Perspective & Understanding on Black Reparations & White Privilege.

Trevor Noah [of the Daily Show] utilizes great analogies to “help” people that are confused about Reparations & White Privilege. The conversation is between black people & the U.S. government. Not white people or anyone else that cares to voice an unrequested opinion. The frustrating part is they aren’t listening, and they don’t care to understand.

This is our safe space to talk to each other about the topic without the worry and frustration of others invading our black space.

3 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK STUDENTS TO APPLY TO NOW

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3 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK STUDENTS


1. 2019 NBNA (NATIONAL BLACK NURSES) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

“NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students.

Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities”

Close Date April 2019

https://www.nbna.org/content.asp?contentid=82


2. APPLE HBCU SCHOLARS PROGRAM

“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. Applications are now open to outstanding students attending HBCUs with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will be graduating between December 2019 and May 2021. Eligible students should be currently working towards a degree in an undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. program. Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer of 2019, and will receive up to $25,000 in need-based funding that will be applied to the academic year immediately following their internship period. Each scholar will have an Apple mentor throughout their experience, receive an opportunity to develop key skills, enhance their resumes, and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world”

Close Date: Check the site in August 2019 for 2020 applications

https://www.tmcf.org/our-programs/career-preparation/apple-tmcf-hbcu-initiative


3. THE SHAWN CARTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND (SCSF)

“The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.”

Close Date: April 30th

https://www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/


Source: BlackScholarships.org

Black Teen’s Plant-Based Beauty Brand to Be Sold at Target

Photo Credit: Zandra Beauty Instagram

Photo Credit: Zandra Beauty Instagram

Zandra Cunningham, 18, has partnered with Target to sell her award-winning eponymous skincare line nationwide in celebration of Black History Month.

According to Black News, Cunningham’s company, Zandra, focuses on social good and uses STEAM & Entrepreneurial education to empower girls and women. The beauty line consists of 50 chemical-free skin care products. Target will sell the hand and body lotion, exfoliating sugar scrub, and lip and body balm.

To celebrate her exclusive deal with the department store, Cunningham designed the “Treat Yo Self” gift box set.

“I am so excited to offer my unique brand of American-made yuck-free products in an exclusive gift box designed specifically for Target,” Cunningham said in a statement.

“This is yet another dream come true for me,” she said. “I am working hard to pave the way for other indie brands with teen CEOs. My journey hasn’t been easy but it will forever be worth it. I am on a mission to shatter the status quo, and with partners like Target, I am making that happen.”

Cunningham and her team are working to add facial products to their line.

Zandra Beauty can be purchased from 707 Target stores across the United States.


Source: https://www.ebony.com/

3 Best Friends Launch First Ever Black-Owned Pizza and Beer Restaurant Chain

Clint Gray, EJ Reed, and Derrick Moore, owners of Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria

Clint Gray, EJ Reed, and Derrick Moore, owners of Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria


Three childhood best friends are now successful business partners as the owners of a pizza and beer restaurant chain. Clint Grat, EJ Reed, and Derrick Moore, all African Americans, opened Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria just last year and have since gained popularity -- not only for their delicious pizzas -- but also for creating opportunities for others in their community in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The three Tennessee State University alumni, Reed, the "slim" and his college roommates Moore and Gray, the "huskies" who were both former football players, put together their money, which totaled less than $3,000, and started Slim & Husky's that features specialty pizzas and locally brewed beers.

The trio is actually no stranger to business. They started doing business when they launched a moving company called GT Services, which operated Green Truck Moving. It was rather successful but they wanted to push through with a passion project, opening a restaurant.

In August 2015, they bought a garage and there they worked with Chef Jason Williams to come up with the final products. To gain feedback, they hundreds of pizzas to the homeless and local community meetings. "We got no bad reviews," Moore proudly shared.

Moreover, they opened their first location of Slim & Husky's in March 2017 in a seemingly unlikely place in North Nashville. While 17 percent of residents in the whole city live in poverty, in North Nashville, it's 40 percent. The unemployment rate is also more than triple the rest of the city.

The friends thought that opening the business there would be a great opportunity to provide jobs for the unemployed and revitalize the area. And it worked! They had provided jobs and their business is thriving as well.

The Black influence is very much noticeable in the restaurant. The menu features 8 signature pizzas such as Red Light Special (Margherita Pizza), Rony Roni Rone (pepperoni-flavored inspired by Tony Toni Tone), and California Love (for vegetarians). They also play music and shows that feature Blacks. The three also make sure they only use the best and high-end in-house ingredients.

No wonder their patronizers extend up to the surrounding areas. In November 2017 and June 2018, they opened two new locations, one in Antioch, and another in North Nashville. They are open to more expansions but they don't prefer franchise as they want to make sure the "customers to feel the black excellence when they walk into our establishment," Gray said.

In order to maintain the business as well as their friendship, they said it is important to set aside their egos. "We don't try to take on the same roles," Gray said. "We focus on staying in each of our lanes: I'm Marketing/Branding, Derrick is Operations & Construction, and EJ is Finance & Admin/Growth Strategy."


Source: https://www.blackbusiness.org/

AT 27, HANIF JOHNSON IS THE YOUNGEST JUDGE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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Hanif Johnson knows the trials and tribulations young people face. As a teenager, Johnson ran afoul of the law on different occasions and was imprisoned three times. Even as a student at Penn State University, Johnson, then the president of Omega Psi Phi was charged with assault in connection with a hazing allegation that earned him three weeks in jail. Although he wasn’t found guilty of the most serious charges, a judge still handed him two summary harassment charges.

“It’s crazy because I know how it feels sitting across from that judge and that jury when you’re innocent,” Johnson told the Huffington Post. “I went to jail for two weeks, then I went to trial. Thank God I won. That was one of the happiest days; I just felt like my life was going to be taken from me.”

He did turn his life around, though. Now, 27, he is the youngest elected judge in the State of Pennsylvania winning the magisterial seat over Republican Claude Phipps by a 73% margin in Dauphin County. The Harrisburg native, who began his six-year term in January said he decided to run for office because he knew if he wanted things to change, he had to get up and do something.

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“When you sit back, and you see Donald Trump become president, and you hear about all of these things we are being affected by, it seems like everything happens through the court system,” Johnson told HuffPost, explaining why he decided to run for the seat. “Everybody always says, well, we complain about stuff, but we never get up and do anything. This is me getting up and doing something.”

Johnson, who currently coaches track and field at Harrisburg High School, said he wasn’t taken seriously when he announced his candidacy.

“They laughed at me in my face,” he said. They said, ‘Boy, if you don’t get away from my house saying you want to be a judge. You are too young!’ But after the fourth or fifth conversation, I would ask them who they are voting for, and they would say me.”

Magisterial District Judges are elected by the residents of the magisterial district in which they serve. They don’t have to be lawyers but do receive training that equips them to handle legal issues they will encounter on the bench.

“I guess I’m not a joke anymore,” he said.


Source: https://www.blackenterprise.com/