Our Black Year: A Odyssey to Support Black Business

  I took a break from my busy schedule a couple of weeks ago to attend an event sponsored by the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce where Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year was a guest speaker.   I picked up a copy of her book, which I highly recommend, and have just finished reading it.   Ms. Anderson is a dynamic speaker and her book is thought provoking, however, given the backdrop of my own experiences... Read More

Koreans and Black Hair Care: Do African-Americans Support Black Business?

I had occasion to think about this topic again here recently.  There were two things that triggered it.  First, my good friend and fellow blogger Black Diaspora had a post up recently on the Black Hair Care Industry which can be read here. Shortly thereafter, I was speaking with someone who wound up closing up shop and their view was that they lacked the support of the African-American community.  The latter is a frequent complaint... Read More

Focus on Business: KMP Design & Engineering PLLC (Ken & Jennifer Philogene)

Anyone who knows anything about Crown Heights, Brooklyn will tell you it’s a very vibrant and diverse place.  I used to spend a lot of time in Crown Heights back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was an accounting professor at a college located there and recently my travels took me to back to Crown Heights where KMP Design & Engineering PLLC is headquartered.  The owners of KMP are Ken & Jennifer Philogene and they’ve... Read More

On her own ground: Madam CJ Walker

I once read that African-American history suffers under two whams—wham one is that “you never did anything” and wham two is “even if you did something, it’s not worth writing about”.  Of course, I reject that and I’m of the opinion that the whams of others are only material considerations if you allow them to be.  I am an adherent to the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba and the principle Kujichagulia (self determination)... Read More

No Longer Majority Black, Harlem Is in Transition

Joshua S. Bauchner, with his 2-year-old daughter, Evlalia, moved to Harlem in 2007. “In Manhattan, there are only so many directions you can go,” he said I first became fascinated with Harlem, the capital of black America, when I was a kid growing up in the Midwest.  I was always into books and at 12 or 13, I would routinely grab some of my older brother’s college books and read them. One of those books was the Autobiography of Malcolm X. ... Read More

A Thought: African-American banks and moving your money

Anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile knows that my biggest problem with Obama administration and the Federal  Reserve was the Wall Street bailout which was pretty much limited to helping the major money center banks and firms like AIG.  Many of these institutions were at the center of the financial crisis we encountered.  The unpopular policies pursued by our government resulted in the taxpayer being put on the hook for poor management... Read More

African American media fighting for its life

This is really the story of the entirety of  print media, rather than African-American media alone.  The internet has changed how everyone gets news and in the age of blogs and etc, print media is under fire.    African-American media will need to remake itself. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ African American media struggling to survive Just like mainstream media, African American... Read More

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