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Ruth Carter and Cynthia Erivo on Clothes, Culture and Self-Expression | The New York Times Style Magazine

Two creative people in two different fields in one wide-ranging conversation. “This has been a long time coming!” said Ruth Carter, 59, in her Academy Award acceptance speech for best costume design for her work on the film “Black Panther” (2018). Carter, who was born in Springfield, Mass., and lives in Los Angeles, is the first African-American to win that Oscar, and her résumé reads like a tour through the past three decades of black cinema: After getting her start with the director Spike Lee on “School Daze” (1988) and “Do the Right Thing” (1989), she went on to costume […]

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The Future Is Female: Meet the Dope Black Women Behind Brooklyn’s Local Creative Space | Refinery 29

For Symone Wong, Jarryn Mercer, and Melissa Sutherland, Brooklyn’s sk.ArtSpace is more than a gallery space — it’s a safe space for creatives of color to express themselves in an environment that understands and works to preserve the integrity of their craft. “As a creative, sharing yourself and your work is very challenging. A lot of creatives do not know where to begin, what kind of dialogues to have, or even how to get their work into shows,” the ladies, who have been friends for 14 years, share. “Typically, the local creatives in our community have access to exhibits that […]

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Meet the CEO of LAX Airport — Yes, a Black Woman! | Black Business.com

Not a lot of people know that a Black woman, Deborah Flint, is the CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airports – two of the largest and busiest airports in the country. As CEO since 2015, Flint has made significant transformations to help enhance the experience of passengers who travel to and from Los Angeles, California. Deborah was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in June 2015 to lead LAWA and make Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) world-class airports. And in her more than […]

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Chase Consumer Banking CEO Thasunda Duckett Joins NIKE’s Board of Directors | Black Enterprise

Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, a division of JPMorgan Chase, has joined an exclusive club with her recent appointment to NIKE‘s board of directors. As such, she has become the only African American female C-suite executive to serve on the board of the $34.3 billion athletic footwear and apparel producer as well as a future member of the BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors, which identifies blacks among the corporate governance ranks of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies. “Thasunda’s expertise in leading digital and physical transformation in retail banking will be invaluable in helping Nike further deepen […]

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Gerald Moore Sr.: Committed to Preparing Black Boys For Careers in STEM | Black Enterprise

BE Modern Man: Gerald Moore Sr. Cybersecurity engineer, entrepreneur, author; 47; Founder, Gerald Moore Online Technology School for Black Boys My latest startup is the Gerald Moore Online Technology School for Black Boys. I have a goal of educating 10,000 young black men and boys ages 8-16 per year online. The school’s primary focus will be preparing black boys for STEM professions, by teaching computer science, coding, mobile app development, and website development. I also have a background in basic electricity which I will also be including. Registration includes the Black Boys Read Book Club. I’ve also just published my […]

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ColorComm is Helping Millennial Women in Communications Level Up in their Careers | Black Enterprise

The next generation of leaders is being called on in media and communications. Lauren Wesley Wilson, CEO of ColorComm, is making sure that no one is left behind. For the past eight years, Wilson has brought seats to the table for women of color in communications through meet-ups, webinars, and events. And for the second straight year, ColorComm will host C2 NextGen summit at New York City’s Chelsea Piers on November 14 and 15. There are a number of professional development conferences and summits for women of color that have goals to inspire, educate, and connect with executives—but the C2 […]

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Five African Americans named ‘genius’ grant winners by MacArthur Foundation In their own way, each is working toward increasing understanding of black histories and communities | The Undefeated

Kevin Parrish Jr., The Undefeated This Aug. 30 photo shows MacArthur Foundation fellow Emmanuel Pratt, an urban designer with the Sweet Water Foundation in Chicago. Pratt is co-founder and executive director of the foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Chicago’s South Side that engages residents in the cultivation and regeneration of social, environmental and economic resources in their neighborhoods. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation via AP. Featured Image 0:02 AMThe MacArthur Foundation announced its “genius” grant winners Sept. 25. Formally known as MacArthur Fellows, this year’s recipients are artists, writers, scientists and academics who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality […]

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