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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

An “unlikely ballerina” who went from poverty to making history as the second black woman in history of the American Ballet Theatre to gain the status of soloist.

She is absolutely stunning and these are the types of black images which need to be shared on a wide scale.

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

To this day, we still have a caste system… Across the world, the hunger for control over people has plagued many communities. From here in the states to Egypt to Palestine & any land where man finds monetary gain as his number one goal.
My ancestors built this country, but the white oppressors did not break their backs.

Via Pulitzer Winner & Author of The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson:
On this day, June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — word finally reached the last of the enslaved people that “all slaves are free.” Union General Gordon Granger read these words from the balcony of the former Confederate Army headquarters in Galveston, Texas, 80 miles west of the Louisiana line.

There are several theories as to the two-and-a-half year delay that left slaves in Texas toiling for under the lash for so much longer than they should have. One theory is that a messenger had been killed on the way to read the Proclamation. Another is that slave owners purposely withheld the news (which would have been all too easy in the days before the technology we now take for granted).

In the end, it took 2,000 union troops to capture the state to enforce the law. Only then could General Gordon read the Proclamation stating that the enslaved people were now to be employees rather than property. The reactions among the newly freed people ranged from shock to jubilation. Some stayed to see what employment would mean. Others left the plantations immediately and set out to find family members spread out over the region.

Slavery was quickly replaced with sharecropping and a Jim Crow caste system that would hold formerly enslaved people and their descendants in the grip of a brutal new social order which millions would ultimately flee.

Here in this photo, survivors of slavery soberly observe Juneteenth in their hats, canes and bonnets in Austin, TX, 1900. In the early years, the newly freed people and their descendants took pains to dress up for Juneteenth, as laws had forbidden slaves to do so in certain jurisdictions, even in the rare instances when owners would have been so inclined to provide them with decent clothing.

Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas since 1980, and has long been celebrated in California, where many Texans journeyed during the Great Migration. Now, a total of 42 states and the District of Columbia recognize it as a state holiday or special day of observance. Celebrations now often include parades, storytelling, barbecue and red soda pop, prayer and recognition of the elders. And the building from which General Granger read the Proclamation all those years late is now a historic landmark.

Happy Freedom Day to everyone, in honor of the last enslaved Americans to be set free…..

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Black Fraternities & Sororities Come Together To Shut Down Mona Scott-Young’s Latest Project

Black Fraternities & Sororities Band Together To Shut Down Mona Scott-Young's Latest Project

I learned of Mona Scott-Young a couple years ago when researching the hip hop music scene and it’s leading forces. I most recently seen her work w| Nicky Minaj on the Myx Fusions wine.

She has a long resume when it comes to entertainment; Working behind the scenes with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent to name a few. She is the CEO of multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment—home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott and VH1’s most popular docu-franchise “Love & Hip Hop.” In addition to “Love & Hop Hop,” the film and television division of Monami Entertainment has produced the spin-off “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” and “The Gossip Game”—both on VH1.

She has most recently been working on a new reality show titled Sorority Sisters which has received a backlash amongst black fraternity and sorority members due to its misrepresentation of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho members highlighted in the show’s trailer, which has since been removed from the web due to the uproar.

Now, I don’t really watch reality shows which usually show people through a negative lens, whether it be partially or totally scripted. So I’m not going to assume this would be one of these cliche ‘Bad Girls Club’ type shows. But, I can say this, a lot of these reality shows seem to pick people who are willing to do or say anything to be on television. They don’t think about how they may look or sound to the world. I would hope for this show, if it airs to be in a positive light for my black people.

Now I am all for be who you are and don’t give a fck what people think. But, there is a line people should not cross. A lot of women after being on reality TV consider themselves stars, usually at the cost of being half naked, acting ignorant, fighting, constantly arguing or talking behind other women’s back – all for the sake of ‘I’m a reality star’….

