Lakeith Stanfield Isn’t Feeling Black Media Outlets

Lakeith Stanfield Isn’t Feeling Black Media Outlets


Get out! The unfairness from some media outlets causes some artists to give them the side-eye. According to Blavity, Lakeith Stanfield feels that some black media outlets are “anti-Black.”

In an Instagram post, the actor reveals, “It’s a fact that a lot of these platforms are usually or tend to be feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK “nonconformists”. They bolster faux vanity and hold a white supremacists scope over black men and women often highlighting negative attributes and downplaying mind-expanding ones. They serve as bottomless coward consumption pits and digital, audio, or otherwise slave mentatilty museums. @ all you want”

He specifically called out The Shade Room, Lipstick Alley, The Breakfast Club, and WorldStar.

Although some celebrities agreed and liked his post, the words Stanfield wrote, did NOT get a pass from The Breakfast Club’s Charlemagne Tha God. For Stanfield’s post, he earned the illustrious “Donkey of the Day” from Charlemagne. “You can say any and everything about me. I’ve damn near heard it all about myself online. But what you won’t do is ever fix your lips to call one of my platforms, especially The Breakfast Club, anti-Black,” said Charlamagne.

He also said, “I’m not going to sit here and act like we’ve gotten it right all the time, because we haven’t. We’ve made plenty of mistakes on this radio. All that critique is fine. But, Lakeith Stanfield, don’t you ever fix your raggedy-ass mouth to call the author of Black Privilege – because I truly believe it is a privilege to be Black – anti-Black.”

Charlemagne also points out that Stanfield has been accused of not talking to black media on the red carpets and only interacting with white media outlets. Stating that if he chose to call out white media, it would hurt him in Hollywood circles.

But, Charlemagne concludes with, “This came from a place of love. Two takeaways I want to leave you with: One, be the change you want to see in media and stop acting like a damn buffoon in all your interviews. And two, don’t burn those Black bridges just because White folks in Hollywood sent you a boat, because history shows us what happens when White folks put Black folks on a boat.”





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Chase Consumer Banking CEO Thasunda Duckett Joins NIKE’s Board of Directors

Chase Consumer Banking CEO Thasunda Duckett Joins NIKE’s Board of Directors


Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, a division of JPMorgan Chase, has joined an exclusive club with her recent appointment to NIKE‘s board of directors. As such, she has become the only African American female C-suite executive to serve on the board of the $34.3 billion athletic footwear and apparel producer as well as a future member of the BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors, which identifies blacks among the corporate governance ranks of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies.

“Thasunda’s expertise in leading digital and physical transformation in retail banking will be invaluable in helping Nike further deepen consumer relationships,” Mark Parker, NIKE Chairman and CEO said in a released statement. “She is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader, and we are delighted that she has joined the board.”

Serving on its Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Governance Committee, Duckett joins three other African American members of NIKE’s board of directors: Registry members Peter B. Henry, Dean Emeritus of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance; John R. Thompson Jr., former head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team and current board member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches; and John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments L.L.C. (No. 1 on the BE ASSET MANAGERS List with $11.6 billion in assets under management).

By enlisting her for NIKE’s board of directors, the company gains access to the acumen of a business and financial dynamo dedicated to the development of platforms that promote financial health, wealth building, and economic inclusion. Duckett, 46, has oversight of a banking network with more than $800 billion in deposits and investments, 5,000-plus branches, 18,000 ATMs and 50,000 employees—including a phalanx of financial advisers—to meet the needs of over 23 million households throughout the country.

Prior to her current role, she was CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the top providers of auto financing with a portfolio of more than $80 billion in assets and relationships with 75% of U.S. franchised automotive dealers. Under her leadership, the division moved from No. 27 in the JD Power Dealer Financing Satisfaction Survey to the leader in Prime and Non-Prime. She expanded its dealer partnerships and launched Chase Auto Direct, its latest direct-to-consumer business.

One of her major thrusts has been her role as executive sponsor of the institution’s Advancing Black Pathways program to drive prosperity for African Americans while addressing nagging racial and economic barriers to wealth creation. To achieve this end, she has created partnerships with a range of influential companies, organizations, and leaders. “Opportunity is not distributed equally, but we all know that talent is. Being black and really focusing on this initiative, it really rings true,” she told BE earlier this year. “We know that the economic wealth gap facing black Americans is stark. We also know [about] the business gap, in terms of people of color owning businesses at the same rate as whites. That outcome would mean or result in 9 million more jobs and $300 billion in worker income. So Advancing Black Pathways is really focusing on expanding economic opportunity for black Americans.”

Due to her myriad of accomplishments, the graduate of University of Houston and Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, Duckett has been included on BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and Most Powerful Women in Corporate America rosters, respectively.





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Adriel Hilton: Higher Education Administrator Reaches, Teaches And Mentors Students

Adriel Hilton: Higher Education Administrator Reaches, Teaches And Mentors Students


BE Modern Man: Adriel Hilton

Higher education administrator; 37; Dean of Students and Diversity Officer, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa.

Instagram: @aahilton

I currently serve as dean of students and diversity officer at Seton Hill University. I have held similar roles as an education administrator at several other higher educational institutions where I have worked to improve diversity. Perhaps most impactful is the work I have done to promote student success and awareness of the plethora of opportunities available to students to enhance their educational experience. I take pride in the work I have been able to do on several campuses to increase access for students while also improving retention and graduation rates as a college administrator.

As a scholar-practitioner and a critical race theorist, I rely heavily on articles and books that speak to the experiences of minority students at colleges and universities (i.e. Minority Serving Institutions or Predominately White Institutions). In addition, I rely on the advice of mentors and sponsors who push me to be the best that I can be.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN LIFE?

I am most proud to be doing the work I am doing as a higher education administrator. As a resilient black male, I am blessed to be in a position to mentor and teach young men, particularly African American males, from my lived experiences. I want to help these students to avoid making the mistakes, personally and professionally, that I have witnessed; therefore, I pour into them my time and heart to show them they can and will achieve against the challenges they face.

HOW HAVE YOU TURNED STRUGGLE INTO SUCCESS?

Being considered a second-class citizen or a third-rate human being, and otherwise looked down upon as a black male in society causes one to build inner strength. I have had to position myself with key supporters in my life. I have turned struggles into successes by seeking their wisdom and advice but also having my wise counselors advising me to not ever give up.

I still hear their voices telling me, “No matter your situation, you are blessed” and also, “No matter what you are going through, this too shall pass.”

WHO WAS YOUR GREATEST MALE ROLE MODEL AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM HIM?

My greatest male role model is Dr. Howard L. Simmons, past executive director and associate director of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Simmons served as professor and chairperson of the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University, where I earned my Ph.D. in Higher Education under his tutelage. Prior to joining the faculty at Morgan State University, Dr. Simmons was a tenured member of the faculty in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University. I learned from Dr. Simmons how to effectively utilize research within my work and also the importance of mentorship. In reference to mentorship, Dr. Simmons was a firm believer in mentorship and passing on his knowledge and legacy to the next generation. He taught me to use my knowledge, skills, and abilities to impact students positively as a higher education administrator.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

The best advice I have been given was from Dr. Fred A. Bonner, II, professor and endowed chair in educational leadership and counseling and founding executive director and chief scientist of the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability (MACH-III) Center at Prairie View A&M University. “Status will come as a result of a job well done,” he said. What I took from this was that if you do good work, accolades follow. Do not go searching for credit or accolades for they will come as a result of the work you have done.

HOW ARE YOU PAYING IT FORWARD TO SUPPORT OTHER BLACK MALES?

As a member of a Black social fraternity, a product of HBCUs and also as a member of several professional associations, I believe it is important to use whatever knowledge, skills, and abilities I have accumulated to achieve some measure of success and then to use that success to mentor young people, particularly African American men. Through my scholarship (books, articles, and op-eds), my goal is to empower students that they can achieve against almost any odds. Also, I assisted in launching a scholarship program at a previous university that allows deserving students to receive aid to assist in their educational pursuits. Therefore, I pay it forward by supporting other black males through mentorship and also through financial support for their educational pursuits.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MANHOOD?

Manhood is complicated and simple at the same time. It is as difficult to define as love. I define manhood as maturity, persistence, the inner strength to endure, and the self-assurance to be able to laugh at yourself and still cry, empathetically, for others.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A BLACK MAN?

