Chaymeriyia Moncrief is a tech entrepreneur from Alabama who is the founder and CEO of prepaid wireless carrier, Tesix Wireless Network. She turned down a $4.4M takeover offer, raised over $5M, and ended the 2019 year with a $10M valuation. Now, she is taking on an even bigger technology sector: smartphones and electronics.
As a wireless carrier, it is ideal to sell the most popular and latest smartphones under your brand. Wanting to remain a standout Millennial focus carrier, Chaymeriyia was determined to become the first African American woman to launch her own line of smartphones, and eliminate selling other mobile brands.
With a mission to “create to inspire a forward culture,” Chaymeriyia decided to name the electronic brand NSPRE (Inspire) Electronics featuring smartphones and other electronics.
After nearly two years of planning, the brand’s first phone, the NSPRE NX Pro, is officially in production and has already sold out of its first pre-order batch. The NX Pro’s companion NX Pro Plus, Limited Edition model, is now available as the brand’s 2nd launch with only a limited 300 devices available.
The NX Pro & NX Pro Plus are internationally unlocked, and the company will ship in the U.S., Africa, Canada, and Mexico.
With more consumer electronics in works, NSPRE will announce the release of two more products this fall.
Learn more and pre-order at www.nspreelectronics.com/
It’s no coincidence the juice and smoothie bar industry brings in approximately $2 billion annually. As society starts to become more socially conscious, more and more people are turning towards a natural and plant-based lifestyle. Juicing has become a healthier option to the sugar-based fruit drinks offered in the store. For those looking to juice for the first time, or expand upon their own recipes, there is a new resource available to them. Available today, Juicing 101: The Essential Guide to Good Health and Weight Loss by Harold Leffall offers insight into juicing and living an overall holistic lifestyle.
With more than 42 percent of U.S adults being overweight according to a 2018 CDC study, it’s by no coincidence juicing is catching on as a healthy drink option. In addition, the most recent study from the USDA shows that only one in 10 adults gets enough fruits or vegetables, making juicing an option that’s easier to digest.
“Americans are overweight, stressed, and tired,” says Harold. “As I started doing research the power of juicing for better health became clear to me. I overcame cancer, maintained a healthy body weight, and strengthened my immune system. I wrote this book to encourage those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle, and provide support, recipes, and resources along the way.”
Through Juicing 101, readers will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to build a healthier, more holistic lifestyle.
To learn more about, or purchase, Juicing 101: The Essential Guide to Good Health and Weight Loss, visit www.YouAreEnoughNow.com
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President Glenda Glover says George Floyd’s cry out to his late mother before taking his last breath was a symbolic plea to all women for help. Dr. Glover called on leaders from twelve historic and celebrated African-American organizations to unite and condemn the senseless and unjustified death of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other Black men, women and children by police and vigilantes.
“When George Floyd called out for his mother, he was calling out to all the mothers and women around the world for justice,” says Glover. “We are answering that call as a sisterhood united for reform for the Black community.”
Answering the call to form the coalition was the National Council of Negro Women; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; The Links, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated; Black Women’s Roundtable; Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.; The Girl Friends, Incorporated; Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.; and the National CARES Mentoring Movement. The four sororities and the nine other women’s groups represent more than five (5) million collective voices to exert their collective power in addressing police brutality and systematic racism.
In a recent press conference, the coalition unveiled its #United4Reform Agenda to fight for racial justice and equality, and bring an end to police brutality.
Dr. Glover told the virtual audience of over 79,000 viewers that several of the action items, ranging from police reform, voter engagement and legislation, COVID-19 Relief, and the 2020 Census, are focused on tearing down the walls of systemic racism. (See the complete list of the #United4Reform Action Items below.)
“This is our agenda to America and to the world as African-American women leaders of national organizations. We stand together as united women leaders with our collective memberships, and we invite you to join us, as we fight racism, and fight to save the lives of our Black women, men, and children.”
She adds that AKA, through its own service programs and together with the coalition, is committed to joining the American people and citizens around the world to demand change. The sorority’s International Connection Committee established a social justice agenda earlier on that included three (3) specific areas to bring the might of AKAs collective membership to bear on critical issues impacting the Black community. These areas are Census 2020, AKAs L.E.A.D., and the Poor People’s Campaign March. Additionally, Alpha Kappa Alpha supports the NAACP in its call for sweeping police-reform federal legislation. The coalition’s agenda consists of similar action items.
#United4Reform AGENDA ACTION ITEMS
* Police Reform. Sweeping federal legislation regarding police reform mandating a zero-tolerance approach in prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals during an arrest
* Voter Engagement/ Voter Mobilization/ Voter Education. Double local voter mobilization and participation efforts in the Black community to vote, and elect the candidates who will most effectively advocate for our communities
* Voter Legislation. Demand the Senate debate and vote of H.R.1 (For the People Act) that has passed the House of Representatives and would restore the Voting Rights Act and limit voter suppression
* Census 2020 Participation. Complete the 2020 Census and encourage our families and communities to do the same
* Engagement with Elected Officials. Contact local, state, and federal elected officials regarding any legislation that is harmful to African Americans and that does not provide equal protection under the law
* Participate in the Poor People’s Campaign. Attend the virtual march on June 20, 2020, at 10 a.m.
