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February 14, 2013

By Kam Williams

LAWT Contributing Writer

 

“In spite of Black America’s advances… with more successful, educated and accomplished entrepreneurs and corporate professionals than at any other time in history, the journey is far from over. To be honest, it is only beginning...

Pockets of prosperity, a gulf as vast and deep as the Nile, separates the majority of the Black community from its financial elites as well as from virtually every other ethnic group in our society. The abyss between wealthy Blacks and poverty-stricken Blacks is more than disturbing.

“The unemployment rate for young Black males… is fast approaching Great Depression levels. More Black males than ever are incarcerated, attend miserably-failing, segregated, inner-city schools, and live in gang-infested neighborhoods.

“These impoverished enclaves have become the equivalent of a domestic Third World country… Though the challenges… may desperately need addressing, the purpose of this book is to highlight the possibilities that are available to all… possibilities brought to my attention and clarified by Black America’s wealthiest.” 

-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 8-9)

What’s the key to becoming a millionaire for an African-American? That’s the basic question posed by Dr. Dennis Kimbro to a thousand of the most affluent blacks in the United States in a study conducted over the last seven years.

Among the icons graciously participating in the survey were entertainment industry tycoon Tyler Perry, Godfather’s Pizza CEO-turned-presidential hopeful Herman “9-9-9” Cain, FUBU fashion line creator/Shark Tank co-host Daymond John, BET founder Bob Johnson, Renaissance man Steve Harvey, televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes, TV-One CEO Cathy Hughes, film director Spike Lee, motivational speaker Les Brown, mutual fund manager John Rogers and entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who became a self-made millionaire by the age of fourteen.

Culling from the copious comments collected, Kimbro came up with nine “Disciplines” common to most of the millionaires interviewed. These pearls of wisdom include “Passion and Focus,” “A Strong Work Ethic” and “A Frugal Nature” to name a few.

The precepts struck this critic, quite frankly, as almost common sense, suggesting that perhaps the biggest challenge rests in taking the advice offered to heart and actually implementing it in your daily economic regimen. A mouthwatering recipe for riches courtesy of accomplished African-American elders with proven track records. 

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires

by Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D.

Palgrave Macmillan

Hardcover, $25.00

304 pages

ISBN: 978-0-230- 34207-1  

Parent Category: Lifestyle
Category: Arts & Culture

February 14, 2013

 

ARIES

You have more of a flair for communication this week than usual. Keep your words diplomatic but effective if your opinion is called for. A relative seeking advice will be glad they asked you. Soul Affirmation: I make the first step and the universe will come to my aid.

TAURUS

Don’t sweat the small stuff this week. You have a keen eye for the big picture, and you’ll be most productive if you ignore the petty this week. Your home is very happy tonight! Count your blessings! Soul Affirmation: Cheerfully handling what comes at me is the test of who I am.

GEMINI

Your energy level remains high; be careful not to overdo it but enjoy the wonderful feeling of your physical self as much as possible. A phone call from a friend who lives far away will brighten your week and inspire you with travel plans. Soul Affirmation: Slow and easy is the best way for me to travel this week.


CANCER

Things are busy this right now, and you love it! You feel very much as if you are at the center of life. Children will be a topic of conversation. Make plans to enjoy a special week with your honey. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be.

LEO

You can fly through the week if you keep your level of cooperation high. By this week’s end, you’ll have many plans, romantic and otherwise for the time period . Be patient at the workplace and things will go fine. Soul Affirmation: I take it easy on myself this week.

VIRGO

You may feel as if you’ll never get everything done that’s asked of you, but stay steady and on course, take things one step at time, and you’ll be amazed at what you accomplish. Celebrate with a special friend. Soul Affirmation: This week is a gift that I deserve.

LIBRA

It’s a great week for catching up on chores and leftover tasks from last week. You’ll also have the opportunity to spend some time thinking about the direction you want your life to flow toward.  Soul Affirmation: I face each day with a smile and the day smiles back at me.

SCORPIO

Communication vibes are highlighted, and you are in your element. Many ideas will be presented, and everyone will be very receptive and agreeable to what you say. Romantic interests are easily pursued this week. Smile on! Soul Affirmation: The slowness of my pace gives me time to refresh my energy.

SAGITTARIUS

Love and romance vibes are all around you this week! They will soothe your spirit and uncoil your tensions resulting from having too much work to do. Delegate some of the minor tasks so that you can do your best at the big stuff. Have a loving, lovely week. Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters.

