Oprah gets her own exhibit at the Blacksonian and Ted Lieu probes DHS & DOJ
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June 04, 2018
Barack Obama Heads to Kenya, Ajit Pai Names a New Commissioner, and Kamala Harris Makes an Endorsement
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ANNNNND WE’RE BACK! Congress returns today after a week-long recess, and immigration is front and center. House Freedom Caucus members and moderate Republicans are working to find a compromise focused on creating a pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers,” adding billions of dollars for border security, and phasing out per-country caps for green cards. ACCESS DENIED… Speaking of immigration, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) was barred from entering an immigration detention center in Texas and had the police called on him during his visit. The Senator said he came after AG Jeff Sessions announced the new policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. BALL ‘TIL WE FALLThe House is going to take up a combined spending bill this week. The list of amendments that might be made in order is an interesting one, including an end to any taxpayer-funded settlements of sexual harassment claims against members of Congress, an end to the use of plastic drinking straws, and whether undocumented immigrants can be employed on Capitol Hill. PACKING FOR SINGAPOREThe U.S.-North Korea summit is back on for June 12th and will be held at the Fullerton, a neoclassical hotel on an island near the mouth of the Singapore River. But some outstanding questions remain -- like who’s paying for Kim’s hotel? But first -- french fries! EXTENDING THE GOLDEN ARCHESNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un may allow a McDonald’s into the country as a show of goodwill to the United States. I, ROBOT… Google announced that the company was backing away from its AI work with the military. Many of the company’s top AI researchers, in particular, worried that the contract was the first step toward using the nascent technology in advanced weapons. BOY BYE… Months after Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said women need to “step up” to solve their underrepresentation in the Grammy nominations, he’s stepping down. A new leader should be installed by next summer. GIRL HIAirbnb CEO Brian Chesky said Wednesday that the company is planning to appoint at least one female board member this year, possibly even two. TED CRUZ WANTS TO TAKE JIMMY KIMMEL TO COURT… A basketball court that is. On Wednesday the Senator challenged the late-night host to a charity one-on-one game of basketball after Kimmel poked fun at Cruz for attending a Houston Rockets playoff game in a “super cool T-shirt over the polo look." Is it possible Cruz defenders saw the picture and looked at the Senator the way Lebron looked at J.R.? We’re kicking off the fourth day of Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month with this…
  • House Judiciary Dems demand answers from Homeland Security and DOJ following the surge of immigrant family separations at the border.
  • Barack Obama goes Hollywood but first: Wakanda.
  • Meet the nominee to replace Mignon Clyburn at the FCC.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the GAO say the White House is not complying with oversight requests.
  • Oprah gets her own exhibit at the Blacksonian.
  • Native American Journalists Association announce their honorees.
  • Asian American voters are key in Tuesday’s California primary.
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) wearing orange on Friday to remember victims of gun violence.
Uber's Bozoma Saint John serving pre-festival looks on Sunday at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA.
House Judiciary Dems Demand Answers from DHS and DOJ Following Surge of Immigrant Family Separations at the Border
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)
with House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led a letter signed by Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen and AG Jeff Sessions, to demand that a briefing be provided on the Trump administration’s implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy towards border crossers apprehended between ports of entry, the criminalization of asylum seekers, and the increase in family separation. “Many of the families and individuals crossing the southwest border between ports of entry are travelling from countries ravaged by violence and are seeking protection.  Many of these individuals first presented themselves at ports of entry only to be turned away. It is well established that the United States must process asylum applications, including those filed by individuals who do not present themselves at a port of entry. That is why we are extremely alarmed that the Administration would enact a policy that prioritizes the criminal prosecution of those seeking protection rather than the assessment of their asylum claims,” the lawmakers write. “Further troubling is that the Administration’s policy will result in the increased separation of families. As parents remain in criminal proceedings or detention, children will be removed and placed in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Recent news reports of unaccounted children suggest, however, that the Administration lacks policies to ensure that such children are eventually reunified with their families.” The letter was signed by Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, including: Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Karen Bass (D-CA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Val Demings (D-FL), and others. Read the full letter here.

