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African-American women are taking care of business

African-American women are taking care of business
WASHINGTON  – Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, African-American women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, African-American women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country.
 
“Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to one-third of all women-owned firms in the nation,” stated the report. “Increased access to business capital – including microenterprises, venture capital- funded firms, and crowd funding – has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially.”
 
Traditional careers often come with cultural and structural roadblocks that devalue the work of women, especially African-American women.

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National leaders in media and politics headed to Boston for NABJ confab

National leaders in media and politics headed to Boston for NABJ confab
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 30- Aug. 3, in Boston. During the convention, attendees can expect to hear from national leaders from the worlds of media, politics, and culture.
 
With midterm elections scheduled this fall, considered an early indicator of the 2016 presidential contest, ongoing questions about voting rights in several states, and the frequent discussion of identity politics, NABJ convention planners felt it is important to hear from the leaders of the nation’s leading political parties.  
 

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Did the UNCF make a deal with the Devil?

Did the UNCF make a deal with the Devil?
When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others.  One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again because of the Koch donation.  Another says the Koch donation changes her perception of UNCF.
 
The donation will provide $18.5 million in scholarships, money that is badly needed to get some of our young people out of school, especially with the cuts so many experienced because of reduced access to the Parent Plus loan. Another $4 million will go to the 37 UNCF schools for general support, again to make up some of the losses that came from reduced enrollment due to Parent Plus.  The remainder goes to UNCF for their general support.

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A new chapter for retirement

A new chapter for retirement
John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This is certainly true of preparing for retirement. If we continue to expect that the ways of the past will see us through to our futures, we will be left behind. The methods that helped prepare us for retirement are quickly disappearing, and we must start using others.
 
Today’s companies are rewriting the retirement rules for working Americans. Traditional pension plans, which gained prominence in the 20th century, are rapidly disappearing because of the high costs involved in funding them. Some corporations are defaulting on their plans, and an increasing number
of companies have underfunded or at-risk plans.

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Young chef Robinson ready to serve with D. Arthur’s Catering

Young chef Robinson ready to serve with D. Arthur’s Catering
Desmond Robinson had his fill working as a senior education coordinator for training and development at Regional One Health, formerly the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He’d spent his time in the labor pool and decided to follow his dreams. 
 
“I quit so I could become a fulltime caterer,” said Robinson, who’d been catering public and private parties, events, weddings, bridal showers and the like for more than two years before officially launching D. Arthur’s Catering. He has clients in Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Arkansas, Louisiana and Dallas. 
 
“I enjoy catering much better and always wanted to be a chef,” said Robinson, 28. 
On June 1st, the young chef provided an ample sampling of his palatable treats during a “Brunch Showcase” at the newly-built Beale Street Landing on the Riverfront. 

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

The business of fashion from a ‘P.K.’ perspective

The business of fashion from a ‘P.K.’ perspective
Being labeled a P.K. (preacher’s kid) isn’t all that bad when you’re Chris Whitfield, who has defied stereotypical mindsets that often conform to the whims of society. Though Whitfield is passionate about the people in his circle, he is just as passionate about his work in the fashion industry.
Whitfield’s apparel and custom designed clothing, which is marketed under the banner of Brand Ya Lyfe, makes a statement that suggests originality of style. In fact, the young designer is most comfortable with being himself and creates custom designed clothing for the individualist.
 
Carlee McCullough: Thank you for taking the time to share with our readers your experience and knowledge. Tell us about Chris Whitfield?
Chris Whitfield: I am a young 29-year-old African-American male. I have my bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Development. I am the proud son of Bishop Michael and Lula Robinson. Yes, that’s right I am a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid). I enjoy inspiring and motivating my peers. I am very passionate about my friendships, relationships and my brand. I mostly enjoy being creative with my fashion brand as well.

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Silence is not an option

Silence is not an option
“We are sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford to do business as usual in this community,” said Darrell Cobbins, president and chief executive officer, Universal Commercial.
 
Cobbins was among a group of notable minority business owners and leaders who gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to address economic and business disparities in minority business contracts in Memphis and Shelby County on Tuesday. The first of those business leaders to address the crowd of media, business owners, and concerned citizens was Ron Redwing.
 
“Our goal is to spotlight these disparities in a way that brings about swift and significant change,” said Redwing, president of 100 Black Men of Memphis. “If Memphis is to rise and become a ‘world-class’ community, all of its citizens must be active participants in its economy.” 

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