We are living at the intersection of many crossroads. One such crossroad is race and wealth.
One of the manifestations of which is Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. Which is exactly what it sounds like: an interactive exploration of the world’s richest folk.
The site is an interesting blend of design, functionality and content. It is also interesting by what it omits – exploration by race or ethnic origin. I tried to solve this in the long term by sending the Bloomberg team an email requesting this feature (no response yet). But in the short term, I did some plain old research using Google, and then looked for the results (also published in Forbes) in the tool.
I’m not going to spoil the results. I am going to let you enjoy using the site to satisfy your own curiosities.
But I can tell you that of the top 10 richest blacks in the world, I found one of them in the Index. Lower down in the list than I had hoped. Not someone I would have expected. A man. The second richest black is a woman. She is not on the list since her wealth at almost 4 billion apparently does not make the cut. Both their fortunes originate in and emanate from Africa.
It’s interesting to note how little we hear about Africa’s slow, steady and inexorable advancement as a world economic power. It’s no wonder that many nations and businesses – Big oil, telecom, finance and the Chinese, have set their sights on Africa, and are investing heavily there.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
* Interesting Fact – Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. After she experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, she was sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee. Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the young age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated. The rest is history.
Empire City is a new drama sponsored by the Oprah Network. The crew has been filming scenes in Harlem. More filming all over Harlem is planned. The crew was recently spotted filming in the outdoor seating area at Harlem Food Bar. Harlem Food Bar continues to be a magnet for filming of all kinds in the neighborhood.
Omar “O2″ White, the executive producer and CEO / Co-Founder of SoBro-based True Sound Lounge (TSL), was on site. He explained that the show is about 4 individuals from different walks of life who move to Harlem. Below is a video featuring two of the actors discussing their roles on the show.
Omar also mentioned that he is working on a project to develop facilities in the Bronx to support large scale music and film production to support filmmakers focussed on Harlem, upper manhattan the Bronx, etc.
We look forward to seeing more filming in Harlem, and to watching the show when it airs.