Jewish and her father, George Christian Channing, was African American and German. Her father was a journalist and a Christian Scientist.

In an interview with former talk show host Larry King in 2002, Channing described her reaction to learning her father was half-black.

…when I found out. I was 16-years-old and my mother told me. And you know, only the reaction on me was, Gee, I got the greatest genes in show business.  Every time I start to sing or dance, I know it, and I’m proud of it.

She revealed in another interview that her mother told her about her father’s heritage because she didn’t want her to be surprised if she “had a black baby.”

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A young Channing. (Wikimedia)

In her biography, Channing wrote that she kept her heritage secret so she wouldn’t be typecast on Broadway and in Hollywood.

During her interview with King, Channing spoke about her friendship with Louis Armstrong, the musician who helped make the Hello, Dolly! title song a hit.

“[I] campaigned with Louis Armstrong for President Kennedy. We were in the Armory in Washington. We were in the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis..[]… And we dressed together in this huge locker room, it’s a city block long. But we already knew each other and we’d sit right close together. The most adorable, he wore a handkerchief.

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Channing performing with Pearl Bailey. (Wikimedia)

Black Enterprise editor Lydia T. Blanco, recalls a memory when Channing visited her school:

I had the opportunity to meet Channing while in middle school in San Francisco. She prided herself on being a native and visited us during an assembly to talk about her work as an actress. We had the conversation about white-passing and Channing shared that that was a part of her story. I believe that her mother shared that her grandmother was black. She even signed my year book!

Later on in college, a play was given in the Little Theater at Bennett and “white-passing” was a subject matter and Carol Channing’s name and career were also mentioned in that setting.

Channing leaves behind one son, Channing Lowe.



 

 

 

 

 

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MLK Historic Sites Closed Due to the Shutdown; Black America Suffers Its Impact

Today would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday. On this day, many flock to the Ebenezer Baptist Church where King was a pastor, and to King’s home—both of which are part of a national park in Atlanta honoring the late civil rights leader. However, both are closed today, due to the government shutdown. “’Because of a lapse in federal appropriations, this National Park facility is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources,’ said several signs on the landmarks run by the National Park Service,” reported the Philadelphia Tribune.

Bernice King, MLK’s youngest child, was reportedly upset about the closing.

“I feel a little bit of sadness because our main partner in this area, in this district, is the National Park Service … and they are not here with us today. I didn’t expect to cry over this,” she said according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

The current shutdown just made the dubious distinction of being the longest in the country’s history with the President and Democratic leaders at an impasse over funding for President Trump’s vision of a new wall on the southern border, a structure he says will curtail illegal immigration.

In addition to the closing of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, other national parks including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, remain shuttered as the shutdown enters its fourth week.

The shutdown is wreaking disastrous economic havoc for families of federal workers who have not received paychecks since it commenced. Black Americans, in particular, are feeling the enormous impact. In an essay for The Root, Jason Johnson writes:

Endemic discrimination in the private sector forces many African Americans to pursue middle-class dreams through working for the federal government. African Americans make up 18 percent of federal employees, and 21 percent of SES (Senior Executive Service) positions compared to being only 8 percent of executive board members across all fortune 500 companies in America.

 

This is especially the case in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia area) where the bulk of employment is either directly or indirectly associated with the federal government. Everyone here knows all too well that Republican dog whistles about “lazy” federal employees have always been a proxy attack on black Americans in the same way the border wall is a symbolic attack on Latinos.

The Guardian reports that the shutdown is destabilizing the predominantly black Washington DC suburbs and Prince George’s County in Maryland. Those areas have among the highest numbers of middle-class blacks due to the numbers that work for the government.

From The Guardian:

“Around here people’s families work for the government, generationally,” said Kenneth Graves, a federal employee currently on furlough who grew up in Prince George’s.

 

“My mom works for the government. My dad worked for the government,” Graves said. “That’s what we always heard growing up – get a good government job.”

 

Graves, who is black, said he can probably sustain about another month of the shutdown before he depletes the last of his savings. A furloughed Federal Aviation Administration employee, Graves is currently looking for part-time work in hospitality to keep some income coming in, and stay occupied.

 

“We’re all just sitting at home or looking for a part-time position,” Graves said. “It’s really challenging.”

Black furloughed workers are trying to come up with ways to stay financially afloat. In Oxon Hill, Maryland, two sisters—both public sector employees have started selling cheesecakes as a way to bring in much-needed income, reports WJLA:

Two Maryland sisters who are both furloughed from their government jobs have launched a business selling cheesecakes to help pay the bills.

 

Nikki Howard, with the FDA, and sister Jaqi Wright, with DOJ, never imagined the government shutdown would lead them to start a business.

 

Each have husbands they say can’t work due to disabilities, and with bills such as college tuition for Nikki’s daughter piling up, they say they had to do something.

 

“It’s either cry or get up and do something, so we decided to get up and do something,” Nikki said.

Furloughed workers are scrambling to make ends meet. They are turning to food banks, launching GoFundMe campaigns, and some are even forced to ration their medication because they can’t afford the co-payments.

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Rep. Steve King Advocates White Nationalism and Needs a Black History Lesson

Congressman Steve King’s racist, white nationalist philosophy and false assertion that other ethnic groups or as he refers to it, “subgroups,”  have not contributed more to civilization is ridiculous.

Congressman King, did you know:

  • It was a black man by the name of Benjamin Banneker who mapped out the streets of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. actually where your office is located.
  • Crispus Attucks, an African American man was the first man killed in the Boston Massacre, becoming the first casualty of the American Revolution.
  • Charles Richard Drew was an African American physician who developed the blood banks that saved many lives during World War II and even today. People of all races who get blood transfusions every day can thank a black man named Dr. Charles Drew.
  • A black man named Lewis Latimer invented the filament to the light bulb which gave the world long-lasting electric lighting methods that made it possible for the lights in your office to stay on for more than the 15 minutes that Thomas Edison reached.

By the way Congressman Steve King, we are not a “subgroup.” There is only one race, and that is the human race. Therefore, all racism is a total disgrace. Let’s not forget that Jesus Christ was a dark skin Jew, who was oppressed and crucified by the Roman government.

 


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Change in the Old South: Gwinnett County Gets First Black Woman Democratic Party Chair

The South will rise again—but this time in a definite shade of blue rather than Confederate grey. At least that is the goal of newly-elected Democrats in Georgia. The midterm election was an exclamation point, underscoring a process of change that has been quietly underway for some time. Nationally, eyes are on Georgia, particularly Gwinnett County and the first black woman to chair the county’s Democratic party.

With a Bachelor of Political Science from Spelman College, Bianca Keaton has earned her spot at the political table. Upon graduation, she went to Washington, D.C., and served as an aide and adviser to U.S. Congressmen Robert Brady and Cedric Richmond for a combined six years. Keaton is well-versed in legislative policy, administration, and strategic planning. Her most recent political position before being voted in as Gwinnett County Democratic Chair has been assistant to Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid where she served for nearly three years.

Keaton’s position is significant for a number of reasons. Gwinnett County has been a Republican stronghold for at least the last 30 years. It’s the second-most populous county in Georgia, and prior to 2016, had not voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter.

However, this all began to change in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won a majority of the county’s votes. Last year, two Democrats were elected to the County Commission and the county’s legislative delegation in the state capitol shifted from being majority Republican to majority Democratic.

Gwinnett County is located in the northeast quadrant of the greater Atlanta area. With population just shy of 1 million people, it is often hailed as one of the most diverse counties in the southeast.

The most common foreign languages in Gwinnett County are Spanish (144,073 speakers), Korean (19,938 speakers), and Vietnamese (15,614 speakers), compared to other places, Gwinnett has a relatively high number of Korean (19,938 speakers), Serbo-Croatian (3,767 speakers), and Gujarati (4,802 speakers). – DataUSA.com

However, this diversity was not reflected in the county’s political leadership — prior to 2018, the  Gwinnett County Commission was all white and all Republican. Keaton, at 35-years-old, is set to play a critical role as the county’s political shift.

Change is not a scary word to Keaton. Growing up in Chicago, she struggled against poverty and uncertainty on a daily basis. She once went to 10 different schools in one year. Now, she is on a path to move Gwinnett from red to completely blue by the time of the 2020 elections.

Some of the key issues she is focused on include:

  • Fair elections – It’s no secret Gwinnett County had issues on election night with their precincts and ballot access. These issues could have been avoided with better planning and oversight. Absentee Ballots were thrown out and not enough voting machines were made available for the high voter turnout. This is a priority to fix for Keaton.

 

  • Making room for new voices and creating an expanded Democratic footprint throughout Gwinnett – At one time, the Democratic Party in Gwinnett was all but defunct. Keaton and her executive team are taking the reins and moving things forward, especially for groups that have been historically marginalized in the county.

 

  • Modernized operations – Keaton says it’s time to bring party operations into the 21st century. She has a clear idea on how she wants to achieve this. It’s more than just building a new website she says–it’s about brand and messaging as well as policy and procedures. She embraces technology and wants to utilize it to streamline the functions and work of the party.

 

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Critics Choice Awards: ‘Roma,’ ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Vice’ Are Top Winners

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Hollywood’s brightest shined at the gala event, which aired on The CW Network and was hosted by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.

In the film categories, “Roma” took home four awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuarón, and Best Foreign Language Film. “Black Panther” and “Vice” followed close behind, each winning in three categories.

The top film acting awards resulted in a tie for Best Actress between Glenn Close for “The Wife” and Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born,” while Best Actor was bestowed upon Christian Bale for his transformative performance in “Vice.” Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for “Green Book” and Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took home three awards, including Best Comedy Series for the second consecutive year. Its leading lady, Rachel Brosnahan, was also a repeat winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein. “The Americans” earned three trophies as well including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in A Drama Series for Matthew Rhys, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Noah Emmerich. Sandra Oh received Best Actress in a Drama Series honors for “Killing Eve,” with Best Actor in a Comedy Series going to Bill Hader for “Barry.”

As previously announced, Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy received the Critics’ Choice #SeeHer Award, which was presented by former #SeeHer Award recipient Viola Davis. Chuck Lorre, creator of such acclaimed TV comedies as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Young Sheldon,” and “The Kominsky Method” (which all received Critics’ Choice Award nominations this year), was honored with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award. The cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” including Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, and Melissa Rauch, was on hand to recognize Lorre, just in time to celebrate the show’s final season.

Other major winners on the film side included Elsie Fisher for Best Young Actor/Actress in “Eighth Grade,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” for Best Action Movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” for Best Comedy, “A Quiet Place” for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film, and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” for Best Song.

Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 330 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.

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Netflix faces lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

Chooseco, LLC trademarked “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the 1980s and has sold hundreds of millions of books using the branding ever since. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. 

Per an excerpt of the official complaint, via THR:

Indeed, the phrase “choose your own adventure” has been almost inextricably linked to Bandersnatch, either through Netflix’s own efforts or the mark’s ubiquity as established by Chooseco. The company has filed for at least $ 25 million for “infringement, dilution, and unfair competition” and demands that Netflix remove any “choose your own adventure” references relating to Bandersnatch. Chooseco wants to be distanced from the darkness and morbidity of Black Mirror (honestly, so do we). Read more…

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Black Enterprise Partners with TD Jakes In SOAR Empowerment Series

Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. and TDJ Enterprises CEO T.D. Jakes announced a partnership between the two prominent black-owned media and event companies, to present its inaugural SOAR! Empowerment Series of events, which will kick off in Atlanta on April 6, 2019. Inspired by The New York Times best-selling book SOAR! Build Your Vision From The Ground Up by T. D. Jakes, SOAR, a one-day liftoff event series, is the perfect opportunity for those focused on maximizing their earning power, gaining optimal health, and spiritual well-being while creating multi-generational wealth.

“SOAR Empowerment event programming was specifically designed to equip participants with a vision for their health and prosperity, and a flight plan to reach their destinations,” said Graves Jr. “These events are for those who are ready to take immediate action to get their dreams off the ground to create multi-generational wealth.”

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“Deciding to partner with the only media company aimed at accelerating black business development, career advancement, wealth creation, and economic empowerment was a no-brainer,” said Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises, a for-profit entity engaged in inspirational media, entertainment, digital products, and large-scale live events. “The SOAR! Empowerment events provide the synergistic uplift that equips our respective audiences with the practical insights and economic principles to give flight to their dreams as outlined in my best-selling book of the same name.”

T.D. Jakes, known widely as a pastor is also a prodigious entrepreneur with ventures spanning from bestselling books to box office hits, such as “Heaven is for Real,” “Jumping the Broom,” “Sparkle” and “Miracles from Heaven,” a self-titled TV talk show, to music production, and live events to real estate development.

SOAR attendees will leave the event with:

  • An action plan for acquiring assets, building personal and household net worth, and building real, measurable wealth
  • A lifestyle strategy to optimize health in order to minimize healthcare costs and maximize their capacity to earn and accumulate wealth
  • Exposure to career and business opportunities with high earning potential that can fuel long-term wealth creation
  • Inspiration from the nation’s most successful and accomplished wealth creators, including Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. and TDJ Enterprises L.L.P. Founder and CEO T.D. Jakes
  • A personal network energized by new connections with hundreds of like-minded, success-oriented people focused on wealth creation

And much more!

To register and find out more information, visit www.blackenterprise.com/soar.

 


Editor’s Note: This article was revised Oct. 16, 2018, to update the date and location of SOAR’s kickoff.

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Former Black Employee Files Suit Against Moschino for Racially Profiling Black Shoppers

Shamael Lataillade, a former employee at a Moschino boutique in West Hollywood, California, filed a lawsuit against the Italian luxury clothing company for racial discrimination against her and shoppers of color. In the suit, Lataillade claims that employees at the store were instructed to racially profile black patrons who didn’t appear to be wealthy and classify them using a racist codename.

Lataillade says a store supervisor would call black clientele “Serena” and ordered employees to follow and watch them closely if they weren’t wearing diamonds or name brand clothing, according to documents obtained by TMZ. Associates were also told to tell so-called “Serenas” that certain items were out of stock. The female supervisor even went as far as sometimes recording the license plate numbers of black clients. In one instance, she purportedly called the police to report a “suspicious” customer who Lataillade says turned out to be a high-profile rapper.

In addition, Lataillade, who is a Haitian-American woman, claims that the supervisor stereotyped her as someone who practices voodoo. Lataillade argues that she was then fired for speaking out about the “Serena” code word and other forms of racism she faced.

Ironically, the code word “Serena” seems to be a reference to iconic tennis star Serena Williams, who boasts a net worth around $ 180 million.

In response to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, Moschino denied Lataillade’s charges and told TMZ the company “complies with applicable equal employment laws and values and respects all customers and clients regardless of their race or background.”

Nevertheless, this lawsuit points to the notorious phenomenon of “shopping while black,” an epidemic that dates back to the 20th century, when department stores prohibited black shoppers from using their main entrance and trying on clothes in fear their skin would tarnished items. Oprah Winfrey even fell victim to the “shopping while black” stigma back in 2013, when a Zurich store clerk snubbed the billionaire and suggested that she could not afford a $ 38,000 purse.

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The deadly shootings that Black Lives Matter ignores

Anti-cop activist Shaun King says that his involvement in the campaign around the Jazmine Barnes murder was not driven by reports that a white man had killed the 7-year-old girl, gunned down in Houston on Dec. 30. According to Barnes’ mother and 15-year-old sister, the white driver of a pickup truck had pulled up next…
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How Orson Welles Nailed a Redneck Cop for Blinding a Black Man

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Who was the South Carolina cop who beat a black U.S. Army veteran and crushed both his eyeballs in February 1946? As Richard Gergel writes in Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, Hollywood’s enfant terrible Orson Welles mounted a radio campaign to find out. In the first of his broadcasts, reading from Woodard’s affidavit, Welles got some of the facts wrong. (The recording is at the end of this excerpt.) But over the next few weeks the error was corrected and the police chief who blinded Woodard was found.

[On] Sunday, August  25, an exuberant Welles opened his radio broadcast with these dramatic words: “This is Orson Welles speaking. The place was Batesburg. Isaac Woodard thought it happened in Aiken. He was wrong . . . The blame belongs . . . in Batesburg. Batesburg, South Carolina.” Welles then described the work of his investigators in locating a minister and several workmen who had observed the police chief of Batesburg and a highway patrolman pouring “buckets of water over the head and body of a soldier.” Welles reported the officers were “washing away” blood and between each pouring asking the soldier, “Can you see yet?” According to Welles, he simply responded no. That soldier was Isaac Woodard.

But Welles was not finished. He explained that when he brought the Woodard story to national attention, “the name of the guilty policeman was unknown and it looked as though it always would be. I promised to get that name, I have it now.” Welles then dramatically disclosed to his national audience the name of Woodard’s attacker:

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Little Known Black History Fact: Grace Bumbry

In the opera world, Grace Bumbry is considered a master of her craft as one of the leading mezzo-soprano vocalists in the world. Today is the St. Louis, Mo. native’s birthday.

Bumbry was born in 1937. Her parents exposed her to the likes of Marian Anderson, who would be an early inspiration. At 16, Bumbry won a contest to enter a local music conservatory, but was denied entry due to her race. The contest promoters, looking to avert controversy, made arrangements for Bumbry to attend Boston University but it was after transferring to Northwestern University, she blossomed. While in Illinois, she studied with opera star and soloist Lotte Lehmann.

