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PRESS ROOM: Chromatic Black™, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP Nextgen, Southern Black Girls, and Black Girls Do Bike Launch “I Am Fannie Lou Hamer” Campaign

NNPA NEWSWIRE — I Am Fannie is a celebration of Hamer’s life and legacy with a clear call to action – VOTE. The campaign includes get-out-the-vote events to register voters and mobilize a high voter turnout while promoting key issues like voting rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and health and well-being in the Black community. It kicks-off with a FREE, virtual screening of “FANNIE” featuring an artist talk-back on Sunday, October 30, at 7:30PM ET. 
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Campaign Kicks-Off Sunday, October 30, with Virtual Screening of FANNIE

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – chromatic black™, a 10,000+ collective of artists and activists dedicated to building cultural power and advancing justice for Black communities, alongside National Coalition on Black Civic Participation  NAACP NextGenSouthern Black Girls and Women, and Black Girls Do Bike, announced the launch of I Am Fannie Lou Hamer, a national GOTV campaign dedicated to honoring the grit, resolve and courage of Mississippi-born civil rights activist and freedom worker, Fannie Lou Hamer, one week prior to Election Day on November 8.

Inspired by chromatic black’s 2022 Bronze Lens award-winning live action short film, “FANNIE”, directed by award winning filmmaker, Chirstine Swanson starring Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis, I Am Fannie is a celebration of Hamer’s life and legacy with a clear call to action – VOTE. The campaign includes get-out-the-vote events to register voters and mobilize a high voter turnout while promoting key issues like voting rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and health and well-being in the Black community. It kicks-off with a FREE, virtual screening of “FANNIE” featuring an artist talk-back on Sunday, October 30, at 7:30PM ET.

“Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer serves as a Northstar for all of us who do freedom work,” said Abeni Bloodworth and Angela Harmon, co-founders of chromatic black™. “We’re thrilled to launch I Am Fannie Lou Hamer alongside our partners National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP NextGenSouthern Black Girls and Women, and Black Girls Do Bike to honor Fannie’s legacy by continuing to advance a participatory democracy. Let us channel Fannie’s resolve and grit in the midterm elections and cast our vote for smart and humane policy.”

The campaign includes a poignant tribute video featuring clips from the film and a message from Fannie’s daughter, Mississippi activist Jacqueline Hamer Flakes. In it she remarks, “Mama used to say, things are not gonna fall into your lap, you have to work for it. And that’s one thing she did; she worked really hard and no matter what she went through… The beating didn’t stop her. The doctor doing the hysterectomy unknowingly to her… didn’t stop her. Gas bombs being thrown at our house didn’t stop her. 16 bullets didn’t stop her.” In the spirit of this powerful reminder of what Fannie and the ancestors experienced, chromatic black and partners encourage all communities of color not to stop, and to head to the polls.

chromatic black™ produced the “FANNIE” short through its Ida B. Wells Fund, a signature initiative supporting artist-activists disrupting the master narrative through ground breaking and authentic storytelling. The organization is currently accepting applicants for the 2022 Fund. Filmmakers can submit applications through Friday, October 28, visual artists can submit applications through November 3, and creative placemakers can submit applications through December 1. Applicants can submit at idabwellsfund.com.

For more information on I Am Fannie Lou Hamer programs, or to request 1:1 interviews, please contact chromaticblack@sunshinesachs.com. For voter information, including how to find a polling place near you, visit chromaticblack.org/IAMFannieLouHamer.

About chromatic black™

chromatic black™ a Black female-led artist-activist collective and producer of the award-winning short FANNIE, starring Oscar-nominated actress Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) in the titular role.  chromatic black™ is powered by a collective of 10,000 artist-activists across a spectrum of creative disciplines.  chromatic black  works across film, television, live, and digital entertainment.  By amplifying futuristic perspectives on intergenerational healing and well-being, chromatic black™ seeks to introduce counter-narratives to the conventional perspectives that normally dominate the public common. 

