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Sam Ennon, is the president of the B.O.B.S.A...the nation’s largest

black-owned beauty supply trade association with over 5000 members both national and international. BOBSA’s membership base includes Black beauty professionals throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Bermuda, Trinidad, West Indies and Switzerland in beauty retail store operations, salons, barbershops, and training institutions. BOBSA was founded in 2004 as a non-profit, on-line resource source. Inundated with consumer inquiries, requests for business development support in the black beauty industry, BOBSA began and continues to provide business resource and consultant services to a growing membership.

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neither startup money, nor beforehand knowledge of the hair care industry, Mr. Frank Davie entered the enormous world of health and beauty care products. A selfproclaimed farm boy from Central California, Mr. Davie used his vigorous entrepreneurial spirit and his business knowledge to create a widely successful company called “WORLDS OF CURLS PRODUCTS”. A proud and successful business.


efore the birth of “W.O.C Products”, Mr. Davie formerly sold raw materials to hair care manufactures before stumbling upon this new formula. Operating from his home garage, Mr. Davie worked at refining his first product while doing market research on the ethnic hair care industry. He put relentless effort in getting his product into the marketplace. Mr. Davie recognized the potential market value of his product and soon pioneered the ethnic hair care market with his popular product called the “Worlds of Curls Gel Curl Activator”. Mr. Davie followed up the success of the “W.O.C Gel Curl Activator” with another ground-breaking formula that also dominated the market called the “Worlds of Curls CombOut Conditioning & Oil Sheen Moisturizer Spray”. In the early 1980’s,“W.O.C Hair Care Products” explodes on to the ethnic beauty market scene with the brands trademarkcolor of royal blue & white.


oon to follow was the introduction of their widely successful advertising campaign called “STEP INTO THE WORLD OF CURLS”. The new “W.O.C” advertising ads were spreading like wildfire, showing up on billboards, magazines and radio ads throughout the country. Now operating from a 5000 sp. ft. facility with 10 employees, Mr. Davie put together an innovative marketing plan that took ethnic hair care industry by surprise. Soon after the monster success of the original hair care products, the “W.O.C” brand continued to expand. In addition to the W.O.C Gel Curl Activator and Comb-Out Conditioning

& Oil Sheen Spray, nine other products were introduced under the “Worlds of Curls” umbrella.The products included: “INSTANT MOISTURIZER, COLD WAVE & CURL KIT, BLUE SATIN & EXCLUSIVE BLEND CONDITIONING CREME HAIR RELAXERS, HIGHLIGHTS GEL COLOURS, MAX FOR MEN, PHASE 2 Thermal Styling System, BODI for Waves & Curls, and SIMPLY SATIN COSMETICS”. “Worlds of Curls Hair Care Products” were now a forced to be reckoned with in the ethnic hair care industry. In 1985, “W.O.C Inc.” reached another plateau in business and succeeded in the International Hair Care Market. “Worlds of Curls Hair Care Products” were now sold worldwide in five continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, with additional company operations in Trinidad-Tobago, London, England and Haiti. The explosive growth of Mr. Davie’s business grew beyond his imagination and witin the first five years of operations, the “Worlds ofCurls, Inc.” empire went on to achieve over $38 million in revenue. With the continued growth and success of his business and now with over 400 employed worldwide, Mr. Davie soon purchased and renovated 160,000 sq. ft. facility were most of “W.O.C Hair Care Products” were manufactured. During that time, Mr. Davie took another groundbreaking risk and ventured into the world of cosmetics. Introduced in 1986, “W.O.C Products” created “SIMPLY SATIN Cosmetics”, a 45 item line specifically designed for women of color in mind. “SIMPLY SATIN Cosmetics” gained solid market share for quality and style with strong brand presence and bold colors. Within the ethnic skin care market, “SIMPLY SATIN Cosmetics” soon became so popular that this forced other cosmetic beauty giants of Revlon and Maybelline to take notice and develop new cosmetic lines to compete with “SIMPLY SATIN”. At this time all products under the “WORLDS OF CURLS” brand continued to achieve monster success. In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davie enter the world of philanthropy. The Davie’s created “WIN THROUGH EDUCATION” with the introduction of the “W.O.C Annual National College Scholarship Fund”. Since 1985, they donated over $400,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Every year they empowered youth to succeed by awarding scholar-




air care companies that design products primarily with black consumers in mind. The “AHBAI” organization created “The Proud Lady” symbol to distinguish them from their white-owned business competitors. This symbol represented black power and was placed on the back of all members’ products to ensure that the black dollar was reinvested back into the community. “AHBAI’s” sole purpose was to bring positive awareness and education to the black consumers. At the pinnacle of their success, the “AHBAI” associations top 11 members, including Mr. Davie, combined estimated net worth was well over half a billion dollars. To add to their explosive revolution many historical achievements were made by the incredibly gifted men of “AHBAI”. They contributed too many major economic and political forces around the country potentially having the power to effect world change. The combined power of the “AHBAI” brothers was so substantial that they dominated in the business of black hair care. They were all ranked in Black Enterprise Magazine’s INDUSTRIAL/ SERVICE top 100 lists for outstanding achievements in business and community involvements. Furthermore, Mr. Davie’s solid leadership involvement within the “ABHAI” organization and the black hair care industry cemented him as one of the top icons in the industry. Mr. Davie worked tirelessly lending innovative ideas to further solidify “AHBAI’s” power in the black hair care market. In the late 1990’s, despite the downfall of black ownership within the ethnic hair care industry and the “AHBAI” organization, Mr. Davie remained committed and focused to change the world of the ethnic hair care industry. He refused to be part of the demise in an industry that he helped create. Today, Mr. Davie continues his relentless efforts on educating the black community. He remains dedicated to furthering his legacy of black empowerment through business ownership, with his new company “Global Beauty Products”; and the introduction his new line of products called “KINGS & QUEENS HAIR CARE”. Mr. Davie’s new hair care line is in-

