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Strayer University and The Blackhouse Foundation Name Donald Dankwa Brooks Winner of Scriptwriter Competition to Bring Real Perspectives on Criminal Justice to the Classroom

  During the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Strayer University, in partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation — a leading voice working to elevate and increase the number of diverse voices in filmmaking — announced the winner of ScriptED, a nationwide competition to discover a talented, up-and-coming scriptwriter who can help bring real perspectives to Strayer’s Criminal Justice…

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Spike Lee to receive the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, is set to present Academy Award Winning director and Cannes Film Festival’s first Black Jury President, Spike Lee, with the TBFF 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, February 13, 7PM at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. #TBFF20 is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work which revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades…

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Get involved in prevention efforts, get tested, and get treatment

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7. NBHAAD is a day to increase awareness about HIV among blacks/African Americans* and encourage people to get involved in prevention efforts, get tested, and get treatment if they have HIV. HIV diagnoses have fallen in recent years among black/African American women (25% decline from 2010 to 2016)…

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Black Press of America Expands and Innovates in 2020 via NNPA

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Fort Lauderdale, FL — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) wrapped its three-day Mid-Winter Training Conference on Saturday, January 25th, with a proposal that will increase revenue for NNPA’s member newspapers through digital upgrades and innovation. The NNPA is the national trade organization that represents 230…

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Congressional Black Caucus Adopts 21st Century Infrastructure Principles for the 116th Congress

This week, the Congressional Black Caucus officially adopted the principles of the CBC Infrastructure Task Force, which is Chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. The Congressional Black Caucus has developed these infrastructure principles to help guide this Congress on building a stronger, more effective nation that works for every American—not just a select…

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Outstanding group of 100 teens selected from among thousands for the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy, an all-expenses-paid mentoring experience of a lifetime

This month, Walt Disney World Resort revealed the 100 extraordinary high school students from across the nation who will participate in the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. Each student receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the immersive, transformational four-day experience that will take place March…

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Campaign Legal Center and Vote.org Join Forces to Educate People with Past Felony Convictions About Their Voting Rights

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) will partner with Vote.org to reach millions of Americans with past felony convictions by increasing their access to information about their voting eligibility – in time for 2020 presidential primary voter registration deadlines.  Vote.org is one of the top voter registration and turnout organizations in the country. CLC’s website, RestoreYourVote.org, provides well-researched,…

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NNPA Urges Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. joined experts and academics from the United States and Cuba in Havana to seek strategies, solutions, and projects they hope would help rekindle relations between the countries. “The majority of the people of…

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