Doris Proctor remembers her fear 33 years ago as she sat behind her 17-year-old son, Terrance, as he was sentenced for participating in several armed robberies. Bernice Stewart, her mother and Terrance’s grandmother, sat with her. â€œI just kept praying,” said Doris Proctor, 68, of Grand Prairie, Texas. “My mother was praying. We were hoping that the judge would have mercy.”

When Monica Cooper walked into a smoke-filled room, it changed her life. She was a New York promotional model in 1998, when she worked an obscure event that she hardly remembers — except that men there smoked cigars. That occasion welcomed her into a culture in which few black women had ventured. It also inspired Cooper to launch a niche organization last year that meshes black women with cigars.

Donald Trump delivered a compelling speech in Milwaukee just days after the unrest in Sherman Park, Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Trump attacked, head on, the many social problems afflicting inner cities across America. Although the location for his event was made weeks prior to the riot in Sherman Park, Mr. Trump still kept his commitment and showed up in Milwaukee.

Business runs through Dionne Mahaffey’s veins. Her father was an entrepreneur as she grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. So, it was almost inevitable that Mahaffey, a business psychologist and self-described “techie,” would develop WhereU. It’s in her DNA. Mahaffey’s app works as a search engine and GPS-driven directory. Its “near me” function helps users find black-owned businesses in dozens of U.S. cities. Consumers can search among 17 categories of African-American-owned companies, including business services, arts and entertainment, health care, real estate and automotive.

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