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JULY 2013

GOVERNMENT… 1 12 15 1 23 2 24 2 28 2

President Obama Attends G-8 in Ireland Obama’s Action Plan on Climate Change Editorial: Low Carbon Fuel Standard US Attorney General on Supreme Court Decisions President’s Africa Tour - Senegal, South Africa, Tanzanis

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Conde Nast’s First African American Editor-in-Chief The Oprah Winfrey Network Forges Ahead SBA Faith-based Small Business Summit 3rd Generation to Take Over Popular Restaurant Salute to Michael Peevey


Editorial: On the Attack on Voting Rights


US. First Lady Attends African First Ladies Summit

Frederick Douglass’ Statue Now in Emancipation Hall of Congress

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Obama Promotes Investing in Africa


Fact Sheet: Trade Africa


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G-8 Leaders Statement on the Global Economy President Barack Obama and other world leaders walk away after participating in a group photo at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. Pictured, from left are: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy; Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada; President François Hollande of France; President Obama: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom; President Vladimir Putin of Russia; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


ollowing their discussion on the global economy, G-8 leaders at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, have concluded: Promoting growth and jobs is our top priority. We agreed to nurture the global recovery by supporting demand, securing our public finances and exploiting all sources of growth. The fight against unemployment, particularly long-

term and youth unemployment remains critical in our domestic and collective agendas. Global economic prospects remain weak, though downside risks have reduced thanks in part to significant policy actions taken in the US, euro area and Japan, and to the resilience of major developing and emerging market economies. Most financial markets have seen

marked gains as a result. However, this optimism is yet to be translated fully into broader improvements in economic activity and employment in most advanced economies. In fact, prospects for growth in some regions have weakened since the Camp David summit. While countries have taken steps to avoid the worst of the tail risks that see G-8 Statement on page 13

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G-8 Statement from page 12

faced the world economy in 2012, vulnerabilities remain in 2013, highlighting the need for countries to press ahead with the necessary reforms to restore sustainable growth and jobs. Downside risks in the euro area have abated over the past year, but it remains in recession. Additional strengthening of the architecture of the European Economic and Monetary Union, including through the development of the agreed elements of a banking union, is strongly needed to contribute to further reducing financial fragmentation, and continued strengthening of banks’ balance sheets. Fiscal sustainability and restoring financial stability need to go hand in hand with well-designed growth strategies, including growthoriented structural reforms. The US recovery is continuing and the deficit is declining rapidly in the context of a continuing need for further progress towards balanced medium-term fiscal sustainability and targeted investments to enhance growth. Japan’s growth will be supported by its near-term fiscal stimulus, bold monetary policy and recently announced strategy for promoting private investment. However it will need to address the challenge of defining a credible medium-term fiscal plan. Some of our central banks have continued to use highly accommodative monetary policy to support their domestic economies, including through unconventional means such as quantitative easing. Russia is experiencing low unemployment and a favourable fiscal position, but more moderate global growth and volatile commodity prices will be a challenge. In light of this background we

are committed to taking further action now to restore confidence, encourage investment and job

term flexibility to accommodate economic conditions including through focusing on the structural

President Barack Obama participates in a G8 Summit meeting on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the Library at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) creation, support the recovery and reduce global imbalances. We agreed today that: • Decisive action is needed to nurture a sustainable recovery and restore the resilience of the global economy. Advanced economies need to balance supporting domestic demand with reforms to tackle structural weaknesses that weigh on growth, while implementing credible fiscal plans. We reaffirm our commitment to cooperate to achieve a lasting reduction in global imbalances, which surplus and deficit countries must address. • Monetary policy should continue to support the recovery and be directed towards domestic price stability, according to the respective mandates of central banks. • Restoring medium-term fiscal sustainability remains a priority. Fiscal policy should allow for near-

deficit as appropriate. The pace of fiscal consolidation should be differentiated for our different national economic circumstances. Structural reforms are key to improving sustainable growth and long-term living standards, enhancing competitiveness, providing well-functioning credit channels for investment including by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and strengthening confidence. Urgent and specific measures are needed to create quality jobs, particularly for the young and the long-term unemployed. We are all committed to make the necessary reforms in our own economies to support stronger financial systems, healthy labour markets, jobs and growth, and bolster world trade. 

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Top: President Obama and Mrs. Obama are escorted to the Brandenburg Gate by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Bottom: President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 14  July 2013  Black Business News   1-323-291-7819



n Christmas Eve, 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 did a live broadcast from lunar orbit. So Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders -- the first humans to orbit the moon -– described what they saw, and they read Scripture from the Book of Genesis to the rest of us back here. And later that night, they took a photo that would change the way we see and think about our world. It was an image of Earth -– beautiful; breathtaking; a glowing marble of blue oceans, and green forests, and brown mountains brushed with white clouds, rising over the surface of the moon. Even the astronauts were amazed. “It makes you realize,” Lovell would say, “just what you have back there on Earth.” And around the same time we began exploring space, scientists were studying changes taking place in the Earth’s atmosphere. Now, scientists had known since the 1800s that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat, and that burning fossil fuels release those gases into the air. That wasn’t news. But in the late 1950s, the National Weather Service began measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with the worry that rising levels might someday disrupt the fragile balance that makes our planet so hospitable. And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution in our atmosphere have increased dramatically. That science, accumulated and

reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind. The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years. Last year, temperatures in some areas of the ocean reached record highs, and ice in the Arctic shrank to its smallest size on record -faster than most models had predicted it would. So the question is not whether we need to act, the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren. As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new national climate action plan, and I’m here to enlist your generation’s help in keeping the United States of America a leader -- a global

leader -- in the fight against climate change. This plan builds on progress that we’ve already made. The year that I took office, my administration pledged to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 17% from their 2005 levels by the end of this decade. And we

rolled up our sleeves and we got to work. We doubled the electricity we generated from wind and the sun. We doubled the mileage our cars will get on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade. Here at Georgetown, I unveiled my strategy for a secure energy see Climate Change on page 18

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future. And thanks to the ingenuity of our businesses, we’re starting to produce much more of our own energy. We’re building the first nuclear power plants in more than three decades. For the first time in 18 years, America is poised to produce more of our own oil than we buy from other nations. And today, we produce more natural gas than anybody else. So we’re producing energy. And these advances have grown our economy, they’ve created new jobs, they can’t be shipped overseas -- and, by the way, they’ve also helped drive our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in nearly 20 years. Since 2006, no country on Earth has reduced its total carbon pollution by as much as the United States of America. So it’s a good start. But the reason we’re all here today is because we know we’ve got more to do. And this is my plan to cut carbon pollution; a plan to protect our country from the impacts of climate change; and a plan to lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate.

Phase One This plan begins with cutting carbon pollution by changing the way we use energy -- using less dirty energy, using more clean energy, wasting less energy throughout our economy. So, I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants, and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants. I’m also directing the EPA to develop these standards in an open and transparent way, to provide flexibility to different states with different needs, and build on

the leadership that many states, and cities, and companies have already shown. In fact, many power companies have already begun modernizing their plants, and creating new jobs in the process. Others have shifted to burning cleaner natural gas instead of dirtier fuel sources. A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come. And I want America to build that engine. I want America to build that future -- right here in the United States of America. That’s our task.

Phase Two And that brings me to the second way that we’re going to reduce carbon pollution -- by using more clean energy. Over the past four years, we’ve doubled the electricity that we generate from zero-carbon wind and solar power. And that means jobs -- jobs manufacturing the wind turbines that now generate enough electricity to power nearly 15 million homes; jobs installing the solar panels that now generate more than four times the power at less cost than just a few years ago. So the plan I’m announcing today will help us double again our energy from wind and sun. I’m directing the Interior Department to green light enough private, renewable energy capacity on public lands to power more than 6 million homes by 2020. The Department of Defense -- the biggest energy consumer in America -- will install 3 gigawatts of renewable power on its bases, generating about the same amount of electricity each year as you’d get from burning 3 million tons of coal. And, my budget once again calls for Congress to end the tax breaks for big oil companies, and invest in the clean-energy companies that will fuel our future.

Phase Three Now, the third way to reduce

carbon pollution is to waste less energy -- in our cars, our homes, our businesses. The fuel standards we set over the past few years mean that by the middle of the next decade, the cars and trucks we buy will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. That means you’ll have to fill up half as often; we’ll all reduce carbon pollution. And we built on that success by setting the first-ever standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses and vans. And in the coming months, we’ll partner with truck makers to do it again for the next generation of vehicles. Meanwhile, the energy we use in our homes and our businesses and our factories, our schools, our hospitals -- that’s responsible for about one-third of our greenhouse gases. The good news is simple upgrades don’t just cut that pollution; they put people to work -- manufacturing and installing smarter lights and windows and sensors and appliances. And the savings show up in our electricity bills every month -- forever. That’s why we’ve set new energy standards for appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers. And today, our businesses are building better ones that will also cut carbon pollution and cut consumers’ electricity bills by hundreds of billions of dollars. We’ll also encourage private capital to get off the sidelines and get into these energy-saving investments. And by the end of the next decade, these combined efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings will reduce carbon pollution by at least three billion tons. That’s an amount equal to what our entire energy sector emits in nearly half a year. So I know these standards don’t sound all that sexy, but think of it this way: That’s the equivalent of planting 7.6 billion trees and letting them grow for 10 years -- all while see Climate Change on page 21

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President Obama Signs H.R. 360 Congressional Gold Medal Commemorates Bombing Victims President Barack Obama talks with Thelma Maxine Pippen McNair, mother of Denise McNair, after signing H.R. 360 in the Oval Office. The legislation provides for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate the lives of the four young African American victims of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Climate Change from page 18

doing the dishes. It is a great deal and we need to be doing it. So using less dirty energy, transitioning to cleaner sources of energy, wasting less energy through our economy is where we need to go.

Phase Four But as I think everybody understands, no nation can this challenge alone -- not one as powerful as ours.

here solve even And

that’s why the final part of our plan calls on America to lead -- lead international efforts to combat a changing climate. Though all America’s carbon pollution fell last year, global carbon pollution rose to a record high. That’s a problem. Developing countries are using more and more energy, and tens of millions of people entering a global middle class naturally want to buy cars and air-conditioners of their own, just like us. Can’t blame them for that. And when you have conversations with poor countries, they’ll say, well,

you went through these stages of development -- why can’t we? So to help more countries transitioning to cleaner sources of energy and to help them do it faster, we’re going to partner with our private sector to apply private sector technological know-how in countries that transition to natural gas. We’ve mobilized billions of dollars in private capital for clean energy projects around the world. Today, I’m calling for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas unless they deploy see Climate Change on page 22

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carbon-capture technologies, or there’s no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity. And I urge other countries to join this effort. And I’m directing my administration to launch negotiations toward global free trade in environmental goods and services, including clean energy technology, to help more countries skip past the dirty phase of development and join a global low-carbon economy. We’ve also intensified our climate cooperation with major emerging economies like India and Brazil, and China -- the world’s largest emitter. So, for example, earlier this month, President Xi of China and I reached an important agreement to jointly phase down our production and consumption of dangerous hydrofluorocarbons, and we intend to take more steps together in the months to come. It will make a difference. It’s a significant step in the reduction of carbon emissions. And finally, my administration will redouble our efforts to engage our international partners in reaching a new global agreement to reduce carbon pollution through concrete action. Four years ago, in Copenhagen, every major country agreed, for the first time, to limit carbon pollution by 2020. Two years ago, we decided to forge a new agreement beyond 2020 that would apply to all countries, not just developed countries. What we need is an agreement that’s ambitious -- because that’s what the scale of the challenge demands. We need an inclusive agreement -– because every country has to play its part. And we need an agreement that’s flexible -- because different nations have different needs. And if we can come

together and get this right, we can define a sustainable future for your generation. So that’s my plan. The actions I’ve announced today should send a strong signal to the world that America intends to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution. We will continue to lead by the power of our example, because that’s what the United States of America has always done. I am convinced this is the fight America can, and will, lead in the 21st century. And I’m convinced this is a fight that America must lead. But it will require all of us to do our part. We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, and we’ll need farmers to grow new fuels. We’ll need engineers to devise new technologies, and we’ll need businesses to make and sell those technologies. We’ll need workers to operate assembly lines that But more broadly, we’ve got to move beyond partisan politics on this issue. I want to be clear -- I am willing to work with anybody –Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians, greens -– anybody -- to combat this threat on behalf of our kids. I am open to all sorts of new ideas, maybe better ideas, to make sure that we deal with climate change in a way that promotes jobs and growth. Our founders believed that those of us in positions of power are elected not just to serve as custodians of the present, but as caretakers of the future. And they charged us to make decisions with an eye on a longer horizon than the arc of our own political careers. That’s what the American people expect. That’s what they deserve. And someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look at us in the eye and they’ll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner,

safer, more stable world? And I want to be able to say, yes, we did. Don’t you want that? (Applause.) Americans are not a people who look backwards; we’re a people who look forward. We’re not a people who fear what the future holds; we shape it. What we need in this fight are citizens who will stand up, and speak up, and compel us to do what this moment demands. Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I’m going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue. I understand the politics will be tough. The challenge we must accept will not reward us with a clear moment of victory. There’s no gathering army to defeat. There’s no peace treaty to sign. Our progress here will be measured differently -- in crises averted, in a planet preserved. But can we imagine a more worthy goal? For while we may not live to see the full realization of our ambition, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the world we leave to our children will be better off for what we did. Thank you. God bless you and God bless the United States of America. 

