Archive for the ‘Good News’ Category

Will Nigeria’s Good Financial Forecast Boost International Trade?


While the news has caused much debate, theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that Nigeria is now the third fastest growing economy in the world.

“Nigeria’s expanding economy has been very positive news in recent years. Nigeria is the economic heart of west Africa, and like sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, its macroeconomics are undeniable,” says Joel Patenaude, managing partner at J2 Partners Inc., who has worked in financial services in Nigeria since 2009, points out.

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Parental Involvement By Black Parents Helps Sons Succeed

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Parents banded together recently to help a group of eighteen young black men to achieve exceptional success in their high school years. Their efforts led to such stellar accomplishments as a one hundred percent high school graduation rate, a cumulative grade point average of the boys of 3.7, nearly 1.3 million in college scholarships and ninety-two percent of the boys being enrolled in college placement courses.

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Muhammad Ali Named 2012 Liberty Medal Recipient

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Boxing great Muhammad Ali, known for his unabashed self-confidence inside and outside the ring as well as his outspokenness on social and humanitarian causes, is the recipient of the 2012 Liberty Medal.

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iZania: Connecting the people of Africa via the Internet


According to Roger E. P. Madison, Jr. founder and CEO of , the business oriented social networking site for African Americans, it’s not a matter of choosing between online social networking and networking face to face.  Business owners and other professionals should do both, he says.

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Kisha Holt: Black Female Entrepreneur Fills Void in Children’s Marketplace


A friend of mine likes to tell the story of how when she was growing up, if there was a baby shower or a child’s birthday her mother would purchase a card with a white child–because there was nothing else available back then–and lightly shade in the image making the child African American.  30 years later while it’s easier to find greeting cards with images of people with dark skin, there are still gaps in the area of home decor for Black children.

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Center helps African immigrants succeed


MINNEAPOLIS — Hussein Samatar, one of Minnesota’s most improbable bankers, hung a new shingle in Minneapolis towards the end of last year.

Samatar, a Somali refugee who 15 years ago was struggling to learn English at the nearby Franklin Library, is moving his African Development Center(ADC) staff of eight into the refurbished former North Country Co-op building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, an immigrant crossroads since working-poor Scandinavians flocked to the area generations ago.

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Help for the African-American IT Entrepreneurs–Interview with Boyd Stephens


Starting a business comes with many challenges.  Information Technology professionals have their own unique hurdles to surmount when striking out on their own. recently talked to Boyd Stephens, Director of the Black Data Processors Association’s (BDPA) Entrepreneurs Advisory Group.  Boyd’s primary occupation has been in the IT field for more than 20 years.  Along with being a business owner for the last 13 years, Boyd has regularly conducted workshops for IT professionals who aspire to start their own businesses.

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Dr Thwaites Performs Radical Surgery


Antigua St. john’s – Antiguan-born American-trained urologist, Dr Dwayne Thwaites, continued to blaze the trail in his field of specialization when he performed the British Virgin Island’s first ever radical prostatectomy operation, for the total removal of a prostate.

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One Hundred Black Men


The overall concept of the 100 began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity.

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Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE)


Introducing ABWHE

ABWHE has been an advocate for and celebrant of the accomplishments of Black women in higher education for more than two decades.

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