Saturday, August 8, 2020

Black Mom Creates Brand For Premature Babies and Their Families

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BLACK MOM CREATES BRAND AND CHILDREN'S BOOK TO HIGHLIGHT PREMATURE BABIES AFTER HAVING HER BABY 4 MONTHS EARLY

Nationwide When Shanel Hudson went in for a routine ultrasound at 24 weeks in 2018, she never imagined that a few days later, she'd be having her baby almost 4 months early. After having an emergency c-section, her son was born weighing just 1 pound and would remain in the hospital for 6 grueling months fighting to grow and stay alive. Watching her son fight for his life at such a young age inspired her and gave her hope.

Shanel comments, "He was so tiny and at times he would become so ill that the doctors would tell us to be prepared to say good-bye at any moment. It was very tough on our family, but he would always bounce back and had such a feisty spirit. It was easy to stay positive watching him go."

What also kept her positive was the support of other preemie families that she connected with while in the NICU and through support groups.

New Black-Owned Online Learning Academy Launches

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BLACK FOUNDER LAUNCHES ONLINE LEARNING ACADEMY WITH INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATES

Nationwide Christopher Kelly, founder and CEO of Black EdTech startup Onyx Global, has launched The Onyx Learner Academy. This world-class digital educational experience teaches people how to learn efficiently & effectively for the rest of their lives.

The program includes a course guidebook, educational videos, and interactive digital content that are the first demonstrated example of Education 3.0's full potential. Onyx Global is building a global learning revolution through partners around the world from Dubai to Tokyo.

The Onyx Learner Academy equips learners, in any field, with the tools they need to learn any topic on their own. It strategically teaches learners how to develop self-determined learning skills that will last throughout their lives.

Black-Owned Tea Brand Offers Natural Approach to Wellness

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BLACK-OWNED COMPANY OFFERS TEA BLENDS FOR THOSE WHO SEEK A NATURAL APPROACH TO WELLNESS

Nationwide  Got an ailment? We got tea! Bea's Wellness Teas, that is, made of organic herbal wellness tea blends for your mind, body, and soul! Black-owned and serving wellness by the cup to all!

Why tea? Tea is appreciated for its good taste and soothing qualities, and innumerable studies have shown its great medicinal value. The health benefits of tea include detoxifying the body, weight loss, boosting immunity and mental alertness, preventing heart diseases and arthritis, managing diabetes, and delaying the aging process. It also helps prevent hair loss, fight fatigue, depression, and treat dental issues. Many types of tea have also been linked to lower risks of cancer.

Hashtag Turns Lucrative for Black Influencer

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HASHTAG TURNS LUCRATIVE FOR BLACK INFLUENCER DUE TO PIVOTING DURING COVID19, HENCE THE CREATION OF #10DOLLARIGAUDIT



Washington, DC --  As many small businesses are forced to go fully-digital, one company helps brands find a voice online through Instagram auditing and branding services.

#10DollarIGAudit is aiding in the support of small businesses looking to transition their brick-&-mortar stores online through social media content creation and management. The hashtag based service offers businesses and influencers the tools needed to establish a cohesive visual message on the platform that resonates with consumers for as low as $10.

The social media auditing service assists businesses new to the Instagram ecosystem or struggling to gain traction with various templates, stock images, and source materials. In less than 2 months, the company has helped over 40 businesses find their profile's voice using their marketing, consulting, and auditing.

LA-Based Black-Owned Electrical Services Company Celebrates 25 Years in Business

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BLACK-OWNED ELECTRICAL SERVICES COMPANY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS AND COUNTING

Nationwide  Meet James Crockett, founder of Crockett Electrics, a Black-owned electrical services company based in the Los Angeles area. As a business owner of more than 25 years, his company has helped so many people fix their homes. He has also given other electricians exposure and training to help their careers as electricians.

James grew up with his father, mother, and brother. His mother is a very established teacher in Los Angeles. His father taught him electrics at the age of 13. This inspired James to pursue a career as an electrician. James then went to LATTC the Los Angeles Trade Technical College to train. He then went on to train with the IBEW the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 11th. This is where he got his skills and training. He did the apprenticeship and was praised for his diligence and attention to detail.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Get The Scoop On Identifying Truth Or Suffering The Consequences

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Truth or Consequence…
When Truth Is The Consequence And Consequence Is The Truth.
Op-Ed By JV Howard

Here we are steadfast ensconced in a web of pandemic spinnerets, social unrest, economic paralysis, political malfeasance, and a media frenzy trying to report the truth. But fake news, fact checking summaries, and life and death consequences make the truth sacramental.

Truth defined is a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like. Consequence is defined an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.

The term ‘truth’ is used throughout our lives like those who testify in court are asked to swear they will tell “the truth and nothing but the whole truth”, or hear grandma utter” ain’t that the truth”;  in the movie a few good men you can here “You can’t handle the truth” - which is most appropriate during this cycle of uncertainty. Here’s why; 

You can choose your action but you can’t choose the consequence of those actions. You can choose to be an alcoholic but you can’t choose cirrhosis of the liver. You can choose to deny climate change but you can’t choose the tsunami that has marked your location. 

