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Byron Allen v. Comcast: Supreme Court Race Case Could Reshape Bias Lawsuits | The Hollywood Reporter

While the TV mogul alleges racism in Comcast’s refusal to license his niche channels, U.S. businesses worry that a win for Allen during the new high court term would increase legal costs and hurt their reputations. When Byron Allen first launched a legal rampage back in 2015, few would have guessed he would get to the Supreme Court with a case that could transform the way discrimination lawsuits are handled and represents a coda on 19th century Reconstruction efforts after the Civil War. Once known as the entrepreneur who debuted as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show as a […]

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Civil Rights, One Person and One Photo at a Time | The New York Times

The hands of the father and his young daughter wave emphatically: the two are not in agreement. The man talks. His eyes are closed; he looks pained. The child listens, but gazes at a plate of cookies on the dinner table. The scene is not unusual: a father is telling his daughter that she will not be going to an amusement park. But he is doing so not because it is a school day, or because he is punishing her. He fears for her safety. James Karales, courtesy of the estate of James Karales Martin Luther King Jr. and Martin […]

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Meet the Black Architect who designed Duke University 37 years before he could have attended it | SHOPPE BLACK

In 1902, when Julian F. Abele graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture, he was the school’s first-ever black graduate. The debonair Philadelphia-born architect went on to design hundreds of elegant public institutions, Gilded Age mansions, and huge swathes of a prestigious then-whites-only university’s campus. Yet the fact that an African-American architect worked on so many significant Beaux Arts-inspired buildings along the East Coast was virtually unknown until a political protest at Duke, the very university whose gracious campus he largely designed, was held in 1986. Abele’s contributions were not exactly hidden—during that era it was […]

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7 Films With Black Talent To Look Out For This November | Shadow and Act

As November approaches, we at Shadow And Act have put together a list of all the movies with Black talent in key roles that you need to check out! From a horror film like Doctor Sleep to family dramas like Waves, there is something on this list for everyone! Check them out below (in order of release date): Queen & Slim (November 27) Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star in Queen & Slim, a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story of a couple on the run after the killing of a cop. Bokeem Woodbine, Jahi Winston and Indya Moore also star in […]

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John Legend Wants To Improve Job Opportunities For People With Criminal Backgrounds | Forbes

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Grammy-winning musician John Legend announced the second cohort of participants in Unlocked Futures, a 14-month accelerator program for social entrepreneurs who have been incarcerated and urged business leaders to be more inclusive of job applicants with criminal backgrounds. Unlocked Futures launched in 2017 as a partnership between the philanthropic venture fund New Profit and Legend’s criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica, with financial support from Bank of America. “We started this as a collaboration, saying, ‘Let’s not just tell folks to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but to invest in their ideas,’” says Legend. “All of the […]

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Waves Trailer #2: An Epic Emotional Journey Through the Darkest of Times | Movie Web

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Grammy-winning musician John Legend announced the second cohort of participants in Unlocked Futures, a 14-month accelerator program for social entrepreneurs who have been incarcerated and urged business leaders to be more inclusive of job applicants with criminal backgrounds. Unlocked Futures launched in 2017 as a partnership between the philanthropic venture fund New Profit and Legend’s criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica, with financial support from Bank of America. “We started this as a collaboration, saying, ‘Let’s not just tell folks to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but to invest in their ideas,’” says Legend. “All of the […]

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Woman, 23, who texted her dead father’s phone every day for four years finally gets a text back and discovers she had been sending messages to a bereaved man who lost his daughter in a car crash | Daily Mail

An Arkansas woman who lost her father four years ago but texted his phone every day to share updates on her life, received the shock of her life when one day she got a response from a bereaved man who lost his own daughter in a car crash. Chastity Patterson, 23, of Newport texted her father’s old phone number on Thursday, the night before the fourth anniversary of his death. ‘Hey Dad, it’s ME. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again!’ Patterson said, not expecting an answer. After sending a long post mourning her father’s passing and mentioning […]

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