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World Class Villa La Maison Michelle: Black-owned private luxury resort in Barbados

It took six years for African American husband and wife entrepreneurs Michelle and Guy Jenkins to open their luxury resort in the Caribbean. Located on the west coast of Barbados, Villa La Maison Michelle is the only Black American-owned private luxury resort in Barbados.

Villa La Maison Michelle was designed by Michelle herself, and her designs showcase luxury beyond your imagination. The wow factor begins with wrought iron gates leading the way to a luxurious split-level home with panoramic views everywhere you look and an open air design, with spa luxury services supported by a butler, two housekeepers, and a landscaper.

There are open terraces, five-star dining services, a private gym, a spa, and two waterfalls on the grounds. The resort is private, yet easily connected to direct air flight service. It can accommodate special events for up to 500 people. The weather is 85 degrees all year with cool breezes, and the water is clear blue. 

A family legacy

Michelle Jenkins’ father bought the property 50 years ago as a legacy for the family. Michelle and Guy have turned the property into a very desirable resort that was also a good investment for them. It was also a way to establish their financial independence. With hard work, time and patience, the couple has created a very stable business.

  • Situated in Lancaster Ridge, St. James, Barbados
  • Adjacent to the exclusive Royal Westmoreland properties
  • Located on private ridge looking over a 18-hole world-class PGA golf course in Royal Westmoreland
  • Within 5 minutes from world-renowned 5 star Sandy Lane Resort

Ideal for special events: weddings, business conferences, private parties, Yoga/Spa/Golf retreats, etc.

What’s next?

The Jenkins have expressed an interest in expanding business to include more business-related opportunities, such as employee retreats, health and wellness retreats, music recording sessions, and more. They are even looking at a second property in Barbados. There is no doubt that whatever they do will be done with all the luxury shown in their first resort.

For more details about the resort and/or to book a reservation, visit www.lammbarbadosvilla.com

Sources: BlackBusiness.org, LammBarbadosVilla.com
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21 Banks Owned by African Americans

City National Bank of New Jersey

City National Bank of New Jersey

There are 21 African American owned banks with assets totaling approximately $4.7 billion or approximately 0.43 percent of African America’s $1.1 trillion in buying power. In 1994, there were 54 African American owned banks according to the FDIC.

ALAMERICA BANK

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Founded: January 28, 2000
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $35 404 000

BROADWAY FEDERAL BANK FSB

Location: Los Angeles, California
Founded: February 26, 1947
FDIC Region: San Francisco
Assets: $385 055 000

CAPITAL CITY BANK & TRUST COMPANY
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: October 3, 1994
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $294 572 000

CARVER STATE BANK

Location: Savannah, Georgia
Founded: January 1, 1927
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $41 573 000

CITIZENS TRUST BANK

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: June 18, 1921
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $392 286 000

CITY NB OF NEW JERSEY

Location: Newark, New Jersey
Founded: June 11, 1973
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $340 301 000

COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL BANK

Location: Mobile, Alabama
Founded: February 19, 1976
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $63 244 000

COVENANT BANK

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: June 20, 1977
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $59 842 000

FIRST INDEPENDENCE BANK

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Founded: May 14, 1970
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $215 924 000

FIRST STATE BANK

Location: Danville, Virginia

Founded: September 08, 1919
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $38 882 000

FIRST TUSKEGEE BANK

Location:Tuskegee, Alabama
Founded: October 11, 1991
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $63 127 000

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY BANK

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: November 09, 1970
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $84 948 000

ILLINOIS SERVICE FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: January 01, 1934
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $140 148 000

INDUSTRIAL BANK

Location: Washington, DC
Founded: August 18, 1934
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $342 524 000

LIBERTY BANK & TRUST COMPANY

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded: November 16, 1972
FDIC Region: Dallas
Assets: $545 019 000

MECHANICS & FARMERS BANK

Location: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: March 01, 1908
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $304 809 000

NORTH MILWAUKEE STATE BANK

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Founded: February 12, 1971
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $91 490 000

ONEUNITED BANK

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: August 02, 1982
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $590 624 000

SEAWAY BANK & TRUST COMPANY

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: January 02, 1965
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $573 168 000

UNITED BANK OF PHILADELPHIA

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded: March 23, 1992
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $67 930 000

UNITY NB OF HOUSTON

Location: Houston, Texas
Founded: August 01, 1985
FDIC Region: Dallas
Assets: $68 125 000

Source: FDIC

Chicago cop who killed college student and 55 year old woman sues victim’s family for $10 million over ‘emotional trauma’

: Officer Robert Rialmo has filed a $10 million suit over a shooting that left a college student and his unsuspecting neighbor dead.

