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Tracee Ellis Ross, Ayanna Pressley Join Color Of Change to Advocate For Black Beauty Businesses

Nonprofit org Color Of Change — the nation’s largest online racial justice organization — has always played an integral role in rewriting the rules to pass laws to protect Black people. The organization’s mission to tell Black stories is also led by its ability to bring together celebrities and change-makers to discuss issues plaguing Black communities and solutions to resolve them. As part of its commitment to fight against hair discrimination, Color Of Change launched its powerful InHAIRitance event — alongside actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Representative Leslie Herod, Color Of Change VP Arisha Hatch, and small-business owners Jennifer Lord and Thomasina Jackson. The event was launched in collaboration with Dove, National Urban League and Western Center on Law and Poverty. It was created to discuss The CROWN Act — a law that would protect Black people from hair discrimination in workplaces and schools — and the state of Black-owned beauty businesses...

Njera Perkins

Dec 21, 2020

11 Bossed Up Moms We Celebrate This Mother’s Day

Since forever, Black women have been working mothers. Although it’s no easy feat, these resilient moms—media moguls, dynamic businesswomen, brand influencers, politicians and the like—meet the challenge with grace and determination to balance both. In light of Mother’s Day on Sunday, scroll through these 11 bossed up ladies whose first and most important job is being their kids’ mom. Mellody Hobson Hobson is the co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest Black-owned investment firms. While running the corporation, the award-winning, high-powered businesswoman spends her time promoting financial literacy, scholastic achievement, and investor education while raising her daughter, Everest, alongside her husband and “Star Wars” filmmaker, George Lucas. Marsha St. Hubert As one of the senior vice presidents of marketing at Atlantic Records, St. Hubert deserves all the praise. She was named one of Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music...

Niki McGloster

May 8, 2020

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Fights for Fair Allocation of PPP Funds to Black-Owned Businesses

Last week the government’s Payment Protection Program (PPP) came under fire after major corporations received millions in COVID-19 relief while small businesses were denied any federal aid. Now, Black government officials are calling for more to be done in the area of small Black-owned businesses receiving financial help just as the major corporations have. Black Enterprise reports that Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for the Treasury Department to compile racial data in regards to which businesses and corporations are receiving PPP funds. Rep. Ayanna Pressley believes racial data is needed to make sure the $349 billion issued by the government via the CARES Act is being allocated fairly. “I’m pushing for that racial data collection when it comes to who the lenders are lending to. That which gets measured gets done,” Pressley told Basic Black . “And so having that data and that transparency in real-time will allow us to...

Devin Crudup

Apr 28, 2020