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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Yes, Where do we stand?

April 16, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Chaka Khan sang, “Tell me somethin’ good.” The 2014 National Urban League (NUL) report, State of Black America, “One Nation Underemployed; Jobs Rebuild America,” contains a lot of great information, but it will only prove to be “good” if we use it to build a solid and long lasting economic base. The 236 page report... [Read more...]

Save Thousands When Arranging a Funeral.

April 9, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) I know, just like most people, you probably don’t want to think about or even talk about the prospect of a death in the family. You can always call a funeral home and they will be happy to take care of the whole thing.  Funeral homes are like any other Business, with the bottom line of making maximum profits. A key component... [Read more...]

Yes, The Cost of Getting Old.

April 8, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) We are at a critical stage in the economy when “more than one-third of workers (36%) have a measly $1,000 saved for their later years,” according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. “Compare that to the 28% of workers who said they had $1,000 saved in last year’s survey, and the picture gets a little... [Read more...]

Yes, African Diplomats Shun Black Business Owners.

April 8, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Last week I attended a very nice reception hosted by two of my friends, Rosa Whitaker and Bernadette Paolo.  Rosa is CEO and President of the Whitaker Group, a Washington, D.C.- based consultancy specializing in trade and investment in Africa.  She previously served as the first Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa... [Read more...]

Minimum Wage; Give America A Raise!

April 7, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) “It’s time to give America a Raise!” With these words, President Barack Obama called for Congress to raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next two years. Furthermore, the President is proposing indexing the minimum wage to inflation so that it rises automatically as... [Read more...]

Yes, Black Capitalism – Fulfillment or Failure?

April 5, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) In light of what most of us know about the economy and where Black people fit, mostly as consumers rather than producers, a discussion of Black Capitalism is in order. The term was promoted by Stokley Carmichael in 1966 as part of the “Black Power” movement, but came into vogue in 1968 when the Nixon administration adopted... [Read more...]

Urgent Economic Data Coming…Wednesday and Friday!

March 31, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Wednesday and Friday are two days of reckoning when it comes to the Federal Reserve Bank’s (Fed) policy of withdrawing easy or cheap money from the economy. The Fed started withdrawing money through its Quantitative Easing (QE) program in December 2013. Of course, there will be many other days in the future when data of this... [Read more...]

Yes, If A Man Can Abort A Child Without The Mans Permission Can He Abort Himself Financially.

March 24, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Let me introduce you to the concept of “Financial abortions.”  This is the idea that, when a parent doesn’t want to be financially connected with his/her child, they can remove themselves from the process altogether with no financial obligations whatsoever. I was introduced to the idea by Kirsten West Savali, an outstanding... [Read more...]

Do You Have the ‘Soft Skills’ to Get Ahead at Work?

March 24, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) One of my mentors once told me as I asked for advice about how to advance my career, “You don’t know what you don’t know and you think you know.”  Ouch.  My pride was a little bruised, but I knew he knew what he was talking about so it was in my best interest to listen up.  In my work as a keynote... [Read more...]

Five Tools to Tackle Finances in Your Twenties.

March 21, 2014 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Your twenties are hard enough already: matriculating from college, finding your first “real” job, moving out on your own, learning how to pay bills for the first time and learning how to navigate adult relationships without the structure of college or free flow of alcohol. It is a scary and awkward time, no one disputes... [Read more...]

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