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William Reed

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Trump and 'The Blacks'

"The Donald" has paid scant attention to blacks. So there was a flurry of responses to BET founder and financial mogul Bob Johnson's urging of African-Americans to give President-elect Trump "the benefit of the doubt."

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Time to Blacks to Focus on Trump, Not Obama

Exactly what did Barack Obama do for the black race while he was POTUS?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: A Black Agenda for Congress

How can blacks "overcome" significant sacrifices we've made toward racial harmony in the country? For black descendants of slaves to get their just due in America requires an act of Congress.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Trump Won — Get Over It, and Get on Board

It's time blacks looked objectively at "The Donald," who was elected in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks Must Put Own Needs Before Politicians'

If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Cathy Hughes, Black Business Icon

How many people have gone back and bought where they used to work? A lady that did that is the epitome of an African-American success story.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Titans of Industry

In a reception event overlooking the White House and Department of the Treasury, a who's who among Washington's blacks in business gathered for a forum related to building and maintaining wealth.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Prisons Are the New Plantations

The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. How are these businesses affecting black American economies?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: U.N. Panel Says U.S. Owes Reparations for Slavery

Despite African-Americans' feckless political influence toward making it an issue, reparations discussions are gaining recognition, strength and momentum.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Nation's Richest Black Man

Take notice that Robert Frederick Smith, with holdings that total $2.5 billion, has replaced Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson as America's richest black man.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Are Blacks in Business at National Harbor and MGM?

Like its business partner, National Harbor, the MGM project is estranged from Prince George's County's black businesses.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Kaepernick a Good Start, But Now What?

Black athletes' protests have gone prime-time. Colin Kaepernick is making his fellow Americans think about what they're standing for, and why.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Make Black Businesses Matter

Why is it that blacks just want to shake the hand of wooing political candidates with no mention of engaging our race's commerce, entrepreneurship and/or free-enterprise?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The True State of Black America

According to black Democrats and pundits, all is well in Negroland.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Economics — Not Racism — Driving Obamacare Collapse

Is blacks' praise and adoration over Obamacare something we may want to reevaluate?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Politics Have Killed Black Power

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump give voters plenty of reasons to look elsewhere. Shouldn't blacks be pushing for their political interests and issues being discussed in the 2016 presidential campaign?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: A Grand Place for Black Pride

Black pride is what matters and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the modern-day embodiment of that pride and consciousness of our African heritage.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks Should Stand Out, Not 'Blend In'

The United States should be an integrated society and people of all races inherently equal and entitled to full privileges of citizenship. While we accept these values in the abstract, the reality is that ideals of integration and equality of opportunity still elude us. The problem is: neither whites nor blacks are being honest or forthcoming about it.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Protesters Paid to Disrupt?

Who's funding Black Lives Matter? Who pays for their placards, phone calls, faxes, iPhones, internet and front-line activists' food, lodging and transportation?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Is Apology for Slavery Enough?

If Black Americans want real justice, it's time to remind the Congressional Black Caucus that when it comes to pushing for an American apology for slavery and reparations for Blacks, they need to either lead, follow or get out of the way.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Why Be Taken for Granted?

Blacks keep allowing themselves — and their issues — to be lost in the milieu of mainstream politics.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Ebony Sale a Harbinger for Black-Owned Media?

Are Black media outlets still relevant? Is investing in Black media outlets smart business?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The 2016 Black Agenda

Black Americans need jobs, justice and human rights, so why are we doddering about who we are going to vote for in order to get these things?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Does Your Mama Know 'Bout Juneteenth?

As a means of African-American families knowing who they are, "Juneteenth" is a topic they all should discuss.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: This Land Is Our Land, Too

This land is your land and this land is my land, but Blacks' lands and Whites' lands haven't been treated the same.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Great White Hope

There's a growing movement of Blacks for an apology and recompense for slavery. If you are a descendant of slaves, America owes you.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Enemy Is Us

What is the biggest obstacle to Blacks' economic development? The historical data shows it is us.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: What Are You Doing About Reparations?

Hardly anyone in America disputes that slavery is wrong. But hardly anyone dares to discuss righting the wrongs of slavery and legacy of injustices it brought about.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Donald Trump Is the Peoples' Choice

Donald John Trump is a roguish charmer. A pugnacious bully that tells it like it is.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Ways to Overcome the Racial Wealth Gap

What side of America's racial wealth are you? The typical White household has 16 times the wealth of Black ones.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Republicans Restoring the American Dream

It's time Blacks deal forthrightly with false promises of political representation.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Jeffrey Thompson, The Black Kingmaker

Business always trumps politics, and Jeffrey Thompson shows the truth of that.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks Beware — Socialism is No Free Lunch

The living wage issue is one of the most controversial debates playing out in America today, and it goes right to the heart of partisan politics. The matter is a Democratic Party and labor issue, but is it a Black problem?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Making Blacks' Vote Count

As a rule, Blacks continually accept racial inequality in America. So, what are you asking of 2016 presidential campaigners in order for them to get your vote?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: A Challenge to Buy and Bank Black

For Blacks to become relevant in America a significant culture shift has to shift has to take place. African-Americans must change dysfunctional consumption practices toward Blacks' development.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks, Hispanics Unite for Economic Progress

What can happen when there's a strong coalition between Latinos and African-Americans?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Democrats Put Party Ahead of Race

Instead of seeking legislation and processes toward Black Economic Empowerment, Black Americans are content with being second-class political in campaign and causes that have nothing to do with our betterment.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Increase Black Media Ownership

Instead of urging your youth to "get a job," just help them to form a media company. The richest Blacks in America are in the media industry.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: GOP Can Aid Blacks After Democratic Failure

The epitome of Blacks being taken for granted by the Democrats is illustrated by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' disavowal of Black reparations without missing a beat in their campaigning to garner votes.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Obama Shortchanges Famed Black Journalist

The case of Simeon Booker shows a startling lack of Black consciousness among President Barack Obama and his staff.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks, Wake Up on Reparations

Contemporary Blacks have to get in their minds around how entitled they are to reparations.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: What About the Charter-Time Warner Deal?

As the communications industry grows these days, what role are Blacks playing?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Washington Area's Top Black Businesses

The Washington metropolitan area is home to an estimated 8 million people and the seventh-largest in the country. This area nurtures hundreds of thriving Black businesses and is home to the most educated and affluent concentration of Blacks in the United States.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: What Share of the Black Vote do Republicans Need to Win in 2016?

Over past years, the Republican Party has struggled to attract Blacks' votes. So, what percentage of African-American voters can the Republicans count on in 2016? That result is seriously dependent on the Republicans' investment in this population.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Future of Money — Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Many say that it's time to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a caricature of Harriett Tubman. What say you?

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The African American National Museum Opens 2016

Black slaves built the Capitol and White House for free. But the roles that Blacks in building business should be recognized in constructing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Blacks' Priorities for 2016

Renewing the American Dream requires bold plans, especially in the nation's inner cities.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: What's the Status of Black Reparations?

Approximately $100 trillion in reparations is owed to America's Blacks while their politicians frolic and preen in lieu of demanding payments.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Can 'Big Government' Save Black America?

Just by its cover, Blacks may not see how utilitarian "Good Profits" can be, but the publication can provide them meaningful insights on successful capitalistic practices.

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Kochs and Blacks

Because they are loyal pawns of party politicians, Blacks have been misled to believe that the Koch brothers are no friend to them.

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