Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston

1+ Tomorrow, June 9, NBC News’ Lester Holt and Craig Melvin will be on the ground in Houston for special coverage of the funeral of George Floyd. Starting at 12 p.m. ET, NBC News will broadcast NBC News Special Report: Remembering George Floyd on NBC and NBC News NOW. Holt will be joined by a team of NBC … Continue reading “Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston”

George Floyd demonstrations: In photos

2+ The global foot of outrage against racism and police brutality is still pressing down on the gas pedal with no sign of braking. It was a powerful week that saw millions across the world – Black, White, Asian, Indian, LGBTQ+, old, young, in-between – come together and peacefully decry the systematic racism that has … Continue reading “George Floyd demonstrations: In photos”

LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd

1+ A memorial service is currently underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota for  George Floyd, 10 days after the Black man was brutally murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The death has ignited a global tsunami of outrage and demonstrations.   The service, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST, will be held … Continue reading “LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd”

Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd

1+ The Writers Guild of America East has just released statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of journalists. They condemn his murder saying, “What happened in Minneapolis is another example of deadly systemic racism. African-Americans have been the victims of injustice for more than 400 years and it continues today.”‘ Read … Continue reading “Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd”

Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change

2+ Following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods has now released a statement regarding the murder of George Floyd, 46 years old on May 25. Last week, Floyd was asphyxiated by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes. Two independent autopsies have classified Floyd’s death as a … Continue reading “Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change”

Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests

2+ As America raged this past weekend, making it loud and clear that it has had enough of police brutality targeted at Black people, major brands, networks and ad agencies took to social media to make their stand against systematic racism which is rampant in the United States. Late Friday night, we reported that Nike … Continue reading “Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests”

History Made: Biden picks Harris as running mate

2+ History has been made after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden made the most important political decision of his career. The former Vice-President (8 years under Barack Obama) has announced that California Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Long considered by political pundits as the top contender, the 55-year-old Oakland-born lawmaker has strong … Continue reading “History Made: Biden picks Harris as running mate”

‘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”

7,500 Post-it notes make up mural celebrating unity

1+ Minneapolis has had quite the challenging year. First the city, like others, was crippled by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Then it became the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd was brutally killed at the hands of four policemen. Before all of these events transpired, 3M had tapped BBDO Minneapolis … Continue reading “7,500 Post-it notes make up mural celebrating unity”

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”

Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary

1+ Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is enjoying a spectacular run on Netflix. The film, currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about four African American vets who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them … Continue reading “Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary”

Staff wide walkout at Periscope over BLM issues

2+ This story has been updated. If you’re from Minneapolis, you should be familiar with the funk/rock group The Time’s song, The Walk. The lyrics go, Everybody walk your bodyEverybody walk, yoo-hoo-hooEverybody walk your bodyEverybody walk That is exactly what African American employees, an LGBTQ+ ally and the Copy Department did at Minneapolis-based agency Periscope … Continue reading “Staff wide walkout at Periscope over BLM issues”

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”

Facebook takes down Trump ad with Nazi symbol

2+ Thursday, Facebook removed an ad it deemed as “offensive” from @TeamTrump, the official Donald Trump account. The ad and post featured an upside down red triangle, a symbol that was used in Nazi Germany to mark political prisoners in concentration camps. In the ad, targeted at Antifa, the Trump team criticized the recent rioting … Continue reading “Facebook takes down Trump ad with Nazi symbol”

If you watch one video today, watch this – you NEED it

2+ The Reel 360 team is literally blown away. “What the World Needs Now” is a jaw-dropping, powerful music video performed by Grammy-nominated Tank and The Bangas (along with the band’s friends and family) created by creative agency Elephant for Yahoo. The song, a reimagining of “What the World Needs Now,” was shot and recorded … Continue reading “If you watch one video today, watch this – you NEED it”

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”

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”

P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism

1+ “Being white in America is not needing to state your life matters,” a new and striking Procter & Gamble spot reads. “And when your life matters, you have power. Now is the time to use it.” The Cincinnati-based brand has released a powerful spot, called “The Choice.” Targeted at White America, the 1:15 ad … Continue reading “P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism”