Wednesday, October 28, 2020

See How Smooth Song Stylist Will Downing Shares Soulful Insights In New Album

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Will Downing to Release New Single
“So Many Good Die Young”on Nov. 11th

Nationwide - October 28, 2020 - Garnering acclaim as an unwavering artist who “bares his soul,” Will Downing is sharing another piece of himself with the release of “So Many Good Die Young,” set to drop on November 11, 2020. 

“So Many Good Die Young” was co-written and co-produced by Will Downing and Randy Bowland.

The song touches the soul and make you stop and think. It’s a celebration of life and memories of loved ones who will forever remain in our hearts.

The powerful video montage for the track featuring:
  • Kobe & Gigi Bryant
  • Whitney Houston
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Luther Vandross
  • Aaliyah
  • George Floyd
  • Breonna Taylor and
  • Chadwick Boseman
It is a ‘must-experience,’ and serves as a testament to those who knew them, loved them and were deeply affected by the work that will forever defined their legacies...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Black-Owned Tech Startup Revolutionizes Home Inspection Industry

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BLACK-OWNED TECH START-UP REVOLUTIONIZES THE HOME INSPECTION INDUSTRY USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

New York, NY -- A new, innovative Baltimore-based tech start-up called AfterrHome is changing the way the world views the home inspection industry by using Artificial Intelligence to help prospective buyers and sellers book and facilitate home inspections.

From its fun and engaging website with team avatars to its subscription-based model, AfterrHome distinguishes itself as a tech company that provides real-time solutions to home inspection services and the problems that can arise to unsuspecting clients.

When the user types in their address, the A.I. assistant recommends inspections based on the neighborhood of the property. By addressing additional costs that can discourage a home buyer from getting appropriate inspections, AfterrHome provides payment options that allow users to alleviate the pressures of major payments by opting to pay in installments.

Black Film Exposes Racist Government

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FILMMAKER COMPLETES DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPOSES U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR OPPRESSING BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES

New York, NY -- Filmmaker Brandi Webb is the director of an experimental documentary that indicts the U.S. Government on 18 charges, for crimes committed against Black and Brown citizens. Ms. Webb’s documentary, Betrayal of a Nation, is a two part series that intertwines scripted courtroom dialog with out-of-court real-life interviews with experts and witnesses. These interviews highlight oppressive acts such as the destruction of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK and the execution of Civil Rights leaders carried out by the government. These interviews are used as testimonies and serve as trial evidence.

Previously, Ms. Webb held a crowdsourcing campaign with Go Fund Me, to raise money to complete the film. She is thankful to all of her donors. Nearly reaching her goal, she was able to complete this compelling project. Brandi is now taking imperative steps towards achieving distribution. Ms. Webb would like to see Betrayal of a Nation on mainstream platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and UMC - a Black-owned streaming service, but is open to other platforms. She believes the more viewers reached, the more the documentary can help to influence substantial change in America.

Black Author Teaches Kids Compassion

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HISTORIAN RELEASES NEW BOOK THAT REWRITES NOT ONLY THE HISTORY OF BLACKS BUT OF HUMANITY


Nationwide  Masterfully crafted by Jo Allen, The Mayfly and the Greedy Bullfrog is a story of grace. However, as a new African American female author on the horizon, she is not new to sharing her delightful stories. Aiming to teach as well as entertain, she was on the shortlist of five in 2018 for the African Writers Trust for children’s literature. There she featured her story Who Can Stop The Rain? which features three children of color.

Jo Allen also self-published The Chronicles of Prince and Princess Poppa in 2015. She is one who truly recognizes the need for more women of color in the children’s literary community realizing that one day their contributions may change the industry.

"It starts with our children," she says. "Every story I write is done with the intention of increasing diversity as well as representation in the field of literature. I feel that books are amazing and my goal is to encourage young people of color to read more."

