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Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey May 21, Candace Storey Lee became the full-time Vanderbilt University athletic director. Lee had served as interim director since February. She is the first Black female athletic director in the history of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference (SEC). “I am incredibly honored to lead the Commodores, and I could not have been in this position without the support of the university’s leadership, our dedicated coaches and staff, and all of Commodore Nation,” said Lee. “There are challenges ahead and much uncertainty about what college athletics can and

By Ashley Small Day Edwards is no stranger to finding innovative solutions to meet the needs of today’s churches. In 2019, the Houston-based entrepreneur and CEO made a name for herself when she founded a first-of-its- kind, digital platform for churches called Church Space. Known as “the Airbnb for churches,” Church Space is an online marketplace that helps churches earn income by renting out space for weekly worship services in addition to a variety of one-time events and gatherings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Edwards recognized that many of her

Courtesy of Atlanta Daily World GirlTrek Brings Together the #DaughtersOf Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz for First-Ever Public Conversation this Friday More than a half million people watched last week’s conversation with Nikki Giovanni and Angela Davis. (Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2020) On Friday, May 15th, GirlTrek’s #DaughtersOf LIVE discussions continue with Dr. Bernice A. King and Ilyasah Shabazz uniting for a first-ever public conversation on their families’ legacies, debunking the myths that have followed them and sharing the lessons they learned from their legendary mothers Coretta Scott King

by Annette M. Alston Courtesy of The Chicago Defender Seven prominent Black women activists have made a strong case, and a bit of stir, in a Washington Post Op-Ed, “Biden Still Needs Black Women. Here are 3 Things He Needs to Do.” Tiffany Cross, Lotosha Cross, and Sunny Hostin were among the writers who strongly suggested Biden’s running mate be a Black woman. Their argument is quite clear: Black women are first in the voting booth to elect Democratic presidents, and now first in line risking their lives as

by Rob Taylor Jr. New Pittsburgh Courier Staff Writer On the day that New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Dayna Delgado caught up with the fast-moving folks at Exurbia Home Health Care, they had stopped at King of Kings Baptist Ministries in Garfield. That’s where a number of Exurbia’s clients worship. The rented U-Haul van full of meals from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was unloaded by Exurbia CEO Randy Ford, president Robert Walker, and administrative staff like Randi and Robbi Walker flexed their muscles and carried pre-packaged food bank boxes into

photo:Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, GA), Mayor LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans, LA), Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Chicago, IL) By Whitney Gresh Governors such as Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Mike DeWine of Ohio have been the most high-profile politicians leading the country’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. However, as effective as these governors have been, there is also a group of female African American mayors of large U.S. cities who also have been at the forefront of the battle while leading their cities through

Georgians and Public Health Experts Are Really Concerned About Brian Kemp’s “Reckless” and “Irresponsible” Coronavirus Plan After Gov. Brian Kemp released his “reckless” and “irresponsible” order forcing Georgia to reopen despite warnings that “speed[ing] up the reopening of Georgia’s economy will cost lives,” leaders across Georgia and the country criticized Kemp for his “politically motivated” order that “defies the warning of many public health officials.” Here’s what they had to say. Georgia mayors:“We need to, as government leaders, step up and give people an incentive to stay home. But

The Administration brushed aside scientific evidence and concerns regarding the pandemic, downplaying its spread and the depth of the problems we were encountering. It was only in March that they were forced to shift gears. But in shifting gears the blame game started, afresh, with a focus on the Chinese, the WHO, and probably we shall soon hear that aliens from the Romulan Star Empire were somehow involved. Trump’s decision to cut funding for the World Health Organization (WHO)—which we warned about last week—is yet another example of