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Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks on the Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v. Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder


ood afternoon. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder – and invalidated an essential part of the Voting Rights Act, a cornerstone of American civil rights law. Like many others across the country, I am deeply disappointed with the Court’s decision in this matter. This decision represents a serious setback for voting rights – and has the potential to negatively affect millions of Americans across the country. In the nearly half-century since its initial passage – in 1965 – the Voting Rights Act has consistently enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress as well as the Executive Branch. After extensive hearings, Sections 4 and 5 of this important law were reauthorized most recently in 2006, with the unanimous support of the U.S. Senate and the nearunanimous support of the House

of Representatives. This is a uniquely legislative function and responsibility that the Constitution expressly gave to Congress. The last reauthorization was signed into law by President George W. Bush – just as prior reauthorizations had been signed by Presidents Reagan, Ford, and Nixon – in accordance with core nonpartisan American values. After all, as Congress correctly recognized in the hearings held in 2006 – racial and language minorities face significant voting discrimination in some parts of our country. Given the successful decisions in the Department’s Voting Rights Act cases over the last 18 months, the need for a vital – and intact – Voting Rights Act remains clear. Last year, a federal court cited the value of the Voting Rights Act in blocking the Texas congressional redistricting map on the grounds

that it discriminated against Latino voters. In that case, the court noted that the parties “provided more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space, or need, to address here.” The federal court that reviewed South Carolina’s photo ID law also noted the “vital function” that the Voting Rights Act played in prompting the state to change how it will implement the statute in future elections so that it would no longer disproportionately impact black voters. Without the Section 4 coverage formula, neither of these discriminatory voting changes would have been subject to review and both could have been implemented immediately. These are just two of many examples demonstrating that these problems have not been consigned to history – they continue to exist. Their effects are real, they are of today – not yesterday – and see U.S. Attorney General on page 25

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U.S. Attorney General from page 24

own, existing statutes cannot totally fill the void left by today’s Supreme Court ruling. And I am hopeful that new protections can and will pass in this session of Congress. The Voting Rights Act has always

her or his voting rights invalid, or has made attempting to cast a ballot on Election Day futile. To the contrary, it is incumbent on all American citizens to stand up for their rights by registering

had strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and today’s ruling should not change that. This is not a partisan issue, it’s an American issue – because our democracy is founded on ensuring that every eligible citizen has access to the ballot box. Finally, we need to be clear about what happened today. Part of the Voting Rights Act, but not all of it, was struck down. The constitutionally protected voting rights of all Americans remain fully intact. And the right to vote, free from discrimination based on race or language, requires our vigilant protection. We know from many decades of long, hard struggle that the best way to defend a right is to go out and exercise it. So no one should conclude that today’s unfortunate decision has rendered

to vote, going to the ballot box, exercising that most fundamental of rights, and voting for their preferred candidates of any party. Our democracy is dependent on each of us, and on our active participation in the electoral process. Although today’s decision represents a serious and unnecessary setback, the Justice Department remains committed to moving forward in a manner that’s consistent with the arc of American history – which has always been a story of increasing equality, inclusion, and access to the franchise. This is what makes the United States of America truly exceptional. And this is what we will zealously guard. Thank you. 

they corrode the foundations of our democracy. Our country has changed for the better since 1965 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES but the destination SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA v. HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL. we seek has not …Striking down an Act of Congress “is the gravest andmost delicate duty that this Court is yet been reached. Indeed, a reading called on to perform.” Blodgett v. Holden, 275 U. S. 142, 148 (1927) (Holmes, J., concurring). of today’s opinions We do not do so lightly. That is why, in 2009, we took care to avoid ruling on the constitutionality demonstrates that of the Voting Rights Act when asked to do so, and instead resolved the case then before us every member on statutory grounds. But in issuing that decision, we expressed our broader concerns about of the Supreme the constitutionality of the Act. Congress could have updated the coverage formula at that Court agrees time, but did not do so. Its failure to act leaves us today with nochoice but to declare §4(b) with this fact – as unconstitutional. The formula in that section can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting the Chief Justice jurisdictions to preclearance. Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting wrote, “voting found in §2. We issue no holding on §5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may discrimination still exists: no one draft another formula based on current conditions. Such a formula is an initial prerequisite to a doubts that.” This determination that exceptional conditions stillexist justifying such an “extraordinary departure is why protecting from the traditional course of relations between the States and the Federal Government.” the fundamental Presley, 502 U. S., at 500–501. Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination right to vote – for in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that all Americans – problem speaks tocurrent conditions. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed. will remain one It is so ordered. of the Justice Department’s highest priorities. The Department of Justice will continue to carefully monitor jurisdictions around the country for voting changes that may hamper voting rights. Let me be very clear: we will not hesitate to take swift enforcement action – using every legal tool that remains available to us – against any jurisdiction that seeks to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s ruling by hindering eligible citizens’ full and free exercise of the franchise. As the President has made clear, Congress needs to act to make sure every American has equal access to the polls. The Department also will work with Congress and other elected and community leaders to formulate potential legislative proposals to address voting rights discrimination – because, on their speeches/2013/ag-speech-130625. html

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US President Barack Obama (left) talks with Senegal President Macky Sall during a bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Dakar.


.S. President Barack Obama committed himself in Dakar Thursday to both renewing and improving the legislation which gives qualifying African countries preferential

access to American markets. Addressing a joint news conference after a closeddoor meeting with Senegalese president Macky Sall, Obama noted that the law, the Africa

Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) expires in two years’ time. He told the news conference: “I am looking for ways to renew it but also to improve it so that we’re see Africa Trip on page 29

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generating more jobs and more trade.” He noted that while the U.S. has long provided aid to Africa, a “shift in paradigm” is needed. America’s relationship with African nations should, Obama said, focus

on mutually beneficial investment and trade.


Speaking to the media on the first day of Obama’s six-day visit to Africa, the two heads of state addressed a range of topics ranging from gay rights to regional security, and answered questions from both American and Senegalese

journalists. Standing beneath a tent made of their two countries’ flags symbolically stitched together, Macky Sall saluted the “excellent cooperation” between the United States and Senegal, and noted the countries share the core values of “freedom, democracy, the peaceful coexistence of religion and culture, and good governance.” Obama lauded Senegal’s long history of democratic governance. “Senegal is one of the most stable democracies in Africa and one of the strongest partners that we have in the region. It’s moving in the right direction with reforms to deepen democratic institutions,” he said. Both presidents made poignant remarks about former president Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition in a South African hospital. “My first act of political activism was when I was at Occidental College (in California),” he said. “As a 19-year-old I got involved in the anti-apartheid see Africa Trip on page 30

US President Barack Obama talks with the First Lady of Senegal while Mrs. Obama engages President Macky Sall at the presidential palace in Dakar.

US President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama stand in the “Door of No Return” on Goree Island, Senegal. View the video at photos-and-video/video/2013/06/28/ board-behind-scenes-president-firstlady-gor-e-island

U.S. President Obama looks out a prison cell window on Goree Island in Senegal. Pete Souza/White House

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movement back in 1979-80,” he said. He added that Mandela’s commitment to justice has greatly influenced his political and social philosophy. “It gave me a sense of what is possible in the world when

righteous people, when people of good will, work together on behalf of a larger cause,” he said. Sall agreed, saying that Mandela “is an example for all the world, and politicians should be inspired by his humility.” Fielding a question from an American reporter, Obama voiced his strong support for the U.S.

Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday which will extend federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. “I believe at the root of who we are as a people, as Americans, is the basic precept that we are all equal under the law,” he said. He noted that the issue of gay rights

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had not been broached during his conversation with his Senegalese counterpart, but offered a message to Africa. While acknowledging the cultural differences between African countries and the U.S., he said that “when it comes to how the state treats people, how the law treats people, I believe that everybody has to be treated equally. I don’t believe in discrimination of any sort.” In Senegal, however, homosexuality is an imprisonable offence. President Sall said that “Senegal is not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” but added that the rights of gay and lesbian people must be upheld under law. “Senegal is a tolerant country,” he added. “Though we are not in a position to revoke this law, it does not mean we are homophobic.” After responding to questions relating to American domestic politics, President Obama steered the conversation back to Africa. “I just want to make sure we don’t lose focus here,” he said. “The reason I came to Africa is because Africa is rising. This is going to be a continent that is on the move. It is young, it is vibrant, and full of energy.” Much to the delight of the Senegalese at the news conference, Obama reaffirmed the strong bond between the two nations with a phrase in Wolof, the national language. “Nio far,” he said, meaning we are together.

Michelle Obama to Girls in Senegal: You are Role Models


undreds of students from the Martin Luther King all-girls high school in Dakar warmly welcomed first ladies Michelle

Obama and Marieme Sall of Senegal on Thursday morning. A choir of teenage girls in school uniforms sang renditions of the American and Senegalese anthems for the first ladies. A dance troupe then performed to traditional drum music, as Obama looked on smiling. Following welcoming remarks by Sall and the school’s principal, Ms. Obama spoke to the students about

the importance of girls education in Senegal and throughout the world. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous,” Obama said. “By making this critical investment in your education –- and in the future of your country –- you all are serving as role models not just for girls here in Senegal, but for girls in the United States and around the world.” In Senegal, and throughout much of West Africa, many girls are forced to drop out after primary school, sometimes due to school fees; other times the girls are needed at home to care for siblings and help with chores. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that while more than 70% of girls go to primary school,

only 27% are enrolled in secondary school. The latest data from the World Bank show that the youth literacy rate for girls 15-24 in Senegal was just 56% in 2009. Obama told the girls that she is inspired by what they have been able to achieve in the face of adversity. “I know that what you all are doing here isn’t always easy,” Obama said. “I know that some of you may be the first in your families to attend a school like Martin Luther King, so there might be people at home who don’t quite understand what you’re g o i n g through as you work to succeed here. And I know that for some of you, just sitting in these classrooms each day requires great sacrifices by your families.” Obama’s speech was met with cheers and applause by the students and faculty. “Many of us can relate to the obstacles she spoke of,” Yaire Mbengue said. “There are many of us who don’t have rich parents, who don’t have the means to go to school. So it was good to hear you can still succeed in spite of that. Before Obama left to join her family on a trip to Goree Island, she entered the crowd to hug some of the girls and shake hands. “It was a great pleasure for us to receive the first lady of the United States at our school today,” 12-yearold Fatoumata Diarriou said. “Truly, we are proud.” 

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President Barack Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Macky Sall of Senegal at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


n the second stop on his tour of three African countries, President Barack Obama met with South African President Jacob Zuma on the grounds of the historic Union Buildings on Saturday. The two held a press conference in an ornate and intimate room that lasted over an hour. It included topics ranging from international trade to restructuring the United Nations to immigration and of course, the health of former President Nelson Mandela. Earlier, the White House announced that while the president and First Lady will meet with members of the Mandela family today but they will not be visiting the ailing former leader. But Obama

took a moment to honor Mandela’s legacy, “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.” The president visited with members of Mandela’s family unaccompanied by the First Lady on Saturday. President Obama was also questioned on how he was prioritizing the myriad of international and domestic issues and problems he’s currently facing. In his first on camera comments about immigration legislation since

the Senate passed a bill this week, the president said he was “pleased” the bill was passed and encouraged the House of Representatives to act before the August congressional recess. “I called both Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi and encouraged them to find a path to get this done,” he said. The president put Afghanistan at the top of his international priorities list. “Managing that transition properly so that by the end of 2014 our troops are out and we’ve got a stable situation inside Afghanistan I think is going to require continued focus and attention,” Obama said. Another issue bubbling up: the increasingly violent protests in Egypt between those opposed to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s rule and his supporters. President Obama said his first concern is with the safety

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President Barack Obama and Ms. Obama are welcomed by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Ms. Zuma in Pretoria. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma conduct a Press Conference. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

of American embassies and consulates. The State Department has already confirmed that a 21-year-old American student has died in the unrest there and the US Embassy confirms that some embassy employees have started leaving the country today. But the president had to tiptoe around the issue, “I’d like to see the opposition and Morsi engaged in a more constructive conversation.” And Obama admitted that democracy is a challenge for a country that has almost no tradition of it in the region. But the president used his opening remarks to try to focus attention on the trade and investment relationship between see Africa Trip on page 34

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the U.S. and South Africa. “All too often attention is only paid to Africa during a crisis…Six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. We have a lot more work to do and I think we can do it better together.” Obama said that on Saturday he would introduce an international youth initiative, saying, “This

beginning in 2014, with the goal of increasing to 1000 participants per year within five years.”

Dr. Dlamini Zuma and President Obama to Meet in Johannesburg


he Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and United States President H.E. Barack Obama met in

focus during their meeting included cooperation on development, food security and infrastructure and energy. They also discussed issues related to democratic governance, human rights, and peace and security in Africa. They confered on trade and investment opportunities for US companies to foster growth and development on the African continent to create jobs in Africa and the US. The AU and US signed a Memorandum of Understanding

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, meets with African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, left, in Johannesburg, South Africa. afternoon I will be in Soweto to announce a major expansion of our initiatives to invest in young Africans who will shape this country and this continent for decades to come.” The Young African Leadership program ( the-press-office/2013/06/29/factsheet-president-s-young-africanleaders-initiative) will now include a “Washington Fellowship.” The White House says it “will bring 500 young leaders to U.S. universities and colleges each year for academic and leadership training,

Johannesburg, South Africa on 29 June 2013. This was the first time Dr. Dlamini Zuma had met with President Obama in her capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. This was also the first ever official encounter between a sitting US President and the Head of the AU. President Obama is in the second lap of his ongoing visit to Africa. The AUC Chairperson and the US President discussed issues of common interest aimed at boosting the AU-US partnership. Areas of

on 1 February 2013 emphasizing these areas of cooperation. According to Dr. Dlamini Zuma, “total and effective implementation of this MOU will greatly contribute to achieving the AUC’s 20142017 Strategic Plan, as well as significantly contributing to Africa’s Agenda 2063.” 

Power Africa


resident Obama announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access

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U.S. President Barack Obama and family visit rock quarry on Robben Island, Cape Town South Africa.

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to power in sub-Saharan Africa, during his speech at the University of Cape Town following a family visit to Robben Island. More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access. Power Africa will build on Africa’s enormous power potential, including new discoveries of vast reserves of oil and gas, and the potential to develop clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy. It will help countries develop newly-discovered resources responsibly, build out power generation and transmission, and expand the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions. According to the International Energy Agency, sub-Saharan Africa will require more than $300 billion in investment to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. Only with greater private sector investment can the promise of Power Africa be realized. With an initial set of six partner countries in its first phase, Power Africa will add more than 10,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity

generation capacity. It will increase electricity access by at least 20 million new households and commercial entities with on-grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions. And it will enhance energy resource management capabilities, allowing partner countries to meet their critical energy needs and achieve greater energy security.

