Friday, July 5, 2019

Entrepreneurs Prefer This New Rideshare App

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BLACK ENTREPRENEURS LIKE THIS RIDESHARE APP BETTER THAN UBER AND LYFT

Nationwide -- Everybody knows about Uber and Lyft, but there's a new rideshare company called Tryp that is becoming especially popular with Black and other minority entrepreneurs. It's the only rideshare platform that allows drivers to keep 100% of their fares plus tips.

Why another rideshare platform?
An increasing number of Uber and Lyft drivers are unhappy because both companies continue to take larger shares of their drivers' profits. For this reason, in many cities around the world, drivers have protested and some have even gone on strike.

Both companies have gone public on the New York Stock Exchange, and many drivers feel that the companies have become greedy. In the beginning, they cleverly lured drivers with handsome offers to make more money, but now seem to be only interested in pleasing their shareholders.

How is Tryp different?
Tryp is different because it's not a publicly-traded company, so there are no shareholders to please.

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Report on Black/ Minority Students Who Study Abroad

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CMSI AND CIEE RELEASE REPORT EXPLORING STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS FROM MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS

Philadelphia, PA -- The Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) in partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has published a report entitled, "Diversifying Study Abroad and Expanding Equity for Minority Serving Institutions."
The report offers an important glimpse into the challenges that dissuade students from studying abroad, including barriers of cost, culture, and curriculum, all of which may be exacerbated at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). MSIs often have limited institutional resources to support study abroad and the majority of students are of color and come from low-income backgrounds.

In particular, the report highlights the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (FDGF), a collaborative initiative created by CMSI and CIEE that covers the costs for 10 outstanding MSI students, chosen for their academic achievement, communication skills, and service to others, to participate in an intensive four-week study abroad program focused on intercultural communication and leadership.\

"By outlining the obstacles that can stand in the way of study abroad, and highlighting a program designed to minimize the impact of those obstacles, we hope this report will encourage additional efforts to make study abroad more accessible for under-resourced students, especially those at MSIs," asserted Daniel Blake, the report's lead author and a research associate at CMSI.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sharon R. Frank Realtor Share Pros and Cons of Investing In Multi-Family Buildings


New York, New York - Now that our economy has finally recovered from the burst of the housing bubble and market crash of 2008, people are beginning to be more willing to invest, and are looking at real state as a viable investment once again. But what is the best way to invest in real estate?

Multi-family housing! Why? The lifetime value of ongoing cash from rents is likely to be much larger than the one-time profit involved in “flipping” houses (buying low, fixing up and selling higher).

There is less anxiety about getting a price that justifies all of the work that went into acquisition, repair and sale of the property, and the tax treatment of ongoing rents may be more favorable than that of a capital gain from the sale of a single property. Investing in multi-family housing may be one of the best Real Estate investments that yield the best ROI (rate of investment).

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Epilepsy Foundation Partners With Essence Festival

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EPILEPSY FOUNDATION TO OFFER FREE EPILEPSY & SEIZURE FIRST AID EDUCATION DURING 25TH ESSENCE FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS
Dr. Steven Owens, vice president of Programs & Services at the Epilepsy Foundation
Landover, MD -- Epilepsy Foundation will offer free seizure first aid education during the 25th ESSENCE Festival® Presented by Coca-Cola in New Orleans on July 5-7, 2019. The Epilepsy Foundation will make its first appearance at the ESSENCE Festival to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizures among African Americans just in time for the festival's extraordinary 25th year celebration.

In addition to promoting seizure first aid, the Foundation's booth (#3902) - located in the Essence @ The Center, Community Corner at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - will feature perspectives from two African American women living with epilepsy and Foundation staff will share tips for women to use when working with their healthcare team.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), African Americans are more likely to develop epilepsy over a lifetime and more likely to be diagnosed with epilepsy in an emergency room than white Americans. Women and girls living with epilepsy face unique challenges, including the impact of hormones, medication, birth control, pregnancy, and menopause on their seizure control.

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Chief Officer of Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund Testifies Before U.S. House on Diversity

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CHICAGO TEACHERS' PENSION FUND CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER ANGELA MILLER-MAY TESTIFIES BEFORE U.S. HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION


Chicago, IL --  The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF/the Fund) Chief Investment Officer Angela Miller-May testified on behalf of the Fund before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion hearing entitled, "Diverse Asset Managers: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities for Inclusion," on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

The hearing was led by Committee Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and explored the challenges minority- and women-owned firms face trying to compete in the asset management industry, and discussed legislation to increase the use of diverse asset managers by institutional investors.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to opine on the challenges minority, women, and persons with disability (MWDBE) firms face and the importance of including them in the conversation," stated CTPF Board of Trustees President Jeffery Blackwell. "Since the early 1990s the Fund has been a leader in this area -- prioritizing these investments and relationships."

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Author, New Black Romance Novel Collection

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INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR, ALYCE HOLMES, RELEASES NEW BLACK ROMANCE NOVEL COLLECTION


Nationwide -- International best-selling author and playwright, Alyce Holmes writes both mainstream and Afro-American novels of romance, mystery, betrayal, lust, greed and suspense. Ms. Holmes is a native New Yorker who moved south in 1976. Currently, she resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

Her source of inspiration came from her mother, Maxie Rene Holmes, who gave unyielding encouragement and support. She passed prior to the publication of Holmes' first book. The Yellow Rose was her favorite flower and that logo can be found gracing every dedication page as the author's gift of love and respect to her mother's memory.

