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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


Watch live at 3:30 p.m. EDT: NAACP responds to meeting with Facebook

NAACP's Aba Blankson discusses what came of the organization's meeting with Facebook this week and what brands must do to push for change. 
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Naacp, Aba Blankson


Audra McDonald to Moderate Black Theatre United's ACTIVATING BLACK ARTISTS AND ALLIES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 9th at 630PM EST, join Black Theatre United BTU founding member and moderator Audra McDonald and Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in conversation for BTU's inaugural event aoeActivating Black Artists and Allies for Racial Justice.a [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Naacp, Audra McDonald, BWW News Desk, Sherrilyn Ifill, Moderate Black Theatre United, Black Theatre United BTU


Idris Elba Reveals Luther Film is ‘This Close’ to Being Made

Idris Elba reveals Luther film is ‘this close’ to being made A film focused on Idris Elba’s beloved gruff inspector John Luther has been in the works for over five years now and while it looks as though its small-screen run is currently at an end, the Golden Globe-winning star has revealed that the long-awaited feature story is “this close” to finally being made. (Via Deadline) RELATED: Idris Elba Says Playing John Luther Got Him ‘Addicted to the Lifestyle’ PB ...
Tags: UK, TV, Movies, TV News, Idris Elba, Luther, Naacp, Metro, Golden Globe, Elba, John Luther, Movie News, Neil Cross Luther, John Luther Got Him


Enemies of charter schools are enemies of students

Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published “Charter Schools and Their Enemies.” He presents actual test scores of students in traditional public schools and charter schools on New York State Education Department’s annual English Language Arts test and its Mathematics Test. Sowell gives the results of student tests in charter schools such as KIPP, Success Academy, Explore Schools, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First as well as the traditional New York City public schools. On the English Language Arts t...
Tags: Opinion, Iraq, New York City, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Bill De Blasio, Naacp, Success Academy, Thomas Sowell, Sowell, LA County, South Bronx, Ela, Newsom, New York State Education Department


Civil rights groups lambaste Facebook over ‘disappointing’ meeting about checking hate speech; Oversight Board’s operations delayed until fall

“Facebook wants us to accept the same old rhetoric, repackaged as a fresh response,” the Stop Hate for Profit campaign said in a statement after meeting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Product Officer Christopher Cox. The #StopHateforProfit campaign, started by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), had called on corporate advertisers to stop advertising on Facebook until the company overhauled its content moderation policies to stem hate speech and vitriol targeting minor...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, News, Hate Speech, Naacp, Board, Robinson, ADL, Greenblatt, Derrick Johnson, Christopher Cox, Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti Defamation League ADL, Oversight Board


Facebook boycott leaders ‘disappointed’ after meeting with Zuckerberg, Sandberg

What began as a relatively small effort by activist organizations to hold Facebook accountable for perceived policy failings has snowballed into a mass corporate backlash—and a rare moment of discomfort for a company that enjoys its status as one of tech’s untouchable giants. As the #StopHateforProfit campaign continues to attract surprisingly mainstream corporations to its boycott of Facebook advertising, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and the newly back-at-Facebook Chief Product Officer Chri...
Tags: Social, TC, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Ford, Mozilla, Civil Rights, Starbucks, Johnson, Naacp, Coca Cola, Trump, Misinformation, White Supremacy


Kerry Washington is coming to Disrupt 2020

Kerry Washington’s fingerprints are all over Hollywood. The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominated actor, director and producer has touched myriad projects, from her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” (where she was the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network drama) to her production of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Netflix’s AMERICAN SON (she starred in both, as well). And let’s not forget her many director credits, including on “SMILF”, “Scandal”, and “Insecure”. Bu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Hbo, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, Washington, Time, Tech, Netflix, Aclu, Venture Capital, Michelle Obama, Naacp, Hulu, Black Lives Matter, Golden Globe


Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is taking action on civil rights not because of advertiser boycotts, 'but because it is the right thing to do' (FB)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company is making changes to better address hate speech on the platform.  Those changes, Sandberg wrote on Facebook, are being made "not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do."  Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday. The following day, Facebook plans to publish the findings from a two-year independent civil rights audit. Facebook's diversity and inclusion report wil...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Minneapolis, Trends, Ford, Starbucks, Pepsico, Naacp, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Facebook COO, Information Facebook, Facebook Zuckerberg, Trump In


Political Protests Are Now Happening in Videogames

Business Insider reports that some players are adapting their avatars in the game world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the real world: In "Animal Crossing: New Horizons," players are creating customized signs and clothing for their game characters that say "BLM" and depict symbols of "No justice, no peace...." Anyone with access to a Nintendo Online account can host an online protest in the game; one such virtual protest was held on ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Bbc, Naacp, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Trump, Gamespot, Roblox, Nintendo Online, National Bail Fund Network, Southern Poverty Law Center Meanwhile Forbes


Tunde Adebimpe – “ReelFeel”

