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Negro League Baseball Seeks Sponsors to Honor the History and Memories of Past African American Baseball Players

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Nationwide — The Urban Baseball Association Inc. launched a new professional baseball league on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Mississippi at Wooten Legion Field. The league in its initial conception consisted of four teams with plans for future expansion. The creation of this professional league is designed to provide family entertainment, promote diversity in the game of baseball and to honor the history and memories of past African American baseball players (the same as the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, MO and the Negro Southern League Museum in Birmingham, AL).

The names of the teams in this league reflect that of past Negro League players i.e. Rube Foster All-Stars, Satchel Paige All-Stars, and Josh Gibson All-Stars etc.This league is dedicated to the generations of baseball players who were denied the opportunity to play baseball because of factors other than their ability to play the game of baseball. They have begun planning for the 2019 season, and are reaching out to business, corporate and community leaders (both national and international) to support this cause by becoming an underwriter, sponsor, booster and/or donor.

“As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are in the midst of a 30-day fundraising drive to raise $300,000 by October 10, 2018. We are appealing to the business, community leaders and well wishers for their support. We believe this could be a win-win opportunity for all parties. We are appealing to all that can and will help support this cause by making a donation. All donations small or large from $5 to $1,000,000 would be welcomed and greatly appreciated,” said Mike Mayden, Director of baseball operations.

Those interested in making a donation to help support this league should visit the official web site at www.nupbl.com or call 773-741-3530.

Donations may also be sent to:
Urban Baseball
P.O. Box 288696
Chicago, IL 60628
Attn: Support

Michael E. Mayden (The Coach) will be available for interviews upon request

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Urban Baseball Association
(773) 741-3530
baseball@nupbl.com

NOMADNESS LAUNCHES NEW TRAVEL TRIBE FESTIVAL

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Audacity is defined as the willingness to take bold risks. If the dictionary used an image to illustrate the concept, it might just be a photo of Evita Turquoise Robinson, the 34-year-old founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe and Audacity Fest, which will launch in Oakland, California, on Saturday, Sept.8.

This brand new festival for passionate travelers of color is the brainchild of Robinson, a self-proclaimed “accidental entrepreneur” who built her massive following from scratch in 2011 without much of a plan except to connect with like-minded globetrotters, eager to fill up their passports.

“In starting Nomadness, I knew I was creating community, but I didn’t know I was creating a business,” says Robinson. “I was just trying to create innovative pathways to fun. Nomadness could’ve stayed with the first 100 people and I would’ve been none the wiser. I had no expectation for any of this.”

Part business, part lifestyle, and part cultural movement, Nomadness began with a small invitation-only membership of enthusiasts. All they needed to join was a passport with at least one stamp in it. Their mission, according to nomdnesstv.com, was simple: to “show the world that travel has no racial, gender, religious, economic, or interest limitations.”

Black Enterprise interviewed Robinson back in 2015. Back then, the travel tribe was at about 9,000 members. Today, its nearly 20,000 members (80% of whom are female, Robinson notes) have over 100,000 passport stamps collectively, according to the website, and they claim to inject more than $50 million into the travel industry annually.

Robinson and her tribe spread the gospel of Nomadness not only through their trips and a core of increasingly influential brand ambassadors but through a travel apparel line (nomadnessmerch.com) and The Nomadness Project” web series, co-executive produced by Robinson and Issa Rae.

While Rae and the community Robinson has built clearly get her business, her own personal tribe has had a tougher time. “I’m the black sheep of the family,” she says, laughing. “`So, you’re running around the world with strangers?’ That’s how it computes, but my dad has traveled with us to see what it’s about and my parents are very supportive.”

This weekend, Audacity Fest launches in Oakland with more than 1,000 tribe members ready to party and interact with influential travelistas including Kellee Edwards, host of Travel Channel’s Mysterious Islands, and the only black woman heading a major travel show.

The festival was originally slated for 2019 or ’20, but Robinson’s 2017 keynote at Destinations International, a Montreal gathering of 1,500 board of tourism representatives from around the world, was a game-changer for both Nomadness and Robinson’s personal brand. That one speech made her flush with opportunities that she has made sure not to miss.