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t’s odd but not so odd at the same time. By now, many people expect to walk into a beauty supply store and see a Korean store owner manning the register. Whether you’re in the suburbs of Houston or on MLK Blvd in Anytown, USA, you know what to expect. And yet, walking down a street in a Black neighborhood with Black residents and Black customers buzzing about the retail shops, that image of the few Koreans in the neighborhood only existing behind the cash register of liquor, beauty supply and other retail shops is still perplexing. But what can explain the seemingly random attraction of Black hair to Korean entrepreneurs? Is it that they love Black hair so much? Was there a plan amongst the first wave of Korean immigrants to hone in on the black hair care industry and dominate the beauty supply store market? From a business perspective, it was no coincidence. The wig business and the explosion of the wig business in South Korea in the 1960s is instrumental to understanding the Korean ownership of beauty supply stores. According to the book “On My Own: Korean Businesses and Race Relations in America”, the rise of the YH Trade wig manufacturing company was significant. Founder Yung Ho Chang, conceived the idea of the company while working as the vicedirector of Korean Trade Promotion Corporation in the U.S. Between 1965 and 1978, his company exported $100 million worth of wigs. The wig business was doing so well, especially amongst African-American

consumers that the Korean Wig Merchants pushed to corner the market. “In 1965, the Korean Wig merchants joined together and convinced the Korean government to outlaw the export of raw hair,” said Aron Ranen, a filmmaker who has documented the marginalization of African-American entrepreneurs in the hair care industry in the film Black Hair. “[This ban] made it so that one can only buy the pre-made wigs and extensions.” In other words, Korean hair could only be manufactured in Korea. “Six months later, the United States government created a ban on any wig that contains hair from China,” effectively putting South Korea in prime position to exploit the market. The business structure helped set up many Korean entrepreneurs in the sale of wigs and over the past five decades, wig stores have evolved to become full fledged beauty supply stores where hair for weaves and extensions represent the top selling products. Since then, it’s been a chain reaction as one store beget another; family members and employees of one store owner duplicated the business. According to said Dr. Kyeyoung Park, associate professor of anthropology and Asian American Studies at UCLA, competition also played a role in the proliferation. “Korean immigrants are more concerned with peer competition,” she said. “If one is running a business so well, then another Korean will open up a similar business very quickly.”

tion channel,” he said. “‘I mean, if you ask me, ‘what is your vision for the future?’” Well, right away, it’s a 100 black-owned stores opening up right next to Korean stores – a boycott until the Korean stores accept at least 20% black-owned manufactured products.Then we are talking about money in the community.” According Ranin, there are only four central distributors serving beauty supply stores in the country and these Korean owned distributors discriminate against Black store owners in order to maintain their monopoly in the market. Ranin interviewed Lucky White, the owner of Kizure Ironworks which specializes in making styling tools like curling irons, for his 2006 documentary. Ms. White claimed that distributors told her that her products were no longer in demand as an excuse to turn away her products in favor of knock-offs produced by Asian companies. Devin Robinson, an economics professor and author of “How to Become a Successful Beauty Supply Store Owner”, organized a boycott last November against Non- Black Owned Beauty Supply stores. “The problem is with the distributors.” he has stated. “Distributors are mainly Non-Blacks and they handpick who they will distribute products to. This oftentimes leaves aspiring black owners disenfranchised.”b


Today, there are over 9,000 Koreanowned beauty supply stores serving a billion dollar market for Black hair. Between manufacturing, distributing and selling these hair care products, Korean entrepreneurs appear to control all major components. Ranen was inspired to make his documentary because of what he saw as the injustice of unfair business practices. “It’s really about allowing black manufacturers to get inside the distribu-



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Clouds Rolled In”



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Chapter 1 WhoKnew?

others were bought and sold at his whim. William Johnson, “Old Massa” was one of the riches men in South Carolina. He had over one hundred slave children by ten different slave women. The slave women were sold when they became too tired to birth children and work. He cared for none of them and they hated him. His children ranged from near white to deep dark brown. But, they all had blond streaks in their hair and blue, green or hazel eyes. He inherited a1650-acre plantation from his father, but by the time he died it had been sold down to 500 acres that was crowded with his slave children. At the age of sixty he sent off for a bride from Sweden, a big blond blue eyed twenty-five year old. But what came was a big boned very heavy blond blue-eyed forty-five-year-old Swedish widow, named Inga, with a five year old who hated him on sight. William Johnson knew that his new bride’s son would own his plantation one day. After ten years of trying to conceive a child with

rederick rolled over to look at his throbbing hands. The early morning light

streamed through the cracks in the wooden cabin. Frederick lay on the floor and listened to the cock crowing. He wasn’t sure what time he was suppose to get up, this was all new to him. His clean pants and white stockings were now matted with dirt and mud. He had never picked cotton before and now every part of his body was showing it. His fingers were swollen and slashed with tears and cuts. His back hurt and his knees were bloody. Just two weeks before he had been the special house servant to the Old Master. He was the water carrier and bather of “Old Massa’ as every one called him. Now he was fumbling and falling and failing to pick cotton as well as one of the six-year-old slaves. Old Massa had, had a peculiar liking to him but now Old Massa was dead. Secretly the slaves were happy and smiled to themselves when he died with a blood-curdling scream from his bedroom. Before he died old Massa was as nearly yellow as his hair in his youth. In his youth he was six foot one, he was now five foot eleven on his deathbed. He lived to be ninety-five years old to most of the slave’s disappointment. As a young man he was handsome with big white teeth and rough yellow hair. Many young white southern bells wanted to marry him, but he sowed his wild oats, to the shame of every one in the county, with all of his female slaves till his late sixty’s. Half of his slaves were his children and the


Inga and failing, this did not please him at all. Young Massa, Bill Johnson, hated everything about the plantation except the money he used to gamble with on the fights every weekend. He dreamed of the day he could sell the whole thing and get away. Every one thought it was sad because he even hated his mother whom he spoke ill of to whomever would listen. Old Massa was indifferent to all his children and outwardly hostile to Bill. He seemed to hate everyone and everything before he died except for Frederick, Frederick’s mother and Frederick’s father. He doted on them like they were his prize thoroughbreds. He first came across Hattie May, a full fledge

