Thursday, October 4, 2018

African Americans Believe In The American Dream Although Their Finances Are A Struggle In Reality

As Posted by TheBlackList-Publisher on October 2, 2018 at 10:52am in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES

New MassMutual study shows the disconnect between African Americans' financial situations and hopefulness towards the future.

Most African Americans believe the American Dream means financial security (84 percent), not living paycheck to paycheck (78 percent) and owning a home (77 percent).  However, according to the new State of the American Family Study released by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), many African Americans lack tangible assets necessary to accomplish those goals currently.
While the American Dream is still attainable, the survey calls attention to high debt, low savings and a lower likelihood of wide financial product ownership amongst African Americans.  Financial disparities and the wealth gap can possibly explain why 31 percent believe it is disappearing. Among the dynamics:
  • Outside of retirement accounts, only 37 percent of African Americans own wealth-building products such as stocks and mutual funds
  • 35 percent believe they are doing a good job at preparing for retirement
  • 33 percent have less than one month of funds saved for a crisis and less than 25 percent have amassed more than six months of emergency savings
The survey also reveals the importance of family influences on financial decisions:
  • 58 percent are actively involved in educating their children on finances (as compared to 48 percent of Caucasians)
  • 40 percent rely on family members for information
  • 50 percent include extended family and friends in their definition of family
"The study shows African Americans want to improve their financial situations and are hopeful about the future," said Evan Taylor, African American market director, MassMutual. "At the same time, it sheds light on the financial struggles and inequities that the African American community continues to battle. Those contradictions indicate a need for greater financial education and discipline for the whole family to achieve economic success. In fact, the biggest financial regret expressed by respondents was that they wished they had started saving and investing sooner."
To help bridge the gap, MassMutual has teamed up with Tarra Jackson, who runs the Madam Money blog, to help African Americans improve their finances. Jackson is a personal finance expert, TV/radio personality, author and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is an experienced financial contributor for numerous newspapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts and radio shows.
"Most African Americans are not taught about or involved with household finances," said Jackson. "They also are not educated about personal financial strategies in school. This lack of financial education increases the use of credit, which results in higher debt burden, and minimum or nonexistent savings and investing behaviors. This perfect storm of high debt, low or no savings or investing, as well as lack of life insurance, stifles the attainment of the American Dream of financial security."
"The American Dream is possible with simple financial steps," Jackson added. "It is never too late to start taking ownership of and investing in your financial future."

Her top five recommendations:
1.     Begin with the end in mind.  Thinking about a desired lifestyle will help to determine potential financial needs and wants. Whether it's traveling the world, being debt free or having enough money to meet basic living standards and health needs, understanding preferred outcomes helps determine the right financial plan.
2.     Create a spending & savings plan.  Overspending and debt are destructive to financial stability. Creating a budget helps to determine expenses, income gaps or ways to save more money and pay down debt. A budget gives you the power to make informed decisions necessary to meet your short, mid and long-term financial goals.
3.     Start saving something sooner.  Most people don't start saving for their later years in life because they seem so far away.  They think they have enough time or they may believe that they don't have enough money. Saving a percentage of your paycheck now will help build savings by taking advantage of the power of compound interest.
4.     Set it and forget it.  Set a specific amount or percentage of your paycheck to automatically deposit into your retirement savings or investment accounts monthly or every pay period. This will help create consistency in savings. Automatic deposits will also limit access to the money and avoid the temptation to spend it.
5.     Consult with a financial professional.  Seeking advice from family members may be tempting, but when it comes to financial advice, it is often best to consult with a financial professional. They can guide you through options right for your financial situation and income while making the process less intimidating and overwhelming. 
Additionally, consumers are encouraged to visit massmutual.com/familystudy for more financial tips and an overview of the research findings.
Methodology
The State of the American Family survey was conducted for MassMutual by Isobar between January 19 and February 7, 2018 via a 20-minute online questionnaire. The survey comprised 3,235 total interviews with Americans, including 482 African American respondents. The vast majority of these interviews (2,730) were conducted with men and women aged 25-64 with incomes equal to or greater than $50,000  and with dependents under age 26 for whom they are financially responsible.  Respondents had to contribute at least 40% to decisions regarding financial matters in their household to qualify. Results were weighted in the March 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey for age, income, gender, ethnicity, region, and weighted to the 2016 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample for same sex married/partnered couples, to be representative of American families in this age and income bracket. This study includes trending data for the previous survey wave conducted in 2013. The sampling margin of error for this study is +/- 1.88 percentage points at the 95% confidence level when looking at the results for the 2,730 interviews at a total level.
About MassMutual
MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. MassMutual offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits. For more information, visit www.massmutual.com.
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Friday, September 28, 2018

