Sony Pictures Picks Up ‘Hair Love’ Film About Black Father Doing Daughter’s Hair

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After raising money for two years, retired NFL player Matthew Cherry’s short-film Hair Love has been picked up by Sony Pictures, Deadline reports. The animated short film shows a black father who is learning how to do his daughter’s head of thick curls for the first time.

Cherry’s Kickstarter fundraising goal for the film was set at $ 75,000 and he went well over his goal, raising $ 284,058.

“In the past year, it has been very clear that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic,” Sony Animation President Kristine Belson said. “Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground.”

Cherry, who also executive-produced Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, is happy to see his film come into fruition to help increase representation of African-American characters in animated films.

“It was important to get this story out there and we are so grateful to Sony Pictures Animation for their generous support in helping us make that happen,” Cherry said. “They have championed it from its early stages and we cannot wait to share the project with the world.”

Hair Love will be released later this year. There will also be an accompanying children’s book that will be released May 14th and is available for pre-order.



Turkey’s Black Sea coast: food to drive for

A cinematic landscape of monasteries, mountains and lakes offers a delicious slice of Anatolian life and makes for a superb culinary road trip

It was the talk of a traditional sweetshop that did it. In the Black Sea port city of Sinop, where boats have names like Masallah and Seref Kaptan, I had just finished a plate of mantı, large, soft dumplings topped with melted butter, chopped walnuts and thick, silky yoghurt. As I floated happily on a carb cloud, the waiter handed me a marzipan-style sweet (“a gift, you are our guest”) crowned with half a walnut. It was the handiwork of master confectioner Mehmet Gürbüz, whose shop, Sekerci Mehmet Gürbüz, run by his son, stands opposite the dumpling purveyor, Ornek Mantı. Mehmet himself, I was told, looks after his original wood-panelled shop in a small town called Boyabat, an hour inland.

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Black Nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock Breaks Down Why Health Is Wealth

You’ve probably heard it time and time again that health is wealth—and it’s true. But have you heard it from a black nutritionist? Dr. Rovenia Brock, widely known as “America’s Nutrition Coach” and author of Lose Your Final 15, wants you to live a more nutritionally balanced lifestyle so that you can eat your way to wellness.

With more than three decades of experience in helping people transform their lives and looks, Dr. Ro has helped over a half-million Americans lose more than 5 million pounds and served on the medical advisory board for the Dr. Oz Show for seven seasons. Moreover, she is passionate about helping the black community get in shape.

Like with any lifestyle change, it’s important to start with the facts. And for Dr. Ro, it begins with the harsh health realities that plague the black community. “The fact is that we as a community across the board disproportionately suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer. Lifestyle plays a crucial role in why this is.”

When you think about your everyday lifestyle, the time you spend on the go, and the time you don’t have—a good question to ask yourself is what does that mean for your eating habits? If you are someone who can’t find the time to meal prep or make the best food decisions you could benefit from partnering with a nutritionist. Dr. Ro recommends starting with a Google search for black nutritionists because a wellness app can only get you so far.

Partner with a nutritionist

“This person should be credentialed. They need to have at least a bachelor’s of science because nutrition is a science and not an art. At the very least they should have a B.S. in nutrition, community nutrition, or dietetics,” says Dr. Ro.

Once you find a nutritionist who is a good fit for you there is work that you need to do.

“Your nutritionist can create a plan for you based on your personal needs. A lot of people try to do this on an app when tracking their daily nutritional needs. But that’s as pretty far as the app can go. The human expert will know how your needs fit into your lifestyle. And they can adjust that plan according to your real life desired goal. From there it’s really about support, accountability, and honoring commitment within the process,” Dr. Ro advises.

As a coach, she works with clients to help them set and meet their health and wellness goals even when people have a hard time committing to the process.

“As someone who has been doing this for over 30 years, I understand that these are real people with real challenges and problems that spill over into what they eat; where they eat; and when and how they eat it. And when that happens those things can dominate the person’s plan and often breaks the person’s plan. My job as your coach is to help you connect to those challenges and to give you alternatives that will work for you and not against you.”

Sounds like a lot of us, right?

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

If you want to commit to the decision to live differently and lose weight Dr. Ro encourages you to know your “why” and do it for yourself.

“You have to figure out what your why is. That gives me information on some of the things that they struggle with and insight on whether or not what they have done in the past has worked for them—and why it maybe didn’t work for them.” She adds, “If you’re doing it for someone other than yourself it’s never going to work. It has to be your reason for doing it. You’re never going to achieve permanent results if you’re doing it for someone else.”

Lastly, Dr. Ro says that you have to set realistic goals.

“The reason why my book is called Lose Your Final 15 is because you’ll be losing your weight 15 pounds at a time no matter your number. When you have a specific goal you can map out a specific strategy to achieve that goal. You need to have a specific plan. That’s how you measure your progress and stay on track.”

If you are looking to jump-start your nutrition journey today, Dr. Ro has these four simple tips.

Get started today

  • Eat one more colorful vegetable and fruit than you did yesterday
  • Drink one more glass of water than you did yesterday
  • Leave food on the plate – Busy people eat out a lot. If you eat out three times a day you can save up to 500 calories when you do that. If you eat out an average of three times a week you stand a good chance of gaining an extra 45 to 60 pounds a year depending on how often, what, and how much you eat.
  • Cut your portions in half. Eat half of what you ate yesterday and you’ll notice a big difference.


Want to hear more from Dr. Ro? Meet her in Atlanta at the SOAR Empowerment Series on April 6. Get your ticket today!

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Voter Suppression Tactics Prove Many Fear the Power of the Black Vote in 2020

A voice that cannot be ignored is the one that goes to the polls and casts a ballot. For generations now, the white majority has put into place mechanisms to suppress the black vote. Some of these laws are just now being repealed—for instance, in Florida, felons have been given back the right to vote.

Georgia also has barriers in place to suppress the black vote. Many polling places in black communities were shut down prematurely or suffered from voting machines that broke down or weren’t working.

What Do The Numbers Say?

Despite these voter suppression efforts, according to Bold Blue Campaigns, a polling and campaign strategy company in Georgia, there was a significant increase in black turnout for the midterm elections.

Whites historically have shown up in the largest numbers of any group voting. Across the board, there was a higher turnout of voters for the 2018 midterm elections: 2.3 million black 18-to 29-year-olds voted; up from 1.6 million in 2014. Georgia, a significant swing state in the upcoming 2020 elections, saw a 63% increase of black voters, which just slightly outpaced the white voter increase of 56%.

Still, white voters were still the majority at the polls. Just think about it for a moment. If black voters cast ballots at the same percentage as white voters in 2020, what kind of power could the black vote wield?

Georgia, Florida, and Texas are Battleground States in 2020

2020 is going to be a crucial year for voting. The strength of the black community comes from the number of registered voters that utilize the power to vote. This was evident in places such as Georgia where some were so afraid of the black community coming out to vote, that they brazenly closed polling locations and made it as difficult to vote as possible.

States including Georgia, Florida, and Texas can turn blue, but this requires not just registering to vote but actually showing up and casting a ballot. Change doesn’t happen unless votes are cast, and power is never surrendered without a struggle.

2020 is not that far off, it is vital that community leaders unite and create not only opportunities to register more voters, but to assist in getting everyone that wants to vote to the polls to cast that all important vote. Staying ahead of the game is the only way to gain on the political playing field.

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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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What Black Investors Need to Know about Opportunity Zones

Black investors have historically invested in land to build wealth. Real estate is generally seen as a solid investment because property values typically rise over time. Property can be passed from one generation to another; used to diversify an investment portfolio; and is considered less risky than the stock market. Now, there is a new option for blacks to become investors and receive tax breaks with a new real estate asset class: Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zones are low-income areas the U.S. Treasury classifies as “qualified opportunity zones.” Investors can make these asset investments through Qualified Opportunity Funds.

The investments are geared to accelerate economic development in almost 9,000 designated areas in America and Puerto Rico, says tax attorney Steve Moskowitz, a founding member of the San Francisco-based tax law firm Moskowitz L.L.P.

Opportunity Zones were added as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They allow investors to defer tax on any capital gains until 2026 and avoid a capital gains tax on the sale of an Opportunity Zone. Those funds are then invested in property and businesses located or operated within the designated QO Zones.

What Exactly are Opportunity Zones?

According to the Economic Innovation Group, the 2017 tax provision provides “a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into dedicated Opportunity Funds.” African American Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) played an integral part in including the zones in the tax law.

The ante is high as there is a massive amount of capital gains that could be invested in Opportunity Zones. Based on estimates that U.S. households and corporations possess over $ 6 trillion in unrealized capital gains, some officials contend that the program has great potential to trigger an influential change in distressed communities.

Even if a portion of that amount of money was committed, it could possibly mean billions of dollars for poor areas across the country. That is because the program is specifically designed to increase economic opportunity by incentivizing new development in low-income urban and rural areas, says Leslie Anderson, president and CEO of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA).

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Leslie A. Anderson, executive director, NJRA

The NJRA is a multimillion-dollar independent financing New Jersey authority created to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support.

In New Jersey, where the NJRA is based, many of these designated neighborhoods are predominantly black and have suffered from systemic inequality, Anderson says.

How Low-Income Communities Could Benefit

Anderson says Opportunity Zones give residents in these communities a chance to benefit in several important ways. First, the program can create new development with the potential to generate increased employment opportunities, more affordable housing, improved property values, and more comprehensive and higher quality services.

Unfortunately, without incentives, Anderson says investors often see low-income areas as too high-risk, making it very difficult for needed projects to attract the capital necessary to move forward.

“Opportunity Zones offer investors an incentive to invest in projects that can help to redevelop and transform these neighborhoods,” explains Anderson.

Yet, concerns remain from community advocates who feel the program could create gentrification pitfalls in some neighborhoods populated by low-income residents and minority groups.

For instance, these advocates foresee rising prices for housing or other new real estate development in targeted Opportunity Zones forcing current residents to leave those areas.

Anderson says she understands those concerns as does New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. She says that New Jersey created an inclusive process that intentionally engages the communities that have been designated as Opportunity Zones.

The governor’s office is holding a series of community forums to educate residents and local businesses, answer questions, understand community needs, and address concerns.

Additionally, the NJRA will meet with local mayors to advise them on leveraging Opportunity Zones to generate projects that directly impact the people who need them most.

Anderson says the NJRA has used its financial resources to leverage nearly $ 4 billion in new investments, helping to redevelop some of New Jersey’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

“We are also working to ensure that community-based organizations and existing businesses are full participants in the local implementation of the program and can partake in development opportunities.”

Another issue the NJRA is addressing is one of investors mainly focusing on larger cities to the detriment of smaller urban areas.

“We are making a major strategic push to help investors understand the value and importance at looking at all of the designated zones in the 75 municipalities in the state of New Jersey,” Anderson says.

The NJRA, in partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), recently launched a website that serves as an online mapping tool and a comprehensive resource for residents, local governments, and potential businesses and investors.

Information for Black Investors and Taxpayers

Black investors looking at Opportunity Zones may do well to ponder these questions:

How does one become an Opportunity Zone investor?

Is there a minimum amount of income or capital gain from the sale of stock or other assets they must have to become such an investor?

In order to invest in an Opportunity Zone, Anderson says an investor must create a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, which is any investment vehicle organized as a corporation or partnership with the specific purpose of investing in Opportunity Zone assets.

The fund must hold at least 90% of its assets in the qualifying Opportunity Zones property.

Any tax-paying individual or entity can create an Opportunity Fund, through a self-certification process, which is an IRS form submitted with the taxpayer’s federal income tax return for the taxable year.

Anderson says it is important for black investors to know that they can pool their resources and form a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, something the NJRA can assist with.

If you are interested in how such an investment may impact your portfolio and taxes, contact a tax attorney and also get more information here.

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Meet the Black Pilot Teaching Kids How To Fly

The fear of flying (aviophobia) keeps many people from experiencing traveling. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 6.5% of the U.S. population has a fear of flying and 25% have flight anxiety.

Raymond Smith, founder of R.E.P. (Redefining, Empowering, and Preparing) U NYC, a non-profit agency that provides free educational programming for underprivileged youth in the New York area, was one of those people until an unpredictable career move forced him to step out of his comfort zone and into an aircraft as an in-flight crew member for a major airline, and ultimately overcome his fear of flying. It also sparked his interest to get into the cockpit and learn how to fly.

“After getting over my fear of flying and seeing pilots at work, I thought to myself ‘I can do this!’” Smith said. “I asked some of the pilots what should my first steps to becoming a pilot be. They said go on a discovery flight and get used to being in a small airplane. I went on two discovery flights and the first time I was scared sh*tless. But through it all, I started the process of looking for flight schools to start training,”

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Ambition can help you overcome fear

Months later, Smith dedicated 105 hours in the Poconos, at Moyer Aviation, where he received his pilot’s certificate also known as a private pilot license.

His inspiration was to teach black and brown kids how to fly and overcome any fear of flying.

“Once I started flight school, I knew that once I got my instructors license that I was going to take kids on flights and teach lessons at some point. But the actual idea of a full-fledged flight program came from one of my fraternity brothers who said my idea was bigger than I originally imagined it. He heard about all the hurdles of flight school and how expensive it is and because of my passion I should be the one to start something to make it easier for kids who don’t have any type of access to this,” said Smith.

Ever since that conversation, he has been able to take 10 kids to new heights, and now Smith is fundraising in efforts to expand his programming.

“We are currently fundraising to buy an aircraft to offset our operating expenses to ensure that our flight program will remain free for kids. We are also selling sponsorship packages for organizations to sponsor flying hours for the youth.”

The commitment to take kids to new heights 

Through social media marketing efforts, Smith has been able to garner support nationwide as the importance of creating unique opportunities for black and brown kids resonates with many.

“People in our communities often only go on a commercial flight a hand full of times. And very few think they can fly an airplane in their lifetime. Recreational flying is fun and it offers a different option than public transportation or driving. Flying on a bright sunny day is a euphoric feeling everyone should experience,” says Smith.

In addition to flying, Smith plans to continue to programming through R.E.P. U NYC and encourages black men to give back.


“Take time out of your day to show children the way. Often times we get caught up in lecturing about our experiences and pitfalls to avoid. As the age old adage goes ‘I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day’.”

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20 Must-Listen to Black Women Podcasts for 2019

Podcasting is a big business and one that is expected to keep growing. According to Podcast Insights, there are currently over 660,000 podcasts and over 28 million episodes as of last month. Convince&Convert states podcast listening by women has increased 14% in one year. Yet, podcasting remains a genre mostly used and created by white people. In fact, The Columbia Journalism Review asked recently, “Why are #PodcastsSoWhite?” Even major podcast platforms including Spotify and Google are holding competitions in an effort to increase podcast diversity. There is anecdotal evidence, though, that more black people–and black women in particular–are turning to podcasting as a way to amplify their voices. With that in mind, here is a round-up of 20 podcasts by black women that are sure to inspire, spark joy, and give you a few giggles.

20 Must-Listen to Black Women Podcasts for 2019

1. Affirm 

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This biweekly mental health podcast is for women of color who seek wholeness through affirming their worth and placing value on their mental health.

2. Balanced Black Girl

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This self-care podcast hosted by Lestraundra Alfred is known for providing a dose of real-life wellness for women of color. She often has guests on who have candid discussions surrounding healthy lifestyle and happiness.

3. Black Girl Podcast

Having met at radio station Hot 97, hosts Scottie Beam, Gia Peppers, Sapphira, Bex, and Alysha P come together for giggle-worthy conversation on the topics of sisterhood, pop culture, love, dreams, and growth.

4. Black Women About Business

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This entrepreneurial podcast, hosted by Demarra Gardner, MA, LPC, CAC, is fairly new to the scene, beginning in November of 2018. All episodes are under 20 minutes in length and deliver information to support black females to “intersect business, leadership, and wellness.”

5. Clever Girls Know

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

Hosted by Bola Sokunbi, this podcast is a platform for financial education that assists women to get out of debt, save, and build their wealth. If you’re looking to improve, maintain or build upon your wealth, this one is for you.

6. Courtney Sanders Show 

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

On The Courtney Sanders Show (formally known as The Think and Grow Chick Podcast), host Courtney dives into entrepreneurship, finances, spirituality, and personal growth topics that are sure to kick you in the butt to chase your goals.

7. Gettin’ Grown

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

Hosts Keia and Jade are two happy and whole 30-somethings figuring their adult lives out. On a weekly basis, they discuss all things regarding black women self-care and pet peeves sure to give the listening audience a chuckle.

8. Halfway Bougie

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

In this podcast, hosts Perri Furbert and Courtney Roberts promise to keep it “halfway bougie and all the way real.” Touching on all things pop culture, the two Millennials mix personal stories with real world problems, sparking reflection, and lots of head nods.

9. Happy Black Woman Podcast

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

If you’re an ambitious black woman who wants to have her cake and eat it too, this is the podcast for you. Host Rosetta Thurman empowers women to have it all in this personal development podcast through interviews with powerful black women who’ve created lives of happiness and freedom for themselves.

10. H.E.R. Space: Uplifting Conversations for The Black Woman

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

The H.E.R. in H.E.R space stands for healing, empowerment and resilience. In this podcast hosts Terri Lomax and Dr. Dominique Broussard are the catalysts for meaningful conversations, discussing everything from “fibroids to fake friends.”

11. Introverted Black Girl Podcast

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This podcast touches on society biases and pop culture in a relatable way. The host of the Introverted Black Girl Podcast, who is set to reveal her identity this Spring, shares stories of her day-to-day experiences as a black introverted girl in a world that seems to be rigged for extroverts.

12. Jesus & Jollof

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

Hosted by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Oriji, this lifestyle podcast is a random mix of talk on life happenings, success, food, and all things the hosts love. In a nutshell, it’s two Nigerian goddesses chatting it up for listener entertainment.

13. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This inspirational podcast’s aim is to assist listeners to “awaken, discover, and connect” to the world around them. Oprah has personally chosen the audio of interviews she has conducted with some of the world’s top movers and shakers in an effort to guide all who listen to be the best version of themselves.

14. Rants & Randomness

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

Luvvie Ajayi is known for being a NYT best-selling author and blogger at, but she prefers to call herself a side-eye sorceress and professional troublemaker. In this hilarious podcast Luvvie rants about society and all things pop culture. Her Jan 7 episode entitled “Do Better: Social Media Etiquette” is a must-listen for all.

15. She’s Got Drive

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This podcast, hosted by Shirley McAlpine (business consultant and executive coach) asks black women what empowers them. McAlpine strives to dive deeply into the source of guests’ success, finding how they overcame obstacles and pulling out tools and strategies that listeners can apply.

