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October 2017

Michelle Obama: Dropping Knowledge

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“If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.” -Michelle Obama

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Black Mail Fast Fact: Coffee 1st Discovered In Ethiopia

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Coffee originated in Ethiopia! It was first discovered around the 10th or 11th century. It represents 60% of Ethiopia’s export revenue. Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world.

Many coffee farmers in Ethiopia have struggled financially with bulk of profits going to middle men and distributors. Many coffee farmers have abandoned the cultivation of coffee in favor of more lucrative crops. Climate change is also taking its toll.

Still, Ethiopia continues to be a larger exporter of coffee. Its various types of coffees are sought after all over the world.

Sources:

http://www.wipo.int/ipadvantage/en/details.jsp?id=2621

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/19/533538555/ethiopias-coffee-farmers-are-on-the-front-lines-of-climate-change

http://equalexchange.coop/history-of-coffee-in-ethiopia

Black Mail Fast Fact: 1st African American Museum In The U.S.

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In 1868, the College Museum was founded at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) by Samuel Chapman Armstrong (1839 – 1892). It is the oldest African American Museum in the U.S. Now known as the Hampton University Museum, it is still in operation on Hampton’s campus.

Armstrong was a white Union army general who commanded U.S. Colored Troops. Armstrong believed that education and training were essential to newly freed slaves. Armstrong worked worked with the Freedman’s Bureau and founded Hampton Normal Institute in 1868. One of his most famous pupils was Booker T. Washington. Washington greatly admired Armstrong and his approach to education. It was upon Armstrong’s recommendation that he was appointed to lead Tuskegee Institute. Washington patterned much of Tuskegee’s educational programming after Hampton Institute.

For more information on the museum, check out their website:

http://museum.hamptonu.edu

Sources:

http://museum.hamptonu.edu

http://www.hamptonu.edu/about/armstrong.cfm

Jeffrey Nash: Inventor of The Juppy Baby Walker

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  juppy baby walker

African American inventor, Jeffrey Nash was inspired to invent the Juppy Baby Walker at the age of 56.  Nash had a long career in sales of various products. A gifted salesman, he made millions for his employers and in doing so, always thought about how he could also achieve greater independence and financial freedom for himself.

Nash’s opportunity came in 2008.  While at his granddaughters soccer game, he saw a woman teaching her child how to walk.  In particular, he noticed that the young mother was hunched over and seemed to be uncomfortable.  He also noticed that in trying to help the child walk; the mother was pulling on the child’s arms which could have resulted in injury to the child.  These observations served as a catalyst for the invention of the Juppy Baby Walker.  Upon returning home to Las Vegas after the soccer game, Nash immediately began to work on developing a prototype design of what would become, the Juppy Baby Walker. After 4 attempts, Nash completed the final product design.

 

At same time, he was launching his new product, the economy was also doing very poorly.  Nash was notified by his employer that his pay was being cut, due to the economic downturn.  He took this as a sign that it was time for him launch his own business and that’s exactly what he did.  He began testing his new invention on the children of customers in the retail store where he was working.  Based on their feedback he further refined the product design.  He then hired a patent attorney and secured a manufacturing company to begin production.  Nash took 3 weeks off from work and began marketing the product in Nevada and California.  After 3 weeks, he had sold $12,000 worth of product. Encouraged by the positive response, Nash emptied his 401k, sold his home and car in order to invest in his business.  He has since become a successful entrepreneur.  Nash received his patent for the Jumpy Baby Walker in 2015.   He is still working hard to grow the business.  His product is currently available at major retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and Amazon, etc.

Check out his website for more info:  https://www.thejuppy.com/

Another interesting fact about Jeffrey Nash is that his daughter is married to actor Forrest Whittaker.  In launching his company he has not sought endorsement or financial investment in the product from the couple.  He feels the product is strong enough to be successful without celebrity endorsement.

Keisha whittaker
Keisha Whitaker & Forest Whitaker

Sources:

https://www.thejuppy.com/

http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/29/smallbusiness/baby-walker/index.htm

 

 

 

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