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SBA Pushes Equity in Latest Round of PPP Loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting new applications for the third round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans on January 15, 2021. PPP loans continue to be a  critically important mechanism to get funding into the hands of business owners across the country. In particular, Black businesses who have been hardest hit by this …

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Reform Alliance Resources

Criminal Justice Reform Education Resources

REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform, recently recommended a list of resources to educate followers about the justice system as part of #REFORM2020Recap. The organization’s Tweet was one of many posts from social justice leaders over the past year, which each focused on expanding followers’ knowledge from hearsay to historical documentation and …

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SphinxConnect 2021

Experience SphinxConnect Like Never Before in 2021

Since its founding in 1997, the Sphinx Organization has been dedicated to transforming the lives of people of color through the power of diversity in the arts. SphinxConnect, the Sphinx Organization’s annual event, allows leaders and artists in diversity to meet and showcase their talents to the wider community. However, this year, SphinxConnect 2021: UNITY …

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Newly Elected Senator Raphael Warnock is Just the Latest HBCU Graduate in the Political Spotlight

On Tuesday, January 5, Reverend Raphael Warnock became the latest graduate of a historically Black College and University (HBCU) to win election to Congress. The Morehouse College alum won his tightly-contested United States Senate runoff race in Georgia, becoming the first Black Senator from the Peach State. Students and alumni of HBCUs hope Warnock’s win …

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Robert F. Smith on Philanthropic Donations to HBCUs

Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, colleges and universities across the country have been under financial pressure due to increased expenses and lower student enrollment. Financing a college education is challenging — particularly for students of color. However, philanthropists have seen how the crisis has disproportionately affected historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and have chosen …

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Science Challenger Awards

Prostate Cancer Foundation Announces $11 Million in Research Grants

The Prostate Cancer Foundation announced on December 31 the recipients of $11 million in funding for prostate cancer research. The grants are part of the PCF Challenge Awards, which fund innovative research projects with the greatest potential of generating new and improved treatments for advanced prostate cancer. This is a topic Robert F. Smith is …

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Diverse Doctors

Why We Must Increase Doctors of Color to Address Health Disparities

Right now, just 5% of all physicians are Black, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This is despite the fact that Black people make up more than 13% of the total U.S. population, according to the association’s study, and numerous other studies highlight the benefits of having a diverse workforce in …

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More Inclusive Workplaces

How Corporate Leaders Are Creating More Inclusive Workplaces

As our society was confronted by renewed conversations about race in 2020, all aspects of life had to be examined. Corporate culture was no different, as both explicit and implicit policies that led to historic exclusion continue to be discussed  by a variety of industry leaders. After speaking with several corporate leaders, including, Black Enterprise …

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