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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech August 28 1963
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
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.
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.
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.
Kibera: Nairobi’s Biggest Slum Challenges the Development Narrative
Kibera is home to between 150k to one million people. The population is transient and undocumented so its difficult to fix a figure.
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.
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.
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)
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.
THIS SOUTH AFRICAN BILLIONAIRE PLANS TO GIVE HALF OF HIS MONEY TO CHARITY
Patrice Motsepe is worth $2.7 Billion as of March 2014. He is age 52, and made his monthy from mining.
He resides in Johannesburg, South Africa and is married with 3 children.
Raised in a poor rural area, Patrice Motsepe lays claim to two firsts. He is both South Africa’s first black billionaire and in January 2012, he became the first African to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge. His publicly traded mining conglomerate, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has interests in platinum, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese, coal, copper and gold. He also holds a stake in Sanlam, a publicly traded financial services company. Motsepe trained as a lawyer and became the first black partner at the Bowman Gilfillan law firm in Johannesburg and then started a contracting business doing mine scut work.