“POWER, INFLUENCE AND HIP HOP: THE REMARKABLE RISE OF SO SO DEF” PREMIERES JULY 18 AT 10:00PM ET/9:00PM CT ON WE TV Documentary Special on Legendary Producer Jermaine Dupri –Features Exclusive Interviews with Mariah Carey, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Will.I.Am, Da Brat, Bow Wow and Nelly

The prolific career of hip hop mogul Jermaine Dupri and his indelible influence on music over the last 26 years is explored in ‘Power, Influence and Hip-Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def’ debuting Thursday, July 18 at 10:00pm ET/9:00pm CT on WE tv. The documentary special features never-before-seen archival footage and original interviews with Dupri’s contemporaries including Mariah Carey, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Will.I.Am, Da Brat, Bow Wow and Nelly. Throughout this one-hour documentary, we uncover the unique stories that make up the history of So So Def, one of the very few […]

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National Museum of African American Music has released the State of Black Music 2019

To celebrate Black Music Month in June, the National Museum of African American Music has released the second annual State of Black Music highlighting the top trends, streaming data and stories over the past year. Highlights include: After overtaking rock as the most-played music last year, hip hop’s dominance has only gotten larger. Eight of the 10 most-streamed artists last year were rappers. Black artists were leaders in mixing genres and defying category. Lil Nas X became the most-streamed artist in a […]

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Weeksville Heritage Center Launches Public Fundraising Campaign To Avoid Closure

Weeksville Heritage Center, a one-of-a-kind historic house museum that brings to life the history of one of the largest free black communities in pre-Civil War America through its arts, culture and preservation efforts, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to close a budget deficit and avoid shutting its doors. Weeksville Heritage Center is the only African-American historic site of its kind in Brooklyn, New York  and preserves the history of one of the largest free black communities of pre-Civil War America, Weeksville, Brooklyn.

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  • Hilco Streambank Successfully Completes a $30 Million Sale of Historic Johnson Publishing Photo and Media Archive

    Hilco Streambank Successfully Completes a $30 Million Sale of Historic Johnson Publishing Photo and Media Archive

    Hilco Streambank (www.hilcostreambank.com), a leading intellectual property advisory firm specializing in the valuation and sale of intangible assets, has successfully completed the auction for Johnson Publishing Company, LLC’s historic photography and media archive, which includes more than 4 million images, negatives and notes along with thousands of hours of video and music footage chronicling African American history dating back to 1945. The archive was sold for $30 million dollars to a consortium of foundations, comprised of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Ford […]

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  • Redfin Report: Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Home Equity and Wealth Widened during the Historic Decade-Long Economic Expansion

    Redfin Report: Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Home Equity and Wealth Widened during the Historic Decade-Long Economic Expansion

    U.S. home prices have risen 73% since 2010, but the resulting home equity gains haven’t benefited black Americans, whose homeownership rate fell to a record low in the second quarter Homeowners in primarily white neighborhoods gained an average of $70,000 more in home equity than homeowners in primarily black neighborhoods from 2012 to 2018, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. In part as a result of the inequality in homeownership and home-equity gains, black Americans have seen […]

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  • Brandy To Be Honored With The BMI President’s Award At The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Evening Celebrates the Previous Year’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriters, Producers, Music Publishers and Administrators on Thursday, August 29th in Atlanta, Georgia

    Brandy To Be Honored With The BMI President’s Award At The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Evening Celebrates the Previous Year’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriters, Producers, Music Publishers and Administrators on Thursday, August 29th in Atlanta, Georgia

    BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday, August 29th.  The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Creative (Atlanta), Catherine Brewton. “As a singer/songwriter, actress and humanitarian, Brandy is a triple threat in every sense of the word,” said Brewton. “Her timeless hits about love and heartbreak were anthems to many coming of age during the 90s and secured […]

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  • Women in Development, NY Announces 40th Anniversary Year with First African-American President in the Organization’s History–Yolanda F. Johnson

    Women in Development, NY Announces 40th Anniversary Year with First African-American President in the Organization’s History–Yolanda F. Johnson

    Yolanda F. Johnson has had nearly two decades as a successful fundraising professional and non-profit development executive. Her roles have included Vice-President, Development and Communications at Chess in the Schools, a youth development organization in NYC; this was preceded by her tenure as the head of development at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Before these roles was that of overseeing individual giving and special events at the Hudson River Museum of Art in Westchester. Yolanda also served as Acting Executive Director […]

