Thursday, February 15, 2024

See Why The Black-Owned Stock Exchange The Dream Exchange Promises To Expand Black Investment in Public Companies

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The Dream Exchange Will Exponentially Expand Black Participation in
Public Companies

Out of over 6,000 public companies based in the U.S., less than 15 are Black-owned or 0.1%. The Dream Exchange, the first majority Black-owned stock exchange in formation, intends to change that.

The Dream Exchange is being spring boarded by two seasoned executives Joe Cecala, Founder and CEO of Dream Exchange and Dwain Kyles, Esq, Managing Member, DX Capital Partners.

Early-Stage Growth Companies or ESGC's are the hidden gem that have historically only been accessible to a very tight-knit network of ultra-wealthy individuals. As a result of these opportunities not being widely accessible, the wealth gap widens.

Unless you are connected to the circle of high-net-worth angel investors or venture capital firms, you are outside this particular “wealth creation” ecosystem. Those on the outside are oblivious to the next unicorn startup company, until it is already public, and worth billions of dollars. These early-stage growth opportunities have, for the past 30 years, been where the majority of wealth gets harvested in public offerings.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Get The Scoop On The Highly Regarded Panelists In This Year's Black History Red Carpet Film Festival

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The Highly Regarded Panelists In
This Year's Black History
"Red Carpet" Film Festival
Look To Help Enrich The
Entertainment Arts In
Queens 
New York


Exciting Lineup of Panelists Revealed for February 17th Film Festival in Queens, NY


QUEENS, NY - Queens Underground International Film Festival is proud to announce an exciting lineup of industry professionals who will be participating in two industry panels during the February 17th Opening Day at King Manor Museum. This highly anticipated Film Festival Opening day is set to welcome Independent Filmmakers from all over.

Two streaming platforms, QuaHZ TV and Jyrah Web TV will also have Executives on the Panel and in the Judging Process. Both have partnered with Queens Underground to Stream selected Submissions after the Festival on their respective platforms.


Leading both Panels for the fourth session is Mr. Dwayne Parker, actor, director and playwright. Answering Panel Questions will be: Luc Stephen, known for his work as an actor in "American Gangster," now producing and directing with credits including "Self Destruction" and the Louis Gosset Jr. movie 'Sin'.


Also joining him are Glenn McBride Jr., creator of web series “Supply & Demand”, Bishop Benedict A. Dorsey, founder of The African American Theater Company/J.H.U. Dunbar-Baldwin-Hughes Theatre Company, Keith “Keisong” Powell, filmmaker and founder of Urban Artistic Production Studio in Pennsylvania,Terrell D. Perkins actor on Amazon Prime show "Vish Merrick", Special Effects Make-Up artist Edmund Dorsey.



Sunday, February 11, 2024

Get The Scoop On Women's Empowerment at The INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CONFERENCE 2024

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CONFERENCE 2024
At Hofstra University

Be Inspired. Be Informed. Be Connected


New York, New York - On the 9th of March 2024, women will convene at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, for an extraordinary International Women’s Conference hosted by Nevalliance.
  
The fascinating one-day conference is designed to speak to every woman; attendees will have an opportunity to network, exchange knowledge, connect, facilitate lasting connections, and showcase a range of products and services all under one roof.

This event is an innovative and targeted conference that started in 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is Leading Ladies. The main objective of the International Women’s Conference is to Enhance awareness and create a more informed understanding of the opportunities, issues, and approaches of Women Empowerment with resultant attention and resources directed towards supporting women.

