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Urban One Announces New Development For Its $562M Project Toward Becoming The Nation's Only Black-Owned Casino

There has been a new development for Urban One Inc.’s $562 million project in Richmond, VA.

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 14, 2023

Pusha T Reponds To Claim Estimating His Diss Track Gave Arby's $8.2M In Advertising Exposure Via Twitter

When it’s your time, it’s your time. As previously reported by AfroTech, Pusha T’s feud with fast-food company McDonald’s first began to brew after he wrote its “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle in 2003 with his brother, No Malice, in which they weren’t adequately compensated. According to Rolling Stone, the rapper said he received a one-time fee but no royalties. Then, he went off on the chain when Arby’s aired its commercial “Spicy Fish Diss,” on March 21. While it was for marketing purposes, shots were fired and now it’s being speculated that it could have brought success for the restaurant. On March 22, Complex reported, the track “netted the roast beef giant more than $8 million equivalent in advertising exposure.” The estimate was brought to the public’s attention by business analyst Darren Rovell, who noted that per Apex Marketing, “Spicy Fish Diss” brought in “equivalent advertising exposure” of an estimated $8,203,272. Value to Arby’s through 7pm ET: $8,203,272 in equivalent...

Shanique Yates

Mar 23, 2022

Virginia School Named After Confederate Solider Renamed In Honor Of NASA's Katherine Johnson

Out with the old, in with the…better! This Virginia middle school was once named after a Confederate soldier and now its name will be replaced with a Black shero. According to USA Today, Sidney Lanier Middle School was established over 60 years ago and was named after an American poet who also happened to be a private in the Confederate army. Now, it will be renamed to honor NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson. Johnson is known for her contributions to helping NASA put the first man on the moon and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama at age 97 in 2015. In September 2020, the Fairfax city school board made the decision after a majority of residents called to have the name changed. Over 300 new names for the school were submitted and the approval to rename the school was made on Nov. 2, 2020. Other names in the running included Fairfax Woods, Legacy Independence and City, and the late great Maya Angelou....

Shanique Yates

Jun 11, 2021

18-Year-Old Samuel Lyons Gets Accepted Into 40 Colleges, Awarded Over $1.6M In Scholarships

When it comes to racking up those college acceptance letters and coins for his tuition, one high school senior has got it covered. According to KVUE, Samuel Lyons is the Franklin High School (FHS) senior who has not only been admitted to 40 colleges but has been offered more than $1.6 million in scholarship money too. While the admission letters keep rolling in, it’s still only the beginning of May, so a guidance counselor at the school reveals that the list could continue to grow. “We started in August 2020 doing his college applications and he has diligently been working at home applying to colleges while virtual,” shared Guidance Counselor Ale Massenburg. “I do not believe this is all of his scholarship money or acceptance letters . We have completed several other scholarships from different organizations that we are waiting on. I believe that he will get those also.” Thus far Lyons has been admitted to the University of Richmond, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth...

Shanique Yates

May 10, 2021

Shekelia Bussey Went From Navy Instructor to the First Black Woman to Open a Motorcycle Academy in Virginia

This Black woman is making history one motorcycle ride at a time! According to 10 Wavy News , Shekelia Bussey is the operator and owner of Moto Mob Riding Academy in Franklin, Virginia — this makes the academy the first-of-its-kind owned by a Black woman in the state. Bussey first started riding motorcycles in 2007 following a class at Harley Davidson in Portsmouth, Virginia, and ultimately had the opportunity to journey cross country twice. In 2017, she quit her government contracting position to become a motorcycle instructor for the United States Navy. “[I’ve traveled] about 16,000 miles, solo, by myself. Motorcycling to me…it’s my passion. It is what drives me forward,” said Bussey in an interview. “Very few people get to get up every day and do what they love to do, but I’m one of them. This has been a labor of love for me.” During her time as an instructor, she acquired a fleet of 17 motorcycles which ultimately led her to branch out on her own to teach classes. She now...

