Successful Black Business Owner Seeks to Pay It Forward with Six-City Franchise Contest Worth $3 Million Dollars

Donnie P., the founder of A Caring Home Services

You never know who you’ll find generating ways to share opportunities for others.

Take Donnie P., the founder and operator A Caring Home Services franchises in several locations. This week in Atlanta, he’s offering a lucrative franchise opportunity through his Caring Franchise Contest 2017. To one savvy local entrepreneur, Donnie will give away a franchise business, to own and operate, entirely free of franchise-purchase cost. In addition to Atlanta, he is offering the same opportunity to people in Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and Austin. In all, six people in six cities will receive a franchise business free of cost, at a value totaling close to $3 million.

“If this contest seems to favor only the Southern region of the U.S., that would be partially true,” Donnie says. “The fact is that, as a Houston native, I wanted to expand my brand from our Houston location and to include Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin and another franchise in Houston, to our network. I love the idea of hosting our contest as it will help us expand and identify six outstanding entrepreneurs to offer franchises.”

The A Caring Franchise Contest 2017 selection criteria encompass a variety of factors that suggest contestants ability to create a successful, thriving business. It also gives the six winners a real shot at franchise ownership, whether or not they can afford to buy one. For Donnie, creating the kind of business success that supports giving away six lucrative franchise businesses to deserving future owners has been an arduous journey.

Donnie purchased his first franchise business in 2013. His parents had always instilled in him the notion of “never working for anyone who can control your destiny,” implanting that idea moved Donnie toward his entrepreneurial future.

Before his purchase Donnie  like many young people struggled to find his way. As he wa becoming a young adult his father casually explained that he’d no longer be able to provide him with financial support. With five other siblings still in school and looking to go to college, his father needed to spread support to them, too. With more than a year left before graduation, Donnie was unclear how to proceed, but he prayed intensely for guidance. Somehow, he’d have to figure out how to support himself and do it quickly. But, as the initial feelings of fear faded, a sense of hope emerged, presenting a true turning point.

“Over time, it was becoming evident that I would be perfectly fine as long as I maintained a strong faith in my ability,” Donnie said. “The more I believed I’d be OK, the more I’d explore and find opportunities that made if possible to stay afloat.”

“It’s been this core belief and my willingness to make mistakes and try again that has shaped my business and my approach to entrepreneurship” he continued. “More than anything, it was my father who first presented me with a challenge, and, yet, it was this challenge and working through it [that] forced me to reach deep within myself to succeed and fail; succeed again and keep going.”

After graduating from college and starting various businesses with very little start-up capital, Donnie made his way to A Caring Home services and found a career in the franchise industry. Before long, he had built the business into a profitable endeavor offering consumers access to elder care, food preparation, house cleaning and other high-quality, vital services.

Donnie later authored a book, “How to Catch A Mouse, With No Cheese,” outlining advice and tips from an entrepreneurial perspective.

“Without a doubt, it has taken me strength and perseverance, and many failures, to reach the success I’m experiencing as a franchisor,” Donnie said, “and I am motivated to bring on six new business owners to grow success even further.”

Source: Successful Business Owner Seeks to Pay It Forward with Six-City Franchise Contest Worth $3 Million Dollars 


Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Care About Systemic Discrimination

Betsy DeVos, the white woman who was given everything in life including her appointment as Education Secretary, thanks in part to large donations of her husband’s money, is curtailing investigations into civil rights violations because the Trump administration doesnt care about non-white people issues (Kanye before Kim voice.)

Adding yet another feather in the president’s plan to undo all of former president Barack Obama’s legislation, the new plan will scale back efforts to look at systemic issues and whole classes of victims. “Also, regional offices will no longer be required to alert department officials in Washington of all highly sensitive complaints on issues such as the disproportionate disciplining of minority students and the mishandling of sexual assaults on college campuses,” the New York Times reports.

This is Betsy DeVos, aka the Sarah Palin of education, in her attempt at reshaping the department. So far under her guidance, DeVos has suspended legislation that would allow student loans amassed at predatory lending colleges to be forgiven and now she doesn’t want systemic civil rights issues to be reported. Nice.

