2019 Year In Review

With just days before the new year, everyone is preparing their resolutions, taxes and end of year party plans. While we are eager to look forward, let us also learn the lessons of the past with a brief look back as we close out the year with the 2019 Year in Review: US-China Trade War…

EdCheck: The Value of a College Education

Every year millions of youth around the world graduate from college or matriculate to an institution of higher learning. According to the NCES figures, there are close to 8000 universities and institutions of higher learning in the US, we can guess that number goes up decidedly throughout the world. However, the value of that education…

African Girl Power: African Women Partnerships in the Diaspora

In the USA alone, African American women’s business is the fastest growing sector in entrepreneurship.   While this growth doesn’t speak much to capitalization or longevity, undoubtedly, African American women are going into business at an astonishing rate.  This may also be due to the fact that African American women are the most educated population in…

Constructing the Future

The construction field is a unique one—highly politicized and often a struggle for smaller contractors to gain headway into the market.  When I was growing up in the Midwest, as an African-American, I can remember the consistent complaint from construction companies of color for the lack or absence of government contracting awards.  It was a…

Why Africa Needs African-Americans

Yes.  While it may seem like a proud thing to say, it’s simply an observation based on evidence and history.   It is an incontrovertible fact that most developing economies in modern history gained massive strength through its Diaspora. One area African Americans (U.S., Caribbean, South America) can be of greatest help is in the fair…

Martin and the Others . . .

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  If you are in the United States, you will undoubtedly hear and see clips from Dr. King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech and enjoy solidarity events around your town.  If you’re African American or African, you may reflect on the benefits that the Civil Rights Era afforded you….

Business Sense: Not All Advice Is Created Equal

I used to think that doing business was reserved only for a certain sector of people. This is not to say that my own extended family was deep in the business of business. However, it always seemed an untenable goal—and more importantly one to which I did not aspire. But pretty soon, I acquired the…

Part 5: The Music That Moves

Music is probably the only thing you can take from a moment in time apart from a memory.  It leaves indelible prints on the heart and mind.  From my trip to Accra I brought back Afrobeats . . . not as though I did not know about it or enjoy it in the past.  I’m…