But in order to do so, she says she had to “clean house and start over in the middle.”

While a group of friends who were “down for the cause from the start” helped her navigate the early years of building a brand and viable community, Robinson realized that in order to transition into a scalable business, “you have to get your full Avengers team together so that when these big opportunities that you’ve been building toward and hoping for show up, you’re able to grab them and activate.”

In March, after pressing pause to assess what was needed, Robinson let go the majority of her team, which was made up of largely of friends who had been down for the cause from the start. How does one do that? “Delicately,” she says, “and with a lot of patience and compassion, both for others and yourself. You have to handle it with a scalpel and a lot of clarity about where you’re cutting and why you’re cutting so that everyone else is as clear in understanding as you are.”

Within a year, she brought in a new operations manager and social media team, did a killer TED talk, inked a book deal, and pushed the Audacity launch up to further leverage her momentum. They’re audacious moves from an “accidental” entrepreneur whose impressive success is entirely intentional.

What are the guideposts on her roadmap to success? Here are a few:

Be assertively accountable!

“If I hear people mumbling about something, they don’t have to call me into a meeting, I’m going to set the meeting and ask what’s going on. People will never be able to look back and say Evita didn’t show up. I’m a leader shows up when it’s pretty, and when it’s shitty.”

Lead, but know how to also be led.

“I wanted to be a VJ and an on-air personality. I had no expectations for any of this. My path has been revealed to me and I followed where it led.”

Let boredom be your guide.

“I’m a creative first so I get bored very easily and that’s an asset. I’m always looking around to see what everybody else is doing and saying, OK, what can we do differently?” I never want to lose that almost childlike approach to creation and business. I never want to lose the sense of fun.”

Forget the longterm; be in the now.

“I don’t believe in 3-5-10-year plans. Eighteen to 24-month plans are as far as I go. I think there’s a power and a sense of play in running a business in a way that’s more fluid.”

Diversify, and stay nimble.

While Robinson’s brand is centered on travel, financially there is no one center of everything. Having multiple streams of income helps her company stay nimble. “There is never one thing that, if pulled, would make all the dominoes fall. That gives us flexibility that we wouldn’t otherwise have and that I would never want to be without.”

Read, and then read some more.

Wherever Robinson goes, books go with her—the real paper kind, which she insists are worth the weight, even when there’s a 50-pound checked bag limit. She can’t resist memoirs and anything by Malcolm Gladwell or Seth Godin. Her favorite, when forced to choose: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. “It introduced me to the Law of Attraction, which I implemented into my whole life, including business.”

“Hidden Figures” Katherine Johnson Turns 100

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Katherine Johnson, who hand-crunched the numbers for America’s first manned space flight – a feat that finally got its Big Screen acknowledgement just two years ago, turned 100 on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

“[On Sunday], we celebrate Alpha Kappa Alpha’s own, Katherine Johnson. She’s credited with crunching the numbers by hand that allowed NASA to launch the first U.S. astronauts into space,” leaders of the Alpha Kappa Alpha said in a statement.

“We are women of many first. First and finest.”

Many others paid tribute via statements and social media.

“If you haven’t seen the movie about what she and other brilliant Black women at NASA accomplished, be sure to watch the fabulous movie, ‘Hidden Figure,’ in her honor,” said comic book writer Grace Randolph.

“I stand on your shoulders,” said Dr. Camille Alleyne. “You blazed the trail which I and so many have had the privilege to walk on … Katherine, you are my hero. I love, honor and salute you,” Alleyne said.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), also paid homage to Johnson.

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, Wikimedia Commons

“Katherine Johnson’s historic contributions to the evolution of applied mathematics and aerospace science epitomizes her genius to overcome the scientific challenges of her generation,” Chavis said.

“Today, African American women in particular should be inspired by the example of Katherine Johnson in STEM career fields,” Chavis said.

“The NNPA salutes Johnson’s transformative legacy that is no longer hidden.”

The recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom, and a 2016 People Magazine honoree as being among the 25 Women Changing the World, Johnson enjoyed a brilliant 33-year career at NASA and her life story finally was told on the big screen in “Hidden Figures,” the award-winning movie that starred Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

In an earlier interview, she told NNPA Newswire that she missed working.

“I’d go back now,” she said.

After leaving her teaching job in 1953, Johnson began working for NASA and was able to calculate the trajectory for numerous space missions, including for the space flight of Alan Shephard, the first American in space and the trajectory for the famed 1968 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.

“I’d do them over if I had to. I’d do anything for anyone,” she said.

At an early age, Johnson developed enviable math skills so much so that even NASA officials wrote a story about her titled, “The girl who loved to count.”

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did,” Johnson said.

“I entered college, I was 15. I was going to be a math teacher because that was it. You could be a math teacher or a nurse but I was told I would make a good research mathematician and they had me take all of the courses in the catalogue,” she said.

When Astronaut John Glenn went to the moon, Johnson said her “Hidden Figures” crew acted as the computer for the mission. She said calculating everything involved in the flight became like a geometry problem.

“I felt most proud of the success of the Apollo mission. We had to determine so much. Where you were, where the moon would be and how fast the astronauts were going,” Johnson said.

“We were really concerned but the astronaut had to do it just as we laid it out. I was looking at the television and hoping that were right,” she said.

Born in 1918 in West Virginia, Johnson was a research mathematician, who by her own admission, was simply fascinated by numbers, according to her biography posted by NASA.

By the age of 10, Johnson was a high school freshman – an amazing feat in an era when school for African-Americans normally stopped at eighth grade.

Her father was determined that Johnson would have a chance to meet her potential. “He drove the family 120 miles to Institute, West Virginia, where I could continue my education through high school,” she said.

An achiever at the highest level, Johnson graduated from high school at 14 and from college at 18. By 1953, the growing demands of early space research meant there were openings for African American computers at Langley Research Center’s Guidance and Navigation Department – and Johnson found the perfect place to put her extraordinary mathematical skills to work.

Glenn requested that she personally recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers before his flight aboard Friendship 7 – the mission on which he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

She continued to work at NASA until 1986.

Her calculations proved as critical to the success of the Apollo Moon landing program and the start of the Space Shuttle program, as they did to those first steps on the country’s journey into space, according to NASA.

Still, Johnson said the book, the Academy Award nominated movie and her celebrated work with NASA aren’t her greatest accomplishments.

“Just staying alive is the greatest accomplishment,” she said.

In a statement, NASA also praised Johnson.

“Today, retired NASA Langley mathematician Katherine Johnson makes her 100th trip around the sun as she celebrates her birthday.”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor

UN Observes International Remembrance of Slave Trade

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots
— Marcus Garvey

Washington, DC, August 23, 2018 — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) announces the launch of a global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade, according to NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

The night of Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 1791, in Santo Domingo – today Haiti and the Dominican Republic – saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

The slave rebellion in the area weakened the Caribbean colonial system, sparking an uprising that led to abolishing slavery and giving the island its independence.

It also marked the beginning of the destruction of the slavery system, the slave trade and colonialism.

Each year, on Aug. 23, the United Nations hosts an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition to remind the world of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.

U.N. officials said it provides an opportunity to think about the historic causes, the methods, and the consequences of slave trade.

Experts said it’s important to never forget.

And, with the approaching 500th anniversary of the date Africans were first forced into slavery in America, many like Felicia M. Davis, the director of the HBCU Green Fund, which invests in sustainable campus solutions for historically black colleges and universities, said she believes African enslavement demands reexamination.

“The fact that slavery was underway for a century in South America before introduction in North America is not widely taught nor commonly understood,” Davis said.

“It is a powerful historical fact missing from our understanding of slavery, its magnitude and global impact.  Knowledge that slavery was underway for a century provides deep insight into how enslaved Africans adapted,” she said.

Far beyond the horrific “seasoning” description that others have provided, clearly generations had been born into slavery long before introduction in North America, Davis argued.

