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Atlanta Mayor Requests Microsoft To Return Its Land If The Company Doesn't Plan To Go Through With Building A Complex That Could Create 15,000 Jobs

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens has dished out a proposal for Microsoft. Bloomberg reports that back in 2021, the technology corporation shared it would build a new complex in Grove Park in Atlanta, GA, with a goal to create 15,000 jobs for the city. However, by 2023, it’s reported that Microsoft placed the project on pause due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Dickens is putting the spotlight back on the initial commitment from Microsoft. According to the outlet, he is set to reach out to the company about the status of the complex. What’s more, if the plan isn’t going to move forward, he aims to either help seize back the land for Atlanta or team up with a developer. “We really want them to develop their property or offer it back to us so we can develop it,” Dickens told the outlet. “Even if you don’t know what you want to do, just let us know what you know you won’t be able to do.” While Bloomberg notes that Microsoft has yet to comment on Dickens’ statement, the...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 1, 2024

Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Doesn't Act As Much Due To The Pay Gap, Reveals People Have Said 'You Don't Need It, You're Married To Will'

Taraji P. Henson, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, and Octavia Spencer. Many Black actresses have been vocal about pay disparity in Hollywood with these women being some of the latest to address the issue. As previously reported by AFROTECH™, Henson was transparent about her debating on whether to quit acting. “I’m just tired of working so hard, being gracious at what I do, getting paid a fraction of the costs,” Henson said in a Sirius XM interview with Gayle King. “I’m tired of hearing my sisters say the same thing over and over. You get tired. I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ I have to. The math ain’t mathin’.” Henson isn’t the only one who has faced the unfortunate reality of stepping back from being an actress due to Hollywood’s pay gap. During an appearance on NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute,” Jada Pinkett Smith shared that while her “heart broke” for Henson, she was also happy that she was courageous enough to speak up. In addition, she related to her fellow actress’ sentiments, but in...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 1, 2024

Nas, Resorts World NYC Unveil A $5B Proposal He Says Could Give 'New Opportunities To The Hard-Working Families' In His Hometown Of Queens

Nas is spearheading a plan to change the landscape of New York City. The music icon has partnered with Resorts World Casino New York City and its parent company, Genting America East, to revitalize his beloved Queens neighborhood. As reported by Commercial Observer, Genting America East executives, including the artist, shared plans for a $5 billion redevelopment endeavor to transform the Resorts World establishment into a “Las Vegas-style casino.” The blueprint for the project includes amenities such as 30 new opportunities for food and beverage vendors, a 7,000-seat performance space, and 1,600 new hotel rooms inside the existing Hyatt Regency at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Genting America East also proposed a 350,000-square-foot extension of the Resorts World casino floor. If approved, the move would position the casino as the largest gambling establishment globally, per the outlet. Beyond revenue-generating additions, the proposal includes housing units that could...

Michelle Burk

Mar 1, 2024

CEO Adam Aron Says Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Was One Of The Two Films That Drove 'Literally All' Of AMC Theatres' Increase In 2023 Revenue

The date Oct. 1, 2023, holds weight for the Beyhive for two reasons. One, it’s the day that Beyoncé closed out the “Renaissance World Tour” in Kansas City, MO, and two, that same night she shared a teaser for “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé.” Released on Dec. 1, fans lined up to watch the documentary concert film at AMC Theatres. And while the impact was already felt within that limited time of its showing, a new report shares the true magnitude of it all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC Theatres announced that its fourth-quarter revenue for 2023 was $1.10 billion with a net loss of $182 million. In 2022, it had revenue of $990.9 million and a net loss of $287.7 million. The outlet details that AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron said “literally all” of the company’s increase in revenue was due to Beyoncé and Taylor Swift’s concert films. “What is particularly noteworthy is how much AMC benefited from our trailblazing industry leading efforts with our highly successful distribution...

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 29, 2024

Olympic Champion Michael Johnson Is Building A New League To Help Track And Field Athletes Commercialize Their Rights

Although Michael Johnson has since retired from being a pro athlete, he is returning to the sports industry in a different way.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 28, 2024

Are KFC, Taco Bell, And Other Fast-Food Restaurants Using AI To Track Employees?

Employers have officially begun to use artificial intelligence (AI) to track employees’ productivity rates while on the job.

Shanique Yates

Feb 27, 2024

Polaris Sets Out To Champion Diversity By Empowering Black Women To Explore Powersports

Black women have historically dominated gymnastics, track and field, and tennis. Now, they’re getting behind a new wheel! In February, Polaris — a global leader in the powersports industry — tapped more than 12 Black women in media for an unconventional Galentine’s Day adventure in the Mojave Desert of California. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated among women over dinner, wine, and desserts, but the powersports brand gave select Black and brown women an invitation to “Think Outside” on Galentine’s Day. “We want diverse women to confidently ‘Think Outside’ — feeling safe and welcomed to do so by seeing their peers and counterparts engage in our activations,” a Polaris rep shared with 247 Live Culture. Per the outlet, the adventure began with a trip to Big Bear Lake, where women from varying backgrounds bonded over their excitement about the adventure as well as their lack of experience with offroading. After reaching the lodging destination, the group was greeted with...

