Russell Simmons

Celebrities have united to call for a one-day retail boycott. Celebs such as Russell Simmons have taken to social media to urge their followers not to spend money on Black Friday, Nov. 28 -- the day when Americans traditionally kick off their Christmas shopping.

The national news media expects us to destroy our own neighborhoods. What they don't expect is for us to organize and use our trillion-dollar buying power to negatively impact the economy.

"We have the power to change our nation. Stand up with @UnitedBlackout on #BlackoutBlackFriday," tweeted actress Kat Graham, star of the TV series "The Vampire Diaries."

"No [Justice], No Profit. Corporate/public power only speaks $. So let's talk to 'em," Williams tweeted.

Journalist Soledad O'Brien, who is part black, retweeted a post with the hashtag #NotOneDime.

From Yahoo News:

Black Friday is a day of deep commercial discounts and frenzied shopping which takes place each year after the Thursday Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

The planned campaign calls for a one-day moratorium on spending to protest what it calls "staggering" human rights violations in the United States, including police brutality.

The boycott was prompted by widespread outrage after a grand jury on Monday failed to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Protests erupted across the US after the decision.

America's 43 million black citizens will hold about $1.1 trillion in purchasing power by 2015, a Nielsen study said.

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    • Afiya says FOH :chase:

      Too late, black folks done bust the doors down buying shyt for ungrateful kids, trying to keep up with the joneses and putting big corporations in the black. Some black folks don't give two shyts about a Trayvon Martin, a Mike Brown or any other person who has been wronged :crying1: they don't CARE!!! It ain't there problem :shrug: and all I could do is walk away and shake my head :smh:

      I salute the folks that protested on Black Friday!!! :clap:

      (and I ain't speaking about food, we all got to eat)

    • Nikki gets it

      Totally agree. I ain't buying a damn thing today!

    • MrsJB

      @Afiya :clap: I totally agree they don't care until it is in their own front yard and that is when they will expect us to care... smh

      I didn't participate this year, last year and I won't be any year!

    • aRoTh

      I have NEVER done the Black Friday fad. I refuse to go into my yearly Christmas rant this time around. I don't have the energy. :deadhorse:

    • StripperOnAMinkRug

      I never participate.. I don't need a discount bad enough to sit outside of anybody's place of business in the cold... I didn't think most blacks would participate in this boycott anyway.. Not when it's a 50in tv for $200!! Priorities I tell ya..

    • luVn_liFe…

      I guess Most of the Roses are Participating since they AINT HERE <_<

      Front Page of the paper, shoppers lining up at Brandsmart yesterday. 3 0f the first ten we're blk.

    • cocoa49

      smfh If only our people would just if only for ONE day, stand together and participate in NOT doing Black Friday. Nope, they rather stomp each other in the ground for a TV. The white man laughs and knows that black people trying to take them down economically won't work because we have no unity. I never participated in Black Friday and never will. Black Friday is our PURGE. :kona:

    • inter_loop

      Too late to organize a boycott. Too late. Too late. Too late.

      We're always reactionary. Someone should have thought of this days ago. But I guarantee that the newest and latest reality tv scandal will travel far and wide and pick up steam in no time.

    • Sandra Rose

      inter_loop says:

      Too late to organize a boycott. Too late. Too late. Too late. We’re always reactionary. Someone should have thought of this days ago.

      I agree.

    • Redeemed777

      Where are the Black Men who understand that their spiritual and mortal enemy will always be the white man

      Where are the Black Men who understand that they must take control by FORCE and rule their own nation.

      Where are the Black men who know that MANY black people are going to be destroyed by The Most High God for following the white man devil

      where dey at??????

    • inter_loop

      How about we grow strong enough together and deny ourselves and our families "gifts" on Christmas, and instead spend this season making a much stronger statement that what we value most is family, and our identity. Not retailers who've always had us standing in lines to buy things we don't make, have no equity in, and otherwise partially benefit from. Who's with me?

      Will it be harder to explain to your sons and daughters that this is a chance to make a difference, or harder to explain that their lives don't matter?

    • Redeemed777

      ...and for those of you blacks who still participated in yesterdays RITUAL(celebrating the Mass murder of our Israelite brethren), this verse is for you:

      I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.--AMOS 5:21

      Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

      15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: YOUR HANDS ARE FULL OF BLOOD.---ISAIAH 1:14-15

      You can try and make an excuse for celebrating thanksgiving by saying you are thanking God, but God does not honor that day nor your prayers on that day. It is a day of bloodshed PERIOD.

    • LaceJagger

      I never shop on Black Friday... But anyways, my heart goes out to the loved ones of Mike, Trayvon, and whomever else who has lost anyone unjustly. There's one thing though,.. Negroes kill negroes everyday at alarming numbers too.. Where's the outrage? I remember growing up in the 80's and 90's, increase the peace rallies were a common staple.

    • Redeemed777

      But guess what tho? God is gonna WHOOP the Negro into waking up to the Truth, He is gonna allow satan's children (white people) to continue killing your sons and daughters in the most brutal way possible, TILL THE NEGRO WAKES THE HELL UP.

      Keep thinking this life and the Bible is game if you want to.

