Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Facebook to Ad 3,000 Employees to Fight Violence and Harassment. YouTube Should Catch a Clue. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/facebook-ad-3000-employees-fight-violence-harassment-youtube-catch-clue/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/facebook-ad-3000-employees-fight-violence-harassment-youtube-catch-clue/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 22:06:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42530 After a slurry of suicides and murders being broadcast on Facebook LIVE, founder and CEO just announced the company plans to hire 3,000 more employees to screen. In addition to murders and suicides, Facebook will also use the additional staff to flag and remove other things the company doesn’t allow on the platform, such as […]

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After a slurry of suicides and murders being broadcast on Facebook LIVE, founder and CEO just announced the company plans to hire 3,000 more employees to screen.

In addition to murders and suicides, Facebook will also use the additional staff to flag and remove other things the company doesn’t allow on the platform, such as hate speech and child exploitation. Facebook is working on tools to make it easier to report posts so that the team can be alerted to major problems as quickly as possible.

The company plans to work with law enforcement as well. Last week, Zuckerberg said Facebook was alerted that someone in one of its live videos was contemplating committing suicide. “We immediately reached out to law enforcement, and they were able to prevent him from hurting himself,” Zuckerberg said. “In other cases, we weren’t so fortunate.”

In addition to this response, along with his initiative to fight fake news by facilitating REAL journalism, and his tours around the country to meet people of all backgrounds, leads me to think Mr. Zuckerberg is more than just another capitalistic sociopath. Wish I could say the same for YouTube, who have, for nearly a decade, allowed for the most hateful, violent and disgusting content for coins, and only just recently decided to change course when a major boycott lost them $750 million.

What these companies need to realize is that with the advent of social media that’s getting them filthy rich, goes with the social responsibility for not allowing the world’s underbelly to make you money.

YouTube, catch a clue.

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Money Saving Strategies for Moving http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/money-saving-strategies-moving/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/money-saving-strategies-moving/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:32:12 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42225 Americans move for a diverse number of reasons, with many folks moving to be closer to their workplace. Others might wish to be closer to friends and family, or desire the opportunity to live in a warmer climate. Some might even relocate internationally, in a personal quest for new adventures and romance and consider moving […]

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Americans move for a diverse number of reasons, with many folks moving to be closer to their workplace. Others might wish to be closer to friends and family, or desire the opportunity to live in a warmer climate. Some might even relocate internationally, in a personal quest for new adventures and romance and consider moving to New Zealand or another country overseas.

Moving to a new home can be quite expensive, regardless of how far away from the existing residence one’s new dwelling might be. Creating a moving budget and looking out for ways to save on moving expenses can present an additional strain on household finances. The following are just a few of the many strategies folks can use to save money on their next move.

Having Help Can Save Time and Money

When moving a short distance, such as across town, it might be tempting to just load up all of your belongings into your vehicle and transport them to your new abode. While this might be a smart choice if you only have a few items and can move in a single trip, the cost of the gas alone can still become quite expensive if you must make multiple trips to move everything.

Professional Movers Offer a Number of Time and Money Saving Moving
Services

Moving companies such as North American offer a variety of moving services that can be tailored to fit individual needs without blowing an already tight household budget. Professional movers like these have dollies, padding, and packaging available that can make it
easier to pack and load your items, saving individuals the time and hassle of locating these items on their own.

They also have large moving trucks in varying sizes so that everything can be moved to the new location in one single trip. Additional services, such as professional packing and loading of your belongings, as well as moving insurance that protects you should any of your items be lost, damaged or stolen during the move are also available for an additional charge.

Keep in mind that extra services such as moving insurance can come in handy if you have a large number of expensive valuables and collectibles to pack and move, such as high end electronics, wines and works of fine art.

Remember to Factor True Cost When Choosing Moving Companies and Services

When choosing a professional moving company and selecting the moving services that you will use, remember to include the true cost of everything when you compare prices. A good example of this is to include the cost of your time to pack and move everything yourself, versus the company’s charge if they pack load and transport everything for you.

Choose only those services that you need and that will genuinely save time and money and that will help eliminate potential sources of stress and frustration. Sometimes, a service that seems too expensive on the surface might be worth the savings elsewhere, especially if it is a service that provides security and peace of mind.

Simplify and Reduce Possessions to Save on Moving

According to a 2015 Census Bureau Report on the Mover Rate, about 36 million Americans, or 12% of the population, moves each year. Unfortunately, no matter how carefully they pack, or how detailed the moving boxes are labeled, many of these individuals will still be unpacking boxes a year or more after their move!

You can save time, aggravation, and money when you move simply by taking less items with you when you relocate. Use your move as the excuse that you’ve needed to find the motivation to go through all of your possessions and pare down before you pack!

