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Highest Percentage Cities with Black-Owned Businesses in the United States

There are several Black owned businesses that are located throughout the United States. These businesses focus vary in the different types of services which they provide, and many of them rank high just as their counterpart owned businesses by White Americans. There are some cities that stand out among the rest for being the cities with the highest percentage of Black-Owned Businesses.

1. Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore, Maryland is by no surprise at the top of the list for the city with the most owned African-American businesses. Despite the recent riots there are over 35 percent Black-owned businesses in the area.

2. Atlanta, Georgia: It comes as no surprise that Atlanta, Georgia made the list. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the south with newly Black owned businesses popping up almost every day. It made second on the list with 31 percent of the businesses owned by African Americans.

3. Washington, DC: Washington, DC scored 3rd on the list with 28 percent of their businesses owned by African-Americans. With some of the top HBCU schools in the area, this actually comes as no surprise.

4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Regardless of what many people think, there are Black people located in the mid-west, and many of them own their own businesses. There are 22 percent businesses in the area owned by African-Americans; this made Milwaukee top the list at number 4.

5. Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City is second in the Midwest and scored 5 on the list, but there are over 13 percent businesses in the area that are owned and operated by African-Americans.

Other cities that made the list but did not make the top 5 are:

  • Denver, Colorado-4.3%
  • Seattle Washington-3.7%
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2.1%
  • Mesa, Arizona – 2.1%
  • Tucson, Arizona – 1.8%


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Top 10 Most Racist States in America



The research group took advantage of the tweets’ geo-codes, which is data showing where they originated from in the U.S.  The team searched Twitter for racism-revealing terms and phrases that appeared in the context of tweets mentioning “Obama,” “re-elected,” or “won.”

They then sorted the tweets according to the state they were sent from, and compared the racist tweets to the total number of geocoded tweets coming from that state during the same time period, Nov. 1 to  Nov. 7.

To normalize states across population levels, the team then used a location quotient-inspired measure or LQ score — an economic derivation used to analyze norms across geographical locations — to compare a state’s racist tweets to the national average of racist tweets.

So, per the team’s model, an LQ score of 1.0 indicates that the state’s proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is the same as the overall national proportion. A score above 1.0 indicates that the proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is higher than the national proportion. The results are seen in the map above.

The LQ score was added to the number of Ku Klux Klan organizations known to operate in the state, according to a list compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog organization that monitors hate groups. The states with the highest combined scores were considered the most racist states in the country. The process was not scientific nor can it be claimed that it gives the most accurate ranking of racism by state.

However, it offers some insight into where some of the most racist people in the United States reside.

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13 Amazing Black-Owned Software and Technology Companies

There are hundreds of software and technology companies in the U.S. Some of the top well-known ones include Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google — But there are also many successful technology companies in the U.S. that are Black-owned.

#1 – Pay Sell Co. – a Black-owned software company based in Pensacola, Florida that specializes in e-Commerce solutions. Founded by Jibril Sulaiman, the company is ranked #484 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list.

#2 – Innclusive – was founded by Zakiyyah Myers, a mother of two. This online lodging site gives Black travelers and hosts more options when it comes to booking vacation sites and offers an experience free from racism.

#3 – OnceLogix, LLC – this North Carolina-based technology company offers web-based solutions to simplify the operations of healthcare organizations.

#4 – LISNR Inc. – this company was founded in 2012 and is the creator of Smart Tones™, a new ultrasonic communication protocol for sending data over audio. The company was founded by Rodney Williams, CEO and founder. They are a leader in advanced ultrasonic audio technology.

#5 – HBCU Connect – founded in 1999 by Hampton University graduate Will Moss. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company was the first African American targeted social network and continues to be the #1 online destination for Black college students and alumni.

#6 – Rapier Solutions Inc. – this technology/engineering consulting company is based in North Carolina. They use technology to provide solutions for companies in services, logistic management, financial services, risk management, and project management.

#7 – Noirbnb – was created in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015. The company specializes in providing safe and welcoming spaces for Black travelers to rent. It was founded by Stefan Grant and Jide Ehimika to help people of color to connect with each other on a global level.

#8 – Global Commerce & Services, LLC (GCS) – this Louisiana-based information technology company was founded in 2000. The company provides services in the areas of IT Solutions and Systems Engineering, Cybersecurity, Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Development and Support, and Program/Project Management.

