Category: African Owned

The Oldest Black-Owned Restaurant in the U.S. — In Business For More Than 100 Years!

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Arkansas is believed to be the oldest Black-owned restaurant in the country. Currently owned by James Jones and his wife Betty, the diner has been open since at least 1910 and is still widely known for serving the best barbecue pork with a secret sauce. James’ grandfather, Walter Jones, was the founder and first pitmaster.

From humble beginnings

When Walter started the restaurant, he reportedly lived in a nearby dogtrot house. And from his back porch, he served barbecue on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hubert Jones, Walter’s son and James’ dad, said the family’s initial barbecue set-up was “a hole in the ground, some iron pipes and a piece of fence wire, and two pieces of tin.”

Remaining true to it’s roots

As the oldest African-American-owned restaurant in America, having been around for several generations, the diner remains true to it’s roots. James tends the pits, and his cooking apparatus is still elemental. And the pork shoulder, hacked into savory bits and served on white bread with a spritz of vinegary sauce, is as smoky as ever.

Located not too far from the Mississippi River, Jones Bar-B-Q Diner continues to shine as a beacon of community pride and continuity.

Finally getting national attention

In 2012, the restaurant was honored by the James Beard Foundation (the Oscars of the food industry) for it’s “timeless appeal” and a quality of food “that reflects the character of their community.”

The diner has also been featured in several high profile publications in the South including Saveur, The Oxford American, and Southern Foodways.

Follow the restaurant on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JonesBarBQDiner/ or visit their location at 219 W Louisiana Street, Marianna, Arkansas 72360.

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Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2018/06/jones-bar-b-q-diner-oldest-black-owned-restaurant-marianna-arkansas.html#.W4QXP-hKhPY

Posted on August 27, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

Thanks to These 56 Black-Owned Companies That Offer Shared Co-Working Office Spaces, You Don’t Need Your Own Office Anymore!

 

All in all, there are at least 56 Black-owned businesses that offer shared co-working office spaces in urban communities around the country. Their goal, according to Motherboard is to “provide more than conference rooms, Wi-Fi, and limitless coffee.” Instead, “they are built to give black entrepreneurs a safe space to find themselves in the work of innovation where they have largely been excluded.”

Real-estate centric coworking spaces are about selling desks first, with building community as a secondary goal. Owners of such services usually target freelance professionals, remote workers, and small to medium enterprises who need a space and seek a community with a collaborative spirit.

Here are just 5 of the many Black-owned ones that exist:

#1 – Black Space NYC: Based in New York City, this a collective of young, Black changemakers, systems thinkers, learners, and lovers. By bridging the gaps between policy, people, and place, their platform allows for the greater understanding, access, and cooperation needed to address inequality and injustice.

#2 – Inclusive Innovation Incubator: Based in Washington, DC, this is the first Black-owned community space focused on inclusion, innovation and incubation. The incubator is committed to creating a collaborative environment where under-resourced members have access to the space and services needed to build or grow a successful business.

#3 – Space Called Tribe: Based in Miami, Florida, this is a Black-owned collaborative shared office/co-working space that also houses an urban innovation lab for under served high growth minority entrepreneurs.

#4 – Vector 90: Based in Los Angeles, California, this is a Black-owned hyper-modern industrial-style space with hot desks, a kitchen, and private conference rooms. They give their members the freedom to build their plans from the ground up.

#5 – The Gathering Spot: Based in Atlanta, Georgia, this Black-owned co-working space serves as a hub of diverse collaboration, connections and experiences uniquely positioned to build the future of what community looks like. Frustrated with an inability to find “space and community”, the two founders came up a concept that would “gather” people from all walks of life under one roof with a unique mix of activities.

For the full list of all the Black-owned co-working office spaces, visit:
www.medium.com/theplug/an-almost-comprehensive-list-of-black-owned-co-working-spaces-70c5d086f9ec

Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2018/08/black-owned-companies-offering-shared-coworking-office-spaces.html#.W3WNOOhKhPY

Posted on August 16, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

Join The Celebration October 30 is National Dashiki Day!

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Oct. 30 is National Dashiki Day — a day of cultural celebration to the colorful garment that was adopted by African-Americans in the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of pride, awareness, independence, and power. Although the loose-fitting pullover garment traces its roots to West Africa, it found a place in America during the post-civil rights era of the late 1960s during the black power movement.

