Saturday, February 20, 2021

200-Year Old Black Community in Michigan Struggles

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200-YEAR OLD HISTORICALLY BLACK COMMUNITY IN MICHIGAN CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE AFTER YEARS OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT AND RACIAL INEQUITY

If you live in one of 10 contiguous South Oakland County, Michigan suburbs (one of the wealthiest counties in the United States), you are living on the stolen land and looted lives of a historically Black community called Royal Oak Township, dating back to 1819 and before Michigan’s 1837 statehood. White security and wealth were built simultaneous and interdependently through the destruction and annexation of historically Black Royal Oak Charter Township, now a .55 square mile remnant of an area that once spanned 36 square miles.

With a multi-racial, intergenerational effort, they are currently engaged in work to create a campaign, Truth Toward Reconciliation: "The Vision, Journey, and Voices of Royal Oak Charter Township,” in southern Oakland County whose history is a microcosm of the destruction of black communities, i.e., Detroit’s Black Bottom, Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, and Rosewood’s Massacre.

Self-Reparations, Black America's Wealth Strategy

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ADVISOR CREATES BLACK AMERICA WEALTH STRATEGY TO CLOSE GROWING RACIAL WEALTH GAP, USHERING IN A MODEL FOR SELF-REPARATIONS

Kelvin Harris, president and CEO of Kel-Star Consulting, a full-service business solutions and wealth strategy advisory firm, is on a mission to educate the Black community on the basic financial concepts, principles, and secret financial strategies used by the wealthiest 1% — and to close the wealth gap by empowering the Black community to enact a form of "self-reparations" to reverse these statistics.

Harris comments, “If Black Americans are to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, it will start by acquiring the basic understanding of how money works and how to make it work for them.”

Black Filmmaker Making History

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MEET THE BLACK FILMMAKER WHO IS RELEASING BLOCKBUSTER FILMS WITH NO BUDGET OR SUPPORT FROM MAJOR STUDIOS

In a world full of creatives, there are so many ways to express yourself through the lens or a canvas to deliver a beautiful masterpiece. Claiming his fame and recognition from his viral outbreak in 2019 with Auntie, a horror spoof about the infamous Aunt Vivian Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also in 2020 with follow up hit Coronaman, a satire spoof based on the upcoming Candy Man sequel, a high stakes comedic relief which urges the world to stay safe at home. Atlanta native Bobby Huntley doesn’t see an end date in his future.

Bobby Huntley is a director, producer, writer, and editor who began his journey as a filmmaker at the age of 10-years old. Upon seeing his knack for storytelling, his teachers began to encourage him to submit short films and mini-docs instead of written assignments. Since completing film school, Bobby has continued to study his craft and hone his voice as a filmmaker. He builds his brand and growing numbers of supporters by independently touring the country with his award-winning projects. Throughout his travels, he makes a point to speak at high schools and universities to give students a real in-depth look at indie filmmaking, both the highs and the lows.

University Urges Blacks to Take Vaccine

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MUSC BLACK AND HISPANIC/LATINO FACULTY URGE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TO TAKE THE COVID-19 VACCINE

Nationwide -- Given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 virus on communities of color, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Black Faculty Group (BFG) and the MUSC Hispanic/Latino faculty encourage Blacks and Hispanics/Latinos in South Carolina and across the nation to take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can schedule an appointment.

“Our lives depend on it,” said Marvella E. Ford, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and director, Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. A leader of the MUSC BFG for nearly 16 years, Ford stated the group’s perspective, noting that “The vaccine is needed in these communities for three reasons. First, COVID-19 has caused more deaths in the United States than in any other country in the world. Second, COVID-19 infection rates are much higher among Blacks and Hispanics/Latinos than among Whites. Third, COVID-19 death rates among Blacks are double in comparison to the death rates among Whites.”

Black Woman, Coloring Books About Credit

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BLACK FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR CREATES COLORING BOOKS TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT CREDIT

Meet Kishanna Heyward, the author of Credit is King, Kareem and Credit is Queen, Charlene who was inspired to create a credit coloring book series when her 4-year old daughter asked her about credit. After an unsuccessful search for resources online to help her daughter’s understanding, she decided to create her own.

"I created the credit coloring books to help our youth learn about credit at a very early age. As a former elementary school teacher, I know firsthand how much time is dedicated to standardized testing which often leaves the subject of financial literacy up to parents to teach. Providing kids with a solid financial foundation allows them to avoid mistakes most adults make,” said Kishanna.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Black-Owned Restaurant For Homeless Gets Help From Indie Musician

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BLACK COUPLE WHO OWN RESTAURANT THAT CATERS TO THE HOMELESS PARTNERS WITH INDIE ARTIST TO RAISE FUNDS

As the beloved Drexell and Honeybee’s, a top-notch soul-food restaurant with a donation-only policy, was hit especially hard during the pandemic, one musician is on a mission to keep the local institution alive by offering $1 downloads of his new song that serves as a tribute to the spirit, charity and togetherness the restaurant has shown the community over the years.

The song ‘I Was Hungry (and You Fed Me)’ by Maxamiliano Nealon is a moving homage to the restaurant that’s served as a safe haven for those in need of a hot meal and has touched many lives over the past years. Owners Lisa and Freddie Thomas-McMillan have enthusiastically embraced the song and as passionate music lovers themselves; they see it as a unique opportunity to raise awareness of their mission. The song can be purchased for $1 and downloaded here: https://maximilianonealon.bandcamp.com/track/i-was-hungry-and-you-fed-me.

“With all of our donations based on anonymity and the pandemic forcing us to offer only take-out meals, we’ve had to unfortunately stop accepting contributions as we don’t want to take the chance of someone not getting a meal because they feel embarrassed about what they can or can’t provide in these unprecedented times,” said Lisa McMillan, co-owner of Drexell & Honeybee’s. “Feeding the needy has always been a higher calling for us and with this initiative, we’re hoping we can rally additional support from the community and continue delivering hot meals to those who need it most for many years to come.”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A South Carolina Family and Friends’ Historical Fishing Legacy, Since 1900, By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

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A South Carolina Family and Friends’ Historical Fishing Legacy, Since 1900, By Dr. Charles L. Singleton
Anthony Flood Hueston, Gulf Coast of Mexico and The Atlanta Coast Deep- Sea Fishing Champion

Betty Jean Flood Picott Richardson, Deep-Sea Women's Fishing Champion: The Family Journal, USA & Overseas Fishermen’s Hall of Fame Inductees 2020

“Family Journal, USA & Overseas Fishermen’s Hall of Fame First-Ballot Inductees 2021 Confirmed.”  Forty- Five First-Ballot Inductees 2020, "Annotated Legacy: Drayton-Flood-Singleton Families & Friends"

A South Carolina Family and Friends’ Historical Fishing Legacy, Since 1900, By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

Readers, in celebration of this incredibly special February 2021, American historian Carter Godwin Woodson (1875 – 1950), Father of African American history: Founder of Black History Month is remembered (Bing Photo).  Therefore, our “History,” Mr. Woodson: “Some of the Drayton-Flood-Singleton Families’ loved ones, relatives, friends, and neighbors, for the last circa 121 years, fished in ponds, canals, waterways, channels, branches, roadside ditches, and various lakes and swamps.

Other locations possibly, were the MeadWestvaco Canals, and at the Ashley River, near Dorchester State Park, South Carolina.” --- Isreal T. Singleton.  “Then again, some of our earlier family members, and even today, fished in Collection County, the state park area in Givhans, South Carolina.

And very often, many fished alongside the ditched parallel to US 17A, on the way to Cottageville, South Carolina: ‘good fishing.’ We, on many days went all the way to the Train Trestle Bridge on SC Highway 61, passed Middleton Place Garden.” --- Tillman U. Millhouse, Jr.  “We fished in the Sandpit and everywhere; if we could walk, drive, or catch a ride!” ---John Thompson.  “We often fished at the Highway: South Carolina Highway 61 Sandpits, various Swamps, and the MeadWestvaco Canals.” --- Alex Singleton.  Alex was also the recipient of Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League (BFL), “Look for the Hook,” South Carolina Division, Lake Murray 5th Place in 2008.  Enjoy our history, our heritage, our family stories.  Nathaniel Grant, Jr., proudly prepares “The Catch of The Day!”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Black Dad and Son Launch Financial Literacy Program

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FATHER AND SON LAUNCH PROGRAM TO EDUCATE DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES ABOUT FINANCIAL LITERACY

Meet Kevon and Kamari Chisolm, the father and son founders of Junior Wallstreeters, Inc, a new nonprofit organization focusing on decreasing the wealth gap between disadvantaged groups and whites. The motto of the organization is: Empowering Youth with Financial Wellness; Today’s Investors Started Yesterday.

Before the pandemic, the average net wealth for African Americans was $15,000 vs $140,000 for whites. Considering the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on many disadvantaged communities, one can only imagine how their net worth has drastically decreased. Kevon asserts, “We say, today’s investors started yesterday because we as a group are behind.” This non-profit is geared towards helping us catch-up.

Largest Black Doll Show to Open Museum

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LARGEST BLACK DOLL SHOW TO OPEN A BLACK DOLL MUSEUM IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Sandra Epps decided to turn her negative into a positive after surviving three near-death experiences due to lupus. In 2005, she established Sandy’s Land where the mission is to party with a purpose, to encourage women and girls to “Love the Skin They’re In!” Presently, Sandy’s Land LLC conducts art parties and hosts the Detroit Doll Show which is the largest black doll show of its kind. She founded The Detroit Doll Show in 2011 with the purpose of celebrating history, culture, self-love, and diversity with the promotion of Black dolls.

Epps decided that with the up-rise and reveal of injustice to people of color and the establishment of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Doll Museum will be a perfect resource for visitors to learn about the positive history and culture of Black people, while little brown girls will be inspired to love themselves. The build-out shipping containers will include the Black dolls in addition be a space to host art parties, doll-making workshops, and classes taught by black historians, therapists, and gardeners.

Epps comments, “The Butterflyy represents the rash that appears on a lupus patient’s face when they are experiencing a flare-up. The butterfly is also symbolic of hope, transformation, peace, and prosperity. And these vivid and powerful insects are now quasi-extinct due to lack of habitat caused by new development, pesticides, and climate change.”