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February 4, 2016, 12:49 amsix amazing young African American entrepreneurs
Young entrepreneurs are a unique breed of business men and women. They look at the world through different eyes and want to change it. For some, the desire to help change the world and be the next big thing comes at a very young age - even as young as just 10 years old.
Here are six amazing young African American entrepreneurs who have done just that:
#1 - Taylor Moxley: Taylor from Miami, Florida started out selling her cupcakes just to make $40 to pay back her parents for a doll she wanted to buy. She took it one step further and sold her cupcakes to her church -- and made $175 in one day. That was only the beginning. Not only did she pay back her parents, she invested her profits to start a real business. At age 9, Taylor The Chef is well on her way to a successful career. She even published a book called The Adventures of Taylor The Chef.
#2 - Mikaila Ulmer: Mikaila of Austin, Texas, was only four years old when she opened her lemonade stand, using her great-grandmother's recipe. She called it Sweet Bee lemonade. By the time she was 10, she managed to get her lemonade on store shelves in Texas as well as three other states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. She really hit it big when she landed a deal with <snip>ond John on Shark Tank. Sweet!
#3 - Jeremiah West: Jeremiah, age 8, and his little brother Joshua, 6, of Rochester, New York, wanted to improve reading among children, so they started a movement called Champions of Change - "Little Deeds. Huge Impact." They started by helping other children in their community to not only read, but also to give, save and spend money wisely. Their idea triggered the growth of similar efforts all over the world that work through people like Jeremiah and Joshua to make lasting and positive changes in their communities.
#4 - Moziah Bridges: Moziah, from Memphis, Tennessee, was only 9 when he learned how to sew from his grandmother and began fashioning and selling his own creative bowties on Etsy. They are now sold in shops and boutiques in 6 states. As he said, "Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place. His other goal is to start a children's clothing company.
#5 - Maya Penn: Maya, from Atlanta, Georgia, started her company when she was just 8 years old, creating eco-friendly clothing and accessories. She is now the CEO of this company, which sells her designs across the world, and she also owns a non-profit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet that creates products for girls in developing countries. Up to 20 percent of her profits go to local and national charities and to environmental organizations.
#6 - Asia Newson: Asia, from Detroit, Michigan was only 5 years old when she learned how to make candles from her father. By age 11, Asia's company, called Super Business Girl, makes and sells her candles and merchandise through her online store. She is known as Detroit's youngest entrepreneur.
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February 3, 2016, 1:30 amA Misunderstood Man to Some; A Leader to Thousands
January 30, 2016, 12:35 pmTrump gets a rebuke from VETERANS!
January 28, 2016, 6:28 pmWant to know why so many Republicans hate Ted Cruz? Read his book.
Want to know why so many Republicans hate Ted Cruz? Read his book.
Updated by Andrew Prokop on January 28, 2016
As Ted Cruz has risen to become Donald Trump's main rival in Republican primary polls, it's become clear just how deeply much of the party's Washington establishment loathes him — to the point wheresome say they'd even prefer Trump to Cruz as a nominee.
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January 26, 2016, 11:01 pmA True Champion
Serena surges into Australian Open semi-final against Radwanska
Melbourne (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams muscled past Maria Sharapova for an 18th straight time Tuesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final against Agnieszka Radwanska, who has never beaten the dominant American.
The six-time Melbourne Park champion heaped more misery on her long-time rival 6-4, 6-1, with the Russian fifth seed stretching her demoralising unbeaten run against the American great to 12 years.
With Sharapova again swatted aside, the 34-year-old Williams, gunning to match Steffi Graf's Open-era Grand Slam record of 22 titles, now has the composed Pole in her sights.
The signs are not good for Radwanska, who easily disposed of Spanish 10th seed Carla Suarez 6-1, 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena.
While her record against Williams is not yet on the scale of Sharapova, it is still dismal.
She has played her eight times since 2008 and lost the lot, taking just one set along the way.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hits a return during her Australian Open match against Spain's …
Another ominous fact facing the Pole is that every time defending champion Williams has got past the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park, she has gone on to win the tournament.
Ahead of the Williams-Sharapova showdown, Radwanska, also a semi-finalist last year, said she did not mind who she faced in the last four clash on Thursday.
"I have nothing to lose and it does not matter who I play. Hopefully I can play my best tennis or I'll be in trouble," said the popular 26-year-old, who is on a 13-match win streak.
The Pole added that the experience she gained from making the Wimbledon final in 2012 and three other major semis would be crucial.
"Experience is very important in tennis. I'm happy to have that and I'll be ready for the semi," she said.
Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a forehand return during her women's singles match against Se …
Her big-match experience pales in comparison to Williams who has won 21 Grand Slam titles, including six at Melbourne Park, and played in four other finals at the majors.
