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Slavery in 21st Century!

7 Jan


Nicholas D. Kristof’s video account entitled, “The Face of Slavery: Female Trafficking in Cambodia” explores the horrific journey of one girl who sacrificed her right eye in attempt to end her sexual exploitation.

Electric shock has become a common practice in taming both, young women and farm animals. Girls who are forced into slavery are often as young as 6 years old. Their virginity is bargained and they are forced to perform oral sex. Cambodia has become a “Hot Spot” for foreign pedophiles and a safe haven for locals who are empowered by raping little girls.

How can modern day slavery take place in our world without the intervention of the humanity? Sexual trafficking is not just taking place in Cambodia, but in India and Pakistan as well. What message is being sent to the women who live in these areas? Are they less valuable, or are they just not worth fighting for?

We are all human, and concerns with humanity and women’s rights are at the center of the sexual trafficking plight. So, let us not simply dismiss the issue and scroll down to the next entry. Commit to making a difference concerning this issue!

For more information Contact Amnesty International, and see how you and your organization can be of service.

Blacks Get the Boot in Beauty Industry

2 Nov

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”
Madam Walker,
National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912

Madame C.J. Walker is most memorable for her conception of the straightening comb and her prominent role in the black beauty industry during the early 1900’s. From her invention she built a wealthy empire and became a contributing factor to the Harlem community, an African American woman in control of an African American clientele business.

Today, the empire that she seemingly built has been destroyed by the intervention of the Korean wholesaler. With a refusal to sale to African American’s, the African American influence and power over this industry has been virtually eliminated. According to Target Market News, the beauty industry grosses over 100 billion dollars a year.

The BOBSA (Black Owned Beauty Supply Association), an alliance of black beauty supply owner’s, reports that there are currently 9,000 beauty supply stores controlled by Korean wholesalers, while only an estimated 500 of them are black-owned.

In Aron Ranen’s, “The Black Hair Documentary” he suggests that the Korean and U.S. governments work together to prevent the export of hair, to other countries, making Korean-Americans or South Koreans the middle men for all hair sells worldwide.

African American consumers need to be more supportive of black owned beauty supply stores. The problem is not that Koreans are successful in this industry, but that they do not allow African Americans to be successful in it as well.