Gabrielle Union Laces Up News Anchor Who Was Told Her Dresses Were Too Tight For Her Pregnant Body

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Gabrielle Union who recently played a news anchor and journalist on her hit show ‘Being Mary Jane’ recently sent some of her pieces from her New York and Company Collection to Demetria Obilor. Demetria, a 26-year-old reporter for ABC affiliate WFAA was body shamed for wearing dresses that showed her beautiful curves on the air.  “YOU are the real-life Mary Jane… A go-getter news anchor who dresses DOPE and doesn’t give a s*** what everyone else thinks,” Union wrote to Demetria on Instagram. “Keep on kicking a– and taking names queen. We love you just the way you are! And since you slay everything you wear, I’m sending you a bunch of pieces from my @nyandcompany collection and some credit for extra pieces!”

There are many “Demetria’s” on television who go through public ridicule every day because they aren’t fitting into “society” standards of what women should look like on TV. On Wednesday, Union spotlighted Laura Warren,  a news anchor for NBC affiliate WRDW in Augusta, Georgia. Warren was criticized while she was pregnant. A voicemail was left by a viewer saying, that they were “disgusted” and that she was wearing “too right outfits” that showed too much of her growing stomach.

“I consider myself a confident, pretty secure, independent, woman,” Warren wrote on her personal blog. “Why was I letting this one ridiculous, negative comment ruin my whole day? I’ve gotten dozens of compliments from viewers saying nice things about my pregnancy, why was this the one that stuck?”

Warren plans to focus on the positive like Demetria and they both will forever be an example for future news anchors.

“I’m going to say as many nice things as I can to as many people as I can, and I’m going to do it in a dress that fits these beautiful new curves with my ‘watermelon’ stomach showing.” – Laura Warren

Rock the hell out of those curves and those dresses ladies!

 

 
 

Sundial And Unilever To Invest $50 Million In Black Women Entrepreneurs

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Global industry leader Unilever acquisition of Sundial, the company behind major multi-cultural beauty brands including Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage has more to offer. Sundial which will operate as a stand-alone unit under Unilever will continue to be ran by founder Richelieu Dennis and the two band together to empower black women who have taken on the journey of entrepreneurship as part of the agreement.

Unilever and Sundial create the New Voices Fund to amplify women of color entrepreneurs with an initial investment of $50 million.  Hoping to gain attraction from other investors, the intention is to scale the fund to $100 million.  The New Voices Fund allows both brands to grow and cultivate businesses owned by women of color who are top consumers of products owned and manufactured by Sundial.

“I’ve always wanted Sundial Brands to be an inspiration to other minority-owned companies of how a business against all odds can achieve excellence, have significant social impact in our communities and be successful on a world stage,” says Dennis.  He continues,  “I am excited Sundial and Unilever have created this partnership, rooted in a purpose-driven ethos, that represents an incredible opportunity to take our Community Commerce economic empowerment and impact model to another level.”

 

 

Meet Essynce Moore, The First Black Teen Author Who Books Are Mandatory Readings For Several School Districts

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15-year old Essynce Moore is the only African American teen author that has written three books that are mandatory readings for several school district curriculums including Hillside, NJ School District; Brooklyn, NY Charter School(s); and Orange, NJ School District. Her books are a part of a series that she created called The Middle School Chronicles.

When Essynce’s first book (6th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released in 2015, it went on to become an Amazon Top International seller. Her second book (7th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released in 2016, and her third book (8th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released back in April 2017. The third book completes the series, and each of the books are available for purchase on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1U1bkJY.

Essynce wants to have her Middle School Chronicles book sees in more schools worldwide as mandatory reading and part to the school districts curriculum. She says the books can be used to assist with self-esteem, bullying, how to handle different situations with teachers and friends, encourage younger kids to follow their dreams, and many other positive things. 

 

Parents can learn a lot as well from Essynce’s books. She comments, “They think they know the truth about what happens in middle school, but they have no idea!”

She has traveled across the country to inspire and empower children of all ages by speaking at different schools, conferences, workshops, and seminars. Her latest goal is to visit schools nationwide to discuss entrepreneurial education initiatives and other opportunities that are centered around children and teens. 

