Talks to create a No. 4 US wireless carrier are quickly picking up steam — and Charlie Ergen is poised to run the prospective telecom colossus. The maverick telecom tycoon who controls Dish Network has lined up roughly $ 10 billion in financing to create a new telecom giant that would legitimately rival AT&T, Verizon and… Business | New York Post
Tierra Goes Green (TGG), is a black-owned “go green” brand providing products and services that help individuals transition their lifestyles into healthy ones.
The company’s founder is Tierra Burrell a well-known and respected holistic thought leader in Atlanta, Georgia. For years she shared her journey to “go green” via social media before launching TGG.
While her primary supporters are black women over 35 who value quality in all things, she has men who support her brand as well. Burrell, part of the growing group of black vegans, regards herself as an energy worker who focuses on being her authentic self, and she’s been able to create a lucrative business as a result.
In an interview, Burrell shares about building her brand and her go green journey.
BLACK ENTERPRISE:How did you come up with the idea to launch Tierra Goes Green?
Tierra Burrell: Tierra Goes Green developed strictly based on demand. People I had no idea were watching me demanded a service to help them transition their lifestyles into the healthy one they saw me living.
Tell us about your product line?
I make handmade body care skin solutions and dietary supplements. I never aspired to be a maker, but that is what my audience wanted. I would always advise them to abort the use of harmful skin care products and replace it with a mix of chemical-free products. But I discovered they did not want to mix up the ingredients themselves; they wanted to pay me to. My audience reveals a pain-point and I provide a solution.
Were you always plant-based?
Of course not. I miss Waffle House every single day of my life! But overall, I have never been a big meat eater. I was a carb-atarian, starch-atarian, a sugar addict — all while not eating meat and dairy. I was the vegan who would eat french-fries at the fast food drive-thru with the red and yellow signs then wonder why I was unable to lose weight. I understand now how nature works so I prefer to eat strictly plants 98% of the time.
Explain the biggest misconception between someone who is a vegan and one who is plant-based?
Being vegan is a lifestyle practice beyond your plate. Veganism is primarily a focus on what you do not eat, not generally a focus on what you actually need in your diet for long-term sustainability. Vegans normally do not participate in animal clothing, attend events such as the circus or participate in anything that is harmful or tested on animals. Just because you are vegan does not mean you are healthy. Plant-based, on the other hand, is someone who primarily eats plants such as fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts over 90% of the time. Plant-based eaters refrain from consuming processed foods, refined sugars, and foods that do not grow organically from the earth. Plant-based is more of a focus on your own health. Everything else is secondary.
How did you learn about holistic health and foods to eat, products to use etc.?
Reading. The only difference between you and an expert is the books you read. As I progressed and awakened, books like Heal Thyself by Queen Afua or African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila Afrika became staples in my reference library. As far as products, I have always been a fan of handmade things. They just feel better when you are connected to the maker’s journey and energy. Twelve plus years of loving handmade craftsmanship is how I found the products.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to begin a healthy journey?
Drink a gallon of water per day. Many of the chronic illnesses and disease people are diagnosed with is because they are not drinking enough water. We are on a water planet with bodies made of mostly water. Water is not a drink; it is an element. Then I would say read. Change begins with your mindset.
Lastly, detox. I use to administer a 10-day detox program so that participants could eliminate toxins effectively from their bodies, and also change their taste buds.
What are some benefits of being plant-based that you think people should know about?
The only side effect of a plant-based lifestyle is betterment. I feel amazing. I look incredible. My blood flow is outstanding. My thoughts are clear. I am hydrated.The list goes on and on. I credit nature for unlocking all of these internal doors.
Many people believe it’s expensive to eat healthy. What are your thoughts?
I believe that eating whole foods, plant-based diet is not more expensive than chronic disease, illness, or the side effects of imbalanced hormones. We can invest now in ourselves, or pay the premium for resisting nature in the long term. We all make choices and my higher self is who makes all of the decisions for my humanity.The cost of feeling this remarkable, the vast majority of the time, is unimaginable for people who budget and neglect their overall well-being.
While you are a holistic thought leader do you believe in any type of modern medicine?
I absolutely believe in western medicine for those who believe in western medicine practices. Personally, I do not subscribe. I became fluent in the language of my body and the energy that flows through it. I participate in a lot of alternative medicine practices. I do see a dentist a few times per year for oral hygiene.
What advice would you give to someone who isn’t ready to convert to a plant-based lifestyle but is interested in making healthier food options?
Shop local, support your local farmer’s markets and be aware of where all of your food is sourced.
