Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Checkout Music Icon Jody Watley Kicking Off DJ Cassidy's "Pass The Mic: BET Soul Train Edition."

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Iconic Music Legend Jody Watley Makes Surprise TV Appearance on DJ Cassidy's "Pass The Mic: BET Soul Train Edition."

 (Hollywood, CA - November 30, 2020) - Jody Watley is always full of surprises.

The Grammy-winning, trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion and style recently joined other R&B legends of the 80s on DJ Cassidy's "Pass the Mic: BET Soul Train Edition," which also featured Sheila E, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, Deniece Williams, Morris Day, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Lisa Lisa, George Clinton, and many more. DJ Cassidy included an all-star surprise line-up for his set, including Jody Watley giving homage to she and her fellow musical legends who gave birth to some of the greatest dance records of all time. The 'highly anticipated,' DJ show premiered after the Soul Train Awards, and also aired on VH1 and MTV2 on Sunday, November 29.

Never one to disappoint, Jody Watley 'rocked the mic' and performed bars of "A Night to Remember," one of the many hit songs from her years during the pinnacle time for the group, Shalamar for the prime-time DJ television special.

Following her brief six year run in the group, Watley went on to become a celebrated solo artist, respected businesswoman, innovative music maker, and style-forging pioneer who has led the way as an entrepreneur working in the independent music world as one of the few already-established female best-selling artists to produce, create and own her recordings.

Some of her many classic hits include "Real Love," "Don't You Want Me," "Everything," and "Still A Thrill."

She is one of the architects of 21st-century pop. From her groundbreaking union of rap and R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward amalgamation of high fashion, street fashion and music in the 1980s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, the iconic singer forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Learn How Dr. Gladys B. West, Who Helped Develop GPS, Rose From Humble Beginnings

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SCHOLAR DR. GLADYS B. WEST WHO PLAYED A ROLE IN DEVELOPING THE GPS RELEASES MEMOIR ABOUT HER LIFE

Nationwide -- The long awaited memoir of Dr. Gladys B. West, a Black woman who helped integrate what is now the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, and played an integral role in the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS), was released on Juneteenth and is available on Amazon. "It Began with A Dream," written by Dr. West and M. H. Jackson, is the story of West’s life.

Born in rural, segregated Dinwiddie County, Virginia, in the midst of the Great Depression, she pursued her dream of leaving the tobacco fields and becoming the first in her family to attend college. She was hired by the Navy in 1956, serving as a mathematician and an expert in the field of satellite geodesy and global positioning.

Today she is known as a “hidden figure” by many, and her contributions to the creation of the GPS impacts almost everyone throughout the world. Dr. West takes us on her incredible life journey in this heartwarming and unforgettable memoir, which may also serve as a benchmark and source of inspiration for other women and girls who have similar aspirations.

See Why Over $400M Is Projected To Be Generated For Black Businesses During Shop Black Week

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OVER $400M PROJECTED TO BE SPENT DURING SHOP BLACK WEEK 2020 WITH BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Nationwide -- As Black Friday approaches, early projections indicate that over $400 million will be spent during Shop Black Week (SBW) 2020. The high-profile events of 2020 greatly highlighted the existing disparities and injustices within the Black community.

Hashtags and postings dominated many people's social media platforms in support of Black lives. Because of the numerous protests, videos and news reports, many high-profile celebrities, athletes, and influencers indicated that they felt a tremendous personal responsibility and are now focused on what they can personally do to help. With this heightened awareness, a campaign like SBW is slated to be well-received and well-supported by everyone.

This year SBW has over 200 participating organizations that represent over 1.5 million members, subscribers, and followers who will share and hashtag #shopblackweek to encourage all Americans to participate. "We simply ask that every American make at least one purchase from a Black-owned business from November 20-27th as well as throughout the holiday season," says Aysha Jackson, SBW's Campaign Coordinator.

With the success of the previous year's campaign, early interest from supporters, copycat initiatives, and the SBW website's daily organic traffic, all of this predicts that millions will be participating. For those visiting the SBW website, there will be tens of thousands of visitors daily looking for quality Black-owned businesses alone. "Because of this early interest, we need additional businesses to sign up on the site to take advantage of this traffic," says Carla Tillman, Ph.D., SBW's National Director.