We are thrilled to have various speakers from different knowledge backgrounds. We have Ambassador Audrey Marks as the Keynote Speaker, she created history by being the first Jamaican female Ambassador to the USA, and also the first Ambassador to be assigned to the same Post twice; Dr. Neva Alexander, CEO of Nevalliance; Dr. Sandra Scott, Interim CEO of the One Brooklyn Health Systems; Suzette Bather-Taylor, Program Director Aviation Department at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Renee Sacks, Ph.D., President and Founder of Sacks Communications; Karmisha Superville, Senior Event Planner and Business Consultant at EBK Events; Faatiha Aayat, Seventh-Grader Child Rights Activist; Shivali Bhammer, Internationally renowned singer and speaker; Lauren Moy, Associate Director- Graduate Business Career Relations at Hofstra University, Zarb School of Business, and a Certified Career Coach among other amazing Speakers we have lined up.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Get The Scoop On Paula Thompson's Black Love Community Day During Black History Month

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Young Business Woman Paula Thompson Sponsors Black Love Community Day
During Black History Month


Paula Thompson gives us inspiration for our future generations of entrepreneurs.
 The 27 year old is sponsoring her 2nd event for her company Love and Unity LLC, called Black Love Community Day.

Paula is looking to continue to grow her business in a way to help jumpstart viable communities empowered with the root qualities of Love and Unity.  She has started a company reflective of her positive vibes called 
Love And Unity LLC.

Thompson grew up in our area of Caribbean heritage and is committed to love and unity imbuing our atmosphere in Southeast Queens.  She exudes a powerful and positive energy of purpose.

Paula is compelling the community in a compassionate way to come out and celebrate Black History Month, in Rochdale, February 10th, 2023 with her exclusive 
Black Love Community DayIt will be a day of fun for her neighbors in Queens, and a fun time for all area residents.

We need more young people lifting up Love and Unity in our community right?  So let's support her in her continuing efforts.

I was able to convince the RISing and inspiring entrepreneur to do an interview with me about her 
upcoming event February 10th, 2024.  We wanted to learn more about and the focus of this event.  It is uplifting and motivating to see her upcoming business moves and plans.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Get The Scoop On Why Cassaundra and Joko Brownell Are An Awesome Team Addition To The Dream Exchange

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Dynamic Duo Cassaundra and Joko Brownell Join Dream Exchange Investor Community

Watch The Video On
What Is The Dream Exchange?

Cassaundra and Joko Brownell Join Dream Exchange Investor Community

Cassaundra and Joko Brownell

CHICAGO, The Dream Exchange, the first Black-owned and controlled stock exchange in formation proudly announces the addition of Cassaundra and Joko Brownell to its esteemed group of investors. This power couple, with a track record of entrepreneurial success, brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the Dream Exchange investor community.

Cassaundra Brownell, a distinguished entrepreneur and marketing expert, earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University followed by an MBA from Dallas Baptist University. Cassaundra has dedicated over a decade to sales and consulting, becoming a driving force behind three logistics companies, a design and construction firm, and currently serving as the Chief Revenue Officer for a cutting-edge startup specializing in leadership technology.

"I've come to understand that my life's purpose revolves around assisting individuals in earning a living doing what brings them joy. In investing in Dream Exchange, I see a pathway to continue this mission," stated Cassaundra Brownell.

Joko Brownell holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Oral Roberts University. He established a successful real estate firm in Colorado Springs before venturing into logistics in Maryland.

Reflecting on why he chose to invest in Dream Exchange, Joko stated, "The Dream Exchange stands as an unwavering commitment to dismantling the ordinary and disrupting the status quo. Dream Exchange and I have a shared commitment to forging a path toward the extraordinary, creating an ecosystem where passions flourish and dreams find their wings."

Friday, February 2, 2024

Southeast Queens Scoop Parent Company AMS Digital News Grabbed To Promote The Dream Exchange - The 1st Black Owned Stock Exchange

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Southeast Queens Parent Company
AMS Digital News Tapped To
Promote The Dream Exchange  


We're honored on this 1st Day of Black History Month To Be Accepted Today To Work With The Dream Exchange. I will help promote the 1st Black-Owned Stock Exchange.

Together we will help eliminate Black economic marginalization and uplift the disadvantaged with business opportunities. God is Good!

