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This Holiday Season, Support Black-Owned Businesses

Today is December 1st and the shopping season is well underway. For many of us, shopping judiciously for that one cute gift will be the norm. This holiday season as corporate America begs us for our money with extended deals, cheap plastic goods, electronics that break after three uses and useless labels from wealthy celebrities, we must choose wisely where and with whom to give our money.

Black Wall Street was intentionally destroyed due to the simple fact that we shopped with each other and grew immensely wealthy. Envious whites and an evil government plotted how to take our wealth away and transfer it into the hands of whites. Til this day, we’ve NEVER recovered. Why? Because:

The black dollar must leave our wallets every fifteen minutes.


Black Family,

Please support struggling black businesses! Here’s an interesting article that you’ll enjoy from Official Black Wall Street:


Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, serving as the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. With racial tensions high, black consumers nationwide used the weekend to protest the unfair treatment of African Americans with their money. After a weekend of shouting #NotOneDime and urging consumers to shop with Black-owned businesses instead, studies show that sales on Black Friday and Thanksgiving fell by $1.2 billion this year.

According to TIME, Black Friday sales decreased from $11.6 billion in 2014 to $10.4 billion in 2015, while sales on Thanksgiving day also dropped by $200 million.

Reports about the slump in Black Friday sales from mainstream media attribute the change in consumer spending to other factors like the increase in online shopping or a strengthening economy, according to the CEO of the National Retail Federation. Yet with $1.1 trillion in buying power, it is futile not to include the efforts of the ongoing boycott by African Americans as a direct affect on those numbers. And it’s no surprise that this isn’t acknowledged in any reports by the mainstream media. To admit that Black dollars have a major impact on our economy would shift the power dynamics drastically.

We have already seen the impact of our money with movements from the Montgomery Bus boycott to the University of Missouri boycott. This is another reminder that “Black Dollars Matter.” Let’s keep the momentum going and remember to buy black all year long. Regardless of whether the media would like to acknowledge our impact or not, the proof is in the numbers.


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There you have it!

They NEED us a lot more that we need them! Do not be fooled into thinking that we don’t matter!!! Let’s put our 1.1 TRILLION dollars into each others’ pockets this year and empower the black diaspora.  Below are just a few of some awesome black sites that need your support:




There are millions more but these sites will put you in the right direction.


Why am I constantly pleading with you to empower yourselves?

Because 2016 is but a heartbeat away and Evil is plotting for us. As blacks become more vocal about our mistreatment and intentionally REFRAIN from spending with white corporate America, whites will become angrier, more envious, indignant and vengeful.

A bit off topic but not really…

I was flipping the channels recently and caught a commercial that was very interesting. In 2016, there will be a new TV show called “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”. If white supremacy has taught me anything, its taught me that white people NEVER do anything that costs time and money randomly.


This new show will fan the flames of racial hatred against black males as whites are made to relive a stunning tale of a white, wealthy woman being brutally murdered by a black male savage who walked away scot-free.

This is in conjunction of 100,000+ brown refugees coming into this country with the help of their own government and “taking away their jobs.”

And…and…the foolish and very Staged Black Lives Matter movement that is secretly being funded by white Jews. The mere fact that we shout and protest and lay on the streets and block traffic while begging our colonial masters to treat us better is indicative of our CONFUSION.

How do we prove that we love ourselves?

By stop wanting sex, attention, favours, etc from our enemies and deal strictly with each other.

Pass on this post and support us. Love us. And Love Yourself.


A.B.C. : African Bartering Community

Barter: “to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money; to swap”




Bartering is as old as time. A few tomato seeds for a pail of fresh water.

What if we could cut out the middleman and trade DIRECTLY with each other?

Blacks in America are the largest consumers of all the racial groups combined. We buy EVERYTHING from someone else but make very little ourselves. After the prosperity of Black Wall Street, which was intentionally destroyed, the United States government devised a very diabolical plan.

The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.

