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Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own Homes

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own HomesFree event sponsored by National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the Dearborn Realtist Board to uncloak the home buying process and help raise Chicago Black homeownership rates.

Washington, DC  –  Latest available *analyzed mortgage lending data indicates that Black American residents comprising 30.9% of the City of Chicago’s population, received only 5,032 (8.7%) of new mortgage loans.  In contrast, Whites representing just over 32% of the city’s population received 32,782 (57%) of all new mortgages. 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the nation’s oldest minority real estate trade group is working to change this statistical landscape through accessible and accurate information about homeownership directed toward Black consumers. On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Black Chicago area residents are invited to attend NAREB’s Community Wealth Building Day to learn from lenders, government officials, and housing counselors how to build wealth through homeownership and understand that a home purchase is within reach. The free event, held in conjunction with NAREB’s local chapter, the Dearborn Realtist Board and NID Housing Counseling Agency takes place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

“The Chicago mortgage lending disparity is beyond startling. Think how many of the city’s neighborhoods could be revitalized if more Black residents knew they could purchase homes. The city’s tax base would increase, more businesses could thrive in owner-occupied neighborhoods, and they would become desirable places to live, and raise families. At the same time, homeownership improves economic futures for Black American residents,” said Jeffrey Hicks, President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Consumers can expect to hear and talk to experts about: purchase assistance funds; understanding the mortgage process; what to expect from a lender and what questions to ask; the impact of student loans on mortgage loans; solving bad credit issues; the value of home ownership counseling, along with other key topics. Consumers are encouraged to ask questions from the experts to get the answers they need about home purchase or real estate investment strategies. The first 100 people at Community Wealth Building Day will receive a free credit report and an assessment.

“We are thrilled to offer the community an opportunity to take control of their financial destiny by getting the tools they need to become a homeowner and build equity for their family,” said Jones. “Many people can afford a home based on the rent they pay, but they don’t have those tools in place to get on that path, such as improving their credit score, saving for a down payment and mining the homebuying process; we will help them develop these skills so they walk out of our event with the mindset of becoming a homeowner.” 

Special guests speaking at the lunch program include: Congressman Danny Davis, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Alderman Michael Scott, Cook County Land Bank Authority Executive Director Rob Rose and others, in addition to remarks from two event sponsors, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 

The day kicks off with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. opening the Vendor Showcase and admittance to the consumer information sessions, the Clergy Roundtable, and complimentary lunch for all attendees. Families are encouraged to bring their children to have fun in the Kids Zone, which includes, face painting, music and more. Throughout the day, event participants can register for prizes including a washer/dryer combo, flat screen TVs and other giveaways as they interact with Community Wealth Building Day exhibitors. 

“NAREB has started a movement, our 2 Million New Black Homeowners program to establish a new wealth building platform for Black Americans, nationwide.  The program is not only our commitment, but our responsibility and obligation to our community.  That’s why we’re bringing this consume-focused event to Chicago,” Hicks added.

For more information and to register for the FREE Community Wealth Building Day, sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/communitywealthbuilding2018.


* Latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for Chicago analyzed by LendingPatterns™, an online HMDA data analysis software program developed by ComplianceTech.


About NAREB: 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 to secure the right to equal housing opportunities for all regardless of race, creed, or color.  NAREB has 90 chapters located nationwide and publishes annually The State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) Report. Visit www.nareb.com for more information. Or call 301-552-9340.

About Dearborn Realtist Board

The Dearborn Realtist Board is the oldest African American real estate trade association. Established in 1941, the area where African Americans resided was a community in Chicago called Dearborn, which stemmed from 22nd St. on the north, south to 63rd St., east to the Lake and west to Wentworth St. This area is where our founding Presidents established their office, and the name Dearborn Realtist Board was formed. The Dearborn Realtist mantra is “Democracy in Housing”. We are at the forefront of economic development in housing in the African American community.                     

