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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Tips to Do Your Best on a Job Interview

Written by Featured Organization on 18 November 2010.

An Interview is the best opportunity you will have to gather information and market yourself to a prospective employer. Invest a few minutes in reviewing these tips for a successful interview outcome.

  1. You're on stage from the moment you get in the parking lot. From this point on, anyone whom you run into, smile, look them in the eye, and be pleasant. Be nice to the receptionist/secretary and be courteous to everyone, even if you're in a rush. Don't be short ...you'd be surprised how much influence they can have in the hiring process.

  2. You are interviewing them too. Not only do you want to identify 2 or 3 three qualifications in your background to bring forward, but you also need 2 or 3 things that are important to you about the potential working environment. Spend 15-20 minutes prior to the interview to plan your questions.

  3. Don't assume they have done a thorough review of your resume/background. Be sure to bring several copies of your resume with you. It's your job to convey your strengths. Choose 3 things that match up well with their environment and convey those on the interview. If things turn out to be different than you expected, you need to be flexible.

  4. You will be asked about your short and long term goals. Keep your goals realistic and along the lines of the things they're looking for. For example, if you want to own your own company, you might not want to mention that on the interview. Make your goals pertinent to the interview and the work environment.

  5. Try to draw comparisons to previous work experiences. A good way to answer questions is with real world experience. For example, take a project you've recently completed and apply the experience to the company's current challenges.

  6. Think before you answer. Always be sure you understand the question before you begin to answer. If you're unsure about what they're trying to ask you - which happens a lot in technology because it's so complex - check for understanding by asking them to explain what they're looking for.

  7. Rating questions are tricky. When you are asked to rate yourself, don't give yourself the highest rating. Say "I feel good about my skills but there is always something new to learn - I'm sure I could learn something from you." Always qualify your example with real world experiences.

  8. Body language is vital to the interview and accounts for over 50% of the message. A firm handshake, positive body alignment, and good eye contact are vital for a successful interview. You've probably talked to someone who will not look you in the eye or show an active interest in the conversation; they make you uncomfortable and you wonder what they are hiding.

  9. Personal questions - don't ask any! If they ask you (where you live, etc)...it is professional business etiquette to answer the question, as you will be building rapport, but always let the interviewer open the door first.

  10. In closing, before you leave, ask them "Based upon our interview, is there anything lacking in my background that would prevent me from getting this position?" Or, "Is there anything you're not comfortable with in terms of my background for this position?" This gives you one last chance to overcome any issues - no one can explain it better than you. Plus, it gives you a chance to turn a negative into a positive.

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