Evening Briefing - January 13, 2021

SECTOR NEWS

JBL Teams With Culture Creators on HBCU Mentor Program

JBL/HARMAN, in collaboration with the Black-owned agency Culture Creators, is launching JBL Campus SoundSessions. The new mentorship program will focus on expanding opportunities for minority college students aspiring to build careers in music production, marketing, business, technology or engineering. The chosen students will also be given a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship toward their education. (Courtesy: Billboard)

With a $2 Million Gift, Spelman Will Launch the First-Ever HBCU Queer Studies Chair in Honor of Audre Lorde

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid,” wrote activist, poet, author and feminist icon Audre Lorde, who in life and legacy has become a beacon for subsequent generations on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. Now, Lorde’s legacy will be further cemented at Spelman College, the esteemed HBCU and global leader in the liberal arts education of Black women, which announced on Tuesday it has raised funds for the first-ever Queer Studies chair at a historically Black college or university, to be granted in Lorde’s name. (Courtesy: The Root)

Evil Geniuses Partner With Cxmmunity to Spread Esports in HBCU’s

Minorities do not see enough representation in esports; that’s just a fact. We’ve talked before about HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) and their lack of esports. A few organizations have come to help, and Evil Geniuses is no exception. Now, Evil Geniuses has teamed up with Cxmmunity to create a relationship with these HBCUs and spread esports to these universities. You absolutely love to see it. (Courtesy: eSports Talk)

'It's unacceptable:' Deion Sanders rants about uneven playing field at Jackson State, HBCUs

Deion Sanders isn't in the NFL anymore. He's not even at Florida State anymore. He's in the SWAC, where he's discovering that all football programs are not created equal.

Sanders addressed the media at SWAC Media Days Wednesday for the first time as Jackson State's football coach. The NFL and college football Hall of Famer was asked about his first impressions about coaching in the SWAC at a historically black university, and Sanders said the big adjustment is realizing that Jackson State doesn't have the resources the major power players in college football do. (Courtesy: Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

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