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Team Hickman Enterprises Presents The Port City Rip the Runway 2015

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 15 December 2014 20:21.

The Port City Rip the Runway will take place at 6pm on Saturday January 10, 2015 for the fourth year in Wilmington, NC. In addition to the annual fashion show, Team Hickman Enterprises has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise funds for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Fund and present scholarship money to two local students. The annual fashion show occurs during the "Bigg B's Celebrity Birthday Weekend" and features local DJs, stylists, designers, and clothing stores from Wilmington and the surrounding areas. Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman is the Program Director for Cumulus Broadcasting, Coast 97.3 FM in Wilmington, NC, 98.5 Kiss FM-Myrtle Beach, SC. In the past they have presented a scholarship each year to one student, but through the foundation and crowdfunding campaign they would like to increase their effort and present two scholarships this year.


Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in National, State and Local Recognition

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 08 December 2014 16:02.

Houston, TX — The Honey Brown Hope Foundation, a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that has served youth and their families for over two decades, announced today that it is thankful this holiday season for recently being recognized for its civil rights, diversity appreciation and environmental awareness initiatives by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Representative Senfronia Thompson, Great Nonprofits and Mayor of Houston Annise Parker in conjunction with Keep Houston Beautiful.


UN Committee Hears About Violations in Ferguson, Mo.

Written by Jazelle Hunt, Washington Correspondent on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:52.

WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The fight for justice in Ferguson has gone global. Tara Thompson, a corporate project manager who has been protesting and organizing in Ferguson since the summer, puts it this way: “It is unbelievable that I am staring down at a sniper rifle, pointed at me, that was paid for with my taxes. The United States should be outed. They police the world, telling everyone in other countries how to treat their citizens, how to implement democracy, and their own backyard is not clean.”


Cost of Meeting Basic Needs Rising Faster Than Wages in Washington State

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:50.

A Washington family of four must spend 46 percent more on average to make ends meet today than 13 years ago, according to a new report from the University of Washington. The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014, released Thursday (Nov. 20), provides a sobering look at how much it costs individuals and families statewide to meet basic needs — and how far short they’re falling.


African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party and Other Black Political Leaders Endorse Judge Keischa Lovelace for the N.C. Court of Appeals

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 27 October 2014 14:20.

The African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party and other Black political leaders in the state have decided to endorse and fervently support Judge Keischa Lovelace for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The AAC-NCDP and other elected North Carolina African-American officials have previously endorsed and still believe Dr. Lovelace is the proper choice for our entire state. The NCDP’s Executive Council, despite pleas from Black and White members, narrowly voted to endorse John Arrowwood for the NC Court of Appeals, Sunday.


Praise for New Rules on Racial Disparities in Schools

Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:51.

WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates praised the updated guidelines for addressing racial disparities in American public schools recently issued by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education and recommended additional measures to close the Black-White achievement gap. “The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance,” stated the guidance. “School districts that receive federal funds must not intentionally discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and must not implement facially neutral policies that have the unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin.”


The Passing of A Legend Pioneer Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Trailblazer Comer J. Cottrell, Jr. Dies at 82

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:48.

PLANO, TX  -- Pioneer entrepreneur, philanthropist and trailblazer Mr. Comer J. Cottrell, Jr., one of the country's most prolific African-American businessmen, died Friday, Oct. 3 at the age 82 at his Plano, Texas residence. Starting with a modest investment of $600 and broken typewriter, he built a multi-million dollar empire Pro-Line Hair Products and forever changed and revolutionizes the hair care industry. Pro-Line Hair Products would be the vehicle that would establish Mr. Cottrell's legacy but it also allowed him to expand his sharp business acumen across other categories and industries to create jobs and opportunities for African Americans and others that might not have existed.


Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:15.

DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease. An estimated 13 percent of people, all of whom are Caucasian, might carry the genetic susceptibility, and knowing this could help them reduce heart disease with simple interventions such as a healthy diet, exercise and stress management.


Master Motivator Orrin Hudson Plays a Simultaneous Game of Chess With 59 Students, Teaches Them the Winning Moves in Chess ... and Life!

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:05.

Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson playing a simultaneous game of chess with 59 children at an after-school program in Gadsden, Alabama to teach them pattern recognition. GADSDEN, AL -- Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, a national chess champion, motivational speaker, and the founder of Atlanta-based Be Someone, Inc., recently traveled to Gadsden, Alabama to host a week-long training program with local elementary and middle school students. The goal, according to Hudson, was to "make math, science and logic come alive" and to use the game of chess to teach kids the only way to fight is to use your head. "Heads up, pants up, grades up and never give up," he taught them.


Helping Students Attend College for Free

Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Friday, 19 September 2014 15:50.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As middle-aged parents, Norma Richards, a veteran science teacher, and her husband were only halfway through raising six children. Facing the daunting responsibility of putting their three through college in close succession, Richards felt it was time to get proactive.  Today, those two daughters and one son have each earned engineering degrees at well-known universities on full academic scholarships. Her guidebook, Free Ride to College shows parents and high school seniors how to position themselves for the same good fortune.