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December 30, 2011
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December 5, 2011
Dr. Boyce Watkins and relationship therapist George James discuss the concept of the “Financial abortion.”
December 4, 2011
Shocking: Black Unemployment Rises in Every Category, While White Unemployment Drops for All Demographics
Black unemployment keeps rising, while white unemployment goes down in every single category.
December 2, 2011
It seems like a man who once said he was buying a private jet would be able to pay his rent. Soulja Boy is now getting visits from the eviction fairy.
November 30, 2011
It appears that Tyler Perry has a few more enemies these days, but money tends to do that.
November 28, 2011
The Money Mentor talks about how to protect your money when you shop online.
Ryan Mack has a lot to say about Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and the Less Talk, More Action Tour.
Dr. Boyce Watkins and Lorillia Brown-Phillips, “The Money Mentor” discuss how Cyber Monday and Black Friday are meant to play with your heads.
November 25, 2011
November 22, 2011
In this interview, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Ryan Mack, the head of the Optimum Institute and Less Talk, More Action Empowerment Tour. They discuss the difficulties of paying bills when doing community service, and Ryan even speaks candidly about why he believes he was banned from the Circle of Sisters event in New York City.
Dominique Reese was the first student from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles to go to Princeton University. When she found herself without her prestigious Wall Street job, she turned challenge into triumph and went on to start her own business.
November 20, 2011
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November 16, 2011
Dr. Boyce Watkins discusses why black scholars must find a new paradigm for achievement and stop allowing their activities to be controlled by others.
November 15, 2011
November 13, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 9, 2011
Loop 21 spotlights new tech start ups
Loop 21 takes a look at tech startups in light of CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 4: The New Promise Land” installment which will focus on eight African-American entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Debuting Sunday, November 13th, a preview of the documentary recently led to a twitter fight between tech writer and professor Vivek Wadwha and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, who proclaimed that “there’s zero race or sex bias in silicon valley.” Over the next five days, Loop 21 will spotlight new tech ventures created by African Americans that you won’t see on Black in America.
November 8, 2011
November 6, 2011
November 4, 2011
November 3, 2011
Looks like Oprah had better get it in gear soon. Her network keeps on losing money.
Dr. Boyce Watkins interviews Dominique Reese, who turned unemployment into a chance of a lifetime.
November 2, 2011
November 1, 2011
Soledad O’Brien had a lot to say to Michael Arrington about the fact that he doesn’t believe that black entrepreneurs exist. Dr. Boyce Watkins has a few things to say as well.
October 31, 2011
Tech Crunch founder Michael Harrington said that he doesn’t know of a single black entrepreneur. Dr. Boyce Watkins and Yvette Carnell ask whether or not he’s a racist.
October 29, 2011
October 28, 2011
Michael Arrington, founder of Tech Crunch Magazine, actually seems to think that black entrepreneurs don’t exist.
October 27, 2011
Prof. Byron Price has a lot to say about the prison industrial complex and how to fix it.
Did you know that Maserati’s can cost $2 million dollars? This guy does.
October 25, 2011
October 24, 2011
In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Lorillia Brown-Phillips, a personal financial planning expert and author of the e-book, “Jump Start Your Credit.” In the interview, they discuss first steps you can take to get your credit back on track.
October 22, 2011
Bill O’Reilly and corporate-controlled media want to believe that the Occupy Wall Street Movement is as racist as the Tea Party.
October 21, 2011
October 20, 2011
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The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc.
Optimum Launches the “Less Talk…More Action” Economic Empowerment Tour Sponsored by George Soros Open Society Institute
On October 27th, 2011 in direct response to economic hardships faced by the Black and Hispanic communities as a result of a lagging economy, The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment (“OIEE”) will launch its economic empowerment tour entitled “Less Talk…More Action”. While going through as many as 13 cities with the possibility of adding more, Ryan Mack (President of OIEE, Author, and National Media Commentator) has galvanized a dynamic team of world renowned experts to create tangible solutions to multifaceted economic hardships that continue to plague minority communities.
The “Less Talk…More Action” Economic Empowerment Tour (“LTMA”), sponsored by the George Soros Open Society Institute, focuses on using financial literacy as a primary tool of empowerment for the Black community. However, LTMA has expanded the traditional definition of financial literacy to also include unemployment, incarceration, and education in the Black community. Credit repair, planning for retirement, budgeting, and other crucial/traditional measures of financial literacy all need to have a stronger presence if African Americans are to advance economically. However, high incarceration rates, low educational performance, and high unemployment rates are also severe problems of the Black community which continue to plague our bottom line.
Ryan Mack stated about the tour, “I grew weary talking about the problems in our communities. You hear forum after forum only discussing the stats of why we got here and complaints about what the President or the Government is not doing. LTMA tour isn’t about what any person is not doing us; it’s about what Black and Hispanic communities can do for ourselves. No more paralysis of analysis…no more fancy sounding, empty rhetoric…no more ambiguous blanket statements which lack substance that are only meant to make people clap but leave them clueless as to the next tangible step to take. It is time for less talk and more action!”