UNCF Launches the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program established by Tony Signore for Students Attending HBCUs

In commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, a scholarship program was launched today in support of students attending accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide. The program, which recognizes and celebrates one of the most transformative figures in our nation’s history, will be administered and managed by UNCF (United Negro College Fund) for a period of 20 years, through 2039.


UNCF Launches the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program for Students Attending HBCUs
$200,000 in awards eligible to scholars enrolled in public and private four-year HBCUs
In commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, a scholarship program was launched today in support of students attending accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide. The program, which recognizes and celebrates one of the most transformative figures in our nation’s history, will be administered and managed by UNCF (United Negro College Fund) for a period of 20 years, through 2039.
The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program was established by New York City native Tony Signore, whose knowledge, respect and deep admiration for Douglass was instilled in him more than 35 years ago by the Jesuits at Fordham University. To honor one of the most important African American figures in our country’s history, the Signore Family designed and funded the program to recognize this historic leader, providing scholarship support to outstanding young women and men. It is the first ever Frederick Douglass scholarship aligned exclusively with accredited, four-year public and private HBCUs across the country.
The program will award a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior per year who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and unmet financial need.
“It’s an incredible honor and privilege for our family to celebrate the life of a true American hero,” said Tony Signore, founder and chairman of The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship. “On the 200th anniversary of his birth, it is with great reverence that we reflect upon the legacy of a great man and leader who had such a profound impact on our nation’s history. We also understand the importance and responsibility of supporting HBCU scholars who demonstrate their passion for education.”
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, who was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818, became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time. His journey from an enslaved child, separated at birth from his mother, to one of the most articulate orators of the 19th century, was nothing short of extraordinary. At the age of 20, after several failed attempts, he escaped from slavery and arrived in New York City on September 4, 1838, before settling in New Bedford, Massachusetts with his wife, Anna.
The man who became known to the world as “Frederick Douglass” dedicated his life to the abolitionist movement and the equality of all people. In doing so, Douglass went on to become a great writer, orator, publisher, civil rights leader and government official. Douglass wrote three autobiographies, with his first and best-known, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845. It became an immediate best-seller and was circulated throughout the United States and Europe. The Library of Congress named the Narrative one of the “88 Books that Shaped America.”
The father of the abolitionist movement, who advised presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson on the Civil War and black suffrage, respectively, has provided our country with lessons that remain relevant and impactful to this day. Throughout his life, Douglass was steadfast in his commitment to breaking down barriers between the races. His courage, passion, intellect and magnificent written and oratory skills inspired hundreds of the world’s most prominent civil rights activists of the 20th century, as well as pioneers of the women’s rights movement.
“The narrative of Douglass’s life is the foundation upon which many of us owe our path to a quality education,” said Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF. “Paying homage to this great pioneer through The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program is not only admirable but speaks on the responsibility we all have in paving a road for the next generation of leaders.”
Selection Criteria
The inaugural application will open during the 2018-19 academic year, with annual applications thereafter through the 2038-39 academic year. Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria:
1. Be enrolled full-time as a senior at any accredited public or private four-year historically black college or university (HBCU).
2. Possess a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale as verified through submission of a current transcript.
3. Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
4. Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.
Application Process
Applications are to be submitted online and include:
1. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members on how the applicant reflects the values espoused by Frederick Douglass.
2. Responses to two essay questions. The first requires the applicant to assess self-awareness, leadership and community involvement. The second will address the impact Frederick Douglass had on society in the 19th century and its relevance today as our nation continues to fight for equality.
The application will be available via UNCF’s website at UNCF.org/FrederickDouglass. All application materials must be received by the applicable deadline.
Program Administration and Selection Process
1. UNCF will administer and manage the program, which includes online applications, applicant relations, awarding and reporting.
2. UNCF will screen all applications to ensure they are in compliance with the program, then thoroughly review and rank the applicant pool.
3. UNCF will provide a list of its top 10 finalists to an esteemed panel of judges selected by Signore. The judges include the direct descendants of Frederick Douglass—Nettie Washington Douglass and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.; senior academic leaders and scholars—Dr. Rochelle Ford and Dr. Benjamin Robinson; and Leon H. Carter, Vice President of ESPN and Founder of the Sports Journalism Institute.
4. Following a thorough evaluation of the 10 finalists, the five judges will rank their top three finalists and submit their feedback to UNCF.
5. UNCF will select one program award winner, annually, from the three finalists. Award winners will be provided a $10,000 scholarship during their senior year.
About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.
About Tony Signore
Tony Signore is the CEO and managing partner at Taylor, a brand counselor and public relations partner to a select portfolio of the world’s leading consumer brands. The measurable results of his innovative approach, bold vision and unique business model were validated through the publication of a Harvard case study titled, “Transformation at Taylor.” His career accomplishments and influence on C-suite executives nationwide earned Signore a SABRE Award, the industry’s highest honor for outstanding individual achievement.
Signore, a graduate of Fordham University, resides in New York City with his wife, Elizabeth. They have three children: Rocco (23), Yvette (22) and Ashley (21).