    • Redeemed777

      and dem dumb negroes that kill each other, they can pretty much forget about getting the Kingdom. They are DONE FOR, unless they repent of that before the Day of Reckoning.

      Your Sunday churches are a BIG WASTE OF TIME, because they don't know the Bible. If they were teaching Black People the Real Truth, our people would not be in a state of Zombie-nism right now.

    • Redeemed777

      I don't see how black people continue to celebrate these white man made celebrations which are BASED UPON LIES.

      But of course, pastor pork-Chop will not tell you because either he don't know the Bible, or he's been paid to hide that fact from you.

      It tells you right there in JEREMIAH 10:1-4 NOT TO CELEBRATE THE WHITE MAN'S CUSTOMS:

      HEAR YE THE WORD which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

      2 Thus saith the LORD, LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

      3 FOR THE CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE ARE VAIN: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

      4 THEY DECK IT WITH SILVER AND WITH GOLD; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

      You can remain ignorant, and keep celebrating these ungodly holidays, OR you can equip yourself with knowledge, and find out who you truly are according to the Bible, and what you are supposed to be celebrating according to the Bible---->ISRAELUNITEDOTORG

    • Redeemed777

      The word 'Heathen' in the Bible is the term used for the people of the earth that are NOT God's CHOSEN PEOPLE.

      And the white man and his entire race take the top spot for being heathens.PERIOD

      Opinions and Emotions WILL NOT CHANGE THIS. It is what it is.

    • Shellz

      I am at work and I have to buy a few things, but I will wait until tomorrow. Nothing is that pressing and I hope to seek out a black owned business tomorrow for my purchase. I am tired of all the talking and also , I saw a person on my social media like " walmart aint kill that boy" :facepalm: .... people are stupid lol..

    • lovezoe

      My food was perfect yesterday. Perfect. Biggest hits: Mac and cheese, the turkey, Potato salad(recipe by our very own FatFay), the red velvet sugar cookie bars, and the apple pie.

    • EyesofScorpio

      Afiya says FOH :chase: says:

      Too late, black folks done bust the doors down buying shyt for ungrateful kids, trying to keep up with the joneses and putting big corporations in the black. Some black folks don’t give two shyts about a Trayvon Martin, a Mike Brown or any other person who has been wronged :crying1: they don’t CARE!!! It ain’t there problem :shrug: and all I could do is walk away and shake my head :smh:
      I salute the folks that protested on Black Friday!!!

      :applause: :applause:

    • Unshakable


      I like you, boycotted! I ain't buy nothing! But I did pay my utilities bill yesterday. Guhl, so I made a payment in November, but come December, it's still showing I "owe." So I'm like :blink: because I paid more than what was due in November, hence I should have had a credit on my account (at least by my math).

      So I call the company....why they tell me that now I have at least one month's worth of credit. So basically I made two payments, although on my screen it looked like I hadn't paid the account. Next time I will ask before I whip out my credit card. :rofl:

      But Afiya, you are dead on. To me, the "fight" that many Blacks had during slavery and the Civil Rights Era has greatly diminished. Some Blacks of today do have messed up priorities, and don't care until it becomes personal for them. Blacks are not as nearly as united as they used to be, and it's so sad because all Blacks have are each other, when it's all said and done. Do they really think the White man is going to help them become as powerful as them? :blink:

      Two things Blacks have not yet learned:

      Sometimes you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

      There is strength in numbers. The other races (Jews, Whites, Asians) are where they are (at least in part) because they know how to stick together and conquer.

      This message is not regarding ALL Blacks, just some.

      If only one or two Blacks boycott, but the other 11.998 million are one of the first five in line to get $200 off a tv, how effective are they? Blacks no longer want to sacrifice for the cause and don't realize (or don't care to realize) that they have allowed themselves to be sold to the highest bidder. Until Blacks get out of the White man's back pocket, they will continue to regress, thus continuing the cycle they are currently in.

      Free but still shackled.

    • StripperOnAMinkRug

      @Redeemed777 you're on ya soap today huh...


      Hello all,

      I did not and will not spend 1 red cent on Black Friday. My teeh was pissed casue I didn't let her go until I told her it was for a cause. Then she was like "Mom, that makes a lot of sense".


      Sorry about the typos, I was moving a lil too fast.


      Auntie Sandra,
      How may I add my picture????

    • MissArtist

      The Montgomery bus boycott would NEVER happen today. Black people wouldn't stay off that bus for one day. I do not believe in hate. I will not hell bound myself by hating anybody. However, Black people need to realize that in a lot of ways we ARE a hated race. I will never for the life of me understand Black people who don't get this and refuse to organize and take a stand. Don't even get me started on the Black people who would just die if they couldn't be around white people. I finally understand my uncle who wholeheartedly believed we need our own neighborhoods, our own businesses, our own banks, etc, and this is not supposed to be a ghetto. We should not get successful and go living and working around white people.

    • lovezoe

      Boycotting needs to be a way of life, not just a particular day. Support AA businesses. Even if just black owned. We would rather walk across the street to Abdullah store than drive ten minutes to our brothers store. Support black owned businesses year around. If you own, employ black youth.

    • SouthernBeauty

      @Redeemed... You have got to be Muslim because you do not speak with love in your heart. I know you are frustrated but American Christians deliver messages with love.