Power Africa is Rooted in Partnership The United States and its partners will work with an initial set of Power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth. Power Africa will also partner with Uganda and Mozambique on responsible oil and gas resources management. Power Africa will bring to bear a wide range of U.S. government tools to support investment in Africa’s energy sector. From policy and regulatory best practices, to pre-feasibility support and capacity building, to long-term financing, insurance, guarantees, credit enhancements and technical assistance Power Africa will

provide coordinated support to help African partners expand their generation capacity and access. The United States will commit more than $7 billion in financial support over the next five years to this effort, including: • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $285 million in technical assistance, grants and risk mitigation to advance private sector energy transactions and help governments adopt and implement the policy, regulatory, and other reforms necessary to attract private sector investment in the energy and power sectors. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will commit up to $1.5 billion in financing and insurance to energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) will make available up to $5 billion in support of U.S. exports for the development of power projects across subSaharan Africa. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will invest up to $1 billion in African power systems through its country compacts to increase access and the reliability and sustainability of electricity supply through investments in energy infrastructure, policy and regulatory reforms and institutional capacity building. OPIC and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will provide up to $20 million in project preparation, feasibility and technical assistance grants

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to develop renewable energy projects. These efforts will be coordinated through the U.S. - Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (US-ACEF) and supported by the recently launched U.S. - Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center (CEDFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. • The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) will launch a $2 million Off-Grid Energy Challenge to provide grants of up to $100,000 to Africanowned and operated enterprises to develop or expand the use of proven technologies for off-grid electricity benefitting rural and marginal populations.

• In 2014, OPIC and USAID will jointly host an African energy and infrastructure investment conference. The conference will bring investors, developers, and companies together with U.S. and African government officials to demonstrate the opportunities for investment and the tools and resources available from the U.S. government and other partners to support investment. Power Africa will also leverage private sector investments, beginning with more than $9 billion in initial commitments from private sector partners to support the development of more than 8,000 megawatts of new electricity generation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Examples of commitments todate include: • General Electric commits to help bring online 5,000 megawatts of new, affordable energy through provision of its technologies, expertise and capital in Tanzania and Ghana. • Heirs Holdings commits to $2.5 billion of investment and financing in energy, generating an additional 2,000 megawatts of electricity capacity over next five years. • Symbion Power aims to catalyze $1.8 billion in investment to support 1,500 megawatts of new energy projects in Power Africa countries over the next five years. • Aldwych International commits to developing 400 MW of clean, wind power in Kenya and Tanzania – which will represent the first large-scale wind projects in each of these countries, and an associated investment of $1.1 billion. • H a r i t h General Partners commits to $70 million in investment for clean, wind energy in Kenya and $500 million across the African power sector via a new fund. • Husk Power Systems will seek to complete installation of 200 decentralized biomass-based mini power plants in Tanzania – providing affordable lighting for 60,000 households. • The African Finance Corporation intends to invest $250 million in the power sectors of Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, catalyzing $1 billion in investment in sub-Saharan Africa energy projects.

Power Africa Will Help Attract Investment in Africa’s Energy

Sector Power Africa directly addresses constraints to investment in order to accelerate progress. Instead of taking years or even decades to

create an enabling environment for energy sector investment, Power Africa takes a transactioncentered approach that provides incentives to host governments, the private sector, and donors. These incentives galvanize collaboration, producing near-term results and driving forward systemic reforms that pave the way to future investment. To achieve these ambitions, Power Africa includes: • An interagency Transactions Solutions Team to provide the catalysts needed to bring power and transmission projects to

fruition by leveraging financing, insurance, technical assistance, and grant tools from across the U.S. government and our private sector partners. • Field-based Transaction Advisors, who have already

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begun their work in each of the partner countries, to help governments prioritize, coordinate, and expedite the implementation of power projects, while simultaneously building the capacity of existing host government ministries to deliver results.

Power Africa Will Build Capacity for Project Delivery and Energy Sector Reform Building host-government capacity to develop, approve, finance and ultimately bring power projects on line is critical to the success of the initiative. To support this need, Power Africa will work with host governments to launch or further develop “delivery units” charged with driving progress on specific projects. These delivery units will help increase technical skills and accelerate energy sector regulatory, market structure and enabling environment reforms. In Tanzania for example, Power Africa will support the “Big Results Now!” program, which is establishing new delivery units within government ministries. In Nigeria, Power Africa will provide staffing support, capacity building and technical assistance to an existing delivery unit. Establishment of a delivery unit in Ghana will be closely coordinated with the MCC’s Compact slated for signature in 2014.

Transparent Natural Resource Management The recent discoveries of oil and gas in sub-Saharan Africa will play a critical role in defining the region’s prospects for economic growth and stability, as well as contributing to broader near-term global energy security. Yet existing infrastructure in the region is inadequate to

ensure that both on- and off-shore resources provide on-shore benefits and can be accessed to meet the region’s electricity generation needs. Although many countries have legal and regulatory structures in place governing the use of natural resources, these are often inadequate. They fail to comply with international standards of good governance, or do not provide for the transparent and responsible

financial management of these resources. Power Africa will work in collaboration with partner countries to ensure the path forward on oil and gas development maximizes the benefits to the people of Africa, while also ensuring that development proceeds in a timely, financially sound, inclusive, transparent and environmentally sustainable manner. 

President Barack Obama welcomed in Tanzania.


anzanians, hundreds wearing white shirts and hats bearing President Barack Obama’s face, said “Karibu,” or “Welcome,” to the U.S. leader. Thousands of people lined the streets as his motorcade sped through this city on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The oceanfront road leading to the Tanzanian president’s residence had been permanently changed to

“Barack Obama Drive” in honor of the visit. Obama was to hold his third news conference in as many countries as part of his weeklong tour of Africa. Tanzania is the latest democratic country the president is visiting to promote the White House’s increased partnership with Africa amid criticism the administration has focused its attention on other

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areas of the globe and only primarily military interests in Africa. Tanzania is an important partner with the United States on security issues and development initiatives. The president will likely underscore the partnership during his visit to a country that has received increased attention from other foreign governments, especially China. Tanzania’s importance lies in its strategic location on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It’s an outlet for its many landlocked neighbors and an ideal jumping-off point for companies looking to expand in a region that is seen to have huge consumer growth potential. Obama will visit a power company on Tuesday, continuing a theme of the trip during which the president has pledged an additional $7 billion to increase power infrastructure across the continent. He is also expected to announce Trade Africa on Monday, a partnership between the United States and African nations intended to expand trade with countries including Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda (See page 88). “The key thing is to make it possible for our businesses to come in, help them understand what the opportunities are, help them address the risks that they see,” U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman said aboard Air Force One headed to Tanzania. Among companies to be represented at Monday’s business roundtable are GE, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Symbion Power Corp., which partnered with GE to build the site of Obama’s Tuesday visit. The project was launched by the Clinton Foundation’s Millennium Challenge. While in Tanzania, the White House also announced a $10 million initiative to support anti-

wildlife trafficking efforts on the continent. Grant Harris, Obama’s senior Africa director, said illegal wildlife trafficking is a $7 to 10 billion trade each year, with China and the U.S. the leading destinations for the animals. The president also signed an executive order creating a task force that will develop a national strategy aimed in part at reducing U.S. demand for trafficked wildlife. At the State House there was a celebratory greeting for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with a band, dancers and a mass of applauding, whooping crowds lining the red carpet as the Obamas shook hands making their way to the whitewashed building.  africa/tanzania-obama/index.html

Presidents Tanzania. Tanzanian Brass ban Tanzanian

Announces Trade Africa Agreement

President Obama

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trade pact between the United States and sub-Sahara Africa seeks to grow ties for Africa, the United States and other markets, President Obama said Monday. The creation of Trade Africa was announced as President Obama wraps up his three-country visit to Africa in Tanzania. Trade Africa will initially focus on the East African Community states -- Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda -- which represent a market with significant opportunity for U.S. exports and investment, the White House said in a fact sheet. Intra-EAC trade has doubled in the past five years, and the region’s gross domestic product has risen to more than $80 billion, quadrupling in only 10 years. The five states of the EAC, with a population of more than 130 million people, have increasingly stable and pro-business regulations. They are home to promising local enterprises that are forming creative partnerships with multinational companies. And EAC countries are benefiting from the emergence of an educated, globalized middle class. In its initial phase, Trade Africa aims to double intra-regional trade in the EAC, increase EAC exports to the United States by 40%, reduce by 15% the average time needed to import or export a container from the ports of Mombasa or Dar es Salaam to Burundi and Rwanda, and decrease by 30% the average time a truck takes to transit selected borders. The United States also hopes to expand collaboration with other regional economic communities in Africa, including in cooperation with other partner nations, the White House said. Officials said increasing trade between the United States and Africa will be the focus of the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum in Addis Ababa Aug. 9-13, 2013. ď ƒ see Africa Trip on page 41

President Barack Obama participate at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro in Dar es Sa White House Photo by Chuck Kenne

First Lady Michelle Obama and Salma Kikwet and Sasha, watch the Baba Watoto performan Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Official White Hous

es in a CEO roundtable alaam, Tanzania. (Official edy)

te, along with daughters Malia nce at the National Museum in se Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Salma Kikwete pause for a moment of silence while visiting the U.S. Embassy Bombing Memorial at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Ubongo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Keija Minor Becomes Conde Nast’s First Ever African-American Editor-in-Chief By Anna Deutsch


hen Joanna Coles left Marie Claire to take over the reins at Cosmo, she started a round of editorial musical chairs. Anne Fulenwider subsequently left Brides to take Coles’ vacated Marie Claire job, which left Brides without anyone at the helm–until now. Keija Minor has just been named Brides‘ new Editor-in-Chief, and shockingly, Minor will be the very first AfricanAmerican to ever head up any of the 18 titles at Conde Nast. According to HuffPo, Minor’s been executive editor at the mag for a few years already, and was previously EIC of Uptown Magazine–a luxe lifestyle magazine for African American women. Her extensive CV also includes an EIC position at Gotham Magazine, and managing editor positions at Los Angeles Confidential and Aspen Peak. “I am tremendously excited by this opportunity,” Minor said in a statement. “It’s an honor to take the reins of such an iconic brand and to lead this extraordinarily talented team in bringing inspiring, innovative ideas to women at this pivotal and joyous moment in their lives.” We applaud Brides and hope this marks a step in the right direction for diversity in the mainstream media. Congrats to Keija Minor!.  keija-minor-becomes-conde-nastsfirst-ever-african-american-editorin-chief/

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5 Smart Ways Men of Color Can Position Themselves for Success By Antoine Moss, Black Enterprise

Education Consultant Howard Jean (@Howard_J). Remember, college is not the last stop when it comes to learning. “Your undergraduate experience only prepares you to begin the professional learning process and equips you with general information to begin exploring the industry you desire to enter, ” Jean says. “Once you enter your profession, you must keep learning to be recognized as one of the best in your field.”

awareness through reflection.


Jean encourages journal writing as the best way to learn who you are. “Learning more about others makes you smart, but learning more about yourself makes you wise,” he adds. “Your mistakes, accomplishments, and fears are all lessons that should be understood in a deeper context beyond the moment in which they happen, thus, reflection is the best teacher.” Always remain curious.

“Many people romanticize about the success of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey,” he says, “but what they often fail to realize is the level of dedication and self-taught skills they developed from reading on their own. This is why you must make a commitment to read a book at least once a month. Odds are, once you begin reading a book once a month, your curiosity and thirst for reading will increase.” 

Connecting with global professionals and businesspeople is vital. As an emerging leader, begin doing some international n e t w o r k i n g and building relationships abroad via the Web, he adds. “Once relationships are built, you should invest in travel. As a young professional, traveling to learn will benefit you on many levels beyond what a lecture, documentary, book, or Website can provide.”

Curiosity is the foundation of learning and intellectual growth. “You should always maintain a curious nature that drives you to explore, go further, and dig deeper in your professional endeavors,” Jean says.

Be sure to increase your self- Read more and become a

Howard Jean is the principal of Success through E d u c a t i o n , Inspiration, & Leadership L.L.C., a consulting firm that specializes in working with education institutions and organizations to support growth, program development, and management. As a result of Jean’s extraordinary success, including being a director at Call Me MISTER, a college program that empowers young men of color, he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, and in Essence magazine. career/tips-education-careeradvancement-black-men

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7 Recession Recovery Tips

By Pamella Yellen, Bank On Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future


ost financial analysts claim our nation’s economy is on the mend, but many people haven’t felt that yet. Maybe you’re one of these folks. If so, there are a few basic steps you can take to speed up your personal recovery.

1. Make (And Stick To) A Budget A budget isn’t a straight jacket for your wallet. It’s a plan for your mind, to help you be sure the things you spend your money on are the things you want or need most. Small amounts pile up. A daily coffee shop visit adds up to $100+ a month. Then there’s eating out, movies, alcohol, cigarettes, lotto tickets – you get the idea. When you spend money, write it down. Review your spending weekly, so you know where your money is going. Look for things you can cut. For example, buy your meals the old fashioned way – at the grocery store, not the drive-thru. And do most of your shopping around the perimeter of the market – near the outside walls. This is where you’ll find the fresh produce, dairy, and meats/poultry. Cut your food bill in half by avoiding pre-cooked or ready-to-eat stuff.

Don’t overlook your library. It’s got more than just books. You’ll find everything from the daily newspaper to your favorite magazines, audio books, movies, music CDs, and more. And it’s all free. When’s the last time you left the car at home and took the bus? Or rode a bike? Or walked? Are you too proud to be seen in a thrift shop? Too bad, because Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and all manner of local used clothing and used furniture shops have decent, quality treasures among the junk – at near give-away prices. (But experts recommend not buying used mattresses or shoes.)

