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Join Sen. Kamala Harris + Support Black Mamas!

Serena Williams has recently been in the news sharing her personal traumatic health experience after delivering her daughter. Tragically, Erica Garner died of a heart attack just 8 months after giving birth. You likely have also seen this NYT Magazine in-depth feature from last week on the Black Maternal Health crisis. Collectively these stories have helped further push the conversation around Black Mothers’ health to the national forefront.

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4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Media Coverage

Whether you’re working with a team, or handling PR for yourself or your business/organization, there are key things to remember when interfacing with journalists and bloggers. The way you initiate and engage relationships with these gatekeepers will make or break your success in attracting solid media coverage. Here are some simple yet seriously effective ways to build reciprocity and stay out of the “Do Not Pitch” lane.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Black Thought, Yara Shahidi, Allan Houston And More Perform at #MLKNow 2018

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On MLK Day, more than 2,000 people filled Harlem’s Riverside Church to see performances by Oscar-Winner and “BLACK PANTHER” Star Lupita Nyong’o, Grammy Winning Artist Black Thought, Actor and “GROWN-ISH” Star Yara Shahidi, NBA Legend Allan Houston, and more at the third annual “MLK Now.” Comedian/Author Baratunde Thurston and Comedian/Writer Akilah Hughes served as the official MC’s for the program.

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Blackout for Human Rights to Hold 4th Annual #BlackoutBlackFriday Boycott

On Friday November 24th, the biggest retail shopping day of the year also known as “Black Friday,” Blackout for Human Rights will kick off its fourth annual #BlackoutBlackFriday campaign, urging people nationwide to take part in an economic boycott of major retailers, and any corporations that violate human rights standards, and/or profit off the pain and suffering of others.

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ELLE Magazine Announced As Official Media Partner of “SHE”

Today, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the creators of the acclaimed play “SHE” have announced ELLE Magazine as the official media partner for the production, which will run at HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave) in Manhattan from May 5th-21st. Tickets for “SHE” are currently on sale for $20 at HERE.org, with discounts available for students (with I.D.), seniors, and groups of five or more. Tickets for the opening night performance are sold out.  Read more

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Happy Birthday Mr. B!

Today we want to take a quick but important moment to say Happy Birthday to legendary actor, entertainer, activist (and our boss) Harry Belafonte! For 90 years, Mr. Belafonte has been a trailblazer in the arts and the movements for civil/human rights and social justice. Read more

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Watch Tomorrow’s “MLK Now 2017” TV Special on REVOLT!

Set Your DVRs: Make sure to watch REVOLT TV tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. EST for a special televised airing of “MLK Now 2017!” Hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), “MLK Now 2017” features powerful performances by by David Oyelowo, La La Anthony, Omari Hardwick, Uzo Aduba, Michelle Williams, Andre Holland, Erica Campbell, Q-Tip, Adepero Oduye, our very own Samora Pinderhughes, and more.  Read more

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TIDAL & Harry Belafonte’s SANKOFA.ORG Premiere Visual EP “17”

Today SANKOFA.org, the social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte, has announced that the audio version of its new Visual EP “17”, featuring music by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake, is now available on all DSPs. The Visual EP, which made its official February 17th premiere on TIDAL, seeks to raise funds to support grassroots organizing efforts around issues of racial and social justice. Read more

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What to Watch Instead of the Inauguration

If you plan to join the thousands (if not millions) of people across the U.S. in boycotting the soon-to-be-President of this doomed United States’ inauguration, you’re likely seeking out counter-programming to drown out the 24-hour news and social media hell that comes along with it. Thankfully there are alternatives to this Orangeade onslaught that will not only keep you distracted, but that offer some beacon of light, hope and inspiration, which will no doubt come in handy over the next four (or more, but for God’s mercy, I hope not) years. Read more

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Come Behind The Scenes of “MLK Now 2017!”

Yesterday (MLK Day) more than 3,000 people gathered at The Riverside Church in Harlem, New York for the 2nd Annual “MLK Now” hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), with presenting partners Sankofa.org and PICO National Network. The special program, which was live broadcast online, celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., exploring through speeches, musical performances, and a panel discussion how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. Read more

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6 Ways NOT to Comfort People About the Election

This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 11, 2016 on Medium.

In many ways, conversations in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral win have felt almost like how people try (and fail) to offer condolences and comfort after the death of a loved one. Trying to talk to others about how to make sense of the shock of it all has been a minefield of well-intentioned but woefully misguided advice, religious pontificating, and tone-deaf sympathies that, frankly, only piss people off more. Here are a few of the absolute worst:

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No, Patton Oswalt, America Is Not More Sexist Than It Is Racist

This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 10, 2016 by The Root:

On Tuesday night, as the world watched in shock and horror with the realization that Donald Trump had, in fact, won the presidency, it didn’t take long for a new narrative to take hold. A tweet by Patton Oswalt, in which he stated that the election results affirmed that America is far more sexist than it is racist, quickly went viral.

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Go Backstage At The “Many Rivers To Cross” Festival in Atlanta!

[avia_codeblock_placeholder uid=”8″] For the thousands who attended the “Many Rivers to Cross Festival” this past weekend, just outside of Atlanta, it was a historic musical event. Entertainment Icon and activist Harry Belafonte sang for the first time in 12 years. The performance was part of the grand finale musical presentation called “Stir it Up,” which he curated […]

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NEWS: SUNDAY NIGHT’S #JUSTICEFORFLINT EVENT RAISES NEARLY $156K, AND COUNTING

Nearly $156,000 has been raised from Blackout for Human Right‘s #JUSTICEFORFLINT event, where more than 2,000 people — the majority of which were Flint residents — packed the The Whiting Auditorium Sunday night in Flint, Michigan. To date, more than 4,000 people have contributed personal donations via text and online, both during and after the livestream broadcast of the event, which aired exclusively on REVOLT. tv. Read more

#JusticeForFlint: A Blackout For Human Rights Benefit Event

As the serious impacts of the Flint Water Crisis continue to gain national awareness, Blackout for Human Rights today announced #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a special event taking place at The Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) in Flint, Michigan on Sunday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m. EST to promote solidarity and support for communities affected by the water crisis. REVOLT TV will serve as principal media sponsor for the event.

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PR Week Spotlights Communications Strategy of Black Lives Matter

In addition to being a force to be reckoned within the racial and social justice arenas, Black Lives Matter has helped usher forward a new era in online advocacy and organizing. With their prolific use of the hashtag and highly-sophisticated cross-city media and communications strategy, Black Lives Matter has demonstrated an aptitude for developing well-crafted and tightly-controlled messaging, even as its organizational infrastructure remains largely decentralized.  Read more

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Four ways to use status updates in your blog strategy

These days most social media users are quick on their feet when thinking up engaging attention-grabbing status updates. Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other platform with a “less is more” policy, people are becoming more creative in communicating their thoughts and opinions. Yet when we think about it, how many perfectly good ideas have been left on walls and news feeds never to be further fleshed-out or explored? Read more

Best and Worst Payment Merchants for Startups

One of the most important business components for any start-up is determining how to collect payment from customers. While there are lots of payment processing providers out there it’s imperative to take your time to assess the respective pros and cons in determining which is best suited to your unique business needs.

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How This Bay Area Pastor is Helping Lead A National Movement for Black Lives

For Pastor Michael McBride, one of the foremost issues of concern facing Black men and boys today is that of simply belonging.

“Increasing and widening the circle of belonging and concern for me seems to be one of the biggest challenges,” he says. “We must make every effort to really create systems and structures that embrace young people, Black men and boys in particular.”

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