Twenty-seven years later, N.W.A is still pushing hard, pushing buttons – LA Times

The first time I met the rapper Eazy-E in 1988, he was slumped low in an office chair, black Raiders cap jammed firmly over his curls. The glowering teenager at his side was MC Ren. I’m fairly sure it was Eazy’s first encounter with the mainstream press, but he flowed from “on the record” to “off the record” to “on background” with the fluent ease of a Washington pol. (Much of his album “Eazy-Duz-It” took the form of imaginary press interviews.) In its way, N.W.A was — and still is — custom-tailored for the demands of the media.N.W.A’s canny self-identification as a ruthless Compton street gang was close enough to blur the line between fantasy and experience.

The detailed first-person accounts of robberies, sexual assaults and drive-by shootings made equally uncomfortable both the people who thought N.W.A might be putting them on and the people who were pretty sure that they weren’t. See the most-read entertainment stories >>Open link The formula was the stuff of hits. If you were driving around Los Angeles in 1987, “Boyz-N-the-Hood” may have been the soundtrack to your summer whether you wanted it to be or not; merry vignettes from the life of an urban gangster, written by Ice Cube and drawled in the high, cartoonish voice of rapper Eazy-E.

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Top 5 Black-Owned Law Firms (Black Lawyers) in Baltimore, Maryland | blackbusiness.org

The American Bar Association reports that only 3 percent of the lawyers at large law firms are African American, and only 1.9 percent of the partners are African American. Among these, most do not own their own law firms. But in some cities like Baltimore, Maryland, the presence of black-owned law firms blows these statistics out of the water. Not to mention that the city has a Black state’s attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby.

#1 – TBMG Law: was founded by Anthony I. Butler. The company includes a former prosecutor, solo practitioners, “Big Law” associates, and an international judge. The team also has two women attorneys, one a trial lawyer and the other a former judge in Pakistan.

#2 – Murphy, Falcon & Murphy: this law firm was founded in 1948 by Judge William H. Murphy, Sr. He was the third African American to be admitted to the University of Maryland School of Law.

The rest is at Top 5 Black-Owned Law Firms (Black Lawyers) in Baltimore, Maryland.

‘Empire’ Inspired Fashions Coming to Saks Fifth Ave | Black America Web

Fifth Avenue has teamed with the popular Fox show to bring The “Empire” collection, a line of clothes inspired by Lyon family members Lucious, Cookie, Jamal, Hakeem and Andre.

The pieces from the collection will be curated from pieces that are already in Saks. Designs featured in The “Empire” collection will come from Cushnie et Ochs and Jimmy Choo as well as jewelry from Alexis Bittar and handbags and accessories from MCM.

BET.com reports that the looks from the collection are set to be featured in Saks Fifth Avenue windows Sept.10 to Oct. 7. The arrival of The “Empire” collection comes as the show gears up for its second season, which premieres September 23 .

via ‘Empire’ Inspired Fashions Coming to Saks Fifth Ave | Black America Web.

Ever Experienced the Action-Packed Trinidad Carnival? | Black Beach Week

Trinidad Carnival

The Action is non-stop…

Have you ever been to Trinidad and Tobago during the world famous Carnival? Get ready for the largest carnival in the world. The celebrations, the streets and the bands are paved full of music and costumes.For one solid week, you will get to witness what a REAL street party is like. One million visitors jam pack Trinidad. Will you be One Million One?The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is celebrated two days before Ash Wednesday.

Trinidad Carnival

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Straight Outta Compton electrifies in showing the rise of NWA | CultureMap Dallas

The impact that the rap group N.W.A. — or, more specifically, its two most famous members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre — has had on American pop culture is undeniable. Ice Cube is a multi-hyphenate phenomenon, acclaimed for both writing and rapping music and for writing, directing, producing and acting in both movies and television. Dr. Dre, meanwhile, has shepherded some of the most famous names in hip hop and overseen the multi-billion dollar Beats by Dre. In other words, there’s plenty of evidence to justify a biopic on how the group and its members got their start. Straight Outta Compton documents how the five original members — Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) — went from just trying to survive on the streets of Compton, California, to huge stardom.

via Straight Outta Compton electrifies in showing the rise of NWA – CultureMap Dallas.

7 Metaphors to Help Understand Being an Entrepreneur | Entrepreneur

7 Metaphors to Help Understand Being an Entrepreneur

A metaphor describes one thing in terms of another, hopefully making that one thing easier to understand. Here are seven metaphors to help better understand the logic of entrepreneurship. The logic may surprise you, as it is not the logic taught in business school.

1. Find your flow.Do what concentrates your motivation. Based on Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s work entitled Flow, find the work that brings you joy, where you are creating things spontaneously, as if you were in a jazz band. Who you are, who and what you know determine the means of your entrepreneurial endeavor. According to Saras Sarasvathy in Effectuation, the founders of Starbucks did not study market trends but their own need for quality coffee. Facebook began as a sophomoric (pun intended) social comparison tool.

via 7 Metaphors to Help Understand Being an Entrepreneur.

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.

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).