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It’s Time to LEVEL UP! Register for THE BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS FORUM

The Black Business Owners Forum 2021 (BBOF20201): “Level Up” is a one-day virtual event being held on Thursday, October 14th from 9:00am - 6:00pm EST.  It was designed with you in mind! Our mission is to build the capacity of you AND your business!  


LEVELING UP: Advancing one self and business to the next level of development


The theme for BBOF2021 is Level Up! Why Level Up? Leveling Up requires doing things differently to get different results. It takes not only courage and persistence, but growing as a leader and building the capacity of your business to take on bigger responsibilities and greater opportunities.  For more info Click Here

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AWARD WINNING ATTORNEY ZULU ALI REPRESENTS BLACK MOTORIST IN HIS COMPLAINT AGAINST DEPUTY WHO KICKED HIM IN THE HEAD AFTER SURRENDERING

Willie Jones, a motorist who was kicked in the head after surrendering to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy is pursing a complaint against Deputy Sheriff Corie Smith and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for police misconduct, civil rights violations, and injuries sustained as a result of the assault, says his attorney, Zulu Ali of the Law Offices of Zulu Ali & Associates, LLP in Riverside, California.

On June 16, 2021 in Victorville, California, Willie Jones, a Black motorist was surrendering after an allegedly driving at high speed and later complying with orders of San Bernardino County Deputies by laying prone on his stomach when Deputy Corie Smith kicks Mr. Jones in his head twice while another deputy placed his knee on Mr. Jones’s neck.  The incident was captured on a surveillance camera at a dealership in Victorville, California.  For more info click here
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THE ANJEL APP LETS USERS ACTIVATE THEIR OWN BODY CAMS WHEN PULLED OVER BY POLICE

James A. Samuel, Jr., is a Black veteran who has launched a new app called ANJEL Tech that turns any smartphone into the world’s most powerful bodycam during confrontations with the police. James said that he became tired of raising kids in a world that forces them to understand they’re unsafe in their skin before they even learn their ABCs.

In past weeks in April, the world has been watching Derek Chauvin on trial for murder charges for the killing of George Floyd; seeing news about 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, getting pulled over by two police officers in Windsor, Virginia; and the killing of Daunte Wright at the hands of police. And these only are a few of too many stories of Black people being racially profiled and fearing for safety when being pulled over by police.

ANJEL Tech is an innovative solution to increase safety and peace of mind in the Black community. The app is secure, mobile, and cloud-based. James says that he created it because he’s passionate about preventing your loved ones from becoming another painful statistic. "Body cams can’t just be for police," he says. "So I created ANJEL Tech to enable a person’s phone to act as a body cam and a lifeline to loved ones to increase safety and accountability." For More Info Click Here

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Haiti, I Think of You: Hispaniola, Hayti, French, Haitian Creole, Slavery, Devastating Hurricanes and Death-Driven Earthquakes, Haitian Pride!

Photo credits: Disaster in Haiti, Water is Life/ Wikipedia and Bing Com Images 2021

Haiti's Mottos: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." "Union makes strength."

HAITI, I THINK OF YOU

By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

Historically speaking, every time I think of Haiti's indigenous Taino (Caribbean) people of South America, the name Christopher Columbus (December 5, 1492) comes to mind. Upon arriving in this most populous country in the Caribbean, Columbus thought that he was in India or China.  Today's estimates of Haiti’s population are 11.4 million people, according to various encyclopedia sources.

Overtime, Spain (early 17th century) made Haiti an integral part of the Spanish Empire (La Española). In 1697, the French portion of West Haiti (Saint-Domingue), France 'profitably colonized' sugarcane plantations by using thousands of slaves who were captured in Africa.

Thus, creating one of the riches colonies in the whole-wide world.  However, during the French Revolution (1789-1799), the first Black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture
 led free Haitians and slaves successfully (1789-1804), while defeating Napoleon Bonaparte's army. For more Info Click Here
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Mortgage Pro Timothy Griggs Is Banking On His Innovative App To Help Reverse The Foreboding Forecast Of Zero Wealth In the Black Community.

Written By Kamau Austin

Black Median Wealth By 2053 Is predicted to be zero.  A Black Enterprise, article stated "You can have a glamorous six-figure salary, advanced degrees, and an executive title at a large corporation and still be impacted by the negative net worth virus that is prevalent in black communities. According to The Road to Zero Wealth report published by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, the median wealth of black Americans will fall to zero by 2053 if current trends continue."

However, a sharp decline towards a median Black net worth of zero won't happen on mortgage pro and tech innovator Timothy Griggs' watch.  If Griggs has his way, despite gloom and doom predictions of disappearing Black wealth, his new technically advanced The Good Steward Financial System (TGS), app will help reverse the course of poverty in Black communities. For More Info Click Here
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Multi-talented Musical Prodigy Gina Williams Works Creatively To Releash 5 Albums This Year In Different Genres

Gina Williams, is quietly shattering barriers of how things “should be”.  I caught up with the multitalented singer and pianist who diversely sings and performs in 5 different musical forms.  Williams, a product of striving Jamaican roots by way of a challenging Canadian upbringing - has a fascinating story to tell!

The singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer released a choral and orchestral album called “Olympiad” and performed with 4 choirs and 2 orchestras on Ukrainian National Television in 2019.

This year she is releasing 5 albums - Each in a different genre: EDM, Caribbean, Gospel, Classical, and Rock. See Gina's Amazing Music: Click Here
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The Games WE Play and Live
Raven Saunders stood out in the shot put and making social stands during pandemic. Photo courtesy NRP

By JV Howard

The Olympic Games, a raging prophetic pandemic, and epic climatic disasters all conspire to make the planet almost hostile and in some cases inhospitable. As the world turns, burns, floods, ravages, and hemorrhage the Olympic games open to empty seats, muted fanfare, and individual drama as a cloud of uncertainty, anger, and misplace priorities underscore Olympic size expectation.

These games have as a purpose to unite the world in friendly, however nationalistic, competition for gold, silver, and bronze distinction but COVID-19 and it’s mutation (Delta Variant) permutated the dynamic of such competition. The original antagonism between worldly Olympian is no longer just to win a gold, silver, or bronze medal but to survive COVID-19 and its anomaly - to be the last man/woman standing - literally.


There is much to be said, vociferously, about living in the moment but nothing exemplifies the moment more than the mental challenge of being the fittest on the planet (olympians) on the one hand and the sickest on the planet (pandemic) on the other. Whole body integrity has at its root the component of mental health.  For More Info: Click Here
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Millionaire Who Developed One Of The Fastest Growing Companies In The US Calls For Reparations To Black Americans

REPARATIONS to Black Americans Now!!!  Sign The Petition

It is clear that descendants of Black Americans that were kidnapped from Africa and forced to work for free for hundreds of years in America deserve to be compensated for their labor, pain and suffering.  The major beneficiary of slavery was the United States Government.

Since slave owners did not have to pay slave labor costs, they made exorbitant profits which equated to increased governmental taxes paid to the government. Those taxes made the United States one of the wealthiest countries in the world and literally built this country. Learn More
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AMARA LA NEGRA'S WAIST TRAINER SNATCHES THE ATTENTION ON WOMEN'S WAIST AND FITNESS GOALS 

Learn How To Get Snatched Click Here

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Highly Regarded OP-ED Contributor Tolson Banner Envisions How Black 20/20 Insight Clarifies Black Eyesight

I’ve been having problems with my Black eyesight all year long.
My “Black Vison” was blurred and I wasn’t sure if I was near sighted or far sighted.

I had a prognosis awhile back and was told I was suffering from “ocular hypertension.”  In layman’s terms this meant my insight was putting pressure on my eyesight.

I finally broke down and made an appointment to visit various disciplines of America’s eye doctors and/or practitioners: ophthalmologist, optometrist and optician.  Damn, in the year 20/20 I was flirting with the possibility that I might be going blind like America. To read more click here

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SEE HOW ROSA HIGGS IS 1ST BLACK AUTHOR TO CREATE PHONICS WORKBOOKS THAT DRASTICALLY IMPROVE READING SKILLS IN 30 DAYS OR LESS

Rosa Higgs, a teacher from Berkeley, California, who has proven why phonics instruction matters. Her phonics workbook series, entitled Read in 40 Hours or Less, are designed to help Black students learn to read well and beyond grade level in less than 40 hours of direct instruction.

Across the country, students are experiencing a K-12 crisis in reading skills. In the state of California, millions of dollars are spent every year on education, but students and teachers are overwhelmed by COVID-19 and distance learning and the lack of improved reading skills for many vulnerable Black students proves it.

The coronavirus was a test of America’s ability to provide quality and equitable education to all students. The virus wrecked the school system with unfathomable momentum highlighting known disparities of Black students' access to computers, the internet, trauma, and basic needs such as food and adequate shelter. The Read in 40 Hours or Less workbook series can take schools from inadequate to extraordinary by improving reading skills for our vulnerable Black and Brown students. To Learn How To Help Your Child Excel in Reading Click Here

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THE NEW AND IMPROVED MICHAEL COLYAR MORNING SHOW CELEBRATES ITS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH 2-HOUR SPECIAL EXCLUSIVELY ON YOUTUBE

On September 13, Michael Colyar will mark the one-year anniversary of his popular digital show, The New and Improved Michael Colyar Morning Show, a live daily broadcast exclusively on YouTube.  In celebration of its 266 shows, the celebrated legendary comedian and talk show host is presenting a 2-hour show on September 13 from 7a – 9a (PST) with an array of surprise guests including celebrities, clergies, music artists, poets and more.

