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Beyond The Rhetoric

Thinking about my Tuskegee Airman

You see, one of the original four Tuskegee Airmen graduates was my father-in-law.  He, more importantly, conceived and raised the most beautiful woman to ever walk this earth – my Kay.  His blood runs in the veins of our two sons.

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Let's get Serious about HIV/AIDS

In the 25 years since the first reported cases of AIDS significant progress has been made, yet a quarter century into the epidemic there is much more we can do to stop the spread of the disease. National Black AIDS Awareness Day, celebrated on February 7th, is a perfect opportunity for us to identify and implement needed improvements that will adequately provide effective care and treatment to HIV patients across the country. On this day, it is imperative that each of us contemplate the enormity of what this epidemic has wrought, particularly in the African American community. It is essential that we pledge to do our utmost to stop HIV/AIDS in our communities.
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Congress is Killing the SBA

This is at a very bad time for the United States Congress to reduce the Small Business Administration to levels of ineffectiveness.  For over a decade the funding and staffing of the SBA has been getting reduced year after year.  It is now reaching a level that would put it virtually on life support.  Collectively, small business matters are not high on the priority list of the elected officials in Washington, DC, and entrepreneurs from across the nation are feeling the effects.

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A Bonding Program for Contractors

Everyone knows of the need for Capital Access when it comes to business development.  What many don’t fully appreciate is the need for surety bonding capacity.  What is a surety bond?  It is a form of insurance or guarantee for a buying entity such as a public school board, city, county, federal government, etc. which is responsible for public funds that are used for procurement purposes.  A contractor must provide a bond for his work and if he fails to meet specifications or finish the job, the bonding company steps in and replaces the contractor with a competent entity and finishes or corrects the job with no increase in costs.  Most Black contractors around the nation are not adequately bondable.
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A Recipe for the Next African Genocide

First there is Ethiopia.  This nation which is second only to Nigeria in African population is land locked.  This frustrates its economic growth as its exports leave the nation mostly via air which is extremely expensive or via road which is very dangerous and unreliable.  Ethiopia wants a seaport and has fought its neighbor Eritrea throughout the decades trying to seize the beautiful seaport capital of Asmara.  The Eritreans have proven themselves to be fierce fighters and have resisted every attempt with the last conflict ending in 2000.  Lately, Ethiopia has turned its attention to war torn Somalia which has a very attractive and extensive coast line on the Horn of Africa viewing sea lanes to and from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

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