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“Time for an Awakening” with Bro. Elliott 5-19-19 guests are Activists Stanley Crawford, Kofi Asante, Black Male Community Council of Philadelphia

“Time For An Awakening” for Sunday 5/19/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) our guests was Philadelphia Activists, Organizers, Stanley Crawford and Kofi Asante. In this environment of violent attacks in and on the Black from within and without, we discuss with our guests their efforts centering around the Philadelphia Black Male Community Council, and initiative to have Black Men involved in policing and maintaining our own communities.

Ghana Rated The Fastest Growing Economy In The World

By Lorine Towett April 20, 2019

Latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report has rated Ghana as the fastest growing economy in the world. While this is the case for Ghana, IMF notes that many other African countries lag far behind.

IMF predicts that Ghana’s economy will grow at 8.8 percent in 2019, a growth rate it says is the fastest in the world. IMF attributes the projections to Ghana’s improved macroeconomic performance for the last two years and the strong economic growth in 2018 .Last year, Ghana’s economy grew by 5.6 percent, putting it in sixth position.

Ghana is closely followed by its neighbor Ivory Coast with 7.5 percent, and Ethiopia with 7.7 percent. The growth rate of these two countries from 2018 to 2020 appears to be consistent, while Ghana’s growth is predicted to decline again in 2020.

Apart from Ghana and Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal, also top the list of the fastest growing economies in the world according to the IMF report.

While oil is said to be the sector that is driving Ghana’s economy, other sectors like agriculture, manufacturing and services have shown positive growth. This is according to one Adu Owusu Sarkodie from the University of Ghana. He however still maintains that the main source of growth is the oil sector. “We have discovered new oil fields and companies have started operating, they have intensified their operations,” he said in an interview with DW. Also Read:AfDB Approves USD 14 Mn For Francophone West African SMEs

Papa Ndiaye, Head of the Regional Studies Devision at the IMF’s African Department had dissenting views regarding Ghana’s growth rate. “We don’t expect this growth rate (of 8.8 percent) to be sustained over the medium term. And when you look at it in per capita, that is still smaller than what countries like China have experienced in the past.” Ndiaye said adding that Ghana’s economic growth is expected to slow to a level of around 4.5 to 5 percent.

One Neville Mandimika, an analyst with the Rand Merchant Bank is also of the view that IMF’s projection is “way too generous”.

The Nana Akufo-Addo-led state has a thriving agriculture sector. Not long ago, 200,000 farmers received improved seeds and fertilizers hence increased yields. The sector remains a major backbone of Ghana’s economy. According to Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the backup given to the sector has given itva major boost. “We are expecting a bumper crop because of the impact that this great program has had on agriculture, even in its infancy,” he said.

In the IMF list, Angola came last on the list of African countries and economic growth rate has been predicted to be 0.4 percent. Last year it suffered a decline of 1.7 percent. South Africa’s growth rate has been projected to be only 1.2 percent, an increase of 0.4 percent from that of 2018. Resource-rich Nigeria will have a growth rate of 2.1 percent according to the report.

Innovation’ is viewed as a key driver of economic growth. Economists say the development and use of innovations enables firms to increase their productivity, which in turn leads to higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ghana is keen to boost technological innovations and get more young people involved in sustaining and improving the country’s economic performance.

Innovation is especially key for low-income countries. It has been debated before that without innovation, low-income states will not move away from low-productivity.

Ghana has experience significant economic growth and is now categorised as a low-middle-income country but until recently it was ranked a low-income country.

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The Ida B. Wells Society provides investigative reporter training to Black journalists

Lauren Poteat Apr 25, 2019

Ida B. Wells
Photo: Ida B. Wells Society

It’s no secret that Black journalists are underrepresented within newsrooms across the nation — especially in terms of specialized investigative journalism.

In March, a dispute between CNN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) went viral after NABJ, the Congressional Black Caucus, Color of Change, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the NAACP called out CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, over the network’s scarcity of Blacks in senior management positions within the company’s news department.

The dispute brings national attention to the lack of newsroom diversity and inclusion that exists within most news organizations across the country.

Challenging these disparities and presenting new opportunities for journalists of color, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, is embarking on a nationwide training program. The program’s primary goal is the development of Black investigative journalists, the specialty where Blacks are most underrepresented within newsrooms throughout the United States.

“In a time when mainstream newsrooms remain disproportionately white, where racial inequality continues to permeate every aspect of American life, and where investigative coverage of racial injustice is still lacking, the Ida B. Wells Society hopes to help steer more journalists towards the tradition of our spiritual founder,” reads a passage from the Society’s creation story.

Ida B. Wells was an iconic Black female journalist whose investigative reporting exposed lynching in the late 1800s on a national and international level. The society that bears her name and whose motto is “Be Twice as Good” recently hosted an investigative journalism workshop at Morgan State University, a historically Black university in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop will be repeated in other locations throughout the country throughout the year.

“Bringing programs like this is important to our institution,” Hamil Harris, former Washington Post reporter and current Morgan State University Journalism Professor stated. “I really enjoyed being able to see different generations come together with a similar purpose of engaging and talking investigative journalism. This was an excellent session and I think everyone involved got a lot out of it.”

