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Entrepreneurs Soiree Heightens Business Pitch Success

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — Creating a successful business or elevator speech is critical to the dynamics that make up a small business. From invoicing to advertising to networking, a small business owner or as they’re called an ‘entrepreneur,’ is scouring the streets from dusk to dawn to fulfill their obligations to customers.  Whether it’s a package to be delivered, mailed or meetings to attend, being an entrepreneur is a full time job.  […read more]

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Aml Ameen stars in Yardie
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FILM REVIEW: Yardie

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Actor Idris Elba turns a lifelong fascination with the book Yardie, by Victor Headley, into his directing debut. His passion for the story, Jamaican, its music and an immigrant’s life is evident in every frame. Though the film’s direction and script do not live up to his enthusiasm, there are memorable moments buried in this 1hr 41min island/urban tale. […read more]

Nipsey Hussle memorial area at South Los Angeles store, the Marathon Clothing. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Crime

Rapper’s death is part of recent spike in shootings

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle came during a week that saw a spike in shootings that prompted three City Council members to introduce a motion at the April 2 City Council meeting asking the police department and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to report on the recent surge and the department’s strategy on responding to the increase. […read more]

Vicki Saunders is the keynote speaker for the 2019 The Power of the Purse®
Community

The Women’s Fund celebrates 25 Years at annual Power of the Purse luncheon

NASHVILLE PRIDE — What a difference 25 years can make! A quarter-century ago, a small group of women (along with two enlightened men) founded The Women’s Fund initiative within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. They did so to level the charitable playing field and to ensure there would ALWAYS be money to support women and girls in Middle Tennessee who were in need. […read more]

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Community

Roundtable participants address challenges, opportunities

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — In preparation for the upcoming State of Black Women Summit, the Defender Network and the Barbara Jordan Institute at Texas Southern University hosted more than 100 Houston-area women. The goal of the State of Black Women Roundtable, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, was to develop a list of the most pressing issues for the summit, […read more]

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Education

Applications Being Accepted for ‘Japan in DC’ Student Summer Program

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Japan in DC, a two-year-old summer enrichment program, gives interested high school students the opportunity to explore and document the presence of Japan in the nation’s capital through its Japan-related individuals, institutions and landmarks. The four-week, project-based program — offered free of charge and touted as fun and experiential — will operate 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday from July 1- 26, tentatively at the Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest. […read more]

Community

PRESS ROOM: Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon”

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon” on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 noon at the Crowne Plaza, Market Center, 7050 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is, “Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Honoring Those Who Serve With Faith, Hope, Love and Courage.” […read more]

After her landslide victory, Lori Lightfoot speaks to her supporters as the Chicago’s first Black female mayor.
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Lori Lights Up Chicago

NNPA NEWSWIRE — To hundreds of her supporters Lightfoot said, ‘You created more than just history. You created a movement for change. When we started this journey 11 months ago, nobody gave us much of a chance. We were up against powerful interests, a powerful machine and a powerful mayor. [Dr.] Martin Luther King said something when I was very young. Faith, he said, is taking the first step when you can’t see the staircase…We let our faith overcome our fears. […read more]

Rajah Caruth, a 16-year-old from D.C., participated in NASCAR’s 2019 Drive for Diversity Youth Development Combine March 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C. (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

D.C. Native Chosen for NASCAR Youth Combine

THE AFRO — While some teens dream of owning their first car to freely ride around the District and not depend on a parented escort, 16-year-old Rajah Caruth dreams of tooling his car, a race car, around a speedway in NASCAR. Caruth’s dreams are getting closer as this past weekend he had a chance to participate in NASCAR’s 2019 Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Combine, in Charlotte, N.C. […read more]

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Economy

Planters EMC offers scholarships

THE TRUE CITIZEN — Planters Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is accepting applications for the Planters EMC Scholarship. All high school seniors who are the son or daughter of a Planters EMC member are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, to be eligible for the randomly drawn scholarship. […read more]

Charleston Chronicle

Increasing H.O.P.E. Announces Annual Free Financial Literacy Month Event

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — The Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center is pleased to announce its 14th presentation of Money Fair Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Royal Life Center at 4750 Abraham Avenue in North Charleston. In addition to providing financial literacy and education during its annual community outreach, the non-profit organization will host the 2nd Annual Pastors & Leaders Money Roundtable at 11:00 am. […read more]

