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Can Detroit Leaders be this creative; Philly starts Ibuy Black Program

African American leaders, business owners launch ‘iBuyBlack’ discount card by Erin Arvedlund, STAFF WRITER @erinarvedlund | EArvedlund@phillynews.com African American business owners joined with legendary musician Kenny Gamble and religious leader Dr. Alyn Waller on Tuesday to launch a discount card they hope will encourage members of Philadelphia’s black community to spend their dollars at local black-owned businesses. About 80 business owners already have signed up to participate and accept the “iBuyBlack” card, sponsored by the Philadelphia Community of Leaders. “We heard about a similar model in Detroit, so we borrowed from them,” said Michael Rashid, former president and CEO of AmeriHealth/Caritas. “Economists say the average dollar earned by blacks stays in our community for just six hours,” Rashid told a packed audience assembled on the fourth floor of City Hall. “Compare that to the white community, in which dollars circulate for 17 days. That’s wealth-building. “Strong black businesses are good for the entire community, with the potential to lower crime and create jobs,” he said. “All people should make a point of supporting black businesses.” A broad coalition of Philadelphia leaders, City Council members, and business owners got behind development of the iBuyBlack card, which costs $10 and offers discounts of up to 15 percent every time cardholders shop at local companies. “Our goal is to recruit 500 businesses and 10,000 Philadelphians to purchase the iBuyBlack discount card by the end of this year,” said Earl Harvey, sales director for iBuyBlack.org and a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce. Currently, there are about 1,500 cardholders. Proceeds from the cards will go to support the Philadelphia Community of Leaders... read more

Rethinking the NAACP and the legend of Washington Ellis

Rethinking the NAACP and the legend of Washington Ellis By Timothy Moore {note: please click on links,otherwise you will miss a very important part of this story. They are like footnotes}   I like many African Americans have taken the NAACP for granted, thinking that it has outlived its usefulness. It has been said that it is not radical enough, they depend on corporations too much, or their “ Image  Awards” are given to many who don’t deserve them. (Kid Rock, who fly’s the confederate flag at his concerts). I would sign up for membership, and then forget to renew more times than I care to admit.                                             However, something happened in the last week to make me rethink my relationship with this August organization. Let me share this remarkable story with you. It is about my Grandfather Washington Ellis.      My recollection of his temperament is totally at odds with his life experiences that I have come to learn about.      He was about 5’4” inches in height, with very dark brown skin. I imagine his complexion was similar to how our ancestors looked when they got off the slave ships and before slaveholders, their sons and employees  started raping our grandmothers. To me, he was of the same stock as the small stature d Twa people of Africa who were the original inhabitants of of the British Isles (dwarfs, brownies and leprechauns) Asia (the Anu), and Philippines (negritos) . (http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/the-wonderful-first-civilization-of-the-ancient-twas-of-africa-by-mena7)        He always wore expensive shoes and they were always shined. Although he always had a cigarette in his mouth, I never saw him inhale. We... read more
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