Delving into topics that included: sourcing techniques, paper trails, leveraging state and federal Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA), gun reporting and effective ways to pitch and manage projects, the two-day training session was led by the Society’s Co-Founder and a current International Investigations Editor for the Associated Press, Ron Nixon, who emphasized preparation.

“I could talk to you all day about various reporting techniques, but if you don’t have the background research, it’s all just kind of a waste,” Nixon stated.

“Know your subject. Research their backgrounds, what they did and what they do. This will help when figuring out their motivation for even being interviewed and always practice your questions…this will allow you more opportunities when asking questions.”

The training concluded with an in depth review of data journalism, a specialty area that is often overlooked but necessary for precise and accurate story-telling.

Future training session locations will be held at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, California (April 25), and the Seattle Times, in Seattle, Washington (July 12–13).

READ MORE AT: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/across_america/the-ida-b-wells-society-provides-investigative-reporter-training-to/article_bda0913c-d18d-571c-b96b-699d712946e9.html

Time for an Awakening with Bro. Elliott, 3-31-19 guest Activist, Treasurer of Afrocentricity International, Omowale Afrika

“Time For An Awakening” for Sunday 3/31/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) our guest was Treasurer for the Philadelphia Chapter of Afrocentricity International, Omowale Afrika. We will hear from  Bro. Omowale, the former President of   Marcus Garvey’s UNIA & ACL chapter 121, on the historical  importance of the Reparation’s Movement from a “Black Millennials” point of view.

“Time for an Awakening” with Bro. Elliott, 3-24-19 guest, Scotty Reid president of Black Talk radio Network

“Time For An Awakening” for Sunday 3/24/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) our guests was President of Black talk Radio Network, Scotty Reid. We talked about the success of Black Talk Radio Network being recognized as #1 among Black Internet Radio and Podcasting Co. (https://blog.feedspot.com/black_podcasts/), and current fundraising drive to assist the Network and other programs on BTR.

“Time for an Awakening” with Bro. Elliott 3-17-19, guest Kamm Howard of N’COBRA

“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 03/17/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) guest was Activist, Organizer, Legislative Commission Chair of N’COBRA, Kamm Howard.  We recieved an update on some of the work and upcoming events being being done by N’COBRA, and also discussion concerning the demand for reparations for African people in America and our relationship to the Africans around the world demanding reparations for the damage done to our ancestors, that translates in the condition of our people today worldwide.

“Time for an Awakening” with Bro. Elliott, 3-10-19 guest Drs. Mawiyah & Dr. Kamu Kambon

“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 03/10/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) guest was African Centered Clinical Child and Family Psychologist, Dr. Mawiyah Kambon and husband Dr. Kamu Kambon. The former President of the National Association of Black Psychologist, discussed the upcoming   Revolutionary Singles find Black Love event.

“Time for an Awakening” with Bro. Elliott, 3-03-2019 guest Obi Egbuna Jr.

“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 03/03/2019 at 7:00 PM (EST) 6:00 PM (CST) guest was Journalist, Playwright, and U.S. Correspondent to the Herald (Zimbabwe’s National Newspaper) Obi Egbuna Jr. With U.S. involvement in Venezuela, Haiti, and on the African Continent, our guest will expound on these issues and how it directly relates to our struggle here in the U.S.

Wake Up Call

It is a sickness for black people to have more regard for other people than they have for themselves! You love these holidays, You love that white picture of Jesus whom you have never seen, You love animals (only because they don’t talk back), You love supporting all these bogus charities, You don’t love yourselves through your actions, You don’t love black people who look just like you! That is sick! You love the dream! We rather hold the hands of white supremacy before we hold the hand of black sovereignty, black self -determination and black love! How sick can we be?!!!!!!!!!!

That dream of little black girls, little white boys, little black boys and little white girls holding hands together……that dream is leading to our demise. That false premise, that everything is okay……That illusion, that drug, that false hope……That dream! That dream that your enemy, your adversary, your foe is going to wake up and see you as human! That dream! That dream! That dream of equality!……That dream! That dream! That dream that your vote counts!!!!! That dream! That dream! That dream…….That slavery never happened, That dream…that our ancestors were not kidnapped, That dream…that our ancestors were not brutalized…That dream……..That Jim Crow never happened! That dream of being free, but knowing that you are not free! That dream of wanting to be treated right and knowing that you are not being treated right! That damnable nightmare of “One Nation Under GOD” indivisible and justice for all…….

Wake up from your slumber, my mighty people, Wake up from your slumber, my mighty people!!!!!! Look at yourself in the mirror, Look into your children’s eyes! Look at all that potential! Our children (good, bad or indifferent) should be our priority! Our children have limitless potential and we should guide them! Our children deserve the right to be sanctified (set apart) and for us to deem them as special. Our children are potential freedom fighters! Our children are potential healers! Our children are potential agents of change for the world! We need to see that in our children and act accordingly…..Not later, but NOW! NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW OUR CHILDREN THAT WE CARE AND VALUE THEM!

Time For An Awakening

Bro. Reggie

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