WASHINGTON (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 27, 2018



People Are Switching From Plastic Bottles To Cannedwater4kids Drinking Water In Cans; A Sustainable Choice That Helps Fund And Deliver Clean Water Projects.


The importance of sustainability and the elimination of plastic bottles from our ecosystem continues to grow. When it comes to drinking water, a small nonprofit water charity is making a difference.

Get to know cannedwater4kids.org (CW4K) and their drinking water packaged in aluminum bottles and cans. Whether you are looking to support corporate or personal sustainability goals, or believe in giving back, this product accomplishes both. CW4K canned water is the perfect replacement for the minimally recyclable plastic water bottles.

“Every time you buy & drink our premium water, you are making a difference,” said Greg Stromberg, CW4K founder, and CEO. “We call our water 'Drinking water - with a purpose.' That's because it keeps you hydrated, it tastes great, is infinitely recyclable and 95% of all money collected by CW4K from the sale of this water goes to help fund & deliver sustainable clean drinking water programs worldwide.”
“Not only are aluminum cans the single-most recycled beverage package in the United States, but they are also infinitely recyclable – returning as new cans on store shelves in as little as 60 days. No other container can say that.” said Peter Gorman, CW4K Board Member and CMO.
Companies like INX International, Valspar, Roeslein & Associates and Ball Corporation to name a few, have added the canned drinking water to their programs. Recently, Washington University, in St Louis, MO replaced their plastic water bottles with CW4K canned drinking water. It was a sustainable campus solution.
Upscale hotels, like the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in California and Radisson Red in Minneapolis, MN. include CW4K water in rooms for their guests. CW4K drinking water in aluminum bottles and cans is also found when visiting America’s national parks like Yosemite, Denali and Mesa Verde.
Available in 16oz aluminum bottles, and 12oz cans, CW4K premium drinking water is perfect for home, boardroom, office meetings, school, hospitality, or vending.

To learn more about CW4K and how you can help, please visit http://www.cannedwater4kids.org/howtohelp
About CannedWater4Kids
CannedWater4Kids is a 501c3 charity based in Sussex, WI. The organization’s purpose is to ensure all children have access to clean, safe drinking water. CW4K funds its initiatives with cash donations, grants and through the sale of their premium drinking water in aluminum cans and bottles. 95 cents of every dollar collected goes to support, fund and deliver clean water programs. Projects include assisting the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing sustainable water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, and support for well/water tank and Bio Sand Filter projects in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania, Africa. Recent disaster and hurricane –relief efforts include the sending of truckloads of canned drinking water to Michigan, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit http://www.cannedwater4kids.org.



