The Fly Or Die Commerce Report: Starbucks Closes Its Online Store

Written By: Elsie Law - Oct• 10•17

In a shocking move in this digital age, Starbucks has decided to shut down its online store. This online shut down has also come at a time, when, according to Forbes, Starbucks has also announced that it will be closing “all 379 of its stand-alone Teavana stores.”

According to the New York Times, Starbucks’ decision to nix its online store was made in order to allow the company to “focus on [the] in-person experience.”

According to Business Insider, the coffee behemoth’s representatives have described the closure as an opportunity to build “commercial partnerships with digital companies,” that will enable them to create a “global retail footprint.”

Starbucks seems to be playing coy with their motives. Being that this company is such a trendsetter in retail, it will be interesting to see how this development evolves.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Oct• 10•17

“The problem is not the statistical lack; the problem is that people are squandering their time and resources on the wrong thing.” -Jim Collins

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Black Love: Benjamin Banneker And Anola

Written By: Elsie Law - Oct• 02•17

Benjamin Banneker“At age twenty-eight, [Benjamin Banneker] the young clockmaker fell in love with Anola, a beautiful slave on a nearby plantation. He could marry her legally only if she were free, but her master refused to sell her to Banneker, saying, ‘I will never sell her to a Negro!’ Banneker devised an elaborate plan to steal her. He booked passage for them both on a ship to England, but his plan failed and almost cost him his life. A short time later, Anola, brokenhearted, drowned herself. Banneker vowed to keep her memory alive, and he never married.” -From, “African American Inventors” By: Otha Richard Sullivan

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Oct• 02•17

“You talk about slavery, it never begun until after we was supposed to be free.” -Dave Byrd (From, “Tomlinson Hill- The Remarkable Story Of Two Families Who Share The Tomlinson Name- One White, One Black”)

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The Fly Or Die Commerce Report: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 26•17

This past August, an almost $14 billion deal was completed, allowing for Amazon to purchase Whole Foods. Amazon’s ownership of the grocery conglomerate has been marked by new policies that the new owners have implemented.

According to Business Insider, the day Amazon completed the aforementioned purchase, prices at Whole Foods immediately dropped. In addition to this, Amazon Prime members will be able to get special discounts at Whole Foods. Whole Foods has replaced their previous discount program with Amazon Prime. In a reciprocal action, Whole Foods’ products can be purchased on Amazon’s website via an Amazon Fresh membership.

Amazon also plans to expand Whole Foods’ work force by hiring more employees. In addition to this, select Whole Foods locations will sell Amazon products, such as the Amazon voice-controlled speaker; and will be equipped with Amazon Lockers, for drop-offs and pick-ups of Amazon purchases.

The reputation of Whole Foods in the past has been one of a very expensive grocery store, where patronage may be out of reach of the average consumer. Let’s see if Amazon’s acquisition of the company will make it more price-friendly for the average shopper.

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Floppy Disc

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 26•17

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoJohn P. Moon invented the floppy disc for computers.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 26•17

“War. It’s all war because it’s just one war, and that’s the war between those who believe in racism and those who don’t . That’s the only war going on on the planet. Everything else is just battles within that war.” -Neely Fuller Jr.

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 25•17

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoWilliam Harwell invented the space shuttle retrieval arm. He also helped to develop methods for solving the problem of what to do when water infiltrates a spacesuit helmet.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 25•17

“Enslaved African Americans used their ingenuity to make inventions for which their masters claimed credit.” -Otha Richard Sullivan

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TODAY IS BUY BLACK FRIDAY

Written By: Elsie Law - Sep• 22•17

PLEASE PASS THIS ON! (EACH ONE TEACH ONE OR TWO!) THIS IS PHASE ONE ON HOW WE CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN & EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY:
The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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