About NAACP NEXTGEN Leadership

The NEXTGEN Leadership Program provides comprehensive leadership and advocacy training for young adults on a mission to become the next generation of civil rights leaders. Participants network with peers, establish strong leadership skills, and deepen their understanding of issues impacting the Black community. Successful graduates become boots on the ground in their communities and local NAACP branches, sustaining the fight for equality for all.

About Southern Black Girls and Women Consortium

The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is a network of hundreds of women-led organizations and Black women leaders across 13 states who take the initiative to provide for Black girls’ needs through funding or other supports. Southern Black Girls is a collective of activists, powered by four dynamic Black women-led funders, working to advance and invest in the movement for Black girls and women across Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (east), Virginia, and West Virginia.  

About National Coalition on Center for Black Civic Participation 

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a 501 (c) 3 non-partisan civic engagement organization that strives to cultivate institutional base-building capacity and intergenerational leadership models at the local, state and national levels. NCBCP is committed to nurturing a climate where new thinking, innovative and traditional strategies of empowerment are respected and freely expressed; and strategic partnerships and alliances are welcomed. By educating, motivating, organizing and mobilizing our communities, the NCBCP seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. Through technology, educational programs and civic leadership training, the Coalition works to expand, strengthen and empower Black communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.

Black Girls Do Bike 

With more than 100 Chapters from Anchorage AK to London UK, Black Girls Do Bike is translating bike power to people power.

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IN MEMORIAM International Soccer Icon Pelé Dies at 82

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves. 

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Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Pelé, the international star who was instrumental in three World Cup championships with Brazil across three decades and who energized U.S. soccer with the New York Cosmos in the 1970s, has died.

The 82-year-old legend had been hospitalized since November, and his doctors reported that Pelé’s cancer had advanced, requiring care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction.

He has been receiving regular treatment since doctors removed a tumor from his colon in 2021.

“Father. My strength is yours,” the international star’s son, Edinho, posted on social media.

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

He led the Brazilian national teams to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

In 1956, he joined the Santos Football Club, where he played inside left forward, winning nine São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup.

Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves.

“After the 1958 World Cup, Pelé was declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government to ward off large offers from European clubs and ensure that he would remain in Brazil,” Britannica researchers wrote.

On Nov. 19, 1969, in his 909th first-class match, he scored his 1,000th goal.

Pelé made his international debut in 1957 at age 16 and played his first game in the World Cup finals in Sweden the following year.

The Brazilian manager was initially hesitant to play his young star. But, according to Britannica, when Pelé finally reached the field, he had an immediate impact, rattling the post with one shot and collecting an assist.

He had a hat trick in the semifinal against France and two goals in the championship game, where Brazil defeated Sweden 5–2. At the 1962 World Cup finals, Pelé tore a thigh muscle in the second match and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.

Nonetheless, Brazil went on to claim its second World Cup title.

Researchers said rough play and injuries turned the 1966 World Cup into a disaster for Brazil and Pelé, as the team went out in the first round, and he contemplated retiring from World Cup play.

Returning in 1970 for one more World Cup tournament, he teamed with young stars Jairzinho and Rivelino to claim Brazil’s third title and permanent ownership of the Jules Rimet Trophy. Pelé finished his World Cup career, scoring 12 goals in 14 games.

Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a worldwide star.

His team Santos toured internationally to take full advantage of his popularity. For example, in 1967, he and his team traveled to Nigeria, where a 48-hour cease-fire in that nation’s civil war was called to allow all to watch the great player.

Pelé announced his retirement in 1974 but, in 1975, agreed to a three-year $7 million contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League and to promote the game in the United States. He retired after leading the Cosmos to the league championship in 1977.

Pelé was the recipient of the International Peace Award in 1978. In 1980 he was named Athlete of the Century by the French sports publication L’Equipe, and he received the same honor in 1999 from the International Olympic Committee. In 2014 the Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin: Avoid Burnout with These Simple Tips

THE AFRO — Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours. 
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msayles@afro.com

We’ve all heard the age-old saying that “hard work pays off.”  But, sometimes, working too hard can do more harm than good.

