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Many people are highly insulted by confederate statues and monuments, and they want them taken down and/or destroyed. Since the latest movement in New Orleans to eliminate these relics that commemorate folks who tried to secede from the Union, which resulted in a war that cost 700,000 lives, some Black people have been asking the […]

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“History, when presented well, is transformative; it defines and interprets reality, it gives people hope, it makes us better. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture.” Urban One, Inc. is the largest African American-owned broadcasting company in the U.S., and the largest radio broadcaster targeting Black […]

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The latest political circus is indeed the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Come one, come all! See the trained elephants, dancing, marching in perfect order, and balancing on relatively tiny stools, staying there until the ringmaster directs them to step down. There are monkeys doing all sorts of tricks, raging tigers that are made docile the […]

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What is so hard about sharing our money with one another? And when we do share, it’s for a moment; it’s not sustained. Any person who is relatively aware of how things get done in this world knows that whatever our goals, missions, or objectives, somewhere down the line it will take money to bring […]

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We hear a great deal of discussion about the percentage of money Blacks spend with Black businesses versus how much we spend with White businesses—and others as well. It is said that 90% of Black dollars are spent at non-Black businesses. Obviously, that leaves about 10% for our businesses. What are we getting for that […]

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Yet another report, the Nielsen African American Consumer Report, was released in October 2016. Titled, “Young, Connected, and Black – African American millennials are driving social change and leading digital advancement,” it points out various issues related to how Blacks spend our dollars, with an emphasis on our young people. To put it bluntly, this […]

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Before we are able to make the kind of meaningful progress necessary to bring about a change in our economic status, we must educate ourselves in the areas of collectivism, mutual economic responsibility, and the advantages of supporting one another in our endeavors. Economic empowerment does not have to be shrouded by confusing economic terms […]

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An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled, The Reluctant Entrepreneurs, by Joel Kotkin, author of the book, Tribes. The feature discusses several reasons for Blacks not going into business and being surpassed in this area by other ethnic […]

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I often use the phrase, “Our history is our future,” to express the fact that everything we need to do today, vis-à-vis economic empowerment, has been done before by African Americans in this country. Just look back at what Black people built in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Durham, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District. Take […]

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This week’s article is a follow up to my Food Desert article. One week after writing it I learned about a young sister in the Los Angeles area, Compton to be exact, who had bought a supermarket. Kia Patterson, the first Black in L.A. to do so, now is the independent owner-operator of a Grocery […]

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