Celebrating the Contributions of Black America
Black Lives Matter Too!
Juanita & Gregory Baranco: Dynamic Duo; Son Gregory Baranco, Jr. below. "A Family Affair"
First let me give a shout out to my home girl and the former Councilwoman of Ward 4; I'm from Ward 1. "What's Up?" Congratulations; you are exactly what we need in DC. Muriel Bowser brings a "hands on" now approach to leadership, legislation, and policy making. Formally Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Affairs was recently selected by her colleagues to be Chairwoman of Economic Development. Under her leadership more small businesses have been opened and housing development has increased. Muriel has won The Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Award, The Idealist of the Year Award and backed by The Washington Post. Mayor Bowser holds a Master's degree in Public Policy. Much continued success! JM
Washington, D.C.'s New Mayor: Muriel Bowser; A Black Woman Leading the Capitol City of The U.S.
Chloe Taylor Brown: "Motivating Women and Girls Worlwide To Be The Best They Can Be".
Calvin Vismale: Some call him the "Brokers Broker and the Consultants Consultant".
I'm so glad to have Calvin on JMS to contribute very important financial information .
He was in the first class to graduate from Morehouse College with a degree in Banking and Finance. (Martin Luther King, Jr.'s alma mater)
"In studying money; we call it currency, it's like electricity you can use it to make positive things happen, but if missed used it can shock or even kill you. However in the proper use of money or capital to make things for yourself ,loved ones, and build things in your community we have to develop a relationship with it to use it properly.
We need to have a positive and healthy relationship with money or capital. We need to understand how it works in order for us to utilize it to make things for ourselves and improve the quality of life for our loved ones , community and participate in the global economy." Learn more about "The Fundamentals of Investments and Finance"
Vismale's segment will be airing during JMS new season.
Calvin Vismale on JMS: "Your Relationship To Money or Capital"
Olympia LePoint, Award, Educator, and Public Speaker. A graduate of California State University Northridge she finished #1 of top five graduates, in a class of 6,500 in 1998. Completing her undergraduate studies at 21 The Boeing Company hired Ms. LePoint as a mathematician. She was also a rocket scientist for NASA for nearly 10 years and helped launch NASA's Discovery, Endeavor, Columbia and Atlantis Space Shuttles.. Her awards include: The National Black Engineer of the Year, Boeing Co. Excellence Award . New book:
Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fear and Become a Rocket Scientist.
Cassius Butts, Former Region IV Director for The Small Business Administration
Cassius Butts was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. He is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. During his appointment, Cassius has managed oversight of three record breaking years for SBA lending in Region IV. Nearly $12 billion in SBA-backed loans were awarded to small businesses within the aforementioned eight states. Prior to joining SBA, Cassius was employed with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where he began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow/ Branch Chief in 2002. It was at HUD where he assisted and advised the scoring committee on the newly established Multi-Million Procurement Contract. Since 1992, Cassius has worked in leadership positions for Bank of America, Fleet Bank and the City of Atlanta. As a small business owner, he co- founded CB Consulting Group, LLC, which primarily offered entrepreneurial, strategy and community engagement services.
Actress Lisa Raye McCoy
This is an amazing performance and one of my favorite songs by her. "If I Ain't Got You " . Where those women at? Just play'in relax. I guest you can tell she is one of my favorite all time artist. Check it out. Thank you CBS and Youtube.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos Black Power Salute 1968 Olympics
This has got to be one of the sexiest performances of all time! Everybody is cool, but check out Alicia and The Twins + Chocolate, background dancers. That's not their real names, I just call them that; hey it's my show. Thank you BET and YouTube.
Money's YouTube Picks; Alicia Keys & Company; Check them out.
New Age Black Wall Street; Some of the smartest and most influential in the financial world
I'll be interviewing some of the 75 most influential Black Americans on Wall Street. People you need to know like Christopher Williams, CEO Williams Capital Group LP, James Reynolds, CEO Loop Capital Markets LLC., Bernard Beal, CEO, M.R. Beal & Co. and Joe Beasley just to name a few. Stay tuned it will be informative, inspirational, and maybe profitable.
Movie Industry Review: According to a Target Market News report Black Americans attend movies more than Whites 4.2 times per year vs 3.4. We contribute $1.1 Billion but are less than 1 percent of us are hired by the Hollywood Industry.