National Dashiki Day takes place on Oct. 30, 2017, where it is referenced across the internet, including 10000’s of mentions on Twitter. Facebook & Instagram.

To join in, all you have to do it wear your Dashiki on October 30,  and make sure you join the parties in every city participating in this beautiful festival.  Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white, red, brown or blue. Whatever or Whoever you are-Stand-Up and Stand-Out against hatred, racism and spiritual persecution! Gather your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and participate in the National Dashiki Day. Wear yours to work, shopping or school. Anywhere and everywhere! Get creative! Host the˜best dashiki’ contest. Get the kids involved! Then post your pics on all over social media and on the net.
Do you need a Dashiki but don’t know where to find one? Check out Lakay Designs, they specialize in everything African Inspired. Don’t forget to support Black Businesses in the process, Lakay Designs is one.
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October 30, 2017

More info on Dashiki Day can be found on the Wiki page for Dashiki, or on social media  ‘About National Dashiki Day,’ via Twitter & Instagram, use ‘#DashikiDay,’ “#NationalDashikiDay.

Posted on October 4, 2017 By Staff With 3 comments

Program Is Showing the Black Community how to ‘Buy Back the Block’– One Investment at a Time

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Lynn, Founder of Buy The Block — Program Is Showing the Black Community how to ‘Buy Back the Block’s One Investment at a Time

MEMBERS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY RALLY TOGETHER TO ‘BUY BACK THE BLOCK’– ONE INVESTMENT AT A TIME

Following the successful creation of ‘Buy The Block’ as well as the passionate contribution of the community towards ensuring that the movement’s goal of raising the sum of $100,000+ is reached.  Lynn is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of their new one-stop online crowd investing real estate investment platform,  2017.

Even though we are not yet there, it is heart-warming to see black people across the U.S., unite as one to embrace and support this unique concept via their continued contribution. With their help, we’ve been able to raise almost $109,000+ an amount we are devoting towards the development of our website, app and buying our first block” said Lynn, CEO at ‘Buy The Block’. In the coming months, contributors will be taking advantage of some excellent features that will take everyone by storm. These unique offerings will be targeting the existing state of affairs and bringing a breath of fresh air to the industry.

Suffice it to say that ‘Buy The Block’ aim to lead sponsors and developers in a significant number of investor’s projects if not all. This major factor in their operation distinguishes them from other crowd investing platforms.  While loads of their competitors only handle third-party sponsored projects and front as mediators through the provision of technology to execute funding for outsourcing deal. Buy The Block has been able to carve a niche for itself by putting their money where their mouth is and spearheading their project development with the help of their in-house Block Development Success Managers.

Doing this has helped us to reduce risks to the barest minimum and increase investors’ returns. Furthermore, through the creation of a personalized portal per investor, we furnish each of them with frequent real-time investment updates.  Our process will help us to earn their confidence without hassles.”  With a team of sound and highly respected professionals, Buy The Block is on a mission to change the face of crowd investing real estate. By keeping each investor informed through the provision of regular updates, the company continues to endear itself into the heart of investors.

“We have a blueprint of what works, and it will produce results. We are here to stay and lead the way by making real investing easier than ever” Lynn concluded.  Buy The Block was live on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 (Juneteenth)! Visit our Facebook page for more details.

Buy The Block goal was 500 members, we now have 450+!  Way to go!

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Posted on February 23, 2017 By Staff With 73 comments

Thanksgiving initiative pushes support for black-owned grocery store

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The George Washington Carver Initiative was developed by our leadership team as a local initiative to assist Black Farmers within the state of Florida by encouraging individuals to shop for their Thanksgiving holiday needs at Stile’s Farmers Market located at 5920 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33313. Stile’s Farmers Market is the only Black owned full service grocer in the State of Florida, and receives over 50% of their produce from Black or minority suppliers. The initiative has been well received and has enjoyed national attention from outlets such as The Griot (http://thegrio.com/2016/11/03/black-owned-grocery-store/), Michaelbaisden.com ,(http://michaelbaisden.com/thanksgiving-initiative-pushes-support-black-owned-grocery-store/), and hopefully now, we can receive your support as an NPHC leader. Your work in the community to provide inspiration, hope, and encouragement is greatly respected and appreciated. The importance of this initiative comes at a very critical time in our local and national community. We are requesting your support in encouraging your networks to shop at Stile’s Farmer’s Market for all their Thanksgiving needs this year in an effort to support the ONLY BLACK OWNED SUPERMARKET in the entire State of Florida, and one of the few within the entire nation.