#9 – Netcom3 Global Inc. – helps businesses and large corporations solve technology issues and assists in setting up new devices and services. They offer 24/7 service for computer needs, including installing and setting up hardware and software, removing viruses, and troubleshooting.

#10 – Airfordable – offers payment plans for airline tickets. It allows customers to search and book flights and spread the cost of their airline ticket via a payment plan. The company offers easy, flexible payment plans.

#11 – CallBase – this Nigerian-based company specializes in setting up call centers for companies. Founded by Oo Nwoye and Opeyemi Obembe, the company allows organizations to buy a call center number from 50 countries.

#12 – Andela – this company recruits top software developers and then connects them to top employers on the African continent, including IBM and Microsoft.

#13 – Visage Payroll, Inc. – this Dallas, Texas-based company produces payroll products for small businesses. The company was founded by Craig J. Lewis, Founder & CEO.

Mayor Hopes to Preserve Historic Black Town in Oklahoma

Once numbering more than 50, 13 historically black towns in Oklahoma are struggling to survive.


By Associated Press, Wire Service ContentApril 9, 2018

African-American women wait outside a rural church while other members of their families attend a church business meeting in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, in 1939. (Smith Collection, New York Public Library/Gado/Getty Images)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — His baby brother, barely a year old, came down with pneumonia in September 1948, when Lonnie Cato’s family still lived in the historically black community of Vernon, 70 miles south of Tulsa. The streets, even in the middle of town, were still gravel back then, but Vernon seemed to be thriving with 2,500 residents, two or three general stores and a couple of cafes, where blacks, whites and Native Americans all mingled without seeming to notice skin color. Or, at least, not caring much about it.

Everybody, including Cato’s family, was poor. But they didn’t seem to notice that, either.

“Vernon was a happy-going, barefooted, sand-between-your-toes kind of place,” Cato remembers. “Shoes was a luxury. We only wore them on Sundays when we went to church.”

The town didn’t have a doctor. And by the time Cato’s family got his little brother to a hospital in Tulsa, it was too late. The baby died. And for Cato’s father, that was the end of Vernon.

“I’m not going to raise my kids where there’s no doctor care,” he told the family. And they moved to Tulsa.

Cato was too young to notice, of course. But his family was part of a much larger trend that started after World War II and continued for several decades, a mass exodus away from small towns in general and historically black towns in particular, leaving their populations gutted. The general stores closed. The cafes vanished. Houses fell into disrepair and entire neighborhoods turned into vacant lots, old foundations overgrown by weeds.

“We have to do something or these historically black towns will die,” said Cato, now 77 years old. “And I think there’s too much history to just stand back and let that happen.”

In hindsight, World War II was the turning point, Cato said. An entire generation of young men went off to fight and even the survivors never came back to Vernon, where they would’ve spent their lives behind a plow on a cotton farm.

“I didn’t want to look a mule in the butt anymore,” an uncle told Cato after settling in Kansas City after the war.

While growing up in Tulsa, where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1959, Cato often went back to Vernon, taking a two-hour bus ride to visit grandparents and cousins. The town shrunk smaller with each visit. And by the time he came home from Vietnam, where he served in the Air Force during the early 1960s, Vernon seemed barely recognizable.

“Young people kept leaving until only the old folks were left,” he said. “And as they died off, the town was dying, too.”

With no local businesses left to collect sales taxes, one of Cato’s uncles launched the Vernon Charitable Foundation in 1973 to collect donations from people who had moved away, helping to pay for the town’s upkeep. But that source of funding dwindled as former residents died off and their children, who had no memories of town, saw no reason to contribute.

By 2005, the Vernon Charitable Foundation decided to change tactics and, instead of going after donations, go after grant money. But for that, the town needed an elected mayor, an office that had never been filled, even during the community’s heyday.

Cato had just retired from American Airlines, where he was a mechanic.

“I guess I’m going to have some time on my hands,” he told the foundation, agreeing to be a candidate. In fact, the only candidate.

He has since been re-elected three times, with McIntosh County allowing him to continue living on six acres near Skiatook as long as he owns property in Vernon and is registered to vote there, Tulsa World reported. And he can point to several accomplishments, including preservation work on the old Vernon School, which is now a community center, and the town’s first-ever paved road.

