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Black Man! Daddy!

400643_uncle_and_nephewI want to start out by saying that this is my article filled with things I have seen through my eyes.  I want to thank everyone that participated in the part one of Black Man.  I was going to write about enablers and the black man but I will save that for part three.


There are so many sisters with families. The most important person missing from a lot of these families is daddy. I drive transit buses for a living and for most of the month; you see a majority of women and children. When the first week of the month rolls around, DADDY”S HOME! He’s grocery shopping with his family, getting new clothes and shoes at the mall, his woman is paying HIS bus fare and all is good. When that week is over you don’t see him anymore.

African American Biologist Creates Organic Skin Products


Shenell Bolden
Shenell Bolden

Shenell Bolden has successfully created products that you don’t normally see many African Americans creating “vegan friendly” skin and hair products. This visionary scientist and entrepreneur has created products that are so user friendly that her clientele includes pregnant women, brides, and people with allergies. She is hoping to expand her clientele to potential male clientele, because her products are for all people that want to use organic products. I had a chance to sit down with Shenell to interview her about her skin care line. I was surprised by the interview. At the end, I thought about how Shenell reminded me of a modern day George Washington Carver. However, you read the interview and tell me what you think.

Tiffany: What is your background?

S.B.: I am a Biologist by trade with degrees in Biology and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Surprisingly, I am not a vegetarian. I love my veggies, but every now and then I do partake in a steak and potatoes! However, I also understand the need for good skin care products that are not animal based and I celebrate that. I believe in these products. So much so that two years ago I stopped using store bought lotion. Aside from customer testimonials my own hair and skin are in living color proof that these products work.

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Student Loans…Obama Passes Reform, Know What It Means For You!

BarackObamaportraitMost knew or at least heard of the Health Care portion of the Reconciliation Act of 2010. But another part of this Act was education. This Act will have the impact of cutting commercial banking profits and increasing the Pell Grant.  This reform is designed to save taxpayers over 61 billion in ten years.

If you are like many of the students that passed through college campuses you have racked up your fair share of student loan debt. In the quest for greater education many independent and dependent students have taken out grants and loans for amounts over $20,000. Essentially you may be able to cut some of this debt in half and effectively stopping the banks from profiting off a government funded program.

The Pell grant maximum distribution amount has been increased to $5,273 from $4,617 as part of this reform for the 2010 beginning school year. One portion of this is that instead of having monthly payments determined by the amount borrowed it will be decided according to your income. This would help borrowers to stay out of debt trying to pay loan amounts totaling more than they can afford at any given time.

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