The way government is run nowadays, it’s not about the people, constituents or the communities being served. It’s all about the elected official and what he thinks or what the lobbyists want. There was a time when politicians actually spoke to the people that helped get them in office in order to understand and know what concerns the community has. But, it’s more apparent that it doesn’t matter what the voters think and this is troubling. There has been countless opportunities recently for elected officials to hear the voice of the people, yet, instead, they ignored those voices and voted or have made changes the people disagreed with. This has to stop!
I do understand that people are skeptics when it comes to the electoral process and especially in the Black community, where the people feel they aren’t truly represented in government, EVEN with a Black president at the helm. In fact, a lot of Blacks feels as if President Obama doesn’t care about them without them realizing that he is the president of ALL U.S. citizens and not just Blacks. But, that’s a different topic for a different time. The fact of the matter is that the people are disgruntled with elected officials in general. But, people don’t realize or won’t acknowledge that they still have a voice in who is elected. We need to start firing these politicians, plain and simple! Read more…
by Patrice Cunningham Washington
If so, you’re not alone. And that was the great part about reading Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files: How One Woman got Out of Debt without Giving Up the Fabulous Life. Knowing you’re not alone in getting a possibly long-neglected financial house in order is one of the most important steps in beginning your journey to financial freedom.
As a sister in the “fab while frugal” struggle, I adored Natalie’s transparency. She shares more than just her passage from being a pauper to becoming the poster child for personal finance success, but includes candid insight on her professional transformation, personal obligations to family and friends and the real life challenges that take place in a single woman’s life, all while juggling being a staggering five figures in debt. The way Natalie utilizes metaphors to explain her money woes are both hilarious and relatable. “My student loan is like an old boyfriend who just won’t go away. We had a good run, but it’s time for the relationship to end.” Read more…
Thanks to steadily increasing cotton and labor costs, fashion manufacturers are cutting back on both quality and extras. Instead, they’re using inexpensive tweaks to con shoppers into believing they’re actually getting more for their money—thus, the new slang term “con-flation.”
It looks like parents aren’t buying it, though. The National Retail Foundation released a study in late July indicating back-to-school shoppers plan to spend less this year across the board. According to the study, “Parents are actually taking inventory of last year’s items, asking kids to… try on those ‘old’ jeans, and check if the tennis shoes still fit.”
The Labor Department reported clothing prices rose 1.2 percent in July, the third increase in the last year. In 12 months, clothing costs rose 3.1 percent, the biggest yearly increase since July 1992.
Shopper pragmatism is one way to beat the system; another is to use cost-saving methods to reduce back-to-school spending. Here are six ways to get your kids to school in style—and on budget.
1. Buy Quality Read more…
Who: RAHIEM SHABAZZ
What: Rasha Entertainment
Why: RashaEntertainment.com attracts a wide range of casual browsers with interest in every facet of the Hip-Hop culture from music, film and fashion. The site is quickly becoming a required destination for those who are looking for unique content assembled from a hip-hop journalist point of view. We provide exclusive MP3′s for discerning music fans, book reviews and exclusive interviews all interspersed with news commentary.
RashaEntertainment.com has developed strong relationships with major labels, artists, actors and actress which result in exclusive content like video interviews and news. We been featured on many sites including necolebitchie.com, Allhiphop.com, FreddyO.com, GyantUnplugged.com, The Source Magazine, XXL Magazine, GlobalGrind.com, StraightFromTheA.com, ThisIs50.com, WorldStarHiphop.com. Bossip.com, Vlad.com, MTV, BET.com and TMZ.com Read more…
TORAE TO RELEASE DEBUT LP FOR THE RECORD ON NOVEMBER 1st
For The Record Features Production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Nottz, Large Professor, Diamond D, Khrysis, !llmind & Marco Polo
Hip hop recording artist Torae announces his upcoming debut offering; For The Record, on his Internal Affairs Entertainment imprint. Slated for release on November 1, 2011 the album is an ample fifteen tracks worth of high-caliber production and impeccable rhyme. Read more…
When members of the black community accuse the Obama White House of behaving disrespectfully toward the black community, this is what they mean:
“Is President Obama finally ready to bite back and throw down with black leaders who have ridden him nonstop for the past few months for his lack of attention to black America? Politico quoted an Obama insider as saying, “The whole thing is bull-[bleep] … We have met with [black leaders] more than any other group and we are increasing our outreach.”
If the mere injection of the African American community into a conversation prompts you to use swear words, then not only are you unsympathetic to the needs of the African American community, you’re openly combative. Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart for August 31. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s up fam? Been a good week besides the old football knee is acting up and I may have to have surgery. So I hope that’s not the case. Besides that I’ll be rocking on Friday’s at The Ultimate Sports Bar and I’m adding a couple of new stations that I’m happy about. This Thursday night you can check Royce The “5 9′ at the Majestic in Detroit. And at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night. Next Saturday I’ll be rocking at the first night game at Michigan Stadium (110,000 capacity) and it doesn’t end until 1am. Gonna be a great night and something that’s never been seen around here. Before I get out of here I’m still feeling the Pusha T stuff and I’m also feeling OnCue dude is kind of dope. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.myspace.com/djchillwill734
Here is our chart: Read more…
Romeo Miller and College Boyys Clothing Combines Fashion and Education To Prepare The Next Generation With “I Am The Next…” Campaign
— Romeo Miller combines fashion and higher education to set trends in the clothing business with his College Boyys and College Girlls clothing collections. —
Nationwide (August 31, 2011) — The first annual College Boyys Back to School “I AM THE NEXT…” Campaign inspires kids at an early age to dream big by making college a reality for underprivileged kids across the country. “With college counselors present, it’s actually a job fair for little kids!!” comments Kate Jordan of Hollywood T Magazine. “With a big star like Romeo taking the time with the kids, a blueprint will definitely stick, and Romeo is a walking role model!” Read more…