We are all born with the ability to know when we are in danger. I like to call this the "Yellow light Warning." Have you ever noticed that just about anything negative that has...
Stereotypes and stigmas are pervasive in many countries, including the U.S. The expected behaviors of black men are often fueled by these stereotypes, making it more difficult for black men to achieve success in education and the job market. Throughout history, the stigmatizing of the black community, particularly men, has led to discrimination and deeply hurt black families. To fight racism, we must be aware of these stereotypes and how they harm American society as a whole. Here is a list of ten stigmas black men regularly face. A lot of these stereotypes have been portrayed by commercial media and news outlets. Since the inception of social media and many other options for people to get news, it has helped tremendously with the black male image. 1. Poverty Black men are disproportionately represented in media stories about unemployment and poverty. These images depict black men and women living in poor, urban areas rather than middle-class suburbs or more affluent communities. These media stories portraying black men as living in poverty reinforce stereotypes and make it hard for the general public to identify with black males. [...]
In the world of business and entrepreneurs, the black community has been traditionally underrepresented. Black men and women account for just 10% of business owners. One of the most significant barriers to the success of black business owners is access to funding. Research shows that black-owned businesses are less likely to receive funding from financial institutions or investors than their white counterparts. Understanding these barriers, the private and public sectors have worked together to provide black-owned companies' funding opportunities. Here are 10 grants and other funding opportunities to help you grow your business. 1. The USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program The USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program provides $10,000 to $500,000 to small business owners to develop or expand their enterprise in a rural area. While this grant is available to all small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, it is an excellent opportunity for black-owned firms operating in rural areas. Grants can be used for a wide range of purposes, including employee training, business planning and property or equipment acquisition. Applications can be found on the USDA's website. Grants are typically granted once per year. 2. [...]
If you’ve been watching the late-night news lately, you may feel no city in the U.S. is safe for Black people. Although no community is entirely devoid of discrimination, these cities offer an environment where Black residents can thrive economically, socially and personally. 1. Honolulu, Hawaii Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash Not only does Honolulu have perfect weather and gorgeous beaches, but it is also a great place to raise a Black family. Hawaii is the most racially diverse state in the U.S. and has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to raise Black children. In Honolulu, many Black families enjoy a high socioeconomic status, access to education and stable home lives. The average Black family has an annual income of over $66,000 and many Black residents have a college degree. Furthermore, compared to the national average, Hawaii has a much lower incarceration rate for Black people. 2. Anchorage, Alaska While Anchorage may have the coldest average temperature of any city on the list, there are many advantages to calling this city home. [...]
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