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Therapist Raises Over $80K To Provide Free Mental Health Resources For The Black Community

In the midst of the uprising and the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, individuals and organizations are leading initiatives focused on Black mental health. According to Philadelphia Magazine, a Pennsylvania-based therapist raised over $81,000 to provide free therapy for those coping with trauma that stems from racism. The effort is being led by […]

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Tyler Perry Gifts Atlanta Nonprofit With Van

Aside from his film and television projects, entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is known for his generosity. The latest act of kindness displayed by the New Orleans native was in support of an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Perry donated a van to Project U First. The grassroots organization is dedicated to providing individuals […]

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Netflix Series To Highlight Colin Kaepernick’s Coming Of Age Story

Colin Kaepernick has been at the forefront of social activism in sports and a television project will take a deeper look at the experiences that shaped him into the changemaker he is today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new series about Kaepernick’s upbringing is coming to Netflix. The six-episode Netflix series from @Ava will […]

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Rapper 21 Savage Expands Youth Financial Literacy Program

Rapper 21 Savage is furthering his efforts to empower youth through financial literacy. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the music artist—whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph⁠—recently launched an online program centered on money management for students of all ages. The program, Bank Account At Home, is in partnership with mobile banking provider Chime and […]

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LeMoyne-Owen College Receives $40 Million Grant

Amid the public health crisis, obstacles faced by historically Black colleges and universities throughout the country have been exacerbated. Individuals and organizations are rallying around HBCUs to ensure they will be around for generations to come. According to Memphis Commercial Appeal, LeMoyne-Owen College recently received a $40 million gift. The endowment—which is the largest grant […]

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Bozoma Saint John Appointed As Netflix’s Chief Marketing Officer

Businesswoman and marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic. From her work at Endeavor to Apple Music & iTunes, she has been a driving force of innovation at an array of companies and now she is taking her talents to Netflix. According to Deadline, Saint John was recently appointed to become the […]

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WNBA Star Angel McCoughtry Launches #SayTheirNames Jersey Campaign

From launching racial justice initiatives to backing organizations on the frontlines fighting to address systemic oppression, professional athletes are using their resources and platforms to evoke change. Among the group of individuals at the intersection of sports and activism is WNBA player Angel McCoughtry. According to Blavity, the Las Vegas Aces forward has launched a […]

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Colin Kaepernick To Serve On Medium’s Board

Activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick has been dedicated to amplifying stories about systemic injustices and societal issues impacting the Black community. The Know Your Rights Camp founder will continue to work towards evoking change on a new front. According to NBC News, Kaepernick has been appointed to serve on Medium’s board. The online publishing platform […]

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Plans To Transform Atlanta Jail Into Justice And Equity Center Move Forward

In an effort to curb recidivism and cultivate spaces for community empowerment, the city of Atlanta is moving forward with its efforts to transform the Atlanta City Detention Center into a space for justice and equity, Fast Company reported. Plans for the reimagined center have been in the works for over a year, but the […]

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LeBron James, Maverick Carter Raise $100 Million For SpringHill Co. Media Company

NBA star LeBron James is expanding his repertoire in the entertainment industry. James—who has been dedicated to using his platform to amplify narratives surrounding injustice—has raised $100 million for the creation of a new media company, CNN reported. LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter have announced the formation of a new media company, […]

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Morehouse College Receives $40M To Combat COVID-19 In Underserved Communities

The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected the Black community. According to the COVID Tracking Project, within the United States, African Americans are dying at a rate more than 1.5 times higher than their population share. Several collegiate institutions are leading initiatives to address the alarming trend, including Morehouse College. The HBCU recently received a $40 […]

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Grooming Brand Bevel Launches Black Mental Wellness Initiative

Amid the ongoing fight against systemic injustices and the coronavirus pandemic, the Black-owned grooming brand Bevel is putting the focus on mental health within marginalized communities. According to Essence, the company is offering free wellness services for Black men and women. Bevel is teaming up with the meditation platform Headspace to provide 30-day passes for […]

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Social Entrepreneur Marcus Bullock Uses Tech As A Vessel To Combat Recidivism

According to a report released by the Prison Policy Initiative, there are nearly 2.3 million individuals who are behind bars in the U.S. As mass incarceration continues to ravage the Black community, there are over 400,000 African American inmates in federal and state prisons. Experiences stemming from the flawed criminal justice system are not monolithic. […]

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Netflix CEO, Wife Pledge To Donate $120M To Morehouse, Spelman And UNCF

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife Patty Quillin are investing in the futures of HBCU students. According to CNN, the couple recently vowed to donate $120 million to historically Black colleges and universities. The CEO of Netflix says he will donate $120 million to historically black colleges and universities, calling the gift “an investment […]

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Rihanna’s Nonprofit Donates $11 Million To Racial Justice Initiatives

From providing support for underserved communities amid the public health crisis to leading initiatives designed to address racial injustices, songstress and mogul Rihanna has been using her nonprofit as a vessel to evoke change. One of the Clara Lionel Foundation’s latest efforts is centered on fighting police brutality and supporting organizations focused on criminal justice […]

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Atlanta Entrepreneur, Clark Atlanta University Launch Scholarship Fund For Rayshard Brooks’ Children