 

 

Apple’s Head of Diversity, Denise Young Smith is Leaving The Company For A New Position.

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The vice president of diversity and inclusion at Apple, Denise Young Smith, is leaving her position at the end of the year, and is moving to Cornell Tech to become its new executive-in-residence, as per a post on Cornell Tech’s website, as of January 2018.

While there are few details yet or a comment from Young Smith; the departure follows a recent controversy over remarks she made at a conference earlier this year.

During a panel session on racial injustice held in Bogota, Columbia;  Young Smith said that she focuses on everyone as Apple’s diversity chief.

“Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT,” she said on the panel as reported by Quartz.

Her next comments are what some took issue with. “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.

Apple recently released its annual diversity report, showing where it’s made progress on hiring minorities and women. It has only nudged up the proportion of female leadership by one percentage point to 29%. The percentage of black, multiracial, and Hispanic employees in leadership roles did not change, while the proportion of Asians at the top was up to 23%, from 21% the prior year.

“Meaningful change takes time,” the company said in its report. “We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do.”

Cashmere Nicole Acquires $3 Million in Funding for Beauty Bakerie

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Cashmere Nicole delved into the beauty industry in 2011 to establish Beauty Bakerie, an inclusive company that caters to the cosmetic needs of women of all skin tones and ethnicities. Nicole’s battle with breast cancer and the concurrent founding of Beauty Bakerie also provides an empowering narrative centered around triumph, self-confidence and using your light to be a light to others. Nicole’s business model has recently attracted the attention of Unilever Ventures, becoming the latest start-up to receive funding from the venture capital and private equity firm.

 Unilever Ventures, whose subsidiaries include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dermalogica skin care, has acquired a minority stake in Beauty Bakerie, contributing to the $3 million in funding raised by the San Diego-based company. Other investors include: Adebayo Ogunlesi, a Goldman Sachs board member and the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, Charles Phillips, CEO of software company Infor and former president of Oracle Corporation, Lazard Managing Director William Lewis, and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault.Beauty Bakerie’s significant digital presence includes a large social media following across all major platforms and sales in more than 100 countries, with top markets including the U.S., U.K., Southeast Asia, and Canada. This impressive reach has equipped Nicole’s team with the necessary tools to succeed to date. The new funding will “accelerate Beauty Bakerie’s [future] growth trajectory in a meaningful way,” according to Nicole. The new resources will be devoted to growing the company’s consumer base with marketing efforts, inventory, and more.

Promoted by U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Beauty Bakerie’s expanding success speaks not only to the consumers but also to the vision, perseverance and creativity of its chief executive. As a breast cancer survivor, Nicole knew that her purpose extended beyond her illness. Her desire to live as a role model for her daughter and fulfill her philanthropic objectives became her driving force to continue to fight the disease day after day. Through divine intervention and her will to survive, Beauty Bakerie developed as a “safe space” for women of all colors to encourage inner and outer beauty, while learning about the importance of breast cancer awareness.

Combining her love of sweets and knack for creating, Nicole discovered her love for makeup artistry and product development. Since its inception, Beauty Bakerie has cooked up bakery-inspired products for women of all skin tones that beautify, sweeten and encourage customers to “be better not bitter” in life’s difficult circumstances.

Championed by Beyoncé for her tenacity and vision, Nicole continues to change the world by “sweetening the lives of others,” and inspiring her customers to do the same. Check out Cashmere Nicole’s diverse product line, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Beauty Bakerie by shopping liquid lipsticks, setting powders, illuminators and more.

Meet Carla Williams, The First Black Woman To Lead Athletics Program At A Power Five School

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MAfter 13 years in the athletic department at the University of Georgia, former professional basketball player Carla Williams is taking on an exciting new position at the University of Virginia. 

It an announcement last week, the Daily Press confirmed that the Georgia graduate would accept the position of athletic director for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The new role makes her the first Black woman to lead an athletic department at a Power Five school. As reported by the Pittsburgh Courier, Williams received a five-year contract that will pay her $550,000 per year, plus incentives.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to lead one of the nation’s elite athletics programs,” Williams said in a statement. “Academic achievement, athletic excellence, operating with integrity, a commitment to maximum effort at all times and a strong sense of teamwork and unity are the core principles that will guide our athletics department under my leadership.”

