Napa Valley Black-Owned Winery Partners With Delta Air Lines

What started out as a way to celebrate Black History Month has now turned into a long-term partnership between a black-owned winery and a major United States airline.

Napa Valley’s Brown Estate Vineyards is partnering with Delta Air Lines to be featured on Delta’s 2019–2020 winter wine menu aboard its domestic Delta One flights. Featured wines will include Brown Estate’s 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chaos Theory red blend, selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. Yesterday, Delta hosted a surprise tasting with Brown Estate owners and Robinson in the San Francisco Sky Club and onboard for customers traveling on a flight to New York.

“Partnering with innovative, diverse suppliers from certified small, minority, and women-owned businesses like Brown Estate is fundamental to Delta’s strategy to keep climbing year-round,” said Heather Ostis, Vice President of Supply Chain Management. “Seeking employee perspectives and leveraging unique ideas brings us closer to meeting that goal, while creating the highest quality experience for our customers.”

Brown Estate was founded in 1996 and is headed by president Doreen Brown and winemaker David Brown. According to their website, in April 2017 Brown Estate opened their Brown Downtown tasting room on the re-emerging First Street corridor in the heart of downtown Napa.

“We are delighted to partner with Delta Air Lines,” said Deneen Brown. “Delta’s all-in commitments to the spirit of inclusion and to their wine program are perfectly aligned with our core values at Brown Estate.”

The 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc is described “endless summer in a bottle” — straw gold in color, with refreshing clarity. Tropical fruit comingles with subtle citrus, fever grass and lemon verbena, while night-blooming jasmine and honeysuckle are complemented by a cascade of stone fruit, lychee, pineapple and guava.

Brown Estate’s 2017 Chaos Theory is a well-balanced red blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, greets the nose with a lively aroma of ripe Rainer cherries, blackberry compote, winter spice and heavy cream. Hints of Asian apple and Meyer lemon are followed by dark chocolate, tiramisu and fresh-baked croissants.

Ryan Coogler To Produce Film About The Rise & Fall of Black Panther Fred Hampton

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Ryan Coogler is working on his latest project — and there’s no better time to make the announcement than during Black History Month. The Black Panther director is teaming up with Charles D. King to produce a brand new film for Warner Bros. titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, which tells the story of iconic Black Panther Party (BPP) member Fred Hampton.

According to Deadline, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) is in talks to star as Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) in talks to star as William O’Neal. O’Neal is the man who betrayed then 21-year-old Hampton by providing the FBI with a detailed layout of Fred Hampton’s apartment, which resulted in a controversial 1969 raid that killed both Hampton and fellow BPP member Mark Clark. The film, as seen through William O’Neal’s eyes, will also explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers and the psychology of their informant. In the angry controversy after the raid, the Chicago Tribune reports, police maintained they were justified in opening fire, but the Panthers saw the raid as a pretext for killing Hampton.

Fred Hampton was an activist and revolutionary. He also served as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers organization and deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party.

Set to executive produce Jesus Was My Homeboy, which will be co-financed by Warner Bros. and King’s production banner MACRO, is Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and MACRO’s Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks. The screenplay is based on a story originated by Shaka King, Berson and the Lucas Bros.

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Janelle Monáe Joins Cast of Upcoming Harriet Tubman Biopic

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Janelle Monáe has shown no signs of slowing down in Hollywood as the singer-songwriter and actress will join the cast of Harriet, a biopic that tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s journey from escaped slave to a conductor on the Underground Railroad, successfully leading dozens of slaves to freedom before the Civil War. She was also a nurse, a Union spy, and a women’s suffrage supporter. Tubman is one of the most recognized icons in American history and her legacy has inspired countless people from every race and background.

The Moonlight and Hidden Figures actress joins Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Petersand and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo, who is set to play Tubman.

It is unclear what role Janelle Monáe will play in the upcoming film or when we can expect its release. However, until then, Janelle can be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which hits theaters Dec 21.

