American Black Film Festival Founders Launch Nonprofit For Social Change and Racial Justice

by Dana Givens June 27, 2020 Hollywood has dealt with issues of diversity and inclusion for many years with campaigns like #OscarSoWhite illuminating the disparities many minorities in the industry face on everything from award nominations to salaries. Now, the founders of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) are coming together

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Byron Allen, Comcast Square Off in Historic Race Discrimination Case

By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn and Chiara Vercellone – November 13, 2019 WASHINGTON — An 1866 Reconstruction era law was put to the test Tuesday when Supreme Court justices wrestled with the standard that television executive Byron Allen must meet to move forward with his discrimination complaint against Comcast Corp. “[The

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Truck Driver Launches Eat Black Owned to Help Travelers Find Black-Owned Restaurants

by  Simone Johnson September 16, 2019 As a truck driver, Edward Dillard understands the struggle of searching for black-owned restaurants when in a different city. That’s why he created Eat Black Owned, a website that helps customers locate black-owned eateries around the country. For nearly 15 years, Dillard has been a

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Once Fast-Growing Black-Owned Construction Company Now At Critical Juncture

by Jeffrey McKinney February 20, 2019 After experiencing explosive growth, black-owned construction company THOR Companies is reportedly revamping its business model and trying to overcome financial challenges.THOR, a Minneapolis-based contracting and management firm, has hired Manchester Cos. as its chief reorganization officer. Manchester, also based in Minneapolis, is known for turning

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12 Black Designers Reveal the Career Advice That Transformed Their Lives

By Monique Valeris Feb 19, 2019 For Black History Month, it’s only fitting that we’d choose to highlight interior designers and design taste makers of color who are making their mark in a competitive industry. Here, a few of our favorites reveal the career gems that have contributed to their

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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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