Monday, January 24, 2022

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions. The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard University, a private institution, and the University of North Carolina, a state school, discriminate against Asian American applicants. A decision against the schools could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.

Aspiring bodybuilder wins medal in 1st bodybuilding competition after 20 weeks of chemo

Erica Langley, an aspiring bodybuilder who discovered she had cancer in 2018 is inspiring others after winning a medal in her first competition after chemotherapy.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022


HanesBrands, a global leader in iconic apparel brands, today announced a $2 million investment in three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The four-year partnership involves North Carolina A&T, Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design and Winston-Salem State University.

The university partnerships will fund research and offer financial support to students in areas ranging from sustainability to fashion design to supply chain management. The investment will build on HanesBrands’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, providing opportunities for underrepresented minorities and building pipelines of diverse talent.

“Inclusion is at the core of who we are as a company, and we are committed to creating opportunity for all,” said Steve Bratspies, CEO of HanesBrands. “Our partnerships with these HBCUs are part of HanesBrands’ legacy of investing in our communities. The scholarships and internships that are part of this program will ensure that students have opportunities to acquire the education and experience necessary to succeed and will help build a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

HanesBrands will engage students at the universities who are studying Information Technology, Data Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Marketing, Fashion Design and Merchandising. The partnership includes scholarships, internships, mentorships and research grants.

“We’re proud to partner with HanesBrands, not only in student support but on industry-relevant research,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. of North Carolina A&T State University. “This partnership will give students industry and research experience that will lead to rewarding careers of impact after graduation, as well as growing a stronger workforce for HanesBrands and North Carolina more broadly.”

“Our students recognize HanesBrands as a company that offers meaningful careers and is making a positive difference in our hometown of Winston-Salem,” said Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson of Winston-Salem State University. “This partnership will bring learning opportunities directly to our campus. Having real-world industry experience and building corporate networks will be invaluable to our students as they prepare for careers in everything from finance to fashion design to supply chain.”

"We are humbled and honored that HanesBrands shares our same vision to not only see but also take the necessary steps needed to create a more diverse industry,” said D’Wayne Edwards, President of Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design. “The work we will co-create together will inspire, change lives and leave our industry better than when we entered it. Thank you to HanesBrands for believing in us and inviting us to be on this journey with you."

The company will be a strategic partner of the HanesBrands Apparel Studio at Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design. The college, located in Detroit, is set to open in 2022. The company will donate materials, including fabrics and blank finished goods, as well as a variety of equipment to help teach students design.

HanesBrands has a longstanding commitment to providing educational assistance and support to expand access and opportunities to underserved communities. In 2020, the company established a two-year, $50,000 annual financial commitment in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to provide scholarships to freshman students attending HBCUs. Since 1981, HanesBrands has been a corporate partner to Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC and since 2015, the Urban Dove Team Charter School in Brooklyn, NY.

These new investments support HanesBrands’ commitment to improve the lives of at least 10 million people by 2030 through diversity and inclusion initiatives, health and wellness programs, improved workplace quality, and philanthropic efforts that improve local communities.

HanesBrands strives to make its workplace more diverse and inclusive and provide equal opportunities for associates to reach their full potential. To learn more about HanesBrands’ commitment to people and 2030 goals, visit

Statue of late Congressman John Lewis to be unveiled in Charleston

A statue of late Georgia congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis, is set to be displayed in Charleston as it makes its way to Washington, D.C.

The statue will be unveiled on Feb. 3 at the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) on Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. The event will include remarks by S.C. Representative Jim Clyburn.

The Charleston unveiling is just the first stop for the 7-foot, 800-pound statue as it makes its way to its permanent location in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The statue is set to be unveiled in each state it passes through.

After leaving Charleston, the statue will be displayed at S.C. State University in Orangeburg for one week. In honor of this grand gesture, it will be accompanied by and mounted on a 1,300-pound stone plinth created by students at the American College of the Building Arts.

The event begins at 12 PM and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

First African American Owned Cannabis Dispensary “Cheeba Spot” to Open in New Jersey

When “Cheeba Spot” opens in the summer of 2022, ( Essex County Area) it will be one of the 1st African-American owned cannabis dispensaries in the State of New Jersey; Cheeba Spot will be the first of its kind, providing a safe and appealing shopping experience in an urban pop culture environment that focuses on quality products, customer education, and quality service.

After New Jersey’s groundbreaking 2021 approval to allow legal recreational use and sales of marijuana, Cheeba Spot is eager to enter the space of retail recreational cannabis.

Cheeba Spot’s owner Mark Boulding is excited to bring the much-needed representation and inclusion of African Americans to the cannabis industry. “Growing up in New Jersey, I witnessed firsthand the negative effects the so-called “War on Drugs” had on my community and my peers,” he explained. “I have seen friends and family members sentenced to prison, for the same plant that companies are today making billions of dollars legally. I felt it was my obligation to become a part of the State of New Jerseys commitment to Social Equity entering the cannabis industry. Cheeba Spot is currently looking for a location for its physical space.

With an emphasis on customer education and service, Cheeba Spot will offer carefully curated products in three different categories: Edibles, commonly baked goods such as gummies, cookies or brownies that are infused with cannabis extracts; Flower, which refers to the smokable section of the cannabis plant, also known as nuggets, nugs, or bud; and Concentrates, a potent consolidation of cannabinoids that are made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form into a solvent. The dispensary will be staffed with team members who are paid above industry average and trained to help consumers determine the best product for their needs.

According to industry analytics firm Headset anticipates the U.S. cannabis industry will top $30.5 billion in sales in 2022, up from $23.6 billion in 2021. New Frontier Data, another industry data consultancy, estimates 1/3 of US cannabis sales will come from New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, three states that passed legislation in 2021 to make cannabis legal for recreational use.

Boulding explained how the Cheeba Spot team is committed to building a successful, consumer-friendly business that benefits the community on multiple levels including holding regular meetings that consist of people from the community, stake holders and policy makers. Cannabis has so many benefits,” said Boulding. “The cannabis industry is growing so fast; our communities need to be a part of the expansion and all the benefits from it.

Learn more about Cheeba Spot