HBO Films’ THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

HBO Films’ THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, directed by George C. Wolfe from a screenplay by Peter Landesman and Alexander Woo and Wolfe, debuts on HBO on Saturday, April 22nd. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people. Rebecca […]

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New International Digital Platform for Black Millennials Launches

New International Digital Platform for Black Millennials Launches   Former Australian football star Heritier Lumumba has launched SwapThink, a digital destination that is the first of its kind. The site offers commentary, essays, and original content by and about people of African descent living, working, and playing around the world. SwapThink is the first post-retirement venture for Heritier Lumumba who is best known as a star player for the Melbourne Demons. Shown is an interview with Ghanian-Italian publicist Simona Noce who […]

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An inspiration for Women’s History Month

Check out the Smithsonian Channel’s clip on Bessie Coleman — Bessie Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot’s license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot. Stay inspired as we celebrated Women’s History Month.

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Ghanaian Drama Nakom Nominated for Film Independent Spirit Award; Opens Theatrically in New York on March 3rd

 On March 3rd, Corinth Films will release Nakom, directed by the female team of TW Pittman and Daniela Norris, whose storytelling ability further emphasizes the fast growing prowess of female filmmakers in the entertainment industry. Nakom most notably is nominated for the John Cassavetes Film Independent Spirit Award for the best new film made for under $500,000. The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be televised live on the IFC Channel on Saturday, February 25th at 2pm PST/5pm EST.

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  • Z’Kijah Fleming Wins Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship to Historically Black College

    Z’Kijah Fleming Wins Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship to Historically Black College

    Z’Kijah Fleming, ranked No. 1 at Dallas’ prestigious Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, is this year’s winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride Scholarship” to a black college. For up to 10 semesters, the future sports marketing executive, will receive a scholarship to cover her tuition, room and board and books. Fleming is an AP Scholar, a Dallas Independent School District Scholar, a member of the mock trial team, volunteers at a local homeless shelter and a Dallas breast cancer walk. Z’Kijah […]

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  • TEXAS ROADHOUSE TO PAY $12 MILLION TO SETTLE EEOC AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

    TEXAS ROADHOUSE TO PAY $12 MILLION TO SETTLE EEOC AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

      Texas Roadhouse, a national, Kentucky-based restaurant chain, will pay $12 million and furnish other relief to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC had filed suit seeking relief for a class of applicants the EEOC charged had been denied front-of-the-house positions, such as servers, hosts, server assistants and bartenders, because of their age, 40 years and older. As part of the settlement, Texas Roadhouse will […]

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  • SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL revisits the Rodney King verdict in  LOST TAPES: LA RIOTS, April 23

    SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL revisits the Rodney King verdict in LOST TAPES: LA RIOTS, April 23

    HOUR-LONG DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES APRIL 23 AT 8 PM ET/PT MARKING 25th ANNIVERSARY OF RIOTS Newest Installment In Critically Acclaimed Franchise Features Raw, Gripping And Rare Footage On the afternoon of April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white LAPD officers in the beating of a black motorist named Rodney King set off an explosion of anger and frustration that erupted into deadly riots and devastated the already precarious social climate in Los Angeles. Resentment against the police, which had a […]

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  • HSBC’s Noel Quinn Joins Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board

    HSBC’s Noel Quinn Joins Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board

    Out Leadership  announced that HSBC Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking, and Group Managing Director, Noel Quinn has joined its Global Advisory Board. For many years, Quinn has established himself as one of Out Leadership’s most prominent and effective supporters, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. In November 2016, he hosted Out Leadership’s fifth annual LGBT+ Leadership Summit in London. “I am honoured to join the Global Advisory Board of Out Leadership, an organisation which has done so much important work to […]

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  • Black Women of Brazil profiles Monica Costa, an Afro-Brazilian business owner who owns a successful auto body repair shop in the DC area

    Black Women of Brazil profiles Monica Costa, an Afro-Brazilian business owner who owns a successful auto body repair shop in the DC area

    From the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro to Top Entrepreneur in the Washington, D.C. Area Black Women of Brazil profiles Monica Costa, an Afro-Brazilian business owner from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, who overcame humble beginnings to achieve her American dream. Fourteen years ago, Monica and her husband, Francisco, started Wilniq Auto Body and Mechanical Repair (named after their children William and Monique.) The business has grown to become one of the top-ranked minority and women-owned businesses in the D.C., […]

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  • New International Digital Platform for Black Millennials Launches

    New International Digital Platform for Black Millennials Launches

    SwapThink is the first site exclusively by and about young people of African descent Former Australian football star Heritier Lumumba has launched SwapThink, a digital destination that is the first of its kind. The site offers commentary, essays, and original content by and about people of African descent living, working, and playing around the world. Following the site’s launch, SwapThink will release weekly content with an eye toward delivering unique perspectives and groundbreaking expositions shared through the lens of young black […]

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  • Under Armour Announces Nomination of Jerri L. DeVard to Board of Directors

    Under Armour Announces Nomination of Jerri L. DeVard to Board of Directors

    Under Armour, Inc. announced that Jerri L. DeVard has been nominated for election to the company’s Board of Directors.  Ms. DeVard’s election will be considered as part of the company’s slate of director nominees at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 31, 2017. Ms. DeVard has more than 30 years of extensive marketing and leadership experience at large global brands. Most recently, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of The ADT Corporation, a leading provider of home and […]

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  • James M. Rosser Hall dedicated in honor of legendary former president

    James M. Rosser Hall dedicated in honor of legendary former president

    California State University, Los Angeles dedicated James M. Rosser Hall at a moving ceremony where hundreds of people paid tribute to the university’s legendary former president. Rosser led Cal State LA for 34 years, longer than any other president in the university’s history. He was selected as the sixth president in 1979 and retired in 2013. Photo: Cal State LA President Emeritus James M. Rosser addresses the crowd during the Rosser Hall dedication on April 10, 2017. (Credit: J. Emilio […]

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  • “We Black Veterans may not get our way, but we will have our say.”

    “We Black Veterans may not get our way, but we will have our say.”

      (Photo: L to R–Lt General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. USAF, Eleanor Roosevelt and Chief Anderson at Tuskegee, General Daniel James USAF) by Charles Blatcher, III Chairman, the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations April 7, 2017 In 1977, efforts began to raise public awareness about the merits of what Black and other Minority Americans have contributed to the defense of our nation. In 1978, the National Minority Military Museum Foundation was chartered in Oakland, California. We have held steady […]

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