Blair Underwood talks about being “the token black guy”

April 1, 2020

Blair Underwood’s multi-faceted career spans more than 50 years and includes work in television, movies, and Broadway as an actor, director, and producer. But he’s purposefully accepted roles by learning to say “no” to those he believed portrayed his character as a “token.” In a recent interview on Netflix’s podcast “Strong Black Lead,” Underwood recalled […]

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Harlem Globetrotters legendary Curly Neal dies

March 31, 2020

One of the Harlem Globetrotters most beloved players, Fred “Curly” Neal, has died at age 77 in his home near Houston, TX. Known for his big smile and even bigger heart, Curly had countless fans during his 22-year career with the Globetrotters. In 2008, Curly’s #22 jersey was retired in a ceremony at Madison Square […]

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Local clothing designer making masks for Rochester

March 27, 2020

Nathan Minnehan, the founder and CEO of Big Murphy’s, typically uses his factories in China to create suits customized to client specifications. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, Minnehan started to ask himself what he could do to help first line emergency efforts. After speaking with a cousin who works in a local hospital, he […]

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New potential coronavirus symptoms recently brought to light

March 27, 2020

Multiple news outlets are now reporting more potential symptoms of coronavirus not previously outlined in official statements. The most recognized symptoms of coronavirus have been shortness of breath, high fever and a persistent cough. Of course, there has also been a spectrum of symptoms with some infected patients having no symptoms at all (asymptomatic) and […]

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New Netflix Series Depicts Madam C. J Walker’s Daughter as Queer Socialite

March 26, 2020

Netflix has debuted a new limited series called Self Made. The series is inspired by the true story of the first female, African American self-made millionaire in American history, Madam C.J Walker. Madam C.J Walker is played by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. The film also focuses on the life of her daughter Lelia, who […]

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Utility companies in Rochester told to keep services turned on

March 25, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, all utility companies located in Rochester were advised by the city that they must not cut off service during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The requirement was part of an emergency order signed by Mayor Lovely Warren that also included an update about real estate and property taxes, which have been extended […]

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Rochester workers advised to patiently wait during unemployment claim delays

March 24, 2020

The New York State Department of Labor has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Tens of thousands of workers throughout the state who have lost their ability to earn an income have filed unemployment insurance claims. Their inquiries and applications have overwhelmed existing infrastructure and caused service interruptions. Call centers have experienced more than 150,000 […]

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Single family homeowners given mortgage payment relief

March 24, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency advised the public that “single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages” won’t have to deal with foreclosures or evictions for 60 days through at least mid-May. Mortgage providers have been advised to suspend evictions at relevant properties and […]

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Cardi B takes Instagram message to the next level

March 23, 2020

By now, plenty of people know that Cardi B went off on Instagram last Wednesday, March 11, about how people need to take the coronavirus more seriously. She bluntly told her millions of followers how she felt about everything from overseas retail shipping to the current administration’s response. Although what was later dubbed a rant […]

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Governor Cuomo closes additional non-essential businesses to prevent spread of coronavirus

March 23, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order designed to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York. Any non-essential business in Rochester and the entire state that deals with personal care, such as a barbershop, hair or nail salon, laser hair removal clinic, or tattoo and […]

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