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04/04/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Even Black Celebs Are Broke: “Martin” Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin and Husband Only Have $200 in Cash

Even Black Celebs Are Broke: “Martin” Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin and Husband Only Have $200 in Cash

by Yvette Carnell

There is no real wealth in Black America, a point succinctly made in the Huffington Post article “Black Wealth Barely Exists, In One Terrible Chart”.

Part of the reason the African-American community believes that black wealth actually exists is because of the exaggerated wealth of black celebrities. Recently, however, the perceived wealth of black celebrities has been revealed as mostly a fabrication.

First Kanye West divulged that he’s in debt, and now “Martin” star Tisha Campbell-Martin and husband Duane Martin are admitting that they’re drowning in debt.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, the couple’s bankruptcy filing revealed a dire financial situation:

  • $313,000 in assets
  • $15 million dollars in debt
  • They owe $43,000 on a 42-month lease for a 2016 Range Rover, $17,000 on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, $67,000 on their 2014 Range Rover
  • They have joint monthly income of $7,655
  • Currently they only have $200 in cash and $173 in a credit union

In a piece at The Huffington Post, Antonio Moore contrasts the real state black wealth versus the illusion:

Despite the broadcast of an NBA All Star game that show’s a cast of nearly all young black male millionaires, the truth is most African American households regardless of education hardly have any wealth. As I showed earlier this year on, “… the middle black family is only worth $1,700 when you deduct these durables.”, such as the family car.


Actor Will Smith is Duane’s best friend, so why’s he not giving his buddy some much needed cash? Because that’s not how wealthy people operate. Many in Black America have not only misunderstood wealth in general, but have also misunderstood how wealth spreads, or in the case of the African-American community, how it narrows and squeezes us out of opportunity.

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28/03/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Sean “Diddy” Combs Joins the Charter School Hustle: 7 Reasons Charter Schools Are Horrible for the African-American Community

Sean “Diddy” Combs Joins the Charter School Hustle: 7 Reasons Charter Schools Are Horrible for the African-American Community

by Yvette Carnell

Charter schools have become ATMs for black business-people and so-called ‘educators’ pretending to provide options for kids in failing inner-city schools.

According to the Root, charter school guru Dr. Steve Perry will oversee Sean “Diddy” Combs’ new charter school. This is troubling considering Perry’s agreement with Charles Barkley’s description of many blacks as being “brainwashed” and “unintelligent.”

Steve Perry

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” Barkley said. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down ’cause they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s crabs in a barrel. … We’re the only ethnic group that says, ‘hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ “

Barkley then doubled down: “For some reason we’re brainwashed to think if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person,” he said. “It’s a dirty dark secret. I hate to bring white people into our crap, but as a black person, we all go through it when you’re successful.”

Steve Perry’s immature antics have been criticized elsewhere as well, but his involvement aside, here are the top 7 reasons why African-Americans should oppose charter schools:

1.) Replacing elected superintendents with unelected charter school CEOs is undemocratic and leads to schools where parents don’t have a vote, which means these parents don’t have a voice in their children’s education.

2.) Charter schools are often allowed to exclude disabled students and select only the best students from a pool of applicants, thus making it easier to achieve academic goals, but disadvantaging disabled students.

3.) Most African-American students attend public schools and charter schools rob public schools of funding.

4.) Charter schools lack oversight, which has led to some schools teaching unscientific and unsubstantiated information:

A long description of slavery in the book claims that the state (of slavery) was beneficial to African Americans and that Southern racism was caused by the ‘intrusion’ of northern abolitionists and advocates of equality for the freed slaves.”

5.) And even though “Diddy” is African-American, many charter schools are run by boards that purge teachers–especially black teachers–and replace them with Teach for America educators. In that sense, support for charter schools is support for the purging of black teachers.

6.) Charter schools provide a windfall of cash for CEOs and board members.

From The Huffington Post:

However, operating non-profit charter schools can be very profitable for charter school executives like Eva Moskowitz. Moskowitz earns close to a half a million dollars a year ($485,000) for overseeing school programs that serve 6,700 children, which is over $72 per student. By comparison, New York State Education Commissioner is paid a salary of $212,000 to oversee programs with 2.7 million students or about 8 cents per student. In other words, Moskowitz earns about 100 times more than King for each student enrolled in a Success Academy Charter School. Carmen Farina, New York City School Chancellor is paid $212,000 a year to oversee 1.1 million students or about 19 cents per student.

7.) Charter schools serve as a school-to-prison pipeline for black students.

From U.S. News:

More than 500 charter schools suspended black students at a rate that was at least 10 percentage points higher than the rate for white students. And moreover, 1,093 charter schools suspended students with disabilities at a rate that was 10 or more percentage points higher than for students without disabilities.


The most alarming finding, the research points out, is that 235 charter schools suspended more than 50 percent of their enrolled students with disabilities.

What this charter school means for “Diddy”, and so many blacks who are entering this arena, is another stream of income. And it appears that Steve Perry is the man on deck to teach everyone how to get in on the con-game.

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04/02/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

More Than 170 Black Women Dispatched to the South to Campaign for Hillary Clinton

More Than 170 Black Women Dispatched to the South to Campaign for Hillary Clinton

by Yvette Carnell

Team Clinton was apparently stunned by how close opponent Bernie Sanders came to cleaning Hillary Clinton’s clock in the Iowa caucuses. According to the The Des Moines Register , the final tally was as follows:

Clinton: 700.59

Sanders: 696.82.