Alderman Moore Honors Veterans During South Side Memorial Day Parade

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Happy Memorial Day!Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes

Chicago, IL  – 17th Ward Alderman David Moore hosts the South Side Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 18.  This year the parade returns for its second year to pay homage to Community Veterans and War Time heroes who often times feel forgotten about. Attendees are in for a treat as the parade includes dignitaries, notables and more.

The parade and celebration kicks off from the beautiful St. Leo Veteran’s Home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood (7750 S. Emerald Ave Chicago, IL).

This year’s keynote speaker is Useni Eugene Perkins, Poet, Playwright and Author of “Hey Black Child”. Headliners include the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and The Tuskegee Airmen of the Dodo Chapter. The parade’s Grand Marshals and honorees include Allan Streeter, Korean War Hero and former 17th Ward Alderman, Estelle Long, WWII Veteran and Luis Watson, WWII Veteran of the 2664 Civilian Conservation Corps. Chicago’s own Military Academy JROTC will be leading as color guard; the parade precession will include Final Phaze Dance Team, Oglesby School Performing Arts and Tea With A Queen Girl Scouts Troop #25674.

“This event is aimed at showing appreciation to our veterans for their courage, service and most of all sacrifices made to defend our country. This parade is the opportunity to shed light on our neighborhood heroes in which our youth can look up to and connect with heroes who serve and protect our country. The parade also sheds light and positivity on the amazing memorial day programs happening throughout Chicago,” says Alderman David Moore.

Immediately preceding the parade will be a wreath ceremony at the Veteran Garden led by Alderman Moore and Useni Eugen Perkins to salute the slain veterans.

Order of Events:
Lineup: 9am at St. Leo’s Residence For Veterans (7750 S. Emerald Ave)
10am Parade Step-Off
11am Wreath Ceremony Lineup

Parade Route: 

  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. South to 79th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 79th S. Emerald West to 79th S. Halsted Street
  • 79th S. Halsted Street North to 76th S. Halsted Street
  • 76th S. Halsted Street East to 76th S. Emerald Ave.
76th S. Emerald Ave. South to 77th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. to St. Leo Veterans Garden (7750 S. Emerald Ave)

For Press Contact: Rashanah Baldwin, Baldwin Media Group
Phone: 312-566-8647

PHEN Entertains and Educates With “Daddy Boys” Stage Play

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

One of the largest and most successful community-based events for prostate cancer education and awareness

Daddy's Boys Stage Play

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network) presented the Daddy’s Boys stage play on May 12th at the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, MD before an audience of more than 1,000. With an educational workshop and prostate cancer screening held prior to the play, this was a highly successful community based prostate cancer education and awareness event.”

This was a Broadway caliber play, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing production with a great message. PHEN and Garrett Davis productions have shifted the paradigm enabling them to meet the needs of more people through creative ministry,” says Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, Reid Temple’s Senior Pastor.

Rev. Joseph Deck, III, Senior Minister to Men at Reid Temple who led the efforts at Reid to host the play states, “As Minister to Men, I witnessed after the workshop and play, men and caregivers moving from victimization and fear to empowerment and courage! Our Partnership with PHEN has been life giving to Reid Temple.”

Daddy’s Boys is the latest health-oriented presentation by playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to minority health issues. The PHEN/Davis collaboration builds on Davis’ established portfolio of stage productions that highlight diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease among other issues.


PHEN is touring Daddy’s Boys nationally with the support of partners including Astellas, Amgen, Accuray, Bayer, Pfizer Oncology, Genomic Health, Myriad and Janssen Oncology. PHEN works with its network of church partners to host and promote the play within their communities. The performances are free of charge to the public.

“The Daddy’s Boys play enables us to use entertainment to attract thousands more people to educate about prostate cancer and this will impact their actions and help save more lives,” according to Thomas Farrington, Founder and President of the Prostate Health Education Network and an 18-year prostate cancer survivor.

“The play was outstanding and very informative. Often family members feel left out and hurt when they discover that a loved one has kept life changing information from them. I feel the members of the cast did an excellent job of showing how families can and should come together to address medical concerns,” says Abraham Parks who attended Daddy’s Boys at Reid Temple.

