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Black Business Launches Nationwide $16 Million Dollar Job Creation Initiative

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 Healing Summer 2016 is designed to help heal the roots of racial wounds in the USA 

Let's Create Jobs

Albany, GA (BlackNews.com) — TTTriumphant Enterprises 400, LLC, known as TTTriumph400, is launching Healing Summer 2016 as its inaugural 1619-2019 Healing campaign aimed at annually generating $16 million+ for job creation to help heal the roots of racial wounds in the USA. From now until Wednesday, September 21st, individual and organizational directory listings may be purchased for featured inclusion in TTTriumph400s signature service, The Annual Commemorative Anchor400 Roll Call Digital Directory Series. This service honors the 400-year African American journey for humanity from 1619-2019. Order details are listed at www.16192019healing.net.

TTTriumph400 Founding Steward, Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper said, Creating sustainable jobs is a very effective way of participating in decreasing the economic and social distress for populations generationally suffering from the legacy of inequity resulting from the TransAtlantic Triangular (Enslavement) Trade. In the USA, this legacy began during the colonial period in 1619 at Point Comfort, VA. She added, As the 400-year milestone quickly approaches in 2019, the need has dramatically increased to address the distress. This urgency highlights the important role of TTTriumph400 and the Anchor400 in serving our nation during this pivotal time in our history.

The Anchor400 represents the pioneers of today who wish to assist in creating a new economy, Trade Transcending the TTET, that aids in the restoration and healing of humanitarian imbalances now occurring as a result of the past. The Anchor400 is comprised of 400,000 or more persons and entities who annually purchase at least one AnchoR unit of services or products such as the directory listings. An AnchoR unit is $40 or 400 dimes, representing the 400-year time period. The A R capitalization in AnchoR reflects the acronym for, The Artesian Renaissance. The A R (pronounced, Are) is an asset-based concept for building a creative economy industry that consecrates, commemorates and celebrates the triumphant 400-year struggle of the African American population in preserving their humanity abrogated by the TTET and subsequent policies.

TTTriumph400 is a cultural heritage social enterprise startup. Initially established in August 2014 in Ga. and re-established in S.C. in 2015, TTTriumph400 will now be based online under foreign entity status in Albany, Ga., The Good Life City. This social business is a culmination of nearly 22 years of R&D conducted through training, work, and service experiences in fostering increased social equity through poverty reduction using community and economic tools in nonprofit, for-profit and academic sectors. In honor of forebears who never received salaries or benefits from their forced labor, the steward role (employee/member/owner) is not salaried and all profits are reinvested into the company for business expansion and investments to create additional jobs.
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Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

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Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC


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By Anthony Advincula

PHILADELPHIA — As Asian American elected officials and community leaders take the stage here this week at the Democratic National Convention, the formidable presence and political force of Asian American voters on the nation’s electoral decision-making process can no longer be ignored.

Measured by the growing Asian electorate — which is projected to double from almost 6 million in 2016 to 12.2 million in 2040 — and the increasing number of Asian American congressional candidates, Asian voters can now shape and influence the elections, according to the Asian American Pacific and Islander (AAPI) Vote.

“We have dramatically increased our voting registration across the country,” U.S. Representative Judy Chu of California said yesterday afternoon at a gathering of AAPI leaders and Democratic delegates. “In Nevada, Virginia and even Pennsylvania, we are the swing votes.”
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US Representative Judy Chu

The fastest growing ethnic group in the United States for nearly two decades, the Asian population is now reaching about 17 million, according to the latest data from Asian American Pacific Islander [APIA], and is contributing about $1.1 trillion to the American economy.

There has also been a spike in the number of Asian Americans seeking congressional seats in the last six years—from 10 in 2010 to 30 in 2012. This year, the AAPI Vote added, there are 40 Asian Americans vying for a congressional seat across the country.

“We are no longer at the table for the menu; we are a significant part of the electorate,” said U.S. Representative Michael Honda. “There will be more [Asian] faces, I promise, that you’ll see in the political scene.”

Sayo Bhojwani, founder and president of the New American Leaders Project, a movement that trains and inspires immigrant leaders of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to run for office, said that the more first and second-generation Asian Americans will be in the ballot, the more it will strengthen the community and make the government better responsive to achieve a robust democracy.

