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As pop culture watchers know by now, ABC canceled the reboot of the immensely popular sitcom “Roseanne,” after the show’s star, Rosanne Barr, promulgated racist rhetoric about the former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. Barr has since penned a hasty apology for her inflammatory denunciation of Jarrett and announced that she…

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Rap royalty Common is lending his sociopolitical expertise to help Starbucks recover from its national public relations disaster after having two Black men arrested for simply sitting in their store last month. As the company announced in April, the international coffee behemoth Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores on Tuesday, May 29 for all staff to…

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Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college that  produces exceptional and educated women of African descent who positively impact the world. This year, Spelman graduates are in for a sisterly speech from one of their own. Rosalind Gates Brewer, Starbucks‘ chief operating officer, is set to deliver Spelman College’s 131st commencement address…

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Randy Freeman, a 57-year-old Air Force veteran and owner of Williamsburg, VA-based Distinguished Executive Transportation, LLC, has taken his complaint against Cracker Barrel to federal court. While sitting with three of his customers in Cracker Barrel Store #193 in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, he ordered a soft drink, and upon delivery of his beverage, he…

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Black people and their supporters roared with disapproval. Starbucks listened. In the wake of the actions of a Starbucks barista, who called the police on two innocent Black men (who happened to be casually-dressed businessmen), leading to their arrest for sitting in their store in Philadelphia as the pair awaited the arrival of a White fellow…

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Rosalind Brewer has been appointed the new president and COO of Starbucks Corporation, effective on October 2. A Spelman College trustee, Brewer is currently a Starbucks board member and the former CEO of Sam’s Club since 2012. She resigned from the top spot at the bulk retailer because she wanted “a new challenge.” Fortune praised Brewer’s tenure,…

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