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Donald Glover and Rashida Jones Created An Anti Sexual Harassment PSA

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Donald Glover and Rashida Jones have teamed up to create an animated sexual harassment PSA video for Time’s Up. With movements like #MeToo a trending topic in today’s society, now more than ever it’s time for us to set a standard and have these conversations about what’s appropriate in the workplace and beyond.

The video covers topics such as, touching people at work, making comments about a coworker’s appearance, dating at work, and witnessing other people’s bad behavior.  The animated short is directed by Rashida Jones.

There’s been a lot of discussion about whether that’s even fair to link someone pinching an ass or something off-color at work to an actual assault,” Jones told Buzzfeed. “I think a lot of people struggle with the connection, because they think it’s dramatic to connect the two. So the PSA is intended to explain that there are these nuanced dynamics that are happening when there’s a power imbalance.” 

Jones picked Donald Glover to narrate the cartoon because of his “cool, laid-back energy,” which she found made the video more inviting and not threatening.

Watch the full PSA below:

All Star Code Raises Over $1 Million To Expand STEM Summer Program For Boys Of Color

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Young black men in the areas of New York City and Pittsburgh will have the opportunity to learn about web development and entrepreneurship in the fifth annual “Summer Intensive” STEM Summer program hosted by All Star Code (ASC).

It was recently announced that the program raised $1 million to fund their mission. ASC was created to educate, prepare, and place young men of color in the tech industry. According to Christina Lewis, who founded ASC in 2013, the organization is on track to educate a total of 10,000 young black and Latino men in tech and entrepreneurship by 2022.

“All Star Code’s impact continues to spread as we establish a pipeline of talented and ambitious young entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the tech industry,” said Lewis in a statement. “Tech is one of the most influential and lucrative industries, so it’s vital that Black and Latino young men are better represented in this space to capture its economic opportunity.”

Summer Intensive consist of a free six-week course that teaches students web development skills and about entrepreneurship. It also empowers students with soft skills and a network of like-minded peers.

The effectiveness of All Star Code’s curriculum is amplified by corporate partners like AT&T, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Google, JPMorgan Chase, MLB, and Medidata, as well as the academic institutions Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, which provide operational and financial support and services. Through these partnerships, students will gain access to mentorships, speakers, and professional work culture.

ASC has received a record number of applicants—nearly 1,000 for just 160 spots. Find out more about this innovative summer program by visiting www.allstarcode.org.

Melanin Magic: Netflix’s Black Talent Recreates Iconic ‘A Great Day in Harlem’ Photo

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During the BET Awards, Netflix premiered an ad showcasing its Black stars and creators that have worked on original shows for the streaming giant.

Earlier this month, they gathered 47 talented black creators from 20+ Netflix original shows, films and documentaries together to create ‘A Great Day in Hollywood’, which was inspired by the iconic 1958 A Great Day in Harlem by Art Kane.

Photograph by Art Kane

The remake was taken by Kwaku Alston, and the accompanying video was directed by Lacey Duke.

“It was a pretty magical couple of hours. All these amazingly talented, beautiful individuals in one space being supportive and just looking stunning together, all here to pull off this one take wonder! Alfre Woodard even lead everyone in an epic rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” before we started shooting. It was beautiful, and in a flash it was over. It was probably the most overwhelming two hours of my career. I was just so happy to be a part of history,” Duke said.

 

Netflix has done a great job with creating groundbreaking films and original series that showcase inclusion and diversity, but it seems as though they’re still struggling to get things right on the corporate side. The ad comes just days after Netflix fired its top communications chief Jonathan Friedland for “insensitive” remarks, which included the repeated use of the N-word.

“I realize that my privilege has made me intellectualize or otherwise minimize race issues like this,” the Netflix CEO said in understatement of allowing the use of the N-word by one of his top execs. “I need to set a better example by learning and listening more so I can be the leader we need.”

Now more than ever, we are seeing talented black figure across all forms of media, but it’s just as important to hold the people behind the scenes accountable for saying outrageously offensive things.

