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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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The Acumen Fund: Changing How the World Addresses Poverty

Written by Featured Organization on 03 December 2010.

Jacqueline Novogratz Acumen FundJacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, has been selected as the 2010 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. The Fund is a pioneering not-for-profit global venture fund that is changing the world. Novogratz is responsible for the vision behind Acumen Fund’s unique approach to using patient capital to invest in business models that deliver critical, affordable goods and services to the world’s poor, improving the lives of millions.

The company’s investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services – like health, water, housing, and energy – through innovative, market-oriented approaches. Novogratz has led the Acumen Fund team since its launch in 2001. Under her leadership, the organization has invested $40 million in more than 35 companies serving 25 million low-income customers in the developing world.

Novogratz, author of the best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, will deliver a keynote address to Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, past recipients, business leaders, and members of the surrounding community on Dec. 1.

The program will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, in the Heffner Alumni House Great Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the Lally School of Management & Technology.

“We are delighted to honor Jacqueline Novogratz as Rensselaer’s Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Iftekhar Hasan, acting dean of the Lally School. Hasan, the Cary L. Wellington Professor of Finance, is also director of the International Center for Financial Research, co-director of the Ph.D. program, and area coordinator of accounting and finance for the Lally School. “Her work embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that RPI has cultivated throughout its history, and extends it into the realm of social entrepreneurship, which is desperately needed in today’s global economy.”

Established in 1990, the William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award brings the world of entrepreneurship into Rensselaer classrooms by recognizing successful entrepreneurs and role models who share their wisdom and experiences with students. The award also celebrates entrepreneurs whose vision, commitment, and creativity exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that is Rensselaer’s past, present, and future.

“Jacqueline’s activities fit directly with Rensselaer’s motto of ‘Why not Change the World?’”, said Gina O’Connor, associate professor of management at Rensselaer and director of the Severino Center. “Her emphasis on eradicating poverty from the world is truly inspirational for our students and the rest of the Rensselaer community. Jacqueline’s approach to the problem is truly innovative; she has demonstrated the power of communication, education, financial sophistication, and outreach in a social entrepreneurship model that is, for certain, having great impact. Our campus is buzzing in anticipation of her visit.”

In advance of the Dec. 1 event, the Severino Center will host a series of small book discussions with Rensselaer students focused on Novogratz’s memoir. The selected dates are Nov 16, 19, and 22. The discussions are a joint collaboration between the Severino Center, Rensselaer’s Office of Undergraduate Education, the Office of the First Year Experience, and the faculty dean of the residential commons.

Prior to Acumen Fund, Novogratz founded and directed the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership program at the Rockefeller Foundation. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank and she founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. Novogratz currently serves on the board of the Aspen Institute as well as the advisory councils of Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT’s Legatum Center.

She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, a Synergos Institute Senior Fellow, and has received honors including Ernst & Young’s 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2009 CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award, and AWNY’s 2009 Changing the Game Award.She was recently named to Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. Novogratz is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED). Novogratz received an MBA from Stanford University, and her bachelor’s in economics and international relations from the University of Virginia.

Novogratz will join 16 other individuals who have been recognized as William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year recipients. Past winners include: Amba Preetham Parigi, managing director, Entertainment Network (India) Limited, and managing director & CEO of Times Infotainment Media Limited; William G. Pomeroy ’66, founder and CEO, CXtec; Brendan L. McKernan ’00, co-founder and VP of operations, Agencourt Biosciences Corp.; Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp.; James Q. Crowe ’72, CEO, Level 3 Communications; John J. McDonnell Jr. ’61, founder, chairman, and CEO, Transaction Network Services Inc.; and Mukesh Chatter ’82, founder, president and CEO, Axiowave.

Additional recipients include: Curtis Priem ’82, co-founder and CTO, NVIDIA Corp.; Nancy S. Mueller, founder and president, Nancy’s Specialty Foods; Arthur L. Goldstein ’57, chairman, president, and CEO, Ionics Inc.; John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59, co-founder, CFO, VP-finance and treasurer, Arrow International Inc.; Paul J. Severino ’69, founder and chairman, Bay Networks; Warren Bruggeman ’46, VP and general manager, General Electric’s Nuclear Business Operations; Salvator Alfiero ’64, founder, chairman, and CEO, Protective Industries LLC; Thomas LeFevre ’71, co-founder, Intuit; and William Mow ’59, founder, Bugle Boy Industries.

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