“Burnout” is a form of work-related stress in which an individual experiences physical, emotional or mental exhaustion caused by their job’s demands. It can also make workers feel distanced from their jobs and engender negative feelings about them, according to the World Health Organization.

Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours.

This makes it even more important for people to know the signs of burnout and the strategies to combat it.

Natasha Charles is the founder and CEO of Intuitive Coaching with Natasha Charles, a comprehensive life coaching and consulting firm. She created the business after gaining 20 years in senior administration roles.

Charles was motivated to open the firm in 2018 out of a desire to create a business focused on inspiring continuous improvement. There, she works with individuals and executives to create lives that they love and offers them personalized solutions to address critical work and business challenges.

“It’s really about thinking about you, the person, and all that you are,” Charles said. “People tend to be very focused on one aspect of their life, and a lot of times, it’s about their career, so it’s really about making space for all of your goals and all of your dreams.”

When someone experiences burnout, Charles said they could be actively doing their job while simultaneously worrying about their other responsibilities and priorities, whether personal or work-related. She also stressed that burnout can be experienced no matter what profession you are in and what you are being paid.

Aside from the physical and mental impacts of stress, burnout can impact finances if it causes an employee to take extended periods of time off or miss work, according to Charles. It can also reduce their productivity.

In the beginning of 2022, the term “quiet quitting” emerged, and for some, it’s being used as a method to avoid burnout. It involves individuals meeting the minimum requirements of their job descriptions, investing no extra time or effort than what is mandatory.

For Charles, quiet quitting is a signal that a person is not fulfilled by their job and may need to think about changing workplaces or careers.

“I get that people are not always able to up and quit, and it can take time to find what that next role is,” Charles said. “I would come from a space of encouraging the person to start thinking about what that is. What is it that you ultimately desire to be doing in your life and seeing your work?”

One of the most important steps in reducing and preventing burnout is educating yourself about the syndrome, so you can be aware of the warning signs, according to Charles. She also said it was crucial for employers to talk to their employees about it.

Awareness can help prevent the shame and guilt that comes with burnout and allow people to give themselves grace.

After a person has weighed whether they are experiencing burnout or not, they should think about how they want to confront it. This could include engaging in self-care, asking for extra support at work or home, and creating stronger boundaries between their personal and professional lives.

When burnout is impacting your performance, it’s time to consider making a career change, Charles said.

To ensure your work life does not invade your personal life, Charles said people need to assess the goals they have for all areas of their life. Once you’ve set goals, it’s easier to devise a plan and set the necessary boundaries to achieve them.

Charles also said it’s important to carve out time for yourself where you’re not constantly checking your phone or email for work reasons.

“There is life beyond your work. There is an entire world out there to be discovered,” Charles said. “There’s a world within us to be discovered as well, and I encourage everyone to invest in discovering those pieces.”

This article originally appeared in The Afro.

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Tory Lanez Found Guilty in Meg Thee Stallion Shooting 

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.
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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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Canadian rapper Tory Lanez faces more than 20 years in prison and deportation after a jury in Los Angeles found him guilty in the 2020 shooting of hip hop star Megan Thee Stallion.

Lane, 30, was found guilty of three felony counts, including assault with an unregistered semiautomatic weapon, carrying a loaded gun, and discharging a firearm in a vehicle with gross negligence.

The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.

The 27-year-old Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified that Lanez offered her hush money and didn’t care about her injuries and pain suffered because he shot her.

Lanez, who declined to testify, claimed there was another shooter, Pete’s friend who was also arguing with the hit maker as they drove home from a party.

“[Lanez] told me to dance,” Pete told the jury, adding that he also cursed at her following the shooting.

Sentencing for Lanez is scheduled for Jan. 27.

“You showed incredible courage and vulnerability with your testimony despite repeated and grotesque attacks that you did not deserve,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said, referring to Pete.

“You faced unjust and despicable scrutiny that no woman should ever face, and you have been an inspiration to others across LA County and the nation.”

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