In light of the recent boom on Wall Street, thanks to Reddit and GameStop, we’ve come up with a list of some Black-owned publicly traded companies that you can invest in.
As of April 2020, there were about 63,700 Black-owned companies.
After all, it is Black History Month, so why not support Black businesses while stacking your money?
Urban One, Inc. (UONEK) is a media company and the largest Black-owned broadcasting company in the country. The Rickey Smiley Show and Keepin’ It Real with Reverend Al Sharpton are operated through the company. It was founded by Cathy Hughs in 1979 and was previously called Radio One. It went public in 1999, and Hughes was the first Black woman to be the head of a publicly-traded company.
American Shared Hospital Services (AMS) is a healthcare company that leases medical equipment to hospitals. It’s based in San Francisco and makes equipment for things like radiosurgery. The company was founded by Dr. Ernest A. Bates in 1977, who served as president and CEO until last year. But the company is still Black-owned, with his son as an executive.
Citizens Bancshares Corporation (CZBS) is the oldest and largest Black-owned bank. This company has been running for nearly 100 years.
Axsome Therapeutics (AXSM) is a biomedical company that creates treatments for disorders like depression and migraines. It was founded by Dr. Herriot Tabuteau, who is still the CEO and chairman.
Carver Bancorp (CARV) is a bank based in Harlem that was named after George Washington Carver. It was founded in 1948 and is still Black-owned.
Columbus Short was once a backup dance for Britney Spears and apparently a past fling. He recently revealed that during their romantic stint, Spears’ parents called him the N-word.
In his 2020 autobiography, “Short Stories,” he claims that Spears pursued him in 2003 during his time as a dancer and producer for her. He also claims they slept together once while on a trip to Rome.
He also describes the time her parents called him the racial slur. “I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker.” He claims he overheard her parents ask, “Why are you f–king that n—-r?” And that, “Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”
The 38-year-old “Scandal” star told Jazzie Belle on her YouTube show, “Inside Hollywood,” that he wasn’t surprised hearing the racial epithet.
“I wasn’t shocked when it happened. Look where they’re from … they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless, like that’s how they speak. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.’” He added, “Because they have black bodyguards doesn’t mean behind closed doors they don’t use that word.”
Adding, “After that, I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way.” He added, “I love Britney to this day… I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”
According to Page Six, Short didn’t identify which parent said the word, but since then, Spears’ mother Lynne denied his claims to Page Six.
“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary. I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”
A source close to the singer’s dad Jamie, also vehemently denied the allegations, saying, “Jamie was not there, and not involved. In fact, during this time period, Jamie was not involved in Britney’s business at all.”
Short’s autobiography also details the false rumors about the pair sleeping together before their Italy encounter. He says her jealous former choreographers spread those rumors.
He also discussed the time Spears sent her jet to get him and her other dancers two months before she released her2003 album.
“She sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” he recalls in the book. Spears and her crew were partying at “Keith Richards’ apartment uptown,” he says, where Spears was allegedly staying, “and we were all in there going crazy.”
He claims that the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer was “going even more crazy at the party. “She was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”
He said at that time, he wanted to keep their relationship professional and apparently, “wasn’t attracted to her like that.” Short has just separated from his first wife and was involved with another backup dancer.
Spears pulled him to the side at the party and insisted he go with her to Rome to get ready for her next video.
“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press,” and, “We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though.” And, “This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under the sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality,” he said.
When they got back to the States, Short claims “Brit was still trying to get a repeat of what happened in Rome,” Short writes, “and she started to get suspicious because I continued to curve her.”
As for the pictures taken of them by the paparazzi, he says they made “A simple hug would look like a kiss, a quick store run would look like a date.”
As the media attention grew, Short says the singer’s management team and parents were irked, and the two had a falling out after playing a game of truth or dare. According to Short, Spears admitted that if she could marry one person, it would be him, but he said it would be his girlfriend who he was dating at the time.
“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her.” He said that in the end, he learned the lesson, “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.”
Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were returned safe and sound Friday evening, two days after they were stolen in a violent dog-napping that left their dog walker was shot four times.
According to the New York Post, an unidentified woman brought the French bulldogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station around 6 p.m. Friday.
Capt. Jonathan Tippett said the woman seemed to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the shooting and theft that happened Wednesday night. Police also didn’t explain how she got the dogs.
Representatives for Gaga’s and police detectives then went to the station and confirmed that the returned dogs were, in fact, Gag’s beloved Frenchies, Koji and Gustav.
The pop superstar, who is currently in Rome filming a movie, was said to be distraught after learning her dogs had been taken. She offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her pets. It’s not yet clear if the woman who turned the dogs in will receive the reward money.