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21 Books: Catching Up with Reviews

Here's what I've read since my last check-in. All books were received for review or for a freelance assignment unless otherwise indicated. Where you see "AFM," please check out my full audiobook review on the . Also note that I've given fuller treatment to some of these titles over on . Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan (Grim Oak Press, June 2020): This is the final installment of the Legends of the First Empire series. If you like great characters, terrific world building, and good...
Tags: Books, Florida, England, Instagram, Germany, Boston, Hawaii, Jane Austen, Louisiana, Pearl Harbor, Brit Bennett, Black, Highland, Big Island, Penn, Joann


BBC Matches Stormzy’s $12.6 Million Racial Equality Fund

U.K. broadcaster BBC’s corporate charity Children in Need has partnered with urban, contemporary and Black music radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra to match rapper Stormzy’s recent £10 million ($12.6 million) pledge to benefit young Black lives in the country. BBC Children in Need will match Stormzy’s pledge over 10 years and develop a dedicated new […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Black, BBC Radio, Stormzy, BBC Matches Stormzy


Lady A Slams Lady Antebellum for ‘Insincere Gestures’ in Attempts to Use Her Name

Blues singer Anita White, also known as Lady A, has come out with a new statement slamming the country band formerly known as Lady Antebellum for making “insincere gestures” in their efforts to also change their name to Lady A before trying to use “their wealth and influence to intimidate and bully me into submission.”“It is now clear that their apologies, friendly texts, and playing on my love of God were just insincere gestures aimed at quieting me,” White wrote. “Well, I will not be quiet any...
Tags: News, Celebrity, Dave, Tennessee, Rolling Stone, Trademark, White, Black, Seattle Wa, Dave Haywood, Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott Charles Kelley, George Floyd, Anita White, Hillary Charles


10 Things I Love Sunday

(This photo is from our Print Shop!) Hey everyone! It’s been awhile. I hope your pandemic summer is going as well as it can and that you’re all staying safe and healthy! Here are some things I’ve been loving lately: 1. I’ve talked about how much I love the giant super scrunchies in the past, and I was introduced to an amazing Black-owned shop that only uses vintage fabric and makes EVEN BIGGER scrunchies than the ones I’ve seen in a lot of stores! Jane Dottie Vintage is so adorable and I absolu...
Tags: Window Shopping, Black, Michael, True Co, Indego Africa, Jane Dottie Vintage


Book: Tulsa 1921

I heard the phrase “Greenwood” a few days after George Floyd was murdered. I’d never heard of it, or of the Tulsa race massacre before. It’s 2020, so I went looking around on the Internet. The more I read, the more upset I became. Amy and I then watched the first few episodes of The Watchman, and I suddenly had a desire to get a full picture of what happened. I do this by reading a book. I’m not a history buff, so I don’t spend a lot of time going deep on a particular historical event. Mo...
Tags: Texas, Wikipedia, America, Trends, Kkk, Dallas, Black, Amy, Tulsa, Greenwood, Feld, University of Oklahoma, Krehbiel, George Floyd, United States Black, Randy Krehbiel


What it was like to see Andrew McMahon perform a concert to socially distanced fans at Drive-In OC

“So, is it weird, or is it cool out there?” singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon asked the sold-out crowd at the official kick-off of City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC Series Friday night. It was a little of both. There hasn’t been a full-fledged live concert experience in the area due to the spread of novel coronavirus since March. It was weird to experience a concert, drive-in style, with fans parked within individual tape-marked squares, but as soon as the music began there was an obvi...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jack, Black, Booker, Jones, Concerts, Anaheim, City National Grove, Grove, McMahon, Pala Casino Spa, City National Grove of Anaheim, Lindsey Stirling


School names latest target in effort to account for racist legacies of historical figures

Michael Chwe was surprised – and motivated to act. The UCLA economics professor received his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, and remembers well the reverence for Robert A. Millikan, a renowned physicist and the university’s first president, around campus. The Nobel Prize recipient, Chwe said, represented a sort of demigod. But then, the current racial justice movement sprang up, in the wake of the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd. And Chwe, through...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, La, White House, Germany, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Long Beach, Kkk, Jordan, Lausd


Critics Pile On Vogue Over Simone Biles Photos, Call For More Black Photographers

With "all the Black talent ... Vogue couldn't hire a Black photographer to shoot this cover?"
Tags: News, Vogue, Black


