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As many companies have made blanket statements about their views on racial inequality, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd and numerous protests around the country, Netflix has made its support very clear. The entertainment company that was among the first to speak out is now taking its…

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Much like the Tom Joyners, Taraji P. Hensons and Samuel L. Jacksons of the world, historically Black colleges and universities have a special and permanent place in Oprah Winfrey’s heart. Winfrey studied communications at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where her legend was birthed at a local television station. Therefore, it should come as…

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Lawrence Smith is a southwest Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s in sports management. He currently works for the New York City Department of Education as a pre-K program evaluator for schools across New York City. He  previously worked for Democracy Prep Charter High…

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Photo provided by Laverne McCartney Knighton Laverne McCartney Knighton is the area development director at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization offering scholarships and opportunities to over half a million Black students. Part of her responsibilities at the UNCF include empowering young women of color and…

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Multitalented songwriter, actor, author, TV producer and R&B recording artist Tyrese Gibson, who will be the headlining performance at the 34th Annual United Negro College Fund’s Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball, is just one of the reasons UNCF regional development director Justine Boyd is so thrilled about the must-attend event of the season. “We are thrilled…

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Thomas Dortch Jr. is one of the most well-respected and successful African American entrepreneurs in Atlanta and the nation — and probably the only one who describes himself as a “day laborer.” “I get up every day and go to work,” says the Toccoa, Georgia, native, who acquired an appreciation for learning, developed a connection to…

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UNCF New Jersey area office hosts the 3rd annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball in Newark UNCF of greater Newark’s signature fundraiser and one of its premier social soirées, the third annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, was held on Friday, June 19, 2015, at The Newark Club. The black-tie affair was hosted by the Honorable Ras J.…

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Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and star of WE’s “Braxton Family Values,” Toni Braxton, looked stunning at the 36th “UNCF: An Evening of Stars” which was taped at Atlanta’s Civic Center on April 12, 201,5 wearing Istanbul-born designer Zeynep Erdogan’s sheer appliqué top and fringe skirt, from her A/W 14 collection full of similar sheer creations. Neatly placed on…

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Metro Atlanta native Daria Jordan, a Buick Achievers Scholarship recipient and senior at Spelman College, was honored at the UNCF 36th “Evening of Stars” showcase. This writer had the opportunity to meet the scholar during a dessert reception at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel hosted by General Motors and General Motors Foundation, on the eve of…

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It’s one of Atlanta’s most talked about events of the holiday season; the UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. Co-hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax and UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins, the 31st Annual charity event was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and…

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The Koch Brothers have contributed to many Republican causes.  It is also true that they have donated millions of dollars to cancer research, education, entrepreneurship, arts, science, and various other interests. Historically, various wealthy families have supported the research of educational leaders like Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charles Hamilton Houston, and many others. In fact, many major historically…

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Winston Burns’ business is knowing what air travelers want. In 1997, after working for more than a decade in the banking, finance and entertainment industries, Burns started Newburns Management Group, which he co-owns and manages with Wendy, his wife of 20 years and the company’s chief operating officer. Newburns owns and operates seven stores inside…

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Charles Steele Jr. is president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was co-founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he served eight years on the City Council and 2 ½ terms in the Alabama state Senate before leaving to helm SCLC from 2004 to 2009.…

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