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Twitter, BET, MTV and More Brands Join Nationwide Push For 'Vote Early Day'

Voting in the 2020 Election just got a lot more convenient. One of the biggest concerns with voter turnout is the inconvenience it causes voters, whether it involves conflicts with jobs or the commute to local polling places. To increase voter turnout this year, major brands like Twitter, BET, MTV, and more are backing what they hope will become a new national holiday: Vote Early Day. Similar to Voter Registration Day, the motivation behind this initiative is to encourage Americans to not only exercise their right to vote but to vote early. Major brands are supporting this new push to target young voters and ensure they’re properly educated on their respective state’s laws around early voting. The planned date for Vote Early Day is Oct. 24, giving voters more than a week before the general election on Nov. 3. A recent press release stated that celebrating Vote Early Day “will help ensure that millions more Americans take advantage of their options to vote early. Over 200 million...

Mar 11, 2020

Mike Bloomberg's Greenwood Initiative Aims to Support 100,000 Black Businesses

Democratic candidates are gearing up to secure the Black vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Former mayor of New York City and presidential hopeful, Mike Bloomberg is among those rolling out initiatives and reform plans aimed at empowering and supporting Black businesses and entrepreneurship. According to Black Enterprise Bloomberg announced his Greenwood Initiative: Economic Justice For Black America plan during MLK weekend. The plan is named after the Greenwood community located in Tulsa, Oklahoma which was the home of Black WallStreet, a thriving early 20th-century community of Black businesses and entrepreneurs. According to Bloomberg’s official campaign site , the Greenwood plan promises to create 100,000 new Black-owned businesses and one million new Black homeowners over the next decade. The details of the Greenwood plan are to increase Black businesses by providing one-stop shops for entrepreneurs, increasing incubators, strengthening Black-owned banks, and...

Jan 28, 2020

The 2020 Presidential Election is Near. But Will Facebook's Policy Leave the Door Open For Suppression of the Black Vote?

Using social media as a vehicle for political advertisements and posts filled with misinformation aimed at sabotaging the Black vote was put on display with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. As the 2020 presidential election approaches, questions around the allowance of paid political ads that specifically misinform Black demographics and measures social media platform executives, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, will take to prevent such ads are being heavily discussed. During a town hall meeting held in September, civil rights leaders met with Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in hopes to discuss the preventive measures the social media giant would put into place to combat the racial geared voter suppression messages that ran rampant on the platform during the 2016 election. Instead, Sandberg upheld Facebook’s policy that exempts politicians from its third-party fact-checking program. This means politicians including sitting president Donald Trump — whose...

Nov 4, 2019

Democratic Candidates and Their Plans to Close the Wealth Gap With Black Entrepreneurship

As Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election campaign to receive your vote, one topic is closing America’s wealth gap via monetary support for Black-owned businesses. Here is an analysis of each Democratic presidential candidate and whether or not they’ve proposed a plan to boost Black entrepreneurship: Sen. Cory Booker Getty Images The New Jersey senator wrote his plans to boost Black-owned businesses in an OpEd piece via BET . He proposed a $25 million funding investment in a nation-wide startup accelerator program for “geographically-underserved” communities. He wants to specifically target veterans, women, and people of color. Booker also wants to provide more capital for entrepreneurs in every community with a $1.5 billion investment in the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). In addition, to close America’s racial wealth gap for young adults, he proposed a “baby bond” that would essentially be federally-funded savings accounts for every child born in...

Oct 16, 2019