Suzanne Malveaux hosts 'The Root 100', Three Teens arrested for 'knockout' game; Jakie Robinson Foundation welcomes new boardmembers

African American news for the week of Nov. 25, 2013.

Juliana Norwood | 11/27/2013, 12:01 p.m.


Evan White is a teen finance wizard. At age 7, he began looking into all things business after earning his first dollar doing household chores. At age 10, he began watching Bloomberg TV and got interested in the stock market. A year later, he asked his father for a proxy online stock trading account and started investing. Now, at age 16, White teaches teens the basic and fundamental concepts about business construction and business finance in his newly published book, titled “Common Anomaly.” The book “written by a teen, for teens,” makes the complex topics of finance, business and entrepreneurship just a little more comprehensible for young readers. The book introduces both teens and adults to business in a way that tries to tone down the financial jargon and explain general business and finance in simpler terms, thus, making it “feel” more acceptable as a teaching tool for young people in the digital age. For more information on this book, visit www.commonanomalybook.com.

New York

The Rocky Point Historical Society unveiled a roadside marker commemorating an 18th century settlement of free African Americans in Rocky Point this week. “This was a free community, way before the Manumission Act, way before the Emancipation Proclamation, (where) they were farming their own land,” said Natalie Stiefel, historical society president. The families that lived there sent their children to a one-room schoolhouse in Rocky Point and attended the Mount Sinai Congregational Church, Stiefel added. The sign was erected on Route 25A, near where archaeologists from the New York State Museum in 1991 excavated the foundations of a house owned by a free African American, Betsey Prince.


Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America, Richard J. Blank, senior managing director and head of Global Equities for BTIG, and Wall Street analyst Sobani M. Warner, were elected to the board of directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) for terms that begin immediately. In official statements, JRF board co-chairs Leonard S. Coleman Jr., and Gregg Gonsalves welcomed the additions to the roster of directors.

“In our 40th year, JRF is embarking on exciting opportunities which will enrich the lives of the scholars we serve as well as embrace the enduring legacy of our namesake, Jackie Robinson,” said Gonsalves. “We are delighted to have Kees, Richard and Sobani join us in our efforts to support such a great organization.”

Compiled By Juliana Norwood.