Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 – How to Maximize Minority Participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program

August 17, 2022 By  Broadband Breakfast Staff

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Kevin Easterling, CEO of the Black Heritage Association of the Lehigh Valley

Craig Settles, Broadband and Telehealth Expert

Matthew Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association

Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast.

Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.


PA Shakespeare Festival Presents August Wilson's Fences: July 27 - August 7 | Starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd

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2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
Call 610.282.WILL

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America, August Wilson’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama depicts the yearnings and struggles of the Maxson family. Troy Maxson, a former home run king of the Negro baseball leagues now supports his family as a garbage collector, and builds fences around a world he has battled his entire life. An epic work of stunning poetry by a Pennsylvania native, Fences has been hailed by critics as “a blockbuster piece of theater” and “the strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams.” A timeless story of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, dreams and realities, Fences is a true American classic. Contains some adult subject matter and strong language. Ages 13+

DOJ: Buffett company discriminated against Black homebuyers

By KEN SWEET - AP Business Writer Jul 27, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett's company discriminated against potential Black and Latino homebuyers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, the Department of Justice said Wednesday, in what is being called the second-largest redlining settlement in history.

Trident Mortgage Co., a division of Berkshire Hathaway's HomeServices of America, deliberately avoided writing mortgages in minority-majority neighborhoods in West Philadelphia like Malcolm X Park; Camden, New Jersey; and in Wilmington, Delaware, the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in their settlement with Trident.

As part of the agreement with the government, Trident will have to set aside $20 million to make loans in underserved neighborhoods.

“Trident’s unlawful redlining activity denied communities of color equal access to residential mortgages, stripped them of the opportunity to build wealth, and devalued properties in their neighborhoods,” said Kristen Clarke, an assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a prepared statement. Read more 

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania appoints new board leadership

Jul 25, 2022

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware has new board leadership.

The following have joined The AACC board leadership: Chairman, Jovan Goldstein, founder and managing principal of JT Goldstein LLC; vice chairman Bjorn Henriques, host of The Philly Ad Club Podcast; treasurer Krystal Jones, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia and secretary, Daivy P. Damberville Esq., senior legal counsel for Power Home Remodeling.

The new slate of officers will begin their two-year term in September.

“The new board leadership brings a fresh perspective to creating funding opportunities for small business and developing educational opportunities to help advance economic growth among Black-Owned business in our region,” The African American Chamber of Commerce said in a news release. Read more 215-893-5716

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Easton restaurant owners forced to close multiple times say they are victims of favoritism, racism. City officials are investigating

By Anthony Salamone
The Morning Call
•Jun 15, 2022 at 7:30 am

When the couple opened Khanisa’s in 2019 on 118 Northampton St. in Easton, they thought the space they were renting on a prominent downtown strip offered more seating and a better chance to grow the dessert business, with specialties that include pudding.
“Look at where we are; we’re on the gateway block,” Khanisa Darby said recently, referring to the city’s entryway from the Northampton Street free bridge connecting downtown Easton and Phillipsburg, New JerseyRead more here