*Electricity powers not only business growth but also lights the minds of young people –helping them to learn when theyplug intheir computers and other essential technologicaltools.
R&B star Akon recognizes that in many parts of Africa business expansionis not possible and children’s education stifled because there is no ability to getelectricity.
“They’re using kerosene and candles after dark,” he said when talking about his effort to drastically change their plight.
The five-time Grammy nominated artist has launched “Akon Lighting Africa,”a partnership to bring electricity to one million households in Africa by the end of 2014.
Bob Sumner, ‘Def Comedy Jam’ co-creator launches ‘LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next’ on ASPIRE, airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST
Bob Sumner co-creator of HBO’s ‘Def Comedy Jam’ launches new comedy show on ASPIRE, ‘LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next.’
*“It was time to rearrange the furniture, go back to old conventional style comedy,” said Bob Sumner co-creator of the highly successful HBO “Def Comedy Jam,” which helped to launch the careers of such comedians as Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence and Joe Torry). “I was instrumental in the success of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” We received a lot of criticism for the language. Comedy is not about four letter words it’s a point of view.” Continue reading
Shaquille O’Neal attends the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night during the NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 at The Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana
*Shaquille O’Neal says he’s trying to make up for the bad inflicted upon players of his 1994 video game experiment ”Shaq Fu,” now considered to be among the worst games ever made.
The four-time NBA champion is launching a crowd-funding campaign to create a ”Shaq Fu” follow-up titled ”Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.”
In return, backers could receive anything from a pair of autographed size-22 sneakers to a pick-up basketball game and lunch with Shaq, depending on how much they’re willing to donate.
*(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.
This story continues at Chron.com.
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