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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : IDA B. WELLS!

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BY : LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Ida Bells Wells-Barnett, more famously known as Ida B. Wells was born during the time of the American Civil War on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs Mississippi. Wells would go from being born into the system of slavery, to becoming a school teacher in the post civil war America . Wells would eventually go on to become an editor of her own news paper, which she would use to crusade for many causes, including women’s rights and Civil rights for the African-American community, which would include speaking out against the lynching and murder of African-American men by racist white mobs.

Growing in her activist role, In 1896, Wells would found two civil rights organizations, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and the National Afro-American Council, which she co-founded.

Sadly on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, Wells would die, due to kidney failure.

HER LEGACY:

Ida B.Wells was a woman ahead of her time, she was courageous, strong-minded, outspoken , and very assertive . She put her life in grave danger crusading against illegal lynching of blacks and the injustice of segregation.

THE EARLY LIFE OF IDA B. WELLS:

IDA B. WELLS : PIONEERING JOURNALIST.

IDA B. WELLS : WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

IDA B. WELLS : ANTI-LYNCHING CRUSADER.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells

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JUDGE OLU STEVENS COULD BE RECUSED FOR CALLING OUT RACIAL BIAS IN JURY SELECTION!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Olu Stevens a Louisville, Kentucky Judge could be removed from all criminal cases for calling out racial bias in the jury selection process.

The top prosecutor in Louisville, the Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine asked Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. this week to recuse the judge from all criminal cases, because of the judge’s comments on Facebook criticizing the racially bias practices of the prosecutor’s office.

On friday about a hundred came out to give their support to the Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens, this past friday evening.

His supporters included 35 businesses, civil rights groups and neighborhood organizations. They held signs saying:

“Stop Jim Crow practices in jury selections ” and ” Don’t remove judge Olu.”

Judge Olu Stevens is only one of a meager amount of African-American Judges in Jefferson County.

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(Raymonda Stevens pictured with her husband )

The wife of Judge Olu , Raymonda Stevens stated:

“It is about justice, it is about equality, it is about inclusion!”

A spokesman in Wine’s office refused to comment on the situation.

Wine’s office said they expect to receive Chief Justice Minton’s decision on the future of judge Olu Stevens in the coming week.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/11/20/rally-planned-support-judge-olu-stevens/76102922/

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HIP HOP ARTIST LUPE FIASCO CREATES NON-PROFIT TO TEACH INNER-CITY YOUTH HOW TO BE STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS! (ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Chicago born “conscious” hip hop artist and urban intellectual Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his on stage persona of Lupe Fiasco, is now becoming an activist, recently he co-founded a non-profit organization with his partner Di-Ann Esinor in Brownsville, Brooklyn to help creative and innovative inner-city youth get involved in entrepreneurship and assist them in forming their own startups.

The mission statement of the nonprofit is: β€œa neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from under-served areas,” and to β€œprovide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

The nonprofit will be based out of the Dream Big Foundation’s new entrepreneurship center and cafe starting in January 2016.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://financialjuneteenth.com/lupe-fiasco-creates-non-profit-organization-for-entrepreneurs-in-brooklyn/

Additional information :
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/14/lupe-fiasco-neighborhood-start-fund

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THE VANISHING BLACKS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK! ( ESSAY )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

In San Francisco the city by the bay, a city I have called home for the past twelve years, ” I have to basically walk the streets as an endangered species, I feel like the last black man of San Francisco ” since the African-American population has virtually been gentrified and priced out of the city.

In the 1970s the African-American community represented 13.4% of the city, today the black community only represents a meager 6% of San Francisco and that is rapidly declining.

Because of the new tech boom, with its high paying jobs, income inequality has become even more dramatic, since inner-city blacks have not traditionally had access to the proper education or computer science classes , unlike white suburban kids, while in elementary and high school. So the likelihood of them taking those classes in college, if they go to college are not high, and therefore they will most likely not be eligible for those jobs.

The end result is the median household income, according to the census is for whites is $104,300, for Asian Americans $72,000 and for Latino-Americans $67,000, whereas black median household income has dropped to 29,500 in San Francisco, which speaks of doom for blacks in a city full of rising rents and evictions.

ACCORDING TO:

Barry Dow, president of Access Advocates, a construction apprentice program, described the fate of Black San Franciscans as follows: β€œEverything we created and developed as African Americans has been taken away.”

MY CALL TO ACTION:

My hypothesis is we the African-American community must take this tech revolution head on, since it’s coming either way.

I speak to my people not as a man who has accomplished all his business goals, nor as a man, who is sitting on his butt doing nothing, but complaining .

I speak as man who has had to retrain his brain and learn computer programming from free online classes from W3SCHOOLS.com, UDACITY.COM , CODEACADEMY.COM and KHANACADEMY.ORG, which also helped to improve my math, with their math courses.

