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Ice Cube creates basketball league featuring retired NBA players

Ice Cube, who rose to fame as a member of the rap group NWA, then became a movie producer and a movie star; has now added basketball executive to his

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The Truth About Dr. King and Economic Empowerment

By Cliff Albright “For we know now that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch

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Tianna Mañón Young women call themselves “bad bitches.” It is said so flippantly and boastfully that listeners not familiar with the term begin to question whether the words “bad” and

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NASA Makes History by Adding First Black Crew Member to International Space Station

By Kiersten Willis On the eve of the wide release of the Black female space scientists film “Hidden Figures” on Jan. 6, NASA revealed it is gearing up to add the

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

 By Web Staff Excellus BCBS receives national honors for its diversity and inclusion efforts  Excellus BCBS receives national honors for its diversity and inclusion efforts  For the third consecutive year, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield earned a perfect score of  100 percent and the designation Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality on the  Corporate Equality Index, and received the 2017 Diversity Leader Award from  “Profiles in Diversity Journal.”     The Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking survey and report on  corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual  and transgender employees. The index is administered by the Human Rights Campaign  Foundation. Companies that received the highest rankings have demonstrated a deep  commitment to fair and equal treatment of LGBT employee-related policies and  practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits,  transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public  engagement with the LGBT community.     The Diversity Leader Award is presented to companies, organizations and governments  that are advancing the evolution of diversity and inclusion, and the diversity officers  working to achieve that goal. It recognizes outstanding standards aligning diversity  initiatives as a catalyst for change to enhance business outcomes.    “We are happy to receive recognition for our efforts to become an employer of choice in  all communities. We work diligently to ensure that our policies, procedures and  practices are fair and equitable for all. We want all of our employees, their families and  the community to know we take great pride in this,” said Joseph Searles, director of  diversity and workforce inclusion for Excellus BCBS.    

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Parent Involvement Matters

~ By Yulanda Florence When one hears the recent numbers given by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on the graduation rate in Rochester and our neighboring cities of

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Why Black Youth Need Positive Black Images

Anti-black bias is still prevalent in our society, particularly in mainstream media. Parents can counter the negative effects of this social ill by exposing their children to positive representations of

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Charter Schools: Lack of Oversight and Accountability

By David Love Harlem Success Academy 5   This comes as the Black Lives Matter movement weighs in on the issue of education. The Movement for Black Lives issued a

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Black Lynching Victims: Memorial Opens Next Year in Montgomery

By David Love Finally, the U.S. will have a memorial to lynching, the dreaded, horrific and quintessentially American institution rooted in racial violence and terrorism.  The Equal Justice Initiative, the


Black People Seen as More ‘Attractive’…..

By Tanasia Kenney A new study has revealed that beauty may actually be in the ear of the beholder, rather than the eye. A recent analysis by researcher Robert L.

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Serena Williams Takes on Body Shamers, Realizes Her Inspiration to Young Girls in New Interview

by Kiersten Willis Serena Williams knows there are haters. And she’s giving them more fodder in a skin-baring, new photo shoot. The tennis pro is seen along the beach donning

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Is it Time for Black People to Reconsider a Black Nation Within a Nation and Armed Self-Defense?

by David Love In light of the racial violence facing African-Americans — as was most recently seen in the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers in

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‘Brilliant’ Black Boy Book by Teen Author Scores Support From Hollywood Elite

Posted by Kiersten Willis A new children’s book dedicated to Black boys is making big waves among top male celebrities. Titled I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! the book was written by

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Serena Williams Slays New Magazine Cover, ‘Super Influenced’ by Black People Who Paved the Way

Posted by Kiersten Willis Serena Williams stuns in her latest magazine cover. The 34-year-old tennis champion boasts her toned arms and legs in a bold white body suit, but the

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World’s Oldest Person Reveals Her Secret to a Long Life

Posted by Tamiya King The world’s oldest person is currently 116 years old. She wakes up each morning and has a breakfast that consists of grits, bacon and eggs. One