“I encourage you [Asian Americans] to run for office,” Bhojwani added, “and I want you to look at what the electoral environment would be in 2020, 2024 and beyond. That’s the only way we’re going to change the conversation.”

Showing a major shift in party identification towards the Democratic Party, according to a national survey released last month by APIA Vote, Asian American voters gave 62 percent favorability rating for Hillary Clinton and 26 percent for Donald Trump.

The survey also revealed that Asian American voters are progressive on most issues, including the Affordable Care Act, gun control, environmental protection, and increasing government spending to make higher education affordable.

With the effects of exclusionary rhetoric in this year’s election campaigns, the survey indicated that Asian American registered voters, including Independents, will not vote for candidates with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views.

Celebrity Constance Wu [above photo, third right], the young Chinese American actress playing the lead role in ABC Television Network’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” also showed her support for Clinton and the Democratic Party, pushing Asian voters to be counted in November elections.

“It’s very important for us, for young Asian Americans to go out and vote, especially in these complex situations,” Wu said. “I’m saying this even though I’m not a political person.”

Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said that it is a crucial time for Asian American voters to be recognized, heard and acknowledged.

“Anybody who ignores our community,” Moua said, “does it at their own peril.”

Photo credits: Anthony Advincula

Excerpts of the President’s Remarks at the Democratic National Convention

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President Barack Obama:

“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity.  The America I know is decent and generous.  Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent.  We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice.  There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten.  Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we have.

“All that is real; we’re challenged to do better; to be better.  But as I’ve traveled this country, through all fifty states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I’ve also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America.  I see people working hard and starting businesses; people teaching kids and serving our country.  I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, unconstrained by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be.”

“You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office.  Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war.  But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions.  She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier, and the veteran.  Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect.  And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.

“That’s the Hillary I know.  That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire.  And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”

As National Urban League Conference Heads to Baltimore, Dropped Charges Against Officers Demonstrates Continuing Struggle

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Examination of Racial Relation, Police Violence,  Part of Intense Aug. 3-6 Schedule of Dynamic Dialogue, Focused on Theme of “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice


NEW YORK (July 26, 2016) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said the dismissal of charges against three Baltimore police officers stands as a stark symbol of the nation’s continuing struggle with the racial unrest an inequality that is the focus of the organization’s Conference in Baltimore next week.

“The dismissal of these charges, coupled with the recent wave of violence that has taken so many lives in recent weeks, demonstrates how the nation continues to grapple with issues of racial hostility and injustice,” Morial said. “The focus of our conference is to forge a path toward eliminating inequality in income and wealth, academic achievement and opportunity, criminal justice and voting rights.”

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, emerging from one of the most racially-charged primary campaigns in recent history, have been invited to address the Conference.

The Presidential Plenary is a long-standing tradition of the Conference, Acknowledging the indispensable relationship between the nation’s highest office and its leading civil rights and social justice community, according to National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial.

“As we convene in Baltimore to deliberate solutions to the economic and social challenges our cities are facing, it’s vital that those contending for the highest office in the land be part of that conversation,” Morial said.

The Presidential Plenary will take place on Thursday, August 4, the second day of the Conference themed “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice.”

The four-day event at the Baltimore Convention Center features empowering sessions and workshops presented by political, business, and entertainment leaders and influencers on topics including education, business, the economy, health, and justice.  The N.U.L. Experience Hall, free and open to the public, includes exhibits, entertainment, a Volunteer Zone, Health Zone and chances to win exciting prizes.

New this year is the family-focused Community Day on Saturday, expected to attract thousands of Baltimore-area residents for informative and entertaining exhibits and sessions.

The Conference also will present a Career & Networking Fair, a One-Day Entrepreneur Summit and a Young Professionals Summit.

Notable speakers, panelists and honorees include:

  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
  • Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett
  • Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards
  • BET Chair and CEO Debra Lee
  • Former Baltimore Mayor and University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke
  • U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr.
  • Attorneys William H. “Billy” Murphy and Benjamin Crump, representing the families of Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin


NAACP Statement on Decision to Drop Remaining Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray Case

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BALTIMORE, MD — NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement on the decision by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop all remaining charges against the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray:

“We are extremely disappointed in today’s decision.  Once again, we face the painful reality that the life of yet another African American young man has been taken without a single person being held accountable.  Freddie Gray and his family will not get the justice they deserve.  Just as Trayvon Martin and his family received no justice and Eric Garner, and Michael Brown and Jamar Clark and so many others .  Lives that meant so much more than just the events on a shocking video and a hashtag.