To participate in our local initiative, we set up a Facebook invite page requesting organizations to direct their memberships to sign up for their shopping commitment this Thanksgiving holiday. Interested individuals would visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/562383407290126/ and select to attend the event. We encourage churches, fraternities, sororities, restaurants, families, and individuals to commit to shopping Black this Thanksgiving!`

Why should you support The George Washington Carver Initiative
– Help to expand and improve the ONLY BLACK OWNED FULL SERVICE GROCERY STORE IN FLORIDA
– Help to improve the Black Food Ecosystem
– Help to eliminate unemployment within the Black Community
– Support Black Farmers

Best,

Starex Smith
The Hungry Black Man
(786) 256-7363 Cell
https://thehungryblackman.com/

Posted on November 18, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

7 Amazing Black-Owned Businesses in Paris, France

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Paris is the capital and the most populous city of France. It is also one of the most romantic cities to visit. It has the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, museums, fashion and restaurants. It is also home to these 7 amazing black-owned businesses:

#1 – Black SpoonOwned by Fati Niang, this restaurant is the first food truck in Paris to offer African cuisine. Her dishes includes Yassa chicken with lemon served over steamed rice, and Tiep bou Dienn, a grouper filet served with carrots and cabbage.


#2 – Sakina M’sa: this fashion designer of Comorian origin uses recycled materials in her fashion designs. Her creations of high culture ecosystem fashions and dedication to fight the social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged women earned her a Social Entrepreneurs Award in 2010 by the Kering Foundation.
#3 – Nefer by Daniel Tohou: is a high fashion brand for men that offers elegant Paris fashion with an African heritage influence. Daniel’s designed are inspired by the “Harlem Renaissance” as well as by art and music.

#4 – Myriam Maxo: If its home decor you’re looking for, this shop uses African-inspired fabrics with abstract patterns and wax. The designer, Myriam Maxo (pictured above), offers contemporary designed furniture, decorative items and other odds and ends.

#5 – Présence Africaine: looking for a good book? This African quarterly cultural, political, and literary magazine, founded by Seneglese-born Alioune Diop in 1947, was the first imprint to publish most of the best known Francophone African writers of the 20th century. They are now both a publishing house and a bookstore.

#6 – Afrostreamthis movie streaming service only features African and African-American content. It was founded by Tonjé Bakang Tonjehas who is known as “The Netflix of Africa”.

#7 – Alexis Peskine: this artist is a Parisian resident, a 2004 Fulbright Scholar who holds a B.F.A. from Howard University an M.A. and M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His work focuses on race and identity issues in France.

Posted on September 18, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

First Black-Owned Vodka Company in South Africa Launches

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A new vodka will soon be hitting the shelves in South Africa. Distinkt Vodka, created by chemist Sibusiso Sibis, will be South Africa’s first Black-owned vodka brand.

Sibis started the company with four fellow entrepreneurs, and together they own 100% of the company. Their quality vodka is made from rich grain harvested from South African fields. It is touted as being a “product of excellence by South Africans for South Africans.”

A premium product at a fair price

Although the vodka is a premium brand, it is being sold at less than a premium price. Sibis hopes this combination will contribute toward his goal of dominating the South African vodka market with his high-quality brand.

Sibis and partners are from the South African township of Kagiso in Johannesburg’s West Rand, but Sibis is the only one that’s a chemist. As a university graduate-turned-entrepreneur, he is not only proud of their new product but also proud of the fact that their company has created something that will bring money back into the community.

Inspiration for others

Sibisi comments, “My friends and I wanted to create something that would create a legacy for our families and their next generations. We are passionate about Africans doing things for themselves. He calls it “economic emancipation” and explains that if he can do it, other South Africans can do it too!

For more details about Distinkt Vodka, follow the company on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/Distinkt-Vodka-496902690493718/

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Posted on July 26, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Haiti becomes part of the African Union

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Haitian Ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Junior Baril says Haiti finally being part of the African Union (AU) is a place that the country earned as they paved way to other African countries to be free today.

The Caribbean state of Haiti will officially become a member of the AU come the next AU Summit which will take place next month in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Former African Union chairman, Jean Ping said: “We have attachment and links to that country. The first black Republic…that carried high the flame of liberation an freedom for black people and has paid a heavy price for so doing.