16. Side Hustle Pro

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This entrepreneurship podcast hosted by Nicaila Matthews Okome shines the spotlight on black females who have scaled their side hustles to profitable, established businesses in an effort to assist listeners to learn actionable strategies they can apply in the infancy stages of their business.

17. Spiritpreneur School: Spiritual Business for Entrepreneurs

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

The host of this podcast, Abiola Abrams, is an empowerment superstar and author whose mission is to assist heart-based entrepreneurs succeed. She touches on all things law-of-attraction and healing to build soul-fulfilled, thriving businesses.

18. The Broomstick Podcast

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

The Broomstick Podcast hosted by Natalie Edwards shares all things weddings and marriages for women of color. If you’re getting married soon, or feel the time is near, this is a great listen to get you prepped for your walk down the aisle.

19. The Glow Up Podcast

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

This podcast hosted by Lené Hypolite is the success antidote for women. The Glow Up Podcast shares stories and takeaways to assist listeners to glow up in their career, finances and personal life.

20. Therapy for Black Girls

Black Women Podcasts for 2019

As a licensed psychologist in Atlanta, Joy Harden Bradford, PhD, provides a weekly share session on all things mental health and personal development. Dr. Bradford touches on the latest mental health news and trends, as well as provides practical tips and answers listener questions.

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The Black Woman Who Turned Trap Music Into A Museum

When T.I.’s manager and business partner Douglas Peterson first contacted music video producer Antwanette McLaughlin to present her with an idea for a pop-up experience, she had no clue what he was talking about. His plan was to convert an abandoned shack on the west side of Atlanta into “Escape the Trap,” a combination maze, cryptic codes, brain teasers, and riddles that visitors would have to decode in a 30-minute time frame.

McLaughlin remembers that conference call being mass confusion: A bunch of men on a speakerphone trying to scream out different ideas all at once. She took on the project despite still not knowing what the outcome would be. “The conversation was nurtured because I didn’t get it,” McLaughlin told BLACK ENTERPRISE.

“We ended up meeting. It took about a week or two for us to flush out the concept for me to understand it and see it. I couldn’t see it in my brain at first then finally as we kept talking, I could see it.”

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Antwanette McLaughlin

Trap Music Museum

McLaughlin is the creative director and founder of her own boutique production company, The Spice Group, which curated the Trap Music Museum. She, along with a team of 30-50 people, re-purposed an old warehouse in The Bluff, a crime-ridden, low-income community on Atlanta’s west side, into three-dimensional, interactive installations that bring the eerie-sounding hip-hop subgenre and its grim subject matter popularized by T.I., Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Migos, Pusha T, and Rick Ross to life.

Opened in October 2018, the Trap Music Museum is now one of Atlanta’s high volume, cutting-edge tourist attractions. The Trap Music Museum’s interior starts with a mock corner store that transitions into a living room decorated with plastic-covered furniture adorned with  framed child portraits of some of the subgenre’s more popular acts. The main area includes a large foam snowman, a pink big-bodied Chevrolet Caprice Classic, banners etched with codes of the streets, mugshots, oil paintings of rappers, and mini-shrines dedicated to the rappers. The Trap Music Museum was fully assembled and designed in two months. There are plans to turn the destination into a traveling exhibition across the U.S.


Motel 21

McLaughlin was also the chief creative strategist behind the Motel 21 activation to promote Grammy-nominated chart topper 21 Savage’s sophomore album I Am>I Was. She, and a crew of 50-75 people, (11 on her core team who are all women) took a week to turn a seedy motel in Decatur, Georgia, into a series of pop-up rooms that graphically depict and capture I Am>I Was track listing.

Bringing 21 Savage’s vision to life came from McLaughlin sitting in on many of the “Bank Account” rapper’s recording sessions. She paid close attention to his body language along with the vibe and the energy in the room. For McLaughlin, her creative process always starts by giving the artists her full undivided attention.

“I catch what I can catch like a reporter and make notes; then go back to their team and ask if they like it or not,” the Clark Atlanta University alumna said. “Every client is different. A lot of artists are reserved, and they don’t speak unless it’s time to be spoken to or they don’t say anything if everything is right. They will speak if they have a specific thing that they want to share. Some artists have something to say the whole way through. If they were all the same, it wouldn’t be fun.”

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Motel 21, an interactive pop up in Decatur, Georgia.

Breathing Life Into A Vision

The Spice Group specializes in music video production, short-form visual content and commercial photography. For the last nine years, the detail-oriented businesswoman has been able to oversee video concepts for T.I., Meek Mill, Young Thug, Migos, Lil’ Uzi Vert, Dej Loaf, Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz, Future, and T-Pain. Despite her highly sought-after vision, McLaughlin was seeking to produce more ambitious projects. Her goal, she says, was to produce and curate festivals, concerts, and live events.

Now, because music is primarily accessed and consumed via streaming platforms and social media, McLaughlin believes activations such as the Trap Music Museum and Motel 21 are great vehicles for popular acts to connect with younger audiences.

“Young people don’t connect unless they can see it or touch it,” she said. “They’re not going to go the long route of Googling, researching, and reading articles. They want to look at a picture, touch it, talk about it, or insert themselves into it. You touch millions of people that way per se rather than having something uploaded online.”

Peterson remembers McLaughlin’s temperament to execute the vision. “[Antwanette’s] a genius,” he said. “In our eyes, it was a lot of arguing, fussing, and fighting, but at the end of the day, it was for the culture. When it was all said and done, we all created something that we could all be proud of. It’s something everybody will enjoy. It’s dope.”

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The Trap Music Museum and Escape Room in Atlanta

McLaughlin cut her teeth in entertainment as a professional dancer and choreographer. The former dance talent spent time in Los Angeles, performing with Jagged Edge, Ying Yang Twins, Outkast, Nelly, Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez. She originally set her sights on Broadway, but says the theatre community wanted a token black girl who could sing, dance and act. Dance was McLaughlin’s passion, but she also noticed the lack of women of color in executive roles in theatre.

The creative made the conscious decision to quit dancing to become a music executive. Too often, she would overhear artists, managers, and label executives at rehearsals chatting about the artists’ performances, set designs, and tour schedules. McLaughlin felt the suits’ observations always missed the mark. “All of them were saying the wrong stuff,” she recalls.

“Every time I would hear them, I knew how to fix every problem. I knew my voice was bigger, and my voice couldn’t be heard just being a dancer all the time.” By the time McLaughlin pivoted deeper into the music business, she was living in Las Vegas, working with Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey. While at Interscope Records, she handled artist development for Keri Hilson, Mario, and Rich Boy. Following her stint as creative director and executive assistant to Grammy-winning singer/songwriter The-Dream, she started The Spice Group in 2010.

Managing a successful business always poses new challenges to McLaughlin. She emphasizes how good she is at articulating details to her staff, though, she says it gets on their nerves. She uses numerous pictures, collages, boards, and descriptions to illustrate her plans. If McLaughlin coaches someone, she considers herself “a good teacher.”

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Antwanette McLaughlin inside the Trap Music Museum (Photo Credit: The Yes Life)

“I know exactly what I want,” the organized boss said. “When it’s not done right, I’m very adamant about showing you. I teach and explain very well. I do that as much as I can until we get busy. Because when it gets busy, there’s no time to talk.”

She continues, “When we’re not busy, I’m always feeding information. If I see anything wrong, I point out that’s not right. If you put it in your head to get it right the first time, then you’ll be fine.”

McLaughlin is proud to be a black, female business owner exposing audiences to art and museum culture. She’s aware that trap music’s graphic, vulgar subject matter may be a problem to some critics, but says trap music’s lyrical content may be what will encourage people to appreciate a new form of high-brow art.

“There are all kinds of stuff is in the world that I don’t necessarily agree with but it’s interesting,” McLaughlin said. “You learn something from it. We’re getting people to come see art. People come in here who have never been to an art show. That’s beauty. If you don’t bring anything to the community, then they won’t know that they can do something else outside of the community. That’s what we do: take a seed and make it blossom.”

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Meet the Black Woman Promoted by Elon Musk to Lead Diversity at Tesla

Executives leading the charge in diversity and inclusion are leaning more towards the practice of belonging to create more inclusive work environments. Felicia Mayo, vice president of HR & head of diversity at Tesla is one of those leaders. Her journey as a human resources professional spans over two decades with executive HR roles at PwC, Oracle, and Juniper Networks. After working 19 years in Silicon Valley, she was sought out by Tesla and promoted by its founder Elon Musk to lead their HR and diversity initiatives.

It was a simple as a phone call from someone in her network who knew she could add to and elevate the way Tesla handles business when it comes to belonging.

Business Leader Versus Diversity Leader

After getting an inside look into the company and the interviewing process, Mayo decided she wanted to engage in diversity and inclusion holistically by looking at the total business of Tesla and being able to see where she could leverage her tools which include, but aren’t limited to, HR technology, operations, compensation benefits, business strategy, and talent acquisitions.

“Once you see diversity as an add-on or a program, you fail. And that definitely is something that I’ve always tried to stay clear of them, making sure that I am seeing not just seen as this diversity and belonging or inclusive leader that I’m seen as a business leader,” said Mayo.

“Coming in as a business leader versus just as a diversity leader allowed me to have different connections with different leaders as well as it allowed me to really grow my career here at Tesla really quickly. I could be leveraged in many different ways,” says Mayo.

It was just after a year and a half at the company that Musk promoted her from senior HR director and head of diversity and inclusion to VP of the role where she reports directly and works closely with Musk and vice president Kevin Kassekert.

“Allowing Tesla employees, regardless of their demographic, to feel like they belonged to the staff, is the mission of the company, and the strategy of the future of the company is monument. And ultimately means allowing them to bring their whole selves to work every day and feeling like they belong in the workforce.”

Bringing Her ‘Whole Self’ to Work and Confronting Tesla’s Racism Allegations

As a person of color, in some tech spaces, feeling like you belong is a challenge, however, adding the automotive industry to the mix can make things more complex. That is why Mayo practices showing up to work as her authentic self to set the standard.

“I am who I am. I am Felicia. And that does not change when I walked through the door. So when you see me outside of Tesla, I am Felicia. It is refreshing to be able to work within a workforce and a company where belonging is about bringing my whole self to work.”

Despite reports that suggest a number of past black employees faced racism and discrimination at Tesla, Mayo says people within their workforce belong to the mission of contributing to the future of the world; and Tesla takes training its workforce from the top down seriously.

“I’ve even volunteered to dress in my performance wear and have worked in the factory as well as in our delivery locations just to be able to experience and see what is really occurring,” says Mayo who enforces a zero tolerance policy for discrimination.

“Diversity and inclusion is the need to sit down and have those conversations and we’ve had those conversations internally,” she adds.

In addition to being a champion for change, she is invested in creating a pipeline for young people into the tech automotive industry. The Tesla START program gives students at community colleges 12 weeks of technical automotive hands-on experience and the opportunity to be hired by the company.

“It is a way to have a pipeline of individuals regardless of background, regardless of what you know, or your trade. We want to make sure we offer up opportunities to all different types of pipelines to be able to come here to Tesla,” says Mayo.

Mayo’s Advice: Remain Open to New Possibilities

Beyond her daily responsibilities, Mayo believes wellness in the workplace is just as important as belonging and says it starts with self. In fact, meditation is what keeps her firmly rooted.

“I have to be balanced to make just and fair decisions every day. It’s really meditation; being grounded with my friends; staying grounded with my team here; my family most importantly; and being able to share some of the unfiltered fun times with them, and really going hard in those areas that keeps me on my game.”

Mayo’s advice for others to stay on top of their game is to remain open to new possibilities.

“Never be so firm on the plans that you have for yourself. I would’ve never said ‘I’m going to be an executive leader in Silicon Valley.’ I didn’t even know to dream that big. So I just went with where my journey was taking me and it was uncomfortable sometimes. So I also learned to be okay with being uncomfortable because typically if you’re uncomfortable that means that you’re moving in the right direction.”


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said She Doesn’t Have The Range To Speak On The Plight Of Black Americans And Her Remark On Reparations Proves It

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Just the other day I found myself grinning at my android screen as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) stated her place in speaking for Black Americans. To paraphrase, she basically stated that as a Puerto Rican, her ancestry is comprised of European (Spaniard), Indigenous (Taino) and, African (the most litty ingredient) blood. She went on to explain how she is both made up of those racial components but is not singularly one of those things at the same time. I let out a sigh of relief at her admission. She had established and maintained her lane by admitting that she doesn’t have the range to speak for the plight of African Americans. My feelings of “you get me” that the Freshman, Democratic representative sparked would soon come crashing down, however.

As I waited for my trolley to arrive to carry me from work, I grew antsy and did what every millennial accustomed to over-consumption and social anxiety does in nerve wracking situations, I decided to take my thumb for a walk through the mean streets of Twitter. Once there, I stumbled upon the often problematic and always hotep posts of Tariq Nasheed. He had shared a video of AOC and captioned, “What in the hell is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking about”. My eyebrow rose. He went on to lament, “When reparations for Foundational Black Americans come up, these people start engaging in deflective, incoherent babble”. I shook my head like Alfred Woodard when she was Wanda in Holiday Heart.

While sitting as a guest at South by Southwest (SXSW), AOC fielded questions from Briahna Gray, a seasoned and highly credentialed editor for The Intercept. AOC was asked, “What is the political cost of saying you’re going to throw your hat in with a program like reparations, how much do you think those considerations should be made?” I smiled. Surely the young woman who constantly touts her Bronx lineage, Puerto Rican heritage, socialist rhetoric and much-needed trillion dollar Green New Deal would agree that the descendants of men and women who built this country without pay, deserve to be made whole. Not only was I wrong, she had me out here looking stupid as she stumbled over and completely bombed her answer.

“ Well, you know it’s a good question, I think that one of the things that we’ve seen here from early polling, actually, is that I think that we should distance ourselves and start getting away from this idea that that we should only care about ourselves,” she started. “Because when we really do start to assert and believe and understand and see how how our destinies are tied, it doesn’t, you kind of get away from this idea that only people of you know people of color care about other people of color, and only white people care about other white people, and so on. There are a lot of systems that we have to dismantle, but it also it does get into this interesting area of where we are as a country, about identity. Because, like, what does it mean to be black, who is black and who isn’t, especially as our country becomes more biracial and multiracial. Same with being Latino, same thing it brings up all these questions like passing, and you know, things like that. But I do think it is important that we have to have substantive conversations about race beyond, like, what is racist and what is not, and if someone says something racist does that make them racist, like, we need to get away from talking well, not that we have to get away from talking about racism, it’s important that we talk about racism but because we talked about racism so much, we actually are not talking about race itself. And we aren’t educating ourselves about our own history to come to the conclusion that I think we need to come to.”

Why does it seem like every time you go public with your love of someone they let you down? That’s a whole other article, by the way. If your face is twisted up like you just heard some mean battle rap bars then –samsies! What the hell does that even mean? How does demanding reparations equate to African Americans only caring about themselves?

After watching this clip, I could not help but think back to Ocasio-Cortez’s admittance that she is not Black and, therefore, not qualified to speak for Black people. I pondered over the connection between her being a certain percentage African but not African American. For me, it became clear that AOC is not sold (pun intended) on reparations due to the fact that those who are not directly descendants from slaves in the Unites States, but still minorities and embattled, would not reap benefits from such a measure, namely Puerto Ricans like herself. In other words, African Americans are trying to put a little too much dip on our chip and she’s not with it. Should we then remain with her?




America’s Black Billionaires: The Richest African Americans in 2019

Earlier this month, Forbes published its annual World’s Billionaires list, which ranks the richest people around the world based on the wealth they’ve accumulated using stock prices and exchange rates as of February 2019. By no surprise, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was named no. 1 due to his staggering $ 131 billion net worth. However, out of the 607 Americans featured on the list, just four were black. Here’s a list of the handful of African American billionaires.

David Steward

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World Wide Technology Founder and Chairman David Steward

With a net worth of $ 3 billion, David Steward ranks as no. 745 on Forbes’ list of global billionaires. In 1990, Steward invested $ 250,000 that he earned from two auditing ventures to launch World Wide Technology (WWT), an IT provider that offers hardware and software products and services to large public and private customers in various sectors. Its clients include Citi, Verizon, and the U.S. government. Last year, WWT earned $ 11.2 billion in sales and was ranked as no. 1 on the BE100sBLACK ENTERPRISE’s annual list of top black-owned companies in the nation. The 67-year-old business tycoon also graced the cover of BLACK ENTERPRISE in June 2001.

Steward, the chairman and majority owner of WWT, grew up during segregation in a poor neighborhood in Missouri. His father worked as a mechanic, janitor, and trash collector to provide for him and his seven siblings.  


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey (

The “Queen of All Media” has accumulated a massive net worth of $ 2.5 billion, according to Forbes, thanks in large part to her partnership with Weight Watchers. Back in 2015, Oprah Winfrey bought a 10% stake and became an ambassador for the company. By June 2018, her stake was estimated at $ 427 million. Winfrey also generates revenue through several business endeavors, including ownership of the cable network OWN, Harpo Films, a multi-year content partnership deal with Apple, and her iconic talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Robert F. Smith

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Vista Equity founder, chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith is the founder, chairman, and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners. His company was recognized as the top private equity firm on the BE100s last year, generating $ 14 billion in capital. And, with a $ 5 billion net worth, he is currently the richest black person in the country.

Heralded as a private equity titan and Wall Street wiz, Smith started his early life out as a computer geek working in STEM before earning a degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He also attended Columbia Business School and ended up serving as co-chief of the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000, which focuses on investing in technology companies.

In 2013, BE named the firm BE100s Financial Services Company of the Year and Smith as one of the Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street. Smith made a shrewd move in acquiring Sunquest Information Systems Inc., for a relative bargain price of $ 327 million–$ 200 million in equity and $ 127 million in debt.

In a recent transaction, a Vista Equity-acquired company, Marketo, was sold to Adobe for $ 4.7 billion.

Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Although considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan only made about $ 90 million during his stellar career in the NBA. However, thanks to lucrative endorsements, like his lifetime deal with Nike, and big investments, like his purchase of the Charlotte Hornets, he has amassed a $ 1.9 billion net worth.



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Doctors Need To Talk Through Treatment Options Better For Black Men With Prostate Cancer

African-American men have the highest risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as dying from it compared to any other ethnic group in the U.S. This trend has remained unchanged for over four decades.

Although research has focused on identifying the biological differences that may lead to this difference, there’s growing evidence that distinct racial and ethnic disparities in prostate cancer treatment, and the quality of medical care in African-American men, contribute to this disparity.

African-American men are less likely to receive more aggressive treatments than their counterparts. And, if and when they do receive those treatments, they receive them later than their counterparts. For example, access to early effective survivorship treatments such as androgen deprivation therapies remains a challenge in African-American patients.

