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Dr. Amira Ogunleye Teams Up With SmileDirectClub To Make Quality Dental Care Accessible

On a mission to advocate for healthier smiles, SmileDirectClub — the first MedTech platform for teeth straightening — will be partnering with cosmetic dentist Dr. Amira Ogunleye. According to a press release, Dr. Amira Ogunleye, who has worked with patients like LeBron James, Michelle Williams, and Dwyane Wade, will advocate for increased access to cost-friendly, effective, and safe dental care. The oral thought leader will also educate patients and colleagues to highlight the innovative telehealth platform. “I’m thrilled to partner with SmileDirectClub as we share a deeply rooted value and purpose-driven passion for increasing access to quality dental care, in addition to a desire to create more diversity in the dental industry,” said Dr. Amira Ogunleye in a press statement. “As a graduate of Howard University, leading dental professional and mentor, I know how much representation in the industry matters, as well as how important it is for ensuring equitable access to care. I look...

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 9, 2021

Actor Jesse Williams Invests in Black-Led Banking Platform Greenwood to Champion Financial Empowerment

Actor and community activist Jesse Williams has become the latest investor to join Greenwood’s financial empowerment efforts. Greenwood — the new digital banking platform for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs and small businesses — recently launched to help repair the hole in Atlanta’s finance market with the help of rapper Killer Mike, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, and Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover. Williams has now signed on to help the digital bank carry out its mission to strengthen the economy for communities of color. “I’m excited to join the Greenwood team and work to advance economic prosperity for people of color,” he said in a statement . “The time has come for Black and Latinx communities in America to strengthen our economic condition and influence. By increasing access to essential banking services and financial education, Greenwood is a key part of that movement.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Greenwood (@bankgreenwood) Williams is most known for...

Njera Perkins

Nov 19, 2020

Flagstar Bank Pledges $1M in Grants to Local Communities for Black, Indigenous, POC-Owned Businesses

Metro Detroit company Flagstar Bank is continuing its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in U.S. communities of color by pledging $1 million worth of grants to help small Black, Brown, and Indigenous-owned businesses who have been hit hard by COVID-19. According to a news release , Flagstar Bank has opened applications up to qualifying small businesses now through Nov. 20 for grants valued up to $5,000. “We have a commitment to our communities and to keeping our promises to them,” said Alessandro DiNello, CEO of Flagstar Bank, in a statement . “Reversing decades of systemic inequities is a marathon, and we are in it to the finish. These grants are an important milestone along the way to making our communities and our company better and more equitable for all.” Business qualifications to receive Flagstar’s grants include diverse ownership, revenues of no more than $1 million, and a location within Flagstar Bank’s footprint of Michigan, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana;...

Njera Perkins

Nov 11, 2020

Lena Waithe Partners With The North Face to Diversify the Outdoors For Communities of Color

For many people this year, nature and the outdoors have provided the perfect escape from all that has happened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, many people of color still consider it a dangerous space to navigate considering the limitations that exist outdoors based on our race. In an effort to combat this belief, apparel brand The North Face has set a goal to address the lack of diversity in outdoor spaces for people of color, and so it has enlisted the help of Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer, Lena Waithe, and director, Jimmy Chin, to launch a new global initiative. According to The Cut, the “Reset Normal” campaign has pledged a total of $7 million toward diversifying the outdoors through the Explore Fund Council — a global fellowship program that will ultimately encourage people of color around the world to reset their “normal” lives through the power of outdoor exploration during this...

Njera Perkins

Oct 27, 2020

PepsiCo, Inc. Pledges $7M to Support Devastated Communities of Color

COVID-19 has hit Black and Latinx communities immensely over the past few weeks, leaving many unemployed and without proper resources to fight against the virus. As a response, PepsiCo, Inc. and The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with the National Urban League and UnidosUS to donate $7 million to devastated communities of color, according to a press release. “COVID-19 has once again put a spotlight on the deep-rooted health and economic disparities that have long faced communities of color,” said the CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America, Steven Williams, in a statement . “In response to this, we’re helping to provide immediate relief and support long-term recovery for Black and Latino communities. But just as these inequities existed well before coronavirus, we will continue to do our part and be a partner to these communities in the months and years ahead.” In an effort to effectively help communities of color, PepsiCo identified several metropolitan areas in the country where they...

Njera Perkins

May 22, 2020