Major Corporations and VC investors Are Giving Big In The Backlash Against Racism

Following weeks of massive protests across the country sparked by the murder of George Floyd some major heavyweights opened their vaults and pulled out major bucks for Black causes.

SoftBank quickly put together a $100m Opportunity Fund that will invest only in companies helmed by people of color.

The VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is giving 2.2m to founders from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.

Bank of America is committing $1B over the next 4 years to addressing racial and economic inequalities.

Target is investing $10 million to support long‑standing partners like the National Urban League and the African American Leadership Forum, plus new partners in their hometown and across the country.

Goldman Sachs’ has a fund to back companies fighting for social justice is starting at $10m.

Niantic, Uber, DoorDash, and dozens of other tech companies are all pledging money toward fighting racism.

Wendys pledged $500k to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and other social justice orgs.

Financial assistance is good and always appreciated. It sends the message that big corporations and large VC firms acknowledge there is a big racial problem in this country.

However, financial contributions are a bandage on a still heavily hemorrhaging social wound.

The big impact on racism by big business will come when the color of their upper management and boardrooms become equally diverse. The one-sided tilt in front line and line worker diversity has to be leveled. Compensation has to be equal for everyone regardless of race or gender.

For decades, people of color have been thrown crumbs and leftovers from every American right and opportunity. It’s high time they got a full slice of this American pie Whites have enjoyed all along.

Blacks as a people need more than a one time financial shower.

Blacks are deserving of an equality shower. A shower that’s going to cleanse from their lives, education and employment inequalities, lack of access to proper healthcare, rampant abuse and killings at the hands of law enforcement, and access to affordable housing.

I applaud those corporations for their financial support of small businesses and Black causes.

Now give us a seat at the table and join us in the fight to make some long time wrongs right.

After some of the largest and most effective protests since 1968 we cannot go back to the business of living as usual.

“It’s important that we don’t miss this moment and go back to business as usual” Keisha Lance-Bottoms – Mayor Atlanta Georgia

We deserve a whole piece of pie in every context.

Being Thirsty Can Be Poisonous

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Thirst will drive one to gulp from any and many cups. Thirst will cause one to trade in virtues for lustful nurtures.

Know what’s in the cup you sip from. If the contents of that cup doesn’t make you happy, healthy, or wealthier don’t drink from it.

To drink from many in a short span of time screams desperate. Desperate pretty much says “lapdog” and “floor mat”. Don’t be either.

11-Year Old Lemonade Entrepreneur Lands a Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Whole Foods

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Most of us that get stung by bees want nothing else to do with them and run away from them. Such was not the case with 11-year old Mikaila Ulmer of Austin Texas.

After getting two bee stings in one week at the age of 4, Mikaila started researching bees and learned that important to our ecosystem and they’re endangered.

Makaila decided to do something to help the bees out and make a little money too. Continue reading “11-Year Old Lemonade Entrepreneur Lands a Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Whole Foods”

Chipotle Employees Sick – Store Closed

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I don’t know ya’ll,  Chipotle can’t seem to stop making folks sick. When you’re in  the business of feeding people the first thing you need from them is not their money, instead you need their confidence. Right now folks are awful shaky about even looking at a Chipotle.

In the midst of its attempt to redeem itself from two recent E. Coli breakouts that sickened 50 folks across 14 states and two norovirus outbreaks, the chain is facing another setback. Continue reading “Chipotle Employees Sick – Store Closed”

Ann-Marie Campbell – From Cashier To Executive VP of Home Depot USA

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Back in April 1985 when Ann-Marie Campbell was a student at Georgia State University, she went to work as a cashier at Home Depot in North Miami Beach Florida. It was a job that along with offsetting her college expenses, would be the gateway to one of the highest positions award a Black Woman by Home Depot. Continue reading “Ann-Marie Campbell – From Cashier To Executive VP of Home Depot USA”