Discover How www.AlwaysBuyBlack.com Makes Finding Black-Owned Businesses Now Easier

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LOCATING BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES IS MADE EASY WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ONLINE DIRECTORY

Baltimore, MD -- On November 1, 2020, a mobile responsive website designed to help consumers find Black owned businesses officially launched and is now available to the public. AlwaysBuyBlack.com has a directory of more than 3,000 Black owned businesses currently listed on its website.

Businesses listed on the directory at the launch are predominately based in Maryland, Virginia, California, Georgia, Texas, Michigan, Washington, D.C. and the Chicagoland area of Illinois. Moreover, information about establishments located all over the country are being added each week. This enables consumers to support Black owned businesses not just in their neighborhoods, but also while traveling for business or leisure.

Currently there are over 80 different categories of product and service-based businesses including, food and drink (restaurants), fashion apparel and accessories, and many professional services. This is only the beginning for this comprehensive resource. The vision is to provide access and visibility to all Black-owned businesses (both physical location and online based), thereby creating economic stability for business owners, their families, and their communities.

“Our directory gives consumers a Black owned option for any product or service they might need,” explained Meredith Hurston, owner and founder of AlwaysBuyBlack.com. “One of the biggest problems I hear about the call to support Black-owned businesses is the public doesn’t know where they are. We have a solution for that.”

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Discover How The D’Serv Professional Hair Care Line Looks To Grow African American Hair One Strand At A Time

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Angela Brown And Her D’Serv Professional Hair Care Company Is On A Mission To Regrow Hair One Strand At A Time

D’Serv Professional Hair Care was created by Angela H. Brown. She resides in Memphis TN., and was a hair care specialist in thinning and balding for over 38 years! Her passion for regrowing hair started in 1989, and in 2016, she launched only four products, and the world had just met all of the ingredients in her bottles that would soon change lives.

Angela has true meaning behind her name she prayed for. D’Serv means that you are worthy of having the very best in life, love, and hair care! The owner of D’Serv truly believes that you should not buy any hair care product without knowing what to expect, in its performance.

That’s why she offers free hair care consultations if you feel you need direction. D’Serv caters to the everyday person as well as the Salon Professionals and Barbers.

Every year this creative genius takes her brand to the next level. After corvid 19, she created bundle deals, and to help, customers grow their hair at home.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Black Branding Expert Relaunches Company

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MEET THE BRANDING EXPERT WITH 17-YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THAT IS HELPING BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES RE-BUILD

Nationwide -- Tyshan Edwards, who has 17 years of experience in branding as the founder and CEO of 24Media, a brand and marketing agency, has relaunched his company as 24 Brandhouse. With the new launch, he is focused on a global expansion over the next three years with a particular emphasis on helping Black-owned businesses across all industries become global brands.

The rebrand is designed to heighten the agency’s national profile, expand into a global footprint and provide a renewed sense of purpose for businesses within the Black community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24 Brandhouse will provide personal one-on-one services to help small- and medium-sized businesses develop a winning strategy that uniquely represents their products and services through three areas of concentration: Brand Identity, Website Creation, and Social Media Management.

Black-Owned Firm Issues $50M in Stock

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BLACK REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR QUALIFIES TO ISSUE $50M IN CLASS A STOCK AFTER BEING DENIED BY VENTURE CAPITALISTS

Nationwide -- Real estate technology entrepreneur Michael Gilmore, the founder and fund manager behind Gilmore Homes – Gilmore Loans LLC, a proptech, fintech and consumertech company encompassing real estate, technology, financial services, and consumer goods based in Atlanta, Georgia, recently made history as only the third Black-owned company to be qualified by the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Regulation A+ Tier II.

The company plans to design, develop, build, own and manage single-family homes, multifamily apartments, condominiums, retail stores and restaurants, shopping centers, high-rise mixed-use developments, e-commerce, department stores, chain of $1 stores, laundromats, banks, radio and television stations, consumer electronic products such as televisions, stereos, and much more.

Despite having $50,000,000 in valuable Class A Stock available to both accredited and nonaccredited investors, Gilmore acknowledges that he is still being denied the crucial equity needed for growth and scale by venture capitalists, institutional funds, and corporations, still after George Floyd’s death and the promise of addressing inequality and access to capital.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

See Electrifying Entertainer Michael Colyar Star in BET's Highly Anticipated Movie "Holiday Heartbreak!"