“It deepens the understanding of how vast majorities could be oppressed in such an extreme manner for such a long period of time.  It is also a testament to the strength and drive among people of African descent to live free,” she said.

The history of the United States has often been described as the history of oppression and resistance to that oppression, said David B. Allison, the editor of the book, “Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders.”

Slavery and the resulting touchstones stemming from slavery throughout the history of the United States run as a consistent thread that illuminates the soul and essence of America, said Allison, a historian with a master’s degree in U.S. History from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.’

“From the compromises and moral equivocation in the founding documents during the Revolutionary Era – statements like ‘All men are created equal’ were written by a man who kept Black men and women as decidedly unequal as slaves – to the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, the tragedy and terror of slavery are fundamental to the history of the United States,” Allison said.

Today, the fallout from the events of Aug. 2017 in Charlottesville – brought about by a white supremacist rally and touched off the debate around the potential removal of a statute to a leader of the Confederacy – continue to weigh down the collective psyche of this nation, Allison continued.

“Moreover, the rise in police profiling and brutality of Black men and the resulting rates of incarceration for African Americans highlight the ongoing oppression that was initially born in the crucible of slavery,” he said.

Allison added that it’s “absolutely essential to understand and remember that 2019 is the 500th anniversary of slavery in the United States so that we can understand both how our country became how it is now and how we might envision a more just future for all citizens.”

Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators, students, and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of the international day of remembrance.

Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians, and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance, and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights.

Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade.

Here in America, many organizations, activists and scholars are focused on 2019 as the anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be enslaved in Jamestown and 160 years since the last slave ship arrived, Davis said.

Also, there’s a growing list of apologies for slavery from colleges and universities, local governments and corporations.

Efforts are underway by the HBCU Green Fund to organize a national convening under the theme “Sankofa Remix” with three tracks: past, present and future.

The goal is to examine history from an African American perspective, explore current impacts including backlash from the election of the first Black president, and crafting a vision that extends at least 100 years into the future that features presentations from artists, activists, technology, scholars and other creative energy.

“It is encouraging to know that Black Press USA is focused on this topic.  It is our hope that plans are underway to cover activities throughout the entire year,” Davis said, noting that 2019 also marks the 100thanniversary of the Red Summer Race Riots.

“The UN Decade of African Descent 2015-2024 should also be highlighted as the Black Press USA leads this important examination of history,” she said.

“Interestingly, the first and last slave ships to arrive in the U.S. both arrived in August. The HBCU Green Fund is working to put together a calendar of dates and observances.

“We would love to work with Black Press USA to promote a year-long observance that helps to reinvigorate and support the important role that the Black press plays in the liberation of Black people across the globe.

“We would be honored to have Black Press USA as a Sankofa Remix partner organization and look forward to collaboration opportunities,” Davis said.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor

STUDY: Increasing Number of Black Doctors Could Save Black Men’s Lives

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Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. A new study examines why a doctor’s race can make all the difference - Black Doctor's Matter

A group of researchers set out to explore why Black men have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in the United States. Their work reveals just how important race is when it comes to who provides medical care.

Just 4 percent of the doctors in the United States are Black, despite African Americans making up 13 percent of the overall population. And it is this disparity that study authors say is partially to blame for the premature death of Black men. Per The New York Times: “In the study, Black men seeing Black male doctors were much more likely to agree to certain preventive measures than were Black men seeing doctors who were White or Asian.”

The study, “Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland,” was published in June by the National Bureau for Economic Research. In it, 702 Black men in Oakland were recruited from barbershops and a flea market to visit a clinic for a free health screening. The 14 doctors at the clinic offered flu shots and preventative measures, including screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Each man was assigned to a doctor who was either another Black male, White or Asian. Per The Times:

Neither the men nor the doctors knew that the purpose of the study was to ask if a doctor’s race mattered when he or she advised these patients. As it turned out, the racial effects were not subtle.

Diabetes screening was part of the health check, and 63 percent of the Black men assigned to a Black doctor agreed to the screening. But just 43 percent of those assigned to a doctor who was White or Asian consented to be screened.

