Friday, August 9, 2019

NSBE Director Hired as Chief Diversity Officer at Mason Engineering

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MASON ENGINEERING HIRES A CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER

Nationwide  --  Christopher Carr's enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion in higher education and STEM springs from his experiences growing up in Missouri, and it is that background that led him to become the first chief diversity officer at the Volgenau School of Engineering.  Currently, Carr serves as the senior director of programs for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), but at the end of August, he will be joining Mason Engineering, where he hopes to make a difference in students' lives.

"Growing up where I did, there weren't many people who looked like me, but my mom and dad were great about giving me every opportunity to be successful," he says.

His parent's motivation led Carr to a science and math magnet school as a child, but after his first day, his mother found him scrubbing his skin raw in the bathroom. "I told her the kids at school said I was brown because I'm dirty."


This experience has stuck with Carr, and it set him on his mission to make sure that no child ever feels as lonely as he felt. He has focused his career around that goal.

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Chicago Org to Educate Blacks About Type 2 Diabetes

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CHICAGO-BASED ORGANIZATION THE SUGA PROJECT, LLC, SEEKS TO BRING EDUCATION AND AWARENESS TO TYPE 2 DIABETES WITHIN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

Chicago, IL --  According to the American Diabetes Association, 13 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes. African Americans are also twice as likely to be diagnosed with Type two diabetes.

Known as a silent killer, diabetes has taken the lives of many. One organization seeks to put a stop to that. Launching today, The Suga Project, LLC seeks to open up the dialogue within the African American community about Type 2 diabetes and bring more awareness to healthy lifestyles.

"The numbers are startling," said Natalie Pauls, founder. "African Americans are four times more likely to have an amputation due to diabetes complications. African American women are dying at rates greater than any other group of women in history."

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The Truth About America's Racist Presidents

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THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA'S RACIST PRESIDENTS


Nationwide --  "From the beginning the American presidency has been stained by racial prejudice, often a reflection of broader sentiment among white citizens. Such views have persisted well into modern times."

So wrote Sarah Mervosh and Niraj Chokshi in the New York Times on August 1st, 2019. What triggered the article was a newly released audio recording which revealed that, in 1971, then Governor Ronald Reagan of California called African people monkeys in a telephone conversation with President Richard Nixon.

To laughter from Nixon, Reagan also stated that Africans are still uncomfortable wearing shoes.  Revelation of this audio recording comes on the heels of President Donald Trump demanding that four Democratic Congresswomen of color go back to their home countries, echoing sentiments that racist whites have often hurled at African-Americans.

Furthermore, just over a week ago the president attacked a predominantly Black Baltimore-based congressional district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess", where "no human being would want to live." In the past, the president has also questioned the intelligence of prominent African Americans.

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Book Tells Stories of Obama-Inspired Women

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DO YOU MISS OBAMA? AUTHOR TELLS STORIES OF WOMEN INSPIRED BY OBAMA AND HIS LEGACY TO WOMEN


New York, NY --  The Obama Chicks is a fresh cutting-edge anthology of sorts, soon to be released by author Pamela M. Jasper. Through 44 stories, the book highlights inspirational and informative narratives of women who backed the 44th US President Barack Obama, worked in his White House and those impacted by his legacy. This includes interviews with women from his private life, those who supported his presidential campaigns and those in his administration.

"I became inspired by the Obamas and President Obama through his backing of powerful women," Jasper shares. "I once heard a story about Obama, perhaps re-told from one of his books, on how he met a young Black woman staffer where he was a community organizer, who arrived one day wearing blue contact lens.

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2nd Annual We Buy Black Convention in Atlanta

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BLACK CONSUMERS AND SELLERS GEAR UP FOR HISTORIC WE BUY BLACK CONVENTION

Nationwide -- This August marks 400 years since the first Africans reached the shores of Jamestown, Virginia where they were auctioned for sale as slaves. In remembrance of this historic event, one millennial entrepreneur is planning a different kind of sale - one that he hopes will impact the next 400 years of African-American history.

On Aug. 23-25, 2019, over 120 Black-owned vendors and consumers will gather at the second-annual We Buy Black Convention in Atlanta at the Georgia International Convention Center. There will be Black-owned companies selling everything from soaps and shea butter to laundry detergent, bed linens, and toothbrushes.

While the items themselves may represent the routines of everyday life, event organizer and founder of e-commerce site WeBuyBlack.com, Shareef Abdul-Malik says that the impact of this singular commercial event has significance beyond its surface.

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First Ever Black Male-Owned Bridal Boutique Makes History

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FOUNDER OF BLACK MALE-OWNED BRIDAL BOUTIQUE MAKING HISTORY IN A FEMALE-DOMINATED MARKET


Nationwide --  Remi Raine Bridal was founded and created by Steve Larkin in Chandler, Arizona. Perhaps the only African American male boutique owner in the United States, Steve has made his business a family-owned enterprise named after his two granddaughters Mia Raine and Remi Sophia. He prides himself being a male in a female dominated market, and he works extremely hard blazing a trail as the new kid on the block.

