Spirit of Leidesdorff still aims high

Several stories about the site where a Virgin Islands-born seafarer decided to turn a sleepy mission into a major international port, Sam Tadesse and Behailu Mekbib have assembled a parking juggernaut which controls 20,000 spaces in the Bay Area, Pacific Park Management. That same spirit which led William Alexander Leidesdorff to put a shipping warehouse […]

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If we wish to continue to plead our own cause, we must be proactive about our media choices

In 1827, Samuel Cornish and James Russwurm launched Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American newspaper with the slogan “We wish to plead our own cause.” One hundred and seventy two years later, it is just as important to have ownership of the media which serve African-Americans.  President Obama acknowledged that this week by meeting with representatives […]

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Considering we built the Capitol and White House, why can’t we get government contracts?

Associated Press reporter Jesse Holland’s lavishly documented new book describes the role that African-Americans, often working without pay as slaves, played in building the United States Capitol. Black workers have also been involved in the construction of the White House. However, the number of black construction workers and companies has been shrinking for a decade. […]

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When one travels, there’s no excuse now not to stay at a black-owned hotel

In many industries, ranging from farms to hospitals to automakers to grocery stores to professional baseball teams, African-Americans have gone backward numerically from the era depicted in the official poster of National Black Business Month. However, the hotel industry is entering a brand new Gilded Era for African-Americans that surpasses the wildest dreams of the […]

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Medical innovators who saved millions lay foundation for today’s black health practitioners

James McCune Smith left the Free African School in New York as its top student, but had to go to the University of Glasgow to become the first African-American with a medical degree in 1837.   By 1893, Daniel Hale Williams conducted the first open heart surgery ever in the black-owned Provident Hospital in Chicago. Two […]

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Black real estate pros on battle lines to preserve property and wealth

Seeking out an African-American real estate professional such as a broker or appraiser continues a tradition that has shaped some of America’s most significant black neighborhoods.  On Monday, August 10, blackmoney.com recommends  a call or visit to one of those dedicated independent business owners as the suggested activity for National Black Business Month in August. […]

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An abundant life

There could not have been a better setting than Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, CA for the memorial service for Dr. Henry Lucas Saturday, Aug. 8.   From Rep. Diane Watson to his youngest grandchild, presenters gave voice to how abundantly Lucas had left his imprint. I was most struck by a conversation with a […]

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Support the black church for National Black Business Month

A 1936 article in the Baltimore Afro-American spoke glowingly of the important strides than then-71-year-old Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Sr. had made through the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.  It mentioned that the congregation, founded in 1808, had buildings worth in excess of a half-million dollars.  The story also presaged his  […]

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Day 6, National Black Business Month-Go Online

LOS ANGELES — Part of the solution to rising unemployment in African-American communities is the development of online businesses and information technology service providers, according to the co-founder of National Black Business Month, being observed for the sixth year during August. John William Templeton, executive editor of blackmoney.com, identified the massive $48 billion stimulus investment […]

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National Black Business Month means historically black colleges and universities too

On the fifth day of National Black Business Month, we encourage making a contribution to an historically black college or university.  The United Negro College Fund is the most notable fundraising arm for HBCUs, but there is also the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, designed to benefit public HBCUs. Like civil rights organizations, HBCUs are the […]

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Investment which keeps on growing

On the fourth day of National Black Business Month, our suggested businesses are civil rights organizations.   One might not think of them as businesses, but there more than 2,000 locations of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League alone.     Their business is nothing short of our freedom. Just […]

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The Dao of Hutch

When one comes to the Energy Yoga class of Jan Hutchins in his Yoga Center Los Gatos at 9 Montebello Way, there might not be an expectation of receiving a deep philosophical massage.  But embedded in the gentle soothing commands of his instructions was a lot of deep meaning.  The theme of the entire class […]

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Brands and identity

The first cookbook by an African-American woman was Mrs. Fishers’ Guide to Southern Cooking, published in San Francisco in the 1880s by Elizabeth Fisher.     It speaks to the role that African-American cooks have had in shaping what Americans eat. The first caterers were a black firm in Philadelphia in the 1830s, which specialized in the […]

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