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ASPIRATIONS: The Birds, the Bees… and Credit?

By Michelle Thornhill NNPA Columnist Turning 18 opens up a world of opportunity for your children. How well informed they are about new opportunities can make all the difference in their ability to make smart decisions. For many teens, opening their first credit card account is exciting. The freedom of not relying on Mom and Dad for money is alluring. However, children generally lack the foresight required ...

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Oprah Winfrey Network Strikes Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership with Tyler Perry

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Oct 1, an exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry, the award winning actor, director, screenwriter, playwright and producer, to become his singular destination for all new television series and projects, including two new scripted series for the network to premiere in mid 2013. These will be the first original scripted series for OWN, and Perry will executive prod ...

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Mayor Meets With Ed Gardner and Promises To Hire Blacks

By Chinta Strausberg In a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday, business icon Ed Gardner averted a mass protest on City Hall and emerged from the mayor’s office “some what optimistic” that African Americans will be included on construction sites throughout Chicago. Accompanied by his long-time friend and confidante, Carl McFerren, Gardner, who said last Saturday if he had not heard from the mayor he woul ...

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Discover Card Must Refund 200$ Million for ‘Deceptive’ Marketing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist For the second time this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken strong enforcement steps against deceptive marketing practices. Through CFPB’s joint enforcement action with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), more than 3.5 million consumers with Discover Card accounts will receive approximately $200 million. Restitution will be awarde ...

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Companies Continue To Insult Black Consumers

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When I was in the process of reading and writing about Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s report on African-American buying power for this week’s Black newspapers, I was reminded of how many top companies continue to take advantage of Black consumers while providing little, if anything, in return. They are not the only ones at fault – so are we. Peo ...

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Ed Gardner calls for 10,000 to Join Him Sunday At Construction site

By Chinta Strausberg  Saying he will continue to fight for a fair share of jobs and opportunities, retired businessman and multi-millionaire Ed Gardner Tuesday called for 10,000 people to join him after their 3 p.m. church this Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 95th and Western to demand their equal slice of Chicago’s contractual pie. Gardner, who made his comments on WVON’s Perri Small show on his way to 92nd ...

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Black Economic Dysfunction

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Amazingly, Black folks in this country still don’t get it.  After all we have been through and after everything we have accomplished, prior to and after integration, our relative collective economic position in America has changed very little.  In some cases we have regressed in terms of ownership of land, from some 20 million acres of land (31,000 square miles) in 1910; and ...

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Blogging While Brown

by Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Philadelphia was the site of this weekend’s fifth annual “Blogging While Brown” conference at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City. Since its launch in 2008, “Blogging While Brown” has grown to become the premier blogging conference dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color. Gathering together some ...

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Obama Needs To Run Against Congress

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist If President Obama wants to win in November he will have to run against the Republican Congress.  He will actually not need to spend his time on Romney.  When you have people like former President Jimmy Carter suggesting that Romney is not that bad, you have a message problem and one that may not be resolvable in the short-term.  On the other hand, as a few people have s ...

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Better Business Bureau Warns Look for the Red Flags During Your Summer Job Search

CHICAGO, IL - June 7, 2012 - Many students are off for summer break and find themselves searching for temporary work. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is warning high school and university students looking for work this summer to avoid common job scams.   “Many students seeking summer jobs may have little to no previous work experience, And are tempted to apply for jobs ...

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