Our multidisciplinary research program in cancer population science at the University of Virginia has been examining reasons for poor prostate cancer outcomes, especially in African-American patients. Recent, as yet unpublished research from our group highlights several issues related to medication challenges in elderly prostate cancer survivors. We found there is a clear link between improved use of these treatments and reduced mortality. In addition, both access and use of these life-saving treatments remains low among African-American survivors.

A history of gaps

African-American prostate cancer patients face unique challenges in the treatment decision-making process. These include lower rates of understanding of treatment options, less time and interaction with medical care professionals and, often, poorer quality of medical care. Those challenges particularly affect both their access and compliance to medications, and, in turn, outcomes in these patients.

For example, a 69-year-old African American man whom we interviewed for our research, Mr. Tyler (name changed), along with his wife, Mrs. Tyler, sat in an exam room while his doctor told him he had stage 4 prostate cancer. Stage 4 cancer is cancer that has spread from its original site to distant organs and, in prostate cancer, even the bone.

Mr. Tyler was shocked. He had not noticed any health issues besides getting up in the middle of the night to urinate and some hip pain. He thought that was normal as men age. When he went to the clinic, he thought he had arthritis in his hip and would be prescribed pain medications for that. He could not imagine hearing that he had cancer.

He had not been to see a health care provider in about 12 years. He was always so busy at work and did not really feel comfortable going to a health care provider, having heard stories from family members and friends that other African-Americans are not treated well at the hospital.

The doctor gave Mr. Tyler a few options such as surgery, radiation and androgen deprivation therapy, considering his age, ethnicity, comorbidities and other related factors. But Mr. Tyler and his wife did not know what treatment options to seriously consider.

The health care provider gave a recommendation, but his wife was unsure. They were confused and anxious about making such a big and complex decision. The couple relied on information they received from speaking to friends, church members and relatives and ultimately made a decision, but it was not easy. And, it was not free from some regrets. Ultimately they chose to receive the radiation treatment and start the androgen deprivation treatment, which Mr. Tyler stopped because of discomfort. Mr. Tyler unfortunately died shortly after he discontinued treatment.

Treatment decision process improvements may be paramount

This scenario of confusion and anxiety is not so uncommon. Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis, and making decisions about treatment can be overwhelming.

Studies have suggested that patients with cancer feel more comfortable expressing their concerns with their health care provider when there is a trusting and supportive relationship developed along with adequate time for treatment discussion. This in turn leads to more comfortable treatment decisions, which often works to improve patient outcomes.

Prostate cancer treatment in particular often brings harsh side effects that severely affect a man’s quality of life. These side effects include erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, muscle loss, hair loss and urinary issues such as incontinence. These may be short term, but they can last for years.

The matter is complicated because many of these harsh side effects stem from androgen deprivation therapies, which can improve survival. Because of the complicated nature of assessing the risk of side effects with the potential benefit of survival, the use of androgen deprivation therapies should carefully be considered by the patient and his doctor.

Research has shown that these treatment-related decisions are very different in African-American prostate cancer patients compared to white patients and those residing in urban and rural communities. Therefore, there is a need to study treatment decision-making in both settings to formulate effective educational interventions.

Aids that can help

In one of our recent studies, we found that decision aids may help. Decision aids are electronic or paper tools involving a set of questions and information related to treatments. They are used to assist patients and caregivers in making informed decisions about the types of treatments and procedures, or both, that are more suitable for their particular case.

Decision aids are effective in a shared decision-making process, in which the doctor or nurse navigator sits down with a patient and walks through the process. There is active participation between the patient, caregiver and health care provider.

Decision aids can help patients apply specific health information while actively participating in health-related decision-making. Primarily, decision aids that have been applied to prostate cancer have been focused on knowledge or treatment options only, which patients often complete themselves. These types of decision aids are quite limited and do not allow patients the time and true engagement with health care providers to really understand their disease and the options that are available, and ultimately become satisfied with that decision.

Decision aids are most effective when they are tailored to the individual patient, rather than being generic. For example, researchers have developed an individualized decision support system, which represents a new approach to breast cancer prevention care.

In our study that developed an interactive decision aid for treatment decisions among advanced prostate cancer patients, we found that not only did the decision aid enhance patients’ and their caregivers’ understanding of the options that they had for treatment, but it also built more trust and engagementbetween the patient and the health care provider, which is valuable. The study also revealed that by using the decision aid, patients were more concerned with the quality of their life after treatment than extending the number of years of life.

Developing decision support systems for prostate cancer is paramount as we move towards an era of precision medicine treatments, such as proton therapies, which are used only after decision support system plans are in place for the prostate cancer survivor.

Often, the conversations between health care providers and the patient are focused around the quantity of life. The patients in our study said they felt empowered enough through the use of the decision aid to discuss quality of life, and how that was a critical aspect within their conversations.

There is much work to do to provide optimal health care to patients with cancer, including African-Americans with cancer. Tailored decision aids that focus on the priorities of the patient and their caregivers and that promote trusting relationships with health care providers is key to helping patients feel satisfied with their health care decisions and have less regret.


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Hair Wars: Hollywood Actresses Want Black Hairstylists

Model Olivia Anakwe sparked and discussion on Instagram about on set hair styling; venting that hair stylists at shoots generally are clueless when it comes to working with Black hair/natural hair.

Anakwe expressed her frustration with “texture discrimination” in Hollywood after she was booked to wear cornrows during a Paris Fashion Week show but there wasn’t a hairstylist backstage with knowledge of styling textured hair, Vice reported.

Several black actors, including “Insecure’s” Natasha Rothwell, Gabrielle Union, and Yvette Nicole Brown, shared their own experiences and noted how they often bring their own hair and makeup supplies to set because stylists aren’t prepared for black actors.

“Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair,” wrote Anakwe.  Peep her lengthy IG post below.

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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Putting their tresses in the hands of untrained hair stylists could lead to permanent hair damage, as Union pointed out.

“The pressure to just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don’t ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP,” she wrote on Twitter. “Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute).”



But using your own stylist often isn’t permitted on unionized projects and Gabby stressed that point, writing on Twitter, “getting [stylists that can do black hair] in [the union] has NEVER been easy or smooth.”

“What alot [sic] of non-industry folks don’t realize is that u can’t just use [your] normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never,” she shared.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played Black Manta in “Aquaman,” shared how she has been “ignored” and “forgotten” by hairstylists and how “too often [hair stylists] begin to ‘figure it out’ the second we sit in the chair.”

Actress De’Adre Aziza summed up the convo with a tweet noting that a “[Hair stylists are] out there, Hollywood simply had to care enough to hire them.”

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Was Babe Ruth Black?

Suspicions that Babe Ruth was a person of color have been swamping around for decades. Born George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. in 1895, Ruth began his professional career in 1914 as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox before becoming a celebrated slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees and, arguably, the greatest player of all-time. However, at a time when having even “one-drop” of black blood could get a brother hung, Ruth was taunted for his wide nose and full lips, while many questioned his heritage. He vehemently denied the rumors, but his frequent carousing in Harlem with black elites and athletes during the 1920s, as well as his liking for black women, didn’t help. Plus, to make matters worse, he was said to have supported racial integration in the Major League Baseball years before Jackie Robinson officially broke the color barrier in 1947.

Back in 2014, Ruth’s adopted daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, told The New York Times that “The Sultan of Swat” was “blackballed” from becoming an MLB manager after his retirement because it was feared that he would recruit players of color. “Daddy would have had blacks on his team,” said Stevens, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 102.

In addition to suppositions that persisted about his race, Ruth was viciously attacked and reportedly called the N-word by opposing team members. According to legendary sportswriter Fred Lieb, Ty Cobb infamously refused to share a cabin with Ruth at a Georgia hunting lodge, saying “I’ve never bedded down with a n—– and I’m not going to start now.”

Why Race Matters

Although Ruth’s lineage will likely never be determined, journalist and syndicated columnist Clarence Page said the questions around his race are important.

“So, should we care whether Babe Ruth was black? Yes, for several reasons,” he wrote for The Chicago Tribune in 2001.


“One is historical accuracy. I don’t know how baseball fans, who normally obsess over the most tedious little tidbit of information about their sports heroes, suddenly would want to look the other way when probing Babe Ruth’s ancestry.”


He continued, “Second, the question of Ruth’s race does remind us of how far we have come with race in this country and how far we have to go. Sure, race is an uncomfortable topic these days. That’s sort of why we should talk about it, isn’t it?”


“Were Babe black, he would have had obvious reasons for hiding it back then. Jackie Robinson did not break baseball’s color line until the late 1940s. But what about now? Would Ruth still hide his race? Or would he brag about it? Or would he regard his race the way Tiger Woods does, as just one of several racial ancestries he claims?”

Regardless of whether Ruth has a black ancestor or not, he identified as a white man and benefited from its privilege throughout his life, much like late Broadway icon Carol Channing, who intentionally “passed” as white during her career to avoided being typecasted into certain roles. She later revealed that she was part black and that her paternal grandmother was African American in her 2002 autobiography Just Lucky I Guess” She died earlier this year at the age of 97.

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A Black Man’s View: 5 Ways To Be A Better Male Ally In The Workplace

#MeToo, #TimesUp, and terminations of high-profile executives accused of sexual misconduct has spurned a conversation among some men asking, “How can we promote gender equity in the workplace?” Here are five ways we as men can make work environments safer and more inclusive for everyone. These tips can help a man be a better ally in the workplace.

5 Ways To Be A Better Male Ally In The Workplace

Don’t ask her out

At work we interact with many different people. We may have similar interests with some women — get along and become friends. As we socialize, feelings may grow and you could start viewing her romantically. Full stop. Most women do not come to work to get a date. This is not the bar. Don’t ask for her number. She is not there to be objectified. Keep it professional.

Do not talk over her

Many times in a meeting, a man will take over the conversation and interrupt a woman when she is speaking. Whether intentional or not, this is a malicious act which sends a message that her contributions are not important and hold little value. We need to stop doing this. Let her talk and finish her thought. You can wait.

Do not gaslight

A woman’s experience in the workplace will always be different than ours. From subtle microaggressions to blatant harassment, her existence in a business environment is full of challenges we cannot imagine. This is why it is important for men to believe our female coworkers when they say they have been victims of abuse. Believe her when she says someone has been harassing her. Do not downplay it and tell her it is something she imagined. In doing so, you create a distrustful work environment by not encouraging other women to come forward.

No foul language

One of the best things a man can do when he hears misogynistic and sexist remarks from other men is to push back. Gently, but firmly, tell them those type of comments are not OK. It creates a hostile work environment, which helps no one. We need to let our fellow male coworkers know this is not acceptable, nor is the workplace the setting for that kind of language.

Hire more women

In my time in IT, there has always been an overwhelmingly male environment. I would always wonder why aren’t their more women working in technology? The simple answer is because we are not hiring them. Evia, a virtual event solutions company conducted a poll and found that women hold only 20% of tech jobs. In order for us to make the work environment more balanced and different points of view found, we as men need to hire more women.

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Black Men Skin Care Brand Challenges The “For All Skin Types” Beauty Claim

Faced with a constant challenge of finding solutions created specifically for men of color, Patrick Boateng II and Blake Rascoe created Ceylon, a skin care brand developed to help men of color adopt an effective skincare routine.

With help from their advisor Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant, Boateng and Rascoe created Ceylon as an exclusive product for men of color because research shows they are disproportionately affected by skin concerns such as acne scarring, eczema, razor bumps, and hyper-pigmentation.

“The biggest change that we’d like to see in the industry is an end to the lie that the product is for all skin types,” said Boateng. “There are specific skin concerns that disproportionately affect people of color and it is disingenuous for companies to imply that a skincare product that hasn’t been developed with skin of color in mind can, in fact, be a safe and effective product for people like us. For us, it’s important to have safe, effective, and well-researched products that help deal with these issues without the risks that many common products on the market carry.”

Built From the Ground-Up With People of Color in Mind.

Typically, targeting people of color is an afterthought for mainstream beauty brands. So when it comes to marketing and product development the founders leveraged their personal experiences and concentrated their efforts on education and accessibility.

“Together, we thought about how to create products that we would have liked to have when we wanted to take care of our skin. We knew that if we created the answer for us, it could be the answer for many others,” said Boateng. For Boateng it was when living abroad that he experienced daily breakouts and routine acne scarring. Despite trying hundreds of products, nothing seemed to help clear up his skin. For Blake it started in high school, when as a three-sport athlete, a rigorous schedule and constant sweating made it difficult to keep his skin clear. At the time, Blake began using an over-the-counter skin care product recommended by his dermatologist to help combat acne which also ended up bleaching his skin, leaving him with a pale, washed-out complexion.

Black Men Skin Care Brand

Beyond selling skincare products directly to consumers online, the trailblazing duo is also creating a community platform for men of color that fosters improved health and wellness outcomes.

“The most overlooked factors that can negatively affect our skin health include poor nutrition, lack of sleep, daily stress, exposure to air and water pollution, and inadequate personal care practices,” said Boateng. These are the same issues that can actually affect our overall health. So it’s important to note that our dermatological health and overall health are linked. Our ultimate goal is to start a conversation around overall health and wellness. We believe that starts with looking in the mirror.”

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Black Arkansas senator and mother slams ‘stand your ground’ bill

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Tichina Arnold Gets Dragged For Insinuating That Black Folks Shouldn’t Turn Their Backs On Black Men Like R. Kelly

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Another day, another one of our favorite “aunties” having a hard time holding famous Black men like R. Kelly accountable.

Last time it was Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu and now it’s Tichina Arnold’s turn to get dragged.

See on Thursday morning, the “Martin” actress got some serious side-eye for suggesting that it’s important for Black people to uphold one another up, regardless of their guilt or actions.

“*Its disturbing to watch black ppl pounce on other black ppl when they are already down..guilty or not, but when it comes to holding others races accountable for their horrific actions, I hear crickets,” the actress and singer wrote on Twitter.

“Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Operate through love & compassion.”

While she never mentioned the Pied Piper by name, it can be assumed given all the media coverage he’s received lately along with his 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving three minors, that the actress is talking about him.

Whatever the case, this way of thinking is what’s truly “disturbing.” Miss me with this love, intention and honestly when you have none for his victims and their families. Most importantly, it’s hard to forgive and want healing for men who refuse to admit their guilt and continue to act a damn fool in public.

Honestly, it’s heartbreaking to continue to watch Black folks, especially Black women, continue to push this narrative that holding a Black man that harms Black women and girls accountable is somehow anti-Black. It’s manipulative, harmful and counterproductive.

So is this idea that until we persecute white men like Harvey Weinstein or institutions like the Catholic Church first (which has already been done), we shouldn’t focus so much on the predators within our community.

This exact thinking, this protect “Black men by any means of necessary” mantra, is what continues to perpetuate rape culture in Black America and helps cover and protect predators. It also send the message to Black women and girls that their lives and bodies don’t matter, especially if their abusers are Black men.

Enough is enough!

Thankfully, I’m alone on this one. Black Twitter clapped back and had some choice words for Ms. Pam.

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Black Excellence! Georgia Student Jordan Nixon Accepted Into 39 Colleges and Awarded $1.6 Million in Scholarships

Jordan Nixon, a 17-year-old high school senior at Douglas County High, has been accepted into 39 colleges and awarded $ 1.6 million in scholarships.

That’s impressive!

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“The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” Nixon told the CBS 46.

Nixon’s acceptances are the highest number any student at Douglas County High has ever received, the outlet reported.

“We’re so happy for her because she does put in a lot of due diligence into applying for these schools,” Nixon’s parents Angelia and Arthur Nixon told CBS 46.

Her parents also described her as independent, well-rounded and an active participant in a plethora of extracurricular activities, CBS 46 reported.

“I am one of the captains of the varsity cheer team at Douglass County, I’m in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and I also participate in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America),” the soon-to-be college student said.

Nixon explained she applied to about 50 schools, but is still surprised every time she reads a congratulations letter.

“It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one,” Nixon told CBS 46.

As for how Nixon was able to rack up that many acceptances, she says “I don’t study all the time, but I definitely do study, I think my secret is to just give it my all.”

Nixon also spoke to Fox 5 Atlantathis link opens in a new tab, explaining that she hopes her story inspires others.

“I wanted to challenge myself,” Nixon told the outlet. “That was the most important thing for me, just to show others anything is possible and that anyone can accomplish it too.”

Nixon has yet to decide on a college, but has until May 1 to do so.

Congrats, Jordan!

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7 Black Millennial Financial Experts to Follow on Instagram in 2019

Based on Bank of America’s research, millennials are more financially savvy than we give them credit. They are actively seeking ways to experience FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early). As more mature adults continue to connect on Facebook, millennials are leaving this social platform and gravitating to other social networks, like Instagram.

Instagram is not just selfies and food pics. This social network is also a great place to access practical and fun tips about personal finance, credit, and investing. Since 90% of Instagram users are younger than 35, businesses are using this platform to connect with millennial spenders, savers, and investors.

Even financial experts are using Instagram as financial influencers to educate followers about economic empowerment. Here are a few financial experts that are changing the IG financial literacy game for millennials.

7 Black Millennial Financial Experts to Follow on Instagram in 2019

Ash Exantus: @IAMAshCash

Black Millennial Financial Experts

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Ash Exantus, aka Ash Cash “The Financial Motivator,” is the author of numerous books, including The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44 + A Step by Step Guide on How to Implement Each Financial Principle and Making Sense of Kanye (West): A Spiritual Guide to Financial Freedom, Peace, Love, and Happiness. Exantus’s energy combined with his financial expertise excites everyone who listens to his personal finance and credit strategies.

“I blend psychology and personal finance with music, pop culture and relevant news to help people manage their money better in order to live the life that they want.” shares Exantus.

If you are in need of some serious money motivation, check out Exantus’s personal finance, credit, and mindset posts on Instagram at @IAmAshCash.

Anthony Copeman: @SharesTV

Black Millennial Financial Experts


Anthony Copeman, a certified financial education instructor and founder of Financial Lituation, is the creator of $ hares TV. $ hares is an animated series dedicated to helping millennials make money work for them. The animated lessons are not only informative, but they are also funny and entertaining. $ hares TV uses original music and gives different money tips via weekly episodes on Instagram. Each episode shares money tips based on the characters’ individual storyline and experience.

“I believe that our mindset is the primary currency for building wealth and money is second,” explains Copeman. “Through my animated series, I help viewers start the journey toward financial freedom through mindset, movement, money, and maintenance.”

If you love animated television shows and movies just as much as I do, you will love learning about money with Copeman’s animated series on Instagram at @SharesTV.

Choncé Maddox Rhea: @MyDebtEpiphany

Black Millennial Financial Experts


Choncé Maddox Rhea, a certified financial education instructor (CFEI) and personal finance coach, has overcome many financial challenges. Rhea shares helpful tips to help ambitious millennials regain control of their money and live a life with more possibilities and fewer financial limitations. She uses her experience of paying off over $ 40,000 of debt to help people break through doubts and setbacks to restore financial confidence.

