Archive for the ‘Black History’ Category

10 reasons why we Appreciate Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.  There are many reasons to appreciate the rise and rise of this man.  Not just for his Comedy Career which started the ball rolling, but for his books,  his philanthropy, his relevance on  radio and TV and his business endeavours.

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Black Twitterati

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Twitter has become more powerful than the inventors imagined.  It has created new stars and given a voice to the everyday man or woman in the street. It has also caused people to lose jobs, lose endorsements, and brought down Governments.   According to a 2013 report, 26 percent of African Americans who use the Internet use Twitter, compared to 14 percent of online white, non-Hispanic Americans. In addition, 11 percent of African-American Twitter users say they use Twitter at least once a day, compared to 3 percent of white users.  Of course, these figures could have doubled by now in 2015, but one this is for sure, there is powerful movement online formed of mostly black people who use Twitter.

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Will Smith Motivational Quotes

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Here is an ispirational compilation video. Actor Will Smith provides some excellent motivational advice on achieving your goals in life. You can apply these principles to any area. Whether you apply Will’s mentality towards body building, losing weight, your career, improving your job prospects or simply leading a healthier lifestyle and bettering your family life at home, one thing is for certain. You will see a whole new world of opportunity open up before your very eyes.

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BET – Leads the way in Black Entertainment

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BET is a Black Business Success Story we should all be proud of.  Even though it is now sold, it has blazed a trail.  To many businesses have started and do not now exist.  After 35 years, BET is still here.

So how did Black Entertainment Television (BET)  start? After stepping down as a lobbyist for the cable industry, Freeport, Illinois native Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. Johnson would soon acquire a loan for $15,000 and a $500,000 investment from media executive John Maloneto start the network. The network, which was named Black Entertainment Television, launched on January 25, 1980. Initially broadcasting for two hours a week as a block of programming on Nickelodeon (it would not be until 1983 that BET became a full-fledged channel), the network’s lineup consisted of music videos and reruns of popular black sitcoms

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The Death of Business and Jobs in Ferguson

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The Second Victim of Ferguson. The Death of Business and Jobs
By John Hope Bryant, is the  Bestselling Author at “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class”

Nov 25 2014

Ferguson, Mo. is dying, but quite possibly not for the reasons you might believe.  Before I speak to the second death in Ferguson, let me acknowledge the first.  Michael Brown and the criminal justice system both lost last night in Ferguson, Mo.   There will be no public laying out of the facts before a jury of one’s own peers there. As a result, there will be no easy path to healing for those who feel the system does not work for them. This has to be said, and acknowledged.

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The Economic Consequences of Ebola

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The Economic Consequences of Ebola

While African countries are rolling out measures to stop Ebola from spreading, their double digit Economic Growth has been slowed. Since August 2014, South Africa on has banned travellers from Ebola-stricken countries from entering the country, and on Senegal announced it was closing its border with Guinea as a preventative measure, while Chad said it had closed its border with Nigeria. This ban on travel has meant imports and exports are affected, far beyond the borders of the affected countries. Riots broke out in a slum in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, as residents desperate for food rations battled police. The World Food Programme (WFP) said that about 1 million people are facing food shortages because of quarantines around the region.  The fear of Ebola has hit African hotels and tourism companies hard – nowhere more so than at the epicentre of the crisis, Sierra Leone.

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Black Celebrities Giving Back

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Black Celebrities, like others  donate to various charities and causes.  When people who are rich and famous give back to others there is a renewed hope in mankind. Here we give examples of what has been done in the past.

It must be noted that this is a snapshot of giving which is in the public domain. It is possible that more giving is being done, which is private or not yet reported. Also a person supporting 30 Charities and another supporting 5 charities does not indicate any “giving back” since we do not report the amount of MONEY or TIME given.

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Oprah Winfrey Graduation Speech

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Oprah Winfrey Graduation Speech

President Swygert, trustees, distinguished guests, my fellow honorees, my she-ro, Dr. Dorothy Height, graduates, parents, friends, what a deep honor to be here today for me. I think Dr. Gates said it best. You can receive a lot of awards in your life, but there is nothing better than to be honored by your own. I’ll be calling myself Dr. Winfrey on Monday morning on the Oprah show.

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Denzel Washington – Graduation Speech, May 2011

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Denzel Washington Graduation Speech, May 2011

Thank you. Thank you very much. I am obviously the most unorganized. Everyone else has nice boxes to bring their script up in; I just like kind of got it all messed up here put inside of a magazine so, in fact, I don’t even have it in the right order, let me get it in the right order here. So if it starts like flying around the stage just, you know, run around and grab it for me and bring it back up here for me. I’ll keep going as I can.

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Whoopi Goldberg – Harvard Graduation Speech

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Whoopi Goldberg Graduation Speech Transcript:
4 July 2011
Thanks, thank you.

This is a pretty amazing situation here because I am some place I used to dream about when I was a kid.

Now I was lucky as you all are and I know, Dean, that you thanked the parents but I want to turn the lights up on the parents one more time so you can see what I’m saying to you and that I mean from my heart.

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