3. Attempt To Renegotiate Your Bills

Creditors want you to pay your bills. Banks, finance companies, credit card companies, the IRS – they all would rather have you paying something than nothing. The biggest mistake you can make is not talking to them. Most things are negotiable, but not if they have to track you down. So call them, the sooner the better. When you call, have an idea of what you can realistically afford to pay each month. Explain your situation, and ask them to work with you. Ask for a supervisor, if necessary. Be 2. Consider Ways To persistent but nice. Write down Downsize who you talked to and when. That Do you really need all 200 cable way, if you ever have to explain channels? In fact, do you really your situation to a judge, you’ve got need cable at all? You can buy a names and dates. great HDTV roof-top antenna for $70 from most hobby electronics 4. Learn The Art Of Regifting Popularized on Seinfeld (“The stores. Compare that to the cost of Label Maker” episode), regifting is one month’s cable service. Consider downgrading your taking a gift that you received and cell phone plan. Somehow, your giving it to somebody else. Just grandparents made do with no cell remember the three commonsense regifting rules: Rewrap the gift, phone at all.

don’t regift used items, and – most important – keep careful records, so you don’t give the gift back to the original gift-giver.

5. Be Pro-Active And Flexible If you’re waiting for a rescue boat, you may have a very long wait. If you’re out of work, leverage your relationships. Don’t be afraid to let people know about your job search. If you’re a good worker, people will want to help. Look for employment opportunities and position yourself to take advantage of them. Broaden your employment horizons. This isn’t a time for the job you want to do; it’s a time for the job you need.

6. Consider Taking Out A Dividend-Paying Whole Life Insurance Policy Dividend-paying whole life insurance not only provides your family much-needed peace-ofmind, it’s a liquid asset in times of crisis. The premiums you pay into a dividend-paying whole life insurance policy build up a cash value account you can access as needed. Look into policies where at least half of your premium is directed into a “Paid Up Additions Rider, “ which grow your cash value up to 40 times faster than a traditionally designed policy and pay the agent 50-70% less commission.

7. Think Positive And Remain Calm Getting down in the dumps is not for you. Nobody wants to help a sourpuss. A positive mental attitude is your choice. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are more comfortable than 75% of the world’s population Use your library – and your librarian – to find books and articles that can help you increase your mental health, as well as your financial health. You will beat the recession! 

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The Rise of the Cloud Stack By Aaron Levie


omething changed recently in the enterprise software world. In an industry known for ruthless competition, a number of players – Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and NetSuite – introduced partnerships that portend a very different future. In very un-Larry Ellison-like fashion, something akin to harmony was proposed, “when customers choose cloud applications, they expect rapid low-cost implementations; they also expect application integrations to work right out of the box–even when the applications are from different vendors.” This is a striking development in the enterprise software world. It also happens to be a positive one – for Oracle’s future relevance, for independent cloud vendors, and most of all, for customers. For the last decade, the enterprise IT landscape has been a battleground of competing paradigms. Oracle has pushed a vast empire of all-ornothing, fully integrated solutions, while comparatively fledgling cloud vendors have offered choice and integrations with other best-ofbreed services. And customers, to a large degree, have been forced to choose between these divergent philosophies and realities. In one swift move, the enterprise software world has gone from being Game of Thrones to Friends (or, at a minimum, Frenemies).

The New Cloud Stack In the on-premise era, integrating enterprise solutions entailed vast amounts of complexity for every

new solution implemented. Getting your CRM to work with your ERP or HRM from varied vendors was a near-impossible task and led to overdrawn budgets, delayed projects, and incomplete systems. But with the cloud, a customer can light up any application near instantly – a user of Workday no longer has to worry about the servers, storage, networking or middleware that goes

into delivering a world-class HCM system. It all comes for ‘free’. And given the low friction, thousands of enterprises are now running their businesses through a mix of bestof-breed technologies: HCM on Workday, CRM on Salesforce, ERP on Netsuite, Support on Zendesk, Social on Jive, Business Intelligence on GoodData, and so on. Instead of relying on a single vendor to do all their jobs, customers get the best products in each category to solve their problems. CIOs who’ve embraced this approach simply don’t need onestop shops for all their technology needs anymore. The cost and time burden to implement new

solutions and integrate them becomes incremental (as opposed to exponential), and with emerging identity and integration solutions like Okta, Ping, and SnapLogic the burden is reduced even further. And integration in the cloud era has become as simple as an API connection. Most cloud services have created a web of interlocking parts: an update in Salesforce prompts an action in Zendesk; a new record in SAP shoots off an update to Yammer; a document in Box can be accessible from Jive. This is the direction the world is moving. From this diversity of systems, customers will get choice, and with this choice we’ll see better applications and solutions emerge. At a lower cost, and at a higher quality. Previous to this new collaboration, the industry was faced with two competing paradigms: a war between the ‘fully integrated’ suites and the best-of-breed cloud stacks. Customers were left to make a philosophical decision, risking going down a path unsupported by some portion of vendors. With these encouraging moves from both Oracle – the leader of monolith era – and Microsoft, a single paradigm of open solutions may fully win out. It’s an acknowledgement that enterprise software is no longer zero-sum; with expanding markets and an internet population of billions, there’s more opportunity than ever before. A new cloud stack is rising. And this is good for everyone. 

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Early Mornings Equal Successful Days


uccessful entrepreneurs rise and shine early. ”Having a productive morning is very important to the outcome of your day,” explains career expert and life coach Stacia Pierce, CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises. “When you start with mental clarity, physical strength and emotional balance you will be ready to achieve your daily goals with creativity and confidence. You take control of your day when you take control of your morning.” During the rush of the day, it is harder to focus. Mornings give you a chance to think clearer without daily distractions. You might actually get more done in two quiet hours of the morning than a full day in the office. Ely Delaney, co-founder of, does. “The hardest thing to deal with is a rush of things coming at you first thing in the morning such as office fires, emails, questions, phone calls, etc. By getting up early, you give yourself some time to plan your day and get things done before the rest of the world’s hustle catches up,” says Delaney. Visualize your day. “Mediate

on your outcome, be still and see yourself as productive and progressing toward your goals,” offers Pierce. “Insight comes early; if you sit quietly in the morning and meditate and then listen within, you will discover brilliant ideas are ready to burst out of you.” Think positive thoughts. “Say your affirmations before you get into your morning routine. Your mind is a powerhouse and works as an incredible attraction machine. It attracts the very things into your life that coincide with your thoughts and feelings,” says Pierce. “It’s very important that you start your morning routine with thought commands.” Get your creative juices flowing. “Start with some reading. It gets the creativity going. I like to start my day with something in personal development. It helps get me in the right mindset first thing,” says Delaney. Make your To-Do List. “Write a list of your goals for the day in the morning. Writing is a key component to daily accomplishment. This process will cause you to think about your day in advance and create a plan for what you want to achieve,” explains Pierce. And categorize your to-do List. “Be ruthless and divide your to-do list into these three categories each day,” adds life and career coach Val Wright of Val Wright Consulting. Could do: These are biggest time suckers but not essential. These things could be done another time; Must do: These are time-sensitive items that cannot be delegates. Focus on these as priorities; and Don’t want to but need to: These, says Wright, causes the biggest amount of stress. Do these tasks first in your day and get them out of the way. Do a fast email check—but no reading and replying. “Take two minutes to do a quick run-through

and delete anything that you don’t need. Get rid of the spam and the newsletters that you don’t want to read right way,” suggests Delaney. “Don’t use this time to read emails. Just to do a quick clean-up. This makes it much easier to get right to the meat when you’re ready to reply to emails.” Go into airplane mode. Turn off the technology and take advantage of the quiet. “Switch your phone to airplane mode and turn off the WiFi on your laptop. Now focus on those critical tasks. Don’t turn it back on until you are finished,” says Wright. You time. Take some time in your mornings to focus on you and only you. Natalie Stezovsky, vice president of Influence & Co., says it is the perfect opportunity to work on personal growth. “Watch webinars, reading articles, etc.,” she suggests. Make long-term goals. Wright says ask yourself, “What do you need to work on today to achieve your 6 month or 12 month goals?” Then come up with a plan. “Many people spend too much time working on the next three months and lose that long term focus that could set them apart from their peers,” Wright says. Catch up with a client or colleague. You don’t always have to go to lunch to catch up with a client or peer. “If you commute to your office, maybe there’s a client on the way that you can stop by their office real quick just to stop by and make sure everything is good with them,” says Delaney. “This kind of unexpected visit to ‘stop in and say hi’ can help build your relationship with them.” Nourishment is important. Lastly, don’t forget to eat, says Stezovsky. Remember the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? You need energy to start your day off right so have a good, nutritious breakfast. 

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AEG Invites Current and Interested Supplier Partners to our

Supplier Portal, an online communication tool designed to enhance the relationship between AEG and our partners. The portal is an online and paperless tool that will provide you with: Increased visibility for AEG business opportunities Extended Company Profile in online directory Direct email updates from AEG clients and buyers Easy accounts payable information sharing Increased exposure for MBEs, WBEs, and DBEs It is important that you register your business so that we have the ability to contact you for participation in future opportunities. Suppliers seeking to initiate business with AEG are encouraged to register as well. Registration is simple and we invite you to visit our Supplier Portal at your earliest convenience:

viewed by a critical constituency: A m e r i c a n consumers. This year FORBES added a marketability score (1-100) for each celebrity that was developed by Encino, Calif.based market research firm E-Poll, based on opinion polling about 46 different attributes for 6,600 different celebrities. Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock are the most m a r k e t a b l e celebrities on FORBES list. (Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James ranks dead last in that category). For social networking strength, FORBES worked with another new partner, Starcount, a Singaporebased company that measures impact across 11 social media platforms including Facebook FB -0.27%, Twitter, YouTube and Google GOOG -0.19% +. Each celebrity’s Starcount number gives a sense of how popular he or she is on the Internet.

OWN Signing More Stars for New Season By Linda Ware


veryone should know this by now: Never count Oprah out. Despite business stumbles and an $88 million earnings drop since last year, Oprah Winfrey returns to the top of Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the most powerful celebrities after two years in second place. She leads a female-dominated top 10 that includes Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Taylor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres. Even without her daytime talk show, Winfrey made an estimated $77 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Her profits, mixed with strong fame scores in metrics like press mentions and social networking power, pushed her to the top. Winfrey remains a powerful force in Hollywood. Her Oprah Winfrey Network, once a drifting cable outpost that lost an estimated $330 million for parent company Discovery between 2008 and the

end of 2012, is now a smoothishrunning media machine that could turn a profit by the end of 2013. Mistakes like Rose O’Donnell’s talk show? History. Nailing mustsee viewing, like her two-night interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, is Winfrey’s focus now, as are scripted shows with help from fellow Celebrity 100 member Tyler Perry. In the near future, shows that don’t star Winfrey could become as much of a draw as her own programs. Winfrey also earns from an empire that includes her O magazine, talk shows from protégés like Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil, and a network on SiriusXM satellite radio. FORBES’ Celebrity 100 measures that most ephemeral of riches: fame. They factored in celebrity earnings over the last 12 months, but also tally how often each celebrity was mentioned in print and on TV, and gauge the strength of their Internet presence and how they’re

The OWN NETWORK Oprah Winfrey's Network- OWN - scored its best quarter in network history delivering a +32% growth in second quarter 2013 in primetime versus first quarter making OWN a Top 5 cable network for AfricanAmerican women 25-54. In addition for the month of June, OWN delivered its best month ever ranked as the #4 network in all of television for African-American women (#3 in cable) and #21 of all see OWN Signs More Stars on page 55

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Raising Whitley

Golden Sisters

Life With La Toya

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ad-supported cable networks in the key demo of women 25-54 driven by the network's first scripted series from Tyler Perry "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor," airing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively. OWN was the #1 cable network

Soulful Sundays

6 Little McGhees

Dr. Phil

Beyond Belief

on Tuesday and Wednesday nights AA women 25-54, with both series ranking among the Top 5 original series in primetime in all of television for AA women 25-54. Month to month, OWN was the fastest-growing ad-supported cable network among W25-54 (+100%), A25-54 (+100%), A18-49 (+100%), Households (+77%) and Total Viewers (+87%).

Iyanla: Fix My Life

Key Q2 2013 series highlights include: The Haves and The Have Nots (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) - premiered May 28 with two back-to-back episodes attracting 1.77 million viewers for the premiere episode at 9 p.m. (1.57 W25-54 rating) building to over 1.8 million viewers for the second episode at 10 p.m. (1.67 see OWN Signs More Stars on page 56


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W25-54 rating) marking the highest rated series premiere in network history. The series delivered its highest rated episode on June 26 reaching over 1.82 million viewers. Season-to-date the series is averaging 1.44 W25-54 rating and 1.6 million viewers. Love Thy Neighbor (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) - premiered May 29 with two back-to-back

half hour episodes. The premiere episode (9 p.m.) scored 1.65 million viewers (1.44 W25-54 rating). The

second episode (9:30 p.m.) built to 1.8 million viewers (1.56 W2554 rating), growing +8% in the network's key demo W25-54 and +9% in total viewers. Season-todate the series is averaging a 1.01 W25-54 rating and 1.15 million total viewers at 9 p.m. and a 1.11 W25-54 rating and 1.3 million total viewers at 9:30 p.m. Oprah's Next Chapter (Sundays at 9 p.m.) - Black Women in Hollywood featuring Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union, Viola Davis and Alfre Woodard on June

Iyanla: Fix My Life (Saturdays at 9 p.m.) - The season premiere on April 13 with rapper DMX attracted 1.8 million total viewers with 1.4 million tuning in for the 90-minute premiere from 9-10:30 p.m. and an additional 420,000 viewers for the encore at 12 a.m. The premiere episode was up +22% W25-54 versus its series debut (Sept. 15, 2012 featuring Evelyn Lozada) and built every half hour +27% over the course of the telecast. Raising Whitley (Saturdays at 10 p.m.) - The series debut (April

23 scored a .94 W25-54 rating and 1 million viewers. It was the highest rated Sunday episode of the series since last fall.

