Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 6 is Kuumba (Creativity). -checktheshades
Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 5 is Nia (Purpose). -checktheshades
Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 4 is Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). -checktheshades
Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 3 is Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). -checktheshades
Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 2 is Kujichagulia (Self-Determination). -checktheshades
Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, derived from African harvest festivals, to honor African heritage. The holiday lasts from December 26 – January 1 with each day dedicated to one of its seven principles (Nguzo Saba). The principle for day 1 is Umoja (Unity). -checktheshades
MEMPHIS — Close to 63% of Memphis residents are African-American, according to the U.S. Census. Yet the Santa Claus population remains — to apply census terms to the embodiment of Christmas magic — majority white.
Maybe that’s why travelers from across the South make a Memphis pit stop specifically to see the city’s most celebrated black mall Santa.
"Not to be funny, but they want to see a black Santa," said Raymond Conley, 65. He has been the resident Kris Kringle for the past eight years at Southland Mall, the retail anchor for the South Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven."They come from Texas, St. Louis, Atlanta," he said. "They want their kids to see a black Santa." -usatoday
THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Friday December 22, 2017 – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved over US$5 million in funding to support the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) with the complete restoration of its transmission and distribution system which was damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.
The severe weather event destroyed poles, transmission lines and transformers, causing notable disruption to Anguilla’s electricity supply. The outage also interrupted the island’s water supply and resulted in the cancellation of numerous hotel bookings.
“The economic impact of these disruptions has been significant. This project will therefore focus on urgently restoring the transmission and distribution system by financing the purchase of replacement equipment and material needed for complete restoration,” said Daniel Best, Director, Projects Department, CDB.
He also noted the need to address Anguilla’s vulnerability to climate change and build the country’s resilience to its impacts.
“This project will also include a climate vulnerability and risk assessment that will provide recommendations to improve the climate resilience of Anguilla’s electricity network. The Bank will also support the preparation of a business continuity plan to help ANGLEC recover better and faster after a disaster event,” he said.
Under the project, the transmission and distribution system will be rebuilt in accordance with current installation standards, and ANGLEC will use the opportunity to introduce measures to correct some pre-existing issues. These include improving the anchoring and staying of new poles and re-routing power lines.
In addition to a loan from CDB, the project will be supported through US$61,000 in grant resources provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the CDB under the EIB Grant Facility for Climate Action Support, and counterpart financing from ANGLEC.
Hurricane Irma caused a total shutdown of Anguilla’s electricity system, affecting households, essential services, government entities and businesses. A month later, only 40 per cent of Anguillians regained service. -caribbean360
It seems that Sean “Diddy” Combs is making a serious play to buy the Carolina Panthers and the rapper is ready to set up meetings with potential investors that include Colin Kaepernick. He has had a long phone call with the ex-football star and philanthropist who wants to play a role in the ownership of the team.
On Sunday, Combs said he was looking to purchase the NFL team after current owner Jerry Richardson let it be known that he is putting his controlling share up for sale. Kaepernick also said he was interested and started making his own plans this week.
Will “shared vision” become reality?
Sources say that Kaepernick has started reaching out to business leaders, venture capitalists and sports icons to talk about setting up and ownership group. One source stated that the quarterback had a “shared vision” with hip-hop mogul Combs to create an ownership group that represents the racial makeup of the league’s players. The league is 70 percent black and as of today, the NFL has never had a black majority ownership group.
“The interest is real and it’s moving forward,” the source said of Combs and Kaepernick working to form this group. “They want to make this a reality. It’s serious.”
Richardson’s move to sell the Panthers follows reports that he engaged in workplace misconduct.
Richardson owns 48 percent of the franchise and the rest is owned by multiple investment partners. Based on the power structure that was established by the founding partnership whoever buys his share will have controlling interest over the Panthers.
The question remains as to whether Combs will be able to put up the funds outright to purchase the team. Forbes has said that the Panthers are the 21st most valuable team in the NFL with a valuation of 2.3 billion. Due to the fact that worth tends to go up when a team is being sold, a 100 percent sale of the team would be estimated to be at least $2.5 billion with Richardson’s share being around $1.2 billion.
Forbes has also put out that Comb’s net worth is $820 million and that is not all liquid assets. He will need to find other investors or sell off large amounts of his current investment holdings as well as take out loans to cover the rest of the cost to buy the Panthers.