In 2012, Haiti indicated its interest to move from its observer status to member status. It will be the first time any nation with no geographic connection to the continent of Africa to join the AU.

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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 10 comments

Black Woman Rejected by Airline Decides to Start Her Own Airline — And Does!

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When Sibongile Sambo, a 42-year old woman from South Africa, was told by South African Airways that she did not qualify for a flight attendant position because she did not meet their minimum height requirement, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She became an entrepreneur, and started her very own airline called SRS Aviation, and until this day, her company is the only Black woman-owned and operated aviation company in Africa.

So, how did she do it?

Starting an airline is not an easy or cheap thing to do, but despite this, she was still able to get it off the ground.

First, she formed her company and gave it the name of SRS Aviation. Then, she bid and won a contract for cargo transport issued by the South African government and formed a partnership with MCC Aviation – a South African-based fixed & rotor wing charter operator. Finally, she sold her car and cashed out her mother’s pension to help her obtain an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It wasn’t an easy process, but she was able to raise the needed capital and make it work!

Now, Sambo’s company offers their clients professional and personalized flight options to destinations in Africa and around the world. Their services include VIP charters, tourist charters, cargo charters, game count & capture, and helicopter services. Her customers pay anywhere from $1,000 USD to $200,000 USD per flight.

Her vision

Sambo’s vision is to be the number one choice in affordable air service solutions for individuals and businesses, locally and worldwide, by providing an unparalleled air service. She also aims to uphold the highest safety standards.

When it comes to giving back to her local community, she is also very passionate about helping young people by sharing her knowledge and expertise. During a recent interview with CNN, she commented, “I’m where I am today because somebody invested in me. It’s my opportunity now to invest in other people.”

For more details about SRS Aviation, visit www.srsaviation.co.za

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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

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Take Your Business To Haiti Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

Join an amazing tour and see what opportunities are available to you outside of the United States. BBE and The Film Black Friday Director Ric Mathis will help you discover the opportunities that are just waiting for you. The tour will start from July 28 to July 31, 2016. The team will be filming on Haiti and interviewing participants and choosing the ones that will be featured in the next film.

Black Friday is a documentary that takes a deeper look into the spending behaviors of African-Americans in the US. Every year, 1.2 trillion dollars leave African-American communities. According to Nielsen Company’s recent survey, African-American consumers shop more often and are more aggressive patrons of media. They shop more, watch more television, buy more ethnic grooming and beauty products and read more economic magazines than any other group.

Black Friday shows the incorrect financial education of African-Americans and the economic drawbacks that continue to prevent the community from progressing and growing. Black Friday aims to improve the financial responsibility and economic awareness of African-Americans and thus, presents solutions that will help better manage the money spent by the African-American communities. The film also emphasizes the importance of leaving an ethical and economic legacy for the next generations.

Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Ric will release the next Black Friday film on Black Friday in 2016. The tour will be a great chance for businesses to connect with African-American to bring their business to Haiti to grab the opportunities that await them.

The tour will also benefit the Centre orphelinat du bon berger de l’Archaie, an orphanage  established by Pastor Valembrun Estinfil in 2008. The extreme level of poverty faced by many Haitians prevents parents from taking care of their children. To help them meet their needs and live a better life, we are accepting donations for African centered books, school supplies, clothes, sneakers cleats and other items that will make life easier and more comfortable for the children. Your donation will be given to children aged 12 months to 13 years old. We are accepting new or gently used items.

Please call 9134BUYBLK 913-428.9255 to arrange your donation or if you have questions about this trip.

Haiti’s Growing Economy

The devastating earthquake in 2010 dealt a great deal of damage to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. It also resulted in significant financial losses almost equal to the nation’s GDP. The international community has pledged around US$10 billion to support the country’s reconstruction projects. Haiti’s economy is progressively improving. There are also a lot of great opportunities that provide SMEs with their much needed strategic support, financial expertise and funds.

Haiti’s economy is growing. The country has a free-market economy that boasts a pro-business government, capital demands and low-cost labor that will only continue to improve in the future. Moreover, the Haitian government has joined forces with the international community to create more job opportunities for the young workplace by making it easier for foreign groups to invest in the country.

The proximity of the country to the United States, which is also its main trading partner, the massive support from the global community and the low-cost yet eager and motivated workforce are other factors that will contribute to Haiti’s growth. For businesses that are planning to invest in Haiti, here are the main strategic advantages of the country.

