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The BE 100s

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NEW YORK – (PRNewswire) – In the 42nd annual report on black business under the theme, “Scale Up Your Business,” Black Enterprise (BE) editors found scores of BE 100s CEOs who have remodeled their companies for opportunity and expansion.
BE reports that scalability has been the foundation of growth for the five billion-dollar revenue leaders – World Wide Technology Inc., ACT-1 Group, Bridgewater Interiors L.L.C., Modular Assembly Innovations L.L.C., and RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Holdings L.L.C. – and BE’s 2014 companies of the year.
“The BE 100s – the nation’s largest black businesses – continue to be the standard bearers for all American enterprises, demonstrating that sustained business growth comes when ideation and innovation is wedded to execution and excellence,” says Black Enterprise Senior VP/Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle. 

National Civil Rights Museum launches eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-in

Verizon and the National Civil Rights Museum have teamed up to deliver a desitins 600new eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In program modeled after the museum’s Standing Up By Sitting Down exhibit. 
The eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In will be a round-the-clock educational program serving middle school and high school students across the U.S.  The program will discuss in detail the Greensboro Four, the risks they faced and the spread of the sit-in strategy. It will promote a classroom discussion on the themes of nonviolence, system injustice, segregation by law and by choice, and inaction versus action, among others. 

HIV testing and the role of the Black Church

churchHIV 600With the backdrop of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th) – the Black Church must step up and remind our congregations of what’s at stake.
The numbers don’t lie: African Americans experience the most severe burden of this terrible disease, making up 12 percent of the U.S. population yet account for 44 percent of new HIV infections.
Our young people are tragically often the most affected: according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 25 percent of new HIV infections are among adolescents and young adults ages 13-24. Many are these youth are unaware of their status and are not being treated, which places themselves and others at risk. The CDC estimates that overall as many as one in six Americans infected with HIV do not even know it.

R&B legend Bobby Womack reported dead

bobby-womak-diesYou could hear the life and the living in Bobby Womack’s voice. He was the gospel-trained son of a preacher man, who climbed back from the depths of addiction, had career highs and lows and was a most cherished protege of the great Sam Cooke. The soulful singer was back in the studio this year recording a new album alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and Ron Isley. It’s apt title, “The Best is Yet To Come.”
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Womack passed away Friday at the age of 70. He had been known to suffer from a variety of ailments, including colon cancer, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Memphis Airport

With the official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony set for August, hotel 600the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel & Conference Center is now open for business.
The 374-room hotel located at 2240 Democrat Rd., in the heart of the revitalized airport area, has undergone an extensive multi-million dollar renovation and upgrades. The makeover of the hotel includes a new façade and signage, new restaurant, upgraded and refurbished guest rooms, bar, pool, sundeck and fitness center.