In the wake of the murder of Rayshard Brooks, individuals and organizations are rallying around his loved ones as they mourn his loss and seek justice. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, entrepreneur Aisha “Pinky” Cole —founder of the Atlanta-based restaurant Slutty Vegan—has teamed up with Clark Atlanta University for the creation of a scholarship fund […]

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Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson Awarded With Peabody Career Achievement Honor

Throughout her entire career, living legend Cicely Tyson has used her artistry to bring poignant roles to life on television and in films. The Harlem native was recently recognized as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry with a prestigious honor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyson was bestowed with the Peabody Career Achievement Award. The […]

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LeBron James Launches Nonprofit To Address Black Voter Suppression

NBA star LeBron James has continually used his platform to spread awareness about issues impacting the Black community. As Election Day nears, the Akron, Ohio native is furthering his efforts by teaming up with other influential individuals for the creation of an organization designed to protect the voting rights of African Americans, The New York […]

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Russell Westbrook, Stanley Nelson Jr. To Create Docuseries About Black Wall Street

NBA star Russell Westbrook is adding Executive Producer to his repertoire. According to Variety, the Houston Rockets point guard is teaming up with award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. for the creation of a docuseries about the Tulsa race massacre that happened in 1921. Russell Westbrook is teaming with celebrated documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson for a […]

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Ava DuVernay Launches Initiative Focused On Amplifying Stories About Police Brutality

Director Ava DuVernay has used her artistry as a vessel to shine a light on societal issues in an effort to evoke change. Amid the unrest following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, DuVernay is furthering her mission with the launch of an initiative focused on addressing police brutality, The Hollywood […]

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Launches Scholarship Fund For Gianna Floyd

The family of George Floyd has received an outpour of support as they embark on a journey towards seeking justice and healing. According to Black Enterprise, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority announced it will create scholarships for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna and his granddaughters. The scholarship fund—which was unveiled by Alpha Kappa Alpha President Dr. […]

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High School Senior Overcomes Homelessness, Named Valedictorian

The COVID-19 pandemic may have shifted graduation season, but it hasn’t stopped young scholars from shining. According to People, Florida teen Martin Folsom overcame homelessness and was named valedictorian of his high school’s 2020 graduating class. Folsom—a graduate of the Jacksonville-based Philip Randolph Career Academy—has been on a journey that illustrates the power of perseverance. […]

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SheaMoisture Launches $100K Initiative To Support Activists Fighting For Racial Justice

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, several companies are condemning racial injustice and unveiling initiatives designed to support organizations and activists who are on the frontlines fighting for change. According to Black Enterprise, SheaMoisture recently announced the launch of a new effort that will financially support activists […]

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University Of Louisville Creates Nursing Scholarship In Memoriam Of Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor aspired to become a nurse before her life was senselessly taken away at the hands of law enforcement officials on March 13. The University of Louisville is ensuring her legacy lives on through its future nursing students. The institution recently announced the creation of a scholarship named after Taylor. The four-year scholarship—dubbed The […]

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Michael Jordan And Jordan Brand Will Donate $100 Million To Racial And Social Justice Organizations

Following the murder of George Floyd, several companies have pledged to rally around organizations centered on fighting racial injustice. According to ESPN, basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand have vowed to donate $100 million to nonprofits focused on racial and social equality. Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to […]

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Colin Kaepernick Expands Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative

Athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick is expanding his efforts to support individuals on the frontlines fighting for justice. According to Revolt, his Know Your Rights Camp will provide legal resources for protesters throughout the country. Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp will also file civil rights cases against police for their “terroristic acts.” https://t.co/e9e1AjY80B — […]

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George Floyd Fundraiser Breaks GoFundMe Record, Exceeds $13 Million

The murder of George Floyd has put racial injustice at the forefront of a global conversation. In the wake of his death, his family has received an outpour of support from around the world. According to Atlanta Black Star, a fundraiser that was created for Floyd’s loved ones has broken a donation record on GoFundMe. […]

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Brett J. Hart Makes History By Becoming United Airlines’ First Black President

For the first time in United Airlines’ 94-year history, an African American will sit at the helm of the company. According to Black Business, Brett J. Hart has been appointed as president of the airline. Chicago-based United Airlines announced Brett J. Hart as the company’s President. The number two leadership role being filled by Mr. […]

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#BlackExcellence: 14-Year-Old Chicago Teen Dorothy Jean Tillman Earns Master’s Degree

Black students are reaching new heights in academia. According to People, 14-year-old Dorothy Jean Tillman recently earned a master’s degree in environmental science and sustainable engineering from Unity College. The Chicago teen’s accomplishment symbolizes the hard work and dedication that she’s put in along her impressive academic journey. As a youngster, Tillman attended specialized schools […]

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Tuskegee Airmen Nurse Second Lt. Irma “Pete” Cameron Dryden Celebrates 100th Birthday

The contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen will forever be embedded in the fabric of American history. Second Lt. Irma “Pete” Cameron Dryden—the only living nurse who provided care for the military unit—recently celebrated her 100th birthday, 11 Alive reported. A centennial birthday celebration was hosted for Dryden in Marietta, Georgia on May 28. Adhering to […]

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Danielle Geathers Becomes MIT’s First Black Woman Student Body President

Black scholars are breaking racial barriers at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Just weeks after it was announced that Princeton University graduate Nicholas Johnson made history by becoming the school’s first-ever Black valedictorian, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has elected its first African American woman student body president, CNN reported. Students […]

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