The unique perspective that my lived experience gives me as a black man has profoundly impacted my life. What I like most about being a black man is that we are resilient. I believe that’s what it takes to prevail against the odds, to rise above the challenges that many of us face in life; it helps us to be better. We need to push through our situations and to not [fall prey to] the imposter syndrome. We must be resilient.


BE Modern Man is an online and social media campaign designed to celebrate black men making valuable contributions in every profession, industry, community, and area of endeavor. Each year, we solicit nominations in order to select men of color for inclusion in the 100 Black Enterprise Modern Men of Distinction. Our goal is to recognize men who epitomize the BEMM credo “Extraordinary is our normal” in their day-to-day lives, presenting authentic examples of the typical black man rarely seen in mainstream media. The BE Modern Men of Distinction are celebrated annually at Black Men XCEL (www.blackenterprise.com/blackmenxcel/). Click this link to submit a nomination for BE Modern Man: https://www.blackenterprise.com/nominate/. Follow BE Modern Man on Twitter: @bemodernman and Instagram: @be_modernman.

 





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Anthony Roberson: Detective Builds Ties Between Law Enforcement And The Community

Anthony Roberson: Detective Builds Ties Between Law Enforcement And The Community


BE Modern Man: Anthony Roberson, Ph.D.

Law enforcement officer, community leader; 42; Detective, Providence (R.I.) Police Department

I started my Shop With A Cop program six years ago. I get businesses large and small to donate dinners, items, and the like, that are raffled off to raise money to buy $150 gift cards. That, in addition to some grant money, allows me to gather 25-30 students and partner them up with police officers who proceed to take them on a shopping spree. The shopping spree is nice but the relationships forged are priceless.

Then there’s the twice-a-year Handshake Initiative, eight years strong now, in Providence, Cumberland, and East Providence. I bring successful male adults from all walks of life, dressed up, to welcome the students to school in the morning, with encouragement, handshakes, and high-fives. The role models, mostly males of color, seek to impress upon the students that they too can achieve success as represented by the gentlemen welcoming them to school. Nearly 200 role models participate.

Then there’s my Bicycle Safety Initiative I started with Walmart, along with some grant money, with volunteer police officers providing 30 or so kids a year with a bicycle and a helmet.

Lastly, I sit on the board of directors at the Sojourner House, an organization that combats domestic violence. It’s my hope that forging and strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve will positively impact the quality of life for city residents.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN LIFE?

I’m most proud of the strength and perseverance I observed throughout my life, as embodied by my mother. She had to overcome obstacles in life that many would have surrendered to, through no fault of their own. It’s due in large part to her that I was able to confront the many challenges in life that resulted in not only my volunteering in the community or becoming a detective but earning a doctorate degree as well.

HOW HAVE YOU TURNED STRUGGLE INTO SUCCESS?

During my upbringing, there were many social struggles. Neighborhood violence, narcotics, and domestic abuse appeared to be the norm. Having gone through such experiences allows me to better relate to those who might be experiencing similar situations. Being able to relate has made me a better community leader and detective. There is perhaps no greater feeling than helping a person get out of a dangerous life situation. Although I experienced my struggles, my success as a detective rests in my ability to identify with and help others.

WHO WAS YOUR GREATEST MALE ROLE MODEL AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM HIM?

One of my greatest role models, although I don’t know him personally, is Denzel Washington. It’s not because of his fame or fortune, but due to how he appears to treat his wife and his words of wisdom offered in his speeches throughout the years. In one of his speeches, he suggested that a person should place their slippers way underneath their bed at night because in the morning that person would have to get down on their knees to retrieve the slippers. While on their knees that person should be thankful to the Lord for their blessings. I couldn’t agree more.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

The best advice I was ever given was to follow my heart because I was special and would change people’s lives for the better. To really appreciate that advice, you would have to have seen the sincere expression of the individual’s face when he shared it. He really meant it, and I believed him.

HOW ARE YOU PAYING IT FORWARD TO SUPPORT OTHER BLACK MALES?

In order to pay it forward, as a detective and a community leader, I make sure I mentor several young people each year. Being a man of color, I know firsthand that the world can seem limited as far as available opportunity is concerned. Communicating the appropriate wisdom and encouragement is essential, and a downright obligation.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MANHOOD?

