Category : Business

  • TED conference heads to Tanzania

    Posted Jan 18th, 2007 By in Business, Events, Film/Television, General, Travel With | Comments Off on TED conference heads to Tanzania

    One of the most influential annual conferences for technology, entertainment, and design (TED) is touching down in Africa for the first time. Though the main conference will take place in Monterey. California in March as it usually does, the smaller TEDGlobal win be hosted at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, at the edge …

  • New (RED) sneakers in NYC and Hawaii

    Posted Jan 15th, 2007 By in Business, Charity, Fashion, General With | 1 Comment

    It was only a matter of time until the NY streetwear scene contributed to the African charity trend. SlamXHype points to Complex Magazine’s news that one of NYC’s popular streetwear boutiques, Dave’s Quality Meat, has teamed up with Converse for it’s contribution to the Product (RED) campaign. Dave’s Quality Meat (DQM) has designed a limited-edition …

  • Starbucks spotlights child soldiers

    Posted Jan 11th, 2007 By in Books/Magazines, Business, Charity, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Starbucks spotlights child soldiers

    Starbucks is making a second book selection this February. On Feb. 15, Starbucks will be selling “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” by first-time writer and Sierra Leone native Ishmael Beah. Amazon says: “In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now in his mid-twenties, tells how, at the age of twelve, he fled …

  • Apple’s iPhone meaningless to a Masai herdsman

    Posted Jan 10th, 2007 By in Business, Charity, Events, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Apple’s iPhone meaningless to a Masai herdsman

    Yesterday Apple debuted another revolutionary product, the iPhone. It has everything anyone would need in a phone. That is unless you’re one of Kenya’s Masai herdsmen. Psfk pointed me to a great article and short film by Paul Mason on how the mobile phone industry is having an enormous economic and social impact in Africa. …

  • Zimbabwe failing diamond test

    Posted Jan 9th, 2007 By in Business, Film/Television, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Zimbabwe failing diamond test

    On the conflict diamond front, it’s Zimbabwe who has now come under fire for it’s conflict diamond policies. Reports are surfacing that the African country is among a growing number who has not met the standards of the World Diamond Council’s Kimberley Process initiative. It’s funny to see how the council is suddenly cracking down …

  • Oprah leads African girls to success

    Posted Jan 8th, 2007 By in Business, Events, Film/Television, General, Politics, Travel With | 2 Comments

    Over the holidays the media was abuzz when Oprah Winfrey opened her school for girls in South Africa. No stranger to charitable endeavors, this one however struck a nerve with all kinds of people. While many saw the effort as a positive one, others questioned the racial mix of the school and why Oprah chose …

  • African diamond facts according to Russell Simmons

    Posted Dec 6th, 2006 By in Business, Charity, Events, Fashion, General, Music, Politics, Travel With | 2 Comments

    As I mentioned, yesterday I attended Russell Simmons’ press conference to reveal the results of his fact-finding Africa mission. In attendance was Russell Simmons, Dr. Ben Chavis, Kimora Lee Simmons (Russell insisted she’s still his wife), Rev. Run(Run DMC), the Dipset’s “capo” Jim Jones (again I say, WTF does he have to do with diamonds …

  • Video of Russell Simmons’ African diamond trip

    Posted Dec 1st, 2006 By in Business, General, Music, Politics, Travel With | 1 Comment

    Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons touched down in South Africa on Monday without his rumored love interest supermodel Petra Nemcova and immediately released a statement about his fact-finding tour. “I am here because the most important and powerful Muslim minister and the most important and powerful Jewish Rabbi I have met in my lifetime – The …

  • Russell Simmons: Blood diamonds and responsibility

    Posted Nov 17th, 2006 By in Business, Charity, Film/Television, General, Music, Politics, Travel With | 4 Comments

    The past year has been a roller-coaster ride for the African diamonds industry. Ever since word got out that Warner Bros was putting major star power behind its “Blood Diamonds” movie Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly) the topic has developed into something similar to a circus. It’s interesting to see what different groups of …

  • Rwandan coffee makes it’s way to Starbucks

    Posted Aug 8th, 2006 By in Business, General With | Comments Off on Rwandan coffee makes it’s way to Starbucks

    I received my copy of Business 2.0 magazine last week and was pleasantly surprised to see a number of articles referencing doing business in Africa. But these were not just your basic help the Africans by building water sheds articles. The articles were part of the cover article on the Best business ideas in the …

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