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Man Calls Police on Young Black Men Using a Gym in His Building in Minneapolis

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Minneapolis, MN — A group of young Black entrepreneurs from Minneapolis say that they were racially profiled when Tom Austin, who is white, confronted them for using a shared private gym in a building where they rent office space. In a video posted on Instagram, the man is seen calling the police on them because they refuse to provide proof that they are tenants.

The video was posted by Team Top Figure, a social media consulting firm with an office in the same building where the incident happened is located. The men, who are young entrepreneurs, said the encounter was an example of “racial profiling and age discrimination” that they have to deal with almost every day.

In the video, Austin, a venture capitalist who runs the F2 Intelligence Group, can be heard questioning the young men if they “belong” in the building. He said, “What office are you in? I’m calling 911 now.”

Austin even took a picture of them and said he would call the police on them even though they said they did not do anything wrong.

The men clearly explained to him they are renting office space in the same building where they’ve been growing their business for almost 2 years. That’s the reason they have access to the shared private gym.

They said in the caption that they wanted to share the encounter with the world because they “are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation.”

Meanwhile, Austin claimed he called the police because he he felt threatened. “One of the tenants brought 4 friends and I complained to them that this isn’t right and it’s unfair to the tenants who pay. They got in my face in a very threatening manner and I threatened back to building call security [sic],” he said in a statement, according to Bring Me The News.

He added that his action was not driven by race, saying “I would have done this regardless of race. So this is bulls—.”

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URBAN ONE, INC. SPREADS MESSAGES OF HOPE AND UNITY AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC WITH NEW WE ARE ONE PSA CAMPAIGN ACROSS ALL ITS BRANDS

Campaign Features Celebrities, Reach Media Syndicated Radio Hosts, TV One Network Talent, and Urban One Executives and Staff Sharing Stories of Encouragement, Healing and Hope

Urban One, Inc. recently unveiled a new WE ARE ONE PSA campaign designed to provide hope and encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign features a host of celebrities, Reach Media Syndicated Radio Personalities, talent from TV One and Radio One, Urban One executives and staff sharing uplifting expressions of unity and strength as the nation grapples with the unprecedented impact of the global health pandemic.

The campaign features Reach Media syndicated radio hosts Erica Campbell (Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell), Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show) and Willie Moore, Jr. (The Willie Moore Jr. Show). Additional participants include Reach Media radio personality Griff (Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell), singer Kenny Lattimore, actress and producer Terri J. Vaughn (Girlfriends’ Getaway, Mann and Wife), actor Tobias Truvillion (Loved To Death, Sistas), actor Tray Chaney (Saints & Sinners, The Wire), TV One and CLEO TV talent David Quinn (ATL Homicide)Vincent Velazquez (ATL Homicide), Chef Jernard Wells (New Soul Kitchen), Chef JJ Johnson(Just Eats with Chef JJ), TV One and Radio One talent, as well as Urban One executives and staff. Urban One invites its content consumers to join the conversation and share their video messages using #WeAreOne.  

“During challenging times, we must seek to elevate the hearts, minds and spirits of our community,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One, Inc. “The We Are Onecampaign allows our Urban One family to spread faith, hope and love and unite with others as we face the challenge presented by this global health crisis.” 

The WE ARE ONE PSAs will run across all of the Urban One brands including TV One, CLEO TV, Radio One, Reach Media, iOne Digital, and One Solution. Follow @Urban1Media on Facebook and Twitter to join the campaign.

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The Next Poet Laureate Could Be You

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The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture seeks nominations for the position of Poet Laureate for the 2020-2022 term. 

The San Antonio Poet Laureate is an honorary position within the City of San Antonio. The primary role of the Poet Laureate is to promote literary arts and literacy within the community and create a greater appreciation of the poetic arts through the reading and writing of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. central time. Nomination form and information are available at www.sanantonio.gov/arts.  

The individual selected will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,500 per year. The Poet Laureate is expected to generate public interest in the literary arts and pursue the preservation of the art of poetry. The selected individual will participate and make appearances at least one public event annually, such as a poetry reading and/or theatrical performance.

The State of Texas has appointed Poet Laureates since 1932, with San Antonio becoming the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate in 2012. Several cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, also have Poet Laureate programs.

“With cities across the country convening in San Antonio this week for the National League of Cities Conference, this is a perfect time to showcase how our city is a leader in arts and culture,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our Poet Laureate Program is one of many ways our city places significant importance and value on artistic expression in telling the story of our past, present and future.”  

The Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and more. 

In 2018, Octavio Quintanilla was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate. Since his appointment, Quintanilla hosted and participated in various poetry events – including dozens of poetry readings, keynote speeches, editorial boards and classrooms visits throughout the city. 

“It has been an honor to serve as the San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2018-2020,” said Quintanilla. “I have enjoyed working with the diverse poetry communities in city, visiting schools, volunteering in the community, and representing our San Antonio beyond its city limits as one that values poetry.”

More information about the City’s Poet Laureate program is available HERE.

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