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IRS: Late Tax Fix Delays Refunds

Thursday, December 27, 2007, Source: Associated Press

More than 3 million people will have to wait until February to get their tax refunds because of Congress’ late fix to the alternative minimum tax, the IRS said Thursday….

Paris tour features U.S. black history

Monday, December 24, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Any American with even a slight familiarity with Paris knows about Josephine Baker, the black swivel-hipped cabaret entertainer who shunned racism in America, vaulted to stardom here in 1925, and stayed on to become one of….

Finding the real Harlem amid change

Friday, December 21, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Harlem is the historic capital of black American culture, but like many New York neighborhoods, it is rapidly changing….

GM: Emission law may hamper muscle cars

Thursday, December 20, 2007, Source: Associated Press

When General Motors Corp. pulls the cover off a new supercharged version of the Corvette at the Detroit auto show next month, it will unveil a performance car designed to rival or better even the fastest, most expensive….

Economy’s Summer Sprint Unlikely to Last

Thursday, December 20, 2007, Source: Associated Press

The economy sprinted ahead at its fastest pace in four years during the summer, although it is expected to limp through the final three months of this year as the housing and credit debacles weigh on individuals and businesses alike….

January Is Chance for Financial Planning

Wednesday, December 19, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Small business owners who expect to hit the ground running when 2008 arrives might want to think about sitting back for a just a bit and doing some strategic and financial planning for the new year….

Shirley Caesar?s 40 Years in Music

Tuesday, December 18, 2007, Source:

She calls herself the singing evangelist and after 40 years of both singing and preaching, that is just about as accurate a description as one can make of her….

Rock pioneer Ike Turner dies at age 76

Thursday, December 13, 2007 , Source: Associated Press

Ike Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in the past few years, touring around the globe and drawing acclaim that included his first solo Grammy earlier this year. Turner, known with his ex-wife for such songs….

City to spare NYC home bel/ieved linked to Underground Railroad

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 , Source: Associated Press

After years of battling the city, a group of New Yorkers has saved an old Brooklyn house they believe once sheltered slaves fleeing Southern plantations. The agreement to save 227 Duffield Street was signed at the end of November….

Macy?s Names Aubyn Elaine Thomas Senior Vice President, Marketing Services

Friday, December 7, 2007

Macy’s Inc. has appointed Aubyn Elaine Thomas as Senior Vice President of Marketing Services. In her new role, Thomas will be responsible for driving growth and service excellence for Macy’s financial services businesses….

Mortgage rate freeze reached

Thursday, December 6, 2007 , Source: Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of strapped homeowners could get some relief from a plan negotiated by the Bush administration to freeze interest rates on sub-prime mortgages that are scheduled to rise in the coming months….

Ghana Reflects Progress in Africa

Sunday, December 2, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Coby Asmah is a success in a part of the world that is hardly ever equated with success….

African American Firm Tapped For Victoria Work

Thursday, November 29, 2007, Source:

The Harlem Community Development Corporation on Monday officially tapped Danforth Development Partners, LLC, to develop the old Victoria Theater on 125th street….

Economy has strong showing in summer

Thursday, November 29, 2007, Source: Associated Press

The economy barreled ahead in the summer, growing at a 4.9 percent pace. The performance was the strongest in four years but isn’t expected to last through the current quarter amid the housing slump and credit crunch. New-home sales….

Google Rolls Out Mobile Phone Locator

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Internet search leader Google Inc. is testing technology that will find the location of people using its mobile mapping service, even if the phone making the connection isn’t equipped with a GPS receiver….

Commentary: A Swarm of Swindlers

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, Source: NYTS

Like vultures, the mortgage lenders began circling the single-family house with the tiny front lawn on Merrill Avenue….

Venus Williams Launches Her Clothing and Footwear Line, EleVen, Exclusively at Steve & Barry’s

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Tennis superstar and reigning Wimbledon? Champion Venus Williams adds fashion designer to her long list of accomplishments with the launch of….

The Flow of Migrant Money

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, Source: NYTS

The money flows in small amounts, crossing borders $200 or $300 at a time. It buys cornmeal and rice and plaid private school skirts and keeps the landlord away. Globally, the tally is huge: Migrants from poor countries send home….

IBM Links Researchers, African Students

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, Source: Associated Press

When technology companies talk up the potential of the developing world, they usually mean places that already are hotbeds like China or India….