GAO Lawyer and Elijah Cummings Say WH Not Complying with Requests
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
led Democratic colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a letter on Thursday saying that the White House is ignoring requests for information from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and they want Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to hold a hearing for find out why. "We are writing to request that you hold an immediate hearing on the dramatic decision by the White House to obstruct investigations by our independent investigators at the Government Accountability Office. We ask that the Committee obtain testimony from the White House Counsel and General Counsel of GAO," the lawmakers wrote. The Cummings letter comes after GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong sent a letter to WH Counsel Don McGahan saying that said the GAO had asked for meetings over the past year on a variety of different topics, including the National Security Counsel's role in "conflict prevention, mitigation, and stabilization efforts abroad" and the cost of Donald Trump’s travel. "I understand that attorneys from your office and the National Security Council (NSC) will not respond to the inquiries or otherwise engage with GAO staff during the course of our reviews," Armstrong wrote. "This approach represents a clear departure from past practice." Armstrong also said the GAO had contacted VP Mike Pence's office but did not receive a response. More here.

Vicente González Intros Bipartisan “Phair Pricing” Bill to Lower Drug Costs
Congressmen Vicente González (D-TX)
and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the Phair Pricing Act, a bill to lower the cost of prescription medications for patients in the Medicare Part D program. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors negotiate with drug manufacturers allegedly to control the costs of prescription drugs and reduce insurance premiums. However, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, PBMs and PDP sponsors often collect pharmaceutical rebates to increase their own profit margins instead of lowering the price of medications for patients. The lawmakers say this legislation would ensure that any savings PBMs receive are passed as further discounts to consumers at the point of sale. “Our prescription drug system is in dire need of reform,” González said. “I am happy to join Congressman Collins in introducing the bipartisan Phair Pricing Act, which will ultimately put us on the path to making price concessions, rebates, and any other reduction in cost transparent, above board, and in tune with the end goal: to reduce the cost for patients. Pharmacy benefit managers and drug companies alike will either fix the broken system themselves, or Congress will fix it for them.” More here

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) on Thursday visiting grocery stores in her district to speak to constituents.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) introducing summer intern Xavier Thomas, a senior at the University of West Alabama.
NMAAHC Unveils Oprah Exhibit
The National Museum of African American History and Culture just unveiled their exhibition on Oprah. Running through June 2019, “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” features video clips, interview segments, movie costumes and personal photographs and journals to explore what has influenced Winfrey and how her work has shaped America. “What’s interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite -- you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion -- they trust Oprah,” museum Director Lonnie G. Bunch III said to WaPo. “An African American woman becomes the person America turns to.” The timing of the high-profile exhibition was planned to coincide with the last quarter of the African American Museum’s second year, when officials expected a drop in attendance. Instead, interest remains strong, with weekend crowds regularly at capacity and timed passes still required. Since opening in September 2016, the museum has welcomed 3.8 million visitors, making it one of the most popular of DC attractions. Oprah donated $21 million to the $540 million museum, making her its largest individual benefactor. The museum’s theater is named in her honor. More here.

Native American Journalists Association Announce Honorees
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has selected Mary Annette Pember as the recipient of the 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award. Pember is an independent journalist focusing on Native American issues. In her writing and photography, she has covered subjects such as the high rates of sexual assault among Native women, sex trafficking, health, the impact of historical trauma on Native communities, and environmental challenges on Native lands, federal policy issues as well as cultural and spiritual topics. She is also a past President and Executive Director of NAJA. The organization will also honor Mark Trahant as the recipient of the 2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for his Native elections coverage, and dedication to NAJA as a lifetime member and leader of the organization. Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today and was recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series and is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors, and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, the Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a citizen of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the NAJA. The award will be presented during the 2018 National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 21st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. More here.