HISTORIAN RELEASES NEW BOOK THAT REWRITES NOT ONLY THE HISTORY OF BLACKS BUT OF HUMANITY

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 Historian Re-Writes Black History in New Book

Nationwide The most provocative book ever written, The Clan of Southern Man by author and cultural historian, John Valentine, takes readers on a fascinating journey through time and untold history! It's the first and only book to trace the history of Black people all the way back to the beginning of the human line, around 200,000 years ago.

Using the very latest scientific and genetic information available, The Clan of Southern Man proves conclusively that not only were Blacks the first humans on earth, but they developed many of the arts, sciences, and tools that led to human civilization. This, long before any other races appeared on earth.

According to the book's editor, Professor Reginald Martin, M.F.A., Ph.D., and full professor of English at the University of Memphis, "This is no usual history of Blacks out of Africa onto these shores of misery but is instead a history of the earth and the place of Blacks in it. Where they come from, whom they have always been, and where they are going if they are not careful and do not listen to Valentine.

Valentine's Clan of Southern Man comes at an absolutely critical time in the history of the black struggle for social and economic justice. It lays out a clear and precise blueprint for a renewed, reinvigorated, and redirected fight against systemic racism in America. Valentine believes it is this disconnection from our true past that serves as the biggest hindrance to our effort to unite and confront the many obstacles that keep us from gaining our true place in human society.

To purchase this game-changing book go to the publisher's website at AmamiBooks.com. Also, check out Valentine's blog Black Culture Matter at BlackCultureMatter.org.

Black Interior Designer Launches "Money Spaces" Challenge

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CELEBRITY LUXURY INTERIOR DESIGNER NIKKI N. KLUGH LAUNCHES “MONEY SPACES” CHALLENGE DEDICATED TO IMPROVE YOUR SUCCESS

Nationwide -- Nikki N. Klugh, owner and principal designer of Nikki Klugh Design Group, Inc. is launching the 5-Day Create My Money Space Challenge on Monday, November 2nd that will take members through daily training and tips on how to master and thrive in the space they are in. A "Money Space" is an area in your home that immediately activates you so that you can be more productive, efficient, and profitable in your home environment. This challenge will encourage participants to dig deep within themselves and the environments that they frequent to boost their productivity and help them achieve greater success and wealth.

The 5-Day Create My Money Space Challenge will be a series of training sessions and live instruction that will change the way you interact with space around you and will drive you to create inspiring spaces that reflect creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Whether you're an engineer, a doctor, an entrepreneur, a manager having Zoom conferences or completing telemedicine, anyone and everyone needs a Money Space. During this challenge, Nikki and her award-winning team are providing tips, tricks, and evidence-based design to help you create a home office that will help you be more efficient and achieve greater success.

Black-Owned Beauty Brand Gives Back

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FOUNDER OF BLACK-OWNED BEAUTY BRAND GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITY BY DONATING A PORTION OF SALES TO CANCER SERVICES

Nationwide -- New beauty brand OpulenceMD Beauty announces its October Breast Cancer Awareness partnership with Cancer Services. The brand has committed to donating a minimum of $1,000 or 10% of sales, whichever is greater, from its Warrior Lash Kit to the organization. Known as a luxury eye-specific beauty brand and created by board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Anika Goodwin, OpulenceMD Beauty is no stranger to giving back. One of the brand’s missions is to provide complimentary eye examination screenings to those in need and at the highest risk of preventable vision loss.

“This is our first Breast Cancer Awareness month! We’ve only been in business for seven months and are exceeding our revenue goals. One of my goals for starting OpulenceMD Beauty is to help others who are in need. As an eye surgeon, I’ve seen cancer patients and know the support they need as they win the fight against cancer. Partnering with a local organization that has been a staple in my community was very important to me,” said Dr. Goodwin.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Doll Inspires Black-Owned Rug Company

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ENTREPRENEUR SAYS THIS DOLL INSPIRED HER TO LAUNCH THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN-OWNED ECOMMERCE RUG COMPANY

Nationwide -- Meet Audrey Bell-Kearney, founder of The Rug Chest, the newest Black woman-owned area rug company in the country. An entrepreneur of 23 years, Audrey says that she was inspired to start this particular venture when she came up with the idea to produce a special line of Madam CJ Walker dolls. During that time, she was already producing plus-size fashion dolls with her friend, Georgette. While searching for toy manufacturers in China, she unexpectedly came across a rug manufacturer and it hit her: "Why not start an area rug company?"