: Officer Robert Rialmo has filed a $10 million suit over a shooting that left a college student and his unsuspecting neighbor dead.

A Chicago cop who fatally shot a mentally ill college student in December — as well as the teen’s unsuspecting neighbor — is now suing the dead teen’s family for $10 million, claiming the killings gave him “extreme emotional trauma.”

Officer Robert Rialmo filed the staggering suit Friday over his contested killing of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, a Northern Illinois University sophomore. The officer also accidentally killed Bettie Jones, 55, who was standing nearby, according to police.

Rialmo shot LeGrier six times on Dec. 26 after the teen made three calls to 911, making vague but distressed remarks about an “emergency” he said needed a police response. The gunfire erupted after LeGrier rushed at the officer while swinging a baseball bat, according to police, with one shot passing through the teen and striking his neighbor.

Rialmo’s suit says LeGrier “took a full swing” with the bat at Rialmo after the officer arrived at his home, just missing the cop’s head by a few inches. After Rialmo stepped back and LeGrier refused orders to drop the bat, the teen followed the officer outside and took another swing, forcing Rialmo to act in self-defense, the suit says. “()”

The two deaths that resulted from the fatal encounter will “continue to cause…extreme emotional trauma” to the officer, according to the suit, which asks for a “sum in excess of $10,000,000” for damages.

Quintonio LeGrier, Northern Illinois University sophomore

Quintonio LeGrier, Northern Illinois University sophomore

Bettie Jones, 55 year-old neighbor

Bettie Jones, 55 year-old neighbor

Rialmo’s suit contradicts the story given by LeGrier’s family in their wrongful death suit, which said the teen was inside his building and shot by the cop from the outside. The family’s suit also said LeGrier did nothing to threaten Rialmo or anyone else on the scene, and was not involved in any illegal activity at the time.

The suits come months into Chicago’s continuing crisis of police killing black men who are either unarmed or not presenting an immediate threat to officers. In many of the cases, including this one, the officer responsible for the death was white.

Protests over police tactics and alleged coverups led to the ousting of the Chicago’s top cop last year, and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down. The most infamous case — the death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot by a white officer 16 times — led to the city settling with the teen’s family for $5 million.

Rialmo’s attorney accused LeGrier’s family of trying to ride the wave of city actions against cops.

Source:  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS jsilverstein@nydailynews.com

Richard Williams: How to Raise champions!

Celebrating the most powerful father in Black America; Richard Williams is the ultimate example of the parental attitude needed for our children to overcome the tribulation of living in the racial phobic society of America.  His principles are proven time and again by his world champion daughters Serena and Venus; even as Serena wins her 20th Grand Slam in the French Open today (June 6, 2015).  As Father’s Day approaches these videos are a must see if we are ever to move forward with respect as a people in this country!

 

Plan, Protect and Present your children with Pride!

 

 

A Guide to Being Awesome!

 

Kid President book

 

Kid President has a vision for America, one of ferocious positivity. And corn dogs. Robby Novak — now 11 years old — and his older brother-in-law Brad Montague created the character in 2012.

In a series of YouTube videos, Robby appears in a suit and speaks to America from a cardboard Oval Office. He extols the virtues of corn dogs, interprets Robert Frost, and delivers pep talks to America. The videos quickly became an Internet sensation, garnering tens of millions of views.  Now, Robby and his brother-in-law have co-written a book: Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. ”  (Click the book to order)

Learn More about the Awesome Robby Novak, Visit: http://kidpresident.com/