Lonnie G. Johnson, Scientist, Engineer, and Entrepreneur
A few months ago I went over to Lonnie Johnson's laboratory in downtown Atlanta, Ga.. and I was completely blown away! The man is a genius. I was given a personal tour by Bart Suddereth, Director of the Robotics Operation. Johnson won first prize for his 3 foot robot named Linex in a statewide Alabama science competition while in high school. With a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Nuclear Engineering he went on to serve in The United States Air Force and worked at NASA.. Johnson has received contracts from the United States Department of Energy and Department of Defense. His "Super Soaker " water gun was the #1 selling toy in the United States for two consecutive years. Lonnie's current projects include the Lithium Air Battery and the (Johnson Thermo Electrochemical Converter) system. Lonnie Johnson is also concerned about exposing disadvantage Black youth in the inner city to science and engineering, so you know that was right up my alley.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Spiritual Leader, Social, Political and Human Rights Activist. Born
Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York. A leading figure against prejudice and injustice, was Youth Director for SCLC's program "Operation Bread Basket"; the program's goal was to encourage diversity in the work place by applying social and economic pressure on businesses. A good tactic that can and should be used today.
Mr. Sharpton started his own organization "National Youth Movement" in the 1980's.
Ordained a minister in the Pentecostal Church at the age of 10, "Rev Al" now heads
the National Action Network, a leading civil rights organization with chapters across US.
The organizations criminal justice initiative focuses on the right to equal justice under the law, "the law should not be conditional or based upon a person's color or economic status. " High profile cases handled: Tawana Brawley, Travon Martin, Michael Brown, and Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta, Ga. - Support Attorney Benjamin L. Crump
Janet Emerson Bashen, CEO of the Bashen Corporation is the first Black women to patent a software invention. Link Line, is a web based application for Equal Employment Opportunity claims intake and tracking document management, Claims management and numerous reports. Patent # 6,985,922. The "Method Apparatus and System for Processing Compliance Actions over a wide area." This is followed by Ms. Bashen's federal based counter part EEOFedsoft MD715, web based application for building Affirmative Action Plans
Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman, An American retired NBA player is a successful entrepreneur of FastFood restaurants who has a reported net worth of $400 million. Born in Chicago, Ill. he owns 160 Wendy's franchises in America and 118 Chili's restaurants. Mr. Bridgeman also owns stake in Milwaukee soda's Black Bear Beverages, and sits on the board of the PGA. " Junior" called by most obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville. Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975, had a successful
12 year pro hoop career.
John W. Thompson, former Chairman for the Microsoft Corporation replacing Bill Gates. Born in New Jersey, his mother a school teacher and father a career soldier in the Army. A recipient of the Morgan Stanley Information Technology Award for Global Commerce, his focus is on professional management and professional leadership. Mr. Thompson believes that leadership is about creating something different that people get excited about, and then following thru. He considers Microsoft as "one of the true, iconic companies in our country." In the U.S. he is the only Black person to hold a chairman position in a major tech company.
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Acknowledged by President Barack Obama as a National Emerging Leader, Christopher M. Chestnut, Esq. is America’s next great voice for legal justice. Chestnut, a Florida native and graduate of Florida State and University of Florida’s Levine School of Law, served on the Florida finance team for then presidential candidate Obama, which helped lead to a convincing victory in the battleground state.
One of the most accomplished young attorneys in the country, Chestnut founded Chestnut Law Firm, LLC, based in Gainesville, FL and Atlanta, GA with the motto “Pursuing Justice…Because You Deserve It.” Simply stated by Chestnut, “We help the people who need help the most.” Under his leadership, the firm has participated in multi-million dollar civil trials alongside his mentor, famed civil litigator Willie Gary; won millions of dollars in settlements for their clients; and successfully argued an $800 million dollar class action settlement against Big Tobacco.
Chestnut is a proven leader, having served as the National Chairman for the National Black Law Students Association while in school, and being consistently tapped by church leaders, activists, and other community leaders when legal injustice occurs in the community.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: Strong Leadership and a Balanced Budget. Atlanta's 59th Mayor
Michelle Bernard: Center for Women Politics and Public Policy
Atlanta Football Classic: The Ultimate HBCU Experience
Ebenezer Baptist Church. Atlana, GA. USA
John T. Grant, is the former President & CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. serving metropolitan Atlanta, GA.
Born in North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina A&T State in Industrial Engineering.
John on JMS; " We focus on young people in challenged communities, basically households under $35,000 of income per year. No one has been beyond high school so Project Success which is our flag ship program really caters to opening doors for young people. The program focuses on education opportunities in inner city challenged communities." 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. also sponsors the Atlanta Football Classic. Hear John's interview segments on JMS coming up this month. Stay tuned.
