Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement

Six months after Louisville police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her home during a mismanaged no-knock raid, a grand jury has decided to only bring criminal charges against Officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers who fired their weapons that night. Those charges are not directly related to Taylor’s death, but rather for firing … Continue reading “Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement”

Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests

In a lengthy excerpt published at Vanity Fair from their new book, I Alone Can Fix It, co-authors Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker focus on their hours-long interview with twice-impeached former president Donald J. Trump at Mar-a-Lago, just 70 days after Joe Biden was sworn in as president. “I think if I had it to … Continue reading “Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests”

Last Dance, Soul, black-ish among NAACP winners

Disney received 17 NAACP Image Awards for 2021, including eight for ABC, which marked the most for any network or distributor this year. The awards were announced during a special live broadcast of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, star of ABC’s black-ish, on Saturday, March 27, and as part of a weeklong … Continue reading “Last Dance, Soul, black-ish among NAACP winners”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago

No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because … Continue reading “Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago”

New voter campaign addresses police brutality

With just 30 days left before election day, the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation (CCGF), which is focused on racial equity, is launching ‘Vote For Them’.  Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, the campaign reimagines election signs by replacing the names of politicians with the names of victims of police brutality. It’s a reminder to people … Continue reading “New voter campaign addresses police brutality”

‘SNL’ ratings skyrocket for season 46!

Fans tuned in massively for Saturday’s 46th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, generating the show’s most-watched season debut in four years. The launch of season 46 was hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, the show averaged a 1.68 rating and 7.765 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched season premiere … Continue reading “‘SNL’ ratings skyrocket for season 46!”

Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5

No fans. And now, no players. In light of the violence currently happening in Milwaukee due to the shooting of Jacob Blake, The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the game was originally scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. ET, yet the Bucks remained … Continue reading “Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5”

‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally

Prompted by this year’s rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and in acknowledgment of the ad industry’s continued lack of diversity, The One Club for Creativity has rebranded its annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair back to its original name: Where Are All The Black People. The event, typically held in … Continue reading “‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally”

The origin of #challengeaccepted

If you’ve been perusing Instagram over the last 72 hours, you have undoubtedly seen your female friends posting Black-and-white selfies accompanied by the hashtag #Challengeaccepted. These posts also share #womenempowerment and #womensupportingwomen. It’s a powerful message taking over social media that is showing up on Facebook as well. Chicago actress and model Arianna Lexus, who … Continue reading “The origin of #challengeaccepted”

Yessian, Detroit Youth Choir go for ‘Glory’ in BLM

Like so many across America, the Detroit Youth Choir singers and their families have been deeply affected by the collective pain experienced by the black community following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, as well as the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on black health. They felt compelled to … Continue reading “Yessian, Detroit Youth Choir go for ‘Glory’ in BLM”

Hall, Alexander are ready to get Pop’N with new agency

Lori J. Hall and Jessica D. Lane Alexander want brands to show Black consumers they value their lives and not just the dollars they spend. The two former entertainment executives, based in Atlanta, have officially launched Pop’N Creative, a multicultural agency focused on digital and social content creation, and experience design.  The agency is founded … Continue reading “Hall, Alexander are ready to get Pop’N with new agency”

Starbucks joins social media boycott

The Starbucks mermaid is telling Facebook and other social media channels to kiss her fin. The coffee chain is now the latest company to take a break from paid advertising on social media following. The company, like the others before it, claim social media doesn’t do enough to stop racist and violent content. While Starbucks … Continue reading “Starbucks joins social media boycott”

DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font

Sparked by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the United States has been forced to face an honest conversation about race. Earlier this month, Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C.,  had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow on a street near the White House. Hollywood Boulevard also followed suit right before the … Continue reading “DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font”

WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter

The Writers Guild of America West Committee of Black Writers has sent a powerful letter to Hollywood’s networks and studios, addressing the systematic and systemic racism that has permeated the industry. The Co-Chairs, comprised of Michelle Amor, Hilliard Guess and Bianca Sams, felt it was time to send a strong message, coming on the heels … Continue reading “WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter”

600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism

Long, long ago at ad agencies 2 – 3,000 miles away, I was part of a Black creative team for 10 years. We were young, talented and Black. And a surprise anomaly at the various agencies we worked at in New York and Chicago. Why? We were a Black team that was able to create … Continue reading “600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism”

One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter

Triggered by the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis policemen and the global outrage that has followed, The One Club for Creativity, its  Board of Directors and Staff issues the following statement: “The brutal and inequitable treatment of black people is not new, and must stop. Subscribe: Sign up for our FREE e-lert here.  Stay … Continue reading “One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter”

Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, which has long supported Black Lives Matter, has made a passionate plea on its website late Tuesday, mourning the death of George Floyd. Floyd was murdered on May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. Threes of those minutes … Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement”

Nike finally says, “Don’t Do It” when it comes to racism

As a biracial man, I suffer at the sight of George Floyd being murdered in cold blood. As a father, I collapse to my knees every time I hear the 46-year-old African American man utter, “I can’t breathe.” And as a human being, I sob every time a white friend (someone I had to block … Continue reading “Nike finally says, “Don’t Do It” when it comes to racism”

SATURDAY MORNING pens a manifesto for change

When SATURDAY MORNING launched as a movement for peace to address and impact issues of racial injustice, they announced their mission with a letter. Today, in the wake of the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Tayler and other unarmed African Americans, the 4-year-old creative coalition is once again making a powerful appeal. The letter, which sets … Continue reading “SATURDAY MORNING pens a manifesto for change”