PRESS ROOM: Adidas signs University of Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Rome Odunze as first NIL football athletes, celebrates investment in college sports

By Black PR Wire (Black PR Wire) Portland, OR – adidas recently announced the signing of Michael Penix Jr. and Rome Odunze to the brand’s growing Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) roster, marking the brand’s first football student-athletes. The Oct. 20 signing reflects a continued commitment by adidas to supporting student-athletes and empowering the next


Health: FDA proposes new ban on chemicals in relaxers

By Alexa Spencer, Word in Black The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a ban on hair-straightening and smoothing products that contain cancer-causing chemicals. Black women, who are historic consumers of the hair “relaxers,” may benefit most from the new rule if it’s adopted. The ban forbids the use of formaldehyde and other formaldehyde-releasing


Opinion: Why mass incarceration still has mass appeal

By Hiram Jackson, Word in Black America’s love affair with incarceration unnecessarily deprives people of their freedom. It also comes with enormous social and economic costs for formerly incarcerated individuals, their families and their communities. More than 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world, mostly as pre-trial detainees, remand prisoners or


The Pulse of Entertainment: Latin Jazz Superstar Elisa Gomez Taylor Garners the People’s Choice Award from Los Angeles’ BMA Honors

Elisa Gomez Taylor garners the People’s Choice Award from the Los Angeles Black Music Awards. *“It was this past Saturday…the Los Angeles Black Music Awards,” said Jazz/R&B/Latin-Soul singer/songwriter Elisa Gomez Taylor at the time of our interview when I asked about the event that honored her with the People’s Choice Award. “My husband was there…I