John Grant & The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. A Powerful Organization Helping Urban Youth
JMS History Makers of the Past and featuring Current Entrepreneurs, Professionals, & Leaders
Money For Your Business: United States Small Business Administration
Rev. Raphael Warnock is Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. "Spiritual Home of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is one of the youngest Pastors to be called by Ebenezer and is the son of two Pentecostal Pastors. Rev. Dr. Warnock graduated from Morehouse College and holds a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) degree & Doctorate of Philosohy in systemic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
"Shayla's Catch is a valid and timely depiction of the unbelievable
competitive nature of American sports mixed with romance, money, intimacy, and broken hearts, Every woman, whether single, dating, or married will be able to relate to Shayla's Catch. And every man will see himself in the male characters, whether he is a faithful "Catch" or a skirt-chasing womanizer.Are you a catch?" Sonya Jenkins. Hey Sonya, this will make a good movie too!
Book Report: Sonya Jenkins: Shayla's Catch. All the ingredients of a best-selling novel.
Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU"s): Formed to specifically to educate Black Americans. Also a look at Chicago's Urban Prep; a great model that should be adopted nationally.
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended defines HBCU's as "any historically Black College or University that was established prior to 1964 whose principal mission was and is the education of Black Americans and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association making reasonable progress towards accreditation."
Only The White House Initiative determines which colleges and universities are HBSU's.
Currently there are 101. Black Americans need to support HBCU's. We need to encourage, and guide our children to attend them for higher education. We as a people have to start controlling as much as possible what are children are being taught. I had Miranda McKenzie, Administrator for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on last season and we talked about how crucial it was for our children to attend HBCU's. Truth and guidance is needed more now than ever. I'll get her back on JMS maybe on a regular basis to give tips on financing your education, best careers etc. We also talked about some of the great Black Americans that have graduated from HBSU's with extremely successful careers. We will discuss this further coming up in JMS new season.
Urban Prep (Below). graduated 100 percent of its students and placed them in colleges and universities.
Congratulations to administrators, faculty , and students for a great job. Now lets take this model and use it!
Banking Black: There are currently 21 Black owned banks in the United States with total assets of a reported
$5 Billion Dollars.
Industrial Bank of Washington, D.C., Capital City Bank & Trust Company and Citizens Trust of Atlanta, Ga. just to names a few. as I stated earlier Black Americans spent $1.2 Trillion Dollars last year and if we just pooled one quarter of that into Black banks we could get them to fund loans to Black businesses in the community and create more jobs particularly, in technology and invest in global merging markets. A win, win situation. You know, get a piece of that import / export money. Don't just let the Chinese and others exploit Africa and take all the natural resources for their people and leave ours suffering , poor, and broke. Black Americans can have a worldwide impact for our people. I'll be coming back with a full report . Stay tuned. Calvin Vismale and I are working on it now.
Congressional Black Caucus of The United
States of America
In the midst of racism, bigotry, and hatred Black Americans served in every segment of society.
We need to tell are own stories and support films that have already been produced by Blacks. Also push for more employment by the industry. I recently went on a couple of movie sets and everyone behind the scenes was White! What's up? Only a few Black actors are being employed as well. We could always boycott and everybody go to Magic Johnson Theatres and only watch movies on Bounce, Aspire, BET, and TV One.
Coming up: A closer look at BronzeLens Film Co., the Pan African Film Festival and DVDs that are available.
Black Tech: A focus on Americans and the technology industry
Tribute to Alicia Keys: Gifted, Talented, Sexy, Intelligent, and Real. Damn! How do you get all of that into one person?
National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) represents more than 650 Black Mayors in United States with a collective membership representing 48 million Americans. Carl Stokes was the first Black Mayor elected in 1967, Cleveland, OH.
Kasim Reed was born June 10, 1969 in Plainsfield, N.J. His parents brought him to Atlanta as an infant. He attended public schools in Atlanta and graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. An attorney Mr. Reed served in the Georgia State Senate and Georgia House of Representatives before becoming Mayor in 2010.
Xernona Clayton, still fine at 83 years old! I had to put that in there, but it is true. We were at an awards ceremony and I was presenting her with a Humanitarian Award from the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame ; when I introduced her I said "when we met and spent time together she was like my mother or grandmother": when she took the stage she turned and said to me "James, mother or grandmother I thought, you thought I was fine and sexy", Everyone fell out laughing. She always has a sense of humor. Anyway Ms. Clayton is the first Black women to have a prime time television show in the south at Turner Broadcasting Co. (Ted Turner) where she worked for over 30 years,. An advocate for race relations, author, CEO of the Trumpet Awards & Foundation; also has a street named in her honor in downtown Atlanta, Ga.
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An attorney by training, Michelle D. Bernard is a political and policy analyst, media commentator, social critic, author, columnist, and public speaker, providing commentary on topics as varied as presidential politics, the historic 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and elections, and the path to the White House in 2016; various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections; the political participation and voting trends of African Americans, Latino’s, women and millennials, education reform and school choice, foreign policy and national security issues, and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Ms Bernard is the President & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy where she concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters. My home girl from Wash. DC may you have much continued success with your valuable contibutions to women and our society. JM
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Rashida, I'm so proud of you!
