African Americans

ADL Says Buffalo Shooter Latest in A Long Line of White Supremacist Terrorists Who Embraced Racist, Antisemitic "Great Replacement Theory"

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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 2:54am

In his manifesto, the killer wrote he was advocating for a "real war" of Gentiles versus Jews.

Key Points: 
  • In his manifesto, the killer wrote he was advocating for a "real war" of Gentiles versus Jews.
  • Make no mistake: This is the same hateful antisemitic bile that inspired the shooters in Pittsburgh, Poway, El Paso and Charleston.
  • "This was yet another predicable attack by an avowed white supremacist who imbibed hateful conspiracy theories online and then turned to violent action, this time targeting mostly Black victims.
  • More must be done now to push back against the racist and antisemitic violence propounded by the far right.

2022 New Jersey 'Walk with Us to Cure Lupus' Raises Awareness and Funds for Commonly Misdiagnosed Autoimmune Disease

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Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 6:53pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., May 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) brought together thousands of people to MetLife Stadium for the 2022 New Jersey Walk with Us to Cure Lupus to raise lupus awareness. The MetLife walk marked the 20th anniversary of the LRA's national Walk Program.

Key Points: 
  • The mission of the Lupus Research Alliance is to fund breakthroughs in the treatment and cure for an autoimmune disease affecting millions worldwide, particularly women of color.
  • "Despite progress and promise in lupus research over the past two decades, much more needs to be done," said Ambassador Johnson.
  • Walk with Us to Cure Lupus is a major fundraising event, and everyone is encouraged to raise donations to support lupus research.
  • Because the Lupus Research Alliance's Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all donations goes to support lupus research programs.

Legacy Businesses in Atlanta, Worth $163 Billion in Revenue, at Stake As Baby Boomers Retire

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Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 5:20pm

ATLANTA, May 14, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today Project Equity launched an initiative to retain Black-owned legacy businesses and preserve jobs in Atlanta, bolster the local economy and generate wealth as business owners retire in partnership with Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative and Morehouse College. In the Atlanta metro region, according to a study by Project Equity, 28,943 businesses are 20 years old or older, accounting for over $163 billion in revenue. These businesses employ nearly 427,400 workers in the area. In addition, one-third of the workforce in the region are Black or African American, and 6,274 businesses with employees are Black- or African American-owned.

Key Points: 
  • With one-third of local businesses Black-owned, this initiative will turn employees into owners, strengthening the region's resiliency.
  • In addition, one-third of the workforce in the region are Black or African American, and 6,274 businesses with employees are Black- or African American-owned.
  • With half of the business owners in this region beginning to retire, it is time to turn risk into opportunity.
  • Employee ownership retains businesses as owner's retire, supports recovery in the wake of COVID-19, and builds wealth for workers.

ComEd Awards $280,000 in College Scholarships to 56 Illinois Students Pursuing Futures in Energy

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:31pm

ComEd today announced it will award $279,500 in scholarships to 56 local students pursuing college coursework in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related fields this fall.

Key Points: 
  • ComEd today announced it will award $279,500 in scholarships to 56 local students pursuing college coursework in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related fields this fall.
  • The new Future of Energy Scholarships are part of ComEds growing efforts to build a more diverse future energy workforce by removing obstacles for women and minority students pursuing STEM careers.
  • The 56 students selected to receive scholarships reflect the diversity of the communities that ComEd serves, with scholars hailing from 28 different community areas across northern Illinois.
  • To expand future pathways to college, ComEd expects to issue another $250,000 in scholarship opportunities later this year for 2023 college students.

Magarac Venture Partners Announces First Closing of New Fund

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magarac Venture Partners (MVP), a Pittsburgh-based early stage venture capital firm, announces the first closing of its latest fund.

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  • PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magarac Venture Partners (MVP), a Pittsburgh-based early stage venture capital firm, announces the first closing of its latest fund.
  • The Fund is proud of the addition of long-time investor Will Allen to the team as a co-founder and partner.
  • MVP will focus on sectors that have the potential to thrive in Pittsburgh's and the Midwest's technology ecosystem.
  • To learn more about Magarac Venture Partners and its portfolio, visitmagarac.vc.