For most of us here in Canada, winters can be long and harsh and those precious summer months beg us to spend as much time outside as possible. It’s not surprising that outdoor living spaces continue to be an important part of our homes. Creating an outdoor space that you love to spend time in and can enjoy for as long as possible allows us to maximize our summer enjoyment and increase the equity in our homes. Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect outdoor living space!
Start With a Plan! Every outdoor living space, from a small balcony to a large backyard, can offer a place to sit back and relax. Ask yourself what activities you’d like to incorporate into your space and then create a plan that incorporates those functions. One big mistake homeowners make is adding a single detail – like a pool or a deck – to their yard without thinking about how it will work with future landscaping plans. Even if your budget does not allow you to overhaul your entire yard this year, start by creating a plan for what you’d like to final layout to be. You can always finish your space in stages but having a plan will ensure that you don’t have to make expensive changes later on because something doesn’t fit.
Consider Care & Maintenance! A beautiful outdoor living space that eats up all your free time to maintain over the summer defeats the purpose of having the space in the first place. There are plenty of options today for low-maintenance products, plants and materials that can be used to create a space that you can actual have time to just enjoy. Consult with a professional landscaper and fence/deck builder as you go to ensure you understand the maintenance requirements as you go. Some common outdoor living choices like hot tubs and pools come with maintenance requirements so ensure you understand the time and cost that will be involved in maintaining these features before you decide to add them into your plan.
Plan to Entertain! If you like to entertain, this will be a big consideration when planning your outdoor space. You will want to include places to sit and visit, places to prepare and serve outdoor dinners and the like. This may be as simple as a deck with a BBQ, dining set and conversation area or you may want to incorporate a full outdoor kitchen with all the conveniences of the indoors right at your finger tips.
Extend Your Season! The biggest reason our outdoor season is cut short is weather and while we can’t control the weather, we can prepare for it to ensure we can enjoy our outdoor time for longer. Things like well planned landscape lighting, a fireplace, outdoor heaters, gazebos, sunrooms and even movable walls can be incorporated into your plan, allowing you to enjoy the space on cooler evenings, on rainy days and longer into the fall season.
Plan for Future Growth! How long will you be using this space? How do you envision your lifestyle changing over those years? If you’re planning to move in the near future, you will want to focus on features that will add value to your home while avoiding high maintenance features that may make your home harder to sell later on. If you’re planning to have children or have small children who are going to become teenagers, considering their future needs and your future needs will ensure the yard is something you can still enjoy even down the road. A pool is a prime example: while an open pool may seem like a great idea now, it may be a nightmare down the road when you have little ones. Keeping this in mind, perhaps a plan that incorporates safety measures now can save you the headache of expensive changes in the future.
Get Started! Summers are never long enough so don’t lose those precious days to procrastination. If financing the updates you wish to make is the next step, consider a home equity loan which will allow you to access the funds you need to complete your updates and allow you to begin enjoying your new outdoor living space now! Talk to a Tribecca home equity specialist to find out what options are available to you today!
MILWAUKEE — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins’ attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to plead guilty to developing malware called Kronos and conspiring to distribute it… Technology News & Reviews | New York Post
How this café owner is creating space for Black women in the coffee business
In “Doing The Work,” a four-part series from HG contributor Tiffany Lashai Curtis, four Black women who work in different industries tell us their stories. During Black Women’s History Month, we hope this series uplifts and amplifies the work of Black women in spaces where they are underrepresented or rendered invisible.
Coffee has solidified its role in many of our lives. In fact, a 2018 study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that Americans are enjoying more coffee on a daily basis now than in previous years. An entire culture exists around coffee, whether you’re quietly preparing and drinking coffee at home as a small act of self-care, meeting up with a friend at a local coffee joint, or showing your face at Starbucks so much that the baristas know your daily order by heart.
And while a steaming cup of instant Folgers at home is fine (and cost-effective), sometimes the lure of a $ 5 oat milk latte is enough to make us head over to a café. While national coffee chains are convenient, independently owned coffee businesses can offer a more unique experience.
I had one such experience at Bushwick Grind, a Black-owned, full-service café located in Brooklyn, New York. I was looking for somewhere to try my first iced dirty chai on my last day in East Williamsburg. Not only did I end up having a bomb French Toast Benedict and latte, I ended up chatting with the cafe’s co-owner, Kymme Williams-Davis, who owns the establishment with her husband, Raymond Davis.