  • Pro-business government – The first on the list would be the pro-business government. Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, has promised to create more than 500,000 jobs in the next 3 years. The Haitian government also has started to streamline steps on starting a business and loosen restrictions on foreign land ownership.
  • Strategic Location – Haiti’s strategic location is another factor that will attract businesses. The country is located between the largest economy in the world (USA) and developing economies in South America (Columbia and Brazil). The economic development throughout the region would benefit Haiti. The country is also located in the Caribbean, which provides Haiti with great maritime trade access.
  • Favorable Economic Signals – Haiti’s 8 percent GDP growth in 2012, economic incentive from billions in foreign support and free-market economy make up for favorable economic signals.
  • Growing Trade Integration – Haiti has been a member of WTO since 1996. It is also near large economies, which guarantees low costs for transporting products to international markets. The implementation of Special Economic Zones also provides exemptions on taxes and tariffs.
  • Unexploited Resource Potential – The country has abundant, unexploited mineral deposits of copper, calcium carbonate, bauxite and gold as well as a young, low-cost workforce.
  • Expedient Labor Conditions – Haiti has plenty of trainable and motivated workers.
  • Geography – The country has natural sea ports at Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien and Gonaives as well as 1,700km of coastline and topnotch unspoiled beaches.
  • Massive International Support – Over US$10 billion of foreign support has been given for reconstruction projects. More than 3000 non-government organizations are also working in the country to provide the necessary support services. The Inter-American Development Bank offered more than US$2.2 billion for development and recovery projects. United States HOPE and HELP Acts will also help in rebuilding the country’s garment industry.

If you’re thinking of doing business in Haiti, now is your best chance. Join the tour and learn how you can maximize the business opportunities in the country. You should arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the 28th of July 2016, at least three to four hours in advance. Bring your passport and another identification form. We have to check in two hours in advance and clear all customs properly.

Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

The Presence of Black Businesses in the Community Helps to Reduce Local Crime Rates

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An increase in Black-owned businesses in any local area will result in a decrease of crime, according to Karen Parker, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware.

Parker is also the author of the 2013 study, The African American Entrepreneur – Crime Drop Relationship: Growing African American Business Ownership and Declining Youth Violence, and she says that when we address unemployment, poverty and joblessness in urban areas, we are also addressing the crime rate.

Is she right?

It seems so because according to the finding in her study, since 2001, Black-owned businesses have increased by 60 percent (from 1.1 million businesses to 1.9 million), and the crime rate in those areas that have high volumes of Black businesses has decreased by 29 percent. Why?

Researchers point to three primary reasons for the cause-and-affect discovery.

  • Black-owned business owners serve mentors and positive role models for black youth in particular
  • Black-owned businesses raise morale throughout their communities
  • Black-owned businesses create more local jobs and economic opportunities for African Americans that reverse poverty

Influence is more than economic

Like other business owners, black business owners are very much involved in their communities through business and social organizations, churches and schools. They support the black community by hiring black employees, bringing jobs and infusing more money into their communities.

But it is more than that! Black-owned businesses are a powerful influence to youth and others. They demonstrate that, if they can do it in spite of huge obstacles, others can do it, too. They bring not only economic advantages, but hope.

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/05/black-businesses-community-help-reduce-local-crime-rates.html#.Vx9WWtIrK2w

 

 

Posted on April 26, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

South Africa’s Only Black Billionaire — 5 Things To Know About Him

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Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has the golden touch, which has made him not only one of South Africa’s wealthiest men but also the country’s only black billionaire. How did he do it? Gold.

Motsepe started to invest in gold in 1997 which led to his creating African Rainbow Minerals, the first South African black-owned mining company. We could stop here and say the rest is history, but here are 5 things you should know about this billionaire entrepreneur.

#1 – His culture motivates him to help others: Following the spirit and tradition of Ubuntu, which means “I am because you are,” Motsepe is committed to helping care for those who are less fortunate.

#2 – He distributes much of his wealth: Motsepe donated half of his wealth in 2013, through the Motsepe Foundation, to help improve life for the poor, the disabled, unemployed, women, youth, workers and other needy South Africans.

#3 – He is named after the former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo: His name, Patrice, comes from Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo who helped the country gain their freedom from Belgium.

#4 – He owns a football team: Motsepe owns Mamelodi Sundowns, nicknamed The Brazilians. The football team wears yellow and blue uniforms reflective of Brazil’s national team.