SUSSEX, WIS. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 27, 2018



Monday, August 13, 2018

The words black and white when use to refer to a person leave me nauseous.


The words black and white when use to refer to a person leave me nauseous.

I will NEVER use the words black or white when referring to a person.




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Project21 offers Proposals, a Blueprint, to substantially mend the rift between black Americans and law enforcement

Black Leaders Urge Reduced Police Role in Regulatory Enforcement, Increased Autism Training and Gun Legalization to Improve Community-Police Relations


To improve community-police relations, police should get out of the regulation business, be given greater training in identifying and dealing with those with autism and other cognitive disabilities, build stronger bonds with the communities they serve by offering gun safety training and be given greater recognition for the good deeds they do. These innovative policy proposals and more are being offered by the Project 21 black leadership network as part of its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America."
Tens of thousands of police officers from across the nation are gathering in Washington, D.C. to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 and to celebrate National Police Week. Project 21, which is unveiling its Blueprint in its entirety over the next several weeks, views this week's events as a perfect time to address and discuss means for promoting stronger bonds between law enforcement and the black communities it serves. 

Black confidence in policing has decreased due to a series of high-profile black fatalities involving officers in recent years. Some of these fatalities occurred while police were enforcing relatively minor infractions. Project 21 contends that involving police in the enforcement of regulations or minor infractions with little relevance to improving public safety needlessly increases the risk mistakes will be made. Its Blueprint suggests defunding federal police powers at regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Internal Revenue Service. Those dollars can instead help citizens learn more about gun use and safety from local police and fund training about dealing with people with cognitive disabilities. Project 21 also asks for increased community engagement, such as religious institutions highlighting first responders at special services and a new community-recommended presidential award for exemplary police service.

"Proposals offered in Project 21's Blueprint can substantially mend the rift between black Americans and law enforcement," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II, a Pennsylvania state constable and Anglican archbishop. "Politicians and bureaucrats have inflicted mission creep on officers that hurts their standing in the black community. Project 21 suggests reining in that overreach, working with communities to highlight the value of good policing and keeping situations from unnecessarily escalating."

Nedd – "America's Constable" – authored a commentary, to be posted today by the Daily Caller, in which he describes law enforcement careers and the dangerous uncertainties faced regularly by police.

Last month, Nedd and other Project 21 leaders began briefing key staff at the White House and with congressional leadership about the 57 policy ideas – spread out over 10 subject areas and covering education, criminal justice, economics and more – that are available in its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America."

There are eight specific proposals to offer a "better deal" in public safety and community-police relations:
  • End police enforcement of regulations such as smoking bans and childrens' lemonade stands as well as any unnecessary focus on minor infractions that can escalate into major incidents.
  • Provide officers with special training to identify and handle people with autism, Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disabilities, because people with those disabilities can respond unpredictably – and incidents have resulted in inappropriate police responses.
  • Increase use of body cameras by officers.
  • Prevent "SWATting" to remove the threat of civilians incurring physical harm and property damage when police departments are pranked into mistakenly dispatching tactical units when no threat exists.
  • Disarm federal agencies lacking direct law enforcement responsibilities and redirect those funds to local departments for community-relations efforts.
  • Lift restrictions on civilian gun ownership and give local police responsibilities in teaching gun safety to the public.
  • Encourage local houses of worship to sponsor "First Responder Sundays" in which police, fire and rescue personnel attend in uniform and programming is geared toward strengthening community ties to them.
  • Establish a "Presidential Medal for Exemplary Law Enforcement," based on community recommendations, to honor acts of extreme kindness, compassion and service by first responders.
"Most agree our justice system desperately needs repair. Too many families are torn apart because minor infractions have escalated into major crises," said Project 21 member Derrick Hollie, the president of Reaching America. "More training, more compassion and better understanding and respect between police officers and the communities they serve will help reduce arrests and incarceration for many low-income and minority individuals. The respect, however, must be reciprocal."

"I'm excited about the forward-thinking nature of the proposals set forth in the Blueprint. Project 21 hits the mark in addressing important issues to improve police-community relations," said Project 21 member Richard Holt, a political consultant. "By making sure officers are doing the most important work, things are kept in perspective as communities are protected. This means not stopping somebody for just a broken tail light, or going a few miles over the speed limit." 

