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Black Consumerism

 Blacks as consumers contribute almost one Trillion dollars to the United States economy, but all most of us get is the satisfaction that comes from the purchases. We purchase billions upon billions of necessary items from large faceless corporations, but we also buy from local businesses products and services such as barber shops and  nail salons. At the end of the day they leave our communities richer than they came, only to be replaced by the next ethic group.
As in politics, we are taken for granted as consumers. We are perceived as easy prey who does not complaint even when we a served low quality goods and services. Some of us feel powerless as consumer because of socio-economic situation.  Whether we have jobs or get public assistance, we are all consumers and should be taken seriously. As consumers, we need to get benefits beyond product or service satisfaction. Businesses spend billions each year to keep their customers happy and we need to get the benefits proportional to the black population. Black Benefit Index is a measure of corporate relationship with their customers. Our measurements are based on jobs, community philanthropy, corporate representation, public relations, quality of product and price.  Black Benefit Index is intended to change corporate behavior by shining a light on their activities in the black community. As consumers we need to stand up and be counted, because one thing is certain in the United States is there are choices. Most goods and services in the same price ranges are similar in quality. For example, if Toyota does not treat us with respect, we can jump in a Ford or Honda. If McDonald’s do the same, we can go to Burger King or KFC.
Black Benefit Index will be based on a ratio  benefit to the population divided by the population percentage times 100. This will give a score revolving around 100. Companies with scores above 100 give back to the community is beneficial to the community for their purchases, and those below 100 does not give us back enough benefit relative to our purchases. Perception it is said is everything, and the Black Benefit Index will put a number on this perception. We will prove if McDonald is good for the community, or Toyota does not care about the black community. The black community has propelled some companies from obscurity to prominence, such Metro PCS, Hyundai, KIA, Tommy Hilfiger.

Week of July 24, 2011

Global Black Enterprise
Connect Locally and Globally

The internet is a vast territory containing millions of websites. Our job at Global Black Enterprise is to compile those black stories we think are relevant to uplift and motivate, and hopefully those reading will learn something in the process.

What is globalization?
http://www.globalization101.org/What_is_Globalization.html

What does it mean to be black?
 http://theblacksentinel.wordpress.com/2007/09/07/what-does-it-mean-to-be-black/
The meaning of Enterprise
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enterprise

Burke Notes:

The Global Enterprise 100 is here. I have conceptualized a list of what I would like to become the Global Black Enterprise 100 of companies that have the interests of blacks all over the globe. These corporations operate all around the globe and will consist of companies such as McDonald’s, Cocoa Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Ford and General Electric. We in the United States look up to these corporations because they employ a lot of black people. These are global corporations that operate all around the world, but do they treat all black consumers around the world as they do in the United States.
I plan to look at how they operate around the globe and the benefits derived from their operations when it comes to black consumers. We all know they are good corporate citizens when they operate in the United States, but in less developed country they cut corners because local governments with corrupt officials allow them to get away with things they would not get away with in developed countries.
I will be looking at such data as how many blacks around on their board to look for the interest of blacks and how they operate in other parts of the world. I will track their progress in reference to the benefits derived as consumers of the products produce by the company. Even though we might not own the means of production, I think we can derive benefits from these corporation through employment by them, becoming a part of  their supply chain, spending in our communities through philantropic efforts,  and in the case of franchises, gain some of the profits by becoming a franchiser.  This list will keep them all honest, because people in many countries have choices of the companies they buy product from and become as satisfied consumer.



African Americans Abroad

http://www.farai.com/from-crisis-to-opportunity-my-transition-from-journalism-to-business/

From Crisis to Opportunity: My Transition from Journalism to Business

Business
http://allafrica.com/stories/201107260119.html
BRICs Scramble for Africa Markets

http://www.onepeoples.com/current/greatcompanies.html

Great Companies for Blacks

Ghana Stock Exchange’s offer of Tullow Oil begins on July 27

http://diversityinc.com/article/8235/How-to-Get-More-Blacks-and-Latinos-in-Accounting/
How to Get More Blacks and Latinos in Accounting

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/07/26/republic-of-congo-is-the-new-made-in-africa-tablet-actually-chinese/

Republic of Congo: Is the New ‘Made In Africa’ Tablet Actually Chinese?

http://www.blacknews.com/news/marvin_wilcher_african_americans_solar_power101.shtml

Solar Power: African Americans May Miss The Boat, Again!

Culture

Census: Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites and Minorities

http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/46538-race-a-factor-in-pennsylvania-public-school-funding.html

Race a Factor in Pennsylvania Public School Funding?

