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Howard University Teams With Amazon Studios To Launch Howard Entertainment

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Howard University and Amazon Studios have teamed to launch Howard Entertainment, a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives. The immersive program, which kicks off January 2020, will be two semesters and take place in Los Angeles. It will include a…

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Byron Allen Acquires 11 TV Stations for $290 Million

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Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen is expanding his TV station holdings with the purchase of 11 small-market network affiliates from USA Television for $290 million. The largest of the stations is in market No. 79, Huntsville/Decatur/Florence in Alabama. The deal unveiled Tuesday with Atlanta-based USA Television brings Allen’s investments this year in small- and mid-sized market TV…

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Two Black Owned Investment Banks Merging to form the Largest Woman and Minority Owned Firm

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Two Black owned investment banks are merging to form Wall Street’s largest woman- and minority-owned firm. Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. and the Williams Capital Group will combine to form Siebert Williams Shank & Co. The new firm will be led by Chief Executive Suzanne Shank. Terms of the deal, described as a merger of equals, were…

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Black Owned Esports Company Raises $50 Million

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PlayVS, a Black owned Esports company which develops software used to operate high school esports competitions, announced recently that it had completed a $50 million Series C funding round. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, which also headed up the company’s $15 million Series A in summer 2018. Other investors in the round include Battery…

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Sewit Sium Creates Handmade Jewelry that Celebrates Black History and Inspires Cultural Pride

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Sewit Sium is a designer of historically and culturally inspired African jewelry. Each handmade piece is a modern heirloom imbued with story, statement and sentiment. We spoke to founder, Sewit Sium to find out more about her business. What inspired you to start Sewit Sium? I’ve always been captivated by the intersection of jewelry, education…

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Young Couple Creates Culturally Inclusive Toys because Representation Matters

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Matthew and Marnel are the parents of three children (all under the age of five) who love puzzles! Frustrated with the lack of diverse images shown on commercially-produced puzzles, they created Puzzle Huddle,  a business that offers pocket sized puzzles for children and toddlers. We spoke to Matthew to find out more about the business,…

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54gene is developing the World’s First and Largest Pan-African DNA Biobank

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African genetic data may hold the key to unlock untold medical discoveries and 54gene is on a mission to improve our understanding of the human genome. The Lagos, Nigeria based genomics company offers genetic testing for Africans providing reports on nutrition, health, fitness and weight loss, personal traits, and Ancestry. We spoke to founder, Dr. Abasi…

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18 Black Owned Businesses That Most Likely Serve Better Fried Chicken Than Popeyes

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I must admit, when I started to see posts here and there about Popeyes, I thought it was odd but random. Then I noticed that this past week, there’s been growing pandemonium about fried chicken sandwiches and people are both overjoyed and MAD about it. Folks have been comparing the mass hysteria to minstrelsy. Personally,…

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7 Black Owned Denim Brands You Should Know

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A recent report published by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), revealed some of the most startling and disheartening news to break from the apparel industry.  In textile factories located in Lesotho, South Africa, many of the women sewing blue jeans for brands such as Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee, Calvin Klein, and even The Children’s Place often faced…

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25 Black Owned Yoga Studios #NAMASTE

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Regular yoga practice has been shown to have tremendous physical, mental and spiritual health benefits. We’ve compiled a list of Black Owned Yoga Studios for you to support. Let us know which others we should know about! Black Owned Yoga Studios Embraced Yoga (Washington D.C.) Anacostia Yogi (Washington D.C.) Spiritual Essence Yoga (Upper Marlboro, MD…

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