Buying Black, also known as an individual or concerted effort to support and buy
exclusively from Black-owned businesses, is never out of season. But
this holiday season, Black consumers (and their collective $1.2 trillion
in spending power) across the country took it up a few notches. One such movement is LetsBuyBlack365, which was launched at a press conference in Brooklyn, New York last Tuesday.
As a senior executive at one of the world's largest and most influential
data and statistical information providers, Don Lowery is used to be on
the hot seat when it comes to predicting marketing trends and advising
entrepreneurs on how to promote their businesses.
With Black spending power expected to reach $1.1 trillion by year’s end,
hundreds of African Americans boycotted upscale stores in Chicago on Black Friday, in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement, and took their business elsewhere. Activist and teacher Aquillia Mikel is one of those people. Here, Mikel tells TNJ.com about her efforts to promote black entrepreneurship in the Windy City.
It is rare for a living American to have any monument named in his or
her honor, but David N. Dinkins, as New York City’s first Black mayor,
is a rare individual. But even he was surprised to learn that the
classic, beaux arts Manhattan Municipal Building, once planned to be
sold and converted to a condominium, would be renamed the David N.
Dinkins Municipal Building.
This month has been a busy one for the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of
global black leaders. But between its annual Mid-Level Managers'
Symposium followed by its 2015 Recognition Gala, Pres. and CEO Ronald Parker spoke with us about plans for
global expansion and what's next for the Council & Foundation.
United Negro College Fund has launched the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative. With a $50 million commitment from the Lilly Endowment, UNCF will award competitive grants
to four-year HBCUs and
predominantly black institutions "to help students gain the
knowledge, preparation, insight and skills needed for meaningful
employment in a technology-driven, global economy.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the White House
has recently launched the Initiative on Educational Excellence for
African American Films. The first installment of the screening and
discussion series drew roughly 100 students from the DC-Maryland