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”

ADCOLOR announces noms for 14th annual awards

1+ ADCOLOR announced the nominees and honorees for the 14th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of diverse communities in the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries. They recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and embody the organization’s call to “Rise Up, Reach … Continue reading “ADCOLOR announces noms for 14th annual awards”

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”

Ad Council addresses racism toward API community

1+ With President Donald Trump consistently referring to the current novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as “The Chinese virus,” it’s no wonder the United States has seen an increase in racism, scapegoating and bigotry, particularly towards Asian populations. This perpetuates the harmful stereotypes that the community has fought for so long to dismantle. With nearly 2,000 … Continue reading “Ad Council addresses racism toward API community”

Doritos offers fans $150K to create ad for NFL Kickoff

1+ When, and if, the NFL returns this fall, chances are it will look very different. Fans may not be allowed in stadiums due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. And Colin Kaepernick may actually be on a team. Now, Doritos has launched “Crash from Home,” an opportunity for consumers to be part of the … Continue reading “Doritos offers fans $150K to create ad for NFL Kickoff”

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”

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”

SweeTARTS wants us all to “Be Both” in new campaign

1+ In April 2019, Oakbrook-based SweeTARTS launched the ‘Be Both’ brand campaign by San Francisco-based Duncan Channon to celebrate its shared value with Gen-Z of being ‘more than one thing.’ Now, SweeTARTS is launching a new national TV spot ‘Library,’ which will be followed by additional creative in this theme in 2021. In the spot, a SweeTARTS’ fangirl is … Continue reading “SweeTARTS wants us all to “Be Both” in new campaign”

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”

Diversity and gender addressed at Lions Live

1+ Yesterday, Cannes Lions and The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, have released the results of a major study that examines representations of gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, age, and body size in Cannes Lions ads from 2006 – 2019. The Bias and Inclusion in Advertising Study shows that … Continue reading “Diversity and gender addressed at Lions Live”

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”

Band-Aid to release a wider array of diverse bandages

1+ On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson brand Band-Aid announced in an Instagram post that it would begin selling bandages in a wider range of colors to better accommodate a diverse range of skin tones. Like, uh, no more pink bandages on brown skin? The brand which was founded 100 years ago in 1920, had come under criticism … Continue reading “Band-Aid to release a wider array of diverse bandages”

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”

‘Punisher’ co-creator blasts police for wearing skull

3+ Created in 1974, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher is a murderous vigilante, who has no problem taking the law into his own ruthless hands. While his skull has become iconic, it has also become a symbol worn by white supremacist and nationalist groups as well as the police. . He has been brought to life … Continue reading “‘Punisher’ co-creator blasts police for wearing skull”

McDonald’s tribute to those killed by police brutality

1+ Just two days after #BlackOutTuesday, McDonald’s has released a powerful :60-second ad created by AOR Wieden + Kennedy New York that directly pays tribute to seven Black Americans killed by police or shot to death while unarmed: Trayvon Martin, Michael BroI Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. … Continue reading “McDonald’s tribute to those killed by police brutality”

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”

A look back at the last two days of protest (Gallery)

1+ Yesterday, angry and passionate Americans, of all races and ages, continued to demonstrate following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin brutally pinned him down for 8 minutes. It has now been confirmed that for three of those minutes, the unarmed and handcuffed man was … Continue reading “A look back at the last two days of protest (Gallery)”

Thousands descend on Hollywood to protest

1+ Today, close to 50,000 protesters, of all races and ages, marched through Hollywood to protest the murder of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin brutally pinned him down for 8 minutes. It has now been confirmed that for three of those minutes, the unarmed and handcuffed man … Continue reading “Thousands descend on Hollywood to protest”

Abrams, Bad Robot combat racism w/ $10m pledge

1+ Money talks. Following a weekend of peaceful protests that turned violent across the United States, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, along with he and his wife’s foundation, pledged $10 million donation over the next five years to groups and agendas that combat racism. Abrams wrote in a statement on Bad Robot’s Instagram account, “Corporate and … Continue reading “Abrams, Bad Robot combat racism w/ $10m pledge”