Some 62 percent of Black men with a Black doctor agreed to cholesterol tests, compared to 36 percent assigned to a doctor who was not Black.

Not only did researchers examine who accepted preventative measures, but they also looked at the feedback given by doctors and patients. These were also different based on the race of the doctor. White and Asian doctors tended to make notes that were medical, such as “anxiety” or “weight loss.” And in response, the patients who saw them commented that they received good medical care (for example, one wrote, “It was a great and fast experience, doctor was great as well.”).

Black doctors’ notes were more inclusive, commenting on lifestyle and health. Examples included: “needs food, shelter, clothing, job, ‘flu shot makes you sick,’ he got one,” and “subject yelled at me, but then agreed to get flu shot because I recommended it.”

Not surprisingly, patients who saw Black doctors also gave what The Times described as more “emotional responses,” including, “the entire day made me feel very comfortable and relaxed” and “cool doctor.”

“I don’t think I have ever had such a strong result, so unambiguous,” Dr. Marcella Alsan, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and an author of the study, told The Times.

The researchers concluded that the gap in cardiovascular mortality between Black men and the rest of the U.S. population could be reduced by up to 20 percent if more Black men could see their peers for medical care.

List of Black Doctor’s by RankTribe™

Black Entrepreneurs Launch First Ever Blockchain-Cryptocurrency Health Tech Company in the Country

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Teledactyl Blockchain LLC, founded by Alan E. Bottorff and Dr. Seth Crapp, recently launched their health tech company & ICO at the 2018 National Medical Association Convention attended by hundreds of African American doctors

Orlando, FLTeledactyl Blockchain, LLC is officially open for business. The health tech blockchain and cryptocurrency company launched its initial coin offering (ICO) at the 116th Annual National Medical Association Convention on August 11th. Co-founders Alan E. Bottorff and Dr. Seth Crapp joined forces with a group of experts to create a unique blockchain platform that securely stores medical records and correspondences between patients and physicians through encrypted transmissions. The technology also incorporates the teledactyl token (TDCL), a digital asset that allows patients to pay physicians directly for medical services either as a complement to or in place of insurance.

Alan E. Bottorff and Dr. Seth Crapp, the founders of Teledactyl

“There is a major problem in healthcare where physicians are not able to take direct payment many times because of the complications of going through insurance and third-party payers,” Dr. Seth Crapp says. “So what we wanted to do was offer doctors and patients the opportunity to restore the provider-patient relationship.” Optimizing the patient-physician relationship is the foundation of the Teledactyl mission statement. Other components of the company’s mission include: increased patient privacy and data security, provision of new payment options for millions of uninsured patients and the integration and advancement of healthcare technology ecosystems.Teledactyl is a compatible blockchain and healthcare ecosystem that allows for the creation of additional mobile or web-based applications or decentralized applications (dApps) to be used on the blockchain network. Dr. Crapp says, “The Teledactyl ecosystem includes applications, telemedicine and the blockchain itself with patient records and a financial component in the teledactyl token. The teledactyl token holds value that comes from use and can be exchanged and traded on the blockchain as well.”

Teledactyl tokens can be purchased, traded and exchanged through the Waves platform mobile app which can be found on the iTunes App Store or Google Play store or downloaded for PC at https://wavesplatform.com/get-waves. A quick, four-step instructional video is available on the company’s website for assistance with the process. Physicians who would opt-in to accept teledactyl tokens as a form of payment are also being recruited nationwide.

Answers To Record Security Breaches

In the wake of recent security breaches, Teledactyl provides a secure medical record storing alternative to current systems. CEO Alan E. Bottorff says, “What we find now with EMR technology and cloud-based systems is that they are centralized databases, where Teledactyl is a decentralized database. What that means is that our blocks, where we store information, are secured and encrypted. It has been said that it would take potentially million years and all the technology and computer power in the world to break into a blockchain.”

