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10 reasons why we Appreciate Steve Harvey

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 [...]

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Lenny Kravitz – the designer

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 [...]

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BET Programming Schedule

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. [...]

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BET – Leads the way in Black Entertainment

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 [...]

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BET CEO Debra L. Lee Speaks out

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 [...]

 

Toastmaster Malachi Talabi

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With a name which is hard to forget Malachi Talabi broke new ground when he won the UK and Ireland Toastmasters International public speaking Competition.  He then represented UK, and came third in the World competition.*

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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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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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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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Band Aid 30 does not show Race Equality In the UK Music Industry

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The Black Music Industry produced this open letter on November 15 2014

RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry) notes that Bob Geldof is recording a new ’Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ single by Band Aid 30 this weekend, with profits going towards the ebola response in west Africa. Whilst we appreciate this initiative and the many less high profile efforts by African community organisations in Britain, it is a shame that 30 years on, Geldof, a man who seems to have a passion for Africa, has not widened his address book to include African artists.

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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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Black Celebrities Giving Back

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Black Celebrities, like others  donate to various charities and causes.  When people who are rich and famous give back to others there is a renewed hope in mankind. Here we give examples of what has been done in the past.

It must be noted that this is a snapshot of giving which is in the public domain. It is possible that more giving is being done, which is private or not yet reported. Also a person supporting 30 Charities and another supporting 5 charities does not indicate any “giving back” since we do not report the amount of MONEY or TIME given.

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Oprah Winfrey Graduation Speech

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Oprah Winfrey Graduation Speech

President Swygert, trustees, distinguished guests, my fellow honorees, my she-ro, Dr. Dorothy Height, graduates, parents, friends, what a deep honor to be here today for me. I think Dr. Gates said it best. You can receive a lot of awards in your life, but there is nothing better than to be honored by your own. I’ll be calling myself Dr. Winfrey on Monday morning on the Oprah show.

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