Daughter of the late composer-educator Noble Jolley and niece of world renowned motivational speaker Dr. Willie Jolley.
The Divided Mind of The Black Church: By Raphael G. Warnock
Cynthia Day is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member of Citizens Baneshare Corporation and Citizens Trust Bank. She is also a member of the National Bankers Association, The Atlanta Business League, the Georgia Society of CPA"s., Board of Directors for Aaron, Inc. and a former manager for KPMG.. Ms. Day is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
Citizens Trust Bank opened on August 16, 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was established and lead by five Black Businessmen; Herman E. Perry, James A. Robinson, Thomas J. Freguson, W.H. King and H.C. Dugas. They were called "the fervent five".
The goals of the bank were to promote financial stability, make home ownership possible to more people especially the Black community, business development, and the principals of thrift. Citizen Trust Bank under the leadership of Ms. Day is still a leader in these areas today. "We continue to build on the legacy."
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, CEO, and Chaiman of Operation Hope which is the first Non Profit social investment banking organization in The United States. He is also a leader in business empowerment, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Mr. Bryant is wide chair of US President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and Chairman of the Under-Served Committee t the U.S. Presidents Council. Book: Love Leadership: The New Way To Lead In A Fear Based World.
President Barak Obama has appointed more women to the courts than any other president in the history of The United States.
Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith was appointed to the US Court of Appeals. The President said in a statement from the White House that he is proud of Campbell-Smith's designation, "She has a long and distinguished record of service. I am confident she will serve with distinction." Honorable Judge Smith was appointed Judge of US Court of Federal Claims September 19, 2013 and on October 21 President Obama designated her to serve as Chief Judge.
Black Women in Judiciary Court. Lawyers & Lawmakers. Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith
Educating Black America: A closer look at Black Colleges, Universities, and Urban Prep
Xernona Clayton, Personal Assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Clayton is definitely royalty!
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SunTrust Bank CMO Susan Johnson was recently named one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine. She was selected from the top 1,000 publicly traded United States companies.
Johnson serves as an overseer of SunTrust's brand strategy, communications, marketing operations, and is a member of the executive leadership team.
Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from Wharton School.
Susan says,"While I am proud of my career accomplishments, more importantly, I hope to serve as a role model for other young African American women in corporate America to follow their aspirations and make an impact in their communities."
Married for 46 years and in business with Baranco Automotive Group since 1978.
Mrs. Baranco , an attorney served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. She is also Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baranco Automotive Group co founded by her and husband Gregory.
Gregory Baranco is President of Baranco Automotive Group which operates one of the larges retailers of Mercedes -Benz retailers in America ;Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead . They have received awards in Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction,, Customer Retention and Top Management. Other dealerships operated included General Motors, Acura, and American Honda.
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Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as Chief Administrator for United States Senator, Sam Nunn. Mr. Dortch was the first African-American to serve in this capacity. Some of Mr. Dortch’s other accomplishments include: President of South West Investment Group (SWIG), Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Parking, Chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC, Managing Partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME) to fill a void as an advocacy organization for minority business development, and co-founding the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance as a capacity building and business development organization for the construction and transportation industries.
A former head of The 100 Black Men of Atlanta he still is active on the board and in the Atlanta
SunTrust Bank's Susan Somersille Johnson Named One of the Most Powerful Women in America
James Monroe Show is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of Black America; hear current entrepreneurs, professionals & leaders and be inspired to succeed. It's good news, positive people, and information you can use to live a more productive and prosperous life. Unlike traditional media I am committed to presenting Black People in a positive way that reflects who we really are. Launched new season , just click "Listen to Shows" for radio version. . JMS is "On Demand" . TV version & App will be available too.
Thank you for the support. Blessings, JM and Team JMS
Tyla's Topics: 3 year old Payton Jackson recites "Hey Black Child" by Countee Cullen
Lawrence "POP" Rutherford
Mary H. Parker, author of new book "The Chick In Charge"., CEO of All n 1 Security Services, Inc., former Chairman of The Atlanta Business League and Philanthropist is a business force in Atlanta with a career that expands over 30 years.
Awards and Acknowledgements include:
City of Atlanta Female Business Enterprise Phoenix Trailblazer Award
• Women Flying High Award
• U.S. Department of Commerce Atlanta Regional Entrepreneur of the Year
• 100 Most Influential Black Women of Atlanta
• Atlanta Business League Outstanding Woman of the Year Finalist