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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

Courtesy of Atlanta Daily World GirlTrek Brings Together the #DaughtersOf Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz for First-Ever Public Conversation this Friday More than a half million people watched last week’s conversation with Nikki Giovanni and Angela Davis. (Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2020) On Friday, May 15th, GirlTrek’s #DaughtersOf LIVE discussions continue with Dr. Bernice A. King and Ilyasah Shabazz uniting for a first-ever public conversation on their families’ legacies, debunking the myths that have followed them and sharing the lessons they learned from their legendary mothers Coretta Scott King

by Annette M. Alston Courtesy of The Chicago Defender Seven prominent Black women activists have made a strong case, and a bit of stir, in a Washington Post Op-Ed, “Biden Still Needs Black Women. Here are 3 Things He Needs to Do.” Tiffany Cross, Lotosha Cross, and Sunny Hostin were among the writers who strongly suggested Biden’s running mate be a Black woman. Their argument is quite clear: Black women are first in the voting booth to elect Democratic presidents, and now first in line risking their lives as

by Rob Taylor Jr. New Pittsburgh Courier Staff Writer On the day that New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Dayna Delgado caught up with the fast-moving folks at Exurbia Home Health Care, they had stopped at King of Kings Baptist Ministries in Garfield. That’s where a number of Exurbia’s clients worship. The rented U-Haul van full of meals from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was unloaded by Exurbia CEO Randy Ford, president Robert Walker, and administrative staff like Randi and Robbi Walker flexed their muscles and carried pre-packaged food bank boxes into

By Darraynn Hutson Courtesy of The Michigan Chronicle “I remember my mother talking about Marlowe Stoudamire to someone that didn’t know him; she said that ‘he was a beacon calling attention to the talent of Detroit,’” says Tatiana Grant, co-founder and owner of 2050 Partners, Inc, a new firm delivering integrated marketing, social impact and business strategies to its clients. “Marlowe had been encouraging me to start a partnership with him because he said that I was perfect at bringing strategies and events together on the back end. He