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ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One funeral at a time


Unfortunately this month I experienced the death of my mother. As her only child I had the responsibility of preparing her “home going.” As someone who never attended funerals, I was absolutely clueless regarding the process and procedures. But with the help of a great funeral home taking me by the hand, what could have been disastrous was made to be more than beautiful.

During my planning and grieving, I was surprised by the many businesses that participated during the various phases of the farewell to Anne McCullough.

One bar of soap at a time – Part 2

Soap has come a long way from its original state. Today it comes in almost every scent imaginable. Kimeli Wade has developed a product that is chemical free with skin soothing properties. This week she continues the story of her journey in Part 2.

From Cabrini Green to cultivating ‘A Rose In Concrete'

The first impression you get when meeting with the Soulsville Foundation’s newly installed CEO Calvin Stovall is that they’ll probably have to bury him with the building. He’s that excited about the position and the responsibilities it brings.
Selected to replace outgoing CEO Mark Wender, Stovall has a varied corporate background in branding, development and hospitality with several major corporate brands. A real nuts-and-bolts experience was when he moved to Memphis to become the assistant general manager for the Embassy Suites hotel on Shady Grove. The hotel was then part of the Promus Companies, formerly based in Memphis, and also owner of the Harrah’s casinos. He also served as vice president of Global Brand Training at Hilton Worldwide (Memphis).
  • Written by Tony Jones

One bar of soap at a time – Part 1


After a long day at work, there is nothing like a hot bath or shower to release the stresses of the day. Various scented shower gels, bubble baths, and bar soaps are all choices at our fingertips to assist in our relaxation. But rarely do we find any bath products that assist in skin moisturizing or acne breakouts without the smell coming across as medicinal.

Kimeli Wade is a go-getter who has found her niche in the soap industry. The bars are uniquely designed and the smell is wonderful. I was taken aback to hear some of the skin soothing effects of the products. This week, Wade shares her journey with us.

On Our Way to Wealthy: Allworld Films

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Have you ever experienced a movie with footage that was in the air or over water? The beauty of the scene can often be breathtaking. So when I stumbled across Allworld Films, I was taken aback by their aerial capability. 
Allworld Films is a full-service production company specializing in aerial video and photography. 

Young professionals urged to ‘unite and lead’ at empowerment conference

(Brandi Richard is president of the National Urban League Young Professionals, which exists to support the National Urban League affiliates. There are 55 chapters and over 5,000 members. She has a vision for NULYP’s members and chapters and will be in Memphis to keynote “Empowerment Conference 2014” at Hilton Memphis, Aug. 22-23. She shares her experiences as national leader of a group of young, diverse professionals with TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.) 
Bernal E. Smith II: Tell us about the Urban League Young Professionals?  What is it?  Why does it exist (purpose)? How many chapters/members?
Brandi Richards: The National Urban League Young Professionals exists to support National Urban League affiliates through volunteerism, philanthropy and member (leadership) development. NULYP is made up of 55 chapters and over 5,000 members. Our network extends to over 2.5 million individuals on social media.  Our members volunteer over 50,000 hours a year and over the past three years have given over $1 million to the Urban League to the affiliate network.
  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

Memphis is experiencing a metamorphosis in the entrepreneurial space, with advocacy, incubation and acceleration entities for start-ups and existing businesses growing and becoming more accessible.
For example, the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle has created its Moon Missions and the Economic Development Growth Engine has a small business loan fund. And while the change is welcomed, Memphis still is experiencing a gap between business owners that are minority owned and their counterparts.

Catch up for a more comfortable retirement

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Seven out of 10 workers aged 50 and older are confident that they will have enough money to cover basic expenses in retirement. When it comes to the prospect of living comfortably in retirement, however, the percentage expressing confidence drops to 53 percent — and only 14% are “very confident.”
If your retirement account balance is lagging and you are 50 or older, you can give your savings a boost by taking advantage of catch-up contributions that are available for IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans.