“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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This Bud’s For You, Jackie Budweiser celebrates the Centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with “Impact”, a short film on the legacy of an American legend, directed by Spike Lee

The moment Jackie Robinson walked onto Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he became an iconic and everlasting figure in American history. Born in 1919, the 2019 MLB season will mark the Centennial of the man that drove positive change far beyond his sport. On MLB Opening Day, March 28th, Budweiser will raise a Bud to celebrate this legendary American, who profoundly changed the sport and cultural landscape of our country, with a landmark commitment to ensure his impact continues. Jackie Robinson once said: “A life […]

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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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  • ’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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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