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Don Davis – an intersection for entertainment and the banking industry – passes away

DonDavis 600DETROIT (PRNewswire) – Roll through the credits for the 1968 hit “Whose Making Love” and the mega-hit “Disco Lady” and the name Don Davis pops up as producer. Davis, a Grammy Award-winning producer who made historical contributions to the music industry, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 75.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Davis was CEO and chairman of First Independence Bank, Michigan’s only African-American owned and operated commercial bank, with multiple branches around the City of Detroit. With $204 million in assets (as of Dec. 31, 2013), First Independence Bank ranks as one of the top ranked African-American owned banks in the United States, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. 

Why Democrats are losing the voter-ID message war

voterID 600Voter-ID laws must not be all that bad if black folks like them, right?
That’s the new political wolf ticket that the Republican rank and file want you to buy. Conservative activists, as jumpy as “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants, have hit the media trail with their latest talking point: Black folks heart voter ID, courtesy of freshly baked polling numbers, courtesy of Fox News—the king of unapologetically biased networks. 
Per Fox, 51 percent of African Americans are down with voter ID when they’re asked: “Supporters of these laws say they are necessary to stop ineligible people from voting illegally. Opponents say these laws are unnecessary and mostly discourage legal voters from voting. What do you think?” 

Memphis Links, Inc. and Girls Inc. partner to ‘Get Out the Vote’

register 600The Memphis chapter of the Links, Inc. and Girls, Inc. of Memphis will host a “Get Out the Vote” campaign to help Memphis and Shelby County citizens register on Saturday (June 7th).
The voter registration drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the main entrance of the Southland Mall. Participants can bring any form of government identification. Assistance with filling out the voter registration card will be provided, if necessary.
The outreach effort is being extended through the Links’ “It’s a Girl’s Life” (IAGL) program in conjunction with Girls, Inc. of Memphis’ Eureka Program.

Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch

Baisden 600(BlackNews.com) – Nationally syndicated radio host and community activist Michael Baisden and professor Devin Robinson are linked to the “movement” that will be on display at the 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta.
Organized by Robinson (www.DevinRobinson.com), the conference is set for Aug. 16th-17th. Baisden will be the keynote speaker.
Baisden first met Robinson via telephone in 2006, when Robinson appeared on his show in connection with the documentary “The Korean Takeover,” which highlighted the challenges African Americans faced in the beauty supply business. At the time, Robinson owned three stores and had recently authored “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner.”

Jet Magazine releases its final print issue

jet 600The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine’s iconic history by featuring images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the present. 

Coverage includes:
• A letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama;
• A tribute to the late Maya Angelou’
• Recognition of some the biggest celebrities on the pages of JET, such as Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston, Spike Lee, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Tyler Perry and more;
• A montage of the best JET beauties and the best of the “Week’s Best Photo”;