Remi Raine Bridal brings internationally acclaimed bridal gowns into an intimate setting for a unique and personalized experience. It is a premier, family-owned business that allows brides-to-be to shop with confidence - providing the newly engaged with a worry-free shopping experience and a chance to find the perfect dress without the extravagant price.

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Editorial: Black Partner Fired by Law Firm Exposes Racially Charged Investigation"

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BLACK PARTNER FIRED BY LAW FIRM EXPOSES RACIALLY CHARGED "SHAM INVESTIGATION"
 

New York, NY --  Don Lewis is adamant that the sexual allegations levied against him by his former employer, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP ("PB" or "Pierce Bainbridge"), are "absolutely false." He alleges he can prove that Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP ("Putney"), the firm hired to investigate his wrongful termination, was intentionally deceitful. Lewis has filed a scathing response to the Putney motion to dismiss his claims, which includes a laundry list of flaws with the "sham investigation."

A. former NYPD detectives reviewed the investigation and said it was a farce;

B. evidence shows that either the False Accuser or the law firms lied about critical facts;

C. a time of occurrence was provided and retracted when it was determined it did not fit; and

D. if the False Accuser claims she locked herself in the office bathroom to get away from Lewis, why did she voluntarily offer to walk over to Lewis' apartment two weeks later and drop off Yankee tickets, - and then why did the lawyers lie about the entire incident and withhold the innocent related communication?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Atlanta to Celebrate South African Women

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CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS OF SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRACY, AND THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN'S DAY IN ATLANTA

Nationwide -- A powerful African-American activist named Fannie Lou Hamer once encouraged her fellow freedom fighters "never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over." As Black people around the world continue breaking down barriers on the path to prosperity, they often find creative ways to honor the legacy of those that came before them.

On Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 6pm, Brand South Africa in partnership with the South African Women's Alliance is hosting 25 year of South African Democracy and the sixth anniversary dinner of South African Women's Day in Atlanta. The event will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center; 246 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30346.

One of the most crucial moments in the African woman's global struggle for dignity took place on August 9, 1956, when over 20,000 South African women hit the streets and marched together in an extraordinary protest against discrimination. The 1956 march by thousands of fearless women is the testament to the role of women in bringing about democracy in South Africa.

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NYC Women Org Gets First Black President in 40 Years

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WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT, NY ANNOUNCES 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN THE ORGANIZATION'S HISTORY
 
New York, NY -- Women in Development (WiD), New York announces 2019-2020 40th Anniversary Year, with first African-American President in the organization's history; new leadership; and event schedule. WiD's mission is to empower, connect, and engage women in a community that fosters professional growth and leadership, while advancing the field.

Officers for 2019-2020:

President: Yolanda F. Johnson, President and Founder, YFJ Consulting, LLC

Vice President of Programs: Lane Richards Peace, Director of Development, James Lenox House/Carnegie East House

Treasurer: Martha Lauria, Director, Gift Administration and Donor Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Secretary: Jocelyn Bowman, Director of Advancement, St. Luke's School


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New Song, "Chocolate Child," Empowers Black Youth

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PHILLIP BRANDON RELEASES POWERFUL AFFIRMATION SONG/VIDEO FOR BLACK YOUTH: "CHOCOLATE CHILD"

Los Angeles, CA Times -- of arduous turmoil require songs of tremendous inspiration... especially for the young. Singer/ Songwriter/ Actor Phillip Brandon has written just such a much-needed work entitled "Chocolate Child."

Early buzz on this release is so strong that it is being launched with a premier on the R&B tastemaker website Soultracks as "Song of the Month" for August 2019. "Chocolate Child" from the artist's widely acclaimed debut album, The Story Begins, arrives on the heels of Phillip's inaugural single "Come On" which was a Top 20 charter on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart in a fantastic 12-week run.

"Chocolate Child" is a deep healing balm of inspiration for the young, gifted and Black in America today. Phillip felt it was time for a song such as this given the headlines in news media, the scarcity of positive songs on Black radio at the moment and the renaissance of illuminating film and television movies and documentaries centered around African Americans, including Ava Duvernay's When They See Us, I Am Not Your Negro, George Tillman's The Hate U Give, Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, and Marvel's Black Panther.

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Two Black Authors Declare War Against Illiteracy

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TWO BLACK AUTHORS DECLARE WAR AGAINST ILLITERACY WITH NEW EDUCATIONAL MODEL


Dallas, TX -- Reading is a fundamental element of learning, but not everybody has that skill. Two authors with experience in education want to change that and have released a new book to help make that happen. The book was inspired by personal experience.

