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Billionaire Robert Smith’s $20M Donation to African-American Museum is Second Only to Oprah’s

Robert Smith [Facebook)
Robert Smith (Facebook)

 

A Black billionaire nearly donated as much money as Oprah Winfrey to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

According to The Washington Post, Robert Smith donated $20 million to the Smithsonian’s new museum dedicated to Black history. His private gift is the second largest behind Winfrey, who gave $21 million.

Smith – chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners – told the newspaper about how the NMAAHC used his contribution.

“We wanted it to be a living, interactive museum where we tell our own stories of ourselves our way,” said Smith, who Forbes reported is worth $2.5 billion.

In order to do that, his funds helped with the digitization of photographs, videos and music of many different African-Americans. They included famous individuals like Martin Luther King Jr. and everyday people.

“This museum says that we African-Americans are at the center of it all,” Smith told the Washington newspaper. “And now there is a creative and elegant building that is not just a temple, but is alive.”

Part of the living space involves a history center named after Smith. The center includes a library, education center and archives to allow visitors to explore their links to Black history.

Additionally, Smith’s hefty sum gave the museum the ability to archive photos from individual families and other establishments like Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

But Smith’s African-American charity did not start with the Smithsonian’s new museum.

His Fund II Foundation gave $3 million to a program at non-profit group NPower Inc. The Baltimore organization recently organized a free technical career seminar for Black veterans and youth.

 

In January, the foundation gave $30 million to Cornell University combined with a $20 million personal donation from Smith. He wanted his fundsto increase the Black and female students enrolled at the university’s engineering school. Of the 5,000 pupils, just 3 percent of the students are Black. Meanwhile, 42 percent are female, according to the school’s dean Lance Collins.

 

Last year, Atlanta Black Star reportedSmith offered to pay for the education of 21 escaped Chibok girls at the American University of Nigeria.

“We’ve got the Black Lives Matter campaign going on [in the U.S.] at the moment, and these girls matter too,” Smith told The Guardian in 2015. “Their lives matter not just because of the events that happened, but just because their lives matter.”

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

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          Hope Dworaczyk, Playboy’s 2010 Playmate of the Year

 

 

Of course!

 

There is not way that they were going to allow Black people to inherit that much money.

 

If  as  appears (his kinda choice), that shows how deep it goes, how far it stretches. All that historical knowledge and it  does not reach into how life is lived. Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big.

DennisKalita posted:
sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

posted for no reason...

 

          Hope Dworaczyk, Playboy’s 2010 Playmate of the Year

 

 

Of course!

 

There is not way that they were going to allow Black people to inherit that much money.

 

If  as  appears (his kinda choice), that shows how deep it goes, how far it stretches. All that historical knowledge and it  does not reach into how life is lived. Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big.

You might have to elaborate a little more on that statement; it may have just went above my head.

Nonetheless, it is a good and gracious and wonderful thing he's did, which goes to show, as I've said before, that a Black person dating or being married to a member of another race should not, and often does not, preclude them from knowing, understanding, and fighting with his/her people in the 'Struggle' or from supporting those who are, or from contributing/i.e., 'giving back' to the benefit of their own people.

 

sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

posted for no reason...

 

          Hope Dworaczyk, Playboy’s 2010 Playmate of the Year

 

 

Of course!

 

There is not way that they were going to allow Black people to inherit that much money.

 

If  as  appears (his kinda choice), that shows how deep it goes, how far it stretches. All that historical knowledge and it  does not reach into how life is lived. Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big.

You might have to elaborate a little more on that statement; it may have just went above my head.

Nonetheless, it is a good and gracious and wonderful thing he's did, which goes to show, as I've said before, that a Black person dating or being married to a member of another race should not, and often does not, preclude them from knowing, understanding, and fighting with his/her people in the 'Struggle' or from supporting those who are, or from contributing/i.e., 'giving back' to the benefit of their own people.

 

Get ready. I’m in danger of making sense. Being married to another race doesn’t mean you’re not all in and giving back to your own. Fully agree.

You can also know some things but notlive them. Knowing comes first. A man can know that his relations with women have been conditioned by 300+ years of terrorism. Same time, if his choices are based on 300+ years of wiring, he may not be able to break out and live it. It’s hard to live what you know, to translate it into action.

Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big. Dealing with our space, our world, our relationships, whatever, it’s an everyday every life struggle.

 

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DennisKalita posted:
sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

posted for no reason...

 

          Hope Dworaczyk, Playboy’s 2010 Playmate of the Year

 

 

Of course!

 

There is not way that they were going to allow Black people to inherit that much money.

 

If  as  appears (his kinda choice), that shows how deep it goes, how far it stretches. All that historical knowledge and it  does not reach into how life is lived. Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big.

You might have to elaborate a little more on that statement; it may have just went above my head.

Nonetheless, it is a good and gracious and wonderful thing he's did, which goes to show, as I've said before, that a Black person dating or being married to a member of another race should not, and often does not, preclude them from knowing, understanding, and fighting with his/her people in the 'Struggle' or from supporting those who are, or from contributing/i.e., 'giving back' to the benefit of their own people.

 

Get ready. I’m in danger of making sense. Being married to another race doesn’t mean you’re not all in and giving back to your own. Fully agree.

You can also know some things but notlive them. Knowing comes first. A man can know that his relations with women have been conditioned by 300+ years of terrorism. Same time, if his choices are based on 300+ years of wiring, he may not be able to break out and live it. It’s hard to live what you know, to translate it into action.

Healing to the point of changing our lives. That's real. That's big. Dealing with our space, our world, our relationships, whatever, it’s an everyday every life struggle.

 

Got it.

And, yeah, "Stockholm Syndrome" is hard to shake without "professional" help.

Not that I'm saying all Black people that marry out of their race are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, [or defacto thereof] because I know that is not the case, however, I also know that it actually IS the case for many of them.

But, hey, if you possess PROPAGANDA INDUCED beliefs that beckon you to fall in love with a PROPAGANDA INDUCED 'image',  to each his [or her] own.  

Daymond John’s going to pass his millions to a white woman, sisters have something to say

While most of us are happy for anyone who finds love, there are some who are concerned about the vast numbers of successful black men who choose to pass their wealth and fortunes onto white women. For example, Robert Smith, the billionaire financier, raised some eyebrows when he married a Playboy model that was 22 years younger than he was.

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Do you think that people are overreacting on this issue, or is there is a real concern that successful black men are persuaded to overlook black women?  At the very least, there should be a conversation, especially with the loaded nature of interracial relationships.  There was a time when black men were murdered for even looking at white women, so it is difficult to talk about current events without considering historical context.

In this video, Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses and Shaquita Graham from MarriedWomensBiz.comdiscuss the Daymond John pending wedding and put it into the context of how sisters are tempted to feel when rich black men pass them all over in favor of a white woman. The conversation is interesting, especially since there aren’t many mainstream media outlets that will allow 30-something year old black women to honestly address how they feel when brothers appear to be passing them over.

Please take a look.

 

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