My definition of manhood is the moment immaturity leaves a male and is replaced with maturity and the embracing of responsibility.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A BLACK MAN?

I love our heritage and expression in music that is arguably unsurpassed in any other genre. The soul that is poured, crafted, and produced as a rich melody is embedded with such emotion you can almost touch it. Luther Vandross, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and so many others have captured the world with their gift.


BE Modern Man is an online and social media campaign designed to celebrate black men making valuable contributions in every profession, industry, community, and area of endeavor. Each year, we solicit nominations in order to select men of color for inclusion in the 100 Black Enterprise Modern Men of Distinction. Our goal is to recognize men who epitomize the BEMM credo “Extraordinary is our normal” in their day-to-day lives, presenting authentic examples of the typical black man rarely seen in mainstream media. The BE Modern Men of Distinction are celebrated annually at Black Men XCEL (www.blackenterprise.com/blackmenxcel/). Click this link to submit a nomination for BE Modern Man: https://www.blackenterprise.com/nominate/. Follow BE Modern Man on Twitter: @bemodernman and Instagram: @be_modernman.

 





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How To Get A Business Credit Card

How To Get A Business Credit Card


Operating a small business takes money — sometimes, a lot of it. But while some small business owners rely on business loans, lines of credit, and (gulp) even their home equity, these aren’t the only ways to get your hands on much-needed cash. The same way you can use a credit card for personal use, you can also use a credit card for business use. In fact, a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve found that more than half of small business owners used a credit card for operations on a regular basis. A business credit card can be extremely valuable if used correctly. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to get a business credit card.

WHY APPLY FOR A BUSINESS CREDIT CARD?


Applying for a business credit card isn’t required to be a legit business owner. But it has its advantages. You can conserve cash when buying equipment and supplies. Plus, a business card can
establish your company’s credit score.

Having a business credit score allows you to apply for financing using only your business credit. It’s also an excellent way to separate your business credit from your personal credit.

Yet, some business owners feel that their company is too small to apply for a business credit card. The truth is, you don’t have to operate a large Fortune 500 company to get a business card. In fact, you don’t even have to be incorporated or an LLC.

Many sole proprietors have business credit cards. And there’s no rule that says you must have employees to qualify. You can be a one-man show, whether you’re a landscaper or a freelancer.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO GETTING A BUSINESS CREDIT CARD


Not sure where to start? We recommend following these four steps.

1. Decide Which Card Is Right for You

There’s no one-size-fits-all credit card. This applies to personal credit cards as well as business credit cards, so don’t apply for a card at random. Do your due diligence and find a card that fits the needs of your business.

    • Will you regularly purchase supplies or equipment? If so, look for a business credit card that pays you with cash back rewards. 
    • Will you travel frequently for business? In this case, choose a card where you earn points or miles redeemable for airfare, hotels, free baggage check, and more.

Keep in mind that while some business credit cards have higher credit limits than personal credit cards — which makes them attractive — they also tend to have annual fees and higher interest rates.

2. Compare Credit Card Rates And Fees

Before settling on a particular business credit card, calculate the cost of being a cardholder. Sure, you might like a credit card brand and its rewards, but what are you getting for your money?

Bottom line: A card’s perks should be worth any annual fee, and make sure you know the annual percentage rate (APR). The lower your APR, the better. You won’t know your actual rate until after you’re approved. The application, however, will have APR ranges. This provides an idea of where you might fall on the scale.

3. Check Your Personal Credit Score

Always, always, always check your personal credit score before applying for a business credit card.

Since your business has yet to establish credit of its own, it’s commonplace for credit card issuers to base approvals on an applicant’s personal score.

They’ll pull your credit report, check your score, and review your payment history, debts, and the length of your credit history. This is how they gauge whether you’re an ideal candidate for a business credit card. You don’t need perfect credit to qualify. If you check your score and feel it’s too low to qualify for a business credit card, you can: 

    1. Look into a secured credit card to help build your credit
    2. Take time to boost your score. Pay off your personal credit card debt, pay your bills on time, and dispute errors on your credit report.

4. Calculate Your Income

When filling out an application for a business credit card, you’ll also need to provide annual income information. Not just income from your business, but income from other sources, too. Some people operate a small business while continuing to work part-time or full-time with an employer. If this applies to you, don’t forget to include this income.

