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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Lenny Kravitz wooed us on the stage at the Superbowl on Sunday 1 Feb 2015. He had less than 2 minutes to show us how relevant he still is and he achieved that goal. I have been a long time fan of Lenny’s music and have albums to prove it. But I came across a little publicised fact that Lenny Kravitz is also a designer. An interior designer. He also designs hotels, TV studios, furniture, wall tiles, wallpaper and much more.
I am a fan of “Being Mary Jane” As an adult I appreciate programmes which speak to real life, and feature what I am starved of, Black professional glamour on my TV. Other popular shows on BET are the Wendy Williams Show, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Black Girls Rock, and The Game, and The Reel and of course the many AWARDs shows. There are also exclusive documentaries and interviews with entertainers such as Le twins and The Message. Yes, BET, give us more of the above, BUT… we want more. And well done to Garbielle Union.
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
Dr Dre (Also known as Andre Young, born 1965) has been trending on Twitter today. When you see a name trending – they have made news – either through something they have done which is crazy, or they have died, or amazing news has come out about said person. In this case it is the latter. Apple is in the process of buying Beats for a reported 3.2 billion dollars.
A little-known statistic even the most altruistic don’t realize until they wade into heavy-duty giving: The majority of philanthropic initiatives don’t work; 75% close up shop in their first year. Even so, there’s merit in the effort: As in business, failures lead to insights and breakthroughs. With her immense wealth, Oprah has sort to make a difference in lives through education and various other charitable projects.
Oprah’s first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college. This experience would shape the rest of her life and catapult her to creating a most amazing empire.
Pharrell Williams can do no wrong right now. He has the golden touch. Every song he touches goes gold or multi-platinum. Artists are tripping over themselves to work with him. He just seems to have the knack of creating a good tune, or improving a good tune. His bank manager must be very happy. In the picture above, Pharrell is showing off his body to an ecstatic 45,000 Australian crowd in Melbourne (March 2014)
Half a Billion Dollar Man
Tyler Perry is not just the black man that you’ve seen put on a dress for laughs, he is actually a Hollywood mogul. The filmmaker, writer and director has surpassed many of his caucasion peers when it comes to cashing in at the box office. According to Forbes, Perry is now worth nearly half a billion dollars.
Born in 1969 in New Orleans, Perry is more successful than nearly every other director in Hollywood. He is the only filmmaker in history to have five films open #1 at the box office in the last five years. This puts him ahead of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron and many other big names in Hollywood.