Jamaica's Back to School Supplies Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Following the success of the COVID-19 Care package project which to date has distributed over 14,000 packages; thanks to the collaboration between JDTAN, the LASCO Chin Foundation, the Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA) multiple partners and the generosity of thousands of donors.  JDTAN and partners will now support the  Crime Prevention and Community Safety branch of the Ministry of National Security’s Back-to-school initiative to provide basic school supplies to students from 20 schools. The need is heaviest for infant and primary school students in communities in: Clarendon, St. James, Kingston, St. Andrew and Westmoreland.  Each child’s backpack will be fil

Two Black Owned Banks Just Merged to Form a $1 Billion Lender, the Largest Black Owned Bank in the U

Two Black owned banks, City First in Washington, DC and Broadway Financial Corporation in Los Angeles, CA announced today that they have entered into a transformational Merger of Equals agreement to create the largest Black owned bank in the nation with more than $1 billion in combined assets under management and approximately $850 million in total depository institution assets. Combining the two institutions will increase their collective commercial lending capacity for investments in multifamily affordable housing, small businesses, and nonprofit development in financially underserved urban areas while creating a national platform for impact investors. Brian E. Argrett, chief executive of

OYA emerging filmmakers enhances young black filmmakers by providing countless opportunities

BY SELINA McCALLUM If you’re a journalist or a creative you probably have been asked once in your life, “But are there any jobs in that field still?” And if you are like me, you were annoyed by that question because you know that no job, no matter what field, is just going to fall into your lap (unless you have connections). Now, bring being black into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging when looking for internships and trying to gain experience. After I graduated from the University of Windsor with a double degree in Digital Journalism and Communications, Media and Film, I was applying for many jobs in the film and journalism industry but didn’t hear back. After I met Simone Jenni

Activists and Celebrities to Kick Off ‘BreonnaCon’ in Louisville to Demand Justice for Breonna Taylo

It’s been five months since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT worker, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers while sleeping in her home. Yet, inconceivably, no one has been charged for her death. Activists, however, are amplifying the calls for justice. Until Freedom, an organization geared toward fighting systemic and racial injustice, announced BreonnaCon, a multi-day event in Louisville, Kentucky, to direct resources, talent, and energy towards achieving justice for Taylor. The event starts tomorrow, Aug. 22, and will culminate Aug. 25 with a massive demonstration. According to a press release, this “first-of-its-kind community convention” will include works

Four founders on why sustainable fashion must include racial equality

BY IZZY COPESTAKE Fashion brands’ sustainability goals typically focus on efforts to reduce carbon emissions and incorporate more recycled materials into their collections. But experts argue these initiatives only scrape the surface of what fashion needs to become fully sustainable. The industry — built on the efforts of textile workers, the vast majority of whom are people of colour working in India, China, Bangladesh and Vietnam — must understand and address the link between racial equality and sustainability. Inequality for workers in fashion’s supply chain has been brought to light, and exacerbated, by the pandemic. The Black Lives Matter movement launched a pattern of workers speaking o

Sustainability in fashion relies on embracing diversity

BY RACHEL CERNANSKY Failing to overcome internal systemic racism in the fashion industry limits career opportunities for Black employees and alienates customers. It also shortchanges brands’ efforts to reduce impacts on the environment. “All of these issues are connected,” says Aja Barber, a sustainability consultant and advocate. “If the humans where you manufacture don’t have clean drinking water, then it doesn’t matter if you’re using less water in your manufacturing.” Countries where the majority of clothing is manufactured — as well as where much of it ends up at the end of its life — are among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change, and many grapple with contaminated or insuffic

Sun Damage Looks Different On Every Skin Tone—Here's What Experts Say You Should Look For

By Courtney Leiva In case you needed a reminder, sunlight can wreak some serious havoc on your skin. Long-term ultraviolet radiation can cause wrinkling, breakdown of collagen, hyperpigmentation, broken blood vessels, and most dangerously, it can cause certain types of skin cancers. However, sun damage looks different depending on your specific skin tone. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, your skin tone is one of the most important factors in determining your sun damage risk. To break it down, it uses a scientific classification known as the Fitzpatrick skin typing that groups skin tones into six overarching categories that range from light to dark. To better understand how sun damage

Caribbean Style & Culture Day 2020 Virtual Showcase: Day 1

Greetings beautiful souls! Thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch Day 1 of the 11th Annual Caribbean Style & Culture Fashion & Awards Showcase presented by Karib Nation! The annual production offers a holistic, artistic, empowering presentation merging roots, fashion, music, dancing, and history. Designers Eliette Lesuperbe, THALASSA Beachwear, and The Cloth kicked off the virtual festivities hosted by International Creative Director Chantney Renese, Fashion Stylist Ms. Tee Wright, and yours truly! At Motivational Moore, we are committed to reflecting a diverse range of artistic outputs--including music, multimedia, dance, film, fashion, theatre, and the realms in between! Through our

Reflections of Kamala Harris’ father – Donald Harris

by Jermaine Nkrumah As a child growing up in Jamaica, I often heard it said, by my parents and family friends: “memba whe yu cum fram”. To this day, I continue to retain the deep social awareness and strong sense of identity which that grassroots Jamaican philosophy fed in me. As a father, I naturally sought to develop the same sensibility in my two daughters. Born and bred in America, Kamala was the first in line to have it planted. Maya came two years later and had the advantage of an older sibling as mentor. It is for them to say truthfully now, not me, what if anything of value they carried from that early experience into adulthood. My one big regret is that they did not come to know ver

