A Private Island in Belize To Call Your Own

It’s Kanu Private Island, an all-inclusive, 2.5-mile stretch of coral-based atoll surrounded by nothing but turquoise ocean, insane diving and the intermittent whale shark. It’s just a 15-minute boat trip from Placencia, Belize, and is now booking you and your parties of ten.

In retrospect, Robinson Crusoe really did an injustice to this whole having-an-entire-island-to-yourself thing. He didn’t have five beautiful villas with outdoor showers and spa bathrooms. Or a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar. Or a personal boat captain, on-call-concierge, three meals a day and four daily massages. Not to mention his utter lack of Wi-Fi.

You will do things very differently here. Maybe wake up. Maybe not. Stumble onto the beach. Consider sitting there staring at the sea or taking a kayak or paddle board out to a neighboring island.

Then you’ll have the chef prepare everybody breakfast. Or split up and get those massages. Later, you’ll organize a boat or diving adventure.

As the sun goes down, you‘ll throw a massive beach bacchanal around the palapa that has a freshwater swimming pool, communal kitchen and bar.

But again, just sitting there staring at the sea also works.

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DangerMan: A Real Life Urban Superhero Making a Difference in Communities

We recently had a chance to talk to Roger Tinsley aka DangerMan, the Real Life Urban Superhero about his work and the upcoming DangerMan Hero Awards.

DangerMan, aka: Roger Tinsley is the Real Life Urban Superhero and President/CEO of the DangerMan Education Foundation Inc. (a 501 c3). The DangerMan Superhero Brand celebrates its 21st Year Legacy of Empowering Communities across American and the World.

Yes, for 21 years DangerMan has tirelessly promoted Literacy, Safety and Good Health for the Children in urban and underserved communities across America. DangerMan empowers children to live their best life through education and by living a healthy lifestyle.  He delivers a powerful message of; NO gangs, NO guns, NO drugs, NO alcohol or tobacco, and NO bullying.

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In addition, The DangerMan Entertainment Co. has created an internet crime series called the DangerMan Chronicles, which can now be found on DangerMan’s YouTube Channel. The DangerMan Superhero Brand is a Symbol for Justice not for some, but for all Americans.

SPMG Media: What inspired you to create the DangerMan character?

DangerMan:  I created the DangerMan in 1998 because of the death of a four-year-old girl who was shot dead while riding in the car with her parents. This four-year-old was in a new blue dress headed out to a Birthday party. The little girl killed instantly, will never know she didn’t make it, never know how good the cake and ice cream was, never know that the present she got for her cousin was the hit of the party. When I saw this story on the news that morning it broke my heart, and I knew I had to do something because it appeared to me that we weren’t doing enough to keep our kids safe and out of danger. It took several months and I figured it out. Since we were the greatest country in the world we need to do better. So I became a real-life Superhero to make a difference and save lives.

SPMG Media:  You have leveraged the DangerMan character into a thriving entertainment company and nonprofit organization.  Tell us about this.

DangerMan: The DangerMan Group of Companies is comprised of several companies. DangerMan Entertainment LLC which handles our films and music. The non-profit DangerMan Education Foundation Inc. includes our education properties DangerMan Books Not Bullets National School Tour, DangerMan Hero Awards Show, DangerMan Cares our Global Initiative to help children.

What helps me to grow DangerMan into a well-recognized Brand is that I became the Brand and would go places and do things dressed as DangerMan to places you normally expect to see a Superhero. DangerMan does things that are very special because DangerMan Cares deeply about America and its children, their parents and friends and the very soul of America. With the creation of a new live-action crime drama for TV the DangerMan Chronicles is hedging its way to the nation line-up on a network. There are two episodes completed DangerMan’s Girls Aren’t for Sale and DangerMan Returns.

SPMG Media:  That’s an incredible lineup! You have years of security experience. How did you make the transition from security expert to the DangerMan character?

DangerMan: I had 16 years in private security as a CEO and a private investigator. I also testified as a security expert in several murder cases. Additionally, I worked security for several celebrities. My company employed 300 men and women. During the same time, I had a woman shoe store and a Chauffeured Limo service.

Living in Denver I felt there was something else God had in the plan for me, so in 1996 I left the freezing cold and moved to sunny Los Angeles to become an actor and comedian. It would be two years later I find my life’s calling as the Urban Superhero DangerMan.

Most people don’t realize that the DangerMan Superhero Brand is the only Superhero Brand owned by an African American, the rest of the Superheroes are owned by Marvel, the WB, Disney, Sony, Fox etc. we are proud of that.

 

DangerMan Hero Award Show & Concert

Saturday, December 7, 2019

California African American Museum
Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA

TICKETS

SPMG Media: Impressive! Tell us about the upcoming DangerMan Hero Award Show and Concert.

