Over the past several years, advocates around the country have been
fighting to preserve and restore one of American citizens' most basic
rights: the right to vote. But the right to vote is increasingly under attack. Amid this ongoing conversation about how best to ensure equal voting
access, there is growing evidence that one particular segment of the
population, women of color, is poised to play a more decisive role in
On the morning of Thursday, July 30, DJ Beverly Bond, Founder/CEO of
Black Girls Rock!, took her empowering nonprofit to the next level. She
rolled out her first-ever BLACK GIRLS LEAD conference at Barnard
College. Avis Hinkson, dean of Barnard, and First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray were on-hand for opening
remarks at the Welcoming Address.
One of the perennial treats during Harlem Week--that seems to grow
exponentially each year--is Economic Development Day, which is held at
Columbia University. This year, Wendy Lewis, SVP of Diversity & Strategic
Alliances, MLB; Paula Madison, Chairman and CEO of
Madison Media Management, LLC; and Michele Roberts, Executive Director
of the National Basketball Players Association were honored.
The Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund recently announced it has made
significant progress. The Detroit nonprofit has made a financial
commitment of more than $300,000 to 254 Black males. According to Sid
Taylor, founder and chairman of Real Life 101, the funds were raised
through donors and individual contributors.
Beginning this fall, undergraduate students at Princeton University will
be able to major in African American studies. The university’s Center
for African American Studies was formed in 2006 and, in May, was
officially given “academic department status.”
Not only did Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of the Schomburg
Center, respond insightfully to questions from Melissa Harris-Perry on
her show Sunday morning on MSNBC, it was also revealed that he was
slated to be in Washington, D.C. on Monday to receive a National Medal
for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library
Pam Africa, the noted activist and fervent advocate for the freedom of
the ailing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, handed copies of last
year’s annual report from Prison Radio before settling among a cadre of
speakers at a press conference updating the condition of Abu-Jamal last
week at the Madiba Restaurant in Harlem. Dr. Cornel West was among those who read from the report.
This week, the Paley Center for Media in New York City paid tribute to
African-American achievements in television, saluting seven decades of
groundbreaking accomplishments across a diverse group of genres
including drama, comedy, news, talk, sports, music, and variety.