Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
California Community Foundation has launched IamBLOOM (www.iambloom.com), a new website and online community, as part of a strategic initiative to create a viable pathway to better educational and job opportunities for Black male youth who have been involved with the probation system. BLOOM’s spokesperson, Larenz Tate, has taken a great interest in the well being of Black male youth and continues to be a voice for these marginalized youngsters. IamBLOOM features the profiles of the Black youth who are turning their lives around, as well as opportunities for companies, government agencies, charitable foundations, service organizations and concerned individuals to provide much-needed support. BLOOM seeks to create jobs and educational opportunities for at least 2,000 young Black men, ages 14-18, by 2017.
Essence, the magazine for African American women, continues its commitment to recognizing excellence and achievement during its fourth annual Essence Black Women in Music event on Feb. 6, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only, red-carpet Grammy-week event will highlight the contributions of Black women in music, with a special salute to what’s current, what’s new and what’s next. Hosted by global, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland and Essence editor-at-large Emil Wilbekin, the 2013 event will shine a spotlight on artists Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles, who will each perform live as part of the celebration.