Picture 730Legendary Singer Gladys Knight Slams Hip-Hop Music
Legendary R&B singer Gladys Knight had some harsh words for the genre of Hip-Hop in a recent interview. Knight is making the press rounds promoting her role as church elder named “Wilma” in Tyler Perry’s latest movie I Can Do Bad All By Myself, while she prepares for an October tour of Europe. In addition to the high profile role in Perry’s latest hit movie, Knight is revered around the world for hits like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One Of Us” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” During an interview with BlackNews.com, Knight said that Hip-Hop had created opportunities for young artists, but the slammed the genre of music, claiming it had set back African-Americans as a race. (Continue Reading…)

Boarding Schools Make Room for Diversity
When her mother presented the idea to Stormi Abrams-Haggard as she completed eighth grade at a Chicago public school, Stormi wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. Her mother, Kecia Abrams, had become increasingly ill, suffering from sarcoidosis of the lungs, and someone had suggested she look into Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., for her two daughters. Hershey seemed a long way from their Park Manor neighborhood. “But I’ve always been open to new things,” said Stormi, now 17 and starting her senior year at the nation’s largest free boarding school for underprivileged kids. (Continue Reading…)

Suit Alleges Trusted Blacks Drew Minorities to High-Rate Loans
As the housing market began booming in mid-2000, Wells Fargo & Co. teamed up with prominent African American commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and financial author Kelvin Boston, the host of “Moneywise,” a multicultural financial affairs show, to host something called “Wealth Building” seminars in black neighborhoods. Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw, according to Boston and Keith Corbett, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, who attended two of the seminars. Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere. After Hurricane Katrina, Smiley also emphasized the importance of building assets and wealth, saying those who had done so were able to leave New Orleans, while people with nothing had to stay behind, Boston said. (Continue Reading…)

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