Global African Women’s Day 2020 Gala Dinner

Press Release: March 16, marks a historic day for women of African descent to honor and respect their rich diversity, languages, and cultures. Global African Women’s Day, according to its organizers will be “A day to celebrate a shared vision of unity, despite historical separations.” The Drammeh Institute (www.drammehinstitute.org), a New York-based NGO and key sponsor, in partnership with other international organizations will facilitate the much anticipated Gala Dinner at the Millennium Hilton One UN Plaza New York, during the United Nations’ two week annual conference on women. Initially launched last year at the Institute’s forum – The Visible Invisibility of Global African Women duri

Influencer Nia The Light Opens Up About ‘The Curl Bar London,’ The UK’s New Safe Space For Women To

Photo Credit: Instagram: @niathelight PUBLISHED: FEB 11, 2020 1:05 PM Recently, influencer and model Nia Pettitt, also known as Nia the Light or Frogirl Ginny, officially opened the doors to UK’s answer to curly hair empowerment, the Curl Bar London. Dedicated to all things natural hair, the salon offers services such as wash-n-go’s, deep conditioning masques, steam treatments, free color consultations, twist outs, kids cornrows, and low fades for short hair queens. We caught up with the new salon owner to discuss black hair in London, her Zimbabwean roots, and creating a safe space for women to feel empowered. The Zimbabwean-born, London-based Youtube star is one of the most recognizable wo

This Figure Skater Just Performed to Beyoncé at The Olympics, and The Only Thing Missing Was a Freak

Written By ROSE MINUTAGLIO Hello, Beyoncé? Are you watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Wanted to let you know know that French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité just slayed the rink at the PyeongChang Games with a routine set to a medley of some of your classics: "Run the World (Girls)" and "Halo." This is the first Olympics at which figure skaters are allowed to perform to music featuring lyrics, and Méité set the bar high, because, you know, Beyoncé. Wearing a gold-sequined jumpsuit (no doubt Queen Bey would approve), Méité twirled, jumped, and lutzed around the Gangneung Ice Arena with a huge grin on her face. Not knocking classical music or anything, but how refreshing it was to see Méité

This Alexis Ohanian-Backed Hair Salon Wants To Be The Next Drybar For Women Of Color

Written By Brianne Garrett February has seen a fresh awareness and celebration of women of color's natural hair. Earlier this month, Hair Love, the animated film featuring a black father learning how to navigate his daughter’s tight curls for the first time, won an Oscar for best animated short film, and three new states—Colorado, Washington and Minnesota—have either introduced or advanced bills that ban hair discrimination in the workplace, an ongoing issue that even Hollywood A-listers like Gabrielle Union have endured. While the natural hair-care movement is just now picking up steam in mainstream culture—the industry is valued at $2.5 billion—the experiences black and brown women share i

AFRICANBYART AGENCY HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL FASHION WEEK RUNWAY EVENT FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2020

AfricanByArt will host its third annual Fashion Week on Saturday February 15, 2020. It is the official weekend runway show of the fall and winter season of New York Fashion Week. The event is hosted by African comedian and actress Gaelle Jane Daouily, born and raised in France and living in New York in 2017. The fashion show will feature Senegalese designer Elimane Diouf and musical performances by African-American singers Alvin Dan, Nia Marie and Naiika Sings; bringing an intimate yet multicultural flair to this fashion event. AfricanByArt Fashion Week is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind event with a guest list of fashion influencers, stylists, bloggers and so on. The show will provide attendees

First Look: 'Genius: Aretha'

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STAFF, PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 7, 2020 Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's limited series drama "Genius: Aretha." AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S Academy Awards ceremony, National Geographic released the first footage of double-Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming limited series “Genius: Aretha.” The show is the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. It explores Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Erivo, who already has Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awa

Overlooked No More: Georgia Gilmore, Who Fed and Funded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Gilmore started the Club From Nowhere, a clandestine group that prepared and sold meals to raise money for the 381-day resistance action. Written by Klancy Miller Georgia Gilmore in 1978 in Montgomery, Ala. She used her culinary skills to support the Montgomery bus boycott. Credit...The Montgomery Advertiser. It took all of Georgia Gilmore’s willpower not to explode at the driver of the crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., one Friday afternoon in October 1955. She had just boarded and dropped her fare into the cash box when he shouted at her to get off and enter through the back door. “I told him I was already on the bus and I couldn’t see why I had to get off,” she recounted a year later at

1st Ever International Black History Month Film Fest with Live Performances & More!

Press Release: Jamaica, New York will hold its 1st Ever International Black History Month Film Festival Jamaica, New York. The Queens Underground 718 presents Jamaica Queens NY, 1st International Black History Month Film Festival on February 22, 2020, at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, downtown Jamaica, NY. Proud to have an impressive review team, the selection committee such as, multi-Grammy Nominee, Mikey Jay, industry professional, Kavika, singer-songwriters, Hide Inaba, Oxygen Box Band, a Koluchi Dance Troope shall ring in the Red Carpet Gala. Local performers and artists will entertain the evening event, while businesses and organization representation will be present such as the

Baltimore Teens Who Just Launched Their Own Bottled Water Brand

Known locally as "the squeegee boys" -- Taetae, Leroy, Khalil, Keyon, and Deauntae -- used to flag down vehicles at the corner of Mount Royal and North Avenues in Baltimore to ask drivers if they could cleanr their front windshields in exchange for a few dollars to help them buy food. There were times that some people would insult them and even yell racial slurs at them. But when they met Kai Crosby-Singleton, a community liaison for the Maryland Institute College of Art's (MICA) Office of Strategic Initiatives, everything changed. Crosby-Singleton invited the boys to the Baltimore Thinkathon, an annual initiative between MICA and the Baltimore Cultural Alliance where attendees are given t

Why Philadelphia Was an Early Hub For Black Ballerinas

Delores Browne on Dance Clubs in Philadelphia Schools When we're talking about the history of black dancers in ballet, three names typically pop up: Raven Wilkinson at Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Janet Collins at New York's Metropolitan Opera and Arthur Mitchell at New York City Ballet. But in the 1930s through 50s, there was a largely overlooked hot spot for black ballet dancers: Philadelphia. What was going on in that city that made it such an incubator? To answer that question, we caught up with Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet founder (and frequent Dance Magazine contributor) Theresa Ruth Howard, who yesterday released her latest project, a video series called And Still They Rose: The Legacy

Black History Month: One dream, many dreamers

Written by Loretta Green-Williams [ https://greenwilliams.wordpress.com/ ] It still astounds me that as an American citizen, my entire life expectancy has been to obtain civil and human equality. Many despair that the month of February is Black History Month because it is the shortest month of the year. Others argue why a Black History Month at all. I would like to consider my beginning statement; my entire life expectancy has been to obtain civil and human rights. It not to take over the world; or to demand what is not extended to other US American citizens. But the challenge for the descendants of the "Enslaved 4-million" has just that. So let's reflect why Black History Month is to never

Black Millennials Are Leaving The Job Market And Finding Success With Entrepreneurship And Internet

Written by Jason Williams https://trudreadz.com/2019/08/06/black-millennials-are-leaving-the-job-market-and-finding-success-with-entrepreneurship-and-internet-based-opportunities/ As companies are downsizing due to the massive advancements of the information age, unemployment has skyrocketed. So now you have a situation where the young people who are joining the work force are competing with experienced and tenured workers for the same opportunities. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is if you’re black. Reniqua Allen also explores this topic in her recent article “The Missing Black Millennial“. She says: “But though black millennials have much in common with their white peers, there

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