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Lifetime is about to air a follow up to their monumental and game-changing docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” that may contribute to putting the legendary singer-songwriter-producer behind bars after three decades of sexual abuse allegations. The explosive Dream Hampton-directed documentary aired on Jan. 3 and was enormously successful in completely detonating R. Kelly’s life in ways…

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The world of broadcast journalism has always been predominantly White. As regularly as topics such as race relations, police violence, even immigration are discussed on-air, the anchors, pundits, and reporters often look nothing like their subjects. However, over the last decade or so, many larger news companies have decided to diversify their staff (somewhat) —…

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Macy’s new CEO Jeff Gennette was surrounded by a powerful group, a benefit of his predecessor’s Terry Lundgren’s hard work and the relationships he’s built in the African American and other minority communities. The retailer’s chief diversity officer William Hawthorne III, Esq. hosted the invitation-only affair in the Macy’s executive suite that attracted the most…

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Renowned technology entrepreneur and diversity advocate Hank Williams has died at the age of 50. Williams died Nov. 15 after a weeklong stay at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, which can be caused by a viral heart infection. In 1998, Williams founded the Internet music…

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Usher Raymond joined longtime activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte and former CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien Friday evening at Manhattan’s Kaufmann Concert Hall for a dialogue on political activism, entitled “Usher Raymond: Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice.” The singer’s new song, “Chains,” which is dedicated to unarmed Black Americans gunned down without receiving justice, sparked the…

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Ed Goldberg, Bill Hawthorne, Maria Rios, Christian Page and members of the Macy’s team hosted a phenomenal holiday event celebrating media partnerships and diversity procurement. The event allowed global media partners including Michelle Eubanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.; Dr. Benjamin Chavis, CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; Vicki Free, Executive Vice President of Marketing and…

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Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien has announced a new “Black In America” documentary to air on CNN. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, “BLACK in America: BLACK & BLUE” will premiere on CNN at 9 p.m. EST. In the new installment of “Black in America” O’Brien will highlight the lives of several young men broken by aggressive policing…

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Popular television anchors Soledad O’Brien and Hoda Kotb post a selfie on Twitter of themselves sans makeup and hair teasing. O’Brien, 47, posted “I was in hair and makeup @TODAYshow and look–@hodakotb stopped by!!!” before her appearance on Today with Kotb, 49. The Afro-Cuban and Egyptian beauties, respectively, were praised on Twitter by fans for being naturally…

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Broadcast journalist and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien along with her husband, Brad Raymond, started the Starfish Foundation with the premise to help young women of color achieve success. Standing on the three pillars of education, advocacy and impact, the Starfish foundation “provide[s] hardworking young women with the resources necessary to succeed.” The young women (of color and/or low-income) take…

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Mc Donald’s 365 Black Awards Show was held this past weekend during the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans. The golden carpet was hosted by TV personality Janelle Snowden. This star-studded event featured performances and celebrities in honor of the outstanding individuals who make valuable contributions to the African American community. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, who looked…

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCUs produce some of the nations top executives, influential leaders and well known celebrities. These schools not only provide a place of learning, they encourage a tight knit network that essentially becomes an extended family.  It is no wonder that every year, the best and brightest want to give commencement…

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On Friday, April 4, super producer Pharrell Williams celebrated his 41st birthday (believe it or not) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The “Happy” singer welcomed guests to join him as he hit the yellow carpet for his SpongeBob SquarePants themed party, complete with it’s very own Bikini Bottom and crabby patty birthday…

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