In 1961 at the age of 24, Bumbry became in an international sensation after appearing as the first Black opera singer to perform in Bayreuth, Germany with the grandson of composer, Richard Wagner. Although the conservative opera audience and press balked at her inclusion in the production, her performance was so mind-blowing that she was dubbed “The Black Venus.”

The following year, Bumbry was invited to sing at the White House, becoming the first Black opera singer to perform there. This lead to more performances throughout the ’60’s and ’70’s. Bumbry’s controversial switch to soprano in the latter decade divided some critics and observers who questioned if she truly commanded the range to sing at that level.

However, Bumbry brushed aside the talk and continued to perform into the ’90’s, with her last performance taking place in 1997.

From there, Bumbry taught voice and served as a judge in various competitions, and amassed a number of honors, including inclusion into the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009.

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Meet Anne Reid, the Black Woman Tapped As Elizabeth Warren’s Chief of Staff

In addition to taking another step toward launching a presidential run in 2020, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has named Anne Reid as her new chief of staff, making Reid one of the few African Americans to lead a U.S. Senator’s staff. Reid is also the only black woman serving as chief of staff for a Democratic senator.

“Anne is a gifted leader and committed public servant,” Warren said in a statement released Dec. 27. “Anne’s experience serving our country and working to improve the health and well-being of millions of Americans will be invaluable as we continue our fights to level the playing field.”

The announcement that Warren tapped Reid for the position is being praised as a progressive step toward diversity by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “Black women play a critical role in our democracy, and Senator Warren’s appointment of a talented staffer like Anne Reid recognizes that Americans from all backgrounds can serve in a leadership role at the highest levels of government,” said Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center.

“As we have seen so far during this hiring season, the face of senior staff in the House and Senate is changing because of members who recognize that it is not enough to have diversity in electoral coalitions. Diversity and inclusion must be the centerpiece of policymaking. It starts with staff,” added Don Bell, the director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center.

The move could be part of Warren’s effort to court black voters should she decided to challenge President Donald Trump in a bid for the White House next year. As for now, the Massachusetts senator has created an exploratory committee to test the waters before her potential run.

Here are five facts about Anne Reid.

She was hired and promoted by Warren within two months

Reid began serving as Sen. Warren’s Senior Advisor in Oct. 2018, just a couple of months before she was named as the senator’s new Chief of Staff.

She worked for the Obama administration

Reid began her work in D.C. politics back in 2008, working as a congressional staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives under the Obama administration.

During this time, Reid served as a staff member and legislative analyst for the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee for Democrat Rep. Henry A. Waxman. In her final year on the Energy and Commerce staff, she was the lead Democratic staffer covering public health agencies and issues.

Later, she went on to work as a counselor to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, where she was a member of the senior leadership team during Barack Obama’s last years in office.

Reid previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Christopher A. Coons.

She co-founded a Public Health & Policy Think Tank

Following President Trump’s inauguration, Reid left government and teamed up with former Obama administration staffer Bobby Clark to create Concordis: Strategy and Analytics in June 2017. The group researches public health issues, develops policy ideas, and proposes solutions to improve health and well-being.

She has worked in the nonprofit sector

In Oct. 2017, Reid was named as the chief strategy officer at Vision To Learn, an organization that offers free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities.

She obtained a B.A. from Harvard and a Master’s from Chapel Hill

Reid holds a B.A. from Harvard University, where she majored in Hispanic Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Black Entrepreneur Creates App for Motivational Affirmations

New Year, new you! Need help getting it all together? Florida A&M graduate Shelby Tinsley created iShallBe, an app that delivers daily motivational affirmations straight to your mobile device. The platform sends you quotes, inspirational videos, and affirmations once a day in an effort to encourage you to get motivated.

“I do have faith that iShallBe will motivate other people,” stated Tinsley.

There are several apps currently like this on the market, including Thinkup, Motivate, and Shine, so what makes this different? For starters, it was created by an African-American founder and the backdrop is interfaced with African Americans connecting it back to the community. Additionally, the content and community showcases tons of African American users.

This is great for the culture as there are so many negative images and messages in social media currently being unearthed that it gives the multicultural community a place where they can go to embrace positivity.

“iShallBe was created with the strong desire to encourage others to get through all trials and tribulations, and remind you that there will be victory at the end of all troubles,” states the site. “iShallBe will supply nourishment to both mind and soul. However, it is up to you to remain faithful and speak nothing but love, joy, and positivity in your life. For if you speak it, it shall be.”

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Motivational App, iShallBe (Image: Instagram)

Current app features include:

  • Receiving daily affirmations via quotes, inspirational videos, and music

  • Providing app users the daily motivation to clear mind, achieve a dream, or fulfill a goal

  • Staying motivated with weekly and daily themes

  • iShallBe TV: Watch all iShallBe motivational videos

  • Goal Tracker: Hold yourself accountable when setting long and short-term goals

  • Ability to create your own affirmation and share with others

  • Communicate with others via a timeline, sharing quotes, goals, and inspirational messages

The app is currently celebrating it’s one year anniversary of being on the market and is currently available on Apple and Android in 8 different countries. For more information on the platform, visit the site here.

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Black Enterprise’s 10 Top Black News Videos of 2018

Millennial venture capitalists. A black women cannabis entrepreneur. An exclusive interview with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. In 2018, Black Enterprise captured some of the most intriguing video interviews of black men and women who epitomize the spirit of innovation, leadership, and building up the community. Take a look at our 10 top black news videos of 2018.

10. Meet Vanessa Braxton, the Owner of Black Momma Vodka

Vanessa Braxton is the CEO and President of Black Momma Vodka and Black Momma Brand. She is also the first African American woman distiller, master blender, and operator of a nationally distributed vodka in the country, and the owner of the only black-owned tea and beverage manufacturing facility.

9. Meet the Man Heading Andela’s Push to Produce 100,000 Software Developers in Africa by 2020.

Seni Sulyman, a Harvard University graduate turned down an offer from Google to move back to Nigeria. Today, he is the Country Director for Andela, a tech talent accelerator with an admission rate of less than 1%, that is turning Africans into software developers.

8. Stacey Abrams On the Verge of Making Political History Down South

She may have lost the election, but there is no question that Stacey Abrams is a political trailblazer. In this exclusive interview, she talks why running for Georgia governor was so important.

7. Tatiana Elizabeth: The life of a Beauty Entrepreneur

Model and beauty entrepreneur Tatiana Elizabeth discusses how she started her company, skinBUTTR, the perks of being an influencer, and why it’s not exactly as easy as it looks in an interview powered by MGM Resorts.

6. The First Black Woman Sole Owner of a NASCAR Team

Meet Melissa Harville-Lebron, the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by NASCAR, stopped by Black Enterprise to talk about her journey into motorsports and making history.

5. BE Smart HBCU TechPrep Academy Recap 2018

Fifty students from 14 historically black colleges and universities gathered for two days, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, for engaging activities and to learn from some of the brightest and brilliant in technology. The event was hosted by Black Enterprise.

4. Meet Adam Pliska, the 46-year old CEO of World Poker Tour

Forty-six-year-old Adam Pliska joined World Poker Tour as general counsel in the early 2000s; 87% of the gaming and entertainment brand’s revenues came from its television licensing fees. Under his leadership as CEO, the company has expanded to 70 events with a presence in more than 150 countries across five continents.

3. Cannabis Industry Owner Hope Wiseman Says More Black People Should Invest in Weed

Hope Wiseman, the founder of Mary and Main and the youngest dispensary owner in the U.S, talks about profiting in the cannabis industry.

2. Busting the Corporate Pipeline: Meet the Next Generation of Black Leaders

The black leadership pipeline is going dry! How do we correct course? This panel of corporate HR and diversity specialists offer a frank examination of where we stand in today’s corporate environment and look at how efforts such as the Fellowship Initiative can serve as a model for building a stairway of opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

1. Meet The Brothas of Harlem Capital

These four millennial men are on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

 

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This PAC is Raising $12 Million to Get Black Politicians Elected in 2020

The growing Collective PAC is turning its attention and growth strategy to get more black politicians elected at the local, state, and federal level during the 2020 election.

The upstart group, founded by husband-and-wife team Quentin and Stefanie Brown James, made headlines during the November midterm elections by spending nearly $ 2 million on TV ads to boost the black voter turnout in Florida. That effort assisted Andrew Gillum in his crusade to become the state’s first black governor.  “That was significant because it was the most money that a black-led organization has given during a primary election,” Stefanie Brown says. All told, the Collective raised an impressive $ 6.5 million to support black candidates during the 2018 election.

The PAC also launched a historic texting program that reached over two million black registered voters during the 2018 election with many respondents committing to vote. The program was part of an effort to convince black voters, including tech-savvy millennials, to vote and bring peers to the polls. The text program helped the Collective encourage black voters in seven states to vote.

Now, the Washington, D.C.-based Collective PAC contends with the elections stolen from Gillum and Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacy Abrams, the group’s entrepreneurial efforts are needed more than ever to help black candidates win races unquestionably. The PAC hopes to raise $ 12 million by 2020, more than doubling its 2018 fundraising efforts.

Quentin and Stephanie Brown James shared with BLACK ENTERPRISE innovative ways their PAC plans to provide resources and financial backing to help black candidates run competitive and successful campaigns in all areas of the country.

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Stephanie Brown holding her son, with Cory Booker (center), and Quentin Brown (right)

 

BE: What activities and campaigns will your PAC launch in 2019?

Stephanie Brown: Collective will be hyper-focused on preparing black candidates and black campaign operatives to run and win successful political campaigns next year through our Black Campaign School initiative.

For the first time, we’ll be hosting six regional Black Campaign Schools and one national BCS conference that we’ve hosted for the past two years. We plan to train 2,000 black candidates and staffers through BCS’s in Cleveland, Houston, Las Vegas, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Columbia, South Carolina. We want to eliminate the narrative that there are no qualified black candidates and staffers to serve in senior-level campaigns, especially during presidential elections.

 

BE: How does the Collective PAC plan to engage progressives, the Democratic Party, and black voters differently than other organizations?

Quentin Brown: The Collective is the nation’s PAC focused solely on training, funding, and supporting black candidates. To this end, we are continuing to build a national network of donors of all ages and backgrounds who understand the importance of funding black candidates at levels that will help them win.

BE: What innovative methods and outreach will your PAC apply into 2020?

Stephanie Brown: [We] will continue to use technology and other methods – including mobile texting, branding merchandise and fundraising — that involve black folks in the political process.

Specifically, the Browns say the strategy will include:

-Implementing a culturally-specific training operation for black candidates and operatives

-Utilizing technology like peer-to-peer texting to reach black registered voters across the country

-Hosting black donor cultivation events in cities across the country

-Working with Collective-endorsed candidates to develop innovative policies to grow and strengthen the black community

-Engaging with the black tech, entertainment, and creative communities to spur their investment in the work, introduce them to candidates they should support, and show them a path to increase their involvement in politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now

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If Black Mirror: Bandersnatch wasn’t unsettling or meta enough for you, the show’s team snuck in another layer of gameplay: an actual Tuckersoft Games website. You can peruse the company’s history (which you’ll be familiar with if you watched Bandersnatch) and explore its game titles – all of which reference other Black Mirror episodes.

Perhaps the sneakiest goody on the site is that you can actually play Nohzdyve, the game Colin (Will Poulter) is working on. But there’s a significant catch. 

The .tap file containing the game can only be played by downloading a ZS Spectrum Emulator – a program that mimics the OS of a personal computer from the 1980s’ Bandersnatch eraFuse, Qaop, or Speccy are some potential emulators, but they only work on certain computers or operating systems (one of the only Mac-compatible downloads I found wouldn’t open because it was from an unidentified developer). Read more…

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The 15 Top Black News Stories of 2018

BLACK ENTERPRISE covered some of the biggest black news stories in 2018 surrounding business and career. Spotify and Google put out a massive call for women of color podcasters. An NBA team got its first black woman CEO. A young man made history as Pennsylvania’s youngest judge ever. And this successful black entrepreneur paid it forward creating a massive fund for black women-owned businesses.

For every piece of negative news about the black community, there are many often untold stories of achievement, success, and giving back. Take a look at our 15 biggest black news stories of 2018.

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15. AT 27, HANIF JOHNSON IS THE YOUNGEST JUDGE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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As a student at Penn State University, Hanif Johnson, then the president of Omega Psi Phi was charged with assault in connection with a hazing allegation that earned him three weeks in jail. Although he wasn’t found guilty of the most serious charges, a judge still handed him two summary harassment charges. In 2018, he became the youngest elected judge in the state of Pennsylvania winning the magisterial seat over Republican Claude Phipps by a 73% margin in Dauphin County.

14. BLACK BARBER REPORTEDLY MAKES NEARLY HALF A MILLION CREATING ‘MAN WEAVES’

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Hair weaves and extensions, traditionally donned by women, are a big business, especially with black consumers and particularly with women of color. A black barber based out of Maryland, is making a lucrative business creating hair weaves for men. Thirty-five-year-old barber Wade Menendez glues natural and synthetic hair to balding men’s scalps and then styles them into their remaining hair.

13. SHEAMOISTURE FOUNDER LAUNCHES $ 100 MILLION FUND FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL

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SheaMoisture haircare and skincare products founder Richelieu Dennis announced a $ 100 million fund for women entrepreneurs of color at the 2018 Essence Festival. The announcement was part of Dennis’ vow to create an investment fund for minority entrepreneurs, specifically women of color.

12. MEET THE BROTHAS OF HARLEM CAPITAL

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Four young and focused black men partnered up to create Harlem Capital and take on the task of funding black and brown business founders. Their goal: Invest in 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years.

11. MELLODY HOBSON BECOMES STARBUCKS VICE CHAIR

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Mellody Hobson, one of the most respected and knowledgeable black business leaders, was appointed vice chair at Starbucks when longtime chairman Howard Schultz stepped down in June. The ubiquitous coffee chain had a tumultuous year, marked with the scandal of the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia stores.

 

10. LEBRON JAMES UNVEILS NEW NIKE SNEAKER DESIGNED BY 3 BLACK WOMEN

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NBA superstar LeBron James debuted his latest Nike collaboration, revealing that they were inspired and designed by African American women. The sneakers were unveiled at Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) style awards and fashion show, an annual event that celebrates people of color in fashion and empowers minority designers with a platform to showcase their collections during New York Fashion Week.

9. MEET THE FIRST BLACK MAN APPOINTED AS VP OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR AN NBA TEAM

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In July, Maurice Stinnett became the first black man to be appointed as vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at an NBA team with BSE Global. The company—which was formerly known as Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment Global—develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, including the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, NHL’s New York Islanders, and the Barclays Center.

8. TEEN WINS PRESTIGIOUS WRITING AWARD THAT STEPHEN KING, CAPOTE, AND OTHER FAMOUS WRITERS WON

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Malachi Jones, a 17-year-old wunderkind, was awarded a Gold Medal Portfolio, the highest honor of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Jones joined a prestigious group of former youth winners, now all household names, including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen King.

7. U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND MILKEN INSTITUTE PARTNER TO INCREASE MINORITY LENDING

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In September, the SBA and the Milken Institute announced the Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets (PLUM) initiative. This trailblazing program is designed to develop and test initiatives that will provide capital to minority owned-businesses more effectively, throughout the United States.

6. MEET THE DALLAS MAVERICKS’ NEW CEO

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Cynthia Marshall, a leading black business executive, was named interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks in the wake of a scathing article exposing the basketball organization’s culture of sexual harassment against women, is about to give a whole new meaning to the idea of March Madness.

5. BALTIMORE MAY SELL HOMES FOR $ 1 TO REVIVE NEGLECTED NEIGHBORHOODS

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Although our original report on this news was in December 2017, we followed up in 2018 on the program designed to revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Maryland. Local councilmembers and community advocates pushed for a government program that would sell thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore for $ 1 each. In turn, buyers would have to promise to refurbish and live in the properties for a certain period of time.

4. GOOGLE IS LOOKING FOR PODCASTERS AND CREATORS OF COLOR

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With the launch of the Google Podcasts app in June, the company is working to make it easier for people around the world to find and access podcasts. Alongside the app, Google has launched its Podcasts creator program, which aims to support these underrepresented podcasters and make it easier for people to learn how to get into this growing medium.

3. POWER OF WALKING AWAY: TAMRON HALL TALKS LIFE AFTER ‘TODAY’

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Newscaster and TV host Tamron Hall left NBC’s ‘Today’ show in 2017, but her career is far from over. In fact, it’s been reborn. In this interview, Hall speaks about her post-Today show life and the plans for her new show.

2. MEET MELISSA HARVILLE-LEBRON: THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO OWN A NASCAR TEAM

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Melissa Harville-Lebron never imagined her entrepreneurial pursuits and ambitions would lead her to make history as the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by NASCAR. Read her compelling story. 