The Dream Exchange Will Exponentially Expand Black Participation in
Public Companies

Chicago, IL. - Out of over 6,000 public companies based in the U.S., less than 15 are Black-owned or 0.1%. The Dream Exchange, the first majority Black-owned stock exchange in formation, intends to change that.

The Dream Exchange is being spring boarded by two seasoned executives Joe Cecala, Founder and CEO of Dream Exchange and Dwain Kyles, Esq, Managing Member, DX Capital Partners.

Early-Stage Growth Companies or ESGC's are the hidden gem that have historically only been accessible to a very tight-knit network of ultra-wealthy individuals. As a result of these opportunities not being widely accessible, the wealth gap widens.

Unless you are connected to the circle of high-net-worth angel investors or venture capital firms, you are outside this particular “wealth creation” ecosystem. Those on the outside are oblivious to the next unicorn startup company, until it is already public, and worth billions of dollars. These early-stage growth opportunities have, for the past 30 years, been where the majority of wealth gets harvested in public offerings.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Get The Scoop On How Ballooning UP Parties Is Serious Business For Andrea O' Brien

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Andrea O'Brien Blows UP
Fun Parties With
"A Touch Of Balloons!"


Andrea O'Brien doesn't seem like a party girl.  She is an educated professional in business, technology and accounting. However she is an innovator in "BALLONing UP" a party or event.
   
Blowing up parties to be fun and setting the right atmosphere is serious business to her.  She is the Founder of Just A Touch Of Balloons, and she doesn't play around!  Andrea wants your party or event to be unforgettable!

She puts the goals of her clients first and foremost when creating balloon party displays.  O'Brien is very customer friendly and works diligently to focus on their tastes and needs.

Taking into account her client goals, budgets, and even for company events their brand awareness O'Brien is on a mission to balloon party events into a buoyant vibe.  This to me would be one of my first intriguing interviews for 2024.

I couldn't take no for an answer when looking to persuade Andrea to talk to me about her business passion.  Checkout her interesting exclusive interview below... 


Saturday, January 27, 2024

Former Queens Resident Dame Dia Opens New Black-Owned Plant-Based Restaurant in Downtown Chicago

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VEGAN, PLANT-BASED RESTAURANT, NATIVE FOODS, IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO IS NOW BLACK-OWNED


In January, the Chicago culinary scene shines a spotlight on its diverse vegan options, focusing on Native Foods in the South Loop (218 S. Clark). The beloved vegan eatery now heralds a new chapter as it becomes Black and employee-owned, thanks to local entrepreneur Dame Dia.

In September 2023, a significant milestone occurred for Native Foods. Dame Dia, the former Chicago District Manager for the brand, was presented with an extraordinary birthday present: the chance to become the owner of Chicago's last standing Native Foods location. This news was enthusiastically welcomed by the community, particularly by those who were concerned about the potential closure of the Chicago Loop location following the earlier shutdowns of the Wicker Park and Lakeview branches. Dame officially assumed ownership of the restaurant in late November 2023.


Friday, January 26, 2024

16th International Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day Set For Friday, February 2nd, 2024

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16th International Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day Set For Friday, February 2nd, 2024


The 16th International Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd, 2024 during the month of Black History Month and is the 12th time Niagara Falls ILLumination Board of Directors has lit the falls blue in honor of the BrownByrd Foundation’s work around the globe.  The Niagara Falls ILLumination will be lit in blue from 10:00 pm to 10:15pm.

Every year that Niagara Falls presents this ILLumination it is a reminder for men around the globe to schedule a PSA or DRE examination with their urologist.

Kevin Byrd is the President/Founder of the BrownByrd Foundation, and the most awarded Prostate Cancer Awareness Advocate Worldwide. He has served with distinction as the Chairman of Health for prominent organizations such as a local chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce New York State’s largest African American Chamber.

Kevin Byrd is the 1st living African American Male to be honored with a statue unveiling his life work for his efforts as a Global Advocate bringing awareness about Prostate Cancer around the world and fighting to make a significant difference around the world.  His efforts have led a large number of individuals to participate in early testing and detection.