"She a great defender and a great girl," Williams said of Radwanska. "Regardless, whoever gets to the final it will be a great thing. I have nothing to lose."
- 'Back to the drawing board' -
On a scorching hot day, the sluggish 34-year-old, the oldest world number one in WTA history, was slow to get going against Sharapova.
She was broken on her opening serve but soon got on the scoreboard as her power serve found its range and her game started coming together.
Serena Williams (R) shakes hands with Maria Sharapova after winning their women's singles match …
It was a typically tight first set against her long-time rival but she finally came through after a brutal 55 minutes.
Williams, who only lost three matches in 56 last season, called the trainer out at the changeover, apparently feeling unwell, but soldiered on and took control with an early break in the second set.
The Russian began wilting and Williams, who won three majors -- the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon -- last year, which took her to within one of Graf's record of 22, kept her foot to the floor and turned the contest into a rout.
It meant the five-time Grand Slam winner's demoralising jinx against one of the greatest players ever remains intact.
It dates back to 2004 when she last beat her in the Wimbledon final. Her downfall started in an epic semi-final at the 2005 Australian Open, with the American scraping home in a 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 thriller.
Despite yet another defeat, Sharapova insisted it kept her motivated to keep improving.
"It's motivating because she's at a different level. She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players," she said.
January 25, 2016, 11:55 amHe Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best
Here's What Could Finally Bring Down Trump
Donald Trump likes to call people "stupid." Whether he's referring to President Obama, Congressional leaders, the media or his opponents, the Republican front-runner has so far delighted his supporters these past eight months with an unprecedented flurry of demeaning ad-hominem attacks and inflammatory rhetoric.
But now he's calling these very same supporters stupid, claiming there's nothing he can do to lose their backing, not even if he committed a horrific act of violence.
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?" Trump said at a rally over the weekend in Sioux Center, Iowa. "It's, like, incredible."
Well, Trump's narcissism is, like, incredible, okay? Think for a minute about what he said, and perhaps the underlying disdain for his supporters. His ego is so gargantuan, his rapacious Id so deprived, he's convinced himself that he's so important and desirable that he could literally kill someone without political cost. The level of "they'll-love-me-no-matter-what" presumption here is astounding.
That's not exactly a ringing endorsement of his supporters' intelligence or ability to reason. It's pretty insulting, in fact. That Trump thinks his "fans" are mindless morons who will blindly follow their Pied Piper like rats into the drowning pool is quite telling. But will they care? Will they finally turn all their "anger" on him? Will this insult -- one that's aimed squarely at them instead of one of the bloviating billionaire's enemies -- be the long overdue final straw that brings down this vulgar house of cards?
It's one thing to sit at a rally and be entertained by a modern-day Morton Downey Jr. as he mercilessly rips into his opponents. It's quite another to be the target of his contempt.
January 24, 2016, 1:48 amTed Cruz Tells Reporters "I'm a Christian First, American Second"
According to presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, there's one thing that more important to him than the country he's running to lead: his God. LIAR
In a remarkable exchange in New Hampshire, Politico reports, Cruz told reporters "I'm a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican fourth." LIAR
"I'll tell ya, there are a whole lot of people in this country that feel exactly the same way," he added.
Cruz, currently ranked second in GOP candidate polls according to RealClearPolitics, enjoys wide support among evangelical Christians in important, early-voting primary states like Iowa, where Cruz is locked in a tight race with current frontrunner Donald Trump. Cruz repeatedly accused Trump and his support of "more deal-making" and enjoying the support of unpopular "establishment" Republicans. LIAR
By proclaiming himself a Christian first and an American second, Cruz is professing higher loyalties than the United States — odd for a candidate who has repeatedly accused Muslims of doing much the same thing. HYPOCRITE
Cruz has avoided some of the most hot-headed Islamophobic rhetoric to come out of fellow candidates, such as Trump. But he's been careful to frame Islam as an existential threat to the Western world, and Muslims as of mixed loyalty and a pool of potential terrorists. LIAR
After Trump called for the U.S. to reject all Muslims from entering the country following terrorist attacks in Paris in November, Cruz did not go that far, but instead called for the U.S. to only assist or resettle Christian refugees, saying they did not pose any such terror threat. HYPOCRITE
With anti-Muslim sentiment in the country at disturbing highs, as well as anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise, it's hard to imagine a prominent follower of that faith proclaiming themselves a Muslim first and and American second without being labeled an extremist and third columnist. It's only due to the enormous privilege Christians in the U.S. have historically enjoyed, as well as Christianity's major (if waning) influence on partisan politics, that Cruz will likely escape similar accusations. HYPOCRITE
More generally, the remark also indicates that Cruz has mostly given up the pretense of considering his non-Christian fellow citizens equal partners in the American project. That might make sense for his campaign, which needs evangelicals to beat Trump. But it's going to make life harder for him in a theoretical general election campaign, where Cruz will have to explain why his faith is more important to him than many of the Americans who he will need to vote him into office. LIAR
January 22, 2016, 1:10 pmIs being called very flamboyant by POOTIN a compliment?
