As Motion Picture Academy members cast their ballots for Oscar nominations this week, the biggest issue for many voters isn’t about who might be nominated but about the diversity of this year’s acting class.
Their fear: The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite will be trending on social media again.
The academy found itself on the defensive last year when white actors earned all 20 of the nominations in the lead and supporting categories. The topic came to define the Academy Awards so much that host Neil Patrick Harris opened the ceremony by quipping: “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. Sorry, brightest.”
Yet there’s a strong chance this year’s acting awards will once again be heavily, perhaps exclusively, white, despite the efforts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to diversify the organization.
In the four acting categories, only Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”) sits among the forecasted nominees at Gold Derby, a website compiling the predictions of two dozen Oscar pundits.
That could change by the time nomination balloting closes Friday, with some close observers saying that the prospect of another #OscarsSoWhite controversy could even influence the voting.
“If it’s all-white again, nobody’s going to be happy and there might be a growing perception that the academy is out of touch,” said USC history professor Steve Ross, author of several books about Hollywood politics. “It has to be a good performance, but, for some, if they’re deciding between Will Smith and somebody else, they might just go for Will Smith because of what happened last year.”
Some academy members worry privately that another backlash could damage the institution’s reputation, particularly as award shows such as the Emmys and Grammys feature prominent winners of color.
Oscar voters, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitive nature, seem split between going with their instincts and casting a ballot with an eye toward maintaining the group’s relevancy.
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WASHINGTON — In the first working week of his last calendar year in office, President Barack Obama defied Congress and pursued long-stalled gun control methods through executive action.
Obama gave a speech on his proposals at the White House on Tuesday, where he was joined by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head along with 18 others at a supermarket in Tucson five years ago this week. The president was introduced by Mark Barden, the father of one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Tearing up during his remarks, Obama emphasized a point he’s made after the many mass shootings that have occurred during his presidency, saying that America is “the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency.”
“Somehow, we become numb to it and we start thinking, ‘This is normal,'” Obama said.
“Instead of thinking about how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates,” he added.
The series of proposals, which the administration first unveiled on Monday, are designed to shore up holes in the federal background check system for gun purchases, devote millions of additional dollars to mental health services, and kick-start so-called smart gun technology.
Republicans denounced the proposals before they debuted as inherently unconstitutional, foreshadowing what will likely be a contentious legal battle.
“This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
But Obama has been increasingly unbowed as his time in the White House comes to a close. Aides said few issues have frustrated him more than the inability to forge a legislative consensus around gun control measures, which failed to pass the Senate in the months following the 2012 Newtown shooting, amid fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association.
“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage. We do not need to accept this carnage as the price of freedom,” the president said.
“Every time I think about those kids, it makes me mad,” he added, in reference to the elementary schoolers who died in Newtown. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
The president’s executive actions, aides said, were birthed from this sense of frustration.
“These are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support me doing,” Obama told reporters on Monday.
Though gun control advocates cheered the executive actions, it wasn’t clear how far their impact would reach. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she did not have an estimate on how many additional gun dealers would have to obtain licenses to sell firearms or how many more background checks would be conducted. She noted that there was no legal basis for the administration to declare that firearms sellers that conduct more than a certain number of sales should qualify as businesses subject to the background check system.
Chief among the new guidance is for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to finalize two rules. One would require background checks for people trying to purchase dangerous firearms through a trust, corporation or other legal entity. The other would declare that those who ship firearms notify law enforcement if the weapons are lost or stolen in transit.
“During the first part of 2016, ATF is going to engage in the business of educational initiatives targeting not just gun shows, but flea markets and other places where guns tend to be sold, as well as reaching out to online dealers as well,” said Lynch. “They will continue to look at those dealers who sell to prohibited people, which is already ongoing, and we will be looking to see whether or not people once on notice comply with this regulation or whether there are those who seek to still sort of hide in the shadows or hide behind the exceptions and continue to sell firearms without doing what’s required. Those cases will be referred to the relevant U.S. attorney’s office.”