In total, he has been honored by over 100 Mayors and government officials across the country and has received over 100 proclamation awards. In his hometown of Utica, October 1, is designated as Kevin Byrd Day in honor of his tireless work.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Get The SEQ Scoop On Royal Descendant Venita Benitez And The Liberating Unity Of National Freedom Day

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Activist Venita Benitez
Emerges From Her Royal Heritage To
Unify By Fighting For Freedom

Venita Benitez is a force to be reckoned with. Case in point. When geological research seemed to indicate she was a direct descendant of not only Kings Henry the II, John, and Henry III but Alexander the Great and William the Conqueror, Venita made it her personal mission to dig deeper into the research of her cousin, Dr. James Hamilton, and her proven lineage.

But she didn’t stop there. With her trademark tenacity, she wrote to the powers that be in England and didn’t yield until she’d received a family crest in acknowledgement of her family’s royal lineage.

“In 2006, the Wingfield family invited me to witness the signing of the King James charter to America in recognition of my family raising a majority of the financial backing for the ships that eventually discovered America, ships named The God Speed, Susan Constant, and Discovery,” she said. Venita was invited to return to England in 2006 for a resigning of the charter on its 400th anniversary. (Only 150 invitations were issued and only to descendants of those who’d signed the original charter from all over the world.)

Venita Benitez

MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE

Venita credits her unique and varied bloodline with giving her the courage to fight the good fight — wherever she finds it. “I grew up knowing these formidable men were my ancestors. But I was also raised by a Puerto Rican father and a mother who is black, white, and Native American. And I’m a descendant of Morton Deane, who was born into slavery and later served as one of the first out of five black nationally elected city councilmen, during the reconstruction era in Richmond, Virginia, and Edward Maria Wingfield, the first elected president of the Council of Virginia - Jamestown, on April 25th, 1607. This multicultural heritage helps me look at people with clear eyes and see the love in everyone.”

In homage to her family ’s tradition of military service, Venita joined the US Army in 1981. “I was r a i s e d to understand the importance of liberty and duty,” she said. Although she describes basic training as grueling, she learned a lot from serving in one of the first-ever co-ed battalions, Bravo 1-3, marching side-by-side with men. 

“We were labeled ‘guinea pigs’ according to official congressional documents. The idea of co-ed troops was something new, and they just sort of threw us to the wolves.” That challenging time further developed her fortitude.


AFFECTING CHANGE

Venita went on to affect change not only in her 23-year career in diversity and inclusion (DEI) — including seats on Arlington Mayor ’s Black Advisory Council and more recently the Frisco Inclusion Committee by Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. But she also worked to draw attention to National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month each January—proclamations she feels are issued by each succeeding United States presidents and then pretty much forgotten — and refocusing the nation’s attention on the very real problem of modern-day slavery/human trafficking through her website NationalFreedomDay.com.

She was even mentored weekly by Dr. Reverend Ronald Myers, the founder of the National Juneteenth movement, long before his passing. The desk in her home office is piled high with resolutions and proclamations she has affected and with correspondence from some of the most powerful men and women in Texas, the country, and the world. These documents acknowledge Venita’s unrelenting pursuit not only for recognition of those who suffered in the past but those who still suffer today.

Get The Scoop On How Quentin Mezetin Uplifts His Family And Community Repping I AM Dad

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Quentin Mezetin Uplifts His Family And Community Repping I am D.A.D.


By Kamau Austin with Quentin Mezetin

Quentin Mezetin draws deep from his love and commitment as a father to help advocate and support families experiencing the mixed blessings and challenges of having  autistic childrenAs a born and raised resident of Queens he is an inspiration for people encouraged by his presence as a dedicated father and also father figure to the larger community.

Rarely do we see or hear from Black Fathers in the major media.  And even less visible are Black men actively involved as co-care givers of children dealing with the autism spectrum disorder.

Autism is becoming increasingly known about in our society because in part more and more parents are having children on the spectrum.  Quentin has 5 children and two (2) of them and his wife's youngest children are on the spectrum.  

