Black Chemist Creates Fashion Brand to Celebrate the Beauty of Melanin

Meet Deirdre Roberson, founder and CEO of Eumelanin, a unique fashion brand that infuses science by using the chemical structure of melanin in clothing and jewelry designs. As a real-life chemist and a creative woman of color, Deirdre says her apparel line celebrates and empowers people of color all around the world. The name of the company, Eumelanin (pronounced: you-mel-a-nin), is a real scientific term that refers to the most abundant type of human melanin responsible for the pigment in black and brown skin. Therefore, the company's mission is to address issues of colorism and redefine what it means to be beautiful in every shade. Deirdre launched the company online in early 2018. Since

Caribana Festival Cancelled for the first time in 52 years

For the past 52 years, travelers from all over have made their way to Toronto to participate in Caribana– Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival celebration. After weeks of monitoring the news surrounding COVID-19, festival organizers have decided it was best to cancel this year’s gathering. The month-long festival usually begins in July and runs into August. This is the first time since the festival started that it will not take place. “Taking into consideration the mass crowds that attend the events present a tremendous risk regarding the spread of the virus, it is therefore unanimous that the priority must be the health and safety of our patrons and having weighed all these considerations there is

Fashion Nova Launches $1MM COVID-19 Relief Fund In Partnership with Cardi B

Fashion Nova and Cardi B are teaming up again. But this time it’s to help people impacted by COVID-19. In 2019, the hit rapper and fashionista collaborated with the popular clothing brand for a line that sold out in hours. Now together again, Cardi B and Fashion Nova will donate $1,000 every hour for the next 42 days until May 20th, totaling $1MM through Fashion Nova Cares. The announcement came as a pleasant surprise to many of the brand’s loyalists. In a statement released by Fashion Nova Cares, Richard Saghian, founder and CEO of Fashion Nova said, “Today we are proud to announce Fashion Nova Cares, a COVID-19 relief effort we are launching alongside Cardi B. This initiative was establish

Founder and President of CACCI Dr. Roy A. Hastick Jr. Died

Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr. transisted April 9, 2020 Born in Grenada, Roy A. Hastick migrated to the United States in 1972 and worked for several years as a social services administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur, and newspaper publisher. In 1985, Dr. Hastick founded the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) with only ten members. Under his leadership, the organization has become a well-recognized business entity with a membership of over 1,700 in the tri-state area and in the Caribbean. Over the years, CACCI has sustained and developed its mission, which is to promote economic development on behalf of Caribbean American, African American

African Americans will be MOST impacted by COVID-19

April 3, 2020), NAATPN executive director Delmonte Jefferson was featured on Charlotte's Fox46 to comment on emerging data that confirms what many of us have predicted. African Americans are, indeed, experiencing higher COVID-19 infection and death rates. As the pandemic has spread across the country, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has focused its reporting on the geographic locations of the virus. While racially specific data has been noticeably absent, some cities are beginning to see a pattern. In his video interview with Charlotte's Fox46, Jefferson warned that the county's COVID-19 cases--44% African American--represent a larger issue, locally and nationally. “The coro

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