Maya Muldrew

Feb 27, 2024

Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 2 Children, Etienne And Ivy Maurice, Open Wellness Studio Alongside Their Cousin Marley Ralph, Which Offers Yoga Classes

Self-care is not only a vibe, but it’s necessary. With many people tapping into what it means to engage in self-care, the concept has manifested itself in many forms. One of the ways people have historically engaged in self-care is through yoga. And WalkGood Yard provides spaces for yoga enthusiasts of all levels.

Josh Rodgers

Feb 26, 2024

Tyler Perry Puts $800M Studio Plan On Hold Due To AI Advancements

Artificial intelligence (AI) has altered Tyler Perry’s plans for a significant business venture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry was looking to expand his 330-acre studio in Atlanta, GA, adding 12 soundstages to the property. However, the $800 million project is now being halted, and Perry cites AI-powered platform Sora and its capabilities for the decision. Per Sora’s website, the platform offers a text-to-video model that can generate videos up to one minute long according to the user’s prompt. “I have been watching AI very closely and watching the advancements very closely. I was in the middle of, and have been planning for the last four years, about an $800 million expansion at the studio, which would’ve increased the backlot a tremendous size, we were adding 12 more soundstages,” Perry told The Hollywood Reporter. “All of that is currently and indefinitely on hold because of Sora and what I’m seeing. I had gotten word over the last year or so that this was coming,...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 23, 2024

How ServiceNow’s Approach To Talent Strategy Is Becoming A Game Changer

There is a commonly held belief in the business world that we are in the midst of a global skills shortage. In fact, 80% of CEOs are still reporting skills gaps as a major threat to their organization’s growth. But there is good news to be found in this current climate; because, as ServiceNow’s Sarah Tilley simply puts it, “While there is a very real skills shortage, there isn’t a global people shortage.” For Tilley’s team, that means approaching talent acquisition and development on a multipronged level that takes external recruitment, internal mobility, learning and talent planning into consideration to support ServiceNow’s overall talent strategy and business priorities to ensure a seamless and quality employee experience. “Our integrated approach allows us to be more transparent and establish clear expectations for candidates and employees,” Tilley explains. “Through a unified approach, we can also better understand and respond to employee needs, which drives higher engagement,...

Tai Saint-Louis

Feb 22, 2024

Beyoncé's Haircare Line, Cécred, Is Not Only 'Validated by Science' But Also Self-Funded With No Partnerships Or Backing From Outside Investors

Beyoncé has released her next labor of love beyond the realms of music. Throughout her time in the limelight, the songstress and mother of three has never failed to disappoint behind the microphone or with her hair game. This is in part because of her mother, Tina Knowles, who once owned and operated hair salon Headliners in Houston, TX, according to Texas Monthly. “Hair has always been a very big part of our lives,” Tina told Essence. “Just as fashion saved our family, hair is how we made a living.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by ESSENCE (@essence) Beyoncé would work at her mother’s salon, sweeping its floors and listening to regular chatter from women as they sat ready to be served. One client, in particular, who was an opera singer, even became the affirmation for Beyoncé to become a performer. Today, Beyoncé has cemented herself as one of the greatest performers. Her ability to experiment with various sounds and not confine herself into one genre remains her strong...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 21, 2024

The Burns Brothers Are Set To Make History With The First African-American-Owned Private Membership Club In Africa

Global enterprise The Burns Brothers, co-founded by John and Mike Burns, is expanding to international business hubs, per a press release.

Michelle Burk

Feb 21, 2024

Roddy Ricch's Single 'The Box' Cleared Of All Copyright Allegations — What This Could Mean For Up-And-Coming Musicians and Recording Labels

Roddy Ricch, whose given name is Roderick Wayne Jr., has emerged victorious in a two-year legal battle surrounding his chart-topping hit song, “The Box.”

Michelle Burk

Feb 20, 2024

DAP GAP Inspires Icons in the Making: Gap Collaborations Lead, Brigid Andrews, on Partnering with Harlem's Style Icon

At the center of Gap’s ethos is a commitment to individuality, creativity and self-expression. And while the company points to one’s fashion sense as a surefire way to incorporate all three into one’s life, it has also intentionally sought ways to ensure that consumers can see their style and values reflected in the brand as well. The Hip-Hop generation will likely recall first becoming aware of Gap’s desire to connect with the culture in 1997, with the iconic LL Cool J commercial. Today, the company continues to foster those cultural moments through unique brand collaborations, and by making sure that those tasked with spearheading these initiatives are people who truly get what these moments can mean when properly executed. “Gap is one of the world’s most beloved brands. People know and love Gap because at our best, we do more than sell clothes. We create conversations,” says Brigid Andrews, who leads the company’s partnerships and collaborations. “By blending creativity with...

Tai Saint-Louis

Feb 16, 2024