Instead of being afraid of the tech revolution, I decided to take it on, with the online courses, the tech revolution has made available for free for everyone, no matter your income level, race, gender or age, anyone can learn coding, and since I live in California , I decided to take advantage on the Governor’s fee waiver for community college, when I finished the International business program at a bay area community college and plan to take my scholarly education even further as soon as I move my elderly parents to the bay from Detroit, and I hope to take advantage of grants for university students , and keep working my a$$ off.

I soon realized I needed to improve my very much outdated business and marketing skills, that I had not used since my immigrant father from Ghana, forced my brother and I to work at the family’s store in Detroit. About a year and a half ago, I decided to start my own news blog and indie book publishing company , since I noticed their were no major news or media companies to tell the narrative of us living in the African Diaspora. It was very easy and cheap, for those you wanting to know how, the simplest way to get a blog is to go to wordpress.com and get a free blog, once you feel you got the hang out it, you can upgrade to a paid domain site and even apply to get wordads (wordpress’s system for you to earn add money on your blog) I would not suggest this until you’ve grown your audience and found your niche or tribe of followers. Now as far as starting your own book publishing company, once you have your book or books ready to be published, I would suggest getting a copyright at legalzoom.com, I would publish a ebook at first, even though you can use CreateSpace.com, which is owned by Amazon.com to print on demand books. Kindle is the best and easiest ebook platform to use and amazon actually sells more ebooks than paper books.

Once you’ve done that just go out there and do it.

Here’s a list of great books for Entrepreneurs :

1. THE LEAN STARTUP. BY : ERIC RIES

2. UNLABEL. BY : MARK ECKO

3. A.P.E( AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, ENTREPRENEUR ) BY : GUY KAWASAKI

4. TRIBES. BY: SETH GODIN

5. THE STARTUP OWNER’S MANUAL. BY : STEVE BLANK AND BOB DORF

GREAT WEBSITES TO USE ARE:

1 . TWITTER AND FACEBOOK GROUPS TO PROMOTE

2. GOOGLE+

3.REDDIT

4. AND MEETUP.COM TO INTERACT WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

NOW LETS BUILD ANOTHER BLACK WALLSTREET! !!

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/10/13/will-san-franciscos-black-population-vanish-citys-wealth-rises/

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2015 U.N SOUTH-SOUTH AWARDS! (ARTICLE )

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

On September 26, 2015 the United Nations brought national and business leaders throughout the world to celebrate and encourage black and brown self-reliance and development .

The idea is to empower countries and people of the southern hemisphere, which consists of countries from Africa, Asia, South America, Latin America and Caribbean nations.

Countries who for hundreds of years have been dominated and oppressed economically and politically by western and northern nations.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://newsone.com/3194734/un-south-south-awards-2015-focus-on-black-self-reliance-in-developing-nations/

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THE UNITED NATIONS CALLS THE UNITED STATES OUT ON ITS RACIST PRACTICES AND POLICE BRUTALITY ! ( ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

The United Nations’ Human rights council , recently called the United States of America, out on racial profiling, use of the death penalty and police brutality, during a peer review of 117 United Nations member states.

According to a report by Al Jezeera America, 343 recommendations were given by the United Nations Human rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, of which the U.S accepted 44 of the recommendations for eliminating racial discrimination and addressing excessive use of force by police.

USE LINK FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/09/26/un-human-rights-council-blasts-us-racism-police-violence-death-penalty-recommends-changes/

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TWO SISTAS WITH A BUSINESS PLAN FOR WOMEN IN AFRICA! ( ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Two young ladies, Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are spreading economic empowerment and feminism in Sub-Saharan Africa.

They have started a company called SheLeadsAfrica.org (She Leads Africa) to help African women, get the tools needed to be successful in entrepreneurship, which is on the rise in Africa.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship monitor 2014 global report: “Africa leads the world in the number of women starting businesses.”

She Leads Africa has partnered with tech giant Intel, to host several educational workshops in cities all over the world’s 2nd largest continent.

They so hosted their first She Leads Africa entrepreneur showcase in Nigeria, an event that showcased Africa’s up and coming women entrepreneurs and introduced them to investors, accelerators and business mentors.

For additional information use the link below :

http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/09/15/two-young-women-help-african-women-entrepreneurs-become-influential-global-leaders/

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THE CHANGING FACE OF TWITTER! (ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Twitter plans to take a page out of the book of social media media corporation pinterest, by fixing some of their issues with the lack of diversity within their company, earlier this year Pinterest hired Paradigm, to give their employees some diversity training.

Today Twitter is a white and male dominated company, with males taking up 78% of all leadership positions and white males specifically taking up 72% of all leadership positions and blacks taking up as little as 2% of Twitter’s workforce.

By 2016 Twitter hopes to increase its female workforce to 35% and increase its underrepresented minorities to an overall 11%.

Twitter also plans to target talent at some historically black colleges.

For additional information use the link :

Twitter Aims to Improve Diversity by Following in Pinterest’s Footsteps