The “Ambassadors of Action” joining the tour are as follows:
Ambassador of Financial Literacy – Manyell Akinfe, SVP of Optimum Capital Management, Creator of the Money Movement, and National Financial Commentator
Ambassador of Justice – Dr. Boyce Watkins, PHD in Finance, Financial Expert, Social Commentator, and Author
Ambassador of Employment – Andrew Morrison, Founder of Small Business Camp, Direct Marketing Consultant and Author
Ambassador of Education – Dr. Chris Emdin, PHD in Urban Education, Director of Secondary School Initiatives for Urban Science Education Center at Columbia University, and Author
Some of the tangible solutions to result from this tour are as follows:
- Financial literacy workshops taught to hundreds of minorities in prisons, shelters, public housing residents, churches, unions, youth programs, and more through every city.
- Town hall meetings which focus on highlighting the local experts doing the work on the ground in each city in the areas of financial literacy, education, employment, and incarceration.
- 100 Black and Hispanic owned video testimonies on the “Less Talk…More Action” site (www.lesstalkmoreaction.info) which will serve the purpose of highlighting businesses in the community worthy of support.
- A “Train the Trainer” program which recruits at least 10 trainers in every city to use the curriculum to train others and ignite a movement of financial literacy discussions.
- A “Money Movement” (www.moneymovement.org) geared to merge financial literacy with popular culture while recruiting 1000s of urban residents in every city to take the “pledge” to be fiscally responsible.
- A book “Never Going Back” which uses testimonies of experts from across the country to empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated with the tools they need to integrate back into society.
- A book “From Victim to Victory” which galvanizes Black financial experts from across the country to provide a tangible economic road map towards creating the next phase of the civil rights movement to be fought on an economic front.
- A book “Dollars and Sense” filled with testimonies of educators across the country that have all achieved academic success despite harsh environments of the inner city neighborhoods. The purpose of this book will be to provide a tangible demonstration of best practices for other educators to follow as a model as well as inspire others to infuse financial literacy into their curriculum.
About The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment
OIEE has a mission to create and implement tangible economic empowerment programs. As a change agent OIEE will develop and administer programs that will focus on teaching and increasing exposure to principles of financial literacy within communities of need. Working individually and also in collaboration with other community constituents, OIEE believes that individuals, businesses and communities can be educated to understand and adhere to those financial principles which will serve as a solid foundation for future economic growth and sustainability.
October 19, 2011
Sometimes, kids can just get on your last nerve. This woman’s baby brothers put a hurting on her cell phone bill.
October 18, 2011
October 17, 2011
- Spirit of “Occupy Wall Street” Captured by New Musical; Billionaire Investor Reprimands Hedge Fund and Presents Insightful Solution for Main Street and Wall Street
- What would a doctor’s version of Occupy Wall Street look like?
- “Occupy Wall Street” Goes global
- Occupy Wall Street protesters attacked and arrested at Times Square
Dr. Boyce Watkins asks: “If Dr. King were alive today, would he be occupying Wall Street or hanging out at a dedication ceremony sponsored by BP and Walmart?”
Your Black News Reports:
Critics insinuate that Princeton professor, Dr. Cornel West, is all talk, preaching from his Ivy League tower about the ills of the African-American community, while never getting his hands dirty.
Today, he got more than his hands dirty, he got them handcuffed when he was arrested in front the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.
October 10, 2011
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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
August 22, 2011
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Tre Baker: In Spite of Civil Rights, Black Wealth Keeps Sliding Backward – It’s Time for a New Approach
by Tre Baker
This article is going to be a bit lengthy, so those of you that won’t finish it all, let me get straight to the point. If you care about improving the economic condition of Black people, I suggest you CLICK HERE and help Ujamaa Deals launch a revolutionary website that will solve the Black wealth gap and chronic unemployment within ONE generation (yeah, I said it)! Read further and check out the video below if you want to know how I can make such a claim.
After wandering in the wilderness searching for political offices, integrated break rooms and boardrooms, and civil rights, we find ourselves in about the same economic position relative to whites as we did 30 years ago. Black CEOs, executives, mayors, congress people, governors….ineffective. The cause of this political impotence is fairly obvious to me, and I’m wondering why our so-called Black leaders aren’t talking about it more. “It’s the economy, stupid.”
August 11, 2011
August 10, 2011
In the wake of his perceived capitulation to the GOP, giving them “ninety-eight percent” of what they asked for in the debt-ceiling mis-deal, President Barack Obama is now calling for “political will” from both sides of the isle.
“We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling, a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip, could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s,” he said in televised comments to reporters from The White House.
According to a recent Morgan Stanley report, the United States is fast becoming a nation of renters. As the foreclosure crisis continues to gain momentum homeownership is reaching its lowest numbers in almost 5 decades.
Nine hundred and thirty-one (931) days. Two years, six months, 20 days – give or take a few. That’s how much time has passed since President Barack H. Obama stepped into the White House Oval Office and took his seat at the Resolute desk as President of the United States, pen in hand.
August 2011 – the Congressional Black Caucus comes out of Washington, DC with a “Jobs Tour” to address the glaring and more than obvious jobs gap and wealth factors between the black and white communities. Problem is, the black community was already in a hard recession – losing jobs and homes by the thousands when he arrived – before most of white America ever felt the vibrations of the coming economic earthquake. But as the old saying goes: Better late than never.