Only pack those items that you truly want, need and cherish, and get rid of the rest! Sell your unwanted and unneeded items that are in good repair, and recoup some of the costs of your move with the proceeds. Donate items in good repair that you don’t want or need, and don’t feel bad about discarding and throwing away items that are broken, stained, and out of date.

The less items, belongings and furnishing that you pack and take with you when you move, the lower your moving expenses will be! It’s also easier to unpack and become settled in your new home when you’ve reduced your belongings before your move!

Get Creative When Looking for Ways to Save Money on Moving

If your budget for moving expenses is genuinely small, you may need to use some creative thinking to find ways to reduce moving costs. For example, you might consider asking local businesses if you can have some of their shipping boxes in which they’ve received their merchandise. Just keep in mind that you will want to avoid reusing boxes in which fresh produce, pesticides or chemicals have been stored.

Another money saving, packing tip to keep in mind is that clothing, such as socks, can be used to wrap glassware. Dishtowels placed between plates and other fragile items can help to cushion them and reduce the amount of bubble wrap and similar packing materials that one might need when moving.

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What I Saw in a Temecula Asian Market Showed Me How Black People Aren’t Winning. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/saw-temecula-asian-market-showed-black-people-arent-winning/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/saw-temecula-asian-market-showed-black-people-arent-winning/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:50:27 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=41264 This past weekend I went to a large Asian-owned grocery store here in town. I hesitate going there most of the time, because, well…the seafood section makes the whole building smell kinda funny. I went there after going to my favorite garden center to get a bag of potatoes for $.88–but not to cook…I bought […]

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This past weekend I went to a large Asian-owned grocery store here in town. I hesitate going there most of the time, because, well…the seafood section makes the whole building smell kinda funny. I went there after going to my favorite garden center to get a bag of potatoes for $.88–but not to cook…I bought them because I thought they would be “old enough” to soon grow eyes that will make sprouts for planting. But while I was in the checout line, I saw three “mini businesses” housed inside the market. One was a real estate concern, another was an anime character shop, and the last was a business selling custom shutters. All of them were owed by people living in the Asian community in my town.

All the checkers were Asian. All the stock people were Asian. And most of the customers were Asian, too. So when I hear all the whining about how black people in America can’t get a break because of the White Supremacy Boogeyman, my eyes nearly roll out of my head.

The thing is, Asians, like African Americans, were a conquered people. Not to compare notes on who was discriminated against more is pure victimology nonsense, so I (and you) shouldn’t go there. Asian people have been pretty unapologetic about AGREEING that white people are “the best,” and they have a thriving skin care industry completely dedicated to skin lightening and whitening, and plastic surgeons have no lack of business from all the demands for blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery). They unapologetically practice oppressive sexism and colorism against their own people.

But even with aaaallllla that, they STILL manage to create thriving businesses and build wealth within their communities. Their women date and marry interracially more than any other minority of women, and they STILL build. Asians are, and continue to be the butt of bigoted “jokes” and they STILL got the highest SATS, highest enrollment in STEM courses, and create entire CITIES WITHIN CITIES that are all focused on catering to Asian people–from banking, markets, clothing, restaurants, cleaners, real estate, beauty–all the essentials for a neighborhoods to keeps it’s people spending money IN the neighborhood. In their own sovereign countries that were previously colonized by Europeans, they are BUILDING skyscrapers, glass bridges, luxury resorts, cutting edge technology, and even nuclear weapons.

The sad thing is, there is really NO STRATEGY that black people as a COLLECTIVE have to thrive in a country built on CAPITALISM. I’ve talked to some folks that think HAVING A BUNCH OF ILLEGITIMATE  BABIES is a viable option to overthrow white supremacy. Are these people serious??! These people actually think it is a black woman’s responsibility to birth black children at ANY cost to be gambits in a fruitless, unproductive war.

So what’s the difference between Asians and African Americans? One CREATES the opportunities while the other BEGS AND PROTESTS for a handout. But that’s not to say there aren’t pockets of brilliance…I see black people creating their own opportunities out of thin air all the time. Shonda Rhimes. Issa Ray. Barak Obama. Michelle Obama. Oprah. Aliko Dangote. And that’s just a few contemporaries. We didn’t even touch on those of the past. But unfortunately, these people have been shooting stars, singular lightening rods, diamonds in the rough. The COLLECTIVE is lacking, and at this point, I don’t know if that can be remedied. Is there some small, yet essential characteristic that the African American collective lacks to the point that we can not rise beyond the role of supplicant?

Am I missing something?

Like… is it the Illuminati?

 

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How Madison Avenue Keeps Stereotypes of Black Women Alive http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/madison-avenue-keeps-stereotypes-black-women-alive/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/madison-avenue-keeps-stereotypes-black-women-alive/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:31:54 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40558 The media is still at work to remind the world that black women are mannish, hyper sexual and repulsive. Does this photo ring a bell? It’s a screen shot from an Allstate Insurance commercial. Now before we go any further, let’s take a look who the demographic is for Allstate insurance services: Ya gotta hand […]

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The media is still at work to remind the world that black women are mannish, hyper sexual and repulsive. Does this photo ring a bell? It’s a screen shot from an Allstate Insurance commercial.

