Reginald Lewis


TLC Beatrice reported revenue of $1.8 billion in 1987, it became the first black-owned company to have more than $1 billion in annual sales.

At its peak in 1996, TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc. had sales of $2.2 billion and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest companies.



Tom Ford / Fashion designer

Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford is an American fashion designer and film director.

He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.


The World’s Most Powerful Black Women 2013

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On Wednesday, FORBES published its 2013 annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Of the 100 women featured, 11 are black, of whom 3 are Africans.

They include political leaders, corporate executives, NGO heads, top government functionaries and a first lady.


Berry Gordy, Jr.

Net worth: $325 million

Source of wealth: Motown, Jobete

Residence: Los Angeles

Age: 79

Music pioneer put away his boxing gloves for songwriting at age 20. Borrowed $800 from parents to build his own record label. Created Motown Records in Detroit.

Wrote hit songs (“Lonely Teardrops,” “I’ll be Satisfied”), managed talent (Jackson 5, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder).

Known for running Motown’s record production like an assembly line, emulating Detroit’s Big Three car companies; fought numerous lawsuits brought by recording artists and songwriters alleging unpaid royalties throughout career.

Sold Motown Records in 1988 for $61 million; later sold Jobete Music Corp. in installments to EMI Music Publishing for more than $300 million combined. Hit movie Dreamgirls said to be loosely based on Motown;

Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks issued an apology to Gordy in 2007 for any confusion the fictional story might have caused regarding Motown’s legacy.


Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.

Net worth: $500 million

Source of wealth: Restaurants, real estate, investments

Residence: Beverly Hills, Calif.

Age: 49

Grew up in Lansing, Mich., with nine brothers and sisters. Father worked at General Motors plant; mother was school custodian.

Played at Michigan State; won national championship in 1979 in one of many legendary matchups against Larry Bird. Led Los Angeles Lakers to five world championships; 13-year career in NBA included three MVP awards, 12 NBA All-Star games, a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Retired from NBA after announcing he had contracted HIV, became an entrepreneur. Introduced well-known brands to ethnically diverse neighborhoods via Magic Johnson Enterprises. Today has partnerships with Starbucks, 24 Hour Fitness, T.G.I. Fridays, AMC Theatres.

Also invests in urban real estate and companies catering to America’s underserved markets via his Canyon-Johnson and Yucaipa-Johnson funds. Has awarded more than $1.1 million to community-based organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.


Department of Justice Criminal Complaint Against Law Enforcement / Police Misconduct


Law prohibits discrimination because of national origin, race, color, religion, or sex by a police department that gets federal funds through the U.S. Department of Justice. They may also violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination by law enforcement agencies that receive any federal financial assistance, including asset forfeiture property.

Complaints of individual discrimination can be filed with the Coordination and Review Section at:

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Coordination and Review Section, NWB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

or contact the Coordination and Review Section at (888) 848-5306.

Complaints of individual discrimination may also be filed with the Office of Justice Programs at Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20531, or contact Office of Justice Programs at (202) 307-0690.

The Special Litigation Section investigates and litigates complaints that a police department has a pattern or practice of discriminating on the basis of national origin. To file a complaint, contact the Special Litigation Section at (202) 514-6255 or write to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Special Litigation Section, PHB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

The world’s most powerful venture capitalist

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer & LinkedIn Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman Speak At The Churchill Club

Reid Hoffman, Venture Capitalist

The world’s most powerful venture capitalist and the most-connected man in Silicon Valley can make or break a startup and shapes the future of tech.

Hoffman cofounded LinkedIn and earned billions from the company’s IPO; he’s now a partner at VC firm Greylock Partners and a prominent angel investor in his own right.


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