CGI International Jazz Festival postponed

April 3, 2020

  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 19th annual CGI International Jazz Festival will be postponed until a later date announced today by the event organizers. Festivals are a significant part of the culture of Rochester, and unfortunately, gathering in crowds is against social distancing guidelines during the pandemic. The festival was set for June […]

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Model Selita Ebanks discusses the ‘dark side of beauty’

March 26, 2020

From working at Six Flags to walking the runways as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Selita Ebanks has experienced much of the fashion industry’s expectations for women of color. And it’s because of her experiences that she’s speaking and writing about colorism and skin bleaching. Ebanks is also trying to educate women about skin-bleaching products, hoping […]

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Police officer in D.C. recognized for children’s book designed to ease tensions

March 17, 2020

Original article: https://www.wusa9.com/amp/article/news/local/dc/officer-tate-dc-childrens-books/65-c9c5c13a-35a5-4647-b247-35fdba26f26e Officer Atif Hakim Tate of the Washington Metropolitan Police was recently recognized by WUSA-TV 9 News for his work to ease tensions between police and minority communities. Tate grew up in the Ward 5 or “Trinidad” Washington D.C. neighborhood. He’s seen a lot in 37 years, including how difficult relations can be when […]

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Rihanna Gives Powerful Speech At 51st NAACP Image Awards

February 24, 2020

It was an incredible celebration of black excellence over the weekend at the The 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards. Lizzo won Entertainer Of The Year and Michael B. Jordan won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. US Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis received the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Then Rihanna gave a beautiful and […]

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Lifestyle Legend Barbara “B.” Smith Passes away at 70

February 24, 2020

Lifestyle, Model, Restauranteur, Author and TV Show Personality Barbara “B.” Smith passed way in her Long Island home Saturday Night. Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. She work with her husband Dan Gasby, to bring more awareness about Alzheimer’s in the African-American community. They Co-authored, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in […]

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Costume designer collaborates with Barbie to promote style diversity

February 23, 2020

Renowned fashion designer Shiona Turini has collaborated with Barbie to create clothing and fashion styles that are both fashionable and empowering to Black culture. As one of the fashion industry’s leading experts, Turini has partnered with Solange Knowles on the visual projects, “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky.” Turini also gained recognition […]

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Lil Kim waves red flag at Snoop Dogg over “Lovers & Friends” music festival

February 23, 2020

When the promotional flyer for the “Lovers & Friends” music festival was released on Tuesday (February 18), Lil Kim was listed as one of the artists performing at the May 9th event. But Lil Kim took issue with this, posting on her IG “This is so FAKE! I am not a part of this.” And […]

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Congressman John Lewis Honored with 2020 NAACP Chairman’s Award

February 22, 2020

John Lewis is the recipient of the NAACP Chairman’s Award, to be awarded during the broadcast of the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET. This award honors Lewis for his lifetime of public service in his fight for civil rights. From his humble beginning as the son […]

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Taraji P. Henson’s weave gone bad inspired her haircare product line

March 10, 2020

After a bad sew-in weave left Taraji P. Henson’s hair reeking of a mildew smell when the weave was taken out, she went on a quest to find a haircare product to solve the problem. As Henson explains it, she’d been washing her hair but it was not drying properly, which led to the smell. […]

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Colin Kaepernick will release a memoir in hopes of inspiring people of color

February 22, 2020

Colin Kaepernick is a former football player, most known for his peaceful protest at his football games, in order to bring awareness to police brutality against African Americans. His protest consisted of kneeling during the national anthem, which garnered a lot of controversies. The public had opposing reactions to his protest, some people commended Kaepernick […]

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