WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021
Dear Family & Friends, I pray all is well with you and your families!

It is now 2021 and this nation is STILL talking about the infamous
"Digital Divide!" Why? I have spent over 30 years talking about this serious problem on a national and global level.. In the Early/Mid 90's during President Clinton's administration; Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration wrote the report Falling Through The Net! A report that I often revisit and became the reason for my commitment to Community Technology Development. Every City in this nation must have their leadership read or reread this report and resolve the business of Access to Affordable Connectivity and Computer it is an imperative for our children and our cities to thrive and be competitive.
We have to be realistic as to why this is happening, is it racism and classism? I would say so....Please view these videos and think about your city and educational systems. We must change this trajectory of our children's lives. The President, Senate, Congress and State, Mayor, City Council member and Corporation must focus on our children & their future!
Playtime is over! We must work together & make it happen!
Please remember to go all the way to the bottom... great information.
Haiku and Tanka for Harriet Tubman
BY SONIA SANCHEZ

1 Picture a woman riding thunder on the legs of slavery ...
2 Picture her kissing our spines saying no to the eyes of slavery ...
3 Picture her rotating the earth into a shape of lives becoming ...
4 Picture her leaning into the eyes of our birth clouds ...
5 Picture this woman saying no to the constant yes of slavery ...
6 Picture a woman jumping rivers her legs inhaling moons ...
7 Picture her ripe with seasons of legs ... running ...
8 Picture her tasting the secret corners of woods ...
9 Picture her saying: You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world 10 Imagine her words: Every great dream begins with a dreamer ...
11 Imagine her saying: I freed a thousand slaves, could have freed a thousand more if they only knew they were slaves ...
12 Imagine her humming: How many days we got fore we taste freedom ...
13 Imagine a woman asking: How many workers for this freedom quilt ...
14 Picture her saying: A live runaway could do great harm by going back but a dead runaway could tell no secrets ...
15 Picture the daylight bringing her to woods full of birth moons ...
16 Picture John Brown shaking her hands three times saying: General Tubman. General Tubman. General Tubman.
17 Picture her words: There’s two things I got a right to: death or liberty ...
18 Picture her saying no to a play called Uncle Tom’s Cabin: I am the real thing ...
19 Picture a Black woman: could not read or write trailing freedom refrains ...
20 Picture her face turning southward walking down a Southern road ...
21 Picture this woman freedom bound ... tasting a people’s preserved breath ...
22 Picture this woman of royalty ... wearing a crown of morning air ...
23 Picture her walking, running, reviving a country’s breath ...
24 Picture black voices leaving behind lost tongues ...
There are people I talk to everyday. But that was the case before the pandemic. When I don't hear from them my day is off.

I have strong intuitive relationships with some friends. I know when something is wrong and regardless of what I tell them, they know when my spirit and my body are not in a good space. I am an admitted momma's boy. I talk to my mother everyday.

I need to know she's alright. She has said to me, "You don't have to call everyday." I don't know if that is her way of telling me to not bother her so much. I don't care. I am going to keep doing it. She sees a side of me others don't. She sees me vulnerable, my anxieties. She has heard real fear in my voice. There is no pretense between us. She is my mom.

This whole self-isolation/social distancing thing, while necessary, can be trying. People want to have a feeling of normalcy again. We took for granted hanging out with friends, playing spades, meeting up for a movie and checking out new restaurants.

As we obey the warnings of our health care experts, be aware of what is happening emotionally with those you love.
You'd be surprised how an unexpected call, text or a handwritten note just to check in, just to say I love you, I'm thinking of you - will brighten up someone's day. It just may be what they need to fight off loneliness or keep them emotionally diligent in the fight against this pandemic.

We will survive this but in the meantime, lets be there for one another. I write these original affirmations every morning and send them to more than 200 people to encourage you to find your purpose and to be a witness that we are meant for greatness.

But I also write them as messages to myself to remain faithful, to love without limits and as a connection to people that mean a lot to me.

Surprise someone today with a phone call or a note. It may be just what YOU need.
Thank you for being there for me.
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One year ago, the world changed. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway, it happened slowly, and then all at once.
Weeks of uncertainty became a season of suffering, and then the deadliest year in the history of the United States, as well as Brazil, India and now Mexico. Around the world, COVID-19 has taken more than 2.7 million lives and counting. It has upended the hopes and dreams of untold millions more.
I have long resisted the simple binary—rejecting, as best I can, the false choices and zero-sum calculations; the unnuanced punditry on an increasingly complex world. And yet, as we mark the one-year anniversary of life with coronavirus, the beginning of a new era is in sight.

The last year constitutes a watershed. On one side, history’s tributaries run in one direction; on the other, toward something new. Years from now, we will refer to these periods as the B.C. and P.C. eras: before coronavirus, and post.
The Before and The After COVID-19, we knew we lived in an interconnected, multi-polar world, even as globalization was on the retreat and global cooperation on the decline.

It’s clear that we are not just interconnected but also deeply interdependent.
Rebuilding our post-COVID world together
Darren Walker, President

One year ago, the world changed. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway, it happened slowly, and then
all at once. 
 
Weeks of uncertainty became a season of suffering, and then the deadliest year in the history of the United States, as well as Brazil, India and now Mexico. Around the world, COVID-19 has taken more than 2.7 million lives and counting. It has upended the hopes and dreams of untold millions more. 

I have long resisted the simple binary—rejecting, as best I can, the false choices and zero-sum calculations; the unnuanced punditry on an increasingly complex world. And yet, as we mark the one-year anniversary of life with coronavirus, the beginning of a new era is in sight.
 
The last year constitutes a watershed. On one side, history’s tributaries run in one direction; on the other, toward something new. Years from now, we will refer to these periods as the B.C. and P.C. eras: before coronavirus, and post.
 
As we look ahead to when we will return to offices, schools and other places, we must not return to our old ways of working, learning, and connecting. Too much has been permanently disrupted, too many long-held beliefs disproved. 
 
If 2020 was, in many ways, unprecedented, what defines the P.C. era is still undetermined. We cannot permit ourselves to resume what was; we must reimagine what can be.
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project Needs YOU!
 
We are looking for engaged, passionate supporters, dedicated to our mission, to serve on our board! 
 
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is actively recruiting new board members 
who are committed to the pursuit of social justice and advancing the cause of truth and reconciliation. 

We are an all-volunteer, working board and are seeking candidates who can help fill specific needs.
 
Our greatest interest is in identifying a candidate qualified to serve as our Treasurer. This person would be expected to:
  • Prepare and provide a financial report for each meeting
  • Maintain accurate accounting of all financial transactions
  • Reconcile bank statements
  • Perform accounting duties required for maintenance of fiscal sponsorship agreements with participating county coalitions
  • Provide Board with timely, accurate list of donations received
  • Prepare and submit relevant tax documents required to maintain our 501-c-3 status

We currently use the Network For Good donor management system. Familiarity with that, or a similar donor management platform, is preferred.
 
We are also looking for additional board members with any of these skills:
  • Marketing, communications and public relations

  • Development

  • Community and corporate relationship-building

  • Legal and public policy expertise

  • Project management 
Our monthly board meetings are on Zoom so we welcome candidates from all parts of the state.
 
If interested in any of these positions, please submit a brief letter of interest and c.v. to info@mdlynchingmemorial.org. Please put “Board candidate” in the subject line. 
 
Thank you! Work with us! 
PAID OPPORTUNITY FOR A GRADUATE STUDENT! 
 
MDLMP is seeking a part-time assistant to the President with communications and organizational assistance. Projects would include newsletters, social media posts, writing copy for the organization's website, writing donor acknowledgements and community outreach efforts.
 