Perry’s new role will keep her busy as she’ll be charged with managing the day-to-day oversight of office operations, coordinating and implementing procedures, programs, events and other staff-related functions of the NNPA.
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PRESS ROOM: National Newspaper Publishers Association Names Claudette Perry Executive Administrator

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Claudette Perry brings decades of experience from roles in corporate America, the public sector and government. She has been a member of the NNPA executive team for several years. However, her new role enables the NNPA to be better equipped to face new challenges and secure new opportunities,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President and Chief Executive Officer. […read more]

"It has become clear that our only value to Nexstar was diversity optics at the FCC," said MBG president and CEO Pluria Marshall Jr. (pictured) "Ever since the deal was signed, Nexstar has gone to great lengths to constantly interfere, undercut our authority and sabotage our business, with little regard for the agreements in place with us or the FCC."
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Nexstar sued by minority-owned Marshall Broadcasting Group for Sabotage Efforts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to explaining how Nexstar undermined MBG, the lawsuit outlines MBG’s efforts to work in good faith with Nexstar to try and resolve the behaviors in question and create a strong and prosperous partnership between the two companies. The filing makes clear that the commitment to resolving the issues was not mutual. As such, MBG decided that the only appropriate recourse was through the legal system. […read more]

Dr. Harry L. Williams is the president & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Prior to joining TMCF, he spent eight years as president of Delaware State University.
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OP-ED: Student Loan Debt is a Crisis!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Finances should never be a barrier to graduation, nor should the financial impact of earning a college degree be a barrier for buying a home, saving money, starting a family, and having a good credit score. TMCF prides itself on building pipelines into good paying jobs but we also have to work to ensure that those students are able to truly reap the financial benefits of their achievements without having to pay off years of student loan debt. […read more]

Currently, Byron Bradford (pictured) is facing two opponents in his bid for Place 5 on the Plano City Council. Ron Kelley and Shelby Williams are also on the ballot for the election which will be decided on May 4. (PHOTO: Briget Murphy/NDG)
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After serving country for 28 years, Bradford seeks to serve residents of Plano

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The upcoming municipal elections will not be Byron Bradford’s first go-around in the political arena. During the 2018 election cycle, Bradford challenged Republican Duncan Webb for the Precinct 4 chair on the Collin County Commissioners Court. He fell 5 points short in that bid against an incumbent who had run unopposed twice previously, but says the experience prepared him well for future runs. […read more]

The Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) commends the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act unveiled today by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and bill sponsor Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL), during an event at the U.S. Department of Education. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Center for Advancing Opportunity Commends the Announcement of New Federal Scholarship for K-12

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Under the proposed Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, individuals, married couples, and businesses can invest their tax dollars in a K-12, nonprofit 501(c)(3) scholarship granting organization (SGO) and receive a non-refundable, dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit in return. An SGO must spend at least 90 percent of revenue on student scholarships, with the remaining balance available for program evaluation, program administration, or other things. […read more]

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle (Photo: Jeff Fortson / JeffCars.com
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Besides this being a hybrid, the Countryman continues to be the roomiest vehicle in the brand’s portfolio. The quirky styled vehicle is almost a whopping 8 inches longer and 3 inches wider than its typical British sibling. The extra length and width allow the vehicle to compete against crossovers, which are car-based utility vehicles. […read more]

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Symone Sanders Challenges Individuals to Use and Activate Everyday Spaces to Make Change

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Awarded with the auspicious “Impact Leader Award,” an honor, which recognizes individuals committed to public service in spite of tremendous personal risk, Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Commentator and the former National Press Secretary for Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, spoke candidly during a fireside chat at the 46th Annual Whitney M. Young Memorial Gala. […read more]

Raven Little
Art

Local teen poet wins gold medal at national arts competition

LOUISIANA WEEKLY — When Lusher Charter School senior Raven Little began writing poetry in a seventh-grade creative writing class, her work covered many of the usual subjects in a teenager’s life, like love poems and sports. But after a while, 17-year-old Raven’s focus shifted as she matured and became more aware of the troubles causing strife, disunity and injustice in the society around her. She soon felt the need to tackle those social, political and racial challenges. […read more]

(l-r) Actress Sherri Shepherd and Rapper Common. (Photo by: lasentinel.net)
Film

Common, Sherri Shepherd, Xzibit Premiere Films in LA on Pan African Film and Arts Festival Final Day

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Stars Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown (lead actor) hosted a red carpet screening of the short film “HATS” at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival on February 18. Shortly after, multi-platinum rapper and actor Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner hosted the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film “BROKEN GROUND” starring James “Jayo Felony” Savage. […read more]

