National Black MBA Association Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund for Students and Small Businesses

The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) announced the launch of its COVID-19 Relief Fund.

According to a press release, the NBMBAA, is making a push to help Black Americans, who have been severely and disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its wide-ranging repercussions.

The fund will support emergency student funding, including for basic needs, educational expenses, and technology requirements necessitated by virtual learning. The fund will also provide small business support, including training and assistance in gaining access to funding and resources to aid business reopenings, employment, and stabilization and the fund will provide skill development for displaced members and students.

The NBMBAA will also help community-based organizations that face increasing demands in meeting basic human needs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“In the midst of a global pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color in America, it is imperative to provide tangible support to the Black community,” … Read the rest

Diversity Consultant: Racism Is Real and Corporate America Must Teach Its People To Be Inclusive

Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics as of late, inspiring an onslaught of reactive commentary, corporate initiatives, and organizations scrambling to behave thoughtfully and with a sense of urgency in response to the current state of affairs. Employing a more proactive approach, especially informed by a seasoned practitioner, generally yields greater returns. Enter Korn Ferry Executive Search Consultant and Practice Leader Louis Montgomery Jr.

Black Enterprise sat down with Montgomery to discuss key issues associated with D&I and how organizations can successfully chart the way forward. Having held multifaceted roles in the human resources and D&I space with several major Fortune 100 firms including IBM, Celanese Corp., PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Altria, AES, and Serco, Montgomery knows his way around the issues that have emerged front and center in today’s volatile business climate. An author and frequent speaker on topics related to workforce talent acquisition and management, leadership and diversity … Read the rest

This Art Consultant Wants To Create A New Era Of Celebrating Black Art

Black culture has become the muse for many artists around the world. However, the professionals that make up the industry do not often reflect the same diversity. One woman has made it her mission to disrupt the art world by celebrating Black art.

Alaina Simone, the owner of an art consulting agency, is centering Black artists on the mainstream stage. Her love of art came from seeing a different side of life outside of the traditional working roles like her parents had.

“I remember seeing Alvin Loving as a very small child, who was a friend of my family in Flint, Michigan, at a gathering and being intrigued by the man with the locks and jeans. He was the coolest at the party, and I was beyond curious,” Simone tells BLACK ENTERPRISE via email.

“He was completely different from my parents’ friends of doctors, teachers, and lawyers, which was … Read the rest

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network Is Launching A New Voting Initiative For The 2020 Elections

This week media mogul Oprah Winfrey‘s television network, OWN, has announced that it will be launching the “OWN Your Vote” as a bipartisan initiative to encourage Black women to go out and vote in the critical 2020 election in November.

“We find our nation on the precipice, a true tipping point,” said Winfrey in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Our audience has a powerful voice. I am proud to be a part of this movement that will create the change we want to see for our country.”

The network will be partnering with various local grassroots and voting rights organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Advancement Project, Fair Fight Action, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable in addition to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, to provide necessary resources to inform voters on the upcoming 2020 elections.

“COVID-19 … Read the rest

Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson Charged With Embezzling $600,000 in Federal Funds, Faces 20 Years in Prison

Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson, 39, is being accused of stealing more than $600,000 in grants from the healthcare company she founded and has been federally charged with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the charge this past Wednesday, according to a press release.

Robinson allegedly used the funds for “a vehicle for her daughter; clothing, accessories, and hair and beauty products; expenses related to her wedding and honeymoon, and later, legal fees for her divorce; payments on her personal debts, including credit cards, store charge cards, student loans, and other personal loans; travel and entertainment for herself and her family; improvements to her personal residence; expenses related to a body aesthetics business she owned and a snow cone business operated by her children; and an event for her State Senate campaign.”

If convicted, Robinson faces a sentence of up … Read the rest