This Mom Launched a Business to Empower Children to Swim

When Yolanda Flournah-Perkins was sentenced to three years in prison during her senior year in college, she thought her life was over. But after her release, she pressed the reset button on her life and landed a job at a non-profit organization. Several years later, the wife and mom adds twice-published author, TEDx speaker, doctoral candidate, and, most recently, entrepreneur and founder of Swimmie Caps, a line featuring images of black and brown kids.

We caught up with Perkins to learn more about the inspiration behind Swimmie Caps. read more

[Video] Morehouse Grad Creates Bitcoin Alternative

There are a lot of alternative cryptocurrency coins currently on the market. One, in particular, is called Storj, created by Morehouse grad Shawn Wilkinson. In short, the Storj platform is a distributed, encrypted, and blazing fast object storage, where only you have access to your data. In addition to that, the company has a cryptocurrency Storj token that you can invest in. 

Wilkinson set down with blockchain founder and influencer Lamar Wilson, to discuss how he got started in crypto, his platform Storj, and how he launched his first token. read more

How “Time’s Up” Could Help Black Women Get Their Deserved Pay

By Ryan Velez

Maryland-based writer Niki McGloster considers the Time’s Up initiative a net positive, but explains to The Grio, this marks the right time to discuss the gender gap for women of color.

“But while the industry seemingly adores the nuance of our stories and the subsequent high ratings, disparities between the earnings of melanated darlings in comparison to their male and non-Black counterparts, reflect that the gender pay gap is still ever-present for women of color,” she explains. read more

Descendants Of Slaves Demand Reparations From Georgetown University

By Ryan Velez

Recent events showed that Georgetown University owes its continued existence to slaves, as a massive slave sale contributed to paying off many of its old debts. Now, The Grio reports that the slaves’ descendants are demanding reparations.

Georgia Goslee, lead counsel for the GU272 Isaac Hawkins Legacy group, which includes 200 people, says her clients “do not believe Georgetown has fully atoned for the wealth it unjustly accumulated off the back of unpaid slave labor,” according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that Thomas Craemer, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, helped the group calculate its request for restitution, based on the idea that forced labor created wealth for others rather than the enslaved people. He also said descendants would otherwise have inherited money earned through their foreparents’ wages and interest. read more

Sundance 2018: ‘Arizona’ Is a Bloody and Blackly-Comic Look at One Man’s Financial Downturn

By Rob Hunter

When the Great Recession hits, one man hits back… at all the wrong targets.

Comedy often comes from dark places in part because of our innate need to laugh during trying times. It may not heal the pain, but it can at least distract us from it. The still raw and recent recession may seem like an unlikely source for such humor, but Danny McBride‘s latest, Arizona, shows otherwise as real-world devastation fuels a funny until it’s not murder spree.

It’s 2009, and the recession has left entire rows of houses in one Arizona community outside Phoenix empty as homeowners default on their mortgages and are forced to move elsewhere. Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is facing the problem from both sides — she’s at risk of losing her own home where she lives with her teenage daughter, Morgan (Lolli Sorenson), but she’s also a realtor struggling to make sales and earn commissions. Things take a turn for the even worse when an irate homeowner named Sonny (McBride) accidentally kills her boss during an argument, panics, and kidnaps her. Sonny immediately regrets it, but his internal debate as to what to do with her is interrupted by the snowballing effect of what he’s already done. read more

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends Unboxing Gallery

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends Unboxing Gallery

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends unboxing gallery

Hasbro has provided ComingSoon.net with a complete set of all six Black Panther Marvel Legends figures inspired by the upcoming film from Marvel Studios. Check out all six figures plus the build-a-figure in the gallery below!

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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. read more

Oscars 2018: winners, nominations, and biggest moments from the 90th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are the most prestigious honor in the film industry.

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This is what happens when you trust Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to convince Senate Democrats to vote to fund the government on Monday on the strength of his word. Based on even his recent track record, that word is worth very little.

McConnell said Monday, before a vote to fund the government through February 8, that he would take up legislation to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Donald Trump rescinded last year. McConnell promised to do so if there wasn’t an agreement reached prior to February 8 and Democrats continued to support future spending bills. read more

#BlackPantherChallenge Has Taken the Internet by Storm and Celebrities Are Chipping In

You’re gonna see Black Panther; you’re gonna see Black Panther; everyone gets to see Black Panther!