However, what started as an idea to print images of Madam CJ Walker on a rug has already become much more than just that. After starting the company Audrey realized that she could work with artists who are looking for more outlets to sell their work. This partnership will give Audrey the opportunity to keep new and unique kitchen rugs coming out. Some of those will be limited edition rugs while others will have no limits.

What Audrey learned from her time in the doll world was that people loved to own limited edition collectibles, so she is transferring that knowledge over to The Rug Chest.

Org Names Black Transwoman as New Interim Executive Director

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LYRIC NAMES TONI NEWMAN, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN TRANSWOMAN, AS NEW INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

San Francisco, CA -- Heading into a momentous election with direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of LGBTQI+ youth, San Francisco’s esteemed nonprofit LYRIC has named Toni Newman as Interim Executive Director while Jodi L. Schwartz continues as President to oversee the ongoing capital campaign to expand LYRIC’s landmark home in San Francisco’s Castro District, allowing for expanded program opportunities for youth.

“After an extensive interview process with the Board of Directors, LYRIC staff, and LYRIC youth, it became clear that Toni is the leader for LYRIC at this moment,” said LYRIC Board Co-Chairs Adam Leonard and Phil Kim in a statement. “The Board’s unanimous decision to welcome Toni to LYRIC speaks to our confidence in her leadership and experience. We are grateful for Jodi’s commitment to our shared mission and look forward to our partnership with staff and youth to ensure LYRIC thrives for generations to come.”

LYRIC is the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading organization offering expertise in youth workforce development, healthcare navigation, individual counseling, and group-based community building to marginalized low-income LGBTQQ+ youth. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, LYRIC has continued its vital work for LGBTQQ youth in our community.

Black Woman Starts Law Firm With Sister and Best Friend

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BLACK LAWYER STARTS LAW FIRM WITH HER BEST FRIEND AND SISTER

Nationwide Esteemed African-American Attorney, Shymane Robinson, has launched True Lawyer - a real estate and trademark law firm that helps transform Black communities by helping investors accumulate, protect, and transfer wealth. She started the law firm with both her best friend and sister... proving that women can successfully collaborate in business!

Shymane says that she decided to start her own law practice after her professor advised her she would have to choose between being a great lawyer or mother. “There was no way I could be force to choose between my career or being a great mother,” she comments. “It was at that moment that I knew big law was not for her and that ownership matter.”

With three years under her belt as the leader of True Lawyer law firm, Shymane has grown a widely successful national law firm that focuses on transforming communities by helping investors. She defines investors as anyone who spends money with the expectation of achieving a profit or future advantage.

Finding Black Freelancers Now Easier Than Ever

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FOUNDERS LAUNCH THE NEWEST ONLINE MARKETPLACE OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR BLACK AND MINORITY FREELANCERS

Nationwide  Ebuynee is a new online marketplace that seamlessly allows customers to find Black, Latinx, and women freelance services with transparent costs at the tip of your fingers. Launched by Eric Pannell and Foday Bangura, the platform strives to elevate the presence of diversity & inclusion in the gig economy, and help Black & brown professionals strive to gain more customers through the impacts of the pandemic.

According to a study of two prominent online freelance marketplaces—TaskRabbit and Fiverr, it was found that there is also bias and discrimination on online freelancing marketplaces with respect to gender and race. Black and Latinx labor has been historically and systematically undervalued; however, online freelancing websites have provided job opportunities to workers who are disenfranchised by the rigidity of the traditional labor market.