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Mandingo from the Mandingo tribe, when she was fifteen years old. Her skin was a beautiful caramel color. She was six foot one when she was bought by Old Massa and could look him straight in his eyes. Not even his children would or could do this to him. He fed her and kept her separate from any of his sons or other male slaves. She was envied for her role on the plantation, but she never knew it because she did not associate with the other slaves or speak a word of English. She was never beaten, for not trying. She understood every word that was spoken in English to her; she just didn’t have to answer. Everyone knew Old Massa had a plan for her but they could not guess what it was. He kept her at the big house only cooking breakfast and the rest of the day she was on her own to run free in his woods. Hattie never ran away, she had a plan of her own. She was secretly mapping out an escape route for twenty years. But all that was stopped when Old Massa one day brought in a six foot six Mandingo warrior, Big BOY, who seemed defeated and docile to the other slaves. He had lost two fingers from each hand and his foot was mangled into a knot, like a dog had chewed on it for hours. But, Hattie could see in his eyes a defiance that could, next time get him killed if he ran away. He was locked in a cage like an animal; no slave had been brought on this plantation this way, all the other slaves were glad they were not in his place. Old Massa bragged about how he finally had a fighter and would make lots of money to win back his Daddies land. He would fight him all over the South. But more than that he would mate him with his Hattie. He stated he had waited for this for many years, and now he would have thoroughbred slaves. They would be strong enough to pick cotton all day without a rest. He built a cabin for Big Boy and Hattie and waited for them to mate. He was disappointed when he could not watch and they would not perform on command. That was the only time he was sorry he had not forced Hattie to speak or learn English. He did not know she understood every word he said. But, he knew they understood each other. Hattie immediately began to fix Big Boy’s wounds, when Big Boy was removed from the cage. But what Old Massa did not know was Frederick was conceived that night. Hattie did not carry her baby the way the other smaller African slave women did. She did not look pregnant. When she birthed Frederick she was so quiet and they hid the boy till they could hide him no more. Big Boy would fight for Old Massa as long as he

let him stay with Hattie and his child, but when he would not fight he would make him sleep in the outhouse with all the horseflies. He did not even do this to the other slaves. Big Boy won Old Massa lots of money but the Master would spend it on other things, never buying back his Daddies land. Feeding his slaves were getting costly, taking care of his son and wife was also costly. Inga spent lots of money and so did her son. When Bill saw the old man was losing his sharpness he did more and more corrupt things on the plantation. He also wanted to corrupt the fight game. But, he was secretly afraid of Big Boy. He wanted to fight him for himself, not his stepfather, but he could not make him win for himself. He would beat him with a cat of nine tails right before the fight and starve him never knowing this could make it impossible for him to win. But he and Big Boy knew that if Big Boy wanted to win he would. Years passed, Bill and Big Boy went round and around as the old Massa became more and more feeble. Big Boy would lose more than he would win. One day, six months before Fredericks’ sixteenth birthday, things were truly bad around the plantation. Old Massa had turned ninety-five and was up and walking around barking orders almost like his old self. Frederick had tried to bathe him but he wanted to bathe himself. He made his way down to his beloved Mandingo’s cabin only to find Big Boy tied to a tree with his flesh sitting open with flies flying all around his crumpled body. The old man began to cry as if his heart would break. Bill saw the sight from his bedroom window and waddled down to taunt the old man. Bill had not grown like his mother he was five foot five and almost three feet around. Bill growled at the old man to stop crying. “Yes, old man he’s near dead what do you think of that?’ Bill spat out. The old man leaned against another tree and cried silently. Bill was so angry because his stepfather did not even acknowledge he was there. Bill ran to the barn and retrieved his shotgun. He practically dragged it to the tree openings and shot Big Boy in the back of the head. His head splattered on the old man’s face, hair and clothing.The old man fainted. Bill left him at the tree with a grin on his face. He was finally satisfied. He hoped the old man was dead too. Frederick also saw this happen, he wanted to run to what was left of his father, but he knew that everyone was watching. The six foremen, who also had guns, were watching.They were shocked but could not show any emotion, because Mr. Bill Johnson was still looking backward glances at his work. He snarled out, “Boy pick that old man up and take him to his room.” Frederick was now six foot one himself, even though he was only fifteen. He had, had the heart of a child but with his father’s assault, that act had blown his heart to pieces. Frederick wanted to run, but he knew he could not leave Hattie; his

momma was in the kitchen making breakfast. He knew she would take all this silently till they were alone, and then she would fall apart. Frederick carried the old man into the house, never looking back at his father’s headless body. Frederick could speak and understand English. He even could read and write it, because the Pastor’s wife had been secretly teaching the slave children in the house, when she and her husband visited the old man. Her husband would pray for him with Inga looking on, and the Pastor’s wife would excuse herself to the kitchen saying she wanted to make her own tea, only to sneak and teach all the little children to read the Bible. Frederick knew of the love of God even for slaves, but never thought he could call on him to change his plight. But for some reason, as he carried the Old Massa, he began to call out to this God to take his father’s spirit to heaven and help him forgive all these people. But, his real true and secret prayer was for Jesus to remove him from this place. This secret prayer was too frightening to him; he looked around hoping the young master could not read his mind because he was not ready to die. He climbed the steps to the old man’s room carrying him with ease. He was not sure he was alive his breathing was so slight. He laid him on the bed and covered him with the coverlet from the bottom of his bed. He was fighting with an overwhelming urge to hate and kill, but he knew better, he had seen many slaves killed since Young Massa took over. He could not look out “Old Massa’s” window at his father’s headless body. What came next was the hardest thing he had ever done in his fifteen years. Bill walked in smiling saying, “Is he dead?” Frederick said, “No sir.” “Well go down and bury Big Boy,” he said with a bigger grin. Frederick knew right then and there his life was changed and was not going back. After he buried Big Boy he was amazed at how he kept his calm, it took him all day. He had never dug a grave before, and dragging his father to the slave graveyard took him two hours. His