Soon, other immigrant races were given stipends and free grants to open up shop in our neighbourhoods. Cheap plastic goods, stale and rotted meats, liquor and tobacco stores, check cashing places and slum lords were made rich off of our despair.

Even though they too were considered minorities and a lesser class, they filled the government’s purpose magnificently:

The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.

Our black owned farms that offered us fresh, wholesome foods went belly up due to soaring government taxes. They were then taken over by whites at cheaper prices so they could provide the white community with organic nutritious meals.

Wanna know something?

Today, in 2015, absolutely NOTHING has changed.


The two things I’ve learned about white supremacy are:

  1. Expecting your enemy to change is insanity
  2. Doing nothing to help your own situation is a greater form of insanity


We may not wish to hear this but we are to be partially blamed for our dire predicament.


Because we have the power to change things but lack the will.

Remember the door swings both ways…


  1. What is African Bartering Community?


A.B.C. is a worldwide, black organization designed to cut out the monetary middleman and barter (trade) strictly with other blacks for goods.


2. How does A.B.C. work?


A.B.C. works quite simply. A group of willing blacks must coordinate a gathering, like someone’s backyard, a flea market, a church social, etc, where goods are exchanged without money. Value must be determined individually and once agreed upon, a loving and equal exchange must take place.

Example #1: I need a pick up truck. My black neighbour needs a riding lawn mower. We swap goods without the use of money and shake hands to finalize the deal.


    3. Why is this a good practice? Isn’t money always needed?


Blacks are, unfortunately, the largest group of consumers in America.

(The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.)

We buy more than what we really need to survive and purchase those goods from other races. By cutting out the middleman, we SAVE money for other things and build much-needed TRUST within our people.

Did you know that there are groups of people living within the U.S. that operate mostly (as much as possible) without the use of money for goods? My own next door neighbour swaps root vegetables for firewood and has been doing that for many years with SUCCESS! He trades with other whites in our farming community. The only people who are intentionally left out of this practice are the few black families that live here.

Money has always been around in some form, like cowry shells, since the beginning but it is possible to LESSEN our infatuation with money. Yes, I said infatuation. BLACK PEOPLE LOVE MONEY. And we love having lots of stuff. The more stuff we acquire, the greater sense of self worth we falsely obtain.

By lessening our dependence on the monetary middleman, we take back our power and our dignity. We build stronger communities based on trust, which we lack. We begin to rely on each other once again for survival thus making us stronger as a unified group.


      4. How do I join and why should I?


When George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and we learned that Skittles funded his lawyer, that was a perfect opportunity for us to show our power and our self love by refraining from buying Skittles candies. The door swings both ways. We can refrain from supporting racist organizations simply by NOT giving them our money.

We can take back our pride by simply refusing to cooperate with any company that we feel is degrading to our people…worldwide. When Tommy Hilfiger stated that he “didn’t make his clothes for black people” that was our opportunity to cut him out of the black community FOREVER and give our support to the struggling black clothing companies around the globe. Instead we got angry and insisted that we had the right to wear his clothing.

What were the results?

Tommy became richer and more famous (or infamous) and the black dollar left our pockets.

(The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes)

Who’s to blame?

We are.

We are so desperate to be loved we do not care even if it’s from someone who hates us.


Joining A.B.C. takes a few things that the black community must work on for we are weak in these areas.

The first thing is organization.

We have been lulled into a hazy sleep and are disoriented when it comes to organizing. The simplest way to begin is in your own neighbourhood. Start small. Pass on this post to as many blacks as possible and begin conversing on how to set it up. Your conversation should include the following things:

  1. A meeting place
  2. An determined and focused organizer
  3. Goods to be exchanged


Again, places can include someone’s yard, their basement or an open flea market. Exchange phone numbers and emails to the person you wish to trade with. Decide what you’ll be trading and remember that once the trade has taken place it is FINAL and no negative feelings are to be shown.

You are trying to re-build trust and love, not start a fight or argument.



