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Character or Riches?, Character and Wealth, Yea That’s It… #TeachMeTuesdays

I have no problem with rich people. Whether you’re rich or poor, your character is what it is.

If that rich person has the heart to help and raise people out of poverty, not just to make minimum wage but live a good life, I have no problem with that rich person. Character trumps all, a lot of people want to put rich Black people in a bubble, if you want to hold them accountable, hold them accountable, but I don’t believe on turning your back on someone just because they became rich.

The problem is, Black people have been bamboozled for hundreds of years. People come and take our resources, lying and doing what else they need to do to deceive us into giving up what’s ours, and we’re left with nothing, or fighting for what’s left – even on our own continent. Greed and capitalism are ways of life that are foreign to us, but the system has told and deceived everyone into believing that it’s the superior way of life. Those of us who have adopted the style have abused it because a lot of times it is used to throw in other Black peoples faces that “look at me, if you want to be where I am then work”, however, that still is an issue of character. If someone works hard and earns their wealth an understands that they owe their community that same opportunity, then I’d say that’s what we need to be encouraging, not capitalism and competition. I watched my dad do it, he gained his wealth and gave, that is why I do not judge people or look for reasons to manipulate, because in my heart any wealth I gain will benefit my people and especially my children and great grandchildren will instill that into their generation.

Let us focus on character building. As a community, we have been bamboozled into thinking this fight is all about resources, but if we gain back the resources and no character, we will be fighting each other back into losing our resources. Divide and conquer is deep y’all: support black business, build character, pour the money back into our communities, and keep building and taking back what’s ours so we can rid ourselves of this disease called white inferiority – masked as “supremacy”.

Be well!

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Diasporans Making A Difference: Jamira Burley

Jamira Burley, 24, is currently the youngest agency executive director for the City of Philadelphia, where she oversees the Philadelphia Youth Commission. The Commission comprises young people between the ages of 12-23 years old who advise the mayor, city council and other key decision-makers about the issues and concerns of the more than 600, 000 young people in Philadelphia.

Jamira also is a member of the United Nations Youth Advocacy Group, which has 16 young people from all over the world, from 16 different countries, who are fighting for education for every young person by 2015. She works directly with Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown to bring attention to the millions of young people who can’t or wont speak for themselves.

Jamira became a gun control advocate after her brother was killed with an illegal handgun in 2005. She has campaigned, met with Members of Congress and pushed for changes to federal and state policies to make it harder for people with criminal records to obtain weapons.

Jamira has a passion to stop youth violence, she advocates for gun control, and she demands authentic civic engagement and has the willingness to use her experiences to change her reality and the world.

To find out more about her, check out her website at:
https://jamiraburley.com

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Diasporans Making A Difference: Tambra Raye

DIASPORANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

I need you all to help support a wonderful woman doing great work around the world! Tambra Raye is a woman on the move, empowering women of African descent around the world to grow and eat heathy food! Please click this link (Bit.ly/whereswanda) to donate to her campaign and read on to find out more about her compassionate and generous work she does around the world! She’s headed to Nigeria today to make a difference!

As the founder of NativSol Kitchen, Tambra Raye Stevenson is leading a new initiative called WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture to empower women & girls to lead and create healthy communities.
The 2014 “Nutrition Hero” by Food & Nutrition Magazine was featured as a 2014 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, her passion of finding her Fulani roots in Niger and Nigeria propelled her to promoting health of African heritage foods.
Her work has been highlighted by the Washington Post. She has been interviewed by WPFW-FM radio, Cuisine Noir Magazine , WHUR-FM radio, BellaNaija.com, NBC4, BlackEnterprise.com, EmPower Magazine, Huffington Post, Sirius XM Radio, NBC Nightly News, BET.com, and TheRoot.com. She has written for She Leads Africa, and quoted in Food and Nutrition Magazine.
She has spoken at FHI360 in South Africa, University of Cape Coast Medical School in Ghana, Young African Leaders Summit in Ethiopia, U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture, W,K, Kellogg Foundation, American Public Health Association, and National Association of Black Journalists.
She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Tufts University School of Medicine.

To find out more visit: http://iamwanda.org
To find out more about Ms. Tambra Raye visit: TambraRaye.com

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Diasporans Making A Difference: Arcman Durosier

DIASPORANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Arcman Durosier is the Founder & CEO of Bel Nouvo Natural Skin & Hair Care. Bel Nouvo is a natural skin & hair care product line with handcrafted products for healthier skin & hair. Arcman was in the healthcare industry when he founded the company in the summer of 2011. It began with Arcman formulating a customized hair product for his sister’s specific hair needs. His sister, who was in college at the time, took it back to her university and began using the product regularly. The product did not only meet her hair needs, but it began getting rave reviews from others that she shared it with. A few small requests turned into weekly orders, so it was obvious that there was a need for effective naturally derived beauty products. Soon after, Bel Nouvo was created.

Arcman has shipped his handcrafted beauty products to customers all over nationally & internationally. Bel Nouvo has garnered over 10,000 followers on various social media platforms, several YouTube reviews, and has expanded their distribution to other local & online beauty boutiques. Arcman accredits the success of his company to his faith, work ethic, and integrity as an entrepreneur.

Mr. Durosier has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. where he continues to run Bel Nouvo Natural Skin & Hair Care.

Arc man lives by the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

For more information on his story and products visit www.belnouvo.com