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Black History Month comes to life across SiriusXM Canada



With limited-run channels, special programming events, and more, February will spotlight the Black artists and changemakers who have made their mark on history

TORONTO /CNW/ – Today, SiriusXM unveiled its lineup of special programming across music, talk, sports, and comedy in honour of Black History Month. SiriusXM will showcase Black history and its influence on culture all year long, throughout February, with a collection of limited-run channels and special events spotlighting the artists and other influential figures who have transformed Black communities and shaped society, art, and more.

“This Black History Month, SiriusXM is amplifying the Black experience and the impact of Black artists, creators, our hosts and talent have had on pop culture through our curated content,” said Kimberly K. Wilson, SVP, Brand and Consumer Marketing at SiriusXM. “The Power of Black Culture has influenced music of all genres, sports, comedy, and talk. We’re thrilled to honour Black voices across the diaspora and celebrate their brilliance.”

“While we run channels dedicated to amplifying Black voices and highlighting the Black experience year-round, our Black History Month programming aims to honour the generations of Black artists who have helped shape music as we know it today,” said Dion Summers, VP, Urban Music Programming at SiriusXM. “From jazz and blues to hip-hop and R&B, the influence of Black musicians is present throughout all aspects of culture, and we’re excited to offer our SiriusXM listeners a platform to experience and listen to Black artists’ cultural pride expressed through their music.”

Programming highlights for Black History Month across SiriusXM includes:


The Apollo Theater Channel: From the early days of Jazz, through decades of R&B and Hip-Hop to today, The Apollo has been, and continues to be, the mecca of Black culture. Now, SiriusXM spotlights the music and artists that have graced the stage and have been influenced by the legendary organization. The Apollo Theater Channel features SiriusXM Apollo shows (including Alicia Keys, H.E.R., and more), artists who’ve performed at the Apollo, and those who’ve been inspired by the Apollo. You’ll also hear classic performances from artists who’ve graced the iconic Apollo stage over the years. The Apollo Theater Channel airs for two weeks on channel 104 starting February 14 and for 30 days on the SiriusXM App.


Notorious Radio: Inspired by the Brooklyn-born rapper, Notorious B.I.G., the Notorious Radio channel will feature his entire catalogue of music, along with music of other Hip-Hop artists and luminaries paying tribute to the rap legend gone far too soon. Notorious B.I.G. changed Hip-Hop forever when he burst onto the rap scene in the early 90s, and his laid-back lyrical delivery tells the tales of celebration and strife. Hear why Rolling Stone calls B.I.G. “the greatest rapper that ever lived,” on Notorious Radio for one week starting February 8 on channel 105 and 30 days starting February 3 on the SiriusXM App.

The Whitney Channel: Widely considered The Voice, and the most awarded female artist of all time, the incomparable Whitney Houston continues to inspire and amaze with her signature ballads and upbeat dance songs. The Whitney Channel will feature her many pop and R&B classics, along with remixes and live performances. You’ll also hear from celebrities and fellow artists who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Whitney. During Black History Month, fans can also watch the new biopic, “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody” on digital (2/7) and Blu-Ray (2/28), a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. The Whitney Channel airs on channel 14 and on the SiriusXM App for 30 days starting February 3.

Black Music Forever: Hear the tracks that currently move The Culture, and discover the music that’s on the come-up. If it’s Hip-Hop and R&B that’s killin’ it in the clubs, or emerging Afropop and Caribbean vibes – hear it all on Black Music Forever airing on channel 105 for one week starting February 15 and for 30 days on the SiriusXM App starting February 3.