We ended up talking briefly about her experiences as a Black woman in the coffee industry, and by the time our conversation ended, I felt like I had just spoken with a long-time friend. I began considering how we never really see or even think of Black people when we envision coffee culture. I knew Kymme’s story needed to be told.
For the second profile in this series, I spoke with Kymme about the highs and lows of co-owning a cafe, and the work she is doing to transform the relationship between Black people and coffee. Get into our conversation below.
HelloGiggles (HG): You’re a coffee brewer who is trained in “third-wave coffee.” How long have you been a coffee brewer, and can you explain what “third-wave” means for folks who may be coffee novices?
Kymme Williams-Davis (KWD): So, first-wave coffee references a time when people (in the U.S.) mostly got their coffee from grocery stores, flea markets…the big box names were Folgers, etc. Second-wave is what really made coffee popular in the U.S. with stores like Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks making coffee a social activity. Third-wave refers to smaller independent cafes like mine who purchase coffee from sustainable sources—usually directly from farmers (direct trade) or a coalition/collective of farmers (fair trade), which ensures that the people who grow, harvest, and process green coffee get a fair wage.
HG: You’re also a café owner. How long have you been running your own business, and what do you feel Bushwick Grind offers that mainstream coffee shops don’t?
KWD: Yes, my husband Raymond Davis and I are the proud owners. We started three years ago as a coffee shop but we have evolved into a full café in that we have a full kitchen offering healthy breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Nowadays, great food and beverage is “table stakes”—anyone can offer that. Our market differentiator is our service delivery; it is of utmost importance that we get to know our guests. We say that we don’t have customers, we have guests—guests who just happen to have to pay before leaving.
When guests pay, they are not just paying for their food, they are paying for our time. Even if that is just a warm smile or full ‘counter therapy.’ Also, we are one of the few shops in the area offering healthier food options with organic, farm-to-table ingredients. Our vendors (we like to consider them partners) are mostly farmers or distributors of farmers. So our produce purchases are actually helping the New York farmers in a small way. Last, we are very community-oriented. We try our best and do our part to donate time and resources locally when we can. As we grow, we hope to do more and/or start a nonprofit arm of the business to help support our community children.
HG: Coffee culture has rarely been associated with Black people. Between the cost of specialty coffee and the overwhelming whiteness of many coffee establishments, sipping and learning about coffee can be inaccessible to us. How do you think your work as a coffee professional has helped to shift the way Black people relate to coffee?
KWD: That is a very true statement. I had two sisters of color tell me, inside our shop, “This place isn’t for ‘us.’” They didn’t realize my husband and I were the owners. We are in Bushwick, which is historically a Brooklyn community of Black and brown people, but 80% of our guests are not people of color. Now that we have a full kitchen, we are seeing an increase in people of color clientele, but still not so much for the coffee. In terms of cost, coffee is a very manual process, whereby a farmer is picking a fruit from a tree to get to the seed, then process it—which is a “process” in itself. This is done in most countries with people of color, and speciality coffee shops help ensure those people are given a fair wage for the work they do.
I think if more people of color truly understood the supply chain of coffee, they would feel more attached to it and would feel more aligned with the culture—even the “Americanized” version of it.
HG: Why does it matter that we have Black women in the coffee brewing industry and Black women-owned cafés?
KWD: I think, like in every industry, diversity is important. Exclusion is absence and creates a void. Black women’s talents and experiences in coffee can help fill voids, as well as lend to the advancement of the industry. Black Girl Magic is impactful.
HG: What highs and lows have you experienced as a Black woman working with coffee?
KWD: Opening this shop with my husband has been the joy of my life. The highs, hands down, include the community we have built. Our guests truly give us life. We have met and engaged with people from all over the world, people local to Brooklyn, and people traveling or working in the area. Their stories, conversations, and vibes fuel each of us. Everyone on the team, except our newest team member, has been with us since the day we opened three years ago, so they are family.
The lows, without a doubt, are the costs to run this business. With workers’ comp insurance, licensing fees, professional services fees, N.Y.C. rate utilities, private sanitation, etc. and the rising lease cost, it is so expensive to operate a retail store. Revenue does not equal profit if you cannot decrease expenses. We have to hustle seriously hard and find creative ways to generate multiple revenue streams for the business to be profitable, like catering services, hosting events, pop-up concessions, etc.
HG: How would you like to see more Black women flourish in the coffee industry?