Shanique Yates

Mar 16, 2021

The Washington Football Team, FanDuel Pledge $1M to the United Negro College Fund

FanDuel and the Washington Football Team are giving back to HBCU students big time! On the heels of their mobile sports betting market partnership, FanDuel Group and the Washington Football Team have announced a $1 million contribution to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), reports PR Newswire. The FanDuel/Washington Football Team Emergency Student Aid Fund is dedicated to supporting students who are currently enrolled in Virginia’s five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The fund will provide aid grants to students seeking emergency assistance for housing, food security, tuition, technology, and other education-related expenses. As an extension of its legal sports betting partnership in the state, both FanDuel and the Washington Football Team will provide the contribution to continue celebrating Black History Month as it comes to an end. “Supporting these institutions and these hard-working students, amidst enormous challenges related to COVID, is the right...

Shanique Yates

Feb 25, 2021

Urban One Could Soon Bring Virginia the Nation's Only Black-Owned Casino After $517M Bid

The nation’s only Black-owned casino could soon break ground in Virginia. Urban One held a media event on Tuesday morning to announce the $517 million proposal that could bring a resort-style casino to the state’s capital, reports WRIC. Four companies are in the running to spearhead the multi-million dollar project set to take over Richmond. Urban One, a Black-owned media company that owns TV One along with dozens of radio stations, hopes to transform the River City’s southside with a world-class entertainment, dining, and gaming destination. “Our proposal is unparalleled and can not be matched,” said Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins. “We would be creating the only black-owned casino in the United States of America. Perhaps more importantly, our project will be very diverse and inclusive.” The $517 million project could possibly include a 3,000 person capacity theater, broadcast production studios for both film and radio, 150 hotel rooms, 12 restaurants and bars, 50 acres of green space...

Shanique Yates

Feb 24, 2021

Meet Bellen Woodward, the Crayon Activist Who's Now A Time Magazine 'Kid of The Year' Honoree

There’s a new kid on the block! Ten-year-old Bellen Woodard is not only the world’s first crayon activist, but she has also just become Time Magazine’s youngest “Kid of the Year” honoree reports Time for Kids. According to Face2Face Africa, after realizing that there was no crayon to represent her complexion, Bellen created her own multicultural crayons through her “More than Peach” project making her the world’s first crayon activist.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Bellen (Official) (@morethanpeachproject) As the only Black student in her class, Bellen realized that anytime her classmates wanted the “skin-color” crayon, they were handed the peach crayon. It was just after voicing her concerns and not being pleased with her mother’s suggestion to try alternative colors, that Bellen decided to take matters into her own hands. The Virginia native used her savings to start the More than Peach project in Spring 2019 not even realizing that her attempt to create an...

Shanique Yates

Dec 10, 2020

Meet the Millennial Leveraging Entrepreneurship and Ownership Through His Brand, More Than A 9 To 5

Timothy Webb, Jr. started lifestyle brand — More Than A 9 To 5 —  to generate more conversations around Black people’s mindset surrounding financial literacy, ownership, gentrification, and beyond. However, Webb has managed to do more than just create conversations. The 30-year-old is now actually taking problems like gentrification into his own hands through the real estate industry all while still working his day job. Outside of being in constant relationship with others, as someone who’s well-versed in the tech space, working for companies like GE and currently a company that supports cybersecurity for the federal government, he also uses his technology background to run his business. Whether it’s securing rental payments for his property through their electronic web portal or building his own website for his company, More Than A 9 To 5, Webb is equipped with the knowledge to keep things running both at the forefront and in background. “I think so many people hide behind a title...

Shanique Yates

Nov 27, 2020

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Uses His Lemonade Stand to Provide For Single Moms in Need

Most 11-year-olds spend their summer playing video games, sleeping in, or plucking their parents’ nerves… but not Cartier Carey! This young entrepreneur spent the summer, selling lemonade with one goal in mind, to raise money for diapers, wipes, and other supplies for single mothers who were struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Black Business , the Hampton, Virginia native started Kids 4 Change when he learned through some of his friends the hardships their single mothers were experiencing. While Cartier comes from a two-parent household, he says he began to realize how hard it must be to raise kids alone, especially during a pandemic. Cartier opened a lemonade stand with the support of his parents and siblings in order to give back. He sold candy for $.25, chips for $.50, and lemonade for $1 right from his front lawn with a sign that read: “Raising Money for Single Mothers.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cartier Carey (@kids4change757) “I...

Shanique Yates

Sep 24, 2020