African Women Software Developers Pursue $500 Billion Black Haircare Industry

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Entrepreneurs Plan Launch of Hairstyle Inspiration App at Lagos Social Media Week Lagos, Nigeria

Tress is a fun, passionate community of Black women from around the world sharing and discovering new hairstyles through our Android mobile app.

After piloting the app with hundreds of women in Accra (Ghana), the Tress Android app will be launching officially on February 25th at Lagos Social Media Week during the Beauty of Tech panel.

The global Black hair care industry is valued at over $500 billion, and we’re excited to be building Africa’s first social app that taps into this massive opportunity. Tress is built by three women software entrepreneurs from Ghana and Nigeria who’re excited to be solving problems they feel keenly every single day.

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Nearly half of young black men in Chicago out of work, out of school: report

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Angelo Ross, 18, center, attends a hearing about teen joblessness in Chicago in 2015. Ross was at risk of losing his internship at a restaurant.

Nearly half of young black men in Chicago are neither in school nor working, far exceeding the share nationally and in comparable big cities, according to a new report.

Forty-seven percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago, and 44 percent in Illinois, were out of school and out of work in 2014, according to the report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute that was commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network.

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How France Financially Enslaves 14 Afrikan Countries

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) is an organization of eight West African states. It was established to promote economic integration among countries that share the Communauté Financière d’Afrique (CFA) franc as a common currency. The currency is issued by the Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), located in Dakar, Senegal, for the members of the UEMOA. The union administers the West African CFA franc, now a Euro-pegged currency that is used in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

UEMOA was created by a Treaty signed in Dakar on 10 January 1994, by the heads of state and governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. On 2 May 1997, Guinea-Bissau became the organisation’s eighth (and only non-Francophone) member state.

On 20 January 2011, the UEMOA announced that it was drafting a code that will state how member states can negotiate investments with China, as reported by the Dakar-based newspaper Sud Quotidien, citing the union’s commissioner, Joseph Marie Dabré. The report said that the code would require Chinese state companies to receive approval from the Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso-based union before investing in any of the zone’s eight individual states. Mining agreements between China and countries in the union would fall under the terms of the code, according to Sud Quotidien.

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Down To 19 Black Owned Banks In The United States

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Due to a lack of support and/or understanding the significance of having African American owned banks in the community, two more closed their doors recently. The dwindling number has those in the know concerned to say the least.

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St. Louis Area Pigs Increased Housing Violation Tickets To Black Families 495% To Fund Department

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It might just be the most clear statistical documentation of police targeting African Americans yet. A small St. Louis suburb has just seen its police department increase ticketing African American families by 495% in order to raise revenue for their department.

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14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization

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Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today!

When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization.

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$59.624 Trillion (What Black People are Owed for Reparations for $5 Billion, Alex)

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A few days ago I ran across an article online where a teacher (http://activistteacher.blogspot.ca/2013/01/calculated-minimum-reparation-due-to.html?m=1) decided to do the math behind what black people would be owed if we got reparations adjusted for todays minimum wage values. He did his numbers based solely on a minimal economic value of free slave labor adjusted at the lowest reasonable rate of interest.

The number he came up with was $1.5 million dollars for every Black person in this country that descended from a enslaved ancestor, which is roughly, wait for it…………… $59.2 trillion dollars.  Yep approximately $60 trillion in reparations is owed to blacks in America and this is based off minimum values. This is why Congress will never seriously talk about reparations in a meaningful way.

Crazy isn’t it!

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PK Subban to donate $10 million to Montreal Hospital

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Somehow, PK Subban just became more awesome. It was announced today that the Montreal Canadiens defensemen will be donating $10 million (over seven years) to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

With the $10 million donation, the Montreal Children’s Hospital unveiled the P.K Subban atrium, which will be named after the hockey star.

Subban is entering the second-year of an eight-year, $72 million contract, so his donation will last until the end of his contract. As CBC notes, this is the largest philanthropic gesture ever by a Canadian athlete. Amanda Stein of TSN 690 reports part of the donation will go to creating PK’s Helping Hand, which will assist financially vulnerable families.

Subban said he’s supporting the hospital because of the support Montreal has shown him.