Finally, there’s much discussion about the wave of immigrants, especially Coloured immigrants, coming to America and opening stores in our neighbourhoods. You know why they are doing well? Because we give them our money! They are simply doing what whites have done for centuries; taking advantage of the most oppressed race and making money (exploiting) off of them.

I’ve been saying for years that black people’s need to be loved and included by anyone who sorta-kinda looks like us will be our downfall. The other races have consistently demonstrated that they don’t give a damn about us and are happy that we are sliding further and further down the economic ladder.

That gives them more opportunity to get closer to their colonial masters.

They use us as a stepping stone for economic stability and benefit from our fight for equal rights to better themselves. Then when they “make it”, they spit in our faces.

Who’s fault is it?



For we are a hard-headed, disgruntled, disoriented, intra-competitive and envious group bent set on inclusion.

The time has come for us to stop trying to “hold hands” with the browish-tanish-yellowish-golden “others” and begin doing for self. No one can make us do better. It must come from desire within oneself.


Please pass on this post to others and begin your own African Bartering Community. Start today. Call your neighbour/ friend/ cousin and begin conversing. You might find out that they’ve been wanting to do the same thing but didn’t know how to begin!


Since the holiday season is upon us, I’ll do a post on black owned businesses for those that wish to support the black community with monetary means.







Turn Black Friday into Black Economics Day

I asked a good buddy of mine recently if she thought a movement called Black Economics Day would work. I explained that Black Friday, which has its roots in slavery, should be renamed and re-purposed to empower all Black-owned businesses worldwide.

She suggested starting the movement early on in the year so when Black Friday and the holiday shopping season finally approached, we would already be mentally prepared to spend money with our community and forsake the glamour of the White corporations.

I concur.

I’m going to ask everyone who has a Facebook page, Twitter account, Reddit, LinkedIn account and all other forms of social media to pass this post onto 10 people.

I’m also going to ask those of you that read my blog to reblog this post to as many other bloggers as possible who share my sentiments about taking something that is entrenched in the pain and suffering of others and turn it into a positive economic situation.

Power is never given. You must take it for yourself.

We have all that you need this shopping season…books that cater to romance, education, children, clothing, accessories, home decor, personal products, jewelry, etc. I already ordered my book to support this movement:


And cannot wait to curl up with a nice cup of hot tea in front of the fireplace.

Let’s begin a worldwide movement.

Support Black Economics Day.


If you agree with this post, pass it on.

I love you, my Melanin Family!



Boycott White AmeriKlan Business! Boycott the Entire State of Florida!

In protest of the Zimmerman verdict, and all the victims of white supremacy that you don’t hear about, I am writing a post urging ALL black people from all over the world that read my blog to help me in a simple yet difficult task. White people have consistently demonstrated that they only understand and respond to 3 things:




You are not powerless in this system built on illusion. Your power can be demonstrated by the one thing I’ve been talking about for an entire year:


Abstain from spending money in their stores and allow their companies to shut down. Ever since we’ve been locked out of the game with the denial of our rightful 40 acres and a mule (I’d actually prefer a mare…but that’s another story), we’ve been dependent on the very system that hates us for food, shelter, jobs and basic survival. Those of us that have fought and clawed to gain entrepreneurial freedom are being pushed out by other non-black ethnicites that sell inferior products at a cheaper price.

Why are we falling for this same trick over and over and over…? Because we do not understand military science. The simple science of any warfare begins not with the fist, but with the mind. Change your mind about supporting black owned businesses and change the game of warfare. Florida’s nearly all white jury allowed this man to walk free because black life is:


Not to be respected

And treated with apathy.