The ideal candidate would be a graduate student in history or journalism and possess a passion and commitment to social justice. Time commitment: approximately 5 hours per week. Compensation is offered at the rate of $25/hour.
 
Interested? Please send a brief letter of interest and a c.v. to 

Please put "assistant" in the subject line.
MARYLAND LYNCHING MEMORIAL PROJECT INC, 418 TERRACE WAY
Towson, MD 21204

Hiring of Chief Diversity Officers Triples Over Past 16 Months
But, Representation in the Workforce
Is Still Lagging
Written by Brian Good, Diversity Inc.,

The ongoing push for social change and reform that started last year after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others isn’t just changing the world we live in, it’s also dramatically changing the places we work.

And nowhere is that change more evident than in DE&I. Recently released data shows that the hiring of diversity chiefs has soared over the previous year and, according to some estimates, is now at an all-time historic high.

In a review of new hires conducted by Russell Reynolds Associates, researchers found that hiring of new diversity chiefs within Standard & Poor’s 500 index has nearly tripled within the last 16 months, with as many as a dozen new positions being filled monthly.

A broader analysis of publicly-traded companies on the stock market conducted by the same group found a similar jump, with more than 60 firms appointing their first-ever diversity chief since May 2020.

But whether this hiring boom and the unprecedented change that the Black Lives Matter Movement has helped to usher in will last is debatable, says reporter Jeff Green of Bloomberg.

“While 85 of the nation’s top 100 corporations tracked by Bloomberg for corporate diversity have a chief diversity officer, representation of minorities within their workforce continues to lag behind,” Green wrote.

“Recruiting a new leader sends a strong signal, but it takes more than one executive to make an impact in the face of institutional pushback.”

Even after the flood of recent hires, real progress may continue to be slow. After all, as Green pointed out, chief diversity officer positions have been around for nearly two decades. After all that time, he added, “only about 53% of S&P 500 firms do have such a position or equivalent, up from 47% in 2018.”

In addition to the glacial pace some corporations force their diversity officers to deal with as a daily hurdle, Green also pointed to the problems like low budgets and direct reports who don’t support their efforts as regular challenges diversity officers routinely face in order to succeed.

Perhaps that’s why job turnover for the position remains so high; Green noted that the average tenure for a chief diversity officer in a corporate setting is 3.2 years, compared to 5.5 years for a CEO.

Still, despite the challenges all diversity officers face — both those who are newly hired and those who have been in their positions for years —Tina Shah Paikeday, who leads Russell Reynolds’ diversity and inclusion advisory practice is hopeful things are finally getting better.

“What’s different this time is that the whole world is focused on it,” she told Green in an interview.

To prove her point, Paikeday pointed to the numerous companies that are now setting hiring quotas, dropping degree requirements that may have been a barrier for recruiting minorities and expanding their recruiting pool to many historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

In addition to the incredible increase in hiring of diversity-focused personnel,
she’s also seen a noticeable increase in budgets for diversity programs, along with a more gradual and patient approach that allows more time for programs to flourish and develop over time...

...changes she hopes will allow all diversity programs to experience even greater success over time.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is committed to our mission to stop financial fraud, waste, and abuse within Baltimore City Government and vendors doing business with the city. Complaints are received from government officials, employees, and concerned citizens via the hotline or in person. The complaints are evaluated and may result in an investigation, referral or closure.
As our reputation for investigating concerns has grown, the number of complaints has risen. This increase in investigations has led to an expansion of the staff of investigators. We have strived to maintain our focus on fiscal responsibility and utilized cost saving measures at every turn to stay within our budget. This is our duty as stewards of citizens tax dollars. 

The OIG believes in continuous improvement and the office must prioritize more engagement with the community in order to further the understanding of what the office does and how it impacts the community we serve. Communication is key. The OIG is pleased to announce that beginning today, Mr. Anthony McCarthy will be joining the office. 

As Special Agent of Communications & Equity, Mr. McCarthy will act as a liaison raising awareness of the OIG’s mission and operations to the public, employees and all city stakeholders.

Mr. McCarthy has lived and worked in Baltimore City for decades with a lengthy and distinguished career in media relations. He is the former Editor-In-Chief of the AFRO-American newspaper and hosted the award-winning news and public affairs program, The Anthony McCarthy Show on public radio WEAA 88.9 FM
Mr. McCarthy served as the Chief of Staff for a former City Council President for two years and was the Spokesman for three former Baltimore City Mayors.

Mr. McCarthy’s background includes many positions with Baltimore City government where he was an integral part of the Baltimore Community serving on boards of the Public Justice Center of Maryland, the Baltimore City NAACP, the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Union Memorial Hospital and Tears of a Mother’s Cry. 

The OIG could not be more excited to welcome Mr. McCarthy and his vast skills and knowledge to the OIG team. Mr. McCarthy can be reached at
443-984-0000 or Anthony.McCarthy@Baltimorecity.gov
HISTORY IN MOTION
JEWEL BURKS SOLOMON IS CHANGING THE FACE OF TECHNOLOGY
BY IMAN MILNOR

Meet Jewel Burks Solomon. . As the head of Google for startups in the US, Solomon levels the playing field for Black and brown startup founders by connecting them with the best of what Google has to offer. Her position not only helps redefine the power structure in the tech giant world, but it also acts as motivation and fuel for those wanting access but fearing there is no place for them. Jewel Burks Solomon is a Black woman making history in real-time with her innovation and leadership. Know her!

Amazon acquired Jewel’s first startup in 2016. Partpic, of which Solomon was Founder/CEO, streamlined the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology. After its acquisition, she joined Amazon as product leader for their Visual Search and AR team. In collaboration with the commerce giant, she launched the company Amazon Partfinder in 2018 to 150 million users. 
Solomon is a managing partner for Collab Capital. The investment fund closes the funding gap for Black entrepreneurs. 

Jewel serves on the board of Re:Imagine/ATL
SOLOMON IS A PROUD HOWARD UNIVERSITY
GRAD. Shout out to those Bisons!
LESTER HOLT BECOMES THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEAD ANCHOR FOR A WEEKDAY NETWORK
NIGHTLY NEWSCAST.

NBC confirmed on Thursday what has been apparent for several weeks: Holt is being upgraded from substitute anchor to permanent anchor of the “Nightly News.”

Holt is on a long-scheduled vacation this week — his first significant time off since Williams was suspended in February.

So tweeted shortly after NBC made his promotion official: “Promised my family I wouldn’t think about work during vacation. Just got the ok to break that promise.

Excited and grateful for new role.”
In a few days, Holt’s name will be added to the “Nightly News” logo. The anchor has been filling in for Williams without the benefit of much promotion, but that will change soon: a robust marketing campaign will start next week.

Thursday’s announcement makes Holt the first African-American solo anchor of a weekday network nightly newscast.

“It’s about time!” said Richard Prince, a columnist for the The Maynard Institute who covers race and the media.
He called Holt “richly deserving” of the weekday anchor chair and said “his appointment is an important sign that
the networks realize they must keep up with our multicultural times."
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During Women’s History Month, DiversityInc is honoring a series of woman innovators and history makers like Wilma Mankiller, who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books.
Born: Nov. 18, 1945, Tehlequah, Oklahoma
Died: April 6, 2010, Adair County, Oklahoma

Best known for: Being the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Wilma Mankiller’s great-grandfather survived the deadly “Trail of Tears,” the forced removal of Native Americans westward between 1830 and 1850. Generations later, Wilma was elected as the first woman to be the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. During her career, she advocated for community development, self-help, education and healthcare programs that uplifted the Cherokee Nation.

Mankiller was born to a Cherokee father and Dutch-Irish mother in 1945. She was the sixth of eleven children, and when she was 11, the family moved from their ancestral home in Oklahoma to the Bay Area in California. Although she did not want to leave Oklahoma, she became involved in the Indigenous community in San Francisco, joining activists who were fighting to reclaim the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco’s harbor.