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  • International African American Sorority on Hand to Welcome Alice Allison Dunnigan Statue Home to Russellville, KY

    International African American Sorority on Hand to Welcome Alice Allison Dunnigan Statue Home to Russellville, KY

    In the photo: Sculptor Amanda Matthews, left, and Deborah Catchings-Smith, international president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, pose with the bronze statue of Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first woman to receive press credentials to cover the White House in 1947, Thursday, August 1, 2019. The statue is now permanently installed in her hometown of Russellville, Kentucky on the grounds of the Seek Museum. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority members were on hand to welcome the statute of their late sorority sister Alice […]

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  • In Honor of Black Philanthropy Month: The Winters Group Awards $50,000 in Grants

    In Honor of Black Philanthropy Month: The Winters Group Awards $50,000 in Grants

    This year’s theme of Black Philanthropy Month is “Let’s Make History,” and The Winters Group, Inc., a 35-year old global diversity and inclusion consulting firm, is doing just that as part of its Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA) Grant Program. As part of Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA), the organization’s corporate social responsibility effort, twelve non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $50,000. The awardees were selected based on the effectiveness and outcomes of programming efforts that seek to foster equity, justice, and […]

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  • National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Elects New National President

    National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Elects New National President

    The Northern Virginia Business and Professional Women’s (NOVA BPW) Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. congratulates its president, Sherelle T. Carper. Who was elected National President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. History Some 86 years ago in 1934, Emma Odessa Young, a realtor in New York City and a member of the New York Club of Business and Professional Women, came up with the idea of establishing a national organization throughout the United […]

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  • Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits Celebrates A Golden Voice

    Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits Celebrates A Golden Voice

    On August 30, Verve/UMe is set to release Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits on vinyl in two different color options: black and gold. Remastered at Capitol Studios from the original analog tapes, this collection of an even-dozen of the legendary jazz vocalist’s greatest performances showcases the scope of her wide vocal range, bop-phrasing innovations, and expert yet effortless vibrato control. Upon the album’s original release in November 1961, a featured review in Billboard magazine proclaimed, “Mighty good listening here.” No doubt: both sides of Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits LP lend ample proof […]

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  • Black Veterans call for Congressional Review of Military Records of World Wars I & II Black Soldiers….

    Black Veterans call for Congressional Review of Military Records of World Wars I & II Black Soldiers….

    By: Charles Blatcher, III Chairman, National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations       Release July 2019   The recent news that members of Congress are calling for a review of the Service Record of another Black Servicemen is Deja’ vu. The review is being called on the record of Corporal Waverly Woodson, an Army Medic who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day with the All Black 320th Anti-Aircraft Barrage Balloon Battalion. Wounded under fire he continued to treat others in need of medical attention. […]

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  • Princeton professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. called President Trump the “manifestation of the ugliness that’s in us” in a monologue delivered Monday on MSNBC.

    Princeton professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. called President Trump the “manifestation of the ugliness that’s in us” in a monologue delivered Monday on MSNBC.

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  • ’25 Black Women in Beauty’ Launches to Celebrate Black Women Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Influencers in the Beauty Industry

    ’25 Black Women in Beauty’ Launches to Celebrate Black Women Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Influencers in the Beauty Industry

    The collective, the first of its kind, hosted its first annual dinner sponsored by Rémy Martin XO. Shown in the photo: Co-founder of 25 Black Women in Beauty, Cara Sabin; NBC NY Live Jacque Reid; Mega Infuencer Kahlana Barfield Brown; The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler; and Ulta Sr. Director Karla Davis.  25 Black Women in Beauty celebrated their official launch with a private dinner at the Whitby Hotel, featuring some of the most powerful black female executives, entrepreneurs and influencers in […]

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  • Children’s Book Author Erica Pullen Celebrates Release of New Book, “I am America’s Most Wanted”

    Children’s Book Author Erica Pullen Celebrates Release of New Book, “I am America’s Most Wanted”

    Award-winning and international children’s author Erica Pullencaptivated fans with her first book Believing in Myself and has launched the release of her new book I am America’s Most Wanted. Erica’s books connect children to their value and emboldens positive self-identity. Bev Smith, dubbed “The National radio and television Queen of Late-Night Talk” and host of The Bev Smith Show says, “This is a perfect time for a book confronting the issues faced by African American boys and men to come out and be released.  Statistics show […]

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  • Iconic Chicago Defender Relaunches as Digital-Centric Content Platform