“I believe that we were meant to do more than just work and pay bills until we roll over and die. The real challenge is choosing your values and intentions for your future wisely,” explains Rhea. “Then, regaining control over your money so you can use it as a tool to create the life you truly want.”

For information, advice, and resources about improving your money mindset and managing your finances better, check out Rhea’s posts on Instagram at @MyDebtEpiphany.

Courtney Richardson: @TheIvyInvestor

Black Millennial Financial Experts

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Courtney Richardson, the founder of The Ivy Investor, is an attorney and former stockbroker and investment adviser. Through “The Ivy Investor,” Courtney provides resources for women seeking to learn about the investment world in ways that are easy to understand. Her unique and engaging style of breaking down the stock market, retirement, and college savings encourages everyone to take action.

“I have fun giving Wall Street advice in simple terms,” says Richardson.

For easy to understand investment advice for women, check out Richardson’s posts on Instagram at @TheIvyInvestor.

Kevin L Matthews II: @BuildingBread

Black Millennial Financial Experts


Kevin L. Matthews II, a former financial adviser, is the author of Starting Point: How to Create Wealth that Lasts. Matthews has helped individuals and couples plan for their retirement in addition to managing more than $ 140 million in assets during his career as a financial adviser. Matthews, named one of the 2017 Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisors by Investopedia, shares why he launched Building Bread® …

“My goal is to inspire millennials to set, simplify, and achieve any financial goal.”

If you are ready to take your finances to the next level, check out Matthew’s helpful investment and financial planning tips on Instagram at @BuildingBread.

Tela Holcomb: @TelaHolcomb

Black Millennial Financial Experts


Tela Holcomb teaches how to “Trade Your 9 to 5®” by trading on the stock market. Holcomb, a six-figure stocks and options trader, believes that “anyone can learn the stock market when it’s put in plain English.” She uses her knowledge, experience, and every encounter with people whose lives she has touched to show how anyone can do what she has done.

Holcomb shares, “I’m not a stockbroker. I’m simply an ambitious mom and wife who will stop at nothing to build a legacy of wealth for my family without hustling so much that I never get to spend time with the people who matter most to me.”

To learn more about how to “Trade Your 9 to 5®” through stock market trading, check out Holcomb’s posts on Instagram at @TelaHolcomb.

Eric Patrick: @Black_Market_Exchange

Black Millennial Financial Experts

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Known as the Hip-Hop Stock Doc, Eric Patrick is the founder and chief investment educator of Black Market Exchange L.L.C. Patrick uses hip-hop and urban media to make investing fun and easy to understand.

“Whether I explain that choosing a broker is like choosing a music streaming service; or elaborate on how a company’s IPO (initial public offering) is like Lil Wayne dropping another Dedication or No Ceilings mixtape,” explains Patrick, “your boy has got you covered so you can understand the stock market and can start investing with confidence.”

For stock and investment tips with a hip-hop twist, check out Patrick’s posts on Instagram at @Black_Market_Exchange.

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15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

Whitney Houston. Prince. Michael Jackson. These are some of the recent musical superstars who seemed to have passed just too soon. And the latest performer to meet an untimely demise was a new, emerging star–Janice Freeman. A contestant on the TV singing competition show, The Voice, Freeman was a fan favorite who was said to have “stunned” the shows judges with her amazing vocal talent. Sadly, Freeman died from a blood clot as a result of a severe case of pneumonia. She was only 33-years-old.

So much black musical talent has been lost at young ages. It’s easy to muse over what these superstars could have gone on to achieve in their already stellar careers, had the universe extended them more time.

Here is a list of other black artists who were gone too soon (name and age at the time of death are listed).

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

1. Aaliyah Haughton, 22

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah was just hitting her stride as a singer and actress. Redefining the look and sound of R&B in the early ’90s, she was a platinum-selling performer admired and loved by her fans. Tragedy struck the evening of Aug. 25, 2001, when Aaliyah’s plane crashed in the Bahamas as she and her entourage attempted to return to the States following a video shoot.

2. Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace, 24

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Wallace would become one of hip-hop’s most respected and successful rappers. The marquee artists of Sean Combs’ label Bad Boy Records, Wallace would go on to release dozens of hit records, memorable guest verses, and sell millions of albums. Tragically, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. He left behind two children and a lasting music legacy.

3. Tammi Terrell, 24

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Already a solo singer for the Motown label, Terrell’s popularity grew once she paired with label mate Marvin Gaye. The two sang notable duets including, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” It was during this time Terrell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite eight surgeries, the young singer’s health continued to deteriorate and she passed away on March 16, 1970, just a month shy of her 25th birthday.

4. Tupac Shakur, 25

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


A gifted lyricist and outspoken figure, Shakur ruffled more than a few feathers in his time but it was his brutally honest approach to his craft that drew fans. He was also a budding actor with an impressive résumé and was the face of West Coast rap in the ’90s. Tragically, the young star was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas and he died from his injuries days after, on Sept. 13, 1996.

5. Otis Redding, 26

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


A struggling soul singer in the early ’60s, Redding made his mark on the musical landscape with “These Arms of Mine” in 1962. The biggest record of his career, however, was the timeless classic “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” Unfortunately, Redding would not live to see how consequential his signature song became as it was released a month after his death in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967.

6. Jimi Hendrix, 27

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


A talented musician, singer, and songwriter; Hendrix revolutionized the use of the electric guitar with a distorted amp sound—breathing new life into rock music. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, he rose to fame in Europe before gaining accolades in the United States. After a night of partying, Hendrix was found dead in the London apartment of his girlfriend on Sept. 18, 1970.

7. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, 30

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


As one-third of the platinum-selling girl group TLC, Lopes made a name for herself as the trio’s outspoken, quirky member. TLC amassed a catalog of hits embraced by millions of fans. Eventually leaving the group to strike out on a solo career, Lopes’ life was cut short when she was involved in a fatal car accident on April 25, 2002, in Honduras.

8. Minnie Riperton, 31

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Riperton was noted for her unique five-and-a-half octave vocal range. Her talent was on full display with her iconic 1975 single, “Loving You.” The classically-trained singer went on to release other successful songs. However, in August 1976, she announced that she had breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. Although she was only given six months to live at the time of her diagnosis, she continued to record and tour and became s spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She lost her fight against breast cancer on July 12, 1979. Her talented legacy lives on in her daughter, actress and comedian Maya Rudolph.

9. Donny Hathaway, 33

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


A talented singer and composer, Hathaway made a name for himself in the late ’60s as a songwriter creating hit records for other artists. But by the end of that decade he was signed on as a recording artist in his own right and made waves as a singer, most notable for his duets with Roberta Flack, “Where is the Love?” and “The Closer I Get to You.” Despite his success, Hathaway battled depression that led to an apparent suicide; investigators say he leaped from a 15th-floor room in a New York City hotel, on Jan. 13, 1979.

10. Sam Cooke, 33


Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Often referred to as ‘The King of Soul,” Cooke helped popularize soul music and paved the way for many legendary vocalists. With over two dozen top 40 hits in his catalog, Cooke was also one of the first African American musical artists to become an entrepreneur. He founded his own record and publishing company. Despite his trailblazing accomplishments, Cooke died under controversial circumstances when he was fatally shot by a motel manager who alleged that he had attacked her on Dec 11, 1964.

11. Dorothy Dandridge, 42

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Dandridge was a performer from a young age alongside her sister as part of a child act, The Wonder Children (later, The Dandridge Sisters). She sang at small venues on what was then known as the ‘chit’lin circuit.’ As an adult, Dandridge added acting to her talent repertoire and became the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the movie Carmen Jones. She continued to act and sing until her death from either an accidental drug overdose or an embolism on Sept. 8, 1965.

12. Marvin Gaye, 44

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


A Motown legend, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalog of timeless records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads. He fought drug addiction and depression throughout his life. His personal demons came to a head when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984, that led to the singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

13. Billie Holiday, 44

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


Born Eleanor Fagan, Holiday was a celebrated jazz singer who shifted the musical landscape of her genre in the 1940s and earned critical acclaim as a result. However, her long-term drug and alcohol addictions caught up with her and her health began to fail in her later years. On May 31, 1959, Holiday was checked into the hospital due to complications from liver and heart disease. She passed away on July 17, 1959.

14. Nat King Cole, 45

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


An accomplished jazz pianist with a smooth baritone voice, Cole made history as the first African American to host a TV variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. Still, it was his music accented by a warm personality and melodic voice that resonated most with his fans. The avid cigarette smoker died from lung cancer on Feb. 15, 1965.

15. Frankie Lymon, 25

Black Artists Who Died Too Young


His high-pitched notes were immediately recognizable. Lymon was the lead singer for the group The Teenagers, which had its heyday in the late ’50s and ’60s. One of the first black singing groups to have crossover appeal, The Teenagers had a blended sound of American rock and roll and soulful R&B. Lymon died from a heroin overdose on Feb. 27, 1968.

Editor’s Note: Originally published in 2011; updated March 2019 

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Kamala Harris Addresses Criticism, Black Girl Magic, And More at Women of Power Summit

In a room packed with nearly 1,500 black women, Sen. Kamala Harris took the stage at the 2019 Women of Power Summit, opening up about her multicultural upbringing, run for president, and black girl magic during a fireside chat with media personality Star Jones. The Democratic senator walked out with a wide radiant smile and was greeted by a warm and excited audience as Shanice’s 1991 hit “I Love Your your Smile” befittingly played in the background.

Harris was one of several high profile speakers that headlined the BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Summit, an annual three-day leadership conference designed for professional women of color. Others included Stacey Abrams, Valerie Jarret, Dallas Maverick CEO Cynt Marshall, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Chaka Khan, who was honored at the summit’s legacy awards gala.

During her session, which took place Friday morning at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Harris described herself as a “joyful warrior” and talked about her plan to reform the country should she win the White House next year. The underlying tone of her message was optimistic, yet realistic about the harsh realities the country faces. The two-term senator also kept it real about what it means to be a black woman.

Here are nine sistergirl moments Harris shared at the conference.

Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris and Star Jones at the Women of Power Summit (Black Enterprise)

An Ode To Howard University

Harris, who launched her presidential campaign on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, credited her success to two things: her family and education at Howard University.

“You’re in an environment that … tells you that you can be great and you will be given the resources and the expectation to achieve that, and the only thing standing in the way of your success will be you,” she said of her alma mater. “It teaches you as a young black woman or man that you don’t have to be limited by other people’s perceptions of who you are, that you come from great people, [and] stand on shoulders of those who came before us.”

The Power of Sisterhood

The California official talked about the support she gets as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and recently seeing so many of her sorors during her visit to Howard University last week. That prompted the sorors in the room to erupt with skee-wees and raise their pinkies high.

“There is great power that comes with the sisterhood,” said Harris. “The word support undervalues the significance of it, but it is the thing that keeps you going. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have in my career and in my life without my actual sister and my chosen sisters. There is no way I’d be where I am today.”

Defying Expectation

Like many black women, Harris has been underrated and her competence has been questioned. “There have been moments where throughout my career people underestimated my ability to get something done,” she said.

Harris, who became the first black woman to serve as Attorney General in California and the second black woman to be elected as a U.S. Senator, added that people have also doubted her ability to win an elected office. “I’ve had the setback of attempting to run for office that nobody thought that we could win and all that comes with that.”

However, she used negative perceptions of herself as a source of motivation. “Good, underestimate me. I can work with that,” she said with defiance.

“Kamala Was POPO”

When asked about the criticism she has received about her record as a prosecutor in California, Harris said, “it’s a matter of mischaracterizing the purpose and the goal and the role.”

The former Attorney General was also candid about the scrutiny she faced from her family when she first decided to become a prosecutor. “My family looked at me like I was crazy,” she admitted. “With some of them, I had to defend the decision like one would a thesis.”

Nevertheless, she says she purposely ran for the position so she could reform the system from the inside. “I said ‘there has to be a role for us in the inside of the room where the decisions are made.’” For example, she pointed to the reentry program she created in 2004 as a District Attorney to help young men arrested for drug sales. Through the initiative, first-time non-violent offenders could have their records cleared if they obtained a GED, steady employment, took parenting classes, and passed drug tests.

Despite her intentions, Harris says she expects people to continue to slam her record. “People are going to say, ‘Kamala was popo,’” she laughed. “Somebody gotta be popo because there are some victims, and we do need to advocate for the victims,” added Jones — a former prosecutor, herself.

Being Misunderstood as a Black Woman

Harris knows firsthand how it feels to be misunderstood. A lot needs to be done so the world can understand “who black women are and understand the breadth and depth of who we are,” she said. She added, “there are so many who are unclear about it because they have not chosen to inform themselves.” However, to overcome the stigmas and stereotypes attached to black womanhood, Harris encouraged black women to not let other people’s expectation define them.

Black Girl Magic

When asked when she first recognized her own ‘Black Girl Magic,’ Harris said she feels it most when it’s reflected in other black women around her.

“When I see you, I feel it,” Harris told Jones. “When we see it in each other, I think that that’s when we see it. It’s not about one as an individual; it’s about us as a collective.”

Jones followed up asking Harris who would she use her ‘Black Girl Magic’ to make disappear. After a long pause, Harris finally answered, saying she would use it to eradicate poverty.

‘Isms’ Are Real

Black women know best the impact that “isms” have on disenfranchised communities. They are a constant and dreadful reminder of the systemic obstacles they face every single day. However, for far too long, society has tried to hide and downplay these institutionalized barriers.

“If Charlottesville didn’t make it clear, if the Tree of Life Synagogue [massacre] didn’t make it clear, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, [and] transphobia are real,” said Harris. “Let’s speak those truths so we can deal with it.”

Opening The Door

Harris announced that she hired a black woman to be the state director for her campaign in Iowa where the black population is a mere 3.2%. Nonetheless, Harris has confidence in her state director’s ability to organize residents on her behalf. “If you look at her skill set, and her experience, and her talent, and all that she contributes, she is one of the strongest state directors anyone will ever have in Iowa,” said Harris.

Praising Shirley Chisholm

Harris talked about standing on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black woman to run for president in a major party in 1972: “I am inspired by her every day,” she said.

Watch Sen. Harris’s full fireside chat with Star Jones below.

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Will Smith Wants To Play Venus & Serena Williams’ Father In New Film, Black Twitter Has Questions

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Will Smith could be this close to signing up for one of his biggest roles yet!

According to Deadline, the 50-year-old actor is poised to play Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the upcoming film King Richard

Based on 2018 The Black List runner up script by Zach Baylin, King Richard centers on the real-life father who with no tennis background coached his girls into becoming tennis icons, with his youngest Serena winning 23 Grand Slam titles.

As Deadline noted, “when his daughters were around the age of four, Richard Williams drew up a 78-page plan for their professional tennis careers. He began giving them tennis lessons and the girls learned the game on cracked, weedy public courts in Compton, reportedly after their father brawled with young toughs who were not fans of the sport and would not make way.”

It’s unclear when the film will go into production, but what we do know is that Tim White and Trevor White will produce the film under Star Thrower Entertainment, alongside Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner, Deadline wrote.

Granted, there are plenty of people excited to see Will take on such a misunderstood and powerful character, but it is hard to ignore the questions and concerns folks about this casting, especially around Will and Richard’s contrasting skin tones.

Here’s what some of Black Twitter had to say:

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9 Uplifting TED Talks by Black Women You Need to Watch Right Now

No one walks away from watching a TED Talk without being changed on some level. And one by a black woman undoubtedly doubles that impact. If you’ve already watched the previous eight TED Talks from exceptional black women we highlighted last year and you’re motivated and ready for some more leveling up, the nine we have lined up below will not disappoint.

Each talk in this roundup of influential women of power delivers thoughtful advice, insightful personal stories, and invigorating perspectives just in time for Women’s History Month. They are sure to spark change, whether in you or the women of power you share these talks with.

#MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke delivers a searing message that #metoo is more than a moment; it’s a movement. Globe-trotting Evita Robinson, founder of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, a 20,000 strong global lifestyle brand will have you planning your next trip. Educator Dena Simmons teaches students of color how to deal with impostor syndrome. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s new surgeon general, discusses the long-term health effects of childhood trauma. And Kasiva Mutua, the Kenyan percussionist who is breaking down gender barriers each time she beats her drum by challenging the taboo against female drummers, will have you questioning why women were even banned from playing in the first place. And we’ve only named five of the nine speakers listed here.

These women are shaking the table and stirring up change while improving the world and sharing ideas that are definitely worth spreading.

9 Uplifting TED Talks by Black Women

Evita Robinson


Nadine Burke Harris


Tarana Burke


Maya Penn


Kasiva Mutua


Wanuri Kahiu


Dena Simmons


Kim Katrin Milan


Nnedi Okorafor




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Zendaya Hosts Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show Featuring All Black Women

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Zendaya brought pure black girl magic to the runway over the weekend for the reveal of her #TOMMYNOW collection for Tommy Hilfiger in Paris. Her models were exclusively all black, but when it came to age she was all-inclusive, recruiting models from ages 18 to 70.

Among the 59 models that strutted during the show include Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Pat Cleveland and Winnie Harlow.

The 22-year-old starlet said she wanted to use this platform to pay homage to the women who paved the way for her.

“I want to make a show inspired by the women who made it possible for me to be in the position where I am now,” she told Elle. “Honestly, I just wanted to say “thank you” to them through this show. I said to Tommy, ‘If we do a show, this is what it needs to be about.’ And Tommy said, ‘Great. Go for it.’ And he actually meant it. I mean, look.

The former Disney star said she was shocked when Hilfiger called her and gave her creative control over the show.

“I didn’t really believe it [was him] at first. Tommy Hilfiger on the phone? And he said, ‘Look, if you do a show with me, you can have whatever you want and do whatever you want. Go nuts. If you have a vision, tell me, and we’ll execute it together.’”

Check out some of the looks below.

Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW Spring 2019 : TommyXZendaya Premieres : Runway At The Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris
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New Bill Could Help Black Banks Raise Capital, Cut Costs, and Attract Black Investors

A new bill could help black banks raise more capital and boost small business lending in the African American community.

U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, has introduced the Rescue Act for Black and Community Banks. The bill–initiated in January 2019–aims to, along with other measures, bring regulatory relief for black banks from Congress, boost wealth-building for black consumers and businesses, and help save black banks from failing.

The number of black banks in America totaled 22 in 2017, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data shows. That number is down an eye-popping 42 percent from 38 in 2012. The most recent number reveals there were only 23 black banks as of the third quarter of 2018.

Ryan Johnson, communications director for Congressman Rush, and William Michael Cunningham, an economist and banking expert who worked with Rush’s office on the bill, shared with BLACK ENTERPRISE some key points of what the legislation would do.