father was solid and big, and now he was dead, he weighed twice as much. Young Massa wanted to hurt him, so after he dug for three hours he came to him and told him to drag Big Boy instead to the back of the outhouse where he wanted him buried. Frederick still could not shed a tear yet, as he drug his father behind the outhouse. That night in their cabin he and his mother cried silent tears as they dressed for bed. As the night drifted in they heard Old Massa scream. Old Massa began to come to himself and over in the corner sat Bill like a fat toad smiling. The old man’s mind was like a bundle of clouds and as they began to clear, all he could see was Big Boy tied to a tree and then his head splattering all over him. At that second his heart popped, he looked over for help from a grinning and laughing Bill. At that very second he knew how all his slaves felt as he had raped and tortured them for years, “helpless”. He screamed half from pain and half from frustration. The next morning Young Massa called Frederick and Hattie out of their cabin to live with the last slaves that were bought. The new slaves were covered with mud from their long trip. The new slaves looked totally frightened, they were crowded into a one-room cabin with fifteen other slaves.They had to leave all they had and come in their day clothes. No one slept on cots they all slept on the floor and were expected to go pick cotton right after breakfast. Breakfast was something that looked like snakeskins. They were told they were pig intestines and were called chitterlings. The smell of fesses made them unbearable to eat. All day Frederick and his mother picked cotton with out any rest.The other slaves rested twice a day because of their size. All these things floated back to Frederick as he lay on the floor looking at his swollen fingers. “What else could happen?” he thought. Little did he know. Written by, SHARON WEST

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Los Angeles. They both attended Crenshaw High School in the early eighties, and are working on their Bachelors in Business management, even though they are already possess enough business savvy and intensity to open five stores just in L.A. These two youthful brothers have joined together to make a difference Their motto is “ Keeping it real, and giving back!” Rebuilding, restoring and lifting up our tore down and tattered communities with seven locations. They have pulled together their talents and positioned themselves in the city of Angels, bringing employment and opportunity within Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and other communities.

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR’S hALL OF FAME Insurance representative for Commonwealth Burial Association, late 1920s and early 1930s; Founded Fuller Products Company, 1929; President, Chicago Negro Chamber of Congress until 1947; Acquired Boyer International Laboratories, 1947; Later purchased interest in J. C. McBrady and Company and Patricia Stevens Cosmetics, New York Age and Pittsburgh Courier. In the 1950s founded Fuller Guaranty Corporation, Fuller-Philco Home Appliance Center, and Fuller’s Department Store. Assistant Pastor to St. Andrew Temple of Faith, Truth and Love Baptist Church, 1962. Placed on probation by the Securities and Exchanges Commission in 1964; Fuller Products Company declared bankruptcy in 1969; Revived, c. 1970s. Dabbled in real estate, farming, and cattle.

Life’s Work: Widely known as S. B. Fuller, Samuel B.

Fuller was born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1905, to parents who were sharecroppers. By the time he was nine years old he had learned the value of door-to-door sales, perhaps from experiences in his community. Fuller dropped out of school when he was in the sixth grade. When he was 15, the Fullers moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Fuller’s mother died two years later and apparently the seven children provided for themselves without government assistance. Samuel B. Fuller started with a sixth-grade education, a desire to succeed, and a talent for sales. Samuel invested $25 to build a company that reached multimillions of dollars in assets. He made door-to-door sales successful in both white and black communities and became known throughout the country as the head of Fuller Products Company. His training techniques guided others in establishing multimillion-dollar businesses of their own.


included such products as face creams, lotions, perfumes, and a complete line of household products. According to the November 1957 Ebony, the attractive, modest, and unbelievably energetic Fuller had a charming and magnetic quality about him. “He cajoles, questions, lectures, coddles and spanks his dealers with words that have come to be gospel to Fullerites.” The formula for his success, cited in the November 1975 Ebony, is given in Fuller’s own statements, “The door-to-door salesman is the backbone of today’s economy....At Fuller Products Company, there’s only one race--the human race.... A man doesn’t have to have a lot of degrees behind his name to earn $10,000 a year.”

soon put $1,000 into this venture. Soon the Fuller Products Company was established and incorporated in 1929. Fuller developed a line of 30 products and hired salespeople to sale them door-todoor, primarily on Chicago’s South Side. This is where many of his black customers lived. By 1939 his business had grown from a small office space above a store to a small factory, also located on the South Side. By expanding his sales force to meet the needs of the market, Fuller had become one of the city’s most prominent black businessmen. Determined to expand his business, in 1947 Fuller acquired Boyer International Laboratories, a white cosmetic manufacturing company. In an effort to avoid criticism and possibly boycotts from whites that were loyal to Boyer products, (Jean Nadal Cosmetics and H.A. Hair Arranger) the transaction remained secret. Fuller’s customers then were primarily in the South: Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Dallas, and North Carolina.

Perhaps in search of a better living than he had in Memphis, Fuller hitchhiked to Chicago in 1928 and found work as a coal Throughout the 1950s Fuller was probably hiker. Later Fuller worked as an insurance the richest African American man in the representative for Commonwealth Burial United States. His cosmetics company had Association; after four years he was pro- $18 million in sales and a sales force of five moted to a managerial position. Assisted thousand (one third of them white). It gave by his friend Lestine Thornton, and soon training to many future entrepreneurs and to be wife, Fuller spent 25 dollars to buy other leaders. Fuller was known as a massoap that he peddled from door-to-door. ter salesman. His Chicago plant Since the investment proved successful, he DOTS-ONLINE E-PU B MAG... Celebrates Black History Month 2013