According to the 2018 Quarter Two Breach Barometer released by Protenus, more than 3.14 million patient records have been hacked, leaked or compromised by unauthorized access between April and June. The report notes that the average cost per breached record has increased 6.4 percent ($408 per record) since 2017. The report states, “Healthcare organizations must remain vigilant, looking for best practices in healthcare privacy that will allow them to audit every access to their patient data. Full visibility into how their data is being accessed and used will help organizations secure patient trust while preventing data breaches from having costly consequences for their organization.”

The company founders say Teledactyl’s immutable blockchain technology is the answer to this problem.

About Teledactyl
Teledactyl Blockchain LLC is the first U.S. blockchain-based healthcare ecosystem with its own token and cryptocurrency payment network. The original blockchain platform has the ability to store and share patient information – like a user’s health record – digitally through secure encrypted transmission. For more information, visit www.teledactyl.com.

 

About NMA
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c)3 national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. For more information, visit www.nmanet.org.

 

PRESS CONTACT:
NDent Media Inc.
info@ndentmedia.com
561-921-5845

 

Black Woman-Owned Startup Launches Innovative Product to Keep Your Hair “Natural, But Not Nappy”

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Los Angeles, CA — Alashee Naturals, a Black woman-owned startup brand that produces innovative natural hair care products, is pleased to announce the launch of the Natural, But Not Nappy Alashee Good Hair System – the latest addition to their new science and technology based selections of hair, skin and beauty care products. Diana Alashee Pitts, CEO and President of the company, says that it takes a Black woman to truly understand the hair needs of other Black women.

She comments, “What sets our new Alashee Good Hair System apart from all other hair care products is it’s revolutionary new way of conditioning natural, relaxed or difficult to manage hair or braids simply by using two gentle, specially formulated natural hair conditioners – applied one after the other to create a double coating of protection to block naps and kinks and to detangle hair.”This is the first system of it’s kind to approach hair conditioning from this angle, and the 4 item system consists of Ultra Gentle Shampoo, double silky hair conditioners and a silky moisturizing chamomile gloss sealant. The new Alashee Good Hair System is designed to give women their softest, silkest, easiest to manage hair ever, and even to be totally natural – but totally NOT Nappy. The conditioning effects are temporary and are simply shampooed out. There is no more need to worry about lines of demarcation because women won’t need to relax or perm while using the system but is safe to use if you have a relaxer or perm or color on your hair and electric straightening combs, curling and flat irons are ok to use.

According their web site, getting this right became a passion and the company took a “no holds barred” approach to the science and R&D aspects of the project and not a moment too soon to give black women everywhere a much needed break from braids and other people’s hair.

So for a limited time only, the complete system is FREE with free shipping as part of their Special Introductory Promotion Celebration thru September 15, 2018, while supplies last so that as many people as possible can test the system, and then buy it.

For more details and/or to purchase the Natural, But Not Nappy Alashee Good Hair System, visit www.NaturalButNotNappy.com

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Diann Pitts
alashee@att.net
310-310-4100

Serena Williams Tops ‘Forbes’ List as Highest-Earning Woman Athlete

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Despite a 14-month maternity leave, Serena Williams has topped Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Female Athlete” list for the third consecutive year.

Due to her pregnancy in January 2017, Williams was off the court for the majority of the past year, leaving her with only $62,000 in winnings. Still, the 23-time Grand Slam champion collected twice as many off-court coins than any other female athlete.

Earning $18.1 million in endorsements, Williams was able to top the list by over $5 million, with Australian Open winner Dane Caroline Wozniacki second in line.

Though Forbes did not include a woman in their ranking of the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes of 2018 after Williams’ earnings fell by approximately $10 million since the year prior, only 16 male athletes earned more than Williams in sponsorship money over the last 12 months.

In addition to over a dozen sponsors including Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats, Williams also launched her first solo fashion compilation, Serena, in May.

Williams is currently gearing up to match Margaret Court’s 24 grand slam title record at this year’s US Open.

Check out the full list of rankings below.