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Rep. Bobby Rush

Johnson says Rush believes black-owned community banks play a vital role in communities because they reinvest in the people that live, work, and worship with one another.

“These financial institutions stimulate economic development and spur innovation amongst our entrepreneurs, augmenting the economic wealth African-Americans so desperately need. For black, minority, and rural communities to thrive, a new focus must be placed on the financial institutions serving them,” Johnson said.

The communications expert added that the bill establishes within the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an office to be known as the “Office of Black and Community Banks.” It authorizes the comptroller to provide them with the regulatory flexibility to encourage affordable small dollar lending.

He says the bill further establishes the “Minority Bank Deposit Program” to expand the use of minority banks, women’s banks, and low-income credit unions and requires federal agencies to develop plans to use these institutions, to the extent possible, for their banking needs.

The bill also could help African American banks boost black entrepreneurship where they operate and become stronger financial services providers.

“The push to solve the economic crisis in the black community will require fighting on several fronts: education, health, fighting discrimination, and the creation of wealth building opportunities,”  Johnson said. “The goal of this bill is not to make black banks compete with other banks, but to increase access to capital and credit for the black community. By doing that, this legislation will significantly increase entrepreneurial activity in the black community by supporting the development of many community financed small black businesses.”

Interestingly, Cunningham maintains the bill is an extension of the Black Lives Matter and Bank Black Movements. He said the bill seeks to partially or completely exempt black banks and community banks from a majority of federal banking regulations, helping level the playing field with larger white-owned banks. He noted regulatory relief for black banks would be done to the extent the comptroller determines appropriate without endangering the safety and soundness of the overall banking system.

Plus, he said the legislation requires a study on the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) by black and community banks. The program could potentially bring new investment into black banks through tax credits. Cunningham said it would allow individual and corporate investors to receive a credit that reduces federal income tax owed. Investors make debt and equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries, including some black banks, called Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Community Development Entities (CDEs).

According to Cunningham, for every $ 1 million invested, an investor gets a tax credit of 39 % or $ 390,000 over 7 years, in addition to keeping any returns generated by the original investment.

The tax credits, which are scarce and limited in amount, are distributed by the U.S. Treasury. He added black banks, CDFIs and CDEs have not been able to get these tax credits from Treasury, claiming they have gone instead mainly to white nonprofits and firms like Goldman Sachs.

Simultaneously, Cunningham says the bill could make black banks much more profitable by reducing compliance and operating costs as well as removing unneeded regulations.

He estimates that each black bank could increase in market value by 25% if the bill passes in its current form.

The post New Bill Could Help Black Banks Raise Capital, Cut Costs, and Attract Black Investors appeared first on Black Enterprise.

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The Oscars & Men’s Tuxedos & Black Tie Outfits

Ah, the Oscars: that special time of year when the stars come out to experiment with black tie. Let’s take a look at what they get right and wrong with the black tie dress code, and present our guide to mastering the tuxedo. These days, celebrities are among the few people around who have reason to don a tuxedo frequently. So, how did they do? In the past, we’ve seen everything from funny to unique, flamboyant to spot on but overall, the outfits are mostly disappointing.

To help you avoid the same pitfalls, we created a 60+ page Tuxedo & Black Tie Guide and Video.

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Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2019

While the 2019 Academy Awards featured some controversy around the ceremony itself–in terms of the lack of a host as well as some of the nominees, winners, and snubs–there were a good handful of bright spots in terms of the men’s outfits. Before we cover the best, worst, and weirdest, here’s a rundown of some of the common trends we observed.

Trend: Velvet Jackets and Tuxedos

Standard wool-and-silk combinations still reigned supreme as with most years, but 2019 saw a large contingent of men on the red carpet wearing velvet in varying amounts, whether it be as an accent, a jacket, or a full ensemble.

Chris Evans in one of the more elegant velvet jackets of the evening, this one in a dark turquoise. The remainder of his black-tie ensemble is also cleanly styled. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Mark Ronson’s outfit, while more modern than classic, still achieved a certain level of elegance. His jacket features a black velvet shawl collar and cuffs, accented by white piping. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Mario Lopez also followed the velvet trend of the 2019 Oscars, though he could still have benefitted from a cummerbund or other waist covering. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Trend: Fly-Front Shirts

Conventional tuxedo shirts worn with studs made a strong showing this year, but so did the more minimalist fly-front shirt. As with most other elements of red-carpet black tie, it was worn both elegantly and inelegantly.

Ryan Seacrest’s burgundy-and-black patterned jacket is tastefully unique, but his pre-tied bow tie makes his Oscars ensemble less than stellar. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Viggo Mortensen’s outfit blends elements of a suit (flap pockets, high-buttoning vest) and a tuxedo (satin peak lapels). [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The stars of “Wayne’s World” illustrate mediocre and competent black tie, respectively. Mike Myers (left) wears a notch-lapel jacket and pre-tied bow, while Dana Carvey wears peaked lapels, a self-tied bow, and a pocket square. [Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty]

Trend: Midnight Blue Tuxedos

Though the Oscars and similar award ceremonies typically see the greatest representation from either standard black ensembles or ones with bright and flashy colors, the elegant and classic alternative of midnight blue made a not-insignificant showing in 2019.

A cummerbund or other waist covering would have taken Paul Rudd’s midnight-blue, shawl-collared tuxedo from good to great. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Willem Dafoe, pictured here with Giada Colagrande, in a midnight-blue tuxedo, black shirt and necktie, and black patent derby shoes. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

The team behind “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (L-R: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) show off some of the trends of the 2019 Academy Awards, such as midnight blue and a lack of waist coverings. [Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty]

Trend: Monochromatic Looks

The black-and-white nature of a classic tuxedo was designed to give a man an idealized silhouette, but since the 1990s, monochromatic looks have made their presence known in the realms of Alternative and Creative Black Tie. More than just black-on-black, the 2019 Oscars also saw other one-color looks.

Bryan Tyree Henry was one of several to adopt some of the year’s trends, including a monochromatic ensemble and a velvet jacket. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Christian Bale, pictured here with Sibi Blazic, in his trademark monochromatic outfit. His satin peaked lapels and tie, in combination with a similarly finished shirt, are hallmarks of 21st-century “Alternative Black Tie.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

While Samuel L. Jackson, pictured here with Brie Larson, appears to be wearing an all-black ensemble, the stage lights during the Oscars ceremony revealed it to be closer to a charcoal gray jacket and a brown shirt. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Tyler Perry was one of several men to adopt the monochromatic look in 2019, choosing a wine-colored ensemble. Aside from the nontraditional color and button-up shirt, however, the effect of his outfit isn’t altogether negative. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

Trend: Patterned & Textured Jackets

While patterned jackets in black tie have an historical precedent dating at least to the introduction of tartan in the 1940s and ’50s, and textures arrived in the 1960s, there were several examples of both types of personalization on the red carpet in 2019.

Not only did Javier Bardem opt for a nearly monochromatic look, but his jacket also features a faint watered texture. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

John Mulaney, pictured here with Awkwafina (left), scored points for an elegantly unique jacket and fly-front shirt, but lost points for a pre-tied bow and lack of waist covering. [Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty]

Mahershala Ali (right) in an avant-garde take on the tuxedo, featuring a patterned jacket, minimalist shirt, shoes with two finishes, and a black beanie hat. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Alright, there’s our summary of trends covered for this year. Now, with the previews and trailers out of the way, let’s get to our feature presentation: the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2019 men’s Oscars outfits.

Best-Dressed Men of the 2019 Academy Awards

First up: the men who we believe stayed true to the spirit and history of classic black tie, and came away looking dapper and distinguished.

Trevor Noah’s tuxedo was perhaps the most classically inspired and well-fitting of the evening; it features a 2×1 double-breasted jacket with peaked lapels and jetted pockets, trousers of satisfactory cut, self-tied bow tie and white pocket square, a micropleat shirt, and patent leather shoes. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Richard E. Grant, pictured here with daughter Olivia, in a burgundy velvet jacket with gray peaked lapels (and matching gray waistcoat). Grant’s look is classic and elegant. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Bradley Cooper, pictured here with his mother (left) and wife, was one of the most classically styled men at the 2019 Academy Awards (aside from his boots). His Tom Ford tux would have been perfect, with the trousers worn higher and the jacket buttoned. [Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty]

Daniel Craig, pictured here with Charlize Theron, in a typical Bond-style tuxedo. The midnight-blue jacket and trousers feature classic styling, and the accessories are well-chosen. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

Michael B. Jordan in a tasteful blue velvet jacket, self-tied bow tie, studded shirt, and patent leather shoes. [Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]

Honorable Mentions: Fair and Decent Oscars Outfits

While the above examples were the true winners in terms of elegance, there were a number of other men whose efforts should still be commended.

Along with Bradley Cooper, Joe Alwyn was another man to wear a Tom Ford tuxedo well at the 2019 Academy Awards–though he also neglected to button his jacket. [Photo: Rick Rowell/Getty]

Diego Luna’s midnight-blue ensemble featured a shawl-collar jacket and self-tied bow. Wearing the trousers at the natural waist would have made this outfit nearly perfect. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Alex Rodriguez (right), pictured here with Jennifer Lopez, in an ivory dinner jacket, self-tied bow tie, and tuxedo shirt (whose sleeves are just a bit too short). [Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty]

While Gary Oldman’s tuxedo is simple in its details (aside from the pocket square), he wears it with an understated confidence that makes him look all the more elegant. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

Though Michael Keaton’s ensemble could have been livened up by a white linen pocket square, his shawl collar and studded shirt were dependable and classic. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

Sam Elliott’s tuxedo was classically handsome, with satin peaked lapels, a studded shirt, and a flattering fit. [Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty]

Though Rami Malek wore a proper black-tie waistcoat, his trousers were still seated too low. Even so, his outfit was one of the better ensembles at the 2019 Oscars. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Keegan-Michael Key wore a well-fitting tuxedo featuring wide peaked lapels (though the stunt wires altered his silhouette). A cummerbund or waistcoat would have made this outfit soar. [Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake]

Mixed Results (and Levels of Formality)

The following are a selection of men who had success in some areas and failure in others, when considering the metrics of fit, formality, and overall style.

David Oyelowo’s 2019 Oscars outfit was a good attempt at unique elegance, but the full-velvet ensemble, high-buttoning vest, and loud shoes push it “over the top.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The overall effect of Henry Golding’s outfit is nice, but the devil is in the details; once should never attempt to mix and match black-tie and white-tie garments. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Jordan Peele, pictured here with wife Chelsea Peretti, wore a somewhat average ensemble, with pre-tied bow tie, no waist covering, and sunglasses. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Jay Hart (left), pictured here with Hannah Beachler, has good and bad elements to his outfit. The waist covering and shirt studs are appreciated, while the notched lapels and pre-tied bow tie are not. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Musician Tom Morello’s attempt at black tie was largely uninspired, featuring a notch-lapel jacket with flap pockets, puddling trousers, and a pre-tied bow tie. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

“Roma” Director Alfonso Cuarón chose an elegant brown for his jacket, but the fit left a bit to be desired. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

James McAvoy’s jacket and trousers are cut well, but the flap pockets, multiple buttons, and long necktie mean that he’s just wearing a black suit. [Photo: ABC/Rick Rowell]

DeVon Franklin, pictured here with Meagan Good, opted for a charcoal grey tuxedo with black peaked lapels. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Black-Tie Blunders: 2019 Oscars Tuxedo Missteps

Our penultimate category: the outfits that most will love to hate, and the critiques they’ll hate to love. The following ensembles, in our view, simply broke too many established guidelines, were too sloppy in their fit, or were so uninspired in their execution, that they can’t be redeemed.

2019 Oscars bandleader Rickey Minor, pictured here with wife Karen, in a midnight-blue velvet jacket. While his shirt, jacket, and shoes are nice, Minor’s tie is pre-tied, and his trousers feature a belt (a no-go for black tie). [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The blue color of director Barry Jenkins’ tuxedo is nice, but his lack of waist covering and socks, as well as an overall poor fit, end up making this outfit a “miss.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Sam Rockwell (right), pictured here with Frances McDormand, wore an uninspired take on black tie. It features a notched lapel, two-button jacket, and a high-cut black vest. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

The cumulative effect of Shamier Anderson’s outfit is that of a contemporary suit; he wears a two-button, notched lapel jacket with flap pockets, a high-buttoning day vest, velvet slippers with no socks, and somewhat gaudy accessories. [Photo: Rick Rowell/Getty]

Though Scott Stuber, pictured here with Molly Sims, ended up with a decent trouser break, the other aspects of his ensemble’s fit are lacking, such as the length of the jacket’s sleeves and the gapping of its quarters. Further, the outfit is more of a standard suit than a true tuxedo. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Adam Lambert’s Tom Ford tuxedo fit well, and his boutonniere wasn’t bad, but his shirt and shoes tipped the outfit into costume territory. [Photo: Jordan Straus/Invision/AP]

Nicholas Hoult in a monochromatic and pseudo-futuristic black outfit. The double-breasted jacket features excess fabric, to be worn as a sort of wrap. [Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]

Jason Momoa, pictured here with wife Lisa Bonet, in a pink-and-black outfit made even more gaudy with jewelry and other accessories. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Stephan James bright red ensemble may have been the most egregious example of the velvet trend at the 2019 Academy Awards. While the shawl collar and double-breasted waistcoat are nice, the pre-tied bow tie, skinny-cut trousers, and white boots are more avant-garde. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

And Finally…The Craziest Outfits of the 2019 Academy Awards

Our final list for this year are the outfits so bizarre that they can’t rightly be considered attempts black tie at all; they’re in a completely different stratosphere! Enjoy…we think?

Chadwick Boseman in an outfit possibly inspired by his role in “Black Panther,” featuring a jacket with long tails and a scarf. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Ever the iconoclast, Spike Lee opted for a bright purple suit, blue shirt, and magenta necktie, further accented by a purple hat, gold sneakers, and various accessories related to his films. [Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic]

Pharrell Williams (left), pictured here with Helen Laischanh, in what was perhaps the most bizarre outfit of the 2019 Academy Awards. Williams wore a matching double-breasted jacket and shorts in camouflage print, along with white tube socks, chunky shoes, a white shirt, and various jewelry. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Red Carpet Presenter Billy Porter, in what could conceivably be described as a “tuxedo gown.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

And there you have it: the trends, successes, attempts, failures, and head-scratchers of the 2019 Oscars. What did you think of our appraisals–and of the outfits themselves? Share with us in the comments below. And don’t forget to take a look at our summaries of previous years, and consult our newly-renovated Black Tie Guide for more information on how to pull off Black Tie properly!

Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2017

As in previous years, the 2017 Oscars had a bunch of creative black tie interpretations but sadly not a single man nailed it completely in terms of classic black tie standards, even though some came very close.

Here are this year’s outfits. It seems like many men forgot their cummerbund, and some don’t know how to tie a bow tie.

Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2016

As usual, the most men skipped a cummerbund or evening vest for their black tie outfits in 2016. Leaving your waistband exposed on a black tie outfit simply exudes a lack of style and attention to detail, which is why you should always wear one or the other. It’s not supposed to look like a suit! Skip the belt, and go with sideadjusters or suspenders instead.

Also, studs have been surprisingly popular even though some were quite big. Likewise, the shawl collar seems to be a popular trend in line with navy blue or midnight blue.

Please click through the gallery to learn all about the details DO’s but mostly DON’Ts.

How To Find The Right Black Bow Tie For You

Finding a black bow tie that works well for you and your tuxedo is not easy. Check out our in depth guide on How To Find A Bow Tie That Works For You or watch our video.

Men’s Tuxedos at the Oscars 2014

Pharrell Williams showed up in a tuxedo jacket with shorts. While this is certainly attention-grabbing, I doubt this find will find many followers. Interestingly, he went to the lengths of picking out shirts studs and opted for a jacket with a double button.

The fit of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s tuxedo is decent, the black bow tie looks interesting, and if you disregard the long sleeves and the wristwatch, this look could have been great if he had worn a vest or cummerbund.

Brad Pitt wore a noteworthy shawl collar tuxedo with grosgrain faced lapels. His shirt features regular mother of pearl buttons that remind me too much of a day shirt even though it was made of marcella piqué.

Darren de Gallo choose a 2 button peaked lapel tuxedo without pocket square and buttonhole on the lapel. Unfortunately, you can see his shirt peaking out but that’s what happens if you skip the waistcoat or cummerbund.

Steve McQueen pulled of an interestingly knotted bow tie and a peak lapel with a bespoke feel.

Jonah Hill pulled off a more classic look than two years ago in regard to his colors but tuxedos should neither have notch lapels nor flap pockets.

The same is true for Mr. Sudeikis. He even buttoned both of the front buttons which you should never do if the jacket has such a low buttoning point. Overall, this Prada outfit is really underwhelming, but what can you expect from a big fashion house these days…

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey wore off white dinner jackets and while this is per se a good thing, the fit of Matthew McConaughey’s jacket was very poor and looked like it came just from the rental store. A lapel should never fold like that and it just makes you look cheap. Jared Leto’s jacket fit better, but the red pre-tied bow tie and the flaps are two aspects he could have done better.

Of all these pictures, Tom Ford is once again the best dressed, however, he wasn’t at the Oscars but at the Vanity Oscars Party. His lapels are really wide but that is his style.

The Tuxedo

First of all, it is not surprising to see a complete absence of white tie – though, with so many long evening dresses, the dinner jacket / tuxedo would traditionally not be considered to be appropriate attire for such an event. Nevertheless, the tuxedo is as formal as it gets during the Oscars, with regards to men’s clothing.

How To Wear A Tuxedo

Generally, there are a number of guidelines for what a proper tuxedo should look like:

  1. Black or midnight blue cloth – often barathea or plain cloth, sometimes with a bit of mohair for an elegant sheen
  2. Classic options are: (1) Peaked lapels covered in black silk satin, repp or moiré with a single button or a double-breasted front, or (2) a shawl collar with black silk and single button closure
  3. Ventless Jacket
  4. Cummerbund or waistcoat with a single-button jacket
  5. Neither a cummerbund nor a waistcoat with a double-breasted jacket, but then you must not unbutton it – the waist must never be exposed!
  6. Wear suspenders – never a belt!
  7. A galon stripe on the side of the trousers
  8. Jetted pockets – no flaps, because these are informal.
  9. Pocket square – traditionally in white linen, but a splash of color in silk or linen is also fine
  10. White or ivory shirt with double cuffs and a turn down collar with pleats, a starched, marcella piqué front or a fly front if no studs are available
  11. Black silk bow tie – matching the lapel
  12. A boutonniere in the lapel – a highly overlooked but great finishing detail
  13. Black over-the-calf socks made of pure silk.
  14. Black plain patent leather oxford shoes (without a captoe / brogues)  or plain opera pumps

Although these guidelines can be flexible – just look at Nick Foulkes in his superb velvet evening attire or 82 year old oscar winner Christopher Plummer in his navy velvet smoking jacket – most men will look unfavorable or even ridiculous if they try to deviate too much from these classic standards. However, I can only encourage you to try new things. Usually, it is best to start with one element at the time, and make sure you do not go wild with your colors. A subtly patterned cummerbund, vividly colored socks or a red carnation are great added details!

