In a recent survey conducted by Northern Trust, half of wealthy Black Americans say the U.S. is better off
today than it was five years ago, compared to 18 percent of the general
population surveyed who believe similarly. As for personal finances, 62
percent of wealthy Black Americans feel better off now than they did
five years ago, more than double the 29 percent of overall survey
respondents who share this sentiment.
Enshrined in the memories of many music lovers and fans of Richie Havens
is his performance at Woodstock in 1969 when, drenched in sweat, he
strummed his open-stringed guitar and improvised on “Sometimes I Feel
Like a Motherless Child” that morphed into his later signature song,
“Freedom.” To some degree that quest for freedom, at least from the
tyrannies of this plain, arrived Monday when he joined the ancestors at
Lynching is a horrific part of American history. The Tuskegee
Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites were lynched
between 1882 and 1968–and these estimates are most likely conservative.
Well, Indianapolis artist LaShawnda Crowe Storm doesn´t want this
history to be erased. She has created quilts that depict this chapter of American history—The
Lynch Quilt Project, part of which has been on display at galleries
across the country.
Stamp collecting is one of the world´s most popular hobbies. It is
estimated that there are more than 20 million in the United States. And
more and more African Americans, according the Ebony Society of
Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER), an international stamp
society, are becoming "philatelists".
Shaquille O'Neal is expanding his business ventures. The basketball star
has announced he will introduce coconut-flavored vodka early next year.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star has teamed up with Devotion Vodka to
create “Luv Shaq,” a gluten-free, sugar-free, coconut-flavored vodka.
There are no second acts in America, wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, but the
great writer never heard of Alvin Reed. After struggling valiantly to
hold on to his precious Lenox Lounge in Harlem, it became a daunting
task and he finally let the commercial space go, the doubled rent hike
was his own personal fiscal cliff.
In 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in Kansas
City, Missouri, and is dedicated to preserving the history of Negro
League baseball in America. Recently, the United States Playing Card Company debuted the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum playing cards which have the potential of becoming collector's items.