What You Need To Know About Juneteenth

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July 4th represents the Declaration Of Independence and the birth of the United States, but there is also another day that represents freedom for African Americans that is often forgotten. That day is June 19th, also known as Juneteenth. On this day we celebrate the abolition of slavery in Texas and other Confederate states.

Unfortunately, a lot of people did not learn much about this life-changing day of freedom in social studies class. What is Juneteenth? Who Freed the slaves? How do we celebrate it properly? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is everything you should know about Juneteenth:

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. On that day General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with the news that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves. Freed Texan slaves began an annual celebration of June 19 on the first anniversary of the day, and the holiday eventually began to be known as Juneteenth.

Did Abraham Lincoln free the slaves?

Yes, Abraham Lincoln did play a huge part in the slaves being freed. On September 2, 1962, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that as of January 1, 1963, all slaves in the Confederate states will be freed. The Proclamation freed 3.1 million slaves. However, this did not apply to apply to those slave-holding states that did not rebel against the Union. As a result, about 8000,000 slaves were unaffected by the provisions of the proclamation. In the end, it took a civil war to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to formally outlaw slavery in the United States.

Ways To celebrate Juneteenth?

There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth. Some people have cookouts in the park, some organize local skits and others throw parades. If all else fails, you can take a trip to your local library to read some books about slavery.

Why We Celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth represents the end of slavery. It serves as a reminder of the disfranchisement and inhumane treatment black people have had to suffer through in order to have the same rights and privileges that White Americans were given at birth.

Know Your Girls Campaign Launch

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In order to encourage black women to learn about the risk for breast cancer and take charge of their breast health, Susan G. Komen  and the Ad Council have partnered to launch the “Know Your Girls Campaign” which is dedicated to addressing the mortality rate disparity among black women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Black women in the U.S. are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, and a recent study found that while 92 percent of black women agree breast health is important, only 25 percent of women have recently discussed breast health with their family, friends, or colleagues and only 17 percent have taken steps to understand their risk for breast cancer. Because of these statics, many famous black women such as June Ambrose, Vanessa Bell Calloway & Regina Hall has joined the campaign to help further the conversation about knowing your breast.

In an Instagram video,celebrity stylist,  June Ambrose wants us to talk about our breast more often,

“When you are amongst your friends make it apart of the conversation you know touch yourself talk to each other about it talk about your family history and go get tested earlier.”

The “Know Your Girls” campaign encourages black women, ages 30-55 years old, to treat their breasts with the same attentiveness and understanding they share with the women in their lives. The “Know Your Girls” campaign also creates awareness through print, television, and digital opportunities for women to learn about the importance of screening and early detection. By giving black women the tools to take charge of their breast health, we hope to help avoid unnecessary breast cancer deaths.

The campaign video, created pro bono by award-winning creative agency Translation, features images of a woman during the most important times of her life. At each occasion, her girls surround her. At the end, the woman reveals that the “girls” who have been with her in every single moment of her life, her breasts, are in fact the ones she might know the least.

The campaign includes TV, radio, print, out-of-home, and digital PSAs, which direct women to The website resources will help women navigate breast cancer risk factors, recognize changes in their own breasts, and prepare to have a conversation with a doctor. The website also features personal stories of women who have survived breast cancer.

The campaign also includes brand new social media channels, launched in collaboration with digital marketing agency Good Stuff Digital, which will aim to create an online community where black women can come together to talk honestly and openly about their breast health and show support for each other.


Henrietta Lacks Honored With A Portrait

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In 1951, at the age of 31, Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer. Unbeknown to her family, some cells had been taken from Lack’s body. The cells grew in a lab and were referred to as the “HeLa” line of cells, which became one of the most important cell lines in medical research. The HeLa cells were cells that could live forever. They did not die after a set number of cell divisions and the cells could be used for conducting a multitude of medical experiments. The HeLa cells were instrumental in the development of treatments for hemophilia, herpes, influenza and leukemia.


