Thursday, November 21, 2019

See Why Diddy's Statement Today Echoes Byron Allen's Supreme Court Discrimination Case Against Comcast

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Official Statement From Sean 'Diddy' Combs Regarding The Comcast / Byron Allen U.S. Supreme Court Case
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By Sean "Diddy" Combs via PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2019 -- My name and my network, REVOLT, have been mentioned recently by Comcast in reference to the Comcast/Byron Allen US Supreme Court case as an example of Comcast's inclusive practices with respect to African American owned cable networks. While it is true that we are in business with Comcast, it is not accurate to use my name or my network as an example of inclusion. I do not want my name to be used inaccurately so I must speak my truth.


I also want to make clear that this case is now about much more than cable distribution. It's about the civil rights of millions of African Americans and other minorities.

First, it's important that people really understand what's at stake. In its efforts to get the lawsuit filed by Byron Allen dismissed, Comcast has taken a legal approach that could weaken fundamental civil rights protections. I have a problem with this.

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 section 1981 was designed to ensure Black people are able to do business in this country and not be denied because of race. Comcast is arguing that this law only applies if racial discrimination is the only factor that leads to a refusal to do business, which would be extremely hard to prove.

If they are successful, it will become much harder for any victim of discrimination to seek justice in court. By taking this stance in the Supreme Court, Comcast has put its legal tactics ahead of the rights of millions of Americans to be heard. This is not OK.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Senator Sanders Calls on Governor and Mayor to Stop Gun Violence in Southeast Queens

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Senator Sanders Calls on Governor and Mayor to Stop Gun Violence in Southeast Queens


In light of recent incidents of gun violence in Southeast Queens, Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) has joined his colleagues in government and sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill deBlasio, calling on them to increase preventative resources to help end the rash of shootings.

“We have lost too many lives, and especially young lives, to gun violence, and the time to take action is now,” Sanders said. “We can no longer sit on the sidelines and call for peace, we need to put into place a strategic plan consisting of a cohesive group of resources that will make a real difference in stopping these crimes.”

These steps include re-opening local community centers and extending their hours; bolstering after school program partnerships with smaller community-based organizations; expanding Beacon programs; increasing funding for trauma centers and opening additional centers in Southern Queens; developing and funding anti-violence curriculum in NYC schools; and creating a universal youth employment and education program.


Videos On Recent Shootings Of Teenagers In Southeast Queens


Friday, November 15, 2019

Checkout How US Rep Greg Meeks Is Working To Insure Fair Banking In SE Queens & LI

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Meeks, Brown, and Members of Congress Demand Bank Regulators Strengthen, Not Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, along with 27 members of Congress sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC demanding that the three banking agencies not issue a proposed rule unless it has the support of the community development and civil rights groups that represent the communities the Community Reinvestment Act was designed to serve.
“Policies that restrict access to credit and banking, such as those that result in redlining, have perpetuated a long legacy of discrimination and disinvestment in America, and held back impoverished minority communities,” wrote the members. “Given this history, any changes to the CRA must hold lenders accountable for meeting the local credit and investment needs of LMI communities where the lender has branches or other facilities while appropriately considering changes in our banking system.” 
The full text of the letter is below and the PDF can be found HERE:

Congressmen Greg Meeks also stated today "Minority Banks disproportionately serve low income, underbanked, minority communities. Their decreasing numbers, combined with irrefutable data on banking discrimination in non-minority banks, is a systemic problem I am working hard to address."

See How The World Of Money Is Offering $7,000 In Prizes For Young Entrepreneurs

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Win Up To $7,000 in Prizes At The 4th Annual "World of Money Youth Business Pitch Competition"
New York, New York - Teaming up with JPMorgan Chase Advancing Black Pathways Initiative, the World of Money, a 14-year New York City based non-profit youth financial education organization will host its 4th Annual Youth Business Pitch Competition” on November 22, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at JPMorgan Chase, 4 Metrotech in Brooklyn, New York. World of Money Founder and CEO Sabrina Lamb shares, “We are proud to partner with JP Morgan Chase to promote financial education and invest in young entrepreneurs, ages 10 – 23, with $7,000 in cash prizes. It is gratifying to support youth from around the country as they pitch their brilliant businesses to a panel of seasoned executives.”