The administration claims that because the current legislation caused soaring complaints, the civil rights office found itself understaffed and stifled in paperwork. So instead of increasing staff or trimming her security detail which has cost taxpayers some $8 million, DeVos decided that the department needn’t be bothered with that civil rights stuff. Too messy.

Raise your hand if you are shocked at the measures this administration continues to take moving towards big business and away from the people. Is anyone surprised that DeVos doesn’t care much for civil rights complaints? Seriously, anyone?

Source: Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Care About Systemic Discrimination 

You 22-Year-Old Chicago Native’s Passion for Science Lead Him to Seek Cure for Colon Cancer


Keven Stonewall started his research into colon cancer when he was just 19 years old. (Photo via Twitter)

Keven Stonewall can track his passion for science back to the fifth grade, when his class was learning about the microscope. Stonewall fell in love with the optical instrument and rushed home to ask his parents for one for Christmas. 

Now 22, the Chicago native has expanded his passion for science and medicine and has joined the fight to find a cure for colon cancer.

During his freshman year of high school, Stonewall had a friend lose his uncle to cancer. After watching the effects on him and his family — emotionally and economically – Stonewall decided he had to make an impact in cancer research. By junior year, he was working at a research lab, he said.

According to Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in men and women, with mortality rates highest in African-Americans.

“In high school, it really hit me that I could do something that could really impact people,” he said.

Stonewall was 19 when he discovered that a mitoxantrone-based vaccine had an age-specific effect after he tested the vaccine on two groups of mice, separated by age, that had been injected with aggressive colon cancer cells. After measuring the tumors in both groups, results showed that 100 percent of the younger mice had developed an immunity to the cancer.

Stonewall and his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers working with students at Wheelhouse Studios in Madison, Wis. (Photo via Twitter.)

“After transitioning to college, I continued the research, but not only just working on one cancer,” he said. “I decided to attack neuroblastoma [a type of cancer found in an embryo or fetus] and osteosarcoma [a tumor found in bone].” 

With medical school quickly approaching, Stonewall is keeping his options open for what field he plans to go into. Despite this, he hopes to work with children, in and outside the lab.

“At the end of the day, I love the research,” Stonewall said. “But I want to be able to give back to my people, and give back to the community.” 

Stonewall currently helps mentor children at the Salvation Army in Madison, Wis., and hopes his story inspires people who feel like they don’t have representation in the scientific or medical field.

“One thing I always tell people is passion is love and love is passion,” Stonewall said. “The amount of energy you put into something you love, a family member or friend, you’ll go out of you way for them.

“Why don’t you put that same kind of energy into something your passionate about?” 

Source: 22-Year-Old Chicago Native’s Passion for Science Lead Him to Seek Cure for Colon Cancer 

Black Gun Owners Worried by Acquittal In Castile Shooting

Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Gerry Martin isn’t sure he will ever tell a police officer during a traffic stop that he has a concealed-weapon permit — and possibly a weapon — on him.

The acquittal of a Minnesota officer in the death of a licensed gun owner who volunteered that he had a gun seconds before being fatally shot during a traffic stop adds to the worries of African-American gun owners about how they are treated by police and society.

Acknowledging that they have a weapon, they said, can open them up to violence from police, who can then claim they feared for their lives simply because of the presence of a gun, even a legal one.

“As soon as you say, ‘I’m a concealed carry holder. This is my license,’ they automatically are reaching for their gun thinking you’re going to draw your gun on them, once again not realizing you’re a good guy,” said Martin, who lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Philando Castile was fatally shot by the officer July 6 in a St. Paul suburb seconds after he told the officer he was armed. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted Friday of manslaughter and two lesser charges.

During the stop, Castile volunteered, “Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me.”

Yanez told Castile, “OK, don’t reach for it then” and “Don’t pull it out.”

On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, “I’m not pulling it out,” as Yanez opened fire. Prosecutors said Castile’s last words were, “I wasn’t reaching for it.”

The verdict “tells African-Americans across the country that they can be killed by police officers with impunity, even when they are following the law,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The verdict also tells blacks that “the Second Amendment does not apply to them” because Castile “was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the car, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or intended to use the weapon against the officer,” the Louisiana Democrat said.

Outside the courthouse, Castile’s mother said Yanez got away with murder. Her son was wearing a seatbelt and in a car with his girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter when he was shot.