Interest in buying the team has also been expressed by Golden State Warriors Steph Curry. The 29-year-old told ESPN, “I’m serious. I’m really serious about that. I think it’s such a unique opportunity to impact my hometown. Just an unprecedented, unique situation, and knowing kind of what the storylines are around the NFL right now, maybe having a hand in that,” he said.
“So we’ll see how that plays out and take whoever along [to] ride with me. Whoever wants to come watch Cam [Newton] and everybody, hopefully win Super Bowls.”
He first showed interest when he responded to Diddy’s Twitter message about the team, saying, “I want in!”
While Curry doesn’t have the money to buy the team on his own, with the help of Diddy and Kaepernick and perhaps some other investors, it could happen. -thegrio
The Ghana Tourism Authority Signs New Deal with the Adinkra Group to Bring More African-Americans Home
Washington, DC — The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Adinkra Group (TAG) of the U.S.A to collaborate in increasing tourism, business and investment in Ghana through various projects including the Back2Africa Tour and Heritage Documentary in February 2018.
The signing of the MOU is part of ongoing efforts by GTA to maximize exposure of Ghana as destination of choice in the US market. The collaboration will act to streamline the framework of engagement between GTA and TAG whose core objectives include connecting people of African descent with the culture and traditions of Africa through the Arts and Education.
“This MOU signifies a strong push in our quest to form strategic alliances with key actors in Africa Tourism. GTA has taken the bull by the horn in seeking to build on Ghana’s previous success with Panafest by working with us to introduce an annual “Back2Africa” Heritage Tour. We are delighted with this partnership and the opportunities it presents to both organizations,” commented Diallo Sumbry, CEO of The Adinkra Group.
According to Akwasi Agyeman, Ag. CEO of the Authority, “This partnership strengthens and demonstrates our commitment to build win-win relationships with key stakeholders. The Back2Africa Tour and documentary project affords us an opportunity to tap into new segments and position Ghana as an attractive tourism destination. In order for us to remain competitive, we must adapt to the ever-changing travel landscape. That is what this partnership signifies.”
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is the public service agency in charge of regulating tourism in Ghana through marketing and promotion, licensing and classification of tourism facilities and services, research and development. In recent times, the Authority has embarked on several campaigns aimed at marketing and positioning Ghana as an attractive tourism destination.
The Adinkra Group (TAG) is an African Cultural Resource Company based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to connect people of African descent with the culture and traditions of Africa through the Arts and Education. They fulfill their mission through the following:
* Ownership and operation of The Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio located in Mt. Rainier, Maryland where they teach, promote and preserve African Cultural Arts through music, dance and visual art for children ages 2 through adult.
* Management and promotion of Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa, an intergenerational West African Drum and Dance performing ensemble.
* Production of an annual African drum and dance concert entitled BIRTHRIGHT – a celebration of African Culture through drum, dance and theater arts.
* BIRTHRIGHT Journeys – plan, sponsor and facilitate trips to Africa connecting through cultural immersion, tourism and special projects.
For more details about the Back2Africa Tour, visit www.byb2africa.com
Kelly Davidson (U.S.)
Ms. Felicia Aniagyei (Ghana)
Black Women’s Roundtable Celebrates the Power of the Sister Vote and the Impact of Black Women-Led Organizing in the Special Election Actoss the State of Alabama
Washington, DC– As the dramatic results of last week’s Special Senatorial election in Alabama continue to make news, and the pollsters and pundits try to make sense as to why Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore by a margin of 20,000 votes, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) offers the simple answer, “Black women were the secret sauce” that made the difference.
States Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, “Not only did Black women vote at 98 percent for the winning candidate, they led the way in getting Black communities to vote in record numbers in rural and urban communities across the state of Alabama, especially in the Black Belt. And, in many cases, they led grassroots fundraising efforts to ‘get out the vote.’ For this and much more, we celebrate and thank the unsung sheroes, not just as one big group, but as individuals dedicated to building Black political power.”
Latosha Brown, NCBCP Board Member and a native of Alabama, helped to lead a highly successful fundraising effort, the Black Voters Matter Fund, that supported the Alabama Black Women’s Roundtable and several Black women-led organizations and others that mobilized the Black vote across the state in non-partisan GOTV efforts. Ms. Brown shared, “I am so proud of Black women in the state of Alabama. Black women showed up and showed out in record numbers at the polls for the U.S. Senate special election. Most importantly, it was the leadership, hard work, tenacity and strategic organizing of Black women leaders that helped to mobilize black voters in unprecedented numbers all across the state. The world has witnessed the Power of the Sister Vote!”