“As of today, 547 people have been shot and killed by police this year.  Last year, 1,000 people lost their lives in police custody across the United States.  These tragedies, as well as our communities and country, demand wholesale reform.  We must hold our elected leaders accountable and demand their support for passage of policies that preserve and protect our lives.  We must demand policies that require thorough, independent transparent investigations following the shooting of unarmed civilians.  We must demand retraining of our officers on excessive use of force and de-escalation tactics.  We must demand that our U.S. Department of Justice be given the tools and the power to conduct thorough investigations; and we must demand the development of a uniform code of conduct for every single police agency across our country.

“We cannot continue to mourn these tragedies and senseless loss of lives with wringing hands and courthouse protests.  We can only continue to honor and seek justice for those lives lost by seeking and ensuring true reform and accountability.

Network Offers Help to Black Women Seeking to Start and Grow a Business

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Entrepreneurship is the vehicle which will allow African-American women to become financially solvent. 

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Atlanta business woman announces the birth of e-Black Women Network(TM) a network designed specifically for African-American women who:

* Want to start a business and need guidance starting the business.
* Own a business but wants to increase her business visibility by learning effective marketing strategies.
* Who want to start a business but are unsure of what business to start.

Businesses owned by Black women have exploded in recent years. Articles recently published on the Fortune and Huffington Post websites indicate that since 1997, the percentage increase of Black women-owned business is a whopping 322% since 1997. Carmin Wharton, founder of e-BlackWomenNetwork asserts, This significant increase in Black female-owned businesses is due to the fact that no matter how much education, experience and talent Black women bring to the workforce, we are routinely passed over for promotions, are not paid fairly and are often made to choose between long hours and caring for our families.

The purpose of e-Black Women Network(TM) is to provide women with the tools, resources, information, motivation and networking opportunities to help launch them into entrepreneurship. Wharton states, Our goal is to help Black women take their business from start up to prosperity – on their own terms. Starting a business on our own terms is important because when a Black woman starts a business, she is usually still working full time, maybe a single parent or caring for an elderly family member and, we are routinely denied bank business loans so we often have to bootstrap our startup businesses. Networking luncheons and other events are also offered where women can sell their products and services and collaborate with other business women.

e-BlackWomenNetwork offers monthly and semi-annual membership option where women are coached every month on a specific business topic, including Q&A sessions and goal-setting workshops. The network also offers home-study coaching packages, group coaching and one-on-one VIP coaching. Wharton says, We also offer a large number of complimentary services and products such as training webinars, informative teleseminars and e-Books. I think the greatest thing we offer is inspiration and motivation; we support Black women as they move through one of the greatest journeys of their life becoming an entrepreneur.

Learn more about the network by visiting: www.e-blackwomennetwork.com.


Photo: Carmin Wharton, founder of e-BlackWomenNetwork



Senator Kirk Statement on ISIS Terrorist Attacks in France and Germany

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued a statement after ISIS terrorists yesterday videotaped their execution of Father Jacques Hamel, an 84-year-old French priest, at his church’s altar in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy. While French authorities had previously arrested one of the terrorists, a 19-year-old male, for twice attempting to travel to Syria and join ISIS, they later released him from jail under loose monitoring conditions.


“ISIS terrorists continue to target and kill Christians and other innocents, not only in the Middle East but now in Europe and beyond. With ISIS now threatening to launch more attacks in the United States, I call on the Administration to do all it can to protect American citizens from the terrorist threat, including stepped up efforts to prevent Islamic terrorist infiltration of Syrian refugee flows onto U.S. soil.”


The cold-blooded execution of Father Jacques Hamel comes days after a machete-wielding 21-year-old Syrian refugee murdered a pregnant woman in Germany, and a 27-year-old Syrian refugee who pledged allegiance to ISIS detonated a suicide bomb injuring 19 people in Germany.