20) garnered a .83 W25-54 rating and 788,731 total viewers. Life with La Toya (Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.) - The series debut

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(April 13) attracted 1.2 million total viewers and a 1.17 W25-54 rating. Super Soul Sunday (Sundays at 11 a.m.) - The Daytime Emmy Award-winning series tied its third highest rated episode to date on June 23 featuring Grammy awardwinning artist India.Arie (.31 W2554). Dark Girls (Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m.) - The original documentary by filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry was the highest rated documentary premiere in network history scoring 1 million total viewers and a .91 W25-54 rating.

OWN Going Forward Oprah’s Own Network is gearing up for several new show launches one of which has been in the planning phases and now is ready to air at the end of July 2013.

Fix My Life OWN has signed a new reality show that is unlike most in scope. Unlike most reality shows on air to date, this show will set new trends as its key focus is geared toward solving problems through finding positive solutions to life’s monkey wrenches. OWN is partnering with inspirational speaker and author, Iyanla Vanzant for a round of shows entitled, “Fix My Life”. Iyanla will host the episodes of this innovative reality series,a living testament to Iyanla’s belief in the power of purpose. She will visit communities and people one on one taking viewers on a real time adventure of what she writes about and teaches in her inspirational speeches across the country. Iyanla will take viewers through the journeys of real life stories as she visits with guests who share their personal life struggles and their loss of direction in their lives.

Iyanla will share potential solutions through discovery of human purpose and vision and demonstrate how to overcome the unexpected life road blocks the way Iyanla knows best. Her goal for the series is to inspire people to look within themselves and explore their own road blocks and through watching the lives of others unfold on each episode find hope for a new future.

The Lindsay Lohan Reality Show OWN, has officially announced partnering with popular film actress, Lindsay Lohan, 27 years old, to an exclusive television reality show distribution deal where Lohan will star in her very own reality series sharing her ups and downs in the journey to renew her film career, including dealing with the paparazzi, rehab, court room drama, how it affects her personal life and more. Oprah and Lindsay are currently preparing to get started with a preliminary TV announcement in regards to the show in the format of an exclusive one-on-one interview between Oprah and Lindsay. This interview is projected to secure one of the highest ratings in network television when it airs according to media outlets.

LaToya Jackson on OWN Network LaToya Jackson is riding high on the successful debut of her new show on OWN: Life with LaToya. OWN signed Jackson to a highly anticipated television deal to present an entirely new approach to reality television combining it with the components of a full fledged documentary. On OWN, LaToya Jackson opens her life to the world where viewers get to know the woman behind the Jackson name. She shares her humorous side, her vulnerable side, her strengths, and weaknesses most of which have remain hidden

behind the walls of her privacy until now. The show takes away the mystery of stardom giving viewers a real time experience of the day to day challenges Jackson faces as one of the siblings of the famous Jackson family. Jackson shares her struggle over the passing away of her brother, Michael Jackson, the family feuds post his death and other private experiences in her life including appearances of her parents Joe and Katherine Jackson. The OWN lineup this year includes Rachael Ray, Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor, The 6 Little McGhees featuring the family of sextuplets, and Golden Sisters highlighting the lives of three active seniors. With a broad platform of shows drawing in viewers from multiple demographics, Oprah has found her formula for network programming success. 

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN, a singular destination on cable, is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform

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Karabuild Development, Inc. Tel: (818) 817-9300 - Fax: (818) 817-9333 Requests Sub-bids for all trades from qualified DBE Subcontractors and Suppliers for the

Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles

Residential Sound Insulation Program Group 093, Project CDC13-166 Bid Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Work includes: Windows & Installation, Doors & Installation, Fireplace, HVAC/Ventilation, Electrical, Hazardous Material Abatement, and Insulation. The Plans and Specifications for CDC projects may be downloaded from the CDC website at no cost (must be registered). CD for $25.00 or hard copy for $120.00 are available at the Commission’s office at 700 W. Main Street, First Floor, Alhambra, CA 91801. If you have any questions contact Anna at (818) 817-9300. Assistance available to meet contract requirements. An Equal Opportunity Employer.

August 6-8, 2013  St. Louis, MO The National Veterans Small Business Conference is the premier annual event for Veterans to network, learn, and grow their businesses. MOBILE BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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TheJourneyoftheCreolesSeekingTheirPromiseland ThethemereflectsthemigrationoftheCreolesandtheirpatchesof culturaltrailsthroughoutSouthwestLouisiana Mission:OurHeritageisourFuture:Preserve.Promote.Protect. TheADHTFoundationseekstoestablishheritagetrailslinkingDiasporatraditionsinAfrica,North,South andCentralAmerica,Bermuda,theCaribbean,Europe,andCanadabydevelopinganetworkof collaborators,whoidentify,build,finance,promoteandmarketculturalheritagedestinations.ADHT destinationswillfostersustainableeconomicdevelopment,provideinspiringeducationalexperiences, producequalityculturalproductsthatexposevisitorstoauthenticAfricanDiasporahistoryandculture, andmotivatelocalpopulationstobecomeactiveparticipantsinthepreservationanddisseminationof theirhistoryandculture. TheADHTannualconferencecreatesauniqueandinspiringlearningenvironmentforallcommittedto thedevelopmentofAfricanDiasporaheritagedestinations.Fromallpartsoftheglobe,visitorsand localsgathertoexploretrends,experienceculturalexpression,participateinprofessionaldevelopment sessions,examinemodelheritagetrailprogramsandenjoyestablishingviableinternationalnetworks. ThisprestigiousinternationalconferencebeganinBermuda,andthecommitmentandvisionhavebeen endorsedbytheUNESCOSlaveRouteProject,theAfricaTravelAssociation,theSmithsonianPartnership andInternationalProgramsDivision,theCaribbeanTourismOrganization,andawideassortmentof organizationsinvolvedwithculturaltourism,culturalpreservationandacademicresearch.Thisyear marksthefirsttimetheconferencewillconveneintheUnitedStates,andwearethrilledtobehostingit inLouisiana. Themissionofthe2013conferenceattheHiltonLafayetteis,OurHeritage,OurFuture:Preserve. Promote.Protect. PRESERVE:HowtoidentifyandmaintainvarioustangibleandintangibleartifactsthatrepresentAfrican culture:dances,folklore,fineart,literature,oraltraditionsandhistory,etc. PROMOTE:Howtocreateeconomicinitiativesandtourismstrategiesthatcapitalizeonculturaland historicalassetswhilereturningthebenefitsdirectlytocommunitiesandpersonsofAfricandescent. PROTECT:HowpersonsandcommunitiesofAfricandescentcanmaintaintheirdistinctheritageand culture,andtherolegovernmentsandinstitutionsshouldplayinthisendeavor. ThankyouforinadvanceforconsideringourinvitationtoattendthishistoricalconferenceinLafayette, Louisiana,USA.


Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter Upgrade Successfully Underway


ust eight months after the launch of its system-wide upgrade of natural gas meters, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has successfully installed more than a quarter million advanced meters for customers in five counties. In all, SoCalGas plans to upgrade six million natural gas meters through 2017, adding a small communication device to customer meters on a carefully planned schedule throughout its service territory. “We are pleased by the effective introduction and smooth progress of the advanced meter project, the largest capital project in SoCalGas history,” said Patrick Lee, senior vice president of customer service, innovation and business strategy and chief environmental compliance officer at SoCalGas. “We expect advanced meter technology will enhance customer service and safety, increase energy conservation, and improve our operational efficiencies. By giving customers tools and more accurate and timely information to help them better manage their energy use, this much-needed upgrade will benefit our customers, our communities and the environment." From now until the expected project completion in 2017, SoCalGas customers from Los Angeles to Visalia may soon be seeing the familiar SoCalGas logo on trucks and blue uniformed technicians in their neighborhoods as crews begin advanced meter installations throughout the SoCalGas service territory, a see Meter Upgrade on page 61

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20,000-mile area that covers central and Southern California, from Fresno County to the Mexican border. Since initiating advanced meter installations in southeast Los Angeles County in October 2012, SoCalGas has moved steadily forward and expects to be installing in several service regions by the end of 2013, including metro Los Angeles, and Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, Tulare and Ventura counties. Throughout the process, SoCalGas customers and communities have been informed by frequent mailings, notices and emails, notifying them several weeks before installations begin. In addition, specially trained SoCalGas outreach teams have engaged civic groups and local leaders, communicating benefits, features and community installation schedules. SoCalGas is also working closely with local community-based organizations to help customers learn about the project. The new advanced meter device is markedly different from electric smart meters and only turns on for a fraction of a second a day—a total of less than two minutes a year—to securely and safely send natural gas usage data from a customer’s home or business to SoCalGas customer centers. Shortly after the advanced meter is installed, customers will go live and SoCalGas will make the usage information available for the customer to view online the next business day. “SoCalGas is continually innovating and looking for ways to better serve our customers,” said Patrick Petersilia, director of the advanced meter project at SoCalGas. “Advanced meters will help customers monitor and adjust

gas usage, helping families and local businesses save energy and money. They also will help reduce some 140,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year as we take service vehicles off the road every day.” The 15-minute upgrade process involves adding a small batterypowered communication device on existing residential and business customers’ meters. The detailed i n f o r m a t i o n advanced meters provide will help customers better understand and manage gas use and costs, enabling them to quickly identify and respond to sudden usage spikes and take steps to conserve. Customers also will enjoy greater privacy and security, no longer having to provide physical access to their property for monthly meter reading. Installations will be completed by SoCalGas energy technicians during business hours, and in most cases, customers will not need to be present and natural gas service won’t be interrupted. Natural gas bills will continue to be based on a monthly read of usage. Unlike electrical smart meters, the advanced meter device cannot communicate with other appliances inside the home, turn on or turn off gas service and will only be active for a fraction of a second each day to read and send gas usage data. No personal information will be sent and usage data will be encrypted for added security. The battery life of the device is expected to be 20 years, with SoCalGas providing any needed maintenance. SoCalGas expects the advanced meter system will enable significant operational and environmental savings over

its life—savings that will be passed along to customers in reduced overall rates. SoCalGas supports customer choice and recognizes that some customers may prefer to have their gas meter manually read each month. Those who have questions or would like to decline an advanced meter installation are asked to call the SoCalGas

Customer Contact Center at (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish. For more comprehensive information about advanced meters, customers also can visit socalgas. com/advanced. A SoCalGas advanced meter installation video is at watch?v=BI04jL12qC4.

About Southern California Gas Company Southern California Gas Company has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). 

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First Annual Los Angeles SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Los Angeles District Office and AmPac TriStateCDC will co-host the first Los Angeles SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit on July 25, 2013 at Los Angeles City College. The SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit will feature business leaders and local small business resource providers who will share their experience and insights on starting and expanding faith-based businesses. Event seminars will provide faith-based business owners with the tools to increase sales, access capital and provide participants with resources to start and grow a business. Resources will also be available to link economically and socially disadvantaged individuals with local business development programs. Faith-based business owners and aspiring business owners are encouraged to attend to gain valuable business advice and network with similar business owners and business resource providers as well as share the benefits their organizations are providing to the community. Opportunities will be made available for one on one counseling sessions with SBA’s network of resource partners and area lenders. For event and sponsorship information please contact: Jennifer Garibay, Ampac Tri-State CDC at 909915-1706 or Guest Speaker Topics Will Include: • The Significance of Connecting Faith & Business and How Non-Profits Can generate revenue and become a part of the SBA Lending Network. • SBA’s Commitment to Bringing Faith Based Leaders and Business Owners Together. • Challenging and Inspiring Faith-Based Leaders and Business Owners to Make a Difference in the Economic Vitality of their Communities. What: “First Annual Los Angeles SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit” Where: Los Angeles City College, Student Union, 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029* When: Thursday, July 25, 2013 – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST How: Space is limited. Register at: *Please park in Lot 1 or Lot 2, which are located off of Vermont Ave. All parking is by valid parking permit, which may be purchased for $2.00 per day in parking lots.

Editor’s Note: Cosponsorship Authorization # 13-0914-93. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Kenneth Crawford, Business Development Specialist, 330 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203, 818-552-3224 ,


Harold & Belles Restaurant Announces Third Generation takes the Helm


yan Legaux, the grandson of the founder Harold Legaux, Sr., along with his wife Jessica formed Legaux Holding LLC and purchased Harold and Belles Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. The restaurant has a rich history in keeping alive the heritage and culture of Louisiana right here in Los Angeles. The new company will include not only the restaurant, but will also revive their catering and concession divisions. Harold and Belles Restaurant opened their doors in September 1969. They opened with the theme in mind of being a place where friends could gather, talk and socialize. The restaurant specializes in Creole Cuisine with mouth watering Gumbo, seafood platters and Crawfish Etouffee dishes to name a few. Deeply rooted in the community they plan

to serve the local area while attracting visitors from all over as a “must go” destination. You’ll come for the food, but will be back for the superb service. Ryan grew up in the family business and started at the bottom and worked his way up the food ladder. He graduated from UC Davis where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Science and Management. Under his leadership the restaurant also received the “Maitre D’ of the Year Award” as well as the “Golden Bacchus Award” from the Southern California Restaurant Writers. He also obtained his MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. To broaden his scope he studied abroad in Marseilles, France, gaining an international perspective on the modern business world. Jessica and Ryan met while in high school. Eventually they began dating and the rest is history. Jessica is not just a pretty face,

she graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Sociology. When working in the community it’s very important to understand the study of people and society. But she didn’t stop there, she also brought to the family business experience from working with food and customer service at California Pizza Kitchen. When she started working at Harold & Belles, she rolled up her sleeves and learned just about every position available. She stands united with her husband in taking the family business into the next decade. Together, Ryan and Jessica will upgrade the restaurant, making changes that will appeal to a wide variety of guests while keeping the essence of days gone by. Their plans include being more involved with community ventures through their catering, concessions and spices. You can keep up with us through our website (www.haroldandbells. com) or on Facebook and Twitter.  CONTACT: Wendy Gladney Dean (951) 313-4732

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C3 2013 Summit Commercial Service American Business Exchange Pavilion President Bill Clinton, Keynote Speaker Union League Club  New York, NY  October 07, 2013 SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS:

Registration: C3 Summit 2013 in its 2nd year to promote Commerce, Community and Collaboration will host President Bill Clinton as the Keynote and in partnership with the Commercial Service, will conduct an American Business Exchange Pavilion. U.S. companies will have an opportunity to exhibit at the Summit and have international business-tobusiness matchmaking opportunities, provided by Commercial Service, with American and Middle East companies interested in doing business in the Middle East and North Africa markets as well as FDI in the U.S. This is one of New York’s most prestigious international business-to-business networking events. Exhibition space is readily accessible to SMEs interested in doing business in the Middle East region and provides a unique opportunity to have access to this growing market in a truly business venue. Showcase your company to an expected audience of more than 465 company representatives to meet other ideally matched prospects of participating Exhibitors and Sponsors (in addition to networking with more than 400 Plenary attendees). Last year more than 400 participants attended C3 Summit 2012 in NY with more than 35 countries (including 10 Arab nations) represented. Don’t miss out—limited exhibit and sponsorships available. Meet potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals. For more information contact: or Tanya. 

