The State of Black America-By the Numbers: Part 1, Education – By @MARCMORIAL @NatUrbanLeague


(To Be Equal #12) – There’s no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding challenges faced by Black and Brown communities in our nation. From the killings of unarmed Black males at the hands of [...]

Author Dannell Booker Unleashes the “Love Is Painful Sometimes” Urban Erotica Trilogy Series

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Los Angeles – Tall, dark and sublimely handsome, author pens his erotica just like he looks – tall, dark and hands on! With the announcement of his “Love Is Painful Sometimes” trilogy and the release of the novel, “Taking All Our Good Black Men,” the first book from the series, from his publishing house L.I.P.S. [...]

Leading Environmental Funders Join Landmark Diversity Data Gathering Initiative Increasing Call for Transparency

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San Francisco, CA – Five of the nation’s top environmental funders have formally pledged to submit or have already shared their diversity data, it was announced at Green 2.0’s “Breaking the Green Ceiling” Forum on March 4th. The Bullitt Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and Rockefeller Brothers Fund have agreed to submit [...]

Veteran TV Casting Agent Jacqui Pitman Is Looking for Reality TV’s New African American “It” Couple

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Burbank, CA – Casting is the backbone of all great reality shows and veteran TV casting agent Jacqui Pitman knows casting. She is a true behind-the-scenes powerhouse when it comes to finding the perfect people for the perfect parts. Her agency, Pitman Casting, is a full service, reality television casting company that has provided talent [...]

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Swiftly Confirm Loretta Lynch as the First African American Woman U.S. Attorney General


By Marc Morial – U.S. Attorney Lynch has distinguished herself as a highly experienced, independent lawyer dedicated to equal justice under the law. In addition, Ms. Lynch would represent major progress by becoming the nation’s first African American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Loretta Lynch’s credentials speak for themselves. She holds a powerful [...]

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Honors Kenny Leon, Will Packer, Millie Jackson, SOS Band and Brick


Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus presented its annual Heritage Dinner and honored a bevy of legendary entertainers with Georgia connections last Thursday at the Georgia World Congress Center. Highlights included a performance of “Georgia On My Mind” by Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of Ray Charles in a tribute to her late father [...]

Oscar-Nominated Actress Taraji P. Henson to Serve as ABFF 2015 Ambassador

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Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, has been selected as the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) celebrity ambassador. The 19th annual Festival will be held June 11-14, 2015, in New York City at the New York Hilton, AMC Empire 25 and the historic Ziegfeld Theater. Actress and Producer Taraji P. Henson has a stellar body of [...]

R&B songstress, Demetria McKinney, Shows How To “Trade It All” with a Sultry Video Directed by Derek Blanks

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Atlanta, GA- R&B songstress Demetria McKinney releases her new video for her current hit ballad “Trade It All” set to premiere today. The video was directed by famed photographer Derek Blanks and features RHOA fellow cast mates and timeless beauties Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan. This sultry video also co-stars Americas Next Top Model Cycle [...]

Female Impressionist, Sylvia Traymore Morrison, Impersonates Comedienne Mo’Nique in “Mo’Nique Claps Back”


Washington, DC – As the first black female impressionist to emerge on the entertainment scene back in the early 70′s, Washington D.C.’s Sylvia Traymore Morrison knows a lil’ something about having to battle it out as a Black female in Hollywood. Her very brief stint as an associate writer on Saturday Night Live, back in [...]

NABJ Mourns the Loss of Diversity Champion Dori J. Maynard


Washington, DC –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of Dori J. Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Earlier in her career Ms. Maynard was a reporter at the The Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, and the Detroit Free Press. She had led the institute since 2001. The [...]

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