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The $2 Charge That Dropped My Credit Score 169 Points

So, my personal credit score dropped a whopping 169 points the other day. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. After all, I co-founded a company passionately devoted to teaching entrepreneurs how to avoid that kind of headache.

Credit Score (Image: iStock/AndreyPopov)

How did it happen? …read more

Ex-Tennis Star Expected To Testify Against Police Officer

NEW YORK (AP) — By former pro tennis star James Blake’s account, the man approaching him in 2015 outside his hotel caused no alarm because he looked like an old high school buddy.

Blake found out the hard way that it was instead a plainclothes police officer who mistook him …read more

Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math.

Of the states that opted in after the standards were introduced in 2010 — 45 …read more

‘Insecure’ Costume Designer Ayanna James Talks Fashion Inspirations

”Insecure” costume designer Ayanna James believes relatability is the key to the show’s styling success, and she aims for authenticity when dressing the star of the show, Issa Rae.

“I feel like every character on the show is relatable,” she says. “You either know someone like that or you’ve been that …read more

GM Catapults Launch of Black Girls Code Detroit Chapter

Black Girls CODE has frequented the media a lot as of late, particularly for turning down a $125,000 grant from Uber that the founder, Kimberly Bryant felt was disingenuous.

Bryant told TechCrunch that, “it seems a bit tone-deaf to really addressing real change in how they are moving towards both …read more

‘The Real’ Kicks Season 4 Off With An Interview With An R. Kelly Victim

“The Real” kicked off its LIVE season four premiere with a daytime exclusive.

“The Real” is featuring a sit-down interview with Jerhonda Pace, the woman alleging that she had an underage sexual relationship with R&B musician R. Kelly, 50.

Pace, 24, shares how she went from being a superfan to …read more

Torrei Hart Speaks Out On Kevin Hart Sex Scandal

FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Torrei Hart attends ASCAP’S 5th Annual Women Behind the Music Series in Hollywood, Calif. Torrei Hart is among a group of exes having yet another moment in the spotlight, thanks to a new phenomenon in reality television shows: spinoffs based solely …read more

Convicted Church Killer Wants To Fire Jewish, Indian Lawyers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian-American.

In a handwritten request filed Monday with …read more

Jesmyn Ward Is A Finalist For The $50,000 Kirkus Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward’s ghostly “Sing, Unburied, Sing” and Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed novel about refugees “Exit West” were among the finalists Tuesday for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize.

Presented by the trade publication Kirkus Reviews, the prize includes six nominees each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and young …read more

More St. Louis Protests Expected Tuesday After Quiet Night

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters chanting “free our people” gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was no new vandalism overnight.

Demonstrators outside the jail late Monday criticized authorities …read more

Trump, the ‘America First’ President Goes To The UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Elected on the nationalist slogan “America first,” President Donald Trump will use his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly to argue that individual nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat such as North Korea.

Trump, who …read more

Toys ‘R’ Us Files For Bankruptcy, But Keeps Stores Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys ‘R’ Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

The company said the proceedings …read more

Hurricane Maria Intensifies, Aims For Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger.

The storm was following a path that could take it on …read more

Robert DeNiro Asks For U.N. Help To Rebuild Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General Sir William Rodney, left, and actor Robert De Niro shake hands after they addressed a high-level meeting on hurricane Irma at the United Nations, Monday Sept. 18, 2017, U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro came to …read more

Sisters Launch Way For Women to Buy Car Tires and Auto Services Without Getting Ripped Off

Marcia Pruitte-Coleman and Marla Pruitte are the co-founders of Pink Rubber Tires, a service that sells used automobile tires and tire services—and is targeted to women.

The twin sisters recently pitched their product on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with both for an exclusive interview …read more

Larenz Tate Becomes ‘Power’ Season Regular

Fans of the Starz series Power are about to see a lot more of Larenz Tate.

After recurring in four episodes during the recently wrapped fourth season, the House of Lies alum has been promoted to series regular for Season 5, according to Deadline.

Power follows James “Ghost” St. …read more

Brother-and-Sister Entrepreneurs Create Unique Laundry Basket

Najma and Yusuf Jamaludeen are siblings that collaborated to create an innovative laundry product, BasketMate. The duo pitched their product recently on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Najma and Yusuf after the show for an interview with the brother-and-sister team.

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Charlie Murphy’s Omission From Emmy Tribute Was Inexcusable Says Rep Who Sent Pics

A rep for Charlie Murphy is steaming pissed at the Emmy folks for excluding the late actor/comedian in its “In Memoriam” segment. He says they have no excuse. None.

The rep is Domenick Nati. He says a producer for the Emmys reached out to him on August 18 …read more

This Entrepreneur’s Mobile Recording Studio Can Save Emerging Artists Big Money

Brandyn Armstrong is CEO, founder, and inventor of the Studio Stick, a device that allows artists—musicians, podcasters, lecturers, book recorders and others—to record their songs/ideas at the moment they’re inspired while giving them a full mobile recording studio experience.

Recently, Armstrong pitched his product on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews …read more

LATINISTA FASHION WEEK: Project Runway Alum Layana Aguilar’s Spring Summer 2018 Blossoms With Creativity

Project Runway Alum, Layana Aguilar, showed her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at Latinista Fashion Week. The designer, who also designed Disney Princess Elena’s dress has evolved her fashion, showing us detailed designs with thoughtful construction, truly highlighting the woman’s body. The South American designers collection is full …read more

BEST IN SHOW: All Of Our Favorite Designs From Latinista Fashion Week

Latinista Fashion Week stood out at New York Fashion Week with conversational pieces and beautiful designs by haute couture designer Cesar Gallindo, Project Runway alum Layana Aguilar, artist and fashion designer Chris Barreto, and ready-to-wear designer Cenia Paredes. See our favorite pieces …read more

LATINISTA FASHION WEEK: Chris Barreto Brings Art To Fashion With Her Original Prints

Chris Barreto is known for her original artwork, however, she brings her art to fashion by showcasing her prints and designs on beautiful dresses, kaftans, and skirts. Her Spring/Summer 2018 collection didn’t disappoint with original prints that are unique and sure to be a conversation starter.

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Sterling K. Brown Finished Emmy Acceptance Speech Backstage

Sterling K. Brown’s big moment at the Emmy’s Sunday night was cut short when the music started playing during his acceptance speech, drawing loud boos from the audience.

The This is Us star wins for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the first time since Andre Braugher in 1998 …read more

She Created Her Product, a Weave Dryer, After Her Grandma Came to Her in a Dream

On Episode 8 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Michalyn Porter, Ph.D., pitched her product, Weave Dryer, in the Funderdome. On the show, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $100K in capital. The pitch that gets the …read more

Eniko Hart Seen For 1st Time Since Husband’s Cheating Scandal Broke

Poor Eniko Hart. Surely, that’s what a lot of people are saying about Kevin Hart’s 2nd wife who is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Eniko made her first public appearance since her husband’s cheating scandal erupted over the weekend. She was spotted taking their family dog to an …read more

Protests Resume After 80 Arrests In St. Louis Unrest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis Monday morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect, following another night of unrest and more than 80 arrests.

The latest action …read more

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