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McDonald’s USA unveils a transformative initiative to support emerging Black fashion designers with mentorship, resources, and a $200,000 grant, fostering inclusivity and innovation in the fashion industry.

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McDonald’s Announces $200K Fund for Black Fashion Designers

McDonald’s USA unveils a transformative initiative to support emerging Black fashion designers with mentorship, resources, and a $200,000 grant, fostering inclusivity and innovation in the fashion industry. McDonald’s USA proudly introduces the Black & Positively Golden (B&PG) Change of Fashion program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at uplifting emerging Black fashion designers. This program seeks to provide these designers with essential mentorship, resources, and financial support to significantly enhance their career trajectories. Despite their profound influence on fashion—from the zoot suits […]

todayJune 25, 2024 1

Industry veteran Tim Hinshaw joins forces with AEG Presents following the success of Kendrick Lamar's "Pop Out" event, aiming to elevate Hip-Hop and R&B touring experiences.

Music

AEG teams with Tim Hinshaw: New era for Hip-Hop & R&B tours

Industry veteran Tim Hinshaw joins forces with AEG Presents following the success of Kendrick Lamar's "Pop Out" event, aiming to elevate Hip-Hop and R&B touring experiences. Photo credit: Kathryn Boyd AEG Presents, a prominent concert promotion and artist development company, has announced a strategic partnership with Tim Hinshaw and his creative studio, Free Lunch. This collaboration follows the success of "The Pop Out – Ken & Friends" Juneteenth concert at the Kia Forum, presented by pgLang and Free Lunch. The […]

todayJune 25, 2024

Can Rec Philly's model help Milwaukee retain Black creatives?

Milwaukee

Can Rec Philly’s model help Milwaukee retain Black creatives?

In recent years, major corporations have significantly invested in various regions to boost economic development and attract talent. For instance, Microsoft’s $3.3 billion investment in southeast Wisconsin includes building a state-of-the-art AI data center campus in Mount Pleasant and establishing the nation's first manufacturing-focused AI Co-Innovation Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee and its surrounding areas are now facing a similar opportunity—not in the tech sector, but in the creative industries. The city needs comparable investment in its creative […]

todayJune 24, 2024

Kendrick Lamar takes the West Coast off standby

Music

Kendrick Lamar takes the West Coast off standby

Kendrick Lamar performs during "The Pop Out — Ken & Friends," his June 19 concert event at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Timothy Norris/Getty Images for pgLang, Amazon/Getty Images North America When Kendrick Lamar released Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers in 2022, he was jittery with agitation. There were many reasons within the songs for him to be anxious, which spend hard-earned therapy hours working through trauma, but he seemed most perplexed by those outside of his process […]

todayJune 21, 2024

In light of several recent incidents involving alleged racial discrimination toward its passengers, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom says he is taking immediate action to “rebuild trust” within the company. Here, Isom speaks at a news conference in Seattle on Feb. 13, 2020 about the company's new partnership with Alaska Airlines. Elaine Thompson/AP

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American Airlines CEO aims to ‘rebuild trust’ after Black men removed from flight

In light of several recent incidents involving alleged racial discrimination toward its passengers, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom says he is taking immediate action to “rebuild trust” within the company. Here, Isom speaks at a news conference in Seattle on Feb. 13, 2020 about the company's new partnership with Alaska Airlines. Elaine Thompson/AP In light of several recent incidents involving alleged racial discrimination toward its passengers, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom says he is taking immediate action to “rebuild trust” […]

todayJune 21, 2024

6 must-listen new albums: Kehlani, Your Old Droog, Catpack & more

Music

6 must-listen new albums: Kehlani, Your Old Droog, Catpack & more

Here is this week's HYFIN's must-listen new album releases. Kehlani returns with Crash, their fourth studio album that blends various musical styles and showcases collaborations with Jill Scott, Young Miko, and Omah Lay, marking a vibrant shift from their previous work. The collaborative effort A Dog’s Chance brings together the talents of Polo Perks <3 <3 <3, AyooLii, and Feardorian, offering a dynamic mix of rap and hip-hop. Swim Surreal and Zero 7 present In The Half Light, combining Swim […]

todayJune 21, 2024

Greater Milwaukee Foundation launches small business loan program

Milwaukee

Greater Milwaukee Foundation launches small business loan program

ThriveOn Collaboration Building on King Drive The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced an impactful initiative to bolster small businesses in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee counties. This year, the Foundation will provide up to $1 million in low-interest loans through the ThriveOn Small Business Loans program, a significant expansion from its previous successes. Small business owners facing rising costs and limited access to capital can now apply for loans of up to $75,000 at a fixed interest rate of 2%, […]

todayJune 18, 2024

Northwestern Mutual awards $500k to Milwaukee HBCU scholars

Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual awards $500k to Milwaukee HBCU scholars

Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, has announced the second cohort of its Hometown HBCU Connection Scholarship recipients, reaffirming its commitment to supporting Milwaukee-area students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This initiative is part of a broader pledge to invest over $500,000 in scholarships over the next five years, benefiting 36 students. In Milwaukee, where Northwestern Mutual has operated for 167 years, only nine percent of students will earn high school and college diplomas, and only 14% […]

todayJune 17, 2024

Black culture speaks loudly at 2024 James Beard Awards

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Black culture speaks loudly at 2024 James Beard Awards

Rae Johnson & Chef Nyesha Arrington “This is a very special night and something that we’re proud of, we’re here to celebrate our success.” Words from James Beard Award winner Marcus Samuelsson, an Ethiopian-born Swedish-American, restaurateur, and author. Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards are among the nation’s most prestigious culinary and food media honors. The James Beard Foundation (JBF), the nonprofit organization that hosts the James Beard Awards, has focused on strengthening and […]

todayJune 17, 2024 2

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