On Juneteenth, when Bandcamp was donating its share of sales revenue to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, TV On The Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe shared the impassioned new protest song "People." Yesterday, Bandcamp once again waived its share of the revenue, and Adebimpe shared another new song, a synthpop jam with … More »
Tags: Music, TV On The Radio, Naacp, Tunde Adebimpe, Chrome Sparks, Bandcamp, Black Boltz, People Yesterday Bandcamp, Adebimpe


A Facebook recruiter filed a federal complaint alleging the company is biased against Black employees and job candidates (FB)

A Facebook recruiter and two rejected job applicants filed a complaint Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the company of discriminating against Black workers, as first reported by The Washington Post. The three workers, all of whom are Black, alleged that Facebook has a pattern of "racial discrimination in hiring, evaluations, promotions, and pay" for Black employees and job applicants. "There may be Black Lives Matter posters on Facebook's walls, but Black work...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Trends, Unilever, Silicon Valley, Naacp, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Black, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Anti Defamation League


Black Theatre United Will Host Chat with Audra McDonald and NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Sherrilyn Ifill

On July 9 630pm EDT, Black Theatre United founding member and moderator Audra McDonald will joinSherrilyn Ifill President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fundin conversation for Black Theatre United's Inaugural event 'Activating Black Artists and Allies for Racial Justice' [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Naacp, United, Audra McDonald, BWW News Desk, Sherrilyn Ifill, Black Theatre United Will Host Chat, 630pm EDT Black Theatre United


Let’s stop COVID-19 from undoing diversity gains

Rachel Sheppard Contributor Share on Twitter Rachel Sheppard is the director of global marketing at global pre-seed accelerator Founder Institute and co-founder of the Female Founder Initiative. Any disaster will have its harshest repercussions on people who were already marginalized. It’s unsurprising, then, that when it comes to jobs and businesses, the COVID-19 lockdown is impacting women and ethnic minorities more than any...
Tags: Tech, United States, Naacp, Alice, Founder Institute, Joonko, Rachel Sheppard, COVID, George Floyd


The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Diageo, Unilever, Adidas, Cnn


Someone added almost 50 extra wolf whistles to Steve Miller's 'The Joker,' and it's hilarious

There are 49 wolf whistles in a new parody version on YouTube that's encouraging donations to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter.          [Author: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Tags: Religion, Naacp, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Steve Miller


Open Mortgage Pulls Ads from Facebook, Instagram in Massive Hate Speech Protest

Austin, Tex.-based multi-channel mortgage lender Open Mortgage announced on Wednesday that it is suspending its ad buying on social media platforms owned by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook in protest of those platforms’ policies related to the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech, the company said. The lender is joining prominent corporations including beverage maker The Coca-Cola Company, consumer packaged goods corporation Unilever, retail giant Target and auto manufacturer For...
Tags: Facebook, Featured, Instagram, Finance, Unilever, Ford, Naacp, Facebook Instagram, Scott Gordon, ADL, Herrera, Lenders, Google Bing, Menlo Park Calif, The Coca Cola Company, Open Mortgage


Americans face 25% jump in power bills, adding to summer woe

By Will Wade and Chris Martin, Bloomberg As the U.S. faces a blisteringly hot summer, millions of people already reeling from the coronavirus’s economic fallout are about to face sharp increases in electric bills that may drive some to the brink of financial ruin. With soaring temperatures expected in July and August, people stuck at home because they’re unemployed or working remotely will depend on air conditioners more than ever. That’s going to drive up power bills by as much as 25% in parts ...
Tags: Business, National Weather Service, New York, Utilities, California, Washington, Sport, Britain, Soccer, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Naacp, East Coast, Central Valley, U S Census Bureau, Public Utilities Commission


Facebook Bans Hundreds Of ‘Boogaloo’ Accounts For Breaking Anti-Violence Rule

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had banned hundreds of “boogaloo” accounts,  and groups that it said had violated its policy against violence. The move came as the social media giant has faced mounting corporate and political pressure to root out violent extremists, especially those who moderate Facebook groups and pages. In a statement, Facebook said it was designating a subset of boogaloo proponents as a violent anti-government network under its policy against “dangerous individuals a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, California, Cnn, Fbi, Ford, Oakland, Naacp, Detroit Free Press, ATF, Mazie Hirono, The Black Lives Matter, Rhett, Carrillo, Newhouse


Why Is COVID-19 Killing So Many Black Americans?

