*(Via Chron.com) Teaneck, NJ - When high school prom season rolls in this year, the owner of Razzle Dazzle, an African-American hair salon in Teaneck, would love to see full appointment books and lines out the door, as he enjoyed years ago.
For well over a decade, Ronald Reid counted on the rush of customers for these special occasions, until, he said, salons run primarily by immigrants from the Dominican Republic flooded the market and poached many of his clients, offering them in-and-out service and cheaper prices.
Reid’s business is among scores of black hair salons and independent stylists in North Jersey that say they’re losing a once-loyal clientele because of a waning tradition of black customers patronizing black-owned businesses over white and Hispanic establishments. But experts tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1hb9EbW) that a failure to adapt to changes in business needs is what is hurting hair salons and barbershops that long had been a vehicle for upward mobility and passage into the middle class.
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Dr. Walter Lincoln Hawkins- National Medal of Technology 1992. Pioneered plastics used for phone cables, which revolutionized universal phone service. First African American technician at Bell Laboratories. (Born March 1911- Died August 1992)
*Dr. Walter Lincoln Hawkins was an African American scientist and inventor who made history while working at Bell Laboratories in the 1940′s, when he became the first to join their technical staff. Walter was born in 1911, and as a child growing up in Washington, D. C., he was the kind of kid who would dismantle toys to rebuild them into something else.
His curious nature proved invaluable when a teacher at Dunbar High School inspired him to pursue chemical engineering. As a result, Hawkins was instrumental in developing durable plastics used for telephone cables when the nation’s rubber supply was cut off by Southeast Asia during World War II.
Dr. Hawkins’ invention led to improved insulation for telephone cables, which also accounted for more universal service because more cables could be laid in rural areas. Continue reading
Target’s Laysha Ward & Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o
*In honor of film industry notables Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Ava DuVernay and Lupita Nyong’o, Target proudly sponsored the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The retail partner celebrated this year’s honorees by furthering its commitment to the African-American community through a $50,000 donation.
“On behalf of today’s award winners, we are making a contribution to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.” Continue reading
*San Francisco – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that Regina Edwards has been named head of Corporate Supplier Diversity for the company.
Edwards will be based in Charlotte, N.C., and will report to Greg Schmid, head of Supply Chain Management at Wells Fargo. Continue reading
*For someone who hasn’t played basketball on an NBA court in years, Michael Jordan is far from broke.
According to Bleacher Report, the former Chicago Bull pulled in a cool $90 million in 2013 from endorsements and the continuous influence of his personal brand.
The Jordan brand still holds weight as it accounts for the majority of Jordan’s incredible paycheck comes from. Evidence of the brands influence can be found with the Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” sneaker, which Nike released on Feb. 22.
First-day sales of the shoe totaled $35 million. Continue reading
*Holy bat crap!
If you’ve ever did the unthinkable and wished you was Lil Wayne, today you can be thankful that you’re not.
That’s because Weezy or as the Uncle Sam refers to him, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., owes the IRS a little over $12,155,084 in back taxes. Oh yeah, that “little over” part comes to 46 cents.