Although Lack’s family was never compensated for the use of her cells, on Monday (May 14th) The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Lacks by placing a portrait of her inside one of its main entrances and three of Lacks’ grandchildren were there to celebrate the occasion.


NPR reports,

HBO commissioned this painting after the company made a movie based on the award-winning nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The canvas is co-owned by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Bill Pretzer, a senior curator at the African-American museum, says the story of Lacks is also one of racial history, bioethics and medical history.

“Doctors had been trying for half a century to grow cells in laboratory circumstances that would reproduce,” Pretzer said.

Lacks’ cells did. What’s become known as her “immortal line” is represented in the painting, said Pretzer, by a pattern in her cheerful red dress that resembles cell structures when you look at it closely.


The Henrietta Lacks painting will be available for viewing until November 2018.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiered on HBO on April 22,2017. The drama television film was directed by George C. Wolfe and starred Oprah Winfrey as Henrietta Lacks.  The film derived from the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical caner in the 1950s. Her cells went on to change the course of cancer treatment.

Black Girl Magic: Two African American Women Become The First Black Female Flight Crew

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Black women are making history yet again! On Mother’s day during a Portland bound flight from San Francisco, passengers onboard Flight 361 got to take part in “history in the flying” as Captain Tara Wright and First Officer Mallory Cave became the first ever Black female flight crew.

In addition to Sunday being Mother’s Day, it was also Wright’s 80th birthday. In a Facebook video posted she introduces herself and her “crew” first officer Mallory Cave to the passengers onboard Flight 361. After she wished everyone a Happy Mother’s Day then she let everyone know that they will be witnessing some #blackgirlmagic up close and personal, “you’ll be piloted by two African American females pilots for the first time in Alaskan Airline history.”

Although according to KTVA, Alaska Airlines, is more than 72 percent of employees are white and 60 percent are male this did not stop the Airline from celebrating the pair.

Alaska Airlines shared Wright’s moment on their Facebook page adding that Bessie Coleman started in 1921 and Wright and Cave are keeping her legacy going.





Seven Women Who Received Honorary Degrees

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Grad season is here. You have finally reached the end of the road to the most stressful but best time in your life. You can now rejoice because you are official done with school, but now what? If the transition into the “real world” isn’t what you expected, here are seven women whose stories will grant you all the #blackgirlmagic you need to push forward and kick ass in your field!


Aretha Franklin: The “Queen of Soul” obtained an honorary doctor of arts degree from Harvard University in 2014. While she did give the commencement speech, Franklin gave an amazing rendition of the national anthem Alicia Keys style. (only piano.)


Kerry Washington: Before she was cast as Olivia Pope, Washington was cast as a frog in the musical “Croak, or The Last Frog” on the campus of George Washington University where she earned her a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. In 2013, 15 years later The “Scandal” actress served as the commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree.



Oprah Winfrey: In 2011, Tennessee State University alumni Oprah Winfrey received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Free State in South Africa. She was awarded the degree for her commitment to education in Africa.


Global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey shows off her honorary degree May 21, 2017 during the 139th commencement ceremony at Smith College Quadrangle in Northampton.


Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou has several honorary awards. In 2001 the poet was presented with the Doctor Of Letters from Hope College where she spoke at the commencement ceremony.

Maya Angelou Receives Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University. (PRNewsFoto/Shenandoah University, Matthew Lofton)


Michelle Obama: Our “Forever First Lady” has received several honorary degrees but in 2012, Michelle Obama was awarded a public health doctorate degree for her work in promoting a healthier and nutritious way of living, and encouraging activities to cut down on childhood obesity from Oregon State University.


First Lady Michelle Obama holds up her diploma after receiving an honorary degree during the Oregon State University graduation ceremony in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday June 17, 2012. The First Lady gave the commencement address at Oregon State University, the school where her brother is the head basketball coach. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Jill Scott: In 2016 Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott received the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma matter, Temple University. The President of Temple University said that Scott “values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university.”


