Monday, September 30, 2013

“I Can’t Hire You Because You’re Black”

Jim Crow
"I Can’t Hire You Because You’re Black” and Would “Scare Away the Customers”.  Uh-huh.  Yeah, right.  

This happened in Queens, NYC.  I was born and grew up in Queens.  But this didn't happen back in the 1950s or '60s.  Oh, no, no, no.  This happened TWO YEARS AGO. 

Isn't this what people were marching about 50 years ago - jobs and freedom?  

Click here to read more about this shameful incident.  

Another shameful thing - stuff like this happens every day, but not everybody takes action like this young sista did.  

Looking for work, or know someone who is?  See Black Success:  Finding the Job You Want. 

Click here for more resources for your job search.

Here's to your success!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Aimé Césaire Centennial at the Schomburg

Aimé Césaire
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC, in association with Columbia University and Medgar Evers College, will be holding a series of events to commemorate the life and work of Aimé Césaire at the centennial of his birth.  

Aimé Césaire was a noted writer, scholar and political leader from Martinique, who is credited with coining the term Negritude. Césaire is known as the father of Negritude.  

Negritude (which can be translated as "Blackness") was a Francophone African and Caribbean movement of the 1920s, '30s and '40s which stressed the importance of accepting and celebrating Blackness, and understanding Black history and culture.  

Césaire wrote poems, plays and a biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture, hero of the Haitian Revolution.  

Negritude was influenced by Langston Hughes and other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, most notably Claude McKay, another writer of Caribbean origin.  Other members of the Negritude movement included Franz Fanon, Algerian author of Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks.  

Events include a screening of A Voice for History, a film by Euzhan Palcy; a live stage performance of Césaire's classic work Notebook of a Return to My Native Land [in English]; and a performance and discussion of Césaire's  A Season in the Congo, which explores Patrice Lumumba's fight to free his country from Belgian colonial rule.  

For details, see:  Black History and Cultural Events.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Black Scientists and Inventors

It is so important to celebrate Black achievers and role models. Black young people often do not think about careers in the sciences when considering their career options.  

Many of them think studying the sciences is not "cool", and experience peer pressure to avoid studying, as Henry Bonsu pointed out in Black Success Stories

Click here to read my new article on Black Scientists and Inventors.  

The article includes an interview with Keith C. Holmes, author of Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success.  

Black Inventors is now available in over 800 national, state, university and public libraries, including museums, research centers and schools as a paperback in 30 countries

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Black Success: The Benefits of Meditation

Black Success:  Benefits of Meditation 
The benefits of Buddhist meditation can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t have to be a Buddhist, or even be interested in Buddhism, to enjoy the benefits of meditation.  
People, companies and organisations are constantly making demands on our time.  When you meditate, you are taking time and space for yourself.  Don't let anything intrude on that.  

Listen to the short audio below for more on the benefits of meditation.  

Click here for an audio about Inner Harmony.  

Click here for more Black Success audios.  

Click here for Success Strategies for Black People.  

Click here for What You Don't Want Us to Know.