Archive for the ‘North America’ Category

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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U. S. Minorities Losing Economic Ground

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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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Oprah finds many ways to Give Back

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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.

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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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Tyler Perry – the Half a Billion Dollar Man

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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.

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RACE AND POVERTY, FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE MARCH with MLK

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RACE AND POVERTY, FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE MARCH.  What Has Changed?

POSTED BY Vauhini Vara. AUGUST 27, 2013
When we talk about the historic civil-rights gathering whose fifty-year anniversary will be celebrated on Wednesday, we usually call it the March on Washington. In fact, the full name of the event was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; early in his speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., lamented that black Americans lived “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” The marchers had ten demands for Congress, at least four of which were aimed at improving black people’s financial circumstances and narrowing the gulf between black and white Americans’ economic opportunities.Fifty years later, that gulf hasn’t changed much. By some measures it has widened.

High black poverty a shame in the U.S. of A.

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Regional Insights: High black poverty a shame
By Harold D. Miller

The Pittsburgh region has received many accolades over the past year for its high quality of life and the resilience of its economy. But our community also is No. 1 in the nation on an issue that should be a source of shame, not pride.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pittsburgh region has the highest rate of poverty among working-age African-Americans of any of the 40 largest metropolitan regions in the country. More than one-quarter (28 percent) of the region’s African-Americans ages 18 to 64 lived in poverty in 2008. That’s twice as high as in regions such as Baltimore and Charlotte, N.C.

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Change Your Mind and You Change Everything

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Change Your Mind and You Change Everything

Throughout my career, I have interviewed many blacks who have created healthy financial lives and many who have not. A major difference in the two groups is how they view money and how they view themselves.

A common view, but look at two responses to this.

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Are Rappers truly rich?

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How Do Rappers Make Money and REALLY How Much Do They Make?

Certain rappers like to brag about the money they have.  Do rappers really make as much money as they say they do? And if they do, how do rappers make money? Aside from Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, or somebody like Kanye West, I can’t imagine many rappers with as much money as flaunted in the average mainstream rap song.

It is commonly reported that JayZ and P. Diddy are worth in excess of 500 million dollars.

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Patricia Bath, Leading Ophthalmologist

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Born in New York City on November 4, 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that “eyesight is a basic human right.” In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, improving treatment for cataract patients. She patented the device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.

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