“I am so very, very, very … disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota,” Valerie Castile said.

Licensed gun owner and open-carry advocate Rick Ector of Detroit said stereotypes can cloud the minds of some officers when dealing with black gun owners. Officers may have had previous encounters with people carrying guns illegally — especially young black men. And that experience can carry over, Ector said.

Once they find out that a black American has a gun permit, “they are not necessarily going to relax, but they now have an idea about your character,” Ector said.

Phillip Smith, head of the National African American Gun Association, said police need additional training to remind them that Second Amendment rights apply to black gun owners as much as anyone else.

Like several similar cases, Castile’s death was shared worldwide on social media. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook because, she said, she wanted to make sure the truth was known.

But videos of black people dying at the hands of police have led to few convictions.

“I’m sure people of color are going to say, and rightfully so, what is the burden of proof for an officer to be” convicted? asked Dwayne Crawford, the executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Eric Garner died in July 2014 in New York City after a white officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. Garner complained that he couldn’t breathe on video captured by onlookers. A grand jury declined to indict that officer or any others involved in the arrest.

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun tucked into his waistband, was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer in November 2014. But a grand jury declined to indict patrolman Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shot, or training officer Frank Garmback. The city settled Rice’s family’s lawsuit for $6 million.

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white officer, Darren Wilson, in August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Their confrontation was not captured on video. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the Justice Department opted against civil rights charges. Wilson later resigned.

Only one police officer in recent publicized cases is facing jail time.

South Carolina officer Michael Slager, who is white, shot black motorist Walter Scott in the back as he fled from a traffic stop. Slager pleaded guilty in May to a federal charge of violating Scott’s civil rights, and a judge will determine his sentence, which could range from probation to life in prison without parole.

Scott’s shooting in April 2015 was captured on cellphone video seen worldwide. It contradicted Slager’s original statement that Scott had attempted to grab his Taser.

“This was a clear-cut case of unnecessary, fatal police violence,” Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color Of Change, said of the Castile case. “District attorneys around the country, from Tulsa to Cleveland to now St. Paul, must be held accountable for their failures to secure justice for victims of police violence.”

Source: Black Gun Owners Worried by Acquittal In Castile Shooting 


Judge to Decide If Officer Injured In Alton Sterling Protests Can Sue Black Lives Matter

A federal judge will decide whether Black Lives Matter can be sued in court after an officer was injured at a July 2016 protest involving activist DeRay Mckesson, who was arrested in Baton Rouge, La. Max Becherer/AP

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., said on Wednesday, June 15, that he will rule “within the coming days” on whether Black Lives Matter is a movement or an organization, which would mean it can be sued in court, according to the Associated Press.

In November, an unnamed Baton Rouge police officer filed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, an affiliated Baltimore-based activist. The officer said he was badly injured when a thrown rock or piece of concrete hit him in the face at a protest after the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man fatally shot by a white officer outside a convenience store in July 2016.

Mckesson was one of about 200 protesters arrested and the lawsuit claims the activist “incited” violence on behalf of Black Lives Matter at the July 9 protest it said he organized and was in charge of.

Mckesson’s lawyer, William Gibbens, asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Gibbens, the Associated Press reported, argued during Wednesday’s hearing that Black Lives Matter does not have a governing body, dues-paying members or bylaws. It’s a “community of interest” at best, he said.

Donna Grodner, an attorney for the officer, argued Black Lives Matter is an “unincorporated association” that can be held liable for her client’s injuries, the Associated Press reported.

“It’s organized. They have meetings. They solicit money. They have national chapters,” Grodner told the news agency. “This shows a level of national organization.”

According to The Advocate, a Baton Rouge-based newspaper, the judge said a key question is whether, under Louisiana law, Black Lives Matter is capable of suing and being sued.

In May, the Justice Department announced that no federal charges would be filed against the two officers who struggled with Sterling. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is currently deciding whether any state charges are warranted, according The Advocate.

In November, Baton Rouge was ordered to pay $100,000 to Black Lives Matter for use of excessive force during protests.

Source: Judge to Decide If Officer Injured In Alton Sterling Protests Can Sue Black Lives Matter

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