Archive for the ‘Recent Current Affairs’ Category

BET – Leads the way in Black Entertainment

betlogo

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

Read more »

The Death of Business and Jobs in Ferguson

johnb

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.

Read more »

The Economic Consequences of Ebola

ebola

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.

Read more »

Black Celebrities Giving Back

helpinghand

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.

Read more »

President Barack Obama – MLK 50th Anniversary “I have a Dream” – Speech

obama2

Speech given by President Barack Obama, 9:13PM BST 28 Aug 2013

To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much, to President Clinton, President Carter, Vice President Biden, Jill, fellow Americans, five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding.

Read more »

Lenny Henry’s call to increase numbers of Britain’s Ethnic Minorities in TV and Films

lenny

A meeting I attended this week, chaired by the culture minister Ed Vaizey in the House of Commons, was in many ways a ground-breaking event. For the first time, representatives from film, television and the performing arts came together to acknowledge that representation among black, Asian and ethnic minorities across the television and film industry – most significantly behind the camera – has fallen.

Read more »

Transforming to create jobs and end poverty in Africa

transforming

Africa today presents a mixed picture. Economic growth is defying expectations. Yet, the continent as a whole is short of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015. The challenge then is to make growth equitable and strengthen policy interventions for reducing poverty. The question is how? The answer is the structural transformation of African economies.

Read more »