Here’s How Black Power Finally Prevailed in Mississippi State Flag Fight

After many years demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, Black Mississippians received their wish when a bill doing that was signed into law last week. Just as the state flag had served as a symbol of white supremacy for 126 years, beginning nearly 30 years after the Confederacy’s defeat, the lowering of the flag for the final time by a Black man symbolized Black Power. By the state’s own admission, the Mississippi state flag was rooted in white supremacy. Missi...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Senate, House, Naacp, Black, Charleston South Carolina, Fannie Lou Hamer, Legislative Black Caucus, Mississippi State University, PITTMAN, Black Power, Federal Union, Aaron Henry, MississippiWinston Churchill, Medgar Wiley Evers


Proposition 16 will bring discrimination in the name of equality: Michelle Steel

Over two decades ago, California set a clear standard by passing a constitutional amendment that put the state on a path to towards true equality. Proposition 209, passed by voters in 1996, adopted language from the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prohibit the state from discriminating against or giving preference to any individual or group on the basis race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the areas of public employment, public contracts and public education admissions. The Californians wh...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, United States, UC Berkeley, UC, University Of California, ACA, Martin Luther King Jr, Black, Don, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Board of Regents


Trump Adds Roger Stone to His List of Pardons and Commutations

The president’s decision to commute Mr. Stone’s sentence continues a pattern of his presidency: granting clemency to friends whose cases resonate with him personally.
Tags: News, Johnson, Black, Trump, Roger Stone, Arpaio, Angela, Stone, Stanton, Libby, Blagojevich, Politics And Government, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, David H, Kerik


President Trump's Pardons: Stone, Blagojevich and More

The president’s decision to commute Mr. Stone’s sentence continues a pattern of his presidency: granting clemency to friends whose cases resonate with him personally.
Tags: News, Johnson, Black, Trump, Arpaio, Angela, Stone, Stanton, Libby, Blagojevich, Politics And Government, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, David H, Kerik, Joseph M


Russian accused of harassing Black family in Oregon was ordered deported 10 years ago

The man was ordered deported in June 2010.
Tags: News, Oregon, Black


Brand Moves for Friday July 10

Nineteen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand move...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, UK, London, Microsoft, Cdc, Uncategorized, Advertising, Brooklyn, United States, Starbucks, Minecraft, Deloitte, Fitbit, Florence, Black


Study: Medicaid expansion meant better health for the most vulnerable low-income adults

The most vulnerable residents of the nation's 10th most populous state say their health improved significantly after they enrolled in Michigan's expanded Medicaid program, a new study finds. Michiganders with extremely low incomes, those with multiple chronic health problems, and those who are Black, got the biggest health boosts year over year among enrollees in the safety-net health coverage program. But participants of almost all ages, backgrounds and geographic regions reported improvements ...
Tags: Science, Michigan, Black


Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

Google's campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. From a report: The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues' ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Silicon Valley, Black, Bloomberg News


Here’s What 500 Black Americans Have to Say About Black Representation in Advertising

If June has taught us anything, it's that Black and African Americans face obstacles other groups can hardly comprehend, whether in relation to criminal justice, the workplace, the economy or so many other factors of daily life. But when it comes to Black Americans in advertising, research tends to focus on the basics: what brands...
Tags: Advertising, Black, Diversity & Inclusion, Say About Black Representation in Advertising


West Elm Partners With 15 Percent Pledge to Add More Black-Owned Brands

West Elm has become the third retailer to partner with the 15 Percent Pledge campaign, promising to stock at least 15% Black-owned brands in its stores. The first major retailer to take the pledge in June was Sephora, followed by Rent the Runway later that month. In a statement on Wednesday, West Elm laid out...
Tags: Advertising, Black, Sephora, Diversity & Inclusion, Add More Black Owned Brands


Research shows Black individuals are twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19

Results of an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19.
Tags: Health, Black, American Thoracic Society


'The Wonder Years' gets a reboot with a Black family

"The Wonder Years" is returning with a twist.
Tags: News, Stories, Black


'The Wonder Years' but with a Black family

"Reboot with a twist" alert. Deadline: ABC has handed a pilot production commitment to The Wonder Years, a new iteration of the network’s 1980s family comedy-drama. It comes from Dave executive producer Saladin K. Patterson, Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, the original series’ breakout star Fred Savage and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Patterson inspired by his experiences growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, the new incarnation of The Wonder Years chronicles how a Black middle-class family in M...
Tags: Post, Television, News, Abc, Dave, Patterson, Lee Daniels, Black, Reboot, Montgomery Alabama, Sixties, the Wonder Years, Fred Savage, Saladin K Patterson


