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She Is Currently The Only Black Woman Who Is The President Of An NFL Team

Sandra Douglass Morgan is the newly appointed President of the Las Vegas Raiders, making history as the first Black woman to hold this position in the NFL. Morgan brings a wealth of experience and passion to the position, marking a significant milestone in a league where diversity in leadership has often been a challenge.

Morgan, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, has had significant experience in Nevada’s gaming industry, making her a natural fit for the Raiders’ president position. She might not be a familiar name in NFL circles, but she was well-known for serving as the chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board from 2019 to 2021, breaking both gender and color barriers in the process, according to Defender Network.

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Juris Doctor from UNLV’s Boyd Law School. Her diverse career includes roles as a litigation attorney at MGM Resorts International, city attorney in North Las Vegas, and director of external affairs at AT&T Services Inc.

Beyond her connections to the gaming industry, Morgan has ties to the NFL through her roles on the Las Vegas Super Bowl host committee and the board of directors of Allegiant Travel Co., the parent company of Allegiant Air, which holds naming rights for the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium.

Moreover, Morgan is married to Don Morgan, a former NFL receiver. She is also actively involved in organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

While making history as the first Black woman to lead an NFL team, she follows a legacy of breaking barriers at the Raiders, who had the first Black coach in the NFL’s modern era in 1989 and the first female NFL CEO, Amy Trask, in 1997.

Morgan’s appointment was announced internally, replacing Dan Ventrelle, who left amid claims of a hostile workplace. She takes on the role at a challenging time for the Raiders, following the resignations of multiple presidents and front-office executives. Despite that, she expressed her excitement about joining the team during this pivotal moment in its history.

“I am thrilled to join you as we embark on one of the most exciting times in the history of our organization,” Morgan said.

Be sure to follow Morgan on Instagram @SDMRaiders1

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Black-Owned Construction Company Awarded $215M Contract To Renovate Charlotte Hornets Arena

D.A. Everett Construction Group, a Black-owned construction company, is set to take charge of the $215 million renovation project for the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. Donovan Everett, the 42-year-old President and Owner of D.A. Everett Construction Group, shared his excitement to be part of the renovations of the arena where the Charlotte Hornets play.”It’s been an exciting opportunity to do this because it’s such a high-profile project,” Everett told QCity Metro. “Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime, particularly for a local, homegrown company like ours.”

Everett got his start in construction from his father back in Beaufort, NC. He studied business management at NC State University, then went on to earn certificates in healthcare construction and contractor licenses across North Carolina, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 2013, he launched D.A. Everett Construction Group in Raleigh, NC. Over the years, Donovan has overseen various projects across the region, including renovations at Bojangles Coliseum, CMPD, and multiple schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. The company, which just recently moved its headquarters to Charlotte, earned recognition as one of Charlotte’s top Black-owned companies in 2022 based on revenue.

When the opportunity to renovate Spectrum Center came, Donovan teamed up with Turner Construction, known for their work on the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. After a rigorous selection process in 2023, they secured the project and started planning.

The project, called Re!magine Spectrum Center, aims to enhance various aspects of the arena. Plans include adding 2,500 lower-level seats, upgrading concourses and breezeways, and modernizing club and food-beverage areas. The renovations are scheduled to commence in May 2024, with completion expected by May 2025.

“Whether it’s concerts, basketball or whatever event, the Spectrum Center will be the place to be,” Everett said.

Learn more about the company via its official website at DAEverettGroup.com

Also, be sure to follow their Instagram @DAEverettConstructionGroup_

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HBCU Grads, Founders Of Black-Owned Golf Brand Secure $3.4M In Funding

Eastside Golf, a lifestyle golf brand founded in 2019 by African American entrepreneurs Olajuwon Ajanaku and Earl Coope (both HBCU graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta), has hit a big milestone as they recently secured $3.4 million in funding. The funding aims to help grow their brand and change people’s perspective on golf.

Since its launch, Eastside Golf has achieved outstanding success, with a 600% growth in the last two years. From only 2 employees and $100,000 in revenue in their first year, they now have a team of 16 people and have earned over $4 million by 2023, according to Shoppe Black.

