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Maya Angelou Honored With Forever Stamp

Posted On: February 27, 2015

One of the greatest to ever do it, the legendary author and poet Maya Angelou was recently honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a Forever stamp.

In a press release, the U.S. Postal Service Postman made these statements below.

“Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.”

The late icon, Maya Angelou made several contribution in literature, activism, humanitarianism, she was innovator when it also comes to literature; and her legacy continues as she inspires many writers across the globe.

The stamp is scheduled to be released soon.

We salute you Maya! 100 million strong and moving.

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Powerful Black Women In History: Maggie L. Walker

Posted On: February 27, 2015

Maggie Lena. Walker (July 15 1864 - December 15 1934) was an innovator who made countless contributions to her community and the world.

Growing up, Maggie L. Walker watched her parents struggle to make a living. Although she was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, as an adult Maggie worked hard to acquire a silver spoon for her self. Childhood poverty and the post American Civil War, motivated Maggie to not only make a difference in her life but to also, make a difference in the lives of other people.

Watching her mother manage the family business, which was a laundry mat, Maggie helped and learned the aspect of what it takes to become an entrepreneur. This also inspired her later in her life.

When she got older, Maggie went on to college and after her studies, became a teacher and an agent for a women insurance agency called, The Woman’s Union.

Maggie L. Walker did not stop there. She went on to establish and founded her own newspaper called The St. Luke Herald in 1902. The newspaper's purpose was to keep her community informed about world news and events, also to establish communication between the state and her community. Maggie also joined the local council in her community, of the Independent Order of St. Luke, an organization which serviced the sick and elderly while promoting humanitarianism and integrity.

Learning how to hustle from her parents, Maggie implemented all that she learned by founding and opening up her own bank, St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. She became the first ever woman bank president in the world to charter a bank in the United States. The bank Maggie founded, merged with others and later became known as “The Consolidated Bank and Trust Company” is known as one of the oldest continually Black-operated banks in the United States.


Maggie Lena Walker made history, her legacy continues to thrive and proved that: if you have the will, you believe in yourself and push yourself; you can become all that you could be and more.

We salute you Maggie! 100 million strong and moving.

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Powerful Black Men In History: Robert L. Johnson

Posted On: February 27, 2015

Robert L. Johnson is the first of many first. He is the founder and the creator of the first ever Black television network called, 'BET.'  And there's a need for more Black television and media outlets but that's another post.

Also in creating and developing these outlets and networks, Black people need to remain the owners of them because, Robert L. Johnson sold BET to Viacom in 2001.

In being the founder of BET, Robert L. Johnson became the first Black billionaire ever. And being the mastermind that he is, Johnson founded a different way to invest and mature his money by building a business with several entities of major companies connected to it. Robert L. Johnson started the 'RLJ Company," the acronyms RLJ representing his name.

The RLJ Company is a management firm that invests in major business sectors from: basketball teams, sport outlets, real estates, hotels, car dealerships, insurance companies, entertainment businesses of course and etc.

The RLJ Company also has holding in companies from Africa and the Caribbeans.

Robert L. Johnson also guides and invests into the next generation of entrepreneurs with another company titled, "Liberia Enterprise Development Fund." And is also a leader in education by being on the board of The United Negro College Fund.

Robert L. Johnson is more than an innovator who made history, but a man who is a leader in developing the next generation of powerful and great Black men.

We salute you! 100 million strong and moving.

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Man Who Walked 21 Miles To Work Receives New Car For Free & $350,000 In Donations

Posted On: February 11, 2015

This story just keeps getting better!

Here's an update from the story we reported about a man from Detroit, who commutes back and forth to work on foot. The man's name if you recall is, James Roberston and he walked 21 miles to and from work. After the local news media in his hometown did a story about him, a local resident by the name of Evan Leedy, who is a student from Wayne State University, wanted to help Robertston and get him a car. But there was one problem, Leedy didn't have the money to buy him one, so he decided to raise the money instead. What started out as an online fundraiser on GoFundMe to raise a few thousand dollars to purchase a used car for James Roberston, turned into almost half a million dollars being raised.

