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StockX Lands Damien Hooper-Campbell As First-Ever Chief Impact Officer

The Harvard Business Review and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have produced studies that show more equitable spaces lead to greater productivity levels. And, while places like StockX already seem to have a healthy set of work already happening led by team members that contribute to an equitable culture, there’s still always room for improvement. On May 10, it was announced that Damien Hooper-Campbell has been appointed as the first-ever Chief Impact Officer at StockX, in an effort to build on the work that’s already been done.

Josh Rodgers

May 10, 2022

Netflix Names Former Apple And NPR Exec N’Jeri Eaton As Its First-Ever Head of Podcasts

Netflix has hired N’Jeri Eaton as its first-ever Head of Podcasts to help lead podcasting for the streaming giant’s marketing division. According to Bloomberg, Eaton — a former Apple Inc. and NPR executive — will support Netflix’s audio ambitions as its director of podcast programming as part of the company’s editorial and publishing team, which is headed by Michelle Lee and reports to marketing chief Bozoma Saint John. Eaton tweeted her excitement about her new appointment on Thursday (July 8) writing: “I’m thrilled to join @netflix as the Head of Podcasts. 16 years ago, I watched three DVDs from Netflix a day while working the late night lab shift at a university. My obsession for storytelling has taken me all kinds of places but this is truly a dream!” She previously announced her departure from Apple on social media as well after joining the company last August. “Today is my last day on the @ApplePodcasts team,” she...

Njera Perkins

Jul 9, 2021

A$AP Rocky Tapped As First-Ever Guest Artistic Director Of PacSun

A$AP Rocky is adding yet another creative title to his resume. The Harlem rapper has reportedly been named the first-ever guest artistic director of PacSun in which he will be overseeing designer collaborations, brand campaigns, in-store activations as well as supporting launches in both the Pacsun DTLA and Soho stores, a press release reports. For the next 18 months, Rocky will be responsible for driving a “new wave of premium streetwear and style” to the LA-based multi-brand retailer as part of his role. “Our community of customers is looking for something unexpected, that elevates their daily experience and lets them express their personal style. Nobody bridges the gap between high fashion and streetwear like A$AP Rocky,” Alfred Chang, co-CEO of Pacsun, said in a statement. “We are proud to welcome him to the Pacsun family and energized about making his ideas a reality that can be shared (and worn) by millions and lead a global style conversation.” Through this new partnership...

Njera Perkins

Jul 9, 2021

Group Black Launches Initiative To Deploy Nearly $500M In Black-Owned Media By 2022

It’s time for Black-owned media to have more control within the industry, and this first-of-its-kind collective is launching an inspiring initiative to help us accomplish that. Today, Group Media — a unique media collective and accelerator dedicated to the advancement of Black-owned media properties — has launched with a mission to increase Black ownership and help Black media conglomerates claim their rightful place in this space. Founding member companies of Group Black include ESSENCE, Holler, PlayVS, Afropunk, The Shade Room and Baller Alert. Additionally, Holler’s Travis Montaque joins as co-founder, director and CEO alongside serial entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis, Group Black’s co-founder and chairman. As part of its launch, Group Black is kicking off its buying power with an inaugural $75 million target media investment from GroupM, a press release reports, which is also part of its effort to deploy at least $500 million in Black-owned media by the end of next year. “Our...

Njera Perkins

Jun 29, 2021

Black Tech Street Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Fundraising Campaign To Build A Black Tech Hub In Tulsa

The hype surrounding non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and smart contracts presents Black Tech Street the perfect opportunity to unveil their latest campaign. The national initiative — which launched on the Tulsa Race Massacre anniversary last month — is now launching the first-ever regenerative fundraising campaign to build a brand new tech hub for Black entrepreneurs in Tulsa, OK, a press release reports. As part of its commitment to facilitate a $1 billion investment in the Black Tulsa Economy, Black Tech Street hopes this campaign will inspire social impact giving from today’s most impactful innovators and investors. “We are minting a one-of-a-kind Centennial Coin NFT to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Greenwood Massacre and to raise funds to secure the next 100 years of innovation and success for Black entrepreneurs,” Black Tech Street founder Tyrance Billingsley II said in a statement. In partnership with SecondMuse and Blockchange, the new tech hub will represent what was...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2021

12-Year-Old Rapper Lil Bit Saucy Makes History As LEGO's First-Ever Kid Creative Director

Robyn, better known as Lil Bit Saucy, is all about creativity and it shows through her newly-appointed content creation role. The 12-year-old rapper and rising star has been hired as the first-ever Kid Creative Director for LEGO Group, where she will join nine other young creatives through the company’s Kids Creative Studio. Both Robyn and LEGO, through its Untitled by TLNT Instagram page , shared the groundbreaking news on social media to announce what’s to come from the new venture. “We’re so excited to finally introduce the first-ever Kid Creative Director for @lego Kids Creative Studio (inspired by LEGO® VIDIYO™),” the company wrote online. “Congratulations to Robyn and thank you to everyone who submitted to the creative brief. We can’t wait to see what we’ll create together in the future!”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ? L!L BIT SAUCY ? (@lilbitsaucy) According to Robyn’s post, her new role involves “working directly with my mentors from Lego and Universal...

Njera Perkins

Jun 2, 2021

Hebru Brantley Designs First-Ever Artist Bottle For Bombay Sapphire to Support BLM

Chicago artist Hebru Brantley skyrocketed to well-known fame with his mural-style, futuristic work. Mainly, his motifs center on his signature characters Flyboy and Lil Momma, inspired by Tuskegee Airmen. Now, he’s bringing his imaginative world to Bombay Sapphire. In a press release, the world’s No. 1 premium gin announced its collaboration with Brantley for its first-ever artist-designed bottle in North America. The limited-edition bottle—a blue-toned glass featuring various characters from the Hebru Brand universe—will benefit the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter. “When you create something unique like this, you want it to inspire hope for a better future and shine a light on the courage and resilience of Black people in America,” Brantley said. “It felt only right that Bombay Sapphire and I were able to do this together to benefit Black Lives Matter Chicago, to support the critical work they do in fighting for racial justice in my hometown.”...

Niki McGloster

Jul 2, 2020