A motivational genius, Fuller held spiritual meetings for his door- to-door salespeople and published weekly bulletins, distributing them to independent dealers so that his sales people throughout the country always knew his doctrine on selling and living. Furthermore, Fuller held annual meetings for his employees that allowed him an opportunity to honor them. For example, when Fuller and his staff met in Chicago’s Palmer House in 1957, his top three salespeople were awarded automobiles and 24 other salespeople divided a jackpot of more than $3,000. Most of his administrative staff were college graduates. His employees, who called themselves “Fullerites,” included George Johnson, later owner of the well- known Johnson Products, and Joe Louis Dudley, now owner of a multimillion-dollar-business in Greensboro, North Carolina. By 1959 Fuller had built a $250,000 12room dream house in Robbins, Illinois. The suburban showplace was equipped with maids’ quarters, 14 telephones, imported Italian terrazzo tile floors, Indian wool carpeting, and Japanese raw silk draperies designed especially for the Fullers.Business soared after the acquisition of Boyer and by the early 1960s sales peaked at $20 million. Fuller now had a line of 300 products and employed 5,000 salespeople, 600 of who were on direct payroll. His employees were black as well as white, and 60 percent of his customers were white. According to the November 1957 issue of Ebony, he inspired his black employees by saying, “Anything the white man can do, so can you. Don’t ever feel the way is closed to you because you are a Negro. All you need is faith in God and faith in yourself.”

He also established 85 branches in 38

states. The astute businessman decided to diversify his investment further and bought an interest in J. C. McBrady and Company and Patricia Stevens Cosmetics. He became a major shareholder of the Pittsburgh Courier Publishing Company--the owner of the country’s oldest black newspaper, the New York Age, and the Pittsburgh Courier, the largest circulated black newspaper. Fuller also invested in real estate, farming, and cattle. He owned a real estate trust in New York City, the buildings housing branches of his business in various cities, and Chicago’s Regal Theater--the city’s counterpart to Harlem’s Apollo Theater for black entertainment. He owned the Fuller Guaranty Corporation and Fuller-Philco Home Appliance Center.

Fuller’s Downfall:

Although Fuller believed fully in people owning their own business and that it would be easy for Negroes to own their own business, he was wrong. However, he would keep making speeches that would give his biting opinion of Negroes. He did not realize there were forces that hindered the Negroe entrepreneur.

Fuller expressed around this time departed from his earlier assertion that blacks could succeed in business. He began to draw the black community’s wrath and blacks boycotted his products. Fuller knew that his business suffered further by the black boycott; nevertheless, he never recanted his negative statements toward blacks in business and attributed the whole matter to a misunderstanding. His other products from his other cosmetic companies did not help keep him afloat. The Jean Nadal products had no market at all and Fuller sold the line.Although he believed that black producers should sell to white customers just as whites sell to blacks, he attempted to move his market to northern whites and to blacks in both the North and South. When a New York liquor dealer reneged on its offer to buy the Jean Nadal line, Fuller’s enterprise was devastated further. His attempt to reinvest his money in Fuller’s Department Store, formerly the South Center Department Store on the South Side of Chicago, left him financially overextended.

Fuller’s business investments began to decline in the 1960s. The Civil Rights movement and the White Citizen’s Council proceeded to destroy the company by boycotting sales throughout the South, after they learned that Boyer had been sold to a Negroe. The Civil Rights movement had begun to have Negroes launch economic boycotts of southern white businesses. Many of those Drugstore chains owned by whites, removed the Boyer line from their shelves. Since 60 percent of the company’s sales came from whites, the boycott devastated Fuller Products Company.

In 1964 the Securities and Exchanges Commission charged Fuller with selling unregistered high interest promissory notes on his business and he was placed on probation for five years. In addition, a social service agent in Chicago campaigned against him for giving credit to clients on welfare. The agent persuaded the clients not to honor their debts with Fuller, leaving him with more than one million dollars in unpaid accounts. In late 1968 Fuller divested himself of his publishing concern and his retail stores. Despite his sale of the mortgages he held on real estate, Fuller Products Company declared bankruptcy in 1969.

Fuller’s Lack of Foresight:

Down But Not Out:

In an interview that same year with U.S. News and World Report he said, “Negroes are not discriminated against because of the color of their skin. They are discriminated against because they have not anything to offer that people want to buy.” Afterwards his company suffered severe setbacks as many of his comments were reported out of context. Major national black leaders reacted angrily and called for a boycott of Fuller Products. Fuller soon found out his views were going to be his downfall within his community and were not going to help him outside of his community with whites. According to the African- American Business Leaders, he lashed out criticism at blacks, saying that, “Negroes lack initiative, courage, integrity, loyalty and wisdom.” He accused the Chicago NAACP of ignoring blacks and working only to change the attitude of whites. Clearly, the views

In honor of Fuller’s 70th birthday, on June 4, 1975, George Johnson and Johnson Publishing Company executive John H. Johnson cosponsored a testimonial dinner. Illinois Governor Daniel Walker declared the day “S. B. Fuller Day” in his honor as well. Some 2,000 people paid $50 a plate to attend the Chicago event. John H. Johnson presented Fuller with a check for $70,000, representing funds raised at the event. According to the June 16, 1976, issue of Jet, George Johnson told Fuller, “If there had been no you, there would be no us.” He also presented Fuller with 2,000 shares of Johnson Products stock valued at $50,000. All funds were to help Fuller rebuild his company.

In 1963 Fuller was the first African American inducted into the National Association of Manufacturers. He could not and would not change his views that the Negroes mindset was the problem toward owning a business. During his acceptance speech he stated that, “a lack of understanding of the capitalist system and not racial barriers was keeping blacks from making progress.”

Fuller revived his business in the 1970s, when he reorganized under the federal bankruptcy laws, and by 1972, the firm reported $300,000 in profits. Still based in Chicago, he had centers in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Richmond, Greensboro, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland. By 1975 Fuller’s company manufactured 60 products, including cosmetics and other beauty items.