1. ARE YOU A WOMAN PODCASTER OF COLOR OR WANT TO BECOME ONE? SPOTIFY WANTS YOU!

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In 2018, Spotify launched Sound Up Bootcamp, a weeklong intensive program for aspiring female podcasters of color. The company covered all expenses for a five-day workshop, which included panels, and activities around podcasting, led by experts and professionals. Travel to New York City, six nights of hotel, and breakfast and lunch were all included. Catch up on the finalists and winners here and be sure to follow Black Enterprise for Spotify’s 2019 Sound Up Bootcamp entry.

 

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The Deadly Stress of Being a Black Woman in America

The evidence is irrefutable: Racism is getting away with murder as the leading cause of maternal and infant deaths and premature births among Black women.

Such is the conclusion of two major reports released this year in 2018. The first is a collaboration between the University of California San Francisco and California Department of Public Health: “California’s Maternal and Infant Health Assessment,” presented in July to First 5 California, a state-wide commission aimed at improving the lives of women and children. The second, “Fighting at Birth: Eradicating the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap,” is based on research by Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Insight Center for Community Development.

It was once thought that the most significant factors in deaths among pregnant women or the cause of premature births were so-called “risky behaviors.” The most obvious adverse behaviors included smoking, alcohol abuse and drug use. Long-term studies showed that a reduction in risky behavior and increasing women’s access to education and employment opportunities shifted maternal and infant outcomes. It was proven that if women received more education and enjoyed economic security through employment, they were less likely to engage in behaviors that placed them and their unborn child at risk.

That is no longer the case. Both of these reports blow that thesis out of the water.

What the studies revealed was that assumption of positive health outcomes for mothers and infants through a reduction in risky behaviors and improved socio-economic status was certainly true—but only for white women. The Duke study made crystal clear that Black women with higher education and more economic success were at an even greater risk of early death for them and their infants during pregnancy and were more likely to deliver prematurely.

Serena Williams and the premature delivery of her first child illustrates the major findings of both reports. At the time of her pregnancy, Williams was an athlete in great physical condition; she had no evidence of “risky behaviors” and had access to the best medical services. What then caused her to give birth premature? Was it just a fluke, or did her premature delivery prove the case that these studies are making? Was racism—and the accumulated stress of being publicly denigrated, a recipient of unequal treatment—responsible?

It is rare for a scientific study to make such a provocative declaration that racism is the primary cause of maternal and infant deaths and premature births for Black women, and even rarer for researchers grounded in data to declare unconditionally, and with emphasis, that “there is no safe age for Black women to have children.”

That is such an all-encompassing pronouncement it leaves little room for misunderstanding.

Racism. Without any hesitation, both of these studies point clear and definitive fingers, supported by data, at racism as the primary cause of Black women maternal and infant deaths. Regardless of age and socioeconomic circumstances, Black women have the highest maternal and infant deaths and premature birth rates among any other group in America. “For Black women,” they report, “exposure to discrimination and racialized stress throughout the lifespan can negatively impact birth outcomes.”

While such a conclusion seems counterintuitive, it points to the everyday reality of professional Black women. While working in high profile professions or in leadership positions may improve their socio-economic status, a side-effect is that, more often than not, they find themselves working in hostile work environments that contribute high levels of stress to their lives. Additional stress may emanate from the fact that professional women often live in predominantly white communities, where they may not experience community support and acceptance. At work and at home, Black women are in direct contact with high levels of micro-aggression, targeting, exclusionary behavior and overt racism.

We witnessed this with Serena Williams. Although she is the reigning tennis queen, Williams has had her fair share of stress brought on by racism. She has been booed by predominately white audiences when she won tennis competitions. Her most recent encounter with unequal treatment were the challenges of her tennis attire being judged inappropriate, and the penalty she received for challenging comments made by a judge. (The public, and other white tennis professionals, agreed that Serena was in the right—and pointed out that white players, men and women, have made similar challenges and comments and none were penalized nor reprimanded in any way.)

Just like in health, a double standard for Williams was at play. Did the stress Williams encounter over the course of her tennis career play a significant role in the premature birth of her daughter? Is she the poster woman for how racism is getting away with murder?

One Black OB-GYN physician thought so. In a piece for Vice, Sanithia L. Williams, MD, asserts that, based on the information already presented, it’s highly likely that racism played a part in Williams’ difficult birthing experience—and that the world is lucky she did not die. Too many other Black women have.

The adverse, and sometimes deadly, outcome of coping with racism as a Black woman in America is not accidental. The concept of “murder” requires a level of premeditation—in this instance, rooted in the ongoing discrimination and structural forces of racism that deliberately sets forth barriers to the progress of Blacks. Even successful individual Black women such as Williams are subjected to unequal and unjust treatment and public disparagement as they make their way in the world.

The lives of Black people in America have been shaped by living under a system of oppression that harkens back to slavery. While the institution of slavery may have been dismantled, it was replaced with structural oppression that manifests itself in the form of socioeconomic and political inequality that lead to systemic disparate treatment in health care, personal and public disparagement (“angry Black woman,” “hoes and bitches”), cumulative acts of microaggression and daily exposure to stressful and hostile work environments and living environments.

The results of these studies are not new—but in truth, conditions that seem to adversely impact Blacks as a group do not receive the same medical priority attention. The adverse impact of living while Black under racism has been taking its toll on the health of Black Americans for generations. We have the highest incidence of hypertension and diabetes than any other group in America, except possibly Native Americans (also a highly oppressed group). And while all people of African descent live with the stress of racism, Black women face intersecting systems of oppression that include gender alongside race.

“Racism and sexism are inextricably intertwined, combining into one hybrid force that is founded in the devaluing of (Black) women and racist perceptions of gender roles,” one group of scholars said in reporting research supported by the National Institute of Health. “Throughout history, essentializing and contradictory images of African American women have pervaded U.S. culture.”

There is virtually no safe place for Black women. It is our hope as a group that the genius and technology we have contributed to the shaping of American culture, despite the barriers constructed by racism, become permanently inscribed in America’s history. We are very much a part of the cultural and political DNA of this country, and have made significant contributions to America’s reputation as a world leader. We have kept this country on a path of moral righteousness that lives out the principles of its Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

We too sing: “America, we are its people.” We are contributors to this country’s genius. We are part of “we the people.” And we must stand strong against racism getting away with the murder of our Black mothers and infants.

This essay originally appeared in two parts on Insight News. Read them here and here. Republished with author permission.

Irma McClaurin is an award-winning columnist, activist anthropologist and consultant. She was associate vice president and founding executive director of the University of Minnesota’s first Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center from 2007-2010 and president of Shaw University from 2010-2011. 

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Here’s Why Black Investors Should Consider Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Investing in commercial real estate can be confusing to new investorsdizzying numbers and jargon can make investors wary. However, investing in commercial real estate is actually easier than you think—and the perks are great to boot. Sound income potential, solid stability, and downside protection against market volatility are some of those perks.

Investing in Commercial Real Estate Doesn’t Require You to Be an Expert

Investing in real estate doesn’t demand you be an expert in real estate This is where sponsors come in. And no, a sponsor isn’t an advertiser. A sponsor is an asset operator who syndicates the funds and makes the deal happen.The sponsor handles anything from funding to managing the investment. They manage the asset. You collect the income.

 

Commercial Real Estate is a Long-Term Investment

Another upside to investing in commercial real estate is its long-term focus. It protects your downside and is engineered to collect big returns over time. On the flip side, if you’re just looking to make quick buck, real estate might not be the right investment space for you. Plus your money’s locked up for a pre-set contractual period — you can’t just cash out anytime you want.

Crowdfunding Allows Everyday Folks to Own Commercial Property for Under $ 1000

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, signed in 2012, allows everyday investors to own a piece of assets such as the World Trade Center through real estate crowdfunding. There are tons of online marketplaces that give you access to syndicated deals. And if you’re not into that? Well, there’s always REITs.

A version of this story appeared on WealthLAB.

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Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 “Black” Rumored to Drop Next Month

After receiving a few teasers and on-foot looks at the pending Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 in “Black,” it has now been revealed the highly-anticipated collaborative pair will release in January 2019.

Continuing with their collaborative efforts, Virgil Abloh and his Off-White™ brainchild have utilized Nike‘s coveted Air Max 90 model for the latest instalment. Dressed in a mostly black colorway, contrasting white comes in on the Swoosh branding, while suede and mesh paneling are strewn together, adding to the shoe’s deconstructed aesthetic. Finally visible stitching, bright yellow and orange accents, and an Off-White™ signature hangtag finishes off the entire look of this AM90 silhouette.

The Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 “Black” is rumored to be releasing at select Nike retailers, nike.com and the SNKRS app on January 17, 2019 for $ 160 USD.

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White Man Refuses To Let Black Men Enter Apartment Without Proof Of Residency [Video]

In this week’s edition of white people never learn , a man that Twitter has named Hallway Hasselhof refused to let his Black neighbor into his apartment building.

“What are you doing in my building?” the white man asks. “You don’t live here.”

Chika Okafor posted video of the confrontation to social media noting that he was interrogated for the crime of existing in a white space as a free Black man. Writing that the man in the video “interrogated” him while he was waiting for a Lyft on the first floor of his apartment building with a friend, who caught the whole exchange on video.

“I’ve lived here 27 years and I’ve never seen you,” said Hallway Hasselhof. Apparently, Okafor should have sent out an e blast informing everyone in the building that a Black man had moved in, to prevent a scene like this one from unfolding.

The white man was visibly upset that Okafor was not losing his composure because he folded his arms and stated “I can be as cool as you.”

“You left your MAGA hat upstairs, man,” the friend filming the heated conversation tells the man in the video.

Obviously this isn’t sitting well with Twitter who had a lot to say about Hallway Hasselhoff.

“What was with him criticizing you for being calm, collected and cool. These people can’t stand that a black man can be more dignified and cooler than they will ever be,” one Twitter user commented, Yahoo reports.

“If he was truly backing down to be neighborly, he would have done neighborly things like introduce himself or extend a handshake,” another person wrote. “His intentions were very clear.”

No word on what happened to Hallway Hasselhoff yet but we’re sure the Twitter detectives will identify him soon!

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12 ‘Must Read’ Books By Black Authors For 2019

With 2018 coming to a swift close, it is a good time to reflect on some of the praiseworthy reads brought to our bookshelves this year by authors of color. The following books by black authors (in alphabetical order by title) were published in 2018 and fall under a wide range of genres. These books are must-reads to add to your 2019 list of books to dive into if you have not yet had the pleasure of reading them.

1.  Becoming (Michelle Obama)

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This book and author need very little introduction, but for the sake of formalities, let’s do this: Becoming is former first lady Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir that launched in November 2018—and is taking the world by storm. Mrs. 44, a powerhouse in her own right, shot up the charts at record speed, becoming an instant New York Times No. 1 best-seller. Becoming calls on all the feels; it is thought-provoking, inspiring, has refreshing humor, and in some parts, is outright heart-wrenching. Prepare to be moved at a soul level and have tissues nearby.

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2.  Freshwater (Akwaeke Emezi)

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Author Akwaeke Emezi is a talented millennial Nigerian fiction writer and artist with a graduate degree from New York University. Her debut novel, Fresh Water, released in February of this year has been described as, “A mesmerizing and poetic novel that cracks open notions of self-control, mental illness, and love.” It tells the story of a troubled Nigerian girl named Ada who over time develops multiple versions of herself as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.”

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3.  How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People (D.L. Hughley)

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D.L. Hughley is a famed American stand-up comedian, actor, political commentator, and radio host. In his hilarious yet soul-shaking truth-telling book, Hughley touches on politics, race, and life as a black American as only he can.

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White people are always giving out ‘helpful’ advice, such as: ‘Comply with the police and you won’t get shot.’ They’ve been doling out advice to black people ever since ‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.’ Not getting shot by the police has long been a problem for black people. Even when we had a black president! Now that we have a new set of overlords, with President Trump at the head, wouldn’t it be nice to get a little advice on how not to get shot?

Hughley uses wit and all-too-real jokes to bring the elephant of injustice to the forefront of the room, while also sharing some advice including: ‘If You Do Get Shot, Don’t Rush to Judgement,’ ‘How to Dress Less Threatening,’ ‘What To Name Your Kids,’ and ‘Don’t Drive Like a Suspect.’

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4.  I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé (Michael Arceneaux)

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Houston born and raised Howard University grad Michael Arceneaux’s debut memoir is a stimulating laugh out loud take on his life as a millennial, gay, black man in a world programmed to misunderstand him. His clever play on words, obsession with Beyoncé, and pop culture references make this book impossible to put down.

While you’re guaranteed to get multiple chuckles from reading I Can’t Date Jesus, you’re also likely to gain a new appreciation for the struggles of the LGBTQ community.

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5. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture (Roxane Gay)

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Roxane Gay is an award-winning American writer, professor, and commentator. Her book Not That Bad is an informative anthology filled with transparent original pieces and some that have been previously published, highlighting the undeniable rape culture that has been formed and addressing the major issue of women often being second-guessed and discredited when they speak out about their experiences. Some contributors to Not That Bad include, Gabrielle Union, Amy Jo Burns, and Ally Sheedy.

Gay challenges the world to stop forcing women to measure the level of sexual harassment endured, and makes the case that “Not that bad” can no longer be good enough.

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6.  Poet X (Elizabeth Acevedo)

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Afro-Dominican award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo’s YA novel-in-verse debuted in March of 2018 and is still a No.1 best-seller on Amazon. A collection of hard-hitting poems creates the story of Xiomara Batista. A teen girl who wishes for her voice to be heard, but all that is seen in the streets of her Harlem neighborhood are the curves she can no longer hide. She has a lot to say and scribbles her passionate frustrations down in her black leather notebook as she doesn’t want to disappoint her church-going mother.

The New York Times Book Review’s take on Acevedo’s narrative poetry book sums it up perfectly, “The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart.”

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7. Rise and Grind (Daymond John)

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Daymond John, best known for being a shark on ABC’s Shark Tank and co-founding the FUBU clothing line, brought us a gem earlier this year. In January, John released his nonfiction New York Times best-selling business book, Rise and Grind. In John’s much-anticipated follow-up to Power of Broke, Rise and Grind shares that there is no shortcut to success, encouraging readers to out-think and out-work those around them. He also shares helpful routines and success strategies to get ahead.

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8.  Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad (Krystal Sital)

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Author Krystal Sital, a Hunter College grad, was born and raised in Trinidad and moved with her family to the U.S. in the ’90s. Sital is a mix of the Africans brought to Trinidad as slaves and the Indians brought as indentured servants, and in her debut memoir, she shares a story of racism, abuse, and cruelty women endured in paradise.

The author grew up idolizing her wealthy Hindu grandfather until he became hospitalized and the women in her family finally found the courage to share their painful memories of his violent past. Amazon sums this must-read up with, “Violence, a rigid ethnic and racial caste system, and a tolerance of domestic abuse―the harsh legacies of plantation slavery―permeate the history of Trinidad. On the island’s plantations, in its growing cities, and in the family’s new home in America, Secrets We Kept tells a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and most of all, the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past.”

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9.  Shook One (Charlamagne Tha God)

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Celebrity radio personality of The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne released his second book Shook One in October 2018. Shook One shares Charlamagne’s secrets for overcoming fear and anxiety in everyday life.

The author gets transparent about his own battles with anxiety since childhood, along with the fears that still creep up for him today, all while providing a blueprint for readers to manage their own fears and anxiety to succeed.

With mental health finally starting to get the attention it deserves, and the increase of anxiety in the world today, this book could not have come at a better time.

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10.  The Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory)

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Author Jasmine Guillory is a Bay Area native and Standford Law School grad who, outside of penning novels, has written for the likes of Shondaland, Cosmopolitan, and The Toast.

In this fictional story, Alexa Monroe agrees to accompany Drew Nichols (a random man with whom she gets stuck on an elevator with) to a wedding. If you’re looking for a fun, charming, stress-free easy read, this rom-com novel is it. The Wedding Date was released in January 2018. Guillory has released another (unrelated) rom-com novel The Proposal in October of this year and her next novel, The Wedding Party, is set to be released in 2019.

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11.  This Mournable Body (Tsitsi Dangarembga)

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Tsitsi Dangarembga is an author and filmmaker from Zimbabwe. She studied medicine at Cambridge, leaving to return home after experiencing racism and isolation. In her fiction story This Mournable Body, she shares a tale of a young girl from Zimbabwe whose hopes become bitter over time due to the combination of betrayal, colonialism, and capitalism.

Vanity Fair described the book noting, “The novel explores how race, gender, class, and age are at play in Zimbabwe, and the overwhelming strength of these forces in the face of even the most optimistic and ambitious women.”

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12.  When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele)

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Co-author Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement following George Zimmerman’s acquittal after his shooting of Trayvon Martin. Having grown up in L.A. in an impoverished neighborhood and raised by a single mother, she witnessed the prejudice blacks suffered at the hands of law enforcement first-hand. When They Call You a Terrorist is the powerful memoir of the author’s life and how the entire Black Lives Matter movement began, triggering frustration, sorrow, and a fire to get involved.

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Upcoming Bonus Book – Confessions of Frannie Langton (Sara Collins)

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This book will not be released until April 4, 2019, but the description alone makes it worthy of a mention as a book to look out for. The story is of a Jamaican slave given as a gift to England’s “finest mind” as a maid for his Mayfair mansion. Frannie has an affair and falls in love with her new master’s wife—who ends up dead, and fingers get pointed at her.

