CNN: Magic Johnson will provide $100 million to fund loans to minority-owned businesses. “Magic Johnson may no longer be playing in the NBA, but the Hall of Fame member is still making valuable assists. Johnson announced that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., of which he owns a majority, is providing $100 million in capital to fund federal loans for minority and women business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Black Enterprise: Former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Donates $1 Million to Preserve an Oral Archive of Black History. “In honor of the preservation and legacy of black excellence, Ursula Burns, the first black woman to serve as CEO of a Fortune 500 company, donated $1 million to The HistoryMakers, a video oral history archive that collects the stories of extraordinary African Americans.”
Inside Indiana Business: Madam Walker Collection Digitized, Preserved. “The Indianapolis Historical Society has completed a 12-month-long project to digitize 40,000 historical papers and photographs associated with Indianapolis entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker. Madam Walker’s beauty products empire made her one of the wealthiest women of the early 1900s.”
Backstage: How This VO Actor Is Helping Connect African American Talent With More Opportunities. “Over the years building his voiceover business, Bryan [J. Howard] recognized the need for a go-to source where casting directors could find professional African American voice actors and founded the African-American Voice Actor Database. I spoke with Bryan about creating the database, how his music career influences his voiceover work, and more.”
1888PressRelease: New Website to Find Black Owned Eateries in Every Town (PRESS RELEASE). “Supporting minority owned businesses is very important for the economy. Finding these businesses is not always an easy task. That was the driving force for Edward Dillard to create Eat Black Owned. He set out to design a website for visitors to easily find black owned restaurants, cafes, diners, and bakeries.” I checked a 20-mile radius of my town, and it found several businesses but I know there are others it missed. Obviously a work in progress but enough there to make it worth a visit.