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Wells Fargo launches Banking Inclusion Initiative to accelerate unbanked households’ access to affordable transactional accounts

Monday, May 17, 2021 - 3:30pm

b'Wells Fargo today announced the Banking Inclusion Initiative , a 10-year commitment to help unbanked individuals gain access to affordable, mainstream, digitally-enabled transactional accounts \xe2\x80\x93 a meaningful entry point to fully participating in the economy and achieving financial stability.

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  • b'Wells Fargo today announced the Banking Inclusion Initiative , a 10-year commitment to help unbanked individuals gain access to affordable, mainstream, digitally-enabled transactional accounts \xe2\x80\x93 a meaningful entry point to fully participating in the economy and achieving financial stability.
  • Through this initiative, Wells Fargo also will collaborate with partners to explore solutions to the credit challenges facing unbanked individuals.
  • Wells Fargo introduced Clear Access Banking in 2020, offering an affordable account designed for those who are new to banking or have encountered past challenges opening or keeping a bank account.
  • The Banking Inclusion Initiative is a necessary step to ensuring that our communities have access to fully participate in developing economic and financial stability.

Blavity.org, A New Racial Equity & Social Impact Organization, Sets Mission to Drive, Support and Amplify Black Economic Achievement and Mobility

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:03pm

While about 15% of white Americans hold some business equity, approximately five percent of Black Americans do.

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  • While about 15% of white Americans hold some business equity, approximately five percent of Black Americans do.
  • Among those with business equity, the average Black American\xe2\x80\x99s business equity is worth about half of the average American\xe2\x80\x99s and a third of the average white American\xe2\x80\x99s1.
  • Blavity.org understands the need to drive, support and amplify Black economic achievement and mobility.
  • Blavity.org is a nonprofit aiming to drive Black economic advancement forward through entrepreneurial fellowship programs featuring grants, education, and sponsorship.

Show You Love Her With All Your Heart: Serena Williams Introduces a New Jewelry Design Motif

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 3:00pm

b'Tennis icon, fashion designer, entrepreneur and mom, Serena Williams is amplifying her Serena Williams Jewelry collection with new designs that build on her now-iconic Unstoppable and By My Side collections.\nThis press release features multimedia.

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  • b'Tennis icon, fashion designer, entrepreneur and mom, Serena Williams is amplifying her Serena Williams Jewelry collection with new designs that build on her now-iconic Unstoppable and By My Side collections.\nThis press release features multimedia.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210505005009/en/\nSerena Williams wearing Nestled Heart necklace and earrings from her latest collection.
  • Moms hold the tremendous power to mold and inspire their daughters not just with fashion and style, but with determination, poise and power," Serena said.
  • Serena Williams Jewelry adheres to the highest standards for health and safety, labor and human rights, and environmental sustainability.\n'

State of California Partners With Accomplished African-American Artist to Illustrate Importance of Wearing Masks to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 12:55am

(Photo: Business Wire)\nThe series features original art pieces by Wimbley featured on LED and mobile billboards, and in print and television ads in English and Spanish in 11 California markets through mid-May.

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  • (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe series features original art pieces by Wimbley featured on LED and mobile billboards, and in print and television ads in English and Spanish in 11 California markets through mid-May.
  • The Sacramento artist\xe2\x80\x99s work is also featured on signage and indoor digital displays at Sacramento\xe2\x80\x99s Arden Fair Mall .
  • The images show people taking action to protect one another, such as wearing their masks and getting vaccinated.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cThe Masking Series vividly illustrates how we can mitigate community spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear a mask when appropriate, even after getting vaccinated.

Hannon Armstrong Foundation Establishes Climate Solutions Scholarship Program to Support Sustainability-Focused Students from Historically Underrepresented Communities

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 5:00pm

b'The Hannon Armstrong Foundation , a non-profit philanthropic organization funded by a Social Dividend received from Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate solutions, today announced the establishment of the Hannon Armstrong Climate Solutions Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance for high-achieving, sustainability-focused students from underrepresented communities.

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  • b'The Hannon Armstrong Foundation , a non-profit philanthropic organization funded by a Social Dividend received from Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate solutions, today announced the establishment of the Hannon Armstrong Climate Solutions Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance for high-achieving, sustainability-focused students from underrepresented communities.
  • Outreach efforts will focus on applicants from underrepresented populations and those who come from disadvantaged communities.
  • "By providing critical financial support and mentorship opportunities to the next generation of climate leaders, we strengthen both our industry and the communities we serve.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cWe appreciate the Hannon Armstrong Foundation\xe2\x80\x99s recognition of the unique needs that some of our students have and the investment being made in the continuation of their success by way of the Climate Solutions Scholarship Program.