Each Monday between now and July 7, Project 21 will release reform recommendations from its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America" covering a specific subject area. The tentative release schedule is as follows:
  • Improving Higher Education (May 21) 
  • Reforming the Criminal Justice System (May 29 –Tuesday)
  • Reducing Economic Harm of Excise Taxes (June 4)
  • Promoting K-12 Educational Choice (June 11)
  • Strengthening Faith-Based Communities (June 18)
  • Stopping Wealth Transfer from the Poor to Non-Citizens (June 25)
  • Promoting Self-Determination (July 2)
  • Ending Excessive Regulation (July 9)
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Its members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here.

Follow Project 21 on Twitter at @Project21News or general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by Project 21 members, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.





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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Black Leaders Demanded A Better Deal for Black Employment - Project 21 Calls for Repeal of Discriminatory Laws Hindering Black Economic Prosperity



 Jim Crow-era regulations created for the express purpose of denying blacks economic opportunity are still on the books and must be repealed to promote black prosperity, according to the Project 21 black leadership network in its forthcoming "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America."


Recommendations in Project 21's Blueprint meant to encourage employment opportunities for black communities are being released just after the U.S. Department of Labor' Bureau of Labor Statistics announced its April jobs report.

While the latest jobs report indicates that the overall black unemployment rate is at an all-time low (6.6 percent in April, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics), it remains above the overall unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. There is also a three-point disparity between overall black and white unemployment, and black teen unemployment is an unacceptably high 29 percent.

Employment policy proposals found in Project 21's dynamic new Blueprint aim to enhance the competitiveness of black workers and the marketability of unskilled, at-risk youth.
In seeking improved black employment figures, Project 21 calls for a repeal of the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in its Blueprint. It notes that the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires contractors to pay "prevailing wages" for most federal construction projects, was originally designed to prevent non-union blacks from competing with white union workers and "continues to serve its original purpose" today.

Project 21's Blueprint also calls for reducing or eliminating the minimum wage in special low-income zip codes. Like the Davis-Bacon Act, the federal minimum wage law was originally designed to deny blacks opportunity. It was first included in the 1933 National Recovery Act (NRA) during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was derided by black leaders at the time as the "Negro Removal Act."

"The most effective means of ending race divisions in America is to have a robust growing economy – one that allows all Americans to have a taste of the American Dream," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, the former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration. "There has been record progress for blacks under the Trump Administration, but there is so much more potential in the free market. Solutions that build on the private sector will be more significant and more enduring."
In late April, Project 21 leaders began briefing key staff at the White House and in congressional leadership about the 57 policy ideas – spread out over 10 subject areas and covering education, criminal justice, economics and more – found in its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America."

There are five specific proposals for a better deal in employment policy for black Americans that create incentives and remove barriers to work:
  • Improving welfare reform, including more work requirements for eligibility in programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), in recognition of past success in reducing the number of people requiring government assistance.
  • Repealing the Davis-Bacon Act – the Jim Crow-era regulation essentially requiring union wages for most federal contracting – that can hurt small minority-owned businesses and lower-skilled, non-union minority workers.
  • Allowing employers in special low-income zip codes to not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for school-age employees under 22 years old.
  • Exempting employers in special low-income zip codes from minimum wage laws so they can hire workers at a discounted wage.
  • Analyzing the impact of new federal regulations on the hiring of young, low-skilled workers, and requiring congressional approval for all regulations that cannot be modified to mitigate negative impacts.
"Project 21's 'Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America' can help President Trump fulfill his promise to help black communities. It lays out a comprehensive agenda for reducing, discouraging and eliminating restrictions that make black workers less attractive to prospective employers," said Project 21 member Derryck Green, who has authored a monthly jobs-related economic analysis for Project 21. "Giving employers greater ability to set wages, to make them proportionate to applicants' experience and skillsets, would certainly help in economic deserts where people most need jobs but often lack the skills and experience necessary to be competitive."