DangerMan: I created the DangerMan Hero Awards Show and Concert in 1996 to honor and celebrate the heroes in our community who Help Make California Better! The ordinary everyday men, women and children who help make life better for others. I think it’s a great calling to help others. We usually have ten DangerMan Heroes and one is voted to become the DangerMan Hero of the Year.

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This year the 2019 DangerMan Hero of the Year is Rep, Elijah Cummings, one of my heroes. I am inspired by his work to help poor people and help those who seek justice. That is what DangerMan is all about.

SPMG Media: How can our readers get tickets for this event?

DangerMan: You can contact us on any social media platform from Linkedin to Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Youtube and 40 more sites. Call 24/7 (818)752-3952 or email @ urban.superhero@gmail.com

The 2019 DangerMan Hero Awards this year for the first time will have a concert along with the show for our guests. www.youtube.com/urbansuperhero.

Visit our website to buy tickets – www.dangermanheroawards.com
Or www.thedangerman.com

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Official Statement From Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Regarding The Comcast / Byron Allen U.S. Supreme Court Case

My name and my network, REVOLT, have been mentioned recently by Comcast in reference to the Comcast/Byron Allen US Supreme Court case as an example of Comcast’s inclusive practices with respect to African American owned cable networks. While it is true that we are in business with Comcast, it is not accurate to use my name or my network as an example of inclusion. I do not want my name to be used inaccurately so I must speak my truth. I also want to make clear that this case is now about much more than cable distribution. It’s about the civil rights of millions of African Americans and other minorities.

First, it’s important that people really understand what’s at stake. In its efforts to get the lawsuit filed by Byron Allen dismissed, Comcast has taken a legal approach that could weaken fundamental civil rights protections. I have a problem with this. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 section 1981 was designed to ensure Black people are able to do business in this country and not be denied because of race. Comcast is arguing that this law only applies if racial discrimination is the only factor that leads to a refusal to do business, which would be extremely hard to prove. If they are successful, it will become much harder for any victim of discrimination to seek justice in court. By taking this stance in the Supreme Court, Comcast has put its legal tactics ahead of the rights of millions of Americans to be heard. This is not OK.

Above anything else, my goal has always been to achieve true economic inclusion for Black people. How can Comcast suggest that it champions diversity and inclusion if it attacks the laws that provide the foundation for economic inclusion? What good are any of their efforts if they are fighting to make it harder for victims of discrimination to be heard in court? Comcast has made this about much more than Byron Allen, and now the civil rights of my children and my community are at stake. To be clear, anything that makes it harder to fight against discrimination is wrong. Comcast is choosing to be on the wrong side of history.

On REVOLT, I can only share the truth of my experience. Starting an independent cable network is incredibly difficult and capital intensive. The start we received from Comcast, which was a condition of the United States government approval for Comcast to acquire NBCUniversal, was important, but it is not the level of support needed to build a successful African American owned network. Not even close. Since that launch our relationship has not grown, and REVOLT is still not carried by Comcast in the most affordable packages nor is REVOLT available in all of the markets that would enable us to serve our target audience. Comcast spends billions of dollars on content networks every year, but just a few million go to African American owned networks like REVOLT. That is unacceptable.

Supporting diversity and economic inclusion requires a real partnership. The only way Black owned networks grow and thrive is with meaningful and consistent economic support. Otherwise they are set up to fail. REVOLT has never been in a position to truly compete on a fair playing field because it has not received the economic and distribution support necessary for real economic inclusion. Our relationship with Comcast is the illusion of economic inclusion.

Rather than using this case to diminish the civil rights protections of millions of Americans, Comcast should use this as an opportunity to listen to a community it relies on and, above all, do better.

SOURCE Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

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Thasunda Brown Duckett Joins NIKE, Inc. Board of Directors

NIKE, Inc announced this week that Thasunda Brown Duckett has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.
 
Duckett, 46, is CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), where she oversees a banking network with more than $800 billion in deposits and investments and 50,000 employees. She was previously CEO of Chase Auto Finance, a leading bank provider of auto financing with a portfolio of more than $80 billion in assets and relationships. Building on her passion for financial inclusion and empowerment, Duckett is responsible for the bank’s development of new tools and products to build financial health and wealth for all consumers.
 
“Thasunda’s expertise in leading digital and physical transformation in retail banking will be invaluable in helping Nike further deepen consumer relationships,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “She is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader, and we are delighted that she has joined the board.”
 
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. and holding executive roles of increasing responsibilities in Chase Home Lending, Duckett was a Director of Emerging Markets at Fannie Mae.
 
Duckett is executive sponsor of JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways program which is directed toward helping black Americans achieve economic success through wealth, education and careers. She is widely recognized as a leader in the financial industry; she was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful “Women to Watch” and one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine.
 