Historical novelist Sara Collins was born in Jamaica, raised in Grand Cayman, and studied law at London School of Economics.

Collins has shared that initially, she was reluctant to write a story about a black slave as a black woman. In an interview with Penguin publishing house Collins shares, “Slavery is one of those topics people expect to be written about in a certain way. Historically, slave narratives were written with an agenda: to inform white readers about the terrible suffering endured by slaves, and thereby persuade them to the abolitionist cause. It’s the kind of writing that tells you what happened to a person, but not much about who they were. One of history’s many failings is that those early black chroniclers were required to spend all their energy addressing the emergencies that had been made of their lives, instead of leaving behind a proper record of themselves.”

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Last week Nas and Swizz Beatz linked up for a mesmerizing visual in “Echo” and today the Queensbridge king returns to assist The Black Eyed Peas on one of their tracks.

In the CGI backed visuals to “BACK 2 HIPHOP” the three man group don old school Hip-Hop clothes and gold while Nas’s verse features a rapping sphinx a la I Am…’s album cover. Pretty clever way to include Nas in the video.

Lil Jon meanwhile comes out of hiding and links up with Kool-Aid Man to get in the Christmas spirit in the clip to “All I Really Want For Christmas.” Whose idea was this?!

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from YBN Nahmir featuring Wiz Khalifa, O.T. Genasis, and more.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS FT. NAS – “BACK 2 HIPHOP”

LIL JON FT. KOOL-AID MAN – “ALL I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS”

YBN NAHMIR FT. WIZ KHALIFA – “CAKE”

O.T. GENASIS – “BAE”

DIZZY WRIGHT – “DON’T TELL ME IT CAN’T BE DONE”

SURVE FT. TINMAN3K – “FOUND MY WAY”

12HONCHO – “DEPRESSED”

CUZ LIGHTYEAR – “BACC ON MY BS”

YOUNG FRESH – “BREAKING MY HEART”

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Racist Who Cyber-Terrorized Black Student Gets Light Penalty

Sitting down with a therapist for “anti-hate training” was part of the gift-wrapped slap on the wrist that a racist internet troll was given for terrorizing a Black college student through a neo-Nazi website.

 

Evan James McCarty settled a lawsuit on Tuesday that Taylor Dumpson filed over an internet campaign to racially harass her after she became the first Black woman to serve as American University’s student government president in 2017, the Associated Press reported.

The agreement also required McCarty to apologize, do community service and publicly renounce white supremacy.

That’ll teach him, right?

“At the end of the day, our settlement should send a strong message to white supremacists and neo-Nazis all across the country that they will be held accountable for their conduct,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which represented Dumpson.

Dumpson’s nightmare began when someone hung bananas marked with the letters “AKA,” a reference to the historically Black college sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, from nooses on the university’s campus. The school’s president noted in a statement that the incident occurred after Dumpson, an AKA member, was sworn in as American’s student government president.

The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin, who was also a defendant in the lawsuit, directed his readers to cyberbully Dumpson, the lawsuit alleged. In an article he posted about the incident, Anglin added links to Dumpson’s Facebook page and the American University Student Government’s Twitter page.

In at least one instance, McCarty took to Twitter and posted a picture of bananas with the caption, “Ready the troops,” replying to a message that revealed Dumpson’s whereabouts. He posted that and other tweets anonymously under the pseudonym Byron de la Vandal, which Dumpson’s legal team believed was a reference to Byron De La Beckwith, the Klansman who killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963.

It’s hard to see how therapy sessions could bring about a real change in a committed white supremacist. How is a transformation possible when programs to make people—who are not ardent racists—aware of their unconscious racism seldom work?

American companies spend an estimated $ 8 billion a year on anti-bias training, according to TIME. Yet there’s clear evidence that the efforts to change bias attitudes, which are often ingrained from childhood, is no easy task. A study of 829 companies over 31 years found that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace,” especially when it’s mandatory.

Dumpson said she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder over her ordeal. The 22-year-old law school student believes the settlement “could raise awareness of issues of racial justice, while also providing for educational benefits.”

 

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Black Entrepreneurs Rejoice! People Are in the Mood to Spend This Holiday

Many retailers–whether owned by black entrepreneurs or white–will get an early gift with Americans expected to spend more this holiday shopping season than last year, a new survey shows.

Consumers overall are anticipated to spend $ 1,536 versus $ 1,226 a year ago, according to the 2018 Deloitte Holiday Survey of Consumers. A stronger economy and rising consumer confidence are among the biggest contributing factors for the gain and bullish outlook.

Holiday sales could top $ 1.1 trillion this year, up 5-5.6% from 2017. Online sales could reach $ 128 billion, rising some 17-22%. Purchases online will make up 57% of total sales while 36% will come from stores.

Mobile usage to buy goods for the festive season keeps rising, but other digital platforms like desktop, laptop, tablet, and social media are flattening in usage.

When it comes to giving presents to others, gift cards/certificates, clothing, and toys are respectively the top picks for consumers.

The average spend on gift cards this holiday season is projected at $ 139, up from $ 113 last year, and some 78% of people plan to shop for themselves during the holidays, spending cash mainly on food and liquor, clothing, and shoes.

The top destinations to buy goods this year will be online retailers and auction sites. Sixty percent of people will buy goods at those spots versus 55% in 2017. Conversely, 32% of us are likely to shop at traditional department stores, up 4% from 2017.

Naturally, the trend of online retailers giving brick-and-mortar stores beefed-up competition continues to rise.

Yet for consumers who plan to actually shop in stores instead of online, 60% plan to do so to interact with the product.

The ability to not pay shipping costs and shopping inside of stores for inspiration is why almost half of consumers – actually 47% each – will buy goods those ways.

There are other reasons for shopping in-store: It’s more fun and put folks in the holiday spirit, easier to make returns later and fulfills the need to buy goods immediately.

The survey was developed by Deloitte and done online by an independent research firm in September 2018. A national sample of 4,036 consumers were polled.

 

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2019 Color Trends: Green, Blush and Black

Look out, color ahead! For 2019, bold is the way to go. Deep hues are all the rage right now in interior design and finding new ways to work them into your existing color palette is exciting and not as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few options to help ease you into a more colorful life.

SEEING GREEN

Already showing up everywhere, the new green is deep and dark, offering a sense of calm as well as providing the perfect canvas to contrast earthy textures in leather and wood. This shade of green has a luxurious look that manages to feel both classic and entirely new. All the lush, botanical pictures inundating our social media feeds have been cleverly translated into a wall color that doesn’t require a green thumb. Thankfully, this tone pairs nicely with the gold and brass accents that have been popular in recent years. Whether you go bold and cover entire walls in this rich hue, or merely add in pops of color, this design move will spice up your look.

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YOU’RE MAKING ME BLUSH

Strong tones can be hard to handle, especially if you consider including more than one shade. A well-chosen pastel or pale hue can help to soften the impact, complementing the darker color without competing for attention. Rather than the cool tones of spring pastels, a soft blush introduces a gelato-inspired warmth to the space. A blush pink with a little bit of a brown undertone will update and replace the default use of white as a palette cleanser. Think of blush tones as the new neutrals: colors that are light but still hold a depth and richness when layered on walls and accessories.

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BLACK IS BACK

The big news about this color palette is that even black feels new again when accenting a smart combination of jewel tones and warm neutrals. If all-over black intimidates you, try introducing matte black elements in ceramics, lighting fixtures or furniture. The new look delivers sophistication, not minimalism. Instead of severity, this color trend comes from a warm, earthy place that recalls the rich tones found in nature. In previous years, strong doses of black have infiltrated the fashion and beauty world. Now look to interior design décor items like homewares and accessories to embrace the endlessly chic color.

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JPMorgan Chase Invests $6 Million for Tech Training D.C. Area’s Black Students

Black and minority students at five school districts in the Washington, D.C. region will be beneficiaries of a $ 6 million commitment by JPMorgan Chase to help train and equip youth to land well-paying tech jobs.

The money is coming from the banking giant’s “New Skills for Youth” program. It will support the development of new educational initiatives at Baltimore City Public Schools, DC Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Fairfax County Public Schools in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.

The donation is part of a $ 350 million companywide investment by the New York-based company and nation’s largest bank in jobs and skills development globally.

The effort comes as more firms add tech jobs in the nation’s capital region. The growth is building higher demand for skilled IT workers and a need to fill the jobs. Take Amazon.

Last month the world’s largest online retailer picked New York City and Arlington, Virginia, for its second headquarters. The two areas will each get 25,000 lucrative tech jobs that Amazon is projected to bring.

While schools offer IT coursework, these courses are not always aligned with the skills, credentials, and work experiences employers demand, the bank reported. In 2017, only 3,000 individuals in the region obtained associate degrees and other sub-BA credentials in digital skills and technology but over 15,000 jobs needed those credentials. Demand for tech workers with less than a 4-year degree increased by 42% in the region between 2014 and 2017.

“We have a responsibility to build a better future for the region’s young people,” stated Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO at JPMorgan Chase. “This investment is a good example of how the public and private sectors can work together to create the opportunity for more people and grow the local economy so that everyone benefits.”

The JPMorgan Chase philanthropic investment will help to launch 16 new and revised high-quality, demand-driven IT career pathways for thousands of area students in high school through college.

This initiative aims to:

  • Help more young people in the region, particularly underrepresented populations, achieving career and economic success, with 3,200 more students participating in career pathway programs that connect with careers in fields including computer science and cybersecurity.
  • Employers providing 2,200 internships for students in IT career pathways.
  • A new system that enables educators to use regional labor market data on an ongoing basis to ensure that career pathways are aligned with employer demand.

“We need to make it clear to young people—from Anacostia, Prince George’s County to Baltimore and Virginia—that they have a future in this region—and we are working together to do just that,” stated Peter Scher, head of Corporate Responsibility and chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region, JPMorgan Chase.

“Amazon’s HQ2 announcement reinforced that companies around the globe are competing for talent, and through this investment, we are working with our partners in the public and private sectors to expand access to opportunity for young people in Greater Washington—and boost the workforce by directly aligning education and training programs with the skills needed for open technology roles here.”

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Buying Black This Holiday? Consider Empower Spirits, Founded By A Black Woman

Tiffany Hall was a lawyer working for Pernod a huge spirits company Pernod Ricard, parent company to spirits like Jameson and Absolut and wines like Jacob’s Creek and Kenwood. While there, she noticed a voice in the spirits market – spirits weren’t created to appeal specifically to women, despite a growing market for female consumers. Hall’s entrepreneurial instincts kicked in and she set about creating one.

The result is Empower Cocktails, a ready-to-pour vodka that can be consumed straight or with other mixers to create different drink options. We caught up with Tiffany to find out what made her feel that she could compete in the lucrative – but crowded – spirits market and how she made it happen.

Tell us something about you and your history.

I was born in Detroit, grew up in Washington, D.C. and aspired to be an attorney and an entrepreneur. Despite this goal, while in college, I developed an interest in exploring professional roles in creative industries. After college graduation, I moved to New York City, pursued a career in marketing and worked in the music industry, the fine arts sector as well as an ad agency. Each experience was educational, thrilling and provided exposure to vastly different target consumer bases from the mass market to the highly affluent.

Then, I attended law school and subsequently was a marketing attorney at one of the largest global wine and spirits companies managing legal issues related to marketing campaigns, promotion initiatives and sponsorships.

Currently, I practice law full-time in the payments/ finance industry. I have also focused on pursuing interests beyond my career such as serving as a past Chair of the New York Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board. Now, I serve on Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy’s Alumni Council and Co-Chair the National Democratic Institute’s New York Advisory Council.

What was the impetus to get into the spirits industry as a creator?

The first cocktail, the Empower Cosmopolitan Martini, launched in NYC and Connecticut in late 2015. It has been an incredible journey. After working at one of the largest global wine and spirits companies, I realized that creating a spirits brand is a great business opportunity and my skills as a marketer and lawyer are directly applicable to the highly regulated space.

What were some of the biggest obstacles?

One of the biggest obstacles was securing all of the components needed to place a finished product on the shelf — liquid, bottles, caps, labels, etc. I did not have experience in manufacturing so I had to learn about that process and find vendors who could help.

How does one go about creating a spirit? What steps did you have to take?

It is a long process. Each spirit is different – certain spirits must be aged or come from a particular region. I created a cocktail that is vodka based. Vodka can be produced relatively quickly and there are no restrictions such as specific production locale, aging requirements, etc.

First, I worked with industry professionals to develop and test recipes for the cosmopolitan cocktail. Once the recipe was set, I had to find the vodka and was able to locate a licensed distillery on a sweet potato farm in Northern California. Once I confirmed that the vodka worked well with the cocktail recipe, we were ready for production.

However, prior to production, there are certain government approvals and licenses that one must obtain. That process should be built into your timeline. One would also need to secure elements from various vendors such as bottles, caps, labels, safety seals and cartons that work best for your product.

What did you feel was the void in the industry and how did you think you could fill it?

There are numerous alcohol beverage products in the market. However, the majority of those products, except for wine, mainly targeted men. My goal was to create a product that targeted women and give them one more choice while shopping in the spirit stores. I thought I could fill that void by researching which cocktail is popular among women and incorporate elements in the product that would appeal to them – beautiful packaging, a different spin on a traditional cocktail and ensure it had a delicious taste. Empower Cocktails is proud to have male enthusiasts as well.

How do you get financing for an endeavor like this?

I financed this venture myself.

Would you encourage other Black women to start a spirits business? Is there room for more Black female entrepreneurs in the industry?

Yes, absolutely! The alcohol beverage industry in the US alone is valued at $ 200+ billion. There is plenty of room for more of us to make an impact in this space.

What makes your vodka unique and why should consumers make it a part of their social experience?

My ready-to-pour cocktail is unique because it is refreshing and made with sweet potato vodka. Many people have never tasted sweet potato vodka. Consumers should make it apart of their social experience because Empower Cocktails was developed to be enjoyed with friends, family and colleagues. It is simple to serve and it is delicious.

Purchases can be made online at empowercocktails.com. Empower Cosmopolitan is also sold in 5 states – NY, NJ, RI, CT and MA. Every Total Wine in CT, MA and NJ carries the Empower Cosmopolitan Martini.

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Letitia James First Black New York Attorney General is Coming For Trump’s Neck — And His Family

Michael Cohen won’t be the only Trump associate serving time in the pen for breaking the law if it’s up to Letitia James. The incoming New York Attorney General revealed that she plans to ignite a fire under President Donald Trump and anyone in his camp who may have engaged in illegal activity within her jurisdiction once she steps into her new role next month.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” she said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. James, who currently serves as New York City’s Public Advocate, became the first African American and the first woman to be elected as attorney general in New York, making her one of many African Americans who scored a historic win during the 2018 Midterm Election. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” she added.

The former New York City Councilwoman went on to outline the following probes she intends to pursue regarding the president’s namesake business, the Trump Organization, his campaign headquarters, and the Trump Tower — all of which are based in New York.

  • Any illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, highlighting the October New York Times investigation into the president’s finances.
  • The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official.
  • Examine government subsidies Trump received, which were also the subjectof Times investigative work.
  • Whether he is in violation of the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution through his New York businesses.
  • Continue to probe the Trump Foundation.

James is also working on passing a bill that would change New York’s double jeopardy laws so that she could potentially indict someone who allegedly violates New York state law even if they are granted a presidential pardon over federal charges or convictions.

“I think within the first 100 days this bill will be passed,” she said, adding, “It is a priority because I have concerns with respect to the possibility that this administration might pardon some individuals who might face some criminal charges, but I do not want them to be immune from state charges.”

She added, “taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime.”

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James is not the only black woman in office itching to light a fire under Trump. Rep. Maxine Waters, who has led the charge to impeach Trump, is poised to take over the House Financial Services Committee, which would give her the power to subpoena the president. As chair of the powerful banking panel, Waters could target Deutsche Bank for its past dealings with Trump and issue subpoenas to Trump allies, like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, forcing him to provide documentation regarding the president’s alleged ties to Russia.

Kamala Harris

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Rep. Kamala Harris is another woman who could give Trump a run for his money should she decide to jump into the 2020 presidential race. She told The Hill that she intends to make a decision about whether to run for president in 2020 over the holidays, adding that it will “ultimately be a family decision.”

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T.I. ft. Victoria Monét “The Amazing Mr. F*ck Up,” Kodak Black “Testimony” & More | Daily Visuals 12.11.18

Source: INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 27: Kodak Black arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images) 

Seems like the grown up thing to do for OG rappers is to own up to their past mistakes and after watching Jay-Z step up to the plate with “4:44,” T.I. seems to be ready to admit to his own f*ck ups.

In the Victoria Monét assisted visuals to “The Amazing Mr. F**k Up,” Tip finds himself explaining to his homies how his own selfishness led to his woman walking out the door and into the arms of another man.

Speaking of repenting, Kodak Black seems to be trying to make amends for his past as he finds himself in a church dipped in all white like a televangelist in his clip to “Testimony.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Diamond Blue featuring Young Thug, Usher and Zaytoven, and more.

