Arian Simone and Keshia Knight Pulliam Launched a $5 Million Dollar VC Fund for Women Of Color Owned

Through Fearless Fund, Founding Partners Arian Simone and Keshia Knight Pulliam are highlighting how diversity significantly impacts a company’s performance and potential to provide investor returns. In fact, a 2018 report released by Boston Consulting Group found that for every dollar of funding a startup in their study received, female-run startups generated an average of 78 cents in revenue while male-run startups generated 31 cents. Despite a greater potential to produce higher returns, women are historically underfunded–particularly women of color. “The Fearless fund is designed to change the narrative as it relates to funding allocated to women of color,” states Arian Simone. In 2018,

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and traditional cultures, has died at age 90. Marshall's son, Evan K. Marshall, told The Associated Press that she died Monday in Richmond, Virginia. She had been suffering from dementia in recent years. First published in the 1950s, Marshall was for years virtually the only major black woman fiction writer in the U.S., a bridge between Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and others who emerged in the 19

Why African Brands Are On The Global Forefront Of Sustainability

Sustainable fashion has become an eminently debated topic worldwide. Young consumers are the new advocates for this important movement that is bringing awareness to a more eco-friendly planet. Clothing companies are transforming their business models and improving their supply chain to reduce impact of environmental detriment, while developing a system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Africa’s fashion industry, with its current growth and thrive, still remains a sustainable and ethical operation compared to its global affiliates and/or competitors. This is due to the value system in most parts of the continent, where waste is managed efficiently and their focus caters

Crystal Roman Is Writing Afro-Latinas Into the Entertainment Industry

Though it’s a slight uptick, you’ll now find more Afro-Latinx representation on television and streaming service shows, in magazines and movies, and, of course, across social media timelines. Yes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Tatyana Ali, who is of Afro-Panamanian-Indo-Trinidadian descent; Clueless actress Stacey Dash, born to an African-American father and Mexican-American mother; and Dominican-American Merlin Santana of The Cosby Show and The Steve Harvey Show were a part of our list of 90s’ hit shows. However, none of them played an Afro-Latinx on the small screen, nor discussed their Afro-diasporic identity in full. Today though, on the HBO comedy Insecure, Dro (played by Afro-Panamania

Disney Casts Shaggy as Sebastian in ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican entertainer Shaggy has been cast in Disney/ABC’s Live production of the classic animated movie, The Little Mermaid. The production, titled ‘The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live’ will air on November 5 when the cartoon celebrates its 30th anniversary. The production will feature a mix of live-action, animation, puppetry and of course, music. Shaggy will voice the character of Sebastian the crab, and will also perform one of the most popular songs from the movie, “Under the Sea”. The grammy-award winning reggae musician is just one of the talented stars to be cast for the production. Musician and Actress Queen Latifa will play Ursula, whil

Actress Kerry Washington – “I am so proud to be Jamaican…I bow down to my lineage, to my heritage, t

“I am so proud to be Jamaican…I bow down to my lineage, to my heritage, to my history and to my belonging.” So said Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington who was recently honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, held at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New York. In an emotional letter read by her Jamaican born mother, Dr Valerie Washington, the actress who received international recognition for her role as Olivia Pope in the hit ABC TV drama Scandal, expressed regret that she was unable to attend in person to accept the award. She however used the opportunity to reiterate her Jamaican roots to enthusiastic applause. “W

Trini model opens boutique in NYC

MICHELENE AUGUSTE, IMG (International Management Group) model and now entrepreneur, recently threw open the doors of her Dem Golden Heritage Vintage Boutique in New York City and is excited about making her a name for herself in the fashion industry through her new venture. Auguste is the daughter of Gabrielle Ahye who was a top TT model and flight attendant, and television engineer Grantley Auguste. She is also the granddaughter of late dancer and teacher, Iya L’Orisha Molly Ahye. Auguste lauded her family support for Dem, her short name for her travel inspired vintage boutique. She said: “My family has played a big role in my career. They keep me grounded. They are my biggest supporters. T

Greening Caribbean Festivals

Festivals, inclusive of carnivals, are a defining feature of the Caribbean entertainment and cultural landscape. Be it music, food, arts, film or fashion, there is a Caribbean festival for everyone. In Barbados, for instance, we just concluded our Crop Over Festival – a three-month long summer festival with a variety of music competitions and other cultural offerings which culminate with street revelers bedecked in colorful costumes dancing to Soca music on what we call Grand Kadooment Day – the first Monday of each August. It is by now well-known that festivals make an important contribution to Caribbean economies and are among our countries’ biggest service exports. Festivals attract visit

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke co-authors Dream, Promise Act

BROOKLYN, NY – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined three of her congressional colleagues in introducing the Dream and Promise Act, also known as H.R. 6, in the US House of Representatives that would allow young immigrants known as “Dreamers” to secure lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. Clarke, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, said the bill is the 116th Congress’s version of the Dream Act that introduced in 2001. However, Clarke said H.R. 6 includes protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers but also for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, among othe

Twin Sisters Started Miami's First Afro-Cuban, Woman-Owned Cigar Company

Twin sisters Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez are breaking down barriers in the cigar industry. In 2014, they started Miami's first Afro-Cuban, woman-owned cigar company. The sisters say that society still associates the old, white Cuban male when they think of the cigar industry, but they're using their cigar line Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars to change that and to discuss and express their culture. Yvonne and Yvette grew up in South Miami Heights where they soaked up all of their cultural influences from their Cuban mother and black Cuban father. They also grew up around their cigar-smoking grandmother who always sat in her rocking chair at the end of the day, discussing feminism and black power.


Victor Davson, Artist Many of us of Caribbean ancestry or birth who live and work in the USA or the UK maintain links with the region, either through extended family, business, or as visitors. For those who no longer have such connections there may be family stories or even heirlooms which somewhat bridge the gap between the experiences in the Caribbean and North America or Europe. These remnants of our history are sometimes romanticized, while others may cause links to be severed as the memories could be harsh or certainly not always pleasant. Our eight chosen artists have all spent their formative years in their countries of origin and most of their adult lives in the metropolises of New Y

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