Economy

http://www.blackvoicenews.com/commentary/more-commentary/46549-african-ambassadors-dazzle-black-entrepreneurs.html

African Ambassadors Dazzle Black Entrepreneurs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/racial-wealth-gap_b_911351.html

Budgeting for Greater Inequality

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/07/job-seeker-mindset-training.html

Job Seeker Mindset Training

Health

http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2011/jul/22/encouraging-innovation-meeting-health-worker-shortages

Encouraging innovation, meeting health worker shortages

http://www.thegrio.com/health/from-baltimore-to-botswana-making-the-climate-change-connection.php

From the Bronx to Botswana: Making a climate change connection

http://www.thegrio.com/health/ghana-eradicates-guinea-worm-after-23-year-fight.php

Ghana eradicates Guinea worm after 23-year fight

Personalities

http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/46512-lillian-mobley-queen-of-the-community-succumbs.html

Lillian Mobley, Queen of the Community, Succumbs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/black-teens-unusual-talen_n_910709.html

Tyler Thompson, Black California Teen, Has An Unusual Special Talent: Singing Chinese Opera

Compiler’s Biography:
My name is Colly A. Burke and  I am the compiler of this indexed newsletter. As a senior in high school I took international relations and I was hooked on how the world work globally. The previous 4 years the die was cast when I started reading the Wall Street Journal and eventually graduated to the Financial Times. Throughout the years I earned a couple degrees and started a couple of businesses that failed, but I never got globalization out of my blood. In 2010 I received my MBA from University of Phoenix in Global Management, and thought that it would be a great idea to cut through the internet clutter and give black people, those who are interested in global affairs the information that matters and hopefully make them  better understand, including myself aware of what is happening around us locally and globally. My intent is to  try and connect the links of where we as a people are heading and the path to getting their. Globalization is here to stay and the smoother the path can be made, the better it will be for all our people. I am developing a blog at http://www.globalblackenterprise.com and I am the owner of http://www.caribisle.net, where I sell products that pamper your feet.

To subscribe please visit
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Please send us a feedback at collyaburke@gmail.com

Black Benefit Index

We must seek benefits beyond product satisfaction

As consumers there has to be benefits beyond product satisfaction, because like other races we need jobs, quality of products and someone to look out for our interests. As black consumers we were always perceived as people anyone could sell anything to, at any price. Although this is a stereotype, there are certain truth to this. Now, as in the past other races have come into our neighborhoods, open businesses and at the end of the day, and them getting rich, leave our communities richer than they came. This makes room for the race to exploit our communities. Internationally this is also true. Resource rich African countries were exploited by the European in the past, and now they are replaced by the Chinese who needs resources to expand their own economies. What they leave behind are infrastructures that will deteriorate over time. The corrupt leaders of these countries allow this to happen. Although there are patches of success, the continent is still struggling with famine and wars.
We must claim our benefits here in the United States and worldwide. We must not only be concern about product satisfaction and price. Even thought we do not own the means of production we need to be concern about building for the future through getting our fair share of jobs, making sure the products we consume are healthy and safe, and we are among those make the final decisions. My idea is to create a black benefits index that include jobs, health and safety, corporate representation, quality of product, community involvement (philanthropy), public relations and price. The Black Benefit Index will compare companies we spend money on each day see which one are the ones that work in our interest. Perceptually we think McDonald’s is good and Toyota is bad. We will in the end come up with the Global Black Enterprise Index 100, which are the 100 companies that exist to serve our best interests and offer the best benefits by providing us with jobs, producing healthy products and puts money into our communities to improve them.

Global Black Enterprise 100

The Global Black Enterprise 100 is here. I have conceptualized a list of what I would like to become the Global Black Enterprise 100 of companies that have the interests of blacks all over the globe. These corporations operate all around the globe and will consist of companies such as McDonald’s, Cocoa Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Ford and General Electric. We in the United States look up to these corporations because they employ a lot of black people. These are global corporations that operate all around the world, but do they treat all black consumers around the world as they do in the United States.
I plan to look at how they operate around the globe and the benefits derived from their operations when it comes to black consumers. We all know they are good corporate citizens when they operate in the United States, but in less developed country they cut corners because local governments with corrupt officials allow them to get away with things they would not get away with in developed countries.
I will be looking at such data as how many blacks around on their board to look for the interest of blacks and how they operate in other parts of the world. I will track their progress in reference to the benefits derived as consumers of the products produce by the company. Even though we might not own the means of production, I think we can derive benefits from these corporation through employment by them, becoming a part of  their supply chain, spending in our communities through philantropic efforts,  and in the case of franchises, gain some of the profits by becoming a franchiser.  This list will keep them all honest, because people in many countries have choices of the companies they buy product from and become as satisfied consumer.

Week of July 17, 2011

Global Black Enterprise
Connect Locally and Globally

The internet is a vast territory containing millions of websites. Our job at Global Black Enterprise is to compile those black stories we think are relevant to uplift and motivate, and hopefully those reading will learn something in the process.

