#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

National Black Bankers Association extend heartfelt gratitude to Killer Mike, Solange, and thousands of new customers

Image File: Micheal Grant

Image File: Micheal Grant

The local and national efforts have led to a surge of deposits in several black banks, as #BankBlack fever has swept the country. This movement, aimed at empowering the black community by taking control of its wealth and investing it in a black bank (21 black-owned banks are in the U.S) received national attention on July 8, 2016 when rapper Killer Mike implored the black community to deploy a portion of its financial resources to make a tangible difference.

In July alone, more than 1,500 new accounts with deposit balances of approximately $2.7 million were opened at Industrial Bank, the oldest and largest African American-owned commercial bank in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. This amount was more than the number of accounts that are usually opened in a six-month period.

Heartfelt Gratitude to Black Bank Customers

The National Bankers Association’s members include many of the black banks that received and are still receiving an unprecedented level of support from all over America, noted NBA’s president Michael A. Grant, in a recent open letter. “I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude by simply saying: Thank you!” he stated.

While efforts to get the black community to utilize black-owned banks is not new, what has been happening over the last two months is nothing less than phenomenal, he added. “The outpouring of support triggered by the clarion call of rapper Killer Mike and answered by such superstars as Usher, TI, Solange, and others, caught the banks by surprise—a very pleasant surprise.”

Black people moving millions of dollars into black-owned banks within such a short period of time might ultimately prove to be a game-changer. The catalyst for this mobilization of people and purses was born of frustration, but the timing of this effort at self-empowerment could not have been more perfect.

Bank Black Leads to Financial Independence

“After decades of celebrating the achievements of the civil rights movement, thought leaders in black communities across America are beginning to reach a consensus,” Grant went on to write. “Black America will never be able to enjoy the full privileges of first-class citizenship in this country until it had secured the ultimate badge of liberty in America: financial freedom!”

He pointed to social ills that continue to plague large swaths of America’s black communities which can be summoned up in one phrase—“financial dependence. High unemployment rates, underperforming businesses, crime, inadequate education, and job training opportunities, low aim and an all-pervasive nihilism—especially among many black youths—is defining far too many black neighborhoods in our country.”

Opening accounts in black banks is a great first step. Since statistics show that a qualified black borrower has a higher probability of getting his or her loan approved at a black bank, doing business with these banks is a no-brainer. “The more we circulate our dollars within our own community, the more opportunities we create and the more wealth we can accumulate that can be transferred to future generations,” he added.

Contrary to push back from naysayers, the “bank black” movement is not a boycott of other banks. Explained Grants, “It is simply an intelligent strategy at diversifying one’s dollars and investing in oneself.”

New Evidence Suggests . . . Kim Kardashian And Her Mother ‘STAGED’ The Robbery . . . Just Like RYAN LOCHTE!! (Here Are The FACTS) #KimRobbery

New Evidence Suggests . . . Kim Kardashian And Her Mother ‘STAGED’ The Robbery . . . Just Like RYAN LOCHTE!! (Here Are The FACTS) #KimRobbery

: Kim Kardashian may have staged the robbery – all for publicity, according to multiple new reports.

A lot of the “evidence” that is being provided by the Kardashian camp and by the French authorities is just not making sense. An according to people on social media, who are digesting the facts that have been disclosed, it is starting to look like Kim may have STAGED THE ENTIRE ROBBERY.

Here are some of the discrepancies:

1- The jewelry box. Kim Kardashain was “robbed” of $11 million in jewelry that was in a jewelry box, not in a locked safe. Who leaves $11M in jewelry out in the open?
2- Kim not harmed? According to Kim’s publicist, five masked men with GUNS tied her up in her home. They claim that not one of them did ANYTHING inappropriate. Kim is either VERY lucky . . .
3- Kim immediately left the country after the incident. Within three hours after the incident, Kim was on a plane OUT OF FRANCE. You would think that police wanted her to stay, so that they can talk to her about leads. This is a major crime (an $11M home invasion), you would think that the police would insist on her remaining.
4- Kim’s security guard was conveniently not with her when the alleged robbery took place. She paid to fly dude out to Paris with her – but he was not in her home when the burglars arrived.
5- Kim’s kids were miraculously not with her. According to reports, Kim’s children North and Saint, were with her in Paris – just in a different home. How convenient.
6- Ratings of the Kardashian shows are at an ALL TIME LOW. Rob And Chyna, which was supposed to be the SAVIOR of the Kardashian franchise is losing viewers. This convenient robbery is likely to increase the public’s interest in the family.

We’re not yet ready to say with 100% certainty that Kim FAKED THE ROBBERY, but it’s really starting to look that way.

LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton Because Who Else Was He Going to Endorse? Willie Wilson?

LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton Because Who Else Was He Going to Endorse? Willie Wilson?

Despite rumors (there have been no rumors) that the three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP was considering taking his vote elsewhere, James made it official Sunday that he would be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014JASON MILLER/GETTY IMAGES

Everyone can settle down now and stop the speculative theories that the three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was thinking about going another route with his vote for president.

