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  • Living Without Independence

    Freedom! My own apartment. Wow! At seventeen years old during the 1960s, I discovered my independence. Nobody to tell me what time to go to bed or when to clean my room. With this new independence, I once went for a walk after midnight just because I coul...
  • Letters of Instruction

    Estate plans should be "evergreen". In other words, they should be living documents that can be changed and/or updated at any time so they are always a current reflection of one's personal situation and preferences. When I prepare estate plans, I always ...
  • Are You One of the 500-plus U.S. Women Launching a Business Today?

    Your Competitive Advantage May Surprise You! What's your best advice for women in business? It's a question I hear frequently as more and more women strike out on their own, whether it's to start their own company, write a book, turn their great idea in...
  • Three Red Flags That She’s Too Good to be True

    Avoid a Scam, or Worse, When Navigating the Dating Scene Not only have online dating sites opened up a whole new dynamic for singles looking for company – attitudes about the viability of these sites have become more positive. The Pew Research Center ...
  • Grow Your Talent Pool: Recruit People Over 55

    Part One of a Two-Part Series Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from out-dated stereotypes of "senior citizens" and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines? In today's lexicon "tal...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Surprised with Essence Festival Icon Award

    Presented to Him by the Mothers of Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo and the Fiancée of Sean Bell (l-r): Vanessa K. Bush, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Rever...
  • Democrats ‘Ain’t Loyal’

    Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown's song: "Hoes Ain't Loyal." Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, "Democrats ain't loyal." They ...
  • NNPA President’s Statement on 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

    Yesterday, July 2, 2014 marked the solemn 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I use the term "solemn" to describe that incredibly historic and awesome "victory" moment in the United States for th...
  • All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers

    Washington, D.C. - (NNPA) – Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress. ". . . A study of the relatio...
  • Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Issues Statement on 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: "As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we must acknowledge and than...
  • Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer Calls CHP Incident "Tragic"

    South Los Angeles, CA - Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Chair of the Subcommittee on Public Safety, which covers the courts and law enforcement agencies for the state, called the apprehension and beating of Marlene Pinnock by a California Highway Patr...
  • Make a Rewarding Credit Card Choice

    You're ready to sign up for a new credit card that seems to promise a host of appealing rewards. But are you really sure of what the card has to offer or how it compares with other options? Many people are not, according to a J.D. Power survey, which fou...
  • Kudos to Steven Lamb

    Kudos to Steven Lamb for his right-on letter. So many other issues get tacked on to Black Rights, diluting the urgency of unjust conditions. Racism is the most vital and challenging issue in our nation, and indeed, skin color privilege awareness is a gl...
  • Educating Young Minds Celebrated 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala and Programs . . .

    . . . And Pledged More Than $100,000 in College Scholarships and Laptops to EYM Senior-- Empowering our youth with the desire to succeed -- (l - r): Frank Robinson, Union Bank; Quentin Strode, Strode & Associates; Julius Robinson, U...
  • Pirates and 'Beauty and the Beast' to Take the Stage This Summer at CSUN

    Whether it's in the form of swashbuckling pirates or dancing plates, a beast and a wise Mrs. Potts, theater magic will be taking the stage this summer as California State University, Northridge presents the 57th season of its Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW)...
  • Funding Available to Primary Care Through Community Health Centers

    HHS Announces the Availability of $100 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding to Expand Access to Primary Care Through New Community Health Centers HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today the availability of $100 million from the Affordable ...
  • Save Room in Your Suitcase for Use Tax When Traveling Abroad

    Sacramento, CA – Sunscreen: check. Passport: check. Support for vital California public services: check. The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds summer travelers that use tax may be due on items brought back from trips abroad. Use tax h...
  • Climate Change Can Change One’s Well-Being

    For most of the nearly 30 years since Dr. Nicole Brodie's asthma diagnosis, the athlete and Army veteran has been able to maintain an uninterrupted life, continuing to teach elementary school, coach a children's team, and remain active. She was partly abl...
  • Voting While Black in Mississippi

    Last week, African-American voters in Mississippi proved Blacks will vote for a Republican candidate – when doing so meets the time-honored tradition all American voters have always followed: they judge it to be in their self-interest. On June 24, Thad...
  • Ikea and the Gap Fill the Wage Gap

    President Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for his use of ex...

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