BRWN celebrates diversity and the accomplishments of people of color.
We, as consumers of content and commerce, are more discerning than ever. With all the options that the internet has presented, people expend their energy, money, and time towards things that speak to them in a very specific way. Gone is the era when we all watched the same news, the same commercials, and shopped at the same stores. Not now, when we have options. But are the options diverse enough? There have to be enough of us to constitute "a market" but then why are we still fighting to see people we identify with on big screens? IF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND IS A VOTE TOWARDS THE KIND OF WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN, THEN WE NEED BETTER CANDIDATES. WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF US, BECAUSE CONTRARY TO WHAT POPULAR MEDIA PORTRAYS, THERE ARE MORE OF US. Other minority media entities are out there, as well as culture-specific driven initiatives, but there is certainly nothing like this. We wanted a platform that would make our global children viciously proud to be from their respective motherlands. One that was current and forward, relevant, yet rooted in heritage. In that, lies our unique selling proposition. We are a wealthy people, rich in past and future. We can relate, create, and innovate. But before we can sell, we must tell. And before we can tell, we must show. This is what birthed BRWN.
Mission: Sharing and telling stories that matter to those between the colors black and white.
Major Lazer and Diplo turning it up at The Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC.
All stores should include sensitivity training for associates. Racial profiling still quite common at mass and luxury brands, not just Sephora.
The initiative is part of the brand's diversity training efforts.
Rihanna with her Fenty and LVMH beauty and fashion empires is now richer than Madonna.
All she does is work, work, work, work, work, work.
Jay-Z is officially a billionaire. 100% self-made. #hustleharder
Forbes recently named Jay-Z hip-hop's first billionaire.
Ava DuVernay’s fight to tell the story of the teenage boys who were wrongfully arrested and convicted for “wilding” in Central Park.
In the four-part Netflix series When They See Us, the director acts as a conduit for the full narratives of five wrongly accused men by painfully peeling back the layers of a tale so often told wrong.
Texas high school graduate hugs deported father at the border with Mexico.
Sarai Ruiz knew her father couldn't be in the audience to see her receive her diploma, so she met him at the Mexican border after the ceremony.
Randall Park on his California upbringing, UCLA student life and new rom com with Ali Wong “Always Be My Baby.”
The star of Fresh Off the Boat has made an occasionally mortifying rom-com, Always Be My Maybe, inspired by his own life.
Introducing Yale’s first ever black student body president...
Kahlil Greene was elected as Yale University's first-ever black student body president in the university's history.
An undocumented, Pulitzer- prize winning entrepreneur and activist just got a school named after him in California. Congrats Jose Antonio Vargas!
Every day ugly words about immigrants are pushed out into our media by the administration. It is a fear tactic, cowardly propaganda that breeds hate.
Every day at Define American we push out stories into our media about immigrants, stories that uplift joy, humanity, and our interconnectedness. This is how we Define American.
Now our founder’s name is on an elementary school. Why? The board wanted to send “a strong message to any parent or child in our district who is afraid, who wonders what the future holds, who questions their opportunities to succeed.” They wanted to send a message that fear and hate have no place in the education of America’s children. That is what our founder and Define American represents, the power of great love and bravery to conquer fear and hate.
You, our supporters, make this all possible. THANK YOU! Want to continue to make these dreams a reality for our nation? Support Define American today at: DefineAmerican.com/donate
7 out of 8 National Spelling Bee champions are brown.
A group of adolescents broke the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with eight contestants crowned co-champions after the competition said it was running out of challenging words.
Wrongfully accused and convicted “Central Park Five” directed and written by Ava DuVernay, now on Netflix.
The men, whose story will be brought to life in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” discuss the mini-series with their onscreen counterparts.
11-yr-old Iranian girl gets highest MENSA IQ score.
The Voice of Global Asians
Diane Paragas’ 15-yr-journey to the making of award-wining film about a young dreamer “Yellow Rose.”
First-time feature director Diane Paragas examines the honky-tonk heart of Texas through the eyes of a young, undocumented Filipina.
Billionaire Robert Smith to pay off student loans for 398 students from Morehouse graduating class of 2019!
“My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” the billionaire Robert F. Smith said, pledging to eliminate the student loan debt of the 2019 Morehouse College graduating class. “This is my class."
Charles Melton and Jake Choi of “Sun is Also a Star” talk about their immigrant experiences...
“You don’t have to go through someone else’s experience first-hand to be empathetic to them.” Choi said of the immigrant experience.
Strangers holding hands and supporting each other...
Last place marathon finishers don't typically make headlines. These two did for how they crossed the finish line. 🏆 ❤️
West Point us about to graduate its largest group of black women...
Thirty-four black women are expected to graduate from West Point next week. That will be the largest class of African-American women to graduate together in the military school's history.
Andrew Yang for President 2020 rally in #NYC. As children of immigrants he believes immigrants are key to the country’s prosperity.
AT&T's Hello Lab signs Lena Waithe as lead mentor to help up and coming filmmakers rise.
Emmy-winner Lena Waithe talks about the 2019 edition of AT&T's Hello Lab Filmmaker Mentorship Program.
Rihanna becomes first woman-owned designer brand to be signed and launched by LVMH.
The Barbadian pop singer's brand will be the first new house created by the French conglomerate LVMH since 1987.