Founders Of Mented Cosmetics Become 15th, 16th Black Women Ever To Raise $1M Capital

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Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller have become the 15th and 16th African-American women ever to raise $1million in venture capital. Johnson and Miller are the co-founders of Mented Cosmetics, a makeup line for women of color. They both met at Harvard Business School and planned on raising only $500,000 in pre-seed funding but they found themselves on the receiving end of more investor interest than they had ever expected!

The two have been working on Mented, which is short for ‘pigmented’. In January 2017, they started taking pre-orders for their first products: vegan, nontoxic nude lipsticks that were made especially for women of color and they officially launched the line in March.

This new investment will help them expand in product range, including eye palettes and will also help them grow a team.

 
 

“Our customer is always clamoring for more. Our end goal is that women of color feel prioritized in the world of beauty.” – KJ Miller

Much of Mented’s success has derived from organic marketing via social media from women using their platforms like Instagram and Facebook, as well as influencer campaigns.

To date, Mented has seen great success with organic marketing, relying on buzz from women using social platforms like Instagram and Facebook, as well as influencer campaigns.

“Word of mouth has been really exciting for us. Girls have been tagging their friends in their posts. The message is really resonating. Women of color were used to being treated as an afterthought. It’s not every day that you’re a priority.” – KJ Miller

Johnson an Miller’s success raising capital puts them in a rarefied group. Data show that although black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., they receive only 0.2% of VC funding. The average startup founded by a black woman raises only $36,000 in venture funding, versus the $1.3 million the average failed startup led by a white man raises before going kaput.

“We really think we’re onto something here at Mented. Even though women of color have a difficult time raising money, if there’s an under-served market, investors attack it.” – KJ Miller

This $1 million round was led by early stage firm iSeed Ventures, with Built By Girls (BBG) Ventures and Outbound Ventures participating.

 

Source: Forbes.com 

Issa Rae and Solange Knowles Come Together To Help Save ‘My Two Cents’, A Black And Female-Owned Soul Food Restaurant

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Issa Rae and Solange Knowles are some of our “go to” girls for the culture. A Seat At The Table and Insecure are certified and profound works of art, that were both needed during this rough political and social climate. These queens are unapologetically black and progressive in showcasing all of the beauty that black women and black people have to offer to music, television, the internet, and our nation. Their artistic work truly exhibits #BlackGirlMagic in its purest form.

The duo, who previously worked together on the fire soundtrack for Season 1 of the hit HBO series Insecure are combining their melanin forces once again to help save a struggling business owner.

Last Friday, Knowles, and Rae hosted “Wine and Grind” a fundraising event that benefited the My Two Cents eatery. The restaurant is owned by Los-Angeles based chef Alisa Reynolds. In July Reynolds created a GoFundMe page to help settle a $130,000 lawsuit that the eatery is facing.

“For the past two years, I have suffered in silence because of a legal battle. Honestly, I am facing the biggest obstacle of my professional life,” she wrote, noting that the lawsuit stems from early backers of her business who she said that they, “misunderstood the culinary process.”

“If I do not raise $130,000 by August 15, 2017, I may no longer be able to continue working at Two Cents L.A.,” she continued. “My absence will affect the other 17 beautiful people who work with me and pour their hearts and souls into the food that they prepare each day.”

With the help of Saint HeronRae and Knowles were able to organize a private dinner and fundraiser at a secret location in efforts to #SaveMyTwoCents. The beautiful Kelly Rowland and talented Melina Matsoukas who was featured in #TheLivingCivilSeries served as hosts.

“Saint Heron’s Wine and Grind was a magical night I’ll always cherish. The room was filled with genuine love and support for Chef Alisa, and a reminder of how powerful sisterhood can be when we all come together to uplift one another. Hearing Solange and Kelly Rowland rave about Chef Alisa firsthand was adoring. And I can’t blame them because her food was amazing.” – Jessica Washington via The Huffington Post 

All proceeds from Wine and Grind are going to Reynolds’ restaurant.

Major kudos to Solange and Issa for stepping up and being selfless, we wish the My Two Cents soul food eatery much success in the future!