Vernon, if not exactly revitalizing under Cato’s leadership, has survived. And that’s all Cato really hoped for.

“But I’m not going to be around forever,” he said. “Somebody will have to take over.”

Getting ready for bed one night last September, Cato noticed blood on his toothbrush.

“I must have damaged my gums while brushing,” he thought, and shrugged it off. But he woke up later to find blood soaking into his pillow.

A visit to the emergency room at 2 a.m. led to surgery on his mouth, which led to a diagnosis of head and neck cancer, leading eventually to surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Now in remission, he still has trouble chewing and swallowing, while he has lost nearly all sense of taste.

“I’ll trade taste for life any day,” he said with a laugh. “So it’s OK. I’m doing fine.”

But the health scare has convinced him not to run for re-election again in 2020, leaving Vernon – with a current population of exactly 37 people – to look for a new mayor.

Oklahoma used to have more than 50 all-black towns, established largely by freedman families who had come to Indian Territory with tribal slave owners in the early 19th century. All but 13 of those towns have vanished, and now they’re struggling to survive.

“It would be a travesty to let them die,” said Jessilyn Head, part of a husband-wife team from Oklahoma City who head up The Coltrane Group, an organization devoted to saving Oklahoma’s remaining historic black towns. “There’s too much history and heritage that would be lost forever.”

Too small and under-funded to thrive individually, the 13 towns need to work together to promote awareness and tourism, Head said. Most of the towns have at least one annual event that could attract crowds – Vernon, for example, has a Memorial Day celebration that serves as a kind of town reunion, drawing former residents from all over the country. Anyone with an interest in black history should pay a visit, too, Head said.

“But people don’t know about these towns,” she said. “That’s one thing we have to fix.”

The Coltrane Group is working with state officials to post highway signs to help travelers find historic black towns, and the group is building a new website that will promote tourism to the towns, she said.

“Slowly but surely we’re seeing interest start to grow,” she said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, maybe not even in our lifetimes, but these towns can be rebuilt and revitalized.”

Cato doesn’t have much hope for Vernon to grow. In fact, he doesn’t have any hope for that.

“It will never be any bigger,” he said. “That’s for sure.”

He’d be satisfied with mere survival.

“What’s left of this town,” he said, “should be held together so people will know how things used to be.”


“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 04/14/2019 at 8:00 PM (EST) 7:00 PM (CST) guest was Organizer, Activist, Ari Merretazon

“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 04/14/2019 at 8:00 PM (EST) 7:00 PM (CST) guest was Activist, Male Co- Chair of the Phila Chapter of N’COBRA, Ari Merretazon. The subject was Reparations, Black Political Representation, and other related topics with our guest, Bro. Ari Merretazon.

10 Herbs You Need To Use If Diagnosed With Cancer

Black mortar and pestle with fresh picked herbs


Did you know that half of all Americans will eventually be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives? In other words, it’s only a matter of chance whether you will or won`t be one of those people.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer takes 7.6 million lives every year, which makes it one of the leading causes of death. It is believed that deaths of cancer will continue to rise over 13.1 million by 2030.

For over 60 years that market has been tapped into Western medical treatment centers, which provide chemotherapy and radiation to help shrink cancer tumors. Like we’re told, cancer is random, it’s genetic, and sooner or later, it’s going to get us.

However, more and more studies suggest that accumulation of toxins in the body is the underlying cause of cancer, as it reduces cell oxygenation, damages the DNA, causes inflammation, and leads to hormone imbalance. Therefore, dealing with these toxins and diminishing their effect is the first step towards preventing its development.

Recently, multiple studies started focusing on the use of herbs for cancer prevention, even using them along with Western medical treatment.

The idea that simple plants or herbs can have anti-cancer effects is sometimes a controversial subject. Although many people have experienced their benefits, there are still a great many skeptics. For every person who believes that herbs and plants can slow or even kill cancer cells, there is another who will only believe in the merits of chemotherapy.

Here’s a list of best 10 herbs for preventing and treating cancer and how to use them:


Wheatgrass is considered a detoxifying medical herb. Health benefits include improving red blood cell count and neutralizes environmental pollutants within the body. Also, wheatgrass shows benefits in cancer prevention.

