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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

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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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GDN Business Profile: Spiritually Inspired and Socially Innovative Housing Project

Written by Patrice Davis on 07 August 2010.

Vincent Burgess Kingdom BuildersIn May of 2010, in Wilmington, NC, Mr. Vincent Burgess, Pres. of Kingdom Builders, Inc., a non-profit, housing development company unveiled his first affordable housing unit in a ceremony before family, friends and the general public.

The housing unit was a retrofitted cargo container that was turned into a one-bedroom apartment.  Mr. Burgess, a licensed contractor, recognized the need for a more affordable housing option while working with another non-profit, whose mission was to help ex-offenders successfully transition back into society.

Kingdom builders, Inc. was started in 2009 with a mission of providing affordable housing to people with limited income. The homes had hard-wood floors, stainless steel appliances and other features that made a beautiful living space affordable.

The first cargo unit was developed to be a model for public viewing.  This attractive air-conditioned unit has a small front porch, a full sized door into a fully functional retrofitted kitchen - then comes the full bathroom with a shower.  There is a cozy living room with a sofa bed too.  The living room looks out through a standard sized sliding glass door onto a sturdy patio.

Starting out with a world of faith and very little money, it took a crew of four, and three financial backers, several months to bring this project to completion.  However, Mr. Burgess says that a similar model could be constructed in a matter of days.  He said the hardest part of doing this project, was finding the container at the right price, waiting on the finances and getting the additional materials, that were eventually donated by friends, co-laborers in the industry and other supporters who believed in his vision.

Kingdom Builders inc

The container size is 8'x40'.  The estimated cost of a retrofitted container apartment is between $22,000.00 & $25,000.00 depending upon whether the owne r has a lot or needs to buy one.

It will rent for approximately $400.00 monthly as compared to a comparable size efficiency apartment that would rent for approximately $600.00 and up.  When you add in the savings from heating and cooling cost you have quite an affordable option for a segment of an underserved market.

The next project is the development of eight units on a 70'x90' lot.  Ordinarily, such a lot would only hold two standard size apartments.  He is being encouraged and supported by the City of Wilmington because  he has numerous lots too small for traditional houses but more than adequate for his designs.

When asked what was the greatest lesson learned from this project, Mr. Burgess replied:  "Never give up."  He gives the credit to God, and his wife for inspiring him to keep working on this project until it was completed.

Persons interested in renting, building, donating or investing, call 910-409-6166.

 

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