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African-American women are taking care of business

womaninbusiness 600WASHINGTON  – 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.

Do-it-herself diva

doitherself 600As the heads of many American households, women are increasingly forced to reckon with not only the odd handyman job like mowing lawns or replacing sealants, but also more demanding household repairs including plumbing and electrical work. In fact, what was once considered the man’s terrain within the home has become a space where women actively flex their muscle.
 
According to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, the number of home improvement products purchased by women has increased over the years. Women account for more than $70 billion worth of purchases in the home improvement industry, up from just over $55 billion in 1995. This rising trend is due to women owning their own homes and tackling their own home repair projects. Industry research shows that single women are purchasing new homes at twice the rate of single men, and within the first year of home ownership, women spend almost $9,000 on home improvement projects. Contributing to the growing trend of women purchasing tools are home improvement shows and hardware stores.

Melt away the belly

bellyaway 600Let’s face it ladies…in the summer, we are surrounded with holidays that “require” us to eat bar-b-que, potato salad, soda wada and the works! What does that mean? – more FAT to have to deal with because what do we do for the holiday? We eat, eat, & eat some more. 
 
And we all know that the fat tends to head straight to our midsection and just sit there and wait to spread. How can we get rid of our belly fat? It’s really hard to say because our wonderful bodies have minds of their own. Each individual body decides where it wants to burn off the fat and in what order.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisYour source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Biker Boyz Weekend
7pm | www.BikerBoyzWeekend.com
 
* Anime Blues Expo
9am-8pm | Cook Convention Center
 
* Rickey Smiley
8pm | Cannon Center

11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa

africanlyrics 600Middle America caught whiff of the tension brewing between the police and low-income black communities in the early 1990s because of the lyrics on N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album and Public Enemy’s call to “fight the power that be.”
 
People didn’t need to hear statistics about women entering the workforce in droves because Queen Latifah said so in “Ladies First.” She was no journalist, but she was reporting about a new generation of women who were taking charge at home and work. When Jay Z told folks to “change clothes” and to “throw on a suit [and] get it tapered up,” we knew hip-hop was growing up right before our very eyes.