On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers star forward made it official, with an op-ed posted by Business Insider, that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton come Election Day.

James wrote that he expects Clinton to “build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.”

James, a native of Akron, Ohio, and the biggest basketball player to date, endorsed Clinton a day before the Democratic presidential nominee headed to Ohio, and CNN noted that Clinton would make a stop in James’ hometown although James wouldn’t be there.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country,” James wrote. “We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls and vote for Hillary Clinton.”

“Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures,” James wrote. “For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.”

Sorry Willie Wilson, it looks like James is voting for Clinton.

Read James’ op-ed here.

Read more at CNN.

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout’s Mercedes plowed into a stopped car after a game Wednesday, a collision that left one person with significant injuries. Trout was uninjured in the three-car crash on the 55 freeway in Santa Ana., Calif., that occurred at 7:48 p.m. PT, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The woman in a Chevrolet Sonic suffered “major injuries” and was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin. A hospital spokesperson was unable to provide an update on the status of the woman injured.

“Mike Trout was involved in a car accident earlier tonight,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released by theclub. “I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon. We will update as more information becomes available.” Trout was traveling southbound on the 55 when traffic ahead of him came to a stop due to an unrelated accident, according to the CHP. Trout’s car swerved and the right-front of his his car collided with the rear bumper of the Sonic.

The impact sent the compact car careening into a truck stopped ahead of it, before the Sonic came to a rest alongside a fence on the shoulder of
the roadway. Trout and the driver of the truck stopped to check on the well-being of the woman in the Chevrolet, according to the CHP. A video obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles shows Trout cooperating with a patrol officer; an expanded version of the video shows a young woman removed from her car by Orange County emergency personnel. Trout did not play in Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The 2014 AL MVP Award winner is batting .319 with 25 homers and 21 stolen bases this season. Trout, 25, was the 2014 American League MVP and a three-time runner-up. He’s expected to challenge for the award again this season.

Kerry Washington’s new drama

Kerry Washington’s new drama

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington will step behind the camera for her next television project. The actress is set to executive produce her first series according to Variety.The drama “Patrol” will follow the lives of four female LAPD officers and marks the first weekly series to come out of Washington’s Simpson Street production company. ABC announced back in April that it had inked a two year development deal with one of its biggest stars.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said at the time. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.” Simpson Street’s first project was HBO’s “Confirmation,” the story of the

Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas case which starred Washington as Hill. Even though “Scandal” has been pushed to back during the 2016-2017 due to her second pregnancy, the star is staying busy. Harper’s Bazaar reports that Washington has teamed up with a group of fashion designers –including Christian Louboutin — to design handbags in support of the victims of domestic violence. Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative will auction the limited edition bags in October.

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis is a civil rights icon who isn’t afraid to get close to the people. We already knew this about him, but Lewis really showed it Wednesday when he ended his appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by crowd surfing.

“You want to crowd surf?” Colbert asked, to which Lewis hopped up and danced his way over to the audience. The 76-year-old politician, well known for his activism in the civil rights movement, did a little practicing before being hoisted into the crowd and passed overhead from person to person.

The stunt closed out the show. Lewis was there to promote the third installment of his graphic novel “March,” a series about his remarkable place in history. He also discussed June’s sit-in to protest a lack of action on gun control, how he met Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s recent refusal to stand during the national anthem. “This young man, this football player, is acting according to the dictates of his conscience,” Lew

Did Rihanna Get a Tattoo for Drake?

Did Rihanna Get a Tattoo for Drake?

Rihanna will probably never tattoo a man’s name on her body, but new reports are suggesting she did the next best thing to show her affection for her new boo Drake. RiRi got a tattoo while in Miami to commemorate her and Drake’s relationship.

The “Work”singer got inked Wednesday (Aug. 31) with a shark on the front side of her ankle. The shark tattoo is reportedly meant to symbolize an aquarium date the two stars went on earlier this month. Drake rented out Ripley’s Aquarium of Canadain Toronto for an intimate date and gifted Rih a stuffed shark that night. Check out the stealthy pic from the date that Drizzy posted on Instagram earlier this week below.

The tatted-up island girl is no stranger to getting spontaneous ink and the new addition was done by famed tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy. As far as hip-hop couples go, Drake and Rihanna have been dominating headlines as of late.

This past Sunday at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Drake presented his girl with the night’s top honor, the Video Vanguard Award and professed his love in the process, saying he’s been in love with her since he was 22 years old. The two have been spotted on dates together ever since and just last night (Aug. 31), they kissed onstage during RiRi’s guest performance at Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour in Miami, confirming their long-speculated romance.

Mexican president disputes Trump over border wall payment discussion

Mexican president disputes Trump over border wall payment discussion

Donald Trump flew into a nation he has constantly berated during his campaign to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto and said they discussed a wall Trump has vowed to build on the US southern border, but not his demand that Mexico pay for it — an assertion the Mexican president later disputed. “Who pays for the wall? We didn’t discuss,” Trump had said when asked by a reporter during a news conference following their meeting in Mexico City. “We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall. That’ll be for a later date.” But Peña Nieto later claimed the two had discussed the wall and who would pay for it — and he had “made it clear” to Trump it wouldn’t be Mexico. “At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Peña Nieto tweeted, after their meeting Wednesday.