In addition to adding new layers onto the current background check system, the administration is pushing to streamline the current one. The president is proposing that the FBI hire 230 additional examiners to help process background checks on a 24/7 basis. The current system is overloaded and hampered by outdated technology, aides said, with 63,000 background check requests per day. Currently, 91 percent of background checks are done through the federal system within the three days the law allows.
Other components of the president’s new proposals include a directive to the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to do research into gun safety technology, and a proposal for $500 million in additional funding for increased access to mental health care.
The push for smart gun technology appears to be a token gesture, as most experts say demand, not supply, has held back the development of advanced safety features. The mental health funding does not fall under the rubric of an executive action, as it would require an appropriation and, therefore, the support of Congress. And that, in turn, spotlights the limits of the president’s refined approach.
Put simply, Congress still has a say, either in rejecting requests for funding, or in proactively taking funds away from federal agencies if the executive actions go forward.
“I have formally notified Attorney General Lynch that I will aggressively protect our Second Amendment rights using Congress’ power of the purse,” said Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas). “I notified the attorney general that if the Department of Justice attempted to create new restrictions on our constitutional rights that I would use every tool at my disposal to immediately restrict their access to federal funding.”
As for the impending legal theatrics, the administration expressed confidence — naturally — that Obama was on solid ground.
“We’ve looked at this from a number of angles and proposed this guidance in a way that we think is consistent with existing law … as well as consistent with the Second Amendment and wanted to be as careful as we could about that,” said Lynch.
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A university where Islamic extremists killed 148 people nine months ago reopened on Monday, an event welcomed by many Kenyans as a victory against the jihadis.
“Just by opening the university we have won the war against al-Shabab,” said Khadija Mohamed, who was a counselor at the school when it was attacked last April, and who was among the returning staff and faculty. About 60 students are expected when some classes resume next week and the bulk of them, some 600, in September.
Even though there was high security, returning to the college in Garissa, a town in eastern Kenya, was difficult for Mohamed who remembers the carnage and the victims.
“Coming back to this college gives me a flashback of the killings,” she told The Associated Press. “As their counselor, the students were very close to me. They were like my children. I lost many of my children.”
Four gunmen of the Somali extremist group stormed the university at dawn April 2, separating the Muslims students and killing the non-Muslims.
Before killing the students, some of the gunmen ordered their victims to phone their families and ask them to tell President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw Kenyan troops from Somalia.
All four gunmen were killed by a police commando unit, nearly 12 hours after the attack began. The government has been heavily criticized for an uncoordinated and slow response to the attack despite the college being just 500 meters (550 yards) from a military base.
Since then the bullet-scarred walls of the university have been repaired. A dorm where many students were mercilessly shot has been renamed after a river.
Kenyans and media outlets lauded the reopening on Twitter, with one radio station proclaiming: “The pen is mightier than the gun.”
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AP writer Yassin Juma in Garissa, Kenya contributed to this story.
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is description is so incredibly visceral that I feel like I have an entire new understanding of what it feels like to be living the symptoms on the inside. Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have… you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor the we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack:
“I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up. A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation–the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening – we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack! I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else… but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics. I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.
I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents. Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up… which doesn’t happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said ‘Call the Paramedics.’ And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor – he/she doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his/her assistants (or answering service) will tell you to…
…call the Paramedics. Your doctor doesn’t carry the equipment in his/her car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.
3. Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive to tell the tale.“
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If disagreements have put a strain on relationships with family, a new year may be just the right time to mend them.
According to the Bowen Theory, tension created within a family relationship negatively affects other relationships in that structure and when this tension is heightened or lasts for a long time, clinical problems can occur.
It’s important to confront tension because it never disappears, the theory says. Even when family members become emotionally cutoff from their family, they can’t fully run away from it. Those same issues will manifest in any “substitute” families they create. Many psychologists cite forgiveness as a major factor in letting go of such negative emotions.