5. Complete The Credit Card Application

Once you’ve narrowed down the right business credit card, it’s time to start the application process. 

Applications vary, depending on the issuing bank. But you’ll be asked to provide your business name, or your name if you’re a sole proprietor. Other information you’ll need includes:

    • Employer identification number (EIN) or Social Security number (SSN)
    • Your role or title in the business
    • Contact information (address, phone number)
    • Number of employees
    • Type of business
    • Years in business
    • Annual income
    • Estimated monthly spend (how much you’ll put on the credit card)

Be mindful that you might have to sign a personal guarantee when applying for a business credit card. Basically, you agree to be responsible for the debt in the event that the business fails. So although the credit card is in your business name, you’re still liable for the balance.

APPLICATION TIPS


Don’t let the application process overwhelm you.

1. Choose a bank that reports to the business credit bureaus

The goal of getting a business credit card isn’t just to have a line of credit for your business. It’s also to build credit that’s separate from your personal credit. For this to happen, though, the bank must report your activity to the three main business credit bureaus (Dun and Bradstreet, Equifax Business, and Experian Business). Having your activity reported is key to building a business credit score, which can make it easier to get future business loans and lines of credit.

2. Apply for a secured business credit card 

In the event that you’re denied an unsecured business credit card — maybe because you have a low credit score or no credit score — don’t lose hope. Another option is applying for a secured business credit card through a bank. A secured business credit card requires a security deposit that acts as collateral. This deposit isn’t a form of prepayment, though. Rather, the bank holds your deposit in an interest-bearing account, and only touches these funds if you don’t pay what you owe. To illustrate how it works: If you apply for a secured card and give the bank a $2,000 deposit, you’ll receive a business credit card with a $2,000 credit limit. Once you demonstrate a history of successfully managing the credit card, the bank may refund your deposit and convert your secured card to an unsecured business card.

3. Get a business credit card from your personal bank

If your personal bank offers business credit cards, this is a great place to start shopping for a card. It might be easier to get approved given your existing relationship.

4. Pay your credit card bill on time

Maintaining a good payment history builds a strong business credit score, and it helps keep your balance low. Always pay your bill on time each month, and whenever possible, pay off your balance in full every month to avoid long-term business debt.

FINAL WORD 

Although you don’t need a business credit card to operate a business, getting one has its benefits. You’re able to buy equipment and supplies without tying up your cash, you can establish a business credit score, and you can separate your business credit from your personal credit.

So whether you’re a self-employed freelancer or own a small business with employees, a business credit card can boost your company’s purchasing power and streamline finances.





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NFL Player Demario Davis Wins Appeal for ‘Man of God’ Headband Fine, Donates Amount to Charity Instead

NFL Player Demario Davis Wins Appeal for ‘Man of God’ Headband Fine, Donates Amount to Charity Instead


Being punished can end up being a good thing. According to ESPN, New Orleans Saints player Demario Davis, who was penalized for wearing a headband that stated, “Man of God,” won his appeal and donated the amount of his fine to charity.

Davis won an appeal over a $7,017 fine given to him from the NFL for wearing, what they call, a religious headband. According to the NFL’s uniform policy, it prohibits players from wearing, displaying, or conveying personal messages in writing or illustration unless the message is approved in advance by the league office. Davis says he wasn’t fully aware of the policy and hasn’t worn the headband since. The NFL usually rescinds fines when a player demonstrates an understanding of the rule and compliance moving forward, a league source told CNN.

Davis has been raising money to help St. Dominic Hospital, where his mother once worked, expand its emergency department.

The linebacker took to his Instagram account to share his enthusiasm, “WOWWW look at this!! So my agent just told me that I won my appeal and won’t have to pay the headband fine!! Then I see that St. Louis King France came together today to support the movement! Won’t he do it! Look at all these beautiful children of God!

Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody.

We’re restocked on the site with more #ManOfGod and #WomanOfGod color options and have added #ChildOfGod. If you haven’t purchased yours yet or didn’t get the color you wanted, donations will continue to go to @stdomhospital so now is the time to stock up! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #ManOfGod #WomanOfGod #ChildOfGod #WhoDat #TheSaintsAreTheBestTeam

Get your headband at: bit.ly/56manofgod





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