"She was my motivation and my most ardent critic," Alyce said. "She pushed me to describe settings with enough visual image to allow the story to play in the reader's mind like a movie. The male leads would be handsome and established men.

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Phoenix's Largest Black Business Marketplace

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PHOENIX'S LARGEST BLACK BUSINESS MARKETPLACE NOW OPEN DAILY

Phoenix, AZ -- The Valley's premier monthly Black-business bazaar is now open every day. The popular Archwood Exchange has found a home inside Afri-Soul Marketplace, located downtown in the heart of the historic Eastlake community. The new store features fine art, foods, apparel and other wares by local African and African-American artisans and entrepreneurs such as Trap Coffee, Vintage Oats, Delicate Fox, Charm & Royalty, Sugar Bag Company and many more.

"One-hundred years from Red Summer, when Black towns and businesses were burned down in over 30 cities across the U.S., we are working to rebuild what was taken from our people materially as well as spiritually," said Exchange co-founder Ali Nervis. "We know that controlling our own businesses and institutions enables us to provide jobs, wealth and mobility to those in need."

Afri-Soul Marketplace is described as a home for community-minded business owners. The facility currently houses Archwood Exchange, and will soon launch Grassrootz Books & Juice Bar, RBG Tees, Small World Trade and a co-working space.

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New Black-Owned Luxe Beauty Brow and Spa to Open in New York

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ENTREPRENEUR TO OPEN LUXE BEAUTY BROW AND SPA TO KEEP BROWS ENVIOUS AND WATERPROOF THIS SUMMER

Baldwin, NY A new Black-owned business called Luxe Beauty Brow and Spa is set to open on July 7th in the emerging business section of Baldwin, New York. The founder of the company, Krystal Smith, is a long-time makeup artist and brow expert.

Located at 2426 Grand Avenue, the business will offer premium VIP/White Carpet services for women (entrepreneurs, brides, moms, millennials) and men of all ages. From the luxurious space, plush d├ęcor to highly skilled and certified experts in beauty, makeup, nail and body treatments; and, featuring the hottest trends in brow envy including microblading, ombre brows; makeup application, facials, CBD nails, and vajacials (treats in-grown hairs, removes dead skin cells and smooths bumps around the bikini line).

Krystal comments, "Brows have always been fashionable. The eyebrows are the most prominent facial feature, it makes everything come alive and accentuates the eyes, frames the face, communicates our thoughts and ultimately pulls everything together. There are a few common beauty blunders that can be corrected with simplicity to achieve brow envy. Brows, when done right, is power, confidence, and authenticity."

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Criminal Defense Attorney's Board Game Can Help Keep Teens Out Of Prison

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TURNED ENTREPRENEUR'S NEW BOARD GAME KEEPS TEENS OUT OF PRISON

Nationwide -- Chicago native, 19-year veteran criminal defense and civil rights attorney, April D. Preyar, has launched an original boardgame called JustUs Junkie's Trials & Triumph.

Preyar is partner and co-owner of the boutique law firm, the Shiller Preyar Law Offices. She is an author, viral vlogger, and a new adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the John Marshall Law School. Preyar has been appeared on the Oxygen Television Network (Dark Web Exposed), NBC News Chicago, ABC News Chicago, WGCI Radio Chicago, WVON Radio Chicago, and V103 Radio Chicago as a guest legal correspondent.

Trials & Triumph is a fun, interactive boardgame, which teaches teens and their families how to avoid getting caught in the snares of the criminal justice system. Players are faced with 54 real life scenarios, including social media crimes, group accountability, DUIs, and searches and seizures. Players learn better decision making and leave the play session equipped with 7 Rules of Police Encounters to apply to their daily lives.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Discover Why Complete Girlz Organization Is Honoring 7 Exceptional Young Ladies In Our Area

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Complete Girlz Honors 7 Outstanding And Resilient Young Ladies From Our Area  With "Youth Of The Year Awards" 

Complete Girlz Inc., a mentoring, support, and empowerment group for girls and young women is honoring 7 exceptional young ladies in our area with the well regarded "Youth Of The Year Award."  The organization teaches young women to speak, run businesses, and helps build their self esteem among other wellness skills for teenage young women and girls.

Kudos to them for their efforts to uplift girls and  young women in our community.  Complete Girlz Inc., does this uplifting invaluable work of empowering young women and girls at no charge.  It is a volunteer organization.

This year they are honoring 7 resilient and exceptional young ladies from our area, including our co-publisher nZinga Austin, with "Youth Of The Year," awards.  These outstanding young girls and ladies are not only brilliant but have overcome tremendous challenges.

The organization is lead by Ms. Earlene Lezama-Taylor, who is the Founder and CEO, and is originally from Queens NY.  Earlene has an extensive background in business, academics, and also community/church advocacy for girls and young women.  The Board and staff of Complete Girlz boasts a distinguished mix of business professionals.  

So when we have such a dedicated community group let's support them BIG time with this award ceremony and fundraiser.  But I hear tickets are going fast so you can get tickets to attend this empowering event now just: Click Here  Below are profiles of these outstanding young women and girls in our area!