#5 – He’s very rich: Not only is Motsepe South Africa’s only black billionaire, he is the 847th richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $2.2 billion. He is one of seven South Africans in the list, and the only black man.

Read more by visiting www.forbes.com/profile/patrice-motsepe/

Posted on February 24, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About

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Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About

Even before the city of Muskogee came into existence, the Three Forks region was rich with cultural diversity. A large African American presence has existed in the region since it became a part of the U.S. following the Louisiana Purchase.

Both free and enslaved blacks were a part of the Indian removals that brought members of the Creek and Cherokee tribes to the Indian Territory. Interviews of Cherokee and Creek freedmen indicate that those held as slaves had a surprising amount of latitude. They worked almost as tenant farmers, choosing their own home sites, earning money from skilled labor, even owning guns for hunting.

Following the Civil War, many of the now freed tribal members returned to their former homes in the bottom lands of the Three Rivers. They rebuilt their homes on land they could now claim as their own. They also built institutions such as schools, churches and farming cooperatives, like cotton gins.

The antebellum years also brought an influx of “state blacks,” those former slaves of the South seeking a better life in the Indian nations. At first, there was some mistrust between the tribal freedmen and state blacks, but over time the two groups melded together.

When the mostly black and Indian community of Creek Agency became the new railroad town of Muskogee in 1872, the population continued to be dominated by freedmen. In Muskogee’s first municipal election, there were more black voters than white.

This gradually changed when the federal court was placed in Muskogee and an influx of attorneys came to town. The Dawes Commission also brought a battalion of government workers and shifted the demographics of the city.

Still, Muskogee’s black community was vibrant and successful. Despite the injustices of segregation, which became the law at statehood in 1907, freedmen descendants built businesses, pursued quality education in their schools, established churches and organized civic clubs.

Though some black residents worked as general laborers, porters and domestics, just as many occupied skilled trades as plumbers, bricklayers, machinists, butchers, tailors and carpenters. They owned small businesses such as grocery stores, millineries, livery stables, and blacksmith shops.

There were a number of African American members of the professions as well, working as lawyers, teachers, physicians, surgeons, dentists and pharmacists. Black entrepreneurs opened funeral homes, clothing emporiums, restaurants, hotels, newspaper offices and photography studios.

The black business district clustered along Second Street and Market Street and served the black neighborhoods that bordered these corridors.

Smaller businesses could also be found within those neighborhoods where elementary schools named Langston, Dunbar, Douglass and Wheatley were built.

A Negro Business Directory published in 1942 proudly proclaimed that Muskogee and neighboring Taft had a black population of 15,000. Driven by a well-organized black businessmen’s club, the directory stated that “Muskogee Negroes enjoy a (prestige) unequaled anywhere else in America.”

Quoting a long-time Muskogee resident, the publication proclaimed, “There’s more Negro lawyers, doctors, realtors, etc., to the square foot than there is anywhere else in the world.”

The success and vibrancy of this part of Muskogee’s past should be celebrated as testimony to what a community can accomplish when it strives for the best.

Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About

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Posted on February 8, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa

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Introducing Shypmate

Shypmate is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. Shypmate’s end goal is affordable and fast international delivery.

In an exclusive interview with two members of the team (Chisom Ebinama and Perry Ogwuche) , Co-founder, Perry remarked:

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“We traveled to the US for college and have been there ever since. We saw the problem of trying to send stuff back home, because it was expensive to ship these items”.

The founders, — Chisom Ebinama, Kwadwo Nyarko, Perry Ogwuche and Tochukwu Okoro — who have a uniquely mix-and-match Nationality (3 from Nigeria and 1 from Ghana) and area of expertise (3 with background in Engineering and 1 in the field of Business) are based in San Mateo, California USA where they all met. In Shypmate, the founders found a struggle they all could relate with and decided to use technology to solve it.

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Prior to the emerging company’s official launch today 21st January, 2016, Shypmate has validated its effort with a over 100 successful transactions in Nigeria and Ghana within just 2 months of its user acceptance test.

See How Shypmate Works:

There are basically 3 steps to getting started with Shypmate and also 3 people smiling at the end of the transactions.

Website: http://www.shypmate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shypmate/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shypmate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shypmate/?ref=bookmarks

Source: https://techpoint.ng/2016/01/21/shypmate-feature/

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments

TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE STORES 

Looking for  home decor and furniture near you, preferably from a Black-Owned business? There are plenty to choose from. If you are looking for custom furniture & help with room plans & design, come visit these companies first, who knows, you may find what you are looking for.  You’ll love the price and quality.

