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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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Making Yourself Recession-proof

Written by Farrah Gray on 01 July 2011.

Self-Employed recession-proofRecent news headlines have been dominated by tales of the recession and continuing economic woe. This week, the Federal Reserve (June 22, 2011) announced slower growth in the U.S. economy anticipated focusing on high unemployment and rising inflation. Notably, however, the Fed Committee will monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will act as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.

The bleak economic outlook adds up to increasingly troubling statistics at a time when individuals have fewer financial options at their disposal.

Unquestionably, great emotional and psychological upheaval result from the loss of one’s home and job. The fact that the loss is through no fault of one’s own does little to assuage feelings of abandonment, rejection, and disbelief.

Rationally, people understand that the economic downturn and its consequences are beyond their control.

The bright lining to this unfortunate situation is that it affords you the luxury of taking control of your financial destiny and creating a different outlook for yourself. Focus on a change of job or career, with the possibility of reversing your current fortunes and ultimately making yourself recession-proof.

Men and women of an entrepreneurial bent have been able to make money from their own homes, garages, or yard sales. Although self-employment has many appealing qualities, it does require an enormous level of self-discipline, confidence, and time-management skills.

Before taking the leap into self-employment, first inquire about any required business permits. Next, buy or lease the equipment your particular venture requires. One of the most important things a home business needs is a good networking system. This allows you to contact individuals who can offer you work or refer you to others.


Aside from the challenges involved, it is possible for anyone to start a small business. However, it is critical that you know what you are getting into. For those who are undecided, a logical first step is to list potential areas of expertise, special training, educational and job experience, and special interests that could be developed into a business.

You must possess the necessary drive to succeed, especially when long hours and difficult decisions are needed. There is no one type of person guaranteed to either fail or succeed in small business. Starting a small business is not a decision to be entered into lightly, and should only be made after serious study, self-examination, and counseling. The key to your success is detailed preparation and long-term planning.

Before starting a business, you need to identify what type of entrepreneur you wish to be. Many types of entrepreneurs are needed to help the country, and its economy, to grow. Listed below are but a few of the possibilities:

1. Self-Employed: Individuals perform all the work and keep all the profit. This can often be a full-time job because no one else is involved and you are responsible for all aspects of the business yourself.

2. Opportunistic Entrepreneurs: Those individuals who start a business and expand it in order to hire other employees that have the necessary expertise that the owner lacks.

3. Inventors: Those with particular inventive abilities who design a better or unique product and then create companies to develop, produce, and sell the item.

4. Economy of Scale Exploiters: Those who benefit from buying in volume and offering discount prices while operating with very low overhead.

5. Buy-Sell Artists: Those who buy a company for the purpose of improving it so that they can sell it again for a profit.

6. Speculators: Those who purchase a commodity and resell it for a profit. Art and antiques are typical speculator items.

7. Franchisee: A franchisee is an individual who starts a business for which a widely known product image has already been established.

Try to list up to 10 businesses in your community that you consider efficient, smart, lucrative or suitable. Since there may be more than 10 small businesses in your particular community, concentrate instead on the types that most interest you as possibilities for self-employment due to high profits. Don’t leave out any possibilities just because you feel you don’t have the capabilities or expertise necessary for success. If you don’t possess all the necessary skills or abilities, you can likely develop them or hire others who have them to help you out. Include every possibility that seems appealing.

Once you decide, you need only to work out the details and plan for an outcome you have control over.

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