Quote of Note... “So you might say an American child is my child. We might say a Tanzanian child is my child. In this way, both of our nations will be looking after all of our children and we’ll be living out the vision of President Nyerere. The core values that he proclaimed for Tanzania also describe what both our countries seek -- wisdom, unity, and peace -Hekima, Umoja, na Amani.” President Barack H. Obama

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Robert Calvin “Bobby Blue” Bland January 27, 1930 - June 23, 2013


obby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83. Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. “He brought a certain level of class to the blues genre,” said Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, son of legendary musician and producer Willie Mitchell. Bland was a contemporary of B.B. King’s, serving as the blues great’s valet and chauffer at one point, and was one of the last of the living connections to the roots of the genre. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and was an influence on scores of young rock ‘n’ rollers. Born in Rosemark, Tenn., he moved to nearby Memphis as a teenager and became a founding member of the Beale Streeters, a group that also included King and Johnny Ace. Upon his induction, the Rock Hall of Fame noted Bland was “second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’ Beale Street blues scene.” After a stint in the Army, he recorded with producer Sam Phillips in the early 1950s with little to show for it. It wasn’t until later

that decade Bland began to find success. He scored his first No. 1 on the R&B charts with “Further On Up the Road” in 1957 and it was around this time he got his nickname, taken from his song “Little Boy Blue” because his repertoire focused so closely on lovelorn subject matter. Beginning with “I’ll Take Care of You” in early 1960, Bland released a dozen R&B hits in a row. That string included “Turn On Your Love Light” in 1961. Some of his best-known songs included “Call on Me” and “That’s the Way Love Is,” both released in 1963, and “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” in 1964. “Lead Me On,” another well-known song, breaks the listener’s heart with the opening lines: “You know how it feels, you understand/What it

is to be a stranger, in this unfriendly land.” Bland wasn’t as well known as some of his contemporaries, but was no less an influential figure for early rock ‘n’ roll stars. Many of his songs, especially “Further On Up the Road” and “I Pity the Fool,” were recorded by young rockers, including David Bowie and Eric Clapton. “He’s always been the type of guy that if he could help you in any way, form or fashion, he would,” Rodd Bland said.  aspx?news=814772

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GRANTS.GOV LISTINGS The following grant opportunity postings may be found on the Find Opportunities service: DOS Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Embassy Islamabad PAS Grants Program, Modification 8 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=114273 USAID Agency for International Development Afghanistan USAID-Kabul Public Private Innovative Development Initiative, Modification 3 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=129593 USAID Agency for International Development Kazakhstan USAID-Almaty Development Through Regional Cooperation, Modification 5 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=172393 DOT Department of Transportation DOT/Office of Small & Disadvantaged Utilization Notice of Funding Availability for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center Program, Modification 3 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=177273 HHS Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178334 DOI Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service

Assessing Management Needs to Enhance Recovery for the Eastern Massasauga, year four Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178353 HHS Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE), Phase II Study Investigators (U01), Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178354 HHS Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE), Phase II, Coordinating Center (U01), Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178355 HHS Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement for the Development, Operation, and Evaluation of an Entertainment Education Program, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178356 DOI Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management BLM CA Lassen Land and Trails Trust LLTT Modoc Line, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178357 ED Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science Program - CFDA 84.047M, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178373

ED Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-RERCs--Recreational Technologies Exercise Physiology Benefiting Individuals Disabilities, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178393 NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Headquarters E.2 Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN), Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178394 ED Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-Disability, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178413 USDOT Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions FY 2012 Bank Enterprise Award Program, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178433 DOI Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service University of California, Davis Species Project, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178453 NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Headquarters COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT ON ASTROPHYSICS EXPLORER MISSIONS OF OPPORTUNITY, Grant

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GRANTS.GOV LISTINGS from page 74 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178473 DOI Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management BLM NV Nevada Ecological Site Descriptions State and Transition Models Development, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178474 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Estimating grizzly bear use of large ungulate carcasses with GPS telemetry data, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178493 DOD Department of Defense Air Force Academy STEM Outreach to K-12 Schools in Southern Colorado, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178494 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Developing Chesapeake Youth Corps Network, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178496 DOI Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management BLM WY 2012 Challenge Cost Share Program, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178497 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Signage and Related Interpretive Media Along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in Metro DC, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178513

DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Heritage Partnerships Program 3D Digital Documentation, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178514 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service War of 1812 in Southern Maryland: Traveling Exhibit and Traveling Trunks, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178515 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Assisting in Development of Potomac River Segment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trails, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178516 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Interns CLI/LCS, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178517 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Development of LandScope Chesapeake, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178533

Irrigation Water Delivery Metering Project, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178573 DOI Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Mark Processing, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178574 DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Technology Enhanced Interpretation Development, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178593 DOS Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Middle East Partnership Initiative Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178594 DOI Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service DURHAM DAM, Modification 1 do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178613 DOI Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Chumstick Barrier Removal Phase 4, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178633 

DOI Department of the Interior National Park Service Cooperative Agreement for the identification of sites and structures significant in Hispanic heritage, Grant do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178553 DOI Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation - Pacific Northwest Region

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Angeles Convention Center & the Hawaii Convention Center

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to allow Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to run the Los Angeles Convention Center, the first time in its 42 years of operation that it will be managed by a private company, according to the Los Angeles Times. The management company will receive $250,000 as an annual management fee. AEG can qualify for an additional $250,000 if it meets certain performance measures. AEG Facilities has also been selected by the Hawaii Tourism Authority to run the Hawaii Convention Center. The firm will be responsible for the management and operation of the venue, and will work collaboratively with the HTA to market the facility as well as Hawaii as a destination. AEG,

will take over management of the center Jan. 1, 2014, after the current contract with SMG Hawaii expires.  News/Meeting-Venues/AEG-toManage-Los-Angeles-ConventionCenter aspx?id=55162&cid=eltrMidWeek

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Startup KeyMe Looking to Take the Place of Locksmiths By Phyllis Furman


startup based in New York has found the key to never getting locked out of your apartment again. Ever stumble home from a bar

late at night, only to learn that you’ve lost your keys and there’s no spare in site? Long Island City-based KeyMe is looking to solve that problem with self-service kiosks that store a digital copy of your key. If your key gets lost, just head back to a KeyMe kiosk and get a new one,

day or night. These key-keepers are going up in five 7-Eleven stores across Manhattan this week, KeyMe’s 28-year-old founder and CEO Greg Marsh told the Daily News. “Three m i l l i o n people get locked out annually in New York City,” Marsh said. “Most call an emergency locksmith and, on average, pay $150. I wanted to come up with a better solution.” Storing a key with KeyMe is for free. The cost of creating a physical key when you’re locked out is $19.99. The kiosks can also create on-the-spot duplicates of keys, charging $3.49 for basic brass keys and $5.99 for novelty keys. Needless to say, none of this is great news for neighborhood locksmiths.

“Unfortunately for me, I think it could catch on,” said Alan Reisner, the owner of ATB Locksmith & Hardware on York Ave. between 84th St. & 85th St., which is just steps away from a KeyMe kiosk at a 7-Eleven at 1594 York Ave. Some might be wary of handing over a digital version of their key. Marsh noted that KeyMe employs high-level encryption and doesn’t store addresses or any other data that can match the key information with a location. Logging into your account requires fingerprint authentication. KeyMe isn’t the first tech company that has developed key dispensing kiosks. A rival, minuteKEY, has selfservice, automated key-cutting machines in more than a thousand stores across the country. But minuteKEY doesn’t store keys. “We developed a proprietary technology that analyzes the key,” Marsh said. Marsh, who attended Columbia Business School, got the idea after watching his girlfriend - now his fiancee - lose her keys one too many times. “She was living in a bad part of the lower East Side,” he said. He connected with engineers at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia, working on the project out of a closet at the school. Marsh launched KeyMe last year and has so far raised $2.3 million. Investors include Battery Ventures, Coinstar founder Jens Molbak and Virgin Mobile co-founder Amol Sarva. The company is looking to expand, starting with New York. “New Yorkers get locked out a lot,” Marsh said.  locked-middle-night-new-kiosks7-eleven-stores-store-keysarticle-1.1381316


Jerome Horton, Chairman of the Board of Equalization Jerome Horton, Chairman of the Board of Equalization released the follow statement regarding the Supreme Court striking down a core provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

“I am outraged by the failure of the highest court in the land to protect the rights of every American to vote without the challenges caused by inconsistency which opens the door to discrimination and suppression of a basic American right. Removing federal approval of any state to make changes in election laws affecting African Americans and minorities is anathema to the very essences of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Freedom does not become obsolete, nor does any part of a law that guarantees justice. I join President Obama in fighting to restore this 48 year old protection. We must not betray the memory of Dr. King and the valiant struggle of the modern civil rights movement.” 

The ninem e m b e r California Legislative B l a c k C a u c u s ( C L B C ) today harshly criticized the Holly Mitchell, Member, United States S u p r e m e California Assembly and Court for its CLBC Chair decision to strike down Section 4 of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. CLBC Chair and Assembly member Holly J. Mitchell said, “Today, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have declared with their ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that state practices that could serve to deny minority citizens their lawful right to vote do not need to be scrutinized in advance of their implementation. It’s a sad day in America. The door to nefarious and biased voting requirements, such as the use of driver’s licenses as mandatory voting ID cards, has been swung wide open. The curtain to America’s voting booths has been pulled shut in face of potentially hundreds of thousands of lawful African American voters across our nation who might now be fully denied their lawful right to vote through the application of invidious statesponsored and legally sanctioned discriminatory voting practices.” Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was an important provision that prohibited discrimination in voting and required states covered under the Act to obtain U.S. Justice Department “preclearance” before implementing any changes with respect to a U.S. citizens’ right to vote. “The members of the CLBC call upon Congress to right this grievous wrong handed down by our highest court in our land,” Assembly member Mitchell said. 

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B. Darcel Lee, Executive Director California Black Health Network Today was a sad day for my 80+ year-old parents, one born, one reared, in the South. Today was a sad day for African Americans across this land. Today was a sad day for America. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed the course of this nation and opened the door to basic inalienable rights for millions of disenfranchised Americans. Today, a very political and biased Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, chose to throw out the most powerful part of this landmark legislation. Today, the Supreme Court chose to turn a blind eye to the fact that racism and discrimination, although sometimes practiced differently, are as prevalent in today’s America as it was 50 years ago. So now, so many of us will struggle again. Struggle in Texas where the Texas Legislature has already declared they will immediately put into affect the Texas photo-ID voting requirement. Struggle in Alabama where state legislators are ecstatic and say their state will now be

able to “determine its own destiny when it comes to campaigns, elections, and voting procedures...”, and struggle in California where, in some counties, racism remains covert and insidious and where we can be assured voters will be subjected to biased, destructive tactics in future elections. I do what I do every day because I believe all people should be able to enjoy access to health care and a life of well being. I do this because I believe that all Americans should have the hope of a fair and just America. I do this because I believe that this fairness, this justice should translate into access to life’s everyday necessities. At this time in our history, in this country that holds itself up to the rest of the world as the example for human rights, it is imperative that all Americans have an opportunity to feel they are a part of a system of care that allows them access to what is rightly theirs - whether that system is healthcare or a system that allows voting to take place in an environment of unintimidated freedom. But, maybe that’s just me. The Supreme Court has spoken. Five individuals have undone what it took millions of marchers, thousands of deaths, and countless years of suffering and pain to enact. It is time for advocates and activists to get up and get out. It is time for all of us, who care about a fair and just America, to realize that sitting back and accepting these partisan and incendiary acts will only lead to more punitive, dangerously vile, laws that infringe on the very bases of the American Constitution. It is time to march, once protest, once again, and to stand up for what is a basic and cherished right: the right to vote. To vote - without hassle, bias, or discrimination. It’s time to show America that backwards is not an option - forward is the only route to freedom and justice for all! 

