Black-Owned Businesses in Sierra Vista, Arizona

May 18, 2024 — Jt Spratley

Sierra Vista is a small city in Cochise County, Arizona (AZ), less than an hour north from the Mexico border. Its best known as the city immediately east from the home of Army intelligence, Fort Huachuca. Sierra Vista, AZ, has the essentials but is isolated from other cities. Tucson is approximately 90 minutes north-west while Phoenix is another two hours further. The Black American presence is nearly nonexistent. However, there are some niche rally-points worth checking out for any pro-Black residents, travelers, and Army Advanced Initial Training (AIT) soldiers.

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How to Support the BIG3 Basketball League

May 12, 2024 — Jt Spratley

The BIG3 basketball league, under the leadership of CEO Ice Cube, is a fresh change from the flops, senseless foul calls, and rumors of scripted wins in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league. The 3-on-3 basketball league, with their "FIREBALL3" rule set, is fast-paced, and they play defense. For those serious about supporting the first modern Black-owned sports league in the USA, here are some ideas on how to do it.

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2 Memorable Black-Owned Businesses in Memphis, Tennessee

April 26, 2024 — Jt Spratley

Before visiting Memphis, Tennessee (TN), the first thing that came to mind when I thought of the city was the 2005 Hustle & Flow movie. Now, there are two Black-owned businesses in Memphis that come to mind.

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When is National Black-Owned Business Month? Every Month

April 25, 2024 — Jt Spratley

August is National Black Owned Business Month. Regardless, we (Black Americans) should "observe" Black-owned business month every month by supporting them every chance we get. We shouldn't wait until Black history month in February and African-American Music Appreciation Month in June, to learn and share Black history.

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Is it Enough to Be Pro-Reparations for Black Americans?

December 21, 2023 — Jt Spratley

I remember going pro-Black during the peak of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and starting to support Black-owned businesses like D'IYANU. Then I started learning about the reparations for Black Americans movement. Today, many, which definitely is synonymous with "not all," Blacks are joining pro-Black and reparationist spaces to hear about reparations initiatives. It is a good incentive for African Americans new to efforts centered around rebuilding Black communities. That should only be a starting point.

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Boycott Stuff Made Using Prison Labor, Support Black-Owned

December 02, 2023 — Jt Spratley

Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI), Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE), and UNICOR (most notably) are just a few of the companies which specialize in providing prisoner-made products, at least according to reports by University of California, Berkeley, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Prison Inside. It may not sound important if you're apolitical, but we Black Americans should care more about how the brands we support spend and make money.

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Why I Stopped Endorsing the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

October 24, 2023 — Jt Spratley

For years I recommended US military veterans seeking free entrepreneurship training or certification testing to check out Onward to Opportunity (O2O) by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). I'm Syracuse University (SU) alum. IVMF is on SU campus. It's a rarely discussed benefit that can help vets of all ages. Then I attended an entrepreneurship program.

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Black-Owned Supplement Businesses

August 27, 2023 — Jt Spratley

I rarely write about supplements. My best posts regarding the topic are about weight management and overcoming fitness plateaus, and years old. These Black-owned supplement businesses can help you build muscle, reach a healthier weight, and improve general health.

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Selling Black-Owned Businesses to White-Owned Corporations

August 14, 2023 — Jt Spratley

I'll make this short. I hope that black business owners selling their companies to larger, white-owned corporations does not become a trend. I believe that we need to keep that money in our communities. However, I do understand that many founders sell their business to a larger company to make change elsewhere.

If a Black-owned business is sold outside of the Black community, I prefer that it be publicly announced, unlike Greenwood bank allegedly did. Remove the business from any Black chamber of commerce listings. Remove "Black-owned" from all parts of the brand's online presence. And I'll find a new Black-owned business to support.

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