The NCBCP and the Black Women’s Roundtable salutes the unsung sheroes who led the way in Alabama:
Alabama Black Belt Women’s Roundtable
Written by LK Hewlett
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); Newcomer to the Calypso arena Kendra Hutton, singing as Brown Sugar, dethroned veteran singer Kimara “Lady Diva” Martin Williams to take home the Calypso Queen crown for 2017/2018.
A total of 10 females entered the competition held at the Circus in downtown Basseterre during the launch ceremony for Sugar Mas 46.
There were some new faces, some veterans, and some not so wet behind the ears. The singers were backed by the Grandmasters band.
Brown Sugar, a Newtown native known for her melodic voice, came up against some Calypso heavy hitters including Gloria Esdaille Robinson- Queeny G and former Queen Kibiane Willett.
Her song “Just Another Day” elicited loud cheers and applause from the large crowd.
The queen amassed 392 points, Karissa Willett, Miss Independent, a former two time Junior Calypso Monarch took first runner-up with 383 points, Lady Diva scored 377 points for second runner-up and the 3rd runner up spot went to Queeny G with 366 points.
The other competitors were Jennifer Demming, Singing Jennifer; Anandee Richards, Lil Miss; Tiandra Francis, Singing Sensation; Sharon Cannonier, Singing Sharon; and Bernice Chapman, Lady B. -timescaribbeanonline
Starz has announced its commitment to Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson by extending his existing exclusive premium overall deal into September 2019. Jackson, an executive producer for the hit series “Power,” will continue to develop new projects for the network with G-Unit Film & Television, Inc., the production company launched by Jackson.
"I am extremely pleased to expand my partnership with Starz and Lionsgate,” Jackson said. “This investment in my television and film ventures through G-Unit Film & Television will launch a wide range of new original scripted and unscripted programming I’m looking forward to everyone seeing.”
Starz CEO & President Chris Albrecht added, “This deal recognizes how Curtis’ abilities have gone beyond music and business to include acting and show creation. We’re pleased to continue our relationship and bring new projects to his current and future fans.”
New projects already in development
Jackson’s projects currently in development with Starz include “Black Mafia Family” and “Tomorrow, Today.” “Black Family Mafia” is inspired by the story of Demetrius ‘Big Meech’ Flenory and the intersection of the drug industry and the music industry.
In “Tomorrow, Today,” after being falsely imprisoned, a veteran from the south side of Chicago becomes the personal experiment of a prison doctor who genetically engineers him to have heighted abilities. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him, and use his newfound abilities for good.
Nominated for four 2018 NAACP Image Awards® including “Outstanding Drama Series” and a 2017 People’s Choice Award® for “Favorite Premium Drama Series,” the critically-acclaimed fourth season of “Power” averaged 9.3 million multi-platform viewers per episode and is the most-watched franchise for Starz, averaging 7.4 million multi-platform viewers for all four seasons. “Power” ranks #3 among premium scripted series for viewers and was a top three Sunday night program on Nielsen Social Rankings nine out of 10 weeks.
More than just a Rapper
50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer from Queens, New York. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, the Grammy Award winner rose to fame with his record-shattering debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and been awarded numerous prestigious accolades.
Jackson has leveraged his star power to cross over with unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor and producer. From Get Rich or Die Tryin' being one of the fastest selling albums in history, to creating one of the most influential deals in hip-hop with the sale of Vitaminwater, Jackson continues to break records. He currently has the #1 show on Starz, “Power,” in which he not only co-stars but also serves as executive producer.
He also continues to extend his brand in other areas, including: footwear and apparel, fragrance, video games, publishing, headphones, vodka, health drinks, Casper mattresses and supplements. -blackbusiness
You probably didn’t realize that you needed trap Kwanzaa carols, but thanks to rapper Donwill, of Tanya Morgan, you’ve been gifted some pretty marvelous carols. Donwill’s trio of trap Kwanzaa carols are now available on SoundCloud, and will definitely get stuck in your head.
“Kwanzaa cake, Kwanzaa cake!” -theroot
A Black beauty entrepreneur is using her journey to show other women of color that it is possible to overcome the odds. Cashmere Nicole—the woman behind Beauty Bakerie—grew her brand into a $5 million company after facing the obstacles of poverty and health ailments, Forbes reported.
Nicole’s entrepreneurial rise was far from an easy feat. When she launched her company six years ago, she was on welfare and raising a child—that she had in high school—on her own, the news outlet writes. Despite dealing with the obstacles of single parenthood at a young age and being on public assistance she still managed to put herself through college, nursing school, and work on her passion project in her spare time.