Trump, who called Putin “highly respected,” Pootin responds by saying, “Trump is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that.” Pootin was not praising Trump, he was insulting him. Men do not like to be referred to as Flamboyant, especially very flamboyant. In other words, he was telling Trump although you do very unmanly things, you are smart and narcissus. I will appeal to your ego to get what I want.
Republicans have frequently taken to bashing Putin and have used his rocky relationship with Democratic President Barack Obama as evidence that the administration lacks strength in international affairs.
Obama did exactly what he was supposed to do with Pootin…not give in to his bullying tactics.
January 20, 2016, 11:28 amWhat in the helicopter is Sarah Saying?
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January 18, 2016, 8:08 pmQuestions and answers about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Question: When was Martin Luther King, Jr. born?
Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on Tuesday, 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Question: What were the names of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s family members?
Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr. was the second child and first son to the Reverend Martin Luther King and Alberta Williams King. He had one sister, Christine and one brother, Alfred Daniel.
Question: When was Martin Luther King, Jr. married, and did he have any children?
Answer: He married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953. They had four children: Yolanda Denise (born 1955), Martin Luther III (born 1957), Dexter Scott (born 1961) and Bernice Albertine (born 1963).
Question: What did Martin Luther King, Jr. study?
Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very bright student and a talented speaker. When he was nineteen he graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a BA degree in Sociology. In 1951, he graduated from the Crozer Theological Seminary with a BA of Divinity, which qualified him to become a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. King also received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955.
Question: When did Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous speech "I have a dream ..."?
Answer: On 28 August 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. organised a now historic march to Washington to show the importance of solving the nation's racial problems. About 250,000 people gathered and listened to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech when he uttered the immortal words: "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character".
Question: What sort of discrimination did he fight against?
Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr. experienced segregation early in life. When he was six years old, two white playmates told him that they were not allowed to play with him any longer. His mother explained to him that it was because they now attended segregated schools, but assured him that he was as good as anybody else. His father told him the story of the father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, and said that both of them now should have his name.
On 1 December 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American woman, refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, and as a result she was arrested for violating the city's segregation law. Activists protested and organised a boycott of the buses for one day and chose Martin Luther King, Jr. as their leader. This protest continued until the buses became desegregated. Under this time, about a year, Martin Luther King, Jr. was constantly harassed with death threats and bombing of his house.
Question: What were his dreams?
Answer: That all people would someday be sisters and brothers in a world governed by equality, justice, and peace.
Question: Why was Martin Luther King, Jr. awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize?
Answer: As Gunnar Jahn, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, said in his presentation speech: "He is the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence. He is the first to make the message of brotherly love a reality in the course of his struggle, and he has brought this message to all men, to all nations and races.
Today we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, the man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered.
To this undaunted champion of peace the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament has awarded the Peace Prize for the year 1964."
Question: When did Martin Luther King, Jr. die and where is he buried?
Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on 4 April 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was trying to help the striking garbage workers. The funeral was held on 9 April 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
January 15, 2016, 11:15 pmA Christian Survey
WATCH: A Survey Reveals a Startling Truth About White Christians
Most polls don't matter much. But this one does. A recent Public Religion Research Institute survey has revealed a devastating truth: While about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings -- like the ones that killed Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, and so many more -- are part of a larger pattern of police treatment of African Americans, around 70 percent of white Christians believe the opposite ... that they are simply isolated incidents.
And before many begin disassociating with the term "white Christians," we should look deeper. The numbers include 72 percent of white evangelical Protestants, 71 percent of white Catholics, and 73 percent of white mainline Protestants. This is about all white Christians.
What's worse? Take away the moniker of "Christian" and the numbers drop to around 65 percent. White Christians are as a whole less likely to believe the experiences of black Americans than non-Christian whites. This is a shameful indictment of the church. We need to change this -- and we can.
It's time for white Christians to act more Christian than white.
January 13, 2016, 5:36 pmThe days of do as I say is OVER!
This Is Why Conservatives Are Mad About Nikki Haley's SOTU Response
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night and her response is facing some angry backlash — from within Haley's own party.
Speaking from the South Carolina state Capitol on Tuesday night, Haley criticized Obama for not living up to his rhetoric, but she also referenced failures within the Republican Party, saying, "We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: While Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around."
Suggesting Republicans shared responsibility for "problems facing America" did not go over well with some conservatives.
January 6, 2016, 2:06 amHere's Donnie
December 31, 2015, 8:57 pmHappy New Years to ALL
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