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Asian Former Mount Holyoke Professor Pleads Guilty to Torturing Black Colleague With a Fire Poker | Black Enterprise |
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Asian Former Mount Holyoke Professor Pleads Guilty to Torturing Black Colleague With a Fire Poker | Black Enterprise |

Former Mount Holyoke Professor Rie Hachiyanagi has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for the 2019 attack of her work colleague Lauret Savoy. On Wednesday, Hachiyanagi was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in Massachusetts state prison for torturing Savoy for hours due to her co-worker not sharing the same romantic feelings that she had for her, People reports. The sentence came five days after Hachiyanagi changed her plea to guilty for the attack. On Friday, October 15 Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew Thomas outlined the disturbing details of the case to Judge Francis Flannery in a change of plea hearing, WWLP reports. It was on December 23, 2019, when Hachiyanagi knocked on Savoy’s door under the guise that she wanted to console Savoy after a breakup. However, once...
Ex-Minneapolis Cop Has Murder Conviction Reversed, Raising Concerns About Derek Chauvin | Black Enterprise |
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Ex-Minneapolis Cop Has Murder Conviction Reversed, Raising Concerns About Derek Chauvin | Black Enterprise |

A former Minneapolis cop convicted of murder may regain his freedom sooner than expected, raising concerns the same may happen to Derek Chauvin. Last week, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was convicted of third-degree murder for the slaying of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July 2017 and sentenced to 12-1/2 years behind bars, had the charge tossed by the state Supreme Court. Damond, an Australian-American citizen, called the cops to report what she thought was a rape. When the police showed up, Damond ran to the officers’ police cruiser, which surprised Noor, who reacted by shooting her in the stomach and killing her. According to the NBC, the former Minneapolis cop was re-sentenced to five years in prison and has already served 29 months, making him eligible for early rel...
Clutching Our 20 Pearls! AKA Member Calls Out Issa Rae For Including Official Logo on ‘Insecure’ | Black Enterprise |
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Clutching Our 20 Pearls! AKA Member Calls Out Issa Rae For Including Official Logo on ‘Insecure’ | Black Enterprise |

Unless you worked for your letters, you can’t wear the crest! At least that’s what some members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. feel after seeing Amanda Seales dripping in AKA paraphernalia in the Insecure season 5 premiere. The first episode of the final season of Insecure premiered on HBO on Sunday, and many members of the Divine Nine couldn’t help but notice how Seales’ character Tiffany DuBois was decked out in pink and green and actual AKA gear. DuBois is a fictional character who is an alum of Stanford University and a proud AKA. Throughout the show’s previous seasons, it was no secret that DuBois was an AKA. However, costume designers made sure to avoid putting the character in actual AKA para since she’s not a real soror. In the season 5 premiere, DuBois went all out with the ...
Claudette Colvin Came Months Before Rosa Parks; Now She Wants Her Record Expunged | Black Enterprise |
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Claudette Colvin Came Months Before Rosa Parks; Now She Wants Her Record Expunged | Black Enterprise |

Several months before Rosa Parks became one of the faces of the modern Civil Rights movement, Claudette Colvin refused to move to the back of a segregated bus in Alabama. Colvin, who was 15 at the time, was convicted of assaulting a police officer and placed on probation. However, she has never received notice that her term was finished. Now 82, Colvin is asking a Montgomery court to expunge and erase her record, which her lawyer said has cast a shadow over the life of an unsung Civil Rights figure. “I am an old woman now. Having my records expunged will mean something to my grandchildren and great grandchildren. And it will mean something for other Black children,” Colvin said in a sworn statement according to NBC News. Colvin’s attorney Phillip Ensler said Colvin’s statement will be fil...
Megan Thee Stallion Announces Upcoming Graduation From College | Black Enterprise |
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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Upcoming Graduation From College | Black Enterprise |

After balancing part-time college courses with the busiest period of her career, rapper Megan Thee Stallion is set to graduate from Texas Southern University in December. The Houston native shared the news with fans on Instagram yesterday along with a selfie in her graduation outfit. After taking a brief hiatus, Megan returned to Texas Southern in 2019 to complete a degree in health administration. Her re-enrollment came months after the release of Tina Snow, the mixtape that kicked off her meteoric rise. Her educational pursuit is inspired by her mother, Holly Thomas, and her grandmother, who both passed away in March 2019. According to Pitchfork, when Thomas—a former rapper herself—discovered her daughter’s talent, she made it a requirement that Megan could pursue a music career only wh...
Floyd Mayweather Caught on Video Rejecting Male Fan’s Picture Request Because his Fingernails Were Painted | Black Enterprise |
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Floyd Mayweather Caught on Video Rejecting Male Fan’s Picture Request Because his Fingernails Were Painted | Black Enterprise |

