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“Boss: The Black Experience in Business” Explores the History of African American Entrepreneurship

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The history of business and entrepreneurship lies at the heart of the American story, but often absent from that narrative are the experiences of African Americans. From the country’s earliest days, African Americans have embodied the qualities of innovation, risk-taking and determination to forge a path toward a better life. The new two-hour documentary traces the lives of African American entrepreneurs over 150 years, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of million-dollar empires. Boss: The Black Experience in Business” is now airing on local PBS affiliates and can be viewed online.

Directed by Peabody– and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black CollegesThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Freedom Summer), “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” shines a light on the story of resilience and resistance within the black American experience in the face of racial hostility and violence, economic exclusion, segregation and discrimination.

Tying together the past and the present, “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” explores the inspiring stories of trailblazing African American entrepreneurs and the significant contributions of contemporary business leaders. Stories featured in the film include those of entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, publisher John H. Johnson, Motown CEO Berry Gordy, and business pioneer and philanthropist Reginald F. Lewis, among others. The film features new interviews with Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC.; Cathy Hughes, CEO and founder of Urban One; Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox and chairman of VEON; Ken Frazier, chairman, president and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.; Richelieu Dennis, founder, CEO and executive chairman of Sundial Brands; Robert F. Smith, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Managing Partners, LLC; Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr.,  CEO of Black Enterprise; and John Rogers, CEO and founder of Ariel Investments.

As a capitalist system emerged in the United States, African Americans found ways to establish profitable businesses in numerous industries, including financial services, retail, beauty, music and media. “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” brings viewers on a journey from the end of Reconstruction through the present, tracing the emergence of a stable black business community alongside the greater struggle for civil rights.

Notable historians and scholars help tell the story, including Mehrsa Baradaran, author, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap; A’Lelia Bundles, journalist, historian and author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. WalkerMarcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown UniversityMark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke UniversityJane Rhodes, Professor of African American History, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Juliet EK Walker, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin.

“African Americans have played a central role in the history of American business, but their stories are often left untold,” said Nelson.

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‘Black Is King’: Beyoncé’s visual album is a feast of fashion and symbolism

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There are many quotable lines and lyrics in “Black Is King,” Beyoncé’s new visual album, which dropped today on Disney+. But two in particular seem especially apt to describe the stylistic feast the artist has created. The first comes three minutes in: “Let Black be synonymous with joy.”
The second arrives half an hour later, on the song “Mood 4 Eva,” featuring Jay-Z, Childish Gambino and Malian singer Oumou Sangaré. Clad in a full-length leopard gown with a higher-than-high slit, Beyoncé laughs at the camera as she sings, “I’m a whole mood.”
The almost 90-minute-long film is evidence of both affirmations.
Conceived as a celebration of “the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry,” as Beyoncé wrote on an Instagram post announcing its release, “Black Is King” is a companion to 2019’s “The Lion King: The Gift,” the album she made to accompany Disney’s CGI remake of the 1994 animated movie. (Beyoncé voiced adult Nala in the film.) It follows a young man’s journey to self-discovery, with a focus on Black history and African traditions, told through the artist’s own narration.
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See the Nike ad that took 4,000 hours of sports footage to make

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Nike’s latest ad sends a powerful message about Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. At a time when professional sports are struggling to start up amidst the pandemic, the ad has quickly become popular online.

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Adele shows support for Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’ in new Instagram photo

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In the photo, Adele recreated the crescent moon top that Beyoncé wore while singing “Already,” one of the tracks included in the musical film and visual album.

The 24-time Grammy Award-winning queen of pop released the hotly anticipated album on Friday. It’s inspired by “The Lion King,” on Disney+.
The vibrant cinematographic project, based on the singer’s soundtrack album “The Lion King: The Gift” for the 2019 remake of the Disney film, re-imagines the lessons from the movie for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” Disney+ said in a release.
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