Patti LaBelle: Our favorite diva Patti Labelle also received a doctorate degree in the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from Temple University in 2010. Although she did not attend the college, LaBelle partnered with the university to raise awareness about diabetes.

Congrats to all of the graduates!

Zora Neale Hurston “Barracoon” Has Finally Been Published

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Imagine being captured from your home and transported to unfamiliar territory where you are faced with the option to either be killed or become someone else’s property. What would you do? Well, Zora Neale Hurston, author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God’’ latest book about the last living slave during the middle passage has finally been published. Barracoon: The Story Of The Last “Black Cargo” centers around Hurston’s interviews in 1931 with Cudjo Lewis. Lewis is the last known survivor of the Atlantic Slave Trade. He along with 115 other captives, (because slavery was not a choice) were brought to The United States in 1860 aboard the ship Clotilde. After the Civil War, Lewis and other members of the Clotilde group became free and established a community near Mobile, Alabama.  Hurston knew that Lewis’s story must be told however many other people disagreed because they did not want to hear about slavery.

After decades of failed attempts to find a publisher, Hurston’s manuscript of Lewis’ life found a home at Howard University. According to The New York Times, Publishers were unimpressed. One offered to buy it if she rewrote it “in language rather than dialect,” Hurston wrote in a letter to one of her benefactors. She refused, and “Barracoon” was never published. Hurston did not let this hurdle stop her from telling Lewis’s story, in her autobiography “Dust Tracks on a Road,” Hurston wrote, “After 75 years, he still had that tragic sense of loss. That yearning for blood and cultural ties. That sense of mutilation. It gave me something to feel about. “Barracoon” is available to purchase on Amazon.

About Lewis: Lewis was born Kossola or Oluale Kossola around 1840 in West Africa to   Oluwale and Fondlolu. During April or May 1860, Lewis was taken prisoner by the army of the Kingdom of Dahomey as part of its raids for slaves.Along with other captives, he was taken to the slaving port of Ouidah  and sold to Captain William Foster of the Clotilde, a ship based in Mobile Alamba and owned by businessman Timothy Meaher. Until the end of the Civil War. Lewis and his fellows lived as James Meaher, for whom he worked as a deckhand on a steamer, purchased a slave of Meaher Lewis. During this time he became known as “Cudjo Lewis.” He later explained that he suggested “Cudjo,” a nickname commonly given to boys born on a Monday, as an alternative to his given name when James Meaher had difficulty pronouncing “Kossola.”

Instagram And Spotify Team Up For #BlackGirlMagic Interactive Map And Playlist

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Black history month is coming to an end but you know we’re going to continue to celebrate the greatness that is our culture all year round. Instagram and Spotify have teamed up to celebrate Black History Month and the “power, resilience, and beauty inspired by out black women in our generations and generations past” with the interactive United States of #BlackGirlMagic map and playlist.

The graphic highlights the most liked- IG posts for top-ranked artists most frequently playlist with the term #BlackGirlMagic by U.S Spotify users. The map will come with a playlist and it is currently live on Spotify.

The ten most streamed artists on Spotify #BlackGirlMagic playlists are Lizzo, India Arie, Beyonce, SZA, Solange, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna (in no particular order). You can view the full interactive map here, and the playlist is now available on Spotify.



Anok Yai Makes History As The 2nd Black Model To Open A Prada Show

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#CivilChik Anok Yai  is out here killing the fashion and model game. The model who was discovered on social media after her picture went viral during Howard Homecoming is now Prada’s first black opener in 10 years!


This is huge and since her picture went viral she has become apart of NEXT models, was apart of PRADA’s S/S 2018 campaign, made her runway debut at PRADA’s menswear, and now she is making history!

Prada is sadly known for their lack of diversity on the runway but their Fall 2018 show in Milan opened up with a bang on Thursday night with our girl Anok Yai. Anok Yai is now following in the steps of the legendary Naomi Campbell who was the first black model to open a Prada show back in 1997. (It’s been over 20 years!)


Congrats Anok Yai and Happy Black History month folks!