Hyde Park Art Center Announces Bethany Collins and Lan Tuazon as Year Long Artists in Residence

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Artists Will Immerse Themselves in Chicago and Explore New Artistic Endeavors

Chicago, ILHyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave.) will welcome artists Bethany Collins and Lan Tuazon as year-long artists in residence beginning this October. The award, supported by The Joyce Foundation, is for Chicago-based artists to receive studio space at the Art Center, access to the Art Center’s facilities and courses, membership to the Chicago Innovation Exchange and tailored connection to the city’s vast resources of people, universities and art spaces to develop their practice and produce new work. Collins and Tuazon will host artist talks, open studios and other public events during their residency.

“Participating in an artist residency at the Art Center is an important maturation step for Chicago artists,” said Director of Exhibitions and Residency Programs Allison Peters Quinn. “As a hub for contemporary art in Chicago, the Art Center is a place to engage in the exchange of ideas and artistic styles that can greatly influence an artist’s practice.”

As artists in residence at Hyde Park Art Center, there are no production demands on Tuazon and Collins, which allows them to take risks and flesh out new ideas. Tuazon plans to use the time to work on a sculpture series titled “Future Fossils,” which organizes everything from eggshells to baby bottles to furniture in what reads as a geological ordering of cultural artifacts and study ceramics, a new medium for the artist. As a recent transplant to Chicago, Collins will immerse herself in the art scene and foster new connections in her adopted city. In addition, Collins will expand on her previous work, a series of blind embossed historical reports exploring violence and bureaucracy. Her first in the series focused on the Ferguson Report of 2015 and was shown in Chicago in the fall of 2015.

About Lan Tuazon
Lan Tuazon lives and works in Chicago. Her art practice addresses the order of things as it relates to built and imaginary environments. She has exhibited internationally at the Brooklyn Museum, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany, Floating IP in Manchester and The Lowry Museum in Manchester. Lan Tuazon is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of Art Institute.

About Bethany Collins
Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Collins is a former Hambidge Center Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Collins has been recognized as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was awarded the Hudgens Prize in 2015.

FBI Hiring First-Ever Senior Level Data Scientist

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The FBI is hiring its first senior level data scientist (SLDS) position and is currently seeking applicants across both public and private sectors. The new SLDS will serve as a senior-level adviser and consultant to the Cyber Division Assistant Director and other management officials, contributing across the Cyber Division and Bureau through collaboration, innovation, and subject matter expertise. The addition of a senior-level position acknowledges the growing cyber threat, which is a top priority threat for the FBI, and reflects equitable distribution of sophisticated senior talent across the FBI.

“The addition of a senior-level position within the Cyber Division is unprecedented, and we are eagerly anticipating the ways it will contribute to our mission to identify, pursue, and defeat cyber adversaries. With the breadth and depth of skills and expertise we’re expecting in our candidates, this new position will have a unique opportunity to brand the FBI’s cyber program and represent the FBI throughout the Intelligence Community,” said James C. Trainor, Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. “We are excited to see how the division will continue to evolve to combat the cyber threat with the assistance of the new senior level data scientist.”

The FBI is seeking individuals from both the public and private sector with experience and skills in computer science and data analytics, as well as subject matter expertise in cyber security, data visualization, data mining, and computer networking. This position will pioneer the FBI’s technology solutions and strategically work to develop and employ new processes, outline enterprise requirement and solutions, and streamline technology program management.

The senior level data scientist will provide technical and operational guidance, evaluate the cyber program business architecture, pioneer the Bureau’s technology solutions, provide strategic planning and engineering services for technology solutions and standards, and represent the FBI on groups sponsored by the Intelligence Community and other partners.


Jobs Up in Eight Metros; Down in Six Areas

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Average Unemployment Rate in Illinois Metro Areas Higher than Midwest

CHICAGO, IL – Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“One metropolitan area losing jobs is one too many,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While we boost our efforts to help employers connect with qualified candidates, we also need effective policies in place to realize robust job growth in Illinois.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Lake-Kenosha (+2.4 percent, +10,000), Rockford (+2.0 percent, +3,100), and Springfield (+1.8 percent, +2,000). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.2 percent or +43,700). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including the Quad Cities (-2.9 percent, -5,500), Bloomington (-1.6 percent, -1,500), and Peoria (-1.3 percent, -2,400). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Education and Health Services (11 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (11 of 14), Retail Trade (10 of 14), and Professional and Business Services (nine of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2016 with June 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.0 percent in June 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June 2016 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. 

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