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Now before we go any further, let’s take a look who the demographic is for Allstate insurance services:

Ya gotta hand it to Allstate. The “good hands” company has managed to work its way towards the top of the property/casualty insurance pile. The company is the second-largest personal lines insurer in the US, just behind rival State Farm. Its Allstate Protection segment sells auto, homeowners, and other property/casualty insurance products in Canada and the US. Allstate Financial provides life insurance through subsidiaries including Allstate Life and American Heritage Life. It also provides investment products, targeting affluent and middle-income consumers. Allstate Motor Club provides emergency road service. [SOURCE]

 

Hmmm…affluent and middle income customers by and large will include whites, Asians, and further down, Hispanics, and finally Blacks. Now why is this information important? Well…take a look.

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Images matter, people. The mainstream media is the key vehicle that isolated groups learn how to behave toward outside groups. What is more, the advertisers picked a woman that many groups feel comfortable seeing black women depicted.

So what to do? You could write a nasty letter to Allstate Insurance or start a petition on Change.org, but why? When your dollars speak more loudly than any letter or e-signature. Let your money do the talking, ladies. Patronize the companies that convey positive and feminine images of black women. Black women have tremendous spending power and it’s time we use it.

Carry on.

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The Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Saving and Broaching the Money Subject with a Guy http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/quick-dirty-guide-saving-broaching-money-subject/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/quick-dirty-guide-saving-broaching-money-subject/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:22:49 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=39469 If money is a chief reason for relationship woes, chances are it’s going to be something worth discussing at some point with the person you’re dating. But those conversations can be super awkward. Beyond Black & White talked to Bill Liatsis, CEO and Co-Founder of CreditIQ. Take a look.   When is a good time to […]

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If money is a chief reason for relationship woes, chances are it’s going to be something worth discussing at some point with the person you’re dating. But those conversations can be super awkward. Beyond Black & White talked to Bill Liatsis, CEO and Co-Founder of CreditIQ. Take a look.

 

When is a good time to tell your partner of your credit problems?
Bill: By the time you and your partner go on your first date together you’ll probably know more about each other than your parents did after 4 months of ‘courting’. Dating apps have put our profiles out there for the world to see, and credit will no doubt be a part of them in some form soon enough. Until finances and credit are a part of the dating screening process we need to know when and how to broach the subject with that special someone. Pick a time that feels natural; a work conversation, planning a weekend away, or if someone you guys know is planning a big purchase. Don’t be afraid to bare your financial soul, these days there are many online solutions to both, help you access credit no matter what your situation might be, and to also guide you on how to best improve your current situation. CreditIQ has a network of over 24 lenders waiting to empower consumers across the credit spectrum.

When is it an appropriate time to inquire about how healthy a person’s financial situation is?
Bill: If you’ve been dating awhile, 2 or 3 months and you haven’t gotten a good a idea of your partners financial situation, it’s time to start probing. That’s the stage when the relationship starts to feel more serious and if you’re going to commit you should at least have an idea of where they stand. These days, there are so many online solutions you can literally be headed out to meet friends and on the cab ride over use our platform to check for savings alerts or even close a loan before you arrive. The absolute cutoff I would say is when the conversation about moving in together starts to come up. Then it’s a must to know your partners situation financially.

If you’re single, how much of a percentage should one save, and what percentage can a girl splurge?
Bill: No two people or situations are alike. That said, a good rule of thumb is save at least 10% of what you make. This will obviously vary widely depending on many factors such as, income, location, age, and so on. But everyone should have a plan, that’s the most important thing. There are tons of great resources online to help guide you. Our blog, CreditIQspending-smarter is a great resource for practical tips along with many other trusted sites. And once you saved for the month, by all means girl, SPLURGE with what’s leftover!

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New Ford Commercial with BW/WM Proves Madison Avenue Knows What’s Up! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/new-ford-commercial-with-bwwm-proves-madison-avenue-knows-whats-up/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/new-ford-commercial-with-bwwm-proves-madison-avenue-knows-whats-up/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:50:00 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=39292 This commercial blows just about every stereotype about how black women do go in the water, don’t want to get their hair wet, or do outdoor activities. Me thinks one of the account execs has a black girlfriend. Again, this is not an accident. Advertisers are not in the business of being social justice warriors […]

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This commercial blows just about every stereotype about how black women do go in the water, don’t want to get their hair wet, or do outdoor activities. Me thinks one of the account execs has a black girlfriend.

Again, this is not an accident. Advertisers are not in the business of being social justice warriors or pushers of envelopes. They follow the trends and look at the data. Everything is researched, calculated, and market tested even before we see a single frame.

And all I can say is, Viva the Swirl!

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