Origin Bank establishes $40,000 endowed scholarship for JSU students

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Origin Bank recently created a $40,000 endowed scholarship to support students at Jackson State University. Two students will be awarded $1,000 each annually. Funds for eligible students can be used to pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees in the cost of education. Origin Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company that…

MADDRAMA will present virtual performance of ‘The Colored Museum’

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s Department of Art and Theatre, in conjunction with MADDRAMA Performance Troupe, will present an admission-free virtual performance of “The Colored Museum,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Viewers can watch the event on Facebook at Jackson State University Theatre. Written by George C. Wolfe and directed by Dr. Mark G….

R&B STAR SEVYN STREETER RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE “KISSEZ” FEAT. DAVIDO

SOPHOMORE ALBUM “DRUNKEN WORDZ X SOBER THOUGHTZ” ADDITIONAL FEATURES INCLUDE JEREMIH, A$AP FERG & LUCKY DAYE TO ARRIVE NOVEMBER (October 2, 2020) – Today, renowned singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter treats fans to her new sultry single “Kissez” feat. Davido via TStreetz Corp/Groundwērk/eOne. The Afrobeat-propelled track, produced by BongoByTheWay (Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign), finds Sevyn and…

JSU Receives $11.2 Million NIH Grant To Create Specialized Research Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University will study minority health and health disparities after being awarded an $11.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to establish a Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR). The five-year grant will be used to…

JSU spokeswoman Greenleaf joins Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Maxine R. Greenleaf, executive director of Communications and Marketing in JSU’s Division of Institutional Advancement, has earned an appointment to the Strategic Communications Executive Committee for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council. It’s the oldest higher education association in the country and aims to strengthen and advance the…

BET Digital Presents “Black America Votes: HBCU Students Interview Sen. Kamala Harris” Premieres Today on National Voter Registration Day Across BET.com, BET’s Facebook Pages Including BET, BET News and BET Her

Sen. Harris Discusses Education, Employment and Social Justice with HBCU Student Leaders from Spelman College, North Carolina A&T University, Hampton University, Tuskegee University and Howard University. Hosted by Emmy-nominated actor, producer, and media personality Terrence J Watch, post and share the exclusive BET Digital News Special via: https://www.bet.com/video/news/politics/2020/kamala-harris-interview-hbcu-students-2020-election-video.html BET Digital Presents “BLACK AMERICA VOTES: HBCU STUDENTS…

SINGER-SONGWRITER SEVYN STREETER WANTS YOU TO HIT HER UP WITH THE RELEASE OF THE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “HMU”

AVAILABLE TODAY!  GEARING UP TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM  (September 18, 2020) Multi-talented, singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter releases new track “HMU” and accompanying visual to her fans today via TStreetz Corp/Groundwērk/eOne. “HMU” was written and produced by Sevyn and Smash David (Big Sean, Chris Brown), and channels the emotional transformation within an intimate situation when feeling young and free. The accompanying…

BJRNCK RELEASES A NEW MASTERPIECE OF SENSUAL ART WITH “WAITING ON YOU”

(September 18, 2020) Rising singer Bjrnck is here and clearly, she did not come to play. The Chicago-born singer released today her second single “Waiting On You” off her upcoming EP Love Language.  The Jnico-directed video showcases Bjrnck’s dynamic flair for sensuality, aesthetically pleasing and alluring backdrops, and sensual movements that help convey what she is feeling.  ”Waiting On You”…

BET, National Urban League and an Expanding List of Key Impact Partners Unite on National Black Voter Day, Friday, September 18 to Energize and Mobilize Black Voters

