Are You Afraid To Die? A Tribute To Tekyia Mozell From A Friend

I know that I promised to resume my writing last week, but once again, life threw another curveball.

Death was a subject that I always intended to write about (from a wheeling mother’s perspective), but my intro to this taboo topic got scrapped when I received the call from my best friend’s mom that the end was near. Dialysis was no longer a viable option and her kidney disease produced subsequent medical complications. (Read more)

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BET founder rips Obama for ‘attacking success’ – Source: The Grio

From Politico:

Robert Johnson, the founder of BET television, says President Barack Obama needs to stop taking shots at the wealthy.

Appearing with FedEx CEO Fred Smith on "Fox News Sunday," Johnson said that demagoguing the wealthy is not the way to get people to like you. (Read more)


AT&T T-MOBILE MERGER by William Reed Columnist


The world, as we now know it, is changing at a tremendous pace. Potential changes in the wireless industry constitute the major business issue of the day. AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA affects millions of Americans and translates into billions of dollars for the industry and the economy. We are all a part of it as wireless technology moves at breakneck speed across the world. The technology is a good bet for the future. Ninety-one percent of Americans use a mobile phone. The wireless industry can be even more vital in American society and economy. The AT&T/T-Mobile USA mega-merger is important to the industry and to communities of color.

The U.S. wireless telecommunications services industry includes 1,600 companies with combined annual revenues totaling more than $190 billion. The major companies include: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA (an indirect subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom). More than 300 million Americans are mobile subscribers to the tune of an average of 6.1 billion minutes used per day, or about 21 minutes per person per day. The real “on-line” growth comes from wireless data services – mobile Web, text messages, and other non-voice services. Several influential African-American groups have taken stances on the AT&T/T-Mobile matter. Merger proponents’ claim of “connecting every part of America to the digital age” is great news for communities of color, who disproportionately rely on wireless service to make phone calls and access the Internet. Coalitions of notable African-American groups support the deal, saying “it would help Blacks compete for business opportunities and better jobs.”

AT&T reports that the merger “will create nearly 100,000 jobs and provide wireless Internet service to most of the U.S.” which may spur economic development. "The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile will mean more diplomas, better jobs and healthier African-American families," said Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation. Campbell’s coalition and groups like the National Urban League, NAACP and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network support the deal. "AT&T has been among the highest ranked in the telecommunications industry for its commitment to diversity in terms of procurement, philanthropy, promotion and hiring at the federal, state and local levels," says NAACP Senior Vice President, Hilary Shelton. "Wireless broadband is an integral tool in promoting civic engagement and as such is crucial to voter empowerment. We are hopeful that this acquisition will further advance increased access to affordable and sustainable wireless broadband services and … stimulate job creation."

Moving ahead with the merger will solve a need for increased network capacity and speed, and it advances the public interest in many different ways. By 2015, there will be an average of two devices per person or 15 billion network devices utilized worldwide. 4G network build out could mean $25-53 billion for the U.S. infrastructure investment by 2016; create 371,000-771,000 jobs and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth between $73 billion-$151 billion. In 2010, U.S. providers reported making capital investments totaling $24.9 billion. For every $1 invested in wireless broadband, it will create an additional $7-10 for GDP. The average U.S. consumer spends $60 on accessories for their wireless device. Businesses spent more than $1.9 billion in 2010 on non-handsets (e.g. tablets, notebooks, e-readers). By 2014, it will exceed $5 billion. With smart mobile devices, stronger, faster and smarter networks are needed to keep pace with wireless data demand. The supply of wireless spectrum currently available in the United States for commercial use is running low. Wireless spectrum is the government-controlled airwaves that wireless companies license to transmit wireless signals and provide wireless services. Just like a real-estate developer needs land to build communities and provide services, wireless carriers need spectrum to build wireless networks and service customers. AT&T and T-Mobile concluded that joining forces was an effective solution to respective capacity issues. The combination will significantly enhance the efficiency of spectrum use and result in considerable improvements in service, quality and deployment of the next generation of mobile data speeds (4G LTE). Hopefully, the Justice Department will allow the merger process to continue. (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via

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School board district 4 race is key to school policies – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — East of downtown, stretching north and south and all the way to Knightdale, Wake County school board District 4 is home to a wealth of sought-after magnet schools, but also to high numbers of low-income students.