#1 Harmony Designs Furniture & Interior located 115 SOUTH 4TH AVE  MT. VERNON NY 10550; PH: 914-699-0809

#2 Home Beautiful Decor located Address: 502 W Kearney St #200, Mesquite, TX 75149; PH:(972) 288-0705

#3 Ali Sandifer Studio located in Detriot, MI. Design is our passion and craft is our medium. Ali Sandifer is a design studio and workshop with a particular fondness for furniture. Our work is born from a simple belief that design, material, and craft must work together to achieve intelligence, beauty, and longevity.

#4 Lakay Deisgns located in Miami, FL & OH. Home is home, and all areas of the home must be ‘home’ to the occupants.  Lakay Designs Home Decor, a first of its kind African Decor Business, which specializes in using African Prints and Designs for home and business.  Nothing however can make any home attractive except the unique decor of the home.

#5 Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles located 832 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130; PH:(215) 546-9616 Secondhand furniture & decor, with sales supporting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.

So, next time you’re looking for home decor, accessories and furniture; look for the small business owner who happens to be black.

Let’s continue to make this movement for #2millionjobs on #eachandeveryfriday grow. Don’t you think our youth deserve us setting up a foundation for them to live comfortable lives? Ponder on that the next time you’re ready to make a purchase.

 TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE STORES 

Posted on January 21, 2016 By Staff With 7 comments

10 BLACK-OWNED HEALTH-CONSCIOUS BUSINESSES SELLING ORGANIC AND ALL-NATURAL PRODUCTS

Khepra Anu, raw foodist and owner of Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar in Washington, DC

Khepra Anu, raw foodist and owner of Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar in Washington, DC

10 Black-Owned Health-Conscious Businesses Selling Organic and All-Natural Products

Being healthy is the new trend, and thousands of companies are profiting big-time on organic and all-natural products. Such companies sell various products including food, clothing, haircare products, skincare products, and even furniture. If you are a big supporter of this industry, here are 10 Black-owned companies that you may be interested in checking out:

Food/Drink

#1 – Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar: Located at 402 H Street NE in Washington DC, this award-winning juice bar/ restaurant was founded by Khepra Anu, a raw foodist who has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of systematic fasting and detoxification.

#2 – Karyn’s: Located at 1901 N. Halsted in Chicago, IL, this Black-owned restaurant serves cooked, conscious vegan comfort foods such as pizza, burgers, fries, meatloaf, taco salad, eggplant, and more. They also have a well-complimented vegan brunch, and serve raw dishes for lunch and dinner.

#3 – The Grain Cafe: Located at 4222 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, this restaurant appeals to vegans and vegetarians as well as meat-eaters. They serve veggie wraps as well as deluxe burgers with red berry ice tea or mint lemonade. Even their coffee is natural and organic.

 #4 –  Tassili’s Raw Reality:  Located at 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, Georgia is a fast casual restaurant located in Atlanta, Georgia.  They specialize in raw vegan cuisines and provide a unique variety of raw vegan entrees like spicy kale salad, kale wraps, and more.

#5 –  Land of KushLocated at 840 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD Voted 2015 Best Vegan Crab Cake by Baltimore’s City Paper!  They are the Ultimate Vegetarian Experience!  THE LAND of KUSH inspires you to feed your spirit.  They are Vegan Soul!  Celebrate a new way of life with healthier food.
Haircare

#6 – CURLS: This Black-owned company is a nationally recognized leader in the natural hair care industry for their unique formulations of certified organic ingredients. Supported by Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, and more.

#7 – Curl Kitchen: This Chicago-based company sells natural/ organic-based hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state. Their products are for women and men with waves, curls, kinks, coils, and/or locs.

#8 – Indigofera Beauty: This Black-owned Etsy store produces a variety of all-natural, chemical-free hair care supplies that are made from plant-based ingredients and infused with essential oils. They are known locally and nationally for selling the best products for natural hair, coils, kinks and locs.
Skincare

#9 – Beija-Flor Naturals: This Black-owned Etsy store produces organic skin care and natural hair products. The brand is inspired by the owner’s Brazilian background and uses the best ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to the Savannahs of East Africa.

#10 – Blac Minerals: This Black-owned company sells 100% non-toxic, high quality, high performance, hand-crafted mineral makeup formulated for women of all colors. Their natural makeup products are lightweight, and blendable, helping your skin to breathe.

