Closing the Inequality Wealth Gap

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With the economic crisis now building in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the black community is now more vulnerable to the fallout.In this talk recently streamed as part of our Dear Black Men virtual event, Maria Sciavocampo, Emmy award winning journalist, sits down with Seekou Kaalund, Managing Director and Head of Advancing Black Pathways at JPMorgan Chase to discuss how best to navigate these challenging times and come out ahead.

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Megan Rapinoe Returns to Pink Hair After Stay-at-Home Orders — Photo

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Soccer player Megan Rapinoe dyed her hair for the first time since social distancing orders took effect in early 2020. Rapinoe revealed a new vivid pink hair color from stylist Riawna Capri, who explains how the look was created in six hours.

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20 Black Hairstylists & Salon Owners Will Receive $10,000 Grants From Pantene

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Proctor and Gamble have partnered with Salon Give Back to grant $10,000 to 20 Black female salon owners and stylists that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read and apply for the bold initiative here.

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The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week

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Summer has sprung into action and while the pandemic is still in full-effect and making its way back for round two, a few of our favorite creatives are still finding ways to showcase their looks – but, can you blame them?

For awhile, arguably, we were hoping that the world would revert back to “normal” but this is seemingly how it’s going to be. So, why not make the best of it? At least, that’s what a few trendy fashionistas are doing on the gram’. Whether that’s going on the rooftop to snap pics with the skyline in the background, a secret vacay, or an at-home shoot these cool kids are making the most out of what they’ve been given. And considering most are delivering up content from around the perimeters of their home, they’re doing a damn good job.

Let’s be honest, Instagram can serve as the best place to find your next outfit. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a little inspiration from the internet and these creatives brought the best style this week.

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Study Finds Link Between Acne and Sugar, Fatty Foods in Diet — Report

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A new study out of Paris set out to uncover the connection between diet and acne, and has found a significant association between current acne breakouts and the consumption of fatty and sugary foods, milk, and sugary beverages.

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Cardi B Celebrates Her Daughter Kulture’s 2nd Birthday

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If there’s one thing we know about Cardi B, its that her daughter Kulture is her world. Today (July 10) is Kulture’s second birthday, and she’s letting the world know just how special her baby girl is.

The Bronx-born rapper posted a series of photos with little Kulture is dressed in a hot pink tulle skirt, matching Balenciaga hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers. Kulture flashes a smile as she enjoys every moment of twirling in her birthday outfit.

In the caption, Cardi admits to being an “emotional mess” realizing her little one isn’t a baby anymore.

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My baby turn 2 tomorrow 😓I been a emotional mess.Love her so much.

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:48pm PDT

Another video posted by mom shows baby Kulture dancing as her family hypes her up. Too cute!

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BIRTHDAY GIRL 🌸🎀🎀🎀🎀 7/10/18

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:04pm PDT

Rapper and Cardi B’s husband Offset also celebrated baby Kulture via Instagram, writing, “My beautiful baby KK, you are a prize from God. Thank you @iamcardib for this blessing. 2 years went by so fast, God is the Greatest.”

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My Beautiful Baby KK you are a prize from God thank you @iamcardib for this blessing 2 years went by so fast God is the Greatest

A post shared by OFFSET (@offsetyrn) on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:15pm PDT

In an interview with Vogue, the “Press” rapper explained no matter what she portrays in her music and online, motherhood is her number one priority.

“I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” she told the magazine. “All the time I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future. I want to tell her that a lot of the shit that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”

Cardi also revealed back in 2019 that she and Offset are planning to have more children after she complete’s first tour.

Happy Birthday Kulture!

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Mo’Nique Addressed Rumors She Might Replace Nene Leakes On ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’

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Mo’Nique took a break from grilling watermelon to address weak tea. The comedian and Academy Award-winning actress responded to rumors that she might replace Nene Leakes on The Real Housewives of Atlanta while sharing a cooking video on her Instagram page. 