KWD: When we started our research about five years ago, we listed about 15 coffee roasters who we wanted to interview as a potential source to buy our coffee from. So many said we were the first people to do that. Anyway, in visiting the big popular roasters to the smaller ones, we discovered there were little to no people of color in the back of the house. Black women should know that there is an extensive career path in the profession and science of coffee. There are positions as coffee trainers, equipment repair persons, salespersons, Q-Graders, buyers, etc. But I almost NEVER see Black women [in this industry], and if there are one or two, they are typically not American Black women—they are from a coffee-producing country and likely grew up with coffee their entire lives.
There are two very well known sistas in the U.S. with national notoriety and respect in the coffee industry; they are at every Coffee Fest and SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) and BGA (Barista Guild of America) event and other noteworthy coffee event. They are always making a case for more women of color to join this industry.
HG: Why is it important that Black people have spaces that feel like home—even when we’re doing something as mundane as drinking coffee?
KWD: Our core values are written on an easel right near the door when you walk in the shop. It has been there since the day we opened, so our team as well as our guests are reminded of our purpose for the day. In short, it says that we strive to make our guests leave a little better than how they came. That is what is important about us having spaces. When we walk into a room, we add to the energy and vibe of that space. When we leave, we take some of that energy and vibe with us. If you are sitting in a space for five minutes or two hours, you must feel welcomed, at home, and comfortable to be yourself.
HG: What’s next for you and coffee?
KWD: We have invested in advanced paid training for one of our baristas who is a woman of color. She is a few course hours away from earning a highly recognized coffee industry certification. She will be one of the very few baristas on the east coast who is certified. This will ‘socially legitimize’ our shop as one that is serious about speciality coffee practices. The vision is to have the Bushwick Grind team out at latte art competitions and coffee festivals and cuppings. My husband and I will focus on running the business, and our team will grow in their skill, talents, and knowledge, which will help elevate our brand. In short, we are contributing to more Black women working and being respected in the industry.
HG: Who is another Black woman in this industry that we should know about?
KWD: The two women I referred to earlier, one is Michelle Jonson, known as the Chocolate Barista. I have been following her for a few years now. Her work focuses on the promotion of racial diversity and inclusion in the specialty coffee industry. In fact, there is a huge, if not the biggest, coffee event this week in Boston hosted by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) that I will be attending. She partnered with big-name sponsors to host a mixer for the limited people of color at this event so they will not feel isolated and excluded. She does a ton for the advancement in coffee industry; she is def Google worthy.
Shares of Lantheus Holdings Inc. (LNTH) are up an impressive 53% year-to-date, way ahead of the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) index, which has gained only 20% during the same period. RTT – Top Story
The communities where people live, work or go to school — in some cases down to the ZIP code or block — play an important role in health.
That’s why Kaiser Permanente will award grants totaling more than $ 15.5 million in the coming months to community-based and national charitable organizations working to ensure access to care and improve the conditions for health in the communities Kaiser Permanente serves.
“As a nonprofit health system, a vital part of our mission is to improve community health,” said Cynthia Telles, PhD, Community Health Committee board chair. “Our goal in Community Health is to address the root causes of poor health and engage our communities in identifying priorities and solutions.”
Some of the organizations that Kaiser Permanente will fund include:
ProCureWorks, a project of Health Care Without Harm, will increase access to healthy, sustainable and regionally sourced food in schools and health care systems in California.
Maui Economic Development Board will expand STEM programming in schools and after-school programs to increase student interest and build career pathways for local youth in science, health care and technology fields.
IRCO Africa House, an organization that provides culturally and linguistically specific services, will train African-American immigrants and refugees as community health workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
“We know health is about more than health care,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer. “We know food and activity play a critical role in health, and access to economic opportunity and education provides a foundation for healthy living. These grants are part of Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to improve all aspects of our communities’ health.”
Quarterly community grants such as these are part of the contributions that Kaiser Permanente makes each year to serve those most in need, collaborate to improve the conditions for health and equity in the communities it serves and apply technology to create community-based solutions. In 2017, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $ 2.8 billion to improve health and wellness in communities across the country.
Learn why having a spending plan—also known as a budget—is key to financial wellness and enables you to confidently set and achieve your goals, with guest Angela Yee, host of The Breakfast Club and host and creator of the ‘Lip Service’ podcast.
The new personal finance podcast, Your Money, Your Life is sponsored by Prudential and hosted by Black Enterprise’s own Alfred Edmond Jr. This special series features a lineup of great guests including The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee; DeForest B. Soaries Jr., founder of the dfree Financial Freedom Movement; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche; and Jacquette M. Timmons, president & CEO of Sterling Investment Management. The show will cover money topics ranging from how to control your debt to our psychological relationship with our finance. A can’t miss!