She married for the first time in 1963 and had two daughters. In 1969, a group of Native American students gained control of the abandoned Alcatraz prison, gaining national media attention and inspiring Mankiller to become involved in Indigenous issues. Alcatraz changed Mankiller’s trajectory, causing her to become an activist. She took college courses at night while working during the day as a coordinator of Indian programs at the Oakland public schools. Mankiller and her husband divorced in 1977, and she took her children back to her ancestral home in Oklahoma.

Founded the Community Development Department for the Cherokee Nation, focusing on improving access to water and housing for the community under Principal Chief Ross Swimmer.

In 1983, Swimmer was re-elected to his position, this time, with Mankiller as his running mate. She was the first elected deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation. Two years later, Mankiller became the principal chief when Swimmer left office to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs. .

In the 1991 election, she won 83% of the votes but despite her success, she also faced threats including her car getting vandalized and her safety threatened during her first campaign.

Mankiller later wrote in her 1993 autobiography, Mankiller: A Chief and Her People that European colonialism disrupted the traditional gender balance within the tribe. Her book weaves traditional Cherokee stories and historical accounts into her own personal narrative. She wrote that women traditionally had agency in Cherokee tribes, and women’s councils were common. Mankiller’s leadership sought to restore that balance.

Her work focused on issues of education, employment and healthcare. She tripled her tribe’s enrollment, improved employment and built new houses, health centers and children’s programs in the northeast region of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, infant mortality declined, and educational achievement rose.

In 1990, she secured millions of dollars in federal funding to the Cherokee tribe by signing a self-determination agreement with the U.S. government. In 1993, Mankiller was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

She also served as a guest professor at Dartmouth College. Mankiller left office in 1995, but continued to be an activist, advocating for women’s and Indigenous rights worldwide. In 1998, Mankiller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Women can help turn the world right side up. We bring a more collaborative approach to government,” Mankiller wrote in her book. “If we do not participate, then decisions will be made without us.”

sedal Neeley, Harvard Business School Professor and leading expert in virtual and global work, provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations in her new book REMOTE WORK REVOLUTION.
Senate confirms Deb Haaland as Biden's Interior Secretary
Historic Vote
By Clare Foran and Ted Barrett, CNN

(CNN)The Senate voted Monday to confirm Deb Haaland as President Joe Biden's Interior secretary, a historic move that will make her the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

The vote was 51 to 40, with most Republicans voting against her after several called her views on public land use and fossil fuels extreme.

It wasn't the first time Haaland has made history. In 2018, she was elected as one of the two first female Native Americans in Congress.

Her nomination to lead the Interior Department was a victory for an alliance of progressives and Indigenous leaders who campaigned to elevate one of their own to a powerful federal seat that oversees natural resources, public lands and Indian affairs.

Haaland will be part of Biden's plan to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions.

During her confirmation hearings, Haaland highlighted her history-making nomination, saying, "The historic nature of my confirmation is not lost on me, but I will say, it is not about me. Rather, I hope this nomination would be an inspiration for Americans -- moving forward together as one nation and creating opportunities for all of us."

Discussing her motivation to take on the job, she said, "It's difficult to not feel obligated to protect this land, and I feel that every Indigenous person in this country understands that," adding, "We want to protect this country, and that means protecting it in every single way."
BLACK WOMAN LAUNCHES BLACK-OWNED RADIO STATION AND TV NETWORK IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA

Earlier this month, a Black woman launched the newest Black-owned radio station and television network located in downtown Atlanta.

Black News has reported that Tina Redmond, who uses the moniker DJ Chic Chick, is now the owner of Atlanta’s newest Black-owned radio station and television network, TRACC Radio and TRACC TV.

The Inglewood, California, native says she created the two media platforms in an effort to offer independent artists, celebrities, as well business owners the chance to have their talent and or product promoted on a worldwide basis.

Previously, Redmond was working in Hollywood as a SAG-AFTRA actress and also performing production work behind the scenes.

 After years of being a part of the industry, she decided she would start producing music documentaries. She decided to go back to school for radio broadcasting and take some DJ lessons, which led to her becoming a DJ.

After attending Santa Monica College for radio broadcasting and then taking private DJ lessons at Scratch Academy in LA, DJ Chic Chick was born. She was inspired by the influence of several New York DJs such as DJ Scratch and Kid Capri.

In 2018, Redmond AKA DJ Chic Chick moved back to Atlanta where she once owned an entertainment company called “Cali Chic Studio” in Buckhead. Two years later, she has opened her radio station in Atlanta with plans to one day open one in Los Angeles after the pandemic slows down.

TRACC Radio and TRACC TV’s Atlanta station is located in Midtown at 715 Peachtree St NE, Suite 100/200 Atlanta, GA, 30308.

According to the TRACC Radio website, “TRACC RADIO is a top 40 station with an added unique style, that breaks independent artists, new records, as well as mainstream artists & their new projects.

On TRACC RADIO you hear new & old school mixes by some of the hottest djs from all over the world.

With each Dj being from a different place you as the audience, get to experience the genre of music known for in each Dj’s hometown.”
Mind Your Own Business-- Women In Leadership: Our Youth Depend On It
By Myrdith Leon McCormack

As the month-long celebration of Women’s Month comes to an end, I could not help but acknowledge this powerful leader. Carla Nelson, Creatore, President and CEO of the Black Fashion World Foundation (BFW). What another foundation? Not just another foundation, a foundation that is determined to motivate, inspire and bridge the gap between the current successful leaders and the upcoming leaders. 

“The global apparel market is expected to recover and grow from $527.08 billion in 2020 to $635.17 billion in 2021, the latest fashion industry statistics tell us. At the same time, both consumers and brands are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable fashion.” Milos Djordjevic for Savemycent.com

Now, these are some pretty hard facts in a world where small business is the heart of the nation. And Black women are the fastest minority groups to start small businesses. But with Covid-19, the minority community are the most challenged to receive the funding needed to sustain their business or grow their businesses.  But that won’t stop the Black Community from moving forward. That is what we do. Make a dollar out of 15 cents.  
Despite the wealth gap, many of us take our roles in the community seriously and make it our mission to not only be what we often can’t see. Many of us go back and help the others. Which lead me to our woman of honor, Carla Nelson, and her Career Day Symposium coming up this upcoming week March 26-27, 2021. She has organized
a list of giants that only she can--

Ruth Carter, Legendary costume designer for Black Panther, and the recent Coming to America 2,
Ron Donovan, Footwear & Accessories Inc,
Yemi Osunkoya founder and Lead Designer of Kosibah,
Professor B.J Arnett, Interim Chair-- Art & Fashion Department Of Clark Atlanta University,
Tara Donaldson--Executive Editor @ WWD Magazine, and
Myrdith Leon-McCormack, Editor/Owner World Bride Magazine:

Imagine my surprise and honor to be among these giants. But I quickly understood the weight of what was being asked of me--not to blow my own horn--Carla Nelson was holding us accountable. She was reminding us of the responsibility we had to our community, our youth the next generation. We could no longer live for ourselves we had to be socially responsible for the world we were living in and had blessed us. And we all said yes to the task of being held accountable and are all willing to give back.

We had a chat with her and here are words of wisdom from her own mouth.