AFRO TV Announces a Digital Concert Series Kicking off With a Celebration of the 218th Anniversary of the Haitian Flag

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 10:56pm

b'AFRO TV today unveiled AFROJams, its new Live Concert Series for the virtual era hosted by renowned singer Sisaundra Lewis from NBC The Voice.

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  • b'AFRO TV today unveiled AFROJams, its new Live Concert Series for the virtual era hosted by renowned singer Sisaundra Lewis from NBC The Voice.
  • The series will kick off Live on May 18, 2021 with performances from 6 groundbreaking and very popular Haitian Artists in celebration of the 218th anniversary of the Haitian Flag: Rutshelle Guillaume, Fatima Altieri, J-Perry, Michael Benjamin, Anie Al\xc3\xa8rte and Lynn Betty.\nThis press release features multimedia.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210430005604/en/\nThe series will kick off Live on May 18, 2021 with performances from 6 groundbreaking and very popular Haitian Artists in celebration of the 218th anniversary of the Haitian Flag: Rutshelle Guillaume, Anie Al\xc3\xa8rte, Sisaundra Lewis (Host), Fatima Altieri, J-Perry, Michael Benjamin (Photo: Business Wire)\nAFROJams will bring top performances from popular multicultural Black artists directly into millions of households.
  • I believe the AFROJams Series on Xfinity is one of the most innovative ways to do that,\xe2\x80\x9d said Yves Bollanga, CEO and Founder of AFRO TV.\nAFROJams Haiti will broadcast Live on May 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM on AFRO TV (Xfinity Channel 1623) along with Live multicast on Xfinity Black Experience, HAITI HD, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.\nVisit www.afrotainment.us for more information.\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210430005604/en/\n'

New Scholarship from Stride, Inc. Puts College Within Reach for More Black Students

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:00pm

b'Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) has announced the opening of its We Stand Together College Scholarship , in continuation of its multi-year, $10 million commitment to support underrepresented students of all ages.

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  • b'Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) has announced the opening of its We Stand Together College Scholarship , in continuation of its multi-year, $10 million commitment to support underrepresented students of all ages.
  • As the nation\xe2\x80\x99s $1.7 trillion student loan debt problem impacts 45 million Americans, more than half of Black college graduates report their student loan debt is greater than their net worth.
  • Since its founding in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed over $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students.
  • Stride is a premier provider of K-12 education for students, schools, and districts, including career learning services through middle and high school curriculum.

Stride, Inc. Changing the Face of American Education Through Partnership with National Association of Black Male Educators

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

b'Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) and the National Association of Black Male Educators (NABME) announced today a new partnership that will provide recruiting opportunities and professional development resources to Black male educators in online and hybrid schools across the U.S.\n\xe2\x80\x9cI am grateful to NABME for the opportunity to create this important partnership.

Key Points: 
  • b'Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) and the National Association of Black Male Educators (NABME) announced today a new partnership that will provide recruiting opportunities and professional development resources to Black male educators in online and hybrid schools across the U.S.\n\xe2\x80\x9cI am grateful to NABME for the opportunity to create this important partnership.
  • This is a step in the right direction to begin correcting that and empowering young Black men as both educators and students.\xe2\x80\x9d\nPeople of color make up about 17% of teachers in the United States, but only 2% are Black men .
  • Stride is a premier provider of K-12 education for students, schools, and districts, including career learning services through middle and high school curriculum.
  • Find out more about NABME\xe2\x80\x99s mission, vision, and initiatives at www.nabme.org .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210421005328/en/\n'

Galvanize to Award $1.8M in Scholarships to Foster Inclusivity and Equity in Technology Workforce

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 3:07pm

\xe2\x80\x9cThis spring\xe2\x80\x99s recipients prove that no matter your background or circumstances, the drive to succeed is universal.

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  • \xe2\x80\x9cThis spring\xe2\x80\x99s recipients prove that no matter your background or circumstances, the drive to succeed is universal.
  • The scholarship covers full tuition for the bootcamp of their choice, as well as the prep program that must be completed in advance.
  • She believes that success can be achieved by anyone who is hardworking, dedicated, and refuses to give up.
  • With 8,000+ graduates, Galvanize alumni have gone on to bring their talents to over 2,250 companies.

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Joins Pastor Hackett's Protest for Diversity on Chancery Court

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 8:32pm

View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\nActivists protest the lack of diversity on the Chancery Court (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe protest came a full two years after the first Black Chancery Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, had her seat filled by a white man, Paul Fioravanti.

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  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\nActivists protest the lack of diversity on the Chancery Court (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe protest came a full two years after the first Black Chancery Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, had her seat filled by a white man, Paul Fioravanti.
  • That appointment made it so that the Court to no longer had any Black representation.
  • While their primary goal of saving the company has been accomplished, they continue their efforts to fight for more transparency in the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • For more information on Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware or to join the cause, visit DelawareForBusiness.org .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\n'