Message from The NBL Top 100 President on the Current State of America
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Stay Well Leola is the newest Black-owned innovative health and wellness medical products and services company launched in partnership with We Gotcha Back Company, headquartered in Culver City, CA, and warehoused in Atlanta, GA. Since the virus is still spreading during this pandemic time, there is still a need for essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by healthcare providers, first responders, as well as communities and protesters now!

 Leola Wiley Williams, a 33-year old retired nurse and U.S. Marine Corp veteran who is president of the company, has partnered with Glen Gorden, a disabled Vietnam Era Army veteran and founder of We Gotcha Back. Both agree that they can’t just sit idly by and watch Black communities and others succumb to COVID-19. They believe that their business, as a full medical supply company that provides a variety of medical supplies and products, will significantly help solve the problem.

 Health disparities plus negative climate have brought about a disservice to underserved communities, which has caused pain, suffering, and death among, particularly Black families during this unprecedented time. As a result, Glenn has invented an FDA-approved lumbar compression support belt that is assisting with the manufacturing aspect of the company.

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When Sekou Kaalund started a job as a 22-year-old in New York, rent was so expensive that he contemplated ending his 401(k) savings enrollment plan so he could get more in his paycheck.

He was advised not to make the move, told that the company was matching his contributions and that it would be worth the investment. He took the advice. "Seventeen years later, that nuanced decision has probably quadrupled the investment," Kaalund said.

 Those kinds of financial lessons and more are being offered to recent graduates of historically black colleges through the Advancing Black Pathways Career Readiness Series, an online program launched by JPMorgan Chase for recent graduates of historically Black colleges and young professionals of color.

"The goal is to uplift young African Americans, get them ahead of the curve as it relates to jobs, careers and finances," said Kaalund, the head of Black Pathways.

The coronavirus canceled college graduations and crushed the economy, limiting job opportunities for new candidates seeking to enter the workforce. The program is aimed at providing information that betters their chances when they get virtual interviews, as well as helps them learn financial responsibility, interview for jobs and more.

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Netflix announced Tuesday it will start putting 2% of its cash holdings into financial institutions and organizations to “directly support Black communities in the U.S.”

The video streaming giant said in a blog post that its initial commitment will be as much as $100 million.

In the first step in allocating that money, $25 million will be moved to a new fund called the Black Economic Development Initiative, investing in “Black financial institutions serving low and moderate-income communities and Black community development corporations in the U.S.,” the company said.

It said $10 million will go to Hope Credit Union to fuel economic opportunity in underserved communities across the Deep South.

“Over the next two years, HOPE estimates the Netflix deposit will support financing to more than 2,500 entrepreneurs, homebuyers and consumers of color,” the company said.

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In 1951, a young woman from Hampton, Virginia joined the racially-segregated computing pool at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics – the agency that later became NASA. 70 years later, amid growing unrest over racial inequality and at the end of a historic month for American crewed spaceflight, NASA renamed its headquarters building in her honor. As of June 24, the Washington, D.C. building which houses the space agency’s leadership is officially the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters.

“NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement to the press. “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space.”

When Jackson (born Mary Winston) joined NACA in 1951, the agency’s Langley Research Center was segregated along strict racial lines. The black women of the West Area Computing Unit worked under the leadership of Dorothy Vaughan in a separate building from the white women of the east section, who had the same job titles and qualifications and did the same work.

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