Joe L. Dudley, who had worked with Fuller in the past and was already operating a booming cosmetics business in Greensboro where

three years before he saw more than 400 percent profit, teamed up with Fuller to develop a $100,000 business in the next ten years and to perpetuate door-to-door selling. By 1978 Dudley had become president of the Fuller Products Company. -During his lifetime Fuller divided his time between his company and other professional and civic activities. Sometime in the 1930s, black businesses founded the Chicago Negro Chamber of Commerce and later included older, more established companies such as Park Sausage, Metropolitan Sausage, Supreme Life Insurance Company, and Baldwin Advertising.Their motto was “For your economic emancipation, patronize your own.” Fuller was president of the organization until 1947, and through parades and stickers, guided its continuous campaign for self- sufficiency. Fuller himself consistently supported black businesses. In the 1950s for example, when Johnson Products was burned out of its small cosmetics operation, Fuller enabled George Johnson and his company to use Fuller’s facilities in the interim. That Johnson was a competitor was irrelevant. In 1960 Fuller was chairman of the Pittsburgh Courier’s board of directors. By 1962 he also had become licensed as a Baptist minister and later became an assistant pastor of St. Andrew Temple of Faith, Truth, and Love Baptist Church. During President Eisenhower’s administration he raised contributions for the Republican National Committee. He also contributed generously to various charities and scholarship funds. Fuller died on October 24, 1988, at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, apparently of kidney failure. Funeral services were held at St. Andrew Temple of Faith. His survivors included his wife, five daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 18 greatgrandchildren. Fuller is best remembered as a trailblazing entrepreneur and as a mentor to many of the leading black business owners in the country. Resources; Walter, Lamar source=activity



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that America’s prosperity must Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, rest upon the broad shoulders of a risand protect its people from life’s ing middle class.We know that America thrives when every person can find inworst hazards and misfortune. dependence and pride in their work; Through it all, we have never relin- when the wages of honest labor liberquished our skepticism of central ate families from the brink of hardship. authority, nor have we succumbed to We are true to our creed when a little the fiction that all society’s ills can be girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to “We hold these truths to be self-ev- cured through government alone. Our succeed as anybody else, because she ident, that all men are created equal, celebration of initiative and enterprise; is an American, she is free, and she is that they are endowed by their Cre- our insistence on hard work and per- equal, not just in the eyes of God but ator with certain unalienable rights, sonal responsibility, are constants in also in our own. that among these are Life, Liberty, and our character. the pursuit of Happiness.” But we have always understood that We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of Today we continue a never-ending when times change, so must we; that our time. We must harness new ideas journey, to bridge the meaning of those fidelity to our founding principles re- and technology to remake our governwords with the realities of our time. quires new responses to new chal- ment, revamp our tax code, reform For history tells us that while these lenges; that preserving our individual our schools, and empower our cititruths may be self-evident, they have freedoms ultimately requires collective zens with the skills they need to work never been self-executing; that while action. For the American people can harder, learn more, and reach higher. freedom is a gift from God, it must be no more meet the demands of today’s But while the means will change, our world by acting alone than American secured by His people here on Earth. soldiers could have met the forces purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every The patriots of 1776 did not fight to of fascism or communism with mus- single American. That is what this moreplace the tyranny of a king with the kets and militias. No single person can ment requires. That is what will give privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. train all the math and science teach- real meaning to our creed. They gave to us a Republic, a govern- ers we’ll need to equip our children ment of, and by, and for the people, en- for the future, or build the roads and We, the people, still believe that evtrusting each generation to keep safe networks and research labs that will ery citizen deserves a basic measure bring new jobs and businesses to our our founding creed. shores. Now, more than ever, we must of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of For more than two hundred years, we do these things together, as one nation, health care and the size of our deficit. and one people. have. But we reject the belief that America Through blood drawn by lash and must choose between caring for the blood drawn by sword, we learned that This generation of Americans has been generation that built this country and no union founded on the principles of tested by crises that steeled our re- investing in the generation that will liberty and equality could survive half- solve and proved our resilience. A build its future. For we remember the slave and half-free. We made ourselves decade of war is now ending. An eco- lessons of our past, when twilight years anew, and vowed to move forward to- nomic recovery has begun. America’s were spent in poverty, and parents of possibilities are limitless, for we possess gether. all the qualities that this world without a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. 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will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

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words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time. For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall. My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride. They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

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enzel Washington says his friend and former

1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife,” said the singer’s death

co-star Whitney Houston battled a “monster drug that

was especially tragic because she had seemingly over-

got a hold of her” and her death should be a lesson to

come her addiction.

us all. The Oscar-winning actor told the October issue

“Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in re-

of GQ magazine, “Whitney was such a sweet, sweet

covery. And that is the toughest part about addiction.

girl and really just a humble girl.”Referring to her co-

And that was a monster drug that got a hold of her, it

caine addiction, the 57-year-old actor said, “Maybe she

was a mean one.You can’t go back to that one. Nobody

thought she could have one. And then the next thing

beats that,” he said.

you know, her body was betraying her. She didn’t know

“I look at people — and I don’t think I’m speaking

that her body was aging quickly.”

out of line — Samuel L. Jackson, I’ve known for thirtysome-odd years, he was down at the bottom. And he

“She couldn’t take it.Your body can only take so much,”

came all the way back,” Washington added. “And when

Washington added. The Grammy-award winning singer

he cleaned up, he never looked back. But he can’t have

was found dea d at 48

that beer, because it might lead to the tough thing.”

on Feb. 11 in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills Hotel

The actor told GQ that Houston’s death should be a

room with drug paraphernalia nearby. The Los Angeles

lesson to us all.

coroner found that she was “acutely intoxicated from

“It’s more of an example to me or the rest of us to

cocaine” at the time of her death and was a “repeated

keep it together. I was listening to her song ‘I Look to

cocaine user.”Washington, who co-starred with Hous-

You.’ It’s prophetic,” he said.