Missy Elliott Becomes the First Rapper to Receive an Honorary Doctorate From Berklee College of Music - Okayplayer
Congrats Missy Elliott on the honorary degree from Berklee College of Music! 🙌🏾
Meet Dr. Missy Elliott. On Saturday (May 12th) Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. (Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, who delivered the commencement address, also received the honor.) READ: Lizzo Connects with Missy Elliott for ....
Black Coffee at The Brooklyn Mirage was 🔥🔥🔥 last night.
What an incredible evening and a celebration of style, elegance, culture and black excellence at the Ozwald Boateng fashion show in #Harlem. The production featured gorgeous models of color of every age who strutted with bravado and dripped with attitude to a soundtrack which started with live classical violinists migrated to African beats and ended with rap — an unapologetic celebration of talent and black pride. The collection was divine which every stylish man and woman regardless of race will covet. He could have done this show in London, Paris, or Milan but chose Harlem. Bravo Ozwald!
Eva Noblezada of Hadestown among 3 Filipino-Americans nominated for Tony awards
THREE Filipino Americans are among the artists and creatives who received nominations for this year’s 73rd annual Tony Awards. Broadway star Eva Noblezada is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as Eurydice in “Hadestown.” This is Noblezada.....
From garbage to art...
"I'm trying to sanitise the environment - and as well sensitise the people."
Nigerian artist Nkwocha Ernest, turns discarded old tyres into stunning sculptures. 😮
(via BBC News Africa)
50 Agents of Change empowering diversity in Hollywood from Lena Waithe to Lin-Manuel Miranda to Jon M. Chu to Ava DuVernay.
Meet the creative and business forces — including Kenya Barris, Laverne Cox, Jon M. Chu and Norman Lear — who are shifting the industry's landscape to drive opportunities onscreen and off for fresh talents and leaders: "I want to do things that break what I expect Hollywood to do."
“... yet another testament to hard-working immigrants raising their kids right and pushing our culture toward the light.” Robert Downey Jr on his friend Rami Malek.
Find out why Rami Malek is on this year’s TIME 100 list
Gemma Chan and Olivia Munn are honored by Apex for Youth in New York City as room role models for immigrant youth.
“I feel English, British, European, Chinese, Asian. You can embrace all sides of it,” Chan said at the Apex for Youth Gala on Wednesday.
6 inspiring young women fighting for clean water access around the world.
“Empowering women is critical to solving the water crisis.”
Congrats Tiger Woods! Total comeback after four back surgeries!
After four back surgeries and nearly a decade of struggles on and off the golf course, Woods is back at the pinnacle of his sport.
Oprah Winfrey donates $2 million for Puerto Rico recovery, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Oprah Winfrey is pitching in $2 million to help Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017.
What is “verbal blackface” and is AOC allowed to use it?
Her critics are misreading the linguistic reality of America’s big cities.
“So much reds and blues fighting each other, destroying America....”
Nipsey Hussle's death got me thinking... even though this time it wasn't gang related, all too often it is. Whether we're talking bloods vs crips or democrats vs republicans, red vs blue fights are escalating to the point of community destruction. If this keeps going, we're going to have NATIONAL self-destruction. What's wrong with all of us, and what are we doing to each another in America?? Peace and love to one another.
The film festival created by Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media promotes and supports diversity. 81% are directed by women and 68% are people of color at Bentonville Film Festival. #diversity #womeninfilm
The Bentonville Film Festival announced their lineup of gala selections and competition films which includes the world premieres of Joey Travolta’s Carol of the Bells, Haroula Rose’s On…
A 71-year-old grandmother walked miles to donate to cyclone survivors. Zimbabwe's richest man noticed
This grandmother walked 6 miles to bring her donations to flooding and cyclone victims... and gets rewarded by a billionaire from Zimbabwe.
Plaxedes Dilon is being praised across Zimbabwe after she walked several kilometers from the Harare capital, carrying clothing and household items she wanted to donate to cyclone survivors on her head to the Highlands Presbyterian Church.
A happy ending and the beginning of a new life for 8-year-old chess champion from Uganda.
The 8-year-old refugee who last week was thrilled to have a trophy suddenly has so much more.
He’s 8, a refugee from Uganda, lives in a homeless shelter and is a chess champion.
Overcoming life’s basic truth: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
How Muslims feel after mosque shooting in New Zealand.
These Muslims in the U.S. think the mosque shootings in Christchurch are connected with what's happening in their country.
The world mourns the mosque attack in New Zealand by a white supremacist.
Interfaith allies are pledging to stand with Muslims in words and actions after the Christchurch massacre.
Lilly Singh is NBC’s new late night host... from YouTube star to Carson Daly replacement.
The YouTube star will become the only queer woman of color hosting a late night show on a major network.
Raheem Sterling speaks out on racism in professional soccer, especially the Premier League.
The Manchester City forward discusses racism, the relentlessness of media stereotypes about black players and his decision to call out both after he was racially abused during a Premier League match in December.
Chadwick Boseman and Constance Wu presenting together was an #Oscars moment we won’t forget.
Seeing the stars of "Black Panther" and "Crazy Rich Asians" on stage together was a powerful moment for many.
What it was like to really tour as a musician in a segregated South...
Though the Oscar-nominated film focuses on its white savior, for black jazz artists in the 1950s and early ’60s, the road was filled with rejection and humiliation.
Congrats to cast and crew of Green Book for winning the "Best Picture" Oscar.
Road movie set in segregation-era deep south wins top Oscar prize despite controversies surrounding its director and writer
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