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Tina Turner – Biography: Life Story

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Tina Turner is an American singing legend.  She was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennesee to a mixed race couple.  Turner’s ethnic roots include African, Cherokee, Navajo and European ties.  Turner moved to Knoxville after her parents separated but later returned to Nutbush where she completed elementary and middle school. At 16, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she finished high school and spent…

Maya Angelou Interview Discusses Unemployment and Racism, Bashes Reagan Administration

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Maya Angelou is one of the most prolific voices of our time, and her contributions as a poet, educator, singer, historian, and activist.  Dr. Angelou recently passed away at the age of 86.  Her impact on people can be summed up in her quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Dr….

Diana Ross Discusses Fear and Loneliness in 1978 Barbara Walters Interview

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Diana Ross is known as one of the most successful singers to come out of Motown.  She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and was the second oldest child of  a school teacher and United States Army soldier. Ross was introduced to Milton Jenkins at age fifteen, and she became part of his group the Primettes.  In 1960, the group auditioned for Motown but was turned away due and…

Stevie Wonder Interview 1977: He explains how he sees colors and people

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In this classic interview in 1977, Stevie Wonder talks about what it’s like to be one of the most “influential rockstars of the decade.”  But it turns out that he was more than just a decade.  Nearly 40 years later, Stevie is still on top of his game, selling out shows all across the globe and wowing audiences everywhere. There is no voice like Stevie, and since he was a child, he…

Malcolm X explains why black people don’t have jobs

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In this very important video, Malcolm X is talking about the importance of owning black businesses.  Due to the legacy and history of African Americans being trained to work for whites, we are stuck in a cycle within which we’re taught to believe that our purpose for education or any other training is to get a white-owned company to hire us. The challenge with this line of thinking is that…

How to Know if You’re a Financial Zombie

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African Americans are often held back by our lack of access to econmic freedom and financial literacy. This can cause us to make decisions that might be otherwise deemed unethical, but we go along with them nonetheless because we are afraid of losing our freedom. In this video, Dr. Watkins explains what it means to be a “Financial Zombie,” and what it means to live a life that is without…

Dr Boyce Watkins & S. Tia Brown: Jamal Bryant, “These hoes ain’t loyal”

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In this episode of Financial Lovemaking, Dr Boyce Watkins and S. Tia Brown discuss Pastor Jamal Bryant’s remarks in church. During a recent sermon called “My enemy’s worst nightmare,” the pastor used the term “these hoes ain’t loyal,” which led to controversy. This builds a conversation about the relationship between the black church and it’s congregations, and whether black women are duped by pastors who give messages that might be degrading….

JIMI HENDRIX : FINAL INTERVIEW

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Jimi Hendrix was a musician and songwriter who is most known for being one of the most epic and influential guitarists in musical history.  Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington and started playing the guitar when he was 15 years old.  He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee and began his music career after receiving an honorable discharge from the US Army. His career spanned just four short years and began in…

Civil Rights, Anger, and Courage:Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou Iconoclast Episode

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Dave Chappelle is the wildly successful stand-up comedian who is most known for his sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central.  The beginning of Chappelle’s career was rocky.  He got booed off the stage at the famed Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night,” and he played in a number of television pilots, but none of the shows were picked up as a series.  At one point, Chappelle even considered leaving the…

Run DMC – Interview 1986

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Run-D.M.C is a legendary eighties rap group that combined intelligent lyrics and addictive beats to blaze a trail in popularizing rap and hip-hop as not just music but also a lifestyle.  The founding members of Run-D.M.C all hail from the middle-class neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, New York.  Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell founded the group in the early 80s. Joseph Simmons, who became…

Diddy’s Common Sense Tips For Becoming A Business Mogul

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Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy, is a rapper, producer, actor and entrepreneur.  Combs was born in Harlem, New York and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York.  After majoring in business for two years at Howard University, Combs dropped out and became an intern and then talent director at Uptown Records where he helped launch the careers of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. In 1993, Combs was fired…

My Black Is Beautiful Money Saving Tips

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Stacey Tisdale is a journalist and author who has covered business and financial issues for more than 15 years.  Her book was released in 2007 and is entitled “The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money.”  It was published by John Wiley & sons. Tisdale has also partnered with NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott’s All Stars Helping Kids Foundation to develop a financial literacy curriculum…

Woman’s Tongue Is As Long As An IPhone

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Twenty-one year old California student Chanel Tapper has earned the unique distinction of having the world’s longest tongue by the Guinness Book of World Records.  Measuring 3.8 inches (9.75 cm) from tip to top lip, her tongue is twice as long as the average persons.  To give it some perspective, it is as wide as the average palm and nearly the same length as an iPhone. During an interview with…

NBA Star Once Worth Over 100 Million, Now Bankrupt

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by April Taylor Antoine Walker’s story is a cautionary tale.  He is a former NBA player who burst onto the scene as a sophomore at the University of Kentucky in the 1990’s where he helped the team win a National Championship.  In the 1996 NBA Draft, Walker was chosen as the sixth overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He was a productive player, making the All-Rookie First Team and leading…

What To Do If Your Social Security Number is Stolen

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Lynette Khalfani, also known as The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and author.  She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, and The Tyra Banks Show.  Khalfani-Cox is also an award winning financial news journalist who has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Times. She has also appeared as a guest commentator on…