June 15, 2017

Juneteenth is recognized as the official day when chattel slavery ended in the rebelling south. Most look to the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863 as the day Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, but many states in the South ignored the order. It took some two-and-a half years, on June 19, 1865, for Union soldiers to go into Texas and force the slave owners to put down their chains. That...

April 8, 2017

The Washington Post recently published “Move your money, move society?”, an article detailing the #BankBlack Movement written by Tracy Jan. The article begins by reporting the recent surge in deposits in black-owned blacks, driven by social media and celebrity activists. However, the article details how this surge has tapered off, and why continued support for these institutions is critical.

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March 10, 2017

Originally published to The Cflo Manifesto blog

Growing up, my grandfather would drive me through the city, and tell stories of his childhood growing up in Black Bottom Detroit. He would point to open fields and say what building used to stand there. He would drive by abandoned homes and tell me what old friend used to live there. He talked of black enterprise and was remorseful as all the black bu...

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