JOINING THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE IN EXCLUSIVE CALL-TO-ACTION VOTING PSAs THAT WILL KICK-OFF NETWORK’S NEXT PHASE OF ITS #RECLAIMYOURVOTE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE BLAKE GRIFFIN(BASKETBALL ALL-STAR), DESMOND MEADE (PRESIDENT, FRRC/VOTING RIGHTS ACTIVIST), DWANE CASEY (CHAMPION BASKETBALL COACH), ERICA CAMPBELL (RECORDING ARTIST), JAREN JACKSON JR. (PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER), JONICA T. GIBBS (ACTOR, TWENTIES), MARC H. MORIAL (PRESIDENT & CEO, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE), MORGAN DEBAUN (FOUNDER & CEO, BLAVITY, INC.), MAJOR. (GRAMMY NOMINATED MUSICIAN), MIGNON VON (ACTOR, TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS), OFFSET (RAPPER), RAPSODY (RECORDING…

The Bounce Forward During a Pandemic: Stories of Pivoting Through Faith

As the world’s operations and life as known to everyone came to a screeching slowdown, over seven billion people got an unexpected courtside view to what seemed to mirror many previously created movies. Grappling with complex new norms that resulted from disrupted social, political, and economic systems, the virus’ wide-ranging and relentless impact quickly became…

WEIRDO WORKSHOP PRESENTS…RISING FEMALE R&B BAND THE SHINDELLAS SINGS LOUD AND CONFIDENT THAT “FEAR HAS NO PLACE”

PROMOTES FAITH, SELF LOVE, AND CONFIDENCE AMONG BLACK WOMEN (September 16, 2020) Whether it is the abolitionist movement, prohibition, civil rights, politics, education reform, Black women are legendary! From the mother of the Underground Railroad to today’s current Democratic Vice President candidate, Black women are known for their perseverance, dedication, and persistence. And to remind…

Entrepreneuring While Black: Equipping Entrepreneurs

As the adage goes, you get more mileage teaching one to fish rather than giving them a fish. The same goes for Black entrepreneurship: If we want to achieve lasting change, it’s critical to provide the necessary resources so talent can blossom. As a follow-up to my last post, Entrepreneuring While Black: Driving Awareness, increased…

AND THE WINNER IS…R&B AND THE CULTURE!!

BRANDY AND MONICA BREAK THE INTERNET WITH OVER 1.2 MILLION VIEWERS WITH THE LATEST INSTALLMENTOF VERZUZ TV IG LIVE FEATURES NEW SINGLE “BORDERLINE” & #1 HIT SINGLE “LOVE AGAIN” OFF HER NEW ALBUM b7, OUT NOW! (September 1, 2020) Last night, GRAMMY Award-winners Brandy and Monica celebrated R&B music and the culture on the biggest…

Entrepreneuring While Black: Driving Awareness

Introduction In the first post, Entrepreneuring While Black: Here’s Our Situation, I indicated that while entrepreneurial startup activity is on the rise, Black entrepreneurs still face barriers their white counterparts do not. To that end, I want to continue the series offering fact-based recommendations and guidance in the hopes of making gainful advances that have measurable…

NEW R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER BJRNCK BRINGS THE “REAL” WITH NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FEATURING RAPPER WS BOOGIE

(August 24, 2020) Rising LA-based singer-songwriter Bjrnck (byo͝or’nik) releases her new single and video for “Real” featuring Cali rapper WS Boogie today via ATS Records/HITCO. Written by Bjrnck and produced by her longtime producer Eesh, the single is seductive yet vulnerable. It uses Bjrnck’s captivating angelic tone along with WS Boogie’s melodic story-telling rhymes of…

Entrepreneuring While Black: Improving Access

Introduction Let’s improve access for Black Entrepreneurs by making resources readily available along with revisiting vehicles that have a direct impact on capital availability. As a follow-up to my initial post, Entrepreneuring While Black: Here’s Our Situation, improved access should allow for 1) better informed, equipped and prepared entrepreneurs; and 2) increased capital availability opportunities for individuals seeking…

Entrepreneuring While Black: Here’s Our Situation

Introduction While entrepreneurial startup activity is on the rise, Black entrepreneurs still face barriers their white counterparts don’t. Despite this, Black entrepreneurs make powerful contributions to the U.S. economy: According to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, minority businesses produce more than $400 billion in annual revenue and actively employ more than 2.2 million people,…