The misuse of statistics is common in the minority-ethnic communities of the United States. Some experts claim the unemployment rate for Black Americans is in the mid-twenties. As IBNN seeks to uncover the truth behind rising unemployment rates in a time of mass-training mills, we will investigate and report the significance and failures of local and national OIC’s.
by Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, Guest Contributor – IBNN NEWS
United States…I eagerly await Sharpton et al’s joint statement expressing their outrage and indignation over this disturbing trend.
The unemployment rate in the African American community climbed from 12.6 percent in July to 13.0 percent in August, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At the same time, the number of African Americans 16 year [sic] or older who held jobs dropped from 16,318,000 in July to 16,108,000 in August–a decline of 210,000.
The labor force participation rate in the African American community dropped from 61.4 percent in July to 60.8 percent in August. The 60.8 percent African American labor force participation rate in August was the lowest that rate has been since July 1982.
When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the African American labor force participation rate was 63.3 percent.
As IBNN NEWS puts the finish touches on a comprehensive, factual report with documents and recording to back it up – we thought it would be good to start here.
All right. I just got done seeing The Butler. I’m sure there were many “stories” during the late 50s to today, but at this point, I’m getting tired of the review of history for entertainments sake – especially Black History. Of course the actors were great, it was entertaining – but that was it. Why do we keep repeating history and not doing anything about the circumstance of the Negro today? For 200 years we had concentration camps; for 200 years we were beaten, hung and killed. Unfortunately, this movie did not go little further in history to show America’s first black president did very little in the areas of public policy, compliance and education to assist us in enjoying the American Dream.
by Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief, The Independent Business News Network
Headlines read: “Black Patrons Refused Service At Restaurant Because White Customer Felt Uncomfortable.” This particular incident did not happen in 1813; although I’m sure one can find some comparable “situations.” This incident of white privilege happened in North Carolina in 2013.
Watching “The Butler” caused me great pain, emotional peaks and an intelligible distain for the White Savior Industrial Complex. Black History has taught the Black American many things about its past and future – one that remains unsure in a society that obstructs one mans progress in opposition to looks. Let it be known the facts are evident: Many Black men, women and children were killed during slavery. Many of our Black women lived under the conditions of rape, beatings and mutilations at the hand of the master. The few [Blacks] who survived in the plantation mentality had been locked into a systematic oppression on how the white man defined the Black man.
The house-nigger, plantation nigger and the overseer nigger are the protagonists in a play we call the United States of America: Then and now. The mentality of each that I mention all exist in America today. But in the same breath, so does the master and slavery sympathizer cloaked in silence – more than what is written in an advertisement or even said aloud.
Lee Michael’s “The Butler,” filled with its conflict, imagery, symbolism, flashbacks, and dramatic irony presented yet another look at slavery within a bildungsroman view using the story from the films protagonist. For the record, I am not saying the film is bad or even distasteful. What I am saying is why rewind history using powerful Black actors and not use that same strength to work on correcting the current injustices that are upon Black Americans?
In 2013, evolution has allowed Jim Crow a significant and unobstructed pleasure of converging on black Americans as if to create a legal and just form of modern day slavery. There are overseers who have not shaken off the slave-dust and choose not to have a sharpness of vision in the matters of Black America.
What is the correlation between a Black History movie entertainment and Black Americans? Why is it expectable for White America to make a movie about race, racism, slavery and servitude be the number one movie in the United States?
Deadline.com reports during the Labor Day weekend Lee Daniels’ The Butler in week three with 3,330 runs made $3.6M on Friday; Saturday $5.5M, and Sunday $5.7M. The 3-day weekend grossed an estimated $14.8M, with a 4-Day Holiday total of $20.0M. Bringing Lee Daniels’ The Butler a cume of $79.3M.
While Lee Daniels’ The Butler was reeling in the cash over the long Labor Day weekend there were numerous reports of Black people being killed all across the United States: Chicago, Atlanta, California, New York and of course Minnesota. It’s hard to connect what responsibility Lee Daniels and the cast of “The Butler” have to Black America after telling this possibly important story. Obviously, they have none.
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Tune in Saturday to the award-winning program The Ron and Don Show as we examine and explain why something must be done now to the Minneapolis Public Schools lack-luster administration. It’s hot outside and the schools have no air condition. To listen at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 click here.
Don Allen, Editor-in-Chief – The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, MN…I’m finding it difficult not to really go after the Minneapolis Public Schools with a scathing missive. That has not worked in the past, and probably will not work now.
It’s obvious to me there is a systemic learning disorder which is affecting the students who attend the Minneapolis Public Schools. The learning disorder I speak of is not a teacher issue (although the MPS needs more male teachers of color), this “issue” is complicated. It deals with the absence of administration-to-parent connections and the continued hiring of high-end administrators (from 2008-Y-T-D) that for the most part will not relate or address any of the challenges within the district headquarters.
