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Cisco Plans $41 Million Office in Atlanta, Hiring 700
October 15, 2021
The California-based tech giant is investing $41 million to open in a massive complex developed on land owned by Georgia Tech. Cisco says it wants to focus on hiring more engineers and programmers from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the colleges of the historically Black Atlanta University Center: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine. ... read more »
Commission Approves $6 Billion LAX Airfield, Terminal Modernization Project
October 8, 2021
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners voted Thursday to recommend approval of the $6 billion Airfield Terminal Modernization Project, which airport officials say will reduce traffic on public streets and improve customer experience.   ... read more »
Netflix Taps Former Warner Bros EVP of Production Niija Kuykendall to Be Vice President of Film
October 8, 2021
Former Warner Bros EVP Production Niija Kuykendall is now the new Vice President of Film for Netflix. Deadline reported that Kuykendall will strategize with  Head of Global Film Scott Stuber.  ... read more »
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After 13 Years, Black and Missing Foundation Still Searching for Thousands of Missing People of Color
October 7, 2021
The estimated number of missing persons is simultaneously incomplete and cringeworthy. One count suggests that of the more than 600,000 individuals currently reported missing, more than 200,000 are individuals of color. Still, Natalie Wilson and her sister-in-law Derrica Wilson founded the Black and Missing Foundation forge ahead to bring attention and closure to the ever-growing number of cases in minority communities. ... read more »
Melvin Van Peebles — the “godfather of modern black cinema” left his cinematic immortal mark
October 7, 2021
Melvin Van Peebles, the pioneering African-American filmmaker who is best known for his films “Watermelon Man” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” transitioned on September 21, 2021, at his home in Manhattan. He was 89 years old. ... read more »
LeVar Burton Named Grand Marshal of Rose Parade
October 5, 2021
Actor LeVar Burton was named today the grand marshal of the 2022 Rose Parade, with the Tournament of Roses hailing him as not just an accomplished performer, but also an advocate for literacy. ... read more »
Exclusive: Gov. Newsom Talks Reparations, Recall and Future Goals
October 4, 2021
The dialogue occurred on Thursday, September 30, following Newsom’s signing of legislation to return Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of the original owners of the resort. Brooks met with the governor on the Bruce family property in Manhattan Beach and questioned him on reparations, the recent gubernatorial recall and his future goals. ... read more »
Actor to Plead Guilty to Running Hollywood Ponzi Scheme
October 4, 2021
A Los Angeles actor who appeared in low-budget horror and science-fiction movies is expected to plead guilty today to running a $650 million Ponzi scheme. ... read more »
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Disney Sues in L.A. to Protect Marvel Superhero Franchises
September 25, 2021
The Walt Disney Company today filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and New York seeking to stop the heirs to Marvel Comics artists and writers from reclaiming rights to characters such as Iron Man, Thor and Spider- Man, which their relatives helped create. ... read more »
Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black cinema, Dies at 89
September 22, 2021
Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. ... read more »
Congresswoman Cori Bush Lauds Black Press Ahead of Receiving Prestigious Award
September 16, 2021
The Congresswoman sits as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Additionally, Congresswoman Bush is a member of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy and the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment. ... read more »
Black US Farmers Awaiting Billions in Promised Debt Relief
August 31, 2021
Now the government wants to make amends by providing billions of dollars in debt forgiveness for farmers of color as part of the pandemic relief package. But a judge has put the money on hold in the face of lawsuits filed by white farmers claiming that the program is unfair — reverse discrimination. ... read more »
Jury Reaches Verdict in Trial of Man Charged in Police Officer’s Killing
August 31, 2021
``I guess you guys have everything down -- smoked my cousin, smoked the cop. ... I mean, what else do you guys want? I shot another cop,'' Mejia said during that interview, which was first played in court in June 2017 at a hearing in which he was ordered to stand trial. After less than two hours of deliberations, jurors reached a verdict today in the trial of an alleged gang member accused of killing a family member in East Los Angeles and then opening fire on two Whittier police officers, ... read more »
`America’s Got Talent,’ Sports Helps NBC to Ratings Victory
August 31, 2021
The two-hour Tuesday ``America's Got Talent'' episode was the most-watched prime-time program between Aug. 23 and Sunday, averaging 6.809 million viewers, while the hourlong Wednesday episode was third, averaging 5.79 million. An ``America's Got Talent'' episode has been the most-watched prime-time program seven times in the 11 weeks it has aired this summer. ... read more »
BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Says Black Art Helps Activate Your Power
August 19, 2021
A chart towards freedom is something that people will always see in her work, says Cullors. She believes every Black artist's work is centered around freedom because we are not free. Cullors says Black art is healing work and challenges trauma. ... read more »
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