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Meet the Founder of Fashion Brand Building Schools in Rural Africa – NASO

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*Uyi Omorogbe is the mastermind behind NASO, a Black-owned contemporary fashion brand that marries Western and African culture to create timeless, minimalist pieces accented with authentic textiles from Africa. Designed in New York City but made in Africa, the apparel line is perfect for the fashion-forward global citizen.

Uyi is a first-generation Nigerian-American who recently graduated from Colgate University where he was also a Division 1 Men’s soccer player.

As a social entrepreneur, he is using his company to invest in the future of Africa by building schools in rural villages and by manufacturing 100% of his products on the continent. The company’s first school was built in the rural Nigerian village of Urhokuosa where Uyi’s father grew up.

His mission is simple: to produce great products, create economic opportunities, and empower the youth of Africa to change their communities and in the process, the world.

Uyi comments, “When our customers wear our clothing, we want them to have a feeling of empowerment, a feeling that makes them think, ‘Well done’ or as we say in Nigeria, ‘NASO.'”

Just recently, Uyi and his company partnered with Banana Republic for a four-day pop-up shop in their flagship store in Manhattan, New York City (Rockefeller Center).

Learn more about the brand at www.shopnaso.com

Also, follow NASO on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s All About H.E.R. Music / WATCH

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*H.E.R. is a soulful R&B singer, who plays electric guitar with the style of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.  Yet, she has her own style of singing and her own manner of playing the guitar.

While it is more common to see female singing recording artists playing piano during their performances, it’s a bit more of a rarity to see the combination of a female singer-electric guitarist, especially one that has designed a Fender Stratocaster for the iconic guitar maker.  In essence, she is the first Black woman to have her own signature Strat, which she showcased when she appeared on “Saturday Night Live” this past October (2020).

As the show’s musical guest, H.E.R. performed her new single “Damage” and debuted “Hold On.”

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During the two-time Grammy-winner’s extraordinary vocal showcase on “SNL”, it was difficult to miss her guitar brilliance and even harder to miss the uniquely designed guitar she was playing.

“The H.E.R. Stratocaster makes a statement as bold as the artist who inspired it,” said a Fender company executive.

“I’ve looked up to a lot of guitar players, but there haven’t been many Black female artists who have been in this position and have been able to represent Black women,” H.E.R. said. “The goal is to inspire with this guitar.”

H.E.R. adds that the idea of what’s she is doing as a guitarist goes beyond inspiration, as she wants to leave a legacy.

“The legacy I want to leave is just to inspire and pass the torch on to the next girls who want to kill it on the guitar,” said H.E.R.

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Lakers Re-sign LeBron James and Anthony Davis / VIDEO

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*Los Angeles Lakers fans are too thrilled these days because the chances of winning another championship in 2021 just got better. If you haven’t heard, the team announced on Thursday that they have officially re-signed both LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

First up was James’ deal.  He inked a two-year, $85 million contract through the 2022-23 season on Wednesday. The extension will take him into his age 39/40 season, but because he’s LeBron James his age doesn’t matter. He’s still performing at an extremely high level.

“LeBron James is a transcendent basketball player and human being,” said vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka in a press release. “LeBron put his trust in the Lakers in 2018, and now this contract extension paves the way for LeBron to further solidify his legacy as an all-time Lakers great. We could not be more honored by this commitment.”

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Now, let’s talk about AD, Anthony Davis. He was a free agent this off-season, but he signed his new deal with the Lakers only hours after James on Thursday morning, opting for a five-year contract worth up to $190 million. Many thought the 27-year-old would sign for two years with a player option for the third season, as that would have given him the most flexibility possible and allowed him to re-enter the market for his next deal having just met the criteria (10 years of service) to earn up to 35 per cent of the cap, reports Sportsnet.

“In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players,” Pelinka said of the big man. “Now, Lakers fans get to watch AD continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”

With these deals done, it appears that both players expect to play a good deal (or most) of their respective careers with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Already Tiny Group of 4 Black Fortune 500 CEOs Loses A Member

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*When 2020 began, there were four African American Fortune 500 CEOs.  When the year ends, there will be three.

Jide Zeitlin stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Tapestry, the fashion holding company that owns Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.  When Zeitlin stepped down this past summer,  he cited “personal reasons.”  He was appointed CEO of Tapestry in September of 2019.  He was a previous member of Tapestry’s board of directors since 2006, serving as chairman of the board since 2014.

After Zeitlin left his top-level executive position, only three other Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are left.  They are Kenneth Frazier of Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company; Marvin Ellison of Lowe’s, one of the nation’s leading hardware chains; and Roger Ferguson, Jr. of TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America), a major company that helps participants invest in equities to diversify retirement funds.

Frazier was appointed to Merck & Co. in 2011, but has been with the company since 1992, holding several executive positions.  Ellison of Lowe’s was appointed CEO in 2018.

According to “Business Insider,” Ellison began his career as a part-time security guard at Target in Memphis, making $4.35 an hour.  For the next 15 years, he rose through the ranks before being hired at Home Depot in 2002, where he later became executive vice president of U.S. stores.  Before becoming CEO of Lowe’s in 2018, he was CEO of JC Penney.

Ferguson of TIAA has been CEO of the giant company since 2008.  Prior to his current position, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System, and associate and partner at the elite law firm of McKinsey and Company.

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Marvin Ellison – Getty

A decade ago there were seven Black Fortune 500 CEOs.  According to “Business Insider,” there have only been two Black women to hold a CEO position at a Fortune 500 company:  Ursula Burns, Xerox (2009 – 2016) and Mary Winston, Bed Bath & Beyond (Interim CEO, May – November 2019).

According to Fortune Media IP Limited, there have only been 18 Black CEOs to head Fortune 500 companies since 1999, where the highwater mark of six African Americans held the position in 2012.

 

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