My favorite black tie outfit from recent years was worn by Tom Ford: He wore an interesting shawl collar jacket in black. Just look at the end of the lapels and compare them to other shawl collar jackets – it is more rounded and gives him a special look without being ostentatious. In combination with the turn back cuffs, it looks like this coat was made in the late 1950’s. The buttons are covered with silk and he opted for 5 sleeve buttons in place of the traditional 4, leaving the last button rakishly undone. His turn down collar shirt features three diamond studs and a larger butterfly bow tie. With a white pocket square and a white carnation boutonniere in his lapel, he looks the part without deviating from the aforementioned guidelines.

How Not To Wear A Tuxedo

In Hollywood, most men don’t seem to care about classic men’s style and so the outcome is often funny or even gaudy – even Prince William has troubles when it comes to black tie attire. I can attribute some of the strange ensembles to the couture houses; simply choosing the brand du jour does not guarantee an elegant combination or well-tailored cut.

Although it is much easier to look well-dressed in a tuxedo, there are many men at the Oscars who simply fall short. So, here is a selected overview of the outfits and what could be improved.

Zachary Quinto wears a tuxedo jacket with flaps and slim shawl collar. Unfortunately, he does not have enough room in his chest, which is why the chest opens up. George Clooney wears a notched lapel tuxedo and  Judd Apatow forgot his cummerbund or vest. Jonah Hill tries to pull of a monochromatic look, as his dark purple shirt and bow tie are barely discernible from his black tux. Since he does not wear suspenders, the fullness of his trousers makes him look unfortunate.

Matthew Lillard skipped his cummerbund, wears his sleeves too long and combines it with boxy shoes – so it looks like he wears an ill-fitting rental tuxedo. Robert Forster wears cap toe shoes, but otherwise he looks excellent.

Andrew Garfield chose to wear low rise trousers and skip the cummerbund, which exposes his waistband and makes his legs look shorter. Also, he opted for full brogue patent leather oxford shoes – bummer.

Christian Bale shows us another monochromatic look with black shirt, necktie, waistcoat, shawl collar and pocket flaps. Each to his own, but I cannot say that I like it. Mark Wahlberg next to him skipped the pocket square for a pair of sunglasses. A tuxedo is for the evening, so you should be able to leave your sunglasses at home.

Russel Brand wore a dark navy velveteen suit with black lapels, black long skinny tie and what looks like a plaid shirt. Not my cup of tea but nevertheless interesting.

Overall, it seems like the tuxedos look worse every year – do you agree? What was your favorite men’s tuxedo at the Oscars 2014?

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Are Black People Hindering Diversity and Inclusion Progress?

In January, BLACK ENTERPRISE posted an article that featured one of my Facebook posts “16 Things Black People Do to Annoy White People.” Social media tried to rip it apart. For the first time in my life, I pissed a lot of black people off.

Let’s rewind: I have spent my entire career giving black people a voice and fighting for diversity and inclusion.

Fast-forward to now: It was extremely disheartening that one of my first national forays on a black platform was negatively received, especially by black people. The article didn’t offer the context around my post, so out of context, the meaning was lost. I’m a rational person with 20-plus years in diversity and communications. So the first thing I did was go to social media to put context to the article to explain why I was compiling the information. To many — it made sense, but I soon realized many more did not care about the rationale behind the post.

The Post

In case you missed it, my original post asked white people what black people do that irritate them. I didn’t ask black people the same question because I have been black for 45 years. I have a pretty good grasp on what those things are, but I do realize black people are not all the same. I have held many forums and conversations with thousands of us to understand our different thoughts and feelings. Also, having worked in this field for as long as I have, I was pretty sure I knew the answers white people would have, but that is a part of the problem. We “think” we know how each race feels without actually speaking with them to gain understanding. After asking a few white people around the office, I posted it to see what kind of responses it would elicit.

Emotions got heated on Facebook, but it got ridiculous after BE posted it. Radio personality and actor D.L. Hughley retweeted without much comment, and from there it blew up. I was called a coon. My mother was called a coon. I was another black woman looking for a white savior. I was bringing down the entire black race by providing a platform for white people to be racist in telling us how they feel. The white people who did answer my post by sharing their thoughts were harassed, ridiculed, and disrespected.

I was hotter than fish grease. Nobody disrespects mom. Once I calmed down, I took some time to think. I was left with one burning question: Do people of color (mainly black people) bear some responsibility in hindering the progress of diversity and inclusion?

Before you get pissed off again hear me out. I know that unconscious bias plays a huge part in people of color not getting hired for jobs or earning promotions. As a diversity expert, I know systemic racism is a part of many companies and that inclusive cultures don’t truly exist. This means many of us still don’t have a voice to share ideas, to provide meaningful collaboration, or to act in opposition to how we feel.

How are Blacks Hindering Progress?

By now you’re saying, if you know all that, how is it that we are hindering progress? Regardless of how we feel, it will never be all about us. If we don’t figure out how to meet people where they are, we will continue to stifle our inclusive growth. This growth can transfer into a skill set that would enable you to have a stronger voice at work, with family and in valued relationships. It is imperative to know what others are thinking. Not because you need to validate their feelings, but because learning how each other thinks can bring about strategic change or at the very least, let you know where you stand in someone else’s mind.

If we are to move the needle toward inclusion, we cannot let the stereotypical, angry responses define us. If we do, then who are we? And how do we have open conversations with others, if we allow our emotions to overtake our good sense and humanity? A simple mental paradigm shift can make the difference in acquiring a new skill, but this won’t happen overnight. So I invite you to take this journey with me as we talk through the difficult conversations. Follow me at #RishaTalks to stay tuned and add to the conversation.

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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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7 Black-Owned Etsy Shops and Black Artisans That Should Be On Your Radar

If you’re looking to #BuyBlack all-year round, but don’t know where to start, black-owned Etsy shops and the black artisans that create crafts on the platform offer an alluring array of options. With the help of Dayna Isom Johnson, the e-commerce’s site trend expert and judge on NBC’s Making It, we unearthed some beautiful, black-owned Etsy shops that we can bet will turn you into a fan, frequent buyer, and not to mention, a supporter of these talented and hustling young artisans and entrepreneurs.

Part of Isom Johnson’s role as a trend expert is to identify the people who are sharing one-of-a-kind creations. And it’s something she’s passionate about.

“I especially love trying to discover shops and support these designers,” Isom Johnson said. “I’m able to communicate these stories of people who may not be able to do it because they’re on such a small scale. It feels good to be able to share their stories.”

The fact these businesses are black-owned is also an inspiration to her and a driving force behind her trend picks and highlights.

“As a member of the Black community and an advocate for small businesses around the globe, it’s always a priority for me to shine a light on both,” she said.

With the exception of one, all the black-owned shops on this list are owned by women and the sellers are as young as 18. They carry a range of items from statement earrings and body and hair products to home goods, leather goods, pottery, and canvas prints—all with designs that reflect the African diaspora while sparking happiness and individual expression.

7 Black-Owned Etsy Shops to Check Out

Lingua Nigra
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Edge of the Earth – Sterling Silver Acid Etched Hand Cut Earrings from the Lingua Nigra Etsy shop

Artisan Alicia Goodwin creates hand-crafted, organic jewelry, like the Shower of Faith baby fringe earrings, a bestseller in her shop, and the edge of earth-sterling silver acid etched hand cut earrings.

The New York Fashion Institute of Technology alum calls her creations, “sculptural design for everyday adornment.”

Her designs are inspired by nature with a focus on ancient talismans and Victorian era work. She uses techniques like acid etching and metal reticulation. Each creates a random texture ensuring a truly unique, individualized product.

Check out her adornments here.

Bespoke Binny
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African Print Pillow from Bespoke Binny.

Maker Natalie Obenewa is a cognitive behavioral therapist by day and by night she creates vibrant African print home goods including pillows, lampshades, aprons, and table runners.

“I really wanted to find a way to use African prints in new and interesting ways,” she said. “My family is originally from Ghana, West Africa, and Jamaica in the Caribbean. It’s such a vibrant culture, and though I live in the western world, I wanted to find a way to integrate the different parts of who I am through Bespoke Binny and share it with others.”

Check out her designs, here.

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Handcrafted Exfoliating Sugar Scrub by the Zandra Beauty Etsy shop. (Photo Alexandra Reed)

Plant-based beauty treatments are all the rage at this Etsy shop, so much so 18-year-old Zandra Cunningham’s products and entrepreneurial prowess have been featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE, Seventeen and Inc. Magazines.

Her Rize Up hair and body souffle contains the happy and health-promoting herbs burdock root and milk thistle, and other popular ingredients like shea butter, sunflower oil, avocado oil, olive oil, castor seed oil, and cocoa butter.

The handcrafted exfoliating sugar scrub is a blend of chai, organic vanilla beans, and the calming herb lavender. The feel-good vibes extend into her colorful labels that convey mood-boosting messages like, “I am enough” and “scrub your troubles away.”

Check out her products, here.

Pottery by Osa
Black-Owned Etsy Shops

Pair of custom plates in a geometric pattern from Pottery by Osa.

From mugs and custom plates to plant pots and vases, Osa Atoe’s designs can fit seamlessly into any home. And that’s exactly what she wants.

“I envision my pottery being used daily as opposed to being set aside for special occasions,” say states on her Etsy page. “I’d like to see more people bringing the art & intentionality of handmade crafts into their everyday lives.”

Check out her designs, here.

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Leather Keyring, handmade by Kingsley Thompson at Kingsley Leather<

For Kingsley Thompson, the craftsman and artisan behind Kingsley Leather, his lifelong love all things leather led him to turn his passion into a living. Now he runs his Etsy shop full time, fulfilling orders from across the globe. He places an emphasis on crafting products that are stylish yet simple and functional; products he himself would use.

“What inspired me to take up leatherworking in particular was that I have always admired leather goods and how they gain character as they age, think old leather suitcases and satchels,” he writes on his Etsy page. “My biggest inspiration is the process of being able to create something special using my hands, hand tools, and utilizing traditional techniques.”

Check out his craftsmanship, here.

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Queen’s Robe Art, Royalty print illustration by Thepairabirds.

Tabitha Brown’s eye-catching illustrations are colorful, feminine, and exude an air of royalty. One look and you’ll most likely want to purchase multiple prints for every dynamic woman in your life who appreciates art that reflects who she is. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Brown is a graduate of Chicago’s American Academy of Art and her vibrant creations have been featured on the Huffington Post, ModCloth Blog, and the Urban Outfitters Blog.

See her illustrations, here.

Lovely Earthlings
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Book Smart Afro gal tote from LovelyEarthlings.

Karina Daniel Paris’s creations include canvas artwork, canvas tote bags, art prints, journals, and greeting cards, all inspired by the women around her. The self-taught artist is based in Brooklyn.

Her obsession with all things girly lavishly displays itself in her work; whether it’s a canvas print that exudes a sunny tropical aesthetic, or a greeting card urging the receiver to indulge in some self-care.

Find her canvas and tote creations, here.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Charlotte E. Ray

While Charlotte E. Ray’s legal career was brief, the trail she blazed as America’s first Black woman lawyer is still inspirational. On February 27, 1872, she left Howard University with a law degree and embarked on her journey before entering into other ventures.

Ray was born January 13, 1850 in New York City. Her father was a notable religious figure and abolitionist. After attending the Institution of the Education of Colored Youth, she became a teacher at a preparatory school connected to Howard University. While working there, she enrolled in the university’s law program under the name C.E. Ray – which some historians believe was a bid to hide her gender although the school reportedly had no such restrictions at the time.

After successfully finishing the three-year program, Ray made history again by becoming one of the first women admitted to the D.C. Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice in front of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Ray opened a practice, using Frederick Douglass’ newspaper to advertise her services, but being a Black woman in a world that didn’t respect her accomplishments made business tough.

The racism and sexism forced her to move north to New York where she returned to teaching. She then joined the woman’s suffrage movement and the National Association of Colored Women.

Ray passed in 1911 at the age of 60.




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Black Women Make History In ‘Black Panther’ Oscar Wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” went back-to-back into the Oscar history books on Sunday evening.

Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-Americans to win in their respective categories. Carter was first up as she took home an Academy Award for costume design, then Beachler followed her with a win in production design at the 91st annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I dreamed and prayed for this night,” said Carter, who was the lead costume designer behind the Afro-futuristic wardrobes in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” She was previously nominated for her work on “Amistad” and “Malcolm X.”

“This has been a longtime coming,” said Carter as she burst into laughter while accepting her trophy. She dedicated the award to her 97-year-old mother and thanked Spike Lee, who provided her career start in the 1998 film “School Daze”; the director rose from his seat and pumped his fist into the air in response.

Beachler broke down in tears during her acceptance speech with fellow production design awardee Jay R. Hart, saying she “stands here stronger than she did yesterday.” She helped create the cinematic world of Wakanda, the fictional homeland of the main character.

Beachler, who had worked with Coogler on other films, thanked him and said he “made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person.”

“I stand here today because of this man who gave me a better perspective of life,” she said, adding: “I’m stronger because Marvel gave me a chance.”

Beachler and Carter played influential roles in helping “Black Panther” become a cultural phenomenon. Both said they wanted to infuse the pride of the African diaspora into the film.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero. But through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” said Carter, who drew inspiration for the film’s stylish and colorful garments from her travels to Africa. She spoke with people of the continent to understand the history of each artifact to ensure the different characteristics were represented properly in the film.

The costumes have become so popular that people from different ethnicities — young and older — have worn Black Panther-themed costumes to theaters and at parties. Some even dressed in Wakanda couture at a pre-Oscar event.

“We wanted to bring the world of Africa to life,” Beachler said while backstage admitting that she was still “freaking out” after her victory.

“I’m still trying to get a handle of all of this,” she said. “All of this is amazing.”

Carter said she hopes their historic Oscar wins can open up more doors for other African-Americans who want to follow her and Beachler’s footsteps.

“Now we won’t have to wait for the first,” she said while backstage. “We now have the first. Finally the door is wide open. I’m mentoring in hopes of raising others up and give them hope.”




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Black Woman Creates Documentary Setting Record Straight About ‘Green Book’ Movie

Yoruba Richen, an award-winning documentary filmmaker has a new documentary out that tells the true story about black people and the infamous Green Book motorist handbook.

Richen is the writer and director of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom. It tells the story behind the infamous ‘Green Book’ that African Americans used as a guide to travel safely throughout the Jim Crow-era South.

According to a press release about the film:

“The film tells the story of the rise the African American middle class in Detroit, journeys to the oasis of Idlewild (a vacation community in western Michigan where blacks were able to retreat to their “Black Eden” in peace) and the iconic A. G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama—a pivotal location in the civil rights movement. The story of The Green Book embodies a quintessential American contradiction—while its creation speaks to the horrors of racial injustices in our past, its success shows the resolve of African Americans to thrive in a world that seemed to root for their failure by means of discrimination, violence and ignominy.”

In an interview with Black Enterprise, Richen discussed her motivation to create the film.

When did you start work on the Smithsonian Channel documentary?
I was approached about the film in the summer of 2017 by the production company Impossible Factual who had the idea to do a documentary surrounding the Green Book. I didn’t know about the Green Book at first but was immediately interested and intrigued to get involved once I learned more about it. It was a story that hadn’t been told before with the opportunity to explore so many themes and storylines within the black experience.

What was your primary motivation to get involved?
I’m a filmmaker who’s interested in exploring complexity and uncovering stories that haven’t been told. The Green Book was such an interesting and important part of our history and a deeper dive into its creation and background hadn’t been told before. As we were filming, even more themes emerged and I was excited to see how that shaped and developed the final documentary you’ll see on the Smithsonian Channel.

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Documentarian Yoruba Richen

What are two major things that you think people will learn from watching?

Viewers will learn about the importance of the automobile to the African American community and how it was both similar and different to white Americans. The automotive industry played a pivotal role in creating jobs for African Americans and attracting them to settle down in various states throughout the U.S. The automobile also symbolized the quest for freedom and mobility, which it did also for the African American community, but they also had specific challenges to obtain those things. The Green Book was also not used to navigate potential threats of violence but provided a tool to find vacations and recreation spots which African Americans have been seeking and creating forever now.

Do you think the documentary will have any impact on the movie winning the Oscars?
I truly can’t say if the documentary will have an impact on the film winning but I do hope the fiction film will bring attention to our version and perspective of the Green Book and that they will watch the documentary!

The Green Book has been the focus of much attention since the release of the Green Book Hollywood movie. The movie tells the story of musician Don 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. The movie is a contender for several Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actor for star Viggo Mortenson, and Best Supporting Actor for co-star Mahershala Ali.

The relatives of Don Shirley have since come out blasting the Hollywood movie version for what they call its lies about the relationship between Shirley and Vallelonga.

Richen’s documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom will premiere on The Smithsonian Channel Monday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and is available to stream on the Smithsonian Channel app. Watch a trailer of the film here.


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Sherri Shepherd Talks Diabetes, Natural Hair And Black Beauty

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After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and losing her mother to the disease, Sherri Shepherd decided to get serious about her health; which prompted a weight loss journey that includes a no carbs/no sugar diet.

So far the actress/comedian has lost 40 pounds and she recently flaunted her slimmer body in the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection fashion show last week. caught up with Shepherd backstage to dish about her heart health, her love of natural hair and how she defines beauty. Check out the interview below.

Hype Hair: What did walking in the AHA Red Dress Collection Fashion Show mean to you?

Sherri Shepherd: Knowing that this is the number one killer in the African American community, we have to do something. If you’re a diabetic– diabetes runs in my family– this really is a killer. So for me, I want to encourage women, especially women in the African American community because we do everything for everybody and we always put ourselves last. So, I want women to stop and think about the health of their hearts because our children are depending on us.

HH: What do you think we can do to keep the conversation going?

SS: I think number one, this is such a wonderful time to be a woman. We have to encourage each other. We have to get our girlfriends and say, “Let’s walk together. Let’s exercise together. Let’s cook together.”

They say we are our brother’s keeper, but we’re our sister’s keeper. We have to start encouraging and lifting each other up. It’s a lot of women out there and we’re tired. We have kids, and we have everything else. So, if you can take a moment and look outside yourself to say, “How can I help my sister?”  That’s what we can do!

