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Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. (Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP)

Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. (Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP)

Yesterday, President Barack Obama nominated both Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. and Lawrence Joseph Vilardo to serve on United States District Courts. Crenshaw, who was nominated for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, has been a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis, LLP for 22 years. The practice’s central focus is on employment issues. Lawrence Joseph Vilardo has been a partner at Connors and Vilardo, LLP for 29 years. He has experience with civil and criminal matters. “I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench,” President Obama said. “They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.”


HBO Possibly To Pick Up New Series by Issa Rae

Two years ago word spread that Issa Rae, the woman behind “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” would be creating a series for HBO in collaboration with comedian Larry Wilmore. This year, the network has decided to finally move forward with the project and gave a pilot order. The new show, which will be titled Insecure, will be centered on the experiences with which the “modern-day” African-American woman is confronted on a daily basis. Rae will write and star in the show with Wilmore. Although there is no word on when the project will air, the network might possibly include it in their 2015/2016 lineup. Read more.


Zimbabwean Businessman Donates $6.4 million to Morehouse College

Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa is giving back to pay it forward. Masiyiwa, the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless, has donated $6.4 million dollars to Morehouse College. The money is being used to send 40 African freshmen to the institution over a four-year period. Philanthropy is very important to Masiyiwa. He is co-founder of the Higher Life Foundation, a program designed to provide meals and scholarships to orphans in Zimbabwe. The charity sponsors over 30,000 children. His business Econet Wireless is the largest mobile phone network in Zimbabwe. Read more.

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