California Democratic Congressmen Mark Takano and Jimmy Gómez during the weekend visiting Go For Broke Monument honoring the 442nd Infantry Regiment -- a segregated unit of Japanese Americans who fought in WWII.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) over the weekend presenting the Congressional Silver Award to her young constituent Ryan Cho.
Geoffrey Starks Nominated to Fill FCC Seat
Geoffrey Stark
s has been nominated by Donald Trump to fill the FCC Commissioner role being left open by Mignon Clyburn’s departure. While Starks’ appointment had been rumored for a while, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed that the Harvard grad, who has a law degree from Yale, would be appointed. “I congratulate Geoffrey Starks on his forthcoming nomination to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.  He has a distinguished record of public service, including in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, and I wish him all the best during the confirmation process,” Pai stated. Starks currently serves as Assistant Bureau Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. He previously worked for three years at the Justice Department during the Obama administration, as an Associate at Williams & Connelly, and as a Law Clerk to a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the 8th Circuit. Starks will serve for the remainder of the five-year term, which ends June 30, 2022. Congressional Black Caucus members Bobby Rush (D-IL), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) last week sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offering their backing for Starks. More here.

Ajit Pai Heeds Senators' Requests on Challenging FCC Broadband Map
FCC Chair Ajit Pai put out a map that will be used to allocate $4.53 billion to support rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G LTE service as part of its Mobility Fund Phase II plan. When both Republican and Democratic Senators expressed concern about the map, in a surprise move, Pai heeded. A group of Senators led by Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said the map was significantly flawed. Updated in February, seven years after its initial release, the map failed to address many of its core issues, instead reporting non-existent competitors and unaccessible speeds, and excluding pricing data. The Senators asked the FCC to extend the eligibility challenge process by another 90 days. In a letter to Pai, the senators said the FCC map shows areas in their home states that are purportedly served by 4G LTE, when experience on the ground suggests otherwise. “This map is intended to reflect areas that lack unsubsidized mobile 4G LTE service, but it unfortunately falls short of an accurate depiction of areas in need of universal service support,” the lawmakers write. “While you have noted that state, local, and Tribal governments can participate in the challenge process, absent additional direction, they may remain unaware or unprepared to do so.” Pai’s response? Okay. More here.

CNN commentators Marc Lamont Hill and Angela Rye this weekend backstage at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA.
 Hoboken, NJ Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) on Friday speaking at an event to honor victims of gun violence.
Barack Obama Heads to Kenya
Former President Barack Obama is set to visit Kenya on July 16th. During the one-day visit, he will hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in, Nairobi -- the official residence of the President of Kenya. Obama will then travel to his ancestral home of K'Ogelo to visit with his relatives. This will be the first visit to Kenya since he left office. He visited Kenya three other times in 1987, 1992, and the high profile visit in 2015 when serving his second term as president. Sources indicated that Obama, who enjoys bipartisan support in the country, is also likely to meet opposition leaders. The trip to Kenya is a precursor to POTUS44’s visit to South Africa that we first told you about in April. Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture on July 17th. The South Africa leg of the trip is part of the launch of Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa -- a one-year leadership development and civic engagement program that will train and support 200 promising young leaders across Africa working in government, civil society, and the private sector. The launch in Johannesburg is a five-day convening running from July 14th through July 18th and will also include a town hall meeting with Obama, where he will hear about their experiences and the work they’re doing. More on the Kenya visit here.

Barack Obama Heads to Tinseltown
Former President Barack Obama will be joining DNC Chair Tom Pérez in Los Angeles this month to headline his first fundraising event for the DNC on the West Coast this year. Obama and Pérez will discuss the strategy of the Democratic Party for winning elections in 2018 and beyond. Patrons who hand over $100,000 for the June 28th Obama event will get “Five Dinner Tickets with Premium Seating, Photo Reception, Host Reception, Membership to the DNC National Finance Committee, and Admission to Two Additional Marquee Events in 2018,” the invite says. In addition to the DNC fundraiser, Obama will also headline a fundraiser in California for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and raise money for Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee. More here.

