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Owner Don Pooh and 'Power' star Mary J. Blige attend the opening of Brooklyn Chop House in Times Square (253 W 47th St.) on Monday, April 25.

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Celebrities on hand for the private Black Tie Celebration included DJ Clark Kent (left), DJ D Nice (right), Fat Joe, Joe Budden, Shyne, Angie Martinez, Styles P, Mayor Eric Adams, and more.

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Owner Don Pooh (left) posed with the music industry's finest, including Fat Joe (center), and Shyne (right) at the opening of Brooklyn Chop House Times Square.

Owners Don Pooh, Robert Cummins, and Dave Thomas brought everyone together who supported Brooklyn Chop House throughout the years. The restaurant is aiding in the economic recovery of Times Square, NYC.

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The black tie event was sponsored by Hennessy.

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Atlanta entrepreneur Pinky Cole graces the cover of Essence Magazine's January/February 2022 issue.

The gorgeous cover photo and article were just released, and includes the announcement that famed entrepreneur Derrick Hayes is the father of Pinky's baby girl

Pinky, the visionary and CEO behind the Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan restaurant empire, just announced her upcoming cookbook "Eat Plants, B*tch" via Simon & Schuster imprint 13A of GALLERY Books Group.

The cookbook features 91 vegan recipes from Cole herself, including Jamaican dishes from her childhood, tapas and small plates created to celebrate and invoke joy, and Cole's signature southern comfort food.

Pinky is changing the world with her vegan comfort food, philanthropy & activism as profiled on CNN, Bon Appetite, Forbes, National NBC News, Tamron Hall, Essence & more.

Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Slutty Vegan crave-worthy, indulgent menus, and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-infamous lines down the block for vegan burgers and more. Sluttified fans include celebrities Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Jermaine Dupri, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, and many more.

Her new cookbook, "Eat Plants, B*tch", is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase at bookstores across the country Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

From Avocado Egg Rolls to Cole's Black Pea Cauliflower Po'Boy or Oyster Mushroom Parm and everything in between, the book is chock full of delicious recipes aimed to please dedicated vegans, flexitarians, and carnivores alike. In addition to Cole's insights, she has recruited fellow vegan chefs, influencers, and entrepreneurs to share their favorite recipes, advice on running a business, and takes on veganism.

Pinky (who is also a new mom) has taken over Shake Shacks with an exclusive "SluttyShack" burger, launched PETA's Push for Food Justice, provided life insurance policies to 25,000 Black men, paid rent for local businesses, and paid the tuition of 30 Clark Atlanta students.

Pinky also purchased a car and life insurance for the family of Rayshard Brooks, who was slain by police outside an Atlanta fast-food restaurant. She is the founder of the Pinky Cole Foundation, which provides a roadmap for black economic progress achieved by creatively leveraging economic opportunities, successful risk-taking, and innovation.

Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, and Veteran Television Producer, Pinky pours all her love, experience, and talent into a recipe for success. When restaurants were closing, Slutty Vegan opened two locations with socially distanced lines down the block. Just two years old, its revenues grew to $4 million within the first six months of its grand opening.

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A 9-year-old boy and his mom launched a company to sell affirming and inspiring dolls for boys called "Our Brown Boy Joy."

Demetrius Maurice Davis, Jr., aka "Lil Dee", is the CEO of Our Brown Boy Joy, a plush doll line for young Black boys.

Lil Dee started the company at age 8 with his mom, Luciana Gilmore, to change the narrative about Black youth in the United States.

The Our Brown Boy Joy website states the ultimate goal of the toy line is "Building Confident Brown Boys through visual, play, and educational representation."

"It is important to me because I want the world to think good things about Brown boys," Lil Dee tells PEOPLE. "We aren't bad, or mean, or trouble; we are smart, fun, and creative."

Gilmore said she came up with the idea for the plush dolls because her son loves toys but he couldn't find any boy dolls in toy stores.

"My son loves toys and we would go to many stores and not see anything in the aisles that look like my son."