  1. Serena Williams (tennis) — $18.1m
  2. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) — $13m
  3. Sloane Stephens (tennis) — $11.2m
  4. Garbine Muguruza (tennis) — $11m
  5. Maria Sharapova (tennis) — $10.5m
  6. Venus Williams (tennis) — $10.2m
  7. P. V. Sindhu (badminton) — $8.5m
  8. Simona Halep (tennis) — $7.7m
  9. Danica Patrick (race car driving) — $7.5m
  10. Angelique Kerber (tennis) — $7m

Source: https://www.vibe.com/2018/08/serena-williams-tops-forbes-as-highest-earning-woman-athlete/

by Lydia Arevalo via vibe.com

FIRST BLACK FEMALE WHITE HOUSE REPORTER TO BE HONORED WITH LIFE-SIZED STATUE IN D.C.

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A life-sized bronze statue is underway for Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African American woman to receive press credentials to cover the White House. The sculpture is scheduled to be unveiled next month at the Newseum, an interactive museum based in Washington, D.C. that celebrates news history and is dedicated to underscoring the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.

Dunnigan, who began her journalism career in Kentucky before moving to Washington, D.C., was a pioneering journalist who rose to the top of her profession despite racist policies that segregated black journalists and sexist attitudes that severely limited opportunities for women in a male-dominated workplace, reads a press release.

Dunnigan was born in 1906 as the daughter of a sharecropper and a domestic worker. As a child, she dreamed of traveling around the world and reporting on her experiences as a newspaper writer. She landed her first writing gig at just 13 years old at a local newspaper where she wrote one-sentence news items.

Her career trajectory shifted when she became older. She completed a college teaching course at what is now Kentucky State University and went on to work as a public school teacher in Kentucky from 1924 to 1942. However, in search of a better paying job, she relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1942 and began working as a federal government employee while taking night courses at Howard University.

In 1946, she was offered a job as a Washington correspondent writing for the Chicago Defender, a black-owned weekly publication that paid her substantially less than her male counterparts. She supplemented her income with other writing gigs, including the Associated Negro Press, where she was eventually named as the outlet’s Washington Bureau chief.

In 1948, she became the first African American female White House correspondent, covering presidential press conferences. She was also granted press credentials to cover Congress, the Supreme Court, and the State Department. That same year, she became the first African American woman on a presidential tour and the only black reporter to cover President Harry S. Truman’s famous whistle-stop train tour.

During her career in journalism, Dunnigan developed a reputation as a hardline reporter, who asked tough questions about racial and gender equality, all while enduring a great deal of discrimination, herself. She was barred from white-only establishments to cover President Eisenhower and forced to sit with the servants to cover Sen. Robert A. Taft’s funeral. “Race and sex were twin strikes against me. I’m not sure which was the hardest to break down,” she once stated, according to the press release.

Nevertheless, she persisted as a journalist until 1960, when she was appointed to a position on Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential campaign and later as an education consultant of the Presidential Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. She continued to work in other high-level political and government roles up until the election of President Richard Nixon.

Following her stint at the White House, Dunnigan wrote an autobiography titled A Black Woman’s Experience: From Schoolhouse to White House, which was published in 1974. She died in 1983 at the age of 77.

Dunnigan’s monument is being created by Kentucky-based sculptor Amanda Matthews. It will be displayed at the Newseum from Sept. 21 through Dec. 16 and then moved to Dunnigan’s home state at the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center.

26 Black-owned Burger Joints

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A hamburger, beefburger or burger is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bread roll or bun. The patty may be pan fried, grilled, or flame broiled. For certain, Americans love burgers.  We’ve compiled a list of Black-owned burger joints to support.

BURGER WALLA (Newark, NJ)

In Indian culture, a WALLA is a salesperson or a vendor – a specialist. Some people spend their entire lives devoted to perfecting a single craft, which they hope to share with the world. One person might sell shrimp, another might sell spices.

Burger Lane (Philadelphia, PA)

Gourmet burgers and specialty fries Gourmet burgers (beef, turkey, salmon, chicken, veggie) wings, salads and shakes

Shanes Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Cheers At The Big Chair(Washington, DC)

Local hangout serving coffee, tea, breakfast items, burgers & sandwiches in a dinerlike space.

