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Entrepreneurs Mimi G and Brittany Jones celebrate the Grand Opening of Melanated Fabrics & Community Creative Center in Atlanta this weekend.

This gorgeous new female and minority-owned downtown Atlanta community hub (10 minutes from Ponce City Market) is a hugely anticipated safe creative space offers workshops, classes, and boutique fabric store for the modern DIY'er.

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With her millions of social media followers, Mimi G is legendary in the world of DIY fashion and sewing, having multiple platforms where she shares her years of sewing experience and expertise.

Mimi G is heading a fashion empire, including the Sew It Academy, the world's #1 online sewing school.

From a homeless teenage single mom to now leading the world's home sewing boom, Mimi G teaches millions of millennials, moms, teens, and more to make their own clothes.

Mimi G joined forces with Brittany J Jones to launch Melanated Fabrics.

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Brittany is an international trendsetting resource for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. Together in Atlanta, they curate a wide array of fun and fashionable fabrics for the modern sewer.
 

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Goldman Sachs has ordered 40,500 employees to report back to the office, after 200 million Americans received Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

The global investment bank headquartered in New York City, gave its employees a final notice to pack up their home offices and report back to work next month.

JPMorgan Chase Bank and other corporations are also planning to bring their thousands of workers back into the office as the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be over.

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JPMorgan Chase, which employs over 255,000 workers worldwide, announced it will bring 50% of workers back into the office later this month. JPMorgan expects to have its entire workforce report back at work by the end of July.

Vanguard Group, with about 17,300 employees, will also ask workers to return to the office.

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The investment bank is planning to tell staff that they should be prepared by mid-June to work from offices again, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The move follows a mandate last week from JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief Jamie Dimon, seeking to return his workforce in rotations from early July. Source

Question: If you work from home, has your employer asked you to report back to work?

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CBS Studios has entered into a deal with activist Tarana J. Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano to create new content.

CBS Studios announced the deal on Tuesday with the well-known racial justice, anti-violence and gender equity advocate who started the Me Too Movement.

As part of the deal, Burke and her producing partner will develop scripted, unscripted and documentary content via their Field/House platform. The content will be produced for linear television networks and streaming platforms.

"In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out," said David Stapf, President, CBS Studios. "Their drive and leadership as stewards of change brings a powerful and distinct voice to advancing stories of inclusion and impact. They are clearly magnets for many whose voices need to be heard and we're excited to work alongside them in this new venture."

"Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work," said Burke. "Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices."

The new partnership joins the recently announced CBS Studios/NAACP production deal that focuses on producing premium content that tells inclusive stories, according to CBS.

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Wendy Williams' ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, is giving Kenya Moore's ex, Marc Daly, some competition.

Daly, who recently filed for divorce from Moore, owns and operates a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Now comes word, that Hunter is opening an Italian restaurant in downtown Brooklyn named Loreto.

"Time to work on MY LEGACY!!" he wrote in the caption of a video of the restaurant's exterior on Twitter.com. "For a kid from Brownsville Brooklyn this is a dream come true. To be apart [sic] of an amazing team to create something so extraordinary."

"I look forward to nothing but success," Hunter added. "Continue to thank God for the blessings."

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Sources say the seed money for the new restaurant came from his ex-wife and silent partner, Wendy, 56. The two were spotted having lunch together after he attended Wendy's mother's funeral.

Hunter, 48, described Loreto as "exquisite high end Italian cuisine" and said he will host a soft opening on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

Hunter's announcement comes days after Williams' documentary, "Wendy Williams: What a Mess!," premiered to high ratings on Lifetime Television.
 

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Waves of panic rippled through the business community after Yelp announced a new consumer alert tag that allows users to flag any business as racist.

What could go wrong?

Yelp announced Wednesday that it was taking a "stand against racism" by placing a warning tag on any business that receives multiple consumer comments accusing even one employee of a racist act.

"Today, we're announcing a new consumer alert to stand against racism," the company tweeted. "In the last few months, we've seen that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions."

The complaints can consist of "racist language or symbols" that bring attention to "racist conduct" committed by any single employee or multiple employees of a business.

The racism consumer alert tag is a white exclamation point on a red background.

Yelp will place the tag on any business accused of racism -- even if that business is owned by a minority who employs non-minorities.

The page will be locked and consumers will be unable to leave a comment - negative or positive - until Yelp concludes its "investigation" into the complaints.

Any business hit with a racism alert tag is sure to attract press attention. Yelp will facilitate the further destruction of that business by linking to any press article that covers the alleged racist act.

Twitter reacted to the announcement on Wednesday.

"I'm concerned about declaring a business racist from on-high...," tweeted one user. "What if a Yelp employee has a bias or grudge?"

Another user wrote, "Yelp. Another entity I will block and ban. Its a useless app anyways."

And a third user tweeted: "and here i was thinking your service couldn't get any worse."

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The "woke" cancel culture has come for the Black chef on the box of Cream of Wheat porridge mix.