Music that Moves: Throughout the month of February, SiriusXM’s music channels will include a variety of content celebrating Black artists, including:

  • A special airing of Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show February 12 on The Heat (ch. 46).
  • Hip-Hop Nation’s (ch. 44) Swaggy Sie, Torae, Gray Rizzy, DJ Nina 9 all will sit down with emerging artists and tap in on their views of Black History in Music/Hip Hop like Lola Brooke, Domani, TiaCorinne and more on Black History NEXT.
  • HITS 1 (ch.2) will celebrate and elevate Black Pop Artists and showcase music and conversation with Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Metro Boomin, Nicky Minaj, Steve Lacy, SZA, Rema, and more all month long.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis sit down for an onstage conversation about their body of work, their impact and legacy for a special on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio (ch. 310).
  • Jamaican singer, songwriter and actor, Ziggy Marley, spotlights five of his favourite MC’s and plays a song from each on Rock the Bells Radio (ch. 43) in The Furious Five.
  • The History of Soul Music A-Z, hosted by Valerie Simpson, will air on Soul Town (ch. 49).
  • Mixtape: North (ch. 164) will spotlight Canadian Black history moments throughout the month with vignettes by DJ Frank Vinatra.
  • About to Pop will showcase music from up-and-coming Black Canadian artists on Poplandia (ch. 754).
  • Montréal Hip-Hop artist and historian Kapois Lamort will delve into the often-untold history of Québec’s Black community and the impact of Black music on Québécois culture on Influence Franco (ch. 174) all month long.

NBA HBCU Classic and HBCU Legacy Bowl broadcasts: SiriusXM will produce and air the national audio broadcasts of two sporting events involving Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in February. The NBA HBCU Classic basketball game, featuring Grambling State University vs. Southern University, will air on SiriusXM NBA Radio (ch. 86) on February 18 at 4:00pm ET. The HBCU Legacy Bowl, an all-star game that features the best NFL draft-eligible football players from HBCUs, will air on SiriusXM College Sports Radio (ch. 84) on February 25 at 4:00pm ET.

Sports Tributes and Trailblazers: Across SiriusXM’s sports channels, Black athletes and leaders will be honoured through a variety of special rebroadcasts. This includes:

  • Trailblazers: A Celebration of Black History in the NFL on SiriusXM NFL Radio (ch. 88);
  • Bill Russell Tribute on SiriusXM NBA Radio (ch. 86);
  • Muhammad Ali Tribute on SiriusXM Fight Nation (ch. 156);
  • 2014 Town Hall with Pele on SiriusXM FC (ch. 157);
  • A series of specials on MLB Network Radio (ch. 89) celebrating all-time great players Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron, as well as roundtable conversations with contemporary black ballplayers who discuss the trailblazers that came before them along with their own experiences on and off the diamond.
  • SiriusXM’s Black Diamonds podcast, hosted by Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president and historian Bob Kendrick, tells the in-depth stories about the players, people and events that shaped the legendary Negro Leagues. Episodes are available on podcast platforms and on MLB Network Radio (ch. 89).
  • And SiriusXM® NHL Network Radio™ (ch. 91) will be collaborating with William Douglas, regional writer for and founder of the Color of Hockey blog on a spotlight interview series of Black hockey players, coaches and more, all month long.

Comedy: SiriusXM’s comedy programming will take a look at some of the biggest names in stand-up, past and present, celebrating Black excellence in comedy. Coverage includes:

  • Weekly hour-long themed comedy blocks on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio (ch. 96), including the 1960s/70s, the 1980s/90s (hosted by Sinbad), Fresh Faces, and The Kings of Comedy (hosted by Cedric the Entertainer).
  • On She’s So Funny (ch. 771), hosts Sha Hayes & Del Harrison from UpLate with Sha & Del will celebrate Black Excellence and Love.
  • Stand-up comedian Roy Wood Jr. is taking over Comedy Central Radio (ch. 95), lending his own witty insight and playing comedy from some of his favourite comedians in a celebration of Black History Month on Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm ET.
  • Fridays during the month of February, Comedy Greats (ch. 94) will broadcast exclusive content from Jamie Foxx and Paul Mooney.
  • On Laugh USA (ch. 98), listeners will hear a compilation of the funniest Black artists in modern comedy, which will air every Monday and Wednesday at 11:00am and 2:00pm ET.
  • Raw Dog Comedy (ch. 99) will also broadcast half hour blocks of comedy from some of the best current and rising Black comedians, which will air every Friday at 12:00pm ET and Saturday at 6:00pm ET.
  • Chris Robinson, one of one of the premier comics in Canada, will be taking over Ben Miner’s Comic Stripped on Just For Laughs Canada (ch. 168) for the month of February. This series of one-hour specials, airing February 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 8:00pm ET, will take listeners through a deep dive into the history of Black stand-up comedy in Canada. He’ll be joined by Canadian stand-ups such as Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Zabrina Douglas and Kenny Robinson, and will feature comedy from Dana Alexander, Hisham Kelati, Tamara Shevon and more.

