Black Arts Culture and Afrofuturism

Check out our Substantial Conversation with Ruth E. Carter Award-winning Costume Designer

Substantial’s President and CEO, Greg Hedgepeth, had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter, during her visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Subscribe and be entered into our weekly ticket giveaway for a chance to get tickets to RUTH E. CARTER: AFROFUTURISM IN COSTUME DESIGN special exhibition on display now through August 6, 2023 at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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Read the Summer 2023 issue of Substantial Magazine

A huge thank you to the North Carolina Museum of Art for collaborating with us to tell these amazing stories that are nothing less than Substantial.

Take a minute and dive into the Substantial stories of Black artists and the institutions and organizations that support them. The Summer Issue of Substantial magazine is all about Black Art and Culture in NC.

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Building The Alliance

A Substantial look at the important work of Black-led CDFIs sponsored by

The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

The Diversity Movement CEO, Donald Thompson (left) and Workplace Options CEO, Alan King (right)

Workplace Options Acquires The Diversity Movement

Leading International Wellbeing Provider Acquires TDM Employee Experience Platform Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Driven by Real-World Business Outcomes RALEIGH, N.C., November 7, 2023 – Workplace Options (WPO), the largest independent provider…

A Substantial Conversation with Michael Jeans, CEO of Go Green Energy Fund and Growth Opportunity Partners, the country’s first African American-led green bank. 

Substantial talks with Michael Jeans, CEO of Go Green Energy Fund and Growth Opportunity Partners, the country’s first African American-led green bank about the importance of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and CDFIs.

Our Black History is Substantial

Our Black History is Substantial and worth appreciation and acknowledgment by all! In a society that overlooks minority accomplishments and has a short memory when it comes to the work and achievements of Black writers, doctors, scientists, researchers, explorers, farmers, soldiers, policymakers, advocates, teachers, athletes, entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators, and sheer phenomenal human-beings, it is a must that we continue the great work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. February is #BlackHistoryMonth, but make no mistake, we make history daily. #wearesubstantial

 

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STORY COLLECTION

The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

Why Black-led CDFIs are in a unique position to ensure the economic stability of Black communities.

Why Black-led CDFIs are in a unique position to ensure the economic stability of Black communities.

A Substantial Conversation with Jaelon Talley

The NCGrowth-SmartUp program is tapping into highly skilled graduate students to work with local businesses…

A Mountain Of Hope For Women’s History

The Lens Refocused is the virtual conversation with your smartest, sweetest, most spiritual, and most innovative friends. Join us as we walk away full of strategic purpose and a new understanding of how to approach the mission ahead of us.

Substantial Media LLC secures investment and Board of Directors commitment from Donald Thompson, CEO of Walk West and co-founder of The Diversity Movement

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $160,000 to sixteen North Carolina startups in its fifth NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Substantial Magazine is one of the Grant Recipients Selected from Diverse NC IDEA MICRO Applicant Pool.

NC IDEA Awards Total of $160,000 to Sixteen NC Small Businesses

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $160,000 to sixteen North Carolina startups in its fifth NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Substantial Magazine is one of the Grant Recipients Selected from Diverse NC IDEA MICRO Applicant Pool.

The Diversity Movement CEO, Donald Thompson (left) and Workplace Options CEO, Alan King (right)

Workplace Options Acquires The Diversity Movement

Leading International Wellbeing Provider Acquires TDM Employee Experience Platform Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives…

Civil rights, pro-democracy groups file lawsuit against youth voting restrictions 

Senate Bill 747 (SB 747) is an unconstitutional burden on the fundamental right to vote for young North Carolinians.

The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

Why Black-led CDFIs are in a unique position to ensure the economic stability of Black communities.

Why Black-led CDFIs are in a unique position to ensure the economic stability of Black communities.

A Substantial Conversation with Jaelon Talley

The NCGrowth-SmartUp program is tapping into highly skilled graduate students to work with local businesses…

A Mountain Of Hope For Women’s History

The Lens Refocused is the virtual conversation with your smartest, sweetest, most spiritual, and most innovative friends. Join us as we walk away full of strategic purpose and a new understanding of how to approach the mission ahead of us.

Substantial Media LLC secures investment and Board of Directors commitment from Donald Thompson, CEO of Walk West and co-founder of The Diversity Movement

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $160,000 to sixteen North Carolina startups in its fifth NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Substantial Magazine is one of the Grant Recipients Selected from Diverse NC IDEA MICRO Applicant Pool.

NC IDEA Awards Total of $160,000 to Sixteen NC Small Businesses

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $160,000 to sixteen North Carolina startups in its fifth NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Substantial Magazine is one of the Grant Recipients Selected from Diverse NC IDEA MICRO Applicant Pool.

Clarence Heyward: 15 Minutes With An Artist

Clarence Heyward, a renowned artist whose captivating portraits capture the essence of black
experiences, has emerged as a prominent figure in the art world. With his distinct style and
dedication to his craft, Heyward has been making waves in the art community, using his talent to document history and challenge societal norms.

Richard Wilson, Jr.: Capturing Memories and Connecting Through Art

Richard Wilson, is a fine artist hailing from eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his father’s skillful drawings of him and his siblings, Richard has been painting since the age of eight and has become one of North Carolina’s celebrated artists.

Carly Jones: Arts Executive and Performing Artist

At the helm of this visual art nonprofit is Carly Jones, an accomplished artist and creative CEO of Artspace, whose journey exemplifies a commitment to promoting Black art and fostering a thriving artistic community.