Michael Jackson Almost Owned Marvel Comics?

Marvel Michael JacksonIn a 2013 interview between Piers Morgan and Joe Jackson, it was revealed that Michael Jackson almost owned Marvel. The music superstar was seeking to purchase the comics giant before Disney did.

In a recorded voicemail message from 2002, Michael Jackson could be heard stating that he wanted to purchase Marvel and create a “Marvel [television] channel with the Marvel characters.” He also mentioned creating restaurants, retail locations, theme parks, etc. touting the Marvel brand and characters. The music superstar was surely a business genius!

What happened to the Michael Jackson/Marvel deal? According to the aforementioned Piers Morgan interview, the legal allegations against Michael Jackson halted his purchase of Marvel, and left the door opened for Disney to enact his brilliant plan.

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Starbucks’ Bottomline Unbothered After Racist Philadelphia Debacle

“For that period that the protest and the incident occurred in Philadelphia, now certainly those stores were impacted for a brief period. But it’s still early days, and we don’t have all of the information on demographics. But certainly if I look nationally, and I look at regions across the United States, there’s not been a measurable impact that we can attribute to Philadelphia. But certainly in the City of Philadelphia, during that period, there was some impact.” Kevin Johnson Starbucks CEO

Is this statement coming from a CEO who is trying to save face, and/or were the economic repercussions not impactful enough?

Black People what are we going to do?

SIDEBAR: How many franchises has Starbucks licensed to Black entrepreneurs? Keep in mind that this is a franchise that makes approximately $36.6 million per day.

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The Fly Or Die Commerce Report: Google To Purchase NYC’s Chelsea Market

In the near future, Google will reportedly close a deal that will garner it ownership of Chelsea Market. According to the New York Daily News, the company has shelled out $2 billion to purchase the 1.2 million square-foot property.

Google is already a tenant at the popular location, where the Oreo cookie was invented. Chelsea Market also contains offices for Major League Baseball and the Food Network. In addition to this, the building contains a bevy of eateries in its food hall which attracts millions of visitors annually.

There is no official word on whether or not Google will continue to share the space with the building’s other tenants after the deal goes through.

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The Fly Or Die Commerce Report: Is Cash Becoming Obsolete In China?

According to Business Insider, cash is decreasingly becoming a valid form of payment in China. Mobile payments made via smartphones has become increasingly popular in the country.

Business Insider states that: “Last year, the volume of mobile payments in China more than doubled, surging to a total of $5trillion…A research investment company based in Hong Kong, predicts that electronic payments in China will reach a volume of $45 trillion by 2021.”

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

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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The Fly Or Die Commerce Report: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

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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The Devastating Decline Of Black Businesses In New York City

Black Business NYC StatIn a recent study done by New York City’s comptroller, documenting the financial state of the City between the years of 2007 to 2012, the dismal state of Black business was noted.

According to the study, in 2007-2012, the presence of Black Businesses in New York City declined by 31.4%, while Black businesses nationwide rose 2.4%

I wonder what the figures are for the last 5 years. With large amounts of Black New Yorkers being “gentrified” out of their homes, I don’t suppose the figures got any better.

Be sure to support the Black Businesses that still exist.

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