Talk: Throughout the month, SiriusXM will also spotlight special talk programming including:

  • Urban View (ch. 126) is the home for dynamic discourse from prominent Black voices – including Joe Madison, Karen Hunter, Clay Cane, Lurie Daniel Favors, Heather B., Rev. Al Sharpton and more – and every day will continue to cover issues impacting the African American community.
  • All throughout the month Progress (ch. 127) will place a spotlight on US Congressional Black Caucus members, as they discuss their achievements and the issues they’re still tackling, as well as conversations about how to keep people of colour engaged and active in the political arena.
  • Doctor Radio (ch. 110), presented by NYU Langone Health, will feature special live weekly programming focused on health-related topics and issues facing Black communities, including a one-hour special hosted by Dr. Joseph Ravenell from the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health on Friday, February 10 from 10:00-11:00am ET which will focus on various aspects of healthcare for African-Americans, and will highlight racial disparities in health.
  • Business Radio will present special programming highlighting Black entrepreneurs and trailblazers in business and corporate America, with programs such as Wharton Business Daily, Randi Zuckerberg Means Business, and Marketing Matters featuring guests and entrepreneurs who are sharing pivotal moments in Black business history.
  • Kids Place Live (ch.78) will kick off the month with interstitials from Black artists who will share stories about luminaries in Black history. The channel will also highlight family-centric songs by Black artists, from both current and past musicians. Additionally, every weekend the channel will feature a Black History Month-themed “Weekend Party Mix” special show hosted by KPL’s resident DJ, DJ Willy Wow. The special Black History RAP-up features music of luminary Black artists and focuses on historical figures. It will air Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm ET.
  • Canada Talks (ch. 167) will feature a variety of special programming highlighting Black Canadian entrepreneurs, athletes, politicians, artists and more. Special guests include Guinness World Record-setting rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson on The Breakdown with Allison Dore, Shannon and Bryan Prince of The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, and The Honourable Charmaine Williams on Canada Now with Jeff Sammut, along with weekly guests on The Bilal Vakani Hour.
  • Celebrating Black History Month on Canada Talks will also air throughout the month, spotlighting influential figures in Canadian history with vignettes voiced by Terry Mercury.

For a full schedule of all Black History Month special programming on SiriusXM Canada please visit:

About SiriusXM Canada

Sirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; podcasts; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company, as well as on smartphones and all connected devices on the SXM App. For more information, visit

Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at

SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides ad-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 13 years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.

About the Apollo


The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, The Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. In 2023, The Apollo will open The Apollo’s Victoria Theaters, which will include two new theater spaces, and begin the renovation of its Historic Theater, marking the first ever expansion and renovation of The Apollo in its nearly 90-year history. Read more about the project here:

With music at its core, The Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo100The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend The Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, The Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at The Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and The Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about The Apollo, visit

SOURCE Sirius XM Canada Inc.

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The Fatburger story: history of LA’s iconic restaurant chain

The Burger Franchise That Has Stood the Test of Time



Fatburger on Vermont in Los Angeles, California
Image: Minnaert

Fatburger: The Burger Franchise That Has Stood the Test of Time

Fatburger is one of the most beloved hamburger franchises in the world, known for its juicy, mouth-watering burgers that have attracted a loyal following of customers for over 70 years. The company was founded in 1952 by Lovie Yancey, a black woman from Los Angeles who had a passion for cooking and serving delicious food to her community.

