PHOENIX — The African-American Barbie dolls were lined up in a neat row, each still in its hot-pink box, never ripped open by a little one’s hands.
The dolls stood there, arms at their sides, all dressed up in tiny, crisp outfits.
They seemed to be waiting there at Mitchell’s, a beauty supply store in Phoenix that stocks hair care and other items catering to people of color.
Now, Melissa Cox, the store’s third-generation owner, has found a potent marketing combination to move the dolls and other merchandise off the shelves and into the hands of customers. She employed a Facebook Live as a high-tech marketing tool and found a receptive group of new customers from a campaign aimed at bolstering African American-owned businesses called Buy Black Phoenix.
On Facebook Live’s streaming video, Cox showed off the dolls, along with a collection of “hats for church on Sunday,” greeting cards with messages geared toward African-American communities and her hair care products.
A friend of a friend had told Cox about the effort launched in August by the Phoenix chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. The women came up with an idea that has taken shape in different forms over the past few years in cities across America.
The premise: The more that African-Americans show their spending power, the more sway they’ll have when it comes to influencing social, political and economic change. It isn’t just happening in Phoenix, but other big cities as well:
•Kansas City. “Blackout Monday” is a movement organized in response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. The day is designated as an event for people to head to a black-owned business and do their part for the “Buy Black Empowerment Initiative.”
•Atlanta. There’s the “Bank Black” campaign. It started with an Instagram post and hashtags (#blackdollarsmatter, #blackeconomics, #IfYoureNotBlackThatsCoolToo) encouraging people to open an account with Citizens Trust Bank, an African American-owned savings institution.
Mike Render, a rapper and activist better known by his stage name Killer Mike, called for the action in February as part of Black History Month. It attracted Georgia residents, who committed to driving miles to patronize the bank, and was backed by star power the likes of Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Solange Knowles.
•Chicago. Perhaps the most famous movement started with one Chicago family. Maggie Anderson wrote about the 360 days she and her family spent in 2009 making good on a promise to consume all their goods and services from black-owned businesses. After releasing her 2012 book, Our Black Year, she traveled the nation promoting the campaign through social media, in TED talks and on speaking tours.
It took longer for the economic campaign to take shape in Phoenix.
Cox says her hometown, the sixth largest city in the nation, is different from other big cities building on African-Americans’ buying power.
“We have a pretty small black community here,” said Cox, who was born and raised in Phoenix and now runs the shop founded by her grandparents in 1958. “But we’re here. We’ve been here.”
Black people make up about 6.5% of the Phoenix population, according to the U.S. census 2010 estimate. Compare that with other large cities like Atlanta where black people account for about 54% of the population, and it could be easy to feel like African-Americans calling for a collective effort in Phoenix are facing a David-Goliath battle.
Donna Williams, a Goodyear, Ariz., attorney and member of the local National Coalition of 100 Black Women, knows it can be tough to unite any community around a single issue, especially a relatively small community that has historically been disenfranchised.
So Williams and her fellow coalition members talked about setting realistic goals. They would ask people to pledge to spend 15% of their disposable income with local black-owned businesses.
“We’re not Atlanta. We’re not LA. We’re not New York,” she said. “So it wouldn’t be reasonable to ask for that 100% level of spending — that would discourage people.”
Williams said the initiatives are rooted in a fatigue over economic, social, educational, income and political disparities in America. It’s not that different from the same sort of fatigue that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement, she said.
“There is kind of this sentiment that, ‘We’ve had enough, we’re going to have to find solutions to what ails our community and we’re going to have to start from within,’ ” she said.
Your stateside relatives can visit often (which may or may not be a good thing) if you adopt this Central American nation—just a three-hour plane ride from Florida—as your new home. With its perfect tropical weather, universal health care and consistently high marks among Latin American countries on the Human Development Index (pdf), Costa Rica has jumped in popularity for American expats overall within the past 10 years. Other pluses: its stable economy, low cost of living, strong middle class and robust diplomatic relations with the U.S. Add to this few reported natural disasters, low rates of violent crime (theft and credit card fraud are traditionally its biggest crime problems), a great mix of urban and rural areas, and the much-raved-about jungle and beach life, and you’ve got a virtual paradise.
