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Sweet Hustle: Man Makes $55,000 A Year Selling Candy On The Subway

Sweet Hustle: Man Makes $55,000 A Year Selling Candy On The Subway

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    A man earns up to $55,000 a year in cash by selling candy on the New York subway. Alex ‘Tracks’ McFarland, from New York City, plies his trade on the city’s subway system and usually takes home around $150 a day. He said he started doing it at the age of 11, not because he had to but because he wanted to earn his own money. Read More.

Did Robert Townsend Hoodwink Congress? Using Federal Money To Produce Online Soap Opera ‘Diary of a Single Mom’ [VIDEO]

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You may not have seen the show “Diary of a Single Mom” co-starring Monica Calhoun and Billy Dee Williams, but your tax dollars helped pay for it. Through the federal economic stimulus program, a company owned by actor-director Robert Townsend was paid more than $230,000 to produce and direct the Web-based show, records show. Other production costs on the show paid to different vendors total more than $700,000. The money…

Michael Vick Reaches Out to Nate Dogg’s Son

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According to TMZ Vick just made another deposit in the karma bank … ’cause dude inspired a young dogg — Nate Dogg’s son — by reaching out to talk football and family this week. Here’s how Vick connected with Naijiel Hale — a football stud at Lakewood High, outside Los Angeles. Naijiel’s mom entered him in a Vick giveaway contest on Facebook by telling the Eagles QB … her son…

Tyler Perry’s Open Letter to 11-Year-Old Penn Abuse SurvivorState

Tyler Perry’s Open Letter to 11-Year-Old Penn Abuse SurvivorState

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                Movie mogul Tyler Perry is speaking out about Penn State scandal, writing an open-letter to the 11-year-old alleged victim involved in the sex abuse scandal.  Tyler Perry, who is a survivor of child sexual abuser, applauds the boy’s efforts to notify those in charge, calling him a “hero” and “survivor,” not a victim. I don’t know your name, but I know your…

Obama Family Takes A Moment Out To Catch Up On Some Good Reads

Obama Family Takes A Moment Out To Catch Up On Some Good Reads

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    Between hitting  the hardwood himself  and taking in a college basketball game with his family today, President Obama managed to wedge in sometime to have a bookstore shopping spree with daughters Sasha and Malia. The president, browsing the shelves at Kramer Books, a popular Washington, D.C., bookstore, with his daughters. President Obama, Malia and Sasha came away with a stack of books, including: “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,”…

Hip Hop Moms Raise Money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Hip Hop Moms Raise Money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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    Several Hip Hop moms got together to help raise money for cancer research recently at a St. Jude’s Hospital benefit event in Atlanta. Loraine Smith, Ne-Yo’s mama, Aliya “Mama Pain” Najm, the mother of T-Pain, and Jacida Carter, Lil Wayne’s mama, joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and created the Inaugural Soul Celebration to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. The elegant evening included a gourmet…

NY Jet’s Marcus Dixon Long And Rocky Journey To The NFL

NY Jet’s Marcus Dixon Long And Rocky Journey To The NFL

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    The wooden steps in the unfinished stairwell lead to a bedroom that doubles as a live-in shrine to Jets defensive end Marcus Dixon on the second floor of the two-story house at 1340 Harmony Rd. Nails, insulation and wires are exposed beneath a light fixture; the walls are painted a dark olive green. All visitors to the wide, well-lit space are greeted by a black “Pepperell High” mat….

T.I. Gives Thanks By Helping Feed The Needy

T.I. Gives Thanks By Helping Feed The Needy

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    According to TMZ A newly freed T.I. gave thanks in Atlanta yesterday … in the form of 300 delicious turkeys — which the rapper generously handed out during a charity drive for children in need. The photos were taken at The Carrie Steele-Pitts Home — a childcare agency for abused and neglected children — and sources close to the rapper tell TMZ, T.I. chose to give back at…

NBA Stars Set To Lead 4-Game Charity Tour

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LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony are going home — and bringing friends with them. With no end to the NBA lockout in sight, the All-Star group is set to lead a four-game “Homecoming Tour,” starting with a matchup in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio on Dec. 1, followed by a Dec. 4 game in New Orleans, a Dec. 7 game in Chicago and culminating with a…

Drinking age law impacts women’s suicide risk

Drinking age law impacts women’s suicide risk

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    Richard A. Grucza, Ph.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues investigated whether individuals who were legally permitted to drink prior to the age of 21 years remained at elevated risk of suicide and homicide in adulthood. Data were collected from more than 200,000 suicides and 130,000 homicides from individuals born between 1949 and 1972 (the years during which the drinking age was…

The Money Mentor: Does Lil Wayne’s Prepaid Card Offer Value?

The Money Mentor: Does Lil Wayne’s Prepaid Card Offer Value?

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    by:  Lorillia Brown-Phillips, The Money Mentor, Your Black World The Young Money Prepaid Discover® Credit Card, which launched in November 2011, is promoted as a card to serve the estimated 43 million Americans who are either unbanked or underbanked.  The prepaid credit card advertises on the website to include  features such as Billeo bill pay, direct deposit, spend analyzer, prescription discounts and shopping discounts in the form of…

‘Salvage The Bones’ A Novel About A Family Surviving Hurricane Katrina Wins National Book Award

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    The story of a poor black family struggling to weather the horrors of Hurricane Katrina has won the National Book Award for fiction. Jesmyn Ward’s second novel Salvage the Bones beat books including Téa Obrecht’s Orange prize-winning title The Tiger’s Wife to win the prestigious US prize, worth $10,000. Set in Mississippi, in the coastal town of Bois Sauvage just before Katrina hits, Salvage the Bones tells of…

7-Year-old Publishes Book About Obesity

7-Year-old Publishes Book About Obesity

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    At just seven-years-old, LaNiyah is a published author. But it’s her latest effort, a book about obesity, that’s closet to her heart. After rapidly gaining weight when she was just three, her parents consulted her pediatrician and put little LaNiyah on a strict diet. When she continued to gain weight despite being on the diet, LaNiyah’s parents knew something was wrong. Now at seven, LaNiyah weighs in at over 100 pounds,…

New Study Reveals Black Teen Drug Use Among Lowest in U.S.

New Study: Black Teen Drug Use Among Lowest in U.S.

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You know that pervasive image of the saggy pants, doo-rag wearing, Black teenager who spends his days smoking weed at the corner store that inundates our televisions, movie screens and fallacious eye-witness descriptions? Cancel it. A recent study to be released in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry finds that Black and Asian teens are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol than teens of other ethnicities….

Brooklyn Ex-cons Teach Boxing To Keep Teens Off Streets

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Herman Henson spent 40 years in jail for killing the leader of a gambling ring; now he’s trying to keep troubled teens out of prison with a one-two strategy. Herman, 59, was released just last month, but is already scaring kids straight with stories from his time behind bars – and he’s teaching them how to box. “I tell them ‘Don’t look at me as some warrior,’” said Henson, who…