Friday, March 14, 2014

Middle class Africa: meet the new African consumer By Sulaiman Philip

Steve Forbes at the launch of new African TV channel
Editor's Note: HGP extends the invitation to come meet Africa all over again. We implore you to not rely on the misguided and short-sighted reporting in Western media.

The United States of Africa is the 10th largest economy in the world. It is ahead of China and India, countries with populations to match Africa's just over a billion people. Its booming consumer market is worth almost a trillion dollars a year but international companies struggle to tap into it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Carson's long fall from grace.

Uncle Ben?
Dr. Benjamin Carson's story from poverty, single parent home (his mother was illiterate) and juvenile delinquency to becoming a world renown Johns Hopkins pediatric neuro-surgeon is a remarkable story. 

In fact, as an elementary school teacher, I used his story -- Gifted Hands -- to motivate my students. And, to be absolutely upfront, despite Dr. Carson's recent controversies, I would still steer my students to his story.

But I would abruptly stop using him (as a prominent role model) right after his rags to riches tale.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Russell Simmons Presents: "Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple"

Uncle Rush, godfather of hip-hop and hip hop's most famous vegan, has just published a book called Success Through Stillness. The book is about spiritual, mental and physical benefits of meditation:

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no "bad" way to meditate, only different forms for different people.