HH: We’re all about celebrating Black beauty? How would you define beauty?

SS: Beauty means to me, how do you feel inside? Can you find joy? Because happiness is temporary, joy is everlasting. I always tell my son Jeffrey; when he doesn’t like somebody or get along with them, find the humanity in the next person. Find the beauty in them and get off sugar. [Laughs]

HH: As a Black woman in the media, how would you like to see our beauty celebrated?

SS: I would love to see our skin celebrated, our chocolate yumminess celebrated, our lips that are ours, our bodies, no fillers, our booties that are ours, yes! I would love to see that celebrated and the fullness of who we are. I would love to see people in the entertainment industry go even deeper and find the other levels. I tell my son all the time! He came to me and said he like the big booty girls like the Kardashian’s and I was like, “Let me sit you down and give you a history lesson.” So, I love the celebration of the Black woman. Black love is amazing.

HH: We see that you’re #teamwigs! What are some of your favorite hairstyles?

SS: Right now, I love a bob. I’m filling in for Wendy Williams and that style is my go to. I love the freedom of a bob. See y’all young, so you don’t know about this, but when you get to my age, you get some hot flashes. You need air on the back of your neck. [laughs]

Your mother knows about this. If you don’t know, ask your grandmother and your mother. So, I love bobs with a choppy cut, I love natural wigs. I have afro wigs that I rock on stage all the time.  It’s something about freedom fighting and I love that but, I love to see sisters with the natural hair.

I love that we’re embracing our natural individuality. You know, sometimes you just have to put your hair up, boom, boom, boom. I love that we can rock different hair because it has become our accessory. It’s how we’re feeling one day. There’s nothing wrong with it and we can change it up. I love that. We’re loud and proud.

HH: When did you first fall in love with your natural hair?

SS: Oh my goodness! I remember the times when my momma used to press my hair and she would put a straw on it and wrap my hair around it and I’ll have a little crinkle with my little baby hairs. I’ve always loved my natural hair.

Being in this industry it’s very hard to do your natural hair because there is so much heat that they put on. So, I have to protect it by wearing different hair. But on the weekends, girl, I’ll rock a bun in a heartbeat. And, I got my little toothbrush for my edges…what?

HH: Today is all about celebrating the power of red. What are your favorite red lipsticks?

SS: Ruby Woo! Always! You cannot go wrong with a Ruby Woo lipstick. I think I have about eight of them because my girlfriends always take them. Niecy Nash has three of them already that she has taken from me.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Black Leaders Discuss The Wealth Gap at the Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund’s 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, with moving speeches and remarks from a host of dynamic leaders. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project, opened the three-day conference by addressing this year’s conference theme, “400 Years Later: Closing the Wealth Gap, Expanding Opportunity.” Although slavery was abolished 150 years ago, a stark disparity in wealth between black and white households continues to persist.

“African Americans have journeyed through four stages of a 400-year struggle,” said the civil rights leader. “Stage one – ending slavery after 246 years in bondage; Stage two – ending the Jim Crow era with its mass lynchings and terror campaigns; Stage three – securing the right to vote; and currently, Stage four – securing access to capital, industry, technology and deal flow in the U.S. economy.”

Closing The Gap

Day one of the summit commenced with the “400 Year Journey Roundtable” discussion, where Jackson was joined by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Coles, Ph.D., the president of the National Council of Negro Women, and Dr. Ron Daniels, Ph.D., the president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, for a conversation on the progress of black Americans since Africans were first brought to the country as slaves.

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Eugene Mitchell, Marc Morial, and Rev. Jesse Jackson (Photo credit: Gerald Peart)

After that session, Marc H. Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, opened the “Wealth Gap Panel” with a brief history lesson on the origins of the wealth gap, which is rooted in U.S. laws and policies that created systemic barriers that prevented people of color from accumulating wealth. Morial went on to address the controversy around the #ADOS movement, a fringe group that stands for American Descendants of Slaves and advocates for reparations and reform policies that solely benefit African Americans. Some critics reportedly believe that Russian trolls have infiltrated the group and are using their philosophy to cause division among black voters.

“The internet is being used as a tool of manipulation,” Morial cautioned. “Our ability to impact the racial wealth gap depends on our ability to exercise and maximize our political power. We need to maximize our political power if we are going to address the racial gap.”

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Alfred Edmond, Jr., SVP, Executive Editor-At-Large at Black Enterprise (Photo credit: Gerald Peart)

Morial’s comments were followed by a panel discussion between BLACK ENTERPRISE’s SVP/ Executive Editor-at-Large Alfred A. Edmond Jr. and Eugene Mitchell, the founder of the E. Mitchell Consulting Group and the author of The 7 Untold Rules for Creating Black Wealth: Let’s Come Together and Close the Wealth Gap!, moderated by Janice L. Mathis, the executive director of the National Council of Negro Women. Each panelist discussed tangible solutions to close the gap.

“Spend less than you make—whatever you make—and bank the difference,” said Edmond. “We must get into a situation where we are incrementally and steadily accumulating assets in the form of savings. And right now, when we make more money, we spend more money.”

Edmond, the host of the “Your Money, Your Life” personal finance podcast, also stressed the importance of using debt with the purpose of driving wealth. “We need to create wealth out of any career. Your net worth is what you own minus what you owe. Debt is only good if you are going to take that resource to make more money.”

Mitchell, a former corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Co., discussed the importance of life insurance and estate planning as vehicles to create generational wealth in the black community. “We’re not doing what it takes to create wealth, to keep wealth, and to sustain wealth in the way of having proper estate planning,” he said.

Mathis also emphasized the intersection between political power and economic strength in the black community. “If we’re going to defeat these wealth gaps, we will do it by using the power of our votes because these systems are entrenched like barnacles onto capitalism that needs to be moderated by democratic principles and ideals.”

Other notable speakers scheduled to appear at the conference include Rep. Maxine Waters, Susan L. Taylor, Rev. Al Sharpton, hip-hop mogul Percy “Master P” Miller, and John W. Rogers Jr., CEO of Ariel Investments.

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Black Enterprise will present its inaugural SOAR! Empowerment Series of events, which will kick off in Atlanta on April 6, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Inspired by The New York Times best-selling book SOAR! Build Your Vision From The Ground Up by T. D. Jakes, SOAR is a one-day event business series produced by Black Enterprise in partnership with T.D.J. Enterprises L.L.P. SOAR is designed to be the perfect opportunity for those seeking to maximizing their earning power, gaining optimal health, and creating multigenerational 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 Black Enterprise President and CEO, Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “These events are for those who are ready to take immediate action to get their dreams off the ground to create multigenerational wealth.”

SOAR attendees will leave the event with an action plan for acquiring assets, building personal and household net worth, and building real, measurable wealth. SOAR will provide access to career and business opportunities with high earning potential that can fuel long-term wealth creation for attendees.

“I wrote SOAR as a how-to-guide for those individuals desiring to give flight to their dreams but not knowing how to takeoff,” said T.D. Jakes.  “The SOAR series is the transformational master class that delves into the heart of business success strategies with unprecedented access to the mindsets, lifestyles and workstyles of some of the foremost leaders and influencers in the game today.”

SOAR will welcome high-powered sessions on critical life and career topics such as How to Monetize your Business Idea, Talent, or Passion; Maximizing Your Earning Power; and How to Design a Nutrition Plan that Works for You, just to name a few. Get the education, resources, and connections you need to boost your personal net worth and income growth for years to come at SOAR!

Confirmed speakers include:

  • D. Jakes, CEO, TDJ Enterprises L.L.P.
  • Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., CEO, Black Enterprise
  • Ash Cash, Chief Financial Educator, MindRight Management
  • Koereyelle DuBose, Transformational Speaker, WERK PRAY SLAY
  • Charreah Jackson, Corporate facilitator, career coach & author
  • Lamar Tyler, Creator, Traffic, Sales and Profits


To register and find out more information, visit

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Introducing CultureFit: The Activewear By And For Black Women

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If one of your goals this year is to get into better physical shape, then why not become a snack while looking like a snack and doing it all by supporting Black women? Allow us to introduce you to CultureFit; the new, high-performance active wear brand by and for Black women.

Founded in early 2018 by a group of West African descendent women, CultureFit understands the need for athletic gear that fits the many shapes and sizes of Black women. The women of CultureFit believed in a place “where wellness, womanhood, and global consciousness intersect with comfort, body positivity, and the pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle” and we couldn’t agree more.

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CultureFit prides itself on manufacturing activewear that’s high-quality and high-performance with high-style and showcases our culture infused with modern day tastes. CultureFit’s athletic clothing is made with West African textiles that’ll allow you to work out, look good, feel good and pay homage to the culture. From bras to tops to leggings and even eco-friendly yoga mats, each material is made with moisture-wicking fabric that’ll hug your body type just right and allow you to perform even better as you start to sweat it all out.

Above all else, the CultureFit team believes in open mindedness, a judgement-free zone and having no boundaries and makes all of their products for Black women with these three principles in mind.

As a Black History Month gift, CultureFit is getting us started on our fitness journey by providing 15% off our first CultureFit purchase using the promo code below:


Offer: 15% Off 1st Purchase

Promo Code (applied at checkout): HELLOBEAUTIFUL


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6 Great Books to Read During Black History Month

During Black History Month, we encourage you to reflect on the contributions of our past leaders as well as current ones. We encourage you to seek knowledge from a mix of platforms. February is a powerful month, because Black folks worldwide collectively celebrate our achievements, so why not feed your soul with content. This month, we recommend 6 books that’ll pull at your heart strings or at least inform you of our accomplishments. Check out our booklist: 6 Books You Should Read During Black History Month!

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Bold. Beautiful. Poetic. Meet Xiomara Batista, a beautiful Afro-Latina from New York City who is deeply invested in poetry. Once she starts to grow into her bodily figure, her fierceness emerges. It is then that a Harlem star is born. Armed with a leather notebook, Xiomara jots her passions and frustrations down unapologetically. Struggling with feelings she has for a boy in her bio class as well as family issues with Mami, Xiomara puts it all on the line when she joins a slam poetry club.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by a short story she wrote in college about the police shooting of Oscar Grant, author Angie Thomas turned a brief narrative into a debut novel, The Hate U Give. The book, which follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who joins the activism set after she witnesses the police shooting of friend. Painful, yet inspiring, The Hate U Give shows how adversity can lead to action. In 2018, The Hate U Give was adapted and it premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You by Marley Dias
Reign on Ms. Dias! Marley’s debut book is inspirational. We get to see a young and determined influencer in rare form. In Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You, readers get an up close look at the young phenomenon who is committed to activism, equity and inclusion, social justice and knowledge. The New Jersey native, who is the brainchild behind the dynamic campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks uses this book to promote literacy, diversity, and the importance of community support.

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They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
The story of Christopher Columbus is a classic one and his journey is a staple in the classroom. However, many have questioned his story. What is truth? Did Columbus get here first? In They Came Before Columbus readers discover (from the authors point of view) that Africans were already present in ancient America long before Columbus. Supported by journals and oral accounts, author Ivan Van Sertima makes a powerful claim backed with real sources that Africans made a mark in the New World and shaped our current civilization.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Inspirational and empowering, get to meet 40 powerful Black women who made a difference throughout U.S history. Short and sweet, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History provides quick biographical notes about phenomenal leaders who include filmmaker Julie Dash, Gwen Ifill, and more. If you are among little researchers, we advise this book for their collection.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women And The Space Race
Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie Hidden Figures which starred stellar actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, we get the bold narrative which explores four African-American NASA mathematicians. During their tenure, they shattered glass ceilings by providing calculations that were necessary to support space missions. A great read for STEM-focused students, Hidden Figures shows that Black Magic is found everywhere.



Black Women: Mental Health Treatment is For Us Too

When it comes to mental health issues, black women are more likely to experience mental health-related issues due to lower income, poor health, multiple role strain, and the “double minority status” of race and gender according to a study conducted by psychologists who focused on the lack of support black women receive professionally.

More recently, the American Psychiatric Association recently published a study that revealed:

  • Only ⅓ of black Americans who need mental health care receive it
  • Physician-patient communication differs for African Americans and whites. Physicians were 23% more verbally dominant and engaged in 33% less patient-centered communication with African American patients than with white patients.
  • Lack of culturally competent counseling deters folks from seeking care

We know that’s a lot of hardcore facts. So, take a deep breath with us… Now that you have the facts, we want to be sure that you have the tools that you need to take the steps toward your healing or be a resource for another powerful woman.

Speaking of powerful women, we spoke with Dr. LaVerne Collins, interim vice president of Foundation and Professional Services for the National Board for Certified Counselors, about the real on black women and mental health as we prepare for the Women of Power self-care and self-preservation workshop where women can ask our panel of experts anything. Yes, anything!

Black Women Mental Health Facts

When it comes down to the facts and figures, Dr. Collins says that there are a number of reasons why black women aren’t seeking professional help for their stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Stigma, pricing, and mistrust of both diagnoses and treatments to list a few.

“There’s stigma that’s still prevalent in the black community. Even a basic mental health issue like stress or anxiety because we as a people have been taught to be strong and we’ve been taught to rely on the inner strength of our ancestors and spiritual sources—all of which are good—however when we don’t seek the professional care that we need those resources don’t give us the complete package of care.”

There is also significant stigma associated with the language that some people use that keeps women from pursuing help.

“We’ve heard people say things like, ‘you know she’s not all the way there…’ or ‘you know she’s a little touched…’ We have very unfortunate labels and judgmental statements that we’ve heard our ancestors use because they didn’t have an accurate understanding of mental health,” says Dr. Collins. And that language only keeps women in hiding to live with their pain.

While the stigmas are very real for a lot of women, Dr. Collins urges women to pay attention to abnormal feelings and triggers that may arise.

“Pay attention to anything that is atypical for you; anything that is causing an interruption to your daily life such as your work or social life; and pay attention the degree of interference that you are experiencing.”

On your journey to wellness, it is important to seek culturally competent and responsive mental health professionals as well as consult with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that could be contributing to any changes in your mood or brain chemistry. Here’s Dr. Collins’ formula for finding the right fit for your needs.

Start your journey today

  • First, do the research to identify a board-certified counselor whose specialization is a fit for your needs
  • Secondly, prepare to speak to more than one counselor in the vetting process. You do not need to go with the services of the first counselor that you interview with or have a consultation
  • Look for a counselor who will give you a 15-minute consultation in person or by phone before you enter into an agreement with them.
  • Prepare yourself by taking notes of how you’re feeling so that you can tell your counselor what (i.e., if you’re having crying spells), your triggers are.

Remember that you are not alone

“Have confidants who you can share with that you trust and who will support you with their presence and their words,” adds Dr. Collins.

  • Know your limits. — Be able to set limits and don’t overload yourself. We live in an overload culture and it’s very easy to do more and take on more. Sometimes we find our significance in the amount of things that we do and we find ourselves wearing ourselves out
  • Take vacations or staycations. – Know how to step away and take a real vacation or staycation and do what reenergizes you and things that nourish your mind and body. If what you need is to be away from everyone, do that.
  • Watch what you eat. – Don’t give your taste buds over what your body really needs.
  • Maintain a regular cycle of 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night
  • Minimize or manage the amount of stress in your life—recognize what things are stressful to you and have a way to minimize them.

If you want to learn more about how you can protect your peace, join us at the Women of Power Summit in Vegas! Get your tickets here.



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The Black Conservative Woman In The Running to Lead Michigan’s Republican Party

Later this month, the Michigan Republican party delegation will select a new chair. The high-profile seat is sought after by a black conservative Gina Barr. The position is currently held by Ron Weiser who is not running for re-election.

Barr has a successful track record with the Michigan GOP. She was hired by the Michigan GOP in 2014, and successfully led its field office in Detroit. Her innate ability to connect with diverse communities led to the implementation of a robust grassroots operation.

Barr’s leadership and tenacious field operations yielded material results for Rick Snyder to win a second term as governor by bolstering his performance in Detroit. Barr helped Snyder win 6.82% of the vote in the deep blue Democratic territory. This was not an easy task given the demographics of Detroit is not inclined to vote Republican. Detroit is comprised of 78.8% black, 9.9% white, and 7.6% Hispanic.

She continued to provide tangible results during the last presidential election. As the Regional Field Director in 2016, Barr’s outreach and engagement strategy resulted in Wayne County producing more than 15,000 votes for President Trump than Mitt Romney received in 2012.

The marginal increase in Wayne County votes proved itself to make a difference in the hotly contested 2016 presidential race in the swing state of Michigan. President Trump narrowly won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by edging Hillary Clinton 47.6% to 47.3%, and only 11,812 votes separated the two based on the final vote tally.

Coming off the 2016 presidential election, Barr took her leadership and party-building talents to the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 2017, she was hired by the RNC to be the head of urban engagement. In 2018, she was also promoted to be head of women engagement and successfully led both initiatives.

Although Barr is highly qualified to run, winning the highest seat in the Michigan Republican party will not be easy. Her opponent is Laura Cox,  a two-term state representative in the 19th district of Michigan. Cox is part of a political family and the wife of former Michigan Attorney General, Mike Cox.

So, what is Barr’s path to victory? Each candidate has tirelessly courted Michigan GOP delegates ahead of the party’s state convention on February 23rd in Lansing, Michigan. Approximately 2,119 delegates will vote to elect the next chair and vice-chair. Barr is not conceding an inch, and she is actively campaigning to secure enough votes to win.

As demographics gradually change in many states and local municipalities across America, the GOP can no longer rely on traditionally red territories to stay the same way. Rather, the Republican party must grow organically by building relationships, promulgating inclusive policies, and crafting a compelling message that appeals to urban voters.

Steve KingThe 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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The 18 Best Black Books of All Time for Black History Month

Black History Month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The month of February signifies a celebration of all things black. Together, we collectively acknowledge the African American experience—dating back to 1619 when the first enslaved African pressed his feet onto American soil. It is only right to pay homage to our ancestors’ malleability, black excellence, and those who have impacted our history as well as the culture. It is also a good time to soak up all the unknown stories and marvels of our heritage. Plenty is surfacing online via social media. However, black books are the ultimate source to immerse ourselves in the resilience and wonderment of blackness past and present.

18 Best Black Books for Black History Month 


1. Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl

This slave narrative by Harriet Ann Jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the American Civil War began. Jacobs fictionalized her own story on the horrors of slave life as a young girl, specifically one having to deal with the sexual harassment projected by her slaveholder and the physical violence of his jealous wife.

Best Black Books

 Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl, Thayer & Eldridge

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2. The Marrow of Tradition

Charles W. Chesnutt was a prolific black writer who could very well pass for white but refused to. This historical text, published at the turn of the century, depicts the Wilmington Race Riots in 1898. It focuses on racial politics, violence, and blackface during Reconstruction, and sadly, echoes events happening today.