Over the weekend, retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather left his guard down, so to speak. According to TMZ Sports, the undefeated boxing champion was seen on a mobile phone video clip rejecting a teenage boy’s request to take a photo with him and stated that it’s because the fan had his fingernails painted. Mayweather, along with his bodyguards, attended the Los Angeles Clippers versus Memphis Grizzlies basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday. After the contest, a teenage boy approached Mayweather and to see if he could get a shot with the retired boxer. In the clip, Mayweather rejects his request as his bodyguards move in to prevent the boy from accessing him. You can hear Mayweather say “You got painted nails, I don’t take pictures with guys with no painted nails.” The interac...
Black Enterprise Boardroom Power 2021: Pandemic Spurs Corporate Governance Progress But Challenges Remain | Black Enterprise |
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Black Enterprise Boardroom Power 2021: Pandemic Spurs Corporate Governance Progress But Challenges Remain | Black Enterprise |

Get ready for more Black power in the boardrooms of corporate America. Welcome to the 2021 B.E. Registry of Corporate Directors. Based on our editorial research team’s six-month analysis of Black board representation and participation at the nation’s largest publicly traded corporations, BLACK ENTERPRISE has once again produced our exclusive “Power in the Boardroom” report – the eighth such review over nine years. (BLACK ENTERPRISE did not publish its report and listing in 2020.)  As part of our proprietary process, our editors evaluated the entire universe of the S&P 500 to gain a complete and comprehensive picture of corporate diversity and inclusion at the highest level. Check out these groundbreaking statistics that confirm this news: Among the S&P 500, there were 425 Black co...
Recent College Grad Scammed Out of $3,500 After Receiving Fake Bank of America Text | Black Enterprise |
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Recent College Grad Scammed Out of $3,500 After Receiving Fake Bank of America Text | Black Enterprise |

Like scores of Americans, Miyana Evans was prey to an unsuspecting financial scam. After getting a text from what seemed to be Bank of America, she then got a call right away and was told her account possibly had been put in jeopardy. The phone caller told Evans that a $3,500 transfer from her Bank of America account to an unknown Zelle account was “pending,” and to keep her money safe, she needed to “reverse” the transaction by sending the money back to herself, using a new Zelle account. “They were like, ‘we can stop it if you act now,’” she told  NBC. “I’m like, ‘OK, let’s get this done.’” The money she transferred to keep “safe” was stolen by a scammer, not Bank of America. Zelle is not saying what happened. A recent college grad, Evans was demolished. “I couldn’t even enjoy being a ...
Foot Locker Makes $200 Million Pledge to Empower the Black Community | Black Enterprise |
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Foot Locker Makes $200 Million Pledge to Empower the Black Community | Black Enterprise |

The sneaker industry has grown into a $70 billion business that has benefitted greatly from big-dollar contributions from Black consumers. Much of that disbursement came last year amid COVID-19 and racial inequalities that financially hurt much of the Black community and curtailed spending capability for many of those individuals. To help offset those draining forces, Foot Locker Inc. Executive Patrick Walsh, also a strategist and adviser to the global company, is stepping up. He also oversees managing and driving impact for Foot Locker Inc.’s Leading Education & Economic Development (LEED) initiative. That effort announced last June is creating a $200 million commitment to support the Black community over the next five years. In a fresh interview with Rolling Out, Walsh reflected on ...
Meet ‘The Unfit Christian’ Who’s Helping Christians Decolonize Their Faith | Black Enterprise |
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Meet ‘The Unfit Christian’ Who’s Helping Christians Decolonize Their Faith | Black Enterprise |

The Unfit Christian is a digital platform expressing the voice of progressive millennials of faith. The pastor behind it all, “Passuh” D. Danyelle Thomas, encourages her followers to “decolonize your faith” and practice it in their own way.  Thomas has amassed over 20,000 followers on Instagram and 16,000 on Facebook with her sermons challenging traditional views on topics such as religion, church, gender, class, sexuality, and race. This non-traditional digital church is also a space for believers of all kinds—including those who’ve felt unembraced in church because of their identity or experienced “church hurt.” “When I started, my whole thing was I wanted everybody to know that there was room at the cross for all of us, no matter how different our approach to God is,” Thomas told Madam...