The Infrastructure Act and Digital Equity Act Passed … Now What?

By Amy Huffman, policy director, and Josh Mimura, NDIA fellow | Nov 16, 2021 | Digital Inclusion News

Finally! After months of negotiations, many hours in the drafting “room,” lots of speculation, and some hand-wringing (on our part at least), President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House yesterday afternoon.

Among its various provisions, the Act provides $65 billion to states, community organizations, and other entities for a range of broadband deployment and digital inclusion activities. It’s the largest single investment in broadband and digital equity in the nation’s history and a truly historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to thoughtfully and systemically address the digital divide.

Within the IIJA’s broadband section is the Digital Equity Act of 2021 (DEA). The DEA appropriates $2.75 billion to be distributed through two primary grant programs: the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program. Below is a rundown of the programs, as outlined in the law.

These funds can be used for a variety of digital inclusion efforts, including but not limited to device distribution programs, digital literacy training, and digital navigation assistance. Read more

The Allentown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Presents: Pictures with Soulful Santa DEC 04 @ Lincoln Elementary School 1260 Gresham Street Bethlehem, PA 18017


Come take a picture with our Soulful Santa!

Date and time - Sat, December 4, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Location: Lincoln Elementary School 1260 Gresham Street Bethlehem, PA
Santa is Fully VACCINATED

There are 3 options for pictures:

(2) 5x7 = $20 (this includes 2 5x7 pictures on 1 page)

8x10 = $20

9 Wallet Size Pictures = $20 (9 wallet size pictures on 1 page)

About:  the Allentown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ( AAC) has served the Lehigh Valley since 1991!

Our mission is to assist, inform and partner with members of our service area by conducting service projects that represent our National Programs. These service projects are in alignment with the Sorority's Five Point Programmatic Thrust, Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness & Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness & Involvement.

Delta Sigma Theta is one of nine historically black Greek letter organizations. The overarching umbrella of these organizations is known as the Pan Hellenic Council or the Divine Nine.

The primary purpose and focus of The Council is camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the communities they serve. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.

Byron Allen acquires HBCUGo.TV, streaming services for HBCUs

Stephanie Guerilus Tue, October 26, 2021, 7:20 PM·3 min read

Media mogul Byron Allen, owner of theGrio, has added to his empire by acquiring HBCUGo.TV which is a streaming site for historically Black colleges and universities.

Allen announced on Tuesday that his Allen Media Group made the purchase of HBCUGo.TV from Symonds-Evans Media LLC. HBCUGo.TV has a reach of 105 historically Black colleges and universities. Allen Media Group will have access to the massive library of 5,000 hours of content highlighting HBCU students, alumni, and the culture. Read full article

Rashid Santiago for Judge: Vote November 2nd 2021


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Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit Saturday October 23rd 12:00pm to 3:00pm



Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit 2021

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 12PM – 3PM

LOCATION: South Mountain Grove, 400 E. Mountain Rd., Allentown, PA 18103

The Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit is a free event to the community which is intended to bring the Lehigh Valley community together in response to the gun violence affecting our youth. Panel speakers are: Trumpeter James Gibbs III, Cory and Tasha Strong founders of Dirty Soles Footwear Group, and Entrepreneur Kaleem D. Bailey. Additionally, youth will be connected with resources and alternatives to choose from in order to obtain positive solutions in their lives. The event will also include a deejay and special musical guests and performances.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 10 to 17. There will be free parking available and refreshments.

Currently seeking vendors, sponsors, and donations (financial and school supplies). A portion of the proceeds to benefit local community organizations.

For questions, please contact Mr. Andre Thompson at 484-375-7753 or

Al Sharpton calls on Biden to fight the filibuster: ‘If we can’t depend on you here, when can we?’

Al Sharpton wearing a suit and tie: Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock

Earlier this summer, Al Sharpton traveled to Philadelphia to attend Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights. After delivering his remarks – a ringing call to arms against the march of restrictive election laws – the US president asked the veteran Black civil rights leader what he thought.

“If the African American voters feel that there was not an aggressive fight and there’s low turnout, [Democrats] can easily lose the Senate and the House and Joe Biden will be an early lame duck,” Sharpton said. “They will be totally neutered if they don’t do something about this.”

Tony Todd to star in August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, July 1st to July 11th


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How I Learned What I Learned
 will be performed on the Festival’s indoor Main Stage to a limited capacity, socially distanced audience. The show will preview at 6:30pm on June 29 and 30. 

Opening night is Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm, and the production runs through July 11.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced its re-opening for Summer 2021, with exciting plans for a variety of outdoor, indoor, and virtual performances. The season will run June 25 to August 1 at, and adjacent to, the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. 

Though the full season will be announced soon, the summer season will feature August Wilson’s one-man theatrical memoir How I Learned What I Learned, starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd.

With an acting career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Todd has an extensive list of credits in all genres. His films include Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning Platoon; Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman; Clint Eastwood’s Bird; and the voice of the Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; among many others.

The charismatic six-foot-five actor is perhaps best known for his chilling performances in horror and sci-fi films including the title role in the Candyman franchise, as well as the Hatchet and Final Destination franchise hits, along with Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, and The Rock.

On television, he has had prominent guest starring roles in numerous critically-acclaimed television series including Riverdale for the CW, Room 104 for HBO, Scream for MTV, the villain Zoom on the CW series The Flash, recurring roles on all three incarnations of Star Trek, and many more.

Mr. Todd has received accolades for numerous roles on stage including a coveted Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger at the La Jolla Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and The Kennedy Center; and originating the title role in the world premiere of August Wilson’s King Hedley II in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Seattle. (Variety lauded, “Todd’s King Hedley dominates the stage.” His performance “was a memorable tour-de-force.”)

How I Learned What I Learned will be performed on the Festival’s indoor Main Stage to a limited capacity, socially distanced audience. The show will preview at 6:30pm on June 29 and 30. Opening night is Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm, and the production runs through July 11.

Read more about the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival here