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Many Africans don’t have water, so why are black people doing the Ice Bucket Challenge?

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Andre Hatchett is into supporting black-owned businesses.  He’s the founder of and has been a leading advocate for black wealth building and finding businesses owned by people of color.  He’s also got a lot of energy and seems to apply it to all the right things.

Hatchett is concerned about the recent spike in African Americans who are doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, when the disease impacts mostly white men.  Not to say that the lives of these white men don’t matter, but black men are dying faster than anyone, and black women need our help just as much.

Another concern that Andre has is that while we are throwing water over our heads for fun, there are 800 million people around the globe (many of them Africans) who don’t have access to clean water.  When Matt Damon did the Ice Bucket challenge with toilet water, he did so to bring awareness to all of those people who are dying because they can’t get clean water.  In fact, Damon says that the water in his toilet is cleaner than the drinking water that most people get to use around the world for their families.

Andre is supporting another option for African Americans, called The Black Business Challenge. Andre says that if African Americans are to get behind a challenge, it should be one that focuses on solving some of the critical problems that exist within our community.

So, for 30 days, Andre is asking that all of those who support the challenge go into a black-owned business and take a camera phone video for at least one minute. I hope others will support his challenge, since we need to build, invest in and support black-owned businesses. Check it out.                                


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Comment by Bombahdrop on August 30, 2014 at 7:50am
That's what I'm talking about Vaughn.
Comment by Corliss Rogers on August 30, 2014 at 1:13am
Out water contains fluoride n other chemicals, would you really want to share?
Comment by Jessy on August 29, 2014 at 8:49pm

Everyone here has a good point.  Would white folks do a challenge to raise money for Sickle Cell or any black people's disease?  NOT!!  You're right TIG, these same white men which most cops are, are killing our people and constantly getting away with it, that's why it continues and continues and continues.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on August 29, 2014 at 7:08pm

Last time I check I am not in Africa, and I can't trace my roots back to Africa, it cost too much money. Africans have alot of wealth but they squander it been greedy, and selfish, and sellout their out country for profits. The politicians are greedy, and some are just wicked and evil, look at all the diamonds, and minerals Africa has, including oil but yet the majority of them are poor,, crumbling infrastructure, degrade their women. Most Africans and African Americans, do not get along, so why connect us to Africa, and the icebucket challenge?

Comment by Denise on August 29, 2014 at 6:38pm
They say it's not a black and white thing. ..ALS affects 93% white men....Sickle Cell would be a great challenge to raise money for that affects our people
Comment by carolyn johnson on August 29, 2014 at 5:30pm

there always have to be an a****** in the works somewhere

Comment by Reez on August 29, 2014 at 4:11pm

oh please come on already everything is a problem. Whether they did the ice challenge or not it wasn't like someone was going to send that same water to Africa anyway!!! I bet if the ice bucket challenged stopped today, that's is not going to increase the amount of water they would consume. I guess it's the idea of wasting water while some have none to drink.

Comment by mr1stroke on August 29, 2014 at 3:50pm

@ ashtain thats why niggers dont move up especially with foreigners like you just because you come here and choose to work 6 jobs like a slave or desperate mfucker because you were dying in your birth place does not mean you have to throw stone at others, the discussion is about why people are doing what they are doing because of no clean water in Africa but always someone like you who hates black so much and feel you have to look down on us in this country, but always remember if it wasnt for us black in America every one of you who comes from those third world countries would be starving the white men dont care about your coconut ass why you think once you come out with that accent they wont give you a corporate job no matter how smart you are, my bank manager is a beautiful black woman tell me where i can go and find one of you with accent in a high position unless its in the back office

Comment by ashtain on August 29, 2014 at 3:42pm
Why everything have to be about blacks, this is not a black or white thing, if black Americans wasn't lazy they would have like everybody,
Comment by mr1stroke on August 29, 2014 at 3:15pm

in that case why dont you ask why do blacks take shower, always a dumb mufucker wants to get attention that movement is for a cause a disease so that would be the same thing as helping those without water, people in africa are in poverty why do you live in a big home, driving fancy cars and wearing expensive clothes and eating expensive food, start with your self dumb ass

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