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    This Is Why We Should #Buy Black and #Bank Black, Mar 20, 2017
  1. Liberty

    One issue that a lot of people get stuck on is pricing. My Grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle owned small businesses, so I came to understand why they couldn't compete with prices of large businesses. It is simply because they couldn't buy in bulk, like say, Walmart, so they couldn't get the price break. To make a profit they would HAVE to charge a little more.

    I am happy to pay a little more to #buyblack, because I understand the benefit to us as a community. And, I know that these businesses aren't just being greedy, they have to charge a little more.
  2. Why You Must Practice Conscientious Consumerism, Jan 21, 2017
  3. Liberty

    Maggie Anderson's Ted Talk

    is really impressive, too. If you haven't had the time to check it out, yet, put it on your to-do list. She is really breaking it down.

    That her family actually implemented buying black for a whole year is phenomenal. That is no simple task. Quite noble, for sure. It may be easier depending on where you are located. I know that when I put my zip code in the directory I posted, only 12 businesses popped up. And, they were mainly trucking companies.

    I also noticed that some AA businesses that I know of actually weren't in the directory... Maybe you have to pay to be included on the list? I know of some restaurants and salons, that weren't listed.

    I think buying black is easier if you shop online. I need to increase my efforts to #buyblack, so I am researching ways to identify more AA businesses. Hat's off to Maggie and her family!!!
  4. What happened to the Black Conscious Community and our Movement?, Jan 13, 2017
  5. Liberty

    The Black Consciousness Movement started to develop during the late 1960s, and was led by Steve Biko, a black medical student, and Barney Pityana. During this period, which overlapped with Apartheid, the ANC had committed to an armed struggle through its military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe, but this small guerrilla army was neither able to seize and hold territory in South Africa nor to win significant concessions through its efforts. The ANC had been banned by Apartheid leaders, and although the famed Freedom Charter remained in circulation in spite of attempts to censor it, for many students, the ANC had disappeared.

    The term Black Consciousness stems from American educator W. E. B. Du Bois's evaluation of the double consciousness of American blacks being taught what they feel inside to be lies about the weakness and cowardice of their race. Du Bois echoed Civil War era black nationalist Martin Delany's insistence that black people take pride in their blackness as an important step in their personal liberation. This line of thought was also reflected in the Pan-Africanist, Marcus Garvey, as well as Harlem Renaissance philosopher Alain Locke and in the salons of the sisters, Paulette and Jane Nardal in Paris.[3] Biko's understanding of these thinkers was further shaped through the lens of postcolonial thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Léopold Senghor, and Aimé Césaire. Biko reflects the concern for the existential struggle of the black person as a human being, dignified and proud of his blackness, in spite of the oppression of colonialism. The aim of this global movement of black thinkers was to build black consciousness and African consciousness, which they felt had been suppressed under colonialism.[4]

    You are absolutely correct in stating that there have always been "numerous Black/African movements each reflecting the ideological differences within our communities". Right.

    AAs have never been a monolithic group of people, a one size fits all, and will never be such. And, in my opinion those differing ideologies served AAs in conjunction like different pieces of a puzzle. So, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing, at that time in the past. The ends justified the means?

    Thank you for your analysis of what has happened today...very thought provoking.

    So, where do we go from here? I am thinking that we should be seriously looking at collective economic remedies... #BuyBlack, #bankblack, boycotting, etc, along with the old horizons.

  6. Megachurch pastor ignites debate after suggesting that Christianity doesn’t hinge on Jesus’ birth, Dec 25, 2016
  7. Clyde C Coger Jr

    Building #BlackXmas: Resisting White Capitalism in the Wake of Donald Trump

    ... This season, more than all others, Black Lives Matter is asking people to wake up, to be conscious of our own economic power, and to protest – not just in the streets – but in the malls. Black Lives Matter is dreaming of and building for a #BlackXmas, where we divest from White corporations and invest in building Black community ...

    Dr. Melina Abdullah (File Photo)

    If you must buy,


  8. From Banks to Beauty Products, The #BuyBlack Movement Is Real, Dec 5, 2016
  9. Liberty

    It’s a trend that many are hoping won’t just turn into a passing fad.

    Late last month, Essence magazine noted that after years of slow-burning idealism, #BuyBlack has seen a community-wide takeoff.

    And, as the holiday season moves into full swing, the #BuyBlack campaign has led many to imagine what would happen if African-Americans — the largest consumer group of color in the United States with an estimated $1.2 trillion in spending power — routinely demonstrated allegiance to the 2.6 million Black-owned businesses that exist in America.

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  10. #BuyBlack 2016: 50 Holiday Gift Ideas That'll Keep Money in Our Community, Nov 25, 2016
  11. Liberty

    I understand that many do not celebrate Christmas, may prefer Kwanzaa, or neither. Either way, let's #BuyBlack 2016.
  12. African Americans go digital to back black-owned stores, Oct 6, 2016
  13. Clyde C Coger Jr

    In the Spirit of Thread Consolidation,

    For Some African-Americans, Efforts To #BuyBlack Present Challenges
    Discussion in 'Black Money Business Jobs' started by Clyde C Coger Jr, Sep 1, 2016