Nas, Jonah Hill, and Chris Rock in Jackson Hole, WY for Kanye West’s album listening party.
Activist Mónica Ramírez, San Juan, PR Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and LCLAA's Hector Sánchez Barba at Casa de Esperanza's 35th Anniversary Gala.
Kamala Harris Endorses Former Congressman Looking to Return to Capitol Hill
Former Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford is hoping to come back to Congress, and he just landed an endorsement from Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). “Steven Horsford understands what it means to struggle, so when he fights for Nevada’s working families, it is personal,” said Harris. “He will take on this Administration’s reckless agenda to strip health care from millions of Americans while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest corporations. Steven is a leader who will cut through the chaos in Washington and get things done to help Nevadans.” Horsford previously served in the Nevada Senate from 2005 to 2012. The 45-year-old was the first African American to serve as Majority Leader of that body and was the first African American to represent Nevada in Congress. He’s running for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, which he represented for one term before losing to Republican Cresent Hardy in 2015. The incumbent, Congressman Rubén Kihuen, decided not to run after accusations of sexual harassment. The district is 15.76% Black, 6.82% Asian, 30.19% Hispanic, and 1.97% Native American. Horsford will face John Anzalone, state Senator Patricia Spearman, Allison Stephens, Amy Vilela, and Sid Zeller in the June 12th primary. More here.

Will Hurd Gets Help from Chamber of Commerce
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) is in a close fight to hold on to his seat and he just got some help from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The organization is hailing Hurd's support for "Dreamers" in its first immigration-focused campaign ad of the 2018 election cycle. "Will Hurd is fighting to protect the Dreamers," the ad, released on Thursday, says. "He's also leading the charge for new border security measures that will keep our communities safer. Will Hurd is working for all of us." The chamber is spending six figures on pro-Hurd ads to run for two weeks on broadcast and cable television stations and online in the congressman's San Antonio-area district. Hurd, the only Black male Republican in the House, has also been an outspoken opponent of Donald Trump's proposed border wall, denouncing it as an ineffective waste of taxpayer money. The former CIA agent, instead, has called for high-tech surveillance to assist the U.S. Border Patrol. Hurd will face off with Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones in the November primary. Texas’ 23rd Congressional District is 24.92% White, 3.85% Black, 1.6% Asian, 68.34% Hispanic, and 1.29% Native American. More here.

DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) during the weekend at the Minnesota DFL Convention.
Latino Briefing reporter Adrian Carrasquillo and his sister Raquel Carrasquillo hanging out on Saturday.
Asian American Voters Key in Conservative California District
Midterm primaries head west on Tuesday as California voters head to the polls to decide dozens of highly contested races. In one district, the city of Irvine located in the conservative pocket of Orange County, Asian Americans have become a powerful voting bloc. Chinese and Korean immigrants and Asian Americans from other states have made Irvine nearly half Asian. Orange County is now one-fifth Asian and more than one-third Latino. Dave Min is running to represent California’s 45th Congressional District, whose biggest city is Irvine. The Korean American law professor at the University of California, Irvine is aiming to best opponents tomorrow so he can challenge incumbent Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R) in a district that has only been represented by Republicans. With immigration as a huge issue in the district, the NYT points out that turnout will be key. They report that Asian Americans tend not to vote in high numbers, put off by language barriers, lack of outreach from either party. According to a national survey of Asian Americans conducted after the 2016 election, Indian and Korean Americans tack progressive, Chinese and Vietnamese Americans more conservative. While Asian Americans registered as Republicans in Orange County outnumber Asian Democrats, more than one-third of Asian voters identify as Independents. Those splits reflect the diversity of the population that is one-third Vietnamese, one-sixth Korean, and one-sixth Chinese, with smaller shares of Filipinos, Indians, and Japanese. Joining Min and Walters on Tuesday’s ballot are Brian Forde, Kia Hamadanchy, Katie Porter, and John Graham. If Min goes on to win in November, he would be the first and only Korean American serving in Congress. NYT breaks down more on this race here.

