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Former BET Networks President and Tech Founders Launch New Social Media Platform For BIPOC

Social networks have quickly become our saving grace in the pandemic during a time where people are trying their best to stay connected while safely social distancing. For communities all over, mainly the BIPOC community, a tech company has launched a new social media platform with an overarching goal to unify people during this hectic time. RepItSocial, which is the same name as the tech company, is a revolutionary social media app that is poised to become the central hub for all things BIPOC, according to a press release. Courtesy of RepItSocial RepItSocial — developed by co-founders D’Oyen and Azalaya Fraser, and former BET Networks president Jefferi K. Lee  — is described as “the new face of social media that represents the voice, energy and true diversity of this new generation. It is the premium platform for entertainment, empowerment and unification of all things BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color),” a press release shares. Similar to the melting pot that is America,...

Njera Perkins

Nov 27, 2020

10 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Can Support From Home

Social distancing has put a damper on our basic beauty needs, but there are many Black businesses still operating to give people the products they need during quarantine. Whether by way of online orders or in-person delivery — these Black-owned beauty businesses are here to save the day. Check out this list of Black-owned beauty brands and businesses below that you can support from home. Mented Cosmetics View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mented Cosmetics (@mentedcosmetics) Mented Cosmetics, a vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand for people of color, features an array of products ranging from lipsticks and foundations to eyeshadows and more, which can all be ordered through their online store . They’re currently supporting COVID-19 efforts by donating 100 percent of their Blot Party profits to providing one million masks to New York City. skinBUTTR View this post on Instagram A post shared by skinBUTTR✨ (@skinbuttr) Beauty brand skinBUTTR sells a line of natural body and...

Njera Perkins

Apr 22, 2020

Black Creatives Step Up in a Major Way to Virtually Support the Community

What a time to be a creative. Right now we’re witnessing innovation in its purest form as we bridge the gap between social interaction and technology. We often used to make fun of technology for interfering with day-to-day social relations, but the world is relying on technology now more than ever. People around the world are tapping into any and every digital platform to cultivate a strong sense of community. Even major platforms like Instagram are using this time to better equip users with tools to help people consume and promote content in a more efficient way, according to The Verge . Just as these platforms are pivoting their content, so are Black creatives, who have proved to be quite the trendsetters and trailblazers during quarantine. By providing tailored online experiences, Black creators are doing their part to keep people connected in our new virtual environment across various industries. Music The music and entertainment industries took a huge hit from the pandemic as...

Njera Perkins

Apr 21, 2020

Michelle Obama to Host New Virtual Reading Series for Kids at Home

While kids around the world may be at-home practicing social distancing, Michelle Obama still wants to find a way to connect with them through her virtual reading series. The former First Lady is launching a new online children’s book reading series and hosting live sessions every Monday for the next four weeks. During “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” kids at home will have a chance to practice their reading and give parents a break. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) “As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere,” Mrs. Obama shared in a press release via CBS News . Every Monday at noon Eastern Standard Time, Mrs. Obama will read a different popular children’s book live on PBS KIDS and Penguin Random House social media platforms. This virtual reading series is a part of Penguin Random House’s...

Njera Perkins

Apr 20, 2020

Racist Trolls are Using Platforms Like Zoom to Spew Hatred at Black Users

The coronavirus undoubtedly caused a halt in the everyday lives of Americans across the country. Stores closed, Wall Street took a hit, and unemployment skyrocketed overnight, but one thing remained constant even in the face of COVID-19 — racism. At a time like this, when humanity itself is challenged, one would think such events would bring out the best in all citizens, or at least basic human emotions like compassion, love, and kindness. Instead, some have resorted to using video conference platforms like Zoom, to spew hatred toward Black people. Such is the case with Tiara Moore who created a virtual safe space for women of color where they could exchange professional resources, chat, and support one another through the outbreak. BuzzFeed reports that Moore’s Zoom conference was hacked and filled with about 100 people all yelling racial slurs including the N-word. “I immediately closed it down like, what just happened,” she told BuzzFeed. “I was super emotional. I cried and I was...

Devin Crudup

Apr 3, 2020

JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne and More to Perform 'At Home with Tidal'

In lieu of recent changes to normal life, artists have found creative ways to entertain the masses. This week, Tidal joins the fun. The global streaming service is launching “ At Home with Tidal, ” a series of free, daily live streams for music fans. Essentially, Tidal is digging through its digital crates to give exclusive live performances of the hottest artists in music, including Tidal owner JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and J. Cole. Starting today (March 25), viewers can enjoy 12-hour live streams of uninterrupted sets. And honestly, the lineup is exceptional. It spans R&B, Hip Hop, Latin, Pop, and Electronic genres. The full schedule is as follows: Wednesday (3/25) – Latin Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Daddy Yankee, CNCO, Romeo Santos, and more Thurs (3/26) – Pop Featuring Lizzo, Rosalia, The Chainsmokers, Bazzi, Dermot Kennedy, and more Friday (3/27) – Electronic Featuring deadmau5, Daft Punk, Kaskade, Marshmello, Cashmere Cat, and more Saturday (3/28) – Hip Hop Featuring JAY-Z,  J....

Niki McGloster

Mar 25, 2020

DJ D-Nice Spreads Black Boy Joy With Star-Studded Virtual Dance Party

The biggest virtual dance party is breaking the internet and spreading positive energy to cure our isolation blues. During this time of crisis, a dance party is just what people need to lift their spirits and take their minds off the worries of coronavirus. Starting this past Monday, DJ D-Nice has been leading us every day in live daily jam sessions appropriately titled “Homeschool” from his Instagram page. His endless spins of old school classics have done wonders for fans and celebrities tuned in. For those unfamiliar, DJ D-Nice is a musical legend that’s been spinning the greatest hits in Black culture for over 50 years. Since his days as a member of the pioneering Bronx hip-hop crew BDP, D-Nice has become a beloved figure in the music community. His daily music happy hours, consisting of every genre from Hip-Hop and R&B to Go-Go, have united thousands of people around the world through the universal language of...

Njera Perkins

Mar 22, 2020

Support These Black-Owned Businesses While Social Distancing

Let’s face it: These are uncertain times. As a pandemic is taking its toll on the country, citizens are urged to practice social distancing . For those of you unsure, social distancing is a set of physical dissociating actions that help stop the spread of infectious diseases. In this case, that means staying inside to combat exposure to coronavirus. Under such personal and economic stress, what’s beautiful about Black folks is that we’re becoming more connected. We’re scheduling virtual watch parties, sharing emergency resources for funding and, ultimately, supporting one another. However, as major corporations are taking a massive hit, Black-owned businesses are also devastated by closures and significant drops in income. It’s up to us to circulate our mighty dollar within our community. So if you can, spend your money with Black-owned businesses. Many companies have even suspended ground shipping and are offering discounts to promote sales. If you’re looking for Black-owned brands...

Niki McGloster

Mar 20, 2020