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Trailblazers

Honoring Four Trailblazing Black Investors

Recent national conversations about systemic racism in our society have put a spotlight on the lack of diversity in the finance industry. Historically, the banking and finance industry has lacked equitable representation of people of color in top roles and has struggled with inequality through decades of lending discrimination. But despite these systemic challenges, a …

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hope and Robert F. Smith Support Project to Focus on Core Values Among Jewish and Black Communities

With the ongoing national conversation about harmful bias towards marginalized communities in the U.S., a new global multimedia project launched to find commonalities between international communities. The project, launched by the World Values Network (WVN) and financially-supported by Hope and Robert F. Smith, intends to mend the divide by focusing on shared core values. The …

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Diversifying American Orchestras

Classical music needs more diversity — Sphinx Organization is working to make that a reality

Today, Black and Latino musicians make up around 5% of American orchestras. That number is almost triple what it was 25 years ago, but since Blacks and latinos make up 32% of the U.S. population, it’s still not nearly close to what an equitable representation would look like.  This disparity didn’t happen by accident or …

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Harry Belafonte's Birthday Celebration

Robert F. Smith and Family Sponsor Harry Belafonte’s Virtual Birthday Celebration

On March 1, 1927, famed musician, actor and social activist Harold George Belafonte, Jr. was born in Harlem, NY. Throughout his long life, he has remained a key figure in entertainment, known for popular hits in the folk music industry and for popularizing Caribbean calypso music in the 1950s. He has also starred in several …

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Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day 2021 and Honoring the Intersectional Fight Against Climate Change

Every year since 1970, billions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 as an annual tradition to mobilize global collaboration towards restoring, maintaining and cleaning our planet.  This Earth Day, amidst the rising effects of climate change, activists and organizations are asking global citizens to embark on efforts of climate …

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Robert F. Smith’s Philanthropic Vision

Robert F. Smith’s Philanthropic Vision

In 2017, when he took the Giving Pledge, Robert F. Smith made a statement regarding philanthropy to which he has adhered and expanded upon. In his Giving Pledge statement Smith explained why he wished to contribute half of his net-worth during his lifetime. Smith’s focus was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution:” transforming the world through technology. …

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Carnegie Virtual Music

Sing with Carnegie Hall Offers Virtual Music Education Programs for Children

We’re all familiar with remote work and entertainment now, and entertainment venues are no different. Just this spring, Carnegie Hall launched a new program that allows families to safely engage with music at home. The new video series, Sing with Carnegie Hall, features weekly interactive sing-alongs covering a range of topics including rhythm, play, feelings …

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National Black Accountant Group Selects President

Black Accountant Group Selects Darryl R. Matthews Sr. as President and CEO

The National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants (NSBCPA) has selected Darryl R. Matthews Sr. to serve as its President and CEO. Matthews is an experienced and well-respected leader with a diverse set of experiences under his belt — all of this will help serve the needs and mission of the NSBCPA. The NSBCPA was …

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