T.I. FT. VICTORIA MONET – “THE AMAZING MR. F**K UP”

KODAK BLACK – “TESTIMONY”

DIAMOND BLUE FT. YOUNG THUG – “WTS”

USHER & ZAYTOVEN – “PEACE SIGN”

BIRDMAN & JACQUEES FT. NENO CALVIN – “GWSC”

JOHN HART FT. JUELZ SANTANA & TOO $ HORT – “WHISTLE”

JOHN GABBANA – “OUTDATED”

SNAP DOGG FT. SOB X RBE DA BOII – “KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY”

2FEET FT. YOUNG NUDY – “NO FREESTYLE”

YUNG BANS – “DID THAT DID THAT”

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Happy Green Monday! Green Monday is considered the best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December. There are tons of terrific online deals today that rival Black Friday.

And, of course, for the purpose of wokefulness, we have a listing of Black Enterprise editors’ favorite holiday gift ideas—all items from black-owned businesses. Here is the rundown:

 

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‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther’ Lead Critics’ Choice Nominations

'The Favourite' and 'Black Panther' Lead Critics' Choice Nominations

The refreshingly modern historical movie The Favourite (above) and the groundbreaking action adventure Black Panther led the film nominations for the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards. First Man, Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born and Vice also scored big.

Alfonso Cuarón received four nominations for Roma, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Other multiple film award nominees include Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Spike Lee…

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[Slideshow] Black Real Estate Investor’s Labor of Love Restoring Aretha Franklin Home

The renowned home in Detroit previously owned by the late legendary singer Aretha Franklin is getting a major makeover.

The new owner, Anthony Kellum, president of Kellum Mortgage, told Black Enterprise that it’s a tremendous opportunity to work on the Queen of Soul’s home. He bought the mansion, built in 1927 on the Detroit Golf Course, in late October for $ 300,000 after Franklin passed in August.

“To be able to blend the historical elements of a home that was built in the ’20s, while keeping some of Aretha’s glamorous and soulful style and adding the necessary modern touches, will truly be a beautiful challenge that I just couldn’t pass up,” Kellum says.

See It! Inside Aretha Franklin’s Sold Estate 

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Spanning 6,200 square feet, the brick Tudor home includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a heated three-car garage with 9-foot ceilings. Kellum says the house has been vacant for 10 years and requires major renovations. Kellum says he understands that Franklin lived in the home off and on for several years but is not clear why it was vacant for so long.

He plans to invest roughly $ 400,000 to rehab the property, restore its original beauty and maintain its historical integrity. Kellum says the foundation is in good shape, but the interior needs significant work. The improvements will include repairs to a slate roof and new piping.

Kellum plans to re-design the kitchen, bathrooms, and rehab every room. “One challenge will be keeping as many unique aspects as we possibly can such as the intricate details of the fireplaces as well as original wood paneling, and the rich molding throughout the house.”  He plains to retain some chandeliers and other fixtures in the 91-year-old home.

“We want to blend some of the original elements in the home with some modern touches.”

Extensive work on the home that sits on the club’s 7th hole will begin in January. Kellum aims to complete the renovation by late May, allowing him to rent the home to people attending the inaugural PGA Tour at the Detroit Golf Club in late June.

Kellum plans to list Franklin property for sale by July 2019 for about $ 1.5 million. He plans to build a home on a half-acre next door he acquired in the deal that Franklin also owned. He hopes to sell the Franklin home to a family who appreciates its historical importance and value Aretha Franklin’s legacy.

Additionally, the property has sentimental value to Kellum.  His mother was a huge fan of Franklin’s who listened to her music every day when he was a kid.

“When I walked through the property it was an emotional experience for me,” Kellum says. “I see this as an opportunity to not only revitalize an iconic property in the city I love but knowing how proud my mom would be if she were still here, makes this even more amazing.”

As a black real estate investor who works in the Motor City, Kellum says he is acutely aware of the importance of the estate and the massive impact Aretha Franklin had on Detroit.

Kellum is founder and president of Kellum Mortgage and Kellum Capital Group, both based in Troy, Michigan. He has rehabilitated homes in the Detroit area for over 15 years. Kellum says he has generated over $ 850 million in residential and commercial real estate lending transactions since 1995, with 90% of that activity in the black community.

“I intend to partner with black-owned businesses and laborers on the construction of Ms. Franklin’s home,” he says. “We’re also going to explore partnerships with nonprofits, and local and national museums to see what we can do.”

See! Aretha Franklin’s Home Before She Bought It

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2019 Golden Globe Award Nominations: ‘Vice’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead All as ‘Black Panther’ Makes History

2019 Golden Globe Award Nominations: 'Vice' and 'The Favourite' Lead All as 'Black Panther' Makes History

The nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood, bringing the best in movies and television from 2018 to the forefront of awards sea-son. We already learned this week that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the awards ceremony when it's televised on NBC on January 6, 2019. Oh will be the first Asian woman to host a major awards show.

Among the happy surprises are multiple nominations for Black Panther, including a nod for Best Picture – Drama….

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[Slideshow] Black Real Estate Investor’s Labor of Love Restoring Aretha Franklin Home

The renowned home in Detroit previously owned by the late legendary singer Aretha Franklin is getting a major makeover.

The new owner, Anthony Kellum, president of Kellum Mortgage, told Black Enterprise that it’s a tremendous opportunity to work on the Queen of Soul’s home. He bought the mansion, built in 1927 on the Detroit Golf Course, in late October for $ 300,000 after Franklin passed in August.

“To be able to blend the historical elements of a home that was built in the ’20s, while keeping some of Aretha’s glamorous and soulful style and adding the necessary modern touches, will truly be a beautiful challenge that I just couldn’t pass up,” Kellum says.

See It! Inside Aretha Franklin’s Sold Estate 

aretha franklin home

Spanning 6,200 square feet, the brick Tudor home includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a heated three-car garage with 9-foot ceilings. Kellum says the house has been vacant for 10 years and requires major renovations. Kellum says he understands that Franklin lived in the home off and on for several years but is not clear why it was vacant for so long.

He plans to invest roughly $ 400,000 to rehab the property, restore its original beauty and maintain its historical integrity. Kellum says the foundation is in good shape, but the interior needs significant work. The improvements will include repairs to a slate roof and new piping.

Kellum plans to re-design the kitchen, bathrooms, and rehab every room. “One challenge will be keeping as many unique aspects as we possibly can such as the intricate details of the fireplaces as well as original wood paneling, and the rich molding throughout the house.”  He plains to retain some chandeliers and other fixtures in the 91-year-old home.

“We want to blend some of the original elements in the home with some modern touches.”

Extensive work on the home that sits on the club’s 7th hole will begin in January. Kellum aims to complete the renovation by late May, allowing him to rent the home to people attending the inaugural PGA Tour at the Detroit Golf Club in late June.

Kellum plans to list Franklin property for sale by July 2019 for about $ 1.5 million. He plans to build a home on a half-acre next door he acquired in the deal that Franklin also owned. He hopes to sell the Franklin home to a family who appreciates its historical importance and value Aretha Franklin’s legacy.

Additionally, the property has sentimental value to Kellum.  His mother was a huge fan of Franklin’s who listened to her music every day when he was a kid.

“When I walked through the property it was an emotional experience for me,” Kellum says. “I see this as an opportunity to not only revitalize an iconic property in the city I love but knowing how proud my mom would be if she were still here, makes this even more amazing.”

As a black real estate investor who works in the Motor City, Kellum says he is acutely aware of the importance of the estate and the massive impact Aretha Franklin had on Detroit.

Kellum is founder and president of Kellum Mortgage and Kellum Capital Group, both based in Troy, Michigan. He has rehabilitated homes in the Detroit area for over 15 years. Kellum says he has generated over $ 850 million in residential and commercial real estate lending transactions since 1995, with 90% of that activity in the black community.

“I intend to partner with black-owned businesses and laborers on the construction of Ms. Franklin’s home,” he says. “We’re also going to explore partnerships with nonprofits, and local and national museums to see what we can do.”

See! Aretha Franklin’s Home Before She Bought It

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She Says Michelle Obama’s Right, ‘Lean In’ Doesn’t Work All The Time, Especially For Black Women

Recently, Michelle Obama criticized Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” approach for women to advance in the workplace, saying “that s–t doesn’t work all the time.” But the former first lady isn’t the only one who has challenged Sandberg’s commonly referenced business motto, which puts the responsibility solely on women to take ownership of their career without mentioning the systemic barriers for women of color in the workplace.

Earlier this year, during an interview with Fast Company, Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo, dismantled a few career strategies from Sandberg’s New York Times best-seller.

“Lean In was well-intentioned and opened up the conversation, but, you cannot effectively talk about leaning in for black or brown women without discussing the role that race plays and the barriers to even enter the room for a seat at the table,” said Harts. “Lean In didn’t talk about race and it was written from a white-privileged women’s perspective for predominately other white women. One size doesn’t fit all.”

Black and Brown Women Still Vie for Equal Footing 

For over three years, Harts has lead the charge to help women of color secure the seat while challenging companies to acknowledge their systemic racism and how that plays into career advancement opportunities. “Many black and brown women are still trying to earn equal pay, access to good education and healthcare,” she said. “There are so many barriers in place. Lean In once again affirms that it’s up to us to change societal norms. Black and brown women have always been leaning in, so, what do you do when you lean into a system that doesn’t recognize you? That is where we are now. For women of color to get ahead, it will require intentional solutions from our employers.”

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Minda Harts, Founder of The Memo

Beyond highlighting problems, Harts is a solutions-driven career revolutionary who is using every possible platform to help women prepare for their seat at the table. Earlier this year, she endowed a scholarship at her undergraduate institution for first-generation women of color students and put it in her mother’s name to honor her. Along with her co-founder Lauren Broussard, she created The Memo, a career development platform that provides access to career boot camps, resources, and real-world career advice. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure “The Seat.”

To help drive real change within companies and organizations that want to invest in women of color, Harts recently created The Women of Color Equity Initiative. “I am tired of us consistently falling below 10% in most of those workplace statistics,” says Hart. “Hundreds of women of color want access to leadership opportunities and they’ve added their name to the WOC equity career-sourcing database. I’m also partnering with companies and organizations who want to intentionally hire women of color to fill open leadership roles.”

“Part of The WOC Equity Initiative is making sure a cultural shift takes place from the top down. This will require real systems change,” she continues. “This isn’t a ‘binder full of women,’ this is a partnership to create equity once they are hired and a roadmap to the C-suite. I don’t want a woman to get hired and she’s miserable because she’s the only one or dealing with microaggressions. We are too educated and experienced to let our expertise go dormant. I don’t want my sisters to lean out because companies won’t lean into them. We have worked too hard to lean out now.”

 

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Black Barber Makes Nearly Half a Million Creating ‘Man Weaves’

Vice is reporting that a black barber based out of Maryland, is making a lucrative business creating hair weaves for men. Thirty-five-year-old barber Wade Menendez glues natural and synthetic hair to balding men’s scalps and then styles them into their remaining hair. From Vice News:

Menendez began installing hair over four years ago through the help of another stylist. Since then, his barber shop in Glen Burnie, Maryland, The W Hair Loft, has become a haven for balding black men looking for scalp rejuvenation.

Menendez also does more than just work with clients; he hosts a regular class where he’s instructed over 500 hair professionals how to do what he does. The most recent class, in October, drew stylists and barbers from as far away as London.

Hair weaves and extensions, traditionally donned by women, are a big business, especially with black consumers. Market research company Mintel reports that “Nearly six out of 10 black consumers wear a wig, weave or extensions, which enables them to switch up their look.” African Americans spend an estimated $ 2.54 billion on black haircare in the beauty supply business.

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Yet, much of the money spent on hair weaves does not go back into the black community. “When you walk into a beauty supply store in an urban neighborhood or a suburban strip mall most likely you will see a Korean owner,” said hairstylist Alonzo Arnold in an interview with Black Enterprise. Arnold, in addition to being a stylist, is an entrepreneur who creates custom wigs and weaves. He is also one of many black people in the beauty industry calling for more black ownership and economic empowerment.

Lia Dias is another voice. She is the owner of The Girl Cave in Los Angeles, a one-stop shop for all the things hair and clothing. In a market traditionally dominated by Korean ownership, Dias wants to empower black women to be suppliers and distributors as black women make up the largest consumers group in the industry.

Also, men are increasingly becoming consumers of beauty products that were always targeted at women. Black-owned products targeted to men of color including products from Bevel and Scotch Porter are strong men’s grooming sellers. In-Cosmetics reports that millennial-aged men are driving the current “men’s beauty” trend with younger men wearing cosmetics.



 

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Favorite places to visit in the black forest

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The Black Forest in Southwest Germany is one of the most sensational locations in the world. There is a great deal of beauty and natural splendor here, and it feels like walking into the middle of a Grimm fairytale. The Black Forest is the perfect choice for a scenic and memorable vacation experience, and a wonderful way of experiencing a different side of Europe.

If you want to take a trip to the Black Forest, you’re going to need to make sure you plan your trips out carefully. It’s important that you choose the right things to see and do while you’re here, in order to make the most of your time in the Black Forest. So, we have come up with 5 trips you can do during your visit, to really help you get a feel for the place, and make the most of your vacation.

Baden-Baden

This is an incredible part of the Black Forest, with stunning surrounding areas, coupled with lovely weather, and warm springs dotted throughout. Baden-Baden is the perfect spa destination for anyone looking for a relaxing day to unwind. There is a beautiful Roma-style spa here, and the location is one of the most beautiful in the Black Forest. There’s a reason Baden-Baden is so popular with tourists, hikers, and sports enthusiasts. Start your Black Forest adventure off with a trip here, and you’ll never look back.

Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg is the capital of the Black Forest, and one of the most stunning cities in Germany. Many people refer to it as ‘the gateway to the Black Forest, ’ and it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to have everything accessible to you. The Schauinsland mountain lies within the borders of the city, and natural streams and stunning flowers are apparent throughout the city. It really is the kind of place you’ll want to explore on foot, and you may even want to take your camera with you to capture some awe-inspiring photos.

Freiburger Munster

Freiburg Cathedral is one of the most majestic we’ve ever seen and has the perfect look and design to fit right in here. With some sensational architecture and beautiful after-dark illuminations, the cathedral is the centerpiece of Freiburg town center. Head into the capital of the Black Forest region to check out the shops, and make sure you swing by here while you’re at it. Ensure you check in advance to make sure there isn’t a service going on when you arrive!

Triberg Falls

If you want to be blown away by the natural beauty of the Black Forest there are quite a few places you can go, and things you can do. But, there aren’t many as unforgettable as a visit to Triberg Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Germany. It might not be Niagara, but, nestled in the heart of the Black Forest, it’s one of the most beautiful waterfalls you’ll ever see. The falls are actually illuminate up until 10pm, so an evening visit might be ideal for something a little more stunning.

Pforzheim

You absolutely have to take the time to visit the city of Pforzheim while you’re here. The city is famed for its jewelry making, but the real gem is the surrounding area. Lying at the mouth of three rivers, Pforzheim is the perfect base of operations from which to explore the stunning valleys, trails, and pathways around. There is so much serenity here, this is what the Black Forest is all about, and you should make the most of it.

We all know how stunning and unique the Black Forest area of Germany is, and you don’t want to waste your time while you’re here. It’s important to choose some trips that allow you to experience everything the Black Forest has to offer. We feel that the five trips we’ve listed give you an ideal opportunity to do that.

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Jess Wright stuns in a black bikini while soaking up the winter sun in Dubai

LAPPING up the sun in Dubai was just the job for reality TV star-turned-fitness-guru Jessica Wright.

Ex-Towie fave Jess jetted off with pals for a bit of frock ’n’ roll and to escape the dismal weather back home.

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The star split earlier this year from Strictly pro Giovanni Pernice, who is currently partnered with Steps singer Faye Tozer.

Jess, 33, basked in the heat on the beach and enjoyed a dip in the water, soaking up the sun at the luxury Royal Meridien hotel.

Then it was off to LA for some more sun and a reunion with TV personality brother Mark, 31. No wonder fans say she’s hot, hot, hot . . .

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Black Enterprise presents the ultimate 2018 Buy Black Holiday Gift Guide. The listing includes the latest and vetted products and services from a wide-range of black-owned businesses including software, fashion and beauty products, food, tech, games, and so much more. Click on each category name (or image) to pull up each list of products.


 

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Black New Yorkers Should Be Wary Of Amazon’s Move to Queens

Jeff Bezos comes across as your typical white, progressive billionaire. He’s brilliant, business savvy, and uses his whopping wealth to support liberal causes — sometimes. So on the surface, the announcement that his company, Amazon, is building a second headquarters in Long Island City (LIC), a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, would seem like a good thing. For one, this means Amazon will bring 25,000 jobs to New York and help fuel the city’s local economy. But who will really benefit from this move? Let’s break it down.

The Promise

Amazon says the average salary of workers at its new headquarters (HQ2) will be $ 150,000. However, there’s no guarantee or stipulation in the deal stating that those jobs will go to locals. Plus, given the tech industry’s poor track record in diversity, there’s good reason to be skeptical about the number of people of color who will actually fill those six-figure income positions. On the other hand, administrative assistants and maintenance staff workers will earn much less, and, as a result, won’t be able to afford to live in LIC, where one-bedroom apartments in an older building rent for more than $ 2,000 a month, while rents in LIC’s new towers cost over $ 3,000 a month.