PHEN will next present Daddy’s Boys at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA on June 9th where the Rev. Dr. Lance Watson is the Senior Pastor. For more information about the play and for free tickets visit www.daddysboys.net


About PHEN
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading prostate cancer patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American families. Based in Quincy MA, PHEN is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2003. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all men. Black men are diagnosed at a rate 60% higher with a death rate 130% higher than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. PHEN provides education and awareness about the disease towards eliminating this disparity. For more details, visit www.prostatehealthed.org


About Reid Temple AME Church
Reid Temple AME Church, led by Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, is one church in three locations in DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) with a growing community of faith of over 15, 000 members. Reid Temple Men’s Ministry is a dynamic and innovative ministry of 8,000 men strong who demonstrate an unshakable faith in God.

Churches and other organizations that may be interested in hosting Daddy’s Boys should email PHEN at rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org

Photo Caption: Scene from the play “Daddy’s Boys”


Master P’s Daughter, Cymphonique, to Star in Superhero Franchise

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Genius Mind Films Announes a New Superhero Franchise – “Eyes of ESCA” Starring Cymphonique Miller

Eyes of Esca starring Cymphonique Miller

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — From the comic book and novel Eyes of Esca comes the highly anticipated screenplay adaption. The story range carries a potential of Star Wars and is comparable to Avengers and Shape of Water with a young adult edge.

The ethereal, bioluminescent, world of Nautilus lies beneath the ocean as well as in space. In the Sci-fi Thriller/ Drama, actress Cymphonique Miller stars as “Jade” – the brain-child of two high profile marine biologists.

She mourns their death after their ship mysteriously wrecks on an expedition and is taken under the wing of a billionaire professor who leads her on a journey of discovery and unimaginable power that will change Jade and the world she thought she knew, forever.

Eyes of Esca brings the super hero genre to the YA (Young Adult) audience with an original scientific theory based on the shape-shifting octopus. This is the first in a trilogy of films that will not only see Jade’s coming of age, but also a war between aliens and humans.


This is an original screenplay written by Ramello Barnes and Michael Ballard.

For more information, go to www.EyesOfEsca.com

Photo Caption: Film artwork

Black Physician Elected to Medical University of South Carolina

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

New member elected to Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees

W. Melvin Brown

Charleston, SC (BlackNews.com) — The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is pleased to welcome W. Melvin Brown, III, M.D., to the MUSC Board of Trustees, effective May 2. Brown represents the 6th Congressional district of South Carolina, which includes all of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Colleton, Hampton and Williamsburg counties and parts of Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties.

“I served my country for 20 years in the naval service. Now I look forward to the opportunity to serve my home state,” Brown said.

Brown currently works as an emergency room physician in urban, rural, retirement and federal hospital settings, including the four hospitals under Trident Medical Center and as a part-time staff member at the Ralph A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in the Charleston area, Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, and Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrell’s Inlet. He also serves as an instructor for the oral board preparation course sponsored by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1991, a master’s degree in education with a concentration in biology from The Citadel College of Graduate Studies in 1999, and his doctorate in medicine from MUSC in 2002. He completed an emergency medicine residency while serving as an active duty naval officer at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA.

While on active duty from 1991 through 2015, Brown served as engineering division officer at the Naval Education and Training center in Newport, Rhode Island, and on the USS Sierra (Charleston) and the USS Hawes (Norfolk, Virginia). He was medical officer on the USS Carter Hall (Little Creek, Virginia) in 2008, and served as medical director of a shock trauma unit with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Hemland province, Afghanistan. He was also director of emergency medicine at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. His final tour was as a staff physician at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. For most of 2014, Brown was stationed as a trauma team leader at a military base in Kumar Province, Afghanistan with Joint Special Operations. He retired from active duty in 2015.

“The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees welcomes Dr. Brown and looks forward to the knowledge and expertise he will bring MUSC as an alumnus, physician, and veteran,” said Mark Sweatman, Board of Trustees secretary.

