Louder Than Words: Our Continued Support

On June 3rd we took a stand against racial injustice and published our initial statement in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Black community. Every day since we’ve worked to ensure our actions speak louder than our words. While much more is to come, our monetary donation and Community Voices are our first steps in us becoming a stronger ally.

 

Community Voices

The next step in our commitment/responsibility to being a better ally. We will be highlighting and amplifying black voices within our community. Each week we’ll be hosting an IG Live with a guest who will help us dive into important topics about the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

 

Episode One: Discussing Juneteenth w/ Terrence J

Episode Two: Discussing The Importance of Being An Ally w/ Evelynn Escobar-Thomas

Episode Three: Discussing the Evolution of Black Music in America

Episode Four: Discussing the Importance of Mentorship in the Black Community w/ Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke

Episode Five: Discussing the Plight of Inner City Youth w/ Lala Anthony

Episode 13: Knicks forward Julius Randle discusses the importance of education opportunities in low-income communities

Episode 14: Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon links up to discuss his family’s history of supporting social justice

Episode 15: Retired Yankees great CC Sabathia discusses sports and educational opportunities in low income areas

Episode 16: Jalen Rose comes through to discuss the importance of voting

Episode 17: Becky G speaks on the importance of voting in the Latinx community

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As a part of our commitment and responsibilities as an ally, we intend to highlight and amplify voices within our community. Each week our Senior Cultural Partnerships Strategist, @omarr will be introducing you to a new guest who will be diving into important topics affecting the community. This week we’re excited to welcome @IAmBeckyG – and we did things a little differently. We hosted the convo in Spanish (w/ English subtitles) in honor of #LatinxHeritageMonth. Becky joins us to discuss the importance of voting in the Latinx community, the incredible work @LatinoCommFdn is doing, and her passion for spreading awareness for the cause through her podcast, @EnLaSalaPodcast (available through @AmazonMusicLatin).

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Episode 18: Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade speak on the importance of voting

Our Commitment to Act

When we published our initial statement we made an obligation to act. This is our first short term action against that obligation. Our company as well as our Youth Foundation will donate an initial $1.5 million to amplify local and national organizations that make a difference in Black communities as well as programs and initiatives to create a more diverse workforce and progress the careers and education of many of our employees. We are still finalizing the details, however these funds will help us evolve in the right ways.

Episode 19: Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade speak on the importance of giving back to the community

 

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Episode 20: Sloane Stephens on the work her foundation is doing to empower children around the world

Episode 21: JD Finish Line team members discuss what they’re doing to help counter social injustice in their community

 

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Episode 22: Stephen A. Smith comes through to discuss the importance of HBCUs

 

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Episode 23: Aaron Donald discusses the impact that education, sports, and nutrition have on youth

 

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Episode 24: Todd Gurley discusses the importance of empowering and educating youth

 

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Episode 25: Samantha Smith discusses the importance of supporting Black-owned business and mental health

 

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Episode 26: Seth Curry and Callie Rivers discuss why impacting the community is so important for them

 

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Episode 27: DaniLeigh comes through to discuss the importance of supporting families of abuse

 

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Episode 28: DJ Khaled comes through to discuss his @WeTheBestFoundation and the work they do to help children

 

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To date, we have donated to the following organizations supported by our guests:

#FNLFam Stands Against Racial Injustice

This isn’t just about the words. This is our obligation to act. Our commitment to support our customers, employees and the communities we live in. Together, we are forming our plan for action and invite you to be a vital part of it. Fill out this form and help us take action.

 

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