Monique Idlett-Mosley Invests in Women and Minority Owned Businesses with Reign Ventures

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Monique Idlett-Mosley has been an ad sales executive, a talent manager and now a partner at a venture capital firm. Reign Ventures began as an idea sparked by seeing the work Idett-Mosley’s eventual business partner, Erica Duignan Minnihan, was doing with 1000 Angels.

Today, Reign Ventures is a $25 million fund focused on investing in companies started by women and minorities. Since 2009, black women have received .0006 percent of all tech venture funding, something Idlett-Mosley hopes to change.

Before attending business school, where Idlett-Mosley and Minnihan met, Idlett-Mosley served as CEO of Mosley Brands and Mosley Music Group and managed artists including One Republic and Nelly Furtado. Before this, Idlett-Mosley worked as an ad sales executive at USA Today, a position which had a great impact on her life.

She was 22-year-old, soon-to-be college graduate and a mother when a senior executive decided to give Idlett-Mosley a chance, despite being 20 years underqualified for the position she was interviewing for. She was actually there to interview for a lower position, but saw the opportunity and ceased it. 

The senior executive, who was a woman, said to Idlett-Mosley, “Just because you had the audacity to ask me for this, I know you’ll go out here and ask the clients for everything that you need.”

She then traveled to the paper’s corporate offices, interviewing with six VPs over three days before landing the job.

“See how a woman can help change another woman’s life?” Idlett-Mosley said in an interview with Entrepreneur. 

Idlett-Mosley hopes to serve not only as an investor, but as a mentor. She wants to encourage women business owners to support other women as well as show young women that there are multiple avenues to success. 



Check out the rest of the article over on Walkers Legacy: https://www.walkerslegacy.com/monique-idlett-mosley-invests-in-women-and-minority-owned-businesses-with-reign-ventures/

This millennial PR executive shattered the glass ceiling—but it came with some cuts

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By: Amadi Taylor


#HowIGotHere is a series on LinkedIn that reveals the stories of successful people and how they got started in their careers. One particular story talks about the one of the youngest PR executives, Emily Graham. She is currently the only Black female partner and also one of the youngest at her company FleishmanHillard, one of the top-three PR firms in the world. 

 

Forty-five percent of women of color are often the only or one of the only people of their race or ethnicity in the room at work, according to a 2018 survey by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. Being an “only” is twice as common for senior-level women--and as women rise in the ranks, representation diminishes.

 

“As I began to advance and get more of a seat at the executive table, I started to be perceived and treated as a threat,” says Graham, who by her mid-twenties was working as a senior vice president at a leading PR agency in New York City.

 

Graham’s rapid rise in communications and PR began with an opportunity to work on Merrill Lynch as a client in 2008 when the company was thrust at the center of the worst financial crisis in recent history. After working to build the brand reputation of the company, she went on to counsel top executives at companies such as Accenture and Shell Oil.

 

“I made it a goal in my career to make more women come along with me,” says Graham.

 

To hear more of her story on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2W0Sx9K

‘Grown-ish’: Ryan Destiny To Recur On Season 3

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By: Amadi Taylor


Star’s Ryan Destiny is set to play a recurring role on the next season of Freeform’s comedy series ‘grown-ish’. Production has already begun. 

 

Destiny will play Jillian, a transfer student from an HBCU who has come to study filmmaking at Cal U. Smart, worldly, and cultured, Jillian can talk art and music with Luca (Luka Sabbat), politics and activism with Aaron (Trevor Jackson), and also fits right in with Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and her eclectic crew of girls.

 

grown-ish follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and her friends as they navigate through the ups and downs of higher education. As they moved into their sophomore year, they quickly realized they aren’t as grown as they think. 

 

Destiny, made her television debut on AMC’s crime drama Low Winter Sun, most recently starred as one of the leads in Fox’s musical drama series Star opposite Queen Latifah, Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady and Quincy Brown. Destiny released her first single “The Same” last September, and she is currently working on a solo EP, titled On One’s Own. 

 

grown-ish Season 2 airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on Freeform

Regina King To Direct Adaptation Of ‘One Night In Miami’

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By: Amadi Taylor


According to an article on Deadline, Oscar-winning actress Regina King is set to direct One Night in Miami, based on the debut play from Kemp Powers.

 

The story takes place on the night of February 25, 1964, and follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he’s defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the world of boxing. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach’s hotspots to celebrate the match, Clay — unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws — spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the men emerge determined to define a new world.

 

In One Night in Miami, Powers aims to pinpoint exactly what happened during those pivotal hours. Featuring the music of Cooke, including his hit song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the film offers a piercing narrative for the evening, which challenges the four men, strips them bare and reveals them for who they were.

Ava DuVernay & Netflix Confirm Over 23 Million Subscribers Have Watched “When They See Us”

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by: Amadi Taylor

 

 

Ava DuVernay recently released on Netflix ‘When They See Us’, the grueling story of what happened to the ‘Central Park 5’, now known as the ‘Exonerated 5’. If you don’t know what this story is at this point, you have to be living under a rock. This series follows the lives of 5 boys who were accused and charged of a rape case in 1989 taking place in Central Park in Harlem, NY. Watching the series we already knew the outcome, yet we still hoped for a happier twist in the series.

After the release, the series went viral with thousands of people having watched it within the first few days. Many times, black directors have said that studios don’t believe that “black” movies or shows won’t sell. Ava and many others are here to tell you that our stories matter and we have something to say.

Ava tweeted out ”Imagine believing the world doesn’t care about real stories of black people. It always made me sad. So when Netflix just shared with me that 23M+ accounts worldwide have watched #WhenTheySeeUs, I cried. Our stories matter and can move across the globe. A new truth for a new day.”