As part of the deal, Amazon will hire union construction workers to build its offices. The tech giant also promises to host events at the nearby Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing projects in the nation. Such events include job fairs and resume workshops along with a workforce development program. It’s commendable, but it turns out that New York taxpayers will be funding the majority of these initiatives. According to the agreement, Amazon will invest $ 5 million in the programs, while $ 10 million will come from the city and state revenue. Furthermore, Queensbridge tenants deserve more than vague promises of job fairs that won’t necessarily equip them to compete for Amazon’s lucrative jobs.

The global behemoth also vows to hire women and contract minority-owned businesses, but, again, there are few specifics about the exact investments.

The Reality

The announcement that HQ2 will be built in New York sparked a frenzy of backlash and protest from residents who live in Long Island City and surrounding neighborhoods who fear that they’ll soon be priced out of their homes. Following the announcement of the deal, real estate speculators began to buy up properties, which is going to increase the rents even more. This also signals an exacerbation of gentrification in the area, which disproportionately hurts black and brown communities. Not only will this likely increase the cost of living within the neighborhood, but HQ2 is also replacing the city’s original plan to build 1,500 affordable housing units.

A similar situation occurred when Amazon built its headquarters in Seattle, Washington, in 2013. Within five years, the influx of white techie bros led to skyrocketing rents and home values and accelerated a homelessness crisis. To make matters worse, the trillion-dollar company was instrumental in killing a tax on businesses that would have been used to generate revenue to combat the epidemic.

On top of that, the New York deal was configured in secrecy without public input. As a result, New Yorkers had no say on the fact that the state and city handed Amazon a $ 2.8 billion incentive package to lure it to the Big Apple. That’s billions of dollars in subsidies that could have otherwise been invested in public schools, public housing, or the city’s crumbling mass transit system.

New York boasts a population of 8.6 million. Only a small percentage of city dwellers and transplants will land high-income jobs at HQ2. Meanwhile, for the rest of us — good luck ever finding a seat on the 7 train, while Bezos flys high in a tax-funded helipad.

For more on how Amazon’s HQ2 will impact New York City, click here.

 


The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

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Beddley

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Beddley makes gorgeous, snuggly duvet covers designed to cover a duvet with zero hassle.


That Melanin Life

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That Melanin Life is a home decor and stationery shop that celebrates all melanin beauty (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Bulter, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Harlem Candle Company

 

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S&S Luxury 

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S&S Luxury is a luxury blanket and children’s accessories retailer in Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza mall. You can also order online.


Darlyng & Co.

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Darlyng & Co. is a lifestyle brand with safe products for parents and babies including the Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten.


 Enjoy-A-Bowl

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Created by a black veterinarian, Enjoy-a-Bowl is patent-pending pet bowl design. It’s a three-part feeding system that allows pet owners to entice their pet’s powerful and unique sense of smell to stimulate their appetite.


The Unique Seat

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This black mompreneur-created invention  is equipped with two versatile chairs that attach to bleachers, roll into pillows, and have pockets. The interconnected queen-sized blanket is weighted on all of the corners as well as a waterproof bottom to keep everyone comfortable. Perfect to carry to the beach, cook-out, or game day.


Father Figure 

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Father Figure is a lifestyle brand for new dads and includes products such as the Bandana Burp Rag Set (shown above).


The DreamPad

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The DreamPad is a pillow featuring patented sound technology to help you get a great night’s sleep.


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‘Standard of the West,’ Black Bear Brand Leather

A BEAR FOR WEAR: Resurgence of slow fashion and putting hands to work, and resting on nearly 100 years of heritage, Black Manufacturing is uniting its “union of makers” with its newest leather-jacket collaboration, colluding in the Pacific Northwest where the “outdoors and industrial collide.”
Fixed on quality and made-to-order utility, Black Bear Brand’s product selection includes leather jackets, heavyweight shirts of wool and tweed weave, knit accessories and collaborations such as that of the latest Black Bear Brand x Langlitz Leathers featuring Horween Leather Co. horsehide, tanned specially for the collaboration.
Since 1914, when George G. Black built the namesake manufacturing center to foster the growth of the label, the emphasis has been on providing product with purpose. And this “union of makers” is tethered to the Black family’s founding mission to dissolve competing sweatshop conditions and place emphasis on worker welfare and emotional resonance.
WWD spoke with Josh Sirlin, creative director, curator and principal at Black Manufacturing, the overseer of Black Bear Brand and its “union of makers,” which is essentially “sharing what’s behind the product” and “participating in the creating,” as Sirlin stated.
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Family of Black Man, Don Shirley, Portrayed in “The Green Book” Blasts Movie and Its “Lies”

The family members of Don Shirley, the Jamaican-American pianist depicted in the movie The Green Book,  has issued a strong condemnation of the film which is based on events in Shirley’s life.

“As the only living brother of Dr. Donald W. Shirley, I, Maurice E. Shirley, Sr. am compelled to respond to this article. In agreement with Malcolm X who proffered that ‘every White man in America profits directly or indirectly from his position vis-a-vis Negroes, profits from racism even though he does not practice it or believe it.’ This movie, “The Green Book” is NOT about MY brother, but about money, white privilege, assumption, and Tony Lip!” writes Maurice Shirley in a letter sent to media including Black Enterprise.

The Green Book tells the story of Shirley and his white chauffeur and later actor, Frank Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga as they travel through the Southern United States for an eight-week concert tour Shirley is scheduled to play. Vallelonga, who is from New York, is given a copy of The Green Book, a guide that actually existed, that instructed African American travelers on where to find safe havens throughout the deeply-segregated ’60s South. It is based on a real-life story and characters.

The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 has received both accolades and backlash.

It won the People’s Choice Award and was named “Best Picture” by the National Board of Review. There has been industry talk of the film’s star, Viggo Mortensen as an Oscar contender for his portrayal of Vallelonga.

However, Mortensen recently came under fire for using the n-word during an event promoting the film. The actor has since apologized with the explanation that he was “attempting to make the point that the extreme, dehumanizing ugliness that this word conjures, the hateful attitude behind it, has not disappeared just because white people generally no longer use it as a racist insult.

Shadow and Act, a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora, called the movie, “a poorly titled white savior film.”

Writing for The Root, Monique Judge also lambasted the film:

It is definitely problematic in that it seems to gloss over the true horrors of the Jim Crow South and just how bad it was for blacks who traveled through and lived there. We never get to see Mahershala Ali, who does a splendid and regal turn as Dr. Shirley, display that gripping fear that black people feel even today whenever they drive down those dark country roads at night—let alone in 1962, when the film is set.

The potential dangers they face are never addressed in the film. Instead, Ali’s Shirley sits comfortably in the backseat, taking in the countryside and even sleeping innocently and comfortably as his white bodyguard—played by the immensely talented Viggo Mortensen—drives him through towns where black bodies likely swung from trees and where at times the only light probably came from burning crosses and white hoods.

“Our family is boycotting the film due to the implicit and the explicit affronts we have endured while critics have hailed the film for its artistic brilliance and its timely juxtaposition to the rise in hate crimes, White Nationalism, and neo-Nazism in the contemporary United States,” said Maxine C. Leftwich, another Shirley family member, via an email.

 

“This is a feel-good period piece that would make for a good fantasy in the style of Disney circa Dumbo. Despite the fact that it is ‘inspired by a true story,’ the inaccuracies that have been placed front and center are hurtful because they draw a completely inaccurate caricature of a family member that we loved and a misrepresentation of the relationships with other family members,’ she continued.

Maurice Shirley also addresses what he deems are lies in the film:

My brother never considered Tony to be his “friend”; he was an employee, his chauffeur (who resented wearing a uniform and cap). This is why context and nuance are so important. The fact that a successful, well-to-do Black artist would employ domestics that did NOT look like him, should not be lost in translation.

 

My brother NEVER had a teal blue Cadillac, it was always a black limousine.

 

The movie, supposedly asserts that he said he had a brother, Maurice, but he “…didn’t know where he was…”

 

Our Mother died when I was 2 days old, my brother was 9, he never lost touch with me as the movie purports…he was my Best Man when I was married in 1964. Our 2 brothers, Dr. Calvin H. Shirley and Dr. Edwin Shirley, Jr. were in attendance. He attended most, if not all, of the important events in our children’s lives. We saw each other often and talked, by phone, on a regular basis!!

 

 My brother was NEVER beaten up as was so falsely depicted. Insulted, discriminated against, disrespected as a man and an artist, rejected…YES.

 

No one, EVER, had to teach my brother how to eat fried chicken. Nor would he have allowed “lessons” of such by a white man (given stereotypes). Lest one forgets, our Father was an Episcopal Priest, born in Jamaica and our Mother, likewise was from Jamaica, and when we moved to the States, we were in the South.

 

Further, to dispel any lies that he had no family or contact with us, I have his ashes — his remains — in my home, per his (and my) wishes.

 

Yes, this film is from the lens of the Vallelonga Family, and should never have been entitled “The Green Book”. “Green Card” may have been more accurate… Oops, they already made that film, didn’t they!!

 

That no one in our family was contacted until AFTER the film was made, could never be misconstrued as an oversight.

 

If the motive was to tell a true and authentic story, either about “The Green Book” and/or

Donald Shirley, they clearly missed the mark!! But that’s what the White Savior has promulgated!!

 

The family is also calling for a boycott of the film and asking moviegoers to wait to watch until it appears on cable. “This way, it limits the financial gain that the writers/producers will realize from the box office,” says Leftwich.

 

 

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Sole Black GOP Senator Votes for Judge Accused of Suppressing Black Vote

The U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican senator is facing heat after voting for a controversial judicial nominee, who’s been accused of hurting Black voters. South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott voted to advance the vote for Thomas Farr for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Wednesday, per CNN. Vice President Mike Pence was the tie-breaking vote, after the 50-50 vote. All 49 Senate Democrats opposed Farr’s nomination, referencing his past support of legal measures that negatively impacted African-American voters, such as working with the with North Carolina Republican Party on the state’s congressional map, which was struck down earlier […]

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The crazy Instant Pot deal that beats Black Friday’s sale is somehow still in stock

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The Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker went on sale during the Black Friday blitz at a $ 42 discount, and people went completely crazy over it. Rightfully so, since this is the biggest and perhaps best multi-use cooker model that Instant Pot makes. So many people were upset that they had missed the crazy deal, but then something magical happened: it went back on sale yesterday with an even deeper discount! We felt compelled to tell you about this crazy deal one last time because it’s somehow still in stock on Thursday morning. This 8-quart model for just $ 79 is probably the best sale on any Instant Pot model that we’ve ever seen, and we’ll be shocked if it’s still available at this price by mid-day today.

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooke…: $ 79.00

Here’s more info from the product page:

  • Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet
  • Power supply: 120V – 60Hz

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Black man arrested after helping drunk neighbor home

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A video posted online shows a black man being arrested after walking a drunken neighbor home. Samir Ahmed tells news outlets he found a man passed out near his front yard in Silver Spring, Maryland, this month and helped him get home. He says returned to find Montgomery County police officers…
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Little Known Black History Month: Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker turned 103 years of age this past February and in that same month in 1945, she made military history. Dr. Hooker, who passed away last week, became the first African-American woman to join the United States Coast Guard after being rejected by the United States Navy.

Hooker was born February 12, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At the age of six, Hooker witnessed the Ku Klux Klan ransack her home during the violent Tulsa Massacre of Black Wall Street and was one of the few, if not the only, survivors of that moment in history.

The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and Hooker graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. The Delta woman attempted to enter the Navy and was denied due to her race.

She was eventually was allowed to join the Navy after contesting the denial, but Hooker elected to join the Coast Guard instead in February of 1945. Hooker was part of the SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready) division, a section of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve.

This unit was eventually disbanded in 1946. The following year, Hooker obtained her master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and worked with women in an upstate New York prison.

In 1961, Hooker earned her Ph.D from the University of Rochester and in 1963, she joined the faculty of Fordham University, teaching until 1985. She retired two years later, and at the age of 95, she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian reserve of the branch.

Hooker passed of natural causes on November 21 at her White Plains, New York home.


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J. Crew: 50% off Most Full Priced their site crashed on Black Friday Sale

TGIF = 50% off at J. Crew (exp Sun 11/25)

What the hell was that? The biggest shopping day of the year, an unusually high discount for the brand in question, a company that’s struggling… and their site crashes and burns?

I’m guessing not a lot of people in the J. Crew tech department was saying “TGIF” yesterday. Plus, that code would imply that it expired on Friday. When their site was in the gutter, twitching uncontrollably. But it DIDN’T expire yesterday. It expires today. Saturday, 11/24. So in case anyone still cares, and has any cash left you’d care to spend, here’s the best of the best from this rare half off sale at J. Crew. Now do me a favor and keep your darn site up and running today, okay J. Crew?

SUNDAY UPDATE: After more website trouble yesterday, J. Crew decided to extend this 50% off TGIF code through today (Sunday, 11/25.) It appears that the J. Crew website is stable. For now.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Leather Pacer Boots – $ 124 ($ 228)

Absurdly good prices for this in-house, Goodyear Welted boot. Lots of sizes at post time, which is kinda crazy considering the price. Indiana Jones boots for the not quite as well-off.

 

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer – $ 149 ($ 298)

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer

It’s too sexy! Look, velvet blazers aren’t for everyone, especially with that throw-back shawl collar, but now if you’re unsure? The risk has been mitigated by the major discount. Big fan of that dark green.

 

Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Pullover in Heather or Donegal – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater

Four color options. Basically the same sweater (at least it looks to be from here?) but one is considered to be heathered, and the other is donegal. Beats me.

 

Legacy Blazer in American Wool in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $ 175 ($ 350)

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A total classic that’s not the frumpy gold-buttoned, hard shoulder kind that your boss favors on the weekend.

 

Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed – $ 149 ($ 298)

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These always make the annual best sportcoats of fall post and for good reason. Softer tweed than what you might be envisioning. Less construction too. Half lined. Shown above is a 40R on 5’10″/ 185. Full review here.

 

New Balance for J. Crew 791 Leather Sneakers – $ 37.40 ($ 79)

Killshot knock offs! Wait, can you knock off one of your own collaborations with another collaboration? Doesn’t matter. They’re on sale, and thus, getting an additional 50% off. Crazy.

 

Slim American Pima Cotton OCBD – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew OCBD

A classic OCBD that comes in a true slim fit and is made from American grown Supima cotton. Tons of colors to pick from. Yes, they’re made overseas, but the reviews are solid. Are there cheaper OCBD options out there? Absolutely. But not many now that they’re half off.

 

Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater

A basic that you’ve got to admit is at a pretty solid price. Merino wool + nylon blend. Lots of colors to pick from.

 

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots – $ 74 ($ 148)

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots

Stitched out welt construction. Three versatile colors to choose from. A little slimmer than some bulkier desert boots. Really nice price for the made in Italy factor.

 

Oar Stripe Goodyear Welted Chelsea Boots in Italian Leather – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Chelsea Boots

Well? Someone was able to get through their site yesterday. Because these are close to sold out now. Still worth a check if you’re in the market for Chelseas. Shown above is the “burnished ruby.” Not sure how RED OH MY GOSH RED those are gonna be in person, or if they’ll be more of a chili or oxblood. Lots of sizes left on those.

 

Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat

J. Crew’s take on the classic Peacoat, now down for around Army/Navy surplus store prices. And these can compete with the real thing. Good wool, a bit of insulation, those hand warmer pockets are a huge benefit, and it’s slightly longer than far too many peacoats that chop the tail short.

 

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender – $ 199 ($ 398)

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender

I don’t know how the leather quality is on these things. Just one review so far, and it’s encouraging, but know that in the past J. Crew has been a little hit or miss on leather accessories.

 

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag

A less expensive version of the all leather option. Less leather will do that.

 

Ludlow wide-lapel suit jacket in Italian worsted wool + slim or classic pant = $ 384.49

It’s the slimmer fitting Ludlow jacket, but with a wider more timeless lapel. The jacket is on sale, while the pants are not. So total still comes in under $ 400 for a versatile, “Harbor” blue suit separates pair that should serve you well. Crosby fit jackets are available, but sizing is limited.

 

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys

The bluchers of their new Italian Leather collection. Goodyear welted. One fifty. Not bad for a basic shoe that’s about the shoe-iest shoe to ever shoe.

 

Windowpane Cashmere Scarf – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Windowpane Cashmere Scarf

A lot of brands push solid cashmere scarfs this time of year. And that’s fine and understandable. But it doesn’t take much of a pattern to set a scarf apart. And here’s the proof.

 

Cashmere Seedstitch Beanie – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cashmere Seed-stitch Beanie

Speaking of small details that can set something apart, check out that stitch. All cashmere once again.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Cap Toe Boots – $ 124 ($ 248)

Kenton Cap Toe Boot

Still Goodyear Welted. Still an absurd price point thanks to the sale. But sizes are starting to get a little short here. Fast. Also shown at the top of the post.

 

Field mechanic jacket – $ 99 ($ 198)

A cotton, 3 season (or year-round if you live in a warm climate) classic. One of the better reviewed items from J. Crew’s line up.