10 Black-Owned Health-Conscious Businesses Selling Organic and All-Natural Products

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 19 comments

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

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The honor of being the oldest, continuously operating, African American owned travel agency goes to Rodgers Travel Bureau, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rodgers Travel Bureau opened their doors in 1949. The company was started by Harold Rodgers, an African American medical student who was working as a porter for TWA at Philadelphia International Airport to help pay for medical school. He knew the business well, and when he opened his agency, he was the only black-owned travel agency in the U.S.

Business booming

Business was booming, largely due to Rodgers’ loyal black customer base. Rodgers provided a valuable service for black customers at a time when the “whites only” segregation rules made it difficult to impossible for blacks to travel. Even after desegregation, his customers remained loyal. By the late 1960’s, the company was able to open a Rodgers Travel location in Washington, D.C. that targeted affluent African Americans and was a great location to black organizations who had headquarters in D.C.

Changes — all good

In 1954, William Griffin purchased the business from Harold Rodgers and soon added partner Fred Russell to manage the business. By the 1970’s, Russell’s daughters Norma Pratt and Joanne Ussery joined the management team. When their father passed away in 1980, his two daughters took over. It was now company president Norma Pratt who took the lead to secure the company for further growth. She took advantage of SBA’s 8(a) business development program to enter into the federal government marketplace. In 1991, she bid on and received Rodgers’ first federal government contract – a $10 million per year contract servicing Scott AFB.

The company is pleased that they have not only secured a place in history but also secured the future of the company.

For more details about Rodgers Travel Bureau, visit www.rodgerstravel.com

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

 

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

First Ever Made In Ghana Cars

When Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, owner of the Kantanka Group of Companies displayed his talents on technological skills he, mystically, had acquired some ten years back in Ghana, but many Ghanaians were skeptical about his inventions.

Some described him as a wizard. Others also said his inventions are not scientific, and cannot be trusted to be safe.

Back then, among the many technological gadgets Dr. Safo displayed, was a television set that switches on after just a simple clap or by blowing air. He did not hide it. He said he never had a sophisticated technical or technological education. He only dreams and creates whatever he builds, implying that he is being taught by superhuman beings in the world beyond our knowledge.

When asked by a BBC journalist in 2010 why he chose to manufacture items that require strange human application before it could function, he replied “I do it because I can, I go to bed and dream about the innovation then write it down. My workers then make it. They are learning the skills they can use somewhere else.”

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The company’s chief operating officer, Kwadwo Safo Jnr explains that the clean energy cars run on rechargeable batteries.

“The non-engine vehicle does not rely on a combustion engine to move. It is an electric motor powered by rechargeable batteries; the batteries can be recharged with solar energy or electricity. As you drive the car on the road, it converts the energy from the sun into mechanical energy which powers the car’’, he said.

To give you detailed information on the clean energy cars, there are two charging systems for the car-an external charging system and an internal charging system. The internal charging system uses an extra accumulator to power an invertor and the invertor simultaneously charges the 12 batteries while the car is accelerating. The internal charging is manual and can be switched on or off when the car is in motion.

The external charging system uses 144V which makes it suitable for the market. The charging modes are Quick Charge Mode and an Overnight Charge Mode. The Quick Charge Mode takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete the charging and the Overnight Charge Mode takes a maximum of three hours to complete the charging. The life span of the accumulators is estimated to be a year.ghanapolice

As we said earlier, public perception about the durability of Dr Safo’s inventions was not encouraging. And to make the public believe that the cars are good, in 2015, he donated some free of charge to the Ghana Police Service to test its quality. The police administration has since testified and endorsed the cars.

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Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo was born on 26th August 1948 at Bekwai, a town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. As a child, it is said he had a deep passion for science and technology. And after closing from school, he would quickly do his home work and rush to the farm to get sticks for designing cars, helicopters, planes, etc. He designed toys machines and cars that had never been seen in the town.

His inventions include automobiles, military equipments, electrical gadgets, medicines, aeronautics amongst others.  He has a Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Ghana and has also been honored as the Order of the Volta (Member Division) in 2007 by the Ghanaian government.

Some people who support his inventions have warned that Ghana will regret if the country fail to make meaningful gains from his skills and knowledge before he passes on to eternity. He has quite a number of apprentices who are learning from him.

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Posted on January 9, 2016 By Staff With 5 comments