For information on participating in or supporting the Voting Rights Act restoration movement visit these and other organization websites: • 50th Anniversary March on Washington - • National Action Network - • NAACP - • National Urban League - • Rainbow/PUSH Coalition - • Project Vote - 89  July 2013  Black Business News   1-323-291-7819

Community/Public Interest

Frederick Douglass Statue in Emancipation Hall


statue of Frederick Douglass, orator, writer, abolitionist, and advocate for equality of all people, will move from the atrium of a government office building to Capitol Hill’s Emancipation Hall to represent the District if Colombia. Douglass will be one of three African-Americans represented in that hall, including busts of Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King Jr. Also, it will be the first statue to represent the city. The Emancipation Hall holds two statues for each state. Statues of notable people that the state can call their own. Washington D.C. is not a state and therefore is not represented. The federal capital, created in

1791, has long been struggling for recognition with Congress, which still oversees the city’s budget. It was not until 1961 that residents were allowed to vote in the presidential election. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district in Congress, told the Kansas City Star what might seem like a “little thing” was actually a major step for Washington D.C.’s residents. “For us, it’s a great triumph,” said Norton, who represents the city in the House of Representatives but has limited voting privileges. “It means a great deal to the residents.” “We’re delighted that the president has signed the legislation, and are proud that

our statue of Frederick Douglass will finally have a place in the Capitol,” Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said recently. “While we’re thankful for this victory, our larger quest to secure the same rights that our fellow citizens across the country enjoy will continue.” Douglass will not be the only change to come to the Emancipation Hall. A new law, passed in 2000, allows states to substitute their current statues for more diverse and contemporary figures.  frederick-douglass-statue-movesto-emancipation-hall

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Community/Public Interest

First Lady Obama Attends African First Lady Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania FLOTUS Travel Journal: Empowering Girls Through Education


oday (July 3, 2013), I had the pleasure and honor of ending our trip by attending an African First Ladies Summit entitled “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” which was co-sponsored by our former First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush. There are so few people in the world who know what it feels like to be married to the President of the United States, and Mrs. Bush has been so incredibly kind and welcoming to me and my family over the years. So I was thrilled to have the chance to see her and her husband, President Bush, and to attend this very important event. Upon arrival, I got to meet First Ladies from countries all across Africa who came here to Tanzania for this summit. These women are doing extraordinary work in their home countries – from raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, to fighting violence against women, to working to end child hunger – and it was inspiring to learn about the difference they are making across this continent. I then had a lively discussion with Mrs. Bush about the impact that First Ladies can have on the important issues this conference is focused on: women’s health, women’s economic empowerment, and education for women and girls. This last issue is particularly near and dear to my heart and has been part of my focus throughout this trip. The fact is that too often, in

developing countries, girls simply don’t get the chance to attend school. In some parts of Africa, fewer than 20% of girls ever attend high school. (i-r) First Lady Laura Bush, First Lady There are many reasons for Michelle Obama and Cokie Roberts at African this education gender gap. First Lady Summit in Tanzania. Sometimes, girls’ families simply can’t afford the costs of sending them to school (for things or counselor who can help. If you like school fees, uniforms, or school encounter people who doubt that supplies). Or if parents don’t have you have what it takes to succeed, enough money to send all their tune them out and then prove them children to school, they’ll send their wrong. In short, do whatever you sons instead of their daughters. need to do to get the very best In some parts of the world, girls education you can. are expected to get married when But we know that when girls get they’re very young – when they’re an education, that’s not just good teenagers or even younger – or for them, it’s good for their families they have to work to help support and their countries too. Studies their families, so they can’t go to show that when girls are educated school. And in some places, a girl at least through high school, they may have to walk many miles to are healthier and have children attend the nearest school, and it later in life – and their children grow may not be safe for her to do that up healthier and better educated by herself. as well. In addition, just one extra So while you may face challenges year of high school boosts a girl’s in your life here in the U.S., chances eventual wages by up to 25 percent, are that it’s much easier for you to and when girls are educated, that get your education than it is for so boosts their countries’ economies many girls around the world. That’s as well. why it’s so important for girls – and Fortunately, more and more all young people – here in the U.S. to people are becoming aware of take advantage of the opportunities these facts – sometimes known as you have. You might not love every “the girl effect” – and are working class you take, or every teacher hard to help more girls get the you have, but it’s so important to education they need. Mrs. Bush show up everyday, for every class, has been doing excellent work on and learn everything you can. Find this issue, as have many of the a subject you’re passionate about, First Ladies I met and so many and push yourself to learn even other individuals and organizations more than what you’re studying around the world. I’m excited to be in school. If you’re struggling or part of this movement – and I hope falling behind, find a teacher, coach you will be too. 

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The Economic Turn Around in the USA is in Our Hands •Buy Products Made or Assembled in the USA •Hire One New Employee •Eat an Extra Meal Out Each Week •Start/Grow a Business to Generate Wealth & Jobs

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Southern California Edison Serves Formal Notice of Dispute to Mitsubishi over Defective Steam Generators (RSGs) at SONGS Southern California Edison (SCE) has served a formal Notice of Dispute on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems (together, “Mitsubishi”) which seeks to hold Mitsubishi accountable for designing and manufacturing defective Replacement Steam Generators (RSGs) at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). “Our action is about making sure that Mitsubishi takes responsibility for providing the defective steam generators that led to the closing of SONGS,” said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE. Although Mitsubishi warranted the generators would operate reliably for 20 years, SCE was required to take SONGS offline in January 2012 when one of the Mitsubishi RSGs experienced a radioactive coolant leak after less than a year of operation. Although its contract with SCE required Mitsubishi to repair the RSGs “with due diligence and dispatch,” SCE’s Notice of Dispute alleges that Mitsubishi failed to do so. Facing continued uncertainty about restoring SONGS to service at any level of power, SCE permanently retired the plant as of June 2013. SCE alleges that Mitsubishi, as designer and manufacturer of the faulty RSGs, is responsible for the enormous harm its failures have caused to California ratepayers, SCE, and the other SONGS owners. When SCE contracted with Mitsubishi to replace the SONGS steam generators, it did so to extend the life of SONGS so that the plant could continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to over 1.4 million homes in Southern California. However, SCE’s Notice of Dispute claims that Mitsubishi seriously breached the Contract, totally and fundamentally failing to deliver what it promised. SCE alleges that Mitsubishi grossly failed to appropriately model the thermal hydraulic conditions in the RSGs and is alleged to have failed to design tube support structures capable of withstanding the extreme thermal hydraulic conditions within the RSGs. As a result, the RSGs experienced damaging flow-induced vibration that caused several types of excessive tube wear. The tube-to-tube wear was so advanced in one of the four identically-designed RSGs that it caused a radioactive coolant leak, which SCE was able to address by promptly and safely shutting the plant down. The Notice of Dispute claims that for over 16 months, SCE has asked Mitsubishi to make things right, but Mitsubishi failed to live up to its contractual obligations. SCE invoiced Mitsubishi for the money SCE was forced to spend investigating and attempting to repair the RSGs, but SCE claims that Mitsubishi has refused to even acknowledge responsibility for any of these costs, even after receiving thousands of pages of documents in support. SCE further claims that Mitsubishi additionally refused to submit to a contractually mandated audit of the documents regarding its work on the RSGs, hindering a transparent look into what went wrong with Mitsubishi’s steam generators, and why. The Notice of Dispute also alleges that SCE asked Mitsubishi to provide a repair or replacement plan that eliminated the risk that these serious problems would reoccur, but after more than 16 months and despite the contract’s requirement that it provide repairs “with due diligence and dispatch.” Mitsubishi provided only “conceptual” proposals--for example, one proposal would have required workers to perform first-of-a-kind repairs in radioactive, confined areas as narrow as18 inches, with specialty tools that did not yet exist. Ultimately, with no reliable timeline for generating power at SONGS, SCE determined that the prudent course of action was to end the uncertainty for its ratepayers and the company and permanently retire SONGS as of June 2013. Such an early retirement is exactly what the Steam Generator Replacement Project was designed to avoid. SCE’s notice formally initiates a 90-day dispute resolution process under the Contract. If that process is unsuccessful, then SCE intends to initiate binding arbitration against Mitsubishi, as the designer and manufacturer of the faulty RSGs, to recover damages Mitsubishi has caused. In the Notice of Dispute, SCE argues that limitations on Mitsubishi’s liability set forth in the Contract do not apply because of contractual exceptions and because of provisions of California law. Mitsubishi, like the manufacturer of a “lemon” automobile, was unable to fix the defects in its product because they were so fundamental and pervasive. In this circumstance, SCE claims that the limitations are not enforceable, and Mitsubishi is therefore responsible for the full measure of damages incurred by SCE, the other SONGS owners and their customers. A copy of the Notice of Dispute is available here: About Southern California Edison: An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Brown (626) 302-2255

Please mark your calendar!

Sixteenth Annual CARAT Awards Luncheon “Recognizing Excellence in Community Development: Bridging the Digital Divide for Small Businesses”

We are expecting over 300 guests including community organizations, small businesses, financial institutions, bank regulators and public officials.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 -- 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA Please note the new month! 94  July 2013  Black Business News   1-323-291-7819

African Global Economic & Development Summit

Attention Entrepreneurs, SME's, Corporations, Political and Civic Leaders: If your business is poised, ready and able to provide products and/or services to the people and governments of Africa, especially Sub-Sharan Africa, your interests may be well served by attending this event. The Continent - home to over 1 billion people is Open for Business. Opportunities for America...........U.S. Trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion. Africa is home to six of the ten fastest growing markets in the world today. Africa will have an estimated 1.1 billion people of working age by 2040. An estimated 50% Africans will be living in cities by 2030. The International Monetary Fund predicts Sub-Saharan Africa to grow between 5% and 6% each year, over the next ten years. This yearly growth trend will continue and the AGED Summit is designed for those businesses and entrepreneurs who plan to partake in the lucrative financial realities of Africa. INFORMATION: REGISTRATION:

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Join us for a two day summit on one of Africa’s fastest growing economies Africa’s recent economic surge is fueling optimism about the continent’s prospects and positioning it in the minds of many investors and businesses as a significant opportunity. Blessed with a wealth of natural resources and a large, young and growing population, many economies in Africa are enjoying rates of growth and development that are the envy of the emerging world. While sections of the continent still face steep challenges, Ghana is well placed to benefit from the forces of beneficial change in the region. • Strong and sustained growth in recent years - with the country benefiting from high global commodity prices and continued political stability • A youthful and better educated workforce, with half of the population under 20 • The emergence of a new generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs. Ghana has one of the most developed telecommunications sectors in Africa, with mobile phone penetration surpassing the 100% barrier • A concerted effort by the government to attract foreign investment and improve ease of doing business

However, Ghana faces serious challenges too. Its economy remains vulnerable to external factors— in particular the risk of a slowdown in China, the global commodity cycle and high inflation. The Ghana Investment Summit will openly explore the risks and opportunities—tensions and compromises—that are facing this thriving global African economy. It will bring together over 150 leaders from government, business and finance who are invested or otherwise interested in Ghana’s future. Register you interest today: 96  July 2013  Black Business News   1-323-291-7819

a publication of African Leadership (UK) Limited invites you to register today for one, some or all the events listed below using each event's contact information, as listed.

Specialized Masterclass Training on Strategy & Leadership Development 2 - 6 September 2013 in London, United Kingdom The Masterclass training, uniquely designed for Chief Executives, Senior management and directors of public and private sector organizations, shall feature some of UK's best management consultants. Inquire via email at:

Africa - Europe Trade & Investment Conference 10 - 11 September 2013, London, United Kingdom This business conference shall be concluded with the 5th edition of the African Business Leadership Awards ceremony presented to Africa's leading business and policy leaders.One of our last year award recipients, HE Xavier Luc Duval, the Minister of Finance and Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, and Nigerian Governor of Zamfara state, HE Abdul Aziz Yari are expected to deliver the keynotes. For more information or to register, contact via e-mail.

The Ghana Leadership Awards 14 September 2013, Accra, Ghana Celebrating Ghana's outstanding political and economic players. For registration and more information on this event, email

2nd Women's Leadership Development Training 16 - 21 September 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya This Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) event is specifically designed for senior and intermediate - level women leaders from both private and public organizations by CELD, an NGO in special consultative status with the United Nations (UN) ECOSOC. For more information inquire via email to

The US - Africa Trade, Investment & Exchange Forum 25 - 26 September 2013, in New York, USA Being held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. For registration and more information contact

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FACT SHEET: Trade Africa

regulatory issues that affect the competitiveness of EAC regional and global trade (including with the United States), particularly the development of product standards, and regulatory


resident B a r a c k O b a m a recently announce the launch of Trade Africa, a new partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa that seeks to increase internal and regional trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties between Africa, the United States, and other global markets. Trade Africa will initially focus on the member states of the East African Community (EAC) -- Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The EAC is an economic success story, and represents a market with significant opportunity for U.S. exports and investment. The five states of the EAC, with a population of more than 130 million people, have increasingly stable and pro-business regulations. They are home to promising local enterprises that are forming creative partnerships with multinational companies. And EAC countries are benefiting from the emergence of an educated, globalized middle class. Intra-EAC trade has doubled in the past five years, and the region’s GDP has risen to more than $80 billion – quadrupling in only 10 years. In its initial phase, Trade Africa aims to double intra-regional trade in the EAC, increase EAC exports to the United States by 40%, reduce by 15% the average time needed to import or export a container from the ports of Mombasa or Dar es Salaam to land-locked Burundi

and Rwanda in the EAC’s interior, and decrease by 30% the average time a truck takes to transit selected borders. The United States also hopes to expand its collaboration with other regional economic communities in Africa, including in cooperation with other partner nations. Increasing trade between the United States and Africa will be the focus of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Addis Ababa on August 9 - 13. The Forum will celebrate the progress achieved through AGOA since it was signed into law in 2000, and will help pave the way to AGOA’s renewal by 2015.

Increase U.S.-EAC Trade and Investment

systems related to food safety and plant and animal health; • Establishment of a new U.S.– EAC Commercial Dialogue to bring the private sector together with policy makers and increase opportunities for trade and investment; • Transformation of the U.S.– Africa Trade Hubs into U.S. Trade and Investment Centers to provide information, advisory services, and risk mitigation and financing to encourage linkages between U.S. and East African investors and exporters; and, • Advancing the “Doing Business in Africa” (DBIA) campaign ( to encourage U.S. businesses to

Trade Africa will help mobilize resources to support increased U.S.-EAC trade and investment, building upon the U.S.-EAC Trade and Investment Partnership (TIP) announced in June 2012. Activities underway include: • Exploration of a U.S.-EAC Investment Treaty to contribute to a more attractive investment environment; • Launch of negotiations on a Trade Facilitation Agreement and expansion of the TIP to include see Trade Africa on page 99

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One Africa:

Tell the US Government that North Africa is Africa Too!


oin with and support the United Africa Organization’s campaign to petition the U.S. Department of State to include the whole African continent under its Bureau of African Affairs.