B&G Foods, which owns Cream of Wheat, announced it will remove the iconic image of the Black chef from its packaging because the image of a Black chef is "racially insensitive".

The company became the latest "woke" corporation to drop a popular Black brand logo that they claim was stigmatized as a "racial stereotype" after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

B&G Foods issued a statement explaining its decision.

"For years, the image of an African-American chef appeared on our Cream of Wheat packaging. While research indicates the image may be based upon an actual Chicago chef named Frank White, it reminds some consumers of earlier depictions they find offensive."

But some Blacks accuse corporations of intentionally using the civil unrest in the U.S. to remove the iconic images of Black people from their packaging.

Soon there will be no more iconic Black images left in advertising. And some Black activists believe that's by design.

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Atlanta entrepreneurs Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker appear to have closed their new restaurant before it even opened.

A loyal reader emailed a photo that shows the RHOA cast members took down that gigantic "Blaze" sign over their shuttered steak & seafood restaurant in Southwest Atlanta.

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If you recall, Kandi and Todd announced the opening of their newest establishment in the Camp Creek Marketplace last month. They also placed a "NOW HIRING" sign in the window.

But, according to my spy, the big Blaze sign came down days ago and there is no indication that the restaurant will be opening its doors anytime soon.

The new restaurant was inspired by their infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered via surrogate on Nov. 22, 2019.

The couple already own and operate three "Old Lady Gang" soul food restaurants around the metro Atlanta area.

My spy noted that Blaze steakhouse may have been in conflict with Blaze Pizzeria restaurant chain in Atlanta.

But a quick search of Atlanta businesses turns up other "Blaze" establishments, such as Blaze strip club, the Atlanta Blaze men's lacrosse team, Blaze radio, and Blaze Sports America, among others.

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Another explanation is that the funding for Kandi and Todd's new restaurant fell through. They managed to secure funding for Blaze restaurant through the government's PPP coronavirus stimulus relief package.

According to Screenrant.com, the couple received between $150,000 and $350,000 in PPP funds set aside for struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.

The loans were approved on April 29 and the funds were disbursed through TruFund Financial Services, despite the fact that Kandi allegedly has a net worth of around $30 million.

According to Screenrant.com, Kandi and Todd shouldn't have been entitled to the PPP loans in the first place since they pass themselves off as a wealthy couple.

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NeNe Leakes is closing the doors of her Swagg clothing boutique in Georgia. Sources say the doors were closed even before the coronavirus pandemic in February.

According to reports NeNe's Swagg boutique in Duluth, GA is covered with 'Going Out of Business' sale signs.

Previously, your auntie told you that several Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members submitted applications for PPP paycheck protection loans that were denied.

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NeNe may have been one of the cast members. Business has not been good for the mom-of-two who shut down her first Swagg boutique in Buckhead, an affluent neighborhood north of Atlanta, two years ago.

The 52-year-old Sagittarius lost her lucrative Real Housewives of Atlanta job, along with her million-dollar salary for alleged insubordination on the set.

NeNe still has Swagg shops in Miami and Oxon Hill, Maryland and she continues to offer online shopping.

The first Swagg Boutique opened in Buckhead in 2016.

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Netflix has acquired 7 Black television sitcoms, and will begin airing the sitcoms beginning this weekend.

According to The Wrap, Netflix raided UPN Network's library and acquired the rights to popular Black sitcoms, Moesha, Sister, Sister, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half and One on One.

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Moesha, starring Countess Vaughn, left, and Brandy Norwood, will begin airing on Netflix this Saturday. The first three seasons of The Game, which ran for nine seasons total, will debut on August 15.

Popular '90s sitcom, Sister Sister, starring twins Tia and Tamera, will debut September 1. Girlfriends, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, and ran for 9 seasons, will debut on Netflix on Sept. 11.

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Oprah Winfrey's O magazine will cease monthly printing after 20 years. The news comes amid reports that Hearst Magazines' president quit amid sexual abuse allegations.

According to Business of Fashion, the staff of Oprah's magazine were informed of the decision on Friday, July 24.

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The magazine was a joint venture between Oprah, 66, Harpo, Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and is known for its Oprah-centered content, the book of the month club and the annual Oprah's Favorite Things gift guide.

The magazine's readership -- mostly white women -- speculate that the magazine folded due to allegations of sexual misconduct against Troy Young, who resigned as president of Hearst magazines.

The announcement of Young's resignation came a day after the New York Times reported the 52-year-old's "bullying or harassing" behavior which include making indecent remarks to female employees.

In one case, he reportedly sent unsolicited p0rnography to an editor. Young, who was named editor in 2018, sent a note to staffers saying he was "sorry" for the comments he made and he never realized how offensive they were.

"I am sorry and I'm committed to the work I need to do here," he said in his note, which was published by the New York Times.

Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz said the magazine isn't going away completely. It will become "digital-centric" with more emphasis on the O magazine website run by a smaller staff.

"This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more digitally centric."