20 Years and Counting

Today is the 20th anniversary of eAccess Corp., which I’ve run since 1988. In recent days, I’ve had a couple of reasons to reflect on those two decades. Yesterday, a mortgage consultant seeking our help to support a local business obtain financing happened to mention that she had home schooled her child using our most […]

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And comedians, too

Add Bernie Mac to the list of disavowed Chicagoans. After his performance as Chris Rock’s vice presidential candidate, I’m wondering why anyone would put him on a political stage, anyway.

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The Black Queen sleeps here

The same year that Crispus Attucks died in the Boston Massacre, there were black conquistadors in Portola’s expedition that entered the San Francisco Bay region.  Two hundred and fifty years earlier, there had been 300 Africans in Cortez’ party of 700 soldiers who conquered Mexico including the peninsula which he renamed California in honor of […]

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People like us

There is a tendency to look at Sen. Barack Obama and family as anomolies among African-Americans, a view that sometimes gets expressed in comments like that of Rev. Jesse Jackson or even Ralph Nader.  But today’s story in blackmoney.com suggests that 29 percent of the black workers in Chicago are managers and professionals just like […]

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Pretty disgusting

There is a company called 1938 Media that has posted a highly racist and very disrespectful blog called “A Black Tech Opera” which uses a character called “techn….a”  It displays the ignorance of the author, who is unaware of the significant contributions of African-Americans to technology, as pointed out in our site souloftechnology.com which features […]

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Heard it from the busdriver

On Thursday, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will hold a meeting to sum up 40 years in the Western Addition of San Francisco, a period that has seen the city’s black population decline by half.  In looking at some of the data, I had questioned whether the razing of the neighborhood alone was the primary […]

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31 Days 31 Ways

The fifth annual National Black Business Month provides a 31-day list of suggested ways to seek out the goal of visiting at least one black business per day during the month of August. More details on those firms can be found in the fifth annual State of Black Business report, Trouble in the Air.

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Issue No. 1

The persistent fact that two black people are unemployed proportionately for every white person unemployed was vividly demonstrated by Friday’s release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   While down from May’s 9.7 percent rate, the June rate of 9.2 percent is still far above the 8.6 percent rate in April.  For whites, in a  down […]

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Watch Paterson go!

The circumstances of his becoming governor of New York were bizarre to say the least, but Gov. David Paterson may be disproving the notion that African-Americans can govern across party lines at the state and national level. (see story at blackmoney.com) Not only has he embarked on a whirlwind of action, but he’s gotten Republicans […]

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Musings on the returned laptop

You’ll recall that I had a laptop stolen the day after Sen. Obama’s fatherhood speech. As a pedagogist who believes in the power of culturally responsive teaching to pretty-much eliminate most of the pathologies facing black children, it definitely was a kick in the gut, particularly since the box was jampacked with black history. I’m […]

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Defending America

Considering that Crispus Attucks was the first American to die for this country in 1770, there is still the presumption that African-Americans are not to be trusted with national security decisions. It took another 170 years for the United States to desegregate its armed forces in 1948. But according to the American Community Survey in […]

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Obama plays the dozens

I was on the fence about the speech Sen. Barack Obama gave Fathers Day lecturing African-American fathers on how they needed to up their game. The facts suggest that something needs to be done and certainly too many fathers are not living with their children. Bill Cosby got a lot of flak for similar statements,  […]

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A lasting news flash

The death of NBC’s Tim Russert Friday touched millions of Americans who counted on him to keep the big boys honest. The manner of his passing should also ring home with African-Americans for whom cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of early death. My own father passed at 58 from a massive heart attack at […]

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Energy to Feed Hope

SAN FRANCISCO — The fifth annual National Black Business Month calls upon the entrepreneural energy and untapped markets of 40 million African-Americans to drive a rebound from a deepening economic crisis that threatens to undo the gains of the past generations. “Energy to Feed Hope” is derived from the findings of the fifth annual State […]

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Scoop on Juneteenth

It has swept the nation in the past three decades with almost half the states recognizing Juneteenth.  However, the actual importance of June 19, 1865 has not been fully conveyed.  And the mythology that goes around it takes what should be a sacred time and makes a mockery of it. Here’s what happened.  Gen. Gordon […]

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The right lessons as history is made

Manning Marable wrote that many of today’s African-American leaders drew the wrong lesson from the civil rights movement leading to the “messiah syndrome” a hope for a transcendant leader like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since King wasn’t such a figure, but the spokesperson for a broad-based grassroots movement even from the earliest days in […]

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Trouble in the Air

Trouble in the Air: State of Black Business Fifth Edition is the fifth annual report on African-American self-employment done since 2004 by eAccess Corp. in conjunction with National Black Business Month. It has the most up-to-date and comprehensive data on these firms, which gives them the opportunity to deploy competitive knowledge for plans, applications and marketing strategies. It is also helpful for public policy makers to determine the assets available for economic development.

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