What inspired you to start the foundation?  
Several catalyst activities. Through the eyes of a friend/aspiring fashion stylist, I became aware of the many challenges faced by African Americans seeking fashion industry careers. That was the aha moment. We met at a fashion event that was noticeably in demand. I offered to employ my organizational and coordination skills to help produce the event the next year. The organizers never held the next event. Then I met a history Black fashion-preneur who many years prior had with a partner opened the first-ever Black-owned upscale department store on the level of Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s. An incredible establishment incorporating a plethora of exquisite offerings and having an investment tag of $1.5 million dollars that ended in closure after one-year of service. Having a dream of being in fashion myself that was denied, I believed at that moment that I was being called to employ my skills to help people in similar situations and Black Fashion World was born.
 
Why do you feel it is so important to give back to our youth, the next generation of leaders? 
We’ve just experienced the loss of a ton of leaders, those Moses’ that got us to this point in our fight. We have to raise the Joshua’s up now!
 
Why do you think it is so important to gather this community of "successful leaders" in each of the industries and encourage them to guide our youth?
 Former First Lady Michelle Obama said it best. “Sometimes you can only be what you know exists in the world.” It is vital that we bring individuals who through faith, patience and strategic action have accomplished their dream so that others know they can do it too.
 
What does community mean to you?
 It takes an entrepreneur to raise a village. And it takes a village to raise an entrepreneur. In this case, Black Fashion World is that village, raising entrepreneurs.
 
What is the goal and mission of your foundation?
To empower Black fashion-preneurs to fulfill their fashion dreams through educational, networking, and opportunity events.
 
How can others support you?
·    Share their own stories of challenges.
·    Become a Fashion Advocate with our organization to employ their skill set to empower others and share your wisdom.
·    Contribute financially to enable us to extend lifelines to those facing challenges from COVID; to our scholarship fund to help us send students to school to start their journey; to our administrative fund. We are an emerging organization with a roster of 18 programs to develop. 

So there you have it, my friends. The world isn’t going to fix itself without positive input. While we wait on God to do the things we can’t control or don’t have the power to change--we must do our part to leave a positive imprint for everyone living and coming along behind us. That is how you mind your own business.
Share this with a youth you know that needs encouragement.
 Contribute whatever you can to this movement of hope.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
1954-2021 American Boxer

A hard-hitting lefty who could switch his stance and also box right-handed, Marvelous Marvin was the world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, Hagler was a gutsy, aggressive fighter. Over the course of his 14 years as a professional boxer, he posted a record of 62-3-2 and successfully defended his title 12 times before losing to Sugar Ray Leonard in an controversial split decision in 1987.
Road To The Title
Marvelous Marvin Hagler was born on May 23, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the oldest of six children. His father, Robert Sims, left the family when Hagler was young, and he was raised along with his siblings by his mother, Ida Mae Hagler. In 1969, wanting to escape the race riots that plagued Newark at the time, Hagler's mother moved the family children to Brockton, Massachusetts, the hometown of hall of fame boxer Rocky Marciano . When he was 15 years old, Hagler began working out at a boxing gym in Brockton, where he met brothers Guareno ("Goody") and Pat Petronelli, who trained and managed Hagler throughout his career.
Encyclopedia 1080

1973      Wins National Amateur Middleweight Championship; wins Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Middleweight Championship; receives Outstanding Fighter Award
1980-87  Undisputed middleweight champion
1984      Named Boxer of the Year by the World Boxing Council
1985      Receives The Jackie Robinson Award for Athletes for simultaneously holding the middleweight title for the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, and the International Boxing Federation
1993      Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame
Yaphet Kotto
'Alien' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street' actor, dead at 81
By Sandra Gonzalez, CNN

Yaphet Kotto as Lt. Al Giardello in "Homicide: Life on the Street." -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

(CNN)Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for bringing gravitas to his roles across television and film, has died, according to his agent, Ryan Goldhar. He was 81.

Kotto died on March 14 at 10:30 p.m. local time in the Philippines, where he lived with his wife, Goldhar said. Information on the cause of death was not provided.
Kotto's on-screen body of work began in the late '60s and remained steady through the '90s. In that time, he amassed an array of memorable roles that spoke to his transformative talent.

His notable film work includes roles in "Alien," "The Running Man," "Midnight Run" and "Live and Let Die," in which he played iconic Bond villain Mr. Big.

In television, his longest-running role was as Lt. Al Giardello on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street."

"Yaphet Kotto. My Mom's favorite," director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter. "He's one of those actors who deserved more than the parts he got. But he took those parts and made them wonderful all the same. A star. Rest well, sir."

Television producer David Simon added: "Memories and respect for Yaphet Kotto, whose film career was legend even before he came to Baltimore to grace our television drama.

But for me, he'll always be Al Giardello, the unlikeliest Sicilian, gently pulling down the office blinds to glower at detectives in his squadroom."
Queen Elizabeth Hiring Royal ‘Diversity Czar’ Following Scandal Caused by Meghan Markle’s Interview With Oprah

Following Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism, unfair treatment and an overall lack of support from her royal in-laws in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth II is admitting Buckingham Palace could use some help — and has actually begun the search for a royal “Diversity Czar.”

Reporter Sara Dorn from PageSix writes that “In an official statement issued by the 94-year-old monarch following the interview, she said the racism accusations were ‘concerning’ and ‘will be addressed by the family privately.’” 

“In addition to the [diversity czar’s] hire, the monarchy will engage in an upcoming ‘listen and learn’ exercise in which the royals will ‘seek independent views’ on how it can improve diversity efforts encompassing minorities and the LGBT community,” Dorn wrote.

“This is an issue which has been taken very seriously across the Households,” a palace official was quoted as saying.

“We have the policies, procedures and programs in place but we haven’t seen the progress we would like and accept more needs to be done. We can always improve. We are not afraid to look at new ways of approaching it.

The work to do this has been underway for some time now and comes with the full support of the family.” “The work began before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex [Prince Harry and Markle] made allegations of racism within the Royal Family,” reported Daniela Relph of BBC.

Relph reported that the focus on diversity will now be a “major drive” for the Royal Family.

It will involve “collaboration with people from minority backgrounds, disabled people and gay and transgender communities,” and is intended to show “we are listening and we want to get this right.”

Following the bombshell Oprah interview, the Royal Family received rampant blowback from around the globe, especially following revelations that there had been conversations among the Royal Family about how dark the skin of Harry and Markle’s son Archie would be.

The couple ultimately confirmed that racism had played a role in their decision to flee London for California.

Tale of the Tee is about how truth and honest conversation allows ordinary people to become the change they seek. BK Fulton and Jonathan Blank did not know each other prior to June 14, 2020.

Then, after a series of e-mails and acts of kindness, the two men, one African American and one Jewish, began a chain of e-mails and interactions that have resulted into an extraordinary friendship.

This book captures the events that sparked a brotherhood. The two men now carry a memento, a golf tee, to symbolize their bond and the work they must continue to do to advance civil society.

The Tale of the Tee teaches us that small acts can have lasting ripple effects.

Congratulations to BK Fulton and Jonathan Blank for winning the Nonfiction Book Award (Silver) for The Tale of the Tee. 

Awarded by the Nonfiction Authors Association, the award honors excellence in nonfiction.



Digital Promise is committed to bringing you relevant and informative webinars that you can join from home. Below you will find this week’s events with links to register.
 Visit our webinars page for a full calendar of upcoming learning opportunities.
 
March 24 at 1 p.m. ET
Are you a teacher, superintendent or home schooling implementing innovative, equity-driven strategies in your City? Join our general interest session to learn about joining the League of Innovative Schools, a national network of the most forward-thinking leaders REGISTER AND LEARN MORE
March 23 at 5:30 p.m. ET
How can we help students and teachers be more informed consumers of AI? The conversation continues on the ways in which artificial intelligence can shape education with the second webinar in the series “Educators, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Learning.” This webinar will focus on how AI can support teachers and will explore the benefits and risks of using AI in the classroom. Stick around after the webinar for an #AIandEdu Twitter chat!

