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Moments in History: Dr. Charles R Drew



Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. This allowed medics to save thousands of lives of the Allied forces. As the most prominent African American in the field, Drew protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood, as it lacked scientific foundation, and resigned his position with the American Red Cross, which maintained the policy until 1950.

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Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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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.

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