Evan Leedy managed to raise more than he expected to, not only did he have enough money to buy James Roberston a car, but he had enough money to buy him a dream car like a Lamborghini. He raised enough money where James Roberston could retire from his job, start a business or etc. The possibilities of this blessing for James Roberston, is an endless one.

Roberston was re-interviewed and when he was asked what kind of car he wanted, he responded how he wanted a Ford. Somebody at the Ford dealrship in Sterling Heights was paying attention, because they gave Roberston a brand new car for free!

When James Roberston was asked why didn't he get a car of his dream, he replied how the Ford was the car of his dream because he could relate to the car.

Check out his statement below.

“It’s simple on the outside and strong on the inside — like me.”

 

Through all of this James Roberston remains humble. After walking for 10 years, James finally has a car that could take him anywhere. As far as the donations of $350,000, James Roberston gets to keep all the money. It will also help him acquire medical insurance which he didn't have. James didn't have a 401k to prepare for retirement but now he has six figures to work with. And a testimony to inspire others.

This story reminds us how there's a lot of compassion and kindness out there, we just have to seek it. And also how being humble, can be very rewarding. James is very thankful about his car, grateful for his past and hopeful about his bright future.

"Whenever I step in, it will remind me of where I've been," James said. "And where I'm going right now."

 

 

 

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The #1 Leading Caribbean & International Clothing Brand: DNALSI

Posted On: February 08, 2015

When it comes to Caribbean fashions, Dnalsi is the number one leading, international brand.

Dnalsi offers and provides a wide range of products from: tee shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, towels and etc. Their clothing brand caters to Caribbean culture such as: Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic and etc. Dnalsi is more than a clothing brand, they are involved in politics and philanthropy when it comes to being sponsors and spokespersons for enhancing and; improving Haiti.

In November of 2014, Dnalsi launched a campaign and made their signature tee shirt, the official tee shirt for Haiti. Dnalsi collaborated with the General Consulate of Haiti, Charles Forbin to make it possible.

Dnalsi was also inducted into The Haitian Roundtable of 1804.

"The Haitian Roundtable, founded in New York in 2008, is an organization comprised of Haitian-American professionals who are committed to civic engagement as well as philanthropic endeavors benefiting Haiti, Haitian organizations and causes. The organization seeks to heighten awareness locally and nationally of Haitians as an emerging constituency among key stakeholders as well as promote Haiti as a positive brand." -- Dnalsi

Dnalsi's signature tee shirt, is also the brand's signature phrase, "Sak Pase," which means, "what's up or "what's good" in Creole. Haiti's main language is French but Creole is also a language that is most commonly spoken in Haiti. Creole consists of French, Latin, Swahili, Portuguese, and some components of African slang.

Dnalsi's representation of "Sak Pase" is more than a word, but a lifestyle. Last year Dnalsi hosted their pop up shop event, which was an innovative thing for them to do.

 

DJ Stakz, the international DJ is the Dnalsi's Brand Ambassador.

 

With their joint business venture, DJ Stakz and Dnalsi managed to take the brand to another level in promotion, marketing and event hosting.

 

 

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Blogger Raises $1.2 Million To Send Students On A Trip To Harvard & The White House

Posted On: February 08, 2015

Humans of New York is a photography blog, that goes around mostly New York City and take pictures of people. Not just anybody, but somebody that catches they eye. Humans of New York interviews the people they photograph, or get a quote from them about life, jewels of wisdom; and write it one their blog. They have been successful with what they do, mainly because it's different and unique.

The creator and founder of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton was in the borough of Brooklyn, the Brownsville section and took pictures of Vidal Chastanet who is 13 years old. Their encounter, would forever change Vidal's life forever. When Stanton interviewed Vidal, he expressed how his school principal, Nadia Lopez inspires him and was the most influential person in his life, who pushes him to be his best. The picture went viral and everybody was touched by Vidal Chastanet's story about his principal.

Brandon Stanton went to Vidal Chastanet's school at Mott Hill Bridges Academy in Brownsville, so he could meet the principal and get a picture of Nadia Lopez with Vidal. When Stanton interviewed Lopez, she opened up about wanting to take her students to Harvard (which is one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S.) in an effort to motivate them to dream big and also, broaden their horizon; because of the crime and drug infested neighborhoods her students come from.