Forgiveness, however, can be difficult to give when you’re hurt. To go into the new year with a clean slate, take these nine steps toward forgiveness that are recommended by the Stanford Forgiveness Project’s Dr. Fred Luskin:
1. Understand your own feelings.
Make sure that you can clearly state what bothers you about the situation and then share it with someone you trust.
2. Commit to forgiving.
Decide that you will take whatever action you need to feel better about what’s going on.
3. Focus on finding peace.
The goal is to find peace and understanding. Sometimes, you won’t always be able to reconcile the issue fully so instead, focus on accepting what happened.
4. Get a new view.
Look at the situation honestly. You’re likely letting past issue affect your present outlook so look at present circumstances to soothe those hurt feelings.
5. Control your stress.
When you start to get upset, look for a way to immediately reduce your stress.
6. Eliminate expectations.
Realize that you cannot control the actions of other people. Even if you wish someone would behave a certain way, don’t expect them to do so.
7. Channel your energy.
Use your energy for good by finding new ways to get what you want.
8. Look around for love.
Take the love and forgiveness that you can find in other places and internalize it.
9. Remember that you chose forgiveness.
Whenever you think about the situation that hurt you, include the fact that you chose to forgive.
This article originally appeared on businesscollective.com.
Make no mistake—pitching your startup to investors is tough. You may think your company is the next big thing, but so do a lot of other founders. And just like you, they’re keen to get their hands on venture capital.
How do you stand out? Having a unique product is a no-brainer, but a successful pitch relies on a lot more than that. To gain the advantage over other startups, you need a deep understanding of your market, a proven business plan, and a strategic plan for targeting venture capitalists.
What Matters to VCs
There are three standard areas investors look at when evaluating an investment candidate, and you need to make a compelling case for your company in each one.
- Market size: Venture capitalists want to find the next unicorn, and even really great businesses often fall short of that $1 billion mark. If you want to make investors sit up and pay attention (and give you their money), show them that your company has room for exponential growth. Explain how you’re going to disrupt your market and how long it will take you to do so.
- Product differentiation: Startups face so many early challenges to profitability — such as a lack of capital and brand recognition — that good investors only want to see products that already have “rabid demand.” Your company must excel at what it does by offering a service or product that customers can’t get anywhere else. At FormSwift, for example, we provide a complete document creation and editing solution, which sets us apart from companies that only focus on one aspect of that process.
- The team: Successful companies begin with strong leadership. You need smart, charismatic personalities who can generate audience enthusiasm for a product and contribute unique, effective ideas. Ask yourself what conflicts could arise between you and your executives, then devise a strategy for resolving them. Investors want to know who’s running your business and how well you manage your team.
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Enough with the resolutions about diets and gym memberships. As midlifers, we know there are more important changes to make in your life for improved health and well-being, stronger self-esteem and better relationships. And while a few may involve the kitchen (wink, wink), nobody is talking about dieting here. H/T to Leah Millheiser, Nuelle’s chief scientific officer, for these marvelous Sexolutions:
1. The bedroom will not be used for electronics unless they vibrate.
No, we don’t mean your phone on vibrate mode. Bedrooms are for sleeping, relaxing and love-making. There is no room for smart phones, iPads, laptops or televisions. Bedrooms are sacred spaces and should be afforded their due.
2. Exercise all your muscles.
Working out stimulates the body and the brain and of course helps burn calories and releases endorphins. All good stuff, notes Millheiser. But, ahem, aren’t you forgetting something? The Kegel muscles — AKA the love muscles — wrap around the vagina and anus. Working them helps strengthen the pelvic floor, which supports the bladder, rectum, uterus, and vagina. Kegel exercises can improve your general health, give you better control over urinary and bowel functions, and also make sex sensational again because strong Kegels heighten your arousal, enhance your orgasms, improve blood circulation to the genitals, and increase vaginal tone and lubrication.
3. Think arousing thoughts.
Be in touch with your sensual self. Building self-confidence in your sex life will only improve it, Millheiser notes. Build a mind-body connection. News flash: You won’t be the first person in the world to see George Clooney when you close your eyes.