Now the Minneapolis Public Schools wants to push a referendum; I’m fine with that as long as we have a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that details the resignation of the board and superintendent if schools within the district continue to wither.
The surreptitious spending on programs like the Community Standards Initiative
(CSI-Minneapolis), where New Bethel led by former Minneapolis Urban League president and chairman of the board for MnSCU Clarence Hightower doles out assignments for education outreach to one Alfred Flowers is problematic because of the agency of programming officials aptitude.
Of course the African American Leadership Forum has talked a good game up to this point – but now that the test results are out they have crawled back into their social circle holes and remain silent (You don’t confront another member of the DFL even if school children are failing at catastrophic rates).
For the record, I think teachers should be paid like NFL, NBA, and NHL standouts. They are responsible for shaping the minds, thoughts, writing and decisions students make in the formative years of K-12. I am not blaming the teachers.
Minneapolis Public Schools-District 1 has failed to communicate with parents, especially parents they consider “throw-away” baby’s mothers and fathers. It is obvious by the Google Doc below; the children failing are Black and Native Americans. The public school system has failed to engage the community “throw-away ” – this is why parents don’t have much contact with the Minneapolis Public Schools.
The irony of it all is that white students in the same classroom seem to be doing just fine.
I’ve sat silent for almost a year. On September 25, 2012 I asked the MPS board and superintendent to fix just one (1) school. They failed.
When it comes to sexiness Sisters have no equal
by Unknown – Guest Contributor IBNN
USA…Are black women sexy? No doubt! When it comes to sexiness sisters have no equal. But can I be honest with you? I’m actually TIRED of sexy black women. Now hear me out on this, please.
Sexiness don’t mean jack snot. Not in the grand scheme of things. Visually appealing, yes. But I can’t eat sexiness. Sexiness won’t help pay these bills or pay off our student loans. Sexiness won’t qualify for a mortgage, or get the IRS off my back long enough to make my next big business move.
Sexiness won’t help me raise these kids. Neither will it teach my sons their true worth and value in this world.
We got way too many ‘Sexy’ sistas out here with nothing else to bring to the table. Sexiness is the totality of their package. And that’s WACK!
Most black men looking for a relationship want a USEFUL woman. Visual appeal alone won’t cut it. Besides: there are so many black women competing to be the sexiest, it’s not even a race worth entering.
Can you cook? Do you clean? Do you have mothering skills Do you love your father? Respect him? Respect other black men in general? Have you divested yourself of prior relationship baggage? Can you hold a conversation about REAL world events? And no: Love and Hip Hop doesn’t count!
Do you have a REAL relationship with a REAL God: or do you follow the fake one many American Christians have invented for themselves because he’s more tolerable than the actual Truth?
These are the kind of questions discerning men are asking nowadays.
So if sexiness is all you bring to the table, you can keep it. I’d rather have a woman of pure unadulterated SUBSTANCE. And I’m sure I speak for most conscious-thinking brothers out there on this one.
There’s a new breed of black men out there ladies. And we ain’t settling for second best or taking any shorts. Either come correct or go get with Tyrone. That’s all many of you are use to dealing with anyway…
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Kings I have a Dream Speech, someone was astute enough to bring out of the vaults Malcolm X’s speeches and Prophecies, of more than 50 years ago! For a man with barely an 8th grade education, who took it upon himself to educate himself, he was a prophet beyond anyone’s imagination back 50 years ago.
As Elvin Jones said, when asked to describe in one word John Coltrane, “He’s the Truth”, I feel the same can be said about Minister Malcolm X. “Malcolm” spoke a truth back then that Negroes, Blacks and others could not, did not, would not accept as a reality of what had to occur in order for Blacks, collectively, to forge forward in Amerika!!! The attached URL has several videos of Malcolm talking, preaching, reaching and teaching. For those of you in my generation it will probably bring back memories, good, bad, and other wise.
What’s important today is to share Malcolm’s speeches and teachings–some of which are as relevant or even more so today than they were when he espoused them 50 years or more ago–with Blacks of subsequent generations who unfortunately, perhaps, have never taken or had the time or opportunity to hear and listen to Malcolm.
Malcolm X should be celebrated by Black people no less than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated by Blacks and others today!!! As Ossie Davis says in the epilogue at the end of Spike Lee’s movie “X” of Malcolm’s life: “Malcolm X was our prince, he demand our humanity be recognized and gave black men their collective, public manhood”! He was a man who never stopped learning and evolving; he spoke the truth to a country that can’t/won’t accept having the truth aired publicly!!
Malcolm is, and always will be, my hero!!