CAPRICORN

Financial matters are highlighted during working hours. Everything to do with your money, or money under your care, goes smoothly. Another party invitation arrives. . . say YES! Soul Affirmation: I admit what I really want out of life this week.

AQUARIUS

If you are finding it hard to concentrate on a project at work, begin imagining it successfully completed. Work steady and stay calm this week. This week is a good time for personal inventory. Soul Affirmation: I will take time to enjoy the simple things in life.

PISCES

Mental fog lifts and you are sharp as a tack once again.  You’ll be making decisions about partnerships and joint finances. A very happy week is in store. Soul Affirmation: My smile is a radiant light to those I encounter.

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February 14, 2013

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

 

The Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” has gotten Michelle Obama’s ringing endorsement.

The first lady played host Wednesday at a White House workshop for about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans, in the state where the movie was set. Students saw the film, then questioned cast members and the director.

Mrs. Obama said she saw “Beasts” last summer and considers it one of the most powerful and important movies released in a long time.

The film tells the mythical tale of a 6-year-old girl named Hushpuppy struggling to survive in the southern Delta with her ailing father as a storm approaches. Her world consists of a small but tightly-knit shantytown community on the bayou with wild animals, both real and imagined.

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February 14, 2013

LAWT News Service

 

Dawn Robinson, former member of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl joins the Los Angeles cast of R&B Divas.  Known for her sultry voice, sexy style, and fiery personality Dawn is prepared to open up and speak freely about her success with En Vogue, and the ups and downs of life after leaving a multi-platinum group.  The show starts taping this month and is slated for a third quarter debut. 

Once a member of one of the hottest groups in the 90s, she truly made her presence known among the talented quartet and became a fan favorite.  Her distinct voice can be heard on many of the groups hits including “Don’t Let Go,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Never Gonna Get It,” “Hold On,” and “Free Your Mind.”  The group sold over 28 million records worldwide, garnered multiple platinum albums, several awards, and the honor of being named one of the most successful Girl Groups of all time. 

Dawn is positioning herself for an explosive comeback. She is excited about R&B Divas LA, and the talented cast.  .  Never one to shy away from setting the record straight and laying it on the line, she will talk freely about her experience with the group, but doesn’t intend to dwell on the past.  Where her life is taking her is her focus on the show and her journey back to the top of the charts.

Ready to begin a new chapter in life she faces fears that affect people from all walks; “am I good enough,” “can I have it all,” and “where do I go from here?”  

“Being a part of En Vogue was an amazing experience,” said Dawn.

“The group achieved a level of success that few music groups ever achieve and for that I am humbled and grateful, but now it’s time to focus on Dawn and where my path will lead me.  Being a cast member of R&B Divas LA is going to be an incredible opportunity for me to hang with women I respect and who understand the difficulties associated with re-inventing yourself in this industry.”

Musically, the world is familiar with Dawn of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl, but there is so much more to Dawn Robinson; woman, singer, songwriter, actress, author and designer.  She is prepared to take the entertainment industry by storm with all her new projects, including the development of her own girl group “GLAMM.”  Dawn is finally in a place in her life where there is clarity and confidence.  Her new journey will catapult her to yet another level of success and she invites the world to join her.

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Category: Arts & Culture

February 14, 2013

Associated Press

R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz, who has collaborated with hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Drake and others, has been added to this year's Essence Festival lineup.

The festival is scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans.

On Wednesday, organizers also announced that Solange is joining the lineup that already includes her big sister, Beyonce.

Beyonce is headlining one of three night concerts during the festival, which runs July 4-7. It'll be Beyonce's second performance in the Superdome this year. She entertained a huge television audience during the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month.

Other acts scheduled to perform are Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J, Brandy and others.

New additions announced Wednesday to the intimate Superlounges — stages set up in the Superdome's massive corridors — will feature: Faith Evans, Tamia, Rachelle Ferrell and Mali Music. They join previously announced crowd pleasers: Anthony David, Big Daddy Kane, Bridget Kelly, Blackstreet, Jody Watley and Mint Condition.

As music concerts take place in the Superdome, seminars on education, health, civil rights and personal empowerment will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This year's speakers include Steve Harvey, the Rev. Al Sharpton, state Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., an icon from the civil rights era, and best-selling author and relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant.

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