Best Black Books

The Marrow of Tradition, Haughton, Mifflin, and Company

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3.The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man

James Weldon Johnson, the creator of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” shares the story of being raised by a black mother, but also believing that he was as white as his school-age peers due to his biracial heritage. His loss of innocence comes as he is discriminated against by his teacher. Throughout the text, Johnson gives firsthand accounts and observations of occupying two racial spaces, fitting into neither, yet being forced to choose one.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, Sherman, French & Co.

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4. Mules and Men

Zora Neale Hurston flexes her anthropology chops in this book that published in 1935. She gathers and documents cultural information from her native Florida, and New Orleans, and brings forth the beauty of common folk; their voice, their diction, their living, their way.

Best Black Books

Mules and Men, Harper Collins

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5. Invisible Man

This existential text told the story of a lone, nameless black man navigating a white world and, eventually, we find him so isolated from society to align and protect himself from the powers that be. It is an allegory for the entire black race, which is mistreated, objectified, commodified, and cast aside in such a way that it may as well be invisible.

Best Black Books

The Invisible Man, Random House

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6. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Christianity has close ties to the black American experience, and in many instances it is inextricable. Baldwin puts the beauty and the problematic on the page by way of a young man attempting to negotiate being black, religious, unloved, and possibly gay. Go Tell It On The Mountain is an exploration of identity and migration.

Best Black Books

Go Tell It On The Mountain, Knopf

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7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

We are blessed to have this book in the world. Alex Haley documented X’s life-changing story for two years prior to his assassination. The book posthumously was published in 1965.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ballantine Books

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8. Dopefiend

Long before the crack era of the 1980s, heroine wreaked havoc on black communities. Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.

Best Black Books

Dopefiend, Holloway House

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9. Roots

Alex Haley’s family tree is the context for Roots. It tells the story of his matriarchal forefather’s journey from Africa, through the middle passage, and through chattel slavery and is carried on by his descendants. The text was integral to African Americans wanting to know their family roots, and sparking interest in genealogy.


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Roots, Doubleday

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10. For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange took the Black Arts movement by storm when her collection of choreopoems hit theaters. These monologues are rooted in black feminism and speak specifically to the intersectionality of race and sexism black women experience.

Best Black Books

For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Bantam Books

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11. Song of Solomon

This Nobel Prize-winning book traces the history of a black family and shows the nuance and complexity of black community rarely highlighted in mainstream literature—through Morrison’s remarkable storytelling and beautiful words.

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Song of Solomon, Alfred Knopf

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12. The Color Purple

If there has ever been a story told about black trauma, toxic masculinity, and survival, The Color Purple by Alice Walker will likely come up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book made it to the big screen three years after its 1982 publishing date.

Best Black Books

The Color Purple, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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13. How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America 

This list would be remiss without this text from BLACK ENTERPRISE founder and publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. His shoot-from-the-hip commentary on what it takes to be a great, black entrepreneur in a white world is just the prescription the black business world needs.

Best Black Books

How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America, Harper Collins

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14. The Coldest Winter Ever

The cold, harsh reality of drug culture bleeds off these pages. It effectively captures the allure of the game while serving its consequences as well.

Best Black Books

The Coldest Winter Ever, Simon & Schuster

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15. The New Jim Crow

Mass incarceration has long plagued the black community. While representing just 13% of the nation’s population, black people make up 40% of the prison population. Michelle Alexander links this disparity to the war on drugs created to militarize police and fracture black communities, but also exposes its lasting effect as well as its ongoing nature.

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The New Jim Crow, The New Press

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16. The Underground Railroad

If you ever thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad when growing up, don’t feel ashamed. Colson Whitehead puts that perspective in play in this Pulitzer Prize-winning, historical text. It is a refreshing fictional look at slavery.



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The Underground Railroad, Doubleday

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17. The World According To Fannie Davis

Numbers playing is a part of the black culture that is common, yet elusive. The life of a black woman numbers runner is written alongside the historical events and the backdrop of black Detroit.

Best Black Books

The World According To Fannie Davis, St. Martin’s Press

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18. Heavy: An American Memoir

This memoir is a reckoning of the internal and external conflict within blackness. Kiese Laymon lays out parts of his life in intricate detail, taking the reader through observations of violence against black folk and violence committed by them as well. This is the story of a life filled with contradictions, tragedy, and resilience.

Best Black Books

Heavy: An American Memoir, Simon & Schuster

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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett: You’d Believe Me if I Was Attacked by Black or Muslim Guys

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Jussie Smollett addressed his doubters on Good Morning America on Thursday, explaining what it was like to be the victim of a hate crime outside of a Subway at 2 a.m.

“I’m pissed off,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts in his first interview. “It’s the attackers, but it is also the attack.”

Smollett, who is openly gay, has faced increasing skepticism about the details of the January 29 attack, but he maintains his story. He says that a few hours after landing back in Chicago late at night, he went searching for food, first to a Walgreens he thought was open all night, and then to a Subway where he had a sandwich and salad.

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AT&T ‘Dream In Black’ Black Future Month Celebrates Black Creators

The AT&T “Dream In Black” Black Future Month launches by celebrating people who are making history now while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.

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Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the leaders of the past who helped pave the way for black excellence today. It’s thanks to these great people throughout history that this generation has more potential to accomplish their dreams than ever before,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to Black Enterprise. “The black community is facing a new generation of infinite possibilities, if you can dream it, you can do it.”

Week-over-week, they will roll out their futurists and the display will culminate on the 28th with the last futurist being selected by you in a competition-style. The organization invites everyone to connect with AT&T this month by posting a photo/video sharing history in the making by using #DreamInBlack for a chance to be honored as the Dream in Black 28 Future Maker.

“At AT&T, we come to work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re so proud to join in the celebration of Black History Month. It recognizes an extraordinary legacy of helping others. Our Black Future Makers campaign honors the great trailblazers who inspired the next generation of leaders called ‘The Dream in Black 28,” stated John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

In addition to selecting key figures, other initiatives have been added to the celebration. The organization has also taken the liberty to highlight movie and television shows that African Americans should pay attention to as they are currently changing the scope of how we view ourselves on television. Shows include True Detective, black-ish, Empire, God Friended Me, American Soul, The Chi, Power, This is Us, 2 Dope Queens, and Greenleaf, to name a few.

Additionally, to help celebrate, AT&T has created the Exclusive Dream in Black gif pack and keyboard emojis that represent nothing less than black excellence. The gifs have already been released but, the emojis will be ready to hit our keyboards shortly.

“We also work hard to align our business practices with our values,” continued Donovan. “A good example is our Supplier Diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through this effort, we’ve spent more than $ 158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran and LGBT businesses.

And we’re proud to see our employees stepping up to lead AT&T Believes campaigns in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and elsewhere. These initiatives show our company’s spirit of service and commitment to a better future for everyone.”

AT&T continues to support organizations like Black Girls Code by supplying them with financial resources that allow young black girls to continue to create and innovate. Their latest check was a capital infusion of $ 350,000, which was used to increase access to technology and entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities for underserved and underrepresented youths.

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Black Folk Had A Problem With J. Lo’s Motown Tribute…Smokey Robinson Said They’re Stupid

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Last week, there were rumblings that Jennifer Lopez would be performing during a Motown tribute. In the Black year of 2019, during the 61st celebration of the Grammy Awards. The news spread far and wide and Black folks were fiery in their dissension. But when the Grammys released their list of performers on their website, J. Lo’s name was conveniently left off the list, so we assumed that it was a lie to start drama or that someone had come to their senses and realized that a White-presenting Puerto Rican woman shouldn’t honor a record label that was about excellence in Black artistry and entrepreneurship.

But we were wrong. And last night, Jenny from the block took the stage to honor legends who could have easily performed themselves.

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That just wasn’t it.

And as expected the backlash poured in. Interestingly enough though, there was one Motown legend, who didn’t seem to take issue with J. Lo’s performance…at all. And that was Smokey Robinson, who helped Alicia Keys to introduce J. Lo’s nearly 7-minute medley. In an interview with VarietyRobinson said anyone who took issue with J. Lo’s performance is “stupid.” 

“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he said. “I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”

Robinson claimed that Motown music is “for everybody.”

“Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?” Smokey asked.

Well, that’s one opinion. But based on the reaction from more than a few other people, Robison was in the minority. See what other folks had to say about Lopez on the following pages.



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Lil’ Wayne Co-Founded Sports Agency Brings on Powerful Black Female Sports Agent In Acquisition

Nicole Lynn is in a very unique position. She is the first black female sports agent to represent top NFL agency, PlayersRep. In 2017, PlayersRep was acquired by Young Money APAA Sports Agency owned by world-renowned rapper, Lil’ Wayne. In an industry very dominated by male agents and players alike, Black Enterprise caught up with Lynn to find out how she has managed to navigate the murky waters and make it to the top.

Black Enterprise: What is it like being a black female sports agent in a male-dominated industry?

Nicole Lynn: There are over 800 certified NFLPA agents with only about 5% being women. Only a handful of those women are black, so it goes without being said that being a black woman in this industry is extremely challenging. There are so many random issues I face that my male counterparts will never understand. For example, I have to be extremely cautious about the outfits I choose. I have to find the fine line between being presentable and looking nice, but not too nice. You never want to look like you’re trying to stand out more than any other wife or mom in the room. The last thing you want to do is make a wife feel uncomfortable. So I battle with choosing a lipstick that isn’t too bright, heels that aren’t too high and a dress that isn’t too “dressy.” And to make matters worse, being a black woman who likes to change her hair frequently, I have to think of how potential clients will take it. Can I be the girl with Beyoncé weave? Will they be OK with my 3C natural hair with a twist out? Male agents never have to think about half of the potential issues black female agents silently battle.

Despite all of this, I know that I cannot let these personal challenges hinder my performance. Confidence is key in this industry. I always tell potential clients, “I can do a lot for you—get you the best deal, market the crap out of you, and work hard for your family, but there is one thing I can’t do, and that is changing the fact that I am a black woman. If you can accept that, we can make magic happen together!” I pray that my work always speaks for itself and shows that I am equally as knowledgeable, negotiate just as aggressively, and possess the tools necessary to help clients propel their career.

How did you enter into the industry?

I’ve always wanted to be a sports agent, but I didn’t quite know the name of the role. I just knew I wanted to help athletes be successful during and beyond their time in the league. With that in mind, every decision I made was extremely calculated with the same endgame in mind. I got a degree in business and then moved to New York City to work on Wall Street. My initial intention of getting into finance was to help athletes manage and retain their wealth.

While working on Wall Street I learned that the most influential person in an athlete’s life is their agent, not necessarily their financial adviser. The agent helps the athlete with the day to day needs of the athlete and helps them back the big life decision. After I determined I wanted to be a sports agent, I immediately applied to law school. I went to law school knowing I would later sit for the NFLPA agent exam. I worked at the NFLPA in Washington, D.C. before starting as an agent so I could learn everything I could about life after football.

In 2015, after passing both the Texas Bar and NFLPA exam, I started calling around to different sports agencies. Almost none returned my calls. I finally got one to answer, Ken Sarnoff. He basically told me that being a sports agent is hard and that I should rethink my plans. He even challenged me to get him a meeting with a certain NFL prospect with little faith that I would actually succeed. If you know me, then you know that I don’t give up. I called Ken back a couple hours later like “hey he’s available tomorrow, you got an opening?” From that point on, Ken understood that I had what it took to be in this industry. He hired me a week later and I joined the top 10 sports agency PlayersRep.

Two years later, Young Money APAA Sports, owned by Lil Wayne, acquired PlayersRep and we’ve been in a whirlwind since. Like how crazy is it to have Lil Wayne as your boss?! Even I couldn’t have dreamt this up! Being a sports agent is hard, to say the very least. You invest a significant amount of time and resources only to get a lot more no’s than yeses.’ However, the feeling you get when you’re able to get your client on the team of their dreams or negotiate the endorsement deal of a lifetime, it is all worth it. I love my crazy job!

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Nicole Lynn and NFL client (Image: Nicole Lynn)

What do you think that you bring to the table that your male counterparts do not?

I don’t want to take anything away from the men that work in this business. There are a lot of very good male sports agents that truly care about their clients. However, I think one of the differences between me and my male counterparts is that I focus on more than just the NFL contract. I tap into the human element and the emotional aspect of the relationship with my client. I am a sports agent, but also a life coach, a financial adviser, a travel agent, a therapist, a friend, a sister, and a keeper of peace for my clients. I wear a lot of hats. Many men in this business refuse to wear those hats. I also focus from day one on life after sports. I want to make sure that my client’s transition out of the league is seamless. From the moment I sign a client, I am already having hard conversations about what is next? What is their plan when playing football is over? And I help them in executing this plan by pushing them to finish their degree, to do externships in the offseason, and to retain their wealth. I truly care about the long-term future of my clients.


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Outfit Formula: Black Pants for Business

My business casual clients are always looking to style black trousers in interesting ways. My first suggestion is to change up their footwear from the usual black to animal print, metallic, white, red or grey. Then to create a complement with the footwear by repeating the colour somewhere else in the outfit, like in the top, scarf, bag or with jewellery. Bookending hair with footwear counts as colour repetition.

Here are four more ways to add interest to black pant outfits for work:

1. Animal Print Footwear & Patterned Top

The snakeskin footwear breaks up the black of the suit, as does the polka dot blouse. The black background of the blouse creates a low contrast against the suit, but feel free to wear a high-contrast patterned top. Leopard boots, pumps or loafers would have worked as well. Keeping the palette neutral makes the pattern mixing easy to pull together.

Rachel Roy Collection Long Blazer

2. Silver Shoes & Pussy-Bow Blouse

Combine a patterned or non-black pussy-bow blouse with black pants and silver footwear like pumps, ballet flats or boots. Top a black moto over the blouse to create a juxtaposition of tough and pretty. If the silver hardware of the moto picks up the silver of the shoes, so much the better. Add silver jewellery or hair to complement the silver shoes too.

Eloquii Tie Neck Blouse

3. White Boots & Top

Create a complement with a top and boots in a shade of white. Add that to a pair of black pants and finish things off with a topper in just about any colour and pattern. If the pattern has black in it, the palette will come together very easily. A black and white plaid is shown here, which is serene and classic.

MM6 Maison Margiela Twill Suiting Trousers

4. White Boots, Tunic & Oversized Topper

Combine white pointy-toe footwear with full-length black bootcuts or bell-bottoms. The black soles of the boots here do a great job of picking up the black in the rest of the outfit. For the top part, layer a shorter voluminous topper over some type of solid and streamlined tunic and watch the magic happen.

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Two Black Enterprise Editors Named Among Top 10 Journalists Covering Black Interests

Two legendary BLACK ENTERPRISE editors, Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., have been named among the top ten most influential U.S. print journalists covering black interests, business, and culture.

The listing was compiled by Cision Media Research which maintains a database of more than 1.6 million records, including social influencers, traditional media contacts, outlets and opportunities.

Dingle is currently the senior vice president and Chief Content Officer of BE. He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the content teams. His bio is featured in The HistoryMakers: 

He graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. in journalism and also completed the Magazine Management Program at New York University.

Dingle joined Black Enterprise magazine in 1983 as an assistant editor and was promoted six months later to associate editor. After he completed the New York University magazine management program in 1985, he was made a senior editor. In 1987, Dingle was promoted once again to managing editor, a position he held until 1990. He then joined the staff of Money magazine, where he wrote articles about mutual fund investment and served as senior writer and a member of the planning team for Money Special on Small Business. In 1991, Dingle co-founded Milestone Media Inc., the nation’s largest black-owned comic book company, with childhood friends Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffue, Michael Davis and Christopher Priest. After resigning from Money magazine in 1992, he was named Milestone’s president and CEO. One Milestone character, Static Shock, was developed into an animated series that ran from 2000 to 2005 on the WB Network and the Cartoon Network. In December of 1999, Dingle returned to Black Enterprise magazine as editor-at-large. Within a year, he was promoted to vice president and executive editor, serving until July of 2008. That year, Dingle was appointed as the senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine. In 2014, Dingle was named a Chief Content Officer of Black Enterprise. 

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/editor-at-large of BE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BE brand, including the web site, social media, and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of BE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BE magazine. He has also hosted the Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and  Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor. Edmond also heads the content for the BE Modern Man franchise and spearheads the anchor team of the Black Men Xcel Summit. He co-authored Loving in the Grown Zone(Balboa Press; 28.95) with his spouse Zara Green.

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All White adidas Sneaker From Black History Month Collection Gets Shelved


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Obviously someone at adidas wasn’t wearing their thinking cap when curating a nod to African Americans. To many, A pair of mayonnaise flavored shoes were insensitive to say the least.

As per Hypebeast the sporting goods manufacturer definitely took a cultural loss when it came to their Black History Month collection. Included in the drop was a UltraBOOST model which in theory would make sense given it is one of their most popular sellers. Problem was it was an all white silhouette AND was named “UNCAGED”. Naturally the move got a huge side eye from sneaker enthusiasts and anybody with a bit of common sense alike.

Considering the set were made in the spirit of “Celebrating Black Culture” adidas released a formal statement apologizing for the huge faux pas.

“Adidas released a new collection in celebration of Black History Month featuring designs inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. It includes footwear and apparel across a variety of categories. Toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe to the collection that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”

The sneaker has since been pulled. Other feet pieces included in the collection include re-invisioned versions of the Dame 5, Harden Vol. 3 and a Harlem inspired UltraBOOST. The adidas Black History Month went on sale starting February 5 here.

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Nobu Marbella: glitz, glamour and miso black cod on the Golden Mile

Fancy some fun and sun, only a couple of hours from the UK? Look no further than the latest Nobu, nestled in the party-hearty central of Marbella. Let the good times roll…

Nobu Marbella

Whether you’ve just slogged to the end of #Dryanuary (smug face alert), or are drowning out the cold with the opposite approach (last of the Christmas Baileys, anyone?) one thing’s for sure. At this time of year, nipping off for a quick weekend in the sun is the ultimate pick-me-up. And Nobu’s latest outpost, in a prime Marbella location, is the ultimate glamorous getaway.

Nobu Marbella

Lucky old Marbella enjoys a year-round sunny microclimate, thanks to its location between the Med and the Sierra Blanca mountains. Robert de Niro is Nobu co-owner (he runs the hotel group alongside its founder, chef Nobu Matsuhisa) and the adults-only Nobu Marbella is as VIP-worthy as you’d expect. The resort is set back from the Paseo Maritimo (Promenade), halfway along the famous ‘Golden Mile’, below. The beautiful beach road stretches away to Puerto Banus at one end, and Marbella Old Town at the other.

Nobu Marbella

What makes the new Nobu special is the way it’s been cleverly integrated into the existing resort of Puente Romano, which has been part of the scene since Marbella first became