Why? The State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, led by Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson, currently excludes Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara from its agenda. Instead, the aforementioned countries are grouped with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, together with Iran, Iraq, Israel and others. This artificial distinction between North Africa and the rest of Africa

Fact Sheet: Trade Africa from page 98

take advantage of growing trade and investment opportunities and to promote trade missions, reverse trade missions, trade shows, and business-to-business matchmaking in key sectors.

negatively impacts US foreign policy relations throughout the entire continent of Africa. We unequivocally reject the argument that North African countries are outside the scope of African affairs. North Africa is geographically and historically part of the African continent, and all fifty-three (53) independent African states, including North African countries, are represented in the African Union (AU). It would be far more productive for the State Department to engage with the entire continent of Africa, including North Africa, under its Bureau of African Affairs. We are one Africa, from the Cape to Cairo, indivisible and bound together! Therefore, no square inch of African

with each other; • Supporting the transition to a single EAC customs and revenue sharing authority; and, • Addressing barriers to transit that constrain the region’s

Support EAC Regional Integration The United States is also supporting the EAC’s efforts to advance regional integration, through bilateral and regional trade facilitation and a new partnership with TradeMark East Africa, with specific focus on: • Reducing barriers at borders, including by moving to single border crossings and implementing customs modernization programs using innovative technologies that allow customs services to communicate

competitiveness, including by reducing the number of roadblocks and the amount of time spent and fees paid to move products from the ports to neighboring borders.

Increase EAC Trade Competitiveness The United States will also form public-private partnerships with East African and U.S. industries and trade associations to stimulate greater trade in goods under the

land should be excluded from African affairs.

Sign The Petition!!! Go to one-africa-tell-us-state-departmentthat-north-africa-is-part-of-africa and sign the online petition to support this important proposition. Next tell everyone you know to sign.  African Growth and Opportunity Act and, specifically, to: • Build the capacity of private sector associations in Africa to provide sustainable business services and promote investment in key growth sectors in Africa, including agriculture, health, clean energy, environment and trade-related infrastructure; • Formalize partnerships between American and African associations to increase trade through collaboration on trade shows and business-to-business matchmaking; Work with governments and National Export Associations to develop export strategies and establish export resource centers across the EAC to provide sustainable services for firms looking to export under AGOA. 

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Catalog Show 2013

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Guayaquil-Ecuador October 25th and 26th Location: Centro de Convenciones de Guayaquil Organized by: Ecuador’s Cosmetics Chamber

Visitors’ profile: – Cosmetologists, hair stylists – Spa & gym owners – Owners or managers of businesses that sell cosmetics and personal care items – Companies seeking new brands – Direct sales companies seeking gift items for their customers & sales team – Local manufacturers looking for cosmetic packaging suppliers – Students and the general public EXHIBIT YOUR CATALOG AT THE COMMERCIAL SERVICE BOOTH! Cost $150 per company Product categories: – cosmetics – skin care products – cosmetic accessories (e.g. straightening irons, hair dryers) – facial products (e.g. anti-age creams, dark spot correctors) – cosmetic packaging items (e.g. airless bottles, foamers, pumps, sprayers, tubes, lip balm cases, containers, cartons, dividers) – cosmetic packaging solutions – giftware/houseware for Direct Sale companies

Participating U.S. companies will receive: – Product catalogs/brochures display – Results report of potential partners that expressed an interest in your product – On-line promotion in our webpage ( – Post-show follow-up If interested: 1)Request enrollment form by contacting Sandra Tinajero ( 2)Upon enrollment and payment, send catalogs/brochures to: Sandra Tinajero, Commercial Assistant Economic/Commercial Section U.S. Embassy Quito Avigiras E12-170 y Eloy Alfaro P.O. Box: 17-17-1538, Quito-Ecuador Please note that mail might take up to 4 weeks with regular air mail service. It is advisable to use a courier like Fed-Ex, DHL or UPS that can provide a tracking number For more information: +593 2-398-5515 Bobby Hines, International Trade Specialist 444 S. Flower ST, 37th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071 213-894-4231, F213-894-8789


AFRICA TRADE LINK AND EXPO September 24-28, 2014

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa Why Become an Exhibitor? • Showcase and expand your business to Africa • Meet African businesses and government leaders • Locate partners and prospective clients • Receive firsthand market information • Customized one-on-one meetings with business contacts • USA Embassy briefings • Enter or expand your presence in the African market • Enter or expand your presence in the world market • Increase export • Increase sales • Gain the understanding needed for success in the largest and most sophisticated industrial and services sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Why Africa? • Major Market Opportunities • Africa’s consumer base increasing • Ample opportunity for exporters/investors

Why Kenya, East Africa? Kenya is: • The gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa • A country of 39 million people • Rich in culture and natural heritage • Rich in resources, such as oil, gas, minerals etc. • A pro-business environment • Is exhibiting remarkable macroeconomic stability • A logical and attractive choice for companies to enter Sub-Saharan Africa

What Are the Best Prospect Markets? • Capital goods • Consumer products • Services Agricultural equipment Energy-efficiency technology Education Labor force development Aviation Franchising Safety/security equipment Mining equipment Information technology. Cost:

$4,999 for Booth/Stall (1/2 page advertising included) $500 per hour for seminars $1,000 for advertising (if not exhibiting)

Apply Now, Space Is Limited: Date of Expo: September 24–28, 2014 Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa Application Deadline: June, 30, 2014 For More Information: Africa Trade Link and Expo, 2025 Chicago Avenue, A6, Riverside, CA 92507. Telephone: (909) 648-3537 Note: Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.

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Aitec Africa’s Conferences

Empowering Africa’s ICT Community with Knowledge


THE AFRICAN NETWORK (TAN) TAN Monthly Networking Event Introducing Digital Divide Data’s Work in Kenya Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) Nor1, Inc. (Building 7), 3255 Scott Boulevard, #120, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Digital Divide Data (DDD) is a social enterprise that delivers data solutions to clients worldwide. DDD creates a better future for disadvantaged youth in emerging economies through employment in a financially sustainable business. DDD launched in Kenya in 2011; the business has grown rapidly to employ 250 staff. The company uses a model called “Impact Sourcing” to employ and support the higher education of young women and men from slum areas in Nairobi. Event Program Outline: 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking (Lite Snack and Drinks) 6:00 - 6:45 PM: Program Presentation - Ms. Amolo Ng’weno, Digital Divide Data Kenya 6:45 - 7:25 PM: Q&A + Open Discussions 7:25 - 8:30 PM: Final Networking Register at Eventbrite: 20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001


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African Stock Exchanges • Bolsa de Valores of Cape Verde - (in Portuguese) • Bond Exchange of South Africa - www.bondexchange. • Botswana Stock Exchange • Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres - UEMOA (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) - • Casablanca Stock Exchange (Morocco) - aspx • Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (Tanzania) - www.

• Douala Stock Exchange (Cameroon) - • The Egyptian Exchange - www. aspx • Ethiopia Commodity Exchange - • Ghana Stock Exchange - www. • Johannesburg Stock Exchange (South Africa) - www. • Khartoum Stock Exchange (Sudan, in Arabic) - www.kse. • Libyan Stock Market - www.

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login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fEnglis h%2fPages%2fdefault.aspx Lusaka Stock Exchange (Zambia) - Nairobi Stock Exchange (Kenya) - Malawi Stock Exchange - www. Mozambique Stock Exchange (in Portuguese) - www. Namibian Stock Exchange Nigerian Stock Exchange aspx Stock Exchange of Mauritius www.stockexchangeofmauritius. com Swaziland Stock Exchange Tunisia Stock Exchange - www. Uganda Securities Exchange

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earn to Intern CEO Style shows you how to develop and shape your CEO skills and

life time experiences. He has interned on Capitol Hill, with the FBI, and NASA. Moss co-interned with celebrities and played an integral role in solving a federal law enforcement case. Antoine Moss, Ph.D., (@2PositiveTweets) is a nationally recognized resource on internships, early career achievement, leadership and motivation. CEO and founder of CEO Style Consulting L.L.C., Moss empowers professionals and organizations to reach their full potential, and serves as speaker, workshop instructor and consultant. Moss has been a featured expert on outlets including Fox 8 TV News and George Fraser’s 2011 Power Networking Conference.  dp/1600473822?tag=vglnkc3601-20

initially took the form of the Black Power Movement, which, though conventionally adjudged a failure, in fact laid the groundwork for a crucial new wave of black leadership. To elucidate Black Power’s unfairly

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he Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s is now remembered as a long-lost, sepia-toned era, whose achievements and idealism were soon eclipsed by angry, confrontational Black Power activists. In Dark Days, Bright Nights, acclaimed scholar Peneil E. Joseph puts this pat assessment to the test, showing that the ‘60s—particularly the tumultuous period after 1965— were in fact the launching pad for a movement that culminated in the inauguration of Barack Obama. Joseph argues that the 1965 Voting Rights Act wrested open a dam holding back radical democratic impluses. This political explosion

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forgotten achievements Joseph retells the movement through the lives of activists, intellectuals, and artists including Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka, and Barack Obama. In so doing, Dark Days, Bright Nights re-assesses a half-century fraught with struggle to see Books to Consider on page 125

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Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady by Mikki Taylor


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Commander- in-Chic, which uses First Lady Michelle Obama as the fashion muse, Taylor explains that Mrs. Obama was the perfect role model to use for the story she wanted to tell. “ [ M r s . Obama] really owns her life and bases all of her choices on what works for her and so, to me, she became the perfect muse to use. She has great fun in discovering “Michelle Obama.” Her choices are her own and she walks in her truth.” “You have to be willing to lead, if for no other length than your own life. You have to be willing to lead and not follow,”

Taylor advises, adding, “When I realized the value in owning my life and stopped living life as a dress rehearsal, it really impacted everything. It colored my entire world, my decision-making. It helped me not care about the stage and audience of popular opinion, if you will. And I found that the more I grew, I really liked who I am.” Reaching that state of ‘I AM’ is a powerful journey and comes in various shades of beauty. Beauty as it relates to a metaphysical sensibility. It encompasses not the physical aspects of beauty but the steps and platform it takes to owning your life; the different transitions and becoming comfortable with, “I am.” This is not a sense of forced personalities but truly walking in your discovered purpose and truth. Shades become the metaphorical colors of dark, light, and grey. They represent the journey and though the shades can be dark and confusing at times, there’s a certain beauty within that. “It takes a woman of decision to say, ‘this is who I am and I don’t care if the whole world is going left, I’m going right,” assures Taylor. Mikki Taylor breeds the mantra: “Own your life and master your style with distinction.” Her quintessential voice in the modes of style, beauty and class is the trump of her empire, Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC, and elegant brand. To many of us, she is iconic. “And what is iconic?,” she asks. Then answers: “It’s the greatest truth of who you are …yeah. And that’s something that you walk in. That doesn’t shift.”  dp/1439196729 http://books.simonandschuster. com/Commander-inChic-(fixed-format)/MikkiTaylor/9781439196748

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Calendar July…

1st-6th Women Leadership Development Training Organized by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development, the four day program has been custom made as a Women’s Leadership course that empowers today’s Women to climb the leadership ladder and at the same time keep track of herself in terms of wellbeing and happiness. The workshop, being held at the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai UAE, is designed

to strengthen participants’ leadership capabilities, decision-making, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, team leadership, and consensus-building. Register today, please email

6th-10th 42nd Annual Conference of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund Register to attend the Chicagobased conference at:

25th SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit The summit, being held on the campus of Los Angeles City College, will provide faith-based business owners with the tools to increase sales, access capital and provide participants with resources to start and grow a business. Resources will also be available to link economically and

socially disadvantaged individuals with local business development programs. Secure more information and register at: http:// sbafaithbasedsmallbusinesssummit.

August… 15th-17th 2013 Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit The California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold this annuall conference at the Radisson Hotel in Fresno. For detailed information visit

24th White Linen Affair 2013 Annual Garden Soiree The Regaletts conduct one of the cities great summer social and charitable events. The 2013 gathering will take place in the beautiful Rose Garden of Exposition Park in Los Angeles from 4-9 pm. Send an e-mail to for sponsorship and ticket information.

September… 16th-21st Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Serices Annual Conference The 2nd West Coast Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The expo features include a Job Fair, Junior Business Camp, Fashion Show, and six pavilions business, technology, green living, automotive, home improvement, and health and beauty. Get detailed information on exhibiting, sponsorship and registration at:

and health and beauty. Get detailed information on exhibiting, sponsorship and registration at:

October… Black Business Association Procurement Summit and Awards Luncheon The XXth annual event focused on providing minority businessowners with access to procurement officers from corporations and government agencies. Get detailed information on exhibiting, one-on-one procurement reseversations and registration at:

24th-26th National Black Book Festival The 6th annual National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is sponsored by, the world’s largest African-American retailer online. It will be held at Fallbrook Church, 12512 Walters Rd., in Northwest Houston, Tx. The festival attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide. Get detailed information on exhibiting, sponsorship and registration at: 

27th-28th West Coast Expo The 2nd West Coast Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The expo features include a Job Fair, Junior Business Camp, Fashion Show, and six pavilions business, technology, green living, automotive, home improvement,

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Resources Media Africa Interactive Multimedia Press/Content Agency in Africa Africa World Press Books African Vibes Magazine The African World Africast TV AllAfrica Black Wall Street Times Black Business News Group Black Press USA BridesNoir CuisineNoir DiasporaVoice Rock Me Africa // Continental African Chamber of Commerce Pan African Film Festival United African Organization Zambia-USA Chamber of Commerce

Investment/Development Africa Reports African Development Bank African Export - Import Bank // AfrigadgetTV The Exchange Magazine Ventures

U.S. Government Commerce Department International Trade Administration

Organizations Africa Leadership Forum The African Union Black Business Association CauseCast

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