You can use wheatgrass by juicing it daily in 2oz shots. Using wheatgrass during chemotherapy has been beneficial and may reduce symptoms of myelotoxicity. Plus, wheatgrass helps to alkalize the body.

2.Grape seed extract

Several studies have shown that the phytochemicals known as proanthocyanidins in grape seeds have anti-tumor or strong potential cancer preventative abilities that can be isolated from the seeds themselves. Also, they have been found to stop cancer cells from spreading or migrating.

Grape seed extract fights pollution and Candida within our digestive tract. This extract can be found at your holistic vitamin shop and used according to directions.

3.Burdock root (Arctium lappa)

Recent research shows that burdock root is very effective at removing cancer-causing toxins that accumulate in our digestive systems when certain foods are not properly digested. There are several anti-cancer herbal compounds that have used burdock root as a base including “Essiac tea formula” and “Hoxsey formula”.

Because of its strong blood purifying properties, burdock root can stop cancer cells from metastasizing. Burdock root extract can be found at your holistic vitamin shop and used according to directions.

4.Licorice root

Licorice detoxifies the liver and is a soothing herb with anti-inflammatory properties. It may also be used for the treatment of Candida albicans. Licorice root contains polyphenols that encourage apoptosis (automatic death) in cancer cells. Licorice regulates the production of hormones from your adrenal glands, and it reduces stress chemicals. Chronic stress often triggers the growth of cancer cells. You can use it as a tea mixed with a teaspoon of organic raw honey.

5.Red clover

Research from a number of cancer centers including the Royal Marsden has shown its potential as a part of a treatment program against estrogen driven cancers, from breast, uterine, to the prostate. Red clover contains an active ingredient known as genistein, responsible for its anti-estrogen activity. Red clover is another ingredient in “Hoxsey formula”.

Red clover supplements are available in most health food stores as tablets, capsules or in a tincture. Dried red clover leaves are often brewed into a tea with a typical daily dose being about 4 grams of dried red clover to 30 milliliters of water.


Externally, it has been used as a home remedy for skin cancer and is possibly the most well-known anti-cancer herb around. There have been several publications showing that bloodroot has the potential to be a powerful anticancer agent. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) has been shown in several studies to have consistent anti-neoplastic activity; it can shrink tumors and has shown itself to be useful when dealing with sarcomas.

For internal use, mix one teaspoon bloodroot in 250 ml warm water and let it stay for 15 minutes. Drink a half of the tea in the morning and the other half in the evening.


There has been strong evidence lately that dandelion root can inhibit the development and growth of numerous types of cancer, including stopping their metastasizing capabilities. A study done in 2008 provided some scientific proof that dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) extracts had anti-cancer compounds.

Dandelion root tea or capsules can be found at your holistic vitamin shop and used according to directions.


The extracts from mistletoe (Viscum album) is one of the most commonly used oncological drug in Europe. It’s been used as an overall treatment for cancer for years. In one study that involved more than 10,000 cancer patients, mistletoe extract was shown to prolong the survival time of cancer patients. Amazingly, this study showed that the overall survival time of the group that took mistletoe extract was as much as 40% longer.

Mistletoe can be found at your holistic vitamin shop and used according to directions. Also, there are some products that come from mistletoe extract, especially Iscador, which is one of the most commonly used in Europe.


Echinacea is one of the most widely used alternative medicine in the world. It is said to have Cytotoxic effects. The Echinacea plant has been hailed for its ability to help the body heal itself from the common cold. Also, it is used to relieve anxiety and chronic fatigue. Echinacea has been available for years in supplements and extract form and can be used about 2 to 3 times a day. Echinacea can be also consumed as a tea.


Watercress this aquatic plant increases detoxification enzymes in the body and contains phytonutrients that have successfully inhibited carcinogens. Watercress in extract form proved to be significantly protective against colon cancer. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Center in the United Kingdom, “smokers were given watercress which eliminated higher carcinogens in their urine. Dietary factors contribute to the regional variation of stomach cancer and offer clues for further prevention research. Watercress can be found at your holistic vitamin shop and used according to directions.

Note: In order to fight cancer, you can use a combination of the herbs mentioned above!

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