This is particularly the case for telecommuting entrepreneurs and English teachers. “I love the vibe and I love speaking Spanish,” reports one Tribe member of the country’s primary language. “The cost of living is low, and I could afford to live in a house on the beach and just chill.”
Trinidad and Tobago
Ghana is unofficially known as Africa for beginners. The capital of Ghana, Accra, is home to many English speakers and expats because it attracts mainly Europeans and Asians who decided to settle in the city. As a black male traveler, you will find Ghana very similar to life in a western nation. They have big shopping malls, cell phones, world class accommodations, cars and everything else you are used to at home. Ghanaian people are very friendly and welcoming towards foreigners/tourists. Best of all, it is very safe to visit alone. There is very little violent crime to worry about
Morocco (If you are light skinned)
Algeria ( If you are light skinned)
An African-American couple currently raising their 2-year-old outside Wellington, the capital city of Australia’s gorgeous southeastern neighbor, reports, “We chose not to raise him in the USA for a myriad of reasons—the safety of our African-American child, the inconsistent quality of education there and other factors. New Zealand was a perfect place for us. The country was rated the fourth safest in the world, the public schools consistently rank in the top 10 in the world, violent crime is low—like, there was one murder in our town in the last eight years. Also, we have not experienced anything significant as far as racism. We feel welcome, supported and like true members of the community.”
Hong Kong (Helps if you are light skinned)
If you’ve ever given serious thought to chucking the deuces to your 9-to-5 and moving abroad to work in high-impact industries like finance or lower-impact industries like teaching (English), you already know we roll deep in the Pearl of the Orient. There are roughly 60,000 Americans living in Hong Kong, an estimated 10,000 of them black, according to an African-American expat who lives and works there. If you’re like most black people and don’t know Cantonese, you’re in luck—English is also an official language. One long-term black expat couple were so smitten by H.K.—and eager to educate curious natives about African-American culture and achievements—that they launchedInternational Black History Month there earlier this year.
India (If you are light skinned)
If you follow tourism trends, you know that Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is literally and figuratively hot right now, especially among people of color. With foreigners making up 71 percent of the city’s population, it’s nice to live somewhere “that is not ruled by white men,” exclaims one black expat. This has a huge impact on how black folks are treated. “You’ll find people of all races here to be quite humble,” she says of the most liberal of the Arab emirates, although American women should still expect to cover up inside the UAE, a majority-Muslim country. Plus, because it is by all accounts a young country, there is an unending list of services, goods and expertise needed there, opening itself up nicely to African-American professionals and entrepreneurs alike.
France attracted black scholars, artists and intellectuals dating all the way back to the early 20th century. Europe provided an escape to the blatant racism and prejudice in America for black people who wanted to pursue their work and live in peace. I visited Paris, France a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time in the city. My only complaints were the high cost of living and the colder weather beginning in September. Europe itself is a rapidly changing population as the countries become more Muslim and ethnic. Black people from America, Africa and South America settle in Europe looking for opportunity, respect and love
Latin American people are a people known for their beauty. Why? What is the secret to Latin American beauty. Latin America is an interesting, region in that it is a very diverse region, in terms of backgrounds and ethnicity. And unlike many different regions of the world, despite their racial and ethnic differences people have intermingled and intermarried due to their similarity in language, culture and religion. Creating a society, where the average person is a mixture of many different races.
It is popular idea or concept that people who are racially mixed, are more physically attractive than people who are not racially mixed, and due to the fact that Latin America has the highest percentage and amount of people who are racially mixed, in fact in some countries you will not many only meet many people who are biracial, but triracial and quadriracial as well. this is why many Latinos, and Latin American nationalities have the reputation of being beautiful. Women from Latin American countries win so many beauty Pagents
Here are the following Nationalities that are considered to be the most beautiful of all Latin American countries