TRANSDEV AND XAVIER UNIVERSITY LAUNCH NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

Transdev Regional Vice President Justin Augustine, who hails from New Orleans, is not only a Xavier graduate, but also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana.

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  • Transdev Regional Vice President Justin Augustine, who hails from New Orleans, is not only a Xavier graduate, but also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana.
  • The partnership will kick off focusing on three main components:
    A summer internship program, where selected Xavier students will work across the Transdev organization to gain valuable corporate and project experience.
  • Xavier will host Transdev leaders to participate in a speaker series designed to educate students on career success.
  • For more information about Xavier University of Louisiana, visit us online at www.xula.edu or contact Regi Reyes at (504) 520-5240 or rreyes@xula.edu.

Sadderday®️ Opens Retail Store in Brooklyn, Selling Apparel & NFTs

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 2:00pm

Meeting people in the neighborhood and connecting with other business owners has made the brand feel even more legitimate," said Brandon Jenkins, Sadderday founder & co-owner.

Key Points: 
  • Meeting people in the neighborhood and connecting with other business owners has made the brand feel even more legitimate," said Brandon Jenkins, Sadderday founder & co-owner.
  • Sadderday was founded by Brandon Jenkins after recognizing that African American youth weren't comfortable expressing their most vulnerable of emotions.
  • As an influencer in his neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, he created Sadderday to promote mental health awareness through an authentic & accessible streetwear brand.
  • The retail store, dubbed the Sadderday Showroom, is in the vibrant neighborhood of Williamsburg, nestled at the corner of Lorimer Street & Skillman Avenue.

Absalon White Jr. to Make Special Appearance at This Year's Phoenix Fan Fusion

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 1:46pm

Additionally, a special 30 minute Q&A with fans will be held to close the second half of his panel.

Key Points: 
  • Additionally, a special 30 minute Q&A with fans will be held to close the second half of his panel.
  • When asked what fans could expect from his solo panel this is what Absalon White Jr. had to say.
  • Absalon White Jr.'s panel could fill up soon, so it's best to order your membership badge now, at ( https://www.phoenixfanfusion.com/buy ).
  • You can follow Absalon White Jr. on Instagram ( instagram.com/absalonwhitejr )

BodiMetrics Takes on Health Inequality in Wearable Health Tech Industry

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 1:42pm

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- BodiMetrics announced several new initiatives today that address health inequality in the wearable medical technology industry and increase multicultural communities' awareness of the implicit racial bias in commercial pulse oximeters. Research published by several organizations, including the New England Journal of Medicine, has raised concerns about dangerous inaccuracies in pulse oximeters, devices that measure blood oxygen, when used by African Americans and other patients with darker skin tones. Other recent studies have also found that smartwatches and fitness bands are less effective at tracking the heart rate of people of color.

Key Points: 
  • LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- BodiMetrics announced several new initiatives today that address health inequality in the wearable medical technology industry and increase multicultural communities' awareness of the implicit racial bias in commercial pulse oximeters.
  • Our mission has always been to provide the very best data with our devices," said Neil Friedman, BodiMetrics co-founder and COO.
  • All BodiMetrics products are tested by independent third-party labs to clinical standards as well, where indicated, approved by the FDA.
  • The company provides financial wellness TV programs, video content, and digital wellness products for people of color and underserved communities.

Black Authors and Academics Shape Horror Business

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 1:33pm

The annual Horror Writers Association conference, held at Denver's Cutis Hotel this Thursday through Sunday, is named after Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.

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  • The annual Horror Writers Association conference, held at Denver's Cutis Hotel this Thursday through Sunday, is named after Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
  • One catalyst for the surge in Black-led horror projects is the work of the scholars and documentarians behind the acclaimed film, and its resultant series, Horror Noir.
  • Of the Black academics in the horror field, Sheree Rene Thomas will also be a guest of honor at StokerCon alongside Lawson, as will one of the subjects of Horror Noir, filmmaker Ernest Dickerson.
  • As business owner and longtime supporter of horror conferences Lawson, with business partner Jennifer Barnes, decided to sponsor the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, or AnnRadCon, which functions as StokerCon's academic track.