TKO Burger (Washington, DC)

Owned and operated by the founder and CEO of The Carolina Kitchen, Mr. Lance London and his team boast over 90 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry.

Action Burger (Brooklyn, NY)

Seasoned burgers, beer, liquor milkshake drinks, comic books, 250+ old school arcade video games, science fiction/comic movies, action figures and insane burgers like the “Toragon, Jaden, Skeleborg, Marco and the Dark Energy Queen”

Parrish St Take-Out(Durham, NC)

Red Room Grille (Meriden, CT)

Red Room Grille Is One Of The Best Kept Secrets In New England. Red Room Grille Is Family Owned And Family Operated. We Specialize In Customer Satisfaction Along With Serving Up Some Of The Best Wings And Fried Fish In New England.

Charleston Gourmet Burger Company (Summerville, SC )

Delicious Gourmet Burger Marinade & Sauce turns a plain burger into an EXTRAORDINARY experience. SO EASY – Mix, Grill, Serve. Gluten Free, All Natural

Wayback Burgers

Wayback Burgers is a Connecticut-based fast-casual franchise with a reputation for serving fresh burgers and thick, hand-dipped milkshakes. Founded in 1991 in Newark, DE, Wayback Burgers currently operates in 24 states with over 100 locations.

Ann’s Snack Bar (Atlanta, GA)

Old-school counter-serve spot famous for its massive burger & bare-bones decor.

BGR Grille (East Point, GA )

The BGR Grille features freshly prepared hand-crafted steakhouse-style burgers. Our meats are chargrilled over an open-flame and basted with our signature “CRAFT ALE GRILL SAUCE* which provides a robust flavor that compliments the grill like no other

Ben Hill Grill (Atlanta, GA)

Bare-bones takeout joint serving up eats like turkey burgers, cheesesteaks, wings & fish.

Casablanca Cafe (Palmetto, Georgia)

Steve’s Famous Barbeque (Clarksville, TN)

Steve’s Famous Barbeque was in the making from the early stages of Steve’s life. As a young man growing up, he was always intrigued by his mother’s flavorful southern style of cooking.

The Bistro Memphis(Memphis, TN)

Nothing tastes better than real home cooking. Whether you order our classic entrees, sides or salads, the great taste of Memphis home cooking is always available here.

Gigi’s Music Cafe (Sunrise, FL)

A fusion of Classic American dishes with a twist such as her handmade “Classic Rock Burgers with Homemade Garlic and Parmesan Chips or the “Famous Turkey Meatloaf with Homemade Mashed Potatoes”.

Triple Js Smokehouse(Houston, TX)

Burgers, ribs, sandwiches & potatoes round out the menu at this casual spot known for smoked meats.

Welton Street Café(Denver, CO)

Welton Street Cafe or (Wings and Tings for the ol’ Skoolers) is where you come to get your fix of the best food in Denver. Whether you like the fish, the wings, the pates, or you just wanna kick it, you know where we be

JNJ Burger & Barbecue(Los Angeles, CA)

JNJ Burger & BBQ began as a small hamburger stand and has transformed into a famous, burgers and barbecue restaurant. Mouthwatering barbecue and burgers aren’t the only items on our lunch and dinner menu, however. We also offers a variety of specials

Oh My Burger (Gardena, CA)

Oh My Burger was created in 2011 to bring great tasting, fresh homemade burgers without compromising quality, convenience or service. With top quality meats delivered fresh daily and fresh produce cut to perfection Oh My Burger promises you’ll enjoy

Phat & Juicy Burgers(Inglewood, CA)

The New Spot on Polk(San Francisco, CA)

A new Modern American Diner infused with Traditional Diner menu in a full sit down full service restaurant style serving many organic and natural ingredients supporting local farmers and producers.

Cream Burger (Houston, TX

Veteran burger stand serving patties, dogs, fries, shakes & ice cream since 1961.

900 Grayson (Berkley, CA)

Creative spins on breakfast, burgers & comfort food are offered at this funky cafe with patio seats.

Mo Better Burgers (Los Angeles, CA)

 

 

 

 

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