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Will Smith Invests in Financial Literacy App for Teens

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Will Smith Invests in Financial Literacy App for Teens

Award-winning actor and artist Will Smith is expanding his influence beyond Hollywood with his most recent investment in the mobile-banking service app, Step.  According to Black Enterprise, Step is an app that allows teens to easily send and receive money from family and friends without having to deal with the monthly fees, overdraft fees or minimum balance that traditional banks require customers to have.  “Schools don’t teach kids about money,” Step’s CEO and co-founder CJ MacDonald tells TechCrunch. “We want to be their first bank accounts with spending cards, but we also want to teach financial literacy and responsibility.”  Outside...

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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Steps in to Offer Legal Counsel to Arizona Family Victimized by Police

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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Steps in to Offer Legal Counsel to Arizona Family Victimized by Police

Jay-Z continues to use his influence and resources for good. The business mogul recently engaged Team ROC, the social justice department of Roc Nation, to offer legal support to the family in Phoenix whose now viral video, captured their unfortunate encounter with police officers. In it the officers can be seen using excessive force and threatening gun violence against a couple and their children, all over reports that their 4-year-old daughter walked out of a dollar store with a doll. Arizona Central reports that Team ROC “has secured high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to join the family's legal team pro-bono and...

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Dictionary.com is Updating Their Definition of “Black”

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Dictionary.com is Updating Their Definition of “Black”

Thanks to Proctor and Gamble’s #MyBlackisBeautiful (MBIB) and their recently launched #RedefineBlack movement, Dictionary.com has agreed to update how they define and refer to “Black.” They made the announcement on June 6, almost in immediate response to MBIB’s launch.   View this post on Instagram In the dictionary, the word Black has some pretty negative words attached to it. However, when we see Black, we identify with beauty, bravery, and strength. #RedefineBlack with us now at www.mbib.com. #MyBlackIsBeautiful #MBIB A post shared by My Black Is Beautiful (@mbib) on Jun 5, 2019 at 4:01am PDT A portion of the statement read: At Dictionary.com we take words...

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Street in Front of NASA HQ Officially Renamed Hidden Figures Way

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Street in Front of NASA HQ Officially Renamed Hidden Figures Way

From today on when people pass NASA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, hailed above their heads will be a new street sign that reads “Hidden Figures Way.”  The family members of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and hidden figure Dr. Christine Darden attended the event which included remarks from NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, Senator Ted Cruz, DC Councilmember, Phil Mendelson, and the author of the Hidden Figures book, Margot Lee Shetterly.  Photo credit: BOTWC Bridenstine opened the unveiling ceremony by highlighting the countless other Black women at NASA whom Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson represent.  “These were the...

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Denzel Washington Joins Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman as AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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Denzel Washington Joins Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman as AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is continuing to leave a lasting imprint on the film industry. Recently, Washington was honored with the American Film Institute’s 47th Lifetime Achievement Award, making him just the third African-American in history to receive the honor.  According to Deadline, Sidney Poitier received the award in 1992 and Morgan Freeman received one in 2011.  At Thursday’s tribute event, Washington’s work was praised by several of his peers including Spike Lee who presented him with the award.  “There’ve been several references tonight to the G.O.A.T. We’re talking about Michael Jordan. We’re talking about Frank Sinatra. We’re talking about...

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