While working on Beauty Bakerie, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and eventually ended up getting a double mastectomy. Nicole’s experience with breast cancer inspired her to feature non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free products in her line. She told Forbes that she struggled with publicly opening up about her battle with breast cancer but later realized that her story could help other women who were in similar predicaments. “I was hearing God tell me to tell the story,” she said, according to the news outlet. “All of a sudden, I heard, ‘This isn’t about you. You need to tell the story. The scars don’t make you broken, they make you beautiful, and you need to move out of the way’.”
Three years ago, Beyoncé’ heard about Nicole’s story and featured her on her website for Breast Cancer Awareness month. After the nod from Beyoncé, her brand began to take off and she cultivated a team of advisors to help take it to the next level. Two years ago, the brand garnered $475,000 and brought in upwards of $3.3 million last year.
According to Forbes, this year Unilever Ventures invested $3 million into the company and other Black executives like William Lewis, Kenneth Chenault, and Charles Phillips have invested as well. Nicole is also working with Olympian Gabby Douglas on a lipstick collection and plans to add more products to her line. “It’s been a Cinderella, dream-come-true story to come from food stamps and Section 8 and daycare assistance to this,” Nicole told Forbes.
This has been a huge year for Black women in beauty entrepreneurship. In October, Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller—two Black women behind the beauty brand Mented Cosmetics—became the 15th, 16th black women ever to raise $1M capital. -newsone
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock restaurant is defending a controversial sign that some are calling racist.
The neon sign is a caricature of an African-American man, with a porter's cap, with the words Coon Chicken Inn written inside the mouth.
The issue came up after a person attending a company Christmas party on Wednesday night at Cook's Garage noticed the sign hanging on the wall. The person posted the photos on Facebook and got the attention of the owners of Cook's Garage.
Owners of the restaurant responded to the social media complaint about the sign less than 24 hours later, and their response has gone viral.
The post says "We did not put this sign up to be derogatory, racist or to offend anyone. This is part of Americana History...just like everything else hung in our collection and buildings." The post also contains images of the sign, and other signs they have collected, which are all hanging on the walls of the restaurant.
The post goes on to say "Aunt Jemima, mammies, and lots of other black collectibles are highly sought after, as is Americana collectibles with white characters. The Coon Chicken Inn was an actual restaurant started in the 20’s. Again, we want to stress we do not intend to offend anyone, and are only preserving a part of history that should remind us all of the senselessness of racial prejudice."
According to the Ferris State University Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia:
The Coon Chicken Inn was a highly successful restaurant chain from the late 1920s through the 1950s. A grinning, grotesque head of a bald Black man with a porter's cap and winking eye formed a restaurant's entryway. The door was through the middle of his mouth. The restaurants sold southern fried Coon Chicken sandwiches, chicken pie, livers -- and hamburgers, seafood, chili, cakes, and assorted sandwiches. When possible, Blacks were used as waiters, waitresses, and cooks.
Cook's Garage has been open since April 2017, according to its website. The restaurant started as a "man cave" with a showroom for collected vehicles. They added signs and buildings on the property to display the signs. They added a kitchen to cook lunch for family and employees, and it eventually turned into a full bar and restaurant.
KCBD.com reached out to Cook's Garage Friday but was unable to contact anyone for comment.
Copyright 2017 KCBD. All rights reserved. -msnewsnow
Today, I will be graduating from THE Texas A&M University.
”🎼As I look back over all the years that I made it through, can’t imagine where I’d be now, if it wasn’t for You🎶.”
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Grand Rapids, MI — Local police in Grand Rapids, Michigan recently handcuffed Honestie Hodges, an 11-year old Black girl who had just walked out of her home. She was reportedly held at gunpoint because police say they were looking for 40-year old white woman who had been suspected in a stabbing. The question that many are asking is: How can a young Black girl be confused with an older white female?
As a result, the local community and communities across the country have been outraged. Even her parents are highly upset about what happened. Her mom, Whitney Hodges, who says she saw everything, said that police ordered her daughter to raise her hands and walk backward. Then she says the police officers handcuffed her, patted her down and put her in the back of a police car.
“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Honestie told a local news TV station. Naturally confused, Honestie thought she had done something wrong and was being arrested.
Her mom says that while sitting in the back of the cruiser, she began banging on the windows and screaming, “Please don’t let them take me.”