The New and Improved Michael Colyar Morning Show launched in September 10, 2020. The uplifting show is filled with fun, love and positivity. Welcoming people from all over the world to share their stories and talents, the ‘feel good’ show has found an immediate audience since streaming live.  For more info Click Here

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MEET THE FOUNDERS OF THE 1ST BLACK WOMAN-OWNED SKINCARE LINE JUST FOR MEN

Simone Randle and Tammie Sykes, the founders of Dion Michaels, have made history as the first women of color to launch a simple results-driven skincare line that is exclusively for men of all ethnicities. They created this line to tackle the top skin challenges that were impacting the men in their lives – from razor burns to dry beards. They quickly realized that these challenges played a significant role in confidence too.

Dion Michaels is a convenient subscription-based skincare line that provides men with two simple products, a grooming cream, and a skin balm. The skin care line not only improves and protects men’s skin but also boosts their confidence.

“We feel that the male population in the skincare industry is an underserved market,” said Randle. “Men want an effective product and they want a simple regimen.”

Dion Michaels’ formula is a custom-blended formula with carefully selected ingredients to support all skin types. Customers can choose between a monthly subscription bundle of the grooming cream and skin balm delivered to their door or to purchase the grooming cream and skin balm bundle as a one-time purchase.  For More Info Click Here

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TOP 11 MISCONCEPTIONS MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
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THOUSANDS OF BLACK DOCTORS, PASTORS AND MORE UNITE FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS RALLY

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is launching its "Prostate Cancer Disparity Rally" to address the growing prostate cancer crisis in Black America caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic increase in new prostate cancer cases.

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for Black men in the U.S. The disease also has the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer for men or women. The American Cancer Society recently released estimates that new cases of prostate cancer will increase by 30% in 2021.

This is more than ten times the increase for any other major cancer including lung, breast, and colorectal. "We are facing an unprecedented prostate cancer crisis in this country and Black men will be hit the hardest," says Thomas Farrington, PHEN Founder and President. “Our Disparity Rally will raise prostate cancer awareness throughout Black America, and provide educational resources and tools to help alleviate disparities in early detection, treatments, and clinical trials.”  For More Info: Click Here

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Roland S. Martin Launches Innovative Online TV Channel Black Star Network

Marking three years as the definitive daily digital source for news and information from an unapologetically Black perspective with his groundbreaking daily digital show #RolandMartinUnfiltered, award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin has announced that he is launching the Black Star Network, an OTT network aimed at African American consumers. BSN will debut with original content on Sept. 3, 2021, the third-year anniversary of #RolandMartinUnfiltered.

A hybrid OTT media network, BSN is subscription free, and ad-supported. The network will stream content focused on political, business and cultural insights and perspectives of Black thought leaders, influencers and opinion makers. The flagship show, #RolandMartinUnfiltered, has a social media following of more than 3.5 million, including nearly 800,000 Youtube subscribers. The daily show has generated nearly 509 million views and more than 1.5 billion minutes watched since its inception.

#RolandMartinUnfiltered's exponential growth is a direct reflection of Martin’s efforts to serve its audience with content and information focused on the unique concerns of Black Americans.

“African Americans are voracious news and information consumers, and they are demanding more content from their perspective that address issues that they care about,” said Martin, a digital pioneer who launched the first Black news source audio and video podcasts more than a decade ago. Get More Info Click Here



FOUNDER OF BLACK-OWNED SNEAKER COMPANY TARIK EDMONSON SEEKS TO EMPOWER ATHLETES WITH NEW NCAA RULING

Under a recent Supreme Court ruling, the National Collegiate Athletic Association can no longer place restrictions on education-related benefits for student-athletes. NCAA athletes can now profit from their name, image, and likeness with unlimited incentives.

Before the decision, student-athletes were not allowed financial gains from the billions of dollars in revenue that sports brought to American colleges and universities. Student-athletes can now reap financial benefits from their talents early on. But with the new judgment in place, however, many people like Tarik Edmonsonfounder of Nagast Footwear, fear that student-athletes may be taken advantage of by large corporations and he aims to educate them on the possible pitfalls. For More Info Click Here



BLACK BILLIONAIRE, ROBERT F. SMITH, LAUNCHES HBCU TOUR TO UPGRADE CAMPUS CYBERSECURITY AND TO HELP STUDENTS FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Acclaimed writer and Broadway playwright Lorraine Hansberry once posed the prolific question: what does it mean, “to be young, gifted, and Black?” Nearly 60 years later, the sobering reality that persists for many Black American students seeking a college education in navigating the challenges of being young, educated, Black and broke.

Overburdened with crushing, disproportionate levels of student debt, they are playing catch-up from the first day they step foot onto a college campus. As a result, they start their careers strapped with significantly more educational debt than most white college graduates. To Get More Info On Robert Smith's program for Black Students Click Here



Posted by community events coordinator, Nzinga Lonstein Austin, is a prolific blogger who writes on the entertainment industry and issues for people with developmental and physical challenges.

She is presently in high school looking to have a career in video, film, and media. You can see more of her entertainment writing on Lonstein Movies.


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