Things to do – in-person and online – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, July 9-16

  Hikari Shimoda’s “Whereabouts of God, No. 39” is part of her “Silence and Affirmation” exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery)   Take a chance on new cultural experiences online and in-person, July 9-16.   EVENTS   Cultural Traditions from Black Communities Around the World – Connecting Community Art Workshops: Free, virtual workshops that explore creativity of the countries represented by African diaspora artists. “Mask Making,” with Maria Elena Cruz...
Tags: Facebook, California, Nigeria, America, Los Angeles, Senegal, Sport, Pop, West, Soccer, South Africa, Middle East, San Diego, Long Beach, Beethoven, Amy Winehouse


If you care about public health, fight racism

The protests that have swept the nation for the past month have highlighted the systemic racism that plagues so many of our institutions. Given the widespread nature of the protests — in big cities and small towns, in red states and blue states — there finally appears to be a critical mass of support for taking concrete action to fight racism. A good starting point for those efforts? Health care. All too often, medical professionals are oblivious to the systemic racism at work in the healthcare ...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Black, Tucker Carlson, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, National Academies of Science, David Kopp, Guest Commentary, Healthline Media


Black individuals at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, according to new research

Results of an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, those infected were on average 52 years old, compared to those who tested negative, who were 45 years old on average.
Tags: Science, Black, American Thoracic Society


‘The Wonder Years’ Reboot Happening at ABC; Story Will Center on a Black Family

The Wonder Years is making a comeback. ABC is developing a reboot of the classic family television series, with the intention of debuting the series for the 2021-2022 season. But instead of following a suburban White family like the original series did, this reboot will center on a Black family. Empire co-creator Lee Daniels will executive produce the new version alongside Fred Savage, who starred in the original series. Original series co-creator Neal Marlens is on board as a consultant. ...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Drama, Abc, White House, Dave, Philadelphia, Lee Daniels, Black, Reboot, Forest Whitaker, Savage, Kevin Arnold, Montgomery Alabama, Daniels


Discover Eat It Forward Program (Weekly $25,000 Winners)

Discover is giving $5 million to Black-owned restaurants through their #EatItForward program. Want to give your favorite Black-owned restaurants a chance to get $25K? Nominate them today! Official... Click to read more...
Tags: Facebook, Frugality, Black, Instagram Contests, Multi Entry Limit, Twitter Sweeps, Contests/Vote to Win, Ending in October, Cash & Gift Cards, Forward Program Weekly


Penn State basketball coach apologizes for 'noose' comment after a Black player shares that's why he transferred

Pat Chambers, head coach of the men's basketball team at Penn State, apologized Monday for comments he made in 2019 that led to the departure of then-freshman Rasir Bolton.
Tags: Cnn, Black, Penn State, Pat Chambers


Kilmeade Again Laments GOP’s Lack Of Black Voter Support: ‘In The ’60s Things All Reversed’

“Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday repeated his complaint about how the Democratic Party used to be the party of the KKK but yet the current GOP lacks Black voter support. Last year, Kilmeade told then-Fox Nation personalities Diamond and Silk during a “Fox and Friends” segment that the Democratic Party “gave birth to the Ku Klux Klan.” Kilmeade also argued that “it was a Republican that — Abraham Lincoln’s party — that up into the 1960s that would fought (and) push back agains...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Fox, West, Democrats, Gop, Kkk, Republican Party, Republican, Harry Truman, Black, Forbes, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Democratic


Unions plan ‘Strike for Black Lives’ walkout to highlight racism

By Aaron Morrison, The Associated Press A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home and airport workers in more than 25 cities are expected to walk off the job July 20 for about eight minutes — the amount of time prosecutors say...
Tags: Minneapolis, La, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, Missouri, Tennessee, Long Beach, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Union, Associated Press, Honduras, Oakland, Martin Luther King


McConnell, show black lives matter

Right now, the US is experiencing a long-overdue reckoning on race. Led by young Black women and men, Americans have taken to the streets to protest the unlawful killings of Black people by the police, push for transformational police reform and demand structural change to end oppressive policies.
Tags: News, US, Stories, Black, McConnell