Lovie’s original restaurant was located on Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California, and quickly became a local favorite due to her unique recipe for burgers made from fresh ground beef, cooked-to-order, and served on a toasted bun with all the fixings. Her burgers were so good that they soon became a sensation, and word of mouth spread quickly, leading to the opening of more Fatburger locations throughout the city.

The company’s success continued to grow over the years, with Fatburger becoming a household name and expanding its franchise to other parts of the country and eventually the world. Today, Fatburger has over 200 locations in 25 countries, with its headquarters still located in Beverly Hills, California.

One of the things that set Fatburger apart from other burger chains is its commitment to quality ingredients and cooking methods. Each burger is made from 100% USDA-approved beef, grilled to perfection over an open flame, and served on a toasted bun with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and condiments of your choice.

Another unique aspect of Fatburger is its “Build Your Own” burger option, which allows customers to customize their burger with a wide variety of toppings, from bacon and cheese to avocado and fried eggs. This flexibility has made Fatburger a go-to spot for burger lovers who want to create their perfect burger.

In addition to its famous burgers, Fatburger also offers a range of other delicious menu items, including chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and milkshakes. The company has also adapted to changing tastes and dietary preferences over the years, offering vegetarian and vegan options for those who prefer plant-based diets.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fatburger has continued to thrive, with its focus on takeout and delivery options helping to keep the company’s sales strong. In 2020, the company even announced plans to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, signaling its continued growth and success in the competitive fast-food industry.

Fatburger in the food court of Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Image By TenPoundHammer (aka wachovia_138) –

In conclusion, Fatburger is a beloved burger franchise with a rich history, founded by a passionate cook who wanted to share her love of good food with her community. Today, Fatburger continues to uphold its commitment to quality ingredients and customer satisfaction, making it a go-to spot for burger lovers around the world. With its plans for continued expansion and innovation, Fatburger is poised to remain a beloved fast-food chain for many years to come.

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Lawyers of Color Honors DE&I Pacesetter BAL with Aspire Diversity Award



DALLAS /PRNewswire/ — Corporate immigration powerhouse BAL was distinguished this month by Lawyers of Color (LOC), for its industry-leading commitment to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion. The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit for the advancement of legal professionals of color awarded BAL with the Aspire Diversity Award, and will feature the firm in its Diversity Issue 2023 publication. Four of BAL’s Partners are named to the 2023 Lawyers of Color Power List: Managing Partner Frieda Garcia; Rob Caballero, who manages BAL’s Houston office; Nassim Mahzoon, who oversees the Santa Clara, Calif. office; and Edward Rios, who leads the firm’s Boston office.

The Aspire Diversity Award honors law firms that are dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion in their staff, managing partners, executive management committee and office managing partners, and that employ 4% or more Black attorneys.

BAL, the 2023 Immigration Law Firm of the Year by Best Lawyers-U.S. News & World Report, also ranked as the #1 law firm in the country for diversity on Law360’s 2022 Diversity Snapshot for the third year in a row. BAL also ranks the highest in diversity among equity partners, associates and other attorneys compared to firms of its size. Sixty three percent of BAL employees are people of color and the majority of BAL’s attorneys, 54%, are attorneys of color. Attorneys of color also make up 28% of the firm’s partners, 63% of the firm’s equity partners, and 60% of other BAL attorneys. The Aspire Diversity Award underscores BAL’s leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, and the business sector as a whole.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged by Lawyers of Color for our exceptional and authentic people-centered culture,” said Nicole Dawson, Chief People Officer. “We have always known that diversity is one of our biggest strengths and reflects our inclusive work environment and how we interact with our clients and our communities.”

LOC’s Power List distinguishes the most influential attorneys of color in the U.S., and is the only comprehensive listing of its kind in the industry. LOC initially compiled the list to highlight the achievements of lawyers of color and to promote DE&I in the legal industry.

