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‘Me Too’ Founder Tarana Burke Inks Production Deal With CBS Studios

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The movement toward more inclusive content continues after CBS Studios entered into a new overall deal with ‘Me Too’ Founder Tarana Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano.

CBS Studios announced the new deal with Burke and Marcano’s Field/House Productions on Tuesday, Deadline reports. Through the partnership, Marcano and the racial justice and gender equality advocate will develop scripted, unscripted, and documentary content for networks and streaming platforms across the CBS ecosystem.

“In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out,” said President of CBS Studios David Stapf. “Their drive and leadership as stewards of change brings a powerful and distinct voice to advancing stories of inclusion and impact. They are clearly magnets for many whose voices need to be heard and we’re excited to work alongside them in this new venture.”

Burke shared her excitement to team up with CBS Studios as the company moves in a more inclusive direction. “Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work,” said Burke. “Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices.”

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“We’re thrilled to be building a powerful vehicle for inclusive stories with CBS Studios,” added Marcano. “Our goal has always been to create a pipeline of culturally progressive programming with our diverse network of creatives and storytellers. We look forward to working with the team at CBS Studios as these stories find their homes across the media ecosystem.”

CBS Studios’ new partnership comes after they recently entered a multiyear partnership with the NAACP to produce content that offers more diverse and inclusive content while elevating projects created by diverse talent. CBS has also pledged a minimum of 25% of its future projects to be created or co-created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The company also promised to diversify its writers’ rooms to include a minimum of 40% BIPOC staff starting in the 2021-2022 season, and increase to 50% for the 2022-2023 season.


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Infographic: 6 Reasons You Should Leave Early

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Leaving work on time is much more than a whim or an act of rebellion: it is a premise for our physical and emotional well-being.

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.


A new day begins. As soon as we got to the office, we decided, “today I WILL get out of work on time.” But as the day progresses, the earrings accumulate; the dreaded bombings arise and the purpose of going home early becomes increasingly unattainable. And well, this happens practically every day.

Leaving the office on time is much more than a whim or an act of rebellion: it is a premise for our physical and emotional well-being, and although it may not seem like it, also for the benefit of our own work.

We leave you six compelling reasons to leave the office on time.

(With information from Paulina Santibáñez and infographic from Andrés Gras)

Do you agree with this premise?

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Meet the New Jersey Woman Who Owns Over $200 Million in Real Estate and Several IHOP Franchises

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New Jersey entrepreneur Adenah Bayou has built her American dream by acquiring a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio and restaurant ventures.

Bayou came to the United States at the age of 13. She escaped the civil war in Liberia and set out on a mission to create a better life for herself. She’s exceeded expectations, becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in New Jersey.

“For me, passion is a key ingredient for success in business,” Bayou shared in an interview with Black Enterprise. “I am also a very hard worker, and once I make up my mind to do something, I immerse myself in it and figure out how to succeed. Also, having gone through so much in my life, I understand the value of taking a risk, and I am not afraid to take risks.”

From Banking to Real Estate Entrepreneur in New Jersey

After graduating from college, Bayou started her career in banking and climbed the corporate ladder. However, she knew there would be limitations to her success as a Black woman. Therefore, she transitioned to entrepreneurship to pave her own path.

While working at the bank, she purchased her first home as an investment property. She leveraged the success of her first investment to expand her real state portfolio with more properties and larger sites.

After mastering the process of buying, selling, and renting properties, Bayou transitioned into real estate development. In 2012, she entered a partnership to transform the former Irvington General Hospital site into a residential and retail community.

“Real estate development was a natural progression, especially given my interest in economic development,” says Bayou. “I saw urban redevelopment as a vehicle to assist in the economic revitalization of my community on a larger scale.”

According to Shoppe Black, Bayou has now amassed a $220  million real estate development portfolio of commercial and residential properties in New Jersey.

Breaking into the Restaurant Industry

Bayou used the profits generated from her real estate ventures to fund her goals of opening an IHOP in New Jersey. At 27, she became one of the youngest IHOP franchisees in the United States. By 2010, her IHOP franchise was one of the most profitable in the Northeast.

Now, Bayou owns and operates multiple IHOP franchises all over New Jersey. Her success has led her to become one of the largest employers in her Township.

“One of the programs I want to do is invite women, particularly Black women, into the franchise process,” says Bayou. “The way you deliver change in a community is by giving people access to economic opportunity.”

In 2017, Bayou decided to expand her footprint in the restaurant industry. She teamed up with a friend and opened her own restaurant, Cornbread, in Maplewood, New Jersey. In 2019, she partnered with Walmart to expand her signature line of restaurants to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with locations in Walmart stores in West Mifflin, Greensburg, and Tarentum.

Success in Real Estate, Restaurants, and Life

Bayou’s extraordinary accomplishments have landed her many distinguished opportunities and awards. In 2015, she was appointed to the Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture for the Federal Reserve Bank of New Yor. She was also named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list. In 2019, the National Restaurant Association presented Bayou with the Face of Diversity Award.

For those who have a business idea or want to turn their goals into reality, Bayou offers these words of wisdom: “There is no right time to start anything. Start now, don’t quit, and know your “why.” There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. But you have to keep walking. Rome wasn’t built in one day, but they were working every day.”

Join Black Enterprise for its inaugural Wealth Building & Real Estate Summit (A Virtual Experience) on April 22, 2021. Register here.

 


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DMX To Be Honored During Opening of Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx

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The Universal Hip Hop Museum plans to honor late rapper DMX when the museum opens. Paradise Gray, Chief Curator and Hip-Hop historian, described DMX as a talented musician, poet, and actor. The museum curators will capture the essence of the artist’s work within the four walls of the museum.

“If Tupac was the heart of hip-hop, DMX was the soul. DMX was that realness, that grittiness, he didn’t create the grittiness of DMX to rap. That’s who he was,” said Gray in a video shared by Bronx News12.

Universal Hip Hop Museum Honors DMX

According to sources, the Universal Hip Hop Museum will open to the public in 2022 or 2021. Construction is underway to make this museum a reflection of what hip-hop represents and the individuals who have paved the way for others in the industry.

Kurtis Blow serves as the chairman of the board of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum. He’s known as one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop, making his way on the biggest stages around the United States since 1979. According to his website, Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to sign a deal with a major label. His story will be featured in the Universal Hip Hop Museum along with DMX.

“There are a lot of untold stories, human interest stories that will be in the museum,” Kurtis Blow shared on the museum’s website. “It is just going to be an awesome, awesome piece of history for this culture.”

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will create an archival collection honoring late rapper DMX. The platinum-selling artist is known for many hits, including “Get at Me Dog” and “Party Up (Up in Here).” DMX also starred alongside Aaliyah in the 2000 film, Romeo Must Die.

“Not only just my legacy being in a brick-and-mortar location where everyone in the world can come and see, but a lot of guys like me,” Kurtis Blow shared as he discussed the importance of preserving the hip-hop culture and experience through the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

Remembering Legendary Rapper DMX

The family of DMX announced his passing on Friday, April 9th at White Plains Hospital In New York. DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, was 50 years old.

“He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” a statement from the family, released to TMZ, read. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

DMX has inspired many with his music and his words.

“I don’t need to have a goal in mind. I just need to have a purpose,” DMX shared with GQ in 2019. “And I don’t even know that purpose, because God has given me that purpose since before I was in the womb, so I’m going to fulfill that purpose…whether I want to or not, whether I know it or not, because the story has already been written. If you appreciate the good, then you have to accept the bad.”

 


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