Blackstage Podcast couldn’t have picked a better time to show their outstanding support for Black-run organizations.
This week, the podcast announced the launch of their own Black History Month Leadership Fund, which was created with the goal of raising money for said organizations fighting for social justice and change in their communities, PEOPLE reports.
“We understand that to successfully end injustices that plague the Black community in this country it depends on investing in proximate leaders who are on the frontlines of justice across sectors,” Blackstage shared on the fund’s landing page. “That’s why we’ve launched this ambitious fund to support leaders in their efforts.”
Blackstage Podcast — which recently hosted a historic conversation between the descendants of famous Black leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois — is not only uplifting these organizations and their impact, but showing their financial support as well.
“We are looking to invest in Black-led organizations that don’t necessarily get the public attention, but are doing impactful work across the United States in various sectors,” said Brennan DuBose, the creator and host of Blackstage, in a recent interview with PEOPLE. “So, with this fund, we’re trying to champion those early stage, middle-stage organizations that might not necessarily have the household name, but are doing the work.”
The podcast launched in May of last year in an effort to share the untold Black stories often left out of mainstream media.
So far, the show has featured several inspirational leaders such as Black Panther’s Denzel Whitaker, Hope Wiseman — the youngest dispensary owner in the U.S. and Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo, who created the body art featured in Beyoncé’s 2016 “Lemonade” special.
This new scholarship fund is a continuance of Blackstage’s mission to curate a space where Black voices are both seen and heard.
“We’re centering those voices in a way that not only honors them, but also can be a way of impact,” creator DuBose told PEOPLE. “To share [Black stories] with a world that desperately needs hope, that desperately needs inspiration.”
According to theGrio, DuBose has experience leading an organization as he currently helps drive social and community impact at a global social innovation fund investing in emerging social entrepreneurs.
His podcast’s objective to support these Black community leaders through this fund is another way to honor our rich history during this year’s Black History Month.
To donate to Blackstage’s Black History Month Fund, click here.