Vice is reporting that a black barber based out of Maryland, is making a lucrative business creating hair weaves for men. Thirty-five-year-old barber Wade Menendez glues natural and synthetic hair to balding men’s scalps and then styles them into their remaining hair. From Vice News:
Menendez began installing hair over four years ago through the help of another stylist. Since then, his barber shop in Glen Burnie, Maryland, The W Hair Loft, has become a haven for balding black men looking for scalp rejuvenation.
Menendez also does more than just work with clients; he hosts a regular class where he’s instructed over 500 hair professionals how to do what he does. The most recent class, in October, drew stylists and barbers from as far away as London.
Hair weaves and extensions, traditionally donned by women, are a big business, especially with black consumers. Market research company Mintel reports that “Nearly six out of 10 black consumers wear a wig, weave or extensions, which enables them to switch up their look.” African Americans spend an estimated $ 2.54 billion on black haircare in the beauty supply business.
Yet, much of the money spent on hair weaves does not go back into the black community. “When you walk into a beauty supply store in an urban neighborhood or a suburban strip mall most likely you will see a Korean owner,” said hairstylist Alonzo Arnold in an interview with Black Enterprise. Arnold, in addition to being a stylist, is an entrepreneur who creates custom wigs and weaves. He is also one of many black people in the beauty industry calling for more black ownership and economic empowerment.
Lia Dias is another voice. She is the owner of The Girl Cave in Los Angeles, a one-stop shop for all the things hair and clothing. In a market traditionally dominated by Korean ownership, Dias wants to empower black women to be suppliers and distributors as black women make up the largest consumers group in the industry.
Also, men are increasingly becoming consumers of beauty products that were always targeted at women. Black-owned products targeted to men of color including products from Bevel and Scotch Porter are strong men’s grooming sellers. In-Cosmetics reports that millennial-aged men are driving the current “men’s beauty” trend with younger men wearing cosmetics.
The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research. For the study, researchers measured brainwaves produced when newborns kick their limbs during rapid eye movement sleep, finding that fast brainwaves — a brainwave pattern typically seen in neonates — fire in the corresponding hemisphere. Child Development News — ScienceDaily
CREATING A WINE CELLAR CAN BE A PRACTICAL AND EXCITING ADDITION TO YOUR LIFE.
With the recent explosion of trends in entertaining, the enjoyment of wine has necessitated the evolution of stylish wine cellar options. Don’t be intimidated by price or size requirements as collections of 150-250 bottles can be housed in as little as 40 square feet. Innovative designs have cellars installed in the floor of your kitchen or tucked away in the corner of a dining room. Even custom built designs can be reasonably priced depending on the materials that you choose to include.
The location of your wine cellar is one of the most important decisions you will make. Easy accessibility is ideal if there is the freedom to carry out structural alterations or build it from scratch so that the cellar resides in walking distance from the living or dining room. However, sometimes your space has limitations that make understanding the fundamentals of building a wine cellar key. When properly created, a good wine cellar will perform its essential tasks consistently and efficiently so it’s vital that you have an expert design team in place.
With its practical purpose in mind, a wine cellar design must adhere to certain restrictions in order to maintain the storage quality of the wine. Knowing that bottles will be properly stored in optimal conditions, one is far more likely to purchase a higher quality wine. Though the details may appear finicky, ideal storage conditions are relatively simple as wine bottles must be placed horizontally and stored in a vibration-free, dark environment at a constant temperature of 10-15 degrees celsius and relative humidity of no less than 70 percent.
Far more than just a room full of bottles on racks, a home-based wine cellar can reflect your personality and design taste in many ways. Working with the area that you have chosen to house the wine cellar, figure out a budget appropriate to its size and the elements that you will need to include. To achieve a custom look, select a style that suits the rest of your home design whether it be modern, traditional, rustic or fancy. For wall treatments, add a mural, stained glass or a mirror to deepen the look of the space. Despite the need to maintain a more muted lighting scheme to protect the wine from damage, there are still a wide variety of sconces, chandeliers and recessed lighting options that can illuminate the space. By carefully selecting the materials and tones, your décor choices will showcase the beauty and uniqueness of your wine collection. – Text by Kim Bartley
If you’re an owner of a construction company, you may find the world of marketing a bit intimidating. With more than 85% of all home improvement projecting starting online, it’s more important now than ever to optimize your digital marketing strategy to align with your sales goals. Whether your company handles all marketing campaigns in-house, you utilize a third-party lead generation service, or a mixture of the two, we’ve compiled 3 keys to a healthy Sales & Marketing relationship that will help your team surpass your revenue goals.