Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement

0 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 … Continue reading “Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement”

Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5”

‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally

1+ 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 … Continue reading “‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally”

The origin of #challengeaccepted

1+ 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, … Continue reading “The origin of #challengeaccepted”

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

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Yessian, Detroit Youth Choir go for ‘Glory’ in BLM”

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

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Hall, Alexander are ready to get Pop’N with new agency”

Starbucks joins social media boycott

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Starbucks joins social media boycott”

DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font

1+ 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 … Continue reading “DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font”

WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter

2+ 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 … Continue reading “WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter”

600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism

2+ 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 … Continue reading “600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism”

One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter

1+ 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 … Continue reading “One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter”

Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement”

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

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Nike finally says, “Don’t Do It” when it comes to racism”

SATURDAY MORNING pens a manifesto for change

1+ 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 … Continue reading “SATURDAY MORNING pens a manifesto for change”