* COVID-19 Relief. Advocate for the passing of additional legislation that protects essential workers and healthcare professionals. COVID-19 has magnified the racial, ethnic and health disparities in the US
* Domestic Violence Protection. Offer real protections for children and adults contending with family violence, therapeutic services for abuses as well as a precaution
* Mental Health Support. Implement community-based mental-health support services
* Mentoring and the Protection of Our Children. Enhance and implement service programs that provide social, emotional and academic support to help children realize their worth to unleash their potential
* Facilitate Courageous Conversations about Race and Racism. Engage in facilitated courageous conversations about race and racism in our communities
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women dedicated to raising the status of African-Americans, particularly girls and women. For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, please visit www.AKA1908.com.
Two entrepreneurs – Lynda M. Dorman, CEO and Carolyn E. Howell, President of Orange Wall Enterprises – have made history as the first Black women to sign a distribution and licensing deal for autonomous screening stations that recognize the initial symptoms of COVID-19. These stations, produced by Promobot, a Robotics and AI Technology company, are being installed in high traffic areas such as office buildings, prisons, schools, college campuses, healthcare facilities, places of worship, transportation stations, movie theaters, museums, or anywhere people gather.
With COVID-19 infections topping more than 2.2 million in the United States, Black and Brown communities continue to be among the hardest-hit populations in the country. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront the vital need for ongoing temperature monitoring as a first line of defense, in fact, in some states, certain employers are required to conduct routine onsite temperature checks as a permissible screening mechanism.
“We are thrilled to be working with such a respected team of engineers and software developers to expand our company’s capability and assist in reducing the risk of the spread of the virus,” says Lynda. Their company will sell these temperature screening stations under their own brand called Orange ThermoControl(TM) and Orange ThermoControl Plus(TM) powered by Promobot.
“These stations are game-changers and have the ability to impact a lot of people by bringing this safety solution to the masses,” says Carolyn.
Their devices are free-standing and offer a non-contact thermal temperature reader, camera, 21.5″ display, face recognition module, access control system module, advance notification system, built-in speakers for audio assistance, and customizable software integration. The stations provide a fast, convenient, contact-free process for measuring body temperature and allows communication between user and remote operator with privacy in mind. Telepresence mode is an advanced notification system able to integrate with a company’s CRM access control systems and satisfies ADA standards for accessible design.
Even more, Orange ThermoControl(TM) and Orange ThermoControl Plus(TM) powered by Promobot are programmed and assembled in the USA. Installation consists of three quick steps and does not require any prolonged commissioning.
“We see our products as a necessary enhancement to safety protocols to assist with the health and well-being of people everywhere. There is no need to take a chance and risk your staff and employees’ exposure to COVID-19 when we have the solution,” they add.
The pair also are exclusive distributors for innovative rapid antibody test kits that can determine whether or not a person has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus within minutes.
Learn more about their company at OrangeThermoControl.com
Expanding her wealth portfolio through the art of trading stocks is no new task for Cassandra Cummings, founder of The Stocks & Stilettos Society. She began working as a financial professional and investment adviser representative nearly 20 years ago, and she realized many of her clients did not look like her. During her observations, Cummings discovered that many African-American women were leading busy lives, earning advanced degrees, and climbing the corporate ladder; however, African-American women were not actively a part of the investment industry. Cassandra Cummings decided to create a safe space for women ready to learn more about the stock market and the art of investing.
Closing the Wealth Gap for African Americans
Wealth can be defined as the collective value of assets, earnings, retirement benefits, and real estate equity obtained by one person. The wealth gap continues to grow for African American women in relation to their counterparts. In 2007, African-American women had less than $10,000 in wealth while their counterparts recorded over $40,000 in assets. There is a cultural challenge for African American women and girls to decrease their debt, maintain their earnings, and increase their wealth. Participation in the stock market is one way to increase wealth among the African American community. According to a 2014 study by Credit Suisse and Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy, inactivity in stock market trading is among one of the major reasons for lack of wealth for African American women.
The good news is this: the number of African-Americans investing in the stock market is growing. From 57 percent in 1998 to 67 percent, African-Americans with incomes of at least $50,000 have money invested in stocks or stock mutual funds. (Source: Marksjarvis, G. “Blacks participating more in stock investing, study shows,” Chicago Tribune, February 2, 2016)
Black Girls Invest Virtual Summit
On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Cassandra & The Stock & Stilettos Society will host a virtual investment summit to educate, inspire, and empower young Black girls to learn more about the endless possibilities of investing in the stock market. Even during moments of concern, it’s imperative to understand the importance of educating our legacy on wealth-building across various avenues. Black Girls Invest, the virtual summit for young women ages 16-22, will educate and introduce young ladies to personal finance concepts including banking, budgeting, credit management, and stock market investing. Cassandra Cummings truly believes the earlier young women are taught about money, the better their chances are of building and maintaining wealth.
Black Girls Invest will include educational and interactive lessons from various financial professionals and investment experts. Each lesson will be age-appropriate and designed to help young ladies understand the complexity of finances with simple teaching moments.
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About The Stocks & Stilettos Society
The Stocks & Stilettos Society is a community of over 50,000 African-American women investors stepping up their financial game through the power of investing to achieve their financial and wealth-building goals. The Stocks & Stilettos Society is committed to assisting more women with crushing their financial goals and winning at investment success.