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Designing Women Cast Reunites for Table Read and Q&A to Support Racial Justice Activism

Fans of Designing Women can experience the iconic show’s pilot episode in a whole new way.



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Sony Pictures Television has teamed up with members of the original cast of Designing Women to host a charity table read and Q&A on Thursday.

The online event will help to raise money and awareness for Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, and World Central Kitchen’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Fans will get to see costars Jean Smart (Charlene Frazier-Stillfield), Annie Potts (Mary Jo Shively), Sheryl Lee Ralph (now as Mrs. Sundemeyer) and Scott Bakula (Ted Shively) read through the shows 1986 pilot episode, with some help from famous fans Leslie Jordan

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Gates Foundation Gift to Support Covid-19 Testing at Historically Black Colleges

Several historically Black colleges and universities will share a $15 million dollar donation over the next three years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support Covid-19 testing on their campuses, the foundation announced Tuesday. It will be the foundation’s largest donation to historically Black colleges and universities to date.

The donation will supplement the Just Project, an initiative from

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

that has provided instruments, kits and Covid-19 testing infrastructure to seven historically Black colleges and universities across the country so far.

The donation will be divided among Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana, with each school receiving $1.5 million. Up to four more schools will be added to the donation in the coming weeks.

These schools will act as hubs for other historically Black colleges in their regions, and will process Covid-19

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Megan Thee Stallion Launches a New Scholarship Fund to Support Women of Color

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Megan Thee Stallion has launched a new scholarship fund to support women of color.

The rapper has partnered with Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation to create the “Don’t Stop” fund. As the scholarship’s website reveals, “In honor of all the young women out there who don’t stop working hard to get their education! Women remain underrepresented and undervalued in society and female students of color are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources.” Megan Thee Stallion is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in health administration, alongside her super-successful rap career.

On Instagram, Stallion announced the prize and wrote, “COLLEGE HOTTIES LISTEN UP BECAUSE THIS ONE IS FOR YOU ‼️‼️‼️ I AM GIVING AWAY TWO 10,000 DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS TO WOMEN OF COLOR PURSUING A DEGREE IN ANY FIELD OF STUDY IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD🔥🔥🔥 APPLY RIGHT NOW LINK IN MY BIO

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Facebook Kicks Off Season of Support for SMBs Prior to Crucial Holiday Shopping Season

Facebook is helping small and midsized businesses gear up for a holiday shopping season made more crucial than ever by Covid-19 with its three-month Season of Support initiative.

The social network will provide 11 weeks of education, resources and training for SMBs, free-of-charge, which will be accessible via a new holiday hub starting Oct. 12.

Vice president of global customer marketing Michelle Klein said in an interview that Season of Support will be available in 15 countries and in multiple languages, adding that it was the logical next step in the social network’s continuing efforts to support SMBs affected by the pandemic, following its Summer of Support initiative.

Facebook said it will particularly focus on Black-owned businesses, which have been among the hardest-hit during the pandemic, closing at double the rate of overall SMBs.

“We want to encourage people to buy from Black-owned businesses this holiday season,” Klein said.

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Cultural visionary Arthur Satz leaves the largest endowed gift ever to support the humanities at Rochester : NewsCenter




October 8, 2020



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Gift establishes the Arthur Satz Department of Music and will fund a minimum of five professorships in the humanities within the School of Arts & Sciences

Arthur Satz ’51—a music major and the late president emeritus at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID)—has bequeathed the largest endowed gift ever in support of the humanities at the University of Rochester’s School of Arts & Sciences. Satz’s visionary generosity will establish the school’s first named department—the Arthur Satz Department of Music—and a minimum of five professorships in humanities-related fields.

The Satz professorships will serve a vital role in helping the school recruit, retain, support and recognize faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the humanities. Honey Meconi, a professor with appointments at both the School of Arts & Sciences and Eastman

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Porsha Williams Shows Support for Cynthia Bailey Before Wedding

Porsha Williams is making sure that Cynthia Bailey is getting plenty of love and support as she prepares to tie the knot. The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member recently took to Instagram to celebrate the bride-to-be ahead of her big days.   

On October 6, Porsha shared a heartfelt tribute to Cynthia on social media, posting a photo of the duo flashing smiles while posing with their arms around each other. “Ayeeee, Mrs. Hill to be is in the building,” she wrote in the caption alongside the photo, also adding an emoji of a bride. “So happy for you.”

The sweet shout-out comes just days before Cynthia’s wedding to fiancé Mike Hill, which is set to take place on October 10. Cynthia, who has remained busy adjusting her wedding plans to accommodate coronavirus protocols, shared her gratitude for Porsha’s support in the comments section.

“Thanks P!!! Appreciate the love

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Instacart announces Senior Support Service to help older customers do their grocery shopping online

Seniors are getting a little help with their online supermarket sweeps.

Grocery delivery service Instacart announced Wednesday its new Senior Support Service hotline aimed at helping customers over the age of 60 order food more seamlessly — and safely — online during the pandemic. 

Instacart launched a program to make it easier for seniors to shop online. (iStock).

Grandparent-aged consumers can call up Instacart’s Senior Support service number (1-844-981-3433) daily between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. to get help onboarding their digital grocery store cart. Instacart says the company has recruited more than 60,000 seniors to order grocery delivery in the past month, showing that demand continues to climb during the pandemic.

INSTACART ADDDS 7-11 AS GROCERY STORE PARTNER 

Instacart’s Senior Support

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A Win-Win! With Bookshop You Can Support Local Bookstores While Still Shopping Online

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If you want the convenience of ordering books online but none of the guilt for not supporting your local book shop, we have the perfect solution: Bookshop.com. You can find your local bookstore on their map, and order reads directly from them online. Otherwise, the sales from your order contribute to an earnings pool that’s evenly distributed among indie bookstores nationwide. How perfect!

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Bookshop.com has a wide selection of books, so odds are you’ll find what you’re looking for. And the best news of all is that they’ve raised more than $7 million for local bookshops already.

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Support small businesses this year with Amazon holiday gift guides



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  • While we’re getting ready for Prime Day 2020, the holidays are not so far away.
  • Amazon is getting gift guides up and running to let you shop early and often for this.
  • If you’re looking to shop locally and help out small businesses, we have some gift guides for you to check out. 

As you know, Prime Day is a week from today and 2020 is heading towards the holidays. While you are preparing to check out all of the amazing deals that are currently being run in early Prime Day sales and all of the ones that are sure to hit the site, it’s never too early to start thinking about gift giving. Amazon has already curated its holiday gift guides for you to look through and you can begin shopping now.

As we’ve written here on BGR Deals, Amazon

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Support the Postal Service in Style With the Casetify x USPS Collab!

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The United States Postal Service is in need of support, so Casetify decided to do something about it. They’ve launched a new collab with the USPS, and a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each tech accessory will go directly to the USPS!

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As Casetify puts it, their new collab is a love letter to USPS employees for always coming through when we need them most. And if you didn’t know, last year alone, USPS employees traveled 1.34 billion miles to deliver your mail. That’s the equivalent of 53,640 laps around Earth, 5,305 trips to the moon or about 15 trips to the sun! The USPS x

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