4. Install a bedroom door lock.
Maybe Millheiser has met your Golden Retriever who moves from the foot of the bed to between Mom and Dad when things start to get interesting. She says it is wise to keep the kids and pets at bay and distractions to a minimum. Clearly she knows from whence she speaks.
Let your partner know what you want. The more you discuss your likes and dislikes, the easier it is to have your needs met. Nobody is a mind reader. Being upset because you think your partner “should know” something makes no sense — and won’t improve your relationship or sex life. Tell them, not your best friend, when things aren’t happening for you.
6. Make it fun.
Sex toys, role-playing, whatever gets your engines revving — go for it.
Most of my colleagues, friends and associates know that I am a geek for new start-ups and smart entrepreneurs. In fact, one of the most fulfilling and rewarding aspects of my three-decade career with Black Enterprise is the chance to connect with, build and strengthen a network of outstanding young business owners and leaders I’ve come to know and admire, and to be a catalyst in helping them to meet, engage with, support and collaborate with one another. Many of these impressive business innovators view me as a mentor, but the truth is, I learn far more from them than they could ever learn from me.
Every year, in part through my role as a judge for a number of annual business plan and elevator pitch competitions, I get to meet truly impressive start-up entrepreneurs. In this post, I’ll introduce you to just four of the most fascinating of those I met in 2015. What they have in common are exceptional business minds and innovative enterprises, as well as the energy, passion and strength of personality to bring them to fruition.
Phil Heath, Gifted Nutrition/Apparel
Phil “The Gift” Heath is the reigning king of the international sport of bodybuilding, winning his fifth consecutive Mr. Olympia title this year. Bodybuilding and fitness are personal passions of mine, so of course I was excited to meet him in February, when I served as moderator for a discussion with Heath and former NBA player and entrepreneur Bobby Simmons as part of The Shadow League’s “Lunch and Learn Sports Business Series” in New York City. Heath is also the president of Gifted Nutrition, a fitness and nutritional supplements venture he launched in 2014 (in partnership with Nutrition Resources Services Inc.), and also owns Gifted Apparel.
Once I began talking with Heath, I found his business intelligence to be even more impressive than his world-class physique, as he explained what it means to be the first Mr. Olympia to compete as the spokesperson for his own performance nutrition products start-up, instead of as a paid endorser for an established supplement company or launching his own line after retiring from competition. After a stint as an endorser for another company, Heath trained for and earned his fourth Mr. Olympia title using his own products. “If I’d lost,” Heath explained, “What would that say about the quality of my products and the credibility of our company?”
Well, Heath, who double-majored in information technology and business administration while playing basketball for the University of Denver, has now successfully defended his Olympia title twice using his own products, so that concern has been laid to rest. And at his invitation, I tried them myself (he started me off with a complimentary Gifted Nutrition “care package”). I can now say that I am a loyal customer as well as a fan of Heath. He has the potential to be even more successful as an entrepreneur than he is as an athlete.
Camille Newman, PopUp Plus for Curvy Girls
I first met Camille Newman while serving as a judge for the business pitch competition of the 2015 Dream Project conference this past April in Atlanta. Newman won for her business PopUp Plus for Curvy Girls—an online and popup store enterprise that retails fashion-forward couture for full-figured young women—on sheer personality and charisma alone. Winning that competition qualified her for a spot in the Elevator Pitch Competition at the 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit the following month, also in Atlanta. Newman also won that competition, besting a strong field of fellow entrepreneurs in impressive fashion, and earning a $10,000 business grant and a series of six mentoring sessions with me.
During the past six months, Newman, a tailor’s granddaughter who launched her company in 2010 while maintaining her career as an executive at a high-end Manhattan department store, has impressed me not only as a focused and forward thinking entrepreneur, but as someone with the courage, leadership skills and emotional intelligence to build and operate a business of significant scale—she very much reminds of Lisa Price at the beginning of her now legendary entrepreneurial success story with Carol’s Daughter. Yes, the couture at PopupPlusOnline.com is on fleek—but Newman has the potential to not only grow that venture, but to develop and lead even bigger ones.
