Updated 9:45 am, Saturday, June 23, 2018 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans has been awarded a three-year, $1.8 million grant to study entrepreneurship patterns in urban communities. NOLA.com reports Chris Surprenant plans to work with academics from historically black colleges, including Dillard University, Jackson State, Southern University Law Center and Morehouse College, to conduct research focusing on black communities. Surprenant says entrepreneurship matters because "it's one of the best ways for people to escape poverty." UNO English and Foreign Languages chair Peter Schock says the John Templeton Foundation grant is the largest award the department has ever received. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Mission vandals caught on surveillance camera San Antonio Express-News Man arrested hours after ATM heist San Antonio Express-News Stolen forklift used in ATM heist at a North … [Read more...] about UNO gets $1.8M grant to study black entrepreneurship
By Rev Willie J. Keaton Jr. The thing about gentrification is this: Most people who are on the positive end of it talk as if they made out so well because they were either smart or the tooth fairy just happened to leave excellent investment acumen under their pillow one night. However, those who are on the "pushed-out" end of gentrification can smell a rat. They just can't find that rat's corpse. In my opinion, gentrification has taken so well in Jersey City because Jersey City/ Hudson County has a severe problem (a documented problem I might add) with how it shares its economic prosperity with people of color. By the way, New Jersey was the last of the Northern States to abolish slavery ... Forgive me, I digress. African-Americans, who left the cotton and tobacco fields of the south, migrating north (between 1915 and the 1940s) for opportunity, used those same fingers that had picked cotton and cropped tobacco to build up the economy of Jersey City. Ironically, … [Read more...] about Gentrification and the crippling of the black community in Jersey City
World It’s just after 8 on a crisp morning outside Besters, a farming village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, and Mhle Msimanga is wading through his herd of cattle in a wire pen, calling out directions to his sons and nephews standing outside it. “The cows can’t get out if you’re all crowded at the gate!” the 48-year-old farmer yells, speaking the local isiZulu language. The boys move aside, and a few cattle trot out, meandering onto a dirt road that leads toward the low-slung mountains that spread out behind Msimanga’s property.It wasn’t always his land. In 2005, the post-apartheid South African government bought about 1,112 acres from his former boss—a white farmer—and transferred the title deed to Msimanga and his fellow workers. It was part of a larger transaction in Besters that year: The government acquired over 34,590 acres from white South African farmers and transferred the ownership to nearly 200 black … [Read more...] about South Africa: Tensions Between White Farmers and Black Population Fuel Fears of Economic Collapse and ‘Civil War’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by How a small but influential group of black gallerists is correcting history. ByJanelle Zara June 20, 2018 IN 1966, TWO BROTHERS, Alonzo and Dale Davis, set out from Los Angeles on a road trip across the United States, seeking out other artists of color like them. They meant for the trip “to broaden our limited art history experience,” Alonzo says, since African-American artists had been conspicuously absent from his curriculum at Pepperdine University, or Dale’s at the University of Southern California. “We drove from L.A. to Mississippi, up through New York and Chicago, and somewhere between all those cornfields, we thought: it’d be interesting to own a gallery.” The following year, using Alonzo’s high school art teacher salary, they opened Brockman Gallery, where artists of color … [Read more...] about Why Have There Been No Great Black Art Dealers?
The long-awaited moment is nearly here: marijuana will be legal to sell in the state of Massachusetts as of July 1 — with a license. But a question that has arisen for many long-term users of marijuana is: what is going to happen to the unlicensed, illegal marijuana black market. Many believe it’s here to stay. No licenses have yet been granted by the state, and longtime users and dealers alike argue that higher quality and lower prices will keep people loyal to their street dealers. At the same time, leaders of the fledgling legal marijuana industry say that safety, consistency, and a desire to work within the law will bring new customers through their doors. Meanwhile, marijuana users who are now legally growing at home are operating in a new reality where instead of having to find a secret spot in the woods, their bigger worry is that neighbors will raid their open gardens. Jane, a 37-year-old Westfield resident, asked that her real name not be used due to employment and … [Read more...] about Can Legal Marijuana Snuff Out the Black Market?