This is literally the ultimate luxury wagon. The upscale family cruiser combines both high-tech and luxurious features that can only be found in this German-engineered vehicle. Our vehicle was loaded up with about $22,000 in added-on features. Mercedes-Benz included every conceivable option available except a driver. (Photo: Jeff Fortson / JeffCars.com)
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 AWD Wagon: An Alternative To Luxury Crossovers/SUVs

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The E450 is the newest addition to the E-Class wagon. This model replaces last year’s 2018 E400, adding an upgraded 362-horsepower engine. This year’s model adds on an additional 33-horsepower over what was offered in the base E400 model. The German-engineered wagon also sports a new three-spoke steering wheel, which allows the driver to control all of the safety assistance systems features, without ever having to remove one’s hands. […read more]

Sharon Watkins Jones (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
Community

Visionary Women of Houston: Sharon Watkins Jones

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Defender celebrates some visionary women to watch. They are making a difference in Houston and beyond and succeeding in various walks of life. From the boardroom to the courtroom, they see where they want to be in the future and are taking the necessary steps to get there. They inspire others to achieve a common goal and have a knack for developing strong relationships. […read more]

Jesse J. Holland, best-selling, celebrated author has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his original book “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?”
Books

Holland Nominated for NAACP Image Award

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — Jesse J. Holland, best-selling, celebrated author has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his original book “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” On the heels of its recent win at the Oscars, Black Panther and related content continues to delight audiences the world over. Jesse’s top-selling book has been recognized for its true-to-comics storyline and riveting writing. […read more]

The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.
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PRESS ROOM: Detroit Medical Center and Meharry Medical College Expand Medical Student Training Affiliation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “DMC’s focus on serving as a leading academic medical institution remains as strong as ever with training and education core to our mission,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., DMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to all of our academic partner relationships, and this expanded affiliation with Meharry provides even more medical students with an optimum learning environment. There are few other instructional settings with the type of patient diversity found at the Detroit Medical Center.” […read more]

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Colin Allred: His Own Man

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…refusing to expand Medicaid is also the wrong thing to do. It’s just not who we are as people. To me, this is all about values and it should be a value of ours to try and make sure that as many of our neighbors as possible can go see a doctor when they need to.” […read more]

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is a civil rights leader and the President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) based in Washington, DC.
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COMMENTARY: Stop Invisible Lynchings in America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Disproportionately, young African male college students and others are being summarily expelled from college based solely on mere allegations of sexual misconduct violations of Title IX rules without any due process of law or findings of fact. College administrators are arbitrarily determining that these targeted students are guilty and expendable until their innocence is proven. […read more]

Russell Simmons takes a selfie with a student from the Community Coalition’s Freedom School, during RushCard’s “Keep The Peace” initiative at the University of Southern California. (File Photo: Andre L. Perry/Los Angeles Sentinel)
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COMMENTARY: Spirituality, Activism and Social Transformation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The black community in America has not lashed out with retribution, violence or hate. We remain the most abused, but have maintained a commitment to Dr. King’s principle of nonviolence. As a people we are still the most non-harming collective. Throughout the centuries we have been God-fearing and compassionate. But Scripture says, “faith without works is dead.” We must as a collective come together and where necessary, partner with others who have the same concerns and stand up. […read more]

Kim Berry (Photo by: George Eyo)
Books

Prince’s Longtime Hairstylist Writes New Memoir

SAN DIEGO VOICE — Longtime Prince hairstylist and first-time author, Kim Berry will release her new book, Diamonds and Curlz – 29 Years Rolling With Rock Royalty Prince, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The memoir will be issued as an e-book and print edition on Amazon.com and will be debuted in Minneapolis during the Celebration of Prince 2019. […read more]

Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton
Community

COMMENTARY: Building Trust through Process

MILWAUKEE COURIER — The reform-minded space we are in today around Youth Justice Reform is exciting, and is what our community knows must happen. We can finally start helping our young men and women instead of continuing to break them down. For a strong next generation, we must cultivate a system that can course correct when it is wrong. […read more]

Black Voice News

Bumps, Bruises and Scratches at Preschool

BLACK VOICE NEWS — The life of a preschooler is filled with arts, crafts, indoor and outdoor play, making new friend and yes, band-aids and ouch reports, yet when parents decide to send their children to preschool for the first time, one of the most important considerations is that that their children are safe from harm. […read more]