Archive for the ‘Business’ 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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Lenny Kravitz – the designer

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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.

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BET Programming Schedule

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I  have very high hopes for BET. Yesterday (4 Feb 2015), I saw a clip from an interview with Debra Lee, CEO of BET. She said the channel was now trying to get a balance between education, information and entertainment. She is doing a sterling job.

A wide range of people have protested in the past about elements of BET’s programming and actions. As a result, BET heavily censors suggestive content from the videos that it airs, often with entire verses and scenes removed from certain rap videos.  So that is sorted.  But I want more.  This is what I want.

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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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BET CEO Debra L. Lee Speaks out

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BET CEO and Chairman Debra L. Lee recently sat down with Forbes magazine and shared her thoughts on being a female CEO, her unlikely road to running a media company, and her responsibility to promote positive images of African-Americans.

Giving insight into the programming philosophy of the company, Lee responded to the public criticism and backlash she has received in the past about of BET’s depiction of African-Americans.

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High Spending on Arms in Africa

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THE north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok is spared little. Earlier this year fighters from the extremist group, Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 local schoolgirls. In the past week insurgents and government troops have traded possession of urban districts and surrounding farmland, leaving much of it burnt.

The Nigerian army, one of the biggest in Africa, should have little difficulty scattering the amateur jihadists. But its arsenal is decrepit and its troops poorly trained. Hence the government’s decision to spend $1 billion on new aircraft and training, among other things. Critics question how much will go towards appropriate kit (never mind how much gets stolen by corrupt generals) and whether it is sensible to lavish resources on a force implicated in atrocities and human-rights abuses.

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Black-Owned Businesses Are Powering Detroit’s Resurgence

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Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit’s Resurgence, But No One’s Talking About It. So says Kate Abbey-Lambertz of the Huffington Post.

Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.

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Apple to Buy Beats by Dr Dre

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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.

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Oprah’s Empire

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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.

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Pharrell Williams – The Wonderman

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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)

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