• Jill Scott Joins ‘Def Poetry Jam' Show Supporting COVID-19 Relief

    2 days ago - By Essence

    After spending three hours healing our souls with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott is turning her good vibes towards the city of Newark. The Grammy award-winning singer, actress and poet will be headlining Healing, Power & Poetry, a Def Poetry Jam reunion event that will be live-streamed on Twitch and Facebook. On Saturday, May 23, she will be joined by the city's mayor Ras Baraka, a fellow poet who's gaining national attention for ending his daily pandemic briefings with uplifting poems. His father Amiri Baraka, respected author and former poet laureate of New Jersey, appeared on the original Def...
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  • COME TEES and 8-Ball Launch Artist Collaborations for COVID-19 Relief

    COME TEES and 8-Ball Launch Artist Collaborations for COVID-19 Relief

    2 days ago - By Hypebeast

    The non-profit 8-Ball Community is joining forces with COME TEES by LA-based artist Sonya Sombreuil to launch a series of exclusive artist collaborations under an initiative called 8 Months of 8-Ball project.The partnered effort will raise funds for the collective's wide range of artists, musicians and performers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the quarantine measures in place, 8-Ball was forced to cancel its annual fundraising event at Mission Chinese Food in Chinatown, New York City. Over the course of eight months, artists in the project will release their original designs on...
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  • As COVID-19 Relief Nears Depletion, This Black-Owned Bank Steps In

    As COVID-19 Relief Nears Depletion, This Black-Owned Bank Steps In

    2 days ago - By Essence

    By now, you've likely heard about the deeply fragile state of Black-owned businesses in the time of COVID-19. Back in March, as shelter-in-place orders rapidly spread nationwide, small, non-essential businesses were among the first shutter their doors. On April 3rd, the Paycheck Protection Program was launched- $349 billion was set aside to aid small businesses with payroll, rent and other basic expenditures. Unfortunately, the first-come, first-serve plan left Black businesses in the dust. Large corporations hoarded aid like panicked shoppers, clawing for the last toilette paper roll...
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