Brown received 10 medals for various commendations and achievements while serving in the U.S. Navy. He is a fellow of the Academy of Academic Emergency Medicine, a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, and has served on the board of directors for the Star Gospel Mission as well as Porter-Gaud School.

About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children’s hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit www.musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit www.muschealth.org.

Photo Caption: W. Melvin Brown, the newest member of the MUSC Board of Trustees

Real Men Cook’s 2018 Father’s Day Celebration to Pay Tribute to Fathers for 29th Year

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Real Men Cook 2018Real Men Cook® — Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event – will host its 29thth annual celebration to fathers on the grounds of Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove on June 17 from 3PM to 6PM. The overall purpose of the event is to honor fathers, father-figures and other Real Men.

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind.

The event will be held at Hales Franciscan because the School’s mission to educate, uplift and guide African-American boys aligns with the mission of Real Men Cook and its charitable arm, Real Men Charities. While the event’s centerpiece will be at Hales Franciscan, there will be satellite Real Men Cook celebrations in Chicago’s South Suburbs sponsored by Fathers and Blessings, and in Gary, Indiana hosted by Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary.

For the first time in the history of the 29-year event, there will be an upscale, sit-down white-tablecloth dinner option on Father’s Day at the Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75th Street, headquarters of Real Men Charities.  This addition to the Real Men Cook festivities is in response to many men who expressed a desire to be feted in a formal setting. The Quarry will feature jazz and a seven-course meal that will be served by wait staff. Tickets for the gala event are $45. Proceeds will go to Real Men Charities.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, Real Men Charities, Inc. Executive Director, indicated that Real Men Cook decided to focus all of its resources on showcasing Hales Franciscan High School and Fathers and Blessings because the three share a common mission to cultivate the character of young African-American men and to uplift the family. As a result, a partnership was launched. “Under this alliance,” explained Cartman, “our organizations collaborate year-round through mentoring and service programs.”

Obari Cartman. PhD Psychology, Real Men Charities, Inc. program manager, will provide programming and coordinate activities that align with the organization’s Men’s Wellness Sunday activities, which are offered from the Quarry Events Center from 11:00 – 1:30 each Sunday.

Dr. Cartman underscored the reason the Chicago celebration will be held at Hales Franciscan by noting its progress. He said that in 2017-2018, Hales successfully completed a full academic year with one class after being closed the prior year. He stressed that on the strength of the triumphant relaunch, Hales will begin its second year in the fall with an added class. The school’s plan is to eventually have a full complement of males at every grade level.

Yvette Moyo, Real Men Cook co-founder, credits President Anthony (Taifa) Daniels –Halisi, for his dedication. He said he is grateful that Real Men Cook selected Hales because the celebration shines a light on the school and its long history of transforming African-American boys into men.

The University of Chicago Medicine will host The Health and Wellness Zone, which supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities, and the tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children.

Real Men Cook is a much-anticipated and eagerly-awaited annual celebration.   Men devote Father’s Day to cooking their special dishes and to serving the community. Among those who will be preparing and serving is a new consortium of emerging cooks known as Chicago’s Black Chefs.  These young cooks will be featuring their favorite dishes at Hales and at the Quarry, as well as in the south suburbs at the event to benefit Fathers and Blessings.

Some of the high-profile men who have donned a chef’s hat and participated in the past include U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Congressmen Danny Davis, John Conyers, and John Lewis. Former State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., and his son State Senator Emil Jones III and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson have also joined in past celebrations.

Sponsors of Real Men Cook 2018 are ComEd, University of Chicago Medicine, the Obama Foundation and Great Migration Centennial.

For more information, visit www.realmencook.com

About Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook was conceived and launched in Chicago in 1989 by entrepreneurs Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo as a local Father’s Day family celebration. The original concept grew to being celebrated in as many as 13 cities and evolved into a national Father’s Day tradition.

