Posts Tagged ‘Ethnicity’

Nate McCray: Sports Agent

July 1, 2014 Leave a comment


Nate McCray, DSM IncorporatedEntering a field and/or a position where you are in the minority can be challenging and essentially places you in the spotlight. But it also gives you a chance to shine by becoming the best you can be because you are in the minority and you will be noticed.

In the world of sports, blacks are in abundance on the field and on the court, but when it comes to management, ownership and representation, the numbers fall off drastically. You would think that in this day and age, black players would feel comfortable being represented by other blacks, but sadly, it isn’t so.

Sports agent, Nate McCray, wants to help change the perception that blacks are only good for playing and not successful off the field. This is what makes him work three times harder than his white counterparts to represent his client to the best of his ability to help sustain a successful career on and off the field.

The Industry Cosign got a chance to speak to McCray as he expresses what makes him go and his desire to get his clients to see the big picture and focus on what really matters in terms of life as opposed to bling-bling and purchasing the latest automobile. Read more…


Black Novel – “Dark Side of Money”

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment


— Written by d. E. Rogers and uniquely fusing fact with fiction, ‘The Dark Side of Money’ proves that some people would do anything to retain their wealth and the promise of the American Dream – even if it means killing their family. As one of the few books to focus on the successes of African-Americans, the novel is poised to resonate with readers from coast to coast. —

Bookcover and author, d. E. Rogers

San Francisco Bay Area, CA ( — While thousands of books depict African-American families as struggling to reach the success of wider society, The Dark Side of Money showcases the high-life millions of families enjoy. However, no book of gripping fiction is worth its weight without a heavy dose of action, suspense and murder.

Thankfully, author d. E. Rogers gives readers all three with gusto. The novel’s narrative thrusts readers from the fruits of success to the tumultuous consequences of trying to hold onto the American Dream.

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It Needs To Be CED: Why Can’t We Celebrate Black History Year?

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI guess I am impressed when I see people I know posting important facts (online) in Black History daily or several times during the month of February, named Black History Month. It’s the ‘cool’ thing to do, I suppose. But, I liken Black History Month right along with other ‘holidays’ like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Why do I need a certain time to acknowledge my mother, father, girlfriend or my history?

During the year, if I am in a relationship, I take my girl out, I buy her flowers, gifts, things I think she would need and/or like, acknowledging my love for her throughout the year. Same thing with my mother. I’m taking her out here and there, buying her whatever she needs or wants, checking up on her, doing the things I feel a good son should do for his mother. My father has passed on, but that doesn’t mean I only think about him or recognize him on Father’s Day. He is still on my mind throughout the year.

Now, as impressed as I am with ‘us’ being recognized ‘once’ a year, every year, I’m wondering why ‘we’ feel like we should celebrate when we are told to celebrate ‘our’ history? Read more…

Blacks and Small Business Credit

August 23, 2012 1 comment



— Web site educates small and minority business owners on how to obtain small business credit —

Nationwide( — A recent Washington Post article emphasized how poor credit makes it much tougher to secure loans and gain access to credit, especially for African-Americans. The article entitled, “For Black Americans, Financial Damage From Subprime Implosion is Likely to Last” (see link below), sheds light on what has been an ongoing problem for many decades: Minorities, particularly African Americans, continue to make up a huge population of people and business owners who are unqualified for credit. Read more…

Black and Illiterate: We Can’t Read, But We sure Can Watch TV

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

By Torrance Stephens

Hypothetically, let us assume there is a young man who has just finished school, and he is attempting to decide where he will move on to for his personal professional development. In this process, he meets with several interesting entities, of which many offer him incentives to select their organization, for they see great talent and how he could add to their bottom line in being profitable. In some cases he is wined and dined and set up in expensive hotels with access to host who are female. In others he is given envelopes with money and in one case a backpack or briefcase filled with stacks of money. My question is what is this persons occupation and is it illegal?

A while back I wrote a piece describing the manner in which many African Americans do not take full advantage of social media. In addition I am frequently speaking out to bring attention to the fact that reading is slowly falling off among members in our community. Each time, I obtained vehement ridicule and slander for my assertions, especially when I assert that African Americans watch more television than they read; or that they use cell phones more than any other ethnic/racial population in the United States.
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“West Indian Woman”

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

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By Eva


So way back when I started this blog, I promised you some creative stuff thrown in among my rants and reads, and did indeed post some of my prose and poetry.

I haven’t kept up with that promise lately though, have I?  I know. I suck. Fuck off.