 

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair – $ 224 ($ 448)

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair

A niche piece. But a really good looking one.

 

Wallace & Barnes merino wool cardigan sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

I nice, slightly more substantial (but still not bulky?) looking cardigan from the upgraded Wallace & Barnes line. All wool here. Contrast “racked” stitching at the placket and at other stylistically strategic points.

 

Navy windowpane alpaca scarf – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

Super soft, Alpaca wool with a windowpane pattern. Light base with a dark windowpane, which flips the contrast script compared to most other windowpane scarves.

 

Letterman Jacket in Wool – $ 114 ($ 228)

J. Crew Letterman Jacket

What do you call a wool, colorblocked bomber? That’d be a letterman jacket. No letters necessary here either. Also available in a burgundy option that looks more campus-like thanks to a striped collar.

 

14-Wale Cords in SlimStraight, or Athletic Fit in Pacific Navy – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cords

Yes you can find cords for less (see GAP), but some of you are pretty tied to J. Crew’s pant fits. All three fits available here. Lots of colors to pick from. Cotton with a bit of elastane for stretch.

 

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer – $ 99 ($ 198)

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer

No lining here except for the sleeves. A little less stuffy compared to a traditional, hard shouldered, gold buttoned navy blazer. Full review here. Also available in a grey as well as a tan “sandy dune.”

 

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater – $ 55 ($ 110)

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater

Not bad for an all wool, classic cable, not-quite-fisherman’s sweater from their upgraded Wallace and Barnes line.  For being such a simple piece, this thing has a lot of potential.

 

Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater – $ 44.75 ($ 89.50)

J. Crew Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater

Big fan of J. Crew’s merino cardigans. Nice material, available in classic or slim fit, and unlike much of the competition, there’s a good sized placket here. Thin cardigan plackets can look a little feminine sometimes. Just wish they made them in more colors. You can have it in any color you’d like… as long as it’s navy.

 

Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf – $ 29.75 ($ 59.50)

J. Crew Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf

Preppy without going overboard. And sometimes you don’t need that super thick muffler, but you still need a scarf to cover up that V at the top of your topcoat. These’ll do the trick nicely.

 

Wool Sideline Jacket – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Wool Sidline Jacket

It’s becoming sport for some millenials to rip on J. Crew in their reviews section. As is evidenced by the one review these things are getting. Look, two things can be true. This jacket could stink to high heaven, and the reviewer could also be a whiner. I don’t know. But $ 150 for this seems like a fair risk.

 

American Lambswool Bird’s-Eye Cardigan Sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

J. Crew American Lambswool Bird's-Eye Cardigan Sweater

Looks a little less Mr. Rogers and a little more Gatsby’s next door neighbor Nick. Wool is sourced from the same mill that makes up the sweater blazer.

 

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag

And now… some luggage for those who are gonna be travelling with a packed suit or sportcoats this upcoming season. Cotton canvas body, and unzips/unfurls so you can get your suit or jackets (and shoes and what not) to and fro while minimizing creasing and wrinkling risks. Yes, the zippers weren’t designed the best (read the reviews) but attaching a couple of pulls should solve that problem. And most bags like this will run you a heck of a lot more money.

 

Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 237.50 ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it. (Yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. Size shown above is a 42R.

The J. Crew 50% off lots of full price & sale stuff code TGIF is set to expire today, 11/24/18. Fingers crossed their website doesn’t crash again.


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Comcast to Launch Two New Black TV Networks in January

Comcast Corp. is adding two new African American majority-owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems beginning in January 2019. The selected networks, AFRO and CLEO TV, will showcase programming that highlights and features black communities around the diaspora. The announcement, however, came just days before a federal appeals court cleared the way for Bryon Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks to pursue a $ 20 billion lawsuit against the cable operator on the grounds of racial discrimination.

More Representation In Media

TV One’s Cleo TV focuses on lifestyle and entertainment content targeting young women of color. Afro, which is owned by the Florida-based company Afrotainment, features movies, TV series, and other programming representing cultures in Africa and across the globe. In addition to being broadly distributed on Comcast Xfinity, the channels will be offered on Comcast’s basic tier digital platform in select markets, making them available to millions of subscribers online. This will provide the networks with a major boost and help fill the void in the lack of quality and diverse black-oriented media content.

“The offerings from both AFRO and CLEO TV serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities,” said Keesha Boyd, executive director, Multicultural Products at Comcast Cable, in a statement. “We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as the two we’re announcing today, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base.”

The announcement is part of a bigger deal that Comcast inked with the FCC and DOJ back in 2011 when it acquired NBCUniversal. In order to receive federal approval for the merger, Comcast agreed to launch eight minority-owned and/or –operated networks. This included ASPiRE in 2012 and REVOLT in 2013 along with four Hispanic-focused channels.

“We are excited to bring AFRO’s live content and growing on-demand catalog of more than 300 hours of original programming to millions of Xfinity customers. Comcast’s selection of AFRO, which is a recognition of the rich diversity in black content and culture, solidifies our position as a leader in polycultural black home entertainment in North America,” said Yves Bollanga, founder and CEO of Afrotainment, in the statement.

“We’re at a pivotal moment in history where women are making a huge impact in our society and culture, especially women of color,” said Michelle Rice, TV One’s general manager. “CLEO TV will offer a diverse mix of lifestyle and entertainment content through the unique lens of millennial and young Gen-X women of color, an audience segment that is currently underserved.”

Scrutiny

On Monday, a federal appellate court ruled that Entertainment Studios can pursue a lawsuit against Comcast for alleged violations of the Civil Rights Act, according to Variety. The company has also been granted legal clearance for a similar suit against Charter Communications for $ 10 billion. Allen, a media titan who graced the May/June 2018 cover of BLACK ENTERPRISE, claims that both Comcast and Charter refuse to carry his networks because of his race. The comedian-turned-mogul settled a similar suit back in 2015 with AT&T’s Direct TV, which now carries seven channels produced by his company.

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Topshop Black Friday deals so good you won’t be able to resist

Because we all need our Toppers fix

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With black Friday 2018 is fast approaching we are going to curate the best Topshop black Friday  deals! Topshop is always a winner when it comes to shopping the high street, especially thanks to its cool collaborations with the likes of Kate Moss and Beyoncé.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get carried away and spend a small fortune on a whole new wardrobe (who needs savings, right?). However Black Friday 2018 is just around the corner, so you will be able to save yourself a few £££ and get your Toppers fix. Bonus.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday 2018 is almost here, and as ever, we predict it to be the biggest online shopping weekend of the year in the UK. And with just 3 days to navigate those jaw-dropping Black Friday discounts – including the Black Friday clothing sale deals, Black Friday designer deals, Black Friday trainer deals and Black Friday dresses to the Black Friday watches, and Black Friday engagement ring sales – we thought you might need a little help to scour the best Topshop deals.

Topshop Black Friday deals, are they doing it?

Yes, yes, yes. Last year, Topshop had a massive up to 50% off sale across five days, offering various discounts on hundreds of products. Needless to say, you’ll be able to pick up at least one thing in the sale. It’s especially good for the more expensive items like coats and jackets.

Vintage Faux Fur Coat, was £79 now £39

Stripe Sequin Wrap Front Maxi Dress by Club L, Was £75 now £65

Topshop Black Contrast Stitch Straight Leg Jeans, 20% off

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Everybody needs a good pair of black jeans in their closet and these contrast stitched ones are a step up. Heads up, it’s not super obvious from the picture but they are high rise trousers.

Priced at £32, originally £40

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Topshop PETITE Slogan Fair Isle Jumper, 35% off

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A Fair Isle jumper never goes out of style this time of year and this one is a fun take on the classic, with splashes of neon and French text. Looove.

Priced at £19, originally £29

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Topshop Black Friday Borg Biker Jacket, 30% off

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The oversized biker has been practically everywhere this winter and we’re particularly feeling this cosy version from Topshop, which is going for 30% off in the Topshop Black Friday sale.

Priced at £45, originally £65

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Topshop Leopard Long Sleeve Shirt, 20% off

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The animal print trend is still going strong and this simple button is a great way to incorporate it into your outfit, plus still look sophisticated enough for the office.

Priced at £28, originally £35

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Longline Borg Coat, £76 at Topshop

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We stan a long fuzzy winter coat and this one’s the ultimate teddy bear coat. There’s also a dreamy colour-blocked version if you want to keep things interesting.

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BINGO Western Boots, £76 at Topshop

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We’ve got a little obsession with cowboy boots at the moment and we’re not the only ones. These white beauties come with a Western buckle detail and would look super cute paired with a long skirt or over some skinny black jeans.

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PETITE Leopard Faux Fur Coat, £45 at Topshop

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This sophisticated coat is bang on the animal print trend this season. We’re loving the more more muted pale shade and pink collar, plus it’s a great dupe for that gorgeous £700+ Shrimps coat we’ve had our eye on forever.

Priced at £45, originally £69

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Autumn Floral Print Midi Skater Dress, £49 at Topshop

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We’re super into dark florals this season and this is one of our favourites, with a pleated skirt and solid black collar.

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Monochrome Colour Block Jacket by Topshop SNO, £79.20

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Time to upgrade your ratty old ski jacket? This utterly sleek and stylish one from Topshop is a great shout, plus there’s some other Topshop SNO gear on sale if you want the full set.

Priced at £79.20, originally priced at £99

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Black Friday Topshop deals on dresses

Just because winter is coming (yes yes, GoT reference, lol), doesn’t mean you have to ditch the dresses just yet, especially with party season round the corner. Whether you’re after a checked number, a knitted dress or a sequin or embellished party dress, here are the best Black Friday Topshop dress deals.

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Black Friday Topshop deals on coats

It’s always worth investing in a new coat, especially as it’s difficult to get a good quality one for less than £100. A camel duster coat will never go out of style, but if you want something a little more on trend, try investing in an oversized red coat or a checked number, which is the trend of the season. Shop the best Black Friday Topshop coat deals below.

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Black Friday Topshop deals on jeans

Topshop is a go-to destination for jeans, in fact, did you know one pair is sold every 10 seconds in store? Mind-blowing. It’s great for classic shapes like skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans, but you’ll also be able to get your hands on trendier styles, like embroidered denim and prints. Here are the best Black Friday Topshop jean deals.

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Black Friday Topshop deals on shoes

Topshop shoes are always super on trend, so it’s a great place to go if you want to update your wardrobe with something current, whether that’s a pair of colourful heels or cool fashion trainers. Again, Black Friday is a great opportunity to invest in the big ticket items you’d usually have to save up a bit for, namely boots. This season is all about sock boots or over the knee styles, so make sure you shop our edit of the best Black Friday Topshop shoe deals below.

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Topshop black Friday  deals on maternity wear

If you want to find stylish maternity wear that doesn’t cost the earth, Topshop has a great offering of basics like jeans and t-shirts and trendier styles. We all remember that polka dot dress Kate Middleton wore during her pregnancy, and if it’s good enough for Kate… Shop our edit of the best Black Friday Topshop maternity deals below.

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Topshop black Friday  deals on bags

Whether you’re after a clutch bag for a wedding, a leather handbag or a weekend, you’ll find something to suit every taste on the shelves.

Some of the below handbags are half price too, so now’s your chance to treat yourself. Shop the best Black Friday Topshop bag deals below.

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Will there be Black Friday Topshop deals in store too?

The up to 50% off sale will also be in store too, but it’s worth noting that Toppers is offering free delivery during Black Friday, so if the crowds get a bit much, know you can shop from your sofa too.

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The Diplomats ft. Belly “On God,” Kodak Black ft. Travis Scott “Zeze” & More | Daily Visuals 11.22.18

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After a 14-year hiatus The Diplomats finally reunited for their highly anticipated comeback album Diplomatic Ties and to accompany the release of their album come through with a clip for an album cut.

For their military themed clip to “On God,” Belly joins the Dip Set on a battlefield where the team gets ready for war in their bunk while poppin’ bottles and puffing on piff. Maybe they’re stationed at the border where they don’t have to be on point cause there ain’t no actual threat to the nation.

Kodak Black meanwhile links up with Travis Scott and makes the most of a green screen and utilizes some simple special effects in the background for his visual to “Zeze.”

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JADEN SMITH – “PLASTIC”

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JACQUEES – “HOUSE OR HOTEL”

REASON – “WHAT I DO FREESTYLE”

YFN LUCCI FT. YFN TRAEPOUND, YFN STEP & YFN MONEY – “BUST IT DOWN”

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Top Picks: Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

In America it’s tradition to begin holiday shopping around Thanksgiving, especially online where you can shop in the comfort of your home and avoid the crowds. The items here caught my eye when I was browsing Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale. Some of the items have been winners on clients, and others have followed me home.

They cover a range of items and price points. Be sure to browse the colour and size options. Check out the designer top picks too.

Go to the collection page to see pictures of the items alongside my descriptions.

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There are some great sales out there today! Nordstrom is one of our favorites (up to 60% off, with the best stuff going fast — here are our picks) as well as Ann Taylor, Boden, Theory and several factory stores (ATF, BRF, JCF)! 

6pm – Featured sales on Frye, The North Face, Clarks and “6 Mystery Deals” — plus an extra 10% off your entire order!

Amazon – InstantPot for $ 69, plus major deals on Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Ring Video Doorbell 2, and more! Plus, crazy deals to be had on Amazon clothing brands like Daily Ritual, Core 10, Lark & Ro, and more!  

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything, including suits!

Ann Taylor Factory – 50-70% off almost every single thing, plus an extra 15% off your purchase!

Anthropologie – 30% off everything!

Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced merchandise, no exclusions!

Banana Republic Factory – 60% off entire store! Doorbusters starting at $ 9.99. Extra 15% off your purchase, including clearance! 

Boden – 30% off plus free shipping over $ 49!

Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off sale items, plus lowest prices of the year for non-iron shirts: 2 for $ 99! 

Express – 50% off everything!

J.Crew – 50% off everything! 

J.Crew Factory – Online only: get an extra 40-50% off sitewide, with clearance up to 80% off original prices!

Last Call – Extra 40 to 80% off!

Loft – 50% off your purchase!

Neiman Marcus – $ 50 off $ 200 of regulalr priced merchandise, plus up to 60% off (extra 33% off select sale items)!

Nordstrom – One of our favorites! Prices are up to 60% off and there are some crazy deals to be had. Here’s our Black Friday deal roundup.

Reiss – 15% off everything!

Rothys – Extended holiday return window, plus limited styles! 

Talbots – 50% off one item until noon today, plus 40% off your entire purchase.

Theory – Buy more save more: 20% off $ 200, 25% off $ 400, 30% off $ 600!

Victoria’s Secret – All bras 40% off, all sleep and lingerie buy 1 get 1 free, plus free shipping on $ 50!

Zappos – Black Friday sale! Prices up to 50% off!

Readers, have you found any great Black Friday deals today? 

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7 Black Friday Shoppers Tell Us What They Really Plan to Spend for Holidays

Cyber Monday still hasn’t killed Black Friday… at least not yet. This holiday season, it was estimated that 34 million people would shop in person on Thanksgiving Day, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics. For Black Friday, that number was estimated at 116 million shoppers. And according to the survey, the average amount spent on holiday purchases will be a not-so-frugal $ 1,007.24. That’s 4.1% more than the average amount spent last year.

We decided to take our own kind of survey. It’s far from scientific, but we asked seven random shoppers why they gave up holiday time to search for deals in person. We also asked them about the best deal they found, and what their budgets are like this year. (We like budgets, after all.)

Here’s what they had to say.

1. Brittany Snyder shops at Target with her two children, Axel, 4, and Everleigh, 2, in Pinellas Park, Fla.

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Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

We were in the house all day for Thanksgiving with family over, so today we needed to take a little break and come outside and do some shopping and leave the messy house behind for a little bit. This is also my excuse to not clean up so quickly. I come out here and see everything. I normally get something for [the kids]. And when I get home, I’ll do the rest online. I like to be done with Christmas shopping by Monday.

What is the best deal you found today?

Every year, I always buy them clothes here. Everything’s just really cheap, so I won’t get upset if they get candy all over it. Their shirts, long sleeves, are $ 3.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

It was $ 77 for, I think, five shirts, two [pairs of] jeans, toys, candy. I’ll take it. 

2. Luis Valdez with his 8-year-old daughter, Sofia Valdez, at Best Buy in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Luis Valdez and his daughter Sofia Valdez, 8, both of St. Petersburg, Fla., stand in line to purchase TVs at Best Buy on Thanksgiving day on Nov. 22, 2018.

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

I like to see what I’m getting. I don’t like to wait for things to come.

What is the best deal you found today?

The Samsung 65-inch TV for $ 599. It’s a good, quality TV for a good price.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

Under $ 1,000 for just two TVs and a phone.

3. Joanna Gregg, right, with her daughter Aydrian, 16, at Target in Pinellas Park, Fla.

A mother and daughter shop at Target

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

I pretty much do all of my shopping here, other than a couple of items. All of my grocery shopping, everything, I can do at Target. I still like to touch everything and see everything in person. And I’d still rather give the stores the business than do a ton of online shopping. I want the stores to be here.

What is the best deal you found today?

