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Will Andre 3000 Ever Rap Again?

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André 3000 is a rapper, singer, and actor.  He was born as André Lauren Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended Tri-Cities High School for the Performing Arts where he met Antwan Patton and began rapping.  André eventually went through a rebellious streak, causing him to drop out of high school during his junior year and later earning his GED. As a teenager, he formed the group…

Why Has The Racial Wealth Gap Persisted 50 Years After The Civil Rights Act?

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Star Parker is a a syndicated columnist, Republican politician, activist, and author. Parker began her advocacy of conservative social and political causes after graduating from Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business and after spending several years dependent on government assistance. She founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)  in 1995.  The organization is a 501c3 think tank that takes an in-depth look at how…

Dr Boyce Watkins: A free black wealth building class for beginners

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Dr. Watkins is one of the the most highly sought-after African American public figures in the country. He has been a Finance Professor at Syracuse University for 12 years, and was the only African American in the country to earn a PhD in Finance during the year 2002.  He is the author of several compelling books, including “What if George Bush were a Black Man?“, “Black American Money:  How Black Power…

Economics, Politics, and Culture: Building Blocks of A Successful Black Community

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Professor James Small, a Pan-African scholar, activist and speaker,  was born in 1945 in Georgetown, South Carolina on Arcadia Plantation.  His family traces their roots to enslaved Africans, Native Americans, as well as the Yoruba, Akan, and Ewe people of West Africa.  Small graduated from Black Howard High School in 1964 and went on to serve two years in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.  After leaving the…

Marketing to the Black Consumer

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Dr. Claud Anderson is the current president of PowerNomics Corporation of America , Inc. The Harvest Institute, and WaterLand Fisheries, Inc. PowerNomics is a corporation that facilitates major business development, focusing on inner cities. PowerNomics is also a social-political-economic concept developed by Dr. Anderson that examines race and offers specific principles, strategies and activities for Black America to change behavior, establish accountability, and achieve unity of purpose in a way…

2Pac & Notorious B.I.G Hangout and Freestyle Before Their Tragic Murders

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Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie, were perhaps the two greatest rap icons of all time.  The rappers entered the music industry in the mid-1990’s with Biggie’s release of “Ready to Die,” and Tupac’s release of “2PAc.”  Biggie’s album went quadruple platinum and catapulted him to the forefront of the hip-hop industry.  Tupac was able to match Biggie’s style of grittiness and realism as well as…

Small Loans And the American Dream: Do They Help or Hurt?

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Dr. Harold A. Black is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who lectures, consults and publishes extensively on the subjects of financial institutions and the monetary system.  After being the first black male freshman to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1962, Black went on to become a Dean’s List student and earn his undergraduate degree.  He later earned his Master’s and Doctorate degree from Ohio…

Aretha Franklin:A Mother At 15 And A Rollercoaster Ride To Superstardom

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Aretha Franklin is known as the Queen of Soul.  Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942.  After her mother died from a heart attack, Franklin and her four siblings moved with their father to Detroit, Michigan.  Her father, Reverend Clarence La Vaughan “C.L.” Franklin, became a nationally renowned preacher at New Bethel Baptist Church. Franklin’s musical ability was recognized at an early age, and she was widely…

How To Build a Million-Dollar Business

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  William R. Patterson is a renowned executive coach, award-winning lecturer, and national best-selling author.  He is the CEO and co-founder of The Baron Solution Group; the company holds business and personal finance workshops in cities across the United States based on the strategies Patterson outlines in his book, “The Baron Son.”  The Baron Solution Group integrates over 1,000 wealth-building resources and 250 proven business and financial accelerators to instruct…

How To Get Paid What You’re Worth And Increase Your Value

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William R. Patterson is a renowned executive coach, award-winning lecturer, and national best-selling author.  He is the CEO and co-founder of The Baron Solution Group; the company holds business and personal finance workshops in cities across the United States based on the strategies Patterson outlines in his book, “The Baron Son.”  The company is a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise. Patterson co-founded and co-authored the company and book with D….

Did You Know Red Bull Was Banned For Having Cocaine In It?

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Red Bull is the world’s leading producer of energy drinks, selling billions of cans every year.  The drinks origins date back to 1976 when Chaleo Yoovidhya introduced a drink called Krating Daeng in Thailand that was mostly used by truck drivers and laborers to ward of sleep.  In 1982, Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz discovered the drink during a visit to Thailand as a way to help with his jet…

Do Cash Payments For Accomplishments Really Help Reduce Poverty?

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In 2011, Memphis, Tennessee launched an initiative called Family Rewards.  The $11.5 million initiative was meant to mirror a similar program in New York City that offers cash incentives to teens who maintain regular attendance in school, earn good grades, and attend doctor and dentist visits.  Parents are also given rewards for completed their GED and keeping a job.  The goal of the initiative is to give families an incentive…

Dr. Angela Davis – The Injustice of the Prison Industrial Complex

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Dr. Angela Davis is known worldwide for her work to combat all forms of oppression as an activist, teacher, and writer.  Dr. Davis’ political activism has strong roots to her upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940s and 50s.  Her experiences with racial prejudice and discrimination had a powerful impact on her and encouraged her to fight oppression.  As a teenager, Dr. Davis set up interracial study groups that were…

Was John F. Kennedy Really Shot?

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Díck Gregory is an activist, writer and comedian who is known for his witty brand of comedy that attacks racial prejudices.  He was born in 1932 and grew up poor.  His college education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954.  It was in the army that Gregory got his start in comedy where he won multiple talent shows for it. …

Will Credit Counseling Hurt My Credit Rating?

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Lynette Khalfani-Cοx is known as The Money Coach.  She is a personal finance expert who dispenses her knowledge and advice through television, radio, and books.  She wrote the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Her personal story inspires many to pursue financial solvency and freedom and shows that she does not just dispense financial advice, she also lives it.  After amassing $100,000 in credit…