Be color brave, not color blind: Mellody Hobson at TED2014 | TED Blog

Hobson wants to make clear, “I’m not here to complain. I’ve been treated well by people of all races more often than not. I have succeeded in my life more than my wildest expectations. I tell the uniform story because it happened. I tell the race stats because they are real.” And furthermore, those continuing problems threaten to rob future generations of their opportunities.

Source: Be color brave, not color blind: Mellody Hobson at TED2014 | TED Blog

7 Ways to Combat Manterrupting on Behance

“Studies show when women speak up at work, they are more likely to be interrupted and less likely to be credited for their contributions. As a result, women speak up less than their male counterparts. However “manterrupting” and “bropropriating” don’t just harm women. The pattern stifles teamwork and holds back innovation.” 7 Ways to Combat Manterrupting on Behance

7 Ways to Combat Manterrupting on Behance.

13 Blacks Influencing Technology In a Major Way Today – Blerds

13 Black initiated businesses that are making great strides in technology. The list may surprise you.

Here is a list of 13 Blacks influencing technology today, according to Business Insider.

Condoleezza Rice, Board of Directors, DropboxEarlier this month, online storage startup Dropbox added Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.As the former secretary of state and an adviser to the National Security Agency, having someone like Rice as a liaison to Washington, D.C., could be very helpful to Dropbox.

Condoleezza Rice 2014

via 13 Blacks Influencing Technology In a Major Way Today – Blerds.

Schenectady Is Bad For Business | #OYRchallenge

QUIN1Wednesday morning held surprises for Albany St. businesses. Albany between Brandywine Ave and Kelton Ave is getting a face lift. Street paving crews began early and residents, especially drivers should be grateful. I said – should be. But there is always that little nuance that the Capital Region municipal workers seem to miss in minority areas, respect for minority businesses.

Street pavers usually cordon off work areas, while allowing for traffic to pass and commerce to continue in other areas. This morning however, “Emergency No Parking” signs were placed on the opposite side of the street from the work area, obstructing morning commuters from parking in front of stores on their way to pick up that on-the-way-to-work necessity. I specifically went into the City of Schenectady to patronize my favorite bodega. They are warm and friendly no matter how much you are spending and worth the trip into the city. What is usually a vibrant business was now empty. Store employees were milling about the entrance, when they are usually behind the counter filling orders as the cashier rapidly serves those at the counter. But today, no one.


So now standing in front of this business operator; both him and I empty of emotion; and the store empty of customers, the reality of this year’s Schenectady campaign against minority businesses hit hard. The sentiment of valueless lives had passed to even the street service personnel, whose salaries these businesses paid. Alas, as I looked over my shoulder on the street, I saw the counter man abandoned his post to take his place in the doorway along with the other employees, while a blonde chippy cheerleader in a hard hat held her orange flag to her chest as she stood beside the pole. Emergency No Parking sign flapping in the breeze.

Full article to follow.

Financial Juneteenth | 15-Year-Old Teen Launches Investment Firm, Writes Two Books |#OYRchallenge

Warren Cassell, Jr.

The 15-year-old budding entrepreneur first started his Island business at the tender age of eight. He supplied greeting cards to customers, the whole process of which, including the graphic designs, he did all by himself. The only help along the way for his business was a small capital outlay from his parents to get him started. He became successful and attained international customers.After his success in the greeting card company, young Warren turned his hand to making investments in hedge funds, private equity, and real estate, all by the time he had reached the age of 13. His company, the Abella Group, now has around 50 to 60 clients worldwide for whom he designs and maintains websites.

via Financial Juneteenth | 15-Year-Old Teen Launches Investment Firm, Writes Two Books.

Sherry Peel Jackson – Breaking The Invisible Shackles Of The IRS | #OYRchallenge

Youtube review:

By Sherry Peel Jackson, Certified Fraud Examiner and Ex-IRS agent. She Challenges all citizens to demand answers from congress about the legality of Federal Income taxes and the Federal Reserve.
This is a 2 hour lecture about some of the inner secrets of the IRS, and the fundamental lack of juridical framework that supports it.

Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp

The film, written and directed by Justin Simien, is a satirical film about being a black face in a white place.  According to the official Facebook page for the film, “Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America, while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.” #OYRchallenge

via Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp.#OYRchallenge

Teens launch T-shirt business with $60,000 grant | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

The club aTheir business, GB Teez, a screenprinting T-shirt company, launched at the club’s Granberry unit on South Washington Street with $60,000 from a Capital One “Investing for Good” grant program.pplied for the grant as a way to teach the teenagers about starting and running a business, said Chris Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana.

via Teens launch T-shirt business with $60,000 grant | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA.

Meet Your Future Boss: The Female Immigrant | Techyville

Currently, in the US, there are over one million women who are immigrants that own their own small business, as of 2007. This tells us that 13% of all women-owned small businesses are run by women who were born in a different county. These women are running businesses that range from housekeeping, to high-tech businesses, to legal services and engineering.

via Meet Your Future Boss: The Female Immigrant | Techyville.