ABOUT THE WORLD OF MONEY
The World of Money was founded in 2005 and is a New York City based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower youth with a sound financial education. Nearly 4,000 youth between ages 7 – 18, and their families have received World of Money’s 120 classroom hours of financial education and forums.

This approach has steadily broken a generational cycle and changed the way youth and their parents understand their money. Mandarin Chinese, excel spreadsheet and community service courses are included.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

See How The B.E.S.T. Pop-up Shop Brings The 3rd UPlifting "Winter Wonderland Experience" To Southeast Queens

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The B.E.S.T. Winter Wonderland Experience Uplifts And Empowers Area Residents And Community Businesses For The 3rd Holiday Season
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On Saturday, December 7th, 2019 the B.E.S.T. Networking Group, started by visionary and community minded Founder Marsha Duke, is sponsoring an innovative family orientated fun pop-up shop called the Winter Wonderland Experience.  The Winter Wonderland Experience, pop-up shop promises to be a great community event for both the attendees and vendors.  It offers a fun less stressed shopping experience with dynamic and creative entrepreneurs in Southeast Queens.

It afford area residents the chance to support community based and small businesses.  When area residents support small and community based businesses they actually help to bring more employment, income, and raise property values in their community. 

The Winter Wonderland Experience, is a pop-up shop tapping into this national trend with a distinct local flavor.  Southeast and Jamaica Queens, NY, is still a hotbed of innovative and impressive business people ready to showcase their products.

Southeast Queens has a history enriched with some of the most creative artists and talented entrepreneurs in the world growing up in the area.  Most people in our area know jazz and hip hop artists and business people like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Lena Horne, Russell Simmons, Daymond John, LL Kool J, Nikki Minage, 50 Cent and many others hail from the area.


The Winter Wonderland Experience, however looks to showcase today's local talent on a broader scale beyond just entertainment to the community and visitors in nearby areas.  This is the 3rd year of the pop-up shop.  In the past the Winter Wonderland Experience, has showcased vendors and merchants as diverse as the health focused Regale Vitamin brand to the creative and mesmerizing desserts of "Gateau du Ciel" which means heavenly desserts in French.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Black Speaker Launches Boot Camp to Help Other Speakers

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 AWARD-WINNING BLACK SPEAKER, AUTHOR AND TRAINER TEACHES OTHERS HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL SPEAKING BUSINESS




Nationwide  Speaking and training is a multi-billion dollar industry. More and more schools, companies and organizations are seeking and paying qualified speakers big dollars to come in and solve problems and add value through speaking and training their organizations using the speaker's expertise, experience and knowledge.

The challenge is there are many qualified African Americans with expertise, experience and knowledge who want to start a speaking business, but don't know how to get started or how to expand their speaking and training careers to do it full-time.

See Why The Shop Black Week Campaign Nov 22-29 Looks To Empower Black Business

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"SHOP BLACK WEEK" CAMPAIGN TO BOOST SUPPORT FOR BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES WILL BE NOVEMBER 22 TO 29


Nationwide -- As consumers across the U.S. gear up for holiday deals on sales merchandise, this Black Friday, a coalition urges buyers to make it a Shop Black Week. More than 100 groups have designated November 22 to 29 as Shop Black Week, a time of supporting Black-owned businesses by purchasing products, goods, or services from Black entrepreneurs.

The Shop Black Week campaign is a nationwide campaign that simply asks every American to support Black-owned businesses in November. Participating entities include organizations, Online-social groups and publications that have made the commitment to help spread the word with their social media accounts.