So it should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton is bringing out the big guns now, and by big guns, I mean she’s dispatching African-American women, along with her husband, to rally the troops, as The Washington Post reports:

Former president Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday night aimed at firing up African American voters, a key constituency in the state’s upcoming Democratic primary. The campaign also announced that over the next month, more than 170 black women, from grass-roots activists to elected officials to entertainers, will be dispatched to the Palmetto State and other Southern states.

Given that Hillary Clinton is one half of the political duo known as Team Clinton, it is unclear why anyone would waste their time campaigning for her. Or how any Black person could be rallied by anything Bill Clinton has to say.

In case people forgot, let’s recall that it was Bill Clinton who turned the Democratic Party into just another wing of the GOP. Clinton adopted Reagan’s glorification of ‘values politics’ and declared that the “era of big government is over.” He supported “school choice”, as opposed to investments in impoverished school systems, and called for more police to protect families from “crime and gangs and drugs.” Regarding the Los Angeles uprising, Clinton echoed the Republican line that the riots stemmed from a “culture of poverty.”

And remember Lillie Harden, the black woman who Bill Clinton had standing beside him at the signing of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act? As it turns out, he used her just like he and Hillary are using the 170 black women who are now rushing to Hillary’s defense.

From Salon:

 In 2014, Lillie Harden, the mother who was exploited as the poster child for President Clinton’s campaign to “end welfare as we know it,” died. In the last decade of her life, encumbered with hardship, Harden had struggled with health problems, but could not afford the medication she needed — which she had gotten when she was on welfare. “It didn’t pay off in the end,” Harden lamented.

So exactly who is racing to Hillary’s defense and for what? I’m not looking for the Clintons to do anything for or to black people. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve already done enough damage.


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25/01/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

The Claim “A Dollar Circulates Only 6 Hours in the Black Community” is Unsubstantiated, Say Researchers

The Claim “A Dollar Circulates Only 6 Hours in the Black Community” is Unsubstantiated, Say Researchers

A new project at Howard University is devoted to debunking myths about the black community. One of the unsubstantiated claims they’ve run across, according to NiemanLab, is the idea that a black dollar only circulates in the black community for six hours.

Recall that the NAACP reported the following:“Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the black community? 6 hours!!! African American buying power is at 1.1 Trillion; and yet only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends in this country goes to black owned businesses. “

Researchers at Howard University were unable to find any data to substantiate those claims, however.

From Howard University’s research website Truth Be Told:

The claim that a dollar circulates in the black community for only six hours cannot be substantiated.


The federal government does not produce data that would allow such a comparison.


In addition, economists contacted by said some of the data cited, such as information about dollars circulating in the Jewish community, is questionable because the federal government does not collect information by religion. And researchers would be unable to get the information accurately from a survey of consumers.


The earliest source of the statistic appears to be a book that is nearly 20 years old. The book also never mentions the name of the study nor provides any information about the author.

And as Antonio Moore recently observed at, racial inequality is getting even worse, meaning blacks have even fewer dollars to spend anywhere. As a matter of fact, African-Americans are worse off economically than South Africans during apartheid:

Some historical context: In South Africa, during the atrocities of apartheid, the median black family held about 7 percent of typical white South African family net worth. Today, using Wolff’s analysis, the median African American family holds a mere 1.5 percent of median white American family wealth.

And as The Huffington Post reported in “Black Wealth Barely Exists, In One Terrible Chart”:

black wealth

There aren’t enough black dollars to serve as a means for uplift in the black community. It may be time for the those who hang their hopes on the promise of black capitalism to consider a Plan B.

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22/01/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Black People Don’t Own a Sony, MGM, or Lions Gate, So It’s Dumb to Demand We Have “Our Own” Oscars

Black People Don’t Own a Sony, MGM, or Lions Gate, So It’s Dumb to Demand We Have  “Our Own” Oscars

by Yvette Carnell

After Will Smith’s comments supporting his wife Jada’s decision not to attend the Oscars, I keep hearing people say we should have “our own” Oscars. That just underscores for me how much black people don’t understand about our class status in this country.

How are we going to have our own Oscars when we don’t have our own blockbusters? How are we going to put on our own Oscars when we don’t own a Dreamworks, MGM, Lions Gate, Viacom, Weinstein Company, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Sony or Time Warner? Riddle me that Batman? Oprah Winfrey’s a billionaire but ‘The Butler’ was still produced by The Weinstein Co., so what does that tell you about all that ‘black wealth’ you all obsess over? And how are we going to celebrate the arts when 30% of black children live in poverty? We can’t even afford to feed ourselves and you want to talk to me about having our own Oscars?

Furthermore, the celebration of art is generally geared toward a Leisure Class of people who have enough free time (and money) to sip champagne and contemplate brush strokes. Many of these folks in Hollywood have family members who’ve worked in cinema or art. Meanwhile, your hood is being gutted by austerity and those art programs up and left a long time ago.

The Oscars is a representation of CLASS in this country. Will and Jada can show up or stay home. It doesn’t matter either way, because they don’t OWN any of it. They don’t own any of what they’re fighting over. The best they’ll ever do is show up in movies that white people finance. And you get nominated twice for an Oscar, Will Smith, and this is how you react? The blowback to this will be fierce, I’m sure. Sony heads were already making racist jokes, and now you wanna go mess with their big party? Good luck with that and Godspeed.

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