Margarita "Maggie" Anderson wants to transform "Buy Black" from a leftover 1960s slogan to a modern economic empowerment strategy. And because she has lived it, there is no person better qualified to lead the charge.
Anderson and her family spent all of 2009 purchasing goods and services exclusively from black merchants. She is author of a book cataloguing her experience titled, "Our Black Year." She also authored an essay in the State of Black America report issued Thursday by the National Urban League titled, "Facts vs. Fiction: Buying Black as an Economic Empowerment Strategy."
Like the farmer trying to get his mule's attention, Anderson whacks us across the head in the National Urban League report with two disturbing facts.
WASHINGTON – The wealth gap between African Americans and whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League's 38th annual State of Black America report titled, "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America."
The report was to be released Thursday (April 3rd) at a news conference at the National Press Club in the nation's capital.
In a statement accompanying the report, Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said: "The 2014 State of Black America and corresponding Equality Index indicate that while each state and city has its own economic recovery story to tell, the consistent refrain is that there is an urgent and growing disparity between the few who are reaping the rewards of economic recovery and the majority who are still reeling from aftershocks of the Great Recession."
The Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. observed the 80th anniversary of the Memphis graduate chapter's chartering last Saturday (March 29th).
Approximately 200 members wearing the sorority's signature colors of pink and green were on hand for the ceremony, which featured inspirational words from fellow AKA member the Rev. Rosalyn Nichols, the keynote speaker of the program held at Middle Baptist Church-Whitehaven.
Nichols's message centered on the theme of "What Motivates a Woman." She drew parallels to how women of AKA share what is precious to them to help others, much like the woman described in the Gospel of Mark who poured expensive perfumed oil on Jesus from her alabaster jar.
The month of April: Jackie Robinson, born;Paul Robeson, born; Maya Angelou, born; Coretta Scott King, born’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Murdered!
The month of April is very significant to the discussion of the brutal economic servitude and so-called emancipation of black people in America. For centuries, whites had indulged in directing and controlling the fate of the masses of blacks from birth to death. Then one fateful day, April 11th, 1861, a triggering mechanism was fired that would ultimately prove to be the beginning of the end for America's inhuman practice of enslaving black men, women and children.
The Civil War began. And on April 9th, 1865 – almost four years to the date it began – the "War Between the States ended.
Numerous organized efforts by enslaved blacks and pro emancipation whites (John Brown, etc.) had failed to overcome the tyrannical rule and mass repression of the helpless people. Many of the organized efforts to free themselves failed due to frightened and insecure blacks. Hoping to gain favor with their master, they often revealed the plans.
In the United States, fat-shaming and fat-phobia are as American as apple pie. While the African-American community is more likely to embrace obesity as curvy, that embrace often acts as a defense mechanism against mainstream and European standards of beauty – a standard which excludes anyone who isn't white, thin and blonde, or some acceptable variation.
Yet even as we position full-figured as a body-type to be proud of, the weight loss market continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry.
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