“I wasn’t gonna say not a damn thing because I knew it was a lie,” she began.

Mo’NiqueMo’Nique in MO’NIQUE & FRIENDS: LIVE FROM ATLANTA.Photo Credit: Susan DeLoach/SHOWTIME.

“No, my sweet babies, I am not doing The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And in my humble opinion, Nene Leakes is irreplaceable. Nene Leakes is The Real Housewives of Atlanta if you ask me, baby, that’s been 13 years.”

Speculation about Nene Leakes possibly leaving the franchise have sparked a series of rumors about who might take her spot at regular OLG lunch dates if she does depart. Bravo recently denied rumors that she was fired from the series but there has been no confirmation that she will be returning to the show.

Nene Leakes

Mo’Nique made it clear she was not prepared for the intense requirements of the popular reality show. 

“So no, I am not joining that cast though I respect all of those sisters they do what they do, and I am not replacing NeNe Leakes. Y’all know my spirit couldn’t take it. I couldn’t do those confessionals talking about my sisters like that,” she said. 

She joked about the origin of the rumors being an unnamed source. “I sure would love to f**** meet ‘Source’ cause Source be saying s***,” she said. “Source is a popular b**** because she knows everybody’s business.”

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THATS RIGHT YOU HEARD ME! GRILLED WATERMELON STEAK! I have to let you all know how they come out. Be unafraid to try something different. I LOVE US 4 REAL!!

A post shared by Mo’nique (@therealmoworldwide) on Jul 8, 2020 at 1:02pm PDT

Mo’Nique frequently chats with her followers while preparing healthy snacks and sharing glimpses at her on-going

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Celebrity Beauty Looks Of The Week July 5 – July 11

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As the country is split between states phasing out of quarantine, and states reverting back to stay at home orders, celebrities are still not attending red carpet events. Social media continues to be our window into all their glam makeup and hair moments, and we’re still eating it all up.

This week, our favorite Tinseltown beauties pulled out their palettes for a variety of special occasions, including drops from their brands, promos for their music, and just to celebrate being Black and being beautiful.

Check out the gallery below for the beauties who reminded us that anywhere we’re going is special enough for a glow up.

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Calls For Goya Foods Boycott Emerge After CEO Praises Trump

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Goya Foods is the latest household brand coming under fire for its support of impeached president Donald Trump. On Thursday, the CEO of the Hispanic-owned food brand attended a White House meeting where he praised Trump for his presumed leadership skills.

“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Goya Foods chief executive Robert Unanue said at the White House.

The reaction on Twitter was swift, with users calling on Americans to #BoycottGoya. Hashtag #goyaway also started trending. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro weighed in on the controversy by saying, “.@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations. Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products.”

.@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations.Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products. #Goyaway https://t.co/lZDQlK6TcU

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 9, 2020

Goya’s consumer base is made up mostly of people from Black and Brown communities who use the brand often in their cooking. These customers also happen to be among groups most targeted by Trump’s racist actions. In addition to having a history of showing disdain toward immigrants of Hispanic and West Indian nationalities, Trump’s handling of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands left many of Caribbean descent feeling that he did not care about their plight.

Goya paella kit photographed on plates with box packaging.Goya Foods has been a staple in Hispanic and West Indian homes for years. In addition to popular seasonings like Adobo and Sazon, their easy-to-make rices were also a popular item for the food brand.

According to NBC News, Unanue was at the White House for the signing of an executive order that would expand on his “Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.” It includes taxpayer support for school choice and tax benefits for businesses that develop in urban neighborhoods.

The brand has not commented publicly on the backlash. Instead, on Friday it tweeted out an announcement originally made during the meeting at the White House. “Goya continues to work for the prosperity & education of our country!” the tweet read. “ #GOYAGIVES two million pounds of food to food banks across the nation who are in desperate need of food for families impacted by COVID19.” 

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Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream Soothes Redness — Review

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Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream is a light gel-cream moisturizer that eases redness and soothes irritation without being too heavy.

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