In response to what happened, the Grand Rapids Police Department has released a statement saying:
“Once onscene, officers determined that the suspect fled the residence still armed with the knife, Their investigation led to a second Westside Grand Rapids home where it was believed the suspect may have fled to. As officers were setting up a perimeter, three females simultaneously exited the home, two adults and one 11 year old juvenile.
Until it could be determined that the individuals were not the suspect, nor armed with a weapon, the three were ordered back to officers and detained. The homeowner gave consent to search the home, and it was deemed that none of the three individuals that exited the home were the suspect officers were searching for nor was the suspect in the home. The females were subsequently released.”
Meanwhile, Honestie is now terrified of police. She told reporters, “I’m afraid to open or go near my back door… because of what happened. I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don’t want anything to do with those kind of things.” -blacknews
Tarana Burke Created the #MeToo Slogan, but Time Magazine Excluded her From it’s Person of the Year Cover
Nationwide — Time magazine is under fire for their latest “Person of the Year” issue which addresses the #MeToo social movement on it’s cover, but excludes Tarana Burke, the Black woman who actually started the movement. Critics says Time wanted to give more attention and credit to the white celebrity women who helped publicize the movement.
The cover features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, worker Isabel Pascual and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. Three of these women are white, and two are Black, but again, the woman who started the slogan is missing.
Burke, who is 44-years old, was interviewed by Ebony magazine earlier this year, and said she launched the Me Too slogan back in 2006 as a grassroots movement to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities.
During the interview, she said, “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow. It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.”
“What’s happening now is powerful and I salute it and the women who have disclosed but the power of using ‘me too’ has always been in the fact that it can be a conversation starter or the whole conversation – but it was us talking to us,” she continued.
Most people, including actress Alyssa Milano, who was featured on the cover of Time, acknowledge that Burke started the slogan.
Milano recently tweeted, “I was just made aware of an earlier #MeToo movement, and the origin story is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring”.
To follow Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement, visit www.metoomvmt.org
Or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeTooMVMT/ or Twitter at www.twitter.com/taranaburke -blacknews
Stafford, TX — Entrepreneur, author, radio and TV host, Coach Michael Taylor, will unveil his newest book, Shattering Black Male Stereotypes, at a free online empowerment summit scheduled for January 2018.
Shattering Black Male Stereotypes highlights the 10 most destructive media generated illusions about Black men. It is a practical, informative and illustrative resource packed with proven solutions and techniques to help the average black man overcome the stereotype mindset and live above the generic media illusions about the black race.
Shattering Black Male Stereotypes will provide the backdrop for the empowerment summit that will be hosted over the course of fourteen days from January 5 to January 20, 2018. The event will feature an impressive line-up of leading experts in the personal growth and development field including: Addiction Expert, Ernest Patterson, Peak Performance Strategist, Charles Cary, and Technology Expert, Terrance Gaines.
Over the course of 14 days participants will have access to live video interviews on success strategies to deal with negative media stereotypes. The event will also cover other topics such as:
* Why Black men should be optimistic about the future
* The real reason most men struggle with intimacy in relationships
* Why inner peace is the key to success
* And more!
Although Black men are the primary focus, Shattering Black Male Stereotypes is an enlightening resource that every race needs to read. Pre-launch reviews of the book have been very positive. Popular book review site, Readers Favourite, awarded a five star rating to the book.
Reviewer, Gisela Dixon, wrote: “This is a powerful book that directly attacks the unfair and racists stereotypes and biases that are all too prevalent in today’s society. Michael writes in a thoughtful and detailed manner about these existing stereotypes and how they tend to affect people of all races and their outlook on life from a young age. I especially liked the topic of how a good father to your child and what it means in a wider context. Michael’s lucid, engaging, insightful style makes this an excellent read.”
Shattering Black Male Stereotypes will be available in paperback format for a retail price of $15.99. Registration for the summit is free, but after the event it will cost $69.99 for the replay. For further information about the book and the summit, visit www.ShatteringBlackMaleStereotypes.com.
Story Goes Viral of Talented Black Entrepreneur Seen Knitting on an NYC Subway Train - - Now His Business is Booming!
An African-American man was recently spotted knitting on an NYC subway train. Seeing this was so impressive and unusual that one woman took a photo of him and shared it on social media. It turns out that the man was Louis Boria, founder of Brooklyn Boy Knits. His story has since gone viral, and his sales have exploded.
Louis started knitting as a way to pass the time while commuting to and from work for two hours a day. After mastering the craft, he launched Brooklyn Boy Knits in 2009.
While he enjoyed the craft and used it to make scarves for the homeless and for disaster victims, the craft did not really turn into a full-time business. However, that all changed after his story went viral.
