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As appeared first in The Chicago Defender LaToya Wright, Contributing Writer While the nation fights to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19, Danielle McGee, CEO of Black Business Boom, has found a way to help small black businesses suffering from lack of sales. Before Covid-19, many black-owned small businesses and startups were struggling. It is known black businesses must work harder because of all the challenges that come with stepping out on one’s own. In addition to having to deal with negative stereotypes like lack of quality in their products or

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden clarified his message to Black America after the GOP, and others, seized on a remark he made in jest while wrapping up an interview with the famous Breakfast Club. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden stated after the comments to show host, Charlamagne Tha God, went viral. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, religion, and background.” As the Breakfast Club interview

By Anthony Ellis McGee As seen first on The Michigan Chronicle Almost every day, we wake up to the news of another African American being murdered or harassed by police officers, former law enforcement officers, pseudo cops, and folks eager to make a citizen arrest. Just recently, Ahmaud Arbery was killed while jogging in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor was murdered while relaxing at home. And on Memorial Day, another African American victim, George Floyd, was heard on videotape begging for his life as a Minneapolis police officer restrained him with

By Susan Kozak As seen first on New Pittsburgh Courier Months ago, the idea of staying at home with few obligations or commitments may have seemed appealing. But now that it’s become our new reality, many long for structured days at work, the regularity of school schedules, and enjoying ‘nonessential’ outings without a second thought. Monotony has set in and days are running together. While this extended period of isolation may be a necessary measure for public health, unfortunately, it could also have a detrimental impact on our mental health. Create

To be equally yoked is to share common values, beliefs and goals by Damon Carr, For New Pittsburgh Courier During the week of this writing, I’ve celebrated my 20th year Marriage Anniversary. As I reflect on our marriage life over the past 20-years, I can think of several things that we didn’t agree on but money isn’t one of them. We always managed to have common views, goals, beliefs, visions, and priorities when it came to money. Perhaps that’s the secret to how we’ve managed to weather the many

Courtesy of The Chicago Defender Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of the Department of Africana Studies at CSU Long Beach, wants the Black community to make sure that physical distancing during the pandemic does not interfere with relationships or establishing networks. “We’ve got to shop for each other, we have to pick up prescriptions for each other,” Karenga said. “We’ve got to talk; we’ve got to share information, so we don’t have to be afraid unnecessarily.” Karenga was recently featured on the Carl Nelson Show and conducted a phone conference with

By Kala Gibson, Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank Courtesy of The Michigan Chronicle Drive down most streets, and it’s easy to see the obstacles our small business community is facing. There are closed signs on storefronts, empty parking lots outside malls and only carry-out from the restaurants that remain open. Whether it’s a family-owned store or a 200-person operation, business owners are making tough choices. Some have furloughed employees or let them go, trying to figure how to survive through the financial fallout from the pandemic. Nine out

Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey May 21, Candace Storey Lee became the full-time Vanderbilt University athletic director. Lee had served as interim director since February. She is the first Black female athletic director in the history of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference (SEC). “I am incredibly honored to lead the Commodores, and I could not have been in this position without the support of the university’s leadership, our dedicated coaches and staff, and all of Commodore Nation,” said Lee. “There are challenges ahead and much uncertainty about what college athletics can and

By Ashley Small Day Edwards is no stranger to finding innovative solutions to meet the needs of today’s churches. In 2019, the Houston-based entrepreneur and CEO made a name for herself when she founded a first-of-its- kind, digital platform for churches called Church Space. Known as “the Airbnb for churches,” Church Space is an online marketplace that helps churches earn income by renting out space for weekly worship services in addition to a variety of one-time events and gatherings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Edwards recognized that many of her

It’s been said that “the future of finance is female” and MassMutual Great Lakes (MMGL) is proudly leading the way. The Southfield-based mutual life insurance company that offers a wide range of financial products and services is pleased to announce the launch of the Collective Financial Group (CFG), an all-female financial services firm dedicated to serving the financial needs of women while championing career opportunities for women in finance. Gina Coleman, Chief Sales Officer for MassMutual Great Lakes serves as a strategic partner to the CFG. Gina Coleman, former