“I’m honored to receive this significant and historic award,” said Managing Partner Frieda Garcia, who has helped BAL become a thought leader on DE&I issues. “My experience of diversity is lived and inspires me to cultivate diversity, empowerment and belonging in our DE&I initiatives. Diversity, equity and inclusion power our unified, oneBAL people culture, and because of it, we are that much more effective for our immigration clients across the nation and around the world.”


About Lawyers of Color

Lawyers of Color is a 501(c)(3) missioned to advancing diversity in the legal profession and democracy and equality in marginalized communities. LOC champions attorneys of color and analyzes the intersection of the legal profession and social justice. The organization supplies critical research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to its clients, and is recognized by the American Bar Association, National Association of Black Journalists, and National Black Law Students Association. LOC maintains a social media and email census of nearly 50,000 legal professionals, the record largest of any minority legal organization.

About BAL

BAL, the world’s leading corporate immigration law firm, is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable businesses to be more successful. Established in 1980, BAL has consistently provided immigration expertise, people-centered client services and leading technology innovation. In 2018, BAL entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Deloitte U.K. to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model. BAL’s proprietary Cobalt® digital immigration services platform won the 2020 CODiE Award for Best Legal Tech Product, the prestigious CIO100 award for Innovative Use of Intelligent Automation in Immigration Services and Legalweek‘s Most Innovative Law Firm Operations Team of 2021. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

BAL has ranked #1 on multiple industry rankings for diversity, equity and inclusion, including the #1 Law Firm for Women by the National Law Journal four years in a row (2019-2022), #1 on the Diversity Scorecard by The American Lawyer (2020 and 2021), and #1 on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot for three years running (2020-2022). BAL won in seven of Comparably‘s Best Company categories, including Diversity, Women, Career Growth, and Perks & Benefits. The Dallas Business Journal named BAL one of only a handful of the 2022 Best Places to Work based exclusively on employee feedback. US News & World ReportBest Lawyers named BAL the 2023 Immigration Law Firm of the Year.

SOURCE Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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NASA Experts Go on Tour with The Color of Space Documentary



The Color of Space Documentary
NASA TV producer of “The Color of Space” Jori Kates gives remarks prior to the screening of the documentary at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Washington, Saturday, June 18, 2022. Premiering on Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, “The Color of Space” is an inspirational documentary that tells the stories of NASA’s Black astronauts determined to reach the stars.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA and Blue Origin’s nonprofit Club for the Future will co-host multiple free in-person viewing events of the agency’s documentary, The Color of Space, at historically Black colleges and universities, conferences, festivals, and more nationwide. The documentary is a conversation between seven current and former Black astronauts, each of whom were selected to become part of NASA’s astronaut corps.

The viewing tour kicks-off at 5 p.m. EST Wednesday, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, followed by an event at Texas Southern University in Houston at 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 23, which will include remarks from NASA’s Johnson Space Center Director Vanessa Wyche. More viewing events are planned through fall 2023.

In the documentary, current NASA astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Victor Glover, Jeanette Epps, as well as retired astronauts Leland Melvin, Bernard Harris, Robert Curbeam, and Bobby Satcher, spoke about their journeys and their motivations in a panel hosted by Wyche, the first Black woman to lead a NASA center. 

In addition to the viewing of the 50-minute documentary, events may include selfie opportunities, appearances from current and former NASA astronauts, greetings by NASA leadership, and other activities led by Blue Origin.

To attend an upcoming viewing event, register on NASA’s Eventbrite page. Registration is required to attend the screenings.

NASA works to explore the secrets of the universe and solve the world’s most complex problems, which requires creating space for all people to participate in and learn from its work in space. Providing access to opportunities where individuals can be curious, creative, and innovative is how the agency will continue to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, astronauts, and more.

To learn more about NASA and its missions visit:


Source: NASA

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