ton in the


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THIS EDITORIAL CONVERSATION IS WRITEN AND PRODUCED BY PBS NEWSHOUR. JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, our remembrance of singer Whitney Houston. From the release of her first album in 1985, Whitney Houston was a superstar, turning a background in gospel and soul into pop music gold, first artist to chart seven consecutive number-one hits, eventually selling more than 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She won hundreds of awards, including six Grammys, and turned to acting, starring in films, including “The Bodyguard.” IN-DEPTH COVERAGE Art Beat More recently, it was the struggles in Houston’s life that drew attention, a turbulent relationship with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, and battles with drug addiction. At last night’s Grammy Awards, though, performers paid tribute to her music-making and her soaring voice, as in the song “The Greatest Love of All.” Whitney Houston was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel this weekend. The cause of her death is not yet determined. She was 48 years old. And we’re joined now by Gordon Chambers, a Grammy Award-winning singer, producer and songwriter. He worked with Whitney Houston on a number of songs and albums. “What a Stradivarius was to a violin was what [Whitney Houston] brought to a microphone, the best voice of the 20th century.”- Gordon Chambers, singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers, welcome. I mentioned this melding of gospel, soul and pop music. What do you think it was that set her apart? GORDON CHAMBERS, songwriter-musician: It was the clarity of the tone of her voice, the precision of her pitch. You know, you never forgot that she was of the gospel tradition, but when she sang, she could sing a melody so clearly and so precise, that she could make a song a copyright. She had -- what a Stradivarius was to a violin was what she brought to a microphone, the best voice of the 20th century. JEFFREY BROWN: I’m sorry.You said what? GORDON CHAMBERS: Easily, hands down, the finest,

purest tone of a singer in the 20th century, in my estimation. JEFFREY BROWN: And she came from this very rich musical background, her mother, Cissy Houston, Aretha Franklin, a godmother, Dionne Warwick, a cousin. GORDON CHAMBERS: Yes. And, you know, there’s even more singers that are in her background. I mean, Cissy was a member of a wonderful group called the Sweet Inspirations. And Cissy’s brothers and sisters made up a group called the Drinkard Singers. So, the Houston legacy of singing goes back for two generations even before Whitney in Newark, New Jersey. These are fabulous, fabulous, soulful singers in the gospel tradition. JEFFREY BROWN: Now, you worked with her.What was that like? GORDON CHAMBERS: I worked with her. I produced songs on two of her albums, “Just Whitney,” and one on a song on her Christmas album, “One Wish.” And Whitney is really funny and really warm, really will somebody who comes in a room and introduces herself to everyone in the room. I asked her to say -- if she wouldn’t mind saying hello to my parents. She spoke to them for about 20 minutes on the phone. She’s a very warm, very radiant person. And as much of a star as she is on TV, she has that same quality, star quality even when she walks in a room and there’s two, three people. She lights up a room and the room lights up to her. She’s funny, charismatic.We laughed a lot, but we got our work TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON CONTINUES...



done. And she treated me with absolute respect.When I got to the studio the first time, I said, “Whitney, I have waited for

this moment for a long time.”And she said, “No, Gordon Chambers, I have waited for this moment for a long time” -- very real, very warm. JEFFREY BROWN: Well, in spite of that, and despite so much success, the tragic personal life in later years, what can you tell us about that? GORDON CHAMBERS: You know, I can just say that Whitney is human and, like all of God’s children, she was flawed. But she never lost her faith. You know, there’s many times we sat together and I could tell that she was under pressure, and so was I. And we prayed together. So, in our instances of being together, what I remember was somebody who was turning to God, turning to a higher being, who -- in times of turmoil or times of turbulence, just as I do. And that’s part of what the glue of our friendship. So, I remember a woman who was seeking a higher being. I remember when she went to Israel. She was always connected to her faith and never lost that. And I do believe that she’s in heaven because she never lost her relationship with God. JEFFREY BROWN: And what of her legacy or her impact, her influence on other singers? Where do you see it today? GORDON CHAMBERS: Well, I’ll tell you her influence on me. When I was actually producing her Christmas song, she -- there was a note I wanted her to hit in the bridge and to take it a little bit more to church, take it a little higher.


And she looked at me and she said, “Gordon, I think you want to do what I do, baby. I think you want to do what I do.”


And I said, “What do you mean by that?”She said, “I think you want to sing, and, if you want to sing, that you should go for it.”And, really, sure enough, sure enough, that was the kick that I needed. And I came to New York from Atlanta and began recording the first of my three solo albums, the first album, “Introducing Gordon Chambers,” which is an album that she loved. I’m now on my third album, “Sincere.” So, I wouldn’t be the singer that I am if she -- not for her inspiration. Many, many singers, many of the younger singers -- Kelly Rowland was on the red carpet at the Grammys saying that the first time she ever met Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston was singing to her a Destiny’s Child song. So she gave so much inspiration. On Thursday night, the night before the Grammys, she went to support Kelly Price at a preGrammy party. So, I think that she gave a lot of encouragement. The girls that were in “Sparkle” with her said that she was very maternal, very warm. And I think that she set the bar high, but in her interactions with other vocalists, she knew how to get down low and make you feel like you were a colleague. JEFFREY BROWN: All right. GORDON CHAMBERS: And I think that’s her legacy. JEFFREY BROWN: All right. Gordon Chambers on the life and music of Whitney Houston, thanks so much.




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school; 2) Swap children in the family to attend

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did

alternating school years; or 3) Seek sponsorship.

we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you

The third alternative is a viable one, if sponsors

did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? ’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you

tunately, sponsorship is declining. Moses and Ashley

did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters

turned to God to seek a way to help the Gambian

of mine, you did for me.’

children. Through prayer, Christ’s Hands on Afrika

K. Daye, the overseer of Living Children’s Academic Nursery and Lower Basic School in Banjul, The Gambia.


$250, we enroll them in school, pay their school fees for 1 year, and provide them

with books and supplies, and two uniforms.


more to school.

Everyday Essentials This is a project in which we collect gently-used clothing, shoes, toys, and

any other household items that can be used by families in The Gambia.

72 million children globally are without an education. Mainly girls, disable chidren and those living in conflict are most at risk!

invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you/ When

essary for Gambian children to attend school. Unfor-

opened a door with the introduction to Rev. Isaac

Education for All

Help the Children in Gambia, Africa!

something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and

would be chomping at the bit to offer the funds nec-

became greater than an interest or an idea. God

    In this project, we   identify children that are supposed to be   in school and are not. For  

Give a child water, and more for $25.00 a month less than a dollar!