Brandon Stanton wanted to help Nadia Lopez fulfill her vision, so he began an online fundraiser for her, Vidal and her students. Within weeks, the fundraiser raised $1.2 million dollars and donations are still coming in. The money that's been raised will be used for Nadia Lopez to bring the her students to Harvard, it will also be used to send the students to a university or college of their choice; with Vidal Chastanet being the first recipient.

The story went on to generate interest from the media and NBC interviewed Vidal Chastanet and Nadia Lopez. During her interview, the principal stated how she was trying to get people involve and how much of a challenge it was.

From there, Vidal Chastanet, Nadia Lopez and Brandon Stanton were flown to California and was the special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen kept the donations going and collaborated with Target to grant the school the latest state of the art technology from computers, to office supplies, laptops and whatever the school was in need of. Also, other grants would be given to other schools in the community, along with the one Vidal is in, totaling up to $100,000.

"The outpouring of individuals around the world, speaks volumes. It's about those children," expressed Nadia Lopez while on the show.

And last but not least, the best part of the story is, Vidal Chastanet got to meet President Barack Obama and spent a whole day at the White House.

To accompany him on the trip was his principal Nadia Lopez.

And the man who made all this happen for Vidal, Brandon Stanton.

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Update On Bobbi Kristina Brown

Posted On: February 06, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown has been hospitalized, ever since she was found unconscious, laying face down in her bathroom. Her prognosis has steadily remained the same. Bobbi Kristina Brown as we know, is the daughter of the late great, Whitney Houston.

Bobby Brown and the rest of Bobbi Kristina's family have been by her bedside, praying and hoping for the best outcome. Yesterday afternoon, doctors informed the Brown family to prepare for the worst and to get ready to say good-bye to Bobbie Kristina. But Bobby Brown is remaining faithful, that his daughter will pull through. And let's hope she does.

Bobby Brown was told to pull the plug from medical health professionals, due to Bobbi Kristina being placed on life supoort. But Bobby Brown refuses to pull the plug and said, he would let God decide the fate of his daughter's life.

There were some conflicting reports that Bobby had taken his daughter of life support, but he made a statement declaring it to be a lie.

"This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place," he said on Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey who is close to the family spoke to the press and got very emotional. She was lost for words, when TMZ tried to interview her. Bobbi Kristina kept a close bond with Oprah, following the demise of her mother, Whitney. She has been featured and interviewed by Oprah Winfrey twice.

Bobbi Kristina appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 and Oprah's Next Chapter in 2012.  Oprah has been supported in comforting and offering words of encouragement to the Brown family.

There's been an outpour of support and prayers for Bobbi Kristina.

And God willing, Bobbi Kristina will live to tell it.

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Owners Of Original Burger King, Sells Restaurant After 60 Years Of Business

Posted On: February 06, 2015

Burger King got their name from a family owned restaurant in Illinois, Mattoon. They trademarked the name before Burger King opened their chain of restaurants nationwide. The family owned restuarant went to court over the rights to the name, but since Burger King had already marketed the name and made the name profitable, a judged ruled for them to keep the name; but there was a stipulation that the coporation who recieved the rights to the name Burger King, couldn't open any restaurants in the vicinity which the family owned Burger King was at.

Throughout the years, the family owned Burger King, the original one did very well in business, contributing to their longevity and continued to operate the business. The owner, Gene Hoots purchased the downtown restaurant previously named, Frigid Queen from his relative, Bill Paullin, in 1952, and added burgers to the menu, opening it up as Burger King in 1954.

After sixty years of being in business, Gene Hoots decided to sell the restaurant and the new owner, Sanders expressed he would uphold the tradition of the restaurant, and display memorabilia of the previous owners.

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Good Deeds Around The Nation: Target Employee Helps Teen Tie His Tie For Job Interview

Posted On: February 06, 2015

Target employees from Raleigh, North Carolina were caught on camera doing an act of good deed. A teenager strolled into Target looking for clip on ties and the employees at Target went above, and beyond their services.