Border Walls Between States
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that as a result of discriminatory legislation that became Oklahoma law last month, the Golden State will prohibit travel to the Sooner State. In May, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill that allows private adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples from their adoption services on the basis of religious or moral convictions or policies. "California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy," Becerra said. A 2017 California law requires that its AG keep a list of states subject to a state travel ban because of "laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” Oklahoma is the ninth state subject to the state-funded ban. Travel to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas had previously been prohibited. More here.

FOMO
Tuesday, June 5th, 6:30P: The Esperanza Education Fund's 10th Annual Benefit Concert. They'll be presenting the Esperanza Award to UndocuBlack, an organization co-founded by one of their scholars, Jonathan Jayes-Green. Live music from Los Gallos Negros and Latin GRAMMY-winning artist Mireya RamosClick here for more information.
Wednesday, June 6th - Saturday, June 9th: The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Charlotte, NC. More than 1,000 CEOs, investors, and business experts are expected to attend. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, June 7th: The Indian American Impact Project hosts their first Impact Summit 2018. Speakers include Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), CNN Senior Correspondent Manu Raju, Hoboken, NJ Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and more. Click here for more information.
Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 9th: Summit 21. Speakers include CEO of Impact Strategies Angela Rye, Blavity Editor-in-Chief Lilly Workneh, and more. Atlanta Convention Center. Atlanta. Click here for more information
Sunday, June 10th - Tuesday, June 12th: The ACLU Membership Conference. Speakers include Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse CullorsCongressman John Lewis (D-GA), and Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL Bryan Stevenson. Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Marriott Marquis, DC. Click here for more information.
Sunday, June 10th - Tuesday, June 12th: Mosaic Genius Conference. Speakers include Rashad Robinson, Executive Director Color Of Change, Jessica O. Matthews, Founder of Uncharted Power, and more. Lansburgh Theatre. 450 7th Street N.W. DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, June 13th, 5:30P: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) invite you to join them for a networking reception as they welcome the 2018 Summer Congressional Internship class. Library of Congress. 101 Independence Avenue Southeast Madison Hall, DC. Click here to register
Wednesday, June 13th - Sunday, June 17th: The 22nd Annual African American Film Festival. Albion Hotel South Beach. 1650 James Avenue, Miami Beach. Click here to register
Saturday, June 16th, 6:30P: The March On Washington Festival hosts a fundraiser celebrating Black trailblazers in entertainment featuring acclaimed actress, singer, and philanthropist Sheryl Lee Ralph in a one-woman show of storytelling and song. Studio Theatre. 1501 14th Street N.W. Click here for more information.
Monday, June 18th - Tuesday, June 19th: Forbes’ Women’s Summit. Speakers include U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Accompany Founder & CEO Amy Chang, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, and more. By invitation only. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, June 20th, 9:30A: Dialogue on Diversity presents “Healthcare Symposium 2018: A Question for Policy Stability -- Achieving the Wellness Society.” UnidosUS Headquarters. 1126 Sixteenth St, N.W., DC. Click here to register.
Wednesday, June 20th: MALDEF's 2018 Chicago Awards Gala honoring IL state Representative Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernández (D), among others. The Hyatt Regency Chicago. 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive. Chicago, IL. Click here to register
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Friday, July 6 - Thursday, July 12th: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 68th Boule. Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10thUnidosUS’ 2018 Annual Conference. Speakers include Ilia Calderón, Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univisión, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, among others. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC. Click here to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 18th: NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention. Henry B. González Convention Center. San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Saturday, July 21st: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Convention and Expo. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Wednesday, July 18th - Saturday, 21st: NAHJ International Training Conference and Career Fair. InterContinental Miami Hotel. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League's 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Sunday, August 5th: NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information
Monday, August 6th - Saturday,  August 11th: 16th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 8th - Saturday, August, 11th: AAJA National Convention. Marriott Marquis Houston. 1777 Walker St., Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Friday, August 17th - Sunday, August 19th: Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) 20 years of service. Special guests include House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and more. Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street Edgartown, MA. Kelley House, 23 Kelley Street Edgartown, MA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information. 
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