A graduate of the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing, Duckett holds an MBA from Baylor University.
 
About NIKE, Inc.
 
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike’s earnings releases and other financial information are available at http://investors.nike.com. Individuals can also visit http://news.nike.com/ and follow @Nike. #SPMGMedia

PROMINENT BLACK LEADERS PART OF NEW $10 MILLION FUND TO MAKE LOANS TO BLACK BUSINESSES

Black small business owners starting or expanding a business can now perhaps get some fresh capital from the African American Chamber Fund (AACF). The new fund, a program led by Jersey City, New Jersey-based World Business Lenders, will initially offer up to $10 million in loans to black businesses.
Borrowers must seek financing through a U.S. based African American Chamber of Commerce office, a move to help ensure loans are made in black business communities.
World Business Lenders (WBL) has compiled an elite list of “Board of Managers” for the AACF. The list consists of high-profile individuals with political, business, spiritual, and athletic backgrounds who will reach out to local chambers to affiliate with.
Also known as advisory board members, they include U.S. Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY), Washington, D.C. Archbishop David J. Billings III, World Business Lenders CEO/Founder Doug Nadius, as well as Bob Beamon and Jackie Joyner Kersee, both Olympic gold medalists. Derrick Chambers, program manager of AACF/WBL, is a former NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Organizers report there are currently 2.6 million black-owned businesses in the United States, employing 975,000 workers across the nation and generating $150 billion in annual receipts.
“Clearly, African American entrepreneurs are a driving force in our nation’s economy but, like all minority groups, they have more difficulty getting access to capital,” Bishop Billings, Fund Vice Chairman stated publicly earlier this year. “Our goal is to ensure that the opportunity to thrive is available to every single one of these entrepreneurs who want to create more economic growth for our communities.”

 

An alternative lender, WBL allows borrowers to use real estate as collateral to get short-term business loans. Its AACF unit can make unsecured loans based on the guidance and insight borrowers receive from a local chamber. The bottom line is borrowers can pursue loans they might not from traditional lenders like banks.

 

Currently, the AACF has launched the program with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in New York, and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brooklyn, New York.

 

The AACF is in talks with other black chambers nationally, including the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and the Mississippi Black Chamber of Commerce in Jackson to affiliate with the fund, Chambers says. He added the AAFC will also determine whether to make loans to black businesses at a local chamber outside of their business location.

 

AACF borrowers can seek loans ranging from $25,000 to $2 million. Chambers figures the average size of a typical loan will be from $25,000 to $100,000. He added the criteria to receive a loan will be based on an interview about the applicant’s financial background, why they need the loan, and other factors. Loan participants can use the money for business purposes, including buying equipment, inventory, as well as cash flow for payroll.

Coca-Cola unveils new sparkling water brand with a jolt of caffeine

  • Coca-Cola will launch a sparkling water brand called AHA in early 2020.
  • American consumption of soda is falling as consumers turn to healthier alternatives, like sparkling water or seltzer.
  • PepsiCo expects that its flavored sparkling water brand Bubly will become one of its next billion-dollar brands.

Coca-Cola on Thursday unveiled a new sparkling water line, its first new brand in more than a decade.

The beverage giant will launch AHA in early 2020.

The announcement comes as American consumption of soda continues to fall, forcing Coke and its rival PepsiCo to invest more in marketing of their legacy soda brands and think of healthier alternatives.

Flavored sparkling water or seltzer has become a popular alternative for consumers. LaCroix, which is owned by National Beverage, was once the leader in the category. But it is now losing market share as upstarts like Spindrift and more established companies enter the arena. Pepsi, for example, expects that its Bubly brand, launched in 2018, will become one of its next billion-dollar brands.

Coke is trying to position the new brand as different from the competition. Two of AHA’s eight flavors, Citrus + Green Tea and Black Cherry + Coffee, will contain added caffeine. But not too different: AHA will be sold in cans, not bottles.

AHA is not Coke’s first entrance into sparkling water. The Atlanta-based company launched Dasani’s line of sparkling water in 2014, which will be replaced by AHA in retail stores. In 2015, Coke also launched a sparkling version of Smartwater. Coke will also introduce flavors to its nonsparkling Smartwater drinks in 2020. In 2017, it acquired Topo Chico, a sparkling mineral water brand with a cult following in Mexico and Texas.

In 2018, retail sales of Coke’s North American sparkling water drinks jumped 27%, according to Nielsen. But the company’s net revenue declined 10% to $31.9 billion that year.

Coca-Cola shares, which have a market value of $226.2 billion, have gained more than 11% since the start of the year, while Pepsi’s stock, valued at nearly $188 billion, rose nearly 22% over the same period. Shares of LaCroix’s parent, which has a market value of $2.1 billion, are down 37% year to date.

SOURCE: CNBC

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