We are the only ones on this planet that WILL NOT understand, that refuses to admit, that you cannot FORCE, SHAME OR BEG your oppressor for sustenance. Our dependence on them is what’s aiding their survival. We must regain control of our own tightly knit communities and shop within our own network. Show your power in a system that tries to render you powerless! AmeriKlan is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most racist, evil, diabolical, perverted, corrupt country in the known universe. They don’t give a damn about us! But…………. They want and need your MONEY in order to survive.  Boycott them! Shut the fuckers down! Boycott the entire state of Florida and DISCONTINUE  buying anything that comes out of Florida like :

2013 Rank Name of Company City
1 Sun Capital Partners Inc. Boca Raton
2 Publix Super Markets Inc. Lakeland
3 JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Deerfield Beach
4 Southern Wine & Spirits of America Miami
5 H.I.G. Capital Management Miami
6 Brightstar Corp. Miami
7 Fanjul Corp./Florida Crystals West Palm Beach
8 Oasis Outsourcing West Palm Beach
9 Oxbow Corp. West Palm Beach
10 NASCAR Daytona Beach
11 George E. Warren Corp. Vero Beach
12 Source Interlink Cos. Inc. Bonita Springs
13 Abbey Carpet Co. Inc. Bonita Springs
13 Crowley Maritime Corp. Jacksonville
15 Rooms To Go Seffner
16 Southeast Personnel Leasing Holiday
17 Intcomex, Inc. Miami
18 Gate Petroleum Company Jacksonville
19 Automated Petroleum Brandon
20 Arthrex Inc. Naples
20 SDI International Fort Lauderdale
22 Greenberg Traurig PA Miami
23 Beall’s Inc. Bradenton
24 Greenway Automotive Orlando
25 Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc. Sarasota
26 Cheney Brothers Riviera Beach
27 Trivest Partners Coral Gables
28 Related Group Miami
29 Main Street America Group Jacksonville
30 BrandsMart U.S.A. Fort Lauderdale
31 Villages of Lake-Sumter Inc. The Villages
32 Rick Case Automotive Group Fort Lauderdale
33 CNL Financial Group Orlando
34 Westgate Resorts Orlando
35 Mainline Information Systems Tallahassee
36 American Strategic Insurance Corp. St. Petersburg
37 Interim HealthCare Inc. Sunrise
37 Quirch Foods Miami
39 Purity Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Boca Raton
40 Liberty Power Corp. Fort Lauderdale
41 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc Tampa
42 Radiation Therapy Services Holdings Fort Myers
43 Associated Grocers of Florida Inc. Pompano Beach
44 BankFIRST Winter Park
45 PSCU St. Petersburg
46 Southeast Frozen Foods Miami
47 Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. Pompano Beach
48 Florida’s Natural Growers Lake Wales
49 Holland & Knight LLP Miami
50 Colorado Boxed Beef Co. Auburndale
Public Companies are as follows:

2013 Rank Company City
1 World Fuel Services Miami
2 Tech Data Clearwater
3 Jabil Circuit St. Petersburg
4 AutoNation Fort Lauderdale
5 Carnival Cruises Miami
6 NextEra Energy Juno Beach
7 CSX Jacksonville
8 Office Depot Boca Raton
9 Darden Restaurants Orlando
10 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Miami
11 WellCare Health Plans Tampa
12 Fidelity National Financial Jacksonville
13 Ryder System Miami
14 Health Management Associates Naples
15 Fidelity National Information Services Jacksonville
16 Harris Corporation Melbourne
17 Lennar Miami
18 Bloomin’ Brands Tampa
19 Raymond James St. Petersburg
20 MasTec Coral Gables
21 Watsco Coconut Grove
22 Fresh Del Monte Produce Coral Gables
23 HSN St. Petersburg
24 ADT Alarm Systems Boca Raton
25 B/E Aerospace Wellington
26 TECO Energy Tampa
27 Roper Industries Sarasota
28 Landstar System Jacksonville
29 Citrix Systems Fort Lauderdale
30 Tupperware Brands Orlando
31 Chico’s FAS Fort Myers
32 Cott Tampa
33 Lender Processing Services Jacksonville
34 Mednax Sunrise
35 SEACOR Holdings Fort Lauderdale
36 FTI Consulting West Palm Beach
37 Rayonier Jacksonville
38 GEO Group Boca Raton
39 Spirit Airlines Miramar
40 Elizabeth Arden Perfumes Miramar
41 Dycom Industries Palm Beach Gardens
42 Brown & Brown Daytona Beach
43 Stein Mart Clothing Company Jacksonville
44 Sykes Enterprises Tampa
45 Vector Group Ltd. Miami
46 Kforce Tampa
47 Perry Ellis International Miami
48 SBA Communications Boca Raton
49 HEICO Hollywood
50 EverBank Financial Jacksonville

