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Fri. November 23, 2018 3:56pm

Nielsen Report Puts Black Buying Power at $1.2 Trillion

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A new report from Nielsen on the current buying power of consumers of color offers a fascinating look at how we’re spending our money. For one, we seem to be eating a lot of vegetables.

For another, we’re shaping markets.

In the report Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers, the message is clear: While African Americans make up just 14% of the population, we are responsible for some $1.2 trillion in purchases annually. Further, consumers of color are showing an outsized influence in several key consumer categories, and are increasingly demanding that businesses do and be better.

Sun. June 24, 2018 9:02pm

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High School Student’s Body Found Rolled Up In Gym Mat Will be Exhumed for a Second Time

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     The parents of a Georgia student whose body was discovered five years ago in a gym mat plan to exhume their son’s body for the second time.

Mark Barber, the City Manager of Valdosta confirmed the parents have received permission to dig up their child’s corpse for a third autopsy.

17-year-old Kendrick Johnson died in 2013 after reportedly getting stuck in the middle of a gym floor mat and suffocating to death. His body was found leaning up against the wall next to the gymnasium bleachers at Lowndes High School according to News4Jax. However, state officials ruled the teen’s death a freak accident.

The victim’s parents insisted that investigators reopen their son’s case in 2016 and believed their son was murdered.

Sat. April 28th, 2018 12:25pm

The Flint Water Crisis Isn’t Over

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    Four years to the day that the Flint water crisis began, there has been notable progress. Multiple tests, both independent and government-run, have shown average lead levels dropping back below the federal action level as a result of switching the city from the highly corrosive Flint River back to the safe and clean Detroit water system. In response to the testing, Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced that the state would no longer provide free bottled water to the city’s residents, but it would continue to provide water filters free of charge.

But many of the city’s residents don’t much believe the water’s safe. Who can blame them? Because of decisions made by state-appointed emergency managers and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, they were forced to use water laced with dangerously high levels of lead, a potent neurotoxin, and contaminated by bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease, which claimed at least 12 lives during the 18 months the city used the Flint River as its municipal water source. Despite the concerns voiced by residents and mounting scientific evidence that a massive problem existed, those same officials repeatedly offered assurances that the water was safe and attacked the credibility of those attempting to reveal the truth.

Gov. Snyder’s termination of the free bottled water program has met intense resistance...

 -Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter,

"ACLU of Michigan"

Sun. March 4, 2018 11:18am

South Africa votes to seize land from white farmers without compensation

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     South Africa‘s parliament has passed a motion to seize land from white farmers without paying them compensation.

Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the constitution would allow expropriation of land without any financial recompense.  

It was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, whose leader Julius Malema told the country's parliament: “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.” 

-Samuel Osborne

"Independent UK"


Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 10:44am

More Proof Economic Discrimination Exists And Persists

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     WASHINGTON—Contrary to the widespread beliefs that Blacks have “made it” and have overcome economic discrimination, recent data from three studies show those beliefs are wrong. The wage gap between Blacks and Whites has worsened and the level of discrimination in hiring remains unchanged over the past 25 years.

 

A study by the National Academy of Sciences, “Americans Misperceive Racial Economic Equality,” found widespread misperception of race-based economic equality in the United States. Across four studies sampling White and Black Americans from the top and bottom of national income distribution, participants overestimated progress toward Black—White economic equality, largely driven by estimates of greater current equality than actually exists, according to national statistics.

“These findings suggest a profound misperception of, and unfounded optimism regarding, societal race-based economic equality,” concluded the research team led by Michael Kraus of the Yale University School of Management.

This ignorance “is likely to have important consequences for public policy,” the researchers warned in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We cannot solve problems that we do not know exist, or that we think are already solving themselves.”

“High-income White Americans’ overestimates of current racial economic equality were larger than those generated by low-income White Americans, and by Black Americans across the income distribution,” they noted. “It is likely that high-income White individuals’ tendency to believe that the country has already achieved equal rights, if not outcomes, between racial groups contributes to these misperceptions.”

The reality is that the wage gap between Blacks and Whites is worsening. Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found in their latest study, “Black men and women earn persistently lower wages compared with their White counterparts.” A gap that “cannot be fully explained by differences in age, education, job type, or location,” it added.

-Nisa Islam Muhammad

"The Final Call"


11-YEAR-OLD CREATES BOOKCLUB TO PROMOTE AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

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    11-year-old St. Louisan Sidney Keys III, like many black kids who enjoy reading, wanted to find books that make reading more enjoyable by engaging with books by and about people who are just like him. In comes Books N Bros.

“Books N Bros is a book club for boys and we read books and African American literature because every time I go to the library at my school, there aren’t many African American literature books there,” the 11-year-old tells St. Louis on the Air. “I already love to read and since we don’t get that much time to read in school, we just discuss in groups. I wanted to read a book but I also wanted to discuss it with other people.”

-"Eye Candy"

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Erica Gaurner, Activist and daughter of deceased Eric Garner, passes away at 27

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      (CNN) - Erica Garner -- an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 -- died on Saturday morning days after suffering a heart attack, her mother Esaw Snipes said.

"She was a fighter, she was a warrior and she lost the battle," Snipes said of her daughter. "She never recovered from when her father died. She is in a better place."

Garner, 27, suffered from the effects of an enlarged heart after giving birth to her son three months ago, Snipes said.

"I warned her everyday, you have to slow down, you have to relax and slow down," she said.

Garner went into cardiac arrest earlier in the week and suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen, her Twitter account said.

"Erica the world loves you. I love you. I am glad you came into our lives. May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here. I will always love you my sister. love you," Garner's Twitter account, which is run by her family, said.

"When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. Her heart was bigger than the world. It really really was," her account said. "She cared when most people wouldn't have. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what. No one gave her justice."


