Centier Bank Leadership recently accepted for the 13th consecutive year recognition for being fifth on the list of “Best Places to Work in Indiana.”
Business

PRESS ROOM: Centier Bank named #5 “Best Place to Work” by Indiana Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO CRUSADER — With an emphasis on building a culture centered around values of Caring, Loyalty, Integrity, Friendship and Fun, Centier continues its legacy as a “Best Place to Work in Indiana” when it was named fifth in the Large Company category during the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 workplace awards. […read more]

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Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League present Empower, an original opera created by Chicago high school students through the groundbreaking EmpowerYouth! program.
Art

PRESS ROOM: Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League collaborate for the second year of EmpowerYouth

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League are pleased to announce details on the second year of their innovative youth program EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts. This collaborative program provides Chicago youth an opportunity to learn about the performing arts while creating an original production. […read more]

Intersections of Our Lives calls on our champions in Congress to raise their voices in opposition to the draconian Hyde Amendment. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay over Hyde Amendment status

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s 2019. How much longer do women of color have to wait for basic equity? How can it be that we still do not have enough political will from Members of Congress to say that women with less means are no less deserving of the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and their health with dignity and self-determination?” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. […read more]

Woni Spotts (Center) at Easter Island
Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: Woni Spotts, The First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country and Continent in the World

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Woni Spotts reached the goal of visiting every country and continent in the world. Woni’s travels began as a child when she accompanied her parents on tours. Later, Woni hosted a travel documentary with the goal of visiting every country. During the mid-2000s, Woni toured Monaco, France, and Southern Europe. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Gloria Gaynor Releases New Album

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — After decades spent as the reigning Queen of Disco, Gloria Gaynor is announcing the release of her new gospel album, Testimony (June 7th). Recording for the first time in Nashville with Grammy-winning producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Blake Shelton) and Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney), Gaynor uplifts listeners with a carefully-chosen selection of classic hymns, self-penned songs, as well as a stirring cover of Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace.” […read more]

Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: The 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival Brings the 90’s Heat with Special Performances of the Hottest Albums Celebrating 25 Years

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — The ESSENCE Festival, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and largest celebration of global Black culture, is set to bring the 90’s heat with special performances that celebrate the 25th anniversary of some of the top albums of the decade. The Festival also just announced the official night-by-night performance line up for its concert series taking place July 5th, 6th and 7th at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Kaya Fest 2019

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — Kaya Fest is the creation of Stephen Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, musician producer and son of the legend Bob Marley.  It was named by the New Times as one of “Miami’s Ten Best Musical Moments of 2017! […read more]

Community

PRESS ROOM: Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon”

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon” on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 noon at the Crowne Plaza, Market Center, 7050 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is, “Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Honoring Those Who Serve With Faith, Hope, Love and Courage.” […read more]

The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.
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PRESS ROOM: Detroit Medical Center and Meharry Medical College Expand Medical Student Training Affiliation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “DMC’s focus on serving as a leading academic medical institution remains as strong as ever with training and education core to our mission,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., DMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to all of our academic partner relationships, and this expanded affiliation with Meharry provides even more medical students with an optimum learning environment. There are few other instructional settings with the type of patient diversity found at the Detroit Medical Center.” […read more]

Alice Smith: The Sound of Freedom (Photo: facebook.com/VisionsAndVoices)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: USC to Host Event Marking the 80th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Historic Lincoln Memorial Concert

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Held in honor of the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – often called “The Concert that Sparked the Civil Rights Movement” – and the generations of women who have and continue to fight for humanity, equity, and justice, the evening will feature an intimate conversation and performance exploring the legacy of music’s relationship to activism and social change. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. {Photo by: Idrewuk | Wiki Commons)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: Beyoncé and JAY-Z to be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for Accelerating LGBTQ Acceptance on March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor Beyoncé and JAY-Z together with the Vanguard Award for their LGBTQ allyship at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 28, 2019. […read more]

Photo by Tanaka Pendeke
Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: New Study Identifies Potential Treatment For Higher Rate Of Preterm Birth Among African American Women

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — It may be possible to lower the high risk of preterm birth among African American women with certain immune and bacterial factors in the microbiome of the cervix and vagina that appear to modulate this risk, according to new research published in Nature Communications. March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for the health of moms and babies, sponsored research at their Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine that helped lay the foundation for these recently reported findings.  […read more]

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VIDEO: Esteemed Journalists Keep It Real During Howard University’s Power of the Pen Panel

HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE — Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film hosted a panel event, “Power of the Pen,” that featured literary powerhouses Nikole Hannah- Jones and HU alumni Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jelani Cobb. The writers discussed their work and the importance of remaining true to oneself in the literary and journalism world. NewsVision’s Bryce Newby reports. […read more]

Over the next two to three years, according to Richardson, The HistoryMakers will focus on adding 150 additional interviews of noted African American business leaders to its collection – increasing its BusinessMakers category to 500. (Image of Ken Chenault, Black Enterprise / YouTube)
Business

PRESS ROOM: The HistoryMakers Kicks Off Black History Month on PBS with a One-On-One Interview Program: An Evening with Ken Chenault as part of its Groundbreaking Business Initiative

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We’re excited to have produced the ‘must see’ program,” says Julieanna Richardson, Founder and President, The HistoryMakers. Having the opportunity to showcase the life and career of the most preeminent business leaders of our time – Ken Chenault presents a unique master class on corporate and civic leadership. […read more]

No matter what side of the political fence one falls, farm and rural development advocates will agree that the shutdown will cause much harm if not resolved very soon.
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Cornelius Key, the Federation’s Georgia State Coordinator, who is also a farmer and rancher says, “Small farmers that normally submit farm loan applications in December and January can’t submit loans at the moment. The shutdown will have a domino effect as it ultimately leads to a decreased harvest, greater farm debt, and loan defaults that could translate to land and farm losses.” […read more]

“The initial goal of the Diversity Volume Leadership Awards was to create awareness within the U.S. auto industry of the top vehicles purchased by ethnic consumers, women, LBGT consumers and ethnic millennials,” said Marc Bland, vice president of diversity and inclusion, IHS Markit.
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PRESS ROOM: National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and IHS Markit Honor the Power of Multicultural Automotive Buyers with the Fourth Annual Diversity Volume Leadership Awards

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Some thirty percent of new vehicle purchases are made by multicultural consumers but only six percent of dealerships are minority owned,” said National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) President Damon Lester. “That means 18,000 dealerships exist in the USA and just 1,100 are minority owned.” […read more]

As the 116th Congress begins to tackle its agenda this term, voting rights is a key issue. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Congressional Efforts to Allow Access to the Ballot Box for all Eligible Voters

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) has worked for decades to preserve the voting rights for every eligible American while fighting against voter suppression tactics that impede Asian Americans’ access to the ballot box. We commend the members of the House who have taken a step in the right direction to recognize the importance of reducing barriers to voting. […read more]

The rule undermines the Administration’s own Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, issued just a few months ago, which calls for an increased focus on preventing homelessness, including by “Improv[ing] access to federally funded housing assistance by eliminating administrative barriers and encouraging targeting and prioritization of affordable housing to … populations that are especially vulnerable to homelessness.”
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights, Harms Families and Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…Let us be clear: human rights and human needs do not disappear based on immigration status. Everyone needs a safe, secure place to live, nutritious food, and access to adequate health care. Keeping poor families out of housing and denying them food will only force them into deeper poverty and potential homelessness. This hurts them, their children and our communities.” […read more]