EBONY Rundown: Jay-Z Seeks To End Bacardi Partnership, Smithsonian Returns Historical Artifacts To Nigeria, And More

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Jay-Z wants to end his partnership with Bacardi

After the announcement this week of Jay-Z’s lawsuit against Bacardi for the brand’s “lack of financial transparency in its partnership with D’Usse”, the rapper is planning to officially end their collaboration. According to reports, Jay-Z is looking to sell his stake in the liquor company. As stated in a court document, he believes the brand’s subsidiary, Empire Investments Inc., is using preventative measures to deter the tycoon from discovering D’Ussé’s full worth.

The Smithsonian returns historic artifacts to Benin

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has returned 29 Beninese bronze artifacts to their original homes in Nigeria. The bronze artefacts were first stolen in 1897 after a raid on the collection of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Nigeria.

Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian said, “Not only was returning ownership of these magnificent artifacts to their rightful home the right thing to do, it also shows how we all benefit from cultural institutions making ethical choices. Sharing knowledge and stewardship with home communities will help us better understand and preserve important cultural heritage like the Benin Bronzes and illuminate it for future generations in the United States and around the world. The return of this bronze is part of the Smithsonian’s new ethical return policy that was announced earlier this year.

America faces a shortage of black sperm donors

In a new study conducted by the Washington Post, the study found that there is a nationwide shortage of black sperm donors. Among the reasons for the shortage are “the inability of sperm banks to recruit black donors; a screening process that requires three-generation medical histories and excludes felony donors; black men’s distrust of the medical profession due to a legacy of historical discrimination.” Also, gay people are not allowed to donate.

The shortage has led to intense competition for sperm from black donors and ultimately impacts black women. Washington Post reporter Amber Ferguson found, “If it’s a white woman, she could very easily find a sperm donor. And if that doesn’t work, she can get another one. She can get another one. For a black woman, if she is lucky enough to find a black donor, it may really be one of her only chances.

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