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  • Spike Lee to receive the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Spike Lee to receive the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, is honoured to present Academy Award Winning director and Cannes Film Festival’s first Black Jury President, Spike Lee, with the TBFF 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, February 13, 7PM at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. #TBFF20 is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work which revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African American voices to be heard.  The evening will begin with the screening of […]

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  • T.D. Jakes Launches Foundation To Bring Greater Diversity And Inclusion To The STEAM Workforce

    T.D. Jakes Launches Foundation To Bring Greater Diversity And Inclusion To The STEAM Workforce

    Globally recognized entrepreneur and faith leader T.D. Jakes announced the launch of his new nonprofit organization, the T.D. Jakes Foundation, which focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education, workforce preparedness and job training. The foundation’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion, and gender equity, and connect corporations to new, highly skilled pools of talent amid increasing global competition. With the launch of his eponymous foundation, Jakes is building on his many decades of work serving the Dallas community […]

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  • Sundance Institute Announces Tabitha Jackson as Incoming Festival Director

    Sundance Institute Announces Tabitha Jackson as Incoming Festival Director

    Sundance Institute announced Tabitha Jackson as the new Director of the Sundance Film Festival. Jackson was chosen from a worldwide search and follows outgoing Director, John Cooper, who served in the role for 11 years and will assume a newly-created Emeritus Director role. An award-winning filmmaker, she has served as Director of the Institute’s Documentary Film Program for the last six years. Jackson will oversee the Festival’s overall vision and strategy, while leading a senior team in close collaboration with Director of Programming, Kim […]

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  • Dove and The CROWN Coalition Announce The Passing Of Legislation To End Hair Discrimination in New Jersey

    Dove and The CROWN Coalition Announce The Passing Of Legislation To End Hair Discrimination in New Jersey

    State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight Lead Effort In State with Infamous Wrestling Incident #THECROWNACT Dove and fellow co-founding members of the CROWN Coalition (National Urban League, Color Of Change and Western Center on Law & Poverty) are proud to announce The CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) passed in the state legislature of New Jersey on Monday, December 16, 2019.  Introduced by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, the bill addresses unfair grooming policies that have a disparate impact on […]

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  • U.S. Postal Service Issuing Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever Stamp Jan. 30

    U.S. Postal Service Issuing Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever Stamp Jan. 30

    The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp art features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. Gwen Ifill was among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism. After graduating from college in 1977, Ifill worked at The Boston Herald American, The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The […]

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  • Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Congratulates Delaware’s First African American Supreme Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves

    Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Congratulates Delaware’s First African American Supreme Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves

    Delaware Chancery Court Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves will be sworn in as a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. Her swearing in comes after several months of advocacy by over 5,000 of Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware’s (CPBD) members who urged Governor Carney to nominate a person of color to the vacant seat. CPBD Campaign Manager Chris Coffey has released the following statement: “This is a historic day for Delaware. Make no mistake about it, Justice Montgomery-Reeves’ new role as a Delaware Supreme Court Justice is an […]

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  • The RLJ Companies and Legal Sea Foods Announce Joint Venture To Open Restaurants At Major Airports

    The RLJ Companies and Legal Sea Foods Announce Joint Venture To Open Restaurants At Major Airports

    Robert L. Johnson, Founder and Chairman of the RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television, announced today a joint venture with the Boston-based restaurant group Legal Sea Foods to open smaller-scale versions of the famed restaurant within airports across the country. In making this announcement, Johnson said, “I am very excited about the RLJ Companies joining with Legal Sea Foods and its CEO and President Roger S. Berkowitz, to expand the Legal Sea Foods dining experience to millions more airport travelers. […]

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  • Nielsen Welcomes Sandra Sims-Williams As Senior Vice President Of Diversity & Inclusion

    Nielsen Welcomes Sandra Sims-Williams As Senior Vice President Of Diversity & Inclusion

    Nielsen announced that Sandra Sims-Williams will join the company as Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), beginning January, 2020. In this role, Ms. Sims-Williams will lead Nielsen’s D&I strategy and teams for both the Media and Connect sides of the business, through Nielsen’s transition into two independent, publicly traded companies. As Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, she will join the company’s executive leadership team and will report to Nielsen’s Chief Executive Officer, David Kenny. “Diversity & Inclusion are essential […]

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  • Rory Gamble Named First African American President Of The Historic UAW

    Rory Gamble Named First African American President Of The Historic UAW

    The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Automotive Project rejoiced today knowing that the UAW members will have a better tomorrow.  When Rory Gamble was named President of the United Auto Workers, I could just imagine the great labor and civil rights giant Walter Reuther smiling upon us. In the great arc of history in my lifetime, there have been and continue to be many firsts. But nothing is more fitting than the history between the UAW and civil rights in our country coming full […]

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