About Real Men Charities

Real Men Charities, Inc. is the sponsor and the benevolent arm of Real Men Cook. It is committed to building healthy families and communities with emphases on male outreach involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. As part of its mission, the year Real Men Charities was awarded a Safe and Peaceful Communities grant for the third year from the Chicago Community Trust. Ayinde Cartman is Executive Director, Dr. Obari Cartman is Program Manager and Kevyn Giggers is Associate Director.




Elton John Joins Auddly as Ambassador – Calls on the Industry to Manage its Metadata More Efficiently

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Legendary songwriter, artist and musician backs song data hub Auddly in its quest to empower the global music industry to solve its metadata issues.


In the past year, Auddly has entered partnerships with some of the world’s most powerful music companies and organizations, including Universal Music Publishing Group, ASCAP, PRS and STIM. Its most recent and very prestigious partnership is with Elton John, who will be an official ambassador for the company.
“It’s time to realise that we need to manage our metadata more efficiently to overcome the challenges preventing creators from getting paid correctly, and I support Auddly in its efforts towards a more sustainable music industry.” – Elton John
“It’s an honour to have Elton John on board as an Auddly ambassador. Thanks to his outstanding experience as a songwriter and artist he is very aware of the metadata issues and his support is valuable for us.” – Niclas Molinder


More news regarding Auddly’s latest progress and plans ahead will be revealed soon.


Theta Omega Chapter – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority — Partners With 1 Woodlawn to Present Documentary on Gentrification

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is joining forces with 1 Woodlawn to address the effects of gentrification in Woodlawn. The chapter has a strong bond with Woodlawn as its flagship AKArama Foundation Community Service Center is located at 6220 S. Ingleside, in the heart of Woodlawn.   The Center will be the site of the chapter and 1 Woodlawn’s first joint venture:  The showing of the documentary, Gentrified Ethnic Cleansing: American Style. The showing  takes place Friday, May 18 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.  The public is invited to the event, which is free of charge.


Elaine Smith Singh, president, noted that the eagerly-awaited Obama Presidential Library will be located in Jackson Park, which is in Woodlawn. With this showcase tourism spot in the area and with it being close to Lake Michigan, Woodlawn is a prime locale for gentrification.


“Woodlawn is poised to become a major lure for new businesses, a hub for vibrant opportunities, and an ideal site to attract an influx of new residents,” observed Smith Singh.  She noted that since Woodlawn became an economic magnet, property values have increased and crime is down. “This signals the beginning of a Renaissance and an economic revitalization,” she said.


While gentrification has positive benefits, Smith said it also represents an issue in minority communities like Woodlawn. “The rush of new residents can destabilize communities and can drive residents out of a community that has been home to them for decades.  It can also spark tension and conflicts.”


Smith noted that the chapter is a stakeholder with a vested interest in the community.  As proof of its connection to Woodlawn, Theta Omega’s 300+ members engage in service initiatives that uplift the community.


Recognizing Theta Omega’s role in bettering Woodlawn, principals from 1 Woodlawn sought the chapter out to join the crusade to address the potential impact of gentrification. 1 Woodlawn plays a critical role in the community mission by focusing on equipping residents to discover needs communities are facing and documenting those needs in terms that integrate governmental, community, founder and provider language. The organization also designs solutions that meet those needs, prioritizes implementation of those solutions and scales the solutions.



To facilitate the collaboration, President Smith Singh charged the chapter’s Connection Committee to work with 1 Woodlawn to strategize.  Josephine Perry is chairman of the Committee, which identifies and studies issues that impact the quality of life.

Connection also designs strategies for communication with the membership regarding these issues and mobilizes the membership for action to formulate and recommend position statements to the Leadership.

Gentrification is an issue that falls under the purview of Connection. It also supports Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s mission to serve mankind.


Since education is key to understanding gentrification, the chapter and 1 Woodlawn will present the showing of the documentary, Gentrified Ethnic Cleansing: American Style. The documentary explores the “unspoken ethnic component” behind gentrification: serious economic upheavals affecting those living in what’s deemed historically economic depressed neighborhoods.  The movie addresses what can be done to survive gentrification.”