The power of social media
Now, Louis is overwhelmed with the order requests he's getting for hand-made scarfs, sweaters, hats, baby clothes, and more.
“For the first time in 10 years, I have pending orders,” he told the New York Daily News. In fact, he's had to hire two employees to help him keep with the orders.
What began as sharing a photo that warmed the hearts of women turned into a big business boost for Louis. He says that he is very grateful to the woman who shared his photo on Facebook, and is giving her the scarf he was knitting when she spotted him on the subway.
For more details about Louis Boria or Brooklyn Boy Knits, visit www.BrooklynBoyKnits.com or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brooklynboyknits/ -blackbusiness
An entrepreneur is using her business to empower more women in the Black community to practice self-care. Christina Rice, the creator of LuxeLife Media, cultivated a wellness community that is specifically designed for women of color, Forbes reported.
Inspired by her personal experiences with the stresses of being a Black woman entrepreneur, Rice was inclined to create a platform for those who needed to integrate more self-care habits into their lives. Earlier this year she launched OMNoire and hosted a retreat in October where 50 women of color from different walks of life gathered to participate in yoga classes, personal branding courses, and had the opportunity to interact with life coaches.
Rice identified a need for OMNoire because the statistics of health issues caused by burnout amongst Black women were alarming. According to the news outlet, Black women are more likely to be affected by high blood pressure, fibroids, cancer, and strokes; all of which are stress-related conditions.
There is also a major lack of racial representation in the wellness community which leaves many women of color feeling ostracized. “In every studio I walked in, there would be maybe one or two women of color, but most times none at all,” Rice told Forbes. “After I started teaching, I noticed that more and more black women would seek out my classes. It was as if they felt more comfortable and supported being taught by a woman of color.”
Through OMNoire, Rice plans to host more retreats and events that serve as safe spaces for Black women to be candid about their struggles and puts the focus on Black women’s health. She also hopes that her platform can contribute to overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health and women of color. “What’s most important is defining what wellness means on your own terms,” said Rice, according to the outlet. “OMNoire is working to shape our narrative.”
There are several entrepreneurs who are creating spaces that address mental health in the Black community. Nikki Webber Allen, an entertainment executive, recently launched a nonprofit organization called I Live For as an outlet to address issues like depression and trauma in communities of color. -newsone
T’yanna Wallace, the daughter of the luminary Notorious B.I.G., has just opened her first brick and mortar clothing store.
Notoriouss, which opened this weekend on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, not only draws from Biggie’s name and branding but from hip-hop as a whole as well as New York City itself, from which Biggie drew a lot of the inspiration for his songs.
On Saturday, people packed the newly opened shop to celebrate not only Wallace’s success but Biggie’s life as family members reminisced about him. Others in attendance included the likes of Jadakiss, Lil Cease, DJ Snuff and DJ Mr. Cee.
“This is a huge, huge, huge monument, huge milestone for her. We’re happy for her, and we’re just excited to be here,” said CJ Wallace, Biggie’s son and T’yanna’s brother.
As for how Wallace is distinguishing herself from her father while still paying tribute to him, CJ Wallace pointed to the spelling of the store: “Two S’s for her individuality. She wanted to do something a little different but still be tied to her father, our father.”
Notoriouss brand clothing has been available online since 2013, but the store in Brooklyn marks the first brick-and-mortar boutique for Wallace. -goodblacknews
Gabrielle Union is no stranger to speaking out about sexual harassment and assault.
In her book, We’re Going To Need More Wine, which was released only a few weeks after the Harvey Weinstein‘s allegations surfaced, Union recalled being sexually assaulted at age 19.
During an interview with the New York Times, Union said that she had heard so many other women come forward while she was on tour for her book to tell her their stories. The Being Mary Jane star said that she had cried often for these women.
But, she said, even in the middle of a huge cultural shift, she was frustrated by the distinct lack of color in the stories being reported.
“I think the floodgates have opened for white women,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence whose pain has been taken seriously. Whose pain we have showed historically and continued to show. Whose pain is tolerable and whose pain is intolerable. And whose pain needs to be addressed now.”
“If those people hadn’t been Hollywood royalty,” she said of some of the first women to come forward, “if they hadn’t been approachable. If they hadn’t been people who have had access to parts and roles and true inclusion in Hollywood, would we have believed?”
“When we have the microphone, how often do we pass it back to the people who are experiencing a different challenge, but who are equally worthy as having the microphone?” -thegrio
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.