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AFRICANGLOBE - Although many people are not aware of it, Henry T. Sampson is an African American inventor, best known for creating the world's very first cell phone. "On July 6, 1971, he was awarded a patent, with George H. Miley, for a gamma-electrical cell, a device that produces a high voltage from radiation sources, primarily gamma radiation, with proposed goals of generating auxiliary power from the shielding of a nuclear reactor." On April 3, 1973, using the patented technology they created, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.
AFRICANGLOBE - "I think that there are a lot of different races that fall under 'American,' so past that you really just are sub-categorizing me over and over again," "I'm not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We're American."
AFRICANGLOBE - African Americans win the prize for being the largest group of Americans with no emergency money on hand. According to Neighbor Works America survey in its second-annual consumer finance report, approximately 34% of Americans don’t have any emergency savings and 25% of Americans have only enough to support themselves for a month.
AFRICANGLOBE - Lesbian Raven-Symoné is setting the record straight on why she doesn’t want to be called African-American. Last year the Cosby Show and That So Raven alum nearly broke the internet when she sat with Oprah Winfrey for an interview on OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now? series and proclaimed she isn’t African-American
AFRICANGLOBE - A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the term “Black” than they do of the term “African American.” For instance, study participants routinely concluded that a person had a higher level of education and job status, if that person was referred to as African American rather than Black.
AFRICANGLOBE - "For African-Americans who grew up in Detroit, for our whole lives Detroit was on the decline," Jenkins says. "We never saw it on the rise. Our aspirations were to get to a more happening city, like Chicago, or even to the suburbs." The differing aspirations help explain why the demographics of downtown and other suddenly hip areas of Detroit seem so out of proportion with the rest of a city that is 83 percent African-American.
AFRICANGLOBE - Payday lenders offer small uncollateralized short-term loans, typically using flat fees rather than annualized interest. In Alabama, lenders are allowed to charge up to $17.50 per $100 borrowed - that translates to an annualized interest of 456 percent.
AFRICANGLOBE - Raven Symone just gave us all something to think about. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the actress/singer/lesbian says she doesn’t need labels, and would prefer not to be categorized as “African-American.”
AFRICANGLOBE - “The shooting of Michael Brown did not come out of the blue. Let’s not beat about the bush here. It came about through a deepening culture of unaccountable racism. And it’s not just about police racism. Obviously in Ferguson we’re looking at years of police repression targeted largely at Black people, but it goes deeper than that.”
AFRICANGLOBE - New York state's attorney general on Tuesday accused regional bank Evans Bancorp of illegally discriminating against African-Americans in Buffalo by denying them mortgages. According to the lawsuit, Evans Bank deliberately disqualified African-Americans from its mortgage products regardless of their creditworthiness, a practice known as redlining.
AFRICANGLOBE - Oakland, whose thriving African American community for decades shaped Black identity for the nation, lost nearly a quarter of its Black population in the past decade, U.S. Census data shows. Now, Oakland has nearly as many White people as it does African American. It also has nearly as many Latinos.
AFRICANGLOBE - A federal judge in Newark dismissed a lawsuit Friday that was filed by a former student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, who claimed he was harassed after describing himself as "White African-American"
AFRICANGLOBE - The so-called recovery of the US economy has not been equally kind to everyone. Even as the unemployment rate has remained steady at 6.3% last month, the unemployment rate for African Americans, coming in at 11.5%, is currently more than twice as high as that for White Americans.
AFRICANGLOBE - A Texas man is suing Tiffany & Co. because he claims the retailer does not hire Blacks for top positions. Tiffany & Co. discriminates against African-Americans by shutting them out of top positions, a Texas man says in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
AFRICANGLOBE - In 1910, less than 50 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans owned over 15 million acres in the former slave-holding states. Much of that Black-owned property was on the coasts, the geographic margins of the nation, which at the time were some of the most undesirable areas for living or leisure.
AFRICANGLOBE - Jet magazine, the digest-sized publication that has been a staple among African-American readers for 63 years, is getting out of the print business. Johnson Publishing announced Wednesday that Jet, which has a circulation of more than 700,000, will transition to a digital-only format in June.