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Milwaukee Author Brings Black Literature To The City Via A Book Bar

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Milwaukee Author Brings Black Literature To The City Via A Book Bar

A bar we can get behind! A Milwaukee author has plans to open a book bar in the city, focused on bringing varied Black literature to the forefront, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cetonia Weston-Roy is an author and founder of the Black Authors Collective, an online Black authors coalition, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The budding author started the collective to build community among Black lit writers in the city, an effort she felt necessary to help bring her ultimate goal of opening a book bar to fruition.  The Niche Book Bar is an idea Weston-Roy came up with while in college. After putting...

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Mara Brock Akil Inks Overall Deal With Netflix For Original Content

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Mara Brock Akil Inks Overall Deal With Netflix For Original Content

We're excited to see what she creates! Legendary showrunner Mara Brock Akil just inked an overall deal with Netflix for original content, Deadline reports.  The famed creator is known for her bevy of hit shows, including The Game, Being Mary Jane, and Girlfriends, the latter of which released on Netflix on September 11. For years, Brock Akil has been cranking out hit after hit, giving us fantastic television centered on Black life, Black love and Black culture, with over 400 produced episodes under her belt. Girlfriends, her first hit comedy, debuted in 2000 and ruan for eight seasons. Next came The Game, quickly garnering a cult-like following, running for three...

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Indiana Teen Accepted To Over 60 Colleges Selects An HBCU

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Indiana Teen Accepted To Over 60 Colleges Selects An HBCU

Let’s get his Howard gear ready! An Indiana teen accepted to more than 60 colleges announced his choice to attend Howard University, Black Enterprise reports. Taran Richardson impressed himself at the end of last school year, getting accepted to more than 60 different colleges and universities while raking up more than $1 million in scholarships. The 18-year-old had worked hard throughout his tenure in high school, becoming the salutatorian at Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High, where he excelled academically and socially, even volunteering with the Stop the Violence Indianapolis initiative as his capstone project. His participation in community organizations like the...

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Meet The First Black Justice Minister In Canada

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Meet The First Black Justice Minister In Canada

A change in Canadian politics! This week Canadian politician Kelechi "Kaycee" Madu was appointed as justice minister and solicitor general, sparking a wave of optimism among the Black community he represents, CBC reports. Madu was born and raised in Nigeria, graduating with a law degree from the University of Lagos in 2001. He moved to Canada in 2005. He went on to practice law in Nigeria and Alberta, a province in Canada, becoming an active and integral part of the community. Dunia Nur, president of the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council, called Madu a role model, citing his background as a...

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Maryland Entrepreneur Creates Platform To Increase Diversity & Inclusion In The Cannabis Market

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Maryland Entrepreneur Creates Platform To Increase Diversity & Inclusion In The Cannabis Market

Creating opportunities for the community! One Maryland man has created a new platform focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in the cannabis sector, Black Enterprise reports.  Kevin Ford is the founder of Uplift Maryland, a platform offering training and resources for African-Americans interested in getting into the medical marijuana field. While exploring the medical market in various legalized states, he realized he needed to streamline information around the process, create community for those interested and break down the stigma surrounding the cannabis industry if there was ever going to be a chance for more Black owners in the field.  View...

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