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Hollywood, CA. (Nov. 17, 2020) - Michael Colyar needs very little introduction, thanks to his stellar reputation as an actor, comedian, and philanthropist. Michael's reach extends far and wide in the entertainment industry as he overcame addiction, discovered his knack for comedy, won Star Search, and ventured out on his own.

Today, Michael's acting "chomps" has Hollywood buzzing with his magnetic starring role performance as Mike McCoy in the romantic BET comedy Holiday Heartbreak. The Christmas film about a hopeless romantic cursed with relationship problems after her chauvinistic father (Michael Colyar) mistreats the wrong woman is sure to be a 'holiday classic.'

Michael's wit, charm and style has been captivating audiences since the 1980s.


"I am truly blessed and excited to be part of a great class and amazing project," says Colyar. "It's a great story and I can't wait for everyone to see the movie and all of the wonderful talent in it," he adds.

As "The Original Host" of "BET Live From LA", his point blank delivery and razor-sharp insight deeply connected to its over 55 million viewers coast to coast.

Holiday Heartbreak costars AJ Johnson, LisaRaye McCoy, Kountry Wayne, Maryam Basir and many more. Release date: December, 2020.


Stay tuned to Michael Colyar by following him on social media @michael_colyar

Black Mental Health Counselor Framed By White Police Officer

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BLACK MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SAYS SHE WAS FALSELY CHARGED AND FRAMED BY A WHITE POLICE OFFICER

Nationwide -- Dora P. Bullock, a Black, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in good standing in the state of North Carolina, says that she was falsely charged and unlawfully framed by a White male police officer, while experiencing a medical emergency in July 2018 at a police check point in the city of Creedmoor, N.C. Ms. Bullock asserts that the Police Officer, Robert P. Varn, retaliated against her by filing the false charges, because she had filed a previous complaint against him in January, 2017.

In addition to the violation of her U.S. Constitutional Rights under the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments by Officer Varn, Ms. Bullock asserts that the Record will show that she has also been a victim of judicial injustice from September 2018 through October 2020 to due process of law.

Ms. Bullock maintains that she was denied U.S. Constitutional Rights, as guaranteed under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, to defend herself against the false charges; serious threats to her good, professional reputation. She affirms that every level of the North Carolina Judicial System, denied her the aforementioned guaranteed rights.

Super Producer Featured on "Brits in America" Podcast

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GRAMMY NOMINATED SUPER PRODUCER HARMONY SAMUELS IS FEATURED IN THE LAUNCH EPISODE OF THE PODCAST SERIES “DREAM CHASERS: BRITS IN AMERICA”


Nationwide -- Brand new podcast series Dream Chasers: Brits in America launched on November 2nd, and is a series that features exclusive interviews with notable Brits in the media and entertainment industry who have chased the alluring American dream and their inspiring life and career journeys.

Ariana Grande’s “The Way” Producer Harmony Samuels, Star Trek Discovery’s David Ajala and NYU Tisch School of the Arts TV Director Will Smith and others share their captivating memories of tackling the industry; inspiring personal stories of perseverance and give their advice to those chasing their dreams. This weekly podcast features riveting interviews as well as a fun quiz on "How much they STILL know about London or did they REALLY go Hollywood?”

The series is available on Spotify; Apple Podcasts; Stitcher and all great podcast platforms. Listen to the series intro and Harmony Samuels interview exclusively here.

3 Black Women Launch Gifting Platform

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THESE THREE BLACK WOMEN JUST LAUNCHED A NEW GIFTING PLATFORM THAT ENABLES A PERSONAL TOUCH IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING


Atlanta, GA -- The founders of Box of Zeal Gift Co. have announced the launch of its new gifting platform enabling customers to build highly personal gift boxes from the comfort of their home, just in time for what’s set to be an atypical holiday season.

Box of Zeal offers expertly curated ready-to-ship gift boxes and their Build-a-Box platform allows for customers to hand-select each item from the box to the card, including uniquely custom and highly personalized options. Their Marketplace allows customers to shop for items discovered through Box of Zeal without the fancy packaging, and they also offer corporate and event gifting experience through Box of Zeal Concierge.

“2020 has been an unprecedented year. With the potential of people spending more time away from family and friends this holiday season because of COVID-19, this was the right time to offer this highly personalized gifting option to keep people connected while staying safe,” said Norayi Mace, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer.