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Michael Jordan Listed As The 'Greatest Athlete of All Time'

Posted On: December 31, 2015

In 2015's Harris Poll, Michael Jordan topped the list as the "Greatest Athlete of All Time."

We all know Jordan is indeed the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), in this recent poll, MJ checkmate baseball legend, Babe Ruth and boxing legend, Muhammad Ali to be crown as king. Back in 2009, Michael Jordan was ranked on top of the list and made it again in 2015. The list consist of various athletes from football, golf, hockey, tennis; and more. Serena Williams made the list for the first time, coming in at number four and Peyton Mannign as number five, who was eighth on the list in 2009.

"Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation."

"Limits like fears, are often just an illusion."

~~~ Michael Jordan

To read more and check out the full details of the poll, click on the following link:

The Harris Poll

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New Heat: Big Sean feat. Pharrell and Detail - 'What A Year'

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Big Sean ends the year with a bang and dropped some heat last night (Dec. 30) titled, 'What A Year' with features from Pharrell and Detail.

The new joint celebrates the success Big Sean had in 2015, the highlight of his album "Dark Sky Paradise" making number one on Billboard's chart, to his several award nominations and recognition; and coppin' a few of them. He mentions his grandmother on the track and how she'll continue to live through him. He gives a shout out to the people who broke into his crib, expressing although they stole some valuables, they didn't steal his worth. Pharrell comes through with the hook, gives off a James Brown funk to it and Detail puts his producing game down.

Big Sean is anticipating on a bigger year in 2016:

"I’m tryna make next year the greatest story ever told,"

and is currently in the studio pluggin' into his next LP.

Hit the play button and bang to his new joint!

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New Music Video: Kendrick Lamar - 'God Is Gangsta'

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Kendrick Lamar premiered the visuals for two tracks, 'U' and 'For Sale' off his Grammy nominated album "To Pimp A Butterfly" in a short filmed titled, 'God Is Gangsta.'

The curtain call of the video opens up with K-Dot sitting at a table, dousing himself in liquor, trying to wash away his pain while confronting them and; wrestling with God, but really himself when faced with the mirror. He spits his bars and the hook for the track: "loving U is complicated" and the U being himself. Kendrick continues with his confrontations in what seems to be him calling out his father or the man who didn't uphold his responsibilities as one.

On the road to redemption and rebirth, K-Dot gets lost in a world of temptation in For Sale before finding his way and while he's being baptized, he reflects about it as the memories fade away. During the course of the short film, words are flashed across the screen such as:

"If I blame you for a lost, I'll be giving you all the credit."

"Time is change. You're friend or foe."

"You played the game. I pimped it."

And more.

The video was directed by Jack Begert and PANAMÆRA, produced by TDE's Christian Sutton, Sam Canter, Tyler Sobel-Mason; with David Bolen as the director of photography. The project was shot in Paris at Le Silencio.

 

 

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New Music Video: Fabolous feat. Chris Brown - 'She Wildin''

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Presented by Def Jam & The Family, Loso released the video for his joint 'She Wildin,' featuring R&B/Hip Hop crooner, Chris Brown.

The video's drop is honoring and celebrating the one year anniversary of "The Young OG Project" and give fans a taste what's to come with the sequel of Fabolous' upcoming album, "The Young OG Project 2." The album was slated to be released on Christmas day but due to sample clearances, the album's subject which is mostly R&B and Loso felt because of the projection of love from the album; a Valentine's Day release would be more suitable.

In the video, the visuals tribute the classic movie "House Party," Loso and Breezy get their dance on down a soul train line and mack to the hunnies.

Hit the play button and vibe to Loso's new joint!

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Happy New Year!

Posted On: December 31, 2015

From all us here at AndraleMarie.com, we want to wish you all:

May the New Year bring in a burst of blessings, abundance in every areas of your life, happiness to fill your heart with endless joy, prosperity in your ideas, dreams, goals; and businesses. And may love sweeten it all to satisfy the fruits of your labor.

As always, we thank you the readers, supporters and all those who believed in the vision of this website.

God bless!

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Resurrection of Black Wall Street: African-American Entrepreneurs Make Huge Undisclosed Deposit In Black Owned Bank

Posted On: December 31, 2015

With the leadership of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC), a group of prominent entreprenuers made a huge undisclosed deposit to the Industrial Bank in Washington, D.C. in an effort to improve Black economics, circulate and increase funds pertaining to its trillion dollar buying power of putting the money in Black owned businesses; and the investments of them.

Industrial Bank is Black owned and the chess moves of the entreprenuers involved was to inspire business men and women to invest in opening branches of their own banks and fundings to finance them. 

Ron Busby Sr., the CEO of the USBC expressed the importance and purpose of Black owned banks and the Black buying power maintaining in their communities, bank accounts, investments and etc. Busby highlighted how other races and cultures maintains their buying power in expanding their businesses. 

"In order for there to be a strong Black America, you must have strong Black businesses. In order for there to be strong Black businesses, we must have strong Black banks. So, from my standpoint, this is just a reciprocation for what Industrial Bank has done for our communities for the last 80 years," he declared.

"There’s a trillion dollars of spending power in our community and we want to make sure that dollar stays within our community. Twenty-eight days a dollar stays in the Asian community, twenty-one days a dollar stays in the Hispanic community. In our community, our dollar leaves within six hours. We have got to change that. Until we have total control of how we circulate our money, our power and respect will continue to be marginalized."

The group of entreprenuers consisted of fifteen men who vary in ages and backgrounds, they are all part of the Black Male Entrepreneurship Institute (BMEI) which has a partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. Once the transactions were finalized, the group posted up and took a squad picture with the CEO of Industrial Bank, Doyle Mitchell to celebrate their historic accomplishment.

“This is bigger than just a moment or taking pictures. It’s about how can we go out of our way to make sure that our communities are as strong as possible,” declared Randall Keith Benjamin who co-founded BMEI.

The vision for these men coming together making this historic deposit begin five years ago, when Ron Busby Sr. made a $5,000 deposit at Industrial Bank to fund inspections, title issues and etc. for first time Black owned businesses. Since then the vision has grown to Busby linking up with other entrepreneurs to continue funding Black owned businesses and launch Black owned banks across the nation.

“We know that our community banks are the strongest funder of small businesses, particularly Black businesses in the community,” Howard R. Jean who is a respresentative for BMEI stated.

“So this is our campaign, starting here at the Industrial Bank in Washington, DC as we launch nationally with BME to encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs, male and female of all ages to start banking Black.”

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Salute and Godspeed to the thoroughbreds!

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The Real Wolf on Wall Street: Suzanne Shank, The First Black Woman to Spearhead a Trillion Dollar Financial Corporation

Posted On: December 30, 2015

"The Queen of Wall Street," sounds like a nice movie title! We've heard of "The Wolf of Wall Street" which was played by Leonardo DiCaprio and usually when people think of Wall Street, the image that has been embedded into society is a bunch of White men in suits. Although, there was a Black Wall Street and prominent African-Americans who played a part and continues to do so in Wall Street, which are not documented in history books nor press; but as time goes along, we will discuss those things. But anyhow, the real Wolf on Wall Street is actually an African- American woman named, Suzanne Shank.

So, how come we have not heard about her? Now, those are the kinds of questions to ask and this is where we step in shinning the light of truth! I mean, babygirl got a powerful, extensive resume and is a major heavyweight in Wall Street.

Let's get to it!

Pictured above is Suzanne Shank who was promoted to CEO of Siebert Financial Corporation (a broker/deal institutional investment bank founded by Muriel Seibert, the promotion blew the door wide open for Shank who made history in 2014 as the first African-American woman to spearhead a publicly traded financial services institution. In doing so, Shank manage to generate a monumental $1.2 trillion dollars in transactions of bonds, trading, assets, stocks and etc.

As one of the most powerful Black women in Wall Street, Suzanne Shank's humble beginning's started when she acquired an MBA in finance at Wharton in 1987, she then went on to obtain a civil engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and begin her journey in Wall Street when she became the President, a Municipal bond trader and; CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co, LLC, the largest Black owned municipal finance firm in the United States. From there, Shank is part of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC., where she forged ahead and developed her own firm and networked with other heavyweights like herself in Wall Street.

Suzanne Shank was featured on Black Enterprise "Women of Power" 2014 February issue, during the course of the interview, Shank talked about the expansion of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.

“We are working on some strategic initiatives going forward and my focus this year will be trying to expand the business,” she elaborated. “We have about 40,000 retail accounts and they’re constantly looking for products. Those customers have about $7.2 billion in their accounts at the firm. They have money and they’re always looking to participate in the capital markets.”

Suzanne spoke about the challenges and success of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co, in referencing being Black owned and the diversity of women in Wall Street. She also, highlighted other challenges when it came to keeping the firm afloat.

“We remain the top minority and woman-owned firm in the business and we also remain No. 2 for largest average deal size. But we have faced an environment of increased regulatory requirements and declining spreads and that has had the biggest impact,” Shank expressed.

“But we’re really struggling with declining spreads, so you have to do more business to reach the same revenues and be very aggressive. It’s a very interesting time in the business. “

In concluding her interview, Suzanne Shank spoke about the importance of drive and ambition, how those key factors play major roles of opening any doors when it comes to goals and dreams.

"While education and talent are extremely important to attaining success, nothing can replace persistence and determination,” she indicated. “Through the ups and downs of business cycles and financial crisis, persistence is what has been most critical to ongoing success.”

 

Editor's Note: We feel it is important to write articles about Suzanne Shank, Tristan Walker and so many others who are cultivating and paving the way for the next generation; to follow their own path to success, greatness and not let racism or any form of ignorance stop them. This kind of leadership invokes power in the youth and the faith to believe in themselves. And that they too can make a difference as leaders, innovators, visionaries and also; in their communites, as well as the world.

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Game Changer: Lt. Gen., Nadja Y. West Becomes The 1st African-American Army Surgeon General

Posted On: December 30, 2015

2015 was definitely the year of many first and it will continue well into 2016 and beyond!

Making headlines is Lieutenant General, . Nadja Y. West who was sworned in as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). She also, made history as the first African-American to do so.

It is wel highlighted that Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West is the first Black woman to take office and position as an Army Surgeon General. Prior to her new rank, West was the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon and with a resume that consist of: Commanding General, Commander of Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Division Surgeon, 1st Armored Division, Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany and Europe Regional Medical Command. Genera Nadja's education consist of: a Doctorate of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In conclusion, she gained three stars as a lieutenant general which led West to be appointed as the 44th Army Surgeon General.

Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West was sworn in by Acting Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning. As the Army Surgeon General, West will be responsible for providing information and advise matters pertaining to healthcare involving the U.S Army, and its military to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff. She will oversee the management of healthcare, its policies (discontinuation and revising new ones), the development of new programs for the military's healthcare system, assessing health hazards, formulating new healthcare standards and regulations. In addition, General West's duties will require her to intergrate new heathcare service systems and developed new medical devices, and resources for the U.S. Army.

As of now, General Nadja manages forty eight medical treatment facilities and supervises the provision of quality healthcare to an estimate of four million active army members and their families. Although, she was sworn in, Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West will be officially pinned during a formal ceremony in 2016.

100 gun salute to her!

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New Music Video: Pusha T feat. The Dream - 'M.F.T.R.'

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Off his new album "Darkest Before Dawn," Pusha T liberated the visuals for his banger, 'M.F.T.R'  featuring The Dream.


The video was produced by Kid Art who maintained the thesis of the album and takes viewers into a mini fright movie of Pusha trying to release his sins and demons during an exorcism. The Dream is seen inside a church singing to the gods, with clips of Pusha clutching a gold piece.

Pusha T will be kicking off a tour in March traveling across the nation to four major cities, the tour will only last a month.

In the meantime, hit the play button to check out the new video.

Notable Wordplay: "The revolution will be televised/ 'cause we done seen it all/ and they tellin' lies."

Breakdown of Wordplay:

1. "I'm drug money/like Dapper Dan."

Back in the days, Dapper Dan was the master couture for street pharmacists, who creatively took pieces like Gucci and other fabrics like leather; and turned them into dope and fly gear. Dapper Dan's legacy in fashion continues to thrive and many fashion designers incorporate his blueprint into their own. 

2. "Chess moves on your checkerboard/King him."

The wordplay is self explanatory. Basically, you can't play checkers with a king who only makes chess moves. 

 

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Chance The Rapper Warms Up The Holiday for 1,000 Homeless People With The Gift of Coats

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Chance the Rapper recently collaborated with Empowerment Plan to do some good for the world and acts of philanthropy. Empowerment Plan is a non-profit organization from Detroit which provides employment to homeless people, from shelters to participate and create coats that turn into sleeping bags for themseves and others. The coats are insulated, self heating, water resistant and vary in sizes.

Chance the Rapper's partnership with Empowerment Plan launched a project called "Warmest Winter," with the purpose of providing a total of 1,000 to the homeless population in Chicago. The project will consist of fundraisers to sponsor $100 in donations towards the labor, textiles, expenses and etc to manufacture the EMPWR coats. Carhartt will contribute to some of the materials in creating the coats which will feature durable work fabrics and durable insulation. The coats can also be transformed to an over the shoulder bag.

Since their collaboration, Chance the Rapper has taken on the initiative of raising the money to fund the project by utlizing the platform of social media. He provides information about the purpose of the coats and also, tweeted a picture of how they look like. 

In an effort of gratitude to thank donors for their contributions, Chance the Rapper is giving away tickets to one of his concerts, a Chicago Bulls game and Chicago White Sox game. The Chicago Hip Hop artist has raised about $7,500 as of December 17th. The Warmest Winter project has raised about $43,000 and manufactured four hundred thirty coats which were distributed. Both parties involve continue to raise awareness about the project to generate more funding from donors.

Empowerment Plan was founded by Veronika Scott who is an entreprenuer and has grown her non-rofit business by providing job training, employement references, employs formerly homeless people and stable housing for homeless families. Scott is a trailblazer who empowers other women in pursuing their dreams and created a workable environment for homeless women to get back on their feet, to not let situation in life beat them down but to be fighters and win against all odds.

For more information and to donate to a great cause, click on the link >>> Warmest Winter

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Tristan Walker Keeps Self Made Business Black Owned, After Opting Out of a 1.5 Billion Dollar Buy Out

Posted On: December 29, 2015

Reading the title, one would think that Tristan Walker is crazy for turning down a $1.5 billion dollar buy out of his business/company. But actually, Mr. Walker is very smart and strategic, the African-American buying power is in the trillion and climbing as we speak, which gives Tristan the potential of not only banking on a billion but also; becoming a multi-billionaire.

Anyhow, let's get into it.

Tristan Walker pictured above is the mastermind, owner and CEO of his shaving company, "Bevel." 

Bevel's shaving products were created to assist in reducing razor bumps in men, especially African-American men where most shavers on the market causes skin irritation and are not developed for the quality of their facial hair (which is different, coarse and curly). Also, other shaving products produces ingrown hair in African-American men. So, Tristan basically came up with a solution to it all and released Bevel.

Due to Walker's insight on mens' grooming and the success of Bevel, Tristan was approached with several deals on the table from competitors to buy out and even reaching in bids of $1.5 billion dollars. Tristan Walker opted out in order to maintain and keep his self made business Black owned. Let's say he did sell out and that company makes double, triple in profits of what the buy out was. Did Tristan make a wise decision? Of course not, because he could of banked on those profits.

Selling out would hinder Walker's potential to grow and magnify Bevel. As well as making a difference in Black businesses, entrepreneurship and cultivating leadership for the youth and other men to aspire in owning their own businesses. Also, having faith in their creativity and potential of their companies to transform into empires. Bevel has the same opportunity to become a leading brand in grooming just like Gillette, Schick and etc. but instead its Black owned.

Bevel has made history and will continue.

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