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

Danielle Outlaw Becomes Portland’s First Black Woman Police Chief

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Portland’s Mayor, Ted Wheeler, has appointed Danielle Outlaw as the next police chief in Portland, making her the first black woman police chief for the force!

“I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person.” – Mayor Ted Wheeler

Outlaw has been in the police force for many years and has served as deputy chief since 2013. Her career began at Holy Names High School as an explorer with the Oakland police. Soon after that, Outlaw became the second female deputy chief in the Oakland Police Department.

For her latest appointment, Outlaw beat out 33 candidates and proved that her strict attitude, excellent police work and overall tenacity was exactly what the Portland Police Bureau needed.

“My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community. Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.” – Danielle Outlaw

Expectations for Outlaw are very high seeing as though the Portland police department has been struggling with staffing, issues complying with settlement agreements over the use of excessive force, ongoing problems with police treatment of large protests and broken relationships with community members.

But, we’re confident she can right the ship. That #BlackExcellence will come in handy.

Congratulations, Danielle!

Twitter Hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton As The New VP Of Inclusion And Diversity

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Twitter has brought on Candi Castleberry-Singleton as the new vice president of inclusion and diversity. Twitter is huge amongst all races and with the rise of #BlackTwitter the social media service is making an attempt to better reflect the demographics of its users, USA TODAY reports.

Over the past couple of years, the social media site has gotten backlash for the lack of women and people of color behind the business. Controversy arose when Jeffrey Siminoff, a white man was hired to lead the companies diversity efforts.

“I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community,” Castleberry-Singleton said in a statement.

Candi Castleberry who has spent years working in the field of diversity and inclusion for major corporations is ready to take on this position. She will be replacing Jeffrey Siminoff, who stepped down early this year.

Source: mefeater.com

 

Patrice Banks Opens Up ‘The Girls Auto Clinic’, A Safe Place For Women To Get Their Car Serviced

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For some women, taking your car to the auto shop is not the most pleasant experience. From the moment we walk in, we are prone to death stares from thirsty men, sleezy salespeople trying to take advantage of us, and just an overall uneasy feeling.

Patrice Banks, the owner of The Girls Auto Clinic, is changing this experience for women in a great way.

The Girls Auto Clinic has one simple mission: make women feel comfortable when they have to get their cars serviced. The Philadelphia-based repair shop offers more than just car servicing too; the shop serves as a hair and nail salon too! They even host monthly free workshops that teach simple tips on car maintenance that all women need to know.

So convenient, and necessary!

Banks wanted to ensure that women would never be ripped off and taken advantage of at other car shops. “I’ve always feared that I was taken advantage of and not making the right choice with my car,” she told NBC News. “And thought, why don’t we make something for women. We don’t need the guys.”

Check out their NBC segment below. Best of luck Patrice Banks and The Girls Auto Clinic!

Source: Blavity.com

Ulysha Renee Hall Becomes Dallas’ First Female Police Chief

Ulysha Renee Hall, Detroit Deputy Police Chief and a 19-year-veteran of the force, will become the first female police chief ever in Dallas, Texas. The position has been vacant since last October when Chris David Brown retired.

“We are a family in blue,” Hall, child of a police family, told reporters during a news conference in Detroit. Ulysha was only 6 months old when her father, Officer Ulysses Brown, was shot and killed in the line of duty in August 1971.

“My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father,” Hall told WXYZ in a 2016 interview. “It has an impact.”

Hall was raised by her mother in a single parent home. The newly appointed Dallas police chief described her mother as “my rock, sword and shield.”

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax celebrated the significance of Hall’s appointment as the first female police chief in the city’s history. “Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Broadnax said in a statement announcing the appointment.

Hall plans on bringing a special woman’s touch to the Dallas Police Department.

“We kind of do it a little different, a little better,” said Hall. “We add that special something to law enforcement that truly, truly calms the savage beasts.”

Dallas has not reached unprecedented territory with women in the city’s law enforcement jobs. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is serving in her fourth term. Faith Johnson, who leads the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, called Hall’s appointment “exciting.”

“I am proud that she is joining me and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on the growing list of females in top law enforcement positions in Dallas County,” said Johnson.

Congratulations Chief Hall! #BlackGirlMagic

Source: CNN.com

 

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