Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins
Congresswoman Barbara Lee wants her constituents to participate in tests for bone marrow awareness to help save lives. She has joined with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Marrow Donor Program, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from the singing group TLC, to raise awareness on the importance of bone marrow donation in the African-American community.
Lee released the following statement:
“In order to eliminate health disparities among communities of color, we must bring to light the importance of bone marrow registration… too many African Americans and other minorities cannot find marrow donors.
“We now know that patients are most likely to match with donors who share a similar racial or ethnic background.
“Unfortunately, only 7 percent of the 9 million people registered are African Americans and too many African Americans fighting diseases like sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma cannot find a match. Read more
From left to right: Fred Jordan of F.E. Jordan Associates, Princess Omolara Haastrup and Prince Clement Haastrup. Photo by Carla Thomas.
Prince Clement Haastrup and his wife Princess Omolara Haastrup of the gold rich kingdom of Ijeshaland, in Nigeria, want to do business with African Americans.
They are the owners of ENL Apapa Terminal Seaport, the largest port in Lagos. They also own a construction company that can handle projects up to $500 million in size. They say they hope to include African Americans in their home land projects as well as invest in U.S. projects.
Prince Haastrup, a Howard University graduate, sees African Americans as his brothers and sisters and feels combining Africa’s resources with African Americans’ education as a perfect combination. “I see the plights in the African Diaspora and I see also there is a lot of knowledge that can impact the development of Africa. Africa has the resources and some skills, but these skills are not as advanced as our African American brothers and sisters in United States, because of their exposure.”
Prince Haastrup, the former Deputy Governor of Osun State in Nigeria and currently Chairman of ENL Consortium Limited, considers working together as a symbiotic relationship. “We have the resources and they (African Americans) have the skill and putting it together we will be better off as a race.”
Prince Haastrup’s current project is the rehabilitation of 175 miles of road from Shagamu-Benin Highway, a 6 year venture that will begin this year. Dr. Obi Gbabebo, Managing Partner of Cowrie Capital, LLC, has made arrangements through the U.S. EXIM Bank to secure $220 million for the first phase.
Prince Haastrup feels other nations tend to exploit Africa and that he welcomes African Americans to come back home and make Africa great. “Any Afro American coming to Nigeria or any African country is a good homecoming and as our brothers coming back home and coming to help us in the development of our countries.”
During this present economic downturn the Haastrups have also invested seven million dollars in several other American businesses and franchises.
The economic down turn is not slowing the Haastrups down. They recently acquired property near the University of Minnesota and TCF Stadium and will begin construction this summer on a 17 unit condo complex with a ground floor of restaurants and grocery stores. “This area has one of the largest student populations in the nation with about 50,000 students,” said Princess Haastrup.
The Haastrups recently visited MoAD (The Museum of the African Diaspora) in San Francisco and the African American Chamber of Commerce. Prince Haastrup further expressed that he was impressed with bay area Black businesspersons desire to “participate in the emancipation of Africa.”
“We took a risk in Minnesota and we are willing to take risks in the San Francisco bay area as your brothers and sisters in Africa,” said Princess Haastrup.
Prince Haastrup says he plans to aggregate a billion dollar fund and says he has offers from Chinese and British companies. “But I feel real a desire to go with my U.S. brothers to also participate in the emancipation of Africa.”
Haastrup says that with Obama as president, the timing could not be better for African Americans. He said, “If the Germans, Chinese, British people and others are rushing to have their own share of opportunities, in Africa, why not America?” Haastrup said that African nations would want African Americans to succeed and will give then priority status.
“This is the time for all of us to be involved and make this relationship a reality,” he smiled.
The Federal National Mortgage Association’s ( Fannie Mae) latest national housing survey results released February 2011,finds that Americans are more confident about the stability of home prices than they were at the beginning of 2010, even though they lack confidence in the strength of the economy.
Despite the increased confidence, almost two-thirds still believe the economy is on the wrong track.
African-Americans, Hispanics and younger Americans are generally more positive about owning a home than the general population. More than one-third of African Americans (35%) and Hispanics (34%) say they will buy a home in the next three years, compared to only one in four (23%) of all other Americans.
Fifty-nine percent of Generation Y (ages 18-34) believes buying a home has a lot of potential as an investment, even though this age group suffered the steepest decline in homeownership during the housing crisis — from nearly forty-four percent when home prices peaked to fewer than forty percent in 2009.
The percentage of Americans who believe that buying a home is a safe investment declined to 64 percent over the course of the year, from 70 percent in January 2010. This is down sharply from a similar survey conducted in December 2003, when 83 percent of the general population thought buying a home was a safe investment.
By Ashley Chambers
AT&T 28 Days Speaker Series came to Oakland’s Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Monday, February 28, celebrating Black History Month. Hosted by Grammy-winning hip hop artist, actor and activist, Common, this free event travelled to five different cities in the U.S., presenting five different African American history makers. Businesswoman and philanthropist, Cookie Johnson, wife of NBA star Magic Johnson, was the speaker in Oakland, inspiring others to keep dreaming.
AT&T started the 28 Days Speaker Series in 2009, bringing relevance to African American innovators and motivating others to make their own history. Loretta Walker, AT&T Vice President of External Affairs, says, “This has been a wonderful program because it’s a way for us to not only show our support for the African American community but we also are making a commitment. I mean what better way to show others how key history makers were inspired.” Read more
The Great Migration of African Americans to the Bay Area is a vital aspect of our collective history, yet many youth are not familiar with the story of their ancestors. Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson is organizing a unique Black History Month event on Saturday, February 19 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley to bring a glimpse of those stories to youth and adults alike.
Family Journeys: The Migration of African Americans to the Bay Area and Intergenerational Dialogue will feature an informative panel discussion where audience members will learn about the Great Migration and the contributions of African Americans to the Bay Area. They will hear the stories of the men and women who arrived to work in the shipyards and stayed to raise families, worship and create a flourishing and diverse community and Bay Area history.
Community luminaries in the fields of Black studies, history and faith will paint a vivid picture of the complex history of African American contributions to the Bay Area economy, culture and political landscape. The invited panelists include Professor Oba T’Shaka, Former Chair of the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University; Pastor Martha Taylor, Elmhurst Presbyterian Church; and Betty Reid Soskin, Outreach Specialist at Rosie the Riveter WWII/Home Front National Historical Park. The panel will be moderated by Davey D of Hard Knock Radio. Read more