Watch the video below, as narrated by Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things: 

Debbie Allen and Shonda Rhimes Team Up With Dove To Display The Magic Of Mentorship

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Powerhouses Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen recently announced the release of the second season of Real Beauty Productions, an initiative created by Dove in 2017 designed to redefine beauty standards to reflect real women.

Allen told Blavity that her passion for the project surfaced  after reflecting on her own experience battling traditional society’s standards of beauty and learning to take pride in her own physical appearance.

“We as black women need to see ourselves, and we look so many different ways, and people have to stand there, look at themselves, and see a reflection of God. There is a reason why we don’t all look the same. We don’t need to look the same.”

In “An Hour With Her,” Dove Real Beauty Productions tells the story of inspiring women who mentor girls to build their self-esteem. The latest episode features Dove Self-Esteem Project ambassador and actress Chelsea Harris and high schooler and aspiring actress Caralyn Singleterry. 

The two shared their personal experiences with bullying and battling the pressures of society’s standards. Harris spoke about how she was able to overcome bullying and appearance related negativity as a woman of color.

“For me, some of the different aspects of being African American became things that I just didn’t feel good about. I used to wear makeup that was way too light for my skin, and I used to have these bright green contacts. Then I would wear a lot of long super straight hair extensions. It’s just one of those things where I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself.”

She went on to credit the Dove Self-Esteem Project with helping her break through years of self-doubt to embrace her natural beauty and gain the confidence to follow her dreams. 

Watch the full episode below:

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, you may be last minute when it comes to getting gifts for those you love.  Whether your father figure is your dad, grandfather, uncle or close friend we created a list of last minute pick ups that won’t seem so last minute. Check out the full list below: 

Stainless-Steel Grill Set 

Whether he’s a master at the grill or simple enjoys the occasional cookout, this inexpensive 14-piece set from Cuisinart is a perfect gift that’ll get things sizzling this summer. The set includes a chef’s spatula, a silicone basting brush, grill tongs, a cleaning brush, and more.

$29 – Amazon

Amazon

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Time is flying by, and before you know it there are so many precious moments that you’ll never have again. This gift is perfect for Father’s that loves cameras. For extra cool points you can pick up a small photo book from your local dollar store so that he can store the photos forever.

$56 – Amazon

Amazon

Black Fathers Are Not Mythical Creatures Tee

Have your dad step out in style and make a statement at the same time. Black.Clothing is a black owned apparel company created to advance people of color mentally, physically, and spiritually through empowerment, unity, and positivity while also looking to cycle the black dollar back into its community.

$25 – Black.Clothing

Father: Dorreion Robinson Photo Cred: Nyara Williams of Black.Clothing

Velvet Noir Beard Care

A Forbes article, recently reported that skincare sales amongst men grooming products are growing extremely fast. #SelfCareSunday routines are being practiced religiously these day and the Velvet Noir Beard Care kit is perfect for Father’s with facial fuzz.

$49 – Velvet Noir

Velvet Noir Essential Beard Kit

Ballin’ On A Budget Gift Baskets (DIY)

For those that are ballin’ on a budget don’t sleep on Youtube and Pinterest. There are tons of gift ideas that are easy to make and that won’t break the bank! Below you will find one of many cool videos that’ll walk you through the steps on how to make a heartfelt gift basket for Father’s Day.

Oprah Winfrey Exhibition Opens Friday At National Museum Of African American History and Culture

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Started from the bottom now she’s here! Oprah Winfrey’s rise to stardom wasn’t as easy as she makes it looks, and now we’re going to have the opportunity to see just how the daytime television host transformed into a media maven and self-made billionaire.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open an exhibit on Oprah Winfrey on Friday, June 8.

According to the museum’s website, the exhibit will explore her childhood in the ‘50s and ‘60s, her work on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, her philanthropic work and influential book club. It will also feature artifacts from her Chicago studio and personal collection alongside video and photographs.

“We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes,” explained Kathleen Kendrick, who worked with Winfrey’s team to get the items for the exhibition.

Winfrey is the museum’s largest benefactor, donating a $21 million. The museum’s theater is also named for her.

“Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” opens Friday and runs through June 2019 at the museum, located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington

Watch Oprah Winfrey’s Exhibition trailer below: