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Comcast NBCUniversal Celebrates Black History Month

Comcast NBCUniversal honors Black History Month by celebrating the central role that Black people have played in shaping the United States – and the unique contributions of Black women in particular. Across technology, arts, culture, civil rights, politics and more, Black women have been the backbone of major advancements and triumphs and also the vocal leaders and catalysts who inspire and make bold change happen. This year, we’re celebrating the Black women leaders, business owners, changemakers and the communities they uplift.

A message from Comcast’s Chief Diversity Officer Dalila Wilson Scott on the importance of Black History Month and why we celebrate as a company.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Our Impact

To learn more about our commitment to advance equality as well as a more comprehensive look at the programs and initiatives we have developed to advance our strategy and fulfill our $100 million commitment, please visit Our Impact page.


Black voices have profoundly shaped the content we share across our platforms. We recognize the power of representation, and that is why we have launched platforms such as the Xfinity Black Experience channel, Voices of the Civil Rights Movement and Comcast Newsmakers to ensure we’re not only amplifying diverse voices, but helping to tell culturally representative stories through a first-hand lens.

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Learn how this new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program is helping to build the next generation of diverse journalists and storytellers.


As part of our $100 million multiyear, comprehensive commitment to advance social justice and ensure more people have equal access to the education and training needed to succeed, Comcast NBCUniversal has partnered with nonprofit organizations who share our commitment to improving economic outcomes, especially for underrepresented populations. By providing access to the education, tools, and resources needed to succeed in an increasingly digital world and empowering the next generation of storytellers, our goal is to effect real, sustainable change.This month, Comcast is shining a light on Black female business leaders who have championed this work, and the incredible impacts they have had on our communities. Read about some of these leaders below.


Whether through our Supplier Diversity program or our work to ensure that Black founder stories and experiences are amplified across our LIFT Labs platforms, supporting Black businesses across the country is a vital piece of our ongoing efforts to combat systemic inequities. And today, as Black businesses are hurting due to COVID-19, we’ve launched Comcast RISE to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to these businesses who have been hardest hit. Here are the stories of some of the diverse businesses we work with and support.


There are phenomenal Black women making history within the world of Comcast NBCUniversal who advance our company’s mission everyday. We’re taking the time to celebrate and uplift the voices from within.

 
 
 
Dalila Wilson-Scott
Dalila Wilson-Scott
As Comcast’s Chief Diversity Officer, Wilson-Scott oversees the company’s diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives and philanthropic strategy.
 
 
 
 Shirlette Chambers
Shirlette Chambers
Cloud Software Engineer Shirlette Chambers leads the BENgineers, a subgroup of the Black Employee Network Employee Resource Group.
 
 
 
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones
Recently named the next President of MSNBC, Jones will become the first woman of color to lead a major cable news company.
 
 
 
Yvette Miley
Yvette Miley
Well respected for her decades long commitment to journalistic excellence, Miley champions diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the NBCU News Group.
 
 
 
Ebonne Ruffins
Ebonne Ruffins
Ruffins leads efforts to preserve first-hand accounts from civil rights activists through the multimedia platform Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
 
 
Pearlena Igbokwe
Pearlena Igbokwe
Igbokwe leads NBCU’s global television studio business and was recently promoted to chairman, Univeral Studio Group, making her one of the most powerful people in the industry and the first Black woman to run a major TV studio.
 
 
 
Nicole Jackson
Nicole Jackson
Director of Customer Experience Nicole Jackson helped to launch a new chapter of the Black Employee Network in Comcast’s Freedom Region.
 
 
 
Val Boreland
Boreland, an EVP of content strategy for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, oversees the buying and curating of content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.
 
 
 
Keesha Boyd
Keesha Boyd
Boyd is the Executive Director for multicultural video and entertainment at Comcast NBCUniversal and is responsible for defining strategy specific to Black, Latino, Asian American, and international audiences. Boyd also oversees the new Black Experience on Xfinity Channel.
 
 
 
Sheena Parker
Sheena Parker
As Customer Service Strategy & Operations Manager at Comcast, Parker oversees programs that help our agents enhance their skills and access advancement opportunities. She also leads the Black Employee Network in Comcast’s Big South Region.



In celebration of Black History Month, we’re teaming up with artists to honor the critical contributions of Black women in shaping the history and future of our nation. Stay tuned throughout the month to see their original artwork.

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Comcast Newsmakers

Comcast Newsmakers is a forum for leaders to tackle issues that matter. Throughout Black History Month, the platform will spotlight issues of equity and advancement through the lens of Black female voices and leadership.

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