March 25 at 1 p.m. ET
School districts in Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools were designing and implementing equity-centered transformative models, pathways, and services years before COVID-19. Learn how the new Center for Inclusive Innovation is setting the foundation for creating groundbreaking solutions for marginalized students. Hear how three district superintendents are addressing equity through innovative, unique community partnerships, pathways, and school models.
 
March 27 at 11 a.m. ET
Educators are invited to our next virtual Edcamp: Powerful Learning at Home on Saturday, March 27. In this Edcamp, educators will share and learn best practices for self-care as they navigate challenges in teaching and learning. The Edcamp will also feature a guided mindfulness meditation by coach Kendall Heaton.

Our mailing address is: Digital Promise, 1001 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 935, Washington, DC 20036
The George Ciscle Curatorial Practice Scholarship was established in 2015 to support outstanding emerging curators from diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds during their graduate studies at MICA. Initiated by the MFA in Curatorial Practice program’s founding director, George Ciscle, the scholarship is given annually to a student nominated on the basis of merit and financial need. Gifts at all levels will open doors for Curatorial Practice students who might not otherwise be able to attend MICA. It also allows the College to recruit the most promising students while at the same time cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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(BAIA™) is a multifaceted media company based in Columbus Georgia. Since 2010, our mission has been to document, preserve and promote the contributions of the African- American arts community. In the last nine years, BAIA™ has generated thousands of hours of free original content and educational tools. BAIA™ has conducted member workshops, profiles on artists, collectors and industry professionals as well as produced fine art shows in major markets that were free and open to the public. We have also worked with organizations to help them raise money from art sales, exhibitions and programming. ​Would you buy stock in BAIA™ if you could? Well, we invite you to join us in becoming a monthly supporter, starting at just $3 a month! YOU become a stakeholder and begin to help us transform lives through art. We are growing the BAIA™ team and will use your contributions to hire more team members for the purpose of creating more educational and marketing resources for schools and universities about African-American artists both past and present.
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Although Fearless Fund has only been around since 2019, it is well on its way to raising $20 million in support of entrepreneurs that are women of color (WOC).

Fearless Fund founders, from left, Arian Simone, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ayana Parsons.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Arian Simone co-founded the fund with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and business executive Ayana Parsons, to address the disparity that exists in venture capital funding for women of color. VC funding to women not only dropped 27 percent between 2020 and 2019, but less than 1 percent of WOC-owned businesses receive funding, even though minority women account for 89 percent of new women-owned businesses.

The Atlanta-based fund, which Simone expects to invest in approximately 30 startups, invests in pre-seed, seed and Series A companies focused on technology across the consumer packaged goods, fashion and beauty industries.

It has invested in six companies so far, including:
Fearless Fund’s mission and its future. What follows has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
What was the fund-raising experience like?
Simone: At first, we concentrated on friends and family to share in our mission and vision. It has been an interesting journey. It was difficult at first because what we are doing hasn’t been done yet. We are one of the first WOC funds, but we don’t plan on being the last. People had questions, such as if the market was large enough, which it is — a lot of women of color start their own businesses, but are the least funded.
Over time, it got easier to raise funding, and organizations like Invest Atlanta and Fifth Third Bank started looking at us. They began to see that we were onto something, and we went about getting institutional investors. We started a $5 million concept fund in 2020, but here came PayPal and pushed that through the roof. We went from $5 million to $20 million with an option to oversubscribe.
At the same time, there was a global pandemic and everyone was sitting still, so it made meetings go quicker. I couldn’t travel to Silicon Valley or New York, so I took lots of Zoom meetings, which worked in our favor. Then the social justices happened through Black Lives Matter and police brutality. We knew we had to take action and take a role in minority equity, and that all worked in our favor. Normally, it would take an emerging fund longer just to raise this amount of money, but after Black Lives Matter, there was a domino effect, and the stars started to align.
How do you like to work with founders?
Simone: I am passionate about this. We work with founders at an attentive level. We are previous entrepreneurs and operators turned venture capitalists. We are involved, but not in a pushy way. We are hands-on, but not invasive. We provide support and pair entrepreneurs with different corporations so there is a 360-degree relationship. Founders love having the C-suite expertise, while there is a potential exit on the corporate end. We also provide mentorship, celebrities and influencers who help with the marketing and corporate approach. We are more a strategic partner, more than just the capital.
How do you see Fearless Fund turning the tide on systemic racism impacting Black women entrepreneurs?
Simone: We are making a mark, but we need to make a dent. We need billions of dollars to make a dent. We are just doing our part in the area of systemic racism, and we need other people to join on the journey.
What needs to be in place to inspire more women of color to start their own companies?
Simone: I don’t think they need to be inspired. Women of color are founding businesses more than ever. What needs to be inspired is investors like us because the industry is still 80 percent while males. It is not just a lack of investment, but a lack of investors who are diverse. This is what is going to change the other number — more diversity of people investing will change it. We need more women of color cutting checks.
Where do you see Fearless Fund headed?
Simone: At this stage, our next steps are to identify the next winning portfolio companies and foster and support their needs. This is fund one, but we plan on a fund two and three and then have larger funds afterward. Our goal is make sure we raise quickly, fund quickly and return quickly. We are going to nurture founders and create the biggest success stories.

On January 26, 2021 Bank of America made this announcement and has completed a total of 12 Equity Investments in MDIs and CDFI Banks.

On June 2, Bank of America made a $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, of which $200 million was allocated to support Black, Hispanic-Latino, other under-represented minority and women entrepreneurs. Today, Bank of America announced it will invest approximately $150 million in 40 funds, based in 21 markets across the U.S. These investments will underscore Bank of America’s ongoing efforts to address the persistent gap in access to growth capital for minority-led businesses.

"By accelerating the flow of capital into funds focused on investing in Black, Hispanic-Latino, other under-represented minority and women-led businesses, we can help level the playing field," said Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America. "These funds support diverse entrepreneurs across the U.S. and will drive innovation and economic opportunities, creating more jobs and wealth in communities." In addition to their focus on investing in minority-led businesses, these funds are predominately led by diverse fund managers. Representative funds include but are not limited to:

  • Fearless Fund – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Harlem Capital – New York, N.Y.
  • The Marathon Fund – Washington, D.C.
  • New Community Transformation Fund – Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Reign Ventures – New York, N.Y.
  • Serena Ventures - San Francisco, Calif.
  • TMV – New York, N.Y.
  • VamosVentures – Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Zeal Capital Partners – Washington, D.C.

The completion of these investments is subject to execution of documentation.
These investments are one component of Bank of America’s $1 billion commitment to racial equality and economic opportunity. This commitment is focused on addressing and advancing social issues in minority populations, such as health, jobs, education, housing and capital inequality, and will facilitate benefits across multiple states and communities.

Investing in Minority Depository Institutions
As part of its $1 billion commitment, Bank of America dedicated $50 million to support minority depository institutions (MDIs) and community development financial institution (CDFI) banks. As part of these equity investments Bank of America will acquire up to 4.9% of common equity in MDIs and CDFI Banks facilitating benefits in the communities that these institutions serve through lending, housing, neighborhood revitalization, and other banking services.

Today the company also announced investments in two additional MDIs, new total to 12:
  • Broadway Financial Corporation*
  • Carver Bancorp, Inc.
  • Carver Financial Corporation
  • CNB Bancorp, Inc. (parent of Commonwealth National Bank)
  • CSB&T Bancorp, Inc. (parent company of Citizens Savings Bank and Trust)
  • First Independence Corporation
  • Liberty Financial Services, Inc.
  • M&F Bancorp, Inc.
  • MNB Ventures, Inc.*
  • SCCB Financial Corp. (parent company of Optus Bank)
  • Southern Bancorp, Inc.
  • Unity National Bank of Houston, N.A.
*Denotes newly announced investment

These equity investments are in addition to approximately $100 million in deposits from Bank of America in MDIs. The company also operates a $1.6 billion CDFI portfolio with 255 partner CDFIs across all 50 states, providing access to capital to thousands of individuals and small businesses who do not qualify through traditional lenders.

Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:

Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).
For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom and register for news email alerts.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Grants.gov Program Management Office
The Grants.gov program management office provides a centralized online location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The web site was established in 2002 as a part of the President's Management Agenda. It is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, and houses information regarding more than 1,000 grant programs from 26 federal grant-making government agencies. Occasionally, they do have information about minority business grants.
(select "Browse Categories" and then choose "Business and Commerce")
National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants
NASE helps small businesses by providing day-to-day support, including direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. They also offer $5,000 business grants that can be used to finance buy computers, farm equipment, hire part-time help, and more. The grants are available to black and minority businesses, as well as to the general public.
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Scale-Up Pitch Challenge
This annual pitch competition designed to “Make Big Ideas Bigger” by encouraging Black MBA members to create startups that are scalable. They provide startups the unique opportunity to connect with early stage investors and venture capitalists who are ready to invest. The competition is hosted by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional member-based organization which leads in the creation of educational and career opportunities for black professionals.
National Institute of Small Business Grants (NISMB)
The National Institute of Small Business Grants produces BusinessGrants.org - a useful web site that supplies information empowering prospective and existing small business owners, enabling them to know what their financial options are. Their mission is to help as many business owners as possible to understand what business grants are, how to obtain them, and whether or not they should be used for their companies.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
The SBIR Grants program is a congressionally-mandated set-aside program that aims to help small businesses stimulate technological innovation. It also fosters and encourages participation in government contracting by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. They issue Black business grants, minority business grants, and women business grants.
LeBron James Gets $100 Million Investment to Build Media Empire: The King and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter have formed a new company with an unapologetic agenda.
OUR MISSION:The mission of the SpringHill Company is to empower greatness in every individual, from creators to consumers. We do this by creating the most culturally-inspired brands, entertainment and products.
OUR BRANDS:Brands are our IP. We create them, cultivate them, preserve them. As our brands grow, we bring them to life across content, merchandise and events.
OUR STUDIO:SpringHill develops and produces entertainment in partnership with the biggest brands and platforms in the world. Our films and original series can be found everywhere, from Netflix, HBO, Disney+ and Apple+ to CBS, NBC, ABC and ESPN.
OUR PRODUCTS:From our own products - created through internal designs and development - to product collaborations with some of the best brands in the world, we make products for those that believe in our mission.
OUR EVENTS:We bring together like-minded people in our community who want to participate and experience our mission of empowerment live. TO LEARN MORE
WOLB 1010AM 2ND & 4TH SATURDAY
NOON TO 1:00PM
A Bike. See sites along the way. Brunch!
About this Event
Private group tours are available year-round for special occasions, retreats, or a day out with your family. Register at BikeandBrunchTours.com. Click "Private Tours". Group tours open to the public again in April.
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Get to know Baltimore beyond the harbor and standard tourist attractions. Come alone, bring friends, or bring family. Whether you are on a weekend getaway, local and looking for a new activity with friends, considering moving to the city and want to learn more first, or just want to get out, join us. 
This ride includes popular sites along the Baltimore Harbor waterfront, culture in the city center, and the history, legacy, and culture of nearby historically black communities, landmarks, and popular hubs of today's movers and shakers. This is a one of a kind casual tour that aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly. Maybe you will even make a new friend or two. Ride, see Baltimore, have fun….and of course have brunch! 
NOTE: Ticket sales close 24 hours before each tour or once all spaces are full. The average tour size is 10 people.
 
FAQs
When Do Sales End: Most ticket sales end 48 hours before the ride start time. 
What to Wear: Feel free to be stylish as long as your fashions are bicycle ready and safe. Long scarves or fabrics that might easily tangle in the wheels or fall off are discouraged. Closed toe shoes are encouraged.
Start Time: The ride will leave promptly at the start time. NO REFUNDS will be provided to those who miss the ride due to late arrival under any circumstance.
Tour Length: The ride is slightly less than 5 miles and should take no more than 1.5 hours. Allow 1.5 hours for brunch. Brunch is optional. If you need to leave after the ride and can not join us for lunch, we understand, just let us know before the ride.
The Tour: First, we will meet to allow those who need a rental to pick up their bikes. We will then do a few introductions and jump on our bikes for the tour. After the ride we will move on to brunch. Both the brunch and ride should end by the stated end time. Additional instructions about the meeting location will be provided once you make your reservation.
Bike Rentals:  You may rent a bike from us, use bike share, or use a local bike shop.  Bike rentals are available at the start point with an advance reservation. If you need a bicycle choose the BIKE RENTAL option and pay for the number of bikes needed at least 48 HOURS BEFORE the ride start time.  Send us a message if you wish to rent from us or need a bike or a HELMET. Our bicycles are very basic models. Include your height and the number of bicycles needed. If you rent a bicycle from us arrive early to pick up your bicycle rental. Bikes are available on a first come first serve basis. The cost of a rental from us is $20. 
If you need a helmet choose the HELMET RENTAL option and pay for the number of helmets needed at least 48 HOURS BEFORE the ride start time. Both bicycles and helmets are available on a first come basis. Limited quantities are available.
Retail stores may cost slightly more but offer higher end bicycle models and e-bikes. You must coordinate delivery, pick up, and return of bicycles if you use a retail bicycle rental from a local bike shop. The price of bicycle rentals are NOT INCLUDED. We recommend making reservations at least 48 HOURS in advance if you need to rent a bicycle from a local shop. You must coordinate all other bike rentals via that merchant or vendor. The price of bicycle rentals are NOT INCLUDED.
Coronavirus precautions: Tours comply with CDC guidelines. Guests are asked to wear masks and temporal scanning may be requested. Until approved by guidelines brunch is outside at the restaurant. For larger groups we bring orders from the venue to a designated outdoor space that will allow compliance with the recommended distance between guests.
Brunch: The price of brunch is NOT INCLUDED. The menu includes a variety of delicious brunch items including vegan and vegetarian options. The average cost of brunch is $25 including taxes and beverage. 
Waiver: All riders must sign a liability waiver before the ride departs.
Reservation/ advance purchase: This is a reservation only ride. If others wish to join you on the ride please ask them to register separately via Eventbrite
What's the refund policy? Refunds are allowed up to 7 days before the bike tour.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? All participants must have a ticket with a name that matches a state or federal ID. Contact us with questions about transferring tickets.
Can't Get Enough: Join us for community events, rides, and more. Follow us on Instagram , Twitter , or Facebook for more about us and our other activities.
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MOTOR HOUSE CELEBRATES WOMEN HISTORY WITH WOMXN AT THE HELM CONVERSATIONS 
BALTIMORE, MD- This month, Motor House celebrates Women's History Month by acknowledging change making womxn artists and art advocates with a set of special conversations called Womxn at The Helm

Womxn At The Helm will be hosted by our Executive Director, Camille Kashaka and will focus on talking to women who have given tremendous contributions and are making great progress for the arts in Baltimore. The conversations include fashion designers Abisola Oladeinde and Brandi Lewis, Executive DIrector of The Neighborhood Design Center, Jennifer Goold, Award winning choreographer and founder of Dance and Bmore, CJay Philip, Executive Director of The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Jeannie Howe, Executive Director of Arts Everyday Julia Di Bussolo, Executive Director of CityLit Baltimore Carla Du Pree and Fulbright Scholar and Professor Lisa Moren.. "These conversations reveal true stories of challenge and triumph in creating space in the arts and culture sector of Baltimore" said Kashaka. 