He added that his conversation with the Republican nominee then moved on to other topics in a respectful fashion. Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, called the meeting “the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder” between the two men, after Peña Nieto tweeted. “It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate. It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation,” he said in a statement. In subsequent interviews in Mexico, Peña Nieto reiterated his version of events.

He told CNN affiliate Televisa in an interview late Wednesday some of the positions Trump has taken “are a threat to Mexico.” He also told the outlet he was very clear with Trump about the subject of a wall at the border and insisted Mexico would not pay for it and he made Trump aware that the people of Mexico had been “very insulted.” Peña Nieto, speaking alongside Trump during their joint appearance, twice stressed the “responsibility” he has to defend Mexican people around the world and said Trump has made “assertions that regrettably had hurt and have affected Mexicans.” “The Mexican people have felt hurt by the comments that have been made. But I am sure that his genuine interest is to build a relationship that will give both of our society’s better welfare,” Peña Nieto said. Trump apparently left his tough deal-making persona at home as he received a presidential-style news conference on foreign soil while on a high-risk trip to Mexico on Wednesday. The visit appeared to be an attempt to bolster Trump’s credentials as a potential world leader, following searing attacks on his temperament by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The spur-of-the-moment trip also came hours before Trump was due to deliver a speech in Arizona meant to clarify his murky immigration policy amid signs he is softening his prior promise to deport 11 million undocumented migrants.

Tim Cook: Apple could move billions back to U.S. next year

Tim Cook: Apple could move billions back to U.S. next year

Just days after the EU hit Apple with a $14.6 billion tax bill, CEO Tim Cook said he expects to transfer billions of dollars in profit to the United States next year. “We provisioned several billion dollars for the U.S. for payment for as soon as we repatriate wholesale nba jerseys it, and Indiana right now I would forecast that repatriation to occur next year,” Cook said in an interview with Irish
broadcaster RTE news. U.S. companies are supposed to pay federal taxes on their global profits, but the tax on money made касторовое overseas is only due when it’s brought back to the U.S. Cook said last year that he would “love to” repatriate Apple’s foreign profits but that he can’t because “it would cost me 40%.” That refers to the combined U.S. federal and state tax rate Apple would likely owe. Oxfam America estimated in April that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) was holding $181 billion offshore, and that the company’s effective tax rate was 25.9% cheap nfl jerseys between 2008 and 2014. Apple says it paid $400 million in taxes in Ireland in Stadt 2014, and another $400 million to the U.S. “In 2014, our worldwide income tax rate was 26.1%…I personally think that’s a reasonable level,” Cook told RTE. The European Commission, which administer EU law, said that the Irish government had granted illegal state aid to Apple by helping it to artificially lower its tax billfor Up. more than 20 years. The corporate giant paid just $50 wholesale jerseys in tax for every million it made selling iPhones and iPads to с most of the world outside America, the EU claimed, equal to a tax rate of just 0.005% in 2014. “It’s Chinese a cheap nfl jerseys false number,” Cook said. “I wholesale nfl jerseys have no idea where the number came from. It’s not true.” Apple has said it will appeal the EU ruling, and expects to win. Ireland najlepszym is also expected to appeal, although the government postponed a decision on Wednesday. Despite the turmoil, the Kardashian: company said it remains committed to its operations in Ireland. “We’ve got a long term romance together,” says Cook. “It’s a 37-year marriage. Like any marriage you go through pothole here or there but we stuck together because we always felt so close to the community and the people there.”

Rob Kardashian: I’m no longer diabetic

Rob Kardashian: I’m no longer diabetic

In the reality star’s most extensive interview in years, he and fiancée Blac Chyna have landed on the cover of People.Kardashian, 29, talked about his hospitalization of last year because Up. of complications from diabetes, which he called “a big-time scare.” “I had found out I had type 2 diabetes six months before, but I stopped taking my insulin,” he said. “I didn’t enjoy the routine.”

The youngest of the Kardashian siblings (and the only boy) said he In felt like he was going to you… die. It was the wake-up call he needed to change his lifestyle, he said. At his heaviest the 6’1 Kardashian said he was about 300 pounds, and it was his weight gain which led to him becoming reclusive and missing sister Kim’s wedding to rapper Kanye West in Italy in 2014.”I’m upset I missed my sister’s wedding, but it was a personal Manchester decision,” said Kardashian who skipped the nuptials to avoid the paparazzi.

Kardashian said he is now diabetes-free. cheap mlb jerseys And while he’s not wholesale mlb jerseys comfortable at his current weight of 285 lbs, he is process vowing to not go into hiding again. He credits the love of Chyna, with whom he is expecting his first child, with pulling him out of the darkness. The pair were friends and Kardashian said Wholesale Nike Washington Redskins Jerseys he turned to her for advice. “She’s surrounded me with a lot of positivity,” he said. “From the moment we met, I knew I wholesale jerseys wanted to be more than friends.” Their E! reality show, “Rob & Chyna,” premieres on September 11.