A heartfelt letter kicks off Why Sammy Still Can't Read: A Service Delivery Model for Creating a Culture of Reading. The letter is written by author Leroy McClure to his brother, Sam, who eventually discovered he had dyslexia and it serves as both an apology and a promise.

"Because I now know about different learning styles and learning disabilities, I promise I'll help students like you receive the proper diagnosis early and create a successful academic intervention plan to help ensure that they'll learn to read, write, compute math, and be better prepared to enter college or the workforce," he writes.

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Black-Owned Lego Subscription Box Launches For Children

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BLACK-OWNED CUSTOM LEGO® SUBSCRIPTION BOX AIMS TO CREATE GLOBAL CITIZENS AND DEVELOP ENGINEERING SKILLS
 
Seattle, WA  Real Life Bricks, a company created to fill the LEGO® toy diversity gap, is set to offer their Real Life Bricks Playbox - a custom, monthly LEGO® subscription box designed to reflect the diversity of the real world with African American mini-figures. The box will also facilitate social-emotional learning and cultivate engineering skills.

In 2018, as a response to LEGO® sets' ubiquitous yellow minifigures that the toy maker says are meant to represent every ethnicity, Real Life Bricks developed custom heads and hands to convert monochromatic minifigures to African American minifigures and minifigures representative of Black and Brown skin tones. The conversion kits also include biography trading cards for each minifigure character, meant to positively represent diverse people and lives around the world.

Subscribers to the company's new Real Life Bricks Playbox can choose from The Architect Playbox, loaded with LEGO® bricks; games and activities; and an exclusive, custom, collectible racially diverse minifigure and accompanying biography card introducing different modes of living and locations around the world; or The Engineer Playbox, which adds LEGO® Technic elements and guides children to build their own small-scale engineering projects.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Single Black Seniors Network Coming to a City Near You

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SINGLE BLACK SENIORS NETWORK IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU


Nationwide --  Single Black Seniors Network (SBSN) is proud to announce that it is expanding their network beyond the Chicagoland region. SBSN is a socialization network of like-minded seniors who come together to interact and enjoy planned activities.

Since its launch in 2016, Single Black Seniors Network has over 400 registered networkers, has connected more than 30 couples, hosted 25 socials, 8 speed-dating events and a number of discussion groups and workshops. It serves as the primary networking organization for single black seniors in the Chicagoland area.

"Single Black Seniors Network is looking to expand into other cities across the country," announced CEO, Gerri Norington.

"I receive inquires from all over the country on a regular basis, asking if Single Black Seniors Network is available in their city. It is time to share the knowledge learned in the past three years so the whole country can enjoy the excitement and the benefit of the Network," said Ms. Norington.

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Black Woman-Led Company is Charging Europe

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EFACEC, A COMPANY LED BY AFRICAN BUSINESS WOMAN ISABEL DOS SANTOS, IS CHARGING EUROPE... LITERALLY!

Global -- International  Electric cars are quickly becoming reality, and companies charging them are in the spotlight.

The recent announcement of EFACEC's 58 million Euro bond issue has shone the spotlight on one of Portugal's largest companies that has been increasingly visible in European media.

EFACEC Power Solutions is Portugal's largest energy, engineering, and mobility companies, and is a global presence in its market, especially in the field of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.  Last month, the company made headlines with its deal to supply 90 of its HV350 ultra-fast chargers across Central Europe.

Reporting on the deal, one industry website said the charger could "provide charging speeds of up to 30km a minute, which is seven times faster than today's 50kW DC chargers. It has the ability to charge 100km in less than five minutes, meaning it solves many charging anxiety issues faced by today's EV [electric vehicle] owners and presents a viable solution to intercontinental travel."

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Black Real Estate Mastermind Makes Special Appearance

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR WHO OPENED 3 REAL ESTATE FIRMS IN FIVE YEARS MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT NAREB NATIONAL CONVENTION

Atlanta, GA -- Tamairo Moutry is a very successful African-American real estate broker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She made headlines earlier this year because she was able to open her 3rd real estate company in less than 5 years, and will be adding another one in the state of Illinois before the year ends.

She is the CEO of Milwaukee's Best Real Estate Services, Georgia's Best Real Estate Services, and Florida's Best Real Estate Services. She also recently became the NAREB President for the Milwaukee Chapter that had been defunct for the last ten years.

Tamairo recently attended the NAREB national convention, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she was a featured guest speaker on the Independent Real Estate Broker panel. She literally blew the audience away with the valuable knowledge that she shared.


As a humble entrepreneur, she also took advantage of the event's powerful networking opportunities, and attended many educational meetings and training workshops. One specific and very important training that Tamairo attended is the Faith Based Certification Training: Engaging the Black Church workshop.


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