Womxn At The Helm will be released in two installments, first on March 15th with art advocates and then March 29th with local artists. For more info email 
marketing@motorhousebaltimore.com 

Motor House is a creative crossroads rooted in the culture of Baltimore. We’re a non-profit arts hub, gallery, and performance space that encourages new visions, bold experiments, and emerging voices to celebrate the artistry of our city 

MEDIA CONTACT: FARAJII MUHAMMAD 
MARKETING@MOTORHOUSEBALTIMORE.COM 
(443) 473-7947 
WWW.MOTORHOUSEBALTIMORE.COM
THE FISHER CENTER'S 2020–21 SEASON
HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION




Responding to the events of 2020, the projects in this season explore and reflect on what it means to live through and create work in the midst of a pandemic, global crises, and political turmoil. 
Audiences will be invited to experience and engage with each of these projects in entirely different ways, yet together the season seeks to build community and activism in isolation. 
All offerings will be available on UPSTREAMING, the Fisher Center’s online venue.

Meshell Ndegeocello Artwork by Rebecca Meek
Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin Launches September 15
A 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice inspired by James Baldwin’s truth-telling treaty on justice in America, The Fire Next Time, and our endlessly changing world.
Each month, we offer gifts—music, thoughts, meditations, and visual testimonies of resilience—from artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Charlotte Brathwaite, Staceyann Chin, and more.

Reverend Al Sharpton Photo by Michael Frost : Rise Up!
A virtual event featuring the Reverend Al Sharpton for his new book RISE UP—a rousing call to action for today's turbulent political moment—drawing on lessons learned from Reverend Sharpton's unique experience as a politician, television and radio host, and civil rights leader.
Presented in partnership with Oblong Books & Music.

Theater & Performance Program

The Future is Present: A Casting the Vote Project Launches in October
A high-impact, liberatory media project that engages a core group of Black and Indigenous youth activists and art makers working in tandem with Bard students and adult movement leaders, artists, and researchers. Led by Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Janani Balasubramanian, Sunder Ganglani, with Alyssa Simmons and June Cross.

Pam Tanowitz Photo by Maria Baranova
Four Quartets Rehearsed Launches in Fall 2020
In 2018, three landmark contemporary artists (Tanowitz, Kaija Saariaho, and Brice Marden) joined to imagine T. S. Eliot’s haunting and mysterious meditation on time, Four Quartets. Over a weekend this fall, we will host a limited streaming event of the archival recording of the work, accompanied by the release of a new documentary about the work from the perspective of those who perform it, and an audio recording of actress Kathleen Chalfant reading the poem—the first authorized recording of the poem read by a woman.

Tania El Khoury and Basel ZaraaImage Courtesy of the Artist
As Far as Isolation Goes Launches 2021
A live-streamed, 1-on-1 performance to bring audience members in contact with those faced with inhumane detention centers and a mental health system that disregards their political and emotional humanity. A collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa, reimagined online during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, the piece explores the mental and physical health experiences of refugees.

Peter Sellars Courtesy of the Artist “this body is so impermanent…” (Vimalakirti Sutra, Chapter Two) Launches in 2021
What can we learn from a virus? Can we recognize COVID-19 not only as an affliction but also as a messenger? The Vimalakirti Sutra, an inconceivably radiant Buddhist text from the first century CE, understands illness as a path of spiritual awakening. Four virtuosic and singular artists—blazing South Indian singer Ganavya Doraiswamy, dancer Michael Schumacher, calligrapher Wang Dongling, and director Peter Sellars—are collaborating remotely from around the world on a film made in real time, offered for free as a gift to a world in pain.

Pam TanowitzPhoto by Sara Kearns Past Present Future & Finally Unfinished Launching in 2021
Pam Tanowitz, the Fisher Center’s first and current Choreographer in Residence, is developing two new dance for camera works, created out of necessity in this time when live performance isn’t possible: Past Present Future, a tryptic of short films reimagining existing Pam Tanowitz Dance material in unusual settings; and Finally Unfinished, a Jasper Johns-inspired work with music by Caroline Shaw. Both films made in partnership with Cyprian Films.

Presenters : 
Erica Moiah James, Kobena Mercer, Renée Stout, (© Grace Roselli),
and Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis.
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Defining Diaspora: 21st-Century Developments
In Art of the African Diaspora
James A. Porter Colloquium | Friday, April 16, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
To celebrate the centennial of Howard University’s department of art, the Center is honored to cosponsor Howard’s 31st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora. This event brings together artists and art historians to explore the aesthetic practices, critical issues, and art historical interpretations of the art of the African Diaspora.
Visit the colloquium's web page for complete program and registration.
Join us for the presentations and live panel discussion Lisa Farrington, associate dean for fine arts and director of the Gallery of Art, Howard University, and Steven Nelson, dean of the Center, will moderate the live discussion following the presentations.


The National Museum of African American
History & Culture
The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE
Hey Friend! This is a *BIG* deal. How do I say this normally…oh forget it, you know me- I yell… Y’ALL! THEY GAVE THIS CRAZY HOT MESS EXPRESS A TV SHOW!

In case you missed it- over the past four years, I’ve been filming a real deal TV show!
Flashback to 4 years ago: Some fancypants producers were following my story on social media- building Inherit Learning Company, raising your crazy internet nieces- and having laughs while trying to balance it all! They reached out and asked if we’d be interested in a show- and well…the rest is history!

While we’ve been through a lot of changes and transitions in our family; adoption, moving to Atlanta, Battling (and beating!) cancer, and now this- I couldn’t imagine taking this journey without the daily support of our Internet Aunties/Uncles and dear Richfriends…without you.

You’ve been there from the first moment, to this milestone- and I want to extend my gratitude to you for cheering us on, covering us in prayer, and being there for the highs and lows of life.

Of course, I hope you’re able to watch- “She’s The Boss” airs EVERY THURSDAY (starting tomorrow!) on USANetwork at 10:30pmEST/9:30pmCST. Set Your DVR, now!
And of course- if you’ve ‘cut the cord’- and stream your TV rather than cable, here are some options for you to watch from wherever you are:
  • Hulu (with LIVE)
  • SlingTV
  • YouTube TV (they’re offering a FREE 14 day trial!)
  • fuboTV
  • TVision (from TMobile) AT&T TV Now
Watching the first episode is a big deal for ratings (especially if you’re one of those magical families with a ‘Nielsen Rating Box!’)- and we’re hoping to make a splash!
We want to let the world know that families are created in a lot of different ways, that we want more strong working women in leading roles, and that Christian dynamics deserve center stage too! It’s our hope that God uses us big time to shift programming to positive family messaging and LOADS of laughter and love. We think this is exactly what we all need right now.
You can help. Tell a friend. Tag @USA_Network on social media when you watch!
And of course- pray for us as we accept the platform we’ve been assigned.
We are grateful for your support, and thankful we’ve never taken a step in this journey alone!

IT’S HAPPENING! AHHHH! See you tomorrow- in YOUR living room! Love, Nicole
Small Gatherings: The safest way to celebrate events is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

If you plan to host or attend a small gathering or Super Bowl, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. These tips are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.