Following the negative reaction to the “Sorority Sisters” preview clip, Reynoir Lewis launched a MoveOn.Org petition in an effort to axe the series from airing on television:
Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by. If this show airs, we will boycott any and all advertisers affiliated with the show through commercial advertising, product placement and/or location use.
*I, Reynoir Lewis, will be personally delivering these signatures to the President Philippe Dauman and the Executive Chairman Sumner M. Redstone.* Thank you for your support.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/end-mona-scott-youngs

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/11/mona-scott-young-sorority-sisters_n_5484726.html

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Blu Ivy Carter

Blu Ivy Carter

I am done with these ignorant lost black souls who have totally conformed to European (white) standards of beauty. A woman named Jasmine Tolliver of Brooklyn, NY started a petition on change.org titled: Comb Her Hair

Black people brainwashed to think being natural is a bad thing, makes one not beautiful or capable of being accepted in society… It is a sad reality to see our own people hating was is so deeply rooted in their blood – Afrikan.

I am glad to see, and is truthfully the first conscious thing Beyoncé and Jay Z as black artists has done is letting their daughter wear her hair in its natural state (no chemicals or multiple ponytails being pulled at her hair). I would like to think Solange Knowles had some type of influence as she is the epitome of a beautiful natural black sista.

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Forbes 5 Richest Hip Hop Artists in the World

Forbes 5 Richest Hip Hop Artists in the World

Sean “Diddy” Combs: Diddy sits at the top of the table. His net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $700 million. Over a period of just one year, Diddy has managed to add a whopping $120 million to his coffers.

This surge in income comes mainly from the acquisition of Revolt TV, his new music channel of which he is a majority shareholder, and his sharp business acumen.

Dr. Dre: Coming in second place, Dr. Dre is estimated to be worth $550 million. Dre pocketed much of his money this year because of a large stake in Beats By Dr. Dre, which he helped found in 2008 with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine.

Beats By Dr. Dre is at present the manufacturer of premium headphones and garners two-thirds of the global market.

Jay Z: He was in second place and has slipped down one spot. Jay Z has $520 million to his name, which isn’t half bad. It shouldn’t be forgotten that he is married to one of the richest singers ever, Beyoncé. If their net worth were to be combined, they’d be at the top of the richest most-anything couples list.

At present, most of his money comes from Roc Nation, his record label and management firm which recently acquired a sports agency.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams: His net worth is over $300 million. But, he has to share his fortune with his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams. They cofounded Cash Money Records 20 years ago and it continues to grow with a clientele list that includes Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil’ Wayne.

50 Cent: The bad boy of rap has a comparatively meager $100 million to his name. Most of his money came from the sale of a Vitamin water company in 2007. He has been trying to repeat that deal with companies like SMS and SK Energy beverages.

He also has plans to restart his music career by reclaiming full ownership of his G-Unit Records company and releasing a new album, “Animal Ambition” which is due to drop in June.

http://financialjuneteenth.com lessons from this story:

1) Most hip-hop artists become wealthy by exporting black culture to the white community. This is a controversial practice that can sometimes lead to the bastardization of black culture into something that it was never intended to be. So, the success of men who are able to exploit this opportunity should be taken with a grain of salt.

2) These men show that most of the money earned in the entertainment industry is earned on the business end. Performing might be how they opened the door, but it was the leveraging of their brands with corporate partners that got them over the top.

3) Be careful about encouraging young black men to try to emulate the success of these moguls. For every black male who succeeds at this level, there are a thousand others who only found economic ruin. Also, many of them have ingested many of the most problematic aspects of commercialized hip-hop culture, which might include excessive use of drugs and alcohol or a lifestyle leading to criminal behavior. It’s still debatable whether these men are getting rich by giving something good to the African American community.

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Scholarships Info App

Scholarships Info App

21 year old Christopher Gray, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.

Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds. He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.

Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help. There has to be a faster way.”

Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.

“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.

Source: http://financialjuneteenth.com/amazing-student-creates-app-that-helps-college-students-get-money-for-college/

I am glad to see the creation of such an app by a young black man. This is the type of people our children should look up to. We need more light shed on positive black figures.