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Viola Davis: ‘Jim Crow Laws Were in Place…Because We Fell Asleep’

The Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis gives a very passionate and moving speech at the Women’s March in Los Angeles. During her speech Viola shared some very eye opening statists. Viola says “One out of every five women will be sexually assaulted or raped before she reaches the age of 18. That women of color, if they’re raped or sexually assaulted before the age of 18, are 66-percent more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted again. Seventy percent of girls who are sexually trafficked are girls of color. They are coming out of the foster care system, they are coming out of poverty. It is a billion dollar industry. When they go into the sex trafficking business — and they call it a business, trust me — more than likely, they are gang raped.” read more

Ethiopian-American’s Startup StackShare Raises $5.2 Million in a Series A

StackShare, a company that helps developers and engineers discover and compare software tools, recently closed $5.2 million in a Series A led by e.Ventures. Other investors included Cervin Ventures and angels Nick Rockwell, Aston Motes, Dave Johnson, and Bill Smith according to Tech Crunch.

In the beginning, the platform was slow to grow but founder Yonas Beshawred saw an opportunity and specifically focused on data after StackShare ramped up its user base. “When we look at it, it is professionals finding and communicating with each other.” read more

Three Reasons Why Groupon Slayed By Hiring Tiffany Haddish as their Spokesperson

Groupon recently tapped comedian and author Tiffany Haddish to be their spokesperson, the first one they’ve had in seven years. The deal comes complete with Haddish starring in the Chicago-based company’s first Super Bowl ad, which will air on Feb. 4 during the game’s fourth quarter.

While it was a major win for Haddish, it’s also a major move for the discount e-commerce marketplace. The company’s quick-thinking to capitalize on Haddish’s viral—and hilarious—story about using a Groupon for a New Orleans swamp tour with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith offers a prime example in building brand recognition and valuing top customers. read more

How One Woman Is Giving Back After 23 Years In Prison For A Wrongful Conviction

By Ryan Velez

Despite not pulling the trigger, Tyra Patterson served 23 years in prison for murder. Now, she is finally free, and The Black Loop reports that she has found new work in the legal field, looking to give back to those who helped her over her long sentence.

At the age of 19, she was convicted of the murder and robbery of a Dayton, Ohio teen. However, she maintained her innocence, and after a five-year-long legal battle, she was freed, with the help of new evidence, the dead teen’s sister, old jurors, and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. The Center, based in Cincinnati, now is also Patterson’s employer. It may be just an office space for most people, but to Patterson, “It’s freedom.” According to WKRC, she has proudly stated, “This is my desk, my office.” read more

The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Plans To Pay Off Nigeria’s Debt

By Ryan Velez

Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the billionaire philanthropists made a promise at one point to rid polio in Nigeria, as part of a bid to eliminate the preventable disease completely. Now, MSN reports that they are putting things into action, starting by targeting the country’s debt and paying off $76 million of it. The payments, which will be made over the course of 20 years, are due to begin this year.

The story of the debt begins in 2014 when Nigeria agreed to borrow the sum from Japan to fight against polio. The Gates Foundation had agreed to repay the loan if Nigeria met certain conditions, namely “achieving more than 80% vaccination coverage in at least one round each year in very high-risk areas across 80% of the country’s local government areas,” according to an email from the foundation to Quartz. Nigeria held its end of the bargain and then some. In 2017, no cases of polio were reported. By comparison, in 2012, it had nearly half of all cases worldwide. read more

Is ‘Three Billboards’ The New ‘Crash’?

By Andrew Karpan

McDonagh and Haggis are both sinewy edgelords. But different kinds.

One movie that a lot of people think is going to win a lot of Oscars next month is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Set in the fictional town of Ebbing and detailing a lone woman’s quest for justice it contains the kind of mild pertinence known to attracts award bodies. It may be this consequentialism that has made the movie this year’s villain, the movie too obviously made for awards that enjoying them feels gauche. Per The Ringer’s Miles Surrey, this makes Three Billboards this year’s La La Land, this year’s The Revenant, this year’s Argo. But a more interesting comparison, first made by Ira Madison III in the Daily Beast last December, has Three Billboards playing the role of 2004’s Crash, the Paul Haggis movie that won a Best Picture Oscar in 2005. It’s a comparison that’s stuck, echoing slightly into the either. read more

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