I wrote this piece tonight, inspired by someone very dear to my heart…who I just confound at times with my “West Indian Woman” tendencies. (Yep. I’m an island girl. Born and raised in the South Bronx, of British Jamaican heritage. I am where Park Avenue and Halfway Tree meet, baby!)

This is in tribute to all the headstrong island girls like me, the prideful mothers, the strong wives, and determined single girls. Sisters, it’s in our genes. We can’t help it. But it’s also in tribute to the men who have to deal with us: we know…we know…

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First Ever National Pretty Brown Girl Day

February 7, 2012 1 comment


Laila and Aliya Crawley with their Pretty Brown Girl Dolls are ready for Pretty Brown Girl Day, Feb. 25th

Nationwide( — Empower a girl, empower a world. During Black History Month, a Detroit Metro based company is pushing for a national movement. Pretty Brown Girl is asking all girls and women across the United States and around the world to celebrate themselves, families and friends. This is a great way for brown girls of all ages, cultures and ethnicities to empower themselves and boost their self-confidence. Read more…

The 5Ws: Maximillian L. Hamilton

December 14, 2011 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWho: Maximillian L. Hamilton


Why: BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. The centerpiece of BLACK ENTERPRISE content is our “Wealth For Life” initiative. BLACK ENTERPRISE with a total reach of 6 million across our television, digital, print and events platforms, is your direct connection to an unduplicated audience of genuine entrepreneurs and corporate business professionals.

Where: Global Headquarters, New York City

When: Established August 1970
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{On the Parenting Post} Young, Gifted & Black

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Post image for {On the Parenting Post} Young, Gifted & BlackThis week, as part of a blog-a-thon hosted by’s Mom Congress, I wrote an open letter to my daughters about what their father and I plan to do this year to help them succeed in school. Here’s a snippet of what I wrote:

Please understand, the southern caste system that kept Gamma Bettye and Papa Jimy from getting the educations all children deserve made them value education like no other; they came from a generation of African Americans born and reared in the South—where black babies were relegated, by law, to substandard schools and books and jobs and neighborhoods and services. And so the first chance they could, they high-tailed themselves up North, first for jobs, second to find each other, and third to give their children the opportunities they were denied when they were little. But for your grandparents, there was no time for PTA meetings and school bake sales, no know-how when it came to writing essays or figuring out tough algebra problems, no advocacy with teachers. Maybe they felt like they couldn’t handle it. Perhaps it was what parents like them did in their time—trust that teachers are professionals capable of doing their jobs without parents getting in the middle of it all. Read more…

Inspiring People: International Journalist * Social Activist * Political Consultant * Inspirational Speaker, Jeff Johnson

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

By Dana Roc

Jeff Johnson

From the Hip-Hop community to mainstream media, Jeff Johnson serves as a trusted voice for information and opinions to a new generation. A social activist, political strategist, inspirational speaker, executive producer and an architect for social change, Johnson is one of today’s most gifted leaders in both the political and entertainment arenas.

Recently, Johnson was named by Source Magazine as one of the hip hop generation’s key political players. Johnson has spent the last decade carving out a unique niche of merging the worlds of politics and popular culture providing cutting-edge strategic and leadership-based consulting for youth and urban demographics.

Jeff has served as the National Youth Director for the NAACP and was sent by BET on assignment to the Darfur region of Sudan 2007. Johnson is also one of only two news correspondents to interview Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir within the past thirteen years. An established investigative journalist, Johnson has interviewed 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on BET specials regarding key issues facing the African-American community. Read more…

A White Mom Wonders Whether Her Brown Babies Will Be Black Enough

August 2, 2011 5 comments

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A few months ago, I found myself in a state of panic.

I am the proud mother of two baby girls, both of whom came into our family through domestic, transracial, open adoption.    My husband and I are white, our daughters are black. Read more…

Can a Woman Raise a Boy to be a Man? Most Men Don’t Think So

July 31, 2011 Leave a comment

By Dr. Boyce Watkins

A new survey at reveals that black men and women have different perceptions on what it takes to turn a boy into a man.  The survey finds that while most black men do not believe that a woman can raise a boy to be a man without male intervention, nearly half of all black women believe that they can. Read more…

BLACK GIRL PROJECT Coming to Atlanta, August 5th, 2011

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

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Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) in conjunction with Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) on African American Culture & History, presents the “Black Girl Project”, a film documentary examining contemporary issues faced by African American young women in New York City, Friday, August 5, 2011, 7pm at Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. 30301. The event is free and open to the public.

This SOT / AARL film presentation will include a reception & talkback with “BGP” film creator Aiesha Turman, of Super Hussy Media, moderated by SOT Alumni Shaquila Montgomery, a film student at St. John’s University in New York City. Read more…

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