The True Story Behind ‘Green Book’

February 10, 2019  Stephanie Officer There are several scenes in the Oscar nominated film “Green Book,” that are still up for debate in real life — more than half a century later. Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali plays Don Shirley, otherwise known as Doc Shirley, a Classical and Jazz pianist of Jamaican

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The Lawyer Helping Social Influencers Protect their Passion and Profits

by Kandia Johnson December 23, 2018 Although social influencers and content creators are a fairly new phenomenon, their ability to inspire an audience to take action makes them highly sought after by small businesses, mega-brands, and even Hollywood film studios. But creators should take note, with a growing demand for influencers,

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Black Venture Capitalists Raising $370 Million This Year. How Much Will Go to Black Businesses?

by Jeffrey McKinney October 29, 2018 In an extraordinary new development, funding for black businesses is flourishing. More than $370 million has been raised or planned this year to back black venture capitalists. However, the percentage that will go to black businesses, remains to be seen. The growing trend is phenomenal

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Corporate Leader Lori George Billingsley Named Chief D&I Officer at Coca-Cola

by Selena Hill October 25, 2018 Lori George Billingsley has been climbing the corporate ladder within The Coca-Cola Co. for the last 16 years. Her latest promotion—being named chief diversity and inclusion officer at the soft-drinks giant—went into effect Oct. 1. With the new appointment, George Billingsley will be responsible for

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Bleu Magazine Founder on Building a Black Men’s Media Startup

by Tyrus Townsend October 25, 2018 Dishing on everything from working at Def Jam Records to launching a media startup for black men, DéVon Christopher Johnson recently spoke with Black Enterprise about building his media startup BleuLife Media, which includes Bleu Magazine and the female-focused digital brand Bombshell by Bleu; the

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The Color of Economic Anxiety

Malaika Jabali 10 Oct 2018   Is the collapse of Democratic fortunes due to economic anxiety? Just ask Black Milwaukeeans. “Studies show that voter suppression was among the least important factors affecting black turnout in Wisconsin.” The building loomed over the intersection like an apparition. Though hollowed out and lifeless,

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Study on Blacks and Technology Reveals Digital Users Becoming Owners

October 4, 2018 By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor No one doubts that Black Twitter has had an impact on real world and policy change. But now, according to a new study by Nielsen, African American consumers, influencers and digital entrepreneurs are leveraging digital power to not only influence

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Michael Eric Dyson: Professor, Political Activist and Hip-Hop Scholar

by Elizabeth Ash and Amanda Van Orden — October 5, 2018 Beyoncé’s  2017 Grammy Awards performance  of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” may not be the typical start to a class at Georgetown University. But for professor Michael Eric Dyson, pop-cultural emblems and music videos regularly feature in his “Sociology

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