The young man came into Target looking for the clip on tie for an interview. He approached one of the employees at Target, and asked where he could find clip on ties, unfortunately the store doesn't carry any clip on ties; and the employee asked a co-worker to assist the teen. After a purchase of a tie was done, the teen walked over to the employees who were on their break at the time.

The Target employees helped the young man regardless of their lunch break, they tied and taught the teen how to tie a tie.

“We took the wrapping off it, and I tied it on my neck, and fit it over head adjusted it and tightened it…fixed all his collar buttons and he was set to go,” says the worker.

They also helped the teen straighten up and correct the flow of the suit he had on. When they found out from the young man that he was going to a job interview at Chick fil-A, the staffers at Target gave him a pre-interview boost and practice. They advised the teen to practice good manners, to be direct with his eyes as far as eye contact, and for his handshake to be firm.

A shopper at Target witnessed the act of good deed and kindness being displayed, and took pictures; and filmed some of it.

“It was a very quiet simple moment, but it was very profound honestly kindness… from strangers… in a Super Target,” she recalls. “He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming ‘Bye! Good luck! Tell us how it went.'”

The pictures and videos went viral, and the local news station in the town, interviewed the Target employees who were involved.

“We were just here to help a young man get a job and forward his future,” said the employee who tied the tie.


The Target employees also followed up to see if the young man got the job, but the manager informed them he would make a decision by the weekend. The store manager at Target stated, if the teen didn't get the job, they are willing to hire him.

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#BlackLivesMatter Campaign Release Balloons Nationwide For Super Bowl Kick Off To Honor Victims Of Police Brutality

Posted On: February 05, 2015

During this past Sunday's Super Bowl, the #BlackLivesMatter campaign released ballons nationwide for the kick off, to honor victims of police brutality.

The project was synchronized for the ballons to be all released at the same time. The event was part of a mass group effort to raise awareness about police brutality and racism in certain departments, and in America. The broadcast was a segment titled, "All Roads Lead To Phoenix," which gave the #BlackLivesMatter access to over 100 million people to promote their cause.

One of the organizer's leader, Khadija Amon-ra expressed how Black men are praised when it comes to sports and playing to entertain people, but yet they are not praised for education, positive leadership, prosperity and so on.

"However the same vigor they cheer on black people who are athletic, they need to cheer on black men getting educated, black men staying out of prison, black men living, and being able to prosper here in America, as everyone should have the opportunity to.”

Check out the footage below.

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Video Trailer: Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy

Posted On: February 05, 2015

Hmmm, White Supremacy as a religion? It might be due to certain beliefs of it but anyways, let's get into the story.

Hidden Colors released a preview of their next installment titled, Hidden Colors 4: "The Religion of White Supremacy." The trailer opens up with the cross and the irony is, we've explored the cross recently, its meaning, purpose and why the Ku Klux Klan used it for their acts of racism; and what their meaning of it was. It sort of makes us wonder now if the Ku Klux Klan is like a religion of White supremacy, because of their belief and the use of the cross. We'll ponder it and see what we come up with, but anyhow..

Hidden Colors broadcast different segments, talking about topics most people are afraid of addressing. Racism, White supremacy, police brulatity and etc. are like the elephant in the room. No matter how many times you sweep it under the rug, it can't be hidden. The irony just now because "Hidden Colors" actually addresses those elephants in the room.

In there new segment, Hidden Colors recruited a panel of scholars, professors, historians, activist and etc. to address and rectify certain issues and topics like: global racism, racism in religion, healthcare and racism, omiting historical facts about Black people in school books and even certain libraries, financial warfare when it comes to public welfare and how it's a system built to keep Black people down, ownership of land, property, financial institutions like banks, money markets; and more.

Check out the video trailer below.

The producer of Hidden Colors, Tariq Nasheed is urging people to get involve, even in ways of using their talents and skills; like becoming a producer of the films. Nasheed also touch a little about what to exprect in their new part four installment, and  for people pledging to the Hidden Colors project, to keep the momentum of the broadcast and to help expand future projects.

For more information and to pledge, click on the link below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/6688684/hidden-colors-4

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