Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

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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Lil Wayne Lyrics Accused

About 4 years ago, Dr. Boyce Watkins called Lil’ Wayne is “An Enemy of the Black Community”

Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University professor and writer, has had enough of Lil’ Wayne. On his Your Black World blog, he takes the New Orleans rapper to task after discovering him to be “an enemy of the Black community” after hearing the track “We Be Steady Mobbin“:

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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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Big businesses that benefit from Prison Labour

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Corporations Profiting From The Prison Industrial Complex

As the United States continues to lead the world in the percentage of its population that it incarcerates, there are dozens of companies that profit from the mass incarceration epidemic.  Inmates provide companies with cheap, easy to control labor without them being required to provide workers with health insurance or sick days.  Corporations who use prison labor also do not have to worry about having to consider family or vacation time for employees.  Corporations also get away with paying inmates between 90 cents and $4 a day.

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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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Charity, Music and Politics with Band Aid 30

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Charity, Music and Politics are not comfortable bedfellows. At least half the audience will not be happy. But does it really matter – if money will be raised anyway for a good cause. Let us examine the new Bob Geldof project.

We puzzled over the pictures from #BandAid30. Yes, it is a good cause, but why was there so little  involvement from black artists and why are the lyrics so bad?

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Senator Barack Obama – Race Speech, March 2008

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The following is a transcript of the remarks of Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, delivered March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia at the Constitution Center. In it, Obama addresses the role race has played in the presidential campaign. He also responds to criticism of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unpaid campaign adviser and pastor at Obama’s Chicago church. Wright has made inflammatory remarks about the United States and has accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

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Bill Clinton – 50th Anniversary of MLK “I have a Dream” – Speech

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Former President Bill Clinton delivered the following remarks at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 2013 at the Lincoln Memorial.

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

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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.

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U. S. Minorities Losing Economic Ground

Chicago Hosts Job Fair For City Jobs

National Urban League discusses the State of Black America 2014.

Report by   JESSE J. HOLLAND, 3rd April 2014.

African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

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