According to Autism Speaks "Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States today."  As a Dad who also has a daughter on the Autism Spectrum, and has at times been a full time caretaker, who is now co-publisher of this news blog, I can only imagine the issues and challenges his household has to overcome.

I persuaded Quentin to open up and share his experiences and mission to help other families, especially those striving to defeat autism daily. His exclusive interview follows the short video with him below...

Checkout A Quick Interview With
Quentin Mezetin of IamD.A.D.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Get The Scoop On How Comedy Is Blooming In Our Area With Blk Rose Productions

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Comedy Looks To Bloom In
Our Area With
BLK Rose Productions


Hervé Bertrand
, a product of the border of Brooklyn and Queens, is on a mission to make us laugh.  And he is right on time with flowering comedy in some serious times.

Bertrand, with a background in mental health understands the importance of humor in our everyday lives. And he is planting the seeds of a spouting comedy event company: "Blk Rose."

Blk Rose, is seeded with Hervé's flavor for funny entertainers, is getting a rep for showcasing captivating comedy shows.  Hervé Bertrand's success is seen in how he has expanded the comedy company's venues from clubs in Brooklyn to Long Island and soon Queens.

I persuaded the emerging comedy mogul to share his journey and the future for his company's growth moving forward.  My exclusive Interview with Hervé Bertrand follows after his Black Rose trailer below...

Checkout The Black Rose Trailer


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Get The Scoop On The War on African American Entrepreneurs By Highly Regarded Financer and Entrepreneur Gary L. Smith

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The War On
African American Entrepreneurs


By Gary Smith

We've witnessed the War on Poverty and endured the War on Drugs, but the ongoing War on Black Entrepreneurship is a different battle altogether. The assault on black entrepreneurs, traces back to the late 1800s when black landowners, primarily farmers, were either cheated out of their land or forcibly expelled.

The Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a thriving hub of Black-owned businesses known as Black Wall Street, exemplified the prosperity of black entrepreneurs with over 35 city blocks of shops, hotels, and theaters in the early 20th century.

Similar vibrant black economies existed in various cities across the nation, like Black Bottom in Detroit, only to face destruction, such as the demolition, for a freeway. Despite the passage of time, the struggle persists into 2024, with systemic barriers disproportionately affecting Black entrepreneurs.

The aftermath of the Great Recession saw the top 20% wealthiest Americans gaining wealth, while 80% of black families fell behind, illustrating the deep-seated inequities.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color, women, and rural Americans encountered barriers hindering entrepreneurship. Disparities in wealth, limited access to funding, and systemic biases in loan approval processes persist, intensifying the challenges faced by Black and Latino entrepreneurs.

The pandemic further exacerbated these inequities, revealing the racial, gender, and geographic disparities in access to government relief and the subsequent closure of businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Get The Scoop On How New York Is Closer To Reparations

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Senator James Sanders Historic Reparations Bill Signed into Law: New York State Charts Path to Healing and Justice

New York, NY – December 19, 2023 – In a momentous victory for advocates of racial justice, Governor Katchy Hochul today signed into law the (S.1163-A/SANDERS Same as A.7691/Solages), a groundbreaking bill sponsored by Senator Sanders that establishes the “New York State Community Commission on Reparations Remedies.” The Commission will research the harm from slavery and after slavery, including racial discrimination, in New York and recommend remedies and reparations. This legislation marks a historic turning point for the City of New York and the State of New York  and sets a powerful example for the nation to follow. 

Senator James Sanders Jr.
, Chair of the NY State Senate Select Majority Task Force on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, and Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages, Chair of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, are both Chief Sponsors of the legislation. In 2020, California created a task force to study reparations. New York is the second state to study whether to issue reparations.
                                
"This is a day that will be etched in the annals of our state's history," said Senator James Sanders, who has championed reparations for years. This commission marks a crucial step towards acknowledging that pain, understanding its present consequences, and finally taking action to build a more equitable future.