"As the owner of a small construction-related business for over two decades, I have personally seen the positive effects new jobs bring to economically depressed communities," added Project 21 member Kevin Martin, a U.S. Navy veteran whose company specializes in environmental remediation. "As the one doing the hiring, I have been proud to bring aboard unskilled workers who learned a trade and eventually moved on to bigger and better jobs. It's like the old biblical maxim about giving a man a fish – one will feed him for a day, but teaching him to fish provides him with a bounty that shall be limitless!"

Cooper added: "There's nothing like the independence you get from a good high-paying job. Instead of trying to divide the pie along racial lines, let's make sure there's so much pie that everyone gets what they want."

Each Monday between now and July 7, Project 21 will release reform recommendations from its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America" covering a specific subject area. The tentative release schedule is as follows:
  • Improving Relationships Between Police and Black Communities (May 14)
  • Improving Higher Education (May 21)
  • Reforming the Criminal Justice System (May 29 –Tuesday)
  • Reducing Economic Harm of Excise Taxes (June 4)
  • Promoting K-12 Educational Choice (June 11)
  • Strengthening Faith-Based Communities (June 18)
  • Stopping Wealth Transfer from the Poor to Non-Citizens (June 25)
  • Promoting Self-Determination (July 2)
  • Ending Excessive Regulation (July 9)
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Its members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here.










Follow Project 21 on Twitter at @Project21News for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by Project 21 members, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.




Monday, April 30, 2018

"A Reason For Living": An explosive historical novel set in Jamaica, of love sex culture and revolution


In the 1960s, the little country of Jamaica gained independence from England, and begun discarding over 400 years of Spanish and British domination, racism and classism; and unleashing some of the greatest creative talents in music, sports, dance, and intellectual applications.

Julian Jingles, rude boy writer, working at the at Gleaner Company in Kingston, Jamaica circa 1970, two years after writing his novel.


A Reason For Living, a first novel written mostly between 1966 to 1968, by teenage Jamaican writer, Julian Jingles, captures this unique period in Jamaica's history. He has established careers, spanning five decades, as a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and entrepreneur, in America and Jamaica.
Jamaica's cultural genius has given the world five genres of popular music; Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, and Dancehall. Talented personalities emerged mainly in sports and music to garner world attention, such as George Kerr, Collie Smith, Lenox "Billy" Miller, Allan "Skill" Cole, Donald Quarrie, Merlene Ottey, Harry Belafonte, Millie Small, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, The Skatalites, Monty Alexander, Rico Rodriguez, Ernest Ranglin, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Cecil "Prince Buster" Campbell, Arthur "Duke" Reid, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Chris Blackwell, Rex Nettleford, Madge Sinclair, and in international politics Michael Manley, and many others.
But alongside these achievements existed deep, widespread social and economic discontent, fueling violence; pitting segments of the suffering masses against each other, ignorantly and arrogantly perpetrating partisan politics, and vying criminals against the police.  
The novel profoundly captures these troubled but phenomenally creative times, when the "rude boys" emerged, expressing anti-state, anti-social,  rebellious lifestyles, identifiable with young males living throughout the capital city Kingston. Gangs namely Phantom, Mau Mau, Pigeon, Skull, Spanglers, Idaho, Untouchables, Spoilers, Vikings, Hot Steppers, Shower Posse, and Phoenix drove fear into many Kingstonians, battling each other, protecting turfs and invading others.
A Reason For Living delves into love, sex, music and sports, and the roles of Rastafari, and the American Civil Rights and Black Power movements that impacted Jamaica. It tells the story of a physically beautiful country, of warm, humorous, enterprising, and crafty people with the urge to succeed, fighting against inequality, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. It's the story of a revolution that could have happened in Jamaica. Every page grabs you.
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, iUniverse.com, and bookstores.

SOURCE Julian Jingles





NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --






Saturday, April 28, 2018

The GroovaLottos Form Down Streeters, LLC Offering Artist Development Services

Members of Grammy nominated band and self-contained songwriting and production unit,

The GroovaLottos have formed a company for artist development, and production services.
Labels, managers and artists looking to take their careers to the next level now have an option for a high quality product by working with Down Streeters, LLC. The company, formed by Eddie Ray Johnson and Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor of The GroovaLottos offer music production services in the all genres of rock, soul, hip-hop, blues, jazz and funk. With over 70 combined years of experiences in all genres of music, Down Streeters, LLC is a powerhouse for the music industry.

