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On Friday October 20th, 2017 organizing students at North Carolina A&T hosted it’s self-owned business event titled: Aggie Market Friday. The purpose of this event was to help students market their own businesses, promote their products and to also bring an awareness to black-owned.
Currently, African-Americans, the identified “minority” has the highest spending power, helping other corporations, businesses, and family wealth grow besides their own. According to blackentrepreneur.com, below is the current statistics of “black buying power”.
“Black buying power continues to increase, rising from its current $1 trillion level to a forecasted $1.3 trillion by 2017. Black buying power has seen an 86 percent increase since 2000 and accounts for 8.7 percent of the nation’s total. The growth in black buying power stems in part from an increase in the number of black-owned businesses as well as from an uptick in education among the African-American population, which leads to higher incomes. Despite historically high unemployment rates, Blacks have shown resiliency in their ability to persevere as consumers.”
Here are some additional stats taken from the same site:
- No group watches more television than African-Americans (37% more) who lean heavily toward programming that includes diverse characters and casts. Black women watch more television than their male counterparts.
- Of the $75 billion spent on television, magazine, internet, and radio advertising, only $2.24 billion of it was spent with media focused on Black audiences. Black businesses, agencies and media continue to wrestle with this disparity as it is not reflective of the overall, high consumption patterns and behavioral trends of the Black consumer.
- Other demographic segments have identified Blacks as a driving force for popular culture, with 73% of Whites and 67% of Hispanics who believe Blacks influence mainstream American culture.
- The Black population grew 64% faster than the rest of the country since 2010, amassing a total of 43 million people; this includes individuals who are Black and another race.
- The reverse migration continues as younger, college-educated Black professionals head South. Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to develop a “southern strategy” to connect with the more than 10 million African-Americans in 10 key southern markets.
With these facts, there also leaves a wide racial wealth gap within the household.
So now you see it. The deeper stride to build the economic status of “Black”. We need HBCU’s to host events like “Aggie Market”, where we can inspire young black entrepreneurs to not only support their own businesses, but to keep their finances circulating in their own communities, before they go out to help build someone elses empire. Which the misnomered African-Americans have been doing since they fell to economic oppression.
Now back to the actual event.
It was a beautiful and successful Friday. There were 6 businesses in total vending at the event with products that included, natural products for hair and skin, self-made wigs, and cutom clothing designers.
Below are some of the featured vendors
– NoiaBrittany- shea butter
official website: noiabrittany.com
LuxeLooks- Custom Wigs
ShopBlvssom -natural skin care and custom clothing design
Also present in the event for the entertainment was the notorious DJ Kgrady.
We hope to see you vending/shopping at the next one! Peace & Love.
NC A&T is the largest HBCU in the nation and one of it’s many goals is to help striving students not only reach their potential, but surpass it with the unity of AggiePride.
On October 19th, 2017 North Carolina A&T, the largest HBCU in the nation in Greensboro N.C, held their annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. This is a large event open to any undergraduate student in North Carolina to present their reasearcb and creative work through oral presentation, posters, and/or mini exhibits.
Some of the research presented included statistics on “How many hours per day is spent on using social media in college vs High School”, and the comparison between the time usage of both women and men on social media platforms.
A young female undergraduate student stated,
“I admit that I see more women use social media than men. I believe the reason for that is the fact that us women are considered to be more emotional and more vocal about several topics. Many of us also see social media as our own personal magic mirror.”
Both the Students and staff participated in the discussion and there were even a few debates on some of the statistics given. When the statistics of how which media outlet has the most influence in the nation, students realized that missing from the list were popular s.m platforms “Twitter” & “Instagram”.
One student who took notice responded to the absence stating that
“Instagram and Twitter are very important in our lives. They help save lives and help us communicate through distance, and network with individuals whom we may never been able to connect with otherwise.”
Pictured above- Office of Undergraduate Research director- Tonya R. Hargett (left) & Program Coordinator Mr. Lando Little (right)
The Salvation Army will conduct a community drive on the northern side of Greensboro, NC A&T campus, and UNCG’s campus. This drive will take place tomorrow from 10 am-6pm and will begin on UNCG’s campus, then move further into the other destinations. This drive will also include free food distributed to all who attend.
The Salvation Army is a Christian organization established to help provide goods & services at discounted prices to the middle class, poor and the homeless. The organization strives to transform misery into happiness through acts of kindness and charity, and it does so with its donations to struggling families and communities, as well as college universities. The Salvation Army allows people to feel at one regardless of race, nationality or creed. The organization puts this message into action with the community drives. The community drive is used to serve college students, homes persons, single family homes and middle-class homes. Donations such as toys, furniture, family games, and household necessities are all distributed during the drive, as well as free food for all those who attend.
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Greensboro, N.C. – Among the several reports of car accidents, we can now add robbery to the list of tragic events that have occurred during the eclipse. A robbery occurred around 1:31 pm yesterday at the peak of the eclipse. Police responded to a call about a shooting at the BP-Family Fare store/gas station off of E Market St.
As soon as the police arrived on the scene they saw King Thompson Sr., owner of the store/gas station, in a frantic state. Mr. Thompson was robbed by two unidentified Caucasian males. The robbery has been reported to be gang affiliated as Mr. Thompson’s adopted son, King Thompson J.R. is involved with a local triad gang.
Photo Credit: TJ Sotomayor
Although police have not confirmed that it is gang affiliated, the community and police are taking into account the recent uproar of racial tension between members of the neo-Nazi’s- a white supremacist gang and the bloods. Thompson Sr’s son King Thompson Jr. is a member of a worldwide known gang the Bloods. Just a week ago, Thompson Sr. called police to report racial graffiti vandalism on the outside of his store, which he believes to be gang affiliated.
“Me and my family have been harassed ever since Charlottesville,” stated Thompson referencing the recent riots in Charlottesville, VA.
Although Thompson Jr. was not present on the scene, that did not prevent him from defending his gang affiliated son.
“He is not a bad man,” said Thompson Jr.
“He joined the organization for brotherhood, not hate.”
All across the country there have been reports of rallies gathering to express frustration towards the gangs in the community and racial tension as a whole, which has reached new heights since U.S President Donald Trump has been elected into office. Police are still looking for the two-armed robbery suspects who are Caucasian males, and they are believed to be still armed and dangerous.
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Today, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, held Fall Convocation which featured N.C A&T Hall of famer and Engineer Darryl Lugh.
This year’s Fall Convocation was not only memorable but very inspirational. Darryl Lugh, once a hard-hitting defensive back who helped lead A&T’s football team to the MEAC championship, and a first round NCAAA playoff win, gave a message that not only reached the current Aggies, but also included his fellow Alumni.
Darryl spoke on the representation of “Aggie Pride” and listed many principles and guidelines which Aggies must “DO” to attain that pride, and to be able to with proud confidence, carry the Aggie Legacy.
Darryl managed to be both loving and real with his message which he called “Aggie Love” and even used his own relatable experiences of being an Aggie striving for success.
Although Darryl Lugh was the celebrity guest for this year’s convocation, he wasn’t alone in stealing the show alone.
The program featured performances by the University’s band, the University Choir, and even a beautiful song which the audience assisted in singing called “Lift Every Voice” by James.
The convocation also recognized Aggie athletes and even the mayor of Greensboro Nancy Vaughan was present.
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