What is globalization?
http://www.globalization101.org/What_is_Globalization.html

What does it mean to be black?
 http://theblacksentinel.wordpress.com/2007/09/07/what-does-it-mean-to-be-black/
The meaning of Enterprise
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enterprise

African Americans Abroad
http://theloop21.com/news/living-working-abroad-seoul-korea 

 Living & Working Abroad: Seoul, Korea For young, college-educated Americans, the best opportunities are overseas


Business
http://thefreshxpress.com/2011/07/can-you-be-overqualified-for-the-job/

Can You Be ‘Overqualified’ for the Job?

http://www.nationnews.com/index.php/articles/view/jamaica-gives-redjet-the-clear/

Jamaica gives REDjet the clear

http://atlantapost.com/2011/07/18/7-black-cosmetic-lines-dominating-the-market/

7 Black Cosmetic Lines Dominating the Market

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/World_News_3/article_8026.shtml

Brazil and Africa ready to tango


Culture
http://originalpeople.org/pg/blog/read/8170/alabama-still-collecting-tax-for-confederate-vets

Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate vets

http://www.onepeoples.com/current/youngster%27sblackpowerpoem.html

Better or Verse – Youngster’s Black Power Poem Upsets School Officials

http://myafricandiaspora.com/144/black-britons-and-identity/

Black “Britons” and Identity

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/11604/black_chicago_divided

Black Chicago Divided-Class and generational conflicts intensify, as 
African Americans cope with the Great Recession.

http://blackamericans.com/blogs/news/archive/2011/07/17/black-fraternities-at-100-are-they-fulfilling-their-legacy.aspx

Black Fraternities at 100: Are They Fulfilling Their Legacy?

http://insightnews.com/education/7779-books-for-africa-shipped-nearly-2-million-books-to-african-children-in-past-year-

Books For Africa shipped nearly 2 million books to African children in past year

http://lanic.utexas.edu/project/lasa95/duncan.html

The Afro-Costa Rican’s Concept of Nationality
as Reflected in Selected Works of Quince Duncan

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/23/2231323/for-the-first-time-blacks-outnumber.html

For the first time, blacks outnumber whites in Brazil.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6967

How Bigotry Shaped Baltimore

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50730
Still a Long Way to Go for Black Women

http://www.bookerrising.net/2011/06/walter-e-williams-blacks-are-americas.html

Walter E. Williams: “Blacks Are America’s New Racists”

http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2011/07/bowdoin_says_no.php

Bowdoin Says No Need for SAT While Buying College Board Scores

http://atlantapost.com/2011/07/20/is-black-history-better-taught-at-harvard/

Is Black History Better Taught At Harvard?


Economy

http://emergingminds.org/Society/
Ghana Learns from Youth Employment Programs and Social Safety Nets in Latin America and the Caribbean


http://blackamericans.com/blogs/business/archive/2011/07/17/not-all-hybrids-are-a-green-bargain.aspx

Not all hybrids are a green bargain

http://bigthink.com/series/66

Global Roundtable: The Future of Economic Competition

http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/south-africa-mutually-beneficial-trade-with-india-a-key-objective/

SOUTH AFRICA: Mutually Beneficial Trade With India a Key Objective



Health
http://newsone.com/world/jothomas/africa-free-healthcare-sierra-leone/

African Nations Saving Lives With Free Health Care

http://www.thegrio.com/health/mystery-donor-rescues-gym-for-low-income-women.php

Mystery donor rescues gym for low-income women

http://www.modernghana.com/news/340919/1/obesity-leading-driver-of-breast-cancer.html

Obesity ‘leading driver’ of breast cancer

http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/health-africa-improving-sanitation-still-a-long-way-to-go/

HEALTH-AFRICA: Improving Sanitation, Still a Long Way to Go

Personalities

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/celebrations-nelson-mandelas-93rd-birthday

Celebrations for Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday

http://theloop21.com/news/get-know-byron-wright-the-music-industry%E2%80%99s-youngest-charge

Get to Know: Byron Wright, The Music Industry’s Youngest In Charge

http://www.modernghana.com/news/341152/22/mike-adenuga-might-be-africas-richest-man-forbes-m.html

Mike Adenuga might be Africa’s richest man

http://odili.net/news/source/2011/jul/18/621.html

Akinjide: Like father, like daughter


Politics

http://www.theroot.com/buzz/michele-bachmann-hits-aid-black-farmers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRootRssFeed+%28TheRoot+RSS+Feed%29

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:22963662~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html

World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick at the 3rd Global Review of Aid for Trade

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_8012.shtml

Settlement reached in Hurricane Katrina housing discrimination case

Blogs
http://www.globalblackwomen.com/p/about-globalblackwomencom.html

http://theblackbottom.com/?cat=1740

http://ifad-un.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html

Compiler’s Biography:
My name is Colly A. Burke and  I am the compiler of this indexed newsletter. As a senior in high school I took international relations and I was hooked on how the world work globally. The previous 4 years the die was cast when I started reading the Wall Street Journal and eventually graduated to the Financial Times. Throughout the years I earned a couple degrees and started a couple of businesses that failed, but I never got globalization out of my blood. In 2010 I received my MBA from University of Phoenix in Global Management, and thought that it would be a great idea to cut through the internet clutter and give black people, those who are interested in global affairs the information that matters and hopefully make them  better understand, including myself aware of what is happening around us locally and globally. My intent is to  try and connect the links of where we as a people are heading and the path to getting their. Globalization is here to stay and the smoother the path can be made, the better it will be for all our people. I am developing a blog at http://www.globalblackenterprise.com and I am the owner of http://www.caribisle.net, where I sell products that pamper your feet.

To subscribe please visit
http://letterly.net/globalblackenterprise

Please send us a feedback at collyaburke@gmail.com