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Russell Simmons Buys ‘All-American Muslim’ Ad Space, Protests Lowes

Russell Simmons Buys ‘All-American Muslim’ Ad Space, Protests Lowes

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    After Lowes created some open ad time, Russell Simmons filled it in a high profile way. The music legend and entrepreneur tweeted on Monday that he bought all the remaining ad space on “All-American Muslim,” the TLC reality show that has been at the center of a recent media buy controversy. “Just purchased remaining spots for #allamericanmuslim for next week,” he wrote. “The show is now sold out!…

Obama Takes Heat for the Morning After Pill Decision

Obama Takes Heat for the Morning After Pill Decision

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    President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.” Plenty of pediatric leaders and women’s advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration’s decision to prevent…

NBA Won’t Allow the Chris Paul Trade to Happen

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NBA commissioner David Stern killed the New Orleans Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul after several owners complained about the league-owned team dealing the All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Some owners pushed Stern to nullify the trade and that the Hornets be made to keep Paul on the roster for the foreseeable future, sources said. A chorus of owners were irate with the belief that the five-month…

ColorOfChange Targets Corporations Over Voting Laws

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An online advocacy group is urging corporations that market to African-Americans to stop giving money to a conservative organization working for stricter voting laws. The group, ColorofChange, is targeting companies that support the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a nonprofit that has helped states pass photo ID laws, which are criticized by minority and civil rights groups. Its members include legislators and corporations, who pay higher fees to join….

Ryan Mack: A Poor Man’s Plea to Black Corporate America

Ryan Mack: A Poor Man’s Plea to Black Corporate America

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    by Ryan Mack If we are real with ourselves, there has to be a time when we confront the disconnect that exists in Black America between those who have become “successful” and those who continue to struggle in impoverished conditions.  If you talk to anyone living in a public housing community, prison, or shelter, I am willing to bet they will tell you it is a rarity to…

Dr. Boyce: What Malcolm and Martin Would Say About the Black Unemployment Problem

Dr. Boyce: What Malcolm and Martin Would Say About the Black Unemployment Problem

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    Hello everyone, In case you aren’t aware, there continue to be disturbing trends in the unemployment data.  You may have heard in the media that the unemployment numbers last month were optimistic, but that was not true for the African American community.  According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment declined for every demographic within the white community, but it actually increased for every measured group…

New Black History App is All the Rage

New Black History App is All the Rage

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The vanished history of black people in Boston is visible again to anybody with a smartphone, thanks to Arizona State University journalism professor Retha Hill. Her free “augmented reality’’ Black History app offers a video tour of the city’s African-American history. Augmented reality systems superimpose digital information onto the real world. When viewing the world through a video screen, augmented reality software, known as AR, adds extra data to the…

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

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    Quick Note from Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World Recent unemployment data shows that black unemployment went up in every demographic while white unemployment declined across the board.  Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had dreams, one of which involved the pursuit of economic independence for our community.  Since their deaths, we’ve forgotten about this part of their dream, but it’s time that we come together…

Your Black Politics: In November, White Unemployment Drops, While Black Unemployment Rises in Every Category

Your Black Politics: In November, White Unemployment Drops, While Black Unemployment Rises in Every Category

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World When it comes to the November unemployment numbers issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a tale of two ethnicities.  White Americans saw their unemployment rate decline in every demographic (women, men and teens), while African Americans saw their rate rise in every single category. The overall national unemployment rate dropped from 9% to 8.6%, which has been…

Jackson Family in a Battle Over Michael’s Hand Prints

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    Michael Jackson’s family is on the hunt for an incredibly valuable piece of rock — containing the King of Pop’s hand and footprints — but the guy who currently owns it ain’t giving it up without a fight. MJ left the impressions back in 1984 for a Vegas hotel — which had commissioned the piece for a “Walk of Fame”-type exhibit in front of the property. via Jackson…

Sweet Hustle: Man Makes $55,000 A Year Selling Candy On The Subway

Sweet Hustle: Man Makes $55,000 A Year Selling Candy On The Subway

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    A man earns up to $55,000 a year in cash by selling candy on the New York subway. Alex ‘Tracks’ McFarland, from New York City, plies his trade on the city’s subway system and usually takes home around $150 a day. He said he started doing it at the age of 11, not because he had to but because he wanted to earn his own money. Read More.

Why Buy Toys This Christmas When You Can Rent For Much Cheaper

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    When you are a kid on Christmas morning, it’s all about volume. But when you are a parent, cruising the aisles of the toy-store in December, it’s about trying to balance a happy holiday with a reasonable budget. There now a great new way to have plenty of toys under the tree, and all year, without breaking the bank. It’s called Toygaroo, a website that lets parents rent…

How To Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers | Black Life Coaches Network

How To Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers | Black Life Coaches Network

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    “I can do the job, so why don’t I get the job offer?” Being confident in your professional skills and being able to transfer that confidence in your competence to recruiters and hiring managers are two very different but equally important skills. Who gets the job offers? The people who turn job interviews into job offers with the greatest ease are the people who are able to identify…

Influential Car In Hip-Hop World To Be Discontinued

Influential Car In Hip-Hop World To Be Discontinued

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    In an unexpected announcement last week, Daimler AG revealed that they will be discontinuing their luxury Maybach vehicles soon due to low sales and lack of profits. Last year, there were reportedly less than 200 Maybachs sold, which carried a starting price of $375,250 — one of which Kanye West and Jay-Z happily chopped and screwed for their music video, ‘Otis.’ To make up for the financial loss,…

Ryan Mack Speaks on West, Smiley and the Poverty Tour

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    I want to personally thank Dr. West and Tavis Smiley for bringing their “Poverty Tour” to my hometown of Detroit, Michigan in the first week of August 2011. Had I not taken the time to come to their stop in Downtown Detroit, Michigan I never would have had the inspiration to structure the “Less Talk…More Action” Empowerment Tour in this way. I won’t go into detail about what…