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Michelle Obama earns Grammy Nomination; Former rapper launches competition for women and minority business owners

Published on November 24, 2019 10:24 AM EST
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RAPPER TURNED ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO FUND MINORITY/WOMEN RUN STARTUPS

Have you ever wanted to open your own a business but didn’t know where to start? Becoming an entrepreneur is no easy task, but it can be especially daunting for women and minorities. According to Forbes, investments in WMBEs are 80 percent lower than the median investment in businesses overall. Rapper turned entrepreneur Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki understands this struggle better than most, and has launched a new pitch competition to help minority and women owned business get off the ground.

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The pitch competition runs from now through December 6th, offering aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to present their business plans to a panel of judges. The contest was announced on Convoz, an social media app that Chamillionaire launched in 2018. Chamillionaire, along with Earl “E-40” Stevens, and the equity investing platform Republic, will award a $100,000 investment to the winner of this competition.

Michelle Obama

During a recent interview on CNBC Chamillionaire explained “being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but it’s even harder for minority and women-led companies.” This is what led him to launch this effort to help provide exposure and funding opportunities to minority owned businesses. In addition to his app, Chamillionaire has multiple investments of his own. He was an early investor in the rideshare company Lyft, among other now very successful startups.

HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM SET TO OPEN IN 2020

The blockbuster film Harriet has been a popular choice among audiences around the world since its release on November 1. The movie depicts the life and contributions of former slave turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Soon, history buffs and all others interested will get to learn more about this trailblazer with a new museum.

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ABC News reported this week that a historic home in New Jersey is being renovated and turned into a museum honoring Tubman’s life and history. With a June 2020 opening date set, the museum is said to include artifacts from the Underground Railroad. The Harriet Tubman Museum will be located next to Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May, a town where the abolitionist is said to have earned money as a hotel worker and cook.

Museum organizers say there are similar museums in Maryland, but what separates this one is the artifacts. Those in charge of this project say they’ve raised nearly $160,000 of the $500,000 needed for the exhibit to open.

FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION

Wednesday morning nominees for the 2020 Grammy Award were announced, and many on social media weighed in regarding the list of well-deserved honorees. From first-time nominees like Lizzo and Billie Eilish, to GRAMMY veterans like Ariana Grande, the list of nominees for 2020 created a lot of chatter on social media. One surprising nomination was former first lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama

Mrs. Obama was nominated in the best spoken word category for the audio version of her book Becoming. Since it’s November 2018 release this memoir has become a #1 Best Seller and has resulted in the former first lady conducting several international book tours in which she speaks to sold-out audiences about her book and life experiences.

Other nominees in the category include Eric Alexandrakis, John Waters, Sekou Andrews & The String Theory and the Beastie Boys. While this nomination may come as a surprise to some, it’s not the first GRAMMY nomination for Mrs. Obama. She was nominated in 2012 for the audio version of her book ‘American Grown’.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE LAUNCHES OPERATION SANTA TO MAKE HOLIDAYS HAPPEN FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

While it may be a little early to start discussing Christmas, the U.S. Postal service is making sure people have plenty of time to spread holiday cheer to families in need. Operation Santa is an effort to pair those looking to donate gifts, with children and families across the country. 

Each year the postal service invites individuals or businesses to adopt a family in need, by connecting them with a letter or gift list from a child who might not otherwise receive Christmas presents. Postal service representatives say some children write letters asking for toys and games, while others request necessities such as coats, gloves and hats.

2019 will be the 107th year of Operation Santa, it’s one of the most expansive programs of the U.S. Postal Service. On Monday, USPS took its gift-giving efforts digital, launching the operation online, for the first time across the U.S. Click here if you want to participate in Operation Santa.

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BOY RAISES HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS

Tyler Stallings comes from a family of service members. At just four years old when his mom showed him videos online to help her son understand what military members do, they repeatedly came across videos showing the struggles many face upon leaving the military. This inspired Stallings to find a way to help.

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Initially Stallings wanted to build houses for the vets by purchasing supplies from a hardware store. His mom contacted Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who gave the boy a $100 grant to get started. That single donation ballooned into a fundraising mission, and a slight shift in direction. Tyler came up with the idea for “Hero Bags,” which are packs filled with clothes, bath products, food and bedding, which he could pass out to homeless veterans.

Tyler joined the Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training and became an advocate to raise awareness about the struggles of veterans after their service is complete. Since becoming inspired four years ago, Tyler has helped to raise more than $50,000 to help homeless veterans through his donation page and other means.

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