1261 Film Festival Goes Virtual For 2020!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Announces Revised 2020 Dates & Hybrid Festival in Grenada A Resilient Physical and Virtual Experience ST. GEORGE, GRENADA (August 3, 2020) -- MPROJEKTS CREATIVE GROUP, GND today announces its second annual 12°N, 61°W Film Festival  (1261Film Festival) will move to a Hybrid — Physical & Virtual — Film Festival in Grenada.  The festival will run for five days, inclusive of a celebration of Film, Music, Art, panels, seminar and a Children’s program to take place from October 30 - November 3rd, 2020. The 1261 Film Festival is about celebrating our Stories. Our Culture! Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our community, now more than ever, it's important to amp

LEGACY OF SUFFRAGE 100 Years Later, These Activists Continue Their Ancestors’ Work

Black Lives Matter protesters violently cleared by federal forces from Lafayette Square this June were the latest Americans to bring their demand for justice to the doorstep of a sitting president. The first White House protesters were the suffragists, who amid a world war and a flu pandemic unfurled banners demanding of Woodrow Wilson, “MR. PRESIDENT, HOW LONG MUST WOMEN WAIT FOR LIBERTY?” Shunned, imprisoned, beaten and tortured, the uneasy alliance of white, Black and brown, highly privileged and formerly enslaved women won passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago this month using tactics of protest and persuasion that activists still deploy. As Americans mark a century since that stru

Diné woman will be Kansas’ youngest sitting legislator

All four Native candidates running for office in Kansas won their primary elections Tuesday, including one who is the presumptive winner of a state House seat, and will become Kansas' youngest sitting legislator, after no one filed to run against her in November. Twenty-six-year-old first-time candidate Christina Haswood, Diné, won her Democratic primary with 70 percent of the vote. "It's still surreal," Haswood said Tuesday night. "I just want to thank my voters for supporting me in this important election." On Wednesday morning, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez rang praise for Haswood. "Change is happening with this election, and Christina Haswood is part of that change," Nez said. "I

Two Women Of Jamaican Descent On Joe Biden’s List Of Top 10 Picks For Vice President

Former Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden, who is now the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2020 presidential election, has stated that he will choose a woman to be his vice-presidential running mate. CNN has compiled a list of the ten most likely candidates for that position and ranked them in order of potentially being chosen. The list includes two women of Jamaican descent: Kamala Harris and Susan Rice. At the top of the list is Senator Kamala Harris, who herself sought the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination during the primary season before ultimately suspending her campaign. She currently serves as a United States Senator from California. Prior to ser

Too black for some, too white for others: Conflicts of Afro-German Identity

Members of the Black German group Adefra at a gathering. Society assigns different identities to African-descended Germans as it opportunistically deems fit/Photo: Photo: Gyavira Lasana “I’m used to not being German enough, living in this country, but not being African enough to represent Africa in Germany was a new one to me,” writes Jennifer Odusola, narrating the complexity of the experience of Germans of dual African-German heritage. — Thoughtless statements or comments that aren’t meant to ‘offend’ often have ways of exposing hidden conflicts regarding one’s own identity, and the confusion that a bicultural person might experience for years will leave its mark. The question of belonging

The Afro-Peruvian Women Leading the Black Movement in South America

The image of a smiling Black woman, complete with red kerchief, sits above the word "Negrita," emblazoned on the bright red packaging of various sweets. The brand name stands out, as if taken from the refrain of Victoria Santa Cruz' emblematic poem, Me Gritaron Negra (They Yelled 'Black Woman' at Me). Negrita is a familiar mammy trope, similar to the United States' Aunt Jemima. Both are set to become relics of their stereotypical past—the Peruvian version declared gone in late June, when AliCorp, the largest Peruvian consumer goods producer, announced the change of the name and image of its brand Negrita after 60 years of existence. Calling the image "inappropriate," the company said it will

Beyoncé’s “Black Is King”: 13 Best Fashion and Beauty Looks

BY ASIA MILIA WARE From her cornrows to the inclusion of African designers, not a detail went amiss in the new visual album. 1. Beyoncé in “Water” from the visual album BLACK IS KING, on Disney+ANDREW WHITE/COURTESY OF DISNEY + WATCH Artwork DIY: Paint with Old Makeup The wait is over, Beyoncé is back! Her new visual album, Black Is King, officially premiered on July 31 exclusively on Disney+ and the queen has gifted us with fashion and beauty moments galore. Following last year’s The Lion King: The Gift, the album accompanying the live-action film of The Lion King, Beyoncé has gifted the Beyhive (and general public) with a sublime visual album once again based on its soundtrack. The highly

The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens

Black owned farms make up less than 2 percent of all farms in the United States. According to a recent report, Black farmers lost 80 percent of their farmland, often because they lacked access to loans or insurance needed to sustain their businesses. The report mentions the “long and well-documented history of discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).” It goes on to state that “The unequal administration of government farm support programs, crucial to protecting farmers from an inherently risky enterprise, has had a profound impact on rural communities of color.” It is clear that that Black farmers need help now more than ever. We also need f

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