Daily Archive: October 22, 2010


We marched, now what?

(NNPA)—At the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King noted that his march was not an end but a beginning. He knew that it alone would not create the change that the country so desperately needed. His coalition of civil rights, religious groups and labor organizations would go on to register voters and help struggling Americans gain equal access to voting rights, fair housing, and employment opportunities. The One Nation Working Together march in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, while unprecedented in unifying Americans from all corners, was only the most recent step forward on Dr. King’s long march for jobs and freedom.


‘Tempted by Trouble’

Times are tough. You’ve tightened your belt so much that you don’t have any notches left. You’ve cancelled everything cancelable, given up all but the necessities, stopped going out and started going desperate. You don’t know what to do next to save your un(der)employed self. It’s decision time. How up-the-creek are you? Would you pick up a gun to pay the bills? In the new book “Tempted by Trouble” by Eric Jerome Dickey, a man learns that firepower is not foolproof.


Four signs your debt is out of control

“Everyone runs up a little credit card debt, right?” That’s what many people tell themselves to justify carrying excessive debit. But the fact is undisciplined spending and poor credit management are serious problems that must be addressed. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides these following four signs that show your debt and spending are out of control, and offers advice on what to do if they are.


Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I saw my first in-store Christmas tree ornament display in August. August! I had just gotten accustomed to seeing holiday displays right after Halloween when the poor little ghost and goblin displays were squeezed out by glittering artificial trees and ornament spreads. But Christmas trees before ghouls? What’s going on? I think I can tell you because my employer, the Nielsen Company, is the largest marketing research company in the world. We measure consumer behavior trends—what you buy and what you watch, including mobile and online services. We also provide annual holiday spending predictions (which are pretty accurate, having fallen within 1.5 percent of actual results on unit and dollar sales the two previous seasons) through the combination of a survey of nearly 25,000 demographically representative U.S. households (which includes people who look like us) and more than 500 category-level forecasts of core items sold across food, drug and mass merchandiser stores (including Walmart).



In my travels: White House edition

I finally made it to the White House thanks to a good childhood friend. More than six weeks ago Marva Williams asked me if I wanted to go to the White House. I said sure. She told me what information she needed and I gave it up. Truth be told, when our visit was approved I had forgotten about it, but when I found out it was really going to happen I was ecstatic. We went on the most perfect weekend. The weather was perfect for walking, shopping and running around in a convertible. As most of you know the drive to Washington, D.C., is very easy, under four hours. Our friends in D.C. were waiting for us and their house was very close to a Metro stop. Everything was so convenient, the Metro was so clean. We rode the it to the District and our walk to the White House was a breeze.



September 23 at the LeMont Restaurant marked the fifth annual Benefit Program Series presented by Workforce Development Global Alliance. During the evening guests bid on dynamic silent auction items, dined on grilled salmon filets with dill sauce, carved roasted filet mignon, roasted turkey and Somossa’s (Kenyan cuisine). TEAM PLAYERS—Franco Harris (keynote speaker) and Niecy Dennis (WDGA). Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the keynote speaker and the crowd enjoyed performances by guest artists from Hip-Hop on Lock and Archie’s Drummer’s a Helen Faison Arts Academy Reunion team.


Coalition seeks student loan protection

(Washington, D.C.)—In a recent letter, nearly 40 organizations that advocate for students, civil rights, higher education, and consumers called on U.S. senators to close worrisome gaps in the Senate financial reform bill. As currently drafted, the bill does not ensure that the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has enforcement authority over the largest private student loan provider, Sallie Mae, or over predatory loans made by large for-profit colleges to their own students.