Probably the iPhone deals with the gift card. They’re better than the actual carrier’s discounts. That’s what we’re here for. We’re waiting to get an iPhone 8 and a $ 150 gift card, zero down on the phone. The $ 150 gift card is worth being here for.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

I don’t really have a budget. Probably with reason, I’ll spend about $ 1,000. We’re probably at about half of that right now, which is good. 

4. Nitya Pendyala, 14, left, and her sister, Shari Pendyala, 8, with their father, Sri Pendyala, not pictured, at Best Buy in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Nitya Pendyala, 14, left, and her sister Shari Pendyala, 8, both of Pinellas Park, Fla., shop for movies on Thanksgiving day at Best Buy on on Nov. 22, 2018. S

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

I guess we just wanted to go to the store. It’s interesting.

What is the best deal you found today?

The best deal I’ve found today are these movies: “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther” and “Coco.” They are $ 6.99.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

Not much. Under $ 500.

5. Lakeisha Carroll, left, shopping with her niece, Ceasia Moore, at Target in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Two women shop at Target

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

I’m going to do both. Right now, we’re going to do little things. And on Cyber Monday, we’re going to do electronics. I went yesterday [on Thanksgiving Day], but it was kind of crowded. I thought today was going to be the better blockbuster, but yesterday was the better blockbuster.

What is the best deal you found today?

This Fisher Price [Smart Home] I got for $ 30 cheaper than I saw in the competing store. Also, this Honda Ride On [Electric Bike]. The Fisher Price is $ 99 here. It was $ 129.99 at the competing store. The Honda Ride On was $ 59. The original price was $ 69.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

Budget for toys: not over $ 500. Cyber Monday, I’ve got a little bit more of a budget.

6. James Granger at Best Buy in St. Petersburg, Fla.

James Granger of St. Petersburg, Fla., drags his new 65 inch TV to a register at Best Buy on Thanksgiving day on Nov. 22, 2018.

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

I’m out shopping in person because I was in the area, and I thought I could get a better deal.

What is the best deal you found today?

This TCL TV for $ 400. I’ve been eying all the Black Friday deals. It was a doorbuster for Walmart and Target, but for some reason, I found it here for the same price and they didn’t have it as a doorbuster.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

I plan to spend about $ 800. I’m buying a TV, a Samsung watch for my mom and a scooter thing for a kid — and it comes out to $ 800 altogether.

7. Jennifer Meyers with her son, Kaden, 3, at The International Plaza Mall in Tampa, Fla.

A little boy is carried by his mother in a mall

Why are you out shopping in person, rather than online?

Well, we don’t have a mall where we live, because we live on a tiny little island. So we wanted to see crowds and all of the decorations and all of the excitement. We live on St. Simons Island. We do some [shopping] online and some in the stores, just figure out what we need and the best deals we can find.

What is the best deal you found today?

The Disney Store had a lot of different things — animals, costumes for the different movies that they like. We were able to get a themed present, which they like, [for] about $ 50 each, two kids about $ 100. Probably full price, we would have spent $ 100 [or] $ 150 per kid. So it was definitely worth the sales.

How much money do you plan to spend during Black Friday?

Really, [I’m] just figuring out who I need what for and figuring out the best deals I can find. Stuff that they will like. [I don’t] really have a budget.

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Black Friday watch deals that you need to buy now before it’s too late

Where to find the best Black Friday deals for watches

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Black Friday 2018 is almost upon us, and as ever, we predict it opshopo be the biggest online shopping weekend of the year in the UK. And with just 3 days to navigate those jaw-dropping Black Friday watches discounts (just in time for Christmas), we thought we’d make life that little bit easier for you with our guide to the best black Friday watch deals, and what to look for while you’re there.

When is Black Friday 2018?

Black Friday falls on the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (which is the fourth Thursday of November). Here the UK, Black Friday 2018 will fall on 23rd November (which is a Friday) so you still have time to bookmark the shops you want to visit and pick out the deals you’re going to go after.

Henry London Stratford Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 50% off at Wolf & Badger

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We love a good chunky metal mesh watch and this piece from Henry London is absolutely dreamy. With an emerald clock face and a vintage aesthetic, it’s going for 50% off at Wolf & Badger right now.

Priced at £83, originally £165

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Radley Ladies Heart Dog Charm Leather Strap Watch, almost half off at QVC

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This maroon watch has us thinking tonally this season, with a monochrome clock face and black details.

Priced at £42.98, originally £80

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Ted Baker BOWISA Bow Detail Leather Watch, £35+ off

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Audrey Hepburn, eat your heart out. This minimal black watch will go with every outfit and the little bow cuff on the strap is the sweetest touch.

Priced at £87.50, originally £125

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Ted Baker CASKIA Square Dial Watch, £40+ off 

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This utterly classic watch comes with a charming mesh strap and a square face. It’s also rose gold, plus it has cute little rose gold accents on the clock face if you just can’t get enough.

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What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a day when shoppers can take advantage of *huge* discounts from various retailers, across all departments (why it’s called Black Friday varies a bit, some believe it dates back to the 60s, when the shopping phenomenon began, where so many people turned up to shop that it caused gridlock, others think it’s because it takes stores’ bank balances from the red to the black).

Because watches can be a bit pricey, we don’t often treat ourselves, but Black Friday is a great time to do so as prices are slashed across board. It’s also a great time to stock up on Christmas presents for your family. Just saying.

Black Friday watch deals at Michael Kors

Who doesn’t love a Michael Kors watch, especially if it’s a classic rose gold boyfriend design. For Black Friday, you can get discounts on all Michael Kors watches, be it gold tone, silver tone or leather bracelet styles. We’re a bit obsessed with the new season plum tones.

If you can’t find the watch you want on the Michael Kors site, don’t worry, because jewellers like H.Samuel, who stock the brand, are offering discounts too. If you’re interested in more high end fashion, it’s worth taking a look at our edit of the best Black Friday designer deals as well.

Shop our edit of the best Black Friday watches below.

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Black Friday watch deals if rose gold is your thing

Let’s be real, it’s still all about rose gold this season, isn’t it? And Michael Kors isn’t the only one to offer sleek rose gold designs. If you check out ASOS, you’ll find a host of pretty and statement watches, and a lot of other high street brands like Oasis, Topshop (which is offering amazing Topshop Black Friday deals across the board) and Next also have some great options too.

Scroll down for our edit of the best rose gold watches.

Black Friday watch deals that are best for fitness

After a fitness watch to track your steps and general health? Black Friday is a great time (no pun intended) to grab yourself a fitness tracker. You can get the popular Fitbit at a discount on various sites, like Argos and Amazon.

Curry‘s also usually does flash discounts on other fitness trackers too, like Jawbone, Garmin, Withings, Polar, so it’s worth checking the site out too.

For Apple watches, you’re of course best off going to the actual Apple website, though the discounts aren’t usually mind-blowing, more like a gift card with purchase situation. But, if your heart is set on Apple, that’s better than nothing, right?

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best Black Friday fitness tracker deals.

Black Friday Timex watches

Tired of relying on your iPhone for the time? Timex offer a range of beautiful watches ranging from work-appropriate classics to chic stacking-friendly fashion accessories to their adorable new Peanuts collection, featuring the likes of Snoopy and Linus. They’ll be offering 20% off everything on their website and it’ll all kick off November 24.

Urban Outfitters Black Friday Deals

Want to beat the Black Friday rush? Urban Outfitters is actually going to be having a pre-Black Friday sale on Wednesday, 22 November for just 24 hours where you’ll be able to score 40% off selected products. If you’re a UO Rewards member, you’ll also be eligible for free shipping.

UO’s also getting involved with the main shopping holiday and will be back with deals in full force from 23-26 November, with up to 50% off specific lines. The offer runs until midnight on the Sunday and shipping costs are going to drop to just £1, so now’s the time to buy that massive coat you’ve been dreaming of. On Cyber Monday, 27 November, they’ll also be offering 20% off select lines.

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Welcome to IGN’s Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

Black Friday 2018, the best sale day of the entire year, starts now. If you’re online and ready to shop, you are at least a full day ahead of the in-store crowd. We’ve personally combed through every Black Friday 2018 flyer and ad and cherry picked the absolute best deals of the year. In addition, we’ll be posting in real time on social, so make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Here are the Black Friday deals that are now live.

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The hot new Fire TV Stick 4K costs less than the original with this Black Friday deal

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Amazon’s wildly popular Fire TV Stick is on sale for Black Friday for just $ 25, but it normally retails for $ 40. Meanwhile, the brand new Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote normally sells for $ 50, with is a killer value considering you get 4K, HDR support, Dolby Atmos support, and Amazon’s new next-gen Alexa voice remote. As you might have surmised though, the new 4K model is also on sale for Black Friday 2018, and the price is down to just $ 34.99. That’s $ 5 less than the old Fire TV Stick’s normal retail price, and you don’t have much longer to take advantage.

Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $ 34.99

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick.
  • Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver.
  • Enjoy brilliant picture and immersive sound with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos.
  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.
  • Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.
  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu and PlayStation Vue.

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Black Friday is finally here, and there’s no shortage of deals to choose from in our shop. 

From Star Wars drones to robot vacuums, here are 20 amazing Black Friday deals you won’t find anywhere else, and you can get them for even less than their sale price. Just use the code BFSAVE20 to save an additional 20% at checkout.

1. Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector’s Edition

Fight for the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire with these awesome drones, available in X-Wing, TIE Fighter, or Speeder Bike versions. Normally they cost $ 149.95 each, but you can take 66% off and get one for just $ 49.99. Use the code BFSAVE20 to save an additional 20%. Read more…

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Record Store Day, Black Friday: From Weezer’s ‘Africa’ Picture Disc to the Dead’s One-Song LP

Deck the turntable spindles with very, very tiny boughs of holly. It’s time for the semi-annual Record Store Day — the smaller, but still mighty, Black Friday edition — as 157 exclusive releases hit indie music shops the day after Thanksgiving. (An additional four are being held back for Small Business Saturday.) If you’re a […]

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SHOPPING DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Black Friday 2018 Deals for Men + Picks

NOTE: We’ll be updating as more sales roll in/deals change. So check back. Black Friday. A mess in person, but thanks to the explosion of e-commerce, you can hunker down at home while avoiding the crush of humanity at all the brick & mortar stores. Cyber Monday? Still also worth paying attention to, and we’ll have a post for that coming up next week. There’s been even more Black Friday “creep” this year, with MANY of these deals launching pre-Thanksgiving (and thus, why this is getting an early launch).  Picks are scattered about when something was too good not to specifically mention. Got a tip on an extra good Black Friday Sale? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.

 

Banana Republic: 50% Off Reg. Priced Items, no BR Merch exclusions

Banana Republic

No code needed here. But? If you’re a card member? You should be able to knock an extra 10% off at checkout with the code BRCARD. Only limitation is that it has to be regular price (no 3rd party either if I’m not mistaken). More picks here if you want em’.

 

J. Crew: 40% off most Reg. + Extra 40% off Sale w/ TOGETHER

J. Crew

In case you missed the launch of this on Monday. About as good as it has gotten for J. Crew in a good long while. A few new picks above. One of the best sales J. Crew has run in recent memory. Even most of their suits are getting the 40% off cut. Works on sale items too.

 

Spier & Mackay: 20% off Everything (including sale & bundle)  w/ BF2018

Wait, everything? Just about. Only exclusions are MTM suits, which are in store only, and they’re offering a 10% off discount on those. So that means their new Goodyear Welted shoes are no sale. Hot damn. Big thanks to Simon Q. for the tip!

 

Huckberry: Black Friday Events / Select Item Sales

Huckberry

As a recovering Scout, I absolutely love Huckberry. Well made gear with lots of outdoor uses but great looking all at the same time. And their select Black Friday deals are pretty sweet. Those Flint and Tinder shells? Made in the USA. Same with those Chippewa boots too of course.

 

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off select items

And it all ships and returns for free, being that it’s Nordstrom. Lots of the same stuff that was in the previous fall sale, but some new items in there as well. Pretty solid price cuts on cold weather stuff like (nice looking!) coats, gloves, scarves, etc.

 

J.C.F.: 40% – 50% off your purchase w/ ADD2CART

Looks like there’s hardly any exclusions to this code. UPDATE: Suiting is now excluded. Wasn’t on Wednesday, is now. Drat.

 

FormFunctionForm: 25% off w/ NoShameInFinishingEarly

Form Function Form

Fine. Leather. Goods. Treat yo self! Form Function Form balances, beautifully, the luxury of high quality leather with rugged construction and the value that comes with being made by hand here in the USA. For those who like to stay organized, carry business cards at all times, and also take a note or two on the go, check out the Field Rep Wallet. Discount is good through Cyber Monday, the 26th.

 

Target: Up To 50% off Select Clothes/Shoes/Accessories

Now’s a good time to get your Goodfellow & Co on. Good grief, (up to) half off their already super affordable Goodfellow line? Not EVERYTHING is getting the cut, but a lot is. Head here for a more complete rundown of what Target’s Goodfellow & Co is offering this season.

 

Target: Black Friday Select Doorbusters

Okay, not exactly our wheelhouse, but big thanks to Brandon D. for the tip on this. Of which he said: “This one is actually pretty good. Especially this Instant Pot, normally $ 100, now $ 70 AND they give you a $ 10 Target gift card. I have the Lux version (the most basic – the Duo is better), and it’s fantastic for cooking for up to 4 people. And if you don’t know what to cook, use that gift card to buy this book!” And as an owner of a cordless Dyson stick vacuum, I can say those things will change your life. Especially if you have pets. Who cares if it’s fuschia. It’s $ 110 off. Also, those wireless beats just got a mention by the Blue Stones the other day. This one is more of a Dappered Space alert, but still. And don’t forget, everything is now getting fast and free two day shipping now, no sign up or membership required.

 

Ledbury: 35% off Shirts w/ THANKFUL35 

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Dappered exclusive code has expired. Onto the non-exclusive code THANKFUL35. Code expires on Friday, and then I believe the discount starts to shrink a bit over the weekend. Yes, $ 95 is a lot for a dress shirt. But they really are incredible. Terrific fabrics, GREAT collars (and that lowered second button), and they’re quite durable. They make much, much more than just white and light blue shirts, so check out the full range, but you’d be in great company to stock a closet with a few of their white and light blue fine twills.

 

Bonobos: 25% off of $ 150, 30% off $ 250+ w/ DEALWEEK

Bonobos

NOTE: Customer Service Ninjas are telling people that Cyber Monday will be 35% off sitewide. No thresholds. So unless you need something ASAP or you’re worried about something going out of stock, might be best to hold off.

So the threshold is pretty high, but it’s Bonobos. Everything is expensive. But 30% off is pretty rare for them. Code runs clear through Sunday.

 

Allen Edmonds: Select “Classics” Black Friday Savings

Allen Edmonds

Under $ 300 for wheelhouse, first quality heritage-collection AEs is not a bad deal at all. Just the Carlyle and McAllister getting that cut down to $ 295. But lots of other models from their still made in Port Washington collection are getting nice discounts for the big shopping weekend.

 

EXPRESS: 50% off Everything + Free Shipping No Min.

Express

Well that’s awfully kind. Half off and free shipping? Express doesn’t appeal to everyone, but they do make some more toned down/less flashy designs.  Plus… can’t think of a place I’d rather not be in the world of retail than an EXPRESS store in a mall on Black Friday. Enough to drive you batty. Prices are as marked online. No code needed here.

 

Club Monaco: 25% off $ 150 30% off $ 250 35% off $ 400 w/ CMBLACKFRIDAY18

Club Monaco

That is very, very kind of Club Monaco to do. Those Liverpool Chelseas from Allen Edmonds really are something. Full review of those can be found here. All made in the USA picks shown above.

 

GAP: 50% off Everything w/ BLKFRIDAY

GAP

Half off, no exclusions, PLUS they’re doing even bigger discounts with some of their online “doorbusters.” Like that wool blend trapper hat. How one busts a door on the internet, I’ll never know.

 

OrientWatchUSA: Up to 40% off sitewide + Extra 15% off w/ HOLIDAY18

Hey there. That’s something. Looks like Orient has put their retail prices back to where they were before they did away with codes and promos? But here we have a promo, and a code. I understand nothing. BUT, I do know that under $ 300 for the Polaris and mid $ 200s for the Mako USA is pretty darn good. Big thanks to Alex K. for the tip!!

 

Lands’ End: 50% off Full Price w/ TURKEY & 4789

Lands' End

Lands’ End is dependable. Not flashy. But good. Their cashmere is surprisingly nice. And those moleskin 5-pockets are something of a legend around these parts. Note that this code and pin is good for today and today only, but they’ll be rolling through MULTIPLE half off (full price) codes over the next few days.

 

Best Made Co: at least 25% off select items 

Best Made Co.

Spendy stuff, but the quality is there. Warning… splurge territory ahead.

 

UNIQLO: $ 10 off Ultra Light Down, select other deals, & Free Shipping No Min

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Was $ 49.90 – $ 79.90, now ten bucks off. Seems like UNIQLO is gonna slow roll their deals out this year?

 

C. Tyrwhitt: Take 25% off Sitewide plus Free Ship. w/ SHOWTIMECT

Charles Tyrwhitt