Harry C. Alford



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Beyond the Rhetoric: Providing Match Makers Throughout the Black Diaspora – Way Cool!

During the mid-1990’s we began sponsoring exploratory or fact-finding trips to nations in the Caribbean and West Africa. Then we expanded to East Africa and South America, i.e. Brazil. After getting comfortable and understanding the “Export/Import” challenges, we dared to start doing formal Trade Missions. During Thanksgiving week in the year 2000, we took 84 Black owned businesses to Rio de Janeiro for an aggressive Match Making event.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Kamala Harris Announces Her 2020 Campaign

Kamala Harris is wasting no time with her political career. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 and has already set her immediate target – the presidency of the United States. On January 26, she formally announced her campaign. The setting was in Oakland, California where she was born in 1964.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Blacks Need to Challenge the Shutdown

When America gets a “cold” Blacks will come down with “pneumonia”. That is why we are going to suffer from the current federal shutdown more than any other segment of the United States population. Yet, Blacks in general look at this calamity like it isn’t any of our business. Our people, we better wake-up i.e. SNAP OUT OF IT! While our elected officials on Capitol Hill are playing games like it is fun, millions of families – particularly Black families are heading to financial disaster. A disproportionate number of federal employees are Black. A major portion of Blacks doing government business is the sector doing federal contracting and subcontracting. They are in the way of this “Economic Freight Train”.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: We did not Die, We Multiplied

It is without question. Blacks, as a race of people, are the most resilient human beings walking on God’s earth. Starting in the 1500’s, Europeans began the greatest holocaust known to history. The enslavement of Africans would last for over 350 years. A good portion of the captives died within weeks during the passage across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Trump’s Africa Power Initiative – Part 3 (final)

China has strong ambitions regarding the continent of Africa. It wants it as a type of “Bread Basket” to provide food for its 1 billion+ citizens. They are stealing the precious minerals that God has blessed our Motherland with. The aggression seems to be growing exponentially. Recently, China established a naval base and an army outpost in the eastern nation of Djibouti. These are strategically located at the mouth of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Trump’s Africa Power Initiative – Part 2

The Trump Administration is wisely addressing the dismal situation in Africa. To let China come in and economically exploit this continent would directly be a national security problem for the rest of the world – especially the United States. Chinese exploitation is alive and real in every one of the 54 nations within the continent. Allow us to give you a few examples that we experienced from our journeys to the Motherland.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Trump’s Power Africa Initiative – Part I

Finally, we have a White House that has decided to call out China for the sleezy things it does while doing business in Africa. To the Chinese government the African Continent is a big, whore to be abused and pimped at every opportunity. You can travel to any nation within Africa and there will be one thing that is constant. China trading interests and influence is there at every airport, many construction projects, railways, dams and various other infrastructure projects. There practices are plain and simple: “Rape, hustle, steal, swindle, corrupt at every opportunity that is presented.” Theirs is to take from Africa – not improve or advance it. If challenged – sling cash, be arrogant and keep on trucking. No one is going to stop them.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Trump’s Power Africa Initiative – Part I

Finally, we have a White House that has decided to call out China for the sleezy things it does while doing business in Africa. To the Chinese government the African Continent is a big, whore to be abused and pimped at every opportunity.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: From a Digital Desert to an Entrepreneurial Hub

The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has launched a prototype project that, if successful, will transform minority, low-income and rural communities from forgotten places into entrepreneurial hubs of economic innovation. Our goal is to create communities with access to 5G technology, integrated into low-income housing, job training and access to telemedicine and social services. It will all be done with private sector resources.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Minority Business Programs – How Much is Fake?

Since I was in high school my conscience was about bettering the lives of fellow African Americans. As a teenager I would work at housing construction sites. Spotting drywall and clean up were my niche. At the same time, I would recruit my friends and relatives. Most of the guys would lay around during the summer but I convinced them to make that extra change. Construction bosses loved it because they would pay us less than normal wages even though we could do the work equally as well as grown men. In retrospect, I would wonder how many husbands and fathers we were keeping from making income. That part I regret. We were cheating or as they say now “fronting”.

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