What sets Eastside Golf apart is its distinctive apparel line, resonating not only within traditional golf circles but also capturing the attention of professionals, celebrities, and other athletes alike.

EP Golf Ventures, a partnership between the PGA of America and Elysian Park Ventures, recognized the brand’s potential and took the lead in the recent seed round. They emphasized their shared commitment to breaking away from golf’s conventional boundaries and to broaden participation and inclusivity in the sport.

With the secured funding, Eastside Golf has ambitious plans. The brand’s goal is to launch new product lines, including wholesale and women’s apparel, and double the number of pop-up events in major markets. The second-annual Eastside Golf Invitational is on the horizon during New York Fashion Week, showcasing the eagerly awaited “Spring Forward” collection at the PGA Show in Orlando.

Celebrity endorsements from NBA stars Chris Paul and Jayson Tatum, NFL legend Victor Cruz, musician DJ Khaled, and former President Barack Obama highlight the brand’s widespread impact. Collaborations with global brands like Jordan Brand and strategic partnerships with the NBA, MLB, and Mercedes Benz further underscore Eastside Golf’s influence.

Moreover, Eastside Golf is also committed to social causes, donating $150,000 to support HBCU golf. The founders envision expanding globally and creating brick-and-mortar locations, expressing gratitude for the support from EP Golf Ventures.

Learn more about the brand via its official website at EastsideGolf.com

Also, be sure to follow the brand on Instagram @EastsideGolf

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Retired NFL Player And His Mom Become Majority Owners Of Professional Hockey Team

Myles Jack, a retired NFL player, along with his mom, LaSonjia, are now the majority owners of the minor hockey league team, the Allen Americans. This historic move makes them the first Black majority owners of an ECHL team.

“From the football field to the business world, I have always brought passion and leadership to my teams,” Jack said, according to the Journal Gazette. “The opportunity to lead this franchise and serve our great fans is an incredible responsibility. I’m excited to bring a first-class, family-friendly entertainment option to this community alongside our great partners.”

The ECHL’s Board of Governors gave their approval to a group led by Jack and his mother to take over the Texas-based team in early October 2023. They are taking over the team from the previous owner, Jack Gulati, who held the team for six years.

Although Black leadership in minor league hockey teams is rare, there have been other instances, like former pro-MLB player Herb Washington’s ownership of the Central Hockey League’s Youngstown SteelHounds.

Moreover, Jack’s mother LaSonjia also expressed her excitement about their new role.

“It’s such an honor to lead such a great hockey team in Texas — which is a great place for families and businesses,” the proud mother said. “The Allen Americans are a pillar in this community, and we will continue that tradition. We believe in bringing people together and sharing memories, and what better way to do that than to attend an ECHL hockey game.”

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Meet The Black Woman Whose Company Cleans Sports Arenas For Major Events Like The World Series

Meet Sheena Parker, the founder and CEO of 4SYT Industries, a Black woman-owned facility maintenance company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her company has secured big contracts with major buildings and venues including the Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia in preparation for the 2022 World Series.

Sheena’s company has played a role in the Phillies’ World Series run and she is proud of it. 4SYT is the one responsible for cleaning the Citizens Bank Park before and after the games. Even after a rain cancellation, the crew of 150 members had to pressure wash all the 43,035 seats in the venue, making sure it is ready for the next game.

“My guys work super hard and they work all night,” she told ABC6. “We do pressure washing, trash pickup, and janitorial.”

Parker said her company also prepares the Citizens Bank Park for other concerts and events, not only the World Series. Aside from that, 4SYT is responsible for all state buildings in Delaware and the Atlanta public school system as well as several buildings and venues in 6 states along the East Coast.

Parker takes pride in knowing that her company is only one of the few Black-owned companies to secure such big contracts, which she did not really expect at first. In a field of work dominated by men, Parker, who is also an army veteran, said she is usually the only Black woman, or sometimes even the only woman, when she visits sites. She hopes to encourage more women and minorities who also have big goals.

“We all have the fear,” she said. “And I would just suggest that anyone push through that fear with whatever dream or business that they want to start. They just go ahead and do it.”

For more information about 4SYT Industries, visit 4SYTInd.com