WASHINGTON -- No one was happier with the election results than Virginia Ali, who has continued--with her sons--the legacy her husband began with Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958 on U Street.
Just before the Inauguration four years ago, the President-elect Barack Obama came into the restaurant with the mayor of the nation's capital, ordered its signature half-smoke and paid with a $20 bill, telling the cashier "We straight."
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning for the holidays is simpler and much tastier by counting on thousands of African-American restaurants to make your meal or gathering a real feast. It is also a great way to generate economic development and jobs.
ReUNION Narrative: From Faith to Freedom Jan. 16-March 5, 2013 4th Lesson
According to the National Park Service, Esteban Gomez, a sailor of African and Portuguese descent, was the second European explorer to visit what was to become New York City-- in 1524.
Having sailed with Magellan, Gomes was such a celebrity that the area he reached--attempting to find the Northwest Passage to India-- was described on a map as The Land of Esteban Gomes, now known as New England.
The Jackson State University alumnus is one of a dozen African-Americans leading information policy at Cabinet departments and major agencies among the 13th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.
In addition to his responsibilities for the Environmental Protection Agency, Jackson also leads a committee of the CIO Council on developing the technology workforce.
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SAN JOSE -- When the new editor of the San Jose Business Journal walked into a breakfast at the San Jose Athletic Club in 1987, he was surprised that four of the dozen technology business leaders welcoming him were African-American.
"They were pretty shocked that I was black too," recalls the author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO), first African-American to edit a business newspaper.
John William Templeton soon organized a group called the Black Executive Forum, where one could only gain admittance with budget authority in excess of $10 million. More than 200 eventually showed up for the monthly meetings.
During National Black Business Month in August, begin by making a commitment that you will prepare your own list to visit at least one black-owned business each day of the month because your traffic brings more revenue and sorely needed new jobs. We offer these suggestions for local options on the nationwide 31 Ways 31 Days list. Black Money Baltimore, Black Money Washington will provide check-in codes at some of the locations listed so new visitors can check in with their cell phones to register their support of black-owned businesses.
WASHINGTON -- The Executive Leadership Council wants corporate boards to wake up and smell the coffee from the Nov. 6 election results. A changing electorate is also a sign that business executive suites should change as well.
CHICAGO -- The reelection of President Barack Obama offered an unexpected plug for serial inventor Dr. Juan Gilbert, project manager for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's design of a universal voting machine. The lone unscripted remark in his acceptance speech, just after noting the long lines at polling booths, was "we need to do something about that."
RICHMOND -- N.A.M.E. Brand Records recording artist J. Plunky Branch and his group Plunky & Oneness have joinedwith the Virginia State University Department of Mass Communications to record and release “Vote in November,” a song promoting voter registration and participation in the upcoming elections.