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Understanding Finances

We are nearing the end of a historic election year, in the middle of a pandemic and people are losing jobs left and right. African Americans have been among the hardest hit, many not having “nest eggs” or savings to get them through these critical times, and when things began to normalize again – or as close as we can get to it -- smarter money management skills will be high on the priority list.

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Helping kids bridge the digital divide during COVID-19

As students prepare to head back to school, some families are concerned they will not have the technology needed to help their children succeed in virtual or distance learning. Specifically, in the African American community, many students have not engaged as much in the virtual learning landscape, as we have relied on brick-and-mortar institutions.

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Unemployment Crisis

The word they use is "negotiating," but it is more fitting to flat out call it what it is --fighting -- as Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach a decision on what to do about unemployment benefits during this pandemic.

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Georgia Provost: “We need a Black Agenda!”

"Right now, we as Black people need to get us an agenda and we need to discuss all of these disparities that we have in the Black community; education, healthcare and clinics, employment, parks for the youth, food, housing, economic development and the list goes on and on," Georgia Provost said.

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Phase II of ‘Reopening Texas’ underway

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically re-open while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

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Acres Home funeral director on COVID-19 deaths: ‘We are the last responders’

In 1953, Ebony magazine reported there were 3,000 black-owned funeral parlors across the country, and last year, that number had decreased to about 1,200, with nearly a dozen remaining across the Houston area. Many African Americans continue to rely on the comfort and security from familiar faces when it comes to burying their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19/ coronavirus global pandemic.

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Black press hit hard by COVID-19 but we will not shut down!

By: N.L. Preston HOUSTON – It is commonly said that journalists work on passion; working around the clock as the truth tellers bringing you the daily updates during the floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, battlefields of war and, as with today, health crises. And oftentimes, these dedicated journalists are putting themselves in the elements and on

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Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyoncé launch Houston campaign to fight COVID-19

Philanthropist, entrepreneur and fashion designer, Tina Knowles Lawson, has created the #IDIDMYPART campaign to encourage residents in her beloved home city of Houston to get tested in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that African American communities have an escalated rate of infections and fatalities, Knowles Lawson is pleading to Houston residents to know their status in an urgent appeal to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus and the New American Economy

With the spread of Coronavirus, people are being asked to choose between their livelihoods and their very lives. Businesses are pairing down to "skeleton crews," keeping just enough workers on board to get by and doubling remaining employees' duties. Never before have we realized just how interconnected we all are in our quest for survival.

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H-E-B gives $3 million for coronavirus community support

As the threat of coronavirus impacts our communities, H-E-B is sure of one thing: they will do their part to help Texans. H-E-B will make an initial $3 million commitment to support local organizations helping people most in need and working hard to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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Black-owned Unity Bank of Houston partners with leading global bank

Unity National Bank of Houston NA (“Unity”), the only African American owned bank in Texas and one of only two African American owned banking institutions with a National Chartered Banking License, announced an on-going knowledge exchange partnership with Citi under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Agent Mentor Protégé Program.

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Living Legend: Audrey Gilbreath

Audrey Gilbreath is owner of the largest and oldest African-American-owned integrated marketing agency in Houston. She founded Gilbreath Communications more than 29 years ago, and the company has steadily expanded its business and raised its profile — earning recognition over the years as one of Houston’s Fastest-Growing Small Businesses.

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Clench those dollars and build the bank

The power of owning your business and having someone work for you, is a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment; and, for a race who has worked and slaved for someone for centuries, it’s a feeling of generational respect too.

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Home Ownership = POWER

As we embark on another year, we must focus on controlling more of what’s happening in our own communities, but how can you have any power, if you don’t own any property? Home ownership is more important than you think.

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Scared money can’t make money!

The power of owning your business and having someone work for you is a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment; and, for a race who has worked and slaved for someone for centuries, it’s a feeling of generational respect, too.