The Oct. 11 school board elections pit incumbent district representative Keith Sutton, a Democrat, against Republican Venita Peyton. They have competing ideas about the Wake system’s overall direction, which will closely affect the district. (Read more)

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New Bern led opposition to Progress – Duke merger – Source: News & Observer

Concerns about Duke Energy’s and Progress Energy’s monopoly ambitions surfaced years before federal authorities said Friday that their proposed merger raised serious doubts about the public benefits of the deal.

Six years ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission attempted to keep Duke and Progress from manipulating regional electricity prices – even as separate companies. (Read more)

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N-WordheadGate: Conservatives Are Outraged … at Herman Cain

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Rick Perry, and now, with the Washington Post throwing him into a racial controversy, things are about to get … much better! Wait, what? Let’s backtrack a bit. Yesterday, the Post published a bombshell story about a hunting camp the Perry family has leased on and off since the early eighties. The ranch was long known as, ahem, "Niggerhead," and the name was scrawled on a large rock situated at one of the entrances. Perry says that his family painted over the offensive word shortly after leasing the land, but seven people interviewed by the Post — most of them anonymous — claim the rock and its epithet were visible for years after that. (Read more)

Note: Oops there goes his credentials. Oh well but he is suppose to be impressive to black folks but instead he must be ignant to ignant racist white Republicans. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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For Immediate Release: Bob Johnson on How To Increase Black Employment

October 3, 2011

Traci Otey Blunt


— Alarming Unemployment Rates and Limited or No Access to Credit and Capital are Contributing to an Unsustainable Wealth Gap between Black and White Households —

Bethesda, MD ( — In an effort to engage the business community in addressing the inequitable unemployment rates for African Americans and to increase vendor/supplier opportunities for minority-owned businesses, Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder, Robert L. Johnson and founder of The RLJ Companies, is urging Fortune 1000 companies to "voluntarily" adopt a version of the National Football League’s (NFL) Rooney Rule. According to the NFL, the Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to give fair interviews to minority candidates whenever a head-coaching or general manager position becomes open, prior to making a final hiring decision. Since the inception of the Rooney Rule in 2003, the League currently has eight minority head coaches and five minority general managers.

Johnson urges a similar practice for all U.S. companies and firms called the RLJ Rule.

In making this statement, Johnson said, "The RLJ Rule is principally designed to encourage companies to voluntarily establish a "best practices" policy to identify and interview the tremendous talent pool of African American managers and African American companies that are often overlooked because of traditional hiring or procurement practices."

The two-pronged RLJ Rule:

(a) encourages companies to voluntarily implement a plan to interview a minimum of two qualified African American candidates for every job opening at the vice president level and above; and

(b) encourages companies to interview at least two qualified African American firms for vendor supplier/services contracts before awarding a new company contract to a vendor.

Johnson makes clear the purpose of this voluntary rule is not to suggest quotas or that companies hire any individual or minority firm that is not qualified. Johnson notes that the RLJ Rule, if implemented properly, will further enhance a company’s already established commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Johnson further stated, "Just as America has embraced the notion of fairness in tax rates, i.e. the "Buffet Rule", I am urging corporate America to embrace this idea of providing fairness and equity in employment opportunities at senior management levels and in growth opportunities for African American businesses. As the NFL’s Rooney Rule has demonstrated successfully in professional football, a similar commitment by corporate America will assure that the best and brightest African Americans have a chance to show that they can participate and contribute in the most competitive game of all – the U.S. economy," he concluded.

Johnson also announced that he is sending a letter seeking support for voluntary implementation of the RLJ Rule to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the President’s Jobs Council, Congressional leadership of both parties, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), National Urban League (NUL), the NAACP, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), as well as other civic, civil rights, and faith-based organizations.

About The RLJ Companies:
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For additional information please visit:

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