“Last year Montreal made a long-term commitment toward me. Now it’s my turn to make an engagement to Montreal. Montreal has become my second home. Montrealers have taken me into their hearts for the past five years that I’ve been here… and I hope to remain here for a very, very long time.”

Martine Alfonso, associate executive director of the hospital said in a press release (H/T to Sportsnet), that Subban makes for an outstanding role model for patients.

“P.K. is a person of character, who strives for success, always working at new ways to stay on top of his game and he understands the value of teamwork. He is an outstanding role model for our patients.”

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Britain owes us billions of pounds in reparations for slavery,’ Jamaica tells David Cameron

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David Cameron and Hilary Beckles (Picture: Xinhua/REX)

Jamaica is calling for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery.

Sir Hilary Beckles told David Cameron in an open letter that he has benefited from slavery on the island through his ancestral links to General Sir James Duff.

‘You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears’ sins of the enslavement of our ancestors,’ Sir Hilary, chairman of the Caricom Reparations Commission, wrote in the Jamaica Observer.

‘Successive governments in this land, a place still groaning under the weight of this injustice, have done well during the 53 years of sovereignty, but the burden of inherited mess from slavery and colonialism has overwhelmed many of our best efforts.’

Sugar Cane Cutters in Jamaica, around 1890 (Picture: A. Duperly and Sons)
Sugar Cane Cutters in Jamaica, around 1890 (Picture: A. Duperly and Sons)

Downing Street have always dismissed reparation demands, but now Cameron faces being shunned if he doesn’t address the issue.

‘If it is not on the agenda, I will not attend any functions involving the visiting prime minister, and I will cry shame on those who do, considering that there was not a dissenting voice in the debate in Parliament,’ Jamaican MP Mike Henry told the Jamaica Gleaner.

However, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: ‘We don’t think reparations are the right approach. The PM’s point will be, he wants to focus on the future. We are talking about issues that are centuries old and taken under a different government when he was not even born.’

This isn’t the first time Britain has been called on to pay compensation for colonialism and slavery.

In 2013, Jamaica’s prime minister Portia Simpson Miller called for reparation discussions at the UN, but the UK didn’t agree to pay reparations.

And earlier this year, a speech by Indian MP Shashi Tharoor went viral after he argued that Britain should pay reparations for colonialism in India.

Do you think Britain should pay reparations to former colonies?

Sources: Britain owes us billions of pounds in reparations for slavery,’ Jamaica tells David Cameron

Rosewood Victims v. The State of Florida: Were The Reparations Inadequate?

What Happened
On January 1, 1923 a massacre was carried out in the small, predominantly black town of Rosewood in Central Florida. The massacre was instigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually assaulted by a black man in her home in a nearby community.  A group of white men, believing this rapist to be a recently escaped convict named Jesse Hunter who was hiding in Rosewood, assembled to capture this man.Prior this event a series of incidents had stirred racial tensions within Rosewood.  During the previous winter of 1922 a white school teacher from Perry had been murdered and on New Years Eve of 1922 there was a Ku Klux Klan rally held in Gainesville, located not far away from Rosewood.In response to the allegation by Taylor, white men began to search for Jesse Hunter, Aaron Carrier and Sam Carter who were believed to be accomplices.  Carrier was captured and incarcerated while Carter was lynched. The white mob suspected Aaron’s cousin, Sylvester Carrier, a Rosewood resident of harboring the fugitive, Jesse Hunter.On January 4, 1923 a group of 20 to 30 white men approached the Carrier home and shot the family dog.  When Sylvester’s mother Sarah came to the porch to confront the mob they shot and killed her.  Sylvester defended his home, killing two men and wounding four in the ensuing battle before he too was killed. The remaining survivors fled to the swamps for refuge where many of the African American residents of Rosewood had already retreated, hoping to avoid the rising conflict and increasing racial tension.The next day the white mob burned the Carrier home before joining with a group of 200 men from surrounding towns who had heard erroneously that a black man had killed two white men.  As night descended the mob attacked the town, slaughtering animals and burning buildings. An official report claims six blacks killed along with two whites.  Other accounts suggest a larger total. At the end of the carnage only two buildings remained standing, a house and the town general store.

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