GlobalHue Redefines its Multicultural Expertise

Thursday, November 15, 2007

For 20 years, Don Coleman has designed a GlobalHue business model that positions its clients on the cutting edge of multicultural marketing communications. Housed under the GlobalHue umbrella are the No. 1….

Can a Corporation be Too Big?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, Source: NYTS

As two of America’s biggest companies, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, scramble to find a leader and hundreds of thousands of employees wonder who their next boss will be, management gurus are quietly asking another question….

Morrison Leads Artists to Cash

Monday, November 12, 2007, Source:

What is special about me as an artist? How do I position my art as having value while maximizing sales? How do I manage my time to achieve my greatest creativity? These are some of the questions that will be addressed….

Universities a Big Part of Urban Renewal

Tuesday, November 6, 2007, Source: Associated Press

When people around here talk about ”Midtown,” the discussion generally concerns new condos, small businesses and lifestyle….

The Buyout Cash-out

Monday, November 5, 2007, Source: NYTS

In theory, a buyout package is a great way to jump-start an early retirement, after all, someone is paying you to stop working. But not all offers are created equal. Here’s how to make the most of one….

Is (His) Biography (Our) Destiny?

Sunday, November 4, 2007, Source: NYTS

“If I am the face of American foreign policy and American power,” Barack Obama mused not long ago aboard his campaign plane, “as long as we are also making prudent strategic decisions, handling emergencies, crises and….

Is a Green Revolution Finally Blooming in Africa?

Friday, November 2, 2007, Source: NYTS

For the first time since record keeping began in the 1960s, per capita food production in sub-Saharan Africa is beginning to rise….

Colleges Pledge to Cut Achievement Gaps

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, Source: Associated Press

In a coordinated stab at one of higher education’s most pressing problems, some of the country’s largest university systems pledged Wednesday to cut in half the achievement gaps for minority and low-income students….

Companies should set limits for personal use of the Internet but also be flexible

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, Source: Associated Press

In just a few weeks, many employees at companies across the country won’t be able to resist temptation; they’ll visit their favorite online retailers and do some holiday shopping when they’re supposed to be working….

Retirement: Have Your Egg and Eat it too

Monday, October 29, 2007, Source: NYTS

Anyone heading for retirement, or in it already, faces a high-stakes financial puzzle: How much of your savings can you spend each year before you run out? Financial planners have argued the question for decades, but the mutual….

Newark Mayor Hopes Arena Will Be a Boon

Thursday, October 25, 2007, Source: Associated Press

City officials hope the home of the New Jersey Devils will attract commercial and retail development in the area and build on an upward trend that began in 1997 with the opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, three blocks away….

SBA Loan Program Reform Initiative Unveiled

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The U.S. Small Business Administration is rolling out several major reforms to make its loan programs more effective and its products easier to….

The New Retirement: The More Things Change

Thursday, October 25, 2007, By Peter Keating

Remember what almost happened to Social Security after the last presidential campaign? George W. Bush decided that partially privatizing the most successful government program in American history would be the centerpiece….

The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company Elects Alexis M. Herman as Director

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors today elected former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman as a Director of the Company….

Apple to Open IPhone for Developers

Wednesday October 17, 2007, Source: Associated Press

In an apparent about-face, Apple Inc. will allow third-party applications to work directly on the iPhone, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a posting on the company’s Web site Wednesday….

Perry’s Success Has Black Films In Fashion?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Source: Associated Press

Tyler Perry’s triumph at the box office with “Why Did I Get Married?” has heartened the growing number of studios looking to crack the market for black films….

Dick Gidron, “Mr. Cadillac” passes at 68

Monday, October 15, 2007, By Herb Boyd

Dick Gidron, like the Cadillac he was famous for selling, signified excellence, and few car dealers in the nation could match his superb salesmanship. A resident of Scarsdale, Gidron, 68, made his transition….

African Conflicts Cost Billions

By Todd Pitman, Source: AP

About $18 billion a year has been drained from Africa by nearly two dozen wars in recent decades, a new report states, a price some officials say could’ve helped solve the AIDS crisis and created stronger economies in the world’s….

Is That Your Phone or Your Imagination?

By Ellen Simon, Source: AP

If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cell phone, those vibrations you’re feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your headbone….

Blacks’ Retirement Security at Risk

By Daniel Sorid, Source: AP

Employers have begun to discover troubling racial differences within their 401(k) retirement plans, a gap they say could leave today’s black workers far less financially prepared for retirement than whites….