• 05Jun

    Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of the ex-president of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos. She has carved out her own path in life through her own business savvy and investments and is known for her work as the chairman of UNITEL. Aside from her business dealings, she focuses on philanthropic work by empowering economically impoverished women and by bringing internet to hard-to-reach areas in Angola.

    Dos Santos has faced a lot of discrimination as a businesswoman who works in Africa. She recently commented that most women who work in Africa have faced sexism and discrimination in one way or another during their lives.  Isabel has suffered sexism and discrimination, she also revealed that she gets mistaken as a stay-at-home mom who is married to a rich man when she attends parties. Instead of asking her what she does for a living, most people usually ask her what her husband does to make money.

    Isabel dos Santos has been an inspiration to women in African countries, and she believes that many women can find success in Africa through hard work, persistence, and their abilities. She has suggested that younger women would do well to focus on what they are passionate about and to build the skills needed to succeed in today’s business world. She recently commented that Africa has a rich agriculture industry and that medium-sized animal farms and farms that focus on producing produce are doing well. She has also noticed that the tourism industry in Africa is growing (Wikipedia).

    The successful businesswoman likes to work with charitable organizations or ventures that help society as a whole out. All of the companies she has created have put together a division that focuses on supporting various charities that improve society. Isabel dos Santos has been a part of pushing forward many initiatives that have helped to support children’s hospitals, brought clean water to impoverished communities, and helped to combat disease like malaria. Dos Santos helps young women from all over the world by giving speeches as different institutions and colleges all around the globe. She has helped small businesses and entrepreneurs by offering her support, and she also believes in the power of supporting education.

    More about Isabel´s charity projects at https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-dos-santos-a67a65100/?originalSubdomain=za

  • 03Apr

    With a reported net worth of more than three billion dollars, Isabel dos Santos, an Angolan businesswoman is known as the richest woman in Africa. While more women are assuming leadership roles all over the world, the scales are still slightly unbalanced in many parts of Africa.

    In a recent interview with Economist, Isabel dos Santos sat down to discuss the ups and downs of being a businesswoman in a world that seems to be dominated by men, and how she works to empower other women to follow their dreams. Isabel dos Santos´strategy- simply plant seeds for Africa’s future.

    When asked about the influences of male figures in her life, and how they have contributed to her growth, she praises her father, former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. Dos Santos says that the men in her life are major supporters of her endeavors, and her father raised her to believe that she was capable of accomplishing anything. It was because of his support and encouragement that she was virtually unaware was quite rare for African girls in her early life (CNN).

    She is a firm believer in the power of empowerment. Always determined to follow her own path, she found passion in helping others do the same. Today, she spends her time giving back to her community and encouraging women and young girls to follow their entrepreneurial spirit, which she believes has a heavy presence in Africa. Isabel supports an Angolan Pediatric Hospital as one of its top contributors in the fight against Malaria.

    Her commitment to change in Africa has helped provide more access to quality education and an abundance of resources to those looking to better their lives. Someday she says, she hopes to see Africa filled with successful entrepreneurs, small businesses and better opportunities for education.

    Find more information about Dos Santos´career at https://www.instagram.com/isabel_dos_santos.me/?hl=en

  • 04Jun

    Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are being targeted by law enforcement agents yet again. This time it isn’t a simple county sheriff knocking on their doors: it’s the FBI.

    Lacey and Larkin are accustomed to first amendment rights violations. So when the FBI seized their former website, Backpage.com, they simply had their lawyer respond. Their lawyer is Paul Cambria, the former representation of Larry Flynt.

    The parallels of Flynt and the case of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are more abundant than anyone would think. Larry Flynt was a porn producer, constantly in trouble for his job. Paul Cambria was able to fight for Flynt, keeping him out of prison. Lacey and Larkin are accused of benefiting from prostitution.

    Michael Lacey was spending time with his new wife at the time of the raid. FBI agents must have believed they were arresting El Chapo from the looks of things. The agents raided his home in full body armor, assault rifles, and riot shields. Witnesses also stated that they saw the FBI taking some of Lacey’s possession after they had already cuffed him.

    Another time they were arrested was while they were in their home state of Arizona. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by Joe Arpaio for content published in their newspaper. From this incident, Lacey and Larkin were awarded a large settlement for a first amendment rights violation.

    After the settlement, in 2012, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began selling off their Village Voice Media assets. They got out of the newspaper business, selling the Phoenix New Times and all of their other imprints.

    Eventually, even Backpage.com was sold. Neither Michael Lacey or Jim Larkin were involved in the day-to-day operations of the website at the time of the arrest. While the founders of Backpage.com sat behind bars, the founders of Craigslist, which is almost identical to Backpage, remained free.

    Since selling their company Village Voice Media, they have also pursued other ventures. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the operators of The Frontera Fund. This organization provides a better way of life to Latino immigrants of Arizona.

    Michael and Jim by way of The Frontera Fund’s official website, provide a number of educational reading materials aimed at educating people on immigration law. They also work with a program called Can The Border Divide? to bring educational lectures to those in need.

    Lacey and Larkin have reentered the newspaper industry as well. Front Page Confidential is their newest publication, focusing on politics and civil action. Recently, with the arrest of its owners, Front Page Confidential has been keeping the public updated on the status of the ongoing FBI investigations.

    Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

    The Fall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio After Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Controversy




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