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How to find the closest Black Santa

Dallas native, Jihan Woods has made history after struggling to find a Santa Claus with the same skin color as her young twin boys. Woods, a psychiatrist, raised $5K in less than a month using Kickstarter to help develop her directory app, which lists Black Santas in over 35 states.

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Krista Satterthwaithe

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON – “My advice for the African-American community can go to anyone, but I do have a particular bond with single mothers… When it comes to earning an education, it depends much more on your persistence than anything else. I went to school with people that were very, very smart and

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Ayeshia Smith: Miss Hempstead

By Burnest Carter September 20, 2019 was a day to remember for Ayeshia Smith. Ayeshia Smith, a member of the Prairie View Chapter Top Teens of America, became the 2019 Homecoming Queen for Hempstead High School in Hempstead. Teen Ayeshia Smith is a 2020 graduating senior and the daughter of proud parent and grandparent, Ms.

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Resident, Selected A Fellow by National Academy of Public Administration

MISSOURI CITY – MCTX City Manager Anthony J. Snipes has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) for inclusion in its 2019 Class of Academy Fellows, in recognition of his years of public administration service and expertise. Induction of the 51 new Fellows will occur during the Academy’s annual Fall Meeting,

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Just Judy

Photo credit: Priscilla Graham Photography By Rebecca S. Jones Introduction A connoisseur for hosting and producing extravagant and elaborate functions throughout Texas and well known for embracing multiculturalism before it was ever popular; Judy Foston-Stanford has developed an exceptional track record spanning over 30 years in the media, community, sales, marketing, public relations, advertising and

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Deavra Daughtry

Photos courtesy of Deavra Daughtry By Rebecca S. Jones “As a child, growing up in Houston, I knew I was going to help people. My grandmother was of service to everybody. She would just give and give and give and it made a huge imprint on my heart. I started out in social work, but

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Three Times

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON – Claude Cummings, Jr. was born and raised in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens. Since as early as he can remember, he has leant his voice to the community, Corporate America and the political world. For decades he has served as a conscious servant, who rightfully detests the ills, discriminations and prejudices

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Helping Kids Through Education

By: Chelsea Davis-Bibb HOUSTON – Born and raised in the Acres Homes community, Ms. Willie Elaine Hubbard Brooks wanted a way to give back to where she grew up. Inspired by her mother’s community activism and outstanding leadership in the Acres Homes community, Brooks founded the BenCheri’ Educational Center. It was her mother who encouraged

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The Split

By TJ Baker Photo credit: Priscilla Graham Photography “Without Favor or Fear” is the journalist creed. So, Mr. Paris Eley, this is especially for you, because you asked that African American News & Issues, print professionally and not bull-sh-t!! African American News & Issues’ readers, I’m going to try my best to unconfuse you in

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AHCBED Monthly Luncheon

  HOUSTON – Last month, the Acres Homes Chamber for Business & Economic Development held its Monthly Networking luncheon at the Beulah Ann Shepard building located at 6112 Wheatley, 77091. Burn’s BBQ served as the caterer and Mrs. Ann Harris Bennet of the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & voter Registrar was the keynote speaker. Photo

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H-E-B DIGS into MacGregor Market

HOUSTON – H-E-B is pleased to officially break ground on its new MacGregor Market located at the intersection of N. MacGregor Way and SH 288. The new, 90,000 sq. ft. store located in the Third Ward/Riverside community...

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African American Oil Industry Veterans Open the World of Oil & Gas Using Blockchain Technology

Nationwide — Oil industry veterans, Donald Glover and Harold Thomas, want black people to participate in the behind the scenes world of oil and gas by utilizing the power of Blockchain technology. African Americans are a large consumer of fossil fuels and low on the supply chain in terms of involvement and profit. Reserve Oil and Gas Coin (ROC) is an innovative project aimed to making an impact on that dynamic.

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Adversity is the Instrument for Empowerment

Malcolm X’s quote explains how adversity is the instrument for empowerment. New Millennial African-Americans are using personal adversities to aspire to entrepreneurship. African-Americans have social equality, but they do not have social equity.

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