    Iconic Chicago Defender Relaunches as Digital-Centric Content Platform

    Bold step to end regular weekly print run positions brand to begin publishing daily content at chicagodefender.com Real Times Media, parent company of the Chicago Defender today announced that effective July 11, 2019, the Chicago Defender will complete its evolution from a printed newspaper and relaunch as a digitally-focused content platform dedicated to online editorial, premiere events, custom publishing, and archival merchandising. “It is no secret that the media and publishing landscape has shifted drastically and the pace of change continues […]

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  • JPMorgan Chase and StartOut Announce Collaboration on the StartOut Pride Economic Impact Index

    JPMorgan Chase and StartOut Announce Collaboration on the StartOut Pride Economic Impact Index

    The Index will measure the contributions of LGBTQ entrepreneurs to society and provide tools to improve enabling environments for future business leaders In honor of Pride month, StartOut is proud to announce a new collaboration with JPMorgan Chase in the development and launch of the StartOut Pride Economic Impact Index, as part of JPMorgan Chase’s $150 million Small Business Forward initiative to invest in underserved entrepreneurs. StartOut is the largest national non-profit organization to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs. An industry first, the StartOut […]

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  • The Language of Inclusion

    The Language of Inclusion

    The Language of Inclusion is a guide that includes 94 key terms and standard definitions to help organizations find a common language to Inclusion. Author of the guide, James Wright said: “With increased focus on gender and LGBTQIA+ equality, it is important to update these terms to signal where we are today in our journey to ensure diverse communities are truly seen, heard, and valued.”Wright now shares  the Second Edition of The Language of Inclusion – a free download of over 135 key terms and […]

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  • State black–white unemployment gaps hold steady or widen

    State black–white unemployment gaps hold steady or widen

    By Valerie Wilson In the first quarter of 2019, African American workers had the highest unemployment rate nationally, at 6.7%, followed by Hispanic workers (at 4.7%) and Asian and white workers (both at 3.1%).1 This report provides a state-by-state breakdown of unemployment rates by race and ethnicity and racial/ethnic unemployment rate gaps for the first quarter of 2019. While there have been improvements in prospects for black and Hispanic workers in some states, unemployment rates for these groups increased in the majority […]

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  • National Museum of African American Music has released the State of Black Music 2019

    National Museum of African American Music has released the State of Black Music 2019

    To celebrate Black Music Month in June, the National Museum of African American Music has released the second annual State of Black Music highlighting the top trends, streaming data and stories over the past year. Highlights include: After overtaking rock as the most-played music last year, hip hop’s dominance has only gotten larger. Eight of the 10 most-streamed artists last year were rappers. Black artists were leaders in mixing genres and defying category. Lil Nas X became the most-streamed artist in a […]

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  • BronzeLens Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years and Announces Film Selections for 2019

    BronzeLens Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years and Announces Film Selections for 2019

    The acclaimed BronzeLens Film Festival turns ten this year, and kicks off the celebration with its announcement of the official film selections for 2019. Running August 21-25 in Atlanta, the 10thAnnual BronzeLens Film Festival will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and other venues throughout the city. Award-winning actors Terri J. Vaughn and Keith David hosted BronzeLens’ official film selections announcement on Facebook Live, revealing a diverse slate of national and international filmmakers originating from eleven countries, representing almost 100 projects. Filmed in six continents and covering nine […]

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  • Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes

    Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes

    NYU researchers turn to artificial intelligence to show the links between online hate and offline violence in 100 cities According to a first-of-its-kind study, cities with a higher incidence of a certain kind of racist tweets reported more actual hate crimes related to race, ethnicity, and national origin. A New York University research team analyzed the location and linguistic features of 532 million tweets published between 2011 and 2016. They trained a machine learning model – one form of artificial intelligence – to […]

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  • Urban LGBTQ Radio Station Expands Programming

    Urban LGBTQ Radio Station Expands Programming

    WERUradio broadcasts 24hrs a day on WERUradio.com, Live365, streema.com,https://www.radio.net, the WERUradio app and  Alexa/Echo using the WERUradio skill. WERUradio has created a platform that interpolates the uptempo flavors of R&B (Lizzo, Beyonce, Chris Brown) Hip Hop (Travis Scott, Trina, Nicki Minaj) and House Music (Quentin Harris, Martha Wash, Frankie Knuckles) combine to give you a unique musical taste. WERUradio fills a niche market by prominently featuring amazing artists like B. Slade, Big Freedia, Miss Lawrence, Vincint and more from the LGBTQ community in heavy rotation. WERUradio adds dynamic on-air personalties to […]

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