Travel to Small Gatherings
Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19 due to potential exposures on public transit, at airports, or in hotels. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

Visit the Domestic Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic to help you to evaluate your risk and decide what is best for you and your family.
Safer Ways to Enjoy the Super Bowl

Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year. If you do have a small gathering with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors. This year, choose a safer way to enjoy the game.
Host a virtual Super Bowl watch party.
  • Wear clothing or decorate your home with your favorite team’s logo or colors.
  • Make appetizers or snacks with the people you live with to enjoy while watching the game and share the recipes with your friends and family.
  • Start a text group with other fans to chat about the game while watching.
Attend an outdoor viewing party where viewers can sit 6 feet apart.
  • Use a projector screen to broadcast the game.
  • Sit at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
Steps Everyone Can Take to Make Small Gatherings Safer

Wear a mask
  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect yourself and others.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Masks should be worn indoors and outdoors except when eating or drinking.
  • In cold weather, wear your mask under your scarf, ski mask, or balaclava.
  • Keep a spare mask in case your mask becomes wet from moisture in your breath or from snow or rain.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • You are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others
  • Remember that people without symptoms or with a recent negative test result can still spread COVID-19 to others.
  • Guests should avoid direct contact, including handshakes and hugs, with others not from their household.

Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Avoid crowds and indoors spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • For additional information on increasing ventilation, visit CDC’s information on Improving Ventilation in Your Home.

Wash your hands
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
  • Make sure to dry your hands completely using a clean towel or by air drying.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
Get your flu and COVID-19 shots
  • Get your flu and COVID-19 shots as soon as possible.
  • Do not get the shots at the same time. Get them at least 14 days apart.
  • The flu shot can help protect you and your family, friends, and community from getting and spreading flu.
  • By getting a flu shot, you can also help lower hospital visits and serious health problems from flu.

Have a virtual gathering
  • The safest way to gather is at home with the people you live with. Here are some ideas for safely connecting with friends and family.
  • Schedule a time to eat a meal together virtually and have people show their main dish, vegetable, or dessert.
  • Gather virtually for a game, trivia, or activity
  • Host a virtual dance party with music.
  • Plan a virtual movie party.

Safer Celebrations: Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.

Attending a Gathering: In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make the gatherings safer, take these additional steps:
  • Have conversations with the host ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, and condiment packets.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing. Clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • It’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Do what’s best for you.

Hosting a Small Gathering: Check the COVID-19 infection rates in areas where guests live to consider whether it is safe to hold or attend a gathering. If you choose to have guests at your home, make sure that everyone follows the steps to make gatherings safer. Here are tips to help you make your gathering safer:
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for a safe gathering.
  • Limit the number of guests to allow people to remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Host outdoor gatherings when possible with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Encourage everyone to use masks and have extra unused masks available for your guests.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If gathering indoors, increase ventilation by opening windows and doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation.
  • Encourage guests to wash hands often. Have a separate space for guests to wash their hands or provide hand sanitizer.
  • Keep background music volume low so guests don’t need to shout.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items.
  • Cancel your gathering if you or someone who lives with you is sick or has been near someone who thinks they have or has COVID-19.

Planning for Food and Drinks: There is no evidence that handling or eating food spreads
COVID-19, but it is always important to follow food safety practices.
  • Encourage guests to bring food and drinks for their household.
  • Limit people going in and out of the food preparation areas.
  • Have one person serve all the food.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressings, food containers, plates and utensils, and condiments.
  • Limit crowding in areas where food is served.
  • Offer no-touch trash cans for guests to easily throw away food items.
  • Wash dishes in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water immediately following the gathering.
Steps to take if exposed to COVID-19 during a gathering
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The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our creative community has been devastating - we’ve watched gig after gig - and paycheck after paycheck - get canceled in a matter of days for reasons beyond our control. Many of us have been left wondering - how will I care for myself and my family without income? Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

While we can’t predict how long our current crisis will last, we can come together to support each other in our time of need. Thanks to a coalition of passionate partners old and new, and inspired by the generosity of artist-led relief efforts in Baltimore and across the country, we have pooled together our resources to offer emergency grants of $500 to Baltimore City creatives who are experiencing financial strife as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While we know the grants are small and the needs are great, we hope they will offer you the leg up you need to tackle another day and get back to creating.

The Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund is a coalition-led initiative designed to provide direct assistance to Baltimore-based artists and creative entrepreneurs who have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This fund was created through a partnership between 20 artists and arts organizers committed to working together for the collective good of the Baltimore creative community, and is made possible by administrative and funding support from the following organizations:

T. Rowe Price Foundation, The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, The Grit Fund, and Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network.

FAQs: Am I eligible to apply? If you are An active artist of any discipline or a creative entrepreneur, Over the age of 18 or Living in Baltimore City You are eligible to apply.

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
The Museum is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. Our Exhibits explore local African-American heritage through themes of family, community, history & art.
Museum founder Rebecca Alban Hoffberger has the idea for a unique new museum and education center that would emphasize intuitive creative invention and grassroots genius while she is employed as the Development Director of People Encouraging People, Inc. – a program of the Department of Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BRCI) is part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, a collection of sites important to the Civil Rights Movement. Visitors can experience a rendition of a segregated city in the 1950s, as well as examine a replica of a Freedom Riders bus and even the actual jail cell door from behind which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”.and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Black Liberation Reading List By Schomburg Center Staff

For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward.
Most of the #Schomburg95 books are available digitally for free via The New York Public Library’s SimplyE e-reader app on iOS and Android. Many are also available from the Schomburg Shop, along with a dedicated array of books and materials chronicling global Black culture. From James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time to The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward, these books speak to our time and are destined to be classics, addressing liberty across history, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
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Six decades have lapsed since September 1960, when African American Muslim leader Malcolm X welcomed Cuban President Fidel Castro to a midnight meeting at Harlem’s Black-owned Hotel Theresa. Castro and his delegation had come to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, but the management of the Manhattan hotel they had booked refused to house them.

Upon learning of their plight, Malcolm invited the Cuban emissaries to “come uptown” to Harlem, where he claimed they would be greeted “with open arms.”

In this slim yet significant volume, first published in 1993, Rosemari Mealy, along with contributors Elombe Brath, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Sarah E. Wright, and Bill Epton, compile the recollections of a number of persons who played important roles in this historic summit.  

They add to these their own perspectives—as historians, poets, journalists, and political activists— on the two leaders and the revolutionary movements they spawned.  The combined reflections, coupled with Malcolm’s and Fidel’s own writings about the encounter and rare photographs of the two men together, yield an authentic accounting of a remarkable meeting of the minds.

"My intent is to paint a diary of what is happening in these trying times. I will be happy when there is no need to paint this type of picture, but as the great Nina Simone said, "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times."
This month I added a new art collection called "No Justice No Peace," because I decided to work on a painting inspired by the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. At first I was going to add it to the current collection "Pandemic 2020" since the topic refers to a racial pandemic. As the media says, "We have a pandemic within a pandemic." However, I felt the painting was so very important, it deserved to be in a category of its own." www.sharonattaway.com | To purchase ttps://sharonattaway.com/workszoom/3661060#/
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On December 14, 2014, shortly after Michael Brown's death, Trinity United Church of Christ held safety forums with a variety of law professionals for our youth and their parents, and we dedicated our bulletin to educating our congregation on safety measures to use in their interactions with police.

An important infographic, "10 Rules of Survival If Stopped By the Police,” developed by
David Miller (founder of the Dare to be King Project) was shared, and, in partnership with CTS, WFYI, Trinity UCC, and SALT, those rules were used to create a short film, "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival," to bring this critical information to an even wider audience and help keep our children safe.

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Meredith Hurston, Founder of Buy Black 365 Media & creator of Buy Black Baltimore 365 mobile app. In the uncertain times of the pandemic and social unrest, Meredith discovered a need for a comprehensive and easily accessible directory of Black-owned businesses around metro Baltimore. After trying a couple of different solutions, she settled on a database-driven mobile application as the best way to collect the information while allowing it to be a publicly available resource. Meredith holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration and a Bachelors in Clinical Lab Science but has found her niche in technology and media. You can install the mobile app or browse the online directory follow the link below:

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