Vicki Sylvain, The Shoe-B
Vicki Sylvain, creator of The Shoe B, is the reigning champion of the BeBlogalicious Perfect Pitch Competition, sponsored by Wells Fargo at the 2015 BeBlogalicious Conference in Baltimore in September, for which I was also a judge. Sylvain bested the most competitive field of entrepreneurs yet for this competition in its third year, with an idea amazing in its simplicity: a fashionable handbag that, with the pull of a hidden zipper, opens up to provide enough space to stylishly carry the sexy high-heels that fashionistas love at the beginning of a social event, but become a source of foot torture hours later. Upon the inevitable switch-out to a pair of flats, instead of carrying their Choos or Blahniks in their hands—or worse, a tacky looking paper or plastic bag—the Shoe-B provides a fly solution in a variety of colors and materials that can accommodate shoes up to size 13.
Sylvain, who is Haitian, was driven to bring the Shoe-B to market as a way to raise money for relief in the aftermath of 2012’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, launching her company in 2014. In addition to earning a $5,000 business grant as the winner of The Perfect Pitch (wowing us judges with both her product and her pitch), Sylvain, who like Newman is based in New York, earned a mentorship consultation with me, during which I was even more impressed. I believe that the potential for The Shoe-B to become a must-have, high-end accessory, as fashionable as it is practical, is off the charts.
Reuben Canada, Jin+Ja
Okay, I confess: Reuben Canada had me after the first sip, when he invited me to sample his creation during a meeting at a diner near Black Enterprise’s Manhattan headquarters in October. His beverage, Jin+Ja, an intense, energizing and great tasting beverage of fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, green tea and other healthy, natural ingredients, is simply off the chain. Available in two varieties, the original and a passion-fruit infused version, Jin+Ja totally lives up to Canada’s claim of an invigorating, all-natural elixir for the health-conscious.
I first learned about Canada when he appeared on the CNBC business reality show West Texas Investors Club, when he was offered, but ultimately passed on the investment offer from the show’s stars. As a fitness enthusiast who loves pure ginger beer as an alternative to sodas, I was fascinated by Jin-Ja’s ingredients, as well as the enthusiastic and confident Canada. So I immediately connected with him on Twitter to find out where I could buy and try Jin+Ja in the New York metro area. Several weeks later, Canada (who launched his company Canada Enterprises after creating Jin+Ja in 2009) did even better, inviting me to meet with him to give it a try.
As I said, Jin-Ja is absolutely as advertised, tasting better than I even expected. (My review was seconded by my wife Zara, who is really hardcore about healthy eating with fresh, natural and organic ingredients, when I brought it home for her to try.) Canada, an alum of Howard University Law School who gave up his job as a patent attorney to focus on his product, was even more impressive; his passion for Jin+Ja, as well as his persistence and creativity in getting it to consumers in the uber-competitive beverage industry is absolutely remarkable.
Getting to meet innovative, determined entrepreneurs with business ideas that bring true value to the marketplace is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. I love picking their brains, telling their stories and, hopefully, doing what I can to help them succeed. I believe in Heath, Newman, Sylvain, Canada and so many other fascinating entrepreneurs like them that I am privileged to meet. I urge you to learn more about them and to follow their progress. They are impressive people and sources of inspiration for my own entrepreneurial journey. My hope is that they can be the same for you. Who knows? You could become one of my most fascinating new entrepreneur picks in 2016.
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Eddie Griffin believes Cosby allegations are part of a conspiracy to bring down successful black men thinks that the rape and sexual assault allegations made against Bill Cosby are part of a larger conspiracy intended to take down successful black men.
On Wednesday, an interview was published on VladTV, in which Griffin expressed his belief that “there is a systematic effort to destroy every black male entertainer’s image.”
“They want us all to have an asterisk by our name,” he said.
Griffin went on to cite the rape allegations against Kobe Bryant and the child molestation rumors surrounding Michael Jackson as further proof that Cosby was not alone in being subjected to the conspiracy.
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