Mathew 25:35-40

for children to receive an education, the schools

1) Allow only one child in the family to attend

To supply children with transporta-

Education for all Children • Preach the Gospel to all nations • Promote educational growth • To provide social relief to women and children

February 2007. They witnessed a noticeable amount of school age children unable to attend. In order

Ride for Success

to donate to children who walk 5 Km or

sists of the drilling of the well, providing



tion to and from school. C.H.O.A. will collect new and gently-used bicycles

storage of water, and a solar panel for



Projects of Christ Hands ON Afrika

a submersible pump, a reservoir for the


M I N I S T R y


1451 Orange Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813

christshandsonafrika (562) 212-8353

Mission Statement Christ’s Hands on Afrika, is an ongoing charitable organization that will provide social aid and educational relief to children and families in The Gambia, West Africa.

Focus ... Spreading the love of Christ While Changing lives

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Advertising is the only return on your investment! That truly works!!

Honestly! Look at Macy’s, NFL, Times Warners, millions of businesses around the World! Its the greatest secret to success!

Written by: Vera R. White Creative Director of Evoke Media Marketing Dots-Online Designer/Publisher

And it’s 100% tax deductible! I bet you may not have known that! Yes, I was overwhelmed my first five years, and naive!

Talented, but too ambitious, cause I thought I would be a rich twenty-one. But, I did start my own design studio, within a few years, I had over 10 major department stores that I produced advertising designs, art direction, and marketing for stores locally and nationwide. By my third year I was making almost $20,000 a month. I lived a better life then, ate better, shopped all the time, traveled and placed my daughter in private schools, and dance lessons. But, fate had another plan for me, and I longed to be around people that loved God, where not gay, and did not stare at me because I was a black woman that was smart, clever, intelligent and artistic. To God be all the praise! Finally, I landed a job at WORLD OF CURLS, my dreams came true I had found paradise, handsome brothers, strong beautiful black women, 400 employees, salesman from around the country. Wow! It was heavenly! I thought this is as good as it gets! I was employed as the Creative Director, over cosmetics and Highlights product line. Soon though, after falling off my dream horse, and my bubble busted, I was laid off. So I started my own business again. God is still for me, who can stay against me? But, today I want you to know why? When I worked in the corporate world, I had assistants, writers, legal departments, photographers, stylists working with me. I learned then this media machine in America and the world, buying, selling, advertising, year after year never ends, it never sleeps. So what blacks need to do is advertise in Print, radio, web, billboard, buses, and television to succeed in the world marketplace.


God has given a great gift for us to witness with our eyes, and hearts, a “Black family in the White House in the richest

nation in the world. President Obama, and Michelle, they are us, black people! They made a change, through God and He made the impossible possible!” We black business owners can still achieve great things, through God’s plans for us, He only has the very best for us all. And now we have internet websites, Youtube, cheap TV spots, and radios, billboards and promotions tools we needed all along, for thousands LESS TODAY, than ever before! Yet YOU still will not advertise! And the Koreans are not worried! Two Trillion dollars spent by Black people every year!

Lets start by trusting in God first, then turn around and trust your marketing and advertising people. We understand your customers better, we are smarter and more advantageous in wisdom when it comes to advertising than you, 90% of the time. We have been to college, and worked in the advertising industry, we are not hair stylists. But it will work if you work it for YOU!!

I love black business owners. But, as an advertising business woman, “ya make it harder on yourselves.” My children and I need and want you to suceed! We can grow and prosper only by helping one another. First we must pay one another, not always looking for freebees, and free deals. We must pay each other first and not last, nor for 50% have worked for over 30 years less. Second, stop cheating, and cutting advertising with Corporations salaries, cutting people and their profits into little pieces. We must stop! Listen!

in and Businesses. A Black woman from Southwest Los Angeles, CA. From Macy’s, Bullocks, World of Curls, I. Magnin, Robinsons, MacMall, Earth,Wind & Fire, NFL, and dozens more! Some advertising budgets are in the millions, & every year they can get 100% tax write offs and refunds!” So why not you!

I started to work with small black owned companies that wanted a chance to make it ! But, year after year, they never seem to grow, they where always shortfalls. Years later, and out of money and clients, it dawns on me then, they desperately need advertising, to survive in the marketplace. Because of barriers like, television, ads, no magazine coverage, never used radio to talk to consumers. It use to cost millions, ask Macy’s how much billboards, buses cost in the past. That’s one of the main reasons today, black companies struggle to make there businesses grow and promotions are flat. No money!! No extra money to seed into advertising! Advertising is not a fast turn over, it takes repetitive branding and strategies, targeted marketing plans, website that are interactive and a real budget. That can be managed openly between designers and business owners, not some secret that you hold on to. So why am I here? Why because I still believe! I believe in us,

Third, start giving back with honor and respect! Respect one another’s knowledge and work experiences. God gaves you help, But you hate us for asking for monies, as if we cheated you by charging for services NOT rendered, or we are taking away your monies. Yet we spend hours producing ideas, designs and presentations. But you won’t pay for that! Yet you do not prosper!

Fourth, I thought that I might be able to help as an advertising expert. Boy did I have a lot to learn about black businesses. They are stubborn, hands on, never trusting, reluctant to pay you for services or talented designer work or ideas, but always running to Kinko’s to reprint a flyer that worked five years ago. Fifth, Advertise, Advertise and more Advertisement!! Communicate visually everyday, not every six months!

Advertising is the only return on your investment! That Works!! Its also 100% tax deductible profit or not!

God will not honor us, until we honor Him, Praise Him, Give Thanks to Him and HONOR each other. When we pay one another, we

are honoring the gift that God has given to that person or business. We must stop discrimination among ourselves!

Stop the hate! Love one another, as Jesus Christ our Saviour loves you, and has given all who believe, His forgiveness, His love and His Peace! Love one another! Lets get to work together! Email us!



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