Thursday, March 21, 2013

Want to Be on My Radio Show?

When people come to your town, they are looking for YOUR business.  You need to be where you can be found.  So I am compiling an International Directory of Black-Owned Businesses.  

I shall be presenting a series of radio broadcasts to talk about the importance of international networking for Black-owned businesses.  Click here to listen to the first show.  

Would you like to be a guest on one of my shows?  If so, click here to contact me with details of your business

The Directory will be downloadable.  With a one-time payment of $50/£30, your business can be listed forever.  So when tourists and visitors arrive in your town, or are making plans to visit your town, they can find your business.  

You will have to agree to include a link to the Directory on your website.  So thousands of websites all over the world will link to the Directory - and people can find your business.  

To book your listing, or for more details, click here to contact us or click here to contact us

We look forward to doing business with you.  


How to Get Ahead

I have a range of products and free resources to help you get ahead with your finances, your career, or finding work.  

To break into a range of careers, including 
 - media 
- politics 
- business and 
- the corporate world, 

read Black Success Stories Volume 1.  I interviewed Black achievers and asked them how they achieved their success - and they told me.  I put the information in the book.  

If you are looking for work or want to increase your income, or you know someone who does, I can help.  See Finding the Job You Want for more information.  

Want to build your business?  I have free advice from Black business owners in More Black Success.  

For overall success in every area of your life, check out my Black Success Audios

Here's to your success!  

Monday, March 11, 2013

9 Ways to Boost Your Marketing Efforts in Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson
Check out this great blog post by Melinda Emerson, author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

Melinda was one of the business experts I interviewed in More Black Success Volume 10. 
Interesting that she suggests using a vision board as one of the ways to boost your marketing efforts.  This is definitely a method I recommend.  For more about using vision boards, check out my book Success Strategies for Black People
For more about Melinda, see:  How to Get 16,000+ Twitter Followers.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mary Seacole Strikes Back - The Truth about Mary Seacole

It is so important that we tell our own stories.

The UK government recently proposed plans to remove Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano from the national curriculum.

An event I attended on Saturday, held by London Black History Walks, examined the controversy.

The national curriculum only briefly mentioned Mary Seacole, as a Victorian woman who could be studied. The Daily Mail recently claimed that Mary Seacole's story was a myth.  See below for more details. 

The following information was supplied by Professor Elizabeth Anionwu at this event.

Life of Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was a 19th century Jamaican businesswoman who worked as a doctoress. She saved many lives during outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever in Jamaica and Panama.

Seacole treated Lord Nelson and the future King William IV, both of whom highly praised and recommended her.

When she learned that Florence Nightingale was recruiting nurses to serve the wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Seacole travelled to London, paying her own way. She approached Nightingale for help with finding accommodation in London.

Nightingale later wrote of Seacole as a “bad woman” who ran a “bad house”. The truth was that Mary Seacole raised the funds, went to the Crimea and treated the soldiers there. Her experience of tropical medicine greatly benefited them.

Nightingale has been remembered as the “Lady with the Lamp”, but the truth is that it was Mary Seacole who went to the battlefield to treat and comfort the soldiers. Nightingalle's hospital was across the sea, in Scutari.

Mary Seacole was well loved in her lifetime, frequently appearing in the newspapers. She was later forgotten, but the current generation have revived her memory and voted her the Greatest Black Briton on Patrick Vernon's 100 Great Black Britons site.

The Daily Mail Controversy

The Daily Mail claimed that
  • Mary Seacole did not consider herself to be Black;
  • she did not earn the medals she wore, but stole them; and
  • she did not receive formal nursing training [in fact, the first formal nursing training was established in 1860, after the Crimean War].   
Read her autobiography to find out the truth.  Click here for an article about Mary Seacole by ProfessorAnionwu on the Operation Black Vote website.  

Professor Anionwu is helping to raise funds for the erection of a statue of Mary Seacole. 

Although we have a great deal of information and documentation about Mary Seacole, a national newspaper was able to publish these distortions. It is so important that we tell our own stories.  

The National Curriculum

Information about Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano is now a mandatory part of the national curriculum. However, other things have been removed from the national curriculum.

Please come to my next Griot Workshop to learn more about telling our own stories.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Griot Workshop: Preserving Our Culture

I shall be leading the next Griot Workshop, on The Role of the Modern Griot, in London on the 12th of March 2013.  This workshop will be hosted by Black History Studies.  With special guest, photographer Charlie Phillips. 

I hope you will join us.  Click here for more information

The Griot Workshops use storytelling and creativity to help us to discover and explore our cultural inheritance.  We reinforce a positive sense of cultural identity through celebrating our African ancestors, heroes and sheroes.  

Did Lincoln Really Free the "Slaves"?

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation. 

In January 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect.  But what did this really mean for the enslaved African American people? 
Abraham Lincoln is known as the "Great Emancipator".  But did Lincoln really free the "slaves"?  

Click here to read about Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.