"My mother had a mentoring business for girls, and I felt like there wasn't anything for me," Lil Dee tells PEOPLE. "I begged my mother to focus on boys."

"Our boys are often depicted negatively in the media," Gilmore said.

"On store shelves, the representation is minimal. And within the toys category, there is almost none for our boys. We must have opportunities for our boys to see themselves positively everywhere. Representation matters."

Gilmore, a former school principal in Cleveland, said she dressed the "My Friend" doll in a hoodie to "bring attention to the things that are going on in our community," such as the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida.

The doll, which retails for $49 to $59 each, recites inspiring messages when it is squeezed.

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"We wanna make sure that they constantly hear messages and affirmations of how wonderful they are. That they're smart," Gilmore said. "Because there's a narrative that is out worldwide that we wanna make sure that we are changing."

She said her son has subscription boxes that comes out monthly and is filled affirming toys for boys.

"The response has been awesome!" Lil Dee tells PEOPLE.

"Having people send pictures, email me, or walk up to me and say thank you has made me so happy. I think people really like the affirmations the dolls say, and they are in my voice."

 

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Netflix has shifted $100 million to Black banks to follow through on its commitment to close the equity gap.

Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos (2nd from right) is married to Nicole Avant (right), daughter of music legend Clarence Avant (left) and Jacqueline Avant (2nd from left).

Mrs. Avant, 81, was killed during a home invasion in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

Netflix moved 2 percent of its cash holdings, $100 million, to Black banks to address systemic racism, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Black financial institutions include Hope Credit Union, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), The Change Company, Enterprise Community Impact Note, OneUnited Bank and Calvert Impact Capital's Community Investment Note.

Netflix's goal is to improve systemic racism that prevents Black-owned businesses from getting loans, especially those impacted by the pandemic.

"Because we pegged our commitment to 2 percent of Netflix’s cash, the investment also grows overtime [sic]. So we will be 'topping up' our commitment at the end of the year and moving more cash — over and above the $100 million already committed — into these institutions," Netflix's Aaron Mitchell and Shannon Alwyn wrote in a Dec. 1 post.

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Beyonce's citrus Adidas x Ivy Park collection, Flex Park, goes on sale today, July 22, at 2 p.m. ET. on adidas.com.

According to Page Six, the new line is inspired by muscle beach culture. The all orange line includes pieces from gym gear to swimwear with prices ranging from $45 to $75.

Beyonce recruited husband Jay Z to model a short set from her new collection.

Beyonce's previous lines have all sold well, but the items are rarely seen in public. That's because Beyonce gives away most of her collection to her celebrity friends.

All designs are available in sizes XS to XL and 1X to 4X. And for the first time, Beyonce is releasing unisex slides ($75), perfect for lounging by the pool.

Question: Do you plan to purchase Beyonce's new collection? What's your favorite piece?

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Joe Biden sparked outrage on Black Twitter when he suggested Black business owners would be as successful as white entrepreneurs if they had lawyers and accountants.

The president made the comments during a press conference in Tulsa, OK, where he spoke at the 100-year anniversary of the Black Wall Street race riot.

Biden said young black entrepreneurs are "just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are, but they don't have lawyers, they don't have accountants."

As usual, Biden's remarks about the Black community drew confusion and dismay on social media.

Conservative commentator @KatiePavlich tweeted: "Wait until Joe Biden finds out black people are lawyers and accountants."

Another Twitter user said, Black people don't know how to get IDs and they can't get lawyers or accountants.

And a third user wrote, "If you have an accountant, you ain't Black!"

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Tip "T.I." Harris defended fellow rapper Ice Cube for sitting down with President Donald Trump to discuss his ambitious Contract with Black America.

Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, met with both political parties to discuss his plan for economic recovery for the Black community. Only Trump was willing to share his $500 billion plan with Jackson. The Biden camp told him they would get back to him after the election.

T.I. told Power 106 that people should "give Cube the benefit of his reputation." He said only one party was willing to give Jackson a viable plan to develop businesses in the Black community.