It is an “incontrovertible truth” that there are myriad variables external to our control, for example  mother natures rant, DNA mutations, father times vigilance, and worldly disease. And we except these truth without fanfare, panoply, and second guessing but these truth, like much before us, underscore consequences that fortify, buttress, and entrench the legitimacy of truth in principle. Another example, climate change - mother natures rant - is profoundly consequential when its impact is more and more devastating ; tsunami, heatwave, massive tornadoes, ice melts, habitat extinction, floods, etc are all consequences- due to man’s neglect, disdain, and planetary indifference.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Discover Why Music Icon Jody Watley Is Singing The Healing Praises Of Michelle Obama's New Book: "Becoming"

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Music Icon Jody Watley Sings The Healing Praises Of How Reading Michelle Obama Can Help Us During These Stressful Times Of COVID-19 And Black Lives Matter

Iconic Singer, Songwriter and Trendsetter Jody Watley, Talks Michelle Obama, Books and Healing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

For legendary artist, songwriter and one of the architects of 21st century pop Jody Watley, the coronavirus pandemic has meant having more time to read.

The Grammy-winning pioneer in music, video, fashion and style has found reading to be a welcoming distraction.

'Becoming,' by Michelle Obama is among her current top 5 recommended books to read. She says, "The memoir is very healing and resonates with me so much." Watley adds, "It is such a deeply personal account from a woman who has steadily defied expectations and whose story inspires us to do the same. A truly good read."

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Watley has become even more introspective and believes our land is going through a healing process.

Her timely spoken-word anthem release, “The Healing,” with lyric video touching on the civil unrest and Black Lives Matter stretches globally with a message that resonates with listeners everywhere. The beautiful living legend reminds us to keep living, keep loving and keep moving forward.

Friday, July 31, 2020

HBCU Grad Ashley Little Launches Magazine For Black CEOs

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HBCU GRAD ASHLEY LITTLE LAUNCHES GAME-CHANGING PUBLICATION FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

Nationwide -- Meet Ashley Little, founder and Editor-In-Chief of Creating "Your Seat At The Table International Magazine," an online and print magazine for the growing entrepreneur. The publication provides real-life strategies and solutions from experts who are changing the narrative in their respective industries.

Ashley, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, created the publication with entrepreneurs, authorpreneurs, and mompreneurs in mind. She comments, "It is important for us to create and build our own tables. This international magazine will highlight people who are doing great things throughout the world."

The Inaugural Issue was released in June 2020 and was filled with powerhouses who are doing great things internationally and nationally. Dr. George Fraser and Traycee Gales graced the front cover and Dr. Leslie Hodge and Porscha Lee Taylor graced the back cover.

Ashley continues, "We are excited about our quarterly issues and will continue to change the narrative by providing life-changing content and solutions for the growing entrepreneur."

Purchase your copy today at AshleyLittleEnterprises.com. Both digital and print copies are available!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Black Developer in Virginia Raising $1.5M

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BLACK-LED NON-PROFIT DEVELOPER TO RAISE $1.5M FOR HOUSING ACQUISITION/REHABILITATION

Nationwide --  Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC), a certified black-led Community Development Entity (CDE), is seeking equity investors for up to $1.5 million to scale its investment model of acquiring, renovating, leasing, and selling single-family homes in low-income communities.

"We have a model that works for black investors. Whether they're individuals, families, or minority-owned small businesses, we provide an opportunity for regular income, by acquiring run-down, foreclosed homes and turning those structures into quality, affordable housing for disabled and homeless veterans, ex-offenders, and low- to moderate-income families - those who need it most," said James R. Taylor, Founder and President of VHCDC.

"We've worked hard the past few years to build a pipeline of first-time home buyers and position our organization to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, which enables us to deliver quality, affordable housing to renters and first-time homebuyers alike," he said.

"We succeeded in attracting a small number of local investors in the past three years who receive regular dividends of about 4% every six months. Our ROI since July 2017 is 28.52%, which we believe is a decent return. Now is the time to scale our Partnership. There's plenty of real estate in our communities in need of attention, a significant number of disabled/homeless veterans and ex-offenders desperately in need of affordable housing, and plenty of black professionals who can invest in their backyards. We need to make this happen," said Mr. Taylor.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Checkout The New Fund For Black Businesses to Bridge Wealth Gap

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ENTREPRENEURS KICK OFF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO FUND BLACK BUSINESSES AND BRIDGE THE BLACK WEALTH GAP

Fairfax, VA --  As part of a national movement to bridge the Black wealth gap, a group of entrepreneurs has launched The 10K Project(TM) - a 100% Black-owned equity crowdfunding platform to create a new generation of Black businesses.

The project allows micro investors to join for $100 and have the opportunity to invest in Black-owned small businesses. If 10,000 people to invest as little as $100, then there would be $1 million to support these businesses. In addition to accessing opportunities to invest, members will have access to financial literacy webinars, wealth building educational resources, community forums, and the ability to network and learn from each other.

"I believe Black entrepreneurs need a platform where they can find investors since many are not likely to get loans from banks or family members," said Cheree Warrick, a co-founder and the project's CEO. The 10K Project(TM) tells entrepreneurs to bring their innovative ideas and pitch those ideas to the community.

Black High School Music Group Releases Groundbreaking Animated Music Video

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC GROUP RELEASES GROUNDBREAKING ANIMATED VIDEO ADDRESSING CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Columbus, OH -- The Paragon Project, a revolving collective of nationally-recognized high school artists, found a unique way to release its fourth album as schools shut down and live performances stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full project was released as an illustrated lyric video on July 10, 2020, via YouTube. The album features songs with Truck North of the Grammy award-winning band The Roots and nerdcore rapper Mega Ran.

The Paragon Project Vol. 4: Add-A-Lesson uses music to tell a coming of age story of a young adult tackling trauma, social media addiction, depression, peer pressure, substance abuse, and experimentation. The project features original hip hop, R&B, and afrobeat music written, produced, and arranged by students from Grammy award-winning Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, an art-centered public high school in Columbus, Ohio.