COVID-19 threatens the health of Americans in a way that hasn’t happened since the Spanish Flu in 1919. At this writing, it has killed half a million people around the world—a quarter of whom were Americans. The virus brought the economy to its knees, with unemployment rates and business closings that look more like the Great Depression than a mere downturn. But the suffering inflicted by COVID-19 is not evenly distributed. Black folks (and Latinos) are more likely to contract COVID-19, less li...
Tags: Google, Parenting, Congress, California, Cdc, America, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, International Monetary Fund, Naacp, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, UC, Black, Jones


With advertiser boycott growing, lawmakers press Facebook on white supremacy

In a new letter to Mark Zuckerberg, three Democratic lawmakers pressed the Facebook chief executive for accountability on his company’s role in amplifying white supremacy and allowing violent extremists, like those in “boogaloo” groups, to organize on its platform. Citing the “long-overdue” national reckoning around racial injustice, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wrote to Zuckerberg in an effort to highlight the rift Facebook’s stated policies and i...
Tags: Social, TC, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Senate, Tech, United States, Patagonia, Naacp, Zuckerberg, Trump, Democratic, Tucker Carlson, Kaplan, Mazie Hirono


Black Innovation Alliance aims to increase Black ownership and shrink the racial wealth gap

Over the years, a number of support organizations geared toward fostering diversity and inclusion in tech have emerged. Black Innovation Alliance, which launches today, aims to serve as a unifying force for the many organizations focused on supporting Black innovators. Meanwhile, The Alliance’s existence signals to white folks that there are other organizations focused on advancing Black people beyond the NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Color of Change and others. “There’s so much that we owe ...
Tags: Tech, Williams, Bia, Silicon Valley, Naacp, Black, Burton, UNCF, Aniyia Williams, Black Brown Founders, Black Innovation Alliance, NAACP United Negro College Fund Color of Change, Kelly Burton


How Trump really dealt with Russia's bounty on US soldiers

The two upcoming Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, are now available for order, but will only be available by online pre-order. Information about the books, including how to pre-order, and special offers here. The Boing Boing article about the book is here. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 is the deadline to contribute to the Tom the Dancing Bug for Justice Fundraiser, benefiting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and be eligible for inval...
Tags: Post, News, Russia, US, Naacp, Trump, Tom, Tom the Dancing Bug


Policing, Race Relations to be Discussed at Stark County Town Halls

Organizers of a town hall meeting tonight in Stark County are hoping to deepen community dialogue about policing and race relations. John Spitzer, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Israel Canton, and Ron Ponder, former president of the NAACP in Stark County, have been helping organize the meeting tonight and another one on Thursday at Faith Family Church in North Canton. Ponder is moderating the sessions. He thinks there’s something to learn from what’s been happening in Canton. [Author: Sarah Taylor]
Tags: Naacp, Sarah Taylor, Stark County, Canton, Stark County Town Halls, John Spitzer Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel Canton, Ron Ponder, Faith Family Church, North Canton Ponder


Woodrow Wilson Was Even Worse Than You Think

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. Princeton University’s decision this weekend to strike the name of its former president — and ours — from its public policy school for his “racist thinking and policies” was long overdue. Woodrow Wilson was in wide company in being a white supremacist at the turn of the 20th century, but he stands apart in having overseen the triumph of this ideology at home and abroad. Son of the Confederacy’s leading cleric, apologist ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, England, Hollywood, News, Supreme Court, Republicans, Australia, White House, Hungary, Canada, United States, New York Times, New Jersey, Paris, Italy


Reddit, YouTube, and Twitch are taking major steps to crack down on hate speech from pro-Trump and far-right groups (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB)

Major social media platforms on Monday took action against Trump, pro-Trump groups, and far-right accounts for violating their policies against hate speech. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, Twitch suspended Trump's official account, and YouTube banned a number of prominent white supremacists' channels. The moves come as major advertisers are boycotting Facebook over the company's refusal to take more aggressive action against hate speech and misinformation. Visit Bu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Youtube, Trends, Reddit, Naacp, Donald Trump, Steve Huffman, North Face, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Tulsa Oklahoma, Denny, Ben Jerry, Stefan Molyneux


All of the companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the content despite re...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, Trends, Unilever, Cnn, Patagonia, Starbucks, Honda, Naacp, Coca Cola


RECAP: Sara Bareilles, Drew Barrymore, Audra McDonald, and More Shared With Marlo Thomas on STARS IN THE HOUSE

Stars in the House continued Friday night8pm forMarlo Thomas Friends in FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME Special. This episode was in support of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Marlo Thomas, House, Naacp, Thomas Friends, BWW News Desk, Sara Bareilles Drew Barrymore Audra McDonald


Fact-checking Biden on GOP tax cuts, NAACP endorsement, and other false claims

While former Vice President Joe Biden has been limited in his campaign efforts due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic nominee has continued to hold virtual town halls, remote interviews with the press, started a podcast and, more recently, has held several in-person roundtables.
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Fact-checking Biden on GOP tax cuts, NAACP endorsement, and other false and misleading claims

While former Vice President Joe Biden has been limited in his campaign efforts due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic nominee has continued to hold virtual town halls, remote interviews with the press, started a podcast and, more recently, has held several in-person roundtables.
Tags: Joe Biden, Cnn, Gop, Biden, Naacp, Democratic