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Rush Card Settle Lawsuit for $20 Million

by Ann Bucher The makers of the RushCard have reportedly agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed over a botched upgrade of the pre-paid debit card that allegedly left RushCard holders without access to their money for multiple days. On Tuesday, plaintiffs Stephanie Fuentes, Jetaime Howard, Mianika Smith, Shari Goodman, Jermain Hayes and 10 other plaintiffs filed a memorandum supporting preliminary app ...

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E3 Raising the Bar for Local Entrepreneurs

Quietly in a nondescript location settled within a long ignored section of Northwest Jacksonville, a group of aspiring entrepreneurs made history, as the first class of students to complete Business Plan Boot Camp. Entrepreneurs spent four weeks doing homework, learning avant garde concepts and receiving one on one and group consultation and training by community engagement advocates of the E3 Business Grou ...

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Internship to C-Suite: turning your learning experience into a career dream come true

by Sable Badaki Internship. This word creates images of free labor, coffee runs, copying and other menial tasks. Actually, there was a time, when  “intern” was synonymous with grunt work.  More and more organizations are recognizing the value of training young minds and building relationships for future mutual benefit.   Companies are recognizing, this as an opportunity to showcase themselves to the future ...

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How To Be Your Own Economic Quarterback

  After a lifetime of earning and saving, one might expect a comfortable and financially secure retirement, especially with a reliable financial advisor – right? “Life is rarely that simple or black-and-white and, unfortunately, neither is the financial realm,” says Bryan S. Slovon, founder and CEO of Stuart Financial Group in Greenbelt, MD (www.stuartfg.com). “Perhaps the arithmetic of personal wealth ...

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Celebrity Stylist Opens New Beauty School in Jacksonville

Tonia Bell, stylist to Black Hollywood elite including Megan Goode, Loretta Devine, Wendy  Raquel Robinson and Lauren Hill, is bringing her talent to Jacksonville. Known to industry insiders as “Tonia B”, the internationally renowned celebrity stylist recently opened the Total Beauty Institute last week with a commitment to training and educating students in the world of beauty. The institute is also bringi ...

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Florida Black Media Owners Strategize and Educate at the Capitol

Tallahassee, Fl---Members of the Florida Association of Black Owned Media spoke with members of Florida’s power elite during its two day visit to the state Capitol. Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner met with members and discussed a new communications path to the African American Community. The leaders will be providing legislative overviews to the papers at the sessio ...

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Entrepreneurs Gather to Network, Inspire, Engage and Educate Each Other

Donteacia Seymour, President and CEO of the Founders Brunch sent out a call to all entrepreneurs, Founders and CEOs of small businesses to attend a unique networking event. One attendance pre-requisite asked participates to complete an application detailing how the Founders Brunch could expand their business. “Entrepreneurs are the new American superhero, and everyone wants to be one. What most don’t know i ...

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Have Hip-Hop and Wall Street Destroyed Soul Music?

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist Black people have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Mother Land.” During a visit to Kenya, I went to a music event. One of our hosts told us that the entertainment was from the Congo. I started to hear some similarity with Af ...

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Lender Discrimination May Be Pushing Black Churches Into Bankruptcy

Lender Discrimination May Be Pushing Black Churches Into Bankruptcy Predominantly African American congregations make up one-fifth of U.S. religious congregations but three-fifths of church Chapter 11 filings. by Patrick Clark (Bloomberg) A long line of research shows that black consumers pay higher rates for credit, includingmortgages and car loans. A new study suggests the same kind of financial discrimin ...

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Florida’s Black Media Celebrates Contributions to State’s Four Million Plus Minority Population

Orlando, Florida—The Florida Association of Black Owned Media, Inc. outlined an aggressive agenda for 2016. FABOM celebrates its ten year anniversary on December 22. The state’s oldest and largest African American media organization consists of the state’s most influential African American media reaching over 4 million Floridians each week. While “Majority” newspapers are struggling with dwindling subscript ...

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