What's On Today - Wednesday

Harvard University To Honor Queen Latifah

Rapper and actress Queen Latifah has cemented herself as a legend in the entertainment industry. She has empowered individuals through her lyricism and the roles she brought to life in film and television projects have left many inspired. The Newark native—whose real name is Dana Owens—will be honored by Harvard University for her contributions to Black culture, CBS News reported.

The Massachusetts-based Ivy League school will give Owens the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal. The award is bestowed upon influential trailblazers from different industries who have made major contributions towards pushing Black culture forward. “The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal is Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies. It is awarded to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind,” read the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research’s website. [Read more]

Building Our Future, KMOJ 2019 RadioThon, October 20-26th

You’re amazing!! I’m talking about our incredible KMOJ listeners!KMOJ’s Building Our Future RadioThon doesn’t start until October 20th and the community is already sending in contributions. Thank you, Mark, Piyato, Abuja, Jacob, Les, Rachel and so many more with your generosity and support of our work at KMOJ. Throughout our drive, you can donate online at KMOJFM.com/wp/donate/; call-in your contribution to 612-377-0594 or stop by during regular business hours with your tax-deductible gift. Your contribution helps us to train the next generation of broadcasters; giving our community a voice and continue improving our technology to keep pace with how you listen to us. Thank you!! [Read more]

12-Year-Old Flint Activist Raises Over $130K For Water Filtration Systems

12-year-old activist Amariyanna Copeny—dubbed Little Miss Flint⁠—is furthering her efforts to address the water crisis in her city. According to Atlanta Black Star, Copeny teamed up with a water filtration company to make clean water accessible within her community.

Copeny spearheaded a fundraising campaign to bring clean and safe water to Flint and other places impacted by contaminated water. The funds will go towards creating a long-term sustainable solution to the water crisis by bringing state-of-the-art water filters to underserved communities. The implementation of the water filters would give individuals the ability to have safe running water within their households instead of spending long periods of time waiting in line to get donated bottles of water. It would also curb plastic waste. Over $130,000 has been raised towards her $150,000 goal. Copeny is partnering with the company Hydroviv which designs and builds custom water filters. [Read more]

Entrepreneur Launches Coupon Platform To Support Black-Owned Businesses

According to a report conducted by Nielsen, Black buying power is estimated to be $1.2 trillion and there are several entrepreneurs on a mission to ensure that those dollars are being circulated within the African American community. Danielle McGee created the website Black Business Boom as an avenue to connect consumers to Black-owned businesses throughout the country, the Chicago Defender reported.

Similar to the websites Groupon and Living Social, McGee’s platform features coupons for nearly 400 small Black-owned businesses. Both the website and app encompass a wide variety of products and services that span from beauty to auto. The platform also provides users with information about events and promotions from Black-owned businesses and features location-based advertising. Black Business Boom was developed to highlight businesses and build a solid foundation for customer loyalty. [Read more]

Former NFL Player DeAngelo Williams Funds 500 Mammograms

Former NFL player DeAngelo Williams has turned the pain of losing his mother to breast cancer into something positive. According to Today, the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back has funded mammograms for 500 women over the past five years.

For Williams the initiative—which was organized by the DeAngelo Williams Foundation—was personal. The disease is something that has devastatingly impacted his family. His mother Sandra Hill succumbed to her battle with breast cancer 13 years ago and four of his aunts passed away from the disease as well. In honor of his mother—who died when she was 53—he decided to launch a campaign dubbed “53 Strong for Sandra” where he hosted mammogram screening events for 53 women in North Carolina who didn’t have adequate insurance coverage. [Read more]

Diggs has big day in Vikings’ win over Eagles

By Ray Richardson

Through the first four weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season, and perhaps the early stages of training camp when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team would be shifting to a run-oriented offense, wide receiver Stefon Diggs was not happy with the forecast of a reduced role.

Diggs protested two weeks ago, skipping meetings and practices and fueling trade rumors. Vikings management fined the Pro Bowl receiver a reported $200,000 and promised him things would get better if he remained patient, and more importantly, continued to be a team player. [Read more]

Frey Says Campaign Should Pay

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he will be pushing President Trump’s campaign to pay the costs associated with its upcoming rally.  Campaign officials say they’ve reached an agreement with the venue operator and won’t pay anything extra.  The City was looking for 530 thousand dollars from the campaign. The Trump campaign had threatened to sue the city after the operators of the Target Center threatened to cancel its contract for the event if the campaign didn’t agree to reimburse Minneapolis for security and logistics costs.  The Target Center backed off on its request and the rally will go ahead as scheduled. [Read more]

Mayor Frey Says Campaign Should Pay

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he will be pushing President Trump’s campaign to pay the costs associated with its upcoming rally.  Campaign officials say they’ve reached an agreement with the venue operator and won’t pay anything extra.  The City was looking for 530 thousand dollars from the campaign. The Trump campaign had threatened to sue the city after the operators of the Target Center threatened to cancel its contract for the event if the campaign didn’t agree to reimburse Minneapolis for security and logistics costs.  The Target Center backed off on its request and the rally will go ahead as scheduled. [Read more]