Even though there are a few ways you can try and accelerate the process, it takes time to build credit. Credit cards can be one of the best ways to do so, and if you commit to using them properly, it can be worth the time you spend strategizing.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
During the Weekend of Resistance, activists joined many actions planned by the youth organizers. On Friday, October 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
Every student desires professors that understand and respect them, and minority students only want the same: Instructors who are trained to deal with cultural issues when they arise.
The tea party and other elected extremists cannot bring themselves to believe that voters just aren't buying the poisonous policies they're trying to sell. So they operate under the belief that if you won't vote for them, you shouldn't vote at all.
Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.
It's been said many times that having a low credit score can hurt your finances. In addition to the recognizable consequences, there are a few lesser known, but still hazardous, effects bad credit can have on you.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Vice President Joe Biden got the tongues furiously wagging again after a recent meeting with black ministers in South Carolina.
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
Bleak numbers surround the national high school dropout rate. Many of society's other problems -- like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons -- can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Usher's former publicist Simone Smalls isn't the only media relations expert who's coming to the forefront; Beyonce's beloved spokesperson will do the same.
On June 16, Yvette Noel-Schure, the Senior Vice President of Media for Columbia Records will be the start subject when The African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) presents 'A Conversation with Yvette Noel-Schure: How Music Publicists Help Artists Sizzle!."
Moderated by influential 'Associated Press' music reporter Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the public discussion will be held at the New York City headquarters of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The mission for the event will to talk about the components and challenges of successful publicity campaigns, promotional and concert tours and album launches for today's top recording artists.
And since being an industry publicist has been the glamour job for the past decade -- with the profession gaining increased popularity thanks to shows such as 'Sex & The City' and 'Entourage' and the antics of reps for tabloid-ready celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan and Diddy -- this panel is just what the doctor ordered.
And Noel-Schure is a perfect representation of someone who has traversed today's publicity landscape -- being the image-maker for the iconic Beyonce and all.
A former editor for 'Black Beat' magazine, she has worked at the Sony record label for close to 15 years. From forgotten artists such as Puff Johnson and Kenny Lattimore to superstars like Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin, the Grenada native help engineer effective media strategies throughout the years. Her piece de resistance, though, was building a media profile for a then-unknown Destiny's Child -- the young, burgeoning quartet from Houston and helping them become international superstars.
Since then, Noel-Schure's tailor-made stamp is evident on proven artists such as John Legend and Kelly Rowland.
"I am excited and thoroughly honored to be a part of the AAPRC panel," she shared with The BV Newswire. "Gwendolyn Quinn has done such a tremendous job in making sure the community of public relation executives stay informed and stay connected. The Global Communicator has become a valuable information tool for us. When I was invited there was no saying no."
Quinn, a former executive for Mercury, Island, Capitol and Arista Records, respectively, is the founder of AAPRC, a national and international network of more than 1,000 communications professionals. Looking to fill the gap in the networking potential among black public relations and media specialists -- Quinn and fellow media specialist Marlynn Snyder discussed the idea of forming a listserv of African-Americans working in the communications field to fulfill that particular need.
"Since its inception in 2001, we have shared key and vital information regarding the public relations and communications industries, job leads and much more," she said. "We have become the resource and "go to" network in the public relations field."
The panel series is an extension of those efforts. "We are now branding the AAPRC with a series of mixers, panels and eventually the first annual AAPRC National Conference and Business Retreat," she added.
On May 19, she will officially kick off the series with a panel entitled "The Write Stuff: Public Relations for Book Publishing," featuring notable marketing professionals in the literary industry. The even will be held at he NARAS New York City headquarters.
"They are exemplary leaders in the communications industries and they personify brilliance and excellence," she said of the panelists, which will include Hilton Publishing's Tara Brown, Harper Collins' Gilda N. Squire, multicultural publicity expert Linda Duggins, and best-selling authoress Candace Sandy.