The showing will take place Friday, May 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the AkArama Foundation Community Service Center, 6220 S. Ingleside.  The showing is free to the public.


Following the presentation, leaders from Alpha Kappa Alpha and 1 Woodlawn will lead a discussion and engage the audience on the message in the documentary.


“This should be a forum where the community will be educated and enlightened,” said Smith Singh. “As a result of the gathering, the process for designing a plan of action will be formulated. Because gentrification is a flash point, the event will spark a conversation and unleash all the concerns regarding this issue.  Hosting the documentary and exposing it to the public represents a first step in addressing how to deal with the rewards, risks and ramifications of gentrification,” declared Smith Singh.


Those interested in attending the showing should RSVP at networkofwoodlawn@gmail.com



Black Women Leaders Speak Up And Out on Money and the “METOO” Movement

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Author Dr. Venus Opal Reese Says “It’s Not Only Our Time But Our Turn”

Venus Opal Reese

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — “Why is it when white women tell their truth it’s all over the media,” says Dr. Venus Opal Reese, creator of the Black Woman Millionaire Tour and author of the best-selling book by the same name. “Based on conversations I have had with hundreds of black women leaders and entrepreneurs who have attended tour stops nationwide, the word on the street has been that when white women started to speak up about Harvey Weinstein, it was big news. But black women having been saying the same thing for centuries and it wasn’t a headline.”

They aren’t wrong. Studies have shown that sexual violence affects black women at higher rates. More than 20 percent of black women are raped during their lifetimes – a higher percentage than women overall. Professor and journalist Shanita Hubbard provides insight into how this fact is tied to why white women get heard while black women don’t: “Black girls and women are both viewed as hypersexual so our stories are ignored.”

Dr. Venus, a Stanford University graduate and former tenure professor, discusses on her tour that the black female body is a “social non-being.” As such, black women are rendered voiceless, disposable and powerless. She talks about how this has been the case since the 1600s when taxes and laws were created to justify the right to black women’s bodies as the labor-producing workforce for the American Dream.

According to Dr. Venus historically, the black female body has been socially positioned in the following ways:

* the workhorse
* the cash cow
* the beast of burden.

“We are still positioned socially to not only work like a slave but to also remain powerless, broke and broken,” says Dr. Venus. “What I have learned from my own experience of living on the streets by the age of 16, eating out of trash cans, and being subject to damn near every sort of violation is this: the way to claim your power is to heal and have your own money.”

Dr. Venus is on the last leg of her national tour based on her best-selling book, The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act That Defies Impossible. “The book deep dives into the healing required to be your own boss and to charge what you are truly worth. During the 4-hour workshop-like tour stops, I cover proven business training we used to gross over $4 million in five years. We did it through healing,” states Dr. Venus, who has been featured in Forbes, Ebony, Black Enterprise, on ABC News, CBS News, PBS, in Glamour magazine, and Diversity Inc.

“It’s time for black women to never have to put up with crap for a paycheck. Or stay in any sort of terrorizing relationship because we need the money. We have access now that our ancestors could never have known to pray for. It’s not only our time, it’s our turn.”

For info on the tour, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com/Tour

For the non-explicit version of book, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com/Standard

For the original version of the book, visit www.TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com

Watch her recent interview on WREG News Channel 3 on “Turning Your Mess Into Millions”:

Photo Caption: Dr. Venus Opal Reese, The Black Woman Millionaire Mentor


Chicago Is 2018’s 7th Most Diverse Large City: WalletHub Study

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


From: Diana Popa


With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America.

To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.Chicago ranks 11th overall but 7th among large cities.

Diversity in Chicago (1=Most Diverse; 250=Avg.)

  • 240th – Income Diversity
  • 47th – Educational-Attainment Diversity
  • 11th – Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • 55th – Linguistic Diversity
  • 146th – Industry Diversity
  • 192nd – Age Diversity

For the full report, please visit:

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