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Courtesy of Black Information Network Black executives at Amazon are few and far between, and now two of them have decided to part ways with the company. According to CNBC, Amazon is losing Black executives Alicia Boler-Davis, who was the head of warehouses and a member of the company's leadership team, and David Bozeman, head of transportation. Their departure follows Amazon recently announcing that the CEO of Worldwide Consumer Dave Clark had also chosen to leave the company. Boler-Davis and Bozeman "have decided to explore new opportunities outside Amazon," according to an email obtained by CNBC. On Tuesday (June

Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will return to host the “BET AWARDS” LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The “BET AWARDS” was the #1 cable award show among all adults 18-49 in 2021. “BET AWARDS” 2022 airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM ET/PT. “I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is

Vercie Lark, left, Region 7 Great Plains Administrator and Ted James, right, Region 6 South Central Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration  By Vercie Lark and Ted James Being black and walking away from a person who legally owned you became reality on June 17, 1865, when Texas became the last state to implement the Emancipation Proclamation. The day, now known as Juneteenth, has become one of celebration for black Americans.  It was a start. As black Americans, however, we continually must ask the question: “Are we truly emancipated?”   While important to celebrate a

This post was originally published on Seattle Medium Activist and CEO of the Black Future Co-op Fund argues that it is a time to envision what is possible outside of systemic oppression. By T’wina Nobles Opal Lee is the grandmother of Juneteenth. For most of her life, she has advocated to make Juneteenth a national holiday. In 2016, she even walked from her home in Ft. Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C., traveling two and a half miles each day to symbolize the two and a half years Black Texans waited for emancipation. At 94

The 2022 Tonys hosted by Broadway star Ariana Debose awarded a slate of Black talent on Sunday (June 12). For the first time since 2019, Broadway's biggest night returned to Radio City Music Hall to recognize the industry's greatest stars. The 75th Tony Awards saw several Black stars walk away as big winners including Jennifer Hudson who achieved EGOT status. On Sunday, Hudson snagged the Tony Award for Best Musical as a co-producer of "A Strange Loop." By walking away with the crown, Hudson is the 17th person in history to take home awards

President Joe Biden has tapped former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to join the White House as a top advisor as upcoming November midterm elections loom over the administration. On Wednesday (June 15), Biden announced Bottoms' appointment as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, per the Washington Post. Bringing Bottoms into the fold will add a needed Black woman's perspective amid a political time that will determine the fate of the rest of Biden's presidency. The former mayor joins Biden's inner circle during a tumultuous time for the administration — with inflation

The failure of Congress to pass legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act have frustrated African Americans. With new voter suppression laws, the leaked Roe V. Wade opinion, and the assault on many other rights, some question whether the voting bloc that allowed Democrats to take the White House and control both houses of Congress will abandon the polls during the midterm elections. “Black voters are understandably frustrated with the lack of reform around voter rights, but the lack

By Portia King Chicago is the breeding ground for some of the world’s greatest talent. From musicians to athletes and actors to dancers, the city continues to be the pulse of creativity and charisma. Singer, actor, and dancer, Aramie Payton, is currently playing the iconic King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in the New York City hit Broadway stage play, MJ the Musical. As the understudy, Aramie regularly performs, bringing the King of Pop back to life.” As a Chicago native, Aramie continues to be a shining example of the elevated

Mayor Andre Dickens has been named Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ new Public-Private Partnership Task Force. Mayor Dickens chaired the inaugural session of the Task Force this weekend during the 90th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Reno, Nev., this weekend. “It is an honor to lead this newly formed Task Force and I look forward to working with a stellar bipartisan group of mayors on how best to collectively move our cities forward,” said Mayor Dickens. “Mayors have audacious goals on public