Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Traci Lynn | Black America Web

Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Traci Lynn | Black America Web

Dr. Traci Lynn, the founder of Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, has turned her formerly modest company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Lynn’s rise to fame is a living testimony in how much one can achieve with tenacity, confidence, and a lot of faith.

Lynn was exposed to the inner workings of being an entrepreneur at an early age. A native of Philadelphia, at four years of age, she was accompanying her grandmother who was selling clothes out of the back of a car. While in high school, Lynne earned a beauty school certificate, opened a hair salon and even obtained a nursing license. Lynn says she thought the license was the first step to being a doctor because her mother groomed her to be a physician.

via Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Traci Lynn | Black America Web.

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Rally supports black businesses in downtown, Midtown areas of Detroit

Cab-honking and chants greeted motorists and pedestrians near the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Tuesday as dozens of people gathered to protest what they call the disappearance of black businesses in downtown Detroit.The protesters claim that as downtown Detroit is making a comeback, black businesses are being pushed out of the central business district and Midtown.The group chanted “Treat us fair, ’cause we ain’t going nowhere” as many held posters that read “stop killing black-owned businesses.”

via Rally supports black businesses in downtown, Midtown areas of Detroit.

South Africa’s richest black man gives $1.3 billion, half his wealth, to the poor | Responsible Charity

South Africa’s richest black man, Patrice Motsepe, has announced he is giving away half his wealth to improve the lives of the poor. The mining magnate said the money would be handled by the Motsepe Foundation to address education and health issues.

He said he was inspired by the word’s two wealthiest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who are encouraging billionaires to donate to charity. Mr Motsepe has a net worth of $2.65bn (£1.67bn), Forbes’ rich list estimates.

via South Africa’s richest black man gives $1.3 billion, half his wealth, to the poor | Responsible Charity.

The Black Wolf Of Wall Street: Jeremiah G. Hamilton, The Ruthless Black Wall Street Broker Who Made Millions Before The Civil War | Black Then

Behind the great story of Jeremiah Hamilton lies tens of thousands of words of newsprint specifically about him, as well as over 50 court cases that have Hamilton listed as either plaintiff or defendant. His story goes to show the limits and possibilities the black community has in one of the nation’s largest cities.

In the middle of the 19th century, Hamilton was a broker. He found success in the same place that ran New York at that time, Wall Street. Hamilton wasn’t just a broker trying to get by, either. He was adept to the trade and was viewed as a “skilled and innovative financial manipulator,” according to the New York Times.

However, no statue has ever been put up honoring Hamilton and in fact, that will probably never exist. This is mainly due to the fact that Hamilton wasn’t necessarily a saint. He was ruthless and aggressive with his business endeavors. On the other hand, you can’t exactly blame him. Being a successful black man in those days took courage and a lot of hardball. And hardball is exactly what was brought to Hamilton.

via Black Then | The Black Wolf Of Wall Street: Jeremiah G. Hamilton, The Ruthless Black Wall Street Broker Who Made Millions Before The Civil War (VIDEO).

The inspiring story of how Venus Williams helped win equal pay for women players at Wimbledon – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

Their names are synonymous with speed, power and a humble approach to stardom: Venus and Serena Williams faced each other in an intense match at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, which ended in victory for younger sister Serena. The sisters have always spurred each other to the heights of success with a combination of fierce competitiveness and mutual encouragement.

Yet, what sets Venus Williams apart from Serena (and from other entrepreneurial, heavily branded athletes) is her persistent advocacy for women — specifically, on the issue of equal prize money for equal merit, a still-contentious topic in many sports (including one very much in the spotlight this week — women’s soccer). Indeed, Venus Williams has fought and helped win a prolonged battle for women athletes.

via The inspiring story of how Venus Williams helped win equal pay for women players at Wimbledon – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW.

8 Successful and Thriving Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors | Black Then

Black Then | 8 Successful and Thriving Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors

Rosewood was a quiet, self-sufficient whistle-stop on the Seaboard Air Line Railway in Florida. By 1900 the population in Rosewood had become predominantly African-American. Some people farmed or worked in local businesses, including a sawmill in nearby Sumner, a predominantly white town.

In 1920, Rosewood Blacks had three churches, a school, a large Masonic Hall, turpentine mill, a sugarcane mill, a baseball team and a general store (a second one was white owned). The village had about two dozen plank two-story homes, some other small houses, as well as several small unoccupied plank structures.

Spurred by unsupported accusations that a white woman in Sumner had been beaten and possibly raped by a Black drifter, white men from a number of nearby towns lynched a Rosewood resident. When the Black citizens defended themselves against further attack, several hundred whites combed the countryside hunting Black people and burning almost every structure in Rosewood.

Survivors hid for several days in nearby swamps and were evacuated by train and car to larger towns. Although state and local authorities were aware of the violence, they made no arrests for the activities in Rosewood. At least six Blacks and two whites were killed, and the town was abandoned by Black residents during the attacks. None ever returned.

via Black Then | 8 Successful and Thriving Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce Roadster First Look

It was less than a fortnight ago that Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed an open-top version of the Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce was coming, and now we have our first look at the beast courtesy of peerless automotive photographer Jordan Shiraki. The example shown here, more photos of which are available at Shiraki’s official website, is finished in a new hue called Blu Glauco that we’re sure will prove a popular option on the stunning supercar.

Unfortunately, Aventador SV Roadsters will be a rare sight as just 500 examples will be built for worldwide consumption, 100 less than the coupe which managed to sell out within weeks of its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Pricing is yet to be announced but expect a hefty premium on the $493,069 you had to pay for the coupe.

via 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce Roadster First Look.

Kimora Lee Simmons Launches The KLS Boutique In Beverly Hills |Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine

Kimora Lee Simmons Launches The KLS Boutique In Beverly Hills - Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine

Kimora Lee Simmons Launches The KLS Boutique In Beverly Hills. Good news to all the fabulous women who adore the style sense of Kimora Lee Simmons. She has launched her ready-to-wear first flagship boutique KLS in Beverly Hills. Kimora shared with the press: ‘It’s been a labor of love, I’m chasing my dreams! Mother, wife, designer, business owner, investor etc.” I’m setting an example for my kids to have drive and know they can do anything they set their minds to!

via Kimora Lee Simmons Launches The KLS Boutique In Beverly Hills – Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine.

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Couture Diamond Jewelry | Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine

This week Janet Jackson shares the good news about the Unbreakable Diamonds collection, a new venture from the iconic entertainer who has brought us hits such as “Diamonds” and the just released “No Sleeep,” What a ferociously wide-ranging return the record world’s most dynamic and apparently indefatigable superstar, Janet Jackson is making. Apparently as indestructible and brilliantly shining as the most flawless gem, Janet has capped her month of surprises with the news that she is teaming with one of the gem world’s most famous designers to burst upon the diamond field, too.

via Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Couture Diamond Jewelry – Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine.

She started on foodstamps, now leverages a $24 billion company | Financial Juneteenth

If you haven’t heard about Gloria Johnson-Cusack, then you might be missing something. Gloria was named CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. The company, according to CNN Financial, leverages roughly $24 billion dollars in purchasing power, giving her a great deal of influence on the economy around her.

The company is in partnership with HeathTrust Purchasing Group, with NHSA directing purchasing activity for 80 non-profits, including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and United Way.

via She started on foodstamps, and now leverages a $24 billion economic powerhouse – Financial Juneteenth.