Receiving 4 Grammy nominations for their debut album, "Ask Yo' Mama" where Mwalim and Eddie Ray served as producers, as well as international attention for their production work on the Soul Poet's Syndicate single "Flippin", which included 5 remixes, they are opening up their services to independent artists, labels and management companies in need of artist development services.

"There are so many talented young artists in need of direction; as well as seasoned artists in need of an updated mature sound. We've got something for all of them to shine," explained Eddie Ray Johnson. Artist Development services include vocal coaching, song development, production services, and performance development.

Artists currently on their roster include soul-funk-blues band, The GroovaLottos; Hip-hop Jazz artist, The ZYG 808; soul singer and songwriter, Phillip Aaron; and soul singer, Anamuna.

For more info, visit:
https://www.thegroovalottos.com/down-streeters/




Black Activists: Starbucks Shutdown Prompts Concern That "Racial Bias Training" Programs Actually Violate Civil Rights


Black Activists Want Government to Investigate Employer-Mandated "Implicit Bias" Workshops.

Posted by TheBlackList-Publisher  April 26, 2018 at 9:24am View Blog

Starbucks Shutdown Prompts Concern That "Racial Bias Training" Programs Actually Violate Civil Rights.

Non-Minority and Male Employees Could Be Disadvantaged.

Washington, DC - With the Starbucks chain of coffeehouses planning to shutter over 8,000 locations on May 29 to train approximately 175,000 members of its workforce on issues of alleged "implicit bias" and "promot[ing] conscious inclusion," the Project 21 black leadership network has asked the federal government to look into whether blanket assumptions by an employer in such situations constitute a violation of employees' civil rights.

"Not only does implicit bias training on the part of employers eat up valuable time that could be spent training employees on safety, teamwork and building morale, the targeting associated with bias training is divisive," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. "When employees are trained to focus on their differences, the camaraderie necessary to work together is destroyed. Mistrust in fellow coworkers is sown, and those the training is intended to help are actually harmed in the long run. Employees should not be forced to utilize methods that have no track record of success."

On April 23, Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper signed letters that were sent to Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Joh... at the U.S. Department of Justice and Acting Chairman Victoria Lipnic of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The letters questioned the "troubling" implications of "workplace practices focusing on 'implicit' or 'unconscious' bias." In particular, Project 21 asked if such behavior violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This provision prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion. 

The letter noted:

Employers are increasingly adopting so-called "implicit bias" training, which targets employees by race or gender. Not only are the tests associated with unconscious bias well short of meeting scientific standards, but – because they purport to aid employers in targeting employees primarily based on their race or ethnicity and/or their gender – they potentially allow employees to be assessed, disciplined or promoted on the basis of race or gender activity which Title VII specifically bars. Whether based on good intentions or not, an employer's plan to hire, promote or advance employees who are minority and/or female using implicit bias as a motive disadvantages non-minority and male employees.

The letter further stated that Project 21 "believe[s] that this employment technique is a violation" of civil rights law, and that the federal government has cause to investigate if "implicit bias" programs conflict with Title VII protections. CONTINUE FOR MORE



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Take A Stand Against Amputation: Raising Awareness About a Potentially Life-Threatening Disease With Worse Outcomes for Minorities


Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the biggest disease that most people have never heard about. Up to a staggering 18 million Americans1 suffer from PAD, a potentially life-threatening disease. Early detection is key to treating this condition where plaque builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.
There are more than 160,000 PAD-related amputations in the U.S. each year, so when left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.2 And the rate of amputation for African-American and Hispanic-Americans with PAD is higher than for white Americans.
  •     African-Americans are twice as likely to be amputated as a result of advanced PAD as Caucasians.3
  •     Hispanics receive an amputation for PAD at a rate 50 percent higher than Caucasians.3



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Conversations for the definitive African mind



Below are some of the conversation you missed on TheBlackList Pub:

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The world's first citizenship by investment programme in St Kitts and Nevis has launched a new fund - the Sustainable Growth Fund - to boost investment in the prospering Caribbean nation.

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