The system of white domination is in existence because WE GO ALONG WITH IT! Can you imagine what would happen if we decided to just stop drinking Florida’s Natural Orange Juice? Can you imagine what would happen if we just decided to stop buying music from Sony? Can you imagine what would happen if we developed a bartering system with each other for clothes, shoes and other necessities and stopped shopping in white stores? In one year, they’d be bankrupt. We have power…we just need to organize it and use it wisely. Did you know that white, Arab and Asian shop keepers are selling these T-Shirts?

These fuckers don’t give a damn about us! But they will make a “Trayvon” T-Shirt and sell it to us for a profit! We built this country from the ground up and they’re making money off of our blood…and they have no respect for us as a race of people. And the worst part is, in my opinion, we give it to them…freely…and with smile. Boycott them! Refrain from buying any products from them. Shop in our stores and ours alone! There are millions of black owned companies out there. Just type in, or any other “black business” search, and see for yourself what a segment of black businesses look like…in this country alone. Why not share the wealth with Trinidad, Haiti, Nigeria, etc??? They need you too. End this now! I cannot do this by myself. Please pass this around to as many bloggers as possible. Get the word out. Help us to end this evil, oppressive system once and for all. Shop black and black only!

{After this post, the Negress needs a break. I’d like us to come together and think of a way for us to start a bartering system of clothes, shoes, children’s apparel, blankets, etc…so we can CUT OUT the middleman. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. No more excuses…}


Black Business Owners Beware

Growing up in NYC, I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of black owned businesses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. We were doing so well with our little shops, we even managed to somehow own thrift stores, beauty parlors and spice shops in the ultra racist area of Long Island’s south side and Staten Island. The overwhelming majority of black business owners in Brooklyn were islanders and Africans.

I watched, with bewilderment, as our shops, one by one, went belly up. Thriving clothing stores and Jamaican restaurants that sold every last bite of food just suddenly shut down. Rumours of Giuliani and his henchmen floated around but, of course, nothing was ever confirmed.

For all aspiring black business owners and those that already have physical businesses (shops), please watch this short clip and know that this could easily happen to you…especially if your company is doing well.


Introducing NZinga: Black is Beautiful Art and T-Shirts


C.H.U.B.B. T-Shirt

You know, just when I think we can’t get more creative, I’m proven wrong. NZinga has given the black family inspiration that you can wear. When I contacted her about why she chose this particular brand of black ownership, she gave me an earful:

 I think God has always uplifted me, it was me who got in my own way…but that’s true for a lot of us I think. I think personally for black people, in business and in life in general, we should focus more on creating more of what we say we want: black love, unity, support, fellowship, respect, etc…be what we say we want more of in the world and not focus wasted energy on what we don’t want or what disturbs or bothers us. We cannot control other people or their karma; but we can totally control ours. So that’s my opinion.
I want more black love and uplifting and positive imagery and so I want to live that and be an example of that. Nothing is by chance, accident or happen stance. Coalesce with those of like mind and be assured we will all get to where we need to be. Since I believe we all as God spirits chose to come here to learn and grow; nobody is suffering for naught.


We should ALL aspire to be like this beautiful, young woman. When I saw this picture:

“He’s got the whole world in his hands”

I knew I’d have to get it. Black Family, ownership is the key to freedom. Ownership is the answer to our situation. Ownership will put us on the right track for black salvation. We are the most creative beings on earth! That’s why everyone takes from us. Please support black-owned businesses and keep the dollar circulating 10, 15, 20 times!!! When you buy black and black only, the money NEVER leaves your community. We all win.

Please support this shop and all other shops I’ve listed on my blog.

Coming Soon: Sankofa: An African Collective Store


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