#freelibya

(Update)

Slave auction caught on camera

 
 


Libya’s suffering and slavery didn’t just happen...

 

When CNN released video footage of a live slave auction in Libya, captured by journalist Nima Elbagir, shockwaves were sent around the world.

Starting the bidding at $400 each, buyers purchased 12 African migrants at an undisclosed location outside the capital city of Tripoli in a matter of minutes.

How is it possible for open slave market to exist in the year 2017?

At the end of the day, several hundred people gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy in Paris to demand the end of slavery practices in the country updated following a report by CNN. Paris, France, November 24.

The roots of the slavery, suffering and misery in Libya goes back to the purposeful, targeted destruction of the government of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

While President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, declared their assault on the North Africa leader was about protecting the Libyan people and standing for what is right, Libya has gone all-wrong with no solution in sight.

Raymond A. Winbush, a professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, noted that by President Barack Obama’s own admission, the worst mistake of his presidency was how he handled Libya.

With three different feuding governments, Libya has never been more unstable. This instability left the door wide open for today’s widespread corruption, human rights abuses, and the slave trade, said Dr. Winbush.

Dr. Winbush told The Final Call that Libya once boasted the highest standard of living in Africa as Col. Gadhafi redistributed oil revenues back to his people. Libya is now in utter chaos. Racism and slavery are running rampant and these are crimes Col. Gadhafi would have never permitted, he said.

Dr. Winbush also noted that the end of Col. Gadhafi’s reign was accompanied by the birth of the international terrorist organization ISIS.

Gerald Perreira, the chairperson of the Black Consciousness Movement Guyana and Organization for the Victory of the People, drew attention to CNN and its role in offering an “expose:” “The world we find ourselves in is complex and full of contradictions. It is easy to fall for rudimentary textbook propaganda based on simplistic dichotomies, such as ‘the good guys versus the bad guys.’ If we are not aware of the complexities and nuances facing us, we can fall for this type of propaganda, whose sole aim is to keep us apart and destroy any type of unity that could strengthen our ability to defeat the enemy,” he wrote in a piece titled “Deceptive Intelligence: CNN breaks story on Slave Trade in Libya; French Government Voices Concern for African Migrants.”

“When examining and assessing the latest information fed us by one of imperialism’s mouthpieces, CNN, there are important things for us, as revolutionary Pan-Africanists, to keep in mind. The first thing to note is the clear hypocrisy and insincerity which is nowhere more stark than CNN’s recent expose of ‘Libyan crimes against humanity’ and French President, Emmanuel Macron’s call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council to demand immediate action against this heinous ‘Libyan’ crime,” he wrote. 

                               -RICHARD B. MUHAMMAD AND RAYCHELLE MUHAMMAD, FINAL CALL STAFFERS

The Final call

 


 

Flint, Ma

The suffering of a poor, majority Black city is far from over...

 

“It’s like biological warfare.”

Those were the words of Yonasda Lonewolf, activist and author, on the eve of the “Water Is Life” expo in Flint, Michigan. The three-day event was organized by Ms. Lonewolf and other area activists to ensure that the water crisis in the majority Black city remains in the public eye and the national conversation.

Since 2014, Flint, with a population of a little more than 98,000—57 percent of whom are Black—has been without access to clean water, a situation that continues to this day. The poisoned water flowing into people’s homes has contributed to various health-related illnesses and in some cases, even death, for residents of a town where 41 percent live below the poverty line.

Flint resident Angela Hickmon, 56, chants during a protest outside City Hall in downtown Flint, Mich., Jan. 25, 2016. Michigan’s attorney general named a former prosecutor to spearhead an investigation into the process that left Flint’s drinking water tainted with lead, though Democrats questioned whether the special counsel would be impartial.

“From afar, I really didn’t know how bad the problems with the Flint water was. Probably like a lot of people, I thought that drinking bottled water should be an easy solution,” Ms. Lonewolf told The Final Call. “But when I heard that people were having skin problems and internal health issues, I realized that I wasn’t very educated about water.”

Ms. Lonewolf traveled to Flint and the gravity of the situation hit her when she tried to wash her hands in her hotel room.

“There was a sign that said not to use the water in the faucet, use the bottled water provided in the room to wash your hands. That’s when it hit me,” she said. “That’s when I realized that people in Flint have to use bottled water to wash their entire bodies. Every day, everything that you use faucet water for in your house, now you have to use bottled water? Immediately I felt like I had to do something.”

How did Flint happen?

...from BRYAN CRAWFORD -CONTRIBUTING WRITER, The Final Call


Black Girl Magician: Youngest Oscar Nominee Ever Becomes a Published Author

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      Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest nominee up for Best Actress at the 2013 Oscars. Fast-forward to 2017 and she’s the author of not one, but two books! She was only 9 years old when she received undoubtedly the biggest honor one could receive in film for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that by 14, she’s already an accomplished children’s author. Both books, Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! and A Night Out With Mama, became available for purchase on October 4. BET.com had the chance to catch up with the new high school freshman who took a break from classes for a quick press run in New York City.

Although most remember Quvenzhané, also known back then as Little Q, in girly gowns toting a puppy purse on the red carpet, in walked a much taller teen wearing jeans and sneaks — no puppy purse in sight. She admits that the glitzy dresses from her younger years were her mom’s doing and she actually didn’t like them one bit. “That was me!” her mom says owning up to playing stylist for her daughter back when she could get away with it. But these days Quvenzhané is calling the shots when it comes to her wardrobe and her budding career as a writer. But as she clutches her phone waiting to catch up with classmates back home in Louisiana, you can tell she is still every bit a normal teenager in 2017. 

-by Jazmine A. Ortiz, BET

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