"To add input to this initiative for the greater good of your people, and only one side responds? That's not Cube's fault. If we ain’t never known or seen or caught Cube on no bullsh*t - doing no tap dancing and bending over backwards for no white supremacist. Why you think he gon' start right now 35, 40 years in? Why? You've got to give him the credit of his credibility. And if you ain’t never known him to be on bullsh*t before, why you gon' just automatically put him in the mix of some bullsh*t now?"

T.I. also revealed that Polow Da Don told him that Trump and his team wanted to meet with him.
 

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CNN canceled an interview with rap legend Ice Cube after a Trump aide revealed he was working with the Trump administration to develop a $500 billion investment in the Black community.

"So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight," the 51-year-old rapper-turned-actor tweeted to his 5.5 million followers on Thursday.

Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, said he was surprised CNN even asked him for an interview.

"I've actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can't handle the truth."

Trump top adviser Katrina Pierson took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank the legendary rapper for helping the Trump administration develop the "Platinum Plan."

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Trump plans to "Increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion" to be spent in various ways, including creating 3 million new jobs for the Black community and creating 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

In another tweet, Ice Cube made it clear that he hasn't endorsed anyone in the 2020 presidential elections.

"I haven't endorsed anybody," he tweeted, in response to a user who unearthed a 2016 tweet in which the rapper said he would "never endorse a mothaf–ka like Donald Trump."

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Ice Cube defended himself after his support of Donald Trump sparked a social media meltdown on Wednesday.

President Trump's top adviser Katrina Pierson took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank the legendary rapper for helping the Trump administration to develop Trump's $500 billion economic recovery "Platinum Plan" for the Black community.

"Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan... Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!"

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The news comes after Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, tweeted on Oct. 11 that he'd met with both parties (Republicans and Democrats), and he revealed that he's not supporting the Democrats in the 2020 election.

That didn't sit well with Ice Cube's followers, whose parents and grandparents are lifelong Democrats.

The backlash on Twitter was swift and unrelenting.

Political commentator Bakari Sellers, a Democrat, tweeted that Ice Cube "fell for something shiny" with the Trump campaign.

"Biden has a black agenda & a racial equity agenda. He has a black female VP who will help oversee COVID recovery for a virus which from a health & economic POV devastated black communities. He will appoint a black woman to the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) & @icecube fell for something shiny."

Hitting back amid the backlash, Ice Cube insisted he had spoken to both Trump and Biden's teams about his proposed Contract With Black America, which he said "strikes at the heart of racism and presents a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice".

The rap mogul tweeted:

"Facts: I put out the (Contract with Black America). Both parties contacted me. Dems said we'll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA."

Ice Cube added that after hearing both sides, he eventually decided to go with Trump, who offered more than lip service.

Cube felt Trump's economic recovery plan would be best for the Black community as a whole. Trump's proposed Platinum Plan aims to create three million new jobs in the Black community over the next four years, and create 500 million new Black-owned businesses by increasing access to financial capital.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has previously said he doesn't support reparations for American descendants of slavery.

When one person accused Ice Cube of joining the "darkside", the rapper responded:

"Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They're all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can't afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan."

A recent poll revealed Trump's support among Black men has grown from 8% in 2016 to 45% in 2020.

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Ice Cube has jumped on board the Trump Train.

Trump top adviser Katrina Pierson took to Twitter to thank the legendary rapper for helping the Trump administration to develop the #Platinum Plan.

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The news comes after Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, tweeted on Oct. 11 that he'd met with both parties (Republicans and Democrats), and he revealed that he's not supporting the Democrats in the 2020 election.

Jackson also hyped the $500 billion on the table from Republicans to fund black business startups, which is part of Trump's four-year "Platinum Plan."

According to Vladtv.com, Trump plans to "Increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion" to be spent in various ways, including creating 3 million new jobs for the Black community and creating 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

You can see Trump's Platinum Plan in detail below.

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